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September 28, 2014

We live in a day and age where information is readily available at our fingertips.  New technologies have permitted us to do many things quickly and efficiently. Public schools gather student information from enrollment forms and store it in a secure manner. Unfortunately, we hear daily of breaches in the data held by large companies and there is always a risk of any data being compromised. Data from Utah’s schools are entered into a district and state database maintained and secured by the Utah State Office of Education.

We live in a day and age where information is readily available at our fingertips.  New technologies have permitted us to do many things quickly and efficiently.

July 31, 2014

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.

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.

July 10, 2014

Marjorie Virginia Lepley Porter, born October 24, 1941, peacefully passed away with her family in the Morgan Valley she loved on June 16, 2014.  She grew up traveling with her military family, having cherished memories of many places, her favorite being Japan.  She graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1959 and St. Benedict’s Nursing program in 1962.   She loved her nursing career and those she took care of over her 50 years of service. Her most memorable nursing moment was meeting the love of her life as a patient while working in the hospital. 

Marjorie Virginia Lepley Porter, born October 24, 1941, peacefully passed away with her family in the Morgan Valley she loved on June 16, 2014.  She grew up traveling with her military family, having cherished memories of many places, her favorite being Japan.  She graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1959 and St. Benedict’s Nursing program in 1962.

June 19, 2014

Candidates for the District 2 and District 4 Morgan County School Board positions met for a debate June 12. Voting for the primary election involving Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and Bruce A. Galbraith for District 2 will take place Tuesday, June 24.
Alan Vesper withdrew from the District 4 race, making a primary election with Anna Phelps and incumbent Mark Farmer unnecessary. Phelps and Farmer will proceed to the general election in November. 
Haslam, Taylor, Phelps and Farmer were present for the debate sponsored by Morepac, a political action committee with the mission to “facilitate community awareness through public forums and provide accurate information on educational and economic issues.”
Farmer said the roles and responsibilities of a member of the board of education are three-fold including providing quality education that exceeds state requirements and prepares students for college, providing education consistent with the standards of the community, and handling the fiduciary responsibilities entrusted to the board.
Taylor said if elected, his responsibilities are to his constituents and representing them.  This would include making sure students receive the best education available, allowing the public to approach the board, and ensuring sufficient funds are in the budget to pay for expenses. 
Phelps said that there is more to ensuring a great education, including taking care of teachers, board members acting as facilitators, and board members attending all government council meetings.  “Academics are the first priority of a board member,” she said.

Candidates for the District 2 and District 4 Morgan County School Board positions met for a debate June 12. Voting for the primary election involving Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and Bruce A. Galbraith for District 2 will take place Tuesday, June 24.

June 12, 2014

Morgan residents hear President Obama regularly; however, it is not common that President Obama hears Morgan residents.  On May 13, President Obama not only met with a Morgan resident, but also spent time learning from a small group of law enforcement representatives including local man Keith Squires.  

Morgan residents hear President Obama regularly; however, it is not common that President Obama hears Morgan residents.  On May 13, President Obama not only met with a Morgan resident, but also spent time learning from a small group of law enforcement representatives including local man Keith Squires.  

June 1, 2014

For many years Morgan has known its own fire chief, Dave Rich, as the face of Farm Bureau Insurance.  Rich has made the decision to retire and is turning the reins over to a new friendly face, Cole Everitt.

For many years Morgan has known its own fire chief, Dave Rich, as the face of Farm Bureau Insurance.  Rich has made the decision to retire and is turning the reins over to a new friendly face, Cole Everitt.

June 1, 2014

When the Morgan County Council set out four years ago researching the need for public transportation in Morgan County, Councilwoman Tina Kelley didn’t think she would find many people who needed such a service.

When the Morgan County Council set out four years ago researching the need for public transportation in Morgan County, Councilwoman Tina Kelley didn’t think she would find many people who needed such a service.
She was wrong.

May 11, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014, Gerald Betourney spoke to the assembled members of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, about his LDS mission to South Africa.

Monday, April 21, 2014, Gerald Betourney spoke to the assembled members of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, about his LDS mission to South Africa.

May 11, 2014

John Keith Trussell, 52, of St. Paul, Nebraska, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island, Nebraska, of multiple sclerosis.

John Keith Trussell, 52, of St. Paul, Nebraska, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island, Nebraska, of multiple sclerosis.

May 1, 2014

Everyone would like to think they will never be in a position to need physical therapy. Unfortunately anyone who skis down a mountain, runs a marathon, or even just steps off a curb wrong will eventually find themselves in the physical therapist’s office.

Everyone would like to think they will never be in a position to need physical therapy. Unfortunately anyone who skis down a mountain, runs a marathon, or even just steps off a curb wrong will eventually find themselves in the physical therapist’s office.

May 1, 2014

Frank Rowe Levy was born January 20, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, to Leo Morris Levy and Emily Isabelle Waller. He returned to his heavenly home April 10, 2014.

Frank Rowe Levy was born January 20, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, to Leo Morris Levy and Emily Isabelle Waller. He returned to his heavenly home April 10, 2014.
Frank was an only child. He was drawn to adventures in Morgan County with his cousins.

May 1, 2014

When a new superintendent took over the Morgan School District July 1, 2013, he had a community to calm after a failed voted leeway, a new principal to hire and bus routes to figure out.  And the weekly “Superintendent’s Corner” column that had run for decades in the newspaper ended.

When a new superintendent took over the Morgan School District July 1, 2013, he had a community to calm after a failed voted leeway, a new principal to hire and bus routes to figure out.  And the weekly “Superintendent’s Corner” column that had run for decades in the newspaper ended.

April 13, 2014

Although the controversy over the “common core” has been going on for a couple of years, my conversations outside of fellow educators have been limited to only a few individuals.  That began to change the night of the Republican Party Caucus meetings in my precinct.  I have been amazed at the lack of understanding and misinformation possessed by several individuals that I’ve talked with; thus the impetus for this response.  The purpose of this response is not to change the minds of those who are opposed, but to simply provide those who are honestly seeking information with the other side of the story.

Dear Editor,

March 23, 2014

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program offering free federal and state income tax preparation for individuals and families with annual incomes of $52,000 or less.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program offering free federal and state income tax preparation for individuals and families with annual incomes of $52,000 or less.

March 23, 2014

The county’s animal control officer would like to increase fees, something the Morgan County Council is not willing to do without more research.

The county’s animal control officer would like to increase fees, something the Morgan County Council is not willing to do without more research.

March 23, 2014

There is a growing awareness for the need of foster families in society now days.  This extends not only to children, but animals as well.

There is a growing awareness for the need of foster families in society now days.  This extends not only to children, but animals as well.

March 23, 2014

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama spoke about his signature domestic achievement, Obamacare. He predictably declared that his health law is working as advertised, despite all the problems with the website, the millions of Americans who have had their health insurance dropped as a result of the law, and the skyrocketing costs that have made health care unaffordable for many. To anyone taking an objective view, Obamacare is a disaster.

By Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

February 15, 2014

Morgan residents have officially filed an answer and counterclaim with 2nd District Court, defending their actions called into question by a lawsuit filed Dec. 31.

Morgan residents have officially filed an answer and counterclaim with 2nd District Court, defending their actions called into question by a lawsuit filed Dec. 31.

February 8, 2014

The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. 

Urgent need for platelet donors, blood donors with types O, A negative and B negative

February 8, 2014

If Utah parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-2015) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away. That’s the message from organizers of National School Choice Week, which this week featured 25 events across the Beehive State and a history-making 5,500 events nationwide between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.

If Utah parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-2015) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away.

January 25, 2014

I was born to Don and Verna Durrant in Morgan, on Nov. 3, 1924, the second girl in a family of four children.

I was born to Don and Verna Durrant in Morgan, on Nov. 3, 1924, the second girl in a family of four children.
My father was a cheesemaker. The creamery by the river holds many dear memories of my youth.

January 12, 2014

There are not many things that can get kids out of bed early over Christmas vacation, but plenty of kids showed up to celebrate the first anniversary of the brand new Morgan Health Center.

There are not many things that can get kids out of bed early over Christmas vacation, but plenty of kids showed up to celebrate the first anniversary of the brand new Morgan Health Center.

January 12, 2014

Darlene Mortenson passed away on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 96 years of age.

Darlene Mortenson passed away on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 96 years of age.
She was born on September 23, 1917, in Stoddard.  Darlene was a lifelong resident of Morgan County.

January 12, 2014

Eva Mecham McFarland passed away on Dec. 12, 2013, at the age of 84 due to pancreatic cancer.

Eva Mecham McFarland passed away on Dec. 12, 2013, at the age of 84 due to pancreatic cancer.
 Eva was born January 14, 1929, to Marion and Alice Whittier Mecham at their home in Milton, Morgan, Utah. She grew up in Milton and graduated in 1947 from Morgan High School and Seminary. 

January 12, 2014

Lloyd Rex Heiner passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 27, 2013, with his wife and mother at his side.   We are certain he is happy to join his father, brother, grandparents and other loved ones who are rejoicing to be with him again. 

Lloyd Rex Heiner passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 27, 2013, with his wife and mother at his side.   We are certain he is happy to join his father, brother, grandparents and other loved ones who are rejoicing to be with him again. 

December 28, 2013

The new Morgan Health Center is about to celebrate their first anniversary in their new and updated building.

The new Morgan Health Center is about to celebrate their first anniversary in their new and updated building.  

December 28, 2013

Recently, Senator Mike Lee hosted a roundtable with Utah citizens, experts, government officials, and community activists on the growing crisis of immobility among the poor.  The event is a continuation of Sen. Lee’s “Let’s Talk” series he began in August, taking him around the state to hear directly from Utahns about the critical issues facing the state and the country. 

Recently, Senator Mike Lee hosted a roundtable with Utah citizens, experts, government officials, and community activists on the growing crisis of immobility among the poor.  The event is a continuation of Sen.

December 28, 2013

Each year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low-income residents with tax preparation.  

Each year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low-income residents with tax preparation.  

December 28, 2013

Laurie Moore and Chris and Susan Moore are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Breanne to Kelby Turk, son of Larry and Katie Turk Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

Laurie Moore and Chris and Susan Moore are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Breanne to Kelby Turk, son of Larry and Katie Turk Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

December 28, 2013

“Gimme gimme, that thing called love!”

“Gimme gimme, that thing called love!”  

November 28, 2013

On Sunday, Nov. 3, cousins Matt Peterson and Cameron Jones, both Morgan natives, took fourth place in the #9 Shoot-Out at the CINCH United States Team Roping Championships National Finals of Team Roping in Oklahoma City, Okla.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, cousins Matt Peterson and Cameron Jones, both Morgan natives, took fourth place in the #9 Shoot-Out at the CINCH United States Team Roping Championships National Finals of Team Roping in Oklahoma City, Okla.

November 28, 2013

Morgan Elementary School was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2013 Utah High Performing Title I Schools Recognition.  The Utah State Office of Education recognized Morgan Elementary as a Utah Title I school that is able to demonstrate high levels of student achievement. 

Morgan Elementary School was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2013 Utah High Performing Title I Schools Recognition.  The Utah State Office of Education recognized Morgan Elementary as a Utah Title I school that is able to demonstrate high levels of student achievement. 

November 9, 2013

Not many people can lay claim to babysitting a mountain lion for two weeks or keeping a mouse farm in their laundry room to feed injured raptors.  Don Paul expounded on the time he wrestled the six-month-old mountain lion into the bathroom to wash it off. He said it was a real challenge and the bathroom was a mess afterward. 

Not many people can lay claim to babysitting a mountain lion for two weeks or keeping a mouse farm in their laundry room to feed injured raptors.  Don Paul expounded on the time he wrestled the six-month-old mountain lion into the bathroom to wash it off. He said it was a real challenge and the bathroom was a mess afterward. 

November 9, 2013

Each year 10 of the best horse trainers across the country are invited to participate in the Impact of the Horse Competition held in Heber City, Utah. This year Croydon resident Niki Wilde was chosen to be a part of this prestigious group who will show off their horse training skills Nov. 1 – 2, at the Wasatch Event Center. 

Each year 10 of the best horse trainers across the country are invited to participate in the Impact of the Horse Competition held in Heber City, Utah. This year Croydon resident Niki Wilde was chosen to be a part of this prestigious group who will show off their horse training skills Nov. 1 – 2, at the Wasatch Event Center. 

November 9, 2013

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation on the way forward for conservatives and the need for a new conservative reform agenda.  

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation on the way forward for conservatives and the need for a new conservative reform agenda.  
The following are selected excerpts from the speech:

November 9, 2013

Senator Mike Lee introduced a tax reform plan that would replaces much of today’s complex tax system with a new, simple structure that provides solutions for America’s ongoing opportunity crisis and ends the discrimination of parents in the tax code.  The Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act is a pro-family, pro-growth plan that incentivizes social mobility, promotes middle-class economic security, and improves opportunity for all Americans.

Senator Mike Lee introduced a tax reform plan that would replaces much of today’s complex tax system with a new, simple structure that provides solutions for America’s ongoing opportunity crisis and ends the discrimination of parents in the tax code.  The Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act is a pro-family, pro-growth plan that incentivizes social mobility

October 19, 2013

“It felt like something unfinished was completed,” Marilyn Bambrough said of recently graduating from Utah State University. 

“It felt like something unfinished was completed,” Marilyn Bambrough said of recently graduating from Utah State University. 

October 19, 2013

A representative from the Utah State School Board says those both in favor of and opposed to the Utah Common Core have the same concerns.

A representative from the Utah State School Board says those both in favor of and opposed to the Utah Common Core have the same concerns.

