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Business briefs for Saturday, July 22

Local chef earns worldwide award

The Aspen Center for Integral Health will honor chef Michael LeClerc, executive chef of Park City’s 350 Main Brasserie, at their Second Annual Healthy Gourmet Fest July 26-29 at the Ritz-Carlton Club in Aspen, Colo.

One of five chefs to be honored as a "culinary master" for serving organic, seasonal, fresh, regional foods in their gourmet menus, LeClerc will receive the Platinum Carrot Award, honored in the "Everyday Healthy" award category.

Cooking since the age of 16, Connecticut native LeClerc is a graduate of New York’s Culinary Institute of America, with over 25 years of experience in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Conversant in four languages, LeClerc is also a world traveler, having immersed himself in the cultures and cuisines of Europe, Thailand, India, Hawaii, and Central America. He has been executive chef of 350 Main Brasserie since 2000, where he combines his culinary training, a fascination with world cultures and foods, and nutritional education from the University of Utah. The result is what he calls "global cuisine."

Utah in nation’s top five for employment growth again

Utah’s number of non-farm wage and salaried jobs registered a year-over increase of 4.8 percent for June 2006. Approximately 55,600 new jobs have developed in the Utah economy over the past year, raising total wage and salary employment in Utah to 1,204,500. This rate keeps Utah within the top five states nationwide for employment growth. The last time Utah experienced an employment growth rate in the high 4-percent range was in early 1997.

Utah’s other primary indicator of current labor market conditions, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate, registered 3.1 percent in June, down 1.2 percentage points from the unemployment rate of 4.3 percent registered a year ago in June 2005. Approximately 40,000 Utahns were unemployed in June 2006 as compared to 54,000 in June 2005. May’s unemployment rate is unrevised at 3.5 percent.

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NAACP holds demonstration in D.C.

Yesterday afternoon, as thousands of NAACP members stormed Capitol Hill (including a local Utah delegation) demanding passage of a strong Voting Rights Act reauthorization, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed, by a unanimous vote of 18 to zero, a "clean" Voting Rights Act Reauthorization with no amendments. Today the full U.S. Senate was expected to debate the bill; a vote on final passage is expected this week.

The Utah Delegation met with Sen. Bob Bennett and with Sen. Orrin Hatch’s legislative person on the Voting Rights Reauthorization bill. They also met with Congressman Jim Matheson to thank him for his support and "yes" vote in the House. The NAACP had approximately 800 to 900 youth and college students march on the hill yesterday to support the VRA.

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