How Mitt Romney spent his summer vacation. Herbert names former BYU athletic director as GOED head. Swallow, Shurtleff face court hearing.
Happy Wednesday. So how did Mitt Romney spend his summer vacation? By hiking around the American West, of course. Romney posted pictures of himself with his wife, Ann, and five of their grandkids and noted that they'd spent plenty of time touring around some of Utah's most scenic landscapes, including Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef national parks as well as Goblin Valley and Lake Powell. (Not sure why the author of this piece has such a fascination with the fact that parts of Doctor Who were shot at Lake Powell. There are a million other reasons to vacation there). [WaPost]
Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert named Vale Hale, a Utah County businessman and former athletic director at BYU, as the state's new director of economic development. [Trib] [DNews] [StandEx] [UtahPolicy]
-> Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff face their first trial dates before a judge today. [DNews]
Tweet of the day: From @BenBHorsley: "Just yelled 'Matheson for Governor' at @SpencerJCox I don't think he thought it was as funny as I did."
-> From @SpencerJCox: "Still laughing. Thought it was 'Matheson sucks'"
Happy Birthday: To Sen. Orrin Hatch's spokeswoman Heather Barney, Sen. Mike Lee's Communications Director Brian Phillips and former Republican congressional and gubernatorial candidate Morgan Philpot.
-> Paul Rolly writes about a seemingly homophobic incident regarding homophones that ended with the termination of a blogger at an English school for foreign students. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is determined to fix the area's golf course deficit. [Trib]
-> Jordan School District has agreed to improve its communication with cities in order to prevent a split. [Trib]
-> You may not quoth the raven, but you can shoot the crow. Beginning in September, Utahns can join the state's first crow hunt. [Trib]
Nationally: House Republicans are proposing an appropriation of $659 million rather than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama requested to help solve the border crisis. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WSJ] [Politico]
-> Both the U.S. and the European Union have imposed more economic sanctions on Russia for the country's part in the Ukraine conflict. [WSJ]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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