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
2:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Land Deal Creates Critter Credits

A prairie dog burrow next to the airport runway in Parowan, UT
Alicia Geesman

  Utah’s state lands agency has a thousand prairie dog credits to sell.  They’re the result of a land deal that helps to keep the critters away from airport runways in southern Utah. 

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KUER Local News
10:17 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Remembering an Old-Time Gardener

Will Pitkin at his home in Hyde Park, Utah
Alicia Geesman

Will Pitkin taught at Utah State University for 40 years, and after his retirement, grew a garden that inspired many more people.  He passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 77.  KUER originally aired this story in July, 2011 but we chose to broadcast it again in his memory.

 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

More Wild Horses Will Stay on the Range

A wild horse roundup on public land in Utah
Bureau of Land Management

  More wild horses will be left on the range as the government runs out of places to put them.  Here in Utah, there are no plans to remove horses from public land this year.  

It’s not unusual for Utah to go several years without removing wild horses from public rangeland, though it’s not uncommon to see mustangs from Nevada and other states brought here for adoption.  Lisa Reid with the Bureau of Land Management says there are actually more mustangs in government holding facilities than there left on the range.

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Religion
1:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Group Supporting LGBT Mormons Hopes Exhibit Fosters Discussion

Boys Life Illustrations by Norman Rockwell on display at the LDS Church Museum
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  The group Mormons Building Bridges plans to attend the opening of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the LDS Church Museum this afternoon. The paintings on display showcase Rockwell’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. 

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Entertainment
1:32 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Dan Nailen: Son Volt in SLC

Jay Farrar and Son Volt

   If KUER's entertainment reporter Dan Nailen is good for anything, it's pointing out artists who've been underappreciated.  This weekend, he's talking about a country artist who rarely makes headlines. Dan Nailen blogs at slcene-dot-com.

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Religion
12:43 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Rockwell Exhibit Opens at LDS Museum

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  An exhibition of Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scout paintings and magazine covers opens this weekend at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.

Norman Rockwell was on the staff of Boys Life, the Scouting magazine, long before he became famous as the cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post.  The exhibit at the church museum on West Temple includes 26 Rockwell paintings and many more Boys Life magazine covers on loan from the Boy Scouts museum in Irving, Texas.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:33 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Repeal of HB 155 on Special Session Agenda

Sego lilies, Utah's state flower, growing on BLM land near Moab, UT
Dan Bammes

  One of the items on the agenda of Wednesday’s special legislative session is the possible repeal of a controversial bill restricting the authority of federal law enforcement officers.  KUER’s Dan Bammes has more.

House Bill 155 limits the authority of Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service personnel to enforce state laws on public land, and threatens them with prosecution if they try it.  A federal court has issued an injunction preventing the state from implementing the law.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:08 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Interest Fading in SkiLink Project

Big Cottonwood Canyon
Dan Bammes

  Support for the SkiLink – a tram that would connect Park City with Big Cottonwood Canyon – appears to be fading away.  

The Salt Lake Tribune reports members of Utah’s Congressional delegation have backed off their support for a bill to sell 30 acres of Forest Service land on the crest of the Wasatch Range for the SkiLink project . . . and a new management deal signed by the owners of the Canyons ski resort could also mean diminished interest in pursuing the idea.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Funding Approved for Nine Mile Canyon Road

Petroglyphs in Nine-Mile Canyon, Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  Nine-Mile Canyon is home to priceless rock art – thousands of Native American petroglyphs on the canyon walls.  But it’s also a major transportation route for oil and gas development in eastern Utah.  

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Entertainment
9:50 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dan Nailen: Byrne and St. Vincent at Red Butte

David Byrne and St. Vincent appear at Red Butte Garden July 15th

 Dan Nailen says the summer live music season is reaching its peak -- and he's looking forward to a voice that's been around a long time putting on a new kind of show. 

Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER and blogs at slcene-dot-org  

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Politics
1:05 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Congressman Bishop Says Hill Furloughs Avoidable

Aircraft maintenance is the major mission of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex
U.S. Air Force

  Many civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base are facing another day without pay this week, while Congressman Rob Bishop argues the Defense Department could have avoided the furloughs under the federal sequester.

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex – by far the largest unit at Hill – gets most of its support from the Defense Working Capital Fund, which was not subject to the sequester.  But he says the Obama administration made a political decision to spread the cuts out over a large group of civilian workers.

