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Best of Utah 2018 

An ode to the people, places, products and services that make life the Beehive State exceptional.

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ENRIQUE LIMÓN
  • Enrique Limón

Best Sugar House Mystery

The Case of the Cone
The two-scoop chocolate and strawberry ice cream cone outside the 2100 South's Nestlé Distribution has put the "Sugar" in "Sugar House" since Snelgrove's Ice Cream's 1960s heyday. But last spring, disaster struck—the neighborhood icon stopped spinning. Who or what was behind this dastardly deed? Was it ISIS, climate change, the diabetes lobby? Turns out it was just some faulty, old equipment. "They kind of had to rebuild some parts," Kate Shaw, Nestlé USA's manager of corporate communications, says about the mechanical mystery. Efforts paid off, and last October, just in time for Halloween, the emblematic sign twirled once more. How sweet it is. (KL)

Best F.U. to the Legislature
Sign Mocking
A couple of years ago, Utah's quirky Legislature passed a law requiring bars and restaurants to post signs by their entrances that read, "This premise is licensed as a bar. Not a restaurant" or vice versa. It was meant to avoid confusion, but all it really did was add more to the mix (not to mention, look beyond backwards to outsiders). The signs are now gone, but not forgotten, as their spirit lives on in mocking T-shirts and other wares. Go to a beer festival and you'll likely spot a shirt that reads: "This item of clothing is licensed as a T-shirt, not a shoe," or something similar. But why stop at shirts? How's about a sign that reads "This establishment is licensed as a place of worship, not a policy-making think-tank" or "This number is licensed as a speed limit and not a mere suggestion"? (RH)

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  • Enrique Limón

Best Not-Yet Realized Art Project

Tanner Lenart and Adam Bateman's upcoming collection
RIP those signs, we hardly knew ye. Against all odds, booze and food enthusiasts have somehow survived without the 8 1/2-by-11-inch guides for the past six months or so, using their context clues to deduce which establishments are bars and which are restaurants. "Liquor lawyer" Tanner Lenart and local artist Adam Bateman have collected a bunch of the anthropological relics, and are using them as a launching pad for an exhibit at Nox Contemporary Gallery. No word yet on whether there will be booze on-hand—if only there were a way to know what kind of license the gallery has. (KL)

Best Public/Private Public Art
O1 Walls
The challenge of "public art" is that there is relatively little public space, and plenty of privately owned territory that could become glorious with an artist's touch. Ogden First has collaborated with businesses in Ogden's downtown core in an effort to transform vertical surfaces with murals. The project launched in September with a 2,000-square-foot work dedicated to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, located appropriately enough on the Monarch building at 455 25th St. And this is just the start of a project to make art part of the vitality of downtown Ogden every day. (SR)
ogdenfirst.org

STEVE CONLIN
  • Steve Conlin

Best Festival Glow-Up

Ogden Twilight
After an uncertain year leading up to its 30th anniversary, Salt Lake's OG Twilight Concert Series came and went without much hurrah (DJ Snoopadelic's awesome button-pushing skills notwithstanding). All the while, 40 miles north, the series' kissing cousin, Ogden Twilight, was packing them in with a stellar lineup that included The Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids, Thievery Corporation and Chromeo. With a storyline worthy of a samurai film, it swiftly became clear the pupil had outdone the master. Nice going, grasshopper. (EL)
ogdentwilight.com

DREW HOLMES
  • Drew Holmes

Best Large-Scale Mural That Honors Hard Work, a Conservative Icon and Shark Week

Shae Petersen's "Atlas"
Aided by 350 cans of spray paint, local artist Shae Petersen recently left his mark on another building on the Wasatch Front. The nearly 4,000-square foot mural, the largest in the state, depicts a Titan god holding up the world while sharks lurk below the water. The meaning behind "Atlas," a project inspired by conservative goddess Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, aligns closely with his artistic moniker "SRIL": The piece speaks to the years of hard work Petersen had to put in before he could become a full-time aerosol artist. "I never thought I could do this for a living," the surrealist says. (KL)

Best Penis Envy
V. Project, Gary Vlasic
Anyone who's familiar with the internationally acclaimed work of Utah-based multidisciplinary artist and experiential designer Gary Vlasic knows he's practically the Picasso of penises. His newest permanent installation on Market Street is no exception, with the ethereal and edgy human-scaled illuminated panels in the lofty vertical space giving patrons in the know—they're subtle!—a little bit of "Where's Waldo" fun while they're waiting for their hamachi ceviche. Pro tip (see what we did there?): This also gets more entertaining with every Japanese whisky consumed. (DD)
Post Office Place, 16 W. Market St.

