Diane Bessey Jacobsen

Diane Bessey Jacobsen




Diane Bessey Jacobsen, 52, completed her mortal mission and returned to our Heavenly Father on Feb. 16, 2019.

She fought courageously against cancer, and the legacy she left behind made her victorious. Diane was born in Granger, Utah (now West Valley) on July 9, 1966 to Robert and Carolyn Bessey.

Her life in Manti, Utah with her parents and siblings helped shape her into the beautiful person she continues to be. She married her forever sweetheart, Wade Jacobsen on June 11, 1988 in the Manti temple, and together they built a life of love and happiness.

Diane loved her family, running, knitting, travelling, chocolate, and the color pink. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family. She was always her kids’ biggest supporter at basketball games, drill team competitions, piano recitals, soccer games, and anything else that occupied the time of her husband, children, and grandchildren. She also cherished any time spent with her parents and siblings.

Diane was an excellent example to her three kids, and she instilled in them the importance of service, optimism, selflessness, and kindness toward others. She is often remembered for her contagious smile and making other people feel loved and important.

She considered her greatest accomplishments to be that her three kids made it to the temple and received a college education. Aside from spending time with her husband and children, Diane especially enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren. Becoming a grandma “filled a hole in her heart she never even knew she had.”

She loved her time spent riding bikes and playing outside in the garden with her grandkids. Family was the center of Diane’s life, and she continued to show her love for them until the very end of her life here on Earth.

Diane was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her testimony of her Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ radiated from her while she served in various callings. These callings included serving as the Primary President, the Stake Young Women’s President, Scouts, and the sunbeam teacher in her ward. She also served as a temple ordinance worker in the Payson Utah Temple for three years. Diane loved to serve, and her love for the Savior was reflected as she served the people around her.

It was Diane’s calling in life to be an educator. She was an outstanding teacher and dedicated 28 years of her life to teaching, and 26 of those years were spent with her elementary students– including her own three children– and the teachers at Mona Elementary School. Mrs. Jacobsen is considered a “favorite teacher” of many students, and the impact she made as a teacher is substantial.

Diane is survived by her husband, Wade, Nephi; a son and two daughters: Jordan (Allessandra) Jacobsen, Santaquin; Camie (Dimitri) Allsen, Nephi; and Hannah Jacobsen, Nephi; five grandchildren; parents, Robert and Carolyn Bessey, Manti; siblings, Lisa (Kent) Krieter, Montana; Eric (Kim) Bessey, Missouri; Susie Rawlings, Wyoming; Annette (Kevin) Taylor, Moroni.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Nephi Stake Center, 351 North 100 West. Friends may call Friday evening at the Stake Center from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in the Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi.

Funeral Directors: Anderson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Tough Enough to Wear Pink at Cache Valley Bank: www.andersonfh1866.com.

Calvin Rex Garlick

Calvin Rex Garlick




Calvin Rex Garlick, age 85, returned to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. He was born April 26, 1933 to Ira and Hilda Garlick in Fairview, Utah.

Calvin started farming at a young age. He grew up helping his dad on the farm and at the age of eight, his dad gave him his own cow that he could milk and sell the cream for his own spending money. By the time he was 12, he was helping neighboring farmers with their hay by driving the horse teams and tromping hay for .25 cents a day. When he was 15, he got a summertime job at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Huntington, Utah.

He joined the United States Marine Corps on April 6, 1953 serving in the 3rd Shore Party Battalion. He was on a ship headed to Korea when the war was called off. He served his three years of service in Japan, at the Atsugi Navy Air Station and Camp Pendleton, in San Diego, California, with the rank of a Buck Sargent.

When he returned home, he bought the family farm from his father in Fairview, Utah and remained on the same block for the remainder of his life. He married Mary Lula Beck on March 22, 1958 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and they were sealed in the Manti Temple. Together they increased the size of the farm and raised their family.

Calvin was a member of the Grade A Dairy Association, producing Grade A milk for over 44 years. After shutting down his dairy business, he continued to raise beef animals on his farm. He was a member of the Fairview Farmers Co-op, serving as the President of the Board at the time of its closing. He spent many years working at the Al Rigby and the CO-OP coal mines in Huntington Canyon as well as several other farming jobs throughout his life.

There was no place in the world that Calvin would rather be than at his home and farm in Fairview. He enjoyed being with his animals and his family. He had a love for the mountains and enjoyed hunting and watching sports on TV and playing card games and visiting with family and friends.

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. His most favorite calling was that of temple ordinance worker in the Manti Temple, serving there for 11 1/2 years.

His life could easily be put to the quote by Pres. Gordon B. Hinkley, “Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”. That was certainly true in every aspect of his life, even his body. Only after being worn down from years of hard work, did he leave this life behind.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lula Garlick, a daughter, Becky (Barry) Olsen, Provo, a son, Robert (Janeen) Garlick, and daughter, Nancy Garlick both of Fairview, a son-in-law, Mark Sorensen, Spring City; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren, with two more on the way; sister, Lila Albrechtsen, Layton; brothers, Paul Garlick, Bountiful; and Vaun Garlick, Beaver Dam, Arizona.; and sister Ilene Greenhalgh, Mt. Pleasant. He is preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Mary Ann Sorensen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in the Fairview 3rd LDS Ward at 1 p.m. with viewings being held Friday, Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fairview 3rd Ward (Rock Church) and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment in the Fairview City Cemetery with military honors.

The family would like to thank Dr. Allen Day and the many doctors who have helped our dad through his many years of health problems. We would like to especially thank Christy Williams from the Intermountain Homecare and Hospice who went above and beyond her job title to make our dad more comfortable in his final days. We would also like to thank the Rasmussen Mortuary for their professionalism and care.


Students present their innovative ideas.


Students turn creativity loose

South Sanpete Innovation Week entries show creative solutions to problems

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North Sanpete student gets second place in Utah Senate Art Show


By Lauren Evans




Lucy Quinn of North Sanpete High School

MT. PLEASANT—Shining as an artistic diamond in the rough, a North Sanpete High School student is receiving statewide recognition for her art.

Lucy Quinn of Fairview grew up in artistic household. Her father and local artist Jason Quinn involved her in his mural projects at a young age and the passion grew from there.

Quinn explored her artistic side in set design for the school theatre before focusing on painting and drawing her own projects.

Being a high school student juggling academics, social life and art can be difficult, but Quinn has received endless amounts of support from North Sanpete High School.

She credits theatre program director Alex Barlow for giving her creative freedom on set design projects. Another big supporter is art teacher Paul Allred, who keeps her updated on opportunities for shows and competitions.

“I love my school for how supportive they are,” Quinn said. “Every time a student succeeds in anything, art, music, athletics, they make sure it’s known school wide.”

Recently, Quinn placed second in the State Senate Art Show and was awarded a $3000 scholarship. Within hours of the announcement, the school honored her on all social media platforms and at the school pep rally.

It’s the support Quinn has received that has helped her pursue studying art. She hopes to study Brigham Young University’s animation program and explore other fields of art.

She has participated in the Central Utah Regional Secondary Art Show, was one of the 350 out of 1300 accepted in the 47th annual Springville Museum of Art show and has recently submitted her portfolio to Sterling Scholar to represent North Sanpete High School in visual arts.

Quinn encourages other young aspiring artists to continue pushing themselves creatively.

“I love art, but there are times when I need a break,” she said. “Typically, when it’s one assignment after another of themes or subjects I have no interest in, when I just don’t want to be doing it and it’s a chore to finish. When that happens, it doesn’t mean you should stop making art. It’s those moments that test what kind of artist you’re going to be in the future, if you can push through and continue with it, then you’ll grow and develop an even deeper appreciation for art.

“Love what you do, it should make you happy.”

This is just one of the many pieces of award-winning art by North Sanpete High School student Lucy Quinn. She placed second in the State Senate Art Show.

Manti High students rehearse a scene from “Romeo and Juliette Extravaganza.” The script, written by teacher Kory Howard, is a comedy takeoff on the classic Shakespeare play.

MHA theatre department to present modernized ‘Romeo and Juliet’ play, which will debut Monday


By Lauren Evans




MANTI –Manti High School theatre students will perform a play next week—one written by their teacher.

Kory Howard, author of the “Romeo and Juliet Extravaganza,” says he teaches the story of Romeo and Juliet in his freshman English classes every year. He says he wanted to find creative ways to read and perform the play with his students.

“I wanted to write a play that explored some ‘What If’ scenarios of the plot, mostly just to have fun with it,” Howard said. In his script, the classic drama has been spun into a comedy with inspiration from the pop culture of today.

The “Romeo and Juliet Extravaganza” is one of two plays the theater department is working on. They are also perfecting a play for region and state competitions in April.

To help make Howard’s play happen while students were also getting ready for competition, Snow College English professor Dr. Andrew Bahlmann volunteered to step in as director of “Romeo and Juliette Extravaganza.”

