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UHP: Tinted windows lead to discovery of 9 pounds of meth in Iron County

UHP: Tinted windows lead to discovery of 9 pounds of meth in Iron County

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 8:09 a.m.

A driver who was pulled over on I-15 in Iron County for having excessively tinted windows was arrested after troopers say they found drugs in his vehicle.
Couple celebrates 40 years of running popular St. George Half Marathon

Couple celebrates 40 years of running popular St. George Half Marathon

Arianne Brown, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 8:55 p.m.

The St. George marathon is celebrating its 40th year on Jan. 15, and local couple Tony and Debbie Pryatel have been participating in the event since it began.
Popular California sticker company to make Utah its new home, after 43 years

Popular California sticker company to make Utah its new home, after 43 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 8:02 p.m.

A company credited for permanently changing the sticker industry announced it is moving to Utah later this year because of the rising cost of business in California.
Don't panic, it's not an air raid: Ivins to test recently refurbished siren

Don't panic, it's not an air raid: Ivins to test recently refurbished siren

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 7:24 a.m.

Residents are urged not to be too alarmed if they hear the sound of an air horn throughout Ivins – and possible farther – on Friday.
Driver crashes into semi in Virgin River Gorge, walks a mile before motorist stops to help

Driver crashes into semi in Virgin River Gorge, walks a mile before motorist stops to help

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 1:54 p.m.

A driver on I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge was fortunate to have escaped serious injury when he crashed into the back of a semitractor-trailer Tuesday night – a collision that destroyed the vehicle but left the driver with only superficial lacerations.
Reports of wrong-way driver on I-15 lead to arrest of woman for investigation of DUI

Reports of wrong-way driver on I-15 lead to arrest of woman for investigation of DUI

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 8:29 p.m.

A woman was arrested in Iron County on Tuesday after police said she was driving on the opposite side of Interstate 15 between Beaver and Cedar City for several miles.
Investigation finds 'unintentional mistakes' made by Moab police in Gabby Petito encounter

Investigation finds 'unintentional mistakes' made by Moab police in Gabby Petito encounter

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 7:08 p.m.

A report found that members of the Moab Police Department made "several unintentional mistakes" in handling an encounter with Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie prior to her murder.
Kanab man killed in crash on US 89

Kanab man killed in crash on US 89

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 2:03 p.m.

A man died Tuesday in a crash on U.S. 89 in Kane County, troopers said.
Industrial propane heater to blame for bus fire that injured 3, investigation finds

Industrial propane heater to blame for bus fire that injured 3, investigation finds

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 8:14 a.m.

According to an investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, a fire that engulfed a converted bus in Veyo on Dec. 27 was caused by an industrial propane heater that vented overheated gases into the bus.
Hiker found in feet of snow and freezing temps near Kolob Arch in Zion

Hiker found in feet of snow and freezing temps near Kolob Arch in Zion

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 8:13 a.m.

After receiving a call at 6 a.m. to rescue a backpacker stranded in snow, the Washington County Sheriff's Office dispatched search and rescue volunteers on snowmobiles and snow bikes to reach the woman before the cold could do irreversible damage.
UHP seizes 30 pounds of meth, kilo of heroin during traffic stop on I-15 near Cedar City

UHP seizes 30 pounds of meth, kilo of heroin during traffic stop on I-15 near Cedar City

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 7:22 a.m.

More than $610,000 in narcotics were seized during a traffic stop in Iron County early Friday morning that landed two suspects in jail – including the passenger who was out on bail on another drug distribution case filed one week prior in Salt Lake City.
Man found with 81 pounds of meth during traffic stop in St. George receives sentencing

Man found with 81 pounds of meth during traffic stop in St. George receives sentencing

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 7 - 10:39 a.m.

A Colorado man was sentenced to serve time in federal prison after a traffic stop led to the seizure of more than 80 pounds of methamphetamine – one of the largest seizures in Utah – in a case described as "tragic" involving a military veteran with a combat injury that reportedly led to addiction.
'Never be the same': Family still recovering from Veyo fire

'Never be the same': Family still recovering from Veyo fire

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 8:21 a.m.

More than a week after a fire in Veyo engulfed a city bus converted by a family of six into a traveling home, three of the family members remain hospitalized in Las Vegas. The youngest son remains on a ventilator, while the father and oldest daughter underwent surgeries Wednesday at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Man in jail after thousands of suspected fentanyl pills found in roof lining of pickup on I-15

Man in jail after thousands of suspected fentanyl pills found in roof lining of pickup on I-15

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 3 - 9:01 a.m.

