Archives for April 2018

Snow excited to sign five new

women basketball players to join

returning players for next season

Apr. 26, 2018


EPHRAIM—Five new freshman players join six returning players on the Snow College women’s basketball team.

Mike Russell, their coach, is happy and excited about the five who have signed on—and about the upcoming season.

He said, “This is the most complete class—top to bottom—that we’ve signed in my three years here. We’re adding size and length, more athleticism and a lot of scoring firepower.”

He attributes a lot of the team’s success last season to the five players who stayed on: “We feel strongly that having six players with experience, while adding five very capable freshman to the mix will be the perfect combination for continued success.”

The Lady Badgers finished last season 22-8 and came in second in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

The five freshmen added to the team are 5-foot 9-inch guard Claire Newby from St. George (Pine View High School), 5-foot 11-inch forward Samantha Barnett from Highland (Lone Peak High School), 5-foot 7-inch guard Rachel Richards also from Highland (Lone Peak High School), 5-foot 8-inch guard Tia Heggie from Cardston, Alberta, Canada (American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, Ariz.) and 6-foot guard Rachel Roberts from Carlsbad, Calif. (San Marcos High School).

Newby was a four-year varsity starter in high school, and she averaged 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a senior.

Russell said, “We’ve been recruiting Claire since her freshman season, which is longer than any other player we have coming in.”

He added, “She is of high character, a great student and a great player. Claire is also very versatile, and we believe that she’ll be able to help our team in a lot of areas because of her ability to play several positions.”

Barnett averaged 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a senior (2014-15) then suffered a knee injury. She served an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Alpine German-Speaking Mission).

Russell said Barnett “brings a lot of maturity and leadership, as well as a toughness that’s hard to find. She plays so much bigger than she is because of how strong she is, and once she gets her legs back, I think it’ll be difficult for anyone (other than her) to get a rebound.”

In high school, Richards was a two-year varsity starter and averaged 7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior.

Russell said of Richards, “She is an awesome, extremely under the radar, ball player,” and “she flat out does whatever she can to help her team win, and, quite frankly, we need more of that in our program.”

 Heggie averaged 23 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 6.2 steals per game as a senior. She scored over 1,000 career points, scored over 40 points in a game three times and was a varsity starter for three years at her high school.

Russell said of Heggie: “Tia’s an unbelievable scorer, but the thing that makes her so good is that she gets it done on the defensive end,” and “she scores, she defends, she rebounds, she distributes,” and more.

Roberts averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game as a senior. She scored over 1,000 career points and was a varsity starter for three years at her high school.

Concerning Roberts, Russell said, “I think we’re getting a steal of a deal with Rachel because I believe she’s a Division-I talent. To have a kid that can literally play all five positions on the court is extremely rare.”

Summing it all up, Russell said, “I feel like we have done a nice job recruiting kids that fit our culture. From a character standpoint, academically and, of course, on-court ability, these new freshmen will fit right in with what we have established here at Snow. We are really excited about this 2018 class.”

Spring City fire department welcomes

new members, even youth


Apr. 26, 2018


SPRING CITY—Spring City’s fire department has been busy and still welcomes more volunteers—even youth.

In addition, the fire department will be holding another garage sale.

Clarke Christensen, chief of the fire department, said in the department’s press release: “I am happy to report that Spring City has a very professional and well-trained department of firemen and firewomen.”

Volunteers of the fire department have invested about 4,000 hours of training since July 1, 2017.

They have completed a course of training for certification as Firefighter I and II taught by the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy and Utah Valley University and have also completed certification training or recertification in wildland firefighting.

They will be completing instruction for hazmat awareness and operations in the near future. Training continues to be a high priority for the fire department. This fall, the department will support training that will add at least 10 new emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The department currently has five EMTs.

he department has about 18 new volunteers, including four female firefighters who participate in every aspect of firefighting.

