Governor visits Carbon and Emery Counties during rural Utah tour
October 7, 2014
Gov. Herbert had an eventful visit to Carbon and Emery Counties during his rural Utah tour.
Gov. Herbert and Education Advisor Tami Pyfer met with student leaders at USU Eastern for a question and answer period. The group discussed federal education requirements, higher ed. costs and ways Utah students could better prepare for college. The governor posed for selfies with several students.
Gov. Herbert honored Thurman Stevens, a former U.S. Air Force master sergeant and veteran of the Korean War, with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal during his visit to Price. The medal is an expression of the Republic of Korea’s appreciation to members of the U.S. military who served in the Korean War between June 1950 and July 1953.
Gov. Herbert toured areas of rural Utah recovering from floods that resulted from heavy rains last week. He and Carbon County Commissioner Casey Hopes toured a trailer park that sits adjacent to the Price River. The governor also visited Wellington where he met with Mayor Joan Powell and walked with homeowners through a neighborhood still working to clean up the damage.
“The amount of water that hit this community in such a short time was remarkable,” he said. “However, it’s even more remarkable the way the community has come together to clean up the mess, and I’m confident they will be back on their feet very soon.”
The governor participated in an assembly at Emery High School in Emery County, where he answered questions submitted by debate and government students. He reminded students that the state was looking to rural Utah for technological advances and discussed the possibility of Utah hosting another winter Olympic games.
The governor adopted two miners last week as part of the “Adopt-A-Miner” program in Carbon County. To raise funds, the “Adopt-A-Miner” program allows people to adopt the name of a miner for $10. The money will be used to build the Carbon Miners Memorial, which will memorialize nearly 1400 miners and mining personnel that died in the last 120 years during Carbon County mining operations.