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Utah gets $1.5M donation as it unveils more plans for new golden spike monument

Utah gets $1.5M donation as it unveils more plans for new golden spike monument

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 7:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

New details about one of Utah's newest state monuments were released after a ceremony celebrating a resolution that creates the park.
Mitigation efforts have been 'effective' so far at Panguitch Lake, authorities say

Mitigation efforts have been 'effective' so far at Panguitch Lake, authorities say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 5:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Reservoir levels at Panguitch Lake have already dropped about 6 inches and efforts to mitigate a possible breach at the top of the section of the dam have been "effective" to this point, state officials said Thursday.
'It looks a lot better than it did,' officials say of Panguitch Lake dam situation

'It looks a lot better than it did,' officials say of Panguitch Lake dam situation

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 10 - 7:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah engineers say there are indications that the damage found at the Panguitch Lake dam on Monday may not be as severe as initially feared.
Teams 'closely' monitoring Panguitch Lake dam; weather service issues flood watch

Teams 'closely' monitoring Panguitch Lake dam; weather service issues flood watch

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 9 - 11:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

A flash flood watch has been issued for a few southern Utah communities near Panguitch Lake over the "potential failure" of the reservoir's dam.
Wildlife officers seek information after bald eagle was found shot in southern Utah

Wildlife officers seek information after bald eagle was found shot in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 9 - 12:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah conservation officers are asking for the public's help in their investigation into a case involving a bald eagle that was illegally shot; the bird was later euthanized.
Can you trust the ground? How to handle quicksand, other perils in Lake Powell's backcountry

Can you trust the ground? How to handle quicksand, other perils in Lake Powell's backcountry

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted April 9 - 9:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

Have you ever had a nightmare where something is chasing you, but you can't run? You just drag yourself across the ground with your hands, desperate to get away but getting nowhere. That's what quicksand feels like. At least to one reporter.
How a productive March changed Great Salt Lake's spring outlook

How a productive March changed Great Salt Lake's spring outlook

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 9 - 8:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake's southern arm is already higher now than it has been in four years, but a new report states it could reach a level it hasn't touched since 2017.
National Park Service being sued for switching to cashless entry

National Park Service being sued for switching to cashless entry

Heather Peterson, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted April 8 - 2:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The National Park Service is being sued for going cashless at 30 parks and monuments, including Hovenweep National Monument and Natural Bridges National Monument.
Man who saved friend during grizzly attack receives prestigious national honor

Man who saved friend during grizzly attack receives prestigious national honor

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted April 7 - 6:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

A young man who saved his friend during a grizzly bear attack in Wyoming is being awarded with what is considered to be the highest honor for civilian heroism.
Bear Lake State Park is opening new areas to keep up with growth

Bear Lake State Park is opening new areas to keep up with growth

Mike Anderson and Michael Houck, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 7 - 10:54 a.m.  |  Save Story

State park managers for both sides of Bear Lake are preparing for the crowds that continue to grow every year with a new beach and renovated campsites.
Utah: A stargazing mecca

Utah: A stargazing mecca

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted April 6 - 9:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah has some of the darkest skies on Earth and the highest concentration of certified International Dark Sky parks and communities in the world.
Zion National Park begins 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to repair historic campground

Zion National Park begins 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to repair historic campground

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

Construction to repair and rehabilitate Zion National Park's aging South Campground is now getting underway.
Latest storm could produce at least 1 foot of snow in parts of Utah's mountains

Latest storm could produce at least 1 foot of snow in parts of Utah's mountains

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 5 - 3:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

At least one more Utah storm will tack onto what has already been an above-average snowpack year.
Utah's above-average snowpack is about to melt. Does that mean flooding?

