• Looking for a new job? Make sure you do these 5 things
    by BioFire Defense on December 8, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Mangostar/Shutterstock.comEven with the dip of the pandemic in 2020, Utah’s job market is bouncing back stronger than ever. According to, Salt Lake County had the lowest unemployment rate in November 2021 than any other month this year. That’s not to say there aren’t jobs out there, though. Go on any job-hunting website and you’ll find thousands of employers looking for dedicated employees. As the world—and Utah—shifts into a post-pandemic economy, there will be some things to consider as you look for a job. Here are some important things to know during your job search in 2022. Have realistic expectations As Utah continues to live up to the Silicon Slopes nickname, you’ll find more tech jobs available. However, it’s important to consider the new remote working aspect of these types of positions. This opens the door for out-of-state hires, as anyone can work from any place as long as they have an internet connection. Bottom line: be prepared for a little more competition. Even though tech jobs might be competitive, there are still plenty of other industries hiring in droves for high-paying positions. Online learning companies, grocery stores and grocery delivery services, remote communication services, childcare companies and some medical research and biotechnology companies have also reported the need for more workers. You’ll want to consider what you value most in a job—whether that’s an in-person work environment, feeling fulfilled in your career, compensation or work-life balance. Use online hiring sites The age of going door-to-door picking up paper applications is a thing of the past. The initial stages of most hiring processes now happen entirely online. Popular hiring sites where you can go to input a search term for your desired job, create a profile and upload your resume include Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, FlexJobs, Scouted and Snagajob, to name a few. Another option is to go directly to the website of the company you want to work for and look for a link to their careers or hiring page. If a method for job application isn’t immediately obvious, you can always contact the company directly to find out if they’re hiring. Fill your resume with relevant keywords When hiring managers go on a job site to look for qualified job seekers, they will use a bot or a search engine to weed out resumes lacking the qualities they’re looking for. Filling your resume with keywords that clearly and in detail describe the skills and training you have will place you higher up the list of potential applicants they will contact. suggests looking up job postings that are similar to the position you’re interested in and using the keywords they list that they’re looking for in an applicant. Pay special attention to the qualifications and responsibilities sections. If your experience and training fit those descriptions, be sure to use the keywords from the job posting in your resume. It also helps to scan the company’s website and find any important keywords or phrases that can bolster your resume or application. If you’re applying directly to a particular job, you should customize your resume and cover letter, if applicable, for that specific job. 13_Phunkod/ Use social media to your advantage Networking through social media sites is a new and growing trend for landing a job. If you haven’t given much thought to your LinkedIn presence lately, now would be a good time to update your profile, add links to your past projects or an online portfolio, add all the skills you have (whether they seem relevant to the job you want or not) and reach out to past employers, co-workers, roommates and anyone else you can connect with. At the same time, be aware of what kind of social media presence you have on other sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Because your future employer might not be able to meet you in person, they might find out what they can about you online. Having a professional profile picture or cover photo can help make a good first impression. If your profile is public, what you post or share on your social media page may impact a hiring manager’s impression of you, as well. Learn how to perform well in a remote interview Interviewing from home is a little different from being in the office with the person interviewing you. Making eye contact, for instance, means looking into the webcam, rather than directly into your interviewer’s eyes. The location where you set up your webcam for your interview will make a difference, too. It’s important to avoid busy areas where there might be distracting noise or a cluttered background. You’ll also need a reliable, fast internet connection so your interview can stream smoothly. Nothing is more frustrating than a poor internet connection when you’re trying to convince a potential employer of your dependability. Though your interviewer won’t be able to see your whole body, you should still think about dressing the part from head to toe, just in case you have to stand up during the interview and to put you into a more professional mindset. Making good use of your facial expressions and hand motions will also help you feel and look more engaged in the interview, proving to the interviewer your sincere interest in the job. Current job openings in Utah BioFire Defense is currently hiring for many positions with a variety of skillsets. For more information about these positions or to apply, visit

  • 3 killings tied to same gang; frustrated detectives keep arresting same people
