Sugar house streetcar grand opening; Mormons and environmental stewardship; Becker joins national climate task force; SLC sustainability board; BLM plans need a do over; Not-so-swell leases withdrawn; refinery expansion=bad air.
—by Amy Brunvand
When I was young, Thanksgiving meant sparkling apple cider. It was the only time of year that I got to sit side by side with my parents and raise a toast with all the other adults, holding up a bubbling golden glass of sweet juice. It was so exciting. I had my very own special beverage, one that only came out during that time of year.
As winter begins its icy approach, we human residents of Salt Lake start layering our clothes and fiddling with the thermostat. But what about the valley’s avian population? Like many animals, birds are forced to exert extra energy to survive during the cold months. Here are some tips from experts at the Tracy Aviary and Backyard Birds on how you can help.
By some counts, Utah air quality hit a new low in 2013, with months of inversion-trapped air fouling our lungs, major expansions in the works for Holly Refinery and Kennecott's Bingham Mine, and a legislature that convened with only a single clean air proposal in its docket. But despite the apparent gloom, things are actually humming away in an auspicious manner.
What's new around town.
—by Katherine Pioli and Clare Boerigter
The cookbook Kenvin: An Artist's Kitchen is as much an instruction manual on how to cook, say, a boned leg of lamb with basil-infused peanut sauce, as it is a guide on how to live the good life—one filled with the simple pleasures of gathering with friends to eat a platter of cooked vegetables picked from your backyard, then joining in song or storytelling, and washing it down with wine that you may or may not have made yourself.
Nepalese homestyle cooking in the mountains of Utah.
—by Jane Laird
Perhaps, during the 27 red- or orange-air quality days Salt Lake City experienced throughout last winter's inversion season, your eyes did not smart; your throat and chest did not burn; your breath did not whistle in and out. Perhaps your lungs didn't struggle to transfer the oxygen from your breath into your bloodstream. If so, you were luckier than the estimated 86,078 children and adults in Salt Lake City with asthma, or the 188,795 people with cardiovascular disease, or the 92,845 adults over 64.
This community was built with diversity in mind," says Lynda Angelastro, her face bright with pride. All around the room, the heads of her neighbors nod in agreement. There's Susan Stewart, a retired third-year resident, sunk deep in a cushioned chair. Hob Calhoun, a sixth year resident hailing from the East Coast, leans in the doorway. Vicky Wason and her teenage daughter Grace sit together on a couch. Lynda continues speaking for the group. "Our neighbors are Mormon and Unitarian. They are from Ghana, England, California, New England. You don't find that anywhere else in Salt Lake."