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.
Mack Weaver, of Morgan, has been named a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Youth Coach of the Year for 2013. Weaver—who trains, shows and raises reining horses under the name Weaver Performance Horses—received an unprecedented number of votes for the award, which was announced earlier this year.
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.
Representatives from the city, county and school board recently re-evaluated their wish list for possible future grants, moving a bridge over the Weber River at the end of Young Street to the top of the list. Restoration of the Weber River near the fairgrounds is second on the list, redevelopment of Como Springs is third, and Commercial Street building improvements is fourth.
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.
RootsTech is fast approaching and the conference looks better than ever. 2014 RootsTech will be held at the Salt Palace from February 5 to 8. February 5 will be a new day dedicated to software developers and will be called the “Innovators Summit”. This day will go back to the roots of RootsTech and have time dedicated to the developers so they can be in the exhibit hall during the main conference.
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.
Morgan High School FCCLA/FFA, in cooperation with Morgan Middle School, Morgan Elementary and Mountain Green Elementary, just completed its annual Christmas service project for needy families in our community.
Susanna Lyon, daughter of Steve and Sylvia Lyon of Morgan, and Daniel Quick, son of Gary and Rebecca Quick of Spokane, will be married on Friday, Dec. 27 in the Bountiful temple. Please feel welcome to join us between 6 – 8 p.m. at the Morgan Rock Church. The couple will live in Provo where they both attend BYU.
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.
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.
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting the mail. I love Christmas cards. Cards are such a wonderful part of the season, getting to hear from family and friends that we don’t have the opportunity to hang out with as much as we may like. I like the ones that are simply signed and I love the newsy Christmas letters too.
Roger Fowles was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah. The son of a father who was a school teacher and a mother who was a professional secretary for Geneva Steel, Fowles was raised an only child and admits to being a little “spoiled.” Fowles lived in Mount Pleasant until he was about 8 year old and then moved to Provo as his father attended Brigham Young University. The family then settled in Springville, where Fowles lived until he graduated from Springville High School.
Last weekend, Morgan High School hosted its first-ever Air Force dual meet, featuring nine schools and up to eight wrestling matches taking place simultaneously. Visiting schools included Clearfield, Weber, Bear River, Davis, Duchesne, Skyview, Layton and Preston, Idaho. Overall, the Trojans took fourth place, with several varsity wrestlers placing in the top three, such as Carlos Nava (113-2nd), Jayden Pentz (120-1st), Owen Pentz (126-2nd), Tyson Spens (152-3rd), Wyatt Ekblad (220-3rd) and Kyle Stapley (HW-3rd).
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.
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and favorite aunt passed away peacefully Thursday morning in her home, with her family by her side. It was Judy’s final rally. For many years she has courageously battled diseases that ravaged her body, but would not weaken her spirit.
Linda Taylor was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. The daughter of a father who taught high school English and a mother who was primarily a homemaker, Taylor lived in several different places as a child. Many years of her youth were spent in the Chicagoland area where she remembers always being the smallest and youngest of her class.
Last year, we were treated to game after game of Jake Miles (3A most valuable player) flying over, around or through helpless and dazed defenders as he guided the Morgan Trojans to their first basketball state championship since…well…since a generation before Jake was born.
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.