Judy Fahys http://kuer.org en 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 Hazardous Air Pollutants: Initial State Study Finds Low Levels http://kuer.org/post/hazardous-air-pollutants-initial-state-study-finds-low-levels <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s air-quality scientists continue to piece together the puzzle of the state’s pollution problem. Recently, they’ve been studying a new piece of it, the toxic components that might be tied to cancer and other severe health conditions</span></p><p>The state Division of Air Quality began to <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Air-Quality-Board/docs/2014/06Jun/ITEM_VId_Utah_Air_Toxics.pdf" target="_blank">look at toxic chemicals</a> in the Salt Lake Valley’s air pollution after an outcry from clean air advocates last winter.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47589 at http://kuer.org Hazardous Air Pollutants: Initial State Study Finds Low Levels High Pollution Triggers New Regulations for Utah Drillling http://kuer.org/post/high-pollution-triggers-new-regulations-utah-drillling <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The energy boom in eastern Utah has brought with it a big pollution problem.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span>Utah Division of Air Quality has been studying it, and its now implementing new regulations to cut emissions.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47451 at http://kuer.org High Pollution Triggers New Regulations for Utah Drillling Energy Summit Considers All-of-the-Above Options http://kuer.org/post/energy-summit-considers-all-above-options <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Utah's energy community met Wednesday at Gov. Gary Herbert’s 3<sup>rd</sup> annual Energy Development Summit to talk about the state's all-of-the-above approach to powering everyday life.</p><p>The Republican governor reminded his audience that energy is one of his administration’s top four priorities. He said energy pumps around $5 billion into Utah’s economy each year.</p><p>But Herbert said good jobs and a high standard of living have to be balanced with conserving the environment.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:19:08 +0000 Judy Fahys 47337 at http://kuer.org Energy Summit Considers All-of-the-Above Options Utah Prepares for New Climate Plan http://kuer.org/post/utah-prepares-new-climate-plan <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environmental Protection Agency released an <a href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/" target="_blank">ambitious plan</a> Monday to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming. Several </span>Utahns<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are already working on next steps.</span></p><p>David Folland, a leader of the grass roots <a href="http://citizensclimatelobby.org/" target="_blank">Citizens Climate Lobby</a> in Utah, is pleased to see progress finally being made on the issue.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47283 at http://kuer.org Utah Prepares for New Climate Plan New Wood-Burning Curbs Considered for Business http://kuer.org/post/new-wood-burning-curbs-considered-business <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Burning wood in fireplaces and stoves has been forbidden for years whenever air quality gets bad in parts of northern Utah.</span></p><p>Now the Division of Air Quality is considering <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Public-Interest/Public-Commen-Hearings/Pubcom2.htm" target="_blank">similar regulations</a> for businesses.</p><p>The idea first came up when regulators were brainstorming in a public workshop last winter: Why not make commercial and industrial facilities comply with the same no-burn standards that homeowners do?</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:10:30 +0000 Judy Fahys 47230 at http://kuer.org New Wood-Burning Curbs Considered for Business Utah Braces for New Power Plant Regulations http://kuer.org/post/utah-braces-new-power-plant-regulations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama administration promised last year to crack down on the pollution blamed for climate change, and now the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to take a big step in carrying out that pledge.</span></p><p>On Monday, EPA is expected to roll out new regulations on existing power plants. Those plants are the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions associated with global warming.</p><p>And a new report by a think tank called Ceres says Utah has a relatively high output of CO2.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47112 at http://kuer.org Utah Braces for New Power Plant Regulations Utah Strategy on Sage Grouse Advances http://kuer.org/post/utah-strategy-sage-grouse-advances <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah leaders are pressing forward with their aggressive campaign to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the endangered species list.</span></p><p>Republican Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is co-sponsoring <a href="http://gardner.house.gov/press-release/members-house-senate-introduce-legislation-protect-sage-grouse" target="_blank">a new bill</a> to block the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from adding the sage grouse to the federal list of Endangered and Threatened Species.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47001 at http://kuer.org Utah Strategy on Sage Grouse Advances Green River Leak Prompts Call for Prevention http://kuer.org/post/green-river-leak-prompts-call-prevention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cleanup is </span><a href="http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/SaltWashSpill.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">still underway</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nearly a week after authorities learned that an oil well was spewing contaminated water near the Green River. Over the weekend, the petroleum reached the river, and now some observers want to focus on preventing future accidents.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 46933 at http://kuer.org Green River Leak Prompts Call for Prevention Pricey Lands Study Overlooks Economic Value of Conserved Lands http://kuer.org/post/pricey-lands-study-overlooks-economic-value-conserved-lands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lands officials gave a </span><a href="http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&amp;clip_id=17547&amp;meta_id=517975" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">status report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to lawmakers last week on the potential costs of taking over federal lands within Utah. What the report didn’t talk about – environmental costs -- is raising concerns for conservation advocates.</span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 46839 at http://kuer.org Pricey Lands Study Overlooks Economic Value of Conserved Lands Emergency Crews Near Green River Stop Well Leak http://kuer.org/post/emergency-crews-near-green-river-stop-well-leak <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Local, state and federal emergency officials have plugged an oil well spill near Green River after the well gushed out of control for more than a day.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 00:15:21 +0000 Judy Fahys 46728 at http://kuer.org Emergency Crews Near Green River Stop Well Leak