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BAKER, NV – Great Basin National Park will be reaching out to the public and community members through the park’s website, social media, and will host a table at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Baker on September 10th to discuss possible fee increases in 2017. The park will continue for now to not charge an entrance fee. Cave tour and camping fees are the only proposed increase. Cave tour fee increases are being proposed to cover the cost associated with providing reservable cave tour tickets on Recreation.gov.

The Lehman Cave Adult 60 minute tour will increase prices from $8 to $9.

The Lehman Cave Adult 90 minute tour will increase prices from $10 to $11.

The Lehman Cave Youth (5-15) 60 minute tour will increase prices from $4 to $5.

The Lehman Cave Youth (5-15) 90 minute tour will increase prices from $5 to $6.

The First Room tour will increase prices from $4 to $5.

The Golden Age/Access pass holder prices will remain the same.

Toddlers (0-5) will remain free.

As visitation has increased over the last three years so has use of the campgrounds and the need to maintain them. Many of the park’s campgrounds have also been improved with new picnic tables, restrooms, fire pits, grills and tent pads. To help cover the continued maintenance of these campgrounds the following fees are proposed.

Wheeler Peak Campground will increase prices from $12 to $15.

Upper Lehman Creek Campground will increase prices from $12 to $15.

Lower Lehman Creek Campground will increase prices from $12 to $15.

Baker Creek Campground will increase prices from $12 to $15.

Grey Cliffs Group Camping will increase prices from $25 to $30.

Snake Creek camp sites will increase prices from $0 to $5.

 “We are committed to keeping the park affordable but we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience,” said Great Basin National Park Superintendent Steve Mietz. “The money from camping and cave tours fees goes back into providing visitors with services at those sites.”

Cave tour fees are used to pay for almost 40% of the staff hired to conduct tours. Campground fees are used for restroom supplies, staff to clean the restrooms and maintain the parks infrastructure in the campgrounds.

Great Basin National Park is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. In 2015, more than 116,000 park visitors contributed $6.5 million to the local economy and supported 94 jobs related to tourism.

Rangers will be available for questions and to take comments at the Saturday Farmers Market on September 10, 2016 from 8:30 – 11:30 am.

Following the Farmer’s Market feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.

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.

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Millard County Commission will be changing its regular scheduled commission meeting date from Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.. All County business previously scheduled for August 16, 2016 will be addressed Tuesday, August 23, 2016. All other meetings will remain as scheduled. Dated the 3rd Day of August, 2016 MARKI ROWLEY Millard County Clerk Published in Millard County Chronicle Progress AUGUST 10, 2016.

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.”

The NONUSE application(s) below were filed with the Division of Water Rights. It is represented that additional time is needed within which to to resume the beneficial use of water in Millard County. 

These are informal proceedings per Rule R655-6-2. 

Protests concerning an application must be legibly written or typed, contain the name and mailing address of the protesting party, STATE THE APPLICATION NUMBER PROTESTED, CITE REASONS FOR THE PROTEST, and REQUEST A HEARING, if desired. Also, A $15 FEE MUST BE INCLUDED FOR EACH APPLICATION PROTESTED. Protests must be filed with the Division of Water Rights, PO Box 146300, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6300, or by hand delivery to a Division office during normal business hours ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 9, 2016. 

Please visit http://waterrights. utah.gov or call (801)-538-7240 for 

additional information. 


68-135 (A15446): Union Pacific Railroad Company is/are seeking Nonuse period for 0.87 cfs. from groundwater (Lynndyl) for OTHER: Used in servicing steam locomotives. 

68-721 (U4270): Union Pacific Railroad Company is/are seeking Nonuse period for 0.891 cfs. from 

groundwater (Lynndyl) for IRRIGATION; MUNICIPAL:; In Lynndyl; INDUSTRIAL: Locomotives and 

industrial purposes at Lynndyl, Utah, employing 200 persons. 

68-722 (U4271): Union Pacific Railroad Company is/are seeking Nonuse period for 0.891 cfs. from 

groundwater (Lynndyl) for IRRIGATION; MUNICIPAL:; In Lynndyl; INDUSTRIAL: Locomotives and 

industrial purposes at Lynndyl, Utah, employing 200 persons. 


18-638 (A67998): USA Bureau of Land Management is/are filing an extension for 0.022 cfs. from 

groundwater (South Henry Creek- Snake Valley) for STOCKWATERING; DOMESTIC; WILDLIFE: 30 antelope, 5 

deer, small mammals and birds. 

Kent L. Jones, P.E. 


Published in Millard County Chronicle Progress on JULY 13 & 20, 2016. 

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.