April 2018

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April 2018

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Environmental Politics

Legislative Wrapup

Yet another legislative session has passed, and as always, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly that emerged. HEAL Utah was up on the Hill every day, working with our allies to …

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Local Harvest

The Ark of Taste

Food connects us—to feelings, memories, seasons Over 100 years ago, the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina noted the beginning of summer with the appearance of street-side vend …

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Culture

Living Traditions 2018 Pt. 1: The Artists, Crafters and Musicians

By Sophie Silverstone, Claire Brown, Anna Albertsen, and Jane Lyon Smug, you could call us Utahns who know that beyond our homogeneous appearance, the Salt Lake Valley boasts one o …

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Garden

A Life in the Garden

Want to be a better gardener? Start here for inspiration and practical assistance. A life in the garden Conservation Garden Park 8275 S. 1300 W. West Jordan, Utah. For most worksho …

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Environmental Politics

How Many Earths Do You Need?

“All education is environmental education. By what is included or excluded, students are taught that they are part of or apart from the natural world … we cannot say that we know s …

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Garden

Grow a Garden

Want to do your part for climate stability, soil fertility, biological diversity, resource availability and general environmental quality? In fundamental ways, our lives depend on …

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Garden, Home, Live

Urban Almanac: April 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. Apr 1  Sun rise: 7:10 am. Sun set: 7:52 pm. Easter. A movable holiday. Easter falls on the first Sunday foll …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: April 2018

You can access energies that are not of this world. Osho Zen Tarot: Understanding, Possibilities Medicine Cards: Porcupine, Squirrel Mayan Oracle: Lamat, Hologram, Transparency Anc …

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Yoga

Yoga Culture: Metta Meditation

Practicing kindness toward yourself. (This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Find the first installment in the March 2018 CATALYST: https:// catalystm …

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Environmental Politics, Urban Planning

A Banner Year for Air Quality Bills

Not all was won; but many steps were taken in the direction toward cleaner air for all Utahns. During the 2018 Legislative Session, I was closely watching proposed “clean air legis …

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Social Justice

Don’t Get Me Started: Assault on Society

In the autumn of 1969, just as soon as my basic training company had learned to disassemble, clean, re-assemble and fire the U.S. Army’s M-14 battle rifle, the Army decided to acce …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: April 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. Land grab undermines SLC Northwest Quadrant plan Internationally important Great Salt Lake wetlands at risk On March 16 Gover …

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Live

Slightly Off Center: Homeless or Home Free?

There’s a van and a small camper that keep popping up in various parking lots around town. I won’t describe them in more detail because I don’t want to impinge on their joie de cam …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Land grab undermines SLC Northwest Quadrant plan Internationally important Great Salt Lake wetlands at risk

On March 16 Governor Gary Herbert signed SB 234, a bill creating an unelected Utah Inland Port Authority to take control of nearly 20,000 acres in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt La …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Oil Leasing Commences near our Monuments

When President Trump “downsized” two Utah national monuments, Interior Ryan Zinke claimed that “Bears Ears isn’t really about oil and gas.” That turned out to be a blatant lie. The …

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Environmental Politics, Garden, Think

For Happy Bees, go Pesticide-Free

Grassy lawns in Salt Lake City are borrowed from a whole different ecosystem than the one we live in. Maintaining a perfectly green lawn not only requires copious water but also ap …

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Connect, Think

Briefly Noted: EVs are easier on the air; SLC supports EV Owners

Utahns are currently buying electric cars at a faster rate than Californians, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Evs use no gas. They emit 99% fewer …

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Connect, Expand

Briefly Noted: Salt Lake Needs A Food Co-Op

Join the Wasatch Co-op market now and help make it happen. If you’ve lived in almost any U.S. college town, you’re probably familiar with natural foods co-ops– community-owned gro …

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