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to benefit Fossums set Dec. 16

The Third Annual Saint Lucy’s Day celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., in the Ephraim Co-Op Mercantile, 96 North Main, complete with music, program and an authentic Scandinavian Smorgasbord Dinner. Tickets available at the co-op or call (435) 283-6654.

FAIRVIEW— A Christmas Concert and art auction to benefit Eric and Claudia Fossum will be held Monday, Dec 16, at 6 p.m., at the Peterson Dance Hall, 65 South State, Fairview. This event is for ages eight and up. Admission is by donation at the door. The event opens with an art auction featuring beautiful creations by many of North Sanpete’s finest artists. Following the auction, at 7 p.m., the concert features the San-

pete Valley Singers, bluegrass band Sara, Sue and the Longbottom Boys, dance by Excel Dance Company, vocals by the Spencer Cox Quartet and readings by Bryan Spencer. Eric and Claudia Fossum are prominent members of the Fairview community and valued volunteers at the Fairview museum and with the North Bend Entertainers. Last Oct. 11, the Fossums were seriously injured in a tragic traffic accident near Mt. Pleasant.

Claudia and Eric Fossum

Third annual Saint Lucia celebration set Dec. 14 LongBottom Band to support Fossum fundraiser Dec. 16

EPHRAIM — The Third Annual Scandinavian celebration of Saint Lucia is returning with special music, program and an authentic Scandinavian Smorgasbord Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., in the Ephraim Co-Op Mercantile, 96 North Main. Tickets available at the co-op or call (435) 283-6654 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information visit Ephraim Co-Op Mercantile Association on Facebook. Saint Lucia, whose name Lucia refers to “light”, is celebrated on Saint Lucy’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Lucy. It is a Christian feast day normally celebrated during Advent. Saint Lucy was a third-century martyr under the Diocletianic Persecution, who according to legend brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs” using a candle-lit wreath to “light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible.” Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a Christian festival of light. Falling within the Advent season, Saint Lucy’s Day is viewed as an event signaling the

arrival of Christmastide, pointing to the arrival of the Light of Christ in the calendar, on Christmas Day. Saint Lucy’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day, and in Italy, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story. In Scandinavia, where Saint Lucy is called Santa Lucia in Norwegian and Sankta Lucia in Swedish, she is represented as a lady in a white dress (a symbol of a Christian’s white baptismal robe) and red sash (symbolizing the blood of her martyrdom) with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, as songs are sung, girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession, which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness.” In both Protestant and Catholic churches, boys participate in the procession as well, playing different roles associated with Christmas. It is said that to vividly celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

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MT. PLEASANT— A man who was target shooting when a nine-yearold boy was wounded by a bullet that hit a SUV traveling on a Utah highway has been charged with felony discharge of a firearm and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels said the man charged Dec. 6, Camryn Summerhays, didn’t intend to hit anyone but was negligent while shooting toward a highway in an area without a barrier to stop fired shots. The incident occurred Nov. 23 along U.S. 89 north of Mt. Pleasant





FAIRVIEW — No one expected more than a few people to attend the first performance of the newly-organized bluegrass/modern band on Dec. 9. Now “Sara, Sue, and the Longbottom Boys” are set to present an encore Dec. 16, at the fundraising benefit program for Eric and Claudia Fossum at the Petersen Dance Hall, 65 South State, Fairview. Tickets by donation at the door. At 6 p.m., an art viewing and auction will begin, with the art all donated by well-known Sanpete and state winners. At 7 p.m., quality groups such as Sara, Sue and the Longbottom Boys will perform along with other acts. It’s an event that is worth visiting and everyone is encouraged to bring along their friends and neighbors to help raise funds to benefit the Fossum’s, who are beloved community leaders and neighbors who were hit head on in a serious car accident on Oct. 11 and have medical bills that are rising daily. Sara, Sue and the Long Bottom Boys band members were surprised

The wildly popular bluegrass/modern band “Sara, Sue and the Longbottom Boys” will perform during the Dec. 16 fundraising event to help Eric and Claudia Fossum at 6 p.m., at the Petersen Dance Hall, 65 South State, Fairview. Tickets by donation at the door. Band members are (left to right): Sara Gunnell, on violin and mandolin; Greg Boothe, on guitar with original music and corny jokes; Susan Shepherd, on vocals; and Devin Shepherd, on electric guitar and piano with his own arranging. (Photo courtesy of Terry Madsen) by the turn-out for their first performance at the Fairview Museum of History and Art as the event became a full house of all ages and tastes. Suddenly, the group became a hit

and had to scramble to find an encore for the enthusiastic audience. They are excited to be performing again at the benefit program for the Fossums.

Reflections awards night held at SC Elementary PAM ANDERSON

while Summerhays was shooting with his wife and son. The wounded boy was in the SUV with two family members. He survived but had to undergo surgery at a hospital to have the bullet removed. Daniels said the wounded boy’s family wants those responsible to accept responsibility and any consequences for their actions. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Summerhays who could comment on the allegations.


SPRING CITY — Spring City Elementary School held a “Look Within” Reflections awards night on Dec. 4. There were 117 entries submitted and 20 entries are going on to the regional contest (five from each category). On average, most schools in the state of Utah get about 60 entries each year, but Spring City received 117 entries. Of those, 68 were for literature, 37 for 2-D visual arts, seven in photography and five 3-D visual art entries. The Spring City Parent Teacher Association (PTA) appreciates all the parents and teachers for their support of these students as well

Several awards were presented during the “Look Within” Reflections awards night held Dec. 4 at Spring City Elementary. as the North Sanpete High School Sterling Scholars and Shannon Mickel for their help in with this event.






