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September 10, 2006 | Dan Blackburn, Special to The Times
PURSUIT of unspoiled mountain ranges has been my avocation for much of my adult life. But the Uintas were nothing but a crossword stumper to me until my son-in-law urged me to tote my tent to the northeast corner of Utah. The Uinta Mountains, named after the Uintats, a branch of the Ute Indians, who first lived here, are east of Salt Lake City, south of the Wyoming border. The range runs east to west and, as a result, gets frequent rain.
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September 10, 2006 | Dan Blackburn, Special to The Times
PURSUIT of unspoiled mountain ranges has been my avocation for much of my adult life. But the Uintas were nothing but a crossword stumper to me until my son-in-law urged me to tote my tent to the northeast corner of Utah. The Uinta Mountains, named after the Uintats, a branch of the Ute Indians, who first lived here, are east of Salt Lake City, south of the Wyoming border. The range runs east to west and, as a result, gets frequent rain.
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June 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Justice Department and the state of Utah added the Mormon church as a defendant in a nearly $14-million lawsuit seeking to recover the costs of fighting a forest fire that began at a Boy Scout camp. The government claims boys from a church-sponsored Boy Scout troop carelessly started the fire that burned 14,000 acres of federal and state land in the Uinta Mountains in 2002. Boy Scout officials have said it was possible that all-terrain vehicle riders were to blame for the fire.
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February 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Avalanches killed five people in Montana, Utah and Idaho, authorities said. At the base of Mt. Baldy in Montana's Big Belt Mountains, the bodies of two snowmobilers caught in an avalanche were found by searchers and removed by helicopter. A survivor traveled more than 15 miles back to a pickup truck at the trailhead, where he used a cellphone to call for help, authorities said. In Utah, two snowmobilers died in separate avalanches. One was killed near Tower Mountain in the Uinta Mountains.
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June 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Searchers had few clues Monday to the whereabouts of an 11-year-old boy missing from a popular Boy Scout camp in a snowcapped mountain range. Brennan Hawkins was last seen Friday afternoon at the camp in the Uinta Mountains east of Salt Lake City. "We have nothing to go on," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said. Brennan, a Cub Scout, was a visitor at the camp with a friend, whose father was volunteering at a three-day session for 1,400 older scouts.
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July 1, 2004 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
For two years, Utah residents have wondered who started a wildfire that destroyed 14,208 acres of alpine forest and pristine meadows in the Uinta Mountains near the border with Wyoming. The government's answer came this week, and no one wanted to hear it. Federal and state officials Monday slapped the Boy Scouts of America with two lawsuits demanding that the venerable organization cover the nearly $14 million it cost to fight the June 2002 blaze.
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April 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Efforts to plug up thousands of abandoned mines that dot the West could suffer under budget cuts proposed by President Bush. The president is recommending a $35-million cut to the Abandoned Mine Reclamation program, which subsidizes the states' mine cleanups. "It's kind of a starved outlook," said Robert Evetts, program manager of New Mexico's mine reclamation project. The state has about 20,000 hazardous mine openings it is working to close. But the $1.
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May 10, 1987 | FRANK RILEY, Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section
This promises to be the summer when mountain bicycling is recognized as one of the best ways to enjoy the Rockies. More than 30 new bike tours, along routes which you can also pedal on your own, await cyclists of all ages, abilities and budgets. While the snows of winter were still melting, bikes were already replacing skis on the bumpers and tops of cars heading for the high country.
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January 4, 2004 | Christie L. Hill, Associated Press Writer
The year 2003 was a deadly one in the Utah wilderness, capped by the Dec. 26 deaths of a group of snowboarders who chanced Provo Canyon and lost when an avalanche swept them away. The deaths underscore the dark side of Utah's backcountry, a dangerous outdoor playground that rewards prepared adventurers with unspeakable beauty but punishes the unprepared with disorientation, injury and even death. The state's craggy peaks, slot canyons and trails can turn on anyone without notice.
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June 18, 1998 | IVAN P. COLBURN, Ivan P. Colburn is emeritus professor of geology at Cal State Los Angeles
Saving the Salton Sea, as many have advocated, is a dubious project because it cannot be supported by science. The Salton Sea was created by an accidental break in an agricultural diversion canal of the Colorado River. The break allowed Colorado River water to flow into a sub-sea level depression in the Colorado Desert, thereby temporarily creating a fresh water lake.
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August 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
A bolt of lightning killed a 15-year-old Boy Scout and injured three others while they slept in a log shelter during a violent storm. "There was a big flash and a big boom," said Dr. Stephen Morris, a trauma surgeon at the University of Utah's burn unit who was with the troop. "Somebody came running down the trails saying, 'Help! We need help!' " Morris said he tried in vain for 90 minutes to revive the boy, who had no heartbeat and wasn't breathing after the strike Tuesday night.
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