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Dinosaur discovered 155 years ago in Utah to be excavated 2.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Paleontologists are excavating the first dinosaur ever discovered in Utah, 155 years after a geologist discovered the skeleton of the mammoth plant-eater during an Army engineering survey of the West. When geologist J.S. Newberry found the bones of the Dystrophaeus on the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers in 1859, he could dig out only a few and told others later that there were more to be removed. But the site’s location was lost for decades, and the work hasn’t continued until now. ...
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Woman who died in Utah’s Green River identified 25.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A woman who died after apparently falling into the Green River in Uintah County has been identified. The woman, Leona Jean Rowley, 37, of Vernal, and her husband were fishing near the Horseshoe Bend area of the river Saturday evening when the husband moved to another spot about 50 to 100 yards farther downstream, said Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen. When he came back, she was gone, and the bank near where she had been fishing had caved in, Laursen said. Investigators found no signs of f...
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Searchers recover body of Uintah County woman from Green River 25.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A Uintah County search and rescue team recovered a woman’s body near the Horseshoe Bend bend area of the Green River. The woman and her husband were fishing along the river Saturday evening when the husband moved to another spot about 50 to 100 yards farther downstream, said Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen. When he came back, she was gone, and the bank near where she had been fishing had caved in, Laursen said. Investigators found no signs of foul play. They found the woman’s body about ...
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Searchers scour Green River for missing Uintah County woman 25.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A Uintah County search and rescue team is scouring the Horseshoe Bend area of the Green River for a missing woman. The woman and her husband were fishing along the river Saturday evening, when the husband moved to another spot about 50 to 100 yards farther downstream, said Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen. When he came back, she was gone, and the bank she had been fishing at had caved in, Laursen said. Thus far, the investigators have found no signs of foul play or evidence that she fell ...
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Utah forecast: Wet, wild and cooler statewide 19.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Much of central and southern Utah was under a Flash Flood Watch Tuesday as monsoonal moisture rumbled into the region, punctuated by thunder, lightning and locally heavy rainfall. The advisory, which encompassed an area stretching from the mountains east of Provo running southwest through Delta and St. George, south to Zion National Park and southeast to Green River, was to run through Tuesday night. The National Weather Service warned that normally dry washes, recent burn scars, slot canyons an...
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Water — where does it go from here? 15.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable gave preliminary approval to the first draft of their Basin Implementation Plan on July 23. The plan now will be submitted to the Colorado Water Conservation Board that will consolidate plans from the nine Colorado water basins and develop a State Water Plan to be delivered to the governor by December 2015. The BIP addresses our basins’ responsibilities to balance current and future needs of our water resources. Development of this document has been a labor of love and concern by countless volunteers and a culmination of years of professional studies commissioned by the roundtable. Our roundtable identified eight primary basin goals for Northwest Colorado: • Protect existing decreed and anticipated future water uses in the Yampa-White-Green basins • Protect and encourage agricultural uses of water in the basins within the context of private property rights • Improve agricultural water supplies to increase irrigation land and reduce shortages • Identify and ...
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‘Lucking out’ for Wyoming’s winter smog 29.7.2014 From the Blogs
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Book will capture Utah food identity 22.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Three Utah folklorists are working on the ultimate Utah food book. The yet-to-be-titled publication will have chapters devoted to iconic foods (think green Jell-O, pink fry sauce and funeral potatoes), local specialties (such as Green River melons, Bear Lake raspberries and Sanpete County turkey), Utah liquor laws, Dutch oven and pioneer foods and ethnic food contributions. Co-author Eric Eliason, a folklorist and English professor at Brigham Young University, said that too often residents of Ut...
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Utah forecast: Hot, dry and breezy, wildfire risk up 21.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Hot, dry and breezy weather was forecast for Utah as the work week got underway. Along the Wasatch Front, temperatures were predicted to peak in the mid- to upper-90s Monday and Tuesday. Winds of 10-20 mph were expected to offer a modest break from the heat. Mild winds were to caress southern Utahns as well, but with highs expected to top triple digits both days, the relief offered was questionable. Not a drop of rain was expected, either. That, along with bone-dry air and parched vegetation, pu...
