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“An Evening in Paradise” was the theme for the Miss Hinckley Royalty tryouts held on Saturday in the cultural hall of the Delta West Stake building.

The program started off with introductions of each contestant and an opening dance number. Master of Ceremony Casey Olcott announced the winners after being scored for talent, evening gown and answering questions. The 2017 Miss Hinckley Royalty is Lexi Riding, daughter of Randy and Lesa Riding; first attendant is Maggie Despain, daughter of Deric and Cheryl Despain and second attendant is Julie Brinkerhoff, daughter of Jim and Karen Brinkerhoff. Riding and Despain each danced for their individual talent. Brinkerhoff sang a solo, accompanied by her mother. While the contestants were changing into their gowns, Olcott introduced Holly Joseph, Hinckley town councilmember. Joseph is over the Miss Hinckley Royalty pageant. Also recognized were judges Carol Brinkman, Taylor Peterson and Lorie Bunker. The contestants were judged for evening gown and answer- Miss Hinckley Pioneer Days Royalty chosen Shellie Dutson Publisher ing questions posed to them by Olcott. Riding was asked ‘what is more important, beauty or intelligence?’ She said intelligence was more important because “beauty is a momentary thing while intelligence can last a lifetime.” Despain was asked ‘what qualities did she think a young woman should possess to make a good Miss Hinckley.’ “I think they should have integrity and be honest,” Despain said, “because they are not only representing themselves, they are also representing the town of Hinckley.” Brinkerhoff answered her question, ‘If you could change places with a television character who would it be and why?’ “It would have to be Eponine, from Les Miserables,” said Brinkerhoff, because she is very passionate about what she believes in, and is willing to die for whoever and what she loves.” While the judges were adding up scores, former Miss Hinckley Queens were introduced. They talked about their experiences as royalty for Hinckley and how it had impacted their lives. The 2016 Miss Hinckley, Hannah Clark, told spectators

Understanding the needs of Millard County and the importance of the coal industry highlighted an annual fact-finding tour of southwest Utah with Utah lawmakers last weekend.

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Contact: Veronica Nelson, phone: 289-3589, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Fax 289-3599

A geology trips is being offered by the Great Basin College during the Spring Semester.  These are introductory classes with no prerequisites.

Topaz Mountain and the West Desert, Utah (Geol 299) on May 5-7 will examine geologic features ofthe West Desert and Ancient Lake Bonneville.  Discussions will focus on the geology of Topaz and other mineral deposits, trilobites volcanoes and ancient Lake Bonneville.  Stops include Crystal Ball Cave, Tule Spring, Sinbad, Topaz Mountain, and the trilobite digs at Antelope Spring.  Classroom meeting is Friday at the Ely Great Basin College Campus, Room 116 from 6-9 pm.  Travel on Saturday and Sunday in Tule Valley, Marjum Canyon, and Topaz Mountain.

 Participants must be registered and complete required Team Travel and Class Waiver forms one week prior to class.  Each field trip is one credit and costs $117.  Travel is at student’s expense.  All maps, charts, and discussions will be provided.  Attendees must provide their own reliable transportation-preferably with four wheel drive.  Camera, binoculars, hand lens and other outdoor gear are recommended.

For more information or field trip details call Veronica Nelson, Ely Center Director at 775 289-3589 or course instructor John Breitrick at 775 238-0508.

Great Basin College is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and governed by the Board of Regents. The college is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

West Millard recreation hosted a program called Pitch, Hit and Run Saturday morning. Major League Baseball organizes the PHR events which are a free, one-day event for boys and girls ages seven to 14. Participant is able to win their way up to a national level, receiving trophies and prizes.

“It is fun,” said baseball enthusiast, 8-year-old Carver.

Delta held its annual Easter egg hunt in the city park on Saturday. Kids aged 12 and younger raced across the park to find thousands of eggs and treats hidden in the grass. The hunt was over quickly as eggs were scooped up into Easter baskets.

“I came here to get candy. I like candy,” said 5-year-old Angelina.

“I got a lot of candy,” said 5-year-old Jenny.

“Tomorrow is actually Easter, we just came to find candy.” said 7-year-old Brayden.

Crowds of people lined up in the parking lot of Quality Market to buy 25 cent hotdogs, cotton candy and ice-cream Friday and Saturday in Delta.

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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.

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.

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