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US may lift protections for Yellowstone, Glacier grizzlies

US may lift protections for Yellowstone, Glacier grizzlies

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 9:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

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U.S. wildlife officials have taken the first step to lift federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which would open the door to future hunting in several states.
3 elk die after herd wanders onto roads near Parleys Canyon

3 elk die after herd wanders onto roads near Parleys Canyon

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

A large herd of elk continues to keep motorists and state troopers on high alert near the mouth of Parleys Canyon. Three elk died in collisions with cars Friday morning.
Cox orders division to raise Great Salt Lake causeway berm another 5 feet

Cox orders division to raise Great Salt Lake causeway berm another 5 feet

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 3 - 3:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a new executive order Friday calling on the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands to raise the Great Salt Lake causeway berm by 5 feet.
Satellite images show the startling difference between Utah's 2022 and 2023 snowpacks

Satellite images show the startling difference between Utah's 2022 and 2023 snowpacks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 12:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

If you want to see how much better this year's snowpack is compared to last year's, just check the satellite imagery.
Sandy officials looking for solutions dealing with ski traffic blocking roads

Sandy officials looking for solutions dealing with ski traffic blocking roads

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

Traffic can be backed up in the canyons for miles, especially on big ski days. Some of that traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon is even spilling out into Sandy, which is causing a lot of problems.
Running on snow and ice: Utah's 3 Running Up For Air events

Running on snow and ice: Utah's 3 Running Up For Air events

Robert Williamson for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 9:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Most of us think of trail running as a fair-weather adventure, but some trail runners train in the winter on snow-covered and icy trails. Utah's Running Up For Air series of trail runs have winter mountain athletes not only running in winter conditions, but also running trails with difficult elevation challenges.
Utah ski industry works to bring diversity to the slopes through 'Discover Winter' program

Utah ski industry works to bring diversity to the slopes through 'Discover Winter' program

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 1 - 5:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah ski and snowboarding group wants to bring more diversity to the sports by giving minority communities a chance to hit the slopes.
Dozens of elk force shutdown of I-80, I-215; 4 elk die from vehicle collisions

Dozens of elk force shutdown of I-80, I-215; 4 elk die from vehicle collisions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 1 - 12:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

UDOT temporarily closed the freeways to allow wildlife biologists to herd about 20 to 30 elk that ended up close to the freeway in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning.
Airbnb and Expedia are raking in profits by holding customer cash

Airbnb and Expedia are raking in profits by holding customer cash

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 1 - 10:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Anyone who has booked accommodations for a vacation getaway through Airbnb or Expedia is familiar with the drill.
$40M Great Salt Lake trust beginning work with newly formed council

$40M Great Salt Lake trust beginning work with newly formed council

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Farmers, private landowners, mineral extraction specialists, hunters, anglers and water managers are among a group of people joining a trust to work on improving water flows to the Great Salt Lake.
How long are Utah's frigid temperatures expected to last?

How long are Utah's frigid temperatures expected to last?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 11:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

After a brutally cold stretch of cold temperatures across Utah, there is some relief in sight.
Plant is likely to blame for 19 elk deaths in Mapleton, DWR says

Plant is likely to blame for 19 elk deaths in Mapleton, DWR says

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 11:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

A certain plant is likely to blame for the deaths of 19 elk found in Mapleton over the span of a week, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday.
Utah lawmakers: 'We are not going to let our state go dry on our watch'

Utah lawmakers: 'We are not going to let our state go dry on our watch'

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

It took more than 150 years since pioneers first arrived in Utah to drop the level of the Great Salt Lake by 11 feet with development and diversion of its tributaries.
I-84 in Box Elder County reopens after winter storm closure; some Utah school openings delayed

I-84 in Box Elder County reopens after winter storm closure; some Utah school openings delayed

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 30 - 6:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

Winter weather conditions and crashes temporarily closed Interstate 84 in both directions in an area of Box Elder County. The road reopened late Sunday. Some school districts are delaying their start times Monday.
Mountain lions are a vital part of Utah's ecosystem; their conservation is a collaborative effort

Mountain lions are a vital part of Utah's ecosystem; their conservation is a collaborative effort

Mike Stapley for KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 29 - 10:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

The state Division of Wildlife Resources works closely with universities and private conservation groups to study and conserve Utah's apex predator.
Wandering elk, bobcats on porches, and wily coyotes running in Rose Park

Wandering elk, bobcats on porches, and wily coyotes running in Rose Park

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 5:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is used to herding a few stray elk, deer or cougars that have wandered into neighborhoods.
Wild West meets ski racing in Skijoring Utah competition

Wild West meets ski racing in Skijoring Utah competition

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 4:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

More than 300 skiers and snowboarders wearing interesting outfits raced while being pulled by horse riders through a slalom course in Heber City on Friday and Saturday.
Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls to reopen to visitors after 3-year closure

Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls to reopen to visitors after 3-year closure

Forrest Brown, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 8:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

Havasu Falls, one of the most intriguing features of the Grand Canyon system, will be reopening to visitors after a three-year closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, it's with a catch.
Unique cowboy and skiing sport on display in Heber City

Unique cowboy and skiing sport on display in Heber City

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 27 - 9:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

If you're looking for a wild, action-packed event for your family this weekend that combines Utah's cowboy culture and its ski culture, head up to Heber City. 
Hikers survive 24-hour ordeal in Zion National Park; helicopter rescue successful

Hikers survive 24-hour ordeal in Zion National Park; helicopter rescue successful

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 7:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two out-of-state hikers marooned in freezing temperatures for more than 24 hours were rescued from a remote part of Zion National Park via helicopter Saturday.
All aboard! Salt Lake's new emergency ski bus service starts this week

All aboard! Salt Lake's new emergency ski bus service starts this week

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake County officials on Wednesday began accepting reservations from people for the emergency ski bus service to resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons.
Utah, Salt Lake leaders unveil new plans to improve the struggling Great Salt Lake

Utah, Salt Lake leaders unveil new plans to improve the struggling Great Salt Lake

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 4:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three new Great Salt Lake-themed proposals were unveiled by state and local leaders Tuesday and Wednesday. They would add more water to the lake, redirect funds and set a new benchmark for success.
Wet winter leads to flooding at Bonneville Salt Flats

Wet winter leads to flooding at Bonneville Salt Flats

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 9:35 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Bonneville Salt Flats have flooded after all the rain Utah has had this winter.
Here's how much the drought has weakened so far this winter for Utah, the West

Here's how much the drought has weakened so far this winter for Utah, the West

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The vast majority of Utah remains in drought but the severity has started to weaken as a result of several major storms that have slammed the state this winter.
Utah's 'Mighty 5' park visitation drops nearly 7% in 2022

Utah's 'Mighty 5' park visitation drops nearly 7% in 2022

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Visitation at Utah's "Mighty 5" national parks took a slight tumble in 2022, according to national parks data — and there are a few reasons why.
Utah enacts emergency feeding measures for deer in parts of northeast Utah

Utah enacts emergency feeding measures for deer in parts of northeast Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 23 - 7:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Deep snow depths are posing new challenges for the state's struggling deer population, especially in northern Utah.
Utah to receive $25.2M to help reduce wildfire risks in Wasatch, Pine Valley regions

Utah to receive $25.2M to help reduce wildfire risks in Wasatch, Pine Valley regions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 22 - 9:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two national forests in Utah are among the U.S. Forest Service's 11 priorities slated to receive a cut of $490 million for projects to help reduce wildfire risks across the fire-prone West.
What a BYU researcher learned about Antarctic icebergs — including 1 bigger than Utah Valley

What a BYU researcher learned about Antarctic icebergs — including 1 bigger than Utah Valley

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 21 - 12:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

A researcher at BYU was part of a study looking at large Antarctic icebergs, including one so big it would stretch from Nephi to Bountiful.
Conservation officers seek info on deer, bull elk illegally killed in Utah

Conservation officers seek info on deer, bull elk illegally killed in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 20 - 11:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

State wildlife conservation officers are looking for the public's help as they investigate a pair of big game animals that were illegally killed last year.
What do experts say about tree thinning as a drought solution?