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Thursday, December 12, 2019


Ten tips for intentional holiday spending ADRIE ROBERTS

USU Extension

LOGAN — The holiday hustle and bustle has begun. It can be a stressful time, but it’s important to keep it in perspective and remember why people go to all the effort. Author Donald E. Westlake said, “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” With that in mind, here are 10 tips for budgeting for gifts and events for loved ones. Make list, check twice Who are gifts needed for? How much will be spent on them? How many neighbor/office/teacher/coach gifts will be needed? Is there a plan for doing any entertaining during the holidays? Are there concerts, movies, or other events that would be enjoyed? Is any travel planned during the holidays? Decide how much to spend Ideally, some money has been set aside for the holidays. If not, cut back on extras such as movies, dinners out or coffee/soda until the holidays are over. Go through the monthly budget and see where it can be trimmed back. If necessary, take on a temporary job for the holidays. Sell some unused things on EBay, Facebook Marketplace, the classified ads or try holding a garage sale in a warm garage to get rid of unwanted items. Budget for the holiday In addition to gifts, don’t forget all the other holiday-related expenses. These include such things as holiday clothing, the cost of shopping (gas, parking, food), donating to charitable causes, decorations, holiday concerts and movies, food and drinks for parties, gift exchanges with the office, greeting cards, family photos, postage for cards and packages and travel expenses. Decide who, what Set a firm “no more than” amount to be spent for each person. Parents might want to have children make a list of their wants in order of importance. Have children make their lists by early November so parents can notify “Santa” of their wishes. Then, once the lists are made and mailed, let children know that no changes are allowed. If disposable income is tight, try handmade gifts such as cookies, pumpkin bread, a family photo

The worth of a banana


Tis the season of giving – not the season of spending, as most merchants would have us believe. Take the necessary steps to control holiday finances. or something crafty. Set expectations If gifts will be minimal this year, advise people now. Bring their expectations in line and absolve oneself of gift-giving guilt. Now is also the time to discuss reasonable and economically feasible gift-giving tactics with family and friends, such as grab bags, white elephant gifts, name exchanges or skipping gifts altogether. Start shopping early Many people shop year around and are always on the lookout for holiday gifts. Clearance racks and shelves are a great place for bargains. Buy winter clothes at the end of the season in March and April in projected sizes and hide them away until the holidays. Buy wrapping paper and holiday decor at a deep discount after Christmas. One of the surest ways to overspend is to wait until the last minute and buy all the gifts in a rush. This makes an already stressful time even more stressful. Stay on budget, keep list Stay on the budget and keep a list of financial obligations. When tempted to overspend, review those obligations. Shop when pressed for time. Less time in a store usually means fewer purchases. Or, shop with a trusted friend or relative who will firmly guide a tempted shopper away from unplanned purchases. If a gift on the list is on sale, buy it. If it isn’t, “just say no.” Keep track of spending Use cash. Put each household mem-

ber’s holiday budget in an envelope. When the money’s gone, it’s gone. If credit cards are used for convenience, hold a weekly reckoning with yourself, your spouse and the credit card receipts to make sure no one is going overboard. If credit cards MUST be used, pay them off as quickly as possible. The best bet is to pay it off in one lump sum. Don’t handicap oneself into the new year with debt; be in the position to be financially successful after the holidays. Get creative Give “sweat equity” gifts, which might include a hand-made certificate for free babysitting or cat-sitting services, snow shoveling, yard work or another service. Share a talent. Make an afghan, do a wood-working project, make a holiday decoration or start an herb garden. Add cheap cheer Play holiday music, drive around town and see the lights, do a scavenger hunt, make pies or cookies with family or friends, decorate gingerbread houses, go caroling, adopt a senior citizen for the holidays or make holiday crafts. Try giving children “something they need, something they want, something to read and something to wear.” Go to a religious service of another church. Read holiday stories and books, decorate the tree, make a paper chain countdown, watch Christmas movies in pajamas or scrapbook the year’s events. Remember – this is the season of giving – not the season of spending, as most merchants would have us believe.

Sanpete County booking report MANTI — Activities on the Sanpete County booking report are as follows: Dec. 3 Megan Boynton, Mt. Pleasant, was arrested in Mt. Pleasant by the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) on charges of driving on suspension, no in-

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surance and a Santaquin Justice Court Warrant. Bail was set at $1,467. Michael Doctor, Spanish Fork, was arrested in the Sanpete County Jail by the Sanpete County Sheriff ’s Office on a warrant. Bail was set at $10,000. Aric Perkins, Richfield, was arrested in the Sanpete County Jail by the Sanpete County Sheriff ’s Office on a Sixth District Court Warrant. Bail was set at $100,000. Aubrey Robb, Moroni, was arrested in Manti by Adult Probation and Parole on a West Jordan Third District and two Ogden Second District Court Warrants. Bail was set at $25,000. Mickelle Stavros, Spanish Fork, was arrested in the Sanpete County Jail by the Sanpete County Sheriff ’s Office

on a Sixth District Court Warrant. Bail was set at $5,000. Devon Stettler, West Valley City, was arrested in Mt. Pleasant by the UHP on a Sandy Justice Court Warrant. Bail was set at $680. Dec. 4 Christopher Hansen, St. George, was arrested in Mt. Pleasant by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department on an Arizona Warrant. No bail was set. Andre Yocom, Lehi, was arrested in Ephraim by the Ephraim Police Department on charges of DUI, unsafe lane of travel, expired or no license and glue sniffing. Bail was set at $1,790. Dec. 5 Sarah Eliason, Mt. Pleasant, was arrested in Manti by the Sanpete County Sheriff ’s Office on two Sixth District Court Warrants. Bail was set at $10,000.

