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Environews: Mayor Biskupski sues over Inland Port

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2018 law that created an Inland Port Authority to develop Salt Lake City’s Northw …

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Environews: Gov. Herbert attacks roadless rule

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a “Utah-specific Roadless Rule” to replace the 2001 Roadless Rule that prevents building new roads …

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Nature

Environews: Utah’s snowpack is great!

It’s a good year for water in Utah. Snowpack is 124% of normal compared to a mere 58% last year. Spring runoff is expected to fill most small- to medium-sized reservoirs. Last year …

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Environmental Politics

Sustainability: A Love Story

Who could resist a love story about sustainability? Walker’s previous book of personal essays, Quench Your Thirst with Salt (2013) is about watersheds and growing up in Salt Lake C …

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Environmental Politics

Environews for April 2019

What’s cool about snow?  Cooler than lemons? One flake at a time builds a whole watershed.  Is it foolish to imagine that little changes can have a big impact?   —Nicole Walker (Su …

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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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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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