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.


KUER Local News
4:20 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Anti-Bullying Initiative Launched in Salt Lake City

SLC Council Member Charlie Luke talks about how the Flip the Script Anti-Bullying Campaign got started. Pictured with the Hillside Middle School Choir.
Credit Bob Nelson

A Salt Lake City-based anti-bullying coalition called Flip the Script kicked off a long-term campaign to help reduce bullying. City Council Member Charlie Luke says it started last year when he got a call from a neighbor with a son who was being bullied and didn’t know what to do. He says the police, the parents and the school got involved to successfully stop Highland High School student JT Hiskey from being bullied.

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KUER Local News
4:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Utah Wildfires Spurring Two New GOP Sponsored Bills

Pictured left to right Summit County Sheriff Edwards, State Forester Dick Beuhler, Senator Margaret Dayton and Representative Curtis Oda.
Credit Bob Nelson

Lawmakers, the state forester, local law enforcement and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation are trying to build support for two bills that deal with an intense wildfire season expected again this Summer. Both are sponsored by Republican Senator Margaret Dayton.  Senate Bill 62 would expand the governor’s ability to authorize all water sources needed to fight fires while SB 120 would put time and place restrictions on target shooting. State Forester Dick Buehler says just a small fraction of the 1528 wildfires last year were started by target shooters.

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KUER Local News
6:13 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Mummies of the World-The Exhibition to open at The Leonardo

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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Public Safety
2:56 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

UHP Trooper Aaron Beesely Honored in Utah House and Senate

The Beesley family being honored on the Senate floor. Beesley's wife and children are seen on the far right.
Credit Bob Nelson

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Attract Unique Blend of Public and Private Regulation

Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Management Boat
Credit 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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Environment & Public Lands
2:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Expanded Solar Power Incentives Beginning from Rocky Mountain Power

Businesses may also receive benefits through lottery.
Credit Rocky Mountain Power

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:25 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Gooseberry Narrows in Sanpete County Progress Trickles On

Credit 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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2:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Leigh von der Esch Retires as Managing Director of Utah Office of Tourism

Office of Economic Development

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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KUER Local News
4:06 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Magna Main Street Project Set for Completion...Finally

At his last official press conference as Salt Lake County Mayor, Peter Corroon announces new federal grant for Magna Livable Street Project
Credit Bob Nelson

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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1:11 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Dan Nailen's Holiday Variety from Tiny Tim to Mega Death

L-R: Anson Bagley (Tiny Tim) and Kevin Earley as his devoted father Bob Cratchit.
Alexander Weisman

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.

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10:01 am
Thu November 8, 2012

VA of Salt Lake City Dedicates New Homeless Center

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.

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Business & Labor
3:24 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

UTA to Begin Testing Airport TRAX Line

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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KUER Local News
6:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Utah's First Electric Motorcycle Dealer is Open in Orem

Zero "S" Model on showroom at Monarch
Bob Nelson

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.

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KUER Local News
12:19 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Central Utah Art Center Faces Eviction

Central Utah Art Center in Ephraim, Utah

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.

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9:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Dan Nailen: Rooftop Concert Series, Cool Air Concerts

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.

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2:35 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Record Breaking Fourth for Utah Fly-overs

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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Marketplace on KUER 1

Marketplace, hosted by Kai Ryssdal, is the only daily business news program originating in Los Angeles. The 30-minute program, with a reporting style that is lively and unexpected, airs weekday evenings on public radio stations across the United States. 

P.R.I.'s The World on KUER 1

PRI's "The World" brings one-of-a-kind international stories home to America. Each weekday, host Lisa Mullins guides listeners through major issues and stories, linking global events directly to the American agenda.