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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.
Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West

Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 12th - 8:00pm

The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the greater sage grouse.
Why this Illinois senator says he's making another push for Utah 'red rock' wilderness bill

Why this Illinois senator says he's making another push for Utah 'red rock' wilderness bill

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12th - 2:34pm

An Illinois senator has again reintroduced a piece of legislation that would protect 8.4 million acres of Utah. Meanwhile, a Utah representative is pushing for the digitization of federal land maps.
Utah-made app connects outdoor enthusiasts through 30 different adventures

Utah-made app connects outdoor enthusiasts through 30 different adventures

Megan Christensen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 12th - 12:15pm

Outdoor enthusiasts and novices who want to find adventure but don't know whom to go with now have an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals through a new app created by Utahns.
Capitol Reef National Park seeks fee hikes for Fruita, group campsites

Capitol Reef National Park seeks fee hikes for Fruita, group campsites

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12th - 8:02am

Capitol Reef National Park officials are seeking a plan that would raise the cost of nightly fees at its Fruita and group campground sites.
Climber seriously injured after boulder comes loose, rolls over him

Climber seriously injured after boulder comes loose, rolls over him

Andrew Adams, KSL TV  |  Posted May 11th - 1:29pm

A climber was seriously injured in Little Cottonwood Canyon after a boulder came loose and rolled over him, rescuers said.
Utah mom of 7 sets goal to ascend 7 'second summits'

Utah mom of 7 sets goal to ascend 7 'second summits'

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted May 11th - 6:31am

One Park City woman has a goal to conquer seven summits on seven continents and she's using Mount Everest to help her train for the challenge ahead.
DWR proposes waterfowl hunting changes aimed to reduce crowding in Utah-managed areas

DWR proposes waterfowl hunting changes aimed to reduce crowding in Utah-managed areas

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 10th - 12:48pm

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced last week it is proposing to eliminate guided hunting on waterfowl management areas due to hunters' concerns of overcrowding.
Renovation begins on new history center near Zion

Renovation begins on new history center near Zion

K. Sophie Will, Associated Press  |  Posted May 9th - 10:10pm

The small crowd cheered as local leaders smashed gold-tipped sledgehammers into the old wood door of a home on Zion Park Boulevard Thursday.
Utah program helps farmers pay for irrigation upgrades amid drought, 'bleak' seasonal outlook

Utah program helps farmers pay for irrigation upgrades amid drought, 'bleak' seasonal outlook

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8th - 12:36pm

The Water Optimization Program actually began in 2018, but it expanded this year after new funding from the state Legislature. It comes as the agriculture season appears "bleak."
Range wars: Tension mounts in the West over public lands grazing, wild horses and ranchers

Range wars: Tension mounts in the West over public lands grazing, wild horses and ranchers

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 8th - 7:42am

More than 70 animal advocacy and conservation groups are calling on the Biden administration to eliminate livestock grazing on any public lands where wild horse populations exist.
Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations

Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 7th - 12:14pm

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have resumed large group tours with safety measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and being tested with 72 hours before the trip or showing proof of vaccination.
How Utah's Heber Valley may help researchers solve one of fog's biggest mysteries

How Utah's Heber Valley may help researchers solve one of fog's biggest mysteries

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6th - 8:03pm

There's a lot known about fog except in one major component: prediction. That's especially true in mountains. Here's how a Utah-led study aims to change that.
Review: Crowdfunded products to get you ready for an adventurous summer

Review: Crowdfunded products to get you ready for an adventurous summer

Brooke Nally, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 6th - 7:08pm

These awesome crowdfunded products — some local — will help you utilize your summer in its best fashion.
'Very rare' wolverine sighting confirmed at Antelope Island

'Very rare' wolverine sighting confirmed at Antelope Island

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 5th - 9:08pm

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed a wolverine in Utah for the first time in five years.
A 'pernicious problem': How experts hope to stop ongoing defacement of Utah's public lands

A 'pernicious problem': How experts hope to stop ongoing defacement of Utah's public lands

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5th - 7:11pm

Experts say they expect vandalism and graffiti on public lands will likely continue unless the people heading out to public lands make a change.
The legendary artist behind most of Utah's ski maps now takes on national parks

The legendary artist behind most of Utah's ski maps now takes on national parks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5th - 12:17pm

After 35 years, a legendary artist in the ski and snowboard community said he's now focusing his time on depicting a different form of the outdoors. But Utah will still be on his mind during his new venture.
Work to repair ancient Moab petroglyph underway, but officials say it'll 'never be the same'

Work to repair ancient Moab petroglyph underway, but officials say it'll 'never be the same'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3rd - 7:03pm

People will still be able to view the "Birthing Rock" once the cleanup of recent vandalism to it is complete but officials said it will never be like it once was.
Why Sen. Romney wants the US to better study the Great Salt Lake

Why Sen. Romney wants the US to better study the Great Salt Lake

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3rd - 2:33pm

Sen. Romney is reaching across the aisle to try and create a program to better understand what drying saline lakes means for western ecology and wildlife.
Colorado woman dies in rare black bear attack, authorities believe

Colorado woman dies in rare black bear attack, authorities believe

Keith Coffman, Reuters  |  Posted May 2nd - 5:08pm

A 39-year-old Colorado woman died in an apparent black bear attack, marking just the fourth fatal mauling in the state since record-keeping began in 1960, authorities said on Saturday.
Man catches big, invasive fish in Highland pond

Man catches big, invasive fish in Highland pond

Matt Rascon, KSL TV  |  Posted May 1st - 9:54am

A man caught a nearly 17-pound koi in a small Utah County pond, a type of carp that the Division of Wildlife Resources said should have never been there.
What the 10 key themes of 'Reimagine Nature' might mean for Salt Lake City's outdoors plan

What the 10 key themes of 'Reimagine Nature' might mean for Salt Lake City's outdoors plan

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 30th - 12:08pm

Public lands leaders for Utah's capital city are close to finishing up its latest feedback round into the future of the city's public lands projects.
Utah Wildlife Board approves reduction of 2021 deer hunting permits

Utah Wildlife Board approves reduction of 2021 deer hunting permits

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 29th - 7:03pm

The Utah Wildlife Board finalized a plan that will decrease the number of deer hunting permits in Utah this year even more than what was originally proposed by state wildlife biologists.
Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves heads to governor

Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves heads to governor

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 29th - 6:27am

The Idaho House on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors and expand methods to kill wolves roaming Idaho — a measure that could cut the wolf population by 90%.
Low water levels expose sticky tar mess at Great Salt Lake near Spiral Jetty

Low water levels expose sticky tar mess at Great Salt Lake near Spiral Jetty

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 28th - 9:00pm

A thick layer of tar has grown in the bed of the Great Salt Lake and experts blame the shrinking water levels there.
Fur hunting, egg wars and nuclear waste: A virtual tour of the 'Islands of the Dead'

Fur hunting, egg wars and nuclear waste: A virtual tour of the 'Islands of the Dead'

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 28th - 4:31pm

It may sound like a campy, made-for-cable B movie, but this is the stranger than fiction — and surprisingly hopeful — story of a forgotten American island chain and what states like Utah might learn from its turbulent history.
'This is not an accident': Well-known Moab petroglyph vandalized; $10K reward offered in case

'This is not an accident': Well-known Moab petroglyph vandalized; $10K reward offered in case

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 27th - 7:07pm

Federal officials said Tuesday that they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who was responsible for damaging a famous petroglyph in Grand County.
DWR seeks information on theft of wildlife guzzler material in southern Utah

DWR seeks information on theft of wildlife guzzler material in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 27th - 12:23pm

State wildlife conservation officers want to know who last month stole equipment used to keep wildlife hydrated in Washington County.
A fishy invasion: Koi fish, smallmouth bass infest local reservoirs and ponds in southern Utah

