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Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Utah

Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Utah

Dan Spindle, KSL TV  |  Posted Jun 11th - 5:41pm

Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Utah, and is there anything more relaxing than casting a line and waiting patiently to see if they're biting — all without having to get a license?
Yellowstone National Park unveils automated electric cars

Yellowstone National Park unveils automated electric cars

The Associated Press  |  Updated Jun 11th - 2:36pm

Park officials have launched the first tests of electric vehicles in Yellowstone National Park that are capable of operating without drivers.
'Yellow is the new green': Guide says most Utahns should water just twice a week

'Yellow is the new green': Guide says most Utahns should water just twice a week

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 11th - 11:59am

The Utah Division of Water Resources is replacing its popular weekly watering guide with a new guide that mirrors an executive order issued earlier this week.
Hoover Dam reservoir hits record low, in sign of extreme western US drought

Hoover Dam reservoir hits record low, in sign of extreme western US drought

Daniel Trotta and Andrea Januta, Reuters  |  Posted Jun 10th - 11:09am

The reservoir created by Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel that symbolized the American ascendance of the 20th Century, has sunk to its lowest level ever, underscoring the gravity of the extreme drought across the U.S. West.
What Utah's congressional delegation wants Biden to know about the state's national monuments

What Utah's congressional delegation wants Biden to know about the state's national monuments

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jun 9th - 5:02pm

Utah's congressional delegation is urging President Joe Biden to work with them before making any move to restore the boundaries of two Utah national monuments.
DWR suspends campfires, target shooting at all Utah wildlife management areas

DWR suspends campfires, target shooting at all Utah wildlife management areas

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 9th - 12:01pm

Utah wildlife officials are temporarily banning campfires and most recreational target shooting on all 146 of its wildlife management areas in the state due to the growing fire risks.
Cox tightens fireworks restrictions, wants to 'make yellow lawns great again' as Utah's dry conditions worsen

Cox tightens fireworks restrictions, wants to 'make yellow lawns great again' as Utah's dry conditions worsen

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Jun 8th - 8:04pm

Citing growing fire risks, Gov. Spencer Cox on Tuesday announced a ban on fireworks on all state-managed lands and all unincorporated places in Utah.
Bryce Canyon rangers: Don't pull out survey markers near sensitive vegetation

Bryce Canyon rangers: Don't pull out survey markers near sensitive vegetation

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 8th - 1:58pm

Park rangers are asking visitors to refrain from removing survey markers placed near rare and sensitive vegetation for an upcoming fencing project after a recent incident.
Presenting the world's oldest heli-skier

Presenting the world's oldest heli-skier

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted Jun 6th - 8:24pm

Junior Bounous recently set a Guinness World Record for heli-skiing at the age of 95.
Gov. Cox explains call for prayers during drought after criticism over inaction

Gov. Cox explains call for prayers during drought after criticism over inaction

Lisi Merkley, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 6th - 7:35pm

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox explained his reasons behind asking for prayers during Utah's drought and pointed out what the state has already done to prepare for dry conditions.
Is Utah prepared for a major wildfire evacuation?

Is Utah prepared for a major wildfire evacuation?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:32pm

A recent study led by a University of Utah professor sheds light on what's missing in fire evacuation plans. So is Utah prepared for a big evacuation?
Haaland sends recommendation on Utah monuments to president

Haaland sends recommendation on Utah monuments to president

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:29pm

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has made her recommendation about whether to reverse President Donald Trump's decision to downsize two sprawling national monuments in Utah, but details on her decision were not released.
Environmental groups sue feds over highway plan through southern Utah conservation area

Environmental groups sue feds over highway plan through southern Utah conservation area

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:25pm

Two Utah environmental groups joined five other groups in a lawsuit over an approved plan to build a four-lane highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in southern Utah.
Cox calls for prayers for rain as more Utah communities issue emergency declarations, restrictions

Cox calls for prayers for rain as more Utah communities issue emergency declarations, restrictions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Jun 4th - 9:23am

Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday called on Utahns to pray for rain this weekend as Utah's drought conditions continue to worsen.
All of Utah's 'Mighty 5' are now international dark sky parks

All of Utah's 'Mighty 5' are now international dark sky parks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:03pm

Zion National Park on Thursday became the latest International Dark Sky Park, joining the four other national parks in Utah.
The holiday weekend is over, but Utah's national parks are still bursting with visitors

The holiday weekend is over, but Utah's national parks are still bursting with visitors

