Salt Lake City

Air Quality
4:56 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pollution Spikes: A New Holiday Tradition

Smoke from fireworks makes pollution counts skyrocket during Utah's 4th of July and Pioneer Day celebrations.
Credit Sarah Sammis / Flickr Creative Commons

Families all over Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with fireworks. The festivities also pumped lots of unhealthy smoke into the air that spiked air pollution. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the trend and Salt Lake City’s plan to deal with it.

Polluted air has become a kind of day-after tradition for Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. Monitors at the state Department of Environmental Quality show those pretty pyrotechnics created enough smoke to top federal health standards in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Cache and Tooele counties Thursday night.

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2:58 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Salt Lake City Expands GREENbike Program

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City has once again expanded its bike-share program to include more stations, more bikes and more options.

More than 6,000 people rode GREENbikes, 26,000 times in the program’s inaugural year. It began in April 2013 with 10 stations and 55 bikes. Now officials are hoping to get more people on two wheels by doubling the number of stations and bikes across the city. Salt Lake City Councilor Erin Mendenhall says that’s crucial. 

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Local Government
12:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Residents Pack Salt Lake City Council to Support Endangered West Side Golf Course

Lotus Head via Wikimedia Commons

A public hearing on the Salt Lake City budget Tuesday night drew a crowd of people  concerned about  the possible closure of a golf course on the city’s west side. City officials say the golf program is no longer sustainable.

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Arts & Entertainment
4:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on New Broadway-Style Theater

Whittney Evans

Local elected officials, members of the arts community and business and civic leaders came together in downtown Salt Lake City this morning to break ground on the new Broadway-Style Theater. They also announced the new name of the facility that is linked to a major financial contribution.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

EPA Official Helps Salt Lake City Launch Energy Initiative

Rama via Wikimedia Commons

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection agency joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker at the downtown Library today to challenge local businesses and institutions to save money and reduce pollution by consuming less energy. 

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KUER Local News
3:06 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Drama Unfolds On SLC Peregrine Falcon Cam as Eggs Begin to Hatch

Utah Division of Wildife Resources

Two of the four peregrine falcon eggs sitting atop the Joseph Smith Memorial building in downtown Salt Lake have now hatched, but the fate of the next two eggs is uncertain. Watchable wildlife program coordinator Bob Walters says there isn’t really a way to predict the outcome, but that it isn’t time to worry just yet.

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Local Government
4:08 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Maintenance, Fire-Station Closure Sticking Points For SLC Budget

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker unveiled his $229 million budget Tuesday for the next fiscal year. It includes a 3 percent pay raise for city employees and funding for air quality initiatives. But it also proposes some cuts the city council may resist.

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Local Government
4:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Cities Set Aside Money to Improve Homeless Outreach

Homeless service providers accept a check from city governments to improve homeless services.
Whittney Evans

Ten of Salt Lake County’s 16 cities have combined forces and set aside $200,000 to increase services for the homeless in Salt Lake County. It’s a new collaboration spearheaded by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. 

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Local Government
5:56 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Ute Cab Tells SLC to Get Serious About Lyft Violations

Pkg203 via Wikimedia Commons

A Salt Lake City taxi cab company says the city should be more serious about cracking down on ride-share company Lyft instead of just warning drivers who city officials say are breaking the law.

Lyft is a smart-phone app that connects passengers to local drivers who offer rides with their own personal vehicles, identified by a pink mustache on the grill. City officials say it’s an innovative idea, but the company must first comply with local rules and regulations.

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Local Government
1:36 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

2014 Utah Bike Summit Works to Make Utah A Bike Friendly State

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker speaks at the 2014 Utah Bike Summit
Brian Grimmett

Cyclists, business owners, and government leaders gathered for the 2014 Utah Bike Summit Friday to figure out how to make Utah a more bike friendly place.

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Local Government
4:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Eighth Graders Eager to Talk Climate Change with SLC Mayor

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker speaks to 8th graders about climate change.
Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker visited a group of 8th graders at Hillside Middle School Monday to answer questions about climate change in advance of the 44th annual Earth Day.

