Utah man demands school change over mascot name sounding like ‘penises’

Farmington High School in Utah has chosen the phoenix as their mascot. A Utah man is fighting the name over the plural version of the word. Photo courtesy of Davis School District/


Nov. 15 (UPI) — A Utah parent has started a petition to change a new high school’s mascot because he thinks the plural version of phoenix sounds too much like the word "penises."

"I am starting this petition on behalf [of] many concerned students and parents in our community whose children will be attending the new Farmington High School," Kyle Fraughton wrote in his change.org petition, which has amassed over 3,000 signatures.

"We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises," Fraughton wrote. "I don’t mean to be crass, but don’t want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make."

Phoenices, along with phoenixes, is one of the acceptable plural versions of phoenix.

The mascot was chosen by children who live in the Davis School District, where Farmington High School will open for the 2018-2019 school year.

Davis School District Spokesman Chris Williams explained to the Salt Lake Tribune that the district has already reached out to other schools who use the phoenix as a mascot, noting that other schools only use the singular form of phoenix in place of the plural one.

"He’s entitled to his opinion," Williams said of the petition. "We don’t agree with it at all."

"The whole thing is kind of funny," he said. "I understand that this is not the most serious thing in the world."

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Wharton, Fowler build early leads in bids for open Salt Lake City Council seats

| Courtesy of Chris Wharton Chris Wharton, a candidate for Salt Lake City Council.

In bid for the two open seats, attorney Chris Wharton led Phil Carroll, an affordable housing developer, in the District 3 duel to succeed two-term incumbent Stan Penfold, who did not seek re-election.

| Courtesy of Amy Fowler Amy Fowler, a candidate for Salt Lake City Council.

In District 5, first-term incumbent Erin Mendenhall, a graduate student, appeared headed to another four-year term with a comfortable advantage over community activist George Chapman in initial returns, 83 percent to 17 percent.

| Courtesy Erin Mendenhall Salt Lake City council member Erin Mendenhall has been named to the Utah Air Quality Board.

In August’s primary, Wharton, 33, edged the 73-year-old Carroll by just 52 votes of out nearly 3,500 cast.

Fowler nearly doubled Smith’s vote total in the primary. The candidates, both 39, also cited housing as a top concern in addition to homelessness and transportation issues. The southeast district covers Sugar House.

Mendenhall, 37, cruised in the primary by capturing nearly 74 percent of the vote before taking on the 66-year-old Chapman in the fall showdown in District 5, covering central Salt Lake City, including the Liberty Wells and Liberty Park areas.

Rogers, who won his District 1 primary with 78 percent of the vote, ended up running opposed in the general election after the second-place finisher dropped out.

Council members serve part time and earn a base salary of $25,525. Three others, Andrew Johnston (District 2), Derek Kitchen (4) and Charlie Luke (6), face re-election in 2019.

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Portland Trail Blazers’ crunch time woes continue in loss at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — It started in Milwaukee where two turnovers doomed the Portland Trail Blazers in a last-second loss to the Bucks.

It happened again versus the Clippers when a missed free throw left the door open for three-point dagger.

And on Wednesday night, more failed late game execution cost the Blazers in a 112-103 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. For the third time in the first eight games of the season, the Blazers (4-4) failed to close out a game in crunch time.

The Blazers had the ball and a lead with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, needing a few crisp possessions to preserve their six-point edge and leave with a road victory.

"When you have a six-point lead … with two or three minutes to go," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "You got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with the win and we didn’t do that."

Instead things went wrong almost immediately. Coming out of a timeout, CJ McCollum dribbled the ball off his foot while trying to navigate a double team and Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio stuck a three-pointer in transition seconds later.

Portland came up empty on three offensive possessions before a miscommunication in transition led to a game-tying three-pointer. With the clock running under 1:40, the Jazz pushed off a missed Damian Lillard three-pointer and Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha ended up wide-open in the right corner. He promptly drilled a three-pointer to tie the game.

"We gotta do a better job getting back on defense," McCollum said. "Obviously it doesn’t help when you turn the ball over. We still have to learn from that and continue to make it difficult on them. We don’t really get a lot of wide open threes in transition so we can’t allow that to happen."

Even after that debacle the Blazers briefly grabbed another lead only to give it back when they surrendered an offensive rebound and game-tying dunk.

"Rebounding and turnovers in a possession game," Stotts said, highlighting two late-game themese that cost his team the game. "In a close game possession matters."

The Blazers had two more chances to win the game in regulation, but Lillard was off the mark on a three-pointer and then had a floater in the lane blocked at the buzzer. Utah scored the first six points of overtime and Portland wasn’t able to mount its own comeback after letting the lead slip away at the end of regulation.

The loss to Utah was symptomatic of Portland’s crunch time woes early in the season. There isn’t one glaring issue. Instead, the Blazers have struggled in myriad ways when things get tight in waning moments. When they have come up with stops on defense they haven’t capitalized on offense and when the offense falters the defense hasn’t been stout enough to make up for it.

