“Happy” New Year?

(I have been out of town for the past 2 weeks, so posting has been non-existent.) I am having difficulty wishing people a "happy" new year with everything that is going in in our world: A failing economy resulting in job losses, a housing market crash, budget shortfalls; A broken health care system that continues … Continue reading “Happy” New Year?

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What is your water footprint?

Did you know that it takes approximately 2,000 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef?  According to Water Footprint, a new website that measures the footprint of water used by us on our planet.People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper, … Continue reading What is your water footprint?

Happy Summer Solstice

Today is the longest day of the year (meaning hours of daylight).Solstice comes from the Latin (sol, sun; sistit, stands). For several days before and after each solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky—that is, its noontime elevation does not seem to change.I'm planning to spend the longest day of the year … Continue reading Happy Summer Solstice

Utah Nature Conservancy purchases conservation easements on ranch lands

I do not like to see ranchers private livestock grazing in public lands. It actually disgusts me to be driving through our national forests only to see bovines trampling through the streams and destroying plant life. Hikers and backpackers are warned to not "trample" on cryptobiotic soil (and so you should see me and Tom … Continue reading Utah Nature Conservancy purchases conservation easements on ranch lands