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Spectators flocked as 28 Bighorn sheep were transplanted to Oak Creek Canyon on Thursday, January 7. 

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Cow wreck

Two vehicle crashes involving two cows on the road occurred on Highway 257 in Millard County last Thursday night.

            Dean Shields, trooper with Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), said both vehicles were traveling northbound on Highway 257 between Hinckley and Milford. He said the first vehicle, a 2006 Ford Explorer, struck a cow in the open range area near Milemarker 31 at around 6:30 p.m.

            “The first vehicle had four people out working on the windmills near Milford, I think, and it was traveling northbound,” Shields said. “No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt either. It struck the cow and then went off to the left side of the road and came to a stop. Airbags were deployed and the driver, Kaitlynn Thompson of Fillmore, sustained internal injuries.”

            Shields said Thompson was life-flighted from Delta and most likely transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. He said another passenger hit the back of the seat and injured his face, but was later treated at Delta Community Hospital and released.

            “There were also two other subjects in the vehicle, but they refused treatment,” Shields said. “Had everyone been wearing seatbelts, there would have been minimum injury.”

            The second automobile collision with another cow, which occurred near Milemarker 28, involved a 2004 GMC Sierra driven by Lorren Price, also of Fillmore. Shields said Price, however, was not seriously harmed in the accident.

            “The cow came onto the highway and Price struck it, but he was wearing his seatbelt,” Shields said. “He hit it on the corner of the vehicle and the airbag was not deployed. Price steered the vehicle onto the right shoulder and waited for help.”

            Both cows were killed after the collisions. Shields said the two vehicles were eventually picked up by Droubay Chevrolet.

            To prevent future accidents, Shields also encouraged drivers to watch for yellow warning signs while traveling on highways or freeways.

            “The yellow warning or flashing signs are well-marked and indicate cows in the area or that it’s an open range,” Shields said. “Drivers should watch all warning signs, which may indicate slippery when wet, do not pass, watch for deer and cows, or they may include other signs with animals on them. Those signs all mean something and need to be paid attention to when you’re driving 65 or 70 miles per hours or at night. It may not always be cows to look out for, but the roads could be slippery or have other dangerous conditions.”

            In addition to watching for signs, Shields encouraged people to always wear a seatbelt, drive within the speed limit and avoid reckless driving.

            “Be sure to protect yourself and your life and save the people in your car,” he said. “You are personally responsible for your driving habits. Without a seatbelt on, something like swerving, missing a cow, and rolling at 70 mph could result in a multiple fatality crash.”

            Sgt. Greg Kelsey with the UHP said according to the patrol’s reports, there have been four vehicle-to-cow collisions on Highway 257’s open range area thus far in 2015. Kelsey said Highway 6 past Hinckley, as well as Highway 125 between Oak City and its intersection with Highway 50, are also open range areas.

             

 

         At Christmas time Delta has the most beautifully decorated park of any small town in the state. We have amazing people, who raised nearly $21,000 for charitable causes at the Festival of Trees. In addition and equally important, we have fabulous MUSIC! Don’t miss the amazing show the Blue Notes are presenting on December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Delta High School auditorium. Singing in four-part harmony with either the incredible acaccompaniment of Karen Brinkerhoff or barbershop, the Blue Notes have a delightful program, entitled The Lights of December. Cindy Chambliss, the producer, has chosen some of the most heart-warming and gorgeous carols to illuminate the true spirit of Christmas. Featuring Carolyn Taylor on the violin, Christmas Lullaby, if not already a favorite, will become one. Cindy Chambliss, as the soloist in a lush version of Silent Night, and the Blue Notes performance of Still, Still, Still will leave you feeing the Christmas spirit that everyone yearns for. Children of all ages will delight in the fun holiday songs that will also be performed. The Blue Notes were founded in 1976 by Choral Clark, Sharon Clark, Verla Jenson, ElDonna Anderson and Ruth Talbot. They invited other women to join them as a barbershop group, perhaps to be a member of the national female barbershop ensembles, the Sweet Adelines. Discovering that Sweet Adelines was expensive to join and had many regulations, they opted to be an independent group. Ruth soon came up with the name of Blue Notes, and she wrote the theme song, Blue Notes of Harmony. Ruth was also the original conductor, but became the pianist when the women sang to accompaniment. Orvetta Nickle was an original member, and remained a member throughout the rest of her life, except for a time serving a mission. Choral, Sharon and Verla also remained as members for the rest of their lives, and Ruth remained as their beloved pianist until she moved to the care center. Dot Atkinson is the only current member that was an original member, but has not been continuous. Eldonna’s daughter, Leslie Lake is a current member and Choral, Sharon, Verla and Orvetta have also had daughters sing with the Blue Notes. There have been many different conductors during the past 40 years, including Nadine Smith, who recently rejoined the group as a singer, Norman Lister, the only male to be part of the group, Choral, Verla and the current conductor, Vicki Judkins, whose experience and musical knowledge helps each singer improve her tone and her performance. Next year this talented group will have been entertaining West Millard fans for 40 years. They have an amazing legacy and have enhanced the lives of literally hundreds of women who have been members for a few or for many years, as well as the lives of those in the audiences throughout the years. Tickets for the show are available at the door for the modest cost of $4 per person or $15 for an immediate family. As always, the proceeds will go to a local charity. The concert is always a highlight of the Christmas season...be sure you attend.

Taking over for Delta Middle School, the Delta City offices will step in to collect food for the local food bank and “Sub for Santa” program during the holiday season.

For years in the past, Delta Middle School held a contest for students from each class to bring in as much donated food as possible for both the food bank and the Christmas season’s Sub for Santa, which is a charity and assistance program conducted in different counties throughout Utah. However, Delta City Mayor Gayle Bunker said he heard the school was not planning to hold the contest again this year.

“They didn’t get into specifics as to why, but they’re just not doing it this year,” he said, “So now we’re trying to get some food for the food bank. In the past it has been very good with the school. Last year they received 20,000 pounds of food, which is a lot of food.”

Bunker said he was excited to pick up the tradition for the food bank and Sub for Santa, though no contest for food collection will be involved through the city offices. He said people may drop off donations in a drop box at the city offices during regular office hours. They may also sign up for Sub for Santa at the Delta City offices. Encouraged for the food drive are any non-perishable food or drinks, especially foods with protein. The bulk of the donations will go to the local food bank in Delta, while the rest of it will go toward Sub for Santa.

“We also talked to the chamber of commerce and we want to get them to encourage people to donate food through their businesses,” Bunker said. “Drop boxes will be available for people and we’ll have one here in the city building where people can bring food. I’m sure the two grocery stores will also have places where people can donate food again. I think in the past other businesses in town have also had a place for people to do- nate.”

Bunker said all the local schools in Delta will most likely accept food as well.

“The middle school principal told me she was going to talk with other principals of Delta schools to get them involved,” he said. “The schools will accept food, but they just won’t be pro- moting it and there won’t be a contest this year.

Bunker said he encourages all to donate and expects to see many families helped out once again. He said donations through Sub for Santa would provide people with food for a substan- tial amount of time.

“I think with Sub for Santa they do around 100 families a year, but I think last year they did a little over 100,” he said. “A lot of the Festival of Trees money also goes to support Sub for Santa. Things will probably be handled differently next year, but right now we’re just thinking of this year and how this needs to happen.”

Strong gusts of wind caused an unexpected straw bale fire at the Mountain View Mushrooms plant in Fillmore on Monday, Nov. 2.

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Three old buildings on Delta’s Main Street were demolished last week to make room for a new firehouse.

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Lieutenant Commander Marcie Starley Wilde recently returned from a six month deployment in Bahrain and Kuwait in the Persian Gulf. Marcie’s daughter, Brynn Wilde, has been living with LaVoy and Patsy Starley, her grandparents, and attending Millard High School while her mother was deployed. Brynn was told her mother was fl ying home from the Middle East on Friday, October 9. Brynn received a huge surprise when her mother showed up to the Millard vs. North Summit football game the night of October 9. It was a wonderful, heartwarming reunion when Brynn’s mother aproached her. Welcome home, Lieutenant Commander Marcie Starley Wilde. Thank you for your service to our country and local community.