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This week, learn about efforts to protect Utah's fine-feathered hawks at a special event where you can see raptors (the bird variety, not the Jurassic Park variety) up close. Later on, don't miss a meeting of the Utah Public Service Commission, where the public can speak up about Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to increase fees for solar-panel users. Folks up north can check out the Utah Transit Authority's board meeting and find out how some of their tax dollars are being spent on one of the nation's most expensive transit systems.

Hawkwatch: Birds in the Lab!
Saturday, July 26

Utah is home to some incredible birds of prey, as well as some incredible advocates for these creatures in the group Hawkwatch International. This weekend, you can observe hawks and other large raptors up close at this special lab event and learn about how to get involved in protecting the creatures and their natural habitats.
Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, 801-581-6927, July 26, noon-2 p.m.,

Public Service Commission
Tuesday, July 29

More than 2,000 Utah houses are using solar panels for power, and some even give clean energy back to Rocky Mountain Power's grid. But that's not stopping the energy giant from proposing to charge panel users a $4.25 monthly net metering fee. If you think it's weird that a utility is charging solar lovers more for their choice to use renewable energy, come speak out at this public meeting.
Public Service Commission, 160 E. 300 South, Room 403, 801-530-6714, July 29, 5 p.m., visit proposal details. Comments can also be e-mailed to, referencing Docket No. 13-035-184

UTA Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 30

Morgan County residents ought to drop by this board meeting, where UTA officials will go over safety issues, and UTA's chairman, general manager, and counsel will go over reports and the annual pension audit report.
Morgan County Building, 48 W. Young St., Morgan, 801-287-2580, July 30, 2:30 p.m.,, e-mail Rebecca Cruz at for more info.

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