Traffic overloads Springdale as town seeks remedies – St George News

Springdale is creating a transportation plan to to help reduce the number of private vehicles on the road, Springdale, Utah | Photo provided by St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Traffic is clogging up Springdale roads, city officials say,  and the town is seeking ways to reduce it. The town is developing the Downtown Circulation and Active Transportation plan. Springdale recently surveyed residents and is compiling the results. Springdale also conducted a transportation study by Fehr & Peers, a civil engineering firm.

Long lines of people await the shuttles inside Zion National Park, Utah, June 3, 2021 | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

“If we could reduce the number of private vehicles by getting more people onto shuttles or bicycles, it would be a win for the residents,” Barbara Bruno, mayor of Springdale, said. “My biggest transportation challenge is getting through town on our only thoroughfare when there is so much visitor traffic.”

She said the speed limit varies from 40  to 30 miles per hour approaching Zion National Park, but traffic rarely moves at that rate.

“More often, the line of traffic is moving at 15 to 20 mph and coming to a complete standstill,” Bruno said.

The mayor said the situation is getting so severe that residents living near a shuttle stop often leave their vehicles at home and they ride shuttles, adding that Springdale is working to improve mobility and safety for walking, bicycling, taking the shuttle, and driving.

Bruno asks those visiting for the day to use one of the city parking lots to help ease traffic. There is public parking on Lion Boulevard for all-day visits, but she said those spots fill up fast. There is paid roadside parking on SR-9.

Springdale seeks to reduce congestion through the Downtown Circulation and Active Transportation Plan with input from its residents and an engineering firm, Springdale, Utah, unspecified date | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

“Washington County owns property outside of Rockville. They are ready and willing to develop a parking lot there,” Bruno said. “Visitors could board a shuttle or get on a bike there and travel through Springdale without their vehicle.”

Tourists that stay in the town’s hotels and transient lodging units can also contribute to the solution. Bruno said they could park their vehicle at their lodging and walk, bike, or ride a shuttle to get around town and into Zion National Park.

“I believe this is how they will have their best experience here,” Bruno said.

The Transportation Plan will address the traffic and parking congestion impacts of increasing visitation to Zion and growing development in Springdale, Tom Dansie, Director of Community Development said.

“As more people come to Springdale to visit the Park, shop, and eat, they bring more vehicle congestion to the town,” Dansie said. “The town has encouraged more people to get around using bikes, and now we are seeing a huge increase in the number of bikes, mostly ebikes, on the street.”

Although more people are moving around without causing vehicle traffic and parking congestion, it still brings issues and impacts to Springdale.

“The Transportation Plan will analyze all these issues and propose short, medium, and long-term solutions to help improve traffic flow and transportation efficiency,” Dansie said.

According to the town’s recent email to residents, the challenges are for all modes of transportation. The Springdale Circulation and Active Transportation Plan will develop strategies to help mitigate the negative impacts of increased traffic in the community, the email stated.

The Springdale Circulation and Active Transportation Plan outline the top five conflict zones as follows:

  1. Zion Canyon Lodge
  2. Winderland Lane
  3. Canyon Springs Rd & Sage Lane
  4. Desert Pearl Restaurant
  5. Hampton Inn/Visitor Center

Solutions proposed by this plan the town’s council will consider in the future include ten options, including crosswalk enhancements that would increase the visibility of pedestrian crossings and encourage drivers to slow down. The recommendation is to install flashing beacons to encourage motorists to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing. These flashing beacons also reduce the threat of rear-end crashes for motorists. They communicate with approaching motorists that a pedestrian is attempting to cross. There are eight crosswalks currently along the SR-9 study corridor in Springdale.

Conflict striping is another proposed plan which alerts drivers to be aware of people on bicycles and increases the visibility of conflict points between turning vehicles and people on bikes. The plan advises using green paint to highlight high-priority conflict zones between people on bicycles and turning cars at driveways, shuttle stops, and other conflict points.

Then a mobility hub/satellite parking area that provides visitors with multiple ways to reach Springdale and other destinations. The plan recommends that the county-owned area in Rockville be the hub. By diverting visitors before they enter Springdale, traffic and congestion in town can be reduced, the study found.

