Instructure Recognized as One of Utah’s Fastest Growing Companies

Instructure Named to MountainWest Capital Network’s 2017 Utah 100

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Instructure, Inc. (INST), a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter, today announced it was named to the MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) 2017 Utah 100 list, which recognizes the fastest growing companies in the state. Instructure ranked No. 26 out of 100 companies and was honored at the 23rd annual Utah 100 Awards program.

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"We’re thrilled to be recognized for the growth we have achieved. We’ve reached this success thanks to the incredible work of our team who are so passionate about delivering quality online learning," said Jeff Weber, SVP of people and places for Instructure. "With so many other great companies, and the tremendous growth that the state of Utah has seen, it is a true honor to receive this award."

Instructure continues to receive recognition for its innovative culture and growth. In fact, earlier this year, the company was honored at the Utah Business Fast 50, a list of the fastest growing companies in the state of Utah. Instructure ranked No. 5, claiming a spot on the list for the second consecutive year, and was named to the Emerging Eight list in 2014 and 2015. Placement on the Utah Business Fast 50 list is based on five years of revenue growth and five years of compound annual growth.

"We congratulate all of this year’s Utah 100 companies for building outstanding businesses and making strong contributions to Utah’s economy," said Reed Chase, chairman of the MWCN Utah 100 committee. "These companies further advance Utah’s standing as an excellent place to do business."

Recipients of the Utah 100 were chosen by the percentage of revenue increase of each company between 2013 and 2017.


MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) is the largest business networking organization in Utah, consisting of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, consultants, legal professionals, bankers, and educators. MWCN seeks to promote and recognize business growth and capital development in the state through a variety of award programs and activities.


Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas, Gauge, Arc and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 3,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12, and Bridge for the corporate market, at

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3 Top Attractions In Utah

Utah is home to many great attractions. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, you’ll want to make a trip to Utah and visit some of these attractions. With that said, below is a list of three top attractions in Utah and reasons why you should pay them a visit. Just remember, if you do go to Utah, spend as much time there as possible, so you can see as much as you can while there.

1. Arches National Park- Arches National Park is one of the most gorgeous parks in Utah and it’s home to thousands of natural stone arches. Not only that, but there is no shortage of walking trails that lead to some of the best arches and other amazing rock formations. Some of the best areas to go to for hiking includes Delicate Arch, Devil’s Garden, Park Avenue, Fiery Furnace and Double Arch to name a few.

2. Zion National Park- Another national park in Utah is Zion, which is home to red rock cliffs, vistas and waterfalls. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or you enjoy casual walks, there is something for everyone of all skill levels at Zion National Park. While there, you’ll want to take the time to check out the sites located in Zion Canyon, which is one of the most scenic drives you can take in the park.

3. Dinosaur National Monument- This is the place to go if you want to take in gorgeous scenery, such as rivers and mountains. It’s also the place to go to view dinosaur fossils, which can be seen in Carnegie Quarry’s walls. Some of the activities you can do at Dinosaur National Monument includes camping, hiking and rafting.

The next time you go to Utah, make sure to visit Arches National Park. You’ll also want to go to Zion National Park and head over to Dinosaur National Monument. All three of those attractions are worth the trip from anywhere.

Great Salt Lake: Birds, Water and People

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Birds, water and people are a tangled web of politics, environment, economics, and more at our Great Salt Lake. Come learn about new plans for water use and saline lake protection. Then enjoy a conversation with Ella Sorensen and Heidi Hoven about the birds of Great Salt Lake.
Steve Erickson, GSLA lobbyist: Overview of the Governor’s water strategy
Marcelle Shoop, Director, Saline Lakes, National Audubon Society: New initiative on Water and Birds in the West by National Audubon Society
Ella Sorensen and Heidi Hoven: A conversation about the Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary on the Southern end of the Great Salt Lake with Jaimi Butler
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University Of Utah Braces For Protests Ahead Of Ex-Breitbart Editor Speech

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro plans to speak at the University of Utah, and the school — bracing for possibly violent protests — plans to roll out a ramped-up police presence Wednesday night.

The university wants to strike a delicate balance to protect protesters and people attending the speech, but wants to avoid a "police state" atmosphere, school spokesman Chris Nelson said.

Utah’s flagship college doesn’t want to take any chances amid a climate of heightened political tensions. The school will follow a model it learned when it sent a team to see how the University of California, Berkeley, handled a similar speech earlier this month.

