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Eccles Foundation’s generosity to rural communities has impact in Sanpete


By Robert Green




Sanpete County residents can be thankful the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation hasn’t forgotten rural Utah when it comes to generosity.

In fact, nearly every city, town and school in Sanpete has benefited from the Foundation’s philanthropy in the past 36 years.

In Sanpete County alone, the Foundation has helped fund buildings at Snow College; restored opera houses, theatres and dance halls; preserved a multitude of landmarks, museums, art galleries and libraries; beautified many cities, roads and streets; and fixed up many parks, playgrounds and schoolyards.

The Foundation has just released a 90-page report that commemorates its 60th anniversary and outlines over $600 million in grants and donations the Foundation has made since 1982 to improve the lives of all Utahns.

It’s no secret the Foundation goes out of its way to help small communities.

Lori Nay, the mayor of Gunnison and co-director of the Casino Star Theater, will attest to this. “The Eccles Foundation has been a savior to rural Utah,” she said. “They are one of the few foundations that reach out and care about rural Utah and the things we care about. They really do invest in our communities in ways that matter. So I think they are an incredible organizations and I am grateful for them.”

The Foundation has helped fund many different projects for Gunnison City since 2004, particularly helping preserve the Casino Star Theater, she said.

The Eccles Foundation has played a significant and crucial role in establishing the Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area (MPNHA), said Monte Bona, MPNHA executive director who is  executive director of the Mt. Pleasant Community Development and Renewal Agency.

“They started out giving us a $10,000 grant to help prepare a management plan (for the MPNHA) and over the years they have contributed millions of dollars to many worthwhile projects in Sanpete County,” he said. “We always try to work closely with them as they are extremely helpful with our projects.”

Sanpete County residents have appreciated the benevolence of the Eccles Foundation for a long time now.

A 2003 editorial in the Sanpete Messenger thanked the Foundation for giving more than $2 million to help build the Snow College Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, the Pioneer Memorial Gardens at the base of the Manti Temple and the Greenwood Student Center.

“Where would Sanpete County (or Utah for that matter) be without the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation?” the editorial asked.

Spencer F. Eccles, chairman and CEO, said the Eccles Foundation was created to strengthen communities and touch the lives of people in every corner of the state.

“I can’t help but be an optimist! I love Utah,” Eccles wrote in the 60th Anniversary Report. “I believe in our communities. I firmly believe in our people and especially our youth, who represent the future of our state.

“I feel greatly blessed to be a Utahn and an American. I am proud of our strong values of compassion, integrity and hard work, and of our rich Western heritage—all of which set the stage for a promising future that gives each of us an opportunity to make a meaningful difference.”


Central Utah runners take medals in Utah Summer Games last week





These girls from Sanpete and Sevier counties excelled at the Utah Summer Games. They are (L-R): Sarah Liddiard, Gunnison, Annika Liddiard, Gunnison, Janna Thompson, Manti, Jade Wimmer, Gunnison and Kaizlee Bringhurst, Monroe.

Cedar City may have been unseasonably cold this past weekend, but inside the SUU Eccles Coliseum the track and field competition was blazing hot as several Gunnison Bulldogs and one Manti Templar joined forces with other central Utah runners to make the trip to compete in the Utah Summer Games.

The Summer Games pits athletes from all around Utah and even some who travel from outside the state to compete. Running for Velocitas Track Club in the off season, Bulldogs Annika Liddiard, Jade Wimmer, Sarah Liddiard and Ethan “Ninja” Carter, joined Manti Templar Janna Thompson for the two-day competition.

Coach Carl Wimmer said, “Every one of our athletes came away with either a medal or a new personal best, we had several top five finishes and even some gold medal victories!”

Jade Wimmer took 1st place in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash; Annika Liddiard took 3rd in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dash; Sarah Liddiard took 3rd in the 800-meter run and Ethan “Ninja” Carter, who just completed an outstanding season for Gunnison, placed in the top five for both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and came away with a new personal best time in the 100 meter.

A girls 4X100 relay team that included Janna Thompson, Jade Wimmer, Annika Liddiard and a girl from Monroe, Kaizlee Bringhurst took 2nd place.

