Kerry Bringhurst

News Director | Host, Morning Edition

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah.  Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University.  She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio.  Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007.  Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.

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Utah's two candidates for governor used their debate Monday night to each make a pitch for their party's presidential candidate. Their matchup came an hour before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in their first debate.

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Jon Harper says he will not be able to continue his Utah Attorney General campaign due to health reasons.

In a statement, Harper encouraged incumbent candidate Republican Sean Reyes to shut down what Harper called "the money mill" in the AG office that answers to the Republican Party and large donors. 

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An increase in the number of exposures to the only mammal that can fly has public health officials in Utah warning the public to avoid contact with bats.

Student government officials at Utah State University say the number of college-aged Utah students who have committed suicide is cause for concern and is reason enough to declare a mental health crisis at all Utah universities.

USU student body leaders are in the process of approving a document that outlines their concerns about access to mental health services, campus awareness and project funding.

Fire crews begin clean-up work Monday along the Utah/Idaho border after declaring the Peterson Hollow Fire fully contained as of Sunday evening.

Fire official Sara Hellstrom of the Uintah/Wasatch/Cache National Forest said investigators have determined an abandoned campfire in Logan Canyon resulted in more than 12,000 acres of land near Beaver Mountain Ski Resort and Bear Lake's Garden City to burn.

Hellstrom reminds forest visitors that many wildfires, large and small, are human caused, very expensive to put out and are totally preventable.

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  Utah health officials are crediting a drop in the state's obesity rate to its youth programs promoting healthy eating and exercise.

A wildfire burning along the Utah-Idaho border that is visible along a stretch of Highway 89 is creating a traffic hazard as curious motorists stop to get a good look.

Marilyn Manwaring shares stories with her daughter Pauline about life in Carbon County, Utah during the depression. She begins with the story of her parents, Stanley Judd and Elva Jane Bailey, meeting in a coal mining camp.

Economic Development and government officials in a Salt Lake City Suburb have ended discussions with Facebook to build a data center in Utah.  Critics of the center argued the plan would have been a burden to Utah tax payers.

Youth physical education organizers in Southern Utah received money from a national organization to help promote a popular recreational sports program. 

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Arches National Park will close a popular campground for much of 2017 during a major road reconstruction project. After ten years of planning with the Federal Highways Administration, crews at Arches National Park will begin making improvement to 26 miles of roads and pullouts in the park beginning January 2017.

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Two Utah County teenagers were killed Wednesday morning after the driver of a pickup truck drifted into their lane and collided head on with their car.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning on State Road 73 in Eagle Mountain. Utah County Sheriff's officials say the driver of a Ford F-250 pickup was driving west when he drifted over the center line and collided head on with a car that was driving east.

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Pet fish are threatening other fish found naturally in a Southern Utah river. The illegal dumping of those unwanted fish is forcing the temporary closure of popular park in Saint George where the public can view and learn more about native fish.

In an attempt to help his sister Tamra  Ratieta  deal with bouts of depression, Chad Hamblin invites her, his niece Sienna and his cousin Gwenna to take up cross country skiing.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who have family serving in Russia are trying to adjust to a new law that limits their sons and daughters from sharing their religious beliefs.

While digging up fossils millions of years old, paleontologists Benjamin Burger and LeaAnn Jones discovered they wanted a future together. During an interview at the StoryCorps booth in Vernal, the couple shared some of their favorite finds.

Cache Chamber of Commerce

Community branding experts from Roger Brooks International are in Logan this week. Julie Hollist-Terrill of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau said Brooks representatives are secretly shopping downtown businesses.

Cache County Sheriff's Department

 A partnership between Utah’s Cache County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho’s Franklin County Sheriff’s Office means an increase in the number of out-of-state inmates being housed in the Northern Utah jail.

The contract provides a way for inmates to be transported 27 miles from Preston, Idaho and across state lines to Utah’s Cache County where Idaho inmates will be incarcerated.

Two Cache County Republican officials quit their positions this week as a protest of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Andy Rasmussen and Jonathan Choate, who served on the Cache County Republican Party's executive committee and chairmen of two districts, resigned this week.

A Logan family and neighbors are mourning the death of a toddler who was hit and killed Monday night.  Logan Police Captain Curtis Hooley says it appears 13-month-old Wyatt Crockett wandered into the road as a neighbor backed out of his driveway.

"At this point our officers are continuing to do an investigation to determine the facts of this incident to determine if the child was properly supervised or if the driver should have seen him," Hooley said.  "We are trying to allow the family to have the opportunity to start that grieving process."

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  Several Utah police officials are joining in calls to change Brigham Young University's practice of investigating students for violations of the school's strict code of behavior after reporting they were sexually assaulted.

Provo's police chief said Thursday that he's pleased the Mormon-owned school based in his city is considering changing the way it handles reports of sexual violence. Provo Police Sgt. Brian Taylor says he hopes BYU changes its policy, and starts providing amnesty to victims.

 89 year-old Dorothy Caldwell Luck reminisces with close friend Colleen Bagley about a three day, 136 mile horse race where she bested 60 other riders on her horse, Cortez. Dorothy Luck reads from an article she wrote for the Roosevelt Standard about her experience on the trail. She precedes her story, quoting the article written about her in September 1958.

  The Utah Foundation and Utah Public Radio's Kerry Bringhurst ask the Gubernatorial candidates to respond to questions about key Utah issues.

Why does it take a murder/suicide to force people into conversations that used to be taboo? Given recent tragedies in Cache Valley - the loss of two integral members of the Cache Valley community to a murder/suicide - Utah Public Radio wants to hear from you: how do we talk about these things and when? Use the UPIN query to help answer a few of our questions, and assist our team in coping with and reporting on loss, death and tragedy.

Tell us your thoughts here.

What do we know about ways to keep our watershed safe and improve the quality of this important resource? 

Utah Public Radio joins Logan City during the Green Futures Learning Series, Wednesday, March. 16th at Logan City Hall. Listen and learn about water conservation, then let UPR know what you plan to do to keep our water clean by becoming a source for the Utah Public Insight Network.

Tell us, how do we keep Utah's watershed clean?

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