St. George News highlights from 2014

ST. GEORGE — From flooding to a kidnapping-bank robbery, believing for a teenager named Britton, plane crashes to hate crimes in Short Creek, 2014 was rife with events that captivated, challenged and brought heartbreak to St. George News readers.

Below are the topics that received the most reads in a body of work on those subjects. 

Heavy rains wreak havoc in southeastern Nevada, Clark County, Nevada, Sept. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Red Rock Search and Rescue/Recovery, St. George News Red
Heavy rains wreak havoc in Clark County, Nevada, Sept. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Red Rock Search and Rescue/Recovery, St. George News

Moapa washout  Portions of Interstate 15 are washed out by heavy rains, impacting route to Las Vegas. Homes and roads threatened by heavy rains and flooding.


Zion’s Bank robbery and hostage situation 
Armed man attempts to rob Zion’s Bank, takes hostages and is fatally shot by police. Suspect’s sister gives St. George News an exclusive interview.

Robbery suspect Benjamin Schroff, photo undated | Photo courtesy of Washington County Attorney’s Office, St. George News
Robbery suspect Benjamin Schroff, photo undated | Photo courtesy of Washington County Attorney’s Office, St. George News
Civilian militia standing guard in front of the stage at the rally supporting the Bundys, Clark County, Nev., April 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of a photographer who requested his name be withheld, St. George News
Civilian militia standing guard in front of the stage at the rally supporting the Bundys, Clark County, Nev., April 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of a photographer who requested his name be withheld, St. George News

Range war between Cliven Bundy and the BLM  A standoff ensues between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over grazing and public lands. After a large-scale turnout of Bundy supporters, civilian militia and BLM agents, Bundy and company are able to force a release of impounded “trespassing” cattle.

Confluence park, St. George, Utah, Sept. 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of John Raymond Griffin, St. George News
Confluence park, St. George, Utah, Sept. 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of John Raymond Griffin, St. George News

The thunder rolls  Tropical storm Norbert has city workers checking storm drains and using sandbags in preparation for flash floods. Flooding hits Southern Utah, and photos pour in from several areas.

“Footloose” revisited  Police halt all dancing at a Monster Mash party at Fiesta Fun Center because of a disputed event permit, which police say did not include the right to dance. The dispute garners national attention, even being mentioned during a satirical segment on “Saturday Night Live.” Protesters take to City Hall to fight for their right to dance.

A veteran among the protesters carries a sign saying he fought for freedom, including the freedom to dance, St. George, Utah, Nov. 6, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A veteran among the protesters carries a sign saying he fought for freedom, including the freedom to dance, St. George, Utah, Nov. 6, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Believe for Britton  A 16-year-old boy lies in a coma following an ATV crash during a Sadie Hawkins date. The community rallies behind Britton Shipp, raising funds and showing unwavering support for the Snow Canyon football player as he remains on life support.

Football players line up to sign a jersey to be presented to the family of Britton Shipp, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2014 | Photo by Denise Webster, St. George News
Football players line up to sign a jersey to be presented to the family of Britton Shipp, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2, 2014 | Photo by Denise Webster, St. George News
Standoff incident at mile post 95 on Interstate 15, just past the Hwy 20 junction. NB traffic backs up from the incident. MP 95 is between Parowan and Beaver, Utah, April 27, 2014 | Photo by Corey McNeil, St. George News
Standoff incident at milepost 95 on Interstate 15, between Parowan and Beaver, Utah, April 27, 2014 | Photo by Corey McNeil, St. George News

I-15 Standoff north of Cedar City  Portions of Interstate 15 are closed during a standoff between police and a man threatening to use high-powered guns.

Baby left in hot vehicle  A baby dies after being left inside a vehicle in high temperatures. An investigation ensues.

Toddler backed over by truck  A 3-year-old child dies after being backed over by a family vehicle. The community responds with love and support for the family.

Responders remove the little girl’s tricycle from beneath the truck, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 15, 2014 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News
Responders remove the little girl’s tricycle from beneath the truck, Ivins, Utah, Oct. 15, 2014 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News
Wreckage of a plane crash southwest of the City of Santa Clara, May 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department
Wreckage of a plane crash southwest of the City of Santa Clara, May 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Plane crash in Santa Clara  An airplane crashes near Santa Clara, killing two people.

Motorcycle crashes into felled tree on state Route 12 about halfway between Boulder in Garfield County and Torrey in Wayne County, Utah, Oct. 11, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
Motorcycle crashes into felled tree on state Route 12 about halfway between Boulder in Garfield County and Torrey in Wayne County, Utah, Oct. 11, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

Boy Scouts fell tree resulting in fatality — Motorcyclist dies after crashing into a tree felled by Boy Scouts.

