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At 40, Lee Kay Public Shooting Range stands as monument to hunting safety in Utah

At 40, Lee Kay Public Shooting Range stands as monument to hunting safety in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 8:57 p.m.

Here's how the Salt Lake City facility went from an ammunition plant to the state-managed gun range that continued the legacy of its namesake.
New Eagle Mountain observatory aims to bring community closer to the stars

New Eagle Mountain observatory aims to bring community closer to the stars

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 7:28 p.m.

A new observatory coming to Eagle Mountain aims to continue Utah's fascination with the heavens above.
Does Utah need more bike lanes and multiuse paths?

Does Utah need more bike lanes and multiuse paths?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 9:00 a.m.

As transportation officials plan the future of travel in Utah, they want to know how important nonmotorized vehicle paths and bike lanes should be as they craft future projects.
Multiple condor nestlings found in Utah for 1st time in same breeding season

Multiple condor nestlings found in Utah for 1st time in same breeding season

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 21 - 7:32 p.m.

Two nestlings found in and near Zion National Park are a positive sign in the ongoing effort to save the Calfornia condor after it was once on the brink of extinction.
Dangling Rope, an important Lake Powell refueling area, to remain closed through 2021

Dangling Rope, an important Lake Powell refueling area, to remain closed through 2021

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 21 - 2:57 p.m.

Dangling Rope Marina, which serves as an important refueling area for Lake Powell boaters, is closed as a result of low water levels and "significant" recent wind damage.
Low water in Utah challenging boaters' holiday weekend plans

Low water in Utah challenging boaters' holiday weekend plans

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 21 - 9:06 a.m.

The protracted drought has forced the closure of boat ramps at seven Utah state parks. And water levels at Lake Powell have declined so much that multiple boat ramps are closed.
Health officials warn about toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake

Health officials warn about toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake

Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 7:22 a.m.

Health officials have warned that algae blooms are turning up in Utah Lake that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.
Zion Canyon Music Festival canceled due to flood damages

Zion Canyon Music Festival canceled due to flood damages

Madeleine Porter, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted July 20 - 8:48 a.m.

The show will not go on this summer at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, located in Zion National Park, due to flood damages.
A 30-year heat wave bakes the West; Utah could break triple-digit records

A 30-year heat wave bakes the West; Utah could break triple-digit records

Saige Miller and Heather Kelly, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted July 19 - 9:36 p.m.

Northern Utah has seen 17 days of triple-digit heat so far this summer, and it's not expected to cool down as wildfire threats increase.
Looking for something to do? Try one of these family summer activities in Utah

Looking for something to do? Try one of these family summer activities in Utah

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 19 - 8:05 p.m.

It's stifling hot. The kids are restless. You want to get out and do something memorable, but the only thing that comes to mind is a trip to Costco. Fear not! Here are seven ideas for family activities in the coming months.
Sugar House Park pond to be drained early amid Utah drought

Sugar House Park pond to be drained early amid Utah drought

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted July 19 - 11:58 a.m.

The pond at Sugar House Park will be drained early due to low water levels that could breed bacteria, authorities said Monday.
Hot, gusty winds fanning flames of massive US wildfires

Hot, gusty winds fanning flames of massive US wildfires

Brad Brooks, Reuters  |  Posted July 19 - 10:01 a.m.

Gusty winds and dry, hot weather are increasing the size of dozens of wildfires scorching vast stretches of Oregon, California, and other western states.
How bad is Utah's drought? Water managers dipping into emergency supply

How bad is Utah's drought? Water managers dipping into emergency supply

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 18 - 7:16 a.m.

Utah crops are suffering, cattle are sold off as ranchers face a loss of rangeland, and water managers are dipping into emergency supplies amid Utah's extreme drought.
Wahweap boat launch at Lake Powell closed to houseboats

Wahweap boat launch at Lake Powell closed to houseboats

Simone Seikaly, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted July 17 - 9:37 p.m.

Those wishing to launch a houseboat at Lake Powell can't do so at the Wahweap main launch ramp. The National Park Service has closed that ramp to houseboats, due to low water levels.
Scientists stunned by rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska

Scientists stunned by rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska

Yereth Rosen, Reuters  |  Posted July 17 - 8:20 p.m.

Meteorologists were stunned this week when three successive thunderstorms swept across the icy Arctic from Siberia to north of Alaska, unleashing lightning bolts in an unusual phenomenon that scientists say will become less rare with global warming.
Moon 'wobble,' climate change seen as driving coastal flooding in 2030s

Moon 'wobble,' climate change seen as driving coastal flooding in 2030s

Dan Fastenberg, Reuters  |  Posted July 17 - 2:36 p.m.

U.S. coastlines will face increasing flooding in the mid-2030s thanks to a regular lunar cycle that will magnify rising sea levels caused by climate change, according to research led by NASA scientists.
Great Salt Lake is shrinking fast. Scientists demand action before it becomes a toxic dustbin

Great Salt Lake is shrinking fast. Scientists demand action before it becomes a toxic dustbin

Lucy Kafanov, Leslie Perrot and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN  |  Posted July 17 - 8:20 a.m.

Great Salt Lake is also known as America's Dead Sea, but scientists worry the moniker could soon take new meaning.
Utahraptor State Park construction to start next year as state launches major parks expansion effort

Utahraptor State Park construction to start next year as state launches major parks expansion effort

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted July 15 - 5:22 p.m.

Construction on Utah's newest state park is expected to begin next year, and a second new state park is also being developed.
Fighting wildfires in the West: 'I don't think we can overdo anything'

Fighting wildfires in the West: 'I don't think we can overdo anything'

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 15 - 2:58 p.m.

A bipartisan caucus in Congress makes a plea for more resources to fight wildfires in the west.
What now? Will new buses or a gondola be the answer to a congested canyon?

What now? Will new buses or a gondola be the answer to a congested canyon?

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted July 15 - 6:12 a.m.

Either option for Little Cottonwood Canyon transportation will be staggeringly expensive: a $529-million, 8-mile gondola or $510 million for enhanced bus service.
What keeps tech workers in Utah? Outdoor activities outrank family, new study shows

What keeps tech workers in Utah? Outdoor activities outrank family, new study shows

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Updated July 13 - 9:22 p.m.

Whether they're natives of the state or transplants, Utah tech workers say the prime motivator for living in the Beehive State is its one-of-a-kind outdoor assets.
Warm water temperatures killing off Utah trout

Warm water temperatures killing off Utah trout

Heather Kelly, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted July 13 - 6:26 p.m.

Over four dozen trout were found dead on the side of a lake. While some thought it was an act of poaching, it was the warm weather killing off the fish.
Otterly delightful: Spot a river otter in Utah? DWR wants to know

Otterly delightful: Spot a river otter in Utah? DWR wants to know

Becky Bruce, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted July 13 - 7:26 a.m.

In order to better study the northern river otter in Utah, the state's Division of Wildlife Resources is asking the public to report to them when they see an otter.
Doctors warn smoky air in Utah can be bad for even healthy lungs

Doctors warn smoky air in Utah can be bad for even healthy lungs

Tania Dean, KSL TV  |  Posted July 12 - 7:34 a.m.

Wildfires in California and southwest Oregon have been blamed for smoke blowing into Utah. Experts say it could stick around, and possibly get worse, over the next few days.
Is this the worst drought in Utah's history? Here's what the science and data say

Is this the worst drought in Utah's history? Here's what the science and data say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 11 - 7:49 p.m.

Whether or not this is the worst drought in Utah's history is complicated; the answer may depend on what you consider drought and how far back you go.
Utah's drought and heat could make harmful algae blooms 'really bad' this summer

Utah's drought and heat could make harmful algae blooms 'really bad' this summer

Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted July 10 - 3:28 p.m.

Harmful algae blooms in Utah's lakes and reservoirs could be really bad this summer, according to Utah's Department Environmental Quality.
Idaho man recounts being mauled by grizzly and what kept him alive

Idaho man recounts being mauled by grizzly and what kept him alive

Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted July 10 - 11:29 a.m.

As a momma grizzly bear charged Tom Whitney on Friday morning, he said to himself, "This very well could be it for me."
Federal forecasters issue La Nina watch. What does that mean for Utah's next winter?

Federal forecasters issue La Nina watch. What does that mean for Utah's next winter?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 10 - 7:31 a.m.

The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a La Nina watch. While that generally sets up winter patterns across the West, Utah's still in a wait-and-see mode.
Utah's all-time high temperature record could be broken this weekend; heat warnings extended

Utah's all-time high temperature record could be broken this weekend; heat warnings extended

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated July 9 - 4:06 p.m.

The all-time hottest temperature ever recorded in Utah history may be in jeopardy this weekend as the sweltering heat across the state continues longer than first forecast.
Grizzly shot, killed after fatal attack of California woman

Grizzly shot, killed after fatal attack of California woman

Amy Beth Hanson and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted July 9 - 3:04 p.m.

A grizzly bear that pulled a California woman from her tent and killed her earlier this week was fatally shot early Friday by wildlife officials.
Meet Jellyfishbot, the robot that likes to eat sea trash

Meet Jellyfishbot, the robot that likes to eat sea trash

Noemie Olive, Reuters  |  Posted July 8 - 2:03 p.m.

