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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Entertainment
10:13 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Dan Nailen: Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo
Wikimedia Commons

  Salt Lake City's Living Traditions Festival is this weekend and lots of other entertainment choices are available.  But Dan Nailen's excited about a band that's making a stop in Salt Lake.  He talks with KUER's Dan Bammes.

Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER and blogs at slcene.com

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Environment & Public Lands
1:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Panel Urges Herbert to Reconsider Snake Valley Deal

The Snake Valley near Partoun, Utah
Dan Bammes

A legislative commission is asking Utah’s governor to take another look at an agreement with Nevada over water rights in the Snake Valley.  Federal law required the states of Utah and Nevada to work out an agreement before the Southern Nevada Water Authority could pump groundwater from the Snake Valley to Las Vegas.  The deal was worked out more than three years ago, but Governor Gary Herbert decided just last month he wouldn’t sign it based on opposition from residents living in the area.  

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Politics
2:41 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Police Integrity Crucial to WVC Mayor Candidate

Former West Valley City council member Margaret Peterson
Dan Bammes

  Restoring the credibility of West Valley City’s police department is the top priority for Margaret Peterson, who announced her candidacy for mayor of Utah's second-largest city this week.

With its drug investigation unit disbanded, more than a hundred cases dismissed by prosecutors and several officers on administrative leave, Margaret Peterson believes it’ll take strong leadership from the mayor to bring the police department back.  But she says the city should stop short of a wholesale housecleaning.

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Entertainment
11:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dan Nailen: Night after Night after Night

Indie rockers The Black Angels from Austin, TX
Stefano Masselli

  The way Dan Nailen tells it, great music is lined up "night after night after night" in Salt Lake City this week.

Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER and blogs at slcene.com

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Environment & Public Lands
12:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

BASE Jumping Fatality at Notch Peak

BASE jumper Fernando Motta posted video of himself at Notch Peak three days before his death.
Fernando Motta

  Notch Peak is a 9600-foot mountain about 35 miles west of Delta, Utah.  From the top, it’s a two-thousand foot drop straight down – and that’s one reason why it’s become a favorite spot for BASE jumping – jumping off the cliff with wing suits and parachutes.  There have been two fatalities there in the past year, one just ten days ago.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Groups Ask UDOT to Stop West Davis Corridor

Lori Kalt of Farmington speaks to reporters at a news conference on the West Davis Corridor project
Dan Bammes

  A coalition of community and environmental groups is asking the Utah Department of Transportation to reconsider building a new freeway along the west side of Davis County.  Their so-called "Shared Solution" asks U-DOT to study improving east-west roads and walkable communities as an alternative.

Community activist Lori Kalt wants to avoid a new freeway cutting through her neighborhood on the west side of Farmington.

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Religion
9:54 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Park City Synagogue Saying Goodbye to Rabbi Josh Aaronson

Rabbi Josh Aaronson assists Celia Robbins Davis during her bat mitzvah service at Temple Har Shalom
Alicia Geesman

When Rabbi Joshua Aaronson arrived in Utah eleven years ago, Temple Har Shalom was a small Reform Jewish congregation meeting in rented space in Park City. Today, it’s in a beautiful new building with three times the attendance and a vacancy to fill. Rabbi Aaronson is moving on to Temple Judea in a suburb of Los Angeles – and leaving behind a lot of people who will miss him.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Failed Pipeline Test Could Mean More Delay for Willard Bay

Absorbent booms form the last barrier to keep spilled diesel fuel out of Willard Bay
Dan Bammes

  Chevron had a setback this week when its pipeline near Willard Bay State Park failed a pressure test.  Repair work will have to continue before the pipeline can go back into full operation.

More than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the pipeline on March 18th.  Willard Bay’s North Marina has been closed since then.  Fred Hayes, the director of Utah’s Division of State Parks, says it could take longer than planned to re-open the beach and campgrounds.

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Religion
11:33 am
Fri April 26, 2013

LDS Church Endorses Boy Scouts Policy Proposal

Wikimedia Commons

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is endorsing a proposed policy change by the Boy Scouts of America that would let young gay men participate as members, but would still exclude gay adults from leadership positions. The current policy excludes both gay adults and youth.