In addition, Christensen Spring City fire department welcomes new members, even youth said, “We are also starting a Junior Firefighting program for youth in the Spring City Fire District for youth that are interested” in learning about firefighting and emergency medical services (EMS).

A garage sale will be held to obtain funding that is beyond the city’s ability to provide.

The garage sale will be on May 18 and May 19 in the old city hall in Spring City.

To make the garage sale a success, the fire department requests donated items for the sale.

Contact Don Chambers at 469-0884 for help getting your donation to the garage sale.

The garage sale will include a bake sale, and volunteer firefighters will be at the sale cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for purchase.

Christensen also expressed thanks to Friends of Spring City Fire.

He adds, “We are still looking for more fire volunteers, men and women.

“We will train you. It can be hard work. I can promise you it is very rewarding.

“If you are interested in a strong, functioning fire department with lots of training potential in fire, EMS and service projects, we encourage you to join us.”

Man sentenced for his part

in Maverik robbery last year


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 26, 2018


MANTI—A South Jordan man received a sentence of probation for his part in the Ephraim/Mt. Pleasant crime spree last October.

Jesus Emmanuel Carrasco, 18, co-defendant to Luis David Cuevas who was sentenced on Jan. 24 to 210 days in jail and three years of probation, was one of three men convicted of stealing a vehicle in Ephraim, and then driving to Mt. Pleasant to rob the Maverick convenience store; afterwards, they set the stolen vehicle on fire. This occurred October 9 of last year. The three men were captured in Springville the next day.

The third man was not identified, as he was charged as a juvenile.

In Sixth Judicial District Court last Wednesday, Carrasco entered his change of plea to “no contest” to one count of attempted obstruction of justice, a second degree felony. Counts of aggravated robbery, theft and arson were dismissed.

Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels explained to Judge Marvin Bagley why Carrasco was getting such a lenient plea agreement. “[Of the three co-defendants in the case] this defendant did not go into the store or participate in the arson. He may even have tried to dissuade one of the others or tried to withdraw from the crime.”

Defense Attorney Kevin Vander Werff gave further context. “One of the other co-defendants was [Carrasco’s] brother. He came along to try to protect his brother.”

The attorney’s agreed to the sentence for Carrasco and presented it to Judge Bagley. They said Carrasco should receive 24 months of probation, with a fine of $750, and credit for time already served in jail (approximately 6 months). If Carrasco successfully completes probation, then his offense should be reduced from a second-degree felony to a Class A misdemeanor.

Judge Bagley agreed to the recommended sentence, but with one addition. Bagley told the defendant that he must complete his high school degree before he completes probation. Bagley imposed the sentence on Carrasco and ordered that he be released that day.

County awards Ephraim Canyon

contract to Hales Sand and Gravel

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Apr. 26, 2018



MANTI—The Sanpete County Commission awarded the winning bid for the Ephraim Canyon Road Project to Hales Sand & Gravel at a special meeting last Friday.

Hales winning bid of $3,797,469.50 was the lowest of three bids. GC Works, Inc. of Miami, Florida and Geneva Rock Products of Orem also submitted bids.

 The project is slated to add approximately five miles of paving to the Ephraim Canyon road.

With the awarding of the winning bid, construction will begin in short order. The construction oversight engineer is expected to be in Ephraim on May 1, and the construction itself should begin by mid-May.

The county commission will be releasing information on schedules and possible delays as the information becomes available

Lack of new housing construction, such as this development going up in Manti, has sparked Gunnison City Mayor Lori Nay into exploring some options to bring new homes to her city. At a recent meeting with representatives from the Utah Non Profit Housing Corporation, Nay and some other Gunnison leadership discussed ways to bring new homes to the city with the help of federal funding, tax credits, grants and other programs.

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Abby Cox and Lt. Gov. Spencer F. Cox speaking during last year’s Snow College graduation.

Friends urge Lt. Gov.

Spencer Cox to consider

climbing political ladder

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Apr. 19, 2018


Friends and colleagues of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox are working to position him run in the 2020 gubernatorial race.

