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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Henderson, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Henderson, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Henderson, CO

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Henderson, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Henderson, CO

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Henderson, CO

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Henderson, CO

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Henderson, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Henderson, CO

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Henderson, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Henderson, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Henderson, CO?

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ASU preps for QB battle against 1-dimensional Washington State offense

TEMPE — The Arizona State Sun Devils officially have their backs up against the wall now when it comes to bowl eligibility.At 3-6 (2-4 in the Pac-12), ASU must win out against Washington State (5-4, 2-4), Oregon State and Arizona in order to be playing in the postseason.The first battle comes in a cold road test in Pullman against a rather one-dimensional Cougars offense, which relies heavily on the arm of quarterback Cameron Ward, as WSU has the fourth-fewest total rushing attempts in the country.“Here we go...

TEMPE — The Arizona State Sun Devils officially have their backs up against the wall now when it comes to bowl eligibility.

At 3-6 (2-4 in the Pac-12), ASU must win out against Washington State (5-4, 2-4), Oregon State and Arizona in order to be playing in the postseason.

The first battle comes in a cold road test in Pullman against a rather one-dimensional Cougars offense, which relies heavily on the arm of quarterback Cameron Ward, as WSU has the fourth-fewest total rushing attempts in the country.

“Here we go again, another quarterback,” ASU defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said Monday.

Ward transferred to Washington State this offseason from FCS school Incarnate Word in San Antonio, joining his former head coach Eric Morris after traded his spot in charge of the program for the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach job in Pullman.

The QB takes over for former Cougars signal caller Jayden de Laura, who transferred his dual-threat talents to join the Arizona Wildcats.

“They’re almost similar but they do some things different than they did last year,” Henderson said. “They’ll be in (four wide receiver looks) a lot, spread you out, throw the ball around.”

In nine career appearances at the FBS level, Ward is averaging 262.2 yards per game while completing 64% of his passes. That’s largely due to the Cougars having the 16th-most pass attempts in the nation with 342 while being tied for 26th with 20 passing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, WSU’s 107.9 rushing yards per game rank 114th in the country, with the team’s leading rusher Nakia Watson averaging 70.1 per contest. Luckily for Henderson and Co., they won’t have to worry about Ward’s legs too much, as he has only mustered a total of 34 yards on the ground on 67 attempts to average 0.5 per rush and 3.8 per game this season.

“This is what they do, they throw the ball around,” Henderson said. “So having and putting a game plan together now and some of the things we’re looking at is trying to make sure we don’t give the same looks in the secondary and disguise a little bit more. I think those things come into play a lot when you have those quarterbacks who can throw the ball around.”

The weather also isn’t shaping up to be as bad as it could be for desert dwellers traveling up to the Pacific Northwest, as the forecast calls for sunny skies, 5 mph winds and a high of 37 degrees.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

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Data Insights Are Key In Fight Against Air Pollution, Says Cleantech Co-Founder

Air pollution is often described as an “invisible problem” which is hard for many people to grasp, compared to other issues.Part of the problem is that some people see it as an environmental problem, while others argue it is a health issue.Whatever the demarcation, it can be hard to get decision makers to take action without data and proper insights into what is actually happening in a particular location.Wiktor Warchałowski, the CEO and co-founder of Airly, admitted the subject of air quality is not as high...

Air pollution is often described as an “invisible problem” which is hard for many people to grasp, compared to other issues.

Part of the problem is that some people see it as an environmental problem, while others argue it is a health issue.

Whatever the demarcation, it can be hard to get decision makers to take action without data and proper insights into what is actually happening in a particular location.

Wiktor Warchałowski, the CEO and co-founder of Airly, admitted the subject of air quality is not as high on political and commercial agendas as it could be.

But he added with a growing demand for clean air in highly polluted areas around the world, its time is coming.

“It's hard to bring people around the table to talk about this,” Warchalowski told Forbes. “But we believe platforms like ours can create a huge change in how people perceive air pollution. We are helping to move the conversation along.”

