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St. George's dry spell ends at 78 days; flash flood risk picks up as monsoons return

St. George's dry spell ends at 78 days; flash flood risk picks up as monsoons return

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 8:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

St. George received rain for first time since April, while flash flooding potential returns to Utah.
The US government gives nuclear energy a big boost

The US government gives nuclear energy a big boost

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 17 - 10:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

One of the most significant reforms in the energy arena passed Congress with bipartisan support and is designed to jump-start the deployment of next generation nuclear technology.
12 Great Salt Lake-themed art projects unveiled as Salt Lake City looks to 'wake' the lake

12 Great Salt Lake-themed art projects unveiled as Salt Lake City looks to 'wake' the lake

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 6:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Salt Lake City Arts Council revealed 12 temporary art projects that will spotlight the lake and its importance.
Utah's air quality gets worse as wildfire smoke moves in

Utah's air quality gets worse as wildfire smoke moves in

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 16 - 8:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Some parts of Utah are looking a little hazier as wildfire smoke settles in.
Stringent fire restrictions ordered for Antelope Island amid 'extremely dry' conditions

Stringent fire restrictions ordered for Antelope Island amid 'extremely dry' conditions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 16 - 11:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

State firefighters are implementing more stringent fire restrictions at Antelope Island State Park as "extremely dry vegetation conditions" begin to grip the region.
A major indie-pop band is asking its Utah fans to care about the Great Salt Lake

A major indie-pop band is asking its Utah fans to care about the Great Salt Lake

Palak Jayswal, Salt Lake Tribune  |  Posted July 15 - 10:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two Utah environmental groups are teaming up with a major pop band to bring awareness to the plight of the Great Salt Lake.
Hiking Timp? Watch out for mountain goats

Hiking Timp? Watch out for mountain goats

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 1:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

The estimated 1,500 mountain goats in Utah can pose a threat to high-altitude hikers across the state.
Utah breaks ground on 'incredible' new Antelope Island visitor center

Utah breaks ground on 'incredible' new Antelope Island visitor center

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 13 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A much-anticipated project to enhance the visitor center at one of Utah's most-visited state parks is now underway.
Records fall as heat wave grips Utah

Records fall as heat wave grips Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated July 11 - 9:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah temperature records are starting to fall as a "heat dome" settles over the state.
Heat wave increases homeless outreach; donations desperately needed

Heat wave increases homeless outreach; donations desperately needed

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 11 - 4:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Volunteers of America Utah is upping its response during this dangerous heat wave, making sure those who are homeless stay safe and hydrated.
'Cool zones' available across Salt Lake County offer relief from the heat

'Cool zones' available across Salt Lake County offer relief from the heat

Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 11 - 9:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

With the heat on full blast, you may be searching for cool places where you can find some relief. 
The Colorado River: Strategies from lower and upper basin states to reduce water consumption

The Colorado River: Strategies from lower and upper basin states to reduce water consumption

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted July 9 - 8:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

The issue of water — who gets it, how much they get and what happens when Mother Nature doesn't provide enough — is an ongoing conflict between states in the west.
How Salt Lake City's new e-bike incentive program works

How Salt Lake City's new e-bike incentive program works

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 9 - 7:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake City has launched a new program where residents can get rebates on e-bike purchases.
Tick linked to serious meat, dairy allergies spreading in US

Tick linked to serious meat, dairy allergies spreading in US

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted July 9 - 6:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Public health officials say the threat from an aggressive tick is growing as it spreads in the U.S., carrying the potential for serious disease, as well as meat and dairy allergies.
Excessive heat warnings issued throughout Utah as 'heat dome' arrives

Excessive heat warnings issued throughout Utah as 'heat dome' arrives

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 9 - 12:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

A "heat dome" that has generated record-breaking temperatures throughout the West is now making its way to Utah. Salt Lake City is expected to hit 106 degrees on Thursday.
'This funding will be put to great use': Utah gets $7.3M in federal dam safety funds

'This funding will be put to great use': Utah gets $7.3M in federal dam safety funds

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 8 - 10:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah natural resources officials say they are still working to figure out how they will spend over $7 million they recently received from the federal government to improve dam safety.
Fast-growing fire near Bryce Canyon quickly reaches 11,000 acres in size

Fast-growing fire near Bryce Canyon quickly reaches 11,000 acres in size

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated July 8 - 8:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

A wildfire burning south of Bryce Canyon National Park has quickly reached 11,000 acres in size amid hot and dry conditions.
Utah commission approves Enbridge plan to cut natural gas rate by nearly 30%

Utah commission approves Enbridge plan to cut natural gas rate by nearly 30%

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 8 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

While Utah power bills could surge by 30% in the coming years, Utah's primary natural gas provider has scaled back its rates by nearly 30%.
Heavy rains trigger landslides in Nepal, 11 killed, 8 missing

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Nepal, 11 killed, 8 missing

Gopal Sharma, Reuters  |  Posted July 7 - 10:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Heavy rains triggered landslides and flash floods killing at least 11 people in the last 36 hours in Nepal and blocking key highways and roads, officials said on Sunday.
Gravel pits may be ugly to look at it, but they're necessary, advocates say

Gravel pits may be ugly to look at it, but they're necessary, advocates say

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 6 - 4:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah has been the fasting growing state in the nation. All this growth comes with the need of aggregate materials — cement, gravel and sand — necessary components of construction and renewable energy.
Uranium still poisoning Navajo people. But they can't stop the ore from coming

Uranium still poisoning Navajo people. But they can't stop the ore from coming

Katie Workman for KSL.com  |  Posted July 6 - 1:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Uranium is still poisoning Navajo land, water and children. But a new uranium mine is transporting ore across the Navajo Nation — and the people there can't stop it.
Utah physician: Air quality could 'harm thousands of children' after EPA regulations thrown out

Utah physician: Air quality could 'harm thousands of children' after EPA regulations thrown out

Darby Sparks, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 6 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two rulings by the Supreme Court gave Utah government full control over regulating air pollution from the state's largest industrial contributors. The Environmental Protection Agency formerly had the authority to oversee regulations the state implemented.
Utah completely clear of moderate drought for the first time in 5 years

Utah completely clear of moderate drought for the first time in 5 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 5 - 8:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that there is no moderate drought in Utah for the first time since 2019.
Incoming 'heat dome' expected to push Utah temperatures close to all-time record

Incoming 'heat dome' expected to push Utah temperatures close to all-time record

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 5 - 1:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

A "heat dome" is expected to create temperatures hot enough to potentially threaten the highest temperature ever recorded in Utah if the right conditions line up.
Pacific Islanders, other minorities face higher risk from blowing Great Salt Lake dust, study finds

Pacific Islanders, other minorities face higher risk from blowing Great Salt Lake dust, study finds

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 3 - 10:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pacific Islanders and other racial and ethnic minorities potentially face a higher risk of exposure to blowing dust from the lakebed of the Great Salt Lake, a new study shows.
Over 70% of Utah's wildfires are human-caused this year. These are some of the usual suspects

Over 70% of Utah's wildfires are human-caused this year. These are some of the usual suspects

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 3 - 9:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

FUtah firefighters say they're concerned about firework safety this Fourth of July weekend, but other recent trends are also causing problems.
Supreme Court pushes pause on EPA's 'good neighbor' rule. Here's how it affects Utah

Supreme Court pushes pause on EPA's 'good neighbor' rule. Here's how it affects Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 3 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

They say fences make good neighbors, but Utah doesn't have a fence to stop pollution from drifting to Colorado and elsewhere.
'Water running through like waterfalls': Home damaged by recent Moab flooding

'Water running through like waterfalls': Home damaged by recent Moab flooding

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 2 - 10:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Recent flash flooding in Moab hit streets, canyons, and damaged some residents' homes. One couple said they've been living under a hole-covered roof since severe storms hit southeastern Utah last week.
Where you can and can't launch fireworks in Utah this year

Where you can and can't launch fireworks in Utah this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 12:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Launching fireworks is once again legal in Utah for the Fourth of July, but communities have restrictions, including where fireworks are and aren't legal.
Newly approved funding helps clear wildfire fuels near Ogden-area homes

Newly approved funding helps clear wildfire fuels near Ogden-area homes

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 2 - 8:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

Firefighters in Ogden are working to prepare and protect high-risk areas from wildfires, thanks to new state funding approved in early 2024. 
Utah fireworks season significantly contributes to air pollution, BYU study shows

Utah fireworks season significantly contributes to air pollution, BYU study shows

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

Summer in Utah isn't complete without fireworks. And while most are dazzled by the colors in the air, some BYU professors are concerned about air pollution.
June heat was near record-breaking in parts of Utah. What's in the Fourth of July forecast?

