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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Issue # 1190
Alicia Keller Receives Heroism Award from the State of Utah
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ESCALANTE - Escalante resident Alicia Keller received an official citation from the State of Utah House of Representatives for acts of heroism during the Dec. 6th tragedy at Turn-About Ranch during which staffer, Jimmy Woolsey was killed. Keller put her life at risk and was severely injured while protecting students. In honor of her sacrifice, the Utah House of Representatives asked her son Jeffrey to lead the session in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. "This award won't bring Jimmy back. I am not a hero, I am only accepting this honor to remind people to act if they see the need. To get off your duff and do the right thing." Pictured, left to right; Matt Bartlett (Owner, Turn-About Ranch, Steven Elliason (Rep. R - District 45), Sherree Rechtsteiner, Alicia Keller, Alicia's son Jeffrey Rechsteiner (front), Myron Carter, (Manager, Turn-About Ranch), and John Webster, (Owner, Turn-About Ranch). —Insider
Wayne County Commission Reviews Hanksville Diversion Plans
LOA - The Wayne County Commission met during their regular meeting time on Monday, February 6 at 10am. It was a short meeting agenda, but two events made for a longer, in-depth meeting. First was a civics lesson with Mrs. Torgerson’s fifth grade class from Loa Elementary, and second was a project update on the Hanksville Canal Company’s engineering and upcoming construction of their new diversion project. Mrs. Torgerson’s class was seated and ready at the 10am start time. Mrs. Torgerson explained that the group is learning about history and government. They are planning a field trip to the state legislature in March, but they came to see first how things work at the county level.
Individual students asked probing questions of the commissioners: What made you want to be a county commissioner? What are some of your duties? What are the hardest decisions you have made? What changes would you like to see happen in the near future? Commissioner Wood responded that he was inspired to become a commissioner because he has children and grandchildren, and cares about their future. And that, “All the decisions are tough.” He explained that the commission has an agenda for their meetings that they need to follow. He laughed and said, “We can’t be doing this…you’re not on the agenda!” Commissioner Harward
described how each commissioner serves on boards beyond the county level, such as the School and Institutional Trust Lands board, “which helps the schools,” The Utah Association of Counties, Six County Association of Governments, and Central Utah Public Health board. “Other things we do, we lobby congressional leaders in Washington, DC and also state legislators—who you will see.” Commissioners said they would like to see children who grow up in Wayne County not have to leave the county to find work. Mr. Harward added that, “One of the hardest things is hanging on to our rural lifestyle. We Wayne County Cont'd on page 6
Kane County Commission Passes Resolution to Minimize Monument Boundaries
KANAB – Kane County’s, Monday, February 6 commission meeting was standing room only, and was moved from commission chambers to the largest available court room to accom-
modate the crowd that showed up to respond to Kane County Resolution No. R 2017-1. The resolution states Kane County’s “Intent to identify the minimum area necessary for
Kane County's commission meeting on February 6, 2017 was packed with citizens who came to discuss R 2017-1, aimed at reducing the size of GSENM.
Op-Ed Please Stop and Think!
by Keith Watts To my Garfield County cause of reduction in grazing Commissioners, will be reduce availability of Regarding your upcom- forage due to drought. ing Resolution to downsize Coal mines throughout the Grand Staircase-Escalante the West have been shut down National Monument (Grand because of the low prices of Staircase), I don’t think that you more efficient natural gas. Dehave fully considered its unin- veloping new coal mines on tended consequences. HCR 12 the remote Kaiparowits Plateau and your subsequent Resolution would be inhibited by the huge have numerous factual errors transportation costs and lack of that should be corrected before infrastructure. Coal is so 20th moving forward. The Truth is century because it is burned in that the Grand Staircase is not a 19th century manner. In the the cause of all our problems: future with changes in technolOperating under a pre- ogy, the vast coal deposits of the 1996 grazing plan, ranching has Kaiparowitiz might have more not substantially changed since value. We should leave it to to the creation of the Grand future generations to determine Staircase. The Monument Proc- how and whether to mine this lamation did not propose any coal; today it will simply not be new rules, but stated that exist- competitive. ing grazing rules and regulaOil exploration in the area tions would apply. In the future Stop and Think as in the past, the most likely Cont'd on page 3
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A FEW RAIN SHOWERS IN FEBRUARY. Sunny Wednesday and Thursday. Showers expected on Friday the 17th, through the weekend with snow possible on Sunday. Highs for the week in the low 50s and high 40s. The lows throughout the week will be in the low 20s to low 30s. Wind picks up a bit on Saturday & Sunday.
the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.” About 125 attended the meeting, with some saying it was among the largest public meetings they’ve ever seen in Kanab. This was despite that the agenda announcing the proposed resolution was posted only by mid-morning the previous Friday. Commission Chairman Dirk Clayson walked the crowd through procedures and the commissioners’ rational for the resolution. The resolution is stated as a joint request from Garfield County, Kane County and the State of Utah to the Kane County Cont'd on page 3
Escalante City Council Weighs Zoning Change Request ESCALANTE - The Escalante City Council chambers were packed for the February 6 council meeting. Topics of interest included a public hearing regarding a requested zoning change, the selection and swearing in of a new city council member, and discussion of street lighting. All current members of the council were present, including Mayor Melani Torgerson, Greg Hughes, Marlene Stowe, Louise Barnes, and Greg Allen. City attorney Barry Huntington also attended. A public hearing was held to review a request submitted by Dennis and Dana Waggoner, owners of Escalante Outfitters, for a zoning change on a property they are interested in purchasing behind their commercial Main Street business. On behalf of the current Escalante Council Cont'd on page 7
LOA - Kevin Hatch, president of Hanksville Canal Company, Lance Smith, civil engineer with NRCS, and Parker Vermicak, graduate engineer and Darin Robinson Principal Engineer with Jones and DeMille, made an hour and a half presentation regarding the Hanksville Diversion to the Wayne County Commissioners during their February 6, 2017 meeting. Construction is to begin this spring and will be the second replacement of the diversion following the 2006 flood.
Cross Country & Wrestling State Champion Accepts Full Ride Scholarship
PANGUITCH - Jonah Schoppe, one of the all-time great runners from PHS has accepted a full tuition scholarship including books to the College of Southern Idaho in Idaho Falls. Yesterday, surrounded by his parents, brother, coaches and PHS Cross Country teammates, he signed his name on the dotted line and made it official! In true Jonah fashion, he had little to say about his own accomplishments (which include a Cross Country State Championship and Wrestling State Championship) and just wanted to thank those who have supported him throughout his PHS running career. Jonah's mom, Natali Schoppe, says his running began in 7th grade in Miss Julie Chidester's P.E. class. He had been on a family vacation and his grade was so low that he was forced to either hit the weight room on his own time or come run with the Middle School Cross Country team. He chose the running and after a few practices, he told his parents that he thought he liked running and wanted to keep doing it. He placed 4th in his first race attempt. In his first year of high school cross country, he started out at the back of the pack and Courtesy PanguitCh high sChool then steadily made his way to the front. By the Jonah Schoppe, one of the all-time great state meet, he was the 5th runner for the Bobcats runners from Panguitch High School has and was able to contribute to their strong second received a scholarship to the College of place finish. Southern Idaho. Coach Danny Yardley who has been Jonah's Cross Country coach for four years and who has also assisted as his track coach, calls Jonah a team guy. "He is as interested in his teammates success as he is his own. He finishes the race and then he is back on the course cheering every runner to the finish." His Cross Country coach, Annie Anderson, says, "He is also a guy who comes to every possible practice, does every sit-up and every push-up and runs more miles than required." His track coach, Troy Norris, calls Jonah talented, but mainly a guy who works extremely hard and has a lot of heart. His wrestling coach, Colin Marshall, tells a story that not only illustrates Jonah's work ethic, but also his good heart. One day, Colin had the wrestlers up to his house for a strength work out where they were carrying heavy weights across his pasture. Jonah, knowing Colin was always hauling rocks off his field, suggested that they carry rocks instead of weights to help out. That's just Jonah for you! He shows up, works hard, cheers for everybody, helps out the coaches and then does it again the next day! He'll be a great asset to the CSI team, but he'll be forever missed at PHS. Fortunately, he still has the state wrestling meet this weekend and one last track season to compete for PHS and we wish him all the success in the world! He has earned it! —Annie Anderson
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Monument reduction would wreak havoc
Dear Editor: My wife and I are home and property owners in Boulder, Utah adjacent to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. I am no expert on the economic benefits of turning parts of the Grand Staircase into a coal mine as proposed by local and state officials, however I can tell you about an immediate impact that such a proposal has brought about. That is, my wife and I are canceling a three hundred thousand dollar addition to our home. That is three hundred thousand dollars that will not be spent at Garfield County businesses, money that won't be spent on local tradesmen, and money that will not translate into more tax revenue for Garfield County Schools and services. In fact, I believe that the GSENM reduction proposal will result in the economic collapse of the of the communities surrounding the GSENM. Construction work and land prices will be the first to be hit as property owners will be reluctant to invest in improving their properties and no one will want to buy or develop property with the uncertain prospects that reducing the Monument will bring. I ask the local and Utah state politicians who are pushing this reduction in the GSENM to consider the economic havoc they will bring to our communities. Construction, real estate and the tourism industries will be devastated. After all, who would want to live near or come visit a place that is no longer special. Rick Larsen, Boulder
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Missing Person ESCALANTE - Jimmy Barney, 57 of Escalante has been missing since Tuesday afternoon. He is believed to have left his home on foot. Approximately 70 people and the Department of Public Safety helicopter are actively searching for him at this time in the Escalante area. 435-676-2678. Please call if you have any information. —Garfield County Sheriff's Office
Loved every minute in Grand Staircase
Dear Editor: Our family spent 2 weeks traveling around Utah. We went to all the 5 big National Parks, and rented a house in Escalante to spend 3 days in the Grand Staircase - Escalante NM. By far one of our most memorable days was spent traveling along the Hole In The Rock Road. We started at the slot canyons called Peek-a-boo and Spooky. We all had to work together to help each other climb up, under and slither through the canyons, not knowing what was going to be around the next corner, passing backpacks to each other in particularly tight spots. Our boys aged 9 and 13 had an easier time than we did, and loved every minute of it. After hiking in the canyon we had a picnic lunch at Devil's Garden among the goblins. We were all tired from our morning adventures, but heard there were dinosaur footprints further along the road, so we stopped to find them. We climbed up onto the hillside and after searching found footprints of several different types of dinosaurs. We could literally walk right next to the dinosaur prints and see how long their stride was. Of all the places we have been with our children, I know that years from now this is the adventure that we will all remember. I can't think of anywhere else on earth where we could have had an experience similar to this all in one day. I only hope that some day my grandchildren will get to have an adventure like this. Heather Teter, North Aurora, IL
