Salt Lake County http://kuer.org en Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model http://kuer.org/post/audit-validates-salt-lake-county-s-new-behavioral-health-model <p></p><p>An <a href="http://slco.org/uploadedFiles/depot/fMayor/BehavioralHealth_Audit.pdf">independent audit </a>of Salt Lake County’s Behavioral Health Services system was released Tuesday. Officials say it validates the county’s move to a managed-care model.&nbsp; County Mayor Ben McAdams called for the audit last year following news that provider Valley Behavioral Health (VBH) would discontinue service to hundreds of patients due to budget cuts.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:37:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49328 at http://kuer.org Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model 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 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 Salt Lake County Medicaid Argument Doesn’t Sway Republican Lawmaker http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-medicaid-argument-doesn-t-sway-republican-lawmaker <p></p><p>The Salt Lake County Council is sending a letter this week to the Utah legislature asking them to support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan and accept Medicaid funds. County councilors have said those federal funds could offset a 12 percent budget shortfall for behavioral health services expected next year. But so far, state lawmakers are holding firm in their positions on Medicaid.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:51:24 +0000 Andrea Smardon 47722 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Medicaid Argument Doesn’t Sway Republican Lawmaker McAdams Launches County Diversity Campaign http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-launches-county-diversity-campaign <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wants county employees to be extra-welcoming and respectful to their increasingly more diverse neighbors. As part of a new Inclusion Campaign, McAdams is pushing for every county employee to have completed diversity awareness training by the end of this year. He’s also reaching out to employers outside county government to do the training.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:42:05 +0000 Whittney Evans 47002 at http://kuer.org McAdams Launches County Diversity Campaign Cities Set Aside Money to Improve Homeless Outreach http://kuer.org/post/cities-set-aside-money-improve-homeless-outreach <p></p><p>Ten of Salt Lake County’s 16 cities have combined forces and set aside $200,000 to increase services for the homeless in Salt Lake County. It’s a new collaboration spearheaded by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:57:43 +0000 Whittney Evans 45718 at http://kuer.org Cities Set Aside Money to Improve Homeless Outreach Salt Lake County and Midvale Celebrate Groundbreaking of Senior Center http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-and-midvale-celebrate-groundbreaking-senior-center <p>A small number of Midvale senior citizens gathered for the ground breaking ceremony of a new Senior Center this morning. Local seniors regularly meet at an <a href="http://www.slco.org/aging/html/centers_contactinfo.html#H">old 3,500 square foot building, originally one of the first senior centers in the valley in Midvale City Park</a>. By next summer they will be enjoying the new 20,000 square foot center on the city hall grounds. Traci Lee is with Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services. She says seniors love going to the center.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:38:13 +0000 Bob Nelson 44956 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County and Midvale Celebrate Groundbreaking of Senior Center County Seeks Applicants for Community Preservation Committee http://kuer.org/post/county-seeks-applicants-community-preservation-committee <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is looking for residents of unincorporated Salt Lake County to take part in a new citizen’s advisory committee. The committee will be tasked with deciding how to preserve unincorporated communities, provide high quality services and keep taxes low. The Salt Lake County Council will consider a resolution today to move forward with the committee. McAdams says the so-called Community Preservation Project will bring peace to a decades-old fight about the future of unincorporated Salt Lake County.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:44:27 +0000 Whittney Evans 44582 at http://kuer.org County Seeks Applicants for Community Preservation Committee Salt Lake County Unveils New Electric Vehicle Super Charging Station http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-unveils-new-electric-vehicle-super-charging-station <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveiled a brand new electric vehicle charging station today at the County Building. It’s the first publicly operated </span>EV<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> charging station in the valley.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:51:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44365 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Unveils New Electric Vehicle Super Charging Station McAdams: Lean Budget, Quality Services All Possible at Salt Lake County http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-lean-budget-quality-services-all-possible-salt-lake-county <p></p><p>Salt Lake County has maintained a conservative budget all while investing in opportunities and community assets for a better future. That’s the message Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams delivered during his annual State of the County Address this morning.</p><p>McAdams credits bipartisanship, fiscal prudence and a thriving local economy for the county’s ability to adequately fund arts and cultural facilities, museums, parks, trails and other services.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:30:50 +0000 Whittney Evans 40806 at http://kuer.org McAdams: Lean Budget, Quality Services All Possible at Salt Lake County Salt Lake County GOP to Elect New County Council Member, State Representative http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-gop-elect-new-county-council-member-state-representative <p></p><p></p><p>The Salt Lake County Republican Party will hold two special elections tonight: One to replace 3<sup>rd</sup> District County councilman David Wilde and another to replace former state Representative Derek Brown in House District 49. Both resigned in January.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Wilde left the Salt Lake County council to work for Salt Lake County District Attorney </span>Sim<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gill, where he will be eligible for the health care benefits he’ll need to combat cancer. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:40:35 +0000 Whittney Evans 40618 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County GOP to Elect New County Council Member, State Representative Mike Reberg Named as Salt Lake County's New Director of Animal Services http://kuer.org/post/mike-reberg-named-salt-lake-countys-new-director-animal-services <p><a href="http://animalservices.slco.org/">&nbsp;Salt Lake County Animal Services</a> has a new director. Mike Reberg had been working in Congressman Jim Matheson’s Wasatch Front office. He’s also a former associate public works director for the county. Russ Wall, Salt Lake County’s Public Works Director, says Reberg intends to bring the two main aspects of animal services, enforcement and adoption, closer together.</p><p>“He’s an animal lover but more importantly, he’s a people lover and so we’re really excited to have him here,” says Wall.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:53:52 +0000 Bob Nelson 37744 at http://kuer.org Mike Reberg Named as Salt Lake County's New Director of Animal Services Inspection Finds Surplus Canal Levees "Unacceptable" http://kuer.org/post/inspection-finds-surplus-canal-levees-unacceptable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An inspection by the Army Corps of Engineers has found the levees along the Jordan River Surplus Canal are in “unacceptable” condition.&nbsp; But Salt Lake County is promising to bring them back up to standard.&nbsp; </span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:15:17 +0000 Dan Bammes 37621 at http://kuer.org Inspection Finds Surplus Canal Levees "Unacceptable" McAdams' Budget Restores Benefits, Raises Salaries http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-budget-restores-benefits-raises-salaries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams laid out his 2014 budget proposal today, which he describes as structurally balanced and fiscally conservative. The $870 million budget includes funding for a handful of new initiatives and a pay increase for county employees.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:40:47 +0000 Whittney Evans 37440 at http://kuer.org McAdams' Budget Restores Benefits, Raises Salaries PETA Files Complaint Against Horse-Drawn Carriage Company http://kuer.org/post/peta-files-complaint-against-horse-drawn-carriage-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint with Salt Lake County Animal Services on Tuesday calling for an investigation into embattled horse-drawn carriage company Carriage for Hire. </span>PETA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says Salt Lake City should revoke the company’s license for failing to report a number of accidents involving horse carriages. But, improper reporting may not be enough to force horse carriages off the streets. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:57:32 +0000 Whittney Evans 37190 at http://kuer.org PETA Files Complaint Against Horse-Drawn Carriage Company Salt Lake County to Streamline 911 System http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-streamline-911-system <p></p><p>When a 9-1-1 dispatch center in Salt Lake County gets a call like this, the operator will use one of two existing software programs to locate emergency responders; and based on the location of the incident, call on the responder that’s closest to the scene.</p><p>Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the problem with this scenario&nbsp;is when dispatchers are divided between two software systems, they’re not communicating. Depending on where the call was routed and the location of the&nbsp;incident, the caller may have to be transferred to another operator.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:02:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 35202 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County to Streamline 911 System Salt Lake County Approves Public/Private Funding for At-Risk Preschool Programs http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-approves-publicprivate-funding-risk-preschool-programs <p>The Salt Lake County Council Tuesday unanimously approved a $350,000 expansion of voluntary preschool for at-risk children. It’s a public-private partnership between the County and Goldman Sachs, along with help from philanthropist J.B. Pritzker. Brenda Van Gorder is the Granite School District Preschool Services Director. She says kids who started as at-risk youth in district pre-school are entering 6<sup>th</sup> grade in the fall and are turning out to be great kids.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:35:43 +0000 Bob Nelson 32525 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Approves Public/Private Funding for At-Risk Preschool Programs McAdams Calls for More Pre-K, After-school Programs http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-calls-more-pre-k-after-school-programs <p></p><p>Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county can strengthen its supportive role in education by first investing in early intervention and afterschool programs. McAdams was speaking at the county’s first annual Education Summit at the Granite School District headquarters.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McAdams is looking for ways to double the number of after school programs in the county.</span></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:33:16 +0000 Whittney Evans 31079 at http://kuer.org McAdams Calls for More Pre-K, After-school Programs KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-march-26-2013 <p>The U.S. Interior Department announces a plan to develop Utah tar sands, a sweetheart deal could end up saving Salt Lake County millions of dollars, and the University of Utah begins an investigation into their swim team.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85039458&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:37:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26911 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013 30-Year-Old Deal Could Save Salt Lake County Millions of Dollars http://kuer.org/post/30-year-old-deal-could-save-salt-lake-county-millions-dollars <p>A deal made more than 30 years ago between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Salt Lake County could end up saving taxpayers millions of dollars.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:09:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26867 at http://kuer.org 30-Year-Old Deal Could Save Salt Lake County Millions of Dollars KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 20, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-march-20-2013 <p>The Salt Lake City Council can’t decide on a final destination for the Sugarhouse Streetcar, Salt Lake City and County reach an agreement for a new performing arts center, and thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spill into Willard Bay Park.