Best Showcase of Utah to the World
Westworld and Yellowstone
Utah's tourism is built around the state's beauty, its expansive landscapes and its recreation. For years, Hollywood has taken note, too. HBO aired its second season of Westworld last spring, and showcased Southern Utah's picturesque features as backdrop to the show's wild "amusement" park. And most recently, Paramount Network aired a nine-episode debut season of Yellowstone featuring Kevin Costner. Yellowstone's story takes place in Montana, where some of the filming is done, but the majority of it is shot near Park City. Like Westworld, the series showcases Utah's natural beauty. And if any Utahn watched the first episode, they'd recognize Rice-Eccles Stadium and Salt Lake's foothills through character Beth Dutton's office window. (RH)

ENRIQUE LIMÓN
  • Enrique Limón

Best Last Vestiges of the 2002 Winter Olympics

Trio of stuffed mascots at Eborn Books
While a few visible reminders of the 2002 Winter Games remain—the arrowhead-shaped countdown clock by The Gateway, Kearns' Olympic Oval, Mitt Romney's tall tales about how Apolo Anton Ohno snatched his rightful spot on Dancing with the Stars—history has all but forgotten the games' true stars: a trio of furry woodland characters. It all started innocently enough: Not one, not two, but three mascots would be designed by Steve Small, who'd been an animator in Disney's Hercules. Then, a public naming contest was held, and the creatures based in Native American lore—a snowshoe hare, a coyote and an American black bear—ended up with the names "Powder" (sure), "Copper" (OK) and "Coal" (the equivalent of currently naming a mascot "Confederate McNazi.") Still, together they remain on display in plush form at downtown's Eborn books, a venerable treasure trove where first-edition books and an array of collectibles rivaled only by the contents of your nana's attic, coexist. Your move, Miraitowa. (EL)
254 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-359-0460, ebornbooks.com

Best Critically Acclaimed Novel by a Local Author That I Bought at Target and Haven't Read Yet
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
A local author made it big, like, Super Target big. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (gabrieltallent.com) was published this year and has received stellar reviews from The New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Review of Books and many other prestigious journals. Stephen King even dubbed Tallent's debut novel as a "masterpiece." Super Target isn't exactly a book-buying destination; they carry the most popular books everyone is talking about. Seeing the familiar cover of My Absolute Darling on a Target shelf, I grabbed a copy, and was thrilled for Tallent. According to a Salt Lake Tribune article, one of his first gigs was cleaning toilets at Target. It's pretty cool to see a local author going from cleaning toilets at Target to selling his best-selling award-winning book there. (AR)

Best Way To Watch the Greatest Films From the Greatest Filmmakers
Salt Lake Film Society's Tower Theatre DVD library
The streaming media world of the 21st century suggests that it's easy to find any movie any time, but have you tried recently to track down a classic more than a few years old on Netflix or Hulu? Trust old-school physical media, courtesy of the Tower Theatre's expansive collection of vintage films on DVD. Many of them are conveniently grouped by director, so when you're trying to complete your viewing of Kurosawa or Scorsese, you don't need to wonder if your computer will ever serve it up to you. (SR)
876 E. 900 South, 801-321-0310, slfs.org

Best Old Media-to-New Media Transfer
Preserve the Memories
Technology changes fast, and for some families, that means precious memories are stuck on viewing formats that aren't supported much anymore. Folks who have videotapes, floppy disks or other obsolete hardware can now transfer those images and home movies into digital formats—and all for free, thanks to equipment available through the Salt Lake County Library System's "Preserve the Memories" program. Based at the West Jordan main branch, it's a way to once again enjoy special times that have been sitting somewhere in a box. (SR)
8030 S. 1825 West, slcolibrary.org

Best Meditations On Solitude
Jana Richman, Finding Stillness in a Noisy World
Utah native Jana Richman has written beautiful works of fiction about how people are shaped by the natural landscapes of their lives, but she's just as gifted at exploring that subject through her essays. This slim but potent volume collects reflections by Richman on a variety of subjects all touching on the quest for an internal and external life of balance. From earthy contemplations of the importance of dirt to insights on the experience of walking, Richman tells personal tales that ring with the universality of making peace with a complicated world. (SR)
janarichman.com

