• Michelle

I’m enlisting the help of Provo citizens to win a once-in-a-decade challenge by completing the 2020 Census during the month of June! Can we count on you?

⁠In a North vs. South match-up, The Final Countdown Challenge pits Salt Lake County (Salt Lake City and West Valley City) against Utah County (Provo and Orem), with each competing to raise their citizen response rate the most from June 1 through June 30.

The winning city will get bragging rights for the next decade. But this challenge also gives back to our communities. The losing cities will send staff and elected officials to volunteer at a Utah Community Action food pantry in either Salt Lake County or Utah County! Here are the details:

The Final Countdown Challenge:

🏆 Challenge Dates: June 1 – June 30

🏆Challenge Goal: Increase current participation rates by 5%

🏆For the Win: Winning county receives community food bank volunteer service from the losing cities. Winning city gets a decade of bragging rights.

While we’re having some fun, the importance of complete citizen participation in the Census cannot be understated. Every person counts. Each city is entitled to their fair share of the 675 billion in annual federal funding destined for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other programs.

And did I mention I don't like to lose? Let's do this! Visit my2020census.gov to complete the census online or call all 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish). You can then track our city's progress at 2020census.gov/en/response-rates. Let's rise to the challenge and get counted!

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  • Michelle

As I visit the grounds of the Provo Cemetery I can't help but think it was just a year ago we shared in the sight and sounds of patriotism during our annual Memorial Day Tribute. The stars and stripes waving majestically in the wind. The crisp uniforms of those who have known the battlefield honoring those who've never left it. The staccato of the gun salute piercing the solum silence. Choir singing the patriotic classics that we all know and love. And pride in the voice of those sharing their experiences. The required cancelation of public celebrations will change the way we celebrate but it certainly doesn't take away the reason we celebrate.

In many ways the challenges we face together as a community, a state, and a nation have served to remind us of those things that are most important but often take for granted: family, friends, and freedom. Pause with me on this day of remembrance to virtually salute the sacrifice of those who have valiantly served this great country. Thank you for the inspiration of your courage.

"This year requires a little more of us. So many of our Veterans may not be able to get out and see friends and family like they normally do. During this time of isolation and uncertainty it is more important than ever that we take the extra effort to reach out to those who have served. Sometimes just sitting down with Veterans and their family members to talk can go a long way. However you choose to do it, keep connecting and encouraging all of us to find ways to involve ourselves in caring for those who bear the physical, emotional, and physiological scars of war. I thank you of thinking of Veterans today and for helping to honor the fallen. I challenge all of us to keep our fighting men and women in the forefront of our minds, today and every day." - Senator Mike Lee

We will be virtually honoring our valiant servicemen and women for their sacrifice with a re-airing of last year’s touching program featuring keynote speaker, Doug Witney, Vietnam Veteran, US Army. The service includes youth speaker, Rebecca Reynosa, Freedom Festival Essay Medalist; and remarks by Captain Andrew Howard, US Navy (ret)., musical numbers by Treeside Elementary Choir, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Provo Maren Paris Cline, a 21-gun salute by Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and the “Taps” bugle call by Jaden Anderson, American Legion Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient.

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  • Michelle

Have you noticed how clean the air has been during the COVID-19 pandemic? Vehicle miles traveled dropped as much as 60% in Utah County and our air has been much cleaner because of it. As our economy opens up and we start traveling more, we should all make steps to pollute less. Here’s an easy one: purchase Tier 3 gasoline for your car.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Utah, and Utah’s oil refineries have come together to produce a new cleaner-burning gasoline. Used with fully-compliant Tier 3 vehicles, this cleaner gas reduces up to 80% of key auto emissions that contribute to ozone and particulate pollution. When used with older vehicles, key emissions reduction is typically 13%. Although this may not sound like much, it is comparable to not driving for one day out of every week!

See tier3gas.org/locations for information on where to purchase this new, cleaner gasoline. While plenty of gas stations are selling the gas, it won't be obvious at the pump. There aren't any stickers on signs telling you that the gas is Tier 3. The best way to be sure is to check the website.

After a quick search on the website, here are the gas stations that I found listed in Provo selling Tier 3 gasoline:

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