Whittney Evans http://kuer.org en New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park http://kuer.org/post/new-activities-law-enforcement-poised-fight-crime-pioneer-park <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Police Department began putting extra attention on Pioneer Park this month with the creation of a special bureau. Law Enforcement officials say that effort combined with new family-friendly activities will make the park and the neighborhood safer.</p><p>If you’ve spent any time around Pioneer Park lately, whether it be for the downtown farmer’s market or the Twilight Concert Series, you may have noticed some athletic, enthusiastic people flying high above you.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:09:01 +0000 Whittney Evans 49717 at http://kuer.org New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-expands-greenbike-program <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City has once again expanded its bike-share program to include more stations, more bikes and more options.</p><p>More than 6,000 people rode GREENbikes, 26,000 times in the program’s inaugural year. It began in April 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes. Now officials are hoping to get more people on two wheels by doubling the number of stations and bikes across the city. Salt Lake City Councilor Erin Mendenhall says that’s crucial.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:58:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 49654 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths http://kuer.org/post/owner-could-face-charges-magna-horse-deaths <p></p><p>Animal doctors at a laboratory in Logan should know by the end of the week how ten horses found in a Magna field over the weekend died. The answer could lead to criminal charges for the animal’s owner.</p><p>On Friday afternoon Salk Lake County Animal Services and the Unified Police Department responded to reports that several horses were found dead in a field near 3500 south and 9200 west in Magna. One horse was still alive but in poor condition.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:25:43 +0000 Whittney Evans 49596 at http://kuer.org Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind http://kuer.org/post/school-board-considers-going-back-no-child-left-behind <p></p><p>For the past two years, the federal government has allowed Utah to waive key parts of the No Child Left Behind law. Now that waiver is up for renewal and the state board of education is questioning if it should instead go back to the largely unpopular law. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:44:06 +0000 Whittney Evans 49454 at http://kuer.org School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards http://kuer.org/post/governor-launches-review-academic-standards <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert is calling for a comprehensive legal review of the state’s adoption of the Common Core Standards. He’s hoping a legal analysis performed by Utah’s Attorney General will quash any misconceptions and ease ongoing concerns that the state has lost control of academic standards and curriculum.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:17:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 49437 at http://kuer.org Governor Launches Review of Academic Standards School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent http://kuer.org/post/school-board-hires-search-firm-find-new-state-superintendent <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee tasked with finding a new state school superintendent has hired a private search firm to seek out potential candidates. Salt Lake City-based </span><a href="http://searchgrouppartners.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">SEARCH Group Partners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will work alongside the committee to help recruit applicants and sift through resumes.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:32:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 49336 at http://kuer.org School Board Hires Search Firm to Find New State Superintendent Audit Finds Error Cost State $100 Million in Property Taxe Revenues http://kuer.org/post/audit-finds-error-cost-state-100-million-property-taxe-revenues <p></p><p></p><p>Utah has missed out on approximately $100 million in property tax revenue over the past eight years because of an error in how property taxes are calculated. Now as the state moves to fix the problem, taxpayers will likely be asked to pay more.</p><p>The office of the state auditor released a study on Monday that details how local governments across the state have been miscalculating new commercial and residential growth, thus driving down the certified tax rate. David Stringfellow is Chief Economist for the state auditor’s office.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:32:31 +0000 Whittney Evans 49275 at http://kuer.org Audit Finds Error Cost State $100 Million in Property Taxe Revenues West Jordan Decides Against Studying School District Split http://kuer.org/post/west-jordan-decides-against-studying-school-district-split <p></p><p>The West Jordan City Council decided last night it will not look into separating from the Jordan School District. But some members of the council, including the mayor say without investigating all the options, West Jordan residents could end up paying higher taxes.