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After a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 15 south of Mesquite, traffic agencies have encouraged motorists to take an alternative route on Highway 91 this holiday weekend. The rollover happened at 9:20 a.m. yesterday 15 miles south of Mesquite. Responders had the scene cleared by 10:40 a.m. Delays from the accident compounded with early holiday traffic created an 8-mile back-up on I-15 northbound through the Virgin River Gorge. Lengthy delays are anticipated the entire weekend, so taking Highway 91 makes the most sense. Highway 91 bypasses the gorge entirely.

Utah water managers are ordering water restrictions along parts of the Virgin River, concerned about another year of drought conditions and waterways flowing at about half of their normal volumes. State Engineer Kent Jones is implementing restrictions on farmers, canal companies and other major irrigators who divert water out of the Virgin and its tributaries on the eastern side of the county who have water rights newer than 1900. Restrictions begin on Monday.

Firefighters are continuing to suppress the 3,950-acre Mt. Emma Fire located 75 miles southeast of St. George and have received a bit of help from moisture and increased humidity in the area. A Bureau of Land Management news release states the moisture “has moderated fire activity, and less smoke is visible in the area as a result.”Fire managers asked for the public’s help in being cautious in the area of the fire — on the Arizona Strip — during the holiday weekend.

Following a special referendum election last month that drew one of the largest turnouts ever recorded in Virgin, town officials reported that voters had overturned the council’s decision to rezone a parcel of land along state Route 9 where a development group has announced plans for an RV park. The election took place last week, but 23 absentee and provisional ballots still remained to be counted, leaving the final outcome uncertain. the final outcome was 131 against, 116 for, with 19 provisional ballots determined to be “not eligible

ST. GEORGE — A very active thunderstorm with significant lightning activity moved through Zion National Park Monday night, igniting several fires in the park and surrounding area, fires that appear to be out as of Thursday morning. The park received numerous calls from local residents reporting them. Some of the smaller ignitions may have already burned themselves out or received precipitation.

(Utah State Prison, UT) — Three prison employees are on administrative leave as the department of corrections investigates a death at the Utah State Prison earlier this year. Sixty-two-year-old Ramon Estrada died April 5th after prison employees failed to take him for his scheduled kidney dialysis. One employee who was responsible for transporting Estrada to his dialysis appointment failed to show up for work. Investigators say the employee may have been confused because of a recent shift change with another employee.
Federal authorities are telling local police to be alert this weekend for possible acts of terrorism. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have issued a bulletin to local law enforcement to be especially vigilant over the Fourth of July weekend.

People who live near that toxic train derailment in Tennessee will probably get to go home today. About five-thousand people were evacuated in Maryville after a train car filled with hazardous chemicals derailed and burst into flames early Thursday.

A solar plane trying to complete an around-the-world journey is expected to land on Oahu about 6 o’clock this morning, Hawaii time. The Solar Impulse 2 set out for the Aloha State from Nagoya, Japan on Sunday on the most recent leg of its trip. It’s also considered the most dangerous leg of the flight. The solar plane took off from Abu Dhabi on March 9th.

Texas is the best state in which to make a living. So says a new study by MoneyRates.com. The Lone Star State was given high marks for its gross domestic product, good value for its wages, and for not having a state income tax. Washington, Wyoming, Virginia and Illinois round out the top five best states for making a living. Hawaii came in dead last.

 

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