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Adventure of the Week: Outlasting mosquitos and snakes deep in Dinosaur National Monument 17.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
How to get there: High-clearance vehicles are highly recommended when driving to Echo Park. The road becomes impassable when wet. Take U.S. Highway 40 west to Dinosaur, a two-hour drive from Steamboat Springs. Turn right at Harper's Corner Road, just 2 miles east of Dinosaur. There is no entrance fee here. After driving 25 miles, make a right at Echo Park Road. Go down the switchbacks and drive for about 10 miles until at a fork. Go left for a few miles to the campgrounds. Camping: The Echo Park campground has 22 sites and rarely fills up. The cost is $8 per night. Before going, plan your trip here The visitor comment book at the Echo Park campground contained many dire warnings on June 27. The last comment on the page ominously read "If you don't have bug spray, run!" I did have a can of bug spray, but I didn't have nearly enough to fend off the hundreds and hundreds of mosquitoes that hunted me all weekend. One of my favorite campgrounds in Colorado was buggy on my second visit. Wait, let me correct ...
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The pike predicament: How a fish creates thrills for anglers and headaches for habitat managers 13.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The predators become the prey when fishermen like Craig Preston cast into Stagecoach Reservoir southeast of Steamboat Springs. With four kids, a wife and two jobs, Preston, who lives in Hayden, does not get onto the water as much as he would like. Fishing is his passion though, and when at Stagecoach, he fishes for northern pike, a top-level predator that threatens Colorado fish habitats but is also a really fun fish to catch. “I think it’s the big-fish allure,” Preston said. “The chance of catching that monster.” And the big fish are definitely out there. The official state record pike was pulled out of Stagecoach in 2006 by Thornton resident Tim Bone, who was using Powerbait with the intention of catching trout. Instead, he hooked a pike at the Stagecoach inlet and began a 25-minute fight with the fish running out about 100 yards three times. The 30-pound, 11-ounce fish measured 46 1/2 inches with a 21 1/2-inch girth. By comparison, the biggest pike Preston has ever caught out of Stagecoach was 39 ...
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Culture clash in Moab 12.7.2014 Durango Herald
As a benefit for the San Juan Mountains Association, we had organized a canoe trip on the Green River near Moab to paddle 60 miles from Geyser Springs to Mineral Bottom. Colorado’s Centennial Canoe Outfitters says this is “part of the longest stretch of quiet wilderness water in the western United States.” We had plans...
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And the West is History 11.7.2014 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “The appropriation of $100,000 for a federal building and post office in this city has been increased one-third, now being $150,000. The bill now goes to the house, where no trouble is anticipated in its passage.”75 years ago: “Thrifty shoppers of the entire basin are buying heavily at Graden’s...
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Importance of a modern day roundtable 11.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Mention the name roundtable and most people think of King Arthur’s famed roundtable where he and his knights congregated in medieval times. But ever since 2005 with the legislative passing of the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act, Northwest Colorado has had its own roundtable. Along with roundtables across the state representing the state’s eight watersheds and the Denver Metro area, the Yampa White Green Roundtable is represented by 35 members with diverse backgrounds from the Yampa, White and Green river basins. Roundtables are a bottom-up or grass-roots approach to facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions. Each roundtable has been required to develop basin-wide water needs assessments consisting of four parts: consumptive water needs (municipal, industrial and agricultural); non-consumptive water needs (environmental and recreational); available water supplies (ground and surface) including unappropriated waters; and proposed projects ...
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Op-ed: EPA rule change needed to protect Utah’s headwaters 4.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
No one understood the importance of Western waters more than the iconic author, Wallace Stegner, when he famously said: “Water is the true wealth in a dry land.” Stegner spent years exploring Utah and wrote passionately about its magnificent landscapes shaped by water, from the deep canyons and arches along the Colorado and the Green Rivers to the high mountain streams of the Wasatch and Uinta ranges. Water has shaped Utah’s geography, and its character, and remains a precious resource for its ...
