Dan Bammes

Reporter / Morning Edition Host

Dan Bammes has deep Utah roots.  He’s a descendant of Utah’s early Pioneers and he grew up in Utah County, where he began his radio career in 1974.  He has a degree in broadcasting from BYU and extensive experience as a reporter, newscaster, news director and wire service bureau chief.  As KUER’s energy, environment and public lands reporter, he travels frequently to connect with issues and stories in rural communities.  He’s also an adjunct instructor in the Communication Department at the University of Utah.  Dan has three grown children and a teenage grandson.

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Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation

  The Goshute reservations in Utah’s West Desert are among the closest communities to the training range used by Hill Air Force Base – and the tribes are concerned about how a proposed expansion of the range might affect their economic development.

The Air Force is proposing a 700-thousand acre expansion of the Utah Test and Training Range to accommodate the new F-35 fighter jets that will operate out of Hill Air Force Base.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an update Wednesday on how its members and missionaries are dealing with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. It’s just one of many local religious groups making significant contributions to the effort.

  A Provo-based marketing software company is expanding its operations and bringing 150 new jobs to downtown Salt Lake City.

InsideSales.com uses proprietary technology to evaluate sales contacts and focus on the prospects who are most likely to buy from its clients.  Val Hale, who directs the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says they’re adding jobs in Salt Lake partly because it’s been hard to find enough people with the right skills in Utah County.

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  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s oil refineries to produce cleaner gasoline.  But it may be years before they’re actually ready to do that. 

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  Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he’s finally worked out a deal with the Obama administration on the details of his Healthy Utah plan, but he still has to get it through the Utah legislature. 

  Daggett County -- with the smallest population in the state – is the first to agree to Congressman Rob Bishop’s plan for protecting public lands in Utah. 

Daggett County includes the north slope of the Uintah Mountains and Flaming Gorge reservoir, as well as the towns of Manila and Dutch John.  Only about 1100 people live there.  But it’s one of eight counties where Congressman Rob Bishop has been working to build consensus on which public lands deserve protection.

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  A complex court case involving winter ozone pollution in Utah’s Uintah Basin came before an appeals court in Washington DC Tuesday morning.  The central question is how much federal regulators need to know before they can act to control pollution.

Back in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency decided the winter ozone problem in the Uintah Basin was “unclassifiable,” and it decided not to designate it as a non-attainment area for federal ozone standards.  Environmental groups sued, arguing the EPA had all the information it needed to act.

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  An environmental activist says a plan to expand the US Air Force test and training range in western Utah is nothing more than a land grab.

The proposed amendment to the Defense Authorization Act would add more than a thousand square miles to the Utah Test and Training Range.  It’s sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch.

  The Utah Legislature appropriated two million dollars to try to avoid an endangered species listing for the greater sage grouse.  The consulting firm hired to do that presented its report to the legislature today on its work so far.

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  Draft documents being considered by a meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome are showing a new openness in the church toward homosexuals and divorced people. Catholic priests and church members in Utah are watching the meeting closely.

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  Mormon activists who’ve been pushing for more inclusion of gays and lesbians within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints see a new opportunity now that the U-S Supreme Court has decided not to hear Utah’s appeal of its same-sex marriage case. 

Erika Munson is one of the founders of Mormons Building Bridges, which has marched in Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade and helped to moderate many private discussions among Mormons.

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Officials from 14 states who favor state control of federal land within their boundaries just wrapped up a three-day conference in Utah.  They believe their movement to take ownership of public lands is gaining momentum. 

Utah Department of Workforce Services

  Utah has made substantial progress in the past few years providing service to homeless people across the state.  But some new challenges in meeting their needs were discussed at the state’s annual Homeless Summit meeting.

Utah’s overall homeless population has dropped by about nine percent over the past year.  That’s partly due to an improving economy.  The annual count in January put the number of homeless at about 13-thousand people, and that includes some who’ve come to Utah hoping to find work.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The new documentary Meet the Mormons premieres Tuesday evening at the Jordan Commons theaters in Sandy.  On Friday, it will open in more than 300 theaters around the United States.

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  The General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be heard in more than 70 languages.  But Saturday marked the first time conference sermons have been translated into English.  And, this time, the group Ordain Women succeeded in attending the conference’s priesthood session.

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  Members of the group Ordain Women say they’ll try to attend the priesthood session of the LDS General Conference at local meetinghouses this weekend. 

