A handful of ski resorts across northern Utah were forced to close Monday due to unusually high winds. Gusts reached 118 mph at Snowbird’s Hidden Peak. The resort closed all of its lifts Monday afternoon, reopening only half of them later in the day.
Snowbasin halted operation for all of its lifts. The resort's Jason Dryer explained the conditions worsened with elevation.
“We were seeing anything down low at the bottom of 50 to 60 mph, but up at the top of Mt. Ogden we got a recording as high as 91 mph,” Dryer said. Such sustained winds are unusual, he said.
This week, the November voting process begins with the caucus system. Tuesday and Thursday Democrats and Republicans will hold neighborhood caucus meetings at local schools, and other meeting places. Utah director of elections Mark Thomas says caucuses are just the beginning of the election cycle.
"Well, the caucus system is how political parties in Utah begin the process of selecting the candidates they ultimately nominate for the ballot,” he said.
Beginning May 1, visitors to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park will need to bring some extra equipment. The National Park Service announced this week that bear-resistant food containers approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will now be required in the area.
Kevin Moore, Acting Chief Ranger for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks said finite resources in the area combined with the region’s popularity brings potential for trouble.
"We do not want a bear to become habituated to humans because then we could have a problem," said Moore.
As Utah’s legislative session ended late last night, some legislators -- including Pat Jones -- have announced they are not seeking re-election.
“What the...you mean my 14 years are up?? My last legislative session came too fast, but not fast enough," Jones posted on her Facebook wall. "Thanks family and friends for the opportunity of a lifetime!!!”
This past session, she served as the Assistant Minority Whip in the Utah State Senate.
Jones has served in the Senate since 2007, and prior to that she served in the House of Representatives since 2001.
Last week I decided to take on a new change in my life. I wanted to join the ranks of Anne Hathaway, Bill Clinton and Al Gore and go vegan. In the end, I lasted a total of 36 hours and decided that all vegans were crazy.
Being vegan means you cannot eat meat, eggs, milk, honey, gelatin, fish and most importantly cheese. As I have finished my vegan trial run, I decided to look into it more to see what I was missing out on. I caught up with Christine McPherson, a lifelong friend of mine who is mostly vegan.
The last time you visited Arches National Park you may have noticed that things seemed a little crowded, at least in the parking area for the Delicate Arch trailhead.
Well, the park service has noticed too, and they are currently developing parking management strategies to deal with the crowds. As the National Park Service’s Sabrina Henry explained, the current parking lot was developed decades ago, when visitation rates were far lower than the 2,000 people Delicate Arch sees on peak days now.
Political party officials are encouraging public participation in this year's elections. In Utah, state party officials are preparing for next week’s caucus meetings. Both Democrat and Republican caucuses will be held next week, Democrats on Tuesday and Republicans on Thursday, March 18 and 20.
Utah residents planning to run for a state office can begin filing this Friday for Utah Attorney General, and several house and senate seats. Anna Thompson is with the Utah Democratic Party out of Salt Lake, and said her party will do better this year.
"We're looking forward to the Attorney's General race and in the state legislature, there are races across the state that were lost in the Romney year by fewer than 700 votes. There are a handful of those, and we're going to get those seats," Thompson said.
Though the Great Salt Lake is a known stopping point for many migratory birds, new research shows just how important it is for a long-beaked shorebird called the Marbled Godwit.
Three populations of the Marbled Godwit live in North America. The primary population lives in the middle of the continent. They call Saskatchewan, the Dakotas and Montana home. Two smaller populations are based out of Alaska and the eastern coast of Canada.