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2 Nov 2012 (All day)

If you like Wood Creations, you are going to love the newest store on Commercial Street: Morgan Valley Crafts.  For some time now, many Morgan City Council meetings have been focused on revitalizing Commercial Street and we are starting to see the success of their hard work.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

On Thursday Oct. 26, Morgan High School staged an event to help educate and remind our community about our history, rights, and freedoms related to government.  Morgan County resident Lydia Nuttall worked with our local government to bring this event to our community to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of America’s Constitution.    The Ellis Island program presented history from our founding fathers as well as from the famous Island that welcomed millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954. 

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone.

1 Nov 2012 - 17:49

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone. 
As the oldest sister, Marnie would often offer Rana relationship advice.  But the tables had turned in the last three years when Marnie found herself in an abusive relationship with her live-in boyfriend Jeffrey Dene White.  And Rana, who had dated White herself two decades ago, often warned Marnie about his substance abuse and potential for violence. 

1 Nov 2012 - 17:35
continued from "Friends and family remember domestic violence victim"

**Hailey Kilburn Jones (cousin):
Marnie meant so much to me.  So many wonderful memories: her beautiful smile; her heart-felt giggles, giggles that came from her toes up; her one-of-a kind hugs, I always knew how much she loved me when she gave me one.  She wasn't just my cousin I was very close with, but my friend also.  All the fun Christmas Eves together as a family are great memories.  She was my protector growing up.  She was ALWAYS there when I needed her most; it's like she could sense that.  When my husband lost his job, she was the first one to my house to see how she could help.  She was so caring, loving, and giving.  I look back on her life and realize all the effort she put in to stay close and to know what was going on in our families’ lives.  She cared so much for everyone's well being.  I want to live my life by her example.  She had such a way of letting you know and feel how important you were to her and how much she loved you.  I see now how important it is to let people know how you feel about them.  You can't wait for tomorrow; do it today.  Marnie did that.  I never questioned what I meant to her.  Whether it was with words or deeds, I just knew how much I meant to her and how much she loved me.  She meant the world to me.  I love her with all my heart! She was kind and caring.  She loved unconditionally.  She always made you feel special.  She had a one-of-a-kind smile that truly did light up the room.  Her hugs were the kind of hugs that got you through until the next time you saw her again.  Most importantly, she was BEAUTIFUL inside and out.  She was always a protector and loved fiercely those closest to her.  Our Marn was just so special, she touched so many lives. She was an angel here on Earth to our family, and now she is our sweet angel in Heaven. 

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

According to organizers, the Morgan County Fair this year was one of the best attended in as long as a decade.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Developer Rulon Gardner has plans for a new 22-lot development, and is approaching the county and school board about the possibility of using tax increment funding to build a reservoir feature.  The reservoir would double as a private amenity for the development as well as storage for secondary water.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Thursday, Oct. 25, snow packed roads caused numerous slide-offs on I-84.  Because of the slide-offs, several semis pulled over only to get stuck in the snow on the sidelines.  The road was closed for several hours to allow time for snow removal and clean-up.  

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

After a Utah State basketball game Rob Colvin met Suzanne Udy for the first time. Rob who is from North Ogden, and Suzanne who is from Salt Lake City (a Skyline High School graduate), were both enrolled in the university. Rob knew he had met someone special and was immediately interested in getting to know her better. However, he didn’t have a scrap of paper or a pen with him to jot down her information.  Being the creative person that he is, Rob used an aluminum foil gum wrapper in his pocket to scratch down her phone number. It took two tries to make the phone call but fortunately he was able to find the right combination of numbers. 

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Loydene Berg and her son, PJ, lost their home to an electrical fire last month on Sept. 4.  The home was a complete loss.  This included her Yamaha Grand Piano which had a lot of sentiment attached to it from her late father and her husband Peter, who was murdered 12 years ago at Chevy’s Restaurant in Salt Lake City.  The home was also not insured at the time of the fire, due to a suspension in the insurance coverage until a rain gutter was replaced. The work had been done, but had not been reinstated before the fire destroyed the home.

