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Sen. Mike Lee holds town hall meeting at Dixie State University 

ST. GEORGE – The public is invited to join Sen. Mike Lee at Dixie State University Thursday night for a town hall-style meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the senator and ask questions. Lee will be at the Gardner Center Ballroom on the DSU campus, 225 S. 700 East in St. George, […]


County could get RAP tax if voters approve measure 

ST. GEORGE – This November, county residents will have the chance to vote on a new tax supporting projects that promote recreation, arts and parks. The “RAP tax,” as it has come to be known, is anticipated to generate around $2.2 million in revenue annually that will be distributed between the county and its municipalities. The Washington […]


Prison gates: Permanent exits or revolving doors? Officials seek roadmap to reform 

 SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Chief Justice Matthew Durrant and Attorney General Sean Reyes have charged the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice with developing a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations to increase public safety, while limiting expected growth of the state’s prison budget. […]


Stewart holds town hall meeting with veterans, fields frustrations 

IVINS — Following the recent passing of a Veterans Affairs reform bill, Congressman Chris Stewart visited a group of veterans at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins Tuesday night, holding a town hall meeting, addressing the veterans and taking their questions. The reforms authorize the halting of financial bonuses for VA employees, give some veterans the ability to seek […]


Commissioner Gardner asked to serve on national committees 

ST. GEORGE – President of the National Association of Counties Riki Hokama has asked Alan Gardner of the Washington County Commission to serve in a key leadership position within the National Association of Counties, specifically as chair of the Management Subcommittee, Public Lands Steering Committee, and to serve as a member of the Rural Action […]


Governor appoints new chair of Utah Tax Commission 

SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has nominated Sen. John Valentine as chair of the Utah Tax Commission. “Sen. Valentine is a leading advocate in the Senate for sound tax policy and an outstanding public servant who will do a great job leading the Tax Commission,” Herbert said. “He’s a well-respected tax attorney who has […]

Cliven Bundy at the Independent American Party summit, St. George, Utah, Aug. 2, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Bundy tells of spiritual direction in BLM standoff; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE – Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was a featured speaker at the Independent American Party’s summit Saturday. While he touched on matters of what he saw as government overreach and abuse of power surrounding the standoff between his supporters and federal agents, he also focused on what he called “the spiritual part” of the […]

(L-R) Sheriff Richard Mark, Cliven Bundy, and Wayne Hill. Mack and Bundy spoke at the Independent American Party's summit in St. George at the Lexington Hotel. Hill is the party's candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District, St. George, Utah, Aug. 2, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Party summit rallies for Constitution, God; Bundy, Sheriff Mack featured; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE – Why vote for one of two evils? This was a question posed at the National Independent American Party’s summit Saturday as speakers and candidates stressed there is an alternative to the so-called two-party political system. Two featured speakers – Arizona’s former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy – […]


Hatch votes to reform the VA to improve veterans care 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch voted Thursday to significantly reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, provides funding to hire more health care providers, build new health clinics, support veterans and their families with more educational and psychological benefits, and give the Secretary of […]


St. George to Zion: New public transportation route explored 

ST. GEORGE – At the top of the agenda at the Five County Association of Governments Regional Mobility Council meeting Wednesday was a presentation discussing options for a public transportation route that would connect St. George to Springdale. The Zion Transportation System, which shuttles visitors up Zion Canyon and from various stops in Springdale to the Zion […]

Mesquite City Council holds town hall meeting about proposed medical marijuana ordinance, Mesquite City Hall, Mesquite, Nevada, July 29, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

Former Romney official supports Mesquite medical marijuana bills; town hall meeting 

MESQUITE, Nevada – A spirited, emotional town hall meeting in Mesquite Tuesday night drew a crowd of over 100 people discussing issues surrounding the City Council’s decision on whether or not to pass two bills that would enact city ordinances allowing and setting guidelines for facilities to grow, produce, and dispense medical marijuana and related products within Mesquite’s […]

Val Hale | Photo courtesy of the office of Gov. Gary Herbert, St. George News

Governor names new director of Economic Development 

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Val Hale as director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Hale will assume his new role on Monday. “Val is a man of extraordinary experience, talent and drive, with a unique background in economic development, marketing, public relations, international affairs, government and community relations,” Herbert said. […]


Hatch enumerates how Democrats, Reid, have ground Senate to a halt 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the most senior senate Republican, gave the second in a series of speeches highlighting the Senate’s historical role and how it has become dysfunctional under the current Senate leadership. Hatch’s speech Monday focused on how Senate Democrats have ground the legislative body to a halt, preventing senators from […]


Commission nominates 3 for County Justice Court; invites public comment 

ST. GEORGE — The Washington County nominating commission has selected three nominees for a vacancy at the Washington County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Paul Dame who has been appointed to the 5th District Juvenile Court. The nominees, followed by current place of employment and residence, are: Eric Russell Gentry, J.D., deputy county attorney, […]


iVote Advisory Committee formed to expand electronic voting 

SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is taking steps to keep Utah at the forefront of voting accessibility and convenience, announcing today the formation of the iVote Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of state legislators and county clerks, as well as technology and security specialists, and will explore the possibility of expanding […]

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