— Residents opposing and favoring the building of the Dixie Montessori School – to be built in the Green Springs subdivision – presented concerns and voiced questions at the Washington City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Attorney and Washington City resident Jason Velez, representing a group of residents opposing the building of the new Montessori school, voiced his concerns about it being built in the area – there are potential safety issues that could arise from having a charter school that size to be built on a 30-acre lot.

Property owners filed a civil lawsuit April 2, attempting to stop construction at the location on Fairview Drive, noting the Washington City Planning Commission has twice denied a “lot split” proposal that would have allowed the school to buy a subdivided portion of the 30 acres.

Dixie Montessori’s backers note state law allows charter schools to locate anywhere regardless of local zoning restrictions, and the decision by the Utah State Office of Education to grant the charter a building permit trumps any local municipality opposition.


A motorcycle rider collided with an SUV on River Road in St. George Tuesday afternoon, sustaining minor injuries.

The male driver of a green motorcycle pulled out of the shopping parking lot in front of Target on River Road at about 3:40 p.m. and headed south.

The driver didn’t check his blind spot when merging into the travel lane, and then collided with the female driver of a gray Buick Enclave near 400 S. River Road.

The motorcycle driver sustained minor injuries. Later one person was transported to the hospital after broadsiding a car while driving his scooter on River Road.

The two-vehicle collision occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of 2450 South and River Road.

“A juvenile male driver of a Nissan Altima failed to yield the right of way to the scooter who was northbound,” The driver of the scooter was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.


A 21-year-old man was partially ejected from his vehicle during a rollover near Beaver Dam, Ariz. Tuesday afternoon. He was flown by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas with serious but not life threatening injuries.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  A University of Utah nurse is apologizing for his comment regarding an alleged gang member killed outside a federal courthouse.  Todd Shrum is on suspension from his job after commenting on Facebook, quote, “Tongan Trash… Kill Them All.”  Shrum’s comment was in reference to an alleged gang member who was gunned down Monday for allegedly pulling out a pen or pencil and charging a witness in a gang-related trial.  Shrum has apologized,” adding “I should have kept my thoughts to myself.”

(Hill Air Force Base, UT)  –  More than a hundred Air Force service men and women are back home in Utah.  More than 130 airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing arrived in Utah yesterday following a four-month deployment to the Republic of Korea.  Roughly 70 more airmen arrived back in Utah over the weekend.