Judy Fahys


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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Dozens of people attended a hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday wearing t-shirts that said: “Protect Bears Ears.”

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered a kind of public-lands manifesto in Washington on Tuesday and mentioned Utah while talking about the “course correction” she envisions for the nation’s conservation strategy.

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The Utah Cutthroat Slam puts a spotlight on the four types trout that are native to Utah lakes and streams. It’s a unique partnership between the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the conservation group, Trout Unlimited.

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The fight over wilderness in Utah has dragged on for so long that lawyers are scrambling to gather important testimony before key witnesses pass away.

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What would happen to life in the West if the water flowing into streams and reservoirs shrinks by a quarter of what we've come to expect?

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News reports nationwide about lead in drinking water have Utahns wondering whether dangerous levels of contamination could happen here.

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The Department of Environmental Quality wants to help Utahns to swap out noisy, exhaust-sputtering gas lawn equipment with quieter and cleaner electric models.

They're doing it through the CARROT incentive program.

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University of Utah information security officials urged the staff, faculty and students on Friday to be on alert for ransomware.

It’s software that installs itself on a computer, encrypts its data and makes files inaccessible without an encryption key. Hackers basically hold the computer hostage until they receive payment of hundreds or thousands of dollars for the decryption key.

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Walkers and bikers who use the Jordan River Parkway Trail will soon be able to travel its entire length uninterrupted by cross streets.

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April 1 usually marks the time when Utah’s snow accumulation is at its height, and this year looks remarkably -- and happily -- typical.

Community leaders announced a new coalition Wednesday to deal with climate change. The Utah Climate Action Network is focused on mainstreaming the reality of climate change, avoiding the risks it poses and sharing practical solutions to its impacts.

Salt Lake City is one of 54 cities nationwide that’s throwing its support behind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in a legal brief filed Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Two inches might not sound like much. But when you’re the states’ largest home-builder and you’re adding two extra inches of insulation to the outside walls of all the new homes you’re building, it adds up to big energy savings – and less air pollution.

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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.