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The above chart displays the top drug offense in each of the United States. 

Methamphetamine is an illegal drug that has a long and treacherous history. Dangerous, potent and highly addictive, meth creates a devastating dependence that poisons the body systematically causing memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, potential heart and brain damage. 

Meth, crank, chalk or speed are all names for the synthetic chemical drug that often hooks users on their first hit. Consequently, it is one of the hardest drug addictions to treat and many die in its grip, according to an article from www.drugabuse.gov. 

It can be snorted, smoked or injected and some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue to use it for its false sense of well-being. 

Methamphetamine is usually a white, bitter tasting powder. It is a stimulant and is chemically similar to amphetamines. 

Researchers point out that meth addiction has always been a big problem in America, according to an article in Business Insider. Many thought after congress passed a law in 2005 to restrict over the counter medications that were used to make the drug, distribution would decrease. Meth continues to be a “Mega Monster,” even in small rural areas like Millard County. 

Nearly all meth consumed in America today is smuggled in from Mexico where it is mass produced in “Mega Labs” and has increased potency and affordability, according to Millard County Sheriffs Office Chief Deputy Richard Jacobson. 

“Meth has been, and certainly is a bona fide epidemic that is taking on a life of its own,” Jacobson said. 

Meth is not only a drug problem affecting addicts and their family members, but a burden on all of society that burdens American taxation, insurance and health care, he said. 

Nearly half of all inmates in US federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. In more than half of the 50 states, it’s meth that put them behind bars. Millard County Sheriffs Office meth related arrests in 2015-16 were up 275 percent, according to Jacobson. 

“Our tax dollars are supporting drug addiction,” he said. 

There are no government-approved medications to treat methamphetamine addiction. The most effective treatments for addiction are behavioral therapies. 

Meth is often laced with Fentanyl, heroin’s synthetic cousin, Jacobson said. Users inadvertently take a deadly overdose. 

Fentanyl is so deadly, it is changing how first responder’s do their jobs. Because Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin easily, this dangerous opioid is forcing police and lab workers to invent new ways to protect themselves. 

Millard County Emergency responders and many deputies now carry Narcan in their vehicles, but often with a fentanyl overdose, “Narcan may not be able to totally revive the person.” 

What can the public do? According to Jacobson, the c ommu n i t y should report each and every drug related incident — and be a voice to lawmakers demanding “stronger consequences for those who intend to sell and distribute drugs.” 

“Missing Identity” is the title of a new mystery by C. L. Neely. It is the second book in the Two Fortunes Mystery series, following the book “Missing Baby.” The fiction town of Two Fortunes is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the story revolves around DJ Cassidy, a small-town lawyer and Sheriff Cliff Russell, whose old friend drifts into town with a skull, stirring up memories from twenty years ago. If identified, this skull could cost the sheriff his job and possibly put him in prison. Old friends are found murdered, and soon all the clues point to his closest friend, Deputy Tony Lapanto.

The author, C. L. Neely, moved to Fillmore almost two years ago, to be closer to her son, Andy Pearce, and family. Her familiarity with the values and reactions of those who live in small mountain communities makes this tale credible and realistic. “Missing Identity” is her eleventh book in publication. All of the C. L. Neely books are available through amazon.com.  

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carrie Neely by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SALT LAKE CITY—The Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office is launching a 30-day public scoping period prior to beginning work on an environmental assessment for a proposed wild horse gather and removal in the Onaqui Herd Management Area.

The SLFO proposes to gather and remove excess wild horses to the low Appropriate Management Level . The current population of wild horses on the Onaqui HMA is estimated at 450 animals, (not including 2017 foals), with the AML set at 121-210 horses. The BLM estimates that over 325 wild horses will need be removed from the Onaqui HMA to achieve a low AML. The proposed gather would take place no sooner than summer 2018.

The proposed removal comes in response to several issues currently occurring in the HMA. This includes, but is not limited to, actions to comply with the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment, emergency stabilization and restoration of lands affected by wildfires, reduction of impacts due to over-population of wild horses, and the establishment of a research study focused on wild horse, greater sage-grouse, and vegetation treatment interactions.

To comply with regulations, the BLM will conduct scoping and will prepare an EA for the proposal. Scoping activities identify reasonable alternatives to be evaluated in the environmental analysis that meet the purpose and need of the project. Through this process, environmental issues related to the proposed gather are identified, the depth of analysis for issues addressed in the environmental document determined, and potential mitigation identified.

The EA will disclose to the public the potential environmental consequences of the project and alternative(s), identify all practical means to avoid or minimize environmental harm from the project and alternatives, and provide the responsible official with information upon which to make an informed decision regarding the project.

Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed EA. Written comments will be accepted during the public scoping period up to close of business on Oct. 31, 2017. Please submit written comments to: Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office Attn: Trent Staheli 2370 Decker Lake Blvd. West Valley City, UT 84119 Fax: (801) 977-4397 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please refer to “Onaqui Wild Horse Gather/Population Control and Research” in the subject line of the letter, e-mail or fax. Comments, including names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of respondents will be available for public review at the BLM Salt Lake Field Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday), except federal holidays.

Comments and related personally identifying information will be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Comments may be published as part of the Documentation of NEPA Adequacy and other related documents.

Individual respondents may request confidentiality. Those wishing to withhold their name, street address, or e-mail address from public review and disclosure under the FOIA must state this prominently at the beginning of the written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. The BLM will not accept anonymous comments.

For more information, please contact Trent Staheli at (435) 743-3164. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.


(September 29, 2017)-- “The project should not proceed in Spring Valley until it can be demonstrated that it will not impact the sustainability of the Park’s ecological, economic, and social resources,” stated Kathryn Griffith, representing the Great Basin National Park Foundation. Ms. Griffith, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, read a statement Friday before the State Water Engineer that asked for suspension of proposed groundwater pumping in Spring Valley, until potential impacts to the Park’s dark night skies and water resources have been fully assessed and mitigated. Great Basin National Park is Nevada’s only National Park.

“We must take into consideration air quality and its effects on dark night skies as well as other resources that are required by the Park’s 1986 enabling legislation to be preserved in perpetuity,” said Ms. Griffith. The Great Basin National Park Foundation, the nonprofit philanthropic and educational organization supporting the Park, believes that the project’s construction and maintenance, as well as the “long term drying effects from groundwater pumping, will create dust in Spring Valley”. This is of great concern since individuals and foundations invested $850,000 into the construction of the Great Basin Observatory, a state-of-the-art, remotely operated, research grade observatory, the first ever constructed in a National Park. The observatory, which opened in 2016, is operated by a partnership including University of Nevada Reno, Western Nevada College, Southern Utah University, and Concordia University. It allows students, teachers, researchers, and Park visitors anywhere in the world, to access some of the most stable and truly dark night skies in the contiguous U.S.

The project could also cause water levels to fall enough to harm a newly discovered arthropod species found nowhere in the world except in Great Basin National Park, and could harm the Park’s famous Lehman Caves, a draw for many of the Park visitors.


Two geology field trips are being offered by the Great Basin College during the Fall Semester.  These are introductory classes with no prerequisites.

Ancient Lake Lahontan (Geol 299) on September 21-24.  2 credits.    Classroom meeting is Thursday at the Winnemucca Great Basin College Campus, Room 122 from 6-9 pm.  Travel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to examine lake shorelines, tufa formations, hydrologic and volcanic features.  Many stops include the Blackrock Desert, Pyramid Lake, Walker Lake, Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, and the Truckee, Carson, Walker and Humboldt Rivers.  One night will be spent in Winnemucca and two nights in Fallon.

Railroad Valley and the Pancake Range on October 20-22.  1 credit.  Classroom meeting is Friday at the Ely Great Basin College Campus, Room 116 from 6-9 pm.  Travel on Saturday and Sunday to examine lake features, hot and cold springs, and supervolcanoes.  Many stops include the Big Warm Spring, artesian wells, and the Lunar Crater Volcanic Field.  Two nights will be spent in Ely.


Participants must be registered and complete required Team Travel and Class Waiver forms one week prior to class.  Travel is at student’s expense.  All maps, charts, and discussions will be provided.  Attendees must provide their own reliable transportation-preferably with four wheel drive.  Camera, binoculars, and other outdoor gear are recommended.

For more information or field trip details call Veronica Nelson, Ely Center Director at 775 289-3589 or course instructor John Breitrick at 775 238-0508.

Great Basin College is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and governed by the Board of Regents. The college is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Written by Barbara Clark, staff reporter

The Millard School District voted to increase property taxes by 7.85 percent Wednesday night following a truth-in-taxation hearing where many residents spoke for and against the proposal.


The newly completed Delta Fire Station hosted their official hose cutting ceremony and open house to the public on Saturday, June 17.


The event on Fri. and Sat. May 26 and 27. Both days the event will feature Delta’s American Legion Post 135 presenting the colors and Delta resident, Becky Prestwich singing the National Anthem.


Provides Essential Support Before Disasters Strike

SALT LAKE  CITY April 18, 2014 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently joined a group of elite corporations and organizations as a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) in support of the American Red Cross. The distinguished members of ADGP enable the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster anywhere in the United States, regardless of cost. They do so by helping to build a reliable funding base for disaster relief services.

The generous gift of one million dollars, along with an in-kind donation of $500,000, from the LDS Church, creates the reliable funding needed to deliver swift relief-enabling the Red Cross to respond at a moment’s notice with trained volunteers, supplies from their stocked warehouses, emergency response vehicles and resources, to transform community sites into shelters. The in-kind donations of goods and services empower Red Cross workers to quickly manage and distribute sorely needed relief items and save the organization money by freeing up funds for other critical necessities.

“The generosity of the LDS Church empowers the Red Cross to give hope to people when they need it most. They are truly national leaders in disaster response,” states Heidi Ruster, CEO of the Utah and Nevada Region.

“We have had a great partnership with the American Red Cross for many years and we respect what they do,” said Bruce Muir, LDS Charities director. “The bottom line is, if there’s a fire; they’re there. If there’s a disaster; they’re there. This donation will support their efforts to extend relief to many families and individuals in need.”

The Red Cross and LDS Church have worked together for over 30 years.  This recent partnership will make a lifesaving difference for people affected by devastating events down the street and across the country.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

“An Evening in Paradise” was the theme for the Miss Hinckley Royalty tryouts held on Saturday in the cultural hall of the Delta West Stake building.

The program started off with introductions of each contestant and an opening dance number. Master of Ceremony Casey Olcott announced the winners after being scored for talent, evening gown and answering questions. The 2017 Miss Hinckley Royalty is Lexi Riding, daughter of Randy and Lesa Riding; first attendant is Maggie Despain, daughter of Deric and Cheryl Despain and second attendant is Julie Brinkerhoff, daughter of Jim and Karen Brinkerhoff. Riding and Despain each danced for their individual talent. Brinkerhoff sang a solo, accompanied by her mother. While the contestants were changing into their gowns, Olcott introduced Holly Joseph, Hinckley town councilmember. Joseph is over the Miss Hinckley Royalty pageant. Also recognized were judges Carol Brinkman, Taylor Peterson and Lorie Bunker. The contestants were judged for evening gown and answer- Miss Hinckley Pioneer Days Royalty chosen Shellie Dutson Publisher ing questions posed to them by Olcott. Riding was asked ‘what is more important, beauty or intelligence?’ She said intelligence was more important because “beauty is a momentary thing while intelligence can last a lifetime.” Despain was asked ‘what qualities did she think a young woman should possess to make a good Miss Hinckley.’ “I think they should have integrity and be honest,” Despain said, “because they are not only representing themselves, they are also representing the town of Hinckley.” Brinkerhoff answered her question, ‘If you could change places with a television character who would it be and why?’ “It would have to be Eponine, from Les Miserables,” said Brinkerhoff, because she is very passionate about what she believes in, and is willing to die for whoever and what she loves.” While the judges were adding up scores, former Miss Hinckley Queens were introduced. They talked about their experiences as royalty for Hinckley and how it had impacted their lives. The 2016 Miss Hinckley, Hannah Clark, told spectators