Archives for April 2017

Manti High, Ephraim Middle School competes at Science Olympiad

 

Linda Petersen

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

SALT LAKE CITY—Teams from Manti High School and Ephraim Middle School competed in the state Science Olympiad at the University of Utah last Saturday, April 15

Both schools did well at this year’s event.

Fourteen students from MHS competed against 40 other schools at the Olympiad. Andrew Olsen and Ellie Anderson took first place in Electric Vehicle. Andrew Olsen and Allison Bishop took second in Helicopters, and Jasmine Alcala and Kristin Deleeuw took third in Anatomy and Physiology. Others did well in their events but did not place in the top three. MHS has placed in the top 10 in state for each of the last several years.

“Science Olympiad is so valuable because it gives the students hands-on experience in using their knowledge, rather than just taking a test,” MHS science teacher Jared Eliason said.

MHS participants all belong to the science club, which meets every Wednesday after school.

From EMS, 15 students competed. Avery Allred and Cambrya Cox received second-place medals in Write it, Do it and Bethany Malone and Cambrya Cox took second place in Wright Stuff. Cambrya Cox and Bethany Malone took fourth place in Optics, while Ben Johnson and Conner Zollinger placed fourth in Wind Power. Jaxon Sharp and Jacob Norris placed fourth in Crime Buster and Conner Zollinger, Kaitlyn Chidister, and Jesse Ray took fifth place in Experimental Design. EMS placed seventh overall out of 38 middle/ junior high schools.

At state Science Olympiad, middle school students participated in 22 team events and high schools participated in 23. Medals are awarded to the top three contestants in each category.

Manti High School Science Olympiad competitors take a picture together. They are: (Back row, from lef Kristin Deleeuw, Jasmine Alcala, Easton Cluff, Andrew Olsen, Jared Eliason, Jay Henningson, Aidian Larson (front row, from left) Corinne Olsen, Ellie Anderson, Kyler Nelson, Allison Bishop, Carson Carmody, Laetitia Gaillard, Brayden Shelley, Sydney Howell and Nathan Howell.

Manti High School Science Olympiad competitors take a picture together. They are: (Back row, from left) Kristin Deleeuw, Jasmine Alcala, Easton Cluff, Andrew Olsen, Jared Eliason, Jay Henningson, Aidian Larson (front row, from left) Corinne Olsen, Ellie Anderson, Kyler Nelson, Allison Bishop, Carson Carmody, Laetitia Gaillard, Brayden Shelley, Sydney Howell and Nathan Howell.

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Ephraim Middle School Science Olympiad competitors stand for a photo upon return from state competition last week. They are: (Back row, from left) Jayci Jolley, Ame Taukeiaho, Moises Trejo, Jacob Norris, Kent Larsen, (middle row, from left) Jesse Ray, Conner Zollinger, Lucy Eddy, Libby Simons, Kylie Ray, Jaxon Sharp, Meagan Dennis, (front row, from left) Ammaron McQuivey, Ben Johnson, Bethany Malone, Cambrya Cox, Avery Allred, Lexi Naylor and Kaitlyn Chidister

Artist’s rendering of new scoreboard for Manti’s football field, approved by school district last Wednesday.

Artist’s rendering of new scoreboard for Manti’s football field, approved by the school district last Wednesday.

 

South Sanpete School District OKs spending for sports equipment

 

Lloyd Call

Associate publisher

4-20-2017

 

MANTI—Steps are being taken to have a new scoreboard installed at the Manti High School football field following action by the South Sanpete School Board at  meeting last week.

Manti High School football coach Cole Meacham told the board, which met Wednesday, April 12 at Manti Elementary School, that C.O. Building Systems in Ephraim had offered to install supports for scoreboard at no charge, which translated to about a $10,000 donation.

The company is also creating a metal Templar warrior for the top of the scoreboard using its laser cutting technology. I-Four Media is helping design the warrior, also as a donation.

The board gratefully accepted the offer from C.O. Buildings and I-Four Media, and approved $10,000 to buy the scoreboard itself.

“The old scoreboard is the original scoreboard, and is on its last legs,” Meacham told the board. “The new scoreboard will be wireless, digital and be dependable.”

Board members noted that Manti’s two softball-field scoreboards had stopped working recently and would also have to be replaced.

The board also reviewed a number of projects that will be undertaken as soon as school is out. (See accompanying chart.)

