January 2016

Editor’s Notebook

BY Giuliana Serena

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December 30, 2015

Many people recognize Kate Kelly as a fierce advocate and passionate activist. A graduate of the American University Washington College of Law—the only law school in the world founded by, and for, women—in 2013 she founded a group called Ordain Women t …

BY Valerie Litchfield

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December 30, 2015

In the mood for some bigtime fun? The Chinese New Year for 2016 will be bringing it, with the arrival of the Yang Fire Monkey. The actual Chinese New Year starts on February 8. But you may have felt the energy over the past month. This action-packed an …

BY Kinde Nebeker

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December 30, 2015

Chuck leaned forward and picked a wooden bead from the pine needle basket that Ron held out to him. He eased his tall, 76-year-old frame back into his chair and held the bead up to the light streaming in from the windows of the Alta Lodge meeting room. …

BY James Loomis

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December 30, 2015

The seed is one of the most powerful and resilient biological technologies on the planet. A magical time capsule for plant life, it contains the ability to not only store a potential plant for years, but the ability to replicate itself and generate mor …

BY Debbie Leaman

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December 30, 2015

My husband and I have danced our ski dance for years. With gusto for the sport, he extols an “epic” ski day; I casually mention the whiteout. He pushes for steeps; I retreat to groomers. When he praises me I know I’m in for a few more runs. As much as …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 8, 2016

Somebody needs to give a copy of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House to members of the Utah Commission for Stewardship of Public Lands. –by Amy Brunvand In the novel unscrupulous lawyers persuade a young man to pursue a fruitless lawsuit until the inheritanc …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 11, 2016

– by Amy Brunvand In December the State of Utah asked federal regulators for approval to build the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline project, a massive water diversion from the Colorado River that would be piped to Saint George, Utah. The State of Utah cur …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 11, 2016

– by Amy Brunvand In 2015 more than by more than 11.5 million people visited national parks in Utah, an increase of more than 1.2 million over last year. Nearly 7 million people visited Utah Bureau of Land Management lands for recreation last year. …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 11, 2016

– by Amy Brunvand Last New Year’s Eve, air quality status for Salt Lake City, Provo and Logan was downgraded from “Nonattainment” to “Serious Nonattainment” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after failing to meet Clean Air Act standards …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 11, 2016

-Amy Brunvand In another first, Utah’s first utility-scale solar power plant has opened on private land near Parowan. The project was built by Scatec Solar, a Norwegian company, and the power produced will be sold to Rocky Mountain Power. More January …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

Salt Lake Chiropractic has expanded. Joining Dr. Suzanne Cronin and Sarah Gilbert is Dr. Angie Binkerd.She re­ceived her doctorate from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon in addition to a B.S. in human biology. Prior to chiropractic c …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

Local Love—a cold-pressed cleansing juice made with beet, carrot, apple, swiss chard, lemon and ginger—is just one of the juice blends that has attracted a loyal following in the Salt Lake Valley. Local couple Brittany and Bryce Thaxton began selling t …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

  Marriage and family therapist Sunny Strasburg recently moved her office from South Temple at 5th South to 1399 S. 700 East in Salt Lake City. Sunny specializes in the Gottman Couples Method, EMDR and Jungian psychotherapy. She meets with individ …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is now open for the Wasatch Waldorf Charter School, the first Waldorf School in Utah. An approach to education started by the German-born educator Waldorf Steiner, these schools are known for their “head, heart, h …

BY Staff

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December 30, 2015

A summary of issues along with simple actions that can make a difference.—by Paul Duane Many of these action items involve writing to your local elected official on a city, county, or state level. Use www.VoteSmart.org to find the names, phone numbers …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

Salt City Brew Supply, on Fort Union Blvd. in Midvale, has been around since 2011. In September, they opened a satellite store in Ogden. The new shop is currently the only homebrew supply store in Ogden and carries everything needed to make beer: 50 ki …

BY Amy Brunvand

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December 30, 2015

—by Amy Brunvand We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young t …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc. Architects & PlannersThe Public Safety Building joins an elite group of only nine other buildings in Utah that have garnered LEED Platinum certification. That is the highest certification currently available thro …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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December 30, 2015

When did we stop trying?—by Dennis Hinkamp If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we [fill in the blank]” was an old-timey admonition for why the world wasn’t progressing quite the way we hoped it would. The last time we put a man on the moon was 1 …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

Studies show the beneficial effect of live music to reduce anxiety and ease pain. This month, the nonprofit Music for Healing & Transition Program is initiating a certification program for musicians who would like to create a healing environment fo …

BY Amy Brunvand

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December 30, 2015

Hunger Games, twerking, and better living through chemistry.—by Amy Brunvand As we welcome the New Year, it’s good to know that in the dystopian future people will still be playing fiddles and contra dancing. If you saw the movie Hunger Games: Mockingj …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

Last month The New York Times reported that sensory deprivation tanks are taking that city by storm— “Could floating be on its way to becoming the new yoga or acupuncture: just the latest in a long line of once kooky-sounding wellness trends that have …

BY Staff

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December 30, 2015

Living True: Practices for the New Year. —by Marla Dee   In these fast-paced times, it is easy to forget that I am in charge of my life. I am the one choosing who and what gets my attention. It is not my family, my boss, my country or the world th …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

This year, as you thumb through the Sundance Film Festival guide to chose which films to see, consider Sonita, an entry in the World Cinema Documentary competition that follows an assertive young woman from Afghani­stan who dreams of becoming a rap …

BY Charlotte Bell

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December 30, 2015

Redefining “advanced” yoga. —by Charlotte Bell   Recently I read a blog lamenting the yoga cultural emphasis on “advanced” poses and how all the social media photos of yoga practitioners in these poses is likely scaring people away from practice. …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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January 12, 2016

And no, your dog will not get high. Your dog will, however, probably want more. -by Sophie Silverstone Dave Merrell, founder and CEO, needed an effective veterinary supplement for his dog, who was prescribed Rimadyl for her hip dysplasia. After a parti …

BY Staff

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December 30, 2015

At Beltex Meats, where owner Philip Grubisa practices whole animal butchery, the motto is “waste not, want not.” Here you can find standard chops, steaks and sausages at this new meat-only shop along with more exotic meat offerings like paté and head c …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

James Loomis, CATALYST’s “Garden Like a Boss” columnist, is offering a 14-part workshop series titled “Beyond Organic: Regenerative Agriculture & Urban Homesteading.” The ongoing monthly courses include Soil Biology, Aquaponics, Bio Teas, Beneficia …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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December 30, 2015

Cast your old self into the fire; you will rise from the ashes transformed.—by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Fool, Going with the FlowMedicine Cards: Buffalo, AntMayan Oracle: Polarity, Portal of Transcendence, CauacAncient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of S …

BY Staff

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January 12, 2016

If you’re a woman with a song in your heart and a knack for four-part barbershop harmony, check out the Mountain Jubilee Chorus. The 70-member group is part of Sweet Adelines International, a nonprofit organization that advances barbershop harmony thro …

BY Diane Olson

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December 30, 2015

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world.—by Diane Olson JAN 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY. It’s the perfect day to switch out calendars and mark birthdays and other important dates. Maybe make soup while you’re at it; one with w …