This summer the Mountain Gazette, the region’s only mass circulation literary magazine, celebrated its 40th birthday. I have to disclose that I am a senior contributor to Mountain Gazette, and over the years have received hundreds of dollars in compensation. But last month I was compelled to travel to Summit County, Colorado, where contributors over four decades held a first-ever gathering. Around a snapping campfire, John Fayhee welcomed the assembled writers:
Next time you're at a Box Elder Bees football game, walk past the purple bleachers and open a large garage style door. Behind the doors you'll find all sorts of different colored large tanks, metal platforms, and trailers. It's a place where members of an unlikely school team gather.
It's taken 3 years for the Box Elder High School FFA tractor team to restore a 1948 Allis Chalmers tractor, which in the 1950s was used to remove snow from the roadways in Preston, Idaho.
Conservation is just as important as gun rights, according to a new poll of sportsmen by the National Wildlife Federation. Nearly half said those two priorities have equal weight in their minds. And given a choice between prioritizing oil and gas production or protecting public lands, 35 percent chose the fuel and 49 percent chose the public lands. John Gale with the NWF says he thinks Utah is the perfect place for a balanced approach between recreation and tourism and energy development.
After a decade of legal challenges, the "roadless rule" landed on the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep—and on Monday, the court opted to leave it in place rather than hear the latest appeal. The rule doesn't allow new roadbuilding on millions of acres of national forestland in three dozen states, including Utah. The decision not to hear their appeal is a victory in the conservation community, says Mike Anderson with the Wilderness Society.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Utah State University Distance Education building on Wednesday. As Utah State celebrated the completion of its new facility, the Governor touted the Distance Education program and its new high-tech headquarters.
Herbert says the new facility is an important step towards making higher education more accessible.
Utah State University President Stan Albrecht will recognize more than 53,000 alumni and other donors who contributed to the university's comprehensive campaign, Honoring Tradition, Securing the Future, Celebrating Success.
On Saturday Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison issued a proclamation welcoming the Moab Pride Festival:
"I think it’s a good event, I really do, and I think the community thinks it’s a good event. These are our neighbors, these are our friends, these are the people who live here, so, you know, we’re all in this thing together. And why not celebrate that?"
With the world’s population now exceeding 7 billion people, undeveloped land is quickly diminishing. This week, hundreds of people from across the country are in Salt Lake City hoping to reverse that trend by taking part in the Land Trust Alliance Rally at the Salt Palace.
The Multicultural Center of Cache Valley has a permanent resident: a one-eyed gerbil. Center director Ernesto Lopez, who installs an immediately appreciated wheel into the gerbil’s habitat, explains that the black fur-ball is a remnant from a short-lived bilingual preschool program.
"It was costing the center more money than could be afforded. Due to that reason, the program had to end, and we inherited the mascot—the pet to that program, which was a gerbil."