Meet the Candidates

Melissa Hernandez - Center Street

The filing period is now closed and the election season is upon us! Listed below are the candidates for the 2017 municipal elections. There will not be a primary election for District 5. District 2, City-wide I and Mayor will have a primary election on Tuesday, August 15.

Provo Mayor

Mayoral candidates include: Michelle Kaufusi, Kevin Wing, Eric Speckhard, Sherrie Hall Everett, Howard Stone, John Fenley, Larry Walters, Elliot G Craig, Odell Miner and Stephen Cope.

City Council District 2

District 2 has three candidates: George Handley, David Clark, and Leo Lines. Councilwoman Kim Santiago, who holds the seat, is not seeking re-election.

City Council District 5

District 5, has two candidates with incumbent David Harding and Tinesha Zandamela seeking the seat.

City Council City-wide I

City-wide candidates include incumbent David Sewell, Hunter Phillips, Mike Roan and Wesley Marriott.

I’m looking forward to a robust election season and hope we’ll all take the time to study the candidates and their messages and cast an informed vote. Please visit voteprovo.com or contact the Provo City Recorder’s Office at 801-852-6524 for candidate information, council district maps, vote-by-mail details, and election announcements.

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Provo #3 Fastest Growing City!

Beau Sorensen - Downtown

I don’t know how this ranking slipped past the blog but back in February, Forbes ranked Provo as the #3 fastest growing city in America! Forbes’ annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities is to give a holistic picture of places on the upswing. That means looking not just at job, population or output growth individually, but considering how these important measures and others come together. It means looking back to see which cities grew the most in 2016 and forward to project which cities will make strides in 2017. They looked at growth of population, employment, wages, economic output and use home price growth as a proxy for wealth.

So what did they find when they looked at Provo? The Provo, Utah, metro area had the strongest wage growth in the country in 2016 at 7.5% thanks in large part to an expanding and competitive tech sector. Residents are expected to get an even bigger raise next year: Moody’s is projecting 9.45% wage growth in the area in 2017. Provo is one of just six cities with 2016 wage growth above 7%. The others are: Stockton, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; Spokane, Wash. and Cape Coral.

National wage growth 2016: 4.19% 2017: 5.43%

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Let’s Keep our Parks Beautiful

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Park pavilions are used heavily each day during the summer months. We want to keep our parks maintained and in the best possible condition, especially during this time of year. So it’s important for patrons to follow the pavilion rules and make sure that anything they pack in is packed out.

We’ve noticed pavilions are in disarray after use and large amounts of garbage is being left behind.

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The benefits to carrying out your trash and recyclables also include:

  • Reducing litter
  • Trash can be foraged by animals which can be harmful to them
  • Increasing community pride of our parks
  • Trash receptacles can detract from the beauty of each park’s natural environment
  • Increasing the safety of our patrons by reducing the number of bees, wasps and other pests
  • Allows our limited staff resource to complete other necessary duties to keep the parks maintained

Please leave the pavilion in as good, if not better condition than when you arrived. Remove table covers, tape and any cooking oil or grease from tables, grills and floors. Pick up all bottles, cans, paper, cigarette butts, etc., and take bagged trash with you when you are finished.

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Utah Valley Marathon – Road Closure Heads-up!

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Photo by the Daily Herald

Thousands of runners are coming to Provo for the Utah Valley Marathon on Saturday, June 10, 2017. They are sure to bring passion, power and positive impact with them.

The Utah Valley Marathon, one of the fastest spring marathons around, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and one of the most beautiful runs. Mountains, lush farmland, cascading waterfalls, the rushing Provo River, Deer Creek Reservoir and national parks surround the runners on every turn. It’s a great event for them. It’s a great event for us.

We anticipate this premier race will bring over 8,000 runners and visitors to Provo. 27% of the runners signed up for the marathon are from out-of-state. Those racers and families fill our hotel rooms, eat at our restaurants and shop at our retails stores. It’s estimated that this race alone will bring 1.7 million dollars into our local economy.

The race will finish in our Historic Downtown which is a symbol of all the hard work we’ve put into that vital area of the City. It’s no wonder downtown is recognized on a national level and receives such high rankings. Let’s welcome them with big smiles and open arms and watch for them from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Road Closures

Participants will be running on roads from the mouth of Provo Canyon on University Avenue to 300 South. We want them to be safe so some driving pattern adjustments will need to be made on that day. Please take note of the following road closures and recommended routes:

  • University Avenue will be closed during the time of the event from 6:00 AM to about 2:00 PM.
  • If you need to get across University Avenue, please do so on 300 South.
  • After 10 a.m., the only other crossing opportunities will be at: 4800 North, 3700 North, University Parkway, Bulldog Boulevard. Expect significant delays if crossing at these areas during this time.
  • Provo Canyon will be down to one lane as the second lane will be designated to runners.
  • Expect major delays as the right-of-way will go to the nearly 8,000 runners.

