The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held their Christmas Social Monday the 12th of Dec. Lunch was served and joyous Christmas program was performed by Soft Rain. Our own Dixie Miller of Morgan was a member of this singing group. All had a good time and was in the Christmas Spirit. At the social local officers for 2012 were announced. President, Richard Wiscombe; President-elect, Jim Hurst; Vice President, Jay Taggart; Past President, Bob Poll; Pioneer of Month Chairman, Val Carter; Secretary, Alan Turner; Treasurer, Stephen Dickson; Treks, Tours and Conventions, Jerry Peterson; Historian, Vaughn Carter; Awards and Service, Francis Tilby; Program Chairman, Calvin Stephens; Membership Chairman, Paul Dickson; News and Publicity, Gerald Betournay; Song Leader, Vaughn Larson; Pioneer Heritage, David Corpany; Physical Facilities, Heber Mower and Directory Chairman, Ken Lovell.
“Reality Town” came to Morgan High School on December 6th. Reality Town is a 2 to 3 hour activity, similar to the board game “Life”, the entire 10th grade participated in this annual event, which has been presented to the students and volunteers since 2002,said Emily Rose, Work Based Learning Coordinator. She said, “I think it went really well and the students gained a lot from this experience, and also learned a lot from it.”
The students filled out an “Reality Town Employment Application” that requires to be completely filled in with following information: personal information; education; employment; references; talents and hobbies, and employment desired. The applications are sent to R.E.A.L. LLC in Lehi, Utah (founders of this program) for processing. The scenarios that are assigned to each student is taken from the job application, but is mainly based on gender and (in years past ) grade point average(GPA). The GPA was not included this year on the application. Each scenario is different as is each student, Mrs Rose feels that these scenarios are scaled fairly with the GPA not a factor.
Sixth Grade Science is teaming with life. Not just with students anxious to learn, but also with living things too tiny to see with the naked eye. Students in sixth grade have been exploring and investigating the microscopic world. Thanks to a grant from 100% for Kids Utah Credit Unions Education Foundation, Morgan Middle School 6th graders have use of a microscope with a digital camera inside. This allows all students to see what is happening on the slide at the same time as it is projected on screen as well as the ability to take photos or capture video for later use. All students in the 6th grade were able to watch swimming protists and other pond water organisms from water sources all over Morgan County. These samples were collected by selected students living close to them.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School have had an opportunity this Christmas season to learn about reindeer and caribou thanks to an amazing piece of artwork loaned to the school from Milan and Susan Mecham.
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr Seuss
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES Our Tuesday morning league had some excellent bowling this week. High scores and series go to: Linda Compton 163 , Misty Spendlove 181 and a 451 series, Judy Carter 156, Candice Johnson 156, Carole Townsend 155, Janice Neilsen 202, Melva Minster 181 and a 525 series, Nichole Slate 179 and a 477 series, Wendy winn 179 and a 514 series, Jessica Jorgensen 163, and April Matthews 160 and a 474 series. great bowling Ladies. Our standings for this week are, in 1st place is 60s Chics, and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Melva Minster, and Janice Neilsen. In 2nd place is Gutter Minds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy Carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is Thats How We Roll and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Valerie Johnson, Gloria Smith, and Veronica Stout. Nice going Ladies
The Morgan High Basketball team started the season with three games last week. On Wednesday they traveled to Juan Diego to play the Soaring Eagles who moved to region 10 this year. It was Juan Diego’s second game of the year having beaten Bear River on the road by three points. The Trojans were off to a great start with Garrett Kuns hitting his first four baskets for eight points. The Trojan defense was strong, holding Juan Diego to two baskets and only seven points. The Trojans led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter and during the second quarter Boston Saunders scored all of Morgan’s 9 points putting the team in the lead by three at halftime. In the third quarter Juan Diego outscored the Trojans 19-8 taking an eight point lead, but the Trojans mounted a great comeback during the fourth quarter. Down by 10 with fewer than 3 minutes to go, Jake Miles caught fire and scored 10 points from the field to help gain the lead. Finishing it off, Colby Skinner hit a huge 3 and the team made 8 of 9 free throws to ice the 55-49 victory.
With winter’s wonderland weighing upon us, ‘Chill Out’ may not seem like a fitting phrase for the frozen. Nurse Nature’s yearly chill-pill is always a tough one to swallow, even with a cup of hot chocolate waiting to warm us. While sniveling and shivering shovelers attempt to clear a safe path through the white wasteland, daring drivers attempt to traverse the snow and ice covered roads, where one slip up can quickly lead to a pile up; for snowflakes and no brakes do not a safe trip make.
“All Aboard!” The conductor shouted as all of us boarded onto the magical train that would take us to the North Pole. The Heber Valley Rail station was all decked out with holiday lights, and friendly staff that made you feel as if you were in elf wonderland. This is the place where our holidays began this year. Just being at the quaint station with all the holiday decker and the excitement of everyone who was going to be on the train with us, was enough to make me a believer in Santa Clause.
