Juana Summers is a reporter covering education for NPR.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Business & Labor
4:32 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Vendors Gear Up for 23rd Annual Downtown Summer Market

A colorful loaf of soap in Kathy Wawrzyniak's kitchen.
Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City’s downtown farmer’s market opens for its 23rd summer season this Saturday. And one local vendor is preparing for another busy year.

It really is a family affair at The Soap Lady’s house in Sandy. Kathy Wawrzyniak’s kitchen is brimming with pots and freshly baked loaves of soap.

“Well I have my sister Michelle and she just does everything,” Wawrzyniak says. “She’s concentrating on wrapping, making sets today, but she helps me make soap and does pretty much everything. I have my niece in the back. She does bath bombs today.”

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Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

KUER Events
3:57 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Visit KUER at Community Events this Summer

Visit KUER when you’re out and about this season! We'll be hanging out at the Downtown Farmers Market all summer long and at Craft Lake City in August.  Stop by the KUER booth to get a chance to chat with KUER reporters, sign up for giveaways, spin the prize wheel for some freebies, or take a photo with our cardboard Doug Fabrizio! 

Look for us on these dates:

Downtown Farmers Market 

  • June 21st 
  • July 26th
  • August 9th
  • August 23rd

Craft Lake City

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Energy & Environment
3:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Park City Native Plant Sale Aims to Reduce Water Consumption

Wasatch penstemon in bloom on May 31, 2014 in Salt Lake County
Utah Native Plant Society

The annual native plant sale takes place Saturday morning at Recycle Utah in Park City. Organizers say replacing that Kentucky bluegrass with Wasatch penstemon will help conserve water - an increasingly valuable resource in Utah.

Utah is the second largest consumer of water per person in the nation, and Utahns use about two-thirds of that water on lawns and landscapes.  Executive Director of Park City Conservation Association Insa Riepen says that’s an irresponsible and unnecessary use of a valuable resource.

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Sports
2:33 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Local Climbers Question the Evolving Roles of Sherpas on Mt. Everest

The Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado is usually a gathering place for climbers, guides and mountaineers to celebrate the adventure sport they love. But this year, those at the event were mourning a recent tragedy that occurred on the world’s tallest peak and the role of Sherpas on dangerous climbs.

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Military
12:50 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Hill Air Force Base Privatizes Electrical System

File: The First F-35 Arrives at Hill Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force officials have finalized a contract that privatizes the electrical systems at Hill Air Force Base. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy assisted the Air Force in finalizing the 50-year contract with City Light & Power, Inc. The contract is worth more than $280 million dollars and will help employees at Hill modernize and maintain the base’s decaying electrical systems. City Light & Power officials say they plan on investing about $5 million in the first year to fully update the current system.

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Religion
12:44 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

LDS Church Discipline Process Different For Men and Women

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly
Dan Bammes

Only men are allowed to hold the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Advocating for a change in that policy is the reason Kate Kelly is facing possible excommunication.  But because she’s a woman, the rules for church discipline are different than they would be for a man.

Margaret Toscano knows what the experience is like – she was excommunicated 14 years ago for her public statements on ordaining women to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Health Care
4:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Salt Lake County Medicaid Argument Doesn’t Sway Republican Lawmaker

Brian Grimmett

The Salt Lake County Council is sending a letter this week to the Utah legislature asking them to support the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan and accept Medicaid funds. County councilors have said those federal funds could offset a 12 percent budget shortfall for behavioral health services expected next year. But so far, state lawmakers are holding firm in their positions on Medicaid.

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Energy & Environment
4:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

San Juan County Tries to Assume Control of Recapture Canyon; BLM Still Investigating ATV Protest

An ATV protest last month has prompted a new, non-binding resolution from the San Juan County Commission. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it's still investigating crimes associated with the ride on a trail through Recapture Canyon that is closed to motorized vehicles.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Dozens of all-terrain-vehicle riders drove into San Juan County’s Recapture Canyon a month ago. Federal authorities say that ride into off-limits territory was illegal, but they haven’t filed any charges yet.

Now, the San Juan County Commission is asserting authority over the scenic trail in a non-binding resolution. Recapture is filled with ancient burial sites and antiquities, and county leaders say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking too long to decide how to safeguard them.

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