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August 28, 2014

Despite the unusually rainy August evening, over 200 runners showed up for the second-annual Color Us Bright Fun Run on Monday, Aug. 25.  
This low-key 3K event starts everyone out with clean white T-shirts. Seasoned participants know that sunglasses are a must in a color run, but glasses were provided to those who were new to this.  As the color packs containing colored corn starch were handed out to participants, it didn’t take long before many shirts were brightly colored.
Bright smiles were on the faces of youth ready to take the starting line. Throughout the short run, stations sponsored by community businesses splattered runners with even more color.  
The Morgan Education Foundation, that puts on the event, is always grateful for local support and hopes more businesses will join in helping the four schools in our district. 

Despite the unusually rainy August evening, over 200 runners showed up for the second-annual Color Us Bright Fun Run on Monday, Aug. 25.  

August 28, 2014

Every homeowner in the county saw a home valuation increase on their tax notices sent out this month.
County Assessor Gwen D. Rich reported a significant increase in the county’s taxable value to the state this year.  From $856 million in taxable value in 2013 to $907 million this year, taxable value increased a whopping $51 million.  
Of that increase, about $19.2 million was due to new growth, or homes constructed and new businesses locating in Morgan, Rich said.  This year’s $19.2 million increase in new growth outshines last year’s $6.3 million increase.

Every homeowner in the county saw a home valuation increase on their tax notices sent out this month.
County Assessor Gwen D. Rich reported a significant increase in the county’s taxable value to the state this year.  From $856 million in taxable value in 2013 to $907 million this year, taxable value increased a whopping $51 million.  

August 23, 2014

Elementary, middle and high schools in the Morgan County School District received $236,124 in School LAND Trust funds for the 2014-2015 school year, at no cost to taxpayers.

Elementary, middle and high schools in the Morgan County School District received $236,124 in School LAND Trust funds for the 2014-2015 school year, at no cost to taxpayers. 

August 18, 2014

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 

You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county.  Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission. 
August 18, 2014

It is a privilege to honor Pat Porter Peterson as a distinguished employee of the month in the Morgan School District.  She began her employment with the district in 1968 as possibly the first recognized teacher’s aide.  During the past 47 years, Pat has been an administrative assistant, secretary, recess aide, teaching aide, study hall monitor, PE helper and lunchroom supervisor.

August 18, 2014

Every so often you encounter a person with a truly generous and giving heart.  If you know Susanne Skeen, then you know such a person. She has been blessing the lives of others in Morgan County for many years—In her family, her neighborhood, her work, her church, and in 4-H.   

Every so often you encounter a person with a truly generous and giving heart.  If you know Susanne Skeen, then you know such a person. She has been blessing the lives of others in Morgan County for many years—In her family, her neighborhood, her work, her church, and in 4-H.   
August 14, 2014

Tuesday morning, 40 Holcim employees were encouraged to forgo their regular workday to offer service instead.  They loaded their gear and headed to the Morgan Lions Club lodge.
The volunteers arrived early, filling the parking area with pickup trucks, flatbed trailers and cement trucks.  As work began, the grassy area was loaded up with old railings and faulty pieces of wood to make way for updated cement stairs and a new patio behind the facility. 

Tuesday morning, 40 Holcim employees were encouraged to forgo their regular workday to offer service instead.  They loaded their gear and headed to the Morgan Lions Club lodge.

August 14, 2014
Audit addresses Trojan Center construction, internal controls

The Morgan County School District is sharing results of a special Utah State Office of Education audit spurred by anonymous complaints regarding how construction of the Trojan Century Center was funded.
“Callers were telling the state office of education they felt there was some misappropriation of dollars in the creation of the Trojan center,” Superintendent Doug Jacobs said. 

The Morgan County School District is sharing results of a special Utah State Office of Education audit spurred by anonymous complaints regarding how construction of the Trojan Century Center was funded.

August 9, 2014

Verl and Deanna Mecham are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with family on Aug. 9 at Maddox restaurant.

Verl and Deanna Mecham are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with family on Aug. 9 at Maddox restaurant.

August 9, 2014

The county’s annual audit highlights tight budgets, challenges

The county’s annual audit highlights tight budgets, challenges

August 9, 2014

Despite the rain, this year’s county fair was a success and many are pointing to the demolition derby as a jewel in the fair crown.

Despite the rain, this year’s county fair was a success and many are pointing to the demolition derby as a jewel in the fair crown.

August 1, 2014

I wanted to provide supplemental comments on the article “Danger increases along popular stretch of Weber River,” by Deanne Winterton, published July 24, 2014.  Thanks for the informative article!

Dear Editor,

August 1, 2014

For 45 years, Linda Morrison reported for work at the same school in the same classroom.  Sometimes her days began at 5 a.m. in the driving snow when she coached the Morgan High School Academic Decathlon team.  

For 45 years, Linda Morrison reported for work at the same school in the same classroom.  Sometimes her days began at 5 a.m. in the driving snow when she coached the Morgan High School Academic Decathlon team.

August 1, 2014

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.” 
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin.

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.” 

July 31, 2014
Community rallies to thank firefighters

As of Monday, July 28, the Morgan County fire dubbed the Tunnel Hollow fire was completely contained.  The fire was ignited by lightening on Sunday, July 20, and grew as windy conditions blew the flames up the mountainside.
Thankfully, the breeze also blew in a rain storm that provided much needed precipitation to help contain the last four percent of the blaze.
Eight smokejumper teams, a HotShot team and seven hand crew teams were brought in to fight the fire that eventually ate up 1,600 acres of land in Morgan County. 

As of Monday, July 28, the Morgan County fire dubbed the Tunnel Hollow fire was completely contained.  The fire was ignited by lightening on Sunday, July 20, and grew as windy conditions blew the flames up the mountainside.
Thankfully, the breeze also blew in a rain storm that provided much needed precipitation to help contain the last four percent of the blaze.

July 25, 2014

After 27 years instructing students at Morgan High School, Nancy Judd retired and students and fellow teachers wish her bon voyage or good journey for her future.  

After 27 years instructing students at Morgan High School, Nancy Judd retired and students and fellow teachers wish her bon voyage or good journey for her future.  

July 21, 2014

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.

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.

July 17, 2014

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.

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.  

July 10, 2014

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.  

Root beer floats and flower leis were generously given out to celebrate a new small bowery dedicated at Riverside Park on Friday, June 20.

July 10, 2014

 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.

 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.

July 10, 2014

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.

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.

July 10, 2014

 
June 21 marked the official grand opening of TRAX PowerSports on Morgan’s main thoroughfare.  TRAX employees Enoch Cronk and Eden Farnsworth said they were pleased with the turnout.

June 21 marked the official grand opening of TRAX PowerSports on Morgan’s main thoroughfare.  TRAX employees Enoch Cronk and Eden Farnsworth said they were pleased wi

July 10, 2014

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. 

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.

July 10, 2014

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. 

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.

July 10, 2014

On June 15, 2014, Dixie Helen Tubbs left this world to follow a new trail; to find her dreams that are as big as the Western sky she loved. 

On June 15, 2014, Dixie Helen Tubbs left this world to follow a new trail; to find her dreams that are as big as the Western sky she loved. 

July 10, 2014

The Morgan County School Board will meet Monday, June 30, to discuss a possible tax increase.

The Morgan County School Board will meet Monday, June 30, to discuss a possible tax increase.  The budget hearing reviewing both the fiscal year 2014 final budget and the proposed 2015 tentative budget is scheduled for 7 a.m. in the district board room, 240 E. Young Street.

July 10, 2014

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.

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 newspape

June 19, 2014

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.

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.

June 15, 2014

When you live in beautiful surroundings, like those in Morgan County, you are bound to spend a lot of time outdoors.  The sunshine makes you feel so carefree, most people don’t even think about little things like checking for ticks after a great hike or walk through the woods.

When you live in beautiful surroundings, like those in Morgan County, you are bound to spend a lot of time outdoors.  The sunshine makes you feel so carefree, most people don’t even think about little things like checking for ticks after a great hike or walk through the woods.

June 12, 2014

 
A Time to Celebrate
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June 12, 2014

Morgan residents hear President Obama regularly; however, it is not common that President Obama hears Morgan residents.  On May 13, President Obama not only met with a Morgan resident, but also spent time learning from a small group of law enforcement representatives including local man Keith Squires.  

Morgan residents hear President Obama regularly; however, it is not common that President Obama hears Morgan residents.  On May 13, President Obama not only met with a Morgan resident, but also spent time learning from a small group of law enforcement representatives including local man Keith Squires.  

June 1, 2014

For many years Morgan has known its own fire chief, Dave Rich, as the face of Farm Bureau Insurance.  Rich has made the decision to retire and is turning the reins over to a new friendly face, Cole Everitt.

For many years Morgan has known its own fire chief, Dave Rich, as the face of Farm Bureau Insurance.  Rich has made the decision to retire and is turning the reins over to a new friendly face, Cole Everitt.

June 1, 2014

Just ask the 3,000 to 4,000 people who raft or tube down the Weber River in Morgan County each year.  Rafting the Weber River in Morgan County is a fun way to see the valley and a relaxing afternoon in the sun.  It’s a great activity for families or organizations, and one of the 50 things to do in Morgan County.

Just ask the 3,000 to 4,000 people who raft or tube down the Weber River in Morgan County each year.  Rafting the Weber River in Morgan County is a fun way to see the valley and a relaxing afternoon in the sun.  It’s a great activity for families or organizations, and one of the 50 things to do in Morgan County.

May 31, 2014

Shirley Kay Carter will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sat., May 24, 2014.  She was born in Evanston, Wyoming, the only child of Helen and Lin Taylor.  

Shirley Kay Carter will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sat., May 24, 2014.  She was born in Evanston, Wyoming, the only child of Helen and Lin Taylor.  

May 31, 2014

While new taxable property is on the increase in Morgan County—which would benefit Morgan County School District finances—so are requests from large tax payers to adjust taxes downward—which could cause a one-year increase on property taxes.

While new taxable property is on the increase in Morgan County—which would benefit Morgan County School District finances—so are requests from large tax payers to adjust taxes downward—which could cause a one-year increase on property taxes.

May 11, 2014

Peterson may be Morgan County’s next Mountain Green.

Peterson may be Morgan County’s next Mountain Green.

May 11, 2014

As the economy improves, Morgan land owners are “getting their estates in order” and visiting the planning and development offices for rezones.

As the economy improves, Morgan land owners are “getting their estates in order” and visiting the planning and development offices for rezones.

May 2, 2014

While the Morgan County Republican Party cannot endorse candidates in nonpartisan county races, it did not stop them from inviting all local candidates to address party delegates.

While the Morgan County Republican Party cannot endorse candidates in nonpartisan county races, it did not stop them from inviting all local candidates to address party delegates.
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May 2, 2014

Candidates for state offices as well as current state leaders, even those not running for office, didn’t overlook Morgan voters at the Morgan County Republican Convention April 18.

Candidates for state offices as well as current state leaders, even those not running for office, didn’t overlook Morgan voters at the Morgan County Republican Convention April 18.
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May 1, 2014

Frank Rowe Levy was born January 20, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, to Leo Morris Levy and Emily Isabelle Waller. He returned to his heavenly home April 10, 2014.

Frank Rowe Levy was born January 20, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, to Leo Morris Levy and Emily Isabelle Waller. He returned to his heavenly home April 10, 2014.
Frank was an only child. He was drawn to adventures in Morgan County with his cousins.

May 1, 2014

Robert N. Hartman of Morgan, Utah, recently celebrated his 80th birthday.  Born February 17, 1934, he grew up in Ogden, a son of Alfred and Winona Hartman. He moved to Morgan where he hunted, fished, raised cattle and enjoyed his early life.  He worked at Hill Air Force Base for 38 ½ years. He started his career as a machinist and worked his way through many positions, retiring as a scheduling supervisor.

Robert N. Hartman of Morgan, Utah, recently celebrated his 80th birthday.  Born February 17, 1934, he grew up in Ogden, a son of Alfred and Winona Hartman. He moved to Morgan where he hunted, fished, raised cattle and enjoyed his early life.  He worked at Hill Air Force Base for 38 ½ years.

April 13, 2014

Andrea is the daughter of John and Camille Millburn.  Growing up in a family of four brothers, she has grown to love sports and the outdoors. Her family is very important to her.  She loves spending time with them and is so thankful for all the support and love they give to her.  

Andrea is the daughter of John and Camille Millburn.  Growing up in a family of four brothers, she has grown to love sports and the outdoors. Her family is very important to her.  She loves spending time with them and is so thankful for all the support and love they give to her.  

April 13, 2014

Bryan Smith is the son of Jeffery and Glenna Smith. Early on, even before his freshman year, Smith knew he wanted to be a Sterling Scholar. To fulfill this dream, he studied hard, kept his options open and made sure to communicate effectively with family, friends and teachers. Keeping his priorities straight was another big key to getting him to where he is now.

Bryan Smith is the son of Jeffery and Glenna Smith. Early on, even before his freshman year, Smith knew he wanted to be a Sterling Scholar. To fulfill this dream, he studied hard, kept his options open and made sure to communicate effectively with family, friends and teachers.

April 13, 2014

Brooklynd Preator, 21, left her hometown of Henefer on her way to work as a teller at the Morgan Goldenwest Credit Union branch.  She had been working there since August, and called a coworker to tell her she would be late to work the morning of March 28 because she had been involved in an icy accident on Interstate 84 near Taggart’s.  

Brooklynd Preator, 21, left her hometown of Henefer on her way to work as a teller at the Morgan Goldenwest Credit Union branch.  She had been working there since August, and called a coworker to tell her she would be late to work the morning of March 28 because she had been involved in an icy accident on Interstate 84 near Taggart’s.  

April 13, 2014

Nineteen-year-old Rachel Halverson of Morgan has earned many titles, has worn numerous crowns and sashes and on March 29 she earned one more title she has worked diligently to obtain.  

Nineteen-year-old Rachel Halverson of Morgan has earned many titles, has worn numerous crowns and sashes and on March 29 she earned one more title she has worked diligently to obtain.  

April 13, 2014

UDOT plans Mountain Green interchange study

UDOT plans Mountain Green interchange study
The Utah Department of Transportation has agreed to do a new study regarding an Interstate 84 interchange in the Mountain Green area, said Morgan County Councilman Daryl Ballantyne.

April 13, 2014

If Morgan voters approve a sales tax increase in November, UTA could be coming to the county, but not in their traditional big buses.  In response to a November request from the Morgan County Council, the Utah Transit Authority has proposed unique transportation options for the county.

If Morgan voters approve a sales tax increase in November, UTA could be coming to the county, but not in their traditional big buses.  In response to a November request from the Morgan County Council, the Utah Transit Authority has proposed unique transportation options for the county.

March 25, 2014
Community lends many helpful hands

In the late afternoon of Saturday March 22, Kelly Pentz, an employee of Polaris, went into the shop behind the Polaris Dealership and Wilkinson Construction offices, where he noticed water on the floor coming from the broiler room. This unusual sight was accompanied by the smell of smoke. He quickly surveyed the boiler room where there were no apparent flames.
As Pentz went upstairs, he found the source of the smoke and began to dowse the flames with a fire extinguisher. He was then joined by TJ McMillan and Garrett Kippen, who also work for Polaris.

In the late afternoon of Saturday March 22, Kelly Pentz, an employee of Polaris, went into the shop behind the Polaris Dealership and Wilkinson Construction offices, where he noticed water on the floor coming from the broiler room. This unusual sight was accompanied by the smell of smoke. He quickly surveyed the boiler room where there were no apparent flames.

March 23, 2014

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program offering free federal and state income tax preparation for individuals and families with annual incomes of $52,000 or less.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program offering free federal and state income tax preparation for individuals and families with annual incomes of $52,000 or less.

March 23, 2014

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.

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.

March 23, 2014

The county’s animal control officer would like to increase fees, something the Morgan County Council is not willing to do without more research.

The county’s animal control officer would like to increase fees, something the Morgan County Council is not willing to do without more research.

March 23, 2014

Typically, gasoline prices move upward early in the year. This year motorists nationwide are enjoying relative steady prices and, in Utah’s case, seeing some relief at the pumps.

Typically, gasoline prices move upward early in the year. This year motorists nationwide are enjoying relative steady prices and, in Utah’s case, seeing some relief at the pumps.

March 23, 2014

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.

By Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

March 23, 2014

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.  

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.  

March 23, 2014

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

March 23, 2014

I just wanted to take a second to share a unique perspective of what happened last Saturday during the 3A state championships held at Southern Utah University.  I say unique because I was likely one of the few people in the Centrum who used to wear a Morgan basketball jersey and who currently has two children attending the opposing school for the boys’ game, Cedar High School.  Also, I had the privilege of representing my employer, Southern Utah University, in the presentation of the medallions just minutes before the two games started.

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March 23, 2014

The Morgan Education Foundation is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations set to benefit from the Love UT Give UT fundraising campaign on Thursday, March 20. 

The Morgan Education Foundation is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations set to benefit from the Love UT Give UT fundraising campaign on Thursday, March 20. 

March 23, 2014

The Morgan Education Foundation is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations set to benefit from the Love UT Give UT fundraising campaign on Thursday, March 20. 

The Morgan Education Foundation is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations set to benefit from the Love UT Give UT fundraising campaign on Thursday, March 20. 

March 23, 2014

Like many school districts throughout the state, the Morgan School District is struggling with finding a math textbook option that aligns with common core standards. 

Like many school districts throughout the state, the Morgan School District is struggling with finding a math textbook option that aligns with common core standards. 

March 23, 2014

The county’s planning and development department is going paperless in the next six months, the department’s new head told the Morgan County Council Tuesday.

The county’s planning and development department is going paperless in the next six months, the department’s new head told the Morgan County Council Tuesday.

March 23, 2014

Staff from Congressman Bishop’s office to attend town hall meeting

Staff from Congressman Bishop’s office to attend town hall meeting
There are many questions and concerns surrounding the Common Core testing that will be in place state-wide this year.

March 23, 2014

Our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother Colleen Smith Williams of Morgan, Utah passed away peacefully at her home on March 15, 2014.

Our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother Colleen Smith Williams of Morgan, Utah passed away peacefully at her home on March 15, 2014.

March 23, 2014

Each year husbands ask their wives what they would like for Christmas, and most men would take it as a joke if their wife told them a zebra.  However Bryan Becker knew his wife, Karen, wasn’t like most women when she asked for a zebra seven years ago.  So he bought a zebra at—where else—Zebras R Us.  

Each year husbands ask their wives what they would like for Christmas, and most men would take it as a joke if their wife told them a zebra.  However Bryan Becker knew his wife, Karen, wasn’t like most women when she asked for a zebra seven years ago.  So he bought a zebra at—where else—Zebras R Us.  

March 23, 2014

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.

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 wi

March 23, 2014

Although it may take years to accomplish the incorporation of Mountain Green as the second official city in Morgan County, several local residents are taking steps now to start the process.

Although it may take years to accomplish the incorporation of Mountain Green as the second official city in Morgan County, several local residents are taking steps now to start the process.

March 23, 2014

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.

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.

March 23, 2014

Morgan City has made a stride forward in coordinating community events.  This move involved hiring a new event coordinator to work with the city council in not only making sure that big events are successful, but assisting in day-to-day operations as well.

Morgan City has made a stride forward in coordinating community events.  This move involved hiring a new event coordinator to work with the city council in not only making sure that big events are successful, but assisting in day-to-day operations as well.

March 23, 2014

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.  

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.  

February 15, 2014

Morgan residents have officially filed an answer and counterclaim with 2nd District Court, defending their actions called into question by a lawsuit filed Dec. 31.

Morgan residents have officially filed an answer and counterclaim with 2nd District Court, defending their actions called into question by a lawsuit filed Dec. 31.

February 8, 2014

If three words could be used to characterize Greg and Debi Smith, they would be busy, music and service. They have spent a lifetime dedicated to both music and service.  

If three words could be used to characterize Greg and Debi Smith, they would be busy, music and service. They have spent a lifetime dedicated to both music and service.  

February 8, 2014

In the last five years, Morgan County has employed four different individuals in its top planning spot.  Tired of the turnover and desiring top notch planning expertise, the Morgan County Council discussed Tuesday the open planning and development director position left vacant when Charlie Ewert accepted a planning position in Weber County last week.

In the last five years, Morgan County has employed four different individuals in its top planning spot.  Tired of the turnover and desiring top notch planning expertise, the Morgan County Council discussed Tuesday the open planning and development director position left vacant when Charlie Ewert accepted a planning position in Weber County last week.

February 8, 2014

Emphasizing her ongoing commitment to Utah’s economic development, longtime educator and community leader Ann Millner formally announces her candidacy to run for the Utah Senate in District 18.

Emphasizing her ongoing commitment to Utah’s economic development, longtime educator and community leader Ann Millner formally announces her candidacy to run for the Utah Senate in District 18.

February 8, 2014

The three Morgan County residents named as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed Dec. 31, 2013, say their upcoming answer set to be filed soon with the 2nd District Court will “exonerate all claims.”

The three Morgan County residents named as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed Dec. 31, 2013, say their upcoming answer set to be filed soon with the 2nd District Court will “exonerate all claims.”

February 1, 2014

Morgan County is accepting applications for a new full-time planner after Charles Ewert, planning and development department director, gave his notice of resignation after accepting a principal planner position with Weber County.  His last day on the job was Thursday, Jan. 30.

Morgan County is accepting applications for a new full-time planner after Charles Ewert, planning and development department director, gave his notice of resignation after accepting a principal planner position with Weber County.  His last day on the job was Thursday, Jan. 30.

February 1, 2014

Charlie Ewert is going out with a bang.

Charlie Ewert is going out with a bang.
The Morgan County planning and development department director’s last day on the job was Jan. 30, and he is leaving behind him Morgan’s best year in history for building permit and planning revenue.

February 1, 2014

In continued support of our community, Young Ford and Young Dodge of Morgan gave back in a big way at the Morgan High School basketball game on Tuesday night. During 2013 Young Ford / Young Dodge hosted several events, including the Drive 4 UR School event and a Trunk or Treat, each helping to raise money for the Morgan Education Foundation. Tuesday night at the MHS boys varsity game, Trent Jaques, general manager of Young Ford / Young Dodge, presented a check totaling $4,780 to Brenda Crossley, Morgan Education Foundation president. 

In continued support of our community, Young Ford and Young Dodge of Morgan gave back in a big way at the Morgan High School basketball game on Tuesday night. During 2013 Young Ford / Young Dodge hosted several events, including the Drive 4 UR School event and a Trunk or Treat, each helping to raise money for the Morgan Education Foundation.

January 25, 2014

Despite the recent excitement for recreational and economic development opportunities that may come with redeveloping the Weber River, local ditch companies that rely on the flow for irrigation purposes are not as enthusiastic.

Despite the recent excitement for recreational and economic development opportunities that may come with redeveloping the Weber River, local ditch companies that rely on the flow for irrigation purposes are not as enthusiastic.

January 25, 2014

Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations, and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training material for them when they are ready to begin. 

Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one.

January 25, 2014

Casey Ryan Wheeler was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 24, 1977.  The son of Robyn and Stephen Wheeler and the youngest of four children, he grew up in Morgan, Utah.  He was an active child with an extreme love of sports, undeniable determination, and a charismatic sense of humor.  His athletic escapades included countless ice hockey games on the neighbor’s frozen pond with his childhood friends.  However, even as a young man, his extreme caring and generosity towards others contradicted his true age.  True to his giving nature, he served an LDS mission in London, England.

Casey Ryan Wheeler was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 24, 1977.  The son of Robyn and Stephen Wheeler and the youngest of four children, he grew up in Morgan, Utah.  He was an active child with an extreme love of sports, undeniable determination, and a charismatic sense of humor.  His athletic escapades included countless ice hockey games on the neighbor&

January 25, 2014

I was born to Don and Verna Durrant in Morgan, on Nov. 3, 1924, the second girl in a family of four children.

I was born to Don and Verna Durrant in Morgan, on Nov. 3, 1924, the second girl in a family of four children.
My father was a cheesemaker. The creamery by the river holds many dear memories of my youth.

January 25, 2014

The Morgan County Animal Control and River Valley Veterinarian, Dr. Jason Lott have teamed up to provide discounted rabies vaccinations, microchips and 2014 licensing.

The Morgan County Animal Control and River Valley Veterinarian, Dr. Jason Lott have teamed up to provide discounted rabies vaccinations, microchips and 2014 licensing.

January 25, 2014

Amanda Campbell was born in Ogden, Utah on July 11 and grew up in Morgan with her brother Justin until the family moved to Torrington, Wyoming, during her ninth through 11th grade years.  She returned for her senior year at Morgan High School, graduating in 1992.  

Amanda Campbell was born in Ogden, Utah on July 11 and grew up in Morgan with her brother Justin until the family moved to Torrington, Wyoming, during her ninth through 11th grade years.  She returned for her senior year at Morgan High School, graduating in 1992.  

January 25, 2014

Becky was born in Ogden, Utah, at the old McKay-Dee Hospital on June 29.  She is the youngest of seven children (four sisters, two brothers) and was raised on a dairy farm in Henefer, Utah, where she milked cows, fed calves, rode horses, rolled and hauled bales of hay, caught poly-wogs, played with baby mice and lived outside everyday making mud pies, and playing with animals and cousins.  Her closest sister is six years older than she and there is a 20-year difference between Becky and her oldest sister.  She was an aunt two times before she was born and her nearest neighbors were five miles away.  She loved the open spaces and the hard work ethic that was instilled in her by her family and being able to grow up on a farm.

