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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Business & Labor
1:30 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Borrower Advocacy Groups Present Resolution at Wells Fargo Shareholder Meeting

Josh Zinner of NEDAP at the podium near Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of 300 South 400 East in Salt Lake City. Zinner is pictured with advocates for owners of foreclosed homes and other financially disadvantaged groups.
Credit Bob Nelson

Homeowner advocates are calling on John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank and bank shareholders to review the mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices of the bank. The bank’s annual shareholder meeting is in Salt Lake City Tuesday. The group Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project joined other advocate groups at the meeting to present a joint resolution. Josh Zinner is NEDAP's co-director.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

E-Waste Recycling Season Starts at the University of Utah

Workers with Electronic Recyclers International Inc. unload computer components at the University of Utah drop-off location.
Credit Bob Nelson

The first electronic recycling event of the year was a popular spot Friday morning on the campus of the University of Utah with a steady stream of vehicles lining up to be unloaded. The Salt Lake County Health Department’s program has recycled 2 point 3 million pounds of old computers, cellphones, and televisions since it began three years ago. Dan Moore is the Household Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator for the Department.

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Education
6:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Coming to The Leonardo

The exhibit called Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times is coming to The Leonardo in Salt Lake City this November. In making the announcement Wednesday, the museum’s director Alexandra Hesse  says it’s the largest collection of ancient artifacts ever displayed outside of Israel. She says Brigham Young University as well as the city’s Interfaith Roundtable will be adding expertise and dialogue to the exhibit.

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Education
4:15 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

LGBT Resource Center Celebrates Ally Awareness Week and National Day of Silence

On the plaza of the J. Willard Marriott Library L-R Kai Martinez, Director of the LGBT Resource Center, Mary Hatch, student volunteer, and Erin Davies, Documentary Filmmaker and Owner/driver of 'Fagbug'
Credit Bob Nelson

As the National Day of Silence approaches this Friday the 19th, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center is honoring allies who reach out to people who are marginalized to give mutual respect and inclusion. Kai Martinez is the director of the center located on the campus of the University of Utah. He says Ally Awareness Week puts the focus on the support system.

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Education
6:40 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute at the University of Utah is Dedicated

Bob Nelson

University of Utah College of Pharmacy today dedicated the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute. The Dean of the school, Dr. Chris Ireland, says the 150-thousand square foot expansion honors Sam Skaggs by striving to be the top pharmacy school in the nation.

“My message is really a very simple one and that’s that without Sam’s vision and Sam’s generosity, says Ireland, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah as we know it today, would not exist.” Utah Senator Evan Vickers of Cedar City is a graduate of the U’s School of Pharmacy. He recalled a lesson his father taught him.

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Public Safety
6:37 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Salt Lake Area Gang Project Hosts 23rd Annual Conference

Bob Nelson

"...again that’s one of the criteria that we have. Criminal activity, hanging with other known gangsters…boom, there you go, he’s a gangster," explains Detective Jamie Cardenas, referring to a Millcreek area rapper who continually denies being a gangster when being questioned by law enforcment. About 300 law enforcement professionals are attending Gangs 101 by Detectives Jaime Cardenas and Zach Emmerick with the Metro Gang Unit of Midvale and Unified Police Department respectively.

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Business & Labor
7:18 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ogden-Hinckley Tower Stays For Now

Credit File:standard.net

The Ogden-Hinckley Airport Control Tower will stay in operation at least until June 15th following a last minute decision by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. Federal budget cuts due to sequestration are threatening 149 similar operations across the country because contractors run the towers. Royal Eccles is the airport manager in Ogden. He says his issue isn’t so much with Congress as it is with the FAA.

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Business & Labor
6:25 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Median Priced Home Sales Heat Up in Salt Lake County

Sold home in popular 15th and 15th area of Salt Lake City
Bob Nelson

The latest sales figures for median-priced single-family homes and condominiums in Salt Lake County shows a 20 percent increase compared to the same time last year. It’s a seller’s market, according to Dave Frederickson - President of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. He says the number of homes on the market is limited right now. In particular, homes in the median price range of $250,000 and below are selling quickly.

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Public Safety
4:10 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

UDOT Gets Hit by Largest Single Copper Cable Heist

Center median box lid broken into by thieves along Interstate 15
File: Utah Department of Transportation

The Utah Department of Transportation has been hit by the largest single theft of copper cable in its history. UDOT’s John Gleason says they’re surprised no one noticed thieves at work right along I-15 in North Salt Lake last week.

“They basically stripped out 35-thousand feet of copper wiring, you know that stretches, says Gleason, it spans about the length of a mile, eleven separate tall light poles.”

Gleason says replacing the cables will cost between 50 and 60 thousand dollars so taxpayers are the biggest victims in these thefts.

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Entertainment
6:33 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Dan Nailen Recommends Flagging Down Patterson Hood at the State Room

Patterson Hood of "Drive by Truckers" makes a Salt Lake stop on his solo tour.
File

Dan Nailen says get to one of two concerts with Patterson Hood of the Drive by Truckers for his solo tour and don't miss meeting the singer/ song writer at the Heavy Metal Shop in Salt Lake City at 5 on Saturday.

