News http://kuer.org en Utah Transit Authority Considers New Electric Buses http://kuer.org/post/utah-transit-authority-considers-new-electric-buses <p></p><p>An all-electric bus stopped in Salt Lake City Monday on a demonstration tour around the US. The Utah Transit Authority is looking at the bus for possible future use.</p><p>There are a few things you notice right away on board the latest model of Proterra’s 40-foot battery-powered electric bus. The driver controls are minimal, there’s a back window that let’s in more light… and it’s quiet. Matt Horton, the VP of Sales for Proterra Incorporated gives me his pitch in under 15 seconds.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:43:31 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49930 at http://kuer.org Utah Food Bank Dealing with Typical Lean Summer Months http://kuer.org/post/utah-food-bank-dealing-typical-lean-summer-months <p></p><p>A number of Utahns are still struggling to get enough food for their families despite overall favorable economic news. Rural Utahns in particular are facing tough times with more than 1 in 5 kids unsure how they getting their next meal. Ginette Bott is the chief development officer for the <a href="https://www.utahfoodbank.org/">Utah Food Bank</a>. She says the type of people needing food assistance is changing.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:41:43 +0000 Bob Nelson 49929 at http://kuer.org Utah Food Bank Dealing with Typical Lean Summer Months Utah Congressman Wants to Revamp Recreation Fees http://kuer.org/post/utah-congressman-wants-revamp-recreation-fees <p></p><p>Recreation fees provide money for campfire talks and other visitor programs that take place on public lands. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop wants to update those user fees, and he’s got backing from some unlikely supporters.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:15:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49927 at http://kuer.org Utah Congressman Wants to Revamp Recreation Fees Former Federal Judge Joins Former WVCPD Officer's Defense Team in Manslaughter Case http://kuer.org/post/former-federal-judge-joins-former-wvcpd-officers-defense-team-manslaughter-case <p>University of Utah law professor and former U.S. District Court Judge Paul Cassell has joined the defense team for the former West Valley City Police detective who shot and killed Danielle Willard.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:07:12 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49922 at http://kuer.org Former Federal Judge Joins Former WVCPD Officer's Defense Team in Manslaughter Case Utah Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr as Ramadan Ends http://kuer.org/post/utah-muslims-celebrate-eid-al-fitr-ramadan-ends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's&nbsp;the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Utah’s Islamic congregations are celebrating the happiest holiday of the year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:24:39 +0000 Dan Bammes 49910 at http://kuer.org Utah Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr as Ramadan Ends Pollution Spikes: A New Holiday Tradition http://kuer.org/post/pollution-spikes-new-holiday-tradition <p></p><p>Families all over Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with fireworks. The festivities also pumped lots of unhealthy smoke into the air that spiked air pollution. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the trend and Salt Lake City’s plan to deal with it.</p><p>Polluted air has become a kind of day-after tradition for Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. Monitors at the state Department of Environmental Quality show those pretty pyrotechnics created enough smoke to top federal health standards in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Cache and Tooele counties Thursday night.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:56:22 +0000 Judy Fahys 49819 at http://kuer.org Pollution Spikes: A New Holiday Tradition National Park Visits Down in 2013 http://kuer.org/post/national-park-visits-down-2013 <p>A new <a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSVSE2013_final_nrss.pdf" target="_blank">report from the National Park Service </a>shows that fewer people visited Utah’s National Parks in 2013 compared to 2012.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:47:10 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49815 at http://kuer.org National Park Visits Down in 2013 Utah Stroke Survivors Take Part in National Dance Day http://kuer.org/post/utah-stroke-survivors-take-part-national-dance-day <p></p><p>A group of Utah dancers was featured this week on the Fox show <em>So You Think You Can Dance</em>. <a href="http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day/">National Dance Day</a> is Saturday, and the group submitted<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI3Ao5OK6mE"> a video</a> of the routine that many are doing across the country in hopes of being featured on the program.&nbsp; But these Salt Lake City dancers have a special distinction. They’re all stroke survivors.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:29:50 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49814 at http://kuer.org Utah Stroke Survivors Take Part in National Dance Day Parade Crowd's Bad Behavior Upsets Neighbors http://kuer.org/post/parade-crowds-bad-behavior-upsets-neighbors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Days of ’47 parade draws hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of Salt Lake City every year.&nbsp; And some of the people who live along those streets say the city isn’t doing enough to keep the crowds from trashing their property.&nbsp;</p><p>Salt Lake City’s street sweepers were out along 900 South on Friday, cleaning up after the huge crowds that lined the Days of ’47 parade route the day before.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:49:41 +0000 Dan Bammes 49802 at http://kuer.org Parade Crowd's Bad Behavior Upsets Neighbors Panel Accuses Forest Service of Water Grab http://kuer.org/post/panel-accuses-forest-service-water-grab <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Forest Service says it wants to do a better job safeguarding the nation’s groundwater. But its initiative to protect that vital resource is coming under attack in Utah and elsewhere. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports.</span></p><p>Utah’s <a href="http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2014&amp;Com=SPESWD#" target="_blank">State Water Development Commission</a> has a simple message for the Forest Service and its new groundwater directive.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:56:59 +0000 Judy Fahys 49771 at http://kuer.org Panel Accuses Forest Service of Water Grab Child Poverty on the Rise in Utah http://kuer.org/post/child-poverty-rise-utah <p></p><p>Children in Utah are more likely to be living in poverty today than they were two decades ago. That’s according to <a href="http://www.aecf.org/resources/the-2014-kids-count-data-book/?utm_source=eblast&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=press+release&amp;utm_content=state">new data</a> released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The percentage of Utah children living in poverty rose from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. That’s a concern for Deputy Director of Voices for Utah Children Terry Haven.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:22:18 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49756 at http://kuer.org Child Poverty on the Rise in Utah Kate Kelly Appeals LDS Excommunication http://kuer.org/post/kate-kelly-appeals-lds-excommunication <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kate Kelly, the founder of the group <a href="http://ordainwomen.org/">Ordain Women</a>, has appealed her excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. &nbsp;And her husband is wondering why he hasn’t also been subjected to church discipline.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:11:01 +0000 Dan Bammes 49750 at http://kuer.org Kate Kelly Appeals LDS Excommunication Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now http://kuer.org/post/utahns-keep-health-insurance-subsidies-now <p></p><p>A federal court in Washington DC ruled Tuesday that Obamacare subsidies are illegal. Utah is among 36 states that would&nbsp;potentially be affected by this ruling, but for now, Utahns will continue to receive those subsidies.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:26 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49718 at http://kuer.org Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park http://kuer.org/post/new-activities-law-enforcement-poised-fight-crime-pioneer-park <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Police Department began putting extra attention on Pioneer Park this month with the creation of a special bureau. Law Enforcement officials say that effort combined with new family-friendly activities will make the park and the neighborhood safer.</p><p>If you’ve spent any time around Pioneer Park lately, whether it be for the downtown farmer’s market or the Twilight Concert Series, you may have noticed some athletic, enthusiastic people flying high above you.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:09:01 +0000 Whittney Evans 49717 at http://kuer.org New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park New Pioneer Mortality Rates Put Trek Deaths in Perspective http://kuer.org/post/new-pioneer-mortality-rates-put-trek-deaths-perspective <p class="p1">Every year on Pioneer Day, we hear about the hardships and sacrifices made by Utah’s early Mormon settlers. But a new study from Brigham Young University shows most of those who made the trek arrived in good shape.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Statistics professor Dennis </span>Tolley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wanted his students to work on an actuarial problem, like an insurance company calculating its rates. So he turned to a database compiled by the LDS church on Utah’s pioneer handcart companies and wagon trains.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43:59 +0000 Dan Bammes 49689 at http://kuer.org New Pioneer Mortality Rates Put Trek Deaths in Perspective West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos http://kuer.org/post/west-nile-virus-detected-utah-mosquitos <p></p><p>Health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Utah. But so far, no human cases have been reported. &nbsp;The virus has been found in mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah counties. Rebecca Ward with the Utah Department of Health says humans who contract the virus may not necessarily develop symptoms, but it can be very serious, particularly for those with compromised immune systems.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:16 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49660 at http://kuer.org West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos 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 New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors http://kuer.org/post/new-tools-looking-pioneer-ancestors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Descendants of Utah’s Mormon pioneers have a new way to connect with the stories of their ancestors’ adventures on the trek to Utah. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:32:31 +0000 Dan Bammes 49632 at http://kuer.org New Tools for Looking Up Pioneer Ancestors Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash http://kuer.org/post/teachers-back-mcaleer-1st-district-both-candidates-raise-campaign-cash <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The democratic challenger vying for Utah’s </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district congressional seat hopes two big endorsements will help her unseat the incumbent in November. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49602 at http://kuer.org Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-another-step-closer-moving <p></p><p>Medical waste company Stericycle has cleared another hurdle in its effort to relocate its incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele County. The local planning commission approved a conditional use permit for the new facility this month, though two commissioners voted against it.</p><p>Stericycle Vice President of Corporate Communications&nbsp; Jennifer Koenig says the permit is necessary to move forward with a new facility, but it’s only one step among many.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:32:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49601 at http://kuer.org Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power http://kuer.org/post/residential-solar-users-asked-pay-more-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rocky Mountain Power subsidizes new solar power installations through its Blue Sky program. But it’s also insisting it needs additional money from residential customers who have solar panels on their homes.