LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Utah Environment
6:18 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Utah’s National Park Losses Mitigated By Shutdown Funding

Arches National Park
Credit speclab.cr.usgs.gov

A new report released Monday shows Utah’s decision to fund the opening of the state’s national parks during the October government shutdown was worth the initial costs.

The report, released by the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior highlights the national impact of the government shutdown on communities surrounding national parks.

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Arts and Culture
6:07 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hill Air Force Base Museum To Reduce Aircraft Collection

The aerospace museum at Hill Air Force Base announced that it will be reducing its collection of aircraft and other vehicles.

Hill Air Force Base Spokesman George Jozens said the nearly 30-year-old museum will be making the aircraft available to other museums worldwide in an effort to reduce costs.

“The museum needs to reduce its collection by about 18 aircraft, three missiles and a number of different support vehicles,” Jozens said. “The reason for this is it takes money to maintain and keep those aircraft up all of the time.”

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Amy joined WUWM in January 2011 as an Announcer. She began her career interning for WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio and NPR affiliate WGVU in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also served as News Director of her college station WNUR at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining WUWM, Amy served as an announcer and reporter for Northeast Indiana Public Radio. She also worked as a full-time bilingual writer and photographer for a Spanish- and English-language publication near Chicago. As a freelance journalist, she contributed several reports to WUWM’s Lake Effect program. Amy has won several journalism awards from The Hearst Foundations and Society of Professional Journalists.

Access Utah
10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Beat Poetry on Monday's Access Utah

Ginsberg, Whalen, McClure & Snyder, taken by Walter Lerhman
Credit artmuseum.usu.edu

On Monday’s Access Utah we’ll not only talk about key writers of the Beat Generation--such as Allen Ginsburg, Philip Whalen, and Kenneth Rexroth, but we’ll hear their voices as well. John Suiter, author of “Poets on the Peaks,” a book about Beat poets and their experiences as fire lookouts in the Northwest during the 1950s, discovered some historic photographs and audio tapes during his research. 


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Elizabeth first came to WRKF as a host and board operator in 2002. Since then she has worked extensively in radio in Baton Rouge before heading south of the border to Mexico for two and a half years. She's thrilled to be home in Louisiana and back at WRKF. In her spare time she enjoys music, dancing, and talking to strangers.

Programs
8:04 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Fresh Folk- March 1

Image Provided by http://susancattaneo.com/

  On the show this week, I feature the haunting songs from Susan Cattaneo’s new release, and the 25th anniversary re-issue of Lucinda Williams’ self-titled album. I’ll also play songs from discs by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, The Hard Working Americans, and Adam Miller, among other talented artists. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.

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Arts and Culture
11:27 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Raising Spirits And Awareness At The Native American Pow Wow

A dancer competes at one of the many dance competitions during the USU pow wow.
Credit Native American Student Council

Held in the spring to celebrate the renewal of life, pow-wows have traditionally served as vehicles for sharing and preserving Native American culture.  The Native American Student Council at Utah State University will be hosting their annual pow-wow this weekend. Jason Brough, the president of this council, is Shoshone and part of the north-western band.  

“If you go to the pow-wow, there’s a lot of spirituality that’s out there. It’s very much a religious ceremony, so you can still get those same feelings. You start hearing the drum going and that, I find, inspires people to learn more about the culture,” Brough says.

Pow wows are rife with symbolism, from the traditional regalia or special dress, to the symbolism of the circle which the audience and drum group form. Regardless of your background, there is something there for everyone.  

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Access Utah
3:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Utah's Contribution to Outer Space on Friday's Access Utah

Orion engine testing at ATK's Utah facility
Credit citizensinspace.com

NASA and a team of four aerospace companies are ready for two missions that will propel humans into outer space. The space shuttle launch and Orion rocket are ready for launch towards deep space starting in early fall this year. 


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Utah Money
10:23 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Federal Cuts Not Good For Utah National Guard, Official Says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a speech Monday outlining substantial cuts to the Army's 2015 budget.
Credit http://www.defense.gov

On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed a plan to significantly cut army funding for the 2015 national budget. The plan directs where the cuts should take place, which includes shrinking the active-duty Army from 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers.

Lt. Col. Hank McIntire, with the Utah National Guard, says some of the presented cuts, such as the moving of AH 64 Apache helicopters from National Guard use to entirely active-duty army control would be a mistake.

"It's a short-term type of response to a larger issue, so we feel like we need to stop and really examine this and make sure there's input from all the players in order that we make the appropriate cuts," McIntire said. "We are not opposed to cuts at all, we understand how things are going and what the realities are. We're not opposed to that. It's just the way the cuts are being made across the board, we think that's going to be a bad move in the long-run."

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