Taylor Halversen


Taylor Halversen is a reporter, engineer and occasional co-host for UPR news. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Utah State University with bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts, and worked for UPR as a reporting intern for a year before being hired as a reporter.

She enjoys studying organizational structuring and communication, and desires to help teams and organizations work more effectively. She also hopes to one day use what she has learned from her schooling, research and work to open her own business and test her theories of good organizational practices in the field.


Utah Transportation
6:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Utah Thoroughfare Closes For Construction

1100 South in Brigham City will be closed Sept. 14 through 16 to complete a diverging diamond construction project.

Sept. 14 through 16, 1100 South (US-91) in Brigham City will be closed to all traffic.

The project, which has been in motion for months, will lead to a new diverging diamond interchange in connection with I-15.  

During the closure, I-15 will remain open, but traffic will not be able to enter or exit I-15 at 1100 South, or travel to the west side of I-15 on 1100 South.

UDOT advises northbound traffic intending to exit I-15 at 1100 South to use Exit 351 in South Willard/Hot Springs and travel north toward Brigham City on US-89.

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Utah Politics
6:38 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Campaign Spending Reform Bill Shot Down In Senate

Senator Mike Lee was one of 54 senators who voted against S. J. Res 19 Thursday, defeating the bill.

Utah senators voted against a campaign spending reform bill, which was defeated in the U.S. Senate this week.

The joint resolution was defeated Thursday after a 54-42 vote. The bill sought to give federal and state governments control of setting campaign funding parameters.

Utah Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) took to the Senate floor Thursday morning, speaking for a third time in opposition to the bill.

Lee argued it is not up to government to choose who gets to speak in the political process or how they can do so.

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Utah Outdoors
6:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Decision: Southern Utah Riverbed Not A Highway

Appeals court rules Salt Creek Canyon is not a state highway
Credit nps.gov

On Tuesday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier lower-court decision, which ruled that Salt Creek Canyon in Canyonlands National Park is not a state highway.

The petitions, filed by San Juan County and the State of Utah, pursued an appeal of the case in hopes of reversing the decision. The spokesman for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Steve Bloch, said the request was unanimously rejected by all judges on the board.

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Utah Science
6:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Utah Archeologists Uncover Mysteries Of Bear River Massacre

Dr. Ken Cannon and the team of Utah State University archeologists use metal detection to locate potential artifacts.
Dr. Ken Cannon

On Jan. 29, 1863 troops led by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor crossed the Beaver River, entering into a winter-ravaged Shoshone village. What began as a battle, researchers say, quickly developed into a massacre with over 400 Shoshone people wounded or killed, while the U.S. suffered only 21 casualties. Historical accounts differ in the details and layout of the event.

Researchers from Utah State University began an archeological excavation in August, attempting to resolve the questions surrounding the site using modern technology. UPR's Taylor Halversen traveled to the site near Preston, ID to observe the development of the project. 



Utah Environment
6:38 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

50 Conservation Projects Celebrate Historic Legislation

Utah to participate in wilderness conservation to celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary.

Wednesday, Sept. 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a piece of legislation that set aside millions of acres of public lands for preservation. In celebration of the anniversary and the recent creation of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, national conservation groups plan to complete conservation projects in 50 “wild places” across the country this year.

Though some projects are focused on conserving rugged wilderness areas, spokesman for the Wilderness Society Michael Carroll said there are diverse projects happening in every state.

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Utah News
6:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Governor Confronts Controversial Issues In Conference

Governor Gary Herbert gave monthly address Thursday giving response to pertinent Utah issues.

Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert addressed issues currently facing Utah.

In regards to the problematic Utah Transit Authority audit that came out earlier this week, Herbert said that it is for transparency and accountability that audits take place within the government.

“I’m just in the process of having my people review the audit. Our general councils review not only the audit on UTA, but also the 50-page response from UTA, and with a cursory view, it appears that a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said. “I believe that the new leadership there in place now, has taken steps to correct those problems.”

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Utah News
6:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Great Salt Lake Approaching Record Low Levels

Water diversion and low snow pack result in the Great Salt Lake approaching record low water levels.

The Great Salt Lake is only 2 1/2 feet from its all-time record low water level, which media reports was set over 50 years ago.

Low snow packs over the last few years are reported to have majorly contributed to water shortage in the area.

Wayne Wurtsbaugh, professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University said another factor creating the low levels in the lake is the diversion of water for agricultural, industrial and municipal use.

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Utah News
6:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Preservationists Sue BLM Over Alleged Wild Horse Mismanagement

Preservationists in Wyoming claim the BLM's scheduled roundup of wild horses is illegal.

Wild horse maintenance has been an inciting topic in Utah over the summer months. However, the issue extends beyond state borders with the role of state and federal governments in roundup efforts being debated nationally.

The Bureau of Land Management currently plans to roundup over 800 wild horses from federal lands in Wyoming.

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Utah News
4:33 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Back To School Brings Pedestrian Safety Concerns

AAA advises drivers to be especially aware and vigilant of surroundings with the start of a new school year.

With students returning to school this week and a subsequent increase in pedestrian traffic, Utah officials and safety organizations are urging drivers to be especially vigilant while on the road.  

AAA Utah issued a statement this week encouraging people behind the wheel to particularly keep an eye out for child pedestrians and individuals riding bicycles. Spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough with AAA said there is an increased threat on the road as children are traveling to and from school.

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Utah News
6:17 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Utah Policies Don't Make Cancer-Fighting Cut, Study Finds

New study ranks states on how their policies address cancer related issues.
Credit http://www.acscan.org/static/measure/

A study released this week by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network claims three-quarters of all states are falling short in the fight against cancer.

How Do You Measure Up: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality looks at 12 state policy areas to see how focused states are in addressing cancer-related issues.

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