Becky was born in Ogden, Utah, at the old McKay-Dee Hospital on June 29.  She is the youngest of seven children (four sisters, two brothers) and was raised on a dairy farm in Henefer, Utah, where she milked cows, fed calves, rode horses, rolled and hauled bales of hay, caught poly-wogs, played with baby mice and lived outside everyday making mud pies, and playin

January 12, 2014

There is an air of change in today’s political scene.  Local businessman John Barber hopes that he can affect which way that wind blows by giving up some of his retirement hours to serve his fellow residents in Morgan with a run for Utah Senate Seat 18.

There is an air of change in today’s political scene.  Local businessman John Barber hopes that he can affect which way that wind blows by giving up some of his retirement hours to serve his fellow residents in Morgan with a run for Utah Senate Seat 18.

January 12, 2014

In order to move forward with grant funding to restore portions of the Weber River near the fairgrounds, Trout Unlimited and the DWR need the Morgan County Council’s nod of approval.  The council unanimously gave that nod last week, contingent on the county attorney’s review.

In order to move forward with grant funding to restore portions of the Weber River near the fairgrounds, Trout Unlimited and the DWR need the Morgan County Council’s nod of approval.  The council unanimously gave that nod last week, contingent on the county attorney’s review.

January 12, 2014

The word “tradition,” has a complex definition. Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary defines tradition to be “a belief or custom passed from generations to generation.”

The word “tradition,” has a complex definition. Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary defines tradition to be “a belief or custom passed from generations to generation.”
 Some Morgan County residents shared their traditions.

January 12, 2014

Weather has delayed the completion of the Morgan Valley Drive road construction project.  

Morgan Valley Drive construction project on hold
Weather has delayed the completion of the Morgan Valley Drive road construction project.  

January 12, 2014

Although same-sex couples could have obtained a marriage license from the Morgan County clerk between Dec. 23 and the morning of Jan. 6, none did.  And because of a Supreme Court ruling Jan. 6, it is not likely to happen again until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the Utah law banning same-sex marriage violates the Constitution.

Although same-sex couples could have obtained a marriage license from the Morgan County clerk between Dec. 23 and the morning of Jan. 6, none did.  And because of a Supreme Court ruling Jan. 6, it is not likely to happen again until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the Utah law banning same-sex marriage violates the Constitution.

January 12, 2014

David Michael Jones, 58, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

David Michael Jones, 58, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
He was born June 9, 1955, in Ogden, Utah, the son of David Rollie and Shirley Louise Anderson Jones.

January 12, 2014

Lloyd Rex Heiner passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 27, 2013, with his wife and mother at his side.   We are certain he is happy to join his father, brother, grandparents and other loved ones who are rejoicing to be with him again. 

Lloyd Rex Heiner passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 27, 2013, with his wife and mother at his side.   We are certain he is happy to join his father, brother, grandparents and other loved ones who are rejoicing to be with him again. 

January 12, 2014

She was a native of Morgan, Utah.  She was one of ten children.  Vivian has faced and overcome many challenges in her life.  Vivian never married but devoted most of her life to the care of two of her brothers and her father.  When she was 83 she was one of the most senior participants of the Weber/Morgan Senior Community Service Employment Program.  In 2004 Vivian was honored by the Utah Jazz and the Utah Older Worker Coordination Council and presented with an “Outstanding Older Worker Award” at the Delta Center in Salt Lake.

She was a native of Morgan, Utah.  She was one of ten children.  Vivian has faced and overcome many challenges in her life.  Vivian never married but devoted most of her life to the care of two of her brothers and her father.  When she was 83 she was one of the most senior participants of the Weber/Morgan Senior Community Service Employment Progra

January 12, 2014

Assistance: Morgan City, Mtn Green, Milton

Assistance: Morgan City, Mtn Green, Milton
Assistance Other Jurisdiction: (3) WB I-84, EB I-84
Child Abuse: Morgan City
Child Neglect: Morgan City

January 12, 2014

Interactive activities to include avalanche awareness, snowsports equipment safety demos, opportunities to close the mountain with ski patrol

Interactive activities to include avalanche awareness, snowsports equipment safety demos, opportunities to close the mountain with ski patrol

January 12, 2014

 
Two freight trains collided Wednesday morning, causing eight cars to derail near Interstate 84 near the mouth of Weber Canyon.  About 9:30 a.m., one train struck the rear of the other, something being called unusual.  Two cars spilled their load of grain and fell from the tracks above almost to the interstate below.  One lane of westbound I-84 was closed for clean-up efforts, which could halt rail traffic for several days.  Several crews including hazmat and a U.P. team were on scene to clean the grain, debris and diesel fuel. Several Union Pacific employees sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Two freight trains collided Wednesday morning, causing eight cars to derail near Interstate 84 near the mouth of Weber Canyon.  About 9:30 a.m., one train struck the rear of the other, something being called unusual.  Two cars spilled their load of grain and fell from the tracks above almost to

January 1, 2014
There is an air of change in today’s political scene. Local businessman John Barber
hopes that he can affect which way that wind blows by giving up some of his
retirement hours to serve his fellow residents in Morgan with a run for the Utah
Senate Seat 18.
There is an air of change in today’s political scene. Local businessman John Barber hopes that he can affect which way that wind blows by giving up some of his retirement hours to serve his fellow residents in Morgan with a run for the Utah Senate Seat 18.
December 28, 2013

Compared to past years of financial woes, news for the 2014 Morgan County budget is good.  The year 2013 saw a $4.9 million general fund budget while 2014 is anticipating a $5.3 million budget.

Compared to past years of financial woes, news for the 2014 Morgan County budget is good.  The year 2013 saw a $4.9 million general fund budget while 2014 is anticipating a $5.3 million budget.
“We are in a good situation,” Councilman Lyle Nelson said.

December 28, 2013

Morgan School District would like to make residents aware of the existence of the Adult Education program. Our program is open to local residents as well as those from nearby communities who did not graduate from high school and want to earn their high school diploma or GED.

By Blaine Fackrell
Morgan School District would like to make residents aware of the existence of the Adult Education program. Our program is open to local residents as well as those from nearby communities who did not graduate from high school and want to earn their high school diploma or GED.

December 28, 2013

Gerald and Georgia Mikesell celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home in Porterville, Utah, with their family.  They were married Nov. 18, 1953, in Morgan, Utah.  Later their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on June 2, 1965.

Gerald and Georgia Mikesell celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home in Porterville, Utah, with their family.  They were married Nov. 18, 1953, in Morgan, Utah.  Later their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on June 2, 1965.

December 28, 2013

The Morgan County Council is interested enough in a proposal to restore and enhance the Weber River through the county that they agreed to prioritize a design study.

The Morgan County Council is interested enough in a proposal to restore and enhance the Weber River through the county that they agreed to prioritize a design study.

December 28, 2013

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us are thinking about family, spending time together for the holidays or about holidays past. Let’s share some family history this Christmas!

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us are thinking about family, spending time together for the holidays or about holidays past. Let’s share some family history this Christmas!

December 28, 2013

I want to show my support for the Morgan County School Board.  Recently, at the school board meeting, they adopted a two-minute limit to public input. They had a timer and cut people off midsentence if they exceeded the two-minute limit. I applaud the school board for their hardline stance even though others criticize this as a harsh policy.

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December 28, 2013

Each year Morgan Middle School students begin celebrating the holidays by thinking of people who are in need.  Instead of focusing on their own Christmas lists, kids participate in a fund raiser to raise money for our local food pantry.

Each year Morgan Middle School students begin celebrating the holidays by thinking of people who are in need.  Instead of focusing on their own Christmas lists, kids participate in a fund raiser to raise money for our local food pantry.

December 28, 2013

The new Morgan Health Center is about to celebrate their first anniversary in their new and updated building.

The new Morgan Health Center is about to celebrate their first anniversary in their new and updated building.  

December 28, 2013

Saturday, Nov. 9, the Morgan MTB Race Team traveled to the revered mountain bike destination of Moab to compete in this year’s Utah High School Cycling League State Championships.  The Morgan team fielded 21 racers to compete in what turned out to be an incredible finish to an already fantastic season.

Saturday, Nov. 9, the Morgan MTB Race Team traveled to the revered mountain bike destination of Moab to compete in this year’s Utah High School Cycling League State Championships.  The Morgan team fielded 21 racers to compete in what turned out to be an incredible finish to an already fantastic season.

December 28, 2013

While the Morgan County School Board seeks an option to congested city streets during school arrival and dismissal, Morgan City officials said they are still seeking financing options for a new bridge at the end of Young Street.  The bridge would span the Weber River, connecting Young Street to Commercial Street near the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

Young Street Bridge still in the works

December 28, 2013

The Morgan County Council unanimously approved investigating the establishment of a grant-writing position in the county.

County searching for grant writer
The Morgan County Council unanimously approved investigating the establishment of a grant-writing position in the county.

December 28, 2013

There’s a new state parks employee in town, and he has some new plans for East Canyon State Park.

There’s a new state parks employee in town, and he has some new plans for East Canyon State Park.
While the reservoir is a popular destination for boating, fishing and camping, Park Manager Chris Haramoto hopes to draw on the history of the area to increase visitors to the state park.  

December 28, 2013

Steve was born in Kingsville, Texas.  He grew up in Laramie, Wyom.  Growing up he loved being outside with his animals.  Wood graduated from Laramie High School where he participated in basketball, FFA, band and choir.  

Steve was born in Kingsville, Texas.  He grew up in Laramie, Wyom.  Growing up he loved being outside with his animals.  Wood graduated from Laramie High School where he participated in basketball, FFA, band and choir.  

December 28, 2013

Recently, Senator Mike Lee hosted a roundtable with Utah citizens, experts, government officials, and community activists on the growing crisis of immobility among the poor.  The event is a continuation of Sen. Lee’s “Let’s Talk” series he began in August, taking him around the state to hear directly from Utahns about the critical issues facing the state and the country. 

Recently, Senator Mike Lee hosted a roundtable with Utah citizens, experts, government officials, and community activists on the growing crisis of immobility among the poor.  The event is a continuation of Sen.

December 28, 2013

Over the years many teachers in the Morgan County School District have had the opportunity to use technology such as Smart boards in their classrooms.  These have been purchased through school trustland money, or money provided by the Morgan Education Foundation.

Over the years many teachers in the Morgan County School District have had the opportunity to use technology such as Smart boards in their classrooms.  These have been purchased through school trustland money, or money provided by the Morgan Education Foundation.

December 28, 2013

On Nov. 16, a fundraiser was held on my and my family’s behalf to raise money for my breast cancer fight. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your love, kindness, support and prayers. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that donated. 

On Nov. 16, a fundraiser was held on my and my family’s behalf to raise money for my breast cancer fight. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your love, kindness, support and prayers. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that donated. 

December 28, 2013

At Thanksgiving time, we often think about things we are grateful for in our lives.  Being thankful is a wonderful thing, but the best way to show gratitude is to focus on the “giving” in Thanksgiving.

At Thanksgiving time, we often think about things we are grateful for in our lives.  Being thankful is a wonderful thing, but the best way to show gratitude is to focus on the “giving” in Thanksgiving.  

December 28, 2013

Another era is coming to an end in Morgan.  Wally’s Automotive will be closing its doors to business for the last time this week and Wally Kitchin will be entering a new phase of his life: retirement.  

Another era is coming to an end in Morgan.  Wally’s Automotive will be closing its doors to business for the last time this week and Wally Kitchin will be entering a new phase of his life: retirement.  

December 28, 2013

City, county and school board leaders are considering negotiating tax incentives that could bring $6.2 million in taxable value improvements to the county in the form of an expansion of the Young Automotive Group.

City, county and school board leaders are considering negotiating tax incentives that could bring $6.2 million in taxable value improvements to the county in the form of an expansion of the Young Automotive Group.

November 28, 2013

Hundreds of children and adults gathered at the Morgan Middle School to celebrate Halloween and raise money for Morgan Elementary, Morgan Middle and Morgan High School.  

 
Hundreds of children and adults gathered at the Morgan Middle School to celebrate Halloween and raise money for Morgan Elementary, Morgan Middle and Morgan High School.  

November 9, 2013

Anyone who owns a home, walks across a bridge or enjoys the protection of our laws here in Morgan County should take a walk in Riverside Park.  There in the warming October sun they should use their fingers to trace over the names of Samuel and Esther Francis that were recently inscribed on a monument dedicated to our forbears by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.  This couple has been one of the center stones of the foundation upon which we all have laid our lives. 

Anyone who owns a home, walks across a bridge or enjoys the protection of our laws here in Morgan County should take a walk in Riverside Park.  There in the warming October sun they should use their fingers to trace over the names of Samuel and Esther Francis that were recently inscribed on a monument dedicated to our forbears by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.&n

November 9, 2013

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.

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.

November 9, 2013

Each year 10 of the best horse trainers across the country are invited to participate in the Impact of the Horse Competition held in Heber City, Utah. This year Croydon resident Niki Wilde was chosen to be a part of this prestigious group who will show off their horse training skills Nov. 1 – 2, at the Wasatch Event Center. 

Each year 10 of the best horse trainers across the country are invited to participate in the Impact of the Horse Competition held in Heber City, Utah. This year Croydon resident Niki Wilde was chosen to be a part of this prestigious group who will show off their horse training skills Nov. 1 – 2, at the Wasatch Event Center. 

November 9, 2013

Senator Mike Lee introduced a tax reform plan that would replaces much of today’s complex tax system with a new, simple structure that provides solutions for America’s ongoing opportunity crisis and ends the discrimination of parents in the tax code.  The Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act is a pro-family, pro-growth plan that incentivizes social mobility, promotes middle-class economic security, and improves opportunity for all Americans.

Senator Mike Lee introduced a tax reform plan that would replaces much of today’s complex tax system with a new, simple structure that provides solutions for America’s ongoing opportunity crisis and ends the discrimination of parents in the tax code.  The Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act is a pro-family, pro-growth plan that incentivizes social mobility

November 9, 2013

Magee Stapley, a paraeducator at Morgan Middle School, has been awarded the Utah Outstanding Paraeducator Award in the secondary resource category.  The award will be presented at the Utah Paraeducator Conference in Provo Nov. 8 to 9.

Magee Stapley, a paraeducator at Morgan Middle School, has been awarded the Utah Outstanding Paraeducator Award in the secondary resource category.  The award will be presented at the Utah Paraeducator Conference in Provo Nov. 8 to 9.

November 5, 2013

Jaden Ingle is a political newcomer taking on incumbents Shelly Betz and Ray Little for a four-year position on the Morgan City Council.
“I fully believe that it's time we have new ideas and new minds in our city government to help revive Morgan, and help it to grow to what it's fully capable of becoming,” said Ingle, 19. “I'm running for this position to try and help Morgan to grow, and to solve some issues the city is currently facing.”
Ingle would like to eliminate needless spending and keep utility costs at a reasonable range, which would in turn benefit business in the city “so that they can last for more than a year.”

Jaden Ingle is a political newcomer taking on incumbents Shelly Betz and Ray Little for a four-year position on the Morgan City Council.

October 19, 2013

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.

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.

October 19, 2013

“It felt like something unfinished was completed,” Marilyn Bambrough said of recently graduating from Utah State University. 

“It felt like something unfinished was completed,” Marilyn Bambrough said of recently graduating from Utah State University. 

October 19, 2013

Applications for 2014 sportsman permits accepted soon

Applications for 2014 sportsman permits accepted soon
You can apply for next year’s most prized Utah big game hunting permits—2014 sportsman permits—starting Oct. 29.

October 14, 2013

While administrators in the Morgan County School District have heard residents offer a four-day school week as a solution to their budgetary woes, other schools in the nation have already tried it with mixed results. 

While administrators in the Morgan County School District have heard residents offer a four-day school week as a solution to their budgetary woes, other schools in the nation have already tried it with mixed results. 

October 14, 2013

The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak.  Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions.  Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole.  It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.   

The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak.  Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions.  Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole.  It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.   

October 14, 2013

With Obamacare on the horizon, Morgan County may not have much to worry about, said Scott Deru of Fringe Benefits.  In fact, Deru predicted a drop in rates for the county as much as 20 percent.

With Obamacare on the horizon, Morgan County may not have much to worry about, said Scott Deru of Fringe Benefits.  In fact, Deru predicted a drop in rates for the county as much as 20 percent.

October 14, 2013

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!  

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!  

October 14, 2013

Administrators of school districts that have switched to a four-day school week say preparation is the key to a smooth transition.

Administrators of school districts that have switched to a four-day school week say preparation is the key to a smooth transition.
In Utah, that preparation begins with paperwork with the Utah State Board of Education.

October 14, 2013

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.  

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.

October 14, 2013

There are people who come into this world destined to make a difference to those around them, and when they leave this world there is a clear void.  Steph Nance was one of those people.  

There are people who come into this world destined to make a difference to those around them, and when they leave this world there is a clear void.  Steph Nance was one of those people.  

October 8, 2013

A two-year tussle among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District over an interlocal recreation agreement may be grinding to a hault.  On Tuesday, the Morgan County Council approved an agreement that specifically spelled out liability responsibilities for the three parties.

A two-year tussle among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District over an interlocal recreation agreement may be grinding to a hault.  On Tuesday, the Morgan County Council approved an agreement that specifically spelled out liability responsibilities for the three parties.

October 8, 2013

Family history is increasingly being done on mobile devices.  The introduction of the iPad and the new Android and Windows tablet devices means that family history information can be carried anywhere.  It has also made capturing photos of documents, headstones, and other sources much simpler.  FamilySearch is working on a mobile application that will be available for users next year and this week Ancestry announced a number of improvements in their mobile application.  Mobile has become a growing part of Ancestry’s business.  The following are the improvements to their mobile application.  It is free and can be found in the app store.

Family history is increasingly being done on mobile devices.  The introduction of the iPad and the new Android and Windows tablet devices means that family history information can be carried anywhere.  It has also made capturing photos of documents, headstones, and other sources much simpler.  FamilySearch is working on a mobile application that will b

October 8, 2013

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Washington are set on giving us this beginning of socialized medicine. 

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Wa

October 8, 2013

Young Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4UR School program to Morgan High School at 344 E. Young Street on Friday, Sept. 27 in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for education in Morgan.

Young Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4UR School program to Morgan High School at 344 E. Young Street on Friday, Sept. 27 in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for education in Morgan.

October 5, 2013

Coldwell Banker® Realtor® Dava Jensen has lived in Morgan for over 20 years. Throughout that time she has been grateful to not only call it home, but to have been able to work and serve the people of Morgan County. 

Coldwell Banker® Realtor® Dava Jensen has lived in Morgan for over 20 years. Throughout that time she has been grateful to not only call it home, but to have been able to work and serve the people of Morgan County. 

October 5, 2013

Help raise money for Morgan schools by coming together with your friends and neighbors in a colorful event at the first “Color Us Bright” Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 21. 

Help raise money for Morgan schools by coming together with your friends and neighbors in a colorful event at the first “Color Us Bright” Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 21. 
The Morgan Education Foundation is spearheading the fun run, what they plan on being an annual event.

October 5, 2013

The Morgan County Council has made moves to have the Utah State Second District Court take over funding and administration of its Morgan County location.  Now, the county will not have to pay for an employee to function as the Second District Court clerk in the county clerk’s office.

The Morgan County Council has made moves to have the Utah State Second District Court take over funding and administration of its Morgan County location.  Now, the county will not have to pay for an employee to function as the Second District Court clerk in the county clerk’s office.

October 5, 2013

Local attorney allowed to continue practicing law, Local attorney allowed to continue practicing law, Markham jailed for aggravated assault

Local attorney allowed to continue practicing law

October 5, 2013

As the Morgan County School District goes through the arduous process of tackling their budgetary woes, boardmembers and many in the community tried to come up with solutions.  The idea for changing to a four-day school week was briefly discussed.

As the Morgan County School District goes through the arduous process of tackling their budgetary woes, boardmembers and many in the community tried to come up with solutions.  The idea for changing to a four-day school week was briefly discussed.

October 5, 2013

Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry.  The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.

Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry.  The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.

October 5, 2013

Sportsmen hunt the world over for quality hunting supplies and the residents of Morgan are lucky enough to have the only Browning outlet store in the world brimming with quality products at discounts in their own backyard.  Along with all of the quality products, a new face has been added to manage the quality service the Browning Outlet Store has to offer. 

Sportsmen hunt the world over for quality hunting supplies and the residents of Morgan are lucky enough to have the only Browning outlet store in the world brimming with quality products at discounts in their own backyard.  Along with all of the quality products, a new face has been added to manage the quality service the Browning Outlet Store has to offer.&nbsp

October 5, 2013

Ron Litchfield of Clearfield, Utah, has accepted the offer to serve as the new transportation supervisor for the Morgan School District.  Although Litchfield began work on Thursday after being chosen by a local selection committee, the school board will officially approve his employment at their September board meeting.  

Ron Litchfield of Clearfield, Utah, has accepted the offer to serve as the new transportation supervisor for the Morgan School District.  Although Litchfield began work on Thursday after being chosen by a local selection committee, the school board will officially approve his employment at their September board meeting.  

October 5, 2013

Friday the 13th might prove to be a lucky day for Morgan residents with a taste for salty or sweet snacks and meals.  Pretzelmaker is set to open doors to delightful smells and tasty treats at 10 a.m. at the newest location on State Street in Morgan City.   It is located in the north end of the former bus garage, where it has undergone a transformation into a tantalizing establishment. 

Friday the 13th might prove to be a lucky day for Morgan residents with a taste for salty or sweet snacks and meals.  Pretzelmaker is set to open doors to delightful smells and tasty treats at 10 a.m. at the newest location on State Street in Morgan City.

October 5, 2013

Administrators in the Morgan County School District plan to survey parents to measure interest in the four-day school week.  The estimated 292 schools in the United States that have tried operating on a four-day school week have discovered many benefits and drawbacks along the way.  Here are some of them:

Administrators in the Morgan County School District plan to survey parents to measure interest in the four-day school week.  The estimated 292 schools in the United States that have tried operating on a four-day school week have discovered many benefits and drawbacks along the way.  Here are some of them:

October 5, 2013

Questar Gas is requesting a decrease in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the annual bill for the typical residential customer will decrease by about $10 beginning Oct. 1.

Questar Gas is requesting a decrease in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the annual bill for the typical residential customer will decrease by about $10 beginning Oct. 1.

October 5, 2013

There are many American flags that proudly grace the Morgan County skyline, but there are few that have stories like the flag the flies over Young Ford in Morgan.

There are many American flags that proudly grace the Morgan County skyline, but there are few that have stories like the flag the flies over Young Ford in Morgan.

October 5, 2013

At their latest meeting, the Morgan County School Board adopted a new budget for the 2013-14 school year and did not vote to increase the board local levy.

At their latest meeting, the Morgan County School Board adopted a new budget for the 2013-14 school year and did not vote to increase the board local levy.
“I think the community spoke loud and clear they didn’t want taxes increased,” Boardmember Ken Durrant said.  “They were pretty emphatic.” 

October 5, 2013

When you come into the Morgan School District Office, the first smiling face you see or sweet voice you hear belongs to Denise Rich. You know from the minute you meet her that she cares about you and will take care of whatever you need.  

Denise Rich
When you come into the Morgan School District Office, the first smiling face you see or sweet voice you hear belongs to Denise Rich. You know from the minute you meet her that she cares about you and will take care of whatever you need.  

October 5, 2013

JR Hopkin is excited about a lot of changes in his future, most of all a new baby to arrive in early October.  In addition to his bundle of joy, Hopkin plans on a change of occupations.  After 8 years of serving Morgan delicious cooked-to-order burgers and fries, Hopkin has decided to hand the torch over to someone else.   Hopkin plans to sell Steph’s to local businessman Blane Smith. This will be the first time since the business has opened in 1957 that someone outside the family has owned the establishment.

JR Hopkin is excited about a lot of changes in his future, most of all a new baby to arrive in early October.  In addition to his bundle of joy, Hopkin plans on a change of occupations.  After 8 years of serving Morgan delicious cooked-to-order burgers and fries, Hopkin has decided to hand the torch over to someone else.

September 10, 2013

I want to share with you a local business that provides a relaxed atmosphere, great customer service and quality of life, all while providing a desperately needed service to our community.  Unfortunately, this business won’t be patronized by many Morgan residents for many years to come and then it will be under difficult circumstances.

By Ryan Windley

September 1, 2013

Due to an uptick in development activity, the Morgan County Council approved a full-time secretary position through the end of the year for the planning development department.  Previously, the position was only part-time, and the other four employees in the office had to cover the front desk during the latter part of the business day.

Due to an uptick in development activity, the Morgan County Council approved a full-time secretary position through the end of the year for the planning development department.  Previously, the position was only part-time, and the other four employees in the office had to cover the front desk during the latter part of the business day.

September 1, 2013

Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry.  The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.

Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry.  The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.

September 1, 2013

Each week Kevin Eubank and the KSL Weather team select a photo of the week to feature on their nightly Eyewitness News on Channel 5. Local photographer Christian Peay was not only selected for such but was also chosen as the winner of the best picture of the month. Part of his prize package will include having his winning photo showcased in the July section of the 2014 Les Olson Calendar. 

