Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

In this March 2020 file photo, Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson speaks to St. George News about the county's state of emergency declaration. On June 20, Iverson told St. George News he would "never wear a mask." St. George, Utah, March 20, 2020 | Photo by Mori Kessler, 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, June 20-21.

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

‘I will never wear a mask’: Washington County officials want COVID-19 threat level rescinded

Photo illustration. | Photo by Zubada/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — As recorded cases of COVID-19 in Southern Utah crossed the 1,000 mark Saturday, some Washington County officials would like to see the state’s color-coded coronavirus restrictions changed or lifted so life can begin to “get back to normal.”

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Many recovered coronavirus patients are anything but 

Undated photo illustration. | Photo by Gerd Altmann/Pixabay, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Among the more than 1,000 people who have had the coronavirus in Southern Utah, there are 697 people who are considered recovered.

But while the dictionary defines being recovered as returning to a “normal state of health,” many who have had the virus locally have hardly been able to return to “normal.”

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Official pleads guilty to human smuggling after paying women from country where he previously served mission to give up babies

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen leaves court in Salt Lake City, Nov. 15, 2019. He resigned from his elected position on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, months after being charged with running a human smuggling operation that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in the U.S. Associated Press file photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Arizona politician pleaded guilty in Utah on Friday to human smuggling and other charges in an illegal adoption scheme that stretched across three states and involved women from the Marshall Islands.

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Man arrested for allegedly passing $3,700 in bad checks

St. George Police vehicle. | File photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A Nevada man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for passing more than $3,700 in forged checks that were drawn on an out-of-state account and then cashed in St. George in July of last year.

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How to safely manage insect pests in your garden

Lightweight horticulture oil can be applied to garden plants during the growing season to manage insects like leafhoppers, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of, St. George News

FEATURE — You plant and tend your garden hoping to enjoy a bountiful harvest and beautiful blooms. Despite proper planning and planting, insects can move in and wreak havoc on your garden. The good news is, you can manage problem pests without harming the pollinators that are so important to your garden.

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

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