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100th year of The Millard County Fair

The Millard County Fair is a grand old tradition, dating back to 1915.

The Millard County Fair’s fascinating history began with the many reasons settlers came to the area. First there were the Indians, and then came the explorers, trappers and farmers. The early settlers faced the hardships of the land with determination; some turned dry, desert dirt into thriving farmlands; some explored mountains, caves and built mines; some hunted and trapped animals and fossils. When efforts prevailed, they wanted a way to share their achievements with one another. Pride in their labor and the need to exhibit it brought the diverse community together. The first Millard County Fair was a gala of the best craftsmanship, animals, vegetables and plants. The dances, parades, excursions and rodeo events made for unforgettable entertainment. The event also got a reputation as a place for families to socialize with old friends and to make new ones! In 1947, the Deseret fairgrounds were built to house these events. The Fair eventually outgrow its facilities, and in 1983, the existing fairgrounds were built in Delta. 

Many community members and volunteers work hard each year to uphold these traditions. This year was no acceptation as many people worked together to ensure the smoothly coordinated events offered enjoyment for all ages. The traditions live on with contests of all types, showcasing the talents of local men, women and children. People browsed the entries for the best pies, paintings, and parsley. Amongst the crowd were exhibitors selling handmade crafts, business promotors, 4-H agricultural members, and crowned royalty. There were many sporting events, including an intense obstacle race where people were able to attest their strength and endurance. Entertainers like Zany and Joe Cool clown, Matt the juggler, Jerry Breeden the ventriloquist, and John Moyer the hypnotist had the audiences engaged and amused. The sun was shining. The air smelt of cotton candy, BBQ and livestock. Children laughed as they jumped and played in the bouncy houses. Parents relaxed as they listened to gifted musicians fill the stage with music.  After 100 years, the Millard County Fair is soaring to new heights by bringing the community together.  

RICHFIELD, UT: August 6, 2015 – In order to protect public health and safety the Fishlake National Forest is implementing a special closure for the area of the Solitude Fire, which is burning on the Pahvant Range northwest of Richfield.

The area includes the following:

• Beginning at the junction of Forest Service Road 096 and Forest Service Road 100 (T21S, R2.5W, Sec. 27),

• Thence south and southwest along Forest Service Road 096 to the junction of Forest Service Road 096 and Forest Service Road 1743 in (T22S, R2.5W, Sec. 22).

• Thence southeast along a line between Newts Canyon and Mill Canyon to the junction of the Newt Canyon Trail and the Mill Canyon Trail at T22S, R2.5W, Sec 27, thence east to the Forest Service Boundary along the South Cedar Ridge Canyon Trail at T22S, R2W, Sec 28,

• Thence north along the Forest Boundary to Forest Road 911 thence to the Red Canyon Trail 015 and west to the junction with Forest Service Road 102 at (T21S, R2.5W, Sec 24,)

• Thence southwest, east of Forest Service Road 102 to the point of origin. (T21S, R2.5W, Sec. 27). This order is temporary and is intended for public safety during wildland fire operations. Further information regarding this order may be obtained at the Fillmore Ranger District office located in Fillmore, Utah, telephone number (435) 743-5721, and at the Fishlake National Forest Supervisor's Office in Richfield, Utah, telephone number (435) 896-9233

Information about this fire will be posted online at www.utahfireinfo.gov and on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4417/ as well as on the Fishlake’s Twitter page @FishlakeNF and the Forest’s Facebook page U.S. Forest Service –Fishlake National Forest.

Scott L. Sheriff is the son of Wilford and Bessie Lovell Sheriff. He was born in Oak City in the west upstairs bedroom of the house Austin Lovell now owns. He was born February 1931.

Scott attended eight years at the Oak City Elementary School. Then went to Delta High School where he participated in all of the athletic programs of the school. After high school he attended Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction, Colorado where he played football and basketball. He then was called to serve in the Texas-Louisiana Mission. After his mission he served two years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Scott attended and received a BS degree in Geography from BYU and later attended the College of Southern Utah where he earned his Elementary Teaching Certificate.

It seemed that Scott was destined to be an old bachelor, but his sister, Margaret Anne Sheriff Densley took things into her own hands and introduced him to her nursing classmate, Bonnie Christensen, and they were married August 9, 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Bonnie was born to Ruel and Dora Bloxham Christensen December 1934 on a farm in the mountains east of Arimo, Idaho. Bonnie attended eight years of school in the Arimo Elementary School. Her family then moved to Logan, Utah where she attended and graduated from Logan High School. She loved music and participated in operas and choirs. She decided to go into nursing so she applied at the old St. Marks School of Nursing, and was accepted. It was here that she became acquainted with Margaret Sheriff. She graduated in 1956 and after passing the state exam, officially became a registered nurse.

In 1957 she accepted a call to the Hawaiian Mission. After returning from her mission, she worked in the Logan Hospital. In 1961 she moved to Salt Lake City and worked in the St. Marks Hospital until they were married.

Scott began teaching in Tooele at the Harris Elementary School right after they were married. They lived in Tooele until Scott was employed by the Millard School District where he taught for 25 years. Bonnie worked at the Delta Hospital and as a nurse at Brush Wellman. Both of them retired in 1993. Scott coached Little League and Pony League baseball and was a city councilman for 8 years and mayor for 1 term.

They served a mission in the Texas, Dallas Mission and served in Sherman and Dallas, in the Dallas Temple. Both of them have served in the Manti Temple for 15 years as ordinance workers. Both have had various church assignments over the years. Their great joy came from the marvelous friendships they have made.

They have two sons, Danny and Marshall, and six grandchildren, whom they love dearly.