What do experts say about tree thinning as a drought solution?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 20 - 6:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

One of the state's leading experts said "trees are the enemy" — conifers that is — as Utah's forested acres become overcrowded with millions of trees that need attention.
Brian Head Resort begins work on new community, major expansion

Brian Head Resort begins work on new community, major expansion

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 4:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Brian Head Resort officials on Wednesday unveiled new details about their plan to develop a new ski-in, ski-out community called Aspen Meadows.
Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds

Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds

Sandee LaMotte, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 9:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Going for a walk in a park or along a lake or a tree-lined space may reduce the need for medication for anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure or insomnia, a new study found.
2 bull elk captured, relocated after roaming around Salt Lake City neighborhood

2 bull elk captured, relocated after roaming around Salt Lake City neighborhood

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

A pair of large bull elk were caught and relocated Monday afternoon being seen wandering through Salt Lake City the past few days.
Weekend storm produces up to 2 feet of snow in Utah; advisories issued for next system

Weekend storm produces up to 2 feet of snow in Utah; advisories issued for next system

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 12:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

The next system is expected to impact Utah communities through early Wednesday.
Recent storms impact Great Salt Lake's water levels

Recent storms impact Great Salt Lake's water levels

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 9:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

In trying to save the Great Salt Lake, there is a long way to go. However, finally, there is a little bit of a reason to smile.
Would thinning forests help Utah's Great Salt Lake? Some say so

Would thinning forests help Utah's Great Salt Lake? Some say so

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 7:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake County Council member Dea Theodore said watershed restoration is the key to saving the Great Salt Lake.
New water intake system installed at Glen Canyon Dam as Lake Powell nears record low

New water intake system installed at Glen Canyon Dam as Lake Powell nears record low

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 7:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Construction crews have installed a new water intake connection at the Glen Canyon Dam to help deliver water to nearby communities even if Lake Powell reaches its "dead pool" level.
Do national parks protect biodiversity? New research finds flaws

Do national parks protect biodiversity? New research finds flaws

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 12:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

National parks have long been celebrated as conservation success stories across the United States, but a new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports on Wednesday indicates there are some flaws that come with their establishment.
Great Salt Lake tour showcases the shrinking lake and what is being uncovered

Great Salt Lake tour showcases the shrinking lake and what is being uncovered

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 10:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tours of the shrinking Great Salt Lake uncover hidden crystal formations, shipwrecks and unknown secrets that were lost to time.
Utah's snowpack to get another boost, as another storm arrives this weekend

Utah's snowpack to get another boost, as another storm arrives this weekend

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

The National Weather Service is issuing another winter storm warning for Utah's mountains.
Storms bring record attendance to Cherry Peak

Storms bring record attendance to Cherry Peak

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 6:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah ski resorts are enjoying some of the best snow that they've seen in years but some smaller resorts have found it difficult to keep up with the constant barrage of storms.
US National Parks to waive entrance fees for MLK holiday and 4 other days in 2023

US National Parks to waive entrance fees for MLK holiday and 4 other days in 2023

Forrest Brown, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 9:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. National Park Service is back with its offer of five days a year when the entrance fees are waived at every site under its domain in the country. That includes all 63 national parks and more than 420 places in total.
Snowboarder recounts being caught in avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Snowboarder recounts being caught in avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 10:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

A snowboarder recounted the moments a slide swept him a few hundred feet down the side of a peak in Big Cottonwood Canyon, along with the intense video he captured of the ordeal.
Utah's 2022 was hotter, drier than average — but is there a shift in trends on the horizon?

Utah's 2022 was hotter, drier than average — but is there a shift in trends on the horizon?

