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Matt Breen / Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Utah biologists were doing a study to recover razorback sucker last year in the Upper Colorado River, when, to their surprise, they discovered 19 individual bonytail chub in the Stewart Lake near Jensen. The bonytail are now rearing their young. 

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In 2015, Visitors to Yellowstone exceeded four million for the first time. With so many people visiting the park, dangerous encounters with animals has been an issue. The latest addition of National Geographic Magazine provides information about the human/wildlife conflict in the park.

Army's Plan to Defend Battlefield Communications

May 4, 2016

  The United States Army announced it will employ a new Occupational Specialty position, tasked with defending military communication systems.

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A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office claims that raising the royalty rate on public drilling leases would generate $1.2 billion dollars in revenue. Greg Zimmerman, deputy director with the Center for Western Priorities, said that the states would also benefit from increased rates.

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Public health funding has stayed steady the past few years according to the Trust for America’s Health. The organization released a report on state and federal health spending and found some states spend a lot more than others.  

Wildfire Season Off to Delayed Start

May 3, 2016
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The National Interagency Fire Center has released the annual wildfire outlook for the spring and summer. The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands refers to the Center to assess the wildfire potential in Utah.

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Rapidly rising rents and relatively flat incomes are putting the squeeze on many Utah renters. These raising prices are effecting people, especially those with moderate or low incomes. 

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  Several Utah police officials are joining in calls to change Brigham Young University's practice of investigating students for violations of the school's strict code of behavior after reporting they were sexually assaulted.

Provo's police chief said Thursday that he's pleased the Mormon-owned school based in his city is considering changing the way it handles reports of sexual violence. Provo Police Sgt. Brian Taylor says he hopes BYU changes its policy, and starts providing amnesty to victims.

Katie Peikes / UPR

The ability to assess water supply is becoming increasingly important, especially since data shows statewide reservoir storage is lower than last year. Utah State University soil scientists and climatologists have created a device to track snowmelt, that could lead to better assessments on water supply. 

Tragedy Strikes Cache Valley Family Again

Apr 29, 2016
Cache County Sheriff's Office

 

Tragedy once again strikes the family of a transgender, woman, Ashley Hallstrom, who committed suicide seven months ago.

 

Ashley’s 58-year-old father, Calvin Hallstrom, was stabbed to deathThursday night. Police allege he was killed by his son, Ashley’s brother, 25-year-old Shane Hallstrom.

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According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The group is focused on early intervention in an effort to save lives.

Utah Ranks as the Least Gambling-Addicted State

Apr 27, 2016
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A personal finance website has released a report on states and gambling addiction. 

The report released by personal finance website WalletHub ranked residents in all 50 states to determine how addicted they are to gambling.  Researcher Jill Gonzalez says Utah ranks as the least gambling addicted state in the nation.

Kit Foxes: Sentinels of Utah’s Desert Nights

Apr 27, 2016
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One of the first things observers notice about the kit fox is its tiny size. Weighing in at a mere four pounds or so, Vulpes macrotis is among the smallest canids on the planet.

Often mistaken for swift foxes, kit foxes are a distinct species that sport larger ears and a leaner, more angular appearance. The small mammal has a long, black-tipped bushy tail and a yellowish-gray coat tinged with rusty orange.

Bryce Canyon National Park Recieves Top Rating Award

Apr 26, 2016
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For a record-breaking 18th year in a row, The Michelin Guide has awarded Bryce Canyon a 3-star ranking. 

The Michelin Guide, a European Guidebook which gives awards to locations around the globe, awarded Bryce Canyon National Park 3 stars, making it one of five locations in Utah to receive the honor. Zion National Park and Monument Valley, in comparison, were only given a two-star rating.

