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Washington County condemns BLM for Recapture Canyon closure, Blanding; calls for reopening 

ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Commission is questioning the Bureau of Land Management’s closure of Recapture Canyon in San Juan County, the BLM’s delay in reopening the canyon and calling for the immediate reopening of Recapture Canyon. In a resolution passed at a special meeting this week, the commission called on the BLM to […]


Let’s rap about tax, RAP tax that is 

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Residents of Washington County have been asked to consider a countywide tax in the upcoming election to help fund parks, arts and recreational opportunities for residents and tourists, stirring up questions about what a RAP tax is, and if there is a need. Perhaps the real consideration for voters, as with any tax, is whether […]

Michael Stathis (left), a professor of Political Science at SUU, speaks on the history of ISIS while Ingela Rundquist (center) and Madelyn Crookston look on at the lecture at SUU, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 28, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

Speakers highlight conflict with ISIS, Islam’s portrayal in the media 

CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah University students and community members gathered in the Sterling R. Church Auditorium Tuesday night for a discussion titled “ISIS and the Media’s Portrayal of the Islamic Religion” hosted by the Southern Utah Democrats. Two speakers were featured at the event: Michael Stathis, a professor of political science at SUU, and […]


Anderson advocates responsible growth, tourism, improved education, term limits, ‘the Golden Rule’ 

LAVERKIN – Utah House District 71 candidate Ken Anderson, of LaVerkin, has four primary aims in his campaign against incumbent Rep. Brad Last: A return to the aims of Vision Dixie, which Anderson said were hindered by the economic downturn. Imposing term limits for Utah’s representatives and senators to eradicate “professional politicians,” such as his opponent. Valuing […]

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Last continues focus on education, Lake Powell Pipeline, transparent government 

HURRICANE – Rep. Brad Last has served six terms in House District 71 and hopes to continue moving forward in his areas of focus in the coming two years. “The thing that I’ve been working on the most during my tenure in the Legislature has been education issues,” Last said. Among his duties in the Utah […]

A campaign sign for Paul Van Dam laying behind a utility box on the corner of 1450 S. River Road, St. George, Utah, Oct. 25, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Lisa Rutherford, St. George News

Campaign signs vandalized as elections draw near 

ST. GEORGE — As the Nov. 4 elections draw closer, multiple candidates in Southern Utah are not only having to compete against others in the race, but also against vandals who have been damaging, removing and knocking down their campaign signs. On Saturday, campaign signs for Paul Van Dam, a democrat in the running for […]


Bipartisan senators playing ‘Rival Survivor’ on TV inspire ‘Save the Colorado River’ bingo game 

COLORADO RIVER — The Discovery Channel will air the “Rival Survivor” episode on Wednesday, starring two opposing U.S. Senators, Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, and Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico. The show highlights how the Senators worked together to meet their basic needs on a deserted island and is providing a bit of a […]


Crashed Monster Mash dance: Promoter decries, city stands by permit process 

ST. GEORGE – In the 1984 movie “Footloose,” actor Kevin Bacon portrays Ren McCormick, a young man who finds himself in a town that has banned dancing. During a scene in the movie, McCormick stands before the town council and uses verses from the Bible to support his stance against the town’s anti-dance law. “There […]


Nonprofit’s sneak peek of workshop: Our water, our future 

ST. GEORGE –  A water sustainability workshop led by water expert Tom Ash and presented by Citizens for Dixie’s Future, a local nonprofit organization, and the popular clothing company, Patagonia, will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Entrada, 2537 West Entrada Trail, in St George, for all county water managers, elected city officials, county […]


Letter to the Editor: ‘First Freedom’ an answer to my prayers; texting, nondiscrimination, RAP tax 

OPINION – Friday night, I sat down with my family to watch a performance that chronicles the historic Statue of Virginia for Religious Freedom called “First Freedom.” The production is showing at Brigham’s Playhouse through Nov. 8.  Its set during the period of the American Revolution and revolves around three Virginia founders: James Madison, Patrick Henry […]


Office of Education releases SAGE test results 

SALT LAKE CITY – Final results from last spring’s first-ever computer-adaptive Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence, or SAGE, tests showed 41.7 percent of Utah’s public school students are on track to be college and career ready in language arts, 38.7 percent in math, and 43.7 percent in science when they graduate from high school, […]

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Hatch recognizes Utah’s $7 billion nutritional products industry 

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch delivered a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act into law this weekend. According to the United Natural Products Alliance, the industry has grown from a $9 billion industry in 1994 when the bill passed to $35 billion in 2013 […]

Sgt. Dave McIntyre (left) faces off against Sheriff Mark Gower (right) in a debate for Iron County Sheriff at SUU on Oct. 23, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

Mark Gower, Dave McIntyre face off in debate at SUU 

CEDAR CITY — The two candidates running for Iron County Sheriff, incumbent Republican candidate, Mark Gower and write-in candidate Dave McIntyre, met in a debate hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University on Thursday, where they shared their stances on possible changes to the ambulance system, values, […]


Allen seeks political reform back to government basics 

CEDAR CITY – Fighting for family values and states’ rights are at the top of the list for write-in candidate Linda Allen who is seeking an opportunity to speak on behalf of Southern Utah residents in District 72. Allen said she was asked to run by a dear friend, because she has a strong belief […]


Short seeks to support Iron County as Utah House representative 

CEDAR CITY — Libertarian candidate Barry Short is running for Utah House District 72 and seeks to reduce taxes and eliminate government activities that do not support citizens at the local level. House District 72 includes the Iron County area and is presently represented by incumbent Republican Rep. John Westwood. Supporting the county For his campaign, Short said his […]

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