The plan states another benefit of the parking area is for large freight vehicles to offload goods. Then they transfer the items to smaller delivery vehicles, reducing the impact of freight vehicles in town.

For more information on the plan, contact the town’s offices at [email protected]

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NEW ORLEANS — On Monday, May 23, weather permitting, the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works contractor, Boh Brothers Construction Company, LLC, will begin construction on the Martin Luther King Jr. (St. Charles – S. Claiborne) Patch Mill Overlay project. Parking restrictions and temporary changes to traffic patterns along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will start at 7:30 a.m. and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the project. Construction crews will be working the full length of the travel lane in each direction from St. Charles Avenue to S. Claiborne Avenue.  


Residents in this area are being notified of the project start and construction impact by neighborhood canvass. The project team will work to minimize impacts to trash pick-up and postal deliveries and will address issues during construction raised from businesses and residents. 

During this time, crews will be completing roadway and subsurface utility repairs, which will require temporary changes to traffic and parking. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (St. Charles – S. Claiborne) will remain open to two-way traffic through the duration of construction. In the event of closures or detours, motorists will be notified through future traffic advisories.

The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase will include patching and resurfacing the lane next to the neutral ground with traffic routed to the current parking lane. The second phase will shift the traffic to the newly-paved travel lane with patching and resurfacing to be completed on the lanes next to the sidewalk. A travel lane will remain open in each direction throughout construction. 


The $4.8M Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (St. Charles – S. Claiborne) Patch Mill Overlay project was designed by HNTB Corporation and is being constructed by Boh Brothers Construction Company, LLC. Click here to view the community meeting presentation and map of the project. The scope of work includes replacement and repaving of roadways, replacement of sidewalks and driveway aprons, installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps at intersections and installation of protected bicycle lanes. In general, the contractor is working from 7 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Friday. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2023, weather permitting.  

Since May 2018, DPW has completed 99 projects with an estimated value of $282M. Today, more than 70roadwork projects are under construction, with an estimated value of nearly $700M.    

Please visit for more information. Questions about this project or RoadworkNOLA should be directed to 504.658.ROAD (7623) or


To better serve our residents with more timely communication, RoadworkNOLA is in the process of building our distribution list to provide important construction updates via text messaging. To sign up, you can text ROADWORK to 77295 or go to to create a whole profile and select the “roadwork” alert list. 

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The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using local and federal funds, the $2.3 billion program is the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation.   


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How to watch the Ironman World Championship triathlon in St. George or on TV — and what to watch for

Kevin Lewis has a hot tip for spectators at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship in St. George: You might think that after spending from sunrise to sunset on the course in the sun and wind and sometimes sleet — not to mention generating the energy to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles — the last thing racers in Saturday’s Ironman World Championship in St. George would want to do is party.

And that’s where you’d be wrong, noted Lewis, director of the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office.

“Get down there at 11 o’clock at night, watch the end of the race,” he said. “It’s the only sport I know where the last person who crossed the finish line may get more applause than the first.”

This will be the first time Ironman’s marquee event has been held outside of Hawaii in its 44-year history. And the course is unlike any other Ironman, full- or half-distance, that St. George has hosted. So, keeping track of athletes and knowing where and when to watch the action — or how to avoid it — will be new for everyone.

Enter our spectator’s guide. Whether you’re watching from the couch, the computer or in the crowd on-site, these are the key facts you need to know.


This will be the 43rd running of the Ironman World Championship, a race that started with a couple handfuls of people in Oahu, Hawaii, before it was moved in 1980. Kona, which has become synonymous with the race, has been its home ever since — well, until the islands’ stringent COVID-19 policies forced the relocation of this race.

This year’s race will be considerably bigger. The biggest yet, in fact. Because of fewer space constraints and because athletes have been qualifying since 2019, Diana Bertsch, the vice president of world championship events for The Ironman Group, said she expects between 3,000 and 3,500 racers Saturday. The previous biggest was 2,385 entrants in 2018.

(Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office) A pack of men gain elevation during the first Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon held in St. George, on Sept. 18, 2021. In a span of 13 months, the city will host two 70.3 World Championships and the first full-distance Ironman World Championship held outside of Kona, Hawaii.

Some of those racers got in simply because they signed up for the annual St. George 70.3 before it was converted to a world championship. Most, however, had to earn their spot by doing well in a qualifying race, by racing 12 or more Ironman triathlons or by winning an eBay auction.

Each racer has 17 hours to finish from the time they start. Go beyond that, and they officially do not finish. Each leg also has its own cutoff. It’s 2 hours, 20 minutes for the swim, 10:30:00 for the bike and whatever is left of those 17 hours for the run.


The professionals should have no problem wrapping up their races before the cutoff. The winning man will be expected at the finish line close to 2:15 p.m., or about eight hours after his 6:15 a.m. start. The top woman will arrive closer to 3 p.m., or 8:40:00 after her 6:20 a.m. start. For the record, Jan Frodeno of Germany holds the title for the fastest time after winning the 2019 event in 7:51:13. Daniela Ryf of Switzerland set the bar for the women in 2018 with a time of 8:26:18.

Frodeno, who won three of the past five championships, will miss Saturday’s race after partially tearing his Achilles. Men’s favorites, then, include the likes of defending Olympic gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway, Lionel Sanders of Canada and former St. George 70.3 champions Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain.

Ryf won four straight from 2015-18 and will be trying to regain her crown after Anne Haug of Germany won in 2019. Haug also returns as a favorite. Germany’s Laura Philipp, the top-ranked athlete in the Pro Triathlete Organization, meanwhile dropped out Monday after testing positive for COVID. Another contender, Lucy Charles-Barclay, withdrew with a stress fracture in her left hip. That could leave the door open for Salt Lake City’s own Skye Moench. Moench, rated No. 8 in the world, will be making her world championship debut but has five St. George races in her repertoire and recently set the American women’s Ironman record.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)Triathlete Skye Moench seems pretty well adjusted for a pro Ironman racer (ranked No. 8 in the world) and a CPA, as she trains in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

The winners each receive $125,000 for their efforts. Second garners $65,000. But that money will be hard earned on the St. George course that Ryf told a triathlon website she expects “will destroy everyone.” The bike has 7,374 feet of elevation gain and the run adds 1,413 feet of climbing. That makes it only slightly less grueling than the first three full Ironman races held in St. George from 2010-12, before it was shortened to a 70. 3 because it was considered too hard.

Click these links for maps of the swim, bike and run courses.


So, you’ve decided you’re not committed enough to drive to St. George for the race, and that’s understandable. But are you committed enough to watch the entire race?

If the answer is yes, your options are to cue up Facebook or YouTube and tune into the live webcast via the Ironman Now page or channel. The webcast will cover the event from tip to tail. When Ironman debuted this feature in 2018 (previously NBC’s coverage didn’t air until a few weeks after the race), an estimated 20 million viewers tuned in. Organizers expect twice that many this year.

Rick Egan | Tribune File Photo Competitors swim the first leg of the Ironman competition in Sand Hollow Reservoir near St. George, in the St. George Ironman competition, Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Just interested in the pros? Then tune in via NBC’s Peacock app. Coverage there will start at 6 a.m and continue until the end of the elite competition.

The Tribune will also be in St. George reporting on the action. For that coverage, follow @julie_jag and @trenthead on Twitter or @julie_jag.sltrib and on Instagram.

Another handy app to have on your phone while watching, whether you’re doing so in person or during your kid’s Saturday soccer game, is the Ironman Athlete Tracker. Available for Apple and Android, it does just what it sounds, so you can follow your favorite pro or age-grouper around the course without even picking up your feet (consider checking in on No. 179. That’s Kyle Brown of Kaysville, who will be in a race against the clock to become just the second person with Lou Gehrig’s disease to compete in a world championship).


Whether you decide to make the drive on a whim or have been planning it since the world championships announcement last September, prepare to immerse yourself in triathlon if you travel to the St. George area. Also prepare to be detoured, turned back and delayed by the myriad road closures.

Definitely check out this interactive map before you go. Some road closure signs will have QR codes on them directing drivers to alternative routes. However, the Greater Zion tourism office also suggests downloading Waze as one of the ways to help navigate traffic and detours.

A few items of note both for people following the race and those who may just be passing through or in the area for non-Ironman-related sightseeing.

  • Access to and the flow of Interstate 15 should not be disrupted, though cyclists will be passing underneath and riding alongside it for several miles.

