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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
12:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

SUU President is a Finalist for Eastern Kentucky University Presidency

Southern Utah University President, Dr. Michael T. Benson, is one of three finalists to become the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Michael Benson has been president of SUU since 2006.  Benson has made a name for himself in the Utah higher education system for his personable approach and his proven ability to fund raise.

“The future is rising,” is a comprehensive campaign to raise 100 million dollars at SUU.  Now in its third year, the campaign has already raised 85 million.

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Utah News
1:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Milford Man in Custody After 2-Hour Standoff

A man is in custody in Beaver County after a two-hour standoff with a Beaver County swat team on Sunday.

Beaver County sheriff deputies were dispatched to an apartment in Milford by witness reports that 24-year-old Samuel Weiss assaulted another man, threatened to kill him, and brandished a gun. 

When deputies arrived and attempted to talk to Weiss, he ran inside his own apartment and refused to respond to officers.

After two-hours of negotiations, a Beaver County swat team used tear gas and made entry into the apartment.

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Utah News
1:09 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Former Garfield County Public Defender Sentenced for Extortion

A former Garfield County Public Defender was sentenced to 90 days in jail for getting indigent clients to pay him even though he'd already been compensated by the state.

Sixth District Judge James Taylor on Friday also ordered John Hummel to perform 50 hours of community service and to pay restitution to victims.

A jury in February convicted the 54-year-old Hummel on four felony counts of theft by extortion and one felony count of attempted theft by extortion.

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Utah News
12:58 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

High School Baseball Player Saves St. George Motel From Fire

A dangerous situation at a St. George motel was averted Thursday night thanks to the heads up play on the part of a high school baseball player from Spanish Fork.

Jade Nielson and his team mates from the Spanish Fork High baseball team are staying in the Quality Inn on South Bluff Street in St. George for a weekend baseball tournament. 

Jade was returning to his parent’s room to his own when he smelled smoke in an unoccupied room belonging to team mates.

Rob Nielson is Jade’s father.

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Utah News
3:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

ADOT Seeking Reimbursement From the Federal Highway Administration for Repairs to US 89

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has declared an emergency in the case of the recent collapse of US highway 89 south of Page.

The declaration will assist the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in seeking reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for necessary repairs to the roadway.

The collapse occurred on February 20. As a result, ADOT has closed the highway indefinitely northbound and southbound at milepost 526, between Page and U.S. Route 89a.

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Utah News
1:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

ADOT Must Determine if the Mountain Slope has Stabilized Before Repairing the Damage to US 89

Before the Arizona department of transportation can move forward with a design to repair the damaged section of US 89 south of Page, the agency needs to determine the mountain slope has stabilized.

ADOT received environmental clearance and geotechnical engineers began drilling shafts to deploy equipment called inclinometers beneath the ground surface. These plastic pipes will measure slope movement at a specific location.

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Southern Utah
1:41 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Rollover Closes I-15 Southbound Near Toquerville Sunday Afternoon

A rollover accident near Toquerville, in southern Utah shut down the southbound lanes of interstate 15 Sunday afternoon.


The single-car rollover happened around 4:30 Sunday afternoon.  A 25-year-old St. George woman traveling southbound apparently overcorrected, rolling her vehicle.  The woman was traveling alone.

The victim, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. 

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Utah News
1:04 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Cedar City Bank Robbery Causes School Lockdown

An afternoon bank robbery in Cedar City not only put police on alert for the suspect, but also led to the lockdown of a nearby middle school.

At approximately 1:30 pm, an older white male entered the Mountain American Credit Union and handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and left the building.

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Utah News
1:59 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U.S. 89, South of Page, AZ, Closed From Possible "Geologic Event."

Courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation

A stretch of U.S. highway 89 in northern Arizona is closed in both directions because of a pavement problem about 25 miles south of Page.

The Arizona department of transportation says traffic will detour around the closure by using U.S. 89a and other U.S. and local highways.

ADOT says what caused a 150-foot section of pavement to buckle shortly after 5:30 a.m. is not related to the weather and might be what the department calls a "geologic event."

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Utah News
11:53 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Dixie State College Becomes a University and Sticks With Traditional Name

Lawmakers have approved Dixie State College's bid to become a university and stick with its traditional name despite concerns about racial insensitivity.

The Utah State Senate approved the measure Wednesday morning on a 26-0 vote. The house approved a bill earlier 68-6.

Last month the Utah Board of Regents also approved the name change and university status.

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