“We took nine athletes to the games, and honestly, we cleaned house,” said Wimmer. “Central Utah is quickly gaining a reputation as a track and field gold mine. I had several coaches come up to me and ask about our athletes and where our club was located, when I told them we were based out of Sanpete County Utah, they were quite impressed.”

In a personal best performance, Jade Wimmer broke two records at the Utah Summer Games that have stood for almost 30 years. She broke both the 200 meter and 400 meter records that were set in 1992.

“I knew I had broken the records, but the significance did not really hit me until dad told me he was exactly my age in 1992,” Jade said.

In breaking the 200-meter sprint record, Jade ran a personal life-time best of 25.52 which was enough to take the gold and cement her name in the Utah Summer Games Record Book. Jade who will be a senior next school year, runs for Gunnison based Velocitas Track Club when not running for the hometown Bulldogs.

Gunnison plans housing resource fair to encourage local housing growth


By Robert Stevens




GUNNISON—City leaders are hosting a housing resource fair on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at Gunnison City Hall to give people information on home-purchase and home-finance options.

The event is part of an effort to create more housing in the city, to prepare for future growth and to encourage people who work in Gunnison to live there as well.

“The city is sponsoring this event in order to connect our local people to the resources that are available for home owners and future homeowners, such as rehab and weatherization projects, first-time mortgages, reverse mortgages and various federal programs for low and moderate-income housing opportunities,” says Gunnison Mayor Lori Nay.

A number of experts will be on hand to offer advice and information. “These experts can answer questions about debt-to-income ratios and how to prepare to buy a house, along with details of state and federal programs that may be available for your benefit,” Nay says.

They can answer questions such as, “How much can I afford to pay for a home?”, “What kind of loan can I qualify for?” and “What would be my payment per month?,” the mayor said.

“For instance,” she said, “a family making $50,000 who has no debt, can potentially qualify for an $180,000, 33-year loan with a payment of $750 a month.”

Among other experts, Sharlene Wilde and Eric Jorgensen from Neighborworks Community Development Foundation of Salt Lake City will share information on how first-time buyers can participate in USDA Rural Development programs.

The evening won’t be just about getting into a home; it will also offer resources for people looking for home improvement options.

Representatives from the Six County Housing and Community Action team will share information about various federal programs for weatherization and rehabilitation, including grants for insulation, air sealing, heat efficiency, and health-and-safety items such as carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.

There are several crisis grant programs available for qualified homeowners to repair or replace broken furnaces and water heaters. There will also be information available on the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), a loan program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where the interest is determined by income and can be as low as 1 percent.

“There will be a formal question-and-answer time and an informal time where people can meet directly with these experts,” Nay says. “The city hopes many people will come and learn about these resources and benefit from this housing resource fair.”

After the resource fair, at 7 p.m., the city council will review the results from a local housing study.

As part of Gunnison City’s General Plan update and because of the council’s desire to focus further on housing issues, a study was conducted on housing inventories and housing needs.

James Wood from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and Marci Milligan of Lotus Community Development will go over the results.

“After reviewing these results and receiving input from the public, the city will draft a 2-year action plan to better meet our housing needs,” Nay says.

“Better housing opportunities for Gunnison City is economic development for Gunnison City,” she says.

According to Nay, currently only 51 percent of the people who work in Gunnison live in the Gunnison Valley. Statistics gathered during formulation of the general plan found the city is growing 1 to 2 percent annually, which is below the growth rate of surrounding cities in Sanpete and Sevier counties.

“The city is committed to improving housing opportunities and a healthy growth of its population and asks for the public’s input and support in these efforts,” Nay says.