  • Traffic into and out of Snow Canyon State Park and The Ledges golf course along State Highway 18 will be greatly delayed between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. One southbound lane will be part of the bike route from Veyo to St. George. Snow Canyon Drive, an alternative access to the area, will be closed during the race. Similarly, Gunlock Road will be closed to northbound traffic from Shvwits to Veyo, including through Gunlock State Park.

  • No private vehicles will be allowed into the Sand Hollow Reservoir area Saturday. Anyone wanting to watch the swim portion will have to take a shuttle. Free shuttles from the Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S Convention Center Dr., can take spectators to Town Square in downtown St. George. From there, another shuttle can take them to Sand Hollow. To catch the pro races, it has been suggested spectators should be on the Dixie Center shuttle by 5:15 a.m.

  • Most of the action, including the finish, will be centered around Town Square. TV screens showing the Facebook Live feed of the race will be set up in the area.

Another word of advice: Watch the weather. It is currently expected to be hot and dry, with a forecast high of close to 90 degrees and humidity peaking at 15%. But, this being St. George, that could change any minute, so come prepared with sunscreen as well as a rain slicker.

And if you can manage it after the early start, make sure to go — or at least tune in — to the finish-line mayhem at midnight as athletes race against the cutoff time. Bertsch, the Ironman Group VP, agrees it’s the best part of the vast and exhausting event.

“It’s pretty spectacular,” she said. “The finish line of an Ironman race, it definitely gets into your soul. There’s a piece of it you take home with you.”

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Ironman World Championship traffic impacts, detours – St George News

ST. GEORGE — As the largest Ironman event Southern Utah has ever seen approaches, traffic impacts on race day and leading up to it aren’t far behind.

In this file photo, a scene from the Ironman 70.3 World Championships held in St. George, Utah Sept. 18, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

The Ironman World Championship will take place May 7, with athletes and associated supporters expected to start arriving in the weeks leading up to the Saturday race. As it is a larger event than usual, area officials have advised residents to expect heavier traffic while also asking them to be being mindful of the athletes using local roads for training prior to race day.

Road closures taking place May 7 will be similar to those that occur during the annual Ironman 70.3 race through the county, and will run through parts of Hurricane, Washington City, St. George, up state Route 18, the Gunlock area and through Snow Canyon State Park and Ivins.

As this will be a full Ironman and not the usual 70.3 event, however, parts of the course have been modified to accommodate the 138.2-mile biking and running parts of the race. This includes a part of the marathon course running onto Dixie Drive and down toward Mathis Park and through the Green Springs area of St. George.

The greater length of the race also means it will take longer and won’t conclude by the early afternoon. Instead, the race and associated traffic impacts will stretch in the evening as well, particularly in St. George, said Marc Mortensen, assistant city manager of operations in St. George.

“It won’t be impossible to get around,” he said. “You just need to plan ahead.”

Jeffrey Sample races in the Ironman 70.3 St. George triathlon race, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

In an effort to get the word out on the traffic impacts the race will create, Ironman event planners and the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office have sent mailed notices on the impacts to the homes and businesses that will be affected, Mortensen said. The city of St. George also provided additional notice to residents about the race in their utility bills, he said.

Reader boards notifying motorists of pending road closures have also been set up on state Routes 7, 9 and 18.

Another method being used to help people get around town is through signs posted by closed roads that have a QR code on them, Mortensen said. A motorist can pull over to the sign, scan the QR code into their phone and be taken to a page detailing a detour they can take.

An overview of the Ironman World Championship course, road closures and detours, and an interactive map showing their locations, can be found on the Greater Zion website. Part of this information is also shared below, courtesy of the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office.

Road closures may also begin as early as May 2 in some areas. Race times may also be subject to changes depending on the progression of the participants.

The Ironman World Championship race course

Swimming course | Cycling course | Running course

In this file photo used for illustrative purposes, barricades mark a road closure on Telegraph Street in Washington City, Utah, Sept. 26, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Road impacts and Closures


  • Sand Hollow Road/Dixie Springs | Road closures and delays beginning at 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • North of State State/SR-9 | Road closures and delays beginning at 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Businesses along SR-9 in the Legacy Park/Fairgrounds area/5300 West | Road closures and delays beginning at 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Snow Canyon State Park | Closures and delays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Center Street | Closures and delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Kwavasa Drive | Closures and delays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. George

All-day street closures between May 2-8.