Each week Kevin Eubank and the KSL Weather team select a photo of the week to feature on their nightly Eyewitness News on Channel 5. Local photographer Christian Peay was not only selected for such but was also chosen as the winner of the best picture of the month.

September 1, 2013

There are many American flags that proudly grace the Morgan County skyline, but there are few that have stories like the flag the flies over Young Ford in Morgan.

There are many American flags that proudly grace the Morgan County skyline, but there are few that have stories like the flag the flies over Young Ford in Morgan.

August 3, 2013

Lyman Verl Mecham is celebrating his 80th birthday.  Verl was born July 26, 1933, in Milton, Utah.  He is the 8th of 10 children born to Leland and Reta Mecham.  In 1954 he married his high school sweetheart Deanna Waldron in the Salt Lake LDS temple.  They have five children, all girls, Pamela (Mark) Huerta, Pauline, Sherrie (Mark) Rich, Sue (Stan) Stark and Melanie (Eric) Moore.  They have 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  

Lyman Verl Mecham is celebrating his 80th birthday.  Verl was born July 26, 1933, in Milton, Utah.  He is the 8th of 10 children born to Leland and Reta Mecham.  In 1954 he married his high school sweeth

August 3, 2013

While other kids spend their summer texting and playing video games, Gina Tia Buchanan is spending the remainder of her summer helping her community.

While other kids spend their summer texting and playing video games, Gina Tia Buchanan is spending the remainder of her summer helping her community.

August 3, 2013

The Morgan County Council is split over how to handle Second District Court clerk functions in the county.

The Morgan County Council is split over how to handle Second District Court clerk functions in the county.

August 3, 2013

Morgan resident Keith Squires rose from applicants across the country to be named a member of Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet.

Morgan resident Keith Squires rose from applicants across the country to be named a member of Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet.

August 3, 2013

A large group of Morgan children have eagerly been going to school every day for the last two weeks.  While spending two hours or more a day with teachers in classes at the high school may not sound like what every summer breaker wants to be doing in July, these children have gladly done it; some as young as 4 years old.  

A large group of Morgan children have eagerly been going to school every day for the last two weeks.  While spending two hours or more a day with teachers in classes at the high school may not sound like what ever

August 2, 2013

The Young Automotive Group has added a new dealership to their company with the purchase of Carrigan Motors, in Morgan, Utah, on August 1, 2013. The new dealership will run under the name of Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
“All of the Carrigan Motor employees along with their families would like to express their sincere gratitude to all of the loyal customers who have supported them throughout the years. The people of this community have been critical to the success of the business. Lifelong relationships have been formed and kindness and support will never be forgotten,” says Boyd Carrigan of Carrigan Motors. “Each and every customer, either local or from other surrounding communities have been sincerely appreciated. The Carrigan family hopes to continue to serve this community and is thankful for the many years of dedication that it has been so blessed to receive.”

The Young Automotive Group has added a new dealership to their company with the purchase of Carrigan Motors, in Morgan, Utah, on August 1, 2013. The new dealership will run under the name of Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

July 24, 2013

Second District Court Judge Noel S. Hyde ruled June 5 there were sufficient grounds to disbar local attorney Alvin R. Lundgren. He plans to appeal the decision.

Second District Court Judge Noel S. Hyde ruled June 5 there were sufficient grounds to disbar local attorney Alvin R. Lundgren. He plans to appeal the decision.
Lundgren allegedly took unearned money from client trust accounts from December 2008 to October 2011.  

July 24, 2013

he Board of Directors at Goldenwest Credit Union and USU Charter Credit Union announced today their intent to merge the two Utah-based credit unions. Goldenwest officials say the partnership will bring about one of the strongest financial institutions in Northern Utah with a combined 26 branches, $985 million in assets, and more than 106,000 members.

The Board of Directors at Goldenwest Credit Union and USU Charter Credit Union announced today their intent to merge the two Utah-based credit unions. Goldenwest officials say the partnership will bring about one of the strongest financial institutions in Northern Utah with a combined 26 branches, $985 million in assets, and more than 106,000 members.

July 24, 2013

Sometimes in my line of work I get to be involved with some truly amazing acts of compassion.  

Sometimes in my line of work I get to be involved with some truly amazing acts of compassion.  

July 24, 2013

 
Photos of a black bear crossing the freeway near “the narrows” just past the Croydon exit have become famous, circulating around the internet and featured on KSL.  Henefer resident Steve Richins had heard rumors of a bear sighted in the area, so he and his wife went out on a bear hunt, and were successfully able to shoot the uncommon photos.  

Photos of a black bear crossing the freeway near “the narrows” just past the Croydon exit have become famous, circulating around the internet and featured on KSL.  Henefer resident Steve Richins had heard rumors of a bear sighted in the area, so he and his wife went out on a bear hunt, and were successfully able to shoot the uncommon photos.  

July 24, 2013

Milton has a rich history of pioneering spirit and fortitude.  The early settlers left current Milton residents more than stories, folklore, examples and histories, they also left names that have endured over the course of time,  some more than a century.  On the other hand, Thurstonville and Morganville have long since been renamed.  

Milton has a rich history of pioneering spirit and fortitude.  The early settlers left current Milton residents more than stories, folklore, examples and histories, they also left names that have endured over the course of time,  some more than a century.  On the other hand, Thurstonville and Morganville have long since been renamed.  

July 8, 2013

Darrell Edward Mikesell of Porterville, Utah will celebrate his 80th birthday. 

Darrell Edward Mikesell of Porterville, Utah will celebrate his 80th birthday. 
Family and friends are welcome to a barbecue open house at his home at 675 W. Hardscrabble Road in Porterville from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on July 6. 

July 8, 2013

Although Dave Fletcher took over as Holcim Devils Slide plant manager May 8, he is no stranger to the company or area.

Although Dave Fletcher took over as Holcim Devils Slide plant manager May 8, he is no stranger to the company or area.

July 8, 2013

The parking lot of the new Family Dollar has been full for the last couple weeks as employees prepared for their Independence Day opening.  

The parking lot of the new Family Dollar has been full for the last couple weeks as employees prepared for their Independence Day opening.  

July 8, 2013

How important is the education of our children.  In our elementary schools we have one class with 35 children, six with 30 or more and 9 with 26 to 29 and our enrollment is growing every year.  How effective can a teacher be with so many students at this critical stage of their development?  I’ve had 10 boys in our scout troop and can’t imagine how a teacher can give adequate attention to 30 students.

Dear Editor:

July 8, 2013

Education’s purpose, process, and product is the eradication of ignorance and is, in turn, the foundation of law and order in any society.

Dear Editor:
Education’s purpose, process, and product is the eradication of ignorance and is, in turn, the foundation of law and order in any society.
Basically, there are two general forms of ignorance:

July 8, 2013

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.
I recently read the article on short-term rentals that the county council debated.  

July 8, 2013

Like some of you, I have chosen to serve our community by participating on different school committees (MHS Community Council, Morgan Education Foundation and MHS Scholarship Board) that hopefully add value to the educational experience of all of our children.  There are some amazingly smart and dedicated parents who give freely of their time and resources to enrich the educational experience of all of our kids in this valley.  We do not always agree on the best way to meet the needs, but for the most part everyone has the best interest of the kids in mind.  I think we work well together because we leave ego’s and personal agenda’s at the door.  We ask thought provoking questions, we learn the issues and then we try to put forth solutions that meet challenges head on.  Our job isn’t done when we walk out of a meeting.  These are “working” committee’s where we roll up our sleeves and spend countless hours taking action and executing the plans laid out in the meetings.  We work with very tight budgets.  We work hard to raise money, simply because we have too, and consequently are quite conservative in how we spend each and every dollar.  We work closely with the teachers and school administrators.  We feel their pain.  You can never really know that pain until you sit in their classrooms and virtually walk in their shoes.  In most instances we work with the School District Administrators and in some cases we sit side by side with School Board members to find solutions to problems.  We have learned first hand the uniqueness of being part of a school district in rural Morgan County, with an almost nonexistent tax base.  One day that will change, but only when we are willing to accept the fallout that comes with growth and development.  It’s called change, and many are afraid of it.  None the less this area has so very much to offer, but it comes at a price, sometimes a steep price.  It is a price that each of us must bear.  Do I want higher taxes?  No.  Can I afford higher property taxes?  I cannot.  So why do I support the Voted Local Levy?  Because from where I sit, it is the best short term SOLUTION to a long-term problem.  Let’s be very clear about something.  The VLL is not the end-all answer, but it is a real short-term solution that is needed now.  Those who oppose the VLL have become very proficient at propogating what I call the FUD factor.  They spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.  It all begins with certain half truths and then leads to veiled forms of borderline deception.  Case in point.  Last night I received a flyer in the mail.  On one side it stated that I have “the opportunity to voice my opinion”.  I’ve read the Constitution and I get that.  This is a truth.  On the other side of the flyer it states in smaller text that if the VLL passes that “I will no longer have a voice or a vote” (false).  It states further that the school board can raise my taxes (truth) without advertising or notifying me (false).  They call it taxation without representation.  What is this, the Boston Tea Party all over again?  Of course we have representation.  It’s called going to the advertised school board meetings and standing up and saying what you have to say.  Do you realize that last week the school board held their annual budget meetings which were fully advertised and open to the public?  Do you also realize that not one single person who opposes the VLL attended the meeting?  If the VLL does not pass, the sun will still rise on on June 26th.  But know this one fact.  If you have a third grader going to Mountain Green Elementary, your child or grandchild will be sitting next to 32 other students of which 2-3 will have major behavioral issues that dominate the teachers time and efforts.  Now imagine the quality education your child is going to experience!  This is real, as real as it gets.  Again, the VLL is a tax, no doubt about it.  It will cost you $2.18 per month for each $100,000 that your home is valued at.  The School District needs $358,000 this next year alone that will go toward four (4) specific needs.  Replacing three educators who have retired or moved, costs associated with special needs students, remediation for those struggling in math and lastly to address state mandated standards and testing.  This is not conjecture, it’s fact.  The time to vote is almost here.  What will you base your vote on?  Will it be the FUD factor that you read about or hear about that has run rampant these past few months?  Or will you call a teacher you can trust, or your local school board member and ask specific questions about specific needs.  Get educated and then do the right thing for you, your family and your kids.

Dear Editor:

June 30, 2013
Events announced

In the entertainment venue, summer hits have been largely centered around superheroes.  Locally, we have our own superheroes—those who volunteer countless hours and dollars to serve their community.
Cries of sadness could be heard all over town from the lack of Independence Day festivities.  Becky Shaw heard that call and came to the rescue.  In a single bound she picked up the heavy torch and took on the daunting task of planning an entire Fourth of July celebration in just a few weeks. 
Thankfully, many people stepped up and volunteered to be her sidekicks.  You may have seen someone running around town handing out parade flyers or throwing together last-minute floats.  If you see them without their capes, please assist them with this crazy undertaking.  If you would like to enter a float in the parade, there is still time!

In the entertainment venue, summer hits have been largely centered around superheroes.  Locally, we have our own superheroes—those who volunteer countless hours and dollars to serve their community.

June 30, 2013

Almost half of the registered voters in Morgan County turned out to the polls Tuesday night to defeat the proposed Morgan County School District voted local levy.
About 30 people gathered at the county offices late Tuesday night to view the results: 64.41 percent (1,600 votes) against, 35.59 percent (884 votes) for.  Of 5,495 registered voters, 45 percent visited the polls (2,485 voters).
Voter turnout was highest in the Croydon District, where 66 percent of registered voters cast their votes strictly by absentee ballot.  Compared to the other six voting districts, the Croydon District also had the highest percentage (80.7 percent) of voters voting against the levy.
Voter turnout was lowest in the Mountain Green District at 38.8 percent.
The district with the highest percentage voting for the levy was North Morgan, where 43 percent cast ballots supporting the levy.

Almost half of the registered voters in Morgan County turned out to the polls Tuesday night to defeat the proposed Morgan County School District voted local levy.

June 17, 2013

During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times  forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts.  State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not alone in facing financial challenges when it comes to balancing their budgets this year.  A quick review of the state’s newspapers and television stations and you will see many headlines, news stories and editorials dealing with school finance.  One example can be found on the editorial page of the Sunday, June 2, issue of the Ogden Standard Examiner.

During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times  forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts.  State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not

June 17, 2013

The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday.  Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up.  Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.  

The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday.  Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up.  Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.

June 17, 2013

The Marie McQuiddy Daley Softball Tournament is held in honor of our courageous mother, daughter, relative and friend.  Please come cheer on teams and enjoy the day with us.  The tournament will take place this Saturday, June 15 at the Wilkinson Rec Plex.  For more information contact Audrey Peterson or Tara Hammer.

By Audrey Peterson

June 17, 2013

After spending a total of $22,000 last year on perfecting addressing records throughout the county, Morgan County is seeking a $10,000 State of Utah Cadastral Grant to create parcel data.

After spending a total of $22,000 last year on perfecting addressing records throughout the county, Morgan County is seeking a $10,000 State of Utah Cadastral Grant to create parcel data.

June 7, 2013

Casey Wheeler grew up in Morgan where he gained many friends.  Those friends as well as others he and his family have gained have rallied to support him during a battle with cancer. 

Casey Wheeler grew up in Morgan where he gained many friends.  Those friends as well as others he and his family have gained have rallied to support him during a battle with cancer. 

June 7, 2013

John Rock began teaching in 1980 when Ronald Reagan went into office and the moon dance was popular.  Over the next 33 years, taught at least one class to nearly every MHS graduate. 

John Rock began teaching in 1980 when Ronald Reagan went into office and the moon dance was popular.  Over the next 33 years, taught at least one class to nearly every MHS graduate. 

June 7, 2013

“It’s wonderful to have this (food drop). It helps so many people,” said one of the food drop volunteers.

“It’s wonderful to have this (food drop). It helps so many people,” said one of the food drop volunteers.

June 7, 2013

As I have researched school district finance during the past few months, I have come to the decision to actively support the voted local levy. We have great students, parents and teachers in Morgan County who have made education a priority. Our CRT scores prove a high level of proficiency in language arts and science comparable to districts that are spending double per student annually. Some may argue that if we are meeting our basic educational goals and even beyond, why would we want to increase funding?

Dear Editor:

June 7, 2013

In January the school board invited former Rich County School Superintendent, Christine Kearl to coach them on how to pass the Voted Local Levy.  She said the key to passing the tax increase was to “focus your whole campaign and approach on the kids, not teachers and their jobs.”   

Dear Editor:

June 7, 2013

After 32 years of service Morgan’s favorite delivery guy, Brent Rose, has retired.  Rose made his last delivery on May 31, 2013.  

After 32 years of service Morgan’s favorite delivery guy, Brent Rose, has retired.  Rose made his last delivery on May 31, 2013.  

June 7, 2013

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

June 6, 2013

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

June 6, 2013

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer Danielson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, will be the featured speaker at this event. 

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act.

June 6, 2013

The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

June 6, 2013

Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?

Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back t

June 6, 2013

A little over six months ago David and Michelle were anxiously fundraising for their young son, Austin, to receive cochlear implants.  Morgan was plastered with the battle cry “Audible Ears for Austin.”  Neighbors, friends and strangers joined in the effort to raise money for the costly surgery. 

A little over six months ago David and Michelle were anxiously fundraising for their young son, Austin, to receive cochlear implants.  Morgan was plastered with the battle cry “Audible Ears for Austin.”  Neighbors, friends and strangers joined in the effort to raise money for the costly surgery. 

June 6, 2013

Instead of just another field day, the students and faculty at Morgan Elementary School participated in Relay Recess, raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

Instead of just another field day, the students and faculty at Morgan Elementary School participated in Relay Recess, raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

June 6, 2013

Ryan and Jessica Terry celebrated the 4th of July, 2011, like many of us, at the Riverside Park.  Their children Eden, Ty and Lydia played games and the family enjoyed visiting with old and new friends.  One particular conversation changed their lives forever. 

Ryan and Jessica Terry celebrated the 4th of July, 2011, like many of us, at the Riverside Park.  Their children Eden, Ty and Lydia played games and the family enjoyed visiting with old and new friends.  One particular conversation changed their lives forever. 

June 6, 2013

Following a change recently approved by the Morgan County Council, all dogs in Morgan County should be licensed every January.  Previously, dog owners licensed their animals anytime, and the license lasted a year from the original licensing date.  

All dogs in county up for January license renewal

June 6, 2013

More and more delinquent taxes are being paid up, taking parcels off schedule tax sales.

Delinquent taxes rolling in
More and more delinquent taxes are being paid up, taking parcels off schedule tax sales.

June 6, 2013

Questar Gas is requesting an increase in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the monthly bill for the typical residential customer will increase by about $3.95 on June 1.

Questar Gas is requesting an increase in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the monthly bill for the typical residential customer will increase by about $3.95 on June 1.

June 6, 2013

On May 14 a new Utah law takes effect that bans teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving. House Bill 103 sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry and Senate sponsor, Lyle Hillyard, is designed to protect new drivers from distraction as they develop and hone their driving skills. 

On May 14 a new Utah law takes effect that bans teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving. House Bill 103 sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry and Senate sponsor, Lyle Hillyard, is designed to protect new drivers from distraction as they develop and hone their driving skills. 

June 5, 2013

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process.  So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome.  Is the success or failure of our children any different?  Is it any less complex?  Do we want our children to survive and just be fine?  Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?

Dear Editor:

June 5, 2013

Dear Editor:
Why I am voting no on the Morgan County levy tax?  Morgan County has one of the highest tax rates in Utah.  The Morgan County Commissioners do everything in their power to drive out business.  It’s time people with large families pay their fair share.  A head tax would be a great start.  Sell the Morgan County airport to a private company and tax it.  None of the proposed tax increase will go to better pay for teachers.
~ Brent Fenstermaker 

Dear Editor:

June 4, 2013

Following a change recently approved by the Morgan County Council, all dogs in Morgan County should be licensed every January.  Previously, dog owners licensed their animals anytime, and the license lasted a year from the original licensing date.  

Following a change recently approved by the Morgan County Council, all dogs in Morgan County should be licensed every January.  Previously, dog owners licensed their animals anytime, and the license lasted a year from the original licensing date.  

June 4, 2013

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer Danielson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, will be the featured speaker at this event. 

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act.

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective
The proposed voted levy is a hot topic in Morgan County right now.  Community groups have formed on both sides of the issue and people are discussing it throughout the county.  Through my involvement as the Chair of the Community Council at Mountain Green Elementary School, I have spoken with many members of the community with wide-ranging opinions.  As a taxpayer and parent, I am deeply invested in seeking responsible resolutions to the school district’s financial challenges. I have attended two of the school district’s community voted levy presentations, and I have been attending school board meetings for the past two years. These meetings have helped me determine that the proposed voted levy is the most responsible, immediate solution to the district’s budget concerns.

Dear Editor:
The Voted Levy – A Parent’s Perspective

June 4, 2013

Questar Gas is requesting an increase in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the monthly bill for the typical residential customer will increase by about $3.95 on June 1.

Questar Gas is requesting an increase in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the monthly bill for the typical residential customer will increase by about $3.95 on June 1.

June 3, 2013

On Tuesday evening, the Morgan High School Scholarship Board held their annual scholarship awards night.  Parents, patrons, sponsors, school officials and students gathered for this prestigious evening.

On Tuesday evening, the Morgan High School Scholarship Board held their annual scholarship awards night.  Parents, patrons, sponsors, school officials and students gathered for this prestigious evening.

June 3, 2013

Opening a new business is exciting for anyone, but it takes on a whole new level of joy and relief when you have been waiting as long as Lars and Kera Birkeland, owners of Mountain Green Kids Club.

Opening a new business is exciting for anyone, but it takes on a whole new level of joy and relief when you have been waiting as long as Lars and Kera Birkeland, owners of Mountain Green Kids Club.
The process originally began in October 2011, so the couple is elated to finally be opening their doors.  

June 3, 2013

Opening a new business is exciting for anyone, but it takes on a whole new level of joy and relief when you have been waiting as long as Lars and Kera Birkeland, owners of Mountain Green Kids Club.

Opening a new business is exciting for anyone, but it takes on a whole new level of joy and relief when you have been waiting as long as Lars and Kera Birkeland, owners of Mountain Green Kids Club.
The process originally began in October 2011, so the couple is elated to finally be opening their doors.  

June 3, 2013

Oftentimes in debate the heart of the matter is lost in spurious details.  But occasionally the key issue becomes obviously clear.  Such a moment occurred at the Morgan County School Board meeting last month.  The proposed Voted Local Levy, a new property tax increase to fund the school budget, was the topic of discussion.  

Dear Editor, 

June 3, 2013

Ken Adams, the current Morgan County School District superintendent, will retire from his post in June.

Ken Adams, the current Morgan County School District superintendent, will retire from his post in June.  

June 3, 2013

Morgan Baseball will soon say “good bye” to its group of senior leaders.  This group of seven immensely talented players has provided leadership on and off the field.  Here is a look at each player’s post-high school plans.

Morgan Baseball will soon say “good bye” to its group of senior leaders.  This group of seven immensely talented players has provided leadership on and off the field.  Here is a look at each player’s post-high school plans.
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June 3, 2013

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.
Jim Bledsoe, a four-year county resident who plans to vote against the levy, acted as moderator.  The panelists included the following four residents, who are all planning to vote against the levy: Brent Anderson, local businessman; John Barber, who operated Barber Brothers Ford for 14 years; Kera Birkeland, small business owner; Joe McFarland, father of four children who have gone through Morgan schools.
Panelist Tina Cannon, a tax professional and mother of four, said she is undecided on how she will vote on June 25’s ballot.  Panelist Jennie Earl, a 10-year resident with a master’s degree in elementary education, did not want to comment on if she was pro- or anti-levy.

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

April 29, 2013

Building permits are on the upswing according to a quarterly review of the county planning and building department.

Building permits are on the upswing according to a quarterly review of the county planning and building department.
“We are looking at a record-breaking year in building permits this year,” said Charlie Ewert, county planning and building department services department director.

April 29, 2013

The Morgan County Council voted to approve a text amendment that would allow the Morgan County Planning and Building Department services to clear five inactive applications from their books.

The Morgan County Council voted to approve a text amendment that would allow the Morgan County Planning and Building Department services to clear five inactive applications from their books.
The amendment would allow staff to procedurally deny applications after six months of inactivity.  

April 26, 2013

Many different opinions were aired at the last community meeting hosted by the Morgan County School District discussing the voted local levy. The April 18 meeting was held at Morgan Elementary School and was one of the last of the 18 meetings the district scheduled to disseminate information regarding the levy that will be on the June 25 ballot.

Many different opinions were aired at the last community meeting hosted by the Morgan County School District discussing the voted local levy. The April 18 meeting was held at Morgan Elementary School and was one of the last of the 18 meetings the district scheduled to disseminate information regarding the levy that will be on the June 25 ballot.

April 20, 2013

 
Cheridyn Prochnow, daughter of Brian and Cheryl Prochnow, has been chosen as Morgan High School’s General Sterling Scholar.  Cheridyn has contributed to the high school by participating in choir, FBLA, DECA, and Academic Olympiad.  She has been a member of the Troyette Drill Team and the cheer squad, currently holding the position of Cheer Team Co-Captain, and has served as Freshman Class Vice President and the Interact Service Club Public Relations officer.  Her favorite class in high school has been chemistry because it has so many real-life applications.  She loves participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and four-wheeling; doing jigsaw puzzles; people watching; and doing unexpected things.  She is proud of being voted “the person you want to be stranded on an island with”.  Cheridyn’s most memorable high school experience was, without a doubt, skydiving!  Cheridyn will be attending Utah State University and majoring in biological engineering. 

Cheridyn Prochnow ~ General
 

April 20, 2013

 
Natasha Andersen, daughter of Lance and Janel Andersen, has been selected as Morgan High School’s English Sterling Scholar.  Natasha has loved taking art, choir, English, and creative writing classes because they allow her to express herself.  She loves reading and writing, drawing and painting, and participating in choir, soccer, and track.  Natasha has been involved as a member of FBLA, National Honor Society, choir, Academic Decathlon, Academic Olympiad, and the soccer and track teams.  She currently serves as the Interact Service Club President, an NHS president, an Ovation! choir section leader, and a Seminary Council member.  Natasha is proud of her accomplishments of being selected as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, getting a 36 on each section of the ACT, and being selected for Academic All-State in girls’ soccer.  Natasha plans to attend either Brigham Young University or Utah State University in the fall and major in English. 

Natasha Andersen ~ English
 

April 20, 2013

Browning Outlet is  first on a list of 50 things to do in Morgan on the new website gomorgan.org, put together by the Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Morgan City and Morgan County. 

Browning Outlet is  first on a list of 50 things to do in Morgan on the new website gomorgan.org, put together by the Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Morgan City and Morgan County. 

April 20, 2013

There exists a very generous group of individuals who donate to a program at Weber State University. This program is known as TAPT (Teachers Assisted Path to Teaching). 

There exists a very generous group of individuals who donate to a program at Weber State University. This program is known as TAPT (Teachers Assisted Path to Teaching). 

April 20, 2013

Government officials from both agencies seem to agree that future economic development of both Morgan City and Morgan County is best trusted in Matthew Godfrey’s hands.  

