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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is offering a public tour of the Axtell Contract Off-Range Corrals (facility) in Axtell, Utah on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  The facility is one of two locations in Utah that provides care to wild horses removed from the range.

This is the second public tour offered since the privately owned and operated facility opened in June 2015.  The tour will be open 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Tour attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility, observe approximately 1000 wild horses currently held at the facility, including the 433 wild horses associated with the Sulphur Herd Management Area that occurred in January 2017 and general discussion about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program (WHB).


The facility is located at 13500 South 10490 West (mile marker 235.2 on Highway 89) in Axtell, Utah.  Approximately 6 miles south of Gunnison, Utah or 8 miles north of Salina, Utah.  Please note:  some map applications do not recognize this address.   The facility can provide care for up to 1,200 wild horses and encompasses 32 acres containing 40+ holding pens, in various sizes. The horses receive an abundance of feed tailored to their needs each day, along with a constant supply of fresh water through automatic watering troughs. Free choice mineral block supplements are also provided to the animals in each pen. A veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care as needed. The BLM strives to place horses removed from the range into good, private homes. Horses at the Axtell facility are made available to the public for adoption or sale throughout the year on the BLM’s WHB Internet Adoption site, off-site adoption events and through the BLM’s Adoption or Sales Program across the country. Horses will not be available for adoption during the public tour; however, if there is interest in an animal viewed during the tour, adoption arrangements can potentially be coordinated through BLM personnel and the Delta Wild Horse & Burro Facility. 


To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit theBLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at: http://on.doi.gov/2h11lDS .


For more information, contact Lisa Reid, publicaffairs specialist, at (435)743-3128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Persons who use a telecommunications device for thedeaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Lisa Reid. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are providedduring normal businesshours.

By Kim Thomas, Special to the Chronicle Progress

Roberto Roman found guilty in death of Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Josie Greathouse Fox

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A jury found Roberto Roman guilty of killing Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Josie Greathouse Fox, Tuesday at Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse.

The eight-woman, four-man jury, deliberated about ten hours after being given the case Monday afternoon. 

Jurors found the 44-year-old Roman guilty of all eight counts.  Two involved the killing of Deputy Fox, six others involved having weapons while distributing methamphetamine.  Before the trial began, Roman pleaded guilty to three other counts regarding his being in the United States illegally.

Deputy Fox was shot and killed just east of Delta around midnight on Jan. 5, 2010.

“For seven years we have waited for justice in Utah,” U.S. Attorney for Utah, John Hubert, told the news media outside the court.  “The jury fulfilled their duty to find the truth in this case, and delivered justice today seven years after this cold-blooded killing of one of our cherished and valued law enforcement officers.”

The family of Deputy Fox didn’t want to make any comment, and had asked that the media not approach them as they left court.  They were asked if they’re happy, and they smiled and said they were.

When the verdicts were read, the family hugged each other, as well as members of the Millard County Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney’s Office, who’ve attended the trial.

“They’re just so much at peace, they feel so much better, especially that Ryan’s name has been cleared. It should never have been brought in, it was, and now it’s cleared,” Sheriff Robert Dekker said.

U.S. Attorney Huber called it a “diabolical twist” that Roman accused Ryan Greathouse of killing his sister, knowing that Greathouse had died, and couldn’t defend himself.

A large number of Roman’s family and friends attended the trial every day as well.  One of Roman’s brothers declined to comment outside of court.

Roman’s attorney, Stephen McCaughey, who also represented Roman at the 2012 state trial, in which Roman was found not guilty, said it’s hard to be tried twice for the same crime.  While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it’s not double jeopardy to try cases in state and federal courts, McCaughey said it doesn’t seem right.  He said there will most likely be an appeal.

“Working this case has been a great honor and a privilege,” lead prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney for Utah, Trina Higgins said.  “I am so proud of the work that we did and that we were able to accomplish justice.  Justice for Josie.”

Sheriff Dekker was asked what Josie Fox’s legacy will be.  “Throughout the state Josie has been known and will continue to be known as a great deputy who had contact with our youth in such a manner and made such a difference to so many people,” he said.  “We still get that talked about today, our young people saying, ‘Josie helped me.’”

Judge David Nuffer scheduled sentencing for Roman on April 27.  He faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

Experts recreate crime scene in 2012 death of Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Josie Fox

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Thursday was day 4 of the USA vs. Roman trial in Salt Lake City’s federal court, and jurors heard from scientific experts regarding the Jan. 5, 2010 shooting of Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Josie Fox.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - In day 3 of USA vs. Roman at Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse on Wednesday, jurors heard from a friend of the late Ryan Greathouse, Deputy Josie Fox’s brother, and a friend of Roberto Miramontes Roman, who is accused of killing Deputy Fox.