  • Tabernacle from Main to 300 West.
  • Main Street from 100 South to the Advenire and Zions Bank entrances.
In this file photo, a shot of the bike course of the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah, May 1, 2021 | Photo courtesy of the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office, St. George News

Expect delays on routes around the IRONKids race at 9 a.m., May 3, Parade of Athletes at 5:30 p.m., May 3, and the Land of Endurance Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., May 5, primarily around Town Square.

May 7-8 (Saturday and Sunday) traffic impacts.

  • Red Hills Parkway | Road closures and delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Snow Canyon Parkway | Road closures and delays 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Ledges Parkway | Road closures and delays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Diagonal Street | Road closures and delays from 9 a.m. on May 7 to 3 a.m. on May 8.
  • Bluff from Sunset Boulevard to Snow Canyon Parkway | road closures and delays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bluff from W 1250 North to Sunset Boulevard | Road closures and delays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Dixie Drive | Delays 9 a.m. on May 7 to 2 a.m. on May 8.
  • Main Street from Diagonal to 100 South | Closed from 7:00 a.m. on May 7 to 2 a.m. on May 8.
  • Tabernacle Street from 400 East to 300 West | Closed all day.
  • St. George Boulevard | Closed at the intersection of Main Street from 10 a.m. on May 7 to 2 a.m. on May 8.

Washington City

  • Telegraph Street | Closures and delays from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Washington Parkway | Closures and delays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Main Street | Closures and delays from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Buena Vista Boulevard | Closures and delays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Green Spring Drive | Closures and delays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In this file photo, participants biking in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 in Southern Utah, May 4, 2019 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News


  • Old Dixie Highway 91/Gunlock Road | Closures and delays 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Southbound one-way traffic only from Veyo to Old Dixie Highway 91.

Alternate routes

State Route 9

State Route 9 is a major highway connecting Interstate-15, and the communities on the west side of Washington County (St. George, Washington, Santa Clara, Ivins) to Hurricane, LaVerkin, Toquerville, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east. Motorists are encouraged to avoid SR9 during the race on May 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please use the following alternate routes:

Southbound I-15 | Use Exit 27 (Anderson Junction) toward Toquerville, LaVerkin, Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east. Avoid Exit 16.

Northbound I-15 | Avoid Exit 16. Instead, continue north to Exit 27 (Anderson Junction) toward Toquerville, La Verkin, Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east.

SR-9 from Springdale, Zion National Park | Avoid westbound SR9 in Hurricane. Instead, use SR17 north to access I-15.

SR-9 from Hurricane | Avoid westbound SR9. Instead, use SR9 east to SR17 north to access I-15.

SR-59 from Apple Valley, Hildale, Colorado City | Avoid westbound SR9 in Hurricane. Instead, use SR9 east to SR17 north to access I-15.

In this 2020 file photo for illustrative purposes only of SR-9 near the Quail Lake Estates, Hurricane, Utah, June 25, 2020 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

State Route 7 (Southern Parkway)

State Route 7 is a major highway connecting St. George to State Route 9 in Hurricane and other communities on the east. SR-7 will be closed in both directions from the SR-9 interchange to Warner Valley Road with no vehicle access from 4:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please consider the following alternate routes:

Hurricane to St. George Area | SR-7 is closed in both directions from Warner Valley Road to the SR-9 interchange. SR-9 has only one lane of traffic in both directions. Avoid westbound SR-9 in Hurricane. Instead, use SR-17 north to access I-15.

St. George to Hurricane, La Verkin, Springdale, Zion National Park | SR-7 is closed in both directions from Warner Valley Road to the SR-9 interchange. Use I-15 northbound to Exit 27 (Anderson Junction) toward Toquerville, La Verkin, Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east.

State Route 18

State Route 18 is a major highway connecting St. George and other communities in southern Washington County to Dammeron Valley, Veyo, Brookside, Central, and Enterprise on the north. Motorists are encouraged to avoid SR18 between St. George and Veyo during the race on May 7 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you must use SR-18, expect a lane-shift configuration and delays. Additional detours will be encountered as vehicles enter or leave St. George. Please consider the following alternate routes:

Southbound | At Veyo, turn onto W. Center Street/Gunlock Drive and follow Gunlock Drive to Santa Clara/St. George. Southbound traffic only.