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:39:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 49094 at http://kuer.org West Jordan Decides Against Studying School District Split Marriage Equality Supporters Ask Herbert, Reyes to Stop Fighting Marriage Battle http://kuer.org/post/marriage-equality-supporters-ask-herbert-reyes-stop-fighting-marriage-battle <p></p><p>About 50 people gathered at the Utah Governor’s mansion Wednesday morning to deliver thousands of signatures collected for a petition asking Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes to stop fighting same-sex marriage in court.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:17:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 49025 at http://kuer.org Marriage Equality Supporters Ask Herbert, Reyes to Stop Fighting Marriage Battle Man Convicted of Killing Draper Cop Sentenced to Life in Prison http://kuer.org/post/man-convicted-killing-draper-cop-sentenced-life-prison <p></p><p>A man accused of shooting and killing a Draper City police officer last September will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Thirty-four-year-old Timothy Troy Walker was convicted Tuesday morning in 3<sup>rd</sup> District court with aggravated murder in the death of 32-year-old police Sergeant Derek Johnson.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:14:26 +0000 Whittney Evans 48973 at http://kuer.org Man Convicted of Killing Draper Cop Sentenced to Life in Prison Former Utah Teacher Elected President of National Teacher Association, Rails Against Testing http://kuer.org/post/former-utah-teacher-elected-president-national-teacher-association-rails-against-testing <p></p><p>A Former Utah Teacher of the Year who was just elected president of the nation’s largest teacher’s union plans to use her authority to fight over testing in public schools.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:07:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 48911 at http://kuer.org Former Utah Teacher Elected President of National Teacher Association, Rails Against Testing Fourth of July Celebrations Underway http://kuer.org/post/fourth-july-celebrations-underway <p></p><p>Independence Day festivities are underway across the state.&nbsp;</p><p>The heat didn’t keep hundreds of people from gathering along State Street this morning for the nearly 2-hour Murray City Fun Day Parade. James Burt and his family, including two 18 month old twin girls relaxed in the shade. Burk says it’s his family’s favorite holiday.</p><p>“To see everyone come together, wearing the colors celebrating our freedom, hot dogs, and hamburgers. We love it,” Burk says.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:12:32 +0000 Whittney Evans 48806 at http://kuer.org Fourth of July Celebrations Underway County Jail Inmates Graduate "Life Skills" Program http://kuer.org/post/county-jail-inmates-graduate-life-skills-program <p></p><p></p><p>Fourteen inmates at Salt Lake County’s Oxbow jail graduated today from a program that helps them successfully transition from cell to society.</p><p>Today is the 66<sup>th</sup> commencement ceremony for inmates who’ve completed the rigorous five-week, 200- hour Life Skills program. The class takes up to 16 volunteer inmates willing to learn about things like parenting, personal health, cognitive behavior, the social impact of crime and personal finance. During the ceremony Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder spoke passionately to the graduates.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:46:26 +0000 Whittney Evans 48772 at http://kuer.org County Jail Inmates Graduate "Life Skills" Program Metro Gang Unit Arrests Three Most-Wanted Gang Members in One Month http://kuer.org/post/metro-gang-unit-arrests-three-most-wanted-gang-members-one-month <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake County’s Metro Gang Unit has captured three of the county’s most-wanted gangsters in the past month. Officials say it’s mostly a coincidence that they’ve nabbed the fugitives in such a short period of time, but its evidence that the unit’s relationship with the public is crucial to these arrests.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:10:21 +0000 Whittney Evans 48710 at http://kuer.org Metro Gang Unit Arrests Three Most-Wanted Gang Members in One Month Summer Fireworks Season Begins Today http://kuer.org/post/summer-fireworks-season-begins-today <p></p><p>Today, many residents along the Wasatch Front will be lighting fuses and gazing up at the sky. July 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;is the first day to legally ignite fireworks across the state.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:45:23 +0000 Whittney Evans 48655 at http://kuer.org Summer Fireworks Season Begins Today Salt Lake County Adds Fresh Produce to the Meals on Wheels Menu http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-adds-fresh-produce-meals-wheels-menu <p></p><p></p><p>It’s easy for most people to access fresh fruits and vegetables when they’re hankering for a nutritious snack or trying to improve their diet. But many senior citizens in Salt Lake County don’t have that luxury. The county’s aging services department is now delivering fresh produce to the elderly.