In Brief: 90 years of Civilian Conservation Corps; gas prices drop; Utah economic growth in August; Red Cross needs blood

CCC celebrates 90 years on Friday

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Utah State Historic Preservation Office are hosting a preservation workshop and public open house to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-42). Both events will occur at Spruces Guard Station in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The workshop is scheduled for Sept. 13-15 and the open house Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Utah gas prices drop

Average gasoline prices in Utah have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.24/g Monday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 1,171 stations in Utah. Prices in Utah are 17.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 5.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 0.9 cents in the last week and stands at $4.426 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Utah was priced at $3.84/g Monday while the most expensive was $4.71/g, a difference of 87.0 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state was $3.84/g, while the highest was $4.71/g, a difference of 87.0 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.79/g Monday. The national average is down 3.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 11.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Salt Lake Chamber touts August economic trends

The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, has released the August 2023 Roadmap to Prosperity Economic Dashboard that shows economic growth across the state.

“Our summer numbers continue to show Utah’s economy surging with record labor participation and consumer spending lifting the economy upward,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “As Congress faces the federal fiscal year end, we expect the debate on fiscal responsibility to show why states like Utah stand out and remain strong. This poses some government shutdown risk, but overall sentiment remains positive on how our economy has performed during this corrective cycle. The U.S. is moving towards a soft landing that would benefit the global economy as China sputters and Europe weakens.” 

Three highlights from the August dashboard:

  1. “Tight labor market conditions persist in Utah. Utah employment continues to grow at impressive rates as more workers enter the labor force. Utah’s labor force participation rate ranks highest nationally, and the unemployment rate consistently remains among the lowest in the nation.” 
  1. “Inflation ticks up slightly but stays far below recent highs. The Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening policies helped bring inflation down from 9.1% to 3.0% from June 2022 to June 2023. Inflation increased slightly in July to 3.2% but remains low relative to last year’s highs.”
  1. “Utah’s median home sales price increases steadily in summer months. After peaking in May 2022, Utah’s median home sales price reached an 18-month low in January 2023. Yet home sales prices have climbed gradually in recent months, reaching an 11-month high in June 2023.”

To view the Roadmap to Prosperity Dashboard, visit here:

Red Cross seeks blood donations amid shortage

In recognition of the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, the American Red Cross of Utah is calling on residents to commemorate this day by donating blood. The Red Cross is grappling with a nationwide blood shortage following a summer-long deficit in donations, with a shortfall of about 30,000 donations last month.

“Sept. 11 serves as a powerful reminder of our collective strength during times of crisis,” said Heidi Ruster, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Utah/Nevada Region. “We encourage Utah residents to embrace the sense of community and service that this day represents by making a blood donation. Your contribution could prove lifesaving.”

The Red Cross’s blood supply has been strained due to a prolonged slump in donations over the summer, worsened by weather-related disasters that led to the cancellation of blood drives and the closure of donation centers resulting in thousands of units of blood going uncollected. The devastation caused by Hurricane Idalia in Florida and Georgia further contributed to this trend, with more canceled blood drives and hundreds of potential donors unable to contribute.

New private elementary school in Midway

Rising Heights Academy, a new private elementary school in Midway, is counting down to an October grand opening celebration and touting a Montessori-based learning approach and state-of-the-art facilities on a five-acre campus, according to a press release. Classes were scheduled to begen Sept. 6.

The Montessori method focuses on fostering independence, creativity, critical thinking, and a love for lifelong learning, according to school officials, who said students will have the freedom to explore their interests, engage in hands-on activities, and develop personal responsibility.

Rising Heights Academy doesn’t take government funding, allowing it to remain free from the constraints of a national curriculum structure, school officials said.

For more information about Rising Heights Academy, visit their website:

Coalville joins Healthy Utah Communities

Get Healthy Utah and the Utah League of Cities and Towns announced this month that four new cities have earned the Healthy Utah Community designation: Coalville City, the City of Holladay, Hooper City, and Monroe City.

The program recognizes cities and towns that are promoting policies and programs that support good health for their residents. 

To earn the three-year designation, each city or town formed a community health coalition and implemented health strategies in the areas of access to healthy food, active living, and mental health.

“I think it’s important for other mayors to get involved, because when you work on the initiatives that Get Healthy Utah has created to be awarded this program, it makes it so you’re aware of your citizens and their needs a little more,” said Coalville City Mayor Mark Marsh.

Coalville City has promoted Safe Routes to School for its local schools. The city partnered with the local health department to do Safe Routes to School Beat the Street assemblies at the local elementary school.

To learn more about what each community did to earn the designation, visit


Mother arrested for alleged murder of infant

A woman was arrested by the Wasatch County sheriff’s deputies on four felony charges — including aggravated murder — after reportedly leading deputies to search for her deceased baby’s body by Exit 131 in Parleys Canyon.

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