Dec. 6 Monico Fields, Manti, was arrested in Manti by the Sanpete County Sheriff ’s Office on two Fourth District Court Warrants. Bail was set at $5,000. I’Uogafa Sagote, Ephraim, was arrested in Ephraim by the Ephraim Police Department on the charge of mail theft. Bail was set at $1,950. Dec. 7 Darrell Jay Waters, Fairview, was arrested in Spring City by the Spring City Police Department on a Sanpete Justice Court Warrant. Bail was set at $275. Dec. 8 Derek Tom Alvey, Fairview, was arrested in Mt. Pleasant by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department on Fourth District, Provo Justice and Spanish Fork Warrants. Bail was set at $5,300.

lbs scarce; 300-400 lbs 145.00-202.00; 400-500 lbs 132.50-170.00; 500-600 lbs 127.00-153.50; 600-700 lbs 120.00-141.00; 700-800 lbs 117.50-140.50; 800-900 lbs 116.00-140.00; 900-1000 lbs 125.00-132.00; 1000 lbs scarce.

Holstein steers: scarce. Feeder heifers: 200-300 lbs 130.00-202.50; 300-400 lbs 122.50-170.00; 400-500 lbs 120.00-158.00; 500-600 lbs 116.00-143.00; 600-700 lbs 112.50-138.00; 700-800 lbs 102.50-136.25; 800-900 lbs scarce; 900-1300 lbs 75.25-96.00; heiferettes: 78.50-88.50. Bred cows: scarce. Cows: 45.75-65.05. Cutting bulls: 700-1050 lbs 111.00-116.00. Slaughter bulls: 68.5074.50.

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Prices for Salina Producers Livestock Auction held Dec. 3 are as follows: Receipts: 1717; last week: 618; feeder steers: higher; heifers: higher; Holstein steers: scarce; slaughter bulls: higher. Feeder steers: 200-300

Jim, my father in law, in his later years, had a number of routines in his life. That’s not unusual. We all have our own ways of living life and we develop habits and patterns. For Jim, when it was time to buy bananas, this is what he would often do. He would drive from his retirement home in St. George and go from one grocery store to another. He would go to Wal-Mart and check the price of bananas. Then he would go to Smith’s and Harmon’s and do the same thing. There may have been other stops. I don’t know. After he checked everywhere, he would buy bananas at the place with the best price. I thought of “Grandpa” when I saw in the news over last weekend about the $120,000.00 banana. I suspect many of you heard about it. Last Saturday, at an art fair in Miami Beach, Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall with a piece of duct tape and titled it “Comedian.” The Italian artist then set the price of $120,000.00 on the “work of art.” It sold. Not only that, there was a second edition of “Comedian” which also sold at the same price. I saw one report that the third edition was eaten. My dad would have probably been someone who would have eaten that banana on display. He cut them up on his cold cereal frequently. He also, on occasion, would slice them on bread for a banana sandwich. And since “the banana doesn’t fall far from the tree,” every once in a while I will do the same thing. Sound weird? It’s good. Try it. As to the question of whether a genuine banana taped to a wall is art or not, I just don’t know. I mentioned art in this space not too long ago when a Monet painting sold for mega-millions. There is a principle that comes into play with both that painting and the banana on the wall. It’s not always a matter of what the work of art is; it’s a matter of who created it. I could easily tape a banana to a wall, but who would want to buy it – or even eat it, for that matter? I could splatter paint onto a canvas and make the case that it looks better than a Jackson Pollock piece. But, guess what, I’m not Jackson Pollock. Therefore my “painting” would be accepted as a gift from a relative who felt sorry for me and a Pollock goes for millions. Cattelan, the banana artist, is kind of famous. He’s not Leonardo DaVinci famous, but he’s a living, kind of famous, artist. That fame makes the difference. He’s best known, I gather, for creating an 18-karat gold functional toilet. That art piece has the title: America. The impression I get is that he was making a statement about our country. I didn’t care to take the time to research what that statement might be. Interestingly, that toilet was stolen this past Sep-

tember. It had been installed as part of an exhibition at Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace, in England. The toilet is valued at $6 million. But, let’s get back to bananas. I’ve become fascinated with them. I’ve found that reading about bananas is a captivating subject. I’ve learned that there is a museum, the Banana Club Museum, in Mecca, California (south of Palm Springs). It has a collection of more than 17,000 banana items. It’s the world’s largest collection devoted to any one fruit. I think I have a new destination on my bucket list. After reading dozens of fun facts about bananas, I’m going to give you just ten interesting facts: 1). A banana is botanically classified as a berry. 2). Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per year. (In Ecuador, it’s 218 pounds of bananas per person every year) 3). “Banan” is an Arabic word which means finger. That’s how we get the name banana. 4). The scientific name of banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.” 5). Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a scrape or burn will help the pain go away, keep swelling down, and keep the wound from getting infected. (Avoid monkeys when using this advice) 6). Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where bananas are grown commercially. (At one time, some were grown in Southern California and Florida) 7). Bananas float in water, like apples and watermelons. (75 percent of the weight of a banana is water.) 8). David Evans Strickler, an employee at Tassel Pharmacy, invented the banana split, in 1904, in Latrobe, PA. 9). If you peel a banana from the bottom up, you will avoid the stringy, clingy bits. 10). Wrapping banana stems tightly in plastic wrap will make them last three to five days longer. (As opposed to just taping them to the wall.) When I was a junior high school kid, I told a gullible neighbor boy, that we had a banana tree in our front yard. He was a year younger than me. He fell for it. The seeds on the tree looked like tiny bananas. It was an Ash tree. I have an Ash tree in my yard now. Having those little “bananas” falling off every year is a nuisance. But it is fun to think of my friend being so impressed that we had a banana tree that wasn’t able to grow mature bananas because of our short growing season (so I told him). To finish up today’s subject, I’d like to share one of my favorite riddles: Question: What does a banana peel on the sidewalk have to do with music? Answer: If you don’t C sharp, you’ll B flat. And my final advice is: Invest in art wisely. I recommend non-biodegradable works of art.

