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 worked for 25 years, and he 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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Federal Wildlife officials confirmed Wednesday that a gray wolf shot by a hunter in Utah was the same wolf seen in the Grand Canyon area last year.

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Salt Lake City planners announced a proposal for a major reconstruction of Regent Street Tuesday on the east side of the new Eccles Theater. It would connect City Creek Center and the Gallivan Center at an estimated cost just over $10-million dollars.

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Researchers in the University of Utah Department of Bioengineering announced Monday that they’re receiving a $1.4 million dollar grant to continue developing a bionic hand.

The county-owned facility is open 7 days per week and includes many free activities as well as food and a learning store.
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Salt Lake County announced plans Thursday for a $2,000,000 dollar update of the free public exhibits at the Clark Planetarium at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announced an executive order Tuesday aimed at increasing energy efficiency at city facilities.

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A new study has found that 18% of seniors in Utah over the next 15 years will retire with more debt than savings. That’s 1 in 5 Utahns who are likely to retire poor.

Hopkins points out the promotion of Utah, valued at $64 million dollars, that the Sundance Film Festival brings to the state. Randy Shumway, is the CEO Cicero Group, which conducts economic surveys for Utah-based Zions Bank.
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Utahns’ consumer confidence continues to rise despite higher food, and utility costs. The positive outlook is being driven by the huge drops in gasoline prices according the Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index numbers released Tuesday.

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December employment numbers for Utah came out Friday. The Department of Workforce Services reports non-farm employment for the last month of 2014 grew by an estimated 3.9%.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the kickoff of the county’s Homelessness Services Collective Impact Council Thursday.

The county shelters everything household pets to farm animals when the need arises.
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Salt Lake County’s Animal Services has maintained its “No-Kill” status for the second straight year. The national industry standard is a minimum 90% live release rate for shelters.

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Among the events marking Martin Luther King Junior Day was Westminster College’s annual march through Salt Lake’s Sugar House neighborhood with students, faculty, and neighbors Monday.

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The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $700,000 in grants and low-interest loans to expand electric and natural gas vehicle use across the state.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has revealed his participation in a human trafficking sting operation last fall in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Republican State Representative Curtis Oda of Clearfield says a current Utah law controlling alcohol sales at special events lacks clarity so he plans on running a bill to change that.

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National and local wood burning advocates are pushing back on the Utah Division of Air Quality’s proposed ban on any solid fuel burning between November 1st and March 15th. 

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The Salt Lake County Health Department has voted to expand its authority by further restricting burning of wood, charcoal and pellets in stoves and fireplaces.

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Crowds that show up at the Salt Lake International Airport to greet returning missionaries and military personnel are increasing. That’s putting some additional stress on airport resources, security personnel, and airline passengers who just want to get their bags and leave the airport.

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is asking people with backyard poultry to monitor their flock particularly closely due to the threat of two strains of bird influenza virus. H-P-A-I, the acronym for highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in California, Washington and Oregon. 

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Scientists at the University of Utah have found that high-fructose corn syrup is nearly twice as deadly to female mice as regular table sugar.

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The process involved nearly 2 years of wrangling between residents, Salt Lake County, East Millcreek Township representatives and eventually the Lieutenant Governor.

Current Holladay Mayor Robert Dahle was elected in the middle of the process. He says the county’s protest of the annexation further delayed the process so a boundary commission was formed.

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13 Title-I schools in Salt Lake are now providing on-site after-hours dental clinics thanks to a complex partnership of 11 groups including United Way of Salt Lake and Intermountain Healthcare.

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Skiers who use Utah Transit Authority’s Ski Bus service will have more shelters while they wait for their next bus. UTA has announced the number of shelters for the 2014-15 season has doubled from 5 to 10. There were already five existing ski bus shelters at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton Ski Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort and the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The shelters are designed to keep up to 20 people out of the elements without blocking the mountain vistas.

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The Governor’s Office of Energy Development launched UtahDrivesElectric.org Tuesday.

Jeffery Barrett is the Office’s Deputy Director. He says it’s an effort by Governor Herbert to be a leader in transportation advances like electric vehicles while recognizing the Wasatch Front’s air quality challenges.

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Utahns’ confidence in the economy has hit an all-time high just as the holiday shopping season begins. The monthly Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index is at a record-high 116.8. Randy Shumway is the CEO at The Cisero Group which does the survey for Zions. He says any number more than 110 means the economy is running on all cylinders.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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