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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Religion
2:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Mitt Romney Speaks at Brigham Young University Forum

Cover photo of Former U.S. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney from "Mitt Romney, An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics" by Ronald Scott.
Credit FIle: Christopher Halloran/ Shutterstock.com

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to some 15,000 students, faculty and staff at Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center Tuesday as part of the school’s forum series. Romney recalled many stories of the campaign trail while he focused mainly on his Mormon faith.  He remembered being told by campaign managers that all of his emails and those on his email list were being monitored by a hostile foreign country as he called on the students to be mindful of their activity on the internet.

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Education
6:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

U's Marriott Library Expanding Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library

Early student design rendering of expansion project for Katherine W. Dumke Arts and Architecture Library.
Credit File: Marriott Library

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will have its first major change since the seismic upgrade about six years ago.  The Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library is expanding its space on the first and second floors on the library’s north side. The addition of a changeable indoor/outdoor sculpture garden is being funded by Katherine Dumke.

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Energy & Environment
6:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

USFWS Lists Gunnison Sage Grouse as Threatened

Gunnison Sage Grouse near Monticello, Utah
Credit File: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Brent Stettler

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and that has Utah wildlife managers, environmentalists and politicians upset.

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Business & Labor
2:32 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

First Utah Ski Resorts Set to Open 2014-15 Season

Ski Utah is hopeful Utah's early ski season opener is this weekend.
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Ski Utah announced Tuesday the start of the official countdown to the start of the 2014 ski season. Skiutah.com shows Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon is due to open next Friday with five more planning to open by next weekend.  Nathan Rafferty is president of the coalition of ski resorts in Utah. He says two things gauge the season.

“And that’s economy and snow and…you know snow trumps all.”

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Health Care
6:41 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Primary Children's and U of U Hospitals Report 30% Reduction in Errors with IPASS

Credit File: Primary Children's Hospital

A new multi-hospital study for patient safety, that included Primary Children’s Hospital and the University of Utah School of Medicine, confirmed a 30 percent reduction in medical errors through basic communication between healthcare workers.

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Politics
7:37 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

5 Utah Counties Initiate HB 156 Election-Day Voter Registration

Credit File: laschoolreport.com

Voters in five counties in Utah are able to register at their polling locations today under a pilot program.

Salt Lake County is one of the five that applied for the Election-Day Voter Registration Pilot Project through the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Sherrie Swensen is the County Clerk.

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Business & Labor
6:49 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Daylight Saving Time: Complicated, Emotional for Utahns

Credit File: Timeanddate.com

Daylight Saving Time ends in Utah at 2 am this Sunday.  In light of recent polls favoring doing away with the bi-annual change, the subject is likely to once again come up during next year's legislative session.

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Education
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

SLC's YouthCity Program Gets $500K Grant for STEM Education

Students from Glendale Middle School listen as they're instructed by a leader at YouthCity on the plan to make drinking water out of Jordan River water.
Credit Bob Nelson

Students and teachers in Salt Lake City’s YouthCity program announced Thursday a half a million dollar boost to their program with a new grant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM education.  YouthCity has centers throughout the city that provide out-of-school activities for young people. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the programs are offered free to middle and high school students in the city.

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Mid-Term Elections 2014
1:25 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Voter Registration Options Remain but are Quickly Running Out

Utah's award-winning website for voter registration is getting good traffic these days according to SLCo Clerk Sherrie Swensen.
Credit FIle: State of Utah

Today is the final day for in-person voter registration in Utah ahead of Election Day on November 4th.  Sherrie Swensen is the Salt Lake County Clerk.  She says today’s drive-through voter registration at the County Government Center has been slow but it’s an attempt to encourage residents to register.

“We’re trying to make it very convenient and I know a lot of people are utilizing the on-line registration so maybe they’re not as inclined to come in person, but we’re offering it in case they need it,” says Swensen.

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Business & Labor
1:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Senator Hatch Honored on 20th Anniversary of DSHEA

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch chats with President of United Natural Products Alliance at member retreat of UNPA. Pictured left to right: Frank J. Lampe, UNPA VP of Communications & Industry Relations, Loren Israelsen, President UNPA, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
Credit Bob Nelson

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch was honored by United Natural Products Alliance at a special luncheon event in Salt Lake City Thursday. The Utah-based UNPA has members in the worldwide food supplement industry. The compounded sales growth of the dietary supplements industry in Utah is reported to be nearly 11% per year since 1992.

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Education
3:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

National Girl Scout Convention in SLC Asks Girls to Discover, Connect, Take Action

Pictured L-R: Girl Scout Alexandra Soran, Girl Scouts of Utah CEO Debbie Nielsen, and Girl Scout Amelia Slama-Catron as they welcome convention-goers to the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Credit Bob Nelson

The 53rd National Convention of the Girl Scouts opened this week in Salt Lake City. The event runs through Sunday at the Salt Palace Convention Center with up to 5,000 girls and leaders participating.

It’s estimated there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the program in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide. Debbie Nielson is the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Utah and a national board nominee. She says she is encouraged to see so many girls participating in the program.

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Arts & Entertainment
6:25 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Free ZAP Day at Living Planet Aquarium Spotlights Ballot Issue

Penguin at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper
Credit File: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

The Zoo, Arts and Parks or ZAP Program is up for renewal on the General Election Ballot in Salt Lake County. A penny from every $10 spent in the county goes to nearly 200 public arts, education and recreation venues located all over the county. The fate of similar tax plans will also be decided by voters in Davis and Cache Counties.

