Southern Utah

The St. George Market boosts small businesses

Oct 22, 2021
Indigo Klabanoff

Small businesses in St. George are continuing to grow through the help of a local street market in Saint George, Utah. 

Zion National Park sees record-breaking visitation

Oct 20, 2021
Sydney Berenyi


Zion National Park has seen an increase in tourist visitation, making it another record-breaking year for the park.

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Several public universities throughout the state have announced that students will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. If students from these schools fail to get vaccinated, they will not be allowed to register for next semester.

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Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah, continues the conversation to remove “Dixie” from their name.

Compared to many other universities in Utah, Dixie State University is not yet mandating the COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty, and staff. 

Staff from the university say they are working with the local health department and government officials to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation in Southern Utah.

As of today, The University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Davis Technical College, and Utah Valley University have confirmed vaccine requirements.

City officials in Enoch said the city received 2.5 inches of rain on Sunday which led to widespread flooding. 

Thanks to extreme drought conditions, most of Utah is under watering restrictions which has left some Southern Utah residents wondering why public spaces like parks, golf courses and cemeteries are being watered during the day.

February Planting Tips For Southern Utah

Feb 28, 2021
Rick Heflebower

Kailey Foster: Joining me today to discuss gardening in southern Utah is Rick Heflebower, USU Extension Horticulturist in Washington County. 

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Two years ago, my wife and I moved to St. George. California’s air pollution was that bad. And Southwest Utah was that welcoming. Our California families thought we were looney.

Growing Crops In Northern And Southern Utah

Nov 11, 2020
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  *This Segment aired back in August*

Shalayne Smith Needham: Utah offers farmers different kinds of weather conditions and growing seasons, depending on where you are in the state. While some farmers can get multiple harvests out of one crop, others are getting just one. Rick Heffelbower, a USU extension horticulture agent in Washington County explains how northern and southern Utah crop harvests could differ from each other. 

St. George Anti-Mask Rally Sparks Student Responses

Sep 24, 2020
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After video of an anti-mask rally in St. George went viral, students at Dixie State University spoke out about the campus mask mandate.

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The recent algae bloom in the Virgin River in Zion National park was discovered after a dog died in the river. The bloom is something Bradie Jill Jones with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said is a result of a perfect storm of high temperatures and no rain.

Can Parts Of Utah Move To 'Yellow' This Week?

May 6, 2020

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert said he hoped the state’s risk could drop from "Orange" — moderate risk — to the  "Yellow" — or low risk —  zone within the next few weeks. In fact, mayors and county commissioners in Southwestern Utah (including in Washington, Iron and Kane counties) asked if they could make the transition immediately. This request was denied by the Utah Department of Health on Monday. 

COVID-19 Affects Tourist Season For Southern Utah

Mar 13, 2020

Each year, tourists that come into Utah infuse about $9.5 billion into the state’s economy, which provides each household in the state $1,286 of tax relief.  With the increase in restrictions due to COVID-19, this number could be affected in 2020. 

Planning For The Future, A Bioregional Approach

Nov 19, 2018
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Aubin Douglas


While winter may not boast the caravans of tourists we often see in the summer, there are still noticeable seasonal influxes in cities across the country. So, how does a city plan for this? A recent study by researchers at Utah State University highlights the use of bioregional planning for this purpose.

The Temple Riders
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A Mormon motorcycle club is currently holding its biennial gathering in southern Utah where about 125 members from across the country are riding together through scenic parts of the region.

The Temple Riders are celebrating the club's 30th anniversary through Wednesday with the "Color Country 'n' Spires" rally.

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For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders ― some call them the most successful rodeo family in history. 

Now, Bill and Evelyn Wright, parents to 13 children and grandparents to many more, find themselves struggling to hang on to the majestic landscape where they’ve been running cattle for 150 years as the West is transformed by urbanization, battered by drought and rearranged by public-land disputes.

A Hurricane woman has been sentenced to prison for her part in the kidnapping and killing of a southern Utah man.

The Spectrum reports prosecutors say Tammy Freeman was a co-conspirator in a plot to "get rid" of David Heisler of Santa Clara after he gained custody of a daughter he shared with his ex-girlfriend.

Southern Utah officials who want to build a highway across a picturesque national reserve say a proposed land deal would stave off major road congestion in the fast-growing area, but environmentalists worry it would hurt the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and other sensitive species.

The plans call for a "Northern Corridor" highway across the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Washington County officials have proposed a land swap with the federal government that would give the county public lands needed to accommodate the road, The Spectrum reported last week.

Pine View High School in St. George, UT.
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Police in southern Utah confirm additional charges are pending against a teenage student accused of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school in St. George.

The unidentified teen was arrested Monday night on weapons-related charges after the discovery of the explosive device sending smoke from a backpack forced an evacuation of Pine View High School.

Off The Grid: Waterfalls In Red Rock Country

Feb 21, 2018
Andrea Smardon

Our series LGBTQ Off The Grid, explores the far corners of Utah where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and those questioning their sexuality are often isolated and unseen. In this story, Randy Thomson, a formerly homeless man, is trying to help young people in southern Utah.

Milky Way Galaxy as seen at night
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To earn the designation as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association, residents in Torrey implemented lighting ordinances, replaced outdoor street bulbs and coordinated public education about the benefits of having a dark sky.

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Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also known as FERC, formally accepted the state’s application for the Lake Powell Pipeline. This notice affirms that the proposed 140-mile pipeline, which would draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities is ready for environmental analysis and public comment. 

SUU Trademarks Title: 'University Of The Parks'

Sep 7, 2017
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After filing government paperwork and months of waiting, Southern Utah University has officially trademarked itself as the University of the Parks.

Alyssa Robinson

The Utah Shakespeare Festival attracts Shakespearean actors from across the country. The actors said performing on the southern Utah stage is a step up and a push forward in performance of the popular works.

Brian Head Fire Receives Emergency Federal Funds

Jun 19, 2017
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In response to the growing Brian Head wildfire in Southern Utah, a federal agency authorized an emergency grant to assist the firefighting effort.

Reaching 1,000 acres in size on Monday, the Brian Head fire threatens the rest of Iron County, Dixie National Forest and several BLM lands, according to an interagency government report.

Young Adults Bike To S. Utah To Promote Affordable Housing

Jul 8, 2016


  A team of cyclists pedaled into St. George Thursday as part of a journey across the United States to promote affordable housing and do a service project on Friday.

 

Utah's 2nd Medical School Expected To Open In 2017

Jun 22, 2016
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nearly 80 percent of Utah's counties are facing a medical-professional shortage, making the state the third worst in the country for the doctor-to-patient ratio. The state’s second medical school will open in August 2017 in Ivins, Utah, with the hope to address the statistic.

Drone Danger Halts Three Utah Wildfire Extinguishing Operations

Jun 20, 2016
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Rutgers University

 

Aerial firefighting operations were grounded for several hours on Sunday at three of Utah’s wildfire locations due to a drone sighting. Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Utah Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles in active wildfire areas.

The recent controversy over the Confederate flag has prompted some Moab residents to again call for the renaming of Negro Bill Canyon. 


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