Utah

Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
An annual survey reveals a leap in support of conservation policies.
Chicano groups are embracing undocumented immigrants. It wasn’t always this way.
Chicano groups are embracing undocumented immigrants. It wasn’t always this way.
New alliances are forming in the face of racism and an unprecedented political moment.
Mistaken identity; bizarre trees; chocolate grizlars
Mistaken identity; bizarre trees; chocolate grizlars
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Follow-up
More than 33,000 fish died in Klamath River in 2002; Bill Barrett Corp. gets go-ahead for seismic testing near Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon; Building 771 at Rocky Flats demolished; Kennewick Man will not be reburied
Heard around the West
Forest Service fire liaison busted for tossing cigarette butts; Interior decorator Gale Norton; horse slasher; cell phones vs. snakes; neighborhood with the slurry on top; tough on crime at Yellowstone; and Bonner County, Idaho, is quiet
Heard around the West
Fahrenheit 9/11 stirs controversy in Park City; dead cottonwoods become art in Santa Fe; Bert Raynes loves names used for animal groups; do-it-yourself burials in San Francisco; Lewis and Clark’s shopping list; bear vs. truck in Tahoe; and bad bison
Lame-duck governor moves deadlocked wilderness debate
Utah Gov. Olene Walker announces county-by-county discussions planned to break the impasse in the state’s long fight over wilderness
Defending the West Desert: Utah activist Jason Groenewold
Jason Groenewold didn’t set out to be an environmental activist, but now he directs the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, which is fighting toxic waste disposal in the West Desert
In Search of Solidarity
Some activists hope that the current hard times facing both workers and the environment will resurrect the strong alliances that once existed between greens and labor unions
Water 'holy war' rages in central Utah
In central Utah, Sanpete County wants to build a dam and reservoir to provide for its fast-growing population, but neighboring Carbon County says the Gooseberry Narrows Dam will be a water-stealing boondoggle
President Bush should consider a "land grab" of his own
A visit to Arizona’s new Agua Fria National Monument – one of those designated by Clinton at the end of his presidency – points up the failure of the Bush administration to protect and preserve the public lands
Uranium mill or dump?
The White Mesa Ute Reservation near Blanding, Utah, is fighting a nearby International Uranium Corporation mill that some say is really a poorly disguised hazardous waste dump
Heard Around the West
Cloning trophy bucks; glove kills polar bear; Grand Tetons in Colorado?; potato chip bombs; Monticello, Utah’s "citizens of the year"; rural Wyoming in The New York Times; Bureau of Penis Enlargement?; Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal is humble; and mother c
Proposed wilderness on the auction block
A list of the wilderness inventory areas and citizens’ wilderness proposal areas being offered for oil and gas leasing by the BLM includes lands in New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah
Two decades of hard work, plowed under
The Bush administration opens up wild lands to oil and gas drilling, pulling the rug out from under two decades of citizen wilderness activism
Heard Around the West
Fat bears; La Verkin welcomes U.N.; Boise, Utah; scratch ‘n’ sniff for rural newcomers; pronghorn vs. antelope; clear-thinking kids thwart crazy bus driver; and global warming is good for wine
King coal is back
With a natural gas shortage looming, and the encouragement of the Bush White House, energy companies are looking to coal again, and coal-fired power plants are being planned in Sigurd, Utah, and across the West
Being Green in the Land of the Saints
Mormons are often stereotyped as conservative anti-environmentalists, but Utah activists Richard Ingebretsen and Chris Peterson of the Glen Canyon Institute want to convince fellow believers that it’s OK to be green
Utahns beat back radioactive waste
In the face of noisy opposition, Envirocare of Utah pulls its federal application to dump high-level radioactive waste in the desert
National monument back under attack
In Utah, Kane and Garfield county commissioners escalate their fight against Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, demanding the reduction of funding and staff and the demotion of monument manager Dave Hunsaker
Follow-up
Interior Department’s top lawyer, William Myers, under investigation for conflict of interest; Kane County, Utah, goes after BLM road signs; pro-property rights Paragon Foundation joins enviros in fighting to protect New Mexico’s Otero Mesa; and compromis
Beauty and the Beast
As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
President Bill Clinton uses the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate a new 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah, and reactions range from joy to indignation and outrage.
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