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1 Aug 2014 (All day)

I wanted to provide supplemental comments on the article “Danger increases along popular stretch of Weber River,” by Deanne Winterton, published July 24, 2014.  Thanks for the informative article!

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

The Morgan company Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) will be having their summer social on Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverside Park. 

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

Brytan Curtis Matue was born sleeping on January 6, 2014 at about 4 a.m. He weighed 9 ounces and was 11 inches long.

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

Rafael and Lucero Guerrero are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Kacee Celeste to Jasson Thomas Dickson, son of Thomas and Tami Dickson. A reception will be held in their honor Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the LDS Monarch Chapel, 165 West Monarch Drive in Bountiful, Utah.

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

The Murphy and Taylor families are proud to announce the marriage of Zach Taylor and Lisa Murphy. 

31 Jul 2014 - 18:00
Community rallies to thank firefighters

As of Monday, July 28, the Morgan County fire dubbed the Tunnel Hollow fire was completely contained.  The fire was ignited by lightening on Sunday, July 20, and grew as windy conditions blew the flames up the mountainside.
Thankfully, the breeze also blew in a rain storm that provided much needed precipitation to help contain the last four percent of the blaze.
Eight smokejumper teams, a HotShot team and seven hand crew teams were brought in to fight the fire that eventually ate up 1,600 acres of land in Morgan County. 

31 Jul 2014 - 16:18

Morgan County’s 11-year run with the Widowmaker Hillclimb has come to an end.
“It was a family decision we are no longer going to do the Widowmaker because of liability and insurance,” said Logan Wilde, who helps run the family ranch.
For years, the Wilde family was able to buy insurance through various programs for $5,000 a year for the event.  When previous programs stopped offering insurance, new insurance quotes were just too much for the family to swallow.

31 Jul 2014 - 16:14

This year’s wrangler contest was a little different than in the past thanks to the weather. The much needed rain couldn’t damper the spirits of these young cowboys. Their dedication to the sport was evident in each ride.
Jon Cannon graciously offered the use of his equestrian facility, Graceland, located on Island Road. It turned out to be the perfect solution under the circumstances.

31 Jul 2014 - 16:11

Kendal Kingsley, daughter of David & Linda Kingsley, earned a title and received a crown that no one outside of our county has ever done before.  Kingsley was named Morgan County Fair Queen on Monday July 29.
Morgan County fair royalty contest has traditionally been a closed contest, only allowing Morgan residents to enter.  However, because of low interest, the queen division was opened to contestants outside of Morgan County, making Kingsley the first non-resident Morgan County Fair Queen in contest history. 

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

After 27 years instructing students at Morgan High School, Nancy Judd retired and students and fellow teachers wish her bon voyage or good journey for her future.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

If you get the chance, take a few minutes to speak with Bryan Searle, the new head coach of the Lady Trojans soccer team. 

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Look for tagged fish at East Canyon State Park this summer for your chance to win prizes, some of them provided by local businesses.  This year 120 rainbow trout were tagged at the park.  If you catch a tagged fish, bring it to the office to collect your prize.  The fishing challenge started May 3 and gots until August 31, no registration necessary.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Help stop spread of the ‘STD of the sea’

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

This year, East Canyon State Park is on a mission to introduce more people to this excellent venue.  As part of this mission, new park manager Chris Haramoto has been working closely with PureFishing.com to secure fishing equipment for a free annual fishing club for local children.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players.  For the second year in a row, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans on Monday, Aug. 4.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Utah horse 
owners advised to take precautions

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Several dozen Morgan kids are a bit better at dribbling, shooting and maneuvering a basketball this week after Morgan Grace Fellowship Church hosted a community basketball camp.  The camp was split into two locations with approximately 25 kids in Morgan and 30 kids shooting hoops in Mountain Green.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

The full Senate agreed recently to include Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to reform transportation funding in a package of amendments on the Highway Trust Fund. The Transportation Empowerment Act would allow states to keep the vast majority of revenue each raises through the gas tax, making it easier and more effective for communities to develop the transportation system they want and need. 

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

On Monday, July 21, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held an extremely successful evening at the Mountain Green Bowery featuring  Craig G. Fisher of the Seventy.  Fisher is currently heading up the Dedication and Celebration of the rebuilt Ogden Temple. He spoke for about 40 minutes on how the celebration preparations are going.

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

We, the family and wife of Ken F. Mecham (FLASH), would like to thank everyone for the kind expressions of sympathy that were shown to us during our time of loss.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Ellen Roberts, Irene Miller, Zella Dunyon, Howard Lund and  Verl Wright

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

We wish you were here today
even for just a little while
so we could say, “Happy Birthday, Son”
and see your beautiful smile.

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

 Grant Clunas will return home August 6 after serving in the Nevada Reno mission. 

