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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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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. 

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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.
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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.

The winner of a marathon crosses the finish line and breaks the ribbon.
Courtesy of the City of St. George

St. GEORGE — This city has managed its namesake marathon for the past four decades. But now, for the first time, officials here are asking whether a private contractor may be a better way to go.

A city of white buildings is shown in the distance, sitting between red rock canyons and desert.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

The St. George Metropolitan Area has ranked among the fastest-growing areas in the country for decades. But now, there are signs of a slowdown.

A red rock hill rises behind a foreground of sand, sage and juniper.
David Fuchs / KUER

KANAB — A proposed frac sand mine that sparked controversy here over its use of water and other environmental damage will not move forward. 

A Bureau of Land Management official addresses a crowd in front of his office building.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — It’s not every day that a crowd of nearly 50 people gathers in front of the Bureau of Land Management office here.

A baby's hand grasps the finger of an adult's thumb.
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After a decade-long decline, Utah’s fertility rate is at an all-time low.

Photo of a historic firehouse that has been converted into a brewery.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Craft beers and microbreweries are a staple along the Wasatch Front and around the West, but that hasn’t been the case in this fast-growing city. Until now. 

A dirt road cuts through the grassy, desert lands in Washington County.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — The idea of the “Northern Corridor” — a roughly 2-mile stretch of road that would cross a national conservation area home to the threatened Mojave desert tortoise — has generated controversy for decades in Washington County.

A one-story, ranch style building sits in front of a backdrop of red cliffs at dusk.
Courtesy of Creek Valley Health Clinic

When the Creek Valley Health Clinic celebrates its grand opening on Dec. 18, it will have been over a year in the making.

A semitrailer lays on its side as traffic piles up behind it.
Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

ST. GEORGE — The recent flurry of winter storms that caused accidents and traffic problems across the state did not leave Southern Utah untouched.

Piles of debris burn in a snow-covered forest.
Courtesy of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

Utah’s fire season is officially over following last month’s winter storms.

Photo of the Sand Hollow Reservoir
Courtesy of the Washington County Water Conservancy

ST. GEORGE — For a second year in a row, the Washington County Water Conservancy District has proposed a property tax increase to help pay for capital projects and rising inflation.

A young man poses with a goat-shaped sock puppet.
Derek Crane

Utah has a reputation for good powder and weird liquor laws. But now, it may be known for rappers, too. 

A parking lot is lined with several of Zion National Park's iconic natural-gas-powered busses. The canyon walls rise up in the background.
David Fuchs / KUER

Along with other U.S. Department of Interior agencies, Zion National Park will send three of its rangers south next year to support law enforcement efforts at national parks and monuments along the U.S. - Mexico border. 

Against a background of buttes and dry grass, an elderly man in a cowboy hat adjusts a fence post and barbed wire.
David Fuchs / KUER

KANAB — Kane County’s most populous city sits between the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Arizona Strip. It’s a dramatic landscape of red cliffs and canyons crashing into high desert grasslands — the kind of place where, when driving on backroads, clouds of dust might shoot out of the vents if you turn on the air conditioning.

Photo of a room full of people raising their hands in a sign meaning "love" in American Sign Language.
David Fuchs / KUER

WASHINGTON, Utah — The Utah State Charter School Board voted unanimously on Thursday not to close Saint George Academy.

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