Lady Bulldogs lose to Millard then beat Parowan 43-29


By Benjamin Thornberg




Lady Bulldog, No. 11, Kezzley Winn makes a shot in the second quarter during the team’s home victory against Parowan on Thursday, Jan. 10.

GUNNISON—The Gunnison Valley girls’ basketball team lost to Millard 54-42 last week on Tuesday, then pulled out a win against Parowan 43-29 two days later.

“We are still playing hard and well,” said Bulldog Coach Melissa Sorensen when asked how the season was going for her team. “We still have not yet been able to breakthrough in our tough region, but we are getting closer.”

Gunnison managed to keep mostly on pace with the Eagles for the duration of the game; however, Millard made a strong play in the final quarter and outscored the Bulldogs by 9 points.

Notable performances were Kezzley Winn and Jaida King, the former scoring 15 and the latter scoring 18, with 4 three-point shots. The Eagles controlled the rebounds, which was a contributing factor in their victory. Melissa also stated: “We know that having tough games each night in our region is great preparation for the state tournament.”

The Bulldogs picked themselves up after that loss and beat the Parowan Rams, led by Jaida King with 13 points and Taryn Thompson with 10 points. Gunnison gained a lot of control with their offensive and defensive rebounds; and made hoop after hoop.

Having tough competition in their region has given the Lady Bulldogs good experience. “The goal is to get to that first play-in game and advance to the eight team tournament, where anything can happen,” Melissa said. “The players are improving and the coaching staff has complete confidence in them.” With the jumpstart that Gunnison had this season, it certainly seems that way.

Gunnison will be playing two home games with Enterprise today at 7 p.m. and Kanab on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Bulldogs drop games to Millard and Parowan


By Benjamin Thornberg




GUNNISON- The Gunnison Valley High School boys’ basketball team lost their two most recent contests against Millard on Jan. 9, 74-59, and Parowan on Jan. 11, 52-38.

The beginning of the year has been tough for the Bulldogs. They picked up their first win against Enterprise on Jan. 4, but last two games have resulted in losses.

Against Millard, Gunnison kept the lead in the first quarter only to be outscored by the Eagles for the rest of the game. Two Bulldogs, Braxton Sylvester and Creed Mogle, combined to score 28 points.

Parowan then defeated Gunnison, 52-38, giving the Bulldogs their sixth loss of the season. The Rams stayed ahead of the Bulldogs during each period and controlled the offensive glass.

Much of their recent struggles can be attributed to injuries to two leading players. Parx Bartholomew and Jackson Hill, who have both missed games, have left the Bulldogs without team leaders during this stretch.

The injuries do not end with them, either. During a TV interview, Coach Ben Hill said the Bulldogs struggled to compete with other teams getting rebounds, due to the large number of injured players.

The Bulldogs played a rivalry game with North Sevier yesterday after time of press, they host Enterprise tomorrow at 7 p.m., and then travel to Kanab next Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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Snow College presidential finalists announced


By Robert Green




EPRHAIM—Four finalists who have been selected to replace retiring Snow College President Gary Carlston will meet the public in an open forum on Thursday afternoon in the Huntsman Library Auditorium.

“After receiving a great deal of public input over the past few months, the Snow College Presidential Search Committee is pleased to advance the names of these four highly-qualified finalists,” said Mark Stoddard, Regent and search committee co-chair. “We look forward to the Regents having the opportunity to fully consider these candidates as they work to select a new leader for Snow College.”

Each of the finalists will speak and answer questions from the audience for about an hour on Thursday, starting at 1 p.m., said Marci Larsen, the president’s assistant.

The forum is a way for Snow College students and Sanpete County residents to meet and get acquainted with their next president, she said.

The new president will then be chosen by the Utah Board of Regents in a closed session on Friday and introduced at a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Founders Hall in the Noyes Building.

The man chosen for the job will start out earning about $215,000 a year, Larsen said. This is a similar amount that retiring President Carlston has been paid.

One the biggest challenges facing the new president will face is to increase enrollment, which has been flat for the past few years, Larsen said.

The finalists were selected from a pool of 30 to 40 candidates; and they went through a rigorous screening process from a 22-member search committee appointed by the Board of Regents. Larsen was involved in the search and said there were no internal favorites and all finalists were selected solely on their qualifications.

Gary Carlston and his wife Janet are leaving Snow College after leading the school since 2014. He will remain in his position until May 17. He was Snow College’s 16th president. The school was founded by pioneer settlers in 1988 and named after Lorenzo and Erastus Snow.

The finalists are:

• Steven J. Hood, who will speak at 1 p.m.

• Val L. Peterson, who will speak at 2 p.m.

• Bradley J. Cook, who will speak at 3 p.m.

• Courtney R. White, who will speak at 4 p.m.

Here is a brief biographical sketch of each candidate:

Bradley J. Cook

Bradley J. Cook is the provost at Southern Utah University, and is an alum of Snow College and a native of central Utah. He has worked to establish SUU as a national leader in student-centric, highly applied learning environments and has advanced an agenda of internationalizing the university.

Under his leadership, SUU has achieved record high student success rates, created over 25 new academic programs and centers, and elevated SUU’s academic reputation among public regional universities in the Intermountain West.

Prior to his current position, he served as president of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates, and eight years at then-Utah Valley State College as vice president of college relations and later as vice president of academic affairs. Cook has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford in England.

Steven J. Hood has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Snow College since 2013. He has been instrumental in helping make it easier to transfer credits to four-year universities.

Steven J. Hood

He also spent 27 years at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania as a professor of politics. At Ursinus, he served as department chair, assistant dean and director of the first-year liberal education program.

In addition to academics, Hood was part of a team that worked with underrepresented student groups from

rural and urban areas in Pennsylvania. He was awarded two Fulbright Fellowships (Taiwan and Peru), the Laughlin Award for Scholarship (1993), and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (2001). Hood holds bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Val L. Peterson

 Val L. Peterson is the vice president of finance and administration at Utah Valley University. His administrative responsibilities include facilities, finance, information technology, general counsel, emergency services, athletics and internal audit.

Peterson started at then-Utah Valley Community College in 1987 and has served in a variety of capacities such as associate vice president for college relations and vice president for college relations.

He retired from the Utah National Guard as a brigadier general after 32 years of service. He currently serves in the Utah House of Representatives from District 59. Peterson has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the United States War College, and a doctorate from Brigham Young University.

Courtney R. White

Courtney R. White is the chief of staff at Dixie State University where he advises the president supervises the strategic plan implementation, which focuses on student success and access. Since 2014 he has been adjunct faculty with the Southern Utah University master’s of public administration program.

He previously served as the lobbyist for the University of Oregon and held a similar external relations position with the Utah Education Association.

His prior professional assignments include work at the Nevada, Oregon and Utah Systems of Higher Education, most recently as an assistant commissioner.

He earned an associate’s degree from Snow College, a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He grew up in Ephraim.

Spring City interim Mayor Pro-Tem Neil Sorensen presents resigning Mayor Jack Monnett with an award of appreciation from Spring City at the recent council meeting Jan. 3. Monnett submitted his resignation, citing the need to spend more time with his family and especially his wife, for whom he is acting as caregiver.

Jack Monnett steps down as mayor of Spring City


Changes appear to be coming in recorder and treasurer posts


By James Tilson




SPRING CITY—Spring City’s mayor submitted his resignation at the last council meeting, leading to a general shake-up of the city’s government.

Jack Monnett resigned as mayor of Spring City at the beginning of the council meeting, reading his letter of resignation to the audience in what became an emotional farewell.

“It is with heavy heart that I write this letter of resignation,” said Monnett. “The past five years have been fulfilling and have brought satisfaction in watching our city work together.”

Monnett told how his decision was the culmination of events that started with a traffic accident in which his wife lost the use of her legs and one arm in Aug. 2017. Since then, more and more of his time has been devoted to providing care for her. In spite of her “wonderful attitude,” Monnett found he could no longer be a sole caregiver for her.

“Recognizing our personal limitations in caregiving, we have come together in a family decision to relocate ourselves and to be close to other family members.” Monnett told the audience that he and his wife planned to move to Idaho to be close to two adult children.

Monnett said Councilman Neil Sorensen would be taking over temporarily as the interim Mayor Pro-Tem. Monnett cited Sorensen’s experience with the city’s government and personality as reasons he would be well qualified to take over. “I feel confident in handing the gavel to him.”

Monnett also cited the achievements of the city during his administration, including the completion of a new city center, a new veteran’s memorial, a re-dedicated town spring memorial, the addition of a full-time police department and investment in state recognized fire department. He also mentioned projects to increaser water production and provide more efficient city lighting.

A visibly moved city staff took the time to tell Monnett how much they appreciated his service, and they were going to miss him. Sorensen also presented Monnett with a plaque, showing the city’s appreciation of his time as mayor.