Government officials from both agencies seem to agree that future economic development of both Morgan City and Morgan County is best trusted in Matthew Godfrey’s hands.  

April 20, 2013

The Morgan School District brought in consultants to inform them how to get their tax levy approved.  They are certainly following the plan developed and strongly advised by Rich County and that is to bombard and propagandize the public with “it is all for the students, the students will suffer and be deprived unless we have more money.” Even one of our school board members has stated that the district may have to declare “bankruptcy” unless the levy is passed.  It appears to me that the district has learned very well from our present national political organizations and that perhaps even Obama could  probably pick up a few pointers from the school district and the school board.

The Morgan School District brought in consultants to inform them how to get their tax levy approved.  They are certainly following the plan developed and strongly advised by Rich County and that is to bombard and propagandize the public with “it is all for the students, the students will suffer and be deprived unless we h

April 20, 2013

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

April 20, 2013

The purpose of Operation Graduation is to keep our graduates safe and in a positive environment where they can celebrate with their graduating class the night of graduation.  Preparation for this year’s Operation Graduation began in July of 2012. Operation Graduation sponsors a food booth at the Morgan County Fair.  Seniors and their parents work at the booth to raise money for the Operation Graduation Celebration that will be held the night of graduation.  

The purpose of Operation Graduation is to keep our graduates safe and in a positive environment where they can celebrate with their graduating class the night of graduation.  Preparation for this year’s Operation Graduation began in July of 2012.

April 20, 2013

It was standing room only Tuesday when the Morgan City Planning Commission unanimously denied a conditional use permit for a residential group home.  More than 90 residents crowded the council chambers, where Alpha Counseling and Treatment presented plans for a group home for “disabled youth suffering from autism, Asperger’s syndrome and similar challenges” at 535 Derrick Circle.

It was standing room only Tuesday when the Morgan City Planning Commission unanimously denied a conditional use permit for a residential group home.  More than 90 residents crowded the council chambers, where Alpha Counseling and Treatment presented plans for a group home for “disabled youth suffering from autism, Asperger’s s

April 20, 2013

Commercial Street has experienced a recent boom in businesses opening their doors.  The newest addition is Traders Apparel.

Commercial Street has experienced a recent boom in businesses opening their doors.  The newest addition is Traders Apparel.

April 20, 2013

Traders Apparel will hold a grand opening for their new store in Morgan on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 12 pm.  The store is located at 117 North Commercial Street. 

Traders Apparel will hold a grand opening for their new store in Morgan on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 12 pm.  The store is located at 117 North Commercial Street. 

April 20, 2013

Morgan County School Board members, teachers and residents are talking about a website created by Morgan community members that voices opposition to the voted leeway that will come before voters on June 25.

Morgan County School Board members, teachers and residents are talking about a website created by Morgan community members that voices opposition to the voted leeway that will come before voters on June 25.

April 20, 2013

Opening day of the new Wildflower Outdoor store on Old Highway Road brought a healthy stream of shoppers to the new store dedicated to fulfilling women’s outdoor needs.  

Opening day of the new Wildflower Outdoor store on Old Highway Road brought a healthy stream of shoppers to the new store dedicated to fulfilling women’s outdoor needs.  

April 15, 2013

Taylor Preslar, son of Mark and Vinda Preslar, is Morgan High School’s Business Sterling Scholar.  Preslar has been involved as a member of Academic Olympiad, Academic Decathlon and the debate team.  He has also served in leadership positions including National Honor Society vice president, debate president, FBLA officer, Valley United soccer captain and cross country team captain.  Last year he attended Boys’ State, a camp that involves students in simulated government processes.  

Taylor Preslar, son of Mark and Vinda Preslar, is Morgan High School’s Business Sterling Scholar.  Preslar has been involved as a member of Academic Olympiad, Academic Decathlon and the debate team.  He has also served in leadership positions including National Honor Society vice president, debate president, FBLA officer, Valley United soccer captain

April 15, 2013

The Morgan County Council is voicing their opinions on development plans dubbed the Mountain Green Village.

The Morgan County Council is voicing their opinions on development plans dubbed the Mountain Green Village.

April 15, 2013

The fourth quarter started this week for all schools within the Morgan County School District on the traditional quarter system.  Fourth quarter at Morgan Elementary School is often our busiest time for learning.  Along with end-of-level state core tests and the final academic push for the school year, many exciting learning activities dominate our calendar.  The following is a sample from just the past four school days!

The fourth quarter started this week for all schools within the Morgan County School District on the traditional quarter system.  Fourth quarter at Morgan Elementary School is often our busiest time for learning.  Along with end-of-level state core tests and the final academic push for the school year, many exciting learning activities dominate our calendar

April 15, 2013

Morgan Valley Crafts hosted a grand opening last weekend welcoming the public to its creative shop, located right here in Morgan.  Refreshments were served which only diverted attention for a moment from the crafts which fared to be a bigger temptation for the great turnout of shoppers.  

Morgan Valley Crafts hosted a grand opening last weekend welcoming the public to its creative shop, located right here in Morgan.  Refreshments were served which only diverted attention for a moment from the crafts which fared to be a bigger temptation for the great turnout of shoppers.  

March 25, 2013

At the base of our famous “M” hillside sits one of the best power sports dealerships around.  Born of a family’s passion for outdoor recreation and snowmobiling, Morgan Valley Polaris offers true family-style service.

At the base of our famous “M” hillside sits one of the best power sports dealerships around.  Born of a family’s passion for outdoor recreation and snowmobiling, Morgan Valley Polaris offers true family-style service.

March 25, 2013

In an effort to help provide relief from the devastating aftermath of the Sandy Hurricane, Mackenzie Cannon initiated a fundraiser called “$ents for Sandy.” Her goal was to make a meaningful contribution through the Red Cross to help rebuild lives shattered by this natural disaster.  

By Alayna Gunn
 

March 25, 2013

 
How much will come out of residents’ pockets if the voted leeway passes in June?  School district officials are revealing the amounts as they prepare for upcoming informational meetings with the public.

How much will come out of residents’ pockets if the voted leeway passes in June?  School district officials are revealing the amounts as they prepare for upcoming informational meetings with the public.

March 25, 2013

David Farley Carrigan was born in Ogden, Utah on July 12, 1924, to James William Carrigan and Rachel Farley. He was raised on a ranch in Peterson, Utah, the only child of his parents.

David Farley Carrigan was born in Ogden, Utah on July 12, 1924, to James William Carrigan and Rachel Farley. He was raised on a ranch in Peterson, Utah, the only child of his parents.

March 15, 2013

Last Friday, Morgan Elementary students participated in an assembly featuring the wildly popular young adult fiction series of Michael Vey written by bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. 

Last Friday, Morgan Elementary students participated in an assembly featuring the wildly popular young adult fiction series of Michael Vey written by bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. 

March 15, 2013

In close-knit communities, the announcement of a new arrival is common knowledge in just a few days. 

In close-knit communities, the announcement of a new arrival is common knowledge in just a few days. 

March 15, 2013

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. The Morgan School District will again be honoring past educators and employees of the district and their families at MHS commencement exercises and are looking for nominations.  Since 2008, 12 outstanding individuals have been honored for their service to the community in years past. Their names have been added to the stunning Trojan monument located just outside the MHS office. Their contributions and legacy should not be forgotten or go unappreciated. We are excited to recognize excellence from the past in the Morgan School District and look forward to the names of this year’s recipients to be included on the beautiful Trojan monument.

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back.

March 15, 2013

Alice Geneive Adams Preece, age 75, passed away early Saturday morning March 9, 2013, after a valiant battle fighting frontal temporal dementia.

Alice Geneive Adams Preece, age 75, passed away early Saturday morning March 9, 2013, after a valiant battle fighting frontal temporal dementia.

March 15, 2013

We help students get excited about science through an after-school program that teaches students to think for themselves and to solve problems in science.  The students do a variety of activities from November to March. We prepare students in various categories so that we can compete against other schools throughout the state. March has been a great month for all students interested in science. We have just attended our first Regional Science Olympiad at Westminster College. Our second regional will be held on March 23rd at Weber State University and State will be in April at the U of U. Any students in the middle school are able to participate.

We help students get excited about science through an after-school program that teaches students to think for themselves and to solve problems in science.  The students do a variety of activities from November to March. We prepare students in various categories so that we can compete against other schools throughout the state.

March 15, 2013

When you live in a close-knit community like Morgan County, it is easy to run under the assumption that nothing bad ever happens here.  However, victims of domestic abuse in this county know the unfortunate truth behind the facade.

When you live in a close-knit community like Morgan County, it is easy to run under the assumption that nothing bad ever happens here.  However, victims of domestic abuse in this county know the unfortunate truth behind the facade.

March 3, 2013

Morgan City is taking the next step to locate a hotel in its boundaries by writing a letter of intent to enter into a development agreement with Scott Somerville, president of Renascent Hospitality.

Morgan City is taking the next step to locate a hotel in its boundaries by writing a letter of intent to enter into a development agreement with Scott Somerville, president of Renascent Hospitality.
“The city is supportive of the project,” said Shelly Betz, Morgan City councilwoman.

March 3, 2013

At the advice of the Utah School Boards Association, the Morgan County School Board passed a new employee personal firearms policy.

At the advice of the Utah School Boards Association, the Morgan County School Board passed a new employee personal firearms policy.

March 3, 2013

Barbara W Hortin, age 83, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on February 22, 2013.  She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to LeRoy Wilson and Amy Seelos Wilson.  They later divorced and Amy married Toby Shaw and they moved to Coalville.  Mom married Hal Hortin and they had five children.  Mom worked at various jobs throughout her life.   

Barbara W Hortin, age 83, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on February 22, 2013.  She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to LeRoy Wilson and Amy Seelos Wilson.  They later divorced and Amy married Toby Shaw and they moved to Coalville.  Mom married Hal Hortin and they had five children.  Mom worked at various jobs throughout her life

February 28, 2013

Once again, 1st Bank of Morgan is teaming up with the Earn It, Keep It, Save It Coalition (EIKISI) for Davis and Morgan Counties to provide IRS-approved tax preparation for low-income families and individuals.  EIKISI is a statewide coalition building partnerships to strengthen family financial stability. 

Once again, 1st Bank of Morgan is teaming up with the Earn It, Keep It, Save It Coalition (EIKISI) for Davis and Morgan Counties to provide IRS-approved tax preparation for low-income families and individuals.  EIKISI is a statewide coalition building partnerships to strengthen family financial stability. 

February 23, 2013

 
“If Morgan School District is having financial challenges, why did the Board of Education build the Trojan Century Center and transportation facility?”

Construction of the Trojan 
Question:
“If Morgan School District is having financial challenges, why did the Board of Education build the Trojan Century Center and transportation facility?”

February 23, 2013

Goldenwest Federal Credit Union recently released financial results for 2012.

Goldenwest Federal Credit Union recently released financial results for 2012.

February 23, 2013

Tara Hammer is now a teacher at Morgan Elementary School. Almost 21 years ago, she was Morgan High School senior Tara Wilkinson, featured in the Morgan County News as “Youth in the Work Force.”  

Tara Hammer is now a teacher at Morgan Elementary School. Almost 21 years ago, she was Morgan High School senior Tara Wilkinson, featured in the Morgan County News as “Youth in the Work Force.”  

February 21, 2013

When Morgan City and Morgan County came together last week to discuss the future of the ambulance department, fire protection, recreation department and 4th of July celebration, the debate centered on the effectiveness of interlocal agreements as well as the moral and legal ramifications of those agreements.

When Morgan City and Morgan County came together last week to discuss the future of the ambulance department, fire protection, recreation department and 4th of July celebration, the debate centered on the effectiveness of interlocal agreements as well as the moral and legal ramifications of those agreements.

February 16, 2013

Morgan County Board of Education members Jody Hipwell, Neil Carrigan, and Ken Durrant take the oath of office in ceremonies held at the district office on Jan. 8, 2013.  All three were re-elected to their posts and will serve four year terms.

Morgan County Board of Education members Jody Hipwell, Neil Carrigan, and Ken Durrant take the oath of office in ceremonies held at the district office on Jan. 8, 2013.  All three were re-elected to their posts and will serve four year terms.

February 16, 2013

Kassidee Dunford is the latest addition to Browning’s pro staff program and a joy to work with according to Scott Grange, director of public relations and shooting promotions for Browning.

Kassidee Dunford is the latest addition to Browning’s pro staff program and a joy to work with according to Scott Grange, director of public relations and shooting promotions for Browning.

February 16, 2013

Seventeen years ago a teaching job brought Doug and Jane Curfew to Morgan. Since then, they have had the opportunity to serve many Morgan children. Doug, a fifth grade teacher at Morgan Elementary, plays a very influential role in the lives of these young children as they begin to make the transition from elementary to middle school. He really enjoys the students he teaches and they in turn enjoy him. The students especially enjoy Doug’s love of ‘80s music as they get to partake of it in the classroom.

Seventeen years ago a teaching job brought Doug and Jane Curfew to Morgan. Since then, they have had the opportunity to serve many Morgan children. Doug, a fifth grade teacher at Morgan Elementary, plays a very influential role in the lives of these young children as they begin to make the transition from elementary to middle school.

February 16, 2013

For newly appointed Morgan County Councilman Austin Turner, three times is the charm.

For newly appointed Morgan County Councilman Austin Turner, three times is the charm.

February 16, 2013

As resolutions are beingAs resolutions are being made for the new year, home ownership and better money management are often at the top of the list.  Debbie Leonard, one of Morgan City’s newest real estate brokers, hopes to assist residents in achieving some of those goals.

 
As resolutions are beingAs resolutions are being made for the new year, home ownership and better money management are often at the top of the list.  Debbie Leonard, one of Morgan City’s newest real estate brokers, hopes to assist residents in achieving some of those goals.

February 16, 2013

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and friend, Bert Wilkinson, 83, passed away January 10, 2013, in Morgan, Utah, from complications of dementia.  He was born on February 28, 1929, in Peterson, Utah, to John and Alice Myrtle Wood Wilkinson.

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and friend, Bert Wilkinson, 83, passed away January 10, 2013, in Morgan, Utah, from complications of dementia.  He was born on February 28, 1929, in Peterson, Utah, to John and Alice Myrtle Wood Wilkinson.

February 16, 2013

Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce that it has launched its 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program.

Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce that it has launched its 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program.

January 5, 2013

Morgan City’s consultant is progressing on bringing a hotel to Morgan and is now concentrating on financing arrangements and which hotel chain best suits the area.

Morgan City’s consultant is progressing on bringing a hotel to Morgan and is now concentrating on financing arrangements and which hotel chain best suits the area.

January 4, 2013

Auditors gave Morgan City a clean bill of financial health during the fiscal year 2012 financial report.

Auditors gave Morgan City a clean bill of financial health during the fiscal year 2012 financial report.
Tax revenues increased $30,000 and sales tax increased $50,000 compared to the prior year.

January 4, 2013

Despite rumors, the county is not likely to add a municipal services fund line item to its general fund any time soon.

Despite rumors, the county is not likely to add a municipal services fund line item to its general fund any time soon.

January 4, 2013

Over the last several months, residents of Morgan County have become increasingly interested in concealed weapons permits.  Months before the recent rampage in Connecticut and other terrible scenes, local citizens started the process to legally carry a gun.  

Over the last several months, residents of Morgan County have become increasingly interested in concealed weapons permits.  Months before the recent rampage in Connecticut and other terrible scenes, local citizens started the process to legally carry a gun.  

January 4, 2013

James Wilson Francis (Jim) quietly left this earthly life on Thursday, Dec. 27 surrounded by his loving family.  As one poet said, “As when a lordly cedar, green with bough, goes down with a great shout upon the hill, and leaves a lonesome place against the sky.”  So it will be with Jim. We will all sorely miss him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Ogden, Utah on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1949, to Homer Wilson Francis and Marie Rich Francis. He was raised and educated in Morgan and graduated from Morgan High School where he was involved in the sports programs, especially football.

James Wilson Francis (Jim) quietly left this earthly life on Thursday, Dec. 27 surrounded by his loving family.  As one poet said, “As when a lordly cedar, green with bough, goes down with a great shout upon the hill, and leaves a lonesome place against the sky.”  So it will be with Jim. We will all sorely miss him.

January 4, 2013

John Carr Lofgreen, age 76, loving, generous, and accommodating husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, returned to his Heavenly Father December 25, 2012, at his home in Morgan, Utah from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. 

John Carr Lofgreen, age 76, loving, generous, and accommodating husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, returned to his Heavenly Father December 25, 2012, at his home in Morgan, Utah from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. 

December 24, 2012

The horrific tragedy that swept over the nation this past week with the senseless loss of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary has saddened all of our hearts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these children and to the heroic efforts of their teachers and principal who gave their own lives trying to protect them.

The horrific tragedy that swept over the nation this past week with the senseless loss of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary has saddened all of our hearts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these children and to the heroic efforts of their teachers and principal who gave their own lives trying to protect them.

December 24, 2012

In the five years Niel and Candice Ekberg have lived in Morgan, they have made a big impact in the community. Niel is a state trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol. Candice is a local EMT and a track and field coach at MHS. For each of them, getting to this point was a journey of self-discovery and pursuing meaningful paths. As their story unfolds, it is notable to observe their biography continues to evolve as the result of hard work—a testament that dreams may be accomplished through passion and perseverance.

In the five years Niel and Candice Ekberg have lived in Morgan, they have made a big impact in the community. Niel is a state trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol. Candice is a local EMT and a track and field coach at MHS. For each of them, getting to this point was a journey of self-discovery and pursuing meaningful paths.

December 24, 2012

Once again the spirit of our community has reached out to provide service and assistance to families through the annual Giving Tree project.  This annual event is directed by students and advisors in the FCCLA, FFA, and National Honor Society.  Help was also received from Morgan Middle School student officers and the PTSO’s in the elementary schools.

Once again the spirit of our community has reached out to provide service and assistance to families through the annual Giving Tree project.  This annual event is directed by students and advisors in the FCCLA, FFA, and National Honor Society.  Help was also received from Morgan Middle School student officers and the PTSO’s in the elementary schools.

December 24, 2012

A Morgan County employee since 2009 has moved up the ranks to accept a position as the new planning and development services department director.

A Morgan County employee since 2009 has moved up the ranks to accept a position as the new planning and development services department director.
Charles Ewert beat out 10 other applicants before accepting the position Nov. 26.

December 24, 2012

Connie Jean Sparks Hansen, 88, returned peacefully to Heaven on December 16, 2012, with her family at her side. 

Connie Jean Sparks Hansen, 88, returned peacefully to Heaven on December 16, 2012, with her family at her side. 

December 18, 2012

 
Alan and Betty Jan Murphy will have been married 50 years on Dec.19.

Alan and Betty Jan Murphy will have been married 50 years on Dec.19.

December 18, 2012

As one Mountain Green couple is finding out, it can be difficult getting a business license in Morgan County.

As one Mountain Green couple is finding out, it can be difficult getting a business license in Morgan County.
“The county’s intentions are great, but it is not opening businesses,” said Kera Birkeland. “I believe that in our poor economy, things need to improve in Morgan County to help small business, not hinder it.”

December 18, 2012

 
East Canyon State Park Rangers James Lowe, Elizabeth Kovacs, and Jeff Dale were presented the Challenge Coin Commendation from Hill Air Force Base Colonel Henke of the 748th SCMG/419th Squadron for saving the life of Air Force employee Craig Feasel. The rangers were presented challenge coins, received a standing ovation, and were made honorary members of the squadron.

East Canyon State Park Rangers James Lowe, Elizabeth Kovacs, and Jeff Dale were presented the Challenge Coin Commendation from Hill Air Force Base Colonel Henke of the 748th SCMG/419th Squadron for saving the life of Air Force employee Craig Feasel.

December 18, 2012

The Morgan community mourns the loss this week of a great leader, service man and friend.  Don Mathews passed away in the early hours on Friday, Nov. 23, of heart failure. Don was born in Cedar City on Nov. 8, 1953, to George Clark and Marcelene Mathews.  Later his family moved to Orem, where he attended school and graduated from Orem High. An active child, Don especially enjoyed playing soccer and was able to be the team’s goalie. He loved to snow ski in the winter and would often catch the bus to Sundance to enjoy a day out on the slopes. Don especially enjoyed listening to radio broadcaster Paul Harvey and as a child he would run home from school to hear Paul quip his famous tag line “now the rest of the story.” He was well liked as a child and quite the character. He would often be found hanging out with his brother Jeff. He loved to make his family laugh and in turn, they found enjoyment in making Don laugh so hard soda would come out of his nose. 

The Morgan community mourns the loss this week of a great leader, service man and friend.  Don Mathews passed away in the early hours on Friday, Nov. 23, of heart failure. Don was born in Cedar City on Nov. 8, 1953, to George Clark and Marcelene Mathews.  Later his family moved to Orem, where he attended school and graduated from Orem High.

December 18, 2012

David LeRoy Baugh Jr. “Roy” passed away November 29, 2012, after an 8 year battle with liver disease. Roy was born April 18, 1938, to David LeRoy and Edith Mary Amidan Baugh in Slaterville, Utah.  After living in Ogden until he was 6 years old, they moved to North Ogden where his father built an auto mechanic garage adjacent to their home which was a huge part of their lives. Roy’s father taught him how to work on cars and farm machinery and most of all taught and passed on the ‘Baugh Tidy Gene.’

David LeRoy Baugh Jr. “Roy” passed away November 29, 2012, after an 8 year battle with liver disease.

December 18, 2012

Our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend returned to his heavenly home on November 21, 2012, in St. George, Utah, following a courageous battle with bladder cancer. 

Our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend returned to his heavenly home on November 21, 2012, in St. George, Utah, following a courageous battle with bladder cancer. 

December 18, 2012

Weber Human Services representatives fear Morgan Medicaid recipients’ needs are not being met.

Weber Human Services representatives fear Morgan Medicaid recipients’ needs are not being met.

December 18, 2012

The holiday season is in full swing.  This time of year always seems like a good time to reflect on those things for which we are grateful.  The list often includes family, friends, employment, and freedom.  I would like to add to that list; I am grateful for the staff at the Utah Driver License Division.

 
By Dixie Madsen

December 18, 2012

On Saturday Dec. 1, the Weber State Alumni Singers used their music to help Loydene Berg who lost her home to a fire in September.  The choir presented a rich experience titled “A Gift of Music” to generous audience members who started off the holiday season with an amazing concert.  The evening of music enriched those who attended.  

On Saturday Dec. 1, the Weber State Alumni Singers used their music to help Loydene Berg who lost her home to a fire in September.  The choir presented a rich experience titled “A Gift of Music” to generous audience members who started off the holiday season with an amazing concert.  The evening of music enriched those who attended.

December 18, 2012

The Young Automotive Group added a new dealership to their company with the purchase of Barber Brothers Ford, in Morgan, on Dec. 3, 2012. The new dealership will run under the name of Young Ford.

The Young Automotive Group added a new dealership to their company with the purchase of Barber Brothers Ford, in Morgan, on Dec. 3, 2012. The new dealership will run under the name of Young Ford.

December 18, 2012

Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.” 

Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.” 

November 24, 2012

Family Fun Night will be Monday, Nov. 26, at the Morgan County Library.  The event has been named, “Gift of Reading,” and will begin at 6 p.m.

Family Fun Night will be Monday, Nov. 26, at the Morgan County Library.  The event has been named, “Gift of Reading,” and will begin at 6 p.m.

November 24, 2012

On Nov. 13, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education along with the Utah State Board of Education hosted the second annual Symposium on Social Studies and Civic Education in Utah Schools.  During this event, Lydia Nuttall of Mountain Green was presented with the 2012 Community Leader in Civic and Character Education award by Lt. Governor, Greg Bell.  

On Nov. 13, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education along with the Utah State Board of Education hosted the second annual Symposium on Social Studies and Civic Education in Utah Schools.  During this event, Lydia Nuttall of Mountain Green was presented with the 2012 Community Leader in Civic and Character Education award by Lt. Governor, Greg Bell.

November 24, 2012

NRCS participated in the annual Environmental Immersion Day sponsored by the Fairchild Challenge, Thanksgiving Point and USU Extension.  An estimated 330 high school students from 10 schools gathered at Thanksgiving Point Gardens on Oct. 3 to gain some hands-on experience in various science disciplines dealing with the environment.  The Fairchild Challenge began in 2002 to foster interest in the environment by encouraging students to appreciate and value the beauty of nature, develop critical-thinking skills, and to understand the need for biodiversity and conservation.

NRCS participated in the annual Environmental Immersion Day sponsored by the Fairchild Challenge, Thanksgiving Point and USU Extension.  An estimated 330 high school students from 10 schools gathered at Thanksgiving Point Gardens on Oct.

November 24, 2012

Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mountain Green Kids Club had their first open house.  This will be Morgan County’s only state licensed child care center. 

Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mountain Green Kids Club had their first open house.  This will be Morgan County’s only state licensed child care center. 

November 23, 2012

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”
~ Sir Matthew Barrie 
 

November 23, 2012

Carolyn and Kent Kolan are long term residents of Mountain Green. They built their home in Monte Verde in 1971.  Carolyn is originally from Heber City and graduated from Wasatch High School.  Kent was born and raised in Lehi and graduated from Lehi High School.  They met attending a junior college in Provo, now known as Utah Valley University.  “We didn’t really like each other when we first met, but with a lot of pressure from a mutual friend, we started dating the fall of 1965,” Carolyn said.  Those dates resulted in their marriage September 1966.

