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Rangers want help identifying pair suspected of archeological theft in Canyonlands

Rangers want help identifying pair suspected of archeological theft in Canyonlands

Larry D. Curtis, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 18 - 9:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Rangers are asking for the public's help identifying two visitors to Cave Springs who are suspected of archeological theft.
Summit County to acquire largest open space in its history for $55M

Summit County to acquire largest open space in its history for $55M

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted May 17 - 5:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

After receiving funding from the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County is set to act on its exclusive option to purchase the 910 Ranch, a property bigger than the entire city of Millcreek, and turn it into a wildlife sanctuary.
Utah's reservoir system returns to 90%, but Cox says state's message won't change

Utah's reservoir system returns to 90%, but Cox says state's message won't change

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 16 - 7:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's reservoir system is now back to 90% of capacity for the first time since it fell below the halfway mark during a severe multiyear drought.
Utah sends $95M toward 18 trail projects as it begins ambitious statewide network plan

Utah sends $95M toward 18 trail projects as it begins ambitious statewide network plan

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 16 - 5:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah transportation officials are directing $95 million in state funds toward 18 projects that are "construction-ready" or ready to be planned in the first round of trail network funding.
DWR discovers more efficient way to decontaminate boats from quagga mussels

DWR discovers more efficient way to decontaminate boats from quagga mussels

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 16 - 2:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The lines to decontaminate boats from quagga mussels were once hours long, but DWR has developed a new way for boats to exit the line in just minutes.
'A forest of dead trees': University of Utah study looks at new insect killing Utah's fir trees

'A forest of dead trees': University of Utah study looks at new insect killing Utah's fir trees

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted May 16 - 7:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

A small, invasive insect that can only travel via wind or by latching onto birds and other animals is setting up shop within Utah's long-stressed conifer forests and wrecking havoc on some portions of the state's subalpine fir population.
Utah 'encouraged' by new Colorado River cuts; 'progress' made on long-term plan

Utah 'encouraged' by new Colorado River cuts; 'progress' made on long-term plan

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 15 - 7:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Colorado River water reduction plan that Utah and six other states agreed to is now being implemented while the states hash out a long-term agreement.
Small town swarmed by Mormon crickets

Small town swarmed by Mormon crickets

Debbie Worthen, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 15 - 4:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mormon crickets are a species of insect that has seen a resurgence in recent years due to drought and are out again this year in full force in Northern Nevada and some parts of Utah.
Utah resort owner to run Zion concessions, marking 1st change in 5 decades

Utah resort owner to run Zion concessions, marking 1st change in 5 decades

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 15 - 12:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah company with ties to several Utah resorts is set to take over Zion National Park concessions beginning next year.
Great Salt Lake's southern arm reaches 'significant' level as spring rise slows down

Great Salt Lake's southern arm reaches 'significant' level as spring rise slows down

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14 - 10:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake's southern arm has reached a "significant" level before the lake's expected summer drop.
Wildlife officials continue to track for fish species illegally introduced at Utah reservoir

Wildlife officials continue to track for fish species illegally introduced at Utah reservoir

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14 - 9:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah wildlife officials say they are still tracking Strawberry Reservoir after a fish was found illegally dumped in the reservoir over the winter.
Despite warning signs, vehicles getting stuck in muddy Bonneville Salt Flats

Despite warning signs, vehicles getting stuck in muddy Bonneville Salt Flats

Adam Small, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted May 14 - 6:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

This time of year, the famous Bonneville Salt Flats might look the same on the surface, but experts warn that what's under that salt is very different now.
Salt Lake County SAR preps for hiking rescues with fitness test

Salt Lake County SAR preps for hiking rescues with fitness test

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 14 - 4:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake County Search and Rescue spent Monday night prepping for an expected busy summer season, by putting the team to the test at one of the places they respond to frequently.
'Cherished' southern Utah site expected to be closed for 2 months this summer

'Cherished' southern Utah site expected to be closed for 2 months this summer

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 11:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

One of the "most cherished recreation sites" within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be closed for a large chunk of the summer.
Provo business expands 'Timp Badge' tradition with challenge for 10 Utah peaks

