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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.   
Frongner is traveling with the current Utah Honor Flight to Washington D.C.  The group made up of WWII vets is embarking on an all-expense paid trip to see the monument made in honor of their service.  
The trip began with a block party on Thursday morning and then each of the vets and one guardian were flown to the nation’s capital.  Frongner is accompanied by his son, Randy.  The honorable group is scheduled to return on Saturday, Sept. 20.
We look forward to hearing about our hometown hero’s experience on the Utah Honor Flight.  Thank you, Lewis Frongner, and all others who have valiantly served our country and the world.

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.
But Wilde hinted at the way he may have voted had he been present.
“What was presented before was not appropriate,” he said.  “Things need to be looked at.  Conservation easements need to be looked at.”

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.

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.  
Administrators and educators statewide collectively held their breaths, expecting a dip in test averages.  Previously, only students who wanted to take the test—typically those preparing to attend college after graduating from high school—paid for the chance to participate.  
“Everyone expected a drop, kids that chose to take it (previously) compared to where every kid was required to take it,” Morgan High School Principal Wade Murdock said.
However, Wade is pleased with the results of his Class of 2015.

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.

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.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

Last week I spoke at the BYU family history conference and it gave me the opportunity to review a number of software products that have been either released, or significantly updated over the past year.  There are some truly outstanding products on the market that have emerged.  Over the next few weeks I’ll introduce (or reintroduce) a few of these great products.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

Each year many students transition to new grades and new schools and there are always new students and students who move out.  

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

Every so often you encounter a person with a truly generous and giving heart.  If you know Susanne Skeen, then you know such a person. She has been blessing the lives of others in Morgan County for many years—In her family, her neighborhood, her work, her church, and in 4-H.   

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

It is a privilege to honor Pat Porter Peterson as a distinguished employee of the month in the Morgan School District.  She began her employment with the district in 1968 as possibly the first recognized teacher’s aide.  During the past 47 years, Pat has been an administrative assistant, secretary, recess aide, teaching aide, study hall monitor, PE helper and lunchroom supervisor.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

As a result of increased public pressure, the Morgan County School Board is contemplating the creation of a standards committee to keep an eye on state core standards and curriculum while allowing as much local input as possible.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

After 45 years of teaching, much-loved instructor Cherril Grose decided it was time to put down the chalk for the second time.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

The Morgan County Council would like to pursue development of a trail between Cottonwood Canyon Road and Old Farm Market Sinclair convenience store in Mountain Green.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

“Goodbye, happy home,” sighed Nellie Nelson as she and her husband left their home on Dalton Creek in 1911.  Walter and Nellie Nelson had traded their happy, cozy home on Dalton Creek for a farm in Milton (1585 N. Morgan Valley Drive) so their four young children could be within walking distance of the school.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

u to Todd and Linda Martin and Tyler Rowser for their generous support of the Summit Count Jr. Livestock Sale this past Saturday and for purchasing my Reserve Champion Steer. 

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

Thank you to all our friends and customers,

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

Elder Colby Skinner will be returning home on August 18 after serving two years in the Mexico Tampico Mission.

14 Aug 2014 - 14:01
Audit addresses Trojan Center construction, internal controls

The Morgan County School District is sharing results of a special Utah State Office of Education audit spurred by anonymous complaints regarding how construction of the Trojan Century Center was funded.
“Callers were telling the state office of education they felt there was some misappropriation of dollars in the creation of the Trojan center,” Superintendent Doug Jacobs said. 

14 Aug 2014 - 13:58

The Utah Transit Authority board recommended not proceeding with placing a Morgan County annexation measure on the November ballot, saying an overwhelming majority of the feedback they received was in opposition.
“Public input weighed heavily on the decision,” said Ryan Taylor, UTA coordinated mobility manager.  “We weighed all factors including public support, the nature of the county and its rural setting, and the needs of the community at this time.”
UTA and Morgan County Councilman Logan Wilde agreed that this is just not the proper time for a “marriage of Morgan and UTA.”
The UTA board subcommittee met and made the recommendation Wednesday.  The Morgan County Council can still vote whether or not to keep the tax increase issue off the ballot. 

14 Aug 2014 - 13:35

Tuesday morning, 40 Holcim employees were encouraged to forgo their regular workday to offer service instead.  They loaded their gear and headed to the Morgan Lions Club lodge.
The volunteers arrived early, filling the parking area with pickup trucks, flatbed trailers and cement trucks.  As work began, the grassy area was loaded up with old railings and faulty pieces of wood to make way for updated cement stairs and a new patio behind the facility. 

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

The U11 Morgan FC boys’ competition soccer team took first place at the La Roca Cup in Layton that was held July 16-19. The championship game went into overtime, but Morgan FC came away with a 3-1 win. The team is coached by Bob Grow, Brant Hayward and Jacki Cameron. Special thanks to Bryan Garay for helping train the team this summer and coming out to the final game to support the boys.

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

Jeremy Evans was welcomed to the Trojan Center with big cheers. Youth watched with wide eyes as this 6’9” Utah Jazz forward walked into the building. Evans was all smiles and gave incredibly high fives to all the mini basketball fans.

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

Dedicated youth still seeking donations for new marquee

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

Despite the rain, this year’s county fair was a success and many are pointing to the demolition derby as a jewel in the fair crown.