October 14, 2013

While administrators in the Morgan County School District have heard residents offer a four-day school week as a solution to their budgetary woes, other schools in the nation have already tried it with mixed results. 

While administrators in the Morgan County School District have heard residents offer a four-day school week as a solution to their budgetary woes, other schools in the nation have already tried it with mixed results. 

October 14, 2013

The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak.  Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions.  Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole.  It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.   

The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak.  Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions.  Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole.  It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.   

October 14, 2013

With Obamacare on the horizon, Morgan County may not have much to worry about, said Scott Deru of Fringe Benefits.  In fact, Deru predicted a drop in rates for the county as much as 20 percent.

With Obamacare on the horizon, Morgan County may not have much to worry about, said Scott Deru of Fringe Benefits.  In fact, Deru predicted a drop in rates for the county as much as 20 percent.

October 8, 2013

Nearly 200 runners showed just how bright they are by supporting the Morgan Education Foundation at the Color Us Bright Fun Run on Saturday Sept. 21.  

Nearly 200 runners showed just how bright they are by supporting the Morgan Education Foundation at the Color Us Bright Fun Run on Saturday Sept. 21.  

October 8, 2013

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Washington are set on giving us this beginning of socialized medicine. 

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Wa

October 5, 2013

LaNeece Davenport from the Wasatch Front Regional Council attended this week’s Morgan County Council of Governments (COG) meeting to discuss Morgan County’s participation in a regional broadband study.

LaNeece Davenport from the Wasatch Front Regional Council attended this week’s Morgan County Council of Governments (COG) meeting to discuss Morgan County’s participation in a regional broadband study.

October 5, 2013

Alayna Gunn of Morgan has earned a $2,000 academic scholarship from Alliance for Affordable Services. Gunn plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall. This year Alliance awarded $186,000 in scholarships to 138 students across the United States. Since 1996, the Alliance Scholarship Program has supported approximately 1,600 students with more than $2.3 million in scholarships.

Alayna Gunn of Morgan has earned a $2,000 academic scholarship from Alliance for Affordable Services. Gunn plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall. This year Alliance awarded $186,000 in scholarships to 138 students across the United States.

October 5, 2013

OnTimeBus today announces the release of its bus tracking web application for free to all Morgan County School District families with bus riding students. The OnTimeBus service aids parents and students by showing bus stop locations and bus positions on a live map. 

OnTimeBus today announces the release of its bus tracking web application for free to all Morgan County School District families with bus riding students. The OnTimeBus service aids parents and students by showing bus stop locations and bus positions on a live map. 

October 5, 2013

If you have precious manuscript materials about your ancestors coming across the plains, consider sharing it with a new project coming to the Morgan County Library on Sept. 19, 2013, from noon to 6 p.m.

If you have precious manuscript materials about your ancestors coming across the plains, consider sharing it with a new project coming to the Morgan County Library on Sept. 19, 2013, from noon to 6 p.m.

October 5, 2013

Questar Gas is requesting a decrease in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the annual bill for the typical residential customer will decrease by about $10 beginning Oct. 1.

Questar Gas is requesting a decrease in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the annual bill for the typical residential customer will decrease by about $10 beginning Oct. 1.

October 5, 2013

Danielle Kay and Tyson Dearden were sealed in the Bountiful, Utah LDS Temple on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.   That evening they enjoyed a beautiful garden reception with family and friends at the bride’s parents’ home.

Danielle Kay and Tyson Dearden were sealed in the Bountiful, Utah LDS Temple on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.   That evening they enjoyed a beautiful garden reception with family and friends at the bride’s parents’ home.

September 1, 2013

Grappling with a budgetary shortfall of over $300,000, and upcoming health care reform implementation, the Morgan School District has been making cuts that have affected many area bus routes.  The changes affect students, parents, bus drivers and administrators.

Grappling with a budgetary shortfall of over $300,000, and upcoming health care reform implementation, the Morgan School District has been making cuts that have affected many area bus routes.  The changes affect students, parents, bus drivers and administrators.

August 3, 2013

The newest addition to the recently completed Morgan Health Center is full-time, family physician, Dr. Wyatt West.

The newest addition to the recently completed Morgan Health Center is full-time, family physician, Dr. Wyatt West.

July 24, 2013

As we approach Pioneer Day, many people reflect on the ancestors who brought them to where they are today.  Bonnie Williams Brown said, “We are all a product of our heritage. Our ancestors practiced faith and endurance so that we could raise our families in this beautiful place.”

As we approach Pioneer Day, many people reflect on the ancestors who brought them to where they are today.  Bonnie Williams Brown said, “We are all a product of our heritage.

July 8, 2013

Last week one of our school board members wrote to the editor that he didn’t think anyone could go through the school budget and find anywhere that could be cut.

Dear Editor:
Last week one of our school board members wrote to the editor that he didn’t think anyone could go through the school budget and find anywhere that could be cut.

July 8, 2013

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?
The short ones, TALL ones, B I G  ones, skinny ones, rich ones, poor ones, and old ones as well as young ones??

July 8, 2013

A Mountain Green resident made his first appearance in Second District Court June 5 in front of Judge Noel S. Hyde facing charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

A Mountain Green resident made his first appearance in Second District Court June 5 in front of Judge Noel S. Hyde facing charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

June 17, 2013

During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times  forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts.  State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not alone in facing financial challenges when it comes to balancing their budgets this year.  A quick review of the state’s newspapers and television stations and you will see many headlines, news stories and editorials dealing with school finance.  One example can be found on the editorial page of the Sunday, June 2, issue of the Ogden Standard Examiner.

During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times  forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts.  State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not

June 17, 2013

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board.  I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.  

June 7, 2013

On May 4, 2013, a 4-H/FFA workshop was held for anyone who has a livestock project this year.  The day began with instruction on livestock judging presented by Dane Ercanbrack.  

On May 4, 2013, a 4-H/FFA workshop was held for anyone who has a livestock project this year.  The day began with instruction on livestock judging presented by Dane Ercanbrack.  

June 7, 2013

I teach 6th grade at Morgan Middle School, and I would like to give you my perspective as a teacher in a school district that is struggling financially. 

Dear Editor:
I teach 6th grade at Morgan Middle School, and I would like to give you my perspective as a teacher in a school district that is struggling financially. 

June 7, 2013

The Agriculture Science Department has been busy this spring!  If you have driven past Morgan Elementary School you may have noticed some new benches and ground cover in the far corner of the elementary playground. 

The Agriculture Science Department has been busy this spring!  If you have driven past Morgan Elementary School you may have noticed some new benches and ground cover in the far corner of the elementary playground. 

June 6, 2013

A Morgan County Councilman provided the Morgan County School District with up-to-date information regarding potential residential development.

A Morgan County Councilman provided the Morgan County School District with up-to-date information regarding potential residential development.
Councilman Robert Kilmer told the district that 453 building lots have been platted, approved, and “ready to dig a hole and put a house on them.”  

June 6, 2013

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer Danielson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, will be the featured speaker at this event. 