Roman is accused in an eleven count federal indictment of killing Deputy Fox on Jan. 5, 2010. In a 2012 state trial, Roman was found not guilty of killing Deputy Fox. The jury had reasonable doubt to convict Roman after he stunned the 4th District Court in Spanish Fork by claiming Greathouse killed his sister, Deputy Fox. Roman claimed he took the blame for the killing because Greathouse had threatened to hurt or kill his family members if he didn’t. Greathouse died of a drug overdose in Las Vegas three months after Deputy Fox was killed.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Day 2 of the USA vs. Roman trial at Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse on Tuesday saw federal prosecutors continue to lay out the case that Roberto Miramontes Roman shot and killed Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Josie Fox, in January of 2010.

Roman, 44, faces an 11 count federal indictment, with counts 7 and 8 accusing him of knowingly killing Deputy Fox during the commission of a crime, and in an effort to avoid being caught and a potential prison sentence.


UPDATE: The original print version of this article stated that a third person drove Ryan Greathouse’s truck away, and he was in the car with Roman. That came from Roman’s 2012 court statement. This online version of the article has been updated to reflect this.

Roberto Miramontes Roman, 44, faces an eleven-count federal indictment. Seven of the counts involve allegations of possessing and distributing methamphetamine, and doing so while carrying an assault-type rifl e and a handgun. Two other counts have to do with Roman being in the U.S. illegally.


Water contamination, property rights, and water levels dominated the conversation at a public hearing held by the County Commission last Thursday. Despite public opposition, Ordinance 17-01-26, changing zoning from Range-In Forest to Agricultural Industrial was approved two to one.

The meeting was held to gain public input on the zone change to allow Smithfield Hog Production to install a facility close to the Beaver-Millard County line. The audience of 21 people was quick to voice their opinions on why the farm should be kept completely out of county.

The meeting was the third held by the commission. The previous two were held to discuss another facility four miles south of Deseret. Like its predecessors, the meeting was filled with contention.

Bill Coffman, who owns and operates Coffman’s Ranch close to the proposed site, told commissioners he was against the facility. The proposed site would only be seven miles from Coffman’s ranch, and would affect water lagoons near or on his property.

“There’s a lot of water sitting on the ground. We found a website that says that Smithfield has been fined for water contamination. What recourse do we have if something happens? Can Millard County guarantee we’d be reimbursed, when the water has run for thousands of years is affected?” Coffman said.

Boyd Schena, Deseret resident, asked how close the border facility would be in conjunction with Milford residents. He expressed concerns that the site will negatively affect Millard County’s relationship with Beaver County.

“I know [Smithfield Hog Production] is only seven miles from these people, but have we considered how close the buildings are to Milford residents? We already know that the Beaver county residents are having a tough time with them. And we don’t want to be rude neighbors, the way I look at it,” Schena said. “I think you, as our commissioners, should take that into consideration; because we’re awfully close to the Milford residents.”

Kelly Schena, a Deseret resident, reminded the commissioners of previous information regarding Smithfield Hog Production she had provided during previous hearings.

“The concerns regarding water quality are very real, and across the country because of this type of operation. It has detrimentally affected not only water quality, but also the health of people living near facilities like this,” she said. “I understand the purpose of an operation like Smithfield; it produces really cheap meat, and it’s affordable. But anytime it’s located near aquifers where people are drinking directly out of those sources, I think we need to think carefully about this. Let’s make sure we’ve done the research and read all the studies of past experiences.”

Schena reiterated Coffman’s previous statements of Smithfield’s previous water contamination charges. In a study conducted from 2010 to 2014, the company allegedly dumped 27.3 million pounds of toxic pollutants into waterways, according to pulse.ncpolicywatch.org. The hog waste caused an increase in wildlife illness and death.

“We also need to remember, that this company has a history of poor practice, and of siphoning what we think may be 80,000 gallons of hog sewage back into an aquifer, and failing to report it for 44 days,” she added. “That’s a matter of record. I ask that you please, take that into consideration when you allow them to cross the Millard County line.”

Gene Zufelt, Deseret resident, presented the commissioners with a signed petition of other citizens against rezoning for any of Smithfield’s facilities.

Jim Webb, a representative for Smithfield Hog, informed the commissioners that the company had proposed similar plans to Beaver County’s planning and zoning commission. The plans were met with support, he said.

