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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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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Environment & Public Lands
6:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Water Conservation Coalition Calls for Audit of Utah Division of Water Resources

Gooseberry Reservoir in Sanpete County, Utah
Credit Bob Nelson

A broad coalition of water conservation groups is calling for a legislative audit of the Utah Division of Water Resources. The partnership includes Living Rivers, the Taxpayer Association of Kane County and Glen Canyon Institute. Zack Frankel is the executive director of Utah Rivers Council which is also part of the coalition.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Palmer DePaulis Announces Retirement as Department of Human Services Director

Palmer DePaulis, retiring as Executive Director of Utah Department of Human Services
Credit File: DHS

The Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Services announced his retirement Monday. Palmer DePaulis ends a 30-year public service career that began as public works director for Salt Lake City. Liz Sollis of the DHS says DePaulis created the department’s current “System of Care”. She says it’s a holistic preventative approach to getting families connected to the services they need.

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Immigration
6:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Immigration Reform Panel to Send Actionable Ideas Back to the White House

Work pad from an hour and a half work-session on immigration reform. The leaders discussed community, the economy and the immigrant people.
Credit Bob Nelson

Acting at the request of the White House, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Summit County Councilman David Ure  moderated a roundtable discussion on immigration reform today. The more than a dozen panelists were from religious, law enforcement, business and community activist groups. They focused on community, the economy and the immigrant people. Mayor Becker says increased trust come from these efforts but the economic benefits will be far greater.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

University of Utah Breaks Ground on the New S. J. Quinney College of Law Building

New S.J. Quinney College of Law scheduled for completion for 2015-16 school year. Design features include LEED Platinum Certification, biomimickry to prevent bird collisions, solar generation on and off-sire and low water use. The James E. Faust Law Library is central to the building's design.
Credit File: S.J. Quinney College of Law

Officials and alumni from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law celebrated the groundbreaking of the new building on the southwest corner of the campus Tuesday morning. Dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included University President David Pershing and Hiram Chodosh, the Dean of the Law College. Chodosh says when they started this centennial project 7 years ago many close friends questioned whether he was being realistic about its completion at such an economically challenging time. 

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Entertainment
4:14 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Utah Pride Festival Runs Through First June Weekend

Valerie Larabee, the Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center is optimistic about this year's Pride Festival.
Credit Bob Nelson

The Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City opens its annual 2-day Pride Festival on the grounds of the Salt Lake City and County Building tomorrow. The center’s Executive Director, Valerie Larabee, says it’s all in support and service of the Utah LGBTQ community and its allies.

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Education
5:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

First Electric Shuttle at the University of Utah is Closer to Reality After Public Open House

The University of Utah's first electric shuttle near completion at California's Complete Coach Works
Credit File: Alma Allred

The electric shuttle bus project that would move through the middle of the University of Utah campus is another step closer to reality following a public open house Thursday on campus. Alma Allred, the director of the University’s Commuter Services says this shuttle will cut the commute time from the South Campus TRAX station to the north side of campus to 7 minutes, down from a maximum of 25 minutes. He says a major portion of the students come through that station.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

West Valley City Has Another Candidate for Mayor

Don Christensen is West Valley City's latest candidate for Mayor.
Credit File Don Christensen Campaign

West Valley City Councilman Don Christensen announced his plan Tuesday to run for Mayor of that city. Christensen says after current mayor Mike Winder declared he would not run for re-election, many of his friends and associates encouraged him to run.

“And I thought man if everybody wants me to run I’d better do it,” says Christensen.  “So I decided, I thought long and hard about it, talked to my family about and we decided that it would be a good…good step and we’d go ahead and do it.”

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

City Unveils Plan Salt Lake Envisioning Effort

Historic Salt Lake City and County in Downtown Salt Lake City
Credit Brian Grimmett

For the first time since the 1980’s, the Salt Lake City Planning Division is renewing its effort to create a master plan for the city’s future development. The public comment period for Plan Salt Lake began last fall and today the official kick-off of the campaign took place at Salt Lake City and County Building. Planning Division Director Wilf Sommerkorn says businesses and residents are an important part of this over-arching program.

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Public Safety
4:03 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

National Recognition of Fallen Utah Law Enforcement Officers is Planned

Memorial Wall with mementos. According to the National Law Enforcement Fund, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty.
Credit File: National Law Enforcement Fund

Fallen police Officer Jared Francom’s name is to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Wednesday in Washington, DC. Francom was killed as the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force attempted to serve a warrant. Five other officers were injured in a gun battle that ensued. Francom’s family as well as Weber County Attorney Dee Smith is in Washington for the ceremonies. Smith says people should not forget the sacrifices these officers make every day for their community.

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Public Safety
3:55 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Academic Senate Considers Stiffer Penalties for Reckless Skateboarders at the U

Skateboarder enjoys smooth walkways near Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building on the University of Utah Campus.
Credit Bob Nelson

The University of Utah Academic Senate is reviewing proposed increases in penalties for skateboarders and bicyclists who are not following safety regulations on campus. The University’s Police Chief Scott Folsom says after a professor was injured by speeding skateboarders, concerns arose for the safety of the University community. He says the draft being considered allows first offenders to be warned.

“If they’re caught behaving inappropriately again that there’s a more robust penalty if you will to help discourage continuing non-compliance with the policy,” says Folsom.

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Entertainment
6:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

2013 Twilight Concert Series Announced by Salt Lake City Arts Council

Erykah Badu performing at the Twilight Concert Series August 8th
Credit Courtesy photo: Salt Lake City Arts Council

With performers like Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian and Grizzly Bear coming to the Twilight Concert series, the Salt Lake City Arts Council expects another banner year for the series. Casey Jarman  is the series director. He says schedule challenges make it rare for him to be able to land the good bands on the first try.

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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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