24 Jul 2014 - 11:42

As the Weber River through Morgan County becomes more of a hot spot for tubers and rafters, emergency calls and incidents on the river are also increasing for Morgan Emergency crews.
“Overall it is getting to be a problem because there are so many people up there,” said Terry Turner, Morgan emergency services director.  “On weekends it is pretty crowded.”

24 Jul 2014 - 11:37

Everyday Morgan resident Shantel Watkins, 21, sees the new white chaps hanging on her closet door reminding her of her reign as Oakley Independence Day Rodeo queen.  Sometimes, she peeks inside the padded box at her crown worth several hundreds of dollars.
But then she’s off to fulfill her duties as the reigning queen of a PRCA rodeo.  Next on the list is Coalville’s PRCA rodeo Aug. 8 and 9, where she will ride in the grand entry at the beginning of the rodeo, sign autographs, mingle with the crowd, and maybe even push cows for the roping event.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:25
Brave firefighters commended for their efforts

On Sunday, July 20 the late afternoon sky was lit with an incredible lightning storm.  As the storm raged and passed, it left quite a shock as three fires were started at nearly the same time across the valley.
One fire started near the Croydon cemetery and burned approximately 120 acres before being put out.  This fire was primarily handled by the Summit County Fire Department, but crews from Morgan were requested. 
Another fire burned in the Norwoods area along Highway 66.  Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich received a call from a resident who had been sitting on their front porch and watched as lightening started this blaze.  He called the fire in on his way to the fire station. 
As most of the fire crews headed to this fire that eventually burned six acres, the last call came in for the Tunnel Hollow area, the canyon heading towards Taggarts.  Crews were diverted from the Norwood fire, and as the crews reached Round Valley, it became apparent they would not be able to reach this fire.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Students and teachers may be enjoying the summer break, but plans for the coming school year are well underway. The Morgan Education Foundation invites you to join with them in support of local public schools by participating in the sixth annual Morgan Education Foundation Golf Tournament on Aug. 5, 2014, at Round Valley Golf Course. 

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Everyone has a story to tell. It’s too bad in this day and age that we often do not take time to get to know our neighbors and learn their interesting experiences.  Most people are reticent to share their lives, but a visit with Ken Farr of Mountain Green is both entertaining and touching. Like any good story-teller, Farr can have you laughing one minute and shedding a tear the next.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

At the board of trustees meeting held July 16, the Morgan Education Foundation approved more than $14,000 in classroom grants and $1,800 in school grants to benefit Morgan County School District students and teachers. 

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Common Core.  I have too – both good and bad.  

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Shane Rappleye opened his new store on Commercial Street to give Morgan youth a place to work in a clean atmosphere and gain much-needed job skills.  However, with other business ventures taking up a large chunk of his time, Rappleye made the tough choice of putting Traders Apparel on the market.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

If you visit places like Morgan Drug or Front Street Gifts, there is a little wooden crate on the counter near the register full of Little Red Hen Candy. 

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Rather than pursue establishing a municipal service fund similar to that used for garbage collection, the Morgan County Council would rather try to negotiate its agreement with Morgan City to provide ambulance service.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Mr. Billy Wall and Ms. Valerie Staley are excited to announce their wedding on August 2, 2014. 

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Leon LaMadeleine, 72, passed away on July 9, 2014, in Ogden, Ut.  Born and raised in Waterbury, CT, he attended St. Anne’s Catholic Church and grade school, Crosby High School, received a BS at UCONN, and a MS in Plant Pathology at UNH in Durham, NH.  He served in the US Army, was a member of the VFW and was involved in the Republican Party.  He then began a life-long career with the U.S. Forest Service from which he retired in 2002. He was also a member and Director in Melaleuca, The Wellness Company up to his death.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Robert Allen Baca, 58, passed away July 10, 2014 into the waiting arms of his Heavenly Father and was finally reunited with his parents and brother after a long battle with cancer.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Drew and Adele Downs and the late Lari Peck Downs are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Dylan Virginia to Tony Casper, son of Dale and Robyn Casper.  Dylan graduated from Lehi High School and then met Tony, a Morgan High School graduate, while they both attended Utah State University. Tony served in the Independence Missouri Mission.  

17 Jul 2014 - 13:12

Shane Rappleye opened his new store on Commercial Street to give Morgan youth a place to work in a clean atmosphere and gain much-needed job skills.  However, with other business ventures taking up a large chunk of his time, Rappleye made the tough choice of putting Traders Apparel on the market.
After a lot of thought, Justin an Aimee Ferrin expressed their interest in purchasing the company. “The Rappleyes have been friends of ours for a long time and when the business went up for sale, we saw it as an opportunity to be involved in and give back to the community as well as it being a good teaching tool for our sons to get real-life, on-th- job experience,” said Aimee.

