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Western Governors To Meet

Governors of eight Western states meet in Las Vegas and Henderson on Thursday and Friday to discuss homeland security and critical regional issues such as wildfires and energy.

Governor Kenny Guinn will host the Western Governors´ Association winter meeting. The organization is designed to identify and advance policy issues of concern to Western states.

The only neighboring state governor who will attend is Utah´s Michael Leavitt. Governors from California, Arizona, Idaho and Oregon won´t attend.

Montana Governor Judy Martz, chairwoman of the WGA, will preside over a special session examining critical infrastructure issues states face working with the recently approved Homeland Security Department.

John Tritak, director of the U.S. Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, will present the keynote address for the infrastructure sessions.