St. George News takes a look back at 2012

Image composite by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – With a new year upon us, St. George News is looking back at 2012. What incidents impacted readers? Which topic sparked their interest? Below are some that stand out based on most reads during the 2012 year period.

Highly read stories of 2012

Car fire in the vicinity of 1000 North and 2050 East, St. George, Utah, Mar. 13, 2012 | Photo by Whitlee Roundy for St. George News

Vehicle arson in Middleton leaves LDS missionaries puzzled: Two LDS missionaries were awakened in the middle of the night to some unfortunate news: Their car was on fire. Read the full story here.

Google search results for “Why are Mormons so hot?” | Photo courtesy of Elise Haynes, St. George News

What the HAYnes: Why are Mormons so hot?: This question, asked by St. George News humor columnist Elise Haynes, prompted some interesting results on Google – and some equally interesting reactions from our readers. Read the full story here.

One of two accidents on the Black Ridge of I-15, near Leeds, Utah, Oct. 12, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Lt. Steven Winward, Utah Department of Public Safety

Paired accidents on I-15’s Black Ridge, critical injuries: One accident on I-15 indirectly led to another on Oct. 12, 2012, as the first car hydroplaned, striking the guardrail. As traffic slowed for the first accident, a second car impacted the back end of a semi-trailer and another vehicle. Two individuals were air-lifted with critical injuries. Read the full story here.

I-15 closed during standoff with Jason Alley, Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 6, 2012 | Photo by Troy Hoskins, St. George News

Crisis on I-15: Jason Alley led police on a chase from La Verkin to I-15 on Feb. 6, 2012. Police forced Alley to stop on I-15, triggering a 10-hour standoff that ultimately ended without incident. He was armed with a pistol and also had two of his sons in the vehicle. Read the full story here.

Woman with solar viewing glasses, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2012 | Photo by Dr. Paul Gooch, SouthWest Vision

Solar viewing glasses; dates with the sun eclipse your vision: Southern Utah was the destination of choice in May 2012 for people traveling to see the Ring of Fire, a celestial event in which the moon crosses in front of the sun and eclipses all but the fiery outer rim. However, in order to see the event, you had to get yourself a special pair of sunglasses… Read the full story here.

Las Hurdes townhomes flooded, St. George, Utah, July 15, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Las Hurdes townhomes flooded: Like Santa Clara months later, excessive rains led to the flooding of the Las Hurdes Townhomes in St. George on July 15, 2012. Devastated tenants were forced to flee. Read the full story and see the photo gallery here.

Wreckage of the SUV that went off a cliff in the Warner Valley area of Washington County, Utah, Sept. 22, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Fatal SUV accident in Warner Valley: An overturned SUV was discovered in Warner Valley in the early hours of Sept. 22, 2012. It ran off a cliff, killing two and injuring another. Read the full story here.

High-speed chase from St. George ends at Texaco-Chevron station on state Route-9 in Hurricane, Utah, Nov. 19, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Vehicle theft spurs high-speed chase, ends in shooting: A female suspect, later identified as Joann Boone, managed to steal a K-9 police unit on Nov. 19, 2012 and led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended at a gas station in Hurricane where she was shot in the thigh. Read the full story here.

Concerned citizens studying the breached dike, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept.11, 2012 | Chris Caldwell, St. George News

Santa Clara flood: Caused by the breaching of a 90-year-old dike, the flooding damaged over 60 homes and 18 businesses. Thousands of volunteers came out to help clean up in the wake of the flooding, and Gov. Gary Herbert also toured the affect area soon after.  Read the  full story here.

MISSING: Dylan Redwine, 13, from Bayfield, Colo. Nov. 19, 2012
MISSING: Dylan Redwine, 13, from Bayfield, Colo., cousin to La Verkin resident Jason Howard, National Missing and Exploited Children Case No. NCMC1206449, Telephone 800-THE-LOST, or La Plata County Sheriff’s Office 970-385-2900. Missing since Nov. 19, 2012 | Photo courtesy of La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Image composite by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

Missing: Dylan Redwine: Dylan Redwine, 13, who disappeared from his father’s house in Bayfield, Colo., Nov. 19, 2012. is still missing and the investigation that began as a search and rescue is now characterized as a criminal investigation.  The boy has extended family in La Verkin. Read the full story here.

