Kerry Bringhurst

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.

COVID-19 Case Count At USU Continues To Rise

Sep 28, 2020

Case counts at Utah State University are up.

The Utah Department of Health reported an additional 1,068 test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah and five new deaths from the disease Sunday

The Trump Administration has announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $34 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in five rural Utah communities.

USU COVID Update

Sep 25, 2020

The university offered testing to 483 students in the Living Learning Center (LLC) community on the Logan campus over the last three days.

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. 

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.

Updates On Weekend Wildfires Across The State

Aug 10, 2020

Observers stood outside of vehicles parked along Highway 89 leading to Logan Canyon on Sunday. They watched as helicopters captured water from First Dam to douse flames burning in the Card Canyon area. The fire started Sunday and is reported to be contained after burning an estimated four acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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.

NEHMA Re-opens For The Public

Jun 4, 2020

Beginning Saturday, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the USU Logan Campus will open to the public after closing because of the Coronavirus.

The director of the Uintah County Library is asking visitors to limit time spent at the community hub to thirty minutes. Sam Passey said the library in Vernal is open weekdays and Saturday after being closed to the public because of coronavirus restrictions.

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.

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.

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