More than 2,000 suspected fentanyl pills were recovered during a traffic stop on northbound I-15 that was initiated when an officer noticed a pickup truck veer out of its lane near the Utah-Arizona border Wednesday night.
Iron County Sheriff's Office mental health unit team has positive response

Iron County Sheriff's Office mental health unit team has positive response

Alex Cabrero and Eliza Pace, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 2 - 12:15 p.m.

The Iron County Sheriff's Office launched a mental health unit team, and it's been widely popular.
Family struggles after mother dies 23 days after father in Christmas Eve crash

Family struggles after mother dies 23 days after father in Christmas Eve crash

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 31 - 10:15 p.m.

A crash that killed a woman on Christmas Eve in St. George may be tragic enough, but it was made even more by the fact the woman became a grandmother two months before. And her four older children also lost their father 23 days before the accident.
2 killed, including 1 child, when car crashes into semi just south of Utah-Arizona border

2 killed, including 1 child, when car crashes into semi just south of Utah-Arizona border

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 30 - 10:00 a.m.

A driver and his adolescent son were killed Wednesday night in a crash on southbound I-15 just south of the Utah-Arizona border. The driver's 11-year-old daughter was injured.
Washington County task force awarded for stemming the tide of narcotics moving through Utah

Washington County task force awarded for stemming the tide of narcotics moving through Utah

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 29 - 1:49 p.m.

More than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in the U.S., and 550 of those deaths were in Utah – where the amount of illegal narcotics entering the state has skyrocketed in recent years.
Explosion in southern Utah motorhome critically injures dad, 2 children

Explosion in southern Utah motorhome critically injures dad, 2 children

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com and Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Updated Dec. 28 - 2:37 p.m.

A motorhome that a family had been living in ignited late Monday in Washington County, critically injuring three.
Southern Utah Orthodox Christians gain new home, priest as community grows

Southern Utah Orthodox Christians gain new home, priest as community grows

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 26 - 10:27 p.m.

In 2019 members of southwest Utah's Orthodox Christian community found a place to gather. That community outgrew the original chapel and gained a priest all their own rather than having one that commuted back and forth from out of town for services.
Federal judge tempers justice with mercy while sentencing St. George defendant to federal prison

Federal judge tempers justice with mercy while sentencing St. George defendant to federal prison

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 26 - 3:07 p.m.

A defendant was sentenced to federal prison in St. George but not before all sides, including the judge, outlined the fact that a defendant is more than what is written in a presentence report.
Southern Utah hospital over capacity; Utah reports 1,406 new COVID cases Wednesday

Southern Utah hospital over capacity; Utah reports 1,406 new COVID cases Wednesday

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 22 - 1:52 p.m.

Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital remained over capacity largely due to COVID-19 patients, and state health officials reported 1,406 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
3.6-magnitude quake by Zion National Park largest in area in 59 years

3.6-magnitude quake by Zion National Park largest in area in 59 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 21 - 5:23 p.m.

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered near Zion National Park Tuesday afternoon is the largest recorded in the area since at least 1962, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.
Superintendent casts deciding vote in removing 2 books from Washington County schools

Superintendent casts deciding vote in removing 2 books from Washington County schools

Sarah Torribio, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 21 - 1:03 p.m.

A parental complaint has led to two books being pulled from the shelves of libraries in the Washington County School District.
How one southern Utah man is trying to 're-wild the child' through outdoor excursions

How one southern Utah man is trying to 're-wild the child' through outdoor excursions

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 18 - 11:00 a.m.

Glen Andersen has been taking kids and teenagers on domestic and international outdoor trips and fostering experiences that greatly impact the lives of participants since 2017.
Report: Utah's tourism industry sees peaks and valleys during pandemic

Report: Utah's tourism industry sees peaks and valleys during pandemic

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 7:09 p.m.

After a decade of steady growth and record-setting numbers, the pandemic proved to be a speed bump for Utah's tourism industry, which saw widespread decline in visitation in 2020.
Man dies 2 days after being hit by SUV in St. George

Man dies 2 days after being hit by SUV in St. George

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 4:07 p.m.

A man died on Friday, two days after being hit by a vehicle in St. George, police said.
Man in jail after officers find up to $100K worth of 'pure powder fentanyl' in Washington City

Man in jail after officers find up to $100K worth of 'pure powder fentanyl' in Washington City

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 10:02 a.m.

A man is being held without bail after Washington City officers found a large amount of suspected pure fentanyl powder in the rental car he was driving – one of several fentanyl-related arrests in recent months.
Woman who pleaded guilty to murdering St. George woman receives sentence

Woman who pleaded guilty to murdering St. George woman receives sentence

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 6:57 a.m.

One of the three people charged in connection with the death of 26-year-old St. George resident Stevie Wilkerson has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Many road restrictions reported as winter storm dumps snow on Utah

Many road restrictions reported as winter storm dumps snow on Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 14 - 10:00 p.m.