As part of this grassroots movement a political action committee (PAC) called Utah 2020 has been started which is gathering email addresses and pledges of support for Cox.

“Spencer is the finest public servant I have ever met,” said Owen Fuller, one of the PAC’s founding officers. “He is compassionate, clear-eyed. He is doing what he is doing for the right reasons. He’s not there for himself. He is serving in an effort to actually make a difference and to change things that are broken in our political system.

“I want him to know that I and others think he would be an awesome governor.”

Fuller, the general manager at Utah tech company Lucidpress, is spearheading the movement along with another of Cox’s colleagues, Spencer Hall.

Fuller said the movement is still in its infancy, but it “just makes sense.”

Fuller grew up in Alaska but attended BYU and stayed in Utah afterward. He got to know Cox by working with him to help the state handle some technology business matters. He said his motivations in the movement are to improve Utah’s politics and business climate.

He commented, “I thought a lot about how we can all best help with politics right now. I think we all have a duty to find a way to help. I thought the best way I could help is find people I truly believe in and to encourage them to run and do everything I can to help to govern effectively afterward from a volunteer standpoint.”

This isn’t the first time Fuller has tried to spark a political campaign. Congressman John Curtis, who was elected in 2017 after serving two terms as Provo City Mayor, was the first politician Fuller encouraged to run for office.

“John is a good friend of mine,” Fuller said. “I spent a while trying to convince him to run and helping to make sure that there was a foundation of people and resources there so that he knew that if he decided to run he would have people and support.”

Curtis won the 3rd District Congressional seat in a special election, and Fuller said the efforts supporting the former mayor left him pleasantly surprised by how much a concerned citizen can make a difference.

“In the early parts of Curtis’s campaign, being able to help get people organized to lend support was a big help,” he said.

Now he and Hall have their sights set on encouraging Cox to run in 2020.

“I wanted to do the same thing for Spencer’s campaign,” Fuller said. “I think who our governor is really matters. A great governor will help lay a foundation that will help the state to be successful for the next couple decades.”

Fuller calls Cox “a champion for Utah business growth” and admires how deeply Cox understands rural issues.

“That matters a lot to me,” Fuller said.

According to Fuller, Cox said it’s still too early to really know if he will take the plunge, but Fuller said everything he has heard points to Gov. Gary Herbert not running in 2020, leaving the seat wide open, along with no issues of loyalty to prevent Cox from stepping up to the plate.

“Spencer has a lot of affection and genuine respect for Gov. Herbert,” Fuller said.

Cox has been Herbert’s right-hand-man since 2013, when he was appointed by Herbert to replace Greg Bell, who resigned to work in the private sector.

Fuller said his faith in Cox is based on much more than a friendship. He considers him extremely effective—citing the “excellent efforts” Cox has made to combat homelessness in Salt Lake City and being a voice for suicide prevention.

Fuller said, “The last time I talked to Spencer about it, he said ‘Abby and I will make that decision when the time is right.’ It’s a long way out. Right now they’re leaning towards it more than they used to be. That’s encouraging to me and very exciting, but I want to make sure he knows that there are people out there that would really appreciate it if he would run.”

Pledges are being made to make donations to Cox’s campaign if he does decide to run in 2020.  According to Fuller, no money is being transferred until Cox fully endorses the campaign, but it gives a way to show that there is backing there and that a lot of people would rally to support him.

The PAC crowdfunding page where people can endorse or pledge to donate can be found at

The actual PAC website where people can sign up to get updates on the grassroots movement is

Det. Jeff Hansen (left), Det. Sgt. Chad Nielson, Det. Mike Nielson, Det. Derick Taysom and Commander Tyler Johnson, all of the Sanpete-Juab Major Crimes Task Force, were honored Monday for their role in solving the murders of two Juab County teens. On the far right is Sheriff Brian Nielson, who presented the awards.

