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.


Utah Science
6:44 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Newly Discovered Hypervelocity Star May Explain Dark Matter’s Mysteries

The newly discovered hypervelocity star is traveling at 1 million mph in relation to Earth.
Credit The University of Utah

A new star discovered by a team from the University of Utah, in collaboration with astronomers in China, makes the star at the center of our solar system seem a bit boring.

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My Address Is
6:04 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Part 6: Aging Alone

LaRue Willis has been adjusting to life alone after her husband passed away three years ago.
Credit Utah Public Radio, Elaine Taylor

"My Address Is" is a Utah Public Radio series exploring Utah issues associated with how and where we live. This is part six of six.

“My name is LaRue, and that's L-a capital R-u-e. It means ‘the street’ and I always figured it meant I’d been walked on all my life [laughter], which is not true. Anyways, my address is ‘home.’”

As baby boomers hit retirement and the U.S. population ages, more and more people are left living alone in their later years. And more are choosing to stay at home.

LaRue Willis was born in Idaho in 1928. She married her husband in 1953 and together they had eight children. Three years ago her husband passed away, leaving LaRue to forge a new life for herself – alone. On the day I met with LaRue in her ranch-style house in northern Cache Valley, she described how hard the last few years had been.

“The hardest part is the loneliness. Sometimes I get panic attacks when I am alone and it’s really difficult.”

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Utah News
5:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Zap, Pow, Bam: Free Comic Book Day Hits Utah

Local comic book stores will be giving away free comics on Saturday.

As many college students graduate around the state this weekend, another May tradition will be underway as well. Free Comic Book Day takes place on the first Saturday of May each year. I called up one local comic book store to learn a little about the holiday.

*Rinnnggg*… “Death Ray Comics, *pew*, *pew*”

Death Ray Comics is a small store in downtown Logan that sells comic books and other nerd-friendly merchandise. Trent Hunsaker is the owner, though he prefers to go by a different title.

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Utah News
4:58 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

¿Habla Dinosaurio? Researcher Breaks Language Barrier In New Book

Paleontologist Ken Carpenter worked with an international team to translate academic research on Mesozoic life in Mexico into English.

The international language of science is English, but for the large number of researchers who don’t speak the language, making their work accessible to the international community can be a challenge.

A new book titled Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico was edited by Utah State University Paleontologist Ken Carpenter. In the book, researchers who work across Mexico translated their work to English. Carpenter then edited the information.

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Utah News
6:37 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Critics Call Fowl On Crow Hunting Proposal

Though the crow can be hunted for food, Stringham says the main purpose of the proposal is to deal with the growing bird population along the Wasatch Front.
Credit National Park Service

Hunters in Utah may get a chance to pursue a few new kinds of birds this coming season. Biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be sharing proposals to allow the hunting of crows and turkeys, and increasing the bag limits on other currently hunted birds.

Division of Wildlife Resources Migratory Game Bird Coordinator Blair Stringham says many western states already allow crow hunting.

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Utah News
5:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Shifting Ground Causes Alarm In Mesquite Neighborhood

A problem that has been brewing in a southern Nevada city for years may finally be addressed after residential outcry.

Residents of the Highland Hills neighborhood in Mesquite say their homes were built within a 200-foot buffer zone that supposedly surrounded a preexisting landfill.

Now, residents are sometimes able to hear their homes crack as the landfill settles and shifts beneath their feet.

Mesquite city manager Andy Barton said the city is aware of the issue and is currently investigating.

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Utah Environment
6:08 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Eagle Killed By Power Line One Of Oldest In America

The golden eagle discovered in March was thought to be 30 years and 9 months old.
Credit usgs.gov

Wyoming wildlife authorities said an electrocuted golden eagle found last month is the second-oldest of the species discovered in North America.

Wyoming Fish and Game Department Biologist Tim Thomas said the bird was banded — or given a special ID number — more than 30 years ago in the northeastern portion of the state. 


“This particular bird was banded in the nest, so we know it was the young of that year in 1983,” Thomas said. “It was part of a study to look at the ability to move nests in the Powder River Basin ahead of coal mining.”

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Utah News
6:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Atheist Conference Aims to Bring Sense of Community To Faithless

Hundreds will gather in Salt Lake City this weekend to learn more about atheism.
Credit American Atheists

This weekend, as thousands of Utahns celebrate Easter and Passover, hundreds of people will gather at the American Atheists national conference in Salt Lake City.

According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 16 percent of Americans identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing.” 

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Utah News
4:11 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Pretty In Pink: 40-Foot-Tall Vernal Icon Gets Makeover

Dinah has been approved for a $26,000 makeover.
Credit city-data.com

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 Brontosaurus (scientifically known as “Apatosaurus”) 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.

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Utah Food
5:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Organic Food Trend Grows In Rural Areas

An organic-only store opened in Logan on Tuesday. Elaine Taylor explores why organic food has become more popular.
Credit Elaine Taylor / Utah Public Radio

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.

Utah State University professor Tamara Steinitz says people are becoming more interested in knowing their food’s history.

“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.

The new store 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.

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