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Environmental Politics

Utah parks in disrepair

In July, an intense thunderstorm hit Zion National Park. Rockfall and water damage closed popular trails to Angel’s Landing and Upper Emerald Pools. As of this writing the trails a …

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Environmental Politics

No grizzly hunt, for now

Just two days before the scheduled start, a federal judge temporarily halted plans to hunt grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area. The Trump administration had stripped enda …

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Environmental Politics, Nature

Environews: October 2018

No grizzly hunt, for now Just two days before the scheduled start, a federal judge temporarily halted plans to hunt grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area. The Trump adminis …

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Environmental Politics, Think

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Think

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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Environmental Politics, Think

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Think

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environews: Hasty management plans attack Utah’s downsized monuments

Public comments are needed on two draft management plans for the reduced boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The rushed planning is part of a …

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Social Justice

Environews: September 2018

Indigenous action In  July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest. The nine-foot-tall totem was …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Senator Lee advocates  “homesteading” public lands

It seems that rural people are catching on that privatization of public lands would mostly benefit corporations and rich people. In an online presentation to the right-wing Sutherl …

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Pruitt gift to Utah oil

In July Scott Pruitt, the head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency resigned in disgrace due to ethics scandals. Before he left he gave a gift to Utah’s oil industry: an exem …

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