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What does the future hold for Utah Lake development, ecosystem?

What does the future hold for Utah Lake development, ecosystem?

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 1:42 p.m.

With Utah in the midst of a historic drought and increasingly warmer temperatures, the fate of the state's largest freshwater lake is uncertain.
4 outdoorsy resolutions for the new year

4 outdoorsy resolutions for the new year

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 12:15 p.m.

The year 2022 is just getting warmed up, figuratively speaking. Here are four outdoorsy resolutions for the new year that will make you master of 2022.
Utah's gnarly drought prompts governor to issue 'water action' plan

Utah's gnarly drought prompts governor to issue 'water action' plan

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 10:11 p.m.

Citing the extreme drought that had Utah in a chokehold last summer, pummeling residents to conserve water, Gov. Spencer Cox released Thursday what is the first chapter in "Utah's Coordinated Action Plan for Water."
Park City ski patrol to stay on the slopes after  tentative agreement with Vail

Park City ski patrol to stay on the slopes after tentative agreement with Vail

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 8:02 p.m.

It appears ski patrollers at Park City Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts have avoided a work stoppage.
'We have to do something': New coalition seeks to protect Utah's land, water

'We have to do something': New coalition seeks to protect Utah's land, water

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 7:36 p.m.

Over a dozen Utah environmental and conservation groups are coming together in an effort to find solutions that may help preserve the state's land and water.
Utah climbers rally in support of Little Cottonwood Canyon as UDOT nears decision

Utah climbers rally in support of Little Cottonwood Canyon as UDOT nears decision

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 13 - 12:01 a.m.

A new short film highlights the battle over Little Cottonwood Canyon from climbers' perspective. A final decision on the canyon's future is expected soon.
Which national parks see the most search and rescues?

Which national parks see the most search and rescues?

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 9:22 p.m.

On Monday, search and rescue crews in Utah's Washington County took off into Zion National Park on snowmobiles and snow bikes after a backpacker was reportedly stranded in snow.
'It's that simple': Expert says this 1 action can help air quality during Utah inversions

'It's that simple': Expert says this 1 action can help air quality during Utah inversions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 1:56 p.m.

Utah's inversions are unavoidable but steps to reduce pollution can help lessen their environmental impacts. An expert says you can start with this one step.
Climate report: 2021 was 3rd hottest on record for Utah; precipitation was average

Climate report: 2021 was 3rd hottest on record for Utah; precipitation was average

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 9:03 a.m.

2021 was a year full of extremes not just in Utah but for the nation's weather and climate.
Hiker found in feet of snow and freezing temps near Kolob Arch in Zion

Hiker found in feet of snow and freezing temps near Kolob Arch in Zion

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 8:13 a.m.

After receiving a call at 6 a.m. to rescue a backpacker stranded in snow, the Washington County Sheriff's Office dispatched search and rescue volunteers on snowmobiles and snow bikes to reach the woman before the cold could do irreversible damage.
Video: 'Scariest experience of my life' for snowmobiler caught in avalanche

Video: 'Scariest experience of my life' for snowmobiler caught in avalanche

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 7:47 p.m.

With winter well underway across the West, backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers are taking to the mountains to enjoy the fresh snow that blanketed much of the region since the holidays.
Utah DWR probes recent animal wasting cases

Utah DWR probes recent animal wasting cases

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 11:56 a.m.

Utah wildlife authorities are asking for the public's help in trying to figure out who left the meat of a big game animal to waste after taking its antlers as a trophy. It's one of two similar cases in northern Utah.
How Utah State University plans to provide agricultural education in expanding urban setting

How Utah State University plans to provide agricultural education in expanding urban setting

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 11:26 a.m.

Utah State University will assume ownership of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan in a land exchange that will shift control of the facility to the university.
More Yellowstone wolves killed this season than any since the species was reintroduced in 1995

More Yellowstone wolves killed this season than any since the species was reintroduced in 1995

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 6:19 a.m.

Hunters killed more Yellowstone wolves that left the park's borders in recent months than any season since the animal was reintroduced to the region in 1995.
Pollution in the West: 'You could travel a hundred miles and not find air quality that is any better'

Pollution in the West: 'You could travel a hundred miles and not find air quality that is any better'

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 7:05 a.m.

Scientists predict pollution will not only get worse but improvements made under the Clean Air Act are being reversed due to high temperatures and prolific wildfires.
How one Utah lawmaker proposes to conserve water amid ongoing drought

How one Utah lawmaker proposes to conserve water amid ongoing drought

Bridger Beal-cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 7 - 9:29 a.m.

