Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Brian:

Feds, locals worry annual Moab event creates ‘circus atmosphere’ in scenic Utah land

More than a dozen lines of webbing have been carefully strung across the side chute to Mineral Canyon, known as the Fruit Bowl, creating a kind of inverted cathedral for those who like to strut their balancing prowess hundreds of feet off terra firma. → Read More

What does Kane County want in a redrawn Grand Straircase-Escalante monument?

When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced he would visit Kanab last spring, Kane County officials knew they had a rare opportunity to influence the changes he might suggest for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The 1996 designation of the 1.9-million-acre monument still angers many of their friends and neighbors. → Read More

Ire-inspiring gravel-pit parcel doesn’t sell in Utah trust land auction

Wednesday’s auction of Utah trust parcels proved a dull affair, reaping hardly $1 million for the school trust fund. → Read More

Grand Staircase-Escalante monument will be pruned by half, Hatch official says

President Donald Trump will shrink the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by about half, to a size between 700,000 and 1.2 million acres, following the recommendation of his Interior secretary, according to a staffer for Sen. Orrin Hatch. → Read More

Forest Service to log pines burned in Brian Head fire

The Dixie National Forest hopes to quickly log some of the woods burned in the Brian Head fire, which scorched about 72,000 acres last summer in the highlands between Parowan and Panguitch. → Read More

Want to go to Arches? You may soon need a reservation, under a new Park Service plan.

Arches National Park on Wednesday unveiled a proposal for a reservation system that it hopes will reduce the crush of visitors, but may irritate some who are unable to plan ahead. → Read More

Championing ‘American energy independence,’ feds to scrap master plans for leasing public lands

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s signature master plans for use of public lands in Utah and across the country are to be officially sent to the regulatory scrapheap, according to a new report from her successor, who is instead targeting “actions that potentially burden domestic energy.” → Read More

Majority of Utahns favor trimming Bears Ears, but most oppose breaking up Grand Staircase, poll says

While a slight majority of Utahns believes the new 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument is too big, they oppose by a 2-to-1 margin breaking the bigger and more-established Grand Staircase-Escalante into smaller monuments. → Read More

Nearly complete tyrannosaur fossil airlifted from Utah’s Grand Staircase

Two years ago, Alan Titus was prospecting for fossils on Utah’s Kaiparowits Plateau, searching for new places to unearth paleontological treasures that could reveal secrets about massive and long-extinct land reptiles known as dinosaurs. → Read More

Feds target popular Utah wild horse herd for roundup

Utah’s most visible wild horse herd may get a lot smaller next year. → Read More

Latest federal oil and gas leases mired in protests over pollution worries for Utah’s Uinta Basin

The Bureau of Land Management’s next auction of oil and gas leases in Utah is under fire from a multitude of environmental, public health and wilderness groups. Topping the list of concerns is the likelihood that the Dec. 11 lease sale would worsen Uinta Basin’s persistent winter-time ozone levels. → Read More

Utah wildlife officials say they won’t renew controversial ban on antler gathering

In a change of course, Utah wildlife officials said Thursday they do not expect to impose further blanket bans on winter-time antler gathering, an outdoor activity that is soaring in popularity. → Read More

Regulators say poorly run Utah gas field is trashing wildlife area

In what amounts to a three-way crackdown, regulators overseeing Utah wildlife, school trust lands and the state’s extraction industries are jointly targeting the operator of a gas field west of Price. → Read More

Feds move ahead with oil and gas leases on southern Utah lands rich in ancient Puebloan ruins

The Bureau of Land Management plans to move forward on nearly 52,000 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in archaeologically sensitive parts of southeastern Utah. → Read More

Frustrated tribal leaders wonder if Bears Ears is a national monument in name only

Nine months after President Barack Obama enshrined the 1.3 million acres encircling Utah’s Bears Ears Buttes as a protected landscape, federal agencies have done little to manage the lands as outlined in the monument proclamation. → Read More

Leaked memo: Zinke wants smaller monuments, but how small?

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke clearly has his sights on trimming national monuments in southern Utah, but his official report to President Donald Trump is so short on specifics it remains unclear where any “revised” boundaries to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante would fall. → Read More

Utah quietly tells feds: Trim Bears Ears monument by 90 percent

If maps Utah has submitted to the Interior Department are a guide, Bears Ears National Monument will be drastically cut in size. → Read More

Feds get just $15K for auction of controversial oil and gas leases on sage grouse habitat

The Bureau of Land Management’s attempt on Tuesday to auction nine parcels in Utah’s West Desert for oil and gas development was a bust, with just three parcels attracting the minimum bid of $2 an acre, netting the federal agency a grand total of $14,837. → Read More

Panguitch's water supply tainted with E. coli in wake of Brian Head fire

Two years ago, leaders of Utah’s Garfield County put the U.S. Forest Service on notice that overgrown timberlands on the Markagunt Plateau posed a dire threat to the town of Panguitch. → Read More

Feds set to ‘lop and scatter’ trees near Price to improve sage grouse habitat

The Bureau of Land Management is poised to begin thinning pinyon and juniper trees over a large area in the coal-mining country west of Price. → Read More