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Cowboy singer, songwriter will perform this Friday in Ephraim




EPHRAIM—A performer who has been heralded as possibly the best singer-songwriter in cowboy-western music will perform at the Eccles Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
And in a kind of a different twist, David Stamey will be accompanied by the Snow College Orchestra, directed by Dr. Brent Smith.
Stamey appeared at Snow about a year ago and drew a good crowd, so the Horne School of Music decided to invite him back, Smith said.
“His tunes are interesting, both poetically and musically,” he said. “He incorporates a variety of appealing melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements around words that really make cowboy and western life come alive.
“At Snow, we try to help the music students understand that there are great performers and musicians in all genres or types of music. Dave Stamey comes across as one of the current ‘greats’ in the cowboy-western genre.”
Originally from Montana, Stamey has been a working cowboy, rancher, mule packer and tour guide, “so he understands the territory well and he also knows his audience,” according to the website
The Western Music Association has named Stamey Entertainer of the Year six times, male performer of the year six times and songwriter of the year five times.
In three different years, True West Magazine named him “best living solo musician.”
Some of his best known songs are “The Vaquero Song,” “Come Ride with Me,” “The Bandit Joaquin,” “Song for Jake” and “Buckaroo Man.”
General admission tickets are $20. Tickets for students 5-18 are $15. For more information, call the box office at 283-7478.

Candlelight honorees Carol Nielsen and Vaughn Mickelsen are seated in front of the 13 straight-A students who helped present the candles. The students (L-R) are Riley Anderson, Alivya Osborn, Elsey Olson, Kaystan Larsen, Evan Wright, Mishelle Gankhuag, Jazmyne Sharp, Rowen Eichelberger, Janessa Bridges, Ryan Peterson, Brynlee Wathen, Gracie Gordon and Cynthia Bishop

Ephraim Candlelight

Carol Nielsen, Ephraim and Vaughn Mickelsen, Manti honored as Candlelight recipients


By Suzanne Dean





EPHRAIM—A woman described as “an angel to her family” and a man who has lived a “life of service to family, community, country and the advancement of education” were the honorees at the Ephraim Middle School Candlelight Service last week.

It was the 68th year that the middle school, as part of its Christmas music concert, presented candles festooned with evergreen boughs to two residents—one from the Manti-Sterling area and one from Ephraim—recognizing a lifetime of service to family, church and community.

Kaystan Larsen escorts Carol Nielsen to podium after she is named one of the Ephraim Middle School candle recipients.

The recipients were Carol Poulson Nielsen, who was born and raised in Ephraim, and who, besides raising four children as a single mother, worked more than 25 years as a paraeducator in local schools, and Vaughn Mickelsen of Manti, who served in the military, taught in secondary schools, was a justice court judge and served on the Manti City Council.

The program last Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts kicked off with performances by the middle school jazz band, symphonic band and seventh and eighth grade orchestras.

The jazz band, conducted by Josh Rasmussen, started the program with a medley of contemporary Christmas songs, including “Let it Snow,” “Santa Baby” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Then the symphonic band, also led by Rasmussen, accompanied George Richardson, a social studies teacher, in a dramatic reading titled, “A Christmas Tale: Beware of the Krampus.”

As the band played spooky sounding takeoffs on familiar Christmas songs, Richardson told the story of what happens when a child has been naughty: Santa doesn’t come and “Krampus” comes instead.

Following the Krampus tale, the seventh and eighth grade orchestras, led by Lisa Murray, played mostly classical numbers, including the Hallelujah Chorus and themes from the Nutcracker Suite.

Then it was time for 13 eighth graders who had earned straight A’s in sixth and seventh grades to present the Christmas candles.

Principal Tim Miller read a tribute to Nielsen. As a young woman, she married her childhood sweetheart, David Nielsen, and had four children, Craig, Kaye, Doug and Karl. She now has 18 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

After 17 years of marriage, her husband was killed in a trucking accident. The tribute said she is grateful for help from family and community in raising her children.

But her children and community are equally grateful for her, the written tribute suggested.

Her years as a paraeducator included work in special education at Gunnison Valley Middle School, assisting in kindergarten at Ephraim Elementary School and 22 years in resource classrooms in the district. Though retired, she continues to volunteer at Ephraim Elementary School helping children with reading.

According to the tribute read at the Candlelight program, while serving as Relief Society president in her ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she met many older women in the community.

Although no longer Relief Society president, she has continued to care for the senior women by taking them to lunch, giving them rides or calling to check on them.

