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Utah finds seemingly unlikely partner in creating 1st desert bighorn sheep nursery

Utah finds seemingly unlikely partner in creating 1st desert bighorn sheep nursery

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 2:31 p.m.

A new 1,800-acre nursery aims to help desert bighorn sheep thrive in the state. It'll be on land managed by a well-known Utah company.
Proposed mine in Parleys Canyon draws concern from residents

Proposed mine in Parleys Canyon draws concern from residents

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 8:46 p.m.

A plan to mine Parleys Canyon has drawn concern from residents and officials in Salt Lake City, who say they feel out of the loop about the project.
Bryce Canyon to increase backcountry fees, make changes to reservations

Bryce Canyon to increase backcountry fees, make changes to reservations

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 12:58 p.m.

Some increased fees and campground reservation changes are coming to Bryce Canyon National Park next year, after large crowds returned to the park in 2021.
Park City Mountain Resort celebrates opening day

Park City Mountain Resort celebrates opening day

Ashton Goodell, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 28 - 8:39 p.m.

Park City Mountain Resort officially opened for the 2021-2022 season on Sunday.
'Iconic destination' Zion National Park hits visitation record — and could reach 5 million mark

'Iconic destination' Zion National Park hits visitation record — and could reach 5 million mark

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 9:06 a.m.

Zion National Park has hit uncharted territory when it comes to visitation. It's nearing an exclusive club for national parks.
 Could you survive a winter night camping at Peter Sinks?

Could you survive a winter night camping at Peter Sinks?

Robert Williamson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Nov. 26 - 10:11 p.m.

Peter Sinks near Logan Canyon records some of the lowest temperatures in the contiguous United States during the winter months. What makes Peter Sinks so cold? Why would you want to camp there in winter? What are the secrets to comfortable cold winter camping?
Volunteers trade Black Friday shopping for 'green Friday' planting

Volunteers trade Black Friday shopping for 'green Friday' planting

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 26 - 3:00 p.m.

Some 50 volunteers gathered along the Jordan River corridor in Salt Lake City's Rose Park neighborhood on Black Friday to plant trees with the help of TreeUtah and the Jordan River Commission.
If you made it to the bottom of a ski resort, chances are this artist showed you the way

If you made it to the bottom of a ski resort, chances are this artist showed you the way

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 26 - 9:15 a.m.

If you've ever been skiing or snowboarding, you've probably seen James Niehues' art.
Not full? Utah to open applications for upcoming turkey hunts

Not full? Utah to open applications for upcoming turkey hunts

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 25 - 7:57 p.m.

Didn't get your fill of turkey at the table this Thanksgiving? There's an upcoming hunt for that.
Utah again proposes a ban on trail cameras during hunting season after pause on idea

Utah again proposes a ban on trail cameras during hunting season after pause on idea

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 12:33 p.m.

State wildlife biologists are again proposing a ban on the use of trail cameras in hunting a few months after they pulled the proposal to further survey hunters after some initial backlash.
Hardware Ranch sleigh rides to see elk canceled for second straight year

Hardware Ranch sleigh rides to see elk canceled for second straight year

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 6:23 a.m.

The drought has brought at least one Utah winter tradition to a halt.
Skiing on algae: How a Utah company wants to eliminate plastic in ski construction

Skiing on algae: How a Utah company wants to eliminate plastic in ski construction

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 7:40 a.m.

Petroleum likely permeates the room you're sitting in. Its products are in the kitchenware you used to cook and eat breakfast, the soap you cleaned up with and the toothpaste and toothbrush you used when you were done eating. It's probably in your clothes. It's definitely in the computer you're using to read this.
Wildfires torched up to a fifth of all giant sequoia trees

Wildfires torched up to a fifth of all giant sequoia trees

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 9:16 p.m.

Lightning-sparked wildfires killed thousands of giant sequoias this year, leading to a staggering two-year death toll that accounts for up to nearly a fifth of Earth's largest trees, officials said Friday.
US national parks to offer look into green-friendly transit

US national parks to offer look into green-friendly transit

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 8:37 p.m.

Americans may soon get a better glimpse into a future of green-friendly transportation by visiting a national park.
Northern Utah may be in for an average or wet winter, but will it be rain or snow?

Northern Utah may be in for an average or wet winter, but will it be rain or snow?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 11:00 a.m.

