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Paul Fife takes March off every year to roam Utah in search of antlers shed by big game over winter. This is when bull elk begin dropping their bony headgear, offering outdoor enthusiasts a chance for a little treasure hunting …

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  • Proposal to create Utah state park at historic Hole-in-the-Rock gaining traction
    Nearly a century and a half ago, Mormon pioneers cut a trail through a natural cleft in the north wall of Glen Canyon, using shovels, picks and dynami...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 09:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Josh Ripplinger, of Moxi Cycling in Minneapolis, on Monday test-rides Garneau’s Gros Louis 2 fat bike, featuring giant 26’’ x 4.8’’ tires, during the Outdoor Retailer demo day at Solitude in Salt Lake City. When Outdoor Retailer left, Salt Lake City also lost chance to host cycling convention
    Before the Outdoor Retailer convention announced it is leaving Utah over the state’s public lands policies, Salt Lake City was a top contender to host...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 12:10 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Gov. Gary Herbert talks with the media during the his availability in his office at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 9, 2017 Outdoor Retailer is leaving Utah over public lands issues, a move Herbert calls ‘offensive’
    The Outdoor Retailer show is leaving Salt Lake City. After an unproductive meeting between Gov. Gary Herbert and outdoor recreation business represent...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   One possible reservoir site to provide water to the long-planned and highly criticized Bear River Project is the Malad River Valley, just south of the Idaho border that is a tributary to the Bear River. Guv’s water advisers take their work out of Utah public’s view
    Advisers to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert continue to shape a 50-year blueprint for state water policy and big-dollar dam and pipeline projects, but the publ...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 01:33 am   |     |   Share


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  • Courtesy  |  Luke Henry, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.  BLM proposes oil and gas leases on two parcels along the Kolob Terrace Road overlooking North Creek just west of Zion National Park. These parcels would be only the public lands in Washington County leased for energy development. BLM delays oil-drilling leases near Zion National Park amid concerns about tourism, groundwater
    The Bureau of Land Management is giving the public another month to weigh in on a controversial proposal to issue oil and gas leases west of Zion Cany...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 10:20 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Marauders’ Mark from Albuquerque reflects in a puddle, during the glow-in at the Bluff Balloon Festival, Saturday, January 14, 2017. Exploring Utah: Staying safe within reach of adventure’s prize
    A small helium balloon rises out of the orange cliffs of southeast Utah while several pilots stand below and wait for it to translate the sky. A big d...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Escalante business owners rebel against anti-monument resolution
    Garfield County commissioners have hit the pause button on a proposed resolution targeting the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument after dozen...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Skis, boots, biddings bikes and snow shoes were just a few of the items available available testing during the Outdoor Retailer demo day at Solitude in Salt Lake City Monday January 9, 2017. Outdoor industry execs ramp up rhetoric, send ultimatum to Utah governor
    Leading U.S. outdoor retailers are again threatening to pull their twice-a-year trade show out of Salt Lake City, this time in an ultimatum to Utah Go...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 12:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Hiker takes a compass bearing before walking across part of Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  Prominent Bears Ears formation visible in the distance. The area is included for a proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Utah groups pushing greater local control of public lands, wildlife seeking $4 million in state money
    Utah lawmakers are again considering several requests to fund legal and lobbying efforts directed at gaining greater state control over public lands a...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 02:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Bureau of Land Management special agent Dan Love was among the federal agents and archaelogists to search and remove artifacts in raids in Blanding in 2009. An unnamed BLM agent holding the same supervisory position with the agency was named Monday in a Department of Interior Office of Inspector General’s Monday that citing ethics violations. A lawsuit involving American Indian artifacts, alleged excessive force and a Utahn’s suicide has hit another wall
    A three-judge panel on Monday upheld the dismissal of a Utah family’s lawsuit against a Bureau of Land Management agent blamed for the suicide of Blan...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Heidi Christensen of the Odgen Nature Center holds ’Des Ta Te’ the Bald Eagle, during her visit to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City, Saturday, February 11, 2017 Photos: Eagles on display
    The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge hosted an eagle day Saturday, during which participants interacted with a bald eagle, played eagle-themed games a...
