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(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) Hite Crossing Bridge stretches over the Colorado River as it flows into Lake Powell near Hite Marina on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. The Ute Indian Tribe worries that the newly proposed Colorado River Authority of Utah could deprive the tribe of its rights to the river's water.

What about us? Ute Tribe asks as Utah moves to protect its share of the Colorado River.

By Brian Maffly | March 6, 2021, 12:35 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) The Colorado River flows into Lake Powell near Hite Marina on Feb. 4, 2021.

Utah Senate backs new agency to battle neighboring states over Colorado River

By Brian Maffly | March 4, 2021, 12:12 a.m.

(Photo courtesy of James McGrew/National Park Service)  Two peregrine falcons fly in Zion National Park. The park closed several rock climbing routes on March 1, 2021, for the birds' nesting season.

Zion National Park closes climbing routes where falcons often nest

By Rebekah Wahlberg | March 1, 2021, 10:41 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) A sunset along the shore of Willard Bay in January 2018. Willard Bay ranked as the third most-visited state park in 2020.

Utah’s state parks are drawing record crowds despite the pandemic. See which ones top the list.

By Brian Maffly | March 1, 2021, 3:08 p.m.

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Then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at a news conference at the Kanab Airport in May 2017. Standing with him were Rep. Chris Stewart and a group of county commissioners.

SUWA can sue over Zinke’s secret meetings with Utah county commissioners over monuments

By Brian Maffly | February 26, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

(Graeme Jennings | Pool via AP) Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior secretary, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Haaland vows to visit Utah before any moves are made on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase

By Brian Maffly | February 25, 2021, 3:12 p.m.

(Leah Salgado via AP) This photo provided by Leah Salgado shows the image of New Mexico U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland projected on the side of the U.S. Department of the Interior building in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Native Americans will be closely watching a confirmation hearing Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, for Haaland, who has been nominated to lead the Interior Department. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American to lead the agency that has broad oversight of tribal affairs and energy development.

Native Americans gripped by Deb Haaland hearing for secretary of Interior

By Felicia Fonseca | The Associated Press | February 24, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

Environmental attorney to lead Bureau of Land Management

By The Associated Press | February 24, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune File Photo)  Looking south beyond the Colorado River, is the northern most boundary of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah. EcoFlight flew journalists, tribal people and activists over the northern portion of the proposed 1.9 million acre site in April 2018 in an effort to push for permanent protection from impacts caused by resource extraction and high-impact public use. President Barack Obama designated a 1.9 million acre monument only to have it significantly downsized by President Donald Trump. The monument boundaries, along with the Grand-Staircase Escalante national monument, are under review by the administration of President Joe Biden.

U.S. Interior Department has overflowing to-do list on public lands, Trump rollbacks

By Judy Fahys | InsideClimate News | February 23, 2021, 2:46 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten |  Tribune file photo) Energy Fuels, which operates the only conventional uranium mill in the United States near Blanding, in San Juan County, Utah, on June 24, 2020. The company and its leaders, along with another uranium mining company made coordinated campaign contributions leading up to the creation of a $75 million federal uranium stockpile.

Campaign contributions, including from a Utah operator, preceded creation of federal uranium stockpile

By Zak Podmore | February 22, 2021, 2:39 p.m.

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Sprinklers cool down a runner at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City in 2017. Utahns rank among the highest per-capita water users in the nation.

We’re wasting too much water in Utah. Here are simple steps you can take to help.

By Brian Maffly | February 21, 2021, 3:11 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jordan Clayton, supervisor with Utah Snow Survey for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) shown with his dog Gus, at the Daniels Strawberry Snotel or snow telemetry network site, Feb. 3, 2021. The tall tower is equipped with wind, temperature, snow depth and solar radiation sensors. The brown tower, left, is a precipitation gage. All the sensors send information to the equipment shelter, right, where the data is uploaded to the NRCS. Snotels are located in often remote, high-elevation mountain watersheds and monitor snowpack, precipitation, soil moisture, temperature, and other climatic conditions affecting Utah's watersheds. Since roughly 95% of Utah's water supply comes from snowmelt, Snow Survey staff use Snotel data to forecast summer water supply conditions in the state's watersheds.

Why all that snow we’re shoveling may not rescue Utah from a bad water year

By Brian Maffly | February 22, 2021, 5:45 p.m.

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A tourist enjoys the view from Dead Horse Point State Park, one of 44 operated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources. A bill before the Legislature to restructure the department would break its Division of Parks and Recreation into two divisions and could prioritize motorized recreation in grant making.

