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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Environment & Public Lands
1:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

UDOT Considers Comments on West Davis Freeway

Demonstrators opposed to the West Davis Corridor freeway in May, 2013
Dan Bammes

  The public comment deadline has passed on Utah Department of Transportation’s proposal to build a freeway from Farmington to Hooper.  Critics of the West Davis Corridor say UDOT needs to back up and take another look.

Steve Erickson is with a group promoting another alternative, the so-called “Shared Solution.”  It would scrap the freeway and instead improve east-west routes across the county leading to FrontRunner and I-15.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Environmental Assessment Issued for Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat

The Gunnison sage grouse (Centrocercus minimis)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife

  The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service has published a draft environmental assessment on its proposal to designate critical habitat for the Gunnison Sage Grouse in Utah and Colorado.  The Gunnison grouse is a smaller and rarer cousin of the greater sage grouse that lives in most of the states of the Mountain West. 

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Politics
1:29 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Campaign Underway to Change Utah's System for Nominating Candidates

Supporters of the Count My Vote initiative rally on the steps of Utah's state capitol
Dan Bammes

  A group that wants to change Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating candidates began its campaign this morning.  Count My Vote wants to allow candidates to qualify for primary election ballots using petitions signed by voters.

The group’s leaders include former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt and Norma Matheson, the wife of Utah’s last Democratic governor and the mother of Congressman Jim Matheson.  She says the current system leaves too many voters out of the nomination process.

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Environment & Public Lands
10:42 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Bob Inglis: A Conservative Approach to Climate Change

Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis
Energy and Enterprise Initiative

  Bob Inglis is a former Republican member of Congress from South Carolina, a conservative who was defeated by a candidate riding the Tea Party wave in 2010.  He's gone on to lead the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University in Virginia.  It's proposing a solution to the world's climate change problem based on conservative political values, and he'll be explaining that at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

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Politics
12:20 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell Stepping Down

Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell
Utah Governor's Office

  Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced his resignation Monday.  Bell says financial pressures are making it tough to stay in the job he’s held since 2009. 

Bell told reporters he’s about to turn 65 and he needs to save money for retirement.  He was in the real estate business before he was appointed Lieutenant Governor, and he says the recession was pretty tough.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:15 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Agreement Reached to Delay Drilling in Book Cliffs

Bogart Canyon in Utah's Book Cliffs
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

  Utah’s governor has struck a deal with an oil company to hold off on drilling in an area of the Book Cliffs that’s prized for its wildlife habitat. 

The agreement between Governor Gary Herbert’s office, Anadarko Petroleum and the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, will allow a lease to go ahead.  But Robin Olsen with Anadarko says they won’t drill in the sensitive Bogart Canyon area before January of 2016.

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Entertainment
9:19 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Dan Nailen: Mideau & Neko

Libby Linton and Spencer Harrison of Mideau

  Dan Nailen needs to come up with a chart for all the talented musicians who've been coming out of Provo over the last several years.

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

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Environment & Public Lands
2:44 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Ted Wilson is UCAIR's New Director

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson is the new executive director of UCAIR
Holly Mullen

  UCAIR – the program that encourages Utahns to voluntarily reduce air pollution  – has a new boss.  It’s Ted Wilson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City.

Until recently, Ted Wilson was working for the Talisker Corporation, the owners of The Canyons ski area.  He was picked by the Utah Clean Air Partnership Board to replace Shawni McAllister, who left for personal reasons.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

State Air Quality Plan Ready for Public Comment

Bill Reiss addresses the Utah Board of Air Quality
Dan Bammes

Utah’s State Air Quality Board has given its preliminary approval to a new plan for meeting federal air quality regulations on the Wasatch Front.

"Most of the residents of the valley are going to be breathing clean air sooner than 2019, so that’s a good thing," Bill Reiss, a planner with the Utah Division of Air Quality, explained to the Board of Air Quality.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:58 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Alton Coal Mine Expansion Still Facing Opposition

The Alton Coal Development mine in Kane County, Utah
SUWA

  Environmentalists are reminding the Bureau of Land Management that public opposition to expanding a coal strip mine in Kane County hasn’t gone away.

The Sierra Club and other groups went to the BLM office in Salt Lake City to deliver more than 45-thousand public comments opposing the expansion of the coal mine.  The mine currently operates on private land near the town of Alton.  The agency is about to issue a supplemental environmental impact statement on the plan that could allow it to expand onto public land in the same area.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:05 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

School Board Backs Book Cliffs Leasing

Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT1) and Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell speak to the Utah State Board of Education
Dan Bammes

  The State Board of Education has endorsed the decision by Utah’s state trust lands agency to move ahead with a drilling lease in the Book Cliffs, even though a member of Congress and the governor’s office was asking them to hold off. 

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Entertainment
1:37 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Dan Nailen: State Fair Special

38 Special is among the acts appearing at the Utah State Fair this year

The Utah State Fair is underway, and for Dan Nailen, there's a certain category of performers who turn up there every year.

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

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Environment & Public Lands
3:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Book Cliffs Compromise in the Works

The Book Cliffs near Green River, Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  Governor Gary Herbert’s office is trying to work out a deal with Utah’s state lands agency on a drilling lease in the Book Cliffs.  

Last week, Governor Herbert asked the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, to hold off on a drilling lease in an area of the Book Cliffs in Grand County.  Sportsmen’s groups and environmentalists say the area is pristine wildlife habitat and ought to be preserved.

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Religion
2:50 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Utah Episcopalians Remember Pacifist Bishop

The Right Reverend Paul Jones, Episcopal Bishop of Utah, 1916-1918

  As Congress debates a possible military strike against Syria, Episcopalians around the country are remembering a bishop from Utah who paid a high price for his opposition to war. 

Today (September 4th)  is the feast day for the Right Reverend Paul Jones across the Episcopal Church in America.  Jones became the missionary bishop of Utah in 1916.  Over the next several years, he strongly criticized the United States’ entry into World War One.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Group Criticizes State Management of Book Cliffs

This BLM map shows state-owned land in the Book Cliffs in blue
Bureau of Land Managment

  An environmental group says the decision to lease a large area of the Book Cliffs for oil and gas exploration shows Utah can’t manage its own public lands.

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Public Safety
4:57 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Unified Police Identify People Involved in Draper Officer Shooting

Randy Johnson, father of slain Draper Police Officer Derek Johnson, speaks to the press at Draper City Hall on Monday afternoon. Members of the Johnson family were also present.
Dan Bammes

On Tuesday afternoon, Unified Police Spokesman Justin Hoyal released the identity of the two people allegedly involved in the shooting and death of Draper Police Officer Derek Johnson. They are 35-year-old Timothy Walker and 34-year-old Traci Vaillancourt.

Sergeant Johnson died early Sunday after he was shot in an apparent ambush.  Police say Walker is now considered the prime suspect in the shooting and Vallaincourt is considered a victim. Both remain in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

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Entertainment
7:40 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Dan Nailen: That Was Then, This is Now

Jane's Addiction
Michael Goldberg

  For a lot of performers who were once on the cutting edge, maintaining a career over the long term is tough.  Dan Nailen talks with KUER's Dan Bammes about one band coming to Salt Lake this week that's fighting to stay relevant. Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER . . . and blogs at slcene-dot-com

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

State Audit Says Agencies Have Too Few Auditors

Utah State Capitol
Dan Bammes

  The state auditor’s office released a report this week showing that many agencies don’t have internal auditors even when the law requires them.

State law requires 11 state departments to have internal auditors, and a new report from the state auditor’s office says four of them do not – Agriculture, Commerce, Environmental Quality and Public Safety.

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Religion
1:46 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Greek Orthodox Churches Resume Services

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Holladay, UT
Dan Bammes

The priests at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church will begin conducting services again, starting tomorrow.  They're responding to a resolution passed by parish members last Sunday reinstating their regular salaries.  The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan in Denver has approved the church's return to liturgical services.  The parish will hold services on the Feast of St. John the Baptist tomorrow, and regular services will be held on Sunday.

Environment & Public Lands
5:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling.  Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat. 

The governor told reporters at the state capitol Thursday afternoon the State Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, has done a good job getting money out of Utah’s state lands, but in this case, it needs to look at a long-term strategy that could bring in even more in the long run.

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Environment & Public Lands
12:04 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

DAQ to Release Draft Air Plan September 11th

Winter inversion day
Erik Crossman - University of Utah

  The state of Utah missed a deadline last December for submitting a plan to federal authorities to reduce air pollution on the Wasatch Front.  But the public will get a look at a new draft plan in a couple of weeks.

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Religion
2:55 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Greek Orthodox Parish Meets to Resolve Conflict

Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Holladay, UT
Dan Bammes

  The gymnasium at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox church in Holladay was packed with hundreds of parish members on Sunday.  The general meeting was called to try and resolve the conflict that has kept the parish priests from holding regular services for most of the past month. 

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended most services after the parish council proposed a 40-percent pay cut for the priests.  Phil Floor, a church member who was at the meeting, says members showed a new willingness to step up their contributions to get the church out of its current financial troubles.

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Entertainment
12:41 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Dan Nailen: John Prine at Red Butte

John Prine
Ron Baker / Wikimedia Commons

  Every Friday, Dan Nailen looks at entertainment options all around Salt Lake, but he's discovering that his enthusiasm for some artists is not universally shared.

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

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Business & Labor
12:31 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Utah Job Growth Outpaces the Nation

Call center at the Utah Department of Workforce Services
Dan Bammes

  Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, and the number of jobs was expanding at an annual rate of 3.5 percent.  That’s a strong employment picture compared to the rest of the country, but Jonathan Springmeyer with Bonneville Research says it’s not keeping pace with Utah’s population.

“While we are back to where we were before the recession, it doesn’t count all the people that have entered into the job market," Springmeyer tells KUER.  "Jobs are improving, but we’re still not keeping up with growth.”

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Religion
1:18 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Meeting Planned to Resolve Greek Orthodox Dispute

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City
Wikimedia Commons

  Members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox parish plan a general meeting later this month, hoping to straighten out some of the issues that have led to a suspension of church services.

The Greek Orthodox hierarchy suspended services two weeks ago at the Holy Trinity cathedral in Salt Lake and Prophet Elias church in Holladay after the parish council imposed a pay cut for its three priests.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Utah's Piece of the Webb Space Telescope Finished

Carbon fiber composite structure built for the James Webb Space Telescope at ATK Space Systems in West Valley City, Utah
Dan Bammes

  For the past 11 years, ATK Space Systems has been working on its contribution to an advanced space telescope system.  Its carbon fiber composite structure is shipping out next week for further testing – and it’ll eventually wind up a million miles out in space. 

The James Webb Space Telescope is meant to replace the venerable Hubble Space Telescope as the most advanced astronomical system available to science.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Mt. Pleasant Election Sees a Crowd of Candidates

Candidates speak at a town forum in Mt. Pleasant, Utah July 31, 2013
Dan Bammes

  Cities and towns across Utah, from Big Water to Smithfield, are holding primary elections August 13th, narrowing the field of candidates for mayor and city council positions.  There’s one town in Sanpete County where the mayoral primary has drawn intense interest this year.  

About a hundred people gathered in the Wasatch Academy gymnasium in Mount Pleasant for a ‘Meet the Candidates’ night on July 31st.  It was another indication of the intense interest in this year’s municipal election – something this town of 28-hundred hasn’t always shown in the past.

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Entertainment
1:44 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Dan Nailen: Craft Lake City

  Dan Nailen talks about Salt Lake City's annual Do-It-Yourself festival among the week's entertainment offerings.

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

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Religion
1:54 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Services Suspended at Salt Lake's Greek Orthodox Churches

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City
Wikimedia Commons

  There will be no religious services at Salt Lake City’s two Greek Orthodox churches until a dispute between parish members and the church hierarchy can be worked out.  Prophet Elias church in Holladay and the Holy Trinity cathedral in downtown Salt Lake are both part of the same parish.  Lay leaders looking at a budget shortfall informed the parish’s three priests last week that their salaries would be cut by 40-percent.  Metropolitan Isaiah, the regional leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Denver, responded by saying t

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Environment & Public Lands
10:33 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Wildflowers Proposed for Endangered Species List

The White River penstemon (Penstemon scariousus var. albifluvis)
US Fish and Wildlife Service

  The federal government is planning to protect two kinds of wildflower that grow only in eastern Utah and western Colorado – and only in areas where there are oil shale or tar sands.

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