Snow began falling quickly on Tuesday evening, leading to many road restrictions across the Wasatch Front and beyond.
How the Arches National Park staff expects to 'redistribute, not limit visitation' with new ticket plan

How the Arches National Park staff expects to 'redistribute, not limit visitation' with new ticket plan

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 13 - 7:27 p.m.

Officials with Arches National Park explained the need for a new ticket system and how it will work beginning next year.
Water conservationists urge a 'one river' mindset over Colorado River water deficit

Water conservationists urge a 'one river' mindset over Colorado River water deficit

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 13 - 6:41 p.m.

As Upper Basin states continue to overuse water rights to the Colorado River, the impacts could result in future cuts to its current water users.
Mysterious grebe downing leaves hundreds of dead birds floating in Quail Creek

Mysterious grebe downing leaves hundreds of dead birds floating in Quail Creek

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 12 - 5:33 p.m.

As an almost daily visitor to Quail Creek State Park, Kathy Smith has traversed the length and breadth of the entire lake many times over. But despite her experience, she was disturbed by the sight that greeted her during a Wednesday morning kayak trip around the lake.
Utah's Arches to require timed tickets as visitation swells

Utah's Arches to require timed tickets as visitation swells

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 10 - 8:37 p.m.

A Utah national park famed for its otherworldly sandstone arches will require visitors to get timed entry tickets during its high season next year, the second Utah park to implement such a system as visitation swells.
Woman accused of stabbing her child at St. George motel appears for competency hearing

Woman accused of stabbing her child at St. George motel appears for competency hearing

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 10 - 10:27 a.m.

A woman accused of stabbing her 8-year-old son with scissors at a Motel 6 on Aug. 26 was determined to be competent to continue criminal proceedings after a hearing held Thursday morning at the St. George Courthouse.
UHP recovers 30+ pounds of meth during 2 stops half a day apart in Iron County

UHP recovers 30+ pounds of meth during 2 stops half a day apart in Iron County

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 9 - 12:33 p.m.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers made three arrests during two traffic stops on I-15 in Iron County within 12 hours of one another last weekend – traffic stops that yielded more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine.
Jury decides fate of driver charged with auto homicide in 2019 fatal crash in Hurricane

Jury decides fate of driver charged with auto homicide in 2019 fatal crash in Hurricane

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 8 - 10:02 a.m.

A jury found Christopher Weaver guilty of automobile homicide in connection with a 2019 fatal crash in Hurricane.
St. George eliminating midday crossing guards, reduced speed school zones

St. George eliminating midday crossing guards, reduced speed school zones

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 7 - 4:35 p.m.

The St. George Police Department on Monday announced the elimination of kindergarten crosswalks, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Resort to join growing developments outside of Zion National Park's east entrance

Resort to join growing developments outside of Zion National Park's east entrance

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 7 - 7:57 a.m.

A local company announced Monday plans for a new luxury resort called "Spirit" — located just a mile east of Zion National Park's boundary — that is set to debut its first phase next year.
Trailblazing agreement made between the Paiute Indian Tribe and Springdale

Trailblazing agreement made between the Paiute Indian Tribe and Springdale

Stephanie Degraw, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 5 - 9:06 p.m.

A trailblazing agreement between the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and Springdale has materialized. The tribe has donated the rights for people to access their land to enjoy the new George A. Barker River Park trail.
USU gets grant to assist refugee, Native American farmers

USU gets grant to assist refugee, Native American farmers

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 5 - 2:10 p.m.

Utah State University Extension received a $600,000 grant from the USDA to expand and create incubator farms throughout Utah for refugee and Native American farmers.
'Unbelievable miracle': Trooper describes multi-vehicle wreck on I-15 involving wrong-way driver

'Unbelievable miracle': Trooper describes multi-vehicle wreck on I-15 involving wrong-way driver

Mori Kessler, St. George  |  Updated Dec. 3 - 8:22 p.m.

A six-vehicle crash followed by a three-vehicle crash that occurred on the Arizona stretch of southbound I-15 Friday morning left traffic backed up for miles into the evening. Though a number of vehicles were totaled in the resulting mayhem, an Arizona trooper who responded to the incident called the lack of injuries involved a "miracle."
Southern Utah woman's children thank jury for finding their dad guilty in her murder

Southern Utah woman's children thank jury for finding their dad guilty in her murder

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 3 - 7:02 p.m.

Children of Shawntell Smith thanked police officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, and others who have mourned with them and helped them grieve for their mom after their father, Steven Timothy Smith, was found guilty in her murder.
You'll soon need a permit to summit Angels Landing. Here's how to get one

You'll soon need a permit to summit Angels Landing. Here's how to get one

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Dec. 3 - 3:50 p.m.

