With the commencement of the 2012-13 school year a rudimentary form of Professional Learning Communities will be implemented in all schools within the district. Presently, Morgan Elementary School, Mountain Green Elementary School, and Morgan Middle School employ basic models of PLCs. Morgan High School has had periodic departmental planning sessions, but nothing continuous or direction focused.
Under the direction of their coach, Dennis Peterson, the Morgan High golf team started their Region 11 season Aug. 9, at the Oquirrh Hills golf course in Tooele. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles, Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles, Sophmores -Jason Bledsoe, Freshmen - Russell North, Braxton Ovard.
In the throws of budget turmoil, the Morgan County School District is motivated to sell its old bus garage property on State Street. Superintendent Ken Adams said there has been interest in outside parties purchasing the commercial property, including renewed interest from Morgan County. The school board went into executive session Tuesday to discuss real estate negotiations with the county. They planned to have something in writing for the Morgan County Council to consider during their Aug. 21 meeting.
Morgan County is a buzz with worries of tax increases and what is the School Board going to do to pay for all their expenses. This is not a fun time to be on the School Board, but I admire them for attacking this problem head on. I think, I can stand for the county school bus drivers and say “Thank You” to the County for the new Bus Garage. We have been in need of this facility for years. The debate is over if it should have been built at this time. I don’t know how it was paid for but it will be put to good use. We now have the capability of lifting a bus to do repairs and inspections under it. This is a huge time savings and cost savings over what the transportation had in the past. Along with these savings comes the issue of safety. We have a safe facility to work in. Thanks to everyone in the county as this facility has become a reality and we “Thank You.”
Jean and I were excited to have made plans to see, eat, watch the families and just have a wonderful time at this year’s Morgan County Fair. We were greeted with a smile at the east gate, and were directed to the disabled parking. It was still pretty far to walk, but luckily we had our canes.
With the proposed increase in property taxes for schools I looked up my property taxes that applied to Morgan county schools for the years 2005 - 2011 and the proposed increase for 2012, it is as follows:
Jo Ann Smith, Mountain Green resident for 45 years, moved here in 1967. Her husband, Kent, used to say she was an Okie—not an Okie from Oklahoma—but from Oak City, Millard County, Utah. She was born in Oak City in 1933, the first of seven children born to Allen Lovell and Virginia Lyman Lovell. She lived there until age 5.
“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life. He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father. When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent. He wanted to do more to help with the cause. Shortly after his father lost his fight to cancer, he got involved with Relay for Life through Ellen Poll. “I relay for my dad, and that’s my relay story.”
Soon after parents buy the new school clothes, pack the backpacks, and pay registration fees, they will be facing another school-related expense: new taxes. On a split 3-2 vote, the Morgan County School Board narrowly passed a tax that will increase the property tax on a $200,000 home $14.96 a year.
Tucked into a corner of Mountain Green—in the industrial park by the airport—is a family owned and operated dental lab. David and Emily Cox and their three children moved to Mountain Green from Oregon to be closer to family in Utah, and they moved their business with them.
When the Morgan City Council envisioned the Riverside Park splash pad, one of the things they hoped it would do is bring out-of-town visitors to generate revenue for other Morgan businesses, and it has done just that.
This last week there were two major announcements from the organizations working on indexing the 1940 census. Work began early April to take the millions of digital images created from the enumerators work as they visited each household in 1940 and transcribe the information into a searchable index. This allows individuals to search for those in the census by name rather than browse through hundreds or thousands of images to find their ancestors.
Snowbasin is excited to welcome to the stage 3-time Grammy award winner and internationally recognized saxophonist, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet on Saturday, August 18. This all-star band line-up consists of Jeff Coffin, from the Dave Mathew Band, Felix Pastorius on bass, Bill Fanning on trumpet/space trumpet, Chris Walters on keys, and special guest Roy “Future man” Wooten (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) on drums. This will be the second year Snowbasin will host a major concert as part of the Mt. Ogden 100k Mountain Bike Festival. “With the success of the Mt.Ogden 100k Festival concert last year it only seemed natural to bring in a band of this caliber for the second year,” explains Steve Andrus, Snowbasin’s events director.
Marion Lott, founder of River Valley Veterinary Hospital, has always taken great care and dedication in ensuring optimal service to both the animals in need and their owners. One might say that Marion’s dedication originated from as early as 1988 when his business was first established. He’s always been a very hard worker and genuinely cares for those he serves, though his caring attributes don’t stop there.
Mountain Green secondary water is currently experiencing high demand on the system when the water becomes available on odd days at 10 a.m. They are going to establish watering times according to your house address to try and spread the peak demand across the entire day. They hope that by dividing the times in to three hour blocks, water demand can be met.
The Morgan School District is not alone in these struggling economic times. Districts throughout the state and nation face challenging dilemmas as the fight to balance continually shrinking operating budgets continues.
After months of feeding and caring for their animals, over 160 hard working kids were able to sell their animals to generous and eager buyers. The junior livestock show and sale are the final event of a program encouraging youth to raise and care for livestock animals. The annual event allows kids to take responsibility for their animals and learn how a business is run.
In September when most are getting adjusted to back to school schedules and gearing up for fall, the Morgan County Fair board will already be starting to plan next year’s fair. It is such a big undertaking that many do not even stop to think of the countless hours and service that the members of the fair board put in. Whether it be selling booths, weed whacking the grounds, figuring out garbage and disposal, making banners and signs, planning events or the many, many other things needed to get ready for the upcoming fair. For those walking around enjoying the fair, there is a tendency to take for granted all of the hard work that has been put in to create such a fun and inviting atmosphere.