A fishy invasion: Koi fish, smallmouth bass infest local reservoirs and ponds in southern Utah

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 27th - 11:35am

If you've done any fishing lately at any of the community fishing ponds and even some local reservoirs in Southern Utah, chances are you may have seen or even caught an invasive fish.
2 men cited over helicopter poaching of wolves in Montana

2 men cited over helicopter poaching of wolves in Montana

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 3:10pm

Two Montana men have been cited over illegally poaching two wolves from a helicopter in the Big Hole Valley.
Utah conservation officers want to know who shot bald eagle in Summit County

Utah conservation officers want to know who shot bald eagle in Summit County

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 2:11pm

State conservation officers are asking for the public's help in figuring out who shot a juvenile bald eagle in Summit County found injured earlier this month.
Utah and the Antiquities Act: So what's the deal?

Utah and the Antiquities Act: So what's the deal?

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:14pm

With President Joe Biden expected to make an announcement regarding federal lands in southern Utah, learn just how deep Utah's connection to presidential land proclamations goes.
Utah congressional delegation frustrated over recent national parks funding

Utah congressional delegation frustrated over recent national parks funding

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 7:01am

Utah's congressional delegation is letting Interior Secretary Deb Haaland know just how frustrated they are over a recent funding slight.
Ogden River: A story of unloved waters?

Ogden River: A story of unloved waters?

Robert Williamson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:13pm

In 1992, Gene Castellano and Kenny Wilt organized an effort and worked hard themselves to clean up trash in and around the Ogden River. Nearly 30 years later, the river has a trash problem again.
Zion National Park's Taylor Creek Trail reopens after large rockfall

Zion National Park's Taylor Creek Trail reopens after large rockfall

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 21st - 12:44pm

Zion National Park's popular Taylor Creek Trail fully reopened following a rockfall at the upper end of the trail earlier this month, park officials said Wednesday.
Historically low Lake Powell water levels cause closures of some launch ramps, other changes

Historically low Lake Powell water levels cause closures of some launch ramps, other changes

St. George News  |  Posted Apr 20th - 12:14pm

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is advising visitors to be aware of changes to water access points and boat launch areas on Lake Powell this year due to declining water levels through the summer.
Grand County seeing bump in COVID cases amid springtime visitors

Grand County seeing bump in COVID cases amid springtime visitors

Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Apr 20th - 6:26am

Grand County is seeing the highest COVID-19 case rates in Utah. With springtime, the home to Moab and Arches National Park is also seeing tens of thousands of visitors.
How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs

How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 19th - 4:27pm

New research from fossils located at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument seems to support a theory that tyrannosaurs hunted in packs more like wolves than loners.
Toquerville Bypass to ease Zion National Park traffic issues, usher in changes for small town

Toquerville Bypass to ease Zion National Park traffic issues, usher in changes for small town

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 19th - 10:35am

A new roadway that will help divert national park-bound traffic away from the heart of Toquerville, as well as an announcement for a planned development that will accompany the new road, were presented to residents of the small community Saturday afternoon.
Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 12:33pm

Federal public lands officials are investigating after climbing bolts damaged an ancient petroglyph site near Moab.
National Park Week includes free admission day, various themes

National Park Week includes free admission day, various themes

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 16th - 12:13pm

National Park Week will begin Saturday, and all visitors to national parks that day will be admitted free of charge.
3 Utah PetSmart locations halt fish sales out of concern for zebra mussels

3 Utah PetSmart locations halt fish sales out of concern for zebra mussels

Ladd Egan, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 15th - 8:54pm

Fish sales have been paused at three PetSmart locations along the Wasatch Front due to a suspicion of invasive zebra mussels.
Can a pasta machine protect the seeds to save the West's wildlands?

Can a pasta machine protect the seeds to save the West's wildlands?

