October 2019

On the Cover


BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

As Great Salt Lake levels fall, more than 750 square miles of dry lake bed have been exposed making Salt Lake City vulnerable to dust storms and air pollution contaminated by heavy metals that accumulated in the lake.  Dust on snow causes faster meltin …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management has leased the entire lakebed of Sevier dry lake near Delta, Utah for a potash mine. According to the plan, the whole lakebed—all 125, 000 acres—will be developed from a remote desert playa into an industrialized fertilize …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

Concerned citizens are calling for better information about the human health impacts of building a massive, industrialized inland port on 16,000 acres on Salt Lake City’s Northwest side. A coalition of groups under the umbrella name Stop the Polluting …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

The Trump Administration has released a predictably horrible new management plan for lands cut from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument boundaries. The plan threatens to open up formerly protected areas to oil and gas extraction, and mining inc …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

A coalition of environmental groups has sued the Trump administration for failing to consider greenhouse gas and climate change impacts when they granted 130 oil and gas leases on public lands in Utah. Most of the challenged leases are linked to a Trum …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

Solitude Mountain Resort has implemented a new parking fee that they hope will encourage skiers to carpool or ride the bus. The fee is a sliding scale starting at $20 for a single-occupancy vehicle, $10 for two or three to a car , and $5 for a vehicle …

BY Amy Brunvand

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September 30, 2019

On September 20, a few thousand people marched from the  City-County Building to the Capitol participating in the student-led Global Climate Strike called by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Thunberg, who was visiting the United States, sco …