Besides projects on the chart, the board is considering retrofitting and replacing the entire HVAC system at Gunnison Valley High School. The process would include removal of the coal-fired boiler. The board is also considering retrofitting or replacing HVAC control systems at three other schools.

In other action, the board approved changes to next year’s fee schedules, adding a $3 messaging fee at both the middle and high school. The fee would cover setup costs for enabling the school to communicate with parents by text message.

Other increases included a hike in the high school art class fee from $15 to $20, and a increase from $30 to $35 for most sports. In the case of football, the board increased the fee from $45 to $50.

The board discussed at length what board members learned from attending the recent National School Board Association convention; got updated on the district’s Career and Technology Education’s programs; reviewed the school strategic plans for the coming year; and heard about career readiness programs.

“It’s not just enough to say our students have graduated from high school,” Superintendent Kent Larsen said, “We need to make sure our students are really ready for the whole college experience, not just to take classes.”

Larsen added, “We want our students to get everything out of high school that they can. It should not just be about classes, tests, and credits, but extracurricular activities, art, social events, service and community.”

The board also reviewed on a first reading a new policy on data security.

The next board meeting will be May 10 at Ephraim Elementary School at 3:30 p.m.

 

The North Sanpete High drama department is putting on a production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace'.

The North Sanpete High drama department is putting on a production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

 

North Sanpete High to perform ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ April 20-22

 

Linda Petersen

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete Drama Department is dying for people to go see their production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

Well someone’s dying, anyway, which is how Mortimer Brewster (played by Nicholas Honey)

This comedy, written by Joseph Kesselring is sure to make anyone keel over with laughter. As put by the Director Alex Barlow ‘“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a hilarious show. I’ve never met someone who’s seen the show and didn’t like it. It’s a comedic classic.”

“Arsenic and Old Lace” tells the story of Mortimer Brewster (Nicholas Honey) who, with his fiancé Elaine (Lucy Quinn), gets sucked into a hilarious series of events when a dead body is discovered while the couple are visiting Mortimer’s aunts, Martha (Jessica Boekweg) and Abbas he visits his two aunts, Martha (Jessica Boekweg) and Abby (Jennifer Boekweg). The exciting comedy will keep you on the edge of your seats.

This show may be slightly different from the movie that many know and love, but it carries on the witty and quick comedy seen in the classic movie.

Though the play is full of fun, it’s a lot of hard work. Months of preparation have been put into this performance, and the actors have put a lot of effort into developing their characters.

“Playing Abby Brewster is actually slightly terrifying,” senior Jennifer Boekweg said. “It’s definitely a stretch for me to play an old woman.”

It is all worth it in the end, though. “It’s very fun to see it all coming together,” Jennifer said.

Alex Barlow, the director of this play is in his second year of teaching at North Sanpete High School. He gives a lot of credit to the students in this production.

“These students do an incredible job of becoming these quirky, lovable characters,” he said.

Of course, that isn’t a one-sided street.

“There’s really no way we could all do this without such an awesome director,” Jessica Boekweg said.

The play will be performed April 20-22 at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the NSHS auditorium.

Tickets are $6 for students and seniors, and $7 for general admission.

Chad Blackham

Chad Blackham

 

Chad Blackham

 

Chad Blackham, age 57, died April 11, 2017, at his home in West Jordan, Utah, after a seven-year fight with colon cancer.

Chad was born March 18, 1960, in Mount Pleasant, Utah, to Moyle and Gayle Blackham.  He was the youngest of five children. He graduated from North Sanpete High School in 1978, Snow College in 1982, and Utah State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting in 1985.  He also served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hong Kong.

Chad met his wife, Catherine Smith, at Snow College, in January of 1982, and they were married July 30 of that year in the Seattle LDS Temple in Bellevue, Wash. They are the parents of four daughters.

After Chad graduated from college, he started his career at the accounting firm Conway, Stewart, and Woodbury CPAs, on Oct. 1, 1985, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he resided for 31 years. On July 1, 2005, he became a Chief Financial Officer at Pilot Grove Management and worked there until Sept. 30, 2016.

Chad enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, snowmobiling, off-roading in the Jeep – especially through puddles, shooting guns, hunting, watching sports – especially the sports his daughters participated in, swimming, camping, going on rides at Disney World – especially Toy Story, and traveling to Hawaii – which was truly his happy place.

