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Southern Utah hands in-state rival Utah Valley 2nd loss in WAC play

Southern Utah hands in-state rival Utah Valley 2nd loss in WAC play

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 9:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

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Southern Utah had a hole to dig out in the first half against in-state rival Utah Valley.
Hikers survive 24-hour ordeal in Zion National Park; helicopter rescue successful

Hikers survive 24-hour ordeal in Zion National Park; helicopter rescue successful

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 7:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two out-of-state hikers marooned in freezing temperatures for more than 24 hours were rescued from a remote part of Zion National Park via helicopter Saturday.
Slain Enoch girl texted friend that dad was acting strange and she was worried

Slain Enoch girl texted friend that dad was acting strange and she was worried

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 26 - 8:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

A warrant unsealed in Enoch says one of Michael Haight's daughters texted a friend the night before her family was found dead saying her father was acting strange and she was worried.
Judge to Arizona community: Water not required to flow from Scottsdale

Judge to Arizona community: Water not required to flow from Scottsdale

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 2:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Maricopa County judge in Arizona denied residents emergency relief over their Scottsdale water source that has been cut off since Jan. 1 because of drought conditions and despite repeated city warnings to find an alternative water source.
Warrant issued for former youth treatment staff member in southern Utah

Warrant issued for former youth treatment staff member in southern Utah

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 1:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a woman who police say showed explicit pictures to teenagers at youth treatment centers in southern Utah where she was employed.
Ex-Utah deputy charged with impersonating officer after allegedly making threats

Ex-Utah deputy charged with impersonating officer after allegedly making threats

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 6:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

A former Washington County sheriff's deputy has been charged with impersonating a police officer — for the second time.
Utah's 'Mighty 5' park visitation drops nearly 7% in 2022

Utah's 'Mighty 5' park visitation drops nearly 7% in 2022

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Visitation at Utah's "Mighty 5" national parks took a slight tumble in 2022, according to national parks data — and there are a few reasons why.
Southern Utah man arrested after allegedly threatening officer, officer's family

Southern Utah man arrested after allegedly threatening officer, officer's family

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 24 - 4:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

A man who police say threatened a Cedar City police officer and the officer's family was arrested by a SWAT team on Monday.
A southern Utah mayor's water warning: 'We are running out'

A southern Utah mayor's water warning: 'We are running out'

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 12:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

Drought and population growth have plagued the Virgin River. The mayor of Ivins, a small community nearby St. George, did not mince words when addressing constituents this month.
K-9 Duco remembered for service to Cedar City community and police department

K-9 Duco remembered for service to Cedar City community and police department

Haven Scott, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 9:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

When working for law enforcement, he could pick up the scent of drugs when officers could not.
When home isn't safe: Experts see patterns, potential warning signs in family shootings

When home isn't safe: Experts see patterns, potential warning signs in family shootings

Annie Knox, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

In Utah and nationally, many mass shootings happen at home. Though it's not always possible to predict, experts say certain behaviors may predict future violence.
Navajo Nation mask mandate lifted as leaders announce 'full reopening' from COVID-19

Navajo Nation mask mandate lifted as leaders announce 'full reopening' from COVID-19

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 23 - 2:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Navajo Nation has largely ended one of the longest-standing mask mandates in the United States, put in place shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly three years ago.
Driver going 130-170mph arrested in southern Utah

Driver going 130-170mph arrested in southern Utah

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 23 - 12:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

A man who tried to get away from Utah Highway Patrol troopers by driving between 130 mph and 170 mph has been arrested and charged in southern Utah.
'You're shooting yourself in the foot': Pig trial jurors reveal what went on in deliberations

'You're shooting yourself in the foot': Pig trial jurors reveal what went on in deliberations

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 23 - 7:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

Three months after a St. George jury returned a not guilty verdict to burglary and theft for two men who admitted breaking into a Beaver County pig farm and taking two piglets, five jurors have revealed for the first time what exactly went on during their deliberations and why they settled on exonerating two animal welfare activists.
Utah to receive $25.2M to help reduce wildfire risks in Wasatch, Pine Valley regions

Utah to receive $25.2M to help reduce wildfire risks in Wasatch, Pine Valley regions

