Archives for February 2018

A co-ed cheerleading team from Snow College competed in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend at the 2018 United Spirit Association Collegiate Championships and won.


Snow cheer team wins nationals


By Lyle Fletcher

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018


ANAHEIM, CALIF.—It’s official. The Snow College co-ed cheerleading team won nationals.

The two-day competition called the 2018 United Spirit Association Collegiate Championships was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend and Snow College won.

Snow College’s co-ed cheerleading team won a national competition in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend.

Yet the cheer squad almost didn’t make it to the competition.

After waiting for an airplane for six hours in Utah, the team learned their flight was canceled.

Then they scrambled to line up six vehicles for the drive to Anaheim, and the team arrived at 4 a.m. on the first day of the competition, Saturday, Feb. 24.

The first performance in the preliminary round was scheduled for 7:48 p.m. that night, and Snow College won that round, competing in the category called Small Co-Ed Show Cheer – Two-Year College.

A video of their performance was posted later that evening on the Facebook page of the Snow College Cheerleaders, and the message posted with the video reads: “SNOW CHEER is in 1st place after preliminaries!!! Sitting pretty for finals tomorrow!!!! WE GOT THIS!”

On Sunday, Feb. 25, some of the team members went to church earlier in the day, and then they performed at 2:48 p.m.

While waiting for the results later that day, the team’s head coach, Kaylie Bailey, and Trisha Bradley Hyde, assistant coach, took a video of the team members and commented on their journey.

They said other teams in their division love Snow’s team and said to them they deserve to win and even said they wanted Snow to win.

When Snow’s cheer team was competing, other teams from the division were cheering for them.

A few days before the competition, Snow Drift, the campus newspaper at Snow College, ran a story on the team, telling of the immense challenges this team has faced since November 2017 when they started practicing on the routine they performed in Anaheim.

It is the first team from Snow College to attend nationals,   

As the Snow Drift reports, “The team has been through a lot this year, and it’s not easy with injuries. There have been nine concussions, broken ankles, torn ACL’s and other knee injuries, but the team continues to work.”

One Snow College cheerleader, Weston Sleight, mentioned the “long summer practices and camp, plus the week and a half before school started and seasonal practices.”

He added, “The whole team has been affected by injuries. Every week we have to switch multiple things around, but we got to do what we got with the people we have. We overcome the obstacles really well.”

One cheerleader, Jenna Taggart, had to be rushed to the hospital and then Life-flighted to Provo after falling straight on her back during a practice, the Snow Drift reported.

She seemed okay at first yet lost feeling in her right side, and the team was afraid they would not be able to compete in Anaheim because of this.

Brey Cantwell, another cheerleader, said of this dire situation, “It would have been devastating for us because we’ve been through so much and overcame so many obstacles and worked day and night to compete.”

Taggart regained feeling in her right side yet did not compete in Anaheim and will not be able to be part of the cheer team in the future because of her condition.

Hyde commented, “These kids have had so much fun, and this journey has been so worth it. Like, we could get like 100th place and I’d still be just as proud, I think.”

Bailey added, “I’d be proud no matter what. They’ve worked so hard.” She also mentioned all the injuries they’ve within the last three weeks.

Again pointing up the challenges the team has overcome, Hyde continued, “Like every arrow has pointed for us to not do it, and we are, like, coming out on top.”

After the announcement was made that Snow’s cheer team won nationals, the coaches’ excitement could not be contained, and Hyde said, “It’s been, like, the best journey.”

On Facebook, Hyde posted: “We won NATIONALS! I cannot be more proud of this team! It has been an amazing journey! These kids have worked so hard and put in so many hours! I love you so much, and you have made me a very proud coach!!”

Some of the team members have been coached by Bailey and Hyde since they were 10 years old, they said, and it was extremely gratifying for both of them to see these young cheerleaders grow and progress over so many years and then win nationals at the collegiate level.

This year’s cheer team had 19 members posted on the school’s website, with seven of them being male. In the photo showing them with their trophy, however, five members are male and 13 are female.

And for those who yearn to be part of the same kind of excitement in the future, the tryout for next year’s cheer team at Snow College will be on April 21 at 9 a.m. in the Blue Gym in the Horne Activity Center.

See for more information on the tryout and on the two free clinics held on April 7 and April 20 also held in the Blue Gym.


Manti’s Kade Nichols, #4 above, drives the lane against Grantsville’s Coy Johnson in semi-final action last Friday night at Dixie State in St. George, Manti defeated Grantsville 56-37.


Templars climb over Grantsville

to make it to state final playoffs

By Drayson Ball

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018


A wire-to-wire semi-final victory for Manti High School has the Templars state championship bound.

