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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Environment & Public Lands
1:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Small Monthly Fee Possible for Net Metering Customers of Rocky Mountain Power

Use of Photovoltaic (Solar) Cells to cut power bills is on the rise in Utah.
Credit File: Utah Solar Energy Association

Part of Rocky Mountain Power’s 76.3-million dollar rate increase request includes a $4.25 monthly increase for Utah customers who generate their own power through windmills or solar panels. The utility classifies them as net metering customers. Rocky Mountain Power’s Dave Eskelsen says the request protects traditional customers and is a very small part of the rate increase request. He says it's also intended to help ready the system for technology for which it was not designed.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow and Council Members Take Oath of Office

New West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow receives the official city pin from former mayor Mike Winder following the ceremony Monday. The Mayor's grandson Braden looks on.
Credit Bob Nelson

West Valley City’s new mayor, Ron Bigelow, was officially sworn into office along with three city council members Monday. The new mayor’s speech highlighted the diversity of the city’s residents as both strengths and challenges for the city. Bigelow called on West Valley citizens to play a larger part of making the city a better place to live.

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Science & Technology
1:06 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Finds New Breast Cancer Metastasis Mechanism

The discovery of a new cellular mechanism of breast cancer metastasis and working therapy could reduce the spread of breast and other types of cancers in the body.
Credit File: Sarah Vaughn

Researchers from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer, known as metastasis, to other parts of the body. 

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Entertainment
6:24 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Dan Nailen Finds A Lot of Music in Post-Holiday Lull

Reverend Horton Heat brings big Texas-style rock to The Depot January 3rd.
Credit File: soundspike.com

KUER's Entertainment Contributor Dan Nailen says the "weird quiet period" after the Holidays is rare in Salt Lake City these days. If there was one, it came to a decisive end Friday with the arrival of Reverend Horton Heat with Jello Biafra and Old Man Markley.

Also mentioned: Tennis, Nellie McKay, Maria Taylor

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Health Care
2:59 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Two Influenza-Caused Deaths Confirmed in Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Health Department Epidemiologist Ilene Risk strongly urges residents to get the flu vaccine.
Credit Bob Nelson

Two Salt Lake County residents have died from influenza. Salt Lake County Health Department Epidemiologist Ilene Risk confirmed the deaths Thursday.  Risk says she can’t stress enough the importance of getting vaccinated because flu rates continue to rise.

“Our numbers have steadily increased. We have not seen the peak of this flu season yet,” says Risk.

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Business & Labor
1:40 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Utah Consumers Spend Gasoline Savings as Attitudes Rise

Austin and Tyler Shumway demo new toy as their father, Randy, checks his smartphone. Casey and Bill Sartan, owners of Tutoring Toy, coach the boys and the toy.
Credit Bob Nelson

For a fifth straight month, Utahns used the money they saved on lower gasoline prices and spent it on everything from cars to food to utility bills. The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1 of a percent from October to November on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, driven by lower gas prices. Randy Shumway of the Cicero Group conducts the survey for Zions Bank. He says that drop further boosted the positive attitudes about the state’s economy.

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Business & Labor
1:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Utah Ski Season Peaks for Christmas Week

Known as "Christmas Week" in the ski industry, the days between Christmas Day and the first day of the New Year, are typically the peak of the entire season.
Credit File: Ski Utah

If there is an aversion to the inversion from tourists visiting the state to ski, there are very few signs of it. This is the biggest week of the ski season with visitors paying up to $2,500 dollars a week to rent an SUV, if they can find one.  Susie English is the communications director of Ski Utah, a non-profit organization that promotes the ski and snowboard industry in the state. She says the weather and snow are excellent even though some resorts still have early season conditions.

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Public Safety
2:50 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Public Caution Issued Over Sick Eagles in Northern Utah

Bald Eagle in the care of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden
Credit File: WRCNU Facebook page.

State wildlife officials are warning everyone to be cautious if they come across another sick eagle.  16 bald eagles have died in recent weeks from a mysterious illness.  Leslie McFarlane, wildlife disease coordinator with the Division of Wildlife Resources, says they thought it might be lead poisoning at first, but now they know that’s not the problem.

