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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, walks out of a nomination vote meeting on Capitol Hill after dropping out of the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner, Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2015 | AP photo by Evan Vucci, St. George News

McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos. Lawmakers said they were thunderstruck and in disbelief following McCarthy’s announcement, which came moments after they had shown up […]


BLM seeks nominations for Resource Advisory Council 

ST. GEORGE – The Bureau of Land Management-Utah is seeking public nominations for one position on its Resource Advisory Council in Category 2, which includes representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historic organizations, dispersed recreation activities and wild horse and burro organizations. The nominee will fill a position being vacated Jan. 7, 2016, and will serve […]

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News short: Woman found dead in car at Dixie Regional Medical Center 

ST. GEORGE — A woman was discovered dead in her car in the parking lot of Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George Wednesday afternoon. Hospital security was alerted to a woman not responding in a car at about 4:20 p.m. and discovered that 49-year-old Donna Faulkner, of Barstow, California, had died in her vehicle, St. George […]

World Record Holder, 90-year-old Dottie Gray runs along the track during the 1,500 meter run event at the 2015 Huntsman Senior Games, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

Just a number: Senior runner breaks world record 

ST. GEORGE — To some, growing older means rocking chairs, bingo and feeding birds in the park; but to others, like 90-year-old Dottie Gray of Kirkwood, Missouri, age is just a number — one much less important than the number of miles she is racking up in races across the county. Not only is Gray racing […]

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Missing man found following late-night rollover investigation 

HURRICANE — A single-car rollover in Hurricane Wednesday night had officers and search and rescue personnel looking for the vehicle’s driver, who was not on scene when officials arrived at the crash site and hadn’t been heard from since leaving his work in Springdale earlier that evening. The Washington County Search and Rescue team was called out […]

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Draconids shine; 1st of 2 October meteor showers 

ST. GEORGE – Stargazers may get a treat Thursday and Friday as the Draconid meteor shower peaks around nightfall. The Draconids are one of the easier showers of the year to view because the best viewing time is in the early evening rather than the predawn hours, according to The waning crescent moon will darken the sky […]

At the entrance of the Red Hills Desert Garden, St. George, Utah , Oct. 7, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Officials promote water conservation at Red Hills Garden dedication 

ST. GEORGE – Though open to the public since May, the Red Hills Desert Garden had it’s official dedication Wednesday with fanfare and various officials and members of the public in attendance. The primary purpose of the garden is to spread education and awareness of landscape practices that conserve water, while also playing host to […]

A passenger car came to rest against a highway sign after being forced off the road Wednesday morning, Washington, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Road rage suspected in I-15 rollover 

WASHINGTON CITY — A small passenger car was forced off southbound I-15 Wednesday morning, causing the vehicle to rollover and injure the driver. Reports started coming in to both the St. George Communications Center and Cedar City dispatch center about 9:50 a.m. of a small car that had rolled just south of the Exit 13 onramp. When […]

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Prescribed burn season begins, three areas announce treatment 

ARIZONA — Three prescribed burns areas have been announced for northern Arizona, covering areas in the Tusayan Ranger District, Williams District in Kaibab National Forest and Jacob Lake. During prescribed fires, community members and visitors may see fire personnel and vehicles in the vicinity. Smoke may also be present and may result in short-duration impacts to populated […]

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Woman sentenced to jail for part in Zions Bank robbery 

ST. GEORGE – A woman who aided her boyfriend in a bank robbery last year that ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting was sentenced to serve time in the county jail Tuesday. Elizabeth Jeanne Holt, 37, of Washington City, appeared with attorney Travis Christiansen before 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow for sentencing Tuesday morning. In […]

Makenzi Bird-Murphey for Dixie State, Dixie State University vs. Chaminade University, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Dixie State volleyball: Rare home loss for Storm as Chaminade rallies for victory 

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie State volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season Wednesday night, surrendering a two-set lead to Chaminade in front of a rowdy crowd at the old Gymnasium. The Chaminade Silverswords came back from two sets down to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Chaminade lost the first two […]

Keynote speaker Gov. Gary Herbert addresses hundreds of attendees at the 2015 Utah Tourism Conference, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, Oct. 6, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Governor discusses ‘year of the Chinese tourist,’ addresses hundreds at tourism conference 

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK – Hundreds of 2015 Utah Tourism Conference attendees gathered at the rim of Bryce Canyon Tuesday in the chilly October twilight to listen to keynote speaker Gov. Gary Herbert and enjoy a cowboy dinner by the fire. The governor’s arrival was just a little behind schedule, but that didn’t keep the […]

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Utah’s 2nd medical school slated for construction in Ivins 

IVINS – Ivins City will soon be home to a medical school. The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Southern Utah branch is expected to open and be accepting students by August 2017. Plans for the project, which had been kept under wraps by city officials due to a nondisclosure agreement, were presented in a special joint […]

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Police identify, arrest man allegedly involved in sexual assault of vulnerable adult 

ED. NOTE: This report includes details that may not be appropriate for all readers. Discretion is advised. ST. GEORGE – After seeking the public’s help last month, police identified and arrested a man Tuesday who was allegedly involved in a sexual assault of a vulnerable adult in September. Detectives were called to investigate a sexual […]

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Seven Oaks launches campaign in support of breast cancer 

ST. GEORGE — Seven Oaks Fine Jewelers, an independently owned Fine Jewelry Retailer located in St. George, has announced it is launching a campaign tied to the National Breast Cancer Foundation called “The Rhythm of Life.” Owner Shane Oaks said: The Rhythm of Life campaign gives us the opportunity to celebrate the lives of breast cancer […]

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