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Business & Labor
2:39 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Utah's Mountains Provide an Escape to Black Friday

Snowbird Ski Resort
Michael Shea

In addition to family, turkey, and football, Thanksgiving has become synonymous with another activity, Black Friday. But the mayhem and stress often associated with the shopping holiday couldn’t seem further away then when up at one of Utah’s many ski resorts.

On a warm Friday afternoon the deck at Snowbird is packed with skiers and snowboarders. Rather than waiting in line for TVs and microwaves, visitors at the resort are standing to get on the Tram. Brian Brown is Communication Director for Snowbird. He says that if you are going to wait in line it should be for something fun.

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Business & Labor
1:14 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Local First Utah Asks Shoppers to “Shift Their Spending”

Andrea Smardon KUER

Local officials launched a campaign Friday to encourage Utahns to shift at least 10 percent of their holiday shopping towards locally owned businesses.

Kristen Lavelett, Executive Director of Local First Utah, says the “Shift Your Spending” campaign could help keep millions of dollars in the Utah economy.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:53 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Young Cowboy Poets on YouTube

Forrest Mackay was the winner of last year's young poets competition
Forrest Mackay/YouTube

  The sponsors of the country’s largest cowboy poetry gathering are trying to get younger poets involved – so they’re asking for submissions on YouTube.

The Western Folklife Center will hold its 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in January.  And for the second year, it’s holding a contest for poets between 18 and 35 who submit their work on YouTube.

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Business & Labor
6:10 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Utah Shops Use Small Business Saturday to Raise Awareness

Sheridan Mordue is co-owner of Hip & Humble, a small Utah business.
Andrea Smardon KUER

Small Business Saturday, a national campaign started in 2010, has boosted the buy-local movement in Utah.

Sheridan Mordue is co-owner of Hip & Humble, a boutique that sells clothes, jewelry, and housewares. One of her three Utah shops is on 900 South in Salt Lake City. The holiday season is where Hip & Humble makes much of its money, and Mordue is hoping Small Business Saturday will give them a boost.

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Air Quality
6:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

EPA Tightens Ozone Pollution Limits

Utah's 29 counties just barely meet the current standard, and state leaders have complained that stricter standards that have been rumored for years would push virtually all Utah counties out of compliance. But EPA says regulations that are already in place will go a long way toward reducing ozone pollution.
Credit Utah Department of Transportation

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced plans Wednesday to tighten limits on ground-level ozone pollution.

“The science clearly tells us that ozone poses a real threat to our health,” said McCarthy in a conference call with reporters, “especially to growing children and older Americans and those of us with heart or lung conditions and those who are active or who work outside.”

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Local Government
5:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Downtown Library Could Stay Open All Day, Every Day

Brian Grimmett

Imagine dropping by the Salt Lake City Main Library to pick up a book after a graveyard shift or watching the sun rise through the glass façade as you study for a big exam. This might be possible early next year if library officials move forward with a plan to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It began with the hope of giving homeless teens a place to go over night. Library Director John Spears says while the library can’t provide beds, it can be an overnight refuge for many.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Utah GOP to File Lawsuit Challenging SB54

File: Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans speaks at the state party convention
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah State Republican Party are filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of  SB 54. The legislation passed this year changes the state’s caucus/convention system for nominating political candidates.

In a statement sent to KUER, Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans says the lawsuit should be seen as a friendly attempt to clarify the Constitutional boundaries between the state and political parties. He argues that the state should not be able to tell individual political parties how to elect their candidates.

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Immigration
4:26 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

State Officials and ACLU Reach Settlement Over Immigration Law

The state of Utah has agreed to scrap key provisions of its controversial immigration enforcement law passed in 2011. The state Attorney General and the American Civil Liberties Union announced the settlement yesterday. Both sides agreed to accept the stipulations of a judge’s split ruling on the law made in June. Under the ruling, police will not be allowed to stop or detain an individual just to verify immigration status. It also eliminates a provision of the law that would have made it a state crime to harbor a person in the country illegally.

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Science & Technology
12:11 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Turkey Germs Could Lead to New Antibiotics

Scott Bauer / Wikimedia Commons

  Some of the turkeys raised for your Thanksgiving dinner can resist common infections – and that’s helped scientists at Brigham Young University to a discovery that could lead to new treatments for disease in people. 

Turkeys raised on poultry farms are susceptible to an infection called synovitis that causes pain in the joints.  But BYU microbiology Professor Rich Robison says some turkeys don’t get it, thanks to a unique strain of a germ called staphylococcus epidermidis.

