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Mitigation efforts have been 'effective' so far at Panguitch Lake, authorities say

Mitigation efforts have been 'effective' so far at Panguitch Lake, authorities say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 5:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Reservoir levels at Panguitch Lake have already dropped about 6 inches and efforts to mitigate a possible breach at the top of the section of the dam have been "effective" to this point, state officials said Thursday.
Police, FBI investigating if SUU active shooter threat is hoax; no evidence of shots fired

Police, FBI investigating if SUU active shooter threat is hoax; no evidence of shots fired

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Updated April 11 - 3:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Iron County authorities are investigating a call claiming an active shooter was on the campus at Southern Utah University, prompting the school to go into lockdown.
St. George physician testifies toddler's head trauma resulted from abuse

St. George physician testifies toddler's head trauma resulted from abuse

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 11 - 2:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Further details were revealed during a preliminary hearing held Monday about what caused a 2-year-old to die last summer.
Greater Zion group marks 100 years of moviemaking in Washington County

Greater Zion group marks 100 years of moviemaking in Washington County

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted April 11 - 11:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Washington County is celebrating Utah's 100 years of film history with free screenings of five movies shot in southern Utah.
'It looks a lot better than it did,' officials say of Panguitch Lake dam situation

'It looks a lot better than it did,' officials say of Panguitch Lake dam situation

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 10 - 7:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah engineers say there are indications that the damage found at the Panguitch Lake dam on Monday may not be as severe as initially feared.
'Kitten season' arrives early in Utah. Know what to do during this feline influx

'Kitten season' arrives early in Utah. Know what to do during this feline influx

St. George News  |  Posted April 10 - 6:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kitten season is arriving early this year, prompted by a milder winter, leading to an uptick in phone calls from concerned citizens to the Humane Society of Utah about stray kittens and cats they have found, according to a news release issued by the nonprofit.
Michael Jordan jersey recovered in Utah as part of multistate burglary case, police say

Michael Jordan jersey recovered in Utah as part of multistate burglary case, police say

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted April 10 - 1:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

A multistate burglary investigation that resulted in three arrests in Nevada has ties to southern Utah, according to police.
St. George firefighters safely extract teen who was likely stuck in quicksand along Virgin River

St. George firefighters safely extract teen who was likely stuck in quicksand along Virgin River

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted April 10 - 7:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Firefighters responded to a teen who was stuck in the mud in the Virgin River in Bloomington Monday evening.
Woman faces charges after Nevada animal remains found dumped in southern Utah

Woman faces charges after Nevada animal remains found dumped in southern Utah

Shara Park, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 10 - 7:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

A bizarre investigation is unfolding in southern Utah, where authorities say dozens of animal remains were discovered at two dumping sites in the desert near Veyo. The animals were beloved pets belonging to families in the Las Vegas area.
Teams 'closely' monitoring Panguitch Lake dam; weather service issues flood watch

Teams 'closely' monitoring Panguitch Lake dam; weather service issues flood watch

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 9 - 11:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

A flash flood watch has been issued for a few southern Utah communities near Panguitch Lake over the "potential failure" of the reservoir's dam.
30 pounds of meth found in vehicle pulled over for speeding in southern Utah

30 pounds of meth found in vehicle pulled over for speeding in southern Utah

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted April 9 - 12:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three people were arrested in southern Utah on Monday after San Juan County sheriff's deputies reported finding a large quantity of drugs in a car pulled over for speeding.
Wildlife officers seek information after bald eagle was found shot in southern Utah

Wildlife officers seek information after bald eagle was found shot in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 9 - 12:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah conservation officers are asking for the public's help in their investigation into a case involving a bald eagle that was illegally shot; the bird was later euthanized.
Can you trust the ground? How to handle quicksand, other perils in Lake Powell's backcountry

Can you trust the ground? How to handle quicksand, other perils in Lake Powell's backcountry

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted April 9 - 9:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

Have you ever had a nightmare where something is chasing you, but you can't run? You just drag yourself across the ground with your hands, desperate to get away but getting nowhere. That's what quicksand feels like. At least to one reporter.
2 in jail after agents allegedly find illicit drug store during search of southern Utah residence

2 in jail after agents allegedly find illicit drug store during search of southern Utah residence

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 9 - 7:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Two people were arrested Wednesday after a large-scale illicit drug distribution operation was discovered by agents who had searched a Washington residence.
Not just online predators: Utah teens also dealing with cyberbullying, defamation

