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.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah filed a preliminary injunction last week which would force the state, the attorney general and the governor to recognize the same-sex marriages that took place in Utah until the pending supreme court case has been decided.
Since the stay on gay marriage was set in place, same-sex couples who were married in Utah do not have access marital rights that other heterosexual married couple’s receive.
John Mejia, the legal director for the ACLU, said the state currently recognizes gay marriages, but only for tax purposes.
Students here at Utah State and across Utah are on Spring Break this week. Some will stay home to catch up on studying. Others will travel to popular destinations including national parks and, you guessed it, Las Vegas.
“March is the busiest month of the entire year for Las Vegas,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
“In 2013 we saw more than 3.5 million people in the month of March alone.”