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Kilby Court Celebrates 20 Years in Salt Lake City

May 8, 2019


Salt Lake City’s longest-running all-ages music venue, Kilby Court, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 11. It’s more than a celebration of local arts in the valley — it’s also a marker of social change. KUER’s Roddy Nikpour spoke with one of the current owners of Kilby Court, Will Sartain, and Phil Sherburne, the original — and accidental — founder of Kilby Court. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski presented the City Council with a $330 million budget plan that calls for prioritizing funding for roads, housing, transit and police force for the 2020 fiscal year.

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The newest collection from Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal is now in print. Inside Nightingale, Rekdal’s lyric essay reimagines the ancient poet Ovid’s epic on change.  She talks about that influence and the song bird as symbolic and transformative in this sixth collection.  In this first half, KUER’s Diane Maggipinto spoke with her about the process of writing, and advocating for literature in the arts as poetry ambassador.

Samuel Bowles, Across the Contintent

In the second part of the  conversation, KUER’s Diane Maggipinto asked the Utah Poet Laureate about her latest work.

Paisley Rekdal spent the better part of a year writing an epic poem called  “West: A Translation” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the driving of the spike that completed the transcontinental railroad.

Her wide-reaching research connected her with the experiences of Chinese laborers, who were first welcomed and then shunned

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Erik Neumann / KUER

Officials from the Salt Lake City Police Department announced today that they had cleared a 10-year backlog of sexual assault evidence known as “rape kits.”  

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Immigrants shouldn’t be afraid of a controversial question about citizenship status that could be included on next year’s national headcount, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said during a Salt Lake City visit Tuesday.

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This story has been updated

One of the largest DNA crime labs in the country, Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Forensics, faces increasing scrutiny following allegations that it mishandled evidence, first in Kentucky and now in Illinois.

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Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

A United Nations environmental report released on Monday focusing on global biodiversity shows species throughout the world are declining at a rate faster than any time before in human history.

Utah Republican Chairman Derek Brown speaks after his election.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

As the Utah Republican Party’s new chairman spoke with nearly 1,000 party delegates as he campaigned for the seat, he said heard one thing over and over: “We want to unify.”

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Weber State University

Almost 29,000 students are graduating this year from Utah’s eight public colleges and universities. The graduating classes for nearly all of these public institutions have grown since last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all have seen improvement in their graduation rates.

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A state audit of seven Utah police departments found flaws in the ways some agencies store evidence with officers losing track of the money, guns, and drugs in their custody.

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A federal court has ruled that the last man in America to legally own a bump stock must hand it over to the government.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

What happened in two Utah courtrooms this week changed everything for one man who had been wrestling with a childhood trauma that had haunted him for years.

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee accused Democrats of exploiting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election in order to undermine the Trump administration.

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A controversial oil and gas advisory committee has been disbanded by the Trump administration, according to an interior department spokesperson.

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A former Draper City police lieutenant has been charged with sexually abusing a co-worker who was in the process of recovering from breast reduction surgery.

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Erik Neumann / KUER

A gun show may not be the first place you would expect to talk about suicide prevention — especially in Vernal, Utah, where firearms are deeply embedded in the local culture.  

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The United States is in the midst of the largest outbreak of measles in decades. Cases have been reported in 22 states. KUER spoke with Rich Lakin, the immunization program manager at the Utah Department of Health about what he says Utahns should know about the outbreak.

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Holly Vasic / KUER

Utah State University is celebrating the first graduates of its Outdoor Product Design and Development Program this week. This unique degree is launching students into careers even before they have time to put on caps and gowns.

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Rebecca Ellis / KUER

After a nearly seven-month long mission in the Middle East, 128 deployed service members have returned home, touching down at the Hill Air Force Base Monday morning.

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There have been no new cases of Legionnaires’ disease at a Taylorsville senior living home but residents are still waiting to find out if their water is clean enough to drink.

BYU valedictorian Matt Easton at the podium.
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During his graduation speech Friday, Brigham Young University valedictorian, Matt Easton, told his classmates  “I have come to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me to be.”

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Utah Senate

A group of conservative GOP delegates wants the party to back a symbolic resolution calling for a repeal of the state’s newly strengthened hate crimes law, which Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law last month.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

Updated 11:13 p.m. 4/26/19

The judiciary body of the United Methodist Church ruled Friday against LGBTQ clergy members and same-sex marriage in the church, upholding key parts of an earlier decision.

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Daysha Eaton / KUER

On a recent morning before Sunday services, some of Salt Lake City’s poorest residents arrive at First United Methodist Church, where Jim Ecker helps serve them an early breakfast.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

A monthly inland port meeting lasted just 15 minutes before it was canceled because of disruptive protesters Wednesday afternoon.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

The Jordan School District is projected to gain almost 10,000 new students between 2016 and 2022, making it one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

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Local Boy Scout councils in Utah will remain insulated from a rash of sex assault accusations and possible bankruptcy from settlements aimed at the organization’s national council.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Gov. Gary Herbert revealed Wednesday that he is undergoing treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, a common and treatable form of skin cancer.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The American Lung Association gives nine Utah counties failing grades for pollution in its 2019 “State of the Air” even though air quality is improving over time, according to its 20th annual report released Wednesday.