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Erin Alberty

Reporter, Environment

801-257-8786, ealberty@sltrib.com


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  • HIKING
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Hikers explore Babylon Arch on March 12, 2017 in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve near Leeds. Utah Hike of the Week: Babylon Arch - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
    Babylon Arch on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve near St. George is a lovely feature unto itself, but the real thrill of this hike is the journey. The tr...
    Updated May 19 2017 11:29 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young University student Madeline MacDonald has become an activist in the wake of her sexual assault in Orem in December 2014. She requested access to the file generated by an Honor Code Office investigation of her conduct, and says it showed the school regarded her as a ’suspect’ after she reported the attack. The probe concluded she did not violate the code, she said. MacDonald said she is pleased but with some reservations about the changes to the Honor Code announced in October 2016. She reported a sex assault to BYU, Orem police in 2014; now Dixie State cops are connecting 3 more cases
    In 2014, Brigham Young University freshman Madeline MacDonald was disappointed — and worried about possible future allegations — when Orem police told...
    Updated May 05 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • HIKING
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     The writer’s daughter climbs over a long boulder field outside of a lava tube March 7, 2017 on Tabernacle Hill near Meadow in Millard County. Utah Hike of the Week: Meadow Lava Tubes
    The Meadow Lava Tubes are a series of underground passages left by lava flows long ago. Parts of the tubes have collapsed, leaving deep, ditchlike cor...
    Updated May 02 2017 08:33 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Meadow Lava Tubes, photographed Wednesday, March 8, 2017, are nearby Meadow Hot Spring in Millard County. At Meadow Lava Tubes, a youngster’s enthusiasm for hiking gathers steam
    I’ve taken my kid on a lot of dud hikes. Well, it’s not that the hikes are duds. Among the hikes that have left my 4-year-old uninspired: Mesa Arch in...
    Updated May 04 2017 09:54 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Anglers hike back to their truck empty-handed after fishing April 18, 2017 near Soldier Creek Dam as ice melts away from the shore of Strawberry Reservoir. When even the most prepared angler must consider, ‘That’s why they call it fishing and not catching’
    Strawberry Reservoir • I thought we did everything right. My mother-in-law, daughter and I went to Strawberry Reservoir last week with dreams of victo...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A dock blooms April 1, 2017 near the Sand Cove primitive campground in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve near Leeds. In Utah's Red Cliffs, desert beauty moves at a tortoise’s pace
    St. George • Not far from the throngs of tourists in Zion National Park, fins and spires of orange sandstone rise quietly from the sandy bottoms near ...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Paintbrush flowers bloom April 2 near the Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road south of Shivwits. Hello old friends: Wildflowers making beautiful return to Utah deserts
    Washington County • The scent of honey and spice greets me as I approach a Utah holly along the Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road. Farther north, on the ...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A scene from the canyons near Monrovian Park in Sevier County on March 8, 2017. Surprises on the hiking trails of Monrovian Park in central Utah
    Monroe • One of my favorite things about central Utah is that I don’t know it too well, so I can be totally surprised. When people in Sevier County su...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 09:40 am   |     |   Share
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  • HIKING
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    An Arrowleaf Balsamroot blooms March 24, 2017 near the Ensign Peak trail. Utah wildflower update: Revenge of the Plyf
    Learning to identify flowers is one of the most gratifying parts of hiking for me. But yellow flowers are a struggle. A lot of them look generally l...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The ’Crystal Ball’ of Crystal Ball Cave towers over calcite formations known as ’cowboy crystals’ while stalactites dangle above. The cave is about 2 miles from the Nevada border, in Gandy, Utah. Improbable collaboration shines light on Utah’s glittering Crystal Ball Cave
    Gandy • The walls of Crystal Ball Cave sparkle with an ancient fragility that belies the Wild West outside its bullet-riddled door. In a glittering r...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
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