Provo business expands 'Timp Badge' tradition with challenge for 10 Utah peaks

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

A local outdoors business revived a beloved Timp Badge tradition for hiking Mount Timpanogos is expanding the challenge to 10 peaks in Utah.
Bear River pipeline no longer an option to aid in northern Utah growth

Bear River pipeline no longer an option to aid in northern Utah growth

Megan Banta, Salt Lake Tribune  |  Posted May 13 - 7:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

One of Utah's top lawmakers said the state shouldn't follow the plan while he and another state legislator talked about how the Legislature has "fundamentally reshaped things" to help save the Great Salt Lake.
Without tipsters, wildlife poaching cases in Utah would go largely unsolved

Without tipsters, wildlife poaching cases in Utah would go largely unsolved

Mike Stapley for KSL.com  |  Posted May 12 - 4:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utahns are encouraged to call the Utah Division of Wildlife resources with tips that often end up being invaluable in leading investigators to poachers.
St. George horseman completes one of the world's toughest endurance races

St. George horseman completes one of the world's toughest endurance races

E. George Goold, St. George News  |  Posted May 11 - 7:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Gaucho Derby is a 500-kilometer horse race through some of the most rugged mountain terrain in the world, and it was conquered by a St. George local.
See stunning Utah photos of the northern lights

See stunning Utah photos of the northern lights

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted May 11 - 10:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

People across Utah stayed up late to watch stunning views of the northern lights.
'Potentially historic' geomagnetic storm could produce northern lights in Utah

'Potentially historic' geomagnetic storm could produce northern lights in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 10 - 12:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

A "potentially historic" geomagnetic storm is forecast for this weekend and it appears Utahns might be able to catch a glimpse of an aurora borealis from it.
New Utah-focused exhibit comes to Hogle Zoo

New Utah-focused exhibit comes to Hogle Zoo

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted May 9 - 7:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hogle Zoo's new Aline W. Skaggs Wild Utah exhibit opened Thursday, giving visitors a chance to discover "the wonder in our backyards," zoo president and CEO Doug Lund said.
An 'iconic' art installation is coming to Salt Lake City's old Raging Waters site

An 'iconic' art installation is coming to Salt Lake City's old Raging Waters site

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 9 - 6:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The future Glendale Park will be home to Salt Lake City's next "iconic" public art installation, the city's mayor says.
Utah finalizes 2024 big game permit amount, sets new shed hunting rules

Utah finalizes 2024 big game permit amount, sets new shed hunting rules

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8 - 5:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah wildlife officials approved a plan to add 6,800 new general season buck deer hunting permits this year, on top of a few other changes.
Latest storm produced 3 feet of snow at Alta; reservoirs reach highest mark in 4 years

Latest storm produced 3 feet of snow at Alta; reservoirs reach highest mark in 4 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

A multiday storm system that primarily impacted Utah's northern half from Sunday through Tuesday was quite productive.
Pelicans return to nest at Great Salt Lake island for 1st time in 81 years

Pelicans return to nest at Great Salt Lake island for 1st time in 81 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 7 - 8:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

About 1,300 American white pelicans were found nesting on Utah's Great Salt Lake's Hat Island during a survey that state wildlife biologists conducted last week.
Hiker dies at Scout Lookout in Zion National Park

Hiker dies at Scout Lookout in Zion National Park

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 7:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Zion National Park officials confirmed a hiker died inside the park at Scout Lookout on Monday afternoon.
Winter storm warning extended; freeze watch issued for parts of Utah

Winter storm warning extended; freeze watch issued for parts of Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 7:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

A late-season winter storm that arrived in Utah this weekend has already produced plenty of rain and snow, and there's more on the way.
How often does Utah get valley snow in May? Here's what the record book says

How often does Utah get valley snow in May? Here's what the record book says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 1:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

A weather phenomenon more common in spring caused snow to fall in many valleys this weekend, causing a rare but not unheard of sight for Utahns.
Why Colorado River basin states are split on long-term plan to manage its water

Why Colorado River basin states are split on long-term plan to manage its water

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5 - 12:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Upper and Lower basin states are split on a long-term plan to manage Lake Powell and Lake Mead, but meetings between the two sides are expected to pick up this month.
Discover the desert: Chase waterfalls at this stunning southern Utah state park