Southbound (Large Trucks) | From Enterprise, use SR-18 eastbound toward Cedar City/I-15.

Northbound (Large Trucks) | From St. George, use I-15 to Cedar City before heading west on SR-18.

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St. Louis mayor under fire for quadrupling travel budget

Spending squabbles at City Hall: Board of Alderman President scrutinizes mayor’s travel expenses, salary perks

ST. LOUIS — Two days before Mayor Tishaura Jones traveled to a conference in Washington, D.C., she faced questions at city hall about her proposal to expand taxpayer funds for her travel expenses. 

The mayor proposed spending a total of $2.5 million to run her office this year, a 30% increase over 2020 spending levels. Included in the budget request is an extra $7,500 for travel, an extra $3,000 for “education and training,” an extra $2,000 for transportation, and $27,500 in added expenses to pay for “membership fees.”

“These are the membership fees for the U.S. Conference of Mayors as well as the African American Mayors Association,” Jones replied.

Membership for a city the size of St. Louis costs $12,242 at the U.S. Conference of Mayors and $15,000 for the African American Mayors Association, according to their respective websites. 

Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed (D-St Louis) called that a “significant amount of taxpayer money” during a budget hearing at the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Tuesday night. 

“We can dive into this deeper later when we get it over to the Board of Alderman,” Reed said, suggesting the mayor may face an uphill battle getting her spending plan through city hall. 

Reed also pressed the mayor to explain why she chose to supplement her salary with an extra $30,000 in a “contingency fund.”

“I have an option to accept it as salary and I have done so,” Jones replied.

When Reed pressed her a second time, Jones retorted, “Well, it’s expensive to be mayor and to travel to all these conferences, and that’s essentially what that fund has been used for in the past.”

In a Thursday afternoon interview with 5 On Your Side, the mayor’s spokesman defended the perk. 

“Mayor Slay, Mayor Krewson, and now Mayor Jones have all used the same exact process,” spokesman Nick Desideri said. “This is not new. This $30,000 requirement is in the city code. So I don’t understand why the board president is so frustrated. In his 12 years on the board, at least to my knowledge, he never had a problem with it under previous administrations.”

In a Facebook post, the Ethical Society of Police echoed comments Reed made on Tuesday night. 

“The mayor also would receive a more than 20% increase in pay by accepting the $30,000 mayoral ‘contingent fund’ on top of her $132,000 salary,” the ESOP statement said. “Whether or not this is in line with past mayors, and though part of those funds will cover annual expenses, this increase is grossly out-of-touch with the raises allocated to our first responders and other city workers.”

“These are taxpayer dollars,” Desideri acknowledged. “We always welcome scrutiny and tough questions, and we’re always ready to respond to them and emphasize how we’re using these funds are critical to running city services.”

The mayor has proposed spending another $12 million in American Rescue Plan funds on “compensation adjustments,” and has also pledged to fund 3% pay raises for city workers in addition to the regularly scheduled 1.5% step increases.

The Board of Aldermen are scheduled to meet in person at city hall on Friday morning.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify the mayor’s proposed 3% pay raises for city workers would not come directly from federal funds. 

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Resident displaced when fire tears through travel trailer on Old Highway 91 in Littlefield – St George News

Heavy smoke billows from travel trailer parked on Old Highway 91 as bystanders jump in to help until fire crews arrive in Littlefield, Ariz., April 19, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire and Rescue, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Bystanders jumped in to help when a travel trailer caught fire on Old Highway 91 in Littlefield, Arizona, a blaze that destroyed the trailer and left the occupant displaced Tuesday morning.

Firefighters tackle blaze burning in a travel trailer parked on Old Highway 91 in Littlefield, Ariz., April 19, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire and Rescue, St. George News

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. MDT, firefighters were dispatched to a fire involving a travel trailer parked near the Beaver Dam Station and Bar on North Old Highway 91.

Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire Chief Jeff Hunt told St. George News the incident was less than a mile from the fire station, which allowed for a quick responseFire crews arrived within minutes of the page to find two bystanders dousing the flames with garden hoses.

