The greater Sage Grouse is symbol of conservation across the western United States. There are only about 200,000 of these birds left in the wild and states where this iconic sage grouse inhabit are all collaborating on a conservation plan, Utah included. Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to wildlife biologist Allison Jones about the greater sage grouse and efforts in Utah to protect it.
Even though Jennifer's ancestors came to Ellis Island from Greece and England, then West in a station wagon in the 1960s, she shares how Utah's history of pioneers is one that resonates.
"The story of the settling of Utah by the Mormons, though, is one of the greatest stories in American history. Really. It's mind blowing. It is an amazing immigration, a diaspora, a vision, an epic adventure."
On Access Utah we discuss the book, "Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Let to Economic Armageddon" about how the economic collapse happened. We talk to co-author and journalist Gretchen Morgenson about the background of the book, and look toward the future. At the end of the hour, Jennifer Pemberton tells us about celebrating Pioneer Day for the first time.
On Wednesday we re-broadcast a show played earlier in 2012, about homelessness in Utah. Guests include Pamela Atkinson, a leading advocate for Utah's Homeless, and Leon Anderson a Utah State University professor of Sociology and Social Work.
Tom Williams discusses how to approach the topic, the fatality rate, and the homeless themselves.