Utah's above-average snowpack is about to melt. Does that mean flooding?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 5 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

Flooding is a concern again as this year's above-normal snowpack begins to melt, but experts say the situation isn't as dire as it was this time last year. It all depends on the weather.
In case of 'catastrophic event,' 400 endangered fish given new home at Ivins golf course

In case of 'catastrophic event,' 400 endangered fish given new home at Ivins golf course

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted April 4 - 10:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah resort hopes a collaboration with state wildlife officials will give the fish some cushion should disaster strike.
Husband of Florida lawmaker dies after falling at Bryce Canyon

Husband of Florida lawmaker dies after falling at Bryce Canyon

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted April 3 - 10:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

The husband of a Florida state senator died in a Bryce Canyon National Park hiking accident.
Averting an 'extinction trajectory': Volunteers scour Washington County desert for tortoise signs

Averting an 'extinction trajectory': Volunteers scour Washington County desert for tortoise signs

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted April 3 - 8:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Volunteer groups from the nonprofit Conserve Southwest Utah scour the Washington County desert looking for tortoise signs.
Salt Lake City ramps up controlled releases from Parleys canyons ahead of snowmelt

Salt Lake City ramps up controlled releases from Parleys canyons ahead of snowmelt

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 2 - 7:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The water is flowing much faster through Salt Lake City's Tanner and Sugar House parks, and that trend will continue over the next few weeks.
Will timed-entry system at Arches National Park become permanent?

Will timed-entry system at Arches National Park become permanent?

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 2 - 8:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

For the third year in a row, Arches National Park is testing a timed-entry system to spread out crowds throughout the day.
Easter storm brings a big boost for ski resorts as skiers hit the slopes

Easter storm brings a big boost for ski resorts as skiers hit the slopes

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 2 - 6:54 a.m.  |  Save Story

The gloomy, wet Easter Sunday turned into a solid ski day Monday at some of Utah's resorts.
Utah man with cerebral palsy wants all-terrain wheelchair option at state, national parks

Utah man with cerebral palsy wants all-terrain wheelchair option at state, national parks

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted April 1 - 8:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Sam Durst has cerebral palsy and was introduced to the Extreme Motus all-terrain wheelchair, making it possible for him to hike Arches National Park with his family.
Wetlands are disappearing quickly across the United States

Wetlands are disappearing quickly across the United States

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted March 31 - 9:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reveals wetlands — 95% of which are freshwater — covered less than 6% of the lower 48 states as of 2019. That is half the area they covered two centuries ago.
Warning, advisory issued as rain and snow forecast to impact Utah throughout Easter weekend

Warning, advisory issued as rain and snow forecast to impact Utah throughout Easter weekend

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated March 30 - 3:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

A winter storm warning was issued for parts of Utah this weekend, but soggy and snowy conditions are expected throughout the state this Easter weekend.
'I fell in love with it': Idaho woman hikes popular mountain for her 100th time

'I fell in love with it': Idaho woman hikes popular mountain for her 100th time

Brittni Johnson, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted March 30 - 11:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

An Idaho woman celebrated an impressive accomplishment this month after climbing Table Mountain, commonly referred to as Table Rock, for her 100th time.
Preserving a landmark: Restoration efforts underway for Brian Head Overlook Tower

Preserving a landmark: Restoration efforts underway for Brian Head Overlook Tower

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 30 - 7:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

Howling winds may have ripped off the roof of the Brian Head Overlook Tower, but a significant restoration project is underway.
Historic Timpanogos shelter may find new life as Forest Service considers restoration

Historic Timpanogos shelter may find new life as Forest Service considers restoration

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted March 29 - 9:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The now-dilapidated historic Timpanogos shelter may soon find new life as U.S. Forest Service considers the feasibility of restoration.
Utah emerges in top 5 of world explorer Lee Abbamonte's most cherished US destinations

Utah emerges in top 5 of world explorer Lee Abbamonte's most cherished US destinations

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted March 29 - 7:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lee Abbamonte found purpose in travel. Known as the "Marco Polo of the 21st Century," Abbamonte has seen it all — literally.
Utah proposes 6,800 more general buck hunting permits

Utah proposes 6,800 more general buck hunting permits

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 29 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

After years of cuts, Utah wildlife officials are proposing an increase of 6,800 general season buck deer hunting permits for this year's hunting season.
Powder Mountain plans for major terrain expansion with new lift, land deal

Powder Mountain plans for major terrain expansion with new lift, land deal

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 29 - 10:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

Powder Mountain is slated to add more than 3,000 acres of public and private terrain through a new lift and a land acquisition.
'It's such a fragile resource': Springdale and Zion National Park promote dark night skies

'It's such a fragile resource': Springdale and Zion National Park promote dark night skies

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 29 - 9:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

