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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 […]


Ready for a shakeup: Governor designates Utah Seismic Safety Commission Day 

SALT LAKE CITY — Ready or not, someday an earthquake will come, and Gov. Gary Herbert has declared July 17 as Utah Seismic Safety Commission Day to honor those who have worked for two decades to help Utahns be better prepared for earthquakes and their aftermaths. For the past 20 years, the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, a crack team of […]


Swallow, Shurtleff arrested on multiple felony counts related to alleged corruption 

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested Tuesday morning on multiple felony counts stemming from a multi-agency investigation into allegations of corruption. Utah media reported Tuesday morning that both men were arrested at their homes and booked into jail. Their arrest follows a month after warrant searches […]

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Reactions to Utah’s taking Amendment 3 to US Supreme Court 

SALT LAKE CITY – In the wake of the announcement Wednesday that the Utah Attorney General’s Office plans to appeal directly to the Supreme Court over the state’s same-sex marriage ban, groups for and against the action issued statements concerning the matter. On the same day the announcement was made, gay rights activists in Salt […]


2 Utah land bills pass Congress 

WASHINGTON D.C. – Two land conveyance bills introduced by members of Utah’s U.S. Congressional Delegation unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. Both bills now go to the president for signature. The Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (introduced as S.27/H.R.356), sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch in the Senate and co-sponsored by Reps. Rob Bishop, […]

New cannabis law provides hope for epilepsy sufferers 

SALT LAKE CITY – Independence Day came early in Utah for children with epilepsy and the loved ones who suffer along with them. Passed during the 2014 general legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert in March, House Bill 105, also known as “Charlee’s Law” after 6-year-old Charlee Nelson who died of Batten disease just days […]


Republican committee selects Iverson to replace Drake 

ST. GEORGE – The Republican Party leadership met Monday and unanimously selected Victor Iverson to serve out the remaining six months of Washington County Commissioner Denny Drake’s term. Iverson won the party’s nomination for the seat with 67 percent of the vote. However, some feel that this move is unfair to Iverson’s General Election Democratic challenger Paul […]

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Drake resigns to serve as mission president, replacement to be determined 

ST. GEORGE – Earlier this week, county officials announced the resignation of Denny Drake from the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Drake has accepted a call to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas, which requires him to relocate for the tenure of his service. His resignation opens a […]


Cedar Ridge Golf Course prairie dog fence project resumes 

CEDAR CITY – Cedar City’s City Council rejected an installation bid Wednesday for the Cedar Ridge Golf Course prairie dog fence, in favor of alternatives available to the city. The project was initially put on hold after the bid came in higher than anticipated. It has now resumed with scheduling changes. The project will now be […]

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Interior Department issues PILT funds to Washington County; allocations 

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Department of the Interior has issued payments to eligible local governments under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, program. The PILT program compensates local jurisdictions for federal lands administered by agencies within the Department and on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The […]

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Stewart calls for demilitarization of federal regulatory agencies 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, Congressman Chris Stewart introduced the Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act, which seeks to stem the trend of federal regulatory agencies developing SWAT-like teams. In recent years, numerous federal regulatory agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Food and Drug Agency and the Department of Education – have created their own special law enforcement teams to conduct their […]

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Vickers proceeds to General Election uncontested for District 28 

SOUTHERN UTAH — In the Republican Primary Election Tuesday, incumbent Sen. Evan Vickers effectively renewed his position as state senator for District 28, achieving victory over challenger Casey Anderson. With 67.1 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results which do not include provisional ballots, Vickers is the projected winner of the race, Anderson won 32.9 percent of the district’s votes. There is no Democratic […]

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