Situational awareness – November 4, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • Salt Lake City voters see Erin Mendenhall as slightly more liberal than Luz Escamilla.
  • Senate Republicans are moving the goalposts on impeachment.
  • Smugglers are sawing through sections of Trump’s border wall with cheap power tools.


Several readers knew that Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch was previously known as Landscape Arch.

From guest quizmaster Stan Rasmussen.

“In the early 1900s, the publisher of a western travel guide inadvertently placed the caption ‘Landscape Arch’ adjacent a photo of what until then was known as Delicate Arch and similarly mislabeled as ‘Delicate Arch’ the sandstone structure that up to that point had been referred to as Landscape Arch. Because the publication was quite widely read and referenced, the decision eventually was made simply to change the names of the arches to how they were captioned in the travel guide. Over the years, rumors about a possible cartographer’s (mapmaker’s) error, or mistaken signage have been refuted. Whether the tale of a publisher’s mistake is true or mere legend, it’s not difficult to see how the original Delicate Arch (known today as Landscape Arch) initially could have been so named.”

Congratulations to subscriber David Damschen for being the first with the correct answer. He gets to ask the next trivia question on Friday.


The 2019 Utah municipal elections are tomorrow (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 84 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 120 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 239 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 365 (11/3/2020)