2015 was an exciting year for Kane County. It was one of real growth, with good neighbor Best Friends Animal Society expanding more into the community, two large new motels being built, a new pharmacy and soda fountain opened, two new restaurants were added, and more building permits issued than ever before! Kane County’s Visitor Center and Volunteer Centers have made enormous strides in not only attracting visitors, but organizing great events for both travelers and local residents alike!

But, as with most community changes, there’ve been differences of opinion and bumps along the way! However, southern Utah’s future looks bright. This is the second of a three part series recapping events of the past 12 months.


The 2015 Greyhound Gathering was an enormous success. The event, attended by nearly 300 Greyhounds and their humans, is organized by Kanab resident Claudia Presto. The Gathering is a celebration and fundraising event assisting in recognition and rescue of this gentle, athletic and beautiful breed.

Parry Lodge sold to Forever Resorts. If only the walls could talk – what stories would be shared from the Parry Lodge Motel! Forever Resorts, the new owners, are committed to preserving what the Parry brothers and former owner Steve Heaton have kept alive ... a Kanab icon.

“We’re excited about adding Parry Lodge to our properties,” said Darla Cook, Vice President of Public Relations. “We look forward to being in Kanab.”

At Terry’s Food, Drug, Hardware and Crafts, located on US 89 in Orderville, it’s really all in the family – the Griffiths family that is! Terry’s Food and Drug has been a staple in Orderville for 18 years. The new hardware store is a large 6400 square foot building directly behind the grocery.

The Mother’s Day Kanab 10K was a big hit with over 215 participants. The overall winner of the Kanab 10K was Jon Lee of Las Vegas. He even pushed a stroller the entire way, with a time of 36:54. Levi LeFevre, of Kanab, came in second with a time of 37:57.

Concerts, field trips, expert discussions and so much more, highlighted the 2015 Amazing Earthfest. Kanab resident and organizer Rich Csenge, along with a host of volunteers, ran the highly successful event that celebrates our beautiful earth. An invocation to sustainability kicked off the week long event.

The Valley High School golf team wins Region 20.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Kevin Church. of Kanab, on charges of suspected child abuse. The victim was his own infant son, who was treated for multiple broken bones at the Kane County Hospital.

High-speed chase ends with arrest of Scottsdale, Arizona man. Robert Kreckel, 27, was arrested after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a long chase. What began as a request for help from the Park Service near Glen Canyon Dam, turned into a high speed chase involving many law enforcement personnel from Arizona and Utah, spiked tires, scary moments, and finally an uneventful arrest in a grassy area of the Kanab Creek Ranchos near the sewer ponds.

Thanks to our Veterans! Many local residents and visitors alike paid tribute to our Veterans by attending a special morning program at the Kanab Cemetery.


“It’s going to be fantastic,” said Michael East, CEO of South Central Communications, concerning the new Fiber to the Premises project. East explained the benefits of the ambitious project. “Kanab will be the first city in the state of Utah to offer high speed service to 100 percent of the town. This will bring huge economic development opportunities. There’s not a single business that couldn’t locate here.”

Classic Air Medical has a helicopter based at the Kanab Airport to respond immediately to injuries or needed lifeflights in remote Kane County.

“We positioned one of our ships in Kanab,” explained Flight Paramedic and Clinical Liaison Danny Cox. “It is in close proximity to three national parks and Coral Pink Sand Dunes. We’ve enjoyed a good working relationship with Kane County and wanted to expand the company.”

Kanab dentists Dr. Peter Banks and Dr. Matt Kelly went on a humanitarian mission to Haiti through the Haiti Health Initiative, even paying their own way. They helped nearly 500 patients in the impoverished, hilly region near the remote village of Timo.

Twenty-two year old Morgan Heimer remains missing on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park; and a six day search by the NPS has turned up no additional clues as to his whereabouts.

High-speed chase in two states leads to arrest of two. Traffic was backed up for hours when the incident happened on Highway 89 east of town, near the former Stampin’ Up building. The suspects eventually surrendered after being stopped by the Utah Highway Patrol and Kane County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit. Suspects Thomas Wisbey and Christopher Lindfors were arrested on a multitude of charges for the chase that started south of Page.


A new floating convenience store and snack bar has arrived at the Halls Crossing Marina. Barges towed the store nearly 100 miles up Lake Powell to its new home on a journey that lasted four days.

Kanab resident Kenneth Johnson, 69, was found dead near his vehicle in San Juan County’s Davis Canyon. Johnson was an archeological site enthusiast. Authorities believe that his vehicle got stuck and that he had made attempts to dig it out, but must have tired from heat or exertion. His body was found under a tree, approximately 50 feet from the vehicle.

The United States Supreme Court, in a June 26 ruling, made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

The Kanab City Council pondered the fate of Kanab’s Coral Cliffs Golf Course. The meeting was well-attended with residents concerned about the course, and waiting to hear what owner Mike Schollian (representing himself and his partners), had to say about keeping it open. Presently, the golf course is essentially closed and in a totally unplayable condition, not having been maintained this year.

Internationally recognized travel industry speaker Roger Brooks addressed a large crowd at his ‘Navigating the Rivers of Change’ seminar. “Tourists are seeking shopping, dining and entertainment experiences in a pedestrian-friendy setting. Kanab does not get the money out of visitors that it should.”

A lightning caused fire is burning atop a mesa on Cathedral Mountain in Zion National Park.

The Kane County Commission received a check for $421,000 from the State of Utah. The money is reimbursement for RS2477 road litigation.

A tragic accident at the Kanab Zipline claimed the life of 54 year-old Daryl Gilley. He was on the second day of his new job at the zipline when the accident occurred.

Canyoneer Brian Artmann, 24, Henderson, Nevado, had apparently taken a 100-foot unroped fall in Heaps Canyon at Zion.

A new monument honoring pioneer Jonathan Heaton will be dedicated at the Heaton Family Reunion in Moccasin.

There are seven candidates for the three open Kanab City Council seats. Robert Brissette, Michael East, Allen Gilberg, Patty Hegwood, John Jacobs, Joe B. Wright and Jeff Yates have all thrown their hat into the ring for the August 11 primary election.


Heather Provenncio, who currently serves as the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the White River National Forest in Colorado, has been named the new Kaibab National Forest Supervisor.

Tragedy on North Kaibab claims young boy’s life. A family trip ended in heartbreak when five year old Jerold Joseph Williams of Colorado City, Arizona. went missing from a family camp. His body was found four days later. Exhaustive search efforts by family, friends, law enforcement, as well as other caring individuals, had transpired over the weekend search. There was no evidence of foul play, and the Medical Examiner’s Office determined it was an accidental death due to environmental exposure.

US 89 partially reopens between Jacob Lake and Marble Canyon after land and rockslide.

Flipkey, a leading vacation rental marketplace for vacationers to book rentals, has named Kanab as the top Utah destination for 2015.

Best Friends opens new Kanab Visitor Center. “As we work together to promote the unique attractions Kanab has to offer visitors, our new center will be an important place to continue growing our relationship with the local businesses and the city,” said Gregory Castle, Best Friends CEO.

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