Every so often you encounter a person with a truly generous and giving heart. If you know Susanne Skeen, then you know such a person. She has been blessing the lives of others in Morgan County for many years—In her family, her neighborhood, her work, her church, and in 4-H.
It is a privilege to honor Pat Porter Peterson as a distinguished employee of the month in the Morgan School District. She began her employment with the district in 1968 as possibly the first recognized teacher’s aide. During the past 47 years, Pat has been an administrative assistant, secretary, recess aide, teaching aide, study hall monitor, PE helper and lunchroom supervisor.
As a result of increased public pressure, the Morgan County School Board is contemplating the creation of a standards committee to keep an eye on state core standards and curriculum while allowing as much local input as possible.
You own a home in Morgan County valued at $276,000, the average assessed value in the county. Last year, you paid $1,184 in taxes according to the 0.007805 certified tax rate set by the Utah State Tax Commission.
“Goodbye, happy home,” sighed Nellie Nelson as she and her husband left their home on Dalton Creek in 1911. Walter and Nellie Nelson had traded their happy, cozy home on Dalton Creek for a farm in Milton (1585 N. Morgan Valley Drive) so their four young children could be within walking distance of the school.
The Morgan County School District is sharing results of a special Utah State Office of Education audit spurred by anonymous complaints regarding how construction of the Trojan Century Center was funded.
“Callers were telling the state office of education they felt there was some misappropriation of dollars in the creation of the Trojan center,” Superintendent Doug Jacobs said.
The Utah Transit Authority board recommended not proceeding with placing a Morgan County annexation measure on the November ballot, saying an overwhelming majority of the feedback they received was in opposition.
“Public input weighed heavily on the decision,” said Ryan Taylor, UTA coordinated mobility manager. “We weighed all factors including public support, the nature of the county and its rural setting, and the needs of the community at this time.”
UTA and Morgan County Councilman Logan Wilde agreed that this is just not the proper time for a “marriage of Morgan and UTA.”
The UTA board subcommittee met and made the recommendation Wednesday. The Morgan County Council can still vote whether or not to keep the tax increase issue off the ballot.
Tuesday morning, 40 Holcim employees were encouraged to forgo their regular workday to offer service instead. They loaded their gear and headed to the Morgan Lions Club lodge.
The volunteers arrived early, filling the parking area with pickup trucks, flatbed trailers and cement trucks. As work began, the grassy area was loaded up with old railings and faulty pieces of wood to make way for updated cement stairs and a new patio behind the facility.
The U11 Morgan FC boys’ competition soccer team took first place at the La Roca Cup in Layton that was held July 16-19. The championship game went into overtime, but Morgan FC came away with a 3-1 win. The team is coached by Bob Grow, Brant Hayward and Jacki Cameron. Special thanks to Bryan Garay for helping train the team this summer and coming out to the final game to support the boys.
Jeremy Evans was welcomed to the Trojan Center with big cheers. Youth watched with wide eyes as this 6’9” Utah Jazz forward walked into the building. Evans was all smiles and gave incredibly high fives to all the mini basketball fans.
My parents and I, along with my Aunt Coleen and Uncle Ron, want to thank COLETTE WATKINS and EVERYONE else who made it possible for my friends and me to participate in the Special Needs Rodeo. It was so much fun.
John Henry Noyes left this mortal world to begin his eternal road trip on Aug. 5, 2014. Born Feb. 10, 1956, John was the 10th of 13 children born to Verle Mc and Doris Noyes. Raised on a small family dairy farm in Milton in Morgan County, John learned the value of hard work and how to find joy in the fleeting moments of leisure.
Alton Brice Olsen, 83, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with his loving wife by his side. The youngest child of Carl Antone and Hazel Louise Madsen Olsen, he was born May 7, 1931, in Milton.
Sister Sydney Creager, daughter of Sid and Peggy Creager, returned home Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, having served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Carolina Columbia Mission.
Merrill and Wynette Johnson are excited to announce the marriage of their daughter Saren LuJuana to Jessie Dalton Romero, son of Ron Romero and Trina Blankenship. The wedding will take place in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Family and friends are invited to celebrate that evening at the Johnson home from 6 to 8:30 pm, 5175 Lamb Drive Mountain Green.
Potholes, patchwork and standing water, oh my!!
The Morgan County Council unanimously approved up to $400,000 in road repairs Tuesday, getting a solid start on a much-needed road repair and maintenance program in the county.
As many as 11 projects totaling 4.1 miles of county roads are on the list, ranked in order by the county facilities director and contracted engineer.
“The council had no input on the areas that are being worked on. It is not a political thing,” said Morgan County Councilman Robert Kilmer. “It is strictly based on a professional analysis of what needs to be fixed first.”
Torrential rains and water flowing out of Lost Creek Canyon caused a mudslide Monday that threatened the Ron Crouch home at 3000 N. 7000 E. in Croydon. Mud and debris flowed onto the road, making it impassable in places. County emergency crews responded and closed the road to facilitate clean-up efforts.
Every rodeo begins with the National Anthem and Old Glory waving her famous red, white and blue. The Special Needs Rodeo was no different. Larry Turner proudly rode around the arena on horseback, presenting the Stars and Stripes, while David Olsen honorably sang the National Anthem.
After the brief opening, Turner and Olsen joined over 20 other special needs cowboys and cowgirls in the arena to experience the thrill of a rodeo. They came with all different abilities but with the same chance to participate.
As families with small children arrived at the Morgan County Fair to participate in the children’s games, local businesses, families and individuals gathered Saturday in the Ray W. Little Education Pavilion to purchase sheep, hogs and steers in support of area youth.
Each youth can show as many animals as they would like, but you can only sell one animal in the junior livestock event. This year 150 animals were sold, which means that 150 youth raised livestock for this occasional. That is a lot of responsibility for kids this age and gives them a great chance to learn about and respect where their food comes from.
For almost a year, junior livestock participants must learn to properly feed, care for and exercise their animals. This is no small task. Especially for those raising steers that weigh ten times what the children raising them weigh.
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.
“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin.
For 45 years, Linda Morrison reported for work at the same school in the same classroom. Sometimes her days began at 5 a.m. in the driving snow when she coached the Morgan High School Academic Decathlon team.
For some, the American military in Germany is a mystery. By participating in the 2014 Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command is able to break down the barriers of its fences and show the local nationals everyone is a part of the same community.
The Milton Roundup brought nearly 500 people to the Milton Park on Pioneer Day. An old fashioned potluck dinner, pony rides, games, bounce house, rock wall and music entertained the crowd from infants to the elderly.
The 2014 fair was up and running with an early start on Saturday, July 26, with the fourth annual Morgan Valley Marathon. Ninety-nine marathon, 252 half marathon and 86 10K runners, along with a sea of 5K runners, tested their endurance on the courses around Morgan County.
The Morgan County Fair Board is excited about the 2014 fair already underway. This dedicated bunch has been working hard to ensure this year will continue to be a success! While there is too much to say about the fair, here are some highlights.
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.
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.
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.