Brian Grimmett

Online Editor

Brian Grimmett is a former intern who worked his way onto the KUER staff. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in communications. As a student he helped produce and report for the University's daily news show, ElevenNEWS, and also served a year as the station's sports director. Brian developed a love for public radio when he interned at KUER, choosing to do so because it was the only broadcast related internship in Salt Lake City that offered compensation, and now says he couldn't imagine working anywhere else. Brian is originally from Arlington, Texas. When he isn't at KUER Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and and new son, taking pictures, and putting together short films and documentaries. 

You can follow Brian on twitter @briangrimmett

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Utah Politics
12:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Former AGs Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow Make First Appearance In Court

Salt Lake Tribune/Pool

Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow made their first court appearance today as defendants against several charges of corruption and bribery.

Shurtleff and Swallow’s initial appearance in the Third District Court was brief. It lasted about 3 minutes. The two stood together and waived the reading of the 23 charges Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has brought against them.

Before entering the court, Shurtleff spoke briefly with a large crowd of reporters. He said he’s been receiving a lot of support.

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Utah Politics
3:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Val Hale Named New Director of Governor's Office of Economic Development

Val Hale, the new execuitive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert has named Val Hale as the new executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Hale most recently worked as the president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. He also spent seven years working in administration at Utah Valley University and 22 years in BYU’s athletic department. He says he’s ready for this new challenge and understands the great responsibility that comes with it.

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Public Safety
3:07 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Federal Judge Joins Former WVCPD Officer's Defense Team in Manslaughter Case

Matheson Courthouse
Brian Grimmett

University of Utah law professor and former U.S. District Court Judge Paul Cassell has joined the defense team for the former West Valley City Police detective who shot and killed Danielle Willard.

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Public Lands
3:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

National Park Visits Down in 2013

Bryce Canyon National Park
Brian Grimmett

A new report from the National Park Service shows that fewer people visited Utah’s National Parks in 2013 compared to 2012.

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LGBT
4:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Stays Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed during a period when they were legal.

With the Supreme Court’s stay, the more than one thousand same-sex couples who got married in December and January will continue waiting to see if they’ll be able to receive the same benefits as other married couples.

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Public Safety
4:11 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain

UFA fire fighter thin out oak brush on Traverse Mountain
Brian Grimmett

Draper City and the Unified Fire Authority are working hand in hand to help mitigate fire danger on Traverse Mountain.

The area where firefighters are thinning out the underbrush is located on a steep hill leading right up into homes in the SunCrest neighborhood. Unified Fire Authority Captain Riley Pilgrim says they’re hoping to help reduce the fire risk of one of the most dangerous spots in the state.

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Utah Politics
9:50 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Former Utah Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff Arrested

Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow (L) and Mark Shurtleff (R)
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

Utah officials have arrested former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow on multiple state felony charges.

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Utah Politics
3:39 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Governor Herbert Elected as Vice Chair of National Governors Association

File: Gov. Gary Herbert outlines his Healthy Utah Plan at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Members of the National Governors Association have selected Governor Gary Herbert to be the group's vice chair for the next year.  The new role could help Herbert push his agenda even further.

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Utah Politics
3:49 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Utah Democratic Party Has a Lot More Cash On Hand Than Their Republican Counterparts

James Evans speaks at the Utah Republican Party Convention
Brian Grimmett

The latest state financial disclosure reports show that the Utah Democratic Party has a lot more money than the Utah GOP. That difference could mean something for the upcoming election.

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State Government
2:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Should Utah Abandon Daylight Saving Time?

The sun sets over Utah in June of 2014
Brian Grimmett

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, is collecting data about how Utahns feel about Daylight Saving Time.

More than 30 people gathered at the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City to voice their opinion about Daylight Saving Time.  A majority of those attending said they’d prefer to move to standard time year round like Arizona. Many who made comments expressed similar ideas to those of Provo resident Ed Bernsen.

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Local Politics
4:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

A Small Group of Davis County GOP Members Looks to Oust County Chair

Several Davis County Republicans are trying to oust their local party chair because he wasn’t registered with the party when was elected. 

Davis County GOP Chair Phill Wright believes the whole thing is a big mistake. He says he inadvertently failed to check a box declaring himself a Republican on a provisional ballot in 2012 and never knew that it caused his status to change.

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Energy & Environment
12:31 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Salt Lake County Helps HawkWatch International Study Kestrel Falcons

A volunteer climbs up to one of the nest boxes HawkWatch international has set up in Salt Lake County
Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County is teaming up with HawkWatch International to help study and track the smallest falcon in North America known as the kestrel falcon.

Mike Shaw is a volunteer with the organization. Right now he’s reaching up into one of the 150 nest boxes the organization has put out across the Wasatch front and pulling out the baby kestrel falcons.

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Energy & Environment
2:37 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Wants to Prevent the Spread of the "STD of the Sea"

Zebra Mussels
Utah Division of Wildife Resources

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is launching a new campaign to help stop the spreading of invasive mussels in Utah lakes.

In the new campaign the DWR is asking people to “practice safe boating” by cleaning, draining, and drying their boats to prevent the spread of the “STD of the Sea.” Jordan Nielson is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at the DWR. He says if the mussels spread it could severely damage the state’s infrastructure used to bring water to population centers.