Not just online predators: Utah teens also dealing with cyberbullying, defamation

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted April 8 - 6:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

Several Utah police agencies have recently been involved in investigating incidents subjecting Utah teens to "despicable" harassment, defamation and online predators.
Southern Utah man sentenced to federal prison for murder-for-hire scheme

Southern Utah man sentenced to federal prison for murder-for-hire scheme

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 7 - 11:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

A southern Utah man admitted in federal court on Friday to paying a website administrator approximately $16,000-worth of Bitcoin to have two men killed in New York.
13 charged in fraud case tied to 2nd District election signature-gathering

13 charged in fraud case tied to 2nd District election signature-gathering

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted April 5 - 5:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Thirteen people in Utah and Nevada were charged Friday with a variety of crimes including fraud, forgery and improperly collecting election signatures in last year's special election for Utah's 2nd District House seat.
Zion National Park begins 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to repair historic campground

Zion National Park begins 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to repair historic campground

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 5 - 5:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Construction to repair and rehabilitate Zion National Park's aging South Campground is now getting underway.
Skies alert: 3rd rocket launch in 3 weeks may be visible in southern Utah

Skies alert: 3rd rocket launch in 3 weeks may be visible in southern Utah

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted April 5 - 8:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from California on Friday evening is likely to be visible from southern Utah – the third launch that can be seen locally in the last three weeks.
In case of 'catastrophic event,' 400 endangered fish given new home at Ivins golf course

In case of 'catastrophic event,' 400 endangered fish given new home at Ivins golf course

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted April 4 - 10:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah resort hopes a collaboration with state wildlife officials will give the fish some cushion should disaster strike.
St. George man found with hundreds of images depicting abuse of children sentenced to prison

St. George man found with hundreds of images depicting abuse of children sentenced to prison

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 4 - 8:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

A local man who admitted to possessing dozens of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children appeared in federal court for sentencing on Wednesday.
4 people injured in wrong-way crash in St. George

4 people injured in wrong-way crash in St. George

Josh Ellis, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 4 - 7:08 a.m.  |  Save Story

State troopers temporarily closed northbound Interstate 15 near the Utah-Arizona border Thursday morning due to a wrong-way crash.
Husband of Florida lawmaker dies after falling at Bryce Canyon

Husband of Florida lawmaker dies after falling at Bryce Canyon

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted April 3 - 10:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

The husband of a Florida state senator died in a Bryce Canyon National Park hiking accident.
Averting an 'extinction trajectory': Volunteers scour Washington County desert for tortoise signs

Averting an 'extinction trajectory': Volunteers scour Washington County desert for tortoise signs

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted April 3 - 8:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Volunteer groups from the nonprofit Conserve Southwest Utah scour the Washington County desert looking for tortoise signs.
Mesquite middle school counselor returned to Utah to face rape charges in St. George

Mesquite middle school counselor returned to Utah to face rape charges in St. George

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 3 - 5:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

The middle school counselor arrested in Mesquite last week has been returned to Washington County to face two first-degree felony charges filed Tuesday in 5th District Court in St. George.
Woman accused of shooting boyfriend to death in Iron County to face trial

Woman accused of shooting boyfriend to death in Iron County to face trial

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted April 3 - 11:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

A woman accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend in a remote area of Iron County last summer has been bound over for trial.
Trooper seizes 25 pounds of meth during southern Utah traffic stop

Trooper seizes 25 pounds of meth during southern Utah traffic stop

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted April 3 - 8:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who pulled a vehicle over for following another vehicle too closely on I-15 ended up making a big drug bust on Tuesday.
Elusive 'devil comet' to make rare appearance amid eclipse season

Elusive 'devil comet' to make rare appearance amid eclipse season

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 3 - 7:10 a.m.  |  Save Story

Stargazers with their heads turned to watch April's solar eclipse could be treated to a rare celestial sighting: Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, which hasn't been seen from Earth in over 70 years.
Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sex acts involving children

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sex acts involving children

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted April 2 - 2:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

The leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport underage girls across state lines in what authorities say was a scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children.
Interagency investigation of suspected child abuse results in arrests of 2 St. George men

Interagency investigation of suspected child abuse results in arrests of 2 St. George men

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted April 1 - 6:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

