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Tom Wharton


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    Roads for Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge open again after flooding
    Good news for wildlife watchers. After weather and flooding closed the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge’s 12-mile Auto Tour Loop and the road leading ...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 10:57 am   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)    Kanab is sponsoring its annual Hog Wild Relay Race on April 1. It is a two-person team relay race run on the Hog Canyon redrock trail system near town. Go hog wild on this southern Utah relay race
    Couples or pairs of friends looking for a challenging spring run can enjoy an April Fools Day race in Kanab’s Hog Canyon. The southern Utah town is sp...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Franciso Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Glimpses of the scenic famed walls of Zion National Park flash by motorists as they travel through the mile long tunnel along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. Zion National Park inspires more poetry
    Nature often inspires poetry. That will certainly be the case starting March 2 as Zion National Park hosts its Poetry in the Park for the seventh year...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 11:24 am   |     |   Share
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    Should subsidized museums offer residents discounts?
    Cedar City’s Frontier Homestead State Park has formed an interesting relationship with the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism & Convention Bureau. The Bure...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 09:27 am   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.   You can see thousands of geese at the annual Snow Goose Festival. Delta to host geese, festival
    While a 21/2-hour one way drive from the Salt Lake area to the western Utah town of Delta might seem a bit long for a wildlife viewing trip, anyone wh...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:55 am   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Visitors take pictures and hike around Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Saturday March 5, 2016.  Road construction starting in March and running through November will close key park access roads from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. except for Friday and Saturday nights. Arches night road closures start this spring
    If you hope to visit Arches National Park for a night hike or drive, don’t plan on doing so between March and November this year except on Friday and ...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Manti floods in the early 1900s due to overgrazing.  Courtesy photo)  Forest Service came to the rescue for turn-of-the-century Utah
    When Utahns recreate in national forest lands close to population centers, the beauty of clear-flowing mountain streams, shaded public campgrounds, lu...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Scenes from the Utah Sportsmen’s, Vacation & RV Show at the South Towne Expo Center Thursday February 12, 2015.  It includes luxury motor homes, travel trailers, pop ups, campers and more. There will also be outdoor cooking demonstrations and fly tying demonstrations. The show runs daily through Sunday. RV Show heralds new outdoor season
    Sandy — Can spring be far behind? The 52nd annual Utah Sportsmen, Vacation and RV Show opens its four-day run Thursday at the South Town Expo Center. ...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Eric McCandless  |  ABC  Elton John performs during “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.” Going to California? Get a free visitors guide
    It’s no secret that California might be the number one vacation destination for Utah families. Attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Lego...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 08:36 am   |     |   Share
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    DWR instigates statewide antler ban
    Utah Division of Wildlife Resources director Greg Sheehan has signed an emergency order prohibiting the gathering of shed deer, elk or moose antlers i...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 09:54 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   The M41 from DCB, at the Utah Boat Show and Watersports Expo, at the South Towne Expo Center, in 2015. Optimism high as annual boat show gets set to open
    With snowpack way above average, the chances of Utah’s reservoirs and lakes being full this summer look good. And that means there could be some of th...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 11:03 am   |     |   Share
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    Celebrate bald eagles this Saturday
    Bald Eagle Day started as one of Utah’s first watchable wildlife events and, while other similar activities have followed, it remains one of the most ...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 11:12 am   |     |   Share
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    Snow Canyon hiking challenge marks 60th anniversary
    Utah State Parks are celebrating their 60th anniversary and individual units are starting to schedule special events to honor the occasion. Snow Canyo...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 09:12 am   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick |  Tribune file photo)   Shani Davis, of Chicago, Ill., reacts after competing in the men’s 1,000 meter speed skating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Wednesday February 12, 2014. Olympics boosters in Utah plan a celebration this Saturday. Celebrate Utah Olympic anniversary this week
    The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation will be hosting public celebrations commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Ga...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    Want to serve on a wildlife board? Here’s how
    Volunteers who labor on Utah’s five Regional Advisory Councils and Utah Wildlife Board help set policy, rules, regulations, permit numbers and bag lim...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 09:51 am   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Visitors take pictures and hike around Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Saturday March 5, 2016. As yearly visitation numbers continue to rise, a recently announced federal hiring freeze could create major problems in U.S. national parks. Wharton: Hiring freeze could cause major problems
    Part of being a good politician is condensing a complex issue into a sound bite that sounds like a good policy but can’t hold up on further scrutiny. ...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 10:54 am   |     |   Share
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    Ogden hosts Yeti bash this weekend
    Ogden will host the second annual Wasatch Yeti Bash Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ogden City Amphitheater. The event includes a winter arts market, c...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 11:18 am   |     |   Share
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    (Arrin Newton Brunson  |  Tribune File Photo)   Fishermen and their friends gather around the fire at the annual Cisco Disco,  named for the hopping around fish dippers do to stay warm.  Cisco fish are spawning this week and can be netted on the east side of Bear Lake along the rocky shoreline. Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is frigid fun
    Few places in Utah are as cold as Rich County in the winter. So give the tourist folks in Rich County a shoutout for celebrating that fact. The Bear L...
