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Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Amy Joi O'Donoghue is the environmental reporter the Deseret News, specializing in coverage of issues that affect land, air, water and energy development. She has worked here since 1998 and has been an assistant city editor and reported on the governorís office, health and human services and criminal justice issues. In Ogden, she worked at the Standard-Examiner for 15 years as a reporter and editor. A native of Ogden, Amy Joi started writing while still in grade school and went on to attend Weber State University as an honors student in political science and communications. She has won multiple awards over her career and would like to go onto graduate school.

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Utah coal has pioneer roots, going back to the 1850s when the territorial legislature offered a cash prize for coal found within 40 miles of Salt Lake City. With power plants closing and tough regulations, what...
Coal mining and its use for electricity has been a way of life for over a century in Utah, fed by the vast coal beds. Now, the war on coal some say is being waged by the White House has come to the state's door...
The tension over a threatened listing of the greater sage grouse is mounting, as Utah officials complain that negotiations with the federal government have broken down. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must m...
People don't mind having less grass in their landscaping if it means the water saved ends up on a farm. An Envision Utah poll shows how people believe water resources should be managed into 2050, when the state...
A potential monument designation in Utah is creating a tempest of outcry amid a visit to the state by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Native American tribes want protections for the Bears Ears area. Jew...
As Utah prepares to double its population by 2050, what "mix" of energy is used to meet the state's power demands remains a question mark. An Envision Utah survey asked residents what those sources of power sho...
The long-awaited, highly controversial Clean Power Plan proposed by the Obama administration was released Monday, and the furor and disagreement are already in high gear over the move to cut power plant emissio...
In a letter penned to President Obama on Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert urged that no new monument designations be made in the state. The letter references the angst still felt in Utah over the last designation...
J Street had its official launch in Utah on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City, where its founder, Jeremy Ben-Ami, discussed the pending Iranian nuclear agreement. J Street is a growing pro...
Unprecedented lines at Arches National Park. New entrance lanes at state parks like Utah Lake. Utah residents love their recreational opportunities, and so do visitors. A new poll taps residents' views on recre...