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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Science & Technology
12:02 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

U and BYU Team Developing Sodium MRI Coil for More Accurate Breast Cancer Screening

Neal Bangerter, Associate Professor at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah specializing in magnetic resonance imaging.
Credit File BYU Communications

Development of new a MRI device may bring a drastic reduction in false positives during breast cancer screening. A unique team of electrical engineers and radiologists from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University have made groundbreaking improvements to current Magnetic Resonance Imaging or M-R-I techniques.

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Business & Labor
2:43 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Consumer Attitude in Utah Takes a Big Jump into September

Randy Shumway (left) CEO of the Cisero Group and Kim Casaday, President of Residential Lending at Zions Bank, discuss Utah's booming economy.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Consumer Attitude Index in Utah is at its highest point since Zions Bank created the tracking system three years ago.  Randy Shumway of the Cicero Group says the CAI increased 4.3 points from August to September to 92.6. He says that’s a marked improvement over the decrease this month in the national Consumer Confidence Index of 2.1 points to 79.7.  Shumway says the percentage of Utahns who think business conditions are normal or good jumped 5 percentage points to 91 percent on the diversity of the state’s economy.

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Business & Labor
2:25 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Arrival of First F-35 Lightning II Celebrated at Ogden Air Logistics Complex

US Senator Orrin Hatch addresses large gathering to celebrate the arrival of the first F-35 Lightning II at Ogden Air Logistics Complex
Credit Bob Nelson

The arrival of the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base was celebrated Friday. Eventually more than a hundred of these planes will be housed and maintained at the base. Dignitaries including US Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee were on hand for the celebration today.

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Entertainment
7:58 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Salt Lake County Christens Final Phases of Ballet West Centre and Capitol Theater Renovation

The Very Rev. Rick Lawson, Former Dean of St. Marks Cathedral, tosses Champagne bottle. He formally "Christens" the Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre and renovation of the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City.
Bob Nelson

As the Very Reverend Rick Lawson threw a ceremonial Champagne bottle against a huge retaining wall, it became official. The Salt Lake County Center for the Arts and Ballet West celebrated a milestone in the Capitol Theater renovation currently underway. Newly appointed Ballet West Executive Director, Scott Altman called the christening a watershed moment in the history of the company.

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Education
2:35 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

U's Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification

View above the southeast entry to the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on Wasatch Drive at the University of Utah.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on the University of Utah campus has just received the Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. That certification mandates the entire building project including the finished product be environmentally responsible, designed to be energy efficient, improve air and water quality while reducing waste. Ted McAleer is the executive director of U-Star, the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative.

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Local Government
6:39 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Salt Lake County Reaches for Higher Recycling Level

Aluminum cans packed and ready for shipping at Rocky Mountain Recycling on 900 West in Salt Lake City. RMR is a recycling contractor for the Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District of Salt Lake County.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams launched a new county-wide recycling awareness campaign Wednesday.  He says “Start a new cycle- Recycle” comes with a challenge.

“So if over the next two years we can increase the amount of material we recycle by twenty percent we’ll hit the national average of 36 percent," McAdams says. "So my challenge today is that we double the amount of trash that we recycle and recognized the environmental and economic benefits that it will bring to the Salt Lake Valley,” says McAdams.

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Health Care
6:10 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

New University of Utah Study Says Even Brief Brisk Exercise Can Reduce Obesity

Jessie Fan says getting out of the chair and walking at least 3 mph for as little as 2-3 minutes can cut obesity if you do it just 10 times everyday.
Credit Bob Nelson

A new University of Utah study highlights the health benefits of short bouts of brisk activity. Jessie Fan is a professor of family and consumer studies at the University and lead author of the study. She says higher intensity activity was associated with a lower risk of obesity.

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Education
6:05 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Police Department Motorcycle Squad Trains to Find the Best of the Best

Salt Lake City Police Department Motorcycle Squad officer negotiates "The River" to hone riding skills. The course is set up in the parking lot of the Utah State Fair Park.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Salt Lake City Police Department Motorcycle Squad is in the middle of its annual two-week Motor School for officers who want to join this elite group.  The officers are training 10 to 12 hours per day at the Utah State Fairgrounds Parking lot.

