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
6:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snowpack Numbers Re-Spark Debate Over Pipeline

The Virgin River Basin is estimated to be at just 45 percent of normal snowpack for the year.
Credit ut.water.usgs.gov

Continued drought in southern Utah has once again sparked a debate over the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.

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.

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.

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Utah Money
6:31 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Small Businesses?

Preston Parker stands on the future deck of Morty's Cafe.
Credit Elaine Taylor

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.

Utah State University Professor and Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship Mike Glauser said using crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter lets business owners bypass traditional industry mechanisms.

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Utah Environment
4:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Utah County Helps Residents With Spring Cleaning

Residents of Utah County will be able to dispose of hazardous waste at a special event this weekend.
Credit Logan City

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.

Utah County is trying to make the sorting process easier by offering a special collection 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.

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Utah News
5:48 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Season Of The Snowbird: Senior Citizens Migrating North

Many senior citizens travel northward from Southern Utah during the summer months, taking advantage of cooler weather and educational opportunities.
Credit Utah State University

Warm weather and blue skies across the state this week mark the time of year when a mass migration gets underway—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.

Many Utahns travel between the St. George region and the Wasatch Front each year. Assistant St. George City Manager Marc Mortensen said citizens arrive in October and leave around Easter Weekend.

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Utah Environment
6:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Wolf Management Techniques Working, Report Says

Wolf populations remained steady during 2013.
Credit fws.org

Wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain stable, that’s according to a new report 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.

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Utah Transportation
6:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Study: Suburban Sprawl Bad For Health And Wealth

New research suggests urban dwellers have greater economic opportunity than their suburban peers.
Credit U.S. Department of Transportation

A new study conducted by Utah researchers shows the benefits of living in urban areas instead of suburban neighborhoods. The study, led by University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center Director Reid Ewing, shows people who live in urban areas spend less on housing and transportation costs, tend to be healthier, and have greater economic opportunity.

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Utah News
6:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Minority Children Do Worse Than White Children In Utah And Nation

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.

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.

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Utah News
6:16 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

New Campaign Aims For No-Kill Status For Utah’s Shelters

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.

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.  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.

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Utah News
6:10 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Backyard Bones Headed For Further Forensic Analysis

Earlier this week a Salt Lake City homeowner attempting to put in a backyard pond uncovered human remains. The Salt Lake City Police Department determined the bones were ancient. Now, specialists from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts are investigating. The department’s Geoffrey Fattah explained.

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Utah Environment
5:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Pheasant Chicks Seek Homes: Foster Families Needed

Nearly 3,000 pheasant chicks need temporary homes.
Credit DWR;Michael Christensen

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for foster families for nearly 3,000 pheasant chicks. The DWR’s Dean Mitchell said the chicks will need families to care for them from May through October, when they will be released to state wildlife and waterfowl management areas.

“The purpose behind this program is to really get people interested in wildlife and engaged in wildlife and wildlife conservation here in Utah,” Mitchell said.

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