Elaine Taylor http://upr.org en Pretty In Pink: 40-Foot-Tall Vernal Icon Gets Makeover http://upr.org/post/pretty-pink-40-foot-tall-vernal-icon-gets-makeover <p>Dinah is Utah’s pinkest dinosaur, and she may soon become the state’s prettiest now that the city of Vernal has approved a makeover for her. Dinah the dinosaur is a 40-foot-tall <em>Brontosaurus</em> (scientifically known as&nbsp;“<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/09/166665795/forget-extinct-the-brontosaurus-never-even-existed"><em>Apatosaurus</em></a>”) that sits on the east end of Vernal City. Originally built in 1958 as part of the Dine-A-Ville Motel, Dinah was given to the city in the 1990s.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:11:58 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39736 at http://upr.org Pretty In Pink: 40-Foot-Tall Vernal Icon Gets Makeover Organic Food Trend Grows In Rural Areas http://upr.org/post/organic-food-trend-grows-rural-areas <p></p><p>Organic foods used to be reserved for Chaco-wearing granola types, but these days the industry is growing quickly. New organic grocery stores have opened across the state in the past year. Logan saw the grand opening of Natural Grocers on Tuesday, a chain store that has seen success in less urban areas.<br /><br />Utah State University professor Tamara Steinitz&nbsp;says people are becoming more interested in knowing their food’s history.<br /><br />“It’s one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the food industry. People are more interested in knowing where their food comes from, how it’s grown, what’s put into it or not put into it, care of the animals, use of pesticides, hormones, things like that,” Steinitz said.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/logan" target="_blank">new store</a> was busy Tuesday afternoon, with many families and college students wandering the aisles. Many shoppers said they were excited to have a wider organic selection available. A few, like Evan, a shopper who we caught up with outside of the store are still a bit skeptical of organics. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:52:46 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39686 at http://upr.org Organic Food Trend Grows In Rural Areas Snowpack Numbers Re-Spark Debate Over Pipeline http://upr.org/post/snowpack-numbers-re-spark-debate-over-pipeline <p>Continued drought in southern Utah has once again sparked a debate over the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.</p><p>Current numbers show the statewide snowpack to be 105 percent of normal in the northern portion of the state and 80 percent in the south, with the Virgin River Basin totaling just 45 percent of normal.</p><p>The proposed pipeline would carry water from Lake Powell to the more populated southwestern corner of the state via a 140 mile pipeline. The cost of the pipeline is estimated at over $1 billion. It would essentially double the water available to the region.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:20:28 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39639 at http://upr.org Snowpack Numbers Re-Spark Debate Over Pipeline Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Small Businesses? http://upr.org/post/crowdsourcing-future-small-businesses <p>Crowdfunding for music and artistic projects has become common practice in recent years, but using an online crowdsourcing platform to fund small businesses has only recently started to gain traction.</p><p>Utah State University Professor and Director of the <a href="https://huntsman.usu.edu/ecenter/">Clark Center for Entrepreneurship</a> Mike Glauser said using crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter lets business owners bypass traditional industry mechanisms.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:31:17 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39539 at http://upr.org Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Small Businesses? Utah County Helps Residents With Spring Cleaning http://upr.org/post/utah-county-helps-residents-spring-cleaning <p>If you’re planning on doing a bit of spring cleaning this weekend, make sure you know which products are safe to throw away and which need proper hazardous waste disposal.</p><p>Utah County is trying to make the sorting process easier by offering a <a href="http://www.utahcountyonline.org/dept/Health/hhw/">special collection</a> of hazardous items this Saturday. Utah County Health Department spokesman Lance Madigan said items including old gasoline, paint, light bulbs, and electronics will be collected at the event.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:32:58 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39417 at http://upr.org Utah County Helps Residents With Spring Cleaning Season Of The Snowbird: Senior Citizens Migrating North http://upr.org/post/season-snowbird-senior-citizens-migrating-north <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Warm weather and blue skies across the state this week mark the time of year when a mass migration gets underway</span>—<span style="line-height: 1.5;">that of the snowbird. These senior citizens live part time in the warm southern parts of the U.S. and spend summers in the North.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many </span>Utahns<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> travel between the St. George region and the Wasatch Front each year. Assistant St. George City Manager Marc&nbsp;</span>Mortensen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said citizens arrive in October and leave around Easter Weekend.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:48:49 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39365 at http://upr.org Season Of The Snowbird: Senior Citizens Migrating North Wolf Management Techniques Working, Report Says http://upr.org/post/wolf-management-techniques-working-report-says <p>Wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain stable, that’s according to <a href="http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/annualrpt13/reports/FINAL_NRM-Sum2_2013.pdf">a new report</a> out Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with state agencies compiled the yearly report that looks at the status of wolf population since the species’ delisting from the endangered species list three years ago.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:11:37 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39209 at http://upr.org Wolf Management Techniques Working, Report Says New Study: Suburban Sprawl Bad For Health And Wealth http://upr.org/post/new-study-suburban-sprawl-bad-health-and-wealth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://gis.cancer.gov/tools/urban-sprawl/" style="line-height: 1.5;">new study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> conducted by Utah researchers shows the benefits of living in urban areas instead of suburban neighborhoods. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:07:24 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39102 at http://upr.org New Study: Suburban Sprawl Bad For Health And Wealth Minority Children Do Worse Than White Children In Utah And Nation http://upr.org/post/minority-children-do-worse-white-children-utah-and-nation <p>A national study looking at the welfare of children shows that children of color tend to fall behind their white peers in measurements of milestones of success. The Annie E. Casey study compared children in 12 measures of success, including birth weight, attendance of pre-k programs, and the completion of a secondary degree by the age of 29.</p><p>Results in Utah tend to reflect the rest of the nation. Terry Haven with Voices for Utah Children, a group involved in study, says children of color are over-represented in negative outcomes.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:25:42 +0000 Elaine Taylor 39047 at http://upr.org New Campaign Aims For No-Kill Status For Utah’s Shelters http://upr.org/post/new-campaign-aims-no-kill-status-utah-s-shelters <p></p><p>Utah’s kill rate for animals in shelters has dropped by nearly 30 percent in the last 15 years, and a new coalition of animal welfare groups is hoping to push that number even lower.</p><p>A new campaign titled No-Kill Utah was launched Sunday by the Best Friends Animal Society and a coalition of 36 other animal welfare groups. &nbsp;Best Friends’ CEO Gregory Castle explained the goal is for the state to reach no-kill status, which means finding homes for at least 90 percent of the animals taken in by shelters.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:16:18 +0000 Elaine Taylor 38991 at http://upr.org