The University of Utah leans more liberal than the rest of the conservative state, much like Salt Lake City, where it’s located. The city has had some unrest during protests in recent years against police shootings and white extremism as well as at a Donald Trump campaign rally. (For more information on Shapiro’s speech and other Salt Lake City stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

"There’s no concern about peaceful protest, in fact we embrace and support it," Nelson said. "What we’re preparing for is any violence, any type of clashes."

The university will prohibit protesters from wearing face masks and use barriers to separate them from those attending Shapiro’s talk, Nelson said.

All 40 University of Utah police officers were expected to be on campus, as well as an unspecified number of officers from other departments. Some classes near the speech will be moved.

Nelson said he didn’t immediately know how much the university had spent on preparations, which are similar to those UC Berkeley has taken.

The California school spent $600,000 on security during Shapiro’s Sept. 14 speech, which prompted largely peaceful protests. The city and campus have become flashpoints for the country’s political divisions, drawing extremist groups from the left and right and producing violence at four demonstrations since February.

It has led authorities to come up with new strategies to balance free speech rights with the need to control rowdy and sometimes dangerous crowds.

Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, uses his web-based talk show and online columns to support President Donald Trump’s policies and criticize the "self-righteous media."

Nearly 400 free tickets for his speech in Utah went quickly Saturday after students waited in long lines, said student Dillon Clark of the Young Americans for Freedom organization. Clark said his group invited Shapiro to promote conservative views in what can be a liberal-leaning campus environment.

Clark said he expects Shapiro to talk about freedom of speech and critique left-leaning political tactics.

Students held a sit-in at the university president’s office earlier this month, urging the event to be canceled. Protesters said in a letter to the Salt Lake Tribune that they planned to "shut down" the speech, saying Shapiro’s positions on transgender people, LGBT rights and conversion therapy could hurt vulnerable people.

The Utah event comes a day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried what he sees as political correctness run amok on college campuses during an invitation-only crowd at Georgetown University’s law school.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah sent Sessions’ remarks to reporters at the direction of the Department of Justice public affairs office.

"The American university was once the center of academic freedom, a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas," Sessions said. "But it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos."


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Salt Lake Airport Board likes street-level TRAX plan to save $50M-plus

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Airport Advisory Board Chair J.T. Martin speaks during a meeting at the Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Airport engineering director Kevin Robins said that elevator/escalator ride — which sometimes is cumbersome with luggage — “is really the only difference” in experience between the more expensive option where an elevated track would deliver passengers into a parking garage at the same level as new ticket counters.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Kevin Robins, Director of Engineering, SLCDA, speaks during a meeting at the Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
(Courtesy of Salt Lake City International Airport) An aerial view of the planned rebuild at Salt Lake City International Airport. The current airport light-rail stop can be seen at the southern tip of the existing airport (the white crescent-shaped buildings), and a new proposal would simply have the train turn left (west) and stop 150 feet short of the new terminal, on the building’s east side. The width of the train line would push a neighboring loading road about 25 feet farther north, leading to a tighter entry and exit for planes at gates northeast of the new terminal building. In light gray, this map shows the light-rail proposal favored until recently by city and transit planners: an elevated track that veers west across airport access roads to the southeast of the parking area and then again westward into the "Gateway Center," represented here as a large blue rectangle north of the parking garage. Passengers would be able to check in and check their bags at the center before walking across a skybridge into the terminal.

However, Robins said engineers now believe sections of new track could be constructed in such a way that the rail line would open at the same time as the new terminal, and require suspension of service for no more than a handful of days — about the same time disruption as the more expensive elevated-track option.

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Airport Advisory Board member Igor Best-Devereux speaks during a meeting at the Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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Salt Lake City leaders look to legalize the building of ‘mother-in-law apartments’

SALT LAKE CITY – In an effort to provide more affordable housing, the Salt Lake City Council is considering changing rules to allow more accessory dwelling units or ADUs.

ADUs are sometimes called "mother-in-law apartments" or "granny apartments." Some are part of the main house, some are detached and have their own kitchen, bedroom and bathroom space.

“It’s been around since cities have been around. It’s really only been the last 50 years that it’s become illegal to do it in a lot of places,” said Brandon Dayton with the Rose Park Community Council.

Dayton says ADUs are the most common sense way to address the housing and homelessness issue in the city. Homeowners could also capitalize on economic opportunities.

