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Utah House Democratic leader named president of National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Utah House Democratic leader named president of National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 6 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah House Minority Leader Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, was installed as the new president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators over the weekend.
Iconic west-side restaurant latest victim of growing gentrification, Salt Lake advocates say

Iconic west-side restaurant latest victim of growing gentrification, Salt Lake advocates say

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 6:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

El Asadero restaurant is set to be displaced to make way for a new apartment complex in Fairpark.
Why this 'Dreamer' wants Biden to expand work permits for immigrant workers

Why this 'Dreamer' wants Biden to expand work permits for immigrant workers

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 2 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Immigration advocates launched the "Here to Work" campaign in Utah, urging President Joe Biden to expand work authorization for long-term immigrant workers.
KCPW signs off after 31 years; FM license goes to KUER/PBS Utah to expand service

KCPW signs off after 31 years; FM license goes to KUER/PBS Utah to expand service

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 2 - 8:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

KCPW went off the air Tuesday after 31 years amid financial struggles. KUER and PBS Utah acquired its license as they plan to offer more bilingual broadcasts.
Community remembers Gaby Ramos, domestic violence victims on Día de los Muertos

Community remembers Gaby Ramos, domestic violence victims on Día de los Muertos

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 11:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The sister of Gaby Ramos honored lost loved ones and drew attention to domestic violence in Utah during a Día de los Muertos event.
El Salvador Consulate in SLC pushing to register voters ahead of 2024 election

El Salvador Consulate in SLC pushing to register voters ahead of 2024 election

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 24 - 12:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The El Salvador Consulate is holding extended hours to ensure the 20,000 or so Salvadorans in Utah have their documents in order before the Nov. 5 election deadline.
Bad Bunny to kick off new tour in Salt Lake City

Bad Bunny to kick off new tour in Salt Lake City

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 23 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

International superstar Bad Bunny is kicking off his "Most Wanted Tour" in February and his first stop is in Salt Lake City.
Día de los Muertos en Ogden a heartfelt blend of culture, remembrance and belonging

Día de los Muertos en Ogden a heartfelt blend of culture, remembrance and belonging

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 7:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Día de los Muertos en Ogden is a chance for both those who've spent years celebrating the holiday and first-timers to honor a centurieslong Mexican tradition.
Utah to host voting center for Venezuelan opposition primaries

Utah to host voting center for Venezuelan opposition primaries

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 19 - 3:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake City is one of several U.S. locations where Venezuelan nationals can cast their vote for an opposition candidate to face President Nicolas Maduro in the 2024 general elections.
Utah leaders honor Day of the Dead with annual proclamation

Utah leaders honor Day of the Dead with annual proclamation

Gabrielle Shiozawa, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 7:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah leaders signed the annual Dia de los Muertos proclamation during a state Day of the Dead event Saturday, honoring the cultural significance of the Latin American holiday.
Salt Lake County recognizes Latino leaders in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Salt Lake County recognizes Latino leaders in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 11:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

Prominent members of Utah's Hispanic community were recognized for contributions ranging from religious service and civic engagement to interpreting for fellow community members.
Utah launches new Spanish campaign for suicide prevention

Utah launches new Spanish campaign for suicide prevention

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 11 - 5:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new Utah suicide prevention campaign in Spanish aims to create an environment where mental and emotional health issues are discussed openly and without stigma.
Utah among lowest Hispanic poverty rates in the nation, but racial and ethnic disparities remain

Utah among lowest Hispanic poverty rates in the nation, but racial and ethnic disparities remain

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 10 - 6:14 a.m.  |  Save Story

Poverty has decreased and median household incomes have risen in Utah, but the racial and ethnic disparities still persist in the state.
'Luz de las Naciones' ticket reservations begin Tuesday

'Luz de las Naciones' ticket reservations begin Tuesday

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 3:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tickets for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' annual celebration of Latin American culture, "Luz de las Naciones," can be reserved beginning Tuesday.
El Mercadito: Experience the vibrancy of Latin America at Weber State's Hispanic farmers market

El Mercadito: Experience the vibrancy of Latin America at Weber State's Hispanic farmers market

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Vendors at Weber State's El Mercadito on Oct. 2-3 will sell a number of handmade items, many from Indigenous communities in their home countries, including handmade items.
Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reestablishing operations in Utah County

Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reestablishing operations in Utah County

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 8:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah County reopening follows other similar partnerships across Northern Utah in recent months, including a merger with the Utahs Latino American Chamber of Commerce and new offices in Taylorsville and Ogden.
Utah high school seniors are missing out on millions of dollars in free college aid

Utah high school seniors are missing out on millions of dollars in free college aid

Logan Stefanich and Sydnee Chapman Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 26 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah has the second lowest FAFSA completion rate in the country, meaning the state's high school seniors left $42 million of free Pell Grant money on the table in 2022.
Utah Red Cross has 'urgent' need for Spanish-speaking volunteers

Utah Red Cross has 'urgent' need for Spanish-speaking volunteers

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 7:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Red Cross is recruiting Spanish-speaking volunteers in Utah to serve the state's growing Hispanic population.
Expansion of this immigration program could help thousands of Venezuelans in Utah

Expansion of this immigration program could help thousands of Venezuelans in Utah

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 6:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Venezuelans are the fastest-growing Hispanic group in the country as millions flee repression, food scarcity and economic turmoil. Nearly 10,400 Venezuelans live in Utah.
Salt Lake Chamber pushing DC lawmakers for immigration, permitting reform

Salt Lake Chamber pushing DC lawmakers for immigration, permitting reform

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Salt Lake Chamber, which is Utah's largest business association, will discuss immigration reform during a trip to lobby Utah's congressional delegates in Washington. D.C.
Salt Lake leaders celebrate Hispanics' economic contributions and influence

Salt Lake leaders celebrate Hispanics' economic contributions and influence

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 8:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake leaders highlighted the economic, cultural, culinary and political influence of Latinos, who make up 20% of the city and 15% of the state. That influence is reflected in the city's theme for the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month.
Largest gathering of Latinos in STEM coming to Salt Lake City

Largest gathering of Latinos in STEM coming to Salt Lake City

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 1:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference will be held in Salt Lake City for the first time in November.
New facility allows Latino Behavioral Health Services to double its client capacity

New facility allows Latino Behavioral Health Services to double its client capacity

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 10 - 7:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

The nonprofit Latino Behavioral Health Services offers mental health services like counseling, peer support groups and classes in English, Spanish and Portuguese for children and adults.
Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce opening new office in Taylorsville

Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce opening new office in Taylorsville

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 9:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is continuing a period of regrowth with a new office in Taylorsville that opened earlier this week.
Fiestas, food, dance and more: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Utah

Fiestas, food, dance and more: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Utah

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 7:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, but Utah festivities will kick off Saturday and extend through October.
Mexican soccer legends headed to Utah for historic Chivas vs. Club América match

Mexican soccer legends headed to Utah for historic Chivas vs. Club América match

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

The "Partido de Leyendas," or "Game of Legends," will feature players who took Mexican soccer rivals Chivas and Club América by storm in the 1980s, '90s and 2000.
Photo exhibit offers reminder of Utah's historic march for immigration reform

Photo exhibit offers reminder of Utah's historic march for immigration reform

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 8:32 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah photo exhibit documents the largest march in state history, a rally for immigration reform led by Latinos in the Beehive State in 2006.
Murray celebrates diversity by exploring cultures and community

Murray celebrates diversity by exploring cultures and community

Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 6:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

The city of Murray is celebrating diversity by taking a conscious step to bridge cultures and community.
This group is creating space for Latino LGBTQ+ identities

This group is creating space for Latino LGBTQ+ identities

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Volunteers formed Unidxs after feeling like there wasn't a space where both their Latino identity and queerness were simultaneously accepted and understood.
Music permeates Capitol for Utah's first statewide mariachi competition

Music permeates Capitol for Utah's first statewide mariachi competition

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 5:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

