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.

A former teacher at St. George area high school has pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse in 5th district court. 

John Robert Cody was a teacher at pine view high school until his arrest for several groping incidents, involving young girls which took place at St. George area swimming pools.

None of the alleged abuse took place at the high school.

Cody moved to Oregon after his dismissal. Another victim there, who is also a family member has since come forth accusing Cody of molestation.

Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

There is scarcely a family native to Southern Utah that has not been affected by fallout from atomic weapons testing in Nevada. This Friday, January 27, marks the 61st anniversary since those tests began in the Nevada desert and has been declared a "National Day of Remembrance" for Americans who have suffered from the effects of radioactive fallout resulting from government testing.

Chris Holmes brings us the story of the Downwinders.

Southern Utah University is to recieve the largest gift ever bestowed on the Cedar City institution. UPR's Chris Holmes describes the multi-million-dollar gift from Walter Gibson that will go to fund a new science center.

From Cache County in the north to Washington County in southern Utah, $44 million in federal money is headed to the beehive state to help with watershed protection.

The grant money comes from the USDA’s natural resource conservation service.  Much of the work is to repair damage to roads, water systems and other infrastructure caused by flooding over the past two years.

The emergency watershed protection program was set up by congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters.

A court-appointed attorney will represent the interests of nine children who are at the heart of a custody battle between an exiled former polygamist, and his three former wives.

Lorin Holm was kicked out of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by church leader Warren Jeffs.  His three wives were then assigned to other men.  

The Federal Aviation Committee has thrown up a roadblock to the plan announced last fall to introduce a 50-seat regional jet to replace the twice daily turbo-prop service in and out of the city.

The body of a yet unidentified man has been recovered in Grand Canyon National Park. According to park spokesperson Shannan Marcak the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a deceased person near the South Kaibab Trail.

Upon arriving at the scene, rangers found the body of an unidentified male about one-third mile from the trailhead, near Yaki Point. Rangers made their initial investigations, then carried the body to the rim. The body was first taken to the park's emergency operations center and then on to the Coconino County medical examiner.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City has ruled that wrongful death lawsuit against Hurricane City, and two members of its police department may proceed to trial.

In 2009, Brian Cardall and family were traveling through Washington County returning to their home in Flagstaff, when Cardall experienced a manic episode related to bipolar disorder. He left his vehicle and began removing his clothing. His wife Anna dialed 911. Within minutes Chief Lynn Excell and Officer Kenneth Thompson of the Hurricane Police Department arrived.

Prime Excavating of St. George replaced a critical water line in a forbidding area of the Arizona strip. The 60-year-old pipeline serves forest service and BLM grazing sites, as well as wildlife in the Houserock Valley area.

Forest managers praised the contractor for its work on very steep terrain and thanked local ranchers who secured the funding for the project.

Dan Liljenquist, former Utah State Senator representing the Davis County area, made an important announcement on Wednesday. Mr. Liljenquist, who was named public official of the year by the national government watchdog magazine, Governing, talked to UPR's Chris Holmes about his decision to run for a seat in the United States Senate.

Today marks the return of a former Vice President at Southern Utah University who resigned last year after being caught in an undercover prostitution sting.

Wes Curtis was one of six Iron County men arrested in an internet prostitution sting in December 2010. Curtis resigned as University Vice President for Government Relations and Regional Services.

56-year-old James Bradley Meinert, a resident of Virgin, Utah, was trimming trees from a hoist bucket about 25 feet above the ground when the equipment became entangled in high-power lines.

The accident occurred in Brookside, about 20 miles north of St. George.

Emergency personnel were slowed in their response both by the remoteness of the area and the fear that the tangled power lines were still alive with as much as 39,000 volts of electricity.

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