“She has always been grandma to the children of her ward who needed some extra attention,” the citation read. “After 30 years, some of these children remember her kindness and still reach out to her.”

The tribute added, “She is loved and revered by every one of her family members…She has helped with her grandchildren’s education, helped when times were tough for them, and taken her family all over the country on wonderful vacations…She is the perfect example of love and kindness.”

In response, Nielsen said simply, “I’m sure there are many who deserve it, but I appreciate it. Thank you so much.”

Ephraim Middle School principal Tim Miller (at podium) introduces Vaughn Mickelsen as one of the candlelight honorees.

Then Miller, the school principal, read a similar tribute to Mickelsen. He was born and raised in Salina and attended North Sevier High School.

During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and became an aircraft electrician and instrument specialist at a base in Alaska.

“Under his command,” the tribute said, “he mentored and instructed 20 airmen who kept 25 F-89s flying.”

Later, he served in the Air Force Reserves, and ultimately became a first sergeant in the 145th Field Artillery unit of the Utah National Guard, based in Manti. In all, he served for 29 years in the military.

He attended Snow College, graduated from Utah State University in history, and did graduate work at Stanford and Michigan State.

He taught history, geography and economics in Monticello, San Juan County, and in the Davis and South Sanpete school districts. According to the tribute, “he had a knack for helping students tolerate economics, even if not enjoying it.”

He married Ruth Chapman of Manti. They had four children, Lance, Leah, Larry and Lynette. Ruth died of cancer in 1988.

Mickelsen then married Mary Kay Christensen of Moroni. About that time, he retired from teaching, “but he didn’t retire from life,” the tribute said.

He was a justice court judge in Moroni and Manti for 12 years; a Scoutmaster for 20 years; served two terms on the Manti City Council; and served in the bishopric and on the stake high council in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and he and Mary Kay served two missions to Australia.

Carol Nielsen of Ephraim and Vaughn Mickelsen of Manti are center stage at the Eccles Center after receiving Christmas candles during the Ephraim Middle School Candlelight Service.

Today, he continues to tend his 170-acre farm west of Manti and grow a large garden.

“As a community, state and country, we are all better for Vaughn Mickelsen’s efforts,” the tribute said.

Mickelsen responded, saying, “I really don’t know if I deserve this or not. I’m grateful for the opportunity of being of service to the community.”



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Horne School of Music preparing for 84th performance of ‘The Messiah’


By Lauren Evans

Staff writer


EPHRAIM – The Horne School of Music is organizing what it is calling the Central Utah Master Chorale and Orchestra to present the 84th performance of “The Messiah” later in the year.

The chorale is open to “all who can carry a tune,” says Dr. Michael Huff, director of choral activities in the School of Music. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, Sept. 30.

No audition is required. Music will be provided. But singers must attend at least eight of the 10 scheduled rehearsals, plus the dress rehearsals, to be eligible to sing in Messiah concerts.

The Master Chorale will rehearse on Sunday evenings, beginning on Sept. 30, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Huff assures that rehearsals will be lively, engaging and inspiring. Huff has been director of choral activities at Snow since 2015. Previously, he worked with music programs at Utah State University and the University of Utah, as well as working with South Davis Civic Choral and Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Chorus.

Performances of “The Messiah” will be on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jorgensen Concert Hall. in the Eccles Center. Admission will be free.

Believes problem with Mt. Pleasant is Kevin Stallings

Last week’s kerfuffle in Mt. Pleasant over Mayor Sandra Bigler’s resignation reminds me of John Dean’s appearance before a Senate Committee in 1973, in which he said, “There’s a cancer at the heart of the presidency.” The resignation of Mayor Bigler has revealed a ‘cancer’ at the heart of the Mt. Pleasant City Council, and its root cause, in my opinion, can be laid directly at the feet of Councilman Kevin Stallings.

Mayor Bigler’s resignation is far more a palace coup than a simple resignation, facilitated by the bullying and hostile work environment created by Stallings and his minions. It overturns the will of the people when they reelected her as the city’s chief executive officer eight months ago.

