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Crew members on one of the simulated Mars missions this spring included Pitchayapa Jingjit (from left), Becky Parker, Elijah Espinoza and Esteban Ramirez. Community college students and teachers in real life, the team members spent a week in the Utah desert, partly to experience the isolation and challenges of a real trip to Mars. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert

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Utah restaurant owner Joel LaSalle smashes a partition known as a "Zion Curtain" that prevented customers from seeing alcoholic drinks being mixed and poured. On Saturday, a new rule allowed some restaurants to tear down this wall. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is one of 27 national monuments under review by the interior secretary, per executive order. Bob Wick/BLM/Flickr hide caption

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An ancient petroglyph panel is pocked with bullet holes. Some say increased federal protection is needed to prevent further damage and vandalism to areas like this one, which is now included in Bears Ears National Monument. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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With National Monuments Under Review, Bears Ears Is Focus Of Fierce Debate

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An Anasazi cliff dwelling, one of many ancient ruins in Recapture Canyon, Utah. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In Utah, How You Tread Through This Canyon Matters

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The "talking piece" is held by whoever has the floor at the moment to share their feelings on climate change with the Good Grief group. Judy Fahys/KUER hide caption

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First Step To 'Eco-Grieving' Over Climate Change? Admit There's A Problem

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Gov. Gary Herbert resisted recent calls to veto a bill giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country, lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent, down from .08 percent. Last week, demonstrators on both sides of the issue visited the Utah State Capitol. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Donald Trump, shown speaking at a March rally in Salt Lake City, ended up losing the GOP caucus there — badly. Now, there's a real chance he could lose in November in the deep-red state. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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The spires of the historic Salt Lake Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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This Election Might Actually Put Utah, Solidly Republican For 48 Years, In Play

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Spencer Cox in Salt Lake City in 2013. Now lieutenant governor of Utah, Cox gave a speech in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting on Monday. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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A truck displaying a bumper sticker at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Jan. 5 near Burns, Ore. Armed anti-federalists took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon for 41 days. The occupation ended on Feb. 11. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Utah Sheriffs Threaten To Arrest Rangers If They Try To Close Public Lands

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Republican state Sen. Todd Weiler, appearing on the Utah Senate floor in Salt Lake City in February, introduced a resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Jennifer Carter, 30, stands in a dormitory area that she shares with her two young children at The Road Home Community Winter Shelter facility in Midvale, Utah. Cayce Clifford for NPR hide caption

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There's Shelter, And Then There's Housing. Utah Claims Muted Victory

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The Road Home is a private nonprofit social services agency that assists homeless individuals and families, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, a view from outside. Cayce Clifford for NPR hide caption

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Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here's How

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