October 2016

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October 2016

Arts, Culture, Entertainment

Joe Hill is Still Alive

Why another play about Joe Hill? There has already been a play, a one-man musical, a movie, a documentary, and several books. Why another? Three reasons. One is that William Adler …

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Community

A New Life for the City Cemetery?

What to consider when a cemetary reaches capacity. It was late September, 1848, when George B. Wallace walked out of the new Mormon pioneer settlement of Salt Lake City, away from …

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Arts, Culture, Enjoy

Carnival of Souls

It’s easy to imagine how Herk Harvey conceived of Carnival of Souls, his 1962 cult classic movie, as he drove past the old Saltair a year or two earlier. At the end of the pier rea …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Urban Planning

Rivers Revisited

Seven Canyons Trust aims to bring daylight to Salt Lake City’s seven buried streams. In the spring of 2014, Professor Stephen Goldsmith, former Salt Lake City Planning Director, Ar …

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Politics, Think

DEA Moves to Ban Herbal Supplement Kratom

Scientists, citizens and lawmakers object to Schedule 1 classification for this Asian pain-killer. Editor’s note: For more background, see “The Kratom Chronicles” by Alice Toler in …

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Community, Environmental Politics, Outdoor

In Ecstasy We Have Come

A poet-teacher and his students visit the Bears Ears. This April, I joined a group of my students from Salt Lake City’s Rowland Hall Upper School on a camping trip to the proposed …

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Garden, Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac: October 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. OCT 1 If you’re still in the mood, there’s plenty to plant now, like shrubs, trees, roses, spring bulb …

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Astrology, Expand, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the Month

Intuitive patterns for October 2016. Osho Zen Tarot:  Adventure, Slowing Down, Experiencing Medicine Cards: Mouse, Lizard Mayan Oracle: Harmonic Resonance, Center Ancient Egyptian …

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Garden, Home, Permaculture

Compost Like a Boss

Getting the best carbon/nitrogen ratio is an autumn project. I love composting. Growing, harvesting and eating the bounty of my garden is honestly a secondary benefit of my primary …

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Local Harvest

Food Feasts and Festivals for October

We gather to cook, taste, dine. Harvest festivals bring the best of fall. Pick over pumpkin patches, take the kids for a hayride, gather in a bundle of dried corn stalks to decorat …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

Locovores in the Kitchen

Winners of the 10th Annual Eat Local Challenge recipe contest. Last month, Utahns participated in an exercise to “localize” their diet—that is, find foods that were grown within ou …

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Food & Health, Health

Health Notes: How to Stay Healthy this Autumn

Is it just me or are the transition seasons easier for instilling new and releasing old habits? It is of essence this month to consciously take the season change in stride and crea …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

Over-Wintering Delicious Herbs

Got a window that gets six hours of sun a day? You can grow herbs indoors! With fall  upon us, it is a bit disheartening to look out at the abundant fresh herb supply and imagine i …

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Expand, Live, Mindfulness, Nature

Slightly Off Center: Utah Fringes

In journalistic jargon “30” means the end. That’s what Utah highway 30 is; it’s probably the last place you’d pick to explore in Utah but you should. Everybody brags on Highway 12 …

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Think

Environews: Utah Sierra Club political endorsements, 2016

Environmental news from around the state and the West. You aren’t stuck in Traffic. You are the traffic. – Critical Mass slogan Because it does not claim nonprofit status, the Sier …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Spirituality & Mysticism

The Novice’s Grimoire: Rose Quartz

Novices, I come to you at a crossroads in my life. I will be stepping away from the world of writing and journalism, at least for a time, and venturing out into other worlds, known …

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Home, Live, Permaculture

Ask Umbra: How green is radiant floor heating?