Chad is survived by his wife Cathy; daughters, Marianne, Annalisa, Meghan (Samuel) Pond, and Alicia; brother, Leonard (Laura); sisters, Gay (Merwin) Kjar, Pamela (Wayne) Turpin, and Jackee (Scott) Mower. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moyle and Gayle.

A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the LDS Chapel at 8834 Duck Ridge Way in West Jordan. A graveside service was also held 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Moroni City Cemetery on Highway 132 in Moroni, services under the direction of McDougal Funeral Home.

A third memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the LDS Chapel at 3200 Mustang Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The family expresses appreciation for Dr. Sunil Sharma and Joan Collet, PA-C, and many other doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute, in the care they gave to Chad. Because of the research taking place Huntsman, Chad lived a much longer and fuller life after his diagnosis.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Huntsman Cancer.

 

The lieutenant governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, spoke at a Snow College Convocation last Thursday and stressed the importance of listening to both sides of the political spectrum.

The lieutenant governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, spoke at a Snow College Convocation last Thursday and stressed the importance of listening to both sides of the political spectrum.

 

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox asks Snow students to consider how society makes changes

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

EPHRAIM—Is it possible to make change?

The question focused on the political and highlighted the theme of Snow College Convocation’s guest speaker on April 6, Utah’s Lt. Gov Spencer J. Cox. The Sanpete native and Snow alumnus spoke to students and locals about how change can happen, primarily by listening to the other side of the argument, in a speech entitled, “Politics and Kindness.”

At the start of his talk, Cox echoed much of the frustrations of the audience members with the current political climate in the country, even saying that he “hates” politics.

“I do [politics] for a living now,” Cox said, “and I can’t tell you what’s real and what’s not in Washington D.C. right now. Honestly, there is so much information coming in, and there’s so much dissonance in the information.”

From humble beginnings as a sixth-generation Fairview native, Cox grew in the political world to eventually be “hired” to the office lieutenant governor rather than elected, replacing Greg Bell in October of 2012. During Cox’s time in office, he realized the importance of breaking down party lines and working together in government.

Cox said he enjoys the fact that he did not run for election, avoiding the hassle of campaign donors and promises.

“I have the freedom to do or say whatever I want,” Cox said, “and if I get fired, or people don’t want to elect me, even better. I get to go home, and I get to be with my family more.”

Despite the communication crises in the political world, Cox stressed to the audience about the pride he feels in the unified efforts of Utah politicians.

“When I talk negatively about politics, I’m mostly referring to the national scene,” Cox said. “Things are very different here…ninety percent the things that are passed in the legislature are almost unanimous. More so than in any other state, the Republicans work with the Democrats to help them pass bills that work for them, and they work together in a bipartisan way much better than anywhere else.”

Nevertheless, Cox says he fears Utah politics might head down the same path of the national scene, with bitterness beginning to show, and the 2016 Utah election showing a fair example of it.

“My hope is that we never get there,” Cox said.

Cox related his experiences surrounding the shooting last year at the gay club in Orlando, Fla. Not long after the event last year, Cox was invited by LGBT leaders in the state to speak at a rally for the victims. Cox’s hastily prepared speech focused on his philosophy of both sides working together on every issue in the world. The speech quickly hit national news and gave Utah a large amount of attention.

As major news outlets like CNN, NBC, and others told the story, Cox noted with disappointment how many of the news stations publicized the story as an “apology” to the LGBT community, which Cox said was never the point of the speech.

Cox said that politicians and Americans need to “listen to understand.”

“It’s not wrong to have deeply held convictions,” Cox said, “but one of those convictions better be that other people matter, that you care what they think and that you’re willing to listen and learn from them.”

 

Students from Snow College's Building Layout and Concrete class, led by instructor Ivan Starr, install a concrete pad for a dumpster as part of the volunteer effort by Snow students and faculty to directly improve the DJ Trailer Park.

Students from Snow College’s Building Layout and Concrete class, led by instructor Ivan Starr, install a concrete pad for a dumpster as part of the volunteer effort by Snow students and faculty to directly improve the DJ Trailer Park.

 

Volunteers hold fundraiser to improve Ephraim’s DJ Trailer park

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

4-20-2017

 

EPHRAIM—Several Snow College departments along with community members are rallying to help improve conditions at the DJ Trailer Park, where the homes of about 20 families continue to be in jeopardy.

In December, families who live in the trailer court on 200 North 200 West in Ephraim were told that if certain electrical and water system improvements weren’t completed by March, the park would be vacated and they would have to leave their homes.

