Southern Utah

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For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders ― some call them the most successful rodeo family in history. 

Now, Bill and Evelyn Wright, parents to 13 children and grandparents to many more, find themselves struggling to hang on to the majestic landscape where they’ve been running cattle for 150 years as the West is transformed by urbanization, battered by drought and rearranged by public-land disputes.

A Hurricane woman has been sentenced to prison for her part in the kidnapping and killing of a southern Utah man.

The Spectrum reports prosecutors say Tammy Freeman was a co-conspirator in a plot to "get rid" of David Heisler of Santa Clara after he gained custody of a daughter he shared with his ex-girlfriend.

Southern Utah officials who want to build a highway across a picturesque national reserve say a proposed land deal would stave off major road congestion in the fast-growing area, but environmentalists worry it would hurt the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and other sensitive species.

The plans call for a "Northern Corridor" highway across the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Washington County officials have proposed a land swap with the federal government that would give the county public lands needed to accommodate the road, The Spectrum reported last week.

Pine View High School in St. George, UT.
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Police in southern Utah confirm additional charges are pending against a teenage student accused of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school in St. George.

The unidentified teen was arrested Monday night on weapons-related charges after the discovery of the explosive device sending smoke from a backpack forced an evacuation of Pine View High School.

Off The Grid: Waterfalls In Red Rock Country

Feb 21, 2018
Andrea Smardon

Our series LGBTQ Off The Grid, explores the far corners of Utah where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and those questioning their sexuality are often isolated and unseen. In this story, Randy Thomson, a formerly homeless man, is trying to help young people in southern Utah.

Milky Way Galaxy as seen at night
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To earn the designation as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association, residents in Torrey implemented lighting ordinances, replaced outdoor street bulbs and coordinated public education about the benefits of having a dark sky.

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Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also known as FERC, formally accepted the state’s application for the Lake Powell Pipeline. This notice affirms that the proposed 140-mile pipeline, which would draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities is ready for environmental analysis and public comment. 

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After filing government paperwork and months of waiting, Southern Utah University has officially trademarked itself as the University of the Parks.

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The Utah Shakespeare Festival attracts Shakespearean actors from across the country. The actors said performing on the southern Utah stage is a step up and a push forward in performance of the popular works.

Brian Head Fire Receives Emergency Federal Funds

Jun 19, 2017
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In response to the growing Brian Head wildfire in Southern Utah, a federal agency authorized an emergency grant to assist the firefighting effort.

Reaching 1,000 acres in size on Monday, the Brian Head fire threatens the rest of Iron County, Dixie National Forest and several BLM lands, according to an interagency government report.

Young Adults Bike To S. Utah To Promote Affordable Housing

Jul 8, 2016


  A team of cyclists pedaled into St. George Thursday as part of a journey across the United States to promote affordable housing and do a service project on Friday.

 

Utah's 2nd Medical School Expected To Open In 2017

Jun 22, 2016
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nearly 80 percent of Utah's counties are facing a medical-professional shortage, making the state the third worst in the country for the doctor-to-patient ratio. The state’s second medical school will open in August 2017 in Ivins, Utah, with the hope to address the statistic.

Drone Danger Halts Three Utah Wildfire Extinguishing Operations

Jun 20, 2016

 

Aerial firefighting operations were grounded for several hours on Sunday at three of Utah’s wildfire locations due to a drone sighting. Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Utah Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles in active wildfire areas.

The recent controversy over the Confederate flag has prompted some Moab residents to again call for the renaming of Negro Bill Canyon. 


Southern Utah Festival Season Underway

Jun 24, 2015
Cedar City

As the Utah Summer Games wraps up in the next week, other iconic summer festivals are just around the corner in Cedar City.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival opens its 54th season on Thursday with eight works running through October.  The 13th edition of Groovefest, Cedar City’s Music and Arts Festival is already underway, and the Neil Simon Festival opens July eighth.

Josh Stavros of the Utah Shakespeare Festival says USF is happy it’s no longer the only show in town.

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Folks in southeastern Nevada and southwest Utah kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a bang—or, rather a shake.  A 5.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the area today. The quake was felt throughout the region, including in St. George.

The quake occurred Friday afternoon, at 12:47 mountain time.  The seismic center at the University of Utah placed the epicenter of the quake about 24 miles south, southwest of Caliente, Nevada, and about 60 miles west of St. George. 

The quake is said to be the largest to have an epicenter on land so far this year in the contiguous U.S.

According to a news release from the park, an employee at Zion Lodge tested positive for tuberculosis on March 13. The person is being treated, and a number of people who were in contact with that person are also being tested as a precaution.

David Eaker is a spokesperson for the National Park Service at Zion.

A rural town in Southern Utah has, at least temporarily, lost the area's only police officer.  Escalante Mayor Jerry Taylor confirmed Thursday that Police Chief Kevin Worlton has been placed on administrative leave with pay as of Jan. 12.

The Utah Attorney General's Office is conducting an unspecified investigation involving Worlton.  Taylor said he doesn't know why Worlton is under investigation. Garfield County sheriff's deputies are policing the town during the investigation.

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In 2013, more than nine million visitors to National Parks in Utah contributed $596 million to the state's economy and supported nearly nine thousand jobs related to tourism. The National Park Service is now recommending recreation fee increases at three of Southern Utah's most popular parks to help cover the cost of maintaining what they say is an important economic resource here.

Park Superintendents from Bryce Canyon, Zion National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument say a review of park service fee rates in Utah are part of a national assessment of park entrance fees that have not been updated since 2006.

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A new 800-page study released by the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office argues that Utah could afford the management costs that would come with acquiring the more than 30 million acres of public lands the state has been hoping to gain control of.

Governor Gary Herbert, along with other Utah lawmakers, has been pushing the Federal Government to hand over ownership of the property, which makes up more than half of the land in the state. A bill passed in 2012 cited the 1894 Enabling Act and demanded the federal Government hand over the land by 2015.

Vandalism in National Parks
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A 21-year-old New York woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases affecting eight national parks and monuments in the western United States.

National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks and boulders in Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks in California, Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument in Colorado, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and Zion and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. There may be cases elsewhere.