Discover the desert: Chase waterfalls at this stunning southern Utah state park

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted May 5 - 8:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

Southern Utahns chasing waterfalls this spring are in luck as Gunlock State Park's "unpredictable" falls are flowing.
Warning issued for parts of Utah ahead of 'significant' late season winter storm

Warning issued for parts of Utah ahead of 'significant' late season winter storm

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 4 - 8:32 a.m.  |  Save Story

A storm arriving in Utah has the potential to deliver 1 to 2 feet of snow in parts of Utah's mountains by Tuesday, while an inch of rain is possible in the valleys.
How Utah is helping imperiled species with big money

How Utah is helping imperiled species with big money

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 4 - 7:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

A total of $5.5 million has been allocated to dozens of wildlife-related projects at the recent annual Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Endangered Species Mitigation Fund meeting in April.
Advocates speak out as wild horse populations continue to decline in the West

Advocates speak out as wild horse populations continue to decline in the West

David Louis for St. George News  |  Posted May 3 - 7:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Bureau of Land Management has released its plan to gather and remove approximately 20,000 wild horses and burros and treat 1,400 horses with fertility control in 2024.
The Colorado River is vital in Utah. Here's why it's going to get even more publicity

The Colorado River is vital in Utah. Here's why it's going to get even more publicity

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1 - 6:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Colorado River plays an important role in Utah and across the West. KSL.com is participating in a new collaborative to report on the issues tied to its future.
Tandem bike riders taken to hospital after hitting deer near entrance to Zion National Park

Tandem bike riders taken to hospital after hitting deer near entrance to Zion National Park

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted April 30 - 9:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two people riding a tandem bicycle on Sunday evening collided with a deer near the south entrance of Zion National Park, authorities say.
Salt Lake City opens first community orchard. Here's how it will be used

Salt Lake City opens first community orchard. Here's how it will be used

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 30 - 9:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake City completed its first community orchard after years of planning, but it may take several more years for residents to enjoy its fruits.
'Things could change real quick for us': Weber County avoids weekend flooding; officials on alert

'Things could change real quick for us': Weber County avoids weekend flooding; officials on alert

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 30 - 12:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Water levels in Weber County are high, and officials are staying on alert. This past weekend, the sheriff's office warned people to avoid streams and rivers due to rising waters, but no flooding took place.
As Great Salt Lake nears key level, Utah finds inspiration elsewhere to help lake's recovery

As Great Salt Lake nears key level, Utah finds inspiration elsewhere to help lake's recovery

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 30 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake continues to improve from a record low in 2022, but Utah natural resources officials recently took trips to two other sites to learn what may help keep the lake's recovery going.
Making your home a sanctuary for Utah's little miracle workers

Making your home a sanctuary for Utah's little miracle workers

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted April 29 - 8:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's native pollinators are in trouble and need your help. Here are things that can assist in making Utah a sanctuary.
Idaho Falls man kicks Yellowstone bison and goes to jail, say park officials

Idaho Falls man kicks Yellowstone bison and goes to jail, say park officials

EastIdahoNews.com Staff  |  Posted April 29 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

An Idaho man got drunk, kicked a bison, got hurt and went to jail, Yellowstone Park officials said.
Why camping fees may increase at Dinosaur National Monument

Why camping fees may increase at Dinosaur National Monument

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 29 - 12:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dinosaur National Monument camping fees may soon change, for the first time in almost a decade.
Project to rehabilitate Capitol Reef's Scenic Drive set to begin

Project to rehabilitate Capitol Reef's Scenic Drive set to begin

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 28 - 12:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

A project to repair and enhance aging roads and parking lots at Capitol Reef National Park will begin on Monday, creating some impacts to visiting the park this year.
Utah waterfall book provides guide to help hikers go with the flow

Utah waterfall book provides guide to help hikers go with the flow

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted April 28 - 8:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah offers numerous waterfall adventures, and an author is releasing an information guidebook naming the best hikes in June.
Thrills and spills as Dixie High seniors paint Sugarloaf sign

Thrills and spills as Dixie High seniors paint Sugarloaf sign

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted April 27 - 10:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Seniors from Dixie High School were hanging by ropes over the edge of Dixie Rock on Friday morning with white paint and white knuckles.
Ivins residents are concerned about location of planned water reservoir

