Archives for July 2018

Stetson Craig Taylor


Knoxville Tennessee Mission


Stetson Craig Taylor

Stetson Craig Taylor, son of Craig and Tamera Taylor of Moroni, has been called to serve in the Knoxville, Tennessee Mission.

                He will speak in the Wales LDS church on Sunday, July 22 at 11 a.m.

                Grandparents are David and Janice Taylor, Fairview, DeVon and Dorothy Beck and Michael Christensen, Spring City, and Jon and Kathy White, Spanish Fork.

                Stetson will enter the Provo Missionary Training Center July 25, 2018.


Riley Allred


Pocatello Idaho Mission


Riley Allred

Riley Allred, son of Rick and Jody Allred has been called to serve an LDS Mission in Pocatello, Idaho.

He will speak on Sunday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant 3rd Ward.

He will enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo on July 25. Riley is a graduate of North Sanpete High School and LDS Institute.

Grandparents are the late Lynn and Lenor Simons of Mt. Pleasant and Dick and (late) Dianne Allred of Spring City.

Shayla Greene


California Anaheim Mission


Shayla Greene

          Shayla Greene returned home on July 10 after faithfully serving in the California Anaheim Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

          She will be speaking in the Manti 10th Ward on Sunday, July 22, at 11 a.m. at the Tabernacle.

          Shayla is the daughter of Jared and Tevera Greene of Manti, and the granddaughter of Lloyd and Susan Lyons of Manti; Karen Hawk of Manti; and Ron Greene of Superior, Montana. 

Brant Richard Stevens


California Irvine Mission

Brant Richard Stevens

            Brant Richard Stevens will be returning home July 18 from honorably serving in the California, Irvine LDS Mission.

Brant will be reporting on his mission Sunday, July 22, 2018 in the Ephraim 4th Ward at 9 a.m.

Brant is the son of Allan and Jane Stevens of Ephraim.  He is the grandson of Richard and Marie Stevens of Ephraim, and Hannah and the late Robert Wunderlich of Salt Lake.


Layne Jared Jensen


Texas Lubbock Mission

Layne Jared Jensen

            Layne Jared Jensen returned home on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from serving a mission in the Texas Lubbock Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

            He will report on Sunday, July 22 in the Sterling Ward at 9 a.m.
Layne is the son of Corey and Arleen Jensen of Sterling and  the grandson of Clair and Arla Otten, Cathy Fox, Kim Jensen, and Ron and Cheryl Brewer. 

Sherry Sauer Pugmire




Sherry Sauer Pugmire

                Sherry Sauer Pugmire returned to her Heavenly Home on July 14, 2018.

                She was born Sept. 20, 1947 to Mildred and Doane Sauer in Rigby, Idaho. A year after graduating from Chief Seattle High School, she met the love of her life, Max LaMonte Pugmire. They were married March 5, 1966 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho, Temple.

                Sherry and Monte have also lived in Utah, Mississippi, Kansas, and Uruguay. Raising a family is what Sherry did best. She spent her time attending her children’s soccer matches, basketball games, concerts, and plays.

                Sherry earned a degree in Nursing from Salt Lake Community College. She spent 25 years caring for others. She served in multiple LDS auxiliaries.

                She traveled with Helping Hands for Haiti and became the medical adviser to two LDS missions in Uruguay. Sherry’s greatest passion was a family gathering. “The-more-the-merrier” was always her theme.

                She is survived by her husband of 52 years Monte, children: Gary (Teresa), Jeff (Kathryn), Eric (Chris), Laurie Nelson (Cody), Scott (Tami), sisters Leslie, Karen, Julie, Jody, Wendy, 25 grandchildren and one great- granddaughter.

                Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center, 400 N. 400 West, where friends may call Friday night from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services.

                Interment will be at the West Jordan Cemetery.

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Kenneth Walser


Kenneth Walser

                Kenneth Walser, age 93, died Friday afternoon, July 6, 2018, with his loving wife of 63 years, Susie Johnson Walser, at his side. The couple had relocated to Mesa, Arizona to be closer to their children three years ago. Prior, they lived in Sanpete County for more than 30 years.

                Kenneth was born in El Paso, Texas on April 14, 1925, preceding his twin sister by four minutes. He was the fourth child of Alma Walter and Aseneth Skousen Walser. He had three older brothers and five younger sisters.