We can all work together and get the word out about these road closures and delays and hopefully alleviate any unnecessary stress. Get more detailed information about the marathon here: utahvalleymarathon.com.

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5 Awesome Events in Provo this Weekend!

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There are so many fun things to do in Provo that I can’t list them all in one blog post but what I can do is share the events that are happening this weekend. Just looking at my calendar I feel like I’ve come up with a pretty great. So to kickstart your summer adventures, here are 5 awesome events held in Provo this weekend:

First Friday Art Stroll

Friday, June 2 | 7-9 PM
Participating Downtown Provo Art Galleries

Come out for Downtown Provo’s June Art Stroll this Friday from 7-9 pm. Enjoy the good weather, good art, good music, and good company! Many Local businesses are setting up space for artists to display their work or perform for a group. Some artists have paintings and others are reciting poetry. Each business has their own space with a different artists.There will be 5 art galleries participating this weekend including: UnhingedPioneer BookHERE ProvoAllen’s Camera, and the Covey Center for the Arts. So come downtown and see whats going on.

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Rooftop Concert Series

Friday, June 2 | 7:30 PM
100 W Center Street

Get ready to rock with Joshua James, Brumby, and MMEND on Friday, June 2nd! We’ll see you in front of the Nu Skin building at 100 W and Center Street in Provo. The concert starts at 7:30 pm and did I mention that it’s free? This is one show you won’t want to miss, so bring some friends and get ready for something great!

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Provo Farmers Market

Saturday, June 3 | 9 AM – 2 PM
Pioneer Park (500 W Center Street)

Get ready for fresh produce, artisans, local honey vendors, food trucks, fudge, macaroons, homemade pies, and food of every style! The Provo’s Farmers Market season starts Saturday, June 3rd and is held each Saturday at Pioneer Park from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Bring your family, meet your neighbors, browse the vendors, stock up on healthy whole fruits and vegetables for the week and enjoy the ambiance.

Photo by The Daily Herald

Utah Lake Festival

Saturday, June 3 | 10 AM – 2 PM
Utah Lake State Park (4400 West Center Street, Provo)

Come experience sandy beaches, breathtaking lakeside views, and a variety of exhilarating water sports right in your own backyard. The Utah Lake Festival is on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and offers residents of the Wasatch Front the opportunity to enjoy all that the lake has to offer as well as learn about the lake’s ecosystem, native species and the importance of stewardship.

Come enjoy the following:

  • Collect stamps on a Utah Lake punch card (everyone gets one) and get a prize
  • Giant fish sculpture & sandcastle building
  • Music throughout the park
  • Games & activities for kids
  • Boat show and Sailboat Regatta
  • Hay rides
  • Photo scavenger hunt
  • Free fishing for kids 11 and under
  • Educational booths
  • Rock climbing wall
  • FREE paddleboarding by Utah Paddle Boards
  • Kayak, canoe, paddleboats and motorboat rentals by Utah
  • Paddle Boards
  • Food Truck Roundup: DD Grill, SodaBus, Penguin Brothers, Cupbob, Good Grindz, Kona Ice, and Ernie’s Sports Deli
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Pioneer Craft Fair

Saturday, June 3 | 10 AM – 2 PM
Provo Pioneer Village (500 W 600 N)

Local artisans will be at the Provo Pioneer Village on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to display and sell their handmade wares. There will also be many Pioneer handicrafts that you can learn about and participate in, such as making cornhusk dolls, blacksmithing, spinning, and more.

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Rooftop Concert Series: Joshua James, Brumby, and MMEND

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Get ready to rock with Joshua James, Brumby, and MMEND on Friday, June 2nd! We’ll see you in front of the Nu Skin building at 100 W and Center Street in Provo.

Joshua James is headlining our concert. We love having him on our Rooftop stage. He released a new album last month called “My Spirit Sister.” You won’t want to miss this concert.

Also performing Friday is Brumby. Brumby is a Las Vegas-based alternative/Western rock band composed of cousins Oliver Tingey, Spencer Tingey, Tyler Tingey, and life-long friend Dylan Self. You can listen to their latest single “Peace” on Spotify bit.ly/spotpeace.

ROAD CLOSURE HEADS-UP

Please take note of the following road closures:

  • Center Street eastbound lane will be closed on Friday, June 2 starting at 7:00 am from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • Center Street westbound lane will be closed on Friday, June 2 starting at 1:00 pm from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • 100 West southbound lane will be closed on Friday, June 2 starting at 4:00 pm from 100 North to Center Street.
  • Center Street will reopen on Saturday, June 3.

