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 Governor Gary Herbert is telling Utah County officials to repeal an order making it illegal to hold public gatherings with more than 10 people. Salt Lake County issued a similar health order Wednesday.

Several county commissioners representing rural Utah communities are accusing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox of overreacting to the threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Rocky Mountain Power crews are working to restore power to residents along the Wasatch Front following a Wednesday morning earthquake.  At the time of the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, approximately 73,000 customers were without power.  Logan City public works officials say the power outage did not affect residents there.

Wednesday Morning Earthquake In Utah

Mar 18, 2020

On Wednesday morning, Utah residents woke up to an earthquake just after 7 a.m.

Utah government officials monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have asked local school districts to find ways to educate students at home beginning next week. The school dismissal decision was announced Friday by the Utah COVID-19 Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments.

The Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force is recommending Utah hospitals and healthcare systems establish designated sites to screen for novel Coronavirus infections, including screening options for residents living in rural Utah.The task force, led by Utah Lt.

Logan City and Cache County School District officials are working with the Bear River Department of Health to educate students, parents, and district employees about the Coronavirus.

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It happened again,  Law enforcement and emergency crews were called to Bear Lake Square early Tuesday morning, responding to reports that a semi-truck lost control and ran through an intersection, the same intersection that has been the location for other accidents, including one where the driver died.  

 

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The United States Department of Justice has found that a Utah University failed to respond appropriately to known sexual harassment allegations. 

 

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A Utah republican lawmaker is urging his colleagues to support legislation that would allow low-income female minors to get a contraception prescription without parental consent.

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Fred C. Adams, founder of the Utah Shakespeare  Festival  passed away early Thursday in Cedar City. Festival organizers and administrators from Southern Utah University in Cedar City made the announcement saying  that one of the state’s most prominent arts leader passed away at the age of 89.

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Thursday, the Republican Speaker of the Utah House, Brad Wilson, of Kaysville filed a resolution “paying tribute” to Trump on the same day another lawmaker sponsored a censure resolution calling for U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney to be censured for his vote to convict President Donald Trump for abuse of power.

Some of Utah’s largest employers are choosing to provide workplace screenings to encourage and support women's health. Utah health directors are networking with school districts, universities, private companies and small business owners to provide screening to help save lives and money.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented his 11th State of the State address Wednesday, his final address before retiring as governor.

A Utah bowling ball manufacturer is partnering with Utah’s State Parks to encourage national and international guests to spend time exploring the state’s unique rock formations.

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A SWAT team was called to the Northern Utah community of Newton Sunday afternoon during a standoff with sheriff's deputies.  

The Arc is calling on the U.S. Congress to include siblings in the FMLA.
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A national organization that advocates for and serves people wit­­h intellectual and developmental disabilities is calling on the U.S. Congress to expand paid family leave to include siblings of those with disabilities.

Heightened avalanche conditions exist in the back country of northern Utah this week.  UPR's Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Craig Gorden of the Utah Avalanche Center who says human triggered avalanches involving new and wind drifted snow are possible, and the danger will increase and become more widespread as winds increase.

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Law enforcement officials in Idaho are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a man was shot and killed Tuesday night.  

The Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Team and the Pocatello Police Department are taking the lead on the investigation of the incident that happened in Preston, Idaho.

Some residents living in Garfield County who were hoping to vote in Tuesday’s elections have not received their mail-in-ballots. Chase Thomas with Alliance for a Better Utah said they were told by the county clerk that shipping complications with mail-in-ballots has forced polls to be open Tuesday for what was supposed to be in mail-in-ballots only election.

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All voters have until Tuesday to request a by-mail ballot or register to vote online.

Fall enrollment rates at Utah State University have dropped according to a statewide report released this week.  The Utah System of Higher Education enrollment numbers show Utah State University's fall enrollment fell by 122 students. The University of Utah enrollment numbers fell by 171 students.

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A northern Utah businessman charged with forging payments to employees is expected to plead guilty this week in Salt Lake City. The criminal case against 40-year-old Justin R. Hamilton was filed in March in U.S. District Court related to the payment of back wages from a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor Investigation.

Over the weekend families in Logan gathered with their children to show support for the family of Lizzy Shelley. The 5-year-old was found dead after she went missing. Her uncle has been charged in the case.

A northern Utah center that provides support for families is encouraging people to be kind during a recently launched campaign.

Utah's Hill Air Force Base Museum has completed work on a fifth interactive classroom.
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A new interactive classroom featuring a Vietnam-era aircraft is now open in Utah. The re-purposed C-130 Hercules is one of five such classrooms at Hill Air Force Base.

A Providence, Utah man has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and reckless control or possession of explosives, chemicals or incendiary devices. 21-year-old Jeffrey R. Toombs was arrested after he and a friend were handling explosive materials Tuesday night leading to an explosion in the garage of a home near 125 North off of 400 East.

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Federal agents are investigating, and one school remains closed, after an explosion in a Providence garage Tuesday sending one man to the hospital. 

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Logan City animal control officers are trapping feral cats as part of a trial program to stop breeding cycles. The trap-neuter-return, or TNR, program continues through May 31 to help address a feral cat problem in the city.

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Wildlife officials in Utah are reminding residents to avoid contact with wild animals after a cougar was found in the backyard of a Cache Valley home.

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