Let's plan a visionary future Dear Editor: Living in southern Utah means living with public lands. Spectacular country surrounds our communities—a privilege for us and a gift to the world. This is exactly why our nation has established so many national parks and monuments here. There’s simply no other place with such a concentration of redrock canyons, wild and open country, unique fossil records, rich pioneer history, and an unmatched cultural and archaeological legacy. There’s nothing unusual about presidents using the Antiquities Act to declare national monuments to recognize these wonders. Four of Utah’s Mighty Five national parks were originally established by presidential proclamation under the Act, including Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon. Our new national monuments, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, are not “land grabs” by the presidents who proclaimed them. Virtually all land within their boundaries is public land. The monument proclamations simply add special recognition and protection for these lands, requiring management to sustain their treasures for our great-grandchildren. The politicians of “official Utah” are calling on the new president to rescind Bears Ears and shrink Grand Staircase. They refuse to listen to facts—like the letters from the Escalante Chamber of Commerce members, who testify to their booming businesses. They refuse to listen to public opinion. In the 2017 Colorado College “State of the Rockies” poll, registered voters in seven Mountain West states, including the Four Corners states, said they want to keep existing national monument designations by a margin of 80 percent to 13 percent. Most disheartening, our elected officials refuse to listen to the tribes who developed the Bears Ears proposal over seven years and went to the president only after Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative failed to address their concerns. The monument has rousing support from 90 percent of Utah Navajo people (according to Utah Dine Bikeyah, who have been on the ground in San Juan County since 2010), from the Navajo Nation council (in a unanimous vote), from 30 tribal governments with ties to the Bears Ears, and from the National Congress of American Indians—the oldest and largest national organization of tribal governments. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition made healing the central theme of their proposal to the president—healing between people and the land, healing between tribes, healing between cultures. Let’s meet their challenge. Let’s drop these attacks on our national monuments and come together with the new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to plan a visionary future for the public lands that belong to us all. Stephen Trimble, Torrey
Overturning BLM Planning 2.0 will curtail local input
Grazing has not declined on the GSENM
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the article in Issue No. 1189 (February 9, 2017) entitled “Utah House Reps Pass HCR 12.” The last sentence of the article includes a quotation from HCR 11 stating “grazing has declined by almost a third in Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument despite a presidential promise that grazing would ‘remain at historical levels (emphasis added).’ “ The quotation attributed to HCR 11 is not, in fact, the truth. The truth is presented in the July 2015 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Livestock Grazing Plan Amendment, Environmental Impact Statement, Analysis of the Management Situation (BLM, 2015). In 1996 when the Monument was created, there were 77,400 active use animal unit months (AUMs) in the planning area, and actual use in 1996 was 51,900 AUMs (67 percent of permitted AUMs). In 2015, when the Analysis of the Management Situation was prepared there were 76,957 active use AUMs in the planning area. This equates to a reduction of 0.57 percent in AUMs. Hardly the 33.33 percent figure that was published in the article. It appears that even in 1996, the permit holders voluntarily reduced their use by 33 percent from what was permitted. The BLM document makes it clear that neither the Monument designation nor several subsequent planning efforts have altered decisions on grazing that were made before the Monument was designated. The BLM document also makes clear that it has worked with grazing permit holders on voluntary reductions of AUMs in some allotments to improve watershed and habitat conditions. The offending quote also has these words: “despite a presidential promise….” Here is the language of the 1996 proclamation: “Nothing in this proclamation shall be deemed to affect existing permits or leases for, or levels of, livestock grazing on Federal lands within the monument; existing grazing uses shall continue to be governed by applicable laws and regulations other than this proclamation.” The only promise is that designation of the Monument would not alter existing permits, and that grazing would continue to be managed by other existing applicable laws and regulations. These promises have been kept. Julia Fowler, Torrey
Dear Wayne and Garfield Counties: I don't know if you are aware of recently proposed legislation in Congress—SJR 15 and HJR 44: "Joint resolutions to overturn BLM's 'Planning 2.0' rule." These are pretty wonky resolutions that are easily ignored in favor of the more colorful fight for and against the designation of certain chunks of public lands. But these resolutions are incredibly important. The "Planning 2.0" rule requires public (which also means local) input and information early in the process of BLM resource management managements. Prior to the passage of this rule, the public could only comment (and find out what was going on) late in the process, often once the main resource management decisions had been made. SJR 15 and HJR 44 propose to roll back the process to prior to 1983, meaning that local input in these decisions will be SEVERELY curtailed, if not eliminated entirely. Nor will we find out what is going on until late in the process, in terms of any scientific or economic studies on the implications of the planning. This is incredibly hypocritical legislation from people who claim that there should be more local input in such processes as declaring a national monument. Among the 17 cosponsors of the bill are Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, Utah senators who have led the charge for "local input" in the past. We know that there is a lot of anger and resentment about how Grand Staircase-Escalante NM was created. There wasn't enough local public input. It's not the same for Bears Ears, which had several years' worth of public/local input. Be that as it may, we all stand to lose a lot: ranchers, businesses, local citizens, tourists—everyone, if these resolutions are passed. These resolutions, and many others like them, are a barely concealed attempt to turn lands over to the extractive industries such as coal, oil and gas, and timber harvesting. You may want that to happen. It may mean jobs for you and your family, your friends and neighbors. But if you want to have a SAY in what goes on in your world, you need to contact your representatives and let them know you do NOT support these resolutions. If they pass, we will all lose our voices in the process, and we will be at the mercy of people who have a lot more money than any of us. Christa Sadler, Flagstaff
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Department of Interior and to Congressional staff to consider the issue. Among the commission’s stated reasons for evaluating a change in monument boundaries is to analyze which lands will benefit from monument status and which lands will not. “Hopefully an honest review of what is working and what is not would be welcomed. Maybe some of this process will change how we manage monuments,” said Clayson. Clayson added that while some had proposed hurrying to redefine and re-map monument boundaries, Kane County felt it was important to define a process first. “I personally think that until we define a process for the consideration of this that it’s premature to jump into mapping and all the issues associated with that. So first is to define a process for consideration, then define a process for mapping, then make our request to the Dept. of Interior and Congressional staff, said Clayson. About 30 individuals had the opportunity to comment, and each were given two minutes to speak. About a third of the speakers expressed support for the commission proposal, with two thirds speaking in opposition and directly questioning commissioners’ statements about their basis of the need to reduce the monument. The tenor of the meeting was cordial and respectful, though one speaker lamented the limited time allotted to each person for public comment and Stop and Think Cont'd from page 1
before the GSENM establishment did not lead to significant discoveries. The oil field in Pet Hollow is still producing, but provides minimal taxable income or jobs. I understand that plans for a DOE demonstration project to mine tar sands in the Circle Cliffs region were scraped by former Secretary of Interior James Watt because it was not economically viable. With present low prices for petroleum, lack of infrastructure, and limited supply of essential water resources, mining these tar sands will not be economically viable. The Grand Staircase is dominated by pinyon-juniper woodlands and has never been and never will be a source of marketable trees, so the Proclamation had no effect on Escalante's sawmill. The lumber industry in the Pacific Northwest and Canada and southeast US were able to outcompete areas having slow-growing forests such as ours, so our relatively small sawmill went out of business. The contention that Escalante is in a “State of Emergency” because of reduced enrollments at Escalante High School and that this resulted from the establishment of the Grand Staircase is simply WRONG! Reduced enrollments were actually caused by changing demographics (people are older and have fewer children) and the loss of the sawmill (discussed above), but were not related to the Grand Staircase. Nationwide, rural young people seem to want to move to the city. Many parents who presently choose to not send their kids to Escalante High School might change their minds if the curriculum improved. Luckily, our elementary schools have an excellent reputation, so our children have the intelligence and innate abilities to make Escalante High succeed. With an improved reputation (and no state or emergency), more young families might decide to live in Escalante. With some positive leadership from Garfield County officials, Escalante High could become
another said, “The time for input should have been before the resolution was developed.” Noel Poe, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners Board president was the first speaker recognized. “I want to start by expressing my disappointment in the ‘whereas’ statements,” said Poe. “The statements have exaggerations or are just plain false statements. “They were written to show politicians at the state capitol or at Washington, DC, hoping that they would believe them. But I think that a lot of Kanab residents know that they are not factual….about how the economy is suffering here.” “I want to refer to a 2016 report on county tourism taxes,” continued Poe. “There’s only 11 counties in Utah with over a million dollars in tourism taxes. Both Kane and Garfield County are in this exclusive club. Kane County had the highest increase in tourism tax between 2015 and 2016, 20.8%. Garfield had a 10.2% increase, which is the same that Grand County had.” A number of other commenters hammered on the truthfulness of ‘whereas’ statements in the resolution. One commenter, referring to the resolution statement that, “GSENM has resulted in a 44% reduction in Escalante High,” said, “It is extremely unfortunate that there are that few students in Escalante. But the onus is on the authors to show it’s because of the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument. If they cannot show that it is directly because of that, then it shouldn’t be in there.” Speakers in favor of the resolution largely represented
the ranching community. Bruce Bunting, lifetime resident of Kane County and a fifth generation rancher, asked, “Why does Kane County look the way it does? It’s because the people here love the land, they’ve taken care of it, they’ve improved it. Wildlife is increasing. I approve the commissioners to what they are doing. We spend hours on the land, improving it, along with the BLM working with the BLM, trying to get wilfdlife, trying to get things to be taken care of.” Natalie Button, also a rancher, echoed these sentiments. “We love the land. We want to share it with everyone. But some of us aren’t prospering as well as others are. We’re not only here for tourism, we’re here because of our heritage. Ranching is important, and we feel the strains and the restrictions that a lot of you don’t,” said Button. Many who spoke in opposition to the resolution spoke in support of ranchers and ranching and asked how people can work together under the current system. “My bigger hope is that in having a discussion like this we can find a way to agree about things without changing the boundaries of the monument,” said Christa Sadler, a geologist who spends a lot of time on the GSENM. Herb Alexander, commented that his family has ranched and farmed for multiple generations, and said his biggest concern is that changing the boundaries will bring in more extractive industries.
