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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Issue # 1336
Garfield County You Too, Could Be an Aggie Commission USU’s Wayne Education Center to Host Open House November 25 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 4-7pm GARFIELD COUNTY Across from Wayne High School in Bicknell The sparsely-attended, penultimate commission meeting of the year led off with Commissioners’ Board Reports. Commissioner David Tebbs declared Garfield County as leading the way among counties seeking strategies for achieving higher compliance in tax collection. He had attended the previous week’s Utah Association of Counties (UAC) conference, with tourism and tax compliance being major topics of interest. He also reported on touring Escalante’s Care and Share facility, noting it was “like a little grocery store— nonstop with people coming in and out—an exceptional service for that end of the county.” Tebbs asked for an item to be added to next month’s agenda to support channel KTVA with a $5K sponsorship for the school tournament station. He added an update to the Bull Valley Gorge bridge project, saying bids are being received on cement work. Hopefully by next spring, ranchers and tourists won't have to do the three-hour detour. Commissioner Jerry Taylor also attended UAC, saying that it was always a good opportunity to see what other counties are doing. Garfield Commission Cont'd on page 6
TORREY - The Interfaith Community Christmas Program has become a popular annual event in Wayne County. From Carol of the Bells and White Christmas to Silent Night, this year’s theme explores the music of Christmas. While narrators and storytellers describe the history of everyone’s favorite hymns, local musicians, choirs and soloists will share the music. The congregation is invited to join in the celebration. The event will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Torrey Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints on Highway 24 in downtown Torrey. The program features students from the Sleeping Rainbow School of Music directed by Lynsey Shelar, the Rough Around the Edges group led by Rod Frazier, the Wayne Stake Choir directed by Julie White, Women’s Singing Group directed by Teona Jensen, as well as the Wayne High School Choir directed by Joni Taft. Soloists include Bob Morris and Anna Syme. Narrators and storytellers include Jim Lamb, Music of Christmas Cont'd on page 9
Toy For Tots Teams with Burro Baking Outfit to Brighten Christmas Morning in Escalante
Utah State University's Bicknell Campus has a "new look" and will host a reception on Wednesday, December 11. The purpose of this open house is for prospective students to acquaint themselves with the location and have a chance to meet with the advisor for the Southwest Region, Kayleen Evans. BICKNELL - What if how Wayne County residents for Regional Campuses for the you could get a great—and af- can do that. The public is in- Southwest Region. fordable—college education vited to meet with USU adThe “new look” refers to and earn a bachelor’s degree missions and administrative a recent sprucing up of USU’s from a highly reputable uni- staff during a reception at their Bicknell Campus location, versity, perhaps even while USU Wayne Education Center situated in a modular building working your regular job or on Wednesday, December 11 across the street from Wayne raising a family, all while from 4 - 7p.m. High School. staying at home? “We’re advertising this “I’ve been out there evBetter yet, what if you as an open house for people to ery other week,” said Glomb, could be an Aggie? come and see our new look and who is based out of USU– Coordinators with Utah to meet with our advisor for Southwest’s office in St. State University’s Bicknell the Southwest Region” said George. “People have seen Campus are ready to share in- Nancy Glomb, who serves as Open House formation about just exactly USU Associate Vice President
USU Extension Food $ense Program Broadens Focus by Julene Reese, Utah State University Extension
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Imagine A Holiday Season Without First Responders ESCALANTE - The Escalante community was pleased to honor our EMT first responders this holiday season with personalized thank you cards delivered to our dedicated volunteers. These brave individuals contribute their time, at all hours, to answer the call for help all around the county. Our local volunteers, just like most rural first responders, give their time selflessly away from work and family to ensure the community’s safety and well-being. We want to thank these First Responders
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Utah State University Extension's Food $ense program has changed its name to Create Better Health and seeks to improve the lives of low-income populations through nutrition and health education. UTAH - The Utah State University Extension Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program has undergone a broadening of focus and a name change. The new name, Create Better Health, more fully reflects how the program has grown from a simple nutrition edu-
The Music of Christmas: A Wayne County Tradition
cation program into a comprehensive program that reaches low-income populations to help improve nutrition, health and overall lives. According to Heidi LeBlanc, USU Extension Create Better Health director, Food $ense was focused solely on
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nutrition education and food resource management when it began. The focus changed when the Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act of 2010 altered the structure and purpose of SNAP-Ed. With an additional focus on obesity prevention, the program has adapted to current needs and facilitated Create Better Health Cont'd on page 2
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Bob Hartman, of the Burro Baking Outfit, teamed up with Katie Crosier of Toys for Tots at the Escalante Holiday Festival this year. All of his baguette and cinnamon raisin bread sales were donated to Toys for Tots, a National Marine Corps Reserve program that assists less fortunate children during the holiday season. ESCALANTE - Over $600 was raised by Burro Baking Outfit’s sales at the Escalante Holiday Festival. Toys for Tots coordinator Katie Crosier teamed up with Bob Hartman to have a local fundraising event to fill the gap left when previous donors did not participate this year. Toy for Tots is a National Marine Corps Reserve program that works with local coordinators to make sure children have a bright Christmas morn-
ing. Katie is able to make use of various businesses, and Toys for Tots receives substantial discounts for toys and clothing. This makes every dollar twice as valuable. The fresh baguettes and cinnamon raisin bread that Bob bakes are becoming a Escalante staple. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to buy some. You made a child’s Christmas merry. —Toys for Tots, Burro Baking Outfit
Pile Burning to Begin on the Fishlake NF FISHLAKE N.F. - As fall weather brings more moisture, shorter days and cooler temperatures, fire and fuel specialists will begin burning slash piles across the Fishlake National Forest. Pile burning is a common technique used to reduce hazardous fuel loads around ‘at risk’ communities and to remove woody concentrations of leftover material associated with landscape restora-
After all is said and done, sit down. —Bill Copeland
tion projects. Piles are usually burned during fall, winter, and spring months when adjacent fuel moisture is high due to precipitation such as snow and/or rain. This helps to limit spread potential from burning piles. Pile burning is an important tool, to reduce hazardous fuels and restore forests to healthier conditions. Piles may smolder, burn, and produce smoke for several
days after ignition. Here’s what is planned in Piute and Wayne counties: Fremont River Ranger District – will begin to burn 128 acres along the Great Western Trail near Pine Creek. Specific location is north of Aquarius Guard Station and southwest of Teasdale, in Wayne County. This
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the behaviors it promotes by helping participants establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. Originally known as Food Stamp Nutrition Education, the program name was changed to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in 2008 to reduce the stigma associated with the term “food stamps.” LeBlanc said those who have been nutrition education assistants (NEAs) have also had a recent name change. Their new title is Create Better Health ambassadors, because NEA didn’t seem to fully describe the services they provide. “They are teaching nutrition education, but they are also working to improve policies, systems and environments that affect our participants,” she said. “They serve their communities by championing a healthy lifestyle that is possible for those with limited resources.” LeBlanc said the purpose of the program is to teach youth and adults in the locations where they eat, live, learn, work, play and shop. “Because USU Extension is a state-wide program, we have Create Better Health programs that serve every county in Utah,” she said. “We also collaborate with community and statewide partners to help us with resources and increase our program reach. Over 26 percent of Utahns are eligible for the program, and we want to reach as many of them as we can.” Laura Streeter, who has worked with the program in Salt Lake County for nine years as an ambassador, has a full understanding of Create Better Health, because she has used it herself. “I was hired with the program in July 2010 at a time when my husband was underemployed and I was a stay-at-home mom,” she said. “We were using our savings to cover rent and using SNAP benefits to help with food. We were in search of a better job for my husband, and I reached out to the Food $ense office in Salt Lake County to volunteer, hoping it might convert into a job opportunity for me, and it did! The same month I was hired, my husband got a better job and we lost our SNAP benefits due to our increased income. Transitioning off the SNAP benefits wasn’t so bad, because I already had the base knowledge of how to stay within our food budget.” Streeter said during their time using SNAP benefits, she got used to budgeting
