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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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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Business
11:57 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Research Group: Utah an Economic 'Rock Star'

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.

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Utah News
2:34 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Utah Seniors Dig Deep to Help Food Bank

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."

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Environment
3:29 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Four Colorado River Fish on 'Top 10 Endangered' List

  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. 

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Cache Valley
12:18 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Multicultural Center of Cache Valley to Close

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.

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Education
1:56 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

TEDx Comes to USU

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.

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Logan
5:10 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Energy Development and Biodiversity in Utah: Always a Balancing Act

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.

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Health
2:05 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Strokes Kill in Utah: Learn the Warning Signs

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."

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UPR Feature Story
2:11 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

From Boy Band to the Tabernacle Choir -- Alex Boye's Musical Journey to Utah

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.

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