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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KUER Local News
1:48 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

No Money Needed at Orem Community Swap Meet

A previous Community Free SWAP in Orem
Sarah Bateman

  There’s a big swap meet planned in Orem this weekend – with no price tags on the merchandise.  Anyone can show up and take what they like for free.

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LGBT
2:08 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Mormons Building Bridges Back for Utah Pride Festival

Mormons Building Bridges March in Salt Lake City's 2013 Pride Parade
Mormons Building Bridges

  Same-sex couples who were legally married after a federal court decision last December will be honored guests in this year’s Utah Pride Festival Parade, and a group of Mormons who’ve been part of the festival for the past two years will be back as well.

The three couples who are plaintiffs in the Kitchen v. Herbert court case will be the grand marshals in this year’s parade, set for Sunday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. All legally married same-sex couples are invited to march or ride on a float decorated as a wedding hall.

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Religion
12:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

LDS Public Affairs Chief Says Church is Listening to Women

Mike Otterson, Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The head of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has responded to criticism that the church is not engaging with women seeking to change its practices.

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Education
2:12 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

BYU Reopens Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

This diorama of a grizzly bear attacking a moose is among the new exhibits at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University
Dan Bammes

  The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University has re-opened after a two-year renovation project.  

The museum first opened in 1978 to showcase Monte Bean’s collection of big game trophies from a lifetime of hunting.  With an additional 30-thousand square feet, there’s lots of new exhibit space as well as room to house a number of research collection of animal specimens.

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Education
12:53 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

LDS Church Donates Wall Mansion to University of Utah

The historic Wall Mansion at 411 E South Temple in Salt Lake City
Dan Bammes

  The University of Utah will become the new owner of the historic Wall Mansion at 4th East and South Temple in Salt Lake City.

The Wall Mansion was built in the 1880’s and renovated by mining millionaire Enos Wall early in the 20th Century.  In the 1960’s, it became the home of  LDS Business College, but it’s been empty since the college moved to the Triad Center  in 2006.

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Religion
12:40 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Group Hoping 'Discussions' Move LDS Church Toward Ordaining Women

Kate Kelly, an attorney from Washington DC, is the founder of Ordain Women
Dan Bammes

  Priesthood ordination is available only to men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  But a group of women seeking ordination is trying a new tactic to persuade Mormons to change their minds.

Ordain Women is publishing a series of six discussions on its website, covering the history and doctrine of the LDS church and hoping to persuade more women to join the effort to change church policy.

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KUER Local News
12:12 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

War Dead Honored at Fort Douglas

Soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard place a wreath in honor of the war dead buried at Ft. Douglas
Dan Bammes

  Services honoring America’s war dead were held in dozens of cities around Utah today. About a hundred people gathered at the Fort Douglas Cemetery in Salt Lake City.

Soldiers from the Utah National Guard led the service at Fort Douglas.  Brigadier General Dallen Atack recognized the sacrifice of veterans from the Civil War through the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who are buried there, as well as the service of a returning Utah Guard unit he plans to greet at Fort Dix, New Jersey in just a few days.

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Religion
1:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

LDS Church Moves More Missionaries Out of Ukraine

The Mormon temple in Kiev, Ukraine was built in 2010
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are worried about the safety of their missionaries in Ukraine, and some are being pulled out of that country.

67 missionaries who’ve been serving in the Ukraine Donetsk mission are being transferred back to their home countries to finish their service. Donetsk is in an area where pro-Russian militias have occupied buildings and confronted Ukrainian government troops.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:27 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal

Corona Arch near Moab is in one of the parcels traded to the BLM by the state of Utah
Utah Institutional Trust Lands Administration

  Utah’s governor and the state director of the Bureau of Land Management have formalized a land exchange involving 60-thousand acres in southern and eastern Utah.

The land exchange has been in the works since 2009, when then-Senator Bob Bennett and Congressman Jim Matheson worked to pass a bill authorizing the deal.  But it’s taken years to finalize the details. 

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Religion
1:56 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Mormons Building Bridges Excluded from Days of '47 Parade

Members of Mormons Building Bridges march in Salt Lake City's 2013 Pride Parade
Mormons Building Bridges

Mormons Building Bridges was last year’s largest entry in Salt Lake City’s annual Pride Parade. But the group’s request to have a modest presence in the Days of ’47 Parade this year has been turned down. 

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Religion
2:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Russian Orthodox Church Dedicated, Priest Recognized

Archpriest Michael van Opstall
St. George Russian Orthodox Church

  It’s been a big week for Utah’s only Russian Orthodox parish.  It dedicated a new church in West Jordan last weekend – and its leader has been honored with a new title as well. 

