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La Nina is about to take the West's drought from bad to worse

La Nina is about to take the West's drought from bad to worse

Rachel Ramirez, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 12:28 p.m.

Global scientists reported in August that due to the climate crisis, droughts that may have occurred only once every decade or so now happen 70% more frequently.
As the dry, dry water year ends, did you pass the conservation test?

As the dry, dry water year ends, did you pass the conservation test?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 7:12 a.m.

State officials sounded the alarm about Utah's drought this year, but did residents, businesses and institutions heed the call? Water officials say yes, but more needs to be done.
'We're not going to stand for this': Utah students strike, call for climate reforms

'We're not going to stand for this': Utah students strike, call for climate reforms

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 4:45 p.m.

About a couple hundred Utah middle and high school students participated Friday in Global Climate Strike, an issue they say they will deal with more than their parents will.
Snowbasin plans to add 300-room hotel, expand services in coming years

Snowbasin plans to add 300-room hotel, expand services in coming years

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

Snowbasin Resort is slowly turning into a community as a part of a massive expansion of services in the next few years.
Moose struck, killed near Weber State University

Moose struck, killed near Weber State University

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 1:34 p.m.

Utah wildlife biologists say the annual rut likely factored in a young bull moose being struck and killed near Weber State University Wednesday night.
Lake Powell may not be able to generate hydropower in 2023 due to drought, study says

Lake Powell may not be able to generate hydropower in 2023 due to drought, study says

Drew Kann, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 8:36 a.m.

The falling water levels at Lake Powell could make the dam's hydroelectric power generation impossible as soon as next year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Why rangers call on volunteers to hunt mountain goats at Grand Teton National Park

Why rangers call on volunteers to hunt mountain goats at Grand Teton National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 12:54 p.m.

Groups of volunteer hunters will hunt mountain goats at Grand Teton National Park beginning Wednesday. Here's why.
U. researchers say they've cracked Darwin's pigeon 'enigma'

U. researchers say they've cracked Darwin's pigeon 'enigma'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 4:08 p.m.

University of Utah researchers say one of Darwin's many quandaries regarding animal mutations is now solved through their new study.
Have You Seen This? Fearless wolf bites grizzly bear on the behind

Have You Seen This? Fearless wolf bites grizzly bear on the behind

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 3:42 p.m.

How many times would you bite a grizzly bear on the rump? In the case of this wolf, the answer is three.
Utah governor 'profoundly disappointed' in feds' decision to move BLM back to DC

Utah governor 'profoundly disappointed' in feds' decision to move BLM back to DC

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 3:03 p.m.

Spencer Cox and others sent a letter to the secretary of the Interior, urging her to reverse recommendations to relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarters.
Hard freeze warning issued for several Utah areas as fall-like temperatures briefly arrive

Hard freeze warning issued for several Utah areas as fall-like temperatures briefly arrive

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 11:58 a.m.

Summer doesn't officially end until Wednesday, but overnight temperatures at the beginning of this week are reminding Utahns that fall and winter are coming.
Video: Explaining North America's uptick in bear attacks

Video: Explaining North America's uptick in bear attacks

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 11:00 a.m.

Eight months in and 2021 is already one of the deadliest years on record with regards to bear attacks. Why are bear attacks so conspicuously high? And should you be concerned about your next outing?
Utah ghost town reappears as a result of drought

Utah ghost town reappears as a result of drought

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 8:05 a.m.

As Rockport Reservoir has dropped in water volume, reminders of an old town that once existed between Park City and Coalville are visible again.
Giant California sequoias wrapped in aluminum as fire nears

Giant California sequoias wrapped in aluminum as fire nears

Noah Berger and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 7:34 p.m.

Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world's largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as part of an effort to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California's rugged Sierra Nevada.
Bureau of Land Management to relocate headquarters back to Washington from Colorado

Bureau of Land Management to relocate headquarters back to Washington from Colorado

Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 5:22 p.m.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C., from Colorado, reversing a Trump-era move that the Biden administration said drove hundreds of people out of the agency dedicated to managing federal lands.
Woman severely burned at Old Faithful

Woman severely burned at Old Faithful

EastIdahoNews.com Staff  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 10:30 a.m.

