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Local Government
6:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Salt Lake City Opens Employee Health Clinic

Salt Lake City officials hope to reign in escalating healthcare costs while improving the overall health and wellness of city employees and their families. The new Midtown Clinic for city employees opened this afternoon. 

Family practice physician, Dr. Trevor Jacobson says the hallmark of Salt Lake City’s Midtown Clinic is that visits will be longer and more personalized, similar to small-town family practices.

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Business & Labor
5:52 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

SLC Downtown Alliance Aims to Build on Momentum from City Creek Center

A fountain at City Creek Center during the holiday shopping season.
Andrea Smardon

Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance held its first annual Downtown Symposium Tuesday. City leaders gathered to review the past year, and talk about what’s to come for Utah’s capital city.

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KUER Local News
5:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Video: Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance Names Winner of "I Am Downtown" Video Contest

A screengrab from the winning video in the Downtown Alliance "I Am Downtown" contest

The Downtown Alliance has named Connor Rickman's video of a medieval woodsman that gets transported to downtown Salt Lake as the winner of their "I Am Downtown" video contest. For winning Rickman will receive a $5,000 prize. Check out the video below:

Local Government
2:45 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Salt Lake City Parking Meters Still Down

It could be another couple of weeks before Salt Lake City parking meters are back in working order. A spokesman for the mayor’s office says the city is trying to determine why the big blue meters stopped accepting credit cards on Friday. 

City officials turned off the meters after receiving several calls about the issue. Spokesman Art Raymond says they’re not sure whether it is a software or hardware breakdown, but the city will figure out who’s responsible to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Business & Labor
9:02 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Okays Property Tax Increase

The Salt Lake City Council approved the city’s $200 million budget yesterday, which includes an $8 million property-tax hike.  The council approved the increase despite Mayor Ralph Becker’s objections. 

Outgoing Councilwoman Jill Remington Love says the city has had to make tough budget decisions in the past few years. Because of a weak economy, rising health care costs and retirement, it’s now dealing with a dire structural deficit. 

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Education
11:31 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Salt Lake City School Board Approves Tax Hike

Salt Lake City residents will see an increase in their property taxes next year to help pay for area public schools. The Salt Lake City School Board approved the hike on Tuesday, saying the additional revenues will fill a gap in the statewide education budget lawmakers passed this year. 

Despite a 2 percent increase in per pupil spending by the state for the 2013-2014 school year, members of the Salt Lake City School Board say it’s not enough to pay the bills.

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Education
4:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

SLC Library Selects New Executive Director

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The Salt Lake City Public Library named an Illinois native John Spears as its new executive director on Thursday. The selection follows a year-long, nationwide recruitment process that began after the library’s former executive director stepped down. 

Thirty-nine-year-old John Spears comes to Salt Lake City after leading a public library system in the Chicago suburb of Naperville for about two years. Library Board President Kevin Werner says he was looking for an effective collaborator, communicator and manager who can think strategically about the future.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:23 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

New Urbanism Convention Comes to Utah

Convention goers map out plan for Sugar House neighborhood.

City planners, designers and developers from across the country are in Salt Lake City through Saturday to discuss how to build more walkable, transit-oriented and sustainable neighborhoods. The Congress for the New Urbanism brought its annual convention to Salt Lake City this year. 

The New Urbanism philosophy harkens back to neighborhoods designed before the automobile existed. The pedestrian-centered balance of jobs, housing and transportation is intended to rein in urban sprawl and relieve traffic congestion.

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Public Safety
3:53 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Report Shows SLC Women Worried About Safety

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission Chair Sabina Zunguze.

Women who live in Salt Lake City are regularly concerned about their safety while getting around town according to a new report released today by the city’s Human Rights Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights.

The report is called The Status of Women in Salt Lake City. In it are the perspectives of more than 600 women from across the socio-economic spectrum on challenges they face.  Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says a woman’s lens of the world is different from that of a man’s.

