Garfield County Rescinds Recent Public Lands Order

PANGUITCH – Garfield County Officials rescinded its recent public lands order effective immediately. By rescinding this order, this opens previously closed public lands areas in Garfield County, including locations on the BLM, GSENM, and allows visitors into state parks. Garfield County officials ask visitors to be mindful of the local area and recreate responsibly. Please understand the area and practice […]

Wayne County Commission April 20, 2020

WAYNE COUNTY – Once again, this report was created from the audio recording of the Commission meeting. Commissioners Blackburn, Brian and Wood were present, as well as Sheriff Dan Jensen, Jeanie Webster and Adus Dorsey. The agenda and minutes were approved. The first item for discussion was a grant application for the Indigent Defense Fund. Jo Hanna Williams of the […]

Help Rural Health Scholars Improve Healthcare for Rural Veterans in Utah

WAYNE / GARFIELD COUNTIES – The Rural Health Association of Utah at Southern Utah University has partnered with The Utah Department of Primary Care and Rural Health to connect with veterans throughout rural Utah to improve access to healthcare. We are looking for veterans who are interested in answering questions about veterans’ healthcare benefits that they receive locally and through […]

It’s Your Money: Who CARES!

PANGUITCH – It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for many as the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic continue to unfold. The coronavirus pandemic is not impacting everyone equally. The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and allocates $2.2 trillion to support […]

John Dodds Appointed as New Superintendent of Garfield County School District

GARFIELD COUNTY – The Garfield County School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of John Dodds as the new Superintendent at their board meeting on April 23, 2020. Mr. Dodds was born and raised in Southern Utah. He graduated from Cedar High School and then continued his education at Southern Utah University. He received his bachelor’s […]

CCS Serving an Increased Number of Survivors in Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

CEDAR CITY – On March 26, 2020, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued a critical “Stay Home, StaySafe” directive to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For many in the state, this directive is needed and helpful. However, for some individuals and families, staying home does not in some ways mean staying safe and instead means an increased risk […]

Emergency Planning: Mental and Emotional Resilience

WAYNE COUNTY – In prior emergency preparedness episodes I neglected to address mental and emotional aspects of being prepared for any eventuality. This episode is devoted to that aspect—better late than never I hope. Two aspects that are important to how you fare during crises once the need for immediate action is over are: reducing your body’s stress response, and […]

It is Time to Vote Differently

A commonly used definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. It is common knowledge that most of Utah votes Republican. Period. Since the mid 70s when Utah switched from a purple state to a solid red state this is the way it has been. If you are unhappy about exploding […]

Still Waiting…

Still waiting to hear a retraction about the ill advised letter signed to by our local commissioners and other politicians in southern Utah downplaying the Covid-19 threat and its effects. Not a word by any signer. Apparently they still feel the same way or cannot admit that they made a mistake. As of April 26, we have 943,000 cases with […]

Aubree Brian is 2020 Wayne High School Sterling Scholar Nominee in English and Literature

WAYNE COUNTY – The 48th Annual Deseret News and KSL Sterling Scholar Awards Ceremony for Central Utah was held March 3, 2020 in the Richfield High School Auditorium. One hundred twenty-three nominees from North Sanpete, Delta, Juab, South Sevier, Richfield, North Sevier, Manti, Gunnison, Millard, Wayne, Piute and Tintic high schools participated in fifteen categories. Aubree Catherine Brian, daughter of […]