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act.

June 6, 2013

Having spent 13 years as the superintendent of schools in Morgan County, I understand the pressing need for additional revenues that the school district is currently experiencing.  Morgan is consistently in the bottom 25 percent of Utah school districts when it comes to expenditures and revenues per student.  Last school year, the district ranked 34th out of 41 when considering all expenditures as well as the daily operations budget.  With the exception of Juab School District, all other district with less money per student were much larger than Morgan (Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Jordan, Nebo) and thus enjoy the advantages provided by the economy of scales.

Dear Editor:

June 6, 2013

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our current reading teachers in our elementary schools.  

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our cur

June 4, 2013

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act. Jennifer Danielson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, will be the featured speaker at this event. 

Goldenwest Credit Union is hosting a free Health Care Reform Seminar on May 24. This symposium will provide timely information on how business owners and managers can proactively prepare for the changes and cost increases that will be associated with the Affordable Care Act.

June 4, 2013

Dear Editor:
Having spent 13 years as the superintendent of schools in Morgan County, I understand the pressing need for additional revenues that the school district is currently experiencing.  Morgan is consistently in the bottom 25 percent of Utah school districts when it comes to expenditures and revenues per student.  Last school year, the district ranked 34th out of 41 when considering all expenditures as well as the daily operations budget.  With the exception of Juab School District, all other district with less money per student were much larger than Morgan (Alpine, Box Elder, Davis, Jordan, Nebo) and thus enjoy the advantages provided by the economy of scales.

Dear Editor:

June 4, 2013

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our current reading teachers in our elementary schools.  

One of the joys of education is seeing students successfully go from learning their ABCs to the art of reading and understanding.  When the lights come on and a child says, “I can read this myself,” parents and teachers see the accomplishment of their endeavors and the true triumph of a small child.  This achievement was made in part by the importance of our cur

May 11, 2013

All-day kindergarten will be re-instated at Morgan Elementary School for the upcoming school year.

All-day kindergarten will be re-instated at Morgan Elementary School for the upcoming school year.

May 11, 2013

Three Morgan County Boy Scouts and four adult leaders were recognized for their exemplary service and leadership in Scouting and in our community.  

Three Morgan County Boy Scouts and four adult leaders were recognized for their exemplary service and leadership in Scouting and in our community.  

May 11, 2013

This is the stuff kids dream of.   Last inning, tie game, home team up, winning run on base, and you’re the batter.  Last week, in the biggest baseball game of the year, Dallin Dickson’s dream came true.

This is the stuff kids dream of.   Last inning, tie game, home team up, winning run on base, and you’re the batter.  Last week, in the biggest baseball game of the year, Dallin Dickson’s dream came true.

April 20, 2013

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

In my opinion, to take more money from the pockets of Morgan residents demonstrates arrogance of the Morgan school board members and Superintendent who want to preserve or expand the status quo rather than looking for ways to cut programs, eliminate waste, and better manage existing tax revenue.  

April 20, 2013

It was standing room only Tuesday when the Morgan City Planning Commission unanimously denied a conditional use permit for a residential group home.  More than 90 residents crowded the council chambers, where Alpha Counseling and Treatment presented plans for a group home for “disabled youth suffering from autism, Asperger’s syndrome and similar challenges” at 535 Derrick Circle.

It was standing room only Tuesday when the Morgan City Planning Commission unanimously denied a conditional use permit for a residential group home.  More than 90 residents crowded the council chambers, where Alpha Counseling and Treatment presented plans for a group home for “disabled youth suffering from autism, Asperger’s s

April 15, 2013

If you have been lucky enough to steer clear of the flu this season, you may not have noticed the changes around the new Morgan Health Center.  

If you have been lucky enough to steer clear of the flu this season, you may not have noticed the changes around the new Morgan Health Center.  

February 28, 2013

Once again, 1st Bank of Morgan is teaming up with the Earn It, Keep It, Save It Coalition (EIKISI) for Davis and Morgan Counties to provide IRS-approved tax preparation for low-income families and individuals.  EIKISI is a statewide coalition building partnerships to strengthen family financial stability. 

Once again, 1st Bank of Morgan is teaming up with the Earn It, Keep It, Save It Coalition (EIKISI) for Davis and Morgan Counties to provide IRS-approved tax preparation for low-income families and individuals.  EIKISI is a statewide coalition building partnerships to strengthen family financial stability. 

February 28, 2013

It would be hard to keep up with the Joneses—at least all that they have done in a short time. Dr. Kip and Heidi Jones live in Monte Verde, Mountain Green.  Kip is a dentist in Layton and Heidi is a stay-at-home mom to their four girls.  Both are natives of Utah, but they traveled a great deal in the early years of marriage before they returned home to Utah again. The Jones have lived in Morgan County the past six and a half years.

It would be hard to keep up with the Joneses—at least all that they have done in a short time. Dr.

February 28, 2013

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Morgan School District is updating its emergency preparedness plan and evaluating the safety of its schools.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Morgan School District is updating its emergency preparedness plan and evaluating the safety of its schools.

February 16, 2013

The coming of the new year brings new health care resources to Morgan City residents.  The new Morgan Health Center opened its doors to patients on New Year’s Eve.

The coming of the new year brings new health care resources to Morgan City residents.  The new Morgan Health Center opened its doors to patients on New Year’s Eve.

December 24, 2012

In the five years Niel and Candice Ekberg have lived in Morgan, they have made a big impact in the community. Niel is a state trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol. Candice is a local EMT and a track and field coach at MHS. For each of them, getting to this point was a journey of self-discovery and pursuing meaningful paths. As their story unfolds, it is notable to observe their biography continues to evolve as the result of hard work—a testament that dreams may be accomplished through passion and perseverance.

In the five years Niel and Candice Ekberg have lived in Morgan, they have made a big impact in the community. Niel is a state trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol. Candice is a local EMT and a track and field coach at MHS. For each of them, getting to this point was a journey of self-discovery and pursuing meaningful paths.

December 18, 2012

Luckily, we have had a mild winter so far because not everyone has been visited by the traveling home insulation vans that have covered the Morgan territory. In fact not everyone has four walls and a roof they can call their own.  St. Anne’s Center shelters hundreds of Top of Utah’s homeless each year. 

Luckily, we have had a mild winter so far because not everyone has been visited by the traveling home insulation vans that have covered the Morgan territory. In fact not everyone has four walls and a roof they can call their own.  St. Anne’s Center shelters hundreds of Top of Utah’s homeless each year. 

November 24, 2012

As I contemplate my six children and 12 grandchildren, I wonder at times what would happen if my wife and I were thrust into the role of raising one or more of our grandchildren. In a perfect world, parents raise their children in their own homes and grandparents have the privilege and joy of spoiling their grandchildren—and then sending them back home to their parents.  Well, it’s not a perfect world that we live in, and more and more grandparents find themselves in the position of part-time, temporary, full-time, or permanent primary caregivers and/or guardians for their grandchildren.

