Monday, May 21, 2018

Ephraim ServerPlus looking for employees

ServerPlus, a customer service and tech support company that caters to internet service providers and other tech clients, opened a call center in downtown Ephraim in November and is currently hiring. The call center is different than some others in the area, because people call in looking for help from the ServerPlus broadband support technicians, as opposed to making outbound calls. Sanpete Messenger

Two construction projects underway on I-70

Construction on Interstate 70 from exit 37 to exit 40 in Richfield has resumed. The project started at the end of May 2017 and was initially anticipated to be completed by November 2017, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. Construction ended Dec. 7, 2017 with 80 percent of the project completed at that time. The $10 million project recommenced March 19, and is expected to wrap up May 21.

The Utah Department of Transportation is also beginning a bridge preservation project between Cove Fort and Sevier, milepost 7 to 21. Work is planned to begin approximately three miles west of the Fremont Indian State Park, mileposts 12 to 15 in early April, according to UDOT officials.

With 14 bridges, the project is the largest hydro-demolition project undertaken by UDOT to date. It is on an accelerated schedule to remove and reconstruct the driving surface on the 14 bridges in less than two years, by the end of 2019. Richfield Reaper

Willow Creek Road interchange expanding

Construction on the interchange between U.S. Highway 89 and Willow Creek Road north of Salina is expected to commence this spring. Turn and acceleration lanes are being added to help improve safety in the area. The $6 million project is being split between the county’s special service district number one and UDOT. The SSD uses mineral lease funds for road improvements in the county. Richfield Reaper

Magnum Solutions Expanding in Millard County

Magnum Solutions, LLC was recently approved for several conditional use permits that would allow their operations to expand while keeping in line with the county’s vision of growth and development, after careful review. The company owns the largest underground propane and butane storage facility in the western United States.

In addition, Magnum has made significant progress toward the launch of three new businesses in the past few months. On March 30, Magnum closed on a joint venture with a former company, Magnum NGLs, now Sawtooth NGL Storage Caverns, LLC to advance on a new business- refined products storage. Refined products include gasoline, diesel fuel and aviation fuel.

In the coming months, Magnum and Sawtooth will be working closely with the county to obtain the necessary permits to incorporate the refined products business with the existing facility.

Magnum also received notice in the past two weeks that they have passed to the next round in the process for Southern California Public Power Authority’s request for proposal to develop a compressed air energy storage facility at Delta. The significance of the CAES technology is that CAES captures intermittent renewable generation and shapes the product into reliable and dispatchable electricity.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which is the major participant in IPP, is part of SCPPA. This is significant for Magnum as they are now engaged in discussions with California power entities for the construction of 160- megawatt CAES plant at the Western Energy Hub, said James.

The development of a CAES plant in Delta will not only support energy security and reliability throughout the Western U.S., but also create jobs in Millard County. Millard County Chronicle Progress

State funds could help save port but railway plans falter

During the legislative session, Utah lawmakers committed $1.65 million in tax dollars to join in a lawsuit aimed at forcing the City of Oakland in California to permit a seaport where Central Utah coal could be put on ships for export to Asia. But the other half of the project, a new railway linking Central Utah to the Union Pacific line running to the West Coast, may be getting left by the wayside. And abandonment of the rail line could blunt much of the economic benefit Central Utah anticipated from a two-pronged rail-and-port development. The $1.65 million was appropriated to help pay the costs of a lawsuit that Phil Tagami, head of the proposed Oakland seaport, has filed against the City of Oakland. Sanpete Messenger

Gunnison hospital expansion on track for June completion

Officials indicate that Gunnison Valley Hospital expansion is scheduled for completion in June. The $6 million expansion is intended to expand the hospital’s surgery capacity. Sanpete Messenger

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ever changing face of Richfield’s Main Street

The construction of the new Four Points Community Health Center took a big step last week as two homes were demolished to make way for a 6,000-square foot facility in Richfield. The new center will have six exam rooms, two dental rooms, two optometry rooms, behavioral care and after hours services. While the clinic is owned and operated by the Paiute Tribe, it’s a community clinic that is open to anyone who wants to use it. Richfield Reaper

Les Olson branch store opens in Manti

Les Olson Company recently announced the opening of their ninth business location at 55 South Main St., Suite #2, in Manti. This new Manti office will provide support to all of Central Utah with locally-stocked parts and supplies for office technology needs. Sanpete Pyramid

Major renovation project in store for 12-Mile Canyon

According to the Forest Service plans, a major renovation project for 12 Mile Canyon will be completed over three years, and the 2018 project implementation efforts will be primarily focused on the Spring Hill and Town Reservoir areas.

The plans include road improvements, additional parking areas, management and construction of campsites, a new campsite, installation of new toilet facilities and improved access in various areas along 12 Mile Canyon Road. Sanpete Messenger