A winter outlook issued by Utah State University's Utah Climate Center states there's an edge for wetter conditions in northern Utah and warmer conditions statewide this winter.
Portion of Bonneville Boulevard to close near City Creek Canyon after more erosion

Portion of Bonneville Boulevard to close near City Creek Canyon after more erosion

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 7:10 a.m.

Public land crews are once again dealing with erosion by the mouth of City Creek Canyon.
Is there an antidote to help revive the ailing Great Salt Lake?

Is there an antidote to help revive the ailing Great Salt Lake?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 9:03 p.m.

The fight to save the drought-challenged Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes in the West advanced this week with passage of a legislative measure in a congressional committee.
Feds scope new plan to help imperiled sage grouse, other declining West species

Feds scope new plan to help imperiled sage grouse, other declining West species

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 12:41 p.m.

Federal land managers have formally started a process to replace 2019 changes made to its sagebrush plan. It would be the third plan of its kind issued since 2015.
2021 set for longest lunar eclipse in centuries, culminating at 2:02 a.m. Friday

2021 set for longest lunar eclipse in centuries, culminating at 2:02 a.m. Friday

Colby Walker, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 8:08 a.m.

It may only be a partial lunar eclipse, but early Friday will reward skywatchers at the end of 2021 with one of the longest eclipses in centuries.
DWR acquires 8,000-acre property in northern Utah. Here's what it plans to do with it

DWR acquires 8,000-acre property in northern Utah. Here's what it plans to do with it

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 7:48 a.m.

The Cinnamon Creek area is viewed as an "important" area for wildlife and wildlife-related recreation. Wildlife officials were concerned it would fall out of public hands.
Utah's methane problem needs to be capped, researchers say

Utah's methane problem needs to be capped, researchers say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 6:52 a.m.

A new study of gas emissions in eastern Utah yielded a surprising result that could change the discussion of methane reduction at a time it's being addressed globally.
Some local leaders oppose a Little Cottonwood gondola. Here's how it will factor into the decision

Some local leaders oppose a Little Cottonwood gondola. Here's how it will factor into the decision

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 9:25 a.m.

Drive through Sandy or Cottonwood Heights and it's not hard to spot yard signs — some for, and some against, the $590 million gondola that's being touted as a solution to the paralyzing skier traffic in the area.
The West-wide drought and the struggles of Idaho, Utah

The West-wide drought and the struggles of Idaho, Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 8:57 p.m.

The sunny skies and pleasant fall afternoons may bode well for your mental health, but they're not going to help you when it comes to next year's irrigation season.
Utah's resorts poised for a busy winter with early snow, increased travel

Utah's resorts poised for a busy winter with early snow, increased travel

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 5:05 p.m.

Utah's ski resorts experienced an unexpected uptick in visitation last year. Will it happen again this winter?
Here's when Utah's ski resorts open and what's new this winter

Here's when Utah's ski resorts open and what's new this winter

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 15 - 5:04 p.m.

A look at changes made over the snow offseason at Utah's resorts.
Bear climbs tree in Richfield, creating 'commotion' in town

Bear climbs tree in Richfield, creating 'commotion' in town

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 12:15 p.m.

One southern Utah town experienced a "commotion" Monday morning when a bear climbed a tree downtown, police said.
Biden proposes 20-year ban on new oil drilling near Native American site in New Mexico

Biden proposes 20-year ban on new oil drilling near Native American site in New Mexico

Ella Nilsen, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 11:27 a.m.

President Joe Biden announced Monday a proposal for a 20-year ban on new oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico, one of the oldest Native American sites in the US, White House officials said.
Teddy bear lost in Glacier park returned to 6-year-old girl

Teddy bear lost in Glacier park returned to 6-year-old girl

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 2:05 p.m.

A little girl who lost a special teddy bear she'd had since being adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage thought it was gone forever when she forgot it along a trail in Glacier National Park last year.
SR-9 reopens in Zion National Park after crews clear debris from 'big' rockfall

SR-9 reopens in Zion National Park after crews clear debris from 'big' rockfall

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 12 - 5:00 p.m.

The highway that runs through Zion National Park reopened Friday afternoon after a "big" rockfall near the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel closed it for most of the day.
Program to kill Grand Canyon bison nets 4 animals, criticism

Program to kill Grand Canyon bison nets 4 animals, criticism

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 7:25 a.m.

