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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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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The term, “medical tourism” traditionally conjures up images of people traveling to Mexico, Costa Rica or India to save big money on medical procedures. Recent trends in the U.S. medical landscape have made St. George, Utah a destination for high quality health care, at considerable savings for those willing to pay cash for a surgery.

High-deductible health plans often mean the entire cost of a medical procedure comes out-of-pocket.  That leaves patients looking for ways to shop around. 

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Investigators in Iron County, along with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, hope to solve a mystery.  It involves the partially decomposed body of a man found just north of Cedar City.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a location near Summit, where deputies found a man’s body that was in the advanced stages of decomposition.  Detectives were dispatched to further investigate.  

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Folks in southeastern Nevada and southwest Utah kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a bang—or, rather a shake.  A 5.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the area today. The quake was felt throughout the region, including in St. George.

The quake occurred Friday afternoon, at 12:47 mountain time.  The seismic center at the University of Utah placed the epicenter of the quake about 24 miles south, southwest of Caliente, Nevada, and about 60 miles west of St. George. 

The quake is said to be the largest to have an epicenter on land so far this year in the contiguous U.S.

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The Hurricane City Police Department made an arrest in an auto-pedestrian fatality accident early Tuesday morning.

At just after 5 A.M., police and medical personnel responded to a call and found an adult male, deceased and lying in the street.  There were signs nearby of a vehicle having accelerated, and neighbors did report hearing a vehicle revving its engine.

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  A standoff situation Sunday night in Cedar City ended without incident, but also without the arrest of the suspect.

Officers from the Cedar City Police Department responded Sunday evening to a report of an adult male on his front porch waving a handgun around. The man was reportedly also intoxicated. This incident came less than an hour after officers had already issued a warning to the man on a noise ordinance violation.

As officers approached the residence, the male subject exited without a handgun, but he refused to cooperate and fled back into the home.

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With a decision on the Utah State Prison relocation looming, community opposition at all five sites under consideration is ramping up. However, State Legislators appear adamant that there is no turning back at this point.

State Senator Evan Vickers, a member of the Relocation Commission, indicated that of all the possible scenarios, keeping the prison at the current location is out of the question.

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Southern Utah is known for its scenic byways, but a Tucson, Arizona man was not taking in the vistas when he led authorities on a multi-county high-speed chase that skirted though portions of Zion National Park Tuesday night.

The chase began in Kane County. Federal, state and local agencies assisted in the apprehension, including rangers from Zion National Park and a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter.

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Utah’s junior Congressman Chris Stewart and senior Senator Orrin Hatch have introduced legislation that could transform the way some cattle grazing allotments are managed, giving more autonomy to states.

The pilot program would allow states to enter into 20-year cooperative agreements with the Secretary of the Interior, granting them the ability to manage up to two federal grazing allotments or more.

Grazing levels on federally owned public lands in the West have been in decline over the last 50 years, and are now at the lowest levels ever seen.

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