December 2019

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December 2019

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Memoir, Think

The campground

When I show up at her trailer, Nicole’s dogs are in attack mode, barking murderously and threatening to break their chains. They’re tied up to a tall metal pole in the dirt plot th …

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Heal, Health, Science

Sleep, medication and Alzheimer’s

A team of USU researchers find curious correlations “The last few months of her life my dad would simply hug me and thank me for the visit. Words I exchanged with my mom soon were …

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Heal, Health

Sleep 101

Neglect not the obvious Noooo… I don’t want to go to sleep!” we may have wailed as children, preferring to run, play or even hide to avoid the confines of a bed. This approach to n …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews

Dewatering GSL could cost billions Allowing the Great Salt Lake to dry up could not only suck billions of dollars out of Utah’s economy but actually reduce water supplies, accordin …

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Health

Air quality affects sleep quality

We have a pretty good understanding about air pollution in relation to respiratory illnesses like asthma and COPD, and know there’s a link to cardiovascular disease. But it turns o …

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Nature

What if we stopped “itting” the world?

From nature as a resource to a giver of gifts To describe Robin Wall Kimmerer as a scientist tells only part of the story. She has a Ph.D in botany, teaches courses in ethnobotany …

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Alternative Therapies, Food & Health, Heal, Health

Beyond Sleepytime tea

Sleep is sacred. Rest is our opportunity to process the adventures of the day—its twists and turns, ups and downs. It’s our time to rejuvenate, restore and reharmonize. Without pro …

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Arts, Community, Enjoy

Where skiing, science and art intersect

Ski map artist James Niehues visits Salt Lake City Hand-painted ski map illustration has a narrow lineage that still triumphs over its digital competition. The majority of ski maps …

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Community, Connect, Garden, Local Harvest

Paradise vs. a parking lot

We often don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone The history of Salt Lake City is one of self-reliance, community and agriculture. When the Mormon pioneers first arrived in the Sa …

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Dreams

Insomniac finds sleep

Learning to trust the wisdom of the body death is the surname of sleep but the surname unknown to us sleep is the daily end of life a small exercise in death which is its sister bu …

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Health, Mindfulness, Move, Yoga

Human hibernation

Yogic help for deeper sleep Right now, much of the world is sleeping. Creatures such as bears, marmots, bats and bees hibernate. Reptiles fall into a state of sluggishness and inac …

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Enjoy, Memoir, Think

Meat your maker

Most days I do want to save most of the planet and most of the people residing on said orb, but there are so many choices. I’ve already made the biggest contribution to the planet’ …

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Astrology, Expand, Intuitive Arts

Be your own source

Osho Zen Tarot:  Schizophrenia, The Source, Sorrow Medicine Cards: Grouse, Ant, Hummingbird Mayan Oracle: Dissonance, Adventurer’s Quest, Complex Stability Ancient Egyptian Tarot: …

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Expand, Think

December 2019 Almanac

DECEMBER 1  Average temps today: high 43º, low 28º. 20% chance of precipitation. Sunrise: 7:32am. Sunset: 5:00pm. DECEMBER 2  Red Butte Garden in the winter is especially fetching. …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Dewatering GSL Could Cost Billions

Allowing the Great Salt Lake to dry up could not only suck billions of dollars out of Utah’s economy but actually reduce water supplies, according to a new report from the Great Sa …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Wildlands tourism booming in Utah

Utah’s national parks, state parks and ski resorts experienced record visitation in 2018. A new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute says that visitors spent $1.2 billio …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: More threats to national parks

Thanks to public outcry the National Park Service quickly withdrew an order issued last September that would have allowed ATVs into Utah national parks. But that doesn’t mean the T …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Republicans plotting public land grab

In October Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) invited a group of Republican senators and other politicians to Moab, Utah trying to persuade them to hand over federal public lands to the Sta …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Hearing addresses violence against land managers

In October the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing to address growing threats of violence against public land managers. A Government Accou …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: BLM leases suspended for ignoring climate

The Utah Bureau of Land Management has suspended 130 oil and gas leases in Utah in order to analyze impacts from greenhouse gas emissions. The improper leases were challenged by tw …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Utah oil and gas watchdogs foster ‘culture of noncompliance’

For decades Utah’s oil and gas industry has gone largely unregulated due to a “culture of  noncompliance” in the Oil and Gas Program. The program, under the Division of Oil, Gas an …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Navajo generating station closes

The largest coal-fired power plant in the Four Corners region has been shuttered due to the low price of natural gas. The Navajo Generating Station burned 24,000 tons of coal per d …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Just say no to Little Colorado River Dam

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a Motion to Intervene in order to stop a private company from damming the Little Colorado River on Navajo lands in Arizona (The Navajo …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Envision Utah Common Good Awards

Envision Utah has announced the 2019 Common Good Awards for people and organizations doing amazing things to make Utah a better place now and in the future. The winners are (drumro …

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