Wednesday on Access Utah we explore the pros and cons of building a nuclear power plant in Southeastern Utah near Green River. Reed Searle, Senior Vice-President for Business Development at Blue Castle Holdings, a Utah company seeking permits to build the plant, argues that nuclear power is a clean energy source that needs to be part of our energy portfolio. He’s Tom Williams’ guest in the first half of the program. In the second half, we talk to Matt Pacenza, Policy Director for Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah,) which opposes nuclear power in Utah.
On the opening day of the legislature we talked briefly with Utah Governor Gary Herbert. We continue that discussion in the second half of Tuesday’s Access Utah. We’ll talk about the economy, education, air quality and the proper balance of federal and state power.
Gardening is back! Today on the first half of Access Utah, Jerry Goodspeed joins us from Odgen. He's the Weber County Horticulture Specialist with the USU extension. We'll discuss catalog ordering and some unique plants that might find a home in your garden this year.
On the second half, we'll feature some Sundance reviews and interviews from UPR's Sheri Quinn, Steven Smith, and Tom Williams.
On the show this week I feature the beautiful new album from the duo Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston, as well as the latest release from Edmonton Alberta’s troubadour Scott Cook. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Jackie Morris, Barb Ryman, and Brad Yoder, to name just a few. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Today Science Questions presents a one-hour Sundance Film Festival special broadcast profiling one of the festival's documentary film highlights, Chasing Ice.
Photographer James Balog turned his 2007 National Geographic cover story about melting glaciers into a monumental five-year photography project about climate change. The documentary, directed by Jeff Orlowski, follows Balog's "extreme ice survey" -- an experiment that placed time-lapse cameras across three continents to capture massive ice melting and the effects of climate change.
Let us know what you think about the governor's State of the State Address. We'll bring your comments to the table on Access Utah as we continue our coverage of the Address with responses from State Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright and Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis.
A Canadian company has received a state mining permit from the Utah Division of Water Quality to extract oil from tar sands on public land in the Book Cliffs area of eastern Utah. The Moab-based group Living Rivers opposes the project and has appealed the permit, citing a possible pollution risk to the Colorado River.
Tom Williams will talk with Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee, University of Utah Professor William Johnson, John Weisheit of Living Rivers, and Rob Dubuc with Western Resource Advocates.
The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is celebrating 40 years in existence at the university. To accompany the celebration, there is currently an exhibit at the university library that follows the history of human rights for persons with disabilities. Tom Williams is joined by key staff members from the Center on today's Access Utah.