November 2018

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November 2018

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Community, Environmental Politics

As the climate shifts…

Our city and county officials are gearing up for change. We can plainly to see that already climate changes are impact­ing our everyday lives in northern Utah. Over the past three …

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Mindfulness

Walking to work

Soften your gaze, empty your mind and the loud city will go quiet Most mornings, I step out my front door and wonder how the world has changed shape from the day before. I feel the …

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How do you know what you know?

This isn’t about this news cycle; it’s about every news cycle since shared cave paintings. Could Kokopelli really play a mean flute? Did elk really look like that? I doubt it; ‘pel …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

Climate change window narrows to 12 years

Someday, perhaps not long from now, the inhabitants of a hotter, more dangerous and biologically diminished planet than the one on which I lived may wonder what you and I were thin …

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Environmental Politics

Alternative is becoming mainstream

November is Alternative Fuel Vehicle Awareness Month in Utah. “Alternative” means a fuel other than gasoline or diesel for powering motor vehicles. Manufacturers currently offer ov …

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Anatomy of a landfill

A visit to “away” (where things are thrown) Earlier this year, CATALYST presented A Clean Air Affair—an evening of experts speaking on the topic of air quality. CATALYST worked wit …

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Can you recycle that?

Keep food out of landfills When it comes to the zero waste movement, the recent buzz locally has all been associated with food waste. You might be thinking, food waste just decompo …

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Mindfulness

Walking to work

Soften your gaze, empty your mind and the loud city will go quiet Most mornings, I step out my front door and wonder how the world has changed shape from the day before. I feel the …

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Putting the well in wellness

The Artesian Well Park has a past – and a future On any given day in Salt Lake if you pass by a little park just one block north of Liberty Park you may notice people lined up with …

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Innocent after proven guilty

When courts of law forbid the truth I started out writing about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent report on the challenges in keeping global warming bel …

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Want to be a mentor?

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs you Apollo Burgamy’s story with Big Brothers Big Sisters starts in 2003. His undergraduate advisor was a mentor in the program and encouraged Burgamy …

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Arts, Culture

Seeing the Sacred at Urban Arts Gallery

“The artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible.” Alex Grey At the end of each year, Urban Arts Gallery places a call for submissions and creates exhibits for the following y …

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Making peace with our differences

Cultivating equanimity in relationship It’s been a full year since a dear friend succumbed to cancer. A longtime yoga student and generous soul, I was privileged to know her for 20 …

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Change, action, movement!

Osho Zen Tarot:  Playfulness, Projections, Going with the Flow Medicine Cards: Antelope, Hawk Mayan Oracle:  Three of Wands, Three of Cups Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Three of Disks, T …

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Arts, Culture

Stony Mesa Sagas

Librarian-activist-essayist Chip Ward can write fiction, too I know Chip ward personally as a librarian and as an environmental activist. He wrote the non-fiction Canaries on the R …

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November 2018 Almanac

November 1 All Saints’ Day. Sunrise 7:58am. Sunset 6:23pm. High: 50°F. Low: 31°F. Precipitation: 0.64 in. For the next couple weeks, we lose an additional three minutes of daylight …

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Environmental Politics

Roads, Inland Port, coal and wasteful water projects

The window of time to deal with climate change has narrowed to an urgent 12 years according to a new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report sa …

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Environmental Politics

Gov. Herbert declares drought emergency

On October 15 Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order to declare a drought emergency for the entire state. Last winter, snowpack was only 50-60% of normal and melted s …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

No grizzly hunt, but Endangered Species Act in danger

A federal judge in Montana restored endangered species protections to grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area, cancelling planned trophy hunts in Idaho and Wyoming. Utah’s co …

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Environmental Politics

Escape from the inversion

Canyon crowding is not just for powder days anymore. Researchers at Utah State University found that poor winter air quality in Salt Lake City increased the volume of traffic headi …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Environmental Politics, Politics

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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Astrology, Expand

Aquarium Age: November 7 – 13

Hello to readers everywhere, on and off planet! I am in a time warp—and it’s the same one I enter every national election year: I’m writing this column several days before its publ …

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Astrology, Expand, Think

Aquarium Age: November 14 – 20

Here’s the big astro news of the week: Venus Direct begins Friday, November 16, at 5:51 AM EST. Yay! But don’t get too excited. On that very same day, at 8:33 PM EST, Mercury Retro …

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