Hikers wishing to see the surreal vista of Zion Canyon from atop Angels Landing will soon need a permit to do so.
Police recover personal information on dozens of people, 100 gift and debit cards during arrest

Police recover personal information on dozens of people, 100 gift and debit cards during arrest

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Dec. 2 - 11:33 a.m.

Three people from Nevada are being held without bail following a call reporting a retail theft that subsequently led to the recovery of more than 100 gift and debit cards, as well as documents listing the personal information of more than 75 individuals.
A year after devastating fire, Bumbleberry Inn owners blending the past with the future

A year after devastating fire, Bumbleberry Inn owners blending the past with the future

Stephanie Degraw, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 10:04 p.m.

A blending of the past with the present – and moving into the future – is taking place on the Bumbleberry Inn property, a portion of which was destroyed in a fire a little over a year ago.
'Life has moved on': Colorado City police chief lauds progress in Short Creek

'Life has moved on': Colorado City police chief lauds progress in Short Creek

Sarah Torribio, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 10:02 a.m.

The Colorado City Marshal's Office has been getting more calls for help lately. The increase isn't caused by a spike in crime, says Colorado City Police Chief Robb Radley, but instead by an increase in trust.
Bryce Canyon to increase backcountry fees, make changes to reservations

Bryce Canyon to increase backcountry fees, make changes to reservations

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 12:58 p.m.

Some increased fees and campground reservation changes are coming to Bryce Canyon National Park next year, after large crowds returned to the park in 2021.
Man makes learning Navajo fun for children

Man makes learning Navajo fun for children

Tamara Vaifanua, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 4:14 p.m.

The creator of a new TV show is trying to simplify the Navajo language for children in a fun way — through the use of puppets.
'Iconic destination' Zion National Park hits visitation record — and could reach 5 million mark

'Iconic destination' Zion National Park hits visitation record — and could reach 5 million mark

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 9:06 a.m.

Zion National Park has hit uncharted territory when it comes to visitation. It's nearing an exclusive club for national parks.
Troopers find girl in Colorado Amber Alert case in Utah

Troopers find girl in Colorado Amber Alert case in Utah

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 8:36 p.m.

A 13-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert out of Colorado was located in Utah on Wednesday, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
'A massive jail complex in our backyard is insane': Iron County residents concerned with proposal

'A massive jail complex in our backyard is insane': Iron County residents concerned with proposal

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 7:59 p.m.

Several dozen residents attended Monday's regular meeting of the Iron County Commission, with many of them weighing in on the county's plans to replace the 34-year-old Iron County Jail, which officials say is the oldest county correctional facility in the state.
What's that in the sky above Kanarra Falls? It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … a ladder?

What's that in the sky above Kanarra Falls? It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … a ladder?

Ammon Teare, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 2:58 p.m.

As floodwaters raced through houses and washed out roadways in August, they also swept away the iconic ladder set at the first waterfall in Kanarra Canyon south of Cedar City.
Cases moving forward separately for trio accused in St. George woman's death

Cases moving forward separately for trio accused in St. George woman's death

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 10:54 a.m.

Two of the three people accused of being involved in the death of Stevie Wilkerson have recently had their arraignments scheduled, while the third has already pleaded guilty to murder.
High-speed chase on I-15 from Hurricane to Cedar City ends with arrests

High-speed chase on I-15 from Hurricane to Cedar City ends with arrests

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 9:04 a.m.

Two people were arrested in Cedar City on Sunday following a high-speed chase that started in Hurricane and reportedly reached speeds up to 113 mph.
23-year-old man receives sentence for stabbing that left 1 dead in St. George

23-year-old man receives sentence for stabbing that left 1 dead in St. George

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 7:52 a.m.

During a hearing held in 5th District Court, 23-year-old Victor Manuel Hernandez was sentenced to prison for an incident that left one man dead inside a mobile home off Dixie Drive in 2018.
Utah's task force reacts to Biden's order on missing or murdered indigenous women

Utah's task force reacts to Biden's order on missing or murdered indigenous women

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 12:54 p.m.

State leaders and advocates tasked with tackling the issue of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls in Utah applauded President Joe Biden's executive order Monday.
As the Navajo Nation battled COVID-19, teachers fought to connect with traumatized students

As the Navajo Nation battled COVID-19, teachers fought to connect with traumatized students

Amy Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 6:42 a.m.

"Distance learning" has been more difficult for the children of the Navajo Nation. The pandemic was also changing families forever in their nation.
How the Navajo Nation beat back COVID-19

How the Navajo Nation beat back COVID-19

Amy Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 6:11 a.m.

On the Navajo Nation, more than 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, people are just beginning to feel like the lives they lived before the virus upended the world might be returning.