Archives for October 2017

Optimism is much more comfortable than pessimism


By Corrie Lynne Player

Oct. 26, 2017


Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? How you perceive the world will affect whether or not you can be happy, no matter what happens around you.

Research shows that happy people live longer, healthier lives, have more energy, and enjoy better relationships. People who are more positive in the way they approach problems have fewer accidents, drug dependency, divorces, and illnesses. Numerous studies have borne out these facts, but you don’t have to read scientific journals to realize that being happy feels a lot better than being angry, sad, or guilty.

Dr. Ellia Gourgouris, a clinical psychologist, said, Depression, sadness, and unhappiness in general deplete you of energy, like you have this leak in your system … Happiness not only plugs up that leak but begins to build up a reserve.

Happiness is a choice, not something that is bestowed on you. I’ve discovered that the best way to be happy and optimistic is to perform acts of kindness. You will not only feel happy when you do something nice, but you will spread a bit of happiness to those who witness your kindness as well as the recipients of your acts.

I’ve seen so many kindnesses, like the man who noticed that the carton of milk an elderly woman tried to put on her walker kept falling off. He not only picked it up for her, he rearranged the groceries in her basket to solve the problem.  I was behind a handicapped man who was struggling to find enough change to pay for his bread and juice; the person at the end of the line stepped forward and handed the clerk $10, then walked quickly away.

I’ve discovered a couple of sure-fire ways to lift my mood. When I am in a long line at the movies, super market, or etc., I invite the person behind me to go first. That inevitably makes me feel good or even sparks a pleasant conversation much better than shifting from foot to foot and sighing with impatience.

I’ve also told someone about a compliment I overheard and enjoyed the smiles. I, too, smiled when one of his teachers told me that my 14-year-old son had bragged to a group of friends that his mom and dad were his heroes. I remembered that warm feeling the next time that 14 year old sulked in his room or argued with his sister.

In past columns I’ve asked you to share your ideas for spreading happiness. I’ve collected several. One woman sent an email saying that she enjoys slipping a gas card into someone’s shopping bag especially when she can do so without being noticed. Another reader said that she writes a note to the manager of the restaurant or retail store where she’s received good service.

Several of you mentioned your appreciation when your neighbor took your trash to the curb or mowed your lawn. I have a neighbor who has done this for me several times. And I can’t count how many times somebody has plowed my driveway or shoveled my walks.

Kindness can be spontaneous or planned. Just thinking about it can lift your mood and turn a gray day to sunshine. As the days grow shorter and winter begins, let’s all do our best to view our surroundings, especially our loved ones, with rose-colored glasses.

County taking the right steps to make sure all structures being used as housing are safe, humane


Oct. 26, 2017


In recent years, several cities in the county have shown a heightened awareness of making sure housing is safe, clean and humane. We’ve also seen some interest, although not yet enough, in cleaning up eyesores.

To give a few examples, Manti created the position of Zoning-Animal-Nuisance (ZAN) officer. Ephraim conducted inspections of trailer courts and forced one court to correct life safety hazards in its utility systems. Gunnison purchased a blighted commercial property on Main Street, paid to have the buildings torn down, and is now offering the lot for sale.

Mt. Pleasant and Spring City have both upgraded their nuisance ordinances and ordinance enforcement.

Now it’s gratifying to see Sanpete County developing ordinances to stop people from getting around building-code requirements by claiming structures being lived in are agricultural outbuildings.

While we don’t know of specific incidents, without a tight definition of what kind of structure can be used for housing, there is the potential of barns, storage buildings and turkey sheds being converted into housing for immigrant farm workers.

The county zoning administrator is trying to establish that if a structure is going to be used for housing, it has to meet all building codes and zoning requirements. That includes adequate land around the structure, road access, power, water and sewage disposal.

It doesn’t matter if the human occupancy is just a few weeks per year. we can’t permit unsafe housing because the site is “recreational” property and structure is or is tantamount to a “cabin.” Housing is housing, and it needs to meet code.

In accordance with existing ordinances, a fifth wheel or RV trailer needs to be used for time-limited camping, not as a permanent dwelling. After the legal camping time expires, the unit needs to be vacated and/or moved.

We live in a beautiful valley. But county government has not begun to address rural blight from abandoned turkey sheds, barns that are falling down, rusted equipment and junk cars that are strewn over hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of unincorporated land. One of the reasons for the blight is that owners know they can get away with the mess.

The zoning administrator, and the Sanpete County Planning and Zoning Commission, are taking the first step to changing things by developing ordinances to address improper behavior. The next step is for the county commission to adopt the ordinances. After that comes the challenge of figuring out how to finance enforcement.

