In October 2012, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a record of decision creating a program for utility-scale solar energy on public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. This sounds like a positive step in the right direction toward a clean energy future, but there is a catch.More...
It may look to the casual passerby like an urban sacrifice zone—the area encompassing foundaries, factories and warehouses that have seen better, more purposeful days. Along with the concrete silos, abandoned scrap iron recycling yard and an auto body shop with guard chickens, the industrial and railway corridor of Salt Lake City that extends from 6th South to 10th South, and from 3rd West to I-15 also houses a Tibetan Buddhist temple, an excellent restaurant, an alternative music all-ages venue, a pyramid with mummies in it, a cupcake shop, a couple art collectives and, soon, Utah's first net-zero mixed-use building with onsite solar production.More...
I used to hate my allergies. What's to like about them? When I get a good snootful of pollen, it feels like my brain is trying to evacuate itself through my sinuses. Sometimes I start to teeter into asthmatic territory. I lose my ability to think properly. I can't physically function at all. It is incredibly frustrating. Spring is a lovely time of year, but I've learned to associate fresh plant growth with inevitable bodily distress.More...
One congregation here in Utah is already providing a model for what we may see as more and diverse people of faith organizing to protect the environment. The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, located at 569 South and 1300 East, has already embraced the need for action, according to the Church's minister of over 26 years, Reverend Tom Goldsmith.More...
If you ask the average person for an opinion about snakes, the result will range from unbridled excitement to utter revulsion. As a confirmed, self-diagnosed snake addict, I fall into the first category. I have loved snakes since I was a kid, and the kid within me still thrills at the prospect of finding or catching a snake. Teaching people about snakes and being a snake ambassador have always been second nature to me, and I knew early on that saving snakes was a cause I believed in.More...
Flukes, also called trematodes, are a type of parasitic flatworm that infests everything from ants to elephants. Ranging in size from 0.2 to 4 inches, they resemble leaves or pieces of ribbon with big, leech-like suckers; have no respiratory or sense organs; and excrete through their mouths. There are between 8,000 and 24,000 species worldwide; fortunately, a mere 35 of them inhabit humans and none of those typically live in North America. Fluke infections are, however, a huge health problem in Asian, Africa, South America and the Middle East.More...
The city counted on creating an overwhelming environment to get what they wanted. We warned them. We told them that we would fight every step of the way," an impassioned Jeff Salt told me during a recent phone interview. The topic of our conversation was one that most Salt Lake citizens forgot about long ago, though it still affects every Salt Lake resident: the battle over the Jordan River soccer complex, as it has come to be known, and the $15.3 million bond citizens passed to pay for it a decade ago.More...
In a way, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling has done us all a favor when it comes to recruiting individual enrollment in the democratic process: Bring up campaign finance reform at a dinner party and you're liable to be met by a roomful of glazed eyeballs, but pose the question as to whether a corporation is a person, and you're much more likely to get some conversational engagement.More...
Through the third chakra we begin to access the astral planes —more subtle frequencies of energy than are experienced through our five senses alone. This center is receptive to the impulses that inform our "gut instinct," that way of knowing without knowing why. Through the third chakra we develop our courage, determination and will. It is said that someone who is courageous and willing to take risks has a lot of guts.More...
In 1973, then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger said, "Who control the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls the money can control the world." On Saturday, May 25, 2013, over two million people around the globe declared they were not up for being controlled. They participated in The March Against Monsanto. According to Associated Press: Participants rallied 436 cities spanning 52 countries.More...
|Wed Jun 19 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Urban Chicken Keeping Basics
|Wed Jun 19 @10:00PM - |
20th Annual Antelope Bike Ride
|Thu Jun 20 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM|
Creative Waterwise Gardens for Pollinators
|Thu Jun 20 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Meet the Artist: Muralist Roger Whiting
|Thu Jun 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM|
Food Poetry Slam: Eat Your Words
|Fri Jun 21 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM|
The Backyard Chicken Fight!
|Fri Jun 21 @ 5:00PM - 09:00PM|
Bowling For Rhinos 2013
|Fri Jun 21 @ 5:30PM - 08:30AM|
|Fri Jun 21 @ 7:00PM - |
Summer Solstice Concert Fundraiser at Riff's Acoustic Music in Park City, Fri., June 21st
|Sat Jun 22 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM|
4th Annual Early Bird Brunch
You've read about them. You've watched them grow up from tiny little bobble-headed peepers into egg-laying, kiddie-pool-swimming, midnight-honking backyard mobsters. You've even watched one of them wage mortal combat with a watering can. Now come meet the Windsor Street flock this Saturday 22nd June as a featured stop on the Wasatch Community Garden's Urban Garden and Farm Tour.
Separating the wheat from the chaff won't be easy this week. Planetary crosscurrents pull in different directions simultaneously, and daily life reflects that astral hodgepodge with too many situations, individual and collective, in need of attention. Expect to feel stretched, especially if you have more than one iron in the fire, more than one child to take care of, or more than one friend who is wrestling with dire circumstances. The good news is that positive occurrences are also a part of the mix.
More exciting news on the Windsor Street Farm. Ethel the goose has proven our naysaying wrong and started sitting a clutch of her eggs. For the longest time, we suspected that her genetic line may have had the tendency towards broodiness bred out of it. Every time it seemed she might sit on some eggs, every time she got our hopes up, within a night and/or a day, she’d be off the nest again. But this time’s different. This time she’s on the next for a good solid month…we hope.
The goslings are growing bigger every day. We haven’t named them yet, though I have suggested calling them “Thanksgiving” and “Christmas.” Dorothy the hen is doing a great job of raising them. She sticks up for the little ones and flies in the face of the dogs or cat or geese when they get too near.
Shared Solutions better than Legacy Highway expansion; EPA sued over Utah’s dirty air; Introducting the Wasatch Summit; Mark your calendar for a camping trip to PR Springs; Tar Sands comments due June 13, Sierra Club grades Utah Legislators.
—by Amy Brunvand
The reality of that doggy in the window.
—by Carol Koleman
Creating acts of beauty in wounded places.
—by Amy Brunvand
—by Dennis Hinkamp
This month's cover artist: Carol Koleman.
Help from your hyoid.
—by Charlotte Bell
Breathe and relax!
—by Suzanne Wagner