Historic Dual Enrollment Program Receives Final Approval for SUU and Southwest Tech

CEDAR CITY – An historic partnership between Southern Utah University (SUU) and Southwest Technical College (STECH) received final approval to become one of the first dual enrollment programs of its kind in the nation. Through the Dual Enrollment Program, participating students at STECH are simultaneously enrolled at SUU, and receive university credit at no cost in the following areas of […]

Garfield County Commission February 11 Approval of Temporary Development Restrictions

Audio link to Garfield County Commission February 11, 2019 meeting: www.utah.gov/pmn/files/467367.mp3 GARFIELD COUNTY – Following an active public hearing, the Garfield County Commission, at its Feb 11 meeting, approved an ordinance allowing a six-month restriction on all development along Hwy 12 in the Bryce Valley area pending a USGS study of the aquifer and long-term water availability. Commissioner David Tebbs […]

Escalante City Approves New Short Term Rental Ordinance

ESCALANTE – Escalante City’s short term rental moratorium is over, with a new short term rental ordinance now in place. At the city’s February 5 council meeting a public hearing was held on the subject of the short term rental ordinance, based on a draft forwarded for consideration by Escalante City’s Planning and Zoning commission. Escalante’s P&Z completed their draft […]

Public Participation Welcome for Regional Annual Action Plan

JUAB / MILLARD / PIUTE / SANPETE / WAYNE COUNTIES – Every year the Six County Association of Governments produces an Annual Action Plan as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Plan details the community development, housing needs and priorities of Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties. There is special emphasis on […]

Interior Announces Coal Projects in Utah

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of two mining projects in Utah – the $12.3 million Alton Coal Tract coal lease in Kane County, Utah, and two coal lease modification proposals for the SUFCO Mine in Sevier County, which will extend the life of the existing mine by up to five […]

Emergency Planning – Episode Eighteen: Fire

WAYNE COUNTY – Our new Wayne County Fire District Chief, Doug Jansen, is reorganizing, revamping and working to upgrade our entire county fire response. Rather than each town having an independent fire department and response, and quite likely an inadequate number of volunteers able to respond to any one situation, all 6 existing fire departments will be coordinated under one […]

Celebrating Our Heritage of Fruit and Orchards in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY – From berry picking to the historic Fruita orchards, Wayne County has a history of growing, preserving, and sharing fruit. Native peoples have been gathering elderberries, desert gooseberry, canyon grapes, chokecherries, pickle pear cactus fruit, sunflower seeds, and piñon pine nuts for thousands of years. Fruit, seeds, nuts, and animal fat are combined to form nutritious balls known as […]

Valentine’s Day Delivers a Sweet Surprise Snow Day to the Region

SOUTHERN UTAH – A Valentine’s Day snow delivered a few more inches throughout the region making for beautiful vistas and sighs of relief—at least momentarily—from prolonged dry conditions in southern Utah. The Natural Resources Conservation Service Water and Climate Center reports that as of February 18, areas in south central Utah have received upwards of 120% of average snow-water equivalent […]

Norris M. Cook “Cookie”

Torrey – Our kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Norris Mott Cook, age 83 of Torrey, passed away February 14, 2019 in Payson, Utah. He was born May 8, 1935 in Salina, Utah, a son of Melvin Athus and Nelda Mott Cook. He graduated from Wayne High School, Class of 1953. Norris served his country in the United […]

Ramona D. Morris 1935 – 2019

LOA – Ramona Dare Morris, age 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Loa, Utah. Mona was born May 28, 1935 in Clyde, North Carolina, a daughter of Hilliard Boonie and Reecie Louise Pethel Snyder. She graduated from Canton High School in North Carolina in 1953. She married Donald Dean Morris October 13, 1956 in Asheville, North […]