August 2018

On the Cover

BY Maya Silver

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July 31, 2018

Range Creek’s cautionary tale. Why did several Southwestern indigenous tribes disappear by the end of the 13th century? This is a mystery archaeologists have been trying to solve for decades. And at Range Creek, an active archaeological site in southea …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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July 31, 2018

An innate passion for fairness and justice drives Salt Lake County’s Sheriff Rosie Rivera Earlier this year, CATALYST (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) received a grant from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle to produce a series of interviews by female Millennial wr …


BY Staff

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August 1, 2018

First Unitarian Church Sanctuary: Volunteers needed Vicky Chavez, mother of two, came to the U.S. form Honduras four years ago to escape domestic violence and to be with her family. Chavez claims she received death threats from her daughter’s father in …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 9, 2018

Sticking with coal-fired power generation is going to cost Utah consumers a lot of extra money according to a new report from the Sierra Club. An analysis of PacifiCorp, the parent corporation of Rocky Mountain Power, compares the cost of continuing to …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 9, 2018

The Trump administration has released a final environmental impact statement (EIS) endorsing the expansion of an open pit coal mine near Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks that environmentalists have opposed since 2004. Alton Coal Development, LLC, w …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 9, 2018

It seems that hunters have been cheating to get a $50 bounty on coyotes offered by the State of Utah. To receive payment, the State requires hunters to turn in a dry or frozen coyote scalp with ears attached, but people have been turning in coyote pelt …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 9, 2018

A Canadian mining company called Glacier Lake Resources, Inc. has announced that it will begin exploration for an underground mine on 200 acres that were formerly inside the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. In a press release …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 9, 2018

A coalition of environmental groups has come out in opposition to a massive expansion of oil-shale strip mining in the Uinta Basin. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement that would allow rights-of-way for …

BY Diane Olson

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July 31, 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. August 1 Sunrise;:6:24am.Sunset: 8:42pm. Be good to your skin, enjoy the outdoors and get your vitamin D. The sun is healthiest for humans before 10am and after 4pm. August 2 In so …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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July 31, 2018

The pressure mounts for breakdown, breakthrough. Osho Zen Tarot: Harmony, Healing, Breakthrough Medicine Cards: Buffalo, Hummingbird Mayan Oracle: Ix, Chuen, Realm Shift Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Judgment, King of Swords, The Star Aleister Crowley Deck: …

BY Steve Bhaerman

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July 31, 2018

“We have a deeply divided body politic in America. Half the people believe our system is broken. The other half believes it is fixed.” —Swami Beyondananda   Note: Cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is com …

BY Anna Zumwalt

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July 31, 2018

Photography, video and drawings tell stories of Indigenous Peoples and refugees. When the images of the Syrian refugee crisis splashed across news and social media outlets two years ago, Kenneth Hartvigsen, curator of American Arts at BYU’s Museum of A …

BY Amy Brunvand

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July 31, 2018

Trebbe Johnson thinks that, in order to heal our broken relationship with the Earth, we can’t just protect and visit the most beautiful, most pristine natural places. We also have to pay attention to the sad, gray places where nature has been ruined an …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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July 31, 2018

An innate passion for fairness and justice drives Salt Lake County’s Sheriff Rosie Rivera Earlier this year, CATALYST (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) received a grant from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle to produce a series of interviews by female Millennial wr …

BY Lynne Olson

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July 31, 2018

Sugar House’s Wednesday farmers market comes of age at Fairmont Park. The first Sugar House Farmers Market opened eight years ago on Monument Plaza, next to the eyecatching Art Decostyle limestone obelisk, erected by the Sugar House Business Men’s Leag …

BY James Loomis

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July 31, 2018

Great planning and an eye to innovation reap garden bounty at Frog Bench Farms. I’m a permaculture enthusiast cursed with an English garden aesthetic. The duality doubles down once you factor in my love for gadgetry and technology. Often I find myself …

BY John deJong

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August 1, 2018

Strange things you see at the Coffee Garden. After reading a murder of mysteries by Agatha Christie, Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler recently, I’ve taken a sleuthsome turn myself. It’s interesting, what turns up if you pay attention. I’ve been wonde …

BY Amy Brunvand

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August 1, 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. My deepest sorrow is for the degradation of the natural world and the corresponding grief that people feel when they lose the places they love. – Trebbe Johnson   Sierra Club: Coal power is co …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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August 1, 2018

I never read comic books as a kid because, like many “only” children, I was an adult child. I spent most of my reading time browsing science books at the library. I could recite every planet in order from the Sun and each of those planets’ moons by age …