Garbage, gravel and a guaranteed water supply top the list of issues facing the two Box Elder County Commission Seat A candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the June 28 primary election.
The primary also will select the Republican candidate for the county's clerk/recorder and sheriff. The winners in these races will run unopposed in the November election.The primary winner in the commission contest will face Democrat Dell Stewart Nichols of Brigham City and Independent Bradley Allred of Bear River City in November.
Beth Gurrister, 67, 169 N. 800 E., Brigham City, is concerned with the potential harmful effects of silica dust on both people and land and possible contamination of water supplies by several active and abandoned gravel pits in the county.
Recently, South Willard residents have been at odds with Jack B. Parson Company over its Willard North Pit. Gurrister believes improved land use planning and better understanding of existing regulations could help solve the current conflict and avert future problems.
"The county needs to follow its own codes and statutes," Gurrister said.
Gurrister currently serves as chair of the Box Elder County Tourism Council, on the Box Elder County Economic Development Board and Housing Committee, Bear River Association of Government Investment Strategy Council and the Tri-County (Box Elder, Cache and Rich) Area Council on Aging.
She also served for twelve years, from 1978 through 1989, on the Brigham City Council and for ten years on the State Housing Development Council, to which she was appointed by former governor Scott Matheson.
The urgent need for a new landfill and solid waste transfer station in the county is another of Gurrister's priorities. She also expresses support for the Bear River Water Conservancy District, but says she needs to carefully investigate the proposed Honeyville Dam on the Bear River, which would create a 3,000-acre foot reservoir, to assess both its benefits and its impact on nearby residents.
Royal K. Norman, 63, 7006 W. 2400 N., Corinne, says he has been engaged in agriculture since he can remember . He sees water as a major issue. He believes that the surplus of water flowing from the Bear River into the Great Salt Lake, especially in the winter, needs to be tapped. He expresses support for the proposed Honeyville Dam Project and would actively seek input from county residents regarding such a project.
Norman served for 6 1/2 years as Utah's Executive Director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, an appointment made by former president Ronald Reagan and renewed by former President George Bush. He also has served as president of the county drainage board and as a Republican precinct chairman.
Norman also sees solid waste disposal as a major issue in the county. In spite of setbacks resulting from rejection of several proposed sites during the past couple of years, he believe there is a suitable place for both a landfill and transfer station in the county. He sees harmony among commissioners and between the Commission and the public as an important part of finding such sites.
"I believe I have the ability to work with people," Norman said.
LuAnn Adams, 40, 192 Highland, Brigham City, said her goal, along with maintaining a high level of efficiency in the recorder/clerk'soffice, is to make sure it has a warm, friendly atmosphere.
"We are working for the people," Adams said.
Adams served for 3 1/2 years as secretary to former Brigham City Mayor Peter Knudson and as deputy recorder for Brigham City. She is currently employed as a medical transcriptionist for two local physicians and works part time at Foothill School.
A former Box Elder County Republican Party secretary, she also served as secretary to several local boards and commissions.
While she has no criticism of the current county recorder/clerk, she says her skills and qualifications make her the ideal candidate for the job. She believes the network of contacts developed during her years working for Brigham City, along with experience interpreting codes and statutes, would allow her to be "on line" when her term of office started. She says contacts in other counties have offered to help her train.
"My opponent had a chance to learn the position. I'd just like to have the same opportunity."
Marie G. Korth, 58, 464 N. 100 W., Brigham City, the incumbent, says her efficiency during eight years as Box Elder County recorder and four as clerk/recorder speaks for itself.
"I feel successful government is tied to successful leadership," Korth said.
She believes her hands-on experience is essential in the implementation of the 23 recent pieces of legislation affecting the office. Big changes include mandates handed down through the National Voter Registration Act and the required conversion to the metric system for land records and eventually for the whole government by 1997.
Korth's experience includes serving on the board of directors for the National Association of County Recorders and as chairwoman of the NACRC certification committee. She was appointed by former governor Norm Bangerter to serve on the State Records Committee and served on the lieutenant governor's task force for the National Voter Registration Act. She served as president and vice president of the Utah Association of County Recorders.
Korth also received an Award of Merit for outstanding service rendered to the Republican Party and has served the party on both local and state levels, including on the state central committee.
D. Leon Jensen, 52, 436 N. 50 W., Brigham City, sees his variety of law enforcement experience, including 31/2 years with the Tremonton City police, 24 years with the Utah Highway Patrol in Box Elder County and his current job as shift security for Morton International in Brigham City as good preparation for the office of sheriff.
"I'd like to see closer cooperation between law enforcement agencies. We're all doing the same job," Jensen said, suggesting monthly meetings to pass on information as one way to increase that cooperation.
Jensen has also pursued higher education in the law enforcement area and completed numerous hours of related inservice training.
Jensen sees the need to keep ahead of any potential gang problem, urging accelerated development of youth programs and community cooperation.
Robert E. (Bob) Limb, 54, 4530 N. Hwy. 89, Brigham City, is the incumbent Box Elder County sheriff.
Limb has worked for 33 years with the Box Elder County Sheriff's Department in almost every possible position, the past 16 as sheriff.
Limb said his continuous schooling and education has kept the department modern, including complete computerization and implementation of 911 service in the past few years. He was recognized a year ago for completing the most hours in specialized training for sheriffs and police chiefs.
Over the years, Limb says, he has come to know Box Elder County intimately, covering a major portion of it on horseback. Keeping Box Elder County in its enviable position of having the lowest crime rate per capita in Utah is Limb's goal. He favors expanding youth programs to head off potential gang problems.