May 2016

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May 2016

Editor’s Notebook

Alternative Therapies, Heal

The Kratom Chronicles

What if I told you there was an herb used by thousands to self treat chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and to wean off dangerous opioid medications, and that a …

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Health, Home, Think

Memoirs of a Lucky Man

In the one of the classics of the Hindu religion, the Katha Upani­shad, written some 3,000 years ago, a little boy named Nachiketa meets the Indian deity of Death who is called Yam …

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Community Profiles, Culture

On the Road

Progressive journalist Amy Goodman took the stage at Rose Wagner April 18 to talk about her sixth and newest book: Democracy Now: Twenty Years of Cover­ing the Movements Changing A …

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Community Profiles, Heal, Health, Psychology

Aging at Home

When old age, a stroke and an accident resulting in two broken femurs left Cindy Turnquist’s father-in-law unable to complete even modest personal tasks, Turnquist and her family m …

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DIY, Expand, Home

Life Matters

Top 10 spring organizing tips. —by Marla Dee Spring is here and our bodies feel the new life ready to bloom. It is the sweetest time of year for going through your home, clearing o …

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Garden, Live

Garden Like a Boss: The Boss Always Flushes

We live in a desert. (Well, technically, we live in a steppe). It’s easy to forget that sometimes, especially when we live in a city lush with trees, lawns and golf courses. It’s e …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Public comments due on oil shale plan

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on a permit requested by Enefit American Oil (an Estonian oil shale company) to build a utility corridor in the Uinta Bas …

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Environmental Politics, Think, Transportation

Environews: UTA to add electric buses

– By Amy Brunvand The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and University of Utah have received a $5.4 million federal grant to purchase five new electric busses to be operated on the busy …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Citizen groups give legislature poor marks

– By Amy Brunvand During the 2016 General Session Utah lawmakers did a poor job protecting the environment according to HEAL Utah and the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club. The two o …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Utah air not quite worst

– By Amy Brunvand The American Lung Association has released “State of the Air, 2016” ranking U.S. cities on ozone and particle pollution. Among the worst 10 cities for short-term …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Interior Secretary to visit Utah

– By Amy Brunvand In a speech honoring the 100th Anni­versary of U.S. National Parks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell promised to visit Utah where she mentioned “a range of conserv …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Why do Republicans hate national parks?

– By Amy Brunvand A new report from the Center for American Progress says that lack of congressional support for national parks and public lands can be traced to a group of 20 U.S. …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Utah legislators fight over Bear Ears

– By Amy Brunvand Supporters wearing “Protect Bears Ears” t-shirts overflowed the conference room at a feisty April 20 meeting of the Utah Legislature Commission for the Stew­ardsh …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Flashback, 2013: Utah without national parks

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand Remember October 2013? U.S. Congressional Republicans failed to pass a budget and shut down the federal gove …

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Culture, Food & Health, Garden, Home

Briefly Noted

What’s new around town. Bicycle/pedestrian safety grant On average, 839 bicycle/motor vehicle collisions occurred 2011-2013; 909 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles in Utah. …

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Move, Yoga

What Yoga Is and Is Not

Three common misconceptions. —by Charlotte Bell               As yoga’s popularity has exploded in the past 15 or so years, a whole lot of new yo …

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Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the Month

Our memory is limited in registering the suffering of our ancestors. —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: Transformation, Maturity, The Rebel Medicine Cards: Turtle, Crow Mayan Oracl …

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Creativity

The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. —by Diane Olson MAY 1 BELTANE/MAY DAY. Halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, thi …

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