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The following is a speech delivered by Delta High School student Brody Chase. 

                  Good morning Delta High School. With all the recent controversy surrounding standing for the flag and protesting the flag, I decided to speak on the reasons why we stand for the flag. I was speaking with an individual with a different set of views than I have, and this topic came up. They couldn’t quite grasp why the nation cared if some NFL players kneeled in protest for the flag. I remember reading an article about a week before. Jane Hampton Cook, George W. Bush’s former White House webmaster and author of “America’s Star-Spangled Story,” wrote an article on five reasons we stand for the flag. I am going to read you her five points, and then put them into my own words.           

The first one is: We stand for the flag not to focus on what divides us but on what unites us, which is being an American. Everyone who lives in this country, like it or not, is American. And because of this, we all need to act like it. In his farewell address, George Washington said, “The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.” Deep down inside, we all want the same thing. Equality, to have our freedoms upheld, and many other topics that are so highly debated in America today. America is nothing without the principles it was founded on, and the flag represents those principles. We have seen what being divided can lead to in this country: A civil war, a war which the most Americans lost their lives out of any other war. During this civil war, a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln coined the famous phrase, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Our flag is not a symbol of division. It doesn’t prefer one group in this country, and our flag doesn’t worship one religion. It doesn’t affiliate with any political parties, and it doesn’t discriminate. Our flag is a symbol of unity and should be viewed and treated as so.

Number two is: We stand for the flag not to pledge allegiance to a president, but to honor the reality that we have an elected president and not a lifetime king. One of the main reasons of the revolution is the oppression we faced from Britain. Thomas Jefferson said, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” None of the founding fathers supported having a king, they created a new government that represented all people. Now, let’s face it: no one really enjoys our current president. But, when we stand, it’s not to pledge our lives to serving him. We stand for the fact that we don’t have to serve him. If he wanted to declare war on Britian, he couldn’t do it by himself, whereas a king could very well send his nation to war. If he wanted to take half of Michigan and give it to Indiana, he couldn’t do that, but a king could very well take away land from some states and give it to other states. We have 50 separate states, with 50 separate stars on the flag, but are united as one under a federal government. The flag represents our freedom from a tyrant, and represents our individual freedoms.

3. We stand not because of past or present pain caused by injustice, but to salute the principle of justice. In 1782, congress outlined what the different colors and symbols on the flag represent. “The colors of . . .  those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red (signifies) hardiness and valor and blue . . . signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.” The flag itself is a symbol, and the different colors and symbols each have their own meaning. We do not stand for the flag to show our support past injustice, such as racial discrimination, but rather stand for the fact that we are able to achieve justice. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech titled, “I Have a Dream”, he had a section that, while reading through it, really stuck out to me. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” He later goes on to state that “justice a reality for all of God’s children.” We know that all men are created equal, the founders thought so too. A majority of them actually despised slavery. They wanted a republic in which all sexes of all races and ethnicities could be 100% equal, and that is what we stand for.

The fourth topic is: We stand for the flag not for our generation but to set an example for the next generation. I cannot stress this enough: if we do not show our respect for our country, then upcoming generations will forget what America is. America is a land of opportunity, a land of equality for all groups of people, and a land founded on the principle that all men are created equal. This country is the best country in the world, and we need to let our future generations know that we have major respect for it, because we have as much as or more freedom than every country in the world, and that is a huge blessing. We must always show our love for the Star-Spangled Banner, and for the pledge, those very things that accompany the flag. If we fail to see the flag through the eyes of those who fought and died for it, we are failing at being a true patriot.

The last reason is, “We stand for the flag today, not to please ourselves but to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.” We don’t stand for the flag and the anthem to make ourselves look patriotic. We stand to remember the more than 1.2 million Americans who have lost their lives for this country, from the era of the Revolutionary War fighting for our independence up to today, fighting terrorists in order to keep America safe. In response to the NFL controversy, John Kelly stated, ““I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed. Every American should stand and think for three lousy minutes." Kneeling for or protesting the flag is simply selfish. Our American flag is not to be used as a protest item, it’s not just a piece of cloth, it’s what we identify as as Americans. Our flag means so much more than many, many citizens see today, and we need to have the utmost respect for it           

This flag that we have flying high on flag poles around the world, that we have draped over caskets when one of our brave soldiers died, and that so many valiant patriots fought to protect, is the most important symbol that America has. Our flag is very sacred and is not to be used as another item to protest with. It’s not to be burned or stepped on in protest. We must stand to remind everyone that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

2017 ELECTION

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The Experience Millard County app is now live. It places local sports, news, shopping and tourism adventures in the hands of the user. This new app has most everything Millard County offers residents and tourists. It will highlight local businesses and their social media. The app is available on app stores as a free download for both iOS and android phones, ipads and tablets. The app is user friendly with updated information concerning high school sports, business information and city and county events. Find addresses and phone numbers for eating establishments, or jump to a website in a flash. Download, utilize and save time. We will be contacting businesses to discuss ways to enhance your listing and advertise your business. For more info call 435-864-2400.

 

METHMEGAMONSTER

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.

PRESS RELEASE FROM GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK 

(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.