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When it comes to coming out, these Utahns say it's a marathon, not a sprint

True to Yourself
Lisa Diamond's research focuses on sexual orientation development, sexual identity and bonding. Diamond feels that it is a false notion that people reach a singular moment of certainty regarding their sexual orientation, never to be reexamined for the rest of their lives. Human development, she said, is lifelong, and perceptions in a person's 20s or 30s can become clearer over time.

Utah Pride organizers stress quality over quantity for this year's festival and parade

Louder and Prouder
The Utah Pride Festival and Parade are growing and shrinking for 2023. For the first time, the two-day festival's Washington Square location will expand to include the adjacent Library Square, opening new spaces for activation and enhanced food and beverage options. But the live entertainment program—with a high-profile roster of local and national performers—is being consolidated onto a single stage in what organizers say is an intentional focus on quality over quantity.

Salt Lakers love to let their colors fly, during Pride and all year long

On the Street
Whether it's from Gallup polling data, Human Rights Campaign reports or random internet lists with dubious methodology—Salt Lake City is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in America.

Ogden teacher surprised with new car from Young Mazda

Start Your Engines
Mound Fort Junior High School teacher Levi Andersen—who won Ogden School District's teacher of the year award—was surprised with a free, one-year lease for a new Mazda CX-9 by Young Mazda, Young Caring for Our Young, Mazda USA and GoldenWest Credit Union

Wasatch Front mayors hold their noses and swallow the Little Cottonwood gondola

Snow Job
Members of the Wasatch Front Regional Council—a conclave of city mayors, county commissioners and state transportation officials—voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt a new regional transportation plan for northern Utah, one that includes construction of a controversial gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Tooele County School District weighs dropping one-of-a-kind German language immersion program at shrinking elementary

Lost in Translation
And while dual language immersion programs have become common in Utah elementary schools, teaching young children to be near-fluent in languages from Spanish to Chinese, there are only two such programs in the entire state that are taught in German.

All-black ice cream cones and speedy delivery boys keep the memory of Salt Lake's former businesses alive.

On the Streets
There is an old saying in marketing textbooks that "businesses come and go, but brands stay forever." No doubt, a large part of a brand's appeal is its iconic imagery.

Gov. Cox says I-15 must be expanded, but he'd love not to

Fast Lanes
Asked about UDOT's plans to widen Interstate 15 through Salt Lake and Davis Counties, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said highway expansion must be approached cautiously and that no plausible amount of lane widening will ever eliminate traffic congestion. But he made clear that this widening project, in these locations, must go on. "I would love to not ever have to expand our freeways but we are a growing state," Cox said. "This is something that has been planned for a long time."

City, neighborhood and even single-home welcoming signs help Salt Lakers know where they are

On the Street
Location signs are rather abundant around Salt Lake, announcing everything from the "Welcome to Utah, Life Elevated" slogan that greets hundreds of thousands of travelers driving into town from the airport, all the way down to the historical markers of individual homes that you might see on your neighborhood walks.

Murals don't always last, so catch these Salt Lake City sights before they disappear

On the Street
One of my favorite pastimes I engage in while running around town is to map all of the exterior murals that I've happened upon.

The good and bad of getting around on Utah transit

Let's Roll
Utah, like much of the American West, is car country. That worked OK for a long time—assuming you could afford to buy a car and perpetually fill it with gasoline—but population growth, climate change, cost of living and Utah’s horrendous air quality have put enough pressure on the roads that even car-brained state leaders are beginning to acknowledge that, just maybe, “mistakes were made.” Luckily, we’re not starting from Square 1. No, at minimum we’re at Square 2, maybe even Square 3. Here’s what to know about traveling without a car in Utah.

Major League Baseball in Salt Lake City is pitched as a home run, but...

Curve Ball
How fast is the Wasatch Front growing? So fast, that the announcement in mid-April that a powerful coalition called Big League Utah is seeking to bring a new Major League Baseball franchise here was not met with guffaws.

Everyone has a little dirty laundry, but these Salt Lake spots will get you cleaned up

On the Street
Since moving to a home with its own washer and dryer hookups, I haven't thought much about laundromats.

"This is what downtown could look like"—Salt Lake City launches test of a new park in the center of the street

Thrown for a Loop
For at least the next six weeks, Salt Lake City families can add a new space to the downtown hangout list: the middle of 200 East. That's because the typically more-than-100-feet-wide street is being reduced to a single travel lane in each direction between 400 South and 300 South, swapping hot, high-speed asphalt for nearly 200 trees, a badminton court, an event space and a food truck court.

Three cheers for our fire-fighting neighbors.

On the Street
Unless you are having an extraordinarily bad day, most citizens have very limited, firsthand run-ins with firefighters.

Main Street vehicle closures bumped to the fall as Salt Lake City eyes permanent pedestrian shift

Walk Around the Clock
The past three summers have seen Salt Lakers and downtown guests taking to the streets on weekends thanks to a temporary road closure and retail encouragement program known as Open Streets on Main. But pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, shoppers, sidewalk diners and street performers will have to wait until the cooler months of fall—at the earliest—for the next taste of car-free living downtown.

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