Judy Fahys http://kuer.org en Miner's Day: Park City's End of Summer Celebration http://kuer.org/post/miners-day-park-citys-end-summer-celebration <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Americans celebrate Labor Day with picnics and barbecues.&nbsp; But Park City has its own, quirky way of marking the national holiday.</span></p><p>The Summit County community dedicates its end-of-summer celebration each year to its history as a silver-mining town</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:52:27 +0000 Judy Fahys 51492 at http://kuer.org Miner's Day: Park City's End of Summer Celebration Deadly-100 Driving Days Ends After Labor Day http://kuer.org/post/deadly-100-driving-days-ends-after-labor-day <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">AAA is projecting that 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend to celebrate the holiday that marks the end of summer.</span></p><p>Around 2.5 million people in the Mountain West are planning to travel, according to AAA spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough. And about 2.1 million are going to drive.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:06:31 +0000 Judy Fahys 51396 at http://kuer.org Deadly-100 Driving Days Ends After Labor Day August Climate Eases Drought; Grows Record Tomato http://kuer.org/post/august-climate-eases-drought-grows-record-tomato <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of Utah continues to struggle with drought. But an especially cool and rainy August has <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pdfs/20140819/20140819_UT_trd.pdf" target="_blank">eased the dryness </a>and triggered other consequences, too, including a monster tomato.</span></p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Seaman’s put some numbers to the climate trends that Utahns have been living firsthand this August.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:07:32 +0000 Judy Fahys 51299 at http://kuer.org August Climate Eases Drought; Grows Record Tomato Salt Lake City: A "Heat Island" with Health Consequences http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-heat-island-health-consequences <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cities are getting hotter thanks to climate change. And the heat in cities is rising faster than rural America. It’s a trend playing out in Utah.</span></p><p><a href="http://mech.utah.edu/people/faculty/eric-pardyjak-associate-professor/" target="_blank">Eric Pardyjak</a> is a University of Utah mechanical engineering professor who studies what are called “heat islands,” which generally make summer nights hotter in cities than in rural communities.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:20:31 +0000 Judy Fahys 50986 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City: A "Heat Island" with Health Consequences Clinton Continues Chlorination after Drinking Water Contamination http://kuer.org/post/clinton-continues-chlorination-after-drinking-water-contamination <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drinking water advisories have been </span><a href="http://www.clintoncity.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">lifted </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the Davis County community of Clinton, but the </span>weeklong<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ordeal caused by bacterial contamination isn’t quite over yet</span></p><p>The problem started when someone illegally connected the irrigation water system to the separate system of drinking water pipes. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:30:25 +0000 Judy Fahys 50623 at http://kuer.org Clinton Continues Chlorination after Drinking Water Contamination Utahn Tests Smaller, Wireless Pacemakers http://kuer.org/post/utahn-tests-smaller-wireless-pacemakers <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/imed/services/heart-institute/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Intermountain Medical Center</a> in Murray is one of 50 hospitals nationwide involved in a research trial for next-generation pacemakers.&nbsp; Last month one of its doctors implanted the new, wireless device in a grandmother from Logan.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 50568 at http://kuer.org Utahn Tests Smaller, Wireless Pacemakers Business Leaders Launch New Initiative on Water http://kuer.org/post/business-leaders-launch-new-initiative-water <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s business community is launching a new initiative this week focusing on water. Business leaders say protecting current water supplies and developing new ones is essential if the state is going to continue to operate smoothly and to grow.</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:57:11 +0000 Judy Fahys 50347 at http://kuer.org Business Leaders Launch New Initiative on Water Drought Cuts Season Short for Great Salt Lake Boaters http://kuer.org/post/drought-cuts-season-short-great-salt-lake-boaters <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drought is shrinking the Great Salt Lake. So, boat owners enlisted a big crane this week to haul their boats out of the water.</span></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 50319 at http://kuer.org Drought Cuts Season Short for Great Salt Lake Boaters National "Sun Tax" Debate Lands in Utah http://kuer.org/post/national-sun-tax-debate-lands-utah <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hearings in downtown Salt Lake City this week put Utah at the center of a national controversy over solar power.</span></p><p>Electric companies in 43 states allow homes with solar panels to put unused electricity back on the power grid. Utah is one of those states. But it is deciding on becoming one of the first states to charge solar customers a monthly service fee.</p><p>Environmentalists call it a “sun tax.”</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49985 at http://kuer.org National "Sun Tax" Debate Lands in Utah Utah Congressman Wants to Revamp Recreation Fees http://kuer.org/post/utah-congressman-wants-revamp-recreation-fees <p></p><p>Recreation fees provide money for campfire talks and other visitor programs that take place on public lands. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop wants to update those user fees, and he’s got backing from some unlikely supporters.