Gerald Dick Willden

Gerald Dick Willden




Our revered father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Gerald Dick Willden, 93, left this life Feb. 27, 2019 at his home in Mayfield.

Gerald was born Dec. 26, 1925 in Mayfield to Thomas and Florence Matilda Jensen Willden.

After turning 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and served in the Pacific theater. He experienced intense combat during the battles for the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa.

He worked for Boyles Brothers Drilling Company for 36 years. He married Beth Ann Whitlock on May 31, 1949, later solemnized in the Manti Temple. She preceded him in death Nov. 28, 2010.

Because of his occupation, Gerald and Beth Ann moved 50 times during the early part of their marriage, finally settling in Sparks, Nevada in 1956 where they raised their four children. Gerald had a strong work ethic and was a great provider for his family.

After retiring in 1988, Gerald and Beth Ann returned to their beloved home town of Mayfield where he helped on the family farm and enjoyed moving cattle on the forest while riding horseback and family trips to Ken’s cabin. Gerald was an avid big game hunter, always excited for the seasons to begin.

The family says, “He was the patriarch of our family and will be greatly missed.”

He is survived by his daughters: Dana K. (Michael) Symmes, Karen Ann (Alan) Gardner; sons: Gerald Douglas, Karl Brent; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Westenskow. He was also preceded in death by parents; granddaughter, Suzanne Renee Willden; six brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Mayfield chapel, 11 East 100 North, where friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 am.

Interment will be at the Mayfield Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Renee Reynolds Anderson Morrill

Renee Reynolds Anderson Morrill




Our kind and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Renee Reynolds Anderson Morrill, age 90, of Mayfield, passed away March 2, 2019 in Centerfield.

Renee was born April 7, 1928, a daughter of Leon Wesley Reynolds Sr., and Violet Tingey Reynolds in Brigham City, Utah. She attended Manti High School. She married Robbie Erastus Anderson Nov. 5, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. Robbie passed away on March 25, 1968.

She married Phil Covington Morrill May 26, 1973 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He passed away May 6, 1992.

Renee was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many church callings including Relief Society teacher, and as a temple worker for 14 years in the Manti LDS Temple. She set the goal doing the ordinance work for 100 people each year she worked in the Manti Temple. She worked at the Gunnison Valley Hospital for over 30 years.

Renee loved to travel. She visited Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and did the church history tour several times. She loved the mountains. She enjoyed reading. She liked to crochet afghans and make quilts which she gave to her beloved family members.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Ann and Garth Sorensen of Salt Lake City; Russell Anderson of Joseph; Newell and Jeanette of Gunnison; Darla Jean Robison of Orangeville; Mitchell and Marilyn Anderson of Centerfield; Ted and Jill Anderson of Salina; 27 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Jay and Nancy Reynolds of Provo; and a sister-in-law Jenny Willoughby-Elliot of Salt Lake City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; two sisters: Nida Hansen; Iva May Hansen; a brother Leon Reynolds; a daughter-in-law Lora Lee Anderson; a son-in-law Keven Robison.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Mayfield LDS Ward Chapel, 15 East 100 North, Mayfield, Utah, where friends may call for viewing Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. prior to services.

Burial will be in the Mayfield Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Homes of Richfield and Salina, Utah. Online guestbook at


Lloyd S. Pendleton

Lloyd S. Pendleton




Lloyd S. Pendleton died March 3, 2019 in Fairview, Utah. He was born in Salt Lake City on Aug 23, 1940 to W. Oral and Isabell S. Pendleton of Vernon, Utah. Lloyd grew up ranching in the west desert by Tooele. He served in the Eastern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After returning from his mission he attended BYU where he met Mary Beth Arbon and they were married in the Salt Lake temple in 1966. He graduated with an MBA and they moved to Michigan where he worked for the Ford Motor Company. After leaving Ford, Lloyd worked for the church and he was part of the founding team for LDS Humanitarian Services. The church also sent him on executive loan for a few years to various non-profit organizations in Salt Lake City.

Lloyd lived his life as one of service and he saw all people as his brothers and sisters. He became a passionate advocate for helping those in need. This shifted to the chronically homeless in Utah as he took the role of State Director for Homelessness in 2006. Within 10 years, Utah’s chronic homelessness rate was reduced 91-percent. Lloyd spoke nationally, was featured on the Daily Show, and gave a TEDMed talk about programs that worked to house the homeless effectively.

