Caroline Long

Science News Reporter

Caroline Long is a science reporter at UPR. She is curious about the natural world and passionate about communicating her findings with others. As a PhD student in Biology at Utah State University, she spends most of her time in the lab or at the coyote facility, studying social behavior. In her free time, she enjoys making art, listening to music, and hiking.

An audit of Uintah County released Wednesday found a number of weaknesses in the county’s government spending. These weaknesses included lack of financial control, improper spending of COVID-19 relief funds, and inadequate recording, tracking, and reporting procedures.

After being hit hard by the first snowfall of the year, Utahns can expect more storms to come.Wednesday night another storm system moved into northern and central Utah with the potential for snow and rain.

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Nick Mitchell, challenges the two-term incumbent Republican Senator Mike Lee for the office.

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Northern Utah may receive more than two inches of precipitation this week. A series of storms moving from Arizona up through the state has already brought rain to areas in Central Utah. 

Dr. Stefani Crabtree, an Environment and Society professor at USU, recently published research comparing ancient and modern human nutrition. Crabtree’s research focused on large-scale shifts in human nutrition at the population level which, she acknowledged, might not capture the diversity of diets among individual humans.

Dr. Stefani Crabtree, a professor at USU, studies humans in the context of our archaeological past. Her latest research used isotope analysis of hair and fingernail samples to compare the nutrition of modern humans with the nutrition of our ancestors. 

In a press release Wednesday morning from Yellowstone National Park officials, it was determined that missing hiker, 67-year-old Mark O’ Neill from Chimacum, Washington, succumbed to hypothermia.

The State of Utah is tracking the movements of electric cars as a means of compensating for gas tax revenue.

Orphaned bear cubs are getting a better chance at life, thanks to the combined efforts of Utah State University, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) and the USDA National Wildlife Research Center Predator Research Facility.

In the wake of President Biden’s vaccine mandates, many Utahns are voicing their resistance. A group calling themselves “Utah Open for Business” spoke to lawmakers at Capitol Hill, warning that mandates could drive those who are ideologically opposed to vaccination to quit or be fired, with detrimental impacts to the economy. They also feared that this mandate could foreshadow increased government interference in business.

Cooler weather may increase your chance for an encounter with a bat. There are several reasons for this, including bat and human behavior. Entomologist with USU Extension Zach Schumm told his story of coming face-to-face with a bat in his laboratory.

Utah County Attorney David Leavitt announced that he will no longer seek the death penalty. After initially planning to seek the death penalty in the case of Jerrod William Baum, a man accused of murdering two teens in December 2017, Leavitt has withdrawn the motion.

Worsening conditions in the drought-stricken landscape of the American West triggered an emergency round-up of wild horses in Colorado. Activists and organizations opposed these roundups, saying they are unnecessarily extreme and that the horses are being blamed for damage caused by livestock. Scientists studying the rangeland ecosystem say the issue is complicated. One naturalist proposed a solution.

A man has been charged with three counts of arson after allegedly setting fire to three meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. George. On Tuesday morning, firefighters responded to reports of fires at multiple churches. Police pursued a suspect from the scene through Hurricane and Springdale before eventually crashing his vehicle at the entrance of Zion National Park.

Nearly 100 percent of students in Salt Lake City school districts have been wearing masks in class according to school officials.  In August, Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a mask mandate for students in grades K through 12 and principals were advised on how to enforce the mandate while respecting the dignity and autonomy of students.  Anyone not wearing a mask has been offered one and advised of the benefits of wearing a mask.  Students have not been prohibited from accessing in-person learning or activities if they declined to wear a mask.  As of today (Wednesday), 58 students out of a tota

Steve Motzkus

As almost all of Utah faces extreme drought this year, many animal species are feeling the effects.