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“Odysseo,” by the internationally-acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia, had its opening night in Utah on Wednesday in front of a captivated audience of 2,000. Under the gleaming White Big Top adjacent to the Shops at South Town in Sandy, spectators of all ages were amazed by the unique blend of equestrian and performing arts, and mesmerized by state-of-the-art special effects.

The world’s largest touring production featuring 65 magnificent horses and 48 talented riders, acrobats, dancers and musicians, made its Utah debut this year. The series of spectacular shows began Wednesday and will run until May 16.

The $30 million extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic experience that has been astonishing audiences and wowing critics across North America. Odysseo is the first theatrical production of its kind to be presented under a big top in the state of Utah.

Odysseo is a show unlike any other on the planet, an immersive theatrical experience in which horses are the stars. These magnificent animals play in complicity and with freedom, in a respectful relationship with the riders, acrobats, and aerialists, charming and fascinating everyone who has the chance to witness this moving artistic and emotive partnership. The liberty number, when purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and the fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, will leave every spectator captivated and touched by the splendor created in front of their eyes.

Deploying their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present an amazing mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the spellbound audience, while the live musicians and vocalist perform in the most enthralling way to immerse spectators of all ages in a beautiful sensorial experience they will remember forever. Whether it is the dexterity of the African acrobats, the enchanting sound of the Kora, or the majestic life-size merry-go-around, the cast and set of Odysseo are inspired and inspiring, delivering crowd-pleasing wonders and stunts.

The mindboggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. The layers of mesmerizing decor make the audience part of the action while the gigantic stage takes everyone’s breath away.

Odysseo’s technological and scenographical effects create places no one has ever seen before; places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man. Beginning in a misty, enchanted forest where horses graze and frolic under a sky of rolling clouds and a setting sun, Odysseo takes the audience on a fantastical journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders, from the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, from the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, from the Sahara to Easter Island, and even to a lunar landscape, illuminated by shooting stars and brilliant nebulas.

Odysseo is a waking dream for a world where beauty, serenity, and hope are too often challenged in these difficult, troubled times. A sumptuous production that creates a unique and magical world where human and horse live in harmony for the pleasure and delight of all.

With 65 horses and 48 artists, Odysseo is a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the biggest touring tent on Earth, the biggest stage, the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty. This remarkable celebration of horse and man, imagined by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, marries the spectacular with the poetic. Since its Montreal world premiere in 2011, the Odysseo cast has already mesmerized more than 1.8 million spectators in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Millard High School students requested sponsorship and received funding for both Boys State and Girls State at the April 5 Fillmore City Council meeting.

After hearing from Camille Christensen, Karston Keel and other MHS students, the council approved $350 to go toward Girls State and $375 for Boys State. Both activities are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, and are for high school juniors.

Jason Despain, of Paul Terry Trucking in Fillmore, discussed the possibility of having the city support the company in approaching Millard County to inquire about paving Sewer Pond Road, which is a county road. They would need to approach the county to get it on the agenda and receive approval.

Despain said they want to open a large public truck wash, and would like to have the road going into their facility paved to decrease damage to trucks. He said they would like to stay in Fillmore to be close to Great Lakes Cheese, since their trucks go and come back from there all the time.

The council approved to have councilmember Michael Holt write a letter of support to Millard County regarding paving for the road.

The council also passed Resolution 16-02, which would amend the Fillmore City Fee Policy to increase water rates, and Resolution 16-03, the Sanitary Sewer Management Plan. Also approved was a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase for Fiscal Year 2017.

As a correction, on March 15 the council passed the ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping in Fillmore’s public outdoor venues 3-2, not 5-0 as was originally reported. Eric Jenson and Jeffrey Mitchell were the two council members opposed.

Members of the local Desert Echo Choir showed their impressive vocal power at the group’s annual spring concert, titled with the theme “There is Sweet Music Here.”

Many men and women, singing soprano, alto, tenor or bass, performed as part of the choir last Saturday at Delta High School. Included in their set and fitting the theme were songs such as “There is Sweet Music Here,” “Festival Sanctus,” “Now Let Me Fly,” “A Lullaby,” “Choose Something Like a Star,” “In the Morning Joy,” “That I Ever Saw,” “Old Dan Tucker,” “Don’t Forget Me,” The Road Home,” and “The Eternal Gates.”

Corinne Anderson, Linda Larsen and Julia Sharp all served as conductors for the show. Dick Shelley was the director and a conductor, Paula Johnson was the narrator and Rose and Anna Travis were pianists for the choir.

Shelley said the singers of Desert Echo, a 40-voice mixed choir, have been performing together for the last five years. Included each year are spring and Christmas concerts full of songs to entertain and inspire audiences.

“I choose songs I think the choir would enjoy singing, people would enjoy listening to, and ones that we can sing,” Shelley said. “This was a difficult concert and we don’t pull back on hard songs. Members can also make requests. We also don’t have a lot of turnover here and keep it at 40 members, but I think we’ve added two or three new members over the years. This is for people who enjoy singing and who sing well.”