He said actionable data and insights in particular are key to helping community groups and politicians grasp the complexities of the issue.

“Having the data and seeing trends over time will help councils and cities take bold action to remove air pollution,” said Warchałowski.

The Airly platform already provides solutions for air quality monitoring to local governments, companies and local communities in over 40 countries.

The cleantech startup has just announced it has secured a $5.5 million series A funding round to launch an improved data dashboard with actionable insights, which it claims will translate into effective actions to improve air quality and understand their impact on health and well-being.

The dashboard offers multiple features including a report generator, insights, impact tracker and the city ranking.

“With the funding round we are going deeper with our users,” he added. “We believe this will be the catalyst that helps move measures and policies into place to repair the air we breathe.”

The company recently launched the largest air quality monitoring network in a European city by installing 165 sensors in Warsaw.

Similarly large networks have also been launched in the UK, specifically in Birmingham and the London boroughs of Lambeth, Haringey and soon Southwark.

Airly has also strategic partnerships with the likes of JCDecaux, NHS, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research and is a key partner in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funded DivAirCity project.

It has also published impact studies that show how cities with a dense network of air quality sensors are achieving faster reduction in air pollution.

Since 2019, four cities from the C40 global network - Jakarta, Lisbon, London and Warsaw - have seen their overall air quality improve by 16% after installing such air quality sensor networks.

Airly is also the first platform worldwide to include the World Health Organization air quality guidelines index in its analytical tools and free-to-use community tools.

The latest funding round was led by firstminute capital and Pi Labs with participation from existing investors including. Sir Richard Branson Family Office, AENU, Untitled and new investors including Slack co-founder Cal Henderson, Snowflake co-founder Marcin Zukowski, as well as institutional investors Semapa Next and TO Ventures.

With the money secured, Airly has now raised $8.8 million from investors since March 2021.

Stefania Ponzo, partner at Pi Labs, said they believe Airly’s solution will become an “essential tool in cities around the world”.

“We are excited at the prospect of partnering with a team that can truly go global with its impact,” she added.

Albertsons $4 billion dividend kept on hold by Washington court

By Mike Scarcella(Reuters) -A state court in Washington on Thursday said it will extend a temporary block that has prevented Albertsons Companies Inc from paying a $4 billion dividend to its shareholders before the grocery chain closes its proposed deal with rival Kroger Co.Judge Ken Schubert of King County Superior Court set a hearing for Nov. 17 to further consider whether to prolong an existing order prohibiting the dividend payment. The judge said at a hearing on Thursday that he anticipated live testimony next week. A temp...

By Mike Scarcella

(Reuters) -A state court in Washington on Thursday said it will extend a temporary block that has prevented Albertsons Companies Inc from paying a $4 billion dividend to its shareholders before the grocery chain closes its proposed deal with rival Kroger Co.

Judge Ken Schubert of King County Superior Court set a hearing for Nov. 17 to further consider whether to prolong an existing order prohibiting the dividend payment. The judge said at a hearing on Thursday that he anticipated live testimony next week. A temporary restraining order was set to expire on Thursday.

Lawyers for Albertsons and Washington state, which sued over the dividend, agreed at a hearing on Thursday to allow the temporary hold to run at least until Schubert's hearing.

Schubert said in court that he believes the state faces an "uphill" legal fight to block the dividend. He said he was not aware of a case in which a court granted an injunction in a similar dispute.

A lawyer for Washington state, Eric Newman, said on Thursday that the court was moving too quickly. "If we lose next week, the party is over. They are going to spend the money. It's gone. It's too important not to do it right."

Attorney Michael Rosenberger, representing Albertsons, told Schubert, "We believe it is not in the public interest to delay this hearing any further."

Kroger said in October it was buying Albertsons in a $25 billion deal that would merge the No. 1 and 2 standalone grocers. The U.S. grocery industry leader is Walmart Inc.