For her dedication to researching and spreading knowledge on the history of the Topaz relocation site, Jane Beckwith of Delta was selected for the statewide “Enlightened 50” list, which includes people across the state making a measurable difference in the lives of fellow Utahns.


The Millard County Sheriff’s Office and Millard County Attorney’s office said today that the Millard County Sheriff’s Office has been actively and aggressively investigating a series of violent incidents alleged to have occurred in April and June of this year in Delta.

According to the press release, the investigation has come to an end today with the admission of Richard (Rick) L. Jones, Jr to having staged all of the incidents. The Sheriff's office is working with the Millard County Attorney’s Office to determine the next step.

Everyone in our community is urged to be supportive of the Jones family. They have been a pillar in our community and deserve our respect and privacy while dealing with this situation. 


Ricks Room Fire

On the evening of June 10/11, Grand Central Station, a Delta business, was the victim of a burglary, theft and vandalism. Grand Central Station is a family owned business, and near the time of the restaurant burglary, the owners of the restaurant were also victimized at their home.

These crimes are the latest in a string of crimes perpetrated against the owners of this local business. The Sheriffs Office is currently investigating several different leads in these cases. There is a reward available to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of these crimes.

Also we would like to encourage all citizens, to report any suspicious persons or circumstance to the Sheriff’s Office dispatch immediately.




Millard County Sheriff's Office Press Release

Former Scipio resident Lee McIntyre, 61, has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his estranged wife two years ago


Michelle Stott, a 47-year-old Salt Lake City resident, passed away early Tuesday morning from an accidental drowning in Delta.


Two days of soaking rain did not deter the Millard girls’ track team from their goal of bringing home the gold when they earned the State 2A track title late Saturday afternoon at BYU.

Coach Cody Moat’s strategy paid off as Millard edged six-time champion North Summit 128 to 119 to take first place. Other teams in the top five were North Sevier, Manti, and Enterprise.

Starting off the meet on Friday morning, Anna Camp won the 1600m, setting a new school record. Saturday she won an amazing three races with the 3200m and 400m and finished off the day with a win in the 800m for a total of 40 team points. Anna stated, “I don’t like running in the rain.” It apparently did not bother her too much since she was the story of the meet, picking up the four individual titles.

Senior Emeri Larsen picked up 16 second place points in the high jump and long jump and 12 third place points in the 110 and 330m hurdles. It was a great effort by Emeri who is headed to Weber State on a track scholarship.

Senior Kenlie Lemon contributed to the win by placing seventh in the 400m, sixth in the 300m hurdles, and was on the second place 4 x 400 relay team. She will join teammate Emeri Larsen at Weber State.

Natasha Herbst had a great throw in the javelin, placing third and eighth in the high jump. Shantel Kesler took third in the shot put. Natasha and Shantel are both seniors.

The juniors on the team were Anna Camp (winning four firsts), Emily Barber who placed eighth in the javelin and got some keys points by placing sixth in the discus. Madison Oliver, another junior placed fifth in the long jump. Kaylin Crabb, new to the track team this year, took eighth in the 800m, fifth in the 1600m, and was on the 4 x 400 relay team. The final junior on the state team was Brook Bunker who was a member of the 4 x 400 second place team.

Danielle Whitaker placed sixth in the 200m, third in the 400m, and was on the 4 x 400 relay team. Natalie Wall placed eighth in the long jump. These sophomores were tough all year long.

Freshman Maria Josse placed eighth in the 1600m, and seventh in the 3200m.

Key placings in the discus by freshman Emma Thurman who took second and another second place finish by the 4 x 400 relay consisting of Brook Bunker, Danielle Whitaker, Kenlie Lemon, and Kaylin Crabb at the end of the meet sealed the win for the Eagles.

Coach Moat said, “It was a little too close for comfort, but I’m so proud of this team.”

The team was honored on Monday with a special State Championship Assembly. It was a great way to end the school year, especially for the seniors who worked so hard to reach their goal. All the girls who participated in the track program contributed to the success of the program as they challenged each other.

Special thanks to Head Coach Cody Moat for his example and inspiration in leading the track program. His assistants this season have been Tracy Keel, Tiffanie Davies, Laurie Holt, Pete Anderson and Oscar Casares.

Congratulations to our 2A State Champs!

Delta High senior Taylor Boardman received the fi rst annual STEM Innovation Award in recognition of his accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Among his numerous accomplishments, Boardman has won fourth place at the Intel Engineering International Science Fair, created robots, invented a touchless keyboard, and cre- ated several computer programs. In addition, Boardman was the runner-up for the 2015 Science sterling scholar.

Boardman, the son of Steve and Brenda Boardman in Oak City, grew up surrounded by family members fascinated by technology.

“I’ve followed in our family’s trends such as building robots, writing programs and tinkering with electronics,” Boardman said.

Boardman attributed a portion of his interest in STEM subjects to his congenital muscular dystrophy. Since he was unable to participate in many physical activities that his peers enjoyed, Boardman was able to focus more time on his interests which include playing the piano and oil painting in addition to technology.

Boardman does not complain about his disability, but instead plans to use it as a way to compassionately interact with others suffering with similar disabilities. After he graduates from BYU with a degree in computer engineering, Boardman hopes to create synthetic muscles and prosthetics.

“I can be there to personally relate with them and their challenges,” Boardman said.

Boardman was nominated for the STEM In- novation Award by Delta Technical Center Prin- cipal Teresa Thompson. Boardman credits both Thompson and his family for pushing him to excel in his studies and inventions.

“It’s definitely fun to receive the award,” Boardman said. “I know my family is proud of me to receive this. They’re glad their efforts have paid off.”

After graduating from Delta High, Boardman plans to take summer classes at BYU and then serve a two-year LDS mission.