October 2018

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October 2018

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Culture, Enjoy

Slightly Off Center: Burning Man again?

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 ac …

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Environmental Politics, Nature

Environews: October 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 adminis …

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Culture, Gender Equality, Memior

Looking Back at Title IX

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 …

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Community Profiles, Politics

Women of Wisdom: Karen Shepherd

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. …

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Dining Out, Local Harvest, Memior

The long coast: in the pleistocene, shamans were needed to get you through the day

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 vagabon …

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Culture, Health

The art of dying well: Death doulas help people experience a “Good death”

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 …

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Environmental Politics, Health, Transportation

Utahns are turning the key: Eleven years in, the Idle Free campaign has caught hold

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 behavior …

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Entertainment

When a stage becomes the world (and the other way around)

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 …

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Food & Health, Recipes

2018 Eat Local Contest Winner: Savory roasted Butternut squash pudding

  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 Gard …

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Local Harvest

Dear James: An open letter to my next garden season’s self

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 …

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Fitness, Health, Mindfulness, Yoga

Mobility, agility and power: Yoga practice and strength training

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, p …

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Arts, Education, Enjoy, Expand

What Our Masks Say About Ourselves

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 Ar …

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Education

Can you recycle that?

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? Yo …

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Intuitive Arts, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the month: At the edge of the abyss, choose joy

Osho Zen Tarot: Existence, Creativity Medicine Cards: Badger, Turtle Mayan Oracle: Cauac, Manifestation, Dissonance Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Three of Disks, The Chariot, Prince of D …

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Nature

Almanac: October 2018 A compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond

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 min …

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Energy, Environmental Politics, Home

John Saves Energy: John Loveless practices what he preaches

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 gro …

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Connect

Precipitating Change

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 …

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Environmental Politics

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 enda …

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Environmental Politics

Utah parks in disrepair

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 a …

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Environmental Politics

Land and Water Conservation Fund

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 pa …

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Environmental Politics

More on money for parks

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-sponso …

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Environmental Politics

Bear Ears Education Center opens in Bluff

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 E …

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Environmental Politics

Lake Powell pipeline hits a snag

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 …

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Environmental Politics

Public meetings on Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument Downsize

  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 do …

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Environmental Politics

Moab bans plastic bags

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 b …

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