                Kenneth spent his younger years in El Paso. He was active in the LDS church and sports. At Stephen F. Austin High School he won numerous awards for swimming and diving, as well as playing on the football team. He also participated in swimming, track, and football at the University of Texas Austin and swimming at the University of Denver.

                Kenneth served the Army Air Force at the tail end of WWII and in the Air Force in Korea where he flew 51 B-26 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Seven Clusters and the Purple Heart. After his combat duty, Kenneth was among a number of Veteran USAF pilots selected to tour Air Force ROTC units. After leaving the Air Force, Kenneth spent most of the rest of his professional life as a commercial airline pilot.

                Kenneth and Susie were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 2, 1956. They were blessed with five children: Jon Kenneth, David Kimball, Neal Johnson, Alice Renee Glidewell and Catherine Jane Kellner. They have lived in Utah, Washington, Alaska, California, Utah (again) and Arizona. He excelled as a father and was a wonderful example to his boys of how to conduct themselves and a loving protector and leader for his girls. Kenneth has faithfully served in many capacities in the LDS church including bishop, missionary, high councilor and temple sealer.

                Kenneth is survived by his wife, Susie Johnson Walser; all five of his children as well as 21 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; brother, Roy; and sisters: Helen Wells and Melba Allan. He is preceded in death by his parents and five of his eight siblings: Walter, Stansel, Aseneth Davis, Betty Olsen, and Lucille Brown.

                A viewing was held at Bunker’s Family Funeral Home in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, July 13, 2018. The funeral services will be held in Manti, where Kenneth and Susie spent most of their retirement years. The services will be Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. at the Manti Tabernacle, 90 S Main St, Manti. There will be a viewing held prior to services from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Manti City Cemetery with Military Honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

                As a family we thank all those who have loved and served our husband, father, brother and son. He was and is an example of kindness, integrity and courage. We will miss him but look forward to seeing him again someday.

Jared Bert Pearson




Jared Bert Pearson

Jared Bert Pearson, 42, of Manti, passed away July 11, 2018 in Clearfield. He was born Jan. 15, 1976 in Choteau, Montana to Harold Bert and Anna Jean Mitchell Pearson.

            Jared had a very active mind, and he was always full of ideas and plans for new projects. He loved being on the farm and all the mechanical work that went with it. He could figure out and fix any problem with cars, trucks or farm machinery. He was an excellent welder. As a young man, Jared served an LDS mission to Pennsylvania.

            He is survived by his mother, Anna; daughters: Kailin and Chloe Pearson; good friend and former wife, Maria Garbe Pearson all of Manti; lifelong buddy, Josh Dobbins of Sun River, Montana; his two dogs: Skye and Speedy; siblings: Elroy (Shelly) Pearson of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Martin Pearson of Moxee, Washington, Damon (Jennifer) Pearson of Clearfield, Jennifer (Mark) Eichelberger of Springville; Rosalee Pearson, Denise Pearson, Jonathon (Grace) Pearson, and Veronica Pearson, all of Layton. He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Manti 9th Ward Chapel, 300 South Main (Red church) with a viewing prior to services. Burial will be on Friday, July 20 in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Fairfield, Montana.

            Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Two doubles teams and one singles

netter win Manti 4th tourney



Division A finalists in Manti’s Fourth of July tennis tournament (L-R): Doubles teams Brady Aste and Paul Dyreng defeated doubles team Paul Braithwaite and Quinn Allred.

            MANTI—Five winners emerged victorious in the annual tennis tournament held in Manti City on the Fourth of July, and all 38 participants braved the 95-degree temperatures.

            The participants were divided according to their abilities, with the 20 who had college-level tennis-playing experience in A Division.

            These 10 doubles teams, who were randomly paired, competed in modified two-out-of-three sets with a 10-point tiebreaker as the deciding set.

            According to Douglas Dyreng who ran the tournament, “The matches were very competitive in the A Division with all but one match going into a third-set tiebreaker.”

            The A Division winners were Paul Dyreng and Brady Aste, defeating Paul Braithwaite and Quinn Allred 4-6, 6-4, (10-2) in the finals.

Division C finalists in Manti’s Fourth of July tennis tournament: Thane Thompson (left) defeated Preston Thompson.

            In B Division, 12 participants were paired randomly in doubles teams, and most of these individuals had significant high-school-level tennis-playing experience.

            The B Division played a pro set (first to win eight games ahead by two) and was won by Bennett Thompson and Grady Thompson, defeating John Willmore and Kent Larsen 8-1 in the final.

            “Six young netters who are just beginning to enjoy the great lifetime sport of tennis,” Douglas Dyreng said, each played a regular set in the C Division.

            In this C Division singles contest, Thane Thompson defeated Preston Thompson 6-2 in the final to win.

Division B finalists in Manti’s Fourth of July tennis tournament (L-R): Doubles team Kent Larsen and John Willmore were defeated by doubles team Bennett Thompson and Grady Thompson.

Neil Riding wins medals

at Utah Special Olympics


Katelyn Allred

Staff writer


Neil Riding displays the medals he won at the Utah Special Olympics.

EPHRAIM— Ephraim native Neil Riding took two gold medals in this year’s Utah Special Olympics at Utah Valley University.

The event, held June 8 and 9, drew more than 800 participants from all over the state.
            “It’s an event that everyone at some point in their life ought to see,” said Margaret Riding, his mother. “It makes you so grateful for the teams that advocate for kids with disabilities.”

The Special Olympics give people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to compete in a variety of sports, including swimming, track and field and softball.

Riding competed in four events, and took gold medals in the 25-meter dash and softball throw. He also took bronze in the 100-meter dash and fourth place in the 50-meter dash.

When he won, he reacted “like a champion,” according to his mother. “Like, ‘Yes!’”

He’s been competing in the Special Olympics for three years. He began playing basketball in middle school, high school and church teams. When he moved to Orem, he started running on a nearby middle school track. “He just got to be pretty fast,” said Margaret.

The Special Olympics were first organized in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who saw that many children with intellectual disabilities were excluded from sports teams and other activities. The first event was held in Chicago, with about 1,000 athletes total competing. Fifty years later, over 4,000 athletes and coaches will be competing at the national level, with many more competing in state tournaments.

“It’s a marvelous opportunity,” his mother said, “…we’re just grateful that he’s able to be a part of a world of sports, where there is competition and he’s able to excel in his field.”

Litigation holding up Ephraim

Canyon Road project


James Tilson

Staff writer


MANTI—The paving project for Ephraim Canyon Road has been delayed due to litigation from one of the contract bidders from out of state.

            GC Works, Inc. out of Miami, Florida, has filed an official protest with the Federal Government Office of Accountability (GAO) against the bid awarded to Staker Parsons, Co., dba Hales Sand & Gravel from Richfield.

The protest maintains that Staker Parsons is not a “legitimate certified bidder.” Staker Parsons is a large construction company headquartered in Ogden, but with locations all over Utah, Idaho and Nevada. It has bought up a number of local construction companies, including Hales Sand & Gravel, and submitted its bid for the Ephraim Canyon Road project as “dba (doing business as)” Hales Sand & Gravel.

GC Works’ position is that the naming of Staker Parson’s bid was misleading, and may have been done to pose as a local Sanpete business.

County Commissioner Claudia Jarrett expressed great concern that the delays from the protest could put the entire project in danger of not being completed in time, or at all.

            The paving project was supposed to start in May, but has not started yet, waiting on a decision from the GAO. Jarrett said the project was originally set to finish before October, so as to avoid the heavy traffic associated with hunting season. According to Jarrett, “We were pushing it to get it done in one summer. Now, I don’t know if it can get done in one season at all.”

            Jarrett said she was told on June 10 that a decision from the GAO could be expected “within 10 days.” But that time has long passed, and now she’s worried that the original bid will no longer hold. She said, “Every delay leads to a greater possibility that the cost will go up, and less of the road will get paved.”

            The winning bid by Staker Parsons came in at $3,797,469.50. GC Works bid came in nearly $1 million over that bid, at $4,583,605.00.

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Moves to clean up Moroni hinge on enforcement


Suzanne Dean



Dozens of old washers and dryers are strewn behind home in Moroni. Much of the fence that was supposed to shield them from view has fallen down. The property is one of scores of eyesores the Moroni mayor, a city councilman, and the planning and zoning commission want cleaned up.

