Judy Fahys

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Judy Fahys has reported in Utah for two decades, covering politics, government and business before taking on environmental issues. She loves covering Utah, where petroleum-pipeline spills, the nation’s radioactive legacy and other types of pollution provide endless fodder for stories. Previously, she worked for the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah, and reported on the nation’s capital for States News Service and the Scripps League newspaper chain. She is a longtime member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She also spent an academic year as a research fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys being out in the environment, especially hiking, gardening and watercolor painting.

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Federal regulators have a special category for “Hazardous Air Pollutants.” And, when scientists at the Division of Air Quality went looking a few years ago, they found a few of those 180 pollutants at elevated levels in the Salt Lake Valley.

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Illegal drones are blamed for raising the cost -- and hazard -- of the Saddle Fire in southwestern Utah this summer more than once. So Governor Gary Herbert will ask lawmakers to approve legislation to address the problem.

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Freedom Shearer-Davis is tapping the contents a small plastic cup onto a plant that hugs the ground. This puncture vine – also known as goathead -- is dotted with deceptively dainty yellow flowers. The weevils look like a wad of dryer lint spilling out.

The little-known Community Impact Board usually spends its meetings considering funding requests for rural Utah projects like a new justice center in Grantsville or improvements at Grand County’s airport.

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A watchdog group is joining the call for an investigation into the expenses of Utah’s lands-transfer lawsuit.

  • A $1,300 receipt for staying at the posh Grand America Hotel.
  • A beer tab prohibited in state contracts.
  • Lawyers charging $500 an hour and more for public relations and lobbying.

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The smoke from fireworks skyrocketed pollution levels in Salt Lake, Weber, Tooele and Utah counties last weekend.  Monitors in Salt Lake County showed air quality ranging from unhealthy and very unhealthy for over four hours.

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An inconspicuous state panel known as the Community Impact Board will meet this week for the first time since the  Oakland, Calif., City Council voted to ban coal shipments. Board member Jae Potter says it’s disappointing, but Oakland’s move won’t derail support here for Utah coal.

The U.S. Department of Interior finalized its new royalty rules June 30, prompting criticism from industry and support among environmental organizations.

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The seventh annual Clear the Air Challenge starts Friday. It’s a contest aimed at reducing summer ozone pollution that drew over seven thousand people last year. Together, they cut pollution by 646 tons.

About a dozen people are crowded into a living room in Holladay to hear Ty Markham. She's a Democrat running for Utah House District 73. It spans six downstate counties that include voters from Beaver to Monticello and Kanab. Its been represented by Republican Mike Noel for over a decade.

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Former Utah Congressman Jim Matheson has a new job. Starting mid-July, he’ll lead the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking comments through Tuesday on what could be the nation’s first shale oil mine.

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University of Utah researchers say they’ve discovered a new way to hinder the AIDS virus, and their findings opens door for new treatments that have fewer side effects.

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How we get and use energy is changing fast in the West, and a debate is heating up about the best way to cut costs -- and pollution -- as part of the transformation.

Sara Leseberg Ralston

Green issues are capturing more attention in politics these days. It’s true in community elections and in the national vote, according to the author of a new book on energy politics. And the creator of a new political action committee in Utah agrees.

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Work stopped in eastern Utah last winter at the first tar sands mine in the United States. But now investors and improving oil prices have cleared the way for the project to restart.

Ozone Season Digs In

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Forecasters say warm, sunny weather is here to stay for awhile. That means the summer ozone season has arrived. And so have conditions for smoggy afternoons.

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Someone trying to guess how good the skiing will be in the Wasatch next season will often ask: “How wet will it be?”

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Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are expected to decide next week on new pollution controls for two coal-fired power plants in central Utah.

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Utah’s Native Plant Society has just updated its catalog to create a new listing that isn’t just comprehensive but also speaks volumes about how our world is changing.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has already declared that energy is a top priority in his administration. Now he’s inviting the head of his energy development office to join his inner circle. Citing her public- and private-sector experience, he announced Laura Nelson’s promotion on Tuesday at the 5th annual Energy Development Summit.

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The fifth annual Governor’s Energy Development Summit gets underway on Tuesday.

This year’s two-day program begins with a panel of women who are helping to lead the energy industry through change.

Ian McCammon

Utah lawmakers made it clear in Wednesday’s special session that state leaders don’t want President Obama to create a new national monument in Utah.

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Climate activists have been stepping up their protests of federal oil and gas leasing in the West this year. And on Tuesday they crashed a mineral-lease auction in Salt Lake City.

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The U.S. Interior Department has launched a sweeping review of coal mining on federal lands, and next Thursday officials are visiting Salt Lake City to talk about it.

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A state panel ruled Thursday that Utah citizens have a right to know more about how they might be expected to pay for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.

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Climate-change activists scored a moral victory last week when the University of Utah’s Academic Senate voted to shed fossil-fuel investments, but now they’re impatient to see the policy advance.

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A team of Utah-based scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey has come up with a new way of measuring Colorado River flows. It helps answer a big question for the West: How much water flows down the river as it leaves Utah?

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Stephanie Duer, Salt Lake City’s water guru, sums up the state’s water challenges this way: “If there was a single solution, we all would be doing it now and this problem would be solved.”

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So much water‘s been pumped out of the Cedar Valley that the ground surface and the water table are sinking, and the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District has spent years tracking down new ways to get water to the people of Cedar Valley.

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