Issue Section: Environews

Environews: Wildlife overpass opens on Parley’s Summit

The new wildlife overpass is open over I-80 on Parley’s Summit to help Wasatch Mountain critters safely cross six lanes of fast traffic (and to save drivers from dangerous animal c …

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Environews: New Tracy Aviary Nature Center & Jordan River Park

Salt Lake County is planning a new Jordan River Park along the riparian corridor between highway 201 and 4500 South, envisioned as an urban natural area with a priority on preservi …

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Environews: New species of bees discovered in the Beehive State

Researchers at Utah State University have discovered an astonishing diversity of native bees living within the original boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (G …

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Environews: Aspen regeneration after fire

Baby aspen trees have sprouted in areas burned by the 71,673-acre human-caused Brian Head Fire of 2017. Aspens are a disturbance-dependent species that grows from existing roots af …

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Environews: Roadless Rule rollback?

The State of Utah plans to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a state-specific rollback of the 2001 “Roadless Rule” that limits forest road building associated with in …

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Environews: U of U earns “Bicycle Friendly” gold

Congratulations to the University of Utah which has earned Gold designation as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists! In 2017 the U created a new pos …

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Environews: Congratulations, Cache Valley

Cache Valley has become the first air-quality nonattainment area in the state of Utah to meet federal standards for PM2.5 (small air pollution particulates that cause respiratory a …

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Environews: SLC Mayor gets behind national monuments

In November, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other Utah elected officials filed two amicus briefs in support of lawsuits to restore the original boundaries of Bears Ears …

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Environews: And in San Juan County

Thanks to a lawsuit against race-based gerrymandering, two Navajo tribal members, Kenneth Maryboy and Willie Grayeyes, were elected to the San Juan County Commission. Both of them …

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Environews: Zinke under investigation

With the new Congress not yet in session, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is nonetheless under investigation for ethics violations and there are likely to be more such investigations …

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Environews: ‘Bye-‘bye Bishop

In January, newly elected Democrats will be the House majority in Washington and Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) will no longer chair the House Resources Committee that overse …

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Environews: 2019: The year for a revenue-neutral carbon tax?

In the Utah State Legislature, Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake City) was overwhelmingly re-elected. He is drumming up public and political support for a bill to tax greenhouse gas p …

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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument comments due by November 15

Public comments are due on a hastily written Draft  BLM management plan for areas that Trump eliminated from Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Grand Staircase Escalante …

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Bears Ears comments due by November 15

Public comments are due on the Draft Monument Management Plans of the Indian Creek and Shash Jaa Units of the former Bears Ears National Monument (these are remnant units after Pre …

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Tribes, Dems say “stop illegal Monument planning”

The Trump administration is trying to ram through new management plans for Utah’s downsized national monuments before courts have weighed in on whether the president has authority …

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