Thursday, December 12, 2019




Sanpete County Community Calendar

Angela Lucy Lewis, daughter of Dale and Karen Lewis, Spring City, recently returned from serving in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will speak at 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in the Spring City Second Ward, 164 South Main Street, Spring City. Grandparents are Scott and Joyce Hammond, St. George; and Janice Lewis, Salt Lake City, and the late Frank Lewis.

E-Bikes welcome on ‘motorized use’ Forest Service trails, roads OGDEN– Electric bicycles, known commonly as e-bikes, have grown in popularity for both recreational use and hunting on public lands and are currently welcome on roads and trails where motorized vehicle travel is authorized throughout the Intermountain Region’s 12 national forests and Curlew National Grassland. The USDA Forest Service considers e-bikes as motorized vehicles and therefore does not allow their use on non-motorized National Forest System roads and trails. The Forest Service encourages e-bike riders to consult their local National Forest or Grassland’s motor vehicle use map to ensure they’re riding on an approved motorized-use roads or trails and to exercise caution when traveling among other motor vehicles. Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes and electric mountain bicycles (eMTBs) are allowed on approximately 60,000 miles or nearly 40 percent of trails on national forests and grasslands. These vehicles are also allowed on thousands of miles of roads on national forests and grasslands at maintenance level 2, 3, or 4. In addition, several yearround resorts operating under a special use permit have established e-bike and eMTB use within their permit boundary. For more information about e-bikes, visit www. About U.S. Forest Service The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. The Forest Service Intermountain Region includes 12 national forests in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming with small portions in California and Colorado and 47,790 acres of National Grassland in Idaho. These public lands provide timber for people, forage for cattle and wildlife, habitat for fish, plants and animals and some of the best recreational opportunities in the country. For more information about U.S. Forest Service, visit

Dec. 11 1:30-7  p.m., Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Pleasant Stake, 48 South State. For more information, call (800) 733-2767. Dec. 14 6 p.m., Third Annual Scandinavian celebration of Saint Lucia with special music, program and an authentic Scandinavian Smorgasbord Dinner at the Ephraim Co-Op Mercantile, 96 North Main. Tickets available at the co-op or call (435) 283-6654 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information visit Ephraim Co-Op Mercantile Association on Facebook. Dec. 16 6-8 p.m., ‘Christmas at the Old Fort’ presented at The Relic Home, 148 South State Street, Mt. Pleasant. Bring family, friends and neighbors to enjoy Christmas traditions of the pioneers living in the old fort. Hear stories and receive traditional treats in an authentic log cabin at the first pioneer home built in Mt. Pleasant. 6 p.m., A Christmas Concert and Art Auction to benefit car accident victims, Eric and Claudia Fossum, Fairview, will be held at Peterson Dance Hall, 65 South State, Fairview. The concert, at 7 p.m., will feature Sanpete Valley Singers, Sara, Sue and the Longbottom Boys, Excel Dance Company, Spencer Cox Quartet and readings by Bryan Spencer. This event for ages eight and up. Admission is by donation. Dec. 24 7 p.m., Everyone is encouraged to attend a free non-denominational Christmas Eve program retelling the story of the birth of Christ using scriptures accompanied by carols and solos that complement the scripture reading at the historic Spring City Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 164 South Main. AA meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meet every week at the following locations and times: Sundays, 10 a.m., upstairs in Mt. Pleasant Recreation Center; 10 N. State, Mt. Pleasant (also Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at this location); Mondays, 8 p.m., Central Utah Counseling Center, 390 W. 100 N, Ephraim (also Thursdays at 8 p.m. at this location). Anyone interested in Alanon/


Alateen fellowship for those whose lives have been affected by alcoholic behavior are encouraged to contact Sam at (435) 262-1188. American Veterans All eligible veterans are encouraged to join and attend the appropriate post meeting as follows: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9276 of North Sanpete meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at 50 North 100 West, Mt. Pleasant. American Legion Post 4 of Mt. Pleasant meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Utah National Guard Armory, 525 West 1000 South, Mt. Pleasant. Bereavement group Gunnison Valley Home Care sponsors a bereavement group meeting open to anyone interested on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at Gunnison Home Health, 45 East 100 North. For more info, call Krista (435) 528-3955. Blood pressure clinic Free blood pressure clinics sponsored by Gunnison Valley Home Care are held monthly at the following locations: Manti Senior Center the second Wednesday of every month from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Gunnison Senior Center the second Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Krista at (435) 528-3955. Disabled Veterans Disabled American Veterans provides free van transportation to the George E. Wahlen Medical Center in Salt Lake City for veterans with medical appointments from Richfield and Sanpete County. DAV is currently seeking more drivers. For more information, contact the DAV Hospital Coordinator at (800) 613-4012 ext. 2003. DUP Anyone interested in joining or visiting local camps of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) is encouraged to con-

