Southern Utah News Articles
2019 Year in Review - Part II
Zion-Mount Carmel Highway reopens after road construction. Ahead of schedule, the highway reopened. Construction began on April 9, and required a section of the damaged road to be completely removed, a new culvert placed, the slope stabilized, and a retaining wall rebuilt. An additional section of the road required reestablishing road base and paving as well.
Drugs and paraphernalia that Kanab City Police confiscated after a search warrant was issued at a home in the Ranchos. Officer Clinton Brinkerhoff of the KCPD obtained a search warrant for a residence on Hamblin Drive in the Ranchos. During the search, a large amount of drug paraphernalia was located, along with two small safes approximately 24 inches wide by 12 inches deep that contained a quantity of heroin and methamphetamine consistent with distribution. There were also scales and packaging materials also consistent with distribution. Arrested were Michael Compton, 62, Kanab, John Ortiz, 29, Kanab and Felicia Tulak, 30, Fredonia.
East Zion Initiative. Former Kane County Commissioner Dirk Clayson said the East Zion Initiative was a way for the commission to look at ways to stimulate the county’s economy in other directions, focusing on the ranching aspect, as well as tourism.
Stephen Plato McRae, 59, Escalante, who was charged with one count of destruction of an energy facility in an indictment returned in February 2017, pleaded guilty to the charge May 10, 2019 in Salt Lake U.S. District Court. McRae in stipulated facts admitted that he traveled to the Buckskin Electrical Substation in Kane County on September 25, 2016. Garkane Energy owns the substation. Using his Springfield 30-40, model 1998 rifle, McRae admitted he fired shots into the cooling fins rupturing the radiator piping. The damage from the rifle shots caused the energy facility substation to overheat and fail. McRae’s actions caused a power outage in Kane and Garfield counties.
Infab to expand to Hildale, Utah. The Infab Corporation will expand its operations in Utah, adding 90 jobs and $789,783 in new state revenue and $5 million in capital investment over the next five years.
East Zion Initiative – partnerships pave way for exciting East Zion projects. Project board member Kevin McLaws, who owns Zion Mountain, Ranch with his family, has also been heavily involved in the East Zion Initiative. He has donated land for the Apple Cross Visitor Center and will also be building a 182 room Zion Mountain Lodge on property he owns on the south side of the highway, near the border of the park, on what was formerly known as the old Baca campground.
One word that best describes the exciting new East Zion Initiative Project would be partnerships. The development plan for the community partnership has a number of key partners: Kane County, private landowners, Zion National Park, Zion National Park Forever Project, Kanab BLM Field Office, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Department and the Utah Office of Tourism.
Lt. Governor Spencer Cox announces run for Governor. “After much prayer and deliberation, Abby and I are excited to announce we are running for governor of the great state of Utah,” said Cox.
The Kane County Commission weighed in on the Wave. Presently 10 permits are granted online and 10 at the BLM office through a lottery the day before the effective date of the permit. Those online winners seem to be the least aware of safety issues. A letter to the BLM was ordered revised to reflect the commission preference for no more than 30 maximum permits.
The road to Navajo Lake was damaged by spring water running under the road. The heavy snow and water that built up in the soil caused more pressure than normal and the spring undercut the road, causing damage just west of the Navajo Lake Campground.
Few would argue about now much Kanab residents Dale and Patsy Clarkson, and subsequently their family, have contributed to Kanab and much of southern Utah, for that matter. Dale Clarkson, wearing many different hats, has contributed in numerous ways to furthering this community.
Triston Harrison was charged with DUI with serious bodily injury, automobile homicide and failure to maintain proper lookout. It was a boat accident on Lake Powell with multiple persons injured. The vessel ran hard aground causing serious bodily injury to one passenger and minor injuries to several others.
Daniel Trimble is the new Kanab Elementary School principal.
There will be a presentation by an independent hydrologist about the impact of the water usage by the Southern Red Sands frac sand processing plant.
Kanab City Council unanimously approves sale of water to Southern Red Sands. This followed almost two hours of public comment, including an altercation between Kane County Water Conservancey District Director Mike Noel and Kanab resident and tour operator Will James. Both were escorted out of the room by attending law enforcement.
Grass fires cause evacuations east of Kanab. Residents were forced from their homes when a vehicle driving on a flat tire ignited dry grassland a few miles east of Kanab. Firefighters put out three fires, the largest one grew to about 30 acres before it was extinguished.
Independent hydrologist says there needs to be more study on water for sand frac mine.
Southern Red Sands gets Conditional Use Permit for six, 120-foot silos, not two as originally planned.
A group of about 30 adults and children attended the groundbreaking ceremony for an almost 2000 square foot building that will become the Children’s Justice Center.
Bill and Myrna Cox are this year’s Kane County Fair Grand Marshals.
A Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a juvenile acting like he was high on drugs at a local convenience store. The deputy tried to follow the young man but he drove away in a stolen vehicle. He was later apprehended.
New international Folk Dance and Music Festival in Kanab. The new event featured a community dinner, a free cultural street dance, and an evening performance by international dancers from Mexico and Taiwan.
Ikes Fire at Grand Canyon grows to 58 acres despite monsoon weather.
Welcome to Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival. The three-day event is a celebration of heritage, music and movies. Main events featured included a country music battle, live entertainment, high noon parade, street fair, street dance, BBQ competition and a rodeo.
There was a fatality at Wahweap Swim Beach. Albert Shortman, 33, Cow Springs, Ariz., was found deceased in Lake Powell from an apparent drowning.
Kanab City Police Officer Clint Brinkerhoff has a new K9 partner named Charger.
East Zion electric vehicle shuttle to receive grant from DOE. U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary Mark Menezes announced that $59 million was being awarded to 43 projects for new and innovative advanced vehicle technology. One of the projects awarded funds was the East Zion National Park Electric Vehicle Shuttle System Project that will shuttle visitors into Zion from the east side of the park.
Weekend crash near Orderville claims life of local Kanab girl. Charlee Noteman was in the back seat of a pickup and died on scene from injuries caused by being ejected from the vehicle.
Experimental planes return to Kanab. Over 35 Canard type airplanes are expected over Labor Day weekend for the 29th annual Rutan Fly-in at the Kanab City Airport.