MORONI—Moroni could and should be a rural community that offers a quality residential environment.

“We can be the most beautiful town in Sanpete County,” says Jed Demill, a city councilman and the council liaison with the town’s planning and zoning commission.

Moroni has an excellent secondary irrigation system and more water than most towns, which could translate to lots of green lawns. The town is growing, with many attractive new homes being built.

Yet an increasing number of homes, including some at the town entrances, have no lawns at all. The space in front of the homes is dirt and weeds, often with some junk thrown in.

And it seems that around every corner, both behind homes, in block interiors and in plain view, is some sort of unauthorized junk yard.

One house has what Demill believes are 40-50 washers and dryers, easily visible through the fallen or missing slats of a metal panel fence.

A vacant lot beside one home has an old wagon loaded with rolled up chicken wire, and about 10 feet away, a giant pile of tree branches.

One interior lot has upwards of 20 junk vehicles, with some kind of old limousine covered in canvas out on the street.

A lot for sale in a part of town where other new homes have been built backs up against an array of junk, including an old sink, branches and junk vehicles.

“I don’t know if any of you have driven around town,” Demill told the city council in April. “I’ve had four or five people come up to me in the last four or five weeks. They want something done with our city.”

For about two years, two mayors, two city councils and the Moroni Planning and Zoning Commission have been reviewing and revising ordinances related to zoning, subdivisions, animals and nuisances, among other topics. A few revised ordinances have been adopted. Most are still pending.

The whole effort is coming to a head, possibly at the next council meeting July 19. That’s when the council is expected to take up many of the ordinance drafts, including the most controversial issue of all—enforcement.

The current ordinance has vague language saying that a person who violates zoning or nuisance ordinances can be found guilty of an “infraction,” carrying an unspecified penalty.

Mayor Paul Bailey, Demill, and the planning an zoning commission want to put teeth into the ordinances with a tough enforcement clause that applies to all types of zoning and nuisance violations.

The city needs to be able to “go in there, give ‘em a warning, tell them, ‘This is what we want, we’ll give you two weeks to get it done. If not, we’re just going to send in law enforcement to come and give you a ticket.,’” Demill said at the April council meeting.

Such a citation would be a Class B misdemeanor and require an appearance in the city justice court. If the property owner failed to appear, a warrant would go out for his or her arrest.

If the owner did appear, he or she could be represented by a lawyer. But if the judge found the owner guilty of violating ordinances and ignoring a warning to clean up, he could conceivably sentence the owner to jail. (Notably, all justice court actions can be appealed to 6th District Court.)

That potential makes some of the council members uncomfortable. “Are we willing to start putting people in jail for washers and dryers?” Councilman Fred Atkinson asked at the April council meeting.

“In the beginning, we might have two or three of them that we have to make examples of, but once you do that, everybody’s going to kind of come into line,” Demill responded.

“I think there will be some people who will fight it,” Atkinson said. He said he understood the complaints about junk cars and other nuisances. But he characterized moves to crack down as “50 people trying to control the rest of the town.”

“I don’t think I should be able to tell somebody that car’s an eyesore or you’ve got to park that trailer behind your house….I have a hard time with it.”

An effort to review and update all Moroni ordinances started after Luke Freeman was elected mayor in 2014. His job at Pittman Farms, formerly Norbest, includes writing and revising company policies.

After Freeman left office, he became a member of the planning commission, where he has continued to take a lead role in revision of the zoning, nuisance and related ordinances.

In 2017, Paul Bailey was elected mayor, partly on a pledge to clean up the town. Besides pushing ordinance revisions, he has collected substantial donations and initiated a host of improvements to public spaces, ranging from planting trees and improving landscaping around the Moroni Opera House to developing a new park at the east entrance of the city.

“We want to clean up our portion of the city so maybe people will take care of their portions,” he says.

Bailey, Demill and some of the planning and zoning members have also taken the lead by improving their own homes. Demill, for instance, got together with a next door neighbor and put down decorative gravel in the space between their houses and the road.

The strip between the road asphalt and property lines is actually city property, but the city needs the help of residents to take care of it, he says.

There’s little debate on those types of efforts. And, Bailey says, the city council has even reached a consensus on most of the substance of the zoning, nuisance and animal ordinances.

For instance, the maximum number of non-operating vehicles allowed on a property is two. One horse is permitted on a quarter acre, so long as the quarter acre is open space and doesn’t have a house or other accessory buildings on it.

“Should we allow 25 chickens or 10? We got all that nailed down,” Bailey says.

The remaining question is whether anything will be done about the serious violators. “We just want some teeth in the ordinance, and for that, we need Class B,” the mayor says.

“I’m one who likes very defined policies,” Freeman says. “That was my focus as mayor. I’d like to have Moroni defined as what the mayor and council want, and have some structure to support that. I want to make sure everything is as open and plain as possible.”

Heather Christensen, chairwoman of the planning and zoning commission, said she talked recently to a Utah County developer who told her 3,000 homes are slated to be built between Santaquin and the Juab County line.

Some of that growth is sure to spill over into places like Moroni, she says. “We need to prepare. I think it’s great that we’re putting some teeth into our ordinances. It’s good for the future growth of Moroni.”

Demill says he doesn’t like confrontation. He wants to keep all his friends in Moroni. But he wants a tidier town. “We’re not trying to shake up the world. We just want to clean things up. That’s what our goal is.”

Local drone pilot may have answers to fire


Robert Stevens

Managing editor


Fire crews, which were waiting on standby during the Hub City Days fireworks display, rush to put out a fire caused by an errant firework.

MT. PLEASANT—Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that happened during the Hub City Days fireworks display, and the answer may lie in the hands of a local drone pilot.

The fire erupted in a nearby field, with flames sprouting into the sky as high as 20 feet, said Rhonda Stewart of Mt. Pleasant, who was watching the Hub City Days fireworks display from nearby.

According to Mt. Pleasant City Fire Chief Sam Draper, a number of people reported seeing the tell-tale blinking green and red lights of an unmanned aircraft—aka drone—in the sky near the fireworks as they watched from the rodeo grandstands and surrounding areas.  On the Mt. Pleasant City Facebook page, one commenter said they had seen as many as three drones flying that night.

Draper said it is theoretically possible that fireworks may have hit a drone, causing it to nosedive and ignite the dry brush beneath it, but that is not an official theory.

Draper said he is hoping to speak to whoever was flying the drone, believing they may have taken video footage of what transpired that night.

“They’re not in any trouble right now,” Draper said. “We just want to talk to them and see if they had any footage from that night.”

Stewart said the fireworks appeared to be much lower than the drone when it veered off course and into the field.

“We were looking up and admiring how far up the drone was when fireworks shot to the side and caught the field on fire,” she said.  “My big childhood fear of fireworks going sideways came true. I know I will never be that close again. It scared the life out of me.”

Since fire crews from several cities were nearby for the main fireworks display, the dramatic looking brushfire was quickly extinguished, Draper said. Looking at it after the fact, very little damage of consequence was done, if any.

Draper said the Utah State Fire Marshall is involved in the investigation.

As for the drones, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations, it is technically against the law to fly a drone at night without special permission and equipment, but people do it every Independence Day.

Youtube is filled with videos of drones flying right into the middle of fireworks—and some getting blasted right out of the sky—so until the investigation is complete, nothing is being ruled out.

Mt. Pleasant City asks that if you, or anyone you know, was flying a drone in Mt. Pleasant on the night of July 4 contact city hall at 435-462-2456.

Willie the Clown, universally recognized figure in Sanpete County, dies at 92


Suzanne Dean



Willie rides down Manti’s Main Street during the 2012 fair parade. Willie was a fixture at Sanpete community celebrations for almost 30 years.

MANTI—Lamar Williams, who was universally known and recognized in Sanpete County as Willie the Clown, died Tuesday at 92.

Williams, who moved from the Millcreek area of Salt Lake County to Manti after he retired in 1988, broke a leg in 2017 and afterward was unable to walk. He entered the Mission at Community Living care center in March of this year, which is where he died. (See obituary page __.)

He was raised in Spanish Fork and Provo, and even as a youngster liked to hang out around the circus whenever it came to town, Marla Ward, his oldest daughter says. Sometimes he would end up getting painted up as a clown.

Right after high school, he joined the Navy and served in World War II. When he was discharged in California, he remained there, got involved in roller skating and became a state champion in the sport.