tact any DUP member or visit Employment help Department of Workforce Services (DWS), Manti, is offering free resume writing and interview skills workshops. Resume writing workshops are held every Tuesday, and interview skills workshops are held on Wednesdays. Contact DWS office for times at (435) 835-0731. Fairview Museum Fairview Museum of History and Art is displayed in two buildings and grounds featuring many historical artifacts, sculptures, paintings, antique machinery and a locally found mammoth. Winter hours are 12 noon-4  p.m., Thursday thru Saturday or by appointment. Call the museum (435) 427-9216, or Claudia Fossum (801) 673-4738, or send email to FG City Library Serving the communities of Fountain Green, Moroni, Wales and Chester. Internet, computer, printer and TV available. Tuesdays, Preschool story time at 1 p.m., Story hour for ages 4-12, from 3-4 p.m. Adult book club meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month. For book club information, call Mary Smith (435) 445-3597. Library hours: Tuesdays thru Thursdays, 1-5 p.m., at Fountain Green City Hall, 260 West 100 North. Mental health services Sanpete Valley Hospital offers Mental Health Services for individuals who are under or uninsured, including outpatient counseling, medication assistance, and medication management. Call Sanpete Valley Hospital at (435) 462-2441 to see if you qualify. 22 Americans die each day waiting for organ transplants, most of them for kidneys., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is helping to change that

by linking organ donors with people in desperate need of kidneys and other transplants. And now, it’s not necessary to donate a kidney to save a life. Donors can donate a boat, car or real estate, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help save lives of people needing organ transplants. Visit or call (800) 385-0422. MP Public Library An original Carnegie library serving Mt. Pleasant City and surrounding areas. Preschool story time on Mondays at 11:15 a.m. Home School story time on Mondays at 1 p.m. Bedtime story time on third Thursday each month at 6 p.m., come in PJs and bring blanket if desired. Teen Advisory Council Of Students (TACOS) meets first Thursday of month at 4 p.m., TACOS book club meets second Thursday each month at 4 p.m. Book club for adults meets the fourth Friday of each month at 9 a.m., Adult writer’s club meets first Tuesday each month at 6 p.m., Teen writer’s club meets first Thursday each month at 4 p.m., Library hours: Mondays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call (435) 4623240, or visit Mt. Pleasant City Library, 24 East Main, Mt. Pleasant. MP Senior Center Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizen Center, 101 East 100 North, offers rental space for events and social gatherings. For more information, call Paula Wright at (435) 262-9789 or Linda Jarman at (435) 2620380. NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support groups are a free resource providing support for individuals with mental health issues and their family and loved ones. Find strength with others who un-

derstand. Family Support Group for family and friends of individuals with mental health issues meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Connections Support Group for individuals with mental health issues meets on the second and fourth Thursdays each month. All NAMI meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m., at 1050 South Medical Drive, (Next to Therapy West) Mt. Pleasant. Narconon Narconon reminds those struggling with addiction that relationships that have been destroyed with an addiction can be repaired. Addicts and alcoholics must stop talking about it and stop making broken promises, and start making a change. This is where the saying, “Actions speak louder than words,” comes into play. Getting treatment and making a change that people can see is the start to mending those relationships. For more information on repairing relationships, go to https:// www.narconon-suncoast. org/blog/repairing-relationships-damaged-by-addiction.html. Call today for a no cost screening or referral: (877) 841-5509. Preparedness skills Community classes to promote the advancement of skills, preparedness and resilience, are being taught by Jim Phillips in Spring City, sponsored by Spring City Citizen Corps (SCCC). Classes are held at Old Spring City Hall, 150 East Center. Skills classes are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. All events are open to the public at no cost. Questions, call (435) 709-1474. Resource clothing bank Persons needing clothing are welcome to browse what is available, free, on Wednesdays from 1-7 p.m., or Saturdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at 50 South 100 West, Ephraim. Clothing and money donations are welcome. Volunteer help is always needed. For more information call Nancy (435) 851-0603 or Darcie (435) 851-1963. TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is held every Thursday from 4:30-5:45 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Elementary, 579 South 400 East. For more information, call Carolyn (435) 262-7759.

Forest Service highlights Youth Conservation Corps OGDEN—U.S. Forest Service recently highlighted the Youth Conservation Corps and encourages youth, ages 15 to 18, to plan now to get outside, get connected and get involved next spring. The U.S. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. The youth are engaged in fun, exciting work projects designed to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility such as: building and repairing trails, preserving and repairing historic buildings, removing invasive species, helping with wildlife and land research and leading environmental education. YCC supports the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, or 21CSC, mission to put thousands of America’s young people to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s great outdoors. The YCC program also affords members the opportunity to work and learn alongside federal employees in a wide range of natural and environmental projects. How does YCC work? Federal agencies, such as the Forest Service, post available YCC jobs starting in January 2020.

Youth ages 15 to 18 are encouraged to consider applying for Youth Conservation Corps summer jobs for the U.S. Forest Service that will begin to be posted in January 2020. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service) Interested youth download an application online and submit it to the Forest Service unit or units according to the instructions in the job posting. Application deadlines generally range from March 1- April 15. All applications are reviewed and if selected, applicants will be contacted by a Forest Service or partner staff person. The work projects range from two-to-10 weeks in duration. Generally, YCC crew members work a 40hour weekly schedule and are paid the minimum wage, or the state minimum wage if higher, for the time worked. Most of the jobs are with locally based units and YCC crew members are expected to provide their own

transportation and food daily to the YCC site. However, select Forest Service units offer residential programs; some of which may require YCC crew members to contribute to their housing and food costs. YCC Residential programs allow interested youth from communities not within commuting distance to participate. These programs may include organized service learning and other extra-curricular activities. Other opportunities YCC is actually only one-of-six programs that youth may want to consider. The Forest Service has many opportunities for young people to work while learning about natural and cul-

tural resources careers. Youth should consider learning more about Pathways, 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, Resource Assistants Program, Job Corps and the Presidential Management Fellows. For more information, visit www. In addition, Kelly Martin from the Payette National Forest created a winning video “Not just a job...a lifestyle” which features Youth Conservation Corps crew members from Council, Idaho describing what they learned and accomplished during summer 2019. To watch the video, visit www.