Albertsons, which had been scheduled to pay the special dividend on Nov. 7, was also sued by the attorneys general of the District of Columbia, California and Illinois, who argued that such a payment would weaken the company's ability to compete as the antitrust reviews proceed. That court was asked to put another temporary stop on the payment but declined to do so.

The state attorneys general have also raised concerns that a dividend payout would leave the retailer too cash-strapped to price competitively and maintain staffing and staff wages and benefits.

Albertsons has called the lawsuits "meritless," and reiterated that it had limited debt and significant free-cash flow and was in a strong position financially.

(Reporting by Mike Scarcella, Peter Henderson and Diane Bartz; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)

See the new design that may replace Utah’s state flag

The Utah State Flag Task Force has approved a final design, with a beehive in a hexagon as its central symbol.A beehive and a mountain range are the prominent features of the design a state task force is recommending to be the new Utah state flag.The final design, announced Tuesday by the Utah State Flag Task Force, is a combination of two of the top five finalists, submitted by Mark Brooks of Bountiful and Sarina Ehrgott of South Jordan. (Ehrgott works for the state, in the Department of Heritage and Arts.)Those desig...

The Utah State Flag Task Force has approved a final design, with a beehive in a hexagon as its central symbol.

A beehive and a mountain range are the prominent features of the design a state task force is recommending to be the new Utah state flag.

The final design, announced Tuesday by the Utah State Flag Task Force, is a combination of two of the top five finalists, submitted by Mark Brooks of Bountiful and Sarina Ehrgott of South Jordan. (Ehrgott works for the state, in the Department of Heritage and Arts.)

Those designs were selected from 5,703 submissions — more than 3,200 from adults and 2,500 from students. The final design takes elements from two of the designs the public ranked highest, the task force members said.

Public support was key in designing the new flag, said Gov. Spencer Cox. “This is the first time in history that we have a flag that has public input. A lot of public input. The public built this flag,” he said.

The final decision won’t be up to the public, but to the Utah Legislature, when it meets in early 2023, whether to approve the design as the official Utah state flag.

(Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement) The proposed new Utah state flag, a design approved by the Utah State Flag Task Force and announced on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.

At the flag’s center is the state’s symbol, the beehive, a nod to progress and hard work, the task force said. It’s also maintaining the symbolism of the state seal, which is featured in the current state flag.

The beehive is embedded in a hexagon, called a symbol of strength and unity. Below the beehive is an 8-point star, which the task force said recognized the eight Indigenous tribes of Utah.

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson called the star a symbol of hope, and “a symbol a lot of people who came to Utah, people who lived here before the pioneers and early settlers.”

Henderson added that she has heard criticism that placing the beehive above the star “is somehow taking away from our Native Americans. … To me, that star is the foundation. It’s the first thing that everything else is built on top of.”

The top of the flag takes the traditional blue color also carried over from the current flag. The color, the task force said, points to natural resources, freedom and optimism.

Across the middle, behind the hexagon, is a white mountain range, symbolizing the Wasatch Mountain landscape, as well as peace, the task force said. The red stripe across the bottom, the task force said, is a nod to the red rocks of southern Utah.

During the meeting, state Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, said he got a call from an angry constituent, who thought the task force was “cancel culturing our flag.”

Henderson countered that comment, and said the new flag design is “contributing to our united identity as Utahns.”

“[It’s] a flag that has a little piece of everything for everyone, a flag that everyone can look at and see themselves in,” said state Sen. Dan McCay, R-Lehi, who co-sponsored — with Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton — the original bill to start the process to seek a new flag design.

The proposal followed criticism that the current flag — with the state seal, with its beehive, eagle and draped flags, centered on a blue field — is boring. Vexillologists, people who study flags, refer to the design as an “SOB,” or “seal on a bedsheet.”

The same critics point to Utah’s neighboring states and their iconic flags: Colorado’s big “C,” Arizona’s star-and-sunrise design, and New Mexico’s stylized sun.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) ​ Flags from the four corner states show the contact in flag designs, during discussion of one of two bills that could lead to the adoption of a new state flag to the House Government Operations committee, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

McCay celebrated the new design by having it put on T-shirts, which were then taped under the chairs of the task force members at Thursday’s meeting.

