KRCL Music Blog

VoxPop: Affordable Housing Goes Where?

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

Fairpark CC

Salt Lake City has announced a 5,000 doors campaign to add that many affordable housing units in the Capital City. Will those units be spread across the city or, as some fear, concentrated on the city’s west side. City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa attended Thursday night’s Fairpark Community Council meeting to get feedback from residents. Here’s some of what they had to say:


VoxPop Affordable Housing SLC     



Just One Question: Is a Poetry Slam More Beat Poets or Punk Rock?

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

wasatch wordsmiths

The Salt City Poetry Slam Finals—featuring nationally-recognized Lexus Verses and Flow poet Tim Toaster Henderson—are coming up Tuesday, March 31st, at the Off Broadway Theater in downtown SLC. The top 5 performance poets will represent Salt Lake City at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA, in August. Now, if it’s been awhile since you saw any poetry slammed in front of you, you may have just one question about what to expect  – is it more beat poets or punk rock? Gray of Wasatch Wordsmiths says it’s all in the presentation:


J1Q Poetry Slam Finals Tuesday Night     


The Salt City Poetry Slam Finals featuring Tim Toaster Henderson start at 8 p.m. $7 General Admission. $5 for students. Teachers/educators get in free!

Punk Rock Farmer: Pest Management

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
KRCL's Punk Rock Farmer
Wondering how to manage pests in the garden and keep it organic? Find out in the latest edition of the Punk Rock Farmer with KRCL volunteer Aldine. Special guest: USU professor and entomologist Diane Alston.


PRF Pest Management     



KRCL, Veteran Journalist Seek Seniors for Pilot News Project Covering SLC Government

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to tap the life experience and community values of seniors, 90.9fm KRCL and veteran journalist Matt LaPlante will offer a one-hour workshop on citizen journalism at the Salt Lake City Liberty Senior Center, 251 East 700 South, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 31.

“It is time for us to take control of the messages being sent about our communities,” said LaPlante, who was the national security reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune from 2005-2011. Since joining the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University in 2011, the third-generation newspaperman has been teaching the next generation of reporters while researching citizen journalism in the post-professional media age.

With the rise of social media and the spread of smart phones, “citizens have the tools now to be the messengers,” he said, an idea he explored in his provocative talk at TedExUSU, Why superman must die so Clark Kent may live, last year.

LaPlante will be joined in Tuesday’s workshop by Lara Jones, KRCL’s manager of community content. Together, they will work with seniors to attend and observe public meetings, then report their findings to the community through KRCL.

“Seniors care about the community and have a lifetime of experience through which to view and analyze the actions of office holders as they discuss policy, vote on ordinances, and make decisions that affect the people they represent,” Jones said. “We’re excited to see what this project yields and, if it’s sustainable, expand it.”


Liberty Senior Center is part of Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, which seeks to promote independence through advocacy, engagement and access to resources.


Established in 1979 as 90.9fm KRCL, Listeners Community Radio of Utah is northern Utah’s only non-profit, member-supported public radio station dedicated to broadcasting a well-curated, contemporary-eclectic mix of music and community information 24-hours-a-day.


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The R.O.I.: Ruby Chacon & Horizonte Students

March 26, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

Ruby Chacon and students at work

Artist Ruby Chacon (center) works with students on a
new mural at Horizonte Instruction & Training Center.


The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community.

In April, Horizonte Instruction & Training Center will award $80,000 in scholarships to students. Of the 5,000-6,000 students who attend each year, 90 % live at or near the poverty level. It is their stories that artist Ruby Chacon and Horizonte students are memorializing in a new mural at the school. Learn more in this edition of The R.O.I.:


The ROI Ruby Chacon Horizonte Mural     


Ruby Chacon mural on Horizonte building

A Chacon mural greets students at the entrance
to the school, which sits just north of The Bees
ballpark in Salt Lake City.


Just One Question: Will Everyone Have Access to Google Fiber

March 24, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones


Google Fiber truck for SLC.

Against the backdrop of the Salt Lake City & County Building, the Google Fiber truck is ready to go.

It’s already in Provo, and now Google Fiber is coming to Salt Lake City. All the usual hoopla came with Tuesday’s announcement—from big hopes that companies will move or expand here to expectations for super-fast movie download times. I mean, we’re talking speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second or 100-times faster than the average internet speed out there. That’s great, but KRCL’s Lara Jones has just one question – will everyone have access to Google Fiber?


J1Q Google Fiber     


To sign up for info about the progress of Google Fiber in SLC, click here.


SLC Mayor Ralph Becker (left) and Devin Baer, associate city manager of Google Fiber in Salt Lake City.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker (left) and Devin Baer, associate city manager of Google Fiber in Salt Lake City.

The R.O.l.: Non-Profits and Love Utah Give Utah

March 23, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones


The R.O.I. brings your stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in Utah. This time, KRCL’s Lara Jones runs the numbers on non-profits and Love Utah Give Utah, which happens this Thursday (3/26/15):


The ROI Love Utah Give Utah     


poster pic




Just One Question: Signs of the Apocalypse Overhead?

March 22, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones


Spring in SLC

Trees in bloom on 900 South, near Liberty Park. (Photo: Lara Jones)

With the true debut of spring Friday, March 20, the sky above is a busy place these days. There was a spring equinox, a solar eclipse and a super moon—all in one day.  KRCL’s Lara Jones has just one question – is it a sign of the apocalypse? For the skinny on what’s happening overhead, she spoke with Robert Bigelow of Clark Planetarium:


J1Q Spring Heavens Above     


Links to astronomy clubs, which host star parties in Utah:


More info on the webpage for Clark Planetarium:

Punk Rock Farmer: Pruning Tips

March 22, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The latest adventure from Aldine, KRCL’s Punk Rock Farmer, gives you practical tips for pruning in the garden.. Featured guest: Shawn Olsen, USU Extension Office, who was one of the subject matter experts during a recent workshop at Wheeler Farm.

VoxPop: Police Use of Force Dialogues

March 19, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The SLC Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights, hosted three community dialogues on police use of force this month. Here’s some of what people had to say after the final dialogue, Know Your Rights, held Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Sorenson Unity Center.


Vox Pop Know Your Rights1     


Vox Pop Know Your Rights2     


Vox Pop Know Your Rights3     


Recordings of SLC’s police use of force forums (presentations only):


Fair and Equal Treatment Feb 25 2015 SLC Library     


Police training March 4 2015 Lincoln Elementary     


Know Your Rights March 18 2015 Sorenson Unity Center     


Keep listening for more voices of the people on your community connection, 90.9FM KRCL.