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Vail Implements Skier Reservation System at Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain, Credit: Utah Office of Tourism

In an attempt to enhance skier safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Vail Resorts, owners of Park City Mountain, will require all guests to utilize an online reservation system in order to ski at their resorts during the upcoming 2020/2021 winter season. The reservation requirement applies to all skiers and snowboarders, including Epic Pass holders, in an attempt to make sure resorts do not exceed daily capacity to operate resorts safely during the pandemic. The move is sure to ruffle some feathers among locals and pass holders who are used to showing up to ski the country’s largest resort whenever and however they please, but executives at Vail feel it’s the only way to keep the mountain open while coronavirus still impacts everyday life.

“We are fortunate that our core experience of skiing and riding takes place outdoors, across huge mountains, offering fresh air and wide-open spaces for our guests. However, to help protect our guests, our employees and our communities amid this pandemic, some changes will be required this season,” Vail CEO Rob Katz said in a letter sent to guests this week.

The changes Katz is referring to include some things we’ve come to expect in recent months like face covering requirements and limited seating in indoor dining areas, but the most impactful is certainly the pass holder reservation system. At first glance the system appears to be a byzantine set of stipulations with references to “priority reservation days,” “core season” and “week-of reservation days.” However, I think it essentially boils down to Epic Pass holders being able to hold up to seven specific priority reservation days at any time (use those for busy weekends if you plan on skiing) while also being able to sign up for as many week-of days (e.g., it’s Monday and you’d like to ski on Wednesday) as are available throughout the year. The biggest sticking point is a reservation will be required every day you show up to ski or ride.

If all these details are making your eyes water because you just like buying a season pass and forgetting about everything else, I’m with you. But the good news is it looks like pass holders have some priority over other guests with things pass-holder-only skiing until December 8 and first crack at priority reservation dates beginning in early November. You may not  feel like you have a typical season pass, but if the new rules help keep the lifts spinning while large portions of the world remain shut down, I’m for ’em. Vail doesn’t anticipate capacity being an issue most days throughout the season, but Park City will likely have to limit skiers during typically busy periods like the days following Christmas and over MLK weekend.

There’s more affordable choice in ski passes than ever before with the Epic, Ikon and Mountain Collective Passes all vying for your dollars this winter, and depending on how you feel about the reservation system the changes might impact your decision. But I’d caution we’re likely to see similar restrictions throughout the industry as it grapples with coronavirus. If you buy an Epic Pass and are unable to secure the priority reservation dates you want, you can return your unused pass for a full refund up until December 7, 2020. Check out a complete explanation of the season pass reservation system here.

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New Hard Drinks: Pakkā Offers Tastes of Summer

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Epic Brewing‘s new Pakkā line released a hard coconut water (yes you read that right, hard coconut water) and it’s exactly what we need for these upwards of 100 degree days.

Honestly, I was skeptical about this drink before I tried it. With all of the new trendy hard drinks coming out, I thought this was just another trend to come and go. But, being the open minded woman that I am, I decided everything deserves a chance.

Refreshing, revitalizing and crisp, this coconut water hit the spot after a long day spent outside in the heat. I was surprised how tropical it tasted, the only way it could get more tropical would be to drink it straight from a coconut. But, seeing as we’re not fortunate enough to have naturally growing coconuts in Utah, I settled with a tulip glass.

I was also happy to see that this drink is gluten free, only 100 calories and a happy medium of 5.0% alcohol (good for those of you who are a “one and done” drinker like me). But, if you need more of a kick, you can easily dress this drink up into a cocktail, Pakkā offers a recipe:

  • 3oz Pakkā Hard Coconut Water
  • 1 oz tequila
  • 2oz guava juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 jalapeño slices
  • Lime zest and sea salt for rim

Pakkā also has spiked seltzer water if you’re still tip toeing around the hard coconut water. There are four flavors, black cherry, cherry lime, mixed berry and grapefruit tangerine. My favorite is the black cherry. It’s a timeless flavor, bubbly, light and flavorful. I would say the best time to drink one of these is after a long hike.

You can find Pakkā’s Hard Coconut Water at all Harmon’s locations across the state. Or stop by Epic Brewing’s Salt Lake City location on State Street to pick up some Pakkā seltzer waters.

Pack the cooler and hit the lake!


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CBD: Discover Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress


Whether it is the state of the national economy, school system or politics, there is certainly enough to stress out anyone in Salt Lake City. All that emotional pressure can lead to sleepless nights, grumpiness and even heart attacks. Fortunately for men and women everywhere, there are easy, low-risk and inexpensive calming techniques, including CBD oil and meditation, to enjoy a peaceful frame of mind.

CBD tinctures are becoming more and more popular on the consumer market, and for
good reason. Not only are the best CBD oil tinctures extremely effective at managing
stress, they are completely legal throughout the United States. The top CBD tinctures
for sale are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream to help an individual relax. They are ideal for getting a precise amount of CBD into your system, whether you use a dropper
for your mouth or mixed into your coffee. There are even fun flavors, such as coconut and natural hemp. However you choose to ingest your CBD product, you’ll experience no trouble chilling out your mind and body. Remember, even the most potent CBD merchandise available only works on about 65% of users.

On top of enjoying the benefits of CBD oil, a person can always try to relax with
progressive muscle relaxation, also known as PMR. Introduced in the Thirties by an
American doctor named Edmond Jacobson, PMR entails going back and forth between
pressure and relaxation in one’s muscle groups. It all starts with a person’s breathing for
1 or 2 minutes. People then concentrate on putting tension into their toes and work their
way up through their legs, stomachs, chests and arms. It is certainly easier to relax a
body part after it has been physically strained for a couple of minutes. Feel free to
repeat the exercise for a more intense workout.

