Obama names a new national monument in New Mexico. Herbert invites U.S. senators who want a new national monument in Utah to visit the Beehive state. Stewart wants to name Utah’s new federal courthouse after Sen. Orrin Hatch.
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Thursday’s top headlines:
President Obama names a new national monument in New Mexico, says he’s not finished setting aside land [Tribune].
Gov. Gary Herbert invites the 14 U.S. senators who are asking President Obama to establish a new monument in Utah to come for a visit to discuss public lands issues [Tribune, Deseret News].
Embattled rancher Cliven Bundy says he was inspired by God to battle the BLM over grazing fees, but he adds divine guidance showed him how to avoid conflict [Tribune].
Rep. Chris Stewart wants to name Utah’s new federal courthouse in honor of Sen. Orrin Hatch [Deseret News].
Here’s more speculation about who may replace Sen. John Valentine [Daily Herald].
The average tenure in Utah’s State Senate is just under 8 years, and getting shorter [Utah Policy].
A federal court rules an article penned by former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder under the name “Richard Burwash” did not defame a former employee of UTOPIA [Tribune, Deseret News].
The Murray government decides to pay $141,000 to UTOPIA to help fund the day-to-day operations of the fiber optic network [Tribune].
Mayors of six cities want to put a plan to turn over operations of the UTOPIA network on November’s ballot [Tribune, Deseret News].
The economic impact of the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City continues to grow [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
1912 – The Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president.
1942 – U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
1964 – Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
2000 – Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate.
2009 – Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of proposing a “death panel” that would decide to receives treatment in his health care plan.