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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 Science
6:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New Dino Species One Of Youngest On Record

Researchers say Anzu wyliei was five feet tall and eleven feet long.
Credit Matthew C. LamannaHans-Dieter SuesEmma R. SchachnerTyler R. Lyson

A feathered, beaked dinosaur discovered in the Northern Plains states has ties to Utah.

Emma Schachner is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utah, and is part of the team that discovered the dinosaur in the mid-2000s.

The dinosaur, called Anzu wyliei, was announced in a PLOS ONE journal article Wednesday.

Schachner said the dinosaur would have lived in a warm, humid environment along the flood plains of a river around 65 million years ago.

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Utah Food
5:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Pork Prices Climb As Swine Virus Kills Hogs Across The Nation

The PEDv virus is most harmful to young pigs.
Credit www.ars.usda.gov

As UPR listeners who enjoy bacon or ham may have already noticed, the price of pork has been rising steadily for the last four weeks. The cause of the increase is a swine virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PEDv that experts suspect made its way over from Asia in 2013. 

Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Jim Rob says the disease began spreading rapidly in pork producing states, including Utah, late 2013.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets.

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Utah Weather
6:02 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Winds Whip Utah's Ski Resorts

High speed winds closed multiple ski resorts on Monday.
Credit business.utah.gov

A handful of ski resorts across northern Utah were forced to close Monday due to unusually high winds. Gusts reached 118 mph at Snowbird’s Hidden Peak. The resort closed all of its lifts Monday afternoon, reopening only half of them later in the day.

Snowbasin halted operation for all of its lifts. The resort's Jason Dryer explained the conditions worsened with elevation.

“We were seeing anything down low at the bottom of 50 to 60 mph, but up at the top of Mt. Ogden we got a recording as high as 91 mph,” Dryer said. Such sustained winds are unusual, he said.

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Utah News
5:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Changes Ahead For Delicate Arch Trailhead

The parking area for Delicate Arch trailhead will undergo renovations to accommodate the ever-increasing number of guests to the site.
Credit National Park Service

The last time you visited Arches National Park you may have noticed that things seemed a little crowded, at least in the parking area for the Delicate Arch trailhead.

Well, the park service has noticed too, and they are currently developing parking management strategies to deal with the crowds.  As the National Park Service’s Sabrina Henry explained, the current parking lot was developed decades ago, when visitation rates were far lower than the 2,000 people Delicate Arch sees on peak days now.

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Utah Environment
6:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research On Bird’s Use Of Great Salt Lake Leads To Migration Discovery

The Marbled Godwit uses the Great Salt Lake as a staging ground for migration to their northern breeding grounds and to the south for wintering.
Credit fishandgame.idaho.gov, Brian Currie

Though the Great Salt Lake is a known stopping point for many migratory birds, new research shows just how important it is for a long-beaked shorebird called the Marbled Godwit.

Three populations of the Marbled Godwit live in North America. The primary population lives in the middle of the continent. They call Saskatchewan, the Dakotas and Montana home. Two smaller populations are based out of Alaska and the eastern coast of Canada.

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Utah Legislature
5:52 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill Passes Allowing Third Party Access To Opiate Antidote

A bill allowing doctors to prescribe an opiate antidote to third party individuals so that they can help in the case of an overdose passed in Utah's legislature this week.
Credit Center for Disease Control and Prevention

A bill that would allow for the dispensing and administration of an opiate antidote has been given final approval and now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

Bill sponsor Sen. Brian Shiozawa said he hopes the bill will save a significant number of lives.

"There are so many narcotic slash opiate related deaths in this state—over 500 last year," said Shiozawa. "Most of these occur at home, most of them are accidental and as a result that’s the reason people need this very lifesaving antidote at their disposal."

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Utah News
5:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Land Exchange To Boost Utah Recreation and Energy Development

The Bureau of Land Management acquired world-class recreation sites such as Corona Arch and Morning Glory Arch in a 60-million-acre land exchange with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

A land exchange deal which would allow for a land trade between school lands and the Bureau of Land Management is close to finalization after nearly ten years of negotiations.

Under the exchange nearly 60 million acres of land, appraised at equal value, will be traded between the Utah School Institutional Trust Lands Administration and the BLM.

The BLM’s Megan Crandall said through the trade SITLA would receive 35,000 acres of land from the BLM in exchange for more than 25,000 acres in Uintah, Grand and San Juan counties.

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Utah Environment
6:18 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Utah’s National Park Losses Mitigated By Shutdown Funding

Arches National Park
Credit speclab.cr.usgs.gov

A new report released Monday shows Utah’s decision to fund the opening of the state’s national parks during the October government shutdown was worth the initial costs.

The report, released by the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior highlights the national impact of the government shutdown on communities surrounding national parks.

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Arts and Culture
6:07 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hill Air Force Base Museum To Reduce Aircraft Collection

The aerospace museum at Hill Air Force Base announced that it will be reducing its collection of aircraft and other vehicles.

Hill Air Force Base Spokesman George Jozens said the nearly 30-year-old museum will be making the aircraft available to other museums worldwide in an effort to reduce costs.

“The museum needs to reduce its collection by about 18 aircraft, three missiles and a number of different support vehicles,” Jozens said. “The reason for this is it takes money to maintain and keep those aircraft up all of the time.”

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Utah Environment
6:08 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Swans Stop In Utah On Long Journey Home

Tundra swans migrate through Utah each spring.
Credit FWS

Warm temperatures and melting ice mean many swans will soon be arriving in Northern Utah. Tundra Swans nest in Alaska, but spend their winters in the warmer waters of California and Texas. Kathy Stoffer from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge says the swans pause in Utah each spring to fill their stomachs on the long journey home.

“They come down from Alaska, they follow the water opening up following the food source, which in this case, is sago pondweed that grows in the deeper water on the refuge,” Stoffer said.

The swans are motivated to get home to their nesting grounds, so the length of their stay in Utah generally depends on the weather to the north and the availability of food in the state.

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