In an effort to provide more flexibility to property owners tempered with the safety of the traveling public, the Morgan City Council cleared up some gray areas in regard to fencing. After going back and forth for months with the building inspector and City planning commission, the council was happy to see these changes approved.
From rodeos to snow cones, baby contests to wrangler contests, donut eating contests to livestock shows to quilt raffles, Kris Krammer has seen it all; actually, she has overseen it all for the last six years but this will be the last year she attends our beloved Morgan County Fair as its chairman.
Morgan County deputies helped capture a pair of wanted fugitives who were camping at East Canyon State Park on Saturday, July 11. Regina Collins, 35, and Daniel Lyman-Muzzy, 31, were wanted for crimes in several other states and allegedly stole a pair of semi-automatic handguns from a Salt Lake City pawn shop June 25.
When Morgan City split from its economic development consultant and hired its own economic development/event coordinator, the Morgan County Council was watching closely. Now county officials are wondering if they should make the same move.
On July 6, Morgan resident John D. Millar was travelling westbound on I-84 through the last curve on the west side of Taggart when his 2013 BMW motorcycle crossed onto the soft median and into the cable barrier. Despite wearing a full face helmet and full protective gear, Millar was killed on impact.
Could a new distillery intent on using local agriculture products be the next economic development effort to come to Morgan County? According to input during Tuesday’s Morgan County Council meeting, council members seem unanimous in welcoming the venture into the county.
For the last few years, the leaders of the Morgan LDS Stake have been working with local landowners to plan and execute a Pioneer Handcart Trek entirely in Morgan County. Thanks to the kindness of these local families, youth of the Morgan Stake trekked almost 30 miles up and down, through and around the mountains and valleys surrounding Morgan.
Morgan City’s roadway reconstruction and minor widening project is progressing along 700 East (Old Highway Road) between 300 North (I-84 freeway exit) and Mahogany Ridge Road. Project completion is expected by mid-July.
Ragnar has been running its race through Morgan County since the inception of the relay race over a dozen years ago. During that time our community members have cheered for runners, complained about traffic, waved to visitors and picked up left-over trash. With a whole variety of emotions and thousands of visitors, two local high school teams found a way to help the runners and raise funds.
A brazen, broad, daylight drug deal in the Ridley’s parking lot landed two Morgan residents in jail on multiple felony charges. Deputy Gary Dudley was passing by when he observed what appeared to be a drug deal taking place in the east end of the Ridley’s parking lot. Both suspects were well known to Morgan deputies. Dudley was immediately contacted by a citizen who reported seeing an exchange of cash for a small bag.
After the daunting task of crunching numbers, the Morgan City Council gave final approval for the 2015-16 RDA and city budgets. In addition, approval was given for a 14 percent sewer increase and a $1 increase per garbage can within city limits.
The Morgan County Council has pulled some things off their economic development consultant’s table, but put others in its place. In the meantime, the council is keeping the consultant on a “short lease” while watching for action.
Rocky Mountain Power has ongoing plans for its Weber Hydroelectric Project in Weber Canyon, as evidenced by plans to renew its federal license. The application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is for an additional 30 years of future operation and details plans for a fish passage and recreation access improvements.
Some 35 to 40 Holcim employees spread out around the Morgan County Fairgrounds June 3 to work on various improvement projects. A group worked diligently digging a long trench and placing new lights at the high school arena. Another small group of Holcim employees worked on fixing rotted wood on the bleachers at the main arena. At the Exhibit Hall building, a group worked diligently to finish repainting and adding trim. The Morgan High School seniors worked together to scrape the old paint and began the painting process the week prior.
The Commercial Street Market brought businesses and shoppers together for the first time on Saturday June 6. With over 20 vendors, in addition to the permanent storefront owners, festival goers had a variety of options for shopping, snacking and entertainment. The Morgan Music Academy, housed on Commercial Street, provided live entertainment by their students and staff throughout the day.
Selection of the newest Morgan County School Board member came down to two issues: special interest groups and homeschooling. In the end, three board members voted for Ronald Blunck while opponent Lydia Nuttall had the approval of only two board members. Both applicants answered a series of 14 questions in a public interview period Tuesday.
