Archives for November 2016

Returning senior Angela Clayton will likely be the main contributor on offense for the North Sanpete girl’s this season.

Returning senior Angela Clayton will likely be the main contributor on offense for the North Sanpete girl’s this season.


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Lady Badgers basketball do well at Wyoming invitational, earn two wins


Matt Harris

Staff writer




CASPER, WY—The Snow College women’s basketball team brought home mixed results, mostly positive, from their performance in the Pizza Hut Invitational in Casper, Wyo. last weekend.

The Lady Badgers went 2-1 at the invitational, only losing to host Casper College, who are ranked No. 19 in the nation prior to official rankings being submitted on Dec. 6.

“I feel like we took a giant step forward this weekend,” head coach Mike Russell said.

Snow began the tournament with a convincing win over Northeastern Junior College, 69-49. The Lady Badgers never had the game in doubt with an 11-point lead at halftime. Snow was led by freshman Lindsey Cook with 13 points, and Snow shot 50 percent for the game.

The Lady Badgers then faced Casper on their home court and took the game down to the wire. Down by 11 at halftime, Snow led a comeback lasting the whole second half that fell just short at the end as the Lady Badgers fell to the Thunderbirds, 61-60.

Freshman Tayviah Ah-Quin led Snow in their offensive effort with 14 points, but the women could not overcome the 33 percent shooting in the game. The close loss gave confidence to Russell, however.

“Taking undefeated Casper to the wire in their own gym says a lot about the progress we’re making as a team,” Russell said.

The Lady Badgers ended the tournament on a high note with another lopsided victory over the JV squad of Montana Western University, 83-41. Every player had four points or more for Snow, who were led by 14 points from freshman Siki Suguturaga.

“We are maturing and getting better every night,” Russell said, “and that’s really all we can ask for.”

With a 4-4 record, Snow will spend Thanksgiving in Twin Falls, Ida. to participate in the College of Southern Idaho Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend.

Snow will begin tournament play against Miles Community College on Friday before facing the Idaho Select, an All-Star group of high school players, on Saturday.


Snow basketball team suffers first defeat of season


Matt Harris

Staff writer



PORTLAND, OR—The first defeat of the season for the Snow College men’s basketball team came at the hands of North Idaho College last Saturday.

The Cardinals came back from eight points down late in the fourth to go on a 14-2 run in the last few minutes and steal the win from the Badgers, who are now 6-1 on the season. The win gave North Idaho first place in the Portland Community College Tournament, with Snow taking second.

The Badgers began the tournament with their third 100-plus point game of the season, dispatching Green River Community College by a wide margin, 103-65. “We moved the ball well, and we played very well defensively,” head coach Rob Nielson said.

Sophomore Zach Hunsaker led the Badgers with 19 points, with sophomore Nate Bruneel adding 17 as one of five players in double figures for Snow. The Badgers shot 54 percent from the field and a blistering 62 percent from the three.

That Saturday was the killer for the Badgers with their loss to the Cardinals. North Idaho was led by sophomore Sam Dowd who had 21 points to go with eight assists on the night.        Freshman Markus Golder was the Badger-killer as he sealed the late run by the Cardinals with a jump shot that tied the game. Two fouls later, Golder nailed four free throws to seal Snow’s fate. Once again, Hunsaker led all scorers in the game with 22 points, while sophomore Bruneel chipped in another 19. The offense cooled considerably, shooting 44 percent from the field.

“We couldn’t hit our shots down the stretch,” Nielson said. “It was a good experience for us against good competition.”

No Thanksgiving break comes for Snow, as they will participate in the Salt Lake Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

The Badgers will take on Big Bend Community College on Friday before facing Western Nebraska on Saturday. Both game times are slated for 3 p.m. at the Lifetime Activities Center in Salt Lake City.

Columnist Randal B. Thatcher

Columnist Randal B. Thatcher


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List your phone number for the Sanpete County Telephone Directory

Help yourself and your community by listing your cell phone and other contact information in the 2018-19 Sanpete County Telephone Directory, coming out in about four months. The directory will be posted online at

Your listing will help neighbors, coworkers, members of your church, people in community groups like Lions Club and PTA, and when needed, people in your local government or emergency responders to reach you!

Keep in mind, the Sanpete County Telephone Directory is a local phone book…We don’t sell your information to anyone.



The chart shows nonfarm job growth since 2007. Based on job growth rates, unemployment rates, average monthly wages, sales of construction permits and gross taxable sales, Lecia Langston , senior economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) says Sanpete County is headed in a positive direction.

