Dan Bammes http://kuer.org en New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors http://kuer.org/post/new-tools-looking-pioneer-ancestors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Descendants of Utah’s Mormon pioneers have a new way to connect with the stories of their ancestors’ adventures on the trek to Utah. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:32:31 +0000 Dan Bammes 49632 at http://kuer.org New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power http://kuer.org/post/residential-solar-users-asked-pay-more-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rocky Mountain Power subsidizes new solar power installations through its Blue Sky program. But it’s also insisting it needs additional money from residential customers who have solar panels on their homes.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://psc.utah.gov/utilities/electric/elecindx/2013/13035184indx.html">Utah Public Service Commission</a> is preparing for a hearing next week on Rocky Mountain Power’s request for residential solar power users to pay four dollars and 65 cents a month to connect their homes to the grid.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:43:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 49597 at http://kuer.org Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor http://kuer.org/post/volunteer-ambassador-receiving-nasa-honor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Patrick Wiggins, who represents NASA as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador in Utah, is receiving one of the space agency’s highest honors.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:28:57 +0000 Dan Bammes 49488 at http://kuer.org Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor Gun Deaths Exceed Highway Deaths in Utah http://kuer.org/post/gun-deaths-exceed-highway-deaths-utah <p>Utah is one of 14 states where the number of gun-related deaths is now higher than the number of highway fatalities.&nbsp;</p><p>Highway fatalities in Utah – and across the country – have dropped dramatically in the past decade, thanks in part to safer cars and better drunk driving enforcement. For Utah, a report from the <a href="http://www.vpc.org/">Violence Policy Center</a> says there were 277 motor vehicle deaths in 2011, compared to 308 deaths from guns.&nbsp; That includes accidents, homicides and suicides.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:33:31 +0000 Dan Bammes 49421 at http://kuer.org Gun Deaths Exceed Highway Deaths in Utah Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules http://kuer.org/post/skeptical-reception-bill-allow-stricter-state-air-quality-rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A member of the Utah legislature is trying again to change the law that keeps the state of Utah from imposing stricter environmental rules than the federal government.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican Representative Becky Edwards of North Salt Lake had a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0121.html">similar bill in the last general session</a>.&nbsp; It passed the House, but it was defeated in the state Senate, in part because of opposition from industry.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:07:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 49374 at http://kuer.org Skeptical Reception for Bill to Allow Stricter State Air Quality Rules Interim Committee Will Look at Stricter State Air Quality Regulations http://kuer.org/post/interim-committee-will-look-stricter-state-air-quality-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s current law prohibits state regulators from imposing any air quality regulations stricter than federal requirements. A bill that would change that will be up for discussion in a legislative committee this week.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:00:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 49249 at http://kuer.org Interim Committee Will Look at Stricter State Air Quality Regulations Huge Mulch Pile Fire Extinguished in South Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/huge-mulch-pile-fire-extinguished-south-salt-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A huge pile of wood chips on the <a href="http://www.diamondtreeexperts.com/">Diamond Tree Experts</a> site in South Salt Lake caught fire yesterday.&nbsp; It was the second fire there in a month, and city officials say they’re taking steps to prevent another fire from occurring in the future.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:22:19 +0000 Dan Bammes 49150 at http://kuer.org Huge Mulch Pile Fire Extinguished in South Salt Lake Downtown Alliance Pleased with Retail, Residential Growth http://kuer.org/post/downtown-alliance-pleased-retail-residential-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance released its annual report on economic benchmarks today.&nbsp; It shows retail sales, commercial office space and residential construction are all growing – and people seem to like it.</p><p>A statewide survey included in the report shows 70 percent of residents statewide have a positive perception of downtown Salt Lake, and 50 percent say the parking situation has improved.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:12:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 49072 at http://kuer.org Downtown Alliance Pleased with Retail, Residential Growth LDS Article Addresses Origin of Book of Abraham http://kuer.org/post/lds-article-addresses-origin-book-abraham <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has published another in a series of articles on controversial historical topics on its official website.&nbsp; This one looks at the origin of the Book of Abraham, the source of some uniquely Mormon teachings.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:14:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 49008 at http://kuer.org LDS Article Addresses Origin of Book of Abraham Advocates: Oil Shale Will Deplete Water Resources http://kuer.org/post/advocates-oil-shale-will-deplete-water-resources <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An environmental group says developing oil shale in the West would require enormous amounts of water – and it’s pointing to a recent court case to back up its argument.