    Updated Feb 11 2017 07:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Cody Draper, right, Shane Hughes, middle, and Matt Gunn, left, push to the summit of Grandeur Peak on Saturday for the annual Running Up For Air 24-hour endurance challenge. The event raises money for Breathe Utah and awareness about the Wasatch Front’s poor air quality. The 125-participant race is staged out of Mill Creek Canyon’s Church Fork picnic area, where runners do repeated 5.8-mile trips up and down the peak overlooking Salt Lake City. Marathoners take to Utah’s Grandeur Peak in search of frigid challenge, clean air
    It may be the dead of winter, but the summit of Grandeur Peak, the 8,299-foot-high promontory on the south side of Parleys Canyon, was a busy place Sa...
    Updated Feb 11 2017 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Attendees file in to to the Outdoor Retailer event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City last month. Some outdoor companies have left the event because of Utah’s stand on public lands and others suggest that they will follow suit. More companies pull out of Outdoor Retailer show over Utah policies
    Several outdoor gear companies followed Patagonia’s lead and announced Thursday and Friday that they would no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer shows...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 12:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A group of spirited two and three year-old mares nip at each other as they spend time in the BLM pens awaiting adoption. The Bureau of Land Management holds a wild horse adoption Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Delta. Beaver County, horse advocates sue the BLM in legal tug-of-war over Utah’s wild horses
    Wranglers for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management completed a roundup of 655 wild horses from Utah’s West Desert in late January, but the agency’s deci...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 03:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Reporter Erin Alberty exercises on the Skier’s Edge at the Basin Rec Fieldhouse in Kimball Junction. Alberty: Ways to vault out of middling on the ski slopes
    For a long time, I have been skiing in a rut. My skill level pretty well represents the skiing of most folks who learned as adults: comfortable on th...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 07:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Creative Energies lead electrician Justin Therrien installs solar panels on top of a home in Salt Lake City Wednesday December 7, 2016. A new report says jobs in Utah’s solar industry grew by 65 percent last year, as installations of residential solar arrays surged. Solar jobs in Utah growing twice as fast as rest of nation, report says
    An unprecedented solar boom has been good to Utah businesses — the state’s solar industry grew at more than twice the national rate in 2016, according...
    Updated Feb 08 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Attendees file in to to the Outdoor Retailer event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 10, 2017. Patagonia drops out of Outdoor Retailer over Utah leaders’ opposition to Bears Ears
    As Outdoor Retailer show organizers open the search for a host city, one major player in the industry says it will boycott the convention as long as i...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 11:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Every step can reveal an interesting new find in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the geologic transformation of the planet seems to be more visible.  Grand Staircase impact: Boon or drag?
    In Utah’s fight to rescind Bears Ears National Monument, Republican politicians have refocused a long-standing campaign against another big monument t...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)   Attendees file in to to the Outdoor Retailer event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 10, 2017. Outdoor Retailer show may leave Salt Lake City, seeks bids from other cities
    Organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show are soliciting proposals for a possible new location for the massive, twice-yearly conventions held for two de...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sun starts to rise over Wasatch Mountains above Salt Lake City with an orange glow Wednesday Feb. 1 while in the valley temperatures are cold and the air polluted. Utah on track for one of snowiest winters in decades
    Heavy snow storms in January could make this winter one of the wettest in recent history, but whether all that snow makes it to Utah reservoirs by sum...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Stan Holmes installed solar panels on his roof, Rocky Mountain power wants net-metered customers like Holmes, who have invested thousands in solar arrays to pay a monthly fee, Friday, July 25, 2014 Utah solar industry gives up fight over tax credit for rooftop installs
    State lawmakers and officials from Utah’s solar industry have reached an agreement for phasing out tax credits for residents installing rooftop arrays...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, presents a resolution that urges the President of the United States to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument designation, to the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 2, 2017. Bears Ears supporters pack hearing; Senate panel OKs rescission bill anyway
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    Updated Feb 06 2017 02:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Erin Alberty takes a fall on the Wildflower run at Snowbasin Resort, which was the women’s downhill course in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Alberty: Falling down a mountain, with time to reflect
    The other week I got tripped up on the Funny-Stupid Line. The Funny-Stupid Line is familiar territory to those of us who like outdoor sports but are t...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 07:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  | Tribune file photo)   The view from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in August at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.  As top outdoor industry officials criticize Utah’s policies on public lands and urge the convention to leave Utah, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is arguing his state ’is better’ for the industry. Is Colorado trying to lure Outdoor Retail show away from Utah?
    With some outdoor industry executives calling for the Outdoor Retailer show to leave Utah in protest of the state’s public land policies, Colorado may...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 08:30 am   |     |   Share