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Last Updated Apr 29, 2017 10:07PM

In Salt Lake City, protesters march Saturday to the Governer’s Mansion. In Washington, D.C., they protested outside the White House gates. In 300 cities, thousands of people rallied, demanding action on climate change. The mass protest, which coincided with President …

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  • (File photo | Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A runner takes advantage of sprinklers to cool down on his training run in Sugarhouse Park in 2014. How much water does Utah really use? With data based on guesswork, the answer is unclear
    Utah has a partial grasp, at best, of how much water it consumes, a new report suggests. A fraction of the information that goes into the state’s offi...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake City residents invited to wildfire simulation
    Salt Lake City residents are invited to an interactive, three-dimensional wildfire simulation Saturday morning to prepare them for wildfire season. Th...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes a photo of  ancient petroglyphs near Comb Ridge, outside Bluff, Saturday, July 16, 2016.  Jewell defends Bears Ears monument process
    On her journey home to Seattle from Washington, D.C., Sally Jewell spent a few weeks this spring in New Mexico, Utah and Nevada visiting some of the l...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Utah Geological Survey  Emery County water users fear Skyline Mine’s expansion into the Flat Canyon coal tract could impair their rights to Huntington Creek, which supplies homes, business, a power plan and farms. Water fight erupts over Skyline mine expansion
    The Wasatch Plateau is so perforated with tunnels and shafts that reservoirs are believed to leak into coal miners’ underground chambers, resulting in...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 11:18 pm   |     |   Share