    by Pat Reavy on December 8, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Laura Seitz, Deseret NewsMan accused of murdering U of U football player Aaron Lowe in the mix In October, a Unified police detective went to California to talk to a man about what he knew about an unsolved shooting death in Millcreek in 2020. That man was Anei Joker, 20, who shot two police officers before he was shot and killed by police last week. He was in custody in Orange County on a weapons offense. During his conversation, the detective said Joker wrote down lyrics from a song that his friend Awad Majok had written. “My (expletive) took a life for me. Body drop right in front of me,” were the lyrics. Unified police say the rap song is specifically about the Millcreek killing. As of Tuesday, however, Majok is not being called a suspect in the case and has not been arrested in connection with the incident. But Unified police detectives believe he was at the scene of the killing that night with at least one other person. Joker was able to relay to the detective details about the crime scene that night that were allegedly told to him by Majok, 20. About three weeks after that Millcreek shooting, Majok was stopped by Salt Lake police in a stolen vehicle with four other people. One of those passengers was Buk Mawut Buk, 22, according to court records, who is currently charged with murdering University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe. Also in the car was a gun that police say has been forensically linked to the Millcreek killing. A police detective noted in a November search warrant regarding stolen weapons that “over approximately the last several months, members of the Metro Gang Unit (have) noticed a large increase in violent crime across the Salt Lake Valley involving various different gangs.” During a press conference in October, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown also addressed the increase in violent crime — particularly crimes involving guns — across the valley this year. Gill announced that his office would no longer be offering plea deals for people convicted of a crimes involving a gun. For gang detectives in Salt Lake County, harsher penalties for people convicted in gun crimes would be welcome news, as many feel that gang members have become emboldened by the belief they won’t serve hard time if they’re caught. It’s something detectives believe the public has also begun to notice, as many of the names appearing in recent news articles involving violent crime are of people with lengthy criminal histories. Joker, Buk and Majok are examples of that. Police say all three are members of the same violent street gang. But despite their multiple arrests and convictions for violent crimes over the past few years, the trio has managed to be sentenced mostly to probation, sometimes over the objection of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Joker injured two police officers on Dec. 1 during a shootout in Taylorsville that also resulted in his death. But it was certainly not the first time police had had a run-in with Joker. It was not even the first time he’d been shot by police. In 2017, when Joker was 17 years old, he was shot in the abdomen by a Cottonwood Heights police officer after fleeing from police and reaching into his pants for something. After he was taken to a local hospital, medical personnel found a loaded .22-caliber revolver handgun concealed in Joker’s underwear. The police shooting was determined to be legally justified. Then in 2019, Joker was one of several people arrested and accused of shooting at another person during a confrontation. Joker was the getaway driver in the incident, according to police. Majok was also arrested in connection with that same shooting. On Oct. 29, 2020, police say Joker was involved in another shooting near 2500 S. Parkcrest Drive. Joker claimed he had fired at rival gang members in self-defense, according to charging documents. He later called emergency dispatchers and claimed he had been shot in the leg, but declined medical attention and refused to say where he was. Salt Lake County Jail Anei Gabriel Joker, 20, is pictured in this booking photo from May 2021. He was shot and killed by police in a shootout Dec. 1 in Taylorsville after police say he shot two police officers.As part of a global resolution, Joker pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court in June to that case and several others. When it came time for sentencing, Gill’s office requested that Joker be sent to prison. But on July 27, 3rd District Judge Matthew Bates instead placed Joker on three years of probation. “(Joker) was placed on probation despite the state’s objection. We argued that a prison sentence was appropriate due to the violent nature of the three crimes and additional aggravating factors — e.g. the fact that he caused substantial injury to a victim, firearms were used in commission of these multiple offenses, exhibited pattern of aggressive/harmful behavior towards others,” Gill said. Joker also used an alias of Ramon Julima, 25. In August, an arrest warrant was issued for Julima for being a fugitive out of California. He was wanted in Orange County on a weapons charge, according to court documents. Joker was arrested and returned to California on Aug. 30. While incarcerated in California, a Unified police detective investigating the shooting death of Manuel Felipe Gonzalez-Cortez, 21, of Colombia, on Oct. 18, 2020, in front of a car wash near 635 W. 3900 South, went to California to question Joker about what he knew about the killing. Joker told the detective that Majok was present during that shooting, according to Unified police. Court documents state that investigators believe there were at least two suspects that night. On Nov. 1, 2020, Salt Lake police stopped a stolen vehicle with five people inside, including Majok and Buk. Police say Buk was sitting in the back seat. A gun was recovered from the floorboard where Buk had been sitting. It was determined that the gun was stolen out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Oct. 14, 2020, and was at least one of the weapons used in the killing of Gonzalez-Cortez four days later. Buk is not a suspect in the Millcreek killing, according to police. Majok, who was also arrested, was in possession of a stolen gun, according to a search warrant affidavit. Emily Ashcraft Buk Mawut Buk in a hearing on Oct. 22, 2021. Buk is charged with aggravated murder in the death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe.Buk’s extensive criminal history includes placing ads on social media and other websites to allegedly sell items, and then robbing people when they showed up to buy them, according to court records. On June 8, 2020, he was sentenced to a prison term of one to 15 years, but that was suspended and he was instead placed on probation for three years and ordered to serve a year in jail with credit given for the 240 days he had already served since his arrest. Buk, 22, is currently charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder and discharge of a firearm. In the shooting death of Lowe, 21, and the shooting of Lowe’s 20-year-old girlfriend outside a house party on Sept. 26 at 2215 S. Broadmoor Street (2625 East) in Salt Lake City. On Nov. 21, 2020 — less than a month after being arrested by Salt Lake police — Majok robbed a man selling a pair of Air Jordan shoes online. After meeting with the man, he put an AR-15 with a pistol grip to the man’s neck and robbed him, according to charging documents. He pleaded guilty in August to a reduced charge of robbery, a second-degree felony. Majok was given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to serve 661 days in jail with credit for 296 days he’s already spent in jail since his latest arrest. Majok is currently appealing that sentence, however, according to court records. His next court hearing to consider his sentence is scheduled for Dec. 14. Laura Seitz, Deseret News Crime tape and a heavy police presence surround a 7-11 in Taylorsville on Dec. 1. Two police officers and Anei Joker were shot while exchanging gunfire at 4110 S. Redwood. Joker later died from his injuries.A day after the shootout with Joker, West Valley Police Chief Colleen Jacobs was asked if she was frustrated by the number of people her officers are confronting on the streets after already arresting them for prior violent offenses. “There are components of the criminal justice system and we’re responsible for our component of it which is the enforcement. And we don’t have a whole lot of influence over the other components of it. So we do our best to do our part to the best of our ability and hope that the other parts of criminal justice do their parts as well,” she said. Rivera this week had a similar response. “Reducing violent crime in the county is the top priority of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Unified Police Department. All of our resources, including countywide services like the Metro Gang Unit, are dedicated to keeping our communities safe and their current efforts are focused on prevention and intervention. The community can help by properly securing firearms; stolen firearms are often used in the commission of most violent crimes,” she said. Rivera noted in October that the Salt Lake County Jail is filled with more violent offenders than ever before. Gill reiterated that public safety is the primary concern of his office and something he’s not willing to compromise. He noted that both police and prosecutors are still dealing with collateral impacts from the state courts being closed due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Gill said it will be two years in February since the first restrictions went into effect and court operations still aren’t back to normal. As a result, some people accused of crimes have had to wait an extra-long time to have their cases heard. But while the court system has slowed down, Gill said crime has not. He said his office will continue to work closely with gang units and law enforcement agencies across the valley to look for patterns of criminal activity and continue to request that violent criminals be held without bail.

  • Photographer offers free photo sessions for pets who are at the end of life
    by Gitanjali Poonia on December 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Annelise Nearon and her dog Cudi are pictured in one of many of Julia Earhart’s touching images capturing what Earhart calls her “end of life pet sessions.” | Julia EarhartGet a portrait with your dog for free with these ‘end-of-life’ photoshoots Julia Earhart has a natural ability to capture special moments of people with their loved ones. When Annelise Nearon reached out requesting photos with Cudi, her 8-year-old Labrador mix diagnosed with terminal cancer, Earhart immediately said yes, according to The Detroit News. Earhart, based in Michigan, loves animals. She supports local pet stores and sponsors senior dogs. Benny, a 2-year-old golden retriever, and Bonnie, a 1-year-old golden retriever-mix, are Earhart’s current companions. The experience left her wanting to offer these “end-of-life” photo sessions for free. “After that session, it made me realize just how important your bond with your animal, who is sometimes your best friend, can be,” Earhart said, per The Detroit News. “Photos aren’t something a lot of pet owners might think about doing, but I know how much I love my dogs, and I know how much that would mean to me.” When her friend received the photos, she started sobbing, said Earhart in an interview with Fox News. “I understand that treatment is expensive. Medicine is expensive for helping dogs with the end of life,” Earhart said. “I kind of was like why don’t I offer this for free to help people out to have these memories.” She, too, had a cancer scare with her dog, Benny, which she only saw as a sign to help others who may be going through a tough time saying goodbye to their pets.

  • 2021 college football coaching carousel tracker
    by Ryan McDonald on December 8, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    In this Sept. 31, 2019, file photo, Southern California head coach Clay Helton watches an NCAA college football game against Fresno State in Los Angeles. Helton is now head coach at Georgia Southern. | Kyusung Gong, Associated Press There is a new phenomenon in college football this season. For a variety of reasons, we are already starting to see coaches get fired who typically would not have gotten a pink slip until the end of the regular season in late November. So far, nine jobs have opened up around the country, a number previously unheard of for early November. Except for Washington State’s firing of Nick Rolovich, which occurred because he did not comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the others have happened as programs want to hit the reset button as soon as possible. One big reason is recruiting, whether athletic directors want to admit it or not. Until 2017, athletic directors could fire coaches at the end of November, and then the new coach would have about six weeks until national signing day at the beginning of February to piece together a recruiting class. Not much time, but somewhat doable. In 2017, however, the NCAA instituted an early signing period, three days in mid-December during which prospects could ink national letters of intent. Suddenly, it became much more difficult for new coaching staffs to put together a recruiting class in just about two weeks. As such, we’re seeing coaching changes now so programs can theoretically give new hires as much time as possible before the early signing period (Dec. 15-17 this year — most will happen on the first day). TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati reportedly acknowledged as much on Nov. 2 in discussing the departure of Gary Patterson, a legend who had been the coach since 2000 and already has a statue on campus. That said, there are a number of factors that are contributing to the increase in midseason firings this year, according to a story last week by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger. Here’s a running list of all the coaching changes so far. Their replacements will be added to the list as they become official.

  • High school volleyball: Deseret News 2021 1A all-state team
    by James Edward on December 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Gabby Renaud of ICS is the 1A volleyball player of the year. | Dawn Zandberg Note: The Deseret News all-state teams are based on coaches votes from a list of nominated players from each team. 1A Player of the Year Gabby Renaud, ICS, OH, Sr. Led ICS to 1A state championship, finishing the season with 314 kills with a .349 hitting percentage, 350 digs and 53 aces. 1A First Team JaLeana Tsosie, Milford, OH, Sr. — 337 kills, .239 hitting percentage, 55 aces, 446 digs. Tera Morgan, Piute, S/OH, Jr. — .347 hitting percentage, 13.1 kills per game. Hailee Eyre, Panguitch, OH, Sr. — 281 kills, .164 hitting percentage. Amelia Valente, ICS, S, Sr. — 675 assists, 55 aces, 184 digs. Abigail Holman, Panguitch, Setter, Sr. — 503 assists, 94 aces. Brittney Lamborn, Rich, OH, Sr. — 61 aces, 173 points, 312 kills, 256 digs. DJ Henrie, Panguitch, Libero, Jr. — 462 digs. 1A Second Team Annie Peart, Rich, MB, Sr. — 56 aces, 292 kills, 214 digs, 55 blocks. Kassidy Westwood, Piute, S/OH, Sr. — 95% serve percentage. Abbie Rhoades, Tabiona, MB, Sr. — 300 kills, 61 blocks, 60 aces, 265 digs. Tayla McKee, Rich, Setter, Sr. — 537 assists, 125 serve points, 253 digs. Rachel Jensen, ICS, OH, Sr. — 109 kills, 29 aces, 163 digs. Sophia Gardner, Altamont, OH, Sr. — 155 kills, 52 blocks, 231 digs, 11 aces. Erica Callinan, ICS, MB, Sr. — .261 hitting percentage, 173 kills, 38 blocks, 225 digs. 1A Third Team Brooklyn Jessen, Piute, MB, Jr. Dixie Huffaker, Rich, MB, Sr. Adelaide Englestead, Panguitch, S, Jr. Mikki Prows, Escalante, MB, Sr. Ruth Cox, Valley, OH/S, Jr. Mersadie Rhoades, Tabiona, S, Jr. Paige James, Milford, S, Sr. 1A Honorable Mention Zoee Torgerson, Escalante, MB, Sr. Alexis Allen, Panguitch, MB, Jr. Ali Barry, Monticello, MB, Jr. Kenzie Lyman, Escalante, OH/S, Sr. Leslie Luna, Wendover, OH, Sr. Brittyn Heaton, Valley, OH, Sr. Britlynn Bettridge, Valley, MB, Jr. Jentry Saul, Valley, RS, Sr. Ashton Winckel, Piute, RS, Sr. Tabetha Henrie, Panguitch, OH/MB, So.