Carolyn and Kent Kolan are long term residents of Mountain Green.

November 23, 2012

Next Tuesday, Nov. 6 we will have the privilege of casting our vote for the next President of the United States of America.   For our government to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People we must exercise our right to vote!

Dear Editor:
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6 we will have the privilege of casting our vote for the next President of the United States of America.   For our government to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People we must exercise our right to vote!

November 23, 2012

The last issue of TMCN reported that the Cottonwoods subdivision developer had requested incremental tax funding for a reservoir that he/they want to develop in conjunction with his North Side Creek subdivision.  Incremental tax is the tax difference between the undeveloped land (the bare lot) and the property after it has been developed (i.e., in this case after homes have been built on the lots).

Dear Editor:

November 23, 2012

We have had an enjoyable and exciting fall season!   On Saturday, Sept. 15,  basketball regionals were held at the Clearfield Aquatic and Fitness Center.  We had eight athletes compete in basketball skills and they all did a great job.   Swimming regionals were held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Utah State University.

We have had an enjoyable and exciting fall season!   On Saturday, Sept. 15,  basketball regionals were held at the Clearfield Aquatic and Fitness Center.  We had eight athletes compete in basketball skills and they all did a great job.   Swimming regionals were held on Saturday, Sept.

November 23, 2012

If you like Wood Creations, you are going to love the newest store on Commercial Street: Morgan Valley Crafts.  For some time now, many Morgan City Council meetings have been focused on revitalizing Commercial Street and we are starting to see the success of their hard work.

If you like Wood Creations, you are going to love the newest store on Commercial Street: Morgan Valley Crafts.  For some time now, many Morgan City Council meetings have been focused on revitalizing Commercial Street and we are starting to see the success of their hard work.

November 23, 2012

We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to education, that saying is absolutely true.

We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to education, that saying is absolutely true.

November 23, 2012

On Thursday Oct. 26, Morgan High School staged an event to help educate and remind our community about our history, rights, and freedoms related to government.  Morgan County resident Lydia Nuttall worked with our local government to bring this event to our community to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of America’s Constitution.    The Ellis Island program presented history from our founding fathers as well as from the famous Island that welcomed millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954. 

On Thursday Oct.

November 20, 2012

In the hustle and chaos of our daily lives, it is easy to have tunnel vision and focus either on everyday tasks or on the little negative things that can sometimes overwhelm our days.  So in this issue, I’d like to focus more on a couple of really positive activities that have happened recently at Morgan High School: our “Anti-bullying” and “Think Pink” events.  First, I must admit that young people continue to amaze me in their generosity and willingness to stand for their convictions.

In the hustle and chaos of our daily lives, it is easy to have tunnel vision and focus either on everyday tasks or on the little negative things that can sometimes overwhelm our days.  So in this issue, I’d like to focus more on a couple of really positive activities that have happened recently at Morgan High School: our “Anti-bullying” and “Think Pink&rd

November 20, 2012

After a Utah State basketball game Rob Colvin met Suzanne Udy for the first time. Rob who is from North Ogden, and Suzanne who is from Salt Lake City (a Skyline High School graduate), were both enrolled in the university. Rob knew he had met someone special and was immediately interested in getting to know her better. However, he didn’t have a scrap of paper or a pen with him to jot down her information.  Being the creative person that he is, Rob used an aluminum foil gum wrapper in his pocket to scratch down her phone number. It took two tries to make the phone call but fortunately he was able to find the right combination of numbers. 

After a Utah State basketball game Rob Colvin met Suzanne Udy for the first time. Rob who is from North Ogden, and Suzanne who is from Salt Lake City (a Skyline High School graduate), were both enrolled in the university. Rob knew he had met someone special and was immediately interested in getting to know her better.

November 20, 2012

Friends and family of Morgan Elementary students fell into fun at the fall festival.   The rain didn’t keep the crowds away from the party set up in the school’s gym, cafeteria and hallway.  Over 300 children and adults attended the fall festival making it a huge success.   

Friends and family of Morgan Elementary students fell into fun at the fall festival.   The rain didn’t keep the crowds away from the party set up in the school’s gym, cafeteria and hallway.  Over 300 children and adults attended the fall festival making it a huge success.   

November 20, 2012

According to organizers, the Morgan County Fair this year was one of the best attended in as long as a decade.

According to organizers, the Morgan County Fair this year was one of the best attended in as long as a decade.
“The fair went well this year,” said Fair President Kris Krammer.  “We had a huge, huge attendance.”

November 20, 2012

Loydene Berg and her son, PJ, lost their home to an electrical fire last month on Sept. 4.  The home was a complete loss.  This included her Yamaha Grand Piano which had a lot of sentiment attached to it from her late father and her husband Peter, who was murdered 12 years ago at Chevy’s Restaurant in Salt Lake City.  The home was also not insured at the time of the fire, due to a suspension in the insurance coverage until a rain gutter was replaced. The work had been done, but had not been reinstated before the fire destroyed the home.

Loydene Berg and her son, PJ, lost their home to an electrical fire last month on Sept.

November 10, 2012

George and Gwen Francis of Morgan will be honored for their 60th wedding anniversary by their children on Saturday Oct 27, with an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Field Street Church, 240 S. 300 W. in Morgan. The celebration will also be in honor of his 80th birthday. Family and friends are welcome. 

George and Gwen Francis of Morgan will be honored for their 60th wedding anniversary by their children on Saturday Oct 27, with an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Field Street Church, 240 S. 300 W. in Morgan. The celebration will also be in honor of his 80th birthday. Family and friends are welcome. 

November 10, 2012

The holidays are filled with fun and tradition wherever you go, but very few communities have such a wide array of things you can participate in for free.   The city, local businesses and community members all pitch in to make sure that there are plenty of holiday memories made right here at home.

The holidays are filled with fun and tradition wherever you go, but very few communities have such a wide array of things you can participate in for free.   The city, local businesses and community members all pitch in to make sure that there are plenty of holiday memories made right here at home.

November 10, 2012

Bios of candidates

County Council District #3 - Robert Kilmer
1.  You are involved in an unopposed race.  What do you think of running unopposed?
I would always prefer that the people have a choice when it comes to electing our government leaders.

November 10, 2012

Rachel and Greg Denning are creating an unconventional life for themselves and their five children: they travel almost constantly, live independently (no 9-5 job) and do humanitarian projects.  No, they are not retired. They are a young family that decided one day to live their dream—and they made it happen.

Rachel and Greg Denning are creating an unconventional life for themselves and their five children: they travel almost constantly, live independently (no 9-5 job) and do humanitarian projects.  No, they are not retired. They are a young family that decided one day to live their dream—and they made it happen.

November 10, 2012

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

November 3, 2012

After hiring a facilities director, the council unanimously voted to combine five departments and eliminate three supervisor positions.

After hiring a facilities director, the council unanimously voted to combine five departments and eliminate three supervisor positions.

November 3, 2012

The Sons of Utah Pioneers held their monthly dinner meeting featuring speaker Sheila Wilkinson along with her husband Mark Wilkinson.  Sheila presented a brief history of Devil’s Slide.  With Sheila’s bubbly personality, her presentation was very pleasant as well as informative.  

The Sons of Utah Pioneers held their monthly dinner meeting featuring speaker Sheila Wilkinson along with her husband Mark Wilkinson.  Sheila presented a brief history of Devil’s Slide.  With Sheila’s bubbly personality, her presentation was very pleasant as well as informative.  

October 22, 2012

Mike Waite is the newest full-time Morgan County employee, accepting the newly created county facilities manager position.  When the job description was created in June, the Morgan County Council envisioned the position would oversee the county’s parks, road, weed, fairgrounds, and building and grounds departments.

October 11, 2012

In the middle of real estate negotiations with the Morgan County School District, Morgan County officials said they were wrongly cut off.

 
In the middle of real estate negotiations with the Morgan County School District, Morgan County officials said they were wrongly cut off.

October 11, 2012

Tired of a yard full of standing water, residents are waiting to see if a local ditch company’s promises will be kept.

Tired of a yard full of standing water, residents are waiting to see if a local ditch company’s promises will be kept.

October 11, 2012

Dialogue and debate about what Morgan was, what Morgan is and what Morgan will be is nearly constant and of upmost importance to all of us who call Morgan home. For those reasons there are continual discussions with school board, county and city governments, and Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC), including more extensive and detailed surveys and community forums such as Envision Morgan (EM).

Dear Editor:

October 11, 2012

OnTimeBus helps parents and students keep track of regular bus rides to and from school, as well as extracurricular rides that take place throughout the day.  With little effort, children can track where the bus is and how soon it will be at their stop.  This can decrease morning tension and help ensure the children make it on time to their bus stop with minimal waiting.  This means different things to different people.  

OnTimeBus helps parents and students keep track of regular bus rides to and from school, as well as extracurricular rides that take place throughout the day.  With little effort, children can track where the bus is and how soon it will be at their stop.  This can decrease morning tension and help ensure the children make it on time to their bus stop with mi

October 10, 2012

Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend left this life unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.  Charles Scott “Chuck” Carpenter was born in Salt Lake City, UT, on Sept. 27, 1963 to Douglas Howard and Mary Anna Woodland Carpenter, the third of seven children. 

Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend left this life unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.  Charles Scott “Chuck” Carpenter was born in Salt Lake City, UT, on Sept. 27, 1963 to Douglas Howard and Mary Anna Woodland Carpenter, the third of seven children. 

October 10, 2012

Austin Manning is a happy little boy.  His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning.  On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.  

Austin Manning is a happy little boy.  His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning.  On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.  

October 10, 2012

After a successful first year hosting a women’s biking event in Morgan County, Wildflower Pedalfest organizers donated proceeds to the county’s food bank and Sub for Santa funds with promises for additional donations in years to come.  However, talk of future biking events stirred some controversy in a recent Morgan County Council meeting.

After a successful first year hosting a women’s biking event in Morgan County, Wildflower Pedalfest organizers donated proceeds to the county’s food bank and Sub for Santa funds with promises for additional donations in years to come.  However, talk of future biking events stirred some controversy in a recent Morgan County Council meeting.

October 4, 2012

The Morgan County Council has agreed with moving forward on hiring someone to help with the county’s economic development goals.
"We have difficulties in the county," Councilman Lyle Nelson said. "We are hailed as the county that is difficult to do business in, or get a business started in. I have heard horror stories of those that gave up trying."
He said the answer to turning that around is to hire at least a part-time economic development director or consultant.
"We need someone on our side that can actively recruit," Nelson said. "We need to put some money into someone here consistently that answers the phone."

 
 
 
The Morgan County Council has agreed with moving forward on hiring someone to help with the county’s economic development goals.

October 4, 2012

The Morgan County Council has agreed to purchase the former bus garage on State Street from the Morgan County School District for an undisclosed amount to be paid over a three-year period.
The facility will be used as storage for various county equipment including sheriff department and emergency vehicles. Presently, a majority of such equipment, valued at several hundred thousand dollars, is stored outside and subject to weather deterioration.
Chairwoman Tina Kelley cast one of two opposing votes, saying the county had other financial priorities such as replacing a boiler for the county building.

The Morgan County Council has agreed to purchase the former bus garage on State Street from the Morgan County School District for an undisclosed amount to be paid over a three-year period.

October 4, 2012

Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.
One such vendor is Davis Produce. Davis Produce offers a variety of fresh grown produce from their greenhouse. Tina Davis, owner, is glad to be back for another year and says she enjoys the people of Morgan.
Handcrafted and homemade items from Carol Marshall included parchment crafted book markers designed with calligraphy ink and paint on a type of paper known as velum. Marshall has done this craft for over 10 years and she enjoys it the most. Recently retired, she found herself not content. To broaden her interests, she discovered craft books and learned how to make bracelets and earrings.

Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.

October 4, 2012
Morgan, Mountain Green firefighters join forces with outside crews to battle blaze

Just after noon on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012, Austin Larson was working at the rock pit in Mountain Green when he heard an unusual noise across the street that got his attention. When he confirmed there was smoke he quickly went to the Mountain Green fire Station, where he works as a volunteer fire fighter. Larson retrieved the fire engine and made his way back the short distance to the home to find that the fire was already fully evolved. By this time calls were coming in from a postal worker who was in the area, a 1st Bank employee from the bank next to the house, and others who viewed the smoke and flames.
As the house burned firefighters from surrounding areas were called in including two trucks from Weber County and a ladder truck from South Ogden. Brush trucks helped with a grass fire that spread behind 1st Bank, Mountain Green Branch. Twenty-eight fire fighters worked on the blaze before they were able to stop it around 4 p.m. The house continued to smolder until about 6 p.m. A crew remained at the scene overnight and was able to control two or three flare ups during the night, reported Dave Rich, Morgan County fire chief.

Just after noon on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012, Austin Larson was working at the rock pit in Mountain Green when he heard an unusual noise across the street that got his attention. When he confirmed there was smoke he quickly went to the Mountain Green fire Station, where he works as a volunteer fire fighter.

September 5, 2012

This year has marked the one-year anniversary of several businesses on State Street, and LiquiFaction Internet Café is one of them.  LiquiFaction first opened its doors on Aug. 29, 2011, but the grand opening was two days later.  At that time, owner, Lee Kellogg, invited all city and county employees to come in and get a free drink for the day to give him some training time.    

This year has marked the one-year anniversary of several businesses on State Street, and LiquiFaction Internet Café is one of them.  LiquiFaction first opened its doors on Aug. 29, 2011, but the grand opening was two days later.  At that time, owner, Lee Kellogg, invited all city and county employees to come in and get a free drink for the day to give him some training time.

September 5, 2012

Croydon, Utah - Holcim Devil’s Slide Plant Manager Keith Krugh and Northern Utah United Way Director Ben Johnson have teamed up with AmeriCorps to assist students in the Morgan School District with reading and math skills.  This program has the potential of bringing literally dozens of community volunteers into the Morgan and Mountain Green Elementary Schools on a regular basis.

Croydon, Utah - Holcim Devil’s Slide Plant Manager Keith Krugh and Northern Utah United Way Director Ben Johnson have teamed up with AmeriCorps to assist students in the Morgan School District with reading and math skills.  This program has the potential of bringing literally dozens of community volunteers into the Morgan and Mountain Green Elementary Schools on a regular basis.

August 29, 2012

Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle.  It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.

Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle.  It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.

August 29, 2012

Sometimes there are misconceptions about PTSO.  Courtney Gualco, the new MES PTSO president, wants everyone to know what PTSO is all about.  “We’re a support to the parents, teachers and students of our school,” Gualco explained. “We try and help make school a pleasant experience.   Any parent can participate in PTSO and there are many ways to help.”   

Sometimes there are misconceptions about PTSO.  Courtney Gualco, the new MES PTSO president, wants everyone to know what PTSO is all about.  “We’re a support to the parents, teachers and students of our school,” Gualco explained. “We try and help make school a pleasant experience.

August 25, 2012

At the entrance of Riverside Park, there is a big rock monument with “Early Morgan Pioneers” engraved at the top.  Under the engraving there is a list of some amazing people who have shaped Morgan County into what it is today.  

At the entrance of Riverside Park, there is a big rock monument with “Early Morgan Pioneers” engraved at the top.  Under the engraving there is a list of some amazing people who have shaped Morgan County into what it is today.  

August 16, 2012

Soon after parents buy the new school clothes, pack the backpacks, and pay registration fees, they will be facing another school-related expense: new taxes.  On a split 3-2 vote, the Morgan County School Board narrowly passed a tax that will increase the property tax on a $200,000 home $14.96 a year. 

Soon after parents buy the new school clothes, pack the backpacks, and pay registration fees, they will be facing another school-related expense: new taxes.  On a split 3-2 vote, the Morgan County School Board narrowly passed a tax that will increase the property tax on a $200,000 home $14.96 a year. 

August 16, 2012

Jo Ann Smith, Mountain Green resident for 45 years, moved here in 1967.  Her husband, Kent, used to say she was an Okie—not an Okie from Oklahoma—but from Oak City, Millard County, Utah.  She was born in Oak City in 1933, the first of seven children born to Allen Lovell and Virginia Lyman Lovell. She lived there until age 5.

Jo Ann Smith, Mountain Green resident for 45 years, moved here in 1967.  Her husband, Kent, used to say she was an Okie—not an Okie from Oklahoma—but from Oak City, Millard County, Utah.  She was born in Oak City in 1933, the first of seven children born to Allen Lovell and Virginia Lyman Lovell. She lived there until age 5.

August 16, 2012

In the throws of budget turmoil, the Morgan County School District is motivated to sell its old bus garage property on State Street. Superintendent Ken Adams said there has been interest in outside parties purchasing the commercial property, including renewed interest from Morgan County.  The school board went into executive session Tuesday to discuss real estate negotiations with the county.  They planned to have something in writing for the Morgan County Council to consider during their Aug. 21 meeting.

Sale of old bus garage discussed

August 16, 2012

“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life.  He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father.  When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent.  He wanted to do more to help with the cause.  Shortly after his father lost his fight to cancer, he got involved with Relay for Life through Ellen Poll.  “I relay for my dad, and that’s my relay story.” 

“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life.  He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father.  When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent.  He wanted to do more to help with the

August 13, 2012

Karly Prescott, daughter of Annette and Roger Prescott, of Morgan will travel to Cuenca, Ecuador on Aug. 9 to spend 12 weeks volunteering in orphanages. Prescott graduated in 2009 from Morgan High School and is currently majoring in Family and Consumer Development at Utah State University.

Karly Prescott, daughter of Annette and Roger Prescott, of Morgan will travel to Cuenca, Ecuador on Aug. 9 to spend 12 weeks volunteering in orphanages. Prescott graduated in 2009 from Morgan High School and is currently majoring in Family and Consumer Development at Utah State University.

August 13, 2012

Matthew Godfrey, Morgan City’s economic development consultant, is “very confident” he has found a developer who wants to build a hotel in the area.  However, Godfrey says a letter from the Morgan County Council supporting improvements along the banks of the Weber River near Como Springs and the county fairgrounds would go a long way in bringing a hotel project to fruition.

Matthew Godfrey, Morgan City’s economic development consultant, is “very confident” he has found a developer who wants to build a hotel in the area.  However, Godfrey says a letter from the Morgan County Council supporting improvements along the banks of the Weber River near Como Springs and the county fairgrounds would go a long way in bringing a hotel project to fruitio

August 13, 2012

Louis Charles Lucido, 59, passed Aug. 1, 2012. He was born Nov. 20, 1952 in Santa Monica, CA., to Stanley and Ruth Lucido. 

Louis Charles Lucido, 59, passed Aug. 1, 2012. He was born Nov. 20, 1952 in Santa Monica, CA., to Stanley and Ruth Lucido. 

August 13, 2012

On Aug. 25, 2012, the 4th annual Focus Four Run will be held in Roy at 4000 South 1900 West.  This event was established to remember John Carter, Cody Odekirk, Lydia Silva and Jeff Reppe who passed away in 2008 while traveling during a humanitarian project to Guatemala.  

On Aug. 25, 2012, the 4th annual Focus Four Run will be held in Roy at 4000 South 1900 West.  This event was established to remember John Carter, Cody Odekirk, Lydia Silva and Jeff Reppe who passed away in 2008 while traveling during a humanitarian project to Guatemala.  

August 2, 2012

Matthew Godfrey, Morgan City’s economic development consultant, is “very confident” he has found a developer who wants to build a hotel in the area.  However, Godfrey says a letter from the Morgan County Council supporting improvements along the banks of the Weber River near Como Springs and the county fairgrounds would go a long way in bringing a hotel project to fruition.

Matthew Godfrey, Morgan City’s economic development consultant, is “very confident” he has found a developer who wants to build a hotel in the area.  However, Godfrey says a letter from the Morgan County Council supporting improvements along the banks of the Weber River near Como Springs and the county fairgrounds would go a long way in bringing a hotel project to fruitio

July 30, 2012

The following is a compilation of Campus Connections I submitted to The Morgan County News in late April and early May.  Slight changes have been made based on recent board actions and budget updates since that time.  It is rather lengthy, but I would encourage you to read it in its entirety.

The following is a compilation of Campus Connections I submitted to The Morgan County News in late April and early May.  Slight changes have been made based on recent board actions and budget updates since that time.  It is rather lengthy, but I would encourage you to read it in its entirety.

July 30, 2012

Our Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up Monday, July 30, 2012. This year we have 12 young ladies registered to participate. This is a great group of young ladies that have worked hard getting ready for this contest. The public is invited to come and watch these young ladies starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan Elementary School. Each girl will present a short speech, modeling, and answer impromptu questions. The contest will then move to the Morgan County Fairgrounds at 2 p.m. where the girls will compete in the horsemanship portion. 

Our Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up Monday, July 30, 2012. This year we have 12 young ladies registered to participate. This is a great group of young ladies that have worked hard getting ready for this contest. The public is invited to come and watch these young ladies starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan Elementary School.

July 23, 2012
Obituary

Daniel Keith Edwards 78, of Morgan, Utah, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2012.   Dan was born on January 23, 1934, to Warren and Kate Edwards in Malad, Idaho.  He graduated from Malad High School in 1952, with a scholarship and a state title in football.  His plans to pursue athletics at the University of Idaho were changed after he decided the family farm needed him more.  Always the sports fan, Dan loved to golf and referee boys basketball and baseball games.  He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.

Daniel Keith Edwards 78, of Morgan, Utah, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2012.

July 23, 2012
Obituary

Our husband, dad and Grandpa left this life from causes related to dementia surrounded by his family for a bigger and better fishing trip on July 16, 2012.

Our husband, dad and Grandpa left this life from causes related to dementia surrounded by his family for a bigger and better fishing trip on July 16, 2012.
Don was born December 11, 1936 to George David Preece and Geneva Robinson in Morgan, Utah where he lived his entire life.

July 23, 2012

Local artist Kim Corpany is known all over the world for her bronze sculptures set at prominent points.  She discovered her talent for and love of art early on.  In kindergarten, she determined a picture she was assigned to color wasn’t quite right.  She drew in a different black line and then colored it in.  Her teacher scolded her for not coloring in the lines even after attempts to explain the imperfections.  Disheartened, she took the picture home.  Upon review, her mother explained Kim should keep coloring the way she thought best.  

Local artist Kim Corpany is known all over the world for her bronze sculptures set at prominent points.  She discovered her talent for and love of art early on.  In kindergarten, she determined a picture she was assigned to color wasn’t quite right.  She drew in a different black line and then colored it in.  Her teacher scolded her for not coloring in the l

July 23, 2012

After attending the grand opening celebration for the new Riverside Park splash pad, I am bursting with pride.  Many people don’t know what a huge undertaking this really was, it was a true labor of love and  the funds used for this project were raised almost entirely by the local community.  

After attending the grand opening celebration for the new Riverside Park splash pad, I am bursting with pride.  Many people don’t know what a huge undertaking this really was, it was a true labor of love and  the funds used for this project were raised almost entirely by the local community.  

July 23, 2012

Each summer we watch with grim fascination as wildfires burn across the western United States. This summer has proved to be as bad as any.  Fires in Colorado and other states have consumed both wild lands and homes with equal ferocity.  You may wonder, “What would I do if I lost my home to a fire?  Would I be prepared?”

By Matthew Ence, 
Snow Jensen & Reece

July 23, 2012

The Morgan School District’s financial situation is so complicated, it is going to take a combination of many options to solve, or even squeak by from year to year, school board members agreed.  The solution rests on raising taxes, a voted leeway, and possibly even more cuts that could directly affect the classroom.

The Morgan School District’s financial situation is so complicated, it is going to take a combination of many options to solve, or even squeak by from year to year, school board members agreed.  The solution rests on raising taxes, a voted leeway, and possibly even more cuts that could directly affect the classroom.

July 18, 2012

The cement plant in Croydon, built in 1904, has been a major part of our community for over a century.  The name has changed several times over the course of the last 100 years.  

The cement plant in Croydon, built in 1904, has been a major part of our community for over a century.  The name has changed several times over the course of the last 100 years.  

July 18, 2012

 
Promising statistics signal a housing market on the rebound, but economic headwinds are keeping markets from improving quickly, according to Harvard University’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on Thursday. “With new home inventories at record lows, unless the broader economy goes into a tailspin, stronger sales should further stabilize prices and pave the way for a pickup in single-family housing construction over the course of 2012,” said Eric S. Belsky, managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, in a news release. 

Promising statistics signal a housing market on the rebound, but economic headwinds are keeping markets from improving quickly, according to Harvard University’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on Thursday.

July 18, 2012

The county will pay to immunize employees that deal with “blood situations” against Hepatitis B. 

County to pay for employee immunizations
The county will pay to immunize employees that deal with “blood situations” against Hepatitis B. 

July 18, 2012

 Jody Hipwell currently represents District 1 on the Morgan School Board.  Hipwell has been serving on the board since August of 2011 when she replaced Earl Ericksen, who passed away.  Hipwell is a native of Ogden.  After her marriage to her husband, Carl, they spent 17 years in the Southeast United States in Arkansas and South and North Carolina.  Hipwell, who has four children, volunteered in schools in each of the communities where they lived.  

