The news over the next couple months will be headlined by drought and fire. This situation has been brought about by below average precipitation and above average temperatures. Utah is in bad shape with 98% of the state in extreme drought while 22% of Idaho is in a similar condition.

BOSTON (AP) — When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds.

PROVO (AP) — If you have visited Timpanogos Cave National Monument in the past 53 years, you have likely come in contact with Ranger Jay Allen, learning from and catching a love for the caves from him. Allen retired this spring after working as a guide at the cave every summer since he gradu…

For the last 20 years I have been lucky enough the teach fisheries management at Utah State University. Over that time, I have seen many students go on to have careers that positively affected angler experiences. While the technology used to collect and evaluate data has changed, the goal of…

With September comes the harvest season. In our nearly 40 years of gardening in Logan, possibly due to this summer’s heat, we have had one of our best harvests ever. Early in our marriage we grew an heirloom dry bean we called “Hodgdon beans.” We never knew its real name, but we were told th…

When visiting my parents recently, I found my mom’s and her sisters certificates of baptism. I learned that all 3 girls were baptized on January 6, 1935 at Trinity Lutheran Congregation in Astoria, Oregon. When I asked my mom about it, she didn’t remember them baptized together. Certainly th…

Yes. No. Maybe. Depends. There are a variety of ways that we can answer a question. At times an absolute, Yes or No is correct. At other times, a level of vagueness might be appropriate. While our answer can reveal more than a simple yes or no, the context is equally important. For example, …

A “Black Widow” movie should have been done a long time ago. There were rumblings that Marvel didn’t think a female-centric movie could garner the box office buzz as some of the MCU’s other big-name heroes. That was early in the process, but now we know different.

Along the same lines as “Coco,” “Onward” attempts to grapple with the hereafter and how families deal with death. “Coco” is much more thoughtful about it, providing an emotionally resonant portrait love, loss, and death. “Onward” doesn’t reach those heights but does produce some satisfying s…

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans reacted with rare collective joy Monday after director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the Oscar for best picture and three other awards, good news that came as their country struggles to guard against a new virus and counter North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Pushed back from a November 2019 release after backlash focusing on the look of the title character, which was indeed nightmarish, Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” seemed destined for failure. A revised February release date — with new special effects — didn’t do it any favors, as that time …

Summer is a time for trips. Whether you are taking a day trip to Bear Lake or an extended vacation, one thing you’ll always have to plan for is what food you’ll eat.

“Water is life” is a phrase that exists in some form throughout the world, both in language and culture. Few would deny the fundamental importance of water to people, and indeed, to all living organisms.

We are not great at evaluating our own health. Sure, our sniffles tell us if we have a cold, and back pain is pretty obvious. However, we probably tell ourselves that we weigh less and exercise more than we really do. The 2017 Utah Health Values Study noted that only 45 percent of people in …

Compared to the summer months, I always feel housebound during Utah’s winters. It’s not that I’m inactive. Rather, the limited daylight hours put a cramp in my style. I like running up Green Canyon on early summer mornings. I enjoy riding my bike around the neighborhood with my hubby, Robert…

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