more viable school, perhaps with outdoor experiential classes that could utilize the nearby Escalante Canyon located in the adjacent Grand Staircase. Do we really want to lose the federal employees who are important members of our communities? Government jobs account for about 25% of our workforce (1/3 of those are federal and the other 2/3 are state and local) . These folks contribute to our tax base, spend money in our stores, and their kids go to our schools. Federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) provides millions of dollars to our county. Living in rural communities like those in Garfield County is inherently difficult. Nobody is living here because of the money. We stay here for a quality of life, away from the madding crowd and with neighbors we can trust. One of the things that is bringing new people to our towns is the recreational opportunities available in our public lands, particularly the Grand Staircase. Many valid studies have shown that having such public lands is one of the best economic drivers for rural western communities. This will only increase as folks of my age-group retire and decide to move here. Since the Grand Staircase was established in 1996, communities like Escalante have seen the beginnings of a thriving tourist economy. I recall that back in the 1980s, many of Escalante's businesses were closed down and declining. Over the past couple decades, old storefronts have reopened or are presently are being remodeled and new commercial buildings are springing up. B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, stores, guide businesses, a new clinic, and new hardware store all show that this community is thriving. With so many new people wanting build new homes in our communities that they are having to wait in line for qualified contractors. Construction work, especially for skilled tradesmen, provides high paying and sustainable jobs. With construction, property values go up, adding to the county tax base, providing new funding to improve our schools and such.
Over the last couple decades, the communities of Garfield County have begun to adapt to having the Grand Staircase as a neighbor, and many entrepreneurs have developed successful tourism-related businesses. My guide service, Earth-Tours, would be devastated if the Grand Staircase were to be reduced in size; the bad press from these resolutions might already be having a negative effect. More than half of the workers in Garfield County are employed in tourism-related businesses; the best area of growth in our otherwise impoverished county. The Grand Staircase is essential to our businesses and indeed is our "Goose that lays the Golden Eggs". Carving up the Grand Staircase (our golden goose) would kill much of our potential for future growth. Utah politicians are all rushing to seize control of our federal public lands without really considering what the wisest use of these lands might be in the 21st century. Instead, they seem to be looking back over their shoulders and wanting to return things to the good old days of extractive industries. However, the world has changed since the last millennium, so that the lands appear to have much more value providing for recreation, especially with a growing world's population. As the national parks seem to be reaching their carrying capacity, the GSENM will become increasingly attractive place to vacation. Realizing this reality, it would be best for our political leaders to help our little communities to best prepare for and benefit from increased tourism while maintaining our rural values. PLEASE STOP AND THINK ABOUT YOUR ACTIONS AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DECISIONS ARE BASED ON THE FACTS AND THE DESIRES OF YOUR CITIZENS! Thanks for your consideration. Keith Watts is president of Earth Tours and is a resident of Boulder.
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Local Youths in Participate in Prevention Skill Building in Washington, D.C
PANGUITCH – Youth representatives from the Washington County Youth Coalition (WCYC), Kane Community Youth Coalition (KCYC), and the Panguitch Prevention Coalition (PPC) are in Washington, D.C. this week for the 27th Annual National Leadership Forum for CADCA (Community AntiDrug Coalitions of America). They are joining over 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from around the country for leadership training and education. “We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other youth, learning and honing our prevention skills,” says Jared Martinez, WCYC member from Snow Canyon
High School. “We want our community to be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse.” Youth attending include: Jared Martinez, Nolan Porras, Baylee Calvert, Hannah Curtis, Taibree Coleman, and Abby Ott for WCYC; Chloe Crosby, Kosha Reidhead, Whitney Cornell and Shaelynn Heaton for KCYC; and Lexi Oldham, Kathleen Sullivan, Jessica Roundy, Aubree Hughes, Joe Vasquez and Tyler Roundy for PPC. The coalitions have recently impacted their communities by working with cities to adopt no smoking ordinances, providing tobacco cessation materials and resources to homeless shelters,
and providing e-cigarette education. During the CADCA forum, they will be trained on a wide range of topics, including prescription drug abuse prevention, synthetic drugs and marijuana abuse, creating tobacco-free environments, and developing policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking. The coalition will hear from several federal leaders from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. WCYC will also meet with U.S. congressmen and senators at the CADCA Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 8th to discuss local concern. —Southwest Utah Drug Prevention
February 16, 2017
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Wayne Middle School Student Council; Leadership in Action
Student Council is a key component to the functioning of Wayne Middle School, bringing together student leaders and the hardest workers of the student body. The purpose of the student council at Wayne Middle School is to build leadership skills in students and to allow them to develop an investment and ownership in the school. We want them to investigate connections between their academic courses and the real world. The students that take part in the council become active leaders in shaping the culture of our school in a positive way, and to serve the community that we live in. The criteria for joining the student council are stringent. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and have no failing grades. They must be good citizens and reflect that in their classes. Once in the student council students: participate in a weekly planning meeting, coordinate with office to prepare and deliver morning bulletin, highlight a student of the week and teacher each month, monitor our anti-bullying link on our website, and organize a school wide activity every month. To help in this effort, the student Counsel Advisor, Cliff Peterson, teaches the kids about leadership and planning so that they can be more effective now and better prepared for tomorrow. The student council does an amazing job organizing monthly activities. In the past months they have conducted building wide activities that were focused in anti-bullying,
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Students participating in the Student Council led “Bouncing Off Negativity” event for the school that taught the students about resiliency and anti-bullying. building self-esteem and pro- residences of Beehive House. moting positive life choices. Next month the Student CounRecently the student coun- cil will tour the capital during cil planned and conducted a a legislative session. Thank you Wayne Mid“Bouncing Off Negativity” dle School Student Council, event for the school that taught you are making a difference. the students about resiliency —John Fahey, and anti-bullying. The council Superintendent, also did a service project by Wayne County School playing board games with the
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The Tough Guy Bob Cats Really Shined at State
Last year’s 106# Champion Jonah Schoppe started off the 1A competition with a bang and had an impressive win over Milford’s Karson Wunderlick. The 9-2 victory gave Schoppe back to back Titles and his all-around effort had the crowd on their feet. This match gave Jonah the 1 A outstanding wrestler award. The Cats had 5 in the finals and 4 of them won the 1st place Championships. @113 Kadon Beckstead took second. @126 Kolton Owens had a pin for the championship. @132 Zack Julander took 3rd. @170 Kellin Mooney won the title. To give you an idea how many matches these men take part in the season, Kellin was 51 and 5. Kelton Cropper was the Champion @ 220. Kelton was the only wrestler to go undefeated for the year at 43-0. You probably have to ask Frank Houston about this, but I don’t think we have ever had 4 Champions in one year. This is a tough sport and many thanks to all of the Coaches that made so many of these students successful. Well Gonzaga seems to be the only undefeated team left in the Country. The Bob Cats came up a little short at the Parowan Rams arena, on Tuesday. The Cats were led by Jace Eyre who seemed to be able to score inside at will, with 20 points and Trey Barney at 17 and only 4 of the players scored. Jaron Church for the Rams had 18 points and every time the Cats would close the gap, Jaron would sink a three pointer and he had 4 of them. The game was close, but that only counts in horse shoes, it was tied at half time at 25 apiece, thanks to Trenton Stowe’s 3 pointer at the buzzer. The final score was 53-59. I think this really woke up the Cats and will probably be their only loss of the season. The Cats had a game over at Piute last Tuesday and the will meet up with the Valley Buffalos, tonight; this will be the Cats last home game, come and enjoy the fun. The Lady Cats first game of the Region 20 tournament was against the Valley Buffalos. The Ladies defense shut down Valley completely in the first half and took a led in to the locker room of 25 to 6. In limited time Brieann Birch had 10 and Kapri Orton chipped in 9. With most of team getting in the Cats came away with a 51 to 21 victory. In a real tough match up game on Thursday against the Wayne Badgers, it was a seesaw battle all the way. The Cats looked like they were going to win the game going away, they led 11-0, at the start of the game. They lost the lead at half time, when the Badgers scored 5 points in 10 seconds, to take a 30 to 25 lead into half time. Usually the third quarter has been the Cats downfall, but not on that night. The Cats came out under a full head of steam and out scored Wayne 8 to 19 and took a 44 to 38 lead in the 4th quarter. But then the Badger reversed the scoring by hitting for 20 and holding the Cats to only 10 and taking the win 58 to 54, it was a heart breaker. Brieann Birch had an all star game scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. On Friday night it was the Piute Thunderbirds, who also had a heart breaker the night before losing to Bryce Valley on a last minute shot by two points, after leading 26 to 13 at half time. Both team look really tired and the score was only 19 to 18 at the half. Neither team shot baskets at the end of half time to conserve some energy and they came out playing like they were dead, the Cats shot a lot but only made two baskets in the second half, the Birds didn’t do much better, but they held on to take the win 34 to 28. Three games in 3days is really tough, but when they are that close it makes it doubly tough. The Lady Cats have a really tough mountain to climb this week with 5 games in 5 nights, but they can do it. They lead off against Parowan on last Tuesday, I think Wednesdays game will be against Monticello a team that they beat earlier in the season. Good Luck Ladies you are the best. I first noticed Jonah Schoppe when I was driving the Cross Country team out to Milford. After the 7th and 8th grade race which he won, he came up to me and said did you see that I beat all of those big jocks that won’t let me play on their basketball team. Well little Jonah you really showed them, with all of your hard work, you won this year’s Cross Country title and two wrestling titles, you are now the big man on the campus. What happened to the season it went way to fast? Stan Pollock sends the sports news to Elder Parker Palmer each week. Hello Elder! Enjoy. Thanks Stan that’s a nice thing to do. Aren’t Panguitch people great?
