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What the Colorado River, quagga mussels and telecommuting share in Utah

What the Colorado River, quagga mussels and telecommuting share in Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Mar 6th - 9:05pm

More government workers will be out of their cars and in their home offices on days in Utah when air pollution is at unhealthy levels thanks to passage of a telecommuting bill.
Utah officials call for customers to destroy aquarium moss balls after zebra mussel discovery

Utah officials call for customers to destroy aquarium moss balls after zebra mussel discovery

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 5th - 7:01pm

State wildlife officials are urging anyone who recently purchased a Betta Buddy Marimo Ball for their aquarium to throw away the moss ball after boiling or freezing it.
Utah Legislature approves bill to create 2 new state parks

Utah Legislature approves bill to create 2 new state parks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Mar 4th - 2:09pm

A bill to establish new state parks in Grand and Morgan counties cleared the Utah Legislature on Thursday.
U. research finds central Utah volcanoes are still active, but no evidence of imminent eruption

U. research finds central Utah volcanoes are still active, but no evidence of imminent eruption

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 3rd - 7:02pm

Researchers say a pair of earthquakes in central Utah in 2018 and 2019 were likely caused by ongoing activity in a volcanic field underneath the desert.
Zion National Park closes off climbing locations at 12 cliffs for seasonal nesting period

Zion National Park closes off climbing locations at 12 cliffs for seasonal nesting period

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 2nd - 4:16pm

A seasonal closure of dozen cliffs in Zion National Park began Monday in time for seasonal nesting for peregrine falcons and condors, park officials said.
Bill to create Utahraptor, Lost Creek state parks clears Senate committee

Bill to create Utahraptor, Lost Creek state parks clears Senate committee

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 2nd - 12:10pm

A bill that would create Utahraptor State Park finally cleared the Senate committee, where last year's attempt ended.
Warmer, likely drier days ahead for Utah this spring, forecasters predict

Warmer, likely drier days ahead for Utah this spring, forecasters predict

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 1st - 4:27pm

Monday marked the first day of meteorological spring. A long-range forecast calls for higher chance for a warmer, drier season yet again.
Utah drought worries farmers, ranchers, water managers

Utah drought worries farmers, ranchers, water managers

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:19am

Even with recent storms, the state is still in a drought and conservationists have already warned about reduced water use in the spring and summer.
BLM asks climbers to avoid these 11 rock climbing, hiking areas in southeast Utah

BLM asks climbers to avoid these 11 rock climbing, hiking areas in southeast Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:15pm

Climbers are being asked avoid close to a dozen rock climbing and hiking areas by the popular Indian Creek climbing area starting Monday.
Why biologists want you to report raptor nest locations in Utah

Why biologists want you to report raptor nest locations in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 25th - 8:01pm

The Bureau of Land Management and the Raptor Inventory Nest Survey are once again teaming up to collect data on raptor nests, and they're asking citizen scientists for help.
Improvements planned for growing Spiral Jetty crowds

Improvements planned for growing Spiral Jetty crowds

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Feb 25th - 8:19am

The number of people visiting the Spiral Jetty has grown so much that leaders in Box Elder County made an offer Wednesday to purchase about 10 acres of land to add amenities to the site.
Several ways a paracord can be an outdoor enthusiast's best friend

Several ways a paracord can be an outdoor enthusiast's best friend

Robert Williamson, KSL.com contributor  |  Posted Feb 24th - 7:01pm

Braided paracord survival bracelets have been around for a while, but do you know how to use the paracord in survival situations? Here are some of the ways paracord can help when lost in the backcountry.
Poor air quality outside can produce higher levels of pollution indoors, Utah study finds

Poor air quality outside can produce higher levels of pollution indoors, Utah study finds

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:35pm

A recently published report from the University of Utah has found that air pollution, especially smoke from wildfires or fireworks, has the ability to creep into indoor spaces.
Have You Seen This? Skier rides epic line at Mammoth Mountain

Have You Seen This? Skier rides epic line at Mammoth Mountain

John Clyde, KSL.com contributor  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 3:03pm

This ski run is so smooth that butter is filing a restraining order against it.
Utah's state parks shattered all visitation records in 2020. These were the parks visitors fled to

Utah's state parks shattered all visitation records in 2020. These were the parks visitors fled to

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:14pm

There were about 2.6 million more visitors to state parks in 2020 than in the previous year. Here's a look into the parks people went to and the effects it had on the state.
Utah leaders to Biden: 'We expect and hope for closer collaboration' on monuments under review

Utah leaders to Biden: 'We expect and hope for closer collaboration' on monuments under review

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:51pm

Eleven of Utah's highest-ranking leaders sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking to be included in discussions over the fate of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.
US needs to brace itself for more deadly storms, experts say

US needs to brace itself for more deadly storms, experts say

Matthew Daly and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 5:07pm

Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America needs to get better at dealing with it, experts said as Texas and other states battled winter storms that blew past the worst-case planning of utilities, governments and millions of shivering residents.
Snowpack update: How record-breaking snow helped Utah's snow totals get closer to average

Snowpack update: How record-breaking snow helped Utah's snow totals get closer to average

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb 18th - 4:10pm

Here's how Utah's recent snowstorms have helped the statewide snowpack figures and pushed Salt Lake City's precipitation levels back above normal for 2021.
2.9M fewer people visited Utah's Mighty 5 in 2020 but park visitation is rebounding in record levels

2.9M fewer people visited Utah's Mighty 5 in 2020 but park visitation is rebounding in record levels

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 17th - 12:16pm

To say visitation dropped at Utah's national parks in 2020 doesn't quite tell the full story of the situation parks faced at the end of the year and the start of 2021.