RadioACTive: March 17, 2021

  • March 17, 2021
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The first Native American, female Secretary of the Interior. Plus, Grand County Public Lands Project, Recreation Area Act, Voices for Utah Children.

Tonight's Lineup:

Braidan Weeks from Ute Land Trust and Living the Circle of Life, KRCL's Native American music and public affairs show shared comments about the confirmation of Madam Secretary, Deb Halland to the United States Office of Interior, making her the first Native American Woman appointed to a Presidential Cabinet position in the history of the nation. 

Rallies and Resources: 

  • Thursday, Magna One Year Later, 6:00-7:30 p.m. online. Event by Utah State History and Utah State Historic Preservation Office: "One year after our historic earthquake, how is Utah's history holding up, and what is next for our communities? The Utah State Historic Preservation Office wants to know: what lessons have we learned? How can we better prepare for future earthquakes? What resources are available for homeowners and other property owners? Please join us as we welcome our three speakers: Steve Bowman, Geologic Hazards Program Manager, Utah Geological Survey; Chris Merritt, Utah State Historic Preservation Officer, Utah Division of State History: Greg Schulz, Township Manager, Magna Metro Township. We will also be able to take your questions live and share with you resources you can use to keep your property and family safe for our next earthquake.
  • Friday, Global Climate Strike, 10:00 a.m. Event by Fridays For Future Utah: "#NoMoreEmptyPromises means those in power continue to only deliver empty promises for dates that are much too late. We need concrete and immediate action in-line with science. March 19, young people from around the world, will again strike to protest inaction on the climate crisis. Melanie and Natalie, the two eighth-graders skipping school every Friday protesting at the State Capitol, explain that the strikers' one demand is that world leaders listen to the scientists warning us to keep our planet below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming to avoid climate catastrophe. Strikers will gather at Washington Square, march at 10:20 to the Utah State Capitol South Steps, and will speak between 11am-2pm."
  • Tuesday, More Than Half: Doing the Work, 7:00–8:30 p.m., online. Event by PBS Utah. Join PBS Utah for an in-depth discussion with community members who are committed to working together to address the unique challenges facing women in the state. This virtual, interactive event will allow space to break down stigmas and move forward with the issues introduced in the PBS Utah podcast, More Than Half, with host Andrea Smardon. RSVP to

Grand County Public Lands Project

Carey Dabney, of the League of Women Voters of Grand County and researcher for The Public Lands Project, a 2020 educational study on the Transfer of Public Lands Movement which was recently launched by the League of Women Voters of Grand County. Dabney also announced that the project has launched a 3 part video designed to educate the public about the study and the need to protect public lands from overburdening state expenses and potential privatization. To learn more, go to and click on Public Lands Project in the sidebar. Find the link for the videos below:

Central Wasatch Conservation and Recreation Area

Alex Schmidt, Campaigns Coordinator, Save Our Canyons talked about their efforts to get public input and a petition signing to address issues in the Central Wasatch Conservation and Recreation Area Act before the legislation moves forward. More details on SOC's petition page HERE. 

Voices for Utah Children Calls on Governor Cox to Veto Three Tax Cut Bills Due To New Federal Law

Matthew Weinstein, MPPState Priorities Partnership Director, Voices for Utah Childrenwarned in a press release that three recently passed tax cut bills will hurt Utah families and called on community members to call the governor and ask him to veto the bills. Sighting the press release Weinstein said "The three bills in question are tax cuts that almost completely exclude the lowest income 30-40% of Utah taxpayers and mostly benefit the highest-income 30-40% of filers. They permanently reduce by $100 million annually our ability to invest in our urgent unmet needs such as education, public health, poverty prevention, closing majority-minority gaps, infrastructure, clean air, and so on. Now we learned this week that their price has just doubled. Because the new federal COVID relief law penalizes states for tax cuts on a dollar-for-dollar basis, they will actually cost Utah $200 million of revenue next year, not just $100 million."

Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:
  • Assoc. Producer/Host: Billy Palmer

  • Community Co-Host: Nick Burns

  • Production Volunteer: Natalie Benoy 

  • Executive Producer: Lara Jones