Governor Gary Herbert

Environment & Public Lands
5:28 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Students Lobby for a New State Tree

Nine 4th graders from Angie Blomquist's class at Monroe Elementary in Sevier County traveled to the Capitol to testify on behalf of their bill to change the state tree to the quaking aspen. They posed with State Forester Brian Cottam, who also spoke in favor of the bill.
Credit Judy Fahys

A group of concerned school kids made their way to the Utah State Capitol Tuesday to ask lawmakers to change one of the state’s symbols. 

Fourth-grade lobbyists say Utah needs a new state tree.  Members of Mrs. Blomquist’s class from Monroe Elementary in Sevier County pressed their case at the Capitol. Nine of the students told senators why the Colorado blue spruce should make way for the quaking aspen.

“The quaking aspen is self-pruning,” said Neomi Avery, “They take care of themselves just like Utah citizens.”

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5:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor Herbert Taps Tami Pyfer For Education Advisor Post

Tami Pyfer, Utah Governor Herbert's just-appointed Education Advisor.
Credit File: Office of Utah Governor Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed state school board member Tami Pyfer as his new education advisor. The Governor’s spokesman Marty Carpenter says Pyfer brings in a very broad-scoped education experience from administrator to parent volunteer in public and private classrooms.

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1:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Herbert Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Governor Gary R. Herbert (R-UT)
Utah Education Network

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he believes regulating marriage is a state’s rights issue, but he understands many people are disappointed by his order to keep the state from recognizing same sex marriages performed legally after a key federal court decision.

Herbert says he was disappointed by federal Judge Robert Shelby’s decision invalidating Utah’s Amendment Three, which bars recognition of same-sex relationships. But earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed Shelby’s ruling putting gay marriages on hold in Utah.

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LGBT Rights
3:59 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages

A group of same-sex couples that were married in Utah rally at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters gathered at the State Capitol this afternoon to urge the governor to stop fighting the case against Utah’s Amendment 3. 

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7:57 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees

A member of the GOP State Central Committee member casts their vote for Attorney General
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Republican state central committee selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet as their nominees for Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert will now choose one of these candidates to replace John Swallow. He says he hopes to do it as soon as possible, and hopefully before Christmas.

“I’m going to interview them, I’m going to talk with them. It’s about restoring trust in the AG’s office and confidence for the people of Utah. And I think I’ve got three great people to choose from.”

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4:54 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Governor's Office Forecasts $200 Million Increase in Ongoing Revenue

Brian Grimmett KUER

In preparation for the release of the Governor’s budget, members of his staff gathered at the Capitol today to talk about how much money the state could and should spend in the next year.

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Health Care
11:36 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Utah Physicians Call for Boycott of Stericycle’s Incinerator

A group of Utah physicians is accusing the governor and the state’s health department of misleading the public about the safety hazards of living near a medical waste incinerator. They are calling on Utah’s hospitals to boycott Stericycle’s North Salt Lake incinerator and stop sending their waste there.

At his monthly KUED news conference, Governor Gary Herbert said it is government’s role to protect the public, and that’s why he has ordered the state health department to conduct an investigation into Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator. 

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Health Care
2:01 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Governor Herbert Looks Toward Middle Ground for Medicaid Expansion

File: Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Education Network

Governor Gary Herbert has still not made a decision about expanding Medicaid benefits, but at his monthly KUED news conference today he did shed some light on the decision making process.

For the past several months Governor Herbert has insisted that all options are still on the table when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid benefits, but his most recent comments suggest that he’s looking at finding some sort of middle ground.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Conservation Central at Utah Water Summit

Battle Creek Falls Pleasant Grove, UT
Dave Webb Red Rock Adventures

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed a team of 37 water district managers, environmentalists, legislators and others to create a long-term strategy for water use and conservation in Utah.  The announcement came during a water summit meeting held today at Utah Valley University.

