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18 Sep 2014 - 14:14

Last year Lewis Frongner received eight WWII awards nearly 60 years after serving in the army.   These honors have been meaningful to the Morgan resident, who accepted them with pride and happiness.  However, the late-coming accolades didn’t end with the presentation by Senator Orrin Hatch last year. Frongner has been selected to join other WWII veterans on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.   
 

18 Sep 2014 - 14:14

The pressure is mounting.  The past three public meetings with Yaryca’s 3,000 acres on the agenda have seen standing-room-only crowds, television media, environmental group pressure, and plenty of public comment.  
At Tuesday’s meeting, the applicant backed down a bit, asking for a work session before the Morgan County Council voted again on amending the future land use map amendment that could make way for a new resort on the north end of East Canyon Reservoir.  At the council’s Sept. 3 meeting, it was a tied 4-4 vote and Council Chairman Logan Wilde was not present.
 

18 Sep 2014 - 14:14

On Sept. 15, 2014, community members sat in the shade of two giant poplar trees at Riverside Park to honor Albert Douglas Dickson, pioneer of the Dickson family here in Morgan County, by adding his name to the pioneer monument at the park’s entrance.  
The memorial speech was given by David D. Dickson, a grandson.  Albert was born while his parents were visiting his maternal grandmother in Porter County, Indiana.  The Dickson family had been residents of Nauvoo, Illinois, at the time of Albert’s birth.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

We live in a day and age where information is readily available at our fingertips.  New technologies have permitted us to do many things quickly and efficiently. Public schools gather student information from enrollment forms and store it in a secure manner. Unfortunately, we hear daily of breaches in the data held by large companies and there is always a risk of any data being compromised. Data from Utah’s schools are entered into a district and state database maintained and secured by the Utah State Office of Education.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Valeri Hoopes and Lowell Murdock

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

The Morgan High School Student Body Officers (SBOs) would like to thank each and every individual and company who have donated to the marquee fund. Every amount donated has been sincerely appreciated.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Seven Morgan County residents threw their hat in the ring in March for a chance to sit on the Utah State School Board for District 1.  Only one was allowed to progress in the selection process, which a federal judge declared unconstitutional last week.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

We have enjoyed a great summer of reading throughout Morgan County.  With kids and adults who love to read and seek adventure through great books, it was an adventure for all of us. This year we had 3,233 prizes earned, 437,550 pages and 17,480 books read by our patrons.  What an amazing summer of reading!

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Jesse Haven is among the influential pioneers who helped settle the Morgan Valley.  Few remember him, but a little time and a trip down the lane in front of Billy Weaver’s home and the Wardel Mink Ranch will give the Morgan County historian a rare glimpse of the past.  

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

The Morgan City Council met this week to discuss capital improvement rankings, Tucker Farms rezone and Riverbend apartments.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Matt and Nicole Sommers are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Alexis Nicole Sommers to Cameron Curtis Jones, son of Curtis and Marci Jones on Saturday, Sept. 13. 

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Arlene Follett Irwin will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sept. 17, 2014.  Arlene was born the oldest of six children to Martinus Tillman Follett and Mabel Elizabeth Larsen.  During her childhood years she lived in Centerfield, Springville and Morgan, graduating from Morgan High School in 1942.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Bruce and Evelyn Giles will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 13, 2014. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Sept. 17, 1964.
Bruce, the son of Arthur and Norine Giles, was born in Ogden, Utah, and raised in Morgan, Utah. He attended Morgan schools, graduating from Morgan High School and LDS Seminary in 1960.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

The children and grandchildren of Ken and Elaine Judd are hosting an open house in honor of their 90th birthdays on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colonial Springs Ward at 2360 North 600 West, Harrisville, Utah.  (Take I-15 north to Exit 349; turn right onto 2700 North, go east to the traffic light at 600 West; turn tight and follow it south to the ward building.)

11 Sep 2014 - 14:00

Newcomers to Morgan County may not know much about Commercial Street, or Front Street as it used to be called, but before the freeways came to town it was the place to be. Townsfolk say it used to be tough to find a parking spot some weekends.  
Some remember it so fondly, they can’t wait to see this street revitalized and booming with life once more. Resident and owner of “Glassed Up,” Lisa Gilgen, said, “As I opened my shop in April of this year, I kept thinking about how much I would love to see Commercial Street become a thriving street again.” Because of this, she decided to step up and do something about it.
Gilgen approached other business owners on the street and together, they came up with a plan. “Quite a few people aren’t even aware that there are new shops open on Commercial Street.  I know if all of the businesses work together to promote a new vitality, we will all benefit,” praised Gilgen.

11 Sep 2014 - 13:28

The Morgan City Council met this week to discuss capital improvement rankings, Tucker Farms rezone and Riverbend apartments.
When city or county governments would like to seek funding for projects through grants or loans, those projects must appear on their Capital Investment Plan. This plan goes before the Council of Governements (COG) and that body then assigns importance to each line item.  
The COG consists of both city and county councils as well as the school district.
Changes were made to the 2015 plan at the latest Morgan City Council meeting. The plan currently includes sewer improvements as the highest priorities.

11 Sep 2014 - 13:28

In spring of 2014, the State of Utah paid for all Morgan High School juniors to take the college admission ACT test.  And they were not alone.  After passage of a state bill in 2013, the legislature funded offering the test to all public school juniors for free.  
 

11 Sep 2014 - 13:28

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was in Peterson Wednesday serving a search warrant with the help of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.  FBI agents were in the area near Hinds Quick Stop participating in the search warrant.
Jared Byron Hoopes, 38, of 4020 N. 4000 W., Peterson, was booked into Weber County Jail Wednesday evening charged for five Class 2 felony counts of sexual abuse of a child, and 20 Class 2 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
ICAC is a multi-jurisdictional task force that investigates and prosecutes individuals who use the internet to exploit children. The task force is funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and administered through the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

Morgan motorists may be subject to 
emissions testing

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

The Morgan High School cheerleaders would like to thank everyone who supported them in their community flag program this year. It was a great success and is so nice to see all the flags out on the various holidays. 

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

The Morgan County School Board recently took a look at the district wellness policy.  The policy dictates how delinquent lunch accounts can be reconciled, and that students participating in free and reduced lunch should never be identified.

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

Since new federal guidelines were mandated for school lunch offerings, district officials say participation is down about 100 meals each day compared to figures two years ago.  Particularly, participation at Morgan High School has gone down, said Food Services Supervisor Roxanne Rich.

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

When the Morgan High School student body officers approached the Morgan County Council months ago to contribute funds for a new school marquee, the county asked if the school board had contributed yet.  When told no, the council said they would not consider contributing to something the Morgan County School Board was not helping to fund.

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

By now most people who have lived in Morgan for any period of time have had a friend, relative or neighbor who has participated in the Morgan Community Choir.  Going into their 16th year, the choir has made an impression on individuals and the community.  

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

Camille Fry Wilde passed away on Aug. 29, 2014, in Morgan, Utah, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease.   She was the youngest of five children born to Richard and Nina Hess Fry on May 13, 1928, in Morgan, Utah.  Camille graduated from Morgan High School in 1946 where she loved being a part of the band and choir, and she served as the student body vice president.  

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

On Aug. 27, 2014, Kim Dee Pritchard died unexpectedly at home.  Kim was born on June 3, 1960, at Dee Memorial Hospital to Dixie Lattin and Donald McGibbon. Don passed away when Kim was only 3 years old.

28 Aug 2014 - 16:00

Every homeowner in the county saw a home valuation increase on their tax notices sent out this month.
County Assessor Gwen D. Rich reported a significant increase in the county’s taxable value to the state this year.  From $856 million in taxable value in 2013 to $907 million this year, taxable value increased a whopping $51 million.  
Of that increase, about $19.2 million was due to new growth, or homes constructed and new businesses locating in Morgan, Rich said.  This year’s $19.2 million increase in new growth outshines last year’s $6.3 million increase.

28 Aug 2014 - 16:00

Despite the unusually rainy August evening, over 200 runners showed up for the second-annual Color Us Bright Fun Run on Monday, Aug. 25.  
This low-key 3K event starts everyone out with clean white T-shirts. Seasoned participants know that sunglasses are a must in a color run, but glasses were provided to those who were new to this.  As the color packs containing colored corn starch were handed out to participants, it didn’t take long before many shirts were brightly colored.
Bright smiles were on the faces of youth ready to take the starting line. Throughout the short run, stations sponsored by community businesses splattered runners with even more color.  
The Morgan Education Foundation, that puts on the event, is always grateful for local support and hopes more businesses will join in helping the four schools in our district. 

28 Aug 2014 - 16:00

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources awarded Trout Unlimited a $17,000 grant for preliminary work on a Weber River design study in Morgan County from the diversion dam at Como Springs into Morgan City, including the stretch of the river near Riverside Park.
The study is slated to begin in October when water levels are lower to fund preliminary conceptual designs for river restoration and will likely involve survey work of the waterway.  
“The project is a cooperative one across the watershed that will benefit fish, wildlife, anglers, recreational water users and agricultural producers,” said Paul Burnett with Trout Unlimited, a nationwide nonprofit organization aiming to conserve and protect cold water habitat.

28 Aug 2014 - 16:00

World War II tore the world apart and brought our country together as young men and women served their nation with valor.  One of those courageous servicemen, Keith Little, joined the Navy at 18, traveling across the world from his hometown of Morgan.
First stationed on the battleship USS New Mexico and then on the USS Missouri, Little worked diligently as a radio intercept operator.  With skill he copied radio traffic and broke codes to aid the United States with knowledge on locations and information coming from the other side.  
Like many others who have seen war firsthand, Little does not speaks very much about his service in the Navy.  His silence may be out of necessity more than others.  Little’s mission was extremely secretive.  The family reports that his name wasn’t even recorded as being on the ship.  
After Little’s service, he had the option to go home immediately on a ship or go to another area to attend a ceremony and receive his awards.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

For many years I have been a Mac user.  I love my MacBook.  If ever I forget how much I love my MacBook I just need a moment fixing a Windows computer and I am reminded.  

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Bryan Chapel placed as one of top four finalists to compete at the FFA Nationals Convention this October in Louisville, Kentucky.  Chapel graduated in 2013 and has been a member of the Morgan FFA Chapter for four years.  Every FFA student must have an SAE (supervised agricultural experience) if they take an agriculture education class.  Some students’ SAE can be related to their job, others if they show an animal at the fair.  Chapel’s SAE was completed while working at Stan Stuart’s mink farm, where he has been working for three years completing jobs such as feeding, repairs and seasonal duties. 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Elementary, middle and high schools in the Morgan County School District received $236,124 in School LAND Trust funds for the 2014-2015 school year, at no cost to taxpayers.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

When Superintendent for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Joel Coleman was named the interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Utah this week, it was not in an open public meeting, something that has Utah State Board of Education Member Terryl Warner worried.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

A landowner involved with plans for a 2,980-acre resort near East Canyon accused the Morgan County Planning chairman of trying to sabotage the Yaryca Master Planned Community during a Aug. 14 public hearing.  Many local residents praised any efforts to put a stop to the resort proposal.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

During the Morgan County Planning Commission public hearing regarding the Yaryca development Aug. 14, a third of the dissenters taking the microphone spoke out against Yaryca because of the impact it could have on the Greater sage grouse, a candidate for an endangered species designation.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Former Morgan resident Melissa Wilson, daughter of Ed and Sharlene Olsen, will be sharing her newfound talent with The Morgan County News in the form of her cartoon strip, Wonders and Blunders.  

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

On Wednesday, July 30, the skilled and the brave took their turn at the Morgan County Fair ATV Rodeo.  This annual event drew crowds to the arena at the fairgrounds in spite of earlier rainstorms.  The skies were clear; however, after several days of rain the arena brought a whole new challenge. Now the contestants didn’t just have to beat the clock, they also had to contend with MUD! 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

On Monday, Aug. 18, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, received a powerful lesson on temples from one of the LDS Church’s most able speakers on the subject.  Edward J. Brandt, Ph.D., former director of Church Correlation and recent past president of the Columbus, Ohio, Temple, spoke to the assembled group on “Temples Past and Present.”

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

On Thursday, Aug. 14, the Thursday Trail Riders of Morgan County visited Old Ephraim’s Grave in Logan, Utah. 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Elder Landon Philip Ray Carter has returned from serving a mission to the Louisiana Baton Rouge mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is the son of Craig & Lisa Carter of Morgan.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Elder Brennan Miller West will return home on Aug. 23, 2014 after serving honorably in the Canada, Halifax mission. 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Jaden Beau Durrant has been called to serve in the Philippines Quezon City Mission. 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Paul Douglas Lowe, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Aug. 17, 2014, while surrounded by his children and loved ones.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Everyone knows that business is starting to boom again on historic Commercial Street. What you might have missed is how much these new businesses have evolved.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

More than 200 people crowded the Morgan County Courthouse auditorium during a public hearing Aug. 14 to amend the county’s future land map in the East Canyon area to eventually make way for a new 2,980-acre resort.  The landowners asked the planning commission to consider re-designating 2,980 acres currently designated natural resources and recreation to master planned community.

15 Aug 2014 - 12:13

It was standing room only at the Aug. 14 Morgan County Planning Commission as more than 200 people crowded the Morgan County Courthouse and 45 people voiced their opinions about the proposed Yaryca Master Planned Community.
Applicants asked the commission to amend the county’s future land map in the East Canyon area, an action that could eventually make way for a new resort community. 
In a 4-2 vote, the planning commission voted to let the Morgan County Council know they support the future land use map amendment, re-designating 2,980 acres from natural resources and recreation to master planned community.

15 Aug 2014 - 12:13

More than 200 people crowded the Morgan County Courthouse auditorium during a public hearing Aug. 14 to amend the county’s future land map in the East Canyon area to eventually make way for a new 2,980-acre resort.  The landowners asked the planning commission to consider re-designating 2,980 acres currently designated natural resources and recreation to master planned community.
At the Aug. 14 meeting, many residents asked for specifics, wanting to know exactly what the land owners planned to do with the 3,000 acres.  That Thursday, they were tight-lipped.  However, they laid out grand plans during the July 10 meeting a month earlier.