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Manti’s Travis Thompson, No. 12, hops over a tumbling Cowboy on his way to the end zone. Thompson and Manti QB Kyle King proved to be an effective team in the game against Grantsville, but not effective enough. Despite big plays like a 74-yard touchdown pass from King to Thompson, Grantsville came out with a 28-14 win.


Grantsville pulls away during second half in hard-fought game against Templars


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor



Manti’s Adam Huff leaps for a pass that would end up out-of-bounds during the team’s loss against Grantsville on Friday, Aug. 31.

MANTI—On paper, the Manti Templar contest with Grantsville last Friday appeared to be a two-man passing threat against a one-man rushing attack, with the Cowboys coming out ahead after three quarters of tied football to win, 28-14.

Of course, anyone who understands team sports knows that is not the case, but you could make that mistake if you were looking only at statistics. Because in a game where two teams battled neck-and-neck toward a tie that lasted halfway into the fourth quarter, the game was a showdown between the Templar combo of QB Kyle King and his teammate Travis Thompson, versus Grantsville’s seemingly unstoppable junior ball-runner, Parker Thomas.

In fact, throughout the whole game, special teams excluded, King, Thompson and Thomas were the only players putting points on the board.

Manti coach Cole Meacham said King and Thompson have been clicking together well in the games so far, and support from other players on the receiving end, such as Adam Huff, have helped the team continue to improve their passing.

Four minutes into the first quarter, Thomas ran in the first touchdown, followed up by a successful kick by Dayne Linton.

Barely more than a minute later, Manti answered back when Thompson scored after catching a 74-yard rocket launch from King. Seth Cornelsen kicked the extra point.

But the Templars were in for more trouble from Thomas in short order. Less than a minute after Thompson’s touchdown, the Cowboy galloped 67 yards in to score again. The first quarter wrapped up with Grantsville leading 14-7.

Not to be unseated from their 2-0 record so easily, with a little more than 9 minutes into the second half, Manti worked its way up the field, and King threw the ball again into the waiting arms of Thompson, followed immediately by another extra point from Cornelsen.

That is when it all ground to a screeching halt. For nearly a third of the entire game, the teams maintained a scoreless stalemate.

Meacham says the defensive plays during the stalemate were from adjusting their own defensive strategy, and a strong defense coming from Grantsville as well.

The tie would only last so long, however. Grantsville once again had Thomas to thank when he ran in another touchdown with nearly 5 minutes left in the fourth. Linton tacked on the extra point for the Cowboys.

The Templars where still hitting a brick wall offensively. They would not score again during the game, but Thomas would score one last time.

With 15 seconds to go before the game was over, Thomas pushed his way through to his fourth touchdown of the game, Linton added the final point of the night, and the Cowboys walked away the undisputed winners.

“We learned some things from this game,” Meacham said. “Grantsville’s Parker Thomas was a fantastic player with a strong offensive line to back him up. Our kids played great and with some fine tuning I think we are going to do well into the rest of the season.”

Now sitting at 2-1, the Templars will face the Emery Spartans (0-3) on Friday in an away game.


Templars accelerate through second half, beat North Sanpete decisively


By James Tilson

Sports writer



Manti High’s Ashton Wood gathers possession of the ball during the game between Manti and North Sanpete last Thursday. Manti came out on top, 5-0.

MANTI—A second half explosion put a tight game out of reach, as the Manti Lady Templars defeated the North Sanpete Lady Hawks 5-0 last Thursday in a girls soccer match at Manti High School.

Although Manti took a 1-0 lead in the first half, the Lady Templars struggled to maintain possession through to scoring opportunities. “It took us a little bit to get our groove, but we found it,” said Manti Head Coach Elishia Steinfeldt. “We came out sluggish, but we worked through it.”

In the second half, the “groove” came around for Manti. In the space of about ten minutes, the Lady Templars blew open the game, scoring four goals in quick succession. Steinfeldt said the explosion was a result of hard work by the team to keep possession as a team. “We’ve been working really hard to play possession ball, and not just force the ball down the field. We want to stay connected, and move forward as a team.”

