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Cache County Executive David Zook was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program last week during the County Hour. During his interview, he expressed his satisfaction with the accessibility of lawmakers as they make decisions that affect local residents. “They do a great job, they’re very open,” Zook said. “Throughout Utah, that’s one of the things I love about the way our elected officials operate. They’re very accessible to the people, and there are some reasons why that’s the case.”

Recently, a significant economic study was released by the Cache County Water District and other organizations. The study revealed that agriculture is still a crucial part of the local economy and could not exist without water. “This is not just about Cache Valley or talking about water or the Bear River’s impact on Cache Valley,” Zook said. “The Bear River region is a little bit larger area.” He also pointed out that much of economic activity in Cache Valley is happening right now.

Zook also discussed some of the bills he is keeping an eye on during this legislative session. One of them is Representative Dan Johnson’s project to build a new American Welcome Center for immigrants and refugees in Cache Valley at an estimated cost of $7 million for an additional 5,200 square feet at the English Language Center and moving CRIC (Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection) there. Another project he mentioned was Little Lambs’ attempt to get $3 million for a new facility in their community, which would be an excellent amenity for their area.

Transportation bills were also high on their priority list, including money for work on South Valley corridor improvements and an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165, as well as development in West Cache corridor being another big priority according to Zook

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