Last Saturday at the Riverbed Ranch, there was a great deal of excitement. Families were there to make their final walk on the property before choosing the parcel that would become their homestead. Three additional families were there to complete the process for joining the Utah OSR Land Cooperative. Other visitors that day included Stake President Fred Tasker of the Delta Utah West Stake and his wife Nancy. Both were warmly welcomed by shareholders of which many are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In addition, Eric Cleaver, a shareholder, had organized and oversaw the first seven of what will be many perc tests in preparation for obtaining permits to install septic systems. All in all, it was a great day.
Today, “HughesNet,” the satellite internet company, is scheduled to install the first satellite internet and phone connection at the Welcome Center, providing service until the fiberoptic cable permitting and installation project can be completed. This addition, along with the office and bathroom makeover coming to completion, will add to the establishment of a fulltime presence at the Ranch, where we currently have five people in residence. Another four families are scheduled to arrive and start the construction of their outbuildings and homes within the next three weeks. I am happy to announce that my sweetheart and I are one of those families. There are another dozen families that are currently preparing to make their transition shortly.
In addition, Dr. Yorgason will announce later this summer the addition of some exciting new resources being added to the Academy of Self-Reliance website, “academyosr.com,” to help families with their online education needs for their children K-12. The Academy has been working with Peter and Tammy Jensen, two amazing educators to bring these resources forward.
Moreover, the Academy received word that a very generous donation in kind will be delivered to the Ranch next week. Stay tuned for more updates in this “The Next New Frontier.”
Philip J. Gleason