Originally printed April 27

July 18, 2012

With the help of city employees a 4’ x 14’ montage trekked from the courthouse to its new home in the Morgan County Library.   The montage was hung at its new location on Saturday, June 23, in order to provide a safe place for more people to view.  After 14 years on display at the courthouse, the Morgan Historical Society decided to bring it a little closer to their home.  The montage is now hanging inside the library in the southeast corner outside of the historical society office.  The space provides the perfect area for the work to be appreciated.  Prominently hanging high on the wall, the montage is safe from any little hands that may pass by.

With the help of city employees a 4’ x 14’ montage trekked from the courthouse to its new home in the Morgan County Library.

July 18, 2012

Morgan City is very close to completing the Splash Pad.  The final concrete pour will be today.  The water features are already in place.

Morgan City is very close to completing the Splash Pad.  The final concrete pour will be today.  The water features are already in place.

July 18, 2012

On June 18, at our Sons of the Utah Pioneers monthly dinner meeting, the guest speakers were Alan and Linda Turner.  They reported on their mission to Zimbabwe, Africa, from September 2007 to March 2009.  The challenges were many they reported, but the rewards and enjoyment they felt from serving was evident during their presentation.

On June 18, at our Sons of the Utah Pioneers monthly dinner meeting, the guest speakers were Alan and Linda Turner.  They reported on their mission to Zimbabwe, Africa, from September 2007 to March 2009.  The challenges were many they reported, but the rewards and enjoyment they felt from serving was evident during their presentation.

July 16, 2012

The fifth-annual Marie McQuiddy Daley softball tournament was held last weekend.  Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2006.  She was a strong woman with a beautiful smile and a big heart, so the community was left with a void when she lost her battle with cancer on January 16, 2007.  Marie fought hard against cancer and played hard during her softball career in high school and college.

The fifth-annual Marie McQuiddy Daley softball tournament was held last weekend.  Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2006.  She was a strong woman with a beautiful smile and a big heart, so the community was left with a void when she lost her battle with cancer on January 16, 2007.  Marie fought hard against cancer and played hard during her softball care

July 16, 2012

What’s more American than apple pie? The small town Independence Day celebration! While there were no fireworks to end the night, the celebration really popped!

What’s more American than apple pie? The small town Independence Day celebration! While there were no fireworks to end the night, the celebration really popped!

July 16, 2012

Recently a group of 13-year-old girls boarded a plane and headed for sunny Florida.  They were there to play but this was not a relaxation or sightseeing trip.  Instead the preteens worked hard and competed.  A group of seven girls from Morgan and one from Kaysville made their way to the National Volleyball Championship after winning a tournament qualifier.  

Recently a group of 13-year-old girls boarded a plane and headed for sunny Florida.  They were there to play but this was not a relaxation or sightseeing trip.  Instead the preteens worked hard and competed.  A group of seven girls from Morgan and one from Kaysville made their way to the National Volleyball Championship after winning a tournament qualifier.  

July 6, 2012

 
Frank and Suzanne Zuech celebrate their golden anniversary of 50 years on July 7 2012. 
They both grew up in the small town of Superior, Wyo. Both attending school together. It was later at college where they fell in love. They were married on July 7 1962. 

Frank and Suzanne Zuech celebrate their golden anniversary of 50 years on July 7 2012. 
They both grew up in the small town of Superior, Wyo. Both attending school together. It was later at college where they fell in love. They were married on July 7 1962. 

July 6, 2012

This last week the Queen of England celebrated 60 years on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee.  She has now served longer than any other monarch since Queen Victoria, who reined for 63 years.  Many residents of Morgan have English ancestry.

This last week the Queen of England celebrated 60 years on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee.  She has now served longer than any other monarch since Queen Victoria, who reined for 63 years.  Many residents of Morgan have English ancestry.

July 6, 2012

 
Generating Income in a Low Interest Rate Environment
If you’re getting ready to retire or are currently retired I’m sure you are well aware that we are in an environment with record low interest rates.  You have probably been to a bank or credit union and have asked them what type of investments they have that can provide you an income now that you aren’t working, I’m guessing you were a bit disappointed.

Generating Income in a Low Interest Rate Environment

July 6, 2012

 
Goldenwest Credit Union was named the 2012 Utah “Best of State” medal winner in the credit union category for the fifth consecutive year. The Utah Best of State Awards Program acknowledges excellence in a vast array of industry sectors including business, education, hospitality, retail, and technology. More than 200 specific category winners have been acknowledged in this program that is dedicated to recognizing and promoting outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Utah.

Goldenwest Credit Union was named the 2012 Utah “Best of State” medal winner in the credit union category for the fifth consecutive year. The Utah Best of State Awards Program acknowledges excellence in a vast array of industry sectors including business, education, hospitality, retail, and technology.

July 6, 2012

Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering.  They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.

 
Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering.  They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.

July 6, 2012

Although the Morgan County School Board voted to dip into pay-as-you-go funds to balance the “bare bones” budget this year, they are promising the tax payers a tax increase next year.

 
Although the Morgan County School Board voted to dip into pay-as-you-go funds to balance the “bare bones” budget this year, they are promising the tax payers a tax increase next year.

July 6, 2012

The Morgan School District is developing a new policy governing fund-raising and donations.  Not only does it put restrictions on the type of fund-raising allowed in schools, it also protects local merchants and assigns guidelines for vendors and advertisers wishing to solicit students and district employees.

The Morgan School District is developing a new policy governing fund-raising and donations.  Not only does it put restrictions on the type of fund-raising allowed in schools, it also protects local merchants and assigns guidelines for vendors and advertisers wishing to solicit students and district employees.

July 6, 2012

District employees are racked with cuts, and the school board is threatening an inevitable tax increase.  But where did things go wrong?

District employees are racked with cuts, and the school board is threatening an inevitable tax increase.  But where did things go wrong?

July 6, 2012

 
The school district is in financial trouble, enough that two top administrators are doing something drastic to save costs.
Superintendent Ken Adams announced his retirement, effective April 16, 2013.  The state retirement board has already approved the move, Adams said.

The school district is in financial trouble, enough that two top administrators are doing something drastic to save costs.
Superintendent Ken Adams announced his retirement, effective April 16, 2013.  The state retirement board has already approved the move, Adams said.

July 6, 2012

One of summer’s greatest joys is long hot days filled with a dip in the pool.  Cannon balls, splashing children calling out marco polo all bring back floods of memories to most Americans who have experienced a setting similar to this sometime in their life.  Much of our summertime activities revolve around water.  From relaxing on the shore of Pineview, or camping next to a creek in the Uintahs, most of us will come into contact with water.  With extra precaution, these activities can give us a lifetime of memories and a scrapbook full of photos.  

One of summer’s greatest joys is long hot days filled with a dip in the pool.  Cannon balls, splashing children calling out marco polo all bring back floods of memories to most Americans who have experienced a setting similar to this sometime in their life.  Much of our summertime activities revolve around water.  From relaxing on the shore of Pi

June 5, 2012

Morgan City is short at least $814,000 in taxes owed to a special improvement district by Mount Joy, LLC, a local developer now involved in bankruptcy court proceedings.  Without payment, Morgan City officials may have to cut costs or reduce services to make a $103,000 bond payment June 1.  Developer Gray Jensen said things are in the works that could help the city make the payment.

June 5, 2012

The Morgan County Council approved studying the reorganization of several departments, including the parks, road, weed, fairgrounds, and building and grounds departments.

The Morgan County Council approved studying the reorganization of several departments, including the parks, road, weed, fairgrounds, and building and grounds departments.

June 5, 2012

 World War II Veterans from Morgan County were honored in a recent Eagle Scout project completed by Trevor Slate of Milton.  Slate raised money to place markers on the graves of Norris Andrew Nelson, Sgt. Henry Burton Nelson, P.F.C. Thomas Henry Giles, Sgt. Chester R. Olsen, Seaman 2nd Class Karl Crittenden, P.F.C. Frank Jay Lacey and First Lieut. Craig Hannum.  He found it interesting that small farming communities like Milton, Richville, Porterville, Morgan City, Peterson and Mountain Green all lost so many of their sons and daughters, creating hardship on families, neighbors and the entire community.  Many veterans returned wounded and shell-shocked carrying unimaginable, horrible images for the remainder of their lives.  

June 5, 2012

 “Good people of Morgan Elementary School. We live in a great nation full of opportunity, full of optimism, full of hope”, begins JA Biztown mayor Nate Preslar. “ In recent months I believe that our freedoms and liberties have been slowly deteriorating. Unemployment is rising, the income gap is growing, and men and women march on Washington D.C. in protest. Yes, the Dow has dropped tremendously, and in Greece, Neo Nazis are gaining political power. The world and its future may appear bleak to you. Don’t give up. Coming to J.A. Biztown, you may see a town that is insignificant, that is just another fieldtrip. I on the other hand, see a town of hope, a town of prosperity, a town of promise, and a town of opportunity waiting for us. Students don’t believe the future is bleak, where others see disparity, I see opportunity. How do we harness this opportunity? We start today! I believe in America and the free market.  I believe in competition and hard work, and I believe in you! Don’t give up, there is opportunity awaiting us in life and in this town. God bless you, and God bless America!”

June 5, 2012

According to Morgan County’s new employee handbook, hourly employees cannot be forced to volunteer.  Councilman Robert Kilmer questioned if this could mean that supervisors should not ask their employees to volunteer at the annual county fair.

No pressure for county employees to volunteer

According to Morgan County’s new employee handbook, hourly employees cannot be forced to volunteer.  Councilman Robert Kilmer questioned if this could mean that supervisors should not ask their employees to volunteer at the annual county fair.

June 5, 2012

Tuesday May 15, 2012, Morgan Elementary held the third annual American Cancer Society Relay Recess.    This year’s Relay Recess was a huge success, raising over $2,800 to go toward research for a cure.  This fund raising and educational event reached every classroom and many of the families in our community.  Relay Recess gives students a sense of pride that they can accomplish something worthwhile by looking beyond themselves.

May 31, 2012

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle…If there is no struggle, there is no progress.  Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

May 31, 2012

Approximately 20 percent of Morgan County’s 4,000 addresses need fixing, contributing to a headache for dispatch and emergency service crews.

Approximately 20 percent of Morgan County’s 4,000 addresses need fixing, contributing to a headache for dispatch and emergency service crews.

May 31, 2012

Thursday May 3 marked the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Northfront Business Resource Center(NFBRC).  The back patio was full with all of the more than 50 guests and DATC administration, as well as founders, designers, builders and grant writers.  

 

Thursday May 3 marked the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Northfront Business Resource Center(NFBRC).  The back patio was full with all of the more than 50 guests and DATC administration, as well as founders, designers, builders and grant writers.  

May 12, 2012

The Utah Republican Party nominating convention was held on April 21.  US House representative Rob Bishop who represents the Morgan area sailed through the convention and secured the nomination as candidate for US House District 1.  He garnered more than 80% of the vote.  Well over the 60% needed.  Senator Hatch did not fare as well.

The Utah Republican Party nominating convention was held on April 21.  US House representative Rob Bishop who represents the Morgan area sailed through the convention and secured the nomination as candidate for US House District 1.  He garnered more than 80% of the vote.  Well over the 60% needed.  Senator Hatch did not fare as well.

May 12, 2012

The Morgan Chamber of Commerce met on Thursday, April 26.  The presentation focused on the services of the NorthFront Business Recourse Center whose grand opening was yesterday.  Steve Cloward from the DATC NorthFront BRC spoke to the chamber and presented the opportunities for Morgan businesses offered by the center.

The Morgan Chamber of Commerce met on Thursday, April 26.  The presentation focused on the services of the NorthFront Business Recourse Center whose grand opening was yesterday.  Steve Cloward from the DATC NorthFront BRC spoke to the chamber and presented the opportunities for Morgan businesses offered by the center.

May 12, 2012

“The whole thing with hot rodding is using original parts” said hot rod maker, Earl Steen from Morgan.

“The whole thing with hot rodding is using original parts” said hot rod maker, Earl Steen from Morgan.

Rat rod, in today’s terminology for yesteryear’s hot rod or a cow patty on wheels, using new parts instead of original. 

May 12, 2012

Jodi Hipwell currently represents district 1 on the Morgan School Board.  Hipwell has been serving on the board since August of 2011 when she replaced Earl Ericksen who passed away.  Hipwell had previously run against Ericksen in the election.  Hipwell is running in the race with the most candidates in the county.  She will face two opponents in a primary on June 26.  The two other candidates for the School Board in District 1 are Tina Cannon and Lydia Nuttall.  The two candidates with the most votes in the primary will continue on to the general election in November.  

May 12, 2012

On Tues. May 1, The Morgan Elementary School had visitors from The White House, even Senator Mike Lee and some of his office staff Larry Shepherd, and Boyd Matheson. They talked with Mr. Wolfe and presented him a gift for the school, of a flag that has flown over the United States Capitol on behalf of the students and faculty of the Morgan Schools. “Senator Lee was kind enough to surprise us and present the school with the flag that was flown over the capital,” said Mr. Wolfe. 

May 12, 2012

Just when it seems that only negative headlines prevail, business corruption is increasing and a ‘survival of the fittes’t mindset seems the reality of the world, Salt Lake City RIGS brings the refreshing and sometimes surprising hope that perhaps we are getting some things right after all. 

Just when it seems that only negative headlines prevail, business corruption is increasing and a ‘survival of the fittes’t mindset seems the reality of the world, Salt Lake City RIGS brings the refreshing and sometimes surprising hope that perhaps we are getting some things right after all. 

May 12, 2012

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.  

May 5, 2012

Morgan School District (MSD) employees had an opportunity this year to be involved in a new wellness program. A wellness committee was formed last year before school started to decide how to motivate the employees to incorporate healthy habits into their life. The committee decided to adopt a similar program developed by the Wasatch School District. The name of the program is “Seven Steps in Seven Months: Healthier Habits = Healthier You”.  The goal of the committee for this year was to unite and encourage the employees of Morgan School District to improve overall health and wellness.

By MMS PE teacher & Director of Wellness Program

April 28, 2012

Barbara Anderson has been at the heart of the Weber State University Morgan Center since the office opened in the summer of 2001.  She has seen incredible growth in the classes and services offered during the time she has been director. She is retiring from her position as the Director of the WSU Morgan Center and as an employee of Weber State University this spring after 11 years.  Pam Carter will be the new director of the center.

April 28, 2012

Tyler Kippen, son of Bryan and Rachael Kippen, was chosen as Morgan High School’s 2011-2012 Science Sterling Scholar! Tyler scored a perfect 36 on the science section of the ACT. 

Tyler Kippen, son of Bryan and Rachael Kippen, was chosen as Morgan High School’s 2011-2012 Science Sterling Scholar! Tyler scored a perfect 36 on the science section of the ACT. 

April 21, 2012

The new transportation facility open house and dedication will be held Tuesday, April 10 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at 94 South Commercial Street.  The open house will run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with tours being given by members of the transportation department.  The dedication will begin at 6 p.m. and will be conducted by the Board of Education.

The new transportation facility open house and dedication will be held Tuesday, April 10 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at 94 South Commercial Street.  The open house will run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with tours being given by members of the transportation department.  The dedication will begin at 6 p.m. and will be conducted by the Board of Education.

April 21, 2012

Lindsey Newton, daughter of Mark and Joan Newton, was chosen as this year’s Family and Consumer Sciences Sterling Scholar! Lindsey received silver at the region and state FCCLA competitions this year in the Chapter Showcase Manual Star Event. 

Lindsey Newton, daughter of Mark and Joan Newton, was chosen as this year’s Family and Consumer Sciences Sterling Scholar! Lindsey received silver at the region and state FCCLA competitions this year in the Chapter Showcase Manual Star Event. 

April 14, 2012

Russ and Natalie Tibitts met while they were both attending Ricks College.  They went on a date set up through mutual friends and while Natalie had a mission planned when she met him, six months later they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1993.  She graduated in Interior design and then was granted a scholarship to BYU.  Russ worked on Generals at Ricks, his Bachelor at BYU graduating in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, and then finished up at University of Utah for his Masters.  In case you wonder, he cheers for the Cougars but doesn’t forget he also graduated from the U of U. Russ currently works as a seminary teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is serving as the Bishop of his ward.  Natalie stays at home ‘to keep control over the chaos.’

April 14, 2012

Recently, the Dots and Doodles Preschool has open their doors to a second location, 185 North Commerical Street, in Morgan City.

Recently, the Dots and Doodles Preschool has open their doors to a second location, 185 North Commerical Street, in Morgan City.

March 31, 2012

Do you have plans for Memorial Day weekend? If you don’t, then you’re in luck. And if you do, you may want to reconsider spending some time at one of northern Utah’s most spectacular community events.

 

Do you have plans for Memorial Day weekend? If you don’t, then you’re in luck. And if you do, you may want to reconsider spending some time at one of northern Utah’s most spectacular community events.

March 17, 2012

Madison Sunday, daughter of Steve and Karen Sunday, was chosen as this year’s Social Science Sterling Scholar! Madison founded the Morgan Youth Service Interact Club, which works closely with the national Rotary Club, her junior year and attended Girls’ State, run by the American Legion Auxiliary, at Southern Utah University last summer. 

Madison Sunday, daughter of Steve and Karen Sunday, was chosen as this year’s Social Science Sterling Scholar! Madison founded the Morgan Youth Service Interact Club, which works closely with the national Rotary Club, her junior year and attended Girls’ State, run by the American Legion Auxiliary, at Southern Utah University last summer. 

March 17, 2012

William and Beverly Dahlquist will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 14, 2012.  They were married in Morgan on March 14, 1962.  They have resided in Morgan for 47 of those 50 years.  They have been actively involved in the local community.  Many residents visited the Dahlquist home each year for Bill to prepare their income taxes.  Bev delivered newspapers for 14 years in the County; and they owned and operated “Buzzys” and “The Country Café” on Commercial Street until its closing.  

March 17, 2012

Mark and Heidi packed their bags and moved to Morgan in October 2007 after searching for a house for their growing family.  They had searched for the right house to fit their family on a budget after Heidi quit her job to raise her children.  Mark’s boss told him they needed to visit Morgan during a bad inversion.   They took his advice and as they came through the canyon to the clear skies of Morgan they felt like they could breathe again.  They soon fell in love with our little town.

March 17, 2012

A mark of progress and care for our U.S. Soldiers and Veterans again came to light as the official dedication of the Salt Lake Fisher House opened its doors Feb. 29 for the public to view in the ribbon cutting ceremony for this new facility. The Fisher House will be a huge benefit to any military and their family who have to travel a distance from the 5 states the VA hospital encompasses. (Including Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, and Idaho).

March 17, 2012

Privacy issues are in the news nearly every week.  Whether it is Google changing its policies, or new legislation restricting the use of personal information.  Privacy legislation is often the bane of genealogical research, however, and it is also often more public relations than good public policy.

Privacy issues are in the news nearly every week.  Whether it is Google changing its policies, or new legislation restricting the use of personal information.  Privacy legislation is often the bane of genealogical research, however, and it is also often more public relations than good public policy.

March 17, 2012

Who doesn’t love birthdays?  Okay, maybe for some of us having a birthday is about more mourning than celebrating, but that’s for another article, or is it?  I’ll keep writing and if you keep reading we’ll find out together!  Why write about birthdays now?  February is an amazing month for birthdays, both presidential and preeminent people from the past, present and hopefully the future!  When you get the chance look up famous birthdays in February; it’s quite a lengthy and notable list.  That’s not to say you have to have been born in February to be fantastic.  It’s not the calendar, or the candles that determines your calling, it’s your heart.  

 

February 18, 2012

Words to live by: When in Bob and Rozann’s home you may read an inspirational thought or two such as: “Glance backward....Look heavenward....Reach outward.....Press onward....” by Thomas S. Monson, President of the LDS Church.

Words to live by: When in Bob and Rozann’s home you may read an inspirational thought or two such as: “Glance backward....Look heavenward....Reach outward.....Press onward....” by Thomas S. Monson, President of the LDS Church.

February 18, 2012

Words to live by: When in Bob and Rozann’s home you may read an inspirational thought or two such as: “Glance backward....Look heavenward....Reach outward.....Press onward....” by Thomas S. Monson, President of the LDS Church.

Words to live by: When in Bob and Rozann’s home you may read an inspirational thought or two such as: “Glance backward....Look heavenward....Reach outward.....Press onward....” by Thomas S. Monson, President of the LDS Church.

February 18, 2012

Bonnie June Davis Malan passed away quietly at her home on Febrary 7, 2012, after a valiant fight with liver cancer.  She was born to Rulon R. and Polly Viola Rhoghaar Davis on June 3, 1931, in Ogden, UT.  Polly passed away three years later, and Bonnie was raised by an aunt and uncle,  Gladys and Reed Wight, in Ogden.  

Bonnie June Davis Malan passed away quietly at her home on Febrary 7, 2012, after a valiant fight with liver cancer.  She was born to Rulon R. and Polly Viola Rhoghaar Davis on June 3, 1931, in Ogden, UT.  Polly passed away three years later, and Bonnie was raised by an aunt and uncle,  Gladys and Reed Wight, in Ogden.  

February 18, 2012

 

Shirley was raised in Farmington and Kaysville by her parents, Albert and Virginia Udy Epperson. She attended Davis High School until her family moved to Morgan, where they owned and operated the Morgan County News and the Summit County Bee. After graduating from Morgan High School, Shirley attended the University of Utah where she majored in journalism and lived in the Alpha Phi Sorority House. Shirley had beautiful red hair and a personality to match. In 1954, she was crowned as Salt Lake City’s Miss Flame, a beauty pageant held exclusively for redheads. 

November 6, 1934 - February 8, 2012

“There is more, much more, to being a redhead than the color of one’s hair.”

February 18, 2012

Mrs. Smith is new to Mountain Green Elementary School this year. She teaches first grade and really enjoys it! Her favorite thing about teaching is the kids with their enthusiasm and bright comments. Mrs. Smith believes her job is definitely the most entertaining one out there. 

Mrs. Smith is new to Mountain Green Elementary School this year. She teaches first grade and really enjoys it! Her favorite thing about teaching is the kids with their enthusiasm and bright comments. Mrs. Smith believes her job is definitely the most entertaining one out there. 

February 4, 2012

CarDell and Joan Mortensen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 3rd• They were married in the Morgan Stake Center by Raymond Larsen, and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

 

CarDell and Joan Mortensen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 3rd• They were married in the Morgan Stake Center by Raymond Larsen, and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

February 4, 2012

After 27 years of service as a gas station and a social hang out for locals, Hinds Quick stop has changed ownership.  Hinds Quick stop has been going strong for 27 years and recently sold to the new owners Tony and Wendy Jarrett from Denver Colorado. “This is a welcome change,” Jarret said. The Jarret’s have relatives in Utah and wanted to come back to raise their 5 kids.  Tony Jarret will keep the name of Hinds Quick stop, as he wants to stay as close to the original Hinds Quick stop traditions as possible.  The garage bays and store will still be in existence and some of the Hinds will still work at the store. They will also try to keep the same days, with possible longer hours open.

February 4, 2012

The Chamber of Commerce has been working extremely hard for the past year in getting an Economic Development plan in place to best assist businesses in Morgan.

The Chamber of Commerce has been working extremely hard for the past year in getting an Economic Development plan in place to best assist businesses in Morgan.

February 4, 2012

The National Honor Society at Morgan High School is putting on an Operation Smile fundraiser again this year! It will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 after the boys’ basketball game against Bear River at the high school from 8:30-11:30. 

The National Honor Society at Morgan High School is putting on an Operation Smile fundraiser again this year! It will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 after the boys’ basketball game against Bear River at the high school from 8:30-11:30. 

February 4, 2012

There has been questions about business licenses in Morgan City. Is it difficult? What is required for a business license?

There has been questions about business licenses in Morgan City. Is it difficult? What is required for a business license?

Every business varies from services and items sold, the location of the prospective business also plays a factor, in the what needs to be done to set-up business in Morgan City.

January 16, 2012

Morgan City under Mayor Egbert’s leadership have set more positive goals in Morgan for 2012.  With a new year underway, Mayor Egbert and the city council is not one minute short of setting a standard of excellence and hope for progress in Morgan.

Morgan City under Mayor Egbert’s leadership have set more positive goals in Morgan for 2012.  With a new year underway, Mayor Egbert and the city council is not one minute short of setting a standard of excellence and hope for progress in Morgan.

January 16, 2012

 

Council Business:

Member Kilmer reported that the recreation board is working with City Council member Ray Little to install safety netting at the ball parks.  

Council Business:

Member Kilmer reported that the recreation board is working with City Council member Ray Little to install safety netting at the ball parks.  

January 16, 2012

Ford Motor Company’s 2011-2012 commitment includes substantial support of National FFA events, and $1,000 collegiate scholarships for hundreds of FFA members; Ford, with local dealers such as Barber Brothers Ford, has awarded 6,590 scholarships since 1997.

Ford Motor Company’s 2011-2012 commitment includes substantial support of National FFA events, and $1,000 collegiate scholarships for hundreds of FFA members; Ford, with local dealers such as Barber Brothers Ford, has awarded 6,590 scholarships since 1997.

January 16, 2012

In January 1862 An act of the Utah Territorial Legislative Assembly established/defined the boundary of Morgan County.  Morgan County was blessed with an abundance of natural resources.  The acreage also became an essential piece of real estate for services making their route to the west coast.   These included the telegraph, railroad and future utilities that would eventually traverse Weber Canyon.  