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Prepare now for ice fishing season SALT LAKE CITY— With most of Utah getting pelted by freezing temperatures, going fishing may not be at the top of the to-do list. However, don’t put away that tackle box just yet — ice fishing season is just around the corner, and December is the perfect time to prepare. Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors during the winter and is a great activity for the whole family. “Fishing during the winter can be spectacular,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) sportfish coordinator Randy Oplinger said. “You can access an entire lake by walking across the ice; ice fishing gives those who don’t own a boat a great opportunity to fish wherever they would like on a lake.” While the ice may not be quite thick enough yet for safe fishing in many parts of the state, anglers can begin to prepare now by making sure to have the right gear. Here’s a look at some of the recommended equipment to have and tips to help anglers to be successful when ice fishing: Equipment needed

1.) An auger to drill a hole in the ice. Use either a hand-powered auger or a motorized auger. Those new to the sport will find that hand augers work well and typically cost around $50; 2.) Something to scoop the slush out of the hole after it is drilled. Ice fishing scoops can be purchased for only a few dollars or a slotted spoon from the kitchen can work; 3.) Ice fishing rod and line (costs typically start around $20); 4.) Ice fishing lures (these are normally $3-4 each); 5.) Some bait, like mealworms or wax worms (these are $3 a cup, which will last a few fishing trips); 6.) Warm winter clothing; 7.) A camping chair or bucket to sit on. “You can get into the sport of ice fishing for under $100,” Oplinger said. “Just like with any sport, you can spend more if you’d like additional equipment, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be successful and have a good time.” Tips for success During the winter when a waterbody has frozen over,

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Ice fishing season is just around the corner. Now is the time to prepare for venturing out onto the ice. (Photo courtesy of Utah DWR)

fish often stay near the bottom of the lake. Because of that, a good recommendation is to start with a fishing lure about a foot off the bottom. However, fish don’t always stay along the bottom of the lake, so if there aren’t any strikes, then try setting the lure at different depths. Fish finders can be helpful in determining where the fish are,

or consider asking other anglers who are having success at the same waterbody. Fish don’t strike hard under the ice, so anglers will have to carefully watch the tip of their line to know if there are any bites. One thing that can help with that is adding a spring bobber to the end of the fishing rod to help anglers notice those gentle strikes.

Anglers can catch any fish species through the ice, and any time of day can be good when ice fishing. “The best way to prepare for ice fishing is to make sure to be dressed warmly for the colder weather and to make sure all the equipment is ready,” Oplinger said. “If you are new to the sport, you can get additional tips and recommendations from fellow

anglers, employees at tackle stores or online. It’s always a good idea to check local fishing reports as well.” Safety recommendations The general safety recommendation is to not step on the ice unless it is at least four inches thick. However, keep in mind that ice thickness can vary across a lake, so if it is four inches in one spot, don’t assume it is four inches across the entire lake. When venturing out onto the ice, be sure to drill test holes to determine the thickness. Anglers should also avoid having large groups of people and equipment in a small area — spread the weight out. “As an extra precaution, consider purchasing ice safety picks, which can help an angler get out of a lake if there is a fall through the ice,” Oplinger said. “I’d also recommend having a rope just in case. And it’s always a good idea to have someone else with you when ice fishing.” The more prepared anglers are, the more success they can have, so start prepping now to have a great ice fishing season! More ice safety tips can be found on the Utah State Parks website at https://

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Jaiden K. Christensen 2009~2019 FREEDOM-- Our sweet and precious Jaiden Kirk Christensen, 10, Freedom, UT: flew back to heaven in his sleep at his home Dec. 4, 2019. Jaiden was born July 27, 2009, in Nephi, UT; to Kami Lynn Olson and Steven Clair Christensen. Jaiden was loved and cherished by many. He was a proud brother with a big heart. Jaidenʼs favorite activities were building, inventing, drawing, gardening, carving, photography, climbing, hiking, rock hounding, archery, hunting, fishing, sports, fireworks, campfires, tinkering with his dad's and grandpaʼs tools. Most of all, playing with his sisters, cousins, school mates, friends, and family. He had many genuine qualities and he loved life. His life was always busy and we wouldn't of had it any other way. He was very passionate about school and he strived to make it even more fun every day. He loved playing with Legos, Pokemon, bionicals, action figures, nerf guns, hot wheels, videogames and he was pretty much up for anything fun as long as there was a playmate. He was always willing to play and dork around, no matter what! The sun may have set early for him, but we believe he is celebrating with those family members who have left before us and they are celebrating. We were all blessed with his sweet, kind, loving and very caring soul. He will always be missed. Our Heavenly Father has his loving arms around him now and we all will see Jaiden again one day. Life may be short but love and family is forever. Jaiden is survived by his parents, Kami Lynn Olson and Steven Clair Christensen. His sisters, Jurni Lynn Olson and Ashlynn Faye Christensen; grandparents, Roger Clair Christensen, Kathaleen and Shane Morrison, great-grandparents, Jean and Glade Olson, Lola and Paul Stevens; aunts, Autum Christensen, Krista Olson and Caitlin Edmunds; uncles, Zach Peyton, Sonny Dove, and many cousins. Jaiden was preceded in death by his grandparents, Connie Faye Christensen, Kirk L. Olson, great-grandparents, Bob (Mary) Bills, Theodore (Elsie) Christensen; and great-uncle, Allen Stevens. Funeral services were held Dec. 9 in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center. Interment was in the Moroni City Cemetery. Online condolence

PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that Sanpete County will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the Sanpete County Courthouse, Commission Room, Manti, Utah for the purpose of amending the Budget for 2019 and holding a public hearing for the Sanpete County 2020 budget at 6 p.m. The budget will be adopted at 6:30 P.M. The 2020 Sanpete County budget will be available, December 3, 2019, for review in the Office of the Sanpete County Auditor. Stacey Lyon Sanpete County Auditor Legal notice 47178 Published in The Pyramid December 5 and 12, 2019.