If you’re looking for a little warm weather at this time of year a good place to look is St George. The Family History Expos conference will take place February 24 and 25, 2012. Just in time to give a little warmth after the cold winter months.
Facing additional charges about to be filed by the Morgan County Attorney, Josie Foster plead guilty and provided a written confession on Wednesday to two felony charges, burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Foster admitted to burglarizing multiple Morgan County homes. The burglary charge carries a sentence of between one and fifteen years and the possession charge between zero and five years.
Mike and Dixie both grew up near Twin Falls, Idaho. Mike grew up on a farming project near Hazelton (east of Twin Falls), and Dixie grew up on a farm west of Twin Falls. She graduated from Twin Falls High School and attended BYU Provo and BYU Hawaii. Mike graduated from Valley High School and attended Ricks College and CSI. They didn’t meet until they were set up on a blind date by Mike’s sister.
Last April a talented group of dancers tried out and became a team. One Dream, One Goal, One Team, One Soul, Morgan High School Troyettes. 20 girls started this journey, which they would come to find is a very rocky, steep climb.
It is often said that watching or reading the news of the day can be a depressing experience because the majority of it is negative. The Morgan County News is usually an exception to this perception of the media. For the most part, the pages of this newspaper are filled with positive stories about the events occurring in the county; celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, academic and athletic achievements, and many reports of people doing good and bettering the community.
The greatest of teacher said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” A perfect admonition, but have you ever been the one who has been cursed? Do you even know those which despitefully use you and persecute you? Thanks to the editor, Don Anderson and the Morgan County News, Josie Foster does; and thanks to Don, WE are the enemy!
Today we said a tearful goodbye to Thane Park Rogers, an amazing father, grandfather, great grandpa and brother, after a valiant battle with cancer. Thane was born in Peterson, Utah on June 7, 1924, in his family’s home, to Thomas Park and Verda Hulet Rogers.
Saturday, Dec. 3 Commercial Street was bustling with great holiday excitement. The road was barricaded to allow all the citizens of Morgan to join in happy celebration. This second annual Ol’ Time Christmas built on a successful run last year and brought residents together. There were various activities to appeal to all who attended.
Young adults from all communities in Morgan Valley recently presented a special service award to Sherie Wright. Representing a large group of young adults attending Institute, Jeni Lake and Chelsea Jensen presented Sherie with a crystal clock as a small token of appreciation for countless years of service to the students of Morgan High School.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announces a new smart phone app that will allow people to get traffic, road conditions, and road forecast information on the go. The UDOT Traffic app is available for iPhone and Android users at no cost. The app has been downloaded nearly 16,500 times since Dec. 4.
The “Educate to Innovate” campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is a new initiative being funded by the federal government, private companies, foundations, and non-profit organizations. The purpose is to lift American students to the top internationally in science and math achievement over the next decade by motivating and inspiring students to excel in STEM subjects. Many states and universities have received or are about to receive large grants. Morgan Middle School CTE/Technology teacher Brian Rutherford has received multiple grants for this purpose. He has been awarded $1500.00 from the Utah Credit Union Education Foundation, $1000.00 from the Utah Education Association, $500.00 from the Carl Perkins grant that was awarded to the District Career and Technical Education Department, and several hundred dollars’ worth of product from vendors as well as a 20% discount on all future orders from TeacherGeek.
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES Our Tuesday morning Housewives standing for this week are in 1st place is 60’s Chics and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Janice Nielsen, and Melva Minster. In 2nd place is Gutterminds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy Carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is Thats How We Roll and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Valerie Johnson, Gloria Smith, and Veronice Stout. Our high games and series for this week go to Nichole Slate 162, Wendy Winn 177 and a 484 series, Misty Spendlove 183 and a 478 series, Jessica Jorgensen 152, Janet Bell 163, and Melva Minster 236 and a 612 series. Great bowling ladies!
Douglas Hunt of Modern Woodmen presents Superintendent Ken Adams and Principal Wade Murdock with a $3,000 check for the Trojan Century Center. The Center is expected to be completed by the end of January. Many in the community have rallied around the project and the Morgan Education Foundation continues to receive donations from individuals, families, organizations and businesses.
The great thing about airplanes, if you’re not afraid of heights, or easily get air sick, or enjoy feeling like a soaring sardine, is that they can get you to your destination much faster and more efficiently. Having to find a convenient bush along the highway for a bathroom break isn’t as adventurous, but that’s the price you pay to fly the friendly skies. From those skies, mountains become islands in a sea of clouds and the annoying noises of life are all left behind far beneath and behind you.
Many times family history is thought of as an activity for those who have retired. When we picture a genealogist we often have in our minds the elderly aunt who is surrounded by books, photos, pedigree charts, and other family history documents. While it is true that family history is a growing hobby of retired individuals, the demographic of those participating in family history is changing.