January 16, 2012

On Monday January 9, The Morgan County News received a visit from Emily Bennion who is the Press Secretary to Senator Lee, stationed in Washington D.C. 

On Monday January 9, The Morgan County News received a visit from Emily Bennion who is the Press Secretary to Senator Lee, stationed in Washington D.C. 

December 29, 2011

On Dec. 13, 2011 Barber Brothers Ford cut a check to Morgan High School in the amount of $3250, from the Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program. 

On Dec. 13, 2011 Barber Brothers Ford cut a check to Morgan High School in the amount of $3250, from the Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program. 

December 29, 2011

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

December 29, 2011

Wanda and Jim Judy moved to Morgan Dec 1, 1977 and, one year later to the day, moved into their current home.  Wanda and Jim  have five children: Tiffany Hogge, Brant Judy, Keri Lyn Barr, Joelle Taylor, and Jessica Terry. And they currently have thirteen grandchildren.

 

December 29, 2011
December 29, 2011

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.  

December 29, 2011

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.

December 29, 2011

The other day I overheard some grumbling Grinches say how glad they were that Christmas only came once a year.  I think their cold hearts were standing to close to the warm Christmas Spirit from passing shoppers.  I listened at length to so many others who were hustling and bustling that day.  One spoke of how they weren’t sure if they’d ever get the house clean enough for visiting family members, or how long it was going to take to make all the goodies.  It sounded like they were hoping it would all be over soon so they could go back to relaxing.  As if being afraid to say Merry Christmas, or substituting X-mas for Christmas, wasn’t bad enough.  Are we going to start spelling Christmas, C-h-a-o-s?  

 

December 10, 2011

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.  

 

December 10, 2011

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.  

 

December 2, 2011

Last week, after reports to the administration of potential inappropriate behavior, the school administration placed a part-time employee on administrative leave, pending results of criminal investigation by the sheriff’s office. The administration then engaged an independent review by a third party to ensure that their actions were appropriate and legal.

 

November 19, 2011

Keith and Shirley Storey Celebrated their 60th Anniversary at a Family Dinner and a night on the town in Salt Lake City where they started their journey together 60 years ago this year.

 

Keith and Shirley Storey Celebrated their 60th Anniversary at a Family Dinner and a night on the town in Salt Lake City where they started their journey together 60 years ago this year.

November 19, 2011

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

 

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

Board and Administration

November 19, 2011

George and Carol Lancaster were both born in 1947, no more than one city away from each other; George was born in Murray, Carol in Salt Lake.  George was raised in Crescent, attended and graduated from Jordan High School while Carol attended three different high schools, Olympus, Hillcrest, and graduated from Cyprus; her family moved around to different areas of Salt Lake.  It was in the ninth grade when they finally met each other.  George sat behind her in Social Studies class. Carol and George had become such good friends that as Carol was moving around, George was always making sure he found her so they could keep in touch.  Over the course of four or five years these two occasionally dated, corresponded by letters back and forth and developed a very close relationship.  This close relationship, in fact, later resulted in marriage in the year 1966. 

 

November 19, 2011

 

With a unanimous vote the county council determined to stop work on a new animal control building for the county.  This represents a complete reversal from earlier this year when the only opposition to the building was from Councilmember Ned Mecham.  Mecham has voted against the building each time a vote has come before the council.  He has repeatedly stated that during the difficult economic climate in which the county finds itself that the time is not right to construct this building. 

 

November 19, 2011

Nearly everyone will have heard of Wikipedia.  It began as a project and a software product.  The concept was that an encyclopedia could be created online in a collaborative fashion.  Wikipedia grew out of an online encyclopedia written by experts, but community content rapidly outpaced the expert contributions.  In the first year only 20,000 entries were created.  Wikipedia now boasts more than 3.6 million articles.  Studies of accuracy have been done and place Wikipedia at an accuracy rate comparable to expert authored encyclopedias.  It is the best case, worldwide, of community collaboration creating wide content, high quality content at a very low cost.

 

November 19, 2011

The new sixth grade teacher at Morgan Middle School this year is Mrs. Ball. Mrs. Ball attended high school in Arizona and then graduated from Northern Arizona University where she studied nursing and microbiology. Once her youngest child started kindergarten, she went back to school and received her teaching degree from Southern Utah University. Mrs. Ball taught eighth grade in Cedar City before she came to Morgan. She was given the opportunity to teach sixth grade here and she loves it. She is very glad to continue teaching middle school. Mrs. Ball very much enjoys being with her students. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing  the understanding in her students’ eyes. The satisfying feeling of helping the students learn is what she takes the most pleasure in. 

 

November 19, 2011

Last week I wrote about remembering to forget.  This week is about not forgetting to remember.  Veteran’s Day has passed for another year, but that doesn’t mean we stop honoring those who gave and give their lives in the service of our country and any other country seeking true freedom.  They are heroes and their sacrifices and service deserve more than any medal could symbolize.  They should be honored every day we are free to wake up and live our lives.

 

November 7, 2011

This edition marks the one hundredth issue published since Anne and I purchased The Morgan County News in November of 2009.  It has been an interesting, educational, and enjoyable ride.

Running a local newspaper in a town with only a small number of businesses is challenging.  For many years the newspaper has been on the edge of survival.  Since 1923 it has been a labor of love for the publishers who have owned the newspaper.

This edition marks the one hundredth issue published since Anne and I purchased The Morgan County News in November of 2009.  It has been an interesting, educational, and enjoyable ride.

November 7, 2011

Tony London has served on the Morgan City council for fourteen years.  He grew up in Morgan County, in Croydon.  After he married, in 1979, he moved to Morgan City.  He has three children and two grandchildren.  He works at Holcim as the plant terminal manager.  His responsibility there is for shipping product to their customers.  

 

November 7, 2011

Our sweet mom passed away October 26, 2011 at the Family Tree Assisted Living in Morgan. She was born October 5, 1924, to Juston Peter and Isabell Robinson Allred in Osgood, Idaho. She grew up in Osgood, graduating from Ammon High School in Idaho Falls.  After graduation, her family moved to Utah, settling in Liberty where she met her husband, Vernon J. Shaw.  They were married October 24, 1943, in Harrisville and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

 

November 7, 2011

As most have noticed by now, the former Jubilees has gone through some changes over the past few months as Ridley’s Family Market has now purchased Jubilee.  

 

As most have noticed by now, the former Jubilees has gone through some changes over the past few months as Ridley’s Family Market has now purchased Jubilee.  

November 1, 2011

Garth Day appeared before Judge Dee Benson on Tuesday for sentencing.  Judge Benson first invited Day’s attorney to speak.  Day’s attorney, Brad Smith spoke and requested that the court deviate from the recommended sentence.  He asserted that when Day came to him on August 27 of 2010 he was a “broken man…He had in effect sold his self respect and honor for money…I have watched him take difficult steps to restore his honor,” said Smith.  Smith asserted that Day had come forward voluntarily once he felt that discovery was imminent, but that he had revealed the full nature of his crimes beyond what was going to be immediately discovered, including a bank loan and a letter of credit of which the county was not yet aware.  

 

November 1, 2011

 

“Zanadu, which means the idyllic place,” explained co-owner, Amy Dickson, she found the name in a dictionary online.

When looking online Zanadu isn’t listed but Xanadu is, this rhymes with Zanadu and definition is an idyllic, exotic, luxurious place. Also found Zanadoo is a website, which has “private offers” on shoes, clothing, and various accessories but is not affiliated with the store.

 

“Zanadu, which means the idyllic place,” explained co-owner, Amy Dickson, she found the name in a dictionary online.

October 25, 2011

We are fortunate to live and work in a community where there is no shortage of parental and overall community support for our schools. An example of this type of support occurs in each school through their community councils. In 1999, the Utah legislature established the School Land Trust Program and with it School Community Councils (SCC). 

 

We are fortunate to live and work in a community where there is no shortage of parental and overall community support for our schools. An example of this type of support occurs in each school through their community councils. In 1999, the Utah legislature established the School Land Trust Program and with it School Community Councils (SCC). 

October 25, 2011

 

Roots Hair Salon will celebrate their grand re-opening on Sat. Oct. 29, 2011. 

Roots was started three years ago by long time Morgan resident, Janica Ricettes.

 

Roots Hair Salon will celebrate their grand re-opening on Sat. Oct. 29, 2011. 

Roots was started three years ago by long time Morgan resident, Janica Ricettes.

October 25, 2011

Jeff Wardell was appointed to the Morgan City Council on July 28, 2009 to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Dave Larsen after he moved to Mountain Green.  Wardell is a lifetime resident of Morgan.  He was born here and went to school here.  He married his high school sweetheart from Morgan and raised three daughters here.  He has deep roots in the community and a love for the City and County.  Wardell says, “It’s peaceful.  I love driving up to Morgan from the mouth of the canyon every evening … it’s beautiful.”

 

October 25, 2011

Mr. Mills is our new choral director at Morgan Middle School and Morgan High School this year. At the middle school he teaches Mixed Choir and Advanced Choir and at the high school he directs Concert Choir, Millennial Choir, and Ovation!, the school’s chamber choir. Mr. Mills graduated from Cottonwood High School and went on to graduate from the University of Utah. His fun, happy personality fits right in with his students and when asked why he chose to teach choir he replied, “Because I’ll never grow up.” He loves spending time with the kids at school. Mr. Mills is a fabulous pianist and a wonderful asset to the schools’ choral program. 

 

October 17, 2011

Bessie Woodward Monson was reunited with her eternal sweetheart on Sunday, October 9, 2011, 18 days  before her 90th birthday.  She was  born  October 27, 1921 in Lewiston, Utah, to James Leon Woodward and Saphrona Purnell Woodward. 

 

Bessie Woodward Monson was reunited with her eternal sweetheart on Sunday, October 9, 2011, 18 days  before her 90th birthday.  She was  born  October 27, 1921 in Lewiston, Utah, to James Leon Woodward and Saphrona Purnell Woodward. 

October 10, 2011

 

Morgan Elementary held its first ever Grandparent’s Day. Grandparents from all over came to enjoy lunch, have their pictures taken and just spend time with their grandchildren. If you were to walk into the lunch room during this time, you would see nothing but smiles from ear to ear! It was an enjoyable day for everyone. Thanks “Grandparents” for spending the day with us!

 

October 6, 2011

Holcim Cement Plant in Crodyon began Tuesday with its typical routine.  Employees were crossing the plant with their usual responsibilities, and drivers were picking up loads of cement to transport to various destinations.  As employees and customers moved about their normal routine, one truck was not expected.  

 

October 6, 2011

Recently Holcim’s Devil’s Slide cement plant was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s esteemed Energy Star.  This is the fourth Consecutive year our hometown plant has been given this award.

 

September 22, 2011

Many are familiar with the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Similarly, Buddha taught, “…people may live in a community but it is not one of real fellowship until they know each other and have sympathy for one another.”  

 

Many are familiar with the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Similarly, Buddha taught, “…people may live in a community but it is not one of real fellowship until they know each other and have sympathy for one another.”  

September 15, 2011

The county received a report on 2010 finances from their independent auditor.  The auditor reviewed the county’s revenue and expenditures and provided comment on controls and policies in the county government.  The provided comment on the status of the theft from Morgan County by the former council administrator, Garth Day.

 

September 15, 2011

The times we live in are stressful, no doubt about it. We each carry heavy burdens that seem to get heavier each day.  Some are too difficult to ignore, or escape from.  Losing a loved one, failing a test, bad news at the Doctor’s office, Bullies, Illness, Broken hearts, the list goes on.  Sometimes the unexpected accident or crazy experience is more than we can bear.  Some stresses weigh more than others, and it seems like each week we become weaker.  We’re not only running faster than we have strength, we feel like we’re running in the wrong direction!  We desperately desire even a piece of peace, but seem to find only tiny crumbs of comfort.  How then shall we go on?  Where shall we go to renew our strength and restore our courage to keep pressing forward even in the very depths of our adversities?

 

September 13, 2011

Children begging to go to school?

Elementary students of all grade levels enjoyed the PTSO’s annual carnival. While the purpose of this event is to raise money for the PTSO, it has become a community event that is highly anticipated by many of the county’s shorter citizens. Teachers announced the affair in their classrooms and encouraged the students to come and bring their families. Posters hung throughout the school to broadcast the upcoming carnival. These strategies brought great results. Several hundred individuals came together to eat pizza, get their faces and nails painted and throw footballs.
Angie Farr attended with her kids for the 3rd year in a row. “The kids love it and it’s fun to support the school,” Angie said as she waited with her children in line for the ring toss. Each child had their favorite game but her son Milton’s preferred game was the donut eating competition . This was a challenge where the participants had to eat little donuts off of a table without their hands. This was one of the favorite games at the carnival.

Children begging to go to school?

September 12, 2011

Bailey Jo Pfannerstill moved to Morgan from Salt Lake County. She lived in Riverton and Herriman before moving to Croydon four years ago. She has a passion for writing stories, drawing pictures, and watching football with her family and friends, and learning in general. During her spare time she can be found working on stories, reading books, studying for college, playing a few video games, listening to music, drawing or spending time with her family. Her family raises Pomeranians and she has shown them in the AKC Jr. Dog Show Handling competitions, where she won 10th place in the nation. Bailey isn’t your average girl. She likes to hunt, fish, go four-wheeling, watch and play football, play golf, and most things outdoors. Her favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers (Go Pack Go!). She plans to go to college for Journalism and would like to write a series one day. She loves her internship at The Morgan County News where she will write about the football games and other things along the way, and hopes to excel in it.

August 25, 2011

As school begins each year students are usually filled with excitement and enthusiasm to meet new friends and learn new things.  Just the anticipation of a new class and seeing their old friends provides motivation to come to school during the first few weeks.  Regrettably, after a few weeks some students begin to feel that regular attendance to school is not important.  Sadly, but not usually intentionally, some parents also feel that missing a few days of school is not that important.

 

August 18, 2011

What brings people together?  It is typically an event centered on competition, or celebration, or charity, or remembering, or accomplishment.   American Cancer Society Relay for Life is one event that touches on all of these appeals to bring communities, families and individuals together.   Relay for Life is now in its 10th year in Morgan, and has earned its place on many people’s calendar as a tradition for many reasons.  

 

August 15, 2011

Morgan County has a new member of the school board, Jodi Hipwell.  Hipwell is a native of Ogden.  After her marriage to her husband, Carl, they spent seventeen years in the Southeast United States in Arkansas and South and North Carolina.  Hipwell, who has four children, volunteered in schools in each community where  they lived.  “I have seen some of the best schools in the country and I have seen some of the worst schools in the country,” says Hipwell.  She continues, “That gives me a little bit of insight into different types of school systems.”  Her two youngest children both attend Morgan High School presently.

 

August 4, 2011

Often the past has a way of sounding better than it was.  Recently, some have lamented that the good old days of education were better than today.  I suggest that we investigate the good old days of education, and you be the judge.

 

August 4, 2011

 

The Morgan Education Foundation’s 3rd annual golf tournament was held at Round Valley Golf Course on Tuesday, August 2nd. Thirty-one teams and twenty sponsors came together in the morning to help raise funds supporting education in Morgan.

The Morgan Education Foundation was established in 2007 in order to unite the community in the support of our public schools’ student success. One of the primary purposes of  the foundation is to provide teacher, student, and scholarship grants. $3,500 was raised by the tournament last year to go towards these purposes, and they are expecting even better results this year. 

 

August 4, 2011

The 1st Morgan Valley Marathon, half marathon and 5K has come and gone.  With  650 runners, many volunteers, great sponsors and wonderful community support- this race was a huge success.  The Biggest Little Marathon in Utah has definitely made its mark!   All the comments from the runners were positive and encouraging. “Very organized, especially for a first race”  “The best Aid Stations and volunteers ever!”  “Beautiful, amazing course”  “Great medals, shirts and bags”  “Fun Prizes”  “We’ll run this race every year”  were just a few of the comments made.  

 

July 28, 2011

Rock Springs, WY - Keli Jo Hardy-Shook, 50, passed away July 23, 2011 at the Salt Lake City Regional Medical Center. She died from a sudden illness. Keli was born April 22, 1961 in Ogden, Utah to Val Dean and Carol Lee Hardy. She was a graduate of the Morgan High School class of 1979 and soon after met the love of her life, Dale Shook. Her and Dale wed on August 2, 1980 and moved to Wyoming following Dale’s work. Their daughter was born in 1984 where they became “three together forever”. They lived in Lyman and Evanston and later moved to Rock Springs where Keli worked various jobs until she earned her Associates Degree from Western Wyoming Community College. With that degree she began her career in office management and administrative assistance. These jobs included working at the local college, hospital, Schlumberger, and most recently IPS. Keli was a hard worker and valued her jobs and the people she worked with. During her time off she loved to be in the comfort of her home with her husband and her three Airedale Terriers. She loved her dogs as if they were her children. Keli was involved with the local Humane Society and helped any and all Airedales get rescued even if that meant she transported them to their new home across state lines. Keli also enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.

 

July 28, 2011

Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up on Monday August 1,2011. This is the 100th anniversary of the Morgan County Fair, a special year indeed. Young ladies from around the county have been getting ready to compete for the chance to win one of the royalty positions. The girls are divided into groups according to age/grade in school. The judges will conduct private interviews with each contestant at 9:00am. The public is invited to attend the contest at 10:30 am at Morgan Elementary School. Each girl will present a short speech, modeling, and answer impromptu questions. The contest will then move to the Morgan County Fairgrounds at 2:00pm where the girls will compete in the horsemanship portion. 

 

July 28, 2011

Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up on Monday August 1,2011. This is the 100th anniversary of the Morgan County Fair, a special year indeed. Young ladies from around the county have been getting ready to compete for the chance to win one of the royalty positions. The girls are divided into groups according to age/grade in school. The judges will conduct private interviews with each contestant at 9:00am. The public is invited to attend the contest at 10:30 am at Morgan Elementary School. Each girl will present a short speech, modeling, and answer impromptu questions. The contest will then move to the Morgan County Fairgrounds at 2:00pm where the girls will compete in the horsemanship portion. 

 

July 28, 2011

“Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health… [blending] red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.”

 

July 21, 2011

I have a few comments about the front page article about the Morgan County School District Transportation Department being over budget.  We know the main reason for this cost overage is due to fuel cost for an ever growing school system.  The school district is concerned with the future needs of a new school or even two new schools and remodeling cost.  They don’t have the money.  The school district talks about increasing school fees for students.  This school fee idea will only create a few thousand dollars which is nowhere close to the amount necessary to keep up with the cost of education.   I applaud the school district for not asking for a new Morgan County School District Office and Administration building.  They are working out of a small office in front of the Morgan Elementary School.  Good for them.  

 

July 21, 2011

The Morgan County Sheriff’s office would like residents to be aware of a scam that is taking place in the community.  Residents have been contacted by an individual who claims that they have a family member who is trapped in Mexico.

 

July 19, 2011

United States research is interesting.  It can be some of the most challenging research that can be undertaken.  Even up to the present the United States does not have a federal registry for births and marriages.  The social security death index is probably the closest thing we have to a national death index.

 

July 19, 2011

On Saturday July 23rd twenty-nine cowboys and cowgirls from every county in the state of Utah will take center stage at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo to be honored for their outstanding contribution to the preservation of Utah’s cowboy culture today and for future generations.  The individual selected from Morgan County is Rodney Haslam.

 

July 19, 2011

Jeanine Eileen Baker Gruber, 66, passed away July 9th, 2011 from complications due to Aplastic Anemia.  She was born Sept. 7, 1944 in Long Beach, Ca.  Jeanine was loved by all of her 8 children, 21 grandchildren and 14 Great grandchildren.

 

July 19, 2011

The Morgan County School Board struggled on Tuesday night to find a solution to a shortfall of more than $100,000 in transportation funds caused by the increase in fuel costs.  The largest challenge is the overruns caused by picking children up for school and dropping them off.  A secondary issue is the number and length of trips taken by activity organizations (sports, band, choir, etc) and field trips at the elementary and middle school.

 

July 7, 2011

he county council has been negotiating with the developers of Rollins Ranch for many months.  The owners of lots in the subdivision are caught in the middle of this ongoing problem of an unfinished subdivision that has not been accepted by the county, but has homes that have been constructed.  

 

July 7, 2011

 

-MORGAN- John Paul Swanger- beloved son, brother, uncle and friend passed away June 29, 2011 at his home in Morgan, Utah.

He was born May 17, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Arthur John and Merle Blackburn Swanger. He graduated from South High School. After some vocational training he went to work at Hill Air Force Base where he was employed for over 36 years.

 

-MORGAN- John Paul Swanger- beloved son, brother, uncle and friend passed away June 29, 2011 at his home in Morgan, Utah.

June 30, 2011

 

Public Hearing Opening and Adjusting the Current Year Budget

John Lynn – Lynn asked a question about the city’s shortfall vs revenues that had previously been reported.  The council confirmed that they had made adjustments to cover the shortfall.

 

Public Hearing Opening and Adjusting the Current Year Budget

June 30, 2011

It was a somber atmosphere in the courtroom as Garth Day entered with his attorney, Amy Hugie.  As U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba read each one of the six charges aloud to him, Day responded with a weak and barely audible whisper.  With each charge presented to the defendant, the judge confirmed that Day understood it and also , understood that the government is required to prove their case against him beyond a reasonable doubt.  Day was also informed that if he changed his plea to guilty, he would waive his rights to a trial and therefore relieve the government from having to prove their case.  In each case Day responded in the affirmative.

 

June 16, 2011

Commencement of construction on the highly anticipated Trojan Century Center was celebrated Tuesday afternoon by members of the school district and individuals from the construction firm. Joey Skinner, president of the School Board, kicked off the ceremony by thanking all those who donated their time and money to make this project a reality. He shared his thoughts, expressing, “It’s humbling to see the type of community we live in. Everyone feels the benefit of these things for our children.”  Members of the Morgan Board of Education then broke ground on the new facility. Each grasped a golden shovel and turned the first mounds of earth to mark the beginning of this long awaited undertaking.

 

June 16, 2011

 

On Friday June 10 two pilots met together, on a beautiful sunny day at the Morgan Airport, to fulfill a dream for both.  WWII pilot, veteran, and long time resident of Morgan, Don Anderton was met by a young pilot from Bountiful named Shawn Socha. 

 

 

May 23, 2011

As preparations are being finalized for the annual Relay for Life event, the children of our community are leading the way as they participate in activities to raise funds for the fight against cancer.

 

May 14, 2011

The Morgan City Council unveiled its 2011 budget in council meeting on Tuesday and it contained plans to eliminate the city Justice Court.  The city has had preliminary discussions with the county for them to provide this function.

 

March 26, 2011

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

 

As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May some previous graduates are looking back, way back. 

March 5, 2011

In the council meeting on Tuesday the council remained deadlocked on the issue of the land purchase from the school district, effectively killing the land purchase.  Members Ned Mecham, Don Mathews, and Howard Hansen were in favor of the purchase, Members Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson and Chairman Tina Kelly were opposed.  Member Kilmer chose to abstain.  The issue needs four votes to proceed.

February 27, 2011

December 17, 2010 - Today, John Barber announced that Barber Brothers Ford would join Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America).

 

December 17, 2010 - Today, John Barber announced that Barber Brothers Ford would join Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America).

February 18, 2011

 

Morgan City took action this week to close the gap on the budget shortfall the city is facing.  The city is working to address a situation where incoming revenues were $300,000 below expenditures.

 

Morgan City took action this week to close the gap on the budget shortfall the city is facing.  The city is working to address a situation where incoming revenues were $300,000 below expenditures.  

February 18, 2011

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The Morgan Lions Club met. Dale Pingree of the Pingree Anderson Milling Company and R. R. Dorland, superintendent of the Union Portland Cement company plant at Devil’s Slide, were special guests.

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February 18, 2011

“I am just a kid from Porterville…This is where my heart is and  where I want to serve is Morgan County,“ said Ken Adams, Morgan County School Superintendent.  Adams was born in Porterville, one of eight children in his family.  His father worked at the cement plant for forty-five years.  He also raised cattle, sheep, and mink.

 

February 10, 2011

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

Public Comment
Larry Hatch thanked all of the council for their service.  He requested that the council consider carefully the appointment of a chairman.

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

Public Comment
Larry Hatch thanked all of the council for their service.  He requested that the council consider carefully the appointment of a chairman.

County Council Business

February 10, 2011

We are only a few weeks away from a brand new conference sponsored by FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the New England Historical Genealogical Society. The conference is called RootsTech and for those who enjoy genealogy and technology it will be a conference not to miss.  It will be held February 10-12 at the Salt Palace. 

We are only a few weeks away from a brand new conference sponsored by FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the New England Historical Genealogical Society. The conference is called RootsTech and for those who enjoy genealogy and technology it will be a conference not to miss.  It will be held February 10-12 at the Salt Palace.  

January 1, 2011

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A marriage license was issued Tuesday in Salt Lake City, to Harold Hutchins Francis of this city and Miss Vesta Elaine Snell of Provo.

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January 1, 2011

Story number nine is Rod Haslam.  When The Morgan County News did our first interview with Haslam we considered what title to give the article.  After talking about it and considering it we determined to title it “Big Hearted Haslam”.

January 1, 2011

The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day.  It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning.  First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.

The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day.  It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning.  First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.

January 1, 2011

Story Number three is Ken Adams as Superintendant.  Adams has long been a part of Morgan life.  He has contributed time energy and results to the education of Morgan’s Children.

