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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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The Leonardo in Salt Lake City welcomes the Mummies of the World-The Exhibition complete with Hollywood-style motorcade and security detail as one of 8 tractor-trailers arrives. The unloading of the actual artifacts Wednesday is all in preparation for the upcoming opening of the exhibition.  Heather Gill-Frerking (who prefers to be called Dr. Heather) says visitors will be surprised to learn that these mummies aren’t considered lifeless.

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There was a somber moment of silence as Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley and his family were honored in both chambers of the Utah Legislature Wednesday. Beesley died while on a search and rescue mission in Salt Lake County in June last year. Senator Pete Knudsen from District 17 spoke as a large group of the Beesley family stood in the center of the Senate floor.

“In recognition of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Trooper Aaron Beesley, the Utah Legislature hereby honors Trooper Beesley and his surviving family for their service to the State of Utah,”said Knudsen.

Utah Department of Natural Resources / Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Great Salt Lake occasionally smells strange during the summer and then there’s the “lake effect” in the winter. But within the waters of North America's most salty lake lies a unique variety of brine shrimp species that has spawned a rare public/private partnership between the Utah Department of Natural Resources and more than a dozen businesses.

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Rocky Mountain Power is opening another lottery for their customers who want to receive incentives to help offset the costs of installing solar energy equipment on their homes or businesses. The program opens Tuesday the 15th and runs through the 28th of January. Rocky Mountain Power spokesperson Jeff Hymas says the $50 million dollars up for grabs through 2017 will benefit all power users.

US Department of the Interior / Bureau of Reclamation

The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s recent release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Narrows Dam on Gooseberry Creek in Sanpete County is likely to be contested in court. The relatively small water project would allow the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to develop an existing Gooseberry Project right to 5400 acre-feet of water for farmers’ late summer crop.

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The managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Leigh von der Esch is retiring after more the 28 years of public service. Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development says von der Esch's dedication to promoting Utah is unmatched.

"At the core of Leigh von der Esch you have a deep commitment and a deep passion for the state and for promoting the state and all of its grandeur. And all of the incredible characteristics, the diversity of the culture and of the landscape," said Eccles.

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Magna residents will finally see the completion of the Main Street road project thanks to a federal highway grant of 790-thousand dollars. The Magna Livable Streets Project will improve both sides of the road between 83-hundred and 88-hundred west. The project adds landscaping, safety upgrades like wider sidewalks and better lighting plus improved access. Salt Lake County Major Peter Corroon says the project started during the first days of his administration in 2005.

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Count on Utah entertainers of all types to crank up the Christmas volume after Thanksgiving. Dan Nailen gives us the rundown for today and the coming weeks.

Pioneer Theater Company's production with a twist.

Homeless Veterans in Salt Lake City now have a better chance to get into a warm place to live just as winter weather approaches. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System along the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City dedicated the new 72 room Valor House today. The Director of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, Gordon Walker, says the state is very close to serving every veteran’s needs for transitional and permanent housing and on track to end homelessness in Utah with the 10-year plan. US Navy Veteran Dawn Hemphill is a former homeless drug addict.

Major construction on the Utah Transit Authority TRAX Line to the Salt Lake International Airport is wrapping up this week with testing scheduled to begin as early as next week. UTA officials announced today the light rail system will be officially open on April 14, 2013. Utah Transit Authority spokesman, Gerry Carpenter, says with commuter rail to Provo opening in December, all metro areas will soon be connected.

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With gas prices reaching nearly four dollars a gallon across Utah in recent weeks, many people are looking for alternative forms of transportation to meet their needs. It may be perfect timing for a new electric powered motorcycle that is now available in the state. Zero Motorcycles are designed and manufactured in Santa Cruz, California and have been on the market since 2010.

The Central Utah Art Center in Ephraim is facing an August 20 deadline for eviction by the city. The center is known as “the quack” for C-U-A-C. The center's director Adam Bateman claims city officials are making the move because they believe one current art exhibit may be too risqué for the general public. He says the eviction comes as a total shock.

KUER Contributor Dan Nailen talks with Bob Nelson about the Rooftop Concert Series in Provo that opens this weekend, Snowbird Resort’s free Cool Air Concerts, The String Cheese Incident plus Ringo Starr.

Dan's Weblog: www.SLCene.com

The Fourth of July experience for thousands of Utahns will include the rush of the traditional F-16 Fighter Jet Fly-over. The 419th Fighter Wing from Hill Air Force Base will break its own record of the most fly-overs on a patriotic day. Tech Sargent Richard Gonzales, a member of the 419th, says the previous Air Force record for fly-overs was 13.

“We have 19 fly-overs planned for cities all the way from North Ogden down to Vernal and pretty much everywhere in between,” he says.

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