the monthly allocation very carefully to ensure they had money on their SNAP card through the end of the month. She also grew up watching her mother plan weekly meals using grocery store ads, so she had a base knowledge of how to budget for food. She said one of her favorite things about her job is making delicious, healthy food and teaching others to do it. “I love getting feedback that people are keeping the recipes and using them to cook at home,” she said. “I know how important a good, healthy diet is, and I love working for a program that teaches such wonderful eating basics—lots of veggies and fruit, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy, portion control and eating at home with your family whenever possible.” Another Create Better Health ambassador, Daylemarie Eves, has worked with the Food $ense program for seven years and loves the diversity of the audiences she works with in Washington County. She said that every day is a new opportunity to teach someone a skill that will improve their health and life. Eves has worked in the library and the Head Start program in Hilldale, Utah, a town that was once run by polygamist Warren Jeffs. The population there was taught to live in a communal way, where all resources were shared and divided. Since Jeffs’ imprisonment, funds for food, heat and all other expenses were gone, and the community has struggled without resources. “By teaching there, I have been able to help direct women and families to apply for SNAP benefits, learn about community resources, broaden their perspectives on food safety and increase their knowledge of managing a food budget,” Eves said. “We have also worked with local stores to help them increase their availability of fresh produce. It has all been very rewarding.” Eves has also worked with the Shivwits Indian tribe in a remote location in southern Utah where fresh produce and resources are not available. She said the rate of diabetes in the community is increasing rapidly, and in the time she has taught there, she has seen many of the elders die from it. “We have worked diligently to teach classes that help them understand how they could reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes with their diets,” she said. “We are also educating them about exercise and using incentives to make healthy changes in daily living. And, like in Hilldale, we are working with their local market to increase the avail-
particular project is part of the Teasdale Front Fuels Project, which encompasses a wildland urban interface protection component. Richfield Ranger District - will begin to burn approximately 70 acres of piles near Big Flat, located 10 miles east of Marysvale, in Piute County. As always, please follow us on Twitter @UtahWildfire or visit www.utahfireinfo.gov for updates and other fire related information throughout the state of Utah. Also, on Twitter @FishlakeNF and like us on Facebook, at U.S. Forest Service-Fishlake National Forest, for forest related facts, news, photos, and updates. —Bureau of Land Management
volunteers, along with their families, for providing such an important contribution to the community. As you see your local volunteers this holiday season, please take a moment to thank them personally for their service. Rural counties across the country are struggling to fill important volunteer positions. Because of limited services and budgets in rural areas, volunteers bridge the gap for emergency services. Stepping up to serve has become more critical. Have you considered serving your community? Visit https://www.garfield.utah.gov/departments/ ambulance. —Ruris
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ability of fresh fruits and vegetables.” LeBlanc said there are several ways the public can get involved with Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed). Those interested in the program can contact their local USU Ex-
tension office to learn about attending a class, or they can support efforts in local communities to improve healthy food and physical activity access. To connect with the program on social media, go to CreateBetterHealthUtah.org.
Goings on.... Dr. Jake’s Veterinary Adventures Continue…
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A Day with Cows and A Day with Exotics are two of the books in the Dr. Jake's Veterinary series by Casi Van Dyke. FREMONT - The sixth and latest book in Dr. Jake’s Veterinary Adventures series, A Day with Cows, is now hot off the presses. This is the second book release this month for author Casi Van Dyke, of Fremont Veterinary Clinic in Lyman. Earlier in November she also released A Day with Exotics. Through the series, readers young and old can follow Dr. Jake Van Dyke’s adventures in caring for household pets, farm and ranch animals, and a number of less “usual” animals like ferrets, birds, and even zebras. Van Dyke’s other books in the series are: A Day with Horses, A Day with Cats, A Day with Dogs, and A Day with Alpacas. Books are available at the Fremont River Veterinary Clinic in Lyman or from Amazon in hardcover, paperback or Kindle versions.
Birders: Get Ready for the Escalante/Boulder Christmas Bird Count
ESCALANTE/BOULDER - Local bird count organizers are gearing up for this winter’s Christmas Bird Count. Let’s hope some birds show up to be counted! Perhaps the upcoming snow storms will usher them in. The Escalante Count will take place on December 16, a Monday. Escalante bird counters are to meet at 8AM at the Visitor Center in Escalante to pick routes and form field teams. In the event of a government shutdown, meet at the Petrified Forest State Park instead. Bring binoculars and bird guide if you have them, a camera in case of a rare sighting, warm clothing in layers, water and snacks. If you prefer to count at home, please contact Kathy Munthe, 826-4755 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on what data to collect. We are hoping to have an after count get-together to review the day. The Boulder Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 18, a Wednesday. Boulder bird counters are to meet at 8AM, at the Anasazi State Park in Boulder. For more info/ questions, contact Terry Tolbert at email@example.com. As an incentive to participate, you should know that Terry provides dynamite snacks.
Sheriff Perkins Receives DPS Award
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Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins received the Utah Department of Public Safety's Public Safety Partnership Award at the 2019 Department of Public Safety banquet in Salt Lake City.
PA N G U I T C H / S A LT LAKE CITY - During the 2019 Department of Public Safety banquet on November 13, 2019, Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins received the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Public Safety Partnership Award. The award is given at the discretion of the Utah Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner to citizens or organizations who performs extraordinary services or accomplishes a highly credible act, while building a solid partnership with the Utah Department of Public Safety. KSL’s Alex Cabrero was emcee for the event, which took place at the Little America Hotel.
Chinese Gov’t Officials Express Thanks to Local Emergency Responders SALT LAKE CITY - Chinese government officials held a reception in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 22, 2019, to thank first responders and medical professionals for their skillful response to a September 20 bus crash on Hwy 12. A bus carrying Chinese nationals careened off the road and rolled near Bryce Canyon National Park, killing four individuals and injuring twenty-seven. During the reception held at Little America Hotel, Chinese embassy official Minister Xu Xueyuan said that those responding had the “highest respect and most sincere appreciation” of the Chinese government, according to an Associated Press report. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Emergency Responders and medical staff from Garfield Memorial Hospital were integral to providing emergency services that involved additional support from the state and neighboring counties.
