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Last Updated Mar 25, 2017 09:31PM

Utah and surrounding states have a responsibility to address the pressure put on the human water supply by climate change and population growth, some scientists argued at a two-day symposium hosted this week by the University of Utah. As drought …

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  • |  courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources  Utah conservation officers confiscated these deer antlers Feb. 7 after catching some gathering them in violation of an emergency closing the entire state to antler gathering until April 1. The agency has so far cited 26 people for violating the order imposed to avoid disturbance to big game during a harsh winter. Horns of a dilemma: Utah wildlife officers continue crackdown on antler gathering
    Cedar City resident Wyatt Herbaugh kept an eye on a mule deer for much of the winter, coveting its prodigious rack of horns. He hoped to find the six-...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Backpacker climbs a sandstone ramp in a canyon on Cedar Mesa in a part of San Juan County that is now Bears Ears National Monument. Bears Ears is a national monument now. But it will take a fight to save it.
    Washington • As he prepared to travel west, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke got a letter from a coalition of tribes in Utah on Friday. The gr...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 02:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  courtesy of Paul Fife  Shed elk antlers gathered in southern Utah are leaned against a tree. Utah wildlife officials have closed the entire state to antler gathering until April 1 because mule and deer elk are facing the toughest winter in years. The closure is needed to minimize stress to these animals as they fight for survival in deep snows blanketing the northern part of the state. Utah closed to antler gathering until April
    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 h...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of Save Our Canyons Bonanza Flats near the Wasatch Crest’s Guardsman Pass would be preserved under a $38 million deal reached by Park City leaders with the 1,350-acre parcel’s owner. This land was to become a 260-unit luxury destination, but the city, Summit County and nine non-profit groups have joined forces to acquire the land for public enjoyment and habitat conservation. As clock winds down on Bonanza Flats, will Salt Lake help pay for conservation deal?
    Midway resident Jonathan Clegg, whose Wasatch County roots reach back generations, came to the town council last week asking for money to help Park Ci...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 08:31 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Zach Schierl  |  National Park Service Up to 5,000 stars visible from Utah’s Cedar Breaks National Monument, as seen in this night-time photo shot from Point Supreme Overlook last summer. The monument on Saturday celebrates its recent designation as a Dark Sky Park. See the stars at Cedar Breaks, Utah’s newest dark-sky park
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  • (Photo by Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Trucks line up to receive coal at Sufco Mine in Emery Friday June 3, 2011.  Coal has been mined continuously from the SUFCO mine since 1941. Zinke finalizes Greens Hollow coal lease, would secure Utah’s oldest mine
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  • Courtesy  |  Colorado State University  These photos show a hazy day and a clear day in Bryce Canyon National Park. The photos, taken between 1984 and 1996, are maintained by Colorado State University for regional haze monitoring. Chaffetz, Lee take aim at haze ruling that would reduce pollution at two Utah coal power plants
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    Updated Mar 15 2017 10:58 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Glen Merill, meteorologist forecaster for the Nationl Weather Service studies local and national forecast models in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Temperatures for the week will be at least 20 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year setting up the possiblity of flooding. Utahns should brace for more flooding, officials say
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  • (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    At least 200 Garfield County residents gathered outside county offices in Panguitch Monday to speak for and against a resolution calling for the downsizing of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Garfield votes for a smaller Grand Staircase despite divided constituency
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Matt Pacenza, front, Executive Director of HEAL Utah and members of Breathe Utah, ’stand for clear air’ as part of a rally at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, to push for more energy efficient and green building codes. Reviews mixed from environmental advocates on legislative action for clean air, water
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Representative Mike Noel, R-Kanab, works on the House floor at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create ‘Department of Land Management’
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Supporters of Bears Ears National Monument gather to protest movement by republicans at the Utah Capitol to move HCR11 and HCR12, resolutions asking President Donald Trump to erase the Bears Ears and alter Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, directly to the House floor for debate on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Utah lawmakers take aim at Bears Ears, ask for Trump’s help
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Division of Wildlife Rescources members weigh one of 50  mountain goats transported captured in the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver, Utah on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Biologists transported some to the La Sal Mountains where a herd was established over the objections of the U.S. Forest Service. Judge rejects suit over La Sal goat introduction
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gavin Noyes, left, executive director of Utah Dine Bikeyah, speaks in opposition HCR24, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, at right, during the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. HCR24 encourages state acquisition of the Bears Ears National Monument. Utah lawmakers seek to purchase Bears Ears land, take over management from feds
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