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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.


Utah Transportation
12:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Southern Utah Roads Prove Dangerous For Motorcyclists

The weekend proved dangerous, and in one case deadly, for motorcycling in Southern Utah.

David Wuergler, 50, of Orem was riding on SR 12 near Escalante. Officials say it appears he was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and slammed head-on into an RV headed in the opposite direction. He was killed on impact.

On Saturday, 62-year-old Daniel Shoop and his wife, 61-year-old Alice Shoop, of Sioux City, Ariz. were traveling with a group of other riders within Cedar Breaks National Monument when they hit a patch of gravel.

Utah Fire
10:31 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Red Flag Fire Warning Issued Wednesday For Southern Utah

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for portions of Washington County. Expected winds and low humidity could contribute to wildfire danger.

The alert is in effect Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for wind and low relative humidity. The area affected includes the southern half of Washington County including the areas around St. George. Nick Howell of the Bureau of Land Management suggests defensible space is a good place to start preparing for fire season.

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Utah Education
1:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Southern Utah High School Mourns Loss Of Two Students At Graduation Wednesday Night

Snow Canyon High School in St. George conducted its graduation exercises Wednesday night.  It did so without two of its graduating students.

The high school already had plans at its Wednesday graduation ceremonies to memorialize KJ Harrison, a student who died of an accidental drowning while on a scout trip last summer.

The school did not intend to recognize the absence of another graduating student, Brooks Johnson, who was killed in a rollover accident on Saturday.

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Utah Outdoors
4:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Iron County And BLM Reach Agreement About Wild Horses

Iron County and Utah BLM officials have created an agreement to round up wild horses on private land in the southern Utah county.

The BLM claimed that a lack of funding is the reason that exploding wild horse populations in Southern Utah have not been pared back to appropriate management levels.

When the agency started spending millions to round up the cattle of Nevada rancher Cliven Budy, Iron County cried hypocrisy.

The two have come to agreement on the round up of horses in certain areas. BLM specialist Chad Hunter expresses confidence in the Utah's cattlemen.

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Utah Crime and Courts
4:41 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Governor Appoints Cedar City Attorney To State Court

Barnes is an attorney in Southern Utah, and has been appointed by Gov. Herbert to be on the Fifth District Court.

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Cedar City attorney Keith C. Barnes to fill a judgeship in Utah's fifth district court. Barnes fills the vacancy created by Judge Michael Westfall who is moving to St. George to fill another seat, formerly occupied by Judge James Shumate.

Evan Vickers is the state Senator for Beaver, Washington and Iron counties in Utah, and is therefore the representative from the same area as Barnes.

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Utah News
5:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Nevada Earthquake Felt In Utah

A small earthquake shook a remote area near the Utah-Nevada border west of Cedar City.

Seismologists at the University of Utah measured the quake at 4.1 on the Richter scale. A quake of this size is considerable, but it occurred in such a remote area that there are few people who actually felt it. There are no reports of property damage.

The quake was centered about 22 miles west of Veyo, Utah and about four miles into the state of Nevada near Beaver Dam State Park.

There have been 14 aftershocks, the largest measuring 2.5 in intensity.

Southern Utah News
3:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Highway Damaged In Landslide Still Under Repair

A landslide damaged sections of US-89 south of Page on Feb 20, 2013.
Credit Arizona Dept of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued an update on the repairs to U.S. Hwy. 89 that was closed in February of last year after a massive landslide south of Page. Chris Holmes reports.

In a press release, ADOT maintains that the reconstruction of US-89 is on “the fast track,” but “fast" seems a relative term.  

The design and planning phase is about 60 percent complete. Environmental and archeological clearances, without which ADOT cannot receive federal funding, still lie ahead.

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Utah News
5:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Cedar City Animal Control Seeks Public Help In Abandoned Puppy Case

Abandoned puppies were found near Cedar City, now animal control seeks public help to find the owner.

A day after St. George police arrested a man who abandoned 13 dogs, Cedar City Animal Control is investigating a case of nine puppies left in two cardboard boxes on a residential Cedar City street.

Animal control has solicited the help of local Facebook users to gather information that might lead to the arrest of the person responsible for leaving nine puppies in two cardboard boxes on a residential street.

It's believed the puppies are the same as those offered on a Facebook post in the last few weeks. Cedar City Animal Control is asking for the public's help in locating the individual who posted the offer.

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Utah Politics
1:49 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Lee Confident Supreme Court Will Reject Obama's 2012 Appointments

Sen. Mike Lee said he is confident the U.S. Supreme Court will reject Obama's presidential appointments in January 2012 because they did not follow the correct order.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said he expects the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that President Obama's controversial recess appointments from January 2012 were unconstitutional.

The constitution allows, with some limitations, for the president to make appointments if the senate is not in session. Sen. Lee insists that the recess appointments were unconstitutional because the Senate was not in recess at the time of the appointments two years ago.

"According to the Senate's own rules, according to the Senate's own journal of its proceedings, the Senate had just reconvened. It was not in recess. Therefore, the president did not have authority to name three people to the National Labor Relations Board, and a fourth person to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Lee said.

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Utah News
5:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Skydivers' Chutes Tangle, Two Crash To Ground

Two skydivers are alive but seriously injured after landing next to a helicopter at Mesquite Airport.

Two Nevada skydivers are alive but seriously injured after their parachutes entangled and they struck the ground, just a few feet from a medical helicopter stationed at the Mesquite Airport.

The jumpers were attempting to land at the Mesquite airport when their parachutes tangled, causing the two to free-fall the final 20 to 30 feet to the ground. The two landed just feet from a medical helicopter whose flight crew immediately rendered aid.

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