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Poetry Outlet: Wandering Light

Thinking about my past, and midterms, always brings up the familiar feeling that I’m not quite where I want to be. Not yet anyways. With the yawning mud pit that has become the Ute …

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Utah, a model for bison restoration

Bison are nomadic and are going to go where they want to go. They are not easily contained with fences. – Bates & Hersey, 2016 Utah is a model for restoring wild bison to their …

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Garden Like a Boss: Cover Crops

Get a jump on spring. Within days of last month’s thaw, I was in the garden. Overwintered spinach and kale have repeatedly filled my plate and my belly. Some of the sweetest carrot …

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Ask Umbra: Is your front-loading washer smelly or moldy? Here’s how to fix that.

Q. Dear Umbra, I have had issues with odor from my front-loading washing machine, even though I almost always take the clothing out soon after washing and leave the door open. I ha …

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Grow Your own Carbon Credits!

Everything you need to know to get started in DIY carbon sequestration. It’s impossible to be a self-aware human being in this day and age and not acknowledge the effect we as huma …

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Ask Umbra: Is it terrible to crack open a window during winter nights?

Q. Dear Umbra, I have a window in the bedroom that I like to keep open about an inch, year-round, at night only. This window is across the room, down the hall, past a stairwell, an …

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2017: Year of the Fire Rooster

Use this energy to energize and organize, whatever your sign. Cock-a-doddle-doo, it’s time to rise and shine on the chilly midwinter morning of January 28, 2017 and welcome the ent …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Travels to Texas

Previously on Tiny House: The electrical, plumbing and composting toilet are in place, but with a sudden move to Washington state on the horizon for Michelle, finding a place to pa …

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Ask Umbra: What should you do with your food scraps?

Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant inci …

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Ask Umbra: Hot tips for getting your compost pile cooking

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m tired of my compost not cooking. Can I just bury it around my plants and pull the stray volunteer seedling that emerges? Kristina Cleveland, Ohio This story orig …

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