Critics say rather than killing the bison, the animals should be relocated to other areas or given to Native American tribes under an existing effort.
Charges: Utah doctor lied to get rescued while attempting to climb Denali

Charges: Utah doctor lied to get rescued while attempting to climb Denali

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 4:59 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say a Utah doctor lied that members of a climbing team he was with, at Denali National Park, had hypothermia in an effort to have a helicopter rescue them earlier this year.
When and where to look to see the North Taurid meteor shower Thursday night

When and where to look to see the North Taurid meteor shower Thursday night

Sherry Liang, CNN  |  Updated Nov. 11 - 1:12 p.m.

If you missed the peak of South Taurids last week, the North Taurid meteor shower will shine this Thursday and Friday, potentially producing a few of its signature fireballs.
Did Trump mess with the northern spotted owl? Feds say yes

Did Trump mess with the northern spotted owl? Feds say yes

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 9 - 8:52 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it is proposing reversing a Trump-era decision to eliminate critical habitat protections for the northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest.
Rain, snow and slushy roads expected in Utah again as precipitation totals inch closer to average

Rain, snow and slushy roads expected in Utah again as precipitation totals inch closer to average

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 9 - 9:05 a.m.

A storm arriving in Utah on Tuesday morning is expected to produce up to another 8 inches in Utah's mountains.
Parleys Canyon reseeding effort begins following August fire

Parleys Canyon reseeding effort begins following August fire

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Nov. 9 - 8:16 a.m.

A fire in Parleys Canyon in August burned more than 600 acres and forced many homeowners to evacuate. Now, crews from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have begun reseeding efforts to address the damage done by the fire.
'It's very meaningful': Salt Lake City honors late sexton with cemetery arboretum

'It's very meaningful': Salt Lake City honors late sexton with cemetery arboretum

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 11:39 a.m.

The Salt Lake City Cemetery is now the city's first designated arboretum. It's appropriately named after Mark Smith.
Why a private island in the Great Salt Lake went on the market

Why a private island in the Great Salt Lake went on the market

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 9:00 a.m.

It was nearly 40 years ago The Nature Conservancy of Utah acquired 1,192 acres near the Great Salt Lake in Davis County from a private company.
The story of an island saved within the dying Great Salt Lake

The story of an island saved within the dying Great Salt Lake

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 6:20 a.m.

The Antelope Island Causeway is a window into the declining health of the Great Salt Lake.
300M-year-old fossil skeleton in Utah could be the first of its kind

300M-year-old fossil skeleton in Utah could be the first of its kind

Sherry Liang, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 12:16 p.m.

An approximately 300 million-year-old fossil skeleton discovered at Canyonlands National Park in Utah could be the first of its kind, researchers say.
Boise County man dies from rabies; Idaho's first death from virus in 43 years

Boise County man dies from rabies; Idaho's first death from virus in 43 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 9:58 p.m.

An Idaho man who Idaho health officials believe didn't know he was bitten or scratched by a bat in late August died as a result of rabies last month, officials said Thursday.
Utah's traditional fire season has ended. Here's how it went this year

Utah's traditional fire season has ended. Here's how it went this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 7:11 p.m.

What was feared to be one of the worst fire seasons in Utah history turned out to be a relatively active but ultimately successful one, all things considered.
Utah wildlife officials want you to stop taking desert tortoises from the wild

Utah wildlife officials want you to stop taking desert tortoises from the wild

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 11:54 a.m.

When it comes to seeing desert tortoises in the wild, Utah wildlife biologists say look but don't touch — and certainly don't take.
Feds award $15.3M for 'much-needed' Mill Creek Canyon Road improvements

Feds award $15.3M for 'much-needed' Mill Creek Canyon Road improvements

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 3 - 10:02 p.m.

The grant will help officials improve the 4.5-mile stretch of road between the Winter Gate and the end of the road at Big Water Trailhead.
Utah DWR seeks to test new elk hunt lottery as permits become harder to get

Utah DWR seeks to test new elk hunt lottery as permits become harder to get

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 3 - 12:14 p.m.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials want to move elk permits from first-come-first-serve to a big game drawing format in a new "one-year trial period." Here's why.
Rainy October: How the first month of Utah's new water year drastically differed from last year

Rainy October: How the first month of Utah's new water year drastically differed from last year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 1 - 12:58 p.m.

