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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All three Cache Valley High School basketball teams are advancing to the state championship semi-finals. Logan, Mountain Crest, and Skyview won their respective games Thursday.

Skyview began the series of northern Utah wins by defeating Olympus 62-57. Then, the Logan Grizzlies defeated East High in a 66-62 upset. The Mustangs of Mountain Crest defeated Herriman 52-47 Thursday.

Logan and Mountain Crest face off tonight (Friday) at 5:45 in Pgden. Mountain Crest won both regular season games against Logan and captured the Region 5 title.

Robert Gillies is a part of the team that has created this program that predicts when inversions will take place, weeks in advance. Gillies and the Utah Climate Center  use the climate data and input it into the model that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association runs, to predict inversions before they happen, based on  weather patterns from around the world.

When the Utah Legislature convenes later this month, one topic to be debated is whether to enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers. The number of Utah families using the federal EITC has been climbing, but previous attempts to create a state EITC have failed. Comments are from two staff members at Voices for Utah Children: Tracy Gruber, policy analyst; and Allison Rowland, director of budget and research.

Members of the Utah Conservation Corps left on Monday for Newark, NJ. Twelve AmeriCorps workers are helping aid in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Crew supervisor, Tim Carroll, was among volunteers who led a crew to the Sandy recovery site in November. He says during that recovery campaign, the 11 member Utah team spent four weeks in New York City running a special needs emergency shelter in Brooklyn and removing debris with residents living in nearby Rockaway.

Volunteers spent more than 20,ooo hours assisting 74 NY households.

Representatives from a Northern Utah neighborhood council will meet with residents during the month of January. A series of information gathering meetings and workshops are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Residents living in Logan are being invited to share ideas on how money used for community development block grants (CBG) can best benefit their neighborhood.

The federal government has given Utah the initial go-ahead to move forward with its existing state-run health insurance exchange. Utah was one of four states led by Republican governors to get approvals Thursday morning from Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Mountain Crest High School in Cache Valley was closed for the day due to a threat of violence. Kerry Bringhurst reports from Hyrum.

There's a sign asking for any deliveries to be made to call the school's number because the school is on lock-down.

They received information from students on Thursday night of a possible threat, and after spending several hours deciding what to do, they made a decision to close the school on Friday morning.

Later this week, the Green Family from the Utah community of Herriman will bring home their sixth child adopted from China. The arrival of this new community member has residents wondering what they can do to support their neighbors and their adopted children with unique and special circumstances. 

“The idea sprouted that, 'let’s have a 5000 piece puzzle of the Green family and people can purchase a piece of that puzzle.'”  - Puzzle Them Home organizer Chrissy Probst

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There are two reasons a Congressional watchdog group opposes oil shale development in eastern Utah and neighboring states. In the report Taxpayers for Common Sense says the government should stop making loan and price guarantees to oil companies to explore an energy source that it says so far hasn't paid off.

Federal officials say rising demand and failing supply pose a risk of water shortages over the next 50 years for some 40 million people, including Native Americans, businesses, ranchers, and farmers in seven western states dependent on the Colorado River.

A two-year study on western water use was released Wednesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a Colorado River Water Users Association conference.

Kerry Bringhurst tells us a related study encourages conservation and re-use programs as ways to meet western water demands.

Hosting a bowl game is big business for Boise, generating nearly $1 million to the economy. To help encourage that economic boost, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl organizers are throwing a party that begins Tuesday with a bowling event to benefit local and team charities. It ends Saturday with festivities honoring the winner of the 16th annual bowl game to be played on that recognized blue turf.

The bowl's Executive Director Kevin McDonald tells us the scheduled events:

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A request by Utah's Senator Mike Lee and his Republican congressional colleagues for more time to review whether a beetle found only in Utah should receive federal protection has been denied.

The beetle, found only in Kane County near Kanab, is being considered for the designation of threatened. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Paul Abate of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about why the request to extend the public comment period for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle was denied.

To be named an American Academy for the Advancement of Science fellow is an honor reserved for the nation's top scientists. Utah State University professors Patricia Lambert and Lance Seefeldt are among 702 scientists named as AAAS fellows.