North Sanpete Head Coach Mickel Holder admitted her team may have run out of gas in the second half, but they were also dealing with some adversity as well. “It was both physical and mental. We’ve been working on our physical training, and we’re not quite there yet. But we had four injured varsity players today, three of them starters. I was really proud of our first half effort.”

Kassidy Alder and Ally Squire both had two goals for the Lady Templars, while Jayci Jolley added on another. Goalkeeper Jentry Young maintained a clean sheet by shutting out the Lady Hawks.

Both teams have begun their region schedules. North Sanpete travels to Grand County today, and plays South Sevier and Richfield next week. Manti travels to Richfield today, and plays Grand County and Emery next week.

Gunnison Valley quarterback Caden Madsen looks for a completion against South Sevier last Friday night. The Bulldogs fell to South Sevier, 28-63.


So. Sevier runs off 23 points straight,

Bulldogs too far behind to catch up


By James Tilson

Sports writer


GUNNISON—The Gunnison Bulldogs could not overcome a horrible start against the South Sevier Rams in which the Bulldogs gave up 23 unanswered points in the first quarter on the way to a 28-63 defeat.

Center-quarterback exchange woes continued for the Bulldogs in the game last Friday, Aug. 31, as two early snaps sailed over quarterback Caden Madsen’s head, leading to a South Sevier touchdown and a safety. The Rams scored on their next two possessions and had a 0-23 lead before the first quarter was half over.

The injury bug made its appearance, too. Senior starters Thomas Yardley and Ty Hill were both sidelined before the game began, which took out two key linemen for the Bulldogs.

Gunnison Coach Jack Pay made a switch at center after the first three series in the game and had junior Brandon Tucker take over for the duration. The move settled down the offense, eliminated the bad snaps and enabled Gunnison to start putting some possessions together.

However, the Bulldogs could not find an answer for big Rams running back Tyson Chisholm. Chisholm wound up scoring six touchdowns and was a primary force for the Rams.

After starting the half behind 6-43 at half, Pay was able to make some adjustments, and his team came out with a little more fire. The Bulldogs took the opening possession and scored, and the crowd felt a little excitement. However, Gunnison was not able to stop the Ram running attack and could only keep pace with South Sevier the rest of the game.

Gunnison will travel to Enterprise this Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

North Sanpete’s Cesar Lemus digs for more yardage in the Hawks’ game against Cedar last Friday night. North Sanpete fell to Cedar, 6-14.


Hawk defense OK, but offense not on track in time


By James Tilson

Sports writer



CEDAR CITY—North Sanpete has made a point of “grinding” out its games this year, and last Friday was no different.

The Hawks limited the Cedar Redmen to only two touchdowns, but could not get their own offense on track until late in the game and ended up falling to Cedar 6-14.

“We played right with them the entire game, and moved the ball down the field like we wanted to but didn’t execute when we got into the Red Zone,” said North Sanpete Head Coach Rhett Bird.

Brock Justesen led the Hawks with 30 yards rushing, although three other Hawks had significant yards as the Hawks went with running back by committee.

The Hawks had a chance to even up the game up to the last horn, but fell just a little short. “The last drive was one that we look back on and ask ourselves if we got a little greedy. We found a rhythm there in the fourth quarter and got away from it on the last drive trying to score. We had drawn up a reverse for this game and thought it would be great to call it on fourth down to either put us in the Red Zone or score. Things weren’t executed the way they were supposed to, and it didn’t go our way. I’m proud of the way our kids competed all the way down the stretch.”

This week, North Sanpete hosts the Judge Memorial Bulldogs at North Sanpete High School, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Sanpete gets $75,000 grant to hire

social worker who will focus on preschool



SALT LAKE CITY—Sanpete County has been awarded $75,000 to hire a social worker to focus on preschool enrollment for children experiencing intergenerational poverty, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Intergenerational poverty is a phenomenon where two or more successive generations of a family rely on public assistance at least one year.

In 2012, the Utah State Legislature passed the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act to help children break out of the public assistance pattern.

Utah takes a two-generation approach with families by focusing on the needs of parents and their children simultaneously.

“So it’s really taking an individualized approach—looking at all the services that are available,” Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said.  “Not just government services, but nonprofits, volunteers, our faith-based communities. We bring all of these groups together in a room to focus on individuals and specifically to focus on children.”