Bahlmann has been involved in Snow College productions in the past and wanted to give it another shot.

Performances will be on Monday, Feb 25 and Tuesday, Feb 26 at 7 p.m. at Manti High School. Admission will be $4.

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Following last two victories, Badgers have a good shot at Region 18 title


By James Tilson




SALT LAKE CITY—With two more victories last week, the Snow College men’s basketball team moved into first place in the Scenic West Athletic conference and set up a winner take all game with Southern Idaho tonight in the Horne Activity Center.

“It’s a big game on Thursday,” said Head Coach Rob Neilson. “The winner is the region champ, and will get the top seed in the tournament.”

The Badgers moved to 23-6 overall, and 8-3 in the SWAC. They have a one-game lead over Southern Idaho, who the Badgers play in their last regular season game. With a win, the Badgers will win the conference outright, and secure the No. 1 seed in the Region 18 Tournament. The winner of the conference tournament will also secure an automatic bid to the NJCAA National Tournament.

To make the victories even sweeter, the win on Saturday was against Snow’s arch-rival, Salt Lake Community College. By winning on Saturday, the Badgers completed a season sweep of the Bruins, a first in program history.

“It’s big to beat a quality program like SLCC,” said Neilson. “It’s the first time in many years to beat them more than once!”

The victory against SLCC also marked a break-out for Truman Moore, who had struggled somewhat in recent games. Against the Bruins, he tied with Brayden Johnson for high score with 15 points, and grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds. “Truman is being more aggressive on both ends. He’s getting more touches and hitting shots. It’s really big for us when he is rebounding well.”

Winning four of their last five games, the Badgers are peaking at the right time for the conference tournament. “We are playing well right now. We’re playing together and moving without the ball much better. But we have to maintain tough play. We are very good when we play hard.”

The Badgers face Southern Idaho tonight in the Horne Activity Center, tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Two Sanpete wrestlers advance to finals in 3A


By Benjamin Thornberg




OREM—One Templar and one Hawk made the finals of the 3A state wrestling tournament last weekend at Utah Valley University.

Damon Mayfield of Manti, in the 160 pound weight class, and Dalton Anderson of North Sanpete, in the 285 pound weight class, both made the finals in their respective weight classes, and both placed second in the state.

Also placing for Manti was Seni Latu, who placed fourth in the 195 pound weight class. Early in the year, Manti Head Coach Ryan Fowles expressed confidence in both wrestlers being able to advance to the finals in their classifications.

From North Sanpete, Luiz Rodriguez placed fifth in the 170 pound weight class.

Manti’s Damon Mayfield, seen here second from the left, accepts the award for second place in the 160 pound weight class of the 3A state wrestling tournament. The tournament was held last Friday and Saturday at the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University.

North Sanpete’s Dalton Anderson won second place in the 285 pound weight class of the 3A state wrestling tournament. The tournament was held last Friday and Saturday at the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University.

Title drifts out of Lady Badgers reach with Saturday loss


By James Tilson




SALT LAKE CITY—Snow College women’s basketball team’s dreams of clinching an outright Scenic West Athletic Conference regular season title drifted away on Saturday, as the Lady Badgers lost to Salt Lake Community College 61-55.

The Lady Badgers won their last game against Utah State University – Eastern on Thursday, 66-60, to take the lead in the SWAC race with only two games left. If the Lady Badgers could have defeated the Lady Bruins on Saturday, they would have clinched the SWAC regular season title, and the No. 1 seed in the Region 18 Tournament.

“It was definitely tough,” said Head Coach Mike Russell about the loss to SLCC. “Defensively we did not do what we needed to do. We gave up too many points in the paint, and we did not rebound the ball. Lack of depth, fatigue, a bad quarter at the wrong time, giving up 19 turnovers, all played a part in our loss.”

Through the first half of the game against the Lady Bruins, Snow maintained a lead and looked like the better team. However, even in the first half, Snow allowed SLCC to stay in the game with a plethora of unforced turnovers that lead to easy SLCC possessions.

Coming back in the third quarter after leading 33-29 at half, the Lady Badgers seemingly hit a wall, and their offense fell apart. They were outscored 6-17, and let SLCC take a 7-point lead, 39-46.

In the fourth quarter, the lady Badgers attempted a game comeback, but could never completely close the gap, never getting closer than 3 points.

