Don’t let the heat beat your activism into siesta mode this summer. Swing by an all-volunteer meet-up for Peaceful Uprising, an advocacy group keeping an eye on many progressive causes in Utah, and find a cause that calls to you.
In the midst of a below-zero cold spell, my significant other and I were discussing the sources of humidity in our home that resulted in frost on the windows. He said breath. I said farts were also a factor.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a study to see if sodium nitrate, the preservative used to cure bacon, can also kill wild hogs. The estimated 5 million descendants of escaped domestic pigs and imported Eurasian boars are “wildly prolific,” the USDA says, and cause about $800 million in damage a year to farms nationwide. Testing the feasibility of poisoning feral swine with sodium nitrate is part of the department’s $20 million program to control the rampant population.
Fourth of July festivities are such a big deal in downtown Provo that folks will often camp along the parade route overnight to stake out prime viewing spots. But once you snag your spot, it’s gonna be a long night unless you can satisfy your growling tummy and find something else to do besides play Words With Friends on your phone.
After 30-plus years, Saturday’s Voyeur is more of an institution than a piece of theater. It’s practically an annual general conference for Utah’s frustrated socio-political minority: an opportunity to gather and share testimony, even if most of the ideas have become terribly familiar.
A group called Our Schools Now is stumping on the legislative preview circuit for an income tax increase to help fund education. But Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and maybe the Legislature in general seem to think this will open the gateway to hell.