Utah Department of Transportation

The highway between Fairview and Huntington in central Utah was closed again over the weekend because of debris covering the road.  The Utah Department of Transportation says it’s been an ongoing problem since a wildfire there two years ago.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will hold its second General Women’s Meeting tomorrow evening.  For those who support ordaining women to the L-D-S priesthood, the atmosphere has changed since last spring.

Since the first General Women’s meeting last March, the founder of Ordain Women, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Other leaders of the group have faced sanctions related to their activism, including release from church callings and loss of their temple recommends.

Public Opinion Strategies

  Utah has pioneered the effort by Western states to take control of federal land within its borders.  But a recent poll finds that most voters in those states think it’s a bad idea. 

The poll of voters in eight Western states shows a majority -- 52% -- oppose attempts by their states to take control of public lands managed by the federal government.

The only state where a majority of voters favor the idea is Utah. A law passed by legislators in 2012 threatens legal action if the federal government doesn’t turn over title to those lands.

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  The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, began Wednesday evening at Sunset.  It marks the beginning of the High Holy days, which culminate October 4th with Yom Kippur.

Laurence Loeb is the long-time cantor at Congregation Kol Ami, Utah’s largest synagogue.  It’s a combined Conservative and Reform congregation, with different services planned for those who have a more liberal or a more traditional focus.  Loeb says there’s always a pretty big crowd.

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  Nine Mile Canyon near Price is famous around the world for its rock art, which dates back a thousand years or more.  Federal land managers want some guidance on how to manage the area so the public can enjoy it.

The Bureau of Land Management is starting work on an environmental assessment for Nine Mile Canyon.  There are as many as 100-thousand Native American rock art images on the canyon walls, but it’s also close to some of Utah’s most productive oil and gas fields.

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  Activists who want to stop the use of organs taken from executed prisoners in China held a forum at the University of Utah Friday.

Doctor Damon Noto is a pain specialist from New Jersey.  He’s a member of the group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, and he’s one of the speakers at a forum sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

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  Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he has a promise from the Obama administration – there won’t be a new national monument appearing suddenly on the map of Southern Utah.

Governor Herbert was in Washington DC last week and spoke with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.  He told reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED that Jewell promised there would be no designation of a Greater Canyonlands National Monument without some advance notice.

  Tuesday's Morgan County Council meeting has been getting national attention because of a land-use planning question that could impact the sage grouse.  But the council may put off a vote on the issue to allow for further study.

At the last meeting two weeks ago, the Morgan County council split 3 to 3 on the question of whether to change the land use designation on a 27-hundred acre parcel near East Canyon Reservoir.  The area includes a sage grouse lek, where the birds mate and nest in the spring.

University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections

  Former University of Utah president Chase Peterson passed away on Sunday at the age of 84.  Peterson had deep Utah roots and a national reputation.

University of Utah

The University of Utah worked out an agreement with the Northern Ute Tribe this year to continue using the Ute name for its athletic teams. That agreement includes new academic scholarships for members of the tribe.

The University has now established a scholarship fund for enrolled members of the Ute tribe. They’ll be able to get eight thousand dollars a year, enough to cover tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate.

Mountain Meadows Association

September 11th, is the anniversary of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The families of the victims of the massacre and the descendants of those who killed them have found a new way to reconcile more than 150 years later.

In 1857, a wagon train of emigrants from northern Arkansas was passing through Utah on its way to California when they were attacked by a local militia made up of Mormon settlers. About 120 people were killed, and the history of the incident has only recently been researched in detail.

Mormons were excluded from the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893.  But the Parliament has now chosen the home of the LDS church for its next worldwide meeting.

“Salt Lake City, you’re in for a treat," said Mary Nelson, the executive director of the Parliament of the World's Religions at the announcement that its next meeting will be held in Salt Lake in October, 2015.

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Republican party leaders in Millard County will have to nominate a candidate for county commission before the ballot deadline next week. The Utah Supreme Court gave election officials some new guidance on how to handle a disputed primary election.

After a hearing on Friday, the state Supreme Court upheld part of a lower court ruling that invalidated the June 21st primary election. But the state’s highest court vacated the order requiring a new election.

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The Utah Department of Corrections plans to end the wild horse training program at the state prison in Gunnison.  The decision was made based on how much the state gets paid to care for the mustangs.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management keeps a total of about 15-hundred horses on the state’s prison property in Gunnison.  At any one time, about 15 inmates are involved in the program to gentle and saddle train mustangs taken from public rangeland.

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