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Governor Walker Visits Yost, Utah

Governor Walker Visits Yost, Utah

Posted - Dec. 26, 2004 at 5:16 p.m.



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Can you imagine visiting every city and town in Utah? Governor Olene Walker says she believes she's done it, with one exception. She hadn't been to the town of Yost.... until today. Yost is a small rural community in the northwest corner of Utah, near the Idaho border. The town only has 25-30 residents, and Governor Walker says she's wanted to go there for years.

Yost is tucked away in the mountains, the only way you can get there is by a dirt road. Most of the residents are involved in agriculture. They don't have a post office or a grocery store. They have to drive to Idaho or Tremonton, Utah for supplies.

But they love the rural life, and they were excited to give Gov. Walker a taste of what it's like in their hometown.

DeeAnn Spencer/ Yost Resident: "I thought, well, we'd like to show her a little hospitality. We live a long way out. If she was going to come, we wanted to have a place for her to come and meet the people."

Governor Olene Walker: "The people up here have been so gracious. They were just very kind." "It's interesting country. Most of them have cattle and raise alfalfa. There's lots of open space out here."

Walker first went to church in a nearby community, and then the Spencer family invited her over to their house for lunch.

The governor says years ago, she realized Yost was the only place that she hadn't been in Utah, so she made it a goal to visit the city during her term as governor.

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