Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams laid out his 2014 budget proposal today, which he describes as structurally balanced and fiscally conservative. The $870 million budget includes funding for a handful of new initiatives and a pay increase for county employees.
Last week, the Bill Barrett Corporation sold its natural gas properties in the West Tavaputs Plateau of eastern Utah for more than 300-million dollars.
The deal was announced last week, but the buyer wasn’t disclosed. Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, though, identify the buyer as the EnerVest Corporation, based in Houston. The transaction is valued at 371-million dollars. EnerVest has drilling operations in Colorado and New Mexico as well as several other states in the South and Midwest.
Pictured Left to Right: At the podium, UTA GM Mike Allegra, Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold, Mayor Ralph Becker, Co-Chair of Utahn's for Better Transportation Roger Borgenicht, Breathe Utah Executive Director Erin Mendenhall and Marty Carpenter of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
The Utah Transit Authority has just concluded its year-long analysis of future transportation needs for Utahns. Michael Allegra, general manager of UTA, says expanding use of technology, more focus on residents’ needs and air quality are becoming focal points of the board.
“So air quality is certainly one if those agendas and our pricing and fare policies are all part of that initiative that they’ve given us discharge to go forth and try to implement,” says Allegra.
New data from the Utah Department of Health show more than a third of high schoolstudents who played all kinds of high school sports, including football, say they had symptoms of a concussion and didn’t report the injury.
The Hawaii legislature has opened a special session to look at a bill legalizing same-sex marriages. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other conservative religious groups oppose the legislation, but it appears likely to pass.
University of Utah closed down the Marriott Library over the weekend after bed bugs were discovered in the building. Pest control teams scoured the facility to prevent the spread of the insects first found on some lounge chairs. Part of the library reopened today, but other areas remained closed. Some students and staff are cautious as operations return to normal.
Leaders of the Count My Vote initiative say they will continue to move forward with their efforts to replace the party caucuses with direct primaries even after state GOP delegates voted over the weekend to reform the current system.
Hawaii’s state legislature is holding a special session this week to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state. Hawaii was one of the first states to pass a constitutional amendment on the question, but it didn’t define marriage as amendments in other states have. Instead, it gave that power to the legislature.
3rd District Court Judge Anthony B. Quinn died yesterday after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Millcreek Canyon. An avid cyclist, Judge Quinn was appointed to the court just over 16 years ago by then Governor Mike Leavitt. Judge Quinn received his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1980, worked as a clerk for a year with U.S. District Judge David Winder and then ran a successful civil trial practice.
The Utah Department of Health is doing a public health assessment in the North Salt Lake neighborhood near Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator. State officials say they are focused primarily on investigating levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the soil.
About 600 at-risk kids in are in Granite School District are enrolled in preschool this year because of a new program made possible with money from Salt Lake County, Goldman Sachs and Chicago investor J.B Pritzker.
At Wright Elementary School in West Valley City, first-year teacher Lindsay Shackelford says her students are learning about shapes, the alphabet and addition.
Starting next week, the Utah Division of Air Quality will begin enforcing new rules on wood burning during winter inversions. It's also changing its website, replacing the old red and yellow air quality alerts with a six-step system that's in use nationwide. Bryce Bird, the director of Utah's Division of Air Quality, sat down with KUER's Dan Bammes to talk about the changes.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint with Salt Lake County Animal Services on Tuesday calling for an investigation into embattled horse-drawn carriage company Carriage for Hire. PETA says Salt Lake City should revoke the company’s license for failing to report a number of accidents involving horse carriages. But, improper reporting may not be enough to force horse carriages off the streets. Jeremy Beckham is a research project manager at PETA who lives in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Department of Health and Department of Transportation announced an initiative to decrease the number of vehicle related fatalities among youth. Car accidents remain the leading cause of teen fatalities in the state. Last year 21 of the 217 Utahns who lost their lives in car accidents were teenagers.
Descendants of a big pioneer family that came to Utah in the 1850’s are gathering Thursday to meet with a British genealogist. Peter Cousins comes from Leicestershire in the English Midlands. His research on a British industrialist named Orson Wright led him to the Greenwell family, whose forebears joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1850’s and emigrated to Utah.
In just a few days in Utah, Cousins says he’s met dozens of people descended from Ambrose Greenwell, who had five wives and forty children.
The murder trial of Dr. Martin MacNeill in Provo’s 4th District Court is the first ever in the state to be broadcast and streamed live by the media. For proponents of open government, it is another milestone reached by the court’s recent rule change to allow video and audio recordings inside the courtroom.
Unified Police are investigating complaints involving the principal of a school for special needs students in Midvale. Multiple police reports have been filed against Jordan Valley School Principal Mark Donnelly. But an internal investigation by the Canyons School District has already cleared Donnelly of wrongdoing.
A piece of concrete wall taken from beneath the World Trade Center site in New York City is now part of Utah’s Fallen Warrior Memorial. Karina Puikkonen reports on the nine-thousand pound sculpture.
Members of the University of Utah’s ROTC unveiled the polished concrete sculpture at the Fort Douglas Museum this morning. Raette Belcher chairs the memorial committee. She first heard about Utah as a possible home for the sculpture at a dinner where she met mothers of fallen Utah military.
Amid public concern about air pollution generated by Stericycle’s North Salt Lake incinerator, two major hospital systems in Utah say they are reconsidering their processes for disposing of medical waste. Officials from University of Utah Health Sciences and Intermountain Healthcare say they are exploring their options, but are continuing to use Stericycle’s incinerator for the time being.
Former Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell will now lead Utah’s medical industry lobby as President and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association. The UHA board of Trustees announced the decision today, a month after Bell resigned from Governor Gary Herbert’s office.
Comcast is launching a new public wireless internet network that will allow its customers to connect to more than one thousand Wi-Fi hot spots across the state for free. Non-Comcast customers will be able to use the service for a small fee. At launch the spots are located at places like restaurants and parks where people like to gather. Comcast spokesman Ray Child says as time goes on the number of hotspots will only grow.
Governor Gary Herbert says he’s getting closer to making a decision about Medicaid expansion in Utah, and that it could come by the end of the year.
Herbert says as he learns more about the impacts of expanding Medicaid benefits, it is becoming clearer what his decision will be. But, he wouldn’t yet rule out any of the options, or variations of options, that he’s been presented with.
Last week, the Utah Tax Commission announced that legally married gay couples who live in Utah will still have to file their state taxes separately, even though they can file joint returns on their federal taxes.