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 All Things Considered 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.

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Utah News
5:30 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Storm leaves residents filling sandbags

Debris fills the road at 2050 South 160 West in Hurricane.
Credit Hurricane City Police Department

Heavy rainstorms left some Southern Utah residents filling sandbags today. Streets in the Angel Heights neighborhood of Hurricane were covered with debris after water spilled over a cliff in the area, filling the roadway with mud and rock. The storm forced the closure of multiple streets. 

Flooding in the 2050 South 160 West neighborhood began around 10 a.m. and continued across town as addition storm cells passed through the region.

Police Sergeant Brandon Buell said the city provided assistance to residents experiencing flooding.

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UPR Station News
6:04 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Guerrilla Girls come to Utah State University

Poster for the Guerrilla Girls gig at Utah State University.
Credit Utah State University

The Guerrilla Girls, a group founded nearly 30 years ago in New York City, is performing tonight on the Utah State University campus.

The group first came together in the mid-1980s to protest the lack of female artists represented at a Museum opening in New York City. Since then, the Guerrilla Girls, who wear furry gorilla masks and use pseudonyms of dead female artists, have taken part in numerous protests to bring attention to inequality in art, pop culture, and politics. Rachel Middleman, an assistant professor of art at USU, explains.        

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Arts and Culture
6:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Inaugural comic con exceeds all expectations

Cosplayers at Salt Lake Comic Con 2013.
Credit Salt Lake Comic Con 2013

Salt Lake City’s inaugural comic con outpaced even its creator’s expectations this weekend. The convention, which included panels featuring William Shatner, Stan Lee and Adam West, vendors and lots of costumes, sold 50,000 tickets for the 3 day event.

The huge turnout made the Salt Lake convention the largest inaugural comic con recorded and shows the convention may well be on its way to reaching San Diego status.

Event director Dan Farr said the convention used social media to compound ticket sales.

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UPR Station News
5:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

National Preparedness Month kicks off this week

National Preparedness Month poster.
Credit FEMA.gov

This weekend marked the start of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “National Preparedness Month.” The effort, which began in 2004, encourages Americans to be prepared for all kinds of disasters. Joe Dougherty from the Utah Division of Emergency Management explained why this month is so important for safety.

“We know that disasters can happen any time, anywhere. No state is immune from natural disasters. This campaign takes place every September to help Americans be more prepared,” Dougherty said.

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Utah Environment
5:55 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

New highway crossing for deer near Wendover

Deer on completed overpass in Nevada.
Credit Michael Murphy, NDOT

Deer near the Utah-Nevada border will soon have a safer way to cross Interstate 80. A land bridge built to resemble the slope of a mountain is under construction outside of West Wendover in Nevada.

Several thousand mule deer are thought to migrate through the area each fall, creating hazardous conditions for the animals and vehicles. Michael Murphy from the Nevada Department of Transportation said the decision to build the 2.75 million dollar structure was based on a cost-benefit analysis that looked at human fatalities and damage done to cars.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Ute tribe boycotts Roosevelt businesses

Ute tribal leaders from the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Eastern Utah have called for a boycott of some Roosevelt businesses. The boycott stems from what tribe members are calling civil rights violations and discrimination, as well as the continuing fight over who has jurisdiction to enforce the law in the region.

The plan to boycott all businesses that are not owned or partnered with the tribe was announced last week through a Colorado law firm. The boycott will not include oil and gas operators or contractors in the town, many of which conduct drilling on tribal lands.

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UPR Station News
5:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Health officials warn of sick bats during migration season

The big brown bat.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Utah County Health Department is warning Utahns to avoid grounded bats during their upcoming migration. Utah is home to 18 species of bats, many of which migrate through the state in the fall and spring. The upcoming migration to the Southern Hemisphere is expected to last until the end of October.

Bats are safe to observe from a distance but those found on the ground may carry illnesses, said Lance Madigan of the health department.

Most bats will avoid people if they’re feeling well, however sick bats tend to come to the ground.

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Utah News
2:20 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Salt Lake City considering changes to carriage policies after horse's death

Credit Jeremy Beckham/PETA

In an update to a story we had last week—Jerry, the horse who collapsed wile pulling a carriage in downtown Salt Lake City has died and changes may soon be made to the city’s carriage policies.

Jerry’s owners, Blane and Annette Overson from Carriage for Hire, initially said that Jerry was at home recovering from colic—a gastrointestinal problem that can be fatal. However, after questions were raised regarding the authenticity of a photo released by the company allegedly showing the horse recovering, the owners now admit that Jerry died on Friday, nearly a week after the incident.

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UPR Station News
5:51 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Campus wreck on first day of classes

Emergency responders treat a man involved in a vehicle collision on U.S. Hwy. 89 near 1200 East on Monday.
Credit Elaine Taylor

A two-car accident on U.S. Highway 89 in Logan sent one car into the flower beds at Utah State University today. Logan police responded to the accident, which occurred at the 1200 East turn-off near the university’s Fine Arts Center at 2:45 this afternoon.

Traffic in the area was halted for around a half of an hour as debris was cleared off of the road and on-site medics tended to those involved in the collision.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Two small fires burn near "Y" Mountain in Provo

Two small fires near Provo continue to burn this evening. The Slide Fire and the Buckley Peak Fire were sparked by lightning during a storm last night.

The fires, which are burning south of "Y" Mountain in Provo, are approximate 2 miles apart. Both are 1/10 of an acre in size.

Loyal Clark from the Forest Service said firefighters are on their way to douse the Slide Fire, which is burning in heavy oak brush.

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