The process to design a new flag started in January, with the public invited to submit their ideas. The task force was formed, led by Cox and Henderson, and including McCay, Handy, Anderegg, as well as Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City; Rep. Robert M. Spendlove, R-Sandy; Rep. Elizabeth Weight, D-Salt Lake City, and Jill Remington Love, executive director of the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement.

In September, the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement announced 20 semifinalists, as part of the ongoing “More Than A Flag” initiative — and those semifinalists were unfurled outside the Utah State Capitol.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) State flag designer finalist Angelina Nading of Vernal poses with her design after a press conference that revealed the 20 semifinal designs for the creation of the new state flag, Sept. 22, 2022, at the Utah Capitol. The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement unfurled the 20 semifinal designs.

Utahns were given a month to submit feedback on the semifinalists via an internet form, which asked how well each design represents Utahns. The feedback process drew 44,169 survey responses, according to the Department of Cultural & Community Engagement — and, at Thursday’s meeting, the task force was told the survey reached 90% of the zip codes in Utah.

Those designs were further considered by a staff designer and a freelance designer, and then presented to the task force.

State Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, said the process has spurred people “to remember a little bit of our history, through the exercise of thinking about the flag, since it created conversations about Utah’s history.”

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Ulster’s Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale could feature in rotated Ireland squad against Fiji

Some interesting calls will surely be made for this Saturday.The punishment many of Ireland’s frontliners will have shipped in seeing off South Africa should have been of sufficient ferocity that Andy Farrell opts for some rotation for Fiji.Testing squad depth ahead of the World Cup is now the mantra even though Farrell might still be tempted to minimise the tweaking for the middle weekend of autumn games with the announcement that Tadhg Furlong as captain for Saturday hinting that the coach is maybe edging towards anothe...

Some interesting calls will surely be made for this Saturday.

The punishment many of Ireland’s frontliners will have shipped in seeing off South Africa should have been of sufficient ferocity that Andy Farrell opts for some rotation for Fiji.

Testing squad depth ahead of the World Cup is now the mantra even though Farrell might still be tempted to minimise the tweaking for the middle weekend of autumn games with the announcement that Tadhg Furlong as captain for Saturday hinting that the coach is maybe edging towards another strong-enough selection.

Even so, it is hard to avoid Iain Henderson being handed a role for this weekend as he has been training with the squad and retained for the Fiji clash while Jacob Stockdale would appear to be another reasonable bet to surely make the left wing.

Without any match-time since last June, Henderson needs involvement and, though he has already pointed out that this season will likely be more managed for him than is usually the case, both is province and Ireland need him with games in his legs.

He could easily be packing down with Kieran Treadwell against Fiji with Gavin Thornbury the other available lock.

Whether Tom O’Toole gets the bench spot behind Furlong, or it goes again to Finlay Bealham remains to be seen — Marty Moore, of course, having been released from camp after featuring for Ireland ‘A’.

At least Rob Herring should be handed the No.2 shirt for this one and Nick Timoney — doubtless hurting from Ireland A’s heavy defeat — ought to be named in the back-row alongside Jack Conan and possibly Cian Prendergast if it is thought prudent to rest the ever-combative Peter O’Mahony.

In the backline, it is not inconceivable that Farrell will decide on an all-Ulster back three of Michael Lowry, Robert Baloucoune and Stockdale though it would still not be surprising if Hugo Keenan runs again at 15 for more game time .

The only other consideration Ulster-wise is whether Stuart McCloskey, who played notably well before injury finished his game early against the Springboks, is deemed to be fit enough to start again and, if so, he will likely line out alongside Robbie Henshaw.

Jimmy O’Brien’s showing last weekend may well bring him into the equation here though, from an Ulster point of view, it is unavoidably disappointing that James Hume has been allowed home for this one.

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