Each year Morgan County residents look forward to the first week in August. It is the time to showcase their talents, enjoy good food, and be entertained, all at the Morgan County Fair. Adults and children alike work all year getting their various projects ready, whether it is hand-stitching quilts, weeding gardens or capturing the beauty of the world behind their camera lens. Many solely come to see the handi-work of others.
Many contests and challenges were held during the three days at our county fair. The most recently added game to the fair line up was the Cantaloupe Chuckin’ event. Inspiration came when 12-year-old Easton Turner was watching a favorite show about pumpkin chucking. He told his mom this event needed to be part of the fair. His mom, Kim Turner, is in charge of the activities and games at the fair and she agreed that it would be a fun addition to the fair. Easton started making plans with his friend Talon Thorton. They compiled their favorite designs for catapults and took their favorite parts from each to build their ideal thrower.
In today’s world of hustle and bustle, I was reminded of why I cherish my small town roots. In small towns, even still today, integrity, humanity, kindness and sympathy are still a way of life for people in small towns. One member of your small town of Morgan, Utah, proved that to us.
Kayla Swanson and Brock Rigby Wilson will be united in marriage Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. A reception will be held in their honor that evening at the home of Carol Ann Webster, 1175 W. Island Rd. Morgan, Utah.
Lynn and Eileen Baxter have been called to serve in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. They will speak in sacrament meeting on Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Morgan LDS Stake Center located at 335 N. 700 E. They will enter the Provo MTC on Sept. 3, 2012.
Britlyn Elisabeth Compton and Grant Brady Case will be married on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 in the Bountiful Temple. A reception will be held in their honor on Aug. 9, 2012 at Snowbasin Resort from 7-9 p.m. In case of oversight, all family and friends are invited to attend.
Elder Landon Philip Ray Carter, son of Craig and Lisa Carter of Morgan, from the Morgan 7th ward, has accepted a call to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will serve in the Louisiana Baton Rouge mission.
Elder Blake Baltazar, son of Jeff and Norma Jean Baltazar, has been called to serve in the California, Riverside Spanish speaking Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He reports to the Provo Missionary Training Center on August 15. He will be speaking in the Rosehill Ward (Mountain Green Chapel) on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 12:50 p.m.
Relay for Life is a big deal in Morgan County. Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to help raise funds for cancer research. All across the world people are affected by cancer in some way, and Morgan is no different. It seems that around every corner there is another tragic story. For this reason, the community rallies in support of this event. Windows of local businesses are filled with footprints that have been purchased to help the cause.
After a six-year hiatus, the demolition derby came back to Morgan County. Historically, Morgan has had a rich tradition of hosting demolition derbies. Although the derby this year started out small, we were fortunate to be able to bring it back. Organizers are hopeful that last Thursday’s event will have increased interest not only from spectators, but also for future drivers who want to test their driving skills in the arena. Hopefully this was the first of many, and through the years it will be able to grow.
DeMarre Carroll was welcomed to the Trojan Center with big cheers from all the junior Jazz players in the audience. Carroll was born July 27, 1986, is 6’8” and just finished his third year in the NBA and his first year with the Utah Jazz.
40 years ago our parents met in Riverton, Utah, when they were both 18 years old. Ken and Chrys Rindlesbach met through a blind date that Ken’s sister and Chrys’ sister set up, because they were in the same ward.
While it is very difficult to track figures of how many people participated in the events of the fair, ticket sales for the two rodeos and the demolition derby suggested record-breaking numbers. Each of these events sold out early with packed bleachers full of enthusiastic spectators. The open horse show earlier in the week had more entrants than in the last five years.
Many years ago my grandmother wrote about the schoolhouse in Enterprise. It was written as though the schoolhouse was speaking. She said, “I was built many, many years ago, by the people who lived in the town of Enterprise, in Morgan County, Utah. They were anxious to have a center place in the town for a school, a church, or whatever the occasion might be. I was a real nice looking building in my day, and the people were proud of me and kept me painted up nice both inside and out. I was the center of attraction in the town. I was their school house, their ward chapel, and their amusement hall. During the weekdays in the winter months I was their school house. Would you believe me when I tell you that at one time 75 children attended school here within these walls? Here was where they started to get their education. Oh, those were happy days for me, for I loved to hear them sing and recite their lessons. Then after school they would play and have so much fun on the grounds around me. You see I was in a place where I could enjoy it all. It used to be a very lively little community at one time.
On Aug. 25, 2012, the 4th annual Focus Four Run will be held in Roy at 4000 South 1900 West. This event was established to remember John Carter, Cody Odekirk, Lydia Silva and Jeff Reppe who passed away in 2008 while traveling during a humanitarian project to Guatemala.
Local organizing committees and host cities for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah are looking to fill 2,000 volunteer positions this year for the August 7-12, 2012 professional cycling event. Course marshals are still needed in Morgan County for stages 1 and 3 as well as course marshals for stage 4 at the finish area near the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Individuals can join by completing an application online at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com/volunteer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and are required to sign a waiver.
With the recent of arrest of two sex offenders with Morgan ties, public interest in the state’s sex offender registry has piqued. However, the registry should be used carefully, county and state officials say.