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Pedal Power

By Eric S. Peterson
Posted // June 27,2013 -

This weekend, exercise your activism by taking part in the Best Dam Bike Ride to raise money and awareness for the fight against multiple sclerosis. Later, join activists as they strategize on how to resist the development of a tar-sands strip mine in Utah. You can also exercise a little engagement by attending the Utah Air Quality Board meeting to hear updates on Utah’s extra-chunky air and efforts to clean it up.

Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride
Saturday & Sunday, June 29-30

It’s not too late to join the thousands of other bicyclists who will ride between 40 and 100 miles through beautiful Cache Valley to help raise funds to treat multiple sclerosis. Put your activism and thighs of steel to the test this weekend, where day-of registration costs $65, with proceeds going to help research on combating an illness that afflicts more than 2 million people worldwide. If you’re not a pedalin’ person, you can also volunteer at the event.
Cache County Fairgrounds, 500 S. 500 West, Logan, 801-424-0113, June 29 & 30, 7 a.m.

Tar Sands Work Party
Tuesday, July 2

Utah has given the go-ahead for a company to develop a tar-sands strip mine in southeastern Utah, adjacent to the picturesque Book Cliffs. Activists are rallying against the mine and organizing some green resistance. Come to the work party and learn more about the tar-sands mine and how to get involved.
Free Speech Zone, 411 S. 800 East, 801-747-9871, July 2, 3-6 p.m.,

Utah Air Quality Board
Wednesday, July 3

At this meeting, the Utah Air Quality will be proposing to put a number of changes affecting emission standards of dust particles, cleaning solvents and other items up for public comment. The staff will also be giving a debriefing on ozone in the Uintah Basin, the Intermountain West and the air toxins that are in the lungs and on the minds of Utahns.
Department of Environmental Quality, 195 N. 1950 West, Room 1015, 801-536-4400, July 3, 1:30 p.m.,

Twitter: @EricSPeterson

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