Utah First

This past week my staff had the opportunity to attend an open house ceremony for the newly completed Dugway High School in Dugway, Utah. After the almost 10-year process of taking the school from conception to completion, I am happy to recognize the efforts of the community leaders that have brought this project to fruition. Without question, the new Dugway High School will be a tremendous asset to Dugway Proving Ground and the surrounding Skull Valley community.
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Yesterday I had the special opportunity of participating in a ceremony at the University of Utah honoring Mr. Roy Kehr, a Utah Veteran with a phenomenal story that has been decades in the making.
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Last Tuesday at the Utah State Capitol, members of my Salt Lake City staff attended a special ceremony for Utah veterans who received the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal. In total, there were 157 Korean War veterans from Utah who were recognized for their service and presented with the Ambassador for Peace ribbon and medal, with an accompanying official certificate. Consul General, Han Dong-man, presented the awards from the Republic of Korea.
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Last week, I joined with the Salt Lake Chamber, the Utah Technology Council, and the Utah Manufacturers Association to host the Second Annual Utah Solutions Summit. The theme of this year’s Summit was “Utah’s Idea Factory” – a way to engage in the kind of innovative dialogue that makes Utah a special place, and America an extraordinary success. I am grateful to the many participants and attendees who joined with me to make this an extraordinary event.
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It’s not every day that I get to stand in front of a group of people and say that “we’re here today because I won a bet.” But the terms of this particular wager were just too good to turn down. If, by some miracle, Nebraska had ended up beating BYU, I would have sent ten of America’s finest turkeys, from Norbest turkey farms in Sanpete County, to the Omaha Open Door Mission – a wonderful Gospel Rescue Mission in Omaha, Nebraska. But because the Cougars were victorious over the Cornhuskers, Senator Ben Sasse agreed to buy ten delicious pork loins from Pillen Family Farms in Nebraska for the Utah Food Bank.
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My staff and I recently had the opportunity to visit Job Corps in Clearfield, Utah. I took this opportunity to tour the Job Corps campus to see their perspective and approach to providing higher education options to at-risk youth along the Wasatch Front. I am grateful to Job Corps and their staff for allowing my staff and I to stop by.
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SALT LAKE CITY – Senator Lee announces two upcoming town hall events during the first week of September in Bountiful and Coalville, Utah. On Tuesday, September 1, Senator Lee will be holding a town hall visit at the Woods Cross High School Auditorium, and on Wednesday, September 2, Senator Lee will be stopping by the North Summit High School Auditorium for a town hall meeting in Coalville, Utah. Both town hall visits begin at 7:00pm.
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Last Friday, members of my Salt Lake City office attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Utah National Guard’s newly completed Sunrise Hall worship center. As a non-denominational house of worship, Sunrise Hall will be a first-rate spiritual center that will benefit many generations of Utah Soldiers, Airmen, and their families. Located at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah, Sunrise Hall is the culmination of nearly 10 years of development that took Sunrise Hall from concept to completion.
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My staff recently had the opportunity to visit Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum and meet with the park’s regional management and staff. Tim Smith, Southern Regional Director of Utah State Parks, Teri Paul, Park Manager, and Jonathan Till, Curator of Collections were gracious to provide my staff with a guided tour of the park’s facilities, exhibits, and special collections. Tim, Teri, and Jonathan are a great example of the important role that local management plays with our public lands.
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