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Editorial: Facebook saga shows need for tax base in southwest Salt Lake County 19.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
As the dust settles on the failed attempt to lure Facebook’s data center to a patch of farmland in West Jordan, it’s worth remembering why a quarter billion dollars in tax breaks were offered in the first place: Southwest Salt Lake County desperately needs more commercial tax base. The deal was based on the idea that it was a massive giveaway of something that government didn’t have now and therefore wouldn’t miss. It would have given Facebook the gift of paying only a small fraction of its p... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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West Jordan blames Ben McAdams for losing out on Facebook data center 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Facebook picked New Mexico over West Jordan as the home for a massive $2.5 billion data center, the company announced Wednesday. West Jordan Mayor Kim Rolfe blamed opposition from Salt Lake County and Mayor Ben McAdams for the city losing out on the coveted project — criticism McAdams said he’ll happily accept. “This was a bad deal and I stand by my decision to reject it,” McAdams said in reference to nearly $200 million in tax incentives, which he thought were too generous. “There are other opp...
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Facebook rejects West Jordan, picks New Mexico in competition for new data center 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Facebook has chosen New Mexico over West Jordan as the home for what will eventually be a massive $2.5 billion data center, the New Mexico congressional delegation announced Wednesday. An official announcement from the company is expected later in the day. "We welcome Facebook to New Mexico and are proud to help secure this new investment in our state's future," the delegation said in a news release. "Facebook will bring innovative opportunities for our economy and much needed jobs." The decisio... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Salt Lake County restates distaste for Facebook plan 14.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake County officials reiterated their objections Tuesday to financing deals that West Jordan is proposing in an effort to entice Facebook to build a data center in the city. The proposal the county responded to Tuesday was contained in an Aug. 17 email in which West Jordan economic development manager Paul Coates asked the county to consider giving all of the new revenue it might get from the project to Jordan School District to minimize the impact on public education. But a letter from co...
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Punch List: End of summer doesn’t mean end of your garden 3.9.2016 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Keep your harvest basket close and garden gloves on for late season planting.
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Apple harvest in Colorado hurting, but aims for comeback 29.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
Colorado is fast losing its apple orchards, but some people still remember the glory days when the state matched Washington in apple production.
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Why the Beaver Creek fire has been burning for more than two months and counting 27.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The Beaver Creek fire, ignited on June 19, has forced firefighters to rethink the way they battle wildfire and is providing valuable lessons that could change the way forest fires are fought in Colorado’s millions of acres of insect-eaten timber.
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As Utah revives Facebook deal, New Mexico sweetens already juicy deal 26.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Even though some in Utah have expressed sticker shock at the economic development incentives to recruit a Facebook data center, New Mexico is offering the social-media giant an even richer package. Los Lunas, N.M., has approved a deal that waives 100 percent of the company property taxes for 30 years in exchange for a flat payment from Facebook that starts at $50,000 annually and goes up to $100,000. Thursday night, the Los Lunas Council was expected to approve a $10 million subsidy to the proje... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Steamboat startups: Locally harvested wood, simple design define Harvest Skis 21.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Dog lovers give back through Adventure Hounds clothing “It was something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Baker, 45. The class turned out to be a place to design and create a ski or snowboard brand, so Baker focused his energy on dreaming up a line of skis with a simple look that focused on the use of locally harvested wood. He named the brand Harvest Skis. “I really wanted to get away from all the plastic,” said Baker, who previously ran an arborist company where he often found new uses for downed and trimmed trees. “And the time of year when we start thinking about skiing again is harvest time.” When it was time for the CMC class to vote on a favorite design, Baker’s idea was most popular among his classmates. “Connecting the skis to locally sourced wood and sustainable materials helped sell his brand,” said Michael Martin, director of CMC’s ski and snowboard business program. Martin asked Baker which manufacturer he wanted to use to make every person in the class a set of his Harvest Skis — students ...