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 48953 at http://kuer.org Advocates: Oil Shale Will Deplete Water Resources U Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome http://kuer.org/post/u-research-could-lead-new-treatment-metabolic-syndrome <p>Metabolic syndrome is the term used for a number of conditions that are linked together - diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. It affects up to 25 percent of adults in the United States. KUER's Dan Bammes reports new local research is showing how they're related - and how they might be treated.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:09:33 +0000 Dan Bammes 48893 at http://kuer.org U Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome U of U Prepares for Returning LDS Missionaries http://kuer.org/post/u-u-prepares-returning-lds-missionaries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Thousands of young Latter-day Saints took advantage of the change in age for missionary service after it was announced almost two years ago.&nbsp; It won’t be long before some of those missionaries will be coming home.&nbsp; KUER’s Dan Bammes reports the University of Utah is making plans to accommodate them.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:07:08 +0000 Dan Bammes 48792 at http://kuer.org U of U Prepares for Returning LDS Missionaries LDS Missionary Numbers Approach Peak http://kuer.org/post/lds-missionary-numbers-approach-peak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has about 86-thousand missionaries serving around the world.&nbsp; Church leaders are expecting that number to peak later this year.&nbsp; KUER’s Dan Bammes has more.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:32:17 +0000 Dan Bammes 48749 at http://kuer.org LDS Missionary Numbers Approach Peak World Congress of Families Coming to Utah in 2015 http://kuer.org/post/world-congress-families-coming-utah-2015 <p>The <a href="http://worldcongress.org/">World Congress of Families</a> has selected Salt Lake City as the site for its annual meeting next year.&nbsp; That concerns LGBT activist groups, who say the WCF is promoting an anti-gay agenda around the world.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:27:33 +0000 Dan Bammes 48702 at http://kuer.org World Congress of Families Coming to Utah in 2015 It's Now Legal to Sell a Utah Liquor License http://kuer.org/post/its-now-legal-sell-utah-liquor-license <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting today, it’s legal for bar or restaurant owners to sell their liquor licenses in Utah.&nbsp; KUER’s Dan </span>Bammes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports the change is meant to keep transactions above board.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:08:28 +0000 Dan Bammes 48647 at http://kuer.org It's Now Legal to Sell a Utah Liquor License LDS Statement Reserves Priesthood Ordination to Men http://kuer.org/post/lds-statement-reserves-priesthood-ordination-men <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement on the issue of women’s ordination to the priesthood over the weekend.&nbsp; But it hasn’t deterred those who are hoping the church will still make that change.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:09:36 +0000 Dan Bammes 48580 at http://kuer.org LDS Statement Reserves Priesthood Ordination to Men Kelly Says Ordain Women Movement Will Continue http://kuer.org/post/kelly-says-ordain-women-movement-will-continue <p>Even though she’s no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the founder of <a href="http://ordainwomen.org">Ordain Women</a> says she’ll continue in the leadership of the movement to gain the priesthood throughout the church.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:53:54 +0000 Dan Bammes 48253 at http://kuer.org Kelly Says Ordain Women Movement Will Continue Hundreds Support Ordain Women Founder at Vigil http://kuer.org/post/hundreds-support-ordain-women-founder-vigil <p>The founder of the group <a href="http://ordainwomen.org">Ordain Women</a> is waiting to find out whether she’ll be excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.&nbsp; But hundreds of people gathered to support her yesterday near church headquarters, promising to stand by her no matter what a disciplinary council decides.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 03:24:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 48194 at http://kuer.org Hundreds Support Ordain Women Founder at Vigil LDS Church Discipline Process Different For Men and Women http://kuer.org/post/lds-church-discipline-process-different-men-and-women <p>Only men are allowed to hold the priesthood in the <a href="http://www.mormon.org/faq/women-in-the-church">Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints</a>.&nbsp; Advocating for a change in that policy is the reason Kate Kelly is facing possible excommunication.&nbsp; But because she’s a woman, the rules for church discipline are different than they would be for a man.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:44:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 47751 at http://kuer.org LDS Church Discipline Process Different For Men and Women Ordain Women Founder, Podcaster Face Excommunication from LDS Church http://kuer.org/post/ordain-women-founder-podcaster-face-excommunication-lds-church <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The founder of the group Ordain Women and the creator of a podcast on Mormon issues are facing formal discipline from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.&nbsp; Both face the prospect of excommunication from the church.