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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

December 1, 2012

Farmington - STATION PARK began construction on additional space for new tenants in its Village Center, including H & M, TWIG’S BISTRO, REPUBLIC OF COUTURE, FRANCESCA’S COLLECTIONS BOUTIQUE, CHARMING CHARLIE and BANDITO’S TAQUERIA.

Ogden – Employees from SCHMITT, GRIFFITHS, SMITH & CO. (SGS) volunteered to clean, paint and improve the landscape of a home located in Ogden. SGS provided all the necessary materials and supplies to complete the project while helping a resident in need.

WSU’s Veterans Upward Bound Receives $1.6 Million
Ogden - Veterans will continue to receive free help to prepare for and progress in post-secondary education thanks to a $1.6 million Department of Education (DOE) grant that finances Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) at WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY for another five years.

Only 51 programs received the DOE funding out of 300 that applied. “This is a very big deal to Wasatch Front veterans with its being the only VUB program in the state,” says Randy Wilson, director of VUB. “It means a brighter future for many veterans, some of whom are fresh out of combat and need extra support and confidence to achieve their educational goals.”

Tyler Baranowsky is a WSU senior majoring in mechanical engineering technology. He served four and a half years in the Marine Corps and had never considered college until he was laid off at a sheet-metal plant following his military service. “I didn’t come from a family that valued education. My experience at VUB has opened my eyes up to a world of opportunity. I believe the more information you can take in, the better off you are.”

VUB currently serves 144 participants ranging in age from 20 to 70 and provides mentoring, tutoring, counseling and pre-college academic instruction. To ensure long-term success, the program offers support and services to veterans after enrollment in college courses.

To be eligible for the program veterans must have at least 181 days of active duty with no less than a general discharge and must be either a low-income or first-generation college student.

Wasatch/Summit Area
Park City - DEER VALLEY RESORT launched the digital tablet edition of its 2012-13 Winter Guide. The guide includes tips on how to best navigate the resort and its amenities, as well as insider knowledge on what to expect upon arrival.

Park City - WESTGATE RESORT revamped its restaurants, starting with DRAFTS, the newest addition to the resort. The bar offers 50 varieties of beer, including 20 on-tap options.

Park City - THE SKY LODGE received a Travelers’ Choice award from TripAdivisor for 2012. This marks the third consecutive year The Sky Lodge has received this Certificate of Excellence, which is based on guest ratings.

Park City - The PARK CITY SUMMIT COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL released its Summit County Arts and Culture 2012 Report. The report highlighted research conducted in 2011 that showed 52 percent of visitors to Park City selected events and concerts as their reason for visiting.

Park City - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, in collaboration with his Education Excellence Commission and Prosperity 2020, recognized PARK CITY HIGH SCHOOL as the top AP school in the state. The school was awarded possession of the History of Utah book and the Top AP traveling trophy for its accomplishments.

Canyons Earns Top 10 Ski Resort Ranking
Park City - CANYONS RESORT was named a Top 10 North American ski resort for the first time in its history in the annual SKI magazine reader survey.

Fueled by more than $50 million in infrastructure investment since 2010, lifted by the only enclosed heated-seat chairlift in North America, lauded for adding 300 prime acres of intermediate and advanced trails at Iron Mountain, and fed by widespread upgrades in both resort village and on-mountain dining, Canyons earned the No. 10 overall ranking—a tremendous leap from No. 20 just three years ago, before a massive resort transformation began.

“Canyons has made a clear commitment to elevating its ranking through its infrastructure investments in the past three years,” says Chris Phillips, publisher of SKI magazine. “We like to think our survey merely validates what skiers and snowboarders are experiencing as they seek out the very best in North American winter vacations.”

The annual survey of more than 20,000 skiers and snowboarders reviews nearly every aspect of resort. SKI magazine ranked Canyons Resort among the best in North America in 10 categories.

Southern Utah
St. George - WILSON ELECTRONICS was approved as an associate member of the Competitive Carriers Association, formerly known as the Rural Cellular Association, an association for competitive wireless service providers. The company also introduced its latest line of 4G indoor signal boosters, which were built to improve voice and data communications in buildings with weak cellular signal. Wilson offers boosters that work with the 4G networks of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, among others.

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