By Senator Lyle Hillyard
Our Legislative Site Visit to Northern Utah
was a tremendous amount of work but initial reports indicate it was well worth the effort.
The buses available were limited to about 32 seats, so we decided to break the tour into 5 groups and give each group a specialized taste of places and issues in our area.
Before adding any site to the agenda we asked every tour director to answer this question: Why is it important that legislators see this site?
Even then, we had many more things to see than we could have done comfortably in the 2 days allotted.
We all learned some new things about our area.
The most common feedback I heard was regarding
* The cutting edge of the research and teaching at USU, the
* Continuing erosion of open farm land being converted into building areas, and
* Traffic congestion and what is being done to help solve it.
Most participants were able to view the proposed site of a dam at Washikie near Plymouth, Utah. That will be a major issue as we decide how and if to fund this project on a state level. The Box Elder and Cache business communities really stepped up to provide hosts and meals for the event.
I hope that every legislator realized that it is just as easy for him or her to drive to Logan as it is for us to drive to Salt Lake. We have great people and some stellar cultural events -- it is a very easy for people to visit and enjoy. (Our cheese, honey, Bluebird Chocolates, and Aggie Ice Cream are all great too!)