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Top Stories for January 11, 2013
2012 -Year in Review- Part III
Justice Party Ty Markham challenges Mike Noel. She believes her candidacy against Mike Noel for House District Seat 73 is important. “People need a choice on the ballot,” said Markham. “Somebody needed to put their hat in the ring. I’m a serious candidate and I’m motivated.”
Many took advantage of a beautiful day to participate in the inaugural KTX 5K/10K Run/Walk.
Kane County Commissioner Jim Matson announced the county commissioners recently released the hospital’s share of the 1% sales tax monies. The board members and the hospital administration voiced a big thank you.
A canyoneering fatality was located in Zion National Park. The victim and his partner, both unfamiliar to the route, had a permit to descend through the Subway. On the last rappel, the victim got his foot caught and could not free himself. His partner, who had already descended, was unable to help from below. The partner was caught by darkness and was unfamiliar with the exit route, and could not make it out of the canyon until the next morning to alert park rangers.
Scott Curley pleaded guilty on September 21, in Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff, to the 2010 murder of Kane County Sheriff Deputy Brian Harris. In addition, he also admitted guilt to burglary, theft and aggravated assault.
Kanab City Council to send out voter pamphlet on Proposition 1. The Kanab City Council will mail to all households in the city the Voter Information Pamphlet. The pamphlet, in the form of a bulletin, will have the proposition on one side and on the other, an argument for the proposition and one against to help voters decide how to vote on this important issue.
The Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon race is underway! The 160-mile race brought runners from all over the world. The inaugural race is poised to showcase the northern Arizona/southern Utah area through media outlets all over the world. Sixty runners, of which 40% are women, have paid a $3200 entry fee to come here and run from the North Rim of Marble Canyon to the upper level of the pink cliffs in the Grand Staircase.
The Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon was a huge success! Kanab can be proud of hosting this event, the first ever self-supported stage foot race in the U.S., and likely to be unrivaled globally, according to the world class runners who have participated in ultra marathons in venues around the globe. The overall winner of the 167-mile, six stage in seven days event was 50 year-old Salvador Calvo Redondo (Spain) with a total time of 34 hours and 10 minutes.
Over 50 planes and 22 pilots entertained an estimated 200 observers at the Kanab Airport during Kanab’s first ever Radio Controlled Fly-in.
Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil presented the Life Saving Award to Dan Watson, Deputy Sheriff Jason Bundy and Deputy Marshal JD Horlacher. The award was for heroic efforts to save Fredonia resident Ray Finley, who became trapped under the bucket of a Bobcat and was severely injured. Life-saving CPR was started when Finley was freed, and he was saved.
A rainy nightmare occurred October 11, when three people went to visit a friend in the Deer Springs Ranch area. Driver Tanya Sales, 47, passenger Gary Cross, 55, and backseat passenger Jaylyne Doramus, 21, were traveling in a 1998 Ford Explorer, when they became unfamiliar with the area and got lost. An evening rain had left the roads slick and wet. The vehicle slid off the road around 9 p.m. ejecting the two females. Doramus, who had a two-week old baby who was home with its father at the time of the accident, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.
As in past months, letters both for and against Proposition 1 (concerning the proposed Viresco coal hydro gasification plant), dominate the Letters to the Editor section of the SUN.
The Supreme Court of the State of Utah in the matter of the Sierra Club versus the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, and Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, Alton Coal Development, LLC and Kane County, affirmed a OMG Board decision granting the approval of Alton Coal Development’s mining permit. The appeal concerned ACD’s permit application seeking to conduct surface and coal mining operations at the Coal Hollow Mine in Kane County on privately owned non-federal land.
Proposition 1, which would’ve given Kanab citizens the right to vote on a proposed, controversial coal gasification plant in their community, was defeated by 153 votes.
The last of three stranded hikers climbs out of Water Canyon. The Kane County Search and Rescue team helped the trio after they became stuck on a ledge.
City Manager Duane Huffman announced bids for the resurfacing of Highway 89 through Kanab are due into UDOT by November 20.
Former boarding school coach sentenced to two life terms for child sex abuse. Twenty nine year-old Eric Glosson pleaded guilty to two state charges of first-degree forcible sodomy for his abuse of teenage boys at the Silverado Boys Ranch just outside of Panguitch, UT. Glosson, worked as a coach at the Silverado Academy, a 200-acre Panguitch ranch that advertised itself as a clinical boarding school for teens. Glosson videotaped his abuse, which led to the federal charges of child pornography production.
The North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest recently welcomed Randall Walker as its new district ranger.
Early morning chaos occurred at an old Fredonia motel, now used as a rental unit. It arrived when a silent, toxic gas-carbon monoxide, permeated the inn and sickened 16 individuals who were sleeping at the time. Fortunately, one person was cognizant enough to recognize the symptoms and crawled out of the motel to get help. All but four were treated at Kane County Hospital; the others were transferred to Dixie Regional Hospital for hyperbaric chamber treatment-two by fixed wing air and two by helicopter.
Scott Curley received 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Kane County Deputy Brian Harris. “He planned my husband’s murder,” said Harris’ wife, Shauna, before a packed courtroom in Coconino County. “He is an individual without regard for human life.”
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar engaged the first high flow experimental release since 2008, of the Colorado River from the Glen Canyon Dam. The release is designed to meet water and power needs, as well as to allow better conservation of sediment downstream, more targeted efforts to control non-native fish predation, and continued scientific experimentation, data collection and monitoring, to better address important resources in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam.
The Utah Association of Counties recently honored Kane County Clerk Karla Johnson as ‘Clerk of the Year’.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who serves as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will preside over the Kanab Utah Kaibab Stake Conference this weekend.
Former Garfield County School District Business Administrator Justin Baugh pleaded guilty to misuse of public funds, and received three years probation in a plea bargain.
Terry Thatcher, Orderville, plays the pipe organ, and he’s expanded his repertoire to include virtual technology from different organs around the world.
The Tiger Beetle could close Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Some are pushing for the Tiger Beetle to be placed on the Endangered Species List, which would jeopardize Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Kane County wants to keep it off the list! Byard Kershaw, of the Resource Committee, presented a conservation plan to the Kane County Commission.
Eleven candidates for the vacant position on the five person Kanab City Council were interviewed by Mayor Nina Laycook and Kanab City Council members. The seat in question has been vacated by Councilman Ed Meyer, who has moved elsewhere. Brent Chamberlain was chosen as the newest member of the council. Chamberlain moved to Kanab last year, having spent much of his career in Nevada as a mining industry liaison.
Newly-elected Kane County Search and Rescue officers are Sergeant Shawn King, Quartermaster Don Sprecher and Sergeant Ken Migneault.