Energy & Environment

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Many Utah gardeners were caught off guard last week when frost burned tomato plants they’d just put in the ground. But a new scientific paper from the University of Utah helps explain why that unexpected frost really isn’t so surprising.

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Albert Holiday was standing at a remote junction in Utah’s red rock desert. He was part of a group of Utah Dine Bikeyah members chanting in Navajo at passing cars: “Where is Zinke?’ and ‘Go Bears Ears!” They were hoping to catch the attention of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on his way to another meeting.

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The Utah State Auditor is recommending the criminal prosecution of an employee who allegedly filed bogus travel claims.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he’s optimistic about solutions for the state’s national monument controversies after talking with “multitudes” of people during his fourth and final day in Utah.  

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stopped by Dugout Ranch near Canyonlands National Park, where researchers are studying climate change.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to the Bears Ears National Monument has sparked new tensions.

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Utahns for and against national monuments have been asking the Trump administration to weigh in on Bears Ears ever since it was created in December. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived in Utah Sunday to hear their concerns firsthand.

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Utahns -- from Senators to local ranchers and archaeologists -- have been asking to show U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the state’s newest national monument. He arrives Sunday to carry out President Donald Trump's recent executive order to review monuments, starting with Bears Ears in San Juan County.

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The governor’s sixth annual Energy Development Summit focused on changing with the times. Solar and wind power shared center stage with traditional energy sources, and a familiar refrain kept popping up.

“A true all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute.

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The fight for control over the Bears Ears National Monument has been underway for a week in the polished halls of the nation’s capital – just days before Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Utah.

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Utahns joined marchers around the world Saturday for what was called “The People’s Climate March.” They gathered outside Salt Lake City’s downtown library.

“We refuse to give up,” Piper Christian told the crowd.

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Parley’s Creek is normally the kind of stream that dogs play in along the nature walk at Salt Lake City’s Tanner Park. But a woman died recently trying to rescue her two dogs that had been swept into its current.

Northern Utah weather and safety officials are worried about the drowning risks that lie ahead.

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Utah members of Congress and Gov. Gary Herbert joined President Donald Trump Wednesday at the Interior Department. They flanked the president -- and beamed -- as he signed an executive order to review two dozen national monuments, including two in Utah.

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The new White House administration is officially stepping into the controversy over Bears Ears today. President Donald Trump is ordering a review of Utah’s newest national monument and possibly dozens more, including Grand Staircase Escalante.

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Utah sees an average of four avalanche deaths a year.

But this winter’s tally bucked the odds. It was the state’s first snow season in 26 years that no one died in an avalanche.

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Solar-power is booming, creating jobs nationwide, and Utah’s part of the trend.

Last month the Solar Foundation announced another year of robust growth.

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If you’re hitting the trails anytime soon, maps can help guide you, and federal land agencies have posted dozens of them online that you can take wherever you go.

Avalanche Safety Workers In The Wasatch Mountains

Apr 13, 2017
Erik Neumann

Ski season is nearly over in Utah. But for ski patrollers at resorts like Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon, keeping the mountain safe from avalanches is an ongoing job. KUER’s Erik Neumann visited the avalanche safety team at Snowbird and brings us this postcard.  

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A state lawmaker says wilderness advocates are waging a war of attrition in the wildlands fight.

Kathleen Clarke leads Utah’s public lands policy office. Her job includes guiding the state’s legal battle over 12,000 roads in rural Utah. The state is fighting the federal government to prevent federal wilderness designation on the land those roads cross. She told legislative budget-makers Thursday some of her agency’s budget will help pay for 200 crucial interviews that need to be done in the next two years.

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San Juan County leaders have been asking for over a decade for more access into Recapture Canyon just east of Blanding. On Monday, federal land managers gave them an answer, when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke weighed in.

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Two small beaver dams lie at the heart of a quarrel in Draper. County flood officials are ordering residents to take them down. But the homeowners say the dams protect the wildlife and value of their homes.

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Royal DeLegge can list all kinds of ways that global warming is expected to affect the local environment and public health.

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Utah power companies were already starting to lower greenhouse gas emissions when President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

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The snowpack is near normal in a few places and lagging in southeastern Utah. But most drainages are way above average. It’s the first time in 6 years that water managers are worrying about too much water instead of a shortage.

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Water experts say it’s time for new thinking on the West’s old attitudes about water, as climate change and population growth drive the discussion about the West’s water future.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert and outdoor-industry leaders met to work out their differences last month during a conference call. If they pulled it off, a big trade show would stay in Salt Lake City. Instead, a 20-year relationship seems headed towards divorce, but is there any chance to save this rocky marriage?

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A Utah House panel killed a resolution on climate change Monday. But supporters were pleased despite its defeat.

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State lawmakers are pausing legal efforts to gain control of federal lands in Utah. They’re pushing for a political solution instead.

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A week’s passed since the Outdoor Retailers trade show announced it’s leaving Salt Lake City after being here two decades. And there are hints the show is trying to leave Utah even before its three-convention contract is up.

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The protest surrounding the exit of the Outdoor Recreation trade show expanded this week, as local Democrats took the state’s GOP leaders to task outside the Salt Palace Convention Center. They criticized Utah’s Republican leaders for the huge trade show’s decision to leave Salt Lake City when its contract runs out next year.

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