McFarlane says it’s good that residents want to help these sick eagles when they find them, but dealing with the birds is best left to the professionals.

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Education
6:14 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Utah Educational Saving Plan Seeing Year-End Investment Surge

Deadline for tax benefit from contributions to the Utah Educational Savings Plan is coming fast.
Credit File: Google Images

The Utah Educational Savings Plan is expecting to seeing an increase in investments as the year ends.  It’s already seen a 10 percent year-to-date jump in investments. UESP is Utah’s official non-profit 529 college savings program. It was set up by the state legislature in 1996. The fund gives tax incentives to anyone wanting to invest in a young person’s higher education. Diane Johnson is the outreach manager for UESP. Johnson says the nationally-recognized fund typically sees a nice jump in investors at year-end.

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Education
2:22 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

University of Utah Researchers Surprised by Discovery of Perennial Aquifer in Greenland

U of U geography doctorate candidate and co-author Clément Miège collects water during surprise discovery of water in the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Credit File: University of Utah

Geography researchers from the University of Utah have discovered a perennial aquifer in Greenland estimated to be 15 times larger than the Great Salt Lake. The findings were published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. University of Utah geography professor Richard Forster says his small team of researchers found the huge reservoir while drilling for samples of compacted snow called firn.

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KUER Local News
6:15 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Night Training By F-16 Pilots Begins Monday at Hill Air Force Base

F-16 fighter jet is prepped for flight from Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Credit File: Hill Air Force Base

The sounds of F-16’s in night flight training will be heard in Davis and Weber Counties beginning Monday night and running through the 19th of December. Pilots from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base will be flying out to the Utah Test and Training Range and back during the exercise.  Lt. Col. Todd Robbins is the 4th Fighter Squadron Commander at Hill.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Cybersquatting Scam Hits University of Utah Purchasers and Vendors

Credit Google Images

Attorneys and law enforcement personnel at University of Utah are reacting to recent attacks by so-called cyber-squatters. Thousands of University employees are being targeted by an internet scheme making fraudulent purchase orders with sites that attempt to appear to be representing the U. Valoree Dowell is the interim communications director for the University of Utah. She says right now the purchasing department is busy alerting suppliers to the scam.

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Science & Technology
2:51 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

U of U Biologists Surprised to Discover "Ultrafast Recycling" at Nerve Synapses

University of Utah Biologists Erik Jorgensen (left) and Shigeki Watanabe at the Biology Lab's Electron Microscope.
Credit Bob Nelson

University of Utah biologists have discovered that nerve cells work very differently and much faster than previously thought. Erik Jorgensen is a professor of biology at the U, and senior author of the study.

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Entertainment
2:38 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

"Elf the Musical" Opens December 6th at Pioneer Theater Company

Elf the Musical at Pioneer Theater Company December 6th through the 24th, including Saturday matinees
Credit File: Pioneer Theater Company

Elf the Musical opens next week on stage at Pioneer Theater Company in Salt Lake City. It’s the first time the production has been done in Utah since the contemporary classic film Elf was released 10 years ago. Pioneer Theater’s Artistic Director, Karen Azenberg says “family” is at the heart of the story, and believing in something good.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Utah Foundation Panel Works Through Solutions to Improving Quality of Life in Utah

Shawn Teigen, Utah Foundations Senior Research Analyst, explains report graphics. Also pictured left to right: Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney, Dr. Richard Kendell, Interim President of Southern Utah University, Gregory Poulsen, Intermountain Healthcare, and Ted Wilson, Director of UCAIR
Credit Bob Nelson

Availability of jobs, public school education and air and water quality are the top three areas most in need of improvement for a better quality of life. That’s according to the latest Utah Foundation survey of Utahns. The Foundation’s Senior Research Analyst Shawn Teigen led a panel discussion today in downtown Salt Lake City on the results of the latest study of Utahn’s Quality of Life. He says air quality moved to number one when residents were asked this open-ended question.

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Science & Technology
6:09 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

First Annual Utah "America Recycles Day" Has Humble Beginning

First Annual Utah "America Recycles Day" by the Recycling Coalition of Utah
Credit Bob Nelson

The America Recycles Day in Utah was held today at the South Towne Expo Center. If the size of the crowd at the first annual event was any indication, Utahns are not very excited about recycling. But Brad Mertz, the Executive Director of the Recycling Coalition of Utah says using things over and over again is just the right thing to do.

