St George News


A dirty word: Asphalt, on a mountain bike 

OPINION – A “dirty” word: asphalt.  “Asphalt? On a mountain bike?” you ask.  Now, before someone shouts, “String him up!” let me point out that the mountain bike is the most versatile of bikes. It can do everything from the obvious burn down a trail, to the not-so-obvious run to the store. Several times its been […]


Where, how to get Christmas tree cutting permits for Utah’s national forests 

ST. GEORGE — Holiday tradition for many includes cutting their own Christmas tree. Permits are now available in most ranger districts for national forests in Utah. Below are details and conditions for obtaining permits in Utah’s national forests General conditions for cutting trees in the national forests Trees must always be cut close to the ground leaving the stump […]

L-R: Grady Sinclair, Paul Ford, Bloomington Cave, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2014 | Photo from No Filter Show video, St. George News

No Filter: Lost in a cave in Dixie; it’s cold, so cold 

ST. GEORGE – Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair go on an adventure only the strong survive in Episode 3 of the “No Filter Show.”  Watch it … do it … if you dare. Ed. Note: Permit required to explore the cave – for a more serious report on the Bloomington Cave system, preparation and precautions advised, […]


Leonids meteor shower approaches; best viewing, meteor party 

ST. GEORGE – The Leonids meteor shower returns to liven up the night sky Monday and Tuesday, and Southern Utah residents have the opportunity to attend a special meteor party hosted by the Southern Utah Space Foundation. According to NASA’s website, this year the Leonids will peak Monday and Tuesday, and prime viewing times are after midnight […]


No Filter: Where the Redwood grows in Dixie 

BROWSE –  Episode 2 in our new semiweekly “No Filter” show takes Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair in search of a Redwood tree – not at the California Coast as you might imagine, but right here in Utah’s Dixie.  Check it out: St. George News Videocast How to get there Take Interstate 15 to Exit 30, Browse […]

Ancient rock writing found on the Tempi'po'op trail in the Santa Clara River Reserve, Ivins, Utah, Nov. 12, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Explore: Scenic access to ancient rock writing; Santa Clara River Reserve 

IVINS – Directly southwest and within easy access of the desert communities of Santa Clara and Ivins lies an almost secret treasure of geological, environmental and historical wonder. Preserved in conjunction with the two cities as well as the Bureau of Land Management’s St. George field office, the Santa Clara River Reserve is 6,500 acres […]

Ivins, Utah, Nov. 10, 2014 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

Ivins plans reservoir renewal; recreation, nature park 

IVINS – An open house was held Monday evening at the Southern Utah Veterans Home at which Ivins City officials presented plans to residents to dramatically improve both the appearance and usability of the Ivins Reservoir. The Ivins Reservoir is located just off Highway 91 between Ivins proper and its Kayenta Community, and straddles the border between Ivins and […]


National Parks waive entrance fees for Veterans Day 

SOUTHERN UTAH – In honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military, national park units around the country, including Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Escalante National Monument and Cedar Breaks National Monument will be offering everyone fee-free entry on Nov. 11. Visitors who plan to […]

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BLM Utah Resource Advisory Council seeks second call for nominations 

SALT LAKE CITY —The Bureau of Land Management in Utah is seeking public nominations for three open positions in Category Three on its Utah Resource Advisory Council. The open Resource Advisory Council, also known as RAC, positions in Category Three consist of: representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a […]

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Snow Canyon Half Marathon packet pickup, road closures 

ST. GEORGE – The Snow Canyon Half Marathon returns to Southern Utah this weekend, and to prepare, packet pickup and road closures should be on participants’ radars. Worried about packet pickup for this race because it happens on Halloween? No need to worry! Participants can get their packets and have some spooky fun all at the same time at the Snow […]

Peering down the hallway at the Overland Hotel & Saloon, 662 Main Street in Pioche, Nevada, Oct. 29, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

Explore: Hauntings at Overland Hotel & Saloon in Pioche 

PIOCHE, Nevada — Situated on the outskirts of desert nothingness, on the southeastern border of Nevada, where vultures and ravens skim the sky above dilapidated buildings, Pioche exists as a living ghost town. Among its numerous historic structures — many of which were built in the late 1800s — stands the Overland Hotel & Saloon where many […]


Bat tests positive for rabies in Grand Canyon National Park 

GRAND CANYON—A bat recently removed from an area along the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park has tested positive for rabies. All visitors to Grand Canyon, including those who are recreating in the backcountry and on the Colorado River, are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and be alert to potential interactions with […]

A crowd waits for the sunset near the end of the Delicate Arch Trail, Arches National Park, Utah, Sept. 14, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

Explore: 3 essential tips for visiting Utah’s most-frequented natural spectacle 

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK — In a remote cavity of Arches National Park, the sun sets and a strange phenomenon occurs: Flocks of manic professional photographers stake out tripod space, literally shoulder to shoulder, on the edge of a sunken orange cliff. These beauty specialists know what they’re doing; snapping Utah’s most notorious structure during the sunset glow is […]

What the sun should look like from St. George on Oct. 23, 2014 at maximum eclipse | Image courtesy of time and date website, St. George News

Partial solar eclipse steals afternoon sky; safety tips, viewing locations, where to buy glasses 

SOUTHERN UTAH — Following the blood moon that occurred Oct. 8, the sun will take on its own seeming metamorphosis Thursday afternoon as the moon moves in front of the sun causing it to take on a crescent shape and treating viewers — weather permitting — with a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse is visible from all […]


Halloween spirit brings intraterrestrials, microbes, SLIME to BLM Brown bag lecture 

ST. GEORGE—Diana Northrup will be sharing a fascinating journey exploring the subsurface to hunt for novel microbes in the caves of the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument in a lunchtime lecture Friday at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George. Northrup’s hunt for intraterrestrials in these caves has revealed microbes that break […]

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