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Salt Lake City's west side
Salt Lake City's west side contains critical parts of the city, from the Airport to the State Fairpark, to railroads, agriculture and industry. Yet the area still struggles with its identity while at the same time it celebrates diversity. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque has more on our Road to Understanding.
What does immigration policy have to do with robots? A lot, if they're robots that work in the agriculture industry. In fact, there' s a Utah company helping to automate agriculture in Cache County. Its one of a crowd of high tech, agriculture, and food businesses that have been quickly growing. But even a booming business can bring with it some unique issues. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque continues, on our Road to Understanding.
Box Elder County
From bowling balls, to peaches and cherries, to rocket motors and airbags, to golden spikes. Box Elder County in Northern Utah has some good economic reasons to be happy. But the county leads the state in one tragic statistic. suicide. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque has more as we continue our Road to Understanding.
It's the second largest county in Utah, with one area so remote, people who work there say they can see the curvature of the earth. Tooele County is dealing with some growing pains as more and more people see the county, with a rich history, as a place to call home. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque has more as KSL continues on the Road to Understanding.
Boom, then bust. In Uintah County, people are somewhat accustomed to what happens when oil prices drop, and when they rise. But dealing with a boom and bust economy has an impact on everything from jobs, KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque continues on the "Road to Understanding."
San Juan County
Utah's San Juan County has had a lot of attention lately, over the creation of the Bear's Ears National Monument. Before that, it was the site of an illegal protest-driven ATV ride into Recapture Canyon. The monument and land issues have generated emotional argument on both sides over how that land should best be managed. But beyond Bear's Ears, fights over closed trails and other issues, are people who'd like to give their children what they need to succeed. KSL Newsradio's Marc Giauque has an example of one school's story, as we continue on our road to understanding.
Emery County and Carbon County
For generations, Emery and Carbon Counties have been key suppliers of coal, and energy to much of Utah. But some mines, and a power generating plant are being shut down, calling into doubt coal's future. Still, County leaders are not giving up on coal, as they look for other ways to bring new economic opportunity in. KSL Newsradio’s Marc Giauque continues our Road to Understanding.
Seniors like to flock to Utah’s sunny St. George and to other destinations in Washington County. It’s also a popular get-away destination for people from the north. Its warmer winter climate attracts retirees and vacationers alike, but for some people trying to find affordable housing, it can be a difficult dilemma.
Piute County, in Central Utah, is one of the state's smallest and most impoverished counties. But people who live there will tell you it's a rich and rewarding lifestyle, one they want to somehow preserve. Parts of the county are busy during summer months with tourism and part-time residents who love the trails, mountainous terrain and fishing and hunting. But it can be a virtual ghost-town in places during the offseason. Full time residents are struggling with providing jobs and opportunities for their children as the county’s population and economy shrinks.
Road to Understanding kicks off
Lately, Utahns have heard a lot of loud voices — differences of opinion over all kinds of issues. From politics to public lands to immigration to the economy. But is what you're hearing truly a reflection of how most people feel or is it more like one far end of the bell curve shouting across to the other end? With that in mind, KSL is traveling the state to try to get some perspective.