Taylor Halversen

Utah News
5:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Plane Debris Located In La Sal Mountain Range

A plane that crashed in the La Sal Mountain Range Wednesday was located Thursday afternoon near La Sal Mountain Pass Road.
Credit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

A plane that went missing Wednesday has been located in San Juan County.

The debris of a 1958 single engine Cessna was found in the La Sal Mountains around 1 p.m. Thursday after nearby radar outposts lost signal with the craft Wednesday morning. The airplane had crashed into the mountainside killing the pilot on impact.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Centerville Police Search For Mustache Bandit

Mustachioed suspect who robbed a Zions Bank Tuesday continues to be sought after by law enforcement.
Credit Centerville Police Department

A perplexing situation in Centerville has led police on a continued search for an individual who robbed a bank Tuesday donning a fake mustache. 

Police received the distress call around 2:45 p.m. from a Zions Bank at 440 West Parrish. Dispatchers initially described the suspect as a tall, skinny man, but Assistant Chief Paul Child says investigators later determined that wasn’t the case. 


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Utah News
6:03 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Student Art Hitches Ride On Cache Valley Buses

Student Alyssa Spear's artwork is featured on a CVTD bus.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

The annual Summerfest Arts Faire is taking place in Logan this week, but one exhibit is transportable and will be seen throughout the community year-round.

Two lucky students’ artwork will be displayed on the outside of Cache Valley Transit District buses and 15 buses will display student artwork on the interior.

Alyssa Spear from Mountain Crest High School, the winner of this year’s high school competition, talked about the inspiration for her design.

“The theme was bringing communities together, which is the theme of the CVTD, and I wanted to incorporate that with showing a diversity of different people like old and young and different ethnicities on my design so that everyone would feel included," said Spear.

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Utah News
6:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Utah Best Environment For Small Businesses

Utah ranks number one in the nation for a small-business-friendly environment, according to a recent study.
Credit thumbtack.com

According to a recent survey, Utah excels as the most small-business-friendly state in the nation. The third annual study from thumbtack.com, an online marketplace for local services, and the Kaufmann Foundation surveyed more than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide.

John Lieber, chief economist of thumbtack.com, said the study looked at environmental aspects that create a helpful working partnership with state and local governments.

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Utah News
5:22 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Centuries-Old Tree Key To Understanding Climate Variation

350-year-old juniper tree discovered in Utah's Indian Creek last fall may hold answers to climate variability in the region.
Credit Barry Baker / The Nature Conservancy

Director of Canyonlands Research Center Dr. Barry Baker was walking in Cottonwood Creek with his wife last fall when he spotted something out of the ordinary—a tree hovering above the creek bed, buried in a deep layer of sediment. 

“I figured it had been there a while and was hoping that we could study the tree to get some insight into past climatic regimes and sedimentation regimes in the area,” said Baker.

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Utah News
4:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Storytelling Festival Captivates Cache Valley Community

The entrance to the Cachevalley Storytelling Festival.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

Storytellers mesmerized audience members June 7 as part of Cache Valley’s inaugural storytelling festival in North Logan. The event began as one man’s dream to bring stories to his home after watching storytelling festivals enhance and unite communities around the state.

Years ago Wayne McKay was introduced to the acclaimed Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and was entranced as he listened to the tellers and observed people of all ages laughing and connecting with the stories. He returned year after year taking note of the storytellers, the audience and the community.

“So I came away and I thought, 'Boy, that would really be cool if we had something like that up in Cache Valley',” said McKay.

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Utah News
7:07 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Cache Makers Club Sparks Student Creativity And Ingenuity

Students participating in the Cache Maker club's weekly activities.
Taylor Halversen

UPR reporter Taylor Halversen visited the Cache Makers 4-H club. The following is a report of the club including interviews with the co-founders and participating students.

Within a historic building on Logan’s Main Street, I descend the last set of stairs into the Cache Makers club weekly meeting space. The basement room seems to be made of dry-erase boards, covered in the ideas and scribbles of students.

Kids ages 9-15 are engaging computers which line the walls, designing creations to print on the club’s new 3D printer or testing their video game designs and robotic creations. The whirr of a laser wood cutter hums in the background as excited students chatter and stare at it expectantly. The environment is an atmosphere for creation.

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Utah Environment
6:16 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

USDA Program Ushers In "New Era of Conservation"

Critical Conservation Areas designated with the Regional Conservation Partnership Program will result in more targeted conservation in areas of greater need.
Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing the way the nation approaches conservation efforts.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week the creation of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which bridges the public and private sectors for conservation and will make available $1.2 billion for various conservation efforts across the country.

Vilsack spoke with UPR and said this new approach will focus on both local and regional conservation needs.

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Utah Health and Wellness
7:27 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

School Lunch Standard Supporters Refute Congressional Naysayers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack refutes members of congress who wish to do away with new school lunch standards.
Credit www.fns.usda.gov

Big voices in Washington have spoken out recently against members of Congress who wish to step back from changes made to school meal standards. Supporters of the new school lunch measures believe this criticism comes at a critical juncture, just as experts are beginning see the successes of the law.

At the time the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 passed, one-third of children in the United States were obese or at risk of being obese and 17 million were in food-insecure homes. As children consume one-third to half of daily calories at school, these meals were targeted as an opportunity to produce significant change in childhood health.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke with UPR and said major strides have been taken over the last four years to make calories from school meals a healthy diet addition.  

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Utah News
6:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Minority Entrepreneurs Hit Marketplace Roadblocks

A new study shows that minority entrepreneurs have a more difficult time securing financing than their Caucasian counterparts.
Credit omwbe.wa.gov

Minority entrepreneurs in the U.S. who believe their road to success is more difficult than those of the racial majority may be right, according to new research.

A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research examines how racial minority entrepreneurs maneuver the marketplace and approach financial situations where there are restrictions.

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