Whittney Evans

Reporter

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West. 

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Education
5:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

New Guadalupe School Nears Completion

Executive Director Vicki Mori with Job Superintendent Bob Barker.
Whittney Evans

The walls are up at the new  Guadalupe School in Rose Park. And school administrators say the fundraising campaign is on target for an August opening. 

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Local Government
4:44 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

County Seeks Applicants for Community Preservation Committee

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is looking for residents of unincorporated Salt Lake County to take part in a new citizen’s advisory committee. The committee will be tasked with deciding how to preserve unincorporated communities, provide high quality services and keep taxes low. The Salt Lake County Council will consider a resolution today to move forward with the committee. McAdams says the so-called Community Preservation Project will bring peace to a decades-old fight about the future of unincorporated Salt Lake County.

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Education
3:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Utah Receives Grant for Higher Ed Partnership

University of Utah

Utah’s higher education system has been chosen to collaborate with 11 other states to improve college participation and completion rates. The state has received about $200,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the time and resources the project will require. Higher education officials have identified three key issues the state will focus on.

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Health Care
4:33 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

VA Reaches Out to Vets in Wake of Fort Hood

Veterans Health via Flickr

In the wake of another tragic shooting at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, the Veteran’s Affairs office in Salt Lake City is reaching out to military veterans who are seeking mental health services and is trying to dispel any misconceptions about mental health and violence.

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Education
4:04 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Highland Jr. High Takes Brunt of Ogden School District Layoffs

Seventeen teachers in the Ogden School District were told not to come back to work next fall.  Many were surprised to learn one Jr. High School took the brunt of the layoffs. 

Six teachers at Highland Jr. High School will now have to find a new job. 

Ogden School District Spokesman Zach Williams says the school isn’t keeping pace with the progress other schools are making, adding the district is in the process of implementing a school improvement program.

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Education
3:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology

Tnvols2 via Wikimedia Commons

An official with the U.S. Department of Education is in Salt Lake City today talking about the impact technology has on young children. Dr. Libby Doggett is President Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of early education. She's at the Hilton Hotel speaking and taking questions.

Doggett’s presentation, called “High Tech Tots: Opportunities and Challenges” explores how ever-increasing screen time can both aid and impair early learning. But she’s focused on helping technology improve education for young people. 

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Education
4:17 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Chief of Public Schools Announces Retirement

State School Superintendent Martell Menlove
http://schools.utah.gov/superintendent/

The Utah State Office of Education announced today State School Superintendent Martell Menlove will retire after only a year and three months on the job.

Menlove was appointed as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in January 2013 after serving as deputy to Superintendent Larry Shumway, before Shumway, himself retired in 2012. 

Menlove said in a statement his immediate plans are to spend time with family.

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Health Care
3:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

New Health Clinic Opens in Midvale

A new health clinic in Midvale is serving residents who may not otherwise have access to primary care. Salt Lake County and Midvale City officials gathered at the clinic this morning to celebrate the new facility.  

The Mid-Valley Health Clinic at Copperview Recreation Center provides medical care on a sliding pay scale, particularly to people who don’t have health insurance. It’s operated by non-profit health provider Utah Partners for Health.

Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is providing the space for the clinic.

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Local Government
4:51 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

West Valley City Weighs Chicken Ordinance

Markus Koljonen via Wikimedia Commons

The West Valley City Council decided last night to postpone passing an ordinance that would allow residents to keep chickens in their yards. The decision came after residents made cases both for and against the measure at Tuesday’s meeting. Layne Morris is Director of West Valley City’s Community Preservation Department which deals with code enforcement and animal services. He says he gets up to 20 calls a week from residents complaining about chickens.  But he says people also complain about the city’s ban on the birds.  

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Local Government
1:13 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Residents Speak Out Against Sugar House Zoning Plan

About 50 people spoke out against a proposed rezone in Sugar House that could bring permitted building heights in some areas up ten stories tall. the proposed changes are focused around the newly-laid Sugar House Streetcar. 

Many Sugar House residents who attended the meeting, like Wayne Halverson say they’re opposed to the administration’s plan to permit the construction of four-story buildings near single-family homes and buildings up to 10 stories tall along 700 east and 2100 south.