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and how to apply. He makes sure those eligible for graduation know the timeline and what they need to do. He also manages a Web site that every southwest student gets on to, a sort of virtual student union. Because they are so spread out, this helps create a sense of community.” Utah State University maintains 34 regional campus locations throughout the state, and Bicknell’s Wayne Education Center is among the eleven located in the southwest region that also includes locations in Panguitch, Beaver, Cedar City, Delta, Ephraim, Junction, Kanab, Nephi, Richfield, and St. George. “We’re servicing some of the most rural areas in the state, but we also have the biggest geographic footprint,”
ested in higher education, said Glomb. “The high school kids tend to be encouraged to go to Snow College to do their first two years. So our type of student might be somebody who went to Snow and are running the family farm and looking to further their education in business or agribusiness.” “The important thing is we talk to communities and ask what they need. So when we do these open houses, it’s as much as finding out what community needs as what we have for them. Come tell us what you need and let us work with you,” said Glomb. USU’s Bicknell Campus offers 5 associate degrees, 19 bachelor’s, 24 master’s, 2 doctorate degrees and 29 minors. They also offer 10 certificates as well as profes-
able at USU Bicknell to people start, change or advance their career. The December 11 Open House will feature light snacks, cheese and crackers and munchies and Aggie Ice Cream. “For years USU has had a really great dairy program up there, and we make Aggie Ice Cream,” said Glomb. “I think we’ll have Aggie blue mints, chocolate fudge, cookies and cream, and—don’t quote me on this—but I’m trying to get caramel cashew.” To learn more about USU Bicknell including programs and resources available, contact Maria Ellett (435-425-3659,) For help getting admitted and applying for financial aid and scholarships at USU
Maria Ellett, USU Bicknell Center Coordinator, stands inside the new and improved interior of USUs Wayne Education Center. Ellet coordinates USU students' experiences at the center. Just behind her is the newly painted "Aggie Blue" wall. Open House
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the USU car there and have been asking, ‘What’s going on?’ We’ve been giving the place some TLC, some new couches, chairs and paint. Actually, I’ve been working hard at getting it the right ‘Aggie Blue.’” Also available to speak with at the open house will be Trenton Willson, Regional Director for the Rural Online Initiative, who is based out of Richfield. The ROI is a program that teaches people how to access and succeed in remote work, and ROI shares the space with the USU campus. “We’re doing this together,” said Glomb. “We felt it was a good way to provide space for that initiative and also for our statewide programs.” Utah State University has about 20,000 students,
and just 260 of those, as of 2019, are located throughout the southwest region, which serves eleven Utah counties. While it might seem like students located on the rural campuses could get lost in the system, rather, they receive highly individualized attention and connectivity through their advisors. Glomb describes it as a team effort involving both local staff and administrators throughout the region. “Kayleen Evans is our Lead Advisor for the southwest,” said Glomb. “She will be there to talk with people about programs that are available in Bicknell, financial aid, the application process, and anything people would need to know if they are considering getting into a program through the Bicknell Center.” Maria Ellett serves as the Bicknell Center Coordinator. The Bicknell Center serves as
a quiet place for students to study, connect with USU staff, and also to take broadcast classes. “If they are taking a program that involves broadcast classes, they will definitely be going to the Bicknell Center and attending that broadcast class,” said Glomb. “These are generally evening courses, and Maria will be there. She makes sure everything is working, and proctors tests. If an individual is doing an online program, they will be doing these classes mostly at home and come in to the center to take tests.” Team members also include a Director of Students, Spencer Kohler, whose responsibility is to make sure that students are able to access all of the services that USU has to offer, according to Glomb. “He will connect with any student who registers in the southwest to make sure they are aware of scholarships
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The interior of the renovated Utah State University Wayne Education Center in Bicknell provides a comfortable place for students to study, meet with USU staff, and is also the location where tests are proctored for students who are taking online courses. said Glomb. The rural campuses tend to focus on the “non-traditional” student. “But really, we’re here to support anybody in the community who is inter-
sional educational licensures and endorsements. Locals can pursue a degree in business, education, natural resources, social sciences and more. A variety of programs are avail-
Bicknell, contact Kayleen Evans (435-623-0537, kayleen. email@example.com) —Insider
Schools & Sports
Juab School District Integrates Tech into Classroom Learning
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Ken Rowley, Juab Junior High School Principal, with students using their devices in math class. NEPHI - Technology is said Sperry. “Then, as things was needed to connect every not just part of the classroom progressed, the internet start- student to key technologies in Juab School District. It’s ed to come into play, and we that will prepare them for an integrated into every aspect of started networking every- increasingly digital world.” The inventory can help thing. Because I was excited learning. “We’re giving each stu- about the future of technology districts identify gaps and dent a voice and choice in in the classroom, I just sort of point to areas that are seeing their own learning,” said Ken fell into the role of Technol- improvement. “It’s so important to Rowley, Principal, Juab Junior ogy Director about 25 years High School. “Each student ago, and now, we just keep know where you are,” said sets his or her own personal looking at ways to innovate Sperry. “You’ve also got to goals at the start of the year. for our students and teachers.” know where you’re going. He credits the support of For instance, if you’re dealing Because of that approach, they’re incredibly engaged as the superintendent and school with an old computer lab, the they try to reach their goals. board for making it possible inventory helps you identify When we do that, it becomes to do more in the classrooms. when it’s time to refresh it or personal, and they own it.” That includes developing replace the digital tools with Rowley attended school about “The Innovation Center,” newer tools.” The data gathered during the inventory is an hour away in the Nebo which just opened. “We remodeled a school also providing opportunities School District, graduating in 1985. He later taught at Juab to include the center,” he to follow successful models High School for 11 years and explained. “It has big open and to explore new ideas— 13 years ago became princi- classrooms and all the latest and understand how the world pal for the junior high. Row- technology that we can get of education may be changing. The Challenges and ley says it struck him that the our hands on. We’re just startclassrooms didn’t look much ing to figure out how to bring Opportunities Ahead As we move into the different than when he was a students from elementary and junior high to do some high- next decade, both Sperry and student. “Kids would come into tech projects like robotics and Rowley see technology as the classroom, turn off their 3D printing. It’s important for something that will present devices, and sit there like it us to bring new things so kids challenges and opportunities was 20 years ago,” he said. can explore and learn and dis- for Juab School District. “Our district works pretty hard for “But as soon as they’d leave, cover.” The district also plans to computer science curricuthey’d power back up, so in a way, it was like learning just look at how high school stu- lum,” said Sperry. “So in the stopped once they went to dents can start utilizing The last few years, we started doclass. So we started to look at Innovation Center. It’s that ing things a little differently integrating the technology to kind of forward-thinking that and started doing some trainwhat students enjoyed learn- Principal Rowley says is a ing and offering specialized ing and how they enjoyed must for not only the district classes. That includes basic computer programming lesbut all of Utah’s schools. learning.” “Would I send someone sons at even the elementary The Future is Now In 2019, the entire district out to build a house without level. There’s even more ofis now one-to-one on iPads the right tools?” he said. “We fered at the junior and high for 5th - 12th grades—mean- must give students what they school levels, and we need ing every student has a de- need to do well. They don’t to keep improving this every vice they can take home to do want to be lectured to all year.” One challenge is the homework and other school day along. They want—and lack of internet access once projects. There are also hun- need—learning to be interacdreds of Chromebooks avail- tive with and even from their students take devices home. able for elementary students, peers. I think technology helps According to Rowley, about and most classrooms have us personalize the learning a third of his students don’t smart boards or Apple TVs that goes on in each one of our have access to the internet and sound systems to assist student’s lives. It means we once they leave school. “It would be nice if we teachers with instruction. “We can meet their needs a whole provide all the items to teach- lot easier and more personally could find more ways to get ers and take time to train them than we’ve ever been able to Wi-Fi into all homes,” he said. “Right now, I see a lot of stuon the technology so they can do before.” It’s why taking inven- dents in the Wendy’s parking be even more effective in the classroom,” said Tony Sperry, tory of technology in the Juab lot just to get access.” The principal also points Technology Director, Juab School District is so imporSchool District. “This tech- tant. Right now, the Utah out the importance of parents nology can be life-changing Education and Telehealth Net- being educated on how to for our students. Imagine if work (UETN), in partnership use the devices students take they did not have access to with the nonprofit Connected home—and the dangers that it? It impacts everything from Nation, is in the midst of do- the internet can sometimes applying for colleges to being ing a tech inventory within all pose. Rowley says everyone able to find work. Kids need of Utah’s public and charter working with students must remember that none of the to develop their technology schools. In 2015, UETN began above can be “one-size-fitsand computer skills just to tracking how technology is all.” take part and compete.” “Tech is changing so fast, Sperry also grew up in used in the classroom and the the area, which he calls a mix access teachers and students so I’m not married to one deof a farming and bedroom have to digital materials, de- vice. Different kids may learn community. Located about vices, and platforms. Data better with different devices,” 45 minutes from Provo, the from another inventory was he said. “I think it should be internet-based rather than state’s third largest city, he released in 2018. “Last year, following simply device-based, but no says many people commute so they can enjoy the quiet, our second statewide inven- matter what we as educators rural life. He graduated from tory, we learned the num- do, I’d never send a student to Juab High School and 37 ber of classrooms connected go learn without technology years ago began teaching for through digital teaching and involved—to do so limits and learning had risen thanks to hinders their progress.” the district. —Utah Press “I think it was the early increased distribution of comAssociation 90s that we got computers puter devices and newer wirefor all of our teachers. Then, less gear,” said Ray Timothy, shortly after, we added our CEO, UETN. “However, we first electronic grade book,” also found that more work
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PHS Sports Sidelines by Mack Oetting The winter season is off and running. For the wrestlers, this is their big weekend. It is the PHS big wrestling tournament down at the Triple C Arena. The tournament starts on Friday the 6th and continues on Saturday. There are usually around 20 teams at the tournament, and it is the start of a very active season. The tough guy's season is none stop. Next week on the 11th, Wayne will be here. The 12th & 13th is the Desert Hills Tournament. Also on the 14th in Parowan, there is a JV tournament. On December 17th, Parowan will be here. December 19th, the Cats will be at Richfield, and they finish off the year with a tournament at Manti on December 20 and 21. They do get a of couple
weeks off to recover, until they are at Milford on January 4th. The Lady Cats had a game last night against Wayne. The girls have started off the year really well. They won two games at the season opener against Wendover and Monument Valley. Last week, they lost a close one to Beaver. They are away for the next three games. The 6th, they are at Enterprise, the 12th @ Water Canyon and at Bryce Valley on the 17th. Escalante will be here on the 19th, and their next game will be here against Piute on January 3. The Bobcats have only had one game so far and that was against Enterprise and they lost in a close game. This week, though, they are really
into it. Piute will be here tonight, and, with this game, the Cats will be able to see how their season is going. Then on the next night, they travel up to Pinnacle, and they are back here for a Saturday game against Wayne. Next week, the Cats will be getting a lot of traveling in. They are at Water Canyon on the 11th, Whitehorse at the SVC center on the 13th at 5:30, and Tintic on the 14th at the SVC. That game will be at 7:30. Finally, they get home against Millard on the 19th, and Escalante will be here on the 20th. Looking for something to do in December? Get season tickets, and enjoy getting the Bobcat fever.
