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Letter: The cost of state and federal spending 21.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Seventeen hundred bucks. That’s the average family’s annualized increased cost of goods and services due to state and federal policies: Food, booze, clothing, imported goods, gasoline, education, health care, health insurance, car insurance, home insurance, housing, state/national parks, public transportation, public utilities, communication, entertainment, bank fees, interest rates ... and the list goes on. Do these folks live on the same planet? Or are they so isolated in their ivory towers t...
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Letter: Protect America's favorite places 18.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
As Tom Wharton noted (“Utah’s Zion outranks Yellowstone for number of visits,” March 13), America’s national parks are more popular than ever. As Utahns, we are experiencing, first hand, this double-digit growth in park visits. It is encouraging that our new secretary of interior, Ryan Zinke, notes not only how important our national parks are for the landscapes they preserve, but also the protection and interpretation they provide for the heritage we all share and their extraordinary contribut... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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The National Parks are not exempt from Trump's nightmare budget 17.3.2017 Daily Kos
The all-guns-no-butter Trump budget makes serious cuts to both the EPA and the Interior Department, and while it may seem on the surface that the National Parks skate free of the fiscal blitzkrieg, things aren’t as relatively rosy as they may appear. The budget blueprint proposes a 12% cut to Interior and a 31% cut to EPA. While the Interior proposal includes an increase in funding for park maintenance, it cuts Interior construction programs. It also includes deep cuts to land acquisition and historic preservation programs that are essential to national parks. The parks will be fine … so long as fine means they can’t protect any historic structures or artifacts, or acquire any land, or improve the quality of water in the park. And that last part includes some big gotchas … Elimination of funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an important federal funding source that has provided $300 million annually for communities and park restoration projects in the region … Elimination of the Chesapeake ...
See the stars at Cedar Breaks, Utah's newest dark-sky park 16.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
From the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument on clear, moon-less nights, around 5,000 stars can be seen above this deep-red geological amphitheater. On a recent tour, Dave Sorensen, one of the park’s “dark rangers,” described how the forces of erosion have hollowed out the iron-rich sediments left by Lake Claron. “Since the lake has been gone this area we know as Cedar Breaks has been eroding out for the last 20 million years. It erodes at a rate of 1 to 4 feet a century. To a geologist, that...
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Here's What a Zinke-Led Interior Department Will Look Like 16.3.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Amid the flurry of Trump administration appointments in recent months, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke was one of the less controversial. The former Montana congressman says climate change is not a "hoax" and federal lands should not be transferred to states en masse. His January Senate confirmation hearing went fairly smoothly, with none of the major gaffes or arguments that have plagued other appointees' hearings. So far, his stated priorities for Interior have been vague but unsurprising: rebuilding trust between the public and the department, increasing public lands access for sportsmen, and improving outdated infrastructure at national parks. But considering the controversial issues embedded in those priorities he'll soon have to wrangle, the ride won't stay smooth for long. Perhaps the biggest questions around Zinke's Interior are how he will balance a mining and ...
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Overlooked by guidebooks, Slovakia is a worthy European destination without the crowds 16.3.2017 Washington Post
Overlooked by guidebooks, Slovakia is a worthy European destination without the crowds
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Former Patagonia CEO donates 1 million acres of parkland to Chile 16.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Kristine Tompkins and her late husband started buying and conserving land in South America more than two decades ago.

Over the years, the couple — who had run the clothing companies Patagonia Inc., North Face and Esprit — had a hand in conserving more than 3.4 million acres of land in Chile and...

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Tompkins Conservation donates huge national parks to Chile 16.3.2017 Washington Post: World
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Tompkins Conservation are signing an agreement to donate 1 million acres for new national parks in the largest private donation of its kind to the South American country.
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Chaffetz, Lee take aim at haze ruling that would reduce pollution at two Utah coal power plants 15.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
In the latest turn of the decade-long dispute over Utah’s Regional Haze Rule, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Sen. Mike Lee introduced federal legislation to overturn a 2016 decision to require additional pollution controls at two Utah power plants. In a Monday announcement of the proposal, Chaffetz said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority when it partially rejected a plan drafted by Utah regulators and decided instead to require emissions-reduction steps at Rocky Mountain Po... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Chaffetz, Lee take aim at Utah haze ruling 15.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
In the latest turn of the decade-long dispute over Utah’s Regional Haze Rule, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Sen. Mike Lee introduced federal legislation to overturn a 2016 decision to require additional pollution controls at two Utah power plants. In a Monday announcement of the proposal, Chaffetz said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority when it partially rejected a plan drafted by Utah regulators and decided instead to require emissions-reduction steps at Rocky Mountain Po... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Hollywood producers say Canada is censoring them over an indigenous character 14.3.2017 Washington Post
Hollywood producers say Canada is censoring them over an indigenous character
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Utah's Zion outranks Yellowstone for number of visits 13.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
If it seems as though your favorite national park is getting more crowded, it’s not just an illusion. The U.S. Department of Interior recently reported that 331 million people visited America’s national parks, monuments, recreation areas and historic sites last year, a third consecutive attendance record. “Our National Parks are our national treasures, and it’s important to recognize that they are more than just beautiful landscapes,” said Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “Growing up...
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National park visits rise again; Zion in top 5 13.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
If it seems as though your favorite national park is getting more crowded, it’s not just an illusion. The U.S. Department of Interior recently reported that 331 million people visited America’s national parks, monuments, recreation areas and historic sites last year, a third consecutive attendance record. “Our National Parks are our national treasures, and it’s important to recognize that they are more than just beautiful landscapes,” said Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “Growing up...
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The shortest route to America’s 49,603 historic sites will only take you 50 years 13.3.2017 Washington Post
The shortest route to America’s 49,603 historic sites will only take you 50 years
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Second Amendment may be restored on Army Corps of Engineers land 11.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Second Amendment may be restored on Army Corps of Engineers land
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Saddle up and save on horseback trips in the Canadian Rockies 7.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Here’s a chance to go deep into the backcountry of one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks this summer — and save money too. Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies organizes horseback tours into Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta.

The deal: The weak Canadian dollar drives the savings on...

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Nations that are cleaning up ---- part 1! 6.3.2017 Earth Times
What can China avoid polluting that we can’t. Well it’s possible that even greater carbon footprints will quickly be trodden if events follow mazy paths in many places.
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Republicans in Maine, Utah want Trump to undo monuments 6.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Trump's staff is reviewing decisions by the Obama administration to determine economic impacts, whether the law was followed and whether there was appropriate consultation with local officials.
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Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrives on horseback 3.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Arriving on horseback Thursday, newly-minted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged he would devote more resources to national parks, boost the morale of department employees and bolster the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Zinke — who was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday by a 68 to 31 vote — rode with a mounted police escort to the Interior Department’s downtown headquarters on Tonto, an Irish sport horse. The horse, a bay roan gelding standing just over 17 hands tall, is ...
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New Interior secretary arrives on horseback 3.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Arriving on horseback Thursday, newly-minted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged he would devote more resources to national parks, boost the morale of department employees and bolster the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Zinke — who was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday by a 68 to 31 vote — rode with a mounted police escort to the Interior Department’s downtown headquarters on Tonto, an Irish sport horse. The horse, a bay roan gelding standing just over 17 hands tall, is ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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