Jan. 12, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • click to enlarge - President Donald Trump -  - BY MICHAEL VADON [CC BY-SA 2.0]
    President Donald Trump again topped the headlines Thursday morning in the wake of his incendiary remarks about immigrants from Latin American and African nations. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump reportedly told a bipartisan committee which was meeting Thursday at the White House. He made the reported comments while expressing frustration with congressional attempts to protect immigrants from nations like Haiti and El Salvador as part of an immigration deal. The President's comments drew quick condemnation, with Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love—the only Haitian-American in Congress—calling on Trump to apologize. In a statement, she wrote, "The president'[s] comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values."

  • Facebook is again changing its algorithm, prioritizing posts that garner lots of likes, shares and comments in an attempt to "spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people." The move will likely mean more personal posts from friends and relatives will appear on Facebook news feeds, but could result in a decrease in the prevalence of posts by pages like news sites and other kinds of public content. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post that the change is part of a company effort to "make sure our services aren't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being."

  • Operations at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area resumed today, albeit on a limited scale. Bogus announced Jan. 7 it would be closed Monday-Thursday, Jan. 8-11, while it waited out dry, warm conditions for additional snowfall. There was some snowfall Thursday, allowing the hill to open the Deer Point, Pine Creek and Coach chairlifts, as well as the Discovery, Easy Rider and Explorer conveyor lifts. The Pepsi Gold Rush tubing hill and Nordic Center will also be open, though the new Glade Runner Mountain Coaster opening has been delayed due to snow and ice on the track. The hill currently has 23 inches of snow at its base, with 4 inches of new snowfall.

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