A.M. notes: Utah Jazz keep win streak alive, Kim Yo Jong leaves Olympics, South Salt Lake City questions land access

Here’s a look at the news for Feb. 12, 2018.

Utah Jazz keep their streak alive

The Utah Jazz refuse to slow down.

On Sunday night, the Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 115-96 on the road for the team’s ninth consecutive win, according to the Deseret News.

The victory comes as Utah prepares for a back-to-back contest, with a game against the San Antonio Spurs to follow on Monday night.

Despite a slow start, Donovan Mitchell nabbed 27 points in the win.

Utah’s newest star Jae Crowder, who the Jazz received in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Rodney Hood, debuted on Sunday night, scoring 15 points and nabbing five rebounds.

Read more at the Deseret News.

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Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, leaves Olympics

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left the Olympics in South Korea on Sunday night after corralling media attention during the Winter Games’ opening weekend, according to Time magazine.

Jong and her fellow North Korea delegation left for Pyongyang after she spoke about a possible meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the future.

“It was a sharp, but possibly fleeting, contrast with many months of rising tensions connected to the North’s continued development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles,” according to Time magazine.

Jong and the North Korea delegation joined Moon at a concert in Seoul, where the band Moranbong performed.

Read more at Time.

South Salt Lake leaders question neighborhood’s access to city land

Members of the South Salt Lake City Council are now questioning a lease that gives a neighborhood “unfair exclusive access to the city- and county-owned property that could act as public space,” according to the Deseret News.

Neighbors call the area a “secret gem” of land that includes wetlands, wildlife and even some birds, the Deseret News reported.

The community received rights to the land after signing a lease agreement with the city and the homeowners association.

Local leaders are concerned that some people in the community treat the land like “their own backyards, with some having built decks and boardwalks on Redevelopment Agency property bordering the county-owned pond,” according to the Deseret News.

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How UTA prepares for everything

Utah Transit Authority works hard to make sure its trains and buses run on time.

Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, often rides these light rails. He was one of several passengers who experienced a major delay back in January, according to the Deseret News.

"As a general rule, things run on time or within an acceptable tolerance," he said. "Realistically for me, if I make the connection, the Green Line is never more than a couple of minutes late."

Todd Provost, vice president of operations, capital and asset management for UTA, told the Deseret News that the agency works tirelessly to make sure the trains and buses work on time.

"It depends on the severity of the issue, but we have a service recovery plan that helps (us decide) which approach to take," he said. "We’ll even activate our emergency operations center to coordinate (response) activities in (major disruption) scenarios."

Read more at the Deseret News.


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