The applications below were filed with the Division of Water Rights in Sanpete County. These are informal proceedings per Rule 655-6-2. Protests concerning an application must be legibly written or typed, contain the name and mailing address of the protesting party, STATE THE APPLICATION NUMBER PROTESTED, CITE REASONS FOR THE PROTEST, and REQUEST A HEARING, if desired. Also, A $15 FEE MUST BE INCLUDED FOR EACH APPLICATION PROTESTED. Protests must be filed with the Division of Water Rights on or before January 8, 2020 either electronically using the Division s on-line Protest of Application form, by hand delivery to a Division office, or by mail at PO Box 146300, Salt Lake City, UT 841146300. Please visit or call (801) 5387240 for additional information. NONUSE APPLICATION(S) 51-8460 (A33501): Smith Hartvigsen, PLLC is/are seeking a nonuse period for 5.5 ac-ft. from groundwater (Indianola) for IRRIGATION. 51-8476 (A33501): Smokey Ridge Ranch, LLC is/are seeking a nonuse period for 15 ac-ft. from groundwater (Indianola) for IRRIGATION. 51-8576 (A33501): Kristin Nicole Boothe and Jason Boothe is/are seeking a nonuse period for 0.25 ac-ft. from groundwater (Indianola) for IRRIGATION. Boyd P. Clayton, P.E. INTERIM STATE ENGINEER Legal Notice 47565 Published in The Pyramid December 12 and 19, 2019.

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Utah Division of Water Resources director retires, new appointment SALT LAKE CITY– After serving as director of the Utah Division of Water Resources for the past six years, Eric Millis will retire from public service Dec. 16. Millis has spent nearly 32 years with the division working on a variety of projects that support the division’s mission to “plan, conserve, develop and protect Utah’s water resources.” “We appreciate Eric’s years of service to the state. He is widely recognized both within the state and among our neighboring states as an expert on the Colorado River, which is a critical resource that provides water to about 40 million people in seven Western states,” said Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Brian Steed. “His leadership and friendship will be missed.” Steed has appointed Todd Adams as the new division director. Adams has been serving as the division’s deputy director since 2013. He joined Water Resources in 1990 and holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Utah State University. “As we looked for someone to fill this position, Todd’s name continually rose to the top,” said Steed. “His years of experience have prepared him to lead the division. I anticipate a seamless transition.” “We’re not just losing the director of the division,” said Adams. “We’re losing a part of our division family. He’s been a true friend, mentor and leader to all of us. I look forward to building on the good things Eric has put in place and working with our great staff.” Millis’s water expertise has proved valuable to the long-term planning for Utah’s water needs as he has provided input to the Legislature, the Governor’s Drought Response team and while serving as a member of the Governor’s Water Strategy Team and the Executive Water Finance Board. He also served as Utah’s interstate streams commissioner, where he acted as the Governor’s representative on Bear River and Colorado River matters.

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Early in his career, Millis spent many hours traveling around the state assisting with water development projects. “Some of my favorite memories include sitting around a kitchen table and learning about the water challenges people were experiencing and then working together to find a solution,” Millis said. “These past 32 years have flown by. I’ve been honored to work with great people doing work that is important and satisfying.” Millis was appointed division director by former DNR Executive Director Mike Styler and approved by Gov. Gary Herbert in 2013. Additional background Recent accomplishments under Millis’s direction include: • Upper Colorado River Basin states (Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado) received congressional approval to store water in Lake Powell through the federal drought contingency legislation (2019); • Represented Utah in completing and signing Drought Contingency Plans that protect reservoir levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead (2019); • Minute 323 with Mexico that provides benefits and responsibilities in shortage sharing and continues envi-

ronmental benefits in Mexico (2017); • Green River Water Rights Exchange agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation that allows water from Flaming Gorge Dam to be used by certain water right holders in Utah and allows much of that water to run more than 400 river miles down to Lake Powell (2019); • Navigated the lead agency change for the Lake Powell Pipeline from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Reclamation (2019); • Worked on the 20-year review of the Bear River Compact; • 2015 Water Use Data Audit, 2017 Follow-up audit and 2017 Third-party review of the state’s water use data; • Worked on establishing Regional Water Conservation Goals (2019); • Worked on the Bear River Feasibility Study (2019). About Water Resources The Utah Division of Water Resources is one of seven divisions housed under the Department of Natural Resources. Tasked with planning, conserving, developing and protecting Utah’s water resources, the Division of Water Resources serves as Utah’s water steward. For more information about the division, visit

Avoid holiday hoaxes by being savvy online shopper KATHY RIGGS

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LOGAN — While holiday shoppers are searching for the best online deals, scammers and identity thieves are searching for their next victims, specifically online shoppers, who are in a hurry and fail to protect their personal information. Shoppers can prevent much headache and heartache by becoming savvy online. Consider the following tips: Deals that are too good While shopping online, seekers may run across advertisements for products being sold at huge discounts with prices that are to be true. Some may be legitimate deals, as stores often use a “loss leader” to attract customers in the hope that once on their site, they will buy additional items. However, make certain to only shop on sites that have the “https://” security designation in the link and/or the closed padlock in the search bar. Even if a person discovers they are being scammed while browsing a site, it may be too late and the thieves may have already downloaded a virus onto the computer being used or stored some personal information such as an email address that can be used for a future scam. Package delivery theft While this may seem like an


When shopping or considering making a donation online, be aware of the risks. Some deals are too good. Be prepared for a safe delivery and know the organization that is to receive any donation. urban problem, the potential of obtaining something expensive off someone’s front porch that can be re-sold is not isolated to big cities. According to a study released in November, Utah was ranked number 10 in the nation for larceny thefts across the county, with 2,092 thefts per 100,000 people. The study also reported nearly 40 percent of all consumers have been victims of package theft. If a home does not have a security camera or a neighbor who pays attention to the “comings and goings” on the street or block, the home could be a target. One tip for prevention is to track all packages online so it is known approximately what time they will be delivered so someone can plan to be there when they arrive.

