Kate Spade Foundation to donate $1M for suicide prevention

NEW YORK — Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company’s late founder.

To start, the company said Wednesday the Kate Spade New York Foundation is giving $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line , a free, 24-hour confidential text message service for people in crisis.

The company also said it will match public donations made to the service from June 20 through June 29, up to an amount of $100,000.

Kate Spade New York also says it will host a Global Mental Health Awareness Day for employees as part of its Wellness Program.

The 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead by suicide June 5. Her husband says she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.

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This story has been corrected to show that Spade was found dead June 5, not last month.

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Photos: Archers give best shot at World Cup in Salt Lake City

Competitors check their scores during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. More than 300 archers from 40 countries are competing at the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center through Sunday. Among those vying for gold and World Cup points are Olympians, world champions and local hopefuls. Qualification and early elimination matches through Thursday are free and open to the public. Tickets to the finals on Saturday and Sunday are $10 per session for those 9 and older. For more information, or to purchase tickets, log on to archeryworldcupsaltlake.org. The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center is located at 575 John Glenn Road.

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Team USA shoot during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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La Nola Shepherd, of Lehi, laughs with teammates while competing for the United States during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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La Nola Shepherd, of Lehi, competes for the United States during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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La Nola Shepherd, of Lehi, walks to the target while competing for the United States during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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La Nola Shepherd, of Lehi, checks her score while competing for the United States during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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Competitors check their scores during the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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‘What heaven looks like’: Salt Lake’s poorest offered free meal, haircut at Pioneer Park

SALT LAKE CITY — Ed Barnett spends his days working at the airport to save money for his own apartment, and alternates his nights between a friend’s place and the downtown homeless shelter.

“That’s a big step, getting the money together” for an apartment, Barnett said. When it comes to homelessness, “getting out is unbelievably difficult.”

So when Barnett learned he could get a free haircut Tuesday at Pioneer Park — saving him money and keeping him looking sharp at his job in the process — he jumped at the chance.

“Getting a haircut, that’s a big deal, even though there’s not much hair to cut,” he said with a touch of self-deprecation. “It’s tight right now. That’s a lot of money to me.”

Barnett was among more than a thousand of Salt Lake’s poorest to be treated to a free meal and other services Tuesday as part of local Subway restaurants’ 10th annual Day of Giving in downtown Salt Lake City.

“We all needed this — like, somebody just doing good. I think that’s what God would have us do.”

Volunteers from Subway distributed about 1,200 sandwich meals at Pioneer Park, the restaurant chain estimated. Those who wanted haircuts got one free of charge, with the help of Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, and there were booths on hand offering job search and addiction recovery services.

The Rescue Mission regularly provides more than 800 meals per day to the homeless. Subway said in a release that Tuesday’s meals were offered “to help the Rescue Mission provide further support to other programs or to extend the availability of their food services.”

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Utah ski season among the best on record despite slow start

SALT LAKE CITY — Even in an off winter for snowfall — 60 percent of average — Utah ski resorts carved out a top 10 season for people visiting the slopes, lifting the state’s economy with $1.3 billion in spending.

“Our average (snowfall) is over 500 inches, so even when you cut that in half, we get more snow than most ski destinations did if they had an average snowfall year,” Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty said.

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According to Ski Utah, the 2017-18 season registered as the sixth-best for local ski areas in terms of skier visits. From November through May 13, ski areas racked up 4,145,321 visits for the season, down nearly 10 percent from last season’s all-time record total of more than 4.58 million, but even with Utah’s 10-year average, Rafferty explained.

And that was without much help from Mother Nature. Statewide, Utah snowfall totals were just 60 percent of average, with Wasatch valley temperatures three to five degrees above normal during the ski season, National Weather Service hydrologist Brian McInerney said.

Rafferty credits vast improvements in technology that allow skiers to still enjoy their experience even with less natural coverage.

“Today, resorts have spent so much money making infrastructure improvements for snow-making that as long as temperatures are cold enough, they can make a great product,” he said.

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Construction at Snowbird is pictured on Monday, June 18, 2018.

Across the nation, skier days were down 2.8 percent to 53.3 million from last season’s 54.8 million, Rafferty said. He noted that snowfall was also down in most regions across the U.S.

Notwithstanding the decline in skier visits, total ski- and snowboard-related spending in Utah remained strong at $1.322 billion versus last year’s historic high of $1.431 billion, he said.

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