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  • (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah engineering students Brandon Quinton, Brian Naylor, Katherine Colburn, Quentin Allen and Jackson Barrett review maps while visiting the Mill B Trailhead at the S-Curves in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The students are part of a team that developed new proposals for managing traffic congestion and recreation facilities in the busy canyon. University of Utah students say charging toll the way to fix Big Cottonwood Canyon traffic problems
    Big Cottonwood Canyon • A few miles up the gorge, sandwiched between Mount Olympus and Twin Peaks, the highway makes two sweeping bends where the cany...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Salt Lake City skyline is visible through the hazy air in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 31, 2017. Study: Utahns are still burning wood during inversions
    New data from Utah’s Division of Air Quality suggest Utahns are ignoring the state’s mandatory no-burn days, when burning wood or other solid fuels su...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 08:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi fires up the crowds on Saturday in celebration of Earth Day. March for Science Salt Lake City and other leading scientific, academic, and educational institutions and organizations from Utah strolled up State Street to the Utah Capitol to highlight the benefit of science within society, and to encourage legislators to use evidence-based science in the policy-making process. Signs of the time: March for Science crowd calls for federal funding, denounces climate deniers
    They said it in signs:   “America’s Dark Age — 2017-?” “Science is not a liberal conspiracy.” “Beer, Coffee, Wine, MTN Dew. Thanks Science!” “Girls Ju...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:06 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Setting Utah’s Dixie forest on fire — in a controlled way
    Prescribed burning that has sparked controversy in past years got under underway again this week on southwestern Utah’s Paunsaugunt Plateau. Managers ...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sarah E. Richards  |  AP Rainbow Bridge National Monument is a star attraction at Lake Powell. Utah’s Rainbow Bridge National Monument gets new protected status
    Page, Ariz. • Much of Rainbow Bridge National Monument along Lake Powell in southern Utah has gained a new protected status. The National Park Servic...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 09:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Salt Lake City skyline is visible through the hazy air in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 31, 2017. Oil company vows pollution relief for Utah; air advocates skeptical
    Utah air advocates and regulators are praising Chevron’s announcement that it will produce cleaner gasoline at its Salt Lake City oil refinery. Becaus...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   A site just south of the Idaho border  near Washakie, Utah, along the Malad River Valley,  a Bear River tributary, is one possible reservoir location in the long-planned Bear River Development Project. Rocky Mountain Power says it may have a better plan for Bear River
    Utah’s largest electrical provider is floating a plan it says may eliminate need for the $1.5 billion Bear River water development project. A spokesm...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 10:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo)   The Salt Lake Valley during a 2016 day when levels of health-threatening ozone levels were high. Lawyers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaled Tuesday the agency is reconsider a 2015 rule that reduced allowable ozone levels. Salt Lake City debuts on list of ozone-polluted areas
    Salt Lake City now ranks among the worst U.S. cities for ozone and particulate pollution, a new report says. The Salt Lake metro area, including Provo...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 12:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The pollution plagued Salt Lake valley is obscured by another red-air day on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. American Lung Association ranks SLC in top 10 for worst air quality
    Salt Lake City’s air quality has improved, but is still ranked as the sixth worst in the nation, according to the latest State of the Air report from ...
    Updated Apr 20 2016 09:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    O’Henry peach blossoms at the Utah State University demonstration garden in Kaysville which features plants intended to feed and attract bees, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.   Want to attract bees? Plant flowers, avoid pesticides, experts say
    Gardeners hoping to attract pollinators to their yards start envisioning rows of brightly colored blossoms this time of year. But for those really wa...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 11:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)    Utah trust-lands officials have authorized construction of a gravel pit just east of the Wayne County hamlet of Teasdale, but many nearby residents contend such a use is a poor fit.  Sixth District Court Judge George Harmond has invalidated a conditional-use permit for the pit, throwing into question  Wayne County’s authority to enforce zoning on the project. Project on state trust lands not subject to local zoning, court rules
    A state judge has invalidated a conditional-use permit Wayne County officials issued for a gravel pit on state trust lands on the edge of Teasdale, ra...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of Infinity Pharmaceuticals Cow cabbage grows in abundance on Utah’s Wasatch Plateau where an Ephraim company EcoPharm proposes harvesting to further cancer research. The native plant contains a compound with anti-cancer properties. In this 2008 courtesy photo, Steve Monsen, left, a contract worker for Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and David Mann, associate director of biological chemistry for the company, harvest the plant with a Forest Service worker in the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in 2008. Wasatch Plateau meadows to be harvested for new cancer drugs
    Cow cabbage, which flourishes in mountain meadows of the U.S. Southwest, was once seen as a worthless invasive weed targeted for eradication by ranche...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Activist, spouse criminally charged for closing a gate
    A well-known Four Corners-area environmental activist and her husband face criminal charges stemming from a confrontation with San Juan County rancher...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 01:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Meet Moabosaurus, Utah’s latest dino discovery
    Moab already revels in superlatives associated with its geology, canyons, parks, trails, even its maddening crowds, but many scientists believe Utah’s...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 07:36 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo)   The Salt Lake Valley during a 2016 day when levels of health-threatening ozone levels were high. Lawyers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaled Tuesday the agency is reconsider a 2015 rule that reduced allowable ozone levels. Utah failed to meet current ozone standard, but EPA may raise allowable levels
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signaled that it may reconsider its 2015 tightening of ozone standards — a rule that a half-dozen Utah co...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 12:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Brian Maffly  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dan Robinson’s backyard the Stonegate subdivision west of Roosevelt has been destroyed in the homeowner’s failed effort to salvage his septic system. The stench and mess forced Robinson to move his family out while Duchesne County figures out a solution to this area’s drainage problems which have turned parts of this neighborhood into “an open sewer,” says Robinson, a Roosevelt dentist. The county could impose a moratorium on residential construction in its unincorporated Hancock Cove until this subdivided agricultural area can be sewered. Utah taxpayers to rescue Duchesne subdivision from septic nightmare
    Utah taxpayers and the city of Roosevelt will help a Duchesne County subdivision that has festered in its own sewage for the past few years, thanks to...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 12:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hikers climb a ladder made from a tree at the first falls of the Kanarraville Falls hike in Kanarraville in 2016. The Bureau of Land Management has acquired 41 acres at the mouth of the canyon to enable better management of the canyon visited by 40,000 hikers a year. BLM buys Kanarraville parcel with access to popular canyon
    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has acquired 41 acres at the mouth of a popular canyon in the Iron County town of Kanarraville. In recent years, K...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 10:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Kelly McAdams walks across a beaver dam in his back yeard to remove a bucket that was caught on the top of the dam on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  Salt Lake County officials are pressuring McAdams and his neighbors to remove the beaver dams from Big Willow Creek where the stream flows across their properties. They insist the dams have been there for years and should remain because they are natural and provide wetland habitat, but officials say they pose a flood hazard. Leave it to beaver? No way, says Salt Lake County
    Draper • Big Willow Creek bends and meanders behind Kelly McAdams’ Draper home and her backyard steps down into an urban wildlife preserve. Thanks to...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Volunteers fill bags with sand to block flooding expected to come with the snow melt. Sizable mountain snowpack has northern Utah braced for flooding
    Add this to the list of proverbs about the fickleness of Utah’s weather: If there’s not a drought, it’s flooding. That’s the situation, especially in ...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 11:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Clean air, public health and national park advocates march in support of the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) recently approved plan to reduce coal pollution in beloved national parks such as Arches, Canyonlands and Zion. The group marched to Rocky Mountain Power headquarters in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016,  to deliver a petition with over 43,000 signatures asking the utility not to sue to stop the EPAís plan. Rocky Mountain Power plan violates EPA ruling, critics say
    A day after it was filed with state regulators, Rocky Mountain Power’s latest 20-year strategic plan has come under fire by critics who say elements o...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share