Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

Firefighters respond to a two-alarm fire at the Genpak plastics facility in Cedar City, Utah, June 6, 2020. | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City 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, June 6-7.

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

UPDATED: Firefighters extinguish fire at Genpak plastics facility in Cedar City

Evacuated employees wait outside the Genpak plastics facility in Cedar City, Utah, after a fire on June 6, 2020. | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A two-alarm fire burned at the Genpak plastics facility in Cedar City Saturday afternoon, triggering a response that included more than 50 firefighters from multiple agencies.

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Mountain biker rescued near St. George airport with the help of his 911 call

June 2016 file photo of Mercy Medical Air Transport, location not specified | Photo courtesy of Mercy Air Nevada, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — On Saturday afternoon, a mountain biker was on the Milky Way mountain biking trail, which runs along the southwest side of St. George Airport, when he crashed. The biker then called 911 to get help. When he called 911, the call was used to get a GPS location which ultimately helped a Mercy Medical Air Transport helicopter find him.

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‘They want us to get him tested’; On the experience taking my 7-year-old to get a coronavirus test

The author’s son in Zion National Park, Utah, Feb. 21, 2020 | Photo by Paul Dail, St. George News

FEATURE — Even during a pandemic, when my boy came to me recently complaining that his stomach felt like it “fell out,” I wasn’t automatically panicking for a couple reasons.

One, my son’s proclivity for illness. Although he had RSV when he was about 3 months old and has been unofficially diagnosed by the pediatrician as having asthma, he’s not a frail child. But every cold goes to his chest, and he has spats of time where he seems to “feel bad” fairly often.

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Discount Pawn, Best of Southern Utah 2020 winner, sets record straight on ‘Mandy Staheli’ coincidence

Best of Southern Utah winner Discount Pawn, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — A recent event involving an alleged criminal act by someone unrelated to the business has thrust family-owned Discount Pawn into the spotlight.

Discount Pawn co-owners Derrik and Mandy L. Staheli awoke Friday to find themselves in the middle of an unfortunate coincidence having to do with Mandy’s name.

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‘We were going to do this right’; how one voice became hundreds at St. George protest

People demonstrate against police brutality and the treatment of people of color on St. George Boulevard in St. George, Utah, on May 30, 2020. | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A protest that drew around 200 people in St. George the night of May 30 started with just one person. Since then, several protests with even larger crowds have followed.

St. George resident Gigi Reed has never organized a protest or worked as an advocate. She was an administrative assistant and a mother. But she was disturbed by what she saw as the continued mistreatment of people of color at the hands of law enforcement exemplified by the May 26 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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

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