Bryce Valley High School News BRYCE VALLEY - The Girl’s basketball team won both their games last week. Tuesday was Senior night, and they beat Piute at home. Thursday they won in Valley. The Boy’s basketball team had two away games. Wednesday they played at Valley and lost by eight points. They played a tight game at Wayne Friday night, and won by two points. Region Wrestles were on Saturday. Our wrestling team did very well; Brandon Jones 2nd, Bobbie Jones 3rd, Colby Wiseman 6th, Roman Platt 3rd, Clay Mortensen 5th, Landon Holm 4th, Ben Rose 5th. This week is Girl’s Basketball Region Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (added by me) They went on this week to take Region Championship. Wow what a celebration followed and they all were so happy. They had a couple of important last minute shots that went in and cinched
the deal for them and they won. We wish them the very best in state and want them to know we support them 100% all the way. You are a great team of young ladies and we are so proud of you. Keni Floyd, Tyerah Tebbs, Ambree Leslie, Danielle Brinkerhoff, Emily Courtright, and Samantha Chynoweth. All winners. Although injured, Ambree was there to cheer her eammates on and was able to be part of the winning night. Our Lady Mustangs and their coaches, Tyson Brinkerhoff and Shiloh Syrett. Way to go girls on your Region Championship. We want to wish you the best in the State Tournament next week. Academic All Region team is: Keni Floyd, Tyerah Tebbs, Danielle Brinkerhoff, and Samantha Chynoweth. —Morgan Syrett
WAYNE COUNTY - On January 31, 2017, Mrs. Liz Torgerson’s 5th grade had a celebration! All of the kids came into class and were greeted with the smell of delicious sweet rolls. Mrs. Torgerson said she brought us a morning treat because we would need our energy so we could work extra hard all day. We were still excited to get started, even though we knew it wasn’t just going to be a party day. We have been learning all about United States history, how it became a country, and how our founding fathers set up our government. We’ve learned how important The US Constitution and The Bill of Rights are, and how they are guidelines leaders of our
country follow and stick to when making laws. January 31st was the day we would get to participate in a mini-mock legislature. In 5th grade we are supposed to learn and understand why bills are made, and how they can become laws. We started our mock legislature by separating into different committees. We had five for our class and they were: Education, Government Commerce, Health and Human Services, Juvenile Justice, and Agriculture. Each committee got two bills to review and discuss. Then we used a graphic organizer Mrs. Torgerson gave us to make amendments to the bills, and to decide which bill was more important to us. Committee meetings took us most of the morning, and
Courtesy BryCe Valley high sChool
All Region Team of 12 are: Emilee Courtright, Samantha Chynoweth, and Danielle Brinkerhoff all of Tropic. Macey Dalton, MiKayle Morgan, Mickell Morgan all of Piute. From Valley was McKenna Roundy. Wayne had Kassidy Ellett and Courtney Jackson. Millard had Emily Barnes. Panguitch had Brieanna Birch, and Parowan had Taylor Robb. Way to go girls.
Mrs. Liz Torgerson’s 5th Grade - MOCK LEGISLATURE “From A Bill To A Law Celebration” By Jake Batty, Ammon Peterson, Jake Peterson, Alyx Tidwell, and Ryker Weston was kind of stressful because every committee had a deadline. We had to have a bill amended and rewritten to take to our mock house floor session right after lunch. For lunch, we had a barbeque. Mrs. Torgerson fed us hamburgers, salads, and chips. Then Callan’s mom, Tracy Chesnut, brought us the best cookies and chocolate covered marshmallows we’d ever tasted. It was fun to eat together as a class. After lunch we started our floor meeting. We presented our bills and then debated them. We tried to use the procedure and words they would actually use in real life at the Capitol. After debating a bill, we would vote on the bills. After our mock house session,
two bills passed and three bills died. We didn’t have enough time in the day to take the bills through a mock Senate session, or to have a pretend president decide whether to sign the bills or veto them. Instead, we discussed the rest of the steps our bills would have to go through before they could be laws so everyone completely understood the process. We had a really fun day learning about how a bill becomes a law. We all participated and I think its something we will never forget. We are excited for our 5th grade field trip to the Utah State Capitol were we will be able to see our real representatives and senate members in action.
February 16, 2017
Wills, Trusts, and More
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Funding Your Trust
by Jeffery J. MCKenna
Many people choose a revocable living trust instead of relying on a will or joint ownership in their estate plan. They like the cost and time savings, plus the added control over assets that a living trust can provide. When properly prepared, a living trust avoids the public and often costly, court processes at death (probate) and incapacity (conservatorship or guardianship). It can let you provide for your spouse without disinheriting your children, which can be important in second marriages. It can save estate taxes. And it can protect inheritances for children and grandchildren from the courts, creditors, spouses, and irresponsible spending. However, many people make a major mistake in that they do not properly fund their trusts. Funding your trust is the process of transferring your assets from you to your trust. To do this, you physically change the titles of your assets from your individual name (or joint names, if married) to the trustee of your trust. You also will change beneficiary (or contingent beneficiary) designations to your trustee. The trustee you name for your living trust controls the assets in your trust. Most likely, you have named yourself as trustee, so you will still have complete control. Remember, one of the great features of a
revocable living trust is that you can continue to buy and sell assets just as you do now. You can also remove assets from your living trust should you ever decide to do so. If you have signed your living trust document but haven’t changed titles and beneficiary designations, your trust will likely not achieve the desired results. You may have a great trust, but until you fund it (transfer your assets to it), it doesn’t control anything. Your revocable trust can only control the assets you put into it. If the goal of your living trust is to avoid probate at death and court intervention at incapacity, then you must fund it now, while you are able to do so. If you have a trust, your attorney should have prepared a “pour over will” that acts as a safety net. When you die, the will “catches” your assets and “sends” them into your trust. If you have forgotten to transfer an asset or two into your trust, the asset will probably have to go through probate first, but then it can be distributed according to the instructions in the will, to your trust. You are the one ultimately responsible for making sure all of your appropriate assets are transferred to your trust. Most attorneys will transfer real estate into the trust, and will provide forms and instructions for your other assets. Often they
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will include sample letters or blank forms for you to use. The funding process is not difficult. Because revocable living trusts are now so widely used, you should meet with little or no resistance when transferring your assets into your trust. Even though the process is not difficult, it can be easy to get sidetracked or procrastinate. To prevent this from happening, make funding your revocable living trust a priority or pay an attorney to assist with all aspects of the funding. Remind yourself why you are doing this, and look forward to the peace of mind you’ll have when the funding of your trust is complete. Now with a Panguitch Office at 46 North Main Street to Serve Clients in and around Garfield County Jeffery J. McKenna is a local attorney whose practice has been focused on Estate Planning for over 20 years. He is licensed and serves clients in Utah, Arizona and Nevada. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Barney, McKenna and Olmstead. If you have questions you would like addressed in these articles, please feel free to contact him at 435 628-1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the firm’s website at WWW.BARNEY-MCKENNA.COM, he would enjoy hearing from you.
Our 17-year-old son, Charlie, has finally shown some interest in cooking. Recently, while we were watching TV, he was baking some french fries and asked me to pause the show. In less than a minute, he came back to the den. "What was that about?" I asked. Charlie said that the instructions told him to turn the fries halfway through cooking. I remarked that he was pretty fast in flipping all those fries. "Is that what it meant?" he replied. "I just turned the pan around."
I was teaching my Grade 1 class to tell time using a conventional- style analog clock. "We'll be learning about the hour hand and the minute hand," I explained. One of the students interrupted and said, "I don't need to learn on that kind of clock. My dad bought me this digital watch, and right now it's ten minutes to 38."
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l A u G h i N g pOiNt!! Cloudy When the sky finally cleared up after a long week of rain, our young granddaughter happily proclaimed, "Oh, look! The sun came home!"
A woman went to the mall to buy Birthday Cards for her son and father. The 50 feet of displays for hundreds of cards astounded her. She muttered out loud, "I wonder if they have anything for ex- husbands." The clerk behind the counter said, "Oh, yes ma'am, they do, but they’re in Sporting Goods." "Really?", exclaimed the woman. "Yes ma'am. They’re called darts."