Outstanding investigation


Sheriff recognizes lawmen for
bringing “light and truth” to the world


By Suzanne Dean


Apr. 19, 2018


MANTI—Five officers from the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office were recognized Monday for the outstanding investigative work they do every day, and particularly, for their role in helping solve the murders of two teens from Juab County.

Sheriff Brian Nielson presented the Lux et Veritas award to Commander Tyler Johnson, Det. Sgt. Chad Nielson, Det. Jeff Hansen, Det. Mike Nielson and Det. Derick Taysom, all Sanpete County members of the Sanpete-Juab Major Crimes Task Force.

Lux et Veritas is Latin for “light and truth.” Various organizations, including Yale University, use the term as a motto.

“And that’s what these guys have done in their work, brought light and truth to families, to friends and to the world,” Sheriff Nielson said at a Sheriff’s Office ceremony attended by the media and families of the officers.

Since December, the five officers have put in about 2,500 hours, Nielson said. That number, divided by five, translates to “a lot of 16, 18, 20-hour days away from home, away from family, day after day.”

He thanked the families for their support. Then he lauded the officers again. “They’re amazing,” he said. “They do amazing work.”

The officers were mainly recognized for a case that started Dec. 30, 2017 when two teenagers, Riley Powell, 18, and his girlfriend, Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson, 17, drove from their home in Eureka, Juab County, to Tooele to visit some friends. They never came home.

Because they were last seen in Tooele County, the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office started out as the lead agency.

But on Jan. 11, search-and-rescue volunteers found the Jeep Cherokee the teens had been driving hidden in trees near Cherry Creek Reservoir in Juab County, about 25 miles due west of Mona. There were no signs of Riley and Breezy.

By then, Sanpete-Juab Task Force officers were already looking into foul play. They obtained Riley’s Facebook records and found that on the night the two disappeared, Riley sent a message to Morgan Lewis Henderson, 34, who lived in Mammoth, a semi-ghost town in Juab County near the Utah and Tooele county lines. The message said Riley and Breezy were headed to Morgan Henderson’s house.

Then task force officers discovered Henderson lived with Jerrod William Baum, 41, who had a long criminal record. When he was 15, he had been charged with attempted murder when he committed an armed robbery of a Burger King in Orem, and in the process, shot at two employees.

On Jan. 9, task force officers interviewed both Henderson and Baum but didn’t get any useful information. On Jan. 25, officers interviewed Henderson by herself. She admitted that Riley and Breezy had stopped at her house the night they went missing. But she said they had only stayed for 40 minutes, and she said she didn’t know what happened to them after that.

The big break in the case came March 24 when a Sanpete County deputy pulled over a car for speeding on the “west road,” a dirt road west of Manti. The driver was Morgan Henderson.

An alert Sanpete County dispatcher let the deputy know Henderson was a person of interest in the Powell-Otteson disappearance. The deputy searched the vehicle; found firearms, knives and drugs; and arrested Henderson.

Following the arrest, Sanpete and Juab officers, including task force officers, interrogated Henderson. Ultimately, she led officers to the area where she and Baum were living and where evidence appeared to have been burned. During the trip, she admitted witnessing Baum kill the two teens with a knife. She also admitted driving the Jeep Cherokee to the reservoir area and ditching it.

Finally, Henderson led officers to the Tintic Standard Mine No. 2, also known as the Eureka Lilly Mine, which is 3-5 miles inside the Utah County border. She told officers she believed Baum had put the bodies of the teens down the mine shaft. A camera search found the bodies about 100 feet down. The bodies were recovered on March 28.

At the awards ceremony, Sheriff Nielson said the case, which has been passed off to Utah County authorities, would never have been solved “without the five guys standing here.”

“I think it’s important to remember the victims and the people who were left behind in this tragic event,” the sheriff said. “But we also need to celebrate and honor the work that these guys put in,” including sacrifices in their home life.

Commander Johnson, who heads the Sanpete-Juab task force, said, “Everybody brought something to the table that brought a positive resolution to this case.”

