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For its final show of the spring season, the West Millard Cultural Council presented musician Kate MacLeod April 7 at the Delta High School Auditorium.

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Talented female tenors, leads, baritones and basses celebrated the “Blue Notes” vocal group legacy at their spring show titled, “Blue Notes All Year ‘Round - Celebrating 40 years of Harmony.”

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Within the next few months, an Opportunity Hub will be opened on Delta’s Main Street.

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Motocross racers sped over and hopped high mud hills at last weekend’s Rocky Mountain Motocross (RMX) championship series event, held at the Bunker Hill racecourse in Delta.

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As per agreement with Delta City when the property was sold, the new Delta Community Center is now named the RJ Law Community Center. Law was an original founder and settler of Delta.

“When I put together the contract and sold my property to the city, the contract stated the RJ Law name would be on the building,” said Robert Law, grandson of RJ Law. “It was to recognize his contribution to the community as an early settler. The Laws’ had a substantial influence on the development of the city, and did a lot of things for the community.”

The entire block including Family Dollar, Great Basin Museum, Topaz Museum and the RJ Law Community Center belonged to the Law family. They built a home and owned several businesses over the past one-hundred years on that block.

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According to RJ’s grandson, Robert Law, RJ Law first came to Delta in February 1909, when the town was named Burtner. The family had moved around looking for a place, as Bessie Bickley Law put it, “to do good and be happy.” RJ and his family lived in tents among the sagebrush on their new lot.

By May they had built a one-room brick building for a hardware store, as well as a two-room home for the family where the Family Dollar now stands.

Shortly after the store opened the DMAD Dam washed away, causing a severe drought, drying out crops and causing an economic depression and lack of cash flow in the area.

A plan was made for a new dam in the same spot, and the water company called on the local merchants for supplies and groceries.

RJ had originally committed to supply one-third of the needed goods but ended up furnishing most of what was needed. It added up quickly because there were about 200 teams of horses, men and women, needing all the supplies for the four months it took to rebuild the dam.

In those days the nearest train depot was in Oasis so RJ had to send his red wagon and a team of horses to Oasis every day and then out to the dam site.

As the community grew, RJ saw the need for a larger store. He built the second store in 1914 on the spot where the RJ Community Center now stands. The store was built with cement blocks, which were made onsite and weighed 70 pounds each.

On February 8, 1922, the ‘Big Fire’ happened in Delta, burning everything in its path on the north side of Main Street. It started in the Lincoln Theater and destroyed five businesses.

RJ purchased one of the burnt lots to build his third store. He hired men with teams of horses and paid them $4.50 a day to excavate a basement for the new store. Bricks were needed for the new store as well as for the construction of the Sutherland Ward building. RJ and the Sutherland Ward worked together to reclaim old bricks from an abandoned smelter on US Highway 6 about five miles south of Eureka. It had been an old smoke tunnel where the silver-laden smoke was forced through the tunnels as a way to recover the silver.

RJ and Frank Law, as well as Dewey Sanford of Sutherland camped for many days while they dismantled the tunnels. The bricks were cleaned and loaded onto railroad cars, then shipped to Delta and Sutherland.

The third store opened in 1923 and is still standing as the West Desert Collectors Rock Shop.

RJ Law had stores in Delta and Beaver as well as farms and a mine in the Drum Mountains. He retired in August 1944, and passed away just four months later.

His son Frank demolished the second store and built a Mobile Service Station and the Desa Rest Motel on the south side of Main. Mobile Service Station became Beeline Station, then Husky Station, then Law’s Welding and Fabrication before it was demolished and sold to the city. It is now the location of the RJ Law Com-munity Center.

The Law family is well pleased with the new development of their family property. Delta City has created a beautiful new building for the community to gather and hold many fun events. It is indeed a terrific place “to do good and be happy!”

With the icy snow melted and freezing cold weather gone for awhile, spring is finally here and Delta area residents of all ages are coming out to play.

The Delta High School athletes are currently hard at working practicing for the 2016 track, boys’ soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and girls’ golf seasons. All the teams are experiencing their first competitions in great outdoor weather this week.

At the Delta City Park and near the county fairgrounds, kids of all ages and parents are conquering the playground equipment, swinging to new heights, blowing and playing with bubbles, and practicing dance and cheer routines. The skate park is also full of kids speeding and jumping away on their scooters, bikes and skateboards. County recreation adult baseball and softball is also ready to start up at the regional park complex.

Judging by all the fun and activities going on, it looks like 2016 will be another great spring season for Delta.

A lack of necessary taillights and strong wind gusts caused two vehicle accidents on Interstate 15 in Millard County last week.

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It’s a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of snow and Ross’ geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings.

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A car-cow collision took the life of a Milford man driving southward on Highway 257 last Thursday.

At around 11:45 p.m. on February 4, Oscar Estrada, 37, was killed after striking a cow with his 1998 Subaru Forrester Outback near mile-marker 38, located two to three miles south of the Graymont lime plant. Also in the vehicle was his wife Silvia Garcia, 31, who suffered injuries to the face and head; and daughter Valeria Estrada, 6, who was unharmed.
According to Sergeant Greg Kelsey of the Utah Highway Patrol in Millard County, it was likely Valeria was the only one wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. He said the vehicle, which was riding low to the ground, came upon one cow standing in the middle of the road.

“Once the vehicle hit the cow in the dark, the cow rolled onto the hood and into the windshield area of the car before rolling off,” Kelsey said. “Oscar impacted the steering wheel with his chest and put his head into the windshield, while Silvia also came forward, hitting the dashboard and windshield. Silvia hit the windshield with her face and head, and suffered injuries in both areas. Valeria, laying in the backseat behind the driver, just bounced off the driver’s seat and didn’t get injured at all. After the collision the car didn’t tip over, but it went off to the right hand side of the road and came to a stop.”

Kelsey said Oscar died at the scene from head and chest injuries, while Silvia and Valeria managed to escape the seriously damaged car. After rolling over, the dead cow was left lying in the middle of the road. Kelsey said Silvia, while bleeding from facial and head injuries, was able to dial 911 on her cellular phone for help.

“Fortunately, they were in an area that still had service, but nobody passed them until the deputy got there a half-hour later,” he said. “The mother and daughter had to sit out in the cold and wait for help. They were then transported to Delta Community Hospital, and later to a hospital up north.”

Looking at the vehicle damage, Kelsey said the death and serious injury could have likely been prevented with proper use of seatbelts.

“Even though the cow got on the windshield, it wasn’t compressed to the point where Oscar couldn’t have survived if they were belted properly,” he said. “It’s not like the cow was on the roof or hood of the car. However, it’s a good thing the car didn’t roll over because Valeria would have flopped around and there could have been more serious injuries. If they started rolling without seatbelts, it really could have caused more injury or killed Silvia or Valeria.”

Kelsey said since January 29, this has been the fourth car- cow collision in that same area along Highway 257. He advises drivers to not go too fast and pay attention to the signs along the highway.

“There are open range signs on the side of the road and fl ashing yellow lights on them to warn people they are enter- ing an open range area,” Kelsey said. “A farmer or rancher out there also put out a couple of additional open range signs on the side of the road, so there are both state and private signs out there now.”

Aside from paying attention to signs and not speeding, Kelsey reminded drivers to always wear a seatbelt, adjust speeds when necessary and not overdrive their headlights while driving rural roads in the dark. He said people should always keep in mind a serious accident could indeed happen to them.

“People might think ‘it will always be the other guy,’ or that because they have driven a road a million times, nothing could happen to them,” Kelsey said. “I hope by pointing out how many accidents have been right there in a short time frame, people can be more aware of the open range areas and adjust driving habits accordingly. One would also hope people who live near there would be acutely aware of those areas, and expect those not from the area to be the ones who pay less attention. Four cow-car accidents in one week should be a real eye-opener for people.”

After 20 years in the Palladium gymnasium, the annual Delta High School graduation ceremony will take place in the school’s auditorium for 2016.

DHS Principal Teresa Thompson said the ceremony has taken place in the Palladium after it was completed in 1995. Thompson said people had expressed interest in utilizing the school’s new state-of-the-art auditorium built along with the new Delta High School, which was completed in 2013.

“I had a request from our school board and our superintendent, who said they would like us to consider moving graduation in to the auditorium,” Thompson said. “I thought it was a good idea, and we needed to do it. I had been to graduations with schools that are about our size and they’re all in auditoriums. Because it’s such a nice event it needs to be more formal and about the kids. It’s both a good move and a hard move because change is not easy, but it’s necessary in this case.”

As the new principal, Thompson said she was excited to implement her graduation day ideas for this year, rather than wait until next.

“A few students have said ‘why can’t you start next year?’ but in my first year here I think it’s easier to start right away with the things to make Delta High better,” she said. “I appreciate support of the students and parents and I’ll always have what’s in the best interest of the kids in my heart. I have no doubt that once we have it in the auditorium that’s where it needs to be. Everyone will say it’s much nicer and very well done.”

Although there are some naysayers, Thompson said she had received positive feedback from students and other community members interested in the newer location.

“People had visited with me about it and said, ‘We have this beautiful new auditorium, why not have it there?” she said. “We also met with student leaders and the majority of them wanted it there. Others have also expressed interest in the auditorium, while some still want it in the Palladium because of tradition and other reasons.”

While discussing reasons for the change, Thompson said the auditorium’s quality seating and air conditioning system would be a nice alternative to the Palladium, where it had been hot inside during past graduations. She said the sound in the auditorium would be better for hearing the graduates and other speakers, musical performances, graduate names and other key parts of the ceremony.

“In the Palladium we had beautiful musical numbers, but you couldn’t hear them because the sound system was not built and designed for events like that,” Thompson said. “The Palladium is designed for basketball and athletics basically, but the auditorium is designed for formal occasions. We’ll also be able to hear speakers and graduates better there. Graduation should be that type of nice occasion and event where we’re proud to display our

graduates, who worked hard to get to where they need to be.”

Thompson said one of the biggest concerns for parents and kids is the amount of people they can have attend graduation. She hopes kids can get at least six tickets or possibly more, depending on the number of graduates there are.

“For kids who don’t have that many to come to graduation, we’re hoping we can get their tickets and give them out to those who need more tickets,” Thompson said. “We’ll also have an overflow in the multipurpose room to fit more people.”

Thompson said they also hope to televise the event live for those unable to attend in person.

“That way no matter where you are in the U.S. you can get on and see Delta High’s graduation,” she said. “For those family members who want to come but can’t, they’re going to be able to see what they would have missed. We’re going to do everything we possibly can to get everyone to see it if they want to.”

To give students a better sense of excitement on graduation day, Thompson added ideas for fun related activities on the actual day or close to it. She planned to ask students their ideas and what they would like do.

“Maybe we’ll take the afternoon of graduation or another day and invite the graduates to come and have a party here or at the Palladium,” Thompson said. “We could have ice cream and other good stuff. I know parents are concerned about pictures, but I’m considering getting a professional photographer who takes nice pictures of the kids as they go through the ‘D.’ I still need to figure out how much that is going to cost.”

This year’s Delta High School graduation, which take place on May 24 at 7 p.m. will also be streamed live on the Millard County Chronicle Progress website.