Bob Nelson

Reporter and Host for All Things Considered

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in Mass Communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he has worked for 25 years and is thrilled to be back at KUER.  Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.

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Business & Labor
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Utah Employment Rate On Steady Climb in July

Credit File: Department of Workforce Services

The number of Utahns with non-farm jobs grew by an estimated 3.6 percent in July. That’s equal to nearly 46-thousand jobs. The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for July today Friday.  DWS Chief Economist Carrie Mayne says it’s the highest growth so far this year.

“Our largest job gains were in the construction industry, trade, transportation and utilities and in education services,” says Mayne.

It was another great month for Utah in terms of job growth. Mayne says all 10 private sector industries showed job gains during the period.

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Public Safety
2:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Salt Lake County Rolling Out Funding for New Valley-Wide Commuter Bicycle Network

Salt Lake County unveils valley-wide commuter bike route plan.
Credit File: Salt Lake County Bicycle Commuter Network

Salt Lake County officials have announced a new grant program available to area cities to improve the commuter bicycle experience.

County Mayor Ben McAdams says the plan is to use a small portion of the $40-million plus transportation budget to double the number of bicycle commuters in a relatively short period of time.

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Health Care
5:16 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

IMC Unveils Larger, More Powerful MRI Device

Unidentified MRI staff at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray demonstrate the extra-large size of the new General Electric 1.5 Tesla.
Credit File: Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Medical Center has unveiled their new, larger and more powerful 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI Wednesday.

Linda Campbell is the MRI Coordinator for IHC’s Urban Central Region.  She says improving technology enhances the machinery in the real world.

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Business & Labor
7:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Drop in Utah Gasoline Prices Lags Notable National Trend

Credit File: Ocalapost.com

Utahns will have to wait to enjoy the rest of the country’s overall downward trend in gasoline prices.

AAA reports Tuesday’s national average of $3.47 per gallon is 18 cents lower than last month. Utah’s price is only 4 cents lower. Randy Shumway is the economic advisor to Zions Bank. He says aside from any major unforeseen global political or economic events, the state will follow its long history of lagging as fuel prices fall nationally.

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Sports
4:45 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

10th Tour of Utah Bicycle Race in Final Stages

Screen shot from live video stream of Peleton on downhill run toward Kamas.
Credit File: Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

The fifth stage of the Tour of Utah bicycle race ends today at the finish line in Kamas after a rainy ride on the Mirror Lake Highway from Evanston, Wyoming.  Eric Young won Stage 5. Tom Danielson retained the overall yellow jersey.

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Business & Labor
5:22 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

SL Board of Realtors Positive About "Correction" in 2nd Qtr Home Sales

Graph of 2nd Quarter Single-Family Home Sales in Salt Lake County 2009 to 2014.
Credit File: Salt Lake Board of Realtors

Salt Lake County single-family home sales decreased 9 percent for the second quarter compared to the same period last year. The Salt Lake Board of Realtors reports nearly 33-hundred homes were sold in the county. That was down from a little more than 36-hundred homes last year. Angie Neldon is the current President of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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Business & Labor
4:17 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Utah's Consumer Attitude Index Hits High

Cicero Group CEO Randy Shumway says Utah ranks at or near the top in multiple lists including for being business friendly, a good place to live, best place for upward mobility and lowest unemployment.
Credit Bob Nelson

Utah’s Consumer Attitude Index hit an all-time high from June to July in a survey done for Zions Bank by The Cicero Group. The CAI increased 6.6 points to 104.9 during the period and has improved 19.4 points over the past four months. Randy Shumway is the Chief Executive Officer for Cicero.  He says 34 percent of Utahns surveyed believe their income is going to rise over the next twelve months.

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Business & Labor
5:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Utah Food Bank Dealing with Typical Lean Summer Months

Demand for food from the Utah Food Bank is high while the summer supplies are low. The Summer Business Food and Fund Drive is an attempt fill the need.
Credit File: Utah Food Bank

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 Utah Food Bank. She says the type of people needing food assistance is changing.

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Business & Labor
7:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

SLC Department of Airports Breaks Ground on $1.8 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Program

Current rendering of proposed Terminal Redevelopment Program with complete build out scheduled for 2022.
Credit File: Salt Lake City Department of Airports

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.

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Business & Labor
6:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Park City's Autumn Aloft Returns After 20-Year Pause

Autumn Aloft lasted ten years in Park City in the 1990's and at one time attracted dozens of pilots and nearly 20,000 spectators.
Credit File: Autumn Aloft, Mark Prothro

Park City’s Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival is returning after suddenly ending 20 years ago. It will coincide with the final weekend of the Parksilly Sunday Market September 19 through the 21st. 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.

