Judy Fahys

Reporter

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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The 21st Annual Stegner Symposium got underway Wednesday with a keynote speech about the small ways communities can tackle the big environmental problems of our time.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated last week that the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon had caused nearly $6 million in damage, but Utah friends and family of the occupiers are disputing those claims.  

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The U.S. Geological Survey usually excludes earthquakes caused by mining in its periodic hazard maps. But, on Monday, the federal agency published a new analysis of hotspots in the central and eastern parts of the country where mining is likely to cause enough ground-shaking to damage buildings sometime this year.

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Utah lawmakers created the Constitutional Defense Council years ago to coordinate various battles with the federal government over issues like backcountry roads, a lands-transfer, and imperiled species like wolves and sage grouse.

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Two Utahns in Congress stopped at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Thursday to talk about their new initiative to “empower” Congress.

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Environmental groups announced a federal lawsuit this week over coal-ash at Rocky Mountain Power’s Huntington power plant in Emery County.

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Going into yesterday’s caucuses, the big question for many Utah Republicans was whether Ted Cruz would win all 40 of the state’s delegates. In the end, he did, thanks to a record number of caucus-goers who weighed in.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

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Racing advocates for the Bonneville Salt Flats received some welcome attention for their cause on Thursday, when Utah

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"Regulatory overreach” has become a kind of rallying cry in conservative political circles, and now three Utahns in Congress are proposing new legislation Thursday that they say is aimed bringing federal powers back into balance. 

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A new report aims to spark statewide discussion about potash mining in Utah, and how it can coexist with a healthy environment.

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Rocky Mountain Power is trimming the cost of electricity thanks to the annual exercise of rebalancing. The electric-power company announced plans Tuesday to cut customer electricity bills by $14.3 million because of last year’s energy markets.

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State lawmakers added money to Utah’s budget last week for suing the federal government over public lands. The question is whether they’ll use it.

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San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is appealing his federal conviction for organizing an ATV protest ride nearly two years ago into Recapture Canyon. He’s scrapped his lawyers and is now handling his own defense. 

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Almost half of the revenue generated from mineral mining on federal lands comes back to Utah. It’s typically used to build community centers and roads in the rural counties where the mining’s done. But lawmakers want to use the money now to transport Utah products into foreign markets.

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Water managers warn that Utah faces over $30 billion in water needs in coming decades. But auditors reported last year that the state’s water oversight is too patchy to know what projects are really needed.

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Advocates say consumer electric rates are at risk, thanks to a bill that’s advancing in the final days of the legislative session.

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Lawmakers have just a few days left to decide whether to use public dollars to help finance a California shipping terminal.

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Critics of federal government gathered Saturday at the state Capitol. Like other rallies around the West, theirs was a show of support for the Oregon wildlife occupiers and anti-federal activists who remain in jail.

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Supporters of jailed rancher Cliven Bundy and the Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers are planning rallies nationwide Saturday.

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Senators cleared the way Thursday for Utah refineries to get millions of dollars worth of tax credits for installing equipment to remove pollution-forming sulfur from gasoline.

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A new analysis says Utah decision makers have smart alternatives to lawsuits for ending the frustration over federal land management.

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Republican Ken Ivory represents South Jordan in the Utah House, and he’s known for long and lofty speeches about how he thinks the federal government’s gone rogue. He’s revived a measure from last year that urges the states to get together to fix the U.S. Constitution. And, while it passed the House, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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Opposition has poured in against the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ended a public comment period on Monday.

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Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, says capital punishment makes sense in theory, but its true costs are prompting him to question whether the state should continue executing criminals. His Senate Bill 189 would abolish the death penalty for future capital cases.

A Senate panel was poised Tuesday to begin discussing abolishing the death penalty in Utah.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, SB 189, would eliminate the punishment after nine convicts currently on Utah’s Death Row are executed.

Jean Hill, who represents the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, says she doesn’t expect the legislation to pass this year but hopes it’s the beginning of a conversation.

Democratic state lawmakers fought unsuccessfully Tuesday to block a bill that would reorganize key legislative committees and amount to what they call a power grab.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other governors met with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House.

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What happens if state leaders succeed in forcing the federal government to hand over control of more than 30 million acres in Utah?

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Terry Tempest Williams is, for many Americans, the voice of Utah’s wildlands. A Utahn, she’s an author who took on a surprising new role this week. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, were protesting a U.S. Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction, when they ended up buying energy rights on public land in southern Utah, some of them within sight of Arches National Park. Williams sat down with KUER’s Judy Fahys on Wednesday in the KUER studios to talk about how and why she’s become a wildcatter.

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