Bank Robbers, Mother Nature And Bad Drivers: St. George, Utah … Just Another Week In The High Desert

St. George, Utah – Fortunately for me I spent last week in Southern California, and I couldn’t be happier for it. Missing out on one of our more destructive seasonal monsoon storms to hit the area in a while, the saturated atmosphere teamed up with a post-tropical cyclone named Norbert, producing a torrential deluge and taking out 50 miles of I – 15 … then a seemingly drug addled 37-year-old man decided robbing a local bank was a prudent career choice … I suppose. And last but not least, people kept running into each other on the St. George roadways – – making Southern Utah a slightly bumpy ride last week on the news front.

I – 15 road closure severs the Denver to San Diego artery: last week a soggy and upset tropical depression named “Norbert” wreaked havoc on approximately 50 miles of Interstate 15, dumping nearly 4 inches of rain in five hours and severing a major artery, halting commerce between Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. While it may be slow going, the Nevada Department of Transportation has currently opened the two northbound lanes for North, South traffic.

He won’t do that again: Washington County schools went into lockdown on September 12, when a robbery suspect, Benjamin Schroff, entered a Zions bank in St. George, Utah. Brandishing a gun, demanding money and taking hostages, the bungling bank robber began a Keystone cops like chase around the city of St. George with two female hostages along for the ride. As one could have easily predicted, this scenario did not end well for Mr. Shroff … who is now resting comfortably in the county morgue.

Learn how to drive people: Inattentive drivers, beautiful scenery and the occasional act of God can make driving in southern Utah a little challenging. And this week proved that point perfectly, while some drivers crashed … others just sank.

That’s all folks! Have a great Sunday… See you in the 9 – 5 trenches on Monday!



30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop, St. George’s Blue Bunny Bounces, And Movies In The Park Wraps It Up

St. George, Utah -This just in on the mortgage front… Good news. According to’s blog the current 30-year mortgage rate just plummeted 12 basis points with many borrowers reporting to Zillow the receiving loans in the 3.96% range… Sliding precipitously downwards from the 4.08% that was being charged this time last week.

According to the online giant’s vice president;

“Mortgage rates stayed below 4 percent for much of last week on news of a potential European Central Bank plan to implement a stimulus program similar to the Federal Reserve’s … that has kept rates low in the U.S., and we expect rates to remain flat throughout this holiday-shortened week, as any bright spots in domestic economic data will likely be overshadowed by concerns about the European economy.”

On a slightly more depressing note; Wells enterprise, of Blue Bunny ice cream fame announced yesterday that they intend on packing up their ice cream goodies, closing their industrial plant and moving back to Iowa. After the city of St. George built and paid for the Blue Bunny ice cream plant under the assumption they would have a long and prosperous relationship, the mayor of St. George, John Pike seemed rather dismissive of the economic loss.

It’s one of those market realities,” noted the St. George mayor.

While that may be the case …  try explaining that to the nearly 100 employees who will soon find themselves out of a job and trying to figure out how they’re going will pay the bills.

And ending the summer on a fun note, The Washington County ‘Movies in the Park schedule will be finishing up their summer rotation of screening current movies in local parks with a viewing of “The Lego on Movie” on September 5 at dusk in veterans located at Park, 75 East Tabernacle St.

Happy Hump Day.

St George Utah News: Cedar City’s Festival of Homes Resumes, Utah Youth Vote Sought, And the American Red Cross Wants You To Be Prepared

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – Southern Utah News Recap:

It’s Tuesday morning September 2, 2014 – I survived Labor Day weekend relatively unscathed and I hope you did too. But it’s time to get back to work… So let’s get to it,

Resuming September 5th – 7th, Cedar city’s Festival of Homes will offer up 14 of Cedar Cities most creatively built homes … constructed by some of the areas leading contractors. On the political front: Looking to the youth vote, Utah’s lieutenant-governor kicked off the 2014 road to registration tour … and now that the national preparedness month now underway… The American Red Cross is encouraging everyone to participate in his or her own survival. Creating a disaster plan for their families well-being, should nature rebel against Earth’s current occupants – that’s right I’m talking about us.

 Cedar city's 2014 Festival homes

Cedar city’s 2014 Festival homes

According to online reports, “The 2014 Festival Of Homes features a total of 14 homes spread throughout the Cedar City and Enoch areas with styles ranging from modern and spacious to homey and traditional. The first portion of the Festival ran from Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and the Festival will resume from Sept. 5-7 from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.”

Utah’s youth vote prepares to speak up: “The Tour kicked off on the University of Utah campus with comments by Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox. He has made increasing voter registration and voter turnout top initiatives for his office.”

