Chris Holmes

News Correspondent - Southern Utah

Chris Holmes holds a Masters of Professional Communication degree from Southern Utah University. While at SUU his work received numerous awards including the 2009 King Foundation Best of Festival Award in the National Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Chris is co-host of the daily public affairs program, Big Picture Morning Show on radio station KSUB (Cedar City, Utah). He also is a sports and news contributor at Cherry Creek Media.  He lives in Cedar City, with wife, Marie and five children.

Chris Holmes

A Collision with a 300-foot tall communication tower brought down a single-engine airplane killing two men near Cedar City on Sunday.

A Cedar City man is dead after he pointed a handgun at officers responding to a domestic incident on Monday.

Erin Gregerson

Sunday morning, while taking her puppy for a bathroom break in the backyard of her Ridge Drive home, Erin Gregerson noticed some odd-looking animal droppings and invited her husband to investigate.  The couple’s motion activated security camera solved the mystery.

Cedar High School

An Iron County School administrator at the center of the recent mascot change controversy at Cedar High School has tendered his resignation and set to take a position in Salt Lake County.

A high-speed chase has ended, but a manhunt continues in southern Utah. The Beaver County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from dispatchers in Richfield just after 4 a.m., Tuesday morning.  

Southern Utah University

Two snowshoers have Iron County Search & Rescue and the aviation program at SUU to thank after becoming lost, after dark in the backcountry of southern Utah, Sunday.

The Spectrum

Utah is the 2nd driest state in the union, but there was water everywhere in a section of Cedar City Tuesday, as the mainline buckled in the early morning hours. 

Chris Holmes

Heavy snows in Iron County caused slide-offs, road closures and power outages throughout the region, Tuesday.  Interstate 15 northbound was closed early Tuesday morning, with more than a dozen big-rigs jack-knifed near Cedar City.

Iron County Bookings

A man remains in critical condition after an overnight incident in Enoch.  Iron County Dispatch received a call early Monday, from a woman reporting that a man was outside her door screaming for help.

SUU Strategic Communication

Friday, the Utah Board of Regents selected Dr. Bradley J. Cook to be the 17th president of Snow College, in Ephraim. Cook has served as Provost and a professor of history at Southern Utah University, since 2009. During that time, he worked to establish SUU as a national leader in student-centric, highly engaged learning environments.

Chris Holmes

The sound of a smoke alarm brought a premature end to the school day at Cedar High School, Monday.  Cedar City Fire Department responded and did locate a small electrical fire in the area of the counseling offices.

Washington County Sheriff's Office


  A man has been arrested in Washington County on charges he planned a shooting at a Walmart with the ultimate intent of committing “suicide by cop.”

Iron County Sheriff's Office

Thursday, several Iron County residents received scam telephone calls from an individual claiming to be from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. 

Chris Holmes

In the first of two scheduled meetings for public comment, the Iron County School District gave voice to citizens about replacing or retaining “Redmen” as the Cedar High School mascot, Tuesday.

The cab of a pickup truck stopped along State Route 59 between Hurricane and Hildale played maternity ward Tuesday, and a Washington County deputy is being heralded for his role as make-shift obstetrician.

Cedar High School

The Iron County School District is reexamining the school mascot at Cedar High School.  Since its founding in 1943, Cedar High has been the home of the Redmen.  

Utah Department of Public Safety


  An Enoch man is dead, his passenger injured after the Jeep he was driving left the mountain highway near the Iron and Kane County line, and rolled down an embankment during a Thanksgiving Day snow storm.

Chris Holmes

Thursday, the Utah System of Higher Education released the latest enrollment numbers and Southern Utah University once again leads the state’s colleges and universities in percentage growth from the previous year.

Chris Holmes

A new school of business has opened in Cedar City. Southern Utah University Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business was a $20 million project.  $5 million was donated by the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation and more than half the cost of the building was paid for through private donations.

Talon Sessions
Lincoln County (WY) Sheriff's Office

A fugitive out of Wyoming is in custody in Iron County, Utah after a puzzling crime spree that started at a Cedar City high school. Surveillance video shows a white male breaking into the unoccupied school late Wednesday night, firing a handgun and vandalizing the school. 

Chris Holmes

In an age of vigilance, a Walmart shopper in Cedar City exercised just that on Monday.  While the situation turned out to be a false alarm, the circumstances were suspicious enough to merit an abundance of caution, insists law enforcement.

Chris Holmes

The upswing in construction southern Utah comes with mostly positive economic benefits to the community, but there is a downside: the corresponding increase in job-site burglaries.

The sound of carillon bells welcomed students back to Southern Utah University after the holiday break.  

Courtesy Iron County Emergency Management

Emergency managers in Iron County have made it easier for people to reach help in case of emergency when visiting two of southern Utah’s more popular, but unconnected areas.

A federal judge in Las Vegas has declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and others involved in a 2014 standoff with government agents.

Chris Holmes

A fifteen-year-old boy is in critical condition after being transported by medical helicopter from the scene of an auto-ATV collision Monday night west of Cedar City.

Chris Holmes


The Cedar City Walmart several adjacent businesses were evacuated on a busy Sunday afternoon after several people overheard a person claim to have a bomb in their RV, parked in the store’s parking lot.

National Parks Service

An elderly couple visiting from Texas left their hotel room in Kanab on Monday October 2 on what they hoped would be a day trip to see Lake Powell.  Nearly a week later a rancher, checking his cattle spotted the 78-year-old woman laying beside a dirt road, severely dehydrated and confused. 

Chris Holmes

A man is in critical but stable condition after being accidentally shot while elk hunting near Brian Head in Iron County.

Chris Holmes

A 58-year-old Alpine, Utah man was killed Saturday, while working to reseed the area burned by last summer’s Brian Head fire.