Best Cultural Crafts
Urban Indian Center Art Market
What started as an opportunity for both experienced and novice Native American artists to share their wares and make a little money, the Urban Indian Center's weekly art market celebrated one year in operation this summer. Each Wednesday, community members are welcome to bring crafts, art or food to share and sell. On some days, only a few tables are scattered around the main hall, but other weeks see a busier crowd, and organizers emphasize that all are encouraged to join in. (SA)
120 W. 1300 South, uicsl.org

ENRIQUE LIMÓN
  • Enrique Limón

Best Three-Hour Permanent Smile

The Viva La Diva show
It takes a mad man to think, "Hey, I'm going to start a regular drag cabaret in Salt Lake City." Luckily for the local LGBTQ scene (and beyond), the Beehive State has found such an eccentric in prodigal son Jason CoZmo. "I figured it out—straight women in Utah love two things: Hobby Lobby and drag," the Magna native says. Aided by the formidable talents of cast members David Lorence, Cody Scott, Jeremiah Knight, current reigning Miss City Weekly E. Cooper Jr. and others, CoZmo & Co. continually delivers. Be it Halloween, Christmas, Broadway or Disney-themed, Viva La Diva shows no sign of stopping. "Utah, you need this. You may not realize it, but you need it," the host said during a recent performance. "This is not the Davis County Roadshow." Honey, ain't that the truth. (EL)
thevivaladivashow.com

Best Poetry Performance
Salt City Unified Slam Poetry at National Poetry Slam
Utah-based slam poets have visited national competitions before, but never before have they made quite this big a splash. The five-person Salt City Unified team of Jesse Parent, Jose Soto, Tanesha Nicole, Dorothy McGinnis and RJ Walker took the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago by storm in August, dazzling attendees with a "concept bout" in which everyone created original works around the general theme of The Wizard of Oz. The team's fourth-place finish was the highest ever for an SLC team, and their work was so memorable that they sold more books of their poetry than any other team at the event. (SR)

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Best Sunday Funday of the Year

Pride Day
Utah's Pride Parade and festival are a blast. Perhaps not-so-intentionally, the parade through downtown streets takes place on a Sunday. In Utah, well, that's just about as rebel as you can get. Thanks to our LGBTQ peers, this Sunday has turned into one of the freest and best days of the year. It's an epic Sunday Funday, if you will, with bars throughout downtown throwing parties and people roaming the streets giving a metaphorical rebellious gesture to the often stifling Utah culture. Don't miss this Sunday in June to get out and see some of Utah's finest. (RH)

Best Way To Get To Know Salt Lake's History
Salt Lake City's Past Forward Program
Utah's capital city is full of historic neighborhoods and there might not be any better way to learn about their architecture and history than from the experts in Salt Lake City's Planning Division. As part of its Summer Planning Series, the division invites residents to tour various areas and show examples of how historic buildings have been retrofitted for modern use. Keep an eye out for when the next tour takes place and you'll likely learn something new about your neighborhood you never noticed before. (RH)
slc.gov/planning

Best Bike-Themed Dance
Provo Bicycle Collective Sadie Hawkins Dance
There's no better feeling than joining dozens of cyclists to temporarily block traffic. Feelings of grandeur are further magnified when you're wearing your Sunday best—whether that's a tulle tutu or a color-coordinated tux. Provo Bicycle Collective's take on the classic girls-ask-boys dance starts with a ride that highlights Provo's best bike infrastructure and ends at the dance hall of your high-school dreams, featuring a photo booth, DJ'd dance music and the drink of champions and teetotalers: La Croix. A bonus: all proceeds benefit the Bike Collective's programs. So grab your bike, dust off your prom dress and get ready to bust some sweet moves. (NC)
397 E. 200 North, Provo, 801-210-9032, bicyclecollective.org/provo