Stallings, I call him King Kevin now, has engaged in a relentless campaign intended to thwart almost every executive decision of the past two mayors, including direct interference in city personnel matters.

Mayor Bigler cited this unwarranted interference as the major reason for her resignation. She told me, “Steve, I just couldn’t take it anymore.” In conversations with former mayor, David Blackham, he said, “I couldn’t get anything done because Kevin Stallings wanted to run everything himself.” He added that his resignation was prompted by Stallings’ constant interference more than any other issue.

Now Stallings and his cabal have concocted a plan to appoint an all-powerful “temporary emergency support” executive, who, according to the municipal code, will have all city employees under his authority.

His name is Paul Madsen. He is not is a qualified, professional, municipal administrator. He is a construction worker and miner. And surprise, surprise, he is one of Stallings’ closest personal friends. Without denigrating Mr. Madsen, being friends with King Kevin appears to be a pretty good gig.

Perhaps the worst that has come out of all this mess is the revelation that King Kevin seems to have been feeding richly from the public trough. A GRAMA request this week revealed that Stallings’ company, Stallings Sheet Metal, has been paid some $150,000 by the city since he took office. According to the former public works director, he is the exclusive contractor for maintenance and repair of heating and air conditioning in city buildings.

Councilman Justin Atkinson has a similar conflict of interest issue in regard to his employer, Sunshine Engineering.

I have queried both former mayors as to whether either Stallings or Atkinson ever recused themselves in any vote, including approval of bills, that either Stallings or Atkinson’s employer would have benefited from. Both said they had never seen either man do it.

The optics here are terrible, giving the strong appearance of corruption at the heart of the Mt. Pleasant City Council. I believe there are grounds for an immediate state auditor’s investigation.

What can you do? Citizens should fill the chambers of the next council meeting to demand an end to all this. To put it in a medieval perspective, the oligarchs have seized the castle and ransacked the treasury, and are in the process of usurping all authority unto themselves. “To the barricades,” good citizens of Mt. Pleasant, “to the barricades.”

All should read Dianne Blackham’s open letter posted to Facebook entitled, How We Mix Church and State, which details King Kevin’s terrible abuse of ecclesiastical position to attempt to browbeat the Blackhams into bending to his secular will.


Steven Clark


Member, Mt. Pleasant Main Street Committee

Manti plans on 10-percent revenue

increase next year


James Tilson

Staff writer


            MANTI—A raise in revenues means Manti has more money to spend in the next fiscal year, with the lion’s share going to road work, a full-time sports director and equipment to maintain the new ball park on the north side of town.

            In its 2018-19 budget, Manti is projecting a 10 percent increase in sales tax revenues, coming primarily from a state agreement with online retailer Amazon, according to City Recorder Kent Barton.

            The budget, approved by the Manti City Council in late June, also shows the city pulling $129,000 out of a recreation savings account in the Public Treasurer’s Investment Fund (PTIF) administered by the state treasurer.

            The largest new highway item was about $20,000 for new equipment.

            In the recreation area, a $150,000 increase will go to hiring Josh Jensen as a full-time sports director (he was previously part-time) and for equipment for mowing and edging the fields and dragging the infield at the ball park, plus bases, pitcher’s mounds and safety nets.

            The city also expects to spend more money next year maintaining the city swimming pool. “The pool is now 10 years old, and we’re starting to see some wear and tear,” Barton said.

            Last year, the city replaced the boiler that heats the pool. Next year, it plans to build a structure to enclose and protect the boiler.

            In an interview Monday, Barton also gave an update on sports complex development. “The complex is about 90 percent complete,” he said. “The restroom and scorekeeping building is complete, the grading of the fields is complete, the fields have been hydroseeded and the grass is sprouting.”

            Still to be completed are installation of bleachers and scoreboards. Barton said there have been no major change orders during construction, and in many cases projects have finished under budget. “We’ve had no surprises with the construction budget,” he said.

            The biggest remaining challenge is getting the grass ready for use, he said. “We’re dealing with weeds, adjusting some sprinklers, and we may need to reseed a few areas. But we’re excited.”