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Education
5:34 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Salt Lake County Inmates Get Science Lessons From U of U

Inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail are taking a two-hour course on trees and rainforests.

The University of Utah is bringing science education to inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail. Starting today, scientists and educators will volunteer to give lectures and arrange hands-on projects inmates can do to get them motivated for life outside.

One by one, cell doors at the county jail open to release about half the inmates lodged in a housing unit of about 64. They take a seat and turn their attention to Nalini Nadkarni, a professor of biology at the University of Utah and director of the U’s Center for Science and Math Education.

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Education
2:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Higher Ed Commissioner Proposes 4 % Increase in Tuition

Utah’s Higher Education Commissioner is recommending the smallest tuition increase in more than a decade. The Utah Board of Regents will meet next Friday to consider the proposal.

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Education
5:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

More Utah Women Complete College, Still Not Caught Up With Nation

Anna Botz via Wikimedia Commons

A professor at Utah Valley University who founded the Utah Women in Education Project says women in the state continue to lag behind the rest of the nation in college graduation rates, despite gains in recent years. Dr. Susan Madsen was speaking at an annual meeting of the independent research group Utah Foundation.

The focus of this year’s Utah Foundation meeting was growing the state’s economy with graduates.

Dr. Susan Madsen, a keynote speaker at the event says in a statewide comparison between men and women, women are outpacing men by about 6 percent.

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Education
4:09 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kids Learn STEM by Building Underwater Robots

About 450 elementary and middle school students were in Lehi today competing to see who could build the best underwater robot.  The event is part of an annual competition that gives students a hands-on introduction to science, technology engineering and math or STEM education.

Ashton Adamson and Brenna Pope are sixth graders at Snow Springs Elementary School in Lehi. They’re sitting poolside, where Adamson says they’re preparing to submerge their robot named Nemo into a tiny obstacle course. 

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Local Government
3:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sim Gill Seeks Re-Election as Salt Lake County District Attorney

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he’s got a lot of work left to do in the office. That’s why he announced today he’s seeking re-election. 

The Democrat says in his last term he jealously guarded taxpayer dollars, balanced four budgets and dramatically reduced annual debt.

“These efficiencies are saving hundreds thousands of dollars each year for the Salt Lake County taxpayer,” Gill says. “Daily we do more with less waste in more efficient ways.”

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Local Government
5:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Construction to Close 1300 South Bridge

United States Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons

Starting this summer accessing 1300 south in Salt Lake City might be a challenge. Construction is slated to close down the bridge over the railroad tracks between 500 and 700 west for the next year.

The $10 million facelift includes a full deck replacement, widening of the overpass, seismic upgrades and improved pedestrian and cyclist access. Salt Lake City will select a contractor for the project this spring and begin construction as early as June. It’s being paid for through the federal highway trust fund with a 6% match from Salt Lake City. 

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Education
1:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislature Okays Pre-K Funding Bills

House Speaker Becky Lockhart joins House Majority Leader Brad Dee to address the media.

Early education won big this legislative session. State lawmakers set aside $6 million for preschool programs.

The Utah legislature had been reticent to fund preschool programs in previous years. Some were concerned about taking kids out of the home too soon. But Republican House Speaker Becky Lockhart says this year legislators were swayed by information about the value of preschool, especially for at-risk kids.

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Education
3:55 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Some Utah Colleges, Universities Get Extra Funding for Growth

Some of the fastest growing Utah colleges and universities also receive the lowest amount of state funding per student. But this year, the state legislature has set aside $50 million to strike a balance at these institutions and keep costs low for students.  

Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, Dixie State University and Utah State University regional campuses will all get some of the so-called equity funding.

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Education
5:01 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Child Sex Abuse Prevention Bill Advances in Senate

A bill that would provide training for teachers and parents on child sexual abuse and give schools the option to educate students about avoiding abuse cleared its last major hurtle in the state legislature on Tuesday.

