‘We’re prepared’: Utah County election officials make improvements to prevent past problems

PROVO — Election officials in Utah County said they have made improvements to prevent issues that have plagued the county in the past.

After polling locations experienced long lines lasting more than three hours on midterm election night in 2018, Governor Gary Herbert criticized Utah County as the “epicenter of dysfunction.”

For next month’s general election, the county’s new clerk/auditor promises things will be better.

“When you look at what I’ve been able to accomplish in a short amount of time, it’s because I was able to secure the resources for the equipment and literally the best team in the state,” said Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner.

Since Powers Gardner took office in 2019, she’s hired new staff and purchased new ballot-counting machines. She said they now have the largest scanners in the state, which can process 600 ballots per minute.

“I’ve worked tirelessly to make sure that my staff has the resources they need to serve those people,” she said.

Powers Gardner is expecting a lot of people to show up at polling locations on November 3 because this will be Utah County’s first presidential election with vote-by-mail and she worries that some may not be used to it.

“We have over-prepared for the people we expect at the polls,” she said. “We know that we’re going to have a lot. We’re prepared to serve three times the number people at the polls that voted in 2018.”

For those voting in person, she’s also implementing a new system to let voters check-in using their phones.

Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner talks to KSL about improvements Utah County has made to prevent voting delays. (Photo: KSL TV)

“Then you can go wait in the comfort of your own car, listen to your own music, and when it’s your

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What about $490,000 can buy in Sumner County

Nashville Tennessean

Published 5:01 a.m. CT Oct. 13, 2020



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206 Dry Fork Creek Road, Bethpage 37022

Year built: 1999

Square feet: 1,813

Price: $490,000

Description: Four-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits on 20.87-acre lot. Home has marble fire place, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors, new double pane windows, master on main floor. Private guest quarters upstairs include bedroom, full bath and family room. HVAC split units are 1 and 2 years old.

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1034 S. Browns Lane, Gallatin 37066

Year built: 1989

Square feet: 2,927

Price: $489,000

Description: Three-bedrooms, three-bathroom home sits on just over an acre on treed lot with winding drive. Home has in-ground pool, covered porches. Main level has living room with fireplace, formal dining, kitchen with breakfast bay, Florida room, two-car rear entry garage, new windows and HVAC.

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107 Elizabeth Court, Goodlettsville 37072

Year built: 2015

Square feet: 3,128

Price: $489,900

Description: Home has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, living room with 18-foot ceilings, eat-in kitchen with granite, detailed back-splash and wine cooler. Master suite has walk-in closet with custom built-ins. Home has bonus room or fourth bedroom option, exercise room, loft/office, utility room with laundry chute.

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County reports new coronavirus deaths at nursing homes for first time in 3 weeks

For the first time in three weeks, San Diego County reported new coronavirus deaths among residents and health care workers at skilled nursing facilities.

As of Wednesday, there have been 173 deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home staff and residents combined, up from 168 reported during the last two weeks. San Diego County reported 1,139 cases of novel coronavirus among nursing home residents and 729 cases among health care workers Wednesday, up from 1,103 and 717 last week.

One new outbreak in skilled nursing homes was reported by the county this week, bringing the total to 84 over the course of the pandemic. There are 20 nursing home outbreaks that are still deemed active, down from the 21 active ones reported last week.

Unlike community outbreaks that are defined as three or more linked cases from separate households, outbreaks in nursing homes only need one case among either residents or health care workers. An outbreak is considered inactive once no one at the facility has tested positive for novel coronavirus for at least two weeks.

According to the California Department of Public health database, 53 of the county’s 86 skilled nursing facilities have been approved to resume indoor visitations.

Only five facilities in the county haven’t recorded a single case among either residents or health care workers, according to the state’s database. They are Amaya Springs Health Care Center in Spring Valley, Arroyo Vista Nursing Center in San Diego, Monte Vista Lodge in Lemon Grove, Somerset Subacute and Care in El Cajon, and Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido.

Those looking for COVID-19 statistics or visitation information at a specific skilled nursing facility can view the online version of this story at to search the full dataset.