Michael van Opstall was ordained as a Russian Orthodox priest about ten years ago, and since then he’s guided the growing community of believers in Utah.  Last weekend, the parish dedicated the new St. George Russian Orthodox Church in West Jordan, made possible by an anonymous donation of a million dollars.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Solar Panels Power Worship in Park City

Solar panels on a new addition to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Park City, UT
Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church / Rocky Mountain Power

  Three houses of worship in the Park City area are among 22 facilities with new solar power installations funded by Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program.

The Blue Sky program allows customers to pay extra on their power bills to support the development of renewable energy projects.

From that money, Rocky Mountain Power provided 35-thousand dollar grants to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church and Reform synagogue Temple Har Shalom.

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Local Government
5:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Hogle Zoo Proud of New Pride (of Lions)

Vulcan and Baron, two male lions on display at Utah's Hogle Zoo
Dan Bammes

  Visitors are getting their first look today at a couple of African lions in their new home at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. 

Two male lions, Vulcan and Baron, are now on display in the zoo’s 16-million dollar African Savannah exhibit.  Two female lions have also just arrived, but zoo spokesperson Erica Hansen says we won’t see all four together just yet.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:49 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Conflict Over Mustangs in Southern Utah

Wild horses on public rangeland in Utah
Jaime Jackson / Wikimedia Commons

  Governor Gary Herbert says the state might be able to do a better job of managing wild horses on Utah’s public rangeland than federal authorities do.  And both wild horse advocates and local officials in southern Utah say the Bureau of Land Management needs to be doing more.

There are differing estimates of the number of mustangs living on public rangeland in southwestern Utah.  Local officials say there might be as many as 2000 in an area that can only sustain only about half that.

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Religion
1:31 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

LDS Church Releases Scaled-Back Plan for Provo MTC

LDS Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Neighbors of the Missionary Training Center in Provo appear to be more comfortable with the expansion plans released this week than they were with some earlier versions.

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Religion
12:20 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Prophet Elias Parishioners Looking at Options for Orthodox Congregation

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
Dan Bammes

  A group of parishioners at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Holladay are looking at future options for their church after a letter from the church’s national leadership asked them to suspend any talk about dividing the parish.

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Politics
7:34 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Congressmen Bishop, Stewart Win GOP Nominations

Congressman Rob Bishop speaks with a delegate at the Utah Republican Convention
Dan Bammes

  The Republicans who represent Utah’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts easily won their party’s nominations at Saturday’s state convention.

Congressman Rob Bishop is running for a seventh term.  He says his ambition is to stay there.

“I have never seriously wanted to be a U.S. Senator," Bishop told convention delegates.  Because I am committed to the House.  I am invested in the House.  I want to be effective in the House.  The only problem is, that means every two years I have to come and ask you for your vote again.”

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Religion
2:53 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

St. Vincent de Paul School Celebrates 50 Years

Sister Lelia O'Sullivan and Sister Mary Casey were among the first teachers at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Holladay when it opened 50 years ago.
Dan Bammes

  Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

Irish dancers were among those participating in the celebration in the gymnasium at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Holladay.  The school began with a kindergarten class in the basement of the old parish church in Murray, and from the very first, there were more students hoping to attend than it could accommodate.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Herbert: Nevada Standoff Shouldn't Frame Public Lands Debate

Southern Nevada public rangeland where the Bundy family has grazed cattle for generations
Jennilyn Merten

  The standoff between a Nevada rancher and the federal government has put public lands issues in the national spotlight.  But Utah’s governor says it’s not the kind of attention that helps to solve problems. 

Federal officers stopped their roundup of Clive Bundy’s cattle earlier this month to prevent a violent confrontation with Bundy’s armed supporters.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Davis County Will Vote by Mail

Davis County plans to conduct the 2014 primary and general elections using mail-in ballots like this one.
Davis County Clerk-Auditor

  Davis County is trying a vote-by-mail system for the primary election this spring and the general election in the fall.

Voters in Davis County received letters last week telling them about the changes.  Election Manager Brian McKenzie says ballot packets will be mailed out 28 days before each election.  When they come back, they’ll be verified using a bar code and by comparing the voter’s signature to their registration forms.

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Religion
1:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

American Atheists Meet For National Convention in Salt Lake City

Portraits of scientists, including Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson displayed for sale at the American Atheists National Convention in Salt Lake City
Dan Bammes

  The American Atheists national convention is underway in Salt Lake City, with its leadership promising to take their message to other cities with a strong religious presence. 

