Kerry Bringhurst

UPR Management | 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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It was on July 1, 1862 that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act, creating the original Union Pacific Railway Company. Today Union Pacific Railroad is part of a corporation, linking 23  states in the western 2/3 of the country with cars carrying freight including automobiles and fruits and vegetables.

To mark the 150 year celebration, Union Pacific is traveling a steam engine throughout the country. The next stop is Ogden, Utah, for a day-long display and train-town presentation.

A national society focused on the philosophy and theology of Mormons will meet in Logan this weekend. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Philip Barlow, Utah State University's Director of Religious Studies, about the increased interest in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kerry Bringhurst's extended interview with Ed Kociela about his new book, plygs, a fact-based novel based on his 17-year career as a Southern Utah journalist.

Hummingbird researchers in St. George are gathering data as the birds are beginning their seasonal migration.

Ned Batchelder is visiting about 15 volunteers' yards, trapping and putting tiny leg bands on hummingbirds. He says this project will help track hummingbird migration patterns.

"For the month of August you've got this mass of birds migrating down the Rocky Mt corridor. There's about a 15-day window where we can set up and band 50 - 100 birds easily in one day."

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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.

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.

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."

Utah 4-H is holding a centennial celebration this week in Logan. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Ross Jacobsen, who has dedicated 32 years of his career working with Utah State University as part of what has become the nation's largest youth development organization, 4-H.

"Celebrating Diversity in the West" is the focus of administrative leaders in Western Land Grant universities, who are meeting this week in Park City for the Western Region Joint Summer Meetings.

Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Chuck Gay, Associate Vice President for Extension at Utah State University, who explains why representatives from the Land Grant universities get together every summer and what they are celebrating this year.

Newly published research from the University of Utah shows  there is  a genetic connection to the emotional response to music. For the study, music by Elvis Presley and others was played to gage emotional hormone levels in people with Williams syndrome, a well-documented genetic disorder.

Logan resident Scott Bushman is a member of a Northern Utah Type-III Overhead Team, responsible for managing wildlife suppression operations. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Bushman about what it's like to wake up to a phone call and go fight a wildland fire.

Reactions to the Supreme Court's decision regarding national health care reform vary. During UPR's Access Utah broadcast Thursday morning, guests were asked to give their reaction to the decision, less than an hour after the announcement, and by mid-day Utah's high-level politicians had released their statements.

It's already apparent that the recent and ongoing consuming wildfires in Utah will have an impact on the state's economy. Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Kyle Stevens, Deputy Commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, about the impacts on the agricultural industry in Utah. Livestock producers in Sanpete County have reported the loss of lambs and ewes in wildfires. In other areas of the state, livestock has been evacuated.