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.

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A fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter have joined the fight against the Hicks Springs Fire burning southeast of Cedar City, although, each were able to complete less than a handful of sorties before darkness ensued Monday night.

Southern Utah University and SkyWest Airlines have announced a partnership to make the way easier for aspiring commercial pilots through SUU’s ever-expanding professional pilot aviation program.

Clean up continues in Panguitch. For the second time in less than two months, a rare tornado has touched down in Garfield County—the latest one, damaging businesses and homes in the heart of the county seat.

Supporters of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City enjoyed 2016 summer performances in the new $40 million Beverly Taylor Sorensen Center for the Arts. At the conclusion of this 55th season the organization will be searching for a new executive director.

Scott Phillips announced his retirement as executive director this week after spending 40 years working for the performing arts organization.

Researchers have come out with a new ranking of the 50 best college towns in America and says three Utah cities belong on the list.

The analysis leaves out large urban metropolitan cities, ranking only towns with a population of 200,000 or less. Logan hits the list at number 35. Provo is at 28 and Cedar City is number 20.

  A 72-year-old Sevier County man is lucky to be alive after a harrowing 6-day ordeal in the Southern Utah outback.


The man was hiking alone—not very wise, but he did one thing right, said Lieutenant Del Schlosser of the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. He told a friend where he was going and when he expected to be back.

Wednesday, Southern Utah University observed Autumn Arbor Day, and in doing so, recognized the city’s namesake tree, and honors a former university president, who recently passed away.

Southern Utah University, the self-proclaimed "University of the Parks" marked the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service by canceling regular courses and organizing over one-hundred national park or outdoors-based educational field trips--from on-campus activities to a bussed excursion to the Grand Canyon.

Thursday marks the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of the National Parks Service and Southern Utah University, the self-proclaimed University of the Parks is celebrating by taking the day off and heading out-of-doors.

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.

  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.

  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

***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.

  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.

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.