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.


Cedar City
4:39 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

A Model City for the Utah Rural Summit

Today is the opening day of the 25th annual Utah Rural Summit, a 2-day seminar attended by leaders from Utah's non-Wasatch Front counties and cities. UPR's Chris Holmes sits down with Wes Curtis, Executive Director of Southern Utah University's Office of Regional Services, to talk about the summit his office is hosting and why Cedar City is a great place to hold this discussion.

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Washington County
6:19 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Southern Utah

Emery County, Utah

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department reports that mosquitoes taken in a random survey in Washington County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This is the first positive West Nile result in Utah this year. Southern Utah's last human case of West Nile Virus was in Kane County in 2010.

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Iron County
4:42 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

What Not to Grow: Marijuana Garden Bust in Iron County

The Iron/Garfield Task force has information on how to recognize marijuana gardens and how to report them.

During the early hours Monday morning members of the Iron County Sheriff's Office along with the DEA, Forest Service, and the Iron/Garfield County Narcotics Task Force, located and removed a number of marijuana plants located in a garden near Pinto, Utah, about 30 miles west of Cedar City.

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Colorado City, AZ
11:16 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Reward Offered for Animal Cruelty Case in FLDS Community

A $15,000 reward has been offered in a recent case of animal cruelty in the FLDS-dominated bordertown of Colorado City, Arizona.

The now infamous cat mutilation case actually took place on May 31, but only recently received local and national news attention when footage was posted on Youtube.

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St. George
10:26 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Colorado Springs Murder Suspect Found in St. George Airport

The FBI out of Denver confirms that Brian Joseph Heglin is a murder suspect out of Colorado Springs. Tuesday morning he was on the run and desperate. Around 3 a.m. the suspect jumped the fence at the St. George airport and attempted to commandeer an empty SkyWest airlines regional jet.

Brian Joseph Hedglin, 40,  was on the run and suspected in the murder of his former girlfriend. Hedglin was a pilot for SkyWest airlines, on administrative leave after his arrest last week for stalking and harassing 39-year-old Christina Cornejo.  Cornejo was found stabbed to death in her Colorado Springs apartment on Friday.

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11:05 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Man Survives Desert by Following Escalante River

People nationwide are still reacting with amazement at the remarkable story of survival that broke in a remote area of Southern Utah late Friday afternoon.

28-year-old William LaFever, from Colorado springs, contacted his father for money on June 6th or 7th –calling from boulder, Utah.

John LaFever wired money for his son to the closest location, Page, Arizona.

The younger LaFever, who is autistic intended to follow the Escalante river to Lake Powell, then solicit a boat ride to page, with no apparent appreciation for the peril that such a trek posed.

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St. George
10:46 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Saint George Flash Floods Damage Homes, Businesses

Sunday, the national weather service issued a flash flood warning for areas of Washington county Utah, Lincoln county Nevada, and Mohave county Arizona. And as it turns out, they had it spot on. A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Residents living along streams and creeks were asked to take immediate precautions to protect life and property.

Indeed, some St. George streets were soaked with as much as two feet of standing water after heavy rains fell for nearly an hour flooding homes and businesses. Damage assessments are still being made. 

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11:52 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Man Arrested in Mesquite Burglaries

Mesquite, Nev. police officers have arrested a local man after months of investigation, gathering evidence, and talking with victims and witnesses in a string of burglaries that were committed throughout the city since the beginning of the year.

Wesley McClain, 24, of Mesquite was arrested on 10 counts of burglary and four counts of attempted burglary after detectives obtained and executed search warrants for his residence and vehicle.

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11:39 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Baboon Fire Explodes, Specialized Hog Farm Evacuated


The lightning caused Baboon fire quickly more than doubled in size to over 17,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of personnel from a portion of Utah's largest livestock complex. 

Thunderstorms sparked the blaze around noon Thursday. Another squall in the afternoon aided firefighters with higher humidity and spotty showers, but not before authorities called for the human evacuation of a portion of the expansive Circle 4 Hog Farm south of Milford. 

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Cedar City
5:41 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Monsoon Puts Out Some Fires, While Accompanying Lightning Causes Others

Monsoonal flows helped firefighters in southern Utah gain the upper hand on wildfires last week, but the same summer weather phenomenon also brings lightning. It was only a matter of time before southern Utah felt the monsoon's double-edged sword.

There are a dozen or so small fires burning in the Arizona strip caused by lightning. the most threatening appears to be the Baboon Fire burning between Cedar City and Minersville.

The fire has burned 1,500 acres and is 0% contained.