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.

Ways to Connect

As a way of changing the face of men’s health a group from Melbourne, Victoria organized an event challenging each other to grow a mustache for 30 days, to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men.  That was more than ten years ago.

The Movember Challenge has made its way from Australia to campuses throughout the United States, including Utah State University.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has released an outline of how each state, including Utah, will benefit should congress approve the Obama administrations plan to reduce tariffs and increase exports to the Trans-Pacific. 

For Debra and Dennis Higginson of Vernal it was a surprise meeting at a Colorado church that led this couple to meet, fall in love, and commit to a relationship that would have them working together to treat and live with a long-term illness.



Supporters of a candidate who could become the first openly gay mayor in Utah say they are confident former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski will be announced as the official winner of the Salt Lake City mayoral race once official results are released next week. As of late Tuesday night incumbent Ralph Becker was behind by 1,450 votes.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says at least 10,000 ballots county-wide will need to be counted in coming days before Salt Lake City residents can say for certain who has been elected as their mayor.

Election results for three positions in Logan City are preliminary but congratulations were given election night to three of the four candidates who ran for a position on the city council. 

Tom Jensen had been serving on the city's planning commission. Jensen will join current chairwomen Jeannie Simmonds and councilman Herm Olsen who were re-elected Tuesday night.

Salt Lake Tribune

A non-profit organization has completed a study to help design how Utah should prepare for the future.  Envision Utah surveyed 53,000 residents about education, transportation, air quality, and urban development.

The survey asked residents to share opinions on 11 topics that should be addressed by the year 2050 to help create public policy as the state prepares for an estimated population increase.  Right now there are 3 million resident living here.  Within 35 years the number of people living here could nearly double.

The Cache Valley Transit District is discussing ways to fund public transportation.  After bussing passengers for free managers of the 19 year old service say it may require a fare to sustain a system that seats riders from Hyrum to Lewiston. 

Tell us how you feel about paying to ride public transportation in Cache Valley.

Utah lawmakers are hoping to find a way to adjust federal law to allow for Utah’s institutions of higher education to research the health and economic aspects of cannabis or hemp products. 

Republican representative Gage Froerer told members of the health and human services committee this week that he is working with Utah’s Congressional delegation to encourage a change in Federal Drug Administration policy  that would allow researchers to move forward in determining the possible agricultural, medical, and economic uses of hemp and cannabis products.

After serving more than 27 years as a public servant, Vernal City Council Member JoAnn Cowan has announced she will not be running in 2015. Cowan began her public service as a way to encourage her Uintah High School students to engage in their community.  One of her former social studies students, Kerry Bringhurst, asked her about her time volunteering.

Boyd Bringhurst

The world premiere of an independent movie about a Utah father who faced tragedy and learned to forgive included a panel discussion about the power of forgiving.  Religious leaders, psychologist, and families attended Monday evening’s Night of Forgiveness.                                                                                                                       


The announcement Friday by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner that he will retire in October could mean a delay in a possible shut down of the federal government. Predictions are that Congress will pass a CR [continuing resolution] as a stop-gap solution to keep funding the government into October.

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Vernal attorney and former Utah State Representative, Gayle McKeachnie, also served as Utah’s Lt Gov. He shares a history of the Uintah Basin and why it was one of the last areas in the state to be settled. 

Cache County Sheriff's Office

The owners of a Northern Utah bank robbed in July are offering a reward for information leading to the ultimate conviction of those involved.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the robbery that happened on July 28  at the Hyrum Wells Fargo Bank.


Investigators are still following up on numerous leads since the incident occurred.  Photos taken from bank surveillance cameras of the robbery suspect are being circulated.

 Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his top education advisor, Tami Pyfer, are traveling the state to meet with public educators and administrators prior to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.  

On Wednesday they met with administrators and teachers in the Box Elder School District where they discussed the need for qualified teachers to help educate Utah’s youth. Pyfer said the teacher shortage is real and is having an impact on Utah schools.

Envision Utah

Results from a public outreach survey in Utah indicate Utahns want to protect themselves from price and supply shock when it comes to energy use.

The Envision Utah campaign, Your Utah Your Future, included a state-wide online survey where residents were asked to share their opinions about energy, land use, air quality, education and other topics related to population growth and development in the state during the next 50 years.

USU Extension

A professor at Utah State University is using his degrees in family and human development and health and wellness to combine his expertise in an effort to find ways to reduce the drop-out rate among children who participate in sports.  

  Educators from throughout the United States gathered last week in Utah for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year conference. Utahn, Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, was the keynote speaker during the “Transformers: Innovating Education” conference in Salt Lake City.


Mormons Building Bridges

The Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  In a five to four decision Justice Anthony Kennedy writes for the court saying the 14th amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Efforts to reduce chronic homelessness in Utah will continue with help from a federal money match announced Thursday. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, announced that Salt Lake County will be one of 10 communities nationwide to become part of the agency’s new Operation AmeriCorps initiative.

 Organisms that have been genetically modified—commonly known as GMOs—are illegally being sold to consumers, that's according to Steven M. Druker, author of the book “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.”

Kerry Bringhurst

Nibley City residents and business owners are preparing for a weekend without water.  Nibley City Manager David Zook said they are still awaiting test results from a Utah lab to determine whether or not the culinary system is clean.

Thursday, Natalie Hawker and her son had a “water day” since school was cancelled.  They made a trip to the city office building where she asked city officials if they could tell her when the water will be safe to use.  Zook told her the water system has been flushed but if Friday’s test results show there is still diesel fuel in the system, it will be next Tuesday before they can find out if the flushing has helped.

Speaking Monday to faculty and staff in the university’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah State University President Stan Albrecht and Provost Noelle Cockett encouraged college and department faculty to promote and market themselves and their product as professors to students, the public and lawmakers now in preparation for next year’s legislative session.

Retirement is just around the corner.
Global Action on Aging

The Utah director of a national program for retired adults is working with lawmakers to study a  state-sponsored program that will help residents save for their retirement. Alan Ormsby is Utah director of the American Association of Retired Persons.  He said more than half of working people in Utah don't have a financial plan for when they retire.

wendi hassan

The Cache Valley Center of the Arts has named a new executive director.  Logan resident Wendi Hassan was selected following a national search and will begin as the new director on March 2.

Tina Murray is Chair of the CVCA's Board.  She served on the committee that selected Hassan.

"She has a long history of being involved in the arts in Cache Valley and the state of Utah," Murray said.  "Those local and statewide connections are going to be very great for the organization."

Hassan will leave her position as community outreach manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums in Salt Lake City.  She has worked as an outreach coordinator and director of communications for the CVCA. 

Supporters of legislation to help terminally ill patients access FDA trial therapies announced Wednesday the formation of a foundation to help those patients acces expensive experimental drugs.

Two years ago Jonathan Johnson was overseeing a large international company, - but it was his father's health and not his experience as an executive that led him to set up a Right to Try Foundation.