The capitol was filled with the sounds of Mexican classics like "Cielito Lindo" and "El Rey" Wednesday night as groups from across the Wasatch Front participated in Utah's first statewide mariachi competition.
Get to know your rights: Utah's Mexican Consul holds job fair, events for Labor Rights week

Get to know your rights: Utah's Mexican Consul holds job fair, events for Labor Rights week

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 28 - 4:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Mexican Consul in Salt Lake City is hosting a number of events this week aimed at educating immigrant workers about their rights in the workplace.
Los Angeles' oldest Mexican restaurant opening in Utah

Los Angeles' oldest Mexican restaurant opening in Utah

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 25 - 11:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

El Cholo, built in LA in 1923, is set to open a location in Sugar House next month.
Art exhibit brings life in southern Mexico's highlands to Orem

Art exhibit brings life in southern Mexico's highlands to Orem

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 20 - 10:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

A photo and textile exhibit by artist Maruch Santíz Gómez offers a uniquely intimate portrait of daily life and traditional beliefs and practices of her people, the Tzotzil Maya.
Latino, Hispanic or Latinx? Which term should you use and how do Utahns feel about them?

Latino, Hispanic or Latinx? Which term should you use and how do Utahns feel about them?

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 19 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

For those who fall under the umbrella of a term like Hispanic or Latino, cultural identity is much more nuanced than a simple label. And usage of such terms in Utah is varied and not universal.
Cox stresses migrant workers deserve dignity amid investigation into farmer for human trafficking

Cox stresses migrant workers deserve dignity amid investigation into farmer for human trafficking

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 17 - 10:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox's comments come after former Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson was arrested for allegedly assaulting a Hispanic worker who confronted Gibson.
Mexico officials visit Utah, stress partnership between 2 states

Mexico officials visit Utah, stress partnership between 2 states

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 9 - 12:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

A delegation of officials from the Mexican state of Zacatecas has arrived in Utah as part of a unique weeklong visit. The group, which includes the state's governor, was invited by the Federation of United Mexicans in Utah.
Demand is high from immigrant professionals looking to become licensed in Utah

Demand is high from immigrant professionals looking to become licensed in Utah

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 6 - 7:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

The news is out about Utah's decision to allow some immigrant professionals to become licensed in the state — and the demand for such licenses is high.
Utah Tacofest aims to bridge cultural gaps by offering tacos from around the world

Utah Tacofest aims to bridge cultural gaps by offering tacos from around the world

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 4 - 11:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Tacofest boasts of offering the best tacos all under one roof — from flavors like carne asada, fish and al pastor to taco innovations like BBQ, Thai, vegan, octopus and Brazilian.
DWR pushing to make fishing, outdoor recreation more accessible for Hispanic Utahns

DWR pushing to make fishing, outdoor recreation more accessible for Hispanic Utahns

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 27 - 8:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is translating a number of its resources into Spanish to make fishing, hunting and other activities more accessible for Utah's growing Hispanic population.
Community helps West Valley elementary school recoup after burglary

Community helps West Valley elementary school recoup after burglary

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 26 - 8:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Esperanza Elementary School was burglarized earlier this month. Now the school is well on its way to recouping $12,000 in losses thanks to an outpouring of community support.
ACLU says there are 'staggering' deficiencies in how Utah police work with non-English speakers

ACLU says there are 'staggering' deficiencies in how Utah police work with non-English speakers

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 23 - 10:06 a.m.  |  Save Story

Law enforcement policies that govern interactions with individuals considered to have limited English proficiency are lacking, according to a recent report from ACLU of Utah.
La Guelaguetza festival highlights Indigenous culture from Mexico

La Guelaguetza festival highlights Indigenous culture from Mexico

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 8:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

La Guelaguetza is an annual celebration of the Indigenous cultures and traditions from each of the eight regions in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Utah researchers learning more about cancer rates in Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations

Utah researchers learning more about cancer rates in Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations

Tamara Vaifanua, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 16 - 10:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

The National Cancer Institute discovered young Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have the highest cancer death rates.
Utah events to celebrate Latino Conservation Week

Utah events to celebrate Latino Conservation Week

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 16 - 8:53 a.m.  |  Save Story

