Great Salt Lake’s future, coal intrigue, and a food writer’s farewell

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The sun sets on the southern shore of the Great Salt Lake on Friday, July 9, 2021, as extreme drought conditions continue to drop the lakes water line.

Federal legislation aims to save saline lakes in the West, including the Great Salt Lake. The Utah Inland Port Authority looked into a secretive rail-rehabilitation proposal that sought to transport Western-mined coal to the California coast. And a retiring food writer reflects on her four decades of newspaper work.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Leia Larsen, Brian Maffly and Kathy Stephenson, along with news columnist Robert Gehrke, join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling 801-355-TALK.