A 19-year-old Rhode Island woman suffered second- and third-degree burns to 5% of her body at Old Faithful Thursday morning, according to officials at Yellowstone National Park.
Woman injured, taken to hospital after rockfall at Zion National Park

Woman injured, taken to hospital after rockfall at Zion National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 8:10 p.m.

A woman was injured as a result of rockfall near a popular hiking area at Zion National Park Wednesday afternoon, according to park officials.
And they're off! Racers navigate 369-mile virtual event through Utah's national parks

And they're off! Racers navigate 369-mile virtual event through Utah's national parks

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 1:35 p.m.

Runners, bikers, swimmers and other athletes are starting a virtual 369-mile race, equal to the distance through Utah's Mighty 5 national parks. The Utah National Parks Challenge allows participants to complete the miles at their own pace throughout the remainder of 2021.
Record-breaking number of public comments could delay Little Cottonwood traffic plans

Record-breaking number of public comments could delay Little Cottonwood traffic plans

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 4:16 p.m.

UDOT received 13,000 submissions during the public comment period on how to combat traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Salt Lake City to extend pause on foothills trail project after concerns over first phase

Salt Lake City to extend pause on foothills trail project after concerns over first phase

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 14 - 3:10 p.m.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said the city will continue its pause on new projects within its Foothills Trails System Plan following concerns brought up by residents and trail users.
Project aims to clear out nonnative species from Utah native fish haven

Project aims to clear out nonnative species from Utah native fish haven

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 10:36 p.m.

It wasn't long ago that the Clear Creek drainage area in Sevier County was a haven for the Bonneville cutthroat trout. A treatment plan aims to make it happen again.
Fairmont Park pond reopens in Salt Lake City after no mercury contamination found

Fairmont Park pond reopens in Salt Lake City after no mercury contamination found

Jacob Klopfenstein and Lisi Merkley, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 13 - 7:46 p.m.

The pond at Fairmont Park reopened to the public Monday after extensive testing revealed there was no mercury contamination in the water, officials said.
Visitation to this Bears Ears site spiked since 2015. Here's how the BLM wants to handle it

Visitation to this Bears Ears site spiked since 2015. Here's how the BLM wants to handle it

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 12:49 p.m.

As federal agencies continue to weigh its future, people are still flocking to Bear Ears National Monument in droves — especially to an ancient Native American location commonly known as "House on Fire."
Activists fought rounding up wild horses. Then came drought and climate change

Activists fought rounding up wild horses. Then came drought and climate change

Ned Parker and Lisa Lewnes, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 10:26 p.m.

Across the West this summer, helicopters buzz low, herding thousands of wild horses into gated areas.
Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip West

Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip West

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 4:55 p.m.

Both torrent and trickle have afflicted storied trout streams in the American West in recent years amid the havoc of climate change, which has made the region hotter and drier and fueled severe weather events.
Tree planting efforts aren't replacing burned US forests — not even close

Tree planting efforts aren't replacing burned US forests — not even close

Adria Malcolm, Andrew Hay and Andrea Januta, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 8:05 a.m.

Reforestation supporters say planting trees helps fight climate change, protects watersheds and creates jobs — arguments that help generate both global enthusiasm and U.S. bipartisan support. Still, evidence suggests replanting campaigns cannot keep up with blazes.
Trophy-size pronghorn buck illegally killed in southern Utah, DWR says

Trophy-size pronghorn buck illegally killed in southern Utah, DWR says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 1:38 p.m.

State conservation officers are asking for the public's help as they investigate who illegally killed a trophy-sized pronghorn buck and left it for waste in southern Utah.
One year after devastating Utah windstorm, Salt Lake City mayor urges preparedness

One year after devastating Utah windstorm, Salt Lake City mayor urges preparedness

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 7:30 p.m.

A year after a devastating windstorm left thousands of households without power and toppled thousands of trees across the Wasatch Front, Salt Lake City's mayor is urging people to be prepared for future natural disasters.
Utah reports 1st human death of West Nile virus, record number of mosquito pools

Utah reports 1st human death of West Nile virus, record number of mosquito pools

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 8 - 7:11 p.m.

Utah health officials said Wednesday a northern Utah resident died recently as a result of the West Nile virus, marking the state's first fatal case of the virus this year.
California condor hatchling becomes just 2nd to fledge at Zion National Park

California condor hatchling becomes just 2nd to fledge at Zion National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 7:04 p.m.