As I contemplate my six children and 12 grandchildren, I wonder at times what would happen if my wife and I were thrust into the role of raising one or more of our grandchildren.

November 24, 2012

“The child’s first and most important teacher is the parent.” 

“The child’s first and most important teacher is the parent.” 
– Author unknown-
In this week’s column I would like to refer to several studies that demonstrate the importance of parental involvement in the educational success of the child.

November 23, 2012

After two high-profile domestic violence cases have gripped the Morgan community in the past year, efforts to protect victims in abusive relationships are becoming increasingly important.

After two high-profile domestic violence cases have gripped the Morgan community in the past year, efforts to protect victims in abusive relationships are becoming increasingly important.

November 23, 2012

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone.

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone.  

November 23, 2012

We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to education, that saying is absolutely true.

We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to education, that saying is absolutely true.

November 10, 2012

Bios of candidates

County Council District #3 - Robert Kilmer
1.  You are involved in an unopposed race.  What do you think of running unopposed?
I would always prefer that the people have a choice when it comes to electing our government leaders.

November 10, 2012

Rachel and Greg Denning are creating an unconventional life for themselves and their five children: they travel almost constantly, live independently (no 9-5 job) and do humanitarian projects.  No, they are not retired. They are a young family that decided one day to live their dream—and they made it happen.

Rachel and Greg Denning are creating an unconventional life for themselves and their five children: they travel almost constantly, live independently (no 9-5 job) and do humanitarian projects.  No, they are not retired. They are a young family that decided one day to live their dream—and they made it happen.

November 1, 2012

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone. 
As the oldest sister, Marnie would often offer Rana relationship advice.  But the tables had turned in the last three years when Marnie found herself in an abusive relationship with her live-in boyfriend Jeffrey Dene White.  And Rana, who had dated White herself two decades ago, often warned Marnie about his substance abuse and potential for violence. 

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable. When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins. The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School. Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone.

October 11, 2012

Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground.  They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time.  The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other. However, they had never met.  After that chance meeting they dated that summer and then they both attended Utah State the next year.  They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1997 and have built a life together -all because of a misplaced ID.  

Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground.  They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time.  The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other.

October 10, 2012

Austin Manning is a happy little boy.  His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning.  On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.  

Austin Manning is a happy little boy.  His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning.  On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.  

October 4, 2012

Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.
One such vendor is Davis Produce. Davis Produce offers a variety of fresh grown produce from their greenhouse. Tina Davis, owner, is glad to be back for another year and says she enjoys the people of Morgan.
Handcrafted and homemade items from Carol Marshall included parchment crafted book markers designed with calligraphy ink and paint on a type of paper known as velum. Marshall has done this craft for over 10 years and she enjoys it the most. Recently retired, she found herself not content. To broaden her interests, she discovered craft books and learned how to make bracelets and earrings.

Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.

September 12, 2012

According to the results of a recent survey, some Morgan County residents experience difficulty getting around because of the lack of public transit.

According to the results of a recent survey, some Morgan County residents experience difficulty getting around because of the lack of public transit.

September 12, 2012

The students of Morgan Elementary have just stepped into the 2012-2013 school year and their teachers have their classes up and running.  On Tuesday, Aug. 28, parents sat in miniature chairs at miniature desks to listen to big plans for the upcoming year.

The students of Morgan Elementary have just stepped into the 2012-2013 school year and their teachers have their classes up and running.  On Tuesday, Aug. 28, parents sat in miniature chairs at miniature desks to listen to big plans for the upcoming year.

August 29, 2012

Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle.  It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.

Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle.  It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.

August 16, 2012

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.

Sale of old bus garage discussed

August 13, 2012

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. 

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. 

August 13, 2012

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.

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.

August 13, 2012

Ron and Julie Johnston of Morgan are excited to announce the marriage of their daughter, Katie Johnston, to Daniel Case, son of Sharon and the late David Case of Hutto, Texas.  They will be married on August 4, 2012, in the Bountiful LDS Temple.  A reception will be held that evening in their honor at the Rock Church in Morgan from 6 pm to 8 pm.   

Ron and Julie Johnston of Morgan are excited to announce the marriage of their daughter, Katie Johnston, to Daniel Case, son of Sharon and the late David Case of Hutto, Texas.  They will be married on August 4, 2012, in the Bountiful LDS Temple.  A reception will be held that evening in their honor at the Rock Church in Morgan from 6 pm to 8 pm.  &nbsp

July 18, 2012

 
Promising statistics signal a housing market on the rebound, but economic headwinds are keeping markets from improving quickly, according to Harvard University’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on Thursday. “With new home inventories at record lows, unless the broader economy goes into a tailspin, stronger sales should further stabilize prices and pave the way for a pickup in single-family housing construction over the course of 2012,” said Eric S. Belsky, managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, in a news release. 

Promising statistics signal a housing market on the rebound, but economic headwinds are keeping markets from improving quickly, according to Harvard University’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on Thursday.

July 18, 2012

Morgan City is very close to completing the Splash Pad.  The final concrete pour will be today.  The water features are already in place.

Morgan City is very close to completing the Splash Pad.  The final concrete pour will be today.  The water features are already in place.

July 6, 2012

Setting goals can help people move forward in their lives; however, one of the main reasons for not meeting goals is not having a doable plan. A goal should be SMART -- specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely with a plan to achieve it. Consider these ideas when setting weight loss goals. 

Setting goals can help people move forward in their lives; however, one of the main reasons for not meeting goals is not having a doable plan. A goal should be SMART -- specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely with a plan to achieve it. Consider these ideas when setting weight loss goals. 

July 6, 2012

 
Dear Editor,
Regarding Mr. Hornes letter to the editor that was published in the June 1 edition of The Morgan County News, I would first suggest that there are about 6.6 million Americans that would take great offense to your comparing of anything going on in the U.S. to the holocaust and the mass murder of 6 million people in WWII.

Dear Editor,
Regarding Mr. Hornes letter to the editor that was published in the June 1 edition of The Morgan County News, I would first suggest that there are about 6.6 million Americans that would take great offense to your comparing of anything going on in the U.S. to the holocaust and the mass murder of 6 million people in WWII.

July 6, 2012

The Shoshone and Ute Indians made Richville their home during the summer time. For the most part they were friendly and the pioneers shared with them. Some of the journals say, “As they would ride through the area the scalps could be seen hanging about them. These scalps were from other tribes of Indians and not from white men.” 

The Shoshone and Ute Indians made Richville their home during the summer time. For the most part they were friendly and the pioneers shared with them. Some of the journals say, “As they would ride through the area the scalps could be seen hanging about them. These scalps were from other tribes of Indians and not from white men.” 

June 5, 2012

Jessie L. Permar has completed the requirements for a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s, School of Social Policy and Practice. Graduation ceremonies will be held at UPenn’s, Philadelphia Campus, May 2012.