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:15:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49927 at http://kuer.org Utah Congressman Wants to Revamp Recreation Fees Pollution Spikes: A New Holiday Tradition http://kuer.org/post/pollution-spikes-new-holiday-tradition <p></p><p>Families all over Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with fireworks. The festivities also pumped lots of unhealthy smoke into the air that spiked air pollution. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the trend and Salt Lake City’s plan to deal with it.</p><p>Polluted air has become a kind of day-after tradition for Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. Monitors at the state Department of Environmental Quality show those pretty pyrotechnics created enough smoke to top federal health standards in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Cache and Tooele counties Thursday night.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:56:22 +0000 Judy Fahys 49819 at http://kuer.org Pollution Spikes: A New Holiday Tradition Panel Accuses Forest Service of Water Grab http://kuer.org/post/panel-accuses-forest-service-water-grab <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Forest Service says it wants to do a better job safeguarding the nation’s groundwater. But its initiative to protect that vital resource is coming under attack in Utah and elsewhere. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports.</span></p><p>Utah’s <a href="http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2014&amp;Com=SPESWD#" target="_blank">State Water Development Commission</a> has a simple message for the Forest Service and its new groundwater directive.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:56:59 +0000 Judy Fahys 49771 at http://kuer.org Panel Accuses Forest Service of Water Grab Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash http://kuer.org/post/teachers-back-mcaleer-1st-district-both-candidates-raise-campaign-cash <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The democratic challenger vying for Utah’s </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district congressional seat hopes two big endorsements will help her unseat the incumbent in November. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49602 at http://kuer.org Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries http://kuer.org/post/state-sets-water-priorities-virgin-river-tributaries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A drought in southwestern Utah means there’s not enough water to fulfill the needs of all property owners in the area. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the priority list that’s leaving some Washington County water users dry this year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:45:02 +0000 Judy Fahys 49498 at http://kuer.org State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries Rail Line Would Deliver Uinta Basin Energy to Markets http://kuer.org/post/rail-line-would-deliver-uinta-basin-energy-markets <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plans are moving forward to build a 100-mile rail line from </span>Duchesne<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, through the wild </span>Uinta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Basin, and into Price. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports on the ambitious and expensive proposal to move Utah energy products into the market.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:52:16 +0000 Judy Fahys 49274 at http://kuer.org Rail Line Would Deliver Uinta Basin Energy to Markets Rural Commissioner Returns to Office -- Thanks to 3 Votes http://kuer.org/post/rural-commissioner-returns-office-thanks-3-votes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans dominate politics in eastern Utah’s conservative </span>Uintah<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County. So, a vote recount and long wait for a winner in the county commission primary was unusual and tense. Mike McKee will keep his seat for a fourth term because there is no Democratic challenger. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:12:59 +0000 Judy Fahys 49157 at http://kuer.org Rural Commissioner Returns to Office -- Thanks to 3 Votes BLM Investigation Goes to Justice Department http://kuer.org/post/blm-investigation-goes-justice-department <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report says antigovernment groups are gaining steam after last spring’s standoff between federal authorities and Nevada rancher </span>Cliven<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bundy. Some say Utah people and events are part of the trend. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p>The federal Bureau of Land Management says it has sent its investigation report on last spring’s Recapture Canyon protest ride to the U.S. Justice Department.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:52:48 +0000 Judy Fahys 49107 at http://kuer.org BLM Investigation Goes to Justice Department Breathtaking Fireworks Have Health Impacts, Too http://kuer.org/post/breathtaking-fireworks-have-health-impacts-too <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fireworks are already exploding in neighborhoods throughout Utah. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports report on the potentially unhealthy side affects of this pastime.</span></p><p>Many enjoy the colorful spectacle of a fireworks display. But the pollution caused by fireworks makes others sick.</p><p>Just like the stuff that causes Utah’s winter smog, the smoke from fireworks is particle pollution.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:04:33 +0000 Judy Fahys 48767 at http://kuer.org Breathtaking Fireworks Have Health Impacts, Too Ozone Rising Throughout Utah http://kuer.org/post/ozone-rising-throughout-utah <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Forecasters are predicting nice weather for the holiday weekend. But clear, quiet skies also mean higher ozone pollution that can cause health problems.</p><p>Ozone is Utah’s “other” pollution. It’s odorless and colorless. But this summertime pollutant still poses a hazard to health. Bo Call supervises pollution monitoring for the Utah Division of Air Quality.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 48700 at http://kuer.org Ozone Rising Throughout Utah Clear the Air Challenge Begins Tuesday http://kuer.org/post/clear-air-challenge-begins-tuesday <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sixth annual </span><a href="http://cleartheairchallenge.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Clear the Air Challenge</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> begins on Tuesday.