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Business & Labor
3:02 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kennecott Plans to Put Mine Back in Operation

A huge landslide closed the Bingham Canyon copper mine April 10, 2013
Kennecott Utah Copper

  Kennecott Utah Copper is making plans to get the Bingham Canyon mine back in operation after a huge landslide two weeks ago.  Company spokesperson Kyle Bennett says they have a 40-day plan to look at containing costs but also keeping the ore moving to the smelting and refining facilities.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:40 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Utah Finalizes Sage Grouse Plan

Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus))
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

  The state of Utah has released the final version of its plan for protecting the greater sage grouse.  The plan designates 11 Sage Grouse Management Areas stretching from Rich County to Kane County and outlines goals for improving existing habitat and protecting the birds from threats such as energy development, predators and wildfire.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Great Salt Lake Minerals Scales Back Expansion

Sulfate of potash is loaded into trucks at Great Salt Lake Minerals
Dan Bammes

  Great Salt Lake Minerals is scaling back its expansion plans along the eastern and western shores of the lake – and environmentalists are applauding.  

In 2009, Great Salt Lake Minerals asked the Army Corps of Engineers to approve a 91-thousand acre expansion of its evaporation ponds.  Today it submitted a new application asking for just 52-thousand acres.  Lynn DeFreitas with Friends of the Great Salt Lake says the new plan avoids some critical wildlife habitat.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day Demonstration at Governor's Mansion

A demonstrator ties his Earth Day message to a volleyball net in front of the governor's mansion in Salt Lake City.
Dan Bammes

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is out of the country right now on a trade mission in Israel.  But that didn’t stop environmentalists from holding an Earth Day rally right in front of the Governor’s Mansion on South Temple.

As traffic whizzed by on one of Salt Lake City’s busiest streets, demonstrators wrote their messages of protest on blue ribbons.  They had to tie them to a volleyball net because they weren’t allowed to put them on the governor’s wrought-iron fence.

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Public Safety
3:32 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Increased Security at SLC Marathon

Salt Lake City Deputy Police Chief Terry Fritz briefs reporters on security for the Salt Lake City Marathon
Dan Bammes

  Runners and spectators will see a lot more security around the Salt Lake City Marathon on Saturday.  After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, marathon planners developed some new security strategies.  Deputy Salt Lake City Police Chief Terry Fritz says the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah National Guard and other agencies have brought in additional resources for the race.

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Entertainment
8:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Dan Nailen: Summer at Red Butte

Amphiteatre at Red Butte Garden

  This week, KUER's Dan Nailen focuses on the concerts coming up this summer at Red Butte Garden.

Follow Dan Nailen's blog at slcene.com

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Environment & Public Lands
1:23 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Bishop Working for Public Lands Solution

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT)

  Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) is hoping that a regional approach to resolving the status of public lands in Utah might work better than the county-by-county approach that's been tried before.  Bishop has been meeting with local government leaders and representatives of environmental groups, hoping to work out a plan that he can get through Congress.  He chairs the House Subcommittee on Public Lands.  The plan, he says, is to designate lands for preservation as wilderness and lands where development and revenue would be the primary goal.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Utah Governor Wants to Hurry AG Investigation

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert wants to see federal authorities hurry up with their investigation of Utah’s attorney general.   The governor said this morning that the delay is impacting the Attorney General’s office and the investigation has taken too long.

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Public Safety
12:41 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

ShakeOut in West Valley

www.ShakeOut.org

  Communities across Utah are planning for another statewide earthquake drill Wednesday morning – and each one has its own emergency planning issues to deal with. 

West Valley City, for example,  is miles from the Wasatch Fault, but it has unique vulnerabilities.  There are a couple of faults running under the city, and Fire Marshal Bob Fitzgerald says the lake bed soils over most of West Valley could liquefy in a strong earthquake

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Environment & Public Lands
11:29 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Migrating Birds Crash at Dugway

An eared grebe on the ground at Dugway Proving Ground
Al Vogel, Dugway Proving Ground

Hundreds of migrating birds crash-landed at Utah’s Dugway Proving Ground overnight, apparently mistaking a parking lot in a snowstorm for water.  Al Vogel, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army, says these are eared grebes, a species that can’t take off from land.  Vogel says the Army’s own wildlife specialists and the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources are working to rescue the birds that survived.

"They’ll take the birds to a nearby pond on post, let ‘em rest there and then they’ll take off and continue their migration," Vogel tells KUER.

