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Millard School District will receive $303,629 in School LAND Trust Funds for the 2016-17 school year; its share of a record $49.3 million in annual earnings from the Permanent State School Fund.

Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced annual earnings from the Permanent Fund increased by 7.7 percent, a $3.5 million increase over the previous year’s earnings.

Each school within the district will receive funds based on enrollment. These discretionary funds support academic programs chosen by individual School Community Councils, which are composed of parents, teachers and the principal from each school, and are approved by each respective local school board.

“Hiring teachers and aides to reduce class sizes, and investing in classroom technology are often priorities for many schools,” said Tim Donaldson, Director of the School Children’s Trust at the Utah State Board of Education. “However, all academic programs, from reading and math tutoring to language and college prep courses, can be funded with school trust funds.”

This November, voters will be asked to consider Constitutional Amendment B, Utah School Funds Modification, which was endorsed by the state legislature during the 2016 General Session. If passed by voters, the amendment will create a new formula for distributing annual earnings that considers enrollment growth and inflation, and includes a three-year average of fund growth to offset market volatility.

At $2.08 billion, the Permanent State School Fund is the state’s largest land grant trust fund. Interest and dividends are distributed directly to schools statewide each year through the School LAND Trust Program.

“We are dedicated to maintaining the Fund’s long-term viability for the schoolchildren of today and the future and are pleased to see its sustained and increased growth,” said David Crandall, Chair of the Utah State Board of Education.

The Permanent State School Fund has grown from $18 million in 1983 to over $2 billion in 2015 because of involvement from the education community, support from Utah’s legislature, revenues from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, and prudent investment by the School and Institutional Trust Funds Office

Written by Jensie Bahr, USU Summer Intern

For the last 15 years or so, tamarisk beetles have been taking up residence in Millard County in an effort to eradicate the tamarisk tree itself.

Tamarisk is considered to be a nuisance tree, or noxious a weed.

Tamarisk was originally brought into North America from Southern Europe in the early 1800s, which is one of the reasons it had been decided to be removed – because it’s not native to Utah.

Tamarisk were originally used as ornamental plants in people’s yards, and then later as windbreaks and stabilization of river banks.

Tamarisk trees grow in dense, nearly impenetrable thickets, making removal of the tree extremely difficult.

Studies have shown that a mature tamarisk can uptake nearly 200 gallons of water a day. Due to this, the Western United States is losing approximately 2-4.5 million acre feet of water per year due to the overabundance of tamarisk.

Tamarisk has additional negative effects on the environment by narrowing and channelizing streams and Jensie Bahr USU Summer Intern rivers; displacing native vegetation such as cottonwoods, willows, and adjacent dryland plant communities; providing poor habitat for livestock, wild animals, and birds: the foliage and flowers of tamarisk provide little food value for native wildlife species that depend on nutrient-rich native plant resources; increasing wildfire hazards; and limiting human and animal use of the waterways.

Trenton Wilde, former USU Extension County Director & Extension Assistant Professor for Millard County, said there is always a risk of unexpected consequences when bringing in a non-native tree or insect, such as hurting crops, so extensive research had to be done to decide the best route to take in order to remove the tamarisk in the area. The tamarisk beetle was first introduced to Millard County in Hinckley and Clear Lake, which are the original introduction sites of the beetle in the state of Utah. Those sites have now become a source for people to come and collect the beetles and spread them themselves. Wilde said that the beginning of August is a good time to start collecting the beetles to be taken and spread throughout the state.

The tamarisk beetle is a biological treatment for getting rid of the tamarisk trees. It’s a safer option than using chemicals to remove the problem.

“It’s a cutting edge type of treatment in pest issues,” Wilde said.

The beetles have gradually made their way from Hinckley to Delta, and will continue to move if they have a clear path to do so, and if there are still trees to be removed.

So far, it appears that the tamarisk beetles have been sticking strictly to their ‘tamarisk only’ diet, and the hope is that they will continue eating what they’ve been brought in to eat, and nothing more.

