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Utah ski resorts upgrade avalanche mitigation technology to phase out old military artillery
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Utah ski resorts upgrade avalanche mitigation technology to phase out old military artillery

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutesALTA — Alta Ski Area is installing new avalanche towers to better protect skiers and to phase out old military artillery.This summer, the resort is installing five Wyssen avalanche towers around Mt. Baldy from the Switzerland-based company, according to Mike Maughan, Alta's general manager. Alta installed three last summer in the Supreme area of the mountain, and several more will be installed next year.Several howitzers — long-range military weapons that launch a projectile — are currently in use in Little Cottonwood Canyon to trigger controlled avalanches."Mov(ing) away from anything that's shooting a projectile in the air is a safer, better way to do avalanche mitigation work," Maughan said.This winter will be the ...
State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities, investigation finds
Business

State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities, investigation finds

Over the past two decades, state lotteries have nearly doubled in size, driving a multibillion-dollar wealth transfer from low-income U.S. communities to powerful multinational companies.A nationwide investigation of state lotteries by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland found that lottery retailers are disproportionately clustered in lower-income communities in nearly every state. The investigation's analysis of cellphone location data shows that the people who patronize those stores come from the same kinds of communities.Once rare, lotteries now operate in all but five U.S. states. Driven by more than a half-billion dollars in annual ad spending, lottery ticket sales have grown from $47 billion to $82 billion since 2005, according to La F...