Business & Labor http://kuer.org en Child Poverty on the Rise in Utah http://kuer.org/post/child-poverty-rise-utah <p></p><p>Children in Utah are more likely to be living in poverty today than they were two decades ago. That’s according to <a href="http://www.aecf.org/resources/the-2014-kids-count-data-book/?utm_source=eblast&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=press+release&amp;utm_content=state">new data</a> released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The percentage of Utah children living in poverty rose from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. That’s a concern for Deputy Director of Voices for Utah Children Terry Haven.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:22:18 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49756 at http://kuer.org Child Poverty on the Rise in Utah Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-another-step-closer-moving <p></p><p>Medical waste company Stericycle has cleared another hurdle in its effort to relocate its incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele County. The local planning commission approved a conditional use permit for the new facility this month, though two commissioners voted against it.</p><p>Stericycle Vice President of Corporate Communications&nbsp; Jennifer Koenig says the permit is necessary to move forward with a new facility, but it’s only one step among many.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:32:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49601 at http://kuer.org Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving 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 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 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 Report Finds Shortage of Workers with STEM Skills http://kuer.org/post/report-finds-shortage-workers-stem-skills <p></p><p>A new national report shows that there is a shortage of workers with developed skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). &nbsp;The <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/job-vacancies-and-stem-skills#/M10420">Brookings Institution report</a> analyzed how long job vacancies were posted last year for various occupations. The study’s author Jonathan Rothwell says STEM jobs took the longest to fill everywhere across the country, indicating difficulty finding workers with adequate skills.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:04:44 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48972 at http://kuer.org Report Finds Shortage of Workers with STEM Skills 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 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 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 Tribune Supporters Take Their Case to DC http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-tribune-supporters-take-their-case-dc <p></p><p>A small group concerned about the future of The Salt Lake Tribune is in Washington, DC hoping to catch the attention of congressional lawmakers and officials at the Justice Department. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:52:35 +0000 Terry Gildea 48329 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake Tribune Supporters Take Their Case to DC DABC Approves Snowbird’s Oktoberfest Liquor Permit http://kuer.org/post/dabc-approves-snowbird-s-oktoberfest-liquor-permit <p></p><p>There will be beer at Snowbird’s Oktoberfest after all. Commissioners with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control approved a single-event permit for the festival Tuesday, but the discussion around Utah’s liquor laws is not over.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:43:14 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48306 at http://kuer.org DABC Approves Snowbird’s Oktoberfest Liquor Permit Department of Labor to Help Uranium Workers File Claims in Moab http://kuer.org/post/department-labor-help-uranium-workers-file-claims-moab <p></p><p>The US Department of Labor is holding <a href="http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/regs/compliance/UpcomingEvents.htm">town hall meetings</a> in Moab this week to help uranium workers who may be eligible for compensation and medical benefits.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48243 at http://kuer.org Department of Labor to Help Uranium Workers File Claims in Moab Utah Newspaper Project Files Lawsuit in Federal Court http://kuer.org/post/utah-newspaper-project-files-lawsuit-federal-court <p></p><p>The Utah Newspaper Project filed a lawsuit today in federal court against the Deseret News and Digital First Media, the parent company of the Salt Lake Tribune. They contend that the joint operating agreement shared by both newspapers violates federal law.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:31:51 +0000 Terry Gildea 47905 at http://kuer.org Utah Newspaper Project Files Lawsuit in Federal Court 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 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 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 Jon Huntsman Sr. Interested in Buying the Salt Lake Tribune http://kuer.org/post/jon-huntsman-sr-interested-buying-salt-lake-tribune <p></p><p>Ending months of speculation, Jon Huntsman Sr. acknowledged today that he is interested in buying the Salt Lake Tribune. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:33:04 +0000 Terry Gildea 47457 at http://kuer.org 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 Reconsiders Work Requirements for Food Assistance http://kuer.org/post/utah-reconsiders-work-requirements-food-assistance <p></p><p>The number of people getting food assistance from Utah’s SNAP program has significantly declined over the past two years. State officials credit improvements in the economy and employment, but some advocates for the poor say it also has to do with work requirements that make it harder for people to receive benefits.</p><p>Nic Dunn is a spokesperson for Utah Department of Workforce Services, and when he looks at the decline in SNAP caseloads, he sees evidence that the state is climbing out of the recession.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:21:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47334 at http://kuer.org Utah Reconsiders Work Requirements for Food Assistance “Utah’s Own” Branding Campaign Expands into Rural Areas http://kuer.org/post/utah-s-own-branding-campaign-expands-rural-areas <p></p><p>The push to promote local products made in Utah is expanding into rural areas. Tooele County hosts its first ever <a href="http://utahsown.utah.gov/">Utah’s Own</a> Summit&nbsp;on Friday to help small food-oriented companies expand their business, add jobs, and improve rural Utah’s economy.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:59:32 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47060 at http://kuer.org “Utah’s Own” Branding Campaign Expands into Rural Areas 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 Utah Alcohol Board May Not Give Snowbird's Oktoberfest a Beer Permit http://kuer.org/post/utah-alcohol-board-may-not-give-snowbirds-oktoberfest-beer-permit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state liquor commission may not let </span><a href="http://www.snowbird.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Snowbird Ski Resort</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> serve beer at its annual </span><a href="http://www.snowbird.com/events/oktoberfest/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Oktoberfest</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this year. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:25:36 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47004 at http://kuer.org Utah Alcohol Board May Not Give Snowbird's Oktoberfest a Beer Permit 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 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 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 UTA Installs Cameras on Buses Despite Union Objections http://kuer.org/post/uta-installs-cameras-buses-despite-union-objections <p></p><p>The Utah Transit Authority is moving forward with installation of surveillance cameras on buses despite the transit union’s claim that the move is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement.</p><p>UTA officials say they are spending more than 2 million dollars to install surveillance cameras in a fleet of 600 buses in order to improve passenger safety and transit efficiency. Attorney Joseph Hatch represents the transit union. He says drivers should have a say in how these cameras are used.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:40:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46422 at http://kuer.org UTA Installs Cameras on Buses Despite Union Objections 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