March 2020

Moth Boy by Marcee Blackerby

On the Cover

BY Emily Spacek

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February 26, 2020

A shift to 100% renewable energy as we transition to a regenerative agricultural system can avert climate disaster, says global thought leader and Intermountain Sustainability Summit keynote speaker Hunter Lovins. This past January was the hottest Janu …


BY Suzanne Wagner

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February 26, 2020

Osho Zen Tarot:  The Fool, Beyond Illusions Medicine Cards: Coyote, Badger Mayan Oracle: Cimi, Maluc, Unity Ancient Egyptian Tarot:  Four of Cups, Seven of Wands, Princess of Swords Aleister Crowley Deck: Aleister Crowley Deck: Princess of Wands, Princ …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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February 26, 2020

Mar 1  Average temps today: high 49º, low 32º. Sunrise:  7:00am. Sunset:   6:19pm. Mar 2  The National Pest Management Association predicts that our wetter winter will be followed by a warmer and drier summer, with increased cockroach, ant and fly popu …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it–is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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February 26, 2020

I’m experiencing mixed joy this week, but there is some twisted irony in knowing that the person who stole my credit card number used it to buy a home security system. I’m not complaining too much. Excessive credit card interest rates will pay for my l …

BY Jenifer Nii

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February 26, 2020

Jenifer’s latest play, THE AUDACITY, has had to temporarily postpone its world premiere at Plan-B Theatre. Details at planbtheatre.org I am not known as audacious. People who know me will tell you I’m a pretty reserved, relatively hermetic person who c …

BY John deJong

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February 26, 2020

You can’t see it but you may smell it. The cloud of smog lurking under the latest inversion isn’t the only pollution cloud on the horizon. Every house, office and classroom has its own personalized toxic cloud. Last month we explored ultrafine particul …

BY Ashley Miller

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February 26, 2020

Utahn’s are getting the message. Wood smoke contains over 200 chemicals and compounds, including carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Woodsmoke is strikingly …

BY Emily Spacek

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February 26, 2020

PurpleAir, AirU and the future of air quality monitoring. It’s the tail end of Utah’s inversion season—a time when one might assume winter’s passionate concern regarding air quality would simmer down. But this year, things are different. More people se …

BY James Loomis

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February 26, 2020

We are here for an intervention. Dark, luscious, fertile soil; weed-free, loose, loamy and teeming with life: This is the foundation every gardener dreams of starting each season with.  Well-structured, full of nutrients, and wriggling with worms, an e …

BY Todd Mangum

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February 26, 2020

Innate inner wildness. CHAKRA TWO Location: In the pelvis. Governs: Sexuality and Desires. Main issue: Involves ability to experience pleasure and sensation especially as these relate to our sexuality. Externalizes: As the ovaries in women and the test …

BY Grace Olscamp

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February 26, 2020

Ends on March12. The final days are the busiest. At this point in Utah’s 45-day legislative session, most bills have been introduced. Some have been moving positively through the lawmaking process; others haven’t made any movement yet. Then in the firs …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

The 2020 General Session of the Utah Legislature ends March 12, 2020. The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club and HEAL Utah track priority environmental bills that they support or oppose to help you know what’s happening on the hill. (See “At the Capitol,” …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

Despite a strong economy, environmental degradation has negative impacts on Utah’s quality of life, according to the 2018 Quality of Life Survey conducted by the Utah Foundation and Intermountain Healthcare. When people were asked, “what could most imp …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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February 26, 2020

Saturday March 7th, 11am-4pm The Gateway, South end of the Union Station Come with questions, leave with solutions On one hand, the longterm prospect for the Salt Lake Valley’s air quality looks bleak: An “If you build it, they will come” attitude is m …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

Since the State of Utah has so far failed to analyze environmental impacts of building an inland port northwest of Salt Lake City, a coalition of citizen groups has released a fact sheet to address environmental and quality-of-life concerns. The Coalit …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

Even the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) is getting into the green energy business. SITLA, notorious for oil sands leasing and support for various other environmentally unsound projects, reports that annual revenue from …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is set to offer oil and gas leases on 5,000 acres in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, home to Moab’s famous Slickrock Trail, adjacent to both the Mill Creek and Negro Bill (a.k.a. Grandstaff Canyon) Wilderness …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

As of January the University of Utah is ranked #8 in the Environmental Protection Agency list of the largest green power users in higher education, with 49% of total electricity use generated by geothermal and solar power. The University has contracted …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

The Center for Biological Diversity has given Interior Secretary David Bernhardt the 2019 Rubber Dodo award for a person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy America’s natural heritage or drive endangered species extinct. Bernhardt won …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

The federal Surface Transportation Board recently began work on an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed Uinta Basin Railway intended to send Utah crude oil to out-of-state markets. The railway is a pet project of the Seven County Infrastructur …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

Dominion Energy, which supplies natural gas to Utah consumers, has announced a “net-zero” goal to offset greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Unfortunately, the details are a bit sketchy. The net-zero goal depends on an offset program using “renewable nat …

BY Amy Brunvand

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February 26, 2020

The Bureau  of Land Management (BLM) has approved development plans for public lands cut from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments even though lawsuits to restore the original boundaries of the two Utah national monuments have no …