“I was before them not very long ago, and we didn’t have any public opposition there. The Beaver planning and zoning encourages us to continue growing there,” Webb said. “That is a matter of public record. They like us there, they want us to grow there.”

Kanosh resident Todd McFarlane commended those involved in the process of public hearings and voicing their opinions for and against Smithfield’s proposed operations. He expressed disappointment that public clamor was a factor in the Johnson family dropping an application for a similar facility south of Deseret.

“I’m not disappointed in them,” McFarlane said. “I’m disappointed for them. I just want to say I’m personally not a fan for industrial agriculture, nor would I say I am an advocate, but having said that, I also recognize we are living in a world that requires for us to adopt new technologies. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but in this country, we’ve been very accustomed to cheap food; we like our cheap food, and we have some of the cheapest food in the world, and the reason we do is because of companies like Smithfield that have developed some of these more efficient practices.”

In regards to statements made towards Beaver county, McFarlane credits financial success to Beaver’s willingness to allow new companies to break ground within county lines. McFarlane said due to urban sprawl, companies like Smithfield and other industrial agriculture have been attracted to Millard County due to more acreage for facilities, resources, and steady economy.

Grant Hildebrand, a Delta resident, said he had read a study from Iowa State University, which specified land values dropped seven percent when located next to a facility like Smithfield Hogs. Hildebrand said Beaver County’s Commission’s opinion shouldn’t necessarily be considered, as they don’t live on the property where the proposed farm would be. “I say we take into consideration if we can keep it out of our county.” “There is a place in the world for something like that,” Hildebrand said, “but it’s not in our county. And I think we should have the right to say that.”

Gary Greener, Hinckley resident, said he didn’t think as though water contamination would be a severe issue, but said he was more concerned with water levels.

Steve Styler, attorney for Smithfield, reffered to comments on water levels and rights.

“The wells are already in existence, and the water has already been pumped, and has historically been used for agriculture. The water rights are there, and again that will be a matter for the state engineer to handle.” Styler said the wells are in both Beaver and Millard Counties. The wells are in water area 71, which stretches from Milford to Blackrock.

“I wanted to present a different point of view,” Kelly Schena said. “I understand and I appreciate that people want to be able to do whatever they want with the land that they own. But there’s this important thing called ‘zoning.’ It kind of helps us understand what we can expect and rely on in the future when we buy a piece of property. We have certain expectations for this property, and we expect a certain quality of life. In rural Utah, we are very tolerant of agriculture, and we understand the importance of that way of life.”

Schena urged to support local farmers and ranchers when it comes to buying meat, instead of turning to larger corporations. “Certainly there are going to be times where zoning is changed for an exception,” Schena said. “But we have a responsibility to people far more than we have a responsibility to pigs.”

McFarlane said Millard County already has industrial agriculture within its borders, namely with large scale dairies and poultry farms, and the county has plenty of room to accommodate another facility. “This isn’t the first time it’s come to Millard County,” he said. “And I don’t anticipate it to be the last.”

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The federal trial of a man accused of killing Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Josie Greathouse Fox in January of 2010, began Monday at the U.S. District Courthouse in Salt Lake City.


Spending two months teaching children and caring for endangered lions, Lindsey Morris and Billie Porter expected they would help the Zambian people. They didn’t plan on the Zambian people being a greater help to the Hinckley natives.

“I went there thinking I could help them, but they really helped me,” Morris said softly.

Both 25-years-old, Porter and Morris traveled to Livingstone, Zambia for a twomonth volunteer trip through the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust in early September. The trust focuses on lion conservation, school development projects and environmental conservation. The friends worked with the school and lion projects.

This was Morris’s first trip, Porter’s third.

When they set foot on Zambian soil, it was as if they were returning home, Porter said.

“There’s something funny about it,” she said. “You get over there and feel you should have been born in Zambia.”

Porter compared Livingstone to the setup of Millard County with a main town with shopping surrounded by smaller towns.

Porter and Morris lived in a lodge in Livingstone with a few other volunteers where they raised a large garden that provided food for the residents and extra for the Zambians.

“Population of the lodge: eight humans and 400 million mosquitoes,” Porter said, rolling her eyes.

Schooling became the duo’s main focus of the trip. They lugged a portable library from village to village to offer the children an opportunity to improve their English skills. Zambian children are required to be fluent English speakers by grade 7. If they cannot pass the English test, they cannot progress in school.

Many of the volunteers bring English books from home to boost the library’s stores. Deb Greathouse, the Delta librarian, heard of the program through her daughter, who is Porter’s friend. She donated extras from the city library’s stores with plans to donate more next year. She welcomes any donations for the program.

“The library books that were donated were like diamonds out there,” Porter said. “For us to bring in new books was so fun. The Wizard of Oz was a favorite, funnily enough.”

In addition to the books, Porter and Morris often acted as the teachers for the village schools. The schools will go for months at a time, Porter said, but the children still arrive daily, hoping for a teacher. Two students walked three hours every day for school.

“That was always fun, being the one to show up,” she said smiling.

Morris said one of her favorite parts of teaching was a sight rarely seen in America – bare feet. Due to the poverty and the climate, shoes are not necessarily considered a necessity in Zambia.

“That’s one of the things I miss,” she said. “You would look at the school floor and see little footprints everywhere.” While poverty was widespread in Zambia, its impact on the natives was different than the Americans expected.

“They’re satisfied,” Porter said after a pause. “They have their families and a roof over their head. They know that’s enough.”

Livingstone did have access to clean water, a luxury many Zambian villages are struggling to attain, but getting water from a pump took a 15-minute walk at the least. With average temperatures of 104 degrees, drawing water could be taxing work.

“They never complained,” Morris said. “They were just grateful.”

Gratitude became a mantra for the two while in Zambia and was a striking contrast to American culture, Porter said.

“If people could live their lives the same way the Zambians do, their lives would be so much better,” Morris said. “They care about people, not things.”

Porter recounted an incident where she was shocked to see her friend’s child scream for several minutes after missing a few minutes of his television show.

“It’s hard for me to empathize with some things here,” Porter said. “And I know that’s my problem and not everyone else’s. But after seeing a man push himself in a wheelchair 15 miles to town, it’s hard to have as much compassion on the smaller things.”  Porter and Morris found commonality with the Zambians in a very specific aspect: their faith. Both are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they did not plan on being missionaries in Zambia.

They kept quiet about their faith for a while but found they could relate to people better when they talked about God.

“The best way to get along with people is to ask if they believe in God. That’s one way you could be on the same level with them,” Morris said. “You would ask them about God, and they would say, ‘God loves all of us, and we’re all the same because we believe in Him.’ Many times, we were the first white person to say we believe in God.”

One of the most frustrating aspects of the trip for Morris and Porter was a superior attitude toward Zambians that would sometimes rise from other Europeans or Americans. Porter said misunderstandings swirl around African culture. One of the most offensive to Porter is the assumption that all African peoples are stupid and violent.

“It’s wrong,” she said, shortly. “And it happens a lot.”

Morris said she could still sense a superior attitude lingering from the British Imperialist period in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“Racism is still there, it’s just in a different disguise,” she said. “Now, it’s Europeans telling the Zambians that they don’t know how to live, that they need to stop having children. The fact of the matter is, it’s none of their business. We don’t need to tell them anything. They teach us.”

Traveling to Zambia took a lot of financial commitment. A two-month stay costs $6,000 and covers only room and board, not plane tickets or additional costs. They each paid for their trips out of savings funds.

“I saw it as a good opportunity. I’m not tied down with a husband or kids,” Porter said. “If it’s something God wants you to do, he will provide the money.”

“I never regretted spending the money to get there,” Morris said. “My family was pretty nervous. But I really wanted to go, so I just said, ‘I’m doing this.’ They supported me. When I came back, they could see the changes in me and saw how happy I am.”

Coming back home was more difficult for the friends than they had expected. Culture shock set in quickly.

“The lights,” Porter said, laughing at Morris’s grimace. “The electricity is so bright here.”

“I still have my phone on the dimmest setting, and it’s almost too bright for me,” Morris added.

While they readjust to the culture, Porter and Morris spend most of the extra time together because “nobody else really understands.”

“Last time, it took several months to get past the culture shock,” Porter said. “I had anxiety attacks last time. I went to the doctor, and he told me it was because I was having trouble adjusting to the fast pace. The attacks did go away after awhile.”

Still, they have appreciated being home. Morris recalled two employees of a plantation owner who were abused.

“We wanted to help them, but we couldn’t,” she said. “Here, you can do something about things that are wrong.”

Will they ever return to Zambia?

“I feel like it’s something that would call my name, but I’m not sure I could go permanently,” Morris said. “I have thought about the Peace Corps.” “I would be interested in getting a job there,” Porter said. “I feel like I need to be there when I’m there, but it makes me appreciate home.”

The impact of Zambia will not be forgotten by either of them, however.

“It was a privilege to be there,” Morris said quietly. She looked at Porter who smiled and nodded in agreement.