Jessie L. Permar has completed the requirements for a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s, School of Social Policy and Practice. Graduation ceremonies will be held at UPenn’s, Philadelphia Campus, May 2012.

June 5, 2012

Sometimes parents discipline their children when they kick and punch each other, but some find that their children discover discipline through kicking and punching.  Discipline, self-respect, coordination, confidence, integrity, determination, and attention are just a few of the attributes students can learn while developing their martial arts skills at Martial Science. Martial Science began instructing in February and has been a hit.  

June 5, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, the Morgan FFA Chapter held its annual banquet where we honored many students for their outstanding accomplishments.  We believe that  congratulations are in order for all those who gained their Greenhand, Chapter, State, and American degree.  Greenhand:  Alex Eddington, Kennedy Gibson, Hanna Giles, Chase Grandpre, McKenna Hales, Annie Hodges, Linsday Mahan, Kailyn Nelson, Mariah Remund, Taylor Sherburn, Miranda Smith, Ty Stephens, and Taisha Vollmer.  Chapter:  Bryce Preece, Jessica Carter, Tabatha Carter, Isaac Cannon, Jake Cannon, Jessica Larsen, Marissa Morgan, Courtney Sanders, and Tyson Spens.  State:  Christina Andersen, Nate Buchanan, Garrett Eddington, Shawn Francis, and Megan Stapley.  American:  Ethan Porter.  We would also like to honor Hanna Giles and Luke Larsen for being selected as our Star Greenhands.

June 5, 2012

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed by a bipartisan congress in late 2010. The Act recognized that foods and beverages sold in schools were generally of poor quality and changed the requirements for school meals and for the school environment in which the meals are served. 

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed by a bipartisan congress in late 2010. The Act recognized that foods and beverages sold in schools were generally of poor quality and changed the requirements for school meals and for the school environment in which the meals are served. 

May 30, 2012

“Alcohol is a drug; it’s the second most dangerous drug next to nicotine!” emphasized Brad Barton to an audience of approximately 400 in the Morgan High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 1 while levitating spinning cards in the air, shooting mini fire balls, and magically making a newspaper “whole” after shredding it in pieces.

May 5, 2012

The National Genealogical Society conference is coming up this year in Cincinnati, May 9-12.  Each year this represents one of the best opportunities to meet other genealogists, and learn from some of the best researchers in the nation.  

 

The National Genealogical Society conference is coming up this year in Cincinnati, May 9-12.  Each year this represents one of the best opportunities to meet other genealogists, and learn from some of the best researchers in the nation.  

April 28, 2012

Samantha Braithwaite, daughter of Russell and Beth Braithwaite, was chosen as this year’s Foreign Language Sterling Scholar! 

Samantha Braithwaite, daughter of Russell and Beth Braithwaite, was chosen as this year’s Foreign Language Sterling Scholar! 

She lived in Brazil for three years before coming to live in Morgan. Sammy took a college level Portuguese class at Weber State and taught an elementary 4-H class about Brazilian culture. 

April 21, 2012

Cheryl grew up in Hunter, which is now West Valley City.  After graduating from Cypress High School she attended two years at SUSC on music and academic scholarships. She then attended Utah State where she met Brian through a friend.  Brian lived in Markesan, Wisconsin until he was ten and then moved to Preston ID.   He graduated from CSI, College of Southern Idaho, and then joined the National Guard.   They were married in 1990 and moved to Provo where Brian began working for UPS and has worked there full time, except when deployed.  They made Morgan their home 21 years ago.  

April 14, 2012

Recently, the Dots and Doodles Preschool has open their doors to a second location, 185 North Commerical Street, in Morgan City.

Recently, the Dots and Doodles Preschool has open their doors to a second location, 185 North Commerical Street, in Morgan City.

April 14, 2012

 

Let’s Catch a Leprechaun!

On March 16th, the third grade students from Mountain Green Elementary School participated in a Simple Machines Fair in preparation for catching Leprechauns that night.  Each student created his/her own machine using a pulley, wheel & axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, or wedge.  The students could use as many simple machines as they wanted for their catcher.  It was amazing to see the creativity displayed by the students and their understanding of how effective simple machines can be for catching the “wee folk.”

Let’s Catch a Leprechaun!

April 14, 2012

Several months ago, for his Eagle Scout project, Carson Rupe sent out a flyer to the Mountain Green community, to collect toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and drugstore eye glasses for Haiti.  Some of these items were dropped off at his house, and he picked up others.  All in all, he gathered three big boxes full of dental floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes for a dental team (part of the Haiti Healthcare Initiative) to give to patients.  Part of the HHI project was to teach Haitians how to brush and floss, since the rate of dental problems is so high. For his Eagle project, Carson also gathered a number of reading glasses, and enough cash contributions to purchase over 60 more pairs of reading glasses.

March 31, 2012

Gertrude Evelyn Koemel McEwen, age 86, passed away March 12, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Syracuse, surrounded by all her children.  She was born January 18, 1926 in Robstown, Texas to Walter Adolph Koemel and Clara Wilhelmina Magdalena Steger Koemel.  She married Earl James McEwen, December 2, 1944.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  She and Earl moved with their growing family from Texas to several places in Utah and Idaho settling in Ogden, Utah until moving to Mt. Green, Utah for retirement.  

March 17, 2012

The following is data from a national level regarding Bullying:  15-20% of all students are victimized by bullies at some point in their career; almost one in three are involved in bullying, either as a bully or victim; 10% of students are afraid during much of the school day; 160,000 children miss school every day in the USA for fear of being bullied; and about 20% of students have reported being victimized by online bullying. The following is information according to what I call the National Definition of Bullying that includes the following elements: stronger against a more vulnerable child; intentional and happens more than once; serious in nature; in short bullying is a one-sided unfair match that happens more than once and has attendant physical, emotional or psychological harm.   

March 17, 2012

Carla was born in Mesa, Arizona and her family moved so she went to different schools and colleges but she has spent considerable time in Utah over the years. Her husband, Gregory, was a school superintendent, and they moved a lot in that capacity.  Greg is now the superintendent of a charter school in Kaysville after many years of serving in the public schools.

February 4, 2012

The fascinating journey of Jerry and Barbara Betournay began years ago in our neighboring state of Idaho. Jerry Betournay was born in Boise, Idaho. He later moved to Billings, Montana and then on to Salt Lake City to finish out high school. He always looked back with fondness on time spent on his uncle’s farm and the sweet fresh air which would eventually lead him and Barbara to Morgan. Barbara was born in Northern Minnesota. When she was 5 years old her family moved to Mesa, Arizona. It was there she met Jerry one Thanksgiving day. Jerry was in the service and had come home to celebrate Thanksgiving.  

February 4, 2012

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - For Mineman Seaman Kyle Walker, 21, and Tyler Packard, 20, both assigned to the USS Patriot (MCM 7) their friendship began long before their lives as forward deployed Sailors.