“Many people in local communities understand the long-term effects of intergenerational poverty on children and families and are actively engaged in developing solutions,” Rep. Edward Redd, R-Logan said. “These grants will assist ongoing efforts of communities in our state to mobilize local resources to address intergenerational poverty on a local level.”

In all, about $900,000 was awarded for efforts in Carbon, Iron, Kane, San Juan, Sanpete, Utah, Washington and Weber counties.


Well-known Sterling man facing charges of of fraud


MANTI—A well-known Sterling resident has made his initial appearance in 6th District Court on charges of committing fraud against his wealthy father-in-law amounting to at least $93,000.

Kevin Pete Conover, 67, and his estranged wife, Heidi Conover, 57, were both charged with multiple counts of communications fraud occurring between February 2014 and July 2015.

The charges ranged from second-degree felonies to Class B misdemeanors, depending on the amount of money involved in each individual incident.

Heidi Conover faces 14 counts of communication fraud, while Kevin Conover only faces five counts.

Deputy Sanpete County Attorney Wes Mangum suggested Kevin may have been the smarter of the two co-defendants, since he did not sign the majority of documents that make up the “paper trail” of evidence in the case.

Kevin Conover has also been charged with three misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, wrongful posting, and unlawful use of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) property arising from an unrelated incident, where Conover is alleged to have bulldozed a pond on property he didn’t own.

Both of the Conover cases came before Judge Marvin Bagley last Wednesday. Both cases were continued to Oct. 3 at 9 a.m., in order for the defendants to hire counsel.

Mangum explained the cases arose out of time when the Conovers had moved her father, W. Lynn Benson to their home in Sanpete County when he was having physical health problems.

During that time, between January 2013 and July 2015, the Conovers used a fraudulent power-of-attorney document to access her father’s corporate accounts for their own personal use. According to Mangum, they got Benson to sign the document without him understanding what he was signing.

While Mangum said his office has not totaled the entire amount the Conovers are alleged to have taken, charging documents state the amount taken is at least $93,992.04. The actual amount will probably be more than that.

Mangum said it is too early to determine how this case is going to be resolved. At this point, the county attorney’s office is preparing to take the matter to trial.



Wishing the Blackhams Buena Viaje and Bon Voyage


While Dave and Dianne Blackham are still in our midst, my wife and I want to express to them my best wishes for the mission they will soon begin serving in Mexico for the LDS Church. During their absence, we will miss them, but will also be wishing them well as they continue to serve their neighbors and the surrounding community in a different location, one far from those they have long served in Sanpete County.


Personally, I know few of the details concerning their mission call except for being told by Dave, while picking up a prescription at Skyline Pharmacy that he and Dianne would soon be leaving to serve in Juárez, Mexico. A few days later, during another visit to the pharmacy, I was told by the pharmacist on duty, their daughter, Emily, of her trepidation with trying to step into the shoes being left empty, and needing to be filled, while Dave and Dianne are away.


While I have great confidence in Emily’s abilities, I agree with her that filling the shoes of her parents will be a tall order. They have a long and illustrious service to the community, which strikes me as something we should all aspire to. Years ago, soon after my wife, Magdalena, and I settled in Fountain Green, we volunteered to establish a new Cub Scout program at Mt. Pleasant’s historic Presbyterian Church. Our plan was to serve mostly the youngest possible age group of scouts since they were not yet old enough to join the scouting programs in the area’s LDS wards.


Happily for us, not long after we announced our plan to start the Cub Scout den, the Blackhams stepped forward and offered to assist our efforts. So, as Magdalena became the Den Mother and Dianne the Assistant Den mother, the Blackham’s two youngest sons became charter members of the new Cub Scout Den. In retrospect, it now seems almost prophetic that most of the other boys who joined our den came from the Spanish-speaking families which my wife, a native of Mexico with advanced University degrees from there, got to know from her work in north Sanpete elementary schools.


Over the years since then, we have witnessed the Blackhams contributing in other ways to many other efforts making our area a better place. Who knows if we would now be enjoying the benefits of the ConToy Arena, with its indoor Rodeo space and outdoor Eventing course, or the Aquatic Center, with its Olympic Size swimming pool and children’s Splash Pad, without Dave and Dianne adding their support to the efforts of other like-minded citizen seeking to improve life for all of us?


I do know that a few years ago, when a large company operating a nationwide chain of pharmacies expressed interest in possibly buying Skyline Pharmacy from the Blackhams, Dave and Dianne ranked protecting the jobs of their employees and serving the needs of their customers at the top of their list of demands any buyer would have to meet—perhaps killing the deal. I am happy our corner pharmacy has not yet been replaced (as I see it, newer and bigger are not always better.) In any case, my wife and I wish the Blackhams a wonderful time on their mission, yet we don’t want them staying away for long.


Doug Lowe

Mt. Pleasant


Lecture will focus on how

we can save the Constitution


“Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

This timeless message taught by the very Son of God as he walked the earth 2000 years ago applies to every aspect of our lives today. It remains crucial to the destiny of America if liberty is to survive.

The great Christian General Moroni warned us in the Book of Mormon (Ether 8:23) that the same forces which destroyed two great civilizations on this continent, centuries ago, are had among us now.

It is imperative that we, as citizens, recognize the forces of evil and what can be done to

overcome them. Vance Smith who will be speaking at the Manti City Complex, 55 S. Main in Manti Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. has paid a huge price to understand and shed light upon these very deceptive evils and how they can and must be defeated.

We are fortunate to have a man of Mr. Smith’s caliber share his vital knowledge here in our midst.

Truth, understood and acted upon by a sufficient number of Americans, will turn the tide

for the “Cause of Christians” and liberty. The enemy is entrenched but there is still time for each of us to make a difference.

I believe Sanpete, with God’s help, can be a beacon to our whole Nation!


Jane A. Braithwaite


Ellen Virginia Sorensen Long


Ellen Virginia Sorensen Long



Ellen Virginia Sorensen Long, 77, passed away Aug. 26, 2018 in Payson, Utah.

She was born April 13, 1941 in Salt Lake City to Eugene Clarence and Inez Virginia Powell Sorensen. She married Allen M. Long on Oct. 9, 1961, later sealed on Oct. 9, 1962 in the Logan Temple. She loved her husband and family very much.

Ellen held many positions in her church callings. Ellen loved to travel, and through her travels she had the opportunity to do humanitarian service to an orphanage in Peru. She was always looking for ways to help others, many times without the person knowing. She never wanted to be recognized for the service that she did.

Mom always felt that her grandest accomplishment was her family. Whenever one of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren’s names was mentioned, she would say “Oh, I love them so much”, and start telling something special about them. For each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren she made a special Christmas stocking.

Ellen loved to spend time with her friends, and would do many crafts. She also took many trips with her dear friends.

Mom and dad moved to Fairview and lived there for the past 28 years. They loved their home, waking up every morning to the sound of wind chimes and their beautiful view of the mountains. In fact, mom loved to walk the area, she would walk every day about eight miles, and nobody could keep up with her speedy step.

Survived by her loving husband Allen M. Long, her daughters: Michelle (Ben) Larsen and Annette (Bob) Garner; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister.

Preceded in death by her son Scott “Scotty” Allen Long, and her parents.

Funeral will be held Saturday Sept. 1, 2018, with a viewing at 11 a.m. at Larkin Mortuary, with graveside services will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.

Charles Ray Rasmussen


Charles Ray Rasmussen


Charles Ray Rasmussen, 92, passed away in Payson, Utah, on Aug. 13, 2018 of causes incident to age. He was born in Ephraim on Aug. 1, 1926 and raised in Manti. As a youth he was a jockey and worked for the U.S. Forest Service.

“Chuck” enlisted in the Army and finished his training in Hawaii.

He returned to Utah and earned degrees at both Snow College and the University of Utah, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Architecture in 1953.

He married Jean Dyreng May 27, 1949 in the Manti Temple. They have six children.

Chuck was an innovative architect. His career took him to Cedar City, then California. He was active in Kiwanis and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings, a mission to Denmark, then as an ordinance as worker at the Provo Temple.

See full obituary at premierefuneral.com.