“Those bystanders were doing what they could without any gear or equipment really, other than the hoses,” Hunt said. “But they were just in there trying to help stop the spread of the fire.”

Fire crews initiated an aggressive attack on the blaze, which was quickly spreading throughout the interior of the trailer. The suppression efforts were successful in confining the flames to the inside of the trailer.

Even so, Hunt said, the interior of the travel trailer was completely destroyed, as well as a majority of the contents inside. He also said the trailer was unoccupied when the fire started, adding the woman living in the trailer was not home at the time. The resident drove up while fire crews were still busy tackling that blaze.

Once the active flames were extinguished, fire crews remained at the scene pulling ceiling material and checking for hot spots, a task that continued for about 45 minutes or so.

Hunt said the scenario of this particular fire was peculiar, considering that with most fires involving this type of structure, the shell or skin of the trailer catches fire and burn as the flames extend throughout the trailer. But in this case, he said, the exterior skin of the structure remained relatively intact.

“We just don’t normally see that,” Hunt added.

Inside of travel trailer parked on Old Highway 91 is destroyed when a fire burns through interior and leaves a resident displaced in Littlefield, Ariz., April 19, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire and Rescue, St. George News

The fire appears to have started near one of the outside compartments that connect to the refrigerator inside the trailer, a compartment that Hunt said encased some cabling, wires and other materials that could have been damaged, since one of the covers appeared to be missing. The chief went on to say he was speculating at that point, adding the investigation into the cause is still ongoing.

The trailer was destroyed in the blaze and the occupant appeared to be making emergency arrangements over the phone when fire crews were still at the scene. If the resident is unable to find emergency shelter, Hunt said, then the Arizona Red Cross can step in to help with temporary shelter and provisions.

The Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire and Rescue responded and tended to the scene, along with deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office that were called in to assist.

The fire damage was confined to the travel trailer itself and no injuries were reported.

This report is based on statements from police, emergency personnel or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. 

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Tips For Planning a Golf Trip to St Andrews |

Every year, thousands of golfers from across the world make their own journey to St Andrews. A visit to the town is something that everybody who loves our great game should do at least once in their lifetime. However, with centuries of history to consume, dozens of courses to play, and an abundance of notable off-course landmarks to discover, how can you make the most of your own trip to the Home of Golf? Simple – check out our handy guide below!

The Courses

There are plenty of reasons to head to St Andrews on a trip, but the golf itself should surely be top your list! In addition to the iconic Old Course, the town and its surrounding area is home to more than a dozen top-quality layouts, all well versed in accommodating visiting parties of all sizes, ages and abilities. The St Andrews Links Trust manages seven courses in the town; The Old, The New, The Jubilee, The Castle, The Eden, The Balgove, and The Strathtyrum. As you’d imagine, all are in fantastic condition and are just about as pure a links experience as you’re likely to get anywhere on the planet. Despite its name, The New Course dates back to 1897, whilst the Eden and Jubilee have both also celebrated centenaries; keeping the Old Course – or Grand Auld Lady – company for quite some time.

Elsewhere within the town, the Fairmont Hotel also boasts two courses in the Kittocks and Torrance. Whilst these layouts aren’t managed by the Links Trust, they have played host to European Tour events over the years, and offer an idyllic resort-type experience in St Andrews with the golf right there on site. Likewise, the Duke’s Course on the outskirts of town presents an alternative style of golf too.

One of the beauties of St Andrews is also its proximity to other world-class courses in the area. Some, such as Crail and Lundin Links, have been in the area for almost as long as those within the Links Trust. However, as an increased number of visitors have flocked to the region over the past 50-years, additional layouts have continued to open, with some of the most notable including Kingsbarns, and the more recent – yet highly acclaimed – course at Dumbarnie Links.

Playing The Old

St Andrews Old Course

It’s the reason many head to the region, and worthy of its own section here, as playing The Old Course at St Andrews requires some forward planning. The first two methods of playing The Old Course both involve a ballot. Each year, the Links Trust opens up a certain number of tee-times for the following season with golfers from around the world hoping to confirm their slot. This is arguably the ‘best’ way of booking a tee-time, as the ballot will take place towards the end of the previous year, allowing you to properly plan in the rest of your trip.

