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A car-cow collision took the life of a Milford man driving southward on Highway 257 last Thursday.

At around 11:45 p.m. on February 4, Oscar Estrada, 37, was killed after striking a cow with his 1998 Subaru Forrester Outback near mile-marker 38, located two to three miles south of the Graymont lime plant. Also in the vehicle was his wife Silvia Garcia, 31, who suffered injuries to the face and head; and daughter Valeria Estrada, 6, who was unharmed.
According to Sergeant Greg Kelsey of the Utah Highway Patrol in Millard County, it was likely Valeria was the only one wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. He said the vehicle, which was riding low to the ground, came upon one cow standing in the middle of the road.

“Once the vehicle hit the cow in the dark, the cow rolled onto the hood and into the windshield area of the car before rolling off,” Kelsey said. “Oscar impacted the steering wheel with his chest and put his head into the windshield, while Silvia also came forward, hitting the dashboard and windshield. Silvia hit the windshield with her face and head, and suffered injuries in both areas. Valeria, laying in the backseat behind the driver, just bounced off the driver’s seat and didn’t get injured at all. After the collision the car didn’t tip over, but it went off to the right hand side of the road and came to a stop.”

Kelsey said Oscar died at the scene from head and chest injuries, while Silvia and Valeria managed to escape the seriously damaged car. After rolling over, the dead cow was left lying in the middle of the road. Kelsey said Silvia, while bleeding from facial and head injuries, was able to dial 911 on her cellular phone for help.

“Fortunately, they were in an area that still had service, but nobody passed them until the deputy got there a half-hour later,” he said. “The mother and daughter had to sit out in the cold and wait for help. They were then transported to Delta Community Hospital, and later to a hospital up north.”

Looking at the vehicle damage, Kelsey said the death and serious injury could have likely been prevented with proper use of seatbelts.

“Even though the cow got on the windshield, it wasn’t compressed to the point where Oscar couldn’t have survived if they were belted properly,” he said. “It’s not like the cow was on the roof or hood of the car. However, it’s a good thing the car didn’t roll over because Valeria would have flopped around and there could have been more serious injuries. If they started rolling without seatbelts, it really could have caused more injury or killed Silvia or Valeria.”

Kelsey said since January 29, this has been the fourth car- cow collision in that same area along Highway 257. He advises drivers to not go too fast and pay attention to the signs along the highway.

“There are open range signs on the side of the road and fl ashing yellow lights on them to warn people they are enter- ing an open range area,” Kelsey said. “A farmer or rancher out there also put out a couple of additional open range signs on the side of the road, so there are both state and private signs out there now.”

Aside from paying attention to signs and not speeding, Kelsey reminded drivers to always wear a seatbelt, adjust speeds when necessary and not overdrive their headlights while driving rural roads in the dark. He said people should always keep in mind a serious accident could indeed happen to them.

“People might think ‘it will always be the other guy,’ or that because they have driven a road a million times, nothing could happen to them,” Kelsey said. “I hope by pointing out how many accidents have been right there in a short time frame, people can be more aware of the open range areas and adjust driving habits accordingly. One would also hope people who live near there would be acutely aware of those areas, and expect those not from the area to be the ones who pay less attention. Four cow-car accidents in one week should be a real eye-opener for people.”

After 20 years in the Palladium gymnasium, the annual Delta High School graduation ceremony will take place in the school’s auditorium for 2016.

DHS Principal Teresa Thompson said the ceremony has taken place in the Palladium after it was completed in 1995. Thompson said people had expressed interest in utilizing the school’s new state-of-the-art auditorium built along with the new Delta High School, which was completed in 2013.

“I had a request from our school board and our superintendent, who said they would like us to consider moving graduation in to the auditorium,” Thompson said. “I thought it was a good idea, and we needed to do it. I had been to graduations with schools that are about our size and they’re all in auditoriums. Because it’s such a nice event it needs to be more formal and about the kids. It’s both a good move and a hard move because change is not easy, but it’s necessary in this case.”