A California condor nestling that hatched at Zion National Park earlier this year has taken flight.
Can Utah influence carbon emission solutions nationwide?

Can Utah influence carbon emission solutions nationwide?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 10:27 a.m.

Experts and lawmakers agree Utah can't solve climate change by cutting emissions, but they say Utah still has the power to make a difference. Here's why.
Warning issued for southern Utah as state experiences bump in heat, smoke

Warning issued for southern Utah as state experiences bump in heat, smoke

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 11:27 a.m.

The forecast temperatures the next few days will remind Utahns it's not quite fall yet. Meanwhile, higher smoke concentrations are expected in some parts of the state.
How bad is indoor air quality when there's smoke outside? Early results aren't promising

How bad is indoor air quality when there's smoke outside? Early results aren't promising

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 7:44 p.m.

A new Utah study aims to answer how air quality differs indoors during days of poor air quality outdoors. Early results, and findings from other studies, show a troubling reality.
Unhappy trails: Trail signs are missing from the Foothills Natural Area

Unhappy trails: Trail signs are missing from the Foothills Natural Area

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 10:27 p.m.

The Salt Lake City Public Lands Department is seeking the public's assistance in the recovery of 30 wayfinding and trail designation signs.
Low water levels uncover old cars in Hyrum Reservoir

Low water levels uncover old cars in Hyrum Reservoir

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 10:58 a.m.

What looks like a graveyard for old cars is showing up along the shore of Hyrum Reservoir.
Heavy traffic at Utah parks, on roads this Labor Day weekend. Here's what to plan for

Heavy traffic at Utah parks, on roads this Labor Day weekend. Here's what to plan for

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 7:18 a.m.

Many people are expected on Utah's roads and outdoor spots this weekend.
West Nile detected in 4 Box Elder locations; more expected

West Nile detected in 4 Box Elder locations; more expected

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 12:34 p.m.

Authorities in Box Elder County detected West Nile virus in more places in the county this week, and they're expecting an increase in mosquito populations over the coming weeks due to recent rains.
'A big win': Zion Corridor Trail project leaders celebrate $10.8M grant from state

'A big win': Zion Corridor Trail project leaders celebrate $10.8M grant from state

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 9:13 a.m.

A plan to build an 18-mile asphalt trail that will connect a park in LaVerkin to the town just outside Zion National Park is one step closer to reality.
Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company shutting off secondary water early due to drought

Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company shutting off secondary water early due to drought

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 7:11 p.m.

Communities that receive water from Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company will have their secondary water systems shut down due to extreme drought and limited water resources.
Many Utah fire restrictions lifted ahead of Labor Day but experts still urge caution

Many Utah fire restrictions lifted ahead of Labor Day but experts still urge caution

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 1:20 p.m.

As a result of recent rain and cooler temperatures, a slew of fire restrictions on state and federally managed lands across Utah may be lifted ahead of Labor Day.
Hiker dies of heat exhaustion at Zion National Park

Hiker dies of heat exhaustion at Zion National Park

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 12:50 p.m.

A hiker from Wisconsin died of heat exhaustion at Zion National Park on Monday, officials said.
Fall forecast: Is this when Utah's trees will peak?

Fall forecast: Is this when Utah's trees will peak?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 9:55 a.m.

Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner. Here's a look at this fall's long-range forecast and when to possibly expect peak fall colors.
Birds of prey face global decline from habitat loss, poisons

Birds of prey face global decline from habitat loss, poisons

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 9:18 p.m.

Despite a few high-profile conservation success stories – like the dramatic comeback of bald eagle populations in North America – birds of prey are in decline worldwide.
Keeping visitors and wildlife safe at national parks

Keeping visitors and wildlife safe at national parks

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Aug. 29 - 7:15 a.m.

When it comes to visiting a National Park, most visitors have an interest in seeing wildlife. And when that moment arrives, the rush of adrenaline can often get the best of some people.
Hunting theme no longer mandatory in US duck stamp contest

Hunting theme no longer mandatory in US duck stamp contest

Michael Phillis, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug. 28 - 7:49 p.m.

Artists will no longer have to incorporate hunting imagery to win a coveted spot for their work on the federal duck stamp, a reversal of a Trump-era requirement.
Las Vegas man drowns after falling off paddleboard in Emery County reservoir

Las Vegas man drowns after falling off paddleboard in Emery County reservoir

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 6:49 p.m.

A Las Vegas man died Friday after he fell off a paddleboard and drowned in Millsite Reservoir in Emery County, authorities said.
Woman banned from Yellowstone after walking on thermal areas

Woman banned from Yellowstone after walking on thermal areas

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 10:28 a.m.

A Connecticut woman has been sentenced to seven days in jail, must pay more than $2,000 in fines and fees and is banned from Yellowstone National Park for two years after other tourists captured photos and video of her leaving the boardwalk and walking on thermal features in the Norris Geyser Basin.
Will Utah's drought usher in a new generation of reservoirs?

Will Utah's drought usher in a new generation of reservoirs?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 9:00 a.m.

Hydrologists and climate scientists in Utah have for years warned that as the state heats up, spring comes earlier and the summer gets drier, winter will feel the impacts as well.
Have You Seen This? Bearpocalypse update: Bears are now dirty, rotten thieves

Have You Seen This? Bearpocalypse update: Bears are now dirty, rotten thieves

John Clyde, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug. 26 - 3:12 p.m.

This is a new low, bears. Not cool.
Utah Wildlife Board postpone several hunting proposals 1 day into public comment period

Utah Wildlife Board postpone several hunting proposals 1 day into public comment period

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug. 26 - 2:59 p.m.

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board voted Thursday to postpone making a decision on proposals to ban the use of night vision devices and tweak how trail cameras are used during peak hunting season.
700-year-old petroglyph vandalized in southern Utah

700-year-old petroglyph vandalized in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 25 - 7:04 p.m.

Federal land officials are asking for the public's help as they try and identify those responsible for vandalizing an at least 700-year-old petroglyph near Moab earlier this month.
Salt Lake made a park friendly for struggling monarch butterfly — here's how you can, too

Salt Lake made a park friendly for struggling monarch butterfly — here's how you can, too

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 25 - 6:37 a.m.

Experts say monarch butterflies are like the environmental canary of the modern-day coal mine but are becoming endangered. There are ways to help. Here's how Salt Lake City did it at one park and how you can do it at home.
Why biologists want to 'reset' this Utah reservoir to help its trout population

Why biologists want to 'reset' this Utah reservoir to help its trout population

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 24 - 1:36 p.m.

State biologists announced Tuesday they want to use a substance that would kill off most of the fish in Navajo Lake and eventually repopulate it with trout.
Prehistoric comb jelly fossil found in Utah at least 500M years old, researchers say

Prehistoric comb jelly fossil found in Utah at least 500M years old, researchers say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 24 - 11:29 a.m.

A set of comb jelly fossils discovered in central Utah may help provide an understanding of prehistoric nervous system evolution, according to researchers.
Gondola or widened lanes? Why this Olympian wants neither for Little Cottonwood Canyon

Gondola or widened lanes? Why this Olympian wants neither for Little Cottonwood Canyon

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 23 - 3:17 p.m.

Fresh off an Olympic medal, Utah climber Nathaniel Coleman is working on a new challenge within Little Cottonwood Canyon. He said there is no need for a gondola or expanded highway lanes, and that both plans will change recreation in the nonresort areas of the canyon forever.
Utah DWR names second-generation employee as new director

Utah DWR names second-generation employee as new director

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Aug. 20 - 8:29 p.m.

Justin "J" Shirley has been named the new director for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
How a 'mega' tank in eastern Utah aims to help animals impacted by drought

How a 'mega' tank in eastern Utah aims to help animals impacted by drought

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 20 - 4:15 p.m.

A massive 7,200-square-foot structure referred to as a "mega" guzzler is being installed to help wildlife and livestock survive in some of the driest parts of Utah.
A crash course in the US on tracking, trapping and killing 'murder hornets'

A crash course in the US on tracking, trapping and killing 'murder hornets'

Tim Exton, Reuters  |  Posted Aug. 20 - 8:16 a.m.

The first Asian giant hornet nest of the year has been found in Washington state, and plans are being developed to eradicate it, likely next week, the state's agriculture department said on Thursday.
Video: Fighter jet buzzes by hikers on Utah's tallest peak

Video: Fighter jet buzzes by hikers on Utah's tallest peak

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug. 19 - 7:33 p.m.

A group of hikers got more than they expected while summiting Utah's highest mountain peak when a fighter jet performed a low altitude flyover and "waved" at those on the summit.