Issue Section: Environews

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument comments due by November 15

Public comments are due on a hastily written Draft  BLM management plan for areas that Trump eliminated from Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Grand Staircase Escalante …

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Bears Ears comments due by November 15

Public comments are due on the Draft Monument Management Plans of the Indian Creek and Shash Jaa Units of the former Bears Ears National Monument (these are remnant units after Pre …

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Tribes, Dems say “stop illegal Monument planning”

The Trump administration is trying to ram through new management plans for Utah’s downsized national monuments before courts have weighed in on whether the president has authority …

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Escape from the inversion

Canyon crowding is not just for powder days anymore. Researchers at Utah State University found that poor winter air quality in Salt Lake City increased the volume of traffic headi …

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No grizzly hunt, but Endangered Species Act in danger

A federal judge in Montana restored endangered species protections to grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area, cancelling planned trophy hunts in Idaho and Wyoming. Utah’s co …

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Gov. Herbert declares drought emergency

On October 15 Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order to declare a drought emergency for the entire state. Last winter, snowpack was only 50-60% of normal and melted s …

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Roads, Inland Port, coal and wasteful water projects

The window of time to deal with climate change has narrowed to an urgent 12 years according to a new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report sa …

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Environews: Utah #3 for toxic emissions

The Toxic Release Inventory issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks Utah #3 in the nation for total pound of toxic chemicals released into the environment (2 …

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Environews: Nuclear Utah

Heal Utah reports on three new radioactive threats in Utah. 1)Yucca Mountain, Nevada could rise from the grave as a national nuclear waste repository sending trains and trucks full …

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Environews: Land transfers in Cottonwood Canyons?

Wasatch Mountain ski areas are trying a land grab through the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act. A version of the bill would exchange land privatized by …

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Environews: Wildfires create state of emergency

In July and August, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued Executive Orders declaring a State of Emergency for wild land fires due to drought, hot temperatures and fires already burning …

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I-80 Animal Bridge Under Construction

The Utah  Department of Transportation has begun construction of an animal crossing bridge over I-80 just west of Parleys Summit. The freeway slices across a migration route for de …

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Environews: Senator Lee’s anti-monument bill

Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) has introduced a bill offensively named the PURE Act (it stands for of Protect Utah’s Rural Economy), a bill to prevent future protection of Utah’s federa …

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Environews: Zinke caught selling monument lands

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was caught trying to sell 1,600 acres of land cut from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to none other than state representative Mike Noel ( …

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A monumental mess: Indigenous action

Bear totem by Jewell James, Master carver, Lummi Nation In July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific No …

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