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Local Government
10:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

City Passes Ordinance to Legalize Lyft, Uber

Lynn Friedman via Flickr

Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber are now legal in Salt Lake City---as long as they abide by a few rules.

The council removed the $30 minimum and 30-minute pre-arrangement requirement that’s in place for taxi services. The ordinance also requires drivers have city-authorized background checks and vehicle inspections. Lyft and Uber drivers have been issued fines of up to $6500 for non-compliance with existing regulations. David Everitt is Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s chief of staff. He says Tuesday night’s decision is a work in progress, but the rules are necessary.

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Business & Labor
6:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Survey: Utah Consumer Confidence at Historic High

Cicero Group CEO Randy Shumway at The Red Balloon toy store in Sandy talking about the high water mark for Utah consumer confidence just reported.
Credit Bob Nelson

Utahns’ confidence in the economy has hit an all-time high just as the holiday shopping season begins. The monthly Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index is at a record-high 116.8. Randy Shumway is the CEO at The Cisero Group which does the survey for Zions. He says any number more than 110 means the economy is running on all cylinders.

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LGBT
5:10 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Utah to Pay $95,000 in Legal Fees for Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Case

Plaintiffs Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner with their son
Photo courtesy ACLU of Utah

The legal fight over same-sex marriage has come to a close in Utah. The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay attorney’s fees for the plaintiffs in the Evans versus Utah case.

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Public Safety
3:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

UDOT Tow Plow Drivers Are "Best of the Best"

Brian Grimmett

As winter weather nears, Utah Department of Transportation tow plow truck drivers are preparing to tackle snow when it falls.

A tow plow is a 30 ft long trailer that a regular plow truck pulls. It works by swinging out into another lane, effectively doubling the amount of snow a plow can move. It’s also one of the most difficult things to drive on the road.

“You know, you’ve got your front plow, your sanders, your spreaders, the tow plow, you’re shifting gears.”

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Transportation
2:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Salt Lake City Will Introduce New Parking System

One of the automated parking meters in Salt Lake City, soon to be improved.
Credit Photo by PilotGirl, CC via Flickr

Installed in the spring of 2012, many of the 344 blue kiosks have consistently malfunctioned.  Credit cards weren’t being read and some drivers had trouble reading the kiosk screens at night. Now the city is working

quickly to replace the system. Robin Hutcheson is Transportation Director in Salt Lake City. She says the kiosks themselves will be left up.

“A company will replace the entire guts, if you will, of our tall blue parking pay stations, as well as the front panel—to improve the user experience of it—and as well as the software,” she says.

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Public Lands
1:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Interactive OHV Maps From Utah State Parks

Interactive maps for off-highway vehicles are available from the Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation
Utah Department of Natural Resources

  The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has put a new set of interactive maps online that make it easier to find trails for off-road vehicles across the state.

The maps are on the state parks website at ohv.utah.gov. The collection includes trails from Grouse Creek in Box Elder County to Hog Canyon near Kanab. Users can click on an icon and zoom in from a statewide view to a scale of objects just a few feet across.

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Public Safety
10:43 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Man Shot by Police in South Jordan Identified

Eugene Zemlyanskiy via Flickr

The trespassing suspect who was shot and killed by police in South Jordan Saturday has been identified.

Police were called Saturday afternoon to a private residence in South Jordan following reports of trespassing.

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Immigration
5:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Utah Immigrant Advocates Warn Against Scams

Attorney Mark Alvarez was part of a panel of speakers at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City.
Andrea Smardon KUER

In the wake of President Obama’s announcement on immigration, lawyers and community leaders met at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City Monday to let immigrants know about available resources…. and to warn them against scams.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Count My Vote Co-Founder Worried Legislature Will Gut Election Reforms

A leader of the Count My Vote initiative says he’s concerned the legislature is positioning itself to destroy the intent of a compromise bill, known as SB 54, passed during the last legislative session.

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Religion
4:08 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Metropolitan Visits New Greek Orthodox Parish

Metropolitan Isaiah gives his homily at the Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah on Sunday, November 23rd
Dan Bammes

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Local Politics
4:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

SLC Mayor to Oversee National League of Cities

Visit Salt Lake via Flickr

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has been chosen to lead the National League of Cities. Becker will assume the role of NLC President, this Saturday during the 2014 Congress of Cities in Austin, Texas.

The 19,000-member National League of Cities advocates on behalf of local governments and links federal dollars to local projects. At this year’s conference, Becker will present his goals for the next year—which include new programs to connect kids with the outdoors.

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Public Safety
3:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Should Guns Be Allowed on Utah College Campuses?