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Health Care
4:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Primary Children's Hospital to Study Cannabis Based Treatment

Dr. Edward Clark, Cheif Medical Officer at Primary Children's Hospital
Brian Grimmett

Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is on the verge of becoming one of a few sites in the country to study the effectiveness of cannabis based product intended to treat epilepsy in children.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General

Democratic Attorney General Candidate Charles Stormont
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont officially launched his campaign today with a call for real reform in the office.

Charles Stormont says as a recent employee in the Attorney General’s office he can say with confidence that Sean Reyes hasn’t done enough to fix the problems in the office left over from former AG John Swallow.

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Breaking
11:43 am
Wed June 25, 2014

10th Circuit Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen embrace at a press conference after the 10th Circuit Courts ruling
Whittney Evans

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling declaring Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional by a vote of 2-1. 

The judges ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment protects those who wish to marry persons of the same-sex and that they are entitled to the same fundamental rights as opposite-sex couples.

Derek Kitchen is one of the plaintiffs in the case and says this ruling is historic.

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Education
3:11 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

UVU Purchases 125 Acres At Old Geneva Steel Site

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University has acquired 125 more acres at the new development located on the old Geneva Steel site in Utah County.

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KUER Local News
2:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Volunteers Prepare for Fledging Falcons

The baby peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Salt Lake City are about a week away from taking their first flights and a group of dedicated volunteers plans on making sure they survive once they do.

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Health Care
2:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Poll Shows Broad Support for Governor's Healthy Utah Plan

A new poll shows that Utahns broadly support Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan, which aims to help low income residents get affordable health insurance.

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Business & Labor
3:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Legislature Questions DABC About Permitting Changes

Snowbird

Members of the Utah legislature questioned the director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Monday over the board’s decision to change the way they review single event permit applications.

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Military
12:50 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Hill Air Force Base Privatizes Electrical System

File: The First F-35 Arrives at Hill Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force officials have finalized a contract that privatizes the electrical systems at Hill Air Force Base. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy assisted the Air Force in finalizing the 50-year contract with City Light & Power, Inc. The contract is worth more than $280 million dollars and will help employees at Hill modernize and maintain the base’s decaying electrical systems. City Light & Power officials say they plan on investing about $5 million in the first year to fully update the current system.

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Local Government
3:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

West Valley City Offers Free Phone Service to Residents If Fiber Network Expands

West Valley City has partnered with telephone service provider Ooma to provide free phone service to users of the city’s fiber-optic network.

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Sports
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

World Cup Forces Real Salt Lake To Play On Without Star Players

RSL Players scrimmage during a training session at American First Field in Sandy
Brian Grimmett

Three members of Real Salt Lake will be participating in the 2014 World Cup that kicks off this afternoon in Brazil. But while they’re representing their country on the world’s biggest soccer stage, the rest of Real Salt Lake will continue to play games without them. It's a situation that is a unique problem for America's premier soccer league.

Playing Shorthanded

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Science & Technology
3:17 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient

A thin rectangular layer called a polychromat can be integrated into the cover glass of a solar panel. This layer sorts sunlight into colors can be absorbed by solar cells to increase their efficiency without increasing the cost
Dan Hixson, University of Utah

University of Utah researches have developed a thin glass film that could boost the overall efficiency of solar cells to more than 50%. To achieve the increase in efficiency researches at the U have created a film that is five times thinner than a human hair.  It can separate the broad-spectrum rays of sunlight into individual colors, sort of like a prism.

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Science & Technology
2:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Moths Invade Utah

An Army Cutworm Moth
Brian Grimmett

If you’ve noticed an unusual number of moths flying around inside your house or garage lately, you’re not alone. But where did they come from and should you be worried?

Utah State University entomologist Diane Alston says the invasion of the army cutworm or miller moth is mainly due to recent weather trends.

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Utah Politics
2:48 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Affidavit Suggests John Swallow Laundered $50K in Campaign Contributions for Sen. Mike Lee

File: Sen. Mike Lee
Brian Grimmett

A recently unsealed request for a search warrant in the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow reveals that he might have helped Senator Mike Lee launder campaign donations.

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LGBT
2:15 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

State Legislator Questions Likelihood Supreme Court Will Hear Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Case

File: Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet issued a ruling in the case against Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage, but state leaders have all indicated that whatever the outcome, they expect the loser will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. But there are now some people who doubt the nation’s highest court would even hear the case.

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Public Lands
2:53 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Attorney General's Office Says Case For Federal Lands Transfer Needs More Time

Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, listens during a Commission on Federalism meeting
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Legislature’s Commission on Federalism received an update from the Attorney General’s office Tuesday on the viability of a case demanding the transfer of federal public lands to state control.

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Business & Labor
3:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

New Industrial Distribution Facility Could Bring 3,000 Jobs to Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new 2.3 million square foot industrial storage and distribution center.
Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams helped break ground for a new 2.3 million square foot industrial storage and distribution campus Thursday in West Valley City.

The new facility located off of the 21st South freeway is projected to bring as many as 3,000 new jobs to Utah. Freeport West is developing the location. They already own and manage more than 10 million square feet of property in the state.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

AG Sean Reyes Reorganizes Office

File: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has reorganized several positions in his office over the past month, including demoting several Division Chiefs. 

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