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Utah forecast: Hot weather, parching winds bring ‘Red Flag’ 26.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Continued hot temperatures, parching winds and tinder-dry forests and rangelands combined to put huge swaths of Utah under a “Red Flag” wildfire warning extending into late Thursday night. From eastern Utah’s Uintas through Green River and Moab to Bluff in the southeast, as well as southwestern and southcentral Utah, the National Weather Service warned that the risk for rapidly spreading, explosive wildfires was extreme through 11 p.m. Thursday. With gusts of 55 mph expected in some high desert ...
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Nathan Fey: Balance energy development and river health 24.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Cutting through the steep canyons and arid sage lands of northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah, the Yampa and Green rivers are the region’s lifeblood. Their relentless forces are responsible for carving out the region’s stratified geology and for exposing the fossils that give Dinosaur National Monument its name. Their calm waters lure anglers and their rapids attract thousands — almost 10,000 — kayakers, rafters and adventure seekers each year . I have paddled both these rivers. They are treasures, and I know there is nothing more important to the vitality of this arid region. Protecting them is tantamount to protecting its prosperity. In recent years, however, northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah also increasingly have become targets for oil and gas development. At one point, there was actually a proposal to drill for oil and gas on land directly adjacent to the monument’s visitor center. Oil and gas development are important economic drivers, but there is a right way and a wrong to go ...
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Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team collects second place at Wyoming tournament 19.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The members of the Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team traveled to Wyoming last weekend hoping to improve on their second-place finish in the Green River Knights Invitational Baseball tournament in 2013. Unfortunately, a loss in the championship game left the Steamboat Springs Post 44 Legion team one victory short of its goal. Steamboat went 4-1 in the tournament, finishing second for the second year in a row, this time to a team from Price, Utah. “It was a disappointing loss,” coach Dave Roy said. “It was the team’s first loss of the season, and I know the guys really wanted to win this one." Steamboat, now 8-1, opened the tournament with a 11-1 win over Jackson. Steamboat jumped out to a three-run lead, before adding eight more runs in the fourth to seal the win for pitcher Bryson McFarland. Charlie Fitzhugh led the offense with three hits including two doubles. Ryan Jeep added two hits in the game. Steamboat continued to dominate in the second game of the tournament with an impressive 15-1 win ...
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Abundant water in Northwest Colorado rivers belies conditions in lakes Powell and Mead 13.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Residents of the Yampa Valley, where the meadows are lush and snow still lingers on the peaks, easily could conclude that this is a year of water abundance. But in terms of the water produced by the entire Colorado River Basin, the summer of 2014 won’t be outstanding. Eric Kuhn, of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, told an audience of about 50 state legislators, water managers and educators at the Sheraton Steamboat Thursday the abundance of snowmelt in the upper Colorado, Yampa and Green rivers early this summer isn’t indicative of the entire Colorado Basin. “We have wet years, we have dry years but the bottom line for Lake Powell this year is that it’s going to be right about average,” Kuhn said. Lake Powell is the giant impoundment in southern Utah where Colorado River water is stored for the benefit of states like Arizona, Nevada and California. “Currently, Lake Mead (below the Grand Canyon) and Lake Powell (just above the Grand Canyon) are 42 percent full,” Kuhn said. “Does that make ...
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Rescuers save 11 rafters stranded overnight on Utah’s Green River 11.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Six adults and five children were rescued early Wednesday morning, the day after their raft overturned, forcing them to spend a wet, chilly night on the banks of the swollen Green River. Daggett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Susie Potter said search-and-rescue workers initially were called out about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, after the party was reported overdue for its planned rendezvous with other family members in the Little Hole area. A helicopter spotted the rafters, stranded about 3 miles upriver f...
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