According to Wilde, the beetles have been a huge success in killing the tamarisk, especially here in Millard County.

“It’s one of the most successful operations for introducing the beetle to get rid of the tamarisk in Utah,” Wilde said. “The beetles have covered 20 miles so far, eating only the tamarisk, and will continue to do so as long as there is tamarisk to be killed.”

A new cycle of beetle is produced every year, provided there are enough trees to feed on.

The whole process for the beetles to become established and successfully kill a tamarisk tree takes about five years. After the beetles have done their job, they move on. There might be some regrowth at the roots of the tamarisk, but the beetles mostly get the job done on the first try.

The dead tamarisk trees do not get removed – they stay where they are, as dead wood. The beetles are a natural control agent from areas in the world where tamarisk originated, appearing green/brown in color.

For more information on the tamarisk and the tamarisk beetle, visit http://www.discovermoab. com/tamarisk.htm.

Written by Sam Jacobson and Jensie Bahr

America’s soldiers are quite a force to be dealt with. They embody the traits of liberty, freedom, compassion, and strength. But, sometimes even the brave need some help.

That’s where Darin Fishburn comes in. Fishburn, a friendly, warm man that seems to radiate hope, has dealt with the Armed Forces for most of his life. He also acts as CEO of Helping Hands for Freedom, a nonprofit organization that aids the families of fallen soldiers and warriors injured in the line of combat.

Part of his organization includes the Route for the Brave; a walk across the country to raise awareness for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTSD related suicides in the armed forces.

“We walk for our fallen soldiers and gold star families,” Fishburn said. Gold star families are families of soldiers either killed in battle or pass away on American soil from battle related injuries, both physical and mental.

“The gold star is never given to a soldier; it is given to your next of kin. There are two gold stars,” Fishburn explained. “There’s the purple on gold, which means a soldier was killed overseas, and a gold-on-gold star, which means they died stateside.”

Fishburn and his crew started the Route for the Brave, a 3,091-mile trek coast to coast, on April 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Their goal is to finish in San Francisco, California by late August. By day, the group walks twenty-six miles; by night they rest in an RV motor home, decorated by countless messages of thanks, support, and well wishes.

The group walks six days a week, taking Sundays off to rest. At the time of press, the group has walked 100 days.

Fishburn got the idea for the walk from a support group for families of fallen soldiers.

“Let’s walk across America to let people know what a gold star family means, and save the twenty-two,” he said.

The 22 in question refer to the amount of soldiers lost every day in America due to PTSD related suicides. Since the beginning of their trek, over 1,800 soldiers have passed away.

“We’ve been told 12 times by soldiers that we’ve saved their lives. To be told once, it was worth it all. It was way more than we anticipated when we started this journey to be told that twelve times,” he said. “I was on the fallen team for years, and a call came out that ‘Fishburn was down.’ My name was Fishburn, and knew something was wrong and thought it was a typo. I called and gave them my clearance code; it wasn’t a typo. My nephew had just been executed,” Fisburn recalls. “You find out what you’re made of pretty quick when you have to notify your own brother his son has been killed.”

Every person on the journey is raising his or her own funds to pay the way across the journey, and has their own reason for getting involved.

Fishburn says the people he is with truly live up to the phrase of “walk the walk.” He also heavily thanked the people of Delta, stating the entire walk simply wouldn’t have gotten as far without the support of communities along the way.

“It’s people right here that make the world go round,” he said. “We didn’t have a place to stay, and they [Antelope RV] called us and said to come stay with them. Ashton’s let us eat at half price. It’s been great.”

The end goal of the walk is to build a home for families of fallen soldiers. Aptly named the “House of Healing,” the home will include seven suites, and horse and dog therapy for wounded veterans struggling with PTSD.

Fishburn reminds everyone that freedom certainly isn’t free. “My phone rings every single day with a story. We have families waiting for years for their benefits. Freedom comes at a high price. This is a way to do something about that.”

