Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

Damage to a nearly-completed chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that caught on fire early Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 | Photo by Markee Heckenliable, St. George News

ST. GEORGE— In case you missed it, here is your weekend recap of the top five most viewed stories published on St. George News from Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27.

See the related stories at the bottom of this page for the five honorable mention stories.


LDS church fire in downtown St. George being treated as ‘criminal investigation’

Firefighters work at the scene of an early morning fire that destroyed a nearly-completed chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located just east of the St. George LDS Temple, St. George, Utah, Jan. 26, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

ST. GEORGE— A fire that started Saturday night at a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located just east of the St. George LDS Temple in the area of 300 East and 400 South, left the building completely gutted by the flames.

St. George News reporter Mori Kessler was on the on the scene with video rolling all night, and as of early Saturday morning, fire officials hadn’t released any information. However, at a press conference held at 2 p.m., St. George Police officer Tiffany Atkin revealed the fire is being treated as a criminal investigation.

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Driver seriously injured after Corvette launches down 100-foot ravine in Gorge

A Corvette is destroyed after it rolled down a 100-foot embankment near Exit 18 on northbound Interstate 15, Mohave County, Ariz., Jan. 25, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 70-year-old Washington City man was seriously injured after his vehicle rolled into a deep ravine off Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge Friday afternoon.

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Tribal land in Grand Canyon known for waterfalls no longer allowing tour guides

Havasu Falls in Arizona, April 30, 2006 | Public domain image, St. George News

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The thousands of tourists who travel to a remote Native American reservation deep in the Grand Canyon each year to camp near a series of picturesque, blue-green waterfalls will have to do so without the benefit of professional guides.

The Havasupai Tribe has decided not to allow outfitters to escort visitors this year down the long, winding path that leads to its small, roadless reservation and on to its main tourist draw: towering waterfalls that cascade into swimming holes that are warm year-round.

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Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after crashing into trailers at Hurricane RV dealership

A wrecked minivan sits next to a damaged recreational trailer at Nielson RV dealership, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 26, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Katie Leavitt, Nielson RV, St. George News

HURRICANE — A suspected drunken driver crashed his minivan at a recreational vehicle dealership in Hurricane early Saturday morning, totaling three large fifth-wheel camping trailers, police said.

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Snow Canyon cheer team makes history at state championships

Snow Canyon High School cheer team at the Utah state cheer competition in Salt Lake City, Jan. 26, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Snow Canyon High School, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon High School’s cheer team made history this weekend at state championships.

During the state cheer championship Saturday, Snow Canyon’s Warriors cheer team won first place in all five routine categories the team competed in: show cheer, pom, timeout dance, timeout cheer and fight song. The team also won the region championship with first place in all five categories a couple of weeks ago.

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The top 5 honorable mention stories can be found below in the related stories.

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