The American Red Cross wants you to live: “Disasters can strike at any time, and  the American Red Cross, encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month in September and join America’s Prepare-Athon, creating a disaster plan for their household that can help keep people safe in an emergency.”


St. George Utah News: Tased and Confused Man Dies, “100 Deadliest Days” Ads Up, ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Sharknado’ Stars Hit SLC Comic Con And Hurricane Gets Sticky!

St. George, Utah – Life in the high desert can be tough on those with bad judgment: a doomed biker on the Arizona strip gets Tased into the afterlife after acting erratically – Utah’s “100 deadliest days” has 91 mortalities to its ranks – with only two days to go. Can Utah’s roadways stay under 100 deaths for the summer?  Meanwhile, as fall approaches, Salt Lake City is getting ready to host their own Comic Con and Hollywood’s “C list” stars are making the trek out for a quick payday, meanwhile Hurricane, Utah, enjoyed it’s 16th annual ‘Peach Days’ celebration which was attended by thousands.

It’s late and I’ve got an early tee time tomorrow morning, so let’s get to it.

Tazed and confused by a motorcyclist’s irrational actions, a Mohave County Sheriff and Arizona Department of Public safety officer were forced to deploy their teasers when an attempt to pull over a “combative” motorcyclist turned into a game of hide and go seek in the Arizona desert.  It all happened after a Mohave County Sheriff pulled over a man on the Arizona strip for ridding his motorcycle without a license plate. Once stopped, the man began to act unreasonable, eventually fleeing into the dark desert on foot. Once found he became combative and was tased by the MCSO and then again by the Arizona Department of Public Safety officer. While the man survived the initial jolt of authority, he ultimately passed away in police custody.

One third of the way through Labor Day weekend in the Salt Lake Tribune is letting the public know that thus far 91 people have perished on Utah’s highways and byways during the Beehive States summer months. Noting, “We haven’t done too well over these last hundred deadliest days,” Carlos Braceras sounded more than a little dejected over the state’s recent spike in highway mortality rate.

“We’ve had 91 fatalities so far, and that’s up by 18% from last summer – traditionally we see about a 35% increase in fatalities during  the summer months compared to the rest of the year.” Adding “this year has been no exception… as a matter of fact, it’s even worse.”

Staring in ‘Sharknado’ and ‘Hellboy’ does not a “Star” make, at least not in my eyes. But I guess that’s a subjective opinion. Adding some rather dubious celestial credentials to the comic book-based event, Ron Perlman and Ian Ziering of the aforementioned cinematic nightmares, will be attending this year’s Salt Lake Comic Con. As I sit and pound at the keyboard, the Salt Palace convention center in downtown Salt Lake is preparing to open their doors to these comic book loving “Stars” as well as the public from September 4th thru the 6th.

And going out on a sweet note…

Hurricane, Utah’s, 16th annual Peach Days was a smashing success this year with thousands of people taking the time out of their busy day to enjoy some quality time with their immediate family. In typical Utah fashion, Peach Days Picked a favorite day of the American worker to take off and de-stress: Friday morning at 10 AM. With a Saturday morning 12 K “Fun Run,” a parade strolling down Hurricane’s Main Street, and a 9:30 PM fireworks show … everyone in attendance should be tuckered out and ready for a good nights sleep.

Time to get some rest for tomorrow’s golf game –  have a great Labor Day weekend!

St. George Utah Traffic Crawls Through The Virgin River Gorge – Thanks Cliven Bundy!

When most people think of Utah their mind tends to gravitate towards plural marriages, the book of Mormon, and I 15 winding through some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer. While the first two scare the uneducated off, the last one draws millions in. Most of the time at least. For those northbound on I 15, coming from California, Nevada, or Arizona; the Arizona highway patrol’s Sgt. John Bottoms is advising that while the road may be open… The traffic is going at a snail’s pace.

“There appear to be militia members wearing military style uniforms,” noted officer bottoms, “and they are estimating the numbers of Bundy supporters around 100 – 200 along the interstate.”

Anyone thinking about traveling the I 15 corridor has been advised to expect longer than normal delays, particularly for southbound travelers headed from St. George to Mesquite, Nevada.

So, for those St. George Utah residents looking to make a mad dash to Trader Joe’s in Las Vegas – be sure to pack some snacks and plan for an extended trip through the world of “Bundy versus the federal government.”

For those that just have to get there… Wherever there is south of Mesquite on I 15, there’s always the goat trail out – Highway 91.

For what it’s worth… I hope neither Al nor Cliven purchase real estate in St. George anytime soon.

source:St. George Utah Traffic Crawls Through The Virgin River Gorge – Thanks Cliven Bundy!