Officer Thomas Wind is the lead instructor this year. He says the school opens with about a dozen candidates for the squad but even good riders drop out due to fatigue and minor injuries. Wind says they hope to add up to four new officers to the squad.

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Politics
6:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

No Write-In Campaign Planned by Murray Councilman Jim Brass

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass as he declares his candidacy for Mayor.
Credit Brian Grimmett

In the wake of Murray mayoral candidate David Wilde withdrawing from the race for health reasons, voters in Murray will have only one box to check on in November.  The primary’s third place finisher says he won’t mount a ballot write-in campaign.

City Attorney Frank Nakamura says state law prohibits the third place finisher in a non-partisan race from moving up. City Councilman Jim Brass placed a very close third to Wilde. Brass says his campaign was shocked at first by the announcement of a third place finish but he’s fine with it now.

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Politics
11:37 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke Launches Inquiry into Death of Carriage Horse

Collapse of Carriage for Hire horse in downtown Salt Lake City sparked an inquiry into possibly changing ordinances related to horse-drawn carriages.
Credit File: Carriage for Hire website

Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke is moving forward with what he says is a broad scoped inquiry into the death of Jerry the draft horse. The Carriage for Hire horse collapsed on a downtown street nearly a week and a half ago and several days later died. The owners didn't announce the death until Monday. Luke says he met with the owners and horses of the Carriage for Hire Tuesday. He says he’s looking at many factors related to the horse collapse including the specific incident itself and even best practices around the country.

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Education
2:12 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

University of Utah Breaks Ground on New School of Dentistry on Wakara Way

Future Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Building perspective from Wakara Way.
Credit File: University of Utah Health Sciences

The University of Utah’s new School of Dentistry broke ground on the 36 point four million dollar Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Building Friday. The University’s senior vice president for health sciences Dr. Vivian Lee says the new school is expected to become a top 10 institution in the nation in reputation and research.

”It is the first new academic school of dentistry in over 25 years,” says Dr. Lee.

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Entertainment
7:49 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Dan Nailen: Granary Row Bacon Fest and OFOAM Roots and Blues Fest

Bettye Lavette is featured at the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music Roots and Blues Festival this weekend.
Credit File

Every Friday, Dan Nailen looks at entertainment options all around Salt Lake, but he's discovering that his enthusiasm for some artists is not universally shared.

Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER

This is an edited version of the original story to correct the statement that Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody wrote Hotrod Lincoln. He was the guitarist on many recordings of the song but did not write the hit. The song was written by Charlie Ryan and W. S. Stevenson.

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Business & Labor
2:14 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Salt Lake City and Downtown Alliance Survey Finds Mobile Pay App Virtually Unknown

Jason Mathis, Executive Director of Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City explains parking survey results.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City and the Downtown Alliance released their parking survey results to the public today with some surprising results. The city’s transportation director Robin Hutcheson says people parking downtown have seen big changes in the last year and a half.

“It was a lot for our public to take in and we’ve been working very diligently to listen, take the feedback…understand the changes we need to make going forward,” say Hutcheson.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Summit County Gets $500K for Emergency Watershed Protection

File photo of aerial seeding beginning soon on the Rockport Fire area. Summit County Public Works Director Kevin Callahan says residents have already been notified seeding efforts will be underway soon.
Credit Google images

As fire crews deal with the aftermath of the Rockport wildfire, $500,000 dollars in federal Emergency Watershed Protection has been approved and is available. Mudslides are a common problem following this kind of wildfire devastation. The Summit County Public Works Director, Kevin Callahan, is also the County’s Emergency Manager. He says he talked last week with officials from U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Business & Labor
5:46 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Moab Community Unanimously Supports Skywest Bid for Essential Air Service

Moab residents wait for a decision from the Chief of EAS in the Federal Office of Aviation Analysis
Credit File: Skywest Airlines

Moab residents are putting their support behind a bid by Skywest Airlines to establish regular flights between Salt Lake City and the popular south eastern Utah community. A recent presentation for Essential Air Service, or EAS, included the current contractor, Denver-based Great Lakes Aviation as well as Skywest and Boutique Air. Bill Groff is Chair of the Grand County Airport Board. He says the interest in making a change is high.