Manti defeated Grantsville 56-37 on Friday night in St. George to earn a spot to face South Sevier in the 3A State Championship game Saturday.

Buckets were hard to come by for both teams early despite the Templars jumping out to an early 9-2 lead. The Cowboys were able to stymie Manti’s offense for the rest of the period, but the Templars led 9-6 heading into the second quarter.

The Cowboys were able to trim the lead slightly in the second quarter. They were able to grab a handful of offensive rebounds which lead to easy put-backs in the paint. Despite the defensive breakdowns, Manti went into halftime with a 21-19 advantage.

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds, but we made the adjustment at halftime to have more help on defense to get an extra rebounder down low,” Manti head coach Devin Shakespear said.” We were fronting the post which allowed them to have the advantage when the shot went up, but we were able to do a little better job of that in the second half.”

Manti was able to extend the lead early in the third quarter, 28-21, but Grantsville quickly closed the gap with a 6-0 run midway through the period.

The game turned as the Templars clamped down defensively and held the Cowboys scoreless over a 7 minute stretch between the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. Meanwhile, Manti’s offense found its rhythm and went on an 18-0 run to take a 46-27 lead with less than five minutes to play in regulation.

The Templars held onto the lead to book their ticket to the state title with a convincing 56-37 win.

Manti held the Cowboys to 17 percent shooting in the second half while the Templar offense connected on a scorching 62 percent clip over the same stretch and 52 percent throughout the game.

“Offensive efficiency for us has been really good this year, so I felt like it was only a matter of time before we started clicking,” Shakespear said. “The biggest thing was to just keep working hard on defense. I knew if we could hold them defensively, our offense would come along.”

Three Templars scored in double figures lead by senior shooting guard Matt Nelson, who put in 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished four assists. Dylan Wathen chipped in 13 points and four dimes, while Travis Thomson had 10 points and Kade Nicholes added nine. Brody Barson, Tanner Rasmussen, Dallin Cox, and Adam Huff each scored two points in the winning effort.

The Templars will take on the South Sevier Rams Saturday night at 7 p.m. inside Burns Arena in St. George, with a chance to take home the 2018 3A State Championship.

Wasatch Academy’s Marvin “Tre” Williams III goes up for two of his nine points in the Tigers’ 68-43 victory over Jordan High School on Tuesday night, Feb. 20.

Wasatch Academy continues to

dominate, downing Jordan High


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—Wasatch Academy continued its run of success against top-ranked Utah high schools as it defeated fifth-ranked 5A Jordan High School 68-43 on Tuesday night, Feb. 20, in Mt. Pleasant.

With the win over the Beetdiggers, the Tigers advanced to 23-2 and are now ranked No. 18 in the country by USA Today.

Matt Bradley of Wasatch Academy had 26 points in the game, including four three-pointers.

Curtis Condie, Wasatch Academy’s coach, credits his team’s success to buying in on defense and following scouting reports.

Condie said, “We are holding teams to 50 points this year, and that’s because of their great effort to follow details on what teams do.”

He added, “You got to love it as a coach when [an opposing] team calls out plays, and your guys on the floor call it out, and the guys on the bench stand up to say what the opposing team is going to do. You know you’ve done your job as a coach when that happens.”

The game against Jordan was Senior Night, and the Tigers sent out senior Damion Squire as the most winningest high school athlete in Utah history.

During his three years with Wasatch, Squire has collected 75 victories, which, according to Condie, is better than any other Utah athlete “by a few.”

Squire had 13 points against Jordan High.

Wasatch Academy has one remaining regular season game coming up tomorrow against Impact Academy of Las Vegas, Nev. The Tigers host, and tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Snow’s Harley Hansen (No. 14) contributed 13 points against Utah State University–Eastern on Jan. 19. On Feb. 24, she led the team with 15 points in Snow’s 65-57 victory against Eastern.


Lady Badgers take 22-7 record into tourney


By Emily Staley

Staff writer
Mar. 1, 2018


EPHRAIM—The women’s basketball team of Snow College finished their season on a positive note with a final win last week, ending the regular season with 22 victories and only seven losses.

The Lady Badgers lost 67-47 to College of Southern Idaho (CSI) on Thursday, Feb. 22, but turned themselves around by conquering Utah State University–Eastern 65-57 on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Thursday’s loss was more disappointing since the Lady Badgers have been victorious twice this season against CSI.

In Saturday’s game, Snow gained the lead by the middle of the second quarter and never relinquished it.

