Tom Wharton, Salt Lake Tribune

Tom Wharton

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Tom:

Speed Week is under way at the Salt Flats, but recent rains may keep records from being set

Wendover • Veteran land speed racer George Poteet has seen all sorts of conditions in years of chasing records on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats course. → Read More

Start of Speed Week postponed due to wet conditions on Salt Flats

Rainy weather has postponed the first day of racing Saturday for the annual Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats east of Wendover. → Read More

Bingham beats Copper Hills 46-41 for Class 6A girls’ basketball state championship

Taylorsville • As one of only two seniors on Bingham’s girls’ basketball team, Maggie McCord needed to show leadership and heart if the Miners were going to win their first state title since 2007. → Read More

It’s quiet in Zion National Park as the shutdown drags on, but the tourists are expected to return this holiday weekend

Zion National Park • Carle Clayburgh and her friends from Los Angeles planned an outdoor trip to this iconic Utah destination in November. → Read More

Utah big-game hunting applications are due March 1

If you plan on hunting big game in Utah this fall, you’d better start thinking about applying. → Read More

Marina dredging project closes Utah Lake State Park

While it may be tempting to do some fishing, launch a boat or even camp at Utah Lake State Park, those activities are temporarily unavailable. → Read More

It’s a good time to visit Zion National Park — if you’re OK with not having access to many visitor services because of the government shutdown

Zion National Park • Like most school teachers, Beth Cottrell is naturally curious. → Read More

Utah declares victory over quagga mussels at popular boating spot

Apparently the quagga mussel threat at Deer Creek Reservoir is no more. → Read More

Good news for travelers who have ever been unable to visit Utah's iconic Delicate Arch because of flash floods

Few things are more frustrating to a visitor than looking forward to seeing a famous place but not being able to get there. → Read More

Start the new year right with a hike

There are few better ways to start a new year than to take a hike. → Read More

Deadline coming up for Utah's limited-entry wild turkey hunt

The deadline for applying for the limited-entry wild turkey hunt in Utah this spring is 11 p.m. on Dec. 27 . Hunters can apply at → Read More

Here are 10 winter activities in Utah, no snow required

When the gifts are opened and the kids start to get bored during their holiday break from school, getting outdoors or enjoying a recreation center for a family adventure might be just the ticket to create some great memories. → Read More

Tom Wharton: Utah politicians would rather fight than manage public lands

As someone who has covered public lands issues for over 40 years and has spent days exploring what were Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments, this week’s reductions in the size of the monuments challenged me to try understand both sides. → Read More

Forget the record-setting high temperatures of late, it's time to start thinking about ice fishing in Utah

Though the recent unseasonable warm weather may make it seem as though Utah’s reservoirs and lakes may not freeze this year, that’s certain to end soon. → Read More

With the number of black bears on the rise, Utah looks to expand hunt in 2018

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wants to give hunters a chance to kill more black bears in the 2018 season. → Read More

With bat encounters seemingly on the rise, Utah wildlife experts offer these 7 safety tips

There seem to be more instances of bats entering homes, schools and businesses in Utah this year. → Read More

Thanksgiving is a great time to get outdoors and see wild turkeys in Utah

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Utahns think about turkeys. After all, the tasty birds are served as holiday dishes throughout the land. → Read More

Deadline looming to apply for coveted Utah hunting permit

Utah hunters have until 11 p.m. on Nov. 15 to apply for a coveted sportsman permit for the 2018 season. Only Utah residents can apply for these permits. → Read More

Major changes could be coming for Utah's deer and elk hunts

The Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending fairly major changes in the way Utahns hunt deer and elk in an effort to reduce crowding during the 2018 hunts. → Read More

Utah releasing 10,000 pheasants across state as part of monthlong hunt starting Saturday

While changing habitat, urban growth and modern farming practices have had a severe impact on the pheasant hunt in Utah, several thousand hunters still enjoy what was once the most popular upland game hunt. → Read More