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Photo Courtesy Salt Palace Convention Center SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The name of the Salt Palace is getting longer in a tribute to former Gov. Cal Rampton.
The Salt Lake County Council voted to rename it the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in honor of the Democrat, who died Sept. 16.
Democrats were joined by Republicans David Wilde and Michael Jensen in passing the measure, 6-3. "The memory of Calvin Rampton and his great accomplishments should be perpetuated in a living monument," said Jack Gallivan, former publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Utah's top Republicans supported the change, including Gov. Jon Huntsman, Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem, and House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy.
But some Republicans said changing the name could harm future bookings at the Salt Palace, since millions of dollars have been spent on promoting the old name. A sign with the new name will be placed outside the building.
Information from: Deseret Morning News
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