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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Looking south from Interstate 80 near 7800 West, on Friday, May 20, 2022. The Utah Inland Port Authority is seeking to buy land, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the area to develop future rail facilities for the port.

Utah Inland Port fast-tracks bid to acquire LDS Church land for rail operations

By Brian Maffly | May 21, 2022, 12:53 p.m.

(Zak Podmore | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trash outside the abandoned None Such uranium mine in San Juan County, June 14, 2021. Radon occurs naturally in the presence of radioactive elements, such as uranium and radium.

One in three homes in Utah has dangerous radon levels. Here’s what can be done

By Brian Maffly | May 20, 2022, 2:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The boat marina on Antelope Island is rendered inoperable as The Great Salt Lake continues to shrink as seen on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Rescue Great Salt Lake with seawater from the Pacific? Utah lawmakers consider it

By Brian Maffly | May 19, 2022, 1:36 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The two buttes that make up the namesake for the Bears Ears National Monument can be seen in the distant horizon line as EcoFlight takes journalists, tribal people and activists over the Bears Ears Monday, May 8, 2017. The Utah Legislature has approved a deal to swap state trust lands in and around the monument for 165,000 federal acres in 21 counties.

Utah lawmakers approve Bears Ears land swap

By Brian Maffly | May 18, 2022, 10:51 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) The northeast flank of Grandeur Peak, pictured on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, would be the site of a massive limestone under a proposal by a Parleys Canyon property owner.

Salt Lake County mining ban draws lawsuit from Parleys quarry developers

By Brian Maffly | May 17, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Land owned by the Bureau of Land Management adjacent to Interstate 15 in Washington County, Thursday, May 12, 2022. The town of Toquerville is looking to acquire the land that private developers would turn into a sprawling recreational complex, with parks, trails and a charter school.

Tiny Toquerville wants 600 acres of public land for massive recreation destination

By Brian Maffly | May 16, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

(Courtesy photo by Ray Bloxham, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance) Utah’s remote Henry Mountains in Garfield County are home to free-roaming herd of bison. A land trade is in the works where nearby ranchers would exchange their private inholdings on the range’s west slope with public land that could then be developed in fast-growing Washington County.

Southern Utah land swap would give bison more room to roam, but at what cost?

By Brian Maffly | May 7, 2022, 10:17 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Family and friends of former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch watch as final honors are performed by the Utah Army National Guard after the funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 6, 2022. Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and the longest-serving from Utah, died April 23 at age 88.

Orrin Hatch remembered at funeral as a Senate great who embraced adversaries

By Brian Maffly | May 7, 2022, 3:31 a.m.

(Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune) This wastewater equipment, photographed on March 18, 2022, is to be installed at the Canyon Meadows subdivision in Wasatch County.

When the land wouldn’t support septic tanks, a Provo Canyon subdivision tries its own mini sewer system

By Brian Maffly | May 5, 2022, 2:59 p.m.

(Zak Podmore | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crews with the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service net endangered fish below the Piute Farms Waterfall in what used to be the San Juan arm of Lake Powell on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Utah's largest reservoir continues dropping, federal officials announced new measures to get more water into Powell to ensure continued power generation at Glen Canyon Dam.

Spilling water from Flaming Gorge to feed Lake Powell, feds will try to keep Glen Canyon Dam operational

By Brian Maffly | May 4, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

(Courtesy photo by the Bureau of Land Management) The BLM is leasing large sections of Utah’s West Desert for geothermal energy development, such as Pine Valley in this photograph shot from the Wah Wah Mountains looking northwest. Two companies recently acquired rights to 32,000 acres in Beaver and Millard counties.

Vast reaches of Utah’s West Desert could be leased for geothermal power

By Brian Maffly | May 2, 2022, 11:19 p.m.

(Ouray National Wildlife Refuge) The Johnson Water Gap, a section of the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge in Uintah County.