As the new principal, Thompson said she was excited to implement her graduation day ideas for this year, rather than wait until next.

“A few students have said ‘why can’t you start next year?’ but in my first year here I think it’s easier to start right away with the things to make Delta High better,” she said. “I appreciate support of the students and parents and I’ll always have what’s in the best interest of the kids in my heart. I have no doubt that once we have it in the auditorium that’s where it needs to be. Everyone will say it’s much nicer and very well done.”

Although there are some naysayers, Thompson said she had received positive feedback from students and other community members interested in the newer location.

“People had visited with me about it and said, ‘We have this beautiful new auditorium, why not have it there?” she said. “We also met with student leaders and the majority of them wanted it there. Others have also expressed interest in the auditorium, while some still want it in the Palladium because of tradition and other reasons.”

While discussing reasons for the change, Thompson said the auditorium’s quality seating and air conditioning system would be a nice alternative to the Palladium, where it had been hot inside during past graduations. She said the sound in the auditorium would be better for hearing the graduates and other speakers, musical performances, graduate names and other key parts of the ceremony.

“In the Palladium we had beautiful musical numbers, but you couldn’t hear them because the sound system was not built and designed for events like that,” Thompson said. “The Palladium is designed for basketball and athletics basically, but the auditorium is designed for formal occasions. We’ll also be able to hear speakers and graduates better there. Graduation should be that type of nice occasion and event where we’re proud to display our

graduates, who worked hard to get to where they need to be.”

Thompson said one of the biggest concerns for parents and kids is the amount of people they can have attend graduation. She hopes kids can get at least six tickets or possibly more, depending on the number of graduates there are.

“For kids who don’t have that many to come to graduation, we’re hoping we can get their tickets and give them out to those who need more tickets,” Thompson said. “We’ll also have an overflow in the multipurpose room to fit more people.”

Thompson said they also hope to televise the event live for those unable to attend in person.

“That way no matter where you are in the U.S. you can get on and see Delta High’s graduation,” she said. “For those family members who want to come but can’t, they’re going to be able to see what they would have missed. We’re going to do everything we possibly can to get everyone to see it if they want to.”

To give students a better sense of excitement on graduation day, Thompson added ideas for fun related activities on the actual day or close to it. She planned to ask students their ideas and what they would like do.

“Maybe we’ll take the afternoon of graduation or another day and invite the graduates to come and have a party here or at the Palladium,” Thompson said. “We could have ice cream and other good stuff. I know parents are concerned about pictures, but I’m considering getting a professional photographer who takes nice pictures of the kids as they go through the ‘D.’ I still need to figure out how much that is going to cost.”

This year’s Delta High School graduation, which take place on May 24 at 7 p.m. will also be streamed live on the Millard County Chronicle Progress website.

List includes priority areas for 2016 Utah legislative session

The Utah Farm Bureau has released its list of ‘Issues to Watch For in 2016’ upon returning from the national agricultural convention for the American Farm Bureau Federation and at the start of the 2016 Utah general legislative session.

Though not exhaustive in scope, the list is based off the Farm Bureaus policy book, adopted at its recent convention in November. The policy book will guide the general farm and ranch organization’s public policy actions throughout the upcoming year – including the current legislative session. 

“It is important to note the policies advocated and defended by the Utah Farm Bureau come from the grassroots level, from actual farmers and ranchers on the ground and in the trenches – not simply from the ideas of one leader or board,” said Ron Gibson, a dairy farmer from Weber County and newly-elected President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “These policies are developed through debate and deliberation in response to issues felt on the farms of the smallest towns as well as in the families of the largest cities in Utah.” 

State Concerns 

1. Regulatory Burdens 

Ensuring that Utah’s farmers and ranchers do not face undue or over-burdensome regulations on the state and national level (regarding labor, air quality, water, etc.) is an issue to watch in 2016. Current or proposed regulations that could impact the sustainability of farmers and ranchers are of great concern because they threaten the ability of farmers and ranchers to make the long-term planning decisions necessary in agriculture. 

2. Water Issues

We expect there to be 11 water bills proposed, dealing with issues ranging from the funding of water projects, adjudication of water rights, and more. One of the most important will deal with creating an ongoing revenue source to handle the millions of water infrastructure projects that currently go unfunded. To do this, Utah Farm Bureau supports increasing the dedicated portion of sales tax toward water development from the current 1/16th cent back to the original 1/8th cent. This could generate an estimated $30 million in additional funds toward badly needed water development projects. With population booms continuing and water a scarce resource, discussions and actions must happen properly plan for future water infrastructure and the funding required.

With Utah's population doubling in the next several decades, the pressure to transfer and convert agriculture water to municipal and industry use will intensify.  As these pressures mount, sustaining a vibrant production agriculture industry and a growing rural Utah economy is essential.  In addition, today’s local, county and state government must act now to position the coming generations of food and fiber producers a reliable and adequate water development and distribution system. 

3. Air Quality

Air quality is a topic of debate during the legislature, especially when cold winter months help produce visible air pollution. However, recent attempts at regulating emissions – including burn bans in Wasatch Front communities – are challenging because not all communities are created equal. Eliminating wood burning from a Sugarhouse home that likes the look of a wood stove is entirely different than a family in Corinne that relies on the stove to heat their home.

Utah Farm Bureau supports the development of state voluntary and incentive-based guidelines to assist local officials in establishing air quality ordinances and regulations.

4. Property Rights

Conservation easements and eminent domain have and will continue to be tools to preserve and take away agriculture lands. Maintaining property rights in a growing economy is paramount. Transitioning ownership of land and water must occur under a willing-seller/willing-buyer agreement. In a state with limited private property, these rights need to be safeguarded.

As Utah Farm Bureau begins this new calendar year with the state legislative session and then follows-up with the many planting, nurturing and harvesting decisions of the growing season, its public policy process will lead the way in helping government and community leaders understand the needs of a successful agriculture industry and how too support it. 

For further detail on priority issues, please contact the Utah Farm Bureau Federation at 801-233-3040. 

About the Utah Farm Bureau 

The Utah Farm Bureau is the largest general farm and ranch organization in the state with more than 28,000 member families. Its mission is to improve economic opportunities for the state’s farmers and ranchers, ensure America’s food security, protect the natural resources of our state, and improve the overall quality of life in the state and nation through political action, educational and informational means. The Farm Bureau is a non-partisan, voluntary organization, and its efforts are based on grassroots policies developed by members at the local, county, state and national levels. It is affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the world’s largest general farm organization, with more than 6.1 million family members in 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to the Utah Farm Bureau Web site at http://www.utahfarmbureau.org or connect with the ‘Utah Farm Bureau’ fan page on Facebook.com, on Twitter.com under the name @MountainFarmer or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/utahfarmer

Media Contacts: 

-Matt Hargreaves, Vice President of Communications, Utah Farm Bureau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 801-233-3003 (office), 801-455-4320 (cell) or @MountainFarmer on Twitter. 

-Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Utah Farm Bureau. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 801-233-3001


   Courtesy of KSL.com-- SALT LAKE CITY-- House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, has ended the long standing practice of hold daily availability with news media. 

Read more at KSL.com 


A couple of arrests tied to two home burglaries in Hinckley and drug possession were made on the morning of January 11.


Lawmakers may debate straight-ticket voting, which currently allows Utah voters to choose a party’s entire slate of candidates with a single ballot vote.


Spectators flocked as 28 Bighorn sheep were transplanted to Oak Creek Canyon on Thursday, January 7. 


An accident that occurred on December 26 has left a local girl in a medically induced coma, after a collision involving an adult roller-skater.


NOTICE is hereby given that

the term of offi ce of one of the

Trustees of Millard County Drain-

age District Number One will ex-

pire at 12:00 noon on the fi rst Mon-

day in January, 2016.

NOTICE is further given that

the Board of County Commis-

sioners will, on Tuesday, the 19th

day of January, 2016 at the hour

of 11:00 a.m. of said day, at the

County Commissioners’ Room

in the County Courthouse at Fill-

more, Millard County, Utah, fi ll

such vacancy by appointing a per-

son for a four-year term expiring at

12:00 noon on the fi rst Monday in

January, 2020, and thereafter until

his/her successor in offi ce is duly

appointed and qualifi ed.

Any person desiring to be ap-

pointed to fi ll such vacancy shall

contact Marki Rowley, Millard

County Clerk, 765 South Highway

99, Fillmore, Utah 84631; tele-

phone: (435) 743-6223 or (435)

864-2440, on or before the 15th

day of January, 2016, to be con-

sidered for such appointment.

The Millard County Commis-

sion shall cause this Notice of

Vacancy to be posted in four (4)

public places within such Drainage

District Number One at least one

month before the deadline for ac-

cepting nominees for appointment,

and this Notice of Vacancy shall

be published in the Millard Coun-

ty Chronicle Progress during the

week before the deadline for ac-

cepting nominees for appointment.

DATED this 10th day of De-

cember, 2015.



By: /s/ James Withers

Published in Millard County

Chronicle Progress on JANUARY 6, 13, 2016.

Cow wreck

Two vehicle crashes involving two cows on the road occurred on Highway 257 in Millard County last Thursday night.

            Dean Shields, trooper with Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), said both vehicles were traveling northbound on Highway 257 between Hinckley and Milford. He said the first vehicle, a 2006 Ford Explorer, struck a cow in the open range area near Milemarker 31 at around 6:30 p.m.

            “The first vehicle had four people out working on the windmills near Milford, I think, and it was traveling northbound,” Shields said. “No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt either. It struck the cow and then went off to the left side of the road and came to a stop. Airbags were deployed and the driver, Kaitlynn Thompson of Fillmore, sustained internal injuries.”

            Shields said Thompson was life-flighted from Delta and most likely transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. He said another passenger hit the back of the seat and injured his face, but was later treated at Delta Community Hospital and released.

            “There were also two other subjects in the vehicle, but they refused treatment,” Shields said. “Had everyone been wearing seatbelts, there would have been minimum injury.”

            The second automobile collision with another cow, which occurred near Milemarker 28, involved a 2004 GMC Sierra driven by Lorren Price, also of Fillmore. Shields said Price, however, was not seriously harmed in the accident.

            “The cow came onto the highway and Price struck it, but he was wearing his seatbelt,” Shields said. “He hit it on the corner of the vehicle and the airbag was not deployed. Price steered the vehicle onto the right shoulder and waited for help.”

            Both cows were killed after the collisions. Shields said the two vehicles were eventually picked up by Droubay Chevrolet.

            To prevent future accidents, Shields also encouraged drivers to watch for yellow warning signs while traveling on highways or freeways.

            “The yellow warning or flashing signs are well-marked and indicate cows in the area or that it’s an open range,” Shields said. “Drivers should watch all warning signs, which may indicate slippery when wet, do not pass, watch for deer and cows, or they may include other signs with animals on them. Those signs all mean something and need to be paid attention to when you’re driving 65 or 70 miles per hours or at night. It may not always be cows to look out for, but the roads could be slippery or have other dangerous conditions.”

            In addition to watching for signs, Shields encouraged people to always wear a seatbelt, drive within the speed limit and avoid reckless driving.

            “Be sure to protect yourself and your life and save the people in your car,” he said. “You are personally responsible for your driving habits. Without a seatbelt on, something like swerving, missing a cow, and rolling at 70 mph could result in a multiple fatality crash.”

            Sgt. Greg Kelsey with the UHP said according to the patrol’s reports, there have been four vehicle-to-cow collisions on Highway 257’s open range area thus far in 2015. Kelsey said Highway 6 past Hinckley, as well as Highway 125 between Oak City and its intersection with Highway 50, are also open range areas.