Green groups breathe easier as Utah backs away from merging environment and natural resources agencies

By Brian Maffly | February 19, 2021, 2:18 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)  Mule deer stand in a sliver of morning sunshine as they graze in Emigration Canyon in 2018. Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would ban baiting in big game hunting.

Another argument for banning bait in hunting: It will slow disease spread in Utah deer

By Brian Maffly | February 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

(Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo) Mule deer stand in a sliver of morning sunshine as they graze in Emigration Canyon east of Salt Lake City in 2018. Utah hunters' increasing use of trail cameras and apples to bait big game has drawn fire from some hunters who see such practices as cheating and disruptive to wildlife's natural behavior. Rep. Casey Snider, R-Paradise, has introduced legislation that would ban these practices.

‘We’ve taken a little bit of the hunt out of hunting’: Utah lawmaker seeks to ban baiting, trail cameras

By Brian Maffly | February 11, 2021, 2:34 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | Tribune file photo) This Jan. 6, 2021, file photo shows limited snowfall in Big Cottonwood Canyon where south facing slopes showed bare spots. Already in the grip of a stubborn drought, Utah, along with the entire Intermountain West, is facing what looks to be another bleak water year as climate change settles into the region.

Climate change ravaged the West last year and 2021 could be worse

By Judy Fahys | February 8, 2021, 7:34 p.m.

(Courtesy of Stadler Rail) This image shows what a cog railway might look like in Little Cottonwood Canyon. A $1 billion proposal to run such a line from La Caille restaurant to Alta Ski Resort is being considered among traffic-solution options by the Central Wasatch Commission, a canyon planning board.

A rail line may soon head to Alta. Here’s what it might look like.

By Brian Maffly | February 8, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hite Crossing Bridge stretches over the Colorado River as it flows into Lake Powell near Hite Marina on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Sunday preview: Why hedge funds are eyeing Utah’s shrinking water supply

By Zak Podmore | February 11, 2021, 4:52 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Utah legislative leaders on Thursday unveiled plans for a new $9 million state agency to advance Utah’s claims to the Colorado River in hopes of wrangling more of the river’s water. Environmentalists characterized the proposed river commission as a “shadowy new government agency” aimed at promoting the Lake Powell pipeline and other big water diversions. Lake Powell is shown in 2016.

Proposed river authority would assert Utah’s claims to the Colorado’s dwindling water

By Brian Maffly | February 5, 2021, 1:30 a.m.

(Photo courtesy of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance) Fourmile Canyon/Last Chance Road, also known as K7300 in Kane County, is one of 15 "bellwether" routes at issue in a three-weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in 2020. Judge Clark Waddoups is expected to render decisions this year that will guide resolution to Utah's claims to 12,500 other routes crossing public lands, but a recent appeals court ruling could enable wilderness advocates to intervene in these lawsuits and drag the proceedings out for years.

Utah’s 10-year battle over disputed roads crisscrossing public lands likely just got a lot longer

By Brian Maffly | February 1, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Keith Johnson | Tribune file photo) This Jan. 21, 2014, file photo shows the Stericycle plant in North Salt Lake that incinerated hazardous medical waste and racked up multiple violations of clean air laws and regulations. It has now agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve a case brought by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Medical waste incinerator agrees to pay $2.6M to resolve alleged clean air violations

By Brian Maffly | January 30, 2021, 11:12 p.m.

(Courtesy of Dom Smith | EcoFlight) Energy Fuels' White Mesa Mill near Blanding, Utah, is the last conventional uranium mill still operating in the United States.

Can the White Mesa uranium mill shake southern Utah’s radioactive past?

By Zak Podmore | January 30, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) While Utah's Republican leaders are united in opposing President Joe Biden using the Antiquities Act to once again expand the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, residents are deeply divided over the expected action. The polarization follows a pattern that has played out many times in history as presidents use the "superpower" of designating monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Presidential ‘superpower’: the federal Antiquities Act and its use in carving out national monuments

By Zak Podmore | January 28, 2021, 9:11 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) This file photo shows equipment in the oil fields southeast of Vernal, Feb. 7, 2012. The new Biden administration has announced a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters, potentially slowing down further development in Utah’s Uinta Basin.

President Joe Biden halts federal oil and gas leasing to review the program

By Brian Maffly | January 27, 2021, 11:28 p.m.

(Christie Hemm Klok | The New York Times) The Kayenta Solar Plant on the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Ariz. on Jan. 21, 2020. President Joe Biden will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, including a ban on new oil and gas drilling on federal land.

Biden to announce halting new oil and gas drilling leases on federal land

By Lisa Friedman | The New York Times | January 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m.