Although Eastern came close at the end of the third quarter and were on the heels of the Lady Badgers, Snow came out on top with an eight-point victory.

The Lady Badgers have won the Lady Eagles three times this season.

Two of the Lady Badgers scored in double digits in this game. Leading the team once again with 15 points was Harley Hansen. Kayla Hugie contributed 12 points.

Mike Russell, head coach of Snow’s women’s basketball team, highlighted Hansen for being an excellent player this season: “Harley Hansen has been a real consistent player for us. She has done a nice job defensively. She has been our stopper, and we can put her on anyone.”

Russell added she works hard and plays hard: “She is our leading scorer and leading rebounder, and that’s saying something considering she’s a guard. She’s had a good year.”

With 22 victories this season, Snow’s win percentage is 76 percent, and the Lady Badgers are currently ranked No. 23.

“We are very pleased with what they’ve accomplished,” said Russell. “They’ve come together as a group, and we have good team chemistry. That has a lot to do with the success we’ve had and the wins we’ve been able to accumulate. The girls have worked hard and are very coachable.”
Snow will host the Region 18 tournament today through Saturday. They will begin their battle against CSI tomorrow in the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim.

Russell expects a tough game tomorrow against CSI. “They are very talented and well coached,” he said. “We will have to be ready, and we can’t show up the same team we did on Thursday. If we win that, it will be another tough game on Saturday.”

The Manti Jr. Templars basketball team of fourth-graders won the recent Color Country Invitational Basketball Tournament held in Kanab and Panguitch: (front row, L-R) Trevor “Jelly” Christensen of Manti, James Dettinger of Manti, Wilson Barton of Manti, Bentley Shaffer of Ephraim (with trophy), Landon Boggess of Ephraim, Jesse Chavez of Ephraim, Kellen Lund of Ephraim, (back row) Jessen Barton (coach) and Dean Barton (coach).


Junior Templars claim victory

in Color Country tournament


By Lyle Fletcher

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018


PANGUITCH—A basketball team of fourth-graders took on all comers from central and southern Utah and emerged victorious in the recent Color Country Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The winning Manti Jr. Templars team includes three players from Manti and four from Ephraim.

The tournament began in Kanab on Feb. 10 to determine seeding and brackets, and the final games of the tournament took place in Panguitch on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Manti was seeded fourth and beat fifth-seed Cedar City in the quarterfinals.

Dean Barton, one of Manti’s coaches, said Manti surprised the top-seeded Kanab Cowboys in the semifinals by getting out to a big first-half lead and then held on while a physical Kanab attempted a comeback in the second half.

In the championship game, Manti faced the second-seed Panguitch Bobcats.

Barton said this game was a low-scoring one—a physical, defensive battle.

Manti overcame a one-point deficit in the last three minutes and then pulled away down the stretch with a trapping defense that created turnovers, easy layups and free throws, he said.

“Manti played great team defense,” he added. “They really played with a lot of heart and energy.”

Two of Manti’s players were honored by being selected to the All-Tournament Team:

Bentley Shaffer of Ephraim and Wilson Barton of Manti.

Kaden Dyches of Ephraim took first place in the 53-lb. division in the Utah Super State competition for the second year in a row.

Young wrestlers win at state competitions


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018


EPHRAIM—Local middle school wrestlers recently competed and won high honors at state-level competitions.

            The Middle School State wrestling tournament, classifications 1-4A, took place on Feb. 10. The Middle School Super State wrestling tournament, classifications 1-6A, took place on Feb. 3 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington.

            Cody Dyches of Ephraim won the Middle School State wrestling competition at 65 lbs., classification 1-4A. He also took second place at the Utah Super State (1-6A).

            Kaden Dyches of Ephraim took first place in the 53-lb. division in the Utah Super State competition for the second year in a row.

            Braxton Henningson of Manti won first place in the 165-lb. division for the state competition (1-4A) and placed fifth in the Super State (1-6A) competition.


Braxton Henningson (left) of Manti and Cody Dyches of Ephraim after the first place wins they each made in their respective weight categories in the Middle School State wrestling tournament in February.

Snow drops final two games of

season, takes fourth in conference


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018


EPHRAIM—The men’s’ basketball team of Snow College wrapped up its regular season last week, suffering two defeats—to College of Southern Idaho (CSI) and Utah State University–Eastern.

Snow finished the year with a record of 13-15 on the season, 3-9 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, which was good for fourth place in the conference.

The Badgers arguably played a better game than CSI last Thursday, Feb. 22, leading for 32 of the 40 minutes and holding a 14-point lead in the first half.

But CSI battled back from the deficit and forced an overtime period.

