As most families prepared Thanksgiving dinner Thursday morning, the Woolsey family of Morgan began their journey to Las Vegas to support their daughter, Bailey Jo—current Miss Rodeo Utah—in her quest to become Miss Rodeo America.
Every five years, Morgan County updates its general plan, a document that guides development in the community that is undoubtedly growing. Bill Cobabe, Morgan County Planning and Development Department director, says that while many residents understandably take notice of county code when a neighbor tries to rezone or change the use of their land, sometimes by then it’s too late.
In Morgan County, where there are at least a dozen gravel pits, it is difficult to get five miles away from mining activity.
“We are a gravel-pit-friendly county, or we have been in the past,” said Bill Cobabe, Morgan County Planning and Development Department director. And because gravel pits are a permitted land use in several zones of the county, as long as company owners mitigate impacts, “that will probably continue for the forseeable future.”
The Morgan High Lady Trojan volleyball team hosted Pink Night at their final home game of the season Tuesday evening. In a packed gym, punctuated by pink audience shirts as well as jerseys on the MHS players, the team began the evening by honoring three local women who are currently fighting breast cancer—Monica Russell, Kathy Rees and Vickie Oliver—and their families.
When Fred Kippen was a young man, he received a letter from the President of the United States of America. While in some circumstances a letter from the leader of the free world could be considered prestigious, this particular correspondence was not a letter any boy was hoping to get. Kippen had been drafted to serve in the United States Army during World War II.
Residents who have attended school, charity, recreation or any type of community event in Morgan County will probably recognize local real estate agent Jerry Pierce for his continued service to our area. He has donated time, talents and money for years to support a wide variety of events and causes in our community. Oct. 3 he spread his service farther from home as he traveled with the Utah Honor Flight to the Washington D.C. area.
A semi truck rollover on I-84 near Peterson Thursday morning caused a detour on local roads, snarling the commute for school buses and commuters. The truck was carrying two pups of fuel, some of which spilled into a ditch. A separate fuel truck arrived to off load the remaining fuel about 9:30 a.m.
A transformer blow-out on Sept. 22 left a third of Morgan City residents without power for most of the day Tuesday and then again for a few hours on Wednesday. The 50 year old transformer simply died of old age according to Morgan City Power employee Paul Simmons.
“The Golden Years—Life’s Prelude” was the theme in 1965 as 56 students graduated from Morgan High and celebrated the 50th year of Morgan High graduates. These 56 students were also the last class to graduate from the old high school before it was torn down.
Each year the Morgan Lion’s Club sponsors up to three students to represent Morgan High School at the American Legion Boys and Girls State. This year those student delegates were Jacob Rice, Brayden Stegelmeier and Shay Skidmore.
When Cade Russell led his 277-pound Reserve Champion Market hog into the show ring Saturday morning at the Morgan County Junior Livestock Sale, he hoped for a good sale price for his animal. As the bidding began and quickly jumped from $1,000 to $20,000 and finally ended at $31,000, there were very few dry eyes in the building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.