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Environment & Public Lands
12:25 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Gooseberry Narrows in Sanpete County Progress Trickles On

Credit US Department of the Interior / Bureau of Reclamation

The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s recent release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Narrows Dam on Gooseberry Creek in Sanpete County is likely to be contested in court. The relatively small water project would allow the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to develop an existing Gooseberry Project right to 5400 acre-feet of water for farmers’ late summer crop.

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KUER Local News
12:19 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Salt Lake City Moves Forward with Incubator Kitchen

The Salt Lake City Council last night approved funding for a catering kitchen at The Leonardo.  The council also set aside some additional money for a potential incubator kitchen, which may or may not be located in the Leonardo. 

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Public Safety
4:17 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes

Old School House Spring City, Utah
Spring City Corporation

Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.

Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.

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Religion
1:48 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

House Could Help Families Escaping Polygamy

Hildale, UT
Utah Attorney General's Office

A group that helps families leaving polygamist communities is hoping to buy a big house to help their effort, and they're asking for donations to make it happen. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:57 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Environmentalists Wary of EnergySolutions Acquisition

A truck unloads shipments of Class A low-level waste at EnergySolutions’ Clive facility.
EnergySolutions

Salt Lake City nuclear waste company EnergySolutions announced Monday that it will be acquired by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.  But numerous parties are questioning the deal, including HEAL Utah.   The environmental organization's Policy Director Matt Pacenza told KUER that he is wary about a private equity firm managing nuclear waste. 

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

McAdams Sworn in as New Salt Lake County Mayor

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. 

Following his pledge to uphold the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Utah, McAdams told the crowd today is the day he begins to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term

Governor Gary Herbert gives his inaugural address
Brian Grimmett

A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.

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-KUER News Pod
12:59 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012

Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.

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Politics
8:17 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Utah's New Auditor Promises Closer Scrutiny

State Auditor John Dougall
courtesy photo

John Dougall will be sworn in this morning as Utah's new state auditor as business opens for the day.  He won't be on the platform with Governor Gary Herbert or the other state officials during Monday's inauguration ceremony.  Dougall is a former Republican state legislator from northern Utah County who won the auditor's job after defeating the incumbent, Austen Johnson, in a primary election last summer.  He's promising to bring some fresh energy to the job.

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Health Care
4:38 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Utah Lawmakers May Consider a Partnership Health Exchange

Representative James Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville) says he is in favor of a partnership exchange, where Utah continues to run Avenue H for small businesses, but the federal government provides an insurance marketplace for individuals.

Federal officials have given preliminary approval for Utah to run its own health insurance exchange marketplace, but some state lawmakers say they don’t want to run the exchange under the feds’ rules. 

Earlier this week, US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Utah officials that the state’s Avenue H exchange could be approved by the federal government if it meets certain requirements by October.  Republican Representative Jim Dunnigan is chair of Utah’s Health System Reform Task Force.  He says the feds are not giving Utah the flexibility that it requested.

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1:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday January 4, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives Utah conditional approval for their state run health exchange, a University of Utah program tries to give children with Autism a better quality of life, and the Holly Oil Refinery in Woods Cross gets approval to expand.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Refinery Promises Cleaner Air

Holly-Frontier oil refinery, Woods Cross, Utah
Utah Division of Air Quality

The Holly oil refinery in Woods Cross is promising to reduce its air pollution significantly at the same time it's expanding to handle twice as much crude oil from eastern Utah.

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Entertainment
10:12 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Dan Nailen: Bullets, Belles & Bieber

Bullets & Belles

The huge cultural juggernaut that is Justin Bieber needs no help from Dan Nailen to get noticed.  But there's other music in Utah this weekend that's worth another look. 

Bullets & Belles appearance on KUER's Radio West.

Dan Nailen's weblog slcene.com

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

McAdams Announces Inauguration Plans

Photo courtesy of Ben McAdams for County Mayor.

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. 

First on McAdams’ agenda is creating  a public works service district that operates like the model that currently exists with police and fire. Public works projects like road maintenance, flood control and snow removal will no longer be a service of the county. Cities or the county would contract with the new district for services.

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Health Care
3:36 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Utah's Avenue H Gets Conditional Approval from Feds

The federal government has conditionally approved Utah’s health insurance exchange known as Avenue H.  But the feds say more work needs to be done for the state-based exchange to be compliant with the Affordable Care Act. 

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius praised Utah for making "significant progress" with its online insurance marketplace.  She says she’s confident Avenue H will be federally compliant by the deadline of October this year.  In a conference call, federal health administrator Gary Cohen essentially put the ball in Utah’s court.

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Education
1:52 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

iSTAR Program Gives Children with Autism a Leg Up

Andrea Smardon

The University of Utah iSTAR program is helping give children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder a better quality life through the use of technology.

