Bob Nelson http://kuer.org en SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program http://kuer.org/post/slc-department-airports-breaks-ground-18-billion-terminal-redevelopment-program <p>The Salt Lake City Department of Airports will break ground Friday on the 1.8 billion dollar Terminal Redevelopment Program. Construction will continue in phases from now through 2019 with complete build out by 2022. Mike Williams is the program director of the massive project. He says there will be many big changes along the way but the effort is going to be well worth it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:23:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 49450 at http://kuer.org SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause http://kuer.org/post/park-citys-autumn-aloft-returns-after-20-year-pause <p>Park City’s <a href="http://www.autumnaloft.com/">Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival </a>is returning after suddenly ending 20 years ago. It will coincide with the final weekend of the <a href="http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com/">Parksilly Sunday Market</a> September 19 through the 21<sup>st</sup>. Meisha Lawson is the spokeswoman for the festival. She says city leaders, residents and businesses are showing overwhelming support for the return of the event.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 49449 at http://kuer.org Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause Investigative Committee Chair on Attorneys General Arrests: System Working http://kuer.org/post/investigative-committee-chair-attorneys-general-arrests-system-working <p></p><p></p><p>The chair of the Legislature’s <a href="http://le.utah.gov/investigative/investigativecomm.jsp">Special Investigative Committee</a> says he is working on a bill to increase potential use of grand juries in investigations in the wake of the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff arrests Tuesday. Republican Representative Jim Dunnigan of Taylorsville led the bi-partisan investigation after the US Department of Justice dropped the case. He says a number of potentially helpful parties simply did not respond to subpoenas from the committee.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Bob Nelson 49333 at http://kuer.org Investigative Committee Chair on Attorneys General Arrests: System Working Smith's Food and Drug to Anchor Holladay Major Mall Redevelopment http://kuer.org/post/smiths-food-and-drug-anchor-holladay-major-mall-redevelopment <p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:38:41 +0000 Bob Nelson 49026 at http://kuer.org Smith's Food and Drug to Anchor Holladay Major Mall Redevelopment Utah Hemp Card Applications Open Tuesday http://kuer.org/post/utah-hemp-card-applications-open-tuesday <p></p><p>Tuesday Utah residents will be able to <a href="http://health.utah.gov/hempregistry/FINALAPForm072014.pdf">apply for a special card</a> that allows them to legally possess hemp oil for medical treatment purposes. The law that sets up the program went into effect this month.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:26:54 +0000 Bob Nelson 48912 at http://kuer.org Utah Hemp Card Applications Open Tuesday UTA Off for the 4th but Change Possible Next Year http://kuer.org/post/uta-4th-change-possible-next-year <p>Thousands of Salt Lake Valley residents will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, but they won’t be able to catch a bus or train to get around. The <a href="http://www.rideuta.com/">Utah Transit Authority</a> is taking the day off. KUER’s Bob Nelson reports.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:21:23 +0000 Bob Nelson 48773 at http://kuer.org UTA Off for the 4th but Change Possible Next Year U of U Atmospheric Scientist Counting Down OCO-2 Launch Wednesday http://kuer.org/post/u-u-atmospheric-scientist-counting-down-oco-2-launch-wednesday <p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:18:12 +0000 Bob Nelson 48656 at http://kuer.org U of U Atmospheric Scientist Counting Down OCO-2 Launch Wednesday Fire Destroys Remnants of Brigham City's Historic Baron Woolen Mills http://kuer.org/post/fire-destroys-remnants-brigham-citys-historic-baron-woolen-mills <p></p><p>A small group of firefighters is still working on one remaining hotspot at Brigham City’s Historic Baron Woolen Mills Monday afternoon. Rick Bosworth, spokesman for <a href="http://brighamcity.utah.gov/index.htm">Brigham City</a> says the fire started around 9 pm Sunday in a newer area of the abandoned factory and spread to the larger brick structure. He says crews came in from surrounding cities to battle the fire.</p><p>“We had Brigham, Willard, Honeyville, Corinne and Tremonton all at the site,” says Bosworth.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:23:21 +0000 Bob Nelson 48581 at http://kuer.org Fire Destroys Remnants of Brigham City's Historic Baron Woolen Mills Salt Lake City Connects New Trio of Solar Power Arrays http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-connects-new-trio-solar-power-arrays <p><a href="http://www.ci.slc.ut.us/">Salt Lake City</a> officials flipped the “on” switch Wednesday celebrating the completion of three large solar projects to power city buildings. &nbsp;1.7 million kilowatts of electricity annually will come from the solar farm connected to the <a href="http://www.mocamanage.com/slcweb/">Public Safety Building</a>, and the city’s operation center at Plaza 349. Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker says Utah’s energy codes are 30 percent less efficient than federal standards and he says leaders at the state level need raise those standards. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:53:37 +0000 Bob Nelson 48417 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Connects New Trio of Solar Power Arrays Summer Means Utah's Ozone Season is Here http://kuer.org/post/summer-means-utahs-ozone-season-here <p>The state departments of <a href="http://health.utah.gov/">Health</a> and <a href="http://www.deq.utah.gov/">Environmental Quality</a> are both calling attention to the unofficial arrival of the ozone season this week. Ozone is the product of auto and industrial exhaust heated by the summer sun. Kellie Baxter is with the health department’s Asthma Program. She’s urging Utahns to be aware of ozone’s potentially harmful effects.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:19:20 +0000 Bob Nelson 48289 at http://kuer.org Summer Means Utah's Ozone Season is Here First Wind Announces Another PPA with Rocky Mtn Power in a Month http://kuer.org/post/first-wind-announces-another-ppa-rocky-mtn-power-month <p>Renewable energy company <a href="http://www.firstwind.com/">First Wind</a> has finalized four more 20-year power purchase agreements, or PPA’s, with <a href="https://www.rockymountainpower.net/index.html">Rock Mountain Power</a>. The latest PPA announced Thursday is for power generated from the company’s planned 320 megawatt “Four Brothers” solar development in Beaver and Iron Counties. Cody Stewart is Governor Gary Herbert’s Energy Advisor. He says the agreement has been in the works for a long time.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:48:34 +0000 Bob Nelson 48122 at http://kuer.org First Wind Announces Another PPA with Rocky Mtn Power in a Month Fees for Vital State Records Set to Increase July 1st http://kuer.org/post/fees-vital-state-records-set-increase-july-1st <p>Fees for vital records like birth and death certificates in Utah are set to increase on July 1<sup>st</sup>. &nbsp;Approval of a House Appropriations Bill during the Legislative session earlier this year allowed the increase. Janice Houston is the State Registrar and the Director of the Utah Department of Health’s Vital Records and Statistics. She says the department is almost totally funded by fees with only some federal funding provided.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:43:08 +0000 Bob Nelson 47985 at http://kuer.org Fees for Vital State Records Set to Increase July 1st Small Bountiful-Area Earthquake Felt Across the Wasatch Front http://kuer.org/post/small-bountiful-area-earthquake-felt-across-wasatch-front <p>Authorities received thousands of widespread reports of last night’s small earthquake 10 miles east of Bountiful. Katherine Whidden, research seismologist with the <a href="http://www.seis.utah.edu/">University of Utah Seismology Stations</a>, says the reports were extensive because the epicenter was so close to the metro area.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:13:26 +0000 Bob Nelson 47708 at http://kuer.org Small Bountiful-Area Earthquake Felt Across the Wasatch Front Governor Herbert Addresses Panel at US Chamber Small Business Summit http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-addresses-panel-us-chamber-small-business-summit <p>Utah has received more top 10 economic rankings than any other state in the country. That’s according to the <a href="http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/enterprisingstates/#map/all/">Enterprising States 2014 report</a> released Wednesday at the <a href="http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/">US Chamber of Commerce</a> <a href="http://www.uschambersummit.com/">Small Business Summit</a> in Washington. <a href="http://www.utah.gov/governor/">Governor Gary Herbert</a> was part of a panel discussion at the summit on closing the skills gap. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:44:40 +0000 Bob Nelson 47650 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Addresses Panel at US Chamber Small Business Summit Governor Herbert Joins Western Tourism Group in Agreement with US Interior Secretary http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-joins-western-tourism-group-agreement-us-interior-secretary <p><a href="http://www.utah.gov/governor/">Gary Herbert</a> was among several western governors and U-S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell who signed an agreement to recognize the importance of tourism on federal lands and waters. The memorandum of understanding, or MOU, is between members of the <a href="http://jwalker3dotcom.wordpress.com/home/utah/">Western States Tourism Policy Council</a> and a variety of Federal Agencies. Vickie Varela is the managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism. She says fostering public/ private partnerships is one of the key areas of cooperation.