Springdale reminds residents and visitors that artificial outdoor light causes light pollution, which can affect humans and animals. The town is promoting the importance of dark night skies during International Dark Skies Week April 2-8.
Grant program launched to support sustainable tourism initiatives across Summit County

Grant program launched to support sustainable tourism initiatives across Summit County

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted March 28 - 4:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is, for the second year, launching a grant program to help fund programs and initiatives to support tourism in the area.
Chief Toquer Reservoir gains $7M in new funding

Chief Toquer Reservoir gains $7M in new funding

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted March 28 - 12:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sitting near a deep trench that will serve as the foundation of a new dam for an incoming reservoir, federal, state and local officials gathered to hear a special announcement from the commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Brighton resident charged with threatening, pointing shotgun at snowboarder

Brighton resident charged with threatening, pointing shotgun at snowboarder

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted March 28 - 11:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Brighton man was charged Thursday with aggravated assault and accused of pointing a shotgun at a backcountry skier who went on his property on Feb. 26.
'Critical time of year': Zion National Park closes some climbing areas as peregrine falcons return

'Critical time of year': Zion National Park closes some climbing areas as peregrine falcons return

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 28 - 7:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Zion National Park has temporarily closed some climbing routes in the spring and summer used by peregrine falcons for nesting.
Trapped by ice, stranded fishermen share story of how they made it back to shore

Trapped by ice, stranded fishermen share story of how they made it back to shore

Dan Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 27 - 8:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

Two men recently had a fishing trip that they won't forget anytime soon. While on a boat, the two men, in their 70s, were trapped by ice at Porcupine Reservoir, in Cache Valley, south of Logan.
Ground breaks on $60M luxury resort not far from Zion National Park

Ground breaks on $60M luxury resort not far from Zion National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 26 - 3:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Construction is now underway on a new hot springs-centric luxury resort that project officials say will "redefine" hospitality options in southwest Utah when it opens next year.
After 2023 scare, Idaho cracks down on destructive invasive species

After 2023 scare, Idaho cracks down on destructive invasive species

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 26 - 8:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's northern neighbor is taking on a pesky invasive species that knows no boundaries.
Running on starlight: Local amateur astronomers participate in annual Messier Marathon

Running on starlight: Local amateur astronomers participate in annual Messier Marathon

Ryan Boyce for KSL.com  |  Posted March 25 - 9:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Racing against cold, fatigue and time, these stellar athletes scanned the sky, hoping to locate, identify and photograph 110 deep-sky objects all in one night.
Authorities ID brothers attacked, 1 fatally, by a mountain lion in California

Authorities ID brothers attacked, 1 fatally, by a mountain lion in California

Associated Press  |  Posted March 25 - 8:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Authorities have identified the brothers who were attacked, one fatally, by a mountain lion in Northern California during the weekend.
From garage to global: The journey of Utah's most-trusted company, Ski Butlers

From garage to global: The journey of Utah's most-trusted company, Ski Butlers

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted March 25 - 11:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

What began as a small business in a garage in Park City in 2004 now serves 50 mountain resorts worldwide and was recently ranked as the most trustworthy company in the state of Utah.
Utah's Little Sahara expecting twice as many visitors Easter weekend than last year

Utah's Little Sahara expecting twice as many visitors Easter weekend than last year

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted March 25 - 7:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

Little Sahara Recreation Area is expecting a surge of visitor numbers this Easter weekend that is expected to be double what they were in previous years.
Washington County approves agreement for raven population control in desert reserve

Washington County approves agreement for raven population control in desert reserve

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted March 23 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ravens who prey on juvenile desert tortoises in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve will be subjected to "birth control" in the near future following a decision made by the Washington County Commission.
Olympian and hopefuls break in Utah's biggest outdoor climbing wall at Millcreek City Hall

Olympian and hopefuls break in Utah's biggest outdoor climbing wall at Millcreek City Hall

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted March 23 - 6:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Professional speed climbers flew up an outdoor climbing wall to showcase the efforts of Millcreek toward bridging the gap between a growing sport and the public.
Zion National Park explores big traffic changes near south entrance

Zion National Park explores big traffic changes near south entrance

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 23 - 12:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Zion National Park officials are weighing big changes to traffic flow at its south entrance as park visitation remains about as high as it has ever been.
Second gentleman, White House official tout federal funding to remove lead pipes in SLC

