Salt Lake City http://kuer.org en Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-expands-greenbike-program <p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City has once again expanded its bike-share program to include more stations, more bikes and more options.</p><p>More than 6,000 people rode GREENbikes, 26,000 times in the program’s inaugural year. It began in April 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes. Now officials are hoping to get more people on two wheels by doubling the number of stations and bikes across the city. Salt Lake City Councilor Erin Mendenhall says that’s crucial.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:58:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 49654 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program Residents Pack Salt Lake City Council to Support Endangered West Side Golf Course http://kuer.org/post/residents-pack-salt-lake-city-council-support-endangered-west-side-golf-course <p></p><p></p><p>A public hearing on the Salt Lake City budget Tuesday night drew a crowd of people&nbsp; concerned about&nbsp; the possible closure of a golf course on the city’s west side. City officials say the golf program is no longer sustainable.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:29:03 +0000 Whittney Evans 47284 at http://kuer.org Residents Pack Salt Lake City Council to Support Endangered West Side Golf Course Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on New Broadway-Style Theater http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-breaks-ground-new-broadway-style-theater <p class="p1">Local elected officials, members of the arts community and business and civic leaders came together in downtown Salt Lake City this morning to break ground on the new Broadway-Style Theater. They also announced the new name of the facility that is linked to a major financial contribution.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:22:40 +0000 Whittney Evans 47278 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on New Broadway-Style Theater EPA Official Helps Salt Lake City Launch Energy Initiative http://kuer.org/post/epa-official-helps-salt-lake-city-launch-energy-initiative <p></p><p>The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection agency joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker at the downtown Library today to challenge local businesses and institutions to save money and reduce pollution by consuming less energy.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:36:30 +0000 Whittney Evans 46667 at http://kuer.org EPA Official Helps Salt Lake City Launch Energy Initiative Drama Unfolds On SLC Peregrine Falcon Cam as Eggs Begin to Hatch http://kuer.org/post/drama-unfolds-slc-peregrine-falcon-cam-eggs-begin-hatch <p>Two of the four <a href="http://wildlife.utah.gov/learn-more/peregrine-cam.html" target="_blank">peregrine falcon eggs </a>sitting atop the Joseph Smith Memorial building in downtown Salt Lake have now hatched<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but the fate of the next two eggs is uncertain. Watchable wildlife program coordinator Bob Walters says there isn’t really a way to predict the outcome, but that it isn’t time to worry just yet.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:06:53 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46417 at http://kuer.org Drama Unfolds On SLC Peregrine Falcon Cam as Eggs Begin to Hatch Maintenance, Fire-Station Closure Sticking Points For SLC Budget http://kuer.org/post/maintenance-fire-station-closure-sticking-points-slc-budget <p></p><p>Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker unveiled his $229 million budget Tuesday for the next fiscal year. It includes a 3 percent pay raise for city employees and funding for air quality initiatives. But it also proposes some cuts the city council may resist.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:08:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 45995 at http://kuer.org Maintenance, Fire-Station Closure Sticking Points For SLC Budget 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 Ute Cab Tells SLC to Get Serious About Lyft Violations http://kuer.org/post/ute-cab-tells-slc-get-serious-about-lyft-violations <p></p><p>A Salt Lake City taxi cab company says the city should be more serious about cracking down on ride-share company Lyft instead of just warning drivers who city officials say are breaking the law.</p><p>Lyft is a smart-phone app that connects passengers to local drivers who offer rides with their own personal vehicles, identified by a pink mustache on the grill. City officials say it’s an innovative idea, but the company must first comply with local rules and regulations.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:56:21 +0000 Whittney Evans 45674 at http://kuer.org Ute Cab Tells SLC to Get Serious About Lyft Violations 2014 Utah Bike Summit Works to Make Utah A Bike Friendly State http://kuer.org/post/2014-utah-bike-summit-works-make-utah-bike-friendly-state <p>Cyclists, business owners, and government leaders gathered for the 2014 Utah Bike Summit Friday to figure out how to make Utah a more bike friendly place.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:36:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45414 at http://kuer.org 2014 Utah Bike Summit Works to Make Utah A Bike Friendly State Eighth Graders Eager to Talk Climate Change with SLC Mayor http://kuer.org/post/eighth-graders-eager-talk-climate-change-slc-mayor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker visited a group of </span>8<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> graders at Hillside Middle School Monday to answer questions about climate change in advance of the </span>44<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Earth Day.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:15:18 +0000 Whittney Evans 45195 at http://kuer.org Eighth Graders Eager to Talk Climate Change with SLC Mayor SLC Leaders Leary of New Taxicab Alternatives http://kuer.org/post/slc-leaders-leary-new-taxicab-alternatives <p class="p1">A taxicab alternative e-travelers hail with a smartphone app will be available in Salt Lake City starting at seven o’clock tonight. Two companies called <a href="https://www.uber.com/" target="_blank">Uber</a> and <a href="http://www.lyft.me/" target="_blank">Lyft</a> have announced plans to expand here, but city officials say the companies must first comply with safety and fair business rules.