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This year's Farmington Festival Days parade will feature a number of Olympic guests, including the Olympic mascots.

Coal the bear, Powder the hare and Copper the coyote will join local Olympic hopefuls and the Snowbasin ski team at the 13th annual parade, which begins at 10 a.m. July 14 at State Street and 100 East.

Also that morning is a 5K Festival Days race and a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Various activities will continue throughout the day and evening at the city park. For more information about the parade, call 451-7513 or 447-4609.


In conjunction with National Night Out, Magna is hosting its own Night Out Against Crime one night sooner.

Monday, Aug. 6, the public is invited to the Arbor parking lot, 3500 S. 8400 West, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be free food and drinks, prizes and informational booths. The event is sponsored by the Magna Area Council and the Salt Lake County sheriff and fire departments.

Salt Lake City

"Relax, Dude! Peace and Solitude for Teens" is an afternoon retreat planned on Saturday, July 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Sprague Branch of the Salt Lake City Library, 2131 S. 1100 East.

Teens will be able to learn tai chi, yoga, creative visualization and relaxation at the free event, a part of the library system's summer reading program.

For more information, call 524-8200.

University of Utah

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah has been awarded a $5.8 million five-year contract to serve as a regional medical library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The contract is one of eight awarded by the National Library of Medicine to selected regional medical libraries on the basis of competitions.

The Eccles Library will serve the six-state Midcontinental Region, serving Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah. The goal of the national network is to provide access to accurate and current health information for health professionals, patients, families and the public in every part of the country. Special emphasis is on outreach to underserved populations to try to reduce health disparities.

West Valley

Developer JFRG Investments will get more than $880,000 in tax increments over 10 years in a deal with the city to reimburse the firm's investment in the Decker Lake Economic Development Area.

The Decker Lake EDA was created in 1994 — a special improvement district (SID) was formed in 1995 near 2200 West, from about 2700 South to 3100 South, to finance the cost of infrastructure in that area.

Through the use of EDA tax increments, property owners such as JFRG are rebated money they've paid into the SID. Two other major parcels also benefit from the EDA, said Bob Buchanan, administrator for the city's redevelopment agency.

When representatives with JFRG conveyed an interest in developing a 38-acre parcel in the EDA, they also expressed "great concern" at the high cost of infrastructure installation, according to a city document.

The city's EDA board recently voted in favor of making EDA payments to JFRG, with the condition that the money will actually be available in the future, Buchanan added.

The money JFRG is being rebated was used to finance infrastructure costs, including roads, water, sewer and storm drain systems.