Taking such steps is not infriging on anybody’s rights. It’s protecting the human rights of everybody to live in safe, decent quarters, as well as our rights as a community to enjoy the beauty of our county free of irresponsible eyesores.

Fairview City mayoral election candidate David Taylor speaks to the crowd during a “meet the candidates night” at the Fairview Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Behind Taylor, partly obscured is his opponent, Shawna Rawlinson. Council candidates seated behind Taylor are (L-R) Sean Rawlinson, Casey Anderson, Michael Jarman and Kristy Jensen. At far left is Jonathan Benson, a former mayor, who moderated the discussion.

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Dismayed by lack of respect

for American flags in Manti


Oct. 26, 2017


I am dismayed when I look at some of the American flags flying from flag poles in front of business and government buildings on Main Street in Manti. Some flags are dirty, faded, tattered and torn.

These flags are not being flown with the respect and care they deserve. Flying the flag, a symbol of freedom and national pride, is a privilege. The colors of the red, white and blue should be clear and crisp and the fabric should be in excellent, clean condition, with no tears, rips or flapping scraps of cloth.

Notice the flag proudly raised to the top of the flag pole each morning at Manti Elementary by the school children. They have learned how to take care of the flag and treat it with respect. The Boy Scouts also know how to properly treat a flag.

Please take note, Manti businesses. I hope to see some new flags flying from your flag poles soon.


Karla Campbell


If we are a nation of law,

why is there no consistency?

Oct. 26, 2017


From the to-do about Russia influencing our internal affairs it is understandable why we have made enemies with the multi billion dollars we spent in foreign aid interfering in their internal affairs.  We support one despot and their opposition is our enemy.
If it’s against the law to interfere in foreign nations internal affairs why are we doing it? If it isn’t against the law, why is there an investigation?
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump/Russia connection through a grand jury to establish crime. That’s what the grand jury was established for, but there was no criminal charge. Is it law a convenience of politics or bought politicians?
If we are a nation of law, why is there no consistency? We have interfered in eight elections recently, overthrown Iraq, destroyed Sadam Hussain, our greatest ally against Islamic terrorism, and maintain a military presence in many countries. The hypocrisy is mind blowing.
A recent study of 9/11 building destruction financed by the architects and engineers for the truth of 9/11 detailed the structural bulwarks not considered in the official conclusion. The study concluded fire did not destroy the building as claimed.
Why isn’t Robert Mueller investigating this, the greatest crime of the century? The destruction on 9/11 which caused loss of freedom (patriot act) the loss of millions of lives and trillions of dollars by war and the lies and cover ups of a republican administration? It’s like picking at a pimple while the body politic is hemorrhaging.

Frank Crowther


Jordan Cheney of Manti pulls away at the very end of the state 3A cross-country championship race, edging out his good friend Ryan Lewis of Grand County.

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Marge Anderson of Ephraim holds the 48-star flag her family received when her brother died in combat during World War II. Anderson plans to hang the flag in the window of the family business, Anderson Drug and Floral, during the month of November, which includes Veteran’s Day. She is inviting other Sanpete residents to submit photos of loved ones who have served their country for display alongside her brother’s flag.


Ephraim woman invites residents to

display veteran photos in window

of family store during November


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Oct. 26, 2017


EPHRAIM—Last year, Marge Anderson of Ephraim inherited the flag given to her family in 1944 when the U. S. military returned the remains of a brother who had died in combat during World War II.

Anderson had three brothers who served their country during wartime. Herb fought in the Navy during World War II. Frank was in the Korean War in the Army. They both returned safely. Anderson’s brother Mern, who served in the Army, was not so fortunate.

Now Anderson wants to honor her brother, Mern Andrew Jacobsen, by displaying the family’s 48-star flag in the window of Anderson Drug and Floral, her family’s store, during November, the month that includes Veteran’s Day.

But in addition to displaying her personal memorial to her fallen brother, Anderson is inviting others to bring photographs of the service men in their lives—deceased or living—to accompany her brother’s flag in the drugstore window display.

Anderson’s brother, Mern, was part of a U. S. Army assault on a small island in the South Pacific during May of 1944. Anderson says when her brother’s unit landed on the island, they  met little initial resistance. But all was not what it seemed.

The island was a high-priority target for the U.S. military—home to three Japanese military airports. Holding the island would limit the Japanese air forces by denying them a safe place to land and refuel on missions away from their mainland.

The defending Japanese troops were fully-prepared for the American attack. They had dug tunnels and caves from which they engaged in guerilla warfare with the U.S. troops. The strategy was effective, resulting in the loss of many American lives, including Anderson’s brother.

Anderson’s family, like many others, learned of Mern’s death by telegram. “Nobody wanted to receive a telegram back then,” Anderson said.

Later, her brother’s remains were delivered with the 48-star flag by military personnel who kept a 24-hour watch on the sealed casket until the funeral was complete,

In 1944, telephones had not become commonplace, and most communication was via U.S. mail. Communication with a serviceman stationed abroad was limited to letters,  which sometimes took a long time to arrive at their destinations.

“Visiting the post office became a very social thing,” Anderson said. “You would go every day to see if you had a letter, and if you ran into someone you knew there, you would ask ‘Did you get a letter from your guy?’”

Anderson says she can’t be held responsible for items like war medals, so if someone would like to honor the military service of a loved one, she would prefer a photograph. She asks people who submit to include their name, the name of the service member, branch of service and hometown.

Photographs can be picked back up from the drugstore at the beginning of December.

Ephraim Pumpkin Walk, new fall

festival, scheduled for this weekend


By Max Higbee

Staff writer

Oct. 26, 2017


EPHRAIM—Ephraim City is hosting a Pumpkin Walk, a weekend fall festival to prepare for Halloween.

The event starts Friday at 7 p.m. at the Canyon View park, and continues on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The fair kicks off with a pumpkin carving contest in the park Friday at 7 p.m. Anybody wishing to enter a pumpkin to be judged should bring it to the park at 6:30 p.m.

That evening, the Ephraim City Library is presenting a screening of the Halloween classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, rated PG. The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town. Jack finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to adopt the holiday, with disastrous results.

Members of the public can enter the chili cook-off Friday night. Entry forms can be picked up at the library.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a fair featuring craft and business vendor stalls, games and food. Meanwhile, storytellers will entertain festival-goers with captivating tales.

Any questions concerning the festival can be directed to the Ephraim City Office at 283-4631.

AneUnhu and the Arguably Better Musicians, the winners of Friday night’s benefit Battle of the Bands. L-R, Sergio Arellano, Iyonna Herbert, AneUnhu Gwatidzo, Nathan Lauti, Nick Zunkowski, and Parker Andrezzi.


Bands hold fundraiser,

“Rock On for the Red Cross”

to aid hurricane victims


Oct. 26, 2017


EPHRAIM—Last Friday night, five local bands came together at Ephraim’s Canyon View Park in a battle of the bands.

And the prize for the winner? They will have their music played on Sanpete County’s newest rock-and-roll radio station, KUTC 95.7, “The Boss” FM.

“Rock On for the Red Cross,” as the battle was called, was a fundraiser for the Red Cross’s efforts to provide relief to Texas and other parts of the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The event was organized by Snow College’s Public Relations class.

A crowd of about 100 Sanpete residents and assorted Snow College students attended the concert. Food trucks lined the parking lot next to the stage to serve food to concertgoers.

J.D. Fox, a DJ from The Boss FM, served as the event’s MC and sound technician. The Boss is a new radio station broadcasting classic rock to Sanpete County. The battle was judged by Dr. Vance Larsen, chairman of Snow College’s Horne School of Music, and Ted Hinckley, the director of music technology and music business at Snow.

The show opened with a set by Last Minute, an alternative rock band consisting of five students from Snow’s music department. The band’s lead singer, Max Higbee, explained that their name was a play on the fact that they formed the band the week of the show and that the name had been made up that morning by Tofer Warden, one of the band’s guitarists. Their lineup was rounded out by Jackson Price on the drums, Garrett Renda on bass guitar, and Jackson Larsen on guitar. They played a set of covers of songs by Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and The Strokes, engaging the audience with their high-energy performance and candid communication with the crowd.

They were followed by the band What Remains, a group of three who played emo and pop-punk music. Fronted by Davis Hansen and Rebecca “Stevie” Stevenson, they covered such bands as All Time Low and the Jonas Brothers, and performed an original song by Hansen. They explained that they had formerly been in a band with Last Minute members Jackson Larsen and Max Higbee and that it was after those two left to form Last Minute that What Remains came up with their name.

In a dramatic change of style, local rapper Taylo performed original rhymes to original beats. His performance was a display of verbal cleverness and studio engineering prowess. Taylo related personal experiences and stories from his college life in his raps in his solo performance.

Skyline Drive, a two-man group consisting of Luc and Ross Christensen, played country music. Luc sang lead vocals, accompanying himself on guitar, while Ross kept a beat on the congas. Their set was defined by heartfelt, warm, rich vocals and a laid-back feeling.

The show was closed out by a band led by Snow College junior AneUnhu Gwatidzo performing all original songs. Calling themselves AneUnhu and the Arguably Better Musicians, they played a markedly unique and invigorating set, stylistically inspired by Motown, rap, popular jazz, and modern Zimbabwean and American pop music. Their lineup included Sergio Arellano and Nathan Lauti, both on the acoustic guitar, Nick Zunkoswki on the saxophone, Parker Andrezzi on the trumpet, and Iyonna Herbert on the drums.

Despite the advancing evening and the creeping cold, the audience perked up to clap and sing along to Gwatidzo’s catchy, creative original tunes, and he was named the winner of the battle by Fox.

The public will soon have the chance to hear Gwatidzo’s music on “The Boss.”

“I feel humbled that the songs that I made up in my head about my feelings came to life with these really talented musicians,” said Gwatidzo. “Even more, just to have a crowd of people vibing to the songs, that was beautiful for me. I’m so grateful for the whole experience.”

Ephraim City Record Leigh Ann Warnock gives the new Ephraim Youth City Council members their oath of office during an Ephraim City Council meeting last week.


Ephraim renews Brant Hanson’s

city manager contract


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Oct. 26, 2017


EPHRAIM—The Ephraim City Council has renewed the employment contract of City Manager Brant Hanson.

At a meeting Oct. 18, the council extended Hanson’s contract for an additional five years at $87,943 per year, along with retirement and health insurance benefits. The renewal did not occasion any debate and was unanimously approved by the council.

The council was also introduced to and oversaw the swearing in of the new Youth City Council.

The members of the Youth City Council are Kjerstin Birch, Audi Squire, Kaylin Morris, Cody Alder, Jenna Bailey, Denali Baker, Tim Krzymowski, Kalani Wallace, Ellie Christensen, Karli Arnoldsen, Keyera Cox, Anna Johnson, Anna Allred, Andrew Olsen, Jessica Cornelsen, Jason Thomas, Fidel Sanchez, Ethan Ostler, Emma Allred, Janna Thompson, Trevor Steck, Mason Thompson, Trevor Trythall, and Aleya Hardy.


The Manti City Library, shown here just after sunset, will be the setting for a haunted library tour this Saturday. Before the library was built, the land was the site of the Council House, where many funerals were held.

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Gunnison Valley Hospital Births

Kylie Adams was born to Kyle and Kara Adams of Manti on Oct. 18, 2017. She weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces.


Raili Taylor earns PhD in Chemical Engineering

Oct. 26, 2017


Mr. and Mrs. Don Taylor of Centerfield are pleased to announce that their daughter, Raili Melissa Taylor, has graduated with her PhD in Chemical Engineering.

She graduated from the University of Utah Engineering Department this spring and completed and defended her thesis on properties of chemical and physical causalities in oil and fracturing wells.

It’s a tough read!


Verden Dent

Oct. 26, 2017


Verden Dent of Fountain Green died Oct. 23, 2017. He was born Dec. 3, 1942.

One of the hardest working people you would ever meet, Verden worked from sun-up to sundown. He ran his own painting and wall paper business for many years. This was often side work performed after his regular job.

He was a dedicated employee, and poured himself into his work. Lewiston City and Utah Power and Light benefitted from his loyalty. His work ethic was recognized as he moved progressively to better and better positions. He was always looking up at power poles and transformers wherever he went. He taught his children to conquer any task and stick with it until completed.

Fatherhood was uppermost on his mind. Every action in his life was for the betterment of his children. He was deliberate and focused in the lessons and values he desired for each of his children. He often said, “If you see something that needs to be done, then do it,” and encouraged his children to jump right in.

“He was always around whether we wanted him there or not. He was thoughtful and meticulous, and he taught us skills and morals in every task. He had a tender spot for his parents, but especially his two sweet mothers,” one child said.

A pillar of strength and wisdom, he shared himself with his family completely. He relied heavily on the scriptures and could often be found seeking knowledge and guidance in their pages, and his scriptures were often by his side.

His testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his willingness to serve his family and fellow man were huge parts of his character. He loved to share his testimony with his magnificent voice. He accepted many challenging callings and served with deep commitment and love.

He served a faithful LDS Mission to San Paulo, Brazil 1962-1965, and fell in love with the Portuguese language. He was often called to serve the youth of the church and felt a deep desire to bring them to Christ.

