This winter, with the Dead Sea scrolls visiting our city, it’s easy to feel some kinship with the distant place they came from, a familiar-seeming place of drought and sand left stranded with a sea so salty not even fish live in its waters.
Next steps to fight Green River nuke plant; Snake Valley saved from Vegas; Water agency audit planned; Utah suffers from resource curse; Your tax tollars, working against wildlife; S-line connects Sugar House to TRAX; SLC offers Resident Transit Pass; Don't like the air? Do something about it.
—by Amy Brunvand
In late October I was walking in my leafy 9th and 9th neighborhood when my attention was snagged by a good-looking guy walking toward the sidewalk. He was carrying something, but since I was looking at him I didn't notice what it was. Then he waved its long nozzle at me. "Jeesh," he sighed, "how crazy is this wind? I blew all these off the walk just yesterday, and now you can't even tell." With a roar his leaf blower came to life, and he bent to his Sisyphean task.
Tips & tools.
—by Katherine Pioli
Sugar house streetcar grand opening; Mormons and environmental stewardship; Becker joins national climate task force; SLC sustainability board; BLM plans need a do over; Not-so-swell leases withdrawn; refinery expansion=bad air.
—by Amy Brunvand
When I was young, Thanksgiving meant sparkling apple cider. It was the only time of year that I got to sit side by side with my parents and raise a toast with all the other adults, holding up a bubbling golden glass of sweet juice. It was so exciting. I had my very own special beverage, one that only came out during that time of year.
As winter begins its icy approach, we human residents of Salt Lake start layering our clothes and fiddling with the thermostat. But what about the valley’s avian population? Like many animals, birds are forced to exert extra energy to survive during the cold months. Here are some tips from experts at the Tracy Aviary and Backyard Birds on how you can help.
By some counts, Utah air quality hit a new low in 2013, with months of inversion-trapped air fouling our lungs, major expansions in the works for Holly Refinery and Kennecott's Bingham Mine, and a legislature that convened with only a single clean air proposal in its docket. But despite the apparent gloom, things are actually humming away in an auspicious manner.
What's new around town.
—by Katherine Pioli and Clare Boerigter
The cookbook Kenvin: An Artist's Kitchen is as much an instruction manual on how to cook, say, a boned leg of lamb with basil-infused peanut sauce, as it is a guide on how to live the good life—one filled with the simple pleasures of gathering with friends to eat a platter of cooked vegetables picked from your backyard, then joining in song or storytelling, and washing it down with wine that you may or may not have made yourself.