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Pilot study: Carpool and get preferred parking at Alta

As part of a pilot study, private vehicles with multiple passengers will be given preferred parking in Alta Ski Area's Wildcat lot during a trio of three-day periods.

The University of Utah's Environmental and Sustainability Studies internship program and the Alta Environmental Center are conducting the study to give ski-area officials "a better understanding of its guests' habits, allowing Alta to determine future parking needs that are both convenient and support environmentally friendly initiatives," said Environmental Center sustainability coordinator Maura Olivos.

People who carpool will get parking spots closer to the lifts and lodges on:

• Feb. 17, 19 and 20

• March 2, 4 and 5

• March 9, 11 and 12¬†

UTOPIA brings back Timmerman to run fiber-optic network

The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) has reached back to its past for a new executive director — Roger Timmerman.

Timmerman, who directed the design and implementation of UTOPIA's high-speed, fiber-optic network before leaving in 2014 for Vivint Wireless, will take over a position previously held by Gary Jones. Paul Isaac, West Valley City's assistant city manager, has been serving as interim director.

"As UTOPIA enters a new period growth, it is vital to find a leader like Roger to take us to the next level," said Wayne Pyle, UTOPIA's board chairman and city manager in West Valley, one of 15 cities that have united to install the network within their borders. "Roger brings a vast understanding of the Internet services and telecommunications field."

Timmerman has 15 years of industry experience, working for iProvo before his stints at UTOPIA and the Vivint Wireless, where he was vice president of engineering.

Turner, Corum to talk Tuesday about success in business

Maxine Turner from Cuisine Unlimited and Juanita Ramos Corum, owner of M2M Resource Development, will be among the featured speakers Tuesday at the Business Women's Forum luncheon at the Salt Lake Chamber, 175 E. 400 South, Suite 600.

"Sweet Success" is the theme of the 11:30 a.m. event, in which both women will discuss how they came to own a business and make it a success. Cost is $25 for forum members, $35 for non-members.

Cuisine Unlimited is a catering company whose many clients include the U.S. Olympic Committee. M2M Resource Development helps mobile operator companies build, market and manage connected devices.

Other speakers include Massimiliano Frani, owner and CEO of Genote, a therapeutic music company; Melissa Snow, owner of Wholy Raw, a nutritional company; and Julie Sharp, owner of Intuitive Touch and Body Works.

Double-digit decreases in gas prices in seven metro areas

Double-digit decreases in gasoline prices were recorded this past month in seven metropolitan areas surveyed for the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

The average price of regular gasoline sold for $1.83 on Tuesday. While that was down 21 cents over the last month and seven cents over a year ago, it remains the 16th highest average price in the country, said AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough.

Nationally, the average price was $1.73 a gallon, down 23 cents in the past month.

Salt Lake City had the lowest price — at $1.75 a gallon. Provo and Ogden were next at $1.77, while Logan came in at $1.87, Moab $1.91, Vernal $1.94 and St. George $2.04.

Primary Children's Hospital receives 'Mummies' tickets

Patients and families of Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City received tickets worth more than $5,500 recently to "Mummies of the World: The Exhibition," from the show's producers, American Exhibitions, Inc. and The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City.

The Mummies of the World exhibit is showing at The Leonardo, 500 S. 200 East, through March 6.

"For patients families, visiting the exhibit is a special opportunity to take their mind off their illness and enjoy a unique experience," said Andrew Parker, The Leonardo's chief marketing officer, in presenting the tickets to Primary Children's Hospital Foundation Director Sharon Goodrich.

The exhibit includes mummies and related artifacts, some 4,500 years old, from South America, Europe and Egypt.

Good sales driving expansion of Costa Vida Mexican Grill

Same-store sales rose 7.65 percent in 2015 at Utah-based Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, the company said Monday, adding that good sales are driving more expansion.

Costa Vida CEO Sean Collins said the chain is opening its 75th outlet in Twin Falls and moving into Texas. It signed a multi-unit franchise deal with businessmen Rickye Hicks and Dave Stanford.

They plan to open a Costa Vida this summer in Plano, Texas and to spread to other cities in the Lone Star State.

"Of its 210-plus units under development, the franchise projects a minimum of 20 units opening in 2016," Collins said, identifying other potential growth markets as Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Nashville, Dallas and Houston.

Utah business people on the move

• Loren Kornreich , who launched and oversaw the Montage Deer Valley hotel spa, is the new owner of Zant√© Spa at the base of Deer Valley resort. She also has been a spa director at resorts in Hawaii, Arizona, Florida and Colorado.

• Wadsworth Development Group has hired Aanjel Clayton as an administrative assistant. She worked previously in the Salt Lake County mayor's office.

• Onset Financial, an equipment leasing and financing company in South Jordan, has made Kristina Allen its executive vice president of lease operations.