Another tip to staying calm and cool is meditation. While celebrities have helped it grow
into a trendy fad over the last few years, meditation is still wonderful for helping people
relax and stay focused on visualization or breathing. People should find a tranquil
setting and make themselves comfortable. Take deep breathes and stay conscience of
your inhaling and exhaling techniques. Doing so should help you unwind, both
physically and emotionally. Getting the most out of meditation takes a bit of practice.
Start slowly by designating 10 or 15 minutes to meditation every evening. Over time,
you can make your sessions longer and more intense.

To stay positive, it can be essential to think that way. Just because you practice positive
thinking does not make you a wishful dreamer or a hippie. It’s about finding the good in
any situation. In your head, you may want to visualize a hammock on a picturesque
beach. Maybe you are drinking a frozen margarita and jamming out to a reggae with
loved ones. Whatever you do, avoid negativity. That may mean steering clear of the news and social media outlets that can make your blood boil. Rather, listen to a little Bob Marley, enjoy a savory CBD edible and treat everyday as if it is a gift.

By David Baker, Cannabis Extraordinaire          
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The upside? There is still art: Go see some.

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
In this time of unpleasant truths, artist Mark Seely included the Nietsche quote on the notice about his newest exhibition: TO DISAPPEAR, ENTIRELY. 
The show opens this weekend (8/28/20) with a reception at Seely’s Atelier at at 440 W. Harvey Milk Blvd. from 8pm “till whenever I decide to shut it down.”
The work, all new and interrelated mixed media pieces focusing on the construct of self, ego death, “and of course my own neuroticism” seems almost weirdly timely considering the world’s current atmosphere of fears, practical and philosophical uncertainty, and insistent solitude. The portraits show the naked heart and soul of the artist.
See brand new work, browse a sale on past works, and cross your fingers for giveaways.
Then again, this is Mark Seely—the evening is guaranteed to be fun in spite of it all.
Sterilization, masks and social distancing practices will be adhered to.

IMHO: Bad on James Beard Foundation

In a time of unparalleled struggle for independent restaurants, it seems an unwise, thoughtless and, if a foundation can be self-centered, self-centered, act for the James Beard Foundation to suddenly cancel the most prestigious awards in American gastronomy.

Since 1991 the Foundation has been handing awards to what its voting members consider to be the top chefs, restaurants, pastry chefs, sommeliers, newcomers, restaurateurs…you get the picture. It’s like the Academy Awards where there are so many categories they pre-film half of the presentations because they’re too boring for the average viewer. Eventually, JBF will be handing out awards to the best pot washers. After all, that’s one of the most important positions in any kitchen.

Anyway, an award from the JBF is the most coveted in the American restaurant industry, probably as important as a Michelin star.

This year, for the first time, the awards have been cancelled, ostensibly because of COVID and also “to begin a year-long initiative to audit and overhaul awards processes with intent to remove any systemic bias.” Awards presentations will resume in 2022.

That’s great. The awards have always been biased in lots of ways. For example, for years, the awards were slanted towards cities on the East and West coasts—understandable because members could only vote for establishments they’d actually eaten at. Recently, geographical categories were redrawn to allow more inclusion of states out in the middle.


The cancellation was announced AFTER semifinalists and finalists had been chosen, AFTER representatives of those restaurants had taped an interview to be shown in case they won at the then-planned virtual ceremony.

That’s just plain weird and, frankly, fishy sounding.

James Beard AwardsWorse, it effectively strips the nominees—including Jen Castle and Blake Spalding from Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm in Boulder, Utah—of their moment in the spotlight instead of on the farm. At a time when restaurants need the shot in the arm such an award might provide, JBF chooses to withhold what could have been a publicity spike,  hurting instead of helping the industry it is supposed to support.

Why not continue with the virtual awards—they were scheduled for September—and THEN announce the hiatus?

I don’t get it. But I do get it’s up to us, the consumers, to save the places we love. Go down to Hell’s Backbone Grill for the meal of a lifetime. Eat out in Salt Lake, Park City, or wherever you live, but dine at the small, the artisanal, the unique places. Otherwise we’ll wake up when the pandemic leaves with no place to go but chain restaurants.

Cure Summer Movie Blues at the UOP Drive-In

Photo Credit: Utah Office of Tourism

Sitting in an air-conditioned theater and shoveling snacks into our faces is a time-honored dog-days tradition, but the summer blockbuster has been effectively sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’ve been biding your time waiting to be confused by Christopher Nolan’s latest time-bending thriller “TENET” or hoping to pick up some tips from Tom Cruise about avoiding the ravages of time while watching “Top Gun: Maverick,” summer movie indulgences have been put on hold, and we’ve been relegated to paying $30 to watch “Mulan” on Disney+. No more! The Park City Film Series has been reimagined the drive-in movie, with socially-distant screenings of a variety of wonderful films at the Utah Olympic Park. The UOP is best known as the home of high-flying aerial antics for skiers, but it’s also a top-notch drive-in setting in the mountains. There’s one more week of outdoor movies, so don’t miss this chance to get your film fix.

