With the old year wrapping up and the new year just beginning, the first ever Better Beehive Awards provided a choice opportunity for reflecting on progressive happenings in Utah.
Five notable individuals and groups in Utah were honored for their progressive efforts throughout 2012. Honorees included the environmental organization HEAL, Murray couple Sandy and Paul Krueger, the Salt Lake Tribune Editorial board, cities Harrisville and Springdale, and former state senator Ross Romero.
The Tribune’s Ray Parker wrote an extended story on Sandy and Paul Krueger for their successful efforts in getting Governor Gary Herbert to veto HB363, the abstinence-only sexual education bill passed by the state legislature.
“I had never done anything like this,” Paul Krueger told Parker. “I did it mostly out of frustration. … Now I’m trying to be active as much as I should be.”
Ogden’s Standard Examiner also covered this year’s awards, with particular attention to Weber County’s Harrisville that this year passed a non-discrimination ordinance.
Rounding out the coverage of the 2012 Better Beehive Awards was a story in the Deseret News.
“We want everyone to remember that while it’s often easy to point a finger at deficiencies in the system, real progress is achieved by those who stand up for what is right in an effort to make Utah a better place,” said Maryann Martindale, Better UTAH Executive Director.