In spite of the snowstorms that have blanketed the Wasatch Front in recent weeks, Utah continues to face water shortages and drought.
Grim anniversary: Reflecting on Idaho's Pat Hollow military plane crash of 1953

Grim anniversary: Reflecting on Idaho's Pat Hollow military plane crash of 1953

Robert Williamson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 8:05 p.m.

Forty people were killed in a military crash just north of the Utah-Idaho border 69 years ago Friday. Here's a remembrance of the crash and the moments afterward.
Saving the 'otherworldly' place of Utah's declining inland sea

Saving the 'otherworldly' place of Utah's declining inland sea

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 11:01 a.m.

The Great Salt Lake is in trouble, which is why hundreds of people representing myriad agencies, advocacy organizations, industry and sportsmen convened for a half-day summit
Is it a wolf, or a hybrid? Wildlife officials investigating after dead canine found in Duchesne

Is it a wolf, or a hybrid? Wildlife officials investigating after dead canine found in Duchesne

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 9:00 a.m.

Utah hunters found what could be the first wolf discovered in the state in years Tuesday, although officials say the animal is likely a hybrid.
New data shows uptick in big game animals illegally killed in Utah during 2021

New data shows uptick in big game animals illegally killed in Utah during 2021

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 3:09 p.m.

Data released by Utah's leading wildlife agency signals an uptick of big game and trophy animals killed in 2021, but wildlife officials say that doesn't necessarily mean there's a spike.
PG&E blamed for massive Northern California wildfire

PG&E blamed for massive Northern California wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 10:04 a.m.

Pacific Gas & Electric power lines sparked last summer's Dixie Fire in Northern California that swept through five counties and burned more than 1,300 homes and other buildings, state fire officials said Tuesday.
'It's not a fair hunt any longer': Utah bans trail cameras, other tech during hunting season

'It's not a fair hunt any longer': Utah bans trail cameras, other tech during hunting season

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 9:31 a.m.

One of the more divisive issues to ever come across the Utah Wildlife Board ended with a rule change.
Watch: Massive avalanche triggered at Alta carries ski patroller

Watch: Massive avalanche triggered at Alta carries ski patroller

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 4 - 7:10 p.m.

A massive avalanche that was intentionally triggered at Utah's Alta Ski Area caught and briefly carried two ski patrollers over the weekend. The incident was caught on camera.
Sequence produces dozens of small earthquakes in southern Utah

Sequence produces dozens of small earthquakes in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 4 - 5:45 p.m.

Other than the fascination of seeing many earthquakes in the same area, experts say there really aren't any concerns of a "big one" ready to hit.
The big ones that didn't get away: 4 Utah fishing records that were broken in 2021

The big ones that didn't get away: 4 Utah fishing records that were broken in 2021

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 3 - 7:30 p.m.

Four people were able to rewrite the state's fishing record books in 2021. Their catches now have a place in a book that dates back to the early 1900s.
Avalanche breaks in backcountry of Millcreek Canyon; no injuries reported

Avalanche breaks in backcountry of Millcreek Canyon; no injuries reported

Lauren Steinbrecher and Madison Swenson KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 2 - 7:07 p.m.

A large avalanche broke Sunday afternoon in a popular backcountry area up Millcreek Canyon.
 Avalanche danger high statewide; traffic delays fail to deter skiers, snowboarders

Avalanche danger high statewide; traffic delays fail to deter skiers, snowboarders

Josh Ellis and Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 1 - 1:26 p.m.

The Utah Avalanche Center has issued high avalanche danger warnings for nearly every mountain range in Utah as heavy snow moved into the state to begin the new year.
Utah's snowpack surges above normal to close 2021 — but how long will this run last?

Utah's snowpack surges above normal to close 2021 — but how long will this run last?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 31 - 1:21 p.m.

Utah will start 2022 with an above-average snowpack after an incredible run of storms. But that might not last much longer for some parts of the state.
Survivor still healing 18 years after deadly Utah County avalanche

Survivor still healing 18 years after deadly Utah County avalanche

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 30 - 8:14 a.m.

As forecasters caution of considerable avalanche risk across much of northern Utah, a survivor of a deadly 2003 avalanche said the potential toll is not worth the chance.
Utah will close out 2021 with more snow. Here's how much is on the way for your area

Utah will close out 2021 with more snow. Here's how much is on the way for your area

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 29 - 12:23 p.m.

