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Bryce Canyon moves private stock permits online as riding at the park gains popularity

Bryce Canyon moves private stock permits online as riding at the park gains popularity

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 4 - 4:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The number of people seeking private horse or mule rides through Bryce Canyon has jumped nearly 650% in the past eight years. Now the permit process is going online.
How Utah's snowpack collection this winter compares with the rest of the West

How Utah's snowpack collection this winter compares with the rest of the West

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 4 - 12:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Meteorological winter ended up becoming quite fruitful for Utah's snowpack after a slow start. Here's how other Western states fared.
Last surviving member of the first team to conquer Mount Everest says it is crowded and dirty now

Last surviving member of the first team to conquer Mount Everest says it is crowded and dirty now

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted March 2 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The only surviving member of the mountaineering expedition that first conquered Mount Everest says the world's highest peak is too crowded and too dirty and the mountain is a god that needs to be respected.
Here's where Utah's 'Mighty 5' visitation ranks on the list of all national parks

Here's where Utah's 'Mighty 5' visitation ranks on the list of all national parks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 2 - 4:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah continues to have some of the most-visited national parks, while one of the state's other assets also placed strong nationally in 2023.
Lawmakers repeal last component of Utah Lake island plan, call for new study

Lawmakers repeal last component of Utah Lake island plan, call for new study

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 1 - 9:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah lawmakers agreed to repeal a law that opened the door for a doomed project to dredge Utah Lake and instead want to study ways to improve flow from it to the Great Salt Lake.
Here's what to expect as remnants of California blizzard head to Utah

Here's what to expect as remnants of California blizzard head to Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated March 1 - 1:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

A storm arriving in Utah this weekend has now sparked a flurry of winter storm warnings and watches across Utah.
Utah's getting 2 new state monuments. Here's what they are

Utah's getting 2 new state monuments. Here's what they are

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 29 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's newest two state monuments tell completely different stories about state history.
Hundreds of turkeys hound Weber County homeowners

Hundreds of turkeys hound Weber County homeowners

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 29 - 8:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Hundreds of turkeys are causing problems for some homeowners in Huntsville, in Weber County.
Powder Mountain replaces season pass limit with price increases

Powder Mountain replaces season pass limit with price increases

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 28 - 9:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Powder Mountain ski resort released season tickets Wednesday, removing many discount groups, including free passes for seniors 75 and up, while increasing prices.
Snowboarder records altercation with property owner near Brighton Ski Resort

Snowboarder records altercation with property owner near Brighton Ski Resort

Debbie Worthen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 27 - 2:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

A weekend of backcountry snowboarding took a scary turn for Loren Richardson near Brighton Ski Resort.
Woman seriously injured in Big Cottonwood Canyon avalanche

Woman seriously injured in Big Cottonwood Canyon avalanche

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 26 - 8:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

A woman was rescued out of Big Cottonwood Canyon after police say she was seriously injured in an avalanche Monday afternoon.
Warning issued for Utah mountains, advisories for valleys ahead of latest storm

Warning issued for Utah mountains, advisories for valleys ahead of latest storm

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 26 - 2:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

More winterlike conditions are on the way after a springlike weekend, but snow accumulations will likely depend on the speed of the next storm arriving in Utah.
Utah Avalanche Center opens new rescue skills training park close to Salt Lake City

Utah Avalanche Center opens new rescue skills training park close to Salt Lake City

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 9:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Avalanche Center opened a new beacon training park at the Pinebrook area of Park City on Sunday, the closest park to Salt Lake City.
After 3 years of planning, Bear River Massacre site to begin construction on wetland project

After 3 years of planning, Bear River Massacre site to begin construction on wetland project

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is set to begin construction on land at the Bear River Massacre site. The project hopes to contribute more water to the Great Salt Lake.
Rare Utah butterfly lands on list of species at risk of extinction

Rare Utah butterfly lands on list of species at risk of extinction

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 25 - 4:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A rare butterfly found in Utah and neighboring states, a subspecies of the silverspot butterfly, will fly its way to the threatened species list next month.
The fast and curious world of skijoring in the American West

The fast and curious world of skijoring in the American West

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 24 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Perhaps nothing epitomizes the American West today better than a fast and curious venture called skijoring. Never heard of it? Few have.
Popular campground near Utah-Arizona border is going completely cashless

Popular campground near Utah-Arizona border is going completely cashless

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 24 - 10:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

A popular campground off I-15 just south of the Utah-Arizona border is going completely cashless.
As Utah's meteorological winter ends on a wet note, here's what spring may look like

As Utah's meteorological winter ends on a wet note, here's what spring may look like

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 22 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Meteorological spring is vital in Utah; however, a new long-range forecast shows the season might be harder to predict than winter was.
Ogden's dinosaur park to expand, creating challenges for nearby organization

Ogden's dinosaur park to expand, creating challenges for nearby organization

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 8:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Ogden George Eccles Dinosaur Park is expanding, but in doing so it is affecting a surrounding organization.
Warning, advisories issued as another atmospheric river arrives in Utah

Warning, advisories issued as another atmospheric river arrives in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 20 - 5:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

This month is quickly rising up the charts as one of the wettest Februaries on record in parts of Utah, and there's more rain and snow on the way.
Bill seeks to transfer federal land around state parks to Utah

Bill seeks to transfer federal land around state parks to Utah

Gitanjali Poonia, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 8:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Republicans Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Celeste Maloy introduced a bill last week that would transfer the ownership of parcels of federal land to the state at no cost.
80 communities in Great Salt Lake Basin lack water conservation tool

80 communities in Great Salt Lake Basin lack water conservation tool

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 18 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

While a lot of emphasis has been placed on the agricultural use of water in Utah, particularly in the Great Salt Lake drainage, a resolution is asking cities to do their part to conserve by adopting water efficiency standards for new construction.
State parks expecting another record visitation year, hiring more workers

State parks expecting another record visitation year, hiring more workers

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 18 - 7:56 a.m.  |  Save Story

With another good snowpack in the mountains, Deer Creek park managers are expecting another busy season on the water this year. That is why the park was approved to hire more workers than normal.
$3M for new pedestrian bridge in Sandy approved by committee

$3M for new pedestrian bridge in Sandy approved by committee

Tammy Kikuchi, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Feb. 17 - 11:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

A legislative committee has approved $3 million for a pedestrian bridge in Sandy that would allow people and cyclists to cross 90th South where traffic speeds are up to 50 miles per hour.
Kasha Rigby, pioneering skier who lived and skied in Utah, dies in Kosovo avalanche

Kasha Rigby, pioneering skier who lived and skied in Utah, dies in Kosovo avalanche

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Skier Kasha Rigby's death, reported by numerous news outlets, has caused a strong outpouring among friends and others in the ski community.
Weber County officials plan crackdown at hot pots amid increased calls, issues

Weber County officials plan crackdown at hot pots amid increased calls, issues

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 9:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

The pools of warm water in the Ogden River at the mouth of the Ogden Canyon draw visitors, the homeless and others but sit on private property.
Brine shrimp cyst collection at Great Salt Lake up over 50%. Is the berm to thank?

Brine shrimp cyst collection at Great Salt Lake up over 50%. Is the berm to thank?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Brine shrimp cyst production jumped considerably over the past year after improvements to the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, state wildlife officials say.
Utah's snowpack is showing 'promising signs' after 'rocky' start, water managers say

Utah's snowpack is showing 'promising signs' after 'rocky' start, water managers say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's water supply is showing "promising signs of resilience and abundance" following a series of storms since the start of the new year, state water managers say.
Snowbasin skier death raises safety concerns for out-of-bounds skiing

Snowbasin skier death raises safety concerns for out-of-bounds skiing

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 11:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

First responders are pleading for skiers to be better prepared if they exit a resort's safety zone or don't exit the boundaries at all. 
Advisory issued as rain and snow return to Utah

Advisory issued as rain and snow return to Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 14 - 3:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mountain snow and valley rain are back in Utah's forecast after a short lull.
Mountain lion captured in Logan after it ran through residents' yards

