- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005


LEHI, Utah — Elray Morrill, 70, doesn’t like the government. He never voted but once in his life, as he put it — that was in 1960, for John F. Kennedy.

“Other than that, it’s just one crook out, another crook in,” he said.

So what does he think about a new environmental plan, a government program that has given $1.3 million to protect a sucker fish that few people have heard of?

“Oh, you got to protect that sucker,” he said outside his home, near the shore of sprawling Utah Lake, 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. “This is the only … lake in the world that has ‘em. Gotta protect ‘em. One of the few times the … government can do something right.”

Earlier this month, the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program got a $500,000 federal grant, capping off the $1.3 million in state and federal funds it has gathered to keep the sucker around. The money will be used to buy land along the Provo River, the sucker’s most crucial spawning habitat, and to lessen the effect of makeshift irrigation dams on the river.

The June sucker has been on the endangered species list since 1986.

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