He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sincerely tried to follow the example of Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife Mary Beth Pendleton, and his two daughters: Sherri Pendleton and Camille Pendleton (Don Wright) and his four grandchildren: Xela (Jordan) Martin; John; Liz; and Angella Wright.

He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie (Terry) Dorton, and brother, Dick Pendleton.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dean Pendleton.

In celebration of his life, a celebratory gathering will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Fairview Second Ward church house at 131 E 100 N. Afterward there will be a procession to the Fairview Cemetery for the interment and grave dedication at noon. Family and friends are then invited to return to the church house for further visiting from 1:30-3 p.m.

There will also be a memorial service held Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. in the Bountiful, Utah 9th Ward Chapel, 585 East Center Street. Please see the website page at / visit / lloydpendleton for further details.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Utah Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Utah Food Bank, or The Road Home in Lloyd’s name. The family welcomes stories and/or photos of Lloyd to be sent to Online condolence

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Moroni mayor describes new police chief as well rounded officer with people skills


By Suzanne Dean




Steve Gray (Right), who previously worked for the Lindon Police Department, is the new police chief in Moroni.

MORONI—Steve Gray, who has been a police officer for 15 years and most recently was a patrol supervisor for the Lindon Police Department in Utah County, is the new police chief in Moroni.

Gray was sworn in and started his new job last Monday, Feb 25.

In introducing Gray to the Moroni City Council at a meeting on Feb 21, Mayor Paul Bailey described him as “well rounded officer,” who has management skills and people skills.

A few weeks ago, a panel that included Bailey, Councilman Jed Demill and officers from other law enforcement agencies in the county interviewed candidates for the position.

Demill told fellow council members at the meeting Gray was clearly the best candidate interviewed.

Gray started his career in 2004 with the South Jordan Police Department. After a few years, he moved to the Pleasant Grove Police Department, which covered both Pleasant Grove and Lindon.

When Lindon broke off and created its own department, Gray became one of the founding members of the Lindon Police Department.

While in Lindon, he worked in a range of positions. He was a school resource officer, started and supervised a reserve officer program, and spent five years in investigations, where he worked on aggravated assaults, aggravated robberies, bank robberies, homicides and sex crimes, among other cases.

During his final two years in as an investigator, he worked full time on sex crimes, including rape, child abuse and child pornography.

During that time, he also served on a special Utah County task force on sex crimes and worked with the Utah Attorney General’s Office to implement an internet crime interdiction program in Utah County.

Two years ago, Gray was promoted to patrol supervisor, a job involving supervising 10 officers, including preparing budgets and performing job evaluations.

Councilman Orson Cook asked Gray how he would respond to drugs in Moroni.

Gray said the Lindon Police Department practices “proactive enforcement.” When it gets tips watching the house closely.

“When we get enough (evidence), I can tell you that a search warrant is prepared, and we go deal with the problem,” he said. 

“From my experience, it stops the problem temporarily. Drugs are a huge problem, and unfortunately, they will continue to be. But showing that we’re there, showing that we enforce (the law) goes a long way.” 

Councilman Fred Atkinson asked Gray if he was willing to do routine tasks, such as helping out with animal control and serving as a crossing guard occasionally.

“To me, that’s what a police officer is,” Gray said. “If we’re called to go out and help people cross the road, so be it.”

Atkinson asked him if he was ready for a slower pace than in Lindon.  Gray said of his new job, “It’s what you make it. If there are no calls, there’s still good to be done. Whether that’s going to meet with citizens in the neighborhoods and just say ‘hi’—I shoveled a person’s driveway just to say ‘hi,’—there are situations where we can make ourselves more of a community-oriented police agency, which I support.” 

Gray and his wife, Jen, met in high school and have been married 25 years. They have four children—a son, 24; two daughters, 20 and 16; and a son, 10. They have put an offer on a home in Moroni.

From addict to owner:


Brent Langschwager earns ‘success story’ award from small business center

By Robert Stevens




Brent and Shelly Langschwager, owners of Langschwager Construction, proudly display their award for Sanpete County’s Utah Small Business Development Center “Success Story of the Year” award, which was presented to them by the Lt. Governor on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Capitol Building. In two years, Brent transformed his life from a drug addict wanted by the police to a successful businessman with a happy marriage and a bright future.

SPRING CITY— Langschwager Construction was recognized as the Sanpete County Utah Small Business Development Center (SBDC) “Success Story of the Year” despite being faced with extraordinary challenges getting there.

Brent and Shelly Langschwager, both 42, of Spring City are the co-owners of Langschwager Construction. The couple and their business was recognized on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Capitol Building by legislators, members of the Utah Senate and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox—a former schoolmate—for their hard work and dedication towards achieving success in the face of hardship.

It might be fair to say they have had to work harder to achieve that success than some others. Brent—an addict in long-term recovery—says he spent decades of his life hooked on drugs and alcohol, and he is incredibly grateful for the new lease on life that has come from getting sober, marrying Shelly and working hard to achieve his goals.

Brent says on the drive up to the Capitol to receive the SBDC award, he realized just how incredible the life transformation has been for him.

“It’s amazing and I am so thankful to have this life and my wife and some amazing kids,” he says. “There have been so many people who have put their trust in me, believed me and gave me opportunities. I went from being on the run from the police to being presented this award from the Lt. Gov. I am so thankful for everyone who has been supportive along the way, and for being able to work in this valley after having such a history.”

Shelly says Brent has maintained a drive and the determination to be a successful business owner, not a former drug addict, and together they have been able to tackle every challenge they have faced.

“To go from being an addict like that to being a successful business owner in less than two years is huge,” says Shelly, who is not just Brent’s wife and business partner, but his biggest cheerleader.  “He has custody of his kids. We have a happy marriage and a thriving business and a relationship with God. He’s completely gone from one extreme to the other.”

Knowing he wanted to start his own construction business after getting sober, Brent began working through the steps to get there.

He went to the SBDC office located at Snow College looking for some guidance achieving his goals. The SBDC program provides training, tools and access to consultants to help small business owners to succeed in starting and growing their businesses. There he met Christine Hanks and Tim Chamberlain, who helped him solve the problems that were slowing down his journey.

“They offer amazing programs that people aren’t even aware of, so that was huge,” Brent says. ”I had been a drug addict my whole life and I didn’t have the slightest clue how to start something like a legitimate business from scratch, but I wanted it so badly I walked in there and sat down and just started asking questions, and before long the ball was rolling. They were so knowledgeable and so helpful.”

But Brent also had another key person on his side—his wife, Shelly. Because being on Adult Probation and Parole was stalling his ability to get a business license, Shelly got the license under her name so they could move forward without delay. Having known each other since kindergarten, the husband and wife team worked together towards building the new business. 

As they worked tirelessly towards their goals, doors began opening for them.

During his time attending the SBDC, Brent was given the opportunity to introduce an innovative product to the county as a service of Langschwager Construction. Brent and Shelly say the product, Vipeq Thermal Corkshield, is an incredibly effective stucco alternative that insulates, doesn’t crack and acts as both a fire retardant and a sound barrier. They saw the value of the offer and jumped on it.

The SBDC reimbursed the couple for half the cost of training to apply the product in their construction business, as well half of any other business-related training expenses or licensing.

“The business has just really taken off,” Shelly says. “We are applying it in houses all across the state of Utah now.”

St. George homeowner Burke Jackson says, “It looks great and I am excited to reap the benefits of an amazing product applied by such great people who stand by their word. You don’t find that in a company much now days.”

With their construction business booming and more and more customers calling all the time, Brent and Shelly are not having difficulty staying busy, but they have their sights set on a bigger picture.

A successful business is not the only goal that Brent has in his life, Shelly told the Messenger. Eventually, he hopes to be successful enough to open an addiction treatment center that will help people struggling with drugs and alcohol who can’t afford the costly expense of attending rehab.

“This business is just the tip of the iceberg for Brent,” Shelly says. “One of his biggest goals is being able to make enough money to create a place in Sanpete where addicts can walk in off the street and not have to worry about paying out thousands and thousands of dollars for treatment.”

With the struggle of addiction being something he can relate to so closely, Brent hopes his success as an entrepreneur can be parlayed into a way to help those who are struggling.

“I think that in this day and age, with the problem we are having in the community and the families in it, the days of being quiet and doing nothing about this stuff needs to be over,” he said.

A reduction in federal grazing fees on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service could mean savings for anyone with a significant amount of livestock in Sanpete County this year.

BLM, forest service reduce livestock grazing fees


By Robert Stevens




A reduction in the federal grazing fees on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service could mean savings for Sanpete livestock growers this year.

According to the BLM, fees for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.

This represents a decrease from the 2018 grazing fee of $1.41.

“It’s not a large reduction but it could add up,” says John Keeler of Manti, former southwest regional manager of the Utah Farm Bureau. “The people who will see the most significant savings will be those with high numbers of grazing livestock.”
Keeler says the fees are adjusted each year and can go up or down

An animal unit month or head month—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

The newly calculated grazing fee was determined by a congressional formula and took effect Friday, March 1, 2019.  The fee will apply to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service.

According to BLM officials, the formula used for calculating the grazing fee was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act and has remained in use under a 1986 presidential executive order.  Under that order, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year’s level.

The annually determined grazing fee is established using a 1966 base value of $1.23 for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states.  The figure is then calculated according to three factors—current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices and the cost of livestock production.  In effect, the fee rises, falls or stays the same based on market conditions.

“The BLM and Forest Service are committed to strong relationships with the ranching community and work closely with permittees to ensure public rangelands remain healthy, productive working landscapes,” said Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy.  “Fifty percent of the collected grazing fees deposited into the U.S. Treasury are returned to the Range Betterment Fund for on-the-ground range improvement projects. Portions of collected fees are also returned to the states for use in the counties where the fees were generated.”

The grazing fee applies in 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service.  The states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Permit holders and lessees may contact their local BLM or Forest Service office for additional information.

Preliminary hearing set for Chester man accused of drug-dealing scheme


By James Tilson




Matthew Thompson

MANTI—A Chester man alleged to be at the head of a scheme to distribute illegal drugs from Arizona to Utah is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on April 16 in the Manti District Court.

Matthew Thompson, 39, has eight separate cases with a variety of charges, ranging from aggravated assault to witness tampering to money laundering. However, the most serious charges arise from an arrest on Nov. 4, 2018, when Thompson and three co-defendants, Ashlyn Ehler, Geoff Wade and Michelle Gatti, were stopped on U.S. 89 just north of the Sanpete County line.

At that time, Thompson and his co-defendants were found to have approximately one pound of methamphetamine they had purchased in Arizona to sell in Utah. Based on the stop, and the investigation arising from it, Thompson was charged with nine counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony. Each count carries a potential sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

Thompson also has been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute, as a first-degree felony. Those crimes carry a potential sentence of five years to life in prison.

Kathleen Thompson

Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels filed several of the cases only recently, including the witness tampering case. Daniels said the witness tampering cases involved allegations Thompson tried to contact a witness in one of his cases while he was in custody, with the assistance of his mother, Kathleen Thompson, and a jail employee, Cassie Yale. Both Kathleen Thompson and Yale have been charged, and Yale has been fired from her position with the jail.

“Witness tampering is a very serious charge,” said Daniels. “It goes toward the integrity of the judicial system, to get to the facts and find out ‘what is the truth’.” Daniels explained he filed the additional charges, which all related to the original charges, when Thompson rejected his plea offer and moved to go forward to trial.

“It’s always possible to resolve the case,” Daniels said. “But the likelihood has gone down with the passage of time. There are certain outcomes, my ‘line in the sand’, beyond which I will not go.”

A preliminary hearing is held to determine whether the State has enough evidence that a defendant committed a crime. If the judge determines the State has met its burden, then the case will be held over for trial. As far as Daniels is concerned, he thinks that is where Thompson’s case is headed. “We’re going to move forward to trial.”

The Manti family who lost their home in a fire last month received a well-need distraction from a fundraiser organized by community members to help them deal with the burden of such a loss. They are seen here wearing costumes and holding props from the event’s photo booth. Pictured are: Back row (L-R) Jason Borg, Janet Glenn, Jenna Borg and Ken Glenn; Front row (L-R), Kayden Glenn and Keena Borg.

Community supports fundraiser for Glenn family


By Robert Stevens




MANTI—Dozens of local community members came out to help support a Manti family who lost their home in a fire last week.

The fundraiser event, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Manti American Legion hall from 6-10 p.m. was organized by Manti High School student Delaney Harris as a project for her event planning class.

Money raised from the event benefits the Ken and Janet Glenn family, whose home at 681 E. 500 South in Manti was lost to a blaze on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

“The support from the community has been so encouraging and uplifting,” Janet said. “It came just when we needed it and we are so thankful and grateful for everyone involved.”

The family said the lighthearted event, which had two live bands, a bake sale and a photo booth, served well to distract them from the burden brought upon them by the fire.

Since the day of the fire, Ken Glenn says he and his family have received support again and again just when it was most needed.

“On the very day of the fire someone slipped money in my pocket,” he says. It turns out it was just enough to get them into a rental after losing their home.

Another donor snuck up to their door and slipped money in so the family wouldn’t know who had left it, says Janet. Although the family lost their entire home and many sentimental items in the fire, they have begun planning to rebuild a new home of an original design.

“This time around, my kitchen window is going to point in the direction I want it to,” Janet says.

Brant Hanson reflects on years of working with ‘great staff’ as manager


By James Tilson






Brant Hanson

EPHRAIM—Brant Hanson is quick to point out most of his job as the Ephraim City manager has been helping others to do their job well.

“The staff here is great,” he said. “I haven’t worked with a better group of people, ever.”

Hanson started as city manager in 2014, and since then growth has driven most of his concerns. Ephraim has grown at a fairly steady five percent rate since 2014, and that growth has put strains on city infrastructure.

“One of my primary focuses was trying to find funding to improve infrastructure, primarily water,” he said. According to Hanson, while the fact almost all of Ephraim’s water comes from springs is a great thing, 65 percent of the water goes through a tunnel constructed in 1937. If the tunnel ever failed, then the backup well has chronic arsenic issues.

“That worried me,” said Hanson. “With Snow College in town, there are a lot of people relying on us getting this right.”

So, Hanson set about looking for ways to improve the water system and finding new water sources. Over the last three years, Ephraim has received over $3 million in funding for water infrastructure. The funding has not come without cost—the federal agencies require municipalities to have matching funds when receiving grants. As a result, Ephraim had to raise water rates last year. But now the tunnel has been renovated to be safer, and a new well is ready to be drilled as soon as the weather permits.

But even so, Hanson will not accept all the credit. “Most of it is not me, it’s the staff, and giving them the resources they need to be successful.” He said he does his best by inspiring others to do their best. “It’s their department, I’m just pushing from behind.”

Hanson also said the new city manager should lean heavily on the staff to continue the progress already made. “Continue to give them the tools necessary to do what they’re doing.”

Other things a new city manager should think about include economic development. He thinks there should be more focus on improving current business, to help them find funding and look for new incentives for expansion. “It’s not about bringing in Home Depot; it’s about helping Hermansen’s and all of them,” he said.

A new city manager will need to concentrate on “finding the right people for the right seat.” Hanson explained a city manager needs to understand what each employee’s strengths are, and then give the employee duties that focus on those strengths. “I tried to make it so that our employees are excited to come to work every day.”
Infrastructure, like road construction and repair, will continue to be important to Ephraim’s future. Although the city already invests in road repair each year, the underlying issues of usage and drainage will be on-going. “These will be funding issues in the future,” he said.

And lastly, Hanson hopes the new city manager will continue his efforts at “involving the community.” He has been trying to create more community events, outside of church callings and socials. Hanson mentioned working with the new parks and recreation director, Donnie Wood, to have at least one city-sponsored event a month. “Movie at the Park, at the city amphitheater, those kinds of things need to happen more often,” he said. “We shouldn’t just be about the Scandinavian Festival once a year.”

Shelith Jacobson will fill Fountain Green council vacancy


By James Tilson




FOUNTAIN GREEN—A new council member was chosen by the Fountain Green City Council, and the city continued to inch toward construction of a new fire station.

Shelith Jacobson and Stuart Smith applied to fill the vacant seat on the council, and their applications were taken up by the council Thursday, Feb. 21. Both candidates emphasized their desire to serve their community.

“We know progress is coming,” said Jacobson. “But we have values that we need to protect.” Jacobson told the council she had worked on the city’s planning commission, and her family has a tradition of service. She has just retired as manager of the radiology department in the Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, and would have plenty of time to devote to the position.

“My goal is that everyone is represented and the community is one,” said Stuart. “Decisions made should be in the best long-term interest of the city.” While Stuart admitted he was a recent “transplant,” he noted his wife was from Spring City. He recalled his youth in South Jordan, when it used to be like Fountain Green, but “now it’s not because growth was not managed properly.”

After all the councils votes were tallied, Jacobson was declared the winner. However, her term will only last through the end of the year. Her seat, and two others will be up for election in November, and Mayor Willard Wood encouraged Stuart to apply again. The registration time-period for the council seats will be June 3-7.

Mayor Wood also reported on the progress being made to fund a new city fire station. While the city is waiting on the decision by the Community Impact Board (CIB) regarding their application, Jones & DeMille Engineering has given the city “preliminary estimates” concerning two potential building methods for the new building.

According to Kendrick Thomas at Jones & DeMille, the two options are new methods being proposed by Eagle Ridge Span in North Dakota. One method would be to use steel framing, which would be pre-fabricated, in order to reduce the building costs and make the finished product stronger. The other method would be to use wood instead of steel, which would still be stronger than traditional methods, but less costly.

“We’re still trying to wrap our heads around all the factors” of how and why the methods might be advisable, Thomas said. The estimate is still preliminary until they can completely analyze the Eagle Ridge proposal. Also, they want to wait for the CIB decision before they finalize their estimate.

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Eight to compete for Miss Fairview crown




FAIRVIEW — Eight young women are vying for the title of Miss Fairview for 2019.

Emily Kersiek

The winner will be selected at a pageant Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Peterson Dance Hall on State Street. The new Miss Fairview will replace Malia Ah Kuoi, who served as Miss Fairview in 2018.

The contestants are: Emily Kerksiek, daughter of Amber and Scott Kerksiek, and a junior at North Sanpete High School.

Julia Clista Galecki

She hopes to pursue further education in music. Her platform is “I want to feel.” The goal of her platform is encouraging, inspiring and teaching others how to feel happiness.

Coutney Kelsey

Julia Clista Galecki, daughter of Cindy and Greg Galecki, and a senior at Wasatch Academy. She wants to obtain a degree that combines her interest in math with her desire to serve the global community. Her platform, “Be active, be happy,” will help youth in the community to understand the importance of physical activity.

Courtney Kelsey, daughter of Marc and Jamie Kelsey and a senior at North

Elizabeth Madsen

Sanpete High School. She wants to become a foreign language teacher. Her platform, “Diversity: Strength lies in differences, not in similarities,” will enable her to share what she has learned by studying different cultures.

Caleigh Hathaway

Elizabeth Madsen, daughter of Jeremy and Jessica Madsen, is a sophomore at North Sanpete High School. She would like to use her creativity to be a photographer, interior designer or wedding planner. Her platform is “Service is endless.” She wants to teach the many ways we can all serve.

Callie Rigby

Caleigh Hathaway, daughter of Jana Janssen, and a junior at North Sanpete High School. She wants to

become a veterinary assistant. Her platform, “Warriors we stand,” is designed to help people overcome trials and hardships.

Natalie Day

Callie Rigby, daughter of John Rigby and Tonya Rigby, is a senior at North Sanpete High School and wants to become a welder. Her platform, “Worth lies within” is designed to help low-income families understand that worth comes from within.

Kennedy Miner

Natalie Day, daughter of Allen and Andrea Day, is a junior at North Sanpete High School and wants to become an occupational therapist. Her platform, “Kindness begins with you,” will promote kindness to all ages in the community.

Kennedy “Ryan” Miner, daughter of Bryan and Shaun Miner, is a senior at North Sanpete High School. She wants to become a dental assistant or dental hygienist. Through her platform, “Families for foster kids,” she will encourage capable families to consider participating in the foster care system.

Snow College introduces student app


By Lauren Evans



EPHRAIM – Snow College has officially gone digital.

The college has a brand new app available in the app store for Snow students to take control of their college experience. The interactive app bridges the gap for students to better communicate with counselors, clubs and other students.

Features like a personalized schedule, events calendar, student social wall, private messaging and public safety are tools to improve the Snow College student experience and stay involved.

Snow marketing director John Stevens said, “This app is a lot more of what students expect. They feel like the app is already familiar and easy to use.”

The project was first proposed to Stevens and web developer Jim Bob Pipes about a year ago. They wanted to create an app that would be the most beneficial and accessible to students. A Snow College app had previously existed about 6 years ago, but the features were limited and didn’t allow students to fully interact.

After searching for an app developer that would be the most cooperative and engaged, Stevens and Pipes settled on Ready Education of Montreal, Canada. The company works with at least 500 other universities across the nation building apps.

With 1,500 students and faculty already using the app, Stevens and Pipes are working with the developer to update and improve features regularly to keep things running smooth.


The Region 18 Tournament Champion Snow College Badgers. Back row, left to right, Head Coach Rob Neilson, Assistant Coach Ben Cruickshank, Clint Nielson, student manager, Brayden Johnson, Davis Hardy, student manager , Darrian Nebeker, McLean Goulding Tojar, Culen Highbe, Truman Moore, Trevor Alder, Tyrel Phillips, student manager, Assistant Coach Thomas Salmon. Front row, Taj Regans, Logan Hokanson, Jake Walker, Stockton Shorts, Roman Behrens, Nick Huston, Brantzen Blackner, Tanner Quinton, student manager.

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Snow’s Savannah Lucero, No. 3 above, looks to pass to Savannah Domgaard in their game against the College of Southern Idaho last Friday in the semifinals of the Region 18 Tournament. The Lady Badgers won that game 46-44

Lady Badgers fall in 55-64 battle with tough SLCC


By James Tilson




PRICE—Coming up just short against their nemesis, the Snow College women’s basketball team lost in the finals of the Region 18 Tournament last Saturday to Salt Lake Community College, 55-64.

SLCC has long been the gold standard in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, and this year was no different. Even though the Lady Badgers won a share of the conference regular season title, they still lost to the Lady Bruins two out of the three times they played this year.

And in the final game, even though the Lady Badgers looked to have the more dangerous offense, the Lady Bruins brought the defensive intensity to give the Lady Badgers fits.

“Salt Lake was just tougher tonight on defense,” said Head Coach Mike Russell. “We had a hard time even getting into our plays. We couldn’t reverse the ball because they denied the reversal. Salt Lake is very well coached. We missed some easy ones that could’ve kept it close.”

Snow started the game looking to exploit its size advantage underneath the basket. The Lady Badgers built a 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, which grew to as much as a 21-13 lead before the wheels fell off the Snow offense in the second quarter.

SLCC turned up the defensive intensity, and started to force turnovers from Snow. SLCC went on a 13-0 run, while forcing 5 turnovers. Snow was finally able to stop the bleeding, but the damage had been done and SLCC lead at the half, 28-33.

In the second half, SLCC kept bringing the “D” and Snow still could not figure it out. Neither team did very well on offense— Snow shot 27 percent in the third quarter, while SLCC only shot 20 percent—but SLCC was able to get to the charity stripe at a much greater rate. SLCC shot 27 free throws in the second half compared to Snow’s 8.

Snow made a run at the Lady Bruins in the fourth quarter, getting as close as 45-48 with seven minutes left in the game. But Snow again was plagued with turnovers, and could not overtake the Lady Bruins.

The Lady Badgers have fought injury woes this season, and several players who had contributed significant playing time were forced to watch from the bench. In the final game, Coach Russell was forced into a seven player rotation most of the time. The Lady Badgers were visibly fatigued in the final game, and their offense did not look as crisp as it did earlier in the year.

However, Coach Russell was quick to credit Salt Lake’s team effort and defense, and not fatigue by the Lady Badgers. “I think both teams were tired. I don’t believe that’s why we lost.” The Lady Badgers finished the year with a 22-9 overall record, and a 9-3 regular season record in the SWAC. They will wait to see if they get an at-large bid for the NJCAA National Tournament later this month.