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 News
1:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Utah Representatives question Swallow, don't receive answers

During the three and a half-hour meeting on Wednesday, Republican representatives instead initiated their own inquiry of Swallow who is already being investigated by other state and federal jurisdictions.

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Southern Utah News
12:55 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Marble Canyon Lodge destroyed by fire

The historic Marble Canyon Lodge and restaurant in northern Arizona was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning. UPR’s Chris Holmes reports.

"Coconino County sheriff's officials say the fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Flames and smoke were seen coming from the rear of the structure when fire crews arrived.

Sheriff's deputies, detectives and flagstaff fire department investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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Utah Fire News
2:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Fire restrictions in place across Southern Utah

Halfway through the month of June and a full week before the official first day of summer, fire officials in Southern Utah are implementing fire restrictions. UPR’s Chris Holmes has the details.

In light of lower-than-normal precipitation this past winter, continued higher-than-normal temperatures and persistent winds, officials from the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Area are implementing fire restrictions within the jurisdiction.

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Utah Fire
11:07 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Utah's fire season underway with brush fires

The summer fire season is underway.  Three wildfires are burning in central and southeastern Utah, with other smaller brush fires are popping up all over the state.

Dry and windy conditions around much of the state have kept fire officials vigilant.  The national weather service issued a red-flag warning for much of southwest and south-central Utah over the weekend.

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Utah News
10:44 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Utah Summer Games underway in Cedar City

The Utah Summer Games are underway in Cedar City after the opening ceremonies took place Thursday before a capacity crowd at Eccles Coliseum.

The 28th Annual Utah Summer Games kicked off with a bang of fireworks, a procession of hundreds of athletes and entertainment by the musical group, Recycled Percussion from America’s Got Talent Fame. The group is currently the most popular interactive show on the Las Vegas strip.

USG is the state’s largest organized athletic competition with nearly 40 Olympic-style events at venues across Southern Utah.

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Utah Business
11:04 am
Fri June 7, 2013

SyberJet plant coming to Cedar City

An SJ30 business jet in flight.
Credit SyberJet Aircraft

Less than a day after the Governor’s Office of Economic Development approved a $32 million tax incentive program for MSC Aerospace, the business jet manufacturer made a dramatic announcement at a press conference Thursday in Cedar City. UPR's Chris Holmes has the details.

"MSC aerospace is a company formed when Cedar City-based Metalcraft Technologies purchased, out of bankrupcy the assets of Emivest, the former builder of the SyberJet business jet.

Company CEO David Grant wasted no time after taking to the podium, to announce what people in cedar city wanted to hear.

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Education
2:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

SUU Aviation program approved by Utah Board of Regents

Southern Utah University is readying itself to take flight starting in the fall of 2013.

The Utah State Board of Regents approved a new associate of applied science degree in aerospace/aviation technology at SUU.

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St. George
12:05 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Flooding in St. George leaves mud and debris


St. George street crews are mopping up a day after a 15-minute downpour caused mud and other debris to clock storm drains and flood city streets with nearly three feet of water in some areas.

St. George street crews had to wait for the rain to stop and water to drain away before they could work to remove mud and debris from clogged drainage grates.

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Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Police Dog on the Mend after Injury at Work

Cedar City K-9 officer Pajko received his injuries during a physical confrontation with suicidal and uncooperative suspect.  The animal was taken to a specialist in Las Vegas. It was determined that Pajko suffered from a herniated disk in his neck.

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Crime and Courts
2:46 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Man Caught with 65 Pounds of Marijuana in Motor Home

The Utah Highway Patrol has arrested a New York man they say was carrying about 65 pounds of marijuana inside his motor home in eastern Utah.

Troopers pulled over the driver of a motor home for traffic and tinted window violations. Troopers say they became suspicious of the driver, 57-year-old Warren Debiew of New York.

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