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 6:23am

The Memorial Day holiday may be in the rearview mirror, but Utah's national parks and monuments continue to be at the front of the line for tourists.
Have You Seen This? Fisherman accidentally hooks into a river monster

Have You Seen This? Fisherman accidentally hooks into a river monster

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 7:48pm

Just because you're fishing doesn't necessarily mean you're going to catch a fish. As this video proves, you might just pull something out of the water that can fight back with a vengeance.
Infrastructure upgrades sought at Utah's Calf Creek Recreation Area as its popularity soars

Infrastructure upgrades sought at Utah's Calf Creek Recreation Area as its popularity soars

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 12:31pm

Federal land managers want to improve infrastructure at a southern Utah recreation area that's turned into a victim of its own popularity over the past decade.
Have Utah's tick numbers ticked up? What the state's recent climate means for ticks, humans, pets and wildlife

Have Utah's tick numbers ticked up? What the state's recent climate means for ticks, humans, pets and wildlife

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 6:24am

There's a growing number of tick reports in Utah, but experts say there's no clear reason for it. They say the state's recent climate conditions have helped but will soon hurt ticks.
UHP deals with 179 crashes over Memorial Day weekend; DWR boat citations double from 2020

UHP deals with 179 crashes over Memorial Day weekend; DWR boat citations double from 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 1st - 9:00pm

Utah Highway Patrol troopers and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources technicians had a busy Memorial Day weekend.
Lehi mulling water restrictions amid worsening statewide drought

Lehi mulling water restrictions amid worsening statewide drought

John Wojcik and Dan Bammes, KSL NewsRadio  |  Updated Jun 1st - 6:17pm

Lehi city officials say they're preparing for water restrictions amid the state's worsening drought.
DWR officers teach fishing to special needs youth

DWR officers teach fishing to special needs youth

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted May 30th - 9:46pm

Officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources took time out of their jobs to teach some valuable lessons to children with special needs.
COVID-19 may be on the way out, but is West Nile on the way in?

COVID-19 may be on the way out, but is West Nile on the way in?

Makenzie Sisson, Deseret News  |  Posted May 30th - 7:12am

With COVID-19 apparently finally on the outswing, Utahns may be breathing a sigh of relief for a freer summer season, but health officials warn that vigilance is still required for another virus: West Nile.
Hiker injured by grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park

Hiker injured by grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park

EastIdahoNews.com Staff  |  Posted May 29th - 8:16pm

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park received injuries from a grizzly bear while hiking alone Friday.
Extreme heat drives 'high risk' summer for US power supply, especially in the West

Extreme heat drives 'high risk' summer for US power supply, especially in the West

Scott Disavino, Reuters  |  Posted May 29th - 6:26pm

Extreme heat this summer could create energy shortfalls in California, Texas, New England and the U.S. West and Central regions, the organization responsible for North American electric reliability warned on Wednesday.
Will these additions boost effort to make Jordan River a recreation spot?

Will these additions boost effort to make Jordan River a recreation spot?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 28th - 7:11pm

Salt Lake City's effort to make Jordan River a recreation spot for more people got a boost on Friday.
Zion National Park ends shuttle ticket system after new federal transit guidance

Zion National Park ends shuttle ticket system after new federal transit guidance

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 28th - 4:08pm

The ticket system officially went offline Friday much earlier than originally expected and just in time for the Memorial Day rush.
In need of balance: Mountain biking for senior citizens

In need of balance: Mountain biking for senior citizens

Robert Williamson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 28th - 12:43pm

If you find yourself getting a little out of balance on the technical single track trails, give gravel and dirt roads a try. These roads can provide senior citizen mountain bike riders with scenery, fresh air and exercise.
Utah businessman pleads guilty to violations of wildlife, endangered species acts

Utah businessman pleads guilty to violations of wildlife, endangered species acts

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 27th - 8:13pm

A Utah businessman and his company pleaded guilty to violating two federal wildlife protection laws Wednesday, officials said.
3 outdoors roadtrip destinations within 4 hours of Salt Lake City

3 outdoors roadtrip destinations within 4 hours of Salt Lake City

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 27th - 12:38pm

Utahns are taking to road trips in order to travel more safely during the pandemic. Here are three excellent road trip destinations within a 4-hour drive from Salt Lake City.
'Please help not burn the state down': How Utah hopes to fight this wildfire season's alarmingly early start

'Please help not burn the state down': How Utah hopes to fight this wildfire season's alarmingly early start

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 26th - 9:01pm

The number of wildfires and acres burned to date in Utah far exceeds the past five years ahead of Memorial Day. A new program aims to educate people about the top causes of fires.
New wolf killing laws trigger push to revive US protections