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 22 - 9:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two national forests in Utah are among the U.S. Forest Service's 11 priorities slated to receive a cut of $490 million for projects to help reduce wildfire risks across the fire-prone West.
Free college-level tech classes aim to help prepare more Utahns for work

Free college-level tech classes aim to help prepare more Utahns for work

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 20 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Tech University will be expanding its Learn and Work Program to offer free access to over 7,000 non-credit courses, certification paths, labs and skill assessments.
Conservation officers seek info on deer, bull elk illegally killed in Utah

Conservation officers seek info on deer, bull elk illegally killed in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 20 - 11:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

State wildlife conservation officers are looking for the public's help as they investigate a pair of big game animals that were illegally killed last year.
Enoch police, city officials do not intend to review handling of 2020 child abuse investigation

Enoch police, city officials do not intend to review handling of 2020 child abuse investigation

Daniella Rivera, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 11:56 a.m.  |  Save Story

Revelations from a child abuse investigation into the Haight family's Enoch home are sparking sharp reaction among Utahns, and questions about whether investigators missed red flags.
Southern, central Utah set to receive another round of snow with Thursday storm

Southern, central Utah set to receive another round of snow with Thursday storm

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

All parts of the state could see some snow as a part of a storm pattern heading to Utah but it's expected to impact central and southern Utah to the most.
Brian Head Resort begins work on new community, major expansion

Brian Head Resort begins work on new community, major expansion

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 18 - 4:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Brian Head Resort officials on Wednesday unveiled new details about their plan to develop a new ski-in, ski-out community called Aspen Meadows.
Police arrest man suspected of multiple gasoline thefts in Cedar City

Police arrest man suspected of multiple gasoline thefts in Cedar City

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 10:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cedar City police have arrested a Las Vegas man suspected of stealing hundreds of gallons of gasoline in three separate incidents dating back to November.
Police report outlines father's violent, controlling behavior 2 years before Enoch murders

Police report outlines father's violent, controlling behavior 2 years before Enoch murders

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Updated Jan. 17 - 7:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

More than two years before an Enoch father shot and killed his family in their home, police investigated an allegation that he'd assaulted his eldest daughter multiple times.
Obituary praising life of Enoch father who killed his family pulled from newspaper website

Obituary praising life of Enoch father who killed his family pulled from newspaper website

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The obituary for Michael Haight, an Enoch man who police said killed seven family members, was removed from the Cedar City news website after it was assailed on social media.
Sexual assault, domestic violence survivors in Utah rural areas face more barriers to assistance

Sexual assault, domestic violence survivors in Utah rural areas face more barriers to assistance

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 8:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

The DOVE Center, a southern Utah resource center for individuals experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking is taking steps to break the barriers faced by rural survivors and improve its rape and sexual assault services in Kane County, starting in Kanab.
Iron County's Judge Margaret Miller retires after 49 years

Iron County's Judge Margaret Miller retires after 49 years

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 16 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's 5th District Justice Court Judge Margaret Miller retired Jan. 1, after nearly 50 years on the bench in Iron County.
New water intake system installed at Glen Canyon Dam as Lake Powell nears record low

New water intake system installed at Glen Canyon Dam as Lake Powell nears record low

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 7:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Construction crews have installed a new water intake connection at the Glen Canyon Dam to help deliver water to nearby communities even if Lake Powell reaches its "dead pool" level.
Salt Lake, St. George have 2 of the best new city flags in US, survey says

Salt Lake, St. George have 2 of the best new city flags in US, survey says

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 9:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The 2020 redesign of Salt Lake City's flag is a hit with the nation's top vexillologists, which wasn't the case for a few other cities in the state.
A 'see you again' for eternity: Over 800 gather to say goodbye to slain Utah family

A 'see you again' for eternity: Over 800 gather to say goodbye to slain Utah family

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 13 - 1:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Six members of the Earl family spoke during Friday's services and all gave emotional, heartfelt tributes to the Haight family and one member of the Earl family.
Southern Utah vet shortage leaves pet owners with limited options

Southern Utah vet shortage leaves pet owners with limited options

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 1:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

St. George resident Sierra Aybar and her family were getting ready for bed on Christmas when her husband, Erik Aybar, who was heading upstairs, noticed tin foil on the floor and all over the couch.
17-year-old boyfriend of Piute High student charged as an adult with killing her

