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Zion National Park is now 100 years old — it’s feeling its age

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:11pm

Zion National Park is turning 100 Tuesday. And with a doubling of annual visitors over the last decade while its operating budget remains much the same, the state’s most popular national park is feeling its age.

Utah wildlife officials say bear sightings nearly double in 2019 over previous year

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:31pm

State wildlife officials continue to emphasize safety amid a dramatic spike in bear sightings compared to 2018.

Zion National Park: Angels Landing trail temporarily closed after rockfall

Ryann Richardson, St. George News  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:08am

Zion National Park officials have closed one of their most widely known trails after a rockfall late Saturday afternoon.

Visitors poured record $9.75 billion into Utah last year

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Nov 16th - 5:29pm

National and state parks experience record visitation, ski resorts report record skier days.

The insect apocalypse is coming. Here's what you can do about it

Katie Hunt, CNN  |  Posted Nov 15th - 8:40am

It's being called the unnoticed apocalypse: The number of insects is declining rapidly and 41% of bug species face extinction, scientists say.

Utah ski resorts upping perks for seasonal workers in tight job market

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Nov 15th - 7:09am

As resorts across the US struggle to fill seasonal jobs in a tight labor market, Utah's areas aren't having much trouble. However, some have upped the perks.

Alterra Mountain Co, which owns 2 resorts in Utah, plans to buy Sugarbush

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 1:01pm

Alterra Mountain Company in Denver says it has entered an agreement to buy Sugarbush Resort in Vermont.

DWR investigates after bighorn ram found illegally killed on popular southern Utah trail

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 8th - 12:16pm

State wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help for information related to a bighorn sheep ram that was illegally killed on a popular ATV trail in southern Utah last month.

Pasta machine could be answer for sage grouse habitat restoration

John Hollenhorst, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 8th - 8:02am

A pasta machine, of all things, might turn out to be the solution to a major environmental problem. CEO apologizes for trademark lawsuits against other companies using ‘backcountry’

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 7th - 1:46pm

The CEO of Utah-based published a letter Wednesday apologizing for several lawsuits the company filed this year that led to online backlash.

Fire chief: Current fire conditions comparable to typical June or July; closed fire season extended

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Nov 7th - 8:10am

Typically, the state’s closed fire season – which dictates when and where open burning is allowed – ends Oct. 31 as cooler temperatures and a measure of precipitation roll in, but such is not the case this year.

Meet James Niehues, the man who paints Utah’s ski maps

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 6th - 7:36pm

If you’ve been to a ski resort, there’s a good chance you’ve seen James Niehues’ work. His detailed paintings have helped map out ski routes throughout Utah and the world for decades.

Colorado-based ski resort ownership company purchases Brian Head Resort

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 5th - 1:32pm

A Colorado-based mountain resort group announced Tuesday it has acquired Brian Head Resort in southern Utah, adding to its portfolio of outdoor recreation resorts in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

🌲Want to chop your own Christmas tree? Here's where you can get a permit for that in Utah🌲

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 5th - 12:31pm

Sure, Thanksgiving comes first, but it’s also time to think about your Christmas tree. Monday marked the beginning of the BLM and U.S. Forest Service’s annual pinyon pine, juniper and fir tree permit sale for the holiday.

Wildfires burned significantly less acreage in Utah this year, but we caused most of them

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Nov 1st - 1:44pm

Utah’s normal wildfire season ended Thursday with a drastic drop in the total amount of acres burned throughout the state, as compared to 2018. However, the number of fires caused by humans rose.

Pics of month: Utah's fall colors turned to ice in October

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Oct 31st - 9:40pm

Utahns were treated to some beautiful fall scenes in October. Here are some of the photos we got from October 2019.

Vivint Solar wants to pay someone $2K to take a 'green' trip to Maui

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Oct 31st - 1:15pm

If you’re especially environmentally conscious, there’s a chance you could be headed to Maui, courtesy of Vivint Solar.

DWR asks for public help in southern Utah elk poaching case

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Oct 31st - 7:04am

State wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help for information regarding an illegally killed bull elk near state Route 12 in southern Utah. The case adds to the list of more than 100 large animals poached across the state since Aug. 1.

Feds want trail riding operation near Zion National Park to stop until it gets permit

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Oct 30th - 4:29pm

The Bureau of Land Management says a horseback riding business is operating unlawfully on federal land near Zion National Park because it does not have a special recreation permit; the owner of the business says the allegations are false.

Bryce Canyon park officials want your input on proposed cell tower on park grounds

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Oct 30th - 8:07am

National Park Service officials are asking for public comment as they consider a proposed cell tower and other utilities in the Bryce Amphitheater area of Bryce Canyon National Park.