Second gentleman, White House official tout federal funding to remove lead pipes in SLC

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted March 22 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. second gentleman Doug Emhoff announced federal funds to upgrade the City Creek water treatment plant and remove lead pipes in Salt Lake City.
Cox optimistic Utah will end up with 'fair' Colorado River allocation as negotiations continue

Cox optimistic Utah will end up with 'fair' Colorado River allocation as negotiations continue

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 22 - 2:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says he's "optimistic" Utah and the six other Colorado River Basins states will be able to reach an agreement on how to share the river's vital water supply.
Grant program to fund coast-to-coast bicycle path without hitting a road

Grant program to fund coast-to-coast bicycle path without hitting a road

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted March 22 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

An ambitious plan for a biking and walking route stretching from Washington, D.C., to Washington state without using a road has been in the works for several years.
No resolution in battle over 'key connection' to Logan trails

No resolution in battle over 'key connection' to Logan trails

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted March 22 - 7:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

Logan trail users hoping to exercise in the spring weather have been running into a newly constructed gate, blocking access to the canyon and university, in a contentious property rights dispute.
Utah will soon study Utah Lake, but officials don't know if it will yield 'big water savings'

Utah will soon study Utah Lake, but officials don't know if it will yield 'big water savings'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 21 - 4:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

Initial work is already underway for a new study of Utah Lake to see if there's a way it can provide more water to the Great Salt Lake, but experts aren't sure what results it will yield.
Great Salt Lake's levels are now as high as last year's peak. How much more will it gain?

Great Salt Lake's levels are now as high as last year's peak. How much more will it gain?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 20 - 12:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

How much the Great Salt Lake gains this year is to be determined, but a new ballpark estimate offers hope that it could reach an "important" marker this year.
Here's how much Lake Powell is expected to rise this year

Here's how much Lake Powell is expected to rise this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 20 - 8:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

Lake Powell is expected to receive a decent bump in the coming months, but experts say it still has a "long way to go" after years of drought.
Salt Lake City's Taufer Park set to be cleaned up, renovated after years of complaints

Salt Lake City's Taufer Park set to be cleaned up, renovated after years of complaints

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 19 - 12:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

A city park in Salt Lake City is getting a major makeover after years of reported issues that made the area feel unsafe.
New Banksy mural sprouts beside a tree in London. Many see an environmental message

New Banksy mural sprouts beside a tree in London. Many see an environmental message

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted March 18 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new Banksy mural has drawn crowds to a London street, even before the elusive graffiti artist confirmed the work was his. Many discerned an environmental message in the vibrant green artwork, which appeared on St. Patrick's Day.
Zion Guru's new Springdale location coaching national park visitors to care

Zion Guru's new Springdale location coaching national park visitors to care

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 17 - 8:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new building for a Springdale, Washington County, business symbolizes its philosophy of connecting with nature and leaving a visited place better than when found.
Over 20 Utah waterbodies may remain tainted by toxic algae

Over 20 Utah waterbodies may remain tainted by toxic algae

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted March 16 - 10:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is advising the public to remain cautious when near tainted waterbodies, as the department is no longer monitoring for toxic algae until summer.
Deer Valley extends its season for 2nd time ever. When will other Utah resorts close?

Deer Valley extends its season for 2nd time ever. When will other Utah resorts close?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 15 - 12:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Deer Valley is extending its ski season for the second straight year, while many other resorts are still figuring out plans after a slow start turned into a suddenly good season.
Great Salt Lake expected to rise more this spring; trust unveils 5-year plan to keep it going

Great Salt Lake expected to rise more this spring; trust unveils 5-year plan to keep it going

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 14 - 9:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

An organization tasked with helping get water to the Great Salt Lake released a new five-year plan outlining its goals to keep water flowing to the lake.
What's planned for Bears Ears National Monument

What's planned for Bears Ears National Monument

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted March 14 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Federal agencies have released a draft management plan for the controversial Bears Ears National Monument comprising 1.36 million acres in southeast Utah.
Strong wind gusts, heavy snow possible, depending where you are in Utah

Strong wind gusts, heavy snow possible, depending where you are in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated March 14 - 8:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

A storm system that passed through Utah on Tuesday provided a decent splash of water across the state, but it's about to make for some weird weather, too.