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KUER Local News
2:31 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Scout Killed in Accident at Camp Tifie

sanpete.com

A 14-year-old staffer at the Tifie Boy Scout camp in Sanpete County was killed in an accident Tuesday evening.

The 14-year-old from Cedar Hills was part of a program called “Counselors in Training.”  David Pack, the Scout Executive with the Utah National Parks Council, says he was working with a crew and some vehicles on a routine cleanup chore.

“There was a group of staff doing a regular staff duty of collecting trash throughout the camp to minimize the opportunity for bears to find things to get into so we can keep bears out of camp," Pack told KUER.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:07 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Audit Finds Problems at Utah Division of Air Quality

Staker-Parson's operations on Beck Street in Salt Lake City

The Utah Division of Air Quality regulates airborne dust and other pollution from sand and gravel operations – and a new legislative audit says it could be doing a better job.  

The Legislative Auditor General’s office cites lost paperwork, long delays and enforcement of permits that haven’t been issued yet as problems in the way the division regulates sand and gravel operations.

Bryce Bird, the director of the Division of Air Quality, says it’s clear there’s room for improvement.

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Entertainment
9:01 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Dan Nailen: Rooftop Concert Series

Fans crowd in at Provo's Rooftop Concert Series

  Provo's Rooftop Concert Series features music from the Rolling Stones this weekend.  KUER's Dan Nailen says it's worth a drive.

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

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Environment & Public Lands
1:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

New Study Quantifies Water Lost to Seepage at Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Wikimedia Commons

  The new study in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association estimates about 380,000 acre-feet of water a year is lost when it soaks into the lake's sandstone banks each year.  That’s more than the state of Nevada is entitled to take from the river under a 1922 interstate compact.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Willard Bay North Marina Will Stay Closed Past July 4th

The ongoing cleanup at Willard Bay State Park's North Marina will keep the beach closed this holiday weekend.
Dan Bammes

The South Marina at Willard Bay State Park is open and operating, but the North Marina will remain closed through the July 4th holiday weekend.  

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Environment & Public Lands
2:32 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Western States Endorse Plan for Mini-Nuclear Plant

NuScale's small nuclear reactor design
NuScale Power

  Several Western states are involved in an initiative to study small-scale nuclear power plants. The first of this new generation of nuclear reactors could be built in Idaho.

Oregon-based NuScale Power has been developing its design for a 47-megawatt power plant that would not need extra water, electricity or even human intervention to stay safe in an emergency.  Now it hopes to build one at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:09 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Why Doesn't Utah's Ozone Pollution Just Blow Away?

Air Pollution Trends from the Utah Division of Air Quality website
Utah Division of Air Quality

  In the winter, air pollution can stay trapped in the valleys of the Wasatch Front until the wind picks up and blows it away.  In the summer, ozone pollution can be a problem day after day even when the wind is blowing.  

Unlike particulates, which can build up for weeks in a winter inversion, new ozone is created every day by a reaction between tailpipe emissions and sunlight. Erik Crosman, a researcher in the University of Utah’s Atmosopheric Sciences program, says the wind doesn’t make much difference to pollution levels on a hot summer day.

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Environment & Public Lands
9:47 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Western Governors Release 10-Year Energy Vision

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at the WGA meeting in Park City, UT
Dan Bammes

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert chairs the Western Governors Association, so this year, the group held its annual meeting in Utah.  The topics included reforming health care and education, but a lot of the focus was on energy and public lands. 

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Environment & Public Lands
4:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Jewell Promises Local Input on Public Lands Decisions

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks to the Western Governors Association Meeting in Park City, UT
Dan Bammes

  The Secretary of the Interior is promising more cooperation with Western states  before the federal government takes unilateral action on public lands. 

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has been on the job just a couple of months.  She was invited to speak to the Western Governors Association at its meeting in Park City.  Jewell  was asked whether the Obama administration is ready to create a new national monument in the Greater Canyonlands area.  She repeated a commitment made during her confirmation to ask local residents what they think before taking that kind of action.

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Entertainment
9:41 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dan Nailen: Cartoonists Convention

Pat Bagley's take on the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas
Pat Bagley - Salt Lake Tribune

  Salt Lake City hosts a lot of conventions -- some shut locals out of their meetings entirely, but there's one that's welcoming visitors to several of its events.  It's the editorial cartoonists -- and Dan Nailen has been watching the scribblers.

