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US Shift Away From Coal Hits Tribal Community in New Mexico
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US Shift Away From Coal Hits Tribal Community in New Mexico

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressKIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) — The clamor of second graders breaking away from lessons to form lunch lines has gotten quieter in a rural New Mexico community, where families losing coal jobs have been forced to pack up and leave in search of work.At Judy Nelson Elementary, 1 in 4 students have left in an exodus spurred by decisions made five years ago to shutter a coal-fired power plant and mine that sit just up the road from the school in a largely Navajo community. The plant and mine had provided electricity to millions of people across the southwestern U.S. for nearly a half-century.The San Juan Generating Station burned its last bit of coal Thursday. The remaining workers will spend the coming weeks draining water from the plant, removing chemicals and...
Intermountain Healthcare to change its name in 2023
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Intermountain Healthcare to change its name in 2023

The new name aims to a focus on whole-health initiatives, the health care system said.(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Intermountain Healthcare will shorten its name in 2023 to Intermountain Health.  | Sep. 29, 2022, 5:41 p.m.Intermountain Healthcare will shorten its name in 2023 to Intermountain Health.The name change is meant to signal an “increased emphasis on whole health-focused initiatives” while “staying true” to Intermountain’s “rich foundation of providing extraordinary care for the communities it serves,” according to a news release.Intermountain said more details will be announced next year when the name change is rolled out.In April, Intermountain merged with Colorado-based SCL Health. The combined not-...
Turbulence on Florida to Utah Flight Injures 3 Passengers
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Turbulence on Florida to Utah Flight Injures 3 Passengers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from Orlando to Salt Lake City suffered injuries when the jet encountered turbulence, the airline said.Delta spokesman Anthony Black said Flight 394 was transporting 143 passengers and six crew members when it experienced mild turbulence Friday afternoon.The Airbus A321 jet continued to Salt Lake City International Airport, where it landed without problems. The injured passengers were evaluated by airport paramedics who released two of them and sent the third to a hospital.The identities of the patients and the nature of their injuries were not disclosed.Delta did not immediately respond Saturday to an email Saturday seeking additional details.Political CartoonsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Thi...
Utah judge reverses law banning transgender kids from sports
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Utah judge reverses law banning transgender kids from sports

Transgender girls in Utah will be given the opportunity to participate in female sports as the school year begins after a judge on Friday reversed a ban pending legal challenges from parents.Instead of an outright ban, transgender girls will now go before a state commission of political appointees who will determine if they are eligible to participate. Utah's Republican lawmakers created the commission in a law passed earlier this as a fallback plan to be implemented in case of an injunction against the law.Under terms of the law, the panel will be allowed to ask for and assess the child's height and weight in making decisions about whether a transgender girl would have an unfair advantage. The commission, which is set to be convened in the coming weeks, will include a medical d...
Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren Advance for Navajo Presidency
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Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren Advance for Navajo Presidency

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated PressFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voters from the Navajo Nation will see familiar faces in the tribe's general election: their current president and a former vice presidential candidate, both of whom were on the ballot in 2018.President Jonathan Nez and Buu Nygren garnered the most votes in Tuesday's primary among a field of 15. Whoever wins will oversee the largest Native American reservation in the U.S., and the second-highest tribal population.Both have talked about the need for economic development and extending running water and electricity to the thousands of Navajos without it. Where they differ is on the approach to moving through the coronavirus pandemic.The Navajo Nation once had one of the highest infection rates in the United States. Nez's administr...
What impact does race have on mental health? New U. hire to explore, address disparities
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What impact does race have on mental health? New U. hire to explore, address disparities

The Hunstman Mental Health Institute and the University of Utah education department have announced a new hire to explore racial disparities in mental health services as a part of a larger collaboration. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News) Estimated read time: 2-3 minutesSALT LAKE CITY — The Hunstman Mental Health Institute and University of Utah education department have announced a new hire to explore racial disparities in mental health services as a part of a larger collaboration.Racial disparities in health services were illuminated during the COVID-19 pandemic — with minorities experiencing the highest rates of coronavirus deaths and case counts nationw...