This week, you can witness the caucus system up close and see who’s elected to replace Utah’s outgoing and outspoken state Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan. At a Salt Lake City Council meeting, you can give a green thumb up or down to proposed sustainability-ordinance changes, and later you can check out a state Air Quality Board meeting to learn more about environmental rule changes that have passed or are being proposed.
Special Elections Senate District 10
Thursday, March 31
Delegates still have a chance to be elected to fill the seat of retired Sen. Chris Buttars. Keep in mind this is not a look-alike contest—delegates are seeking serious candidates and will nominate them from the floor. Throw your hat in the ring if you’re an eligible Republican, or just show up to see how the process works.
Merit Medical Campus, 1600 W. Merit Parkway, South Jordan, March 31, registration at 6 p.m., caucus starts at 7 p.m., contact Salt Lake County Republican Party Chair Julie Dole at 801-699-7987, firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Lake City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 5
This council meeting will give residents an opportunity to weigh in on sustainability measures aimed at increasing urban farming and other green proposals. On the agenda is a discussion about potential restrictions for residents selling produce outside their homes as well as residential wind turbines and solar panels.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, April 5, 7 p.m., SLCGov.com
Utah Air Quality Board
Wednesday, April 6
There’s something in the air, and Utahns can just taste it … and most of the time have to spit it out. If you’re concerned about the quality of Utah mildly chunky to extra-chunky air, then you won’t want to miss this Air Quality Board meeting. The board will discuss air toxins, compliance issues and greenhouse-gas rule changes as well as seek public comment on changes to Utah’s Smoke Management Program that regulates controlled burns.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 195 N. 1950 West, Room No. 1015, 801-536-4000, April 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m., AirQuality.Utah.Gov