&nbsp; The idea is to help people learn what they can do to help protect the air from pollution.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:55:45 +0000 Judy Fahys 48484 at http://kuer.org Clear the Air Challenge Begins Tuesday Agency Extends Deadine for Water Pipeline http://kuer.org/post/agency-extends-deadine-water-pipeline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Communities in the Southwestern part of the state want to develop Utah’s unused share of Colorado River water.&nbsp; A federal agency is now putting pressure on the state’s water office to hand in its application for that development.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 48441 at http://kuer.org Agency Extends Deadine for Water Pipeline Utah High Court Clears Way for Tar Sands Mine http://kuer.org/post/utah-high-court-clears-way-tar-sands-mine <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The nation’s first tar sands mine has been planned for the wild Book Cliffs in eastern Utah. But was stuck in legal limbo until a ruling Tuesday from the Utah Supreme Court.</p><p>The justices opted against allowing an environmental group to challenge a state water pollution permit for the project.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 48307 at http://kuer.org Utah High Court Clears Way for Tar Sands Mine Global Warming Prompts Local Lobbyists http://kuer.org/post/global-warming-prompts-local-lobbyists <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decision makers are hearing a lot about global warming this week.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:18:42 +0000 Judy Fahys 48251 at http://kuer.org Global Warming Prompts Local Lobbyists Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps http://kuer.org/post/bipartisan-bill-simplifies-land-swaps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>New, <a href="http://robbishop.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=385128" target="_blank">bipartisan legislation</a> in Congress would advance public education and conserve important landscapes by making it easier to transfer lands between government agencies.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:31:02 +0000 Judy Fahys 48133 at http://kuer.org Bipartisan Bill Simplifies Land Swaps State Fair Park's Future Remains Uncertain http://kuer.org/post/state-fair-parks-future-remains-uncertain <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Attendance keeps declining at the State Fair Park in Salt Lake City -- at least partly because the grounds are so run down, and <a href="http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2014/html/00003323.htm" target="_blank">lawmakers</a> are grappling with what to do next.</p><p>Around the country, attendance has trended up at state fairs, but that’s not been the case in Utah. About 20 percent fewer people visited last year than just five years earlier.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 48066 at http://kuer.org State Fair Park's Future Remains Uncertain Lawmakers Spar With Feds Over Policing Public Lands http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-spar-feds-over-policing-public-lands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>There’s been debate all over the West for years about who’s best to police federal lands. On Wednesday, leaders from local, state and federal government agreed the best way to resolve the disputes is to keep talking.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:03:49 +0000 Judy Fahys 48011 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Spar With Feds Over Policing Public Lands Fire Season Pauses For Now Thanks to El Nino http://kuer.org/post/fire-season-pauses-now-thanks-el-nino <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Salt+Lake+City&amp;state=UT&amp;site=SLC&amp;textField1=40.7608&amp;textField2=-111.89&amp;e=0#.U6CzEWRdXZU" target="_blank">cold, wet spell</a> is expected to continue through Wednesday, and that could cause a welcomed pause in the fire danger.</p><p>The long-term forecast projects a 70 to 80 percent likelihood of El Nino weather conditions for the rest of the year. And that could ease the drought in Utah.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47949 at http://kuer.org Fire Season Pauses For Now Thanks to El Nino Lawmakers Question Emission Tests http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-question-emission-tests <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers wonder if the safety and emissions programs in place in northern Utah need to be updated. Legislators considered the question on Monday during a meeting of Administrative Rules Review Committee.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:04:08 +0000 Judy Fahys 47901 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Question Emission Tests San Juan County Tries to Assume Control of Recapture Canyon; BLM Still Investigating ATV Protest http://kuer.org/post/san-juan-county-tries-assume-control-recapture-canyon-blm-still-investigating-atv-protest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of all-terrain-vehicle riders drove into San Juan County’s Recapture Canyon a month ago. Federal authorities say that ride into off-limits territory was illegal, but they haven’t filed any charges yet.</span></p><p>Now, the San Juan County Commission is asserting authority over the scenic trail in a non-binding resolution. Recapture is filled with ancient burial sites and antiquities, and county leaders say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking too long to decide how to safeguard them.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47698 at http://kuer.org San Juan County Tries to Assume Control of Recapture Canyon; BLM Still Investigating ATV Protest Colorado River Roars While Southern Utah Withers http://kuer.org/post/colorado-river-roars-while-southern-utah-withers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The runoff will start tapering to an end soon in northern Utah after near normal flows. But southern parts of the state are still starved for moisture.</span></p><p>Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, says many of the reservoirs in northern Utah are doing alright even though it’s been a pretty dry spring. Meanwhile, big storms have been drenching Colorado and making the Green and Colorado Rivers roar.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47661 at http://kuer.org Colorado River Roars While Southern Utah Withers