Governor Gary Herbert asked for a report based on a series of public listening sessions conducted around the state. The need for conserving Utah’s water resources came up over and over again in those meetings.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:39 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Governor Announces Clean Air Team

Utah's governor says Wasatch Front air pollution has been improving.
Utah Governor's Office

Governor Gary Herbert has created a committee with dozens of high-profile people from around the state to look at solutions to Utah’s air quality problems, while critics were blasting a state plan meant to meet stricter federal pollution standards. 

Governor Gary Herbert says everything’s on the table as his new Clean Air Action Team begins its work.  It’s led by Dan Lofgren of Envision Utah and includes 39 members, ranging from the chairman of Intermountain Health Care to Dan McArthur, the mayor of St. George.

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10:58 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Utah's National Parks Reopening

Zion National Park
Dan Bammes

Utah’s national parks are re-opening today and they should be back in full operation by tomorrow morning, and Governor Gary Herbert hopes the state can save at least part of its peak tourist season. 

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3:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Utah's Governor Blames Federal Shutdown on Lack of Leadership

Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT)

Dealing with the federal government shutdown dominated  Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s monthly news conference on Thursday.  

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12:20 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell Stepping Down

Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell
Utah Governor's Office

  Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced his resignation Monday.  Bell says financial pressures are making it tough to stay in the job he’s held since 2009. 

Bell told reporters he’s about to turn 65 and he needs to save money for retirement.  He was in the real estate business before he was appointed Lieutenant Governor, and he says the recession was pretty tough.

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KUER Local News
3:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Honors 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "Dream" Speech

Reverend France Davis of the Calvary Baptist Church
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert joined members of the of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission at the state Capitol today to honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”

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Environment & Public Lands
5:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling.  Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat. 

The governor told reporters at the state capitol Thursday afternoon the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, has done a good job getting money out of Utah’s state lands, but in this case, it needs to look at a long-term strategy that could bring in even more in the long run.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Erin Brockovich Takes on Stericycle’s North Salt Lake Incinerator

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is turning her attention to North Salt Lake City. At the request of residents, Brockovich and her team have decided to conduct an independent investigation into air pollution violations by Stericycle and the company’s medical waste incinerator. Angry residents and activists are protesting in front of Stericycle Thursday evening demanding that Governor Gary Herbert shut it down.

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Environment & Public Lands
9:47 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Western Governors Release 10-Year Energy Vision

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at the WGA meeting in Park City, UT
Dan Bammes

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert chairs the Western Governors Association, so this year, the group held its annual meeting in Utah.  The topics included reforming health care and education, but a lot of the focus was on energy and public lands. 

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Environment & Public Lands
5:20 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Group Urges Governor to Bow Out of Federal Land Grab

Activists are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to halt Utah’s efforts to seize control of federal land in the state. Educators, parents and students gathered at Liberty Park this morning to ask state lawmakers to find realistic solutions to funding education and stop taking aim at public lands.  

Ethan Lake is a senior at West High School in Salt Lake City. He says the state is blessed with a beautiful natural environment.

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Health Care
3:29 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Utah to be First State with Dual-Model Health Insurance Exchange

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Utah has come to an agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services on how it will run its exchange – or health insurance marketplace. HHS has approved Utah’s first-of-its-kind proposal to split state and federal responsibilities. Under the agreement, Utah will continue running the state exchange known as Avenue H for small businesses. The federal government will run a separate exchange for individual consumers. 

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Environment & Public Lands
2:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day Demonstration at Governor's Mansion

A demonstrator ties his Earth Day message to a volleyball net in front of the governor's mansion in Salt Lake City.
Dan Bammes

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is out of the country right now on a trade mission in Israel.  But that didn’t stop environmentalists from holding an Earth Day rally right in front of the Governor’s Mansion on South Temple.

As traffic whizzed by on one of Salt Lake City’s busiest streets, demonstrators wrote their messages of protest on blue ribbons.  They had to tie them to a volleyball net because they weren’t allowed to put them on the governor’s wrought-iron fence.

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