Since then, some of the most serious plumbing and electrical problems have been fixed. No city order to vacate were issued on the March deadline. But many of the homes continue to have code violations that the city has said will eventually need to be remediated

“The impact this has had on the children of these families is exponential,” says Cody Burrell, a Snow student who coordinates fund raisers for the student government.

In recent months, the Snow College football team and students in the Communications Department have formed a campaign called “Help Save Ephraim Trailer Park.”

The campaign sponsored a big fund raising event on the Snow Campus last Saturday, April 8. Participants ran in a 5K, played in a 3-on-3 soccer tournament, and engaged in a punt, pass and kick competition.

Fred’s Sports Grill of Manti catered the event and also donated a portion of the proceeds to the campaign. The Snow College Commercial Music Ensemble provided the entertainment with original music and some classic favorites.

The goal of Help Save Ephraim Trailer Park is to raise $5,000. So far, $1,200 has been raised.

Burrell says goal is to enhance curb appeal by adding cement sidewalks, grass, trees, shrubs and garbage containment areas.

Other community service events are coming up. Professor Malynda Bjerregaard’s interpersonal communication classes have organized a cleanup and beautification service project for April 22. Bjerregaard says she hopes people from the community as well as students show up.

Snow student David Brinkerhoff has lined up some community partners, including landscaping and construction businesses. The partners include the Sanpete Humanitarian Council, Hermansen’s Hardware, McKay Landscaping, the Sanpete Cooperative Landfill in Chester, Branch Cox of MJK Construction, Fred’s Sports Grill, North Sanpete Disposal and even Walmart.

The Snow College Building and Construction program volunteered to put in cement pads for new garbage disposal facilities as well as footings under trailers.

As for the manual labor, Bjerregaard says the Snow College football team, under the directino of Paul Peterson, has offered their help.

To donate to the cause, visit the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/ephraimtrailerpark . You can contact Professor Bjerregaard for details about the April 22 cleanup at 283-7423 or by email at malynda.bjerregaard@snow.edu.

 

Centerfield mapping out $1.5M road project, $200,000 will allow chip-sealing

 

James Tilson

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

CENTERFIELD—Centerfield City is getting ready for an almost $1.5-million roads project to get underway soon.

At a meeting of the city council on April 5, Jaden Savage of Savage Surveying in Richfield presented his company’s projections for where and what kind of maintenance should be done.

“Now we’re getting somewhere,” said Councilman Dan Dalley as Savage rolled out the map of planned work.

The city has qualified for $1.47 million in a loan-grant combination for needed work work.

Through its planning, Savage the company had saved about $200,000, which Savage the representative said could be used to double chip-seal all the east-west roads in the town, in addition to the north-south roads

“We’re getting a lot of bang for our buck for $200,000,” Dalley noted.

Dalley urged the council to approve as much roadwork now as possible. “Oil is at a twenty year low, we need to do as much as we can.”

Councilman David Beck asked Savage if the city was required to spend the entire $1.47 million.

The answer was no, though Savage replied that any money not spent from the loan-grant would be deducted from the grant first. In other words, the city would be on the hook for the entire loan even if not all of the money was spent.

The council approved Savage’s plans, moving him forward on the project.

The council discussed other infrastructure concerns. Council members were concerned that developers were not fulfilling their obligations to maintain and repair the roads in their developments. Specifically, the council wanted sidewalks to be added to those roads.

Mayor Tom Sorenson wondered how the city would enforce that obligation, saying he had not seen any “paper” on that agreement.

Councilman Jaden Sorensen said he had seen references to such developer requirements in city council meeting minutes.

But minutes are not ordinances, and Dalley said, “I don’t there is a paper that we can enforce.”

The council referred the issue for the city’s planning commission to research.

Before the meeting adjourned, Mayor Sorenson reminded councilmembers that at their next meeting they would be deciding on five people to appoint to a committee to discuss a possible merger with the city of Gunnison.

Mention of the subject opened the door for council members to express fears over attempting a merger.

Jaden Sorensen told the council that he had spoken to another town in West Virginia that had completed a merger, and there were “hidden” issues that were not at first apparent. “You have to be aware of the debt, especially long-term debt.”

Jaden Sorensen said the merger had left the town saddled with a debt that could not be supported by the resultant tax base, and wound up harming the town’s infrastructure, and generally lowered the town’s standard of living.

