Kerry Bringhurst

UPR Management | Host, Morning Edition

kerry.bringhurst@usu.edu

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 Public Radio’s Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett Monday about an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on the USU campus. Cockett says wastewater analysis shows evidence of COVID-19 among students at the Living Learning Center (LLC) on the main Logan campus. Through ongoing COVID-19 monitoring and case containment efforts, USU has identified a potential cluster of COVID-19 cases. The LLC includes six buildings and a total of 483 students. Cockett says there are currently 15 students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in this area. The Utah Department of Health will provide a mobile testing site on Wednesday.

I'm Kerry Bringhurst. You're listening to Utah Public Radio and joining me is Noelle Cockett, President of Utah State University. 

A person wearing a hat drops off a mail-in ballot at a Salt Lake County ballot drop-box.
The Daily Utah Chronicle

On August 26th, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed. Women were no longer barred from voting because of gender. Today on Access Utah, we’ll preview an event happening tomorrow celebrating this anniversary and honoring the people, past and present, who fight for voting rights.

Target shooting has been temporarily prohibited at 17 Utah wildlife management areas due to wildfire concerns.

 

Utah and Cache County fire officials are tweeting through Utah Fire Info that the human-caused Card Canyon Fire at the intersection of Logan Canyon Highway 89 and Card Canyon is 80% contained. The 3.5-acre blaze is under investigation and crews expect to gain full control on Tuesday.

The Cottonwood Trail Fire burned an estimated 3,000 acres in Washington County on Sunday evening. Evacuations were ordered and later lifted for Harrisburg; homes in the Angel Heights subdivision west of I-15 in Leeds remained evacuated as of 10:15 p.m. and the Silver Reef subdivision was threatened.

Protesters broke windows, painted public property, and chanted into the night on Thursday in Salt Lake City after District Attorney Sim Gill announced Utah police officers were legally justified in firing more than 30 times and killing an armed man as he ran away. Prints of hands painted in red covered concrete walls at the DA office following the announcement.

Cache Valley dairy producers are joining other Utah producers to donate surplus dairy products.  This includes Gossner Foods and Creamies Premium Ice Cream Company, who are helping distribute grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese curds in June, during National Dairy Month.

In Logan, more than 100 protesters gathered at the corner of Main Street and First North. Car horns were heard honking in support of demonstrators.

The Utah Department of Public  Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson expressed his appreciation to peaceful protesters Tuesday. For the third time in four nights, hundreds gathered in downtown Salt Lake City to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.  

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency due to civil unrest. This order will temporarily close the State Capitol Complex to the public. The order is effective immediately, and the capitol campus will remain closed until Saturday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Salt Lake City and County Building Monday evening.

At least one man who said he helped flip over a Salt Lake police police patrol car on Saturday has turned himself in.

One person has died after being critically injured in a car crash in Logan Canyon on Monday. Utah Highway Patrol officials said the crash involving a Ford Escort and semi truck happened 12 miles northeast of Logan. Canyon travel was closed on U.S. 89 through Logan Canyon and Garden City for several hours, reopening at 10 p.m.

A human-caused wildfire burning near Midway has grown to 646 acres and is 40% contained. Wasatch County fire officials report that residents living near the Saddle Fire are being allowed to return to their homes.

Ten individuals in The Bear River Health District are hospitalized with coronavirus.  Overall there have been 60 cases in Cache County, 23 in Box Elder County and none so far in Rich County.

Utah Gov. Gary  Herbert has launched a  program to support small businesses in the transition to “moderate risk” COVID-19 protocols.  The “PPE Push Pack”  program is a public and private partnership. A one-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is being offered to sole proprietors and businesses with fewer than 50 employees. 

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Logan City officials have decided not to open their outdoor swim facility this summer. Director of Parks & Recreation, Russ Akina, says restrictions on the number of swimmers allowed at the pool because of coronavirus makes it possible for the city to justify the closure to improve the aquatic center.

Cache Valley Hospital is scheduling postponed surgeries after Utah Governor Gary Herbert rescinded the order to suspend elective surgery because of COVID-19.

Hotels and motels in northern Utah began expanding services last week and for the first time since the middle of March, guests are being allowed access to swimming pools.

 Lease sales for oil and gas development in Utah are scheduled for June
Mason Cummings

Utah environmental groups are asking federal agencies to delay decisions about oil and gas leasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal land management officials are being asked to wait until the public can comment on proposed projects in Grand and San Juan Counties.

Utah Ag Funding

May 4, 2020
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Utah farmers and ranchers struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for up to $40,000 in grants from the Utah Conservation Commission as part of federal relief funding headed under the CARES Act. Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Logan Wilde, says  total funding for the program in Utah is capped at $20 million. Wilde says the many of the state's farms and ranches are on the brink of going out of business.

Utah's Zion National Park officials announced Sunday they will begin providing day use recreational access to select areas within the park later this month. 

Utah farmers and ranchers struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for up to $40,000 in grants from the Utah Conservation Commission as part of federal relief funding headed under the CARES Act.

The Federal Emergency Management Association, or FEMA, is provding funding to support COVID-19  counseling for those living in Utah. Residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can receive help through crisis counseling programs.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, UDAF, is allowing private meat processors to slaughter animals for commercial sale.

 

 

A Utah healthcare provider is expanding COVID-19 testing services for people experiencing homelessness.  Intermountain Healthcare is working with county health departments to assess needs and coordinate care.

USU campus activities are cancelled at a time of year when leisure outdoor fun is most popular.
Utah State University

The COVID-19 pandemic has displaced students attending universities and colleges throughout the state of Utah. Many of them are completing their last week as online students for the first time. Utah State University's Vice President for Student Services, Dr. James Morales spoke to Utah Public Radio about ways the university is working to meet student needs from a distance.  

Meat packing plants are struggling to process enough livestock for consumers during COVID-19.  Producers say consumers are stocking up on essentials, including meat, during a time when protecting processing plant employees can be difficult.

West Jordan law enforcement continue to looks for leads into who shot and killed a Utah husband and wife over the weekend.  30-year-old Katherine Butterfield and her husband, 31-year-old Tony Butterfield, were found Saturday night in their home.  Police believe the couple was killed during a home invasion.

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