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Utah’s National Parks are still open, even though Congress failed to pass a stopgap bill to keep the government running Friday night. Park staff won’t be working, but the gates will be open.

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A federal agency has pressed the “pause” button on the license for the Lake Powell Pipeline.

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The state’s making progress on its proposal for the Lake Powell Pipeline. But now it’s asking to pause its federal license long enough to get an answer to a crucial question.

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Beginning this month Salt Lake City will stop accepting plastic bags for recycling. There are several reasons for the city’s “Bag-the-bag” campaign.

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A year ago today, President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. The story's taken twists and turns all year. A few weeks ago, President Trump lopped off more than a million acres from the monument. Now there's a flurry of legal challenges. KUER shares some of the voices that have defined the ongoing monument fight. 

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A new education center is taking shape to protect the rich cultural resources around the Bears Ears in southeastern Utah.

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Now that the holidays are over, many Utahns will be trying to figure out what to do with their Christmas trees.

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Tracy Aviary's Cooper Farr is standing in front of Liberty Park pond. It's mostly empty and only a few birds are hanging out, but Farr, a conservation scientist, has no trouble naming them.

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Tuesday was the first red air day of the winter season in the Salt Lake Valley. Members of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce used it to promote an initiative to get companies to reward their employees for driving less.

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Environmental groups and Native American tribes wasted no time in filing lawsuits to stop the Trump administration's vast cuts to two Utah national monuments. 

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Utah often has skiing weather by Thanksgiving. But this year it’s been closer to shorts weather, thanks to unusually high temperatures that dragged on even into the final week of the month.

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Extremely hot days aren’t just uncomfortable. They’re unhealthy too. And the number of them is growing – nationally and in Utah – according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Imagine this: The oil and gas industry in Utah supports overhauling air-quality permits for their wells – and so do environmental groups. It’s what’s actually happening right now at the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) with its proposed regulations for more than 12,000 oil and gas wells in the state.

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Toxic algae in nine Utah water bodies has triggered warnings and a reservoir closure.

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The state agency behind the Lake Powell Pipeline proposal is asking for more time to provide key information to federal regulators.

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Utah prairie dogs are only the size of a teacup poodle, but their federally protected status has been causing  big headaches in southwestern Utah.

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The age-old rivalry between BYU’s Cougars and the University of Utah’s Utes has taken on a surprising, purple twist.

The aim is unity for a new student group with factions at both universities.

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The National Weather Service says Salt Lake City just logged another record-setting summer.

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U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, spoke Thursday about the importance of protecting the environment. One of only a few high-profile Republicans who’s addressed climate change, the 4th District Congresswoman talked about her family’s love of camping and enjoying Utah natural amenities at the Snowbird Resort, where around for 300 people gathered at the Outdoor Recreation Summit for northern Utah.

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There’s finally a compromise after more than a year of anxiety about rooftop solar rates.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has submitted what he called a “draft” report after reviewing 27 national monuments over four months. He told the Associated Press Thursday he’s not suggesting eliminating any monuments. But he does want to scale back a few that, in his view, go beyond the limits of the law.

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A summit in Salt Lake City this week focuses on the West’s wild horses and burros.

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Any day now, the Trump Administration is due to announce its decision on the future of twenty-one national monuments. Bears Ears in southeastern Utah is one of them.

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On Monday morning a partial solar eclipse was visible over Salt Lake City. At the University of Utah several thousand people gathered to watch the moon pass in front of the sun.

Eclipse: A Learning Opportunity To Study Energy

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The solar eclipse has long been a research opportunity for astronomers and physicists. Now, energy researchers are taking part, too.

Monday’s eclipse will disrupt U.S. solar energy production during a time when energy use is at its peak, and it’ll do so in a very predictable way across a huge area. That will allow researchers, including some at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden Colorado, to test projections and software that could balance energy supplies and demands. 

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Utah drinking water officials are asking schools around the state to test for lead after spot checks turned up elevated levels in a few schools.

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Stately, old trees stand at the heart of Holladay’s identity.

But some residents are saying proposed city limits on tree cutting go too far. And that’s made the tree ordinance the subject of some lively, civic debate in the East Bench community.

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It took nearly seven hours for Utah’s Public Service Commission to hear all the people who wanted to speak Wednesday about solar energy.

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Newspapers are reporting this week that some federal-government scientists worry the Trump administration will suppress their latest climate change update. Other reports say scientists in the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been warned to stop using the term “climate change.”

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Rocky Mountain Power and rooftop solar advocates have been negotiating for months, but they still can’t agree on how to compensate solar customers for excess energy they send to the grid. So, next week the Utah Public Service Commission begins hearings on the question.

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