News Clips for Jan. 18, 2019

The West’s avalanche forecasters keep doing their lifesaving jobs — even though some go without paychecks

The federal government shutdown could not have come at a worse time when it comes to protecting backcountry recreationists from avalanches. The U.S. Forest Service employs 50 seasonal avalanche forecasters, including eight in Utah, who are required to report for duty as usual during the shutdown even though there is no guarantee they will get paid. Same goes for the Forest Service’s law enforcement officers.

America's Best Employers For Diversity 2019

While it may often seem that no employer is getting diversity and inclusion right, many organizations have struggled to cultivate cultures that welcome and support all workers. Headlines have abounded, with incidents ranging from the unconscious bias incident at Starbucks in Philadelphia in April that resulted in the arrests of two African-American men for asking to use the bathroom to the age discrimination lawsuit filed at IBM after the company dismissed more than 20,000 older workers in five years to the countless sexual harassment allegations that have shaken workplaces across the nation. Yet at the same time, some companies have been making progress.

‘I’m worried that he’s dangerous:’ University of Utah releases audio of calls to campus police from Lauren McCluskey and her parents

Jill McCluskey frantically called campus dispatchers. Her daughter, a student at the University of Utah, was going to pick up her Jeep from a man she had just broken up with — and the mother feared he might hurt her. “I’m worried that he’s dangerous,” Jill McCluskey said from Pullman, Wash. “I don’t want her to go there by herself and have something bad happen to her.”

A tale of 2 Utahs: Group hopes lawmakers take steps to tackle urban, rural divide

The Wasatch Front economy is booming, and Utah as a whole enjoys one of the lowest jobless rates in the nation. That is one snapshot of the state. The other view, that of rural Utah, is a starkly different profile with some counties experiencing a stagnant economy, high poverty rates and job losses. A report released Thursday seeks to bring awareness to the urban-rural divide in Utah and keep it in the conversation of lawmakers as they prepare to convene a 45-day legislative session later this month.

Cybersecurity of our nuclear systems needs to be a top priority

Many jokes have been made about who actually invented the internet, most notably after former Vice President Al Gore publicly declared he took the initiative to create it during his time in Congress. But credit — for the impetus, at least — for creation of the internet goes to the former Soviet Union (USSR). On October 4, 1957 the USSR launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. Then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson remarked “Now, somehow, in some way, the sky seemed almost alien.” He remembered “the profound shock of realizing that it might be possible for another nation to achieve technological superiority over this great country of ours.”