An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills
Description Sanpete County, and by private operators like Richard Olsen. Trucks hauled hay to the Skyline, and then Guard helicopters air-lifted it to the herds. How do you measure the losses of sheep oper-ators experienced because of the storms? 'You can't count your losses the way the weather-man can measure the precipitation,' one operator said. They don't know, for example, how many of their animals, weakened because of the lack of food for several days, died in the snow. They don't know how many were left behind in the timber and scrub oak on the mountain, although they'll be able to make accurate counts after the sheep are coralled. Some herds arrived in the valley in good condition. Others looked battered and half-starved. Elk hunters emerged unhappily fron the ordeal, and several of them had to leave vehicles on the mountain over-winter. One of them from Sunset, Davis County, Greg Wontoya, 58, was separated from his companions on or about October 1 and has not been seen since. The Sanpete County Search and Rescue Patrol combed the flats, coves, canyons, and draws for Mr. Montoya in the snow and generally incle-ment weather. He was not found, and finally everybody was forced off the mountain for the rest of the year by the ferocity of the storms. Nor has his body been found as of this date, July 25, 1985. As of this writing, the Search and Rescue Patrol is scheduled to look for Mr. Montoya again during the weekend of July 30-August 1. This is according to Wally Buchanan, Director of Sanpete County's Emergency Services, which includes the Search and Rescue Patrol. Altogether, the winter season of 1982-1985 "kicked-off" one of the darndest precipitation years ever exper-ienced in Sanpete memory. The effects have startled everybody, but they were hardly a surprise in the spring and early summer of 1985. -41-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
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Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
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