A multiagency investigation that extended beyond Utah led to the arrest of one suspect accused of having images depicting the sexual abuse of children, while a second suspect emerged who was arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a child.
St. George parks director warns against predatory 'tree topping' services

St. George parks director warns against predatory 'tree topping' services

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted April 1 - 1:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

As landscaping work isn't exactly viable during the winter months in northern Utah, some companies will travel to Southern Utah and go door to door offering a tree care service often referred to as "tree topping."
Man struck, critically injured while exiting vehicle following I-15 crash in Washington County

Man struck, critically injured while exiting vehicle following I-15 crash in Washington County

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted April 1 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

A man was hospitalized with critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle on I-15 following a rollover crash in Washington County late Sunday.
Iron County Commission approves sales tax hike to fund new jail, sheriff's complex

Iron County Commission approves sales tax hike to fund new jail, sheriff's complex

Jeff Richards, St. George News  |  Posted April 1 - 7:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Iron County Commission has approved a countywide 0.3% sales tax increase to help pay for a new jail.
'Definitely an arts community': A look inside the push to bolster the performing arts in St. George

'Definitely an arts community': A look inside the push to bolster the performing arts in St. George

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted March 31 - 4:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The St. George Musical Theater is expanding through the construction of new and improved theater and renovation of an old movie theater that will be home to a performing arts campus.
It's a long way from growing cotton to growing golf courses

It's a long way from growing cotton to growing golf courses

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted March 31 - 1:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

A mere 167 years before the golf courses and the soccer fields, 38 thirsty families rolled down the ridge from Fort Harmony to the banks of the Virgin River to grow cotton in Washington County.
SUU alum returns to Cedar City to open 6th location of The Fellas Barber Shop

SUU alum returns to Cedar City to open 6th location of The Fellas Barber Shop

Haven Scott, St. George News  |  Posted March 30 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

An SUU alumnus is opening a location of The Fellas Barber Shop in Cedar City.
Preserving a landmark: Restoration efforts underway for Brian Head Overlook Tower

Preserving a landmark: Restoration efforts underway for Brian Head Overlook Tower

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 30 - 7:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

Howling winds may have ripped off the roof of the Brian Head Overlook Tower, but a significant restoration project is underway.
Navajo Nation solar power plant, meant to help with electrification, gets federal financing

Navajo Nation solar power plant, meant to help with electrification, gets federal financing

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 30 - 7:14 a.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $76.5 million to finance construction costs of the 72-megawatt Red Mesa Tapaha Solar Farm in southeast Utah.
'It's such a fragile resource': Springdale and Zion National Park promote dark night skies

'It's such a fragile resource': Springdale and Zion National Park promote dark night skies

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 29 - 9:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

Springdale reminds residents and visitors that artificial outdoor light causes light pollution, which can affect humans and animals. The town is promoting the importance of dark night skies during International Dark Skies Week April 2-8.
Fugitive wanted on $100K warrant arrested near Port of Entry

Fugitive wanted on $100K warrant arrested near Port of Entry

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted March 28 - 10:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

A traffic stop ended with the arrest of two men, one of whom was found to be wanted out of Oregon on a $100,000 fugitive warrant, while the driver faces potential felony distribution and evading charges.
Chief Toquer Reservoir gains $7M in new funding

Chief Toquer Reservoir gains $7M in new funding

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted March 28 - 12:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sitting near a deep trench that will serve as the foundation of a new dam for an incoming reservoir, federal, state and local officials gathered to hear a special announcement from the commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
'Critical time of year': Zion National Park closes some climbing areas as peregrine falcons return

'Critical time of year': Zion National Park closes some climbing areas as peregrine falcons return

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted March 28 - 7:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Zion National Park has temporarily closed some climbing routes in the spring and summer used by peregrine falcons for nesting.
Police arrest middle school counselor accused of sex crimes against minor in St. George

Police arrest middle school counselor accused of sex crimes against minor in St. George

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted March 27 - 5:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

A middle school counselor was arrested in Nevada last week for crimes police say committed over a decade ago in Washington County.
This school board wants voters to decide whether to reinstate 'Redmen' mascot

This school board wants voters to decide whether to reinstate 'Redmen' mascot

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted March 27 - 3:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Iron County's school board will ask voters whether to reinstate Cedar High School's mascot to "Redmen," just five years after the board voted 3-2 to retire the mascot.
Police: 2 arrested after using baseball bat to destroy new radar speed sign in southern Utah

