Strike up a conversation with a fellow northern Utah resident and you may find yourself commiserating about one significant drawback of living here: the dirty air. (Lots more detail below, but if you're in a hurry, click here to do our clean air action alert!)
It's the one obvious "big city" problem which communities from Logan to Provo struggle with: funky smog that fouls our vistas and poisons our bodies. We already knew that dangerous levels of air pollution were a serious problem for pregnant women, children, athletes, the elderly and anyone with breathing issues, but this past week we learned that leading global health experts have officially classified dirty air as a carcinogen.
Over the past couple years, HEAL has joined the groups and activists fighting to clean up the Wasatch Front's dirty air. This past summer, you may recall, we successfully convinced thousands of Utahns – including Gov. Gary Herbert – to endorse tough new standards on vehicles and gas.
And, now, we're working to pressure the state Division of Air Quality to improve its plan to cut down on fine particle pollution, aka soot, aka PM 2.5. Before we tell you a bit more about that campaign, we'd love to ask you to take a moment and click on our special action alert page and let state officials know you'd like to see deeper cuts to area air pollution. Click here.
Let us first say that we appreciate all the hard work that state officials did to meet federal Clean Air Act targets limiting PM 2.5 pollution. However, as we scrutinized their plan, we soon discovered what we think are some clear gaps in their proposals. You can read more of that analysis on a pair of fact sheets we developed: here and here.
Here's several excerpts from those documents:
Nearly all of the cuts that are helping Utah meet its clean air goals are due to federal action: More than four out of five tons of pollutants that will be taken out of air are due to EPA rules. Utah can do more.
Heavy industry – our copper mine and smelter, refineries, steel mills, natural gas power plants, factories and more – will collectively pollute 12 percent more in 2019 than they did in 2010. That’s unacceptable – given the toll of that pollution and the fact that other sectors are making deep cuts. Utah’s industries can do more.
If you look at the increase from just Kennecott’s three facilities, you’ll see they alone will eat into nearly 60 percent of all the cuts Utah officials have realized from passing more than two dozen new rules governing homes and businesses.
We hope you share our concerns about Utah's air quality plan. If so, please let state officials know. The comment deadline is just 7 days away, don't put it off!
Fashion show/performance produced by Gary Vlasic (V Project) for JUGAR (silent 'J') to close out SL Design Week under the freeway from this past weekend. The cocktail party at Nobrow and Atlas Architects was fantastic, but I only snapped one photo there of my special ladies Elizabeth Gundersen and Kim Fearick. It was happening, for sure.
Bravo to everyone involved with SLDW. It's a huge boost to the various diciplines and design communities here, adding a layer of connectivity that's aided the recent growth.
Jugar men’s wear line is based in Salt Lake City and Portland, and is inspired by understated branding, signature detailing and unique silhouettes. The result is a minimal aesthetic with highly articulated construction.
Kind, kind words from the reviewer Kamryn Feigel who attended the straightforward warehouse party Untitled last Friday writing for Slug Magazine. And speaking of local magazines, the new Revolv has been floating around and it's a great read. I love the feel, minimal design and photography throughout. Particularly enjoyed the article about the Violin Making School of America and the features on treasured artists Jann Haworth and Benjamin Wiemeyer. It's the new Salt Lake City in a woodsy Fall nutshell.
One of the best shows and my favorite live music moments was seeing Australian synth pop band Cut Copy in the Spring of 2008 at Urban Lounge on the upward peak of thier popularity. The brushfire catchyness of their sophmore album In Ghost Colours was on repeat and launched a summer of love for me and so many of my friends. Man, that night was a blur.
Well strap yourselves in for the dance party of your life as they are making a reappearance in SLC for the second stop of their North American at the Depot.
UNTITLED is the first in a series of deep house, deeper techno warehouse parties produced by Canvas & Unified Chaos. I'll be playing tomorrow night (Friday) alongside Red Spectral to kick things off. RSVP required. More info here. Very encouraging to see someone picking up the ball here. Very encouraging indeed.
I'm proud to release a new mix I'm calling The Jesse Walker Experience (cheeky title) recorded at last week's Stir-Friday. This was the cherry on top of a grand birthday week and an extraordinary night on the music front. Everything just came together the way I wanted it to with my luminaries on the dancefloor in agreement. The tequila may have helped.
*Thanks to the unbelievably cool Flash n' Flare for letting me be his guest. It's always a pleasure to play with him and for my friends at Zest Kitchen & Bar.
1. Walking In The Rain / Frontera 2. Can't Wait / Claude VonStroke 3. Feel Inside / Electricano 4. How Did We (Jovonn's Deeper Deep Mix') / G.Logan 5. Worked It (6th Borough Project Remix) / Tazz 6. Towards The Seer (Andre Lodemann Remix) / Jimpster 7. Someone To Love / Adam Port 8. Elouisa (Late Nite Tuff Guy’s Just Wanna Dance Dub) / The Swiss 9. Friends Of Disco / Neighbour 10. Sensuela / Technasia 11. Song of Life (Betoko Mix) / Leftfield 12. Here's To You Mr. Robinson / The Groovers 13. Set Me Free (Seb's Dub Edit) / Seb Skalski 14. So Crazy / Husky 15. Wandering (Phonique Remix) / Frankey 16. Strandbar (Disko Version) / Todd Terje 17. I Am Somebody / Technasia 18. The Witch (The Access Remix) / Sourya, Dombrance, The Access 19. Night Air (Franky Rizardo Mash-Edit) / Jamie Woon 20. Everybody Wants Something Feat. Alex Mills (Joey Negro Strip Mix) / Joey Negro, Akabu, Alex Mills 21. Lovery (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Beats) / Kiko Navarro, Tuccillo, Amor 22. Otro Dia / Gregor Salto, KiT (Kuenta i Tambu) 23. Moment Before Dreaming (Idjut Boys Dub) / Ananda Project
Last Sunday a ragtag group of friends took a long overdue trip to the Spiral Jetty about 2hrs North/West of Salt Lake and it was a magically surreal day. The Jetty is arguably one of the most imporant sculptural works in America. Thanks to our host Adam Bateman, curator and board member at CUAC Gallery we got a nice amount of background on the work by Robert Smithson.
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