For Lillard, the crunch time issues come down to the minutiae of execution.

"Each thing has to be done a little bit sharper," he said. "We could take pressure off each other by screening a little bit better, throwing better passes on time and on target so guys are not having to reach back in awkward positions. But I think part of it is our execution. We’ve got to get to our spots, we gotta screen for each other, sprint, make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball."

It should be noted that the Blazers pulled out home wins over New Orleans and Phoenix by making plays down the stretch of close games. Those victories weren’t masterpieces, but Portland didn’t wilt in crunch time. However against stiffer competition in losses to Milwaukee, L.A. and Utah, the Blazers came up short with the game in the balance.

That’s why the key lesson to be learned from Wednesday night’s meltdown, is that there will be plenty more nights that post similar challenges. The Blazers’ success will depend on how they adapt.

"We just gotta figure out how to move forward," McCollom said. "And figure out how to close out games because that’s going to be the season, a lot of close games."

Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu shoots as the Portland Trail Blazers face the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Moda Center. | Photo by Sean Meagher/Staff

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Park City, UT Homes For Sale & Real Estate

Park City is full of shopping options, like sporting goods stores, fashion stores and art galleries, offering something that will appeal to every type of shopper. There are many , giving good options for every situation. With so many artsy venues such as cinemas, performing arts spots and music halls here, finding a fun, educational place to take your children is easy and you no longer have to settle for the movies or the mall. Some people love biking, riding hot air balloons and day camps, others prefer taking in nature during a leisurely drive, but whatever your preference, this area is full of options to keep you active. Your taste buds will never get bored in this city, with a multitude of excellent restaurants nearby offering food from around the world, such as Asian fusion, French and pizza.

In Park City, the this year, a small 4.9 percent drop from the year prior. At the same time, inventory decreased slightly year-over-year in this place by 2.2 percent, reaching a total of 619 homes on the market in this year. Knotty alder kitchen cabinets are a great addition to quite a few homes here and help add value to a property. A handful of homes around this city come with a pool and a hot tub – an extra special touch for your party guests and a wonderful place to relax after a hard day. Fireplaces give homes a special cozy feel, and some homes in Park City feature real fireplaces to keep the whole family warm all winter.

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Wildfires in Utah force evacuations, threaten structures

SALT LAKE CITY – Wind-driven wildfires in Utah forced evacuations and threatened structures on a big weekend for deer hunters in the fire zone.

KUTV reports two separate wildfires of 600 acres each and two miles apart raged near Strawberry Reservoir about 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. By Sunday evening the winds died down, enabling fire crews to make progress fighting the flames.

The U.S. Forest Service said one of the fires was the biggest threat in a popular hunting area. Hunting camps and camping trailers were being evacuated from the area.

The TV station reported that officials believe both fires could be human caused but no official cause has been determined. It is not yet clear if the fires are related.

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Instructure Recognized as One of Utah’s Fastest Growing Companies

Instructure Named to MountainWest Capital Network’s 2017 Utah 100

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Instructure, Inc. (INST), a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter, today announced it was named to the MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) 2017 Utah 100 list, which recognizes the fastest growing companies in the state. Instructure ranked No. 26 out of 100 companies and was honored at the 23rd annual Utah 100 Awards program.

Instructure official logo (PRNewsFoto/Instructure)

"We’re thrilled to be recognized for the growth we have achieved. We’ve reached this success thanks to the incredible work of our team who are so passionate about delivering quality online learning," said Jeff Weber, SVP of people and places for Instructure. "With so many other great companies, and the tremendous growth that the state of Utah has seen, it is a true honor to receive this award."

Instructure continues to receive recognition for its innovative culture and growth. In fact, earlier this year, the company was honored at the Utah Business Fast 50, a list of the fastest growing companies in the state of Utah. Instructure ranked No. 5, claiming a spot on the list for the second consecutive year, and was named to the Emerging Eight list in 2014 and 2015. Placement on the Utah Business Fast 50 list is based on five years of revenue growth and five years of compound annual growth.

"We congratulate all of this year’s Utah 100 companies for building outstanding businesses and making strong contributions to Utah’s economy," said Reed Chase, chairman of the MWCN Utah 100 committee. "These companies further advance Utah’s standing as an excellent place to do business."

Recipients of the Utah 100 were chosen by the percentage of revenue increase of each company between 2013 and 2017.


MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) is the largest business networking organization in Utah, consisting of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, consultants, legal professionals, bankers, and educators. MWCN seeks to promote and recognize business growth and capital development in the state through a variety of award programs and activities.


Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas, Gauge, Arc and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 3,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12, and Bridge for the corporate market, at www.Instructure.com.

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3 Top Attractions In Utah

Utah is home to many great attractions. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, you’ll want to make a trip to Utah and visit some of these attractions. With that said, below is a list of three top attractions in Utah and reasons why you should pay them a visit. Just remember, if you do go to Utah, spend as much time there as possible, so you can see as much as you can while there.

1. Arches National Park- Arches National Park is one of the most gorgeous parks in Utah and it’s home to thousands of natural stone arches. Not only that, but there is no shortage of walking trails that lead to some of the best arches and other amazing rock formations. Some of the best areas to go to for hiking includes Delicate Arch, Devil’s Garden, Park Avenue, Fiery Furnace and Double Arch to name a few.

2. Zion National Park- Another national park in Utah is Zion, which is home to red rock cliffs, vistas and waterfalls. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or you enjoy casual walks, there is something for everyone of all skill levels at Zion National Park. While there, you’ll want to take the time to check out the sites located in Zion Canyon, which is one of the most scenic drives you can take in the park.

3. Dinosaur National Monument- This is the place to go if you want to take in gorgeous scenery, such as rivers and mountains. It’s also the place to go to view dinosaur fossils, which can be seen in Carnegie Quarry’s walls. Some of the activities you can do at Dinosaur National Monument includes camping, hiking and rafting.

The next time you go to Utah, make sure to visit Arches National Park. You’ll also want to go to Zion National Park and head over to Dinosaur National Monument. All three of those attractions are worth the trip from anywhere.

Great Salt Lake: Birds, Water and People

Light Refreshments at 6PM
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Birds, water and people are a tangled web of politics, environment, economics, and more at our Great Salt Lake. Come learn about new plans for water use and saline lake protection. Then enjoy a conversation with Ella Sorensen and Heidi Hoven about the birds of Great Salt Lake.
Steve Erickson, GSLA lobbyist: Overview of the Governor’s water strategy
Marcelle Shoop, Director, Saline Lakes, National Audubon Society: New initiative on Water and Birds in the West by National Audubon Society
Ella Sorensen and Heidi Hoven: A conversation about the Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary on the Southern end of the Great Salt Lake with Jaimi Butler
Q and A with everybody

Co hosted by Great Salt Lake Audubon and Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute

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University Of Utah Braces For Protests Ahead Of Ex-Breitbart Editor Speech

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro plans to speak at the University of Utah, and the school — bracing for possibly violent protests — plans to roll out a ramped-up police presence Wednesday night.

The university wants to strike a delicate balance to protect protesters and people attending the speech, but wants to avoid a "police state" atmosphere, school spokesman Chris Nelson said.

Utah’s flagship college doesn’t want to take any chances amid a climate of heightened political tensions. The school will follow a model it learned when it sent a team to see how the University of California, Berkeley, handled a similar speech earlier this month.

The University of Utah leans more liberal than the rest of the conservative state, much like Salt Lake City, where it’s located. The city has had some unrest during protests in recent years against police shootings and white extremism as well as at a Donald Trump campaign rally. (For more information on Shapiro’s speech and other Salt Lake City stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

"There’s no concern about peaceful protest, in fact we embrace and support it," Nelson said. "What we’re preparing for is any violence, any type of clashes."

The university will prohibit protesters from wearing face masks and use barriers to separate them from those attending Shapiro’s talk, Nelson said.

All 40 University of Utah police officers were expected to be on campus, as well as an unspecified number of officers from other departments. Some classes near the speech will be moved.

Nelson said he didn’t immediately know how much the university had spent on preparations, which are similar to those UC Berkeley has taken.

The California school spent $600,000 on security during Shapiro’s Sept. 14 speech, which prompted largely peaceful protests. The city and campus have become flashpoints for the country’s political divisions, drawing extremist groups from the left and right and producing violence at four demonstrations since February.

It has led authorities to come up with new strategies to balance free speech rights with the need to control rowdy and sometimes dangerous crowds.

Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, uses his web-based talk show and online columns to support President Donald Trump’s policies and criticize the "self-righteous media."

Nearly 400 free tickets for his speech in Utah went quickly Saturday after students waited in long lines, said student Dillon Clark of the Young Americans for Freedom organization. Clark said his group invited Shapiro to promote conservative views in what can be a liberal-leaning campus environment.

Clark said he expects Shapiro to talk about freedom of speech and critique left-leaning political tactics.

Students held a sit-in at the university president’s office earlier this month, urging the event to be canceled. Protesters said in a letter to the Salt Lake Tribune that they planned to "shut down" the speech, saying Shapiro’s positions on transgender people, LGBT rights and conversion therapy could hurt vulnerable people.

The Utah event comes a day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried what he sees as political correctness run amok on college campuses during an invitation-only crowd at Georgetown University’s law school.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah sent Sessions’ remarks to reporters at the direction of the Department of Justice public affairs office.

"The American university was once the center of academic freedom, a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas," Sessions said. "But it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos."


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