Traffic alert – according to an online report, it’s about to get busy in and around Downtown St. George, Utah this weekend. The reason for the traffic issues are a good one though, as runners from all over the world are converging on St. George in an attempt to sign in at the “IronMan village” in preparation for this weekends IRONMAN event. As sign in and preparation begins for the 2014, St. George, Utah, Ironman, you can expect the normally empty streets to swell with out-of-town traffic. In its fifth year running, this year’s competition will include approximately 100 professional athletes, some from around the world, other from around the country – and the rest just hoping to make it across the finish line in the up-right position.
According to the St. George city manager, Gary Esplin, ““The last couple of years have brought a steady growth in general fund revenues back to pre-recession totals,” and that, “Based on review of major economic factors and projections from other government units, this budget is submitted reflecting modest increases in revenues and expenditures.”
After over 710 turkeys were killed in a bizarre truck accident on April 24 near the Deer Creek reservoir by US 189. PETA has petitioned the Utah Department of Transportation to request a sign that reads, “Drive safely; buckle up: in memory of hundreds of terrified turkeys who died here in a truck crash.” In somewhat unrelated news, Utah currently stands poised to lose more than $400 million in federal highway funding for the states roads and mass transit system in the next fiscal year, provided Congress continues their do-nothing pace and continues to ignore the rapidly depleting Highway trust fund.