17 Jul 2014 - 13:07

Not every member of the Morgan County Council agrees with putting a transit tax on the ballot, or how the county should fund road repair and maintenance.
“I am not sure if I am in favor of a transit tax,” Morgan County Council Chairman Logan Wilde said.  
The county has been discussing raising sales tax to fund transit, perhaps through an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).  That tax must be approved before an additional tax meant to provide funds to repair and maintain county roads could be added to the sales tax increase.
Wilde said he is concerned with the view that passing the transit tax is the only way that could lead to funding county roads.
When he reads the fine print about sales tax for funding roads, Wilde said there are too many stipulations.

17 Jul 2014 - 13:03

Last October, mother Dusty Morgan desperately needed the aid of emergency medical service workers for her toddler, Gus, when he was found unconscious and not breathing after falling into a horse trough.  Fortunately, those workers went above and beyond and the story had a happy ending.
“Simply said, they saved more than a life, they saved our whole family,” said Dusty Morgan, a Coalville native and Morgan resident.  “They did everything they needed to give him the best, and were a great example of trust and team work.”
It was such a great example that the incident received state-wide attention from the Utah Department of Health as well as the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness.  At the July 9, Utah EMS Awards Ceremony, the Morgan County emergency was honored as the state’s outstanding performance for a rural emergency medical incident.

17 Jul 2014 - 12:39

David Allen Rich the I, II and III, all of Morgan, are fired up about a goal they have been working on for the past few years. 
The trio has a burning desire to restore a 1941 Ford Howe Fire Truck to its original state.  While it is a work in process, they have made great progress and they showed off their efforts at the Morgan 4th of July parade.  They plan to enter the antique truck in the fair parade this summer.
In 1965, a young Dave Rich I went on his very first fire call.  He took the Ford Howe truck to a barn fire on Young Street near East Canyon Creek.  The Ford Howe was retired after only a few years and replaced with a 1967 La France; unlike Rich who has dedicated nearly 50 years of service without being retired or replaced.  Through the years of service to our community and working with different engines, Rich still fondly remembers that first truck above the rest.

10 Jul 2014 - 14:32

Newspapers are dead, or at least dying.  It was a topic of study, research and debate when I was in college studying journalism 18 years ago.  Sure, it caused me to pause a moment and consider the career I was pursuing.  If I would have believed the predictions, I wouldn’t be a news editor today for a weekly published on newsprint.  But here I am, still in the newspaper business, still with a job.  And here you are, reading my inked words on newsprint.
When I was first employed with The Morgan County News in 1998, the number of subscribers was actually lower than it is now.  If newspapers are dying, why are our subscriptions up?
Readers subscribe to a newspaper for many reasons, according to an Ad Age/Ipsos Observer American Consumer Survey in 2012.  Among those reasons in order of importance are local news, coupons, national news and obituaries.
Newspapers are integral to society because they monitor local government, explore current local events, have the largest staff dedicated to reporting, compare prices, share local opinion and explore local entertainment.  This is done in detail written by other locals, not some think tank residing thousands of miles away.

10 Jul 2014 - 14:27

There is demand for industrial park real estate in Morgan County, and the county should be looking into making it easier for new businesses to use such space, said Better City, the county’s economic development consultant.
The site most suitable for future industrial park development in Morgan County is on 125 acres near the recycling center, property currently owned by the Clarks and the Thackerays, said Ryan Hunter, Better City director of economic development.
Morgan City Mayor Ray Little wasn’t surprised at the location, saying it has been identified for years as a prime spot for industrial development.  “My intuition is it is a good spot,” Little said, noting that sewer trunks have already been brought to the land.

10 Jul 2014 - 14:19

The 4th of July parade is something all of Morgan County looks forward to each year.  Usually the excitement comes from the children standing on the side of the road with bags hoping they will be filled to the brim with Independence Day treats.  
While this was as true this year as any year, one young lady in the crowd was about to get something much more valuable than candy thrown from a float. A diamond ring was in her future.
Cormick Breshears wanted to make his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Whisper Givan, a fireworks show so unique and special that she, along with the town of Morgan, would never forget.  
He strategically planned it so Whisper never questioned him about riding in the parade float with the Morgan High School wrestling team.  After all, he was the assistant coach, so it was only appropriate.  “To say that I was nervous is an understatement, I was terrified!” said Breshears.  
He continued saying that keeping it a secret was no easy task.  “There were so many times where I almost slipped and said something about it. A couple of times I did slip and ask my parents something right in front of her,” commented Breshears.
As the fully decorated Razor approached, all the cameras came out. Givan said, “I think I was the only one in the dark.  Everyone else in my family knew.” But as the Razor began to turn, she started to wonder why the wrestling parade float was so girlish and void of any wrestlers. 

4 Jul 2014 (All day)

Brother Josiah Mecham, son of Glen and Carol Mecham, has been called to serve in the California Riverside Mission, Spanish speaking. He will enter the Mexico MTC on July 2, 2014.

4 Jul 2014 (All day)

Faith White has become a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant. This has always been her dream. Faith has a disability that makes her walk on her toes and makes her tire easily.