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Magnum Development will propose changes at a Millard County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Jan. 31 that would allow solar and wind energy systems. A public hearing is scheduled to receive public comment on the zone change to heavy industrial at 6:30 p.m.

Magnum has developed commercial-scale underground bulk cavern storage 10 miles north of Delta, part of the Western Energy Hub plan. These solution-mined caverns are capable of storing natural gas, compressed air, and liquid energy products underground.

This unique storage technology has the potential of efficiently integrating the generation and transmission of renewable power to and from the Western United States. With access to both the interstate rail and highway systems — and with direct access to natural gas pipeline systems — this central hub component is also located by a high voltage transmission grid offering exclusive energy options. This makes the Western Energy Hub “a strategic asset” for both the State of Utah and the Western United States, according to the westernenergyhub. com web site.

Magnum’s application for a conditional use permit proposes allowances for construction, operation and maintenance of necessary auxiliary facilities; allowance of solar energy systems and wind systems within heavy industrial zoned property; the inclusion of hydrocarbons for natural or manufactured gas storage and includes renewable energy as a fuel that may power an electrical generating facility.

“Everything is positioned well,” County Planner Adam Richins said. “It’s just a matter of time before the Western Energy Hub really takes off.”

Transmission lines like the proposed Zephyr and TransWest Express are evaluating studies to determine environmental, land use, and conservation impacts in order to determine routes that would join at the Magnum site. There, possible future interconnection with the IPP transmission system near Delta will allow green energy power to travel to California.

The Magnum Compressed Air Energy Storage project is a bulk energy storage facility where energy would be stored through a compressed-air system. When energy demand is low, excess electricity would be used to compress and inject high-pressure air into the caverns. At high-energy demand, high-pressure air would be combined with a small amount of natural gas to power electricity- producing generators, according to the Magnum Development web site.

According to a presentation from Magnum, the proposed changes fall in line with Millard County goals with minimal impact to county infrastructure and environment. Additional full-time, living wage jobs with benefits available to local candidates are proposed as part of an economic boost resulting from industry and from construction, as well as revenue from local hotel, restaurant, retail and fuel sales.

Long-term tax revenues increase during operations with growth in job base, property and income taxes. SITLA royalties provide direct benefit to Millard County school children, according to Magnum.

Lastly, the consolidation of industrial zoned lands and the salt domes, buried 3,000 feet below the natural ground surface, would maintain the rural setting and character of the community, according to the presentation by Tiffany James of Magnum Development.

The significant assets that the Western Energy Hub offers, according to Magnum, are the potential for business development and attraction for follow- on development and construction.

The following is a press release written by Melynda Thorpe, SUU. 

Road Creek Inn, located near Capitol Reef National Park, Fishlake National Forest, Canyonlands National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is a historic hotel in Loa, Utah that now serves as Southern Utah University’s Capitol Reef field station.

The current building replaced the Loa Co-op originally built in 1904 that was destroyed by fire on Dec. 11, 1911. A fresh water pipeline supplying Loa with water from nearby Road Creek was finished in 1911, unfortunately, a fire hose had not been constructed yet or the old building might have been saved. The new Loa Co-op building would go on to house many merchants, including being a part of the Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) from 1912 to 1920 managed by W. Scott McClellan. Others operating in the mercantile business after McClellan were Loren Webster, Nelden Ellet and Reed Brian from 1920-1928.

In 1928, a Jewish immigrant from Russia by the name of Isaac Wachs, later changed to Wax, purchased the Loa Co-op store, at the time known as “Ikie’s Store,” and managed it from 1928-1940. Wax and his wife, Sadie, had four children; Harry (1906), Yetta (1908), Ida (1913), and Morris (1920). In 1945, after completing his military service, Harry bought the small company San Diego Janitor Supply and Chemical Company and was later joined in business by Morris. The company was renamed Waxie Sanitary Supply in 1954 and now has outlets in California, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Utah, employing more than 800 people. Wax’s grandson, Charles Wax, is the current CEO of Waxie Enterprises.

“The Wax family was known for going above and beyond to care for their customers, and many people in the Utah communities still tell stories of their extraordinary customer service,” according to the Waxie Sanitary Supply website. “This is where our story begins.”

During the The Great Depression, dancing helped raise the spirits of Wayne County residents as one of the more affordable amusements. Wayne County High School teacher Sam Chidester organized the Chidester Orchestra in 1920 that would go on to perform 9,050 concerts and dances. The youth of Wayne County always knew where a dance was, and in Loa, they traveled to the Loa Co-op or old Billings Store to dance the polka, schottische, quadrille and Danish waltz. Locally accomplished performers such as Enoch Sorenson and Nettie Brian were crowd favorites, and dancers could move between the two floors on the same night for the price of one ticket.

Wayne County government officials also leased part of the building from 1912-1940 until the Wayne County Courthouse was constructed. The Waxs’ moved to Aurora in 1940 and sold the Loa Co-op to the Utah Poultry Association. Myrtus Adams and Virgil White maintained offices in the back of the building while candling eggs in the basement. In 1952, the building was sold to the Wayne County Poultry Association.

Dixie and Anne Leavitt purchased the historic building in 1979 and established the current Road Creek Inn. The hotel was completely renovated in 2012, and today, with 15 guest rooms, large gathering areas, and a full kitchen, Road Creek Inn is perfect for educational programs, family reunions, weddings, youth camps and conferences. Now more than 100 years old, Road Creek Inn offers state-of-the-art amenities such as Internet access, a sauna for relaxing after a day of hiking, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, standard king and queen rooms and two deluxe suites with three king-sized beds.

SUU’s Capitol Reef field station is now open to the community for rental, and to SUU student groups. This beautiful, quaint facility is the perfect getaway surrounded by several historic Mormon pioneer towns and buildings, national parks, lakes, Native American ruins and protected forest lands, and a great environment for student clubs and large groups to get away to another of Utah’s phenomenal outdoor activities. The acquisition of the historic Road Creek Inn hotel, located at 98 South Main Street, in Loa, further solidifies Southern Utah University’s title as the official “University of the Parks.”

James Alvin Chaplin, 76, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 in his home in Meadow, Utah.


Clinton Adam Aguiar, 34, passed away all too soon, on January 17, 2018.


SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 19, 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Edwards has issued the following statement in regard to a potential federal government shutdown:  


We urge members of the United States Senate to resolve their differences and keep the federal government functioning. We also urge them to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, on which nearly 20,000 Utah children depend.


In the event of a federal government shutdown the State of Utah’s operations will continue as normal. State support will allow programs that operate in partnership with the federal government to function in the short term, even if federal funding is temporarily curtailed.


In contrast to Utah’s most recent experience with a federal government shutdown, this administration is working responsively with Utah to minimize local impacts.


For example, in the last government shutdown the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, was not authorized to spend any reserves and had to shut down. This administration would allow the State of Utah to use reserves to keep WIC functioning.


Additionally, we have every reason to believe that Utah’s National Parks will remain open, albeit with limited services. As in the past, the state of Utah would consider providing emergency funding to maintain appropriate access and safety in the National Parks throughout the duration of a shutdown.


Should there be any disruption accessing federal recreational opportunities in Utah, we remind visitors that Utah’s 43 state parks also offer incomparable outdoor experiences.


More information about what visitors to Utah could expect in the case of a shutdown can be found at visitutah.com/shutdown.


The largest state organization most directly affected by a federal government shutdown would be the Utah National Guard. Although the roughly 1,000 active duty guard members will ensure that critical functions continue, an additional 1,300 full-time employees who are not active duty, such as federally funded technicians, would be affected. Utah National Guard drills would have to be cancelled.


Although state operations are functional in the short term, a cessation of federal funding over an extended period of time could begin to affect some state operations.


While we don’t expect long-term economic dislocation because of a federal government shutdown, any Utahns who might become unemployed because of a shutdown can file for unemployment benefits with the Utah Department of Workforce Services.


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Delta’s New Year’s baby, Deets Howlett made his debut on Monday, January 8, 2018. His parents, Morgan (Cropper) and Seth Howlett were overjoyed with his arrival.

Deets weighed in at 9 lbs. 5 oz. at 6:49 p.m. at the Delta Community Medical Center. Seth and Morgan chose the name Deets from a character from the miniseries, Lonesome Dove.

Both Seth and Morgan are twins. Morgan said that Deets weighed more than both her and her twin sister’s weight together. Their weights were 4 lbs 8 oz. and 4 lbs. 12 oz. Seth and his twin brother weighed 7 lbs 13 oz. and 8 lbs.

The couple was showered with gifts, courtesy of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. A complete list of gifts will be listed in next week’s edition of the Chronicle Progress.

Grandparents are Cameron and Kim Cropper of Deseret. Kim was Delta’s New Year’s baby in 1970. Seth’s parents are David and Michelle Howlett of Sutherland Great grandparents are Martha and Duane Howlett, Linda Lundburg and Cuman J Cropper.

Written by the Utah Division of Natural Resources

It might be the middle of winter, but it's almost time to apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall.


Written by the Utah Division of Natural Resources. 

Don't put your shotgun or .22 away yet. The cottontail rabbit hunt runs until Feb. 28.


Sept. 22, 1922 ~ Jan. 11, 2018

Gloria Bishop, daughter of Wilford and Thrella Watts, quietly passed away on January 11, 2018 having lived a full life of 95 years.


Written by the Utah Division of Natural Resources

 Baker Reservoir: Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have reported mixed results. Bait and fly anglers have done fair to good, while trolling has not been productive. Some large brown trout are present and are more readily caught during the colder months. (01-11-18)