Brian Grimmett http://kuer.org en U.S. Supreme Court Stays Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Ruling http://kuer.org/post/us-supreme-court-stays-same-sex-marriage-recognition-ruling <p class="p1">The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required <span class="s1">the state </span>to recognize same-sex marriages performed <span class="s1">during a period when they were legal</span>.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:53:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49499 at http://kuer.org Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain http://kuer.org/post/unified-fire-authority-using-state-grant-mitigate-fire-risk-traverse-mountain <p>Draper City and the Unified Fire Authority are working hand in hand to help mitigate fire danger on Traverse Mountain.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area where firefighters are thinning out the underbrush is located on a steep hill leading right up into homes in the </span>SunCrest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood. Unified Fire Authority Captain Riley Pilgrim says they’re hoping to help reduce the fire risk of one of the most dangerous spots in the state.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:11:04 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49444 at http://kuer.org Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain Former Utah Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff Arrested http://kuer.org/post/former-utah-attorneys-general-swallow-and-shurtleff-arrested <p>Utah officials have arrested former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow on multiple state felony charges.</p><p>The state charges against the former attorneys general come after a two year investigation by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office, the Davis County Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the Utah Department of Public Safety. Swallow was charged with 11 felonies including tampering with evidence, misuse of public money, and receiving or soliciting a bribe. Shurtleff was charged with 10 felonies including tampering with a witness, and obstructing justice.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:50:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49299 at http://kuer.org Former Utah Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff Arrested Governor Herbert Elected as Vice Chair of National Governors Association http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-elected-vice-chair-national-governors-association <p>Members of the National Governors Association have selected Governor Gary Herbert to be the group's vice chair for the next year. &nbsp;The new role could help Herbert push his agenda even further.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:39:02 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49268 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Elected as Vice Chair of National Governors Association Utah Democratic Party Has a Lot More Cash On Hand Than Their Republican Counterparts http://kuer.org/post/utah-democratic-party-has-lot-more-cash-hand-their-republican-counterparts <p>The latest state financial disclosure reports show that the Utah Democratic Party has a lot more money than the Utah GOP. That&nbsp;difference could mean something for the upcoming election.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:49:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49156 at http://kuer.org Utah Democratic Party Has a Lot More Cash On Hand Than Their Republican Counterparts Should Utah Abandon Daylight Saving Time? http://kuer.org/post/should-utah-abandon-daylight-saving-time <p>The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, is <a href="http://business.utah.gov/time" target="_blank">collecting data</a> about how Utahns feel about Daylight Saving Time.</p><p>More than 30 people gathered at the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City to voice their opinion about Daylight Saving Time.&nbsp; A majority of those attending said they’d prefer to move to standard time year round like Arizona. Many who made comments expressed similar ideas to those of Provo resident Ed Bernsen.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:15:50 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49080 at http://kuer.org Should Utah Abandon Daylight Saving Time? A Small Group of Davis County GOP Members Looks to Oust County Chair http://kuer.org/post/small-group-davis-county-gop-members-looks-oust-county-chair <p>Several <a href="http://www.davisgop.com/" target="_blank">Davis County Republicans</a> are trying to oust their local party chair because he wasn’t registered with the party when was elected.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.davisgop.com/team-view/phill-wright/" target="_blank">Davis County GOP Chair Phill Wright</a> believes the whole thing is a big mistake. He says he inadvertently failed to check a box declaring himself a Republican on a provisional ballot in 2012 and never knew that it caused his status to change.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:48:24 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48909 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Helps HawkWatch International Study Kestrel Falcons http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-helps-hawkwatch-international-study-kestrel-falcons <p>Salt Lake County is teaming up with <a href="http://www.hawkwatch.org/" target="_blank">HawkWatch International </a>to help study and track the smallest falcon in North America known as the kestrel falcon.</p><p>Mike Shaw is a volunteer with the organization. Right now he’s reaching up into one of the 150 nest boxes the organization has put out across the Wasatch front and pulling out the baby kestrel falcons.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:31:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48794 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Helps HawkWatch International Study Kestrel Falcons Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Wants to Prevent the Spread of the "STD of the Sea" http://kuer.org/post/utah-division-wildlife-resources-wants-prevent-spread-std-sea <p>The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is launching a new campaign to help stop the <a href="http://wildlife.utah.gov/learn-invasive-mussels.html" target="_blank">spreading of invasive mussels</a> in Utah lakes.</p><p>In the new campaign the DWR is asking people to “practice safe boating” by cleaning, draining, and drying their boats to prevent the spread of the “STD of the Sea.” Jordan Nielson is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at the DWR. He says if the mussels spread it could severely damage the state’s infrastructure used to bring water to population centers.