Ancient Native Plant Relationships

Apr 25, 2016
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  Stretching from the snowy peaks of the Wellsville Mountains, south to the sandstone shadows of Beaver Dam Wash, an ancient, native relationship provided unity to the diverse landscape. It is admired in the haunting tune of a wind pipe, it comports like a wool blanket; and its tapestry goes beyond the cliff art at Potash, and preceded John Wesley Powell and Brigham Young.

 


The Great Salt Lake

Apr 25, 2016
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  There is a giant among us with a profound influence on our past, present, and future. My first encounter with this giant was both buoyant and delightful as I floated in the brine on a lovely summer day. But I was oblivious to the Great Salt Lake’s immense value as an environmental, cultural, and economic resource.

 


Dandelion - Friend or Foe?

Apr 25, 2016
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  Popping up here and there seemingly as soon as you turn away, dandelion persists and as it grows bigger, it’s large taproot becomes many a gardener’s foe. With a slight change in perspective, however, gardeners could expand their yield and embrace the ever persistent pioneer plant: dandelion.

  

Irruptive Birds Migrate South

Apr 25, 2016
wildutah.gov

  Every winter, many of Utah’s breeding birds migrate south to avoid the cold. After the warblers, tanagers, and orioles leave each fall, we share the snowy winter with hardier residents, such as chickadees, nuthatches, and juncos. But even hardier birds breed in the far north and venture south to Utah only during the most severe winters.


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  Tucked into isolated pockets of the Uintah Basin’s arid wildlands is the best little plant you’ve never heard of. Known to exist only in Duchesne and Uintah Counties, Shrubby-reed Mustard seems to occupy only the semi-barren “islands” of white shale in areas of the Green River Formation’s Evacuation Creek region. The endangered plant features thick, almost succulent, blue-green leaves and small yellow flowers.

 


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  Utah is arguably blessed with the most stunning landscapes on the planet. Many have been preserved for posterity in our National Parks & Monuments. This is the BIG YEAR- the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service! I’ve sampled and worked in many of them- from Alaska to Florida, from S. California to New England. As many would suggest- our National Parks are one of America’s greatest achievements which has gone global, now found on all continents except Antarctica (or am I missing one!).

 


Three-leaf Sumac

Apr 25, 2016
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  Many think of the desert as a hot, dry, barren, and unforgiving place. However, Utah’s deserts are chock full of interesting and diverse plants and animals! One such plant, which grows throughout much of Utah, is rhus trilobata or three-leaf sumac.

 


The Pygmy Rabbit: A ‘Cryptic’ Resident of the Sagebrush

Apr 25, 2016
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  Within the Intermountain West’s vast sagebrush ocean lives a tiny, furry creature that spends the majority of its time in or near a burrow of its own making. The Pygmy Rabbit, North America’s smallest member of the rabbit family, weighs about a pound and is about the size of a grapefruit.

 


Tiger Salamanders Ambystoma tigrinum

Apr 25, 2016
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   Tiger Salamanders, named for their bold black-and-orange stripes, are Utah’s only salamander. Secretive inhabitants of our forests, streams, and lakes, these amphibians are rarely seen. Tiger Salamanders spend most of their year underground, in moist burrows beneath logs and among tree roots. They come to the surface just once a year, emerging at night in the early spring to trek across the snow to newly-thawed wetlands.

 


Conservation: North and South

Apr 25, 2016
wildlife.utah.gov

  I spent 2 gloriously warm days in Dixie where I attended the Winter Bird Festival, a grand event by any measure! I also had the good fortune of discovering “Citizens for Dixie’s Future” (henceforth CDF) which has taken on the onerous task of brokering piece between a surging population and the regions limited natural resources. Water topped the list, especially the Lake Powell Pipeline proposal. So I did a bit of reading from CDF’s well stocked library.


The American Robin

Apr 25, 2016
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  The American robin with its abundance, red breast, and loud song is one of the most recognizable backyard birds in North America. For many of us the robin – orTurdus migratorius – is also thought of as a herald of spring. So why is it that we still occasionally see them in our wintry Utah backyards?

 


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