“You can wait for a developer to come in and develop it which is going to typically take several parcels, depending on what’s surrounding it, or you can build it yourself and be able to reap the benefits of it,” said Nigel Swaby, a Fair Park resident.

Community leaders acknowledge illegal units already exist, but if a fair policy is put in place with more regulation, it would make things a lot safer for renters.

The idea of ADUs has been debated since leaders approved the ordinance in 2012. Some worry they might transform the character of the neighborhood, add to traffic and parking on the street would become more difficult.

“In Fair Park, where I live, we’re already challenged because we have people coming in for the fair and as the new stadium has been built we have people coming in for events on a weekly basis, and so parking is of great concern,” said Swaby.

While Rose Park community leaders support ADU’s, they want to make sure east side neighborhoods are included in the policy.

“I think there’s definitely an anxiety that west side residents are going to be asked to shoulder the burden for the housing needs in Salt Lake City,” said Dayton.

The Salt Lake City Council will hold a public hearing on September 19th and October 3rd at 7 p.m.

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The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning across the U.S. West (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River to all vessel traffic east of Portland, Oregon, because of wildfire activity in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Coast Guard said Tuesday the closure affecting 20 miles of the river would be in effect overnight to protect personnel and boats from potential hazards created by falling hot ash and firefighting aircraft landing on the water.

The section of the Columbia River was closed after the Captain of the Port deemed it unsafe for vessels to travel the river from Reed Island to the Bonneville Dam.

The blaze that began Saturday also has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to leave their homes.

The Coast Guard says some vessel traffic has been impacted and that the need for the closure will be re-evaluated Wednesday morning.


5:07 p.m.

Oregon fisheries managers have released thousands of hatchery salmon months early in response to a large wildfire raging in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday it released the fish into the Columbia River to reduce demands on water and equipment.

Workers released about 600,000 tule fall Chinook salmon Tuesday and four ponds of fall Chinook salmon Monday night.

The three fish hatchery facilities in Cascade Locks were evacuated over Labor Day weekend. The facilities have been used as a firefighting and staging area. Supplies at the hatcheries, including water and power, are helping wildfire efforts.

Officials say all hatchery workers are safe. No structures have been damaged.

The facilities are rearing about six million fish, mostly coho and Chinook salmon.


4:10 p.m.

Authorities say a 15-year-old boy is the suspect in a large blaze burning east of Portland, Oregon, that was likely caused by fireworks.

The Oregon State Police said in a statement Tuesday that the teen from Vancouver, Washington, and others may have been using fireworks on a popular trail in the Columbia River Gorge area.

The blaze that has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to flee began Saturday. Authorities say the boy was interviewed in the parking lot of the trailhead.

State police say the investigation is continuing. No arrests or formal charges have been made.


2:40 p.m.

A portion of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state has been closed because of its proximity to a nearby wildfire.

The National Park Service says the northeast portion of the park was closed on Tuesday afternoon.

A wildfire burning outside the east boundary of the park has scorched more than 29 square miles (75 square kilometers).

The Park Service says all the trails on the east side of the park are closed. People at the White River Campground are being encouraged to leave.


12:47 p.m.

Fire officials say an Oregon wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge has grown to nearly 16 square miles and is threatening homes.

Residents of about 400 homes have been forced to evacuate, while others have been warned to get ready.

A fire official told reporters Tuesday that no homes have been lost so far, but crews were still assessing the damage. Lt. Damon Simmons, a spokesman for the state fire marshal’s office, says the blaze spread overnight but was calming down as crews scrambled to get a handle on it.

Firefighters also are attacking the fire by air when smoky conditions allow.

More than 30 miles of Interstate 84 running east of Portland, Oregon, was closed. A state official says it’s unclear when it will reopen.

Multnomah County has declared a state of emergency over the fire that started Saturday.


(This item has been corrected to show that Damon Simmons is a spokesman for the Oregon Fire Marshal’s office)


12:30 p.m.

Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire in Utah has destroyed at least five homes and forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate.

Parts of two highways were also closed Tuesday morning as black smoke rolled over the roads.

High winds fed the blaze near a neighborhood of well-appointed homes nestled in the foothills about 30 miles (64 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.

Two elementary schools near the fire were evacuated as a precaution.

Authorities say the fire has consumed about 500 acres (2 square kilometers).


12:00 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to assign 200 active-duty soldiers to help fight a wildfire in Washington state.

Civilian firefighting commanders said Tuesday the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, will undergo four days of training.

