STGnews photos, galleries: 2013 highlights

 SOUTHERN UTAH – The lenses of St. George News photographers and friends captured truly remarkable moments this year. Enjoy our photo highlights of 2013 (headlines are live links to the accompanying stories and full photo galleries, take another look at those that resound ).

Applause and song resound, Dixie name change survey results

After a complex and controversial survey process, Dixie State University was officially chosen as Dixie State College of Utah’s new name at a community meeting in January.

Sorenson Advertising President Erik Sorenson (left) and Dixie State College of Utah Public Relations Director Steve Johnson attend the university naming community meeting, St. George, Utah, Jan. 9, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Sorenson Advertising President Erik Sorenson (left) and Dixie State College of Utah Public Relations Director Steve Johnson attend the university naming community meeting, St. George, Utah, Jan. 9, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
UHP ends multi-state high-speed chase at Utah border

A high-speed chase through Nevada, Arizona and Utah ended just outside St. George on Jan. 30 with the arrest of Tyler Walker, formerly a NASCAR driver with a promising career, for possession of various drugs.

Utah Highway Patrol arrest a vehicle and its occupants involved in a high speed chase originating in Nevada, crossing through the Arizona Strip and into Utah on Interstate 15 between 7:30 and 8 a.m., vehicle spiked at Utah milepost 2, and brought to a halt at milepost 6. St. George, Utah, Jan. 30, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrest former NASCAR star Tyler Walker following a high-speed chase on I-15 through Utah, Arizona and Nevada, St. George, Utah, Jan. 30, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Parade of Homes showcases extraordinary design, décor

Attracting thousands of visitors from across the country, the Parade of Homes offered a tour of the best in residential design through 28 unique homes in the St. George area in February.

House 14 on the 2013 St. George Area Parade of Homes route, St. George, Utah, Feb. 17, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
House 14 on the 2013 St. George Area Parade of Homes route, St. George, Utah, Feb. 17, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Tanner Godfrey sets new world record with 105-foot jump at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend

Partially paralyzed after a horrifying 2007 crash, UTV racer Tanner Godfrey achieved redemption with an epic jump that shattered the previous world record at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend in February.

Tanner Godfrey's world record 105-foot UTV jump at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend, Mesquite, Nev., Feb. 22, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Tanner Godfrey’s world record 105-foot UTV jump at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend, Mesquite, Nev., Feb. 22, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Macklemore refuses to rain out; spirited fans sell out concert

Undeterred by pouring rain, hip-hop star Macklemore electrified a sold-out crowd at Dixie State University’s Hansen Stadium on March 8.

Hip-hop artist Macklemore performs at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, March 8, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Hip-hop artist Macklemore performs at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, March 8, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
True Grit endurance racers cover 100 miles of dirt in Southern Utah

True Grit drew serious mountain bike competitors from across the country to Southern Utah’s desert on March 17 for the ultimate endurance challenge.

True Grit endurance mountain bike race, St. George, Utah, March 16, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
True Grit endurance mountain bike race, St. George, Utah, March 16, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Kayenta Street Painting Festival’s chalk creations dazzle crowds

From tortoises to superheroes, the talented artists of the Kayenta Street Painting Festival amazed onlookers with their lifelike chalk creations over a weekend in mid-April.

Kayenta Street Painting Festival chalk art, Ivins, Utah, April 13, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Kayenta Street Painting Festival chalk art, Ivins, Utah, April 13, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Hurricane Mud Run: 100s hit wet dirt, come out smiling

Nearly 400 runners participated in the Hurricane Mud Run, a military-style 5K obstacle course sponsored by Utah’s National Guard, on April 20.

Army National Guard obstacle course Hurricane Mud Run STGnews.com
Hurricane Mud Run obstacle course, Hurricane, Utah, April 20, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Downpour fills St. George streets

A surprise downpour in the afternoon of May 6 filled St. George streets with flood water and debris, creating hazardous conditions for drivers.

Flooding on River Road, St. George, Utah, May 6, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Flooding on River Road, St. George, Utah, May 6, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Marine exercise; good for the Corps, good for St. George

The Marine Corps 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit held ground realistic urban training at the St. George Municipal Airport on May 10.

MV-22B Ospreys at St. George Airport for 13th MEU training exercise, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor, St. George News
MV-22B Ospreys at St. George Airport for 13th MEU training exercise, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2013 | Photo by A.J. Mellor, St. George News
Southern Utah Veterans Home dedicated with full honors

With veterans, government officials and the community in attendance, the new Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins was officially dedicated on May 23.

Dedication of the Southern Utah Veterans Home, Ivins, Utah, May 23, 2013 | Photo by Ron Olroyd, St. George News
Dedication of the Southern Utah Veterans Home, Ivins, Utah, May 23, 2013 | Photo by Ron Olroyd, St. George News
Shoot the supermoon 2013

The summer solstice brought a beautiful sight in the night sky in late June, and shutterbugs across Southern Utah whipped out their cameras to capture the natural wonder of the supermoon.

Supermoon, Parowan, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Ron Olroyd, St. George News
Supermoon, Parowan, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo by Ron Olroyd, St. George News
Virgin River Skimboard Classic 2013

Young athletes gathered to beat the heat and win bragging rights and prizes at the Virgin River Skimboard Classic on June 29.

Virgin River Skimboard Classic, St. George, Utah, June 29, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Virgin River Skimboard Classic, St. George, Utah, June 29, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Summer storms over Southern Utah; awe-inspiring lightning captured

The first big storm of the monsoon season brought violent thunder and stunning lightning, a feast for the senses in July.

