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31 Jan 2014 (All day)

In a larger community, an unassuming, gentle man like Duane Stock may have gone unnoticed, but a man such as this is celebrated in our small town.

24 Jan 2014 (All day)

This week’s column is a little more personal than normal.  During the holidays my family came together.  I am the youngest of six children and all of us except one of my sisters met at my dad’s house one evening.  We talked for a number of hours.  We reminisced, complained about our health, and shared information about our families.  It was a nice evening.

24 Jan 2014 (All day)

On Jan. 20, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held their monthly chapter meeting with guest speaker Dr. Theron Crowther, of Milton.  

24 Jan 2014 (All day)

Three years ago Morgan residents Jim and Cleo Watt found themselves proprietors of something few people ever own –a cemetery. 

17 Jan 2014 (All day)

Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations, and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training material for them when they are ready to begin. 

17 Jan 2014 (All day)

“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” this is the theme of the Morgan Stake Relief Society retreat on Jan. 25, 2013.  

17 Jan 2014 (All day)

Christy Dorrity moved to Mountain Green nearly two years ago with her husband, Devon, and five children. This family brings a little bit of magic to our community.

17 Jan 2014 (All day)

The political and economic climate lately has many in Morgan asking about their local businesses.  It is a common occurrence to read weekly and even daily “Who does appliance repair in Morgan?” and other similar posts on local facebook pages.  It is clear Morgan wants to shop local, and many residents don’t even realize Morgan is home to over 600 businesses.

10 Jan 2014 (All day)

When working on your genealogy, remember to follow up on any mention of a funeral home. Their records provide researchers with information about the individual’s death and more. They may show just a few details or the minutia involved in planning a funeral down to what flowers were sent and any clothes or beautician services purchased by the deceased’s loved ones. Details like who paid for the funeral might help identify family members and their addresses. Ministers who are listed as performing the funeral service provide clues as to additional church records that you will want to locate and research.

10 Jan 2014 (All day)

The trap shoot put on by the Morgan FFA Chapter as a fundraiser in the first of November could have gone no better.  Many people throughout the community willingly donated prizes and money, while others showed up for the actual shoot to spend time with friends and family and just to have fun.  It was a huge success!  

10 Jan 2014 (All day)

Interactive activities to include avalanche awareness, snowsports equipment safety demos, opportunities to close the mountain with ski patrol

10 Jan 2014 (All day)

 
Two freight trains collided Wednesday morning, causing eight cars to derail near Interstate 84 near the mouth of Weber Canyon.  About 9:30 a.m., one train struck the rear of the other, something being called unusual.  Two cars spilled their load of grain and fell from the tracks above almost to the interstate below.  One lane of westbound I-84 was closed for clean-up efforts, which could halt rail traffic for several days.  Several crews including hazmat and a U.P. team were on scene to clean the grain, debris and diesel fuel. Several Union Pacific employees sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

3 Jan 2014 (All day)

A couple of weeks ago an author from Morgan came into the bookstore.  She asked whether we would interested in stocking her book.  We have a good selection of science fiction and fantasy in the bookstore and I always like to support local authors so I told her we would be happy to.  I will confess that I am a lover of science fiction/fantasy and that genre is one of the best stocked in the store.  I was also looking  for a good book to read over the holidays so I took a copy home to read.

3 Jan 2014 (All day)

Holiday music is played continually from November through January. For many people, listening to holiday favorites and going to musical recitals and concerts is a major part of the holiday season.

3 Jan 2014 (All day)

There are not many things that can get kids out of bed early over Christmas vacation, but plenty of kids showed up to celebrate the first anniversary of the brand new Morgan Health Center.

3 Jan 2014 (All day)

Trent Jaques announced that Young Ford will be joining Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA through the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program.  For the 2013-2014 school year, Young Ford will be helping one local student attend the college of their choice.

3 Jan 2014 (All day)

In order to move forward with grant funding to restore portions of the Weber River near the fairgrounds, Trout Unlimited and the DWR need the Morgan County Council’s nod of approval.  The council unanimously gave that nod last week, contingent on the county attorney’s review.

27 Dec 2013 (All day)

American Legion Post 67 and VFW Post 6154 held their annual Christmas party in the Morgan County Auditorium on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4. All veterans throughout the county were invited to attend this annual get-together for pie and ice cream and be entertained by the Nelson Brother’s Band. This was a great opportunity for members of both posts and other invited veterans to come together and get to know one another during this special time of the year. 

27 Dec 2013 (All day)

RootsTech is fast approaching and the conference looks better than ever.  2014 RootsTech will be held at the Salt Palace from February 5 to 8.  February 5 will be a new day dedicated to software developers and will be called the “Innovators Summit”.  This day will go back to the roots of RootsTech and have time dedicated to the developers so they can be in the exhibit hall during the main conference.

27 Dec 2013 (All day)

Federal and State agencies are recruiting for wildland fire fighting positions in the 2014 wildfire season. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and the Utah Division Forestry, Fire and State Lands are looking for wildland firefighters to start work in May of 2014. Applications are available online.

27 Dec 2013 (All day)

The word “tradition,” has a complex definition. Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary defines tradition to be “a belief or custom passed from generations to generation.”

27 Dec 2013 (All day)

Families waited in line down the long hall of the courthouse just as they do every year waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for their turn to see the Jolly old man Saint Nick.  Hundreds of local residents look forward to this annual tradition with both excitement and nostalgia.  

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting the mail. I love Christmas cards. Cards are such a wonderful part of the season, getting to hear from family and friends that we don’t have the opportunity to hang out with as much as we may like. I like the ones that are simply signed and I love the newsy Christmas letters too.

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

The Morgan Conservation District held a thank you and going away party for Fred Thurston, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

There are a lot of fitness fads going around right now.  It is hard not to get caught up in the things that are fast and easy fixes.  The problem is most of those don’t last.

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

Snowbasin Resort, together with Burton Snowboards, will be celebrating the grand opening today of the Burton Dinosaur Riglet Park, a new youth-focused snowboard learning park. The park was designed specifically for children as young as 3 years old to learn how to snowboard and is located next to Snowbasin Resort’s Snowsports Learning Center. Presenting exciting features themed around Utah’s vast dinosaur history, kids will have the chance to learn balance, weight transfer, edging and freestyle basics by maneuvering over, under and around sculpted terrain of lava and mountains with “Dino” the Dinosaur and “Terry” the Triceratops. 

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

On Dec. 16 the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held its monthly meeting to honor a modern pioneer, who is still living, and to install new officers for 2014.

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

Soldiers, innkeepers, shepherds, angels, wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.  All were present at the Milton church on Dec. 12 to usher in the Christmas season as the Special Needs Institute treated the community to a special nativity pageant.  As usual, the early show was a standing-room only event and the second show was packed almost to capacity.  

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

The new Morgan Health Center is about to celebrate their first anniversary in their new and updated building.

20 Dec 2013 (All day)

In a town full of hobby sportsmen and serious hunters, Morgan County has had a noticeable void in the gun and ammo industry.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us are thinking about family, spending time together for the holidays or about holidays past. Let’s share some family history this Christmas!

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

Among the fun and games of Ol’ Time Christmas there was some friendly competition.  

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

Compared to past years of financial woes, news for the 2014 Morgan County budget is good.  The year 2013 saw a $4.9 million general fund budget while 2014 is anticipating a $5.3 million budget.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

In the spirit of the holiday season, eight amateur radio (ham) operators found a way to bring some joy to disadvantaged and shut-in children of all ages.  Thanks to the world-wide range of amateur radio equipment, it’s possible for hams to communicate with other hams almost anywhere on earth, including Santa Claus at the North Pole.  Thus was born the North Pole Network (NPN) which purports to use special satellite links to allow kids to talk one-on-one with the jolly old elf himself.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

Morgan Grace Fellowship wants to thank the community for the outpouring of donations.  Together 103 boxes filled with toys were collected for Operation Christmas Child!  

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

Another era is coming to an end in Morgan.  Wally’s Automotive will be closing its doors to business for the last time this week and Wally Kitchin will be entering a new phase of his life: retirement.  

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

There’s a new state parks employee in town, and he has some new plans for East Canyon State Park.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

Drifting snow added to the ambiance as the community gathered around to count down the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of Commercial Street at the end of the fourth annual Ol’ Time Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7.  The city street looked like a scene right out of a Hallmark Christmas movie where neighbors, friends and family gather around to celebrate together.

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

The Genealogy and Local History Celebration was a hit with attendees.  Those in attendance had a great time and can’t wait to see more opportunities to serve the genealogical needs of our community.

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

This is the first week of a new column in The Morgan County News.  We will bring you information and reviews about the books stocked by Morgan Valley Crafts.  We hope that this will be helpful to you as you make your decisions about what books to choose.

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday with a Utah State Parks Annual Pass. Explore Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, hike with bison on Antelope Island, ride the waves at Deer Creek State Park or visit any of Utah’s state parks and museums.

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

Each year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low-income residents with tax preparation.  

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

The Morgan County Historical Society is happy to announce the completion of their project to provide an index of the popular book “Mountains Conquered.”  

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

Caleb Bennett spent the better part of Monday along Interstate 15, making that magical seven-hour drive from his home in Morgan to Las Vegas.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

November found local Daughters of Utah Pioneers camps holding monthly meetings around the valley.  Morgan Company DUP was established in April of 1918, and has now grown to include six camps, namely: Hardscrabble, Mt. Joy, Mountain View, Peterson Creek, South Morgan and Weber River.  In the beginning, Porterville Camp (the first camp organized) and Peterson Camp were part of the company but have since either been combined with other camps or otherwise dissembled.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

One of the most common things I hear from individuals is that all their ancestors have been found.  I have yet to ever to find someone for whom it is true that all their ancestors have been found.  From an ancestral perspective at 10 generations we each have 256 ancestors.  If you include their children and spouses the number is more likely to be about 2,000.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

Morgan’s cultural interest has recently grown and is evident with the number enrolled this year in the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra. This is their third year and classes are already underway.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

At Thanksgiving time, we often think about things we are grateful for in our lives.  Being thankful is a wonderful thing, but the best way to show gratitude is to focus on the “giving” in Thanksgiving.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

Ginny Tilby impressed the students of Morgan Elementary School with her quick drawing and talented illustrations as she introduced herself and taught lessons she has learned through sketches projected onto the wall.