December 5, 2019
Wills, Trusts, and More
Terri Schiavo and Living Wills by Jeffery J. McKenna In 2005, the nation watched as the fate of Terri Schiavo was decided by a court. For all of the medical knowledge, legal wrangling, and family anguish expended over the fate of Terri Schiavo, the most pivotal question remains unanswered forever: Would the Florida woman want to go on living in a vegetative state? That mystery could have been solved with a simple piece of paper—a living will written by Terri Schiavo making clear how she would want to be treated, medically, if she no longer could communicate. A living will would have made her wishes known whether or not to be kept on artificial life support or nutrition. Lacking a living will, Terri Schiavo’s husband, her parents, a succession of judges, the Florida Legislature, Gov. Jeb Bush, and even Congress had to intervene to decide whether she should live or die 15 years after collapsing in her home. As competent adults, we have the right to make decisions in advance as to whether or not we would like to decline life support when it is clear that death is imminent or a state of coma becomes permanent. Today, life support systems can keep an individual's body alive for years, even if the brain is no
longer functioning. While the highly charged Terri Schiavo case may be unusual for the bitter legal battle it spawned, it highlights a widespread problem. Even though all 50 states have laws recognizing living wills, many people have not taken advantage of their right to state their desires in a valid, legal document. If there is no legal document in place, fights can readily ensue over administering expensive medical care that patients may not want, intrusive court actions to make the most personal of choices, and family battles at an already trying time. In 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a patient's constitutional right to refuse life support. However, it is estimated that only one in five adults has written a living will (according to Partnership for Caring, an advocacy group for improving end-oflife care). A living will and healthcare power of attorney put the choice of life or death where it belongs—with the individual. Making your wishes known in a living will and healthcare power of attorney is the best way to avoid the kind of wrenching battle that was waged over Terri Schiavo. The long legal battle between Terri Schiavo’s husband and
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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 6281711 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the firm’s website at WWW.BARNEY-MCKENNA.COM. He would enjoy hearing from you. her parents can teach us one important lesson: make your wishes known regarding healthcare. A living will and healthcare power of attorney ensure that others will know your wishes, because your wishes will be documented.
Jill wanted to convince Susan, a continually harried friend, that she needed to find ways to relax. She invited her to dinner and, while she was busy cooking, Susan agreed to watch her old videotape on stress management and relaxation techniques. Fifteen minutes later, she came into the kitchen and handed Jill the tape. "It was good," she said, "but I don't need it." "But it's a 70-minute video," Jill replied. "You couldn't have watched the whole thing." "Yes, I did," Susan assured her. "I put it on fastforward."
She got fired from the hot dog stand for putting her hair in a bun.
Before he left on a business trip, Lex, my brother-inlaw took his young son aside. "Cam," he said, "I'm trusting you to take care of the family. You'll be the man of the house." Comprehending the gravity of the situation, Cameron said, "In that case I'm going to need the remote."
A manager has to take on some sport, at the advice of his doctor so he decides to play tennis. After a couple of weeks his secretary asks him how he's doing. "It's going fine", the manager says, "When I'm on the court and I see the ball speeding towards me, my brain immediately says: To the corner! Back hand! To the net! Smash! Go back!". "Really? What happens then?", the girl asks enthusiastic. "Then my body says: Who? Me? Don't talk nonsense!".
Two signs found on top of one another in a country kitchen several years ago: Restrooms to the left. Please wait for the hostess to seat you.
When repairmen say they'll "Come sometime next week," I usually say, "Fine, I'll pay you sometime next year."
Our family owned restaurant is the setting for many of our discussions about how to handle the customer who asks,"What's good tonight?" Obviously, we would never serve anything we didn't think was good. I braced myself one Saturday night when I heard the dreaded question posed to my husband. He calmly replied, "Anything over $13.95."
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The Winter Cold Fence Lines
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"The Winter Cold" From Fence Lines, by Ray Conrad. Published by Avalanche Creek Productions, 2009.
I've got me one of them winter colds. The hacking one. The snot one. And I am not alone, here. Lots of folks have got one. There's awful alien creatures that breed in your throat and nose. They really gross you out when you takes a Kleenex and blows. I can't describe how yucky! I wouldn't even hint it. They're so icky, hey, Old Ryan wouldn't even print it. You never get no sleep at night, at least not very often, 'Cause your dumb nose is drippin' and you always get to coughin'. I guess I've had one every year, and will 'til I get old, The bane of mane. The devil's plan. The ugly winter cold. Like Ray's poems? Send him a comment at email@example.com
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Betty Louise (Veater) Frandsen
PANGUITCH - Our beloved mom and grandmother left us on November 23, 2019 to join dad for all eternity. She fought a courageous battle against many illnesses throughout her long life, fighting valiantly until the end. Betty Louise (Veater) Frandsen was born August 9, 1929 in Price, Utah to Ruland and Bernice Houston Veater. Later, her family moved to Spry, Utah and then onto Panguitch, Utah, where she spent the rest of her life. She was blessed to have three sisters and six brothers to surround her with love growing up on the farm. All her life Betty was a hard worker, starting as a young girl on the farm picking potatoes and other chores. She had many jobs. Some of her favorites were at the Panguitch Sewing Plant, when she was a clerk at the Tebbs Indian store, and her most memorable job was with the Garfield County EMT. She was in the Panguitch riding club for many years and loved being with the horses and the members of the club. She won Garfield County Rodeo Queen. Some of her passions in life were spending time in her flower garden and cooking for family and friends. She was an elegant seamstress, who also excelled in her ability to crochet and knit beautiful items. She loved the Utah Jazz and enjoyed watching them with her family. She had a strong love and belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You would never see Betty without a little dog by her side. She loved each one with all her heart as she grew old. Betty loved her family and friends. She loved to visit and would talk into the night and bring love and laughter to the room. She met and married her husband Keith Lynn Frandsen in Panguitch, Utah and tied the knot November 13, 1947 in Fredonia, Arizona. Marriage later solemnized in the Saint George Temple. Her husband Keith passed away August 2010. She is survived by her two children Patricia Ann (Lewis) Leach, Panguitch/St. George Utah and Michael Lynn (Tracy) Frandsen, Payson, AZ. She also survived by one brother Ralph Veater Panguitch, UT and three sisters-in-law Marilyn Veater, Wanda Veater, Shana Rae Veater Witters. Betty was blessed to live long enough to meet all of her grand kids, great-grand kids and even a few great-great grand kids. She had six grand kids, nine great-grand kids and twelve great-great-grand kids in all. Preceded in death by: Parents, Husband Keith, DaughtersBetty Virginia and Linda Bernice. Brothers - Ned, Garth, Gerald, Joe, Harry, Sisters - Winona, Margaret, Lydia. Grandson Troy Leach and great-granddaughter Amanda Crowther. Funeral services were held Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Panguitch First Ward Chapel, 400 E. 150 N. Panguitch, UT. Friends called Monday at the Chapel from 11am -12:30pm. Burial was in the Panguitch City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Mosdell Mortuary , Kanab, UT. Obituary can be viewed online at https://mosdellmortuary.com/obituary-archives/.
