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.


Utah News
2:57 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Utah Volunteers Aid In Recovery for Sandy Victims

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.

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2:27 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Logan City Holds Public Input Meetings for Community Improvements

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.

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Health and Wellness
4:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Utah's Health Insurance Exchange Given the Federal Go-Ahead

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.

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4:46 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Threat of Violence Closes Cache Valley High School, One Week After School Shooting in Connecticut

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.

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UPR Feature Story
5:18 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Puzzle Them Home: A Utah Community Pieces Together a Plan to Help a Family

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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2:33 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Watchdog Group Sees No Future in Utah Oil Shale

This photo of an oil shale deposit in Uinta County was taken in 1916. People have been trying since then to find a profitable way to use it as a fuel source.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

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.

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The West
4:19 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Using Icebergs or Just Conservation to Deal with the West's Water Problem

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.

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4:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is Saturday but the Party Starts Today

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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Utah Wildlife
5:12 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Protection Threatened for Threatened Utah Beetle

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle is found only in Kane County, Utah.
Credit Christine Breton / ARKive

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.

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Utah State University
3:58 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Two USU Scientists Named as AAAS Fellows

Lance Seefeldt, Professor in USU's department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named a 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

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.

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