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Business & Labor
5:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Investigative Committee Chair on Attorneys General Arrests: System Working

Credit File: Utah State Legislature

The chair of the Legislature’s Special Investigative Committee says he is working on a bill to increase potential use of grand juries in investigations in the wake of the John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff arrests Tuesday. Republican Representative Jim Dunnigan of Taylorsville led the bi-partisan investigation after the US Department of Justice dropped the case. He says a number of potentially helpful parties simply did not respond to subpoenas from the committee.

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Business & Labor
4:38 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Smith's Food and Drug to Anchor Holladay Major Mall Redevelopment

Rendering of Redevelopment of former Cottonwood Mall
Credit File: Howard Hughes Corporation

Smith’s Food and Drug will be the anchor grocery store for the development at the former Cottonwood Mall in Holladay. Activity at the 57-acre multi-use project stopped at the start of the recession. Marsha Gilford is vice president of public affairs for Smith’s. She says the new 78-thousand square foot store will be built just north of Macy’s and have two levels of below-store parking.

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Health Care
6:26 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Utah Hemp Card Applications Open Tuesday

Credit File: utahpeoplespost.com

Tuesday Utah residents will be able to apply for a special card that allows them to legally possess hemp oil for medical treatment purposes. The law that sets up the program went into effect this month.

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Business & Labor
7:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

UTA Off for the 4th but Change Possible Next Year

The 2nd Annual 4th of July Pet Parade kicks off the Art Festival. Highland Drive between Wilmington Ave. and 21st South is closed to autos for the 92 vendors, kids games, special library events all day.
Credit File: Sugar House Facebook page

Thousands of Salt Lake Valley residents will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, but they won’t be able to catch a bus or train to get around. The Utah Transit Authority is taking the day off. KUER’s Bob Nelson reports.

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Energy & Environment
6:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

U of U Atmospheric Scientist Counting Down OCO-2 Launch Wednesday

Artist rendering of Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
Credit File: NASA

University of Utah atmospheric scientist John Lin is eagerly awaiting a second launch attempt of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, early tomorrow morning. Lin is a member of the NASA team studying carbon dioxide around the world. He plans to see the liftoff in person at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This morning’s planned launch of the satellite was scrubbed due to a problem with the Delta-2 rocket.

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Business & Labor
2:23 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fire Destroys Remnants of Brigham City's Historic Baron Woolen Mills

Google Maps Street View of Historic Baron Woolen Mill site in Brigham City, Utah, June 2013
Credit File: Google Maps

A small group of firefighters is still working on one remaining hotspot at Brigham City’s Historic Baron Woolen Mills Monday afternoon. Rick Bosworth, spokesman for Brigham City says the fire started around 9 pm Sunday in a newer area of the abandoned factory and spread to the larger brick structure. He says crews came in from surrounding cities to battle the fire.

“We had Brigham, Willard, Honeyville, Corinne and Tremonton all at the site,” says Bosworth.

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Energy & Environment
1:53 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Salt Lake City Connects New Trio of Solar Power Arrays

Solar farm run by Salt Lake City at former landfill site at 1965 West 500 South.
Credit Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City officials flipped the “on” switch Wednesday celebrating the completion of three large solar projects to power city buildings.  1.7 million kilowatts of electricity annually will come from the solar farm connected to the Public Safety Building, and the city’s operation center at Plaza 349. Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker says Utah’s energy codes are 30 percent less efficient than federal standards and he says leaders at the state level need raise those standards.  

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Air Quality
2:19 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Summer Means Utah's Ozone Season is Here

Downtown Salt Lake City skyline view from the east campus of the University of Utah.
Credit Brian Grimmett

The state departments of Health and Environmental Quality are both calling attention to the unofficial arrival of the ozone season this week. Ozone is the product of auto and industrial exhaust heated by the summer sun. Kellie Baxter is with the health department’s Asthma Program. She’s urging Utahns to be aware of ozone’s potentially harmful effects.

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Energy & Environment
2:48 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

First Wind Announces Another PPA with Rocky Mtn Power in a Month

Credit File: First Wind

Renewable energy company First Wind has finalized four more 20-year power purchase agreements, or PPA’s, with Rock Mountain Power. The latest PPA announced Thursday is for power generated from the company’s planned 320 megawatt “Four Brothers” solar development in Beaver and Iron Counties. Cody Stewart is Governor Gary Herbert’s Energy Advisor. He says the agreement has been in the works for a long time.

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State Government
1:43 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fees for Vital State Records Set to Increase July 1st

Credit file: foreigndocumentsexpress.com

Fees for vital records like birth and death certificates in Utah are set to increase on July 1st.  Approval of a House Appropriations Bill during the Legislative session earlier this year allowed the increase. Janice Houston is the State Registrar and the Director of the Utah Department of Health’s Vital Records and Statistics. She says the department is almost totally funded by fees with only some federal funding provided.

