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Spending two months teaching children and caring for endangered lions, Lindsey Morris and Billie Porter expected they would help the Zambian people. They didn’t plan on the Zambian people being a greater help to the Hinckley natives.

“I went there thinking I could help them, but they really helped me,” Morris said softly.

Both 25-years-old, Porter and Morris traveled to Livingstone, Zambia for a twomonth volunteer trip through the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust in early September. The trust focuses on lion conservation, school development projects and environmental conservation. The friends worked with the school and lion projects.

This was Morris’s first trip, Porter’s third.

When they set foot on Zambian soil, it was as if they were returning home, Porter said.

“There’s something funny about it,” she said. “You get over there and feel you should have been born in Zambia.”

Porter compared Livingstone to the setup of Millard County with a main town with shopping surrounded by smaller towns.

Porter and Morris lived in a lodge in Livingstone with a few other volunteers where they raised a large garden that provided food for the residents and extra for the Zambians.

“Population of the lodge: eight humans and 400 million mosquitoes,” Porter said, rolling her eyes.

Schooling became the duo’s main focus of the trip. They lugged a portable library from village to village to offer the children an opportunity to improve their English skills. Zambian children are required to be fluent English speakers by grade 7. If they cannot pass the English test, they cannot progress in school.

Many of the volunteers bring English books from home to boost the library’s stores. Deb Greathouse, the Delta librarian, heard of the program through her daughter, who is Porter’s friend. She donated extras from the city library’s stores with plans to donate more next year. She welcomes any donations for the program.

“The library books that were donated were like diamonds out there,” Porter said. “For us to bring in new books was so fun. The Wizard of Oz was a favorite, funnily enough.”

In addition to the books, Porter and Morris often acted as the teachers for the village schools. The schools will go for months at a time, Porter said, but the children still arrive daily, hoping for a teacher. Two students walked three hours every day for school.

“That was always fun, being the one to show up,” she said smiling.

Morris said one of her favorite parts of teaching was a sight rarely seen in America – bare feet. Due to the poverty and the climate, shoes are not necessarily considered a necessity in Zambia.

“That’s one of the things I miss,” she said. “You would look at the school floor and see little footprints everywhere.” While poverty was widespread in Zambia, its impact on the natives was different than the Americans expected.

“They’re satisfied,” Porter said after a pause. “They have their families and a roof over their head. They know that’s enough.”

Livingstone did have access to clean water, a luxury many Zambian villages are struggling to attain, but getting water from a pump took a 15-minute walk at the least. With average temperatures of 104 degrees, drawing water could be taxing work.

“They never complained,” Morris said. “They were just grateful.”

Gratitude became a mantra for the two while in Zambia and was a striking contrast to American culture, Porter said.

“If people could live their lives the same way the Zambians do, their lives would be so much better,” Morris said. “They care about people, not things.”

Porter recounted an incident where she was shocked to see her friend’s child scream for several minutes after missing a few minutes of his television show.

“It’s hard for me to empathize with some things here,” Porter said. “And I know that’s my problem and not everyone else’s. But after seeing a man push himself in a wheelchair 15 miles to town, it’s hard to have as much compassion on the smaller things.”  Porter and Morris found commonality with the Zambians in a very specific aspect: their faith. Both are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they did not plan on being missionaries in Zambia.

They kept quiet about their faith for a while but found they could relate to people better when they talked about God.

“The best way to get along with people is to ask if they believe in God. That’s one way you could be on the same level with them,” Morris said. “You would ask them about God, and they would say, ‘God loves all of us, and we’re all the same because we believe in Him.’ Many times, we were the first white person to say we believe in God.”

One of the most frustrating aspects of the trip for Morris and Porter was a superior attitude toward Zambians that would sometimes rise from other Europeans or Americans. Porter said misunderstandings swirl around African culture. One of the most offensive to Porter is the assumption that all African peoples are stupid and violent.

“It’s wrong,” she said, shortly. “And it happens a lot.”