Airplanes, airport and airline stories. Four young men were lost to a plane crash in St. George on May 26, four were lost to a plane crash in Kane County on May 29, and a SkyWest employee on administrative leave  fleeing homicide charges in Colorado broke into St. George Municipal Airport, took control of a SkyWest plane, caused destruction and ultimately took his own life.

Wildfires were plenty if not unusual. The New Harmony fire took homes and outbuildings; and the Shingles fire in Kane County burned over 8,000 acres threatening several subdivisions.

Community issues have impassioned polarized positions. Two such continue into the new year: Dixie State College’s consideration of a new name, St. George’s ambulance service contract considerations generating a heated contest for territory.


Sports of all stripes, from high school playoffs to the Huntsman World Senior Games, capture the community’s interest. And with the addition of sports editor Andy Griffin and comprehensive game-by-game Region 9 coverage,  St. George News has brought these athletic events to life like never before.

Most-read sports stories of 2012

Ironman contestant battles the waves at Sand Hollow Reservoir, May 5, 2012, Hurricane, Utah | Photo by Todd Tischler, St. George News

Ironman swimmers caught in rough water: The first leg of the 2012 Ironman St. George triathlon nearly turned deadly when swimmers were caught in rough water at Sand Hollow Reservoir. Dozens had to be rescued by boat. Read the full story here.

Ironman winner Ben Hoffman celebrates his victory, St. George, Utah, May 5, 2012 | Photo by Dallas Hyland, St. George News

2012 Ironman St. George wrap-up: Following a brutal day of competition, Ben Hoffman was crowned the 2012 Ironman with a time of 9 hours, 7 minutes, while Meredith Kessler was the top female finisher. Read the full story here.

Blue Blood: Hill has the Cougars back on track: In October, sports columnist Scott Young observed that BYU quarterback Taysom Hill will give the Cougars their best chance at beating USU in a tough battle. Read the full story here.

Amber Green crosses the finish line of the 36th annual St. George Marathon, St. George, Utah, Oct. 5, 2012 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News

Local runner Amber Green wins the St. George Marathon: St. George resident Amber Green won the women’s division of the 36th annual St. George Marathon, crossing the finish line with a jubilant smile and head held high. Read the full story here.

(L-R) Jake Arslanian, Kolton Donovan, Austin Mikkelson and Kali Stubbs of Pine View High School attend National Signing Day, St. George, Utah, Feb 1, 2012 | Photo by Patrick Blake, St. George News

National Signing Day draws young football, soccer hopefuls: Promising athletes from Region 9 high schools gathered for National Signing Day to commit themselves to playing for colleges across Utah and the country. Read the full story here.

Friends and family paid their respects to Kreg Harrison, Jr. at a candlelight vigil held at the Snow Canyon High School baseball field, St. George, Utah, June 21, 2012 | Photo by Patrick Blake, St. George News.

Candlelight vigil held for Kreg Harrison, Jr.: Hundreds of students, faculty, family and friends memorialized Kreg Harrison, Jr., the 16-year-old Snow Canyon High School student who lost his life in Havasupai Canyon, Ariz., in June with a candlelight vigil. Read the full story here.

DSC baseball coach Mark Littlewood, location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of DSC Public Relations

Dixie State College baseball coach gets another shot at BYU: Coach Mike Littlewood was given another shot at his dream job for BYU in June. Read the full story here.

The triumphant California Express team poses with their gold medals, St. George, Utah, Oct. 13, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Senior Games: Women’s softball teams triumph after tragedy: At the 2012 Huntsman World Senior Games, two women’s softball teams triumphed after each lost a beloved member of their team. Read the full story here.

Former DSC baseball coach Mike Littlewood is the new head coach at BYU, location and date unknown | Photo courtesy of Julie Buchanan

DSC baseball coach Mike Littlewood lands his dream job: After being passed over for the position 13 years previously, coach Mike Littlewood was accepted as the new leader of BYU’s baseball program, with Dixie State left to fill the void left by him. Read the full story here.

Pickleball players, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

Pickleball fever stirs pleas for city courts: The popularity of pickleball in Washington County prompted the City of St. George to build a new 24-court complex and the City of Ivins to consider building courts. Read the full story here.


St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic and Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this story.

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1 Comment

  • Kenya January 3, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for the great posts and the pictures look fabulous. Good work

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