Students at Hillside Middle School spoke at length about climate issues like melting ice caps; migratory bird habitats and droughts. Becker was a senior in high school the year Earth Day became a national holiday. It was a time he says he knew very little about his own impact on the environment.  

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Business & Labor
4:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

SLC Leaders Leary of New Taxicab Alternatives Homepage

A taxicab alternative e-travelers hail with a smartphone app will be available in Salt Lake City starting at seven o’clock tonight. Two companies called Uber and Lyft have announced plans to expand here, but city officials say the companies must first comply with safety and fair business rules.

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Public Safety
10:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

City Council Questions Backlog of Untested Rape Evidence

Holly Mullen, Executive Director of Rape Recovery Center

The Salt Lake City Police Department has hundreds of unprocessed rape kits collecting dust on a shelf. Now the Salt Lake City council is looking into how to best manage the backlog of evidence.

Data from the Salt Lake City Police Department show 625 kits that contain physical evidence of a sexual assault are still in custody and have not been sent to the state lab for DNA testing.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Changing Climate Prompts New Warnings, Local Planning

Utah State University hosts the annual Spring Runoff Conference. Climate scientists will be among those talking about Utah's future in a changing global climate system.
Credit Utah State University

  The world’s leading climate scientists and policymakers met in Japan over the weekend and released their latest assessment of global warming. They agree the climate is heating up because people burn so much fossil fuel.

Here in Utah, leaders are brainstorming about how to deal with the changing climate.

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Local Government
5:31 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Transit Ridership Jumps

UTA's new FrontRunner South line helped double commuter rail ridership in Utah last year. TRAX saw an increase of 6.8 percent.
Credit Utah Transit Authority

Americans are using public transit more than ever. And Utahns are part of that trend.

A new report says Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips last year on public transportation. The Utah Transit Agency has seen a similar trend. Its trains, buses and trolleys logged 44 million trips last year -- more than ever before.

  American Fork resident Greg Davidson rides the new FrontRunner line from where he lives in Utah County into Salt Lake City a few times a month. Today he’s headed to the airport on the new TRAX line.

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Business & Labor
2:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Salt Lake Bees Home Stadium Gets a New Name

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Miller Group of Companies CEO Greg Miller, and Smith's President Jay Cummins
Brian Grimmett

The Salt Lake Bees Triple-A baseball team isn’t getting a new stadium, but it will have a different name starting this year.

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Local Government
5:07 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Becker Presses State to Act on Air Quality in State of City Address

The state legislature needs to act or step aside and empower cities to act to improve air quality. That’s the message in Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s annual State of the City Address, which he presented today at the University of Utah. 

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Local Government
5:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New Salt Lake City Council Members Sworn In

Four Salt Lake City Council members were sworn in today. Three are new and one is beginning a second term. The newcomer’s ambitions range from air quality and economic development to civility.

District 1 Councilman-elect James Rogers says as a new member of the Salt Lake City Council, he’s focused on rehabilitating neglected residential, community and commercial areas in his district, pointing to his work overseeing the renovation of a commercial office space just west of Capitol Hill. 

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4:11 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Organizers Announce Details for Annual EVE celebration

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City’s three-day New Year’s Celebration will be chock-full of fan favorite activities this year as organizers celebrate the festival’s 5th year anniversary. It will also cost families more to attend.

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Local Government
5:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Salt Lake City, UTA Launch Sugar House Streetcar

Local leaders take the first ride on the Sugar House Streetcar
Brian Grimmett

Transit officials and local government leaders praised the hard work went into the creation of the new Sugar House streetcar at a grand opening ceremony Thursday afternoon.

After more than six years of planning and $37 million dollars in construction costs the Sugar House streetcar, or S-Line, will open to the public on Sunday. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says the streetcar ushers in an exciting time of growth and development that will benefit the community for years to come.

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Local Government
4:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Salt Lake City Praises Efforts of HOST Program for the Homeless

Salt Lake City Mayor's Office

Salt Lake City community members gathered together Wednesday to showcase the efforts of the Homeless Outreach Service Team or HOST program that began two years ago.

The HOST program’s ultimate goal is to make contact with those in need and deliver the appropriate services for each individual situation. While the program’s two year milestone was locally celebrated, Mayor Ralph Becker says national colleagues he met with recently noticed the city’s efforts on a larger scale.