Story by: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Det. Japan

 

February 4, 2012

The Chamber of Commerce has been working extremely hard for the past year in getting an Economic Development plan in place to best assist businesses in Morgan.

The Chamber of Commerce has been working extremely hard for the past year in getting an Economic Development plan in place to best assist businesses in Morgan.

January 16, 2012

A clear glass lies atop the counter.  A young child fills the glass to the half-point mark with water.  Is the glass half full or is it half empty?  The answer could very well depend on the respondent’s attitude.

A clear glass lies atop the counter.  A young child fills the glass to the half-point mark with water.  Is the glass half full or is it half empty?  The answer could very well depend on the respondent’s attitude.

English philosopher James Allen has penned the following words:

January 16, 2012

The Community Development Corporation of Utah are offering a Home Repair Assistance program from the Utah Division of Housing & Community Development. This program is available to people who live in the Morgan County and has a yearly household income at or below 80% from the federal income guidelines. 

The Community Development Corporation of Utah are offering a Home Repair Assistance program from the Utah Division of Housing & Community Development. This program is available to people who live in the Morgan County and has a yearly household income at or below 80% from the federal income guidelines. 

January 16, 2012

We have all admired the adored Christmas Villages with the collected houses and shops arranged in streets with lamp posts and trees. I had been assigned to write about a Train Village. No one could prepare me for the village I was about to see.

We have all admired the adored Christmas Villages with the collected houses and shops arranged in streets with lamp posts and trees. I had been assigned to write about a Train Village. No one could prepare me for the village I was about to see.

November 19, 2011

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

 

Serving on the School Board is a privilege and an honor.  I believe it would be beneficial to share a few things about School Board governance that may affect the way the community interacts with the Board and the Administration.

Board and Administration

October 25, 2011

We are fortunate to live and work in a community where there is no shortage of parental and overall community support for our schools. An example of this type of support occurs in each school through their community councils. In 1999, the Utah legislature established the School Land Trust Program and with it School Community Councils (SCC). 

 

We are fortunate to live and work in a community where there is no shortage of parental and overall community support for our schools. An example of this type of support occurs in each school through their community councils. In 1999, the Utah legislature established the School Land Trust Program and with it School Community Councils (SCC). 

October 25, 2011

 

Roots Hair Salon will celebrate their grand re-opening on Sat. Oct. 29, 2011. 

Roots was started three years ago by long time Morgan resident, Janica Ricettes.

 

Roots Hair Salon will celebrate their grand re-opening on Sat. Oct. 29, 2011. 

Roots was started three years ago by long time Morgan resident, Janica Ricettes.

September 30, 2011

The National Archives and Records Administration is the National Archive of the United States.  Their website is archive.gov.  They are tasked with the preservation of important documents of the United States.  Their collection includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Immigration Records, Military Records, Records of Act of Congress, Court Records, Presidential Records, and many others.

 

August 15, 2011

Morgan County has a new member of the school board, Jodi Hipwell.  Hipwell is a native of Ogden.  After her marriage to her husband, Carl, they spent seventeen years in the Southeast United States in Arkansas and South and North Carolina.  Hipwell, who has four children, volunteered in schools in each community where  they lived.  “I have seen some of the best schools in the country and I have seen some of the worst schools in the country,” says Hipwell.  She continues, “That gives me a little bit of insight into different types of school systems.”  Her two youngest children both attend Morgan High School presently.

 

August 4, 2011

Mark and Lauri Robinson are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anné.  She will marry Justin Jay Riches, son of Joel and Robin Riches, on Thursday, August 11th in the Salt Lake Temple.  A garden reception honoring the couple will be held that evening at the Riches residence in Henefer.

 

July 28, 2011

Rock Springs, WY - Keli Jo Hardy-Shook, 50, passed away July 23, 2011 at the Salt Lake City Regional Medical Center. She died from a sudden illness. Keli was born April 22, 1961 in Ogden, Utah to Val Dean and Carol Lee Hardy. She was a graduate of the Morgan High School class of 1979 and soon after met the love of her life, Dale Shook. Her and Dale wed on August 2, 1980 and moved to Wyoming following Dale’s work. Their daughter was born in 1984 where they became “three together forever”. They lived in Lyman and Evanston and later moved to Rock Springs where Keli worked various jobs until she earned her Associates Degree from Western Wyoming Community College. With that degree she began her career in office management and administrative assistance. These jobs included working at the local college, hospital, Schlumberger, and most recently IPS. Keli was a hard worker and valued her jobs and the people she worked with. During her time off she loved to be in the comfort of her home with her husband and her three Airedale Terriers. She loved her dogs as if they were her children. Keli was involved with the local Humane Society and helped any and all Airedales get rescued even if that meant she transported them to their new home across state lines. Keli also enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.

 

July 21, 2011

Dr. Vern Kilbourn is a long time resident of Morgan and Morgan’s first Chiropractor. He was the first Chiropractor to ever be issued a business liscence in Morgan County. He is a 2nd generation chiropractor in his family, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Ozias (nicknamed “Banz”) to the community. His grandfather who was a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport Iowa, had finished his graduate degree, but was not allowed to practice because he didn’t have a high school diploma, and the state required a high school diploma to practice, yet he already received his doctorate degree. His grandfather was not allowed to be “grandfathered” into the practice, and not allowed to charge for his services, even after he had obtained a doctorate degree. His grandfather practiced for free in the community and offered many hours of unpaid service to help others.

 

June 23, 2011

Nationally, high school sports are still increasing in the number of participants that plays yearly.  It has increased every year for the past 16 years with 2010-11 being the most ever.  That trend is also prevalent at Morgan high School.  If sports are so important, one has to ask the question why?   Is it because people value the sports or is it what the sports program can teach our youth?  It seems to be the social, emotional and intellectual satisfaction that is gained by the participants.  The true purpose of high school sports is to serve the complete educational needs of all students.  The preeminent purpose is to harness discipline – desire – and commitment of all individuals involved.  Another lesson that cannot be over looked is that responsibility comes with the privilege of playing.  Morgan High School now offers 20 sports and activities sponsored by Utah High School Activities Association.  As administrators we know there are other benefits that come to students who participate that include having higher GPAs, better attendance, lower dropout rate, and fewer discipline issues.   At Morgan High School our goal is to employ people that are double goal coaches, which not only coach the sport but teach life lessons as well.  In the world of high school sports emotions can and often run high.  Our coaches are encouraged to teach, practice, and model good sportsmanship.

 

June 16, 2011

 

Public Hearing – Final Adoption of Budget

The city water rate is currently based on a 12,000 gallon monthly minimum.  The current rate is $2.00 per 1,000 for the first 12,000 gallons.  The council approved an increase in the rate to $2.25 for the first 12,000.  That is approximately an 11% increase.  For usage over 12,000 gallons per month the current rate is $3.00 per thousand.  This rate will now increase to $3.25.  The council estimates that this will generate an additional $50,000 in revenue per year.  The city plans to use these additional funds for capital improvement projects that will be needed in the next few years.  The city is planning improvements to 700 East and other projects that will need water system updates to be a part of the total package of improvements.  They new water rates will be effective July 1.

