November 2015

BY Vaughn Lovejoy

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October 31, 2015

On September 15, I welcomed my new grandchild into the world. As I gazed into his eyes, which seemed to focus on some other mysterious plane, the last vestiges of my denial about the future of our world, the world he had just entered, shattered. In spi …

BY Alice Toler

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October 30, 2015

From the transgender actress Laverne Cox on Orange Is The New Black to the famed transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn, the spotlight is on gender identity and transgender issues right now. This is no fabrication of the popular media; transgender p …

BY Lori Mertz

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October 30, 2015

As the traditional season of thanks and giving nears, we may consider approaching it with the same heart as was demonstrated for us by our brothers and sisters from the Sikh faith at the Parliament of World Religions, held last month in Salt Lake City. …

BY Alison Einerson

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October 30, 2015

Thanksgiving is the penultimate holiday for food-lovers, with some of the most lovingly prepared and thoughtful food you’ll eat all year. We shop and plan and prepare to make Thanksgiving special each year, to share a sacred meal and create lasting mem …

BY James Loomis

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November 13, 2015

The makings of deep mulch, sheet mulch and leaf mold –by James Loomis Call me a dirt perv, but few things are sexier to me than luscious, rich, fertile garden soil. When it comes time to plant next spring, this beautiful,weed-free soil is where you’d …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 5, 2015

Construction is underway to turn 600 East through Liberty Park into a “Neighborhood Byway,” also known as a bicycle boulevards. –by Amy Brunvand Traffic and pedestrian signals and a 20 MPH speed limit will slow traffic and facilitate pedestrian and bi …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 5, 2015

The federal government has recommended denial of a permit for a 109-ft.-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in Idaho. –by Amy Brunvand That’s good news for the Great Salt Lake ecosystem (and Ski Utah as well) since Bear River is the largest tribu …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 5, 2015

Ski Utah, the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association, is getting worried about the effects of climate change. –by Amy Brunvand A letter to Utah Governor Herbert warned that a predicted four degrees of warming by the end of the centu …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 5, 2015

Climate justice activist Tim DeChris­topher, who famously went to prison for protesting oil and gas leasing in Utah in December 2008, has become the public face of a coalition of activists who are calling on President Obama to end all new fossil fu …

BY Amy Brunvand

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November 5, 2015

This fall, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a landmark decision not to put sage grouse on the Endan­gered Species List because collaborative conser­vation efforts by federal and state agencies and private landowners seem to be working. …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 31, 2015

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) used his position as chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources to kill off the Land and Water Conser­vation Fund (LWCF), a popular cons …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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October 31, 2015

The little dog that saved the day. —by Dennis Hinkamp Some days are doomed. Road construction has slowed traffic to dial-up modem speeds, young people are surly because they are back in school, you’re getting work-related emails at 10 p.m. and the St. …

BY Staff

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October 31, 2015

Fossil fuel—keep it in the ground. —by Paul Wickelson In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, author Naomi Klein cites Lakota solar engineer Henry Red Cloud: “He tells his students that there are times when we must accept small steps fo …

BY Staff

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October 30, 2015

A different kind of holiday. —by Robert Tennant I wrote the first draft of the abandoned project that eventually became Booksmart in 2003, sitting at the bar of a brewpub where I was working at the time. I used to spend a lot of time at that bar, not a …

BY Charlotte Bell

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October 30, 2015

Why can’t we all just get along? —by Charlotte Bell Last month I had the good fortune to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions. I presented both a yoga class and a musical performance there, and attended quite a few panels and workshops. Leadi …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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October 30, 2015

It’s not just “you.” —by Suzanne Wagner   Experiencing “issues” these days? You can pin some of that distress on Saturn in Sagittarius and the square between Saturn and Neptune. The question to ask yourself is: “What side are you on?” Notice the b …