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The public comment period continues on Rocky Mountain Power’s request to start charging net metering customers an additional fee. To submit your comments, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line be sure to put “Comments on Docket #14-035-114.” Public Service Commission hearings on the matter will start Tuesday, October 6.
Net metering measures the difference between the electricity a customer buys from the utility and the energy generated by a customer’s own solar or wind equipment. Rocky Mountain Power wants to charge an additional fee to net meter users to recoup the cost of infrastructure it says net meter customers benefit from but don’t pay for. Several environmental groups oppose the fee and claim that it will discourage the use of clean energy.
Saturday, August 29: Utah Poverty Partnership’s Annual Poverty Summit, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 S., SLC. This year’s summit will feature a Salt Lake City mayoral candidate forum and opening remarks by the Road Home’s Executive Director, Matt Minkevitch. Plus, discussions about: 1) affordable housing in transit oriented development, 2) federal budget cuts, and 3) proposed regulations of payday lenders. The Poverty Summit is free and includes lunch and snacks. For more details, visit crossroadsurbancenter.org.
Saturday, August 29: The 5th annual Porch Party to benefit Circle the Wagons will be held from 6pm-10pm at Strong Audi, 999 S. State Street, SLC. Circle the Wagons helps innocent victims of violent crime access the information and resources to aid necessary to surviving the aftermath of a violent crime. For more details, visit circle-the-wagons.org/porch.
Saturday, August 29: Mellow vs. Metal Show, a benefit for One Hundred for Haiti’s rural water project and sexual assault task force, at Spilt Ink, 933 S. Edison St., SLC. Mellow—Tunes, Spoken Word and Screen Show, 6–8pm. Bring anything you would like screened for just $5 (per item). Acoustic set by Jeremy Chatelain, spoken word by Greg Bennick of One Hundred for Haiti and the bands TRIAL and Between Earth and Sky. Screen show featuring Haiti inspired designs by: Dave Habben – habbenink; Amanda Powell and Jon Lange of 27 Tattoo; Andrew King and Oscar Garcia of Heart of Gold Tattoo; and Sonya Evans and Sarah de Azevedo of Oni Tattoo. Metal—Bands from 8pm – 11pm; $10 suggested donation. Chingaso (touring band from Denver); Oxcross, and The Ditch and The Delta.
Thursday, September 3: a rally in support of transwomen of color will be held at 6 p.m. the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 South State Street, in Salt Lake City. The number of transwomen reported murdered in the U.S. rose to 19 in August, well beyond the record 14 transwomen reported murdered in 2014. This rally is organized by Stand For Queer Lives, a local group that emphasizes suicide prevention and community awareness regarding LGBTQIA lives. For more information on this movement, visit familiatqlm.org.
Saturday, Sept. 5: A Joe Hill Centennial Celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Sugar House Park, 1400 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City. The free, all-day concert will feature Judy Collins, Joe Jencks, Mark Ross, the Guy Davis, Anne Feeney, Mischief Brew, and David Rovics on the main stage and many more performers on the side stage. Individual donors and local labor union sponsors make this free concert possible. Local Utah union workers will be at the concert organizing workers and telling the crowd about the realities of labor unions today. For more details, visit joehill2015.org.
Sunday, Sept. 27: at 1:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Utah Capitol building, join ADAPT as it demands justice for disabled individuals. As many as 200 ADAPT supporters from Utah and across the country will engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, at this rally.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this rally will protest the ongoing budget shortfalls that drastically cut home and community-based services that routinely force seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutional settings. MEETUP: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Red Lion Hotel, 161 W. 600 S., SLC, then proceed to the capitol for the rally.
This event will be followed by three days of intense, non-violent protests directed at various political and bureaucratic leaders in our state. ADAPT will leave each morning (Monday-Wednesday) from the Red Lion Hotel. Details will be given out each evening in their “big meetings” at the Red Lion. For more details, visit adapt.org.
LISTEN: 6 p.m. SUNDAY, AUGUST 30: Barbara Toomer and Jerry Costley of ADAPT Utah talk about the plight of disabled Utahns who linger on waiting lists to receive services and are forced to choose between their independence and institutionalization just to receive the care to which they are entitled under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The rise in the DIY and craft beer movements has brought more women into the fold of homebrewing. And because the men that they brew with can take over sometimes, groups of local homebrewing and beer-loving women have formed their own clubs – to build community and work on their craft.
Members of the Astronomy Club of Salt Lake City say that staring up at the night sky can be a great connector to the vastness of our existence. This week, they invite the public to attend star parties, workshops, and lectures to learn more about the stars and planets beyond Earth.