Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

Semitractor-trailer is destroyed in crash on northbound Interstate 15 on Bridge no. 7, 15 miles south of St. George, Virgin River Gorge, Arizona, Aug. 8, 2020 | Submitted photo, 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, Aug. 8-9.

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

UPDATED: Northbound I-15 reopens in Virgin River gorge after semi crash creates ‘fireball’

Semitractor-trailer crashes and explodes on northbound Interstate 15 on Bridge no. 7, 15 miles south of St. George, Virgin River Gorge, Arizona, Aug. 8, 2020 | Photo courtesy of Beaver-Dam Littlefield Fire, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — All northbound travel came to a halt on Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge for much of Saturday after a semitractor-trailer crashed and then exploded, igniting a brush fire below one of the corridor’s bridges early in the morning.

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Confluence Park day: What is that old building between Hurricane and LaVerkin?

The old LaVerkin hydroelectric plant is approached by the Confluence Trail, LaVerkin, Utah, Aug. 8, 2020 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

FEATURE – There is a building astride the north bank of the Virgin River easily seen while driving state Route 9 just north of the LaVerkin-Hurricane Bridge.

Many of the uninitiated in Southern Utah lore probably ask the same question while driving by: “What was that building used for?”

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Rescuer rappels 450 feet in middle of night to rescue fallen hiker

Emergency personnel on the scene of a fallen hiker at the Canyon’s Mouth Trail near Cedar City, Utah, in the early morning hours of Aug. 8, 2020. | Photo courtesy Iron County Sheriff’s Department

ST. GEORGE — Search and rescue officers worked in the early morning hours before the sun rose to rescue a hiker that had fallen to a ledge from a mountain ridge near Cedar City early Saturday.

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DMV ending postcard registration reminders

Utah “Arches” license plate, current issue, undated | Photo courtesy Utah Department of Motor Vehicles, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Next month, the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles will stop reminding motorists to renew their vehicles’ registration via mail. reports the DMV sends hundreds of thousands of postcards each month to Utahns, reminding them that their registration is expiring soon.

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Ivins City Council rejects support for ‘Utah Leads Together’ plan, approves trash, recycling contract

A new sign welcomes visitors to Ivins City, Utah on May 22, 2020. | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — At their Thursday meeting, the Ivins City Council rejected a council member’s motion to support Gov. Gary Herbert’s “Utah Leads Together” pandemic plan, while giving approval to Washington County’s new 10-year contract with Republic Services for trash pick up, recycling and landfill management.

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

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