            The fields should be ready for play in spring 2019. That means the city will have to keep managing growth of the grass for the fields. In the face of city watering restrictions, that has led to some questions.

            “We’ve had to keep the sprinklers going to keep the grass sprouting, and we’ve gotten questions about our water use,” he said

            The approximately $4 million for the sports complex is tracked outside the city budget. The fund is managed by the city council sitting as a municipal building authority.

            At the outset, the main funding sources were a $3 million combination grant and loan from the Utah Community Impact Board (CIB); $200,000 the city had saved up from pageant dinners; and donations from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Manti Improvement Committee and Ed “Big Daddy Roth” Inc.

Last year’s Gunnison City Fourth of July celebration had high-flying motocross riders. The same group returns this year on Tuesday, July 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Sanpete communities plan

exciting 4th of July activities


Four cities will hold major town celebrations next week connected with the Fourth of July.  Events range from concerts to a children’s fashion show to an exhibition of “ugly” and restored tractors. And in all four towns, there will be parades and fireworks. Following are some of the highlights. For full schedules, see individual community ads scattered throughout the newspaper.



                Gunnison starts its celebration on Tuesday, July 3 with a community picnic at the city park from 5-10 p.m. Vendors will set up booths where residents can buy a variety of food items.

Other activities at the park that evening include a group of motorcycle riders known as the Team FMX Motorcycle Show. They will perform at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m.

At 9 p.m., “Imagine,” a “Beatles tribute band,” will perform Beatles songs ranging from “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” to “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

Fireworks will follow the concert.

On Wednesday, July 4, a flag-raising ceremony and breakfast will be held at the park from 6:30-8:30 a.m. The parade travels along Main Street from 9-10 a.m.

The Lion’s Club lunch, games and awards for community service will be presented in the afternoon, also at the city park.



                “Land That I Love” is this July Fourth theme this year in Manti.

The opening event is the Miss Independence Day competition Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Eva Beal Auditorium in the Manti City Building. The Independence Day royalty will reign over the rest of the celebration.

On Wednesday, July 4, townspeople are invited to gather at 6 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 173 S. Main, for the ringing of the freedom bell.

The American Legion will sponsor a breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Manti City Park at 200 West and 200 North.

A patriotic program and flag ceremony will be held at the park at 10 a.m. The speaker is Alan Braithwaite, who, with his wife Cecelia, is grand marshal of this year’s celebration.

At 10 a.m., you can also sign up for the children’s fashion show. The show will start at 10:30 a.m. on the stage in the park.

An entertainment and talent show will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the park. To sign up, contact Kaylie Bailey at 851-3945 or Trisha Hyde at 851-6299.

Games begin at 11 a.m. at the park and continue into the afternoon. They including foot races, a three-legged race, a potato-sack race, a tug of war and a greased pole climb, among others.

At 6:30 p.m. a parade lines up at the Red Church, 295 S. Main, beginning at 7 p.m. and then travels north up Main Street. To participate, contact Fawn Miller at 851-6294.

At 8 p.m., there will be entertainment, followed by fireworks, at the Manti High School Stadium.



                Moroni kicks off its celebration this weekend with the Turkey Slam Co-ed Softball Tournament at the Center Street ball park. Teams of up to 14 players may enter at a fee of $225 per team. Contact Heidi Roper at (208) 227-3140 for information.

On Monday July 2, there will be a volleyball tournament and a four-on-four basketball tournament for kids, also at the ball park.

The celebration picks up momentum the evening of Tuesday, July 3 with the Cool Car Show from 5-8 p.m. at the city hall park, 80 S. 200 West, and a barbeque turkey dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

From 7 a.m.-9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, the Firemen’s Breakfast will be held in the city hall park pavilion, with a flag ceremony at 8 a.m.

At 9:45 a.m., the annual airplane ping-pong ball drop will occur on Main Street. Some of the balls contain numbers that can be redeemed for prizes.

The Mammoth Parade down Main Street starts at 10 a.m. To enter, contact Jennifer Lamb at 469-1538 or email

A carnival will be held from 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at Center Street ball park. Games, activities, prizes and turkey sandwiches will be available.