Once there, they outscored the Badgers 12-4 to claim the 95-87 victory.

Robert Nielson, Snow’s coach, said the Badgers “played a great game at CSI. Guys were focused and defended. [We] had opportunities to win but missed a few important free throws. It showed how good we can be.”

Logan Hokanson and Stockton Shorts both scored 30 points to lead the Badgers.

In another typically tight Scenic West game, the outcome was in doubt until the very end between the Badgers and the Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Ephraim.

Eastern did not take the lead for good until late in the game, and the outcome was not sure until the Eagles’ Rafael Monteiro completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 54 seconds left in the game.

The Badgers fell to the Eagles 80-74.

Jake Bailey had a big night for the Badgers, scoring 16 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

The Badgers will compete in the conference tournament held at the Horne Activity Center in Ephraim this week, starting today.

The Badgers will face Colorado Northwestern College, and tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

The winner of that game will face the No. 1 seed, Salt Lake Community College, tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The championship game will be on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Copy Editor, Community Newspaper


The award-winning Sanpete Messenger, a weekly newspaper based in Manti, UT, seeks a person living in Utah within 150 miles of Manti to help us provide technically clean, clear and complete news and feature stories to our 2,000 readers. This is a part-time, home-based job, although you will be required to come into the Manti office (at our expense) for initial training, and, periodically, for special projects. We have had difficulty finding the skills required in our rural area, but have had success through the years with remote copy editors.


Job duties

  • Edit copy, much of it written by people who are sincere and intelligent but have no previous writing training, to conform to conventional punctuation, grammar, usage, spelling and AP style.
  • Clear up problems with organization and syntax, and tighten up wordy discourse, while preserving the writer’s words and style to the greatest extent possible.
  • Recognize factual errors and inconsistencies, and instances where an article leaves unanswered questions. Use references that will be provided and the Internet to clear things up. As needed, get on the phone, call sources, correct the facts and fill in the gaps. Some items require a top-to-bottom rewrite.
  • Write some items fresh. Often these are routine items such as photo captions, synopses of high school sports games, a community calendar, and our “Senior Style” column (lunch menus and events at senior citizen centers).

The important thing is: You need to be willing to go well beyond proof reading to sharpening up copy to make it tight, crystal clear and readable.


Desired qualifications

  • Exceptional writing ability.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in English, journalism, communication or related field.
  • Working understanding of government and public policy since many items are about local government. For instance, you will be editing stories about the county, municipal and school-district budgets, about federal-local programs such as PILT (payment in lieu of taxes), Class B & C roads and court proceedings.
  • Previous paid newspaper or technical writing experience


Desired availability:

Work 15-25 hours per week. Edit up to half a dozen stories through the weekend on your own time. Need to be available Monday afternoons and evenings, and Tuesdays during the day, but copy flow is not continuous, so you can do other things at home between editing episodes.



  • Work with interesting stories about everything from kidnapping to sheepherders to historic homes.
  • Fun staff deeply committed to community service and high quality community journalism. No office politics here. One copy editor worked for us for eight years and another for four years.
  • Owner/publisher has master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. Paper has taken the Utah “General Excellence” award (first place) 10 out of the past 15 years.
  • Pay is negotiable and competitive.


Email resume, including writing samples, to, and/or call Suzanne Dean, publisher, at (801) 541-3181. If you are interested but do not or cannot meet all of the requirements, please call the publisher to discuss. We’re flexible, and we need somebody.



Documentarian James Nelson (left) brings his camera in to a close-up shot while Bert Oldroyd (in cap) of Fountain Green displays an ancient artifact—the tomahawk taken from the great Native American chief and area namesake Sanpitch. Wasatch Academy’s Jason Friedman (second from right), who earned a doctorate in American history from Michigan State University, along with some of his class, inspect the tomahawk. The documentary scene—just one from the latest in the Discovery Road series—was shot in the Mt. Pleasant Relic Home.

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Fairview learns no one is

being billed for 43 percent

of water that has been used


By Emily Staley

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


FAIRVIEW—Millions of gallons of water are flowing through the Fairview culinary water system that no one is paying for, the Fairview City Council learned last week.

At a council meeting Thursday, Feb. 15, the council learned that the amount of water being metered and billed is far below the amount being used in the system.

For instance, 88 million gallons were pulled into the Fairview water system from springs or pumped wells last year. But water meters in the city only measured about 50 million gallons.

That left 37.8 million gallons of “nonrevenue’ water. That means 43 percent of the water that is unaccounted for. A “good” deviation is around 10 percent or less, Justin Jackson, head of the Sewer and Water Department, told the council.

