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Man stands in front of large black cylinder surrounded by concrete above and below it.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

There’s a roughly 50% chance that a magnitude 6 or larger earthquake will shake the Wasatch Front in the next half century. And many older structures would not withstand it.

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Monday evening, December 30, 2019

A photo of a poster, displayed in a restaurant window and featuring a bearded man, reads refugees are welcome here.
Kelsie Moore / RadioWest Films

Tooele County is the latest Utah group to tell the Trump administration that it welcomes refugees. The county’s three commissioners signed a letter Monday that was sent to President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

Photo of cases of beer on store shelves.
Elaine Clark / KUER

From the inland port to ballot initiatives to beer, KUER’s reporters have been following 2019’s biggest stories. Political reporter Nicole Nixon and education reporter Rocio Hernandez joined Caroline Ballard to discuss the issues they’ve been following.

A pastor stands in an empty church
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Monday morning, December 30, 2019

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

Doug Hronek was driving home to Heber City through Provo Canyon about five years ago when he tuned his car radio to a conversation about unique investment opportunities. 

An electric car sits at a row of charging stations.
Brian Albers / KUER

Friday evening, December 27, 2019

Close up of street car at a station.
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Friday morning, December 27, 2019

The lack of access to nutritious food is a major issue across Indian Country. One program in Nevada is looking to increase healthy habits among youth on reservations and the rural communities surrounding them.

Four men in suits and hard hats shovel dirt for a groundbreaking.
Jon Reed / KUER

20 companies took advantage of the state’s 2019 tax rebate program. They’re bringing nearly 10,000 high-paying and over $300 million in state revenue with them over the next 15 years, according to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). 

The North Cascades Insitute strayed from its mission by hosting expensive wedding packages, the audit from the U.S. Interior Department's Office of the Inspector General concluded.
North Cascades National Park via Twitter

Since the 1960s, the National Park Service has partnered with nonprofit organizations to provide environmental education services to the public. But a recent audit from the U.S. Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General found that some of these Residential Environmental Learning Centers have strayed from their original mission .

A historic Mormon temple sits on a snowy hill.
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Thursday morning, December 26, 2019

Photo of Rob Bishop.
KUER File

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is requesting immediate hearings on his bill to prohibit the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service from funding international conservation groups that support violations of human rights.

Snow covers a tree-lined road.
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Tuesday evening, December 24, 2019

A decorative road sign reads “Welcome to Moab, Grand County, Utah.”
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

Grand County voters will be asked to approve a new form of government next year, or revert to a three-member commission. The option on the ballot will likely be a five-member council, with all members elected at-large, and a county manager, as suggested by a study committee last week. 

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Tuesday morning, December 24, 2019

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Brian Albers / KUER

Monday evening, December 23, 2019

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iStock

The federal government has given Utah’s “Fallback Plan” on Medicaid Expansion the go ahead, bringing a long and drawn-out process closer — though not all the way — to its end. 

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

The night earlier this month when the Utah legislature passed a sweeping tax reform bill, former Republican state Rep. Fred Cox was watching intently on his phone. 

Photo of a drilling rig on Bureau of Land Management lands in Wyoming.
Bureau of Land Management

After a long hiatus, a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to rescind regulations on hydraulic fracturing on public lands is moving forward. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is scheduled to hear oral arguments in January after prominent conservation groups, including the Sierra Club, filed suit in 2018.

Monday morning, December 23, 2019

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Coalville and West Valley City are the latest Utah communities to commit to transitioning to 100% net-renewable energy use by 2030. There are now 20 local governments participating in the statewide effort.

Photo of a boy walking in the desert at sunset.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

Southwest Utah is facing a lack of affordable housing — and it’s getting worse. But homelessness there doesn’t always look how you might imagine. Earlier this year, KUER’s Southwest News Bureau reporter David Fuchs told the story of Cory and Skip Stahr and their son Seren, who were living in a trailer in the desert. 

Photo of Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via Flickr

Friday afternoon, December 20, 2019

Image of separate photos of Mitt Romney and Rob Bishop cropped together.
KUER file

Call it the Red Rock Rumble. 

Utah Republicans Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Rob Bishop introduced legislation this week to designate 289,000 acres in an Illinois national forest as wilderness. It’s Republicans’ latest retort to an ongoing effort to create new wilderness areas in Utah state.

Photo of dancers on stage in brightly colored costumes.
Courtesy Ballet West

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Salt Lake City dance company Ballet West performing Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker. In recent years, there’s been a push to update some of its choreography and costumes deemed racist. One of the most-well known of these scenes is the ballet’s Chinese tea dance. Adam Sklute is the artistic director for Ballet West, and he has helped to modernize the Nutcracker. 

Photo of names on a board.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Friday morning, December 20, 2019

Photo of a historic firehouse that has been converted into a brewery.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Craft beers and microbreweries are a staple along the Wasatch Front and around the West, but that hasn’t been the case in this fast-growing city. Until now. 

Photo of airplanes outside the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Brian Albers / KUER

Thursday evening, December 19, 2019

Photo illustration showing a calculator and stethoscope on top of documents.
BrianAJackson via iStock

A federal court struck down a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Wednesday, signalling more uncertainty for a law that has been in and out of the courts since it first passed in 2010.

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