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Mariachi Festival in Salt Lake City tonight; event aims to 'highlight the cultural wealth' in Utah

Mariachi Festival in Salt Lake City tonight; event aims to 'highlight the cultural wealth' in Utah

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 19 - 12:56 p.m.

A mariachi festival is coming to downtown Salt Lake City, sponsored in part by the Mexican Consulate and aiming to 'highlight the cultural wealth' in Utah.
Peruvian Consulate up and running; nation becomes 3rd with diplomatic offices in Utah

Peruvian Consulate up and running; nation becomes 3rd with diplomatic offices in Utah

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 12:33 p.m.

The Peruvian Consulate is operating out of a downtown Salt Lake City high-rise, making Peru the third nation with diplomatic offices in Utah after Mexico and El Salvador.
Mexican state of Oaxaca focus of Utah activities as Guelaguetza celebrations loom

Mexican state of Oaxaca focus of Utah activities as Guelaguetza celebrations loom

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 16 - 1:20 p.m.

Oaxaca will be the focus of planned activities on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Utah in connection with the annual Guelageutza celebrations in the Mexican state.
Former Ogden man identified as victim of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre from DNA

Former Ogden man identified as victim of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre from DNA

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 12 - 7:08 p.m.

DNA from a former Ogden man has been identified as a victim of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the first such identification as part of a probe into those killed in the incident.
'Good, fast food': Argentinian, Peruvian, Venezuelan empanadas increasingly common in Utah

'Good, fast food': Argentinian, Peruvian, Venezuelan empanadas increasingly common in Utah

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 7 - 7:03 p.m.

More and more food trucks and farmers market stands are popping up around Utah that sell Argentinian, Peruvian, Venezuelan and Chilean empanadas.
Uranium still poisoning Navajo people. But they can't stop the ore from coming

Uranium still poisoning Navajo people. But they can't stop the ore from coming

Katie Workman for KSL.com  |  Posted July 6 - 1:17 p.m.

Uranium is still poisoning Navajo land, water and children. But a new uranium mine is transporting ore across the Navajo Nation — and the people there can't stop it.
International Rescue Committee curating art exhibit featuring works of refugees, newcomers

International Rescue Committee curating art exhibit featuring works of refugees, newcomers

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 5 - 9:04 p.m.

The International Rescue Committee in Utah, which manages business development programs for refugees, is curating an art exhibit to aid artists.
UVU grad creates software to give back to Native American communities

UVU grad creates software to give back to Native American communities

Grant Olsen for KSL.com  |  Posted July 4 - 6:58 p.m.

Drawing upon his Native American heritage, Wyatt Redshield Gilmore runs a company that's helping the tourism industry and supporting charitable causes on reservation lands.
Pacific Islanders, other minorities face higher risk from blowing Great Salt Lake dust, study finds

Pacific Islanders, other minorities face higher risk from blowing Great Salt Lake dust, study finds

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 3 - 10:34 p.m.

Pacific Islanders and other racial and ethnic minorities potentially face a higher risk of exposure to blowing dust from the lakebed of the Great Salt Lake, a new study shows.
'I fight for women's rights': Afghan activist, now in Utah, still passionate about advocacy work

'I fight for women's rights': Afghan activist, now in Utah, still passionate about advocacy work

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 28 - 12:36 p.m.

Laila Basim, who fought for women's rights under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, now lives in Utah but remains just as passionate about advocating for women.
Latinos spur growth in Utah, represent growing share of state's population

Latinos spur growth in Utah, represent growing share of state's population

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 27 - 6:15 a.m.

The expansion of the Latino population has been key in Utah's growth and now represents 16% of Utah's overall population of 3.42 million.
West Valley City officials recommend controversial rezone of Redwood Swap Meet site

West Valley City officials recommend controversial rezone of Redwood Swap Meet site

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 26 - 9:02 p.m.

