Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

Clydesdale horses were used to help transport the recovered Brachiosaurus bone from the rugged area where it was discovered by paleoartist Brian Engh, Southern Utah, October 2019 | Photo by Brian Engh, courtesy of Utah State Parks, 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, Feb. 1-2.

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

Bone of rare long-necked dinosaur found in Southern Utah desert 

Paleontologists putting adding plaster to the protective jacket placed around the Brachiosaurus bone found in Southern Utah, October, 2019 | Inset photo depicts what a Brachiosaurus is believed to have looked like. | Art and photo by Brian Engh, courtesy of Utah State Parks, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A bone belonging to a rare, yet well-known dinosaur was discovered in Southern Utah and has paleontologists excited by its discovery. Utah State Parks reported that a 6-foot, 7-inch humerus bone belonging to a rare 30-ton Brachiosaurus was unearthed at a site in the Southern Utah desert last May by paleoartist Brian Engh.

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Utah investigators bust Walmart fraud ring that targets elderly

Stock image of elderly woman | Photo by Kasto 80/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two suspects were indicted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office for taking part in an alleged gift card scheme that targeted primarily the elderly, a fraud that resulted in a $600,000 loss to both the individuals and Walmart.

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‘Riders are just destroying the area’; Local cyclists say education may help preserve trail systems

Bearclaw Poppy Trail, one of the most popular trails in St. George is becoming damaged by some irresponsible mountain bike riders and hikers. St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2020 | Photo by David Louis, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Although the majority of mountain bike enthusiasts respect the trails they ride, a small minority do not.

Recently, the city of St. George moved the access point to the Bearclaw Poppy Trail, a popular mountain bike and hiking trail near Bloomington Country Club. Within feet of the trailhead, the desert is crisscrossed with tire tracks from riders that have blazed their own path

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Lawyer: Businessman was used by polygamists in fraud scheme

Composite image. Background stock image | Photo by Chalabala/iStock/Getty Images Plus | Lev Aslan Dermen. date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of the Davis County Sheriff’s Office via the Associated Press, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California businessman accused of leading a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme was actually being used by a Utah polygamist who didn’t want to share the proceeds with his community, a defense attorney said Thursday.

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Newest bison reveal paints positive picture of first responders

St. George Mayor Jon Pike walks by the just-unveiled Red Cliffs Mall Trailblazer Bison during a ceremony Friday, January 31, 2020 in St. George, Utah. | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The 18th Dixie State Trailblazer Bison was revealed at Red Cliffs Mall Friday afternoon, but this unveiling was something different.

It was apparent by the uniformed police officers and firefighters in attendance that this one was about first responders.

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

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