The period between legislative sessions is the time we get to dig deep into important issues. One topic that has always concerned me is our state’s heavy reliance on federal money. After months of work, the Federal Funds Commission is nearly ready to unveil a fully customizable tool that policymakers can use to analyze risks, costs, and mitigation strategies in order to make better-informed financial and policy decisions for our state. It is super cool.
View highlights from the June Interim meeting here.
Henderson Children: Brooklyn, Jimmy, and Sydney hold pictures of their great-grandfather in front of the B-17 Sentimental Journey
B-17 Sentimental Journey
Last month, I witnessed a B-17 land at the Heber airport. This historic WWII bomber is one of only ten still in operation. The experience was incredible. My grandfather, Mahlon Ellingford, flew one of these B-17s during WWII. He was stationed in Sudbury, England in the 486th Bomb Group, and piloted thirty-five missions over northern occupied France and Germany, including the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.
The sight of this massive bomber gracefully touching ground was a vivid reminder of the heavy price of freedom. I am grateful to my grandfather, and to all the men and women who serve and sacrifice on our behalf. America is still the land of the free because of them.
WWII-era B-17 bomber lands in Utah (Deseret News)