Public schools in Utah are getting fewer federal education dollars this year than last; due in part to federal budget cuts, but also because there are more low-income students nationwide who are in need.
A projected nine percent reduction in Title 1 funding nationally will mean cutbacks in summer school programs, teachers and technology in many school districts and charter schools locally.
Researchers at the University of Utah are exploring an alternative therapy for treating severe depression. A pilot study suggests that the anesthetic gas isoflurane commonly used during surgery could be used as an antidepressant.
The Secretary of the Interior is trying to persuade Republicans in Congress not to eliminate funding for a land conservation program by linking it to another they typically support.
Secretary Sally Jewell held a conference call with reporters to point out the economic activity linked to tourism, energy production and other activities on public land. She put it at more than 13-billion dollars, well above the total budget of 11-point-9 billion for the whole department.
While Democrats piece together their own party-specific plans, a Republican group is preparing to file a statewide ballot initiative.
Utah Democratic Party delegates voted last month to keep the caucus and convention system with the understanding that a committee of Democrats would spend the next year studying possible changes to the status quo.
Utah Congressman Jim Matheson reintroduces a bill to protect wilderness areas along the Wasatch Front, Utah home prices are on the rise, and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart names a new chair of the special investigative committee of John Swallow.
Several news outlets reported last week that a Utah Transit Authority official asked state lawmakers for a sixty-six percent increase in its share of sales tax revenue. A UTA spokesman now says those reports are inaccurate.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Downtown Salt Lake City this morning to witness the annual Days of ‘47 Parade.
The annual celebration remembers the arrival of the first pioneer settlers to the Salt Lake Valley. On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and his fellow Latter-day Saints emerged from the mouth of Emigration Canyon, pulling handcarts and driving wagons. 165 years later, colorful floats, horse-drawn carriages and pioneer wear harken back to that momentous trek.
The Lt. Governor’s office names special counsel in their investigation of John Swallow, several environmental groups are trying to stop the expansion of the Holly oil and gas refinery, and extreme temperatures are leading to deaths at the Wave in Southern Utah.
More than 300 dead fish were found yesterday in a stretch of the Provo River near Paul Ream Wilderness Park in northwest Provo. Most were brown trout, but there were a few whitefish and other species. Biologist Chris Crockett with the Division of Wildlife Resources says they don’t know what killed them. It’s possible the hot weather depleted oxygen in the water, but they’re also trying to find out if there was some kind of toxic spill.
Environmental groups are suing the Utah Division of Air Quality hoping to stop an oil and gas refinery expansion the regulator approved in Salt Lake City. The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment say the expansion would move the state further out of compliance with federal air quality standards.
Will Pitkin taught at Utah State University for 40 years, and after his retirement, grew a garden that inspired many more people. He passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 77. KUER originally aired this story in July, 2011 but we chose to broadcast it again in his memory.
This week parts of Southern Utah have been hit hard with heavy rains and flash flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch today for most of Southern Utah around Dixie and Zion National Parks. These storms can be extremely dangerous, especially around slot canyons and dry washes where a flood can hit hours after rain fell miles away.
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.
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.
Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt published an editorial in The Washington Post recently. In the piece, Leavitt talks about his experiences as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush when he enacted Medicare’s prescription drug benefit known as Part D. KUER’s Andrea Smardon talked to Leavitt about what he learned and how those lessons can be applied to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
More wild horses will be left on the range as the government runs out of places to put them. Here in Utah, there are no plans to remove horses from public land this year.
It’s not unusual for Utah to go several years without removing wild horses from public rangeland, though it’s not uncommon to see mustangs from Nevada and other states brought here for adoption. Lisa Reid with the Bureau of Land Management says there are actually more mustangs in government holding facilities than there left on the range.
Salt Lake City residents, city leaders and especially public safety officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Public Safety Building on 475 South 300 East Friday. The 125 million dollar facility combines police, fire, 911 dispatch headquarters, and the dedicated Emergency Operations Center. It is also designed to hold up during a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and still be operational. Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa says it’s a misconception that local government is the connection to the people and businesses of Salt Lake City.
Crews poured the concrete foundation for the new KUHU transmitter tower at Abajo Peak near Monticello on July 15. The new tower will be bigger, better, and stronger than the tower we previously used in the area which will ultimately lead to much better long-term reliability of our signal in Southeast Utah.
Check out a few of the images and gifs that show how we're able to broadcast our signal to almost all parts of the state.
If KUER's entertainment reporter Dan Nailen is good for anything, it's pointing out artists who've been underappreciated. This weekend, he's talking about a country artist who rarely makes headlines. Dan Nailen blogs at slcene-dot-com.