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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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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KUER Local News
3:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

U Wants Independent Investigation of Coaching Abuse Allegations

University of Utah Athletics Director Chris Hill
Dan Bammes

  An independent investigation will look into the conduct of the former University of Utah head swimming coach.   Greg Winslow was suspended last month and the university announced last week it would not renew his contract.

U President David Pershing has asked two attorneys, Alan Sullivan from Utah and Michael Glazier, a sports specialist from Kansas City, to look into whether Winslow abused his players and whether he was properly supervised by university officials.  Athletics Director Chris Hill expects to be under scrutiny along with others.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Medicaid Battle Looming

Representatives Jacob Anderegg, Ken Ivory and Dana Layton address a news conference at Utah's state capitol.
Dan Bammes

  A battle could be shaping up in the Utah House of Representatives over a bill that would stop the state from expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

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Health Care
1:28 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Bill Advances to Stop Medicaid Expansion

A bill that would stop the state of Utah from expanding its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act passed a committee vote Wednesday evening.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Utah DEQ Ready For New EPA Chief

Gina McCarthy
EPA

  The head of Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality says she’s had a good experience working with the person picked to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  Gina McCarthy was head of E-P-A’s air quality division until President Obama tapped her for the top job this week.

Amanda Smith at  DEQ says she’s optimistic McCarthy will be able to work with the state on Utah’s unique problems, such as winter ozone in the Uintah Basin.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:31 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Some Utah Lawmakers Ask to Delay Sage Grouse Designation

Credit Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are asking the federal government for more time before it designates the Gunnison sage grouse an endangered species. 

The Gunnison sage grouse is a smaller cousin of the grouse that lives all over the west.  In Utah, it lives only in San Juan County, mostly on private land near Monticello.  There are only about a hundred of them left.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:31 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Some Utah Lawmakers Ask to Delay Sage Grouse Designation

Credit Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are asking the federal government for more time before it designates the Gunnison sage grouse an endangered species. 

The Gunnison sage grouse is a smaller cousin of the grouse that lives all over the west.  In Utah, it lives only in San Juan County, mostly on private land near Monticello.  There are only about a hundred of them left.

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Health Care
3:19 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Supporters Rally for Medicaid Expansion

Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally at the Utah State Capitol
Dan Bammes

  Supporters of expanding Utah’s Medicaid program under the President’s health care plan don’t expect to see a decision during the legislative session.   But they came to Utah's state capitol Friday to make their point anyway.  

There were about a hundred people on the capitol steps for a rally in support of Medicaid expansion, but many more links in the paper chains they brought along.  Each of the 150-thousand links represents a Medicaid client in Utah – somebody like Stacey Stanford, who’s been in a wheelchair since a car accident in 2010.

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Environment & Public Lands
7:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Clearing the Air: Big Industry

The Holly-Frontier oil refinery in West Bountiful, UT
Dan Bammes

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The air pollution that we can see suspended in the cold air trapped during Utah’s infamous temperature inversions is called PM 2.5 – particulate matter 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller.  Just how much of that comes from large industrial polluters is a subject of some dispute, along with just what should be done about it. Dan Bammes has the third in our series of reports on Clearing the Air.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Herbert: Medicaid Decision Delayed

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert
pool photo

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert says a decision on expanding Utah's Medicaid program may have to wait until this summer.  Herbert told his monthly news conference on KUED Thursday morning that Utah won't follow the lead of any other state on the issue.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:46 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Study Looks at Uintah Basin Ozone

Winter air over the Uintah Basin near Vernal
Dan Bammes

  After a year of studying winter ozone air pollution in Utah’s Uintah Basin, a team of scientists has determined that oil and gas wells are causing most of the problem.  

The team at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin campus studied ozone last winter – when there were only a few inversion days and not much of a problem.  It’s been worse this year, and Seth Lyman with the Bingham Research Center says a big part of the problem is the volatile organic compounds such as benzene coming from thousands of oil and gas wells.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:43 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Compromise Delays Stream Access Bills

Anglers gather on the steps of Utah's state capitol to rally for better access to streams
Dan Bammes

The battle over access to fishing streams in Utah probably won’t be resolved in this legislative session, but that was welcome news to anglers who brought the issue to the state capitol on Friday.

About 400 people who had gathered on the capitol steps cheered the news that the sponsor of House Bill 68 will hold on to his bill for now.  It would declare the state has met its obligations to keep streams open as a public trust.

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Business & Labor
1:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State Tax Incentives Back Hundreds of New Jobs

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The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced new tax incentives for three companies on Thursday.  One is doTerra, a company that makes essential oils – plant extracts that it sells through a network of independent distributors.  It’s promised to bring 330 new jobs to its company headquarters in Pleasant Grove in product testing and development, customer support and other positions.  For that, it will get 16-point-6 million dollars in tax credits over ten years.

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Public Safety
1:39 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Three Dead in Midvale Shooting

Unified Police are looking for David Fresques in connection with a shooting in Midvale Tuesday morning
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office

  Unified Police officers found three people dead this morning at a home in Midvale.  Lieutenant Justin Hoyal says they’d been shot.  One woman who survived was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  Hoyal says they weren’t sure initially whether there was a danger to the neighborhood.

“Early on in this situation, before we had any information," Hoyal tells KUER, "we didn’t know if the suspect was out on foot in the area, we put our local schools on lockdown and we sent officers over there to help with security.”

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