June heat was near record-breaking in parts of Utah. What's in the Fourth of July forecast?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 1 - 3:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Multiple Utah cities posted above-normal average temperatures, but relief is expected in the first week of July in parts of Utah, including on the Fourth of July.
Red flag fire warning issued for southwest Utah

Red flag fire warning issued for southwest Utah

Mary Culbertson, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 30 - 5:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

State fire officials issued a red flag warning for southwest Utah, meaning weather conditions have caused extreme danger for risk of wildfire.
Rescuers make progress after more than 100 Atlantic white-sided dolphins stranded off Cape Cod

Rescuers make progress after more than 100 Atlantic white-sided dolphins stranded off Cape Cod

Raja Razek, CNN  |  Posted June 30 - 3:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

After more than 100 dolphins were found stranded off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the numbers had dwindled down to between 10 to 20 dolphins circling in the harbor by Saturday morning following a 12-hour rescue effort by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a spokesperson said.
Is torturing wildlife legal in Utah?

Is torturing wildlife legal in Utah?

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted June 29 - 8:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

A recent and troubling case of animal cruelty in Wyoming has sparked renewed focus on the laws governing the treatment of wildlife across the United States.
'The witch is dead!': Utah politicians celebrate Supreme Court decision weakening regulators

'The witch is dead!': Utah politicians celebrate Supreme Court decision weakening regulators

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted June 28 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Several Utah Republicans celebrated a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a 40-year-old precedent that allowed federal agencies to interpret vague legislation.
Americans want sustainable energy but don't want to change lifestyle, new survey finds

Americans want sustainable energy but don't want to change lifestyle, new survey finds

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 28 - 3:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A majority of Americans support the goal of the U.S. taking steps to become carbon neutral by 2050, a new survey finds. How they want that to be accomplished is still unclear.
Why this summer probably won't be an 'anomaly' for the Great Salt Lake

Why this summer probably won't be an 'anomaly' for the Great Salt Lake

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 27 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Those tasked with overseeing the Great Salt Lake's recovery say the lake could face more evaporative losses this summer than it did last year.
More than 9,000 without power in American Fork, adding to string of outages

More than 9,000 without power in American Fork, adding to string of outages

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted June 27 - 12:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

American Fork is the latest city to be hit with a mass power outage after a string of outages have occurred across the Wasatch Front.
Herriman pond closed after hundreds of fish found dead

Herriman pond closed after hundreds of fish found dead

Carter Williams, KSL.com and Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Updated June 25 - 7:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

A community pond in southwest Salt Lake County remains closed indefinitely after hundreds of fish were found dead there.
Trespassing at 'extremely unsafe' historic Utah County mill on the rise, again

Trespassing at 'extremely unsafe' historic Utah County mill on the rise, again

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 25 - 9:53 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah wildlife managers are dealing with another surge in trespassing cases at a "unsafe" historic mill in Utah County.
Tooele firefighters worry about 'volatile' conditions as fireworks go on sale in Utah

Tooele firefighters worry about 'volatile' conditions as fireworks go on sale in Utah

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 25 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

As fireworks go on sale Monday for Fourth of July celebrations, firefighters are dealing with some dangerous conditions in Tooele County's west desert.
Salt Lake's 'largest renewable energy initiative' is now operational after several snags

Salt Lake's 'largest renewable energy initiative' is now operational after several snags

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 24 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

A massive 80-megawatt solar farm near the Great Salt Lake is finally up and running, generating energy for cities and entities east of it.
'Immensely popular' Iron County campground to be expanded

'Immensely popular' Iron County campground to be expanded

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted June 24 - 4:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

About 5 miles outside Cedar City, the Pyramid Ridge Campground is situated in a high desert landscape at over 6,000 feet in elevation. Now, the site is slated for a makeover.
What to know as excessive heat, flash flood potential linger in Utah this week

What to know as excessive heat, flash flood potential linger in Utah this week

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 24 - 12:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Excessive heat remains a fixture in Utah's northern half, while flash flooding is possible across its southern half to start this week — but more showers are possible later in the week.
Summer is here. How full is every major Utah reservoir to start the season?

