Chris Holmes

News Correspondent - Southern Utah

Chris Holmes holds a Masters of Professional Communication degree 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 co-host of the daily public affairs program, Big Picture Morning Show on radio station KSUB (Cedar City, Utah). He also is a sports and news contributor at Cherry Creek Media.  He lives in Cedar City, with wife, Marie and five children.

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An elderly couple visiting from Texas left their hotel room in Kanab on Monday October 2 on what they hoped would be a day trip to see Lake Powell.  Nearly a week later a rancher, checking his cattle spotted the 78-year-old woman laying beside a dirt road, severely dehydrated and confused. 

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A 58-year-old Alpine, Utah man was killed Saturday, while working to reseed the area burned by last summer’s Brian Head fire. 

 

Hundreds of students at Southern Utah University gathered Wednesday evening for a candle light vigil to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and to unite as a community.

SUU Marketing

As the world of college basketball reels over recent alleged bribery cases, many anticipate the scope of the scandal will only widen.  

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Southern Utah University has been ranked among the seven Best Colleges in Utah for 2017 from College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. SUU was listed as the second best public school in Utah, edging out all other public institutions except the University of Utah.

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After filing government paperwork and months of waiting, Southern Utah University has officially trademarked itself as the University of the Parks.

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Governor Gary Herbert and others used the 30th Annual Utah Rural Summit as a back drop to continue his 25,000 Jobs in Rural Utah Initiative.

Four suspects are in custody in Texas in the case of an armed robbery at a cash advance business on south Main Street in Cedar City back in mid-July.

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  A group of advocates launched a ballot initiative Monday, hoping to bypass Utah’s conservative legislature and appeal directly to Utah voters to legalize the use of medical marijuana.  But at least one Utah lawmaker suggests that because of the complexity of the issue, the initiative may not be any more successful than legislative efforts.

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Now at over 11,000 acres burned, the Brian Head Fire continues to expand in size and property damage as it crosses from Iron County into Garfield County.  

inciweb.nwcg.gov

Although there was no growth on Sunday in the size of the wild fire that threatens the town of Brian Head, the situation remains volatile and the town still very much under threat.

USGS

Wildfires continue to burn throughout Utah and are fanned by windy conditions. A Monday afternoon fire quickly moved through about six acres of dry grass in Cedar City destroying buildings and other structures.

EPA

In a report released Monday, government investigators say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had no rules for working around old mines when the agency inadvertently triggered a massive spill from a Colorado mine that polluted rivers in three states, including Utah.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced the resignation of one of the organization’s artistic directors.

Co-artistic Director David Ivers is leaving to take a position with another theatrical company.

USF’s Josh Stavros is representing the festival in expressing appreciation for Ivers’ contribution over the years.

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Update:

Tuesday afternoon, police identified the suspect 23-year-old Isaac Wall of Beaver Utah has been taken into custody. He is described by investigators as the ex-husband of one of the six victims. The other five cases of arson seem to have been randomly selected - perhaps to divert the attention of investigators.

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Conservative state legislator Mike Noel is among several names being considered for the position of director of the Bureau of Land Management. But how likely is it the controversial appointment would become reality? 

Quick response by Cedar City Fire Department minimized damage to a Cedar City business Monday. 

suu.edu

Final exams at Southern Utah University wrapped up last week. Students are now out for the break. But today, faculty and staff also got an unexpected day off.

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Garfield County prosecutors have named the suspect in the murder of a rehabilitation center employee on Tuesday, at the Turn-About Ranch, a facility for troubled teens near Escalante, Utah

Some details have emerged in the case of the murder of a rehabilitation center staff worker Tuesday in Garfield County.

McMullin

Thursday, Cedar City and Southern Utah University hosted U.S. presidential candidate Evan McMullin and running mate Mindy Finn to a standing-room-only auditorium.

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A Cedar City man is dead after a fall while hunting in Kane County.

Family members had last contact with 42-year-old Ryan Shakespeare by radio around 6:30pm Monday night. When he had still not returned by Tuesday morning, family contacted the Kane County Sheriff's Department.  Search and rescue efforts were mobilized, but the sheriff's office was contacted by family members who had located Shakespeare at the base of a cliff, and in need of medical attention.  The family then communicated that Shakespeare was deceased.

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***UPDATE:

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.

mountainwestnews.org

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.

garfield.utah.gov

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.

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