Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

Brian Maffly

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Brian:

Utah Wildlife Board bans trail cameras for big game hunting

A divided Utah Wildlife Board voted on Tuesday to ban trail cameras for hunting when the motion-activated devices are used to aid in the taking of big game. → Read More

When deer damage orchards, what does Utah owe fruit growers?

Since wildlife belongs to the people of Utah, taxpayers are ultimately on the hook for the fences big game knock down, the alfalfa they eat and other damages. → Read More

Is Utah’s ski industry ready for omicron?

Alta had several COVID-19 outbreaks last week and is not likely alone in feeling the effects of the resurgent coronavirus epidemic, driven by the new omicron variant. → Read More

Snows (finally) return to Utah ski resorts to the relief of many

Hardly a week ago, northern Utah’s mountains were dry, balmy and brown, a strange feel for December in a place supposedly world famous for its snow. → Read More

EPA faults uranium processor for not keeping Superfund waste covered

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week ordered a halt to deliveries of waste from Superfund sites to White Mesa uranium mill in San Juan County after determining its impoundment had not been operated properly, potentially resulting in excessive radon emissions. → Read More

Will EPA help fund Utah Lake island-building project?

A controversial proposal to dredge Utah Lake is on a wait list it apply for nearly $1 billion in federal water infrastructure funding. → Read More

Can ‘controlled’ burns save Utah’s national forests?

The U.S. Forest Service is looking to dramatically increase its use of “prescribed fire” in Utah’s national forest. The hope is to improve forest health and reduce the risks of destructive wildfire that have arise after decades of fire suppression. → Read More

SL County and City pan UDOT’s Little Cottonwood plan

Salt Lake County Mayor Wilson and County Council Member Jim Bradley both expressed concern over the gondola proposal and called for more planning work to be done. → Read More

Why is Utah poisoning all the fish in Navajo Lake?

Utah wildlife officials plan to poison all the fish in a popular fishing lake to rid it of chub. → Read More

New Utah snail species discovered in the Uintas

Utah state biologists discovered a snail species new to the state in the Uinta Mountains, bring to 125 the number of snails native to Utah. The species is called boreal top snail and is more commonly found in Canada and northern U.S. states. → Read More

July was Salt Lake City’s hottest on record

According to weather data gathered at the Salt Lake City International Airport, the average temperature for July was 85.7 degrees, or 4.6 degrees above “normal." → Read More

Does St. George really need Lake Powell water?

Utah’s arid and scenic southwest corner is one of the nation’s growth hot spots, bursting with new residential subdivisions with more on the way. → Read More

Onaqui roundup ends with 307 horses headed for adoption

The Bureau of Land Management concluded its controversial roundup the Onaqui wild horse herd a week early Sunday after pulling 435 horses from public lands in Tooele County. → Read More

The outdoors is Utah tech firms’ No. 1 recruiting tool

When it comes to recruiting and retaining talent, Utah tech companies’ best friend is the state’s outdoor recreation and the easy access to wilderness and public lands from Utah’s cities. → Read More

BLM to remove ‘excess’ wild horses from Utah’s beloved Onaqui herd

The Bureau of Land Management this week will begin removing about half the wild horses from Utah's Onaqui herd, despite pleas from advocacy groups to let the beloved horses remain on the range. → Read More

Would a gondola solve Little Cottonwood’s problems, or make them worse?

A proposed gondola for Little Cottonwood Canyon enjoys support among Salt Lake Tribune readers, but many have misgivings about how such a massive transit system would impact the beloved natural area. → Read More

Buses vs. gondola: Little Cottonwood plan comes into sharper focus

After three years of study, Utah transportation officials have selected two final transit alternatives for Little Cottonwood Canyon, the popular ski destination outside Salt Lake City that is now mired in year-round traffic congestion thanks to the growing popularity of outdoor recreation. → Read More

Ancient Native Americans may have cultivated medicinal plants in Bears Ears, study finds

University of Utah scientists document 31 plants important to Native Americans at 25 archaeological sites in the Bears Ears region. They found that many grow in abundance near archaeological sites, but are rare elsewhere, suggesting that ancient Puebloans cultivated these plants, which have persisted in these spots 800 years after these ancient peoples moved away. → Read More

Are SLC’s long-awaited foothill trails falling flat?

Salt Lake City's multi-million dollar trail plan turns the Wasatch foothills over to mountain bikers, critics say → Read More

More than 668,000 Utahns are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Utah's latest coronavirus data released from the state Department of Health. → Read More