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Education
6:51 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Tax Increases to Fund Education and Transportation Discussed at Utah Foundation Meeting

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams addresses luncheon. Pictured continuing left to right is Stephen Kroes, Mark Bouchard, Aaron Osmond, Michael Allegra and Natalie Gochnour
Bob Nelson

The Utah Foundation’s annual meeting Thursday deals with two traditionally conflicting issues facing Utahns, education and transportation. The foundation organizes the Utah Priorities Project along with the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Stephen Kroes , the president of the Utah Foundation says conflicts between education and transportation going forward need to end.

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Business & Labor
2:21 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Higher Gas Prices Power Recent Inflation in Utah

Andre Tsalpatouros (left) is the owner of Pierre Country Bakery. He and Randy Shumway, the CEO of the Cicero Group, talk about the up and downs of the current local market.
Bob Nelson

The higher price of a gallon of gasoline was the driving force behind a marked increase in the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index or CPI last month. The Cicero Group released the latest figures for Zions Bank today Tuesday. Cicero’s CEO Randy Shumway says gas prices affect everything.

“Since the average Utahn spends about 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, says Shumway, that has a big impact on inflation in the state.”

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Environment & Public Lands
4:02 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Rope Swing Fatality on Trust Lands Brings Renewed Scrutiny of High Risk Recreation

File: Piton type anchor similar to that used for rope swing from Corona Arch.

The weekend fatality of a West Jordan man will become an unplanned topic at the State School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration or SITLA Board meeting later this week. 22-year-old Kyle Stocking died following a rope swing accident from Corona Arch which is located on SITLA Land. Kim Christy is the Deputy Director of the Administration which owns 3 point 4 million acres in Utah. He offered condolences to the family and friends of Stocking.

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KUER Local News
6:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Legislation for a Safer State Getting Broad Support

Senator Karen Mayne speaks about working together for a safer Utah.
Bob Nelson

A massive coalition of manufacturers, retailers and agencies including law enforcement and mass transit have come together to promote a safer Utah. Democratic Senator Karen Mayne of West Valley City says we all need to learn to live together safely.

“As we say with all these good organizations and companies, we have come together to build a culture of safety,” says Mayne.

Scott Bruce is the General Manager of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper. He says the company’s safety success comes from employees working in a caring environment.

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KUER Local News
6:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Statewide Firefighters' Work in 2012 Recognized with Concurrent Resolution

Firefighter Representatives being recognized on the House floor for their work during 2012 wildfire season. Rep. Spencer Cox (R) from Sanpete and Juab Counties seen on lower left recalling Wood Hollow battle.
Bob Nelson

Representatives of all firefighting agencies in Utah were honored on the House floor Wednesday with the Concurrent Resolution on Utah Wildfires. They included state, federal, county and city professionals and volunteers. HCR 4 was brought by Democratic Representative Joel Briscoe of Salt Lake City. The 2012 was fire season is described in the resolution as the most devastating on record burning more than 413-thousand acres.

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KUER Local News
6:26 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index is Tale of Two Stories: Utah versus Fed Economy

Levelninesports Chief Operating Officer Mitch Lamb with The Cicero Group's Randy Shumway.
Credit Bob Nelson

The latest Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index numbers revealed today highlight the difference between Utah’s economy and the rest of the country. The Cicero Group does the survey for Zions Bank. Cicero’s Randy Shumway says the small increase of 1.1 points in Utahns’ confidence shows the contrasts between the two stories.

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Education
6:23 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Sponsors Team Up On Set of Bi-Partisan Anti-Bully and Suicide Prevention Bills

Pictured left to right, Senator Luz Robles (D), Representative Gage Froerer (R), Representative Steve Eliason (R)
Credit Bob Nelson

Lawmakers from separate parties and different chambers are finding synergy in moving anti-bullying and anti-suicide legislation during the session. Democratic Senator Luz Robles and Republican Representative Gage Froerer say when they found out they were working individually on the same thing they decided to team up. Froerer says HB-134 is a statewide effort to make a dent in the epidemic of teen suicides as well as bullying in our schools.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Senator Hatch Brings "Unhappy News" to House Chamber

Senator Orrin Hatch in Utah House Chamber
Credit Bob Nelson

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch visited state representatives in the House Wednesday to deliver what he called unhappy news. He says the Sequester, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts, will happen and it will be a difficult thing, especially for civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base.

”and it’s certainly going to hit a lot of small contractors and it’s also going to hit our workforce up there, is about two thirds civilian. So if you can imagine we’ve got to be prepared for whatever comes,”says Hatch. 

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KUER Local News
3:59 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Salt Lake County Mayor Calls for Volunteer Board Members

Pictured left to right are Citizen Volunteer Charles Henderson, Salt lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Director of Diversity Rebecca Sanchez
Credit Bob Nelson

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is renewing the call for citizen volunteers to fill the ongoing demand in the county for volunteer board member positions. He says there is strength in diversity.

“We have turnover on the boards, people are appointed to serve a certain number of years and we’re trying to keep it fresh with bringing in people with new perspectives and new ideas,” says McAdams.

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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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Politics
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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Entertainment
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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Healthcare
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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