Ivins residents are concerned about location of planned water reservoir

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 26 - 8:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

Some residents in the Ivins area are worried that new water reservoir would ruin an outdoor space everyone enjoys.
Adams Canyon trailhead ribbon cutting in Layton 'a tender experience'

Adams Canyon trailhead ribbon cutting in Layton 'a tender experience'

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 5:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

Layton residents brave the rain to celebrate the opening of new amenities at popular Adams Canyon trailhead, a decade in the making.
Why Salt Lake City plants thousands of new trees every year

Why Salt Lake City plants thousands of new trees every year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 11:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's capital city has planted thousands of more trees over the past decade, and city leaders say there are many reasons why.
'Sacrifices' will need to be made from Bear River water supply to help Great Salt Lake

'Sacrifices' will need to be made from Bear River water supply to help Great Salt Lake

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 25 - 11:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

With the Bear River serving so many different purposes in the state of Utah, agricultural producers are trying to make sure their uses for the river aren't forgotten as lawmakers discuss the preservation of the Great Salt Lake.
How much will the Great Salt Lake rise? State to offer a reward if you guess it correctly

How much will the Great Salt Lake rise? State to offer a reward if you guess it correctly

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 24 - 5:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Water levels at the Great Salt Lake are higher now than at any other point in the last five years, but its peak this year is up to anyone's guess.
Why Utah could be in for a hot and dry summer

Why Utah could be in for a hot and dry summer

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 23 - 3:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah could be in for another hot summer, according to a new long-range outlook.
New tool for algal bloom mitigation is making breakthrough results in Utah, scientists say

New tool for algal bloom mitigation is making breakthrough results in Utah, scientists say

Mary Culbertson, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 23 - 1:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scientists are testing a new tool that aims to help suppress algal blooms in bodies of water, and experts say the device is producing breakthrough results.
Provo aiming to clean up Utah Lake with state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility

Provo aiming to clean up Utah Lake with state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted April 23 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new secondary process wastewater treatment plant is being built in Provo to hopefully help clean up Utah Lake.
Utah's snowpack has melted in a 'reasonable manner' so far; outlook looks promising, NWS says

Utah's snowpack has melted in a 'reasonable manner' so far; outlook looks promising, NWS says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 23 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

An expert explains how Utah's above-average snowpack has melted "in a reasonable manner" so far and what is expected next.
Utah County search and rescue crews encouraging hikers to be prepared this spring

Utah County search and rescue crews encouraging hikers to be prepared this spring

Brianna Chavez, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 22 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

With warmer weather in the forecast, that means more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. But that could come at a cost if you're not prepared.
6 unforgettable things to do in Turks and Caicos

6 unforgettable things to do in Turks and Caicos

Grant Olsen for KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 8:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Beautiful beaches? Check. Fascinating wildlife? Check. Large shipwrecks? Check.
Emergency fishing closure lifted at Panguitch Lake after dam scare

Emergency fishing closure lifted at Panguitch Lake after dam scare

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 12:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah wildlife officials are allowing anglers to catch fish at Panguitch Lake once again after closing the reservoir off amid concerns over its dam earlier this month.
Utah's record 2023 ski season generated over $1.9B in visitor spending, new analysis finds

Utah's record 2023 ski season generated over $1.9B in visitor spending, new analysis finds

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 21 - 7:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's record snowfall last year led to more than $2.6 billion in overall spending in the ski industry, according to a new analysis.
2 more endangered ferrets are gene copies of critter frozen in 1980s

2 more endangered ferrets are gene copies of critter frozen in 1980s

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted April 20 - 7:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says two more black-footed ferrets have been cloned from the genes used for the first clone of an endangered species in the U.S. These three slinky predators are genetically identical to a single animal frozen back in the 1980s.
Shorelands Preserve highlights recreation at Great Salt Lake

Shorelands Preserve highlights recreation at Great Salt Lake

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted April 20 - 12:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve on the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, spanning 4,500 sprawling acres of bogs and birds and frogs and a mostly untouched piece of nature that is an increasingly rare occurrence along the rapidly growing Wasatch Front.