25 Oct 2012 - 16:10

Thursday, Oct. 25, snow packed roads caused numerous slide-offs on I-84.  Because of the slide-offs, several semis pulled over only to get stuck in the snow on the sidelines.  The road was closed for several hours to allow time for snow removal and clean-up. 
Highway 39 through Ogden Canyon was also closed temporarily due to a weather related accident.
Morgan County was hit with more than six inches overnight.  Teachers who commute from Ogden were stuck in the canyon and buses were stuck in the snow, so Morgan Elementary and Mountain Green Elementary were both closed for the day.  This is a rare occurrence in Morgan, so students were thrilled and kids all through the county pulled out their sleds and made the most of it.
The first snowfall of the year is historically bad for driving conditions, which makes it especially important to slow down and drive carefully.

25 Oct 2012 - 12:00
Morgan native to be laid to rest Friday

As the Morgan community lays one of its own to rest today, the man suspected of causing her death sits behind bars.
Jeffrey Dene White, 43, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Weber County Jail on first degree felony murder and two counts of third degree felony charges of commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child. 
According to Ogden Police Lieutenant Danielle Croyle, two children under the age of 10 were present during the murder of Marnie Franich Stark, 38.  She is the daughter of Morgan locals Matthew Joseph and Jessie Franich.
The Ogden Police Department responded to an “unattended death” Oct. 20 on the 1300 block of Douglas Avenue.  During the course of the investigation, Ogden Major Crimes Detectives determined there was evidence to support the cause of death as a homicide.
Stark was pronounced dead at McKay-Dee Hospital that day.  White was her live-in boyfriend.

19 Oct 2012 (All day)

Rachel and Greg Denning are creating an unconventional life for themselves and their five children: they travel almost constantly, live independently (no 9-5 job) and do humanitarian projects.  No, they are not retired. They are a young family that decided one day to live their dream—and they made it happen.

19 Oct 2012 (All day)

 
Board to experience busy 2013 year
The Morgan County School Board is anticipating a busy 2013 year with a voted leeway on the ballot and the need to hire a new superintendent.

12 Oct 2012 (All day)

 
The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers held their annual weigh-off on Sept. 29 at Thanksgiving Point.  There was a lot of excitement as the pumpkins were weighed from smallest to largest.  As the pumpkins got bigger, the crowd grew both in size and intensity.  

12 Oct 2012 (All day)

2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports for Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, total of 117 calls

12 Oct 2012 (All day)

The interlocal agreement between the recreation  board and the city is up for renewal.  The recreation board is formed as an entity that provides recreation for the county and has interlocal agreements with Morgan City, Morgan County, and the Morgan County School District.  

12 Oct 2012 (All day)

The holidays are filled with fun and tradition wherever you go, but very few communities have such a wide array of things you can participate in for free.   The city, local businesses and community members all pitch in to make sure that there are plenty of holiday memories made right here at home.

12 Oct 2012 (All day)

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

5 Oct 2012 (All day)

The Sons of Utah Pioneers held their monthly dinner meeting featuring speaker Sheila Wilkinson along with her husband Mark Wilkinson.  Sheila presented a brief history of Devil’s Slide.  With Sheila’s bubbly personality, her presentation was very pleasant as well as informative.  

5 Oct 2012 (All day)

The 2012 Morgan County Horse 4-H season came to a close this past month with the final State Individual Show being held in Salina on Sept. 7 and 8.  Morgan County had 12 youth who worked hard during the summer show season to qualify for the opportunity to travel to the state individual meet.  The state competition is a two-day show with nearly 300 qualified youth from all over the state congregating to compete for coveted event and all-around titles. Events scheduled for Friday were judged events and included fitting and showmanship, western equitation, and bareback equitation.  Events on day two of the show were all timed and this year included barrels, poles, and the scurry.

5 Oct 2012 (All day)

After nearly 25 years on Commercial Street, Morgan Academy of Dance will be changing things up and moving to a new location, 225 East 125 North, next to Riverside Park.  The dance academy has been a part of Morgan for over 40 years.  In that time the dance studio has had plenty of homes.

5 Oct 2012 (All day)

The rapids at Taggart are well known to many rafters, tubers, and kayakers. But it’s now a location for many who enjoy the emerging sport of stand up paddle boarding, or SUP.

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

The Morgan County Council granted a tax abatement to Loydene Berg, who recently lost her home in a tragic fire.

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

Tired of a yard full of standing water, residents are waiting to see if a local ditch company’s promises will be kept.

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

Work continues on the reconstruction of I-84, from Mountain Green (SR-167) to Morgan (SR-66). Shouldering, crash cushion, delineator/barrier reflector and barrier pad movement activities will take place from Peterson to Morgan. Grinding and striping on the new concrete roadway will continue over the next few weeks. Construction is nearly complete from Peterson to Mountain Green. Crews work from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days per week. 

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

The Tykonis held their opening social at the Riverside Park Wednesday evening, Sept. 12.  Everyone enjoyed catching up after the long summer.

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

Can you believe that summer has come to an end and school has begun? As we can see all around our beautiful valley, the leaves have color and fall is here.  With fall upon us the Morgan County Library has lots of wonderful things coming up and some amazing events that have passed.  

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

Long time business owner and restaurateur, Larry Wiggill, is ready to embark on a new adventure. Larry Wiggill owns  Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn  which has not only been known for its deep fried chicken but also for the gift shop contained inside the restaurant. Larry has long had a passion for gift shops and through the years the gift shop has expanded to include more and more merchandise. It has been a dream of his for quite a while to be able to open a separate gift shop to accommodate the growing décor.  As space became available on Commercial Street, Larry remembered his childhood when Commercial Street was the place to shop. Loving historical things, such as the building his own restaurant is housed in, Commercial Street was a perfect fit for his new shop. Although Commercial Street is the official name, it holds the nickname of Front Street from the days when the train station was the main hub of Morgan. Holding true to this history, the store will be known as Front Street Gifts and Home Décor. 

28 Sep 2012 (All day)

Every year there is an annual weigh-off to determine the largest pumpkin grown in the state of Utah.  It is sponsored by the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association.  Matt McConkie, Mountain Green resident, holds the current state record.  His enormous pumpkin weighed in last year at a whopping 1,600 pounds.

21 Sep 2012 (All day)

The annual opening social for the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) was held on September 11, 2012.  The social was held at the DUP Museum where the theme, “Preserve the past – strengthen the future” was announced as the theme for 2012-13. 

21 Sep 2012 (All day)

Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground.  They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time.  The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other. However, they had never met.  After that chance meeting they dated that summer and then they both attended Utah State the next year.  They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1997 and have built a life together -all because of a misplaced ID.  

21 Sep 2012 (All day)

Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew and chartered by the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their Father & Sons’ overnight campout followed by their Court of Honor the next morning, 7 & 8 September at the Church’s small amphitheater and park recently established behind their building next to the Mtn. Green Cemetery.

21 Sep 2012 (All day)

“This is it. . . last week for the Farmer’s Market,” announced last Saturday by Marion Andrews, farmer’s market coordinator. Saturday, September 15th, business as usual at Morgan ‘s Farmers Market until the produce vendors said they would not be back next week, because they had no more produce to sell.

21 Sep 2012 (All day)

Labor Day often means a weekend of camping or a day off of work.  For 13-year-old Branden Brooks and nearly 30 others, Labor Day meant labor and lots of it.  The story starts several years ago when Branden set a goal to receive his Eagle Scout award before his 14th birthday.  

21 Sep 2012 (All day)

One of the entrants that earned a best in show award at Morgan City’s Cruz’n Classics Car Show almost didn’t enter.  Duane Carpenter, owner of a cherry red 1959 Ford Edsel Convertible, saw a brochure for the car show the night before in Wyoming.  He hurried to make it to Morgan’s Riverside Park from Evanston on Saturday.

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

Austin Manning is a happy little boy.  His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning.  On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.  

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

Move over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the “Little Free Library” has come to town. Bringing to Morgan a relatively new concept in sharing literature, River Pinhey designed and built Riverside Park’s latest addition. River Pinhey is the 14-year-old son of Bambi and Scott Pinhey, and grandson of Earl and Julie Anderson. 

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

Recent years have seen the creation and expansion of a new type of community recreation that provides an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors and engage in physical activity together, while remaining relatively low in upfront and ongoing cost. Bike parks provide individuals of all ages with a venue for varying abilities and levels of physical exertion.  Bike parks are customized to fit the physical location and resources available as well as the interest and demand of the public using the parks. Being a relatively new concept in communities, many of the future users of bike parks aren’t even aware they exist.

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

The Morgan County Library is a great place for people to expand their minds, encourage creativity and explore places.  This kind of knowledge and growth should not be limited to the youth or the more mature, everyone should take advantage of this remarkable resource.

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

After a successful first year hosting a women’s biking event in Morgan County, Wildflower Pedalfest organizers donated proceeds to the county’s food bank and Sub for Santa funds with promises for additional donations in years to come.  However, talk of future biking events stirred some controversy in a recent Morgan County Council meeting.

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

Mountain Green resident David Sawyer, who recently returned from serving with the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan, presented both Morgan County and Boy Scout Troop 576 with American flags for their service.

14 Sep 2012 (All day)

Recent and widespread wildfires are a “predictable consequence” of federal management of public lands, said Doug Heaton, a Kane County commissioner who recently visited with Morgan County officials.  Heaton asked the Morgan County Council to support his effort to establish the American Lands Council, an organization formed to address land issues including federal intrusion on private property rights.

7 Sep 2012 - 16:03

Snowbasin Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Baker as Snowbasin’s new Food & Beverage Director, effective September 4, 2012.
Peter has spent over 12 years in the leadership & planning position for several top rated resorts the most recent being at Grand Targee as their Beverage, Dinning, & Entertainment Director. Prior to that, Peter spent several years at Idaho’s Tamarack and Northern California’s Kirkwood Resorts as director of their food & beverage departments. "With such an extensive background in the resort food & beverage industry, Peter will be a great addition to Snowbasin," said John Loomis General Manager of Snowbasin Resort.

7 Sep 2012 - 16:00

Morgan Health Center will be breaking ground on its new building Saturday at 1 p.m. at 166 N. State Street. The public is encouraged to attend a short groundbreaking program followed by light refreshments.
The Morgan Health Center and its dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and administrative staff have been serving the community for more than 20 years. Carol Durrant and Myra Turner remain as the original staff when the clinic first opened. MountainStar and HCA Physician Services are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the residents of Morgan and the surrounding communities.

7 Sep 2012 - 15:30
Morgan, Mountain Green firefighters join forces with outside crews to battle blaze

Just after noon on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012, Austin Larson was working at the rock pit in Mountain Green when he heard an unusual noise across the street that got his attention. When he confirmed there was smoke he quickly went to the Mountain Green fire Station, where he works as a volunteer fire fighter. Larson retrieved the fire engine and made his way back the short distance to the home to find that the fire was already fully evolved. By this time calls were coming in from a postal worker who was in the area, a 1st Bank employee from the bank next to the house, and others who viewed the smoke and flames.
As the house burned firefighters from surrounding areas were called in including two trucks from Weber County and a ladder truck from South Ogden. Brush trucks helped with a grass fire that spread behind 1st Bank, Mountain Green Branch. Twenty-eight fire fighters worked on the blaze before they were able to stop it around 4 p.m. The house continued to smolder until about 6 p.m. A crew remained at the scene overnight and was able to control two or three flare ups during the night, reported Dave Rich, Morgan County fire chief.

7 Sep 2012 (All day)

Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.
One such vendor is Davis Produce. Davis Produce offers a variety of fresh grown produce from their greenhouse. Tina Davis, owner, is glad to be back for another year and says she enjoys the people of Morgan.
Handcrafted and homemade items from Carol Marshall included parchment crafted book markers designed with calligraphy ink and paint on a type of paper known as velum. Marshall has done this craft for over 10 years and she enjoys it the most. Recently retired, she found herself not content. To broaden her interests, she discovered craft books and learned how to make bracelets and earrings.

31 Aug 2012 (All day)

Did you know that Morgan/USU Extension has a great FREE resource available to all its residents that can help your family eat healthier, save money at the grocery store and make your food dollar go farther?  It’s called Food Sense.  

31 Aug 2012 (All day)

Monday is usually a pretty low key day at Taggart’s Grill, but this week was different.  HGTV’s House Hunters team paid a visit to the local restaurant to shoot footage for their show.