For a lot of performers who were once on the cutting edge, maintaining a career over the long term is tough. Dan Nailen talks with KUER's Dan Bammes about one band coming to Salt Lake this week that's fighting to stay relevant. Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER . . . and blogs at slcene-dot-com.
In the wake of Murray mayoral candidate David Wilde withdrawing from the race for health reasons, voters in Murray will have only one box to check on in November. The primary’s third place finisher says he won’t mount a ballot write-in campaign.
City Attorney Frank Nakamura says state law prohibits the third place finisher in a non-partisan race from moving up. City Councilman Jim Brass placed a very close third to Wilde. Brass says his campaign was shocked at first by the announcement of a third place finish but he’s fine with it now.
The state auditor’s office released a report this week showing that many agencies don’t have internal auditors even when the law requires them.
State law requires 11 state departments to have internal auditors, and a new report from the state auditor’s office says four of them do not – Agriculture, Commerce, Environmental Quality and Public Safety.
The Affordable Care Act has given hope to Utahns with disabilities who want to avoid nursing homes. The state’s Disabled Rights Action Committee held a rally in front of the federal building Wednesday calling on Utah’s leaders to support a lesser known provision of the federal health care law that allows citizens to get health care in their own home, instead of a nursing home.
“I’d rather go to jail than to die in a nursing home,” demonstrators chant.
Utah Transit Authority is rolling out a new electronic payment system that will eliminate the need for many TRAX and bus riders to carry change.
FAREPAY, is a card riders can load with up to $500 and use to tap on and off busses and trains. For a $3 service fee, riders can pick up a card at participating stores, at any UTA customer service location or order it on UTA’s website and have it delivered. The card can be loaded with money on the spot or online using a credit card. UTA Spokesman Remi Barron says it’s already a familiar concept for many.
Governor Gary Herbert joined members of the of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission at the state Capitol today to honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”
The priests at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church will begin conducting services again, starting tomorrow. They're responding to a resolution passed by parish members last Sunday reinstating their regular salaries. The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan in Denver has approved the church's return to liturgical services. The parish will hold services on the Feast of St. John the Baptist tomorrow, and regular services will be held on Sunday.
Dr. Lobsang Sangay is the Prime Minister of Tibet, but he oversees his country from India as an exile while China continues its Tibetan occupation. He landed in Salt Lake City on Tuesday and spoke at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. In the evening the Utah Tibetan Association and Zions Bank hosted a reception for him in downtown Salt Lake. KUER’s Terry Gildea caught up with Dr. Sangay at the Grand America Hotel to ask him about his role as an exiled leader and about his relationship with Utah’s Tibetan Community.
West Valley City officials announced Tuesday; they’ve hired a police chief out of Kentucky to lead the city’s embattled police department. Lee Russo, former Chief of the Covington Kentucky Police Department will replace retired West Valley City Police Chief Buzz Nielson.
West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle says Chief Russo brings a great deal of wisdom to the West Valley City police department.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling. Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat.
The governor told reporters at the state capitol Thursday afternoon the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, has done a good job getting money out of Utah’s state lands, but in this case, it needs to look at a long-term strategy that could bring in even more in the long run.
Candidates vie to fill the open Salt Lake City Council seat left by Carlton Christensen’s retirement, a state legislator proposes to eliminate the Utah personal tax exemption in an effort to raise money for schools, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish pass a resolution that could result in the return of regular church services.
Residents of council District 1 in Salt Lake City are gearing up to choose a new person to represent them. Sixteen-year incumbent Carlton Christensen is retiring this year.
It’s a Saturday morning in Rose Park, a neighborhood in Salt Lake City’s 1st district. Soccer players are in the middle of a game at Riverside Park. People are walking their dogs along the Jordan River Trail.
Blake Perez comes here often. He chairs the Rose Park Community Council. I asked him what will be on voter’s minds this November when they go to the polls.
The state of Utah missed a deadline last December for submitting a plan to federal authorities to reduce air pollution on the Wasatch Front. But the public will get a look at a new draft plan in a couple of weeks.
The gymnasium at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox church in Holladay was packed with hundreds of parish members on Sunday. The general meeting was called to try and resolve the conflict that has kept the parish priests from holding regular services for most of the past month.
The owner of the horse that collapsed in downtown Salt Lake City gives a picture of different healthy horse to the media, several Mormon authors back a gay writer in his dispute with a Utah publisher, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish meet to resolve a dispute over their priests’ salaries.
The next time you go shopping for a big ticket item you might want put on your best pair of four inch heels. At least that's what BYU professors Jeffrey Larson and Darron Billeter recommend in their newly released study.
Larson and Billeter find that when a shopper, whether online or in person, has to think about balance they are more likely to weigh their options and go with a product in the middle of the price range.
Next month, schools in Utah will get two sets of report cards outlining their performance for the last year. One report is based on Utah’s Comprehensive Accountability System or UCAS, which is a grading method the State Office of Education is already using. The other system, state lawmakers approved during the 2013 legislative session.
With the new system, schools are given a letter grade of A through F to indicate their overall performance for the last school year. With UCAS, each school is graded on a 600 point scale.
The University of Utah is investigating whether chemical engineering researchers altered images in an academic paper. The journal Nano Letters withdrew the paper on August 15th due to concerns over the integrity of the data.
The University of Utah’s new School of Dentistry broke ground on the 36 point four million dollar Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Building Friday. The University’s senior vice president for health sciences Dr. Vivian Lee says the new school is expected to become a top 10 institution in the nation in reputation and research.
”It is the first new academic school of dentistry in over 25 years,” says Dr. Lee.
The state releases new information about the federally run online health insurance marketplace, Governor Herbert says he’s in no rush to make a decision on Medicaid expansion, and overnight storms cause flooding in Alpine.
Every Friday, Dan Nailen looks at entertainment options all around Salt Lake, but he's discovering that his enthusiasm for some artists is not universally shared.
Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER
This is an edited version of the original story to correct the statement that Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody wrote Hotrod Lincoln. He was the guitarist on many recordings of the song but did not write the hit. The song was written by Charlie Ryan and W. S. Stevenson.
Some information was released Thursday about how the Affordable Care Act will impact Utah consumers. Utahns shopping for health insurance on the new federal online marketplace will have 99 plan choices. The state insurance department provided an estimate for what these options will cost Utah consumers. They also compared prices to the state’s exchange for small businesses known as Avenue H.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he’ll likely make a decision on whether to expand Medicaid in the state by early next year. Utah is among a handful of states facing the decision as the Affordable Health Act rolls out this fall. But the Governor told reporters at his monthly KUED news conference, he’s not in a hurry.
The federal Bureau of Land Management intends to lease nearly one hundred forty thousand acres in and around the San Rafael Swell in eastern Utah for oil and gas drilling. Many conservationist groups are angry about the lease auction, which is set to take place in November.
The BLM itself has deemed much of the land to have wilderness and recreational value, but BLM Spokesperson Megan Crandall says that they decide whether to manage lands for wilderness uses or for other uses, like development.
Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans addressed the media today about inflammatory comments made by Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion. Evans’ comments come more than a week after Bennion first said that District Attorney Sim Gill might be a cop hater and then helped promote a rally aimed against him.
Salt Lake City and the Downtown Alliance released their parking survey results to the public today with some surprising results. The city’s transportation director Robin Hutcheson says people parking downtown have seen big changes in the last year and a half.
“It was a lot for our public to take in and we’ve been working very diligently to listen, take the feedback…understand the changes we need to make going forward,” say Hutcheson.