“We have a good team,” Det. Derick Taysom said. “The dedication that everybody puts in, as a cohesive unit, we’re able to get big things done and small things done. The same dedication I see from the team on the big things, we’re also putting in on the small things, and that’s where it matters.”

During December, the same Sheriff’s Office team helped locate four children of John Coltharp, who had been kidnapped from Spring City and taken to a polygamist settlement in Iron County. And according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, the same group is close to wrapping up an investigation of trespass onto turkey farms by members of an animal rights group.

Scandinavian Heritage Festival

making changes to event locations


By Suzanne Dean


Apr. 19, 2018


EPHRAIM—The Scandinavian Heritage Festival on May 25-26 (the weekend before Memorial Day) will be as big as ever this year.

But because of demolition of the old science building (the Christensen Building) at Snow College, some features and activities will be in different locations, says Anne Fonville, chairwoman of the festival committee.

College Avenue from the Noyes Building to 400 East will be closed for the demolition. Some booths that used to line the street in that area will be moved to 100 East between College Avenue and 100 South.

The main stage, the information booth and the Pioneer Heritage Arts encampment will be at or near the corner of 100 East and College Avenue.

As is traditional, the parade will start on 300 South and Main and travel north on Main. But instead of turning and heading east on College Avenue, the parade will continue along Main to 200 North, where it will turn east and disband.

Classic cars entered in the car show will park along Center Street between Main Street and 100 East and in the parking lot behind the Ephraim City Hall.

The festival committee, including Ephraim Police Chief Aaron Broomhead, has put in a lot of deliberation to come up with the best arrangement of events, Fonville said.

The Sanpete Messenger will publish a map giving more detail in its Scandinavian Heritage Festival magazine, which will be sent to every household in Ephraim about two weeks before the festival.

Sanpete Messenger staff celebrates awards in Utah Press Association competition. In front is publisher Suzanne Dean. In second row (L-R) is Cathi Call, a writer; Robert Stevens, managing editor; Corrie Lynne Player, columnist; and Linda Petersen, school page coordinator. In back (L-R) are Crystal Call and Richard Call, who have worked in circulation; Lloyd Call, advertising manager; James Tilson, political specialist; and Randal Thatcher, columnist.


Messenger honored

with nearly 20 awards


Apr. 19, 2018


SANDY—The Sanpete Messenger came in a close second in a contest for General Excellence in community journalism last weekend.

At an awards banquet Saturday, April 7 at the Jordan Commons in Sandy, the Emery County Progress edged out the Messenger by two points to take the top award in the Utah Press Association Better Newspaper

“We thought we had a very credible entry,” publisher Suzanne Dean said. “We put a lot of time and thought into selecting items for judging and writing explanatory statements.

“We were pleased with our first places in several of the reporting and layout categories. We were a little disappointed that we didn’t place in news coverage, because that’s usually our strong suit. But overall, we’re satisfied with and proud of our performance.”

The contest covered work published during 2017. The Messenger competed in the small-newspaper category for papers with circulations of up to 2,500.

The Messenger took first, second or third place in 19 out of 28 categories. That included 10 first-place prizes, one fewer than last year, when the Messenger did win the General Excellence prize.

The General Excellence calculation is pretty simple. Newspapers receive three points for each first place, two for each second place and one for each third place. The newspaper with the most points takes the top prize.

Robert Stevens, managing editor, took first place in feature stories for a story about the possibility that a person in a photo taken in the Indianola area in the 1800s was Butch Cassidy. He took first place in sports writing for coverage of Gunnison High taking state in baseball.

The Messenger’s Beautiful Yard contest, which Stevens coordinates, was selected as Best Community event.

Lloyd Call, advertising manager, got credit for designing the Best Sports Page and Best Lifestyle Page (the prize was based on submission of three samples in each category).

Dean took first place for her editor’s column. She and Call shared an award for “Best Advertising Idea,” which involved seeking ads from companies where some of the Beautiful Yard Contest winners purchased their supplies.

