Utah Works

Utah Works: Lives Enriched Through Work

Nov 8, 2017
Jesse Walker Photography

The stories in Utah Works this year collectively reveal a common thread in the profile of how Utah Works. We review a sampling, expressed in the workers' own voices.

Utah Works: Musician In The Best Of Both Worlds

Nov 1, 2017

Michael Palumbo is a professional viola player and a retired Weber State professor.  His musical career was interrupted briefly when he was drafted during the Vietnam war.

A typical day for spine surgeon Brian Vernon begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.

Utah Works: Poetry And The Deep Blue Sea

Oct 18, 2017

Steve Brown is a poet and an English teacher, currently working at White River Academy for boys.

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At age 81 and still farming,  Delyle Carling looks back.

As the head of Millard County's 4-H horse program, Jenna Aldrich delves into the special relationship of horse and man.

Utah Works: Part Of Something Bigger

Sep 27, 2017

Currently working two full-time jobs,  Dillan Robison contrasts restoring cedar rooftops and factory work.

Utah Works: Joy In Helping People

Sep 20, 2017

After a long career in the military, Don Thomson became a judge.  He is now retired and living in Fillmore.

Utah Works: Help And Hospitality On The Open Road

Sep 14, 2017

Kami Dearden opens her home to grateful travelers as part of her work at Dearden Motors in Fillmore.

Working Midnight Sunday to  Midnight Saturday is a regular summer work week for Lonnie Hafen, a young farmer in Fillmore.

Utah Works: A Lifetime Of Preparation

Aug 31, 2017

Inspired by President Kennedy, Caril Jennings sets to work, eventually landing her dream job at Weber State.

Utah Works: Firefighting Forester

Aug 23, 2017

After retiring from the Forest Service, Dave Baumgartner recalls fighting the big fire of Lowman, Idaho.

Utah Works: From Farm Fields to City Council - Making a Future

Aug 16, 2017

Jesse Garcia served four terms on the Ogden City Council, after a long career focused on his community. He shares the stories from his childhood about working on Weber County farms with his migrant family.

Utah Works: A Real Sense of Purpose

Aug 9, 2017

From a cattle ranch in Delta to a hospital in Cache Valley, Carolyn Jones shares her sense of fulfillment in work.

Utah Works: The Dangerous Life Of A Horseshoer

Aug 2, 2017

Larry Lisonbee could always count on one job to pay his bills. He has been shoeing horses around Cache Valley for more than 20 years.

Utah Works: Connecting People Through The Telephone Wires

Jul 26, 2017

Right after high school, Kathy Shafer began work as a telephone operator, a job that no longer exists today. Shafer worked in Moab, UT, before the telephone company replaced operators with machines. 

For 15 years, Glen Wall worked as a trucker, hauling crude oil out of the Uintah Basin.

Utah Works: Carving Out Northern Utah Hiking Trails

Jul 12, 2017

In the summer of 1982 Scott Bushman worked as the trail boss with the Young Adult Conservation Corps, digging and dynamiting the hiking trail to the Wellsville cone. 

Gloria Weller logs onto her computer at 8:00 am and runs a Los Angeles law office from her home in Layton.  She doesn't log off until 5:00 pm. Gloria is 86 years old.

Utah Works: 'Driving Has Been In My Blood'

Jun 28, 2017

Joe McQueen, a legendary Ogden Jazz musician tells us about his other passion -- cars.

Utah Works: Bookmobiles - Serving The Underserved

Jun 21, 2017

For the last ten years, Shawn Bliss has operated the Cache and Rich County Bookmobile.

Utah Works: A Long Line Of Family Stone Workers

Jun 13, 2017

Stanley Petersen comes from a long line of family stone workers. He initially learned the trade from his father and uncles, before traveling the world to the learn techniques of ancient times. Petersen works mostly with limestone, which he said holds for thousands of years longer than cement. 

Utah Works: Small Dairy Goes Organic

Jun 7, 2017

Gene Hiibner describes the small organic dairy in Mendon, Utah, which he operates with his partner Darren Wold.

***Fun Fact: Gene Hiibner's name really does have two "i"s - it used to be a German umlauted ü, which got miswritten at immigration.

Utah Works: Dreaming Of Becoming An Engineer

May 31, 2017

Mahmood Akhavan dreamed of becoming an engineer while growing up in Mashhad, Iran. In 1987 he was hired by Thiokol, and is now the Senior Principal Engineer and Project Manager at Orbital ATK.

Utah Works: If You'll Listen, I'll Tell

May 24, 2017

After 33 years in the military and 27 in law enforcement, Kay Hargis can now concentrate on his real passion -- sharing lessons from history at the Ogden and Hill Air Force Base museums.

Utah Works: Booked On 25th

May 17, 2017

Marcy Rizzi takes us on a journey from a career in law enforcement to recently opening a bookstore in downtown Ogden.

Longtime newspaperman Charles Trentelman uses his column to rally the community and delve into the stories of Ogden's past.


Judy Elsley found America a land of second chances, and takes us on her journey from a soap factory to teaching at Weber State University.

Utah Works: Undercover With The Ogden Police Department

Apr 26, 2017

After a long and varied career in law enforcement, James Gillespie looks back on his favorite job - working undercover with the Ogden Police Department.

Tom Szalay is a photographer who began his career working for a newspaper. He now teaches at West High School in Salt Lake City and has published a book titled “Even a Sparrow Has Found a Home.”