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Lt. Gov. reports 46.25 percent voter turnout in General Election; statewide race results certified 

SALT LAKE CITY – The State Board of Canvassers met Monday and certified the final results for all statewide and multi-county races and questions. The county clerks throughout the state ensured a smooth election for the 577,973 voters who cast a ballot in the General Election. “I would like to thank every election official in the state […]

Two-year Cedar City resident Ron Pisaturo addresses the council at Thursday night's strategic planning meeting, Cedar City, Utah, Nov. 20, 2014 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Strategic planning meeting opens dialogue but leaves much work to be done 

CEDAR CITY – The feisty townsfolk that gathered in the crowded conference room of the Heritage Center Theater Thursday night to offer input about Cedar City’s new strategic plan openly criticized the City Council for providing too broad of a presentation. Each person who entered the room and took a seat was presented with a […]


Utah elected officials respond to Obama’s executive action on immigration 

ST. GEORGE – Utah leaders are issuing statements of disapproval regarding President Obama’s executive action announced Thursday on immigration and amnesty. Gov. Gary Herbert: I am disturbed the president would take such divisive and unilateral action. The American system of government was designed to have laws created by the legislative branch, and those laws faithfully executed by […]


Mayors, commission discuss future of Iron County Ambulance 

IRON COUNTY — The Iron County Coordinating Council came together in a formal meeting Wednesday to discuss concerns regarding the Iron County Ambulance service and review the possibility of privatizing the service. The council — made up of the members of the Iron County Commission and mayors from the cities of Iron County — met in […]

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Stewart’s bill passes House; enhances transparency, balance at the EPA 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Republican Rep. Chris Stewart’s bill which reforms the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisory process. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, or SAB, to enhance public participation, improve the process for selecting expert advisors, expand transparency requirements and limit non-scientific […]

A group of buggies enjoy a challenging trail at Sand Mountain OHV Area. Hurricane, Utah,  date not specified| Photo courtesy of Eric Beard, St. George News

Hatch proposes national recreation area at Sand Mountain 

ST. GEORGE – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office is working on draft legislation that would create a national recreation area on approximately 21,760 acres of land in the current Sand Mountain off-highway vehicle area near Sand Hollow State Park. If passed, the bill would guarantee that the area remains permanently open to off-highway vehicle use. […]


Perspectives: Anti-discrimination laws, seeking power not equality 

OPINION – The test of how well we actually understand personal liberty, natural rights, and the legitimate role of government is currently underway at many levels. A highly visible example took place recently when St. George City Council members were asked to consider adopting an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against homosexuals in housing and employment. […]

Photo of Gunnison sage-grouse near Monticello, Monticello, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

Utah disappointed at EPA listing Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened 

SALT LAKE CITY — A decision to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act could hurt the bird more than help it, said Greg Sheehan, the director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “Placing the bird under the oversight of the federal government will greatly reduce our ability to help the […]


Opinion: Stop illegal immigration 

OPINION – We should not be having this confrontation. What the Republican Party and the Democratic Party have allowed to happen during the past decade flies against fundamental constitutional principals. They have looked the other way and allowed waves of Mexicans to illegally enter this country. This is a travesty! Think about it. What is a […]


Lee’s 5 steps to fix Congress; restore trust, transparency, empowerment 

LETTER FROM SEN. MIKE LEE – For those who missed it, the following is a letter issued by Sen. Mike Lee on Nov. 6 following the midterm election.  It is set forth here in its entirety. After years of frustration and months of feverish work, the Republican Party has finally won back the U.S. Senate, and […]


Hatch welcomes progress on international technology trade 

SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Obama Administration announced it reached a deal with China towards expanding the Information Technology Agreement, an international trade pact that works to eliminate tariffs on information technology products: After more than a year of […]


Commission considers bids for Iron County ambulance service 

IRON COUNTY — The Iron County Commission is moving forward with plans to consider transferring the Iron County Ambulance over to a privatized service. In September, the commission announced the private sector was being looked into as an option for the ambulance service, and the announcement was met with mixed reviews and concerns from ambulance workers […]


Sen. Hatch responds to Obama’s net neutrality statement 

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch, current member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, made the following statement Monday on net neutrality: In a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed about the importance of net neutrality, I wrote that ‘the Internet has grown because […]


Perspectives: Prairie dogs or people, who does government serve? 

OPINION – Like most acts of government, the Endangered Species Act was created out of the best of intentions. Like many other well-intentioned acts of government it has, over time, become an instrument for abuse. Few people understand this better than the residents of Iron County whose property rights have taken a backseat to the […]


Court stops federal agency interference in Utah prairie dog issues on state, private lands 

CEDAR CITY – A federal judge has ruled against the federal government, invalidating protections for Utah prairie dogs on state and private lands. To many Iron County officials, business and private property owners, the Utah prairie dog is a nuisance that has plagued them for decades. The Nov. 4 decision by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson found against a 2012 administrative rule […]


Opinion: Stop illegal immigration

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