August 2018

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August 2018

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Environmental Politics

Beyond a Shadow of a Drought

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 f …

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Community

Women of Wisdom: Sheriff Rosie Rivera

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 …

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Home

The Urban Almanac: August 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. Th …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month: August 2018

The pressure mounts for breakdown, breakthrough. Osho Zen Tarot: Harmony, Healing, Breakthrough Medicine Cards: Buffalo, Hummingbird Mayan Oracle: Ix, Chuen, Realm Shift Ancient Eg …

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Environmental Politics, Social Justice

Swami Beyondananda Speaks Out on Political Climate Change

“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 …

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Social Justice

Human Dignity in the Face of Conflict

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 year …

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Culture

Radical Joy for Hard Times Book Review

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 …

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Community

Women of Wisdom: Sheriff Rosie Rivera

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 …

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Community

Quirky, Quaint and Über-Local

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 Dec …

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Garden

Intelligent Design

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 …

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Politics

Don’t Get Me Started: A Tale of Two Trolls

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 mysel …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: August 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 …

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Think

Slightly Off Center: Superpowers

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 ev …

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Live, Think

Sierra Club: Coal power is costing consumers

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 …

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Think

Alton Coal Mine expansion

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 e …

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Live, Think

Coyote hunters are cheating

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 coyo …

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Live, Think

Mining begins in Grand Staircase Escalante

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 bounda …

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Think

Conservation groups oppose Estonian company’s expansion of its Utah oil shale strip mine

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 …

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Community

Briefly Noted: August 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 …

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