June 2017

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June 2017

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Arts, Community Profiles, Connect, Environmental Politics, Food & Health, Home

Change Agents: Grassroots – People with Initiative

Thanks to Martin van Hemert for this lovely photo of Hi Ute Ranch, one of our easements in Summit County. Today, Bonanza Flat is 1,350 acres of undeveloped mountain on the dividing …

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Eat, Heal, Live

The Yin and Yang of Summer

Feng shui for your body, house and mind. On June 21 we enter the season of summer, the most yang or active time of the year. With the sun being at its northernmost point in relatio …

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The Divine Sister-Misters of Utah County

A story of unexpected conversions from missionary to drag queen. James Bunker, president of Provo Pride. His stage name is Jackie Ohh Starr, but he’s known within the troupe as Mom …

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Community, Entertainment

Savor the Summer

Make it memorable! Plot something special, or plan some serious lassitude. Here are some ideas to get you started. Star gazing Best viewing time for star gazing is the week of, or …

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Entertainment, Think

Introvert envy: How to pass as one of us

I consider myself more of a trend observer than a trendsetter. Trending lately seems to be chorizo, which is available at Maverick and as a new Spam (the meat-ish product, not the …

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Community, Garden, Home, Live, Nature

June 2017 Urban Almanac: A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world.

  JUNE 1  June is LGBT Pride Month. Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 U.S. states and in 22 countries. JUNE 2 Moonstone, June’s birthstone (along with pearl and alexandrite) …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: June 2017

Photo Credit: Stephen Trimble (stephentrimble.net)     Will Bears Ears disappear into the clouds — a national monument only briefly, now to be diminished or denied by sho …

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Garden, Outdoor

Be Your Own Plant Doctor | Identifying nutrient deficiencies like a boss

June, you are a serious garden season sweet spot. Veteran spring crops are side by side with freshly planted warm weather selections, both eagerly lapping up the ever more present …

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Metaphors for the Month: June 2017

Intuitive patterns for the month. Osho Zen Tarot: The Miser, Change, Inner Voice Medicine Cards: Turtle, Horse Mayan Oracle: Manik, Center, Polarity Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Queen o …

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Briefly Noted: June 2017

What’s new around town. The Krishna Garden A community permaculture food forest in the making The Krishna Food Forest is an urban story of reclaiming the land for the benefit of th …

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Yoga

The Wisdom of Humility in Yoga Practice

Adeep sense of humility will help you learn yoga. It is important to remember that no one path or school has a monopoly on the truth. There are excellent and poor practitioners in …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Think

Change Agents: Grassroots – People with Initiative

Thanks to Martin van Hemert for this lovey photo of Hi Ute Ranch, one of our easements in Summit County. Today, Bonanza Flat is 1,350 acres of undeveloped mountain on the dividing …

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Community, Connect, Environmental Politics, Think

Change Agents: Bonanza Flat ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Back in 1994, Utah Open Lands, a local non-profit land trust conservation association, was in the process of acquiring and protecting an area of the Wasatch Back called Snake Creek …

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Community Profiles, Politics, Social Justice, Think

Change Agents: Ella Mendoza & Resist IMMIGRANT RIGHTS—ART SPEAKS

Ella Mendoza Ella Mendoza, 27—artist, writer, activist. Born—Lima, Peru, brought to the United States when she was 12. Ella Mendoza’s storytelling, her art and her activism, is oft …

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Dining Out, Environmental Politics, Food & Health, Think

Change Agents: Salt Lake Excess STUDENT INITIATIVE—FOOD JUSTICE

It all started in the college Praxis Lab at the University of Utah, in 2016. Ten students taking one of the University Honor’s College’s special semester intensive courses were ask …

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Environmental Politics, Outdoor, Think

Change Agents: CATALYST & Great Salt Lake ENVIRONMENTAL WITNESS

In 6th grade, my class studied the Great Salt Lake, a body of water that lay only 16 miles from our classroom but which we hardly ever saw and really only thought about on the days …

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Community, Community Profiles, Environmental Politics, Home

Change Agents: Tiny house LOCAL AUTHORITY—HOUSING SOLUTIONS

“I am a minimalist,” says Cynthia Wong, a witty, passionate and tenacious woman who is, to date, the most successful advocate for tiny home living in the state of Utah. “I’ve had d …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Artists celebrate Bears Ears

Donald Trump may hate Bears Ears, but artists and writers in Utah are inspired by our new national monument. Torrey House Press has just released two anthologies celebrating Bears …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Trump puts national monuments under attack

Will Bears Ears disappear into the clouds — a national monument only briefly, now to be diminished or denied by short-sighted political leaders? —Stephen Trimble In a colonial ente …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Recapture Canyon (sort of) closed to ATVs

San Juan County can have an off-road vehicle trail, just not in the bottom of Recapture Canyon. In 2014, after BLM closed an illegally constructed trail to motor vehicles, San Juan …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Nuke repository back from the dead?

In 2012 President Obama shut down plans to build a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes “$120 millio …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Outdoor recreation is a job creator

More Americas are directly employed by hunting and fishing than by oil and gas extraction, says a new report from the Outdoor Industry Association. Outdoor recreation supports 7.6 …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Sage grouse in trouble

The September 2017 BLM oil and gas lease auction includes priority habitat for sage grouse in Utah’s Sheeprock Mountains. The Wild Utah Project calls sage grouse “canaries in a coa …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Wildlife overpass for I-80

Thanks to citizen activism, wild animals in Utah are getting a new overpass to help them safely cross I-80 at Parley’s Summit. It’s good for the animals, but people will benefit, t …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: SITLA threatens to boot hunters

The Utah State and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) website boasts that “trust lands are open to the general public for hunting,” but if you read down the page you’ …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Lots of water in Utah

In April, snowpack in Utah was 126% of normal, compared to 97% last year, and overall reservoir storage was at 62% of capacity—up 5% from the same time last year according to data …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Water Conservation Garden opens at Red Butte

A rain dance performed by Wasatch Eagle Dancers celebrated the late May grand opening of a new Water Conservation Garden at Red Butte Garden. The intent is to show a low-water land …

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Community Profiles, Garden, Local Harvest, Permaculture

The Krishna Garden

A community permaculture food forest in the making The Krishna Food Forest is an urban story of reclaiming the land for the benefit of the a whole community. Six years ago the prop …

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Community, Garden, Local Harvest, Nature

Register your hive

Got a beehive? Join the club Here are some good reasons to register your beehive with the state. No apiary is too big or too small to be registered. You’ll get up-to-date info on d …

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Community Profiles, Connect

After a lifetime of living in Utah, Claudia Draper is leaving town

Claudia Draper, the personal organizer and feng shui practitioner, is known to her clients as a “compassionate” clutter clearer. “The bond between person and their possessions is s …

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Environmental Politics, Home, Think

Plastic Free July

Choose to refuse single use plastic during July–an international challenge The Plastic Free July Challenge began in 2011 as a local comunity initiative in Perth, Australia to raise …

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Community Profiles, Garden, Local Harvest

Perennial onions Easy and yummy!

Let’s face it, sometimes it’s nice to have food plants just grow. No buying, no planting, no coddling, those are some of the wonders of growing perennial onions. Oh yes, they also …

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