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:37:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48701 at http://kuer.org Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Wants to Prevent the Spread of the "STD of the Sea" Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment http://kuer.org/post/primary-childrens-hospital-study-cannabis-based-treatment <p>Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is on the verge of becoming one of a few sites in the country to study the effectiveness of cannabis based product intended to treat epilepsy in children.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:09:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48649 at http://kuer.org Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/democrat-charles-stormont-calls-reform-he-kicks-his-campaign-attorney-general <p>Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont officially launched his campaign today with a call for real reform in the office.</p><p>Charles Stormont says as a recent employee in the Attorney General’s office he can say with confidence that Sean Reyes hasn’t done enough to fix the problems in the office left over from former AG John Swallow.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:07:15 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48364 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General 10th Circuit Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://kuer.org/post/10th-circuit-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>The 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling declaring Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional by a vote of 2-1.&nbsp;</p><p>The judges ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment protects those who wish to marry persons of the same-sex and that they are entitled to the same fundamental rights as opposite-sex couples.</p><p>Derek Kitchen is one of the plaintiffs in the case and says this ruling is historic.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:43:23 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48339 at http://kuer.org 10th Circuit Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling UVU Purchases 125 Acres At Old Geneva Steel Site http://kuer.org/post/uvu-purchases-125-acres-old-geneva-steel-site <p>Utah Valley University has acquired 125 more acres at the new development located on the <a href="http://www.genevautah.com/index.php" target="_blank">old Geneva Steel site</a> in Utah County.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:11:54 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48071 at http://kuer.org UVU Purchases 125 Acres At Old Geneva Steel Site Volunteers Prepare for Fledging Falcons http://kuer.org/post/volunteers-prepare-fledging-falcons <p class="p1">The baby peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Salt Lake City are about a week away from taking their first flights and a group of dedicated volunteers plans on making sure they survive once they do.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:26:09 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47991 at http://kuer.org Volunteers Prepare for Fledging Falcons Poll Shows Broad Support for Governor's Healthy Utah Plan http://kuer.org/post/poll-shows-broad-support-governors-healthy-utah-plan <p class="p1">A new poll shows that Utahns broadly support Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan, which aims to help low income residents get affordable health insurance.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:16:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47937 at http://kuer.org Poll Shows Broad Support for Governor's Healthy Utah Plan Legislature Questions DABC About Permitting Changes http://kuer.org/post/legislature-questions-dabc-about-permitting-changes <p>Members of the <a href="http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2014/html/00003408.htm" target="_blank">Utah legislature</a> questioned the director of the <a href="http://abc.utah.gov/index.html" target="_blank">Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control</a> Monday over the board’s decision to change the way they review single event permit applications.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:05:31 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47892 at http://kuer.org Legislature Questions DABC About Permitting Changes Hill Air Force Base Privatizes Electrical System http://kuer.org/post/hill-air-force-base-privatizes-electrical-system <p>U.S. Air Force officials have finalized a contract that privatizes the electrical systems at Hill Air Force Base.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Defense Logistics Agency Energy assisted the Air Force in finalizing the 50-year contract with City Light &amp; Power, Inc. The contract is worth more than $280 million dollars and will help employees at Hill modernize and maintain the base’s decaying electrical systems. City Light &amp; Power officials say they plan on investing about $5 million in the first year to fully update the current system.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:50:31 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47752 at http://kuer.org Hill Air Force Base Privatizes Electrical System West Valley City Offers Free Phone Service to Residents If Fiber Network Expands http://kuer.org/post/west-valley-city-offers-free-phone-service-residents-if-fiber-network-expands <p>West Valley City has partnered with telephone service provider <a href="http://www.ooma.com/" target="_blank">Ooma</a> to provide free phone service to users of the city’s fiber-optic network.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:48:09 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47714 at http://kuer.org West Valley City Offers Free Phone Service to Residents If Fiber Network Expands World Cup Forces Real Salt Lake To Play On Without Star Players http://kuer.org/post/world-cup-forces-real-salt-lake-play-without-star-players <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three members of Real Salt Lake will be participating in the </span><a href="http://www.fifa.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">2014 World Cup</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that kicks off this afternoon in Brazil. But while they’re representing their country on the world’s biggest soccer stage, the rest of Real Salt Lake will continue to play games without them. It's a situation that is a unique problem for America's premier soccer league.</span></p><p><strong>Playing Shorthanded</strong></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47660 at http://kuer.org World Cup Forces Real Salt Lake To Play On Without Star Players U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient http://kuer.org/post/u-u-research-makes-solar-cells-more-efficient <p>University of Utah researches have developed a thin glass film that could boost the overall efficiency of solar cells to more than 50%.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To achieve the increase in efficiency researches at the U have created a film that is five times thinner than a human hair. &nbsp;It can separate the broad-spectrum rays of sunlight into individual colors, sort of like a prism.