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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Southern Utah
3:10 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Meeting Will Determine Dixie State College's New Name

In a meeting scheduled for Friday, the Dixie State College board of trustees will meet, and  on the agenda is  a vote for the institution's new name, should the school achieve university status.

The trustees will consider three alternatives forwarded to the college by Sorenson Advertising after many months of information gathering.
If the board places more weight on the local perspective, the ad firm recommends Dixie State University.  If however, a national or global perspective is the priority, St. George University should be the new name.

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Utah News
12:31 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

St. George Police Investigate Counterfeiting in Sting Operation

A sting operation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the St. George Police Department has resulted in the arrests of three suspects allegedly trying to sell counterfeit merchandise.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and St. George police met the three individuals in the parking lot of a Walmart in Washington City.  Agent-in-charge Mark Cutchen was quick to point out that the apparent operation has no connection to Walmart—that was just the meeting location chosen by agents and the suspects.

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Cedar City
12:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cedar City Youth Soccer Director Arrested in Investigation of Missing Funds

A former director of a Cedar City youth soccer club has been arrested on charges of stealing from the organization.

The investigation began in September after the Cedar City Police Department was contacted by members of the club’s board of directors who had discovered accounting discrepancies.

The investigation culminated this week in the arrest of the club’s director, Rhonda Case.

Southern Utah
11:59 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Park Authorities Search For Missing Camper in Grand Canyon

The search 21-year-old Kaitlin Anne Kenney, of Englewood, Colorado began over the weekend. Kenney  was last seen at her group's overnight camp site located near Tapeats Creek, a remote area of the Grand Canyon.  

Park authorities were notified of her disappearance and responded to the remote location after receiving a call from a member of the group carrying a satellite telephone.

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Utah News
3:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Man Killed by Own Car in Arizona

A security guard at a Kingman, Ariz. business discovered an unconscious man laying underneath a pick up truck in the business’s parking lot.  

Mohave county sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel were called to the scene, and pronounced 54-year-old James Henry, of Kingman, deceased.

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Southern Utah
4:12 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Southern Utah Company Under Investigation for Child Labor Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with a southern Utah pecan grower following media reports of possible child labor violations.


Southern Utah Pecan Ranch, LLC is incorporated in Nevada and maintains a pecan grove near Hurricane, Utah.  The Department of Labor began investigating a contractor hired by the growers, paragon contractor corporation of Hildale, Utah after several media reports alleged the use of underage laborers.

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Southern Utah
4:47 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

The "Dixie" Argument: Dixie is Part of Southern Utah Heritage

The St. George City Council and Washington County Commission has voted unanimously to recommend that the name “Dixie” continue to be included in any new name for Dixie State College.
The request is non-binding on school administration, but the vote does reflect widespread support for the traditional name as the college moves toward university status.

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Southern Utah
2:58 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Judge Drops Part of Federal Suit Against FLDS Church

A federal judge in Phoenix, Ariz. has thrown out part of a federal law suit against the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. The U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Colorado City and Hildale did not operate a community park nor a zoo included in the lawsuit, which made claims that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints denied access to the park and zoo to non-FLDS members irrelevant. The U.S. Justice Department opted not to fight the judge's decision.

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Hurricane City
4:12 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Ends in Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Cardall who died in 2009 after a Hurricane City police officer shocked him with a taser.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the parties entered into a “mutual general settlement agreement and release of all claims” in the suit over the death of Cardall, a Utah native who was at the time a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Mesquite, NV
6:04 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Where Have All the Storm Drains Gone?

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Arizona has issued a plea to the public for information regarding the theft of dozens of steel storm drain covers.

The thefts occurred in the Shadow Mountain subdivision just across the state line from Mesquite, Nevada and south of Beaver Dam, Arizona -- some 30 miles southwest of St. George.

75 large steel grates have disappeared. The grates sit in a larger frame set in concrete curbs and cover the intakes of the area's storm drains.

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