Editor’s Notebook

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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September 29, 2015

This is the Harvest Issue. I’m glad other people are harvesting be­cause, through the blessing of farmers markets and friends, I won’t starve. My own garden was just plain dumb this year. I could blame it on the sudden death of my most-favorite-dog-eve …

BY Greta Belanger deJong

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September 29, 2015

The old model of a small, independent magazine existing solely on advertising dollars is coming to an end. CATALYST has always been an endeavor that exists on the support of the community (we’re where the business and non-profit community has chosen to …

BY Alison Einerson

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September 29, 2015

The cool evenings and shorter days of fall herald the inevitable slowdown of the garden. Our thoughts turn to soups and stews, thick hearty chili, maybe a nice lasagna or hearty meatloaf. Now is the time to preserve all the beautiful produce you’ve gro …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 29, 2015

“I was eating the cheapest of chain foods,” recalls Michael Cundick. Fast food and ramen. Awful stuff, he says. Another life, only four years ago, on tour with his self-described experimental indie punk rock band LOOM!. “And I didn’t think too much abo …

BY Benjamin Bombard

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September 29, 2015

Several times a week during the summer and early autumn, after she spends an hour or so in the garden, my wife asks me to go get the camera. She carefully positions a bounty of delicious vegetables in her basket —cucumbers, zucchini, pole beans, pepper …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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October 20, 2015

Orrin Hatch vs. The Desert Tortoise Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has introduced bad-faith legislation trying to backtrack on a conservation agreement from 2009 and undermine the Endan­gered Species Act. – by Amy Brunvand Back in 2009, then-Senator Bob Be …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 20, 2015

Native trout restoration in Mill Creek In September wildlife biologists released a “piscicide” (fish killer) called rotenone into Mill Creek near Elbow Fork in order to remove non-native trout. -by Amy Brunvand This month the Utah Division of Wildlife …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 20, 2015

Moab Master Leasing Plan: A chance to Get Things Right Public comments due by November 15, 2015. –by Amy Brunvand The Moab Master Leasing Plan currently under development is a chance to get things right but public comments are essential. The plan gove …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 20, 2015

Blue Sky or brown sky? How green is Rocky Mountain Power’s “Blue Sky” program, really? –by Amy Brunvand Blue Sky claims to support renewable energy projects, but a new report from HEAL Utah says the program is not as green as you might expect. The rep …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 29, 2015

Environmental news from around the state and the West. —by Amy Brunvand Transit funding on November ballots On November 3, voters in Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Tooele, Salt Lake and Utah counties will be asked to vote on a “local option” sales tax to hel …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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September 29, 2015

Why not? —by Dennis Hinkamp Why would anyone build a giant shark that you can drive around with 50 people in it? Why build a typewriter the size of a house or a temple that takes three weeks to build only to be burned to the ground? Why would any sane …

BY John deJong

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September 29, 2015

They may be more dangerous to our health than Genetically Modified Organisms. —by John deJong For 10,000 to 50,000 years (depending on which archeologist you listen to), mankind has been lending Mother Nature a hand by arranging matches and choosing th …

BY Charlotte Bell

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September 29, 2015

The autumn fruit of the ancients. —by Charlotte Bell When I first moved into my house back in the 1980s, a main attraction—second only to its proximity to the 9th & 9th Market that once occupied the corner where Children’s Hour now stands—was the p …

BY James Loomis

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September 29, 2015

Extend your growing season! —by James Loomis Fall is upon us, gracing us with her limitless bounty and increasingly frequent nippy nights. As the season shifts, the sun takes on a more loving, and less brutal, attitude. The needs of your garden, and ho …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 29, 2015

Slow Food Utah microgrant recipients grow the cause of healthy local food. —by Katherine Pioli Before the Slow Food Utah micro-grant program began giving seed money to local farm and garden projects around the state—funding seed-saving programs, food w …

BY Eric Samuelsen

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September 29, 2015

Beethoven + Tolstoy + Plan-B + NOVA = spectacular drama in the form of The Kreutzer Sonata. —by Eric Samuelsen Over the past few years, Plan-B Theatre Company has produced Script-In-Hand Series readings of two of my translations of the plays of Henrik …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 29, 2015

Harvest home: Restoring awe to a season of plenty. —by Amy Brunvand Father Jack: No, no; what’s the word I’m looking for? Spectacle? That’s not it. The word to describe a sacred and mysterious…? [Slowly and deliberately] You have a ritual killing. Yo …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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September 29, 2015

Seeing beyond your own self-deception. —by Suzanne Wagner Osho Zen Tarot: The Creator, Experiencing, Aloneness Medicine Cards: Owl, Squirrel Mayan Oracle: Manik, New Myth Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Two of Disks, Ten of Disks Aleister Crowley Deck: Peace, …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 1, 2015

The San Rafael Swell is once again under attack from threats of oil and gas leasing. A news release from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) says, “More than 35,000 acres —all of them identified by BLM as possessing wilderness value—have been …

BY John deJong

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October 1, 2015

While researching this month’s feature, I Googled Monsanto to hear their side of the story and soon got to their “Background” page. On it were Monsanto’s takes on many of the serious issues surrounding GMOs and the ubiquitous use of herbicides such as …