Driving on I-84 most have noticed the big rock structure that cascades down the mountain in a slide formation known as Devil Slide, but little remains of what used to be the Devil’s Slide Village, now owned by Union Pacific.
As wonderful as the holidays are, they can be a stressful time, especially if you are a caregiver. We are here to help! Danny and Jennie Fry, owners of Burchcreek Homecare and Hospice, would like to thank the community for their support by extending their free respite service to the town of Morgan.
Alison Larson and Amy Ward from the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra presented to the city council this week. “We have tried to fill a need that has been missing in this community for strings education and orchestra,” said Ward. The group began after Weber State discontinued their strings program in the county. There is currently no orchestra or string program at the high school or middle school.
Monday Nov. 28, 2011 Union Pacific’s steam engine #844 came rolling down the tracks past Commercial Street, in a display to show the public the historic impact and role these steam engine trains played in their time. Still holding the power of its engine, and able to pull the railroad cars behind it, #844 Steam engine was a memorable sight to see for those who came out to watch it roll on through Morgan.
A part-time employee of the Morgan School District was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, November 29. Morgan City resident Josie Foster, was arrested and charged with two counts of residential burglary for theft of prescription drugs. She was also charged with misdemeanor theft. County Attorney Jan Farris is currently looking at multiple cases relating to the arrest.
Last year when most people were packing away their ornaments, tinsel and lights, others were just getting started on Christmas trees for this year. As soon as Christmas is over and the new year begins, many people have already designed a Christmas tree, started buying supplies and some even start working on a tree they will never put their gifts under. These trees are not meant to adorn their own houses but are given away selflessly to benefit others.
Snowbasin Resort will be starting its 2011.2012 winter season this Thursday November 24th. We will begin the season with 12”+ of new snow since Friday night and with extensive snowmaking Snowbasin will be boasting a base averaging between 18-24 inches on top to bottom runs.
Snowbasin- UT The OVWSF and Snowbasin are proud to introduce the Snowbasin Freeski Team development program. The program, a partnership between the OVWSF and Snowbasin Snowsports Learning Center, is designed to take skiers into the realm of freeride skiing. Not only will students hone in on advanced skiing skills, they will also receive training in the terrain park, halfpipe, big mountain skiing, as well as mountain safety. Gordon Perry OVWSF Director said, “The foundation has had a demand for freeskiing for the past couple of years and with the addition of a new head coach Jake Seipel, he will bring the quality of coaching and guidance people have grown to expect of the OVWSF and Snowbasin.”
Kelsey Henry, a senior at Morgan High School received a four year scholarship from Western Oregon University and signed on with the Oregon State ‘Wolves’ Girls Basketball Team. Henry was an All-Region selection last season after helping MHS to it’s second consecutive Region Championship in the 3 A state tournament. Kelsey, standing at 6’1” tall will be a great asset to the new team.
We are fortunate in our community to have numerous local businesses and other supporters willing to help the district in a myriad of ways, including their financial assistance when needed. This was certainly apparent as the Morgan Education Foundation conducted fund raising activities for the Trojan Century Center. More than $500,000 was given to the Foundation for the cause and ninety-five percent of those funds came from businesses, foundations, families, and individuals with connections to the Morgan Valley!
Teachers from all over come to teach at our schools but Morgan Elementary didn’t have to look too far for the newest first grade teacher, Chelsee Brown, because she is from Morgan herself. Chelsee graduated from Morgan high and then went to Utah State University.
Morgan Elementary has had the great opportunity to receive several outstanding new teachers this year, including John Kelly. The elementary school has warmly welcomed this new special education teacher. The kids especially have quickly grown to love him. He can recall countless recesses of being mobbed and chased, but he absolutely loves it. In fact, that is one of the reasons why he loves teaching.
What will you wish for this year when you grasp the wishbone with hopeful hand and heart? Will you wish for more time with family, more time off work, or the basic blessings of home, health and happiness? During this season of thanks, I believe that we each have much to be thankful for in our lives. We cherish the special moments and memories that make our lives meaningful, not just memorable. Especially at this time of year when we try to make more of an effort to reconnect and reunite with our friends and family, we should remember that after the thanks are through, the real giving can begin. We can give our time, talents and treasures to show them that they are treasured, not just one day a year, but always.
“It’s been great,”said Tracy Kummer, Food Pantry Director with Morgan County Community Services, reflecting on the past two years. She continued, “the support from the community has been wonderful! when the word gets out, the people really dig in there and help.”
The genealogical community is filled with opportunities for service and with those who give service. I am so thankful to all the genealogists who give of their time to help others be successful. I have rarely seen any group of individuals who are so willing to give of their personal time.
Hanna Clark won first place in the Essay Contest sponsored by the Son’s of the Utah Pioneers Morgan Chapter. For the past few years Gwen Romero’s 8th grade English class has participated in writing a history about one of their ancestors to be entered into this contest.