Environment

Forest Service could charge for Cottonwood canyon hikes

Big Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Forest Service is considering charging $6 per vehicle for the...

World

Swarm of 100,000 bats makes residents of town 'prisoners in their own homes'

Grey headed flying fox bats

Batemans Bay, a community in Australia, has a bit of a bat problem.


State

Forest Service could charge for Cottonwood canyon hikes

Big Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Forest Service is considering charging $6 per vehicle for the use of popular trails in Utah’s Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. The agency says it doesn’t have enough money to keep up with the 5 to 6 million visitors each year, and the fees would go toward...


National

Mars may have been carved up by massive ancient tsunamis

Mars planet

Today, Mars is either very dry, quite dry or totally dry, depending on who you ask. But while the red planet’s contemporary wetness remains to be determined, scientists pretty much agree that it once had quite a bit of water on it. These lakes and rivers — massive oceans, even, according to some...


Environment

Wildlife center facing food costs to care for animals orphaned by windstorm

orphaned wildlife 3 in 1

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah also said it is seeking long-term volunteers.


Government

Summit is prepared, water-wise, to start building homes on Powder Mountain

Road upgrades pave way for home construction

Water posed a big barrier to Summit’s ability to break ground on its first phase of development on Powder Mountain, but recent approvals from the state Division of Water Rights eliminated that hurdle. Building permits are making their way through Weber County’s approval process.


Police & Fire

Forest firefighters use Box Elder Campground to prepare for season

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About 125 firefighters from the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest complete two days of wildfire training near Mantua.


Environment

Living fossils offer clues to past and future life in Great Salt Lake

GSL Rocks 2

Meet the microbialites, some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth.


Environment

Stubborn invasive plants rob already sapped Great Salt Lake of water

BZ Best of April 06-5

The reeds can’t be eradicated, only controlled, officials say.


Environment

Layton's Eastridge development in full swing; some still fear landslides

BZ 051116 Layton Developement 02-1

City officials and private and state geologists say they are confident of the Eastridge project because of the depth of study and careful engineering that has gone into it. That process included public comment, some of it from those fearing slide risks. Layton City gave initial approval in 2015 to...


Environment

As North Salt Lake landslide creeps, litigants dicker while barrier waits

Utah Landslide 21

The August 2014 Parkway Drive slide destroyed a home and damaged a tennis club. It was the second North Salt Lake slide to originate from a slope engineered at and old gravel pit. The Springhill landslide that began in 1998 resulted in the demolition of 18 homes.


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