The final snowstorm of 2021 is expected to arrive in waves between Wednesday afternoon and Friday, bringing up to another 2 feet in Utah's mountains.
Utah's backcountry conditions are 'ripe for a serious accident' as more storms arrive

Utah's backcountry conditions are 'ripe for a serious accident' as more storms arrive

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 28 - 3:20 p.m.

Experts say Utah's bizarre start to the snow season has created prime avalanche conditions. They aren't sure if the next storm arriving Wednesday will help or prolong the risks.
What's a snow squall? Monday's storm produced a new type of warning for Utah

What's a snow squall? Monday's storm produced a new type of warning for Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 28 - 10:21 a.m.

It seemed as if Monday's storm had many Utahns asking the same question. What the heck is a squall?
Strong cold front brings heavy snow, slick roads in Utah

Strong cold front brings heavy snow, slick roads in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 28 - 6:39 a.m.

The latest storm has the potential to dump over a foot of the snow in Utah's mountains, as well as a few inches in Utah's valleys from Logan to St. George.
 Provo man stranded in mountain snowstorm hikes over 30 miles for help

Provo man stranded in mountain snowstorm hikes over 30 miles for help

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 27 - 9:15 a.m.

A Provo man is recovering and feeling grateful after hiking more than 30 miles after becoming stranded overnight in the mountains in a snowstorm, leaving his family worried and searching for him on Christmas Eve.
How these desert shrubs became more efficient amid the megadrought

How these desert shrubs became more efficient amid the megadrought

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 26 - 8:39 p.m.

It turns out that humans haven't been the only ones conserving water amid severe drought conditions in the West.
Warnings, advisories issued as pre-Christmas winter storm closes in on Utah

Warnings, advisories issued as pre-Christmas winter storm closes in on Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 22 - 4:09 p.m.

It's looking to be an especially white Christmas for Utah's mountains this year.
Cache Valley ski resorts opening for the season

Cache Valley ski resorts opening for the season

Mike Anderson and Madison Swenson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 22 - 8:09 a.m.

Ski resorts in the Cache Valley are starting to open this week after battling some warm temperatures and somewhat disappointing snowfall.
I'm dreaming of a 'clean air quality Christmas': Welcome to winter in Utah

I'm dreaming of a 'clean air quality Christmas': Welcome to winter in Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 21 - 8:30 p.m.

Welcome to winter and Utah's first prolonged inversion this season that is choking the Wasatch Front and Cache Valley.
3.6-magnitude quake by Zion National Park largest in area in 59 years

3.6-magnitude quake by Zion National Park largest in area in 59 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 21 - 5:23 p.m.

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered near Zion National Park Tuesday afternoon is the largest recorded in the area since at least 1962, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.
Looking to avoid cabin fever? Here are 9 ice fishing events to check out this winter

Looking to avoid cabin fever? Here are 9 ice fishing events to check out this winter

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 20 - 7:15 p.m.

Winter's return the past few weeks isn't only beneficial for those recreating in Utah's mountains; it means ice fishing is back, too.
Will Utah have a white Christmas? A look at this week's forecast

Will Utah have a white Christmas? A look at this week's forecast

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 20 - 12:43 p.m.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Then you may be in luck this year, depending on where you live in Utah and how you define a "white Christmas."
Utah avalanche forecasters warning people to stay out of backcountry

Utah avalanche forecasters warning people to stay out of backcountry

Tamara Vaifanua, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 19 - 9:09 p.m.

It's tempting for people to head to the backcountry and take advantage of all the new snow up there, but with a weak snowpack, combined with snow from this week's storms, conditions are dangerous.
Utah Avalanche Center warns of 4-6 foot avalanches being triggered this weekend

Utah Avalanche Center warns of 4-6 foot avalanches being triggered this weekend

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 18 - 1:45 p.m.

Multiple avalanches have been triggered in Utah over the last few days, leading to warnings for backcountry skiers.
How one southern Utah man is trying to 're-wild the child' through outdoor excursions

How one southern Utah man is trying to 're-wild the child' through outdoor excursions

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 18 - 11:00 a.m.

Glen Andersen has been taking kids and teenagers on domestic and international outdoor trips and fostering experiences that greatly impact the lives of participants since 2017.
Report: Utah's tourism industry sees peaks and valleys during pandemic

Report: Utah's tourism industry sees peaks and valleys during pandemic

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 7:09 p.m.

