Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Brian:

Utah conservationist buys Needles Outpost for $2.5 million at SITLA auction

A Utah trust-lands parcel at the Needles entrance to Canyonlands National Park fetched $2.5 million Wednesday from a conservation buyer after a brief bidding war. The square-mile section — long-time home of the Needles Outpost ... → Read More

Presidents can't undo national monuments, new study says

As Utah political leaders continue predicting President Donald Trump will shrink or even erase the new Bears Ears National Monument, a soon-to-be published legal analysis concludes that presidents have no authority to mess with monuments ... → Read More

BLM guard station burns in Bears Ears

The Bureau of Land Management is investigating a suspicious fire that recently damaged a remote guard station in Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. The incident occurred on Elk Ridge north of the twin Bears Ears ... → Read More

Utah school-trust lands agency wants millions more for hunting access

A long-standing agreement that has assured hunter access to Utah trust lands could be unraveling as state officials squabble behind closed doors over how much this access should cost taxpayers. For the past two decades, ... → Read More

Town wants to limit access to Utah's popular Kanarra Creek Canyon

Located just north of Zion National Park, Kanarra Creek Canyon has become one of Utah’s busiest hiking destinations, but the two-mile trail to a slot canyon and waterfalls also introduced at least 40,000 people to ... → Read More

After hearing from Utahns, Zinke confident he can resolve conflict over Bears Ears National Monument

Indian Creek, San Juan County • After three days in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is more confident than ever that he can forge a resolution to the state’s divisive fight over Bears Ears National ... → Read More

Bears Ears is overkill, San Juan County leaders tell Zinke

The San Juan County Commission had an hour of face time with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his staff Tuesday morning, presenting the county’s case that the recently created Bears Ears National Monument is not ... → Read More

Water fight erupts over Skyline mine expansion

The Wasatch Plateau is so perforated with tunnels and shafts that reservoirs are believed to leak into coal miners’ underground chambers, resulting in floods that require perpetual pumping. For water users, this shuffling of water ... → Read More

Project on state trust lands not subject to local zoning, court rules

A state judge has invalidated a conditional-use permit Wayne County officials issued for a gravel pit on state trust lands on the edge of Teasdale, raising new questions on how much say local governments have ... → Read More

Wasatch Plateau meadows to be harvested for new cancer drugs

Cow cabbage, which flourishes in mountain meadows of the U.S. Southwest, was once seen as a worthless invasive weed targeted for eradication by ranchers. But the toxic roots of the native plant holds compounds that ... → Read More

Meet Moabosaurus, Utah's latest dino discovery

Moab already revels in superlatives associated with its geology, canyons, parks, trails, even its maddening crowds, but many scientists believe Utah’s outdoor recreation mecca should also be famous for its dinosaur paleontology. That honor came ... → Read More

Operation Sight Day leads 23 cataract patients back into the light

Johnnie Mahoney, a Salt Lake City construction worker, first started noticing something goofy with his vision in August, when his eyes became irritated and blurry while dumping debris at the landfill. “I closed my right ... → Read More

Fate of pottery collection is 'a can of worms' for Navajos

Nearly 40 years ago, Utah’s Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum received its inaugural collection of artifacts as a loan from the Utah Navajo Development Council, a now-dormant nonprofit set up to use tribal ... → Read More

Watch a badger bury an entire cow carcass in Utah desert

Wildlife biologist Evan Buechley, a University of Utah doctoral candidate, was baffled last year when he visited test sites in the West Desert where he had staked down calf carcasses two weeks before to observe ... → Read More

Utah guv hails President Trump's repeal of BLM land-planning reforms

Gov. Gary Herbert met briefly Monday with President Donald Trump at the White House during the signing of a bill repealing federal land planning reforms opposed by Utah political leaders and extractive industries. At the ... → Read More

Park service, local governments decry oil and gas leasing near Zion

Oil and gas leasing in Washington County could threaten water supplies and impair the values that make Zion National Park one of the crown jewels of the national park system, according to thousands of comments ... → Read More

Utah lawmakers take aim at Bears Ears, ask for Trump's help

The Utah Legislature’s first order of business this session was to pass resolutions targeting the state’s two massive national monuments. HCR1 calls on President Donald Trump to revoke the recent Bears Ears designation, covering 1.35 ... → Read More

Proposal to create Utah state park at historic Hole-in-the-Rock gaining traction

Nearly a century and a half ago, Mormon pioneers cut a trail through a natural cleft in the north wall of Glen Canyon, using shovels, picks and dynamite. Their historic passage through what became known ... → Read More

Bears Ears supporters pack hearing; Senate panel OKs rescission bill anyway

Star-filled nights and natural quiet, deafening silence. Pinyon-juniper woodlands, blackbrush, rabbitbrush, bitterbrush. Mule deer, coyote, porcupine, skunk. Diversity of soils, aka dirt. These are some of the many natural features highlighted in former President Barack ... → Read More

Poll: Utahns divided over Bears Ears, land-transfer lawsuit

With protesters noisily chanting nearby Tuesday, Republican lawmakers passed controversial resolutions seeking to erase the new Bears National Monument and trim the Grand Staircase. On a largely party-line 60-to-14 vote, the Utah House sent HCR11 ... → Read More