May

Utah State Parks budget slashed. Michael Franklin and Larry Grace, Utah State Parks, updated the Kane County Commissioners on recent budget cuts by the Utah Legislature and how they will affect Kane County with Coral Pink Sand Dunes. The state parks received a 31% or $3,000,000 reduction. Two Kane County law enforcement officers at Kodachrome Basin and Coral Pink Sand Dunes were de-commissioned and two rangers were cut.

The state parks also help on Cedar Mountain OHV roads with trail grooming, as well as law enforcement. That funding was also cut.

Holding out for a hero? Red Cross honors three Kane County Law enforcement officers. Deputy Ted Barnard, Kanab City Police Officer Darrin Coleman and Deputy Rod Willis were awarded the honor for their bravery and distinguished service to others.

Coleman was honored for being a first responder who went the extra mile in service to the community.

Barnard and Willis were with Deputy Brian Harris when he was shot and killed by an assailant near Fredonia. Their heroic actions were honored by the Red Cross.

Kanab City Mayor Nina Laycook welcomed those that attended the Amazing Earthfest. The Fifth Annual Amazing Earthfest provides community sharing and learning events that offer opportunities to participate, discover and experience the wonders of southern Utah and the Arizona strip.

Over 150 people were in attendance at the Department of Energy Scoping meeting held last week concerning the proposed Viresco coal gasification plant. The meeting allowed local residents the opportunity to review several drawings, layouts and handouts of the projected coal gasification plant, and ask questions of Viresco owner Jim Guthrie, scientist Arun Raju or DOE personnel. Numerous people also weighed in with their opinion in opposition to or support of the plant.

Kanab City Planning and Zoning gave its partial approval for Jim Guthrie’s Viresco experimental coal gasification plant to be built on land on Kanab’s south side. The P&Z gave its approval on his site plan, but the conditional use plan concerning the smoke stack was tabled.

New Senator sworn in to replace Stowell. Casey Anderson, 25, Cedar City, was sworn in to replace Senator Dennis Stowell, who recently passed away.

Kanab City Attorney Van Mackelprang was placed on paid administrative leave.

A fundraiser was held for local Kanab youth Carter Franklin, who has been battling cancer. The KHS auditorium was filled almost to capacity, all in support of Carter and his recovery.

June

Fredonia Medical Center signs 10 year lease agreement. The Fredonia Town Council agreed that the clinic provides a much needed service and despite the low rental rate for the building, the new agreement is more than was collected previously.

Jacob Hamblin Days was canceled due to the current equine herpes crisis in the state. The State of Utah asked that all equine events be canceled because of the recent outbreak.

Citizens want voice heard in proposed gasification plant. Nine Kanab residents submitted what may be the city’s first citizen-sponsored ballot initiative concerning the proposed Viresco Energy experimental coal gasification plant. The initiative proposes that the Kanab City Land Use Ordinance be amended to require voter approval of the facility. KanabCares, a group of area residents concerned about the negative impacts of the proposed gasification plant, have been the driving force behind pursuing the ballot initiative.

Kanab City has 28 days to respond, including providing a fiscal analysis and note. A petition packet would then be put together to be placed around Kanab to gather signatures of citizens who support putting the coal gasification issue to public vote.

The Kane County Hospital Board discussed implementing a Community Mental Health Task Force. They discussed the overall problem of suicide and drug abuse, and what the hospital and community can do to participate in a prevention program.

James Kesling, 61, Orderville, was driving south on U.S. Hwy 89 on his 1984 Gold Wing motorcycle when he suffered an apparent heart attack, causing his own fatal crash.

A wildfire a few miles west of Fredonia was thought to be human caused. The blaze, which had some Fredonia residents worried, was quickly put out thanks to the work by many firefighters. At one point, residents from the Village of Six Mile and the west side of Fredonia were asked to evacuate. Some structures were threatened, but there was no reported damage.

July

“Double Your Dollars For Scholars.” A Kanab family has offered to match, up to $5,000, every dollar donated by members of the community to the Kane Schools Foundation for Students.

The Fredonia Town Council was met with exciting news. The town was chosen to receive a $15,000 grant from KaBOOM! and its partners, Dr. Pepper and Snapple, for new playground equipment at the park.

The video submission created by the town office featuring several of the town’s children and mayor, launched the application process for the grant. As a grant condition, the town must raise an additional $9,000 for the equipment, as well as funding for the ground surface beneath the set.

The Kane County Hospital chooses the Siemens Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. The final and lowest bid was approximately $304,000. Once the blueprint drawing is sent to the hospital for review and then forwarded to the state for final approval, the contract can be signed and machine ordered.

The Kane County Commission held a special meeting to address the issue of debris removal on Kane County roads that wind their way through the Cedar Mountain/Duck Creek area. Roads Supervisor Bert Harris stressed that Kane County is responsible for the public’s safety traveling county roads. The harsh December 2010 storms caused trees to topple over onto some county roads in the area, making them impassable or hazardous.

CEBA kicks off first annual “Little Hollywood Shootout.” The Center for Education, Business and the Arts is hosting a two-day marathon competition set in the heart of “Little Hollywood” that will give aspiring filmmakers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shoot and produce short films at area sites. The competition will take place in late August and early September.

Long time Kanab City Attorney Van Mackelprang and the City of Kanab have reached a severance agreement of $90,200, minus normal employment and tax withholdings. In addition, the city agreed to not contest any claim for unemployment benefits. A condition is that upon execution of the agreement, Mackelprang will release any and all “claims” he may have against the city. He also agreed to never re-apply for employment with the city.

Eleven residents have filed for three open Kanab City Council positions. There will be an election for seats that Steve Mower, Tony Chatterley and Cheryl Brown currently occupy. Chattlerley and Brown have filed to maintain their seats. Kirt Carpenter, James West, Joe B. Wright, Debrah Fox, Charley Wright, Jim Walls, Daniel Church, Beth Kampshor and Victor Cooper have also filed to be considered for the positions by the electorate.

Kanab City Planning Commission approves Viresco’s Conditional Use Permit.

August

Employees of the Forest Service’s North Kaibab Ranger District set up a scholarship fund in memory of Andy Cebellos, who passed away in late July. Andy worked at the front desk of the Fredonia district office for 20 years. He was widely-known throughout the local communities for his outgoing friendliness and positive attitude. Andy was very active in Forest Service programs.

One killed and five injured in head-on crash. Shyon Moaddeli, 23, Sandy, died in a head-on collision on SR89 at milepost 27. The accident resulted in lane closures for two hours during heavy weekend traffic. A Richfield family on their way to a Lake Powell weekend were all injured, but none life-threatening.

City Manager Duane Huffman announced the Kanab Creek Bridge construction is scheduled to begin September 1.

There are eight remaining Kanab City Council candidates. Four were randomly chosen to answer questions each of two Southern Utah News editions. Cheryl Brown, Kirt Carpenter, Victor Cooper and James West provided answers for the August 24 edition. Tony Chatterley, Debrah Fox, Jim Walls and Joe B. Wright gave their answers in the August 31 edition.

New owner at Kanab United Drug. After being in business for 20 years, Ed and Joyce Bush turn over the keys to Kanab United Drug’s new owner Pharmacist David Shakespeare.