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:00:17 +0000 Dan Bammes 47699 at http://kuer.org Ordain Women Founder, Podcaster Face Excommunication from LDS Church Days of '47 Again Rejects Mormons Building Bridges Entry http://kuer.org/post/days-47-again-rejects-mormons-building-bridges-entry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The <a href="http://www.daysof47.com/" target="_blank">Days of ’47</a> parade has once again turned down a request to allow the group Mormons Building Bridges to participate in the annual event on Pioneer Day.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:44:19 +0000 Dan Bammes 47634 at http://kuer.org Days of '47 Again Rejects Mormons Building Bridges Entry Mormon Podcasters Reaching Out With New Book http://kuer.org/post/mormon-podcasters-reaching-out-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two African-American Mormon women who’ve gained a following with a popular podcast,<a href="http://sistasinzion.com/"> <em>Sistas in Zion</em></a>, are out with a new book about their experiences in the LDS church.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:31:57 +0000 Dan Bammes 47572 at http://kuer.org Mormon Podcasters Reaching Out With New Book Victims of Rwandan Genocide Remembered at Memorial Service http://kuer.org/post/victims-rwandan-genocide-remembered-memorial-service <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s been 20 years since hundreds of thousands were murdered in attacks against the Tutsi people of Rwanda.&nbsp; They were remembered at a service on Sunday at Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City.</p><p>A representative of the Rwandan embassy and survivors of the genocide were asked to tell their stories as part of the service.&nbsp; As many as a million people were killed in months of attacks by the country’s Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:30:53 +0000 Dan Bammes 47525 at http://kuer.org Victims of Rwandan Genocide Remembered at Memorial Service Married Couples Celebrated at SLC's Pride Parade http://kuer.org/post/married-couples-celebrated-slcs-pride-parade <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Thousands of people lined the streets for Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade on Sunday.&nbsp; The grand marshals were the plaintiffs in <em>Kitchen versus Herbert</em> the court case that struck down Utah’s laws on same-sex marriage in December.&nbsp; The decision was stayed while it’s appealed to the 10<sup>th</sup> Circuit, but hundreds of couples who were married during the seventeen days the ruling was in effect were right up front in the parade.</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:25:01 +0000 Dan Bammes 47488 at http://kuer.org Married Couples Celebrated at SLC's Pride Parade Scouts Will Lead Pride Parade Again This Year http://kuer.org/post/scouts-will-lead-pride-parade-again-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A color guard made up of Boy Scouts and former Scouts will lead <a href="http://www.utahpridefestival.org/">Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade</a> for a second year. &nbsp;I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t will also include some Scout leaders who’ve lost their positions because of national Scouting policies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just over a year ago, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow young gay men to participate in Scouting.&nbsp; But gay adult leaders are still excluded.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:16:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 47444 at http://kuer.org Scouts Will Lead Pride Parade Again This Year VA Chooses New Contractor for Sweat Lodge Ceremonies http://kuer.org/post/va-chooses-new-contractor-sweat-lodge-ceremonies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center has chosen a new contractor to provide sweat lodges and other Native American healing ceremonies.&nbsp; That’s disappointed supporters of Arnold Thomas, who’s been doing it for the past ten years.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:40:41 +0000 Dan Bammes 47389 at http://kuer.org VA Chooses New Contractor for Sweat Lodge Ceremonies No Money Needed at Orem Community Swap Meet http://kuer.org/post/no-money-needed-orem-community-swap-meet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a big swap meet planned in </span>Orem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this weekend – with no price tags on the merchandise. &nbsp;A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nyone can show up and take what they like for free.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 47264 at http://kuer.org No Money Needed at Orem Community Swap Meet Mormons Building Bridges Back for Utah Pride Festival http://kuer.org/post/mormons-building-bridges-back-utah-pride-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Same-sex couples who were legally married after a federal court decision last December will be honored guests in this year’s Utah Pride Festival Parade, and a group of Mormons who’ve been part of the festival for the past two years will be back as well.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:08:23 +0000 Dan Bammes 47206 at http://kuer.org Mormons Building Bridges Back for Utah Pride Festival LDS Public Affairs Chief Says Church is Listening to Women http://kuer.org/post/lds-public-affairs-chief-says-church-listening-women <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has responded to criticism that the church is not engaging with women seeking to change its practices.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:31:20 +0000 Dan Bammes 47091 at http://kuer.org LDS Public Affairs Chief Says Church is Listening to Women BYU Reopens Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum http://kuer.org/post/byu-reopens-monte-l-bean-life-science-museum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://mlbean.byu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at Brigham Young University has re-opened after a two-year renovation project. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:12:30 +0000 Dan Bammes 47041 at http://kuer.org BYU Reopens Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum