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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pickleville Philosophy

Usually written by Jim Stone, The Pickleville Philosopher

Hi, my name is Oak, sometimes known as Poko.

I’ve been watching my friend Jim play on his new phone. He had an old flip phone. He never played on that phone. Then he dropped that phone in Bear Lake.

He was determined to get it back. It was in 6 feet of water on the bottom of the lake and me and my brother Spruce were wishing that he would not get the old flip phone back.  We are a lot younger than Jim.  We are not full millennials but a new generation and that old phone embarrassed us.

But yup, Jim finally hooked his old flip phone and reeled it up from the bottom of Bear Lake, Utah.

Me and Spruce weren’t so happy.

But the phone wouldn’t work and as you guys all know, when you lose your phone it’s kinda a panic attack. A big panic attack!

Well, finally we all got a new phone that can do so many cool things. I’m kinda the brains in the family and now we have a phone that takes pictures.

Jim locked me and Spruce in the truck because he doesn’t want us running around close to a road or highway because we might get hurt, or even worse, not be able to play on our new high tech phone.

The phone was on the seat.

So I stole his phone. 

He takes selfies all the time and posts them on Facebook. He thinks he’s pretty cool, but me and my brother are way cooler than he is.

The problem is me and Spruce don’t have a phone that takes pictures.  So when he left to go look for whatever he was looking for me and Spruce weren’t invited ...way not cool .. I grabbed his phone and selfie, selfie and selfie.

My wild brother, Spruce the wild child, who is a big show-off just grabbed a big stick and was showing off for the camera that he knew I had. We wanted to make our own post on Facebook so here we are!  A selfie of me, Poko.

Well, I’m gonna sign off.   I’m about to lose what really isn’t my phone. 


Photo by Tammy Calder, Calderberry Photo, Garden City

Staff Reports More Building In Garden City

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times 

GARDEN CITY, Utah. May 10, 2018. Glen Gillies, Garden City’s Commercial Building Inspector, reported that the final inspection was completed on the Convention Center at Harbor Village.

The people building Adventure Park that is located along Logan Road just east of Shundahi are working very hard to complete their project.  They have plans to open next year.

Cody’s Restaurant has completed the rental spaces located next to the restaurant and will begin starting the hotel.  Cody’s developers need to come to the City to obtain the business license for the hotel.  Cody’s will need to obtain a certification of occupation so that they can get the needed licenses for all the little businesses housed next to the restaurant.

The  City pool is making headway.  The pool will be drained.   It will be pressure washed, really cleaned well, and painted.  It will be reopened on Monday.  It will be filled with the hydrant.  By Thursday, the pool will be ready to roll again.  From now on, the pool will get a thorough annual cleaning.

George Peart, City Residential Building Inspector, reported there are final inspections being taken on the homes that have been built in the winter.  He is also doing a lot of short-term rental inspections.  There were seven new building permits given out in this last week.

Peart reported that there is a big, and he meant big, short-term rental in Legacy subdivision.  Fire sprinklers are needed in that large of a building.  It probably needs fire prevention materials in position for additional safety.

Peart determines the occupancy for the short-term rentals.  Someone spoke up stating that parking spaces are determined by the occupancy and that all parking spaces should be painted.  It is okay to have more parking than needed, but the short-term rentals must meet the parking requirements determined and included in the City’s ordinances.

There is a new short-term rental in Buttercup with an occupancy of 53 individuals.  They currently have more parking than they need which is good.

Riley Argyle,  City Public Works Manager, reported that the water line is being laid along Third West.  He will be attending some meetings this next week.  He has fixed several water leaks.    He will be doing interviews with workers who have filled out applications.

The City needs to plow the beach below the City Park.  The City will try to keep that area in good shape.  The lake will probably be pulled down another 3 feet but that will probably be as low as it will go this summer.  Argyle noted that park maintenance is a bit behind, but it has been difficult to get workers.

The weeds along trails and the bike path have been sprayed.  Also, the playgrounds have also been sprayed.

Grass Carp will be placed in the fish pond.  They will eat all the grass in the bottom of the fish pond.  There is signage letting people know that they should probably wait until the grass is gone before fishing again.  The City has let the water get quite low but will add water in a week or two after the carp do their job.

Zan Murray, City Engineer, noted that the City has signed the contract for Third West.  The north phase of the water plan is underway.

Heritage Park will be getting power.  Three-phase power and electrical distribution is costly but will be needed for Raspberry Days.  The grant received will help in getting power boxes, but the city must be mindful of the cost.  The boxes will be guaranteed for 10 to 20 years.  The type of boxes that are being looked at are underground. The boxes are watertight and will be much more convenient than those currently being used at 50 South.

The south half of Third West referred to as Paradise Parkway is underway.  Progress is being made.  Darrin Pugmire,  Council Member, noted that he will be meeting with the property owners to see what needs to be done to put in Third West to Hodges Lane.   There is sure to be some negotiations in getting this road done.  Next month, hopefully, the Council will be able to approve what has been done so far.

It was noted that the grade onto Hodges Lane from Third West is steep.  The road will have an 80-foot right-of-way for the road and more open curves will be used to make the grade more acceptable.

Water Spouts

Photo by Tom Ruppenthal, Idaho

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rich School Board Meeting

Kathie B. Anderson, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

RANDOLPH, Utah.  May 15, 2018.  Special recognition was given to students who received their Associate Degree from Utah State University through concurrent enrollment. The students are Reesha Larsen, Taleesha Larsen, Jacilyn Lefson, Aaron Linogle, Kimalie Nye, Marsha Sellers Kaitlyn Dyson, Kierra Groll, Braylee Bell, Kennen Clark, September Cluff, Kaityn Dyson, and Kierra Groll.

The Rich County School Board also recognized to the following students for receiving their CNA Bridgerland Technical College Certificates:  Kaitlyn Dyson, Kierra Groll, Julia Hopkin, Reesha Larsen, Taleesha Larsen, Kimalie Nye, Savannah Peart, Brenley Satterwaite, Aaron Smith, Amberlee Smith, and Tailor Tinger. Teacher Keri Pugmire is over the CNA program through Bridgerland Technical College.

Congratulations were extended to all these students and all their accomplishments extra work.  The community owes a huge debt of gratitude for the amazing impact retiring teacher  Delora White has had on this program at Rich High School.

The Rich High School Rodeo Club, under the direction of Lisa Johnson thanked the Rich School Board and Rich High School staff for their continued support of the club.  This year, there were seven members: (Senior) Kamren Calder, (Juniors) Fallon Johnson and Rachel Wamsley, (Sophomore) Whitny Story, and (Freshmen) Taylee Cornia, Rebecca Wamsley, and Keller Sidoway.  The members of the team qualified to compete at the State Finals this year. Fallon Johnson, breakaway roping and team roping, Rebecca Wamsley in pole bending, and Taylee Cornia in goat tying, pole bending, and breakaway roping.  This year, the Utah High School Rodeo Finals will be held June 6-9 in Heber City, Utah.   Contact Lisa Johnson at (435) 881-4985 for more information.

The architectural firm of Naylor, Wentworth, and Lund presented a proposed final draft of plans for the junior high auditorium and classroom additions.  The proposed new additions to the high school were also discussed.  A few final comments and suggestions were discussed.    A final draft of the plans will be presented to the School Board when it is completed.

Policy 510 dealing with school bullying was approved and ratified by the Board.

 There are several new hires in the district including first-grade teacher,  Charlotte Coburn, middle school language teacher Sara Taylor, middle school basketball coach,  Jordan McKee,
high school head football coach,  Justin Groll, high school wrestling coach, Cooper Cornia

 A spring community coalition meeting will be held on June 5 at 7:00 p.m.  This is not a mandatory meeting, however, many items concerning the past school year will be discussed.  For more information concerning this meeting, please contact the Rich County School District Superintendent’s office (435) 783-2135.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Annual Rich County School Budget Hearing

The Rich County Board of Education will hold the annual budget hearing on the proposed 2018-2019 budget and the revised 2017-2018 budget on June 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Board Room in Randolph, Utah.  The Public is invited to attend.

Garden City Resident Mel Maynes 1942 - 2018

Melvin (Mel) Dennis Maynes was born February 16, 1942, to Harry and Anita Ruth Mitchell Maynes in Murray, Utah. He died at home on May 13, 2018, in Garden City, Utah of congestive heart failure.

He grew up in Godfrey's Grove in Murray, Utah, the homestead of his great-grandfather, James Godfrey.

Mel became a journeyman mason at 17 and worked as a mason his entire life. He owned Mel Maynes Masonry.

He married Ardean Lynn Jolley and they had four beautiful children. Later he married Mary Meyers Kavanagh; she died on December 30, 1995.

Mel and Ellen Barnes were married April 5, 1996, and moved to Garden City, Utah. Ellen became a general contractor and together they built several new homes. They also built "The Gathering Place" to rent out for family gatherings and reunions during the summer months at the lake.

Mel and Ellen were sealed in the Logan Temple. They served four missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The first to Nauvoo from 2005 to 2007; the next two were at Mormon Historic Handcart Sites, Martin's Cove and Sixth Crossing. Then Mel built the Trek Center at Deseret Land and Livestock at 69 years old suffering with wrist and back pain. He accepted and completed the challenge. It was there that he laid the last block of his life.

He is survived by his wife Ellen, his four children, Larry Maynes, Kelly (Lori) Maynes, Wendy (Andy) Schirack and Todd (Amy) Maynes. He is also survived by his two stepdaughters, Kathleen Kavanagh McPhail and Molly (Mark) Kavanagh Pettriess and his five stepchildren with Ellen, Darla (Paul) Davis Batty, MacArthur (Allison) Davis, Tenny (Michael) Davis Hanson, Zebedee (Lacy) Davis and his sister, Susan (Grant) VanderLinden.

He was preceded in death by his second wife Mary, his parents and sister, Cindy Rae Maynes.
He has 35 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Garden City LDS Church at 65 South Bear Lake Boulevard on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a viewing at 9 a.m. before. There was a viewing 6 to 8 p.m. the evening before at the Church. Flowers are provided by Greene Floral (801 546 2391).

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Eighteen Wheel Philosophy

My Twin?
By Mel Hansen, The Eighteen Wheeler Philosopher

My sister, The Trage (Diane Weston), texted me from Dodge City, Kansas and told me she now believes in reincarnation!  She’s positive I was ol Dave Mather!

The mysterious Dave Mather.

One day a young man calling himself Brother Johnson came to town and soon his youth and enthusiasm were attracting large crowds. He dazzled them with such theatrics as pulling a snake out of a bottle of whiskey to demonstrate the evils of alcohol.

His success was such that Brother Johnson felt confident enough to convert the notorious man-killer, Mysterious Dave Mather. It became the ultimate challenge. After several efforts and the adroit dose of friendly persuasion, the mysterious gunslinger agreed to attend a sermon.

That evening the Dave was escorted to the front where Brother Johnson proceeded with his fire and damnation sermon on the horrors of hell and the blessings of heaven.

Brother Johnson declared he would secure a place in heaven for himself if he converted Dave and he would gladly die to be able to save poor Dave’s soul. When he finished several other members of the faithful got caught up in the moment, stood and declared they too would gladly die for Dave and join him on his heavenly flight.

Now it was Mysterious Dave’s time to speak. He rose and declared that he had been touched by the hand of the Lord and he knew now that if he died he would surely go to heaven. Then, pulling his six-shooter he declared that he must die now for if he continued to live he might be tempted to backslide.
Therefore he proposed to kill the volunteers along with himself so that all might enter the Kingdom of Heaven together.

“I will send you first,” he shouted, firing a shot that nearly took off a piece of the preacher’s ear. Then he fired a few more shots over the heads of the faithful creating a mad scramble for the door.
Mysterious Dave stuck his pistol back in the holster and opined matter-of-factly, “You are all a bunch of hypocrites; you don’t want to go to heaven with me.”

With that he shot out the lights and went home.

I can’t vouch for the veracity of this story but it’s too good not to tell.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

Connecticut’s Mysterious Dave Mather – The Law of the Old West
“Saybrook Connecticut’s Mysterious Dave Mather came to be a lawman in the old west pretty much by chance. Mather’s father Ulysses and his mother Lydia had died by the time he was 16. Dave’s father was a sea captain who died in Shanghai, China aboard his ship after the Chinese cook stabbed him.

Dave and his brother Josiah made one stab at following in their father’s footsteps by signing on as crew on a ship that took them to New Orleans, but that was the end of their seafaring days. From there the two looked to the rapidly growing West for their future. The two Mathers became Buffalo hunters for a time, and by 1879, then in his late 20s, Mather joined up with famed western lawman and writer Bat Masterson as part of a posse he assembled to enforce a lawsuit over ownership of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

In the era of the 1880s, there was sometimes not much difference between lawmen and outlaws, but Masterson was considered somewhat progressive in that he would give an outlaw a chance to surrender before opening fire.

Not so with Mather, who earned the nickname Mysterious Dave because he didn’t speak much. Louis L’Amour wrote of him that: “Dave Mather didn't wait for you. If you came to town talkin' loud about what you intended to do, Dave would find you and shoot you before you even got started.”
Mather’s career was a violent one, even by the standards of the day. He had been charged in several schemes, including counterfeiting and attempting to sell phony gold bricks in Texas. He was also an on-again, off-again cattle rustler, and horse thief. But in 1880 his career as a lawman started in East Las Vegas, New Mexico where he was hired as assistant marshal.

The Mather legend was born in January of that year when he and the marshal were caught in a gunfight with a gang of drunks. The marshal died and Mather became acting marshal. He killed one of the gang and shot another. The two remaining men escaped.

Mather did a short stint as marshal in El Paso, Texas and he took up with he took up with the madam of a brothel for a time, but that ended badly with Mather being accused of stealing from her.
Mather, who incorrectly claimed to be descended from Cotton Mather and Increase Mather, returned to Dodge City where he had lived earlier and in 1882 he was hired as assistant marshal. Dodge City was wrestling with trying to control its saloons and brothels at the time and Mather’s rival was a man named Tom Nixon.

According to legend, Dave would sit on the porch at the marshal’s office daring anyone to make trouble. One night when the marshal was shot and killed, Dave is said to have proceeded to the saloon where the seven-man gang that killed the marshal had retreated and he single-handedly killed them all in a wild gunfight.

When Nixon managed to replace Mather as assistant marshal, their feud escalated. In 1884, Nixon took a shot at Mather, slightly injuring him. Three days later, Mather ended matters by shooting and killing Nixon. He was tried and exonerated of any wrongdoing under the theory he was simply defending himself.

Mather and his brother didn’t stay out of trouble for long. In 1885 they were accused of killing a gambler in a Dodge City saloon. When they were released on bail, the two men left town and Mysterious Dave disappeared from history.

In his absence, Mysterious Dave’s legend grew. One colorful anecdote involved his drinking at a Dodge City saloon. Mather was said to occasionally ask the bartender to hand him a pistol so that mysterious Dave could take a shot at a bell outside. If he missed the bell, he concluded he was drunk and needed to go home.

One night, fed up with Dave, the bartended loaded the gun with blanks. Dave took his shot, missed the bell and headed off into the night. When he encountered a coyote, the drunk marshal reached for his gun and fired. Mystified, Dave concluded the animal possessed supernatural powers because he was unable to hit it – with the blanks in his gun.

The final days of Mysterious Dave are, naturally, a mystery. Some said he joined up with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Others said he went to Texas. His brother said that he simply never knew what happened to Dave after they left Dodge.”

Brynlee Pugmire Honored

Brynlee Pugmire was one of 150 students from different geographic regions in Utah and Idaho to win a scholarship savings account worth $100.  One Utah student and one Idaho student will each win a grand prize $1,000 scholarship savings account.

Zions Pays for A ’s.  The bank offers cash incentives for good grades to Utah and Idaho students ages 12-18.  Students can bring their most recent term-end report cards from the current academic year into any Zions Bank location.  They receive a dollar for each “A” deposited into their savings accounts.

Becky Thomson from the Randolph Branch made the presentation.  Congratulations Brynlee!!


Photo by Jim Stone, Pickleville Store, Garden City, Utah

Garden City Gets $8.3 Million In Transportation Funds

Bobbie Bicknell Coray, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah.  May 13, 2018.  Mayor Mike Leonhart, Garden City,  was elated to hear that Garden City and the Marina were going to get over $8 million in improvements.  He said that it was through the efforts of many people that this happened.

In an article by Lee Davidson, Salt Lake Tribune,  Davidson reports that "after a fierce statewide battle for $100 million that the Legislature pegged to reduce traffic congestion at crowded recreational areas, Little and Big Cottonwood canyons won the lion’s share of the jackpot Friday.

The Utah Transportation Commission voted to give them $66 million of the total, or $2 of every $3 available.

Other smaller winners were Zion National Park, $15 million; Moab, $10 million; and Bear Lake, $8.3 million.

The $8.3 million the commission approved for Bear Lake will go to four projects.

They include $5 million to relocate the marina entrance, as part of a marina expansion project; $1 million to widen State Road 30 at the lake; $700,000 to improve Logan Road and Bear Lake Boulevard; and $1.6 million to extend the Buttercup Lane bypass road.

 The Bear Lake Marina is a popular and busy place during the summer months. Marshall said it will also make a variety of signal and intersection improvements.

Bear Lake sometimes gets overloaded with traffic, Marshall said. “There are weekends you would think you are in Little Cottonwood Canyon.”

In Town Carnival & Other New Businesses

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times 

GARDEN CITY, Utah.  May 10, 2018. Garden City Council Members discussed the various requests for licenses to do business in Garden City.

The first request was from Bear Lake Monster Storage.  Bob and Kathy Stewart asked for a license to conduct a self-storage business at 375 West Highway 89.  They were asking for a 30-day temporary permit.  The requested was approved.

Speto Investment Holdings, DBA as Bear Lake Luxury Rentals, is already renting properties in Garden City.  They needed a current license to continue nightly leasing of residential properties.  Charles Anderson is the manager.  Approval was given.

William Gough of G&G Team, LLC., requested a license to conduct a contractor business at 341 Posie Drive.  His request was granted.

Dave Stringham at Elk Crest requested the right to conduct a General Contractor business at 180 West 200 North #1.  After a brief discussion, the request was accepted.

Meghan Stringham of Styling with Meg requested a license to conduct a studio salon at 180 West 200 North.  The license was approved on condition that she meet the building code for this type of business.  Mayor Leonhardt asked that Pat Argyle, Councilperson, and Glen Gillies, Building Inspector, follow through on this item to make sure all requirements are met.

David Gordon, the owner of The Adventure Zone, requested to be given a license to conduct an amusement zone at 10 South 120 West.  He had met with the Planning Commission the week previously.  They told  Gordon that he would need to work with the City Council concerning this item.   Gillies noted that the location falls into the C1 Zone. 

Gordon reported that he had been able to lease another lot contiguous to what he had already leased so that he had enough parking for more than 600 cars.  Parking had been one of the issues when he approached the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The Council said that the bathrooms needed to be permanent.  He noted that he would meet all the architectural requirements that are in place in Garden City.  There would be power to the Porta-Potties, and they would be ADA approved.

The Council discussed this issue for a few minutes then asked about signs for advertising his business.  He noted that he would use banners instead of signs until he could get enough money together to put up the code required signs.  The Councilmembers noted that banners can only be used for two weeks.

The Councilmembers also asked about the types of foods that would be sold and if he would he be using food trucks.  He noted that they would have cotton candy, candy slushes, corn dogs, hot dogs, popcorn, etc.  The Council told him that because of laws passed last year, no food wagons were allowed on a state highway.  The Logan Road is a state highway.  Gordon reported that he would face the food trucks onto first West—not on Highway 89.

The Council told Gordon that his parking would have to be graveled.   He asked if he might get a transient license instead of a regular business license.  That way, no gravel would be needed.  Also, the other questions and items would not interfere with his business if he could just get the 10- day transient business license. 

Gordon told the Council that he would have a small trailer on the grounds for ten days for security purposes.  He noted that he would close his business at 10 p.m. each night.   Gordon was told to fill out the transient business license document.  The motion was made and passed to allow. Gordon to run his business.  Mayor Leonhardt asked Pat Argyle and Glen Gillies to work with  Gordon and the Carnival.

Amber Mckee and Jesi Earley requested to put a fitness gym in The Shed located at 208 North Bear Lake Blvd.  It was noted that four parking spaces would be required.  Gary Mckee will provide the four-parking space.  The Council then asked Jesi Earley to obtain a letter from Mckee and bring it to the City showing he will give four parking spots for this business.  This verification on paper will document this City Ordinance requirement.  Upon receipt of the letter, the license will be given.

New Short-Term Rentals In Garden City

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah. May 10, 2018. Bill and Debbie Gustafson are the owners of a home at 780 Spruce Drive.  They would like to rent out this home.  They will manage the rental of this building.  All requirements were met.  This item was approved.

Katrina Gibson is the owner of a home at 69 Ease 200 North.  She will be taking care of the rental.  It was noted that there should be four parking stalls.  Gibson noted that she will be supervising the renting and the highest number of people she will allow is 14.  She will only need three parking stalls.  That being the case, all requirements were met.  The item was approved.

Matthew and Amanda Lewis are the owners of the home at 411 North Highway 89.  All the requirements were met.  Gwenda Hansen will be the manager for this property.  The item was approved.

Mark and Kathy Hislop of Bear Lake Project Management have a home at 836 Eutaw Road.  This property meets the City’s standards for a short-term rental.  The item was approved.

Water Swirls

Photo by Lauriann Wakefield, Little Starling Photography, Garden City