Episode 91: Suzanne Catlett, Escalante Businesswoman

Matt chats with Suzanne, the Board President of the Escalante & Boulder Chamber of Commerce, about the possible reduction of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. She describes how that region’s economy has been growing in recent years, as she wrote in a recent Deseret News op-ed. Suzanne, who owns and runs NEMO’S Drive-Thru in Escalante, talks about a growth in hotels, restaurants and other businesses directly linked to tourists visiting and enjoying the monument, which she believes should not be shrunk, as President Trump and Secretary Zinke appear poised to do.  She and Matt talk about whether grazing and fossil fuel extraction offer promise to the local economy and how some local leaders have shunned the promise of the monument’s economic benefits. For more information, visit the website of the Escalante & Boulder Chamber of Commerce — and visit the gorgeous Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!