Potential causes include old water meters, underground leaks the city is not aware of, or overflow from water tanks during periods of low water consumption, Jackson said.

The purpose of reading the meters is not only for billing, he said. It’s also to know how much and where the water is being used.

Jackson said one possible strategy would be to hire divers to inspect the lower well tank. Special divers must be hired because it is a public water system. The tank could be one of the possible water meter problems, as it is over 50 years old.

The water usage varies throughout the year, he noted. The peak demand is around June 5, resulting in a usage of approximately 1 million gallons. The minimum water usage occurs in January, resulting in the use of 250,000 to 300,000 gallons.

In his report, Jackson said  inquiries have been made about culinary water and sewer for homes on Day’s Lane, north of the city.

Kristann Gillies, for example, hopes to develop five homes with an interactive farm, booths and a corn maze.

One more building permit for Day Lane would put the Gillies development over the threshold of the previous agreement with the city for a maximum of seven homes.

With about 500 buildable acres in the Day’s Lane area at 5 acres per home, a pumping station would be required to maintain the pressure for fire hydrants.

The council decided to take a month to think about the Gillies proposal and take it up at the next meeting, when Gillies will be in attendance.

The council must decide if it supports homes being built in the area, which ultimately could require building another water tank.

This would be a considerable investment, but if the city does not support the building permits, it could be a missed opportunity for city growth.

Also at the meeting, the Fairview Police Department proposed to change a code that currently gives 35 percent of the money from tickets to the state, so that the money would stay in the city.

For example, if an officer issued a $100 speeding ticket, instead of $35 going to the state, the money would pay for things to improve the city.

The council was in favor of the idea, and the department will put together a proposal to present to the council for approval.

The Sewer and Water Department expressed concern over people flushing items that should not be flushed. These items include latex gloves, bouncy balls and lotion bottles.

The department has ideas to spread awareness to kids in the area and plans to visit the elementary school in the near future.

City recorder rescinds resignation

after letter accidentally read aloud


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


MT PLEASANT—The Mt Pleasant city recorder submitted her letter of resignation during last week’s city council meeting, although the resignation was not accepted by Mayor Sandra Bigler and was later rescinded by the recorder.

Jane Banks gave her letter to Bigler, who read the letter in open council at the Tuesday, Feb. 13 meeting. In her letter, Banks said she must offer her resignation because of “certain council members’ blatant disregard for my statutory position.”

She also said that those council members “operated in a most unethical manner,” and she had been “harassed and discriminated against because of my age and gender.”

After reading the letter into the record, Mayor Bigler stated she was “shocked” by the letter, and too upset to continue to preside over the meeting. She asked Mayor Pro-Tem Justin Atkinson to take over presiding the meeting, and left the meeting.

After the meeting, when the mayor, council members and Banks were reached for comment on the letter, all agreed the offer of resignation was not accepted and Banks would be continuing in her position as City Recorder.

Banks said that she meant for the letter to be for the mayor alone, and did not mean for it to be read into the record at the council meeting. But she accepts that it was, and will work to deal with the repercussions.

Banks said she wrote the letter at a time when she was overwrought by personal issues concerning her family, and thus overreacted. She said Mayor Bigler did not accept her resignation, and Banks will continue on in her position. Banks also said she will issue a formal apology to the council members via private correspondence.

Mayor Bigler confirmed that she had not accepted Banks’ letter, and Banks will continue as City Recorder. Bigler said that she felt Banks had written the letter while Banks was “under duress” and “too stressed out.”

Bigler met with two members of the council, Kevin Stallings and Dan Anderson, on the Wednesday after the council meeting, and then later with Justin Atkinson. She discussed the possibility of a “new position” with the city. She felt those meetings were “very peaceful” and productive.

Bigler said she is against closed sessions in general. She thinks the public has a right to know about city business. Bigler said she was not briefed on the closed session before-hand, and chose not to participate because “she didn’t feel good about it.”  The only reason she would consider a closed session would be in matters concerning city personnel matters.

During her conversations with the council members, she did not know what happened at the closed session and did not ask. She said she continues to believe that the council and recorder can work together as before.

Councilman Justin Atkinson said the letter of resignation “was a surprise, and I wasn’t expecting it.”  However, he did not agree with the basis of the letter; “I think the allegations are unfounded.”

Councilman Kevin Stallings agreed that “everyone was surprised” by Banks’ letter. He said that he was glad that the letter had not been accepted, and the council would be able to continue working with Banks.

Stallings was able to talk more about what had been occurring with council members prior to the closed session. Stallings and other council members had been working together to reorganize the city administration, in order to be more efficient and address city needs better.