Thunderstorms over St. George, Utah, June 23, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Kevin Sanders
Thunderstorms over St. George, Utah, July 23, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Kevin Sanders
Washington City Pioneer Day Parade, march of the Stripling Warriors

The traditional Pioneer Day parade in Washington City in July provided a twist with the march of the Stripling Warriors, dozens of young men from across Utah dressed as the heroic characters from The Book of Mormon.

It was up to the individual warrior to take care of his costume. The warriors were able to personalize their costumes, swords, Pioneer Day parade and Stripling Warriors march, Washington City, Utah, July 24, 2013 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
It was up to the individual warrior to take care of his costume. The warriors were able to personalize their costumes, swords, Pioneer Day parade and Stripling Warriors march, Washington City, Utah, July 24, 2013 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
Storms across Southern Utah

Yet another summer storm arrived on July 26, bringing heavy rainfall to the St. George area.

Flooding in Hurricane, Utah, July 26, 2013 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News
Flooding in Hurricane, Utah, July 26, 2013 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News
Poise to noise; fair’s closing day parade, Demolition Derby

In August, he Washington County Fair went out with a bang, from a parade and 5K to the demolition derby, delighting a packed house of thousands.

Demolition derby, Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 10, 2013 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
Demolition derby, Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 10, 2013 | Photo by Samantha Tommer, St. George News
15th annual Western Legends Round-up brings out stars of yesteryear

From “Gunsmoke” to “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Kanab is known as “Little Hollywood” for its popularity as a filmmaking destination in the 20th century. These classics are kept alive by the Western Legends Round-up every August.

Professional film stuntmen Buck Montgomery and Amos Carver perform at the 15th annual Western Legends Round-up, Kanab, Utah, Aug. 23, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Cathy Williams
Professional film stuntmen Buck Montgomery and Amos Carver perform at the 15th annual Western Legends Round-up, Kanab, Utah, Aug. 23, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Cathy Williams
Dixie Round-up opening: Nitro Circus, bulls and bikes

This historic hometown tradition returned for its 79th year the weekend of Sept. 11, bringing with it all the rough-and-tumble fun expected of a rodeo.

79th annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo, St. George, Utah, Sept. 12, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
79th annual Dixie Round-up Rodeo, St. George, Utah, Sept. 12, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
One last beach party; Sand Hollow Mayhem returns to Southern Utah

Students gathered for a day and night of beach fun, from dancing to wakeboarding, at Sand Hollow on Sept. 28, before the fall chill set in.

Sand Hollow Mayhem at Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, Sept. 28, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Sand Hollow Mayhem at Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, Sept. 28, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Touching history at Swiss Days

Santa Clara’s hometown celebration of heritage brought pioneer pride and family fun to the city’s quaint tree-lined historic district in September.

Snow Canyon High School marching band, Swiss Days parade, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 28, 2013 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News
Snow Canyon High School marching band, Swiss Days parade, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 28, 2013 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News
Party in the canyon; Rocktoberfest in Springdale a smashing success

Combining the boozy fun of Oktoberfest with worldly entertainment and Springdale’s offbeat atmosphere, Southern Utah has never seen an event quite like fall’s Rocktoberfest.

A traditional German band performs at Rocktoberfest, Springdale Utah, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
A traditional German band performs at Rocktoberfest, Springdale Utah, Oct. 26, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News
Creative Halloween costumes seen about town

Southern Utah residents of all ages decked out in creative Halloween costumes from Dracula to Duck Dynasty for parties, trick-or-treating and more spooky fun.

Jude Gardner as a lion, St. George, Utah. Oct. 30, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Randi Gardner
Jude Gardner as a lion, St. George, Utah. Oct. 30, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Randi Gardner
Local hobbyists, dedicated engineers of model railroads; upcoming Southern Utah Train Tour

From childhood to retirement, the magic of model trains is timeless. A group of Southern Utah residents formed the Color Country Model Railroad Club to share their passion for the hobby.

Dave Merrill’s model train setup, St. George, Utah, Oct. 14, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Dave Merrill’s model train setup, St. George, Utah, Oct. 14, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
St. George Temple lighting

The traditional lighting ceremony of the St. George Temple rang in the holidays with music and no shortage of community spirit on Nov. 29.

St. George Temple lighting ceremony, St. George, Utah, Nov. 29, 2013 | Photo by Sandie Divan, St. George News
St. George Temple lighting ceremony, St. George, Utah, Nov. 29, 2013 | Photo by Sandie Divan, St. George News
Snow incidents on SR-18; precautions for drivers

Heavy snowfall on Dec. 7 created dangerous conditions for Southern Utah drivers, forcing transportation officials to break out seldom-used snowplows. Unfortunately, some accidents couldn’t be prevented.

Snowplow on SR-18, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Snowplow on SR-18, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Let it snow

The record-setting snowfall of Dec. 7 brought out the kid in all of us, as families took to their yards to delight in Southern Utah’s winter wonderland.

Snowfall in Washington City, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Snowfall in Washington City, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Hike the Red Mountain Trail this holiday for jaw-dropping Snow Canyon views

Hike the Red Mountain Trail and stand atop one of the most spectacular overlooks around, even by Southern Utah’s standards, ideal for souls in need of solace.

STGnews reporter Drew Allred overlooking Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah, Dec. 22, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Josh Kitchen
Overlooking Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah, Dec. 22, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

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