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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Brigham City
6:35 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Brigham City in Free Speech Battle with Demonstrators

Signs along the sidewalks outside the Brigham City LDS temple indicate where protesting is allowed.
Ryan Cunningham

The newest LDS temple in Brigham City has drawn a lot of attention. It can be seen from afar as you enter the city in northern Utah. Its alabaster appearance draws your eye directly to a structure considered sacred by members of the LDS faith. Each day as many as 18,000 guests enter the doors during a public open house that concludes Saturday, giving those interested a rare opportunity to peek inside before the official dedication on September 23. At that time the doors will close to general entrants.

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Environment
5:43 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy in Western States

There's strong support in Utah and 10 other western states for developing renewable energy on public lands - and ensuring at least some of the rents or royalties from developers are used locally for conservation and recreation purposes. That's according to a new bipartisan poll commissioned by the Wilderness Society.

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UPR Feature Story
5:49 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Backpacks of School Supplies Help Logan's Refugees Go Back to School Prepared

A Burmese refugee inspects his new backpack filled with supplies just in time for school to start.

The giggles and shrills of thrill could not be contained as the 3 friends gathered under a tree trying to ward off the heat of the day. Wearing head coverings bedazzled by the bling of rhinestones in patterns of flowers and traditional designs.

Girl: "We're from Burma and our religion is Muslim."

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Utah Politics
4:44 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Crystal Young-Otterstrom on Being LDS and Democrat

Nearly 2,000 members of the national LDS Democrats met this week during the Democratic National Convention. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Utahn Crystal Young-Otterstrom, who was among the first to join the Utah LDS Democrats Caucus.

Utah News
4:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

It's Honey Month in the Beehive State

September is National Honey Month - and Utah beekeepers say it's been a year full of challenges, both for professionals and hobbyists.

The hot, dry weather has meant fewer and less healthy crops and flowers in some areas, which are necessary for the pollination process and as food the bees use to make honey. Steve Stoddard of Delta transports his bee colonies from California to South Dakota to pollinate crops. He says almost everywhere they went was drier than normal, and his home turf of west central Utah was the exception.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Utah Youth Work to Protect State's Natural Resources

Utah Conservation Corps workers hard at work.

This summer has been a busy one for young people working on public lands projects in Utah. Hundreds of them get jobs with the Youth Conservation Corps, headquartered at Utah State University. They maintain trails, restore wildlife habitat, rip out invasive species - and keep at it as long as weather permits. For some, says director Sean Damitz, it's their first outdoor experience and their first job - and there are lessons just as important as the hard work. 

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Utah Politics
4:29 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Governor Herbert on Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

As a proclaimed member of the same religion practiced by the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has had ample opportunity to answer questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during this week's National GOP Convention.

Herbert was a councilman in Salt Lake City when Romney was there for the Olympics, and during his time in Tampa, the Governor has worked to persuade delegates to focus on Romney's ability to manage -- a message he says is more important than Romney's ability to socialize.

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Utah News
5:33 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Utah Companies Lag When it Comes to LGBT Anti-Discrimination

All but a handful of the nation's Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily include protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. That makes most major companies more inclusive than Utah. Here in the Beehive State a person can still lose his/her job for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.

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UPR Newsline
3:54 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Back-to-School Tips...for Parents

Becky Pringle is the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Education Association, the largest education union in the country.  She was  also a classroom teacher for over 30 years. She talks with UPR's Kerry Bringhurst about the NEA & Parenting Magazine survey released just in time for back-to-school anxiety and excitement. Pringle has ideas about how parents can help children succeed during the school year.

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Cache Valley
11:37 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Cache Valley Road Work to Potentially Disrupt Farm Transportation

A project to repair a bridge in Northern Utah begins this weekend and farmers needing to move farm equipment through the area should prepare now for road closures.

Repair work on the Bear River-Cutler Reservoir Bridge is scheduled to begin Sunday. Utah Department of Transportation crews will repair the deck of the bridge between Cache Junction and Newton on SR-23.

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