Nedra Allred, vice chairwomen, and Courtney Syme, chairman, of the Spring City Veteran’s Memorial Committee stand before the recently completed Spring City Veteran’s Memorial and granite monument. Residents formed a committee collected donations for the past year to erect the beautiful new monument.


Sanpete veterans events includes monument dedication


By Robert Green

Staff writer



Many cities and towns in Sanpete County will be honoring our veterans in the next several days in appreciation for their sacrifice and service to this country.

The official Veterans Day holiday is observed Monday, Nov. 12, but some towns are also holding ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 10.

This Veterans Day will be especially memorable for Spring City, which has just erected a Veteran’s Memorial and granite monument to honor 600 local veterans who have passed away and whose names are now forever engraved in stone. This memorial is being dedicated at a special service on Saturday.

In addition, the award winning TV series, Discovery Road, produced by the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area has just released an episode focusing on veterans who grew up in Sanpete County. The program highlights the efforts of Spring City residents, who have spent the better part of a year funding and building their memorial.

Spring City

The recently finished Spring City Veteran’s Memorial and granite monument will be dedicated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at 150 E. Center Street. The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.

The Spring City Veteran’s Memorial Committee, a non-profit enterprise led by Courtney Syme and Nedra Allred, spent the past year raising donations of money, labor and materials to construct the memorial. The project was totally funded by these donations along with a grant from the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.

The memorial will be dedicated “in honor of the brave men and courageous women of Spring City who served in the Armed Forces of the Territory of Utah and The United States of America,” Syme said.

The finishing touches are just now being added to the site, Syme said. The monument was set into concrete last week. Flagpoles financed and benches donated by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars and an American Legion chapter were put into place. The electrical work is completed and the landscaping is almost done.

There are nearly 600 names engraved into the granite. The names are divided into eras starting with the Mormon Battalion and ending with the war on terror. There is also a tribute to those who died as peacekeepers in the cold war, he said.

“We raised over $40,000,” Syme said. “It’s a miraculous achievement.”

A children’s choir directed by Carolyn Oveson will provide music. The color guard will be comprised of members of VFW Post 9276 and American Legion Post 4.  Local clergy will offer the invocation, benediction and the dedicatory prayers. Refreshments will be served following the program.

On Monday, Nov. 12, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9267 will hold a flag raising ceremony at the Spring City cemetery at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.


            The American Legion is hosting its annual Veteran’s Day potluck dinner Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. the Centerfield Old Rock Church, next to city hall.


The Lions Clubs will be put up 55 flags at the cemetery that will fly for about a week in honor of veterans. In addition, the club will honor Ephraim’s living veterans with a yard sign at each of their homes that “thanks them for our freedoms.” The veterans are also invited to attend a program at the elementary school.



On Monday, Nov. 12, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9267 will hold a flag raising ceremony at the Fairview cemetery at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Fountain Green

            The Lions Club is putting together a program and dinner for the all the veterans in Moroni, Ft. Green, Wells and Chester on Nov. 12. A program will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fountain Green Dance Hall and following that, a turkey dinner will be served to the veterans and their spouses or guests.


            A free breakfast will held at Moroni City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. A  color guard will post the flag starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast is to honor veterans and their families. All are welcome. Any questions, call Moroni City Hall at 435-8359 or Scott Czappa at 715-316-3483.

Mt. Pleasant

On Monday, Nov. 12, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9267 will hold a flag raising ceremony at the Mt. Pleasant cemetery at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Sufco Mine owner will pay less money to BLM and move offices to Utah


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor



SANDY—The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, after reviewing a confidential filing, has agreed to reduce the level of royalties the mine owner must pay on coal extracted from the Sufco Mine in  Salina Canyon and potentially from the huge Quitchupah and new Greens Hollow leases near the Sanpete-Sevier County line.

The BLM decision should help preserve mining jobs and help create new ones in the region. But it means less revenue for the Utah Community Impact Board, the important state panel that uses royalties to support projects in mining-impacted counties.

The corporation that owns the Sufco, Skyline and Dugout mines, where hundreds of Sanpete County residents are employed, has been granted successfully filing a confidential request to pay less money to mine coal on Bureau of Land Management land in Sanpete, Se, the corporation that owns the Sufco, Skyline and Dugout mines has dissolved and re-emerged under a new name, new management and transplanted to the Beehive State.

The request for a reduction in the royalty percent was made earlier this year by Bowie Resource Partners, which owns the Sufco, Skyline and Dugout Mines, mines that employ hundreds of Sanpete residents. The confidential filings by Bowie cited unforeseen extraction expenses as the reason for the request.

The request was only made public after the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) signed off on the request. In a letter from DOGM director John Baza said the coal would not be “economically recoverable” without relief from the standard 8 percent royalty they are required to pay.

The BLM granted Bowie relief in March by lowering the royalties to 5 percent for 15 million tons of coal extracted from the Sufco mine. The amount would add up to approximately $19 million in reduced royalty revenue, part of which would be lost to the CIB.

The BLM gave only the explanation that Bowie was facing “significant and adverse geological conditions.”

The rate reduction, which applies to coal in the Upper Hiawatha seam in Sufco’s Quitchupah and new Greens Hollow leases, is retroactive to Nov. 1, 2017 and expires after six years, according to the decision notice BLM Utah state director Ed Roberson sent to Sufco general manager John Byars. The document was filed with the DOGM earlier this year.

Ted Zukosky, an attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental litigation group who has challenged royalty reductions sought by other coal companies, says he thinks Utah residents are getting a raw deal by accepting the environmental impact inherent in coal mining and receiving less in impact fees to compensate for it.

Based on the standard formula for distribution of mineral royalties, the relief SUFCO is receiving could mean $9.5 million less funding coming into the rural Utah counties most closely associated with or impacted by local coal mining.

However, the company is subject to inspection by the BLM every six months. In each inspection, it must provide evidence of the need for continued relief, and the BLM can pull the plug early if two consecutive inspections don’t provide grounds to warrant the discounted fee.

Just a few months after the royalty reduction went through, Bowie appointed a new chief executive officer, and last month it announced it would change its name to Wolverine Fuels, LLC and move its headquarters from Grand Junction, Colo. to to Sandy.

Newly appointed Wolverine Fuels CEO James Grech said, “This move will allow the executive team to be closer to our mines, our workforce and our customers.  I want to thank everyone in Utah who encouraged and assisted us with this relocation, especially Gov. Herbert’s office and (Utah) Sen. David Hinkins.” (Hinkins represents Emery County where the Skyline Mine is located.)

In regards to the name and location, Grech said, “In conjunction with the recent management changes and recapitalization of the company, we wanted to offer our employees a fresh start and new identity with the name change.  Our workforce is tough and resilient, very much like a wolverine, so we think our new namesake will resonate very well with our employees and the communities in which we operate.”

The company’s Utah-mined coal is still tentatively slated for export through an Oakland-based export terminal. Developer Phil Tagami, who is financially backed by the company formerly known as Bowie, fought the City of Oakland in court to keep the port project alive. The city argued it didn’t want coal exports traveling through its streets and supposedly impacting the health of its residents, but a judge ruled in Tagami’s favor.

The city has pledged to appeal and continue fighting the export of coal through its city, citing health concerns as justification for spending taxpayer dollars in court.

Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed the use of military bases to export coal to Asia. The proposal has met with opposition from the same critics of the Sufco royalty discount.

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Democrat Shireen Ghorbani campaigns in Sanpete


By Ken Hansen

Staff writer



Shireen Ghorbani, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in District 2, which covers Sanpete County from Pigeon Hollow south to the county line, talks to a voter in Manti. She spent Friday, Oct. 26, knocking on doors in Central Utah.

MANTI—Many residents of Manti and other central Utah towns opened their doors Friday to find Shireen Ghorbani, Demoratic candidate for U.S. Congress in District 2, standing on their porch.

“I am not a career politician,” said Ghorbani, a self-proclaimed working mom. “This is the first time I have run for office.”

Ghorbani, the daughter of immigrant parents, has two master’s degrees and is a manager in  Facilities Management at the University of Utah.

In an interview at the Sanpete Messenger office, she said 2016 had been a rough year for her, and the things that happened prompted her to run for Congress.

Her mother was diagnosed with cancer in June of that year and passed away in August.  “In that span of time I saw how people can lose everything with just one diagnosis. I am now a huge proponent of reducing the costs of healthcare,” she said.

“I watched (Rep. Chris Stewart) vote against affordable health care over 40 times—and this is the important part for me—with no solutions. He’s not fighting to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. He has a record now of three terms, six years, of not making these things a priority.”

During 2016, Ghorbani said she felt disconnected from both candidates for the White House. “I was concerned by the way …our current president Trump spoke …of the most divisive issues, which are on the fringe of what everyone is concerned about,” she said. “The vast majority of people are concerned about the fact that they haven’t seen wages go up in a long time or the rising cost of health care or the rising cost of housing.”

She noted that one thing Trump campaigned on, and something she supports, is permitting Medicaid and Medicare to negotiate drug prices. “We can’t get that done because we have a Congress that is bought and sold by pharmaceutical companies,” she said.

“Something that’s really different about me from any of our other candidates—I am not accepting or pursuing corporate PAC (political action committee) dollars,” she said. “We are not taking money from oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, which are the top donators to my opponent.  Because of this, the corporations get their bills passed and the people don’t.”

She said her campaign is not receiving financial support from the Democratic Party but is raising money from grassroots, individual donations. At last count, the campaign reports total donations of about $400,000.

In fact, according to a press release last week from the Ghorbani campaign, she outraised Stewart in the third quarter of 2018 and continued that momentum by outpacing the incumbent congressman more than two-to-one in October.

“In stark contrast, 69 percent of Stewart’s funding during the same period came from corporate PAC dollars, including Kock Industries, a mining PAC, and an oil PAC,” the news release stated.

When asked about state political issues, Ghorbani said, “I am very in favor of the initiative process … Question 1, Propsitions 2, 3 and 4 are all a reflection of the state making decisions (about things) many Utahns would like to see changed.”

Question 1 on the 2018 Utah ballot asks voters whether or not voters think the gasoline tax should be raised 10 cents per gallon to increase funding for education.

“One of the tricks in this question is the fact that gas tax cannot be used to fund education, It’s sort of a shell game,” Ghorbani noted.

The idea is that if the gasoline tax is raised, it can more fully cover road maintenance, so money in the general fund that is now being spent for roads can redirected to education.

“I don’t think that gas tax is the best way to do it …but a yes vote on the question will send a message.” She added that not even the most conservative voters are balking at more money for education.          She said she also voted in favor of Proposition 2 (medical cannabis) even though she had some concerns about it. “I don’t think the state legislature will work as quickly as we want them to [on this matter] if they see this proposition fail.”

If the proposition passes, “it’s the legislatures job to clean up the (problems) with the proposition.”  I would like to see it pass, then I would like to see the Legislature called in immediately to address the problems and concerns.

Ghorbani said she also in favors both Proposition 3 and 4, which provide, respectively, for the expansion of Medicaid and provide for an independent committee to adjust congressional district boundaries.

“Growing up we were poor and didn’t have very much,” she said. “We lived in the country and my mom was often balancing her checkbook by how many tanks of gas we could use to get in to town and back. She instilled in me the value of service, of minding our budget, understanding what we could afford and knowing what our priorities are, and then giving back wherever we could.”

These are values she said she would bring to Washington.








Attendees talk with Kyle Beagley, Sanpete District ranger for the Manti-LaSal National Forest, about the proposal to open up more access to roadless areas dung an open house Thursday, Nov. 25 at the Sanpete County Courthouse.


State petitioning for more flexibility in ‘Roadless Rule’


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor



MANTI—Utah is submitting a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the governing federal department for the U.S. Forest Service, for more flexibility when it comes to the “Roadless Rule,” which mandates that 49 percent of national forest land in Utah, some 4 million acres, remain roadless.

The petition, originating in Gov. Gary Herbert’s office and submitted by the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, is asking for a Utah-specific amendment to the regulation, which was adopted by the U.S. Forest Service in 2001 to protect social and ecological values in  areas in the Forest Service roadless inventory. Road construction and certain timber harvesting are banned in designated roadless areas.

An open house to explain the petition and hear public input was held last Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Sanpete County Courthouse. Public input meetings have been held in Richfield, Heber City and Cedar City, among other locations, and more meetings are scheduled around the state.

“We absolutely need to redefine what’s roadless in the Manti-La Sal,” Sanpete County Commissioner Claudia Jarrett says. “Not all of it needs to be redefined. Some of the rules makes sense, but I think a lot of the designation was arbitrary and capricious, and therefore has impacted certain communities relative to watershed, watershed protection and development of springs.”

Jarrett says she hopes people who regularly use the Manti-La Sal National Forest for their livelihoods, depend on its watershed or use it recreationally will consider the purpose of the petition and get informed about the process.

Utah is not the first state to pursue a state-specific amendment to the Roadless Rule. Colorado and Idaho both successfully pulled it off, and Alaska is working on a petition now.

Herbert cites forest health and wildfire as big reasons for the petition. The state contends the Roadless Rule limits the ability of forest managers to perform crucial management tasks such as removing deadfall and cutting out bark beetle infestations.

“With nearly half the state’s forest’s falling under this designation, we’ve got to make it easier for forest managers to improve forest health before it’s too late,” Herbert says. “This petition will give us more tools to proactively manage forest health and reduce conditions that result in wildfires that negatively impact wildlife, air and water quality.”

After more than 875 fires across the state during the 2018 fire season, Herbert says he is simply looking for answers. But the petition has also met some opposition.

During a public meeting in Salt Lake County, the Wilderness Society argued that according to its data,  90 percent of the acreage burned in wildfires in the pat five years was outside roadless areas. The Wilderness Society argued any amendment to the rule could leave forests vulnerable to new roads and timber harvests.

But Jake Garfield, policy analyst with the public lands coordinating office, insists the state is not looking for more roads and timber harvest options, just a way to have more flexibility in management of forests.

Here in Sanpete, the petition has a strong endorsement by local leaders. “Since the 1800s, Sanpete County citizens have been good stewards of the mountains,” says Commissioner Steve Lund. “So much of our existence depends on access to the mountains, and the roads that are in place provide access to watersheds, grazing, natural resources, recreation and economic development.”

Garfield says there is still a long process ahead to make the amendment a reality, including a full Environmental Impact Study. So changes will not come to the mountains overnight. And even if approved, the amendment would require a separate round of environmental reviews before changes were implemented such as administratively opening up a road in a roadless area.

The public is invited to learn more and make public comment via


Mt. Pleasant wins grant for flood control, irrigation


By James Tilson

Staff writer



MT. PLEASANT—What may be the largest infrastructure grant in Sanpete County history has been awarded to Mt. Pleasant City to rehabilitate its irrigation water and flood control systems.

The city council announced the award of a $15 million grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of USDA at the last council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Bryce Wilcox with J-U-B Engineering, the city’s consultant on the project, said details of what will be accomplished with the $15 million haven’t been figured out yet. His firm must still complete an Environmental Assessment (EA) as well as design and engineering.

The award was made possible by the new federal budget approved on March 23, which allotted $895 million to USDA for rural water and waste disposal projects.

While exact details will have to wait for design and engineering, the overarching goals of the project will be to improve flood protection for the city, separate agricultural and residential irrigation users and completely replace the city’s irrigation system.

Wilcox was able to talk about some of the projects that will be part of the overall plan.

First, the project will rehabilitate two debris basins above the city on Pleasant Creek. Wilcox explained the basins were built in the 1950’s to help prevent flooding in the city. Now one of the basins is nearly full of debris and neither catch basin works very well.

Second, the project will created a dedicated retention pond for residential use and a second dedicated pond for agricultural use.

For decades, Mt. Pleasant has been short of secondary irrigation water for residential use in the summer. Some years, when people turned on their sprinkler systems, no water came out. The residents blamed farmers for using all the water. Separating the users will ensure a measured allocation for each user group.

Finally, the whole secondary irrigation system, which has lots of breaks and leaks, will be replaced. It will also be metered so each household is charged only for the water it uses.

At this time, the award has been made by the NRCS. However, the contracts between the NRCS and the city have not been sent to the city. Wilcox said he expected paperwork to arrive by early December.

Once the contracts are signed, J-U-B will conduct a comprehensive environmental assessment (EA), which will include a cost/benefit analysis of the project. Wilcox estimated the EA would take one year to 18 months.

While the EA is being completed, design and engineering can be completed on the project itself. After the EA and design are completed, the construction phase would take another year, Wilcox said.

After the contracts are signed, but before the EA is completed, multiple public “open houses” will be held to help identify issues to be addressed by the improvements. Wilcox told the council J-U-B wanted to get as much public input as they could because “the local users have the knowledge.”

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Features built into the Sanpete Messenger’s new E-subscription, such as the powerful search function, enhance your ease of navigation and browsing, while retaining the exact look and layout of the Messenger’s printed newspaper.

Sanpete Messenger launches E-edition of newspaper effective November


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor




If you love the look, layout and content of the printed edition of the Sanpete Messenger but wish you could get it in a convenient digital format each week, you’re in luck.

Beginning Nov. 1, the Sanpete Messenger will offer an E-edition for people who want their newspaper in a paperless form that looks and reads exactly like the print version, but with enhanced features such as the ability to search the paper, easy page-to-page navigation, a clickable table of contents and more.

The E-edition of the Sanpete Messenger offers a number of benefits.

If you live outside of Sanpete County, you can save money, because an E-subscription costs the same as an in-county subscription to the printed paper—$32 for one year, $58 for two years or $84 for three years. Senior discounts apply for people 62 or older.

Because of postage costs, an out-of-county subscription to the printed newspaper costs $48 for one year, $90 for two years and $132 for three years.

As each new issue of the Messenger is released, the previous E-edition is stored for you to peruse in the future. If you subscribe to the E-edition of the Messenger for years, you’ll have instant and convenient access to every issue you have received.

If you want to “go green,” you get the same content you’re accustomed to without any paper to throw away, recycle or store.

Navigation in the new E-edition is simple. If you are reading a story and it continues to another page, all you have to do is click on the page number listed at the end of the first part and the system will take you right to the continuation.

To subscribe to the new E-edition, call our friendly office manager, Karen Christensen at 835-NEWS and sign up with your credit card. Or you can send a check by mail to the Sanpete Messenger, 35 S. Main St., Manti, Utah, 84642. Be sure you say you want the E-edition, and include your email address and contact information.

Within the next week, a “Subscribe” feature will be added to the Messsenger website at that will give all information and prices for both mailed and E-subscriptions and include a discount coupon that readers can send in to start a subscription.

Once you’ve subscribed to the E-edition, you will get an email each week letting you know a new issue is available for you to browse. You can follow the link in the email, or just go to to access the new issue.

If you’re curious about the E-edition, and want to see what you’ll get for your money, the link will be open and free to all until the issue of Thursday, Nov. 1.


Three GVHS juveniles deny charges at court hearing


12-15 possible victims, including males and females, come forward


By Suzanne Dean




MANTI—Three Gunnison Valley High School students charged with sexual assault on another student entered “denials” in 6th District Juvenile Court Tuesday.

The denials, comparable to not-guilty pleas in adult court, were somewhat pro forma because the boys hadn’t really conferred with their attorneys at the time of the hearing.

At the hearing, a different attorney was appointed for each youth, and the attorneys asked for time to review evidence and interview their clients, according to Wes Mangum, deputy county attorney and lead prosecutor in the case.

Since juvenile proceedings are confidential, the hearing itself was closed.

However, a “very, very active investigation” into an alleged string of sex assaults is continuing, said Officer Carl Wimmer of the Gunnison Valley Police Department and the school resource officer.

“We will continue to follow up on every victim who comes forward,” Wimmer said. “We are obligated by law to follow up” on every complaint.

Based on comments from Mangum and information gathered by various media, the case has grown more complex since Sept. 28, when a youth who is now facing multiple charges was arrested.

When the first charges were filed, the county attorney’s office reported that nine possible victims had been identified. On Tuesday, Mangum said additional victims had come forward, and KSL News reported there were now 12 to 15 alleged victims.

KSL said the possible victims had had been involved in incidents going back to October 2017. And Fox 13 reported the possible victims included both males and females.

The boys who participated in an assault on Sept. 17 that blew open the case included a 16-year-old sophomore football player and two brothers, ages 14 and 15.

Initially, the 16-year-old boy was charged with six counts of object rape, all first-degree felonies, and four counts of forcible sex abuse, all second-degree felonies. By Tuesday, a fifth count of sex abuse, a second-degree felony, had been added to his charges.

The 14 and 15 year old each face one count of forcible sex abuse. Those counts are also second-degree felonies. Those youths appear to be in significantly less trouble than the 16-year-old.

On Tuesday, Mangum confirmed that the two brothers had been charged in connection with only one incident, the Sept. 17 assault. All of the new alleged victims who have come forward in the past week have identified the 16-year-old as the person who assaulted them, the deputy county attorney said.

A petition to refer the 16-year-old to adult court is still on the table, Mangum said, but no decision has been made and won’t be pending further investigation.

In court, Judge Brody Keisel told the three youths facing charges not to talk to any of the victims face-to-face, over social media or through friends.

Mangum said if the youths are found guilty, they would not go to jail, “but there could be some type of confinement or removal from home to a program.”

Officer Wimmer said Gunnison Valley High School brought in crisis counselors last week. “It was very low key,” but the counselors were available for students who wanted to talk.

“Things are returning to normal,” he said, and students are turning their attention back to “enjoying school.”

The 14 and 15 year olds are due back in court Nov. 6, while the 16-year-old is scheduled to appear again Nov. 20.

Homecoming ‘best therapy I could have,’ says Fred Frischknecht

Community turns out in force


By Suzanne Dean





Part of the crowd that packed the Manti Senior Citizens Center Monday evening to show support for Fred Frischknecht.

MANTI—“We’re here. We’re home.”

That was Fred Frischknecht’s reply to the question, “How are you doing?” as relatives, friends and neighbors from throughout the county packed the Manti Senior Citizens Center Monday to welcome him home after nearly five months in the hospital.

From 5 p.m. when the event started until after 7 p.m. when it was supposed to end, a steady stream of people filed past his wheelchair, which had been set up in front of the dining area, to shake his hand, exchange hugs and offer support.

Many also dropped checks in a box at the front of the senior center.

People filled all the tables in the dining area, and all the chairs and sofas in the lounge. Kids sat on the floor. A few people spilled onto the sidewalk outside.

There was an almost continuous lineup for soup, bread and cookies, all donated.

Nobody was counting, but 200 to 300 people must have come though.

No entertainment had been planned, but Sam Blatter of Manti showed up with his guitar, gathered a group of children around him, and accompanied them as they sang patriotic and popular songs.

“This is the best hometown therapy I’ve had,” Fred said.

A lifelong resident of Manti, Fred worked for many years at Rasmussen Ace Hardware in Gunnison and later at Alvey Lumber in Manti.

Earlier this year, on May 17, his life changed dramatically when, while trimming a tree in his yard at 545 N. 300 West, he fell 12-14 feet.

Some neighbors, Gary and Tricia Cox, saw him up in the tree sawing off limbs as they left for a walk around the neighborhood. When they returned, they saw limbs scattered around on the ground, but at first didn’t see Fred. Then they noticed him flat on his back on the ground.

Fred Frischknecht gives a thumbs up to Pam and Gaylin Thompson of Manti during community gathering and fund raiser Monday. Frischknecht fell from a tree while tree trimming on May 17 and spent nearly five months in hospitals. He has no feeling from the chest down.

He was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (UVRMC) with a punctured lung and two crushed vertebrae, among other injuries.

Because he was having trouble breathing, he was in intensive care for a few days. Then he had surgery where seven of the 12 vertebrae between his waist and neck were fused, according to his daughter, Alicia Stevenson, who is an RN.

After the accident, he had no feeling from the middle of his chest to his feet. According to his brother, John Frischknecht, who is a doctor, his spinal cord is intact. But his spinal cord was seriously bruised, which can also cause paralysis.

In such situations, the paralysis sometimes diminishes over time, but the longer a person goes without having being able to feel his feet, the less chance there is of his regaining full function, his brother said.

Fred was in UVRMC two and a half months and in Gunnison Valley Hospital two more months. He had been home just one week prior to the gathering Monday.

His sister, Kristine Everitt, said he had health insurance. But his accident cut off his income. His wife, Shirley, also works, but she cut back her work schedule to be with him in the hospital.

Before Fred came home, a bathroom in his house was modified to create a roll-in shower, and doors around the house were taken down so he can get through the doorframes in his wheelchair.

One of the main goals of the gathering was to raise funds to build an attached garage onto his house so he can get from the house to his car without going outside, especially in the winter, Everitt said.

One of the people in the crowd was Fred’s niece, Tori Garbe, who came with her husband and two children.

“This is the biggest community come-together,” she said, “It’s unreal.”

Pam and Gaylin Thomas said they came because the Frischknechts are their friends. “We just love Fred and his sweet wife,” Pam said. “They were in our ward when we first moved back [to Manti] from back East. We’re so glad to have Fred back home.”

“The people in Sanpete County are the best people in the world,” said Steve Frischknecht, Fred’s brother and a former county commissioner. “When a crisis happens, they step right up to the plate,” not only with friendship and support, but financially, too.

“He has a long way to go,” Steve added, “but he’ll be OK.”

Donations may still be made to the Fred Frischknecht Donations account at Zions Bank.

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Judy and Gene Chantry love life as much as making copies


Gene operating one of Kopy Katz copiers, although he doesn’t work at the store now, just delivers orders and does “other stuff.”

Stop by Kopy Katz Printing in Ephraim just about any time and you’ll see owner Judy Chantry hard at work. That’s because Judy believes in personal, friendly service and treats every customer accordingly.

“We appreciate everyone who comes through our front door and at times they will apologize for not getting very many copies, or not placing a large order, “ Judy says. “It doesn’t matter how big or small an order is because, at the end of the day, it all adds up to being able to keep our business alive and to continue our service to the community.”

Variety of services

      Kopy Katz offers such a variety of services and products it could make your head spin. Often, they can provide higher quality services at a better price than the bigger print shops “up north.”

“We try to treat each customer with care and do whatever is necessary to meet their demands,” Judy says.

Along with standard copies (both black and white and color), Kopy Katz offers flyers, business cards, poster prints, large-format printing  withprinting capacity up to 36 inches wide (such as for blueprints), along with spiral binding, laminating and folding.

They can also print ward directories, church newsletters, booklets, envelopes, labels, family histories, cookbooks, gift certificates and NCR Forms (no carbon required). They can even cut the spines off of books like lesson manuals and spiral bind them, Judy says.

Quick turnaround

      At Kopy Katz, they have a production machine that handles thousands of copies. In fact, they ran over one million copies on their printer last year. Everything can be printed from a flash drive, CD or from an email you send to them.

“All of our orders are ‘special orders,’ and the turnaround time is usually within 24 hours unless it is over 10,000 copies, or if we have a lot of orders to complete.  If it will take longer than normal, we tell the customer of our limitations and when to expect the job to be completed,” Judy says.

Along with printing services, Kopy Katz provides faxing and some simple design work if you don’t have exactly what you want in hand. The store also offers Fed Ex shipping with pick up daily at 3 p.m.

Wanted to work together

      Judy and her husband Gene got into the printing business 10 years ago after the company she was working for decided to downsize. The couple decided that in order to spend any time together they should find something locally that they could do. Sanpete Messenger publisher Suzanne Dean was selling the printing side of her business and helped the pair get going.

However, these days, Gene doesn’t work at the store.

“He claims I fired him, but the fact is that he cannot handle the stress like I do. I have been in stressful situations all of my working life so it doesn’t bother me,” Judy says. “But I think he likes to be “fired” because he is pursuing other interests.”

Judy has two part-time employees who are college students  and who, she says, are smart and have picked up the processes that pertain to the pri

Larry Nielson of Ephraim enjoys dropping in just to visit the Chantrys, even when he isn’t making copies!

nting business. They are also friendly and are “willing to do whatever is necessary so that we can all be successful,” she says.

Judy and her employees pride the

mselves on their work, and if they see something is not quite right with an order they will fix it for the customer. They’re also more concerned about the customer getting good value than the Almighty Buck.

Many times, if they can see that the customer might be just as happy with printing on plain paper instead of glossy paper or cardstock, they recommend that. They also may suggest that a flyer be printed in black and white on a bright color paper, rather than a color print on white paper.

Utah congressional candidates visit Sanpete County


By Suzanne Dean



Ben McAdams, who is running against Mia Love in Utah’s 4th District, in front of Wales Community Hall on Sat. Sept. 28.

MT.PLEASANT—The country needs to elect people to Congress who will put solving critical problems, such as health care and saving social security, ahead of partisanship, Democrat Ben McAdams said during a visit to Sanpete County last week.

And, McAdams said in an interview with the Sanpete Messenger, bipartisanship is an area where he sees a distinction between himself and Republican incumbent Mia Love.

“I have a track record of working across party lines,” he said. “Mia Love votes with her party 97 percent of the time.”

McAdams, who is running against Love in the 4th Congressional District, which takes in northern Sanpete County, made a stop in Wales and then appeared at a picnic at the Mt. Pleasant City Park.

The Messenger interview, which took place in Mt. Pleasant, covered a range of topics, including public lands, immigration, the Muller investigation, civility in government and the negative advertising that has cropped up on both sides of the campaign.

McAdams said there has to be a way through the partisan divide that has paralyzed Congress. “I’m a patriot,” he said. “This country has done amazing things, and I think we have amazing things in our future. I’m not willing to concede that Congress will forever be broken.”

He said he had a track record as the Democratic mayor of Salt Lake County of working with a Republican-controlled county council and getting things done.

“We’ve balanced the budget every year,” he said. “We have a triple A bond rating. And we’ve lowered our tax rate every year.”

One of his major concerns as mayor has been the homeless problem in Salt Lake County. He said he had worked on the issue with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah

Utah 4th District Congresswoman Mia Love (left) and her chief of staff, Ivan DuBois, visit with Dan Anderson, mayor pro-tem of Mt. Pleasant and others on Friday, Sept. 28

House Speaker Greg Hughes, both Republicans.

The three officials brought “three very different opinions” to the table. Yet, he said, they were able to talk through their disagreements until they found a path forward that was better than any of them individually could have come up with.

McAdams said federal management of public lands has been poor in recent years. And while he favors moving slowly, local management of some of the lands “is an option that should be looked at.”

He also said the federal government needed to address the maintenance backlog in national parks, just as he addressed—and largely solved—a backlog in maintenance of county parks and recreation facilities.

“It’s going to take some fiscal discipline, and making it a priority, but as a country, we’ve got to be investing in protecting our national treasures and making sure the user experience matches the quality of the treasures we’re protecting,” he said.

McAdams said immigration is an example of where Congress has failed to do its job. He said young people who are chasing the American dream and have tremendous things to give to our society are being marginalized by laws that don’t work.

“We do need to protect our borders from terrorists, from drug traffickers and from sex traffickers who want to do harm to our country,” he said. But immigration laws are doing a poor job of keeping out bad people and letting in the people who would benefit the country.

McAdams said he favors providing permanent status to DACA recipients, even if the DACA fix isn’t part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. DACA, he said, is one of those problems that is easy to fix, “and we shouldn’t wait.”

If he is elected, and if Democrats take control of the House, how would he feel about impeaching Donald Trump?

McAdams wasn’t enthusiastic about the idea. He said the Muller investigation needed to proceed to its conclusion. He said he would need to see where things stand at the end of the investigation.

But he said, “I want to go back to Washington to get things done. That’s going to be my primary focus. My concern is that an impeachment proceeding may harm our ability to get things done.”

In recent weeks, both the Love and McAdams campaigns have run negative TV ads.

A Love ad accuses McAdams of raising taxes. In fact, the McAdams government has lowered property tax rates. But because of economic growth in Salt Lake County, including rising property values, many property tax bills have increased, and there has been an increase in tax dollars flowing in.

A McAdams ad says Love has raised $1 million in illegal campaign contributions and kept the money.

In his interview with the Messenger, McAdams said Love had raised more money than permitted under federal election law. The Federal Election Commission filed an action against her ordering her to give back a large sum. She’s complied with part of what the FEC ordered. The issue is still before the commission.

Democrat Jenny Wilson wants to break stalemate in Washington


By James Tilson

Staff writer



Jenny Wilson, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, spoke at the Snow College Convocation last Thursday, Sept. 27. She is running against Republican Mitt Romney for the seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch.

EPHRAIM—Mitt Romney’s Democratic opponent came to Snow College last week to explain her campaign positions and drum up support in rural Utah.

Speaking at the Snow College Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 27, Democratic nominee Jenny Wilson, started out by telling the crowd why she decided to run for the U.S. Senate.

She pointed to her experience as a member of the Salt Lake County Council and her ability to work with Republican colleagues to show she would be able to help break the stalemate that currently weighs down Washington, D.C.

Wilson said she would be a strong advocate for rural Utah. She pointed to her long-running support for Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which go to local governments, especially in the West, to make up for the fact that the federal government doesn’t pay property taxes on public lands in those jurisdictions.

She told the crowd President Trump’s initial budget had zeroed out the PILT funds, and she had been part of the effort to get the funds back in the budget.

She also promised, if elected, to visit every county in Utah in 2019 to connect with rural Utahns and stay informed on their issues.

On the campaign trail, she said she had already learned that rural Utah needs more career opportunities to enable young Utahns to stay in their hometowns. She offered several solutions for the problem.

Wilson said Utah should invest in technology in rural areas, especially access to high-speed broadband Internet. She said public lands are “critical” to Utah’s identity and should be protected from exploitation.

Students should receive more protection from predatory lending practices, she said. And housing costs, which have been skyrocketing in recent years, should be better managed.

And finally, Wilson told the audience Washington needed a new generation of leaders, people who have dealt with the problems currently facing society and who are “embedded in the community.”

Wilson then paused, and seemed to collect herself. Seemingly on the verge of tears, Wilson told the crowd she wanted to talk about something that was “on her mind.”

She referred again to how Washington was so much more divided than it used to be and how the divisions were harming the ability to govern our country.

Then she added, “sexual assault is a reality,” even in Utah. She cited Utah Health Department statistics showing one in three Utah women will face sexual assault in their lifetimes and one in nine will be raped.

“Sexual assaults happen in homes, dorms and at work. It doesn’t only happen in dark alleys,” she said.

Referring to the Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee who were debating Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, she said, “So many Republicans don’t have that experience.”

Wilson described watching the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and said, “I find