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.

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