After a decade of steady growth and record-setting numbers, the pandemic proved to be a speed bump for Utah's tourism industry, which saw widespread decline in visitation in 2020.
California, Nevada and Arizona to cut Colorado River water use — Utah says it's about time

California, Nevada and Arizona to cut Colorado River water use — Utah says it's about time

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 12:30 p.m.

California, Arizona and Nevada will try to keep an additional 1 million acre-feet of water in Lake Mead for the next two years.
Utah's drought is no longer 'exceptional' but will be key focus at upcoming legislative session

Utah's drought is no longer 'exceptional' but will be key focus at upcoming legislative session

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 16 - 7:07 p.m.

Storms last week improved Utah's drought situation but it still exists and Gov. Spencer Cox said the drought will be an important talking point in the upcoming legislative session.
Snow continues to fall in northern Utah as statewide snowpack slowly improves

Snow continues to fall in northern Utah as statewide snowpack slowly improves

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 16 - 12:14 p.m.

Snow is back in northern Utah Thursday, with the possibility of another foot of snow dumping in the Wasatch Mountains by Friday morning. But that's good news for Utah's snowpack.
Wet snow from recent storm benefits Utah reservoirs

Wet snow from recent storm benefits Utah reservoirs

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 16 - 8:04 a.m.

Wednesday's overnight snowstorm delivered exactly what Utah desperately needed across most of the state.
Gov. Cox says 'evidence' should guide policy as Utah's growth challenges the environment

Gov. Cox says 'evidence' should guide policy as Utah's growth challenges the environment

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 14 - 4:40 p.m.

A new Utah State University institute announced Tuesday looks into impacts of land, water and air issues, including the drought.
How the Arches National Park staff expects to 'redistribute, not limit visitation' with new ticket plan

How the Arches National Park staff expects to 'redistribute, not limit visitation' with new ticket plan

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 13 - 7:27 p.m.

Officials with Arches National Park explained the need for a new ticket system and how it will work beginning next year.
Water conservationists urge a 'one river' mindset over Colorado River water deficit

Water conservationists urge a 'one river' mindset over Colorado River water deficit

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 13 - 6:41 p.m.

As Upper Basin states continue to overuse water rights to the Colorado River, the impacts could result in future cuts to its current water users.
Mysterious grebe downing leaves hundreds of dead birds floating in Quail Creek

Mysterious grebe downing leaves hundreds of dead birds floating in Quail Creek

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 12 - 5:33 p.m.

As an almost daily visitor to Quail Creek State Park, Kathy Smith has traversed the length and breadth of the entire lake many times over. But despite her experience, she was disturbed by the sight that greeted her during a Wednesday morning kayak trip around the lake.
Will there be enough snow in the West to ski in 50 years? New study has bleak answers

Will there be enough snow in the West to ski in 50 years? New study has bleak answers

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 12 - 9:15 a.m.

If greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, Utah's billion-dollar ski industry is in trouble.
Snowstorm raises avalanche danger in the backcountry

Snowstorm raises avalanche danger in the backcountry

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 11 - 5:28 p.m.

The first real snowstorm of the season has created a dangerous situation for some areas in the mountains. Avalanche experts told KSL-TV a rise in avalanche danger will last through the weekend.
Utah's Arches to require timed tickets as visitation swells

Utah's Arches to require timed tickets as visitation swells

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 10 - 8:37 p.m.

A Utah national park famed for its otherworldly sandstone arches will require visitors to get timed entry tickets during its high season next year, the second Utah park to implement such a system as visitation swells.
What Utah Gov. Spencer Cox talked about with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

What Utah Gov. Spencer Cox talked about with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 10 - 7:02 p.m.

As the Biden administration continues to promote green energy over fossil fuels, critical minerals — and the Western states where they are mined — will play a key role in the transition.
Video: The problem with flash crowds at Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Video: The problem with flash crowds at Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Dec. 10 - 12:15 p.m.

Like flash flooding, flash crowding has been added to the list of issues visitors to Zion National park need to consider when planning their visit to Utah's oldest and most popular national park.
Gondola? Buses? How do Utahns want to solve ski traffic in this crowded canyon?

Gondola? Buses? How do Utahns want to solve ski traffic in this crowded canyon?

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 9 - 10:35 p.m.

A gondola has certainly caught attention as a possible new way to lift skiers up to some of Utah's most popular ski resorts — but most locals favor another solution.