Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. She is a host of UPR’s 5:30 Newscast and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.


Utah Environment
4:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Utah Wildlife Officials Propose Plan For Bighorn Sheep In Zion And Ask For Public Comment

Bighorn sheep rest on a rock ridge.
Credit Zion National Park

Wildlife officials from Zion National Park and the Division of Wildlife Resources have proposed a plan to help insure the health of the bighorn sheep population within the park.

The bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the park in 1973 after their mid-century disappearance. Initially, the herd population grew slowly, however a recent count shows the population to be over 500 sheep. This growth is of concern to scientists, like Zion National Park Division Chief Fred Armstrong, who fears contact with domesticated animals will lead to disease in the bighorn population.

“It has been shown that time and time again, when these native wild sheep come into contact with domesticated animals they inevitably contract one of the respiratory ailments that leads to phenomena and basically leads to devastating die-offs.”

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Utah Careers
3:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Huntsman School Study Says Signs Of Quitting Are Surprising

Long lunch breaks and vacations don't always point to an employee readying themselves to quit. A new study by the Huntsman School of Business at USU finds 18 predictors someone is ready to leave.

Though we may think we know how to predict that a coworker or employee is thinking of quitting their job, a new study from Utah State University shows actions assumed to be telltale signs of quitting, such as taking long lunches or vacation time, may not be all that predictive after all.

Tim Gardner, an associate professor of management in the Huntsman School of Business used manager and employee feedback to create a list of things they thought to be predictors of quitting. After multiple studies and experimental field research, Gardner narrowed down the list from over 900 to 18.
“All of these 18 cues that we identified really have a common thread of a form of disengagement, in that the person is not engaged with the business, with their boss, with their workforce and their overall job,” Gardner said.

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Utah Environment
6:53 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Ozone Policy Hinges On Proposed EPA Standard Changes

Current ozone standards are set at 75 parts per billion.
Credit April Ashland, UPR

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose lower standards for ozone levels. The proposal comes after health studies showed detectable negative health impacts from ozone at the current level of 75 parts per billion.

Utah Division of Air Quality Director Bryce Bird said the state would have to develop a new plan to regulate air standards if the proposal is approved.

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Utah News
6:17 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Utah Brewery Makes Political Statement With New Beer

Wasatch Brewery's new beer was developed in support of same-sex marriage.
Credit Wasatch Brewery

Wasatch Brewery isn’t known for shying away from political issues. The Park City-based brewery and pub has come out with such beers as the 1st Amendment Lager, produced in protest of a beer tax, and Evolution Amber Ale, aimed at the teaching of intelligent design in the state’s classrooms.

Now, a new beer in support of gay marriage is available, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Wasatch Founder and President Greg Schirf, said the new beer, titled “Live and Let Live”, is a pale ale with pairings of two types of malts, hops and yeasts.

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Utah Science
5:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Utah Technology To Aid NASA In Space Imaging Venture

The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in 2018 and will be the largest telescope ever to enter space.
Credit NASA

Though the James Webb Space Telescope is not set to launch for another four years, NASA is preparing to assemble and test the device that will be used to observe distant objects in the universe.

Engineers at the Space Dynamics Laboratory in Logan have made their final delivery of elements that will be used to direct heat away from vital instruments within the telescope.

Director of Civil Space at SDL, Jed Hancock, says the equipment must be both lightweight and flexible to be inserted into the intricate part of the telescope.

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Utah Environment
5:48 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Avalanche Danger Remains High After Wet Weekend

Many new feet of snow fell on top of a shallow and weak preexisting snow layer over the weekend, creating dangerous conditions.
Credit Utah Avalanche Center

Avalanche danger across the state remains high after a wet weekend.

Extremely dry powder fell on top of old, faceted snow late last week. Then, over the weekend, heavy, wet snow and rain fell across the Northern portion of the state, creating dangerous conditions.

A Ferron man died in a Sunday avalanche in Sanpete County and a woman who was studying at Brigham Young University was caught in an avalanche in American Fork Canyon on Saturday and later died.

Utah Avalanche Center forecaster Toby Weed said conditions remain dangerous.

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Utah Legislature
9:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Utah Lawmakers Joke About Being Transgender On Twitter

State Sen. Jacob Anderegg tweeted, "The private Men's bathroom in the House office building is occupied. Strongly considering a gender identifying change to use the open Women's."
Credit https://twitter.com/Political_Jake

Two Utah lawmakers generated outrage on Monday after jokingly commenting about changing genders on Twitter. Monday morning State Rep. Jacob Anderegg posted to the social media site said he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change" so that he could use the women’s restroom because the men’s was occupied.

"Switching your gender identity? Just can’t keep up with you. You’re a new man! Erm…woman," said State Sen. Wayne Neiderhauser via Twitter in response to Anderegg's comment.

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Southern Utah News
5:56 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

St. George Residents See Bump In Power Price

St. George residents will see a four to seven dollar monthly rate increase.
Credit energy.ca.gov

The price of electricity for some St. George residents is set to increase starting Feb. 1. The St. George City Council approved a 7 percent across-the-board rate increase on Thursday.

Phillip Solomon is the city’s energy services director. He says PacifiCorp unexpectedly raised the cost of transporting the power by 46 percent in September. Higher scheduling rates and a boost to the cost of electricity also prompted the decision, which occurred in the middle of the city’s fiscal year.

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Utah Education
6:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Undergrads Share Research With Lawmakers At Capitol

Undergraduate researchers from Utah State University and the University of Utah will gather at the rotunda in the State Capitol Thursday to present their research to state legislators.

Research on Capitol Hill was founded 14 years ago as a way for universities to showcase undergraduate research.

Scott Bates is involved with deciding which USU students present at the capitol. He calls the event a distinct experience for undergraduates and lawmakers, some of whom are in charge of state funding for research grants.

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:59 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Bacterial Meningitis Causes Northern Utah Girl’s Death

A 12-year-old northern Utah girl passed away on Saturday at Primary Children’s Medical Center from bacterial meningitis. Faith Hunter was a 6th grader at Mount Logan Middle School in Logan.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. According to the Centers for Disease Control, bacterial meningitis can be caused by many types of bacteria, though most of them, including the type Hunter died from, are not easily contracted or transmissible.

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