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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Utah Environment
6:49 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Nevada Organizations Sue BLM For Mismanagement Of Wild Horses

Two Nevada organizations have sued the federal government, accusing mismanagement of wild horses has led to excessive damage to rangelands and to the animals themselves.

The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and the Nevada Association of Counties named Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management as defendants in the lawsuit filed Dec. 30 in U.S. District court.

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Utah Transportation
3:58 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

High Speed Chase Reaches 100 MPH In Beaver And Iron Counties Wednesday

Authorities in Beaver and Iron Counties are trying to sort through a motive and details for a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

The chase began when 40-year-old William Smith Roseberry of Plumas, Calif. left the Chevron station in Beaver without paying. A Beaver County deputy began the pursuit, and Utah Highway Patrol also became involved.

The suspect, driving a car with Connecticut license plates reached speeds higher than 100 mph before troopers ended the chase by deploying spikes north of Cedar City.

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Southern Utah News
2:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Blaze Destroys Washington County USU Extension

A Wednesday morning fire in St. George destroyed the Washington County Utah State University Extension building.

Rick Heflebower, county director and horticulture agent, tells UPR's Chris Holmes he and his staff were in the building this morning when they noticed lights turning off. Another staff member then spotted fire in the ceiling of one of the restrooms.

UPR's Chris Holmes reports:

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Utah News
5:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Enoch City Police Slightly Optimistic In Horse Neglect Case

There is some guarded optimism in the recent case of animal neglect out of Iron County. Authorities in Enoch City were contacted by a concerned citizen regarding a mare and her colt. Responding officers found the pair very near death from starvation and exposure.

Police Chief Jackson Ames said the colt was actually frozen to the ground in the corral when they found the animals.

"When we initially took the horse down there, the veterinarian gave the horse about a 15-20 percent chance of survival. Right now, they're a lot more optimistic," Ames said.

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Utah Transportation
4:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arizona Begins Construction On I-15 Bridges Monday

Arizona Department of Transportation begins construction on I-15 bridges in the Virgin River area on Monday.
Credit ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers of Interstate-15 between St. George and Mesquite to be aware of possible delays caused by reconstruction of I-15 bridges in the Virgin River Gorge.

On Jan. 6, 2014 ADOT will begin a $2.8 million project to upgrade three bridges that cross the Virgin River. Work is expected to be completed by summer.

An even more ambitious $27 million project is scheduled to launch later this spring, to be completed in 2015. Ultimately, ADOT will need to rehabilitate all eight of the I-15 Virgin River Bridges.

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Utah Crime
3:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Mohave County Deputies And Colorado City Marshals Capture Salt Lake Fugitive

Mohave County Ariz. authorities have captured an escaped fugitive out of Salt Lake County with the help of the Colorado City Marshals Office.

Misty Lee Adams, 25, was wanted out of Salt Lake County on theft, felony escape and other charges. She cut off her court-ordered ankle bracelet and has been on the run since late November.

Mohave County deputies were looking for Adams, and the Colorado City Marshals were investigating reports of a stolen vehicle at the Cane Beds Address.

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Utah Crime
1:26 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

St. George Police Search For Bank Robber

At approximately noon on Saturday, St. George police responded to a robbery at the Chase Bank on Tabernacle Street.

A man handed a teller a note demanding money. There was no display of weapon and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as:

  • a white male in his 50's,
  • 5'10"
  • about 185 pounds,
  • gray mustache and goatee,
  • wearing a black and gray baseball hat, black jacket and blue jeans.

Utah Crime
1:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Man Injured In Southern Utah Shooting, Transfered to Northern Utah Hospital

A Kanarraville man was wounded Friday in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement, and has been airlifted to a hospital in northern Utah.
 

Grant Louis Biedermann, 41, was grazed in the head when Iron County law enforcement returned fire. He was treated at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City and released to the Iron County Jail late Friday.

But by Saturday morning, it was discovered Beidermann was suffering from a brain hemorrhage. He was airlifted to a hospital in northern Utah where his condition is unknown.

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Utah Education
10:47 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Snow College President Moving To Southern Utah University

Until Friday, Scott Wyatt worked as President of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. Now he moves to Cedar City as SUU's new president.

The Utah State Board of Regents selected Snow College's President Scott Wyatt to move to Southern Utah University as president on Friday.

At Wyatt's first press conference, reporters questioned Wyatt about his number one priority, on the first day of his new assignment. Wyatt in turn offered a one-word response.

"Listen," he said. "I need to meet all the members of the community and the university and the faculty and the staff and the students. My number one priority over the next weeks and months is going to be to listen."

Wyatt was an instructor for Utah State University and Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, as well as a counselor for the student legal services at USU.

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UtahPolitics
11:09 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Tax Increase Overwhelming Factor in Enoch Elections

Earlier this year, one city in Iron County passed a 113 percent increase in the city's portion of property taxes. Although the tax has since been rescinded, ripples from the tax controversy coursed through Nov. 5 municipal elections.

Two pro-tax increase incumbents were beaten by two anti-tax increase challengers in Enoch on Election Day. New City Councilman Steve Johnson said there are still more changes that need to be made.

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