Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

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Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

DWR shuts down antler gathering to protect Utah’s big game

To protect mule deer during harsh winter conditions this year, Utah DWR has banned the gathering of shed antlers until May 1. → Read More

Forest Service to spend millions to reduce risk of catastrophic fire in the Wasatch and western Uintas

The U.S. Forest Service plans to spend an additional $25 million on forest health projects this year aimed at reducing wildfire risk In Utah's Wasatch, Uinta and Pine Valley mountains. → Read More

Beaver County moves to enforce deal with its neighbor over groundwater pumping

Beaver County has signaled it will sue the state of Utah if the State Engineer fails reconsider its 2019 decision grant the rights to groundwater under Pine Valley to Iron County, which claims to need the water to meet the needs of fast-growing Cedar City. → Read More

Troubled coal mines to acquire federal leases through SITLA land exchanges — and skip environmental reviews

Utah expects to acquire two major coal tracts in the Dingell Act land exchanges to facilitate expansions at two troubled Emery County mines, Lila Canyon and Deep Emery → Read More

Utah rancher enjoys free home on the range, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers

The Bureau of Land Management has allowed ranchers Sandy and Gail Johnson to live on public land in Fry Canyon, now inside Bears Ears National Monument, without rent for 45 years. → Read More

Utah Lake’s would-be dredgers demand controversial island project be reinstated

Utah Lake dredging proponents claim state violated the law by rejecting their application to create a network of islands as a way to fix the lake's ecological problems. → Read More

As the West’s trumpeter swans recover, more wind up shot in Utah

Despite several measures aimed at discouraging the killing of trumpeters during Utah’s 73-day swan season, the swan harvest notched its 20th trumpeter on Nov. 17. → Read More

Coal continues burning at Utah mine as company tries to drill for answers

More than two weeks after a Utah coal mine caught fire, a coal deposit continues burning as operators try to drill into the Lila Canyon Mine seeking clues to help put out the fire. → Read More

Key takeaways from the failed sale of Utah’s Tabby Mountain

Editor’s note: This is a synopsis of the Tribune’s new reporting on what led to SITLA’s failed sale of Tabby Mountain in 2019. Read the complete story here. → Read More

Big Cottonwood Canyon trails no longer open to public after Forest Service agreement collapses

Hikers and skiers have lost access to an alpine outdoor destination thanks to a dispute between private property owners in Cardiff Fork and the U.S. Forest Service that has also locked out landowners. → Read More

Polling shows strong support for Utah Lake dredging, but critics say the survey is biased

Polling commissioned by the group proposing to dredge Utah Lake indicates strong support amount local residents for the controversial project. → Read More

Pay to play is coming to Wasatch trails, including Big and Little Cottonwood canyons

The U.S. Forest Service proposes recreation fees at 119 sites across the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. → Read More

Utah’s proposed oil railroad clears final regulatory hurdle

Utah's proposed oil-hauling Uinta Basin Railway cleared its final regulatory hurdle when the Forest Service rejected environmentalists' objections to a 12-mile right of way across the Ashley National Forest. → Read More

Officials blast Little Cottonwood gondola as ‘boondoggle,’ call on UDOT to start over with canyon plan

Local Salt Lake County leaders raise serious misgivings about a gondola proposed for Little Cottonwood Canyon that would ferry skiers up the ever-congested canyon to Alta and Snowbird. → Read More

Iron County growers propose 115 new wells into Escalante Valley groundwater

Businessmen in Enterprise are seeking rights to 50,000 acre-feet of water deep under Utah's Escalante Valley, even though this area's groundwater is already overallocated. → Read More

Why are so many new water wells to be drilled in Bears Ears?

A few dozens wells are to be drilled in Bears Ears National Monument to provide livestock more places to access water. → Read More

Vast reaches of Utah’s West Desert could be leased for geothermal power

The geothermal industry is looking to develop public lands in Utah's West Desert for renewable energy. → Read More

Salt Lake County bans new mines in Wasatch foothills and canyons

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Salt Lake County Council amended the county’s zoning ordinances to ban new mining industries in the Wasatch foothills and canyons, while continuing to allow the existing operations along the base of the mountains. → Read More

Shrinking Lake Powell holds even less water than previously thought, study says

The U.S. Geological Survey determined sediments washing into Utah’s largest reservoir reduce its capacity by 33,270 acre-feet each year on average as the sediment settle on the lakebed. → Read More

For years, UP switching yard is among Utah’s worst point sources of pollution. The Legislature is now doing something about it

Impatient with Union Pacific's failure to upgrade its freight switchers operating in Utah, state lawmakers are pushing a bill requiring these locomotives to be powered with emission-free technology by 2028. → Read More