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In The News

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The past week or so has been particularly active for the department in the news, which really follows up on a very busy month. Below are (hopefully) all of the highlights.

COVID-19 History Project

State History is asking elementary school children around the state to share their experiences during the pandemic. The project is being led by Lisa Barr, who was interviewed by Fox 13 and the Deseret News.

Utah’s Online Library Is Always Open

While public libraries have been closed — and many remain closed — the state’s Online Library is open 24/7. State Librarian Colleen Eggett was interviewed by FM100’s Rebecca Cressman about the digital services offered for free to all Utah residents. (On a side note, FM100 has also partnered with State Library for a story time segment on Facebook).

Native Town Hall Preview

Indian Affairs and Multicultural Affairs are partnering on a town hall focused on Native Americans and the COVID-19 pandemic. James Toledo and Rozanna Benally-Sagg spoke with KRCL’s “Living the Circle of Life” about the goals for the town hall.

Native Town Hall Preview on KRCL

Vandalism of Petroglyphs at Gunlock Reservoir, Utah County

Not every news story involving the department was positive, but Elizabeth Hora handled the multiple (and inconveniently timed) requests for interviews about vandalism at Gunlock Reservoir very well. It started with a story in the St. George News on Thursday, followed by interviews in the Salt Lake Tribune and KSL News Radio. The story was also picked up by other stations and even X96’s Radio From Hell show. Elizabeth was also interviewed by Fox 13 about rock art vandalized in Utah County.

Supporting Cultural Organizations

The department’s “Rising Tide” initiative aims to raise funds and provide other support for cultural groups struggling because of the pandemic. Sarina Ehrgott was on KUED’s “Contact” to discuss the program.