Rather than pursue establishing a municipal service fund similar to that used for garbage collection, the Morgan County Council would rather try to negotiate its agreement with Morgan City to provide ambulance service.
Leon LaMadeleine, 72, passed away on July 9, 2014, in Ogden, Ut. Born and raised in Waterbury, CT, he attended St. Anne’s Catholic Church and grade school, Crosby High School, received a BS at UCONN, and a MS in Plant Pathology at UNH in Durham, NH. He served in the US Army, was a member of the VFW and was involved in the Republican Party. He then began a life-long career with the U.S. Forest Service from which he retired in 2002. He was also a member and Director in Melaleuca, The Wellness Company up to his death.
Drew and Adele Downs and the late Lari Peck Downs are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Dylan Virginia to Tony Casper, son of Dale and Robyn Casper. Dylan graduated from Lehi High School and then met Tony, a Morgan High School graduate, while they both attended Utah State University. Tony served in the Independence Missouri Mission.
Shane Rappleye opened his new store on Commercial Street to give Morgan youth a place to work in a clean atmosphere and gain much-needed job skills. However, with other business ventures taking up a large chunk of his time, Rappleye made the tough choice of putting Traders Apparel on the market.
After a lot of thought, Justin an Aimee Ferrin expressed their interest in purchasing the company. “The Rappleyes have been friends of ours for a long time and when the business went up for sale, we saw it as an opportunity to be involved in and give back to the community as well as it being a good teaching tool for our sons to get real-life, on-th- job experience,” said Aimee.
Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.
“I am not sure if I am in favor of a transit tax,” Morgan County Council Chairman Logan Wilde said.
The county has been discussing raising sales tax to fund transit, perhaps through an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). That tax must be approved before an additional tax meant to provide funds to repair and maintain county roads could be added to the sales tax increase.
Wilde said he is concerned with the view that passing the transit tax is the only way that could lead to funding county roads.
When he reads the fine print about sales tax for funding roads, Wilde said there are too many stipulations.
Last October, mother Dusty Morgan desperately needed the aid of emergency medical service workers for her toddler, Gus, when he was found unconscious and not breathing after falling into a horse trough. Fortunately, those workers went above and beyond and the story had a happy ending.
“Simply said, they saved more than a life, they saved our whole family,” said Dusty Morgan, a Coalville native and Morgan resident. “They did everything they needed to give him the best, and were a great example of trust and team work.”
It was such a great example that the incident received state-wide attention from the Utah Department of Health as well as the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness. At the July 9, Utah EMS Awards Ceremony, the Morgan County emergency was honored as the state’s outstanding performance for a rural emergency medical incident.
David Allen Rich the I, II and III, all of Morgan, are fired up about a goal they have been working on for the past few years.
The trio has a burning desire to restore a 1941 Ford Howe Fire Truck to its original state. While it is a work in process, they have made great progress and they showed off their efforts at the Morgan 4th of July parade. They plan to enter the antique truck in the fair parade this summer.
In 1965, a young Dave Rich I went on his very first fire call. He took the Ford Howe truck to a barn fire on Young Street near East Canyon Creek. The Ford Howe was retired after only a few years and replaced with a 1967 La France; unlike Rich who has dedicated nearly 50 years of service without being retired or replaced. Through the years of service to our community and working with different engines, Rich still fondly remembers that first truck above the rest.
Newspapers are dead, or at least dying. It was a topic of study, research and debate when I was in college studying journalism 18 years ago. Sure, it caused me to pause a moment and consider the career I was pursuing. If I would have believed the predictions, I wouldn’t be a news editor today for a weekly published on newsprint. But here I am, still in the newspaper business, still with a job. And here you are, reading my inked words on newsprint.
When I was first employed with The Morgan County News in 1998, the number of subscribers was actually lower than it is now. If newspapers are dying, why are our subscriptions up?
Readers subscribe to a newspaper for many reasons, according to an Ad Age/Ipsos Observer American Consumer Survey in 2012. Among those reasons in order of importance are local news, coupons, national news and obituaries.
Newspapers are integral to society because they monitor local government, explore current local events, have the largest staff dedicated to reporting, compare prices, share local opinion and explore local entertainment. This is done in detail written by other locals, not some think tank residing thousands of miles away.
There is demand for industrial park real estate in Morgan County, and the county should be looking into making it easier for new businesses to use such space, said Better City, the county’s economic development consultant.
The site most suitable for future industrial park development in Morgan County is on 125 acres near the recycling center, property currently owned by the Clarks and the Thackerays, said Ryan Hunter, Better City director of economic development.
Morgan City Mayor Ray Little wasn’t surprised at the location, saying it has been identified for years as a prime spot for industrial development. “My intuition is it is a good spot,” Little said, noting that sewer trunks have already been brought to the land.