Summer is here. How full is every major Utah reservoir to start the season?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Summer is here and those planning to spend it by a reservoir will find many filled to the brim — or at least close to it — to kick off the season.
How global emissions and horrific weather events connect

How global emissions and horrific weather events connect

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 23 - 6:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Climate scientists at Oxford University Physics say they demonstrated in a first-of-its-kind study how high tech weather forecasts can be used to connect global emissions and their impact on extreme weather.
Romney's wildfire legislation unveiled as fire season is well underway

Romney's wildfire legislation unveiled as fire season is well underway

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 23 - 3:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

More than two dozen recommendations in a congressionally established wildfire prevention and mitigation commission are part of legislation unveiled Thursday by Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
Massachusetts Senate passes bill curtailing use of plastics, including grocery bags, straws

Massachusetts Senate passes bill curtailing use of plastics, including grocery bags, straws

Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Updated June 23 - 1:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The state Senate in Massachusetts has passed a wide-ranging bill curtailing the use of plastics, including barring the purchase of single-use plastic bottles by state agencies.
US Geological Survey adopts BYU-made water cycle curriculum to be taught nationwide

US Geological Survey adopts BYU-made water cycle curriculum to be taught nationwide

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 8:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

A team of BYU scientists, educators and creatives developed updated water cycle resources for teachers that include the impact of humans.
38 dogs were close to drowning on a Mississippi lake. But some fishermen had quite a catch

38 dogs were close to drowning on a Mississippi lake. But some fishermen had quite a catch

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted June 22 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

A trio of fishermen have saved almost 40 dogs that were close to drowning on a Mississippi lake. The hound dogs plunged into the water while chasing a deer after setting off on a fox hunt.
Shiny monolith removed from mountains outside Las Vegas. How it got there still is a mystery

Shiny monolith removed from mountains outside Las Vegas. How it got there still is a mystery

Rio Yamat, Associated Press  |  Posted June 22 - 7:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

A strange monolith found jutting out of the rocks in a remote mountain range near Las Vegas has been taken down by authorities. Its discovery over the weekend, and quick removal, revives a pandemic-era mystery.
'It's a mess!' Massive amounts of Mormon crickets invade parts of eastern Idaho

'It's a mess!' Massive amounts of Mormon crickets invade parts of eastern Idaho

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted June 21 - 1:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Parts of eastern Idaho are experiencing a sudden surge in Mormon crickets this week. Photos sent to EastIdahoNews.com show the insects by the thousands on buildings, cars, roads, houses, signs and other places.
Utah, Arizona enact new restrictions amid 'rapidly increasing fire danger'

Utah, Arizona enact new restrictions amid 'rapidly increasing fire danger'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 6:13 a.m.  |  Save Story

New fire restrictions are now in effect in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona as "rapidly increasing fire danger" builds in the region.
Delta power plant issues handled in special session

Delta power plant issues handled in special session

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 20 - 1:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lawmakers convened a special session Wednesday to take up two key issues that are top priorities in Utah — securing enough energy for the state's future growth and retaining access to federal lands for purposes of multiple use.
New Mexico wildfire claims second life, while rain offers hope of relief

New Mexico wildfire claims second life, while rain offers hope of relief

Morgan Lee and AndrÉs Leighton, Associated Press  |  Posted June 19 - 9:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Heavy rain and hail are falling around an evacuated village in New Mexico threatened by wildfires that have killed at least two people and damaged more than 1,400 structures.
More ramps open as Lake Powell continues to rise from spring runoff

More ramps open as Lake Powell continues to rise from spring runoff

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 19 - 7:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Boaters now have more places to launch out of Lake Powell as the reservoir continues to gain water from this year's snowpack runoff.
Centuries-old cherries found at Mount Vernon. Growers hopeful about next crop

Centuries-old cherries found at Mount Vernon. Growers hopeful about next crop

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted June 19 - 7:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

Archaeologists discovered dozens of bottles of cherries and berries preserved in storage pits at George Washington's Mount Vernon home on the banks of the Potomac River.
How progress is being made in the Colorado River Basin

How progress is being made in the Colorado River Basin

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 18 - 3:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Monday webinar hosted by the Water Hub detailed some of the progress made so far with on-the-ground projects to save the Colorado River.