Another method is to ask if your employer will allow personal packages to be delivered to the workplace. Charitable giving hoaxes This is a particularly grievous scamming technique as people tend to be more generous and want to participate in a good cause over the holidays. Beware of phone offers from unfamiliar organizations. Ask for printed information or a website where the organizations credentials can be checked more thoroughly. Don’t be taken in by tactics that pressure a person to act right NOW because it is a “limited time offer.” Many times, a scammer will simply hang up if they are questioned. Gift cards online Purchase gift cards di-

rectly at the local business, or choose a reputable online gift card through the business website. The gift of giving local There are many local charities that need help and support. Do the homework to be sure it is a worthy cause and that cash donations won’t go to support overhead expenses of the organization. Check with your the clergy, school or city office about filling needs for specific children and/or families. In addition, there are Angel Trees or projects to collect coats and warm clothing for school-aged children, or become a Secret Santa to a family in need or donate cash or food to the local food pantry. If there is an organization in mind that is being considered for giving a gift to, that organization can be checked to see if it is registered as a charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. One can determine if the group has filed a 990 form to receive this designation at Just type in the name of the organization and if they are a local, state or national group. This is a wonderful time of year to express love and gratitude and to reach out to help those who are less fortunate. In so doing, just be sure to do the homework and be vigilant in protecting oneself in the way personal money is spent and donated.




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Utah man invents rodeo rigging, chutes 2019 marks the 95th year of rodeo’s one-hand bareback rigging and the 100th year of the modern rodeo bucking chute. Rodeo pioneer and Utah cowboy, Earl W. Bascom, thought up, designed and made rodeo’s onehanded rigging in 1924 and the side-opening bucking chute in 1919. Bascom’s rigging and his bucking chute have since become standard pieces of equipment at rodeos around the world. Before Bascom’s inventions, rodeo contestants were riding bareback broncs using two hands holding the horse’s mane or using a two-hand rigging and the bucking chutes were variations of the “shotgun” chute. Bascom, who was born in Vernal in 1906, but was raised in Canada, gained fame as a rodeo champion in Canada and the United States and received international recognition for his rodeo equipment designs. At the age of 10, in 1916, Bascom started participating in rodeos. He not only competed in, but won championships in the three roughstock events of saddle bronc, bare-

Earl W. Bascom back and steer or bull riding, plus the timed events of steer decorating and steer wrestling. He made his first side-opening bucking chute in 1916 while on the Bascom Ranch

in Welling Station, Alberta, Canada. In 1919, on the family ranch in the Lethbridge area, Bascom redesigned his bucking chute to a reverse-opening side-delivery bucking chute which has become the stan-

Earl Bascom’s sketches of his first bareback rodeo riggings of 1924.

dard of modern-day rodeo. For bareback bronc riding, Bascom made and used a variety of riggings before designing and making his own one-hand rigging in 1924, on the family ranch in Stirling,

Alberta, Canada. To do it, he took a section of rubber belting discarded from a threshing machine and cut out the entire rigging in one piece. The handhold was folded back and riveted to the


main body of the rigging with dee rings riveted to each side for the latigos. This rigging became rodeo’s first one-hand bareback rigging when it was used in 1924, at the Raymond Stampede in Alberta, Canada. That same year, Bascom refined his design making another rigging out of leather and rawhide. With sole leather for the rigging body and strips of leather with rawhide sewn between for the handhold, it had sheepskin glued under the handhold to protect the rider’s knuckles. In the late 1930s, when the Cowboy Turtle Association (forerunner of today’s ProRodeo Cowboys Association) was formed, “Bascom’s Rigging” was made the official pattern. Variations of Bascom’s rigging of 1924 and his bucking chute of 1919 have since become world-wide rodeo standards, used at rodeos in North America, Central America, South America, from Hawaii to Japan, New Zealand and Australia, as well as in Europe and South Africa. Offsprings of Bascom’s bareback riggings and bucking chutes were part of the narrative and history of the recent Canadian Finals Rodeo, Indian National Finals Rodeo, European Finals Rodeo, South African Rodeo Finals, New Zealand Finals Rodeo, Australian Finals Rodeo, as well as the on-going National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bareback riding event has been part of the National Finals Rodeo since the “Super Bowl of Rodeo” began in 1958. After his rodeo career, Bascom became internationally acclaimed as an artist and sculptor known as the “Dean of Rodeo Cowboy Sculpture,” being the first professional rodeo cowboy to become a professional cowboy artist and sculptor. Earl Bascom passed away in 1995 and has since been recognized by rodeo associations as far away as Australia and Europe, and honored by several international halls of fame including the Canadian ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the ProRodeo Cowboys Association. Bascom’s grandfather, C.F.B. Lybbert was one of the early Danish settlers of Spring City.

Merry Christmas recipe Burris “Buzz” Nichols (on right) works with students in the new John W. and Elizabeth Lee Engineering Arts Building teaching industrial fabrication at Wasatch Academy. Nichols wants students to create something they can be proud of. (Photo courtesy of Wasatch Academy)

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Weekly newspaper serving all of Sanpete County, Utah