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
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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Business & Labor
6:40 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

U Economic Report Shows 2014 Sundance Film Festival Brings More than Art to Utah

Credit File: Screen Shot Sundance Film Festival Web Page

The overall economic impact of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival amounts to $86.4 million for the state of Utah. The University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research conducted the independent study. The report released today also found the annual January event provided $34.1 million in earnings for Utah workers and supported 1,434 full and part-time jobs during the festival.

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Education
4:24 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies

Ann Romney, wife of former Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney
Credit File politico.com

Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2014 at Southern Utah University this morning. She quoted evangelical Christian Pastor Rick Warren in urging the graduates to live a purpose-driven life. She recalled the day when her husband, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, got the call from Kem Gardner asking them to take over the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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Business & Labor
3:55 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Utah's Bike Friendly Ranking is in the Nation's Top 10 for the First Time

Utah is ranked #8 most bike-friendly in the nation and #4 in the region.
Credit File: League of American Bicyclists Screen Shot

Utah’s bicycle-friendly ranking is in the top ten in the nation for the first time ever. The League of American Bicyclists traditionally marks the beginning of National Bike Month by releasing its rankings. Utah moved to #8 compared to 2013’s #14 ranking. Each state gets a ranking based on a level of achievement in the 5 “E’s”; engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

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Business & Labor
5:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Alliant Techsystems Spins Off Sporting Group in Deal with Orbital Sciences

Credit File: Bill Ingalls/NASA, via Associated Press

Alliant Techsystems announced it is merging the majority of its holdings with Orbital Sciences. The company is best known in Utah as ATK with operations in Magna, Clearfield and Promontory. A company press release says the 1-point-seven billion dollar deal involves spinning off the parent company’s Sporting Group.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Democrat Brian Wonnacott has "Toughest Climb Ever" for 3rd Congressional Seat

Software engineer Brian Wonnacott ran unopposed for the Democratic seat in the 3rd Congressional District against Republican incumbent Jason Chaffetz Saturday. The avid outdoorsman says he regularly climbs Mount Olympus and Grandeur Peak. In asking delegates for their vote, Wonnacott expressed his realistic view of his campaign.

“I’ve climbed Mt. Rainier and Kilimanjaro and now I hope to climb the highest mountain of all, the bureaucracy of the US Government,” say Wonnacott.

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Politics
6:40 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont's Run at AG's Seat Official After State Convention

Democratic Candidate for Attorney General Charles Stormont gets strong endorsement from Representative Patrice Arent in her nominating speech Saturday.
Credit Judy Fahys

Charles Stormont will be the Democratic candidate for Attorney General. He’s been working in the Attorney General’s office since 2008. He ran uncontested at the Democratic Convention. Following an impassioned nomination speech by Representative Patrice Arent, Stormont declared his stand against Amendment 3.

“It is time for an attorney general who will not play politics with Utah families,” says Stormont.

He says he doesn’t question the character of his opponent, Sean Reyes.

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Business & Labor
2:41 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New Study has Utah 3rd Lowest in the Nation for Women CEO's

Utah Women and Leadership Project from Utah Valley University
Credit File: Utah Valley University

The number of Utah women in CEO or corporate board positions is the 3rd lowest in the nation. The findings released Wednesday are from a Utah Valley University study titled “The Status of Women Leaders in Utah Business.” The report shows of the 228 companies surveyed, only 4.8 percent (11) have female chief executive officers compared to 95.2 percent (217) male CEO’s. That’s nearly 10 percent lower than national figures for women in business.

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Public Safety
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rocky Mountain Power and Rescue Crews Run First Confined Space Exercise

Salt Lake City Fire crew makes quick work of saving "victim" in mock confined space rescue.
Credit Bob Nelson

Rocky Mountain Power and various rescue crews in the Salt Lake Valley are running three coordinated rescue exercises this week. Monday’s exercise was the first in the series with a mock victim trapped below an industrial power supply box in a Salt Lake City industrial park.

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