Utah: Uncle Sam's Bowling Alley

Uncle Sam's Bowling Alley

Life can be dull in tiny Duchesne, Utah (pop. 1,800). The town has three churches and three bars, but the only movie theater is closed and Salt Lake City is almost 100 miles away. Duchesne's sole claim to fame is the nearby Central Utah Project, a federal irrigation program now ten years behind schedule and roughly $1 billion over its original $324 million budget. The 200 CUP employees and their families in Duchesne live in federal trailer camps and therefore pay no local property taxes. In lieu of tax payments, federal and local officials hit on a way to cure the...

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