Then they will be sent to a complex of 14 wildfires in the Umpqua National Forest that have burned 47 square miles (120 square kilometers).

The soldiers will join about 1,000 firefighters already at the site.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, a federal agency that coordinates wildfire-fighting, says 80 large fires are burning on 2,200 square miles (5,700 square kilometers) in nine Western U.S. states.

The military has already dispatched three C-130s to drop fire-retardant slurry and two RC-26 surveillance aircraft to help fight Western fires.


11:30 a.m.

Firefighters have increased containment of a big Los Angeles wildfire from 30 percent to 70 percent.

The fire in the Verdugo Mountains burned around 11 square miles (28 square kilometers) since it erupted Friday and was spread by shifting winds. Crews working the blaze Tuesday are focusing on smoldering hotspots and extending containment lines.

Los Angeles fire spokesman Erik Scott says the number of destroyed single-family residences has increased to a total of five.


11:15 a.m.

A growing wildfire near Portland has shut down a lengthy stretch of highway through the scenic Columbia River Gorge and rained ash down on the Oregon city.

Smoke from blazes choked the U.S. West on Tuesday from Seattle to Denver, leading to health warnings and road closures. Many school districts canceled sports practices and recess because of poor air quality.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, a federal agency that coordinates wildfire-fighting, says 80 large fires are burning on 2,200 square miles (5,700 square kilometers) in nine Western states.

The 7-square-mile (18-square-kilometer) fire east of Portland forced hundreds of evacuations and sent embers jumping over the Columbia River, sparking blazes in Washington state.

The wildfire grew rapidly late Monday and overnight, forcing authorities to scramble to get people out of communities in just minutes on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.


12:51 a.m.

Wind-driven flames, hot temperatures and dry conditions are hampering firefighters across the West even after Labor Day, the unofficial end to a summer of devastating wildfires.

The dozens of fires burning across the West and Canada have blanketed the air with choking smoke from Oregon, where ash fell on the town of Cascade Locks, to Colorado, where health officials issued an air quality advisory alert.

A 14-square-mile (36-square-kilometer) fire in Montana’s Glacier National Park emptied the park’s busiest tourist spot as wind gusts drove the blaze toward the doorstep of a century-old lodge.

Outside California’s Yosemite National Park, a wind-fueled fire made its way deeper into a grove of 2,700-year-old giant sequoia trees. Officials said the fire had gone through about half the grove, and had not killed any trees.

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Salt Lake seeks 500 volunteers for ‘one-stop shop’ event for homeless

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announcing Project Homeless Connect at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. On Oct. 6, Salt Lake City will hold the first annual Project Homeless connect at the Salt Palace Convention Center, where many volunteer services are available to the expected turnout of a thousand people experiencing homelessness.

SALT LAKE CITY — Rachel Santizo said she was once a heroin addict, "lost on the streets," before she found the help she needed.

"I remember living on the streets. I remember dumpster diving. I remember feeling invisible. I didn’t know where to go. I didn’t know anything," Santizo said.

But Monday, joined by Salt Lake City leaders, Santizo was eager to highlight a new way for Utahns to help people like the woman who she once was.

"It’s because of organizations that give back that I’m able to stand here today," she said.

Now Santizo is a member of the steering committee to help organize an Oct. 6 event called Project Homeless Connect. Salt Lake leaders said they hope the day becomes an annual tradition of providing a "one day, one-stop shop" for the state’s most needy.

At the event, people experiencing homelessness can get hair cuts, immunizations, medical and dental care, substance abuse counseling, library cards, housing services, employment assistance, legal and financial assistance and more.

But not without help.

In preparation for the event, Mayor Jackie Biskupski called on residents and businesses throughout the state to help fill the 500 volunteer slots needed to host the event at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

"I hope everyone in this city and across the valley will consider doing what they can to make Oct. 6 a day of hope in Salt Lake City," the mayor said.

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The event, expected to serve up to 1,000 people experiencing homelessness, is part of a national movement that has taken place in San Francisco, Denver, Washington D.C., and other cities.

“Like everything we are doing to address homelessness in our state, Project Homeless Connect will be successful only through true collaboration and partnership,” Biskupski said. “Project Homeless Connect will rely on the expertise of service providers, the generosity of financial sponsors, as well as the hundreds of people who will make an individual commitment to volunteer on Oct 6.”

The Salt Palace Convention Center is donating its space for the event.

Mike Akerlow, deputy director of community and neighborhoods for Salt Lake City said 50 to 60 different services will be available to people experiencing homelessness or those who might be at risk of losing their homes.

