Energy & Environment

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There’s a saying that people should think of outdoor fun when they think of Utah the same way they think of wine and California. But that prized brand identity is at risk now, as tension builds for Gov. Gary Herbert’s meeting with outdoor industry officials on Thursday afternoon.

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Moab officials say they have taken a major step toward creating a more sustainable city. 

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Garfield County commissioners are set to look at a resolution Tuesday to reconsider the size and shape of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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The latest turf battle between the state of Utah and the outdoor retailer industry erupted this week, after efforts to undo the state’s newest national monument prompted outdoor companies to announce they’re considering a new home for their twice-yearly trade shows.

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Utah Senators passed a controversial resolution Friday that asks President Donald Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. The nonbinding resolution lacks the force of law, but legislators wanted to make an official statement about Utah’s newest national monument.

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Utah House lawmakers passed a pair of resolutions Tuesday aimed at dismantling two national monuments in Utah.

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Last year was the warmest on record globally. And, while Salt Lake City had a hot one too, it wasn’t a record breaker.

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Utah’s Republican-controlled House voted to fast-track two resolutions Monday that ask President Donald Trump to rescind one national monument designation and shrink the size of another.

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Many people agree that the area around the new Bears Ears National Monument is special enough to warrant protection. Native Americans and environmentalists applaud departing President Barack Obama for creating the monument to preserve its landscape, traditions and cultural resources. But many San Juan County residents and Utah political leaders have vowed to reverse it.

 

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has asked the city council to consider an ordinance that she says would dramatically cut back on air pollution. The council will vet the proposal in the coming weeks.

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What do you do when you see environmental devastation all around you but feel powerless to change it?

That’s how LaUra Schmidt views the challenge of climate change.

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The outdoor industry’s winter trade show is back at the Salt Palace Convention Center, along with that ever-present tension between Utah politicians and companies that depend on the state’s extraordinary landscapes.

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Utah trust-lands administrators aren’t making any decisions yet on the new Bears Ears National Monument. They want to know more before they consider exchanging 109,000 acres inside the monument.

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A national day of action is planned next week to protest some of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. Monday’s being called a national Day Against Denial.

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In anticipation of some heavy snow showers, the Utah Avalanche Center has issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the mountains of northern Utah.

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Utah environmental regulators are proposing to penalize Rocky Mountain Power for spilling coal ash into the Price River last summer.

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The nation’s outdoor industry is celebrating President Barack Obama this weekend for creating the Bears Ears National Monument. Outdoor recreation companies have taken out full-page advertisements in Utah newspapers.

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The day after President Barack Obama created a new national monument in San Juan County, hundreds of people gathered at the county seat to protest the move.

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The naming of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah has triggered intense and wide-ranging reactions locally and across the nation.

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Christmas is over, and now Utahns are starting to think about taking down their trees. Many communities have tree pickup programs that give the trees new purpose -- as compost.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes wants to be sure Utah is compensated fully after the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill. He’s consulting outside attorneys, but there’s been no decision yet whether Utah will follow New Mexico’s lead and file suit.

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A large winter storm is set to descend on Northern Utah just in time for the holiday weekend. 

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Snow’s been swept from the roof of a Davis County home where workmen mount supports for new solar panels. Aaron Gray manages quality control, and he loves what he does. But a piece of Gray’s heart is back where he used to work: Las Vegas. His wife and two sons still live there.

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The Draper City Council delayed a vote Tuesday on a proposed housing development near the borders of Highland and Alpine. Council members say they want to show residents they’re serious about protecting open space.

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The State Capitol became a stage Monday for Utahns to call on President Barack Obama -- some asking him to declare a Bears Ears National Monument and others pledging to fight it.

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Governor Gary Herbert said he checked in with the White House recently on rumors about the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.

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U.S. Oil Sands is temporarily shuttering operations in eastern Utah at its mine on the Tavaputs Plateau.

Barclay Cuthbert, the Canadian company’s vice president of operations, says most workers have been sent home. But they’ll be back early next year to begin extracting oil from the tar-saturated rock and soil.

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Work has begun on a new water treatment plant in Moab, Utah. Construction began on Tuesday.

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To get a decent cell signal at the protest camp outside the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Carol Surveyor had to brave a blizzard Monday.

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More Utahns are stepping up support for the Standing Rock Sioux, and they’re mobilizing as Dakota Access Pipeline opponents face a deadline Monday to evacuate their protest camps.

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