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by Mack Oetting ~ mackoetting @gmail.com It looks a lot like winter outside, with all of that white stuff all over the place. You will have to wait, though, another 20 days for the official start of winter. You can never have too much snow when you live in a high desert area. Brian Head got over 5’ in six days, and that makes for a great ski season. The resort has new owners, and I bet they are thrilled with the conditions. The news said that Bryce Canyon also got two feet, and that will help with their cross country skiing. The snow got here just in time for Santa's annual trip to Panguitch this Saturday at the Social Hall. He will have gifts for each child, and Mrs. Claus will have hot chocolate and cookies to warm you up. Parents and grandparents bring the kiddies and your camera. Santa will be coming by a fire engine at 10 o’clock sharp. Santa will depart at 11:30 to go over to the Extended Care unit at the hospital to visit the seniors that are there. You are never too old to believe. Santa will have wish lists there, if you can use some help with Christmas. The Thanksgiving Dinner went well, and we fed around 60 folks. Many of them were here for the first time. The dinner is a lot of fun to put on and a lot of work. This year we got a lot of help, which really makes a difference. This was
the 11th dinner, and we will continue it as long as we can. See you next year! Pat works at the Temple on Fridays, and the weather report said not to travel in the morning. We checked, though, and the highway was open, so we took off anyway. Well, the Dalton gang did a really good job of plowing the roads, and we just motored on over to Cedar without any problems. The city workers also had the city street plowed, and all was well. However, after we finished eating dinner, it started to snow. With it came problems. The traffic at the south exit of Cedar was stopped at the signal. A number of vans were stuck going up that little hill at the intersection. However, a lot of young people were out helping the vans to get some traction and get up the hill. Coming back, the intersection was still blocked, so we went over the back streets to the middle on-ramp. It was still slow going on the freeway, and we motored along at 50 miles an hour. There were a number of cars off the road from going too fast or not having the right equipment for snow driving. It was slow going, but we made it. About two miles from town, the snow stopped, and the storm missed Panguitch. This weekend has Santa coming to the Social Hall on Saturday. But December 7th
is the day that will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We always will remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. (President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a speech to Congress on December 8, 1941.) Two thousand and eight Navy personnel killed in action. Two-hundred and eighteen Army personnel killed in action. One-hundred and nine Marines killed in action. Sixty-eight civilian casualties. There were 15 Navy Medals of Honor recipients and 51 Navy Cross recipients. Three Navy ships lost (Arizona BB, Oklahoma BB, Utah AG). Eighteen ships repaired and returned to service. One Navy ship that was sunk, raised, repaired and was present at Tokyo Bay during Japan’s formal surrender on September 2, 1945. On Tuesday the 10th, the First Ward will be having their annual Christmas party. All are invited for this fun dinner. I bet that fat old man in his red outfit will show up. Bring your friends for a fun evening. Last Tuesday, the Third Ward had their dinner.
Next week will be the Annual Christmas home tour. There will be some really great homes on the tour. At the next edition, I will have the addresses for these homes. For those that have a lot of money and wanted something special for their kid, you are out of luck. Bugatti has sold out of their $33,000 car for kids. The company had produced 500 of the Bugatti Baby, which is a 75 percent scale replica of the 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car and generates 5.4 horsepower, with speeds of up to 28 mph. The President admits to misusing his charity foundation. He has agreed to pay $2 million in damages, settling a lawsuit with New York State. He acknowledged using Trump Foundation Funds to purchase a Tim Tebow football helmet and to spending $10,000 on a portrait of himself. The Foundation raised $2.8 million at a supposed veterans fundraiser in 2016, which he diverted to his campaign. He agreed to disperse the foundation’s remaining $1.8 million to eight charities. He had not donated to his foundation since 2009. This is December. Oh, where has the year gone? Next year is a Leap Year. Start planning now for what you are going to do with the extra day. Mack O.
on road access issues throughout the county, expressing concern that the “aging and disabled community is being discriminated against” by Forest Service road closures. No other details were provided. Public Works Department, County Engineer Brian Bremner answered commissioners’ questions about Hole-in-the-Rock road work: a well will be drilled at Ten Mile, with a shared use agreement with the property owner there. Bremner said there are two, 19K gallon frack tanks there that “we could hook our water tanks to.” Bremner again explained the problems with repairing that road and the fact that road crews can only work on it in the spring, fall, or (wet) “weather like this.” Planning Department and Economic Development, Kaden Figgins: Figgins presented for approval a Conditional Use Permit for Kenny Allen, and a rental north of Panguitch. Related to economic development, Figgins reported on discussions with representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) on the incentive programs. He said the Fast Track incentive will be eliminated; the Enterprise Zone program will be totally revamped. He said it’s likely that GOED itself may disappear, with incentive programs being turned over directly to counties to administer. The Commissioners seemed pleased with that information. Commissioner Tebbs said, “It might be a great thing. We know what projects are needed.” Figgins said the goal this legislative season is to whittle current GOED projects down
to just a couple. State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), Ron Torgerson, Deputy Assistant Director SW Area, Government and Renewable Resource Leases: Torgerson said he’d been asked by the agency’s director to present an update and a state payment-inlieu-of-taxes check to Garfield County. He said SITLA is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year as a separate, quasi-state agency, tasked to administer the four sections in every Utah township ceded in 1894 by the federal government to the state. Those sections were to be held in trust for 12 beneficiaries. The biggest beneficiary is the public schools, but other beneficiaries include the land grant universities (Utah State and University of Utah), U of U’s school of mines, miner’s hospital, other state teaching colleges, Schools of the Deaf and Blind, Juvenile Justice services, the Provo Mental Hospital, a reservoir fund, and canals. There were 7M acres of trust lands set aside at statehood; since then, 3.6M acres have been sold to private owners. Torgerson said SITLA is a self-funded entity, obtaining its money from 11 types of energy leases, mining, real estate sales and leases, such as the $15M selling house lots in St. George. He also described significant revenue that will be obtained by the rail transport of eastern Utah’s coal and oil. Commissioner Pollock brought up the Land Exchange Distribution Account, from which Garfield County had formerly received funding via natural gas, oil, mining, etc. He asked Torgerson “if any of that traded land has been slated for development?" Torgerson said, “When you traded out for GSENM land, the LEDA account had been going down, because production and prices were going down too. Investors are wanting to get things going again. Hopefully, production will come up again, but there’s a big glut of natural gas now” that’s depressing
prices. Other SITLA updates: • $2.5B in the trust fund today, with $82.66M having been distributed to beneficiaries in 2019. • Mining, pipelines, solar leases are the bulk of remaining revenue-producing leases • Kane County’s sand fracking is still an open issue; the county has approved everything, but it remains to be seen if the company is intending to move forward in the face of major protests. • National Parks Conservation Association vs State Lands case, 1984: this may have involved the piece SITLA sold to Garfield County near Capitol Reef and the Burr Trail. Torgerson said the judgment indicates SITLA is solely responsible to its beneficiaries and doesn’t need to consider Park Service interests when they sold land to the county. • When prices come up, other resources will be available for long term development. Commissioner Tebbs asked if there can be better coordination between the state tax commission and SITLA, related to the ability of the county to collect on sales taxes. Torgerson said most of that is out of his hands, but he can look into the process. Torgerson then presented the county with its state PILT check for $135,951, or around 87 cents per acre. At this point, the Commission voted to suspend the regular meeting to go into executive session. Resuming the regular meeting, the commissioners heard an update from Board member Peggy Meisenbach and Executive Director Chad Lyman on the Escalante Heritage Center: Lyman said that the center has partnered with Garkane on constructing their solar pavilion. A campground has been designed, with plans to have it officially open next
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He noted the tax discussion “sparked a lot of hallway discussions.” Taylor has been meeting with Beaver and Iron County officials on setting up a Juvenile Justice Center in Garfield County. The immediate requirement is finding a facility that can house a “soft room” for intake and interviewing young victims. Public Works Director Brian Bremner suggested the old county shed in Panguitch, which already includes a recreation area. He said adding the types of rooms needed for a Juvenile Justice Center “would be a natural fit.” The Commissioners agreed, and plans will proceed. Commissioner Leland Pollock has been working on tax reform topics with state legislators. He informed the commission that a special session is scheduled for December 12 and encouraged them to review the draft reforms. He was concerned about various shifts in the taxing structure that could affect vital revenue for the county, though he did not stipulate any specifics. While he was on the topic of budgets, he commended Camille Moore as the “best clerk-auditor in the state of Utah.” He said she, plus the commissioners had recently attended a budget workshop. Pollock mentioned Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) funding being supported by appropriation requests from Rep. Chris Stewart. He said, “We're doing a lot of recovery projects, but don't have water.” He also reported on “working almost every day”
