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OverviewA leader in the outdoor retail industry is taking a strong stand against Governor Herbert over federal lands. We'll sit down with Black Diamond owner Peter Metcalf. Also, we'll return to the Crandall Canyon mine for an in depth look at the disaster and aftermath five years later. Plus, creepy crawlers are invading the Great Salt Lake. See why we should be glad they are there all in this Sunday Edition.
The outdoor retailers convention is one of Utah's biggest events of the year. But a political battle over federal lands threatens its future here. "Of greatest concern is the governor's lawsuit challenging the federal government over jurisdiction of the federal public lands and some road claims within national parks, monuments and wilderness," said Frank Hugelmeyer, Outdoor Association President & CEO, during the Outdoor Retailer's convention earlier this month.
Governor Herbert met with outdoor industry leaders for the first time during the convention. Both sides agreed it was a positive first step toward keeping the business. But there are some problems.
Outdoor industry leaders want to work with Utah on public lands issues, strongly urging Governor Herbert to create a more collaborative policy. The Governor does have a state Ski and Snowboard Industry Working Group that's designed to do just that. But last month, a key member, Black Diamond owner Peter Metcalf quit over the federal lands issue and state policies he says will hurt the state in the future. He joined us to discuss his decision to leave.
This month we are remembering the lives lost in the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster five years ago. The initial collapse on August 6th trapped Kerry Allred, Luis Hernandez, Brandon Philips, Carlos Payan, Manuel Sanchez and Don Erickson. Ten days later the mine collapsed again, killing three rescuers: Gary Jensen, Brandon Kimber and Dale "Bird" Black. The disaster forever changed a community and raised awareness about safety regulations in coal mines around the country. John Hollenhorst went back to Crandall Canyon to remind us what was lost and learned.
Visitors to the Great Salt Lake are getting quite a welcome from some 8-legged creatures. Large Orb Weaver spiders are everywhere these days. Even though the spiders are not poisonous they are not an easy sight for those like me with a fear of spiders. Richard Piatt gives us an up close look.