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Utah’s water strategy has been years in the making.

And dozens of people with wide-ranging backgrounds have been sorting through the question: How is Utah going to maintain its quality of life, a healthy environment and a robust economy when water is limited and the population continues to grow?

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The nation’s top environmental regulator stopped in Utah Tuesday to talk about clean water. He heard ideas from state officials and industry about revamping a controversial regulation.

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An environmental group is raising new concerns about efforts to get the Bears Ears National Monument scrapped.

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Field trips are kicking off the National Audubon Society’s convention just after sunrise this morning, as one of the nation’s biggest and oldest conservation organizations gathers in Park City.

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Restaurateur Blake Spalding, like many other national monument supporters, has been urging visitors to her Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah, to share their thoughts about possible changes the Trump administration is pondering for national monuments.  The review of 27 monuments includes the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument nearby.

Zinke Targets Oil And Gas Backlog

Jul 7, 2017

Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to make it easier and quicker for fossil fuel companies to drill on federal land. 

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Utah’s biggest convention is pulling stakes and moving to Denver after two decades in Salt Lake City. The move is no surprise after the public clash between Utah’s Republican leaders and outdoor recreation industry leaders last spring.

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State and county officials continue to monitor toxic blue-green algae in Utah Lake. They’re warning people to avoid a bloom that concentrated in Provo Bay.

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Wind has been pushing the nation's largest wildfire fire northward, and firefighters were trying Tuesday to prevent its footprint from growing. But the National Weather Service is expecting hazardous fire conditions for the Brian Head Fire in central Utah to continue.

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Update: Tuesday June 27, 11 a.m.: New information from the fire incident center says the fire grew to more than 49,000 acres overnight and is now 10% contained. Meanwhile, "red flag" warnings remain in place because of the chance of more windy, dry and warm weather. 

Wildfire crews in southern Utah braced themselves Monday for the possibility that winds might expand the Brian Head fire northward.

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By Madelyn Beck -- Inside Energy

California’s Insurance Department says insurance companies working in-state must report carbon-based investments. 

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Update Sunday June 25:
The Brian Head Fire grew slightly overnight but firefighting officials are hopeful that calmer winds and a bit of rain on Sunday will slow the fire's growth. The fire is 42,800 acres and 8 percent contained. Evacuations remain in place for Brian Head, Panguitch Lake, Horse Valley, Castle Valley, Rainbow Meadows, Mammoth Creek, Beaver Dam, Blue Springs, Dry Lakes and Second Left Hand Canyon. 

 

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Conservation groups are asking federal land managers to avoid proposing oil and gas leases that undermine the appeal of nearby national parks and monuments.

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A new facility is being built in North Salt Lake to turn food waste into energy. It’s the first of a kind in Utah.

Gov. Gary Herbert (R) helped kick off construction on Thursday.

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Utah leaders are prodding the Trump administration to expedite the Lake Powell Pipeline. They’re not asking for money but to speed up governmental approval.

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The Obama administration took heat in December for the image it used to tout the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument. Now the Trump administration has its own photo blunder.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing to overhaul the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, shrinking its size and expanding Congress’ role in protecting the area.

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The Trump administration has proposed trimming funding for the nation’s national parks. The administration calls it a “balanced” approach, but others say the spending plan is headed down the wrong path.

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Utah’s top wildlife official is headed to a new job in Washington with the Trump administration.

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The Wings and Water program is wrapping up for the year at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve with 4th graders from Kaysville Elementary. 

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President Trump’s decision Thursday to exit and possibly renegotiate the Paris Accord is getting mixed reviews in Utah.

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There’s always a lot going on at the wetland fringe of the Great Salt Lake, where as many as 6 million migratory birds hang out for at least part of the year.

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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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