St George News


Monsoon, lightning pose safety concerns at Grand Canyon; lightning, hiking safety 

GRAND CANYON, Arizona — With monsoon season actively underway, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park and Northern Arizona are reminded that summer storms are often accompanied by dangerous lightning. The National Park Service considers safety to be an important part of their visit. Serious injuries and fatalities have occurred at Grand Canyon National Park in the past as a result […]


Health Department warns against human contact with wild animals 

ST. GEORGE — Residents are being urged to use caution around wild or stray animals; especially if they appear sick, aggressive, or are easily approached. “If a wild animal is passive enough to let you get close, it’s probably a good idea to back off and keep your distance,” said Health Officer Dr. David Blodgett with the Southwest Utah Public […]

Fish viewing area, St. George, Utah, July 11, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Red Hills Desert Garden showcases endangered species, promotes water conservation 

ST. GEORGE – How do you appreciate something you rarely get to see? That question was posed by Cory Cram, assistant general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, in relation to endangered fish species found in the Virgin River. The answer: Create a place where people can readily see the fish in a Virgin […]


Bats at Grand Canyon test positive for rabies, human contact precautions 

GRAND CANYON, Arizona — A bat landed on a visitor at Grand Canyon National Park Wednesday, crawled on her for at least 10 minutes and later tested positive for rabies. The visitor was standing in front of the Tusayan Museum, just west of the Desert View Visitors’ Center within Grand Canyon National Park between 2:30-3 p.m. The bat crawled on […]

Code Camp at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, circa July 2014 | Photo by Danielle Poulsen, courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

DSU preparing next generation of designers, developers with help of UCAP grant 

ST. GEORGE — Trading in swimsuits and beach towels for hard drives and keyboards, a number of St. George area youth and Dixie State University students took advantage of the summer break and beat boredom by learning digital design, programming and information technology skills at DSU’s technology camps and Code School. Offered for the first time this […]


Scientists may have finally solved mystery behind honey bee decline 

FEATURE – The beekeeping industry has faced a number of obstacles to healthy bee management, and for years, the world has been asking the question: What’s killing the honey bees? Now, after a four-year study, scientists believe they have solved the mystery. Over the past two months, a series of studies appearing in scientific journals suggest that the culprit behind the […]

The Hela Seegmiller Historic Park under construction, St. George, Utah, July 16, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

Building to preserve the past; Hela Seegmiller Historic Park 

ST. GEORGE — After more than a decade of planning and construction, the second phase of the 33-acre Hela Seegmiller Historic Park, managed by the City of St. George and located at 3000 E. 2450 South in St. George, is expected to be completed in early September. Two of the most recent incorporations for this city park […]

Nature puts on colorful display at Wildflower Festival: STGnews Photo Gallery 

CEDAR BREAKS – Cool temperatures, red rock vistas and expansive meadows dotted with wildflowers were highlights of the ninth annual Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, which ends Sunday. Sitting at an elevation of 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks has long winters and short springs; as a result, everything blooms at once, Daphne Sewing, park director of education and partnership, […]

A live taping of "Southern Utah Chef," St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah LIVE, St. George News

Be part of a live studio audience; Southern Utah LIVE 

ST. GEORGE – Community members are invited to join Southern Utah LIVE Television Network during the tapings of its upcoming lineup of shows in Washington County. “Southern Utah Chef” Monday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Brandon Beneventi and Lori Hanna, of Perks! Espresso and Smoothies, will be guests on “Southern Utah Chef,” sharing refreshing cold beverage […]


BLM seeks input on proposed land use rules for Moab, Monticello 

ST. GEORGE — The BLM-Utah Canyon Country District is seeking public comment on proposed supplementary rules for public lands in the Moab and Monticello Field Offices.  The proposed rules, which are now available for public review in the Federal Register, are designed to facilitate safe and responsible recreation on BLM-administered public lands. “The proposed rules support BLM […]


Sharpen racing skills at weekend sailing clinic 

ST. GEORGE — Hobie Fleet 941/Sand Hollow Yacht Club will host a free sailing clinic Saturday morning at the south beach of Sand Hollow Reservoir. The clinic will begin at 10 a.m. Clinic attendees will learn how to tune their boats for maximum performance, and there will be racing exercises to help improve skills. The clinic will be hosted […]

Dr. Richard "Biff" Williams and Kristen Williams, the former named as president of Dixie State University. Ceremony held at the Zion Room of the Holland Centennial Commons, DSU, St. George, Utah, July 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of DSU Public Relations Director Steve Johnson, St. George News

Regents name new president for Dixie State University 

ST. GEORGE — The Utah State Board of Regents held ceremony in the Zion Room of the Holland Centennial Commons at Dixie State University Thursday, naming Dr. Richard “Biff” Williams as the 18th president of DSU. Selection of Williams for the presidency is the product of a nationwide search that began in January after then President Stephen Nadauld announced […]


Hot for pots? Water-wise landscaping workshop 

ST. GEORGE – Saturday, the Washington County Water Conservancy District will host “It’s All In the Container,” a water-wise landscape workshop. The workshop will take place at 10 a.m. at Tonaquint Nature Center and is free to the public. The Water Conservancy District will teach attendees how to utilize containers to add more space and visual interest […]


State Board of Regents meeting focused on college success, graduation rates 

CEDAR CITY – The Utah State Board of Regents will convene at Southern Utah University in Cedar City Friday to discuss a number of agenda items relating to higher education in Utah. The meeting will take place in various rooms of the R. Haze Hunter Conference Center. The Board of Regents approved the Completion Resolution in July 2013, which identified five […]


Ready for a shakeup: Governor designates Utah Seismic Safety Commission Day 

SALT LAKE CITY — Ready or not, someday an earthquake will come, and Gov. Gary Herbert has declared July 17 as Utah Seismic Safety Commission Day to honor those who have worked for two decades to help Utahns be better prepared for earthquakes and their aftermaths. For the past 20 years, the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, a crack team of […]

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