"This is much more than an information fair," Akerlow said. "This is a day when people will be able to get immediate assistance and access to ongoing services."

Other services include bike repair from Bike Collective and Contender Bicycle; computer skills and services from the Salt Lake City Public Library, veterinary services, wound care and naloxone services from the Salt Lake City Fire Department, family planning services from Planned Parenthood, substance use disorder counseling from the Community Connection Center, credit repair and more, according to Akerlow.

He said organizers will work with service providers and begin to reach out to people experiencing homelessness in the weeks leading up to the event. Transportation to the Salt Palace will be provided on the day of the event.

Project Homeless Connect is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.

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Critics: Utah horse meeting is secretive ‘slaughter summit’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Swollen populations of federally-protected wild horses roaming 10 Western states are starved and damaging rangelands, Utah and U.S. government officials said at a conference Wednesday, an invitation-only meeting that mustang-protection advocates say is promoting the slaughter of an icon of the American West.

Members of Utah’s congressional delegation and a U.S. Interior Department official speaking at the National Horse and Burro Summit in Salt Lake City all described an unsustainable population of wild horses that’s nearly three times the size that federal officials think the rangeland can support.

Horse-protection groups who weren’t allowed into the Utah State University-hosted event protested outside the downtown hotel where it was held, calling it a "slaughter summit" that’s kowtowing to livestock interests, promoting increased roundups and slaughter of wild horses from California to Colorado without public input.

"It’s a collection of politicians and lobbyists for the agriculture industry and the sole purpose is to advance their agenda of slaughtering America’s wild horses," said Suzanne Roy with the American Wild Horse Campaign.

Terry Messmer, a wildland resources professor at Utah State, defended the conference lineup he said was organized by "a broad coalition of horse advocates — not activist groups, but people who are concerned about the welfare of horses and western rangeland management."

The meeting comes a week after congressional auditors identified countless hurdles but no solutions to populations of wild horses and burros, including an ever-increasing backlog of captured mustangs already in government corrals costing taxpayers $50 million annually.

A report by Congress’ General Accounting Office made public last week noted that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management removed nearly 135,000 horses from the range between 2000 and 2016 but the population on the range doubled and the number of horses in holding facilities increased seven-fold.

The BLM asserts that U.S. rangeland can sustain fewer than 27,000 horses and burros, but there are more than 72,000 wild horses on the rangeland and about 46,000 in holding facilities.

Many horse protection advocates say contraception is the only realistic and humane solution to limit horse populations they feel have more right to roam the range than federally subsidized livestock.

Inside the summit, speakers on Wednesday said it’s cruel to allow unchecked populations of wild horses and burros to starve and compete with other animals for scarce resources.

"There is nothing humane or majestic to see a wild horse starving to death or a wild burro dying of thirst," said Aurelia Skipwith, deputy assistant U.S. Interior Secretary for fish and wildlife and national parks.

Skipwith said the first major solution is for Congress to pass President Donald Trump’s budget request that includes language allowing wild horses to be sold without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won’t be resold for slaughter.

Skipwith said the ability to sell horses "without limitation," along with euthanizing horses and burros, is the "most humane way to address the issue."

Horse slaughterhouses are prohibited in the U.S. but legal in many other countries, including Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe where horse meat is considered a delicacy.

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, spoke of his efforts in Congress to try to allow states to manage the animals and his amendment to a budget bill that allows horses to be culled.

Stewart said he sees horses as companions, like dogs, and would never eat a horse or propose they be slaughtered for food.

"That’s not what we’re trying to do here," Stewart said. "That’s not the solution, but it may include something similar to that."

A message asking his office to clarify his comments was not returned.

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah took the stage holding a children’s toy stick horse and cracked a joke about riding a horse to work as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has done in the streets of Washington.

Bishop, who chairs the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, said that despite his holding a toy, the summit was addressing a serious issue that many across the country and in Congress don’t understand because they’ve been swayed by activists "who care more about fundraising opportunities than the animals."

"There are members of Congress who truly believe that every horse is Seabiscuit. Of course, the French think every horse should be Sea-Brisket," he joked.

Utah is spending up to $50,000 from money set aside for horse and burro programs to co-sponsor the summit. Utah Department of Natural Resources Director Mike Styler said Wednesday that the state is paying to record the summit and the recordings will be posted online in a few days.


Sonner reported from Reno, Nevada.

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