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:34 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47593 at http://kuer.org U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient Moths Invade Utah http://kuer.org/post/moths-invade-utah <p>If you’ve noticed an unusual number of moths flying around inside your house or garage lately, you’re not alone. But where did they come from and should you be worried?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.biology.usu.edu/htm/our-people/faculty/memberid=3062" target="_blank">Utah State University entomologist Diane Alston</a> says the invasion of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_cutworm" target="_blank">army cutworm</a> or miller moth is mainly due to recent weather trends.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:39:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47443 at http://kuer.org Moths Invade Utah Affidavit Suggests John Swallow Laundered $50K in Campaign Contributions for Sen. Mike Lee http://kuer.org/post/affidavit-suggests-john-swallow-laundered-50k-campaign-contributions-sen-mike-lee <p>A recently unsealed request for a search warrant in the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow reveals that he might have helped Senator Mike Lee launder campaign donations.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:48:55 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47390 at http://kuer.org Affidavit Suggests John Swallow Laundered $50K in Campaign Contributions for Sen. Mike Lee State Legislator Questions Likelihood Supreme Court Will Hear Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Case http://kuer.org/post/state-legislator-questions-likelihood-supreme-court-will-hear-utahs-same-sex-marriage-case <p>The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet issued a ruling in the case against Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage, but state leaders have all indicated that whatever the outcome, they expect the loser will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. But there are now some people who doubt the nation’s highest court would even hear the case.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:15:19 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47314 at http://kuer.org State Legislator Questions Likelihood Supreme Court Will Hear Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Case Attorney General's Office Says Case For Federal Lands Transfer Needs More Time http://kuer.org/post/attorney-generals-office-says-case-federal-lands-transfer-needs-more-time <p>Members of the <a href="http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2014&amp;Com=SPECOF" target="_blank">Utah Legislature’s Commission on Federalism</a> received an update from the Attorney General’s office Tuesday on the viability of a case demanding the transfer of federal public lands to state control.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:53:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47273 at http://kuer.org Attorney General's Office Says Case For Federal Lands Transfer Needs More Time New Industrial Distribution Facility Could Bring 3,000 Jobs to Utah http://kuer.org/post/new-industrial-distribution-facility-could-bring-3000-jobs-utah <p>Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams helped break ground for a new 2.3 million square foot industrial storage and distribution campus Thursday in West Valley City.</p><p>The new facility located off of the 21<sup>st</sup><sup> </sup>South freeway is projected to bring as many as 3,000 new jobs to Utah. Freeport West is developing the location. They already own and manage more than 10 million square feet of property in the state.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:18:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47055 at http://kuer.org New Industrial Distribution Facility Could Bring 3,000 Jobs to Utah AG Sean Reyes Reorganizes Office http://kuer.org/post/ag-sean-reyes-reorganizes-office <p>Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has <a href="http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/our-office/office-organizational-chart/" target="_blank">reorganized several positions</a> in his office over the past month, including demoting several Division Chiefs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:06:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46937 at http://kuer.org AG Sean Reyes Reorganizes Office Historic B-17 "Flying Fortress" Gives Glimpse of WWII Experience http://kuer.org/post/historic-b-17-flying-fortress-gives-glimpse-wwii-experience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once the engines started up, the first and only thing you notice is how loud it is. And it only got louder as the engines revved up for takeoff. Once in the air, the flight bombarded all five senses, and yes, that includes taste.&nbsp; It’s an experience that helps you understand, if only slightly, what it must have been like for those who served and often sacrificed their lives while flying a B-17 over Germany.</span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 23:13:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46881 at http://kuer.org Historic B-17 "Flying Fortress" Gives Glimpse of WWII Experience Herbert Reasserts State's Plan to Defend Amendment 3 http://kuer.org/post/herbert-reasserts-states-plan-defend-amendment-3 <p>Governor Herbert tackled several topics at his KUED monthly news conference Thursday including reasserting the state’s position on defending Utah’s Amendment 3.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:45:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46701 at http://kuer.org Herbert Reasserts State's Plan to Defend Amendment 3 Judge Rules Park City Mountain Resort Failed to Renew Lease On Time http://kuer.org/post/judge-rules-park-city-mountain-resort-failed-renew-lease-time <p class="p1">Utah Third District Court judge Ryan Harris has issued summary judgments in favor of the Talisker Corporation and Vail Resorts in their case with Park City Mountain Resort over a failure to renew their lease in 2011.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:32:22 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46661 at http://kuer.org Judge Rules Park City Mountain Resort Failed to Renew Lease On Time Legislator Wants to Bring Back the Firing Squad as Option for Death Penalty http://kuer.org/post/legislator-wants-bring-back-firing-squad-option-death-penalty <p>A Utah legislator plans to run a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for Utah inmates sentenced to death.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2004 Utah inmates sentenced to death have had only one option for their execution: death by lethal injection. But Republican Representative Paul Ray says that could soon pose an issue for the state as it is becoming harder to obtain the specific drugs needed to create the injection and any new formula could be challenged in court.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:59:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46534 at http://kuer.org Legislator Wants to Bring Back the Firing Squad as Option for Death Penalty