American Atheists is the group started by Madalyn Murray O’Hair in the 1960’s following the Supreme Court decision that banned Christian prayers in public schools.  Its president is David Silverman, who told a crowd of several hundred people in a hotel ballroom they’ll continue the fight to keep government from endorsing religion.

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Religion
4:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

LDS Apostle: Freedom of Religion Under Attack

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaking at Utah Valley University's Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says religious freedom is under attack in the United States.  Elder Dallin Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies on Wednesday. 

Oaks said the inability of conservative scholars to publish in some academic journals and campus speech codes are examples of organizational restraints on both free speech and religious expression.

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Public Safety
1:33 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Great Utah ShakeOut at the U

University of Utah employees gather in a parking lot during the 2014 Great Utah Shakeout earthquake drill
Andrea Smardon

  Schools, government agencies and businesses across the Wasatch Front took part in the Great Utah ShakeOut on Thursday.  The earthquake drill got a lot of people out of their offices and into the sunshine at the University of Utah.

Several hundred people assembled in a parking lot near the HPER P.E. building on the U of U campus after receiving a text message at 10:15.  They were told at first to drop, cover and hold on as if a real earthquake was happening and then to evacuate the buildings where they work.

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Public Safety
2:01 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

State Working to Increase Participation in Great Utah ShakeOut

Joe Dougherty with the Utah Division of Emergency Management displays his emergency sanitation system
Dan Bammes

  Fewer people are signed up for the Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill this year, but state officials are still hoping to get the message out about emergency preparedness. About 827,000 people are signed up through their businesses and schools to participate in the Great Utah ShakeOut Thursday morning at 10:15.  Last year, it was more than 900,000.

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Education
1:53 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

U of U, Utes Announce New Agreement on "Ute" Nickname

The drum-and-feather logo and the Ute nickname will continue to be part of the University of Utah's athletic programs
University of Utah Campus Store

  The University of Utah’s athletic teams will continue to be known as the Utes under an agreement worked out with the Northern Ute Tribe.

University President David Pershing and other university officials traveled to the Ute tribal headquarters in Fort Duchesne on Tuesday to announce the agreement.  The university will use the Ute name with the full support of the tribe.  The U’s trademarked drum and feather logo is not part of the agreement, though tribal leaders are encouraging its continued use.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:16 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Petition Calls on BLM to Stop Nevada Roundup

Jodi Thornley

  A supporter of a Nevada ranching family is hoping her online petition will help to calm down a confrontation over cattle grazing on public land.

The Bureau of Land Management has been rounding up cattle belonging to the Bundy family on rangeland north of Las Vegas.  Agency officials say the cattle are trespassing – the Bundys haven’t paid grazing fees for years.  The family argues they’ve been using the land for generations, but they’ve lost two court decisions challenging federal jurisdiction.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Utah Officials Work to Limit Grazing Dispute

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and Attorney General Sean Reyes meet with officials from the BLM
Spencer Cox

 Utah’s lieutenant governor and attorney general have brokered an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management not to bring cattle taken from public land in Nevada to a livestock auction in Utah.

This week, BLM officials started rounding up cattle belonging to the Bundy family from land the family has used for generations.  Federal courts have determined the cattle are trespassing, and the family owes more than a million dollars in grazing fees.

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Religion
7:26 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Ordain Women Turned Away Again from LDS Priesthood Conference

Members and supporters of Ordain Women walk to Temple Square, hoping to attend the priesthood session of General Conference, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Dan Bammes

  Once again, members of a group of women seeking ordination to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were denied the opportunity to attend the priesthood session of the church’s General Conference.

Ordain Women gathered for a devotional service in a city park two blocks from Temple Square  in the afternoon before the priesthood session on Saturday.  Gina Colvin came from New Zealand.  She says the church’s patriarchal structure disempowers women.

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Religion
1:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Reporters Excluded from Temple Square

LDS spokesperson Ruth Todd with reporters outside Temple Square, October 2013
Dan Bammes

Temple Square is typically crowded with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other visitors during General Conference sessions twice a year.  But reporters and media cameras or recorders won’t be allowed on the square this weekend.

  Members of the church public affairs staff say they’re just reiterating a long-standing policy about media access to Temple Square, though reporters with cameras have often taken pictures and interviewed visitors on the square in past years.

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Religion
12:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Atheists Plan Resignation Rally During LDS Conference

American Atheists President David Silverman
atheists.org

  Last year, the Atheists of Utah held an event in conjunction with the LDS General Conference, inviting disaffected Mormons to quit the church.  They’re planning a similar event this year with some national leadership. 

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