There's something in the air around this time of year, and it's not just lung-clogging particulate pollution—it's also a growing demand by Utah's citizens to do something meaningful about the abysmal air. Those who want to learn more about this debate should check out a free panel discussion on the science and economics behind air quality in the Beehive State. On Friday, drop in for a slate of budget meetings on the hill as legislators begin figuring out how to fund criminal justice, social services and other important services. Later in the week, the Salt Lake City Council will be talking about issues ranging from news rack fees to funding golf operations in the capital city.
Utah Climate Change
Thursday, Jan. 29
National organization the Citizens Climate Lobby is holding a panel discussion about the science and economic impact of Utah's toxic inversion. The free event will include speakers such as physicist Rob Davies, Alta Ski Area's sustainability coordinator Maura Olivos, economist Gabriel Lozada and Laura Briefer, the water resource manager for Salt Lake City.
Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West, 385-468-7827, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., free but tickets required, ClarkPlanetarium.org
Legislative Appropriations Committees
Friday, Jan. 30
This Friday, the Legislature will begin prioritizing how to spend your taxpayer dollars. Committees will run all day and will look at social services, criminal justice, higher education, infrastructure and general government appropriations. Show up and follow your money.
Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, 801-538-1029, Jan. 30, 8-11 a.m., Le.Utah.gov
Salt Lake City Council
Tuesday, Feb. 3
The Salt Lake City Council will discuss new fees for news racks in the city after years of lax enforcement. They will also be taking input from the public on what to do with the city's beleaguered golf courses, which ran a half-million-dollar deficit in the past fiscal year alone. Saving the courses may mean an increase in golf fees, among other proposed reforms.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, Room 315, 801-535-7600, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. SLCGov.com