ENRIQUE LIMÓN
  • Enrique Limón

Best Sunday Church Service Alternative

Avant Vespers
So you're strolling around Provo on a Sunday night looking for some entertainment and a way of connecting with your spiritual self. Boy, has your ship come in. Enter Christian Asplund, a BYU music professor (plus viola, harmonium and piano composer-performer), who originated a monthly avant garde performance night inside of, wait for it ... Happy Valley's St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Dubbed "Avant Vespers," each surreal installment consists of the marrying of different musical thoughts—opera and punk trombone one evening; Asplund on violin and Japanese percussionist virtuoso Tatsuya Nakatani coming together during the next—resulting in an unforgettably unique (and secular) religious experience. Do yourself a favor, find deets on the next iteration on Facebook and flock. (EL)

Best Local Website for Getting Your Kink On
beehivekink.com
Perhaps you've heard, but there's a lot of sexual repression in Utah. In the last few years, though, a growing number of new organizations have sprung up that are trying to change that perception. There are groups for leather fetishists, puppy players, bondage and submission fans, and pretty much anything your horny little consenting-adult heart can imagine. The best way to enter these secret realms is to get to know others who share the same kinks as you, and a great place to, umm, bond with them, is by hooking up through beehivekink.com, a Utah-only event calendar you can use to meet with like-minded folks. Several of these groups host "munches," which are informal get-togethers in public spaces like coffee houses and IHOPs, where newbies can introduce themselves, members can get to know them, and you can, hopefully, gain a sponsor who will allow you into the more private parties where the clothing-optional action is. The site is an entryway to a side of Utah that will make you think you're definitely not in Utah anymore. (RK)
beehivekink.com

Best Way To Help the Environment for $1.50
Reusable straws at Beans & Brews
Just when you thought 2018 couldn't get any worse, the case for the vilification of plastic straws was made. Last July, Seattle became the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils. The same month, coffee behemoth Starbucks announced a complete distancing from the devil's cylinders by 2020. Three years ago, plastic consumption worldwide totaled 300 million metric tons, which as Business Insider notes, "essentially means that for each one of the world's 7.6 billion humans, we're making 88 pounds of plastic a year." Utah lawmakers are known for being staunch environmentalists (*inversion cough*), so who knows if such regulations will ever arrive here. Still, if you want to do your karmic part to eliminate waste, local caffeine suppliers Beans & Brews have your back with reusable, logo-branded stainless steel straws ($1.50) either bent or straight. Now, if I could only get over my habit of chewing on straws as I'm about to take my first sip. Don't get me wrong, I love the environment, but no baby tortoise is worth me walking around with a chipped front tooth like some sort of goon. (EL)
Multiple locations, beansandbrews.com

Best Month for Foodies
September
Forget about the usual gluttony associated with the winter holiday season. Utah foodies were treated to one helluva month in September 2018. To recap a few of the highlights: the month saw sellout crowds at Local First Utah's Celebrate the Bounty (localfirst.org) premiering the newly renovated Historic Eagle Building, Wasatch Community Gardens Tomato Days events, the extended 6-day/17 Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest by the Salt Lake Restaurant Association (saltlakefoodandwinefest.com), and month-long Farm-to-Glass Cocktail Competition (saltlakemagazine.com). Topping the trend, a handful of happy food journalists also traipsed up to Deer Valley for a delicious preview of dishes that Park City chefs (parkcityrestaurants.com) presented in New York for a James Beard House Foundation dinner. All hail stretchy pants! (DD)

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Best WTF Impulse Buy

Dell Loy Hansen's purchase of a $2.64 million coin
Dell Loy Hansen is rich—he owns Real Salt Lake for example—and sometimes he needs to find ways to spend that money. Hansen has put millions of dollars into youth sports around the state and also helped inaugurate the new professional women's soccer team, Utah Royals FC. But his purchase of a world-famous 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, also known as the "King of American Coins," might be the most exorbitant. In June, Hansen bought one of only 15 of the coins known to exist. It added to the numismatic enthusiast's already growing and valuable coin collection—something many might not know about the wealthy businessman. (RH)

Best Way To Evict the Friends Living On Your Head
OneCure
The incessant itching, the eerie feeling that something is crawling in your hair and, gross, are those eggs around your ears and neck hairline? It's not in your head, it's on it—you've got lice. Last August, a professor at the University of Utah demoed OneCure, a handheld device you can use at home that allegedly kills lice, super lice and 99.2 percent of eggs in a single one-hour treatment. The small tech uses heated air to smoke the little bastards out, giving you back your hair and piece of mind. Gone are the days of shamefully being sent home from school and waging war on the insects with special shampoo. (KL)