Savannah Lucero and Sydney Pilling both had 11 points, and Paige Farnsworth (breaking out of a mini-slump) contributed 10. Megan Carr just missed getting a double-double by scoring 9 points and pulling down 9 rebounds.

The Lady Badgers’ last regular and home game of the season is tonight at 5:30 p.m. versus Southern Idaho. There is still plenty for the Lady Badgers to play for in their last game. “We are tied for first with SLCC, and could still win a share of the conference championship with a victory Thursday,” Russell said. “It would be our first conference championship since 2001.”

With a win, and a loss by SLCC, the Lady Badgers could even get the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. A win would net the Lady Badgers no less than the No. 2 seed. The winner of the conference tournament would get an automatic bid to the NJCAA National Tournament in March.

Lady Hawks season ends in first round of playoffs against Juab


By Matt Harris




OREM—North Sanpete girls hoops unlikely playoff season ended in the first round at Orem High School.

The Lady Hawks fell to longtime rival Juab of Region 14, 41-24, as they struggled to find any form of offense from outside.

“Juab really packed the paint against us, which obviously worked,” Head Coach Taylor Christensen said. “Outside shooting was our biggest weakness. If we had some more outside shooting, we could have been a lot more successful this season.”

North Sanpete scored only seven field goals in the entire contest. Senior Tiffany Peckham led the flock with nine points. The Lady Hawks had many opportunities at the free throw line as well, shooting 9-17 from the line as a team.

Though a bad second quarter put the Lady Hawks down big at halftime, a solid third put wind in their sails. Senior Tierei Laupapa, a face not often seen for North Sanpete, gave a post presence that was missing in the first half. Laupapa scored five points, all of them in a 9-0 run that brought the Hawks within eight points.

North Sanpete got no closer as Juab’s Bayli Heap put the Wasps on her back and pushed against the Hawks’ defense for a plethora of fouls.

North Sanpete finished their season with a record of 4-18 overall, 3-9 in region.

“The main goal I set this season was to make basketball enjoyable for these girls,” Christensen said. “It’s hard when you aren’t having success to lose sight of the fact that this is a game, so I mainly just wanted the girls to enjoy their time playing basketball.”

North Sanpete played with little in the way of expectations this year, but made the most of it on the efforts of a hardworking senior class. The fruits of their labors were a playoff appearance and a season sweep in their rivalry with Manti.

“This season was such a great experience,” Christensen said. “I am extremely proud of each and every girl on this team. Each of them has grown so much as players and as people… I am so proud of these seniors; they came in and just worked. They set a great example for all of us.”

Seniors Peckham, Laupapa, Linzy Flinders, and Aubree Ison now depart from the program. Though the offseason will tell in the end, North Sanpete figures to be led by a very young core next year with soon-to-be junior Graciee Christiansen being the statistical leader among returning players.

For Coach Christensen, the goal remains to “continue to bring the fun back into basketball. Show kids how fun it is to work hard.”

Gunnison’s Parx Bartholomew drives for a layup in the Bulldogs first round playoff game with Rowland Hall. The Bulldogs carried themselves well facing the Region 17 champions, succumbing in the final seconds, 62-60.

Bulldogs fight well against Rowland Hall


By Benjamin Thornberg




EPHRAIM—Gunnison Valley High School boys’ basketball team lost its final game of the season to Region 17 champ Rowland Hall last Saturday in the first round of the 2A playoffs, 62-60.

Going up against the nearly undefeated Rowland Hall, the Bulldogs fought toe-to-toe with the Winged Lions the entire game, and nearly put the game into overtime. However, one quick shot in the final seconds gave the Winged Lions the win over Gunnison.

Despite falling behind in the early game, Gunnison did not give up. The Bulldogs rode an advantage in free throw shots, along with a balanced inside-outside offensive game plan.

Late in the last quarter, Rowland Hall just couldn’t keep Gunnison off their tails. The Bulldogs pushed hard in the final quarter, and tied the game with only seconds left. Rowland Hall had possession of the ball to end the game. However, Rowland Hall converted their last second play, and secured the win.

Janzen Keisel and Parx Bartholomew led the way for Gunnison as they have all season. Keisel scored a game high 27 points, and gave the Bulldog’s 14 rebounds. Bartholomew put up 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Gunnison finished the season at 10-11 overall, and 4-8 in Region 18, and finished fifth in the region.

Lady Bulldogs lose by just five against Duchesne


By Benjamin Thornberg




Gunnison’s Kezzley Winn drives into the lane in the Lady Bulldogs first round playoff game against Duchesne last Saturday at the Horne Activity Center at Snow College. Gunnison lost to Duchesne 39-34.

