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The R.O.I. on Libertas Institute

May 16, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Connor Boyack is executive director of Libertas Institute, a free market think tank out of Lehi, Utah, that championed libertarian causes from police reform to medical marijuana this past legislative session. KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with Boyack recently to find out a bit more about the institute’s politics and goals for this edition of The R.O.I.:

 

ROI on Libertas Institute     

 

Extended Interview with Connor Boyack - Libertas Institute     

 

Libertas Institute will hold the first of several public forums on medical marijuana Tuesday, May 19, at the Wildcat Theater on the campus of Weber State University.  The first meeting will focus on law enforcement, criminal justice, and banking regulatory issues. See details below:

Where: Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building, Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84408

When: Tuesday, May 19, 7-8:30pm

Who: Senator Mark Madsen, sponsor of Utah legislation; Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill; 22-year undercover Utah narcotics agent Allen Larsen; Christine Stenquist, director of Drug Policy Project of Utah; and Marc Roberts, president of a high-risk payment processing company.

 

 

Legislative Update: Interim Committees Start May 20th

May 15, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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While lawmakers meet in general session for 45 days from January to March each year, they hold regular interim committee hearings the rest of the year starting. With those meetings set to start May 20, KRCL’s Lara Jones asked Jenn Gonnelly from the League of Women Voters of Utah to walk through the basics of interim and how it’s a bit different this time around:

 

Legislative Update - May 2015 preview     

 

Resources:

 

The R.O.I. on Living Traditions

May 13, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Living Traditions original program (left) to the 2015 poster (right).

The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. If that sounds like someone you know, please let us know. Send an email with details and contact information to TheROI@krcl.org. Then listen for more from The R.O.I. on your community connection, 90.9fm, KRCL.

KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with Carol Edison and Craig Miller, who have been part of Salt Lake City’s annual Living Traditions folk festival since it began 30 years ago. Carol finds craftspeople to demonstrate their skills, while Craig seeks out music and dance troupes to perform. Add in the ethnic food vendors, Carole says, and you create the opportunity for great community stories:

 

ROI on Living Traditions     

 

Extended interview Carol Edison_Craig Miller     

 

Living Traditions is held at Washington Square, 450 S. 200 E., Salt Lake City. It’s free and open to the public Friday, May 15, 5 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, noon – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, noon – 7 p.m. Look for the KRCL booth and tell us where you’re from and what cultural traditions you still observe. Then listen for a VoxPop featuring you and your neighbors next week on 90.9FM KRCL.

 

The R.O.I. on Senator Mark Madsen

May 13, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. If that sounds like someone you know, please let us know. Send an email with details and contact information to TheROI@krcl.org. Then listen for more from The R.O.I. on your community connection, 90.9fm, KRCL.

Medical Marijuana is one of four topics that will be studied by the Health & Human Services interim committee this summer. In fact, it’s on the committee’s agenda for its May 20th meeting. Senator Mark Madsen, the Republican lawmaker from Utah County who introduced a medical marijuana bill during the 2015 legislative session, says legalization in Utah hinges on separating medical necessity from recreational usage:

 

ROI on Senator Mark Madsen     

 

Madsen will be a panelist in the Libertas Institute townhall “Medical Cannabis in Utah: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, and Banking” May 19 at Weber State University. Use the player below for a longer conversation on medical marijuana with Madsen and Christine Stenquist, executive director of the Drug Policy Project of Utah.

ROI - Madsen and Stenquist Extended Interview     

The ROI on Drug Policy Project of Utah

May 13, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Christine Stenquist is the executive director of the Drug Policy Project of Utah, which is working to reform drug policy. It’s personal for the Kaysville mother of four, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 24. After years of prescription medications providing little to no relief for the pain and nausea associated with her illness and its treatment, she tells KRCL’s Lara Jones that she finally turned to marijuana:

 

ROI - Utah Drug Policy Project     

 

Stenquist will be a panelist in the Libertas Institute townhall “Medical Cannabis in Utah: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, and Banking” May 19 at Weber State University.

 

Use the player below for a longer conversation on medical marijuana with Stenquist and Sen. Mark Madsen (R-District 13, Salt Lake/Utah Counties):

 

ROI - Madsen and Stenquist Extended Interview     

Punk Rock Farmer Visits Kids Tending to Community Garden at McGillis School

May 12, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
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Al, KRCL’s Punk Rock Farmer, took a field trip to the community garden at The McGillis School. Check it out! If you’ve got a garden or know of a cool urban farming story, email it to PunkRockFarmer23@gmail.com.

Just One Question: What Gear Do You Need to Bike to Work?

May 12, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
Hande Torgul, ready to push off for her morning commute by bike.

Hande Togrul, ready to push off for her morning commute by bike.

 

Not only is it National Bike Month, but this week is National Bike to Work Week. For KRCL’s Lara Jones, this brings to mind just one question – what stuff do you pack or wear for a successful bike commute? KRCL listener Hande Togrul answers this question. She lives in Salt Lake City and has been commuting by bike since 2005. As she geared up for her morning commute earlier this week, she talked with Jones about why she likes to bike to work and how comfortable she feels riding in the 5th most bicycle friendly state:

 

 

If you have a question, send it to justonequestion@krcl.org. Then listen for the answer here on your community connection, 90.9fm, KRCL.

 

Hande packs her donkey boxes for the morning commute.

Hande packs her “donkey” boxes for the morning commute.

 

RadioActive with Loud & Clear: Women of Color

May 12, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones

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Throughout the month of May, RadioActive is hosted by SpyHop’s Loud & Clear Youth Radio.

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015: Loud and Clear Youth Radio host Zac Tipton sits down with Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-24, Salt Lake City) and Debra Daniels, Director of Women’s Resource Center and Assistant VP for Women’s Enrollment Initiatives at the University of Utah, to discuss the challenges women of color face when pursuing leadership roles in the community. They talk about racism, the importance of mentorship, and ways in which other women of color may achieve their personal and professional goals.

 

RadioActive Loud&Clear Women of Color     

 

 

Just One Question: Is It Time for Sprinklers Yet?

May 11, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
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It was a mild winter here in Utah, which means the snowpack isn’t what it should be as we head into the warmer weather of summer. But there was snow at the top of the Snowbird tram on Mother’s Day, and Salt Lake City got nearly two inches of rain last week. So, as we all start working in the yard, planting flowers and tending gardens, KRCL’s Lara Jones has just one question – is it time to turn on the sprinklers yet? To answer that question, Jones spoke with Josh Palmer of the Utah Division of Water Conservation, a partner in Utah’s Slow the Flow Save H2O program.

 

J1Q on Sprinkler Season     

 

If you’ve got a question, Jones is happy to find an answer for you. Send it to justonequestion@krcl.org. Then listen for the answer on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.

The R.O.I. on Paint-a-Thon — Call for Nominations

May 8, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, but doing so can be difficult when one’s income and health start to fall off. As part of the 25th anniversary of its annual Paint-a-Thon service project, Zions Bank is inviting the public to nominate up to half of the 50 homes its employees will spruce up with a fresh coat of exterior paint. KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with Zions Bank spokesman Rob Brough to find out how to nominate someone for Paint-a-thon:

 

ROI on Paint-a-thon     

 

 

NOTE: To qualify for consideration, homeowners must meet federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income guidelines, detailed on Zions Bank’s zBlog, zionsbankblog.com — which includes the link to the nomination form. Home nominations are due by May 13, 2015.  For additional information, email: ZionsBankEvents@zionsbank.com.