Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sevier Valley Hospital celebrates completion of construction

Since 2012, one part or another of Sevier Valley Hospital has been under construction. Last week, a pair of ribbon cutting ceremonies was hosted to celebrate the official end of major construction on the hospital’s campus. The final two pieces of the hospital construction were the emergency center and the women and infants center. The expansion of the emergency room and the construction of the women and infants center represents a $10.1 million investment into the hospital’s infrastructure. This is in addition to the $16 million expansion and renovation project that was completed in 2014. The Richfield Reaper

Richfield approves 1300 South project

The Richfield City Council awarded a bid to Rasmussen Construction for a project that will include improvements on 1300 South and 800 South during a meeting Aug. 28. The construction on 1300 South will included the widening of the road, and installation of turn lanes so that a traffic signal can be installed. The signal, Richfield’s sixth, will be the first one not located on the city’s Main Street. Instead, it will be at the intersection of 1300 South and College Avenue. The construction will affect between one and three blocks worth of roadway. The low bid on the project, submitted by Rasmussen Construction, was $564,295. While construction could start this fall, Creamer said it will depend on schedules and the weather. Richfield Reaper

Wasatch Academy to build new addition

Wasatch Academy has begun construction for a new addition to their expansive campus by removing two old buildings. The new building will be specialized for housing the academy’s growing engineering department. The new, Wasatch Academy Engineering Building is estimated to be completed by late May 2019. These spaces will allow students to explore deeper into the sciences of robotics and engineering while being guided by experienced teachers. Larger projects, such as student-made solar heaters, will now be able to be stored whereas in past years, they often had to be disassembled so other classes could share the same space. Sanpete Pyramid

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Regents give Snow College OK to pursue student housing in Richfield

The Utah State Board of Regents on Friday authorized Snow College to participate in a public-private partnership to develop 100 units of student housing on its Richfield campus.

The housing will be developed on college property. The campus is landlocked by I-70, Richfield High School and well-established residential neighborhoods to the north and south. Under the agreement, a private developer will build and maintain the housing units and parking lots. Snow College will lease the land to the developer at low cost and provide lease payments to the winning bidder from housing fees paid by students. The facility would become college property at the end of the 40-year agreement. Deseret News

Glenwood nabs $1 million grant

The Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board voted June 14, to award the Town of Glenwood a $1 million grant for pedestrian crossings to the town hall, post office, retirement home and religious buildings as part of a flood control improvement plan.

In addition, Sigurd was awarded a $121,000 grant for installation of chip seal and crack seal to multiple town streets and Annabella was awarded a $30,000 grant to complete a roadway and infrastructure analysis to assist with maintenance, preservation and planning. Richfield Reaper

Site outside Milford chosen for experimental geothermal power project

The federal government is planning to spend up to $140 million toward plans at the University of Utah to research and develop a new method for extracting geothermal energy from the earth. The U.S. Department of Energy picked the windswept area northwest of Cedar City to expand the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy, or FORGE, with hopes of developing a more efficient way to use the earth's heat to meet electricity needs.

The plan involves drilling two 8,000-foot wells into the ground beneath the site. Water is sent underground into the heat of the earth and then drawn back up to the surface, where its steam can be used to move a turbine and generate electricity. The Spectrum

Rocky Mountain Power funds middle school renewable energy project

Rocky Mountain Power presented North Sanpete Middle School with a check for $576,224 to launch the largest Blue Sky renewable energy project in over a decade. The project includes a 206-kilowatt solar array that will generate approximately 80 percent of the school’s energy. The project also includes an electric vehicle charging station and a battery energy storage system that will be charged using excess solar power during the day as it helps meet the school’s energy needs even on cloudy days. Deseret News

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