Katie Karalis, ABC4 Utah

Katie Karalis

ABC4 Utah

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Past articles by Katie:

Zion National Park to enforce federal mask mandate

SPRINGDALE, Utah (ABC4) – Outdoor enthusiasts are beginning to debate the new federal mask mandate in effect at all U.S. national parks. “It’s in the best interest of everybody,” Samuel Lariviere, a visitor at Zion National Park from Bend, Oregon, told ABC4. “Something that we don’t want to see restricted is our beautiful areas open […] → Read More

Only on ABC4: No evidence found in Holly Courtier’s fraud investigation, authorities say

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is now revealing the findings of a criminal investigation into Holly Courtier, the California woman who spent 12 days inside the desolate vastness of Zion National Park. In an exclusive interview with ABC4 News, Lt. David Crouse said investigators did not look into the […] → Read More

‘I was qualified, and I happen to be female’: St. George’s first female mayor shares top priorities

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) — After serving on the city council for 7 years, Michele Randall is now navigating her new role as the first female mayor in St. George. “From 1861 when the pioneers first came here to today, it’s taken that long to have a female mayor,” Randall told ABC4 News. “It’s humbling, […] → Read More

Southern Utah health officials hoping for smoother vaccine sign-up Monday

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) — Public health officials in southwestern Utah continue to ask for patience as they make efforts to sort out the many challenges that made COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups difficult for the community this week. More than 35,000 residents aged 70 and older anxious to receive their first dose poses a unique challenge […] → Read More

Emotions run high at Dixie State University as panelists debate institutional name change

Emotions ran high at Dixie State University Thursday afternoon as a board of panelists debated the proposal to change the university’s name --- a decision now up to the Utah State Legislature. → Read More

Environmentalists express concern about more permits to ‘The Wave’

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) — Local conservation groups are now expressing their concern with the new rules that more than triple visitors to ‘The Wave,’ one of the world’s most iconic geological formations located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness on the Arizona Strip. With social media platforms contributing to an explosion of […] → Read More

UHP trooper struck by alleged DUI driver on I-15

RIVERDALE, Utah (ABC4 News) — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was hit by a suspected impaired driver on I-15 near Riverdale while inside his marked patrol vehicle on New Year’s Day. According to UHP, trooper Brandon Mortensen was conducting speed enforcement on the northbound shoulder of the interstate near milepost 340 at approximately 6:30 a.m. […] → Read More

Man who loses eye after being pepper-sprayed sues City of St. George, 3 officers

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — A St. George man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging police used excessive force on him by pepper-spraying him while he was suffering from a mental health emergency, resulting in the surgical removal of his right eye and severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Benjamin Joseph “Joey” Herold, 41, and […] → Read More

Dixie Regional provides rare glimpse inside hospital during COVID-19

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — Officials at Dixie Regional Medical Center say that despite rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, there are some images the public won’t see inside their facility: a picture of chaos or staff frantically running down hallways. According to medical director Dr. Patrick Carroll, that’s not how the southern Utah medical […] → Read More

‘It’s everywhere’: Graffiti vandals at Zion National Park harm protected land

As visitation at Zion National Park reaches record highs, park officials are asking for the public’s help as they grapple with a rising challenge: unprecedented levels of graffiti along the protected sanctuary's most popular trails. → Read More

Does domestic violence spike in southern Utah during the holidays?

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — Advocates to end domestic violence in southern Utah say that home is not a safe place for a significant portion of the community. In the past five days, 12 people have been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in Washington County. Jacob Klein, 23, of St. George, a man whose family members […] → Read More

St. George Police will not enforce mask mandate unless another crime is also taking place

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — The St. George Police Department has clarified its official stance on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s statewide mask mandate. At this time, its officers will not be taking on the role of local enforcement unless there is another alleged concern occurring simultaneously, such as disorderly conduct or trespassing, police say. […] → Read More

COVID-19 cases more than double in Washington County schools

The Washington County School District is calling on parents to support Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's emergency order and work to bring COVID-19 cases down in an effort to ensure schools stay open, after cases in schools more than doubled over the past few weeks. → Read More

Washington County sees uptick in registered voters, 55K votes processed

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — Voters in the St. George area are gearing up for the election as county officials and police are working to ensure a safe and seamless day for those casting in-person ballots. Washington County Clerk-Auditor Kim Hafen says there are approximately 100,000 registered voters, an increase of about 10,000 since […] → Read More

Intermountain Healthcare transferring extra staff to Dixie Regional amid COVID-19 surge

Respiratory therapists and nurses from other hospitals with the Intermountain Healthcare system are now being transferred down to southern Utah to meeting a growing number of responsibilities and demands as cases of coronavirus continue to soar, officials at Dixie Regional Medical Center announced Thursday morning. → Read More

COVID-19 cases rising in the Washington County School District

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — As the St. George area sees its biggest spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations since the onset of the pandemic, school administrators are admonishing the public to strictly adhere to the public health guidelines in place to prevent any major outbreaks.  The Washington County School District says the rising […] → Read More

Dixie Regional Medical Center medical director urges locals to ‘separate fear from respect for COVID-19’

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — The medical director at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George says he hopes the community will “step aside” from how politicized the COVID-19 pandemic has become and work together to reverse the alarming trends the region is experiencing. “Right now, we’re trending in the wrong direction,” Dr. Patrick […] → Read More

Southwestern Utah sees record COVID-19 hospitalizations Friday

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) says it's time to get a flu shot, become creative with mask-wearing and social distancing, and work to protect the most vulnerable. → Read More

Family pleads for help in finding missing mother at Zion National Park

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (ABC4 News) – It’s been one week since a southern California mother went missing at Zion National Park. The search continues for 38-year-old Holly Courtier, of Woodland Hills, California. Courtier was last seen on Oct. 6 when she was dropped off by a private shuttle bus at the Grotto parking area, according to […] → Read More

Vast majority of state’s wildfire rehab efforts are in southern Utah, officials say

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) — In a record-breaking year for human-caused fires, the Utah Department of Natural Resources is working to restore nearly 100,000 acres of torched land from dozens of fires across the state, not including several fires that are actively burning. This year’s wildfires have burned nearly 295,000 acres of land. Fire […] → Read More