EPHRAIM—The Gunnison Valley girls’ basketball team put forth a mighty effort in the last quarter against Duchesne in the first round of the 2A playoffs, before finally losing 39-34.

“I am proud of this team and everything they accomplished,” said Head Coach Melissa Sorensen. “In our game against Duchesne, we did not play consistent enough. We started off strong, and made a good run toward the end of the game. We just had an energy let down in the middle.”

Coming into the game, Sorensen knew her team would have to manage the significant size advantage for the Lady Eagles. The Lady Bulldogs started the game by utilizing their quickness to force several turnovers, and employed a pesky defense. It was enough to gain a 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But Duchesne’s size began to take effect in the second quarter, and the Lady Eagles took control. The Lady Bulldogs had a very difficult time trying to score in the paint, and gave up a lot of fouls trying to defend the larger Lady Eagles.

Behind 10 points to begin the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs came out with renewed energy and mounted a comeback. Gunnison cut into the Duchesne lead, but could not get any closer than 5 points. Duchesne displayed a tough defense to stymy Gunnison’s comeback efforts, pressuring the Lady Bulldogs into 11 turnovers.

The Lady Bulldogs had several players contribute to their efforts. Sheridan Sorensen was leading scorer of the game with 11 points. Kezzley Winn contributed 6 points and Taryn Thompson added 5 points.

“Even though the season did not end how we would have liked, it has still been a good season,” said Sorensen. “We qualified for the eight team state tournament. Our program as a whole, with the varsity, JV and C team, had a winning record. The varsity beat North Sevier for the first time in 20 years. There were many good things that happened.”

Gunnison Valley finished the year with a 10-12 record overall, and 3-8 in Region 18, good for fifth place.

County commission considers update for P&Z ordinances


By James Tilson




MANTI—The Sanpete County Commission and Planning Commission hosted a work meeting last Monday to discuss updating and revamping the county’s planning and zoning ordinances.

The goal is to bring them up to date and deal with nagging issues plaguing the county.

The commission’s open work meeting, which was attended by commissioners Scott Bartholomew and Steve Lund, county economic director Kevin Christensen, planning administrator Devan Fowles, and planning commissioners Gene Jacobsen and Leon Day, addressed how to update the county’s ordinances.

“Our ordinances are really old and outdated,” said Bartholomew. He pointed out the county hired Fowles to enforce the ordinance last year, but in that time Fowles had determined the ordinances needed a major overhaul.

“There have been some changes over the years on the state level, in terms of development, and the county would like to bring our ordinances up to date,” said Fowles. To do so, the county has hired Dr. Michael Clay from BYU to make the initial recommendations of changes that need to be made.

Fowles explained, “BYU has a great reputation in helping municipalities and counties improve their ordinances.”

Dr. Black, who was also present, told those in attendance he would take the list of the counties’ issues and concerns, compile a set of ordinances to address those, and then bring those ordinances back to the county for action in March.

Bartholomew said, “There is no set time frame, we don’t want to rush him, we want to get this right. Our ordinances are a living document, which will be tweaked and amended as needed as we implement the rules and find out what works and what doesn’t.”

However, Dr. Black also noted there were many “topics” of issues of concern to the county, and it might take more than one set of meetings to address them all. Also, once the new ordinances are brought back to the county, those must be brought to the public for comment before they can be enacted.

Most of the meeting was taken up with identifying the issues that would need to be addressed by Dr. Black for the county. Bartholomew reminded those attending that the meeting was not about trying to decide how to address the issues yet, which would be done after Dr. Black brought back his recommendations.

The most prominent issues revolved around various people trying to get around ordinances about what kind of buildings could be used as a dwelling for human occupation, especially in areas bordering on or near national forest areas. Storage containers, “shabins,” sheds in mountain recreational areas acting as “wooden tents,” “tiny homes” on wheels and Wilderness Urban Interfaces (WUI) all fell into these general concerns.

Vacation rental ordinances, in depth nuisances, major/minor subdivisions “loop-holes,” road issues and buffer zones were all other issues that came up during the meeting. Dr. Black told the audience he would likely be back in front of them sometime in February, with the aim of getting actionable ordinances by sometime in March. At the same time, the county will identify what other issues may need to be addressed at later meetings.

Believes Manti master plan has no benefits




The Manti City Council is proposing a master plan for Highway 89 through the center of town. After looking at the published proposal, we can ask ourselves, “What does it contain?”

Does the signage proposal contain any innovation, inspiration, or motivation to purchase at a business with only the name the business being shown? Nothing.

Is there anything in the proposal to encourage, motivate or excite any resident of Manti, Sanpete County, the state of Utah, the nation or the world to come to Manti City and spend their hard-earned dollars? Nothing. With all buildings being connected side by side is there anything that would add firefighters in fighting a fire? Nothing. Is there anything in the proposal of historical value? Nothing.

So what are our public servants buying? Nothing. They are buying the Emperor’s new clothes from “experts” who are laughing all the way to the bank with our hard-earned tax dollars. What can we do about
this? Inform our Mayor and City Council we do not want this proposed master plan on our Main Street. And if they go ahead with it anyway, then we must vote every one of them out of office at the next election.

Benton Petersen


Border walls do make sense to protect our sovereignty



If border walls (barriers) are not the answer to border security, why is the border wall (barrier) at San Diego so effective at interdicting illegal crossings and drug traffic?

If border walls (barriers) are not the answer to border security, why did nearly every opponent to the proposed funding previously vote to provide many more billions of dollars for sections of border wall (barrier) construction?

If border walls (barriers) are not the answer, why does every opponent feel more secure behind a wall (barrier) at their place of residence or work?

If border walls (barriers) are not the answer, why is the Vatican surrounded by border walls (barriers)?

If border walls (barriers) are not the answer, why does every single professional entertainment venue employ them? (except maybe Woodstock, and we saw what a social and environmental disaster that was).

If border walls (barriers) are not the answer, why do we see them all over the globe where security is a major concern? (Yes, we see them already in use along approximately 650+ miles of the US-Mexico border).

The sovereignty of the United States is not protected by one or two approaches but by a comprehensive network of physical, technical, human resource, and political strategies. These various facets must be planned and coordinated by those who are tasked with their implementation.

Most politicians (and the vast majority of private citizens) are not adequately sentient to make a proper determination of what is required.

We have heard countless border security professionals testify for the need of a component mix of border walls (barriers, we need more and better), technology (we need more), human resources (we need more) and policy (we need much more and better). Each of these components is present in President Trump’s proposed plan.

Opponents of border walls (barriers) are ignoring the testimony of the professionals at the border who are best in a position to make the determination of what is needed and how much it will cost.

Roger Kidd



Okerlund excited Legislature is in session




The 2019 Legislative Session has begun. My wife and I began catching up with our friends in the Senate this week. It was good to see longtime friends as well as meet new faces. We are excited to be in session again and look forward to the opportunity to serve you as we consider important legislation these next few weeks.

One of my favorite things is meeting the students. This week students from Fillmore Elementary, Pahvant Elementary and Millard High came to tour the Capitol building. I was able to meet with students from Lao Elementary in our new Visitors Center. I also had a chance to visit with the Levan Youth Council in my office. It was great to meet with so many students interested in our political system.

Besides meeting with students, the first few weeks are very busy and full of committee meetings. Each bill must pass favorably through an assigned committee before it can be heard on the Senate floor. Committees are made up of selected legislators and divided into categories. As part of my assignments this year, I am Chair of the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee. Legislation that passes through committee will be heard by the entire Senate on the Senate floor. This week, two of my bills were presented in committee.

The first, SCR5 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Edward T. Alter for His Service as Utah State Treasurer was heard in the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee. It received a favorable recommendation from the committee and was placed on the Senate Second Reading Calendar.

My next bill, SB17 Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Amendments passed through the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee on Wednesday and was also placed on the Senate Second Reading Calendar. This bill improves protections for municipality water sources. While we did not hear SB17 on the floor this week, it is at the top of the list to be heard the beginning of next week.

The beginning of this session included much debate over Medicaid. It is important to me to expand Medicaid, but there must be a way to pay for it. This is the big issue currently. My goal is to continue to represent you as I seek funding solutions to cover the costs of this program.

Thank you for taking the time to follow along with my legislative journey this year. I’ll make sure to keep you informed about the work taking place at the Capitol. I would love to hear your thoughts on the work we’re doing this session. You can reach me by email at rokerlund@le.utah.gov. I appreciate the emails that I’ve received so far about issues important to you.

I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to serve as Senator over this district. Utah is a beautiful place to call home. I appreciate everything you do to be involved in our government and to make Utah the best state. Until next time.

Ralph Okerlund

Utah State Senate, District 24