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Environment & Public Lands
9:57 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Video: See How Dangerous Flash Flooding Can Be in Southern Utah

David Rankin

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.

Local Government
6:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Salt Lake City Opens Employee Health Clinic

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.

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Health Care
5:15 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Mike Leavitt Says Obama Administration Could Learn from His Experience with Medicare Part D

Former Utah Governor and Bush Cabinet Member Mike Leavitt
Dan Bammes

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. 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

More Wild Horses Will Stay on the Range

A wild horse roundup on public land in Utah
Bureau of Land Management

  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.

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-KUER News Pod
12:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday July 22, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert signs the special session bills into law, former Governor Mike Leavitt says he doesn’t want to see the Affordable Care Act Fail, and Utah’s unemployment rate goes up.

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Public Safety
6:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Salt Lake City Celebrates Grand Opening of the Innovative Public Safety Building

Salt Lake City Mayor and other dignitaries cutting ceremonial "police tape" ribbon.
Credit Bob Nelson

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

North Marina at Willard Bay State Park Reopens

A view of a restricted area of Willard Bay State Park after a fuel spill in March. State Park officials reopened the park to the public on Friday
Dan Bammes

After being closed for months following a fuel spill, the north marina at Willard Bay State Park is reopening to the public.    

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KUER Local News
2:27 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

PHOTOS: Foundation Laid for KUHU's New Transmitter in Southeast Utah

Crews pour concrete to create the "pancake" base of the tower.
Lewis Downey

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.

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Religion
1:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Group Supporting LGBT Mormons Hopes Exhibit Fosters Discussion

Boys Life Illustrations by Norman Rockwell on display at the LDS Church Museum
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The group Mormons Building Bridges plans to attend the opening of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the LDS Church Museum this afternoon. The paintings on display showcase Rockwell’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. 

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Entertainment
1:32 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Dan Nailen: Son Volt in SLC

Jay Farrar and Son Volt

   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.

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-KUER News Pod
12:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday July 19, 2013

The House investigation into Attorney General John Swallow hits its first road bump, Matheson joins the “No Labels” movement, and for only a few million dollars you could own the iconic Lehi Roller Mills.

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Politics
6:21 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson Joins "No Labels"

4th District Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson
Credit Courtesy of Congressman Jim Matheson

Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson has joined a growing list of Republicans and Democrats in the No Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition. Former Utah Governor John Huntsman Junior is co-chair of No Labels. Matheson says joining this group is a way to approach the challenge of the polarized dynamics of politics right now in Washington.

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Religion
12:43 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Rockwell Exhibit Opens at LDS Museum

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  An exhibition of Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scout paintings and magazine covers opens this weekend at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.

Norman Rockwell was on the staff of Boys Life, the Scouting magazine, long before he became famous as the cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post.  The exhibit at the church museum on West Temple includes 26 Rockwell paintings and many more Boys Life magazine covers on loan from the Boy Scouts museum in Irving, Texas.

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-KUER News Pod
12:08 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday July 18, 2013

House Speaker Becky Lockhart names five republicans and four democrats to special investigative committee of Utah AG John Swallow, retail sales in Salt Lake City are up, but not at the Gateway, and the Utah Museum of Natural History announces the discovery of a new kind of dinosaur.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Speaker Names Five Republicans, Four Democrats to Special Investigative Committee

Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart during Wednesday's special legislative session
Brian Grimmett

House Speaker Becky Lockhart has announced the names of the representatives who will serve on the special committee investigating Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Utah Lawmakers Repeal HB 155

The Utah State Capitol

Utah lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal legislation that would have restricted the authority of federal law enforcement officers on public lands.                      

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Business & Labor
4:58 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Gateway Shops Missing Out on Downtown Resurgence

Bear Country Cookies owner Joel Clark says sales are down 35% at his Gateway shop since City Creek Center opened.
Andrea Smardon

A report released Tuesday shows that retail sales in downtown Salt Lake City were up 36 percent last year, largely driven by business at City Creek Center. But some businesses at The Gateway Shopping Center say they are not seeing the same trend.

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Science & Technology
2:32 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Discovery of New Triceratops Species Announced at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Nasutoceratops titusi discovered in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah
Credit File: Samantha Zimmerman, Natural History Museum of Utah

Officials at the Natural History Museum of Utah announced today the discovery of a new dinosaur species related to Triceratops. Paleontologists made the discovery in the nearly 2 million acres of wilderness in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Doctor Scott Sampson led the study following the initial find in 2006. He says the Nasutoceratops titusi  was unique for an oversized nose and long, curving horns.

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Education
6:35 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Salt Lake County Approves Public/Private Funding for At-Risk Preschool Programs

Left to Right: Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Brenda Van Gorder, Granite School District's Preschool Services Director
Credit Bob Nelson

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 6th grade in the fall and are turning out to be great kids.

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Business & Labor
5:52 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

SLC Downtown Alliance Aims to Build on Momentum from City Creek Center

A fountain at City Creek Center during the holiday shopping season.
Andrea Smardon

Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance held its first annual Downtown Symposium Tuesday. City leaders gathered to review the past year, and talk about what’s to come for Utah’s capital city.

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KUER Local News
5:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Video: Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance Names Winner of "I Am Downtown" Video Contest

A screengrab from the winning video in the Downtown Alliance "I Am Downtown" contest

The Downtown Alliance has named Connor Rickman's video of a medieval woodsman that gets transported to downtown Salt Lake as the winner of their "I Am Downtown" video contest. For winning Rickman will receive a $5,000 prize. Check out the video below:

Politics
4:26 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Utah Legislator Proposes $10K Limit to Campaign Contributions

The state Government Operations interim committee will be taking a look at a bi-partisan proposal Wednesday to put a limit on campaign contributions.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:33 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Repeal of HB 155 on Special Session Agenda

Sego lilies, Utah's state flower, growing on BLM land near Moab, UT
Dan Bammes

  One of the items on the agenda of Wednesday’s special legislative session is the possible repeal of a controversial bill restricting the authority of federal law enforcement officers.  KUER’s Dan Bammes has more.

House Bill 155 limits the authority of Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service personnel to enforce state laws on public land, and threatens them with prosecution if they try it.  A federal court has issued an injunction preventing the state from implementing the law.

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-KUER News Pod
11:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday July 16, 2013

House Democrats wait to see what role they’ll play in the investigation of John Swallow, interest in SkiLink appears to be fading, and community groups in Rose Park try to raise awareness about mental health problems.

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Health Care
5:30 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Rose Park Event to Raise Awareness about Minority Mental Health

A "flash mob" rehearses for Rose Park picnic to raise awareness about minority mental health.

Mental illness is often difficult for people to talk about, but especially hard if you don’t speak the same language as your health provider. Community groups are coming together in Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood Tuesday to raise awareness about minority mental health. 

Mary Burchett is the Outreach Specialist for the National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI in Utah, an organization that provides free education, support and advocacy. She says minorities in Utah have particular challenges.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Utah House Democrats Unsure of Role in Special Investigative Committee

File: Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart
Brian Grimmett

House Speaker Becky Lockhart says she will announce on Wednesday the names of the people she’s appointed to the special investigative committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow. In the meantime, Utah House Democrats are left waiting anxiously to see what kind of role, if any, they’ll play in the investigation.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:08 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Interest Fading in SkiLink Project

Big Cottonwood Canyon
Dan Bammes

  Support for the SkiLink – a tram that would connect Park City with Big Cottonwood Canyon – appears to be fading away.  

The Salt Lake Tribune reports members of Utah’s Congressional delegation have backed off their support for a bill to sell 30 acres of Forest Service land on the crest of the Wasatch Range for the SkiLink project . . . and a new management deal signed by the owners of the Canyons ski resort could also mean diminished interest in pursuing the idea.

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-KUER News Pod
11:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday July 15, 2013

Utahn’s mourn the loss of former Attorney General Vern Romney, an Estonian company is trying to get approval to begin shale mining in eastern Utah, and a University of Utah student is gored while running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

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Public Safety
6:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Black Bear Killed in High Uinta Great Salt Lake Council Boy Scout Camp

One of some 2000 bears known to be in Utah
Credit Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A confrontation last night between Boy Scout Camp leaders and a bear in the Uinta Mountains ended with a dead bear and possible charges being filed against a camp leader. It happened at the Hinckley Scout Ranch along the East Fork of the Bear River near the Utah-Wyoming border.  Jodie Anderson with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says they tried to trap a bear reported in the area earlier in the week. They got a call from the camp that a bear had been shot after camp leaders tried to chase a bear from the top of a table while it was eating something.

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Education
3:41 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Utah Treasurer Announces Record Earnings for Public Schools

Utah schools will be getting a little extra boost from the School LAND Trust Program.  The state treasurer announced Friday that school trust fund investments received record earnings, pushing the total value over 1.6 billion dollars at the end of the state’s fiscal year in June.

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