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.

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.


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"A" lways there.
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"H" onoring.
"E" ver-loving.
"R" ighteous.
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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.