17-year-old boyfriend of Piute High student charged as an adult with killing her

Pat Reavy and Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 13 - 12:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Francisco Daniel Aguilar, 17, was charged in adult court Friday with aggravated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, a 16-year-old Piute High School student.
How to help students after trauma: New Utah toolkit gives guidance

How to help students after trauma: New Utah toolkit gives guidance

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 9:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

The day before Enoch residents learned eight family members had died, school counselors were reviewing guidance from the State School Board on healing schools after loss.
Former manager of southern Utah business arrested for allegedly stealing more than $100k

Former manager of southern Utah business arrested for allegedly stealing more than $100k

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 9:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

A 44-year-old St. George woman was arrested Monday for allegedly defrauding a business in the city of Washington of more than $100,000 over the course of several years as a former employee of the company, investigators say.
Bystanders use CPR to save man who stopped breathing at pickleball courts in Santa Clara

Bystanders use CPR to save man who stopped breathing at pickleball courts in Santa Clara

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 8:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

A 72-year-old man collapsed at a pickleball court and stopped breathing the afternoon of Jan. 4. But thanks to the quick response from those at the park, he survived.
One week later, Enoch finds healing through helping

One week later, Enoch finds healing through helping

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 10:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

One week after a family was shot and killed, an Enoch City official said the community is finding healing by helping one another.
Stabbed Hurricane K-9 nearly ready to get his paws back on patrol

Stabbed Hurricane K-9 nearly ready to get his paws back on patrol

Nick Yamashita, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 1:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two weeks after being stabbed by a suspect who was then shot and killed by police, a K-9 officer is nearly ready to get back into the field.
Parolee in 2002 murder in St. George arrested following alleged hit-and-run

Parolee in 2002 murder in St. George arrested following alleged hit-and-run

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 11:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

A parolee who spent more than a decade in prison for the 2002 murder of a St. George man is in jail on a no-bail hold following a hit-and-run crash reported on Friday.
'Incredible mother' to be laid to rest with her children in southern Utah on Friday

'Incredible mother' to be laid to rest with her children in southern Utah on Friday

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 10:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Friday's funeral for an Enoch mother, her five children, and the children's grandmother will be held in La Verkin, Washington County, and streamed online.
Southern Utah woman charged in fatal head-on crash

Southern Utah woman charged in fatal head-on crash

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 10 - 5:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

A southern Utah woman was arrested Monday after police say she caused a fatal three-car crash that killed a 23-year-old in Hurricane in July.
Virgin considers halting development for up to 6 months

Virgin considers halting development for up to 6 months

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 10 - 8:24 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Virgin Town Council in Washington County is wrestling with water issues and whether to adopt a temporary zoning ordinance to pause development for up to six months.
Piute High student shot and killed; 17-year-old boy arrested

Piute High student shot and killed; 17-year-old boy arrested

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 9 - 10:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

A 16-year-old girl was shot to death in Utah's Piute County on Sunday. A 17-year-old boy was later arrested following a high speed chase with deputies.
Funeral services for murdered Utah family to be held Friday

Funeral services for murdered Utah family to be held Friday

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 9 - 5:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses and set up a memorial fund.
This once sleepy corner of southwest Utah is fast becoming a destination spot

This once sleepy corner of southwest Utah is fast becoming a destination spot

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 8:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

As water trickles down the towering sandstone, you feel your senses heighten. The contrast of deep-green foliage growing out of the unlikely desert landscape causes you to pause in awe. You feel like you might be in Zion National Park, but you're not.
Utah shootings: How Enoch will move forward after murder-suicide

Utah shootings: How Enoch will move forward after murder-suicide

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 9 - 8:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Residents of Enoch and the surrounding area are gathering together to get through the murder-suicide that claimed eight members of the same family that rocked the community.
Jones scores 28, Southern Utah tops Abilene Christian 74-72

Jones scores 28, Southern Utah tops Abilene Christian 74-72

Data Skrive, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 7 - 8:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tevian Jones scored 28 points helped Southern Utah defeat Abilene Christian 74-72. Jones was 9-of-12 shooting, including 4 for 6 from distance, and 6 for 7 from the foul line for the Thunderbirds.
Mother killed in Enoch remembered for her light: 'She was everybody's friend'

Mother killed in Enoch remembered for her light: 'She was everybody's friend'