Many places across the state received precipitation amounts over tenfold the levels received during the first month of the 2021 water year.
Annual bison roundup held at Antelope Island State Park

Annual bison roundup held at Antelope Island State Park

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 30 - 8:26 p.m.

Antelope Island State Park was a popular place to be Saturday as thousands of people showed up for the annual bison roundup.
Earth gets hotter, deadlier during decades of climate talks

Earth gets hotter, deadlier during decades of climate talks

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 30 - 5:30 p.m.

World leaders have been meeting for 29 years to try to curb global warming, and in that time Earth has become a much hotter and deadlier planet.
Aurora borealis could be visible in wide swaths of continental US, Europe on Saturday because of large solar flare

Aurora borealis could be visible in wide swaths of continental US, Europe on Saturday because of large solar flare

Paul P. Murphy, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 30 - 2:05 p.m.

A large solar flare erupted Thursday and is set to reach Earth on Saturday, which could result in a strong geomagnetic storm and cause the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, to be visible across the U.S. and Europe.
Are you a biophobe? If so, your children probably are, too

Are you a biophobe? If so, your children probably are, too

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Oct. 29 - 7:03 p.m.

Biophobia is surging across the globe with serious consequences for people and the planet. Here's what you can do to reverse that trend.
US park service, tourism group partner to highlight tribes

US park service, tourism group partner to highlight tribes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 28 - 12:40 p.m.

The National Park Service has partnered with a tourism association to ensure the contributions, cultures and traditions of Native Americans are incorporated into exhibits and programming at sites across the country.
New mountain bike trail opens, offering 'magnificent views' outside Zion's east side

New mountain bike trail opens, offering 'magnificent views' outside Zion's east side

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 5:53 p.m.

The first portion of a large-scale attempt to turn Zion National Park's east entrance into a recreation spot is now open.
'Ghost' Island: Historic ranch leaves visitors uneasy, touched, even scratched

'Ghost' Island: Historic ranch leaves visitors uneasy, touched, even scratched

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 26 - 11:58 a.m.

Carl Aldrich was alone in his office at Fielding Garr Ranch when he suddenly smelled a "light and flowery" woman's perfume. Nobody was around.
Southern Utah lawmaker charged with poaching on private property

Southern Utah lawmaker charged with poaching on private property

Ashley Imlay and Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Oct. 25 - 5:13 p.m.

A Utah lawmaker accused of shooting a doe in a southern Utah neighborhood in August has now been charged with poaching.
Report: Western states see dramatic increase in camping reservations, public land use

Report: Western states see dramatic increase in camping reservations, public land use

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 24 - 7:10 a.m.

It's no secret that the outdoors are being loved to death. And in the public land-rich states of the West, campsites have seen an explosion in popularity over the last decade.
Why biologists put a jolt of electricity in Provo River fish

Why biologists put a jolt of electricity in Provo River fish

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 23 - 9:17 p.m.

The method for conducting surveys conducted may seem odd but it's actually important for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and groups invested in helping fish habitats.
Man-made islands could change Utah Lake forever. Here are 6 things you need to know

Man-made islands could change Utah Lake forever. Here are 6 things you need to know

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 22 - 9:27 p.m.

The twin personality of Utah Lake sets the stage for political conflict, controversy over the environment and how best to manage it for not only decades to come but hundreds of years.
DWR investigates trophy-sized bull elk shot, left to waste in northern Utah

DWR investigates trophy-sized bull elk shot, left to waste in northern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 22 - 1:39 p.m.

Utah wildlife conservation officers said Friday they are investigating an incident earlier this month in which a trophy-sized bull elk was killed and left to waste in northern Utah.
Park rangers say they've found man who hit baseball into Grand Canyon

Park rangers say they've found man who hit baseball into Grand Canyon

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 2:28 p.m.

Park officials said Thursday they've identified a man who they say hit a baseball into the Grand Canyon Sunday and are "in contact with the involved individual."
La Nina is here. Why it could be good or bad news for Utah's winter

La Nina is here. Why it could be good or bad news for Utah's winter

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 12:58 p.m.

Federal forecasters believe parts of northern Utah may have a better chance of above-average precipitation this winter, but it's still unclear if Utah is in for a good or bad winter.