Mountain lion captured in Logan after it ran through residents' yards

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 7:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

Logan residents got quite the scare after a mountain lion was spotted roaming in backyards, before it was tranquilized and released back into the wild.
Utah may soon have a plan to ensure Great Salt Lake benefits from 'wet' water years

Utah may soon have a plan to ensure Great Salt Lake benefits from 'wet' water years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 6:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah may soon have a plan to get more water to the lake during prolific water years through a bill that advanced through a Senate committee Tuesday.
Bear Lake Watch announces new executive director

Bear Lake Watch announces new executive director

Grant Olsen for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bear Lake resident Brady Long will serve as executive director for the nonprofit community organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Bear Lake.
Why Utah's new tourism director says there are 'big things ahead' as the industry grows

Why Utah's new tourism director says there are 'big things ahead' as the industry grows

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 3:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's tourism industry provided an economic impact of about $12 billion in 2022, and the state's new tourism leader says there are "big things ahead."
Fire at popular Lake Powell marina determined to be accidental

Fire at popular Lake Powell marina determined to be accidental

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 1:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

A fire that damaged multiple houseboats at a popular Lake Powell marina in October was determined to be "accidental in nature," according to park officials.
12 million people visited Utah state parks in 2023. These were the most and least popular ones

12 million people visited Utah state parks in 2023. These were the most and least popular ones

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

2023 wasn't just another banner year for Utah's state parks, it was a record-breaking one.
Countdown starts for April's total solar eclipse. What to know about safe viewing

Countdown starts for April's total solar eclipse. What to know about safe viewing

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 4:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

A total solar eclipse is coming to North America. On April 8, the sun will pull another disappearing act across parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada, turning day into night for as much as four minutes, 28 seconds.
Utahn makes Guinness World Record as oldest female water-skier

Utahn makes Guinness World Record as oldest female water-skier

Tamara Vaifanua, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

A 92-year-old woman from Utah is making waves. Dwan Young is the world's oldest female water-skier.
Urban skijoring? Horse-drawn skiers take over downtown Salt Lake City

Urban skijoring? Horse-drawn skiers take over downtown Salt Lake City

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 7:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sixty truckloads of snow lined West Temple so teams could ride horses and ski on the city road as part of the first-ever Salt Lake Winter Roundup festival on Saturday.
Here's how much Utah's snowpack gained from pair of atmospheric rivers

Here's how much Utah's snowpack gained from pair of atmospheric rivers

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 9 - 3:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

Every snowpack basin across the state has received a healthy jolt of water over the past week, boosting some basins to above average for the first time this water year, data shows.
Cache Valley man fends off cougar attack with snowboard

Cache Valley man fends off cougar attack with snowboard

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 7:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Cache Valley snowboarder says he came face-to-face with a mountain lion and ended up in a fight for his life.
Avalanche warnings issued as heavy snow continues to pile up in Utah's mountains

Avalanche warnings issued as heavy snow continues to pile up in Utah's mountains

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 5:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Avalanche Center officials on Wednesday issued more backcountry avalanche warnings as heavy snow continues to pile up for a second atmospheric river in as many weeks.
Dust from Great Salt Lake helps algal blooms thrive, study finds

Dust from Great Salt Lake helps algal blooms thrive, study finds

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 4:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new study is putting a large part of the blame for algal blooms on blowing dust.
Controlled releases planned at Utah Lake; Great Salt Lake commissioner asks for more

Controlled releases planned at Utah Lake; Great Salt Lake commissioner asks for more

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 12:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Controlled water releases are set to begin at Utah Lake as it reaches maximum capacity, which are expected to benefit the Great Salt Lake.
Why these Utah divisions want $9.5M to complete a major Morgan County land purchase

Why these Utah divisions want $9.5M to complete a major Morgan County land purchase

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 9:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah is closing in on a major land purchase that would drastically increase the size of a popular state park and state wildlife refuge near the Morgan-Salt Lake county line.
140 search and rescue team members training in an area where snowmobiler needed help