Stallings said that prior to the closed session, he had met with the city’s financial officer in order to make sure that a new city position could be funded without eliminating any current city employees. Once he received that assurance, Stallings and other council members decided to hold a closed session to discuss their plans to open a new position with the city.

Stallings said that the council had requested that Banks not attend the closed session, so as to forestall any speculation on plans that had not been fully formed.

Councilwoman Heidi Kelso did not want to comment, as she was only attending by telephone, and could not hear clearly everything that had been said. Councilmen Dan Anderson and Keith Collier did not respond to requests to comment.

Sanpete Valley Hospital honored the emergency healthcare providers as Extraordinary Save award winners on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (L-R): Terri Tuttle (Emergency Medical Services, aka EMS), Dr. Kent Chapman, Angie Stewart (EMS), Kari Lewis (EMS), Dr. David Krzymowski, Javon Norman (patient) and Elizabeth Ream (EMS).


Extraordinary Save dinner honors

staff who treated youth gunshot victim


Have to ‘look beyond the medical care’
to explain miraculous outcome


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—Calling it an “opportunity to honor both the givers and the receivers,” Dr. David Krzymowski presided over the Extraordinary Save dinner Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.

The Extraordinary Save is a dinner held every year by Sanpete Valley Hospital to honor emergency personnel and patients involved in what they decide is the most extraordinary lifesaving event of the preceding year.

This year’s recipient was Javon Norman, a young man who suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the head on Aug. 16, 2017.

Kent Chapman, physician assistant and medical director of the Emergency Room, was on duty the day Javon was brought into the hospital.

Chapman gave an account of the events when the hospital was informed of Javon’s injuries: “We received a call from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that they had a young man, 10 years old, with a gunshot wound to the head.”

They activated a “trauma 1” call to the prehospital emergency medical services. “That gives us a heads up that there is an ‘unstable patient’ and allowed us to get all our personnel there,” he said.

He then mentioned the personnel needed on hand: “We had Dr. Krzymowski, our trauma surgeon, and our anesthetist, people from the lab, people from CAT scan, nursing staff, Dr. (Brooks) Thompson and myself all assembled and waiting.”

Then a helicopter was dispatched, which arrived about 30 minutes after Javon.

Thus Javon was on his way to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City less than an hour after arriving at the hospital.

They notified Primary Children’s Hospital so their emergency care team was ready before Javon arrived, “including their emergency room physician, the critical care specialist and a neurosurgeon.”

Chapman characterized Javon’s care: “Everything that could happen right, happened. This is what we want to see in rural trauma—early notification, rapid transport—and that those things that absolutely have to be taken care of right now, get taken care of right now without delaying the patient getting to the place that can fix the problems. And that happened in the most ideal way.”

Javon’s mother, Melissa Reese, told the EMS personnel and hospital staff assembled how thankful she was that her son had recovered from his wound: “I’m just so grateful for each and every one of you. We’re so grateful that he’s here, and he’s healthy and happy, and I owe it to you guys. Everyone knew their job, moved really fast, so we’re just really, really grateful. Thank you so much.”

Javon’s father, Tex Norman, recalled the day it happened. “I got called at work. I was at the mine. I wasn’t told anything other than he was getting Life-flighted. I didn’t get word until I hit Fairview that he had been shot. So I turned around and headed up to Primary. And they were there taking care of him. Just so thankful for everyone’s help and how fast it was. You know, he got to have his 11th birthday. I’m glad he’s around.”

Chapman, noting how well Javon had recovered from his catastrophic injuries, described his recovery as more than what one could attribute to medical care.

He said, “Even the cynic would say this is divine intervention, and some would call it miraculous. And I just think that despite everything having been done and everything going as well as you could hope for, we have to say that this is an outcome we have to look beyond the medical care that has been provided.”

Snow President Carlston


Snow president urges students to

‘be vigilant’ in light of Florida violence


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Feb. 22, 2018


EPHRAIM—Gary L. Carlston, president of Snow College, recently wrote a letter on safety to students at the college.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, Carlston began his letter by saying: “Yesterday there was another senseless act of violence that happened at a high school in Florida. These horrific events happen all too often. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the first responders, community members and the school family in Parkland, Florida.”

Carlston encouraged each Snow College student to be vigilant, to take safety matters seriously and to become familiar with safety procedures.