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Education
2:36 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

U's Board of Trustees Steps Up Sidewalk Safety with New Riding Rules

New sidewalks near the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building on the University of Utah Campus are a favorite of local skateboarders.
Credit Bob Nelson

Rules that target unsafe use of human-powered vehicles at the University of Utah have been approved by the U’s Board of Trustees following months of debate. Sidewalks and bike lanes are now the only places to ride on campus and speeds are limited to 10 miles per hour. Skaters or riders who break the rules get a probationary warning that lasts for two years.

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Politics
5:56 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Long List of West Valley City Mayoral Candidates Set for Primary Election Tuesday

Credit Bob Nelson

Seven candidates for Mayor of West Valley City are now running campaigns. That long list may be a good sign the city is set to put an equa lly long list of struggles behind it. From where I’m standing near the new Fairbourne TRAX station in West Valley City, on the water stairs in the park next to the TRAX station, facing east I see the newly restored Valley Fair Mall bustling with shoppers, right in front of me the City Offices and the beautiful new Embassy Suites Hotel is to my left just beyond the TRAX line.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Governor Herbert Appoints New State Planning Coordinator

New State Planning Coordinator Alan Matheson
Credit File: Office of Governor Gary Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert’s Senior Environmental Advisor, Alan Matheson, is adding the duties of the State Planning Coordinator to his job in the governor’s office.  The governor’s communications deputy Ally Isom says demand for Matheson’s experience in balanced resource management will be important in his added role.

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Education
5:36 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Clark Planetarium's "The Sky is Falling" Display Adds Pieces of Russian Meteorite

Rock fragments from February 15th, 2013 asteroid event in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Credit Bob Nelson

Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City now features three pieces of an asteroid that slammed into the earth’s atmosphere over Russia in February this year. Planetarium director Seth Jarvis says the event created a shock wave several times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Utahns Against Hunger Prepares for Cuts to SNAP

Credit File: Utahns Against Hunger

Cuts in the food assistance program known as SNAP are looming as fall approaches. Utahns Against Hunger is trying to soften the blow to the 253,000 residents who will be affected. Gina Cornia is the executive director of the Salt Lake City-based non-profit organization. She says this is the first time ever that there has been an across-the-board cut in SNAP.

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Local Government
3:27 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Salt Lake City’s Regional Athletic Complex is Re-Launched

RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen signs then hands off the symbolic check for the final balance of the total $22.8 million dollars for the 16-field soccer complex. Also pictured:(far left) RSL GM Garth Lagerwey, RSL Defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker and City Councilman Carlton Christensen.
Credit Bob Nelson

A 142 acre, wind-blown dirt field in North Salt Lake is back in the spotlight Thursday with the re-launch of Salt Lake City’s 22 point 8 million dollar soccer complex.  Soccer moms, players, city officials, soccer fans, promoters and managers plus one team owner gathered to witness an event that’s been 10 years in the making. A Utah Supreme Court ruling a year and a half ago knocked down the last barrier to construction. City Councilman Carlton Christensen from District 1 was there from the beginning.  

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Education
6:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

U of U Civil Engineering Team Puts Together Massive State Infrastructure Report

Roads, bridges, drinking water, dams and waste water treatment are the core of a new preliminary report by a University of Utah team of engineering students and staff.
Credit File: University of Utah Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

A current-year investment of nearly one billion dollars for state infrastructure of roads, bridges, drinking water, dams and waste water treatment is the recommendation of a University of Utah team of civil engineering students. The group of 18 students and 4 staff members from the “U” relied on data available from various government agencies and presented the preliminary report Tuesday to a room full of state and local officials. AJ Burton of Draper is working on his Bachelor degree in civil engineering.

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Public Safety
6:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Salt Lake City Celebrates Grand Opening of the Innovative Public Safety Building

Salt Lake City Mayor and other dignitaries cutting ceremonial "police tape" ribbon.
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake City residents, city leaders and especially public safety officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Public Safety Building on 475 South 300 East Friday. The 125 million dollar facility combines police, fire, 911 dispatch headquarters, and the dedicated Emergency Operations Center. It is also designed to hold up during a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and still be operational. Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa says it’s a misconception that local government is the connection to the people and businesses of Salt Lake City.