Morris said she could still sense a superior attitude lingering from the British Imperialist period in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“Racism is still there, it’s just in a different disguise,” she said. “Now, it’s Europeans telling the Zambians that they don’t know how to live, that they need to stop having children. The fact of the matter is, it’s none of their business. We don’t need to tell them anything. They teach us.”

Traveling to Zambia took a lot of financial commitment. A two-month stay costs $6,000 and covers only room and board, not plane tickets or additional costs. They each paid for their trips out of savings funds.

“I saw it as a good opportunity. I’m not tied down with a husband or kids,” Porter said. “If it’s something God wants you to do, he will provide the money.”

“I never regretted spending the money to get there,” Morris said. “My family was pretty nervous. But I really wanted to go, so I just said, ‘I’m doing this.’ They supported me. When I came back, they could see the changes in me and saw how happy I am.”

Coming back home was more difficult for the friends than they had expected. Culture shock set in quickly.

“The lights,” Porter said, laughing at Morris’s grimace. “The electricity is so bright here.”

“I still have my phone on the dimmest setting, and it’s almost too bright for me,” Morris added.

While they readjust to the culture, Porter and Morris spend most of the extra time together because “nobody else really understands.”

“Last time, it took several months to get past the culture shock,” Porter said. “I had anxiety attacks last time. I went to the doctor, and he told me it was because I was having trouble adjusting to the fast pace. The attacks did go away after awhile.”

Still, they have appreciated being home. Morris recalled two employees of a plantation owner who were abused.

“We wanted to help them, but we couldn’t,” she said. “Here, you can do something about things that are wrong.”

Will they ever return to Zambia?

“I feel like it’s something that would call my name, but I’m not sure I could go permanently,” Morris said. “I have thought about the Peace Corps.” “I would be interested in getting a job there,” Porter said. “I feel like I need to be there when I’m there, but it makes me appreciate home.”

The impact of Zambia will not be forgotten by either of them, however.

“It was a privilege to be there,” Morris said quietly. She looked at Porter who smiled and nodded in agreement.

The applications below were filed with the Division of Water Rights 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 FEBRUARY 7, 2017. Please visit http://waterrights.utah.gov or call (801)-538-7240 for additional information. CHANGE APPLICATION(S) 68-3218(a42150): Frank Vincent Family Ranch LC propose(s) using 16.856 ac-ft. from groundwater (4.5 miles South of Tintic) for STOCKWATERING. 67-1771(a42188): Eldon R. and Barbara F. Christensen propose(s) using 0.0075 cfs or 1.0 ac-ft. from groundwater (2 miles east of Fillmore) for IRRIGATION; STOCKWATERING; DOMESTIC. 67-701(a42189): Lars L. and Riki Jo Rasmussen propose(s) using 1.224 cfs or 342.71 ac-ft. from the Underground Water Wells (2) (5 miles west of Fillmore) for IRRIGATION; STOCKWATERING. 18-204(a42208): Baker Ranches, Inc. propose(s) using 31.72 ac-ft. from the Silver Creek (North of Garrison) for IRRIGATION. 14-75(a42211): Richfield District USA Bureau of Land Management propose(s) using 9.6764 ac-ft. from the Mountain Home Spring (24 Miles Southeast of Garrison) for STOCKWATERING. Published in Millard County Chronicle Progress on JANUARY 11, 18, 2017.

The Delta City Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a Public Hearing in order to receive public comment on the proposed ordinance regulating development of solar energy systems within Delta City on Thursday, January 12, 2016 at 6:50 p.m. in the Delta City Council Chambers, located at 76 North 200 West, Delta, Utah, 84264. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the hearing. Published in Millard County Chronicle Progress on JANUARY 4, 2017.

Mark Watson; Staff Reporter

After more than 50 years working out of its station at 41 N 200 W, the Delta Fire Department will move one block to the east in about two months.

“The date for completion of the building is Feb. 8,” said Delta Fire Chief Lynn Ashby.

Construction crews have moved inside now with temperatures dipping down to the single digits this week. The new station includes four drive-through bays and can house 12 large pieces of equipment. There were six bays in the old station, but they were shorter and not drive-through bays.

A large office greets visitors inside the building at the south entrance, and it could eventually be workspace for three people. There also is an office for the fire marshal. A kitchen and a large foyer are situated on the south side to handle any large gatherings. The south side of the building will be used for training.

“We can do a lot of training here for all the firefighters in the county,” Ashby said.

A spacious area upstairs will remain unfinished for now. The area will mostly likely become a bunkhouse for firefighters. Also, there is an upstairs area on the north side of the building that will be used for storage. Showers and decontamination stations are situated on the lower north side of the building.

Cost of the 18,000-squarefoot building is about $3 million with $2.3 million coming from grant money. The fire department has been planning the building for more than 10 years.

Ashby has been the fire chief for eight years, following in the footsteps of his father Bryce Ashby. He said there are 27 men volunteering as firemen.

“We visited fire stations in Utah, Nevada and Colorado when we were in the planning process,” Ashby said. “We wanted something for an area about our size, and Busk Construction had built one there that we liked. So this is similar to the Richfield Station.”

Ashby said there is always a need for firefighters. “It’s always hard to find and retain good firemen. There is a great sense of pride to be able to help someone in need,” Ashby said. “The nice thing about being a firefighter is that you are running toward a fire to help while others are running away. When a family sees firefighters on the scene they have the feeling that everything will be OK now,” Ashby said. “We will always have room for good volunteers."

Millard High School (MHS) will be accepting nominations for the 2017 Hall of Fame until January 20, 2017.

The Hall of Fame was established to recognize MHS graduates who have excelled in their various areas of accomplishment. The dual intent is to provide current students with role models who have achieved at high levels without some of the perceived resource advantages associated with large city high school, and to acknowledge the dedicated efforts and successes of prior MHS graduates. 

Nominations should include a resume of the nominee and any other pertinent information that would be of value to the committee.  The nominee must be a graduate of Millard High School.

The Hall of Fame committee will meet in January to make the selection for 2017. The annual Hall of Fame program is now held in conjunction with Homecoming at Millard High School.

Nominations can be sent to:

Millard High School

Hall of Fame Committee

Attention: Sherry Paxton

200 West Center

Fillmore, UT 84631

By: Norman Murray (c) 2016 

(December 3, 2016) During the early years of the last century, the advent of radio technology spawned activity among amateur enthusiasts. The early applications of wireless communication provided contact with ships at sea long before their arrival in port. As the level of activity increased, applications of the new technology became the object of government regulation so that today we have a variety of services, including the Amateur Radio service, licensed through the Federal Communications Commission.

Collectively, amateur radio operators pursue various interests engaging in local contacts through hand-held radios, or in long-distance communication by signal propagation around the earth, by links through satellites, or by reflection off the Moon. Depending on their licensed privileges, they may choose from a variety of modalities (for example, Morse code, digital, and voice). They communicate casually as conditions permit or by prior arrangement on an organized local, regional or national basis. Operators may join organized services to provide backup communications in emergencies to public agencies and private entities.

Some choose to participate at regular times in what are known as traffic nets for the purpose of originating, forwarding, and receiving formal messages for delivery. Such messages are known as Radiograms and may be sent to anyone within the United States or within any country having a bi-lateral treaty with the United States permitting such activity. The service is available to the general public at no charge. Messages are handled at the individual operator's discretion.

The operators handling a Radiogram pride themselves on rendering the message on delivery letter-for-letter the same as the original.

Anyone wishing to send such a message from a point of origin within the United States may engage the process by completing a Radiogram Request as follows:

Send a Radiogram – Today!

Need to communicate but lack the necessary means? If so, compose your message below and, after searching on the Internet at hamcall.net/search with your ZIP code for an amateur “Ham” radio operator near you, send your message through him/her.

Postal address:

Telephone number:

Message text of 25 words or less:


Handling instructions:

( ) Verify receipt; ( ) Get a return message

Give your request to an amateur radio operator who will handle your message. Operators will relay your message by radio to an operator near the message’s destination, where it can be delivered by making a local phone call, by postal mail, or in person. The service is free of charge. Rev 6

A vehicle struck a 17-year-old Delta High School student on the morning of Friday, Sept. 30 at approximately 8 a.m.

According to Utah Highway Patrolman Alan Pedersen, the student was traveling northbound on 100 West. The cyclist failed to stop at the stop sign on Main Street.

By the time she entered the right hand travel lane, an eastbound car stopped abruptly to avoid colliding with her. A pickup truck, driven by a 16-year old student was traveling in the number one eastbound lane. The driver traveled past the first vehicle just as the cyclist was passing the stopped car in front of the pickup truck, colliding.

The 17-year-old cyclist was taken by ambulance to the Delta Community Medical Center. She was flown via LifeFlight to Primary Children’s Hospital as a precaution. According to Pedersen her injuries were not life threatening.

No charges will be filed in this incident.

After 32 years of service, Captain Forrest “Trees” Roper has decided to retire from duty. Roper began his career in law enforcement in 1984, his first position as a patrol deputy with the Millard County Sheriff’s Office. 

“My entire career has been with this office,” Roper said. Roper served as a patrol deputy for twelve years, then transferred to the Millard County Jail as a jail supervisor before being promoted to jail commander for seven years. Roper served as administrative lieutenant, before moving to his final position as Chief Deputy for the past eight years. 

“I’ve been through just about every division we have, with the exception of investigations,” Roper said. “When they started me on, a deputy took the case and followed it through. Now detectives do all that.” 

Roper said some aspects of law enforcement have changed since his beginnings. “Technology for one thing, like every other aspect of our lives, has changed drastically. We’re essentially still using the same radio system, with some modern modifications.” 

Roper also said the perception of law enforcement by the public has been changing in the past few years. 

While serving with the sheriff’s office, Roper was actively involved in the emergency preparedness of the county. 

“In 1988, the emergency preparedness and management functions had been assigned by the county commission to the sheriff’s office,” Roper said. “So I’ve been involved since then with the State of Utah, and was introduced through the state to CERT.” 

Roper was Chair of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The LEPC is a function of hazardous material management. It is a federal requirement that each community has an LEPC. 

“We, as well as most other counties and municipalities, use that forum as emergency planning for all hazards.” 

One of Roper’s most memorable experiences during his career occurred on July 28, 1988. 

Roper was halfway through his hazardous material training, when a truck wrecked approximately twenty miles south of Fillmore, and in the process, dumped twenty-five thousand pounds of extremely toxic sodium cyanide along Interstate 15. 

“We ended up shutting down the freeway and closing the airspace for a five mile radius,” Roper said. “I was out there nonstop, for about ninety-six hours. We had responders from many other counties helping us. It could’ve been a lot worse.” 

Roper credits the spill as more or less a good memory of his service--another event ingrained in his memory was the loss of Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. 

“I’ll never forget that,” he said. 

Roper said he never initially had the great desire to enter law enforcement. “I was in between jobs, and thought it would be good benefits, and that it would be an interesting job and it has been.” 

Roper’s previous jobs have included ten years as a building contractor, pouring concrete in the Salt Lake Valley, and local agriculture. 

“I knew I’d never get rich doing this job but, overall, the people in this office and other offices, and the public have been great. There are times when you get a hug or a handshake from someone you’ve helped, and it makes it go a long ways.” 

Roper said being a sheriff’s deputy has been one of the most rewarding jobs he’s ever had. 

“Trees has been an asset to this office since the day that he started,” Sheriff Robert Dekker said, “He has one of the best work ethics of anybody I know. He’s never satisfied with mediocre, he’ll always do the best that he can.” 

Dekker says Roper shines in whatever assignment he’s been given, with examples of helping modernize the sheriff office’s communication systems and keeping EMS codes up to date. 

“He’s been a good friend and confidant. His position will be very hard to fill,” Dekker said. 

Roper’s last day with the Millard County Sheriff’s Office is Oct. 3. 

About 40 crop producers from Millard County spent last Wednesday learning how to improve the soil on their farms. 

The producers gleaned information from a pair of experts in a classroom setting at the Millard County Fair Building in Delta. Then, they boarded a school bus to visit the farms of Paul McCollaum and Chance Lyman who have used some of the practices the past two years. 

Lyman is a Delta Conservation District board member and was the main host for the event. 

He enjoys the farming lifestyle and would like to keep his children in the area as they grow up. To do that he will need to keep his operation profitable. 

“If I don’t begin to apply these (soil health) principles I’m not going to be in business to keep my children here,” Lyman said. “Following soil health principles I have found a way to reduce my negative influence on the ground. It’s challenging. Some of these things haven’t ever been used out here.” 

Four main points provided by the experts to enhance the soil of fields were to provide continuous roots, maximize biodiversity, minimize disturbance and maximize soil cover. 

Too much tilling and toying with depleted topsoil can lead to compaction that inhibits the amount of water to the plants. 

Lyman feeds his herd of cows in certain locations to distribute the manure. “It’s cost-effective if I move my cattle versus spreading manure,” he said. 

McCollaum said he has planted cover crops the past two years and has seen mixed results. 

Utah State University Extension Soils Specialist Grant Cardon told the group that soil is a living, breathing tissue. He said topsoil is more organic than sub soils. “Topsoil can take 500 plus years to develop,” Cardon said. 

He said loamy soil is the best, but soils can be amended with organic material. That process is known as tilth. 

Cardon said people could help change soils naturally. Some of the practices in the past have been good and some bad. All the factors are interrelated. 

Neils Hansen, agronomist with USU, also spoke to the group. 

“It amazes me when I come out to Delta. You guys can farm!” Hansen said. “You’re growing things on an old lakebed that has been a desert for many thousands of years. It doesn’t have much organic matter. I have to take my hat off to you because you are creating something that has never been there before.” 

Hansen said farmers should reduce tillage as much as they can. 

“We love the idea of cover crops, eight to ten types of cover crops. We love cover crops because it increases organic matter, increases water infiltration, increases earthworms,” he said. 

Lyman was pleased with the soil health workshop and field trip. 

“If producers in the area start using soil health principles now, they will see major improvement and quality in the soil the next five years,” he said. 

The Millard County company LiquaDry was found not liable in a lawsuit for the wrongful death of 51-year old Valinda Conk, after a seven-day trial.

The eight-person jury of seven women and one man was selected from a pool of one hundred people over a one-day selection, and achieved their verdict after an hour and a half deliberation on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Valinda Conk was killed on February 22, 2012, after her vehicle was involved in a collision with a Ford New Holland tractor allegedly owned by LiquaDry. The tractor was being used by a minor, another defendant in the case, for a local Future Farmers of America (FFA) event on the day of the accident. The incident occurred at the intersection of Cropper Lane and Lone Tree Road (Center Street), south of Delta, at approximately four o’clock in the afternoon.

LiquaDry was being sued by the estate of Conk under the allegations of being liable for allowing an inexperienced, incompetent, or otherwise unsafe driver to operate a piece of farm machinery, which in turn ended in the unexpected loss of her life.

However, the members of the jury felt the company was not responsible, as the minor defendant’s parents had asked LiquaDry for permission to use the tractor previously. The minor had intensive previous experience in the operation of farm machinery, and incompetency was not a believable factor in the original arrangement.

Due to the nature of the case, the verdict was not limited to “guilty” or “not guilty” options; rather, jury members were instructed to decide if they felt LiquaDry was responsible for Conk’s death, as their piece of farm equipment had been involved.

“Had this case been between two separate individuals, the outcome most likely would have been very different,” a juror said. “But, because of the circumstances and evidence, we felt that LiquaDry simply was not liable. We all took our time and deliberated, and this was what we felt was true.”

“This was a tragedy on both sides,” said Ruth Shapiro, attorney for LiquaDry. “This was not a matter of litigating the automobile accident or the tractor accident, but on whether or not LiquaDry was right to loan the tractor for a community event. The jury did its job, and felt it to be a proper decision.”

Shapiro credits the professionalism of the plaintiff attorneys in aiding the quick resolution of the trial. “This was a well tried case with the upmost professionalism.”

The Chronicle Progress reached out to the plaintiff attorneys but was unable to receive comment.