Utah

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.
Public lands precedent?
The Bureau of Land Management pulls parcels from a Utah lease sale -- but the action may not mean what conservationists think it does.
The road more traveled
A Utah road may become a test case for county rights of way on public lands.
Don’t book my adventure, please
Jim Stiles inveighs against the kind of expensive, manufactured outdoor thrills that are advertised on the Internet.
Going wild in the city
It’s not just the butterflies who respond to Linda Hasselstrom’s lavish wildflower garden in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Two weeks in the West
Chefs fight for salmon, and uranium gets hotter; electricity usage and generation in the West; data on park fees and visitors
You ain’t from around here, are you?
In Brave New West: Morphing Moab at the Speed of Greed, Jim Stiles rips into the amenity-oriented tourist economy that has transformed his once-beloved Moab, but he offers little in the way of useful alternatives.
Bay bags his way to the top
Brian Bay of Sandy, Utah, is the world champion of grocery-store baggers, following his triumph at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Competition.
Driven to fight
Retired BLM agent Lynell Schalk goes head-to-head with her former bosses over protecting southern Utah’s priceless archaeological sites from off-road vehicle traffic.
Utah county tries to rein in off-roaders
While most of Utah's counties support unrestricted off-roading, Emery County is bucking the trend.
Death of a New Westerner
Jim Stiles mourns the death of a good friend, a man who loved Moab, Utah, for its diversity.
Notes from a place of risk and hope
In Big Wonderful: Notes from Wyoming, Kevin Holdsworth describes his love for a harsh landscape in essays, poetry and fiction.
Two weeks in the West
Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers clash over access to Logan Canyon, Utah; Mount Jefferson, Mont.; and (of course) Yellowstone; Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth steps down to be replaced by Gail Kimbell; West becomes player in national politics; bor
Heard around the West
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?; remembering (not always kindly) Helen Chenoweth-Hage; guilt-trips and voting; extreme fried food
Is the great federal land debate over?
Two trends are almost as dangerous as the idea of directly selling off the public lands: land transfers done in the name of economic development, and the outsourcing of jobs in the federal land-management agencies.
Saints speak out against nuclear waste
The Mormon Church has issued a statement opposing a planned nuclear waste storage site not far from Salt Lake City, Utah, on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation
'Clinging hopelessly to the past'
In his determination to cling, however hopelessly, to Utah’s past, Canyon Country Zephyr founder Jim Stiles has taken on miners, ranchers, developers, mountain bikers and – most recently – some of his fellow environmentalists
Enviros wary of 'Nevada-style' wilderness bill
A controversial proposed wilderness bill for Utah’s Washington County includes utility corridors, motorized-vehicle trails, and public-land sales designed to accommodate urban growth
Pipeline and dam dreams
The Utah Legislature has approved money for "preconstruction" work on a new dam for the Wasatch Front and a new pipeline for the booming city of St. George
Tapping into energy's fringe
As energy companies go after "unconventional" natural gas – such as tight-sands gas and coalbed methane –the environmental impacts are becoming increasingly apparent
Congress bets on oil shale
Northeastern Utah, southern Wyoming and western Colorado are humming with new talk of oil shale, but industry insiders say that the technology has years to go before oil shale development is financially and environmentally viable
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