Gary Herbert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has been selected by his fellow governors as vice chair of the National Governors Association.

The Republican Governor was chosen at the association summer meeting, which ended Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Herbert, in a statement, said he intends to work with governors to enhance the role of states in a wide range of policies.

Herbert will serve as vice chair as the association's annual meeting in the summer of 2015. At that time, he will become chair through the summer of 2016.

Land Deal Kicks Off 1st Outdoor Recreation Summit

May 8, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert will open his first annual Outdoor Recration Summit on Thursday by signing a long awaited swap of state and federal lands in Grant, San Juan and Uintah Counties. 

The deal gives the federal government about 25,000 acres of conversation and recreation lands in exchange for about 35,000 acres of energy-rich land for the state.

Congress authorized the deal in 2009 but it has taken years of negotiations to be finalized.

The Utah Legislature opened its annual 45 day session this Monday morning and will take on the issues of cleaning up Utah's dirty air, figure out how to fund education and roads as well as consider campaign finance reform. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more. 

Cox Sworn In As Utah Lieutenant Governor

Oct 16, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Spencer Cox has been sworn in as Utah's new lieutenant governor, becoming the the eighth person to hold the office.

Cox took the oath of office at the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after his appointment was approved by the Senate. 

Gov. Gary Herbert selected Cox to replace Greg Bell, who is stepping down to return to the private sector. 

Cox was a freshman Republican lawmaker, attorney and telecommunications executive from Fairview, a small town in Central Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers have authorized the state to spend another $7,000,000 to keep Utah's national parks open through December 1 after the sites were temporarily shuttered due to a partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Senate and House unanimously approved the spending Wednesday evening, but it was unclear if the money would need to be used.

Congress appeared to be closing in on a deal late Wednesday to reopen the government.

Utah Outdoor Summit Set For May 8

Oct 16, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert outdoor recreation director says he will hold a Utah Outdoor Summit to leverage the economic potential of the state's wild and spectacular lands. 

Brad Petersen has been busy during his first 90 days on the job. He's in charge of promoting Utah's $5.8 billion outdoor-recreation economy and aligning the state's 600 gear manufacturers and distributors. His job is unique among federal, state and local governments.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert is appointing 38 people to a Clean Air Action Team charged with taking a wide look at options to solve Utah's air pollution problem.

Officials say it goes beyond the job of Utah's Air Quality Board, which is adopting mandatory emissions cuts for everything from household products to industrial smokestacks.

Government action won't achieve federal air-quality standards until 2019 at the earliest. Herbert wants improvements sooner.

Utah governor, Gary Herbert, has called the state legislature into a special session. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Originally aired on July 16, 2013.

The Utah legislature will meet in special session this week now that Governor Gary Herbert signed a proclamation convening lawmakers on Wednesday. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.