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Delta High senior Taylor Boardman received the fi rst annual STEM Innovation Award in recognition of his accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Among his numerous accomplishments, Boardman has won fourth place at the Intel Engineering International Science Fair, created robots, invented a touchless keyboard, and cre- ated several computer programs. In addition, Boardman was the runner-up for the 2015 Science sterling scholar.

Boardman, the son of Steve and Brenda Boardman in Oak City, grew up surrounded by family members fascinated by technology.

“I’ve followed in our family’s trends such as building robots, writing programs and tinkering with electronics,” Boardman said.

Boardman attributed a portion of his interest in STEM subjects to his congenital muscular dystrophy. Since he was unable to participate in many physical activities that his peers enjoyed, Boardman was able to focus more time on his interests which include playing the piano and oil painting in addition to technology.

Boardman does not complain about his disability, but instead plans to use it as a way to compassionately interact with others suffering with similar disabilities. After he graduates from BYU with a degree in computer engineering, Boardman hopes to create synthetic muscles and prosthetics.

“I can be there to personally relate with them and their challenges,” Boardman said.

Boardman was nominated for the STEM In- novation Award by Delta Technical Center Prin- cipal Teresa Thompson. Boardman credits both Thompson and his family for pushing him to excel in his studies and inventions.

“It’s definitely fun to receive the award,” Boardman said. “I know my family is proud of me to receive this. They’re glad their efforts have paid off.”

After graduating from Delta High, Boardman plans to take summer classes at BYU and then serve a two-year LDS mission.

After sending city wide alerts, briefly closing two schools, and embarking on a manhunt



Millard School District is excited to announce that several administrators will be working in new schools with new assignments for the coming school year.  These new assignments will include Mr. Dennis Alldredge at Fillmore Middle School, Mr. Dean Fowles at the Delta Technical Center, Mr. George Richardson at Millard High School, and Mrs. Teresa Thompson at Delta High School. 

Each of these trusted and extremely capable educators has proven them self as a successful educator in previous assignments and is now being asked to bring a new perspective and a new energy to their new challenge.

Mr. Dennis Alldredge has been the principal of Millard High School for the past twenty-one years.  Though he was a Dixie Flyer in his youth, Mr. Alldredge has been a true Millard Eagle.  He has served in this demanding post longer than any principal in the history of the school.  He has been a great advocate for youth and is dedicated to seeing them succeed.  He will take that dedication with him as he embraces a new opportunity with the wonderful students, parents, and faculty at Fillmore Middle School.  We are confident that Mr. Alldredge will bring much to this new setting that will add to the lives of our young people.

Mr. Dean Fowles has been the principal at Delta High School for the past ten years.  A graduate of Delta High, Mr. Fowles has spent his entire career at Delta High with the exception of one year spent at Millard High as a young teacher.  Mr. Fowles has been known for his high expectations of students and staff and his commitment to solid standards of behavior and deportment.  He takes that commitment to excellence with him as he moves to the exceptional facility that his father, Mr. Jack Fowles, was instrumental in bringing to our district. We are confident that he will assist our Technical Programs in not only maintaining excellence, but reaching new levels of achievement.   

Mr. George Richardson has been the Principal of Fillmore Middle School for the past six years.  His commitment to the success of his students and teachers has guided Fillmore Middle to the highest levels of achievement and student growth.  He will share that commitment with his former students and colleagues at Millard High School where he previously worked as the school counselor.   Mr. Richardson will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this new role where he will look to see Millard High continue to lead the way for motivated students to be the best people they can. 

Mrs. Teresa Thompson returns to Delta High School where she served several years as an assistant-principal to Mr. Dave Noah and Mr. Dean Fowles.  Her most recent assignment has been principal of the Delta Technical Center and director of Career and Technical Education for the district.  Mrs. Thompson has been instrumental in forging an important and valuable relationship with Snow College and our local industries while working to provide training for our young people that will lead them into challenging and rewarding careers.   Her energy, innovation, and dedication will be great assets to Delta High School as she leads them down the road to excellence.

Each of these administrators will complete the current school year in their assignments before moving to the new positions for the 2015-16 school year.

A combination of dead grass, dead trees, and empty fl agpoles at the Hinck- ley Cemetery have led to a great deal of public concern and promises of action from the cemetery authorities for this coming year.


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       Four Delta men assaulted the victim of attempted murder and his brother in retaliation for reporting the crime last Thursday evening in Delta. 


Miyeko Kiriayama, remembers the train stuffed with Japanese Americans passing her car stopped on its drive to her high school at Murray in 1942. The train was headed to the Topaz Internment Camp, a hastily built camp set in a desolate desert infl icted with extreme temperatures.

“It was so sad. I thought it was terrible they had to be put in a concentration camp (that’s what we called them back then), but I was glad I didn’t have to go,” said Kiriayama, now 94.

Kiriayama was part of a large group of Japanese Americans gathered for Remembrance Day at the Topaz Museum and Topaz camp site on Feb. 21. The group gathered to remember the injustices infl icted upon themselves, their families, and their culture by fearful people during World War II.

Gathered together by Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forced out of their homes and interned at camps throughout the western United States for nearly four years.

During its peak, Topaz Internment Camp was Utah’s fifth largest city, housing over 8,300 Americans. The camp gained a repu- tation for its artists, leading to the eventual compilation of some of their works at the recently-opened Topaz Museum.

“When you realize what it would do to you personally to have neither your freedom, nor the beauty around you, nor anything you had created with your life to that point and be considered by people around you to be the enemy when you had done nothing wrong. But the attitude they came through the experience as a culture with was remarkable,” said Paulette Stevens, founder and president of the Life Story Foundation. “They made beauty come out of desolate places.”

Three and a half years after being forced into the camp, the internees at Topaz were released in October 1935. Each resident was given $25 to return home. Many only made it as far as Salt Lake City, far from their original homes in California.

Former Third District Judge Raymond Uno, 84, was interned at Heart Mountain Camp, WY, a camp similar to Topaz.

His visit to the Topaz museum and site brings back memories of his experience at the camp. The overwhelming memory for Uno was the loss of his father during the internment.

“This brings back memories of the hardship our family had during the wartime,” said Uno. “That was a real big blow, and I’ve never forgotten that.”

Uno’s family was originally from Ogden, but they had moved to California in 1938. His father was the secretary of the Japanese As- sociation, a self-help group for the Japanese community, before the internment. During their time in California, President Franklin issued the order for West Coast Japanese Americans to be placed in camps.

Uno was 11 at the time.

Following their release from the camp, Uno’s mother, a college graduate and school teacher in Japan, was forced to take a domestic job in Utah to support her family.

“I always think of what could have been if she had not been put in the camp, and if she could have done the things she was capable of doing,” said Uno.


Mary Kawakami, a 102-year-old Highland resident, was not part of the internment. However, Kawakami experienced a great deal of prejudice during the war.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, she and her husband were forced out of a mining camp in Spring Canyon to American Fork. There she and her husband set- tled into a routine.

The day after the birth of her child, FBI agents burst into her home and demanded to inspect Kawakami’s home.

“I was shaking inside,” said Kawakami.

During the inspection, the agents questioned Kawakami in detail about her store of canned produce in cellar. Refusing to accept Kawakami’s ex- planations of simply storing vegeta- bles for the future, one of the agents accused Kawakami of preparing for an alleged invasion of the Japanese forces.

“They were just being mean. It didn’t make any sense, but they didn’t care,” said Kawakami. “Afterwards, when I think about it, I think it was quite exciting.”

Although she was never interned, Kawakami has supported efforts to remember those placed in the camps.

“I read so much about it. I felt so sorry about the people,” said Kawakami. “My heart went out to them, and I wanted to do all I could to help these people.”

Kiriayama said seeing the paintings at the Topaz museum has made her appreciate her culture and its rich history.

“I’m just thankful for the people who had the insight to preserve the beauty created during that hard time. It makes me appreciate my heritage,” said Kiriayama.

Stevens is compiling a documentary based on the experiences of internees that will be shown in fall 2015.

“The reason I’m so impressed with these people is how they handled the experience of being interned. They figured out an attitude to have about it. They said, ‘It can’t be helped. Make the best of it.’ And so they did,” said Stevens. “The response of many of the people afterward was to be silent. And because they didn’t tell much to their children, who they were just hoping would turn into good American citizens who could lift their heads up, the generations who followed didn’t know the story.

“That’s one of the reasons why this museum and this effort to hold onto the stories is so important. These people did so well coming through these experiences that we have a lot to learn from them,” Stevens said. “Something of worth has happened here, and we need to do all we can to honor them.

Changes to teacher preparation time and review of the cur- rent block schedule at the high schools in the county dominated the discussion at the Millard School Board meeting on Feb. 12.


A story that began 32 years ago in a journalism class taught by Jane Beckwith saw another chapter begin last Saturday in Delta


Millard County residents may notice a slight increase in taxes at restaurants in the near future.



 County Commissioners considered a proposal to limit positions for the Millard County Planning Commission to residents of the unincorporated areas of the county during the Millard County Commission meeting on Dec. 16.