DOWNTOWN PARKING

Ride your Bike – Ride your bike to the concert to avoid traffic and park your bike at our Free Bicycle Valet hosted by Canyon Bicycle and the Provo Bicycle Collective!

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Ride UTA – Forget about worrying where to park, think green and hop on the bus and get off along University Ave. More information here.

FrontRunner – Introducing the best thing to happen to Provo since BYU Creamery! UTA’s commuter rail service, Frontrunner, runs to 600 South in Provo from stations up and down Utah and Salt Lake counties. You can even ride all the way to Salt Lake City International Airport. View current schedules here.

Parking – Parking in Downtown Provo isn’t as stressful as it sounds. ProvoBuzz has plotted out all the spots you need to know in order for you to get around town. Use the interactive Downtown Provo parking map below to find the best place for you to park.

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It’s Market Season in Provo!

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It is that time of year again! The Provo Farmers Market season starts Saturday, June 3, 2017. The market is held each Saturday at Pioneer Park located at 500 West Center Street and is open for business from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 6 through October 28. After the first Saturday of September, the Market moves the opening time to 10:00 am.

At the market, there will be fresh produce, artisans, local honey vendors, food trucks, fudge, macaroons, homemade pies, and food of every style! Bring your family, meet your neighbors, browse the vendors, stock up on healthy whole fruits and vegetables for the week and enjoy the ambiance.

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And don’t forget about Provo’s Produce Roundup held every Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm! If you love fresh fruit delivered straight to your tastebuds by friendly local farmers than this is the market for you. This is a great way to give people in the community a better opportunity to eat local fruits and vegetables. Stop in on your way home from the office to pick up fresh, local ingredients for a delicious dinner! The Produce Roundup will take place at the Startup Block (560 South 100 West) every Tuesday between 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Photo by The Daily Herald

For more information visit provofarmersmarket.org or email us at pfarmersmarketmanage@gmail.com

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Trash pick-up one day late all week

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Just a reminder! Be sure to take your garbage can to the curb one day late this week. Provo’s Sanitation Department will be closed on Memorial Day so your service will be delayed one day. For more information, you can view the 2017 Holiday Sanitation Schedule here.

Garbage Pickup Information

The best way to ensure your garbage is picked up is by following these tips:

  • Place cans on the side of the street by 6:00 AM on your scheduled day or, better yet, the night before. Remove cans from the curb within 24 hours after they have been emptied.
  • Keep cans away from parked vehicles, mail boxes and trees. Place cans 3’ apart and have plenty of clearance above cans.
  • Everything must fit inside the can so the lid will close. Dial 3-1-1 to schedule extra pickups.
  • When possible, bag the garbage that goes into the black cans.
  • Keep garbage out of green yard waste cans and blue recycling cans.
  • Be sure to look at Provo’s Interactive Map to find out your regular garbage/recycle pick-up day.

If you have questions about the schedule, call 801-852-6714.

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Utah Pasifika Festival 

The Utah Pasifika Festival is all about bringing the Polynesian community and family together – to showcase our talents, our culture and our laughter. In an effort to reconnect the Pacific Island Community to their traditional values and share their cultural heritage with the people of Utah, the 7th annual Utah Pasifika Festival will be held in Downtown Provo this weekend and is open to everyone!

Friday, May 26 – Join us in Downtown Provo for amazing vendors, entertainment and activities for our little one’s in our Keiki Korner. Take a stroll through the festival grounds to find handmade arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, activities for children, and unique south pacific cuisine. Enjoy modern, present-day performances from some of your local favorites, including new emerging artists.

Saturday, May 27 – Join us in Downtown Provo for amazing vendors, entertainment and activities for our little one’s in our Keiki Korner. Take a stroll through the festival grounds to find handmade arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, activities for children, and unique south pacific cuisine. Enjoy traditional and cultural performances to help preserve and keep our island heritage alive and vibrant today.

Sunday, May 28 – Sunday we will close with uplifting music sang by our polynesian community at our “PoHiva”, a non-denominational fireside. If you attend – look for music, dance, food and arts of the Pacific Island Community.

For more information, check out their Facebook Page: facebook.com/utpasifikafestival.

 

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Bikes and Trikes Festival

Grab your family, friends, and neighbors and pedal on over to Memorial Park (800 E Center St) on Saturday, May 27th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. You’ll want to bring your bikes, trikes and training wheels for some fun cycling festivities your whole family will enjoy!

Activities include:

  • Provo Police registering bikes
  • Kids bike decoration station
  • BBQ and drinks
  • Canyon bicycles bike check up station
  • And a few other surprises!

For more information and to stay up to date RSVP on the Facebook Event Page.

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