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

Listen to Doug Fabrizio's conversation with Pat Bagley, Steve Benson and Kal Kallaugher on KUER's Radio West

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Environment & Public Lands
1:51 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Tax Incentives Boost Green River Refinery Plan

Aerial view of Green River, Utah
Wikimedia Commons

  Work could begin soon on a new oil refinery in Green River, Utah, bringing more than a hundred stable new jobs to that community. 

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development will provide more than 12-million dollars in tax incentives to Rock River Resources, based in Houston. It’s agreed to create 125 new jobs at its proposed refinery to be built next to I-70 in Green River.  The state has already issued an air quality permit for the project, and construction on rail links to the site could begin this summer.

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Religion
11:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

LDS, Catholic Leaders React to Gay Marriage Decisions

Dan Bammes

Mormon and Catholic religious leaders both say they’re disappointed with today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it “remains irrevocably committed” to strengthening traditional marriage after the Supreme Court rulings.

Church spokesperson Michael Otterson issued a statement saying the court has “highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates.”

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Environment & Public Lands
4:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Rocky Mountain Power Defends Environmental Record

Rocky Mountain Power's Hunter Power Plant in Castle Dale, Utah
Wikimedia Commons

Environmentalists are applauding President Obama’s proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions by executive action.  But Rocky Mountain Power says one group’s criticism ignores what it’s been doing for years.  

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Religion
1:06 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mormon Missionaries Will Use Tech Tools

Mormon leaders address new mission presidents at Brigham Young University's Marriott Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will do less tracting and more tweeting as they try to recruit new members.  

Mormon missionaries have traditionally spent much of their time “tracting,” or going from door to door.  Their use of e-mail has been limited to a message home each week.  But new mission presidents and others were told during a meeting at Brigham Young University on Sunday that they’ll now be able to use social media such as Facebook and text messaging to reach out to potential converts. 

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Entertainment
1:45 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Dan Nailen: Utah Arts Festival

Jason Isbell performs Sunday evening at the Utah Arts Festival
Wikimedia Commons

  It's looking like a wonderful weekend at the Utah Arts Festival, with Dan Nailen looking forward to some of the late evening performances.  And if you want to get there in a good mood, he recommends taking TRAX and not trying to park downtown. Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER... and blogs at slcene-dot-com

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Politics
1:32 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Democrats Looking at Utah's Caucus-Convention System

State Senator Jim Dabakis, chair of the Utah Democratic Party
Dan Bammes

  Utah Democrats hold their state party convention Saturday in Ogden.  Like the Republicans, they’ll be looking at whether to change Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating candidates.

Under the current system, voters choose delegates in neighborhood caucuses.  Candidates can avoid a primary election if 60% of those delegates support them in state or county conventions.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:45 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Why Governor Herbert Doesn't Like the Idea of a New National Monument in Utah

SUWA

Utah’s governor doesn’t much like the idea of creating a Greater Canyonlands National Monument covering a large area of public land in southern Utah.  

Environmental groups are asking President Obama to use the federal Antiquities Act to set aside 1.4 million acres of public land on both sides of the Colorado River as a national monument.  Governor Gary Herbert says there are better ways to protect public land.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:15 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

DOE Marks a Milestone at Moab Cleanup Site

The Atlas Mill tailings cleanup site in Moab, UT
Alicia Geesman

  The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s moved six million tons of uranium mill tailings off the old Atlas mill site in Moab.  That’s 38-percent of the total, with about ten million tons still to go.

Workers on the site take three months off every winter, but project director Don Metzler says President Obama has proposed an increase in funding to keep them working longer.

 “It would allow us to go for twelve months a year, year-round," Metzler says, "with maybe a two-week vacation just so we could watch the dollars there a little bit.”

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Religion
1:44 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Victim and Church Recovering After Shooting

James Evans was critically wounded in Sunday's shooting at St. James Catholic Church in Ogden
courtesy photo

  The victim of yesterday’s shooting at St. James Catholic Church in Ogden is expected to recover, while the parish community is working to emotionally heal after witnessing the violence. 

Friends describe 66-year-old James Evans as a pillar of St. James the Just parish.  He was kneeling in a back pew with his family on Sunday when his son-in-law allegedly shot him in the back of the head.  Doctor Barbara Kerwin, who heads the intensive care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital, says the bullet struck near his right ear, but missed his brain.

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