The whole staff played a role in first places for Best News Series, a prize recognizing coverage of the case of Police Chief Ron Rasmussen in Ephraim, and Best Photo Page, which featured a selection of photos from Fourth of July celebrations throughout the county. 

Finally, Kyle Parry, a freelance contributor, took first place for Best Sports Photograph for a photo taken at a Snow College soccer game.

The Messenger took second places for best general news story, best editorial, best digital breaking news story, best front page, best circulation promotion and best self-promotion.

The newspaper’s third place finishes were for best general news story, best feature series, best news photograph and best use of ad color.

In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Sanpete County Children’s Justice Center held an open house on Tuesday, April 10. Pictured are: Back (L-R) Kristen Howe, Susan Talley, John Keeler and Pam Stoker. Front (L-R): Lindsay Beesley, Pat Ellsworth and Claudia Jarrett.


Children’s Justice Center

holds open house, police

help with awareness campaign

by serving as waiters


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Apr. 19, 2018


EPHRAIM—The Children’s Justice Center (CJC) in Ephraim has been busy trying to increase awareness during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

On Tuesday, April 10, the CJC held an open house to bring people in and introduce them to just how the local CJC helps children in their hour of need.

Tyler Hughes (in black) and Sanpete County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Buchanan serve a hungry group of patrons at Dirk’s Farmhouse as part of the Sanpete Children’s Justice Center Dine and Donate event, where local law enforcement served patrons to raise money for the center.


 “We wanted to make the county agencies, school districts, churches, hospitals and communities in our county aware of this valuable tool (the CJC) that supports the needs of children and their families in crisis,” Diane Keeler, CJC director, said.

More than two dozen people, from many walks of life, came to the open house—including educators, politicians, lawmen and general community members. 

“We were very encouraged to see most of those who came through had no idea about the Center and left amazed that we had this type of service, not only available throughout the State but in our very own County,” Keeler said. “We are so grateful for the support the center has from not only the county commissioners, Snow College, law enforcement agencies and DCFS, but from some of the local churches, schools and community members.”

The CJC also partnered with local law enforcement and Dirk’s Farmhouse Restaurant on Saturday to host their Dine and Donate event. The fundraising event had lawmen serving diners at the restaurant, and the money raised went to support the CJC. More than $2,000 was raised for the CJC in two hours.

Another fundraiser for the CJC is planned for Saturday, June 9, in the form of a charity golf tournament at Palisade’s Golf Course in Sterling.

For information or questions, call Keeler at 283-3120 or email her at

Mayfield Town increases

water rates to cover shortfall


By Kellie Harrison

Guest writer

Apr. 19, 2018


MAYFIELD—After 10 years of residents paying the same price for water, Mayfield made a change in the cost of water for their residents.

At the town council meeting on Wednesday, April 11, the Mayfield Town Council reevaluated their water prices.

According to John Christensen, Mayfield’s mayor, the town has not been affected by the lack of precipitation more than they have been any other year. Mayfield uses several springs and wells to supply their water.

Currently, Mayfield is falling about $1,500 short in funds to maintain their water facilities.

The city council wanted to change the base rates the citizens are paying so the maintenance cost is fully covered while still keeping the cost of water as cheap as possible.

Catherine Bartholomew, Mayfield’s town recorder, said, “For a small community, we’ve been able to accomplish a lot, but we have to pay for it.”

The residents of Mayfield are currently paying a base rate of $23 in addition to $2 for every 1,000 gallons the home uses.

At the meeting, Christensen expressed concern over some residents not being able to pay for this increase in cost.

After discussing various options, the council decided on the option that seemed to be the most appropriate for the town.

There will be a $5 increase in the base rate beginning on June 1, in addition to $2.50 per 1,500 gallons the home uses.

Christensen said this will still meet the need for the water fund but will also give the residents time to adjust to the change.

Mt. Pleasant may protect power

future by buying in on nuclear


By James Tilson
Staff writer

Apr. 19, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—The Mt. Pleasant City Council may invest in the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) as a hedge against the loss of coal-fired power plants in the future.