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 10:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tina Brown talks with KSL about her friend Tausha Haight who was shot and killed, along with her children and mother, by her husband in their home in Enoch, Iron County, Wednesday. "I just decided I am not focusing on the darkness anymore," Brown said. I want to talk about the light."
In rural areas, homicides are 3 times as likely to involve an intimate partner

In rural areas, homicides are 3 times as likely to involve an intimate partner

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

In small rural communities, people are well acquainted and connect in multiple ways. Living in a small town also can mean if someone dies of homicide, there is a greater likelihood that an intimate partner was involved.
Utah father took guns from home before killing 7, leaving family 'vulnerable,' relative says

Utah father took guns from home before killing 7, leaving family 'vulnerable,' relative says

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 6 - 7:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah father who shot and killed his family removed weapons from the home days before the killings, leaving them vulnerable because they were trained in gun safety, a relative says.
Grief and tragedy: Navigating the conversation with children

Grief and tragedy: Navigating the conversation with children

Shara Park, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 1:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

As a mobile crisis response team provides support to the community of Enoch following the murder-suicide of three adults and five children, there may be difficult conversations with children in your own home in the days ahead. An expert shares advice on how to handle those conversations.
Southern Utah shooting: 'No one ever thought this would happen'

Southern Utah shooting: 'No one ever thought this would happen'

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 8:08 a.m.  |  Save Story

Friends and family talked about the family of Tausha and Michael Haight and the last time they saw them before police say Michael Haight shot and killed them all before killing himself.
How first responders get help after horrific crimes

How first responders get help after horrific crimes

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 8:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Most of the time, detectives and officers working on tragedies just "push through" the work and the long hours, which can cause mental health issues for first responders.
Fatal crash reported in St. George Thursday

Fatal crash reported in St. George Thursday

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 3:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Police say traffic is significantly impacted on 3050 East at 850 North in St. George due to a fatal crash.
Winter storm warning issued for Utah's mountains ahead of next system

Winter storm warning issued for Utah's mountains ahead of next system

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 5 - 3:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah stands to receive yet more snow as an active pattern continues to generate storms that impact the drought-stricken West.
Southern Utah man kills wife, 5 children and mother-in-law before shooting himself

Southern Utah man kills wife, 5 children and mother-in-law before shooting himself

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 5 - 2:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Officials in Enoch, Iron County, say a husband shot and killed seven people before taking his own life inside a home in the rural town just outside of Cedar City.
Officials locate site of fatal plane crash in Washington County, begin recovery effort

Officials locate site of fatal plane crash in Washington County, begin recovery effort

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 12:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

At least one person was killed in a small plane crash near New Harmony in northern Washington County on Wednesday.
'This community is hurting': 8 members of family found shot to death in Enoch home

'This community is hurting': 8 members of family found shot to death in Enoch home

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan. 4 - 11:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three adults and five children, all members of an Enoch family, were found shot to death in a home on Wednesday.
Couple faces 80 felonies each following large-scale probe into forgery lab, thefts in Mesquite

Couple faces 80 felonies each following large-scale probe into forgery lab, thefts in Mesquite

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 4 - 1:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

A couple arrested in Mesquite, Nevada, in December 2022 has been linked to several open mail and vehicle theft cases – and then some.
Search by ground, air ensues after trooper reports teen going 139 mph in southern Utah

Search by ground, air ensues after trooper reports teen going 139 mph in southern Utah

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 3 - 6:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

A pursuit involving multiple ground units and aerial assistance ended in the arrest of a St. George teen was spotted going nearly 140 mph on a high-end motorcycle.
Survey of Ivins residents: We want fewer tourist amenities, no apartments and more open space

Survey of Ivins residents: We want fewer tourist amenities, no apartments and more open space

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 3 - 7:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

Ivins residents have delivered a message to their city leaders: Less resorts and tourists, and more trails and dark-sky regulations. Yes to more restaurants and roundabouts, no to more short-term rentals and streetlights. High marks for quality of life, and jeers for growth and development.
Utah Tech demolishes Nisson Towers for brand new student housing

Utah Tech demolishes Nisson Towers for brand new student housing

Layce Lundy, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 2 - 5:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Out with the old and in with the new. Utah Tech University is tearing down Nisson Towers, the school's oldest student housing building, to make room for the brand new Campus View Suites III.