Authorities in Beaver and Iron Counties are trying to sort through a motive and details for a high-speed chase Wednesday night.
The chase began when 40-year-old William Smith Roseberry of Plumas, Calif. left the Chevron station in Beaver without paying. A Beaver County deputy began the pursuit, and Utah Highway Patrol also became involved.
The suspect, driving a car with Connecticut license plates reached speeds higher than 100 mph before troopers ended the chase by deploying spikes north of Cedar City.
Viresco Energy LLC revoked its proposal to build an experimental coal gasification plant in Kanab. Sky Chaney, president of the Taxpayer Association of Kane County, said many of Kanab’s residents are happy about this recent announcement.
Chaney said Jim Guthrie, president of Viresco, decided to build the experimental plant in Kanab with the support of Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Mike Noel (R- District 73), the Mayor of Kanab and the US Department of Energy.
A new Center for Workforce Development facility has opened in Price. The 5,000 square foot renovated building is located on the Utah State University Eastern campus.
USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson welcomed the community and students to the new facility during a ceremony Wednesday. He said the workforce development program is designed to give students training for jobs that are in demand.
"Companies around southeast Utah are always eager to hire people who are skilled in CAD programs like automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics, welding and those kinds of things," Peterson said.
The state of Utah has said that it will not recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage last month.
As a result same-sex couples married in Utah between that Dec. 20 decision and the order on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision - cannot reap the benefits of legal marriage. KCPW's Roger McDonough has the story:
Derek Miller, Gov. Gary Herbert's chief of staff, says the state believes the stay by the Supreme Court means that gay marriage must once again not be recognized in Utah:
A Wednesday morning fire in St. George destroyed the Washington County Utah State University Extension building.
Rick Heflebower, county director and horticulture agent, tells UPR's Chris Holmes he and his staff were in the building this morning when they noticed lights turning off. Another staff member then spotted fire in the ceiling of one of the restrooms.
The Utah Department of Corrections issued a statement Monday that placed a ban on smoking for minimum security inmates at one state prison. The ban officially took effect Jan. 1 at the Lone Peak unit of the state prison in Draper and with its implementation, made the entire state prison system smoke-free.
Most Utah prison facilities have had smoking bans for more than 20 years, but Lone Peak minimum security-housing at the Draper prison location was the exception; inmates were allowed to smoke outdoors during recreation time.
Former Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is the new chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative. Gov. Herbert’s office announced the appointment on Monday, along with the resignation of USTAR executive director Ted McAleer.
The state legislature created USTAR in 2006 to bring high-quality jobs to Utah and improve the state’s economy through university research funding.
Bell is taking the place of Dinesh Patel, whose term as chair ends June 30. Bell said Patel has been a terrific asset to the program.
There is some guarded optimism in the recent case of animal neglect out of Iron County. Authorities in Enoch City were contacted by a concerned citizen regarding a mare and her colt. Responding officers found the pair very near death from starvation and exposure.
Police Chief Jackson Ames said the colt was actually frozen to the ground in the corral when they found the animals.
"When we initially took the horse down there, the veterinarian gave the horse about a 15-20 percent chance of survival. Right now, they're a lot more optimistic," Ames said.