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://psc.utah.gov/utilities/electric/elecindx/2013/13035184indx.html">Utah Public Service Commission</a> is preparing for a hearing next week on Rocky Mountain Power’s request for residential solar power users to pay four dollars and 65 cents a month to connect their homes to the grid.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:43:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 49597 at http://kuer.org Residential Solar Users Asked to Pay More for Power Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths http://kuer.org/post/owner-could-face-charges-magna-horse-deaths <p></p><p>Animal doctors at a laboratory in Logan should know by the end of the week how ten horses found in a Magna field over the weekend died. The answer could lead to criminal charges for the animal’s owner.</p><p>On Friday afternoon Salk Lake County Animal Services and the Unified Police Department responded to reports that several horses were found dead in a field near 3500 south and 9200 west in Magna. One horse was still alive but in poor condition.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:25:43 +0000 Whittney Evans 49596 at http://kuer.org Owner Could Face Charges in Magna Horse Deaths U.S. Supreme Court Stays Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Ruling http://kuer.org/post/us-supreme-court-stays-same-sex-marriage-recognition-ruling <p class="p1">The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required <span class="s1">the state </span>to recognize same-sex marriages performed <span class="s1">during a period when they were legal</span>.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:53:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49499 at http://kuer.org State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries http://kuer.org/post/state-sets-water-priorities-virgin-river-tributaries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A drought in southwestern Utah means there’s not enough water to fulfill the needs of all property owners in the area. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the priority list that’s leaving some Washington County water users dry this year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:45:02 +0000 Judy Fahys 49498 at http://kuer.org State Sets Water Priorities On Virgin River Tributaries AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky http://kuer.org/post/airmed-takes-emergency-newborn-care-sky <p></p><p>A University of Utah AirMed team can now deliver emergency care to newborn babies. The perinatal team has just been licensed to transport babies from zero to 30 days, and they have a new larger helicopter for the necessary equipment.</p><p>University of Utah chief flight nurse Bart Chournos says he’s been treating pregnant mothers for 30 years. He travels by helicopter to expecting moms in need of urgent care at smaller, regional hospitals throughout the Mountain west.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:20:44 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49497 at http://kuer.org AirMed Takes Emergency Newborn Care to the Sky Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor http://kuer.org/post/volunteer-ambassador-receiving-nasa-honor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Patrick Wiggins, who represents NASA as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador in Utah, is receiving one of the space agency’s highest honors.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:28:57 +0000 Dan Bammes 49488 at http://kuer.org Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind http://kuer.org/post/school-board-considers-going-back-no-child-left-behind <p></p><p>For the past two years, the federal government has allowed Utah to waive key parts of the No Child Left Behind law. Now that waiver is up for renewal and the state board of education is questioning if it should instead go back to the largely unpopular law. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:44:06 +0000 Whittney Evans 49454 at http://kuer.org School Board Considers Going Back to No Child Left Behind SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program http://kuer.org/post/slc-department-airports-breaks-ground-18-billion-terminal-redevelopment-program <p>The Salt Lake City Department of Airports will break ground Friday on the 1.8 billion dollar Terminal Redevelopment Program. Construction will continue in phases from now through 2019 with complete build out by 2022. Mike Williams is the program director of the massive project. He says there will be many big changes along the way but the effort is going to be well worth it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:23:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 49450 at http://kuer.org SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause http://kuer.org/post/park-citys-autumn-aloft-returns-after-20-year-pause <p>Park City’s <a href="http://www.autumnaloft.com/">Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival </a>is returning after suddenly ending 20 years ago. It will coincide with the final weekend of the <a href="http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com/">Parksilly Sunday Market</a> September 19 through the 21<sup>st</sup>. Meisha Lawson is the spokeswoman for the festival. She says city leaders, residents and businesses are showing overwhelming support for the return of the event.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 49449 at http://kuer.org Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated http://kuer.org/post/u-study-shows-medicaid-expansion-population-bigger-previously-estimated <p></p><p>Utah lawmakers were stunned to hear Thursday that the number of people who fall in the so-called health coverage gap is significantly higher than they thought. Researchers from the University of Utah presented <a href="http://le.utah.gov/interim/2014/pdf/00003826.pdf">results from a new report</a> on the Medicaid eligibility expansion population&nbsp;to a state health committee.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:15:21 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49448 at http://kuer.org U Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Population is Bigger than Previously Estimated