Kerry Bringhurst

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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.

A woman dressed in blue PPE wearing a mask and a face shield takes a COVID-19 test from a person in a vehicle at a drive up testing site.
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I’m Kerry Bringhurst welcoming Utah State University President Noelle Cockett for our conversation about what is happening with students regarding COVID-19.

Kerry Bringhurst: This is Utah Public Radio. Joining me for our weekly conversation, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett. 

We're getting to the end of the semester.

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COVID-19 weekly student testing at all Utah State University campuses continues this week. Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a state public health order requiring all college and university students attending in-person classes to be tested. 

You're listening to Utah Public Radio. I'm Kerry Bringhurst with a weekly update conversation with USU President Noelle Cockett. 

You're listening to Utah Public Radio, I'm Kerry Bringhurst. As of Thursday, there are 324 students, staff or faculty members at Utah State University campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. This is a decrease from the 350 reported last Thursday. These active cases include 303 students living either on or off campus. 

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As was expected, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox won Utah’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday evening. Due to COVID-19, he and his running mate Senator Diedre Henderson addressed supporters through Facebook Live from Fairview, Utah. 

Organizers of a large Halloween party could face criminal charges for hosting a mass gathering without a permit.

Kerry Bringhurst: You're listening to Utah Public Radio. Time now for our weekly update with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett, who has some good news as Utah State University was recognized in College Magazine in their top 10 colleges deserving recognition for the response to COVID-19. 

Kerry Bringhurst: Utah and surrounding Cache County have seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. That has alarmed state health and government officials and the state of Utah this week has introduced a new COVID-19 transmission index. 

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It's Friday and you're listening to Utah Public Radio. I'm Kerry Bringhurst. We have our weekly conversation with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett. 

Park City council members are planning to vote on changes to the city's lighting codes to improve views of the night sky there. If approved, the change would also improve the city's chances of becoming an International Dark Sky Community.

The Utah Sierra Club and other community groups are mourning the loss of a Utah social justice warrior. Murray resident and longtime activist Margarita Satini died Tuesday from the COVID-19 virus.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert used Spanish-language translators on Tuesday to encourage residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the state. He said most Utahns are taking the pandemic seriously but worries some in the state may find it confusing to keep up with the new and updated restrictions.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging residents of tribal areas to respond now to the 2020 census, as the deadline has been extended to Oct. 31.

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. 

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

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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.

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