ST. GEORGE – The Republican Party needs to take control of the U.S. Senate in order to halt the stalemate in Congress and take meaningful steps in areas like tax reform, immigration and regulation, that according to Sen. Mike Lee.

In an interview yesterday the state’s junior Republican senator said he thinks the GOP has the momentum to become the majority in the Senate, enabling a change of leadership and giving the body a chance to actually vote on some of the meaningful legislation passed out of the Republican-held House of Representatives – something he argued it hasn’t had with Nevada Democrat Harry Reid and his leadership team controlling the agenda. The senator hosted a series of events in Washington County Thursday, including a town hall meeting at Dixie State University.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is no longer a part of the Southern Utah University Outdoor Engagement Center. SUU President Scott Wyatt decided to make some changes that called for the Nevada senator’s name to be removed from the building.

Several months ago, some concerned citizens met with Wyatt, calling for the removal of Reid’s name from the center.

Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens said they people step up and pledge money towards removing his name. In five days they received pledges totaling $40,000.

While Cozzens and the other residents were prepared to donate money toward their cause, Wyatt said he wouldn’t do it under those conditions, as he was not willing to bring embarrassment to the SUU alumnus, whom he maintained deserves more respect,adding “Sen. Reid is part of the SUU alumni and he was gracious enough to grant the university the use of his name, and I didn’t want to offend him in any way.” Wyatt came up with a solution: Reid’s name would be removed from that center, but his name still would be retained on campus, standing alone as the Harry Reid Center.


– A man in his 70s was in critical condition Thursday night after a near-drowning incident at Gold’s Gym in St. George Thursday afternoon.  The call came in around 3:15 p.m., and two St. George Police officers were the first to respond to the scene and began CPR on the man, whose name has not been released.

When the officers arrived, the man had been facedown in the gym’s exercise pool for an unknown amount of time and had no pulse and was not breathing.  It is not known at this time whether the man was swimming in the gym’s exercise pool at the time of the incident or if something else occurred.

The man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and was in critical condition as of late Thursday night.

(Coalville, UT)  –  Summit County officials are warning residents about a security breach that’s put hundreds of personal bank accounts at risk.  Officials say the breach involves ticket sales for the Summit County Fair rodeo and demolition derby.  Authorities learned about the issue over the weekend after several people reported fraudulent charges on their bank accounts.  Anyone who attended the event who notices suspicious charges to their accounts is urged to contact police.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  It’s another victory for a famous polygamist family formerly from Utah.  A judge has ruled in favor of the Brown family in its fight to strike down parts of the state’s law criminalizing polygamist practices.  The family also stars on the TLC reality show “Sister Wives.”  Their attorney argues their rights were violated during an investigation against them.