Shelley said the choir is already working on this year’s Christmas show.

“In order to get music here and make sure you have a good concert list, you have plan right now,” he said. “I’m retired, though, so I have the time to put into it.”

At about noon on April 7, Millard County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call from OnStar advising of a stolen vehicle,

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For its final show of the spring season, the West Millard Cultural Council presented musician Kate MacLeod April 7 at the Delta High School Auditorium.

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Talented female tenors, leads, baritones and basses celebrated the “Blue Notes” vocal group legacy at their spring show titled, “Blue Notes All Year ‘Round - Celebrating 40 years of Harmony.”

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Within the next few months, an Opportunity Hub will be opened on Delta’s Main Street.

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Motocross racers sped over and hopped high mud hills at last weekend’s Rocky Mountain Motocross (RMX) championship series event, held at the Bunker Hill racecourse in Delta.

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As per agreement with Delta City when the property was sold, the new Delta Community Center is now named the RJ Law Community Center. Law was an original founder and settler of Delta.

“When I put together the contract and sold my property to the city, the contract stated the RJ Law name would be on the building,” said Robert Law, grandson of RJ Law. “It was to recognize his contribution to the community as an early settler. The Laws’ had a substantial influence on the development of the city, and did a lot of things for the community.”

The entire block including Family Dollar, Great Basin Museum, Topaz Museum and the RJ Law Community Center belonged to the Law family. They built a home and owned several businesses over the past one-hundred years on that block.

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According to RJ’s grandson, Robert Law, RJ Law first came to Delta in February 1909, when the town was named Burtner. The family had moved around looking for a place, as Bessie Bickley Law put it, “to do good and be happy.” RJ and his family lived in tents among the sagebrush on their new lot.

By May they had built a one-room brick building for a hardware store, as well as a two-room home for the family where the Family Dollar now stands.

Shortly after the store opened the DMAD Dam washed away, causing a severe drought, drying out crops and causing an economic depression and lack of cash flow in the area.

A plan was made for a new dam in the same spot, and the water company called on the local merchants for supplies and groceries.

RJ had originally committed to supply one-third of the needed goods but ended up furnishing most of what was needed. It added up quickly because there were about 200 teams of horses, men and women, needing all the supplies for the four months it took to rebuild the dam.

In those days the nearest train depot was in Oasis so RJ had to send his red wagon and a team of horses to Oasis every day and then out to the dam site.

As the community grew, RJ saw the need for a larger store. He built the second store in 1914 on the spot where the RJ Community Center now stands. The store was built with cement blocks, which were made onsite and weighed 70 pounds each.

On February 8, 1922, the ‘Big Fire’ happened in Delta, burning everything in its path on the north side of Main Street. It started in the Lincoln Theater and destroyed five businesses.

RJ purchased one of the burnt lots to build his third store. He hired men with teams of horses and paid them $4.50 a day to excavate a basement for the new store. Bricks were needed for the new store as well as for the construction of the Sutherland Ward building. RJ and the Sutherland Ward worked together to reclaim old bricks from an abandoned smelter on US Highway 6 about five miles south of Eureka. It had been an old smoke tunnel where the silver-laden smoke was forced through the tunnels as a way to recover the silver.

RJ and Frank Law, as well as Dewey Sanford of Sutherland camped for many days while they dismantled the tunnels. The bricks were cleaned and loaded onto railroad cars, then shipped to Delta and Sutherland.

The third store opened in 1923 and is still standing as the West Desert Collectors Rock Shop.

RJ Law had stores in Delta and Beaver as well as farms and a mine in the Drum Mountains. He retired in August 1944, and passed away just four months later.

His son Frank demolished the second store and built a Mobile Service Station and the Desa Rest Motel on the south side of Main. Mobile Service Station became Beeline Station, then Husky Station, then Law’s Welding and Fabrication before it was demolished and sold to the city. It is now the location of the RJ Law Com-munity Center.

The Law family is well pleased with the new development of their family property. Delta City has created a beautiful new building for the community to gather and hold many fun events. It is indeed a terrific place “to do good and be happy!”

With the icy snow melted and freezing cold weather gone for awhile, spring is finally here and Delta area residents of all ages are coming out to play.

The Delta High School athletes are currently hard at working practicing for the 2016 track, boys’ soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and girls’ golf seasons. All the teams are experiencing their first competitions in great outdoor weather this week.

At the Delta City Park and near the county fairgrounds, kids of all ages and parents are conquering the playground equipment, swinging to new heights, blowing and playing with bubbles, and practicing dance and cheer routines. The skate park is also full of kids speeding and jumping away on their scooters, bikes and skateboards. County recreation adult baseball and softball is also ready to start up at the regional park complex.

Judging by all the fun and activities going on, it looks like 2016 will be another great spring season for Delta.