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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A second teenager has been ordered to stand trial in a case involving the shooting of 14-year-old Deserae Turner. First District Juvenile Court Judge Angela F. Fonnesbeck listened Tuesday and Wednesday as state prosecutors argued there is sufficient evidence to suggest two 16-year-old boys planned to kill the girl with a knife and a gun.

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An increase in the Transient Room Tax (TRT) - a tax guests pay to stay in Cache Valley hotels - has been approved by the Cache County Council. Members of the local lodging association are wondering how they will compete with nearby hotels that can charge guests less.  

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The Cache County Council has approved a funding request by the Cache County Visitors Bureau. UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst spoke with bureau director, Julie Hollist-Terrill, about plans to use the money to help pay for maintenance and improvement projects at some of the area’s most popular tourist sites.

The family of a 14-year-old girl who police say was shot in the head and left in a ditch released a statement Tuesday saying Deserae Turner has been moved to a Neuro Trauma Unit.

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A human powered drill developed in Utah is being used in third world countries to provide access to water.

In February, more than 1,000 residents living in a remote fishing and agricultural village were the first in Belize to benefit from the technology.

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One person is dead and another in custody after Ogden Police officers opened fire Tuesday night during a burglary investigation that happened in a parking garage of a popular part of downtown Ogden.

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Families from four homes in the Weber County community of Eden have been forced to evacuate after a landslide happened Tuesday.

A bill aiming to give survivors of sexual assault an assurance of confidentiality when speaking with campus advocates was met with questions by members of the House Judiciary Committee this week.

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Utah lawmakers have passed House Concurrent Resolution 12 calling for a reduction in the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

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In a statement released following the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court, Utah Senator Mike Lee says he believes Judge Gorsuch is a good pick for the Supreme Court. Lee had been mentioned as a possible nominee. Now he says he will do everything he can to make sure Gorsuch is confirmed by the Senate.

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Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Dr. Frost earlier today, and she had the opportunity to read through the draft executive orders on Wednesday, and then the final orders on Friday. She says there are three aspects of this executive order that really concern her.

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Outdoor retailers are running a national campaign asking for Utah's Congressional delegation to protect public lands. They also say Congress should fund existing public facilities.

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CEO’s from outdoor retailers, including Utah’s Black Diamond and Petzel America, placed an advertisement in Wednesday’s Washington Post asking elected officials to support public land protection.  

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As forecasters from the Utah Avalanche Center continue to monitor the avalanche danger in Utah Toby Weed from the Utah Avalanche Center says similar conditions twenty years ago that triggered an avalanche that killed three Northern Utah skiers.

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Avalanche danger is high for the mountains of Northern Utah, including the Wasatch Range, The Bear River Range and the mountains of Southern Idaho. Warnings have also been issued for the Western Uintas and the Manti-Skyline Plateau.

On February 1, 1985 the temperature at Peter Sinks in Logan Canyon plummeted to –69.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Zane Stephens was a meteorology student at Utah State University at the time.

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City officials in Northern Utah are using social media to remind parents about the dangers of outdoor play in winter weather. 

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In an email response to Utah Public Radio's story about a telemarketing scam targeting consumers interested in solar energy, Rocky Mountain Power External Communications Director Paul Murphy says the company is no longer offering the Utah Solar Incentive Program.

The Utah medical examiner continues to investigate the cause of death of a Cache Valley man found in a charred vehicle last month.

Joshua Timothy of the Cache County sheriff's office says they have identified the remains to be those of 47-year-old Clint Yonk of Petersboro. Yonk was found dead on private property Sunday, December 18.

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Cache County officials are seeking nominations for members of the Cache Water District Board of Trustees. The board is being organized after voters approved the creation of a water district in November.

The announcement by President Obama to designate Bears Ears National Monument has the board of trustees that oversees School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration or SITLA wondering how trust lands within the boundaries of the monument can be used. More than 100,000 acres of non-public school trust lands given to the state by the federal government to help finance public schools is located within the boundaries of the new monument.

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A recent announcement that homeless facilities in the Salt Lake area will be relocated has political and community leaders hustling to find ways to address concerns about the future of a growing number of residents in need of housing, health care, and food.  

Authorities say a woman and her unborn baby have died from injuries sustained in a six-vehicle pileup on Interstate 15 near Cove Fort in southern Utah.

The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed Monday that 22-year-old Bayley Zollinger Huerta died late Sunday. 

Cache County Sheriff's officials say they believe they have arrested all of the suspects in a case that forced students at a Northern Utah School to remain in their classrooms while under lock down Monday morning.

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Detectives with the Cache County Sheriff's office spent Sunday night investigating after responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be destroyed by fire.

Lt. Mike Peterson says deputies found a badly burned body inside a vehicle destroyed by fire on rural private property near Petersboro on the West side of Cache County.

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