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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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics

Environews: Utah Legislature 2019 General Session, January 28-March 14

Each year the Utah Legislature considers various laws that affect clean air, clean water, public lands, wildlife and other environmental concerns. Surprisingly, legislators often d …

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Environmental Politics

Utah State of the Environment

Utah Legislature 2019 General Session, January 28-March 14 Each year the Utah Legislature considers various laws that affect clean air, clean water, public lands, wildlife and othe …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Alta Ski Area behaving badly

Alta Ski Area, long considered an industry leader for sustainability, has tarnished its image by obstructing Wasatch Mountains conservation planning. At a December meeting, Alta op …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: Stewart slips public lands attack into Farm Bill

Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT-2) slipped an attack on Utah public lands into the 2018 Farm Bill that passed in December. The misnamed “Sage-Grouse & Mule Deer Conservation …

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Environews: Scandal-plagued Zinke calls it quits

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, formerly a congressman from Montana, has announced his resignation due to charges of corruption and misconduct. Zinke will be remembered in Utah for …

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