AM Brief: Utah NCAA Losses, Granite Mountain Construction and Report on Native American Residential Schools

Monday, March 21, 2022

State

Utah lawmakers back Senate DST bill

Some of Utah’s federal and state lawmakers are in agreement with a nationwide bill to make daylight saving time permanent. The US Senate recently passed the measurement. That would mean darker mornings and more evening sun all year round. State Senator Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, supports the idea. In fact, he sponsored a summer time bill in 2020, this became law. At the federal level, the two Representative John CurtisR-Utah, and Representative Burgess Owens, R-Utah, said they would support the bill. It still needs to be passed by the House and signed by the president to become law. Read the full story.Emily means

Northern Utah

A mixed weekend for Utah college sports

Utah college sports had a mixed weekend. the U of U Gymnastics Team won the Pac-12 Championship on Saturday for the second straight time, winning four individual titles. Friday, the University of Utah Women’s Basketball The team beat Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament – their first victory in this tournament since 2009 – but they were eliminated in a loss to Texas on Sunday. BYU was knocked out in the first round after losing to Villanova on Saturday. This came after a record-breaking season, with the team winning more games than any other Cougar team in history. — Lea Treidler

Southern Utah

Granite Mountain Recreation Area Improvements

Improvements are coming to Granite Mountain Recreation Area in Beaver County. The Bureau of Land Management authorized the construction of two new trailheads, a new trail system, a campground, and other features. The construction is intended to protect the area from further damage from increased visitation. The new trails will connect peaks and popular points throughout the region. The BLM said less than 10 acres would be disturbed to accommodate the upgrades and construction could begin as early as spring 2023. – Lea Treidler

Region/Nation

Upcoming Report on Native American Boarding Schools

The Department of the Interior is set to release a report on an investigation into the federal government’s past oversight of Native American boarding schools. Home Secretary Deb Haaland said last week that the report would be released in April. She first described the initiative in June and said she would find out the truth about the loss of life and the lasting consequences of boarding schools. Beginning in 1819, the United States enacted laws and policies that forced Indigenous children to be placed in boarding schools that sought to strip them of their language and culture. — Associated Press

Dry Mountain West conditions could continue into spring

New federal data suggests that historically dry conditions could continue through the spring in the Mountain West region. Lake Powell is one of the largest reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin and provides water and electricity to millions of people of people – but the lake has recently fallen to extremely low levels. Elizabeth Koebele of the University of Nevada, Reno said Lake Powell would have sunk even lower had the states not already been cooperate to release additional water upstream. But she also said that what we have done so far may not be enough. — Bert Johnson, Mountain West News Bureau

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