Citizens of Grand County receive 2014 Better Beehive Award

Salt Lake City – It’s no wonder that voter turnout has dropped across the state given the perception, perhaps accurate, that a vote no longer has the currency it once had before elections were awash with dark money and legislative halls with corporate lobbyists, but one rural county in southeastern Utah has determined to reverse that trend.

Voters in Grand County showed up in droves on November 4 to vote out three Grand County Council members after they approved Grand County’s inclusion in the controversial Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.

Their actions got the attention of good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH. The group awarded the citizens of Grand County its final 2014 Better Beehive Award.

“Grand County shows us what can happen when a group of people are committed enough to each other and their community to go to the ballot box,” said Maryann Martindale, Better UTAH executive director. “Utahns across the state should be proud of what Grand County accomplished.”

The citizens of Grand County weren’t the only recipients of this year’s Better Beehive Awards. Other recipients included state Senator Curt Bramble, community radio station KCPW, the Utah Debate Commission and District and County Attorneys Sim Gill and Troy Rawlings.

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Now in its third year, the Better Beehive Award honors groups and individuals throughout the state who make Utah a better place. Recipients of the Better Beehive Award come from all walks of life, from all over the political spectrum and from all over the state. And despite their many differences, each of these individuals share a commitment to improving the quality of life in Utah.

Better UTAH has named the award “the Better Beehive” in recognition of the value of the hard work required to bring balance to Utah, while simultaneously honoring Utah’s tremendous history.

Past recipients of the award have included reporters Robert Gehrke and Eric Peterson, community advocate Linda Hilton and former state Sen. Ross Romero.
Isaac Holyoak
Communications Director, Alliance for a Better UTAH
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