Photos: Hello, trolley … it’s so nice to have you back where you belong

After an eight-year absence, Trolley Square’s iconic streetcar is moved into place on the shopping center’s north plaza in Salt Lake City on Monday. Owners of Trolley Square celebrated the 110th anniversary of the first electric streetcar leaving Trolley Square for public transportation service on Oct. 15, 1908, by reintroducing the trolley after it ras removed in March 2010. Over the years, the trolley served as the Trolley Inn Diner, a bank, a video store, a sandwich shop and most recently the Trolley Wing Co. restaurant and bar. Trolley Square general counsel Taymour Semnani said the car could be home to a similar idea or a new retail concept in the not-so-distant future.

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Why Utah women haven’t been able to get birth control directly from pharmacists — yet

SALT LAKE CITY — A measure signed into Utah law this March allows women to receive birth control directly from a pharmacist under a two-year standing prescription.

But Kallie Faulkner called pharmacies in May and again recently without luck.

“None of the pharmacies even acknowledged knowing of such a bill,” Faulkner said. “It’s frustrating knowing I ‘should have’ access to something that I’m not actually able to access.”

She said she recently started a new job and is waiting for her health benefits to kick in. In the meantime, Faulker said she needs to either use alternative methods of birth control or “pay astronomical amounts of money for a doctor’s visit.”

“Without health insurance, the cost of a doctor’s visit, plus the cost of a prescription can be upward of $250. I don’t know of many college students, single parents or families with young children that have that money readily available,” Faulkner said.

When Jordan Hatch ran out of her birth control prescription a few weeks ago, she called and asked for her pharmacy to refill it.

“They said that they couldn’t until they contacted my doctor,” she recalled.

She said she went in person to a Smith’s pharmacy and tried to talk to them about the new law, and “they looked a little confused, and they just said, ‘Sorry, it’s our policy.'”

Faulkner and Hatch were both unable to access birth control through the new law because it has yet to be implemented.

The Deseret News recently spoke to state health officials and lawmakers who sponsored the law to find out how — and when — women will be able to get birth control directly from pharmacists.

How law will work

“It is not quite just over-the-counter. I mean with Tylenol, you just go in, you buy it off the shelf and you walk out … but with birth control …read more

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West Coast military installations eyed for US fuel exports

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states.

The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.

“I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California,” Zinke said in an interview with AP. “But also, it’s in our interest for national security and our allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities.”

Accomplishing that, Zinke said, may require the use of “some of our naval facilities, some of our federal facilities on the West Coast.” He only identified one prospect, a mostly abandoned Alaska military base.

The idea generated a quick backlash Monday from some Democrats and environmentalists. It’s tantamount to an end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports in their states.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, called the proposal a “harebrained idea,” and said President Donald Trump should instead consider that climate change represents a national security threat.

Boosting coal and gas exports would advance the administration’s agenda to establish U.S. “energy dominance” on the world stage. The potential use of government properties for exports underscores a willingness to intervene in markets to make that happen.

The administration in recent months has cited national security as justification for keeping domestic coal-burning power plants online to prevent disruptions of electricity supplies.

Zinke said the administration was interested in partnering with private entities in the use of federal facilities designated to help handle exports and cautioned that the idea is still in its early stages.

He specified only one site, for natural gas: the former Adak Naval Air Facility in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, which he …read more

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Nw Intermountain Layton Hospital to provide care closer to home for Davis County residents

LAYTON — Patients will soon have access to the latest hospital and emergency health care services, with the opening of the new Intermountain Layton Hospital on Monday.

Clinics have been open at the site, 201 W. Layton Parkway, for nearly a year, but expanded hospital services will serve the growing Davis County population, most of whom report traveling outside of the county for hospital services, including for childbirth.

“We want the Davis County community to know we are here to provide care to them close to home, when they need it,” said Layton hospital marketing manager Sarah Fitzgerald.

The nearest Intermountain hospital is the 300-bed McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, which is about 12 miles from the new location; and the Boston-based Steward Health Care-owned Davis Hospital and Medical Center, on Layton’s Antelope Drive, is in a highly trafficked area of town.

“We’re excited to be a part of this young, vibrant community,” Dr. Marc Harrison, CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, said after the clinic portion of the facility opened in 2017. “We know that while this new building is beautiful, it’s the people — the doctors, nurses and other caregivers, and the patients, families and loved ones who will be cared for here — that will be at the heart of this hospital.”

In addition to the outpatient clinics, the 300,000-square-foot hospital will offer surgical, labor and delivery, a special care nursery, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, pharmacy, infusion and inpatient care. It also houses an emergency department, which will include Intermountain’s Instacare and KidsCare clinics — centrally relocated from the system’s Layton and Kaysville urgent care services, which will close when the hospital opens.

Salt Lake-based Intermountain Healthcare, which operates 22 hospitals and more than 170 clinics throughout Utah and Idaho, purchased the 70-acre lot in 2008, but waited to build because …read more

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