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.

The shaking continues in Iron County where a series of small earthquakes has rattled windows frames and cupboards.

Iron County has experienced ten measurable earthquakes in the last 24 hours, the smallest have registered from 1.4 to 2.8, and the largest quakes from 3.1, to 3.5 to 3.7 on the Richter scale.

According to the University of Utah Seismic Station, all of the tremblers have been centered in the same location, about seven miles northwest of Cedar City and five miles west of the town of Enoch.

Three people remain hospitalized following a high speed chase that began in Arizona and ended in Utah after a driver may have tried to purposely cause a head-on collision.

Arizona troopers attempted to stop a motorist on northbound I-15, but the vehicle failed to stop.  The pursuit reached speeds of 115 miles per hour through the Virgin River Gorge.

Cedar City Quakes

Feb 8, 2013

Shortly after noon Thursday, the Cedar City area was shaken by a series of small earth quakes.

A series of five small earth quakes has shaken iron county.  The first registering 2.7 on the Richter scale occurred just before noon Thursday, followed by a 2.0 shake.

About 30 minutes later a slightly stronger 3.1 quake occurred, and the strongest quake of the day, measuring a 3.5 magnitude occurred at around 1:00.

Two smaller aftershocks of 2.0 and 2.7 also shook the area.

Southern Utah University is in its first year as a member of the Big Sky Conference, and already University President Dr. Michael Taft Benson suggests the benefits of Big Sky membership extend well beyond athletics.
At the Monday Thunderbird club coaches luncheon Benson told athletic boosters that the university’s academic and other non-athletic departments have met counterparts from other big sky schools and benefited greatly from the exchanges—most recently SUU’s alumni association.

Police in both Southern Utah and Southern Nevada have seen an increase in vehicle burglaries as of late.  While Utah authorities are still on the look-out, it appears that police in Mesquite, Nevada have a suspect.

30-year-old Mario Gaxiola of Las Vegas was caught in the act and detained by private citizens until Mesquite police arrived to make the arrest.  Gaxiola was booked on three counts of auto burglary and other charges.  

suspect sketch kanarraville utah
Cedar City Police Department

Law enforcement in Southern Utah is still on the lookout for a suspect in the aggravated robbery and sexual assault of the woman near Kanarraville.

The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon. The female victim was showing a male subject a building lot in a remote mountain subdivision south of cedar city when she was suddenly attacked.
 

A Utah district court judge has extended a custody order for a former member of the FLDS church who is seeking custody of his estranged children.
Lorin Holm was married to three women and is father to eight children.  In 2011 Holm was expelled from the FLDS church by leader Warren Jeffs for unspecified reasons.

Thereafter, his wives and children were assigned by church leadership to other men.  But Holm has reconciled with his first wife, to whom he is lawfully married, and has sought custody of his children.

Utah regents have approved Dixie State College's years-long drive to become a university and are sticking with the school's traditional name despite some concerns expressed about racial insensitivity.

The regents voted Friday to adopt the new name of Dixie state university. The decision is subject to approval by the Utah Legislature and by Gov. Gary Herbert, who has indicated his support.

Dixie State College announced Friday the creation of a new minority student scholarship endowment during the Utah State Board of Regents meeting held on the college’s campus.
Even as board of regents member Rev. France Davis placed one of two dissenting votes against university status and retention of the name “Dixie,” the college’s board of trustees announced the formation of a new scholarship for minority students.

A $20,000 anonymous donation was received to establish the new scholarship endowment, which will be named in honor of the Rev. Davis.

Interstate 15 passes only through a 29-mile stretch of the extreme northwest corner of Arizona.  But for two Salt Lake County men that proved to be a couple of miles too many.

21-year-old Andrew Rockman of Salt Lake City, and 20-year-old Cole Troy Mannos from Murray were travelling northbound on I-15 just one mile short of the Utah-Arizona border when pulled over by Mohave County sheriff’s deputies.

An independent review raises concerns about Southern Utah University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, but has concluded that there is not a wide-spread problem with, or an institutional tolerance of plagiarism.

For the review, two professors from Utah State University interviewed four students, eight instructors, the curriculum coordinator, and the Dean of the College of Continuing & Professional Studies at SUU.

Their findings revealed no wide-spread problem with plagiarism, but were critical of other elements of SUU’s ESL program.

A St. George woman received a rude awakening when a huge boulder tumbled down a ridge into her bedroom, sending her to the hospital with a broken jaw and sternum.
Wanda Denhalter, 63, was sleeping when she narrowly missed being crushed under the boulder early Saturday morning.
Her husband, who wasn't home at the time, said she apparently heard a rumbling noise just before the 12-by-9-foot boulder crashed through the back wall of the house.

The Governors Office of Economic Development has announced that a multinational roofing products manufacturer has chosen Cedar City as the location of its newest manufacturing facility.

Roofing products manufacturer GAF will add at least 50 positions in Iron County over the 15-year agreement entered into with Governors Office of Economic Development.

Employees will be paid an amount at least equal to the prevailing average annual compensation of the Iron County workforce.

After months of information gathering, the Dixie State College board of trustees selected “Dixie State University” as the new name for the institution, should the school be granted university status.
It’s expected that the state legislature will grant university status in the upcoming legislative session.  

Two residents from Escalante, in Southern Utah, were killed Saturday when the single-engine plane they were in flew into power transmission lines.  

The crash happened between Escalante and Boulder, near state route 12, milepost 78.  

The two men were flying the plane for recreational purposes when they hit the power lines, sending the single engine aircraft to the ground.

The pilot, 56-year-old Paul Clark Bowmar, and the passenger, 59-year-old Nicholas Wilfrom Reznick, both of Escalante, were killed upon impact.

From January through April the Utah Shakespeare festival hits the road with Shakespeare in the schools, visiting schools large and small in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona with a special production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The production will visit over 120 schools in three states.  Josh Stavros is associate director of USF’s educational outreach.

Shakespeare in the schools will tour Utah, Nevada, and Arizona with a special production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in over 120 schools.

HB 148 demands the transfer of federally controlled land to the state of Utah by 2014.  The American Lands Council organized by bill sponsor Ken Ivory has asked that all municipalities in Utah voice support for the measure.  Wednesday, the city council for the Southern Utah town of Enoch did just that.
City Manager Rob Dotson insisted that in the public lands compact from the 1800s the federal government promised to turn over public lands to the states after statehood is achieved.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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