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.