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KUER Local News
6:12 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Taylorsville City Honors Veterans with Parade, Patriotic Music and Presentations

Renee Sorensen of Taylorsville hands out American flags before the program on the City Hall Plaza.
Credit Bob Nelson

A parade honoring Veterans rolled down 2700 West from the city park to the city offices in Taylorsville Monday complete with dignitaries, rumbling motorcycles and music. Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson spoke after the parade on the plaza of the city hall.  He told those attending the celebration that our country must live up to the commitment to provide good healthcare to the soldiers when they return home.

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Business & Labor
1:26 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Downtown Salt Lake City's Winter Market Opens Saturday

The Historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 South Rio Grande Street (450 West)
Credit File: Flickriver, Thad Roan-Bridgepix

The Downtown Farmers Market is moving to inside the Rio Grande Depot starting Saturday morning.  With Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market ending its 21st summer season at Pioneer Park, the Downtown Alliance is leveraging its success into the new indoor venue to become The Winter Market.

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Local Government
2:48 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Jobs, K-12 Education and Air Quality Top 3 Concerns in Utah Foundation Report

Utah Foundation 2013 Quality of Life Index. The survey of more than 600 Utahns was conducted during September and October, 2013
Credit File: Utah Foundation

The Utah Foundation’s report on Utah Quality of Life Index shows just a 1 point overall improvement from its first study from the fall of 2011. But Shawn Teigen, the Foundation’s Senior Research Analyst, says there’s a clear message here for Utah’s political and business leaders.

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KUER Local News
5:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Utah Army National Guard Air Medical Evacuation Unit Deploys to Afghanistan

Deployment to Afghanistan of Utah National Guard's Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1-171st Aviation Unit
Credit Wendy Kamahele

For the first time in 20 years, a Utah Army National Guard Air Medical Evacuation group is deploying out of the country. Captain Penny McCarthy is the Commander of the unit. She says building a medevac unit from an air attack group has not been done before in Utah. McCarthy says being ready for today’s deployment to Afghanistan was a daunting challenge for every soldier in the group.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Mike Reberg Named as Salt Lake County's New Director of Animal Services

Mike Reberg, tapped as new Director of salt Lake County Animal Services
Credit File: Mike Reberg Facebook page

 Salt Lake County Animal Services has a new director. Mike Reberg had been working in Congressman Jim Matheson’s Wasatch Front office. He’s also a former associate public works director for the county. Russ Wall, Salt Lake County’s Public Works Director, says Reberg intends to bring the two main aspects of animal services, enforcement and adoption, closer together.

“He’s an animal lover but more importantly, he’s a people lover and so we’re really excited to have him here,” says Wall.

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Local Government
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Salt Lake City Mayor Marks Final Push to Eliminate Chronic Homeless Among Vets

Steve Young, Director of the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center at the podium. It's a gathering of supporters for the kickoff of Salt Lake City's Veterans Housing Month.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City’s mayor announced a plan today to provide housing for the last few remaining homeless veterans.  The announcement came as part of the annual Stand Down event at the V-A Medical Center.  Mayor Ralph Becker says it’s taken federal, state and local agencies and private business to create this incredible outreach program.

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Business & Labor
6:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Hiring Our Heroes Reaches Out to Military Personnel and Spouses at Annual Job Fair

Utah Air National Guard Serviceman Kevin Haugen of Ogden (left) surfs Hero 2 Hired website with guidance from Sergeant Major Bowser. The mobile web center travels 200 days a year to stop at events like the one in Sandy Wednesday.
Credit Bob Nelson

About 80 Utah employers held a job fair for veterans at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy Wednesday.  Along with vets, they were hoping to reach their spouses and members of the National Guard and reserves.

Sergeant Major Wayne L. Bowser represents of one of the sponsors, “Hero 2 Hired.”  He says knowing where to start is key.

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Business & Labor
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

UTA's 2020 Plan Gets 15 Minute Schedule for Metro Area and Local Tax Increases

Pictured Left to Right: At the podium, UTA GM Mike Allegra, Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold, Mayor Ralph Becker, Co-Chair of Utahn's for Better Transportation Roger Borgenicht, Breathe Utah Executive Director Erin Mendenhall and Marty Carpenter of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Credit Bob Nelson

The Utah Transit Authority has just concluded its year-long analysis of future transportation needs for Utahns. Michael Allegra, general manager of UTA, says expanding use of technology, more focus on residents’ needs and air quality are becoming focal points of the board.

“So air quality is certainly one if those agendas and our pricing and fare policies are all part of that initiative that they’ve given us discharge to go forth and try to implement,” says Allegra.

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KUER Local News
2:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Utah Law Community Mourns the Loss of Judge Anthony B. Quinn

3rd District Judge Anthony B. Quinn
Credit File: State of Utah, Judicial Council

3rd District Court Judge Anthony B. Quinn died yesterday after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Millcreek Canyon. An avid cyclist, Judge Quinn was appointed to the court just over 16 years ago by then Governor Mike Leavitt. Judge Quinn received his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1980, worked as a clerk for a year with U.S. District Judge David Winder and then ran a successful civil trial practice.

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Education
6:14 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Federal Head Start Program in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties Survives Cuts for Now

Head Start provides development skills and meals to 2000 preschoolers and their families in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties.
Credit File: Head Start

Salt Lake and Tooele County’s federally funded Head Start program has survived the recent government shutdown without dropping kids off the list. The real challenge has been the so-called sequestration. Head Start is a development program including meals that serves 2000 preschoolers and their families through SL-Cap/Head Start.  Joni Clark is the community partnership manager.

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Education
6:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Surge in Phishing Scams Hit University of Utah Community

Cyber Security Image from University of Utah Information Security Office
Credit File University of Utah

The University of Utah Information Security Office is warning the U community of a significant increase in recent months in email attacks known as Phishing. In an email blast to U faculty, staff and students last night, the Office says at least three individuals, all faculty members in the School of Medicine, were victims of email attacks. As a result, their individual paycheck direct deposit information was accessed and then stolen.

Steve Corbato is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Utah.

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Immigration
5:39 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Salt Lake City Hispanic Community Activist Frank Cordova Dies

Logo of Centro Civico Mexicano in Salt Lake City. It's Utah's oldest advocacy group for Mexican Americans in Utah, originally established in the 1930's. Frank Cordova was President of CCM.
Credit File: CCM

Salt Lake City Hispanic community activist Frank Cordova passed away Monday evening following a battle with cancer. He was 57 years old. As President of Centro Civico Mexicano, Cordova was often seen in the community wearing his black “I Could Be Illegal” T-Shirt. Archie Archuleta, president of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, a civil rights advocacy group says Cordova’s forceful voice will be missed.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:11 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Water Year Starts Well, Shut Sprinklers Off Says Division of Water Resources

Image from the Division of Water Resources "Slow the Flow" Todd Adams of the division says recent reports from 18 municipalities show the water conservation seems to be having an effect.
Credit File: Utah Division of Water Resources

Even with a decent start to the new water year last week, Todd Adams from the Utah Division of Water Resources says it’s time for Northern Utah residents to conserve by shutting down their automatic sprinkler systems now. But, he says, last month’s moisture was very helpful.

“It’s kind of strange because we ended up about somewhere between 70 and 90 percent of normal statewide based on our precipitation. A lot of that came in the last part of September which has helped us going into next year,” says Adams.

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Local Government
2:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

$30 Monthly UTA Transit Pass for Salt Lake City Residents Proposed as Air Quality Initiative

Pictured Left to Right: At the podium, UTA GM Mike Allegra, Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold, Mayor Ralph Becker, Co-Chair of Utahn's for Better Transportation Roger Borgenicht, Breathe Utah Executive Director Erin Mendenhall and Marty Carpenter of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City may become the first city in the nation to offer a 30-dollar-a-month transit pass for every resident. Mayor Ralph Becker says the initiative designed to improve air quality is a complex agreement between the city and Utah Transit Authority, he hopes will be simple for residents to access if it’s approved by the city council. Stan Penfold is the councilman who brought the proposal before the council. He says what people want are options for getting out of their cars.

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