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  • United States Senate

Best WTF Hypocritical Argument

Sen. Orrin Hatch during the Supreme Court confirmation process
Over the summer, Sen. Orrin Hatch came to Salt Lake City just a few months before his retirement to make his case for confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, filling retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat and cementing the court's rightward tilt. "In a rational world Judge Kavanaugh would be confirmed swiftly and overwhelmingly," Hatch told the reporters and crowd gathered at the Sutherland Institute. "Unfortunately, we don't live in a rational world, at least when it comes to the Supreme Court." Asked what would help the "unfortunate politicization" of the confirmation process, Hatch said "more Republicans" because "we've always been very fair to their side." If you listened close enough, you could hear Merrick Garland groan from Washington. (KL)

SARAH ARNOFF
  • Sarah Arnoff

Best Gender-Equality Development

Utah Royals FC
Utah is the second-most sexist state in the U.S., researchers discovered this year. That sounds extreme, and if that makes you upset, just head to Sandy. Joining the men of Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium this year, the new National Women's Soccer League team Utah Royals FC made waves this year as Utah's newest professional women's team. The squad features national stars such as Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez and Kelly O'Hara to name a few. They just missed out on the playoffs in their inaugural season but that doesn't matter as much when you see young aspiring female soccer players at the games watching their heroes put on a show to rival the men. (RH)
Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 S. State, rsl.com/utahroyalsfc

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Best Shady Political Moves

Proposition 2—Medical Cannabis
The debate over medical cannabis—Proposition 2—featured a lot of, well, passionate discourse on both sides. One week, listeners on local radio stations heard an ad against the measure, but some stations pulled it after receiving complaints about incorrect information—a big no-no. Weeks later, a billboard popped up along 600 South encouraging the public to vote yes. One problem: It didn't list who paid for the sign and when it comes to initiatives instead of candidates (where disclosure is required), that's what the Lieutenant Governor's Office called a "loophole." The incident exposed many holes in Utah election law and the shady tactics some people will use to get their message across. (RH)

PX HERE
  • PX Here

Best Perk of Raising a Kid In Utah

School-sanctioned ski lessons
As a Florida native living in the mountains for the first time ever, I knew it'd take time to warm up to skiing. As for my 7-year-old, well, he was thrown into the mix immediately thanks to winter sports lessons provided through his school. Yes, they cost extra, and yes, I fully acknowledge the First World nature of such a service. But Snowbird Mountain School's five-session program had my boy mastering the magic carpet on his first trip into the powder—and tackling blue runs the next time around. Most importantly, it saved me the excruciating pain of dishing out hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars for father-son lessons, only so he could watch me flail. Now if I could just interest him in a 10-mile hike ... (NM)

Best Young-Person Diss of a Congressional Candidate
Young Republicans and College Republicans' spoof of Ben McAdams' ad
Alright, Ben McAdams' shower ad is a little odd. In the 30-second spot, the fully clothed Salt Lake County mayor and Congressional hopeful bathes himself five separate times—in five different outfits—and goes out of his way to say he doesn't support Republicans' favorite bogeywoman, Nancy Pelosi. But the Young Republicans and College Republicans' response is even weirder. In their mock video, four young people step into the shower while wearing their clothes, and (spoiler alert) by the end of the video they all get in at the same time. Even a horse gets in on the scrubbing action. Most disturbing? One guy brushes his teeth while he's in the tub. Who does that? (KL)

Best Show of Solidarity
Diabolical Records
A movie's box office intake after nabbing a Best Picture Oscar; a butt facial's popularity after being tweeted about by Kim K.; the visibility of a local business after it's heralded as a Best of Utah winner. Fine, one of these things is not like the others, but still, you gotta admit that being chosen by your community as a standout in your field is something to beam about. Enter Diabolical Records, which in a move reminiscent of Santa sending moms to buy toys at Gimbels in Miracle on 34th Street, took to social media and urged supporters to not vote for them, but competitor Raunch Records. See, Raunch's owner, Brad Collins, has been battling bladder cancer. Diabolical's Adam Tye and Alana Boscan: You prove that Best of Utah isn't just a yearly issue; it's a frame of mind. (EL)
diabolicalrecords.com