A new report finds Western states grew more jobs at nearly double the rate of the rest of the nation over the last four decades—and the access to high-quality outdoor opportunities on public lands is a factor driving that growth. Ben Alexander with Headwaters Economics says their new “West is Best” report finds almost all of the job growth in Western States has been in the high-wage service industry, and he says Utah is leading the pack.

AARP Utah was about to give an $8,000 donation to the Utah Food Bank this month when the group decided to see if its members could match it with their own donations. And match it they did. Danny Harris with AARP says they far exceeded the $8,000 goal—raising a whopping $38,000.

"We couldn’t believe the response that we got from our members here in this state. We were just so impressed with the generosity of our members, and their willingness to give. We had no idea that they would have responded like they did and we’re very pleased with the results."

  The declining quality and availability of fresh water in the Colorado River are putting wildlife at risk, according to a new report. The study released this week by the Endangered Species Coalition highlights 10 species that are endangered as a result of water mismanagement. In Utah, that includes four fish species in the Colorado River. Leda Huta, executive director of the coalition, says they aren't what most people fish for, but the report says their numbers and health are indicators of water health. 

After eighteen years, a Cache Valley organization that has served the area's Latino population has closed. The non-profit Multicultural Center of Cache Valley reports to have served more than 18,000 individuals and families over the years, providing translation services, financial counseling, education, as well as immigration and legal assistance.

By the end of the month, offices in Logan's Whittier Center will be cleared and doors closed.

TEDx Comes to USU

Nov 5, 2012

An independently organized TED event will be held at Utah State University on Wednesday. USU is among a select number of independent organizations selected to host TEDx events throughout the country.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst spoke with USU TEDx organizer and USU associate vice president for research Dr. Scott Bates about the event.

Discussions on ways to balance energy development and biodiversity are taking place at Utah State University this week during the Restoring the West Conference. Land owners, wildlife officials, energy developers, and state officials are hoping to create plans to continue energy development and reduce impacts to the environment.

A stroke is a vascular event that causes brain damage, and says Justin Bell with the American Heart Association, can become worse with each passing second: "It can either be a blood clot or a blood hemorrhage and when it shows up, you have a very time-sensitive window to try to take care of it. So, it's important that you act quickly."

As a youth, he moved in and out of foster care homes or he lived on the streets of London. To cope with abandonment by his parents, Alex Boye turned to music and a belief in Jesus Christ. It wasn't until he served a religious mission for the LDS Church that Boye performed for the first time in public. He eventually spent four years as the lead singer of a popular boy band. While touring in Europe, he decided to leave the group and move to Salt Lake City, where he could be with fellow members of the Mormon faith.

A new study published today in the online Journal of Animal Ecology may help in the management of western wolf populations. Dr. Dan MacNulty, a professor in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, along with colleagues, tracked female wolves in Yellowstone National Park and monitored their success in raising healthy offspring. The study concluded that the weight of a mother wolf and the size of her pack are the best predictors of a female's ability to overcome environmental stressors like disease and raise pups successfully.

Utah ranks just about in the middle compared to other states for entrepreneurial activity. That's according to a new analysis by the University of Nebraska's Bureau of Business Research. The Beehive State stands out on the list -- not for its ranking but for being the state with the biggest jump in the past year. Utah had been 44th; and now it's 23rd. The researchers compared data like business growth and number of patents.

Next time you're at a Box Elder Bees football game, walk past the purple bleachers and open a large garage style door. Behind the doors you'll find all sorts of different colored large tanks, metal platforms, and trailers. It's a place where members of an unlikely school team gather.

It's taken 3 years for the Box Elder High School FFA tractor team to restore a 1948 Allis Chalmers tractor, which in the 1950s was used to remove snow from the roadways in Preston, Idaho.

After a decade of legal challenges, the "roadless rule" landed on the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep—and on Monday, the court opted to leave it in place rather than hear the latest appeal. The rule doesn't allow new roadbuilding on millions of acres of national forestland in three dozen states, including Utah. The decision not to hear their appeal is a victory in the conservation community, says Mike Anderson with the Wilderness Society.

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