Ute Tribe believes rancher is ‘misappropriating’ its water, but is thwarted by federal courts

By Brian Maffly | April 28, 2022, 6:03 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) The view of St. George from Temple Springs Nature Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. In the face of rapid growth and long-term drought, Washington County water officials are seeking to pull groundwater from deep aquifers to the north of the city.

As water supplies dwindle, Wash Co. seeks to pump aquifer

By Brian Maffly | April 25, 2022, 8:46 p.m.

(Courtesy photo by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) Antlers from poached animals are on display at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City for DWR's last auction in 2016. Wildlife officials are again auctioning antlers on April 25.

Utah DWR to auction antlers and furs from poached wildlife

By Brian Maffly | April 24, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Public land on the Green River's Horseshoe Bend, south of Vernal, shot on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, will be auctioned for oil and gas leasing by the Bureau of Land Management. The one parcel to be offered at the BLM’s Utah auction June 28 is located on the right edge of this photograph on the far side of the river. It features an abandoned 55-year-old well that will have to be plugged by whoever buys this lease. Overflight provided by LightHawk.

BLM wants bidders to reclaim unplugged wells as condition for getting oil and gas leases

By Brian Maffly | April 23, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Clover Creek Solar northwest of Mona on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. This 80-megawatt array covers 560 acres of private land in Juan County. The BLM has announced a deal this week to lease 4,836 acres in Beaver County for a 600-megawatt array.

BLM issues first solar lease on public lands in Utah

By Brian Maffly | April 22, 2022, 9:10 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Horseshoe Bend, south of Vernal, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. The area is near the one lease the BLM said would go on sale on Monday. Overflight provided by LightHawk.

After 15-month leasing pause, BLM offers just one small parcel in Utah for oil and gas

By Brian Maffly | April 19, 2022, 7:32 p.m.

(Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spring Canyon, a scenic hiking destination outside Zion National Park, is part of a proposed land swap in which the state would shed its extensive holdings inside Bears Ears National Monument. The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration owns a section in Spring Canyon that would be included among the 160,000 acres the state would give to the fed in exchange for 142,000 acres of federal land in 19 counties.

SITLA pleads for Legislature’s approval of Bears Ears land swap

By Brian Maffly | April 18, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah is currently experiencing the worst summer air quality in nearly ten years, largely due to a persistent high pressure system that has parked over the Wasatch Front. The summer equivalent of an inversion is not as obvious to spot but the high ozone levels are there none the less as seen near the Salt Lake Valley on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

EPA rejects Utah’s claim that its ozone pollution comes from Asia

By Brian Maffly | April 14, 2022, 10:01 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A Parleys Canyon property owner has proposed operating a massive limestone quarry on a 634-acre parcel at this spot in Parleys Canyon, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.

Salt Lake County has blocked new mining, but will the zoning ordinance hold up against legal challenges?

By Brian Maffly | April 13, 2022, 12:59 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A proposed limestone quarry in Parleys Canyon would be accessed by this road above Interstate 80, photographed Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.

Salt Lake County bans new mines in Wasatch foothills and canyons

By Brian Maffly | April 6, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

Utah doctor banned from Denali in conviction stemming from rescue

By Brian Maffly | April 5, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jacob Holdaway talks about Walkara Way, a project to rehabilitate several miles of Utah Lake shoreline on land owned his family and other private landowners, on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

How Utah Lake once sustained tribes and Mormon pioneers and why it needs help

By Brian Maffly | March 31, 2022, 1:05 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The historic Utah Lake Pump Station, at right, replaced in 2013 after over 100 years of service, is kept for historical preservation alongside the new pump station designed to transfer water to the Jordan River using four 200 cubic feet per second vertical propeller pumps. The unique siphon discharge technology from the original design, was preserved, pictured on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Would dredging Utah Lake upset a century of peace over water rights?

By Brian Maffly | March 28, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

 (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) This area may be affected by the proposed limestone quarry, in Parleys Canyon, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Parleys Canyon mine proponents retrench behind a smaller project

By Brian Maffly | March 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m.