Utah

Support beehives; fecal time bombs; super-tough roundworms
Support beehives; fecal time bombs; super-tough roundworms
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Q & A: Terry Tempest Williams on erosion as an emotional state
Q & A: Terry Tempest Williams on erosion as an emotional state
The acclaimed author discusses how she hopes to help people find strength in these times.
California condors reach recovery milestone
California condors reach recovery milestone
With a population of over 100 in central California, the species could soon be downlisted.
Allowing off-highway vehicles in Utah’s national parks is a mistake
Allowing off-highway vehicles in Utah’s national parks is a mistake
More mechanized traffic in already crowded parks is another Trump administration gift to industry and Utah politicians.
A remote island sees just a third of its pelicans return for breeding season
A remote island sees just a third of its pelicans return for breeding season
Low Great Salt Lake levels mean coyotes can get onto the island.
Official invocations; not dead yet; ancient tattooing
Official invocations; not dead yet; ancient tattooing
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics
Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics
Though racist policies persist, the West has a distinctive heritage of expanding voting rights for women.
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
Utah regulators turned a blind eye to faulty water systems at a girls’ summer camp, trusting the LDS Church would eventually fix the problem.
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
San Juan County ends legal fight against Voting Rights Act decision
The first-ever Navajo majority commission halted a legal challenge to the ruling that ended discriminatory voting boundaries.
Energy lobbyists changed politicians’ official letters supporting gas project
Energy lobbyists changed politicians’ official letters supporting gas project
The Consumer Energy Alliance made substantial edits to lawmaker op-eds about the controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project.
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
Without its cover of living microorganisms, the desert is eroding.
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
Each year, Mormon fundamentalists gather on a remote slice of southeastern Utah.
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
Public lands are often the only places where Indigenous sacred landscapes still exist.
The fallout of uncertainty in nuclear test communities
The fallout of uncertainty in nuclear test communities
For downwinders of bomb testing, plans for compensation to redress past harms makes for tricky politics.
Roadless rule rollback would threaten Utah’s at-risk plants and animals
Roadless rule rollback would threaten Utah’s at-risk plants and animals
More than 100 species rely on habitat away from roads and development, according to a new study.
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
Western states bought some time with a historic agreement but still face a hotter, drier future.
National parks provide an unsettling view of patriotism
National parks provide an unsettling view of patriotism
Our nation’s darker past and bright ideas can both be found in the parks.
Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit.
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
(Most) of those living in the West have the public lands’ best interest at heart.
Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that.
Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that.
Scientists are using crowdsourced data to help firefighters flee dangerous flames.
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
With the monument facing stripped-down protections and sky rocketing visitation, a local nonprofit built its own guerrilla visitor center to educate the masses.
Study finds 96% of national parks have hazardous air quality
Study finds 96% of national parks have hazardous air quality
Popular parks such as Yosemite and Joshua Tree have pollution levels that threaten visitors and wildlife.
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