🌱 Gambling Sting At Salt Lake Store + Jordan River Homelessness Study

Hello, neighbors! It’s me again, Joseph Peterson, your host for the Salt Lake City Daily. Here’s what’s happening around your city today.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Partly sunny, flurries. High: 43 Low: 30.

Here are the top three stories from today in Salt Lake City:

  1. A salt lake the manager of a convenience store was caught with slot machines in his store. Ranjit Kahler, 54, of West Valley City, has been charged with 5 counts of possession of gambling devices by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Police detectives who found the machines at a Pennywise convenience store at 1245 S and 900 West noted that although they were labeled “entertainment devices”, players inserted money and hoped to win more than they spent, with payments coming from the store employee. (KSL.com)
  2. A Rose Park resident and his 16-year-old sidewalk saga may see repairs coming this year. After contacting the local press, Rick Draper argued that the damage to his driveway and the sidewalk in front of his house presented safety issues that have not been fully improved by past city efforts. Draper claimed the city told him the cost of the repair would be split 50/50 but a city engineer clarified that when the damage comes from trees planted by the city, the city does not share the burden with the inhabitants. (KJZZ)
  3. researchers with the The University of Utah has set out to study homelessness along the Jordan River and after several months and several seasons of in-depth interviews and investigations, they have published their findings in a report titled “Drivers of Unsheltered Homelessness and Conservation along the Jordan River, Salt Lake County, Utah. This report helps paint a clearer picture of the camps along the river, including the average time a homeless person typically stays there, which is around two years. (KUER 90.1)

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  • “Although the economy has yet to fully recover from the devastation caused by the pandemic, opportunities are still there, including in the Salt Lake City area and greater Utah. But local employment opportunities are still here as businesses attempt to navigate the new Ordinary.” (Salt Lake City crest)
  • From the article: “Critically Acclaimed ‘Passing Strange’, Now Plays Salt Lake Acting Society through May 15, comes in the form of a rock comedy-drama/musical, but at its beating heart is a riveting story of self-discovery, as a young black man, known as ” The Youth,” embarks on the journey of a lifetime – a series of deaths, which takes him from the South Central LA neighborhoods where he grew up, all the way to Berlin.” (Gephardt Daily)
  • “April is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Intermountain Healthcare is donating $540,000 and partnering with the nonprofit Utah Domestic Violence Coalition to help Utahans in need of helping to recover from the impact of violence and abuse.” (ABC4.com)
  • Review: “As of last year, the majority of adults in the Church are single, whether divorced, widowed or never married. This is a significant change, especially in a religion that is particularly obsessed with families. The complex, often painful experiences of single members of the Church are explored in a new play at the Plan-B Theater by Utah playwright Iris Salazar, herself a single Mormon.Read the rest of the review at Salt Lake Magazine.
  • “The Nature of Color offers some of the most hands-on family entertainment we’ve seen in a special exhibit at @NHMU! The exhibit is packed with interactive elements that explore everything from the #science of electromagnetic radiation to the emotions that colors evoke in humans. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about the exhibition and to book your tickets. Everything is included with admission to the museum!” (Utah Museum of Natural History)

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That’s all for today! See you tomorrow for another update.

Joseph Peterson

About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in mass communications and public relations from the University of Utah. He enjoys city life, public libraries, national parks and promoting events that strengthen the community.