Kerry Bringhurst

Interim Station Manager / 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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Arts and Culture
6:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Utah Symphony And Opera Present Concert For Families With Special Needs Children Thursday

The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera will present their yearly concert for members of the community who are often limited when it comes to enjoying cultural opportunities this week.

It was during a board meeting 14 years ago that the CEO of the Utah Symphony and Orchestra was asked by a father to help find a way to include families and their special needs children so they could have access to music and performances without worrying about being disruptive.

"He had a son with Autism and he said one of the things that our family needs is a cultural event we can attend together," said Paula Fowler, the director of education and community outreach for the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

Fowler said the father was concerned the public thought families with special needs children couldn't control their children.

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Utah Education
6:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Education Events Around Utah Inform Parents Of School Choices

Credit Ogden School District

Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26. An unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states will be taking place between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.

Andrew Campanella is the president of National School Choice Week, and said the events will be held within individual communities around the country.

"We're looking at everything from rallies to round-table discussions, movie screenings. People getting together in individual homes and community centers, and talking about making good choices for their children, the options they have. Families in Utah have a lot of options. They do have school choice," Campanella said.

School choice means parents deciding how their children are educated- through all forms of education.
 


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Utah Jobs
3:53 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Technical Training, Workforce Services Center Opens In Price

A new Center for Workforce Development facility has opened in Price. The 5,000 square foot renovated building is located on the Utah State University Eastern campus.

USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson welcomed the community and students to the new facility during a ceremony Wednesday. He said the workforce development program is designed to give students training for jobs that are in demand.

"Companies around southeast Utah are always eager to hire people who are skilled in CAD programs like automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics, welding and those kinds of things," Peterson said.

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Utah Politics
3:58 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Climate Lobbying Group Hopes To Expand Into Northern Utah

Credit www.airquality.utah.gov

A climate change lobbying group with chapters in the United States and Canada is hoping to expand into Northern Utah. Citizens Climate Lobby engages non-partisan lobbying for a federal tax on carbon-based fuels.

“We think this market-based, revenue neutral approach stands the best chance of appealing to both liberals and conservatives in making its way through Congress and into law,” said Ben Mates, a member of the CCL group in Salt Lake City.


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Utah Education
3:27 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

New Cache County School Alerts System A Way To Increase Communication Between Parents And Educators

Parents of students attending schools in Cache County can participate in a new communication system.  The Alert Solutions Power Announcement system is a way for district administrators, teachers and staff to inform parents about events and happenings at their students' school.

Cache County School District personnel said the announcement system will alert parents of school closures, attendance records, general announcements and possible emergency situations.

Parents can also access information about grades and school forms by using a protected password.

Sign up for the Cache County School Districts Alert service.

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Utah Environment
2:47 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Group Plans Clean Air Rally Two Days Before Utah Legislature Opening Session

A group of clean air advocates has resolved to organize a rally that would be the Utah’s largest. The group hopes to use public pressure to persuade state Lawmakers to address their concerns about what they say is a lack of Utah policy needed to address air quality concerns.

When Tom Bennett of Georgia travels he takes along his guitar and makes music. Bennett is a folk musician who has settled along Utah’s Wasatch Front.

“I love the west,” said Bennett. “I have traveled most places and decided to settle here because I found it to be the most beautiful state.”

It used to be that Bennett traveled through Salt Lake on a bicycle but now he is forced to use public transportation to get to and from work because he said he can’t physically handle the state’s poor air quality.

“Last winter I suffered an 80 percent loss of hearing because my sinuses were so infected from breathing bad air,” he said.

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranked northern Utah and parts of central California as having the country's worst air.

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Utah Politics
5:49 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

YWCA Encourages Women To Run For State Office

The Utah chapter of the National Young Women’s Christian Association is encouraging women to consider running for public office.  

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, women make up half of the population of the state of Utah.  Currently there are only 17 out of the 104 Utah lawmakers serving in the state house and senate who are women. That gives Utah the ranking of 46th in the nation.

“There are efforts going on around the country to encourage women to run for political office,” said Anne Burkholder of YWCA-Utah. “We need to take special effort to engage them.  They have a right to be at the table where decision are made that effect their lives and the lives of their families and their communities.”

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Utah Politics
3:54 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Democrats Seek Public Opinion For Interim AG

Utah Governor Gary Herbert will select one of three GOP candidates to become the states next Attorney General.  The state republican central committee met over the weekend and has forwarded  the names of Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet.
UPR's Kerry Bringhurst has been following the Utah Democratic Party's response to the process of selecting Utah's top law enforcer. 

As soon as John Swallow announced he would resign as Utah's Attorney General, Utah democrats began pushing for a replacement process that state party chairman Jim Dabakis said would involve candidates who "are outside the business as usual politics of capitol hill."

The democratic party dedicated a webpage to Utahns, giving them the opportunity to nominate candidates who Dabakis said have broad respect in the community, and are as diverse as the people of Utah.

"What we wanted to show was what would happen if the people of Utah were able to actually pick the next interim Attorney General and the difference that there would be," Dabakis said.

There were 276 responses 72 hours. The public's recommendation for candidates to be included in the next AG search are Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham and former LDS church historian Marlin Jensen.

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Utah Politics
3:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Utah Republican Party Meets Saturday To Narrow Down AG Candidate List

The search for Utah's Attorney General continues. Utah  Republican Party leaders will meet Saturday to recommend candidates to replace former AG John Swallow.

The Utah Republican Central Committee will meet to select three of the seven Republican candidates to be considered by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to become Utah's new Attorney General.

Speaking on UPR's Access Utah program, Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-2) said he is not comfortable with the process.

"Some of them (candidates) have real specific problems with connection to Mr. Swallow,"  Dabakis said. "We are going to end up with the same old thing and the same old characters.  It is reprehensible that we are in this position now."

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Utah Education
1:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Lieutenant Governor Tours Autoliv Facility in Brigham City With Students

Spencer Cox, Utah's appointed Lt. Governor, toured the Brigham City Autoliv Facility with students interested in robotics.
Credit LT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Utah's new Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox, spent part of Thursday in Brigham City touring a robotics facility.  The tour of Autoliv Northern America included students interested in robotics training.

There are 80 Autoliv facilities producing airbag and other automotive safety products in 29 countries.  One of those facilities is located in the Northern Utah farming community of Brigham City.
Cox toured the Autoliv manufacturing facility along with students from the Bridgerland Applied Technology College.


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