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  • Abandoned warehouse destroyed by fire in Washington Co.

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A reported brush fire Tuesday night turned out to be a structure fire that ignited in an old abandoned warehouse off Old Apex Mine Road. The blaze brought more than 20 firefighters and – because of the location – thousands of gallons of water as well to the scene, St. George News reports. At 7:35 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to what was initially reported as a brush fire in a remote area east of Old Highway […]

  • House fire in Winchester Hills prompts large, multiagency response

    WINCHESTER HILLS – A passerby likely saved a home from being completely destroyed in a fire by alerting the residents to smoke coming from the roof Friday night. The St. George News reports. Shortly after 10 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the Winchester Hills area of Washington County involving a single-story home after the resident called 911 to report smoke coming from the rear of the building, firefighter Dave Grate of the Winchester Hills Volunteer Fire […]

  • Drone helps rescuers retrieve hiker stranded on a ledge in Snow Canyon

    ST. GEORGE — A search and rescue operation Wednesday night in Snow Canyon State Park involving a hiker stuck on a ledge was aided by the use of a drone, the St. George News reported. Members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team were sent to Snow Canyon following a call made to emergency dispatchers around 5:20 p.m. from a pair of hikers in the area. The hikers said they heard someone shouting that he was stuck on […]

  • Cat hit with 7-inch blowgun dart in Washington City

    WASHINGTON CITY, Utah — Police and families in Washington City are working to find the person responsible for impaling a cat with a 7-inch dart Wednesday afternoon. “It’s scary. I’m really worried about our neighborhood,” said Carrie Colvin, the owner of the black cat named “Pepper” who came home with the blowgun dart sticking out of its side. Colvin, whose family lives just south of the Virgin River on Sandia Road in Washington City, said the cat was only let […]

  • Developer says he’s sensitive to Hurricane residents’ concerns about proposed Old West town

    ST. GEORGE, Utah —  A Washington City developer who wants to build an Old West-style town as part of a mixed-use project in Hurricane that would also include hundreds of new homes said he is mindful of concerns over traffic, noise and light pollution, St. George News reports. Jim Thomas, a Washington City resident for 11 years, is seeking a zoning change for the 340-acre parcel to accommodate his proposed “Lost Trails at the Cove.” The property is located north of 600 […]

  • Boy hit by car in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — A juvenile was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after being hit by a car while attempting to run across Riverside Drive. The incident was reported to the St. George Police and other responders at 6:10 p.m. after a group of four boys ran across Riverside Drive at 2760 East, St. George Police officer Joe Deim said. Two of the boys made it across the roadway and another stopped in the middle lane when he saw […]

  • How one Southern Utah fire department is defying the odds to save lives with powerful new equipment

    ST. GEORGE — The Hildale-Colorado City Fire Department unveiled new, state-of-the-art equipment designed to assist in extricating the injured from crushed vehicles or confined spaces, thanks to a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The St. George News reports. Time is key in surviving a vehicle crash, and having the tools needed to rapidly remove an occupant from a destroyed vehicle is critical. Proper equipment allows injured patients to be “quickly on their way to a trauma […]

  • St. George man arrested after shots fired during road rage incident

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — A local man is in jail for multiple felony offenses after a road rage incident ended in gunfire Saturday night, triggering a massive response of more than 20 officers and a SWAT team that descended on a neighborhood near 500 South just off Bluff Street, St. George News reported. Gustavo Estevez, 44, of St. George was arrested and faces numerous charges, including a first-degree felony for disarming a police officer firearm, as well as four third-degree […]

  • SWAT rolls in when shots fired during road rage incident

    ST. GEORGE — SWAT responded to enter a residence Saturday night after a verbal altercation between two drivers ended with shots being fired. The St. George News reports. Shortly before 9 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a dispute between two drivers resulting in one of the vehicles being struck with bullets, St. George Police Captain Mike Giles said. “The initial call came in reporting that the occupant or occupants in one of the vehicles fired upon the […]

  • Too much to drink? AAA offers free rides, towing during holiday

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — As part of an effort to encourage people who drink to refrain from driving this Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Auto Club AAA is offering Utah motorists a safe way to get home by providing free rides and car towing, St. George News reported. The holiday season is one of the deadliest times on Utah roads: 48 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2017 during the months of November and December. Drunk […]

  • Longtime Washington County Fair director let go over ‘communication breakdown’

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — The longtime director of the Washington County Fair won’t be returning next year due what one County Commissioner has described as a “communication breakdown,” St. George News reports. Wendy Sandberg, who has been involved with the county fair for 30 years and has been its director since 1997, issued a press release to St. George News detailing how she says she was “forced out” of her long-held position. Sandberg said she was notified by the County […]

  • 62-year-old skateboarding from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas to mobilize people to fight climate change

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — To draw attention to the issue of climate change, 62-year-old Laughlin Artz is skateboarding the 400 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas to spread awareness for his “2020 or Bust” campaign to reduce carbon emissions, St. George News reports. Sporting a bright red 2020 or Bust shirt, padded clothing and a skateboard, Artz and his three companions left Salt Lake City Nov. 19 and are scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas by Christmas day. […]