New wolf killing laws trigger push to revive US protections

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:30pm

Wildlife advocates petitioned the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across all or portions of at least six states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and a small area of northern Utah.
DWR ups fishing limit at 10 Utah bodies of water due to lower water levels

DWR ups fishing limit at 10 Utah bodies of water due to lower water levels

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 26th - 1:17pm

Utah wildlife officials announced Wednesday they are increasing the number of fish people can catch at 10 different bodies of water across the state, citing anticipated lower water levels due to the ongoing statewide drought.
Actress Katherine Heigl wants to save the Onaqui wild horses in Utah

Actress Katherine Heigl wants to save the Onaqui wild horses in Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 26th - 12:34pm

Actress and former fashion model Katherine Heigl has joined advocates in the fight to stop a planned roundup of Utah's most famous herd of wild horses — the Onaqui of the west desert.
Love, hope, worry, fear as Lake Powell drops

Love, hope, worry, fear as Lake Powell drops

John Hollenhorst, KSL TV  |  Posted May 26th - 9:02am

Normally at this time of year, Lake Powell's water level would have risen substantially due to spring runoff, but not this year.
Utah trail runner recalls 150-foot fall, urges residents to stay safe for Memorial Day weekend

Utah trail runner recalls 150-foot fall, urges residents to stay safe for Memorial Day weekend

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25th - 5:43pm

Survivors of traumatic accidents and hospital leaders met Tuesday to urge Utahns to take safety precautions before going on outdoor adventures this Memorial Day weekend.
Cosmic 2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse combines with supermoon this week

Cosmic 2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse combines with supermoon this week

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Updated May 24th - 10:25pm

The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years coincides with a supermoon this week for quite a cosmic show.
National Weather Service's summer climate outlook signals more possible bad news for Utah

National Weather Service's summer climate outlook signals more possible bad news for Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 24th - 9:01pm

It was already a long shot for the summer to end Utah's drought but the long-range forecast essentially says that Utahns should prepare for drought conditions to continue.
'Keep It Pure' initiative teaches Utahns to be watchdogs for Wasatch's water

'Keep It Pure' initiative teaches Utahns to be watchdogs for Wasatch's water

Makenzie Sisson, Deseret News  |  Posted May 24th - 8:03pm

The clean water running from the Wasatch Mountains into our taps may seem natural and effortless, but public officials know the ability not to think about where our water comes from is a privilege — one that requires ongoing stewardship.
Zion National Park campfire ban among latest batch of Utah fire restrictions

Zion National Park campfire ban among latest batch of Utah fire restrictions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 24th - 2:52pm

With fire conditions remaining extremely dangerous, especially in southern Utah and northern Arizona, a group of agencies announced larger fire restrictions across the region set to begin Wednesday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend crowds.
Deer Creek State Park boat ramp to temporarily close in June

Deer Creek State Park boat ramp to temporarily close in June

Lisi Merkley, KSL.com  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:59pm

The main boat ramp at Deer Creek State Park will close for maintenance on June 2, according to a press release.
One congressman says 'we are a special kind of stupid' when it comes to drought

One congressman says 'we are a special kind of stupid' when it comes to drought

Amy Joi O'Donoghue and Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted May 21st - 6:10pm

Some GOP members of Congress say it is federal and state policies that are the main culprit behind the unprecedented drought gripping the West, not just the weather.
Building off CCC's legacy, Utah Conservation Corps finds itself soaring in popularity after 20 years

Building off CCC's legacy, Utah Conservation Corps finds itself soaring in popularity after 20 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 21st - 2:07pm

The Utah Conservation Corps began 20 years ago as a way to carry the torch of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It's now got a waiting list of people wanting to help preserve public lands.
Rocky Mountain Power warns it may shut off electricity this weekend in southern Utah due to high winds, fire danger

Rocky Mountain Power warns it may shut off electricity this weekend in southern Utah due to high winds, fire danger

Paul Nelson, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted May 20th - 8:59pm

Rocky Mountain Power may have to shut off the electricity in certain parts of southern Utah this weekend. The company is warning customers about possible shutoffs because strong winds are making the already extreme fire conditions even worse.
Gov. Cox calls Utah's fire outlook 'really bad' ahead of summer; BLM issues new fire prevention order

Gov. Cox calls Utah's fire outlook 'really bad' ahead of summer; BLM issues new fire prevention order