The second ballot that one can enter for tee-times on The Old Course takes place much closer to the allocated spaces. Names are pulled at random for times just 48-hours later, with successful applicants often needing to rearrange games that are planned elsewhere! This is the ideal option for those whose trip to St Andrews isn’t solely focussed on playing The Old, with golfers able to plan in their itinerary without The Old included, and swap it in if they’re successful in the ballot.

A third option includes booking through an Authorised Provider, such as Golfbreaks. Spaces with these providers are often limited, and will generally need to be part of a wider package to the town. However, if you’re looking for security around your tee-time, booking with an Authorised Provider can offer peace of mind ahead of travel.

The last option also requires the most effort … and least amount of sleep. Each day, single golfers are invited to enquire at the Starter’s Hut for available spaces on the day. If you’re willing to get there extremely early, this method generally has a decent level of success. However, with the Starter’s Hut opening at 06:30 each morning, and golfers often queuing overnight – make sure you’re well rested before joining the line! 

The Accommodation

Old Course Hotel

With more than a century’s worth of visitors coming to the town to experience golf on the hallowed turf, it should come as no surprise that St Andrews is full of excellent options for accommodation. Some of the larger hotels include the famous Old Course Hotel and The Rusacks which border the 17th and 18th fairways of The Old Course respectively. These are great options for larger groups who want the convenience of having everything on their doorstep, with hotels that have looked after guests for decades. Larger groups should also check out the Fairmont St Andrews, located just a couple of miles from the centre of town – with the hotel providing a regular minibus for guests.

Elsewhere in the town, both the Ardgowan and Hotel du Vin are super-centrally located, putting you right at the heart of the action. The Albany and Greyfriers Inn are fantastic options too, with character aplenty. In addition to the more traditional hotel offerings, there is also an ever increasing number of ‘AirBnB’ properties in St Andrews which are perfect for smaller groups – providing you’ve got a volunteer amongst you to make the breakfast!

The Local Hotspots

St Andrews Beach

St Andrews is home to two of the most famous watering holes in the sport; The Jigger Inn and The Dunvegan. Both are within a stone’s throw from The Old Course and have welcomed some of the most famous names in golf into their establishments over the years. Indeed, The Dunvegan practically uses small photo frames filled with famous faces as tiles within its rooms! Make sure to at least nip in for a swift half during your visit.

The wider town is also packed with great spots for a post-round debrief, with pubs, bars and restaurant lining the main streets in this university town. The likes of Forgans, Hams Hame Pub & Grill, and Tulsi are ever-popular with visiting golfers. Indeed, the latter is part-Indian, part-Thai (and also offers some more British-style dishes too), meaning that there literally is something to suit everybody here. Another top choice is Ziggy’s – a rock-themed restaurant offering a protein-heavy menu including ribs, steaks, burgers, and wings.

A last recommendation from us on food and drink would be to check out the offerings at the courses themselves. Whilst The Old Course doesn’t strictly have its own clubhouse bar (at least one that’s accessible to the public …), the recently refurbished Tom Morris Bar & Grill located within the St Andrews Links Clubhouse is a real treat, and just a matter of seconds from the 18th greens of both The New Course and The Jubilee

The History

St Andrews Castle

As you might expect, St Andrews is chock-full of golfing history. The home to arguably the most famous Father / Son duo in the sport, both Old Tom and Young Tom Morris left significant marks on the town. The elder Morris was the keeper of the links at St Andrews for many years, whilst designing the likes of Carnoustie, Muirfield, and Prestwick – as well as The New Course and The Jubilee Course in St Andrews .. all whilst winning The Open Championship on four occasions. His son emulated his father in winning The Open four-times, and would have likely gone on to win further trophies if not for his death aged just 24. Both Morris’ graves can be found within the town, and are a worthy addition to any trip.

Those wanting an early morning walk to clear their head should venture down to the iconic West Sands which border the courses in the town. Used as the backdrop for the famous Chariots of Fire opening scene, the sands boast two-miles of uninterrupted beach – as well as easy access to The R&A World Golf Museum and St Andrews Castle.

Lastly, and speaking of castles, the buildings around the town themselves are well worth exploring. With churches and cathedrals dating back over 900 years, and a University built in the 1400s, there’s plenty of history to sink your teeth into as you wander around some of this bustling golfing mecca’s more peaceful spots.

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