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Shaffer sentenced in child rape and abuse case - Iron County Today

Samuel Shaffer, who also faces child bigamy, child kidnapping and other charges in Sanpete County, was sentenced to up to life in prison after he pled guilty to child rape and abuse charges. He was part of a group calling themselves the Knights of the Crystal Blade. Shaffer believed he was married t

IRONCOUNTYTODAY.COM - 2018-05-23 16:28:16

Utah UFO Festival finds downtown home in Main Street Park in Cedar City

UFO enthusiasts are set to gather this Friday and Saturday in Main Street Park for the third annual Utah UFO Festival in Cedar City. Guests will hear from speakers including Erika Lukes, a UFO researcher and podcaster; Phillip Meshekey, Turtle Clan member; and Jim Mann and Stacey Wright from Arizona


SUV blows 2 tires, rolls off I-15 north of Cedar City, police say

Tow truck personnel prepare to remove a Chevrolet Tracker SUV from the scene of a rollover crash on southbound Interstate 15, Cedar City, Utah, May 22, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News


Woman flown to 2 hospitals in ‘very critical condition’ after I-15 rollover

Pontiac extensively damaged in single-vehicle rollover on I-15 that critically injured a passenger, Parowan, Utah, May 22, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

STGEORGEUTAH.COM - 2018-05-23 00:00:00

Utah Knights of the Crystal Blade ‘prophet’ will serve at least 26 years in prison for child abuse

(James Dobson | The Spectrum | The Associated Press) The fifth district court takes Samuel Shaffer's guilty plea to felony rape of a child and felony child abuse at court in Cedar City, Utah, Wednesday, February 20, 2018. The self-styled prophet accused of secretly marrying young girls because of hi

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE - 2018-05-22 17:13:08

Zion National Park warns of heavy crowds for Memorial Day weekend

The three-day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the busy season at Zion, with officials expecting the crowds to approach or surpass last year’s counts of more than 75,000 people.

SPECTRUM - 2018-05-23 17:27:00

Fundraiser for Kimberly Simpson set for Memorial Day - Iron County Today

CEDAR CITY—The 15thannual “Colleen and Kay Scott Memorial Day Foundation Fundraiser” will be held on Monday, May 28 in the Cedar City Main Street Park. Funtime Inflatable Rides, music, hot dogs, cotton candy, sno cones and games and activities for everyone begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., alon

IRONCOUNTYTODAY.COM - 2018-05-23 16:41:17

Opinion | Creative destruction is leaving many workers behind

Dave Kloke joins reenactors in driving spikes into the Steam Into History railroad near New Freedom, Pa., in 2013 as part of the Golden Spike reenactment of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. (Jason Plotkin/AP)

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-05-23 17:46:00

Self-styled prophet sentenced in child-rape case

Shaffer, 34, and a friend formed the group based on arcane Mormon ideas long abandoned by the mainstream church and each believed himself to be married to two young girls, prosecutors have said.

ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS - 2018-05-22 19:53:00

Iron County cult leader sentenced to 26 years to life for crimes against child | Gephardt Daily

Samuel Shaffer. Photo: Court pool, Feb. 20, 2018.CEDAR CITY, Utah, May 22, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The leader of what has been described as a doomsday polygamous cult has been sentenced to 26 years-to-life in prison for child rape and abuse.Sam Shaffer, leader of the Iron-County based Knights of the

GEPHARDTDAILY.COM - 2018-05-22 16:50:33

St. George growth running into the desert tortoise reserve

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The desert tortoise doesn't make a lot of noise, but it has a pretty big footprint in Southwest Utah.

FOX 13 NOW - SALT LAKE CITY - 2018-05-23 00:36:32

'The Last Cowboys:' Utah rodeo family subject of new book

Bill Wright, wearing a blue paisley button-down shirt and a black cowboy hat, sat with his arm folded, a natural frown resting on his face. To his left was his wife, Evelyn, and next to her John Branch, the one-time stranger who had embedded himself within the Southern Utah family for his new book “

SPECTRUM - 2018-05-23 02:38:00

News Nuggets - Iron County Today

Congratulations to the winners of Enoch’s Battle of the Books. The 5th grade team, The Burritos, the 4th grade team, The Olympic Readers, and the 3rd grade team, The Hawk Eyes, will compete in the Grand Battle at South Elementary on May 17.


The polygamous border town of Colorado City opens its first bar

COLORADO CITY, Ariz. -- It started with making beer in a garage. Now, this polygamous border town has its first-ever brewery.


Boy Scout Expo celebrates program, honors first responders

A parade of flags and a balloon release honoring first responders kicked off the festivities. Visitors saw police dogs in action, took turns conquering the National Guard Climbing Wall and learned how to set up an ideal camp. The Cedar City Fire Department took the opportunity to display its ladder


Students celebrate good acts in Kindness Counts

Following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Cedar City local Mari Hobson decided that the community needed to celebrate the good happening in her community. Organizing with local businesses and schools, she designed a program for students to be rewarded whenever they do a random act of kindness.


Red Rock Singers to share meaningful messages - Iron County Today

CEDAR CITY – Red Rock Singers present their annual spring concert “How can I Keep from Singing?,” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S. 300 West, Cedar City). A $5 donation is recommended at the door. Please no children under six.


CUTV News Radio Spotlights Ginger Spears of Sharing My Many Skills

CEDAR CITY, UTAH— For Ginger Spears, herbalist, organization specialist and Emotion Code Practitioner, healing is all-of-the-above. Ginger has so many skills and dimensions she has even named herpracticeand its pageSharing My Many Skills.


Utah community starts charging $8 to hike popular canyon

KANARRAVILLE, Utah (AP) — A community in southwest Utah has begun charging visitors to hike a popular slot canyon.Hikers at Kanarraville Falls began paying $8 for an individual permit this month.The Salt Lake Tribunereportsabout 40,000 people travel to the town of Kanarraville every year to hike the


St George UT Gated Community - Stone Cliff Market Repor

Stone Cliff gated community has lots of amenities including an indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor pool, tennis courts and club house with fitness equipment. This gated community also has a guard on duty, to assure your privacy. Landscaped common areas are well manicured and maintained.