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Utah Ranks as the Least Gambling-Addicted State

Apr 27, 2016
http://www.ship1610.org

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
fws.gov

 

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
http://www.cleanair.pima.gov

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
plants.usda.gov

  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
gslcouncil.utah.gov

  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
nlm.nih.gov

  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
nps.gov

  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
idfg.idaho.gov

  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
mdc.mo.gov

 

   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
wildlife.ohiodnr.gov

  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
wilderness.org

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
shakeout.org

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
ostseis.anl.gov

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
facethefactsusa.org

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
http://blog.udot.utah.gov

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.

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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.

 


http://energy.utah.gov

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.  


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