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 News
6:03 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Horse Deaths In Wyoming Roundup Incite Advocates

Ten horses have died during BLM roundup efforts in Wyoming within a two-week period.

The Bureau of Land Management has removed 543 wild horses from public lands in Wyoming over the course of the last two weeks, with the goal of removing a total of 900 animals.

Ten horses have died during removal efforts and Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, said the deaths are a direct result of the roundup. She calls the situation an example of the inhumanity of the government’s wild horse program.

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Utah News
3:32 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Third Party Participation Not Allowed In Political Debates, Commission Responds

This week the Independent American Party, Constitution Party and Libertarian Party of Utah sent a formal complaint to the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission after candidates representing the parties were not allowed to participate in the first statewide political debate this election season.

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Utah News
5:58 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Beaver Festival Brings Awareness To Community

Southern Utah beaver festival enlightens public about the creatures.

A festival meant to create awareness about beavers and the important role they play in the ecosystem is scheduled to take place in southern Utah on Sept. 27.  

Lynn Chamberlain with the Division of Wildlife Resources said the Leave it to Beavers festival seeks to debunk some myths about the industrious critters. Contrary to popular belief, Chamberlain said beaver habitats extend far beyond the mountains and he says they are not merely destructive creatures.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:38 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Enterovirus Breakout Has Hospitals Cracking Down

Cases of Enterovirus D68 found at Primary Children's Hospital.

A current outbreak of an uncommon virus strain has hospitals and care facilities taking extra precautions.

The Center of Disease control has confirmed an outbreak of Enterovirus D68 at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.  Of 22 samples sent to the CDC for testing from the facility, 12 came back positive.

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Utah News
6:33 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Abandoned Vehicle Retrieval Turns Up Sunken Handguns

Divers and deputies found a sunken car and abandoned handguns at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir.
Lane Findlay Weber County Sheriff's Office

Divers, towing crews and deputies worked Saturday morning to retrieve a fifth vehicle located at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir.

Earlier this month, five vehicles were discovered at the bottom of the Ogden reservoir as Weber County deputies were testing out new sonar equipment. Four cars were pulled out over a week ago, with license plates dating the cars from the ‘90s to August of this year.

The car recovered Saturday was a Mercury sedan from the 1950s, according to Lt. Lane Findlay with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

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Utah News
11:15 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Alzheimer Walk Brings Awareness To Utah Community

Walk to End Alzheimer's in Logan seeks to raise funds and awareness for the disease.
Melissa Lee The Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million people nationwide and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  An event tradition decades in the making is underway this week to raise awareness and funds for the care and research of the disease.

Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer's event in Logan is one of more than 600 walks across the country, which together raised $57.2 million last year alone for the cause.

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Utah News
7:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Cache County Event Milks Donations For Needy

Great American Milk Drive hopes to get two million gallons of milk donated to food banks.
Credit www.niaid.nih.gov

A national movement is underway, drawing attention to the growing need for milk among food assistance recipients.

The Great American Milk Drive kick-off event for Utah took place Sept. 17 at Lee’s Marketplace in Logan.

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Utah News
6:45 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Stolen Vehicles Detected In Ogden Reservoir

Sonar equipment finds five submerged vehicles in Pineview Reservoir

Police officers testing new equipment found more than they anticipated at one Utah reservoir this week.

Divers pulled four vehicles out of Pineview Reservoir Saturday after they were serendipitously found by sonar equipment.

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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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