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Utah Booze Milestones: Riding the Road to .05

If Gary Herbert needed any more encouragement to sign HB155—which will lower Utah’s blood-alcohol level from 0.08 to 0.05 percent—the hospitality industry gave it to him with a near-empty Rotunda at their “Veto HB155” rally at the Capitol Friday. Despite a week of outraged chatter on social media about the proposal, less than 100 protestors…

Park City Life: The Heat is On

The ski industry’s two-faced response to global warming. Skiing through powder in Park City can be compared to an immersion in cold smoke—the result of a perfect combination of temperature and moisture, making the snow so light and dry, it seems to disappear into thin air as you ski through it. Parkites experiencing this divine…

Zion Curtain’s Demise in Sight

A polished House Bill 442 that would tear down the Utah’s much-mocked Zion Curtain is poised to pass the Legislature without much opposition. HB442, if passed, would also increase the markup on alcoholic beverages—raising $4 million-$5 million—to fund training for bar workers, anti-underage-drinking programs for kids and put whatever’s left over into the state’s general…

Zion Curtain: 900-pound Blessing for Bartenders.

UPDATED: Ironically, restaurateurs who wants to stop HB442, the legal hairball measure that won’t, as promised, bring reason to Utah’s liquor laws, have a powerful ally—Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka, the veritable King Kong of the forces of righteousness. Gayle and many of the barkeeps of Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association agree—for different reasons—that HB442 is not even close…

Zion Moats, Reefs, Railings—the Madness Continues

It’s time for even the most faithless bar and restaurant owners to get religion and pray that HB442—that ostensibly was to remove the despised Zion Curtain—fails to pass before the Legislature packs it in next week. The 150-page hairball is so loaded with business-killing land mines, ignorant assumptions and vagueness that it’s best it die on…

Utah Legislature to Hospitality Industry: Drop Dead!

Apparently not content with the damage they inflicted on Utah’s hospitality industry by driving the Outdoor Retailers conventions out of town, legislators have introduced proposed changes to liquor law that could provide the coup de grace. The lesson to bars and restaurants expecting fairness: Be careful what you wish for. House Bill B442 was supposed…

New Homeless Shelter Plan Leaves Questions Unanswered

Has Salt Lake City’s newest plan for homeless shelters resolved the site-selection fiasco—or just gotten Mayor Jackie Biskupski out of the line of fire? Biskupski and Mayor Ben McAdams announced today (Friday) that the homeless shelter plan that originally called for two shelters in the city, but was changed to four smaller shelters under pressure from city…