He always had the goal of returning to his Heavenly Father’s loving arms upmost in his mind and heart. He strove daily to live with exactness and to be found worthy to enter into his Father’s kingdom. There is no doubt he has achieved this and is with his Father in Heaven now.

He was blessed with a fine companion who loved and respected him.

After a lifetime of love, mom and dad celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this year. He showered her with gifts as often as he could. True partners, they talked about everything and planned together constantly.

Wherever dad lived, he was engaged in his community. From helping with Youth City Council meetings to scrambling eggs at Lions Club functions he wanted to better the world around him.

He loved working at the temple. His family saw him deepen his patience, compassion and tenderness. He cherished the closeness he felt to his sweet Christine when they served together. He desired to serve the Lord to the best of his ability, never cutting corners or doing part of a job.
His favorite places to be were in the garden, at the dinner table with mom’s good cooking, and in the temple. His family rarely remembered a time when he didn’t plant petunias or grow vegetables a plenty. He loved to grow things, and his gardens were beautifully maintained and meticulously nurtured. His life was spent performing the wonderful work of growing gardens, people, family and testimony.

He is preceded in death by his father, George Earl; mothers, Naomi Rose and Naomi Grace; and his sisters Earleen and Janice.

He is survived by his cherished wife, Christine; children Kevin (Wendy); Michelle (Kevin); Emily (Aaron); Richard (Tricia); Laura (Ken); Aaron (Rachel), and Christal; brothers David (Jody); Dennis (Kathy); Craig (Ann), and 23 grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Fountain Green Chapel, 151 S. 200 W. with the viewing from 10-11:30 a.m., and funeral beginning at noon.

Interment will be at the Lewiston City Cemetery (Cache County), Friday, Oct. 17 at noon.

Funeral directors Rasmussen Mortuary, Mt. Pleasant.


Stella Lee Anderson Frandsen Jensen

Oct. 26, 2017


Stella Lee Anderson Frandsen Jensen, 89, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to all and everyone, and who was “Honey” to us, passed away Oct. 19, 2017 in Centerfield.

She was born August 22, 1928 in Ephraim to Lee Roy and Stella Catherine Jensen Anderson. She married James Sherrell Frandsen in 1947, later divorced. She married Jay L. Jensen, March 8, 1957 in Ephraim and he preceded her in death Dec. 29, 2016.

She was a loving mother and homemaker. She was an active member of the LDS church where she served in the primary presidency for over 20 years and a visiting teacher for many years.

She received the Axtell Pioneer Award. She worked for Utah County as a clerk, and at the Fireside Café in Ephraim. She was also the Axtell Post Mistress for 13 years. She loved to sing with a group of her Axtell friends, who her son nicknamed the “Axtell Swallows”.

She is survived by her children: Douglas (Teresa), Frandsen, San Antonio, Texas; Randy (Sharon), Frandsen, Union City, California; Catherine (Kendall), Bartholomew, Mayfield; Sally Mae (Trent), Nielsen, Salina; Charmaine Lewis, Redmond; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren with three more on the way; sisters: Valine (Dick), Larsen, Sterling; Elaine Holman, Salt Lake City; Janet (Lewis), Garbe, Manti and Laura (Dave), Bradley, Sandy.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Marc Frandsen; son-in-law, Mark Lewis and brother-in-law, Cornell Holman.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017at 1 p.m. in the Axtell LDS Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Centerfield Cemetery.

Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book


Keith Sorensen

Oct. 26, 2017


Keith Sorensen passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Oct.17, 2017 in Tooele, Utah. He was born March 30, 1931 in Moroni, to Niels Isaac and Thelma Marie Lyon Sorensen.

Keith graduated from Moroni High School where he played on the basketball team, played trumpet and baritone in the band, and sang high tenor in the quartet. After graduation Keith served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He married Lovina Lott in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had seven children and formed a family band known throughout Utah as “The Sorensen Internationals.”

Keith worked for many years with the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and taking his family camping in the mountains.

Keith worked as an engineering technician and after moving back to Moroni he worked at the Snow College Activities Center and drove a school bus for North Sanpete School District.

Keith is survived by his wife, Lovina; children, Niera and Mike, Rick and Jayelyne, Lillie and Larry, Scot and Jennifer, Tina and Jim; 28 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Alan and Elliott (Gina); grandsons, Craig and Ricky Jr.; brother, Darrell (Betty).

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at the Westland Ward in Tooele. Interment was at the Moroni City Cemetery. Online condolences: