Martha Ham, first director of Splore, Steve Elam, Work Activity Director and Splore guides in 1980. The Work Activity Center was the first group of brave souls willing to float the Colorado River with Splore.
Credit Martha Ham, Leslee Dean
Mike Shurtleff with friend on the Colorado River around 2001. Mike was one of Splore's first passengers and continued to float with Splore for many years, eventually serving on the Board of Directors.
At StoryCorps, Martha Ham spoke with her friend Janine Donald about the creation of SPLORE, a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor adventures to people of all abilities. Janine is the current director of SPLORE, and Martha founded SPLORE as a young woman. When the first river trip took place in 1977, the American Disabilities Act had not yet been passed and the public was not used to interacting with people with disabilities. Martha and Janine discussed the impact SPLORE has had on not only their lives, but the lives of the program's participants.
Utah Public Radio wants to know "Who do You think You are?" -- a radio version of the popular television series where you search for family connections. From beginning to end, we want to know why your family history matters, how you search for your roots, and what you have learned from your family tree. Share your stories with us by becoming a source.
We will also have a booth at the genealogy event at the Logan Tabernacle Friday night. Three local “celebrities” will trace their ancestral roots at 7:00 p.m. With the help of expert genealogists, Sister Marilyn of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Sturgeon, Vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Rev. Derek Forbes, Associate Pastor of the Logan First Presbyterian Church, will become better acquainted with their ancestors, and they have invited us to the event.
The 2014 Utah legislature closes Thursday night. Medicaid expansion, air quality, education, the budget...these are just some of the topics we’ll talk about on Friday’s AU.
Our guests include Governor Gary Herbert, House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, and House Minority Assistant Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck. We want to know what you think as well. What happened to the bills you were following? Are you pleased with the legislature’s work or disappointed? Here’s your chance to talk to state leaders about the important issues of the day.
New insect pests continue to present themselves, most of the time via the help of humans. USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston helps you manage them (insects...not humans!) in your garden on today's Zesty Garden. And Helen Cannon addresses when is a daffodil a narcissus is a jonquil on Petals and Prose.
Seemingly from its birth, Pakistan has teetered on the brink of becoming a failed state. Today, it ranks near the bottom of the list in global competitiveness. Its economy is as dysfunctional as its political system is corrupt and Taliban forces occupy 30 percent of the country. It possesses more than one hundred nuclear weapons that could easily fall into terrorists' hands. Why, in an era when countries across the developing world are experiencing impressive economic growth and building democratic institutions, has Pakistan been such a conspicuous failure?
In his new book “The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World,” international relations scholar T.V. Paul argues that the "geostrategic curse"--akin to the "resource curse" that plagues oil-rich autocracies--is at the root of Pakistan's unique inability to progress.
Last week I decided to take on a new change in my life. I wanted to join the ranks of Anne Hathaway, Bill Clinton and Al Gore and go vegan. In the end, I lasted a total of 36 hours and decided that all vegans were crazy.
Being vegan means you cannot eat meat, eggs, milk, honey, gelatin, fish and most importantly cheese. As I have finished my vegan trial run, I decided to look into it more to see what I was missing out on. I caught up with Christine McPherson, a lifelong friend of mine who is mostly vegan.
The last time you visited Arches National Park you may have noticed that things seemed a little crowded, at least in the parking area for the Delicate Arch trailhead.
Well, the park service has noticed too, and they are currently developing parking management strategies to deal with the crowds. As the National Park Service’s Sabrina Henry explained, the current parking lot was developed decades ago, when visitation rates were far lower than the 2,000 people Delicate Arch sees on peak days now.
Political party officials are encouraging public participation in this year's elections. In Utah, state party officials are preparing for next week’s caucus meetings. Both Democrat and Republican caucuses will be held next week, Democrats on Wednesday and Republicans on Thursday, March 19 and 20.
Utah residents planning to run for a state office can begin filing this Friday for Utah Attorney General, and several house and senate seats. Anna Thompson is with the Utah Democratic Party out of Salt Lake, and said her party will do better this year.
"We're looking forward to the Attorney's General race and in the state legislature, there are races across the state that were lost in the Romney year by fewer than 700 votes. There are a handful of those, and we're going to get those seats," Thompson said.
Rep. Lynn Hemingway’s (D- Salt Lake City) “Living Wage” bill (HB 73) would raise the minimum wage in Utah from $7.25/hour to $10.25/hour. According the Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator, a living wage for a Utah family with two adults and two children is $18.54/hour. That same family would need to earn $10.60/hour to hit the poverty line. President Obama is pushing for a higher federal minimum wage, saying that "nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty."