Stories about Utah

Utah governor places state under “moderate risk” protocols

On April 29, 2020, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (D) issued an executive order that formally placed Utah under “moderate risk” protocols, effective May 1 at 12:01 a.m., according to a press release from the governor’s office.  Under these protocols, residents are encouraged to stay home as much as possible but are allowed to see small groups of family and friends who have been adhering to social distancing and hygiene guidelines. The order also allows some businesses that were closed by public health orders, such as gyms, salons and in-restaurant dining, to resume operation under strict guidelines.

Herbert appoints Birkeland to Utah House

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) appointed Kera Birkeland (R) to the Utah House of Representatives on April 16. Kirkland will represent District 53, filling the vacancy created by Logan Wilde’s (R) resignation to assume the role of commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

Birkeland serves as the vice chair of the Utah Republican Party, was an at-large delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Utah, and worked as the director of operations for Oil Vault, a small business she founded with her husband, Lars Birkeland.

Birkeland was sworn into office on April 16 and will serve the remainder of Wilde’s term set to end December 31 of this year. Birkeland has filed to run for re-election and is currently the only Republican candidate filed to run for the District 53 seat. A primary is scheduled for June 30, 2020, and the general will take place on November 3, 2020.

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