The pre-fireworks show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Center Street ball park featuring J.D. Fox, Mid-Utah Radio personality and a Moroni resident. Fireworks start going off at 10 p.m.


                Hub City Days, Mt. Pleasant’s annual town celebration, actually started the weekend of June 22-23 with a golf tournament at Skyline Mountain Resort.

The celebration picks up Friday night and Saturday with the Skyline Freedom Fest Eventing show at the Cleone Peterson Eccles Equestrian Center, 1000 S. 955 West. The show features horse jumping and dressage events.  Admission is free.

On Saturday, a carnival, featuring rides, vendors, food and crafts, opens at the city park, 1000 S. State St. The carnival continues Monday through Wednesday, July 2-4.

On Monday, July 2 a “family fun night” will be held at the Mt. Pleasant rodeo arena east of city park. Activities include barrel racing, a stick-horse race, a calf-ribbon pull, hide races, a dog race and musical tires. Sign-ups are at 5 p.m., and activities begin at 7 p.m.

The annual Hub City Rodeo will be held Tuesday, July 3 and on Wednesday, July 4 with mutton bustin’ at 7 p.m. and the rodeo at 8 p.m. The rodeo is presented by Circle J Rodeo Co. and affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association. You can purchase tickets at

The biggest day in the Hub City Days celebration will be Wednesday, July 4. Events include a fun run at 6:30 p.m., breakfast in the city park at 7 a.m., a children’s parade along State Street at 11 a.m., and right after the children’s parade, the Mammoth Parade, which will travel down State Street and continue west on Main Street. To enter either parade, contact Coleen Oltrogge at 462-3034.

A contest featuring new, restored and “ugly” tractors begins at noon at the city baseball field. Oltrogge is also the contact for that event.

Afternoon activities include free wagon rides at the park from 1-3 p.m., and at 2 p.m., the pie and cake baking contest by the city park stage.

The Mountain Man Dutch Oven Cook-off begins at 3:30 p.m. To enter, call Pat Gonzalez at (801) 367-9849. Cook-off judging is at 5:30 p.m., and food from the cook-off goes on sale at 6 p.m. at $5 per plate.

Fireworks begin at dusk (about 10 p.m.) east of the city park.


Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the general presidency of the LDS Relief Society, will be the commencement speaker at the Snow College Ephraim campus graduation commencement ceremony.

1,113 graduates will walk at

Snow graduation this weekend


By James Tilson
Staff writer

Apr. 26, 2018


EPHRAIM—The cat’s out of the bag on the Snow College 2018 commencement ceremonies.

Snow recently announced details for commencement speakers at both the Richfield Campus and Ephraim Campus.

The commencement ceremony for Ephraim Campus will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in the Horne Activity Center.

Snow College President Gary Carlston will officiate both the Richfield and Ephraim commencements.

The commencement speaker for the Ephraim Campus is Sharon Eubank, a humanitarian and the first counselor in the General Presidency of the LDS Relief Society.  She will also be given an honorary degree in recognition of her service and accomplishments.

Eubank will be joined on the program by Valedictorian Mark Barton, from Manti, Utah, and Olivia Bliss, class Salutatorian from Delta, Utah.  Both students have maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Bart Nelson, a longtime faculty member, will receive a special recognition.

Student leaders will also address the graduates.

Commencement for Snow College Richfield graduates will be held on Friday, April 27, at 1 p.m. in the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.

Theressa Alder, former chair of the Snow College Board of Trustees and real estate broker, will receive an honorary degree during the Ephraim ceremony and will be the commencement speaker for the Richfield Campus.

Senator Ralph Okerlund will receive an honorary degree in Richfield.

“This is a special time of year when we celebrate our students’ success,” Carlston said. “They have worked hard and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.  We are honored to have Sharon Eubank address the graduates.  We appreciate the opportunity to recognize her, Theressa Alder, Bart Nelson, Brent Smith and Dan Black during our Ephraim ceremony.  Our faculty and staff ably teach and assist our students, and commencement is “pay day” for all of us.”

