August 2019

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August 2019

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Culture

Little Free Libraries

10th anniversary finds the movement 90,000 strong and growing The non-profit Little Free Library (LFL) was started in 2009 by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin. Thinking of his mother, …

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Tale of a wicked weed

Foxtails: Don’t let your pet near them The barbed grass may look beautiful as it blows in the breeze, particularly in the spring when it is supple and green, but foxtail (a self-se …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Nature

Environews

BLM headquarters moving to Colorado? Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has requested over $20 million to relocate Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices from Washington DC to Gra …

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Environmental Politics, Health

The air knows no boundaries

Prevailing winds carry ozone to Utah from upwind states as well as across the Pacific This time of year there is a lot of buzz about ozone air pollution. Ozone plagues areas of Uta …

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Health

Its time to get this off my chest

My explant story I never really wanted implants. A fan of mother nature, I was a bit of a hippy really, and felt that her creations were better than any surgeon could fabricate. Al …

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Garden

Aiming for the best at Top Crops

A Westside love story This is a love story. To be fair, all tales of small farms are to some extent love stories. Ask any member of this new generation of farmer their reasoning be …

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Local Harvest

Pick fruit in Fruita!

The pioneer town of Fruita is long gone, but its orchards remain, within the bounds of Capitol Reef National Park. The orchards contain about 3,100 trees including cherry, apricot, …

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Memoir

Love it & live it

The yuks come easy when someone says, “I’m going to X-place” and you say, “Oh I’m sorry.” Or you can always refer to your birth city as “A nice place to be from.” Completing the ru …

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Spirituality & Mysticism

August 2019 Metaphors: “Now” is where it’s at

Osho Zen Tarot: Projections, Existence, Stress Medicine Cards: Lizard Mayan Oracle: Organic Balance, Caban Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Ace of Disks, Prince of Cups Aleister Crowley Dec …

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Culture

Urban Almanac

August 1  Average temps: high 92º, low 67º. 11% chance of precipitation. Sunrise 6:23am, sunset 8:52pm. August 2  Spiders serve as food for 8,000-10,000 insect species and 3,000-5, …

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Community, Health

One small miracle in the healthcare crisis

In the service industry, even a broken arm might mean you can’t go to work. For injured or ill baristas, bartenders, servers, hosts and cooks this may mean weeks, even months of un …

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Dining Out

Oasis Cafe now open for brunch

Oasis Café and Golden Braid Books have been longtime enthusiastic supporters of CATALYST, since their early days, and we love them back. They’ve now given us more to appreciate, re …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: BLM headquarters moving to Colorado?

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has requested over $20 million to relocate Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices from Washington DC to Grand Junction, Colorado. BLM is a feder …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Climate change and cities

By 2050 the climate of Denver, Colorado will be as hot as Salt Lake City, Utah; Salt Lake City will be like Las Vegas, Nevada; Las Vegas will be like Phoenix, Arizona (a.k.a Americ …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: No subsidies for uranium

The Trump administration has inadvertently halted uranium mining near Grand Canyon and within the Obama-era boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument by making it unprofitable. Tr …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Arches is now officially a Dark Sky park

Arches National Park has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association (IDSA). The certification recognizes voluntary efforts to preser …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Where does Jordan River water come from?

Researchers at the University of Utah studied where water in the Jordan River comes from as a  step toward sustainable river management. The Jordan River is on a state list of impa …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Cows are eating Pando

A new report from the Western Watershed Project says that cattle are eating Pando, an aspen clone in the Fishlake National Forest that is considered the world’s largest living orga …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Don’t feed the bears

In July the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported an unusually high number of calls about bears, probably because Utah’s growing population puts more people in wildlife habi …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Condor chick in Zion

A pair of endangered California condors nesting in Zion National Park have hatched a chick which has been entered in the official condor “studbook” as number 1000. This is the thir …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Help study black rosy-finches

The Wild Utah Project is seeking citizen-science volunteers to study black rosy-finches this upcoming fall and winter. The finches live in rugged mountain landscapes and are one of …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: SLC mayoral candidates on bicycling

Cycling Utah sent a survey on bicycling transportation to candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor to ask questions about bicycles in the Salt Lake City Transportation Master Plan (last …

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Tale of a wicked weed

Foxtails: Don’t let your pet near them The barbed grass may look beautiful as it blows in the breeze, particularly in the spring when it is supple and green, but foxtail (a self-se …

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