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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.
How severe droughts have factored into a decline in Utah's deer population

How severe droughts have factored into a decline in Utah's deer population

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

While there are far-reaching impacts that droughts can have on water infrastructure, they can also factor into wildlife habitat conditions.
Forecasters warn warmer weekend could bring avalanche danger to backcountry

Forecasters warn warmer weekend could bring avalanche danger to backcountry

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 7:21am

Warmer weather could bring increased danger to Utah's backcountry this weekend, and avalanche forecasters warned the snow already on the ground could come down in large slabs.
3 Salt Lake City creeks see the light as Three Creeks Confluence nears completion

3 Salt Lake City creeks see the light as Three Creeks Confluence nears completion

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:31pm

Workers on a project by the Jordan River in recent months unearthed the point where water from three Salt Lake Valley creeks merge with the Jordan River, and a new Salt Lake City park is expected to be finished later this spring.
COVID-19 PPE litter is killing wildlife

COVID-19 PPE litter is killing wildlife

Eoin McSweeney, CNN  |  Posted Apr 1st - 12:15pm

Waste from lifesaving personal protective equipment is killing birds, fish and other wildlife across the globe, a study has found.
Large Duchesne County fire could be beginning of difficult fire season

Large Duchesne County fire could be beginning of difficult fire season

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 1st - 6:58am

2020 was a record year for wildfires started by humans, and drought conditions in 2021 could mean it's more important than ever to make a plan to protect your home from fire.
Bill to extend Utah's Bonneville Shoreline Trail once again filed in Congress

Bill to extend Utah's Bonneville Shoreline Trail once again filed in Congress

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 31st - 7:33pm

Utah's top political leaders and representatives of several outdoors organizations in the state say they support a bill that would facilitate a federal-local land swap in order to extend the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
Utah man sentenced to 6 months after digging for treasure in Yellowstone cemetery

Utah man sentenced to 6 months after digging for treasure in Yellowstone cemetery

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 31st - 3:36pm

A Utah man who pleaded guilty to digging for buried treasure at a historic cemetery in Yellowstone National Park has been sentenced to six months of incarceration, authorities said Wednesday.
Mike Godfrey: 5 wildlife lessons from viral video of woman unwittingly holding venomous octopus

Mike Godfrey: 5 wildlife lessons from viral video of woman unwittingly holding venomous octopus

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Mar 31st - 12:14pm

While walking a beach in Bali, a TikTok user inadvertently placed herself in mortal danger by catching and handling a blue-ringed octopus. Here are five lessons to be learned from the viral video.
Salt Lake City's Allen Park re-reopens following 3-month winter closure

Salt Lake City's Allen Park re-reopens following 3-month winter closure

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 4:14pm

Allen Park is once again open to the public after winter conditions prompted an emergency seasonal closure in December.
Utah officials to expand Japanese beetle eradication plans after pest detections grew in 2020

Utah officials to expand Japanese beetle eradication plans after pest detections grew in 2020

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:49am

The invasive Japanese beetle can cost the U.S. millions in annual agriculture damage. Utah is expanding efforts to contain the pest after its small known population tripled last year.
Recent rescues at Sand Hollow Reservoir underscore importance of life jackets

Recent rescues at Sand Hollow Reservoir underscore importance of life jackets

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:01am

Two people were rescued from the chilly waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir on Monday afternoon when the personal watercraft they were riding on capsized.
Overnight camping closure at Middle Fork WMA extended after unruly 2020, DWR says

Overnight camping closure at Middle Fork WMA extended after unruly 2020, DWR says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 29th - 11:05am

Officials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Monday it will ban most overnight camping at the wildlife management area through Sept. 9.
Oregon couple stuck on Grand County road for 24 hours; officials call road a 'chronic problem'

Oregon couple stuck on Grand County road for 24 hours; officials call road a 'chronic problem'

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 28th - 4:17pm

An Oregon couple was stranded for nearly 24 hours on a secluded Grand County road before being rescued Friday evening, officials said, describing the area as a dangerous and frequent problem.
Have an idea for Central Wasatch improvement? Here's how you can submit it

Have an idea for Central Wasatch improvement? Here's how you can submit it

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 26th - 8:52pm

A commission tasked with improvements along the central Wasatch canyons is once again accepting ideas for smaller, short-term projects.
Jobs vs. environment: What did Interior secretary learn from briefing on leasing ban?

Jobs vs. environment: What did Interior secretary learn from briefing on leasing ban?

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Mar 26th - 6:26pm

The move by President Joe Biden to ban any new oil and gas leasing on federal public lands and offshore waters was praised as a first good step to meet his ambitious climate change agenda in a Thursday briefing and soundly criticized as a threat to good paying jobs when the United States needs them the most.
2 more Utah parks gain 'international dark sky' status

2 more Utah parks gain 'international dark sky' status

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 26th - 12:27pm

Add two more state parks to the list of best places in the world to view the night sky.
Utah wildlife officials propose cutting buck deer hunting permits by 5K this year

Utah wildlife officials propose cutting buck deer hunting permits by 5K this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 25th - 9:09pm

State wildlife biologists are seeking another cut to general season buck deer permits after a large cut last year.
Zion National Park issues danger advisory over harmful algal bloom

Zion National Park issues danger advisory over harmful algal bloom

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 25th - 11:33am

Zion National Park visitors are being asked to avoid any contact with the North Fork portion of the Virgin River "until further notice" due to a worsening toxic algae bloom.
Utah joins a dozen other states suing Biden over oil and gas leasing ban

Utah joins a dozen other states suing Biden over oil and gas leasing ban

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Mar 24th - 5:12pm

Utah joined a dozen other states Wednesday in a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the Jan. 27 executive order issued by President Joe Biden to ban any new oil and gas leasing on federal land and offshore waters.
20 Utah business reps co-sign letter urging Biden to restore national monument boundaries in state

20 Utah business reps co-sign letter urging Biden to restore national monument boundaries in state

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 24th - 12:16pm

More voices joined the debate over the fate of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument boundaries.
How much would development plans near Zion National Park boost regional economy?