The 4th of July parade is something all of Morgan County looks forward to each year. Usually the excitement comes from the children standing on the side of the road with bags hoping they will be filled to the brim with Independence Day treats.
While this was as true this year as any year, one young lady in the crowd was about to get something much more valuable than candy thrown from a float. A diamond ring was in her future.
Cormick Breshears wanted to make his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Whisper Givan, a fireworks show so unique and special that she, along with the town of Morgan, would never forget.
He strategically planned it so Whisper never questioned him about riding in the parade float with the Morgan High School wrestling team. After all, he was the assistant coach, so it was only appropriate. “To say that I was nervous is an understatement, I was terrified!” said Breshears.
He continued saying that keeping it a secret was no easy task. “There were so many times where I almost slipped and said something about it. A couple of times I did slip and ask my parents something right in front of her,” commented Breshears.
As the fully decorated Razor approached, all the cameras came out. Givan said, “I think I was the only one in the dark. Everyone else in my family knew.” But as the Razor began to turn, she started to wonder why the wrestling parade float was so girlish and void of any wrestlers.
Across the United States many great men and women are giving their time and energy for a great cause. They volunteer hoping to save lives, protect property and help out their fellowmen. Each year more and more people step up to join this worthy cause.
The tax rate set by the state for each school district was decreased this year compared to last year, but the Morgan County School Board will not be able to pass on the savings. To fund $348,000 in capital projects such as technology, a new bus and mechanical controls, they will need to increase the tax rate higher than that set by the Utah State Tax Commission, yet not higher than the total rate paid by county taxpayers last year. Since the district plans to set a rate different from that set by the state, they plan to hold a truth in taxation meeting. The school board voted unanimously to hold that meeting in August.
In an effort to get parents and community members more involved in the education of students, the Morgan Board of Education has created special purpose committees. The board members have been reporting the progress of the committees in board meetings for the past several months.
While Utah has experienced a relatively slow start to the wildfire season, light vegetation is dry along the foothills and desert areas across the state and fire danger is climbing. Light fuels like cheat grass are already dry and flammable. As daily temperatures continue to rise throughout the state, the wildfire hazard also increases.
The last few months have been tough for volunteers at the Milton cemetery. Earlier in the month there were issues with someone using a slingshot, marbles and steel bearings to make holes in the siding of a storage building housed on cemetery grounds. These vandals also broke a window on the building. The damage was substantial enough that a reward was offered for the conviction of those responsible.
When thinking about our family tree we often think upwards. Finding additional direct line ancestors is often our goal. This is a good thing to pursue, but if your family tree is anything like mine, it can be a difficult task. I have had many family members who, for decades, have been researching my ancestors.
Snowbasin Resort is revamping their summer dining with the new Dining Discovery: Explore your Cravings program. The Dining Discovery program will encompass many aspects of dining at Snowbasin Resort and include Culinary Expeditions, Cooking and Eating Classes, Mountain Top Brunches, Burger Spa and Snowbasin Spirit Series.
Friday, June 13, 1st Bank locations in both Morgan and Mountain Green honored our hometown heroes. The parking lot and street corners were full as the public gathered to pay tribute our veterans, EMTs, firefighters and police officers.
Root beer floats and flower leis were generously given out to celebrate a new small bowery dedicated at Riverside Park on Friday, June 20. This was the first major appearance of the city’s new mayor, Ray Little, who took the position after Jim Egbert resigned.
Corban John Lunt, son of Ryan and Tawnia Lunt, has been called to serve in the St. Louis Missouri Mission and reports to the Provo MTC July 2. Prior to his departure he will be speaking at the Morgan Utah Stake Center on Sunday, June 29, at 9 a.m.
The Morgan County Council will move forward with a request to annex into the Utah Transit Authority’s service area, but not because all council members want the service or approve of raising taxes. Instead, council members want the public to weigh in on the matter officially by visiting the ballot box.
Some 302 voters determined the outcome for the one school board seat involved in a primary election Tuesday. The 24.77 percent of 1,219 registered voters in that district eliminated Roland Haslam from the race and sent Ted W. Taylor and incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith on to the November general election.
Over the course of its 30-year career, the Morgan High School marquee has deteriorated drastically. Students and staff have nursed the sign along using tape, white out and other remedies to keep it going, but they are finding these methods inadequate to keep this archaic sign up to date.
Because of this deterioration, the Morgan High School Student Body Officers have come up with a plan to replace the old sign with a new digital marquee.
This updated marquee would provide the school, as well as the rest of Morgan County, a better way to advertise ongoing events that take place in our town.
To make this happen, the officers need the help of the community. The cost of the new marquee is $30,000. To assist with that large figure, they have a plan that involves different donation tiers: bronze-$100; silver-$500; gold-$1,000; and platinum-$5,000.
In order to give full recognition to generous donors, bronze and silver level donors will have their name or company name engraved on a plate on the front of the marquee. Gold and platinum donors will have an entire brick to themselves on the base of the marquee to engrave their company name and logo. This will ensure that the entire school and community will be reminded of that generosity each time they approach the school.
In order for the new digital marquee to be in place by the time school starts this fall, donations need to be turned in by July 20, 2014. Please submit donations to Morgan High School, P.O. Box 917, Morgan, UT 84050.
Candidates for the District 2 and District 4 Morgan County School Board positions met for a debate June 12. Voting for the primary election involving Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and Bruce A. Galbraith for District 2 will take place Tuesday, June 24.
Alan Vesper withdrew from the District 4 race, making a primary election with Anna Phelps and incumbent Mark Farmer unnecessary. Phelps and Farmer will proceed to the general election in November.
Haslam, Taylor, Phelps and Farmer were present for the debate sponsored by Morepac, a political action committee with the mission to “facilitate community awareness through public forums and provide accurate information on educational and economic issues.”
Farmer said the roles and responsibilities of a member of the board of education are three-fold including providing quality education that exceeds state requirements and prepares students for college, providing education consistent with the standards of the community, and handling the fiduciary responsibilities entrusted to the board.
Taylor said if elected, his responsibilities are to his constituents and representing them. This would include making sure students receive the best education available, allowing the public to approach the board, and ensuring sufficient funds are in the budget to pay for expenses.
Phelps said that there is more to ensuring a great education, including taking care of teachers, board members acting as facilitators, and board members attending all government council meetings. “Academics are the first priority of a board member,” she said.
Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans celebrate Independence Day with a big bang of fireworks. You can find stands on just about every street corner during the holiday, but where you choose to buy your sparklers and fountains makes a difference to one local family.
Morgan’s neighborhood firework stand is sponsored by Acme Discount Fireworks, but run by Morgan residents Jaime and Gina Grandpre.
Shopping local helps unite our community. “Knowing that you are supporting your neighbors and friends, gives us all a sense of pride in where we live,” commented Gina.
In support of shopping local, the family decided to change locations this year. Instead of being housed in the parking lot of Ridley’s, the firework stand will be located in the lot next to Front Street Gifts and Crossfit Unknown. This lot is owned by a Utah resident, resulting in a much better deal on the lease of the property, according to the Grandpre family.
Fireworks and Independence Day celebrations go hand in hand. Public firework displays are a much loved tradition in Morgan, but government officials ask that you use common sense and courtesy when conducting backyard displays.
Morgan City and Morgan County have adopted the Utah code when it comes to private firework displays. According to Utah code 5-4-5, “It is unlawful to discharge fireworks in such a manner that the fireworks project over or onto the property of another person without the consent of the person owning or controlling such property.”
This makes it difficult to let off fireworks in smaller subdivisions. With the removal of some height restrictions, even legal fireworks can end up in someone else’s yard, or worse, on their home. Local officials are asking residents to consult their neighbors before the launching of private firework displays to prevent any discord.
If you happen to see any violations of the above provisions, please go through the proper authorities for enforcement of this code. Enforcement of this code is handled by your local fire chief or police department. Residents must be willing to make an official statement in order for the ordinance to be properly enforced.
Fireworks may only be discharged three days before the holiday, on the holiday and three days after, so your window for Independence Day fireworks has passed. This information will however, apply to Pioneer Day celebrations.
On June 2, local resident Lydia Nuttall interviewed with the Utah State Board of Education Nominating and Recruiting Committee at the State Senate Building. She was one of seven local residents who applied to fill the four-year State School Board District 1 position, and the only local to progress to the interview round of the process.
On Friday, 13 June, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held an extremely successful concert featuring James Oniel Miner and Darron Bradford. The large crowd greatly enjoyed the entire evening. Miner and Bradford put on a classic show the audience was wild about.
In the 2013-2014 school year, the Morgan County School Board collected $6,400 in fees for use of the Trojan Century Center. In the same time, the district paid $17,067 in utilities for the building, $6,300 for supervision of the building, $4,416 for custodians to clean the building, and another $2,300 for supplies and repairs, said District Business Manager D’Lynn Poll.
Now in its 11th year, Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back presented by Maverik is right around the corner with runners preparing costumes, finalizing van decorations and getting in the last of their training mileage. With more than 11,000 runners on the course this year, Ragnar Relay has provided detailed course information to minimize the impact the race will have on daily routines and commutes.
This year the Morgan County Fair will be held July 28 – Aug. 2. Animals are being raised for showing and prizes, new recipes are being tried and tasted, craft projects are starting and, of course, quilting has hopefully begun.