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.

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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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Logan
5:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Logan Main Street repainted to create more lanes

Re-striping will take place on Sunday in Logan.
Credit Stock.XCHNG

A portion of Logan’s Main Street will be re-striped this weekend to allow for more lanes of traffic. The two blocks between 200 and 400 North will be painted on Sunday to make room for three lanes in each direction.

The decision to re-stripe was made by the Utah Department of Transportation, Logan City and local businesses in response to increased traffic and congestion in the area.

UDOT’s Victor Saunders said many drivers primarily use the stretch of Main Street to get to Highway 89, causing bottlenecking in the area.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Federal lands seek public feedback on Virgin River

View of Zion National Park.
Credit The National Park Service

The National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management are asking for public feedback on a plan to change how parts of the Virgin River in and surrounding Zion National Park are managed.

The research and recommendations listed in “The Virgin River Comprehensive Management Plan” were conducted after portions of the river and its tributaries were added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 2009. Under the act, rivers that are of outstanding natural, cultural and recreational value may be preserved.

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Utah News
5:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hall of Fame quarterback to give keynote speech at Affirmation Conference

Barb and Steve Young
Credit Affirmation.org

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barb will give the keynote speech at this year’s Affirmation Conference.

The conference, which is in its 32nd year, promotes the acceptance and involvement of the LGBTQ community in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Youngs have been long time supporters of the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention non-profit for LGBTQ youth, and the Family Acceptance Project. They also worked against California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Seniors still at risk in summer heat

Utah has seen record temperatures this summer.
Credit © Jimboudreaux | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

This year marked the hottest July on record for Salt Lake City, and other cities around Utah have seen continuous days of above 100 degree temperatures. For many around the state, the recent break in temperatures has been seen as a relief; but for some seniors, the heat continues to pose a threat.

As people age, their bodies become less able to cope with high heat—putting them at increased risk for heat stroke and even death.

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Utah News
12:58 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Utah receives 2.2 million for public housing funding

A multi-million dollar grant from the federal government aims to improve Utah’s public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Utah public housing authorities just over 2.2 million dollars Thursday. The money will be used over the next few years to make major improvements to public housing units around the state.

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Arts
12:21 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Local artist takes first at Ogden competition

Desert Wake with first place ribbon.
Credit Cody Chamberlain desertwake.tumblr.com

Though many artists take inspiration from Utah’s unique landscapes; one Utah artist, Cody Chamberlain, hopes that his work will encourage viewers to think more about their role in the environment.

Chamberlain describes the deserts of the west as a harsh, yet gentle land that is the foundation of his work. Last week, he and other artists from around the state showed their work at 39th Annual Statewide art competition at the Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden.


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