February 2018

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February 2018

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Astrology

Chinese Astrology: The Year of the Dog

The tail-wagging, lovable and loyal dog, man’s best friend, will be jumping into all of our lives and laps on February 16, 2018 for the Chinese New Year. This will be a year filled …

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Environmental Politics, Health

Refinery Row

Though unattractive, the century-old refineries to the north of Salt Lake are more than pulling their weight regarding air quality improvements and emissions reductions. When it co …

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Community, Politics

Making Utah’s Electoral Districts Whole Again

Better Boundaries is the answer. It took over an hour for the crowd of 2,000 to get into the West High auditorium for Representative Chris Stewart’s first town meeting after last N …

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Environmental Politics

A Little Help from Our Friends

Performance science brings the conversation about climate change home to our hearts at this year’s Intermountain Sustainability Summit. There is a fundamental disconnect, believes …

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Arts, Culture

A Play of Options

A play of options Exploring how love—its manifestations, iterations, challenges and blessings—is unbounded by blood, age, color, gender or faith. I try to be appropriate. I try not …

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Connect, Live

The Urban Almanac: February 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. By Diane Olson, Anna Zumwalt and Greta deJong. Feb 1  1 Sun rise: 7:37am, sun set: 5:45pm. Monthly averages: …

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Expand, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the Month: February 2018

Do not hold back what you have to offer even if you feel as if what you offer is not enough. Osho Zen Tarot: Healing, Innocence, Rebirth Medicine Cards: Mountain Lion, Whale Mayan …

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Garden

Garden Like a Boss: Choosing Seeds

Choose bioregional seed for best resilience. Imagine yourself curled up on the couch while winter still dominates the outdoors, salivating over visions of future vegetable grandeur …

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Community, Spirituality & Mysticism

A Stone’s Throw

The Buddha on 9th. Buddhists are a rather serene lot, and that serenity came to the test recently when vandals threw a 25-pound rock through the face of the terra-cotta Buddha stat …

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Community, Gatherings

CATALYST’s Clean Air Solutions Fair

Did you know that at the rate we are tossing out garbage, our landfill will be full in 10 years? Lesha Earl, public education and outreach coordinator for the Trans-Jordan Landfill …

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Environmental Politics, Politics

Legislative Watch: Your Voice Counts

No squeak, no oil. Call today. It’s February, and the 2018 Legislative Session is in full swing. Here are a few bills we at HEAL Utah are working to support. These are bills we bel …

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Connect, Environmental Politics

Environews: February 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. “Local control” a sneaky strategy to kill environmental protection Republican politicians and the Trump Administration are tr …

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Technology, Think

Slightly Off Center: CES Excess

As a kid, I never wanted a pony; I wanted a robot. As proof that we never really grow up, one of my life goals has been to go to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I …

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Connect, Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Beware! Utah Legislature in Session

The 2018 General Session of the Utah Legislature runs from January 22 to March 8, 2018. Here’s what you need to do: 1) find out who represents you and know how to contact them http …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: “Local control” a sneaky strategy to kill environmental protection

Republican politicians and the Trump Administration are trying a particularly sneaky strategy to undermine conservation land management and environmental protections by promising “ …

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Environmental Politics, Live, Think

Environews: Bears Ears undone for uranium

Journalists at the New York Times have uncovered persuasive evidence that Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument was downsized specifically to accommodate uranium mining. An article p …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Cliven Bundy off the hook (for now)

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy received a “get out of jail free” card when a federal judge declared a mistrial after federal prosecutors failed to turn over evidence relevant to the c …

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Connect, Environmental Politics, Expand

Environews: Herbert proposes gas taxes for transit

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s FY 2019 Budget Recommendation calls for “flexibility to use Transportation Investment Funds (TIF) for all modes of transportation.” This would represen …

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