His future wife’s parents owned a roller rink. They hired him to teach roller skating at their rink. That’s where his wife, Dorothy, then age 12, met him. A little over two years later, when he was 23 and she 14-1/2, they were married.

Between the mid 1950s and mid 1960s, the Williamses lived in California, where Lamar worked in maintenance at a hospital and for Monterrey Peninsula Community College.

In 1966, the family, which eventually included eight children, moved back to Utah. Over the next 20 years, Williams’ resume grew to reflect the diversity of his skills.

“He could do anything,” his daughter says. The reason he kept changing jobs, she said, was that “he kept perfecting another skill.”

He worked in maintenance for the University of Utah, managed the Classic Skating roller rink, was a building inspector for Salt Lake County and ended his working career as a maintenance worker at the Salt Palace.

During his years in Salt Lake County, he started clowning in earnest. He taught clowning for 10 years through the U. of U. Theater Department. When he retired from the role, the department bestowed a “doctorate of mirth” on him.

In one of his first years after moving to Sanpete County, he and his wife roller skated the length of the Sanpete County Fair Parade as “Willie” and “Wobbly.”

Before long, Willie the Clown, often riding a tiny bicycle with handlebars 3 to 4 feet long, or later, an ATV, seemed to pop up in nearly every town parade and at events ranging from a Christmas piñata festival in Ephraim; to a birthday party for Readasaurus,  the Ephraim Elementary School mascot; to an end-of-summer reading carnival at the Fairview bookmobile library.

In 2013, he made his 20th appearance at the Sanpete County Fair. In many or most of those years, he put on a clown show as part of the talent competition. In many years, he also put on a clown class where youngsters emerged as authentic looking clowns.

Between official performances, he walked or rode around the grounds giving away balloons, or tying them into animal figures and giving the tied creations away.

“He is there the whole fair. Literally the whole fair,” Liz Brotherson, the entertainment chairwoman in 2013, told the Sanpete Messenger.  “I don’t think he would stay away even if he was told he couldn’t come.”

Once in his mid 80s, Williams told fair leaders he was going to train someone to replace him. “But that hasn’t happened,” Brotherson told the Messenger. “He’s been here every year. He loves it,” especially the clowning class. “The idea of clowns, their skill and everything about them. He loves it.”

Besides clowning, Williams loved carpentry, loved to fish and was an avid gardener, “and the bigger the zucchini the better,” his daughter said.

After entering the care center, she said he was “not always was he in our reality, but you put a balloon in his hand and he started tying it.” Many residents in the care center had his balloon creations in their rooms.

In an interview with the Messenger in 2013, Williams reflected on his years with the Sanpete County Fair. “It’s just been a great experience for me, promoting the art of clowning. This is my way of saying ‘thanks’ to the people of Sanpete County. I just love to make people happy. If I’m friendly and loving, who knows what will come of it.”

Ashtyn Childs earns 2018 Miss Gunnison Valley crown


Robert Green

Staff writer


The 2018 Miss Gunnison Valley royalty are (from left to right) Carolyn Donaldson, first attendant; Ashtyn Childs, Miss Gunnison; Aubree Jensen, second attendant.

GUNNISON—Running on a platform of “Being Uniquely You,” Ashtyn Childs was crowned Miss Gunnison at the 49th annual Miss Gunnison Valley 2018 Scholarship Pageant on Saturday night at Gunnison Valley High School.

Also named as pageant royalty are first attendant Carolyn Donaldson and second attendant Aubree Jensen.

During her reign as Miss Gunnison, Childs wants to teach others “the importance of being themselves.” She would like to decrease teen suicide and depression by focusing on a positive self-image and tolerance of everyone’s unique differences.

“This is something I feel strongly about and if I only change one life by implementing my platform in Gunnison Valley, that’s one life I have changed for the better,” she said.

Childs has also felt alone, mistreated and misjudged because of her own disease and differences. She has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that leads to an over active thyroid gland.

Pageant director Kara Jensen said Ashtyn is already thinking of ways to implement her platform by visiting local schools and talking to youth about being themselves and being comfortable with their own situation.

Royalty is required to attend parades and other events within the Gunnison Valley throughout the year. At the end of the year, scholarships will be awarded to each girl.