How much would development plans near Zion National Park boost regional economy?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 2:34pm

Future projects near the park's east entrance that could come within the next decade have the potential to result in hundreds of new jobs and generate millions of new money.
Utah agency plans to close off 29 abandoned mines in Grand County next month

Utah agency plans to close off 29 abandoned mines in Grand County next month

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 10:50am

Work to close off a little more than two dozen mines at a canyon popular for recreation in southern Utah is expected to begin next month, state mining officials said Monday.
Will Bridal Veil Falls be a monument or a state park?

Will Bridal Veil Falls be a monument or a state park?

Hannah Petersen, Deseret News  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 9:05am

The future of Bridal Veil Falls — be it as a state monument or state park — is in the hands of the Utah Department of Parks and Recreation.
Utah to use more water conservation PSAs amid 'very serious' drought

Utah to use more water conservation PSAs amid 'very serious' drought

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 2:32pm

Utah received plenty of precipitation over the weekend but nowhere near enough to reverse shortages.
Utah tourism officials to launch campaigns to bring tourists, responsibly

Utah tourism officials to launch campaigns to bring tourists, responsibly

Paul Nelson, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 8:36am

The Utah State Office of Tourism is hoping to draw more people to the state, responsibly, as COVID-19 spread continues to decrease.
Modern mountain men test handmade hide boat for Bear River run

Modern mountain men test handmade hide boat for Bear River run

Hannah Petersen, Deseret News  |  Posted Mar 21st - 8:14pm

The grizzled mountain man steadies himself on the shore as he gingerly steps down into a buffalo-hide boat without tipping it.
This is arch: Utah geologists begin 'Arch Madness' to highlight state's many arches

This is arch: Utah geologists begin 'Arch Madness' to highlight state's many arches

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 19th - 12:22pm

Utah geologists want you to figure out what the best arch or natural bridge is in Utah for "Arch Madness."
Utah's fishing, hunting license sales surge during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Utah's fishing, hunting license sales surge during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 18th - 12:15pm

Utah's banner year for outdoors participation wasn't just reserved for state parks last year.
Third interior secretary to tour Bears Ears, Grand Staircase as part of political football

Third interior secretary to tour Bears Ears, Grand Staircase as part of political football

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Mar 18th - 7:46am

Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland plans to visit two controversial national monuments in Utah and meet with state, local and tribal leaders.
Gov. Cox issues emergency declaration over Utah's persistent drought conditions

Gov. Cox issues emergency declaration over Utah's persistent drought conditions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 17th - 7:48pm

The emergency declaration not only acknowledges the ongoing drought conditions but warns that the state's spring runoff likely will be below average too.
Loose moose: 1K pound moose relocated after weekend stroll through Centerville neighborhood

Loose moose: 1K pound moose relocated after weekend stroll through Centerville neighborhood

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 17th - 1:34pm

A 2-year bull moose has a new home in Utah's wilderness after the creature found its way into the backyard of a home in Davis County over the weekend.
St. George area preparing for busy spring break

St. George area preparing for busy spring break

Ladd Egan, KSL TV  |  Posted Mar 16th - 10:28pm

Southwest Utah is gearing up for a bustling spring break season as folks along the Wasatch Front head for some fun in the sun.
Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser much deeper than Old Faithful, researchers say, but still a science mystery

Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser much deeper than Old Faithful, researchers say, but still a science mystery

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 16th - 3:35pm

New University of Utah research into Yellowstone National Park's Steamboat Geyser, the world's largest geyser, provides a better look at how the geyser functions.
Section of Bonneville Shoreline Trail reopens in Utah County for first time since fire

Section of Bonneville Shoreline Trail reopens in Utah County for first time since fire

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 16th - 11:28am

A section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail near Provo Canyon has reopened for the first time since a wildfire and subsequent reseeding project happened in the area last fall.
Sundance Mountain Resort announces upgrades for next ski season

Sundance Mountain Resort announces upgrades for next ski season

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 15th - 7:03pm

Sundance Mountain Resort has announced construction will begin in the coming months for changes that will be in place for the 2021-2022 ski season.
Call of the wild: Great outdoors is great escape in pandemic

Call of the wild: Great outdoors is great escape in pandemic

Pat Graham and Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 14th - 1:04pm

It's a little crowded out there.
Zion National Park search for woman cost $60K, report says

Zion National Park search for woman cost $60K, report says

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 12th - 2:33pm

A search for a California woman who was missing for two weeks last fall at Zion National Park in Utah before being found alive cost about $60,000, park officials said Thursday.
Whirling disease found in fish in northeast Utah creek. Here's how anglers can help slow its spread

Whirling disease found in fish in northeast Utah creek. Here's how anglers can help slow its spread

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 12th - 12:14pm

A disease that attacks the cartilage tissue of a fish's head and spine that can be fatal for fish was recently detected in fish at a creek in northeast Utah, state wildlife officials said Friday.
Here's when ski season will end at Utah's resorts

Here's when ski season will end at Utah's resorts

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 11th - 8:52pm

At most Utah ski resorts, the end of the season is just weeks away.