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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Logan
5:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Good Cause. Good Fun. But Not Good Clean Fun.

As many as 300 youth and adults gathered on Saturday in Logan for a fundraiser and mud run. Money raised during the "Stomp the Mud out of Child Abuse" event will benefit the Cache Valley Child and Family Support Center.

With the help of the Cache county Sheriffs' office, the Support Center joined with jail inmates to build trenches, dig holes, and construct a muddy course for the mud run.

Utah News
5:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Morning Star Makes an Afternoon Appearance: See Venus During the Day on Monday

Photo of a lunar occulation of Venus from 2007. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070620.html
Peter Heinzen Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA

It's not unusual to sneak a peak of the planet Venus. Observers have been watching what appears to be a bright star shining in the east before sunrise for some time now, but on Monday, the moon and Venus will shine bright enough to be seen in daylight, but only if you know exactly where to look, says Patrick Wiggins, Utah's Solar System Ambassador for NASA.

On August 13, the moon will be easily spotted during the daytime and around 2:00 that afternoon you can look to the upper left of the moon, about 1/3 of the way up the western sky, to get a pretty good glimpse of Venus.

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Logan
4:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Chinese Performance at Logan Tabernacle Culmination of a Summer of Cultural Exchange

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For the first time, a Chinese-themed concert will be performed as part of this summer's Logan Tabernacle Concert Series. In anticipation of their performance, some of the participants spoke with UPR's Kerry Bringhurst.

Eric Watterson is the Global Marketing Director at Icon Health & Fitness as well as a musician and composer. Eric Chipman is with the University of Utah's Confucius Institute and is a traditional Chinese instrumentalist. Both of these gentlemen became familiar with Chinese music while on a religious mission to Taiwain.

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Richmond
5:26 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

50 Years After Northern Utah's Big Quake

Many of the town’s residences were damaged in the earthquake of 1962. This house lost several bricks, and must have received some interior damage, judging from the fact that many things have been moved out to the lawn.
Richmond Relic Hall, James and Drusilla Hendricks Camp, DUP

Later this month residents in the Northern Utah community of Richmond will gather to commemorate an earthquake that destroyed buildings and was felt in 6 states.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst says residents who were alive at the time of the quake 50 years ago want those living in Richmond today to realize disasters can happen -- even in a small Utah town -- and to be prepared.

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Cache Valley
6:05 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Safeguarding Utah's Livestock with a Serious Simulation

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst reports on last week's large-scale simulation of a foreign animal disease emergency.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has been for months now organizing this exercise as a test course of sorts to prepare for and prevent the possible spread of a foreign disease that could impact the nation's food supply, threaten livestock production, and force what is a $300 billion national industry to stop exporting livestock overseas.

Utah News
5:14 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Utah has Major Problem with Poverty According to "Kids Count" Study

The number of Utah children living in poverty has increased by 45% during a 5-year period beginning in 2005, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Center study, which included children up to age 17.

Karen Crompton with Voices for Utah Children, a local advocacy group, says the statistic is alarming:

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Utah News
5:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

If We Build It: Feds Say Solar Development Potential Huge in Utah

Last week the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy announced 3 public land sites in Utah that could be used for large-scale solar energy projects, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be any takers on development.

Milford Flats and the Escalante and Wah Wah Valleys have long been considered good potential areas for solar power, but Jim Byrne with the Western Grid Group says the lack of transmission capability and the uncertainty of whether customers would be willing to help pay to built it could be a problem for solar development in the state:

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Cache Valley
5:17 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

This is Only a Test: Large-Scale Foreign Animal Disease Drill in Cache Valley

Citizens in Cache Valley can expect to see livestock transport vehicles pulled over during the drill.

Veterinarians and public safety responders from Utah and Idaho will be conducting a large-scale foreign animal disease exercise July 31 - August 2 in Cache Valley to quickly identify and contain a foreign animal disease.

Dr. Bruce King, Utah's State Veterinarian talks to Kerry Bringhurst about the importance of containing foreign animal diseases and why this exercise will involve so many agencies and individuals.

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Utah News
11:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Over 50 and Underwater: AARP Reports on Senior Foreclosure Rate

AARP reports increased rate of foreclosures for people over 50.

There are millions of homeowners over the age of 50 that are still at risk of foreclosure. That's the finding from an AARP national report released today.

Utah doesn't track mortgage defaults by age of homeowner, although the state remains in the top 10 in the nation for foreclosures.

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Utah News
6:50 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

New Website is One-Stop-Shop for Living with Wildfires in Utah

The new website from USU extension is Fire.USU.edu.

Carolyn Washburn is a family educator with Utah State University Extension. She talked to Kerry Bringhurst the extension service's new website devoted to living with wildfires.

"Utah State University has always been concerned with helping families be prepared for all aspects of their lives. As the wildfire season hit so strongly this summer, we thought we wanted to put some materials together that could provide families and individuals with resources on how to prevent wildfires and ways to clean up after it."

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