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Politics
6:21 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson Joins "No Labels"

4th District Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson
Credit Courtesy of Congressman Jim Matheson

Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson has joined a growing list of Republicans and Democrats in the No Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition. Former Utah Governor John Huntsman Junior is co-chair of No Labels. Matheson says joining this group is a way to approach the challenge of the polarized dynamics of politics right now in Washington.

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Science & Technology
2:32 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Discovery of New Triceratops Species Announced at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Nasutoceratops titusi discovered in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah
Credit File: Samantha Zimmerman, Natural History Museum of Utah

Officials at the Natural History Museum of Utah announced today the discovery of a new dinosaur species related to Triceratops. Paleontologists made the discovery in the nearly 2 million acres of wilderness in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Doctor Scott Sampson led the study following the initial find in 2006. He says the Nasutoceratops titusi  was unique for an oversized nose and long, curving horns.

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Education
6:35 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Salt Lake County Approves Public/Private Funding for At-Risk Preschool Programs

Left to Right: Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Brenda Van Gorder, Granite School District's Preschool Services Director
Credit Bob Nelson

The Salt Lake County Council Tuesday unanimously approved a $350,000 expansion of voluntary preschool for at-risk children. It’s a public-private partnership between the County and Goldman Sachs, along with help from philanthropist J.B. Pritzker. Brenda Van Gorder is the Granite School District Preschool Services Director. She says kids who started as at-risk youth in district pre-school are entering 6th grade in the fall and are turning out to be great kids.

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Public Safety
6:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Black Bear Killed in High Uinta Great Salt Lake Council Boy Scout Camp

One of some 2000 bears known to be in Utah
Credit Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A confrontation last night between Boy Scout Camp leaders and a bear in the Uinta Mountains ended with a dead bear and possible charges being filed against a camp leader. It happened at the Hinckley Scout Ranch along the East Fork of the Bear River near the Utah-Wyoming border.  Jodie Anderson with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says they tried to trap a bear reported in the area earlier in the week. They got a call from the camp that a bear had been shot after camp leaders tried to chase a bear from the top of a table while it was eating something.

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Education
5:56 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

500 Motorcyclists Expected in the 4th Annual “See Me Save Me” Ride

Credit Hill Air Force Base Motorcycle Safety Program

Drivers from Layton to Ogden including West Haven and South Weber may be affected by the 4th Annual “See Me Save Me” Motorcycle Ride from the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum Thursday morning. Alan Woods is the motorcycle safety program manager at Hill Air Force Base. He says he’s expecting about 500 motorcycle riders to gather for the event tomorrow beginning at 10:30.

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Entertainment
2:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Utah's Hogle Zoo Staff and Patrons Mourn Loss of Sea Lion Known as "Big Guy"

"Big Guy", the California Sea Lion, in Rocky Shores at Utah's Hogle Zoo.
Credit Jameson Weston, Art Director at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Hogle Zoo staff and patrons are mourning the loss of the California Sea Lion known as “Big Guy” Tuesday. The 650 pound sea lion was blind from an unknown injury in the wild. He came to the zoo just as the Rocky Shores feature opened in 2012. Dr. Nancy Carpenter, the Associate Director of Animal Health at Hogle Zoo says staff and visitors quickly grew to love him.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

July 4th F-16 Flyovers Go From 20 Last Year to Zero This Independence Day

F-16 Flyover
Credit File: 388th Fighter Wing of Hill Air Force Base

A major part of the July 4th celebration in Utah is going away this year because of federal budget cuts. The U.S. Department of Defense has grounded all patriotic flyovers for the rest of the new fiscal year. A year ago Wednesday KUER reported on a record number of flyovers in a single day by the 419th Reserve Fighter Wing in Utah. The wing and support crew did 19. This year they’ll do zero. Andrea Mason of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base says the F-16 pilots normally use the flyover as training sorties so there’s no extra cost to the taxpayer.

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