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BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

Just two days before the scheduled start, a federal judge temporarily halted plans to hunt grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area. The Trump administration had stripped endangered species protection from Yellowstone grizzlies as a favor to wealt …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

In July, an intense thunderstorm hit Zion National Park. Rockfall and water damage closed popular trails to Angel’s Landing and Upper Emerald Pools. As of this writing the trails are still closed, with the cost of trail restoration adding to an already …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

One source of money for national parks is the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal program authorized in 1964 that uses money from offshore oil and gas drilling to pay for acquisition and protection of land for outdoor recreation. In 2018 …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

With the Land and Water Conservation Fund in danger of expiration, National parks still need money. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Ut-1) and Raul Grijalva (D- AZ-3 ) have co-sponsored a bi-partisan bill to cope with the deferred maintenance backlog at …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

If the federal government won’t protect Bears Ears, local citizens will have to do it themselves. On September 22 Friends of Cedar Mesa held the grand opening of a new Bears Ears Education Center in Bluff, Utah. After President Trump downsized Bears Ea …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

Utah Rivers Council has declared a major victory in the fight to stop the Lake Powell Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declared that they are not the right agency to permit water diversions from the Colorado River. The State of …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

  Public meetings have been scheduled on the downsized Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument but if Wasatch Front residents want to attend they’ll have to make a trip down south. Oct. 15, 2018, 4-7 p.m., Escalante High School, 70 N 1 W, Esca …

BY Amy Brunvand

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October 8, 2018

In September the Moab City Council voted to ban single-use plastic bags, citing littering, impacts on wildlife and water quality as the reason. Moab is the second city in Utah to ban single-use plastic bags; Park City passed a bag ordinance in 2017, Th …

BY Dennis Hinkamp

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September 28, 2018

I just wanted to give my 21st annual report confirming that Burning Man is still boring. I don’t know why I keep going back; it must be the excitement of those 42 600-mile-trips across Nevada that can’t compare to the relative blandness of Black Rock C …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 28, 2018

No grizzly hunt, for now Just two days before the scheduled start, a federal judge temporarily halted plans to hunt grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area. The Trump administration had stripped endangered species protection from Yellowstone griz …

BY Katherine Pioli

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September 28, 2018

This 1972 federal legislation granted a world of opportunity for American girls. The thing that mattered most to Nini Rich, her freshman year at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, was the final school bell signaling it was time to run out to the trac …

BY Jane Lyon

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September 28, 2018

A Catalyst staff millennial learns some valuable history from local luminary. Karen Shepherd lives in Federal Heights with her husband, Vince, and her black standard poodle, Lola. Shepherd is known for being founder and editor of one of the country’s l …

BY Pax Rasmussen

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October 3, 2018

Without your support, CATALYST, like indie outlets nationwide, could disappear. This past August, the Village Voice, perhaps one of the most iconic independent media organizations our country has ever had, shut down. The Voice was founded in 1955 (by N …

BY Craig Childs

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September 30, 2018

The writer Craig Childs has been traversing the American Southwest since childhood, always drawn off trail to the ledges, rivers and expanses where others did not travel, a vagabond in the wilderness. His writing is always deeply personal. It also touc …

BY Alice Toler

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September 30, 2018

Transitions are rarely easy. We come into this world in a welter of drama—one way or the other, exiting the womb is a pretty big deal. Leaving this world is also uncomfortable, and in the Western nations we’ve developed quite a phobia regarding death. …

BY Ashley Miller

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September 30, 2018

Do you ever find yourself sitting in your car with the engine running? Sure, we are probably all guilty of idling from time to time. Idling, however, is one of the easiest behavioral changes people can make to improve our air. Exhaust from idling vehic …

BY Matthew Greene

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September 30, 2018

Playwright Matthew Greene reflects on the life experiences that culminate in his new play, Good Standing, about a gay Mormon facing excommunication the week after marrying the man of his dreams. Good Standing premiers at Plan-B Theatre October 18-28. I …

BY Staff

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September 30, 2018

  1 lb. sourdough bread (Crumb Brothers) 1 medium butternut squash  (Tagge’s) 1 bunch swiss chard or other dark leafy green (Asian & Heirlooms) 6 cloves garlic (Ranui Gardens) 6 farm fresh eggs (Clifford Family Farms) 6 ounces apple walnut smo …

BY James Loomis

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September 30, 2018

Hey there buddy, glad to see you’re still looking suave as hell, even when sweaty and dirty. I wanted to drop you a line to remind you of all those little things you somehow manage to forget every single season and end up making more work for yourself …

BY Charlotte Bell

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September 30, 2018

Studies show that resistance training builds strength and muscle mass, increases bone density and reduces the signs and symptoms of chronic disease. I first came to Utah in 1982, planning to stay a couple years. Like so many best-laid plans, my life pr …

BY Sophie Silverstone

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September 30, 2018

Marisa Moran Jahn’s MIRROR/MASK exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts “The Driver” by Marisa Morán Jahn   Three portraits greet you at the entrance of Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ main exhibit hall, this autumn. But look closely and you will find t …

BY Kate Whitbeck

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September 30, 2018

The dos and don’ts of household recycling, item by item. This month: milk jugs. You stand at the recycle bin, waste item in hand Do you stick it in and hope they can recycle it? You know they used to be able to take it. But things have changed. You hea …

BY Suzanne Wagner

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October 1, 2018

Osho Zen Tarot: Existence, Creativity Medicine Cards: Badger, Turtle Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Manifestation, Dissonance Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Three of Disks, The Chariot, Prince of Disks Aleister Crowley Deck: Victory, Empress, Truce Healing Earth Tarot: …

BY Staff

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September 30, 2018

October 1 Sunrise: 7:24 am. Sunset: 7:09 pm. Avg. high 73°. Avg. low 49°. Day length is rapidly decreasing—by 77 minutes from today till October 31. That’s about two and a half minutes each day. October 2 If the cooler weather has put you in a planting …

BY John Loveless

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September 30, 2018

Earlier this year, CATALYST presented A Clean Air Affair—an evening of experts speaking on the topic of air quality. CATALYST worked with the local chapter of the international group PechaKucha 20×20 (20 images, 20 seconds each). The evening kicked off …