Movies screenings this week include two films on Friday, August 21 and two films on Saturday, August 22. Friday kicks off with the Spielberg classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” at 7:00 p.m. followed by Rob Reiner’s legendary rock n’ roll industry send-up “This is Spinal Tap” at 9:15 p.m. Saturday evening’s entertainment starts with the animated yeti tale “Abominable” at 7:45 p.m. before the a screening of the summer blockbuster that invented summer blockbusters, “Jaws,” at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for films at the UOP Drive in are $30 per car and $48 per bike spot, which allows for up to four people. They can be purchased on the Park City Film Series website here. Organizers leave space between each parking spot to aid in social distancing. If you want to watch the movie from outside your vehicle masks are required, and bicycle spots require you to bring your own FM radio for sound.

I threw a lawn chair up next to my car last week to catch the darling of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, “Palm Springs,” which is a great movie that I enjoyed even more in the modified presence of other people. If you don’t think I’m going to be right there reliving the glory days of the summer blockbuster while watching Robert Shaw tell the harrowing story of sharks and the Indianapolis, you don’t know how much I’ve irrationally missed the movies this summer. Support local independent film and enjoy some classic summer blockbusters at the same time.

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Local Voices: A Q&A With Protest Organizers

Photo by: Max Smith Instagram Handle: phhhhhhhhhhhotos

On May 25, 2020 a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota while under arrest for supposedly using a counterfeit bill to purchase cigarettes. Video evidence revealed former officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, keeping his knee pressed on Floyd’s neck and leaving him unconscious. Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after this incident. This abuse of power led to nationwide outrage, only thanks to the brutality being captured on camera. Protests across the nation demanded racial justice and an end to police brutality, shining a light on hundreds of cases across the United States of Black and minority people killed by police.

Photo credit: Max Smith

Starting on May 30th, protests began in Salt Lake City over the murder of George Floyd, calling to end police brutality and qualified immunity, which was a huge factor in Sim Gill’s July 9th decision to claim the shooting and death of 22 year old Bernardo Palacios as justified.

In the last few months there has been a lot of hearsay and rumors lingering on news-outlets about these protests and those involved. Old protest footage has been used to mislead and inflict fear in viewers. Terms like rioters, looters, anarchists and antifa (aka: anti fascists) have been used to describe groups of people protesting in opposition to police brutality. Because of this, a lot of people are scared and unsure about what’s actually happening in our city. So instead of name-calling and finger-pointing, we decided to listen, and get answers straight from the mouths of the protest organizers themselves.

Below is Q & A with protest organizers Angela Johnson and Rania Ahmed.

Angela Johnson, Photo Credit IG: @_r_w_m

Rania Ahmed, Credit IG: @riverflowsthroughit

(*Angela and Rania would like it made clear that there are a lot of organizers to recognize who aren’t comfortable coming out to the media.)

Q: What are the goals of these protests & what do you want people who oppose these protests to know?

I think police brutality is something that everyone should learn about, I think there’s a misconception that it’s a black issue, but no—this is for all of us. – Rania Ahmed

A: The brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers was the lighter fluid that ignited this fire across the country but it wasn’t the first, nor will it be the last police murder without consequence. Now we’re here in Utah, where the majority of  police brutality is against white people. I don’t think people realize that police shootings are the second most common homicide in Utah. In fact, killings by Utah police outpace gang, drug, child abuse and homicides. If that doesn’t anger you, then I don’t know what will. So when we get up and we stand up and protest, it is against police brutality against all people. There is this misconception that when we are out protesting it’s only about Black lives. Actually, the protest that was met with the most aggression, aside from the July 9th Justice For Bernardo one, was one that was organized specifically for Zane James, a white 19-year-old who was killed by officers. We were there as Black organizers in solidarity standing up for white lives. If you were to say, “what is your message?” it’s to end police brutality and specifically qualified immunity because that’s what allows them to get away with this, against all lives.

Q: What do you have to say to those who call protestors “rioters”?

A: To be accused of being “rioters” is intentionally wrong. It’s a term used to provoke fear and to make retaliation against us by the state or by locally organized supremacist groups easy. We’d like to make it very clear that not only are we not rioting, we have not rioted and we will never riot. I think ultimately it’s really important to shift the narrative about who is causing all of the death, who is creating all the fear—it’s the people in power. It’s not us. Changing that narrative is critical in a country that cares more about stories than fact. And I think that’s a huge part of what we do.

Q: How does going into residential neighborhoods help the cause? 

A: Going into residential neighborhoods has been an interesting experience because for a lot of these people, their expectations of protestors are people coming in and burning down houses, but really, we’re just walking past their yards with music on. The news intentionally stokes fear for better ratings. I think humanizing it for them gives them a “wait a minute, what I’m reading in the media doesn’t look like the group that just walked by” moment. I think going out into these residential neighborhoods is a really important conception of what it’s like to protest.

Q: What is your advice for someone who wants to be a part of this movement but doesn’t know where to start?

A: Join us at our Sunday protests! It’s every week, it’s family friendly, educational and joyful. There’s music, dancing, food trucks, water guns, performers, medics, you name it. We provide masks, snacks and water for anyone in need, thanks to COVID Mutual Aid. There’s a lot of different ways to protest, but we make this one extremely fun while also effective. And at the same time you get to learn a lot and meet community members. For many of us that is how we got to know each other. 

I work really hard to make sure it’s not just “going out”—I started finding and organizing speakers because we definitely want more education. We don’t want people to go just to dance, we want people to be educated and aware of everything that’s going on. The statistics that come out of the speakers series are so jarring. For instance, the average lifespan of a black transgendered woman is 35. These are things that many of us don’t talk about or know about. And if you’re not into protests, this is an election year, I think this is the year of all years to really learn about who is on the ballot locally for you. 

Photo credit: Max Smith

Q: How do you feel about recent efforts from city officials such as Mayor Mendenhall? 