The chart shows nonfarm job growth since 2007. Based on job growth rates, unemployment rates, average monthly wages, sales of construction permits and gross taxable sales, Lecia Langston , senior economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) says Sanpete County is headed in a positive direction.


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Alpha Engineering opted to lay their water pipeline down the middle of the existing road to preserve the environment during their project to bring green power to Sanpete County.

Alpha Engineering opted to lay their water pipeline down the middle of the existing road to preserve the environment during their project to bring green power to Sanpete County.

Six Mile road closed temporarily as hydroelectric project underway


Matt Harris

Staff writer



STERLING — Thanks to a new project, Six Mile Canyon in Sterling is looking toward a greener future.

The road through Sterling Canyon has faced temporary closure due to a project that will install a pipeline through the canyon to supply hydroelectric energy. The project has been contracted by Alpha Engineering in St. George.

Project engineer Brent Gardner said the pipeline has the potential to supply roughly 4.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 400 homes in the six-county area. “It’s green energy,” Gardner says. “That’s the very best part!”

Gardner says that the pipeline is planned as a 30-inch pipeline spanning 12,000 feet in Sterling Canyon with about 600 feet of elevation difference. Water will divert through the pipeline at a rate of approximately 40 cubic feet per second. The pipeline will feed to a powerhouse with four turbines generating the power.

The project has been contemplated since 1987 through a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This year, FERC gave the project its final licensing, allowing it to move forward into production. “I don’t believe it’s common for a project to take that long to go through the system,” USDA Forest Ranger Kyle Beagley said.

Beagley said the project engineers plan to construct the pipeline down the middle of the canyon road, making it easier and less of an impact for the environment in the canyon. The role of the Ephraim Forest Service is to ensure that the project meets governmental mandates. One of those mandates from the FERC insists that there remain a minimum standard water flow in the streams where water is diverting to the pipeline.

Alpha Engineering plans to supply the power to the Manti City substation, where it is sold to the Utah Municipal Power Agency. A power line runs from the powerhouse to the substation.

It has not been announced when the canyon road will reopen.


The base of the construction for the powerhouse has already begun in Sterling Canyon.

The base of the construction for the powerhouse has already begun in Sterling Canyon.



This listing, compiled by Texas-based security firm Protect America with FBI crime statistics, ranks two Sanpete cities as "Burglary Safe Zones," areas with the 10 lowest rates of home burglary per capita.

This listing, compiled by Texas-based security firm Protect America with FBI crime statistics, ranks two Sanpete cities as “Burglary Safe Zones,” areas with the 10 lowest rates of home burglary per capita.

Moroni and Ephraim get top marks as ‘burglary safe zones’ in Utah


Robert Stevens

Managing editor




A security firm used FBI crime statistics to put together a ranking of the 10 cities in Utah with the lowest burglary rates per capita, and two Sanpete cities made it on the list.

Protect America, a Texas-based home security and automation company, named Moroni and Ephraim “burglary safe zones.” Protect America based its rankings off of a yearly report from the FBI called the Uniform Crime Report, which is based on the nationwide crime statistics from 2015.

Moroni City was rated as the second safest city in Utah in regard to home burglaries.

“I wouldn’t attribute our ranking to just one factor,” Moroni City Mayor Luke Freeman said. “We have a really good police department. They respond as quickly and appropriately as they can when an issue arises. When they are not in the area, we work very well with the county. Other than that, we have a good group of citizens who watch out for each other and their properties. They help raise the alarm if something happens. When it comes down to it, it’s just city resources trying to do the best they can and our residents doing the best they can.”

Ephraim City placed No. 7 on the list.

“I think the ranking is a combination of things,” Ephraim City Manager Brant Hanson said. “We live in a culture that respects one another’s property. We just have this really good culture here in Ephraim and all over the Sanpete Valley.”

Hanson also attributes Ephraim’s ranking to good local law enforcement efforts.

“We have an outstanding police department who do a great job following up and having a presence,” Hanson said. “Not only are they out there enforcing laws, but they are establishing relationships.”

Moroni and Ephraim earned their rankings on the Safe Zone listing by having low numbers of burglaries in comparison to their populations.

According to the listing, Moroni had one reported burglary during 2015 and a listed population of 1,457.

Ephraim scored No. 7 on the Safe Zone list by having eight burglaries with a population of 6,546.

Protect America ranked Kamas as the city in Utah with the least burglaries per capita last year. The city claimed the number one spot by having one burglary during the year and a population listed as 2,033.

“Our hope in creating these Top 10 lists is to raise burglary awareness and offer home security tips to communities that need them,” said Zane Schwarzlose, community liaison for Protect America.

The Protect American ranking states that they are only able to rank cities who have had their crime data submitted to the FBI by local law enforcement.

To view this list or Protect America’s list of the 10 most likely places for your home to be burglarized in Utah (none of which were in Sanpete County), visit





Alert goes out for possible child stalker in Spring City


Robert Stevens

Managing editor



SPRING CITY — Reports of suspicious activity in Spring City have some people concerned about the possibility of a child stalker.

According to Spring City police chief Clarke Christensen, several reports have been made involving a man in a parked car watching and following children.

Christensen made a public announcement through social media that is being shared prolifically through local Facebook pages warning parents to be careful about leaving their children unattended.

According to Christensen, the reports say that a man in a red older model small SUV has been spotted exhibiting suspicious activity near children. The vehicle’s driver is a male who may have a mustache.

In one of the reports, the man allegedly followed a group of three young girls from Spring City Park for several blocks until they were able to reach the safety of a friend’s house. The girls were reportedly very disturbed by being followed and were relieved when they reached a safe place, after which the driver sped off.

A few hours later another report was made when the same vehicle was seen parked on the south end of town and the male driver was watching a two-year-old girl playing on a playground on the property of a residential home. When the homeowner noticed the man watching his child, the vehicle sped off quickly.

Christiansen said both of the original reports came from Spring City, but he has since received a similar report coming from the Ephraim area.

“No laws have been broken yet,” Christiansen said. “But we want to find this guy and talk to him to get to the bottom of things. If you see or observe this potential threat, please get a license plate number and call 911 immediately so that the authorities can take appropriate actions.”

Moroni struggles with allocation of funding among three cities that use Senior Center facility


Matt Harris

Staff writer



MORONI—The Moroni City Council recently discussed ways to fund future replacement of stovetops for the Moroni Senior Center.

The city council has instituted a three-way deal between Moroni City, the Moroni Senior Board and the Six County Association of Governments (AOG) to fund the production and distribution of senior meals throughout the North Sanpete area.

The deal has been the subject of council discussion a number of times, Mayor Luke Freeman says. Not only does the Moroni Senior Center serve its own city, but the center also provides meals to senior citizens in Fountain Green, Mt. Pleasant, Fairview, and Spring City, among others.

The issue facing the council is how to balance funding for production of the meals fairly.

The Six County AOG primarily funds the senior meal program through the Moroni Senior Center. Moroni acts a backup financial force to assist when necessary. The Moroni Senior Board operates out of the senior center.

With that in mind, the council now is making plans to try and divide up the expenses for senior meals between each beneficiary city. The level of contribution asked will depend on how much each city benefits from the program.

Councilman Jed Demill, who was elected to office earlier this year, oversees the Senior Board’s activities.

“We’re just looking to get some help, and it’d be a good idea to get other cities involved,” Demill said. “If other cities are benefitting, they ought to be willing to pay their fair share.”

The stovetops that are in need of replacing are not an immediate need. Freeman reports that currently, the stovetops are working as needed. However, the heating units have been showing early signs of wear, as they tend to drop in temperature during heating. The council is using this time to be proactive in working out how to adequately pay for needed repairs in the coming years.


LDS Church gives up interest in Ephraim Co-op to Ephraim City


Suzanne Dean




EPHRAIM—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has relinquished a minor ownership interest in the Ephraim Co-op to Ephraim City, Brant Hanson, Ephraim City manager, announced at a council meeting Nov. 2.
The church turned the historic building over to Ephraim City decades ago but retained contingent ownership.
When the city was looking into historic preservation grants several months ago, Hanson recommended against seeking grant money or investing city funds in improvements to the Co-op building until the city had 100 percent clear title.
Hanson said the church was “excited about what we’ve done to improve (the building) and don’t want to stand in the way” of further improvements.
The Co-op once house the Ephraim Co-operative Mercantile Institution, essentially the first general store in Ephraim, and was the first home of Snow College.

Ephraim DUP is recruiting new members with pioneer heritage


EPHRAIM—Do you have pioneer ancestors who crossed the plains before 1869? Would you like to learn more about them and celebrate their accomplishments?

The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP)  Fort Ephraim Camp is recruiting new members. The camp meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Ephraim Senior Center.

Each meeting includes a researched lesson and pioneer histories presented by members of the camp, followed by a luncheon.

For information, call Gwen McGarry at 283-4125 or Carolyn Christensen at 283-4282.

There are 14 DUP units in Sanpete County in towns from Fairview to Centerfield. For contact information, see community pages in the front of the Sanpete County Telephone Directory. The DUP is listed under “community organizations.”

If you do not have a hard copy, the directory is available online at


Spring City sidewalk project should be dropped


I noted the article in the Sanpete Messenger Nov. 10, 2016, “Not enough support for Spring City sidewalk safety project” and would like residents of Spring City to consider some issues.                While it is laudable for a community to try to engage in a project, in this instance questions remain which perhaps have led to the lack of enthusiasm for this particular effort. Originally, to Councilman Harmer’s credit, he ran the figures which did not support accepting a grant for the project, thus the concept of donation of time and materials which have been not have been forthcoming.

However, many issues were not addressed in the original concept, including lack of adequate funding to complete the project, impacted property owners’ approval never being sought, nor were they informed as to the design. Who is going to maintain these sidewalks? Who is liable for any accidents associated with this project built with volunteer labor?

Years ago, Spring City’s WPA project sidewalks were in disrepair and the residents did not want
assessments in order to replace them. In my opinion, this decision helped maintain the unique country ambience leading to the listing on The National Historic Registry. Many years ago I was informed by an authority on historical preservation that cement sidewalks leading to homes listed on the National Historic Registry are not consistent with the National Historic Registry guidelines.

With Spring City being only one of two cities in the nation so designated, would the construction of cement sidewalks affect this designation? Such a removal would certainly lead to economic losses in the form of disqualification for potential restoration grants as well as losing the cache of being such a unique community and perhaps lowering property values.

On a personal note, the design of this sidewalk impedes automobile and farm machinery access to my garage and fields as the sidewalk is being built/planned going on the uphill east side of the road. My neighbor stated they would be facing the same challenge accessing their field with farm machinery.

Near our property an old irrigation ditch was leveled, trees roots are exposed and the trees are clearly dying. The town lost enough trees when the irrigation ditches were covered, depriving the trees lining the lanes of water.

Not every town can have a college or a financial district. Not every town should be pro-growth. Not every town has the same mandate.

We should care take Spring City’s rustic heritage passing it as much as possible to future generations where it can serve as a model of a unique rural Utah community.


Sue Jensen Weeks

Spring City


Thanks Commissioners for holding off tax increase increase until now


Sanpete County Commissioners deserve thanks for their dedication to Sanpete and for their efforts to hold off a tax increase until now.  While they were “tightening their collective belts” these past 10 or more years, we as citizens were able to use money privately that might have gone to incremental tax raises.

Sadly, the financial problems Sanpete faces at this time reflect the fruits of the socialistic government now holding sway throughout the United States.  This situation is yet another wakeup call to return to the true and proven principles of the U. S. Constitution.

Jane Braithwaite


Can we be spared political blathering now?


Please, can we now be spared our political elites continuing their blathering about “Utah Values,” which seems to imply that people in Utah have moral superiority over people who inhabit other states.  When these leaders and the majority of the voters of our “great state” support  a presidential candidate with a well known history of serial adultery, lying, disparaging women, bullying others, obscene language, mocking a person with a disability, threatening a free press, and “boy talking”  it is laughable to claim any moral high ground.

With the election of Trump we now have the opportunity to cozy up to Putin and to celebrate a first lady whose nude photos and plagiarized comments grace the internet.

KC Mason


Still have questions on proposed tax increase


Still have questions on proposed tax increase

I attended the public hearing with the county commissioners last Thursday. A lot of topics were covered, but a few thoughts and questions still come to mind.

  1. Why were so many people opposed to the 60 percent tax increase, but would have favored “small bite” increases? If the 5 percent increase a year over the last 12 year period had been imposed, the compounding would have meant we would have paid much more in taxes.
  2. The majority of opinions expressed at the hearing seemed to prefer lower taxes. With that in mind the question is: Who, when, where, and why is the final decision made to implement or decline the 60 percent increase?
  3. Central Utah Water Conservancy District, (CUWCD) was also mentioned. The residential population pays the majority of the taxes. Most of us have never received a direct benefit (and probably never will). Now they are also want to raise the tax rate for repair and maintenance. I think it is well past time to opt-out. I ask again: Who, when, where, and why is the final decision made for this significant tax increase?
  4. I am pretty sure is a good thing that we did not approve a new courthouse. I have not heard that the repair costs for the current one are exceeding the long term cost of building a new one. Even though I am in favor of the county receiving their fair share of funds, is good to remember that government money, at any level, is never free! There is the high cost of overhead to get our money back.
  5. As for the county jail, we no doubt needed a new one, but we almost built an additional wing. Does that mean under the current criteria the county taxpayers would be on the hook for twice as many inmates?

Overall I think it was clear that most citizens would prefer a reduction of expenditures rather than an increase in the tax burden.

Rob Walsh