Hi-ho, Silver. Away to Park City.
Park City is scheduled to host a group of governors from the West late in June. And part of the agenda of the Western Governors' Association annual meeting is an early screening of a film for the group that romanticizes the American West: "The Lone Ranger." The screening, slated for the evening of June 29, will offer the governors and the others at the event an entertainment respite after hours of policy discussions.
The annual meeting opens on June 28, a Friday, and closes on Sunday at the Montage Deer Valley. It is expected to be one of the top political events in Park City this year. The Denver-based Western Governors' Association anticipates 10 governors or Canadian premiers will attend. Upward of 400 people are expected in Park City for the event.
Gary Herbert, the Republican governor of Utah, is the chairman of the association. Colorado's governor, Democrat John Hickenlooper, will succeed him during the meeting in Park City.
The organizers anticipate the governors will spend time discussing energy policies, public lands, endangered species and wildfire management. The governors will announce a vision for the future of energy in the region.
Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, is among the high-profile speakers at the conference. Congressman Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican whose district includes Park City and surrounding Summit County, is also listed as a speaker. Jewell and Bishop are scheduled to take part in a 75-minute roundtable discussion about public lands on June 28.
Other speakers over the course of the conference include representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Mike Leavitt, a former governor of Utah who served as the secretary of health and human services during the George W. Bush administration, is part of a June 29 panel centered on health care.
The organizers have tapped T. Boone Pickens, the chairman and CEO of BP Capital and a high-profile figure in the national debate about energy, as the keynote speaker. He has been allotted 45 minutes on June 28.
The Western Governors' Association last held its annual meeting in Park City in 2009, drawing a lineup of speakers that included Cabinet members and the president of the World Bank.
The public may attend the meeting. Registration information and prices are available on the organization's website, www.westgov.org. Select the 'Register Now' link on the front page.
The governors or premiers expected to attend the Park City gathering include: