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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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.


AmeriCorps

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.”

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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.

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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.


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CVCA

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, Overstock.com - 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.

 

Utah students, parents, and educators will join in a national celebration Jan. 25-31, 2015 to recognize school choice.  Participants in the 2015 National School Choice Week are hoping to encourage communities to look at different ways of helping to educate today's youth.

Early Monday morning Andrew Campanella, President of the non-profit organization National School Choice Week, rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchanging to mark the official beginning of the celebration.

Overstock.com announced this week that the online retailer will offer customers a streaming-video service sometime this year.  UPR spoke with company chairman, Jonathan Johnson, about the new service.  Johnson said the company is also planning to extend Overstock products to customers in China.

In February 2014 Overstock.com announced the company would begin accepting bitcoins.  Kerry Bringhurst asked Johnson if the use of  this crypto-currency is growing.

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Christopher Gezon / Zion National Park

In 2013, more than nine million visitors to National Parks in Utah contributed $596 million to the state's economy and supported nearly nine thousand jobs related to tourism. The National Park Service is now recommending recreation fee increases at three of Southern Utah's most popular parks to help cover the cost of maintaining what they say is an important economic resource here.

Park Superintendents from Bryce Canyon, Zion National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument say a review of park service fee rates in Utah are part of a national assessment of park entrance fees that have not been updated since 2006.

In a small warehouse just off Logan City's main street a group of volunteers move crates of food. Workers are cold and they struggle to move canned goods with gloved hands.

"It is really cold this morning, but we are here every week during the school year come rain or shine," said Nibley resident Peggy Reese.

Reese began the "Still Cool After School" supplemental food program five years ago when she was working at Ellis Elementary. The program brings community volunteers together each week of the school year to gather donated food items. Peanut butter, cereal, soups, and pasta are some of the staples they place inside more than one hundred backpacks. On Fridays the backpacks are distributed throughout elementary schools by administrators in the Logan School District. Together they select students who qualify for federal food assistance and also demonstrate a need for nutrition services on weekends.

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Utah State University, TEDx

They can be held on a stage, in box, or in a zoo next to a fox. Heard through an app, in person or in your home on your desktop. Each week they air here, on UPR through the radio in your car.

If he were living today, Dr. Suess would be on my wish list of speakers asked to present a short, powerful talk about technology, entertainment or design known as a TED talk.

"To be an official TEDx event, you have to register and apply to the TED organization," said Scott Bates, associate vice president for research and associate dean of graduate studies at Utah State University.

Bates is one of the organizers of USU's TEDx event, taking place Wednesday in Logan, where you won't hear from Dr. Seuss but you will hear from Utah author Orson Scott Card, selected community members and USU students and faculty.

In only a few minutes drive along 400 North in Logan traffic leads to a canyon where a tree-lined river is ever changing. They're morphing.

There's a group of researchers from Utah State University studying the restoration of streams and waterways. Nate Hough-Snee is a doctoral student at Utah State University, working with the group.

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The Utah Debate Commission sponsored the first debate between the Republican and Democratic Candidates for Utah Attorney General Wednesday night. Both candidates agreed on many issues, with the exception being over a plan to defend Utah's gay marriage ban.

Community members gathered at a discussion on action and strategies to improve air quality in Northern Utah Wednesday. Organizers of the workshop brought air quality experts, representatives from Utah's and Idaho's departments of environmental quality, Logan City council members, along with state and county officials.

Ed Redd (R-House 4) opened the public session by explaining why he spent the past Utah legislative session working on a bill to reduce the use of wood burning stoves along the Wasatch Front.

Researchers at Utah State University are raising record amounts of grant and research money. USU Vice President of Research, Mark McLellan, made the announcement and said during fiscal year 2014 USU was awarded $220 million dollars.

The majority of funding came from the Department of Defense which contributed $60.2 million.  Additional money was awarded by corporations and foundations with State of Utah grants totaling $18.2 million. The National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Interior also gave money to support research at USU.

"This mix of research dollars to support the mission of USU is a very empowering opportunity to drive our programs forward with a real focus on the federal agencies that sponsor research," McLellan said.

Findings that compare state-by-state adult obesity rates show Utah’s rates are low compared to rates in neighboring states.

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An annual list ranking America’s top college towns has named Logan, Utah as one of the top 10 Best College Towns, 2014.

Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael says for a mid-sized city, having a college or university town can help move a place from being a good place to live to being a great place to live.  Gary Saxton is director of the Logan Downtown Business Alliance.  He says he is not surprised that Logan was listed as number two in the rankings.

Wild Aware Utah

The Wild Aware Utah campaign, now available to Utahns, includes general safety tips to help educate the public about what to do when encountering wildlife while camping or recreating.

Mark Natt and his wife Stephanie Jochum-Natt are among a group of volunteers working together to prepare online and public speaking information that can be used to prepare for and prevent unwelcome encounters with bats, bear, deer and other animals.  They said the project is designed to be used by families, scout groups, 4-H clubs and the general public.

Brian Champagne

Travelers trying to drive to and from Northern Utah’s Bear Lake on Saturday morning were delayed by  a head-on vehicle collision that left one person dead.

Eighteen-year-old Ryker Lance Dattage of Hyde Park was near Franklin Basin in Logan Canyon when the vehicle he was driving drifted into oncoming traffic. He was killed on impact after colliding with a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by 57-year old Bruce Wilson of Hooper. 

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Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher accepted a $10,500 donation on behalf of a five-county regional search and rescue team.  A St. George car dealership, Findley Automotive, held a golf tournament to help raise the money.  This is the fourth year the group has contributed to help volunteers purchase equipment and participate in training exercises.

“When I first started we bought everything ourselves,” Pulsipher said. “The county didn’t have the ability to provide any equipment, training or anything. We did it all ourselves.”

Run My Roadtrip: On The Road Interview

Jul 25, 2014
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You're listening to Utah Public Radio, I'm Kerry Bringhurst. We continue our conversation with Brian Champagne, a professor of journalism at Utah State University, and a contributor to UPR. Run My Roadtrip, a series of reports we've been hearing from Brian, and we're with him.

 The epic motion picture The Ten Commandments was honored with an Academy Award for outstanding visual effects in 1957.  Before the parting of the Red Sea and the burning of the bush could be shown on screen, the images were first sketched and painted on canvas.  

Interns are the Future
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Kerry Bringhurst is the interim station manager and news director at Utah Public Radio. 

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