The Aquarium Age: Oct. 18-24

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For far too many weeks far too many of our fellow travelers have been bombarded by extremes. Fire and rain as well as earthquakes and hurricanes, not just in the United States, but all around the planet—continent to continent—disasters of every kind have exacerbated the suffering of sentient beings. Fires in northern California, earthquakes in […]

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 11-17

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Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio is the big news this week. It moved into Scorpio yesterday, October 10, and will transit Scorpio until November 8, 2018. Scorpio is a Water Sign—it’s deeply emotional, highly sensitive and not likely to reveal the depths or the heights of its feelings unless absolutely necessary. Scorpio is also a Fixed […]

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 4-10

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A special note:  The massacre at Las Vegas occurred after I’d finished this week’s column. I’ve been writing about this type of  tragedy since Columbine and I just can’t write about the violence again—at least not today. It’s simply too much. So many people have truly eloquent words of solace to share. Jimmy Kimmel says […]

The Conversation Project in Utah

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Begin “the conversation” at the kitchen table-not in the intensive care unit When Bostonian Ellen Goodman began making end-of-life care decisions for her mother, she felt unprepared for the cascade of issues she had to face: another bone marrow biopsy? Pain treatment? Antibiotics? On top of that, Goodman wasn’t sure she would make the decision […]

Fires impact Utah’s air quality, damage forest

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In summer 2017, The Utah Division of Air Quality reported an astonishing 32 “red air” days, mostly due to smoke from regional forest fires. We can expect more bad air days next summer since scientists say that human-caused climate change is driving a trend towards a longer fire season with hotter, longer burning fires. Unfortunately […]

RMP rooftop solar settlement

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In the transition to renewable energy, the biggest obstacles are challenges to the business model of existing utility companies. As rooftop solar has become more popular in Utah, Rocky Mountain Power has been trying to charge customers with solar installations an extra monthly fee for access to the energy grid. If successful, this would have […]

Wasatch Canyons planning

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Salt Lake County is updating the Wasatch Canyons General Plan, last updated in 1989. The Plan is an official statement of county policy on the future use of the Wasatch Mountains and it guides future development and preservation in the canyons. So far the County has gathered public comments. The next step is to host […]

Trump’s EPA: dirty coal power, dirty air

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In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Regional Haze Ruling that required Rocky Mountain Power to install pollution controls on coal-fired power plants at Hunter and Huntington. The ruling was a big win for Utah’s chronic air quality problems. Nevertheless EPA head Scott Pruitt has reversed the requirement claiming that the State of […]

 
 
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