May 2016

Editor’s Notebook

BY Alice Toler

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May 3, 2016

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 controversy over legality was currently playing out state by state in t …

BY Staff

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May 2, 2016

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 Yama. Along the way the boy and Death bargain with each other, discuss the …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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May 2, 2016

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 America. She is the host of Democracy Now!, an independent news program b …

BY Katherine Pioli

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May 2, 2016

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 made the decision that many American families end up making, to re-situat …

BY Staff

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May 2, 2016

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 out the old energy and preparing for new growth. Here are my top 10 tips …

BY James Loomis

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May 2, 2016

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 even easier to forget in spring, the season filled with green possibiliti …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

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 Basin in order to support expanded oil shale strip mining and endanger the …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

– 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 Route 2 and at the University of Utah. Electric busses not only help re …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

– 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 organizations issued separate scorecards modeled on the League of Conserv …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

– 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 particle pollution were Salt Lake City/Provo (#6) and Logan (#7). State …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

– 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 conservation proposals, legislative and otherwise, to further protect public la …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

– 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. senators and representatives dubbed the “Anti-Parks Caucus.” Al­though …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 5, 2016

– 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 Stew­ardship of Public Lands. During the meeting Republican members of the commiss …

BY Amy Brunvand

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May 2, 2016

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 government for 16 days. While Senators Ted Cruz (yes, that Ted Cruz) and Mik …

BY Staff

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May 2, 2016

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. The Salt Lake City Police De­part­ment recently received a $15,000 grant …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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May 2, 2016

Three common misconceptions. —by Charlotte Bell               As yoga’s popularity has exploded in the past 15 or so years, a whole lot of new yoga styles have sprung into existence. In addition to Hatha, Kundalini, I …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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May 2, 2016

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 Oracle: Cib, Rhythm, New Myth Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Cups, Three o …

BY Diane Olson

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May 2, 2016

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, this has long been a day to celebrate fertility and abundance. Go outside, …

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