Intellectual Nourishment

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December Meeting

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Special Service District December meeting had the public hearing for the 2011 budget. The budget was approved with the desire to add financing for the park fence.
The wood fence is falling down at the park and it was discussed to repair or replace it but no decision was made. The adjoining neighbor has declared that he will not offer financial assistance to repair the shared fence.
There is a raise in price for the soda from the manufacturer company for the pop machine at the park. The park caretakers stocked up before the increase to help keep the price down longer. The raised price is unknown.
The air valves and vents for the spring were checked out and being made operable. The board members want to check the lines for blockage to allow for better water flow.
There is a new computer that has been purchased for the GSSD use. They want to keep every board member informed when emails and phone calls are made so everyone has the same information. The new computer can help with that.
The GSSD meetings will stay the same, which will be on the first Thursday of the month, except for July and August. The officer assignments have stayed the same but Dusty Leavitt will be the director over the chlorination system.
Testing on the Smith line has brought in extreme results. There is either too much chlorine or not nearly enough. It was discovered that the tank does not always provide water to the homes, but the water lines send water to the homes before it goes to the tank sometimes. The tank is being chlorinated but the lines are not. The board is in the process of figuring out how to fix this situation. Some of the tests have been positive for coliform, but since all the water going to those homes is not chlorinated, they are doing follow-up investigative tests.

Three Wise Men

Three wise men knowing not who you are
Ride across the desert following only a star.
Three wise men in honor of your birth
Ride across the desert chanting, "Peace on Earth".
Three wise men, wise by God's own hands
Ride across the desert traveling from distant lands.
Listen baby Jesus, sacred gift from Heaven handed down to Earth
Three wise men ride tonight to see your Holy mirth.


By Sara Laub
In my daughter’s class in school the teacher has requested to have a scrapbook page made to share the traditions that our family has. My daughter chose Christmas traditions. I have needed time to think.
My family is young and we still travel to our extended family each year for Christmas. Each extended family has their own traditions but I was unsure if my family had our own.
We celebrate Christmas away from home by doing a nativity with music by singing or playing instruments. It is always extra fun to beg my father to get his accordion out. A train will go around the Christmas tree and my husband’s mother makes sure the presents are carefully unwrapped to ensure a second use of the paper. There are the traditional breakfasts that accompany the holiday as well.
As we experience these traditions that rotate each year it has been difficult to create our own, and it is hard to fill a scrapbook page with unknown family traditions.
I could fill it in with the extended family traditions that we participate in but I realized that Gunlock has created a unique family tradition that is special for our family, as well as the other families in town.
Families gather at the Town Hall and the children 12 and under present a nativity with Christmas songs and a narrated story of the Savior’s birth. They dress up according to the part they each play that year ranging from angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary or Joseph (and possibly animals).
When the children finish the presentation of the nativity story they take off their costumes, and the rest of the crowd sings Christmas songs together as they wait for the special appearance of Santa Claus. Santa will come in with large bags of gifts, and he gives one to each child. The children each have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and talk to him as he gives the gift to them. Even if children are absent for the program, Santa makes sure they get a present.
I realize many people in Gunlock don’t need to hear the specifics of the traditional program in town, since families have been attending for generations. But, the program is special and the tradition is open to all who live in Gunlock regardless of how many years individuals have lived here.
A true spirit of Christmas resides in Gunlock as it opens it heart to every person who lives in this town and shares this special tradition.

Dear Santa

- by Del "Abe" Jones

Dear Santa, I'm older
But, still believe in you
(At least, I believe in
The things you try, to do).

Maybe, I can't ask for
A Tonka, or, a train.
(But, if you'd bring one of them
You know, I won't complain).

But, what I really wish for
Is a special present
Love that can't be "returned"
Once it has been sent.

Everybody needs a little
And some, need a lot
But, if you get a tiny bit
You still know what you got.

So Santa, drop a little
Under each Christmas tree
Then, all will get a present
From what it's 'posed to be.

And if there is no tree
For the alone, and poor
When you get, to their place
Just, drop, a little more.

Christmas Riddles

1. Who delivers presents to dogs at Christmas?
2. What is a monkey's favorite Christmas song?
3. How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
4. What does a cat on the beach have in common with Christmas?
5. What do elves learn in school?
6. What do you get when you cross an apple and a Christmas tree?
7. Why does Santa have three gardens?
8. What do you get if you leave your fireplace lit on Christmas Eve?
9. What is mom's favorite Christmas carol?

1. Santa Paws
2. Jungle Bells
3. Fleece Navidad
4. Sandy Claws
5. The Elf-abet
6. A “Pine”-apple
7. So that he can Hoe, Hoe, Hoe!
8. Crisp Cringle
9. Silent Night

Christmas Crossword

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Boil Order

By Sara Laub
Gunlock residents had a boil order in the month of October that continued over the weekend. Testing was done during the weekend and even though the results said the water was good, the order could still not be lifted because those who could lift the order did not work until Monday of the next week.
There will be a bill insert for November that will explain water sampling procedures and how it related to the October boil order. There will also be the tentative budget for 2011 for the Gunlock Special Service District and a required Notice of Violation letter.
This information will be mailed on November 20th as part of the monthly water bill.

November Meeting

By Sara Laub
The GSSD board is getting 2010 items finished and planning for 2011.
The door at the park where the pop machine is will be replaced before the end of this year. The leaks in the water systems at different properties will be or have been taken care of. The street light near the rodeo grounds is flicking on and off and Odean Bowler will check into it and take care of it. Another EPA report has been completed and sent. Follow up water samples will be taken and tested in November because of the bad water samples from the previous months.
Roxanne Aplanalp is continuing the process to update resident addresses because it has been observed to be incorrect or inconsistent with county records. The process should be done by the time the new directory comes out for Gunlock.
The proposed budget for the GSSD for 2011 will be about $106,000. Part of this budget will be used for implementing the best solution to include the Smith line in the chlorination treatment.
The town Halloween party was commented on and determined to be a huge success, where people enjoyed themselves, and they are happy with how it went. It was also announced that there will be a Friday night movie the day after Thanksgiving at the Town Hall, The Gunlock Christmas Party will be on December 23 at 7pm, and the Public Hearing for the Notice of Violation will be on December 2nd during the regular time of the GSSD meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall

Gunlock Fire Responds to Car Accident

By Kevin Laub
The Gunlock Fire Department responded to a car accident call late Monday night on October 25th. There was a car accident just north of the Smith Ranch. The vehicle rolled after swerving for a stray black dog, and all three passengers were thrown out of the car since none were wearing seat belts. There was one fatality while the other two were sent on an ambulance for minor injuries.
The Gunlock Fire Department was first on scene and were joined by other departments in the district, along with Dixie Ambulance and several Sheriffs to get the accident cleaned up.

North Dakota Connection Announcment

Have a North Dakota connection? Friendly North Dakotans invite interested folks to a monthly Breakfast the 2nd Saturday of the month: November 13th, and December 11th-8:30am at the GOLDEN CORRAL, 42 So Road, St. Geo. Ask the staff for the “group/meeting area”.
For more information call Cindy Everitt, 435-986-0075.

Christmas South of the Boarder Party Announcment

Please come to the Gunlock Ward Christmas Party!
“Christmas South of the Boarder”
6:00pm, Saturday Dec. 4th
At the Smith Ranch, for all adults in Gunlock and Kayenta.
Submitted by the Gunlock Ward Activity Committee

Gunlock Halloween Party

After a successful night of trick or treating, families gathered at the Gunlock Park for the Gunlock Halloween Party. This was another great holiday accompanied by a great party put on Add Imageby the Gunlock Rodeo Committee.
This year there was a blow up bounce house and slide for the kids.

Hotdogs and chips were served with rootbeer and hot chocolate.
Doughnuts were served in style, hanging by a string. Each age group had the chance to race until the circular dessert was gone.

Gunlockers of all ages smiled throughout the evening.

Thanksgiving Word Search

Gunlock Town Events Nov 2010

* Nov 11: Gunlock Fire Department Meeting. 7pm at the fire station.
* Nov 25: Thanksgiving Day
* Nov 26: Movie Night at the Town Hall
* Dec 2: GSSD meeting with the Public Hearing at 7pm at the Town Hall
* Dec 4: Christmas South of the Boarder Party 6pm at the Smith Ranch
* Dec 9: Gunlock Fire Department meeting at 7pm at the Gunlock Fire Station
* Dec 23: Gunlock Christmas Party 7pm at the Town Hall
* Dec 25: Christmas Day

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

GSSD in October

By Sara Laub
Two visitors came to the GSSD meeting in October. The first came to talk about the survey for the county planning commission. They explained that the residents in Gunlock can fill out the survey and that will allow them to create a better plan for improving our area. This includes if bike paths are wanted or if there should be a town center with commercial businesses. They want the residents’ opinions.
The second visitor reported on the installation of the new electrical system from the spring to the well. It is installed and has capability to allow the GSSD to collect data through radio and computer software, if the GSSD chooses to. The district wants to continue to upgrade and discussed purchasing a computer.
The water operator reported that all tests passed except there was one residential fail. The follow up testing passed like last month, but they are unsure why this occurs since the untreated water passes. The meter by the spring is working and the residuals in town are good. Some repairs are needed on the vents and seals that were found from the Sept. Sanitary Survey.
The purchase of the property and water right was complete Oct. 8, so now just the property is for sale for about $10,000. The light switch at the park will be fixed since it is a safety hazard. The fence at the park was also discussed because it needs to be repaired or replaced.
They plan to move forward with plumbing the well to the location of spring so the water can be treated with the same chlorinator. An engineer will be contracted to make the plans to accomplish this before spring time.

Fire Grant

The Gunlock Fire Department has received a grant for fire equipment and supplies. Paperwork was filed for the grant at the beginning of summer and the department has accumulated in-kind service hours to use to match the grant. Right now they are in the process of acquiring the items the grant has approved. They will review the grant at the fire meeting on October 14.

Fee Increase

By Sara Laub
There is a public hearing on October 13, 2010 for the Northwestern Special Service District. It will be at 6:00pm at the Brookside Fire Station located at 436 Wells Fargo in Brookside.
The hearing is for the proposed fee increase since the district has the financial obligation to pay for the Veyo Fire Station. The fees would increase from $75 per year to $98 per year for homes. There will be other fees increasing as well for unimproved residential and commercial properties.
See the notice posted on the mailboxes in Gunlock for more information or contact the NWSSD at (435)632-2314 or (435)632-2930.

Gunlock Halloween Party

The Gunlock Halloween Party will be on Saturday, October 30th at the Town Hall. It will start at 6pm. Come Join the fun!

Halloween Joke

By Samantha Laub
*What goes “Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Thump?”
Frankenstein’s monster laughing his head off.
(From Bailey School Kids)

Western Dance and Dessert

Friday, October 22, 2010 at 7:00pm
Please come and
Bring the Whole Family.
Located at the Gunlock Church.
There will be square dancing and country swing instruction, with dessert.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
• If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
• Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters:
• Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
• Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
• Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
• If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
• Never cut across yards or use alleys.
• Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
• Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
• Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Hunting Humor

Two Bear Hunters. Two men went bear hunting. While one stayed in the cabin, the other went out looking for a bear.
He soon found a huge bear, shot at it but only wounded it. The enraged bear charged toward him, he dropped his rifle and started running for the cabin as fast as he could.
He ran pretty fast but the bear was just a little faster and gained on him with every step.
Just as he reached the open cabin door, he tripped and fell flat. Too close behind to stop, the bear tripped over him and went rolling into the cabin.
The man jumped up, closed the cabin door and yelled to his friend inside, "You skin this one while I go and get another one!"
Lost Hunter. A guy goes hunting and gets lost in the woods. Remembering the universal distress signal of 3 shots, he fires 3 shots into the air and waits. After an hour he fires 3 more shots. Another hour goes by and still no one comes to help. Preparing for the next sequence he says to himself, “I hope somebody comes this time because these are my last three arrows.”
Tracks. Two lawyers were out hunting when they came upon a couple of tracks. After close examination, the first lawyer declared them to be deer tracks. The second lawyer disagreed, insisting they must be elk tracks.
They were still arguing when the train hit them.

A Halloween Poem

Jack-o-lantern smiling bright
Witches flying in the night
Ghosts and goblins, cats and bats
Witches with their funny hats
A full moon can't be beat
As we go out to Trick or Treat

October Calendar

  • Oct 7: GSSD meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall
  • Oct 13: Public Hearing for the NWSSD Fee Increase @ 6pm at the Brookside Fire Station
  • Oct 14: Gunlock Fire Department meeting at 7pm at the Gunlock Fire Station
  • Oct 22: Western Dance and Dessert for the whole family at the Church at 7pm
  • Oct 30:Gunlock Halloween Party at the Town Hall at 6pm
  • Oct 31: Halloween
  • Nov 2: Election Day
  • Nov 4: GSSD meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall
  • Nov 11: Gunlock Fire Department Meeting. 7pm at the fire station.
  • Nov 25: Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GSSD Back in Session

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Special Service District had a busy meeting that was all business after the summer break. Here is the general rundown of what the board members have been busy with during the summer and their plans for the fall.
* There was a clog in the line that had a successful emergency repair.
* Kip Bowler discovered excess water coming from the cemetery late one night and decided to look into it. The cemetery had a broken line and there was no shut off valve. Fortunately it was in the late hours of the night and the water was shut off and the pipe repaired without much inconvenience to the residents. Plans will be made to put a shut off valve on the cemetery water line soon.
* The springs were cleaned, the weeds pulled and the screen cleaned out and reset. The meter that was ordered to put in next to the spring arrived and was installed September 2.
* The water operator is still hand chlorinating to keep the levels correct. There was a complaint after heavy chlorination.
* Arsenic levels from the well will be tested quarterly for one year because although the levels are well within safety guidelines, they have slightly increased enough to be monitored. If the levels do not increase after the one year then it will be tested annually according to results.
* One water sample in July came back bad, probably due to sample error or lab error. Testing done above and below the bad test site passed. All the samples in August passed.
* The EPA order paperwork is current.
* A contractor is working on putting in a sensory unit to transmit data in order to better regulate the tank levels in coordination with water supply from the spring to the well.
* The park rules were revised and approved. There is new paperwork for those reserving the park.
* The Emergency Response Plan was revised and added to, as well as the Fire Hydrant Procedures.
* The GSSD is purchasing a property including the water rights with the intent to gain more water rights which in turn will enable them to provide more water per user.
* The disinfection system plans for the Smith Ranch were submitted late because of miscommunication in the company submitting them, but they are in.
Community Issues:
There was vandalism on the Town Hall in July. Windows were broken and have since been replaced. There was also a house that has been vandalized in town as well.
Scott Holt reported on the 2010 Gunlock Rodeo. He said everything went great, the breakfast was great and the parade was great. The rodeos went great with the exception of that one injured rider.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hot Pepper Research

By Sara Laub
After having an experience with hot peppers this year and not necessarily knowing completely how to treat pepper burns, I took some time to do some research. Sometimes misunderstandings happen with who put the hot peppers verses the mild peppers on which cutting board. The creeping sensation of an eye progressing to burn is not an experience I would wish on anyone.
What Are the Treatments for Hot Pepper Burns?
By Athena Hessong, eHow Contributor
Peppers grow in thousands of different shapes, sizes and heat levels. For some, the hotter the pepper the better. Chili heads may love to singe their taste buds with that heat, but some people want the burn to stop as soon as possible. Hot pepper burns occur both in the mouth and on the skin, a result of capsicum in the peppers. The sooner the treatment starts to remove the burning capsicum, the faster the relief comes.
Skin Burns
Prevent burning the skin by wearing gloves when cutting and handling hot peppers. If you get a burn anyway, cover the area with vegetable oil for an hour, if possible. Another method involves washing the skin with rubbing alcohol immediately. Follow with a coating of milk or vegetable oil.
Mouth Burns
Avoid drinking plain water to relieve hot pepper mouth burns. The water moves the pepper oil throughout the mouth, but it does not dissolve it. This makes the heat seem worse. Drink something with alcohol in it instead. The alcohol will dissolve the pepper oil. Non-drinkers can try milk, yogurt, ice cream or a spoonful of sugar. The caisen in the dairy products prevents the taste receptors from perceiving the capsicum in the pepper oil. The capsicum is the culprit causing the burning sensation.
Eye Burns
Cry. The eye's natural tears most effectively flush out the pepper burn. If tear production isn't enough, use saline eye drops or a plain water rinse to wash out the pepper oil. (
What is Capsicum? Capsaicin is what puts the heat or pungency in chiles. It is a compound that is insoluble in water, tasteless and odorless. It is made of seven closely related alkaloid or capsaicinoids. Three of these components cause the “rapid bite” at the back of the palate and throat and two others cause the long, slow burn on the tongue. Capsaicin is produced and found in the placental partition (“white” cross wall and veins) of the pod. The seeds become pungent through contact with the placenta. (
It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. (

The Subway Hike in Zion

The Subway at Zion National Park
www.zionnational-park.comLeft Fork of North Creek - The Subway
The mystical journey through the Left Fork of North Creek involves route finding, plunging cautiously into chilly pools then sloshing, sometimes frantically, through frigid water over and through difficult obstacles. The narrow Subway section of this hike forces hikers through a unique tunnel sculpted by the Left Fork of North Creek. Churning water chisels the rock floor, forming shallow potholes that fill to the brim with frosty water. Silhouettes dance freely on multi-colored walls where only a trickle of sun light penetrates into the curved chamber of the Subway. Falling water echoes in the nature carved tunnel where dragonflies dart, frogs laze about and shimmering emerald pools tempt cold hikers to dawdle. Before long, the promise of daylight urges an exit to the warmth of the sun waiting outside the Subway. The canyon widens as hikers cross back and forth across the creek, making their way to the grueling uphill exit. For those that want a glimpse of the canyon, but choose to stay away from uncomfortable obstacles, explore the canyon from the bottom where thin sheets of glistening water cascade over mossy stair-step slivers of rock. The Subway at a Glance
Day Canyon: Yes
Distance: 9.5 miles
Average Hiking Time: 7 hours
Equipment: Neoprene socks, rope, harness, sturdy sticky rubber hiking shoes, 3 liters of water per person or a purification method, energy food, dry clothing, first aid kit and a headlamp . Spring and Fall may necessitate the use of wetsuits. Use a dry bag for electronics and extra clothing. A zip lock baggie and other household items will not keep gear dry.
Difficulty: This is a technical canyon where rappelling and down-climbing skills are required, but these obstacles can be avoided by hiking from the bottom into the Subway.
Sun Exposure: There are some cold area that get no sun, but most of the hike is in full sun.
Trail Usage: Heavy, with 80 permits given out a day and most of them are used.

(Subway Entrance picture by Sara Laub)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bill Insert

By Sara Laub
The GSSD sent a letter out to all users with this last bill and had addressed what was written in the Gunlock Informer in the July issue in the “Bill Insert”. I am that reporter they were correcting and I just want to say that I am glad that they correct what is said and they do it quickly. I will agree, looking at the article again, that I was not clear in those phrases and that it would lead people to believe what the GSSD addressed in the letter. I will make a better effort to keep things more clear as most residents do not hear the conversation during the meetings.
Here is some needed clarification to keep the information in the newsletter correct. Chlorinating the water from the well after it merges with the spring water by adding more chlorine to the spring water was not getting the test results desired for chlorine ONLY. At the meetings the well water has always been reported to meet the standards for drinking water. And then about the chlorinator, as stated in the letter, “the issue is not with the chlorinator but with the meter that regulates the automatic flow of chlorine for treatment purposes.” The spring flows inconsistently making the water pressure different when it goes through the meter. This makes the tests inconsistent for chlorine only.
In my opinion, I am glad for the “Bill Insert” because I do like to hear from the water board itself. Information is always better when it is from more than one source. I am just a reporter and not a water system expert, and I try to relay correct information from the board meetings that is not partial to any one opinion. The board members understand the water system and are making Gunlock’s drinking water as good as possible.
As stated in the July, 2010 Bill Insert: “If you have any questions about the GSSD functions—any drinking water issues, the park, or the street lights—call any Director, the Certified Operator, or the Clerk. These individuals are directly involved and have the full details of what is happening.”


The Gunlock Informer will be delivering the news during the week after the GSSD meetings, because there are announcements made during the meeting that could go in the newsletter.

Book Review: The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

In this series there are three books, beginning with The Goose Girl, Hale’s first novel, which tells of a princess, Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, or Ani, who travels to another country to marry a prince she knows nothing about. But on the way her horrible lady-in-waiting Selia forces her to flee when half the princesses guard turns against her and the other half is killed. The Goose Girl is the story of her finding herself, magic, love, and her place in this world.
Next is Enna Burning which follows the story of Enna, Ani’s friend. Enna’s brother Leifer has been acting strangely and Enna soon discovers what is wrong but doesn’t know what to do. The country is going to war and her brother eagerly accepts the call to arms. Enna wants to help him, to help Bayern, but can she stay above the influence of fire and deception?
Finally there is the newest installment in the series, River Secrets. Razo is a joker. He’s short, sassy, an all around trouble-maker, and a horrible fighter. But when he’s sent with the party to negotiate peace he soon finds that maybe he’s not so useless. Maybe he can make a difference. And maybe he can find a girl along the way.

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Education Humor

* Stressing the importance of a good vocabulary, the teacher told her young charges, "Use a word ten times, and it shall be yours for life."
From somewhere in the back of the room, came a small male voice chanting, "Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda."

* A child comes home from his first day at school. His Mother asks, "Well, what did you learn today?"
The kid replies, "Not enough. They want me to come back tomorrow."

* According to a radio report, a middle school in Oregon was faced with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls into the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it was to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to clean one of the mirrors. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it into the toilet and then cleaned the mirror.
Since then there have been no lip prints on the mirror. There are teachers and then there are TEACHERS.



There were emails circulating about mars this month and it is interesting to relearn about it. World Book at NASA was a great source at
“Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. The planet is one of Earth's "next-door neighbors" in space. Earth is the third planet from the sun, and Jupiter is the fifth. Like Earth, Jupiter, the sun, and the remainder of the solar system, Mars is about 4.6 billion years old.
Mars is named for the ancient Roman god of war. The Romans copied the Greeks in naming the planet for a war god; the Greeks called the planet Ares (AIR eez). The Romans and Greeks associated the planet with war because its color resembles the color of blood. Viewed from Earth, Mars is a bright reddish-orange. It owes its color to iron-rich minerals in its soil. This color is also similar to the color of rust, which is composed of iron and oxygen.
Scientists have observed Mars through telescopes based on Earth and in space. Space probes have carried telescopes and other instruments to Mars. Early probes were designed to observe the planet as they flew past it. Later, spacecraft orbited Mars and even landed there. But no human being has ever set foot on Mars.
Scientists have found strong evidence that water once flowed on the surface of Mars. The evidence includes channels, valleys, and gullies on the planet's surface. If this interpretation of the evidence is correct, water may still lie in cracks and pores in subsurface rock. A space probe has also discovered vast amounts of ice beneath the surface, most of it near the south pole.”
In addition, a group of researchers has claimed to have found evidence that living things once dwelled on Mars. That evidence consists of certain materials in meteorites found on Earth. But the group's interpretation of the evidence has not convinced most scientists.
The Martian surface has many spectacular features, including a canyon system that is much deeper and much longer than the Grand Canyon in the United States. Mars also has mountains that are much higher than Mount Everest, Earth's highest peak.
Above the surface of Mars lies an atmosphere that is about 100 times less dense than the atmosphere of Earth. But the Martian atmosphere is dense enough to support a weather system that includes clouds and winds. Tremendous dust storms sometimes rage over the entire planet.
Mars is much colder than Earth. Temperatures at the Martian surface vary from as low as about -195 degrees F (-125 degrees C) near the poles during the winter to as much as 70 degrees F (20 degrees C) at midday near the equator. The average temperature on Mars is about -80 degrees F (-60 degrees C).
Mars is so different from Earth mostly because Mars is much farther from the sun and much smaller than Earth. The average distance from Mars to the sun is about 141,620,000 miles (227,920,000 kilometers). This distance is roughly 1 1/2 times the distance from Earth to the sun. The average radius (distance from its center to its surface) of Mars is 2,107 miles (3,390 kilometers), about half the radius of Earth.
“Mars was photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in August 2003 as the planet passed closer to Earth than it had in nearly 60,000 years. The photographs captured many features of the Martian surface, including dark, circular impact craters and the bright ice of the southern polar cap. Image credit: NASA, J. Bell (Cornell U.) and M. Wolff (SSI).”

Back to School Crossword

2. Nobody wants this- especially on the first day!
3. You need this for writing.
5. Some kids ride this to school.
7. Time to eat!
10. Reading, writing, and this...
11. A record of your progress.
12. A ________ for the teacher.
13. You may paint or draw here.

1. Don't get sent to this person's office!
4. You sit at your...
6. The teacher will write on this
8. A class where you do experiments.
9. Everybody's favorite 'subject'

August Gunlock Town Events

* Aug 11: School Starts
* Aug 12: Gunlock Fire Department Meeting. 7pm at the fire station.
* No GSSD meeting this month.

Friday, July 2, 2010

GSSD in June

By Sara Laub
The GSSD board is responding to the EPA order in all seriousness. They will have had all paper work and testing finished by the end of June, and will continue to meet the standards the EPA requires.
The chlorinator runs but has been inconsistent, and the board wants it “fixed once and for all”. The well water has not passed the water tests no matter how much chlorine is put in the system. Plans were made to fix the chlorinator and also make the well water go to the tanks so it will be chlorinated with the spring water. Some repairs will wait until fall so the town does not run out of water during the summer.

2010 Rodeo

The 2010 Gunlock Rodeo has arrived and will be July 1-3 and each day there will only be night rodeos starting at 8:00 pm.
Then the town will have their annual 4th of July Celebration Saturday morning July 3rd. It will all start at 7:30am with the flag ceremony, 8:00am for breakfast and will continue with the parade at 10:00am. All residents are encouraged to have a parade entry.
The celebration will finish up with the last rodeo Saturday evening.

Report for the ISO Inspection

By Sara Laub
The ISO, Insurance Service Organization, is used to make standards to rank fire stations for insurance companies. Fire stations are scored in three areas: 50% Fire Department, 40% water ability, and 10% for communications. These three add up to how ready a town is to provide fire safety.
Steve Haluska, chairman of the NWSSD, was at the June water board meeting and gave the ISO report for Gunlock and also the NWSSD. The ISO stated that Gunlock does not have a fire department and so it scored a 10, the lowest. Since the ISO is only interested in structure fires, the structure fire truck does not have a station to reside in, therefore there is no department. The brush truck’s fire garage does not count and only fire calls to structure fires are included in the report.
Communications has been improved in the last year and Gunlock uses radios now without much problem. The communication portion was adequate.
The water ability of the town did fairly well for the inspection, and only had one hydrant perform lower than the standard. The GSSD is responsible for maintaining and testing the fire hydrants since it is part of the water system.
The rest of the NWSSD ranked at a 7, which led Haluska into a conversation about who should be responsible for Gunlock. Ivins responds to all Gunlock fires and arrives faster than the NWSSD, and he suggested that maybe Gunlock should be part of Ivins.
There are a few things going on with the district currently, including the rates going up to pay for the Veyo fire department and the district will be charging all parcels of land for fire safety. Developed (homes which we already pay each year), partially developed (pastures) and non-developed (grazing, range) land will have different fees but all will be charged a fee since the district will show up to put out fires on all parcels of land.

The Fourth of July 2010

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States.

309.6 million
The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth. Source: Population clock


Northwestern Special Service District

1st Annual Firefighter Festival

July 10th at 11:00Am until ?
Veyo Park, Veyo Utah
(Directions-Hwy 18,
Right at Sinclair gas station in Veyo,
Left on Spanish Trails,
Right on Chad Ranch)

TICKETS-$5 per individual-$20 per family
Your proceeds & donations will go directly to purchase firefighter equipment and gear,
which in turn will better protect you. Thank you for your support!

• Two Live Bands & Live DJ
• Drawings for Great Prizes
• Outstanding Auction Items
• Kids Games/Face Painting
• Great Food
• Bake Sale Swap Meet
• Mud-Bowl Tug-of-War

For more information please contact:
LuAnne Carpenter Phone: (435) 632-1280 Email:
Steve Haluska Phone: (435) 632-2314 Email:

Come support your community firefighters. Help us Help you!

“The individual who’s name is drawn to receive any firearms during the NWSSD First Annual Firefighter Festival MUST ALSO meet all Utah State and Federal requirements for Firearm ownership within this State.”

4th of July Word Search

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Independence Day?

1.When did the Continental Congress actually pass a resolution of Independence?
a. July 1
b. July 2
c. July 3

2. Who was on the committee assembled to draft the declaration?
a. Richard Henry Lee, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and George Washington.
b. Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and John Hancock.
c. John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.

3. What was one of the reasons that Adams told Jefferson, the youngest man on the committee, to draft a declaration?
a. Jefferson was from Massachusetts, a politically powerful state.
b. Adams knew that he was unpopular and considered obnoxious by many delegates. In order for the declaration to be accepted, he had to keep a low profile.
c. Adams wanted to challenge Jefferson to improve his writing skills by drafting an important document.

4. Which of the following was something Congress cut out of Jefferson's draft of the declaration?
a. They removed all references to slavery.
b. They removed all references to women.
c. They removed a paragraph written in Latin.

5. Which two key players in the history of Independence died on the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration?
a. Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock
b. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
c. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams Answers: 1.b 2.c 3.b 4.a 5.b

Gunlock Town Events July 2010

Gunlock Town Events
Jul 1-3: Gunlock Rodeo starting at 8:00pm each night. (There will be no daytime rodeo this year.)
Jul 3: 7:30 am Flag Raising Ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast at the Park
10:00 am Parade on Main Street
Jul 4: Independence Day
Jun 7: Gunlock Fire Department Meeting 7pm at the Fire Station
Jul 10: NWSSD Fund Raiser at the Veyo Park starting at 11:00am through the evening. $5 a person or $20 a family. Food, Music and Prizes.
Jun 24: Pioneer Day

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Water Board

By Sara Laub
Although the water board meeting was shorter than normal, it involved some expensive information. Water users should have received a letter informing residents of the violation that the GSSD has been cited with by the EPA.
These violations include “water tests not taken and missing report violations” and could cost $37,500 each day of violation. The letter from the GSSD states:
“We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. From 2005 through 2009, we did not complete all monitoring or testing for Nitrate, total coliform bacteria, lead an copper, inorganic contaminants, pesticides, disinfection byproducts, or disinfectant residuals and therefore cannot be sure for the quality of our drinking water during that time.”
The letter continues as it reassures residents that, “the GSSD has done everything it can to correct the outstanding violations from the past; has worked with the DDW to make sure all current tests are done or scheduled by year end; has put procedures in place to assure compliance going forward.”
Residents are encouraged to share this information with all who drink the water.


"F" aithful.
"A" lways there.
"T" rustworthy.
"H" onoring.
"E" ver-loving.
"R" ighteous.
"S" upportive.
-Author Unknown

ISO and Rodeo

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Fire Department had an ISO inspection during May and Steve Haluska, chairman of the NWSSD, will be at the June GSSD meeting to share the results. He will be available if residents have questions.
The upcoming Gunlock Rodeo will also be discussed at the June GSSD meeting for those who are interested. The meeting is Thursday June 3, at 7:00pm at the Town Hall.

Tribute to Father

Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledge, truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with. While for sons their fathers are the strongest person they know and someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups fathers are someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our life that we know as father - it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father's Day.
Celebrate Father's Day with Dad
We must make all efforts to celebrate Father's Day with our Dad. Children staying away from father must especially strive to spend the day with father and show gratitude for all their support and love. We must pamper father by spending the day in a manner he likes most. It could be going out for a picnic or indulging him with a gourmet meal. We can also express love with thoughtful gifts accompanied by a bouquet of his favorite flowers. The idea is to show our affection and tell Daddy how much he is loved and appreciated not just on Father's Day but every single day of our lives.

2 Bed/1 Bath Apartment for Rent $550/month in Gunlock

The apartment is above the garage at our residence at 118 N Main and is separate from the main house. Water, garbage and sewer is included and the yard is maintained. It is 965 sq ft, with tile floors in the kitchen and bathroom. It is a 20-25 minute drive to St. George. Arrangements can be made for wireless internet. Please call Sara at (435)574-2641.

Writer Wanted

By Sara Laub
Many people know that Rachel Campbell has moved from Gunlock just recently. She has been a great contributer to the Gunlock Informer and will be missed.
I would like to have someone from town be involved with putting the newsletter together on a consistant basis to replace her services. If you are interested please call me, 574-2641.

Zion National Park News Release

May 24, 2010, For Immediate Release
Erik DeGroat 435-772-0180, 10-22
A road reconstruction project on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway in Zion National Park will begin June 1, 2010, and is scheduled to end by October 28. This historic road, officially opened in 1930, has had no major work since then and now needs major reconstruction. When completed, the project will provide an improved, stabilized, and safer road for over two million visitors annually. Superintendent Jock Whitworth said, “Zion Canyon, the most visited area of the park, and its famous trails and attractions will remain open and accessible. Zion National Park will be open for the duration of the project.”
Starting June 7, delays and closures in the construction zone will occur Monday through Friday, with traffic control possible at all other times. This is a change from the previously announced construction schedule. People travelling to Zion National Park on SR 9 from Interstate 15 will be able to access Zion Canyon’s attractions and facilities and the businesses in Springdale without being in the construction area. Only travel between US 89 and Zion Canyon will be affected.
For updated information, Call 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4) or visit the park website at

Dreissena Mussels

By Sara Laub
There has been an “Aquatic Invasive Species Closure Order” for Sand Hollow Reservoir. All boats and equipment used on the reservoir during the past 30 days need to be decontaminated, to prevent the spread of the Dreissena mussel. I decided to find out more about this mussel from
Dreissena polymorpha, is a small freshwater bivalve. This species was originally native to the lakes of southeast Russia. However, it has been accidentally introduced in many other areas, and has become an invasive species in many different countries.
It is believed they were inadvertently introduced into the lakes in the ballast water of ocean-going ships traversing the St. Lawrence Seaway... Since adult zebra mussels can survive out of water for several days or weeks if the temperature is low and humidity is high, chain lockers provide temporary refuge for clusters of adult mussels that could easily be released when transoceanic ships drop anchor in freshwater ports. They have become an invasive species in North America.
Zebra mussels are filter feeders. When in the water, they open their shells to admit detritus. Zebra mussels are a great nuisance to people.
Since colonization of the Great Lakes, they have covered the undersides of docks, boats, and anchors. They have also spread into streams and rivers nationwide. In some areas they completely cover the substrate, sometimes covering other freshwater mussels. They can grow so densely that they block pipelines, clogging water intakes of municipal water supplies and hydroelectric companies.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Water Board

By Sara Laub
Most of the GSSD meeting was spent on figuring out the testing that has been done and that needs to be done. Although there have been problems getting all the requirements, tests and paperwork figured out for the water system, there is steady progress. The progress continues with the new chlorinator which has been ordered and will be put in during the next few weeks. A vault and chlorinator for the Smith line is being prepared and that will take a few months to finish.
The day use of the park was discussed to be twenty five dollars per day and there are already families who have reserved varying days. The opening and closing of the park was looked into and “no loud noises after 10pm” was instituted, so the park is technically not closed at any time. Although, the park lights are turned off at midnight.


By Sara Laub
Once again, a representative came to the water board meeting from the Ironman, and gave a pamphlet which gives information about how to get around when the race is going on May 1st. It includes a traffic map, road closures, alternative routes and fast facts, which should have been distributed to residents in Gunlock. There will be a bike aid station next to the Town Hall for the athletes, and the stop will have a theme of antique cars to make it more fun. The road is expected to be closed from 8:30am to 4:30pm but will still allow traffic to travel south.
To look at the maps or get more information go to:

It Stinks!

By Sara Laub
Gunlock has had a very foul stench for most of the month of April. Unknowingly, I thought it would go away once the digging stopped on the reservoir. To my surprise, Blue Bunny has received a permit to dump their waste right on the edge of our town. I called Paul from the county and he said he has come out to investigate the problem, and they have not been following the directions for the permit. They have not been mixing the waste in with the soil and that is why it stinks so much.
Blue Bunny wants to maintain good relations with Gunlock, and will do what it takes to take the smell away or it will use the other dump sites it has access to. I am hopeful this situation will be figured out and we will no longer have the fumes from waste overtaking our noses.
If you continue to smell the foul odor, give Paul a call at 986-2590 so something can be done to fix it.

Publishing Ideas

By Sara Laub
I am interested in having more articles, pictures, recipes, or ideas from residents in town to help fill the newsletter. I want to hear about what you are interested in. I can either take a topic that you are interested in and write about it for you, or publish one you do yourself. I want to make sure I am writing about things that Gunlock is interested in. Please call or email me at 574-2641 Thanks!

Easter Egg Hunt

By Sara Laub
The Rodeo Committee put on a successful Easter Egg Hunt for the town at the park. There were a lot of happy kids with very full baskets. The hunt is planned so well that they place the eggs and candy out on the grass and allow the 0-3 year olds to go first for a couple minutes. This allows the smaller kids to continue smiling. Then they clear the grass and allow the 4-7 year olds a head start, and then the rest of the kids can go. Many thanks go out to the Rodeo Committee for their generosity.

Hole in the Rock

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hole-in-the-Rock is a narrow and steep crevice in the western rim of Glen Canyon, in southern Utah in the western United States. Together with another canyon on the eastern side of the Colorado River, it provided a historically important route through what would otherwise be a large area of impassible terrain. The use of this difficult path represents the ingenuity and determination needed during the country's era of western exploration and settlement.
In the fall of 1879, the Mormon San Juan Expedition was seeking a route from south-central Utah to their proposed colony in the far southeastern corner of the state. Rejecting two longer routes, they chose a more direct path that initially took them along the relatively benign terrain beneath the Straight Cliffs of the Kaiparowits Plateau. However, when this led them to the 1200-foot (400 m) sandstone cliffs that surround Glen Canyon, they needed a way to cross to the eastern rim. They found (and named) Hole-in-the-Rock, a narrow, steep, and rocky crevice and sandy slope that led down to the river. Directly across the river was Cottonwood Canyon, a tempting route up to Wilson Mesa on the other side.
They worked for months to prepare the road, using blasting powder to widen the upper section and hand chisels to carve anchor points directly into the sandstone. On January 26, 1880 the expedition (250 people, 83 full-sized wagons, and over 1000 head of livestock) began their descent to the river. Wagons were heavily roped, and teams of men and oxen used to lower them through the upper crevice, which has slopes approaching 45°. Further down, a wooden track had been constructed along a slickrock sandstone slope. Posts in drilled holes supported horizontal beams to allow passage of the wagons.
After an even more difficult journey on the east side of the river, the expedition founded the community of Bluff in southeastern Utah. They used the Hole-in-the-Rock route as a supply road for only a year before replacing it with an easier route to the north, at Hall's Crossing. Decades later, miners of the Hoskaninni Mining Company carved steps onto the same path used by the Mormon pioneers. The blasting holes, anchor points, and gouges from the hubs of the expedition's wagons are still visible in the walls of the crevice.
Hole-in-the-Rock can be reached today via two routes. The primitive Hole-in-the-Rock Road, which closely follows the path of the 1879 expedition, runs southeast from near the town of Escalante to a parking area just above the crevice. Alternatively, the bottom of the route can be accessed by boat, at buoy 66 on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
The Hole-In-The-Rock was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Mother's Day Word Search

Can you find the word “mother” in all
these different languages?

u m u r d m a t e r k n
f m a m m a k q c i a p
x p a b o q n u q x h d
m y m m o e d e r d m d
u y a m o t h e r o c v
t m k u x g m y q i z o
t a u t v c o m a j i o
e d a e z o k a a s a n
r r h r x b f m z a z i
u e i h a a k u i m a o
h i n y a b v k b z o f
v a e m a m a n h t l n

Moeder (Afrikaans) Ahm (Arabic) Mother (English)
Maman (French) Mutter (German) Makuahine (Hawaiian)
Maji (Hindi) Mamma (Italian) Okaasan (Japanese)
Mater (Latin) Haakui (Maori) Pabo (Punjabi)
Madre (Spanish) Mzazi (Swahili) Muter (Yiddish)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

March GSSD

By Sara Laub
Representatives from Rural Water came to the March meeting and were able to give the board direction on how to best set up the chlorination system for the town, time wise and financially. The board has been trying to find grants to fund a chlorination system but the suggestion was made to put the current system back into service which would cost a lot less and take less time. The grant would not even be needed but they would have to figure out a separate chlorinator for the Smith line. It would meet the standards needed to comply with the state regulations but there was the concern of the well since it is not chlorinated. Rural Water said that since the well is used seasonally that the chlorination put in the tanks should be adjusted because the chlorine will be diluted from the well water. There is a large range of how much chlorine can be in the water system to pass requirements and it should work to turn up the chlorine when the well is on and turn it down when the well is out of use after the summer months. This new development is a huge relief since there will be no need to have a grant and it can be done relatively quickly, meaning a few months, to get the system meeting the requirements.
Some board members attended the Rural Water conference and came back with interesting information. There is interactive software that is being used to monitor and keep
track of the water system called "hydrolic water modeling". It is available to everyone so anyone can see it and it gives automatic reports.

Let’s Go Green Gunlock!

By Cari Heizer
“Buying Local” is trendy right now for good reasons. It is good for the environment, saves us money (on food and gas), and benefits our friends and neighbors. Because of this, I am proposing we hold a Farmer’s Market in Gunlock this summer.
Here are some of my thoughts:
* Local farmers and crafters can reserve a table at the park or town hall for a small donation to benefit Gunlock services (Fire Dept., Town Hall Assn., etc.)
* We hold it on the same day each month (The 3rd Saturday of the month)
* We make it a fun community event (picnic lunches, music, etc.)
Please let me know your thoughts! If you are interested in participating in a Farmer’s Market in Gunlock this summer or if you think this is a lousy idea, please let me know. You can email me at or give me a call 574.061o. Summer is quickly approaching, so speedy feedback is appreciated.

Book Review: "The Five Thousand Year Leap"

By Sara Laub
"The Five Thousand Year Leap: 28 Great Ideals That Changed the World" written by Cleon Skousen is a very interesting book. It obtains a perspective of the United States Constitution from the founding fathers point of view. The title of the book gives a viewpoint that the world had not advanced much until the Constitution was put in place and there were 28 ideals that made those advancements possible. The founding fathers had educated themselves with many philosophers and evaluated other governments in the world and came to understand the need for a balanced government.
The balanced government is defined as a republic where the 3 heads of the government, legislative, executive and judicial, each play a role to balance the other out. The political parties in turn balance each other out as well, making sure there is not too much or too little government involvement.
The author uses many quotes from the founding fathers and also philosophers including John Locke, Benjamin Franklin, Cicero and others, to show in their words how they felt about these ideals. Some of the ideals are: obeying the natural law of the universe, electing virtuous leaders, the proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things, and checks and balances, among others. The founding fathers were religious and had come from more burdensome
governments. Some ideals included religion to maintain moral and virtuous people but preserved the freedom of religion at the same time. There are explanations of each principle in each section to help describe to the reader what those men had in mind and how it helped them write the Constitution.
Here is an example of one of the principles:
Principle 15 - The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations.
Prosperity depends upon a climate of wholesome stimulation with four basic freedoms in operation:
1. The Freedom to try.
2. The Freedom to buy.
3. The Freedom to sell.
4. The Freedom to fail.
In my opinion, this book really gave me perspective and I have a different outlook on the Constitution of the United States now. The definition of some of these ideals has really clarified to me how a republic can work.

Numerous Early Season Wildfires Caused by Private Burning

Jason Curry
FFSL Public Information Officer
801)538-7302, (801)703-0225

Salt Lake City, Utah – Fire officials are issuing a caution as warmer
weather arrives. In March, more than 30 yard, fenceline and debris burns
escaped, requiring action by fire fighters. The fires occurred around
the state from Washington to Morgan Counties and they were all
preventable. Fire management officers recommend that individuals and
agencies take some simple precautions before igniting to ensure fewer
escaped fires.

● Clear away vegetation to create firebreaks between burn areas
and adjacent fields, structures and trees
● Never burn on windy days, check your local weather forecast and
plan to wrap up before afternoon winds
● Keep a charged hose and a shovel nearby (if a hose isn’t
possible, 5-gallon water buckets)
● Never leave the fire unattended
● Notify your local fire department of your intention to burn;
some departments may offer to put a fire engine on standby at your burn

Notification of the nearest fire department before burning is required
by law in ALL CASES (failure to do so is a Class B misdemeanor). Many of
the costly and embarrassing experiences so far this year could have been
avoided with a simple phone call. Preparation beforehand can make the
difference between success and disaster. In addition to preparations,
slow and gradual lighting of an area allows for greater control of a
fire’s pace.

“People have used fire throughout history and it can be a useful
tool,” says State Forester, Dick Buehler. He goes on to say,
“we’re asking people to be more careful when they burn and
take some time to prepare and be as safe as possible.”

Open burning is regulated on a state level by state law and rule. Most
counties and cities also have ordinances, so, people wishing to burn
fields, ditches and waste piles should determine whether it is legal to
burn before lighting anything. The closed fire season begins June 1;
until that date agricultural fires may be lit without a burn permit as
long as notification is made. Yard debris and slash piles are governed
by stricter county and city laws, so the public should consult local

It may not be widely known, but it is always the responsibility of the
person lighting and tending the fire to take the needed precautions and
prevent its escape. A permit or notification call does not relieve a
person from liability if the fire gets away or damages someone else’s
property, so good judgment is advised. Fire suppression is expensive.

If the fire gets away – then what?
Despite preparations, fire can still escape. If things begin to get out
of hand, regardless of whether the fire is legal or not, it should be
PUT OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. If it escapes control, do not put
yourself or others at risk, call 911 immediately.

Burning is not the only option for getting rid of debris; in fact it is
a source of air pollution. Many landfills have sites available for
organic material disposal. Cities and counties restrict open burning to
October through May; a permit is required in most cases after May 31.

Easter Crossword

Gunlock Town Events: April 2010

Apr 1: GSSD mtg @ 7pm at the Town Hall
Apr 3: Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 @ the park
Apr 4: Easter
Apr 8: Fire Meeting @ 7pm
There is talk of a town cleanup before May 1st.

Monday, March 1, 2010


By Sara Laub
The Iron Man Triathlon will be coming through Gunlock on May 1, 2010 and representatives came to the February GSSD meeting to present their plans and answer questions. The cycle portion of the race will close off half of the road so there will only be one way traffic. Gunlock residents can drive out through the south but will have to come home through Veyo. There will be traffic control for impact purposes. Contact Lieutenant Shauna Jones for any questions concerning this issue at 656-6503.
Please be aware that there will be an increase in cyclist traffic on the road as the event gets closer. About 60-80 volunteers are needed to help with the bike aid station. Those who are interested in helping can sign up on the website, For more information on this upcoming event, please come to the April GSSD meeting.

GSSD in February

By Sara Laub
New lights were installed in the park. The GSSD expressed gratitude to Ence Electric and Franklin Kolsky for making these lights possible. The board wants to gather more information from the residents of Gunlock to see if they are interested in having these same lights put in along Main Street by the Town Hall. They want people to respond with a written concern, if any.
A tree is down near the spring and the erosion is very messy. It is getting worse and plans were made to clean it up.

Tricky Trapdoor

For those in need of a leprechaun trap here is a great idea:
This trap draws on time-honored technology: a swinging door cut into the top of the box gives way when the leprechaun tries to make off with the bait. You can never have too many rainbows on your trap. This one is made from pipe cleaners.
For bait, try chocolate coins, shiny jewels, or even a worn-out doll shoe! (Leprechauns are cobblers by trade.) We glued the coins in a pile to keep them secure when the trap is sprung. Our trapdoor is a flap held up by a tab of card stock (taped in place after the box is decorated).
This climbing wall is sure to entice the wee adventurers. Ours consists of small rocks affixed with tacky glue to the sponge-painted box. We covered our box with tissue paper (green, of course) attached with glue stick.
Capture the look of the Irish countryside with stones and bits of moss..

Removing Silt in Reservoir

The county is hard at work digging out the silt to restore the reservoir to its previous banks near Gunlock Rock. Progress is coming along swimmingly and the large equipment is providing wonderful entertainment for boys (and men) of all ages and even a few passer-bys as they watch the loading and dumping of the dirt.
(photographs by Sara Laub)

Volunteers Needed!

By Rachel Campbell
Cub Scout Pack 410 has need of volunteers interested in helping with the Pack Committee. Positions vary, but most require only two meetings per month with the bonus of knowing that they have benefited the program and the boys.
The Pack Committee is also looking for donations in the form of craft/wood materials and any extra uniforms that anyone might have to start a Uniform Exchange program in which boys can “rent” a uniform and trade it in when they grow out of it. Uniforms can be the traditional blue or tan.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the BSA, Pack 410 is participating in 100 Hours of Service. The boys are looking for service projects to help complete these hours.
If you would like to volunteer, donate, or support the boys through providing them with the opportunity to do some service, please call Rachel Campbell at 435-773-2214
Thank you for your support!

St Patrick's Day Word Search

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Compost Buyer Beware!

By Rachel Campbell
The Washington County Solid Waste management specialists have instituted a recycling program in which residents can recycle their yard trimmings. The trimmings are sorted and composted then sold to the public.
However, recent reports have indicated that the WCSW does not allow the trimmings to compost long enough before sale, resulting in extremely bad smelling compost.
Such was the case with one landscaper in St. George. After the builder he was working with insisted upon the compost, the landscaper bought the compost and spread it around the property. Shortly afterwards, neighbors began complaining about a terrible smell, “like dead, rotting bodies.” The landscaper was cited for Public Disturbance and confronted the WCSW about the problem. The WCSW refused to take responsibility for the compost that had not decomposed long enough and refused to refund the landscaper’s money, but they would, “accept the compost back as recyclable material if the landscaper would bring it to them.”

January GSSD Meeting

By Sara Laub
Since it is the beginning of the year, the board elected each member for each office. Kip Bowler is Chair, Scott Holt is Vice Chair and over the meters, Roxanne Aplanalp is Clerk, Diann Covington is Treasurer, Dusty Leavitt is over the water system, and Odean Bowler is over the park and street lights. The meetings will continue to be held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding July and August at 7:00pm.
Gunlock was not able to qualify for the grant the GSSD applied for because or resident income limitations. Street lights may be donated to Gunlock and the board is considering having some put in the park. There are enough to do the entire town but it would cost a lot of money to put them in since the power source is on the bottom of the new ones and at the top of the old street lights. There would more street lights if they put them in and it would be brighter. The board plans to have a town hearing to help decide what the residents want to do with the street lights.
A training manual was made for each of the board members by Roxanne Aplanalp. It includes bylaws, resolutions, board member job description, maps of the water system, etc. This will be an excellent resource for the board and the town.

Precious Animals

Reader Submitted-
"Residents of Gunlock,
“I have been observing over the past 11 years how the residents of Gunlock allow their precious dogs to run free in town and attack and abuse, not only jeopardize the animal's lives but human's property and lives.
"Now first off, anyone in Gunlock that really knows me, knows my love and protection of our pure animals, a gift from our Heavenly Father.
“There are a residents in Gunlock, who have dogs, that run free and use other resident's property as a bathroom ( to put it nicely) these dogs, unfortunately are mean, abusive dogs. (not saying much about the owners) Obviously the owner does not respect their dogs or the other Gunlock resident's property.
“Recently a dog of a dear friend of Gunlock for the first time in years left their property and visited the property of the resident's of the dogs that are allowed to run free and dispose of their Bowels and urine in other's property, not to mention the aggravation they cause to others. Confirmed by the Vet this innocent dog, (whom I know personally) was attacked and beaten by Human Hand.
“At one time I was told by a resident my dog had attacked their animal, which was not true, I know this to be a fact because of the date and the time of the incident, we were not in town and my dog was with us. How SAD.........
“What I find Un-Christian is these residents somehow think they are above others in this town that their animals can go and come and abuse other's property and animals. How do you, and I will not mention names, but YOU know who you are, think you are so above respecting your fellow BROTHERS and SISTERS and the animals that our Heavenly Father blessed us with. I find that through the years the residents of Gunlock are not the pure souls that they want others to believe, have you forgotten our FATHER sees ALL? I do not judge others, our FATHER will do that, but I will protect the innocent beings that our FATHER has given to us.
“I have watched and seen things that people do in this town and have kept quiet, but someone has to speak up for the innocent animals that you abuse.
“Those of you that are guilty will have to answer for their sins to our FATHER...
-Rose Nawrocki”

Disturbing Continued

By Sara Laub
I wanted to update the disturbing list since I had a couple people relay more disturbing events.
A couple hundred gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned out of trucks, and two guns were stolen from inside a home that is located in the middle of town.
Please beware and be on the lookout!

Happy Birthday Boy Scouts of America

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

By Rachel Campbell
It was a dark, foggy night in 1909 and William D. Boyce was lost. The wealthy American entrepreneur was touring London, England before his voyage to Africa. Out of the fog appeared a young man, a Scout, who inquired to see if Boyce needed any assistance. After assisting Boyce to his hotel, Boyce tried to tip the young man. The boy refused, replying that he was a Scout and he would not be paid for doing a good turn.
Boyce was so impressed with the Scout that, after meeting with Lord Baden Powell, he ventured back to the United States and organized the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.
Since that day, the BSA has influenced countless scores of young men, many of which have found their future careers through merit badges. Presidents and other civic leaders have been Scouts. Actors and entertainers have been Scouts.
The program has altered slightly through the years, but the values have remained the same.

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Valentine Crossword

2. Many people give or send one to friends on Valentine’s Day.
4. Another term for sweets that are given on Valentine’s Day.
9. Sometimes on Valentine’s Day, a secret ____ will give you an anonymous present.
11. If you don’t get any Valentines, you might do this in your pillow.
12. Herseys is one kind of this type of candy.
15. Roses, carnations, and daisies are theses.
17. When you really, really like someone, you ____them.
19. If you give someone a treat on Valentine’s Day, it usually is this.
20. This expression is often said on Valentine’s Day: “___ Mine.”
1. The color of hearts on Valentine’s Day.
2. The fictional character that shoots arrows at people to make them fall in love.
3. These flowers come in many colors, but usually red ones are given on Valentine’s Day.
5. What cupid shoots at some poor, unsuspecting person, that makes them fall in love.
6. If you want to give a friend roses, you would give them this color.
7. The name of this holiday!
10. Moms and Dads may want to get a _______ dinner or weekend.
13. One of the shapes used often on Valentine’s Day is _____ (plural)
14. These are made out of paper or material that are lacy.
15. The abbreviation for the month that Valentine’s Day is in.
16. The man that this holiday is named after is, _____ Valentine.
18. If you get flowers for Valentine’s Day, you will want to have one of these to keep them in.

Gunlock Town Events

Feb 4: GSSD Meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall
Feb 11: Fire Meeting @ 7pm
Feb 14: Valentine’s Day
Feb 27: In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Pack 410 would like to invite everyone to their annual Blue and Gold Banquet for dinner and a short, commemorative program at the LDS ward building at 6pm. All Scouts, present and former, are invited to wear their uniforms.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Gunlock Special Service District News

By Sara Laub
Scott Holt was the only person who filed for reelection when three positions were open on the GSSD Board for the November election. Two positions were posted and Odean Bowler and Diann Covington submitted their names and were appointed. Now all three openings have been filled.
The Board sent out a newsletter summarizing events from last year, explaining what to expect for 2010, and also to encourage people to be involved and come to the meetings this year.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

The song, "Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotish tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."

Gunlock Town Christmas Party

Santa Claus was able to fit us in his schedule this time on the 23rd of December. Although he was in a high stress situation making sure all of the other children around the world were being taken care of, he made the trip and appeared after the Gunlock children put on a fantastic program depicting the story of the birth of Jesus Christ from the Bible.
The excitement of the children was great and the Christmas spirit once again filled the Town Hall with tearing paper and the squeals of delight from the children. This tradition is such an amazing privilege.