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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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics

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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Arts, Culture

Stony Mesa Sagas

Librarian-activist-essayist Chip Ward can write fiction, too I know Chip ward personally as a librarian and as an environmental activist. He wrote the non-fiction Canaries on the R …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

Climate change window narrows to 12 years

Someday, perhaps not long from now, the inhabitants of a hotter, more dangerous and biologically diminished planet than the one on which I lived may wonder what you and I were thin …

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Environmental Politics

Moab bans plastic bags

In September the Moab City Council voted to ban single-use plastic bags, citing littering, impacts on wildlife and water quality as the reason. Moab is the second city in Utah to b …

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Environmental Politics

Public meetings on Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument Downsize

  Public meetings have been scheduled on the downsized Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument but if Wasatch Front residents want to attend they’ll have to make a trip do …

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Environmental Politics

Lake Powell pipeline hits a snag

Utah Rivers Council has declared a major victory in the fight to stop the Lake Powell Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declared that they are not the right …

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Environmental Politics

Bear Ears Education Center opens in Bluff

If the federal government won’t protect Bears Ears, local citizens will have to do it themselves. On September 22 Friends of Cedar Mesa held the grand opening of a new Bears Ears E …

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Environmental Politics

More on money for parks

With the Land and Water Conservation Fund in danger of expiration, National parks still need money. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Ut-1) and Raul Grijalva (D- AZ-3 ) have co-sponso …

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Environmental Politics

Land and Water Conservation Fund

One source of money for national parks is the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal program authorized in 1964 that uses money from offshore oil and gas drilling to pa …

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