Police: 2 arrested after using baseball bat to destroy new radar speed sign in southern Utah

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted March 26 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two 22-year-olds were arrested over the weekend after allegedly destroying a new radar speed display sign and attached trailer in Hurricane, Washington County.
3 St. George residents hit, killed by drunken driver in southern Nevada, police say

3 St. George residents hit, killed by drunken driver in southern Nevada, police say

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted March 26 - 8:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three motorcyclists from St. George were killed Saturday in a Nevada crash involving a semitruck whose driver was allegedly driving drunk.
2 killed, 2 injured in crash near Utah-Arizona border; impaired driving suspected

2 killed, 2 injured in crash near Utah-Arizona border; impaired driving suspected

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted March 26 - 4:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

A head-on crash in southwest Utah resulted in the deaths of two people. The driver of one of the vehicle now faces felony charges.
Ground breaks on $60M luxury resort not far from Zion National Park

Ground breaks on $60M luxury resort not far from Zion National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 26 - 3:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Construction is now underway on a new hot springs-centric luxury resort that project officials say will "redefine" hospitality options in southwest Utah when it opens next year.
Man accused of fleeing from southern Utah officers linked to drug distribution, police say

Man accused of fleeing from southern Utah officers linked to drug distribution, police say

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted March 26 - 1:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

A southern Utah man accused of fleeing from police in February has been arrested and accused of running drugs and guns between Las Vegas and Utah.
UHP: Dashcam footage captures dangerous near-miss on I-15

UHP: Dashcam footage captures dangerous near-miss on I-15

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 26 - 7:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Highway Patrol is warning drivers everywhere Monday to watch for potential road hazards after a near-miss on I-15 in Iron County last week.
Utah man arrested, accused of flashing red and blue lights to get through traffic

Utah man arrested, accused of flashing red and blue lights to get through traffic

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted March 25 - 1:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A man who police say used red and blue flashing lights in his work vehicle to get through traffic was arrested over the weekend in Iron County.
Filmmaker talks about southern Utah links in new documentary about troubled teen industry

Filmmaker talks about southern Utah links in new documentary about troubled teen industry

Chris Reed, St. George News  |  Posted March 25 - 9:10 a.m.  |  Save Story

Katherine Kubler didn't set out to be the focal point of a documentary that has been among the top three shows on Netflix in the last two weeks.
Where was Kevin Franke? Evidence in '8 Passengers' abuse case reveals what he told police

Where was Kevin Franke? Evidence in '8 Passengers' abuse case reveals what he told police

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 24 - 9:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Evidence released from the investigation into Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt gives a glimpse of Franke's now-estranged husband's mindset after the two women were arrested.
Red Cliffs Utah Temple in St. George dedicated Sunday

Red Cliffs Utah Temple in St. George dedicated Sunday

Devin Oldroyd, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted March 24 - 6:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Red Cliffs Utah Temple was dedicated Sunday, nearly four years after construction began. This is the second temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. George.
Washington County approves agreement for raven population control in desert reserve

Washington County approves agreement for raven population control in desert reserve

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted March 23 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ravens who prey on juvenile desert tortoises in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve will be subjected to "birth control" in the near future following a decision made by the Washington County Commission.
Several hospitalized after vehicle strikes 2 pedestrians, 3 vehicles in St. George parking lot

Several hospitalized after vehicle strikes 2 pedestrians, 3 vehicles in St. George parking lot

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted March 23 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Several people were taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after a vehicle hit two pedestrians, then hit three other vehicles before flipping on its side in a Walmart parking lot.
Zion National Park explores big traffic changes near south entrance

Zion National Park explores big traffic changes near south entrance

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted March 23 - 12:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Zion National Park officials are weighing big changes to traffic flow at its south entrance as park visitation remains about as high as it has ever been.
Bodies of missing Blanding men found

Bodies of missing Blanding men found

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted March 22 - 4:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The bodies of William Drew Bull and Christopher Alan Owens were found Friday. The owner of their Blanding house is charged with aggravated murder in their deaths.
Videos show police coaxing 'petrified' daughter of Ruby Franke out of closet

Videos show police coaxing 'petrified' daughter of Ruby Franke out of closet

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Updated March 22 - 12:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Prosecutors released child abuse case files against Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt Friday, including video of officers coaxing Franke's "petrified" daughter out of a closet where she was hiding.