Best Follow on Twitter
@thejazzyute
Whether you're a Utah Utes, Brigham Young Cougars or Utah State Aggies football fan, following the exuberant and often bleak takes of @thejazzyute on Twitter is a must. Sure, most of the tweets center on Utah football. When the Utes are struggling, sometimes the tweets say what we're all thinking but don't want to admit. It accurately represents the ups and downs football fans have watching their favorite team. And if the tweets aren't about football, you get an occasional take on Utah politics. It might seem gloomy at times, but such is the life of a Utah football fan. (RH)

BLM
  • BLM

Best Summer Ruiner

Wildfires
Let's all make a collective pact right here and now to stop lighting things on fire. Sure, lightning is a bitch and can spark all kinds of fire-related nonsense, but according to a study from the National Academy of Sciences, 84 percent of wildfires in the U.S. between 1992 and 2012 were human caused. And, on average, half of all fires in Utah are human caused, according to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. We Utahns love us some camping, so let's take a proactive approach in planning for next summer so we can all enjoy open canyon roads and smoke-free valleys. (SA)

ENRIQUE LIMÓN
  • Enrique Limón

Best Protest Signage

Bears Ears Rallies
Between the fight over Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and the March for Our Lives movement, protests and activism weren't hard to find in Utah this year. Perhaps the best part was the plethora of clever signs they inspired. Utahns really outdid themselves with signs poking fun at President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "Shrinkie Zinke" was a common phrase. When it came to Trump, there was no shortage of orange hot takes and "small hand" mockery. "The only bear's ears that should not have federal protection," read one sign with cute, fuzzy ears plastered on the side of Trump's head. Some consider the practice an art form and should keep it up, because with two more years until 2020, there's bound to me more chances for activism through signage. (RH)

Best Reminder that Humanity's Existence Is Fleeting
Inversion
Yep, it took 29 years to give this bad boy an award. Listen, we're lucky to live in Salt Lake City. In many parts of the U.S., the effects of climate change are so slow-moving that they're intangible, making the calamity a vague threat that will maybe harm us someday. But here, we're blessed every single winter with horrendous air quality that slows down our intellectual capacities and poisons our bodies, reminding us on the reg that climate change will one day kill us all and probably lead to our extinction (hey, at least we have fry sauce, right?). Salt Lakers are ahead of the curve, better able than most to grasp the depressing consequences that the U.S. government's inaction will likely have on the entire world. If nothing else, at least our last words can be, "We told you so." (KL)

Best Human-Powered Conservation Effort
Utah Conservation Corps' Bike Crew
Three times a year, the Utah Conservation Corps takes a bunch of 20-somethings into the woods, outfits them with chaps and helmets, and hands them chainsaws. (Don't worry—training is extensive and meticulous.) But nothing takes the environmental idealism as far as their bike crew, the only vehicle-less conservation corps crew in the nation. This summer, the grungy cyclists powered up mountain highways with eight days' worth of food and supplies, lugged chainsaws to their worksite in bike panniers, chopped down hundreds of invasive trees, and ate way too much dirt. No cars needed. (NC)
ucc.usu.edu

Best Mobile Feminist Collective
Mobile Moon Co-op
The folks at Mobile Moon Co-op are really into plants. Like, really into them. Founded by Erika Longino, the collective is based out of a veggie-oil-powered 1980s bus. Its aim: to be a place for women and queer people to gather and learn about the bounties of Mother Earth. This past year, the collective has hosted free community workshops on tea reading, botanical medicine, herbal tinctures and kombucha making. They've also published several educational botanical zines featuring local artists and herbalists. Look for the co-op's distinctive bus throughout Salt Lake Valley, and for empowerment with a side of tea, stop by during their next workshop. (NC)
facebook.com/mobilemooncoop

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  • Jessica Richardson

Best Best of Podcast

The New Utah Podcast
Putting together this annual issue can be a grueling task. Is anyone out there paying attention or are we just flinging copy and pictures into the void in hopes that some business owner instagrams they won Best Original Welcome Mat? Luckily for us curmudgeonly editorial folks, we know at least four people are paying close attention—Jessica Richardson, Chris Burch, Jeremy Gates and Bre Hollingsworth, who for the past two years have dedicated not one, but two episodes (one for editorial picks and one for readers' choice) to this, the golden plates of Utah awesomeness. Will they agree with this year's pick for Best Utahn? Will they grill us for our selection of Best Penis Envy? Stay tuned to find out. (EL)
thenewutah.com


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