Nursing home administrators were reminded Monday of their obligation to help residents

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Sales of single-family homes recorded in Sonoma County for the week of Sept. 30

One hundred and forty single-family homes sold in Sonoma County during the week of Sept. 30 ranging in price from $53,500 to $3.9 million.

Topping our list of real estate transactions for the week was 24121 Wine Country Court in Sonoma which sold for $3,900,000 on August 31 . This five bedroom, four bathroom, 4,736 square foot residence featured a gourmet kitchen with a Viking range and a Sub Zero double door refrigerator.

See what homes are selling for near you.


35337 Annapolis Road, $515,000

Bodega Bay

1210 Windy Lane, $680,000

1350 Bodega Ave., $740,000

2032 Sandpiper Court, $870,000

1148 Seaeagle Loop, $1,350,000

Camp Meeker

75 Woodland Ave., $380,000

5422 Lincoln Ave., $397,000


70 Sequoia Ridge Road, $853,000


243 Red Mountain Drive, $548,000

172 Porterfield Creek Drive, $575,000


1177 W. Railroad Ave., $750,000

105 Ward Drive, $765,000


9449 Dell Road, $390,000

8004 Savio Lane, $428,000

8690 Trenton Road, $440,000

947 Esther Drive, $540,000

9797 Highway 116, $570,000

Glen Ellen

12305 Manzanita Lane, $447,000

13615 Arnold Drive, $762,000


8933 Bowers St., $860,000


419 Grant St., $536,000

1933 N. Fitch Mountain Road, $640,000

8349 W. Dry Creek Road, $680,000

1411 Highland Circle, $970,000

3475 Dry Creek Road, $1,035,000


8960 Sonoma Highway, $1,272,500

1189 Lawndale Road, $2,850,000

Monte Rio

22422 Moscow Road, $625,000


100 Goodwin Lane, $53,500


509 Acadia Drive, $364,000

633 Saint Francis Drive, $507,500

71 Maria Drive, $574,000

1634 Big Bend Drive, $620,000

1009 Crinella Drive, $645,000

2192 Saint Augustine Circle, $715,000

617 Liberty St., $785,000

927 Hogwarts Circle, $800,000

504 Teton Court, $812,000

2172 Saint Augustine Circle, $840,000

250 Cambridge Lane, $859,000

1558 Henry Way, $860,000

220 Lena Lane, $1,050,000

509 Walnut St., $1,680,000

10 Bixby Court, $1,700,000

Santa Rosa

211 W. Seventh St., $315,000

658 Charles St., $322,000


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3 years later, Sonoma County Tubbs Fire survivors seek justice after contractors allegedly fail to deliver on promise to rebuild homes

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) — It has been three long years since Sonoma County’s Tubbs Fire nightmare.

It feels like yesterday to those who survived.

For a crowd gathered with signs outside the Sonoma County courthouse Friday morning, it feels more like an eternity.

“I’m still not over it. PTSD for three years, now,” said Ellen Lencher.

She and others in the crowd lost homes in the fire and money, they say, to Sal and Pam Chiaramonte.

RELATED: Santa Rosa contractor Chiaramonte Construction responds to complaints about rebuilds of homes destroyed in Tubbs Fire

The contractors from Tulare County promised to rebuild 39 houses at Central Valley prices. They did not deliver on most of them.

“And even after the time the realized they would not be able to do what they promised, they continued to take money from people,” said attorney Richard Freeman, who represents many of the victims in a civil suit.

Friday’s scheduled court appearance provided the first time that many of the Chiaramonte’s customers had seen the couple since signing their papers.

The contractors answered no questions.

“No we are not allowed to say anything,” said Sal Chiaramonte, though he and his wife did hear an earful.

VIDEO: ‘Two years stronger together:’ Tubbs Fire survivors reflect on firestorm anniversary

“Scumbag. You’re not even man enough to look at us,” shouted one man in the crowd.

“We’re not going away,” added another.

Elsewhere, the Santa Rosa Fire Department rang a ceremonial bell 24 times in honor of 24 lives lost that night.

More than 5,000 homes burned. Almost a quarter of them were in Coffey Park, where the Chiaramontes set up shop, as Pam told us in the spring in 2019.

RELATED: Tubbs Fire victims say contractor is not making good on their rebuilds

“We’re not some

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