In the midst of a winter storm, the manager of a small restaurant changed the outdoor sign listing the specials. He called, "Please bring me a tea." One of the waitresses brewed the tea, donned her coat, and brought him the mug. "Thank you," he said, "I meant the letter!"
The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven
My father-in-law did not like venison, a dislike he made extremely clear to me. One day he dropped in, so I served him what we had in the house, which was little individual meat loaves wrapped around hard boiled eggs and covered with cheese sauce. He absolutely adored them and insisted that I give him the recipe. After telling him twice that he really didn't want it, I finally gave in. Just after he put his third helping on his plate, I began the recipe. "Take three pound of ground deer meat. ". He put his third helping back on the serving platter.
My sister deals with customer complaints at the call center of a major bank. A very irate customer called one day to declare, “My new computer banking software doesn't work.” My sister tried to determine the problem and eventually realized the software was working perfectly. She began to explain this when the customer cut in, “But money isn't coming out of the printer!”
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Yummy Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter Ingredients: 5 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups boiling water 1 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 quart buttermilk 5 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 4 cups All Bran cereal 2 cups 40 percent bran flakes 1 cup walnuts, chopped Instructions: In a bowl, combine soda and boiling water. In a separate bowl, whip shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs slowly. Mix well. Add buttermilk, flour and salt and mix again. Pour the soda water very slowly. Gently fold the cereals and the walnuts into the mix. Let mix sit in the refrigerator overnight. (I think if you can let it sit 2 days, it is Even Better!) The next day, heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins. Spoon 1/8 cup batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake 30
minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Servings • 3 dozen muffins Cinnamon Honey Butter Ingredients: 1 pound butter 1/4 cups honey 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Cut the butter into chunks using a butter knife. Place butter into the your stand mixer's bowl and beat at low speed, using the whisk attachment to loosen the butter. Increase the speed to medium and add the honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove butter from bowl and spoon into a container that you can put into the fridge.
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O bituaries Thomas Dale Martin 1945 - 2017
MOAB/ARIZONA - Thomas Dale Martin, 71, Passed Monday, February 6th 2017 at his home in Peoria, Arizona surrounded by his family. Born in Moab, Utah April 4th, 1945 to Earl and Neva Martin. Married to Gloria Johnson, May 8th 1971. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one son, Lance. Survived by his eternal companion, Gloria Martin, his children, Tim (Ruth), Owen (Amy), Candi (Cody), Kenra (Ed), Ben (Nicole) Steven (Arlea), LaRen (Brittany), thirty six grandchildren, one great grandchild, sisters May, Josephine, brothers Guy, Tim, Rick, and Tony. Drafted into the United States Army June 1968. Decorated Veteran of The Vietnam War being awarded The Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and Bronze Star. Member of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry “Wolfhounds” 25th Infantry Division. Ultimately being wounded four months into his service, which led to his honorable discharge. Active member of the LDS church. Viewing to be held on February 9th at 12951 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria, Arizona 85381 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral services held February 11th at 475 W. 400 N. Moab, Utah 84532, with viewing at 10:00 and services at 11:00.
February 16, 2017
by Peg Smith, email@example.com Boulder area is growing, or at least it feels like it is with more people overwintering and new families forming and building. Numbers from the 2010 census show Boulder Town population pushing 230, and the entire Boulder precinct (the Town, Salt Gulch, the Draw, Deer Creek, Black Mesa) nearly 300. We’ve surely exceeded those numbers by now. The thing is, even in our entirety, and assuming we all spoke with one voice--- which we don’t--- Boulder residents’ voices are tiny peeps in the darkness. Who the heck cares what we say? Well, this canary is peeping. Any citizen, regardless of party affiliation, should be concerned about any actions that reduce or eliminate local input into local concerns. (Isn’t that what half the flap about the Monument is right now?) But as we speak, our Utah House and Senate are busily steamrolling bills through the legislature that have the effect of doing just that: literally scratching local
municipalities’ rights to enact ordinances controlling activities within their own jurisdictions. I’ll give just two examples of this year’s legislative grab: HB82, sponsored by our own representative, Mike Noel. HB82 ensures access of street-ready ATVs on all town and city streets across the state. Mr. Noel told me he wrote this on behalf of Salt Lake County ATV users who object to being restricted from riding within Salt Lake County. He said vehicles already are allowed anywhere else in the state except on freeways. (One might wonder why Mr. Noel is sponsoring a bill solely for the benefit of Salt Lake County residents whom he does not represent.) Regardless, the only purpose of HB82 is to strip out language that allows that county
and city to establish their own governing ordinances. Nothing in the bill stipulates noise or pollution impact of the newly legal vehicles. Are SL County residents to be denied their own voice in controlling those factors on their own streets? Apply that language to our own tiny town. For the past 10 years or more, Boulder Town has had a resolution on the books restricting usage of off-road vehicles to utilitarian use by local residents. Our businesses have actively differentiated themselves by promoting “quiet use” tourism. We do not want ATV rallies either staged in or impacting our town. Quiet is one of the primary values to which we Boulderites ALL ascribe. We can’t control what moves through town on the highway. But one would think the town could enact its own or-
dinances governing impacts on our own town’s quality of life. This will not be possible any longer if Mike Noel’s bill passes. SB189, Oil and Gas Operations Amendments. A primary provision of this bill is to “prohibit a political subdivision”—in other words, a municipality—“from regulating oil and gas operations.” Basically, the state would be superseding any authority of a town to enact ordinances that would affect drilling, mining, fracking, or any maintenance or transportation of products thereof. These bills, like the Scenic Bypass signage bill last year, deny local input and place all governing authority at a level few of us can reasonably reach with any effect. Isn’t this process something that all of us might reasonably question?
be delivered to the landfill and discussed landfill fees, and impacts on roads. Commissioners expressed concern about making sure the county isn’t subsidizing project. The engineers are estimating that 3,000 cubic yards of material including concrete and filter fabric from the existing diversion will be delivered to the Wayne County landfill. Wayne County will receive a $10 fee per cubic yard, or $30,000 for disposal of these materials. Wayne County is sponsoring the project currently to provide administrative support, but when it is completed, all operations will be turned over and signed over to Hanksville Canal Company.
NRCS civil engineer Lance Smith shared his appreciation to the county for their role as sponsor. “This is a high profile job,” he said, noting that it took multiple years to make sure the funding was in place (NRCS is funding 100% of the project) and has involved the Undersecretary of Agriculture and Chief of NRCS. He said they are nearly to the end of the review process. Commissioner Wood stated that, “After making one big mistake, we want to get it right.” The commission and the engineers committed to regular update meetings on the job when it starts. —Insider
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don’t have the money to fulfill the demands that the state and others place on us, so we lobby to get support for a county like ours which is very small in population.” Mrs. Torgerson’s fifth graders thanked the commissioners for their service and for letting them come in and talk with them. Two new County Planning and Zoning Board members were due to be sworn in. Joe Giles was not present to be sworn in to the post, but Travis Van Orden was sworn in by Clerk/Auditor Ryan Torgerson. Lee Taft was present to present a Conditional Use Permit request to add on to his existing convenience store in Torrey and move gas tanks and add an additional tank. It was suggested that Mr. Taft paint the tanks to blend in with the surrounding area and he agreed to do that. The commission approved the CUP. Next up was a project update on Hanksville’s new diversion project for the Hanksville Canal Company. Principal engineer Darin Robinson of Jones & DeMille lead the hour and a half presentation, assisted by graduate engineer Parker Vercimak. Also present were Kevin Hatch, President of Hanksville Canal Company, and Lance Smith, civil engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Robinson presented drawings of the Hanksville diversion design. He said that drawings and specs are currently in the review process, a 2D model has been made, and they are working with a professor from Utah State University on the hydraulics. They are in communication with the contractor, Gerber Construction, who expects to begin construction in May, and they met last week to verify costs and numbers. They are still working within budget but are currently working with only a 5% contingency, “which makes us a little nervous, but we are still in the black.” The team described how they are looking at different sources of material—rip rap, sand and gravel and back fill and are working to keep costs down by getting the best quality material from sources as close as possible. The existing pipeline and structure will stay in place for 2017, and will be demolished once the new structure is in place. The commission reviewed expectations regarding material that would
