December 2018

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December 2018

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Zero waste holiday entertaining

If you are someone who aspires to achieve zero waste and a low carbon footprint, the holiday season may seem like a minefield of consumption and waste. However, there are steps you …

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Community

Slightly off season

Fall and winter travel is easier than ever, now that daylight saving time lasts longer than daylight losing time. Even after the great fall-back darkness descends, you can find ple …

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Environmental Politics

The air, somewhere, is improving

Logan is the first of the PM2.5 nonattainment areas in Utah to meet federal air quality standards Last month, Logan, Utah achieved what often seems impossible: a clean air rating f …

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Psychedelics revisited

For many people, the word “psychedelics” still conjures images of rainbows, tie-dye and 1960s music festivals. But Michael Pollan’s latest book, How to Change Your Mind, tells a di …

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Community Profiles, Memior

Swedetown

Memories of a Salt Lake City neighborhood built on, and then lost to, industry. The perceived homogeneity of a city is upheld by the undoing of unique places within it. For Salt La …

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Dreams

Myths, dreams, shadows and synchronicity

Jung Society of Utah founder Machiel Klerk passes directorship to Adam Nisenson. It began with a dream—literally. Almost a decade ago, Machiel Klerk, a licensed Jungian mental heal …

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Farmers and foodies unite

Calling all lovers and growers of “real” food: Meet Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon, Gary Paul Nabhan and others at the 2019 Utah Farm and Food Conference in Cedar City. The Utah Farm C …

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Education

A worthy goal

Bike Utah is on a mission to integrate bicycling into everday culture. My day job is as a middle school physical education teacher and for the last three years running I have happi …

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Yoga

The practice is the performance

Undoing the foundation of how we do everything. I’ve played music most of my life. As a member of the Salt Lake Symphony, I practice most days. I practice so that my embouchure (th …

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Gender Equality

Ed Abbey, revisited

Hey, Mr. Abbey, can you hear me down there?” writes Amy Irvine. Irvine, author of Trespass: Living on the Edge of the Promised Land (2008), is speaking to Edward Abbey (1927-1989), …

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What I’ve learned from a decade of bringing theatre to Utah students

In 2008, Salt Lake Acting Company Co-founder Nancy Borgenicht came to me with the brilliant idea of opening our theatre in December, when it was normally sitting empty, to produce …

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Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the month

2018 It’s over, let it go Osho Zen Tarot:  Clinging to the Past, Healing Medicine Cards: Otter Mayan Oracle: Imix, Ik Ancient Egyptian Tarot: The Tower, The Fool, Temperance Aleist …

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Urban Almanac December 2018

December 1 Sunrise: 7:32am.; sunset: 5pm. Av. high: 42º; low: 25º. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts rain for northern Utah Dec. 4-14; rain and snow 14-22; and snow showers 23-31. …

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Environmental Politics

Who determines the value of public lands?

Our relentless conversion and degradation of remaining natural habitats is eroding overall human welfare for short-term private gain. —Andrew Balmford et.al., 2002 Utah legislator …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Politics

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Move

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Nature

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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Nature

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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