A controversial oil and gas field along the approach to Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky is getting more controversial. On Wednesday, about 30 protestors assembled with signs at the Moab’s BLM parking lot.
“We don’t want their oil and gas revenue money. And the only way we’re going to stop them is to continue that pressure is to be as vocal as we possibly can to anyone who is willing to listen,” one protestor said.
“And to go forth to the city council and the BLM and say wait a minute, what the hell’s going on?” another protestor said.
Whether you're looking for a different tree to plant than all your neighbors have, or you need to know how to take care of your trees and shrubs, Ben Harris from Branch to Bud Tree Care will help you in your quest. And Nancy Williams explores the combination of gardening and meditation as she reads from Gardening at the Dragon's Gate.
As UPR listeners who enjoy bacon or ham may have already noticed, the price of pork has been rising steadily for the last four weeks. The cause of the increase is a swine virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PEDv that experts suspect made its way over from Asia in 2013.
Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Jim Rob says the disease began spreading rapidly in pork producing states, including Utah, late 2013.
The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets.
Wildlife biologists say there are still unanswered questions about the recent die-off of dozens of bald eagles in Utah. A total of 72 bird carcasses have been turned into the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources where scientists are performing necropsies on the birds’ livers and brain tissue. And despite some controversy, when the tests are complete, the eagle remains are incinerated. Leslie McFarlane is the wildlife disease program coordinator with the DWR.
“There’s all kinds of opinion about what we should or shouldn’t do. In this case we choose to take human safety as our primary concern,” she said.
On Wednesday’s AU we revisit a conversation from December: Alyson Hagy’s novel "Boleto," explores the themes of men and horses, the American West, and the dream of a ticket out. The protagonist Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself.
Wildlife authorities in Arizona and Utah are considering a plan to kill off an invasive fish species to protect another fish in the Virgin River. Officials plan to meet Wednesday in Mesquite, NV to discuss a plan that would involve using the chemical Rotenone to kill off the intrusive red shiner.
Virgin River Representative Steve Meismer said the invasive species was released into the river in the 1970’s and has threatened the survival of the Virgin chub and the rare woundfin, a 4-inch minnow found in no other part of the world.
A national comparison shows that Utah is one of the worst places nationally for gender pay gaps.
This week USA Today reported a list of top ten worst-paying cities for women based on figures published by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2012. The research is conclusive: gender gaps in pay are still present.
At a time when state and local budgets are tight in both cities and rural areas, it can be difficult to find and provide information giving a realistic picture of mental illness and substance abuse solutions to leaders. Enter Don Albrecht.
“The concern of this project is that nationwide there are lots of concerns about substance abuse and growing mental health issues. And a lot of times the people in decision making roles within the communities, number one, they're not aware of the extent of the problems in their communities compared to other communities, number 2, a lot of times they don't really know how to address these issues. And there are great differences in the extent of this problem from one community to another. It varies greatly from one city to another city."
The CAPE project combines the efforts of the four rural development centers, giving the project national reach. Albrecht is the director of the Western Rural Development Center.