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A Jeep Wrangler kicking up some dust on "The Slide", Jan. 24, 2015, Sand Hollow State Park | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

Off-roading enthusiasts kick up sand at Winter 4×4 Jamboree; STGnews Videocast 

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A large group of 4×4 off-roading and rock-crawling enthusiasts gathered on Friday and Saturday in Hurricane for the Winter 4×4 Jamboree. Close to 25 trails were open to participants, varying in degrees of difficulty. To watch videocast, click play arrow  in center of image top of story The event kicked off Friday morning with […]

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Lee chairs Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition, Consumer Rights 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Mike Lee announced Friday that he will chair the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar as the ranking member. “This important subcommittee ensures that our nation’s antitrust laws are faithfully executed and that, above all, consumers are protected through proper congressional oversight of […]

Sen, Mike Lee, proposes public lands amendment, file photo | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Lee fights red tape on federal land 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mike Lee offered an amendment that would make federal permitting for oil and gas development more efficient and force the Bureau of Land Management to follow current law requiring all applications to be approved or denied applications within 30 days. Lee said there is no justifiable reason for delays amounting to hundreds […]

Demonstrators take to the streets showing their support and opposition for Roe v. Wade, St. George, Utah, Jan. 22, 2014 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

Advocates take to the streets for, against Roe v. Wade; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Thursday marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, decreeing that an existing state statute violated a woman’s right to privacy during the first trimester of pregnancy. The law remains a largely debated topic between opposing sides. Anti-abortion, or pro-life, and pro-abortion rights, or pro-choice, supporters took […]

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Hatch decries Roe v. Wade during Senate floor speech 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. A press statement released by Hatch’s office Thursday referred to Roe v. Wade as having a “tragic legacy.” Among his comments to the Senate, Hatch said: Two nights ago, in his State of the Union Address, […]

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Utah senators sponsor grazing protection legislation; Grand Staircase-Escalante 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee announced Thursday they are sponsoring a bill to enact the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Grazing Protection Act. The bill comes at a time when the Bureau of Land Management has reduced permitted grazing to the lowest levels the range has seen, despite recognition of grazing as an important heritage of […]

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Commission protests forest service activity over grazing; call for county involvement 

ST. GEORGE — TheWashington County Commission held a formal meeting Tuesday and, among other actions, passed a resolution requesting the United States Forest Service stop any actions pertaining to cattle grazing in Dixie National Forest, including studies it has undertaken among other things. The commission met in its chambers at the Washington County Administration Building at 197 […]

President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015 | Photo capture YouTube, St. George News

Utah Congressmen comment on State of the Union address 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Utah’s congressmen released statements in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Below are those issued by Congressmen Chris Stewart, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. Rep. Chris Stewart The President missed an opportunity tonight. Rather than come to Congress with realistic proposals about how to restore American leadership in the world and increase […]

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Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Supreme Court announced Friday afternoon that it would hear same-sex marriage cases from four states, making the way for a historic decision regarding the culturally polarizing issue. Unlike previous states that had their same-sex marriage bans overturned by their respective appellate courts, the four state cases chosen by the […]

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Hatch, Bennet reintroduce PATH Act to streamline approval of antibiotics 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Orrin G. Hatch and Michael Bennet reintroduced legislation Friday to create a new drug approval pathway to streamline access and encourage innovation and development of potentially lifesaving antibiotic drugs for patients, particularly veterans who have encountered antibiotic-resistant bacteria while overseas. Hatch said: America has always been a beacon for innovation and discovery. The […]

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Rep. Stewart appointed to select intelligence committee, new subcommittees 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart has been appointed to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and announced on Friday his new subcommittee assignments, including the Homeland Security, and State and Foreign Operations subcommittees. Stewart will also continue his role on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and serves on the Interior and Environment subcommittees House […]

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox addresses Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce members and awards recipients as 2014 Chamber President Greg Aldred looks on, Hurricane, Utah, Jan.15, 2015| Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

Lt. Gov. Cox addresses Chamber’s awards ceremony as guest of honor 

HURRICANE – The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 Community Awards and 2015 Board of Directors Installation reception Thursday evening at the Hurricane Fine Arts Center with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as its special guest and featured speaker. Spencer Cox said he felt right at home in Hurricane and that he had come to […]

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Republican forum invites public to luncheon with constitutional attorney 

ST. GEORGE — The Dixie Republican Forum is kicking off the New Year with a luncheon on Jan. 20, featuring constitutional attorney Nathan Caplin, former county attorney candidate in the Republican primary, who will speak on threats to First Amendment religious freedoms and how to protect liberties. The luncheon will be at the Dixie State University Alumni House, 684 […]

Sen, Mike Lee, proposes public lands amendment, file photo | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Lee advocates government reform agenda around the family 

WASHINGTON, D. C. — Sen. Mike Lee gave remarks Tuesday at a policy summit hosted by Heritage Action for America outlining many of the challenges American families face as a result of dysfunctional government policy.  He said too often Washington leaves behind hardworking families and that a new reform agenda should focus more on protecting the […]

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Hatch co-sponsors bill to repay states for national park shutdown costs 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, pesident pro tem of the United States Senate and chairman of the Senate Western Caucus’s Public Lands Subcommitee, joined with bipartisan co-sponsors Monday in a bill proposing to enact the National Park Access Act; joining him were Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, Lamar  Alexander, R-Tennessee, and John McCain, […]

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