“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.
“Veterans, we are free because you made a sacrifice, thanks!” was on the marquee, to reminds us why we honor them. Morgan Middle School presented their annual Veterans Day Assembly, a tradition of honoring veterans that has continued over the past ten years.
“It was a great Eagle Project, and helped many people,” stated Boy Scout, Ryan Millburn how he felt about the results of his service project. For the last couple of weeks Ryan has been collecting food and cash donations for the purpose of providing Thanksgiving dinner to families in Morgan County in need. It was estimated by the Morgan County Food Pantry that 25 families could use the help for Thanksgiving.
Entering Pocket Change in November, you’ll find a few leftover Autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, party supplies and knick-knacks; Christmas colors, decorations, a tree that displays some of the ornaments and items that are so festive, you would think you were in Santa’s workshop. Friendly store clerks that help you find what you need whether its office supplies or something for the kitchen. There is also warm socks, and gloves from time to time.
Although Lon and Lauri Eskelson had spent their whole married life in Plain City, Lauri says their recent move to Morgan last spring “felt like they were coming back to their roots”. Long-time Morgan residents might know Lon’s dad (D.W. Eskelson) who was born in the town of Devil’s Slide and even taught there before later teaching in Morgan. Lauri originates from Farr West, while Lon mostly grew up in Plain City, which is where they ended up raising their children. Lauri likes to tell the funny story about when her friend introduced her to Lon. Until then, she had never heard the name Lon before, so she asked “like the mower?”
Morgan City will again be hosting Ol’ Time Christmas on Commercial Street. There will be activities and fun for all. There will be a raffle for Sub for Santa. Tickets can be earned by bringing a new unwrapped toy. The grand prize is a 42” Zenith Plasma T.V.