Tourists visiting the picturesque port at Cassis, southern France, often see an unedifying sight: plastic bags, discarded drinks bottles, and even used surgical masks, floating in the water among the boats in the marina.
Bear pulled woman out of her tent in fatal attack in Montana

Bear pulled woman out of her tent in fatal attack in Montana

Amy Beth Hanson and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted July 8 - 10:29 a.m.

A grizzly bear pulled a woman from her tent in a small Montana town in the middle of the night and killed her before fellow campers could use bear spray to force the bruin out of the area, wildlife officials said Wednesday.
Grasshopper invasion adding to plight of Utah farmers

Grasshopper invasion adding to plight of Utah farmers

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted July 7 - 9:27 p.m.

The invading grasshoppers are already adults, so they're always on the move and hard to spray. Farmers say they'll run out of water anyway.
Deadly attacks in the West: How to stay safe from grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions

Deadly attacks in the West: How to stay safe from grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted July 7 - 8:58 p.m.

Bear attacks are rare. But when they do happen, they're often horrific. Here's how to respond when a wild animal attacks.
How a classwork assignment 7 years ago led to a new 'keystone' park in Salt Lake City

How a classwork assignment 7 years ago led to a new 'keystone' park in Salt Lake City

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 7 - 5:21 p.m.

Salt Lake City officials celebrated the completion of the Three Creeks Confluence Wednesday. It's an idea that began from a classwork assignment seven years ago.
Utah sees jump in DUIs, traffic stops, speeding and mussel violations on July 4 weekend

Utah sees jump in DUIs, traffic stops, speeding and mussel violations on July 4 weekend

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 7 - 6:27 a.m.

It was a busy holiday weekend for Utah law enforcement on and off land.
Springdale, Zion National Park very much still busy after flooding, mayor says

Springdale, Zion National Park very much still busy after flooding, mayor says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 6 - 7:44 p.m.

Utah's national parks were busy over the weekend, from Arches to Zion.
Man finds hidden $10K treasure along Wasatch Front

Man finds hidden $10K treasure along Wasatch Front

Matt Rascon and Madison Swenson, KSL TV  |  Posted July 5 - 10:56 p.m.

The $10,000 treasure hidden somewhere along the Wasatch Front has been found.
Amid drought, Colorado rafters flock to oases while they can

Amid drought, Colorado rafters flock to oases while they can

Brittany Peterson and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press  |  Posted July 5 - 10:14 p.m.

Across Colorado, parched rivers are at some of their lowest levels on record. But on one still spared by the drought, boisterous children and guides bob along as water splashes into their blue inflatable rafts.
Goats clear vegetation as fire season begins

Goats clear vegetation as fire season begins

Ariana Jaso, Ksbw  |  Posted July 4 - 8:41 p.m.

Officials have another way to combat wildfires — with vegetation-eating goats.
With Lake Powell levels 'frighteningly' low, new director aims to protect Utah's interests in Colorado River

With Lake Powell levels 'frighteningly' low, new director aims to protect Utah's interests in Colorado River

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted July 4 - 7:25 p.m.

The executive director of the Upper Colorado River Commission will lead the new Colorado River Authority of Utah, which the Legislature created.
Snakes and dogs do not mix. Here's how to keep them apart on the trail

Snakes and dogs do not mix. Here's how to keep them apart on the trail

Makenzie Sisson, Deseret News  |  Posted July 4 - 5:17 p.m.

As summer blazes through the West and hikers swarm the trails, Wild Aware Utah is warning travelers to stay away from snakes on the trails, keep hands away from burrows and narrow, shaded spaces, and wear appropriate sneakers to avoid being bitten on the foot.
Utah Gov. Cox joins bipartisan plea as states battle record heat, drought

Utah Gov. Cox joins bipartisan plea as states battle record heat, drought

Chandelis Duster, CNN  |  Posted July 4 - 4:21 p.m.

Two governors called on the federal government for help and pushed for solutions as their states grapple with recording-breaking temperatures, drought and wildfires.
Rangers perform boat safety checks out at Willard Bay State Park

Rangers perform boat safety checks out at Willard Bay State Park

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted July 3 - 9:14 p.m.

Utah State Park rangers urged boaters at Willard Bay State Park to be safe while out on the water this holiday weekend, especially after several drownings have been reported in the past month.
Start a fire in Utah? Be ready to pay

Start a fire in Utah? Be ready to pay

Annie Knox, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 9:14 p.m.

A lawmaker is exploring tougher penalties for Utahns start wildfires by mistake and taking aim at a disconnect in the law that sometimes prevents the state from pursuing charges.
Katherine Heigl begs President Biden 'help us' stop roundup of wild horse herd

Katherine Heigl begs President Biden 'help us' stop roundup of wild horse herd

Makenzie Sisson, Deseret News  |  Posted July 2 - 5:04 p.m.

In anticipation of the next roundup of Onaqui wild horses, advocates, lobbyists and actress Katherine Heigl met on the south steps of the Utah Capitol to protest the plan.
Where you can and can't launch fireworks in Utah this year

Where you can and can't launch fireworks in Utah this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 1:58 p.m.

Personal fireworks are once again legal to launch in Utah — given you launch them in the right spot and time frame.
Following floods, Zion officials discuss park status, cyanobacteria, restrictions ahead of busy weekend

Following floods, Zion officials discuss park status, cyanobacteria, restrictions ahead of busy weekend

St. George News  |  Posted July 2 - 12:23 p.m.

Zion National Park officials anticipate a busy holiday weekend, during which visitors should expect vehicle and pedestrian congestion and high temperatures.
Rare wolverine sighting in Layton may be same animal spotted in May

Rare wolverine sighting in Layton may be same animal spotted in May

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated July 2 - 11:04 a.m.

State wildlife officials say a Utah wolverine caught on camera Thursday morning may just be the same wolverine that was seen near Antelope Island back on May 4.
Utah's Great Salt Lake nears record low water level

Utah's Great Salt Lake nears record low water level

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted July 1 - 9:35 p.m.

For a time on Wednesday, the water at the Great Salt Lake dipped below a record low. While not an official reading, managers said the official record low is inevitable.
Primary Children's Hospital reports 34% increase in ATV accidents involving kids

Primary Children's Hospital reports 34% increase in ATV accidents involving kids

Jenny Rollins, KSL.com  |  Posted July 1 - 7:34 p.m.

In response to a continuing spike in ATV accidents involving children in Utah, experts recommend certain steps to help stay safe over the Fourth of July weekend and all summer.
Utah DWR increases fishing limits at community ponds, 5 other places as drought worsens

Utah DWR increases fishing limits at community ponds, 5 other places as drought worsens

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 1 - 4:42 p.m.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Thursday increased the fishing limits at all 57 of its community ponds and five other Utah waterbodies.
Salt Lake City officially shatters June temperature record

Salt Lake City officially shatters June temperature record

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 1 - 12:26 p.m.

June was the hottest on record in the 147 years that the National Weather Service has tracked data in Salt Lake City.
Springdale, Zion National Park work to recover after extensive flood damage; hotel a total loss

Springdale, Zion National Park work to recover after extensive flood damage; hotel a total loss

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted July 1 - 12:07 p.m.

A day after a major flash flood hit Zion National Park and its surrounding community, the resulting damage proved to be even worse than initially thought.
Thunderstorms are popping up in parts of Utah — can the moisture tame the drought?

Thunderstorms are popping up in parts of Utah — can the moisture tame the drought?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 1 - 7:05 a.m.

While thunderstorms could continue to pelt areas of the state with heavy rain through Thursday, that moisture won't make a dent in the drought.
Hunting, fishing will be forbidden to Utahns behind on child support

Hunting, fishing will be forbidden to Utahns behind on child support

Garna Mejia, KSL TV  |  Posted June 30 - 11:01 p.m.

Utah is baiting deadbeat parents with a new law that goes into effect Thursday which prohibits them from getting a hunting or fishing license if they don't stay on top of their child support payments.
Draper mom reminds parents about water safety after scary experience in pool

Draper mom reminds parents about water safety after scary experience in pool

Aley Davis, KSL TV  |  Posted June 30 - 10:08 p.m.

Between the warm weather and upcoming holiday weekend, more families are spending time playing in the water this summer. But after five drownings in just one week this month, safety experts are concerned. One Draper mother shares the sobering reminder she received earlier this month.
Want fireworks this July 4? Go to a community event instead, Cox says

Want fireworks this July 4? Go to a community event instead, Cox says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated June 30 - 4:00 p.m.

The governor, local leaders and firefighters gathered Wednesday to ask Utahns not to use personal fireworks even when they become legal to launch in some areas Friday.
Snowbird expects big drop in emissions with new energy system

Snowbird expects big drop in emissions with new energy system

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 30 - 12:41 p.m.

A new cogeneration system at Snowbird Resort set to go online next month will have the ability to make energy production more efficient and produce up to 90% to 100% of the resort's power needs depending on the season.