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Situational Analysis - January 29, 2021

It's Friday, Friday, and the last weekend of January. That was a year of a month. 

It is also a somber anniversay, as today marks the 158 anniversary of the Bear River Massacre. On that day, Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led an army to a sleeping Shoshone village and proceeded to rape, blugeon and murder hundreds of men, women and children.

If you only have time for one thing: It took many years it took for the truth to be told about the 1863 Bear River Massacre. For more than 100 years, the victors told the story of a "battle" and placed the army in the role of victim. "In 1932 locals led by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers erected a monument to celebrate victory over the Indians and acknowledge the roughly 21 soldiers who died. The DUP added a plaque in 1953 that talks of an 'Attack by the Indians on the peaceful inhabitants of this vicinity' and commemorates the support the wounded soldiers received from Pioneer women. But narratives can be reclaimed," write Brenda Beyal and Heather Sundahl. Take a few minutes to read their article on "Reclaiming the Bear River narrative" and the work done by Mae Timbimboo Parry, her niece Patty Timbimboo Madsen and her grandson Darren Parry to set the record straight. 


35 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
75 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
91 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

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COVID-19 vaccine mobiles to deliver doses to Salt Lake County communities (FOX 13) - Two mammoth health mobiles sat parked in the Salt Lake County complex Wednesday morning, wrapped with logos and ready to go get shots in arms.




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Policy News

Darren Parry tells the story of the Bear River Massacre
Darren Parry learned from his grandmother Mae Timbimboo Parry the importance of sharing stories and making sure the truth is told. Mae worked for decades to ensure that the real story of what happened at the Bear River Massacre (not a "battle" - a slaughter) and her grandson Darren is carrying on that legacy.  
images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Derek_Miller_headshot.pngDerek Miller appointed to US Chamber task force on human trafficking
Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller was appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Task Force to Eradicate Human Trafficking. The appointment underscores Miller's commitment to making a difference in the fight for freedom through the power of business. The month of January was designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by the prior administration leading up to National Freedom Day on February 1, 2021. 
images/Resized_Logos/Bank_of_America.pngBank of America looking for SLC teens to sponsor
 Bank of America is seeking driven and engaged local Salt Lake area teens to participate in its Student Leaders program this summer. 
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox disappointed in Biden's decision to pause oil and gas leases
In response to President Biden's executive order placing an indefinite moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands, Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued the following statement:
images/Resized_Article_Images/Ribbon_cutting.pngDeseret Wellness, LLC, to open the Wasatch Back's only medical cannabis pharmacy
Today, Deseret Wellness LLC unveiled the Wasatch Back's only medical cannabis pharmacy.  Located on Kearns Blvd. in the heart of Park City, this state-of-the-art and patient-focused facility is well positioned to take care of patient needs throughout Summit, Wasatch, and Morgan Counties.  The pharmacy opens to the public in early February. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1737 - Thomas Paine is born.
  • 1820 - King George III dies after years of mental illness.
  • 1843 - William McKinley is born. He later becomes the 25th president of the United States.
  • 1861 - Kansas enters the Union.
  • 1863 - Bear River Massacre occurs
  • 1874 - John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is born.
  • 1891 - Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii.
  • 1892 - The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1896 -  Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer.
  • 1920 - Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week.
  • 1924 - Carl R. Taylor received patent no. 445,294 from the U.S. Patent Office for his machine that would roll an ice cream core. 
  • 1926 - Violette Neatly Anderson becomes the first black woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1936 - Babe Ruth inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • 1945 - Tom Selleck is born.
  • 1954 - Oprah Winfrey is born.
  • 1963 - American poet Robert Frost dies at age 88.
  • 1977 - "Roots" premieres on television.
  • 2000 - Karl Malone becomes the 3rd player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points. 
  • 2002 - George W. Bush describes an "Axis of evil" in his state of the union address. 
  • 2003 - Frank Moss dies
  • 2009 - Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges.
  • 2012 - American snowboarder Shaun White achieves the first ever SuperPipe perfect score (100) in Winter X Games history.
  • 2014 - Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant'Omobono
  • 2018 - Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles

Wise Words

"America needs a grace period - a chance to exhale and to forgive, a moment to remember what unites us and why we are united. Rather than condemning America as a nation irredeemable we each should take advantage of the grace period granted to us, today, to create a union more perfect and indivisible." 

~Boyd Matheson

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"My father, a Navy man, had the good fortune to be stationed in Hawaii -- but the bad fortune to have fair skin.

One day, after spending many hours under the hot sun, he reported back to duty with a terrible sunburn.

Expecting sympathy, he was, instead, reprimanded by his superiors and then written up for "destruction of government property."

(Reader's Digest)

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