From the time she was young, Morgan native Shantel Watkins loved to see rodeo royalty. She would stand to the side and watch as the beautiful queens and attendants would sign autographs and greet excited little girls. However, she was always too shy to approach the talented girls with crowns and sashes.
Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players. For the third year in a row, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
The students at Morgan Elementary School were lucky enough to enjoy a dry morning on Friday, May 22, amid weeks of rain showers to enjoy coming together to make a difference through Relay Recess. Now in its sixth year, this established activity is an event most students eagerly look forward to.
For years, Hannah Clark has been reciting the 4-H pledge: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”
Low clouds surrounded the valley as the haunting notes of taps rang out over the South Morgan Cemetery to close the ceremony honoring Morgan County’s veterans and fallen sons. The early morning mist seemed to mirror the solemn occasion as the small crowd of onlookers watched the raising and lowering of the flag to half mast, a gun salute and laying a bouquet of red, white and blue flowers on a veteran’s grave as a symbol to honor all who fought and gave the last full measure of devotion.
On Tuesday May 12, the Morgan High School class of 2015 gathered with friends and family to celebrate years of hard work coming to fruition at the annual Scholarship Night. Well over $1.55 million dollars in scholarships were awarded to the graduating seniors at Morgan High.
Despite weather conditions that were less than ideal, the Morgan High School track team returned from the 3A Track and Field State Championships at Brigham Young University with a number of excellent performances and an individual state champion—Chania Nagel in the discus. Nagel, who threw her winning toss of 123-03.5 on her third and final throw, claimed her first state championship and also garnered a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 37-04.50.
At 10:30 p.m. Monday, local firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on Bigler Lane in Peterson. Ten firefighters from station 121 and four firefighters from station 131 responded with three engines.
With application deadlines looming for six open local government positions, now may be the time to get involved. Available positions include a Morgan County School Board member position, Morgan City Mayor and four Morgan City Council spots.
Friday night, May 8, families filled Morgan Elementary School to experience an amazing evening dedicated to the arts. Artists of all skill levels from professional to beginner shared their works and delighted crowds both young and old. Various mediums of art shared the spotlight as music, dance and visual arts were all well-represented. During a jam-packed evening, activities, presentations and performances entertained and educated the community in many facets of art.
On Friday, May 8, the Morgan High Rodeo Club hosted a high school rodeo for over 200 participants who competed in 781 events. The fairgrounds were filled with trucks, trailers, cowgirls, cowboys, family, friends and supporters.
In January, the Morgan County School District Board of Education made some sweeping policy changes involving banning requests for students to be bused to locations other than their homes, but later made allowances for day care arrangements. In the meantime, the transportation subcommittee studied the issue and this week provided their recommendations on bussing policies moving forward.
Every parent has reasons they want their children to participate in group sports, and many are ferociously competitive. But few have the longing to simply have their child enjoy being able to compete in a loving environment with their peers, just for the simple notion of belonging to a team.
Of all the issues considered by the local and state Farm Bureau this year, access to rivers is one of the most pressing for Morgan County, Morgan County Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Sessions recently told the Morgan County Council. Other issues include a countywide fencing ordinance, Taxing issues, sage grouse, and animal control.
On Saturday, April 17, the MHS track buzzed with activity as 17 high school teams gathered for the Morgan Pocket Change Invitational. The Trojan tracksters set 68 personal records (34 boys and 34 girls) and placed fifth as a team overall behind Weber, Springville, North Summit and Bear River.
With only three more months left of the Morgan School District’s official budget year, things are looking up while the school board approved continuing with immediate “Band-Aid” solutions to house future growth.
Envision Utah President Robert Grow related a thought that Larry H. Miller once shared with him. Miller said, “I would give back every car I have ever sold if Utah could go back to the way it used to be.” However, until a proper time travel device has been invented, all we can do is look to the future to ensure our children will be able to enjoy the same opportunities and environments that we have in our communities today.