Five juveniles injured when Ford Explorer rolled on Valley View, St. George, Utah, June 23, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Kenzii Lynn, St. George News
Five juveniles injured when Ford Explorer rolled on Valley View, St. George, Utah, June 23, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Kenzii Lynn, St. George News

Five teens involved in rollover  Five teenagers are injured during a high-speed rollover on Valley View Drive in St. George. The driver later dies as a result of the crash.

A plane crashes on a ledge in the Virgin River Gorge, north of Littlefield, Arizona, July 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Highway Patrol Sgt. John T. Bottoms, St. George News
A plane crashes on a ledge in the Virgin River Gorge, north of Littlefield, Arizona, July 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Highway Patrol Sgt. John T. Bottoms, St. George News

Plane crash in Virgin River Gorge  Airplane flying from Bountiful crashes in the Virgin River Gorge. Bodies are later recovered and a report is released.

Flood-related accidents  Flooding causes multiple car accidents, structure failures in August.

Mysterious booms heard in Southern Utah  Southern Utahns experience mysterious “booms,” possibly due to airplanes and training exercises at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Randy Jessop’s injuries are healing after a hit and run accident his family said was deliberately committed against him, Colorado City, Arizona, Sept. 25, 2014 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News
Randy Jessop’s injuries are healing after a hit-and-run accident his family said was deliberately committed against him, Colorado City, Arizona, Sept. 25, 2014 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News

Discrimination in Short Creek  Alleged discrimination in the border towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale escalates to hate crime status as the Department of Justice and FBI investigate.

RelationshipConnection_FIColumnists on passwords and what lies ahead – Other than a column relating to the Bundy range war, the top two columns of 2014 including advice from columnist Geoff Steurer about a husband who wouldn’t give his wife a password and prognistications by columnist Ed Kociela.

Brock Belnap and Nathan Caplin, face off for the county attorney position in a live debate held at the Dixie State University, St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic on monitor in the foreground. St. George, Utah, June 20, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Brock Belnap and Nathan Caplin, face off for the county attorney position in a live debate held at the Dixie State University, St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic on monitor in the foreground. St. George, Utah, June 20, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

Firsts – During the 2014 election season, St. George News held its first live-streamed televised debate in the race for Republican Primary nomination for Washington County Attorney between incumbent Brock Belnap and challenger Nate Caplin. 

L-R: "No Filter Show" Co-hosts Paul Ford, Grady Sinclair, Hildale, Utah, November 2014 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News
L-R: “No Filter Show” Co-hosts Paul Ford, Grady Sinclair, Hildale, Utah, November 2014 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News

Launch of the “No Filter Show” – Adding a bit of comedic whimsy to its offerings, St. George News launches the “No Filter Show” with co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair featuring things historic and current in the Dixie region as well as business spotlights. As its fan base grows, the three most watched episodes included a visit to the would-be compound of now imprisoned polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs, a redwood tree that grows in Dixie, and man-on-the street queries to find out if the ladies in Southern Utah do or don’t like beards.  

Haley Bodnar (far left) celebrates with her Desert Hills teammates after their 3A State Championship, Cedar City, Utah, Mar. 1, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News
Haley Bodnar (far left) celebrates with her Desert Hills teammates after their 3A State Championship, Cedar City, Utah, Mar. 1, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Prep sports – In Spring 2014 Desert Hills was the odds-on favorite to win the state baseball championship, and got got upset by Grantsville. Desert Hills girls dominated for a championship in basketball. And Haley Bodnar, Blair Bliss and five other seniors helped Desert Hills dominate 3A girls basketball, winning the state championship with a 25-1 record. These are but a few of the many remarkable moments captured by our sports reporters and photographers.

It’s about you – St. George News thanks our readers one and all, for your support and many contributions of ideas, news tips and photos that help us bring what’s happening in Southern Utah to you day in and day out every day of the year. Bring it on 2015.

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5 Comments

  • sagemoon January 1, 2015 at 11:56 am

    St. George News also added a lot of reporters this year. I’ve been enjoying articles by Carin, Hollie, Holly, Ed, Bryan and others.

  • evil twins mommy January 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    St George news has been putting out some really interesting articles. and I like the No Filter show.. but I can only imagine what kind of hate filled comments my evil twin will post about everything.

  • koolaid January 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    What about the bank robberies and record number of drug busts and still no dancing?

  • NewGuy January 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I take my hat to the entire staff of St.George News. You got the pulse of interest of the Southern Utah & Northern Clark County, Nev. folks. (I still can’t figure out how the reporters are on location so fast). Dedication I presume or dang lucky.
    And the Columnist commentaries and the No Filter Show debut? something for everyone.
    We had friends from So. Cal visiting for a spell and both were P O’ed that they didn’t have that connected community feel back home in La La land. I replied, Duh!

  • tight magic undies January 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Still get pissed when I see the baby left in the hot car story. Just wow. How she got off with the help of her LDS church buddies/local government is just amazing. With a huge fundraiser to boot.

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