Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather died suddenly at home Friday Feb. 28, 2014. He was born on Oct. 19, 1946, in Coalville, Utah. Jay is the eldest son of Douglas and Thelma Ovard. He attended grade school in Henefer and graduated from North Summit High School and Seminary in May of 1964.
For the first time in Trojan history both the girls and the boys earned the rare opportunity to compete for the basketball championship trophy in the state tournament. In a special treat for fans, this opportunity would play out in back-to-back games.
Local resident Lars L. Birkeland has announced he intends to file for the Republican nomination for the State Senate. He hopes to get Republican delegate’s nod to fill the District 18 seat that Sen. Stuart Reid does not intend to seek re-election for.
Several years ago I made trip to the Family History Library. I was just beginning to do family history research and I had my laptop with PAF installed and all the information that I had been given by my mother and grandmother. My grandmother had spent her entire life researching. She had done much herself (I have about twenty family history books with stories and photos she created) and had hired professional researchers as well.
The Morgan County School District has formed a transportation committee to focus on student safety. The committee meets every three months. During their most recent meeting, the group discussed the installation of cross walk signs. Morgan City and Morgan County are expected to pay for the signs, which may be installed in March.
The constitutional right of the people of Utah to petition their leaders has come under increasing attack as the visibility, and potential success, of Count My Vote increases. Good government groups Alliance for a Better UTAH and Utahns for Ethical Government have issued the following statement in response to legislation that would weaken Utah’s petition process:
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-1) announced that both the Senate and House have approved funding for the construction of a new maintenance hangar at Hill Air Force Base for the F-35 stealth fighter jet. Operational maintenance will be performed inside the hangar by the 388th Fighter Wing based at Hill.
In response to the letter in the Feb. 7 TMCN regarding referring to our children as “kids,” I can’t help but point out that language is a dynamic medium; many words have multiple, often diversely different meanings, and word meanings change with time and usage.
Doug and Bonnie Wright of Mountain Green celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their children honored them with a dinner at Ruth Chris restaurant. A celebration is planned in their honor June 1; the family will take a cruise to Alaska.
Morgan entered the first round of the state boys basketball tournament last Saturday as the number one seed, earning the privilege to play at home against the Hawks of North Sanpete, a number four seed from Region 12. The game was closer than it ever should have been even though the Morgan boys eventually pulled away from North Sanpete.
The Morgan County School Board of Education wants input on how to handle anticipated growth, especially as it relates to expected increases in public school enrollment. To get that input, the board has formed a growth advisory committee/task force.
Representative Patrice Arent was inspired by Luke Parker—a student at Upland Terrace Elementary who regularly waves a sign at adults in idling cars during school pick up—to launch a campaign where the scripts are flipped and students educate adults on idling. His ingenuity in creating a way to remind people to play their part in preventing pollution reminded her that students often speak with the clearest voices, especially in issues where adults are sometimes forgetful.
In an effort to provide guests with real-time information related to lift and trail status, weather conditions, current resort information, the ability to track runs, vertical feet skied at the resort, speed and more, Snowbasin Resort introduced a free mobile app this week that is available for both iPhone and Android smartphone users.
Every year, the Morgan FFA chapter has its annual fundraiser of selling Valentine’s Day flowers. All day long, any assortment of flowers can be seen coming and going from the Ag room. Many members of the community come out and help the group by purchasing a bundle of roses or a vase of lilies and carnations for their sweethearts. It’s a big hit every year! We can always count on the folks in the county to come out and support us. Sure, the FFA members spend all day wrapping and arranging flowers and delivering them. But in the end, it’s all worth it to see what we’ve accomplished! Thanks so much to everyone who bought flowers this year!
Morgan has had a strong legacy of outstanding wrestlers. Throughout the last five decades, Morgan has produced its share of state champions. One particular family has wrestling success running through their blood. The Pentz family has earned its way onto the podium throughout generations and this last weekend, five cousins wrestled their way to the top.
Pam Francis is an important part of the Morgan School District Transportation Department. She was born in Coeur d’ alene, Idaho, and she is the second daughter of five children. Her family moved to the Pacific Northwest to a small farm when she was 2 years old. They raised shrimp, crab and salmon as a mainstay.
With the current economic climate, there has been a boom in the buying and selling of pre-owned items on facebook and classified pages. The new Traders Apparel store on Commercial Street facilitates this same concept in retail form.
On Feb. 17, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, held its monthly meeting. Clyde J. Williams, formerly a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University and current assistant managing director of the LDS Church Correlation Evaluation Department, was the invited guest speaker.
Weber State University’s 18th annual Storytelling Festival will take place Feb. 24-26. Each year the award-winning festival invites the public to enjoy the performances of national, local and student storytellers.
You have heard of public art, but have you seen public artists in action? Next week, Thursday, Feb. 27, you may see artists with easels all around town. The group, called the Plein Air Painters of Utah, paints together once a month and this month they will be inspired by the beautiful Morgan valley scenery.
The Morgan High School Wrestling Team has been traveling the state since the beginning of the school year to compete with outstanding competitors. As the season is coming to a close, it is apparent Morgan wrestlers are among the best in the state.
The Morgan Trojans just claimed their third region championship. It is unusual for a team to be able to make such a claim, but what is even more astonishing is this Morgan team has never lost a region game, winning 32 straight. This varsity team is the result of talent, friendship, heart and determination.
The Bible says faith without works is dead. Should we really pray for snow and rain when we live in a desert? My memory is still fresh from a request by local church leaders to pray for less snow so that homes along the Weber River don’t flood. Heaven must laugh at us here in our earthly station as we pray for a mitigation of either drought or flood every second year.
Each year, Morgan Elementary School students show off their storytelling skills as they compete for the opportunity to represent the school at the annual Weber State Storytelling Festival in Ogden, Utah.
Holcim has also been working to support the Read Today program in Morgan Elementary. Through financial donations and volunteer reading tutors, Holcim has had a very positive impact on literacy at Morgan Elementary School.
Standings for week 20: First place, Eagle Rock Construction; Second place, Denice’s Home Plate; Third place, Morgan Drug; Fourth place, Valley Girls; Fifth place tie between Bell Oil and Head Over Heels.
In his recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama spoke about his signature domestic achievement, Obamacare. He predictably declared that his health law is working as advertised, despite all the problems with the website, the millions of Americans who have had their health insurance dropped as a result of the law, and the skyrocketing costs that have made health care unaffordable for many. To anyone taking an objective view, Obamacare is a disaster.