The group never starts a day without dedicating it to a fallen soldier. “This walk is about listening to heroes. Every town has one, but most people don’t know who they are. We try to be the voice of the silent, whether they know who they are but don’t or simply can’t talk about what they’ve been through.”

Fishburn spoke about the one thing that unites humanity; we’re not all that different.

“I’ve seen it all. Black, white, straight; whatever you are, the thing is that we’re not that far off. We’ve all seen things, and you can never unsee those. But we can help each other. And that’s the purpose of this.”

Fishburn said once the group reaches the end of their journey, they will donate a minivan to a family of a fallen soldier, completely free of charge.

“Everything will be taken care of; insurance, the title, everything,” he said. The skin on the RV will also be turned into wallpaper inside of the House of Healing in an effort to help the families mend with the messages written in their honor.

The entire journey is being recorded as well, Fishburn said. He hopes to have it broadcasted on a mainstream channel once it is edited.

Merchandise is available on the organization’s website, www. routeforthebrave.org. One hundred percent of all proceeds will go towards the construction of the House of Healing

Millard County is a favorite destination for returning family and folks looking for a small town 4th of July celebration. The weekend was filled with plenty of activities to suit every personality and age group.

The Fillmore 4th of July festivities began on Saturday the 2nd with a 5k color run, and a pioneer dance at the old Statehouse. Early in the morning of the 4th, there was a Tri For Freedom triathlon, followed by a colorful parade of floats and entries representing local businesses and the surrounding towns.

There were about 49 entries, including fire engines and police from Holden and Fillmore. Winners are: Mayors choice, Duane’s Market, 1st place for business, Service Drug, and 1st place for religious, Fillmore 3rd ward.

After the parade, there were food and games in the park, and the ever-popular pie-eating contest. Live bands, singers and other entertainment thrilled attendees. After dark, the crowds enjoyed a fireworks show put on by Fillmore City.

“It was a fun day and even Mother Nature cooperated, it was cooler than normal and we had a good cloud cover,” said Opal Cluff, Committee Chairman. “The amount of vendors we had, and the public turnout was perfect, making it a really fun celebration.”

Delta’s 4th of July celebration began Sunday evening with the Liberty program at the County Fair Building. The Liberty Choir sang many patriotic songs, and there was a special musical tribute for each branch of the armed forces. Carlyle Peterson played a moving version of “Taps” on his bugle, in honor of fallen service men.

After a breakfast in the park, the Delta 4th of July parade began with a fly-over by the “Just Winging It” flying club. The pilots were Jake Christensen, Steve Lester, Jason Lester, Mel Dutson, Scott Johnson, and Richard Glick.

The floats and parade entries were funny and inspiring. Winners are 1st Service Drug, 2nd Swizzle, 3rd Delta Flyers (gym). Best Display of Theme: B&B Honey and Most Original: Millard County Chronicle Progress.

Following the awesome parade, there were many hours of entertainment, food, fundraisers, fun, family, friends, games, vendors, speeches and music in the park.

Delta City hosted a silver dive for the children, instead of the annual fish dive. $3,000 of change was divided among 5 age groups, with a free-for-all dive at the end.

According to Delta City employee, Lora Fitch, parents really liked the silver dive, because they didn’t have to deal with a bunch of dead fish, which incidentally, costs the city more than the coin dive, and most of the fish end up in the dumpster every year. City officials anticipated the coins would mostly be spent at the park, for food and other vendor’s booths: a win-win situation.

Party goers came from across the state to attend 4th of July celebrations, which culminated in the increasingly popular demolition derby, hosted by the Hinckley Lions Club, at the Millard County Fairgrounds. When it was dark, visitors were treated to a spectacular fireworks display put on by Delta City. Visitors came from as far as England and India.

“For the most part we’ve gotten positive feedback from the public about the whole celebration,” said Fitch. “The parade went very well in spite of some concerns about the new rules, and there was plenty of candy for all.”

 Many people think of taking life easy once they hit retirement age. 60-year-old Valerie Ashker, however, decided to take a six-month trek across the United States on horseback.

Ashker’s passion is expanding the horizon of the thoroughbred breed beyond racetrack. A national anthemist who has performed at major events such as the NBA and NFL, Ashker retrains former racing thoroughbreds for eventing competitions as well as breeding high-quality thoroughbreds. Her daughter, Laine Ashker, is a top performer in the horse eventing world. Now, Valerie is taking a national journey to prove the value of the thoroughbred breed.

“They put us on the map, so this is my turn to put them on the map,” Ashker said. Thoroughbreds, once revered for their ability to excel in racing, are now steadily dropping off the racing map. Those who do compete are used only for a few years until they are injured or no longer competitive. The horses are often sent to the slaughterhouse, a move that wastes “incredibly useful” animals, Ashker said.

Ashker decided to journey across the United States on one thoroughbred to prove the endurance and usefulness of the breed to the general public.

“I just want to make people aware that these horses have careers way beyond the racetrack,” Ashker said. “People don’t realize that within their own city’s racetrack barn is a $1000 horse that could be worth $100,000 to $200,000 in a working, professional barn. There should be less in the slaughter yard, less in the kill pens, less pasture ornaments.”

A small, wiry woman with short, fly-away iron-gray hair, Ashker does not appear favorably equipped to make such a grueling journey. However, she is not traveling alone. Willie Gass, a family friend, drives a trailer behind Ashker while Peter Friedman, her “gentleman friend”, rides alongside Ashker. Friedman rides Solar Express, a 17-year-old former racer. Ashker selected Primitivo, a 7-year-old with a 0-4 racing career.

“He’s always had the attitude of looking to the next mountain. A horse like that, no matter what history it’s had – it’s about heart with him,” Ashker said. “These are clearly two different examples of off-track thoroughbreds to educate people that it’s not just one type. They all have one thing that most other breeds do not – heart. You can’t x-ray the size of a heart.”

Heart is mainly what has kept the trio on the road. Shortly after starting the trek, Ashker fell from Primitivo and broke several ribs. As she was riding into Delta two weeks ago, she again fell and broke her collarbone. The second fall forced the team to remain in Delta while she recuperated.

While the community has been “wonderful,” Ashker said she was anxious to get back on the road.

“There’s no broken shoulder or spot on my x-rays that’s going to hold me back from an opportunity as golden as this,” Ashker said.

The little group began riding again last Wednesday on their way to Holden.

The team tries to put 20 to 30 miles in a day, depending on terrain and the horses.

“It’s been funny. We’ve been more exhausted than them. They get a little tired at the 28-mile marker,” Ashker said. “The horses tell us if we take two days of 30s and one day off. They tell us how long to go.”

Despite the exhaustion from riding from 4:30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon and then preparing camp, Friedman said he has enjoyed each day on the journey.

“It’s been pretty grueling, but it’s worth it. It’s been absolutely beautiful. You really see things that you just drive by and don’t every see,” Friedman said. “I’m really looking forward to the rest of our trip. The heat’s going to be rough, but it’s only one thing. I’m sure it will be worth every bit.”

Friedman took six months away from his job as a machinist to act as the farrier and chef. He admitted he was nervous about the trip, particularly since both of his knees are in poor condition.

“I was thinking I wasn’t going to be able to go, but it’s been pretty good,” Friedman said. “I have more of an appreciation for the county and for the guys who came out here in the old days. Crossing deserts on horseback gives you a bit of an idea of what they had to deal with.”

The group will finish their journey in Virginia as one of the few who have traveled across the continental United States on the same horses they started with.

“That means that horse hits the pavement for the entirety of the 3500 miles,” Ashker said. “That’s what makes it special. A lot of people have done horses, but they’ve done multiple. These horses have made it 700 miles with the same riders and they will finish with the same riders unless we have a veterinary issue.”

Once the journey is complete, Ashker said the group will be both relieved and disappointed.