A: The performative stuff means nothing to us. Nobody cares about murals, nobody cares about empty quotes, we don’t need any of that. We want qualified immunity to end for the police. Period. If you’re going to do programs, then invest in all the programs that create jobs. Jobs that reduce the need for police to be in many of these neighborhoods in the first place. This is about police brutality, this is about ending qualified immunity. What’s also profoundly disturbing about all of this is seeing their resistance towards our truth, we are literally just going out and talking about the facts. The resistance towards it has been as telling as the negligence of the elected officials. Until all Black people can experience the ability to live free from police violence and other manifestations of systemic racism, we will keep shouting, “Black Lives Matter.”

Q: What keeps you going? 

A: I think about the fact that change in this country has resulted from people protesting, and they’ve been unpopular in their protests, but from the Vietnam war to the anti-segregation movement, those protests helped yield change. When I get down, I think about abolitionists, those who fought to abolish the institution of chattel slavery in the United States of America, how they must’ve thought that what they wanted was crazy. But they didn’t give up, and the amount of violence targeted towards them didn’t make them stop. We have to have faith. 

In order to get what we want, what we are demanding, we have to apply pressure. And as I always say, “the power of the people is always stronger than the people in power.” -Angela Johnson

Q: What are some action items all of us can start doing?

A: Research locally what’s going on. Educate yourself on who has spoken up and who hasn’t, play your part. Help us create safe places online to communicate. Everyone can do something. Show up at the protests, bring your kids. Understand that black lives matter because all lives matter. Join us, we want you there. And donate if you can! 

Q: Anything else you’d like to mention?

A: We’re not going anywhere, we’ll keep being peaceful and we’ll continue to protest. We will continue to educate people about the unjust laws in place. We the people have to pressure local officials to change those laws and then we will finally see real change. It starts with us. Protect Black women, protect Black trans women and Black lives matter. And remember, we’re in a pandemic that disproportionately impacts people of color, so you cannot come to a protest without a mask.

Where to donate?

Petitions to sign?

Protect Civil Liberties – Demand The D​.​A. Drop All Charges Against Peaceful Protestors

Upcoming movements? 

Dance Dance for Revolution- Sunday, August 16th @ 5:00 PM. Reservoir Park 1352 University ST E

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Bring on the Socially Distant Dogs! Welcome at Hearth & Hill


Love of dogs is practically a prerequisite for being a Park City resident. Hearth and Hill, Park City’s popular “gathering spot,” loves dogs as much as any of their PC neighbors. So the restaurant welcomes dog lovers—WITH their pets—to share the hospitality.

Hearth and Hill’s patio has been certified dog-friendly by the Summit County Health Department, and in honor of the tail-waggers, restaurant mocktails have been named after the staff’s shelter-rescued pets.

Boone’s Bubbles (Pomegranate, Mint, Lime, Soda, Sprite, Agave) Inspiration: Boone, Brooks’s dog, a 10-year old black lab mix from Nuzzle and Co.

Jack’s Jubilee (Lemon, Cinnamon, Soda, Pineapple, Sprite) Inspiration: Jack, beloved pet of co-owners Sherry and David Kirchheimer, a 7-year old Australian Shepherd mix from the Pasadena Humane Society (CA).

Layla’s Lemonade (Strawberry Puree, Sprite, Lemonade, Basil Seed) Inspiration: Layla, the dog of Executive Chef Jordan Harvey and Pastry Chef Jessie Rae, is a 4-year old Blue Heeler mix from Nuzzles and Co.

For the canine customers: A custom Hearth and Hill tennis ball and a tasty treat. I mean, they don’t need mocktails. They have tails. (Sorry.)

Summer hours are: Monday-Thursday: Noon-8:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: Noon-9 pm; and Sunday: 10 am-8:30 pm. Reservations for either dine-in or dine-out options including take-out, free delivery, frozen items, farmers’ bags, etc. are available on-line or by calling the restaurant at 435-200-8840.

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Hints for Hunting: Be Quiet and Conscientious


Yes, it’s 100 degrees outside and most of us are still thinking of lakes, pools and rivers but another sport starts this weekend that we tend to associate more with buffalo plaid and neon-orange vests than bikinis and life jackets: Archery hunting for bull elk and buck mule deer commences tomorrow (Saturday, August 15) and runs through September 11. (General-season any legal weapon elk hunt runs from Oct. 3-15, and the general-season any legal weapon deer hunt runs from Oct. 17-25.)

Before you start crying about Bambi, remember that hunting is part of maintaining a healthy game population (and that venison is delicious.)

Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources biologists do everything they can to maintain a healthy population of big game—deer, elk, bison, moose, bighorn sheep and pronghorn, capturing and tagging sample animals to learn about migration and herd wellness.

It’s just a fact that humans control the landscape animals live in now and it’s up to us to improve feeding ranges, supply water. And cull. DWR habitat biologists install guzzlers to collect water, remove invasive plants, plant beneficial feed like sagebrush and grasses, repair streams and rehabilitate after wildfires.

They also offer tips to hunters:

Hunt away from the road: If you are hoping to harvest, that is, kill a deer or elk this fall, make sure you are hunting in areas away from the road. “Elk avoid roads, so especially when you are hunting elk, get off the road,” DWR’s Covy Jones says. “Get out and do some hiking and scout to see where these animals are before the hunt begins.”

Look for rugged terrain: When it comes to deer, mature bucks and does are not together during the August archery hunts. So if you are seeing a lot of does in an area, it’s a sign that you should probably move to a different spot. Does have to care for their fawns, so they typically prefer areas where there is a lot of water and the terrain is more gentle, like in rolling aspen groves. “Bucks will gather in herds of little ‘bachelor groups,’ and they like more rugged mountain terrain,” Jones said. “So, if you are looking for a bigger buck, look for terrain that is harder to access.”

