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Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff Wins Awards
AG earns right to “suffer outrageously” as Honorary Publisher, eats 6 cans of Spaghetti-O’s to earn scouting award
“With malice aforethought” the Utah Press Association conferred the title of Honorary Publisher on Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on March 30th at their Annual Convention in St. George. In addition to giving Shurtleff the right to “squabble with irate subscribers” the award also comes with the right to “editorially denounce corruption and vice while upholding the sacred institutions of Prayer, Motherhood and Education of the Youth - and to suffer outrageously for this public expression of personal opinion.”
“I am proud to be one of the few elected officials to be given this award,” says Shurtleff. “Politicians and members of the media are often thought to be at odds, but in reality, we’re on the same side. Both camps are doing the peoples’ business. Open government depends on freedom of the press.”
Laurie Wynn, Managing Editor of the Wasatch Wave and member of the Utah Press Association says the award is “much deserved” by Shurtleff because “he has been such a huge supporter of freedom of the press and the public’s right to know. He’s a friend of the press and a friend of the public.”
On March 7th, the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America presented Shurtleff with the Silver Beaver award for his dedication to scouting. The Silver Beaver is the highest award given to adult scout leaders. Shurtleff became an Eagle Scout at age 13 and has since been Scoutmaster of four troops and a member of the Council Executive Board. During his years as chair of the Scouting for Food drive, Shurtleff called attention to the drive by eating 6 large cans of Spaghetti-O’s, letting scouts shave his head, and jumping out of an airplane.
On May 4th, Shurtleff will receive an award from George Wythe College in Cedar City. The “Statesman Award” is given to a "man or woman of virtue, wisdom, diplomacy & courage who inspires greatness in others and moves the cause of liberty."