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Give Your Land a Hand

Washington County Commission set to launch campaign aimed at keeping public lands clean

St. George, Utah (Nov. 3, 2016)Washington County Commissioners are unveiling a new campaign that encourages Washington County residents and visitors to help keep public lands clean. The campaign inspires and invites individuals and groups to “Give Your Land a Hand” and help keep Washington County Clean.

The initiative, will utilize Video Animation, Social Media, Radio and TV spots, along with Signage and Community Clean-up Activities to inspire action and educate people on how they can help.

The website www.giveyourlandahand.com provides campaign details including a 30-second jingle by locally renowned vocal artist Lyndy Butler. Visit the site for information on how to get involved as well as “how to” tips for disposing different types of waste in partnership with the Washington County Solid Waste district.

“Outdoor recreation is important to our local economy and it is one of the things that makes living in Washington County so great. It is vital that we all take proper care of our lands,” said Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Our aim is for this campaign to be an ongoing effort reminding multiple generations of Washington County residents of the importance of maintaining clean and attractive public lands and to help stop illegal dumping. We believe this is going to be a wonderful tool in engaging folks in this very important subject matter.”

Public lands have always been a part Washington County’s heritage and lifestyle in particular. Washington County offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational possibilities on public lands, including hunting, fishing and camping.

“Our county has so much to offer, from unlimited recreational opportunities to the quietness of a peaceful desert,” said Commissioner Alan Gardner. “We need your help to keep our public lands free from trash and debris. You can help today – and it is easy. Simply pick up the trash you see — don’t depend on others to clean up.”

Special clean-up days will soon be announced, giving local groups an opportunity to put together a cleaning crew and help in the effort.

The Give Your Land a Hand campaign is a combined effort of the County Commission along with several partners including Washington County Solid Waste.

For More Information:

www.washco.utah.gov
www.giveyourlandahand.com

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A Message from Clerk/Auditor

I want to apologize to anyone who had a longer wait this morning to vote, to anyone who had a poor voting experience or had unexpected heartburn because a number of our voting machines were not working when the polls opened this morning. We had an error in programming the “memory cards”. That error originated in our office. Once the error was discovered, we went about re-programming the memory cards in question and those corrected cards started to be delivered at about 8:30 am — the final corrected cards were delivered shortly after noon. We had number of people from various county departments help in getting those corrected cards delivered. I appreciate their help. Again, I apologize for what happened.

Thanks,
Kim M Hafen
Washington County Clerk-Auditor

Volunteer Opportunity at the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas (NCA)

Time:

  • 9 AM, November 5th at Beaver Dam Wash NCA
  • 9 AM, November 19th at Red Cliffs NCA

Location:

  • On Nov 5th we will gather off of State Road 91, in the Beaver Dam Wash NCA. Maps and directions will be provided to registered volunteers.
  • On Nov 19th we will meet a few miles north of St. George, in the Red Cliffs NCA. Maps and directions will be provided to registered volunteers.

Bring:

Digging shovel (if you have one), work gloves, sun block, and water bottle. Snacks and water will be provided.

Wear:

Field clothes, sun hat, sun glasses and closed toe shoes (boots or sturdy sneakers)

Description:

We will revegetate two 100-acre plots of burned desert tortoise habitat within two National Conservation Areas (Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs). Our goal is to plant 5,000 native plants at each site. Volunteers are expected to attend a brief orientation and training in the morning (9 AM on each volunteer day) and then help plant the containerized native plants.

Each of these revegetated plots will create fertile islands which will act as seed banks from which native plants can disperse to adjacent burned areas. These plots are located in critical habitat for desert tortoises, a federally protected species. Our efforts will help to restore habitat by providing food and shade to desert tortoises.

RSVP:

If you are interested in participating in one or both of the volunteer days, please contact Andrea Nelson (The Nature Conservancy) at anelson@tnc.org. We will provide maps and directions only to registered volunteers. Due to parking, space is limited. Register now!

Notice of Vacancies — Angel Springs, Water Conservancy, and RAP Tax

NOTICE is hereby given that there are the following vacancies:

  • One (1) vacancy on the Angel Springs Special Service District Administrative Control Board (download application)
  • Three (3) vacancies on the Board of Trustees of the Water Conservancy District (download application)
  • Four (4) vacancies on the Washington County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Advisory Board (download application)

To qualify for appointment to a board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen;
  2. Reside in Washington County;
  3. Be registered to vote in Washington County;
  4. Be a qualified elector (registered voter) within the district to which you are applying (if applicable)

Those wishing to serve on any of the above boards should below no later than Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Washington County Commission Office
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps) 

The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to this board at its December 20, 2016, County Commission meeting.

Published in The Spectrum October 17, 2016 through October 21, 2016, inclusive.

Thunder Junction Train Park

Thunder Junction All Abilities Park and Train is NOW OPEN

Last week, on Saturday, October 8th, the City of St. George officially opened with a ceremony the Thunder Junction All Abilities Park. Take the family and enjoy the new park:

Tonaquint Nature Center
1851 S. Dixie Drive
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

The park carries a dinosaur theme with some great features, like complete wheelchair accessibility, an “erupting” volcano, splashpad, and a “roaring” 1/4-scale train on a 2,700-foot track.

Train rides cost $1 per person.

Source: St. George News

St. George Marathon

Come watch the St. George Marathon

stgeorgemarathon.com
Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Start Time: Wheelchairs and HandCranks – 6:40 AM, Runners – 6:45 AM
Start Location: Pine Valley, Utah

Rated by Runner’s World as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the World. Included in Runner`s World 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons and Top 20 Marathons in the USA. It begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains and descends nearly 2600 feet through scenic southwest Utah, to the beautiful Worthen Park. The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race which is USA Track & Field Certified & Sanctioned. Runner`s World listed the St. George Marathon as the fastest fall marathon. A fun race indeed–and scenic.

Rigged Elections? Not On Our Watch.

You may have recently seen harrowing headlines like “Russians Hack Elections System,” “Rigged Elections?” and “Is Our Democracy at Risk?” Your Utah elections officials would like to offer our own headline: “Rigged Elections? Not On Our Watch.”

Utah’s election officials are like momma bears, fiercely protective of the security and integrity of our elections systems. Here’s how these systems work, and why they’re safe.

Almost 75 percent of Utah’s votes are cast by mail. The Legislature and county clerks have implemented strict controls to ensure each ballot is safe, secure, and secret. Every single voter’s signature is verifiedby a trained elections worker. Every envelope is scanned before being counted, preventing a voter from submitting more than one ballot. Ballots are stored under lock and key, and at least two elections workers are present whenever ballots are handled or processed. Reconciliations are used throughout the process to ensure no ballot is lost, and no new ballots are introduced. Citizens are always welcome to watch and scrutinize this process. Observers always leave confident that the process is well
controlled.

You might think, these sound like good controls, but what about the system that totals the votes, and the transmission of election results? Are they safe?

Absolutely! Each county’s central counting server is located in a physically secure environment, and is not connected to the Internet or any other network. Ever. It compiles votes from the scanned paper ballots and from the touchscreen voting machines, tabulates the totals, and prints the results. This printed document is the official election record, and is kept by the county clerk.

Clerks transmit results to the Lieutenant Governor’s office via secure electronic methods. After validation by the state, clerks immediately compare the results to the county’s official record to ensure the transmission was accurate.

What about the voting machines at polling places? Can they be hacked remotely?

Nope. The voting machines at polling places are not networked, nor are they ever connected to the Internet. They don’t have modems, network cards, or Wi-Fi. Hacking would require separate physical access to each machine. Clerks store these machines in secure locations, with multiple pre-numbered
security seals to detect tampering. Poll workers check the seals and reconcile vote totals throughout the day to ensure the number of votes cast equals the number of voters who have checked in.

Each machine has a paper printout that shows the voter how their vote is being recorded. That paper trail allows us to compare the digital vote record with the physical record without compromising the voter’s secret ballot. Every county audits a sample of machines. In 11 years, there has never been a
discrepancy between what was recorded electronically and what was recorded on paper.

Your local election official is fiercely protective of your vote. Still not convinced? Come take a look! We’d love to walk you through the entire process. You’ll walk away, as hundreds already have, confident that your vote is indeed safe, secret, and secure, even from Russian hackers!

Submitted by: Utah’s 29 County Clerks and the Lieutenant Governor’s Elections Team

For more information, visit “Open Letter from the Nation’s Secretaries of State to Congress: Let’s Work Together to Share the Facts About Cybersecurity and Our Elections”.

Zion National Park

RFP for Pre-Engineered Metal Building at Legacy Park

Washington County is requesting proposals from Pre-Engineered Metal Building manufacturers to provide a new metal building to be built at the Washington County Legacy Park, Hurricane City, Utah. This proposal is for the metal building package only, future construction including metal building erection will be provided by a general contractor to be selected after the plans are prepared and the general contractor bidding process has been completed. The requested building shall consist of approximately 19,300 sq.ft. and be constructed adjacent to a conventionally framed office area. Further information including preliminary plans are available to the Pre-Engineered Metal Building manufacturing companies by contacting Nicholle Felshaw: call at 435-634-5700; or send an email.

Proposals are due to the Washington County Commission Office by 5:00 pm on September 29, 2016.

Published in The Spectrum: Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016

Billing:

Washington County Commission
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT  84770
Account #: 1359
(Google Maps)