“This ride is for the thoroughbreds, but I also think we’re going to get the meal ticket with it,” Ashker said. “We’re going to find out a lot about ourselves and how we’re going to handle ourselves after this is completed. I think it’s going to be really tough. It’s hard being together all of the time, but when this closes, we’re going to miss it.”

Professional football players and Millard High graduates Aaron, Jesse, and Jason Boone will return to Fillmore for the 6th annual Boone Brothers Football Camp. The football camp will be held in Fillmore at the MHS game field on July 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Boys and girls entering 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to register at www.boonebrothersfootball.com. The cost for early registration is only $29.00!

Campers will receive a Boone Brothers Football Camp T-shirt and a “Play like a Pro” Boone Brothers Camp wristband. Each camper will also get a personal picture taken with the Boone Brothers that will be autographed by each brother, framed, and given out at the end of camp. Prizes and awards including signed gear, balls, jerseys, game gloves, etc., will be given to top performers in a number of different challenges and competitions as well as random drawings for additional prizes.

Kids will have a chance to learn firsthand proper football fundamentals and skills from the Pros, Boone Brothers Aaron, Jesse and Jason. Listen to motivational talks and the importance of goal setting and per- severance in overcoming life’s obstacles, in a caring and supportive atmosphere.

“Our mission is to provide an enjoyable, educational and affordable youth football camp with personal, professional instruction for all skill levels. To instruct, demonstrate and help develop proper fundamentals and skills taught at the college and professional level to young football players, also to increase understanding of the overall game and appreciation for the sport. The instruction the players receive is designed to accelerate their natural athletic ability and enable them to perform at their maxi- mum potential.”

In order to attend camp, each camper’s parent/guardian must complete the registration and medical history forms at www.boonebrothersfootball.com There you will also find specific camp details, full bios, and an extensive photo gallery. Paper forms are available by request for those without Internet access. However, a processing fee will apply. Please call Sherry at (435) 406-9884

A 17 year-old female passenger was killed in a rollover accident on southbound I-15 near Holden, June 9. The driver of the Chevy Suburban was a 15 year-old female, with a learners permit.

The family of eight was travelling south from their home in Fruit Heights, Utah headed to California. The young driver was attempting to change lanes from the outside to the inside lane. As she began to get over, she noticed another vehicle approaching in the inside lane.

The driver swerved back to the right, causing the vehicle to go off the road to the right. She then over-corrected to the left and lost control as the vehicle went across both lanes of traffic, rolled and ended up in the median.

As the vehicle was rolling, a 17 year-old female was fatally injured when her head impacted the roadway. A 19 year-old male passenger was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

All passengers except the mother of the family were properly restrained. The driver has not been issued a citation because she was in compliance with the restrictions of her permit.

Written by Jensie Bahr, USU Intern


Delta City Council members conducted a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016, where several things were discussed.

One of the first things Mayor Gayle Bunker addressed was the discussion of Resolution 16-399, which is the final budget for the fiscal year of 2016-2017.

With a unanimous motion to pass Resolution 16-399, the meeting proceeded onto the next item in the agenda, which was Resolution 16-400.

Resolution 16-400, which sets compensation salaries for the fiscal year of 2017, was also unanimously passed by city council members.

The next, more pressing issue the mayor addressed was the decision to maintain or remove the four-way-stop sign at Birch St. and Locust Ln. Council Member Betty Jo Western said she surveyed the area where the stop sign is in order to determine if the proposed $2500 to $3500 study would be worth it. Her final conclusion was that a study was not needed in this particular case. Because the four-way-stop sign at Birch St. and Locust Ln. is considered to be a low volume road-way, Western said such an expensive study isn’t needed.

“We haven’t studied other stop signs,” Western said. “We haven’t spent $3000 to watch other stop signs.”

Upon further discussion, city council members approved to keep the four-way-stop sign where it is.

“We’ve done some good, I think,” said Council Member John Niles.

After the approval of the four-way-stop, Mayor Bunker brought up the topic of the Fourth of July Parade, but more particularly, the issue with throwing candy from the floats in the parade.

In a lengthy discussion that lasted the majority of the hour and twenty-minute-long meeting, the mayor, council members, and city attorney Todd Anderson discussed ideas and possible resolutions to try to appease all parties involved.

The main issue people are having with the Fourth of July Parade this year is that candy can no longer be thrown from floats, but rather each float must have “walkers”, or people that walk alongside the float for the entire length of the parade to hand out candy.

People are concerned with this idea because they believe that the parade is too long for people to carry candy and walk while in the sweltering heat of July.

To address this issue, council members have come up with the idea to have the candy supply on the float, and have the walkers walk around the back of the float, behind the wheels, to get more candy.

However, in order for the walkers to resupply their candy, their float they are with must stop so the walkers can safely refill their buckets or bags or whatever they choose to carry.

If the walkers want to carry backpacks, totes, or pull wagons behind them with their resupply of candy, they are welcome to do so.

Realizing that the numerous stops will likely make the parade last at least ten to fifteen minutes longer, council members were still in agreement that having walkers refill their candy, only if the float is stopped, is still the safest and most efficient way to have the walkers hand out candy.

“We realize it may extend the parade 10-15 minutes,” Council Member Kiley Chase said. Lacey Keel, concerned mother and citizen of Millard County, spoke up in the meeting to address her own concerns with the issue.

“Ten kids running back and forth to the float is even more dangerous than having them throw candy from the float is,” Keel said.

Keel was especially concerned because she has a son on a soccer team that wants to do a float in the parade, but Keels feels that having ten eight-year-olds running around the tires of a moving vehicle is not a better option. The council listened attentively to Keel’s concerns, and came to the conclusion that there must be an age limit put on the walkers. Several ages were considered, but after some deliberation, the council decided that the age limit for walkers would be twelve-years-old.

“If they’re old enough to pass the sacrament, they’re old enough to pass out candy,” one Delta resident attending the meeting said.

Seemingly satisfied with the age limit, Keel then approached anther concern of hers – is there going to be a limit on how many walkers a float can have? After another brief discussion commenced among council members, it was decided that each float is allowed to have two walkers on each side of the float, and no more.

However, should a walker get tired and need a break, they are permitted to allow the walkers to switch halfway through, as long as the float is stopped. If a float does not have any walkers, even though the rules say that “each entry should have at least one walker”, they can still be in the parade, but they will be asked not to hand out any candy. To enforce the no-throwing-candy issue, the discussion of having officers on intersections to ensure the safety of all patrons involved was considered. One council member brought up the point that if a float doesn’t have any walkers, can they stop their float every once in a while, get off their float, and hand out candy? The answer to this was no. It has to be either walk or ride, no stopping the float, getting off of it, handing stuff out, and getting back on.

“We’ll just try it this year and see how it goes,” Bunker said. “And next year, we’ll make adjustments as needed.”

Intergenerational poverty (IGP) is where people who grew up depending on welfare, now have children and grandchildren who also rely on welfare for survival.

This problem was addressed at the April 28 meeting of the Millard County Economic Development Association.

The Intergenerational Poverty Initiative, established in 2012, has been collecting data for four years. The agencies which contributed data and analyses to this report include the Department of Health, Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child & Family Services, DHS Division of Juvenile Justice Services, DHS Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Utah State Office of Education, Utah Juvenile Courts, Utah Data Alliance, a multi-agency collaborative partnership maintaining Utah’s statewide, longitudinal, educational database.

Their purpose was to identify those families where poverty crosses generational lines. It does not include those who receive aid on a temporary, conditional basis. These IGP families generally receive assistance from many agencies such as Department of Workforce Services (DWFS), Child Protective Services (CPS), prisons, juvenile delinquent programs and schools etc.

Of the adults involved in this study, 21percent received assistance as children, which mean there are about 234,000 children who are at risk to repeat the poverty cycle as adults.

There are many reasons why families develop a dependency on welfare from generation to generation.

The characteristics of Utah adults experiencing IGP include; they are single, Caucasian females, between the ages of 21 and 34 years. They have at least one child aged 12 or younger, and received Medicaid or food stamps for at least six years as a child. They are currently receiving food stamps or Medicaid and lack education beyond high school or a GED. They have some work experience, usually in a service sector job, with low wages.

There are known risk factors of child well-being such as households without English speakers, families with four or more children, parents lacking high school diploma or GED, children who have moved in the last 12 months, unmarried parents, a teen mother, and parents who have been unemployed in the past year.

The official report states, “Data is highlighting the many barriers and risks that children living in poverty experience. Many have experienced abuse and neglect, food insecurity, poor academic outcomes, and reside in homes unable to meet their most basic needs. All of these obstacles may lead to interactions with the juvenile justice system.”

The Utah Legislature recognized the relationship between economic hardship and criminal behavior, and added juvenile court administrators to the Poverty Welfare Reform Commission.

The study states, “The challenges of raising young children on their own frequently results in high levels of stress, anxiety and in many cases, abuse and neglect, substance abuse and poor health. These parental struggles have a direct impact on parent child-rearing strategies, child nutrition, and child exposure to economic instability, that likely result in impairments in early brain development and socio-emotional skills. These impairments explain why children in poverty are months behind their more affluent peers at school-entry. This gap tends to follow these children throughout their academic years, which leads to economic instability in adulthood, and thereby continuing the cycle of poverty and welfare dependence.”

This study raises important questions such as: Why is it so hard for this group to maintain employment in spite of their desire to be employed? Also: Why do they remain dependent on public assistance from generation to generation?

There are many factors, which affect these families in their ability to remain employed. Various crisis in life, and struggles with children, impact their ability to focus and stay at work and be successful. They lack the ability to problem-solve, move through the crises and still be able to maintain employment. Some of these decision-making functions are lacking in parents of households with poverty.

To create better success as an adult, the study suggests focusing on four areas of development: education, founding economic stability, health and early childhood development. The main suggestions are as follows:

Education: Connect children to full-day kindergarten programs, develop systems of support to meet the educational needs of children experiencing persistent poverty, engage families in promoting a culture of education, and high academic expectations.

Economic Stability: Connect families experiencing intergenerational poverty with community resources designed to assist them with employment, job training and education. Ensure working families are properly filing tax returns to ensure receipt of available tax credits.

Health: Ensure the nutritional needs of children living in intergenerational poverty are met both in the home and school to support healthy development and academic success, ensure parents and children have access to and receive mental health care and increase awareness among intergenerational poverty families of the importance of good oral health, especially those with children five years old and younger.

Early Childhood Development: Support new parents, ensure young children are on the path to healthy development, prioritize placement of young children in high quality, safe and developmentally appropriate settings, and prepare young children to enter kindergarten.

The study points out, “Until adults experiencing intergenerational poverty simultaneously improve their individual situations with respect to education and economic stability, any improvement for these families is likely temporary.”

Millard County Sheriff’s Deputy, Brett W. Nielson was killed, and his wife Angela Nielson, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on I-15 near Kanarraville, April 22.

Brett, 50 and Angela, 49 of Delta, were traveling on I-15 northbound, on a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle, near mile marker 48.

They had just changed lanes after passing another vehicle, when the motorcycle began to wobble, and went off the roadway to the right. The motorcycle then rolled several times, ejecting both occupants.

Brett sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Angela was flown by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center, in serious condition.

A public information officer for the Utah Highway Patrol said the crash occurred around 4:19 p.m. on Friday, and both passengers were wearing helmets. UHP suspects that high winds, not excessive speed, may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

Brett’s remains were escorted to his parent’s home in Delta on Monday afternoon, by an entourage of friends, family and co-workers. In a touching tribute to a fellow officer-in-arms, a full police escort stood at attention as his remains were presented to his parents. Bystanders stood in silence to honor Brett’s commendable service to the community.

Angela is being treated at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Updates will be available on the Millard County Chronicle Progress website and Facebook page.