He was preceded in death by wife, Jean Dyreng, his parents, Homer and Caroline Rasmussen, sisters, brother-in-laws, and son-in-law; Irla (Claud) Maylett, Valene (Lawrence) Nielsen, Roena (Mac) Shields, and Ricky Long.  He is survived by his six children and spouses,  32 grandchildren, and 64 great- grandchildren: Karen Rasmussen Long, David (Shauna) Rasmussen, Kimball (Shelley) Rasmussen, Diane (Mike) Sellers, Kathleen Rasmussen Davis, and Daniel (Stacey) Rasmussen.

The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at 11 a.m., viewing at 9:30 a.m., Chapel 546 North 500 West in Orem.

A graveside service will be held at the Ephraim Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

Cian Kendall Garth Brown


Cian Kendall Garth Brown


Cian Kendall Garth Brown, infant son of Chris “CJ”Allen, Jr. and Shantel “Tella” Clark Brown, was born and passed away on Aug. 20, 2018 in Gunnison.

He is the brother of Keiley-Jean RaNae Brown and the grandson of Sean and Kristy Clark, Chris Allen Brown and Shirlene Hazel Brown, and the great-grandson of Jean Dutton, Martin and Gayle Stock, and Robert “Bob” Clark. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Wendy Clark, Kendall “Mel” Dutton, Garth and Nola RaNae Hazel.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Spring City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

Gladys Tuttle Andersen


Gladys Tuttle Andersen


Our dear mother, Gladys Tuttle Andersen, 89, passed away on Aug. 25, 2018 in Gunnison.

Gladys was born in Manti, Utah on July 1, 1929 to William Ambrose and Alice Davenport Tuttle, the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Manti, attended local schools and graduated from Manti High School in 1947. She attended Snow College where she was a cheerleader.

She married her eternal companion, Roger Cyril Andersen on July 28, 1950 in the Manti Temple. They started their married life together in Gunnison and were blessed with four daughters. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Gladys was involved in community and church activities, and volunteered at the Gunnison Valley Hospital for many years. Gladys served in the Relief Society, Primary and many years in the Manti Temple. She was instrumental in implementing the Cub Scout program in Gunnison Valley. She received the Silver Beaver Award for her service in scouting in 1976.

She enjoyed serving others and spending time with friends and family. She never missed an opportunity to share her testimony and love of the gospel. She knew that families were forever.

Gladys is survived by her children: Mitzi (Norman) Mecham, Logan; Janice (David) Dalley, Riverton; Suzanne (Jim) Sanders, Gunnison; and Cynthia (Dan) Gagon, Provo; 17 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; her younger sister, Wilma (John) Hougaard, Twin Falls, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Nicholas Sanders; four sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Gunnison Stake Center, 80 West Center Street, where friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday morning 9:30–10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

Weston Simons and Makayla Blake.




Douglas and Linda Blake are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Makayla Blake to Weston Simons, son of Kelly and Natalie Simons, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Makayla is a graduate of Manti High School.  She is the granddaughter of Louise and the late Elwood Eddy of Manti, and the late Thayne and Linda Blake of West Valley.

Weston is a graduate of Manti High School. He is the grandson of Guy and Lynda Palmer of Manti and Suzanne and the late ElRay Simons of Moroni.  He is the great-grandson of the late Dern and Ethelyn Chapman of Moroni.

Please join their families in celebrating at an open house held in their honor that evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Blake’s home at 195 West 400 North in Manti.

Robert and Beverly Armstrong

Robert and Beverly Armstrong


Farewell: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Medical Adviser missionaries



Robert D. and Beverly A. Armstrong have accepted a call to serve in Phnom Penh Cambodia as Mission Medical Adviser missionaries. This is a change from their initial call to Bangkok, Thailand.
They spoke Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Manti 9th Ward, 295 South Main Street, Manti.  They entered the mission home on Aug. 27 and will leave the country on their new adventure the following week.

Gunnison Valley Hospital births



Emeline Lund was born to Carson and Bridgette Lund of Centerfield on Aug. 9, 2018. She weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce.

Kaylee Ellen Petersen was born to Misty Petersen of Spring City on Aug. 6, 2018. She weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces.

Liam Scott Thompson was born to Travis and Ashley Thompson of Ephraim on Aug. 26, 2018. He weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces.