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A bipartisan infrastructure bill is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after passage in the house last week. Some funding will be designated for the Colorado River basin.  

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Sen. Mitt Romney is part of a bipartisan group to strike a $579 billion deal on infrastructure spending. A Utah congressman helps launch the 'conservative climate caucus.' And as drought continues, municipalities adopt fireworks restrictions to try to stave off wildfire.

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As the Biden administration and Congress continue to wrangle over the size and scope of a federal infrastructure package, a new report showed how investing $274 billion to electrify the nation's transportation system, including electric school busses, 18-wheelers, charging stations and more, would yield a five-fold return for the overall economy.

Coronavirus shining light on lack of public health infrastructure, according to Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. "American Indians are dying of neglect."
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“I'm sure all of you have seen data from Navajo Nation and they have among the highest rates of infection nationally, and among the highest rates of death as well," said Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Warne is also one of the 0.3% of physicians in the United States who are Native American. He said there are numerous reasons why the sovereign nations are being hit so hard by the coronavirus, but most stem from a lack of infrastructure.

Logan Mayor To Build On Past Goals, Downtown

Jan 8, 2020
Logan City Mayor Holly Daines; In her annual State of the City address, Daines listed fiscal responsibility, investing in infrasture and downtown revitalization as top priorities, and the partnerships have been crucial for the city's success.
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In addition to fiscal responsibility, Logan Mayor Holly Daines said her top goals for the year include investing in infrastructure and downtown revitalization during her State of the City address on Tuesday. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump administration are working together to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An outdated water system and contamination has one Utah community finally getting the help it needs.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump administration are working together to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An outdated water system and contamination have one Utah community finally getting the help it needs.

Governor Gary Herbert announced Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center near Eagle Mountain in Utah. The announcement came after Facebook and Utah officials tried to make a similar deal in 2016.
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Governor Gary Herbert announced Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center near Eagle Mountain in Utah. The announcement came after Facebook and Utah officials tried to make a similar deal in 2016.  

Southern Utah officials who want to build a highway across a picturesque national reserve say a proposed land deal would stave off major road congestion in the fast-growing area, but environmentalists worry it would hurt the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and other sensitive species.

The plans call for a "Northern Corridor" highway across the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Washington County officials have proposed a land swap with the federal government that would give the county public lands needed to accommodate the road, The Spectrum reported last week.

President Donald Trump, who could have Utah highway renamed in his honor.
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Utah Democrats are pushing back on a proposal to rename a scenic highway after President Donald Trump, with one saying he'd suggest naming a frontage road after porn star Stormy Daniels.

Republicans want to name the southern Utah road that connects several well-known national parks after Trump to recognize his move to shrink two national monuments fiercely opposed by state leaders.

Grid Not Ready For Increased Demand For Renewables

Feb 21, 2018

A number of large companies are driving the demand for renewable energy, and those same companies are calling for a major upgrade to the country's energy transmission lines, including Utah.

Speeding permits and shortening envrionmental reviews will allow infrastructure to be built significantly faster.
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Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop is praising the Trump administration's plans and streamline environmental reviews to speed up permits for infrastructure projects.

Bishop told lawmakers in Utah's Senate in Salt Lake City on Monday that Trump's plan to shorten the environmental review process as part of the president's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan will make it so "you can build things in a reasonable amount of time."

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During the Monday opening of the Utah legislative session, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser listed infrastructure as a priority for the 2018 session.

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Earlier this month The American Farm Bureau held its 99th annual convention and trade show in Nashville, Tennessee. The nation’s Secretary of Agriculture addressed the large gathering of  farmers along with President Donald Trump.

Study Underway For Utah Inland Port

Aug 31, 2017
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Governor Herbert has created an exploratory committee to research the feasibility of an inland port for the state of Utah. Inland ports are designated sites with strong transportation infrastructure and distribution operations. 

 

As the weather warms, more people are riding their bikes, and based on data gathered by Utah’s Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health, the majority won’t be wearing helmets.