Issue Section: Environews

Environews: Bears Ears Advisory Committee stacked with nay-sayers

In yet another show of bad faith toward American Indian tribes, interior Secretary David Bernhardt (replacing the disgraced Ryan Zinke) has appointed a Monument Advisory Committee …

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Environews: SUWA lawsuits prevail

The Trump Administration keeps losing in court, and that’s a good thing for Utah’s public lands. In March, the Washington Post reported that in a rush for deregulation, Trump offic …

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Environews: An abundance of Painted Ladies!

Back in 1935 Utah’s spring migration of Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) was described as filling the air with a windstorm of butterflies, “the effect resembling an autumn …

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Environews: Mighty 5 tourism woes

One problem with tourism is that it begets more tourism. Overtourism is not just caused by irresponsible geotagging or people trying to recreate Instagram photos. It’s also caused …

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Environews: Burr trail controversy resurfaces

In April, the Bureau of Land Management allowed Garfield County to chip-seal 7.5 miles of a remote dirt road, reigniting a historic environmental controversy over who owns nearly 3 …

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Jordan River Water Trail

In April, Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation hosted a series of open houses re. development of a Jordan River Water Trail. The project would create new boat access points and …

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Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

The U.S. Congress has passed a bipartisan Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan to keep water levels from declining to critically low levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead, but tha …

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San Juan County withdraws Bears Ears objection

The three-member San Juan County Commission has voted to withdraw support for a 2017 Trump administration decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears National Monument. The Commissio …

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Environews: Rebecca Solnit honored with Utah Award

Environmental writer and historian Rebecca Solnit has received the second annual Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities, a $10,000 prize given by the University of Utah Environ …

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Environews: Climate deniers in Congress

Recently members of Utah’s congressional delegation have engaged in particularly embarrassing climate change denial. At a Western Caucus news conference in February, Rob Bishop (R- …

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Environews: Conservation groups oppose Utah oil shale development

A coalition of eight conservation groups has issued a notice of intent for a lawsuit to block oil shale development in Utah’s Uinta Basin. The Trump Administration recently granted …

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Environews: Congressional hearing on Monument downsizing

On March 13 the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments. Representatives from …

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Environews: Kids Climate March in Utah

On March 15, hundreds of teenagers skipped school to rally at Utah’s state capitol as part of a global Youth Climate Strike. On the capitol steps, protestors took turns riding stat …

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Environews: Mayor Biskupski sues over Inland Port

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2018 law that created an Inland Port Authority to develop Salt Lake City’s Northw …

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Environews: Gov. Herbert attacks roadless rule

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a “Utah-specific Roadless Rule” to replace the 2001 Roadless Rule that prevents building new roads …

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