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Birds of Our Lives

Dramatic tales of life and parenting are on display at Tracy Aviary's flamingo exhibit.

Guerrilla Conservation

Bears Ears' only visitor and education center isn't run by the feds.

Final Chapter

Iconic downtown bookshop Eborn Books shutters.

Birds of Our Lives

Dramatic tales of life and parenting are on display at Tracy Aviary's flamingo exhibit.
According to Connair, the primary keeper of Tracy Aviary's flamingo flock, these two Chilean flamingos have been a model of success during breeding season at the Liberty Park aviary.

A Delicate Dance

LoveLoud Festival returns for third year of LGBTQ uplift and inspiration.
This month, at Pride parades and gatherings around the world, LGBTQ advocates and allies are marking the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Taking the Plunge

Inside the legal and moral struggle to legalize sex work.
The bill, which went into effect last month, was sponsored by Utah Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield. Passed in the Legislature with bipartisan support, the bill brings an official end to Utah's ban on adultery and sodomy by consenting adults.

The New Freedom Fighter

Freshly out Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie reflects on the evolution of the Republican Party.
Even if the Republican rank-and-file are ready, willing and eager to embrace Ivie, the pressure might not be there to make the GOP leadership care

Promises, Promises

As this summer's campaign season heats up, mayoral candidates vie to stand out.
Between June 13's Westside Issues Forum and the primary debate on June 26, residents should have ample opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask them questions regarding the capital city's future.

Not Enough

Suicide among queer Mormons has deep roots and many demand more change than the church's exclusion policy reversal.
"I had realized I was queer myself and found my conflicting identities unbearable."

Loud, Proud & Funded

The most powerful elected official in Utah gave $60,000 to two LGBTQ organizations working to prevent suicides. This is how they will allocate those funds.
The groups that received the money serve a diverse swath of Utahns, including veterans, Native Americans and those struggling with opioid addiction.

Keeping Count

The undertaking to prepare for the 2020 census in one word? Massive.
The presidential election isn't the only event of national importance next year.

Educating New Americans

Inside two Salt Lake Valley charter schools that predominantly serve immigrants and refugees.
"Here's an analogy about words. Close is to shut, as canine is to—get ready," Spencer says into the microphone she's wearing around her neck.

Housing Headaches

Tough questions abound as city tries to balance increased housing and preservation.
Many settle in the capital city, leaving residents who are focused on historic preservation or affordability to worry if enough is being done.

When the Dems Come Marching In

Red domination be damned, Democratic presidential candidates flock to Utah leading to 2020 election.
"But I'll be there this week because I'm running to be president of the entire United States. Join us and let's do this together."

Muddy Polls

With a crowded mayoral election around the corner, which polls can you trust to gauge public sentiment?
A plethora of candidates are vying to be Salt Lake City's next mayor, a wide-open race since sitting Mayor Jackie Biskupski bowed out last month.

Distilling Hope

Against archaic regulations, these Utah distilleries manage to leave their boozy mark.
In reality, the road to creating and growing Ogden's Own Distillery was a bit rockier.

The Buzz: Utah's Native Bees in Peril

Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.
"People ask us about the bees all the time when we're at farmers markets," he said. "They're like, 'What's happening? They're dying.'

Missing Metals

Utah's search for Gold King Mine waste in Lake Powell raises questions about the role of politics in science.
Two years after the spill, the EPA concluded that the San Juan and Animas rivers had essentially returned to normal, and that, in fact, the 2015 spill had been relatively minimal—the equivalent, the agency estimated, to just four to seven days of normal discharge from the Gold King Mine.

Leasing Utah Away

BLM proposed leases in southeastern Utah tick off environmentalists, Native American tribes.
Some of the proposed parcels are near Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients national monuments.

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