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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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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Entertainment
12:14 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Dan Nailen: WingFest

Beehive Sports

More often than not, Dan Nailen is talking about music when he looks at Salt Lake City's entertainment choices.  Now and then, it's art or theater.  But he can't pass up a chance to celebrate chicken wings.  Dan Nailen reports on entertainment for KUER  and blogs at   .

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Environment & Public Lands
11:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Sequester Cuts PILT Payments to Rural Counties

Rural counties use PILT funding from the federal government to respond to emergencies in areas such as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Dan Bammes

  Rural counties in Utah will get less money this year from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, or PILT.  The federal government provides the funding to counties with large areas of public land.  Garfield County has more than two million acres of federal land, but this year it will get just over $800,000 dollars from the PILT program.

County Commissioner Leland Pollock says providing services on federal land is a burden on local taxpayers.

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Environment & Public Lands
9:28 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Traveling the Grand Staircase - Hole-in-the-Rock Road

This sign marks the boundary between the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Kane County, Utah
Dan Bammes

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9 million acres of Kane and Garfield Counties.  It’s not the easiest place to visit, but there’s an effort underway to improve access along one of its most popular roads.  

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Entertainment
5:07 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Dan Nailen: Andre Williams at the Garage

Andre Williams

  The last time Andre Williams came to Salt Lake, the Garage on Beck caught fire.  Dan Nailen talks about the show in Salt Lake and other entertainment options for the week.

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

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Education
12:07 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

New U Grad School Dean

New University of Utah Graduate School Dean David Kieda
University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy

  The head of the University of Utah’s Physics and Astronomy Department has been named Dean of the Graduate School.

Dave Kieda helped to build the U’s astronomy faculty by recruiting new talent from across the country.  He also has research projects underway with observatories across the country.

But he says he’ll have important responsibilities for other non-science disciplines in his new job, especially in making up for cuts in federal funding.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Science Panel Studies Wild Horse Management

Wild horses on public rangeland near Ely, Nevada
Dan Bammes

  A panel of scientists working with the National Research Council released its report this week on the management of wild horses in the West.  One of the experts is from Brigham Young University. 

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Health Care
12:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Matheson Backs Drug ID Bill

Wikimedia Commons

  A bill that could make it harder to sell fake or stolen prescription drugs passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week.   Utah 4th District Congressman Jim Matheson is a co-sponsor of HR 1919, which would require a product identifier code on every container of prescription drugs sold in the United States.  Matheson says technology is readily available to track them.

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Entertainment
11:06 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Dan Nailen: Jersey Boys

Wikimedia Commons

  Dan Nailen says he's generally not a fan of musical theater, but he's interested in Jersey Boys, the Broadway show playing this week in Salt Lake City.

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

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Education
10:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Rowland Hall Breaks Ground for Athletic Fields

Trustees of the private Rowland Hall school break ground for new athletic fields
Dan Bammes

  A crowd cheered Wednesday as volunteer Rin Harris started up a bulldozer to break ground for new athletic fields for Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City.  It took years of work and an act of Congress for the school to buy the 13-acre property between Guardsman Way and the Mount Olivet cemetery.  The initial plan calls for soccer fields and restrooms that will be used by both the younger students who go to school next door and older students who currently attend classes down the hill on Lincoln Street.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:18 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawsuit Could Challenge Tar Sands Leasing

Potential tar sands resources in eastern Utah
Bureau of Land Management

Seven environmental groups are telling the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency over its leasing plan for oil shale and tar sands.  They say the agency didn’t consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the possible impact on endangered species.   

Attorney Steve Bloch with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says the 60-day notice is required before the suit can be filed in federal court.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

State, Federal Leaders to Look at Future of the Colorado River

Lake Powell and the Colorado River from space
NASA

  The two biggest reservoirs on the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are both under 50-percent of their capacity.  Delegates from the federal government, seven Western states, Native American tribes and environmentalists will have that in mind as they meet this week in San Diego to discuss the future of the river.

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Entertainment
11:02 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Dan Nailen: Fine Art & Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkick Murphys
Wikimedia Commons

  The first stop for Dan Nailen's entertainment tour this Memorial Day weekend is the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Dan Nailen's entertainment weblog slcene.com

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Religion
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts of America Open Scouting to Gay Youth

Boy Scouts decorate veteran's graves in Tennessee
Wikimedia Commons

  The Boy Scouts of America has voted to change its policy on including gay youth. At a meeting in Grapevine, Texas 61-percent of the delegates from Scout councils across the country voted to support the change, which still bars gay adults from becoming Scout leaders.  A delegate from Utah who says it was a very civil debate, even though there were strong feelings on both sides.

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Religion
1:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Scout Leaders Gather for Vote on Including Gays

Utah National Parks Council Board Member Ken Krogue
Utah National Parks Council

  Boy Scout leaders from all over the country are gathering in Texas for a vote on a change in policy that would allow young gay men to participate in Scouting. 

Ken Krogue is among 17 members of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America who will be voting at the meeting in Grapevine, Texas.  No lobbyists or media are allowed at the hotel where they’re meeting, but Krogue says there were some groups making their opinions clear as he traveled from the airport to the hotel.

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Religion
2:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

LDS Groups Plan Bigger Role in Utah Pride Parade

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker addresses Mormons Building Bridges supporters in the 2012 Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Center

  Mormons marching in their Sunday best were a big part of last year’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.  This year, even more could turn out to support the LGBT community.

The group Mormons Building Bridges will be joined by the group Mormons for Equality.  In all, Corey Howard with Mormons Building Bridges expects as many as five hundred marchers.

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Religion
11:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Frances Monson, Wife of LDS President, Passes Away

Thomas and Frances Monson on their wedding day in 1948
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Frances Monson, the wife of President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early this morning at the age of 85.

A news release from the church says Sister Monson never sought the spotlight, but President Monson said she was the practical partner in their 64-year marriage.  Speaking at the church’s General Conference in 2008, he recalled the moment when she woke up in the hospital after living in a coma for almost a month.

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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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