Pay attention to the direction of the wind: Another tip for archery hunters is to know the direction of the wind. That way, you can make adjustments and prevent your scent from reaching the animals before you get within range. As the sun heats the ground, the wind direction changes. For example, wind almost always blows up canyons in the morning and down canyons in the afternoon.

To know the direction the wind is blowing, you can buy an inexpensive item called a wind or breeze checker. Releasing powder from the checker will let you know the direction the wind is blowing. Once you’ve determined the direction the wind is blowing, approach the deer from the side (a 90-degree angle) rather than approaching it with the wind in your face (at a 180-degree angle). If you approach with the wind in your face and then the wind shifts and starts blowing from your back, it’ll blow your scent directly to the deer. Approaching from the side lessens the chance that a wind shift will carry your scent to the deer.

Be prepared for the weather and possible emergencies: Hunters should also be prepared for any weather and should always have a first-aid kit and plenty of water with them. The weather in Utah’s mountains can change very quickly and go from sunny to snowing in a matter of minutes, so hunters need to be prepared with adequate clothing and supplies.

Use binoculars and be stealthy: Having success during the archery hunt requires stealth and patience. For example, if you’re going to spot and stalk, don’t walk through the woods, hoping to find a deer without spooking it. Instead, spend time looking through binoculars at an area to find deer and locate where they’re bedding. Then, after they’ve bedded down, plan your stalk, remaining quiet and doing all you can to approach the deer at an angle that keeps your scent from reaching the deer.

“Stealth and knowing the wind direction are more important for archery hunters than for rifle hunters, as archery hunters need to get closer to the animal to be effective,” Jones said. “It all depends on the hunter and their skill level, and equipment, but typically, most bows have sights that allow for shooting at 60 yards or less. And typically, the accuracy of most rifles starts to decline between 300-400 yards. I recommend not trying to ‘overshoot’ with your equipment and to stick with a distance where you are comfortable. You should also always know what is beyond your target before taking a shot.”

Do your research before heading out: It is also a good idea to visit the Utah Hunt Planner before heading out into the field. This great online resource includes notes from the biologists who manage the various hunting units across the state, as well as general information about the units and safety and weather items. You can see information about the number of bucks on the units, compared to the number of does. You’ll also find maps that show the units’ boundaries, which land is public and private, and the various types of deer habitat on the unit.

Harvesting the meat: After you harvest a deer or elk, don’t hang it in a tree to try to cool the meat. The hot temperatures (especially during the archery hunts) can spoil it. Plus, hanging a deer or elk in a tree might draw bears into your campsite. Instead, cut the animal up in the field and remove the meat from the bone. After removing the meat, place it in a cooler. “Dry ice can be used to cool the meat quickly and keep it cool for a prolonged period,” Jones says. “You want to keep the meat as cool as possible until you can process it and get it into your freezer.”


Turn Your Phone into an Off-The-Grid Communication Lifeline

Photo Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

Off-the-grid outdoor experiences are one of the few pleasures that have made it through the COVID-19 pandemic relatively unscathed. Spending time in the outdoors with your family or QuaranTeam appears a healthy activity, giving many in Utah a much-needed outlet. With that said, it’s more important than ever to be able to communicate with others which can often be challenging when you’re on a 700-mile bikepacking route in Bears Ears or just doing some stargazing near Capitol Reef State Park. Cell service doesn’t always play nicely with remote adventure, when being able to call for help in an emergency or check in with loved ones is essential. Utah-based company BivyStick is looking to change that with innovative, affordable devices that turn your cellphone into a satellite-enabled lifeline.

“We want to help people mitigate the uncertainty and risk that comes with spending time outside,” says BivyStick marketing director Sus Edmundson. “The company’s foudner, Vance Cook, was climbing Everest when a devastating earthquake struck, and he wasn’t able to contact anyone to let them know he was okay. That experience and having to hunker down in a cave overnight while climbing the Grand Teton were catalysts that led to creation of BivyStick.”

BivyStick is a durable, waterproof lifeline when you’re in the backcountry.

There are other emergency communication devices available from the  likes of Garmin or SPOT, but those are primarily SOS devices that don’t let you communicate details or require expensive hardware and onerous contracts. BivyStick, on the other hand, is used in conjunction with an app on your cellphone and comes with flexible payment plans. “The advantage of using an application is users can upgrade it just like they would any other app on their phone,” explains Edmundson. Once you’ve purchased the base unit, the user interface is easily updated from the app store, and because it’s on a cellphone most people will find it intuitive to use.

BivyStick connects to your phone via Bluetooth, linking it to a satellite network. This won’t turn your phone into a wifi hotspot or connect you to a cellular network. Instead it uses a dedicated messaging and mapping application that allows you to send text messages and navigate accurately, and it should work from any open air place on earth. There’s also a direct link to emergency services using an SOS feature that completely bypasses the app if you get into real trouble. You can purchase a set number of satellite credits before you head out beyond the bounds of cellular service, allowing for flexibility that should suit a lot of outdoor users.

So BivyStick isn’t a tool to let you check your email and text your boss while deep in the wilderness, but it does provide a link to check in with friends and family to let them know your progress or call for help in an emergency. Everyone from serious backpackers looking to explore deep in Utah’s canyon country, to overland 4×4 drivers far from paved roads, to families looking to stay connected on weekend getaways can enjoy the peace of mind BivyStick offers. Flexible messaging and payment options make this satellite communication option more accessible than ever before. Visit the BivyStick website for complete details.