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Environment & Public Lands
7:40 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Mary Evelyn Tucker: Religion and Ecology

Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University
Emerging Earth Community

  The University of Utah College of Law is hosting the annual Stegner Symposium this week, focusing on Religion, Faith and the Environment. Increasingly, people of faith are citing their beliefs as a major motivation for protecting the environment and caring for those at the margins of society.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Willard Bay Cleanup Underway

Chevron incident commander Patrick Green shows reporters how diesel fuel contamination has been cleaned up in a stream leading to Willard Bay
Dan Bammes

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  A Chevron safety manager briefed reporters before taking them on a tour of the cleanup area at Willard Bay State Park on Wednesday.  The Chevron pipeline next to I-15 split open in mid-March, allowing more than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into a wetland area next to the park’s North Marina.

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Religion
10:36 am
Sun April 7, 2013

LDS Women Seek Ordination

Supporters of ordaining women to the LDS priesthood gather at the University of Utah
Alicia Geesman

  The prayer offered by Jean Stevens at the end of the Saturday morning session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was unprecedented – no woman has ever been asked to pray in a General Conference session.

The change could be seen as part of an effort to draw attention to the leadership roles Mormon women already serve in their church – and a way of countering pressure from some members to ordain women to the LDS priesthood.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Nevada Environmentalists Applaud Utah Decision

Snake Valley is located on the Utah-Nevada state line
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

  Environmentalists who’ve been trying to stop a water pipeline from the Great Basin to Las Vegas are applauding a decision by Utah’s governor to reject an agreement between Utah and Nevada.

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Religion
7:40 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Utah's Catholic Bishop on the Pope, Immigration and Medicaid

Bishop John C. Wester
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

  Utah's Catholic bishop, John Wester, was out of town when the church elected a new pope earlier this month. He's had a lot of people ask about it since, and that also offered the opportunity to talk about a number of other issues involving the Catholic church in Utah.  On Friday March 22nd, I asked Bishop Wester what he's learned about Pope Francis since the conclave.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Governor Consults Snake Valley Residents on Water Deal

West Desert High School in Partoun, Utah
Dan Bammes

  Governor Gary Herbert traveled to the Snake Valley on the Utah-Nevada line yesterday to talk to people who might be impacted by a plan to pump groundwater from the Great Basin to Las Vegas.

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Religion
3:39 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Clearfield Community Church Recovering from Fire

Clearfield Community Church
Clearfield Community Church

  Members of Clearfield Community Church are working to keep their church going after a fire almost destroyed their building yesterday.

The church will hold its Sunday worship service in rented space just a few blocks away at Wasatch Elementary School for a few weeks.  But former pastor Richard Axmann says the home-school group that met in the church will have to find another place to meet, along with several other programs.

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Education
1:40 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

School District Will Sell Granite High School

Granite High School
Granite School District

  A plan to turn the old Granite High School into a movie studio has fallen through and the property could now be sold to a private buyer.  

Originally, the city of South Salt Lake hoped to buy the 27-acre Granite High School property and renovate its historic buildings.  But, two years ago, voters rejected a $25 million bond issue needed to do that by just nine votes.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Quick Action on Election Law Bill

Dan Bammes

  Current Utah law would have required Utah’s Attorney General to investigate a complaint against himself of violating Utah’s election rules.  But the Utah State Senate passed a bill Thursday afternoon to give that job to an independent lawyer. 

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Religion
5:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Utah Catholics Welcome New Pope

Monsignor Joseph Mayo speaks to reporters about the election of Pope Francis I
Dan Bammes

  Utah Catholics are welcoming Pope Francis I with high expectations. 

The bells at the Cathedral of the Madeleine were ringing this afternoon as Utah Catholics welcomed the news of the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as pope.

Stephanie Olmstead was watching the news with a group of students at the Newman Center just off the University of Utah campus.  She’s hoping the new pontiff will continue Benedict’s use of Twitter to communicate with the faithful around the world.

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Military
1:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Drugs, Corruption Complicate U.S. Mission in Afghanistan

Retired General Barry McCaffrey
Dan Bammes

  As U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, retired general Barry McCaffrey says the opium trade is making it harder to leave a stable country behind.  McCaffrey says the corrupting influence of the drug trade complicates the mission of American troops.

"So we have a rifle platoon of U.S. Marines or a Ranger company moving through an endless sea of opium poppy," McCaffrey said in an interview with KUER.  "And they say, 'Well, look, this isn't why we're here.  We're here for counter-insurgency."

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