Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune

Brian Maffly

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

Feds yank oil and gas leases near Arches, Canyonlands parks from upcoming sale

Bowing to the wishes of Grand County officials, the Bureau of Land Management will not offer oil and gas leases on 87,000 acres near Arches and Canyonlands national parks it had proposed for its quarterly auction next month. → Read More

Utah reports 760 new cases and and 8 new deaths from COVID-19; Utah County emerging as new hot spot

Saturday in Utah yielded another large number of new coronavirus infections, with 760 positive test results reported. This includes a record number for Utah County where opposition to mask wearing, regarded as an essential measure for containing the COVID-19 epidemic, has made national news. → Read More

Vehicle tried to dodge road closure for Saratoga Springs fire and sparked another blaze, damaging a rock art preserve

A motorist driving off the highway to evade a road closure associated with Saratoga Springs’ Knolls Fire last weekend triggered a secondary blaze on private land that burned over a rock art preserve on Utah Lake’s west shore. → Read More

Lake Powell pipeline will ‘make the river angry,' Southern Paiutes warn as feds release analysis

Any potential alignment of the Lake Powell pipeline would pass through lands that hold spiritual and cultural significance to Southern Paiutes, who fear the project would jeopardize their culture and upset the balance of nature. → Read More

Man shot dead in Vineyard home invasion

One person was killed Tuesday evening in an apparent home invasion in Vineyard, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office. → Read More

'This is fantastic’ — Utah’s Bryce Canyon is back in business, with clear skies and clear, but limited, trails

Bryce Canyon National Park • With the wind humming through the ponderosas on the Paunsaugunt Plateau, three generations of the Erickson-Rutland family of Minnesota gathered Wednesday morning on the edge of the Bryce Amphitheater, taking pictures of one another as they peered into the basin filled with pink towers eroding out of the cliffs. → Read More

Program would bring natural gas to Eureka, other rural towns by spreading the costs to all Utah customers

For years, leaders in the historic Utah mining town of Eureka have sought natural gas service, hoping it would stabilize residents’ energy costs, while attracting businesses, spurring growth and possibly helping to resurrect mining operations. → Read More

Tax credits available to repair historic buildings damaged in Utah earthquake

Owners of historic buildings damaged in Utah’s March 18 earthquake could be eligible for rehabilitation tax credits administered by the state Historic Preservation Office. → Read More

Local leaders shut down popular recreation sites, campgrounds in Grand Staircase, San Rafael Swell, other hiking hot spots

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage here. To support journalism like this, please consider donating or become a subscriber. → Read More

Utah’s most popular park, Zion, finally closes after state intervenes

The National Park Service finally lowered the gates Friday on one of its most popular and crowded destinations when it shut down southern Utah’s Zion National Park in the wake of a formal plea from the leaders of the gateway towns of Springdale and Rockville. → Read More

Crews assess quake damage to Utah homes, churches and more. Experts say it’s a wake-up call for a bigger jolt someday.

A day after the Wasatch Front’s biggest earthquake on record, crews responded to countless sites around Salt Lake County, fixing and documenting damage, even as substantial aftershocks continued rolling from Magna, near the epicenter of Wednesday’s magnitude 5.7 temblor. → Read More

Three teen girls missing after fleeing Roosevelt treatment center

Duchense County sheriff’s deputies were searching Monday for three teenage girls who had run away from a residential treatment center in Roosevelt. → Read More

Proposed state park would pay tribute to Utah’s dinosaurs

Utah soon may have a park that pays tribute to one of the state’s most notorious killers. → Read More

Salt Lake City’s air quality is nation’s 7th worst among large metro areas

The air over the Salt Lake Valley has become cleaner in recent years, even as Utah’s urban core gets more crowded and covered in more asphalt, with more cars driving more miles. → Read More

Feds propose oil and gas leasing on Moab’s Slickrock trail

For decades, mountain bikers have flocked to southern Utah’s Sand Flats to ride and camp among the undulating sandstone formations extending just east of Moab. → Read More

Police investigating quadruple homicide in Grantsville

Four members of a Utah family are dead and a fifth is in the hospital after a juvenile family member opened fire Friday evening inside a Grantsville residence, according to local police. → Read More

LDS Church will spare a beloved Salt Lake City community garden

One of Salt Lake City’s oldest community gardens has won at least a partial reprieve from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ plans to pave the 1.5-acre field for a parking lot. → Read More

More animals are being killed illegally in Utah, DWR says

A desert bighorn ram was found lying dead last fall on southern Utah’s Barracks ATV Trail near Mount Carmel Junction. → Read More

Feds propose opening Utah’s San Rafael Desert to more motorized use amid arguments on whether plans go too far or not far enough

Depending on whom you ask, motorized recreation either threatens to overwhelm Utah’s public lands or has been choked off by bureaucrats and environmentalists bent on keeping vast reaches off-limits to those who can’t walk long distances. → Read More

Brighton Resort changes parking policy to promote carpooling

Unless you have three people in your car, don’t expect princess parking at Brighton Resort on weekends or powder days. → Read More