Guests without a ticket for admission in Ephraim are welcome to view the ceremony in the Eccles Center or on-line at

The class of 2018 is comprised of 1,022 graduates from 19 countries, 19 U.S. states and 26 Utah counties.

A total of 1,113 degrees will be awarded: 22 Associates of Applied Science; 132 Associates of Arts; 13 Associates of Pre-Engineering; 819 Associates of Science; 13 Associates of Science-Business Degrees; 31 Associate of Science- Nursing; 20 Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music; and 55 Certificates of Completion.

Out of this year’s graduates, 387 are men and 667 are women. The average age of associate’s degree recipients is 22; the youngest undergraduate is 13, the oldest is 57.

The average grade point average for this group is 3.4.

Finally, 92 students are also graduating through Utah State University, which awards associate, bachelors, and masters degrees.

Scott Larson, Rep. Raymond Ward, Ward’s daughter Lucy and Jeffery Putnam enjoy a preshow reception at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City. Afterward they attended “Hamilton,” a musical.


Two Sanpete students win drawing,

get free tickets to ‘Hamilton’ play


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Apr. 26, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—Two North Sanpete High School students recently became the envy of many of their family and friends.

Jeffery Putnam and Scott Larson won tickets to one of the performances for the highly acclaimed and sold-out Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which is currently playing at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City.

After each writing a letter to an elected official and submitting it through an online portal, Jeff and Scott were chosen in a random drawing.

In his letter, Jeff proposed a solution to bullying, while Scott expressed his opinion that some school classes are unnecessary and suggested that classes which teach about the court system or how to handle personal finances would be more relevant.

From close to 700 entries, two students from each legislative district (both House and Senate) were chosen and, where possible, attended with their legislator.

In Jeff and Scott’s case, scheduling conflicts led to them being unable to attend with Rep. Derrin Owens. Instead, they were accompanied by Rep. Raymond Ward of Bountiful.

Scott, a junior at age 16, had actually forgotten he had entered the contest when his mom found out he had won.
Scott said he was surprised by the hip hop music the play is set to.

“I think it was smart that they did it in hip hop to try and bring in my current generation to the arts,” he said.

Scott said he has never been to a Broadway play or anything like it but would like to go to others if given the chance.

Jeff, age 15 and a sophomore, on the other hand, is a big fan of Broadway musicals.

Prior to attending the performance, he had heard about “Hamilton” from friends and had educated himself about the production, even downloading YouTube videos of people lip-synching numbers from the show.

“I love the show,” he said. “I’ve been obsessed with ‘Hamilton’ since about when school started.”

Jeff said the show lived up to his expectations and that meeting the cast was amazing.

The State Legislature paid for the students’ tickets with part of a $350,000 appropriation lawmakers approved for Alexander Hamilton-related education. Elected officials paid face value for their own tickets.

“The primary goal of this contest was to encourage civic engagement, which is why it was a random drawing,” Josh Loftin, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts representative, said. “That underscored the message that the most important step for driving change is getting involved, in this case, doing as Alexander Hamilton did and writing.”

The contest was part of the New Nation Project, a series of events presented by the state of Utah to celebrate the founding era of America.

There is currently a library display on Alexander Hamilton and the founding era at the Mt. Pleasant Library and an art exhibition at the Utah State Capitol (https://newnationproject.

Three Snow choirs present

foot-tappin’ Western concert


EPHRAIM—Three choirs at Snow College will perform an evening of Country-Western hit music on Thursday, April 19.

The concert, titled “Mountain Music,” will feature Cadence Chamber Choir, Advanced Women’s Choir and A Cappella Choir in the Jorgensen Concert Hall in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts in Ephraim.

Michael Huff, director of choral activities at Snow College, said concerning the concert: “I believe that some of America’s best and most well-crafted music is found in Nashville. So we have created a program that reaches through the years and offers hits from today and yesterday. Our audience is assured a great time!”

In addition, Snow College students and faculty will sing back-up for the choirs.

This concert is appropriate for children 8 years of age or older.

Tickets are $5, available at the Snow College Horne School of Music Box Office.

The concert is free to Snow College students, faculty and staff, and $1 for high school and junior high school students with ID.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.