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BY Morag Shepherd

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September 1, 2019

Morag Shepherd I was born in Scotland and my entire family still lives in the United Kingdom. I have lived in America so long that I feel (mostly) American. But I’m not; I’m a permanent resident. I sometimes still feel like I don’t belong, even though …

BY Matthew Buxton

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August 31, 2019

SCArRED Concerning the life of a gay LDS missionary I sat, seatbelt tight across my body, steering wheel wondering if I would reverse and drive away. Eyes aching and bloodshot from the tears rolling down my cheeks, I could hardly make out the church st …

BY Kaleigh Stock

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August 31, 2019

Merry Prankster Ken Babbs, merry still, talks Cronies, the evolution of the counterculture and unshackling the mind with CATALYST Ken Babbs, one of the original and leading Merry Pranksters and participant in the famous (or infamous, depending on who y …

BY Ashlynd Greenwood

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August 31, 2019

Ayja (pronounced Asia) Bounous always knew that snow played a role in all her relationships. As an adult, as she started peeling back the layers of her family history and learning more about the natural history around her, she realized that snow has sh …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 31, 2019

Rendezvous with a poet and a bee keeper To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few. —To make a prairie (1855) —Emily Dickinson   Just to be clear, I’m not a beekeep …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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August 31, 2019

Books and their authors take center stage Book lovers don’t just read books; they talk about books, covet them, share them, buy them and pile them up, look forward to reading them, read reviews, download them, and remember their favorites fondly. Often …


BY Amy Brunvand

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August 30, 2019

Nature is essential for human existence and good quality of life. Most of nature’s contributions to people are not fully replaceable, and some are irreplaceable. – Global Assessment Report, 2019 Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity …

BY Ashley Miller

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August 30, 2019

Read this first We’re fast approaching car buying season. Now is the perfect time to learn how you can consider air quality when deciding on which make and model to buy. There are many factors to consider when buying a car. What size is right for you a …

BY Katherine Pioli

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August 30, 2019

** this story has info about Eat Local Week 2019. Here is where you’ll find current information about the current challenge. Visiting a farmers market is the easiest way to find locally grown food. Here’s why you should make the effort: “Local” food ha …

BY Dan Potts

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August 30, 2019

This is a good fall for foraging! But learn a thing or two before you go. I started backpacking in Utah’s Uinta Mountains with my cousin about the same time I started eating wild foods, some 50 years ago when I was about 12 years old. Back then we most …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 6, 2019

A new report from Envision Utah uncovers deep citizen concern about negative environmental impacts from large-scale industrial inland port development within the boundaries of Salt Lake City. The public is particularly worried about harm to air quality …

BY James Loomis

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August 30, 2019

Molly Doktor meets the challenges of the modern-day farmer with equanimity Less than 15 feet from one of the busiest streets in the city, Pomona Produce thrives in stark contrast to the pavement and harried hustle of commuters. Just north of the 2100 S …

BY Katherine Pioli

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August 31, 2019

An interview with Craig Child on his new book Virga & Bone, a meditation on the beauty and value of the untouched corners of the Southwest CATALYST: You’ve turned out two books so quickly. Atlas of a Lost World, in 2018, and Virga and Bone this yea …

BY Emily Spacek

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August 31, 2019

In Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday (University of Nevada, September 2018), Julia Corbett invites her readers to reimagine nature by changing where and how we see it, how we talk about it, and how we value it. Corbett, a University of Ut …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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September 1, 2019

For most of my first six decades on this planet I routinely dismissed walking as some lesser form of exercise. I belittled even “jogging” because it seemed too recreational and silly sounding compared to actual running. As a runner and triathlete I acc …

BY Charlotte Bell

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September 1, 2019

Finding contentment in your life as it is In 1996, I attended a 30-day silent Insight meditation retreats. As with many retreat centers, the cabin where we practiced was designed to provide the perfect conditions—remote location, comfortable accommodat …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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September 1, 2019

Osho Zen Tarot:  Experiencing, Morality, The Master Medicine Cards: Antelope, Moose Mayan Oracle: Etznab, Unity, Transformer Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Ten of Wands, Five of Disks, Prince of Wands Aleister Crowley Deck: Ace of Disks, Abundance, Luxury Hea …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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September 1, 2019

September 1 Average temperatures: high 86º, low 61º. Sunrise: 6:54am; sunset: 8pm. Chance of precipitation: 14%. September 2 Labor Day now means mostly back-to-school sales. But the story behind the national holiday began in the streets as a critique o …

BY Kaleigh Stock

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September 1, 2019

Bridget Stuchly has left her position as Salt Lake City Department of Sustainability’s program manager, and now lives in Spain. Supreet Gill, the former Program Manager of the Salt Lake County Urban Farming and Open Space Program, has been hired to tak …

BY Katherine Rogers

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September 1, 2019

The age of smartphones has led to the introduction of subscription services for just about everything. Bibliophiles who are on the go are likely familiar with services such as Audible. A subscription with them ($15/ month) will get you an audiobook a m …

BY Kaleigh Stock

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September 1, 2019

Salt Lake’s Urgyen Samten Ling Buddhist Temple and its movement school, Red Lotus, have moved to a new address, not too far from its last location on Third West. They are now in Rose Park, around the corner from Red Iguana and a block from the Jackson/ …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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September 1, 2019

New energy arrives at the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with Sarah Hobin taking the place of Kandace Steadman, who retired last fall to pursue her own art career. Hobin relocated to SLC last year after living in the Bay Area for 11 years. Most recently …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its final plan for the Trump boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. From the original size of over 1.3 million acres, the monument was reduced to 200,000 acres divided into in two units. Instead of …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

The Central Wasatch Commission (CWC) has released a new public discussion draft of the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act (NCRA) which could help protect nearly 80,000 acres of National Forest lands near Salt Lake City. The C …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

Under a pretense of providing recreation for military personnel, a massive new high-end ski resort development has been announced by Deer Valley near Jordanelle Reservoir. The “Mayflower Mountain” project is a partnership between the Military Installat …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

A small increase in Salt Lake City sales tax has resulted in better bus service. Thanks to the city’s Funding Our Future program, bus routes 2, 9, and 21 now run more often and later into the night. UTA has also started a new Route 4 along 400 South to …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

Rule changes for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) could gut the country’s most effective law for protecting biodiversity. In August the Trump administration announced regulations that eliminate automatic protections for newly listed specie …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

Friends of Great Salt Lake are concerned to learn that Weber County Commissioners are about to send municipal trash to Promontory Point on the shores of Great Salt Lake. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality granted a Class I solid waste permit …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

Is it feasible for Washington County to pay back the cost of a $1.43 billion (2015 dollars) Lake Powell pipeline? A legislative audit says “maybe,” if population grows and there are substantial increases in impact fees, water rates and property taxes. …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 4, 2019

The Trump administration has been sneaking nuclear waste shipments into Nevada.  Last month a coalition of concerned citizen groups has sent a formal letter to Governor Gary Herbert asking him to take a firm stance against changes in federal policy tha …