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84139288&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:22:05 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26634 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 20, 2013 Salt Lake County Expands Start-Up Loan Program http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-expands-start-loan-program <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake County is expanding its small business&nbsp;<a href="http://mayor.slco.org/pdf/Loan_Fund_overview_3.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">loan program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with some financial backing from commercial banks. The fund supplies higher interest loans to businesses that would be otherwise ineligible for traditional bank loans. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:46:50 +0000 Whittney Evans 26532 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Expands Start-Up Loan Program McAdams Promises Fiscal Restraint, Plans for Growth http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-promises-fiscal-restraint-plans-growth <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams promised a leaner, more accountable county government this morning in his first state of the county address.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McAdams said a growing population is one of the county’s greatest challenges, pointing to poor air quality, congested roads and lack of adequate funding for public education.</span></p><p>“We must decide whether we will be shaped by our challenges or whether we will seize this as an opportunity to shape our future," McAdams said.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:59:45 +0000 Whittney Evans 24595 at http://kuer.org McAdams Promises Fiscal Restraint, Plans for Growth McAdams Sworn in as New Salt Lake County Mayor http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-sworn-new-salt-lake-county-mayor <p></p><p></p><p>Democrat Ben McAdams was sworn in as Salt Lake County Mayor this morning by Salt Lake County 3rd district juvenile court Judge Andrew Valdez at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. McAdams, Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and newly elected council members Max Burdick, Jim Bradley, Michael Jensen and Sam Granato all took the oath of office before a packed theater.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:32:39 +0000 Whittney Evans 23279 at http://kuer.org McAdams Sworn in as New Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams Announces Inauguration Plans http://kuer.org/post/mcadams-announces-inauguration-plans <p></p><p></p><p>Democrat Ben McAdams will be sworn in as the next Salt Lake County Mayor on Monday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. He’ll be joined by newly elected county council members Sam Granato, Jim Bradley, Max Burdick and Michael Jensen.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 23:15:58 +0000 Whittney Evans 23146 at http://kuer.org McAdams Announces Inauguration Plans New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department http://kuer.org/post/new-salt-lake-county-mayor-reorganizes-public-works-department <p>Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams is already implementing changes to the government structure. Thursday he announced he will reorganize the Department of Public Works and appoint two people to oversee it. It’s now called the Department of Public Works and Regional Development. McAdams has named Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall as the department’s director and Patrick Leary will fill a new position to called Township Executive. McAdams says the two men will help meet the diverse needs of county residents.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:46:03 +0000 Terry Gildea 22626 at http://kuer.org New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department KUER News Pod: Monday December 17, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-december-17-2012 <p>An Ogden family mourns the loss of their child in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the Utah Department of Health looks into the costs of expanding Medicaid, and Salt Lake County approves a 16% tax increase.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F71598584&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:13:54 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22445 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday December 17, 2012 Council Postpones Vote on 2013 Budget http://kuer.org/post/council-postpones-vote-2013-budget <p></p><p></p><p>A clerical error led the Salt Lake County Council to delay a vote last night to approve next years budget. They'll instead address the issue tonight &nbsp;But the council did make time for one last round of public comment on the budget, which includes a 16.2 percent property tax increase.</p><p>During a public hearing on Tuesday, the council heard only passionate testimonies of disapproval for the increase, which amounts to an additional $59 a year for the average home owner. Last night was no different. Councilman Steve DeBry&nbsp;addressed members of the public.</p> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:19:25 +0000 Whittney Evans 22369 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday December 14, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-december-14-2012 <p>Salt Lake County delays their vote on a proposed tax increase, a Utah family sues the Millard County sheriff over the shooting death of their son, and the Utah Air Quality Board scraps their plan to meet federal standards.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F71272313&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:44:46 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22360 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday December 14, 2012 Public Lambasts County Property Tax Increase http://kuer.org/post/public-lambasts-county-property-tax-increase <p>Salt Lake County officials have been meeting over the past few weeks to try and mitigate a proposed property tax increase included in the county’s 2013 budget. But dozens of Salt Lake County residents made it clear last night during a public hearing on the subject, that they don’t think they’re looking hard enough.“You guys are broke," Salt Lake County resident&nbsp;</p><p>Wells Wagner told members of the county council on Tuesday.</p><p>"It would have been nice to hear that before this past election.”</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:50:29 +0000 Whittney Evans 22206 at http://kuer.org Public Lambasts County Property Tax Increase