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Science & Technology
3:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Small Bountiful-Area Earthquake Felt Across the Wasatch Front

Epicenter of 3.3 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday
Credit File: US Geological Survey

Authorities received thousands of widespread reports of last night’s small earthquake 10 miles east of Bountiful. Katherine Whidden, research seismologist with the University of Utah Seismology Stations, says the reports were extensive because the epicenter was so close to the metro area.

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Business & Labor
2:44 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Governor Herbert Addresses Panel at US Chamber Small Business Summit

Credit File: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Utah has received more top 10 economic rankings than any other state in the country. That’s according to the Enterprising States 2014 report released Wednesday at the US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit in Washington. Governor Gary Herbert was part of a panel discussion at the summit on closing the skills gap.

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Business & Labor
6:10 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Governor Herbert Joins Western Tourism Group in Agreement with US Interior Secretary

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and members of the Western States Tourism Policy Council with US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the signing of memorandum of understanding agreement to promote tourism in federal lands. Vickie Varela of the Utah Office of Tourism is pictured to left front of Gov. Herbert.
Credit File: Office of Gov. Gary R. Herbert

Gary Herbert was among several western governors and U-S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell who signed an agreement to recognize the importance of tourism on federal lands and waters. The memorandum of understanding, or MOU, is between members of the Western States Tourism Policy Council and a variety of Federal Agencies. Vickie Varela is the managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism. She says fostering public/ private partnerships is one of the key areas of cooperation.

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Business & Labor
2:21 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Draw Opens In Sugar House

Congressman Jim Matheson(D), outgoing US 4th District Representative, points east to the trail head of Parley's Trail, at the ribbon-cutting event at the opening of The Draw at Sugarhouse.
Credit Bob Nelson

Sugar house Park above 13th East and Hidden Hollow Park are now officially connected by Parley’s Trail. A couple hundred people including residents and government officials gathered this morning Friday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of The Draw at Sugar House. Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson recalled just starting out in Washington when a coalition people from the Salt Lake Valley first met with him with this huge urban trails project.

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Health Care
3:12 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Utah's Primary Care Network Enrollment Opens for the First Time in a Year

Credit File: playathletics.com

Open enrollment in Utah’s Primary Care Network, or PCN, begins today for the first time since May of 2013. Kolbi Young of the Utah Department of Health says there are about 73,000 Utahns who are eligible for this type of care.

“The Primary Care Network program has been around for years and it’s a program that essentially covers a portion of the population that’s not typically eligible for Medicaid with very primary preventive services,” says Young.

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Education
2:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Salt Lake County High School Group Boosts Seatbelt Use 9% in 2013-14 Year

Credit Utah Zero Fatalities

A group of Salt Lake valley high schools increased their overall seatbelt use 9 percent this school year by participating in various student-created programs. The Salt Lake County Health Department program to increase seatbelt use among young drivers works in collaboration with the “Don’t Drive Stupid Campaign” and the Utah Highway Patrol’s Adopt-A-High School. Six high schools participated in the program.

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Business & Labor
2:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Transportation Costs Push Zions Bank Consumer Price Index Up

Aaron Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cicero Group, which conducts surveys for Zions Bank.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Zions Bank Consumer Price Index increased 0.1 percent in April compared with March on a seasonally adjusted basis. Aaron Anderson is a Director at the Cicero Group, which conducts the survey for Zions. He says transportation cost increases including the price of new cars were the driving force behind the up-tick.

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Politics
2:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Senator Orrin Hatch Delivers Memorial Day Message to Woods Cross Crowd

Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch reminds Woods Cross residents of the importance of remembering fallen soldiers. He asks citizens to honor their fight for freedom by voting.
Credit Bob Nelson

Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch delivered the keynote address for the Memorial Day celebration in Woods Cross Monday. Senator Hatch stepped to the podium following the Woods Cross Men’s Chorus singing a song Hatch co-wrote with Janice Kapp-Perry called “I Love Old Glory.” He recalled his emotions while standing at the grave site of General George Patton in Luxembourg where 5-thousand American soldiers are buried.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:18 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Utah Youth Conservation Corps Gets Boost from Obama Administration Initiative

Canyon Country Youth Corps in Southeastern Utah.
Credit File: Four Corners School of Outdoor Education

Utah youth conservation groups are expected to get a significant portion of the $6.7 million dollars in funding announced yesterday by U-S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The total amount comes from various public agencies with matching funds from private groups as part of President Obama’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative.

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Business & Labor
5:54 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Former Mexico President Calderon Tells SLC Trade Conference Betting on Trade Paid Off

Felipe Calderon, Former President of Mexico, addresses full house at the Marriott City Creek in Salt Lake City.
Credit Bob Nelson

Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon delivered the keynote address Wednesday at the Zions Bank 13th Annual Trade and Business Conference. Calderon served as President from 2006-2012 during what he calls the worst economic crisis in human memory. He recalled the saying; when the United States gets a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia.

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