Hannah Petersen, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 15th - 7:38am

On their hands and knees, two scientists try to determine whether traditional practices or a pasta machine may be the best way to fight invasive weeds.
Timpanogos Cave to resume tours this spring for 1st time since COVID-19 pandemic began

Timpanogos Cave to resume tours this spring for 1st time since COVID-19 pandemic began

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 14th - 2:08pm

Timpanogos Cave will reopen for tours Memorial Day weekend for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, park officials said Wednesday.
As Utah prepares to welcome in 2 new state parks, evaluation begins on another possible park

As Utah prepares to welcome in 2 new state parks, evaluation begins on another possible park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 14th - 8:11am

New details were provided Tuesday about two new state parks that were approved during the 2021 Legislative Session; meanwhile, work for new visions of Bridal Veil Falls is underway.
Man breaks Utah's Bear Lake cutthroat fishing record; Mac Attack Fishing Derby returns

Man breaks Utah's Bear Lake cutthroat fishing record; Mac Attack Fishing Derby returns

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 13th - 12:20pm

Utah's fishing records continue to fall.
No Gunlock waterfalls this year due to poor snowpack levels that fuel continuing drought concerns

No Gunlock waterfalls this year due to poor snowpack levels that fuel continuing drought concerns

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 13th - 9:30am

If you're thinking of visiting Gunlock Reservoir for its waterfalls this year, consider a change of plans.
Cougar sighted in Draper neighborhood tranquilized, to be released into the wild

Cougar sighted in Draper neighborhood tranquilized, to be released into the wild

Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 11th - 10:54am

A cougar spotted in a Draper neighborhood early Saturday morning has been tranquilized by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and will be released in the mountains.
Utah leaders bid farewell to Interior Secretary Haaland with warning against 'unilateral' decision

Utah leaders bid farewell to Interior Secretary Haaland with warning against 'unilateral' decision

Katie McKellar and Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Updated Apr 9th - 5:27pm

Utah's all-GOP delegation and state leaders bid farewell to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the third day of her whirlwind tour of two controversial national monument designations, with a call for a collaborative — not unilateral — decision.
Zion National Park proposes increase to temporary shuttle ticket costs as attendance soars

Zion National Park proposes increase to temporary shuttle ticket costs as attendance soars

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 9th - 12:43pm

Zion National Park officials first instituted a temporary timed ticket system for its shuttle service amid COVID-19 concerns last year.
'We all want pretty much the same thing,' Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says after Bears Ears tour

'We all want pretty much the same thing,' Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says after Bears Ears tour

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated Apr 8th - 9:28pm

Navajo Nation leaders called for full restoration and expansion of the Bears Ears National Monument to 1.9 million acres in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.
DWR dip tank clears quagga mussels off boats quicker

DWR dip tank clears quagga mussels off boats quicker

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 8th - 6:47pm

The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources demonstrated its new dip tank process to keep harmful quagga mussels away from Utah's reservoirs.
Why Utah birders want you to go 'lights out' during spring migration season

Why Utah birders want you to go 'lights out' during spring migration season

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 8th - 1:34pm

Many bird species migrate at night. It's why experts say it's important to reduce light pollution, which can disorient birds and draw them off course.
Will a third Interior secretary visit resolve debate over national monuments?

Will a third Interior secretary visit resolve debate over national monuments?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Apr 7th - 9:27pm

For the third time in five years, a U.S. Department of Interior secretary is visiting Utah amid a debate over two controversial national monument designations.
Arches National Park formation wins 'Utah Arch Challenge,' but it may not be the one you think

Arches National Park formation wins 'Utah Arch Challenge,' but it may not be the one you think

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Apr 7th - 5:06pm

Utah has an arch champion.
Creation of transit route to Springdale moves ahead with St. George City Council approval

Creation of transit route to Springdale moves ahead with St. George City Council approval

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Apr 6th - 10:44am

The creation of a public transit route between St. George and the doorstep of Zion National Park continues to move forward with the recent approval of agreements between the city, Washington County and the state.