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Sam Gross

The Spectrum

St. George, UT, United States

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Past articles by Sam:

1 dead, 2 injured after Tuesday snowmobile accident near Brian Head

The fatal snowmobile accident happened Tuesday near Navajo Ridge, an area just west of Brian Head proper. → Read More

Would-be city councilmember objects after St. George says tiebreaking coin flip didn't count

After a tied vote, a coin flip decided who would be appointed as St. George's next city councilor. But now, the city says that coin flip didn't count. → Read More

Applications are in: See who applied for vacant seat on the St. George City Council

Nearly 30 people submitted applications to be appointed to Michele Randall's former seat on the St. George City Council. → Read More

Michele Randall appointed St. George's next mayor, will be first woman to hold the office

Councilwoman Michele Randall, who has served on the council since 2014, will serve out the remaining 11 months of Jon Pike's term. → Read More

Want to hike 'The Wave' in Arizona? The BLM just opened up permits to more people

Up to 64 people or 16 groups a day, which ever comes first, can get a permit to hike to the famous "wave" sandstone formation in northern Arizona. → Read More

Contact Climbing, St. George's first indoor rock climbing gym, set to open in January

Featuring 19,000 feet of space for bouldering and roped climbing, Contact hopes to replicate the type of rock climbing the region is already known for. → Read More

St. George Mayor Jon Pike will step down, accept position in Governor-elect Cox's cabinet

Governor-elect Spencer Cox has appointed Jon Pike, who has served as St. George's mayor since 2013, as Commissioner of the Utah Insurance Department. → Read More

Old Zions Bank building demolished to make way for new Washington County administration building

The county demolished the old Zions Bank building on Tuesday, clearing the site of its new $25M administration building. → Read More

With more than 91,000 votes cast, Washington County smashes records in 2020 election

The results of the 2020 general election are now final, and it was a big one. → Read More

What does Utah's mask mandate and new coronavirus restrictions mean for me?

Masks are now mandatory statewide and small social gatherings are now prohibited. Here's a breakdown of new COVID-19 restrictions in Utah. → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Utah officials to give 10 a.m. situational briefing on COVID-19

The briefing, scheduled for 10 a.m., will be streamed live from the governor's Facebook page. The Spectrum will carry that briefing here. → Read More

Utah election 2020: Early results show Rep. Chris Stewart leading race for U.S. Congress

Incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Stewart has leapt ahead in the race for CD2, but ballots are still being counted. → Read More

Utah election: Don Ipson leaps ahead in Utah Senate race 2020

Republican Don Ipson, the incumbent, appears poised to retain his seat in the → Read More

About 55K people have already voted in Washington County, about 4/5 of total 2016 turnout

Statewide, roughly 1 million Utahns have already cast their vote, and Washington County has already counted 4/5 of what it had in 2016. → Read More

Do you know the candidates? Here's a 2020 voter guide for St. George and southwest Utah

From the county commission to U.S. Congress, get to know the candidates you'll see on the ballot this year for the St. George and southern Utah area. → Read More

Utah mail-in ballots: How to fill it out and where to drop it off in Washington County

Get your ballot in the mail? Drop it off or mail it in early and remember to sign your name on the envelope. → Read More

After six states threaten to sue over Lake Powell Pipeline, Utah asks to slow the project

"We'll take the time to make sure it's done right," said Zach Renstrom, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District. → Read More

A second sinkhole has opened outside a St. George hotel where one car was already lost

After another large hole developed outside the hotel, St. George has hired a contractor to stabilize the holes and pull out water and debris. → Read More

Brush fire burning southwest of St. George in Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area

The fire, dubbed the Scrub Fire, is lightning-caused and is situated near Utah Hill to the west of St. George. → Read More

What's causing hazy skies in St. George? Major wildfires in California, Colorado to blame

As if this mid-August heatwave wasn’t enough, smoke from major wildfires in California and Colorado have worsened air quality across southern Utah. → Read More