Q. Dear Umbra, I am planning a garage conversion and wondering whether to heat by means of radiators connected to the gas-fueled central heating or by under-floor electric heating …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Politics, Think

Another Kratom Update

Kratom advocates oppose ban and garner support from 51 Congressional members Sen. Hatch; DEA blinks. After a Whitehouse.gov petition reached over 140,000 signatures in less than a …

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Astrology, Expand

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 5-11

This week and for the next several weeks the planets reflect the mounting political tension, not just in America, but all around the world. Only 34 days remain until a new American …

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Think, Transportation, Urban Planning

Environews: They built a better road

Mia Love has it wrong re. Doug Owens and the Legacy Highway Utah Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT-4) has been running misleading attack ads against challenger Doug Owens (D) over his r …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: More toxic algae in Utah

In August toxic algae struck again in Utah killing fish in Scofield Reservoir which supplies water for Price, Utah. So far this year, toxic algal blooms have appeared in Farmington …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Sage grouse rules rule!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued rules for sage grouse conservation in Western states including Utah. The new rules instruct BLM to review livestock grazing in sensitive …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Secret Utah water plan released

A meeting of the Utah Water Strategy Advisory Committee turned into shouting when the Committee tried to keep the public from seeing or commenting on a draft long-term water plan f …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Utah DEQ opposes regional haze reduction

Utahns consistently rank poor air quality as one of their biggest concerns, so you’d think that the Utah Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) would be trying to comply with fede …

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Think

Congressional leaning on Public Lands Initiative

On September 14 the House Public Lands Subcommittee held a hearing on Rep. Rob Bishop’s (R-UT-1) Public Lands Initiative bill. Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Managemen …

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Politics, Think

Guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal’s latest work comes to SLC

On September 23 a group calling themselves Utah Art Attack postered downtown, 9th & 9th and Sugar House with images supplied by the godfather of political guerrilla poster art, …

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Arts, Culture, DIY, Enjoy, Entertainment, Live

Day of the Dead | Family events celebrating art and ancestors

A collection of folk mask from the UMFA’s Education Collection. More masks can be seen at the Discovery Gateway throughout October. PHOTO BY ADELAIDE RYDER   During the Mexica …

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Astrology, Expand

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 12-18

A profound sense of psychic dislocation underlies regular routines this week. Nothing is normal—not…one…thing—and frankly, it’s been so long since anything was normal that normal h …

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Culture, Enjoy, Technology, Think

Can you grow pot with LED lights?

Commercial marijuana growers account for 1% of the nation’s electricity consumption. As more and more states (24 and counting) legalize recreational or medicinal marijuana use, we …

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Home, Live

A Big Life in a Tiny House

9/28/2012: “Thanks for placing your order with the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company! We’re happy to have you as a member of the tiny house movement.” It has been four years since I bo …

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Astrology, Expand

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 19-25

Daily life continues to be a fairly rough ride and, unfortunately, the stresses and strains continue for the next couple of weeks. Anticipate mounting exasperation as difficult cir …

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DIY, Home, Live, Relationships

Big Life in a Tiny House: Post #2

Salt Lake Valley resident Michelle Ashton chronicles her transition from apartment renter to tiny house builder, owner and, eventually, dweller. I was living with my two sisters, m …

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Live, Permaculture

Ask Umbra: Here’s how to keep your sweaters lasting longer

Q. Dear Umbra, Disposable clothes are driving me nuts. In particular, as we come into fall, I’m thinking about sweaters. These days, when I buy a new sweater, it starts to pill on …

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Eat, Food & Health

Ask Umbra: Here are some greener, healthier Halloween treats

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m expecting a bunch of trick-or-treaters this year. Is there anything I can hand out that’s somewhat healthy and eco-friendly, instead of the usual sugar overload? …

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Home, Live, Relationships

Big Life in a Tiny House: Parking woes

There are things during the 2nd half of the 2nd year that kept me from working on my tiny house to completion. This included living in my sister’s house with all the hipster coolne …

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Astrology, Expand

The Aquarium Age: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

Daily life continues to be a fairly rough ride and, unfortunately, the stresses and strains continue for the next couple of weeks. Anticipate mounting exasperation as difficult cir …

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