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    The final results are in, and the budget reductions from this year’s state legislative session have succeeded in a ‘TKO’ for Box Elder School District. School board members... More »

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What Health Insurance Means for Rural America Last Updated on 2009-11-28 10:10:18 Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack on November 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM EST I have seen the consequences of a health care system in need of reform – too few insured, too costly for others and too little quality for all. Unsustainable growth in the cost of health care and the continued denial of coverage to millions of Americans is evidence that our health care system has failed. These failings are amplified in rural America, where folks pay more for health care than their urban counterparts, but are still more likely to experience chronic illness and poor health.  I applaud the National Farmers Union for their  recent endorsement of the U.S. Senate's health care reform bill and their prior support of the House’s bill.  Their support of the legislation and thier courage in this critical debate says a great deal about the need for reform and the consequences for rural America... More »
Great Salt Lake may be drying up - for good Last Updated on 2009-11-03 08:47:38 Is America's "Dead Sea" — The Great Salt Lake — dying? Although the Great Salt Lake hasn't dried up — yet, a Weber State University geography professor has concluded it is in real danger if something doesn't change. In an article titled "The Great Salt Lake: America's Aral Sea?" in the September/October issue of Environment Magazine, Daniel Bedford wonders if the Great Salt Lake could become "an icon of 21st century American water problems in the same way that the Aral Sea became an icon of global water problems in the twentieth century." The Aral Sea in central Asia — another saline lake — lost 90 percent of its volume between 1960 and 2006 due to mismanagement and diversion, Bedford wrote. "The shrinking sea and drying wetlands devastated the local economy and ecology, and loose sediments from the exposed Aral Sea bed were blown into pesticide-laced salt and dust storms that... More »
Bishop leads Utah pack in toeing the party line; Chaffetz not far behind Last Updated on 2009-04-17 15:48:29 Washington » In his first three months in office, Utah's new congressman, Jason Chaffetz, has proved himself a loyal foot soldier for the GOP leadership, voting 94 percent of the time with his House Republican colleagues. The Alpine resident voted differently from the majority of his GOP colleagues only 11 times since he was sworn in this year, according to an analysis of votes by The Salt Lake Tribune . But GOP colleague Rob Bishop is even less of a free spirit than Chaffetz. Bishop, according to an initial three-month tally, voted 98 percent of the time with his GOP colleagues. He strayed just three times. Rep. Jim Matheson, the lone Utah Democrat in Congress, votes with his party peers about 91 percent of the time. All three fall into what have become typical percentages in Congress, where party line votes are becoming common. Indeed, several members in the last session voted every... More »
President Obama announces accelerated purchase of 17,600 American vehicles Last Updated on 2009-04-09 15:15:58 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2009   President Obama Announces Accelerated Purchase of 17,600 New American Vehicles for Government Fleet WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) will accelerate its purchase of new cars for the government fleet by investing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy about 17,600 new, fuel efficient vehicles produced by American auto companies by June 1, 2009.   On March 30, President Obama directed his administration to speed up the purchase of these vehicles to increase demand for American auto companies during these difficult economic times.  The GSA moved faster than any time in its history to launch this aggressive fleet purchase strategy.  By purchasing fuel efficient vehicles from American automakers over the next two months, this move will help... More »
Legislative cuts leave school district scrambling Last Updated on 2009-04-01 12:14:13 The final results are in, and the budget reductions from this year’s state legislative session have succeeded in a ‘TKO’ for Box Elder School District. School board members came to their Tuesday meeting ready to face the district’s budget balancing challenge of a possible $3 million reduction in state allocated funds. But when the final punch of a $5.4 million budget reduction for the 2009-10 school year, as presented by Superintendent Martell Menlove, hit them square in the face, they simply shook their heads, unsure of where they could possibly begin to make reductions of any significance. Read full story... More »