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Motorcycles & Fashion: Ready to Ride

Utah’s backyard is one of the supreme places in the world to ride. Hill, swerves, high views—and you’re part of the thrill. Astr Aria White Body Suit - Flight ($68); Iro Leather Vest - Namedroppers ($149); Black Label Denim Jacket - Namedroppers ($47); Model’s own jeans; Leather Studded Belt - Namedroppers ($39); Beaded Necklace - Namedroppers ($26); Leather Cuff - Namedroppers ($12); Leather Bracelet Namedroppers ($19); Leather Gold Studded Cuff - Namedroppers ($27); Silver Hardware Necklace - Namedroppers ($29); Leather Link Necklace - Namedroppers ($22); Meredith Marks Arlene Moon Ring - ($700); Dolce Vita Snake Skin Bootie - Flight ($126); Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - ($15,895) from Triumph Motorcycles of Utah; - Helmet: Bell Custom 500 in Matte Black - ($125); Gloves: Triumph Mono Flag Gloves ($80)

It’s all about the road, the risk and the ride. More and more Americans are taking to the road on motorcycles—in 2018, 13,158,100 motorcycles were being used and that number is rising every day. Right now, especially, the reason seems obvious: Cooped-up Americans can taste adventure and feel freedom on a bike, while “practicing the ultimate social distancing.”

Here are 5 great rides.
(There are lots more).

1. Highway 150 (The Mirror Lake Highway)
Especially at this time of year, the Mirror Lake Highway is a road treasure. Winding through evergreen and deciduous forest providing a colorful mosaic of changing leaves, the curving, well-kept road is the route to a sparkling alpine lake with snow-capped mountains all around. This is one of the highest roads in Utah.

2. Highway 12
One of the most scenic and thrilling rides in Utah or anywhere, Highway 12 goes over Boulder Mountain through Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument to Kodachrome Basin and by Bryce Canyon National Park. Towering red rock formations shelter the river below, lined with bright yellow cottonwood trees in the fall. Escalante and the town of Boulder have good food—Burr Trail Grill and Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, particularly.

3. Wolfcreek Pass | UT-35
Another high-elevation road with gorgeous mountain views of the San Juan mountains from Heber to Hanna. This road may be snowed in or iced over in winter, so check conditions before you set out.

4. Mount Nebo Loop
Designated a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration, Mount Nebo Loop threads through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest from Nephi to Payson, past Devil’s Kitchen and by the Mount Nebo Wilderness.

5. Bicentennial Scenic Byway
The star of this ride is the Glen Canyon Bridge spanning man-made Lake Powell, but there are steep red rock canyons along the way and Natural Bridges National Park has lots of, yes, natural bridges, as well as some of the darkest night skies in the state, if you want to stop and look up.

That’s a joke, but it’s also the truth, according to Vance Harrison, owner of Harrison Eurosports which sells BMW, Ducati and Triumph bikes.

A 1962 650cc Triumph TR6R is what actor Steve McQueen rode in the famous scene from The Great Escape. (Actually, stuntman Bud Ekins did the scene, but the bike is forever associated with McQueen, the coolest guy ever to ride a motorcycle.)

Motorcycles have always been associated with cool, badass guys—Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones, Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Tom Cruise, whose image goes along with these guys, owns one of the most powerful and expensive motorcycle collections in the world. And many motorcycle enthusiasts work in high-risk jobs—heart surgeons, active military, airline pilots—and they tend to want the same adrenaline rush in their recreation that they get from their occupation. Motorcycles are risky—although they have more safety features than ever before, it still requires full concentration to drive a bike. You can’t drive a bike the way you drive a car.

But now motorcycles are also associated with cool, badass women, orthodontists, lawyers and family guys, says Harrison. All kinds of people are riding. “It’s the life dream of some people,” he says. “They come in here and say, “All my life I’ve wanted to ride a motorcycle. Now I’m retired, I’ve got the time and the money and I’m going to do it.”

Harrison and his staff of enthusiasts are there to help first-time riders of any age, match them with the right bike, coach them, even introduce them to others on the road via organized rides around Utah.

Motorcycles have changed along with the riders.

“Every time automobile designers come up with a new safety feature, it makes its way to motorcycles,” says Taylor Brody, marketing director for Harrison. For example, motorcycles have airbags now, and so do motorcycle jackets.

Safety is the huge concern; Harrison offers a refresher safety class every year. Car drivers tend not to see motorcycles; two wheels just don’t register. “Pretend you’re invisible when you ride” is what Harrison’s safety class teaches. That why last year the Utah legislature passed a lane-altering law, allowing bikes to “go to the front of the line” at a red light. It’s safer that way, the drivers will see you. Engineers are working on a self-balancing bike and BMW uses the same brake system in its bikes as it does in its cars.

That’s all good but you don’t think “safe!” when you see a room full of gleaming motorcycles. You think “cool.”

Harrison is the third-largest motorcycle dealer in the country. Why? “Because we’re in Utah,” he grins. Another joke, but the point is, Utah has some of the best landscape in the world to ride a motorcycle around in. “I went on a trip to Morocco to ride,” Vance recalls. “It was amazing—the landscape, the high desert. Then I came back to Utah and said, why did I ever leave?”

It’s true that groups from all over the world come on motorcycle tours to Utah and the rest of the American West to experience some of the best rides in the world. Ride on.


