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compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Summit County Clerk Sue Follett — following advice from Summit County Chief Civil Deputy Attorney David Thomas says she won’t conduct an audit of returns from last week’s primary elections to determine whether new touch-screen electronic voting machines recorded ballots accurately.

Results from the primaries were canvassed Wednesday. Here are the final results from races for two county offices:

Summit County clerk (Democrat): Kent Jones 57 percent, Cindy LoPiccolo 43 percent

Summit County assessor (Democrat): Barbara Kresser 71 percent, Ron Perry 29 percent

Overall, Christine Johnson defeated Josh Ewing, 57 percent to 43 percent in the race to replace Rep. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City, in State House District 25. State Rep. David Ure, R-Kamas, lost to Kevin Van Tassell, 56 to 44 percent in the race to replace Republican Sen. Bev Evans in state Senate District 26.

Garbage: ‘east/west’ issue?

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Odors that could be generated near Rockport reservoir by the disposal of sewer solids at the Three Mile Canyon landfill would upset homeowners in Rockport Estates, Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said Wednesday.

With the County Commission contemplating a plan to process material left over from the treatment of wastewater in Snyderville into fertilizer and fill, Woolstenhulme maintains that the potentially smelly procedure should occur in western Summit County where the sewage is generated.

The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District currently pays more than $100,000 per year to dispose of sewer solids along the Wasatch Front, said Mike Luers, general manger for the reclamation district.

Disposing of the material in the landfill near Rockport could generate $130,000 in tipping fees for the county, Summit County Public Works Administrator Kevin Callahan estimated.

"It would have to be more incentive than $150,000 a year to convince me," Woolstenhulme objected.

But County Commissioner Sally Elliott insisted the debate is not an "east/west issue."

"We need to get beyond that," she said.

"This does become an east/west issue when you talk about garbage," Woolstenhulme countered.

Space to bury the material and eventually process it into topsoil is likely available at the Three Mile Canyon landfill near Wanship, Callahan said.

"We should be composting our sludge in the county and using it in the county," Elliott said.

Residents complained several years ago when reclamation district officials began composting leftover sewage at the wastewater treatment facility in Silver Creek, Luers said.

"We would take these solids and mix them with other organic materials and we would sell that," he said. "That product was in great demand, however, the solids were processed on top of the surface."

Composting ceased when too many homeowners complained about the stench emanating from the facility.

"The total process occurred right out in the open and it caused odors," Luers conceded.

But solids taken to the landfill would be buried and harvested later for fertilizer or to cover cells at the dump, he said, adding, "we would have to ensure to the county commission as well as the citizens living in that area that we can do that without causing odors."

"We don’t want to pursue this option if it’s going to cause any type of odor problems," Luers said.

Solids generated in western Summit County are currently disposed of in Tooele and Salt Lake counties, he added.

"Our goal is to find an economically and environmentally friendly site and process for these solids," Luers said. "We’re just investigating the local option and if it works out we’ll be able to keep the dollars that we spend local and hold our trucking costs down."

‘Bee lady’ stepping down

Effective July 21, Henefer resident Pamela Robbins will no longer be at the helm of the Summit County Bee.

She resigned saying, however, "there are no hard feelings. I have really enjoyed working for them."

Robbins has edited the weekly newspaper in Coalville and written the column, "Pam’s Place," since the late 1990s.

"I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they like it because it is so off the wall," Robbins said about the column, which often discussed the lives of her family members. "It’s just an arena for me to express my own thoughts and opinions."

Her first job at the Bee was as a reporter in Henefer in the late ’60s.

Births, deaths and baptisms for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made most of the news at that time in the North Summit hamlet, Robbins said.

The Gage Wayment case, however, that involved the death of Wayment after the boy strayed into the woods in Summit County and resulted in his father taking his own life several years ago was the most memorable story she covered, she added.

"I can’t even talk about it," she said. "Covering the search-and-rescue events as a whole has been something I have absolutely loved."

Bee Managing Editor Laurie Wynn insists the newspaper’s split with Robbins was amicable.

"We are going to be changing the direction (of the Bee) a little bit," Wynn said, adding that the newspaper’s circulation is roughly 1,800. "You will see the newspaper expand."

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