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.
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.
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.