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Commission prepares for FBI audit, contracts to sell ambulance assets 

IRON COUNTY — The Iron County Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve the Iron County Information Technology Department to use approximately $20,000 to go towards increasing security in order to comply with an upcoming F.B.I safety audit. The commision also signed an agreement regarding the sale of the Iron County Ambulance real estate and assets. In […]

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Hatch lauds passage of bill crucial to helping victims of human trafficking 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, issued the following statement Wednesday on the passage of the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act. I’m pleased that we have been able to find a way forward to help victims of human trafficking. There is no room for partisan games when innocent lives are on the line. This bipartisan compromise […]

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Lee questions witness at hearing on asset forfeiture, property seizures by police 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Mike Lee participated in a Senate Judiciary hearing Wednesday titled “The Need to Reform Asset Forfeiture,” which provided an opportunity to discuss the problems with civil asset forfeiture and consider reforms to these laws. Federal law currently allows law enforcement officers to keep property they seize from those who are committing federal […]

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Commission OKs night hunting, spotlighting; plans elimination of 9 EMS positions 

IRON COUNTY — The Iron County Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve an ordinance allowing people to hunt at night with spotlights; and discussed the elimination of EMS positions following the sale of the Iron County Ambulance service to Gold Cross Ambulance. The ordinance allows hunters to use spotlights while hunting on public land at […]

A man signs the Count My Vote petition to get the initiative on the 2014 ballot, St. George, Utah, Nov. 30, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Court denies GOP’s request to block Count My Vote compromise 

SALT LAKE CITY – Friday, a federal judge denied the Utah Republican Party’s request to block the state’s implementation of Senate Bill 54, which is a compromise between legislators and Count My Vote organizers that was signed into law in 2014. A press statement issue Friday by the Office of the Attorney General said: We are pleased […]

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Gov. Herbert, others issue statement supporting bipartisan approach to ‘e-fairness’ 

SALT LAKE CITY— Following a meeting Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and Sen. Curtis Bramble issued a joint statement concerning e-fairness: Today, we had a rare opportunity to meet together, as leaders of four of the largest associations of elected officials in the United States, to discuss how […]

L-R: "No Filter Show" Co-hosts Paul Ford, Grady Sinclair, Rowdy's Range, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2015 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News

No Filter: Right to bear arms 

ST. GEORGE – Few things warm or inflame the heart of many a Utahn more than the proposition that Americans inherently have and protect the right to bear arms. In Episode 37 of the “No Filter Show,” Co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair get rowdy at the range.  Ready? Aim, fire. Pull the trigger, click the play    above. Related […]

Zachary Almaguer addressing convention attendees prior to being unanimously approved as the new chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George Utah

Washington County Democratic Party chooses new leadership, hears from state party chair 

ST. GEORGE – Washington County Democrats met for a party-organizing convention Saturday to elect a new executive committee and discuss party business and initiatives. They also heard from the state party chair about a push to support and strengthen the county parties overall. Held at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School, around 50 members of the Washington […]

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Hatch, Flake promote 21st century workforce through I-Squared Act 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, issued statements Tuesday after underscoring the importance of passing the Immigration Innovation, or “I-Squared,” Act in a Senate judiciary committee hearing on high-skilled immigration. “In our global innovation marketplace, America cannot afford to continue to lose the talent we educate and train to our competitors,” Hatch […]

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Gas tax hike, distracted driving, criminal justice reform; what passed, what didn’t in 2015 Legislature 

ST. GEORGE – By the end of the 2015 session of the Utah Legislature Thursday night, more than 500 bills were passed by state lawmakers. Legislation related to using the firing squad as an alternative to lethal injection, along with LGBT protections and religious freedoms, made national headlines as they were passed by the Legislature. Other proposed […]

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‘The time is right'; Legislature passes nondiscrimination, religious liberty bills 

SALT LAKE CITY – Senate Bill 296, the Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments, which extends housing and employment protections to LGBT individuals while also seeking a balance with freedom of religious expression, passed the Utah House Wednesday night in a 65-10 vote. Immediately following SB 296’s passage, the House also passed Senate Bill 297 in a 66-9 […]

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Firing squad bill passes Legislature, awaits governor’s signature 

SALT LAKE CITY – A bill that would allow Utah to use a firing squad as a form of execution if drugs for lethal injection are not available passed the state Senate Tuesday night. The bill awaits the governor’s signature to become law. House Bill 11, authored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, passed the Senate […]

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, discusses his proposed medical marijuana bill on the Senate floor before it is ultimately killed in the Senate by a single vote, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 9, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Senate, St. George News

Senate kills medical cannabis bill 

SALT LAKE CITY – Legislation that would have legalized medicinal marijuana in the state was killed in the state Senate by a single vote Monday night. Senate Bill 259, which passed a second substitute version of the bill in the Senate last week in a 16-13 vote, was defeated in its fourth substituted version’s third reading […]

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County Commission votes to privatize Iron County Ambulance 

IRON COUNTY – After a packed public hearing in Parowan Monday, the Iron County Commission voted to sell the county-owned ambulance service to Gold Cross Ambulance. During its regularly scheduled meeting, the Iron County Commission allowed members of the public a chance to share their questions and concerns before the commission voted on its decision. So many residents showed […]

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Vickers speaks on state budget, lingering issues as Legislature enters final week 

SALT LAKE CITY – As the Utah Legislature enters its final week, Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, updated constituents on items relating to the state budget Friday, as well as lingering issues left to be wrapped up by the legislative session’s end. State budget “Only a few days left in the Utah Legislative session, and […]

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