Latino Conservation Week, which is July 15-23, celebrates Latinos' contributions to environmental protection.
Health fair offering free health services, assistance in Spanish on Friday

Health fair offering free health services, assistance in Spanish on Friday

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 11:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Members of the Hispanic community can take advantage of free health care resources Friday at a health fair in Murray featuring food, music, piñatas, gifts, face painting for kids and dancing.
Tenants accuse Salt Lake housing authority of unfair rent hikes, poor treatment

Tenants accuse Salt Lake housing authority of unfair rent hikes, poor treatment

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 30 - 9:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tenants reported being given little-to-no notice of rent increases of up to $600, living in poorly maintained properties, paying for repairs they say maintenance ignores and having vehicles frequently towed.
WIC is vastly underused in Utah; nonprofit aims to expand access to Latinos and Pacific Islanders

WIC is vastly underused in Utah; nonprofit aims to expand access to Latinos and Pacific Islanders

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 26 - 8:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Comunidad Materna en Utah has received a $372,000 federal grant to identify what barriers may be preventing Latina and Pacific Islander women from using WIC.
Podcasts opening the door for more Utahns to tell their own communities' stories

Podcasts opening the door for more Utahns to tell their own communities' stories

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 19 - 12:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

The growing accessibility and popularity of podcasting is opening the door for stories and experiences that mainstream media has ignored or explored on a surface level.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reopens services in Ogden

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reopens services in Ogden

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 17 - 5:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The chamber will have a physical presence at Weber State's Community Education Center and plans to offer more events and services in Ogden.
Latino Arts Festival coming to Park City

Latino Arts Festival coming to Park City

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 12 - 8:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

The festival features over 25 visual artists, musicians, dancers and foods that celebrate Latin American cultures.
Suazo Center launching new small business loans

Suazo Center launching new small business loans

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 8 - 9:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Suazo Center was recently designated as a Community Development Financial Institution by the Treasury Department.
'Music and the Spoken Word' to premiere in Spanish

'Music and the Spoken Word' to premiere in Spanish

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted June 2 - 11:39 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square's "Music and the Spoken Word" will premiere in Spanish later this month as part of a push to increase its visibility internationally.
This nonprofit just launched a bilingual program to help Utahns navigate medical debt

This nonprofit just launched a bilingual program to help Utahns navigate medical debt

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted May 29 - 9:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The program's advocates are trained to give legal advice about how to resolve medical debt.
Man charged with killing popular Spanish radio host extradited to Utah

Man charged with killing popular Spanish radio host extradited to Utah

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com and Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Updated May 27 - 8:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

A man who was charged with killing popular Spanish radio host in Utah has been extradited from Mexico City to Utah and was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Friday night.
Utah offering additional Spanish library books, audiobooks for students

Utah offering additional Spanish library books, audiobooks for students

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20 - 10:06 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah State Library Division is offering a number of new materials for kids and teens at school and public libraries.
Cox says 'imbeciles in Congress' responsible for current immigration crisis

Cox says 'imbeciles in Congress' responsible for current immigration crisis

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted May 18 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The governor repeated his tried-and-true stance on the matter: Border security and fixing legal immigration are not mutually exclusive.
How is Utah preparing for the end of Title 42 border restrictions?

How is Utah preparing for the end of Title 42 border restrictions?

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted May 7 - 12:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah officials expect to see an increase in migrants coming to the state with the end of a pandemic-era immigration policy but do not have an estimate of how large of an increase may materialize.
Campaign aims to 'Take Back Cinco de Mayo'

Campaign aims to 'Take Back Cinco de Mayo'

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5 - 7:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

GreenLatinos is pushing back against the over-commercialization of Cinco de Mayo and calling for it be recognized as a day of action for cultural and environmental defense.
Utah business groups among hundreds calling for immigration overhaul

Utah business groups among hundreds calling for immigration overhaul

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted May 2 - 3:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Twelve Utah chambers of commerce were among the over 430 business groups that launched a campaign Monday urging Congress to take action on immigration reform.

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