Utah Power & Light, Ephraim City and Manti City are each contributing $500 to establish a $1,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who have caused several recent power outages in the area.

The vandals have been shooting out insulators on UP&L power lines that deliver electricity to the two cities, according to Bill Mickelsen, Manti city manager.Some of the outages have lasted for several hours while crews located the trouble spots and made repairs.

The outages have been inconvenient and costly, Mickelsen said. The vandals usually make their hits on lines in isolated areas on the west side of the valleys.