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20th - 1:38pm

Gov. Spencer Cox says Utah's drought situation gives the 2021 fire season the potential to be the "worst fire seasons that we've seen."
Philadelphia has dimmed its skyline after a 'mass collision' killed thousands of migrating birds

Philadelphia has dimmed its skyline after a 'mass collision' killed thousands of migrating birds

Josiah Ryan, CNN  |  Posted May 19th - 10:13pm

Nearly twenty buildings in Philadelphia are dimming their lights this spring after thousands of birds perished last October in the city's largest mass collision in recent history.
We drink it, we breathe it: Microplastics are 'everywhere we look,' Utah scientists say

We drink it, we breathe it: Microplastics are 'everywhere we look,' Utah scientists say

John Hollenhorst, KSL TV  |  Posted May 19th - 9:46pm

The plastic we use everyday disintegrates over time, breaking down into tiny particles that can be found in the air, water and ground.
500-unit RV park planned for Bear Lake

500-unit RV park planned for Bear Lake

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted May 19th - 8:52am

A developer has started working on plans to bring a 500-unit RV park to Bear Lake. Some residents have already said they oppose the idea.
New trails, parks and signs: A look at the 99 outdoors projects to receive grants from Utah in 2021

New trails, parks and signs: A look at the 99 outdoors projects to receive grants from Utah in 2021

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19th - 8:11am

A complete list of the 99 Utah outdoors projects to receive funding from the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant in 2021. A record $7.6 million was distributed in outdoors grants this year.
Pineview Reservoir water level 18 feet below normal

Pineview Reservoir water level 18 feet below normal

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted May 18th - 9:04am

Pineview Reservoir water levels already register about 18 feet below normal. If you like the beaches, you're in luck. There are plenty of them to start the summer season.
Almost 25 miles of new mountain bike trail to come near Zion's east entrance after $500K Utah grant

Almost 25 miles of new mountain bike trail to come near Zion's east entrance after $500K Utah grant

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 17th - 8:29pm

The Utah Outdoor Recreation Office has issued $500,000 for 25 miles of new mountain bike trail Near Zion National Park's east entrance. It's the latest in future trails coming near that entrance — and there's plenty more on the way.
Why Utah wildlife experts say there might be a greater chance for bear 'conflicts' this year

Why Utah wildlife experts say there might be a greater chance for bear 'conflicts' this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 17th - 1:23pm

Wildlife experts worried about Utah's drought situation and what that'll mean for bear encounters this year. That's why officials are sharing important bear safety tips.
Hill Air Force Base safely captures, relocates predatory birds to prevent collisions

Hill Air Force Base safely captures, relocates predatory birds to prevent collisions

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted May 16th - 8:08pm

Collisions with birds can cost the Hill Air Force Base hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the potential loss of life.
Groups call for reintroduction of jaguars in US Southwest

Groups call for reintroduction of jaguars in US Southwest

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 5:32pm

Environmental groups and scientists with two universities want U.S. wildlife managers to consider reintroducing jaguars to the American Southwest.
Cicadas hit snooze on their 17-year alarm clock. But they are still coming

Cicadas hit snooze on their 17-year alarm clock. But they are still coming

Christina Zdanowicz, CNN  |  Posted May 15th - 8:30pm

The cicada symphony is coming, but cool weather is putting a damper on the orchestra.
Why Salt Lake City's mayor wants to turn the abandoned Raging Waters site into a regional park

Why Salt Lake City's mayor wants to turn the abandoned Raging Waters site into a regional park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14th - 1:50pm

Mayor Erin Mendenhall requested $10 million of her budget go toward converting the abandoned site at 1700 South and 1200 West into park similar to Liberty or Sugar House parks.
DWR: Drought could impact fishing this summer

DWR: Drought could impact fishing this summer

Dan Bammes, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted May 13th - 8:31pm

Fishing may be impacted by the statewide drought affecting water levels in Utah's streams and reservoirs, but the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is suggesting ways to protect the fish that anglers catch and release.
Mike Godfrey: Yellowstone video of mother grizzly charging woman reminds tourists to give wildlife space

Mike Godfrey: Yellowstone video of mother grizzly charging woman reminds tourists to give wildlife space

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 13th - 12:14pm

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park repeatedly refused to heed warnings that she was too close to a mother grizzly and her two cubs. The mother grizzly managed to scare her straight.
Will darts help tame wild horse controversy?

Will darts help tame wild horse controversy?

John Hollenhorst, KSL TV  |  Posted May 13th - 10:21am

Every Wednesday morning in Utah's West Desert, volunteers armed with rifles have ventured into a herd of wild horses and fire away at the mustangs.