West Valley City officials are recommending approval of a proposed rezone of the Redwood Swap Meet land, an action opposed by the vendors who use the site.
'The human side': Advocate for Venezuelan immigrants asks for understanding amid influx

'The human side': Advocate for Venezuelan immigrants asks for understanding amid influx

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 22 - 12:06 p.m.

Mayra Molina, of the Venezuelan Alliance of Utah, asks for understanding for those fleeing the nation and coming to the United States.
'Salt Lake City needs you': 148 immigrants, refugees sworn in as new US citizens

'Salt Lake City needs you': 148 immigrants, refugees sworn in as new US citizens

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 20 - 9:06 p.m.

In a ceremony Thursday in Salt Lake City, World Refugee Day, 148 immigrants were sworn in as new U.S. citizens.
World Refugee Day events set to recognize those 'forced to flee'

World Refugee Day events set to recognize those 'forced to flee'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 19 - 8:35 a.m.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services and Catholic Community Services are each hosting events to mark World Refugee Day, meant to recognize refugees around the globe.
Utah auditor's office creates 'hotline form' for reports of alleged violations of diversity law

Utah auditor's office creates 'hotline form' for reports of alleged violations of diversity law

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 12:19 p.m.

The Utah Office of the State Auditor has created a "hotline form" to allow the public to report alleged violations of the state's new law targeting diversity programs at public entities.
'What am I going to do?': Redwood Swap Meet vendors lament possible property redevelopment

'What am I going to do?': Redwood Swap Meet vendors lament possible property redevelopment

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 15 - 9:04 p.m.

As West Valley City officials debate possible redevelopment of the Redwood Swap Meet site, many of the largely immigrant vendors wonder what they'll do if forced out.
 Making it 'Rico' in the land of opportunity

Making it 'Rico' in the land of opportunity

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted June 15 - 12:28 p.m.

A Utah businessman shares how a motivation to forge his own path and fond childhood memories led to setting himself up for the rest of his life.
Juneteenth to be marked at Ogden festival, Salt Lake flag-raising ceremony

Juneteenth to be marked at Ogden festival, Salt Lake flag-raising ceremony

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 13 - 3:27 p.m.

Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of U.S. slaves, will be marked by a festival in Ogden, a flag-raising ceremony in Salt Lake and other activities.
Utah families press US to let would-be Haitian adoptees come amid turmoil in Caribbean nation

Utah families press US to let would-be Haitian adoptees come amid turmoil in Caribbean nation

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 12 - 3:02 p.m.

Five Utah families in the process of adopting 12 Haitian children are pressing the U.S. government to let the kids come amid turmoil in the Caribbean nation.
Woman taps Venezuelan recipes, business savvy with Arempas — soon to open its 5th locale

Woman taps Venezuelan recipes, business savvy with Arempas — soon to open its 5th locale

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 9 - 4:04 p.m.

Sandy Larrieta opened the first Arempas, a restaurant featuring cuisine from her native Venezuela, in 2019, and now she's on the cusp of opening her fifth locale.
Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 9 - 7:22 a.m.

Weber State University will eliminate cultural centers for Black, Latino and other students to comply with the new Utah law targeting diversity initiatives.
From Kmart to H Mart: Asian grocery giant opens first Utah store

From Kmart to H Mart: Asian grocery giant opens first Utah store

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 7:01 p.m.

Utah's first H Mart, an 80,000-square-foot Asian grocery superstore, is now open in West Jordan.
Utah Asian Festival returns; organizers hope for around 25,000 as event keeps growing

Utah Asian Festival returns; organizers hope for around 25,000 as event keeps growing

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 8:16 a.m.

The Utah Asian Festival, featuring a broad range of food, vendors and performances, returns to the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
'Love's the answer': Thousands gather for annual Utah Pride Parade

'Love's the answer': Thousands gather for annual Utah Pride Parade

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 2 - 4:06 p.m.

Members of the LGBTQ community and their advocates marched through the streets of Salt Lake City Sunday as part of the annual Utah Pride Parade.