</p><p>Salt Lake County’s MealsPlus program offers weekly produce to Meals on Wheels recipients who request it. Jeremy Hart manages the program.</p><p>“We know that there is a lack of fresh produce in the diets of homebound seniors.”</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:20:05 +0000 Whittney Evans 48599 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Adds Fresh Produce to the Meals on Wheels Menu Burbank Defends Police Department Amid Outrage Over Dog Shooting http://kuer.org/post/burbank-defends-police-department-amid-outrage-over-dog-shooting <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the actions of a police officer who shot and killed a dog while searching for a missing child in Sugar House. Meanwhile, Police Chief Chris Burbank says the vitriol aimed at his officers as a result of the incident has gone too far.</p><p>Earlier this month, Officer Brett Olsen entered Sean Kendall’s backyard through an unlocked gate while searching for a missing child. Saying he felt threatened, Olsen shot dead Kendall’s 2-year-old Weimaraner named Geist.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:50:11 +0000 Whittney Evans 48483 at http://kuer.org Burbank Defends Police Department Amid Outrage Over Dog Shooting State Weighing Next Move in Same Sex Marriage Battle http://kuer.org/post/state-weighing-next-move-same-sex-marriage-battle <p></p><p></p><p>It’s unclear how soon the Utah Attorney General’s office will appeal the 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit ruling that upholds same sex marriage in the state. But lawyers for the state have a strict deadline to decide whether they want the entire 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit court to review the case.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:50:17 +0000 Whittney Evans 48436 at http://kuer.org State Weighing Next Move in Same Sex Marriage Battle Herbert Reacts to 10th Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage http://kuer.org/post/herbert-reacts-10th-circuit-ruling-gay-marriage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Governor Gary Herbert said Wednesday that &nbsp;he is disappointed in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. It upholds a lower court ruling that struck down the state’s law banning same sex marriage.</span></p><p>Herbert says regardless of his personal views on same-sex marriage, he believes states have the right to determine the definition of marriage.</p><p>He says he fully expects the state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:17:39 +0000 Whittney Evans 48376 at http://kuer.org Herbert Reacts to 10th Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Primary Election off to Slow Start in Salt Lake County http://kuer.org/post/primary-election-slow-start-salt-lake-county <p></p><p></p><p>Polls are open until 8 pm tonight for today’s primary election. But voter turnout in Salt Lake County is already very low.</p><p>Salt Lake County Clerk Sherri Swensen says mail-in ballots and votes cast prior to Election Day <em>might</em> bring voter turnout into a double digits percentage this year. But right now, she says turnout is only about 6 percent locally.&nbsp; She says mail-in ballots can be post-marked by midnight tonight.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:05:36 +0000 Whittney Evans 48309 at http://kuer.org Primary Election off to Slow Start in Salt Lake County More Transportation Funding Needed to Address Population Growth Along Wasatch Front http://kuer.org/post/more-transportation-funding-needed-address-population-growth-along-wasatch-front <p></p><p>A report from non-partisan research group Utah Foundation says road repairs and increased public transit options top the list of ways to prepare for population growth along the Wasatch Front. But the question is who will pay for it?</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:15:38 +0000 Whittney Evans 48129 at http://kuer.org More Transportation Funding Needed to Address Population Growth Along Wasatch Front Former Drug Cop Charged in Danielle Willard Shooting http://kuer.org/post/former-drug-cop-charged-danielle-willard-shooting <p></p><p>A former West Valley City police officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Danielle Willard in a 2012 drug bust is facing criminal charges. The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office filed the charges this morning in 3<sup>rd</sup> District Court.</p><p>Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has charged former West Valley City narcotics detective Shaun Cowley with 2<sup>nd</sup> degree manslaughter. Gill opted not to file charges against detective Kevin Salmon who also fired his weapon at the scene. Cowley fired the first and fatal shot.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:34:55 +0000 Whittney Evans 48079 at http://kuer.org Former Drug Cop Charged in Danielle Willard Shooting Lawmakers Revisit Issue of Unprocessed Rape Kits http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-revisit-issue-unprocessed-rape-kits <p></p><p>Utah lawmakers were at the state capitol today discussing how to deal with thousands of untested rape in the state. They heard from law enforcement, victim advocates and the state crime lab. But there’s still no consensus on whether all the kits actually need to be tested.