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St. George to host West Regional pickleball championships this spring 

ST. GEORGE – The Recreation Division for the City of St. George today announced that the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has chosen St. George to host its West Regional Championship Pickleball Tournament in April 2016. “The St. George Recreation Division and the St. George community were early adopters of the fast growing sport of pickleball,” […]


County gets clean bill of health for 2014 finances, clarifies casita ordinance 

ST. GEORGE – Washington County clarified rules governing accessory dwellings and paved the way for residents to be able to appeal property tax interest, fees and penalties at its regular County Commission meeting held Tuesday; the county also received a clean bill of health from an auditing firm for its 2014 fiscal year financial statements. “It’s fairly significant,” Mike […]

Colorado River running through Grand Canyon | Stock image, St. George News

Hiker dies in Grand Canyon National Park 

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — At approximately 5 p.m. Friday, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a satellite phone call reporting that a man had fallen to his death while hiking the Fence Fault Route near Colorado River Mile 29 in Grand Canyon National Park. The hiker has been identified as Daniel Sarr, 51, of Flagstaff. […]

Traffic moving through the Virgin River Gorge, Mohave County, Arizona, date unknown | Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Transportation, St. George News

ADOT opens extra lane to handle Labor Day traffic on I-15 

VIRGIN RIVER GORGE – With heavy traffic expected to hit Interstate 15 during the Labor Day weekend, motorists passing through the Virgin River Gorge are once again being told to expect traffic delays. While northbound travel through the gorge leading up to and past Arizona milepost 16 will remain reduced to a single lane, the Arizona Department […]


‘Every Kid in a Park’ program launches nationwide 

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration formally launched the its new “Every Kid in a Park” program Tuesday.  The program represents the president’s commitment to protect the nation’s unique outdoor spaces, the Interior Department’s news release said, and to ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. “America is blessed with the great outdoors, and through […]


Blue Blood: If Cougars want respect, they’d better start earning it 

COMMENTARY — I have the privilege each year of writing the Blue Blood BYU football column for St George News and am ready to get back to it again this season. Some might think it’s fitting, with my background as a former BYU football player, while others just want to hear what I have to say being […]


Labor Day weekend brings DUI checkpoints 

SOUTHERN UTAH — Traditionally, Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends on Utah’s roadways. Law enforcement agencies across the state generally see a rise in alcohol- and drug-related crashes. Because of this, authorities say they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints over the weekend. One checkpoint in particular will be conducted Friday by the […]

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Letter to the Editor: The higher education treadmill; adjunct faculty frustrations 

OPINION – Five years ago while I was an undergraduate, I wrote a scholarship essay in which I shared an anecdote of a time at the gym while running on a treadmill. As I looked around at my fellow gym-mates covered in sweat with determined expressions engraved upon their faces, I realized we were giving our […]


Hurricane’s 17th annual Peach Days, celebrating heritage, tradition 

HURRICANE — “Peach Days 2015″ is drawing near, Hurricane City’s 17th annual festival, packed with events Friday and Saturday for all to enjoy in various locations around Hurricane. The festival starts Friday, 10 a.m., with booths, displays, a carnival, candy cannon and pioneer games. Friday is packed with entertainment, a basketball tournament and eating contests, finishing up with the […]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2015 | AP file photo, St. George News

On the EDge: Trumpitis: The next pandemic? 

OPINION – Excuse me, but I’m a little cranky today. Check that. I’m ticked off. Majorly. I’m about up to here with the crude and rude behavior I’ve seen exhibited lately, primarily by people who have embraced the Donald Trump campaign. The only thing I can hang it on is a lot of people are suffering […]

"My name is" campaign for recovery awareness | Image, St. George News

Community campaigns support addiction recovery; schedule of events 

ST. GEORGE — In September, businesses, organizations and community leaders throughout Southern Utah will join together in showing support for individuals in recovery from addiction. Several activities are planned throughout the month, culminating with the Sept. 23-25 Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference held in St. George this year. Main thoroughfares in St George and Cedar […]

Background photo: Sign for Red Cliffs National Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah, not dated | File photo altered for composite, St. George News

What to expect at BLM’s open house about Red Cliffs, Beaver Dam Wash management plans 

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management-Utah will conduct three public open houses this week with a variety of information stations to both inform the public and entertain questions, comments and concerns regarding draft management plans associated with the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs national conservation areas. The […]

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