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In pursuing Facebook, Utah hopes for friend requests from other companies 21.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
West Jordan officials say it’s a one-time deal, a carrot too sweet to dangle twice: In return for building what might rank among the world’s largest data-center campuses, Facebook would receive up to $260 million worth of tax incentives, a commitment of nearly 5 million gallons of water per day, a reduced rate on renewable energy and yet-to-be-announced benefits from the state. Taxpayers, meanwhile, would eventually reap a 14,000-fold increase in property tax value from what is now a dryland far... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Dramatic Tree Haus wooden bridge gets hands-on treatment 19.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
A crew from Western Wood Protection is nearing completion of a one-of-a-kind commercial painting job on the wooden trusses of the Tree Haus Bridge over the Yampa River just west of the interchange of U.S. Highway 40 and Mount Werner Road and just outside the city limits in Routt County. Strapped into a safety harness affixed to the bridge Thursday, Jace Smith stood nonchalantly on one of the bridge’s horizontal support beams above a placid section of river. Using a roller on an extension pole, he reached above his head to apply a coat of transparent finish to one of the bridge's heavy timbers. Routt County Road and Bridge field coordinator Geovanny Romero said Thursday the bridge, which is dedicated to the memory of the late Road and Bridge Department engineer Lou Gabos, was stained within the last five years by Road and Bridge personnel. Wood stain was not the application of choice this time around. “That was one way to do it, not the best way,” Romero said. “This time, I required them to apply (the ...
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City seeks volunteers to help repair Emerald Mountain trails 19.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs has a message for cyclists and other trail users who are itching to get back on some of their favorite Emerald Mountain trails: Help us rebuild them. Aug. 1 to Oct. 15: Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez Sept. 6 to 23: Upper Morning Gloria Sept. 15 to 17: One full-day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain trail system while helicopter logging and tree removal is in progress Some trails will need some work following an extensive logging project that started on Emerald in July. The work aims to remove dead and hazardous trees. But the equipment that is used to cut down and haul away the trees inevitably damages trails. Craig Robinson, the city’s parks, open space and trails manager, said Routt County Riders is organizing the trail days. They could start as soon as next weekend. To view volunteer opportunities, visit www.routtcountyriders.org/volunteer . “When the Orton parcel (on Emerald) was purchased by the city, people packed City Council ...
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High avocado prices fueling deforestation in Michoacan mountains 12.8.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Americans' love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico's pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand.
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Avocado prices fueling deforestation in Mexico 11.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Mexico City • Americans’ love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico’s pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand. Avocado trees flourish at about the same altitude and climate as the pine and fir forests in the mountains of Michoacan, the state that produces most of Mexico’s avocados. That has led farmers to wage a cat-and-mouse campaign to avoid authorities, thinning out the forests, planting youn...
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Punch List: What to do in your Denver area garden this week, Aug. 5-11 5.8.2016 Denver Post: Lifestyles
We’re well in to the dog days of summer with steady heat, sun and stray storms. Bring on the tomato sandwiches and green-bean salad, and it won’t be long before we’re enjoying peach cobbler.
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Full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark built by tiny Colorado company 31.7.2016 Denver Post: Business
Colorado Timberframe employees worked 24 hours a day, six days a week for 11 months straight, cutting wood to build the largest freestanding timber-frame structure in the world -- a life-size replica of Noah's Ark as described in the Bible.
Oregon lumber town making digital comeback 28.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Prineville, Oregon • It was not long ago that Crook County had five major lumber mills. Timber was king, and the rural Oregon county was the nation’s top producer of ponderosa lumber. But amid restrictions on harvesting from federal lands, logging started to freefall around 1990. The county’s mills began closing. The global recession hit a few years later. Unemployment soared to around 20 percent, the highest in Oregon. “We had the sawmills close, and then the bottom dropped out of the economy. ...
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Former Oregon lumber town rides digital wave to a comeback 26.7.2016 Durango Herald
A rural Oregon town that saw its timber industry implode years ago is making a comeback thanks to the digital revolution
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BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan 25.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Court showdown may force the agency to reconsider its Pacific Northwest logging goals.
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It's time to pick fruit at Capitol Reef 11.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Though Capitol Reef National Park is primarily a scenic area, the National Park Service has preserved some historic structures and orchards to celebrate the park’s pioneer heritage. According to the park service, early settlers planted the orchards as a cash crop and for subsistence. The historic orchards that consist of approximately 3,100 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry and walnut are listed on the National Historic Places. What makes this fun for visitors i... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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