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Enoch City candidates for mayor and City Council take time to meet with the public and answer questions, Three Peaks Elementary, Iron County, Utah, July 29, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Enoch City Council, mayoral candidates meet voters 

ENOCH – The first of two “Meet the Candidates Night” events took place Wednesday night at Three Peaks Elementary in Enoch and the second is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Enoch Elementary. The two-hour Wednesday event, moderated by three representatives from the Southern Utah University Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics, allowed candidates to introduce themselves […]

Backdrop: St. George City Council Chamber, St. George, Utah | Image composite by St. George News

Early primary voting guide for cities in Iron, Kane, Washington counties 

SOUTHERN UTAH — Early voting has begun for the 2015 primary elections in municipal races across the state, beginning Tuesday and continuing through Aug. 7. The primary election will be Aug. 11. During the primary election, candidates vying for city council or mayoral positions will, generally, be reduced to two contenders per seat and ultimately move on to […]

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On the EDge: Will 2016 be most historic presidential race? 

OPINION – Looking at the list of hopefuls who have announced their intention to run for the presidency in 2016, I don’t think any one of them, from either side, will emerge as the winner. The next president is still out there somewhere, undeclared, I think. The early money, of course, pinned it down to […]

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Senate vote to repeal ‘Obamacare’ fails; Utah senators strategize 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Sunday session of the U.S. Senate, an amendment brought by Senate Republicans that would serve to repeal the president’s health care law – by inclusion of the repeal provisions in a highway funding bill – failed, 49-43, predictably across party lines, with eight senators, five Republicans, two Democrats and one Independent, absent or not […]


Perspectives: Fearmongering; the difference between patriots, nationalists 

OPINION – If there is one good thing to be said about fear, it’s that it is a powerful and effective uniter. Unfortunately, it is almost always used to manipulate the masses for irrational ends. Two current examples of this include the hysterical hand-wringing over the potential softening of relations between equally hard-line U.S. and […]

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Hatch, Senate Republicans to administration: Give public more time, input on overtime proposal 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, member and former chairman of the Senate health, education, labor and pensions committee, alongside current committee chairman Lamar Alexander joined a group of Republican senators Friday in urging the administration to give the public “a reasonable opportunity” to review and respond to its proposed rule to make drastic changes to existing […]


Hatch raises crucial questions on Iran nuclear deal as review begins 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers took to the Senate floor this week to raise concerns about the nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration with Iran. The deal, announced July 14, is currently being reviewed by Congress for a vote under the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. “My initial review has raised serious questions about whether this […]

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Lee on ‘Obamacare’ repeal amendment, health care industry mergers 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Sen. Mike Lee issued statements Friday regarding the scheduling of President Obama’s health care law repeal amendment for Sunday, and recent announcements of mergers in the health care insurance industry. “Obamacare” repeal amendment Lee said: Republicans now have an opportunity to make good on our promise to repeal Obamacare. The first Obamacare vote […]

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Rep. Snow stresses education, engagement, vigilance in good citizenship 

ST. GEORGE — The Dixie Republican Forum hosted Rep. V. Lowry Snow Wednesday as part of their monthly forum series. Snow, who represents District 74, including parts of St. George, Santa Clara and the Shivwits Reservation, spoke on “The founding fathers and their principles of liberty,”  identifying three important prongs of good citizenship. “The future of our country in […]


On the EDge: Is it over for Trump? 

OPINION – Donald Trump insults an entire race of people and his popularity increases. He insults one old, white man, and his bid for the presidential nomination is on the rocks. What does this say about racism in the United States? Trump fired a low-trajectory volley of ignorance when, in announcing his intention to seek […]

Panelists at the Medical Cannabis St. George Public Forum discuss issues surrounding the legalization of medical cannabis in Utah. L-R from podium: Connor Boyack, president Libertas Institute; Dr. Mike Wilson; Jenny Wilson; Utah Sen. Mark Madsen; Christine Stenquist, director of Drug Policy Project of Utah; and David Doddridge, former narcotics officer. Medical Cannabis Forum hosted by Libertas Institute, at the Dixie Center St. George, St. George, Utah, July 16, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Medical cannabis forum; senator’s last chance bill for legalization 

ST. GEORGE — Over 100 people gathered at the Dixie Center St. George, 1835 S. Convention Center Dr. in St. George Thursday evening to participate in a forum designed to educate the public on proposed policy to legalize medical cannabis in Utah. Hosted by the Libertas Institute whose mission is to advance the cause of freedom in […]

Cedar City Council Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, May 6, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

First responder sacrifices, information availability discussed at council meeting 

CEDAR CITY – The lives of first responders, and providing quick and easy access to video and audio files from Cedar City Council meetings, were the topics of discussion in the sparsely filled council chambers Wednesday night. Honoring Trooper David Schiers The council took a moment at Wednesday’s meeting to recognize and pay homage to Utah […]

Performers walk in a procession around the park during the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire, Cedar City, Utah, July 12, 2014 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News

Council considers waiver of new park fees for Rennaissance Faire 

CEDAR CITY – City Council members who voted Wednesday night to grant the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire a break on new park fees that took them by surprise this season, did so without full disclosure of the faire’s actual fee schedule, leaving at least one of them to question if he made the right choice. 2015 Utah Midsummer Renaissance […]

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to speak to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | Photo by AP Julio Cortez, St. George News

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie throws hat into ring for presidential race 

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opened his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday and, never one to aim small, declared he’s “out to change the world.” The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite who faded and now tries to climb back, told a kickoff rally in the gymnasium of his old high school […]

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Candidates for Cedar City Council 2015 election answer questions 

CEDAR CITY – There are three Cedar City Council seats up for grabs in November, and St. George News asked each of the six candidates three questions. What do you feel is unique about your role in the community/or your role in City Council that will be/has been beneficial to the city as a whole? […]

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