Salt Lake City, UT – There's a ritual that happens out in the sagebrush each spring. From March until about mid May sage grouse gather at their breeding grounds throughout Utah. Jeff Rice visited a sage grouse 'lek' just before dawn to record some of the sounds for this week's Utah Soundscapes 'audio postcard.'
Washington, DC – Some lawmakers on Capital Hill want to overhaul the Universal Service Fund. It's a tax paid by large phone companies to keep service in rural areas affordable for consumers. One solution is mandating other communication companies pay into the fund, but Utah Congressman Chris Cannon says taxing internet service is not the answer. From our Capitol Hill bureau, Terry Gildea reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – On Wednesday, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Carroon announced his decision to deny Real Salt Lake's request for 35 million dollars in public financing to build a soccer stadium in Sandy. Franchise executives have argued that the funding is critical to the team's survival in Utah. Doug Fabrizio and guests look at the economics of public money and private sports teams, and at the value and culture a team brings to a community that can't be measured in currency.
Salt Lake City, Ut – Monday's demonstrations in support of immigrants in Utah didn't have the massive turnout that the marches a month ago did, but there was widespread community support, particularly among Latino business owners. Supporters of stricter immigration laws also continued to make themselves heard. Pablo Celis reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Local farmers spent a morning off of their tractors to go behind the microphones. At a news conference in Salt Lake City, they called on Congress to address the issue of high fuel prices, which they say are driving Utah farmers out of business. KUER's Mikenna Clokey reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Latinos in Utah and across the country demonstrated their impact on the American economy, but that impact goes beyond dollars and cents. Spanish is becoming common in public places - from store signage to a new version of the national anthem. Do immigrant populations need to assimilate in order to achieve the American dream? We'll look at how earlier groups have both maintained their identities and joined the melting pot, and how American culture changes with each new wave.