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Education
6:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

U Celebrates Groundbreaking for $45 Million Lassonde Studios

Pierre Lassonde, MBA alum of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, was on hand for the groundbreaking on the Lassonde Studios just east of the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building.
Credit Bob Nelson

The University of Utah celebrated the groundbreaking for the Lassonde Studios on the campus’s east side Friday.

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Arts & Entertainment
12:06 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

SL County Breaks Ground on 64-Acre Wheadon Farm Park in Draper

Master Plan of Wheadon Farm Park in Draper.
Credit File: Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation

Salt Lake County officials broke ground Wednesday on Phase 1 of the 64-acre Wheadon Farm Park in Draper. The farm at 138th South and Bangerter Parkway, was purchased from Utah Open Lands by the county with funds from the $47-million dollar Park Bond approved by voters in 2012. Wendy Fisher is the Executive Director of Utah Open Lands. She says in 1997 Gene and Deane  Wheadon donated the land because they shared a vision of the importance of open space.

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Federal Government
6:24 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Guilty Plea to Federal Hate Crime in Hurricane, Utah Incident

Credit File: U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that a Hurricane man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah to a federal hate crime.

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Business & Labor
6:08 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

August Job Numbers Out from Department of Workforce Services

Construction, and Trade, Transportation and Utilities showed the strong job growth in August in Utah.
Credit File: Utah Department of Workforce Services, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Utah Department of Workforce Services released its employment numbers for August on Friday.

Utah’s non-farm employment grew by an estimated 3.5 percent, which is a tenth percent slower than July’s numbers. Carrie Mayne is the Chief Economist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services. She says there are indications of a notable increase in the number of Utahns leaving the labor force.

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Health Care
6:41 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Massive "Small-Areas" Study First-of-this-Size for Utah Department of Health

Page 13 of huge "Small Areas" study from the Utah Department of Health showing health challenges and successes of 63 areas of Utah.
Credit File: Utah Department of Health

A massive study released Thursday by the Utah Department of Health breaks down the entire state into 63 small areas, each with their own specific health factors. The research looked at 17 different topics from suicides, and adult cigarette smoking to colon cancer screening 50+ and hospitalization from a fall. Michael Friedrichs is an epidemiologist with the department of health. He says up until now there have only been small area studies looking at individual things like cancer or injury.

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Health Care
6:46 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

UCAP Funds U of U Regenerative Medicine Program

Lab technicians at University of Utah Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Lab prepare cell growth environment.
Credit Bob Nelson

The University of Utah Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Program will be getting a share of the total $2,000,000 dollars in grant money from the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, or UCAP. The research park facility does stem cell manufacturing and research of ALS, leukemia, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.  Dr. Jo-Anna Reems is a research associate at the center. Her department received $200,000 dollars from the fund.

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Energy & Environment
6:25 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

U of U Energy Upgrade in Health Professions Building Recognized by DOE

University of Utah Dumke Health Professions Education Building
Credit File: University of Utah

Thursday the University of Utah became the first organization in the state to be recognized by the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge.  A recently completed project cut energy consumption by more than 40 percent in the Dumke Health Professions Education Building. It houses the Departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Neurobiology and Anatomy with classrooms and labs. Myron Willson is the director of the Sustainability Resource Center at the U.

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Health Care
6:53 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

U Conference: Sex and Gender Bias Still Around Medical Research

Attendees, including (far right) Yelena Wu and Jessica McPhail, U of U Department of Family and Pediatric Medicine, take a break at conference on sex and gender differences and women's health.
Credit Bob Nelson

It’s been twenty years since the National Institutes of Health declared that women should no longer be left out of important health research. Wednesday University of Utah researchers and health practitioners attended a half-day conference on campus focusing on those same challenges in research. Kathleen Digre is a University Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology and an adjunct professor of OBGYN.  She says health research in the 1990’s began looking at factors related to sexual differences.

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Energy & Environment
5:55 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Public Service Commission Rejects Proposed Solar Metering Fee

Credit Rocky Mountain Power

The Utah Public Service Commission rejected on Friday a request from Rocky Mountain Power to institute a metering fee of more than four dollars a month on customers who generate their own power trough solar panels.  Commission officials ruled that the private power provider did not present enough evidence to prove the proposed fee was just and reasonable.  Matt Pacenza is a policy director with Heal Utah, one of several groups opposing the fee. He says Rocky Mountain Power officials didn’t present a convincing case for the fee.

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Energy & Environment
2:51 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

University of Utah Thursday Game Traffic Likely to Double

Special parking chart for Thursday, August 28, with Ute Football hosting Idaho State.
Credit U of U Commuter Services

Demand for parking spaces on the University of Utah campus is expected to nearly double on the only Thursday game of the Ute Football season.  

Alma Allred is the executive director of commuter services at the U. His suggestion is simply to not drive to campus.

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Public Safety
6:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Sandy City Council Votes Unanimously to Amend Firearms Ordinance

Credit File: gunholstersunlimited.com

The Sandy City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend city ordinances to allow unrestricted carrying of firearms in public places within city limits. Nicole Martin is the spokeswoman for the city. She says the council and city officials are not trying to make a statement about gun control.

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Health Care
2:22 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

SLCo Health Department Reports State's First Human West Nile Virus Case

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention August 19th West Nile Virus Report modified to show Salt Lake County report.
Credit CDC, KUER

The Salt Lake County Health Department has confirmed Utah’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year. Health officials are urging people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne virus.  Dr. Dagmar Vitek is a health director with the Salt Lake County Health Department.  She says the department does regular testing for the presence of the virus in mosquitoes.

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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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