January 2017

On the Cover

Briefly Noted

BY Geralyn Dreyfous

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January 11, 2017

Dominant themes found this year in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival lineup bring us narratives of climate change, police misconduct and race. These films explore the plight of Syrian refugees and give us new and surprising perspectives from Cuba and Chi …

BY Geralyn Dreyfous

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December 31, 2016

Geralyn’s Sundance cheat sheet. Dominant themes found this year in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival lineup bring us narratives of climate change, police misconduct and race. These films explore the plight of Syrian refugees and give us new and surprisin …

BY Staff

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December 31, 2016

Growing soil sprouts runs counter to much of what I always held true about gardening in general. When I try to explain soil sprouts to my farming friends and gardening buddies, they often have trouble understanding the concept at first. I know what bot …


BY Charlotte Bell

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January 18, 2017

In 1989, I went to Pune, India to study with Geeta and BKS Iyengar. A group of 30-some dedicated practitioners from around the U.S. joined senior teacher Mary Dunn for a three-week intensive. I gravitated toward a group of teachers who all stayed at th …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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January 18, 2017

We were eager to tell you more about the Permaculture Design lecture and workshop we announced last month for February. Venerable instructor Toby Hemenway, author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Sc …

BY Staff

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January 18, 2017

Sage’s Cafe will open its doors this month on First South at the site of the former Canton Village. Sage’s was located on 900 South near the TRAX station for the past three years and for 14 years prior to that on 300 East at 500 South. Restaurateur Ian …

BY Rachel Silverstone

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December 31, 2016

I cherish the occasional crisp, bright blue and chilly days of January, between weeks of smog and inversion. These days are my beacon of hope for successful New Year’s Resolutions, while the smoggy days bring ruminations of old habits and decisions of …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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December 31, 2016

Osho Zen Tarot: Rebirth, Comparison, Intensity Medicine Cards: Bear, Badger Mayan Oracle: Measure, Language of Light Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Seven of Disks, Princess of Cups, Strength Aleister Crowley Deck: The Tower, Princess of Swords, The Star Heali …

BY Emma Ryder

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December 31, 2016

Rx for high desert winter-parched bodies. An organic, locally grown tomato is  good for our bodies and grows wealth in our community. And we can expand  that concept beyond the culinary! Your whole body, after all, can benefit from skin care products m …

BY Amy Brunvand

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December 31, 2016

Tracking campus sustainability. If learners are to gain sustainability skills through tackling real-world problems, a good place to start would be in the places they are studying. At the moment, the physical buildings and campuses of schools and univer …

BY Staff

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December 31, 2016

These exercises make your eyes feel great. And maybe they even help! Centuries ago, Tibetan monks created an image to help improve the muscles in their eyes. Or so the story goes. We try this periodically here in the office, and it really does seem to …

BY Valerie Litchfield

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December 31, 2016

Use this energy to energize and organize, whatever your sign. Cock-a-doddle-doo, it’s time to rise and shine on the chilly midwinter morning of January 28, 2017 and welcome the enthusiastic Fire Rooster. This beautiful multi-colored (and multi-faceted) …

BY Staff

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December 31, 2016

News around town. Farewell Toby Hemenway We were eager to tell you more about the Permaculture Design lecture and workshop we announced last month for February. Venerable instructor Toby Hemenway, author of the first major North American book on permac …

BY Michael Evans

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December 31, 2016

At the beginning of the Summer of Love in 1967, word about a new Salt Lake City store started spreading via actual word of mouth—a common method of communication in those days. When I first visited that place, called Cosmic Aeroplane, a sign prominentl …

BY Amy Brunvand

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December 31, 2016

Environmental news around the state and the West. Brownfields grant for Centro Civico Mexicano Environmental justice and social justice came together when the Centro Civico Mexicano (CCM) on Salt Lake City’s west side received a $200,000 grant from the …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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December 31, 2016

I’m not sure what to think of last month’s fake news scare, but I do know that 112% of people in over 53 states can’t recognize fake news. I don’t have any sources; everybody just knows this. According to a FOX news  statistically supervised poll, five …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 10, 2017

Environmental justice and social justice came together when the Centro Civico Mexicano (CCM) on Salt Lake City’s west side received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program to clean up toxic waste left be …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 10, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a new Moab Master Leasing Plan for about 785,567 acres of public land in Grand and San Juan counties which will help balance conservation and recreation with industrial development associated with oil/gas an …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 10, 2017

The San Rafael Swell is getting a new Master Leasing Plan, too. As part of the 2010 oil and gas leasing reform initiative, the BLM Price and Richfield field office seeks public comments on a San Rafael Desert Master Leasing Plan to guide decisions rela …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 10, 2017

Should the San Rafael Swell become a Utah State Park? In 2014 the State of Utah proposed a federal land trade to expand Goblin Valley State Park, but that idea fell though. Now the State and Emery County are proposing to form a cooperative management p …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 10, 2017

On December 28, 2016 (as we go to press) President Obama responded to a formal request from sovereign Native Anerican Tribes to use the Antiquities Act to declare a new Bears Ears National Monument. The 1.35 milion-acre site south and east of Canyonlan …

BY Amy Brunvand

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January 10, 2017

At the Colorado River Water Users Association meeting in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell finalized a management plan for the Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years. The plan calls for continuing high-flow releases to restore sand bars and fi …