Hanksville Diversion Project to Replace Substandard Fix After 2006 Flood
HANKSVILLE - An epic flood on October 6, 2006 created all kinds of tumult in the town of Hanksville, including wiping out the 100 year old diversion dam on the Fremont River that brought irrigation water to the town and to farmers in surrounding areas. As a result, Hanksville was without any supplemental irrigation for two years. Kevin Hatch, president of the Hanksville Canal Company, said, “We were two years without water and the whole town burned.” A new diversion dam was eventually placed, but as Hatch explains, “It was without input from anyone. The ‘bureaucracy’ took the reins in their own hands and built a new diversion upstream of the former diversion,” he said. Problems with the new diversion dam were apparent relatively quickly, and while it has not failed, it has been deemed inadequate. “It didn’t work right. We can’t get all the water we are entitled to into the system. It wasn’t engineered correctly,” said Hatch. To keep things straight, Hatch says they now have what they call the ‘existing’ and ‘historic’ diversions. The existing diversion was engineered by a Canadian firm. “We as people in town or the Canal Company were not involved,” said Hatch, who added that immediately after the engineering company completed the project they went bankrupt. The replacement diversion dam, currently undergoing engineering review through NRCS, is due to be completed this year, and will be built nearer the historic diversion site. “This time everybody has been so up front and honest and so good. The county is involved, locals are involved, people are giving their opinions,” said Hatch. Funding for the entire project is coming from NRCS. Hatch estimates that the cost is approximately $6.2 million. “They’ve come in and done testing and studied the historical site, and are going to demolish the existing diversion when it’s done.” The goal is to back up enough water to store all of their allocated water. Hanksville Canal Company has 750 shares in their system, which are dispersed through 35-40 different shareholders. “We do have the oldest rights on the Fremont River,” said Hatch. —Insider
February 16, 2017
Escalante Council Cont'd from page 1
by Mack Oetting ~ mackoetting @gmail.com February has warmed up and that means rain instead of snow, at least here the ground has thawed and the moisture is soaking in. Ten years ago or so, that wasn’t the case, we had a really cold December and January and in February it started raining and the ground was frozen and we had floods throughout the valley, including two homes on the lake road that were flooded. The old timers said they couldn’t remember it ever doing that before. Well now it is common place and it is up north in the Cache Valley where it is doing the flooding, mainly in Logan. There are flood warnings out for that area for at least a week, no taking showers, using toilets, washing dishes or clothing and you can’t drink the water. With the rain and the warm weather melting the snow, the sewers can no longer handle the flow of all the water. The big fear is the sewers will back up in the houses. Traveling up to the games in Richfield, we noted that the Piute reservoir is really filling up nicely. The water in the Sevier River has been really flowing all winter long and has contributed heavily to the filling of the lake. There is so much water in the reservoir,that they are letting some of it out already. Also on our way up to Richfield we found the gas in Elsinore is the cheapest in So. Utah, @ $2.15 a gallon for 87 octanes. It is even cheaper than COSTCO in St. George;
Cedar is at $2.21 a gallon if you are going west. Our own John Yardley is in charge of the Dedication of the Cedar City Temple on December 10. There is so much preparation that goes into the process that President Yardley has 12 committees that he is over. We have had 4 Stake Presidents, in Pat’s and my 25 years here and on Thursday I ran into President Yardley in the morning and that evening at a restaurant in Richfield, President Eyre was there, on Friday after the game, while at WalMart we ran into President Allen and his Wife and on the way home stopping for gas we ran into President Dalton, how is that for a coincidence? I don’t think that are four nicer gentlemen anywhere than these men. Our Stake has been really blessed to have had such great leaders as these four Presidents. At last the Yardley insurance building has been taken down and out of the ashes we will have a new business building. I hear that also the house next to Royal Express will also be coming down shortly, if all goes well another business will be there in all good time. If you are a Veteran and have Vet Choice health insurance, this company has cleared Garfield Memorial Hospital and Dr. Mitch Miller as one of your care givers. Call 6768811 for an appointment. Glen Adams asked me to put in the numbers for the Dept. of De-
fense in Cedar City. They are at 1065 North Airport Road, phone #s 867-6517, 867-6516 and 867-6515. Some more businesses that have gone the way of the covered wagon. Records, 78 rpm, 33 rpm compact disks, movies tapes, videos stores are all a thing of the past. I just had my water heater replaced, after 15 years and now there is such a thing as a tank less water heater. It can heat 12 ½ gallons a minute, (showers use about 2 ½ gallons a minute). The hot water is on demand, unlike one with a tank that goes on every time the temperature gets below a certain temperature I predict that the tank heaters will go the way of Kodak film in twenty years. Flat screen TVs are here to stay, our old TV still worked well and we couldn’t even give it away. Also it weighted a ton, or at least 75 lbs, these new flat screens are really light and easy to move. When they first came out the were really a luxury items, costing around 6 grand, the new ones mostly go for under $500 bucks. Speaking of giving away things, it looks like the new Dessert Industries building in Cedar City is ready to open, any day now. This place looks as big as WalMart and will be a relief not to go to the one on Main St. that was so crowed. Speaking of Thrift Stores Marjorie Davis turned 95 last Saturday. Marjorie was the
longtime President of the Hospital Foundation and headed up the Thrift store that went into the old drug store building. I am guessing that the Thrift store has been there almost 20 years now. It has been really successful and it is a place where bargains are found every day. Last Tuesday was Valentine’s Day. I met my Valentine in December, after I got out of the Navy and after a real short courtship we got married in February. This was in Henderson Nev. and I just got a job in LA driving trucks, with Sunday and Wednesday off. When I called Pat with the news, I decided that if we were going to see each other we needed to get married and much to my surprise she said yes. It was love at first sight for me and it has only got stronger over the years. Pat has been my best friend over all of these years and we really enjoy seeing the World together Monday is Presidents day, in the pass it used to be two separate dates honoring Presidents Washington and Lincoln. By combining them it saves the country billions of dollars, not having to pay holiday twice. We have a number of heroes that we pay tribute to and maybe these will someday be combined. When you are retired you don’t get holiday pay or vacation pay, kind of sad. Mack O.
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by Vicki D. Syrett 679-8687 or firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to Wes and Olga Syrett on the birth of their second child, a beautiful little girl. She has been named Julia Anastasia Syrett. At 5:58 A.M. on February 10th she joined the Wes Syrett family. She is a healthy happy little girl and joins her older brother, Liam. Grandfather in Bryce Canyon City is Bret Syrett. Wes's sister Michelle had a darling baby boy, Jaxson, born in October and we are sorry to be so late in announcing this event. Dorsie Denny is in Henrieville visiting. She missed her grandchildren and decided to come on down for a few days to get close to them. She has spent time with Max and Logann Eagar's kids and
Lauren Senary and her kids as well. Lauren and Logann are Dorsie's daughters. She was so homesick for the grandkids she had to come visit. Those little folks just have a way of wrapping themselves around our lives. A graveside Service for Eva Chynoweth was held in Henrieville Cemetery. There were many family and friends at the service that was very nice. Hunter Mathews has been called to serve a Mission in the Seattle Washington Mission. He leaves for the MTC on the 22nd of March. His sister Bailey will leave for her mission on 22 February to Nashville Tennessee. Both Bailey and Hunter are the children of Darren and Stacie Mathews of
Cannonville. Speaking with Bailey today was her Uncle Joe Mathews Hughes while the Young Men and Young Women sang a beautiful song for the day. There were lots of friends and family in attendance to support the family. Bishop Steve Clark is (in his words) "getting better each day"; We wish him well and are glad to see him getting around some. Jeff and Lonee Shakespear blessed their adorable little baby girl, Harley Rae Shakespear, in Henrieville today. Harley was blessed by Great-grandfather, Stan Mecham. There was a large amount of family and friends in attendance. The Tropic Young Women held their "New Begin-
nings" this evening at the Tropic Ward. The theme is "Ask of God in Faith". It was a nice program and everyone who attended enjoyed the evening. They lit floating lanterns and set them off. It was a wonderful night! Thanks to the amazing leaders that put it together! Congratulations Emi, Dani, Kate and Elania on your YW Recognition Awards! Congratulations to our Lady Mustangs for taking Region. We are so proud of you all and wish you luck in state. Be sure to see the article under BVHS for more info. Please be safe this week and be sure to wish your loved ones a Happy Valentines Day. Everyone please call or email your news to me. Thanks VS
the country. If they had a monument, they’d still be grazing cows up there.” Speaking to this and other comments about resource extraction, Commissioner Clayson responded, “I don’t personally think this is an opening of the door for extractive industries. I think that ship has sailed.”
Some spoke to the political motivations of the resolution, based on deep resentment of the federal government. One commenter stated, “Emotions go back a long way here, and I’m thinking maybe to 1857. Maybe we need not to change the boundaries but what goes on within those boundaries. Work with the ranching community….you have way too many negative things in that proposal. There are good things the monument has brought on.” Another said, “Resentment of the feds shouldn’t drive us to be self-destructive.” Some discussed how the proposed county/state resolutions to reduce the size of the monument has already prompted discussion of tourist boycotts. The final comment of the meeting was made by Camille Johnson, director of tourism for
Kane County. “The thing that I love about this group is the passion. I’m kind of like a ‘love child’ of those that are for it and against it [the resolution]. I’m a 7th generation local in this area, my grandfather was one of the largest cattle ranchers in the area, but I’m also working really hard to bring tourists here. One of the things I would say is that it’s really important to me is that as we’re bringing tourists here, we’re not going to do that at the sacrifice of our local quality of life or heritage. We’ve got to maintain that.” After an hour and a half discussion, Kane County Commissioners unanimously approved R 2017 – 1. The Garfield County Commission is expected to take up the issue at their commission meeting on Tuesday, February 14. —Insider
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“And if you don’t think extractive industries will hurt ranchers, you just ask any rancher in Pinedale, Wyoming if they wish they’d had a monument where they live. Because they [extractive industries] destroyed ranching in that part of
owner (Chatterson) they are petitioning for a zone change from Multi-Family Residential District (R-M-7) to Residential/Commercial District (RC). The property is located at 75 North 300 West, and is currently a vacant lot with water and sewer. The Waggoners explained that they would like to purchase the property to incorporate it into their existing property, with initial plans for landscaping, tent sites, and possibly cabins, later. Letters were sent to 22 adjacent landowners offering the opportunity to comment on the zoning change request. Six letters were received by the city opposing the zoning change. One neighbor present at the hearing said she would not like the zoning change approved. Another neighbor said that Escalante Outfitters has been a good neighbor, and very quiet. A discussion between council members and petitioners included what happens if the zoning is changed and the current petitioners sell the property, drainage issues on the property, comparison of neighborhood impacts between the tent sites/ cabins proposal and the current zoning allowance for multi-family units. The public hearing was closed, and the council unanimously passed a motion to table the zoning change request. Prior to the public comment period, Mayor Torgerson clarified that the street light agenda item was about replacing bulbs in the pedestrian lighting on Main Street only, if that helped anyone with framing their comments on that item. During the public comment period, Harriet Priska petitioned the city about a request she has already made to the city to help fix the stone wall that was damaged when a city-managed building across the street “blew up” in a wind storm and impaired the wall about three years ago. She is trying to sell the property and is hiring a mason to fix the wall and would like a response from the city. Bill Weppner asked the city to hold a public hearing regarding BLM’s 2.0 rule and how this “outside influence” affects our valley. He also commended the county’s emergency workers for their brave efforts, citing a call and response he’d heard on the scanner from Boulder during a snow storm. Howard Hutchison applauded the city’s move toward more efficient (LED) street lighting as long as it doesn’t affect dark skies and the soft lighting we currently have. Jean Bramble read a letter on behalf of Bob Hartman who is out of town. “We all know looking up at night sky is awe inspiring,” Hartman said in his letter, and urged the city to keep and promote dark skies as a resource. He suggested a city advisory working group on the subject of lighting planning, with the goal of dark sky city designation. Jean Bramble echoed that she supports Bob’s idea to develop a citizens’ group to advise the city on lighting and suggested the inclusion of council member Louise Barnes on that committee. Fred Spencer said that as a pilot he feels that dark skies endanger his life. That GPS is not accurate, and altimeters are not accurate and so he relies on the lights of the city to land at night. Mark Saunto commented that he would also like to see a more comprehensive lighting plan for the city, and suggested
care in selecting new LED bulbs, as high output LEDs can be very bright, or “cool” and create a lot of glare. He noted that other local towns including Torrey, Bryce Canyon City and Boulder have lighting plans and Escalante could do the same. Gary Griffin said two LED lights have been installed near his property and one aims the light down and the other one sheds light across his yard, negatively affecting his quality of life. Mark Austin made a comment about lumens, that 5000 lumens is a bright bluish light and yellow orange is more soft light in the 2700-3000 range and should be plenty of light for the city’s needs. Next up was appointing a city council member, to take the place of Melani Torgerson, who has been appointed as Mayor to replace Jerry Taylor, who has been elected as Garfield County Commissioner. Mayor Torgerson said that four citizens expressed interest in the seat: Clayne Coleman, Joe Catlett, Dan’l Lindsay and Flint Chynoweth. Each was given an opportunity to make a statement regarding their candidacy and qualifications and three took the opportunity. Flint could not be here to do so, Melani said, because he was, “stuck on the mountain.” Clayne Coleman discussed his roots in Escalante and having had the opportunity to come back to Escalante after living and working away for a long period of time he said he would like to serve his community. Dan’l Lindsey noted that he is from Wayne County and has lived in Escalante for seven years and feels his experience as a general contractor could be helpful. Joe Catlett, owner of Nemo’s Restaurant and Escalante resident since 2012, said he is a results-driven person and uses a project manager’s approach to solving problems and would be eager to serve on important issues affecting us every day. Following these presentations the Council went into a short executive session and everybody (except the council) left the room and squished into the hallway, and had some lively discussions among themselves. Upon reconvening Council member Barnes represented the council in their decision, and said they appreciated the applications of all these good people. She said they unanimously selected Dan’l Lindsay, and he was subsequently sworn in, and took his council seat. The council encouraged the current applicants and others to stay engaged as other seats will be open eventually, or even soon. Danny Perkins gave a brief Sheriff’s update. “We’ve slowed down but have enough going on to keep busy,” he said. He said they had a suicide down at Ticaboo, the local murder and assault here in Escalante and lately a murder suspect at other end of county [Panguitch] with a high speed chase where officers punctured the tires of a man who shot guy in Colorado. “We are kind of out in the sticks, folks, but we live in the real world, too,” said Perkins. “I really appreciate your words, Bill, [addressing Bill Weppner] about our volunteers. We just had our volunteer conference we’ve done for nine years now. Utah is number one in the nation in volunteerism and I think Garfield County is leading the pack in Utah. Appreciate that someone has taken noEscalante Council Cont'd on page 8
Laycee Mangum Johnson Awarded the "UACTE" Teacher of the Year The ceremony was held at Orem High School and eight awards were given that night for teachers in the state of UTAH. Laycee is a former Tropic resident and has been teaching school in Hurricane. She has just accepted a teaching position at Cedar City High School and the family will be Courtesy ViCKi syrett moving to Cedar Laycee Mangum Johnson with her City. There were a lot of people "UACTE" Teacher of the Year award. in attendance, TROPIC - Congratu- around 900 and it was a very lations to Laycee Mangum nice event. They had a screen Johnson on being awarded where they showed the picthe "UACTE" Teacher of the tures of the teachers receiving Year award.(Utah Assn. Ca- the awards that was handled reers Teacher of Education) by an SUU Professor. The
speaker for the evening was a gentleman from Cokeville, Wyoming and he was very interesting. Attending from Tropic were Pete and Keela Mangum, Laycee's parents, Cami Mangum, and Codi Leslie. The 1st of April Laycee will be going to South Dakota for Region Awards. On Saturday, She received the Utah Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year award. We sure are proud of Laycee and all her wonderful accomplishments as a teacher of the youth. We wish her the best in the South Dakota meeting. Laycee has always been one of the nicest and kind young ladies I have ever known. As her teacher many years ago I know what a very tender heart she has for others so I know she is a great teacher. Way to go Laycee. —Vicki Syrett
a reimbursement program and the city would receive $750 in credit. The plus is that on those fixtures the energy cost would drop 75 percent, according to Garkane estimates. Mayor Torgerson said the type of LED bulb (warm or cool or other attributes) is open for discussion by the council. It was noted that other street light poles around town are not metered, and the city pays $9 per pole per month. The council unanimously agreed to move forward with the bulb replacements. In council reports, Council member Allen said there are grants and loans to put a wildlife fence around the airport.“We have a plot map and it looks like we will get the money,” he said.
Council member Stowe said she had talked to Sheriff Perkins about hiring inmates to clean up the sewer pond “whenever we dry up” and he said to just give them 2-3 days’ notice. She also said that somebody got stuck at the dumpsters—it is really muddy. Council member Barnes, in her new role overseeing buildings, said she and Mayor Torgerson had a teleconference with the architect regarding the preliminary drawings for a new Community Center and Care and Share. “We will take those plans and go to CIB for a grant. It’s looking good.” Mayor Torgerson thanked the city employees and citizens. “Escalante is a great place,” she said. —Insider
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tice. Thank you.” City Recorder Stephanie Steed made a request for a five-day Utah municipal clerk training in Salt Lake City. The cost is $400 for tuition plus her time and travel. The Council approved her training request. The council discussed street lights. Mayor Torgerson proposed to the council that the city replace light bulbs on Main Street--just the pedestrian lights—with LED bulbs. These are metered, and the city pays for the power. Bulb replacement cost would be $50 per fixture for a total of $2500 plus $300 labor. Garkane is currently offering
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Giuseppe (Joe) Caligirui, 55, pled guilty to Criminal Trespass, a Class B Misdemeanor and Possession of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor. Mr Caligiuri was sentenced on the Criminal Trespass to 6 months in the Sevier County jail, with all but 9 days suspended, and he will receive credit for 7 days previously served. He was also sentenced to a $1,933.00 fine and surcharge, with all but $680.00 suspended. Mr Caligiuri was placed on probation for 12 months on certain conditions. Mr Caligiuri’s guilty plea to Possession of Marijuana will be held in abeyance for 12 months pending completion of specified requirements, including payment of the fine and jail term for the Criminal Trespass charge. Jeremy Ray Gagon, 46, pled guilty to Discharge of a Firearm Near a Highway or in Direction of Any Person, Building, or Vehicle, a Class B Misdemeanor. His guilty plea will be held in abeyance for 12
months pending completion of certain requirements, including payment of a $290.00 fine and $25.00 plea in abeyance fee. Grady Dorian Hanks, 19, pled guilty to Possession or Use of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor. His guilty plea will be held in abeyance for 12 months pending completion of certain requirements, including payment of a $675.00 fine and a $25.00 plea in abeyance fee, along with 40 hours of community service. Jesica Lee Johnson, 26, pled guilty in two cases. The first case was a guilty plea to Use of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class B Misdemeanor. Ms Johnson was sentenced to the Sevier County jail for 1 year, 6 months, with all but 20 days suspended and credit given for 10 days spent in the Juab County jail. She was also sentenced to a fine and surcharge of $3,500.00, with all but $12,000.00 suspended. The second case was a guilty plea to Driving While Impaired, a Class B Misdemeanor. She was sentenced to 6 months in the Sevier County jail, suspended,
and a fine $1,933.00 with all but $800.00 suspended. For both cases, Ms Johnson was placed on probation for a period of 24 months. Russell Ortega, 56, entered a guilty plea to Allowing a Vicious Animal to Go at Large, a Class B Misdemeanor. This case was a de novo appeal from a conviction in Wayne County Justice Court. Mr Ortega was sentenced to pay a fine of $680.00 and probation for 6 months. Mr Ortega also agreed to restrain his dog, to include restraint on a chain or substantial leash, and a muzzle when the dog is in public. Travis Todd Shoell, 30, pled guilty to Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife, a Class A Misdemeanor, with his plea to be held in abeyance for 12 months pending completion of certain requirements, including payment of a fine of $975.00 and a $25.00 plea in abeyance fee. Mr Shoell will also pay $400.00 in restitution to the Help Stop Poaching fund for the loss of the protected wildlife and complete 80 hours of community service.
LegaL Notices COUNTY SURPLUS SALE GARFIELD COUNTY GARFIELD COUNTY IS ACCEPTING SEALED BIDS ON THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: 1994 Heil Halfpack Front Loading Garbage Truck 303,000 miles, 13550 hours minimum Bid $8,000.00 2016 Peterbuilt Front Loading Garbage Truck 300 hours Minimum Bid $250,000.00 Financial Assurance required until vehicle is transferred Bids will be accepted in the county clerk’s office until 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at the Garfield County courthouse, 55 South Main Street, Panguitch, Utah. The successful bidder will have 48 hours to complete the transaction and provide financial assurance until the truck becomes available. All equipment will be sold in “as in” condition, and all sales will be final. Purchases can be made with cash or certified check. Garfield County reserves the right to accept or reject any and all offers. For additional information call 435-676-1101 or email email@example.com Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on JANUARY 26 and FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16 & 23 and MARCH 2, 2017 NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT The Wayne School District Board of Education regular Board Meeting scheduled for March 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM has been rescheduled for March 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will still be held at the Wayne Middle School at 75 North Center Bicknell, UT 84715. If you have questions please contact the district office at 435-425-3813. Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 16, 2017
PUBLIC NOTICE SITLA GARFIELD COUNTY The State of Utah, School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) has received an offer for lease for approximately 40 acres of land located north of the Bullfrog Marina in Garfield County: Township 37 South Range 11 East, SLB&M Section 8: within NE4 Any individual wishing to submit a competing proposal for the lease or purchase should submit an offer before February 20, 2017. Proposals may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to SITLA attn. Alexa Wilson, 675 East 500 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City UT 84102, (801) 538-5100. SITLA reserves the right to reject any proposal. Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 2, 9 & 16, 2017 NOTICE TO WATER USERS The applications below were filed with the Division of Water Rights in Wayne County. These are informal proceedings per Rule R655-6-2. 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, PO Box 146300, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6300, or by hand delivery to a Division office during normal business hours ON OR BEFORE MARCH 8, 2017. Please visit http://waterrights.utah.gov or call (801)-538-7240 for additional information. NEW APPLICATION(S) 97-2414 (A80801): Todd Phillips propose(s) using 1.73 ac-ft. from the Ushur Spring (Upper Valley) for IRRIGATION; STOCKWATERING; DOMESTIC. Kent L. Jones, P.E., STATE ENGINEER Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 9 & 16, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS GARFIELD COUNTY In The Sixth Judicial District Court of Garfield County, State of Utah, P.O. Box 77, Panguitch, Utah 84759-0077 PROBATE DIVISION In the matter of the Estate of Ernest Littlefield Henderson, Deceased. Announcement of Appointment and Notice to Creditors, Estate of Ernest Littlefield Henderson Probate, No. 163600006 Wynona G. Henderson, whose address is P.O. Box 243, Henrieville, Utah 84736, has been appointed personal representative of the above named estate. Creditors of the estate are hereby notified to (1) deliver or mail their written claims to the personal representative at the address above; or (2) file their written claims with the Clerk of the Sixth District Court in Garfield County, P.O. Box 77, Panguitch, UT 84759-0077, or otherwise present their claims as required by Utah law within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice or be forever barred. Dated the 2nd day of February, 2017. Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 2, 9 & 16, 2017 NOTICE OF TOWN ELECTIONS HENRIEVILLE TOWN Henrieville Town will hold elections on November 7, 2017, to vote for Mayor and two Council Members. The term for each position is four (4) years. Candidate filing begins Thursday, June 1, 2017, and ends Wednesday, June 7, 2017. UCA 10-3301 Declaration of Candidacy forms or Nomination petitions must be filed in person with the Town Clerk, Marie Jaggar, by calling the town office at 679-8581 or at her home no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 7. Marie Jaggar, Town Clerk Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 16, 2017 PUBLIC NOTICE WAYNE COUNTY A meeting of Wayne County Special Service District #1 will be held on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Room at the Wayne County Courthouse, 18 South Main, Loa, UT 84747. The directors will discuss allocation of district money. For additional information, call the Wayne County Clerk's office at 435-836-1300. Ryan Torgerson, Wayne County Clerk/Auditor Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 16 , 2017 NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL OFFICES HANKSVILLE TOWN The following offices to be voted on in the Hanksville Town Municipal General Election on 7 November 2017: (1) Mayor 2 year term (3) Town Council Member 4 year term each. (1) Town Council Member 2 year term Candidate Filing Period Begins June 1, 2017, Candidate Filing Deadline Ends June 7, 2017 UCA 10-3-301 Declaration of Candidacy Forms or Nomination petition must be filed in person with the Town Clerk at 30 S. Hwy 95, Hanksville, Utah between the hours of 10am and 2pm Published in The Wayne and Garfield County Insider on FEBRUARY 16 & 23, 2017
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GARFIELD COUNTY - Public Works, Garfield County is accepting applications for permanent full time positions in the Public Works Department. Potential positions may include road crew members, a mechanic, or a truck driver depending on need determined solely by the County. A CDL and preemployment drug testing is required. Applicants will only be considered for positions applied for on the application form. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm March 3, 2017 and are available at the Garfield County Clerk’s office, 55 South Main, Panguitch, Utah 94759, (435) 676-1100 or online at garfield.utah.gov. Additional information can be obtained at (435) 676-1101. Garfield County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications. Garfield County is an equal opportunity employer. 3/2 BRYCE CANYON CITY, City Manager Position, Bryce Canyon City Town Council is currently accepting applications for a City Manager Position. The position would be part time, and would consist of office duties, public relations, and attend all meetings. Computer skills a must. Wage will be based on employee qualifications. All applications are due by February 28th, 2017. Please contact Sydney Lamas for an application by email sydsyrett@ gmail.com. 2/26 TROPIC - Cooks needed at Bryce Pioneer Village Motel in Tropic. Restaurant open April-October, previous experience preferred, but not necessary. $10/hr plus housing available. End of season bonus available for completing the season. Contact Travis at 435-616-8337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2/16
Boulder Elementary Preschool Paraprofessional Escalante Elementary School Para Professional Escalante Elementary School SpEd Para Pros Escalante High School Language Arts Teacher Panguitch Elementary School Teacher Panguitch High School Head Cheerleading Coach Substitute Teachers for all schools SALARY: Please see 2016-2017 Garfield County School Districts Classified Salary Schedule and the 2016-2017 Garfield County School District Certified Salary Schedule. QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be fingerprinted and satisfactorily pass an employment background check. Applicant must work well with children. See the job description for additional requirements. APPLICATION: Interested individuals should submit a Garfield County School District classified application. Please direct questions to: BES Head Teacher Elizabeth Julian (435-335-7322) EES & EHS Principal Chip Sharpe (435-704-4199) PES Principal Nick Reynolds (435-676-8847) PHS Principal Russell Torgersen (435-676-8805) Online application available: www.garfk12.org Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be granted interviews. DEADLINE: See the district website for closing date of each position. Garfield County School District is an equal opportunity employer. Garfield County School District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications. 2/16
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Resolve to Replace Your Bad Financial Habits by nathaniel sillin
Most people have at least one bad financial habit. Whether it's impulse shopping, forgetting to pay bills on time or putting off building that emergency fund, balancing what you want to do and what you "should" do is never easy. The new year is the perfect time to identify potential financial weak points and replace bad habits with productive ones. Start by identifying your bad habits. Sometimes a bad financial habit is easy to identify. For example, there might be a growing stack of bills in the kitchen that you willfully ignore. Others may be subtler, or perhaps they've become so ingrained that you do them without thinking twice. Not sure where to start? Looking through your previous months' expenses can help you identify expensive trends or one-off purchases that are part of a larger theme. Online or paper bank statements can make this particularly simple. If you have a budget, you likely already compare projected spending with actual spending on a monthly basis, if not, this might be a good time to start. You might recognize a few of these common bad financial habits in your life: Paying bills after the due date. Paying only the minimum required on bills. Ignoring bills and letting them go to collections. Putting off saving for retirement or for a rainy day. Impulse shopping or "retail therapy." Not keeping track of how much debt you have. Taking on debt to pay for something you don't currently need.
Ultimately, all of these lead to spending more than you earn and in some cases, bad habits can have a cascading effect. Try to figure out what's driving your behavior. You might need to figure out what triggers your behavior and the reward you perceive afterward before you can change a habit. However, triggers and rewards aren't always obvious. For example, you might buy big-ticket items when they're on sale because you want to feel like you're accomplishing something by "saving" so much. Perhaps you could foster a similar feeling of accomplishment by investing the money in a taxdeferred retirement account and calculating how much it'll be worth after years of compound interest. Aim for these healthy financial habits. What habits should you try to adopt? Budgeting is certainly a worthy activity, but also consider the following mix of behaviors and specific objectives that can help keep your finances in order. Pay bills on time. In addition to avoiding late-payment fees, making on-time payments is one of the most important factors in determining your credit score. Make paying down debt a priority. Rather than accruing interest, make a point to pay down debts as quickly as possible. Build and maintain an emergency fund. Having three to six months' worth of living expenses in savings can help cushion the blow from a financial or personal setback. You could start with a goal to put $1,000 aside and then build
towards the full emergency fund. Save for retirement. You can put aside a percentage of your income for retirement and invest the money within a tax-advantage account, such as a 401(k) or IRA. Find a comfortable contribution amount to start with, and then try to increase it at least once during the year. Plan your large purchases. To help prevent impulse shopping from draining your budget, resolve to wait at least one day before buying anything that costs over $100 (or whatever amount makes sense for your budget). If you know there's a large purchase coming up, start saving early by setting a little money aside from each paycheck. You might consider asking others for input during this process. Especially if you're having trouble identifying a bad habit or finding the motivation to change, sometimes an outside perspective can help. Bottom line: Make a resolution to replace your bad financial habits with healthy ones this year. Start by identifying the habits you want to change and trying to figure out the trigger and reward that surround the behavior. Then, try to replace that behavior with something positive. After identifying and trying to change your personal financial habits, you might want to consider the financial practices you share with a spouse or significant other. Nathaniel Sillin directs Visa's financial education programs. To follow Practical Money Skills on Twitter: www. twitter.com/PracticalMoney.
February 16, 2017