Dalley also urged caution. “You can’t tell for sure what you are getting into until you get the raw-bone numbers.”

 

Elder William B Woahn to preside at Gunnison Utah Stake Conference

 

The leaders of the Gunnison Utah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is inviting all within the stake boundaries, LDS or not, to join them when Elder William B. Woahn of the church’s 5th Quorum of the Seventy presides at Stake Conference next Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.

President Greg M. Rosenvall and counselors Bruce A. Blackham and Bruce L. King, in their role as the Gunnison Utah Stake Presidency, issued the call. The conference will hold four sessions: two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

The Sunday sessions will be open to the public, LDS member and nonmember alike.

At 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, young people ages 12 and older—as well as parents and youth leaders—are invited to attend a Youth Session of conference, which will last about an hour. The meeting will be held at the Gunnison Stake Center chapel (80 W. Center Street)

At 10 a.m. that day, and lasting until noon, will be the conference’s General Session, held also at the stake center. The session will also be broadcast to the LDS meetinghouses in Fayette and Centerfield, and to the Community Living Center in Centerfield.

Saturday’s sessions are for LDS members.

A Priesthood Leadership Session on Saturday, April 22, from 3-5 p.m will be open to those in the following leadership positions: stake high council; ward bishoprics and branch presidencies; elders quorum presidencies and secretaries; high priest group leaders, assistants and secretaries; stake and ward clerks; and stake and ward executive secretaries.

All adult LDS member in the stake are invited to attend the Adult Session on Saturday, 7-9 p.m. at the stake center.

Elder Woahn has been a member of the Seventy for just over a year, having been called to the position at the church’s Annual General Conference in April 2016. He is from Pleasant Grove. He and his wife, Heidi, have four children.

Planning commission refining buffer zones

 

James Tilson

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

 

MANTI—The Sanpete County Planning Commission moved to the next step in efforts to synchronize rules for “buffer zones” for all Sanpete communities at its last meeting.

That step is to simply define the term, at least as it would be used in county land-use ordinances.

The county and cities have for years had buffer zones, or areas of surrounding land immediately adjacent to a city, where the county would take into consideration the city’s zoning and its plans regarding possible futured annexation of those areas.

But as those cities’ zoning and land-use plans were not incorporated into county land-use ordinances, the county had no option but to comply with development requests that followed the letter of county requirements, but varied substantially from those of the city.

The resulting clash between intent and reality in those buffer zones has led to the current revamping of buffer-zone law.

An early step of that was for Chairman Loren Thompson and members of the commission to find out from cities what their plans were regarding any annexation into their buffer zones.

With that completed, Thompson, at the commission’s meeting on April 12, said the next step was to define what exactly a “buffer zone” is.

He suggested that it should be defined as “the area around a city, within its potential annexation area, where the city can define the zoning of the zone.”

This would seem to allow a city to plan how it wanted to zone the area around it for future annexation, while allowing the county to enforce within the buffer zone the zoning desired by the city.

But commission member Leon Day wondered aloud whether giving cities this authority would make development too expensive. The county wants to encourage development and annexation by the cities, but Day worried that the fees in the buffer zones might be too much for some developers.

Thompson said that for this meeting, they should “take first things first” and just work on a definition, and worry about enforcement later.

Day replied that he thought the buffer zone could just be the city’s annexation plan, and it wouldn’t even have to be called a “buffer zone.”

The commission agreed that Thompson and Sanpete County Zoning Administrator Scott Olsen would work on the exact wording prior to the next commission meeting.

In other business, the commission approved:

  • A new power substation for the city of Fairview. The city plans to intercept the power line coming into the city near the current rodeo grounds, bury it, and bring it into the city. Long term, Fairview plans to put switches at the substation so that not all of the city would lose power during an outage.
  • A Verizon cellphone tower to be erected about five miles north of Ephraim, near the Chester landfill. The pole will be 120 feet, and allow for multiple carriers to add their signal to the pole, as well as an equipment platform, an emergency generator and back-up batteries.
  • A Verizon cellphone pole to be erected just west of Ephraim off of 300 North (near the “kennel” site). This pole will be 100 foot high, and enclosed by a block wall.

 

Moroni City raises rates for grave digging fees

 

James Tilson

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

MORONI — The price to have a gravesite dug in Moroni City Cemetery is going up.

At the Moroni City Council meeting on April 10, Councilman Thayne Atkinson brought up the review of the cemetery burial fees by saying, “We’re going in the hole when we’re digging holes.”

