- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - County commissioners in Utah have bestowed a special honor on Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber after the longtime conservative activist died unexpectedly last week.

Gerber died at a Salt Lake City hospital Oct. 25 from injuries he suffered four weeks ago when he fell off a horse in Kansas while protesting a federal crackdown on livestock grazing. He was 72.

Washington County commissioners called a special meeting this week to issue a proclamation declaring Friday as “Grant Gerber Day.”

Commissioner Alan Gardner told the Elko Daily Free Press (https://tinyurl.com/lk7kkgz) that even though Gerber didn’t live in Utah, he was a champion of ranchers and other private property owners throughout the West. He says he hopes the former Elko lawyer’s dedication will inspire others to stand up to the federal government.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, https://www.elkodaily.com

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