PRICE-A 48 year-old East Carbon resident, Wilson D. McCormick, recently pled guilty to the illegal harvest of a trophy mule deer buck in Seventh District Court, Judge Halliday presiding. The case involved the out-of-season shooting of a mature buck on Dec. 27, 2004 near the East Carbon golf course.
Originally charged with a third degree felony, McCormick pled guilty to a class A misdemeanor in a plea bargain agreement, which included the forfeiture of his rifle and payment of $8,000 in restitution. McCormick also faces a possible revocation of hunting privileges for up to 10 years.
"Without the careful observation and reporting by concerned citizens, this case would have never been made," says Sgt. Carl Gramlich, Division of Wildlife Resources. "The public can't be thanked enough for the support they continue to provide in helping us conserve and protect the state's wildlife resources."
If you see a suspected wildlife violation, please call the Price Highway Patrol dispatcher at: 637-0893 or the "Help Stop Poaching Hotline" at 1-800-662-DEER.
Congressman Jim Matheson has hired Pam Juliano as his Eastern Utah representative. Working from an office in Price, Pam will provide Congressional office support to residents and local officials in Carbon, Emery, Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett, Grand and San Juan Counties.
"This Congressional office is all about service to Utahns. I am delighted that Pam -with her impressive community service track record-has signed on as a resource to people in the eastern half of the second district. She will be a great asset," said Matheson.
Pam has been a Carbon County resident for nearly 40 years. For the past five years she has served as the executive director for United Way of Southeastern Utah. She has served as the chairperson for the Utah State Volunteer Center Director's Association and was awarded a Utah-based AmeriCorps VISTA project-Volunteer Connection. She received Price City's Visionary Award in April of 2005 for partnerships through service.
"I am excited to join Congressman Matheson's team and to offer time and attention to the issues that are important to rural Utahns," said Pam. "Congressman Matheson is known for his outreach to communities and that is what I am all about as well."
Pam is married and she is the mother of two daughters. She starts work May 23, from an office in the Carbon County Courthouse building.
Congressman Jim Matheson says the process is now open for select local law enforcement agencies interested in Community Oriented Policing Services -COPS-federal grants.
Solicitations can now be made to the Department of Justice. There are three grants currently open for invited law enforcement agencies:
Interoperable Communications Technology Program - almost $100 million is available to law enforcement to improve interoperability between law enforcement agencies and other first responders. The application deadline is July 15.
Secure Our Schools (SOS) Program - Almost $15 million is available to law enforcement agencies to purchase school safety equipment and technology. The application deadline is June 15.
Tribal Resources Grant Program - up to $20 million is available to address the needs of tribal law enforcement by providing a variety of funding options. They include salary and benefits for new sworn law officer positions, law enforcement training, uniforms, basic-issue equipment, department-wide technology and vehicles for new and existing officers. The application deadline is May 31.
Only agencies specifically invited are able to apply. The following website has a list of invited agencies and grant information: www.cops.usdoj.gov.
On May 10 a body was discovered in the Olsen Trailer Court by the landlord in Castle Dale.
She went to one of the trailers in the court to inquire about the rent, but discovered a deceased man.
The Emery County Sheriff's Office was notified immediately and the deceased man was identified as David L. Burr, 46, of West Valley.
Burr was working in the area on the overhaul at the time of his death.
His body has been sent to the Medical Examiners office for autopsy and to determine cause of death.
No foul play is suspected and circumstances surrounding the death are not viewed as suspicious.
On May 14, an Elmo man collided with a deer in Huntington Canyon while riding his motorcycle.
The call came into dispatch at the Emery County Sheriff's Office at 9:14 p.m.
Emergency vehicles were dispatched and he was transported to Castleview Hospital in Price where he later died from significant head trauma injuries.
The accident took place on SR-31 near the Lemon's farm in Huntington Canyon at Milepost 45.
The victim was identified as Layne Willson, 45, of Elmo.
He was employed by Genwal Coal Mine and was reportedly on his way to work at the time of the accident.
The Utah Highway Patrol investigated and took the report on the accident.
Willson was married to Marie Willson of Elmo.
Willson had one daughter and a son-in-law.
Emery County introduces an exciting, new community event-a "Blacktop Knight." The event, presented by Emery County Recreation District in partnership with the Emery County Arts Council, embraces a medieval theme with entertainment, games, prizes, medieval shows and dinner. This big event will be held on the blacktop surface of 100 North in Castle Dale on May 27 from 6 p.m.-midnight and all residents are welcome. 100 North and 100 East streets will be closed to traffic during these hours to accommodate all the activities. Tyrell Jewkes, creator and chairman of the event, hopes to make it an annual celebration that will become bigger each year.
"It's a summer kick-off party for the citizens of Emery County as well as friends and family who have moved away from the area," says Jewkes. He continues, "Our goal as an organizing committee is to create a fun experience unlike any other for both young and old to memorialize. That's why we've added a medieval theme to nearly every activity. There might even be some medieval characters visiting the event." Jewkes believes that with nearly 150 volunteers involved in coordinating, not to mention cast members and entertainers scheduled to appear, that the event will be an astounding celebration.
This year the event features a low cost medieval style "Feast" that included food served in the medieval period. Strolling minstrels and actors in medieval character and costume will roam the street. The evening concludes with a theatrical stage productions and appearance by local band "Hitch." Arrangements have also been made for pedestal jousting, castle bounce houses, bingo, horseless polo, goldfish moat, Dance Dance Revolution, and dozens of other activities for residents of all ages. Vendors and booths will also comprise what the event calls "Faire of Camelot."
Commissioner Drew Sitterud, member of the Blacktop Knight Organizing Committee, states, "I hope everyone gets out and supports Blacktop Knight and that we can make it an annual event. The organizing committee has put a lot of work into this full evening of events with something for everyone, and we feel it will be a good thing for the county. This is one you don't want to miss."
Mark your calendar for the evening of May 27 and plan to attend the first annual Blacktop Knight gala. Information about the event and how to get involved is available at city and county government offices, libraries, and online at www.emerycounty.com/bnoc.