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Salt Lake City, UT - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has announced the appointment of Third District Court Presiding Judge Robert K. Hilder to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals resulting from the retirement of Judge Judith Billings, one of the original members of that court. He also appointed Marvin D. Bagley as Sixth District Court Judge to fill the seat of retiring Judge David L. Mower.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued a call of the Utah State Legislature to begin a special session beginning Thursday, September 25, 2008 to address budget shortfalls from original projections.

Salt Lake City, UT - A newly released national survey ranks Utah first in the nation for its ability to utilize technology in providing services to citizens and transforming government. The Digital States Survey, conducted every two years by the Center for Digital Government, is the most widely recognized and respected study of information technology in the country. Utah has significantly improved its position from an eighth place ranking in 2004 and fourth place ranking in 2006.

Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., has authorized state agencies to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Monday September 15, 2008.  The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state-owned facilities from sunrise to sunset in honor of Private Jordan P.P. Thibeault.  Private Thibeault died on Sept. 5, 2008, on Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Under the direction of President George W. Bush, Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., has authorized you to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Tuesday, September 11, 2008, in recognition of Patriot Day. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state-owned facilities from sunrise until sunset.

Salt Lake City -The newly created Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at the State Capitol as a result of Senate Bill 105, which was passed during this year's legislative session.

Salt Lake City - The Milken Institute announced today that Utah captured two of the top three spots in its job performance rankings. The Provo-Orem metro ranked number one and Salt Lake City ranked number three in the Milken Best Performing Cities Report 2008.  Ogden took the eighteenth best spot for job performance in the index.

Governor Jon Huntsman will officially welcome the return of the 2008 AST Dew Tour to Utah. The Dew Tour will run from Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, September 14.

Governor Jon Huntsman will attend the dedication of the Memorial to the miners and rescuers who died in the Crandall Canyon mine last year.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has been asked to nominate fellow Governor Sarah Palin to be the Republican Vice-presidential Candidate as part of the Republican National Convention program tonight. He is expected to speak at 5:30 PM MST.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman traveled to Antelope Island State Park this morning and signed an executive order creating the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council. This entity will be charged by Governor Huntsman with conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the entire Great Salt Lake, specifically looking at the long term viability of the Lake and its entire ecosystem.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement today regarding the plane crash in Moab on Friday:

Governor Jon Huntsman will travel to Antelope Island State Park on Monday as the first stop on his annual Rural Road Trip.

Governor Huntsman will join Utah elected representatives and other officials in presenting World War II Veteran Clinton Sagers with the Purple Heart.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced today that the Department of Agriculture and Food and the Department of Commerce are actively monitoring and analyzing Utah gas prices.  In the most recent AAA gas report, the State's average price for unleaded gasoline was third highest in the nation.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced today that the Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) received two GovMark Council awards for Best State and Local Marketing, and Best Overall Marketing Program for its "State Construction Registry" initiative.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement today:

Salt Lake City - Today, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman appointed Robert Scott Marquardt to the Utah Systems of Higher Education Board of Regents.  Scott Marquardt is President and CEO of Management & Training Corporation of Centerville, Utah. He is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Juris Doctorate.

Salt Lake City - Utah House of Representative's newest member is Brian Monsen. Governor Jon Huntsman appointed Brian Monsen to fill the seat in House District 45, which was vacated by Mark Walker.

The Governor's Office has prepared an analysis that illustrates Utah's gas prices over a long period of time and includes a comparison to surrounding states.

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement today remembering the victims and families of the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster that occurred one year ago:

Salt Lake City - For the second consecutive year, Utah has received top accolades from Forbes Magazine's annual state rankings of the "Best States for Business."  The Utah Governors Office of Economic Development was delighted with the announcement that Utah is  once again being recognized by the prestigious business publication.

WHEREAS, through the one-year Working 4 Utah initiative, Utah state government strives to become the model employer of qualified people, conserve energy for taxpayers and employees, and provide to the public extended hours of access to government services;

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is optimistic that the strategies being pursued by the state and the counties will protect vital water resources in Utah's West Desert after meetings held Wednesday to discuss the policy and strategy to protect Utah's water interests.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement today in response to two reports that were issued yesterday concerning the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster.

Salt Lake City - In a survey conducted by the Department of Human Resource Management, more than 80 percent of state employees believe the new compressed 4 day week, 10 hour day schedule is advantageous.

Salt Lake City -Utah Governor Jon Huntsman presented two Utahns with Distinguished Service to State Government awards Sunday at the National Governors Association (NGA) Centennial Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman gave the following statement today after learning of the passing of former White House press secretary Tony Snow:

Salt Lake City -For the second year in a row, CNBC has ranked Utah the No. 3 Top State for Business, recognizing Utah's economy, high quality of life, and business friendly environment.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman strongly supports today's decision by the State Board of Regents to name William A. Sederburg, current President of Utah Valley University, as Utah's seventh Commissioner of Higher Education.

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman officially began as Chairman of the Western Governors' Association (WGA) today.

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was elected the new Chair of the Western Governor’s Association.

Salt Lake City -Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced this morning the 'Working 4 Utah' initiative, extending state government service hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday beginning the first week of August.

Governor Huntsman will make the announcement at the monthly KUED news conference.

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced the appointments of Teresa Theurer and Joel Wright as members of the Utah State Board of Regents today, replacing respectively Sara Sinclair and Josh Reid, who has decided to resign in July.

The Governor's Office of Crime Victim Reparations, Utah Council on Victims of Crime, Statewide Advocates for Victims Organization and Weber State University are sponsoring the eighth annual Utah Victim Assistance Academy.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has announced the Utah State Board of Education candidates as recommended by the State Board of Education Nominating and Recruiting Committee.

Governor Huntsman will sign the following ceremonial bills on Thursday:

Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., has authorized state agencies to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

Governor Huntsman previewed the construction of the new energy efficient Digital Learning Center at Utah Valley State College today. The Learning Center is expected to save nearly $100,000 per year and reduce energy consumption.

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