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Environews: Friends of Cedar Mesa opposes BLM leases

Friends of Cedar Mesa has filed a lawsuit to block oil and gas leasing of BLM lands in Alkali Ridge and Montezuma Canyon. “A total of 1,346 ancient sites have been recorded in the …

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Environews: San Juan County government calls to restore Bears Ears

In February, the  San Juan County Commission passed two resolutions to condemn President Donald Trump for illegally reducing the size of Bears Ears National Monument and to restore …

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Environews: Oil lobbyist nominated for interior secretary

On February 4. President Trump nominated deputy interior secretary and former oil industry lobbyist David Bernhardt to replace the ethically challenged Ryan Zinke as Secretary of t …

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Environews: Trump ‘energy dominance’ unpopular in the West

President Trump’s “energy dominance” agenda for Western public lands is deeply unpopular among Western voters, according to the 2019 “Conservation in the West” poll from Colorado C …

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Environews: More controversy over Inland Port

Another conflict of interest has developed over plans to build a massive ”inland port” in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant. Envision Utah, which refers to itself as a neutral fa …

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Environews: Utah public lands get a pretty good bill

Just last year things were looking desperate for conservation of Utah’s public lands. The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress had allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF …

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Environews for March 2019

We turn a tap and expect the water to flow. Where water comes from and how it’s delivered is “hidden” to us. Somehow, it crosses a jumble of political divisions and property lines …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Resources

Reasons to love your library: Think of them as “resilience centers”

In his book Palaces for the People, sociologist Eric Klinenberg describes how a group of planners met to discuss ways to restore resiliency to 21st century cities. Someone proposed …

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Arts, Culture, Dance

Children’s Dance Theatre has helped build Utah’s dance-positive culture

In the pages of the December 1949 issue of Dance Magazine, modern dance pioneer Virginia Tanner (1915-1979) announced the formation of her new company: “We now have a CHILDREN’S DA …

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Environews: Cottonwood Heights

Kudos to Cottonwood Heights which has joined the list of Utah communities committed to clean energy. In January the Cottonwood Heights City Council adopted a goal of 100% clean, re …

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Environews: Many ways to spend $100 million to improve Utah’s air quality

In his proposed 2019 budget, Utah Governor Gary Herbert included a one-time allocation of  $100 million (up from a more typical $4 million) to help improve Utah’s air quality. If o …

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Environews: Environmental impacts of the government shutdown

Environmental stewardship suffered during the partial government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018 over the refusal of the U.S. Congress to fund a border wall. Furloughed em …

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Environews: Coal plants uneconomic

A 2018 report from the Sierra Club found that coal-fired power plants in Utah cost more to operate than if they were using wind or solar energy. Unexpectedly, Pacificorp (the paren …

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Environews: Dust is melting Utah’s snow

Researchers at the University of Utah found that declining water in the Great Salt Lake causes snow to melt earlier in the Wasatch Mountains. Deposits of dark-colored dust absorb h …

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Environews: Utah State of the Environment 2018

In January, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its annual State of the Environment Report. The report details environmental permitting, enforcement and re­ …

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