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.
Morgan City’s contractor, Wilkinson Construction, will begin work Monday on a roadway reconstruction and minor widening project along 700 East between 300 North and Mahogany Ridge Road. Locals would know this as Old Highway Road east of Interstate 84, from the freeway exit to Mahogany Ridge Road. The project is intended to improve the roadway surface, drainage, traffi¬c flow and safety for drivers.
The UDOT 2015-2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan puts Morgan County on the map for state road projects. The plan puts widening Highway 66 in the nearest future, moves a new Mountain Green Interstate 84 interchange up on the priority list, and adds a new Interstate 80 interchange on Highway 66 to the list.
“Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky,” said John Grogan.
No statement could describe Animal Control Officer Paula Harrington Pentz better. Pentz was loved by everyone who came in contact with her for whatever reason. Resident Julee Hemingway recalls running into Pentz at the store. “My son just had surgery and she was trying to get him to smile. She had such a big heart! She will be missed.”
Due to a Utah Highway Patrol towing contract amendment effective Jan. 15, auto accident scenes may take longer to clear in Morgan County and motorists may have to wait longer for a tow if they don’t specifically request a local tow company.
Dr. Lance Crowther has a unique display unlike any other in his dental practice at 195 E. 100 North in Morgan. From various broken pots and machetes to handmade textiles, the dentist has been adding to his beloved display for years and recently acquired several more items to complement his collection.
After being dropped by Morgan City, consultant Better City may be facing the same fate with its current client Morgan County. But as some Morgan County Council members noted, in a county almost entirely privately owned, economic development is dependent on landowners and not the government.
Startling statistics reveal that more veterans die of suicide each year—at an average of 22 suicides a day—than in combat. Veterans return to their old lives but often not as their old selves as they deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and other physical and mental limits.
It is the classic chicken-or-egg question haunting Yaryca land owners and the Morgan County Council. What comes first: amending the future land map or getting a developer on board? At their last meeting, the council decided the question was just too scary to answer when the future of 2,600 acres lies at issue.
While the Morgan County Council failed to agree to open all county offices on Fridays, all council members did agree to at least open the recorder’s office from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday beginning May 8.
Clean air, healthy habits, longevity and access to exercise opportunities all played a part in Morgan County being named Utah’s healthiest county for the sixth year in a row according to a national County Health Rankings study.
After a three-day search, Utah State Park officials recovered the body of Mountain Green resident Matthew Rasmussen, 45, from Willard Bay. An experienced fisherman and regular at the bay, Rasmussen was found under 13 feet of water Wednesday half a mile southwest of the north marina.
Two great bands, three talented choirs, a historic drama production and tremendous artwork all add up to an amazing Spring Celebration of the Arts at Morgan Middle School. Monday night, March 16, parents, friends, family and community members filled the gym to celebrate the Middle School Fine Arts Department.
Representatives from Weber Human Services say they would like to see more Morgan County residents take advantage of their services including mental health, substance abuse counseling, prevention services, and aging services.