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Cool Down at the Best Swimming Spots in Utah

Best Swimming Spots in Utah
Calf Creek Falls, Photo Credit UOT Images

While summer in Utah is generally a wonderful time of sunshine, mountain air and endless trails, the dog days can tend to get relentlessly hot, dry and dusty. In addition to creating volatile wildfire conditions, the weather can leave your whole body feeling a bit parched and in need of a respite. Fortunately, the Beehive state is full literal and figurative oases in the desert, with a host of alpine lakes, mountain reservoirs and waterfall-fed swimming holes. Here’s our list of the best swimming spots in Utah.  Some of these require a decent hike to get to, while others are just feet from the car, but they’re all perfect for staying cool on a summer day.

Swimming Near SLC

Salt Lake City has swelled into a major urban population center, but there are all types of unique swimming opportunities nearby.

Pineview Reservoir
Pineview Reservoir, Photo Credit: UOT Images

Mona Rope Swings: Just a 30-minute drive south of Provo, the Mona rope swings bring some excitement to the Burraston ponds. There are at least five rope swings and multiple platforms of varying sizes in the trees from which to plunge into the deep, refreshing pools of water. The rope swings have a small parking lot and are easy to find just by typing the name into Google Maps.

Pineview Reservoir: While not exactly a secret, Pineview Reservoir is one of the best spots to take a dip near SLC and Ogden. The reservoir is ringed by mountains, which provide not only incredible views, but also surprisingly good protection from the wine. Pineview Beach on the reservoir’s west end is flat and sandy and feels distinctly more like a natural lake than many of the dammed bodies of water in Utah.

East Canyon Reservoir: East Canyon is a famous, historical pioneer route for groups from Brigham Young’s Mormon pioneers to the ill-fated Donner Party. You can retrace their steps in a significantly less arduous manner by visiting East Canyon State Park for a dip in the reservoir. The snowmelt-fed water is surrounded by mountains and seems miles further from civilization than the short 25-minute drive would indicate.

Swimming in the Uinta Mountains

The Uinta Mountains are home to more than 1,000 pristine natural alpine lakes. Unlike those in the Cottonwood Canyons, they aren’t part of the watershed so they’re perfect for swimming. Access them all just east of Kamas and Park City via the Mirror Lake Highway (S.R. 150).

Mirror Lake, Photo Credit: UOT Images

Ruth Lake: Ruth Lake is only about a mile from the trailhead, which is 35 miles up S.R. 150 from Kamas. Enjoy the mellow hike through open meadows with views of the surrounding mountains like Hayden Peak before rewarding yourself with a dip.

Mirror Lake: The namesake of the famous road through the Uintas, Mirror Lake is easily accessible as it’s right off the road. Because of that proximity, it can get a little crowded from time to time, but the near perfect reflection of the surrounding mountains alone makes it worth the visit. A well-maintained path surrounds the entire lake, so you can go for a nice scenic walk while finding the perfect spot to hop in. Mirror Lake is 32 miles up S.R. 150.

Wall Lake: Start from the Crystal Lake Trailhead (26 miles up S.R. 150), and head up the Notch Mountain Trail for about a mile to reach Wall Lake. Wall Lake is flanked by cliffs of varying sizes you can jump off depending on how daring you’re feeling. The Crystal Lake Trailhead gets a little crowded, but people dissipate quickly as you head up the trail and reach Wall Lake.

Swimming in the Utah Desert

These are the literal oases we were talking about. Utah’s famous desert landscapes are dotted with refreshing, picturesque swimming holes.

Desert Waterfall, Photo Credit UOT Images

Touquerville Falls: Touquerville Falls is a wonderful spot to visit after spending a day at nearby Zion National Park. The road out there is a rough, 12-mile OHV trail. It’s passable with most relatively-capable 4×4 vehicles, but it’s not one to be attempted in your ’88 Civic or rusted out Ranger. The road can also be hiked by the hearty. Either way, once you reach the several levels of cascading waterfalls you know the effort was worth it.

Calf Creek Falls: Located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Calf Creek Falls is named for the surrounding steep sandstone walls which served as a natural pen for calves. It’s about a three-mile hike to reach Lower Calf Creek Falls with its stunning 130-foot waterfall and a deep swimming pool. Upper Calf Creek Falls takes more effort to reach but has a 90-foot waterfall of its own and far fewer visitors. The historic rock art on the stone walls help the miles pass quickly.

Mill Creek Waterfall: Ever the popular tourist destination, Moab is teeming with people looking to cool off after a long day in the sun mountain biking or hiking through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The Mill Creek Waterfall Trail is less than a mile from downtown Moab. The full trail is a 7.5 mile out and back, but if you just want to make it to the waterfall for a swim it’s shy of two miles total.


The Wrath of Sim Gill. Be Careful With Red Paint


Be careful with that red paint SLC, you may get a life sentence. Our county district attorney Sim Gill is prepared to throw the book at protestors with first-degree felony charges. These are going towards seven individuals who attended the July 9, 2020 “Justice for Bernardo” rally and are being accused of vandalizing public property, including the front of SL County D.A. Sim Gill’s office with red paint.

As a recap, on May 23, 2020, Salt Lake City police officers fired 34 shots at 22-year-old Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal who was running away from them, and a body camera captured it all. In July 2019, the Salt Lake City Police Department, Sim Gill, and a Police Civilian Review Board determined and exonerated the two officers who killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, claiming that they were “in policy” when they shot him.

In the SL Trib, “Gill defended the charges Wednesday, saying prosecutors weren’t the ones trying to make it political. He said they looked at the evidence in front of them: that those charged allegedly caused more than $5,000 in damage and they worked in a group to cause that damage. That’s why what is normally a second-degree felony, he says, was bumped to a first-degree.”

