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Utah joins lawsuit challenging new BLM fracking rule; fracking in Utah 

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah will join three other energy-rich states in a lawsuit challenging a fracking rule recently issued by the Bureau of Land Management, under the purview of the Department of Interior, in March. The rule goes into effect in June and imposes regulatory power over hydraulic fracturing operations on public and tribal […]

L-R: Debbie Justice at far left of the giant check; St. George Mayor Jon Pike stands in center behind the check; Shirlee Draper at far right of giant check; amidst members of The Learning Center for Families board of directors and others. The check represents TLC's $10,000 donation toward the All Abilities Park's sensory garden. City Council Chambers, St. George, Utah, May 21, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

TLC executive director gets surprise honor at City Council; developments approved 

ST. GEORGE – A woman who has served the community for over 20 years found herself unexpectedly honored before the St. George City Council Thursday night after learning that her name will adorn a portion of the All Abilities Park. Before the council’s official business began, Shirlee Draper and two other members of the board […]


Hurricane moves toward Hurricane Valley Fire District; evaluates vacation rental ordinance 

HURRICANE – Hurricane City moved one step closer to joining the Hurricane Valley Fire District again on Thursday evening and also set in motion a discussion with its planning commission to make changes to its new ordinance allowing vacation rentals. Fire district The council approved a resolution, without any comment during a public forum, to request […]


A-List: Katherine’s Steakhouse 

OPINION — I recently discovered a place in Mesquite where everyone wins. It’s called Katherine’s Steakhouse, and it’s located at the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino, 950 W. Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite, Nev. I know what you’re thinking – A fine dining restaurant inside a casino? Really? Yes, really. I am not exaggerating when I say it’s easily the BEST […]

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BLM releases quarterly oil, gas lease sale results 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management in Utah received bonus bids totaling $256,248.50 for 11 parcels covering 13,344 acres at the quarterly oil and gas lease sale held Tuesday at the BLM-Utah State Office in Salt Lake City. The BLM sold 11 of the 14 offered parcels. In addition to the bonus bids, the sale […]

Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit 2014, Salt Lake City, June 3-4, 2014 | Image courtesy of Governor's Office of Energy Development, St. George News

Herbert declares May 17-23 Utah Energy Development Week 

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared May 17-23 Utah Energy Development Week to recognize the state’s energy development and critical energy resources. “Energy is among the top issues of our time,” Herbert said. “We need diverse, affordable and reliable energy resources that continue to expand with Utah’s growing population and economy. This week […]

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Faith-based youth academy offers alternative education; STGnews Videocast 

ADVERTORIAL / ST. GEORGE — Grade school is arguably the most impressionable time in a child’s life. While education obtained in public school may work for some, other children blossom under a more personalized curriculum. Watch the video above  for a peek into Liberty Youth Academy. Liberty Youth Academy is an LDS faith-based leadership academy aimed at helping […]


Marketing training presented at workshop for nonprofits 

ST. GEORGE — The Utah Nonprofits Association will host a workshop Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at Dixie Applied Technology Silicon Way campus to bring relevant marketing strategies to nonprofits in Southern Utah. “Our members want to connect quickly and strongly with supporters and partners and to motivate them to take the actions they need (donate, volunteer, […]


Long-awaited Harmons grocery store coming to Santa Clara 

SANTA CLARA – Santa Clara will be getting a long-awaited grocery store, as the City Council approved a site plan Wednesday for a Harmons Neighborhood Grocer to be built on the northeast corner of Rachel Drive and Pioneer Parkway. “It’s going to be a beautiful store and we’re really, really excited about that,” Santa Clara City Manager […]

Kristin Williams, wife of Dixie State University's president, gives the keynote address at the Utah Business Women's luncheon, St. George, Utah, May 12, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News

Dixie State president’s wife keynotes Utah Business Women luncheon 

ST. GEORGE — The Utah Business Women of St. George awarded four scholarships to Dixie State University students Tuesday and invited the wife of DSU’s president to give a keynote address for their monthly luncheon. Kristin Williams, DSU’s first lady, shared an anecdote about a time when her son got lost riding his bike home. Some time later, […]

Site of a part of the incoming Boulder Creek Crossing commercial Development along River Road, as seen from the hillside by Bundy Lane, St. George, Utah, May 4, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

River Road commercial project gains additional land despite opposition 

ST. GEORGE – In a lengthy meeting Thursday night, the St. George City Council approved measures related to proposed commercial and residential projects. One of those projects was for the Boulder Creek Crossing, a large commercial development surrounding the area of River Road and 1450 South. The developers of the proposed 35-acre commercial property asked […]


Utah truckers roll into St. George for annual convention 

ST. GEORGE — Members of the Utah Trucking Association are meeting at the Dixie Center in St. George through Friday to exchange ideas, share stories, learn about new innovations and management trends, and renew old friendships. Association President Duane Braegger, of Willard, said the convention is going great, with 492 registrants from all over the state, […]

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Many tax-exempt organizations must file with IRS by May 15 

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Internal Revenue Service reminded tax-exempt organizations Tuesday that many have a filing deadline for form 990-series information returns in mid-May. With the May 15 filing deadline facing many tax-exempt organizations, the IRS cautioned these groups not to include Social Security numbers or other unneeded personal information on their form 990 and to consider […]

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Trade Promotion Authority reaffirms congressional oversight; bill overview 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has voted, 20-6, to advance bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation that reaffirms the role of Congress in providing direction for the Administration on trade agreements. “One of the more common misconceptions, particularly in Utah, about Trade Promotion Authority is the idea that it grants the President increased authority to circumvent Congress,” Sen. Orrin […]

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Native Species Protection Act introduced by Lee, Hatch and Vitter 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch and David Vitter introduced the Native Species Protection Act on Thursday. The bill seeks to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single state are not in interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of […]

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