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Declining Snowpack in the West Exacerbates Drought

Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

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Utah Affordable Housing Dedicated

The units are designed to provide housing for low-income and chronically homeless individuals and households.

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Senate Bill Extends New Markets Credits, Empowerment Zones

The Senate Finance Committee's tax extender bill includes provisions extending Empowerment Zones, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) through Dec. 31, 2013. Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) initially had 72 extenders planned for the bill, but redu...

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State and Local Briefs

Indiana: Munster city officials are using $113,540 in CDBG funds to make its Community Park playground handicapped accessible. The $206,000 project began in May, with the other $91,659 generated by Munster tax increment financing bonds. The work will relocate some equipment, demolish old equipment a...

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UT Continues Success Fighting Chronic Homelessness

Chronic homelessness fell in Utah 9% between January 2011 and January 2012, but periodic homelessness in the state reached an all-time high. The state announced the annual homelessness numbers based on the annual "Point in Time" count conducted Jan. 26. State Division of Housing and Commu...

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Utah Considers Expanding Eminent Domain

Legislation that would allow the taking of private property via eminent domain in order to build roads for exploration, production and development of oil and natural gas projects is under consideration in Utah. Rep. Mike Noel (R) offers HB 74. The state House Judiciary Committee is accepting public...

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(HUD) National Sustainability Network Resulted from Partnership

New sustainability awards will result in the creation of a new national network providing examples of best practices and sustainable development which can be replicated.HUD, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Dept. are making available $5.65 million in sustainability awa...

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(GRANTS) $135,000 Available for Small Business Transportation Resource Center

Transportation Dept. officials are seeking applications from stakeholders in six states for a single $135,000 grant award from the Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Program. The program recipients ultimately provide technical aid and training to businesses owned by minorities, wo...

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(GREEN BUILDING) NAHB Names National Green Building Award Winners

Thirteen builders, remodelers and other homebuilding industry professionals are honored as winners of National Green Building Awards by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the 13th-annual National Green Building Conference in Salt Lake City. "These awards recognize and celebrate the...

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(ADVOCACY) Improving Efficiency, Effectiveness Seen as Way to Beat Funding Cuts

When Gordon Walker, the new president of the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA), goes each year to his Utah state lawmakers to make a case for spending, his business model-styled presentation is punctuated with a simple statement: "We're also changing lives." Walker, who also ...

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