This week, the November voting process begins with the caucus system. Tuesday and Thursday Democrats and Republicans will hold neighborhood caucus meetings at local schools, and other meeting places. Utah director of elections Mark Thomas says caucuses are just the beginning of the election cycle.
"Well, the caucus system is how political parties in Utah begin the process of selecting the candidates they ultimately nominate for the ballot,” he said.
Today on the program, we talk to former oil industry geologist Marc Deshowitch about the geology of Utah's national parks and the ancient history of oil. Deshowitch, who is based in St. George, now gives guided tours of Utah's parks and presentations on light pollution and the benefits of preserving our night skies.
A couple of years ago we took a fascinating look at zombies with Kyle Bishop, author of “American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.” Bishop says that zombie movies reflect our cultural anxieties.
Hi, this is Blair Larsen, host of Fresh Folk. On the show this week, I feature the distinctive voice of Will Kimbrough, and the debut release from the 20 year old Parker Millsap. I’ll also play tracks from new albums by David Crosby, the John Butler Trio, and Patty Griffin, among other talented artists. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Beginning May 1, visitors to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park will need to bring some extra equipment. The National Park Service announced this week that bear-resistant food containers approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will now be required in the area.
Kevin Moore, Acting Chief Ranger for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks said finite resources in the area combined with the region’s popularity brings potential for trouble.
"We do not want a bear to become habituated to humans because then we could have a problem," said Moore.
As Utah’s legislative session ended late last night, some legislators -- including Pat Jones -- have announced they are not seeking re-election.
“What the...you mean my 14 years are up?? My last legislative session came too fast, but not fast enough," Jones posted on her Facebook wall. "Thanks family and friends for the opportunity of a lifetime!!!”
This past session, she served as the Assistant Minority Whip in the Utah State Senate.
Jones has served in the Senate since 2007, and prior to that she served in the House of Representatives since 2001.
At StoryCorps, Martha Ham spoke with her friend Janine Donald about the creation of SPLORE, a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor adventures to people of all abilities. Janine is the current director of SPLORE, and Martha founded SPLORE as a young woman. When the first river trip took place in 1977, the American Disabilities Act had not yet been passed and the public was not used to interacting with people with disabilities. Martha and Janine discussed the impact SPLORE has had on not only their lives, but the lives of the program's participants.
Utah Public Radio wants to know "Who do You think You are?" -- a radio version of the popular television series where you search for family connections. From beginning to end, we want to know why your family history matters, how you search for your roots, and what you have learned from your family tree. Share your stories with us by becoming a source.
We will also have a booth at the genealogy event at the Logan Tabernacle Friday night. Three local “celebrities” will trace their ancestral roots at 7:00 p.m. With the help of expert genealogists, Sister Marilyn of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Sturgeon, Vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Rev. Derek Forbes, Associate Pastor of the Logan First Presbyterian Church, will become better acquainted with their ancestors, and they have invited us to the event.
Our guests include Governor Gary Herbert, House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, and House Minority Assistant Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck. We want to know what you think as well. What happened to the bills you were following? Are you pleased with the legislature’s work or disappointed? Here’s your chance to talk to state leaders about the important issues of the day.