Sim, a conflict of interest perhaps? An SLC resident on the @sltrib IG page sums it up nicely:

“So are they seriously just going to ignore the fact that rapists and pedophiles and those who commit human trafficking commit more serious crimes that truly affect and damage people’s lives but they are worried about the people who committed these crimes??? WTF is wrong with our justice system!!!”

Yeah, Sim wtf.

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Protesters painted the street blood red. Some smashed windows at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Less than a month later, prosecutors believe they know who is responsible and they’ve charged them with felonies that carry a potential life sentence.⁠ ⁠ Now, District Attorney Sim Gill faces accusations that he filed excessive charges and questions of why he filed the charges at all, since there is an apparent conflict of interest: the vandalism was carried out against his building, and protesters denounced Gill by name that night, as a police helicopter hovered overhead and police in riot gear formed a perimeter around demonstrators.⁠ ⁠ “They will feel the wrath of the f—ing community today,” organizer Sofia Alcalá told demonstrators on July 9. ⁠ ⁠ Weeks later, some of those protesters are feeling what defense attorneys have described as the wrath of Gill.⁠ ⁠ All were charged with felony rioting. Seven face first-degree felonies for allegations they helped buy, transport and/or spread the paint on the street, or broke windows. The punishment for such crimes — among the most severe in Utah, the kind of offenses normally reserved for murder, rape and aggravated robbery — is five years to life in prison.⁠ ⁠ Visit our profile link for more. (Photo by @franciscokjolseth) #sltribphotos

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Lauren McCluskey: When Officers Betray Trust

You are a young woman, a student at the University of Utah with a clean record, who is being threatened and is receiving death threats from an ex and needs protection. You hand personal and very private information as evidence, including explicit photos to police, who have sworn not only to protect you but are getting paid to do it. One of those officers ends up taking that evidence, your photos, to enjoy at their leisure, boast about how cute you are to their colleagues, and pass it along. Meanwhile, you are killed by your ex.

On October 22, 2018, 21-year old Lauren McCluskey was shot and killed outside her University of Utah campus dormitory by the accused.

Salt Lake magazine covered the heartbreaking murder of the 23-year-old University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck last year in Lover for Sale. Mackenzie’s murder took place in the summer of 2019, while U of U student Lauren McCluskey’s was in 2018. We chose not to mention Lauren’s story in this particular article merely because we classified it in another victim category, but wish to call out her name today. Because of new reports we have learned that Lauren McCluskey was indeed victimized by more than just her ex.

In her memory, the Lauren McCluskey Foundation @LMC_Foundation honors Lauren’s legacy by supporting charitable work in her name. Let Her Light Shine. #ForLauren

When an individual is being stalked, harassed or threatened, and goes to government authorities with evidence, it should be taken seriously. The response of this particular officer (and those who didn’t speak up) brings that into serious question. And, with the BLM protests, incidents such as this, and most recently the excessive force displayed by local officers at a Cottonwood Heights protest on Monday, August 3, 2020, the need for local citizen review boards, police reform, just prosecution, de-escalation training, and yes defunding are gaining momentum.

Lauren McCluskey’s story from the Salt Lake Tribune: University of Utah police officer shows explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey to his co-workers.

“Days before student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed, a @universityofutah police officer showed off explicit photos that McCluskey had taken of herself to at least three of his male co-workers without a work-related reason, according to a months-long investigation from the Utah Department of Public Safety…

The state’s final report reinforces and expands on The Tribune’s reporting, concluding the images were displayed inappropriately at the end of a staff briefing in October 2018 by the same officer who was supposed to be investigating McCluskey’s concerns of exploitation by a man she had dated.⁠”

Last night’s vigil for Breonna Taylor. ...

Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Have a peaceful Tuesday evening ☮️

Everyone could use a breath of fresh air! 🌞⁠

Be sure to follow social distancing rules on the tails. 🌲 Check the link in bio to read our convo with the Executive director of the @mtntrailspc foundation, Charlie Sturgis, about being part of the covid-19 solution. ⁠

Be gentle with one another, Salt Lake ❤️

Our September-October issue is on stands now! ⁠

Salt Lake magazine has traditionally devoted its September-October issue to travel, describing trips to destinations all over the world. This year, confined by COVID, we’re looking closer to home. ❤️⁠

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Happy Monday 🏞
Who else is dreaming of the weekend? 😴

“The power of the people is always stronger than the people in power." - Angela Johnson⁠

Check the link in bio to read our Q & A with protest organizers. ⁠

Photo credit: Max Smith @phhhhhhhhhhhotos⁠

It's getting HOT in here! 🌞 Check out our list of the best swimming spots in Utah to cool down at! Link in bio. ⁠

Have a safe and responsible weekend, Utah! Oh and P.S. Wear a mask ❤️⁠

📸: Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism⁠

Something fishy is happening on the eastern edge of the Jordanelle Reservoir... ⁠

A municipality is attempting to annex unincorporated land across a county line without that county’s approval. If this sounds like madness, that’s because it is. Read the full story though the link in bio. ⁠

📸 Photo courtesy of: Utah Office of Tourism

Summertime slush! Soft cold slurpy sweet treats- the classic seasonal delight. 🍧⁠

Here’s where to get the best and how to make them yourself, check the link in bio! 🍭

We're a little red rock crazy this weekend if you couldn't tell. (But how could we not be!)⁠

🏜️ Check out 3 pup friendly hikes in our beautiful Moab 🐶 Link in bio! Happy Hiking! ⁠

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