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Gretchen Heyer 1940 - 2019
Melanie Dabb, Extension Assistant Professor, Wayne County
Helping Those Who Are Struggling During the Holidays
The holiday season is often filled with wonderful happy memories. But for many who have suffered a loss, these memories can be very painful. Being aware of those around us who are in the process of grieving and dealing with difficult emotions during the holiday season, and offering kindness and support can help make the holiday season a little bit easier for everyone. Harvard Medical School gives the following tips for supporting those who are grieving a loss: • Accept That You Can’t Fix the Situation - Often, when we see a friend or loved one struggling our immediate response is to fix it. The reality is that there is not much we can do to make our friend or relative feel better. What we can do is recognize that grief is a gradual process and just be present providing a positive outlook toward the future. • Name Names - It is awful for a grieving person to feel that their loved one must be erased from memory and conversation. Saying the name of the deceased will not make your loved one any sadder, even if it prompts tears. Saying how much you miss the deceased person will sound more personal and caring than simply stating,
“I’m sorry for your loss.” • Don’t Ask “How Are You?” - Since this is a generic greeting that you would offer anyone, it does not acknowledge that your friend has suffered a loss. For someone who is grieving, the answer is most likely “not good.” Try something like “how are you feeling?” instead. • Offer Hope - Be reassuring, and let them know things will get better, but still acknowledge there is no quick or easy solution to what your friend is experiencing. There is no timetable for grief. It is different for everyone. An expression such as “You will grieve for as long as you need to, but you are a strong person, and will find your way through this" can be very helpful. • Reach Out - Call your loved one and express your sympathy. Check in every now and then just to say hello. Often these gestures will be most meaningful in the weeks or months following a loss when most people have stopped calling. Avoid phrases such as "It's God's will" or "It's for the best" unless the grieving person says them first, as it can cause the person to feel angry or more isolated. • Help Out - Most people who are grieving find it dif-
ficult to reach out and need others to take the initiative. Don't just ask if you can "do anything." That transfers the burden to the person grieving, and he or she may be hesitant to make a request. Instead, make specific offers to help. Bring dinner over, pass on information about funeral arrangements, or answer the phone. Pitch in to clean up the kitchen. • Listen Instead of Advising - Often, those who are grieving really wish others would just listen. Many people work through grief by telling their story over and over. A friend who is willing to listen over and over is a wonderful help. Unless you are asked for your advice, don't be quick to offer it. • Avoid Judgements Someone who is grieving has had their whole world changed. Healing will happen at a different pace and in a different manner for each person. Instead of offering directions such as "You should cry" or "It's time to move on," respect the individual’s journey and just be present. Writer- Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School Adapted for article- Melanie Dabb, Extension Assistant Professor, Wayne County
Commissioners agreed to continue that donation for 2020. Lyman said he plans to better track visitor count next year. He said September and October visitation was better this year than last, but that the other months’ count was about ten percent less than 2018. Next on the agenda, Robert and Terry Dreidonks, owners of Bryce Wildlife Museum, wanted to protest the interest and penalities charged on their 2016 and 2017 property taxes based on an illegal lien initially filed against them by Bristlecone Water District. The lien was released, but the interest and penalties have remained on the books. The county agreed to remove the $766.74 in penalties and interest that have accrued, but the
corresponding property taxes would need to be paid in full by the end of the year. In final business, the Commission voted to deny the request of Eli Loomis, proprietor of Boulder Outdoor Survival School, to apply belatedly for a property tax exemption for 2019. The deadline to apply for an exemption is in March. The commissioners agreed BOSS can reapply in the coming year. Business licenses were approved for Slot Canyon Inn, North Creek Grill, Isaac Riddle Cabin, and Moonrise Casita—all related businesses on adjoining parcels being run by the family. —Insider
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spring. 2020 will be a year of dry camping, with access to water, but not yet at each campsite. Ultimately, there will be showers, a restroom, and a place for RV campers. He said the Center continues to seek volunteers, whether from the Escalante area or beyond. Meisenbach said the Center is also seeking new board members, specifically those with special skills such as fundraising. Right now, she said, the Center was requesting another year’s donation from the county to cover Lyman’s salary as Executive Director. Last year, the Commission approved $25K. The
PANGUITCH - Gretchen Aleta Van Sant Heyer, age 79, died November 30, 2019, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, in her home at Saddle Brook Memory Care Community in Frisco, TX. Gretchen was born March 30, 1940, in Santa Fe, NM to Joel Nicholas and Mary Foy Van Sant IV. Gretchen’s father was a mining engineer, and she spent her early childhood years growing up in various cities within the state of New Mexico: Santa Fe, Raton and Mexico Springs, the latter residing on a Navajo Indian Reservation north of Gallup. Her experience living on an Indian Reservation left Gretchen with a life-long affection for Native American people and their culture. At age 13, the family moved to Denver, CO, and Gretchen attended Alameda High School. She was an excellent student. Gretchen married Lamont "Monty" D. Heyer on June 14, 1959, whom she had first met in high school, following Monty’s graduation from college. Gretchen, in a letter summarizing key events of her life, wrote, "From my first date with Monty, I knew that he was the person with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life." After two years as an Army wife living in Ft. Monmouth, NJ and Sacramento, CA, she spent the majority of her adult years in the Southern CA area, with some time in Peoria, AZ and Frisco, TX. Gretchen was a full-time homemaker raising their son, Scott, for the first 13 years of married life before entering the work force as an executive assistant with first Merle Norman Cosmetics and then Everest & Jennings International Ltd. Getting married at age 19 meant college was unfinished business for Gretchen. She went back to night school, while continuing to work and keeping the home running smoothly. Fourteen years later, Gretchen graduated from Pepperdine University’s School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Now, that’s tenacity! Gretchen is survived by her son, Scott (Stephanie) Heyer; grandchildren: Nikki (Blake) Heyer-Borg, Nathan "Nate" (Corinne) Heyer and Neil Heyer; great-grandchildren: Dean & Isla Borg (Nikki & Blake) and Aaron & Noah Heyer (Nate & Corinne) along with a soon-to-be born 5th great-grandchild (Nate & Corinne) in May 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Monty; along with her younger brother, Joel Mathis Van Sant V. Graveside services and interment will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Panguitch Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
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LegaL Notices PUBLIC NOTICE OF BASIC TELEPHONE SERVICE SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS South Central Communications is designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier by meeting the guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission and the Utah Public Service Commission. South Central Communications has offered quality and reliable telephone service for over 60 years. We understand basic service is a fundamental aspect of everyday life. Basic service from South Central Communications includes: • Single party residential service with “unlimited” local usage • Single party business service with “unlimited” local usage • Single party Lifeline Service* (Lifeline is a government supported telephone assistance program.) • Touch tone capability • Voice grade access to the public switched network • Access to emergency services (including enhanced 911) • Access to operator services, interexchange carriers and directory assistance • One complimentary directory listing • Complimentary white pages telephone directory South Central Communications is proud to offer basic service to all members in our serving territory. The rate for residential basic service is $18.00 monthly and our rate for business basic service is $26.00 monthly. *Low income subscriber may be eligible for Lifeline telephone assistance, which provides discounts from these basic rates. Lifeline members also have toll blocking availability, which lets customers block outgoing long distance calls free of charge. In addition to the above monthly rates, a $6.50 Federal Subscriber Line Charge applies to business and residential single party lines and $9.20 for a business with more than one line. An Access Recovery Charge of $3.00 applies to business and residential single party lines and businesses with more than one line. For Lifeline members, the $6.50 charge is paid entirely by the federal Universal Service Fund. Lifeline service is not transferable. Only eligible customers may enroll in the program, and proof of eligibility will be necessary for enrollment. The program is limited to one discount per household and is applied towards the subscriber’s choice of either wireline, internet or wireless service. To find out more about the Lifeline program please visit www.lifelinesupport.org. You may also contact the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322. If you have any questions, or would like to become a customer of South Central Communications, please contact us at 435-826-4211, online at www.socen.com *Additional charges may apply for any incurred toll calls or ancillary services. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5, 2019
SURPLUS SALE GARFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GARFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS ACCEPTING SEALED BIDS ON THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE:
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Sedan 4D Mileage: 114,000 Starting Bid: 4,500.00 BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THE GARFIELD MEMORIAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING UNTIL 4:00 P.M. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2019. BIDS WILL BE OPENED MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, 2019 AT 10:00 A.M. IN THE ADMINISTRATION BOARD ROOM, 200 NORTH 400 EAST, PANGUITCH, UT. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL HAVE 48 HOURS TO COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION. Vehicle will be sold in “as is” condition, and all sales will be final. Purchase can be made with cash or certified check. Garfield Memorial Hospital reserves the right to accept and reject any and all offers. For additional information contact the Administration Office at 435-676-1262. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on NOVEMBER 21, 28 and DECEMBER 5, 2019 PUBLIC NOTICE FREMONT WATER WORKS Fremont Water Works will be holding their annual meeting on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Location is the LDS chapel in Fremont, 100 West Main Street in Fremont. All are invited to attend. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5 & 12, 2019 PUBLIC HEARING PAUNSAUGUNT CLIFFS SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT Paunsaugunt Cliffs Special Service District will hold a public hearing on Friday, December 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Hatch Community Center, 49 West Center in Hatch, Utah for a budget opening of the December 31, 2019 budget and to adopt the December 31, 2020 budget. The public may inspect the December 31, 2020 budget at the Town of Hatch Community Center. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5 & 12, 2019 PUBLIC NOTICE TEASDALE SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT The Teasdale Special Service District will be holding their annual budget meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Teasdale Fire Station. The public is invited to attend. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5, 2019
PUBLIC NOTICE GARFIELD COUNTY Please take notice that the Garfield County Commission has scheduled a public hearing on Monday, December 16th, at 10:40 a.m.,2019, in the Garfield County Courthouse, 55 South Main, Panguitch, Utah, to receive public comment regarding the following: BEAVER DAM VILLAGE UNIT “C” AMENDEDBOUNDARY DESCRIPTION BEGINNING AT THE WEST 1/4 CORNER OF SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 7 WEST, S.L.B.&M. AND RUNNING THENCE S89°03'39"E 289.76 FEET; THENCE N14°30'00"W 295.35 FEET; THENCE N6°53'34"W 246.00 FEET; THENCE N15°16'34"W 60.00 FEET; THENCE N74°43'26"E 192.70 FEET THENCE S2°44'29"E 119.81 FEET TO THE PC OF A CURVE TO THE LEFT, CURVE DATA:DELTA= 88°49'56", RADIUS= 46.47', TANGENT= 45.53', ARC= 72.05', THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE 72.05 FEET TO THE P.T., THENCE S7°45'34"E 613.83 FEET; THENCE S1°51'03"E 229.97 FEET; THENCE S74°35'50"W 500.77 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 33; THENCE N1°58'33"W ALONG SAID WEST LINE 501.20 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on NOVEMBER 14, 21, 28 and DECEMBER 5, 12, & 19, 2019 NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING GARFIELD COUNTY A Public Hearing on the Garfield County Budget for the calendar year 2020 will be held before the Garfield County Commission at 11:20 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019 in the Commission Chambers at the Garfield County Courthouse in Panguitch. Anyone wishing to examine the tentative budget may do so at the County Clerk’s office. The clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Camille A. Moore Auditor/Clerk Garfield County Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5 & 12, 2019 NOTICE OF BUDGET OPENING GARFIELD COUNTY Garfield County will hold a Budget Hearing, Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Garfield County Courthouse in Panguitch for the purpose of opening the budget for the year ending December 31, 2019. At that time, adjustments will be made to accept unanticipated revenues and adjust expenditures as needed. Camille A. Moore Auditor/Clerk Garfield County Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5 & 12, 2019 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING GARFIELD COUNTY Notice is hereby given that Garfield County will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 16th at 11:40 am in the Commission Chambers at the Garfield County Courthouse, 55 South Main, Panguitch, UT 84759. Garfield County is eligible to apply to the Utah Department of Workforce Services for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program, a federally funded program administered by the State of Utah, Housing and Community Development Division (HDC). Garfield County is eligible to apply for CDBG funding provided and Garfield County meets the applicable program requirements. The purpose of the public hearing is to provide citizens with pertinent information about the Community Development Block Grant program and allow for discussion of possible applications. This public hearing will cover eligible activities, program requirements, and expected funding allocations in the region. The CDBG Program can fund a broad range of activities, including, but not limited to: construction of public works and facilities, e.g., water and sewer lines, fire stations, acquisition of real property, and provision of public services such as food banks or homeless shelters. In the event that Garfield County chooses to apply for CDBG funding, a second public hearing will be held at a later time to discuss the project. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Clerk’s Office at (435) 676-1120. In compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during this hearing should notify the Clerk’s Office at 55 South Main, Panguitch, UT 84759 at least three days prior to the hearing. Individuals with speech and/or hearing impairments may call the Relay Utah by dialing 711. Spanish Relay Utah: 1.888.346.3162. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5, 2019 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE TICABOO UTILITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT On November 7, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Ticaboo Utility Improvement District reviewed and approved a tentative budget for the fiscal year 2020. On the same date, the Board also scheduled a public hearing regarding the tentative budget to be held on December 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Board’s regular meeting place at 430 W. Ticaboo Drive, LDS Church - Ticaboo Branch, Ticaboo, Utah 84533. The purpose of the public hearing will be to give all interested persons in attendance an opportunity to be heard on the estimates of revenues and expenditures, rate changes, or any item in the tentative budget of any fund. After the public hearing has closed, the Board may adopt the tentative budget as the final budget, subject to amendment or revision. A copy of the proposed budget can be examined at the District’s offices located at HWY 276, Mile Marker 27, Lot 97, Ticaboo, Utah 84533 during normal business hours at any time prior to the public hearing. Published in the Wayne & Garfield County Insider on DECEMBER 5 & 12, 2019
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Mike Zirwas, Vivian Schuh, Donita Pace, Mike Edet, Don Gomes, and Paula Pace. Musical duet by Becky Pace and Lynsey Shelar. Prayers and greetings by President Shane Brian, Pastor David Schuh, and Bishop Kendall Nelson. This event is a wonderful opportunity for neighbors and friends to share music and special thoughts about this holiday season. In addition to the program, participants are invited to share a plate of cookies and celebrate Christmas as a community.
Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item as a contribution to the Wayne County Food Bank. This event is organized by the Wayne County Interfaith Council, with representatives from the Grace Christian Church, St. Anthony of the Desert Catholic Parish, Two Arrows Zen Meditation Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and community members atlarge. Also, thanks to the Entrada Institute. â€”Annette Lamb, The Entrada Institute
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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Garfield County School District is hiring the following positions. For a description of each, please see the district website www.garfk12.org Maintenance Position for East Side of the District Social Studies Teacher for Escalante High School Preschool Para Professional for Bryce Valley Elementary Para Professionals for All Schools English Teacher for Escalante High School Para Professional for Bryce Valley High w/ Retirement Substitute/Activity Bus Driver in Escalante Substitute Custodians, Food Service, and Teachers Food Service Worker for Boulder Elementary School SALARY: Please see 2019-2020 Garfield County School Districts Classified Salary Schedule and 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 or certified application. Please direct questions to: AES Head Teacher Robin Gibbs (435-624-3221) BES Head Teacher Elizabeth Julian (435-335-7322) BVES Principal Layne LeFevre (435-679-8619) BVHS Principal Jeff Brinkerhoff (435-679-8835) EES/EHS Principal Peter Baksis (435-826-4205) PES Principal Robert Prince (435-676-8847) PHS Principal Russ Torgersen (435-676-8805) District Office Tracy Davis (435-676-8821) 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.
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MEETINGS Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group 4th Thursday of each month 5:30-7:30pm Southwest Behavioral Health Center 601 East Center St. Panguitch ADULTS ONLY Questions? Call Melissa Veater 435-690-0911 Tropic AA Meeting Wednesday at 6 PM. Tropic Heritage Center. All meetings are closed discussion. rtn
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Wayne Community Health Center 128 South 300 West Bicknell, 84715 435-425-3744
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Tips for Christmas Tree Selection and Care
December 5, 2019
Christmas Bird Count for Kids at Lees Ferry on December 14
by Michael Kuhns, Utah State University Extension forestry specialist UTAH - In late November and early December, many Utahns head to their local Christmas tree grower or tree lot to make this year’s selection. Proper selection and care for a live tree once it is home can provide for a happier and safer holiday season. The first thing to consider is tree size. Measure the space where the tree will be, including width and ceiling height. Remember that several inches will be cut from the butt end, but the stand may add several inches to the overall height. Several types of live trees are available, including trees separated from their root systems when they are cut, potted or balled-and-burlapped trees that retain their
dles. They should be tightly attached to the twig. 2. Shake the tree vigorously or bounce the butt on the ground. If many green needles fall, look further. Dead, brown needles may have accumulated inside the canopy over the years, and though you may want to shake them out or otherwise remove them before you take the tree indoors, those needles falling do not indicate a problem. 3. Check that the tree has a fresh, green color. Some trees are sprayed with a bluegreen dye. This dye is harmless, but be sure it's not hiding dead, dry needles. 4. Buy early before all of the desirable trees have been sold. Firs and pines gener-
for delivery since it will not be easy to tie it to the car roof) and whether there might be sentimental value to your family to know that certain trees in your landscape were part of past holiday celebrations. If you are going to plant a tree with its roots still attached, then plant it after the holidays. There are a few things you need to do to increase your chances of success. 1. Buy a healthy tree from a reputable nursery or grower. Expect to pay a higher price than for a cut Christmas tree. 2. Keep the soil in the ball or pot moist until well after it is transplanted after Christmas. A frozen ball need not be watered if the crown is
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Selection and/or cutting a Christmas tree is an important part of many family's Christmas traditions. Whatever kind of tree chosen, make sure to check the health of the tree before cutting or purchasing, and easy steps can be taken to ensure its longevity. roots so they can be planted after a week or two indoors, and artificial trees. Natural or Live vs. Artificial Trees – Artificial “trees” are popular, but they are not part of the tradition of bringing greenery from outside into the home at the darkest and coldest time of the year as a way to make winter more tolerable. Some people buy an artificial tree thinking it is more environmentally friendly than cutting a tree every year. However, you do not need to feel guilty about cutting a live Christmas tree. Most trees bought from lots in Utah are grown on farms in Oregon and Washington, and they will be cut no matter what. Even natural trees cut from nearby forests are nearly always removed from federal and state lands by the person you are buying the tree from. They purchase a permit that tells them where, how many and what species of tree can be cut, and their removal is part of a silvicultural plan or prescription. And once the holidays are over, your tree can still be useful as firewood or mulch. Cut Trees – Cut, live trees are the most common type of Christmas tree. Three types are generally available—a precut tree purchased from a dealer, a choose-andcut tree purchased from a local grower and a wild-grown native tree. Freshness and moistness are the keys to having a Christmas tree that will last through the season. Once the needles dry out, they will usually stay dry, even when the tree is placed in a stand with water. The best way to ensure that your tree is fresh is to buy from a local grower or retailer you know and trust. Trees shipped into tree lots from out of state may be dried out because they had to be cut prior to shipping as early as September. Follow these steps to be sure the tree you buy is fresh and high quality: 1. Gently pull on the nee-
ally hold needles better than spruces. 5. Break a few needles. They should be flexible and will feel moist or possibly sticky. They should also be fragrant when crushed. 6. Be sure limbs are strong enough to support lights and ornaments. Limbs should also be well placed to give the tree a pleasing shape. Minor defects can often be turned toward a wall. 7. Ask the dealer if the tree was locally grown. Local trees are more likely to be fresh since they don’t have to be shipped long distances and can be cut closer to Christmas. Choose-and-cut trees are available from Christmas tree growers throughout Utah. Buy them the same way you would a pre-cut tree. Freshness and health are still the most important characteristics. Some growers will cut the tree for you, and others will let you select and cut your own. Once a fresh tree is brought home, store it in an unheated garage or in a protected area outdoors with the butt end in water until you are ready to bring it indoors. Keep it in the shade and out of the wind so that it doesn’t dry out. When you first bring it home, or when you bring it inside, recut a thin section from the butt end, if possible, to open the tree’s vessels. When you are ready to bring the tree in, cut the butt end again if it has been stored very long. You can attach a ribbon to this cut disc to make an ornament of it. The disc will have seven to ten growth rings, which can be used to denote important family events. Potted or Balled-andBurlapped Trees – Some people buy a potted or balledand-burlapped Christmas tree from a nursery with roots intact in the hope of having a new landscape tree in the spring. Whether it is worth it to do this depends on the cost of the tree (it will usually be more expensive than a cut tree, plus you may need to pay
shaded and protected. 3. Lift and carry the tree by the ball or pot, not the top. 4. Keep the tree in the house no longer than about 1 week. 5. Have the planting hole dug before the soil freezes, and keep the fill dirt thawed if possible. The hole should be about the depth of the root ball or slightly shallow and three times the width of the ball. Remove packing and binding materials when planting the tree. Stake the tree for its first year. Fresh Tree Care – Once in your home, the tree should be placed in a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water. A fresh tree can lose this much water or more a day, so avoid small stands. Place the tree away from heat sources like space heaters and fireplaces, and close furnace vents near it. Lights on the tree should be UL approved and protected by an in-line fuse. Small, pinpoint lights are good because they remain cool. Old lights with cracked insulation or loose sockets should be discarded. Turn lights off when the tree is unattended. Flammable decorations should not be used on a Christmas tree with electric lights. Candles should never be used to light a Christmas tree or wreath. A fresh tree that is watered daily can stay moist and safe for several weeks. If a tree is displayed in a public building, it generally should be kept up for no more than 15 days and should be treated with a fire-retardant solution. After Christmas – Christmas trees can be useful, even after they are taken down. They can be placed in the yard to add greenery and act as a bird haven until spring. Trees can also be used for firewood or chopped up and used for mulch. Most communities have programs to gather trees after Christmas to be chipped for mulch or other uses.
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Martin Tyner, from the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, with Golden Eagle Scout will present his "Wild Birds of Prey" raptor show for the 2019 Christmas Bird Count for Kids at Lee's Ferry. LEES FERRY - The second annual Glen Canyon Christmas Bird Count for Kids will be held on Saturday, December 14 at the Lees Ferry Boat Launch Ramp (8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time). Lees Ferry is located 42 miles from Page, Arizona via Highway 89 south and Highway 89A west. This event is made possible by the Glen Canyon Conservancy. For over a century, thousands of volunteers take part in the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count, the longest running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. In an effort to teach students about this countrywide endeavor, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Glen Canyon Conservancy invite families with children
ages 8 to 18 to join us for a half-day event. Each participant will receive a bird booklet to help them get familiar with birds, and keep a record and tally of what they observe in the field. Participants will break into groups led by local birding enthusiasts and spend two hours discovering and counting birds. Groups will return to the Lees Ferry Shade Structure for the Tabulation Celebration to report their findings. Glen Canyon Conservancy will provide snacks, water, water bottles and hot drinks. Martin Tyner from the Southwest Wildlife Foundation will be on hand to present his “Wild Birds of Prey” live raptor show. Tyner will cover topics such as identification, hunting, and nesting behaviors. A golden eagle named “Scout” will be part of the
presentation. An adult must accompany all children. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring binoculars (if possible). Loaner binoculars will be available. To register visit https://www.canyonconservancy.org/christmas-birdcount-4-kids. All participants must print out and present the volunteer waivers found on the registration website. If the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must complete and sign fields 26 through 32 on the second page. Registration is limited to 60 participants and pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies for all participants. The park entrance fee provides access to this free event. —National Park Service
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