House Bill 286, sponsored by Democratic Representative Angela Romero requires the State Board of Education and Department of Human Services to approve the required curriculum by 2016.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

No Funding for Technology Initiative in Budget Compromise

House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, R-Provo
Brian Grimmett

Utah House and Senate leaders have finally come to an agreement on the state budget following a week’s-long impasse. The sticking point was primarily House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s proposed $200 million technological upgrade for public education. But that bill is now off the table.

House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart says the technology initiative would have required up to $50 million in ongoing revenue to make it worthwhile. But Senate leaders were unwilling to spend more than $26 million.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Partisan School Board Races Fails in House

Utah won’t be subjecting state school board candidates to partisan elections this year. House Bill 228, sponsored by Republican Representative Brian Greene, would have done away with the current process of choosing candidates for the ballot in favor of partisan election. The House narrowly voted it down on Friday.

Right now, a seven-member committee appointed by the governor is responsible for recruiting and vetting candidates. The governor then takes the committee’s recommendations and narrows the list down to two candidates for each district.

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Education
5:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Some Question Strength of Air Quality Recess Guidelines

When fine particle air pollution along the Wasatch Front reaches the high end of what the Utah Division of Air Quality deems unhealthy, the Utah Department of Health recommends schools keep students inside for recess. But some wonder if that recommendation should come when pollution levels are even lower. Officials with the Utah Asthma Program say discussions about revising those standards are underway.

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Education
5:11 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Study Gives Utah "D" In Civil Rights Education

Civil rights demonstration in front of a segregated theater: Tallahassee, Florida
State Library and Archives of Florida

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Utah is about average among other states in how well it covers the civil rights movement in the classroom. But the organization’s  latest report from the Teaching Tolerance Project shows the average grade is pretty poor.

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Business & Labor
3:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Convention Hotel Bill Passes House

The possibility of a new convention hotel in Salt Lake City is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would provide tax incentives for a private developer to build the hotel.  

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Politics
3:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Count My Vote Compromise Advances to House Floor

Members of the House Government Operations Committee voted this morning to advance a newly-minted compromise between legislators and organizers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative. But several members of the committee say they won’t support the bill when it reaches the House Floor. 

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Public Safety
2:48 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House Okays Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bill

Elizabeth Smart addresses the media outside the House chambers.
Brian Grimmett

A bill that aims to protect children from sexual abuse through education got unanimous support on the House floor today despite some initial concerns.

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LGBT Rights
12:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Gay Community Meets With State Lawmakers to Tell Their Stories

Candice Metzler with her family addressing state lawmakers at a meeting Wednesday night.

About a dozen state lawmakers representing both political parties met Wednesday night with countless members of the LGBTQ community to hear their about their struggles. The meeting comes after a decision by House and Senate leadership to ignore statewide anti-discrimination legislation filed this session. 

New mother and school teacher Candice Green-Berrett joined her wife Megan and six-month-old daughter Quinn to highlight the joys of her recent marriage.

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Education
3:40 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

House Passes Bill to Swap Classroom Time for Teacher Development

A bill that would allow schools to set aside regular classroom days for teacher professional development advanced in the Utah House of Representatives on Wednesday--but not without some contention.

Professional development days give teachers time out of the classroom to collaborate and train on new technologies, learning materials and curriculum. Prior to the recession, Utah spent roughly $70 million dollars on professional development but that money is no longer available. 

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Local Government
3:21 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Salt Lake County to Study Auto, Cyclist Safety in Emigration Canyon

The Salt Lake County Council, in a preliminary vote on Tuesday approved a resolution to launch a motorist and bicyclist safety study of Emigration Canyon Road. Parties involved say the tension between cyclists and drivers has come to a head.  

Emigration canyon’s proximity to downtown Salt Lake City and the grand views make it one of the most heavily used canyons in Utah by bicyclists.

For the same reasons, the canyon is also inviting to motorists… who live and recreate there as well.

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Education
2:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

School Grading Fixes Advance in Education Committee

State lawmakers in the Senate Education committee voted unanimously Monday morning to support proposed changes to the controversial school grading system. Republican Senator Stuart Adams’ bill would provide additional flexibility for schools, including the option to opt out of the system.

Last fall, Utah schools received, for the first time letter grades “A” through “F” under the state’s second and newest grading system. Senator Stuart Adams says it’s has already increased transparency.

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