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Nelson wants to strengthen environmental protections, raise minimum wage; House District 62 

ST. GEORGE – Concerned about the state government’s apparent disregard for the environment and seeking equality in pay between the sexes, Shirley Nelson is running for Utah House District 62 on the Democratic ticket. “I think I bring a fresh look at the candidacy,” Nelson said. “I feel I am the best candidate and will […]


Stanard points to Washington County as example for state, seeks re-election in House District 62 

ST. GEORGE – Republican Rep. Jon Stanard is seeking a second term as the representative for Utah House District 62. He advocates for strong conservative values that, he said, have made Utah the “best-managed state in the union.” Yet he also said, Utah government as a whole could benefit from Washington County’s example. “Washington County […]

Sheriff Mark Gower

Sheriff Gower aims to work closely with fellow law enforcement, community; seeks re-election 

CEDAR CITY — Current incumbent Republican candidate for Iron County Sheriff, Mark Gower, calls for voters new and old to take to the polls in the pending election season. Gower, born and raised in the Iron County area, said his career in law enforcement began in 1987 when he first started as a volunteer for the […]

Washington County resident Thomas Henry was asked to have a seat by the commissioners after taking longer than the allotted two minutes to express his opposition to Proposition 3. They later invited him to finish speaking after everyone else in the room had their two minutes at the podium. Photo taken by St. George News reporter, Carin Miller.

Commission hears pros/cons of RAP Tax; tourist contributions/infinite, expensive 

ST. GEORGE – Citizens of Washington County gathered Tuesday night to voice their opinions during a special public hearing about the addition of the Proposition 3 RAP tax initiative that was recently approved for Nov. 4 election. The proposed RAP tax initiative is a specialized tax of one-tenth of one percent, or one penny for each […]


Attorney General Sean Reyes urges legislation to prevent online sex trafficking of youth 

SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes urged members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to support legislation that would help prevent children from being trafficked on the Internet. His office’s Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC, Task Force and SECURE Strike Force are constantly battling the overwhelming crisis. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal […]


On the EDge: Crossing political lines, or Why I voted for Ronald Reagan … twice 

OPINION – With the election just around the corner, I was talking to a friend the other day about voting, the candidates, the issues. Needless to say, this being Utah, all things are not equal. Whether you are on the winning or losing side of that equation doesn’t matter. Without dialog, opposition, a choice, elections […]


Engelman seeks to represent the unrepresented, favors severance tax, nondiscrimination law 

ST. GEORGE – Democratic candidate Dorothy Engelman is running for Utah House District 74 and seeks to give voice to those in the district who feel disenfranchised and unrepresented. She also hopes to bring diversity of opinion and makeup to the Legislature. House District 74 consists of Bloomington, Bloomington Hills, Dixie Downs, Entrada, Ivins, Santa […]

Rep. V. Lowry Snow (right) speaking with a prospective voter, St. George, Utah, Oct. 11. 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Snow seeks reelection for House 74, affirms legislative process to vet issues 

ST. GEORGE – Rep. V. Lowry Snow presently represents Utah House District 74, which covers a western portion of Washington County. As the Republican incumbent, Snow is challenged by Democratic opponent Dorothy Engelman. “I consider it an honor to be a representative,” Snow said. He was originally appointed to the position in 2011, following Rep. […]


Forest Service considers Commercial Filming in Wilderness directives; public comment period 

SOUTHERN UTAH – The U.S. Forest Service’s consideration of the permanent incorporation of their Commercial Filming in Wilderness; Special Uses Permit into its “Forest Service Handbook” has caused nationwide concern about First Amendment rights, provoking the Forest Service administrators to rethink the language they were using. According to the August 2008 amendment to the handbook, special uses permits provisions imposed under Interim Directive No. 2709.11–2013.1 […]

Chris White is running for County Commission Seat A out of the Democratic Party.

White seeks county seat, extols communication, compromise, return to Vision Dixie 

ST. GEORGE – What does Chris White have to offer the residents of the county if elected to the Washington County Commission? In his words, a better communicator who knows how to organize people and get things moving. “I am a very effective communicator,” White said. “I have experience reaching out to people, making organizations […]


His ‘unique set of abilities’ will help prepare county for future, Renstrom said 

ST. GEORGE – Zachary Renstrom is a civil engineer and patent attorney who hopes to add another title to his name in November – that of County Commissioner. Renstrom is running for Washington County Commission Seat A and has said his background will benefit the county and its people. “I have a unique set of […]

Victor Iverson, candidate for Washington County Commissioner, St. George, Utah, April 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Victor Iverson, St. George News

Iverson aims to continue as county commissioner, prioritizes economic development 

ST. GEORGE – Victor Iverson currently occupies Seat B of the Washington County Commission. He was not elected to the position, but appointed in the wake of Commissioner Denny Drake’s resignation. Iverson is actually still very much a candidate for Commission Seat B and hopes to be elected to said seat in November. Iverson is […]

Paul Van Dam is running for County Commission Seat B out of the Democratic Party.

Van Dam calls for return to Vision Dixie principles, uniform infrastructure 

IVINS – Washington County Commission candidate Paul Van Dam believes the county is on the verge of a great leap in the next five years, and he would like to spend the next four making sure the county has a plan for it. Van Dam is running for Commission Seat B on the Democratic ticket […]


Open letter from Dorothy Engelman, candidate for House District 74 

OPINION – Are you tired of the same old rhetoric coming out of Salt Lake City every time the Legislature is in session? If you answered yes, please keep reading! Are your concerns being addressed by our current representatives who refer to themselves as the “Sunshine Delegation”? Did I hear a resounding “No”? I’m Dorothy Engelman and […]

Rep. V. Lowry Snow (right) speaking with a prospective voter, St. George, Utah, Oct. 11. 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Voters share concerns at Republican candidates meet, greet 

ST. GEORGE – Republican county, state, and federal office holders seeking election and reelection met with the public during a meet and greet event at the St. George Town Square Saturday. Prospective voters expressed a myriad of concerns while the politicians spoke to overarching themes that dominated conversations with constituents. A number of attendees at […]

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