May 2017

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May 2017

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Nature, Permaculture

Red Butte’s Waterwise Terraces

Climb into the Salt Lake foothills for lessons in conservation and beauty. Gardeners, prepare for a seduction of the senses: After over five years of planning and two years of cons …

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Community Profiles

Taking the Green (Career) Path

A conversation with six Utahns who have found their way in the new economy, and some who help others find green paths as well. As a recent grad from the University of Utah’s Enviro …

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Nature

Man and Mushroom: Bryn Dentinger

Explorer of Earth’s mycological mysteries — and new Curator of Mycology at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Dr. Bryn Dentinger, recent arrival to the University of Utah’s academ …

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Home, Nature

Raccoon Poop is Very Bad

Raccoons are cute. So cute. Those leathery little hands. The bandit mask and poofy striped tail. So. Darn. Cute. They’re crazy-smart, too, particularly city-dwelling raccoons. Like …

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Community

So You Think You Know about GREENbike?

The behind-the- scenes story of Salt Lake’s downtown bike share program. You may have seen them before, those green bikes parked on the long racks downtown, peddled by tourists tot …

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Environmental Politics, Social Justice

Hanging Out at the Mall

Observations in the rain, waiting for Washington, DC’s March for Science to begin. Music emanating from behind a low hill by the bottlenecked security gate shifted to a more rhythm …

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Garden, Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac: May 2017

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. MAY 1 May Day/Beltane. The Sun rises at 6:25 a.m. today and sets at 8:24 p.m. Start hardening off warm …

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Local Harvest

How to be a Locovore

Begin experimenting now! What does it mean to “eat local”? Where do I find locally grown food? Each fall during Utah Eat Local Week we explore these questions as we celebrate all t …

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Briefly Noted: May 2017

News and resources! The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, spinach top list of pesticides in produce The latest Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce …

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Metaphors for the Month: May 2017

Intuitive patterns for May 2017. Osho Zen Tarot: Aloneness, Participation Medicine Cards: Antelope, Snake, Skunk Mayan Oracle: Chuen, Chicchan Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Prince of Swo …

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Greening Your Yoga Practice

Asana practice has the unique ability, among physical activities, of helping us replenish the prana (life energy) we spend during our daily activities. We spend prana when we talk, …

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Arts

Are We Indivisible?

Utah playwrights explore the psyche of the nation with stories about everyday people. Plan-B is a theatre company known for producing plays that provide an opportunity for patrons …

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Outdoor

People Power

Whirlwind downtown tour in a pedicab. I took my first bike taxi ride this weekend. My friend Jeff invited me to see where he works at Salt City Cycle Cab. So I did. Jeff’s been wor …

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What Are you Reading For?

Overcoming ignorance, one book at a time. I just got back from a road trip to the Redwoods and Portland with my brother. The best part of Redwood National Park was closed because o …

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Environews: May 2017

Environmental news from around the state and the West. “The biosphere gave rise to the human mind, the evolved mind gave rise to culture, and culture will find the way to save the …

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Slightly Off Center: May 2017

Cheer up, snowflakes. I know that my fellow snowflakes are going through the typical stages of grief associated with the loss of a loved one. Our loved one was not Barak Obama so m …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, spinach top list of pesticides in produce

The latest Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ is out. Analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70% of samples of …

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DIY, Environmental Politics, Home, Live, Think

Fix it Fair

We lament the disposable culture that we have created over the last few decades. But who among us fixes things any more? Broken vacuum? Into the landfill. Hole in your socks? Easie …

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Community, Connect, Garden, Live

Urban Garden & Farm Tour: Apply now to be a tour site

Wasatch Community Gardens is looking for innovative, creative, or just downright awesome gardens that owners are willing to show to others. If you have backyard chickens, bees, com …

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Community Profiles, Connect

Pitch your story

On May 30, The Moth Radio Hour will happen live on stage at the University of Utah Kingsbury Hall. The night’s theme: Between Worlds, hosted by Dame Wilburn. If you’re a fan of the …

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Arts, Connect, Enjoy, Gatherings

Call for volunteers for Utah Arts Festival

The Utah Arts Festival depends on more than 1,000 volunteers every year. Specific volunteer opportunities include: set-up crew, greeters, makers workshop assistants, booth sitters, …

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DIY, Eat, Home, Live, Local Harvest

The Scoop on the Coop

As everyone with a flock of hens knows, every day brings presents (“oh, for me!?”) when it’s time to gather eggs. That pleasure is more or less available, depending where you live. …

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Environmental Politics, Home, Urban Planning

Neighborhood cleanup: Be a tidy dumper

The annual SLC Neighborhood Cleanup Program for oversize items is back. Collection runs through October. Not everything is appropriate for pickup. Remember these guidelines: If it …

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Environmental Politics, Outdoor

Utah Legislature Update: Bears Ears & Escalante

Utah may lose protection for some of its most treasured landscapes if Utah Republicans get their way. At the urging of Utah’s congressional delegation, President Trump has signed a …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Great Salt Lake on the rise

After a wet winter, Great Salt Lake water levels are at last bumping up from record lows. Lake levels have been declining since 2010 due to drought and human water use. Low water l …

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Environmental Politics, Think

On Earth Day, Utahns march for science

Photo credit: Stefan Poulos On April 22 (Earth Day), thousands of Utahns took to the streets again. People carried signs supporting evidence-based inquiry with slogans like, “Cance …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Next: March for math?

At his recent Salt Lake City townhall meeting, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Ut-2) boasted of his outdoor prowess and wondered why people assume that conservatives are anti-environm …

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Environmental Politics, Think

SLC urban trails growing longer

Salt Lake City’s urban trail network keeps growing! You can see new Parley’s Trail construction along the south side of I-80 where 1.2 miles of new trail and pedestrian bridges wil …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Lower Colorado, America’s most endangered river

A new report from American Rivers names the Lower Colorado as America’s most endangered river. Water users in the Lower Basin currently use so much water that the river dries up be …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Bonanza Flat deadline looms

A coalition of 11 nonprofit organizations must raise $3 million before June 15, 2017 in order to save 1,350 acres in the Wasatch Mountains from upscale development. Bonanza Flat, a …

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Environmental Politics, Think

SLC climate action plan

President Trump is busy appointing climate change deniers to his cabinet and threatening to renege on the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate action signed by President Obama. Without …

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