After Monnett left, and Sorensen took over the meeting, Sorensen announced a number of other changes to the city government. Sorensen said Dixie Earl, city record, planned to retire in six months. Kim Crowley, city treasurer, will be taking over Earl’s responsibilities as recorder.

In addition to Earl, the city also lost Deputy Treasurer Jim Phillips to relocation. Sorensen announced the city had hired David Miller to take over Phillips’ position, and Councilman Whitney Allred would assume the responsibilities of Treasurer.

As a result of all the shuffling, the city will post openings for both mayor and council. Sorensen confirmed he would be applying for the permanent Mayor Pro-Tem position, and Allred would still be able to serve on the council, but he would have to apply for it again.

Zoey, Alisha and Harley Sorensen smile for the camera while cradling the newest addition to the family, Jaysa Dawn, who was the first baby born in Sanpete Valley Hospital in 2019.

Don or Dawn? Baby girl settles question


By Robert Stevens




MT. PLEASANT—Sanpete Valley Hospital had the privilege of welcoming a baby girl into the world last week for their first delivery of the year.

Born on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 6:23 p.m., Jaysa Dawn Sorensen is the youngest daughter of Harley and Alisha Sorensen, weighing in at seven pounds and measuring 19 inches long.

Her parents have been Sanpete County residents for more than 20 years, and met each other over a friendly game of billiards.

“She fell in love with me after seeing how good at pool I was, “Harley jokes.

The Sorensen’s choice of middle name for their new baby girl was a tribute to both of their great-grandfathers, who were both named Don.  Even before they knew if they were having a boy or a girl, the family had settled on Don or Dawn as a middle name, depending on the gender.

Harley himself was named in tribute, only in his case it was a motorcycle. His full name is Harley David Sorensen. The day after her birth, Jaysa could be found in the arms of her mother, wrapped in pink and black Harley Davidson swaddling clothes.

Jaysa became the little sister to an eager older sibling, Zoey, who says she is looking forward to helping take care of her baby sis.

Zoey’s family says she waited a long time for her new sibling, and they finally had to get a puppy to get her by until the baby came.

Both parents commute to Utah County for work, and although Alisha has some time off with the baby, they are grateful that Zoey is eager to get some babysitting experience in to help out.

It has long been a tradition at Sanpete Valley Hospital to present gifts to the first baby born in the New Year.

“It’s always exciting to welcome out first baby of the year,” says Elaine McCormick, Nursery Coordinator.

Dr. Eric Jones, DO, OB/GYN was the delivering physician. The Sorensens say they are extremely grateful for the care they received from the nursing and delivery staff.

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Eagle Scouts


Ephraim Troop 527 was pleased to present four scouts their Eagle Scout Awards last Saturday, Jan 5. Left to right: Hunter Hughes, Issac Warby, Brigham Bean, and Kaystan Larsen.

Hunter Hughes is the son of Gary and Lorie Hughes, Issac Warby is the son of Bryce and Cami Warby, Brigham Bean is the son of Kent and Miriam Bean and Kaystan Larsen is the son of Karl and Marci Larsen.


Lynn Terry Nuffer

Lynn Terry Nuffer


Lynn Terry Nuffer, 84, passed away at his home in Manti, on Dec. 31, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1934 in Salt Lake City, to Elvin Joseph and Mildred Amelia Terry Nuffer. Lynn was the oldest of eight children. He was the epitome of a workaholic. He began working at the age of six mowing lawns and raking leaves. This desire to work was so strong that at the age of 15 he dropped out of high school to help supplement his family’s income.

Lynn grew up with a great love of swimming. Throughout his life he won many metals for swimming and diving.

Lynn was sealed to his sweetheart LouConne Larson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Feb. 14, 1955.

Lynn had great faith and love for his Savior Jesus Christ. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings which eventually lead to a two year mission served for the church in Lansing Michigan with his wife.

Some of the most memorable jobs that Lynn had were: milkman at Winder Dairy, production manager at Heat King Stoves, police officer for Manti City and his favorite job was driving the Pre-School bus for South Sanpete School District.

Lynn is survived by his wife, LouConne Larson Nuffer; children; Michael Lynn Nuffer, Richard Terry (Kaye) Nuffer, Rebecca (Moroni) Patane, David Joseph (deceased), Karen (Donny) Seely, Douglas Paul (Penny) Nuffer, Jeffrey Allen (Melody) Nuffer; siblings, Nina Tapp, Bonnie Butler, Daniel Nuffer, Margaret Nuffer, Joseph Nuffer and Jennifer Nuffer; 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He is also preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Joan Wheatley and sister, Marilyn James.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at noon in the Manti Stake Center. Friends called prior to services at the church from 10-11:30 a.m. Burial was in the Manti City Cemetery with Military Honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Kelsie Albee and Karl Long



Jayson and Shirlene Albee are excited to announce the sealing of their daughter Kelsie Leann to Karl James Long, son of Victor and Phyllis Long in the Payson Utah Temple.

Please join the family at a reception in their honor on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Manti Tabernacle, 90 S. Main, from 7-8 p.m., with dancing from 8-9 p.m.

Newly elected county officials were sworn in Jan. 3, at the Sanpete County Commissioners meeting. Sandy Neill, County Recorder, is shown here, facing away from the camera, swearing in, from left to right, County Auditor Stacey Lyon, County Attorney Kevin Daniels, County Sheriff Brian Neilson, County Commissioner Edwin Sunderland and County Commissioner Scott Bartholomew.

Sanpete County officials sworn in


By James Tilson




MANTI—The Sanpete County Commission greeted a new member, and handed out committee assignments from a retiring member at its first meeting of the new year.

Newly elected commissioner Edwin Sunderland was sworn in to his seat, replacing retiring commissioner Claudia Jarrett.

During the meeting on Tuesday, commission chair Scott Bartholomew handed out committee assignments to all three commissioners to reflect its new membership.

Bartholomew, the returning chair, retained his chairmanship, and Steve Lund took over as the pro-tem chair.

Bartholomew also took over the Six County Area Operating Group representation and the mental health board from Jarrett’s assignments. To make room for these new assignments, Bartholomew assigned his former economic development board to Lund, and the Children’s Justice Center to Sunderland. Lund’s former boards of 4H, USU Extension and Manti/Ephraim Airport liaison were also assigned to Sunderland.

The remaining boards from Jarrett; Intergenerational Poverty, Special Service District No. 1, county roads – north, weed board, forest service/BLM liaison and mosquito/grasshopper abatement were assigned to Sunderland.

Two new boards were also assigned, with public lands being assigned to Sunderland, and Utah Association of Counties assigned to Lund.

Manti looking for solutions to deer that are causing some residents to ‘give up on gardens’


By James Tilson




MANTI—The Manti City Council set a deadline to have a plan in place to deal with deer populations within city limits.

While discussing continuing business, the council brought up the deer population problems. The council had considered the issue earlier last fall, but had not taken any action on it yet.

Councilwoman Mary Wintch exclaimed, “They’re everywhere this year!” And Councilman Gary Chidester agreed, saying, “A lot of people in town have given up on gardens.”

City Administrator Kent Barton said a presentation on the issue was already scheduled for the next council meeting on the 16th. At that meeting, an anti-feeding ordinance can be discussed, a public hearing scheduled and public comment can be solicited.

Councilman Darren Dyreng said he wanted a deer control program approved and in place by the end of March, so that residents would have time to prepare. Barton agreed the council should move on the issue, but with attention it should be ready by then.

Dyreng said the council will have a number of options on how to deal with the deer population, from allowing private citizens to hunt deer within city limits, to contracting with and only allowing a professional hunter to utilize the program. Chidester indicating he was in favor of making the meat available to families in need. Dyreng agreed that was one of the options available to the council.

The council also heard from Sports and Recreation Director Vern Jensen, with a report on last year’s activities and a look ahead to next year.

“Lots of kids are coming out, our numbers are up,” Jensen told the council. Jensen pointed to expansion of youth basketball programs, fall and spring soccer and changing flag-football to NFL rules as factors for improved participation numbers.

Manti’s new baseball/softball venue caused Jensen, and the council, to be very excited for the coming year. “We will be ready to start this spring, and we’ll have new events,” said Jensen.

Jensen pointed to a change in the recreation department’s youth baseball program from the Babe Ruth league to the Utah Boys Baseball Association (UBBA) as one new event. With teams from Gunnison, Salina, Manti and Ephraim in their region, the playoff between all those teams would be held at Manti’s new facility.

Jensen also said the Ephraim’s Lions Club was considering holding their annual youth baseball/softball tournament at the facility as well.

Wintch noted that with new people coming to Manti, local businesses would benefit from the overflow traffic, as would the city pool.  The council expressed hope that the new traffic would help offset the expected loss in revenue from the ending of the Mormon Miracle Pageant.

The award winning drama department at the North Sanpete High School will be performing the smash-hit musical Newsies next week at the school.

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Solar power saves school district $68,672


By Robert Green




Three North Sanpete County schools running primarily on solar power for the past six months have saved the school district $68,672, according to Superintendent Sam Ray.

The energy savings were reported by a representative of energy contractor Siemens at the November North Sanpete School Board meeting.

The district has partnered with Siemens and the Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky program to build solar arrays at the North Sanpete Middle School, Moroni Elementary and Fountain Green Elementary.

All three systems are designed to utilize energy conservation devices and net metering, where unused generated solar power can be fed into the power grid to offset costs.

However, by far the biggest savings comes from the schools generating their own electricity and not having to buy as much power from the utility company, Ray said.

All three schools are meeting a target of generating 80 percent of their electricity, Ray said.

And in the summer months, when school is out but he sun is beating down in full force, the school district can sell the excess energy it generates back to Rocky Mountain Power, Ray said. This provides additional savings and will help the district pay off the bond it took off to finance energy upgrades.

A performance review of the three schools by Siemens from April to Septembers show most operations are expected to exceed the cost savings Siemens guaranteed when it designed the systems.”

The solar panels at Fountain Green Elementary were not working at full capacity during this period due to trip breaker problems; and solar production at Fountain Green was slightly short of expectations, but the situation is being resolved, and more savings should be realized in the future, Ray said.

The solar arrays at North Sanpete Middle School and Moroni Elementary were producing energy consistently during this time frame.

Superintendent Ray is proud of the district’s decision to go solar.

“Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky program we were able to make this whole project possible and put up all these solar panels,” Ray said. “It will help us generate revenue to pay off our bond. It actually helped us to get the financing at the best possible terms.”

In early 2017 Ray and others were looking at ways to upgrade their antiquated heating systems. Many of the schools had converted old coal fired boilers into natural gas, and they were beyond repair, Ray said. The district also didn’t have any funds for new furnaces and while they were looking for funding options, they came across the Rocky Mountain Blue Sky program.

The district received a $576,224 Blue Sky grant to build the solar array at the middle school and secured a low interest bond to fund other energy improvements.

To see a video on the district’s new solar program, go to There is also an interesting website people can visit to check out each school’s power production. It is Click on the tab “publicly available PV systems” and type in the city of the school to be monitored.

Gunnison Valley Bank seeks merger with State Bank of Southern Utah


By Suzanne Dean





GUNNISON—Gunnison Valley Bank, a fixture on Gunnison’s Main Street for more than 100 years, plans to merge with State Bank of Southern Utah, headquartered in Cedar City, during the first quarter of the year.

State Bank of Southern Utah announced the change in a press release on Dec. 31. The release said the merger had been approved by the board of directors of both banks, but still must be approved by federal and state regulators, and Gunnison Valley Bank shareholders.

State Bank of Southern Utah has $1.1 billion in assets and has 13 branches, located in Fillmore, Richfield, Circleville, Tropic, Orderville, Kanab, Santa Clara, Hurricane, Parowan and Cedar City.

A 2018 financial report lists Gunnison Valley Bank’s total assets at approximately $70.6 million.

Paul Anderson, president and CEO of Gunnison Valley Bank, said the merger would be a benefit to the bank’s loyal customers. “I am pleased to know that community banking will continue for many years to come in the Gunnison Valley,” he said.

Eric J. Schmutz, president and CEO of State Bank of Southern Utah said, “State Bank will bring more technology and banking products to customers in the area, such as online and mobile banking deposits, remote deposit capability, debit and credit card services, and greater ATM access to name a few benefits.”

Gunnison Valley Bank opened its doors in a white stone and brick building on Oct. 23, 1909. In 1955, a new main building was constructed to the south of the first structure. Then the two buildings were combined into one. The woodwork in the original building was preserved and the facade of the new building was designed to duplicate the original facade. In 1979, the Utah Heritage Foundation gave the bank an award for historic preservation.

One of the early cashiers was C.E. “Cy” Anderson, who joined the staff in 1923, and moved into management. His sons, Keith and Roger, served as loan officers. The current CEO, Paul Anderson, is Cy Anderson’s grandson.

The bank has only been robbed once. On Jan. 3, 1929, robbers walked through the front door and drilled through the safe. A group known as the Gunnison Posse apprehended the robbers and recovered the loot.

During a 100th anniversary celebration in 2009, Anderson said, “The reason we’re in business is because of the customers we have. As we build loyalty with them, they are loyal to us. We intend to keep providing the same great service to our customers that we have for the last 100 years.”

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