The iSTAR program uses a free 3D design application called SketchUp to help kids with a high functioning form of the Autism Spectrum Disorder develop better social and career skills. iSTAR project director Cheryl Wright says the results they’ve seen so far are encouraging.

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-KUER News Pod
12:07 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

KUER News Pod: Thursday January 3, 2013

Utah’s Congressional delegation explain their vote on the “fiscal cliff” deal, the Utah Domestic Violence Council makes an effort to raise awareness, and the Jordan School District cancels another High School play.

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Public Safety
4:47 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Report Details Domestic Violence Deaths in 2012

The Utah Domestic Violence Council unveiled today  its annual report detailing this past year’s domestic violence related deaths in Utah. Organizers say its purpose is to remember the victims and garner support to stop the violence.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Most of Utah's Congressional Delegation Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Deal

The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to help avert the “fiscal cliff” late Tuesday night that includes extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. But for most of Utah’s Congressional delegation the deal wasn’t good enough to earn their support.

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KUER Local News
10:54 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Chair Looks Back on 2012

In 2012, Salt Lake City moved forward with a new Broadway style theater, outlined a plan to guide the historic preservation process and revamped downtown parking to name a few highlights. Outgoing Salt Lake City Council Chair Soren Simonson says it’s been a year of “progress.”

Simonson says he thinks the most notable initiative was the adoption of a historic preservation plan, which includes more incentives for preservation, rather than strict regulations.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:14 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Mining Claims Come Cheap

Abandoned mine in Frisco, Utah

Monday is the deadline for people who own a few mining claims on public land to make sure the government knows they want to keep them.  The paperwork is minimal and the $140 fee for maintaining a claim can even be waived.

Under a federal law that dates back to 1872, the rules for mining claims aren't that different for the lone prospector and the huge companies that extract millions of dollars' worth of minerals from public land.  That bothers Tim Wagner with the Sierra Club, who says big corporations pay almost nothing for the minerals they extract.

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Business & Labor
4:51 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Utahns to Lose Unemployment Benefits if Congress Doesn't Act

While Congress works to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, there is another deadline looming.  Emergency unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire Saturday unless Congress acts.  The US Department of Labor estimates this will impact over 2 million Americans, including about 4100 Utahns. 

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Education
4:42 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Utah Schools Will Feel Impact of "Fiscal Cliff"

Utah schools have millions of dollars in federal funding at stake if congress fails to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” by early next week. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will go into effect at the first of the year if federal lawmakers and the president cannot come to an agreement on next year’s budget. But most schools in Utah would have some time to prepare for big cuts.

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Public Safety
4:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Congressman-elect Chris Stewart OK with Armed Teachers

Chris Stewart speaks at the 2012 Utah Republican Convention
chirsstewartforcongress.com

In response to almost 200 teachers participating in a free concealed carry course offered on Thursday, Republican Congressman-elect Christ Stewart says he’s for the idea, as long as the individual and school district are on board.

Stewart says when he gets to congress he’s going to do what he can to protect 2nd amendment rights. And while he doesn’t think all teachers should have to carry a gun, he says it’s not necessarily a bad idea.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Leigh von der Esch Retires as Managing Director of Utah Office of Tourism

Office of Economic Development

The managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Leigh von der Esch is retiring after more the 28 years of public service. Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development says von der Esch's dedication to promoting Utah is unmatched.

"At the core of Leigh von der Esch you have a deep commitment and a deep passion for the state and for promoting the state and all of its grandeur. And all of the incredible characteristics, the diversity of the culture and of the landscape," said Eccles.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:09 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

BLM Approves Las Vegas Water Pipeline

Delamar Valley, Nevada
Kristi Fillman

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced its approval Thursday for a 300-mile pipeline from the interior valleys of the Great Basin to Las Vegas.  The pipeline would be used to carry more than 84,000 acre-feet of water pumped from underground aquifers each year.  The project is opposed by environmental groups, ranchers, local government officials and Native American tribes in both Nevada and Utah.

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-KUER News Pod
11:50 am
Fri December 28, 2012

KUER News Pod: Friday December 28, 2012

Utah’s tourism director retires after almost 30 years of government service, Miss Utah helps promote science education across the state, and Salt Lake City dedicates a memorial in honor of the Newtown shooting victims.

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Entertainment
9:47 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Dan Nailen: EVE's Here

SLC Downtown Alliance

KUER Entertainment reporter Dan Nailen previews New Year's Eve festivities, including the evolving EVE celebration in downtown Salt Lake City.

Downtown Alliance EVE Website

Dan Nailen's weblog slcene.com

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Education
3:53 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Miss Utah Promotes STEM Education

Miss Utah, Kara Arnold, poses in front of new science equipment in the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry on the University of Utah Campus
Brian Grimmett

Kara Arnold, or as she is better known, Miss Utah, will head to Las Vegas next week to compete for a chance to become Miss America. But before she hits the bright lights of the Vegas Strip she spent the past year traveling across Utah to promote the importance of science education.

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