The council listened to a presentation from Jackie Coombs of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) detailing why the city should invest in the project at a meeting Tuesday. Mt. Pleasant is member of UAMPS.

Joining the CFPP is one way to diversify the city’s power needs.

Coombs told the council the CFPP was a reaction to the Obama Administration’s decision to reduce the carbon footprint of the country’s energy production. In Utah, that means that many coal-fired power plants will be converting to natural gas production, if not entirely shutting down.

UAMPS has decided to invest in small modular reactors and give its members the opportunity to invest in them as well, Coombs said. The small modular reactors are the same NuScale Power Module nuclear reactors that Ephraim has already invested in.

Ephraim invested 3000 kilowatts of electrical power (or about $72,000 a year) into this project, said Cory Daniels, Director of Ephraim’s Power Department.  Ephraim’s return will begin when the new plant is online and begins selling power retail – sometime around 2026.

Coombs said she was resending the UAMPS contract to Mt. Pleasant for its review, and for the council to decide what percentage of its power needs will be taken from the CFPP. Coombs explained the city’s obligation to UAMPS under the contract would be one megawatt. The payments to UAMPS would be made from the city’s electric power revenue.

Coombs revealed the schedule for the NuScale Power Module to become operational. Licensing Phase 1 is expected to be finished by June 2020 and Licensing Phase 2 should be done by the second quarter of 2023.

Thereafter, the Construction Phase is expected to be finished by 2027, and then go into operation. The Operation Period for the NuScale Power Module should be up to 80 years. The first NuScale Power Module is due to be constructed near Arco, Idaho.

Should Mt. Pleasant decide to withdraw from the CFPP, it would be able to do so until the project goes into the Construction Phase.

The council will review the UAMPS information and likely vote on the proposal at its next meeting.

A NuScale small modular reactor generates thermal energy by heating a nuclear reactor at the bottom of the module and carrying out steam to a generator. Most of the reactor is installed in the ground, putting the reactor core more than 60 feet underground.


Gatlin Jordan of Moroni, in character for this weekend’s production of Charley’s Aunt by the North Bend Entertainers, which will be held in the Peterson Dance Hall tomorrow, Saturday and Monday.


“Charley’s Aunt” to be

presented in Fairview


Apr. 19, 2018


FAIRVIEW—If you’re into laughs, Fairview is the place to go this weekend for a comedy.

The North Bend Entertainers will be presenting the comedy play “Charley’s Aunt” at the Peterson Dance Hall in Fairview tomorrow, Saturday and on Monday, April 23.

In addition, tomorrow and Saturday at 6 p.m. is a dinner theater.

Tickets for the dinner theater need to be purchased in advance at Fairview City Hall (10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday) or by calling Randy Dowland at 469-1177.

On Monday, April 23, no dinner will be served, the play begins at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door.

This two-act play, written by Brandon Thomas, is a classic love story with a number of hilarious twists along the way.

Jack loves Kitty, and Charley loves Amy.

Jack and Charley invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “where the nuts come from.”

The millionaire aunt cancels her visit at the last minute, sending the boys into confusion. What do they do now?

The problem is solved by getting their undergrad pal to don a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. Then they introduce him to all as “Charley’s Aunt.”

However, the real aunt turns up, and classic comic confusion ensues.

The play is directed by Dawnave Funk of Fairview, and the cast includes residents from all over northern Sanpete County. Featured are Gatlin Jordan of Moroni; Angie Daley and Eric Fossum of Milburn; Lacey Cox, Jeff Cox, Ryan Cox and Randy Dowland of Fairview; and Shauna Spencer, Kelsen Spencer and Julia Richmond of Mt. Pleasant.

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Is Ephraim losing




Apr. 19, 2108


Sanpete County is an area rich in historical architecture built by the pioneers.

But it’s not as rich as it had been many, many years ago before a great number of architectural gems—yes, some of them surely diamonds—began to disappear from the scene.