Carter Williams, KSL.com and Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 6:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

2022 ended up as yet another warmer and drier-than-average year for Utah; however, it won't end up anywhere near the worst in either category.
The 4 ski resorts with the most snow in the country are all in Utah

The 4 ski resorts with the most snow in the country are all in Utah

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 9:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah is living up to its claim of having the "greatest snow on earth" this winter.
Salt Lake County, ski resorts agree on new emergency bus service for Cottonwood canyons

Salt Lake County, ski resorts agree on new emergency bus service for Cottonwood canyons

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 12:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Salt Lake County Council approved a measure to provide close to $240,000 to add bus service to ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.
How Salt Lake's infrastructure, climate goals make it an 'attractive' Olympic host city

How Salt Lake's infrastructure, climate goals make it an 'attractive' Olympic host city

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 10:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

An Outdoor Retail event Tuesday focused on the relationship between the changing climate and outdoor sports, including the future of the Winter Olympics.
Troopers warn of 'dangerous conditions' after avalanche at Bridal Veil Falls

Troopers warn of 'dangerous conditions' after avalanche at Bridal Veil Falls

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 10 - 4:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Motorists were asked not to stop on the roadway on state Route 189 after an avalanche near Bridal Veil Falls created "dangerous conditions."
5 new outdoors products that might make a splash in 2023

5 new outdoors products that might make a splash in 2023

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 1:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A handful of new products were on display in a special Outdoor Retailer preview Monday night. Here are five of the standouts.
Avalanche nearly captures 3 Utah skiers; forecasters urge caution

Avalanche nearly captures 3 Utah skiers; forecasters urge caution

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 10:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

A close call in the mountains near Wellsville has avalanche forecasters urging people in the backcountry to use extra care.
Utah officials urge snowmobile safety after recent accidents

Utah officials urge snowmobile safety after recent accidents

Allie Litzinger, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Fresh powder has Utahns wanting to hit the backcountry for some fun, but experts are saying that staying safe is key.
Outdoor Retailer's on-mountain demo day returns to Utah

Outdoor Retailer's on-mountain demo day returns to Utah

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 9:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

The return of the Outdoor Retailer Show to Utah also means a return of the on-mountain demo day.
Can anglers use private property to access streams in Utah?

Can anglers use private property to access streams in Utah?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 9:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

For the third time in six years, a convoluted case pitting public access to rivers and streams against private property rights is back in court.
New reports examine cause of burros' deaths at Utah holding facility

New reports examine cause of burros' deaths at Utah holding facility

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 7:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

New federal information released concerning the deaths of 31 burros from Nevada being held in a Utah facility under contract with the Bureau of Land Management show the animals died from a disease in the blood which causes too much fat — sort of like having high cholesterol.
Plan to ride an OHV in Utah? You may need to take an educational course first

Plan to ride an OHV in Utah? You may need to take an educational course first

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 3:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Under a new law, anyone 18 or older will now have to complete an online educational course before they can ride most off-highway vehicles on public lands in the state.
This once sleepy corner of southwest Utah is fast becoming a destination spot

This once sleepy corner of southwest Utah is fast becoming a destination spot

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 8:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

As water trickles down the towering sandstone, you feel your senses heighten. The contrast of deep-green foliage growing out of the unlikely desert landscape causes you to pause in awe. You feel like you might be in Zion National Park, but you're not.
Outdoor Retailer plans big 'homecoming' as it returns to Utah

Outdoor Retailer plans big 'homecoming' as it returns to Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 7:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The major outdoor product trade show has big plans in 2023 as it returns to Utah Monday including three major shows throughout the year.
Poaching up 11% in 2022, Utah wildlife officials say

Poaching up 11% in 2022, Utah wildlife officials say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 10:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

A little less than 1,300 animals were illegally killed in Utah last year, representing an 11% increase in year-over-year cases, state wildlife officials say.
Utah prairie dog comeback forces change to state management

Utah prairie dog comeback forces change to state management

Heather Kelly and Elizabeth Weiler, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Jan. 8 - 8:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Prairie dogs, found only in the southwestern part of the state, are making a comeback. Consequently, the Utah Wildlife Board of the Division of Wildlife Resources has approved changes to how it will manage the animal.