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July 26, 2018

From my house in eastern Salt Lake County, I’m a ten minute drive then a ten minute walk to the Mount Olympus Wilderness—the big W, political designation kind of Wilderness—and every July, I can’t get enough of these beautiful slopes and peaks and draws in the Wasatch...

Utah's congressional delegation opposes national monuments, especially Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and they successfully pressed the president to issue an executive order to that paves the way for rolling back protectio...

February 27, 2017

Dad at his Alpenglow Observatory, Salt Lake City, August 2016

Last August I received a call from my 83-year-old mother. “Your father wants to speak with you,” she said. It is like that with Dad and me, not a lot of direct communication. I told Mom I would come over the...

January 26, 2017

In uncertainty I had to create.

That's why I first stood on the salted shores of the Great Salt Lake. Its low waters rang, its wind pushed, and the place grabbed me.

It felt as imposing as my future. 

I devoted the next year to the Lake, a landscape that Wallace Stegne...

December 28, 2016

You don't like to think 

the fall into a bottomless despair

is too near and too easy and meaningless.

You don't want that silence to grow

deeper and deeper into you

because that growth inward stunts you,

and that is no way to continue,

and you want to continue.

And so you tell...

November 10, 2016

At 6 AM in Marrakech, Morocco, SustainUS delegation leader Morgan Curtis gently woke me up. She told me Trump was closing in on winning the election. Four hours prior I was finalizing a press release for our election action inside the UN Climate Change Conference and s...

October 14, 2016

Two iconic buttes punctuating 1.9 million acres of awesome. The Bears Ears National Monument as proposed by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition stretches from outside Canyonlands National Park south to the Navajo Nation, and though I’d camped, hiked, and driven throu...

September 26, 2016

The world is meant to be celebrated.

Torrey House Press is very pleased to welcome Brooke Larsen on board to help us out with all important production and publicity tasks. Brooke continues our beneficial relationship with the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanitie...

September 1, 2016

As dozens of vehicles pulled up to the Chris Park Campground, pouring rain transformed the parking lot into a shallow pond. People ran from their cars to the covered shelter while organizers of the Uplift Climate Conference frantically moved the registration table.  In...

February 25, 2016

With fire in her eyes, Terry Tempest Williams enthusiastically took hold of Torrey House Press publisher and executive director Kirsten Allen’s arm. It was late November 2015 and Terry and Kirsten were at Back of Beyond Book’s silver anniversary party in Moab, Utah. “I...

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