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Education
12:12 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Salt Lake City School District Weighs Tax Hike

The Salt Lake City School Board discussed the possibility of a property tax increase last night. District officials say a 3.47 percent increase is needed to sustain current programs and provide a salary increase for teachers. 

The property tax increase amounts to an additional $12.65 a year for a taxpayer who owns a $100,000 home. 

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Business & Labor
11:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Okays 1100 East Streetcar Route

Councilman Charlie Luke talks to residents who are upset over the council's decision to adopt the 1300 east streetcar alignment.

In a four-to-three decision the Salt Lake City council adopted the Sugar House Streetcar alignment recommended by a consulting firm the city hired to study the project. In other words, the second phase of the streetcar will be routed north on 1100 east despite fierce opposition. But members of the council who favor that route say it’s in the best interest of the city as a whole to move forward.

Sugar House resident Mark Unruh says he doesn’t understand the council’s decision.

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KUER Local News
12:25 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out for Public Hearing on Streetcar

Most Salt Lake City residents and local businesses in Sugar House do not like the streetcar alignment favored by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of Salt Lake City council members.  At least that’s the takeaway from last night’s public hearing at city hall, where several hundred people shuffled in hoping to have a say in the project.

The question before the council is this: Should the second phase of the Sugar House Streetcar travel east up 2100 south or north along 1100 east.

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12:12 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 22, 2013

Runners at the Salt Lake City Marathon honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Utah Legislature will not override Governor Herbert’s veto of a controversial gun bill, and the billionaire owner of the Snowbasin ski resort dies.

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Public Safety
5:11 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

SLC Police Department Re-Evaluates Security for SLC Marathon

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank speaks to media outside of the Public Safety Building
Brian Grimmett

In the aftermath of the explosions at the Boston Marathon today the Salt Lake City Police Department is clarifying their security plans for this weekend’s Salt Lake City Marathon.

The Salt Lake City Police Department says the Salt Lake City Marathon will proceed as planed this Saturday. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says they don’t anticipate a need to increase the security presence that has already been planned either.

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Business & Labor
4:17 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

City Expands Glass Recycling With New Facility

Utah State Law Library

More Salt Lake City residents are recycling glass since curbside pickup started last fall. Today city officials celebrated the grand opening of a new facility that will increase the city’s capacity to process the glass and yield a more sustainable end product. 

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12:21 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 9, 2013

Salt Lake City launches a new bike sharing program, outdoor businesses call on the president to protect land around Utah’s national parks, and a wind storm brings gusts up to 50 miles an hour to the Wasatch front.

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Business & Labor
3:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Salt Lake City Launches Bike Share Program

Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen with a bike Salt Lake City's new GREENbike program.

Salt Lake City officially launched its much-anticipated  bike share program today. It’s called GREENbike and it offers unlimited short-term trips between stations scattered across the city. 

GREENbike is not quite a rental system. With memberships ranging from $5 a day to $75 a year, users pick up a bike at one of the solar-powered kiosks. But instead of chaining it to a corral or storing it at an office, the user returns it to the nearest kiosk for someone else to use. 

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Business & Labor
6:25 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Median Priced Home Sales Heat Up in Salt Lake County

Sold home in popular 15th and 15th area of Salt Lake City
Bob Nelson

The latest sales figures for median-priced single-family homes and condominiums in Salt Lake County shows a 20 percent increase compared to the same time last year. It’s a seller’s market, according to Dave Frederickson - President of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. He says the number of homes on the market is limited right now. In particular, homes in the median price range of $250,000 and below are selling quickly.

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KUER Local News
9:36 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Raises Fees to Use Athletic Fields

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Community sports teams will have to reserve Salt Lake City playing fields by the hour this spring, rather than in week-long blocks like they did in the past; concession stands will also have to pay more to set up shop. The Salt Lake City council voted last night to update the fee structure to accommodate an increased demand for fields.   

