Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

Brian Maffly

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Brian:

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

Sorry, environmentalists, that pavement can stay on Utah’s scenic Burr Trail

A federal judge has reject a lawsuit seeking to have pavement removed from a portion of southern Utah's Burr Trail. → Read More

Alta parking is a mess, but are bigger lots the answer?

A crush of cars is fanning conflict over how to handle parking at Utah's Alta Ski Area. Resort wants to expand parking lots or exclude backcountry skiers. → Read More

Here are the basics for prepping your home to weather that inevitable earthquake

Here are a few steps Utahns can take to be prepare your home and family for a major earthquake or other disaster. → Read More

President Joe Biden halts federal oil and gas leasing to review the program

President Biden is ordering a comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas leasing program as part of a broader effort to rein in the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change. For the time being his administration has stopped leasing public lands and waters for drilling. → Read More

Groups sue to block helium drilling project inside Utah wilderness

Twin Bridges Resources wants to mine helium on leases it holds in the Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness area, and now a group of environmental organizations is asking the courts to block it. → Read More

Inversion season is here. What you’re supposed to avoid doing

Look out, Utah’s dreaded inversion season is back. → Read More

Utah’s desert obelisk has reportedly disappeared

Barely a week after it was found, Utah’s mystery obelisk has seemingly vanished. → Read More