Atkinson explained that the city is only charging $175 for digging a burial site when the cost of doing so is $350. Atkinson added that $350 doesn’t even cover all of the costs, the true cost is closer to $400.

Mayor Luke Freeman asked, “Would $500 cover all the costs?”  Atkinson agreed that it would.

The council approved raising the burial excavation fee to $500.

What Gunnison residents pay for sewer will soon depend on water use

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

4-20-2017

 

GUNNISON—What comes in must go out.

That was the Gunnison City Council’s rational when they decided to move forward with a proposal to change the city sewer rates to a tiered rate system tied to the recently-increased culinary water overage tiers.

Gunnison City Councilman Blane Jensen suggested the city move away from a flat fee ($16) for sewer rates and use a tiered system tied to culinary water usage.

Gunnison City Accountant Gary Keddington said, “There are lots of communities that tie their sewer system to their water rate system, with the thought that whatever water is coming into the house is probably going down the sewer as well. The high users of the water tend to be the high users of the sewer. Tying them together could make things more equitable.”

Not doing so, Keddington continued, would mean people could dump as much into the sewer system as they wanted with no extra cost.

“They could dump a million gallons of whatever they wanted down there and the way it is now, they’d still just pay $16,” he said. “If we tied the systems together, we could even make it less expensive for the lower users. The very high users would make up the difference, and it would be fairer because they are the ones who are using so much more of the system’s capacity.”

“It does make sense to tie them together,” Councilman Blake Donaldson said. “What goes in must come out.”

Gunnison’s culinary water rates have six tiers of overage rates that apply to residents who use more than the 4,000 gallons of water allotted in the base monthly rate of $33.

“You would have to come up with a cost structure for the sewer overages, but it could be based upon the same gallon usage as the culinary overage tiers,” Jensen said.

Mayor Bruce Blackham and Councilmember Robert Anderson both agreed it was a good idea.

“This is really the direction we need to head in, “Anderson said, “a situation where things are equitable.”

The council asked Keddington to look into what kind of fee structure would achieve the results the change was intended to have.

The council will revisit the matter at its next meeting.

Boudreax, Flores sentenced to 180 days, fines and probation

 

James Tilson

Staff writer

4-20-2017

 

MANTI —As the Fullwood double-murder cases continue to tick down to an end, Allison Boudreaux and Damian Flores, secondarily connected to the incidents surrounding the murders, were sentenced last week in Manti.

Prosecutor and Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel urged 6th District Court Judge Wallace A. Lee to send both defendants to prison during sentencing hearings on Wednesday, April 12.

“I feel a lot of pressure today, because of magnitude of the crime,” Lee said prior to sentencing Boudreaux.

However, the judge felt that neither defendant should go to prison. He ordered both of them to serve 180 days in jail, though he also ordered credit for time served for Boudreaux, who had already served 227 days, thus eliminating any further time of confinement for her.

Lee also sentenced them to 36 months of probation, and fines of $1,024 for Boudreaux, and $950 for Flores, who is Boudreaux’s son.

Prior to the hearing, Boudreaux had entered guilty pleas to 2nd-degree felony burglary and obstruction of justice charges, each of which carried possible penalties of up to 15 years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, Keisel admitted, “She has redeeming qualities.” She had agreed to testify against McFarland, aiding the state’s case against him. And she had kept herself in counseling and the drug court program—which Keisel himself would had to have recommended—to address her addiction issues

“But,” he said, “she still has a criminal mindset.” She at first did not tell the truth to investigators. When she finally did, Keisel characterized her as having minimized her role in the crime. Keisel said she was connected not only to the Fullwood incident, but also in a previous burglary in which he believed McFarland stole the weapon he used to murder the Fullwoods.

A visibly shaken and at times sobbing Boudreaux stood at the podium with her attorney, Andrew Berry, who countered Keisel’s arguments.

He said her cooperation, if slow at first, was nevertheless not simply helpful, but “instrumental in convicting McFarland. Boudreaux had finished her GED, started attending church, had gotten off drugs and for three years had stayed off them.

“If there was ever a successful turn-around, this is it,” Berry said.

Boudreaux, fighting back tears, addressed the court. “I’m very sorry what happened to that family. If I could take back that night, I’d do it in a second”

What she could do, in terms of cleaning up her own life in the six years since the murders, she said she has tried to do. “I’m doing so good, and I’m clean, and I want to stay that way.”

She finished by saying that going through drug court after she was arrested set her on the path of changing her life, and she gave Keisel credit for getting her into drug court. “I want to tell Brody Keisel thank you for saving my life.”

The judge said that he did not have a lot of sympathy for Boudreaux, because of her connection to the murder. But he also noted that she was not charged with the murder itself, and also that there was evidence the good things she had done since the crime.

“I’m not comfortable imposing prison in this case,” he said.

When Damian Flores came before the judge, Keisel once again urged the judge to sentence the McFarland co-defendant to prison.

“I feel compelled to repeat the same factors as with Allison Boudreaux because I feel so passionately about this case,” he said.

While Keisel did point out that Flores had a similar involvement in the crime as his mother, Boudreaux, Flores was different in one important way.

“As far as taking steps to control his addiction, he’s done nothing,” Keisel said.

In fact, Keisel told the court that Flores had tested positive for methamphetamine just the day before the sentencing hearing. Commenting on Flores’ apparent failure to keep away from drugs, he said, “You can at least flippin’ try.”

Noting the sentence that the judge had given Boudreaux, and the difference between her and Flores, he said, “[Its] good for some that try to get on their feet, but shame on those that don’t.”

Keisel urged the judge to send Flores to prison, saying “There has to be a consequence to be met.”

Flores’s attorney, David Angerhoffer agreed on that principal, but not its application.

“For justice to be served, there has to be punishment commensurate with the crime,” he said. He said that Flores, though connected to the incident was not as culpable as Boudreaux, not a “big fish” in this case, and should not be punished like one.

He pointed out that his client had not been convicted of any crimes since his arrest in this case (unlike Boudreaux, who had drug and alcohol related convictions) and had not been on any kind of supervision. Flores had tried to get into drug court himself, but according to Angerhofer there was no room for him.

When it was time for Flores to speak, he did so, slowly at first, but then gained momentum as if releasing emotions he had been holding back for a long time. He said he’s has spent the last five years trying to figure out what to say.

“It’s hard to acknowledge the hurt that I’ve caused.”

He said that he has not gotten in trouble while the case was pending; he worked and supported his mother. He had not tried to get counseling for his addiction because he had not been able to afford it. “I’m not the monster they make me out to be … I’m sorry for it all, I really am.”

Charlotte Stewart, daughter of the murder victims, also spoke at the hearing (the family had missed the earlier hearing through a misunderstanding about the time). She also urged the judge to sentence Flores to prison, saying of the county attorney, “Brody Keisel has stood by his commitment to us, to seek justice.”

Stewart pointed out that many of the items that were stolen were only souvenirs and not worth much monetarily. They were very valuable to the family, however. She also said that she and her family have walked past the defendants in their home town, and saw no remorse in them. “They didn’t pull the trigger, but they hurt us.”

Judge Lee addressed the victims’ family. “My heart aches for you. You can’t replace the lives that have been lost.

Former deputy banned from police work for having sex while on duty

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

4-20-2017

 

ST. GEORGE—A former Sanpete County Sheriff’s deputy has been stripped of his law-enforcement certification for having sex while on duty and for other misconduct.

The Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) took the disciplinary action against Marcus Lambert on March 30 during a hearing in St. George.

Lambert himself did not attend the hearing, but council members outlined the allegations against him, which had been investigated during the two or so years between the hearing and the time he resigned from the sheriff’s office under a shadow of suspicion.

According to POST, Lambert had reportedly engaged in sex while on duty more than 20 times between 2010 and 2014. At least one of those occasions was in the back of his patrol car.

On another occasion, he left his patrol car abandoned in a public area while he went to a woman’s residence for sex.

The council also accused Lambert of lying to investigators and of prescription drug abuse.

Early in the investigation, POST said, Lambert initially denied any wrongdoing. He would later go on, however, to admit to the offenses.

In light of evidence, and possibly Lambert’s absence to defend himself, the council unanimously voted to revoke Lambert’s certification.

Lambert resigned from the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 after being uncooperative with the investigation. He had been asked to submit to a polygraph test, which he reportedly refused, and he did not respond to POST’s request for follow-up interviews.

“Deputy Lambert resigned very early into the investigation process,” Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson said. “He was allowed to resign because the investigation was in such an early stage we had no cause for other action.”

 

 

When negotiating and tear gas fail, K9 units end an 8-hour police standoff in Fairview with no casualties

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

4-18-2017

FAIRVIEW—A man in Fairview has been arrested after creating a tense situation that kept police busy for several hours and put nearby Fairview Elementary school on alert.

After negotiation and tear gas failed to end an eight-hour police standoff with William Lamb, who had barricaded himself inside the home of his ex-girlfriend, tactical police sent in K9 units and were able to resolve the situation with no lives lost.

Lamb, 35, was apprehended at 12:45 p.m. on Monday.

According to Fairview City Police Chief Bob Bingham, Lamb had entered the Fairview residence, located at 200 North between 300 East and 400 E

William Lamb, seen here being led handcuffed and shirtless by police, kept law enforcement engaged in an eight-hour standoff until K9 units were successfully used to get him to surrender.

William Lamb, seen here being led handcuffed and shirtless by police, kept law enforcement engaged in an eight-hour standoff until K9 units were successfully used to get him to surrender.

ast, at approximately 10 p.m. the night before. It was the home of Lamb’s ex-girlfriend—who had a protective order against him—and her children.

According to Bingham, the woman and her children were able to escape the house and Lamb’s threats. The family was able to evade Lamb, leave the house

and call 911.

“They sort of slipped past him,” Bingham said.

After they left, Lamb barricaded himself inside the house. The man was unarmed, although there were weapons available in the house, Bingham said.

Bingham said he got the call for an emergency response at 5 a.m. Around 6 a.m., Bingham put in a call for tactical police units from Utah County to lend support.

Along with the out-of-county tactical units, local law enforcement began gathering to help resolve the situation, using an old mill west of the barricaded residence for a staging area. Tactical police units carrying submachine guns, assault rifles and long-distance sniper rifles could be seen patrolling the area and hiding in various vantage points. Police evacuated n

Utah County tactical police units, who had been called in by Fairview City Police Chief Bob Bingham, support local law enforcement during the standoff with Lamb.

Utah County tactical police units, who had been called in by Fairview City Police Chief Bob Bingham, support local law enforcement during the standoff with Lamb.

earby houses.

Meanwhile, at Fairview Elementary, the school was put on “soft” lockdown, which Principal Allynne Mower described as more of a shut-in than a lockdown. Studies continued, but under a higher security protocol.

“We began gathering students inside as they arrived immediately in the morning,” Mower said. “We locked the classroom doors and the building perimeter doors.”

Mower said law enforcement had been communicating with school administration from very early in the standoff. Parents were allowed to pick u

Police negotiate with Lamb through the front door of the barricaded house to no avail.

Police negotiate with Lamb through the front door of the barricaded house to no avail.

p their children if they wanted, and students could move about between their classrooms, the computers and the lunch room.

School Resource Officer Greg Peterson and Principal Mower escorted students in outdoor classrooms between the main school building a

nd their locked outdoor classrooms. Recess was held indoors, in the school gym.

“Our faculty was fantastic through it all,” Mower said. “They didn’t make a big deal about it. The children who saw the police when they walked to school that morning came to school with questions, but we were able to have a conversation with them and alleviate their worries. We explained to the children that the police were doing their job protecting them, and we needed to support them and

After police had apprehended Lamb, camouflaged tactical police units materialize out of concealed locations.

After police had apprehended Lamb, camouflaged tactical police units materialize out of concealed locations.

let them do their job while we study.”

Police at first tried to talk to Lamb.

“We absolutely tried to negotiate his surrender,” Bingham said, before police had to move to stronger tactics.

Michael Brown, 19, of Mt. Pleasant, observed the standoff, using his phone to film and photograph the standoff and upload the photos and video to Facebook. Brown says he heard loud bangs before noon, which turned out to be gas grenades with which police hoped to flush Lamb out of the building.

The gas didn’t work, so police decided to send in K9 units, at which point Lamb surrendered and was led away handcuffed and shirtless.

Lamb was taken to Sanpete Valley Hospital for medical attention after being apprehended.

Lamb was taken to Sanpete Valley Hospital for medical attention after being apprehended.

Upon apprehending Lamb, camouflaged tactical police units could be seen materializing as if out of thin air from concealed locations around the neighborhood.

With Lamb in custody, neighboring families were allowed to return to their homes, and the street, which had been blocked off, was opened to traffic once again.

Instead of being taken directly to Sanpete County Jail,  Lamb, escorted by the Sanpete County Sheriff’s deputies, was transported by ambulance to Sanpete Valley Hospital for medical care.

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