The Bible says faith without works is dead. Should we really pray for snow and rain when we live in a desert? My memory is still fresh from a request by local church leaders to pray for less snow so that homes along the Weber River don’t flood. Heaven must laugh at us here in our earthly station as we pray for a mitigation of either drought or flood every second year.
Roger and Joan Nold made Morgan their home last summer when they purchased 27 acres on Highway 66. The new Morgan residents have family members in different areas of military service, which has instilled in them a sense of gratitude and patriotism. When their son joined the Army reserves, Joan began reading books and researching about the effects of war and veterans with a stronger focus.
The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
Often when we hear of allergies we think of fall sniffles and watery eyes. While those may be an annoyance for many, one type of allergy less commonly talked about, and less understood, is that of food allergies.
The political and economic climate lately has many in Morgan asking about their local businesses. It is a common occurrence to read weekly and even daily “Who does appliance repair in Morgan?” and other similar posts on local facebook pages. It is clear Morgan wants to shop local, and many residents don’t even realize Morgan is home to over 600 businesses.
The trap shoot put on by the Morgan FFA Chapter as a fundraiser in the first of November could have gone no better. Many people throughout the community willingly donated prizes and money, while others showed up for the actual shoot to spend time with friends and family and just to have fun. It was a huge success!
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.
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.
A couple of weeks ago an author from Morgan came into the bookstore. She asked whether we would interested in stocking her book. We have a good selection of science fiction and fantasy in the bookstore and I always like to support local authors so I told her we would be happy to. I will confess that I am a lover of science fiction/fantasy and that genre is one of the best stocked in the store. I was also looking for a good book to read over the holidays so I took a copy home to read.
Trent Jaques announced that Young Ford will be joining Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA through the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program. For the 2013-2014 school year, Young Ford will be helping one local student attend the college of their choice.
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.
American Legion Post 67 and VFW Post 6154 held their annual Christmas party in the Morgan County Auditorium on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4. All veterans throughout the county were invited to attend this annual get-together for pie and ice cream and be entertained by the Nelson Brother’s Band. This was a great opportunity for members of both posts and other invited veterans to come together and get to know one another during this special time of the year.
Federal and State agencies are recruiting for wildland fire fighting positions in the 2014 wildfire season. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and the Utah Division Forestry, Fire and State Lands are looking for wildland firefighters to start work in May of 2014. Applications are available online.
Families waited in line down the long hall of the courthouse just as they do every year waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for their turn to see the Jolly old man Saint Nick. Hundreds of local residents look forward to this annual tradition with both excitement and nostalgia.
Morgan County offices were closed Friday when a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage had been overturned. But Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris was watching the news with the rest of the state.
Snowbasin Resort, together with Burton Snowboards, will be celebrating the grand opening today of the Burton Dinosaur Riglet Park, a new youth-focused snowboard learning park. The park was designed specifically for children as young as 3 years old to learn how to snowboard and is located next to Snowbasin Resort’s Snowsports Learning Center. Presenting exciting features themed around Utah’s vast dinosaur history, kids will have the chance to learn balance, weight transfer, edging and freestyle basics by maneuvering over, under and around sculpted terrain of lava and mountains with “Dino” the Dinosaur and “Terry” the Triceratops.
Soldiers, innkeepers, shepherds, angels, wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. All were present at the Milton church on Dec. 12 to usher in the Christmas season as the Special Needs Institute treated the community to a special nativity pageant. As usual, the early show was a standing-room only event and the second show was packed almost to capacity.
In the spirit of the holiday season, eight amateur radio (ham) operators found a way to bring some joy to disadvantaged and shut-in children of all ages. Thanks to the world-wide range of amateur radio equipment, it’s possible for hams to communicate with other hams almost anywhere on earth, including Santa Claus at the North Pole. Thus was born the North Pole Network (NPN) which purports to use special satellite links to allow kids to talk one-on-one with the jolly old elf himself.
Drifting snow added to the ambiance as the community gathered around to count down the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of Commercial Street at the end of the fourth annual Ol’ Time Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7. The city street looked like a scene right out of a Hallmark Christmas movie where neighbors, friends and family gather around to celebrate together.
This is the first week of a new column in The Morgan County News. We will bring you information and reviews about the books stocked by Morgan Valley Crafts. We hope that this will be helpful to you as you make your decisions about what books to choose.
Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday with a Utah State Parks Annual Pass. Explore Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, hike with bison on Antelope Island, ride the waves at Deer Creek State Park or visit any of Utah’s state parks and museums.