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:10:16 +0000 Bob Nelson 47545 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Joins Western Tourism Group in Agreement with US Interior Secretary The Draw Opens In Sugar House http://kuer.org/post/draw-opens-sugar-house <p>Sugar house Park above 13<sup>th</sup> East and Hidden Hollow Park are now officially connected by Parley’s Trail. A couple hundred people including residents and government officials gathered this morning Friday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of The Draw at Sugar House. <a href="http://matheson.house.gov">Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson</a> recalled just starting out in Washington when a coalition people from the Salt Lake Valley first met with him with this huge urban trails project.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:21:59 +0000 Bob Nelson 47429 at http://kuer.org The Draw Opens In Sugar House Utah's Primary Care Network Enrollment Opens for the First Time in a Year http://kuer.org/post/utahs-primary-care-network-enrollment-opens-first-time-year <p>Open enrollment in <a href="http://www.health.utah.gov/pcn/">Utah’s Primary Care Network</a>, or PCN, begins today for the first time since May of 2013. Kolbi Young of the Utah Department of Health says there are about 73,000 Utahns who are eligible for this type of care.</p><p>“The Primary Care Network program has been around for years and it’s a program that essentially covers a portion of the population that’s not typically eligible for Medicaid with very primary preventive services,” says Young.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:12:48 +0000 Bob Nelson 47218 at http://kuer.org Utah's Primary Care Network Enrollment Opens for the First Time in a Year Salt Lake County High School Group Boosts Seatbelt Use 9% in 2013-14 Year http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-high-school-group-boosts-seatbelt-use-9-2013-14-year <p>A group of Salt Lake valley high schools increased their overall seatbelt use 9 percent this school year by participating in various student-created programs. The <a href="http://slcohealth.org/">Salt Lake County Health Department</a> program to increase seatbelt use among young drivers works in collaboration with the “<a href="http://www.dontdrivestupid.com/">Don’t Drive Stupid Campaign</a>” and the Utah Highway Patrol’s Adopt-A-High School. Six high schools participated in the program. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:45:41 +0000 Bob Nelson 47096 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County High School Group Boosts Seatbelt Use 9% in 2013-14 Year Transportation Costs Push Zions Bank Consumer Price Index Up http://kuer.org/post/transportation-costs-push-zions-bank-consumer-price-index <p>The <a href="https://www.zionsbank.com/">Zions Bank</a> Consumer Price Index increased 0.1 percent in April compared with March on a seasonally adjusted basis. Aaron Anderson is a Director at the <a href="http://cicerogroup.com/">Cicero Group</a>, which conducts the survey for Zions. He says transportation cost increases including the price of new cars were the driving force behind the up-tick.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:13:21 +0000 Bob Nelson 46921 at http://kuer.org Transportation Costs Push Zions Bank Consumer Price Index Up Senator Orrin Hatch Delivers Memorial Day Message to Woods Cross Crowd http://kuer.org/post/senator-orrin-hatch-delivers-memorial-day-message-woods-cross-crowd <p>Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch delivered the keynote address for the Memorial Day celebration in Woods Cross Monday. Senator Hatch stepped to the podium following the Woods Cross Men’s Chorus singing a song Hatch co-wrote with Janice Kapp-Perry called “I Love Old Glory.” He recalled his emotions while standing at the grave site of General George Patton in Luxembourg where 5-thousand American soldiers are buried.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:02:46 +0000 Bob Nelson 46864 at http://kuer.org Senator Orrin Hatch Delivers Memorial Day Message to Woods Cross Crowd Utah Youth Conservation Corps Gets Boost from Obama Administration Initiative http://kuer.org/post/utah-youth-conservation-corps-gets-boost-obama-administration-initiative <p>Utah youth conservation groups are expected to get a significant portion of the <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&amp;pageid=534535">$6.7 million dollars in funding announced yesterday by U-S Interior Secretary Sally Jewel</a>l. The total amount comes from various public agencies with matching funds from private groups as part of <a href="http://21csc.org/">President Obama’s 21<sup>st</sup> Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative</a>. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:18:20 +0000 Bob Nelson 46765 at http://kuer.org Utah Youth Conservation Corps Gets Boost from Obama Administration Initiative Former Mexico President Calderon Tells SLC Trade Conference Betting on Trade Paid Off http://kuer.org/post/former-mexico-president-calderon-tells-slc-trade-conference-betting-trade-paid <p><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION">Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon delivered the keynote address Wednesday at the <a href="https://www.zionsbank.com/business/trade-biz-conf.jsp">Zions Bank 13<sup>th</sup> Annual Trade and Business Conference</a>. Calderon served as President from 2006-2012 during what he calls the worst economic crisis in human memory. He recalled the saying; when the United States gets a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia. </span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:54:58 +0000 Bob Nelson 46668 at http://kuer.org Former Mexico President Calderon Tells SLC