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25th National Public Lands Day invites volunteers to clean up public lands, offers free admission to national parks

Mikayla Shoup, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 20th - 10:43am

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort, and events are being held across Southern Utah for the community to help clean up public lands.

Family of woman killed in Las Vegas shooting starts college fund for other victims' families

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:13pm

After their daughter died in the Las Vegas shooting, Chris and Debbie Davis, along with their other daughter Mynda Smith, wanted to help other youths who were affected by the massacre get to college.

Washington County backing Gov. Herbert’s petition over control of ‘roadless areas’ of national forests

Spencer Ricks, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:26pm

The Washington County Commission on Tuesday weighed in on Gov. Gary Herbert’s petition to allow the state to control some areas of federal forestland.

Mesquite detective accused of sexually abusing Utah teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:30pm

A veteran Mesquite police detective has a been arrested on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men.

Woman accused of trying to kill man with hammer pleads not guilty

Spencer Ricks, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:12am

Sasha Michelle Davis, a 21-year-old who is accused of attempting to kill a man with a hammer earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to her charges Tuesday.

Utah groups want to tank Nevada's groundwater pumping plan

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Sep 18th - 5:23pm

Close to 60 organizations, government entities, tribes and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want a judge to review a plan associated with Nevada's desire to pump groundwater next to Utah.

Zion biologist advises livestock owners how to keep deadly pneumonia from spreading

Mikayla Shoup, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 16th - 4:50pm

Livestock owners and other concerned citizens gathered at Sunny Lee’s barn in Springdale to discuss the recent outbreak of a deadly strain of pneumonia in the Zion bighorn sheep population, and how to prevent it in the future.

Fire updates: US Highway 6 closes due to Pole Creek Fire, new blaze closes Great Salt Lake marina

Linda Williams, and Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Sep 15th - 1:47pm

Two wildfires burning in central Utah prompted the closure of U.S. Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon and turned air unhealthy in some areas on Saturday.

Moab will become second Utah city to ban plastic bags next year

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Sep 14th - 4:44pm

After a unanimous town council vote Monday, Moab will become the second Utah city to ban single-use plastic bags.

Man charged with igniting explosive at new high school

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Sep 14th - 1:41pm

A man who was helping to build a new high school in Washington City has been charged for igniting a homemade bomb on the football field under construction.

Newly found artifacts tell story of historic Utah figure John Wesley Powell

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Sep 14th - 8:00am

Scientists recovered historic Utah artifacts left in a closet for decades at a college over a thousand miles away. This month, the Natural History Museum of Utah will debut the first exhibit of artifacts related to renown explorer John Wesley Powell.

Moab man sent to prison for attempting to abuse 2 kids at birthday party

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Sep 13th - 2:03pm

A Moab man has been sentenced to prison for trying to abuse two children at a birthday party.

Washington County making switch to mail-in ballots

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 11:34am

One of Utah's most-populous counties is joining a growing trend toward voting by mail.

Small earthquake hits southwestern Utah desert overnight

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 12th - 5:40pm

A small earthquake hit the southwestern Utah desert overnight.

Riggs Fire grows as it burns in Bryce Canyon National Park

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 12th - 10:29am

A fire burning in parts of Bryce Canyon National Park and the Dixie National Forest has grown in size and reached an area where firefighters can now access it.

Washington School District puts $125M bond on ballot to meet faster-than-expected growth

Joseph Witham, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 12th - 9:05am

Population growth in the St. George metropolitan area has outpaced the Washington School District’s projections, prompting officials to propose a $125 million bond to pay for more schools and much-needed maintenance and upkeep projects.

Groups seek notice for mining activity on former monument boundaries

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Sep 11th - 7:00pm

A coalition of environmental groups and Native American tribes want a federal judge to require public notice in advance of any ground-disturbing activity inside former monument boundaries at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Dog found with gunshot wound reunited with owner; police open investigation

Joseph Witham, St. George News  |  Posted Sep 11th - 12:17pm

A dog has been reunited with its owner after it was found dozens of miles away from home in a rural area of Washington County with a gunshot wound to its face.

Drought conditions prompt emergency meeting of Utah officials

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted Sep 10th - 9:45pm

For the first time in 10 years, extreme drought conditions have triggered an emergency meeting of the Utah Drought Review and Reporting Committee.

Fire updates: NB I-15 lane near Cedar City reopens after new fire forces closure

Yvette Cruz,  |  Posted Sep 9th - 10:45pm

A new fire that sparked along I-15 near Cedar City Sunday evening forced the temporary closure of the right northbound lane. The lane reopened shortly before 8 p.m. and the fire was out by 8:30 p.m., officials said.