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Local ‘State of Emergency’ Declaration

Whereas, the Saddle Fire started burning in rough and inaccessible terrain on Pine Valley Mountain on or about June 13, 2016;

Whereas, high winds, high temperatures, steep slopes, and rocky terrain prevented firefighters from safely attacking the fire in its early stages;

Whereas, multiple drone intrusions have resulted in the compromised safety and well-being of aircraft and flight crews and have further hampered firefighting efforts;

Whereas, the Saddle Fire continues to grow and poses an immediate threat to the Town of Pine Valley, and its infrastructure.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on behalf of the citizens of Washington County, the Washington County Commission hereby declares this to be a Local ‘State of Emergency’ and hereby authorizes the Sheriff and other lawful Officials to take necessary measures including, but not limited to: road closures and evacuations — as are consistent with the preservation of life and property, and with effectively supporing fire suppression efforts.

DATED, this 21st day of June, 2016

SIGNED: Victor Iverson, Acting Commission Chair

ATTEST: Kim Hafen, County clerk

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If you have questions or comments, please contact us:

Alan Gardner, Commission Chair (Send an Email)
Victor Iverson, Acting Commission Chair (Send an Email)
Zachary Renstrom, Commissioner (Send an Email)

197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
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Washington County Seeks Witnesses to Help Keep Roads in the County Open and Accessible

Alan Gardner, Commissioner (435) 467-9312
Victor Iverson, Commissioner (435) 773-3078
Zachary Renstrom, Commissioner (435) 231-3874
Celeste Maloy, Deputy County Attorney (435) 986-2635

St. George and Hurricane, Utah — The County Commission is hosting open houses for individuals who used roads, especially dirt roads, located within the county prior to 1976. The County has an ongoing lawsuit against the federal government to protect local roads and needs help from local residents to establish that roads were used by the public during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Potential witnesses should be at least 60 years old, have memories of using local roads, and be willing to share their memories in an effort to establish that the roads were used continuously for 10 years or more prior to 1976.

Open houses are scheduled for:

June 21, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
County Commission Chambers
197 East Tabernacle St.
St. George, UT 84770

June 23, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hurricane City Library
36 South 300 West
Hurricane, UT 84737

Please come and share your knowledge of local history with the County Commission.

2016 Tax Sale

2016 Tax Sale

Notice is hereby given that on May 26, 2016, at 10:00 AM, I will offer for sale (unless redeemed prior to sale) at public auction, pursuant to the provisions of section 59-2-1351 Utah Code, the following described real estate situated in said county and now held by it under preliminary tax sale. This sale will be located in the Washington County Administration Building, 197 East Tabernacle, St George, Utah, and will be by open bidding wherein the full parcel will be sold to the highest dollar bidder. No bids will be accepted for an amount less than the outstanding balance as shown below which includes taxes, interest, penalty, and administrative costs. Any amount received in excess of the outstanding balance will be treated as surplus property and be paid to the State Treasurer. Successful bidders must tender full payment to the Washington County Treasurer by 4:00 pm of the business day immediately following the day of the tax sale. A partial payment of no less than 25% (non-refundable) of the bid amount must be paid to the Treasurer on the day of the sale. Payments must be cash, wire transfer, or certified funds made payable to the “Washington County Treasurer” in the exact amount of the bid. If a successful bidder fails to satisfy the requirements of this subsection, the Clerk/Auditor may contact the next highest bidder and offer the property to that bidder for the amount of the bidder’s highest bid. If this bidder declines to accept the offer, the Clerk/Auditor may then contact the next highest bidder.

The County Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any sale although it is their intent to accept all sales that meet the minimum bid requirement. The Washington County Commission will ratify this sale on June 7th, at its regular scheduled commission meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the bidder to determine the physical aspects of the land, its geographical location, accessibility, and availability or validity of water rights.

Kim M. Hafen

Published in the Spectrum
May 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2016

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