He placed his comments under four headings: (1) See something – say something, meaning report what’s suspicious; (2) Train yourself, meaning especially watch the Run, Hide, Fight video; (3) Utilize available resources, including reporting suspicious behavior (nonemergency) to the CARE Team (; and (4) Confirm your information in Snow College’s emergency alert system (

All of the information concerning these public safety matters is available at the Snow College Public Safety’s website at Review the links at the right of this webpage to access items of interest (for example, Run Hide Fight – Active Shooter Training Video; Active Shooter – Attacker Lockdown Procedure; and See Something – Say Something).

Important phone numbers for public safety at the college include:

911 for an immediate emergency

283-7170 for Snow College police officer Derek Walk

283-7172 for Snow College police officer Rick Rasmussen

835-2345 for Ephraim Police dispatch

Carlston closed his letter by thanking all involved in public safety and by inviting each Snow College student’s cooperation: “Please remember we all need to do our part to keep our world safe and be aware of our surroundings. Don’t be afraid to report suspicious activities or people.”

The Miss Fairview Royal Court 2018 poses after being chosen last Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Peterson Dance Hall in Fairview. The Royal Court is (L-R) Second Attendant Emily Kerksiek, Miss Fairview 2018 Malia Ah Kuoi and First Attendant Allyssa Ericksen.

Miss Fairview court crowned,

Malia Ah Kuoi names queen


By James Tilson
Feb. 22, 2018

Staff writer


FAIRVIEW—The audience was encouraged to “Feel This Moment” as Fairview City crowned its new Royal Court for 2018 and named Malia Ah Kuoi as Miss Fairview 2018.

Debbie Nielson, assistant director for the pageant, called this year’s pageant “one of the most competitive years we’ve ever had.”

Each of the contestants performed well and impressed the audience.

Nielson said, “We’re so excited because for our little town of Fairview we have some amazing talent.”

Ah Kuoi said of the experience, “It’s been so crazy, but every minute has been worth it, just getting to know these girls. It’s like I have four new sisters.”

Kuoi is the daughter of Sarah Noorlander and William Ah Kuoi, and her platform for her yearlong reign will be “L.I.V.E.,” which deals with Ah Kuoi’s struggles with anxiety.

She said, “I’m really looking forward to implementing my platform. It’s something that’s very important to me.”

The first attendant is Allyssa Ericksen, and the second attendant is Emily Kerksiek. Ericksen was also named Miss Congeniality, while Kierksiek was named Most Photogenic.

Dallis Ann Makenzie Bell was named the contestant with the Most Sponsor Donations.

Vern Akuola and his crew are eager to make sure your roof is free of leaks, and lasts and lasts.


‘The roof over our heads’ is what

Clean Cut Roofing is all about


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


Many of us tend to take the roofs on our homes for granted and really only become aware of them when there is a leak or a storm blows some shingles off. However, being a little proactive can save you a lot of money and hassle.

Vern Akauola of Clean Cut Roofing and Siding says that once there’s a leak or missing shingles, you can be looking at thousands of extra dollars to repair the damage.

The average life expectancy of a residential roof is 20 to 25 years. So, if the roof on your home is getting to that point, Vern suggests looking for curling shingles or for granules from the shingles showing up in your gutters or downspouts—clear signs the roof is failing.

“The very best thing with a roof is to have someone come out and do an inspection,” Vern says.

Once you decide to replace your roof, it’s very important to make sure whoever you bring in to do the job has a solid reputation and can provide you with references.

That’s not a problem with Vern who has been in the business since 2003 and prides himself on having 100 percent customer satisfaction, but if you go with someone else, you may not be so lucky.

“We have several customers a year who’ve had fly-by-night contractors take their deposits and then never show up or only complete part of the job and then they just can’t ever get a hold of them again,” Vern says.

Another thing you have to consider is liability. Some of those shady operators may not carry Workman’s Compensation or liability insurance on their employees. In that instance, if they fall off your roof or get hurt on the job, you may be personally liable.

“A lot of people have lost their homes because of situations like that,” Vern says.

All of Vern’s crew is certified in Milarkey, Mule-hide and Gerard roofing products— Clean Cut Roofing and Siding is the only contractor in the area to be certified in those products. They can install anything from a basic roof to a high-end metal roof covered with the same stone as the asphalt shingles on your home.

“On all bids, we try to give our customers three different bid options to help them fit it into their budget,” Vern says.

The average roof replacement takes about five days. While they work and afterward, the crew is careful to clean up and to keep the job site clean.

While at Clean Cut they are very competitively priced, Vern knows that replacing a roof can be a major expense, so they offer one-year-same-as-cash terms and five to seven years financing at 6.99 percent through InterBank. They also offer a cash discount (with 50 percent down and the balance due on completion of the project).

