When Dallen Calder saw little children running into the street without looking for cars to chase balls behind the high school soccer goal, he knew he had found a great Eagle Scout project. He put up a net behind the goal to prevent balls from rolling into the street and completed the project a week before school started in August.
Thursday, Oct. 17, Interstate 84 at Mile Marker 108 was closed after a double tanker fuel truck burst into flames. According to the Utah High Patrol, the west-bound tanker rolled Thursday morning. Its rear tank rolled and caught fire, while the front tanker and cab remained unturned. While emergency crews supervised, the rear tanker’s fuel was allowed to completely burn off. Speed may have been a factor in the accident, according to the UHP. No major injuries related to the accident were reported, but both west and east bound lanes were closed for hours.
In an effort to keep property taxes low in Morgan, there has been a growing awareness to shop locally. The biggest hurdle to getting people to spend their dollars in town is that residents don’t always know all that is available to them within the county.
Not many people can lay claim to babysitting a mountain lion for two weeks or keeping a mouse farm in their laundry room to feed injured raptors. Don Paul expounded on the time he wrestled the six-month-old mountain lion into the bathroom to wash it off. He said it was a real challenge and the bathroom was a mess afterward.
Autumn Rae Barnes, daughter of Rick and Elise Barnes of Mountain Green, and Ethan Blaine Mecham, son of Blaine and Teresa Mecham of Milton, will be married for time and eternity in the Bountiful LDS Temple on Oct. 25, 2013.
At the State Board of Education meeting, Friday, Oct. 4, Mountain Green resident Lydia Nuttall was honored with an achievement spotlight and awarded a Certificate of Excellence for exemplary service and dedication in improving education for Utah students.
The city of Morgan is proud of the fact that Commercial Street is slowly coming back to life. New signs have appeared throughout the year marking that growth. The newest sign on the street belongs to Morgan Valley Crafts.
Morgan County’s economic development consultant is pursuing the redevelopment of the Como Springs area, saying a new hot springs pool could bring in as many as 42,900 people each year. But that is only if the necessary agreements can be made and as much as $3.79 million can be secured to finance the venture.
MyHeritage announced this week that they have reached a landmark agreement with FamilySearch. In the announcement they said, “MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.organnounced today the signing and commencement of a strategic partnership that forges a new path for the family history industry. Under this multi-year partnership, MyHeritage will provide FamilySearch with access to its powerful technologies and FamilySearch will share billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years with MyHeritage. This will help millions of MyHeritage and FamilySearch users discover even more about their family history.
Park City hosted the Region 10 Cross Country meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in cold and windy conditions. Each team had been preparing all season for this all-important race, which serves as the qualifier for the state meet next Wednesday. The Trojans steadily progressed throughout the course of the season and even edged out teams that had bested them in earlier meets.
The students of Morgan Elementary, under the guidance of Morgan High School counselor Destiny Field and Morgan School District social worker Linda Taylor, chose Wednesday, Oct. 9 as a day to unite against bullying.
As I write this article I find myself thinking about how fast these first days of school have come and gone. On Oct. 28 we will begin the second quarter of the academic year and it seems like only yesterday I was welcoming staff and students back to school. I have always been proud of the students and staff here at Morgan Middle School. However this year has been even more special as the students and staff has done a tremendous job of adapting to the changes we have experienced.
Meagan, Maycee, Levi and Mallarie are very excited to announce the birth of their new cute baby brother. Ryder Lee Durrant was born on Sept. 20, 2013, at 5:48 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs., was 19 ½ inches long and has lots of dark hair. Proud parents are Jason and Tana Durrant of Morgan. Grandparents are Craig and Marla Hyde and Mark and Eva Durrant of Morgan and Pat and Kay Roberts of Layton. Great grandparents are JoElla Francis and Joe and Norma Hyde.
Andelyn Jeffery, daughter of Dennis and Donna Jeffery, and Justin Michael Smith, son of Blane and Janae Smith, are pleased to announce their marriage for time and all eternity in the LDS Bountiful Temple on the 18th of October 2013.
For the second time this season, the Cougars of Union High School opposed the Trojan volleyball team. The rich history of Morgan volleyball, their formidable record of 13 wins and 3 losses, and the home crowd cheering them on proved too much for Union and they fell again to Morgan. With the win, Morgan remains undefeated in region matches.