Bishop Scott Hayashi, Episcopal Diocese of Utah
Brian Grimmett

A group of Utahns is asking Governor Gary Herbert to lead out on the issue of restricting guns on college campuses.

Chelsi Archibald is a young mother who represents the advocacy group Moms Rising. She says she’s asking for sensible gun safety measures on college campuses because she wants people to be able to attend classes and assemblies without fear.

“We don’t necessarily have an issue on guns, but we want kids on campus to be safe and to have the freedom to learn as they want and not have to worry about their safety,” she says.

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Immigration
2:50 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Senator Hatch Vows to Pass “Real” Immigration Legislation

Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Republicans in Utah’s congressional delegation have uniformly condemned President Obama’s executive action extending temporary legal status to some 5 million undocumented immigrants. But Senator Orrin Hatch says he plans to rectify the situation.

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Religion
1:40 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Dalai Lama Coming to Utah for Parliament of the World's Religions

The Dalai Lama speaks to a school group in Ladakh, India
Central Tibetan Administration

The Dalai Lama will be coming to Salt Lake City next fall. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

The 14th Dalai Lama is a symbol of Tibetan culture around the world, though he gave up his authority as head of the Tibetan government in exile in 2011.  As a Buddhist monk and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he’s also seen as an international spiritual leader.

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Transportation
5:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Uber, Lyft Push Back on SLC Transportation Ordinance Proposal

Alfredo Mendez via Flickr

The Salt Lake City council is set to pass an ordinance next week requiring ride-share drivers to comply with local ground transportation laws. But the companies, Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have launched a campaign to fight the proposal.

The ads on Facebook ask the public to urge members of the Salt Lake City council to vote “no” on the new rules-saying it will kill ridesharing in the city.  The ordinance requires drivers undergo city background checks and vehicle safety inspections—something Lyft and Uber already do privately.

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Public Safety
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Unified Police Department Announces Autism Safety Roster

From left, Montell McDowell, an Autism advocate; her Autistic daughter 9-year-old Megan; and Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
Credit Tim Slover

The project encourages parents of children with Autism to provide the Unified Police Department with information—like an Autistic child’s name, physical description, and known triggers. Those facts would be passed to the officers responding to an emergency. The goal is to create humane interactions between

   officers and individuals with disabilities. Jon Owen is president of the Utah Autism Coalition. He says a large percentage of children with Autism are prone to wander.  The roster could help those missing be found faster.

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Immigration
3:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Utah Immigrants Eagerly Anticipating President's Speech

Photo courtesy Tony Yapias

Immigrants will be gathering at a community center in Salt Lake City Thursday evening to watch President Obama make his much anticipated announcement about immigration.

Tony Yapias, director of Proyecto Latino de Utah, says he’s expecting a celebration at Centro Civico Mexicano after the President’s announcement.

“I’m sure we’ll be seeing a log of hugs and joyfulness in our community, just for them to finally see something happen for their families,” Yapias says.  

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Final Mitigation Plan for North Salt Lake Landslide Almost Ready

A landslide destroys a home in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake city officials say they are closing in on a final plan to mitigate the effects of the landslide that happened last August. 

North Salt Lake City Mayor Len Arave says a final approved mitigation plan should be made public in 2 – 3 weeks.

“The plan is getting pretty close to being final," he says. "There are just a few things that we’re talking about that people have issues in a few locations.”

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Energy & Environment
1:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Eastern Utah Oil Shale Permit Challenged

Oil shale deposits are found over large areas of Utah, Wyoming and Colorado
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

  A battle is shaping up over a permit to produce oil from oil shale on state land in eastern Utah.  The permit is based on technology that’s still being developed.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Teachers Union Lauds Education Support Professionals for Behind-The-Scenes Efforts

Education Support Professional of the year Paula Monroe.
Whittney Evans

Officials with the nation’s largest teacher’s union are in Utah celebrating the work of school cafeteria workers, secretaries, bus drivers and other Education Support Professionals.

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Energy & Environment
4:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lands-Transfer Report, Decisions Delayed

A view from Josie Morris Cabin Road in the Uintas. Lawmakers continue to debate the fate of public lands that are currently in federal hands. Lawmakers have demanded that the federal agencies turn over control of that land to the state. About 2/3 of the lands in Utah are controlled by the federal government.
Credit Courtesy: / Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office

Utah lawmakers will have to wait a little longer for an analysis of a federal lands transfer.

The state public lands policy coordinating office told them Wednesday a report on transferring federal lands to state hands still needs finishing touches.

Assistant Attorney General Tony Rampton said the analysis is clear-eyed, scrupulously objective and exhaustive at nearly 800 pages.

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