Story Number three is Ken Adams as Superintendant.  Adams has long been a part of Morgan life.  He has contributed time energy and results to the education of Morgan’s Children.

January 1, 2011

Story Five - About a Street to Come Alive

December 31, 2010

Last Saturday, Barber Brothers Ford decided to give an early Christmas present to Morgan residents.   In appreciation for the record setting business year at the local dealership they decided to offer free oil changes to county residents.

Last Saturday, Barber Brothers Ford decided to give an early Christmas present to Morgan residents.   In appreciation for the record setting business year at the local dealership they decided to offer free oil changes to county residents.

December 31, 2010

December 21, 2010

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

December 21, 2010

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

Michael Brown – Surrey Lane as a County Road

December 31, 2010

It was the last county council meeting for council members Sunday, Lundgren, and chairman Creager.  The next council meeting will be in the new year and will see a new council seated and a new chairman chosen.  The council thanked those who were leaving for their service and Chairman Creager took a moment to share his thoughts at the end of his service.  The following are Chairman Creager’s parting remarks to the county:

December 31, 2010

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“A Full House,” the student body play of the Morgan County High School was presented to a full house last Wednesday evening.
The Morgan Community Christmas Tree Program was a huge success last Saturday.

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“A Full House,” the student body play of the Morgan County High School was presented to a full house last Wednesday evening.
The Morgan Community Christmas Tree Program was a huge success last Saturday.
Miss Leone Compton, a student of Weber College, is home for the holidays.

December 31, 2010

In the document “Promises to Keep” adopted by the Utah State Board of Education in August of 2009 it refers to the mission of Public Education.  Within this mission it states that Utah’s public education system keeps its constitutional promise by ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children.

December 31, 2010

It seems this time of year is “The Season of Giving,” which seems to mean spending money on material stuff and wrapping them up in fancy paper and bows to let family and friends know how much you care about them.

It seems this time of year is “The Season of Giving,” which seems to mean spending money on material stuff and wrapping them up in fancy paper and bows to let family and friends know how much you care about them.
I would like to thank two families who really practice doing for others all years round. That being The Preeces and Haslams from my neighborhood.

December 14, 2010

Bruce Galbraith is the Vice President of the school board. He serves from district two. Galbraith ran unopposed in the recent election and was re-elected for a second term of four years.

Bruce Galbraith is the Vice President of the school board. He serves from district two. Galbraith ran unopposed in the recent election and was re-elected for a second term of four years.

December 13, 2010

It has been said that “Pride is a personal commitment.  It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity”.    Over the past several weeks, I have had many experiences that I feel separate our community and the Morgan School District from mediocrity.  I would like to share a few experiences with you and also congratulate this wonderful community in which we live. 

December 13, 2010

One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.

One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.

December 13, 2010

 “I have the best job in the world,” exclaimed Tracy Kummer, Morgan Community Services Director who oversees the Morgan Food Pantry.  She explains that “service is the best thing in the world and I’m grateful to the county for this opportunity.”
When coming to meet with Tracy first time, one may be nervous or hesitant about being there.

 “I have the best job in the world,” exclaimed Tracy Kummer, Morgan Community Services Director who oversees the Morgan Food Pantry.  She explains that “service is the best thing in the world and I’m grateful to the county for this opportunity.”
When coming to meet with Tracy first time, one may be nervous or hesitant about being there.

December 13, 2010

When I was younger it was not unusual to hear someone on the playground assert, “It’s a free country!” This was usually done when they were doing something that was not quite right, but they wanted to do it anyway. As I have grown older I have discovered that there is often a misperception of the freedoms we enjoy.

When I was younger it was not unusual to hear someone on the playground assert, “It’s a free country!” This was usually done when they were doing something that was not quite right, but they wanted to do it anyway. As I have grown older I have discovered that there is often a misperception of the freedoms we enjoy.

December 13, 2010

Wanda Pentz Woolsey died Friday, December 10, 2010. She was 81.

A viewing will be held Monday, December 13, 2010 from 1 to 2 p.m. Walker Mortuary, 45 W 200 N, in Morgan, UT. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in the North Morgan Cemetery.

Wanda Pentz Woolsey died Friday, December 10, 2010. She was 81.

December 13, 2010

Neil Carrigan was born and raised in Morgan. He graduated from Morgan High School and earned a degree from Brigham Young after which he became a math teacher. He taught for seven years at Rich High School, a small rural school in Randolph that had only fifty students. He then moved to Morgan where he taught math and coached a variety of sports for thirty-two years.

Neil Carrigan was born and raised in Morgan. He graduated from Morgan High School and earned a degree from Brigham Young after which he became a math teacher. He taught for seven years at Rich High School, a small rural school in Randolph that had only fifty students. He then moved to Morgan where he taught math and coached a variety of sports for thirty-two years.

December 13, 2010

Talk to any of the teachers at Morgan High School and they will tell you about the amazing students they teach; how extraordinary the young people are that live in Morgan Valley. There are two young women who attend Morgan High School that, through their latest endeavor, epitomize the great spirit of service of which the teachers and leaders at the school describe. These two students are Rebecca Elton and Madison Sunday. They are neighbors and friends.

November 12, 2010

Rhonda Kippen is the newest member of the Morgan County Council.  Kippen was appointed by the council to finish the term of Rodney Haslam after he resigned for health reasons.

Rhonda Kippen is the newest member of the Morgan County Council.  Kippen was appointed by the council to finish the term of Rodney Haslam after he resigned for health reasons.

November 12, 2010

We recently completed ‘mid-term’ elections.  As usual Morgan citizens responded well with a relatively high percentage turn out.  As a community we, like the rest of the nation, were mostly focused on the national scene.  It is, after all, what we see and hear in the news.  Unfortunately, sometimes we do not pay as close attention to what is going on in our own county as we should. 

November 9, 2010

Larry & Merle Durrant just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They celebrated with a family dinner at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn.
Larry and Merle were high school sweethearts. They met at a basketball game between North Summit and Wasatch. Larry was of course playing basketball and Merle was cheer leading. The rest is history!

Larry & Merle Durrant just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They celebrated with a family dinner at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn.
Larry and Merle were high school sweethearts. They met at a basketball game between North Summit and Wasatch. Larry was of course playing basketball and Merle was cheer leading. The rest is history!

November 9, 2010

The council met on Wednesday morning and appointed Rhonda Kippen to the county council. Member Karen Sunday moved that Kippen be appointed and Member Al Lundgren seconded the motion. Kippen was appointed with Member Sunday, Lundgren, Kelley, and Hansen voting in favor and Member Mathews and Chairman Creager opposing.

The council met on Wednesday morning and appointed Rhonda Kippen to the county council. Member Karen Sunday moved that Kippen be appointed and Member Al Lundgren seconded the motion. Kippen was appointed with Member Sunday, Lundgren, Kelley, and Hansen voting in favor and Member Mathews and Chairman Creager opposing.

November 8, 2010

In the county council meeting on Tuesday night, the council considered applicants for the district four council position. This position was recently vacated by Member Rod Haslam, who is suffering with health problems. The applicants were Fred Jacobson, Jim Jones, and Ronda Kippen.
Jacobson, Jones and Kippen appeared together before the council and answered questions. The candidates began with a summary of themselves and their qualifications.

In the county council meeting on Tuesday night, the council considered applicants for the district four council position. This position was recently vacated by Member Rod Haslam, who is suffering with health problems. The applicants were Fred Jacobson, Jim Jones, and Ronda Kippen.

November 8, 2010

 Holcim (US) Inc., one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components, is pleased to announce that its Devil’s Slide plant located in Morgan, Utah recently celebrated six years without a lost time injury. The total number of hours worked during the six years without an injury causing an employee to be out of work is 1,286,614.

 Holcim (US) Inc., one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components, is pleased to announce that its Devil’s Slide plant located in Morgan, Utah recently celebrated six years without a lost time injury. The total number of hours worked during the six years without an injury causing an employee to be out of work is 1,286,614.

November 8, 2010

For the last several years the county has been considering a new building for county services. The county currently leases space for the animal shelter from a local veterinarian, Dr Lott. The cost of this contract could pay for a bond of approximately $350,000. The county is also hopeful that they can obtain a grant from the NRA for $50,000 for a classroom in the building that could be used for many different applications, including hunter’s safety and other training programs.

October 24, 2010

Marvin and Judy Skinner are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  Their children are honoring them with a Open House Celebration, on October 29, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rock LDS Church in Morgan.  
Marvin and Judy were high school sweethearts at Soda Springs High School.  They were married October 29, 1960 and then were sealed May 7,  1967, in the Logan LDS Temple. 

Marvin and Judy Skinner are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  Their children are honoring them with a Open House Celebration, on October 29, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rock LDS Church in Morgan.  

October 24, 2010

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews
Public Comment
Lyle Nelson – Nelson had previously come before the council about striping. He observed that this work is moving forward and thanked the council and the county for taking action on the striping.

October 24, 2010

Valerie Kelley is the owner whose name appears on one of the community’s long time and well-known businesses in Morgan City...   The small-town quaintness and invitingly cheerful store sits front and center on State Street greeting all those who enter Morgan City after exiting Interstate 84. 

Valerie Kelley is the owner whose name appears on one of the community’s long time and well-known businesses in Morgan City...   The small-town quaintness and invitingly cheerful store sits front and center on State Street greeting all those who enter Morgan City after exiting Interstate 84.  

October 24, 2010

This election year is one in which voters are being asked to consider several changes to the Utah State Constitution. As voters enter the voting booth in eleven days they will find four constitutional amendments on the ballot.

October 17, 2010

Mack C. Peterson, 89, died Friday, October 15, 2010 in Morgan.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 12 noon in the Milton Church.  Friends and family may call at the Walker Mortuary in Morgan, Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the Milton Church to 10:45 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Mack C. Peterson, 89, died Friday, October 15, 2010 in Morgan.

He was born November 25, 1920 in Milton, Utah to Cleve and Edith Peterson. He married Betty Sommers   August 27, 1941. She died October 6, 1990. He later married June Schaelling Nov 2. 1991. She died December 6, 2007.
 

October 16, 2010

Ancestry.com is the leading commercial genealogy company worldwide. With more than 6 billion records including the full set of census records for both the United States and the United Kingdom as well as one of the best sets of immigration records worldwide they set the standard by which all other companies are measured.

Ancestry.com is the leading commercial genealogy company worldwide. With more than 6 billion records including the full set of census records for both the United States and the United Kingdom as well as one of the best sets of immigration records worldwide they set the standard by which all other companies are measured.

October 16, 2010

Kimlyn Porter is a candidate for County Recorder.  The recorder tracks land ownership and changes as well as providing information for the county assessor for taxing.  Porter is running against the current county recorder, Brenda Nelson.

Kimlyn Porter is a candidate for County Recorder.  The recorder tracks land ownership and changes as well as providing information for the county assessor for taxing.  Porter is running against the current county recorder, Brenda Nelson.

October 16, 2010

     About a year and a half ago Vicki McCluskey was living as a stay at home mom in Kamas.  McCluskey grew up in Meridian Idaho.  Her husband works in construction and they moved to Utah for his work about twelve years ago.  After a time in Salt Lake they moved to Heber and then to Kamas to enjoy the beauty, rural setting, and lifestyle.

     About a year and a half ago Vicki McCluskey was living as a stay at home mom in Kamas.  McCluskey grew up in Meridian Idaho.  Her husband works in construction and they moved to Utah for his work about twelve years ago.  After a time in Salt Lake they moved to Heber and then to Kamas to enjoy the beauty, rural setting, and lifestyle.  

October 10, 2010

County Council NotCouncil Members Attending: Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, David Mathews

Public Comment
See Hatch Calls For Chairman’s Resignation in Government Section

County Council Business

October 10, 2010

Rod Haslam was elected to the Morgan County Council in the county’s 2008 election.  He began serving his term in office at the beginning of 2009.  In this week’s county council meeting, Haslam resigned from his position after serving for two of the four years in his elected term. 

Rod Haslam was elected to the Morgan County Council in the county’s 2008 election.  He began serving his term in office at the beginning of 2009.  In this week’s county council meeting, Haslam resigned from his position after serving for two of the four years in his elected term.  

October 2, 2010

Last week The Morgan County News reported on a Meet the Candidate night.  County Attorney Jann Farris was unable to attend.  Many of the questions were directed to Al Lundgren, candidate for Morgan County Attorney. 

October 2, 2010

This last week I visited the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in Morgan.  If you have not been there, it is worth a visit.  It is next to the log cabin across the street from Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn and Stephs.

This last week I visited the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in Morgan.  If you have not been there, it is worth a visit.  It is next to the log cabin across the street from Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn and Stephs.

October 1, 2010

In the heart of Morgan City is a historical treasure.  The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers operate a Museum filled with Morgan’s history. 

In the heart of Morgan City is a historical treasure.  The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers operate a Museum filled with Morgan’s history.  
During the summer months the museum is open on Saturdays for the general public.  Outside of this time the museum may be viewed by appoint.  

September 25, 2010
Some on Morgan’s Land

Huntsville, UT - Utah's Snowbasin Resort has filed a Master Plan with Weber County's Ogden Valley Destination and Recreation Resort Zone to build a massive resort village at the ski area, finally realizing its plan to become a world-class ski and snowboard resort.

 

September 25, 2010

After spending a great deal of time and effort searching for a new superintendent, the Board of Education decided that the most qualified candidate was already in the district.  Wednesday evening Ken Adams was named the new Superintendent of Schools for Morgan County replacing Ron Wolff who will begin serving as the superintendent in Box Elder County on July 1.

After spending a great deal of time and effort searching for a new superintendent, the Board of Education decided that the most qualified candidate was already in the district.  Wednesday evening Ken Adams was named the new Superintendent of Schools for Morgan County replacing Ron Wolff who will begin serving as the superintendent in Box Elder County on July 1.

September 25, 2010

One of the first things I remember about growing up is that people would always tell me how much I looked like my dad…especially the brown eyes.  I always liked it when people said that to me.  But, until I grew up, I did not realize how much we were alike in other ways as well…at least in my mind.

September 25, 2010

Council Members in attendance:  Sid Creager – Chair, Tina Kelly – Vice Chair, Rodney Haslam, Howard Hansen,  Karen Sunday
Absent: Al Lundgren

Council Members in attendance:  Sid Creager – Chair, Tina Kelly – Vice Chair, Rodney Haslam, Howard Hansen,  Karen Sunday
Absent: Al Lundgren
The following items were discussed:
County Council Business
Garth Day – See article Day in Demand on page 7.

September 25, 2010

Garth Day is the county council administrator for Morgan.  He was hired in June of 2008.  In this role he manages the staff in the non-elected county departments and provides support to the council in their legislative and administrative role. 

 

September 25, 2010

By Chuck Gates
Special Contributor for the Morgan County News
 
   SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders must brace themselves to withstand the coming budgetary collision of entitlement programs and funding obligations at the federal and state levels.

By Chuck Gates
Special Contributor for the Morgan County News
 
   SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders must brace themselves to withstand the coming budgetary collision of entitlement programs and funding obligations at the federal and state levels.

September 25, 2010

It has always been common among men to desire the freedom and the right to choose their own path in life; to march to the beat of their own drum, to break away from the pack and to have one’s own identity.

September 25, 2010

Kenny's Style & Barber Shop is the new 'stylin' place in town! Karen Tucker, barber for 25 years, just opened Morgan County's new barbershop. 

Kenny's Style & Barber Shop is the new 'stylin' place in town! Karen Tucker, barber for 25 years, just opened Morgan County's new barbershop.  

September 25, 2010

A Meet the Candidate meeting was held on Wednesday, September 15.  Attending the meeting was; Candidates for Sheriff - Blaine Breshears and Neil Porter, Candidate for Morgan County Attorney - Al Lundgren, and Candidate for County Council at Large Seat A, Larry Hatch.  Many issues were discussed but the majority of the questions were directed to Lundgren, Breshears, and Porter. 

September 25, 2010

At the special meeting of the council on Monday Don Matthews was appointed to serve the remainder of the term for District Five on the County Council.  The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and communicate their qualification.  The council then asked the applicants a number of questions.  Following is a summary of Matthews’ remarks and his answers to the questions.

September 25, 2010

Robert Kilmer is a teacher at Morgan High School.  He came to Morgan fifteen years ago to teach and to live in the beautiful rural environment that is Morgan County.  He currently teaches welding and machine tools, and is the CTE (Career Technology Education) director at Morgan High School. 

Robert Kilmer is a teacher at Morgan High School.  He came to Morgan fifteen years ago to teach and to live in the beautiful rural environment that is Morgan County.  He currently teaches welding and machine tools, and is the CTE (Career Technology Education) director at Morgan High School.  

September 25, 2010

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the third of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the third of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

September 25, 2010

A review of the final budget for the 2009 – 2010 school year as well as the proposed budget for the 2010 – 2011 school year was the major focus of discussion at Tuesday evening’s board meeting. 

A review of the final budget for the 2009 – 2010 school year as well as the proposed budget for the 2010 – 2011 school year was the major focus of discussion at Tuesday evening’s board meeting.  

September 25, 2010

The city council has been keeping their words consistent with their actions over the past several months.  After the city repeatedly expressed a strong commitment to rejuvenating Commercial Street, this week they have taken some actions to do just that through more beautification.

The city council has been keeping their words consistent with their actions over the past several months.  After the city repeatedly expressed a strong commitment to rejuvenating Commercial Street, this week they have taken some actions to do just that through more beautification.  

September 24, 2010

Council Members Attending: Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, David Mathews

Public Comment
A citizen commented on the new roads.  The citizen appreciates the quality of the new roads, but would like to see lines striped on the roads more quickly.

Council Members Attending: Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, David Mathews

Public Comment

September 19, 2010

Salt Lake City   The Utah Bankers Association has elected new officers and board members for 2010-2011.  The announcement was made at the conclusion of the association's Annual Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho. 

Salt Lake City   The Utah Bankers Association has elected new officers and board members for 2010-2011.  The announcement was made at the conclusion of the association's Annual Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho.  

September 19, 2010

Council Members Attending: Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday
Attended by Phone: Donald Mathews

Council Members Attending: Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday
Attended by Phone: Donald Mathews
Audit Report
See County Receives Sparks Fly Over Accusations in Council Meeting on Page 1
Public Comment

September 19, 2010

 Council Members Attending: Donald Mathews, Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday

 Council Members Attending: Donald Mathews, Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday
County Council Business
Member Lundgren has a CD and Environmental Impact Statement on the APEX project (the Kern River Pipeline).  He also has a copy of the rezone request from Snow Basin that was submitted to Weber County.

September 19, 2010

It’s been three decades since my teenage years and I still have very vivid memories of my life growing up in the early 80s.  Of course, it was memorable when I got my driver’s license at 16.  It felt like a small step into the world of being an adult.  I was excited and “ready to roll,”  but it is difficult to “roll” when you don’t even have wheels, let alone the car and engine to go with them.

September 19, 2010

James Nickerson submitted this picture to the newspaper several months ago after traveling to New York.  The picture is inspiring enough but I’m sure watching the sun setting behind Lady Liberty in person was an awe-inspiring moment. 

James Nickerson submitted this picture to the newspaper several months ago after traveling to New York.  The picture is inspiring enough but I’m sure watching the sun setting behind Lady Liberty in person was an awe-inspiring moment.  

September 19, 2010

Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris.  Lundgren currently serves on the County Council.  Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State.  After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU. 

Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris.  Lundgren currently serves on the County Council.  Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State.  After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU.  

September 19, 2010

Glenn Wright is the Democratic candidate for Utah House District 53.  Wright says that he is “not a typical Utah politician.”  Wright was born in New Jersey, and he grew up in the Northeast where his father worked in textiles.

Glenn Wright is the Democratic candidate for Utah House District 53.  Wright says that he is “not a typical Utah politician.”  Wright was born in New Jersey, and he grew up in the Northeast where his father worked in textiles.    

September 19, 2010

There are several things that I remember about visiting my Grandma Frances when I was young; Grandma was petite, standing only about 4’6” short and living alone in her spacious farmhouse.  She was small but very active and just a bit feisty if one chose to disagree with her or tease her about something. 

There are several things that I remember about visiting my Grandma Frances when I was young; Grandma was petite, standing only about 4’6” short and living alone in her spacious farmhouse.  She was small but very active and just a bit feisty if one chose to disagree with her or tease her about something.  

September 19, 2010

The County’s independent auditor reported in his findings in the council meeting on Tuesday.  The first item he reported upon was the Stoddard Bridge project.  Some questions had been raised about whether money had been appropriately handled and the council had asked for a special audit of these funds. 

The County’s independent auditor reported in his findings in the council meeting on Tuesday.  The first item he reported upon was the Stoddard Bridge project.  Some questions had been raised about whether money had been appropriately handled and the council had asked for a special audit of these funds.  

September 18, 2010

The Smedleys and Smiths can truly be called pioneers of this area in Morgan County. Pioneers are visionaries for change and finding a better way, they are passionate enough about their vision to make a plan, and then they have the courage and the willingness to put all of their cards on the table in order to make their dream become reality. “If you aren’t willing to take a risk,” said Joanne, “you’ll never get anything done.”

Joanne Smith and Helen Smedley were brought together by, what some might call, a turning of the tide. During a low tide, uniquely beautiful seashells can be found all along a beach. With this turning of the tide, a uniquely beautiful friendship was found.

September 18, 2010

The Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up on Monday August 2, 2010. Each year, girls from around the county compete for the chance to win one of the royalty positions. The girls are divided into groups according to age/grade in school.

September 17, 2010

Dear Editor,
Brad Richards' letter to the County Council, as printed in The Morgan County News on September 3 edition, voiced his concerns about the functioning of the Board of Appeals (BOA), and a recommendation for resolution.

Dear Editor,

September 17, 2010

As more people have begun using Macs (Apple’s personal computer) over the past few years I have often been asked if I could recommend a record manager for the Mac.  I have consistently replied that there are no good record managers for the Mac and that I run one of the Windows record managers in Parallels on my Mac.  Today I will change my reply.

As more people have begun using Macs (Apple’s personal computer) over the past few years I have often been asked if I could recommend a record manager for the Mac.  I have consistently replied that there are no good record managers for the Mac and that I run one of the Windows record managers in Parallels on my Mac.  Today I will change my reply.

September 17, 2010

Don Mathews is a member of the Morgan County Council.  He was appointed in June to fill the seat vacated by David Gardiner until the election.  Mathews is a candidate for the district five seat in on the council.  He is running against Austin Turner.

Don Mathews is a member of the Morgan County Council.  He was appointed in June to fill the seat vacated by David Gardiner until the election.  Mathews is a candidate for the district five seat in on the council.  He is running against Austin Turner.

September 17, 2010

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the second of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the second of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

September 17, 2010

Ronald Wolff, Superintendent of Schools in the Box Elder School District and former Superintendent of Schools in the Morgan School District, has been named the 2010 Utah Superintendent of the Year.

Ronald Wolff, Superintendent of Schools in the Box Elder School District and former Superintendent of Schools in the Morgan School District, has been named the 2010 Utah Superintendent of the Year.

September 17, 2010

The Morgan Tykonis met Wednesday Sept 8th for their annual opening social. The social was held at the home of Natalie Reese, this years president.

The Morgan Tykonis met Wednesday Sept 8th for their annual opening social. The social was held at the home of Natalie Reese, this years president.
Sally Little reported that the club did very well at the Morgan County Fair and sold more cotton candy than any previous year.

September 14, 2010

In a public hearing on Tuesday, with no public comment, the city made the final steps to approve at $101,000 road bond.  The city is bonding under the Build America Program made available from the Federal Economic Stimulus plan.  Under this plan the city can borrow at a discounted rate. 

In a public hearing on Tuesday, with no public comment, the city made the final steps to approve at $101,000 road bond.  The city is bonding under the Build America Program made available from the Federal Economic Stimulus plan.  Under this plan the city can borrow at a discounted rate.  

September 14, 2010

In the council meeting on Tuesday, the city updated the capital improvement plan.  The changes document the city’s intent for spending capital dollars.  When the city applies for grants it is often essential that the project be on the city’s plan to be considered.

September 12, 2010

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the first of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

The Morgan County News is spotlighting the new teachers in The Morgan County Schools. This is the first of three weeks of the profiles. We hope you get to know the people that teach your children.

 

September 6, 2010

During  the Morgan County Council meeting on Tuesday, Chairman Creager read an email from the Chairman of the board of appeals, Brad Richards.

September 5, 2010

In a statement at the Morgan County Council meeting on Tuesday, Chairman Sid Creager announced that Morgan County Council Administrator Garth Day had been placed on unpaid administrative leave while an investigation is completed into improprieties with financial accounts. 

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In a statement at the Morgan County Council meeting on Tuesday, Chairman Sid Creager announced that Morgan County Council Administrator Garth Day had been placed on unpaid administrative leave while an investigation is completed into improprieties with financial accounts.  

September 5, 2010

Ned Mecham is a candidate for the County Council at Large B Seat.  He is running against Jeremy Barker.  The entire county votes for the candidates running for the at large seats.  This is the seat currently held by Council Chairman Sid Creager. 

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Ned Mecham is a candidate for the County Council at Large B Seat.  He is running against Jeremy Barker.  The entire county votes for the candidates running for the at large seats.  This is the seat currently held by Council Chairman Sid Creager.