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:09:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 48015 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Revisit Issue of Unprocessed Rape Kits Grappling With Gangs, Salt Lake City Turns To Racketeering Laws http://kuer.org/post/grappling-gangs-salt-lake-city-turns-racketeering-laws When it comes to gang activity, most people picture cities like Los Angeles and Newark. But gangs are a problem in unexpected places, too — like Salt Lake City, where law enforcement officials are using federal racketeering charges to try to bring them down.<p>It's a Wednesday night, and Sgt. Lex Bell is driving on the city's streets, gathering tips from some of his informants. Within just a few hours, he has picked up Richard Bice, a known white supremacist who is wanted on weapons violations. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Whittney Evans 48012 at http://kuer.org Grappling With Gangs, Salt Lake City Turns To Racketeering Laws Utah Ranks Low in HPV Vaccinations http://kuer.org/post/utah-ranks-low-hpv-vaccinations <p></p><p>A vaccination known to prevent cervical cancer is still not offered at public health departments in at least five Utah counties. Meanwhile, the state is nearly dead last in the number of girls who get vaccinated.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:15:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 47902 at http://kuer.org Utah Ranks Low in HPV Vaccinations Vendors Gear Up for 23rd Annual Downtown Summer Market http://kuer.org/post/vendors-gear-23rd-annual-downtown-summer-market <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City’s downtown farmer’s market opens for its 23rd summer season this Saturday. And one local vendor is preparing for another busy year.</p><p>It really is a family affair at The Soap Lady’s house in Sandy. Kathy Wawrzyniak’s kitchen is brimming with pots and freshly baked loaves of soap.</p><p>“Well I have my sister Michelle and she just does everything,” Wawrzyniak says. “She’s concentrating on wrapping, making sets today, but she helps me make soap and does pretty much everything. I have my niece in the back. She does bath bombs today.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:32:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 47779 at http://kuer.org Vendors Gear Up for 23rd Annual Downtown Summer Market Council Okays Fireworks, Pay Raises in 2014-2015 Budget http://kuer.org/post/council-okays-fireworks-pay-raises-2014-2015-budget <p></p><p>Salt Lake City’s summer fireworks shows will resume this year, a fire station on the city’s west side is saved from the chopping block and city employees can expect a pay raise. Those are some of the key items the Salt Lake City Council approved in the 2014-2015 budget.</p><p>The council’s final budget held fairly close to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s proposal. With the help of last year’s property tax increase, city employees will get a 3 percent pay increase and a chunk of the city’s maintenance backlog will be addressed.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:49:29 +0000 Whittney Evans 47658 at http://kuer.org Council Okays Fireworks, Pay Raises in 2014-2015 Budget Residents Pack Salt Lake City Council to Support Endangered West Side Golf Course http://kuer.org/post/residents-pack-salt-lake-city-council-support-endangered-west-side-golf-course <p></p><p></p><p>A public hearing on the Salt Lake City budget Tuesday night drew a crowd of people&nbsp; concerned about&nbsp; the possible closure of a golf course on the city’s west side. City officials say the golf program is no longer sustainable.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:29:03 +0000 Whittney Evans 47284 at http://kuer.org Residents Pack Salt Lake City Council to Support Endangered West Side Golf Course Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on New Broadway-Style Theater http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-breaks-ground-new-broadway-style-theater <p class="p1">Local elected officials, members of the arts community and business and civic leaders came together in downtown Salt Lake City this morning to break ground on the new Broadway-Style Theater. They also announced the new name of the facility that is linked to a major financial contribution.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:22:40 +0000 Whittney Evans 47278 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on New Broadway-Style Theater State School Board Selection Committee Looks for Open-Minded, Collaborative Candidates http://kuer.org/post/state-school-board-selection-committee-looks-open-minded-collaborative-candidates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nominating committee tasked with narrowing the pool of Utah State School Board candidates began interviewing applicants this morning. The governor-appointed group is questioning 36 candidates from 6 districts about funding, the role of the state board and the controversial common core standards.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:40:44 +0000 Whittney Evans 47222 at http://kuer.org State School Board Selection Committee Looks for Open-Minded, Collaborative Candidates