Councilwoman Jill Remington Love says the change is not about increasing revenue, but freeing up limited fields for competing groups looking for a place to play.

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KUER Local News
11:27 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

City Weighs Pros and Cons of Athletic Field Changes

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The Salt Lake City Council will take more time to deliberate proposed fee and scheduling changes to the city’s in-demand athletic fields. The decision to pause comes after a scheduled public hearing on the issue where about a dozen people spoke for and against some of the changes.

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KUER Local News
3:02 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

UTA, UDOT, and Salt Lake City Kick Off the Year of the Bike

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of other regional and state leaders joined together to announce several new projects and events that will make riding a bike throughout the county easier and safer. Becker says they’ve received more positive feedback from their bike initiatives over the past few years than anything else and that this year it will only get better.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Salt Lake City, Ogden Mayors Propose Air Quality Measures

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell give their clean air proposals at the State Capitol
Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell at the State capitol today in announcing their ideas on how government on both the local and state level can help improve air quality.

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KUER Local News
1:58 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Salt Lake City Announces Contest to Name Street

Salt Lake City is inviting the public to come up with a name for a new mid-block street between the Salt Lake City public library and the new public safety building.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined the city’s police and fire chiefs and the new community and economic development director outside the city Library to announce the opening of a contest to name the street. Anyone interested in pitching an idea can go to the public safety building page of the city’s website. Becker says the possibilities are limitless.

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Business & Labor
5:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Yellow Cab Seeks Fare Hike Amid Lawsuit

After losing out on a contract with Salt Lake City to provide taxi cab service to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Yellow Cab taxi service is calling for the city to increase the company’s cab rates. But the Department of Airports, which is responsible for recommending rate changes to the Salt Lake City Council, says the request will not be granted.

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KUER Local News
1:14 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Salt Lake City Mayor Announces 2013 Agenda

2013 is the year of the bike for Salt Lake City. That's one commitment Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker outlined in his annual state of the city address last night. 

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KUER Local News
1:15 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Salt Lake City Officials Celebrate MLK Day With Service

Carlton Christensen and Ben McAdams sort canned food.
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Salt Lake City council and newly elected Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined volunteers to give a helping hand at the Utah Food Bank today. The event was part of a day of service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s kind of hard but it’s fun. We’ve been kicking the boxes around pretending that we’re playing soccer and everyone’s in a good mood because we’re all hyped up on coffee and donuts,” says Laurel Conde.

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KUER Local News
10:54 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Chair Looks Back on 2012

In 2012, Salt Lake City moved forward with a new Broadway style theater, outlined a plan to guide the historic preservation process and revamped downtown parking to name a few highlights. Outgoing Salt Lake City Council Chair Soren Simonson says it’s been a year of “progress.”

Simonson says he thinks the most notable initiative was the adoption of a historic preservation plan, which includes more incentives for preservation, rather than strict regulations.

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KUER Local News
10:07 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Nears Completion

Salt Lake City’s new public safety building is expected to produce as much energy as it uses and bring the city’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Operations Departments closer together.  Media donned hard hats and bright orange vests last week to tour the the building, which  is slated for completion this June.

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KUER Local News
5:32 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Salt Lake City Considers Funding for Incubator Kitchen

It’s been branded as a way to help refugees in Salt Lake City establish a foundation for a restaurant business and inspire diverse fare, but it’s also a way to boost the local economy. The Salt Lake City council tonight will consider providing some start-up funds for the construction of what’s known as an “incubator kitchen” downtown at The Leonardo.  

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Developing
1:33 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat

Jim Dabakis speaks to delegates in the Salt Lake County Council chamber
Brian Grimmett

With 67 votes in the second round of voting, Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman, Jim Dabakis, narrowly beat outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in the special election for Utah’s 2nd Senate district. Dabakis will replace Senator Ben McAdams who is leaving with two years left in his term after winning the election for Salt Lake County Mayor.

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