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 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 Although the tax has since been rescinded, ripples from the tax controversy coursed through Nov. 5 municipal elections.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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Southern Utah News
12:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Cedar City Elects First Woman Mayor

Wilson
Credit wilsonforcedarcitymayor.com

On Tuesday, Cedar City elected its youngest, and also its first woman mayor. 27-year-old Maile Wilson downplays the significance of her personal characteristics, preferring instead to talk city business. Chris Holmes reports.

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Utah News
2:09 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Buck Hitches Ride in Travel Trailer

A 3-point buck is seen inside a travel trailer.
Credit Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Even as thousands of Utah deer hunters have braved the outback only to come home empty-handed, a women recently driving through Garfield County bagged her buck without even knowing it. Chris Holmes explains.

A woman called the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and reported that she had hit something while traveling on U.S. Hwy.  89.  When conservation officer Micah Evans arrived on the scene he observed a large hole through the front of the travel trailer she was pulling.

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Utah News
1:51 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

One dead, two injured in rollover on 1-15 Sunday night

One person died and two more are in critical condition after Interstate-15 south of Cedar City was closed for two hours Sunday night as emergency personnel responed to a fatal rollover.

Just after 9 p.m., a pickup truck pulling two trailers in tandem left the northbound 1-15 lanes and overturned. The first trailer was a travel trailer, and the second was made from an old truck bed and was loaded with two 4-wheeled off-road vehicles.

All three occupants were pinned and had to be extricated from the vehicle. One passenger, 50-year-old Sara Oliver was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver, 53-year-old Mark Oliver was air lifted to a Las Vegas hospital in critical condition. 12-year-old Emma Oliver was transported by ground to a local hospital.

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Utah Crime and Courts
12:54 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Utah woman sentenced for shooting in Nevada

A Utah woman has been sentenced to 30 years in a Nevada prison in the shooting of a woman during a botched carjacking in west Wendover.

27-year-old Angela Hill of Sanpete County, Utah pleaded guilty to burglary, kidnapping and robbery in the wounding of a 36-year-old woman. The victim fought off Hill and tried to speed away, but was shot in the head and seriously injured.

Hill will remain in the Elko County Jail so she can testify in the trial of co-defendant Logan McFarland, scheduled to start in January.

Arts and Culture
5:26 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Kayenta Arts Festival celebrated 14th year this week

Jeff Ham's piece from the quick draw competition at the Kayenta Arts Festival, 2012.
Credit artinkayenta.org, Artist: Jeff Ham

The Kayenta Arts Festival took place this week with diverse artists gathering to present their work. 

UPR reporter Chris Holmes spoke with Gayle Bray, spokesperson for the Kayenta Arts Foundation, as she discussed how the 14 years of the festival have created many opportunities for the independent artists of southern Utah.


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Utah News
1:13 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Southern Utah counties ask for emergency help from state

Garfield and other Southern Utah counties passed resolutions asking for emergency actions Monday.

The counties have petitioned Gov. Herbert to declare a local state of emergency due to the economic disturbance created by the government shutdown of national parks, monuments and recreation areas.

Utah Crime and Courts
3:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Man arrested on suspicion of distributing child porn

A 47-year-old Washington County man has been arrested on a tip that he was distributing child pornography. Dean Aoki of Dammeron Valley was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on Saturday after authorities received a tip from a private citizen.

According to Washington County Sheriff spokesman Nate Abbott, law enforcement then obtained a search warrant and conducted an interview. The information gained was sufficient to place Aoki under arrest. He is charged with five counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor and is being held on a $50,000 bail.

Utah Crime and Courts
2:46 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Arizona Amber Alert suspect caught in Utah

A hastily applied paint job was not enough to throw law enforcement off the trail of Jeff Green, the subject of an Arizona-issued Amber Alert.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers were looking for a green Dodge truck with Arizona tags and after a short time a white dodge truck passed which had obviously just been painted by hand.
 

License plates on the vehicle were also a match to Green's vehicle. Several officers maneuvered to contain the vehicle, but when the suspect saw officers were following, he stopped on his own.

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