Trade Conference Betting on Trade Paid Off U Economic Report Shows 2014 Sundance Film Festival Brings More than Art to Utah http://kuer.org/post/u-economic-report-shows-2014-sundance-film-festival-brings-more-art-utah <p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 00:40:52 +0000 Bob Nelson 46371 at http://kuer.org U Economic Report Shows 2014 Sundance Film Festival Brings More than Art to Utah Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies http://kuer.org/post/ann-romney-keynotes-suu-graduation-ceremonies <p>Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2014 at <a href="https://www.suu.edu/">Southern Utah University </a>this morning. She quoted <a href="http://rickwarren.org/">evangelical Christian Pastor Rick Warren</a> in urging the graduates to live <a href="http://www.purposedriven.com/">a purpose-driven life</a>. She recalled the day when her husband, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, got the call from Kem Gardner asking them to take over the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:24:48 +0000 Bob Nelson 45773 at http://kuer.org Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies Utah's Bike Friendly Ranking is in the Nation's Top 10 for the First Time http://kuer.org/post/utahs-bike-friendly-ranking-nations-top-10-first-time <p>Utah’s bicycle-friendly ranking is in the top ten in the nation for the first time ever. The <a href="http://bikeleague.org/">League of American Bicyclists</a> traditionally marks the beginning of National Bike Month by releasing its rankings. <a href="http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFS2014_Utah.pdf">Utah moved to #8 </a>compared to 2013’s #14 ranking. Each state gets a ranking based on a level of achievement in the 5 “E’s”; engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:55:29 +0000 Bob Nelson 45711 at http://kuer.org Utah's Bike Friendly Ranking is in the Nation's Top 10 for the First Time Alliant Techsystems Spins Off Sporting Group in Deal with Orbital Sciences http://kuer.org/post/alliant-techsystems-spins-sporting-group-deal-orbital-sciences <p><a href="https://www.atk.com/business-groups/atk-aerospace/">Alliant Techsystems </a>announced it is merging the majority of its holdings with <a href="http://www.orbital.com/">Orbital Sciences</a>. The company is best known in Utah as ATK with operations in Magna, Clearfield and Promontory. A company press release says the 1-point-seven billion dollar deal involves spinning off the parent company’s Sporting Group. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:27:12 +0000 Bob Nelson 45672 at http://kuer.org Alliant Techsystems Spins Off Sporting Group in Deal with Orbital Sciences Democrat Brian Wonnacott has "Toughest Climb Ever" for 3rd Congressional Seat http://kuer.org/post/democrat-brian-wonnacott-has-toughest-climb-ever-3rd-congressional-seat <p>Software engineer Brian Wonnacott ran unopposed for the Democratic seat in the 3<sup>rd</sup> Congressional District against <a href="http://chaffetz.house.gov/">Republican incumbent Jason Chaffetz</a> Saturday. The avid outdoorsman says he regularly climbs Mount Olympus and Grandeur Peak. In asking delegates for their vote, Wonnacott expressed his realistic view of his campaign.</p><p>“I’ve climbed Mt. Rainier and Kilimanjaro and now I hope to climb the highest mountain of all, the bureaucracy of the US Government,” say Wonnacott.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:00:10 +0000 Bob Nelson 45466 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont's Run at AG's Seat Official After State Convention http://kuer.org/post/democrat-charles-stormonts-run-ags-seat-official-after-state-convention <p><a href="http://www.stormont4ag.com/">Charles Stormont will be the Democratic candidate</a> for Attorney General. He’s been working in the Attorney General’s office since 2008. He ran uncontested at the Democratic Convention. Following an impassioned nomination speech by <a href="http://www.patricearent.com/">Representative Patrice Arent</a>, Stormont declared his stand against Amendment 3.</p><p>“It is time for an attorney general who will not play politics with Utah families,” says Stormont.</p><p>He says he doesn’t question the character of his opponent, Sean Reyes.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:40:40 +0000 Bob Nelson 45465 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont's Run at AG's Seat Official After State Convention New Study has Utah 3rd Lowest in the Nation for Women CEO's http://kuer.org/post/new-study-has-utah-3rd-lowest-nation-women-ceos <p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:41:11 +0000 Bob Nelson 45290 at http://kuer.org New Study has Utah 3rd Lowest in the Nation for Women CEO's Rocky Mountain Power and Rescue Crews Run First Confined Space Exercise http://kuer.org/post/rocky-mountain-power-and-rescue-crews-run-first-confined-space-exercise <p></p><p><a href="https://www.rockymountainpower.net/index.html">Rocky Mountain Power</a> and various rescue crews in the Salt Lake Valley are running three coordinated rescue exercises this week. Monday’s exercise was the first in the series with a mock victim trapped below an industrial power supply box in a Salt Lake City industrial park.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:10:36 +0000 Bob Nelson 45188 at http://kuer.org Rocky Mountain Power and Rescue Crews Run First Confined Space Exercise