Daily News: Ferry resumes service on Lake Powell after three years

St George is asking residents to conserve electricity during the heat wave

St. George is asking residents to conserve power during peak hours as Utah’s heat wave continues.

The city announced its first Orange Energy Day on Wednesday, meaning there is a load on the city’s power grid.

While there is no concern of imminent danger such as a power outage, residents are encouraged to lighten the load by avoiding using high-electrical appliances such as dishwashers, washers and dryers, and ovens between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Air conditioners can also use a lot of electricity, and many outdoorsmen are likely to crank them up to beat the heat. Officials encourage residents to keep the thermostat as high as possible while remaining comfortable.

Other ways to stay cool while saving energy include keeping south- and west-facing windows closed and using standing or ceiling fans.

Ferry resumes on Lake Powell after three years of below safe water levels

The Charles Hall Ferry is back in service on Lake Powell for the first time in three years.

The ferry serves as a water bridge for SR 276, which runs through the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

It was closed in early 2021 when water levels on Lake Powell dropped below safe levels for the boat to operate, but with the help of last year’s record winter, levels are high enough for the ferry to resume service.

Rides run from 10am to 5pm on Thursdays to Sundays. The ferry can transport cars, trucks, campers and trailers. For more information, visit Utah Department of Transportation website.

SLC launches e-bike voucher program to promote better air quality

Salt Lake City launched a e-bike voucher program on Tuesday to promote better air quality and have fewer cars on the road.

Vehicles such as cars, semi-trailers, trains, buses and airplanes produce more emissions along the Wasatch Front than any other source, according to the Utah Department of Air Quality.

To encourage greener travel, the new lottery-based program could help residents cover the cost of an electric bike. Vouchers from $300-$1300 based on type of bike purchased and income level.

To be eligible, applicants must live in Salt Lake City and be eighteen or older, with one application per person or two per household. The deadline is July 16 and the winners will be notified by July 31 at the latest.

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