SOUTHERN UTAH – The lenses of St. George News photographers and friends captured truly remarkable moments this year. Enjoy our photo highlights of 2013 (headlines are live links to the accompanying stories and full photo galleries, take another look at those that resound ).
After a complex and controversial survey process, Dixie State University was officially chosen as Dixie State College of Utah’s new name at a community meeting in January.
A high-speed chase through Nevada, Arizona and Utah ended just outside St. George on Jan. 30 with the arrest of Tyler Walker, formerly a NASCAR driver with a promising career, for possession of various drugs.
Attracting thousands of visitors from across the country, the Parade of Homes offered a tour of the best in residential design through 28 unique homes in the St. George area in February.
Partially paralyzed after a horrifying 2007 crash, UTV racer Tanner Godfrey achieved redemption with an epic jump that shattered the previous world record at Mesquite Off-Road Weekend in February.
Undeterred by pouring rain, hip-hop star Macklemore electrified a sold-out crowd at Dixie State University’s Hansen Stadium on March 8.
True Grit drew serious mountain bike competitors from across the country to Southern Utah’s desert on March 17 for the ultimate endurance challenge.
From tortoises to superheroes, the talented artists of the Kayenta Street Painting Festival amazed onlookers with their lifelike chalk creations over a weekend in mid-April.
Nearly 400 runners participated in the Hurricane Mud Run, a military-style 5K obstacle course sponsored by Utah’s National Guard, on April 20.
A surprise downpour in the afternoon of May 6 filled St. George streets with flood water and debris, creating hazardous conditions for drivers.
The Marine Corps 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit held ground realistic urban training at the St. George Municipal Airport on May 10.
With veterans, government officials and the community in attendance, the new Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins was officially dedicated on May 23.
The summer solstice brought a beautiful sight in the night sky in late June, and shutterbugs across Southern Utah whipped out their cameras to capture the natural wonder of the supermoon.
Young athletes gathered to beat the heat and win bragging rights and prizes at the Virgin River Skimboard Classic on June 29.
The first big storm of the monsoon season brought violent thunder and stunning lightning, a feast for the senses in July.
The traditional Pioneer Day parade in Washington City in July provided a twist with the march of the Stripling Warriors, dozens of young men from across Utah dressed as the heroic characters from The Book of Mormon.
Yet another summer storm arrived on July 26, bringing heavy rainfall to the St. George area.
In August, he Washington County Fair went out with a bang, from a parade and 5K to the demolition derby, delighting a packed house of thousands.
From “Gunsmoke” to “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Kanab is known as “Little Hollywood” for its popularity as a filmmaking destination in the 20th century. These classics are kept alive by the Western Legends Round-up every August.
This historic hometown tradition returned for its 79th year the weekend of Sept. 11, bringing with it all the rough-and-tumble fun expected of a rodeo.
Students gathered for a day and night of beach fun, from dancing to wakeboarding, at Sand Hollow on Sept. 28, before the fall chill set in.
Santa Clara’s hometown celebration of heritage brought pioneer pride and family fun to the city’s quaint tree-lined historic district in September.
Combining the boozy fun of Oktoberfest with worldly entertainment and Springdale’s offbeat atmosphere, Southern Utah has never seen an event quite like fall’s Rocktoberfest.
Southern Utah residents of all ages decked out in creative Halloween costumes from Dracula to Duck Dynasty for parties, trick-or-treating and more spooky fun.
From childhood to retirement, the magic of model trains is timeless. A group of Southern Utah residents formed the Color Country Model Railroad Club to share their passion for the hobby.
The traditional lighting ceremony of the St. George Temple rang in the holidays with music and no shortage of community spirit on Nov. 29.
Heavy snowfall on Dec. 7 created dangerous conditions for Southern Utah drivers, forcing transportation officials to break out seldom-used snowplows. Unfortunately, some accidents couldn’t be prevented.
The record-setting snowfall of Dec. 7 brought out the kid in all of us, as families took to their yards to delight in Southern Utah’s winter wonderland.
Hike the Red Mountain Trail and stand atop one of the most spectacular overlooks around, even by Southern Utah’s standards, ideal for souls in need of solace.
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