By the WashCo Yaks, December 20, 2023

George Staheli vs Utah Tech – Utah Tech and their administration have failed to turn over the documents ordered by Judge Westfall. The documents were due on September 25, 2023. A few items were received from Utah Tech but, those items were already available. A $500 per day penalty may be charged to Utah Tech which is over $25,000.00 as of this court filing.  

Utah Tech’s continued refusal to comply with court orders, notably in withholding the Cicero impact study information exposes a concerning lack of integrity within the current administration. This extends beyond isolated incidents, as illustrated in President Biff Williams’ intentional defiance of a subpoena in the Varlo Davenport case. The administration’s apparent belief in its immunity to legal consequences, seemingly reinforced by connections with Gov. Cox and associates, not only erodes public trust in governance but also raises serious questions about the institution’s commitment to ethical standards and transparency. It is a very sad day when Utah Tech and its attorneys (many of whom are employed by the Attorney General of the State of Utah and, therefore, report Utah Governor Cox)) show contempt for the law.

George Staheli’s Fifth District Court case against Utah Tech has revealed emails from Utah Tech where they show the name change was set in motion well before the public knew about their backdoor plans to kick the Dixie name to the curb. How can the community ever trust the people in the administration after they threw all of us under the bus? To think these Utah Tech leaders, along with Brad Last and Lowry Snow, our former State representatives, should deserve our trust again is beyond the scope of reason. How they could do the things they did to the Dixie community and continue to think they deserve respect is unreasonable. 

The well organized group of patriots Defending Southwestern Utah Heritage Coalition (DSUHC) has over 4,500 members and has been spreading awareness and fighting against the name change. Their efforts have rallied the public and exposed some of the corrupt behavior that some of WashCo’s “leaders” have been engaged in. 

One DSUHC member stated ”Today was an excellent day for the people and the constitution.  Not so good of a day for the government.The constitution exists to control the power and abuse  by government. It does not exist to control the people. And often the government (in this case the  government educational agency known by the ill- gotten name “Utah Tech”) gets the concept wrong and pushed that abuse to the limits. That is, until the court reset and reminded  the government as it did today that it can’t operate unfettered in secret. And as for The judge, Mike Westfall, followed the law and showed us that the constitution is alive and well in Utah’s Dixie. He was not intimidated by either side, despite the People packing the courtroom and the government agency largely afraid to show- mainly only sending its lawyers. He helped the sovereign understand that it is not all-powerful and that there are limits to what it has tried so hard to do in secret.” 

It is really sad to see what is happening in so many towns across our country. The manipulating, the lying, the cheating, the secret deals behind closed doors, the harassing of the folks who do stand up,

Our government has deluded itself into believing that orders flows from it’s supremacy and that democracy is when the establishment holds unlimited power .Their brand of democracy is under threat like never before.

Brad Bennett, who ran for St. George City Council last month, said  “Dixie State University Trustee David Clark, during the 2020 State of the University Address, made a resolute statement, assuring the public that there were no plans to change the institution’s name. Not only did he dismiss any concerns regarding the Cicero perception study, but he also rebuked community members who speculated about the name change. However, recent revelations have exposed a stark contradiction between Clark’s public assurances and subsequent actions by the university.

It has become evident that David Clark, in a departure from the transparency and candor expected of a public figure, made false statements during the address. This revelation raises significant concerns about the credibility of our state and local leaders and the urgent need for accountability when trust is breached. To compound matters, there has been no public apology or acknowledgment of the discrepancy, leaving the community grappling with the implications of this breach of trust. A video recording of the address captures this contradiction, starting at the 6:20 mark ( It serves as undeniable evidence of the inconsistency between public statements and the actual trajectory of events.

This unsettling episode surrounding the name change serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences when elected officials fail to uphold the principles they espouse. In a broader context, it underscores the dangers of allowing individuals who do not unwaveringly support conservative values to hold positions of influence. The ramifications extend well beyond the concern of the university’s name change, reaching into the realm of higher education governance and administration, and beyond. Instances like the current situation at Utah Tech University emphasize the crucial need to elect officials who steadfastly champion conservative principles, as the risk of succumbing to ideologies antithetical to our community values becomes evident when those in power embrace woke liberal ideas, actively eroding the fundamental foundations of our local community and state.

It is imperative that, as a community, we remain vigilant in our commitment to preserving conservative principles. The consequences of complacency are stark—an erosion of community values and the indoctrination of our children with ideals that run counter to the bedrock values we hold dear. The call to action is clear: We must be discerning in our electoral choices, ensuring that those entrusted with governance are unwavering advocates for the principles that define and strengthen our community.”

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