140 search and rescue team members training in an area where snowmobiler needed help

Dan Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 9:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

Dozens of search and rescue team members from across the state were at a training event in Wasatch County over the weekend when suddenly an emergency call came in.
Winter storm warnings, advisories issued as 2nd 'Pineapple Express' arrives in Utah

Winter storm warnings, advisories issued as 2nd 'Pineapple Express' arrives in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 8:35 a.m.  |  Save Story

Even more strong rain and snow are on tap this week as a second "Pineapple Express" atmospheric river arrives in Utah.
Snow Canyon State Park entry moving further south after Ivins bequeaths road

Snow Canyon State Park entry moving further south after Ivins bequeaths road

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 9:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

The southern entrance to Snow Canyon State park will be moving a little more south, as the city of Ivins has donated a portion of Snow Canyon Drive to the park.
Mountain lion released after 'wild' discovery in West Valley City

Mountain lion released after 'wild' discovery in West Valley City

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 11:27 a.m.  |  Save Story

A mountain lion was released back into the wild after being discovered in West Valley City.
Utah's most visited park in 2023 wasn't one of the 'Mighty 5'

Utah's most visited park in 2023 wasn't one of the 'Mighty 5'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 9:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Visitation to Utah's "Mighty 5" appears to be stabilizing after the COVID-19 pandemic, but a nonnational park in the state soared to record highs.
Have You Seen This? Swedish skier does 360-degree rail loop

Have You Seen This? Swedish skier does 360-degree rail loop

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 3:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

For professional freestyle skier, Olympian and Red Bull athlete Jesper Tjäder, rails, jumps and tricks seem to be no challenge, including the world's first 360-degree rail loop he designed and conquered in 2016.
Invasive phragmites are needlessly sucking water out of Great Salt Lake

Invasive phragmites are needlessly sucking water out of Great Salt Lake

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 11:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

As Utah lawmakers, advocates, state agencies and researchers continue to look for answers to help the Great Salt Lake, one funding request aims to accelerate the effectiveness of an invasive weed eradication program.
How a major challenge to efforts to help Great Salt Lake may soon be fixed

How a major challenge to efforts to help Great Salt Lake may soon be fixed

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 1 - 5:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

A lawmaker is requesting money to help Utah better track if water conservation efforts are helping bodies of water like the Great Salt Lake.
Here's how 'Pineapple Express' is expected to impact Utah over next week

Here's how 'Pineapple Express' is expected to impact Utah over next week

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 1 - 8:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Remnants of a "Pineapple Express" are forecast to provide heavy snow across Utah's mountains between Thursday and early next week.
29 law professors weigh in on Utah's lawsuit to shrink 2 national monuments

29 law professors weigh in on Utah's lawsuit to shrink 2 national monuments

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 1 - 7:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Twenty-nine professors have filed a court briefing contributing arguments against the state of Utah's lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden's expansion of two national monuments in 2021.
Unsafe ice conditions keeping people off the lake at Echo State Park

Unsafe ice conditions keeping people off the lake at Echo State Park

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 6:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Unsafe ice conditions at Echo State Park has kept people away from ice fishing.
Utah's 'shed hunting' season to begin on time as deer conditions improve

Utah's 'shed hunting' season to begin on time as deer conditions improve

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 12:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's shed hunting season will begin on time, after a lengthy delay last year, because of two key reasons: deer health and closer-to-normal winter conditions.
Utah explores split-season leases as a possible piece to Great Salt Lake solution

Utah explores split-season leases as a possible piece to Great Salt Lake solution

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 7:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Experts say fallowing has traditionally been considered an "F-word" among Utah farmers, but it could become a piece of the plan to help the Great Salt Lake.
Utah lawmaker seeks study to see if Utah Lake can help the Great Salt Lake

Utah lawmaker seeks study to see if Utah Lake can help the Great Salt Lake

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 5:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah lawmakers are now eyeing a study to see if adjustments to Utah Lake could help get water into the struggling Great Salt Lake.