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Photo of the Road Home Shelter.
Jon Reed / KUER

After the Road Home shelter closed last month, homeless advocates worried there wouldn’t be enough beds. Now, recent reports say some of the 700 available beds at three new resource centers in Salt Lake County are going empty.

Construction through fence at West Jordan fulfillment center.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

Amazon has revolutionized online shopping — scroll, click and your package arrives in just a day or two. Amazon’s products get funnelled through fulfillment centers, where workers quickly sort, pack and ship them. 

Photo of houses in Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers / KUER

Utah is often praised for its ability to weather economic storms that can hit other parts of the country much harder. But it hasn’t been able to protect itself from an issue plaguing many growing American cities and counties: rising housing costs. 

Photo of the Utah Theater.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Despite calls to save the Utah Theater downtown, Salt Lake City plans to move ahead with selling the property to a developer who plans to build a 375-foot skyscraper in its place.

Erin Mendenhall gestures in front of City Hall.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Salt Lake City voters chose Erin Mendenhall as their new mayor last week. The two-term city councilwoman beat State Sen. Luz Escamilla with 58% of the vote. KUER’s Nicole Nixon sat down with the mayor-elect of Utah’s capital city to talk about the race, the transition, and where Mendenhall plans to start.

Photo of downtown Salt Lake City.
Brian Albers / KUER

For years, Salt Lake City leaders have set aggressive goals to shift the city’s energy use to net-100% renewable sources. But the date of that goal becoming a reality has been a moving target, and current mayor Jackie Biskupski is warning that both of her potential successors’ ambitions to finalize the transition by 2023 is unrealistic. 

Brian Albers / KUER

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is wrapping up her first and only term at the end of this year. She made history as the city’s first openly gay mayor when she was elected in 2015. But she also clashed publicly with members of the city council and Gov. Gary Herbert during her time in office on issues like homelessness and the planned inland port. KUER’s Nicole Nixon went to City Hall to talk with Biskupski about her time in office.  

Police vehicle with emergency lights flashing at night.
Brian Albers / KUER

The Salt Lake City Council met Tuesday night for the first of two public meetings this month. Apart from the standard fare on the agenda — things like budget amendments, road closures, and zoning changes — they also talked about adding new less-lethal shotguns to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s arsenal.

Photo of KUER's Mayoral Candidate Conversations.
Brian Albers/KUER

We know a couple things already about who the capital city’s next mayor will be. She’ll be a Democrat, and she’ll be a woman. Over the next four years, she’ll also have the chance to lead the city on big issues like air quality, homelessness and the inland port.

Photo of protesters and CECY sign.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Updated 6:33 p.m. MDT 9/3/19

A Salt Lake City activist has avoided deportation — for now — following protests against her removal last week, an immigrant rights group said Tuesday.

Photo of mailer.
KUER

Salt Lake City voters and mayoral candidates alike have disavowed tactics by a new political action committee (PAC) which targeted some candidates over the weekend. But according to one political scientist, the controversial mailers and messages could move the needle in a close municipal primary.

Photo of city building.
Brian Albers / KUER

Eight candidates have spent more than $1 million combined on the race for Salt Lake City mayor.

Photo of candidates on stage.
Screenshot KSL

The inland port has become a central issue in this year’s Salt Lake City mayoral race and has the eight candidates considering how they would work with state Republican leaders on the project.

Photo of new shelter.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Construction delays at two of three new Salt Lake area homeless shelters are prompting concern from community members. They were scheduled to start serving clients on July 1. But in mid-June, officials with the Utah Department of Workforce Services revised that plan, pushing the opening dates back by several weeks. 

Photo of dancers.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

This weekend, immigration officials are looking to deport as many as 2,000 migrant families in major U.S. cities including Denver, Miami and Chicago.

Photo of air pollution over the Great Salt Lake.
Brian Albers / KUER

While air quality has been on the decline nationwide over the last two years, Utah has seen mixed results in the state’s efforts to rein in pollution.

Rebecca Ellis / KUER

Members of Utah’s LGBTQ community marched through downtown Salt Lake Sunday for the city's annual Pride Parade. And the corporate sponsors were right behind them.

Photo of flag at city hall.
Erik Neumann / KUER

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski proclaimed May 28 to June 2 as Pride Week in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Her announcement kicks off a week of celebrations aimed at the LGBTQ community in the capital and beyond.

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. 

Photo of Phil Sarnoff.
Courtesy Bike Utah

The nonprofit Bike Utah recently held its annual Bike Summit, with its largest-ever audience. Morning Edition Host Diane Maggipinto spoke with Bike Utah Executive Director Phil Sarnoff on the state of cycling in Utah, and the perennial priority — and obstacle — to building a biking future.

Photo of Mayor.
Julia Ritchey / KUER

Updated 4:56 p.m. MDT 3/18/19

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says a family situation led her to withdraw her bid for a second term, an abrupt reversal that leaves the mayoral race wide-open.

Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Salt Lake City has invested $2 million into two housing projects in the city’s east and west sides.

One project will create 75 permanent supportive housing units for people who are transitioning out of homelessness. It is the first housing development of its kind in a decade, the city said.

Photo of Georgia Apartments.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Salt Lake City prosecutors have filed 15 misdemeanor charges against Carol Lunt, the owner and landlord of the Georgia Apartments building, which was deemed unsafe for habitation by the city’s fire marshal this week.

Photo of panelists.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Cedric Primous has felt like an outsider since moving to Utah two years ago.

Photo of protesters.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

On a recent chilly Monday night, a trio of protesters, joined by a golden retriever named Winston and a 4-year-old boy who responds to the nickname “Tiny Resister,” stood on the edge of Reservoir Park in Salt Lake City.

Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Clay Boss’ bad luck started in 2010 after he suffered a bad accident that left him unable to keep working as a truck driver.

Photo of Utah Olympic Park.
Brian Grimmett / KUER

With Salt Lake City now officially in the running for another Winter Olympics, officials are now looking at ways to protect the region’s biggest asset: cold weather.

The U.S. Olympic Committee could decide this week which Mountain West city could host the 2030 Winter Games. But both cities have a complicated history when it comes to the Olympics.

Kidus Yohannes
Courtesy Salt Lake City Police

A man who Salt Lake City police say is a person of interest in a Nov. 8 fatal stabbing was seen on the University of Utah campus Wednesday morning.

Photo of Dino House.
Claire Jones / KUER

Some people go all out for Halloween costumes, putting hours into huge, elaborate outfits. Others prefer to dress up something else — their front yard. One Salt Lake family has been pulling out over-the-top decorations for the past six years, this year featuring a massive T-Rex, front and center.

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