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"Quiet" Recreation Vital To SW Wyoming Economy

Sep 13, 2017
pewtrusts.org

  Low-impact recreation on Wyoming public lands - such as camping, hiking, hunting and fishing - is a significant economic driver in surrounding communities. That's according to a new study by the independent firm ECONorthwest.

Keep Pets Safe From Wildfire By Planning Ahead

Aug 8, 2017
News Service

Wildfire season is in full force, and safety experts are encouraging people to keep their pets in mind in the event of evacuation. 

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is under review by the Interior Department, and now members of the public are expressing their views about Craters and other monuments. More than 85,000 comments have poured in since the public comment period began less than two weeks ago. 

Utah Joins Battle Against Seniors' Food Insecurity

Apr 11, 2017
newsservice.org

More than 10 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk of hunger every day, according to the National Council on Aging.

Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the Utah Food Bank, said there are simple steps anyone can take to help people living on fixed incomes or with limited transportation options.

She notes it's important to put a spotlight on food insecurity among seniors.

Utah Considering Death Penalty by Firing Squad

May 26, 2016
http://www.npr.org

With the drugs most commonly used for lethal injections no longer available, Utah may revert to carrying out death sentences with a firing squad. 

Proposed Lake Powell Pipeline Under Scrutiny

May 12, 2016
https://www.nps.gov

The State of Utah has filed for a permit to build a controversial 140-mile pipeline to send water from the Colorado River to southwestern Utah, but a coalition of conservation groups says its members will fight the project. 

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Rapidly rising rents and relatively flat incomes are putting the squeeze on many Utah renters. These raising prices are effecting people, especially those with moderate or low incomes. 

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More than 5 million children across the nation, including 44,000 in Utah, experience separation from a parent due to incarceration.  A new report, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines hardships for children, and discusses new policies to help children who have a parent in jail.

Lower Gas Prices Impacts Environment

Dec 19, 2014
California Environmental Protection Agency

Low gas prices may be helping the economy by giving Americans some extra money in their pockets, but not without some negative side effect. More driving means worse air quality in Utah, and across the nation, according to Dr. Brian Moench, president of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. He said more driving means more cars producing greenhouse gases, the primary contributors to climate change.

“We would hope that lower gas prices don’t acclimate people to using their cars more than they might have otherwise," Moench said. "We hope that they would still be understanding that public transportation really is a critical part of a future that is less dependent on fossil fuels.”

Some parts of Utah are already known for their unhealthy winter air quality. Moench said low gas prices can also impact the economy long-term because the demand for electric vehicles and other forms of cleaner energy goes down. That means if gas prices go back up, as they have in the past, environmentally friendly resources can remain underdeveloped and less affordable.