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David Fuchs

Reporter, Southwest Utah Bureau

David Fuchs joined KUER in June 2019 as the station’s first Southwest Bureau reporter. He is also a corps member of Report For America, a public service program that partners with local newsrooms to bring reporters to undercovered areas across the country. From his post in St. George, David focuses on issues affecting Washington County and Utah’s southwest region, with an eye toward growth, public lands, energy, water, the environment, spirituality and political coverage at the state and federal level. Before coming to Utah, David worked with CBS News, WNYC’s Radiolab, NPR’s Morning Edition and The Kitchen Sisters. When he’s not working on a story, you'll most likely find David running, camping or playing the saxophone.

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Photo of a fire burning the golden grasses at the base of a hillside and covering the feature in smoke
Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

ST. GEORGE — The past week was a blur for firefighter Mike Melton.

An aerial shot shows an audience seated on a lawn watching an outdoor stage
Courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival

ST. GEORGE — Canceling the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season because of COVID-19 was a decision executive producer Frank Mack hoped he wouldn’t have to make.

A snow-capped mound of red earth rises up on the horizon.
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ST. GEORGE — To Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover, the Red Knoll is a special place.

A jagged series of red and white cliffs runs toward the horizon.
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ST. GEORGE — When Bryce Canyon National Park opened Wednesday morning, there were cars waiting outside the gate.

A vista looking out over a dirt road, rows of pine trees and white canyon walls.
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ST. GEORGE — Best Friends Animal Society is the new owner of roughly 1,600 acres of former state trust lands outside of Kanab.

A young child removes a bottle of a cleaning product from below a sink.
Antonio_Diaz via iStock

The Utah Poison Control Center has seen a rise in the number of calls coming in about cleaning products, hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

A view of the desert, seen from a mountain top
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Washington County will tiptoe towards some kind of normalcy on May 1.

Photo of a vista looking out over a dirt road, rows of pine trees and white canyon walls.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Kane County water officials have long said their county needed the Lake Powell Pipeline to keep up with expected demand.

But in a surprising shift last week, the county withdrew from the project that would transport water 140 miles from Lake Powell to Southwest Utah.

Soldiers load a cargo plane. An aircraft hanger marked with the words “Utah Air National Guard” is in the background.
Courtesy of Utah National Guard

ST. GEORGE — The first positive case of COVID-19 within the Utah National Guard was confirmed nearly a month ago: a soldier who was deployed outside of the state.

Two men in suits stand in front of a photo backdrop of mountains.
Screenshot of a campaign video from Greg Hughes for Governor

ST. GEORGE — When Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson signed on as Greg Hughes’ running mate on Tuesday, he became the first Southern Utahn to enter the race for the governor’s office in 2020.

 The city of St. George, seen from above. A grid of rooftops, treetops stretch out towards red cliffs in the distance.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Local leaders are pushing back on recent ABC News reports that depicted life during the coronavirus pandemic as relatively unchanged for most Washington County residents.

A roadside sign inscribed with an arrow and the words "relief center here" stands out against the red cliffs and desert landscape of Ivins, Utah.
Courtesy of Greg Federman

Greg and Rachel Federman have spent the last 14 years growing Xetava Gardens Cafe into a community staple in the small Southwest Utah city of Ivins.

The eroded spires and red and white canyon walls of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Courtesy of National Park Service

ST. GEORGE — Bryce Canyon National Park closed indefinitely to the public on Tuesday afternoon, National Park Service officials announced in a statement.

The sun sets on a red and white banded canyon wall, as a river runs along the valley floor below.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Zion National Park closed indefinitely on Friday in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Photo of the Bryce Canyon Inn.
Courtesy of Merrilee Mecham

TROPIC, Utah — Like most residents of Garfield County, Dianna Leslie depends on tourism to survive.

An empty road approaches a park entrance booth, which is out of sight. A rocky ridge rises up in the background.
David Fuchs / KUER

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks closed indefinitely on Saturday, following calls from local governments and public health departments to temporarily shut down the parks to visitors due to coronavirus concerns. 

The entrance of the Washington County Administrative Building is framed between two palm trees. A large sign sits out front.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — When the Millard county commission declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, their county became the 19th in Utah to do so in a little over two weeks. 

Photo of storefronts in downtown Salt Lake City
iStock

Utahns can now apply for disaster loan assistance because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced on Tuesday.

Photo of Jeff Burningham writing on a piece of paper.
Sonja Hutson / KUER

SALT LAKE CITY — On the steps of the state Capitol Friday morning, gubernatorial candidate Jeff Burningham announced that his campaign would stop collecting the 28,000 signatures needed to secure a place on November’s ballot.

An outdoor theater is perched on a pavilion underneath a blue, partly cloudy sky.
Courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival

CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival will be getting a bit more British over the next few years. 

Picture of an African-American man speaking to a circle of four Black Student Union members. A whiteboard with the words, “Black Lives Matter,” is in the background.
David Fuchs/KUER

ST. GEORGE — When Justice Slayton learned that a Black Lives Matter chapter was opening in Southern Utah, she had a hard time wrapping her head around it.

A Bernie Sanders campaign table is piled with stickers, signs, buttons and pens. A campaign organizing event takes place in the background
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — As the Nevada caucus results were being tallied in nearby Las Vegas, the Bernie Sanders campaign was already on the ground in Southern Utah’s most populous city.

A photo of Lake Powell
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

ST. GEORGE — Warming temperatures are causing diminishing flows for the Colorado River, according to a new study published Thursday. 

A sandy two-track road cuts through stands of pinyon pine and juniper trees.
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ST. GEORGE — Lawyers representing the state of Utah and Kane County made their closing arguments in the so-called “bellwether roads” case on Wednesday.

A field of sagebrush glows in the morning light. A mesa rises in the background.
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KANAB — As the debate over public lands management intensifies under the Trump administration, Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears have become household names. 

A yellow caution sign warns of an autonomous shuttle, which is in the background.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Washington County residents got a glimpse of the future on Tuesday, when Utah transportation officials kicked off three days of free test rides on an autonomous shuttle now touring the state.

Photo of Bears Ears Buttes.
KUER File Photo

Updated 2:24 p.m. MST 2/6/2020

In the face of ongoing litigation from tribes and conservation groups, the Trump administration has finalized plans to expand drilling, mining and grazing across southern Utah — including within the former bounds of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. 

The city of St. George is shown from above. The white temple stands above the tree-lined streets.
Kelsie Moore / RadioWest Films

ST. GEORGE — The new, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic for this fast-growing city in 2020 is “pioneer chic.”

A smattering of trees sits in the foreground beneath a large arch on a canyon rim.
David Fuchs / KUER

There’s long been a divide at the state Legislature between southern Utah and the more populous Wasatch Front. And booming growth in southwest Utah is leaving behind the rural southeast and central parts of the state, some lawmakers say. 

A water tank sits behind a chain-link fence, marked with a logo depicting a Native American man in a headdress.
David Fuchs / KUER

CEDAR CITY — A Utah lawmaker is catching heat over a proposed resolution that discourages abandoning the use of Native American names, images and symbols.

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