Brewer Snedden set a goal a year ago to become the state BMX champion in his division. Hard work, determination and an intense focus facilitated Brewer’s win at the state championship Sept. 13-14 at Rad Canyon in South Jordan.
Ancestry.com this week announced the acquisition of Find-a-Grave. Find-a-Grave has been a volunteer-led effort that has provided grave information for individuals all over the United States. Through the efforts of their volunteers they have amassed the largest collection of grave information online in the United States.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Northrop Grumman and team members are Bryan Chappell, Pat bird, Pat Olsen, and Randy Glanville. In a tie for 2nd place is MVP Polaris and team members are Bill Skeen, Susan Skeen, Kacie Straw and Shadd Straw, and also team Split Happens and team members are Dillon Smith, Heather Lombard, Casie Kline and Danny Kline. Our high scores and series for this week go to Dillon Smith 217=587, Danny Kline 248=676, Bryan Chappell 221=602, Pat Olsen 216=554, Pat Bird 168, Dennis Vernon 188, Jo Peterson 162, Chad Hayes 211=533, Dave Preece 176, Lynsey Enlow 167=464, Craig Mahoskey 278=709, Bill Skeen 191=516, Kacie Straw 186=475, and Shadd Straw 179. Great bowling teams!!!
Volunteer Trail Day: Join us for a day of trail maintenance to improve the park’s hiking and mountain bike trails. Work will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the option to participate half or full day. All volunteers receive free admission the day of trail work and a voucher for an additional day-use entrance. Registration required. 435-259-2614
Dr. Jacobs celebrates reading with Morgan Elementary School third grade students. Morgan School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs and elementary students across the county celebrated reading last week in an attempt to Read for the Record. The Pearson Foundation, in partnership with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign and the Governor’s Office, supplied the book “Otis” by Loren Long. County children and children across the state attempted to set a new record by all reading the same book.
The Morgan school’s Parent Teacher Student Organizations are combining efforts for the first time ever to raise funds for the high school, middle school and elementary school. The Morgan PTSO Fall Festival is on Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be full of excitement and fun for the whole family!
Chris Carrigan was born in Provo, Utah, while her father was attending Brigham Young University. She has four sisters and one brother. She spent most of her early years in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to kindergarten in a two-level old rickety school that reminded her of Ogden High School. She wore a red dot every day on her collar because when she was in first grade, she was hit by a car when walking home from school.
The ping-pong on the recreation agreement between the county, school district and city continued this week as the city approved the recreation agreement, but struck the liability provision that has been the ongoing contention between the entities.
In the Morgan City Council meeting this week, City Attorney Gary Crane reported that the State of Utah has established a canal safety commission and is considering taking action on canal safety. After canal problems that have caused loss of property and life, the state is considering ways to improve safety, including potentially a water tax, a tax on new developments, or the state approving any new developments that take place next to the canals.
This week the Morgan City Council approved providing access to a $642,000 no-interest loan from the USDA to the developer of a new hotel in Morgan City. The developer has already obtained nearly $5 million in funding on their own. This was the final step needed in the agreement with the city and the developer to facilitate the building of the hotel.
Morgan County Council thinks their quandary with getting high-speed internet to the county as well as their struggles with Lost Creek being shed as a state park would be good fodder for a local television program.
Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew of the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their combined Eagle Scout Court of Honor with their normal Court of Honor at the Highlands Church Building on Oct. 2. Cameron Winn, Star Scout in the Troop, conducted and the flag ceremony was performed by the Troop’s 11-year-old patrol under the direction of Jaxon Fowers.
The cry often heard in Morgan County from elected officials is, “We need more economic development.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this statement in government meetings over the past four years.
I want to thank all those who helped me with my Eagle Project of planning trees at Kent Smith Park; Mike Waite, Richard Cameron (SMS Mobile) Travis Forsyth, Spencer Larson, Logan Cameron, Andre Malan, Troy Toone, Mont Forsyth, Carl Hipwell, and a special thanks to my family.
On Oct. 21 the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers will hold a ceremony at Riverside Park, at 1:30 p.m., to honor Samuel and Esther Francis, monumental pioneers of Morgan Valley. The community is invited to attend.
Mountain Green resident Rosy Lee was the first woman to cross the finish line at this year’s St. George marathon. Not only did she take home a first place win, but she was also inducted into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.