    Updated Jan 27 2017 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    Amid heavy snow, Utah’s emergency deer feedings expand
    Heavy snowfall in northern Utah is forcing the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to add more areas where biologists and volunteers plan to feed deer...
    Updated Jan 26 2017 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  | Tribune file photo)   A dusting of snow on the peaks of Snowbasin ski resort in September 2013. The resort’s Winter Carnival is Saturday. Snowbasin’s family-focused Winter Carnival is Saturday
    Snowbasin Resort will hold its Winter Carnival Saturday with an emphasis on family activities. The event, which begins at 10 a.m. with a social media ...
    Updated Jan 26 2017 01:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Bears Ears formation rises above White Canyon along US Highway 95 near Natural Bridges National Monument in San Juan County.  The formation is at the heart of the newly designated  Bears Ears National Monument. Bears Ears: History shows gains from new national monuments eventually outweigh local concerns
    The wailing, anger and protests by Utah and San Juan County politicians over the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument prove why the Antiqui...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Twelve year old Grayden Larson and his father Aaron of Bluffdale head out on their first hunting trip together as they hunt near Soapstone Basin just off the Mirror Lake Highway, early Saturday morning, October 19, 2013. Plan now for big game hunting
    Utah’s big game hunts won’t start until late summer and early fall but those who want to participate need to start planning now. The state Division of...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy of the Kane County Office of Tourism Kanab to host balloon, band festival
    Looking to do something different on President’s Day Weekend? Kanab will be hosting its annual Balloons and Tunes Roundup that features hot air balloo...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:35 am   |     |   Share
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    Outdoor industry opposing public land transfer
    Major environmental organizations have been almost unanimous in opposing the transfer of federal lands to state governments. There is concern that sta...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
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    ‘Gullstravaganza” on tap this Saturday
    Great Salt Lake Audubon is sponsoring its seventh annual Utah Birders “Gullstravaganza” Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost is a $5 donation to...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 09:27 am   |     |   Share
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    DWR begins feeding deer near Bear Lake
    I’ve never been a big fan of artificially feeding wildlife, though the necessity of doing so at places such as Hardware Ranch or the National Elk Refu...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 09:06 am   |     |   Share
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    Fish Lake to host perch tournament
    Few fish are as tasty as fresh-caught yellow perch. And when the fish start biting, few species are as easy to catch. And one of the best places to ca...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Enjoy national parks for free on MLK Day
    Utah families looking for a quick weekend getaway to a National Park Service facility next Monday on Martin Luther King Day will get free admission. T...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 10:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    Yellowstone’s Mammoth Dining Room honored
    Many travelers have favorite places where they go back again and again when they are on the road. In Utah, for example, I always have to stop at Ray’s...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Annual St. George bird festival coming soon
    The 14th annual Red Cliffs Audubon St. George Bird Festival is scheduled January 26 through the 28th and will feature field trips, presentations and a...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 08:17 am   |     |   Share