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Vermilion flycatchers are among the types of birds attendees may see at this year's Winter Bird Festival, date and location of photo not specified | Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

St. George Winter Bird Festival takes flight 

ST. GEORGE — The annual St. George Winter Bird Festival, now in its 12th year, offers attendees a chance to see more than 100 species of birds in Southern Utah’s red rock country and will take place Thursday through Saturday. Over the course of the three-day event, bird-watchers will be able to see these winged […]

Phil Peterson, St. George's retiring finance director, speaking to a friend who is wishing him well in retirement, St. George, Utah, Jan. 29, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

City bids fond farewell to finance director Peterson after 32 years of service 

ST. GEORGE – The St. George City Council Chamber was packed with city officials, city staff and others who gathered to bid farewell to Phil Peterson, the city’s retiring finance director. Peterson’s retirement was announced by the City Council during its Jan. 8 meeting. The council and City Manager Gary Esplin thanked him for his […]

Background photo: 2014 Parade of Homes, Ivins, Utah, Feb. 16, 2014 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

St. George Area Parade of Homes celebrates 25th Anniversary 

ST. GEORGE — Construction crews, interior designers and landscapers are working overtime in southern Utah to put the finishing touches on more than two dozen show-stopping homes for the 25th annual St. George Area Parade of Homes to be held Feb. 13-22. Taking place in Washington County, the self-guided tour will feature 28 brand new homes showcasing […]

Dixie vs. Pine View, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 29, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball roundup: Lady Panthers rally from 10 down to top Dixie 

ST. GEORGE — Dominating the glass and making free throws — it’s a formula that’s worked this season for Pine View. Thursday night it came through again as the Lady Panthers overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Dixie 50-45 and inch ever so close to a playoff spot. Pretty good for […]

Washington Fields residents gather in front of a map displaying the zoning in their part of the city, Washington City, Utah, Jan. 29, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

To develop, or not to develop? Washington Fields residents sound off at open house 

WASHINGTON CITY – The question of whether or not commercial development should be allowed in Washington Fields has long been a bone of contention between a portion of the area’s residents and city officials. To help gauge where Washington Fields residents currently stand on the idea of incoming commercial development, Washington City officials held an open […]


Hatch lauds passage of Keystone XL Pipeline Act 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Orrin Hatch released the following statement Thursday upon passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act: “I am pleased the Senate passed this common-sense infrastructure bill, which will create jobs and move us towards energy independence. The bill is a critical step in resolving a long delay that the Obama administration created. […]


Homeless with triplets: Triply blessed, triply challenged family moves forward with new babies; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE – Becoming a new parent is challenging. Multiply that challenge by three when a new mother and father find out they are expecting triplets. Add to that the overwhelming struggle of homelessness and joblessness, and that is what the Saxton family, of St. George, is currently facing. Devin and Khylie Saxton are the […]

TGIF weekend event guide 

SOUTHERN UTAH – The weekend is almost here again! If you’re looking for something fun to do, take advantage of our snapshot of Southern Utah events and activities to enjoy with family and friends and keep the fun going all weekend long. You will find the full rundown right here with our list of events to help you get started. Click […]

Washington City, May 23, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Washington Fields residents invited to discuss future development at open house 

WASHINGTON CITY – Would you like to help influence what happens with future development in the Washington Fields area? The Washington City Planning Commission is holding an open house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Elementary, 2500 S. Harvest Lane, to gather citizen input about future development in the Washington Fields area. Drew Ellerman, the city’s […]


Blue Blood: Backs against the wall for BYU in chase for NCAA Tourney bid 

COMMENTARY — I hate the “P” word, but let’s be realistic here: It might be time to panic for BYU basketball fans. Under Dave Rose, the Cougars have never won fewer than 20 games in a season and have become a fixture in the NCAA Tournament. And while the streak of 20-win seasons will likely […]


DSU Sustainability Club holds clean air rally 

ST. GEORGE — The public is invited to join the Dixie State University Sustainability Club in taking a breath of fresh air Saturday at the Clean Air No Excuses Rally. This rally, which is also a sister rally to one that took place in Salt Lake City last year, is an active way to discuss […]

Views from the  top of Padre Canyon or "the saddle" looking south, Ivins, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Explore: Go up ‘the saddle’ for adventure 

IVINS – The towering red cliffs that provide the dramatic backdrop for Tuacahn Center for the Arts are most famously found ringing with the sound of music rising from the “Broadway in the Desert” stage, but a short, steep trip beyond the outdoor amphitheater provides an explore-worthy trail full of adventure and beauty. The Padre […]

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