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Dark Skies and Stars Above

Dark Skies and Stars Above

Natural Bridges, Utah Americans have lost silence, solitude and darkness, but now the National Park Service has new initiatives to preserve and appreciate our dark skies, especially on the Colorado Plateau. Natural Bridges National Monument west of Blanding, Utah, has been named the world’s first Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association and visitors […]

Utah Adventure in the Pleistocene: Hunting Mammoths in San Juan County

Utah Adventure in the Pleistocene: Hunting Mammoths in San Juan County

  San Juan County It takes a long time to find a mammoth, especially if it’s been buried beneath tamarisk, oakbrush, and Russian olive bushes. I’d heard rumors about a mammoth in San Juan County, but a beast from the Pleistocene is hard to locate and even harder to prove. Now thanks to the BLM, […]

The Girl Who Broke the Sagebrush Ceiling

The Girl Who Broke the Sagebrush Ceiling

Bluff, Utah Ed Abbey called her a “girl ranger” and she was—the very first.  She began her federal career tracking grave robbers and pothunters in southeast Utah and ended it catching pot growers in western Oregon.  Lynell Schalk broke through the sagebrush ceiling as the first female armed ranger and Special-Agent-in-Charge for the Bureau of […]