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Local Government
4:57 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

PETA Files Complaint Against Horse-Drawn Carriage Company

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint with Salt Lake County Animal Services on Tuesday calling for an investigation into embattled horse-drawn carriage company Carriage for Hire. PETA says Salt Lake City should revoke the company’s license for failing to report a number of accidents involving horse carriages. But, improper reporting may not be enough to force horse carriages off the streets. Jeremy Beckham is a research project manager at PETA who lives in Salt Lake City.

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Local Government
4:46 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Salt Lake City Winter Farmers Market Opens this November

Downtown farmer’s market enthusiasts won’t have to fret when the summer market ends this later this month. The winter market will open for business November 9th.

At the winter market patrons can grab a bite to eat from a food truck and do a little shopping for things like produce, meat and breads from more than 50 local vendors from across the state.

The market will be open every other Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Rio Grande Depot.

Julie Clifford of Clifford Family Farm says it will make her life a little easier.

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Local Government
7:10 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Business Owner, Clean Air Advocate Vie for District 5 Seat in Salt Lake City

Erin Mendenhall & Bill Davis & Bill Davis 4 District 5

On November 5th Salt Lake City residents in districts 1, 5, and 7 will choose new people to represent them on the city council. In District 5, Jill Remington Love, the only woman on the council is vacating her seat, and two very different candidates are vying to fill it: small business man Bill Davis and clean air advocate Erin Mendenhall.

The Coffee Garden in the 9th and 9th neighborhood is in the heart of District 5. Darryl High says places like this that make his neighborhood truly great. He’s a member of the East Liberty Park community council.

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Local Government
3:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Outreach Begins for Health Insurance Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act

Enrollment councilors answer questions about health care plans.

In spite of a government shutdown, today begins the six month-long enrollment period in which consumers can start signing up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. This morning at the Sorenson Unity Center the Salt Lake City mayor’s office and Voices for Utah Children hosted a health care open house to help people navigate the various plans and sign up for coverage. 

Jose Caceres, a certified application councilor is walking a middle-aged man and his mother through the process of choosing a health insurance plan.

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Local Government
4:33 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Council Takes No Action on Horse Carriages

The Salt Lake City Council will not ban horse-drawn carriage rides downtown. Nor do they have plans to tighten restrictions on the business any time soon. Last month, when a horse named Jerry collapsed downtown and later died, animal rights groups and some Salt Lake City residents urged the council to limit the use of carriages. Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke brought an ordinance proposal to the council Tuesday night that would have created a strict route for carriages and put a cap on the number of hours horses could work among other regulations. 

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Local Government
4:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Attorney Says Move to Amend Ballot Follows Rules

Salt Lake City’s Attorney says it’s perfectly legal for an individual or a group that’s behind a citizen initiative to submit both the, for and against statements in the voter information packet that comes with a ballot. On Monday, it was revealed that an active member of the anti-corporate personhood group Move to Amend is the face behind the statement “against” a local opinion question the group posed to Salt Lake City voters this month through a mail-in ballot.

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Local Government
10:20 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Questions Raised About Salt Lake City's Move to Amend Ballot

Some people are concerned that a ballot Salt Lake City voters received in their mailboxes earlier this month is a waste of taxpayer dollars. The objectivity of the information accompanying the ballot is also in question. 

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Local Government
10:27 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Maintenance, Transportation at Issue in District 3 Race

An Avenues tennis court in disrepair.

Stan Penfold represents the third district on the Salt Lake City Council and he’s the only councilman running for re-election this year. But significant change in city leadership is still on the horizon, as three other members of the council have decided to step down.

Gwen Springmeyer says she couldn’t be happier with her idyllic slice of life in Salt Lake City’s upper Avenues. She chairs the community council there. 

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Local Government
4:33 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Salt Lake City Residents Set to Vote on Corporate Personhood Resolution

Are you for or against a campaign to amend the U.S. constitution to say that corporations are not people and money is not speech? That’s the question Salt Lake City residents are being asked to answer this month as part of a new citizen initiative tool city officials created to let voters have their say. 

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