Over 100 years ago, centrally locating Snow College necessitated the removal of many pioneer-era (1854-1890) homes in Ephraim. Later expansion and student housing mandated the demolition of still more such homes.

But now, sadly, we see an example of a not-so-necessary demolition: the once-beautiful Madsen house (295 E. College Avenue), which had informed observant passersby as to Ephraim’s beginnings and the admirable workmanship and ideals of the pioneers.

For an accurate historical record, not only should the statelier and more beautiful historic houses be preserved but also the humbler, simpler ones belonging to the laborer, the farmer, the not so well-to-do. These houses also demonstrate admirable, long-abandoned building skills and often convey a homely charm.

Not only did Snow College disband their comprehensive Traditional Building Skills Institute (TBSI) program years ago, which could have been vital to our community, they went so far as to demolish the very focus of the TBSI—its hands-on restoration project, the Madsen house.

What a gift that restoration would have been to our community—an inspiring example!

Now it is gone.

I know a little about restoring old houses, and I know where there’s a will there certainly is a way. Foundation problems? Not so hard to deal with. It’s simply an overused excuse to facilitate the needless destruction of an irreplaceable historical asset.

We need not be helpless victims to the whims of shortsighted people who consider historic buildings to be dispensable.

We need to educate people as to the value of protecting and preserving our ever-diminishing and always threatened architectural history.

Why not offer a class at Snow College?

Why not reinstate the TBSI? The outstanding Greaves-Deakin house at 118 S. Main Street would be an excellent choice for a TBSI project.

Additionally, why does our local government do nothing to protect Ephraim’s architectural heritage so it will survive to tell the story of our town’s unique beginnings? Why doesn’t the city buy up threatened buildings to resell under covenant and on condition their exteriors be historically preserved?

Right now, three or more such houses on Ephraim’s Main Street are in dire need of protection.

Is it just a matter of time until they too will fall hapless victims of people who fail to understand and appreciate their value?

It is time to take some decisive steps to save Ephraim’s pioneer architecture.


Sherron Andreasen


Efficient government needed in Ephraim


Apr. 19, 2018


When I came to Ephraim 43 years ago, Arlene Deleeuw and Valene Aston were running city hall. Wayne Sevy was the marshal with his own pickup. I was able to build my dome house, and everything worked fine.

Today, I wouldn’t be allowed to build my dome house, there are seven people in the office and they subcontract the billing. There are seven policemen and no beer hall to police.

Crime in the U.S. is down, and violent crime is half what it was 10 years ago.

Why such a large bureaucracy in Ephraim?

What has happened to efficient government?

In spite of multiple government grants, Ephraim transferred thousands of dollars of utility surplus funds to the general fund last year. Now the utility funds are low, and they want to raise taxes (bond) by about 10 percent for utilities.

Ephraim’s spending, like the federal government’s spending, is out of control.

Ephraim is facing Utah law S.B. 81 (2017) which outlaws charging a franchise fee and licensing for profit, which they have ignored for a year now.

I printed out the bill (S.B. 81) and presented it to the city council on the first of last month with my recommendation for implementing it.

The city council is still ignoring this law which would cut into their revenue substantially.

The city has called a public hearing at the city office on May 2 at 6 p.m. to receive public comment on the bond.

When one person shows up, their opposition is ignored.

If you are concerned about how the city is running their finances, etc., this is the time to show up in force. I will be there.


Frank Crowther


Gunnison Valley Hospital Births

Apr. 5-19, 2018


Starlee Jean Hooley was born to Steven and Caylee Hooley of Manti on April 5, 2018. She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces.

Blaze Floyd Tim Quinn was born to Desiree Allen and Brent Quinn of Gunnison on April 6, 2018. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces.

Ryatt N Coates was born to Jarrett and Shayla Coates of Gunnison on April 13, 2018. He weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces.

Makena Mae Ipson was born to David and Lindsey Ipson of Manti on April 14, 2018. She weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces.