September 2016

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September 2016

Food & Health, Local Harvest

Food Feasts and Festivals in September

We are moving into peak harvest season this month. Everything that’s been growing— your tomatoes, winter squash, corn— will be ripening and ready to pick. It’s the kind of bounty t …

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Local Harvest

What’s Local?

As Eat Local Week nears, we ask three Salt Lake City “local food” activists: What’s “local”? Eat Local Week’s mission is simple: challenge yourself to eat more locally for a whole …

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Outdoor

Save The Tires—Adopt a Goathead Weevil!

Autumn is arguably the best time to cycle in Utah. The oppressive heat of summer backs off, and the ozone pollution hanging heavy over the valley dissipates to a light haze—and by …

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Garden, Home

Ditch the Leaf Blowing!

A beautiful fall morning dawns in the great city of Salt Lake. You are enjoying a brisk walk. The sky is crisp azure blue and the birds are singing. The streets are still empty and …

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Arts, Culture, Dance

Tzveta Kassabova’s “Opposite of Killing”

Bulgarian-born surrealist choreographer translates pain into movement. Tzveta Kassabova holds three masters degrees and has been, at various points in her life, a gymnast, a physic …

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Arts, Culture, Gatherings

Fire, Solar and Soul

It was that time of year when almost all the cosmonauts in the entire universe were untangling LED lights and preparing their campers to enter the dusty, week-long, 80,000-attendee …

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Community, Gatherings

Ideas Worth Spreading: TedX in SLC

Ideas Worth Spreading. This is the tagline of the global phenomenon called TED Talks that is taking the internet by storm. The 18-minutes-or-less presentations in the beginning wer …

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Eat, Food & Health

The Skinny on Fat

High-quality fat is essential for optimal wellness. For years, saturated fat has been made out to be the dietary villain. We’ve identified the gristle on our streak, that pat of bu …

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Home

How to Foil a Rat

From traps and poison to terriers, botanicals and contraception: It’s a new world. Rats chew. “They can chew through lead, cinderblock, brick, mortar, aluminum, wood, glass, vinyl …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Pets

Home is Where Your Human Is

Legacy Initiative Pet Outreach helps dogs, cats and even an occasional duck. If you go to the northwest corner of Pioneer Park at noon on any given Sunday, you’ll meet a small crew …

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Environmental Politics

Understanding GMOs

We have a long history tinkering with things. Through domestication and artificial selection, humans have bred many familiar and useful food organisms—beef cattle, chickens, hybrid …

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Garden, Home, Nature

The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world Day by day in the home, garden & sky. SEPT 1 NEW MOON. Neptune reaches its closest approach to Eart …

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Intuitive Arts

Metaphors for the Month

Intuitive patterns for September 2016: Sometimes you just have to allow the flow of life to take you where it will. Osho Zen Tarot: Sharing, Going with the Flow, The Dream Medicine …

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Arts

The Edible Complex: Creating a Play about Body Image for Kids

Some of my fondest elementary school memories are of field trips to Honolulu—we lived on the North Shore of O’ahu—to experience plays, concerts and ballets. I’ve always wanted to w …

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A Life of Practice: Reflecting on 30 years of teaching yoga in Salt Lake City

I attended my first yoga class in early 1982 in a small studio with pink plush carpet. After an hour-plus of slow, mindful movement and a nice long Savasana, I pretty much floated …

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Environmental Politics

Bubble Jeopardy: Is my sparkling-water maker bad for the environment?

Q. Dear Umbra, My family and I are enamored of our seltzer maker. We drink copious amounts of the stuff. But I’ve been wondering where all that CO2 comes from and where it goes. Su …

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Garden, Home, Local Harvest, Permaculture

Harvest Like a Boss

Here’s how to pick your produce at the peak of perfection. In the garden, it’s rush hour. After the early summer ritual of patience you’ve endured waiting for that garden full of g …

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Slightly Off Center: How to Be Happy

This nation has such a lack of happiness it depresses me. What did I just say? I don’t even care if America is still great or needs to be made great again. What we really need is t …

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Environews

Environmental news from around the state and the West. For the 15th consecutive month, the global land and ocean temperature departure from average was the highest since global tem …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: City Creek purchase adds SLC open space

Salt Lake City recently purchased 305 acres of open land in the foothills near City Creek to help preserve the Salt Lake City watershed and a segment of the Bonneville Shoreline Tr …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Hatch, Lee want machines in Wilderness Areas

Utah Senators Orrin Hatch (R) and Mike Lee (R) are trying to change the definition of wilderness by forcing land managers to allow bicycles on wilderness trails. The 1964 Wildernes …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Most Utahns want Bears Ears

Despite loud shouting of opposition voices, a poll on behalf of the Pew Charitable Trusts found that a small majority of Utahns actually favor creating a Bears Ears National Monume …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Wildlife Overpass for I-80?

Safe wildlife road crossings are essential to prevent habitat fragmentation, and a citizen group in Park City is pressuring the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to help sto …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Navajo Nation sues over sacred river contamination

The Navajo Nation has named the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several gold mining companies in a lawsuit seeking damages for an accident that spilled three million gallo …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Moab Master Leasing Plan (a good thing)

During the G.W. Bush administration, the Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was told to rush through new Resource Management Plans (RMP) for public lands in order to prioritize r …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Enivonews: Groups drop anti-nuke lawsuit

HEAL Utah, Uranium Watch and Living Rivers have dropped a lawsuit to prevent Blue Castle, LLC from building a controversial nuclear power plant in Green River, Utah. It’s not that …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Coal ash spills into Price River

Closing a coal-fired power plant solves air quality problems, but leaves behind other pollution problems. Last month a flash flood washed 2,700 cubic yards of coal ash from the ret …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Climate denier keynote at Uintah Basin Energy Summit

A featured speaker at the 2016 Unitah Basin Energy Summit was filmmaker Phelim McAleer who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “climate denial’s Michael Moore.” McAleer is the direct …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Collection of hard-to-recycle materials, September 24

Wait! Don’t throw that old bike helmet in the trash. It can be recycled. The Utah Recycling Alliance is hosting a pop-up CHARM event (Collection of Hard-to-Recycle Materials) on Se …

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