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:02:10 +0000 Whittney Evans 45070 at http://kuer.org SLC Leaders Leary of New Taxicab Alternatives City Council Questions Backlog of Untested Rape Evidence http://kuer.org/post/city-council-questions-backlog-untested-rape-evidence <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Police Department has hundreds of unprocessed rape kits collecting dust on a shelf. Now the Salt Lake City council is looking into how to best manage the backlog of evidence.</p><p>Data from the Salt Lake City Police Department show 625 kits that contain physical evidence of a sexual assault are still in custody and have not been sent to the state lab for DNA testing.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:25:58 +0000 Whittney Evans 44911 at http://kuer.org City Council Questions Backlog of Untested Rape Evidence Changing Climate Prompts New Warnings, Local Planning http://kuer.org/post/changing-climate-prompts-new-warnings-local-planning <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The world’s leading climate scientists and policymakers met in Japan over the weekend and released their <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/science/earth/climate.html?hp&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">latest assessment of global warming</a>. They agree the climate is heating up because people burn so much fossil fuel.</p><p>Here in Utah, leaders are brainstorming about how to deal with the changing climate.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:40:09 +0000 Judy Fahys 44187 at http://kuer.org Changing Climate Prompts New Warnings, Local Planning Transit Ridership Jumps http://kuer.org/post/transit-ridership-jumps <p></p><p>Americans are using public transit more than ever. And Utahns are part of that trend.</p><p>A new report says Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips last year on public transportation. The Utah Transit Agency has seen a similar trend. Its trains, buses and trolleys logged 44 million trips last year -- more than ever before.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>American Fork resident Greg Davidson rides the new FrontRunner line from where he lives in Utah County into Salt Lake City a few times a month. Today he’s headed to the airport on the new TRAX line.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:31:58 +0000 Judy Fahys 43181 at http://kuer.org Transit Ridership Jumps Salt Lake Bees Home Stadium Gets a New Name http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-bees-home-stadium-gets-new-name <p>The <a href="http://saltlake.bees.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t561" target="_blank">Salt Lake Bees Triple-A baseball team</a> isn’t getting a new stadium, but it will have a different name starting this year.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42978 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake Bees Home Stadium Gets a New Name Becker Presses State to Act on Air Quality in State of City Address http://kuer.org/post/becker-presses-state-act-air-quality-state-city-address <p></p><p></p><p>The state legislature needs to act or step aside and empower cities to act to improve air quality. That’s the message in Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s annual State of the City Address, which he presented today at the University of Utah.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:07:11 +0000 Whittney Evans 40579 at http://kuer.org Becker Presses State to Act on Air Quality in State of City Address New Salt Lake City Council Members Sworn In http://kuer.org/post/new-salt-lake-city-council-members-sworn <p></p><p></p><p>Four Salt Lake City Council members were sworn in today. Three are new and one is beginning a second term. The newcomer’s ambitions range from air quality and economic development to civility.</p><p>District 1 Councilman-elect James Rogers says as a new member of the Salt Lake City Council, he’s focused on rehabilitating neglected residential, community and commercial areas in his district, pointing to his work overseeing the renovation of a commercial office space just west of Capitol Hill.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:07:37 +0000 Whittney Evans 40476 at http://kuer.org New Salt Lake City Council Members Sworn In Organizers Announce Details for Annual EVE celebration http://kuer.org/post/organizers-announce-details-annual-eve-celebration <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Salt Lake City’s three-day New Year’s Celebration will be chock-full of fan favorite activities this year as organizers celebrate the festival’s 5<sup>th</sup> year anniversary. It will also cost families more to attend.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:11:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 39323 at http://kuer.org Organizers Announce Details for Annual EVE celebration Salt Lake City, UTA Launch Sugar House Streetcar http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-uta-launch-sugar-house-streetcar <p>Transit officials and local government leaders praised the hard work went into the creation of the new Sugar House streetcar at a grand opening ceremony Thursday afternoon.</p><p>After more than six years of planning and $37 million dollars in construction costs the Sugar House streetcar, or S-Line, will open to the public on Sunday. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the streetcar ushers in an exciting time of growth and development that will benefit the community for years to come.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:06:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39158 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City, UTA Launch Sugar House Streetcar Salt Lake City Praises Efforts of HOST Program for the Homeless http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-praises-efforts-host-program-homeless <p>Salt Lake City community members gathered together Wednesday to showcase the efforts of the Homeless Outreach Service Team or<a href="http://slcpd.com/host/" target="_blank"> HOST program</a> that began two years ago.</p><p>The HOST program’s ultimate goal is to make contact with those in need and deliver the appropriate services for each individual situation. While the program’s two year milestone was locally celebrated, Mayor Ralph Becker says national colleagues he met with recently noticed the city’s efforts on a larger scale.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:17:48 +0000 Karina Puikkonen 38509 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Praises Efforts of HOST Program for the Homeless 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 City Winter Farmers Market Opens this November http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-winter-farmers-market-opens-november <p></p><p></p><p>Downtown farmer&rsquo;s market enthusiasts won&rsquo;t have to fret when the summer market ends this later this month. The winter market will open for business November 9<sup>th</sup>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the winter market patrons can grab a bite to eat from a food truck and do a little shopping for things like produce, meat and breads from more than 50 local vendors from across the state.</span></p><p>The market will be open every other Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Rio Grande Depot.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:46:19 +0000 Whittney Evans 36815 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Winter Farmers Market Opens this November Business Owner, Clean Air Advocate Vie for District 5 Seat in Salt Lake City http://kuer.org/post/business-owner-clean-air-advocate-vie-district-5-seat-salt-lake-city <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On November </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Salt Lake City residents in districts 1, 5, and 7 will choose new people to represent them on the city council. In District 5, Jill Remington Love, the only woman on the council is vacating her seat, and two very different candidates are vying to fill it: small business man Bill Davis and clean air advocate Erin </span>Mendenhall<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:10:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 36765 at http://kuer.org Business Owner, Clean Air Advocate Vie for District 5 Seat in Salt Lake City Outreach Begins for Health Insurance Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act http://kuer.org/post/outreach-begins-health-insurance-enrollment-under-affordable-care-act <p></p><p></p><p>In spite of a government shutdown, today begins the six month-long enrollment period in which consumers can start signing up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. This morning at the Sorenson Unity Center the Salt Lake City mayor&rsquo;s office and Voices for Utah Children hosted a health care open house to help people navigate the various plans and sign up for coverage.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:54:37 +0000 Whittney Evans 36191 at http://kuer.org Outreach Begins for Health Insurance Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act Council Takes No Action on Horse Carriages http://kuer.org/post/council-takes-no-action-horse-carriages <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Council will not ban horse-drawn carriage rides downtown. Nor do they have plans to tighten restrictions on the business any time soon. Last month, when a horse named Jerry collapsed downtown and later died, animal rights groups and some Salt Lake City residents urged the council to limit the use of carriages. Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke brought an ordinance proposal to the council Tuesday night that would have created a strict route for carriages and put a cap on the number of hours horses could work among other regulations.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:33:58 +0000 Whittney Evans 35969 at http://kuer.org Council Takes No Action on Horse Carriages Attorney Says Move to Amend Ballot Follows Rules http://kuer.org/post/attorney-says-move-amend-ballot-follows-rules <p></p><p>Salt Lake City’s Attorney says it’s perfectly legal for an individual or a group that’s behind a citizen initiative to submit both the, for and against statements in the voter information packet that comes with a ballot. On Monday, it was revealed that an active member of the anti-corporate personhood group Move to Amend is the face behind the statement “against” a local opinion question the group posed to Salt Lake City voters this month through a mail-in ballot.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:06:57 +0000 Whittney Evans 35549 at http://kuer.org Attorney Says Move to Amend Ballot Follows Rules Questions Raised About Salt Lake City's Move to Amend Ballot http://kuer.org/post/questions-raised-about-salt-lake-citys-move-amend-ballot <p></p><p>Some people are concerned that a ballot Salt Lake City voters received in their mailboxes earlier this month is a waste of taxpayer dollars. The objectivity of the information accompanying the ballot is also in question.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 04:20:10 +0000 Whittney Evans 35445 at http://kuer.org Questions Raised About Salt Lake City's Move to Amend Ballot Maintenance, Transportation at Issue in District 3 Race http://kuer.org/post/maintenance-transportation-issue-district-3-race <p></p><p>Stan Penfold represents the third district on the Salt Lake City Council and he’s the only councilman running for re-election this year. But significant change in city leadership is still on the horizon, as three other members of the council have decided to step down.</p><p>Gwen Springmeyer says she couldn’t be happier with her idyllic slice of life in Salt Lake City’s upper Avenues. She chairs the community council there.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:27:13 +0000 Whittney Evans 35297 at http://kuer.org Maintenance, Transportation at Issue in District 3 Race Salt Lake City Residents Set to Vote on Corporate Personhood Resolution http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-residents-set-vote-corporate-personhood-resolution <p></p><p>Are you for or against a campaign to amend the U.S. constitution to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech? That’s the question Salt Lake City residents are being asked to answer this month as part of a new citizen initiative tool city officials created to let voters have their say.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:33:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 35156 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Residents Set to Vote on Corporate Personhood Resolution Salt Lake City Opens Employee Health Clinic http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-opens-employee-health-clinic <p></p><p>Salt Lake City officials hope to reign in escalating healthcare costs while improving the overall health and wellness of city employees and their families. The new Midtown Clinic for city employees opened this afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Family practice physician, Dr. Trevor Jacobson says the hallmark of Salt Lake City’s Midtown Clinic is that visits will be longer and more personalized, similar to small-town family practices.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:06:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 32812 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Opens Employee Health Clinic