Right now, Vern is offering some pretty deep discounts so he can keep his employees working through the winter.

“A lot of people worry about having their roof done in winter, but it can definitely be done,” Vern says. “It all comes down to the person putting on the product knowing how to do it right.”

Along with roofs, Clean Cut Roofing and Siding does siding, windows, porches, decks, soffit and fascia.

The company recently opened an office in Mt. Pleasant and is in the process of setting up a showroom so customers can see and feel the products and look at the different options available to them.

Clean Cut Roofing and Siding also does commercial projects. You can visit their Facebook page to check out the beautiful job they recently did on the Nebo Market in Nephi, along with several home projects they have completed. You can also find reviews from satisfied customers.

The biggest caution Vern has for those looking to have this type of work done is to do their homework when choosing a contractor. Industry studies show that as high as 90 percent of people end up being dissatisfied with their contractors.

However, if you go with Clean Cut Roofing and Siding, you’re never going to have to worry about that. Vern says in the rare instance when a customer experiences a problem, as soon as they call, he addresses it right away. You’re also going to see Vern, his employees and their families around town at the grocery store, at the ball field and at community events so you know just who you’re dealing with—a solid, local company with superior service and a commitment to the customer.

Clean Cut Roofing and Siding is located at 195 North State Street in Mt. Pleasant. Office hours are 8 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone 435-427-3205,

Mt. Pleasant will no longer

have airport, potential investors

back away from offer


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—The Mt. Pleasant City Council took decisive action on several issues affecting the future growth and development of Mt. Pleasant.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the council decided to finally stop any consideration of the old municipal airport as an “airport,” heard an update on the rehabilitation and repair of the Aspen Village Mobile Home Park and learned of plans for a new development on the south edge of the city.

Monte Bona, executive director of Community Development and Renewal Agency (CDRA), reported to the council that action needed to be taken on the old municipal airport.

The city council had previously been considering plans to turn the airport into an “airpark,” with houses adjoining the airstrip in a luxury housing development.

Bona informed the council the persons initially interested in backing the development had backed off, and the plans had fallen through. With a grant application to the Economic Development Agency (EDA) still pending, Bona advocated for turning the airstrip into a road in order to further the development of the properties located at the south end of the strip.

Councilman Kevin Stallings expressed misgivings about potential industrial development of the land around the airstrip. Stallings said he thought the land around the airstrip would be used as a “buffer zone” between the industrial park and the equine center around the ConToy Arena. “And that’s quite a view along the airstrip of the mountains.”

Councilman Justin Atkinson explained that sale of properties around the airstrip would be used to develop a future road and utilities along the airstrip and could be considered as part of the matching funds for the EDA grant application.

Atkinson proposed the CDRA abandon the airstrip and use it for ground transportation purposes in the future. His motion was approved unanimously.

Bona also reported on the city’s plans to rehabilitate and repair the Aspen Village Mobile Home Park. He told the council the city is working on “a plan to replace substandard housing” at the park.

The city has filed an application with the Community Development and Block Grant (CDBG) to replace current mobile homes not meeting housing codes with modern modular homes.

Bona stressed that not all of the mobile homes were substandard and would need to be replaced. The application asked for $200,000 in grant funding, with another $100,000 in matching funds to be provided by the city.

The culinary water system for the park also needed to be repaired, Bona said. The current system dated back many years and would need to be replaced.

A citizen, Michelle Este, told the council that water from the park was leaking underground and making its way to her property that adjoined the park. Bona estimated it would take approximately $150,000 to $175,000 to compete the repairs.

John Peel, standing on behalf of Glen Peel, presented an application for annexation to the council. Peel explained that the property, 40 acres just to the south of city limits behind the Horseshoe Mountain Home Center, would eventually be subdivided to turn into a new housing development. The development will eventually have between 20-60 homes, depending on demand.

Peel explained that the Zoning and Planning Committee had approved their application but told them they would have to be annexed into the city before they could start planning their development.

Atkinson explained that an annexation had not been done for many years in Mt. Pleasant, and the council would have to research all the requirements. But Stalling assured Peel that “we are enthusiastic” for the new development. Atkinson told Peel that after research had been completed, the city would contact him for the next step.

During the annual library report, new board member Jenny Spry told the council that the Mt. Pleasant Public Library achieved “Quality Library” status, as awarded by the Utah State Library.

According to a letter sent by the director of the Utah State Library, Donna Morris, the award means that the library “is an active, involved and vital part of the community, [providing] resources and services beyond the four walls of the library and exemplary outreach to all residents.”

In addition, “the library is eligible to receive funds from the Community Library Enhancement Fund” for 2018.