Chris Holmes

News Correspondent - Southern Utah

Chris Holmes will soon graduate with a Masters of Professional Communication from Southern Utah University. While at SUU his work received numerous awards including the 2009 King Foundation Best of Festival Award in the National Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Chris is also the host of the daily public affairs program, Southern Utah Forum on radio station KSUB (Cedar City, Utah). He lives in Cedar City, with wife, Marie and five children.

A federal judge in Utah is considering whether or not to again release from jail, two men in the FLDS food stamps fraud case—this, after the pair were returned to jail after violating the agreement of the court upon their first release.

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  The Outdoor Retailers expo opened in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, with an endorsement of the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.

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  Governor Gary Herbert opened the Utah Rural Summit Thursday in Cedar City.  In its 29th year, the summit is hosted by Southern Utah University and each year, addresses the challenges of Utah’s rural economies.

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  Monday morning, the stunning red rock vistas of Zion National Park served as a backdrop for the start of the Tour of Utah, which touts itself as America’s toughest stage, road cycling race.  After eighty-four grueling miles, stage one ended with a bang-bang finish in Cedar City.

  Early Sunday morning, police were called to a Cedar City trailer park on a report of shots fired.  They found 34-year-old Justin Hanna dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  The fugitive wanted in case has been apprehended, and so have 3 others for allegedly assisting his flight from justice.

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The 55th season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival has begun in Cedar City, but the works of the Bard in the American West did not begin with the vision of Fred Adams in 1962. A new exhibit at Southern Utah University’s Sherratt Library titled “Willy the Kid: Shakespeare in the American West” documents the prolific presence of the man from Stratford-upon-Avon in even the tiniest of American frontier towns.

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It began with a herald of trumpets and marks the culmination of years of fundraising, planning and construction.  Thursday was the dedication of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts at Southern Utah University.

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Quick response by a good neighbor, and a near-by construction crew kept a brush fire away from homes on the south end of cedar City Wednesday.  It is yet another lesson in firework safety, that fortunately, did not prove too costly to a group of Cedar City teens.

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Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has fled home confinement in Salt Lake City after he was let out of jail pending trial on Charges in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

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Wildfire season in the west is in full swing, and Southern Utah’s latest blaze erupted in forest service land west of Cedar City, driven by stiff winds, and with more wind in the forecast, the fire is only expected to grow.

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According to the Bureau of Land Management, there are over sixty-seven thousand wild horses on public land in the west, and the BLM estimates that the number will double in just four more years. Wednesday, Utah Representative Chris Stewart insisted, the crisis requires a bi-partisan solution, and right away.

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Anchor: After a weekend of clean up, a popular Cedar City park is set to reopen.  Park Discovery was closed after an incident of vandalism and graffiti late Friday.  Community volunteers helped speed up the cleanup.  A community member also helped investigators find those allegedly responsible.


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***UPDATE: After a search by both ground and air Monday and Tuesday, Humphrey was located in good condition.

  


UPDATE: After three days of fruitless searching, the rescue efforts to find a missing Cedar City man, have been scaled back and redefined as a recovery operation.

The mobile command unit has been removed from the site and recovery efforts will be directed out of the sheriff’s department offices in Cedar City. 

The three days of searching for 34-year-old Daniel Brown have been exhaustive across multiple jurisdictions, says Lieutenant Del Schlosser of the Iron County Sheriff’s Department.

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  With the college basketball season edging toward the crowning of a new champion and with spring training soon to give way to the regular baseball season, a lot of talk around the preverbal water cooler is centered on what has traditionally proven to be the domain of men: sports.


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In September of 2015, a federal judge in Utah sided with a group of landowners from Cedar City, asserting that the commerce clause did not give the federal government jurisdiction to regulate the Utah prairie dog—a threatened species, in that the animal is found only within the state of Utah and has no commercial value.


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Tuesday, federal law enforcement conducted raids on two businesses in the twin-FLDS polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. 


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  Senator Mike Lee voiced his support Thursday after Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced he is suing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to stop the Bureau of Land Management and forest service implementation of a sage grouse management plan.


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People in Iron County are using the word “historic” to describe Monday’s public school closings affecting the Iron County School District and Southern Utah University


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  Iron County deputies were summoned to Midvalley Estates, west of Enoch on a domestic disturbance call.  Additional calls to Iron County 9-1-1 indicated that the male suspect was outside the home threatening family members and brandishing a firearm.


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  On Monday, lawyers representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argued before a federal appeals court in Denver, hoping to reverse a decision made by a federal judge in Utah striking down the Service’s jurisdiction to regulate Utah Prairie Dog populations on private land within the state.

 

 

Culinary water users in the Fort Pierce area of St. George now have the go ahead to use tap water without first boiling. The boil warning went out Sunday after a routine sample was found to contain fecal coliform bacteria.

Water managers are still not certain from where the contamination came. The incident appears to be isolated.

City crews replaced the sampling station and chlorinated and flushed the distribution system.

Scott Taylor is with St. George City, and suggests users also do a flush.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposal to list the North American wild horse as a threatened or endangered species.  Friends of Animals and the Cloud Foundation filed a petition last summer seeking protection for thousands of mustangs they say are threatened with extinction on federal lands across 10 western states.

Conservationists, including wildlife ecologist Craig Downer argue the horses constitute a distinct population segment that has evolved as a native species over thousands of years separate from domesticated horses.

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Correction: Latest releases do not identify the man and boy as father and son.

Corrected story as of 6/29/2015.

A man and a boy are safe after becoming trapped in a mineshaft near Lake Mead, Nevada--but the impediment was much different than what first responders expected to find.

At just after 10:30am Friday, authorities from Lake Mead National Recreation Area received a dispatch that a man and boy were trapped in a mineshaft.

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Utah law enforcement assisted Arizona authorities in a possible kidnapping incident Wednesday.

The FBI first contacted the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office that an individual may have been taken against his will.  The FBI provided a vehicle description, as well as direction of travel.

The vehicle was spotted just south of Page, but refused to stop.  Arizona law enforcement deployed spikes four times to deflate the tires of the northbound vehicle.

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