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Conservation: North and South

Apr 25, 2016

  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

  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?


Public Lands – Good or Bad?

Apr 25, 2016

  This morning I spent some time skiing up Smithfield Canyon in the Uintah Wasatch Cache National Forest. Growing up in Michigan where public land was hard to come by, I have come to enjoy our “commons” where I’m not trespassing on posted private land, or required to pay a fee before entering.


Inter-Tribal Group Seeks Bears Ears Protection

Apr 25, 2016

A coalition of Native American tribes is calling on the Obama administration to designate the Bears Ears region of southern Utah as a national monument.

Utah Prepares For Imminent Earthquake With ShakeOut

Apr 22, 2016

Thousands of people took part in the Great Utah Shakeout—an exercise to help Utahns prepare for a big earthquake.

According to Experts like Utah State University Geology Professor Susanne Janecke, Utah is overdue for an earthquake.

BLM Could Soon Give OK To Oil Shale In Utah

Apr 22, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management has moved closer to allowing access by Enefit, an Estonian company, to commercial oil shale drilling rights in Uintah County. The operation would be the first of its kind in the United States.

Half Of Federal Oil And Gas Leases Not Producing

Apr 21, 2016

A new report from the Bureau of Land Management shows that about half of federal drilling leases did not turn out oil or gas in 2015. Chris Saeger, Director of the Western Values Project said that the decline in market oil prices is the driving force behind the decrease in production. He said that lawmakers should begin to prepare for the effects of smaller lease revenues.

Andrew Crusoe

A few months ago, gravitational waves from a black hole collision were measured by scientists, a discovery many have predicted to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016. One Utah author wrote about this discovery in his science fiction novel—five years before it happened.

William Anderegg

Hot and dry weather is the norm for much of the Intermountain West and a fact of life for the plants and animals that live there. However, a warming climate may be pushing some iconic tree species to the breaking point.


Drought induced tree mortality is the subject of a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Recent extreme heat and drought events have led to massive tree die-offs in forests across the globe, and scientists want to know why.

UDOT to Host Ogden Canyon Study Open House

Apr 21, 2016

The Utah Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss the future of Ogden Canyon. 

UDOT is studying the transportation needs for Ogden Canyon through a series of information and project idea meetings. The ideas gathered during the past two years are being used to help create new concepts for the heavily traveled area.


The Senate has revived a wide-ranging bill to promote various forms of energy, from renewables to natural gas, hydropower and geothermal energy. The bill would speed federal approval of projects exporting liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation sometime this week.



The American Lung Association of Utah released their annual Air Quality report results, Wednesday. 

The results of the 17th annual “State of the Air” report, a national air quality grading system, showed that Utah’s air quality received poor ratings.

Some have dubbed Utah the pornography viewing capital of the country. Governor Gary Herbert is fighting that stigma. He signed into law two anti-pornography bills on Tuesday morning. One bill is the Concurrent Resolution on the Public Health Crisis. This resolution declared pornography a public health hazard.  


A researcher studying how desert soils can help combat climate change will visit Utah State University this week. 

Many people think of the Utah desert as devoid of life. But deserts are complex ecosystems full of plants, animals, and other less visible microbial fauna that play major roles in the ecosystem.

Newborn babies in Utah are tested for 44 medical conditions, one being Phenylketonuria, or PKU, a rare genetic disorder that impacts one in every 10,000 to 15,000 births, according to the Utah Department of Health. A Northern Utah family shares their story about their three children who have PKU.



Chris Holmes

Anchor: After a weekend of clean up, a popular Cedar City park is set to reopen.  Park Discovery was closed after an incident of vandalism and graffiti late Friday.  Community volunteers helped speed up the cleanup.  A community member also helped investigators find those allegedly responsible.

Bay Area Mayors Oppose Utah Coal Port

Apr 18, 2016

Northern California communities are divided over the building of an Oakland port that would send Utah coal across the Pacific Ocean.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Apr 15, 2016
Morgan Pratt

Football players and frat boys boys strapped on red high heels and strutted their stuff for sexual assault awareness on Wednesday at Utah State University.

Park City Group Aims to Restore Historic Mines

Apr 15, 2016

A group of community leaders, avid skiers and history buffs is dedicated to preserving historical mining sites throughout Park City Mountain Resort. 

What is Utah Doing to Prepare for a Water Crisis?

Apr 14, 2016

  When it comes to water, what would it take to get to the point where we turn on the faucet and nothing comes out?

“We almost saw that scenario in California this last summer, and frankly it didn’t take that many poor winters for California to experience the most severe drought on record.”

Utah's Gender Wage Gap Is Nation's Second Highest

Apr 14, 2016

The pay gap between women and men in Utah is the second widest in the country, at 33 cents on the dollar, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Rachel Lyons, the group's senior government affairs manager, said that means full-time working women in Utah lose about $5.5 billion a year.

Death Penalty Debate Emerging In Utah's Right

Apr 13, 2016

A surprising new conversation is occurring within the circles of the political Right in Utah: the abolition of the death penalty.


The Providence City Council held a meeting discussing a local section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The section under discussion would cut through a local subdivision. 


  The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources added Kokanee Salmon to Jordanelle Reservoir Monday. 

For the first time in Utah history, Kokanee Salmon will be part of the fish species at Jordanelle Reservoir.

Princeton University

Cattle are increasingly replacing wild ungulates on the world’s rangelands and prairies, but new research from Utah State University scientists suggests that cows and zebras may have similar effects on grasslands.