Utah News

Environment
4:13 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

New Air Quality Rules Just in Time for Inversion Season

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is implementing new rules for all solid fuel and coal burning devices as a way to predict red and yellow air-quality conditions sooner during the winter inversion season.  Air Quality Division Director Bryce Bird says the state will now rate its air quality based on the national air quality index.

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Utah Environment
2:54 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

New Protections in Place for Colorado River

A landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico sets up clear guidelines for how the Colorado River will be managed and protected through 2017.

The agreement was just signed and goes into effect immediately. The Bureau of Reclamation says the agreement is designed to make sure that the seven states the river flows through in the U.S., as well as Mexico, will have adequate access to river water.

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Utah News
2:49 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Glen Canyon Floods "A Scientific Success Story"

While Glen Canyon Dam produces exponential amounts of electrical power, it’s creation was bad news for the Colorado River’s ecosystem. In order to keep the river’s system healthy, scientists have implemented high flow experiments or a controlled flood to mimic the river’s natural processes. The latest water release ended Thanksgiving Weekend.

UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton talked with Jack Schmidt, Utah State University Professor and Chief of the USGS Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, AZ. which oversees the floods.

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Utah News
2:34 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Utah Seniors Dig Deep to Help Food Bank

AARP Utah was about to give an $8,000 donation to the Utah Food Bank this month when the group decided to see if its members could match it with their own donations. And match it they did. Danny Harris with AARP says they far exceeded the $8,000 goal—raising a whopping $38,000.

"We couldn’t believe the response that we got from our members here in this state. We were just so impressed with the generosity of our members, and their willingness to give. We had no idea that they would have responded like they did and we’re very pleased with the results."

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Utah Environment
1:40 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Air Pollution: The Next Alternative Fuel Source?

Researchers at Utah State University have recently earned the praise of scientists around the world.

USU chemistry and biochemistry professor Lance Seefeldt, along with USU graduate student Zhiyong Yang and collaborator Dennis Dean from Virginia Tech, were recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The three published their findings on how it may be possible to turn pollution into fuel.

UPR’s Ryan Cunningham sat down with Dr. Seefeldt to discuss his big breakthrough.

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Moab
10:40 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Utah Tourism Businesses Want More Protection for Canyonlands

The Outdoor Industry Association wants new national monument protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands, and industry giants like Patagonia are helping lead the push. But last week’s letter to president Obama was also signed by a long list of Utah and Moab businesses.

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Utah News
2:51 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Walmart Employees Threaten Black Friday Walkouts

The nation’s largest retailer is trying to head off protests and promised walkouts by some employees.

Frustrated Walmart employees have formed groups like Our Walmart and Making Change at Walmart. They want better wages, benefits like affordable healthcare, and overall better working conditions and for these employees walking out on the busiest sales day of the year is their way of getting the message across.

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Environment
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Glen Canyon Dam Releases Good for Ecosystem—And for Business

For the first time in four years, the Department of the Interior has initiated a high-flow experimental release at Glen Canyon Dam.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the river outlet tubes at noon Monday. The peak flow was supposed to last into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days. The goal is to wash millions of tons of sediment downstream to create beaches and improve habitat for plants and animals.

For the local recreation industry, the experimental high flows are seen as a boon.

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Utah Environment
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Glen Canyon Dam Releases Good for Ecosystem—And for Business

For the first time in four years, the Department of the Interior has initiated a high-flow experimental release at Glen Canyon Dam.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the river outlet tubes at noon Monday. The peak flow was supposed to last into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days. The goal is to wash millions of tons of sediment downstream to create beaches and improve habitat for plants and animals.

For the local recreation industry, the experimental high flows are seen as a boon.

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Environment
2:21 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Demonstrators Protest Tar Sand Development in Utah

Protesters gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, angry over the agency’s recent decision to approve thousands of acres of Utah land for tar sands development.

A group of thirty concerned Utah residents started with a short protest outside the BLM building, but they later moved inside, with demonstrators attempting to deliver “The People’s Environmental Impact Statement” on tar sands.

The group was met by six security guards, but eventually two protesters were allowed upstairs to deliver the three-page statement.

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