Topic: Politics

Environews: Roadless Rule rollback?

The State of Utah plans to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a state-specific rollback of the 2001 “Roadless Rule” that limits forest road building associated with in …

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Environews: Congratulations, Cache Valley

Cache Valley has become the first air-quality nonattainment area in the state of Utah to meet federal standards for PM2.5 (small air pollution particulates that cause respiratory a …

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Environews: Zinke under investigation

With the new Congress not yet in session, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is nonetheless under investigation for ethics violations and there are likely to be more such investigations …

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Environews: ‘Bye-‘bye Bishop

In January, newly elected Democrats will be the House majority in Washington and Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) will no longer chair the House Resources Committee that overse …

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Environews: 2019: The year for a revenue-neutral carbon tax?

In the Utah State Legislature, Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-Salt Lake City) was overwhelmingly re-elected. He is drumming up public and political support for a bill to tax greenhouse gas p …

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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument comments due by November 15

Public comments are due on a hastily written Draft  BLM management plan for areas that Trump eliminated from Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Grand Staircase Escalante …

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Bears Ears comments due by November 15

Public comments are due on the Draft Monument Management Plans of the Indian Creek and Shash Jaa Units of the former Bears Ears National Monument (these are remnant units after Pre …

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Tribes, Dems say “stop illegal Monument planning”

The Trump administration is trying to ram through new management plans for Utah’s downsized national monuments before courts have weighed in on whether the president has authority …

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No grizzly hunt, but Endangered Species Act in danger

A federal judge in Montana restored endangered species protections to grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area, cancelling planned trophy hunts in Idaho and Wyoming. Utah’s co …

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Climate change window narrows to 12 years

Someday, perhaps not long from now, the inhabitants of a hotter, more dangerous and biologically diminished planet than the one on which I lived may wonder what you and I were thin …

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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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Environews: Zinke caught selling monument lands

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was caught trying to sell 1,600 acres of land cut from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to none other than state representative Mike Noel ( …

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A monumental mess: Indigenous action

Bear totem by Jewell James, Master carver, Lummi Nation In July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific No …

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Environews: September 2018

Indigenous action In  July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest. The nine-foot-tall totem was …

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Don’t Get Me Started: A Tale of Two Trolls

Strange things you see at the Coffee Garden. After reading a murder of mysteries by Agatha Christie, Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler recently, I’ve taken a sleuthsome turn mysel …

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