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SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 19, 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Edwards has issued the following statement in regard to a potential federal government shutdown:  


We urge members of the United States Senate to resolve their differences and keep the federal government functioning. We also urge them to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, on which nearly 20,000 Utah children depend.


In the event of a federal government shutdown the State of Utah’s operations will continue as normal. State support will allow programs that operate in partnership with the federal government to function in the short term, even if federal funding is temporarily curtailed.


In contrast to Utah’s most recent experience with a federal government shutdown, this administration is working responsively with Utah to minimize local impacts.


For example, in the last government shutdown the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, was not authorized to spend any reserves and had to shut down. This administration would allow the State of Utah to use reserves to keep WIC functioning.


Additionally, we have every reason to believe that Utah’s National Parks will remain open, albeit with limited services. As in the past, the state of Utah would consider providing emergency funding to maintain appropriate access and safety in the National Parks throughout the duration of a shutdown.


Should there be any disruption accessing federal recreational opportunities in Utah, we remind visitors that Utah’s 43 state parks also offer incomparable outdoor experiences.


More information about what visitors to Utah could expect in the case of a shutdown can be found at visitutah.com/shutdown.


The largest state organization most directly affected by a federal government shutdown would be the Utah National Guard. Although the roughly 1,000 active duty guard members will ensure that critical functions continue, an additional 1,300 full-time employees who are not active duty, such as federally funded technicians, would be affected. Utah National Guard drills would have to be cancelled.


Although state operations are functional in the short term, a cessation of federal funding over an extended period of time could begin to affect some state operations.


While we don’t expect long-term economic dislocation because of a federal government shutdown, any Utahns who might become unemployed because of a shutdown can file for unemployment benefits with the Utah Department of Workforce Services.


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Delta’s New Year’s baby, Deets Howlett made his debut on Monday, January 8, 2018. His parents, Morgan (Cropper) and Seth Howlett were overjoyed with his arrival.

Deets weighed in at 9 lbs. 5 oz. at 6:49 p.m. at the Delta Community Medical Center. Seth and Morgan chose the name Deets from a character from the miniseries, Lonesome Dove.

Both Seth and Morgan are twins. Morgan said that Deets weighed more than both her and her twin sister’s weight together. Their weights were 4 lbs 8 oz. and 4 lbs. 12 oz. Seth and his twin brother weighed 7 lbs 13 oz. and 8 lbs.

The couple was showered with gifts, courtesy of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. A complete list of gifts will be listed in next week’s edition of the Chronicle Progress.

Grandparents are Cameron and Kim Cropper of Deseret. Kim was Delta’s New Year’s baby in 1970. Seth’s parents are David and Michelle Howlett of Sutherland Great grandparents are Martha and Duane Howlett, Linda Lundburg and Cuman J Cropper.


A man accused of being involved in a Delta home invasion made his initial appearance in Fourth District court on Wednesday morning.

Chris F Rowland, 36, appeared on charges of the alleged kidnapping and aggravated burglary of a Delta resident.  On Nov. 30, 2017 two male suspects allegedly forced their way into the residence, where they bound the homeowner with duct tape and stole property from the home.

            Rowland has been charged with five crimes, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felony charges; theft a second-degree felony charge; aggravated assault a third-degree felony charge and possession of a controlled substance a class A misdemeanor charge. Bail was set at $40,000 cash only.

            Rowland, in custody of the Millard County Jail, was ordered to appear on January 31 for waive preliminary hearing by Judge Anthony Howell. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, the victim’s family and the co-defendant.

SALT LAKE CITY -- They'll be home for Christmas, and not just in their dreams.

Most of the 100-plus firefighters deployed to California this month to battle the Lilac and Thomas fires are now on their way home and should arrive before Christmas. For the most recent Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the fire agencies were divided into five task forces. Three of those task forces left for Utah Tuesday.

North Utah 2 (South Jordan, Salt Lake City, West Jordan and Sandy) North Utah 3 (Provo, Layton, Wasatch County Fire District [Heber engine], Murray, Wasatch County Uintah City) Southwest Utah 2 (Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands; Price, Sterling, Castle Dale, Fairview, San Juan, Elsinore, Kane County and Richfield.)

A fourth task force, as well as the Draper engine and crew, was expected to leave Wednesday, Dec. 20. Southwest Utah 1 (Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Washington City, Hurricane Valley, Cedar City and Kanab), are expected to arrive by Utah Dec. 23.

The fifth task force to demobilize, North Utah 1 (Unified Fire Authority, West Valley City), is expected to get on the road Saturday, Dec. 23. Utahns from each of these jurisdictions should be proud of their service.

"Utah was asked to help a fellow state in need, and our firefighters selflessly rose to the occasion," said Kris Hamlet, director of the Utah Division of Emergency Management (Utah DEM). "They were a tremendous asset, and their service was acknowledged as such by the State of California."

Utah DEM is the lead State of Utah agency for coordinating state-to-state mutual aid requests under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

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.


American Legions everywhere are suffering from lack of young and new recruits.


1-Unnofficial Fillmore City Municipal Election 2017


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.