Herbert: Utah has been 'blessing' to Outdoor Retailer show

Published on February 16, 2017 at 03:59PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he plans to remind Outdoor Retailer show organizers during a meeting that having Utah as a host has been a “blessing” for them and helped the expo grow significantly. Herbert’s spoke Thursday morning at his monthly news conference on KUED ahead of a private meeting with outdoor industry leaders later in the day. The meeting comes after show organizers announced they’re considering moving the when the contract ends next year. Herbert and the state’s Republican leaders are facing stiff backlash from the outdoor industry for calls to have President Donald Trump rescind the new Bears Ears National Monument. Asked if he would consider reversing that stance, Herbert says he’ll discuss that in the meeting but that he must reflect the will and desire of his state’s residents.