Home of The Mormon Miracle Pageant 1995 Dates: July 6, 7, 8, VOLUME 109 NUMBER 40 50 cents 11-1- 5 MANTI, UTAH 84642, THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1995 'Tw i I. 9 Erika Frischknecht Angie Anderson Laura Brown Bobette Andersen Keri Hales Legislation relieves Sanpete County of most of prisoner defense expense SB 97 saves our bucks! By Bruce Jennings Senate Bill 97 - passed by the legislature at its general session and then signed into law by the governor - will lift a heavy burden from the bowed backs of Sanpete Countys taxpayers. Without SB 97, they would have to foot the full costs for defending three Gunnison Valley Correctional Facility inmates accused of murdering a fellow inmate on July 6, 1994, at an estimated cost of $250,000 or more. Instead, Sanpete will contribute around $40,000 to their de-- -- fense, according to Sanpete County Attorney Ross P. Blackhams estimate, and the state will pay the rest. Blackham thinks the total cost could go even higher than $250,000 and require some additional money. Well have to wait until the bills (the defense lawyers bills) come in, he said. At their arraignment, Troy Michael Kell, Eric Thomas Daniels and John F. Connistaci were charged w ith criminal homicide aggravated murder, a capital offense - in the death of Vic-- tor Lonnie Blackham at the Gunnison facility. They entered not guilty picas and asked for jury trial. At the time, Utah law required that counties assume the defense costs of indigents charged with criminal offenses. Sanpete County officials suddenly realized the immensity of the problem with which they would have to deal. The cost of defending the three prisoners could amount to a quarter million, a half million, a million. In fact there was even talk of eventual bankruptcy. A campaign was organized to gain relief. A delegation met with Gov. Mike Leavitt and with legislative leaders. Senator Leonard Blackham agreed to sponsor appropriate legislation. The result was SB 97. It provides both a long range and a short range solution to the problem. The long range solution establishes a mechanism that includes a trust fund and an oversight committee. It requires Sanpete and Iron Counties, the two counties that have state penal institutions, to impose an additional levy of .001 per dollar of taxable value to the trust fund, which will help cover the cost of prisoner defense. SB 97 also requires the state to make an emergency allocation of $250,000 to cover most of the costs of defending the prisoners in the present Sanpete case. of the three prisoners Trial was first set for June, but has since been postponed at the request of the defense to allow more time for preparation. The court has appointed Stephen McCaughcy, Salt Lake, and Douglas Neeley, Ephraim, to the Kell defense team; Milt Harmon, Nephi, and an attorney still to be names, will defend Daniels, and Kenneth R. Brown and James Bradshaw', both Salt Lake, will defend Connistaci. County Attorney Ross Blackham will head a prosecution team that will also include two members of the State Attorney Generals staff, Scott Reed and Keith Torgensen. Girls State beckons 8 delegates i Sanpete County Dairy Princess will be selected at Pageant in Gunnison April 22 The Sanpete County Dai.y Princess Pageant will be held this Saturday evening, April 22, at the Gunnison Valley High School auditorium. The seven contestants participating in this years pageant are; Gunnison. Five Manti and three Ephraim girls have been selected to attend at college. Angela White, a daughter of Richard and Rolayne White, is a member of the Ephraim Youth City Council. She has been active in volleyball, softball and track at MI IS. Angela has maintained excellent grades and is a member of the National Honor Society. She served as Sophomore Class President. Shauna Rasmussen is a Girls State this summer. The week-lon- g citizenship training will be held at Southern Utah University on June 1 0. Girls State is a program of the American Legion Auxiliary. The number of girls who w ill participate is based on the Auxiliary membership. The girls from Ephraim who will represent the Parley Kimball Unit 0 include Maren Anderson, 1 Angela White and Rasmussen. From the Manti Unit be Karen Erickson, Frischknecht, Stacey Hintze i ' 0t I - J jj & " 4 j , -- , JtT s' '1 iv v.nv.nuf ri i Maren Anderson Wendy Henningson itrfjfkQQ i i I V H itb I ' Angela White Shauna Rasmussen Angie Anderson, daughter of Shane and Paula Anderson, of Centcrfield. Babette Andersen, daughter of Robert and Jeanette Andersen, of Gunnison. The theme of the pageant is Mandy Eggleston, daughter of Down Home in Dairyland. The Verdean and Kathy Lin Eggleston, contestants will dance to the muof Gunnison. Laura Brown, daughter of Rex sic Down Home by Alabama. and Kathy Brown of Cenlerfield. The Jamboree Cloggers will also Keri I lales, daughter of Robperform. ert and Torie Gibb of Sterling. Erika Frischknecht, daughter This annual event is sponof Steve and Kathy Frischknecht, sored by the Sanpete County Dairy of Manti. Womens Association and the Mariah McArthur, daughter of Utah Dairy Commission. The pagGuy and Marilyn McArthur, of eant will begin at 7:30 p.m. 5-- Karen Erickson Mariah McArthur Mandy Eggleston daughter of Paul and Diana Rasmussen. She also serves on the Shauna Ephraim Youth City Council. will Shauna is a member of the Seminary Council and the FBLA. She 3 1 Erika Wendy Henningson, Juliann Wintch and Stacey Hintze. All are juniors at Manti High School. The purpose of Girls State is to educate young women in the duties, rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and to bring to the girls of Utah a knowledge of the fundamental principles of American government through actual practice and control of the state offices during Girls State. Maren Anderson is a daughter of Stan and Judy Anderson. She is presently serving as Junior Class Secretary. She is a photographer for the school yearbook. Maren enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking. She has an interest in botany which she plans to study participates in volleyball, basketball and track. Shauna is a member of the National I lonor Society. Karen Erickson is a daughter of Bruce and Beth Ann Erickson. Erika Frischknecht is a daugh- ter of Steven and Kathy Frischknecht. Juliann Wintch is a daughter of John and Barbara Wintch. Wendy Henningson is a of Dale and Kay Henningson. Stacey Hintze is a daughter of Scott and Janice Hintze. Girls State exposes selected high school juniors to the processes of American government from the county to the state level. Participants will form parties, create platforms, run for offices, and conduct legislation. daughter WEATHER o o for the Manti area Reported by Lee J. Anderson Date 1 Max. Min. Prec.