The council could not finalize the approval of tax rates.   The county has not yet provided the numbers.  The council continued that portion of the public hearing until the county provides the new rates.

 

Public Hearing – Final Adoption of Budget

February 18, 2011

“I am just a kid from Porterville…This is where my heart is and  where I want to serve is Morgan County,“ said Ken Adams, Morgan County School Superintendent.  Adams was born in Porterville, one of eight children in his family.  His father worked at the cement plant for forty-five years.  He also raised cattle, sheep, and mink.

 

January 19, 2011

Elsie Marjorie Luckey Mortenson 89, returned to her Heavenly father January 16, 2011. 

Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary in Morgan, Thursday, January 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 and Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Porterville Church with Funeral Services following at 11:30.

Internment, South Morgan Cemetery

Elsie Marjorie Luckey Mortenson 89, returned to her Heavenly father January 16, 2011.  She was born in Ogden, Utah on May 4, 1921 to James Willis Luckey and Elsie Fry Tonks.  
Marge married the love of her life Forrest Wayne Mortenson on September 13, 1937.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on June 6, 1949.  

December 31, 2010

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

Public Comment

December 31, 2010

Meghan Abbott, Joshua Abplanalp, Molly Adams, Cameron Andersen, Bridger Anderson, Olivia Anderson, Holland Archambault, Camren Arnold, Sarah Ashby, Shelby Ashby, Rhett Ballantyne, Talisha Bambrough

December 31, 2010

In the document “Promises to Keep” adopted by the Utah State Board of Education in August of 2009 it refers to the mission of Public Education.  Within this mission it states that Utah’s public education system keeps its constitutional promise by ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children.

December 14, 2010

On October fifth of this year Rod Haslam resigned from the county council due to health concerns.  Haslam had been suffering for many years with a heart conditioned that worsened during his time on the council.  By the eleventh of October Haslam was hospitalized to await a heart transplant.  He was placed on medication and then began the wait for a transplant.

On October fifth of this year Rod Haslam resigned from the county council due to health concerns.  Haslam had been suffering for many years with a heart conditioned that worsened during his time on the council.  By the eleventh of October Haslam was hospitalized to await a heart transplant.  He was placed on medication and then began the wait for a transplant.

December 14, 2010

Bruce Galbraith is the Vice President of the school board. He serves from district two. Galbraith ran unopposed in the recent election and was re-elected for a second term of four years.

Bruce Galbraith is the Vice President of the school board. He serves from district two. Galbraith ran unopposed in the recent election and was re-elected for a second term of four years.

November 7, 2010

One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.

One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.

October 24, 2010

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews
Public Comment
Lyle Nelson – Nelson had previously come before the council about striping. He observed that this work is moving forward and thanked the council and the county for taking action on the striping.

October 10, 2010

County Council NotCouncil Members Attending: Rodney Haslam, Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, David Mathews

Public Comment
See Hatch Calls For Chairman’s Resignation in Government Section

County Council Business

October 2, 2010

Nearly 40% of students in the United States have had, or are having, a challenge, in learning to read.  The good news is that many reading problems can be prevented or solved with a good reading teacher in conjunction with parents.  The bad news is that many children have to wait for their turn with reading teachers and parents who just do not have the time to help.  This waiting can be demoralizing to children as they fall further and further behind. So what can be done? 

September 25, 2010

By Chuck Gates
Special Contributor for the Morgan County News
 
   SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders must brace themselves to withstand the coming budgetary collision of entitlement programs and funding obligations at the federal and state levels.

By Chuck Gates
Special Contributor for the Morgan County News
 
   SALT LAKE CITY — Local government leaders must brace themselves to withstand the coming budgetary collision of entitlement programs and funding obligations at the federal and state levels.

September 25, 2010

A Meet the Candidate meeting was held on Wednesday, September 15.  Attending the meeting was; Candidates for Sheriff - Blaine Breshears and Neil Porter, Candidate for Morgan County Attorney - Al Lundgren, and Candidate for County Council at Large Seat A, Larry Hatch.  Many issues were discussed but the majority of the questions were directed to Lundgren, Breshears, and Porter. 

September 25, 2010

Public Hearing for the 2010/11 budget, rate increase resolutions and 2010 property tax rate and revenue amounts.

Public Hearing for the 2010/11 budget, rate increase resolutions and 2010 property tax rate and revenue amounts.

September 25, 2010
September 25, 2010

.Dear Editor,
I would like to respond to the accusations from a recent letter to the editor that said that, Jon Hellander running for House District 53, is a puppet of a number of state legislators. It is absurd to think that a strong willed, principled individual like Jon is submissive to anyone.  In fact, he has influenced me to reconsider my position on the state-wide property tax equalization proposals that I have vigorously supported during my four years in the legislature. 

.Dear Editor,

September 25, 2010

Is your family dead-ended on a research problem related to immigration?  The following are a few techniques and websites to help you in your genealogical quest.

Is your family dead-ended on a research problem related to immigration?  The following are a few techniques and websites to help you in your genealogical quest.

September 25, 2010

My experience as an educator spans 36 years, four school districts and two states. During this time of employment, it has been my pleasure to be associated with great students, wonderful parents and conscientious staff members. It has been said that if one chooses something he loves to do then he will never go to work for the rest of his life. There is no truer statement than this about my vocation.

September 24, 2010

Why did the US Congress have a problem in 1850? And why did the solution lead to the creation, 160 years ago this month, of a place called Utah?

Why did the US Congress have a problem in 1850? And why did the solution lead to the creation, 160 years ago this month, of a place called Utah?

September 19, 2010

1990
*Nataya Giles wins first place in the second annual 25th Street Kids fair and Baby Contest.
*Rod Winn became the years champion chess player with Dawson Winchester as runner up.  The championship game was played at the end of year graduation party.

1990
*Nataya Giles wins first place in the second annual 25th Street Kids fair and Baby Contest.
*Rod Winn became the years champion chess player with Dawson Winchester as runner up.  The championship game was played at the end of year graduation party.
1985

September 18, 2010

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department wants to inform the public of an abduction and sexual assault in the Mountain Green area which occurred two weeks ago.
The incident was reported to have occurred at dusk, between the hours of 8 p.m.-9 p.m.  A young adult female was taken from the street by a man driving a medium-sized sedan.  

September 17, 2010

According to a document published by the Utah State Board of Education entitled “Promises to Keep” Utah’s public education system is created in the Utah State Constitution to “secure and perpetuate” freedom.  Freedom, as envisioned in the Utah Constitution, is a promise to future generations that requires:

According to a document published by the Utah State Board of Education entitled “Promises to Keep” Utah’s public education system is created in the Utah State Constitution to “secure and perpetuate” freedom.  Freedom, as envisioned in the Utah Constitution, is a promise to future generations that requires:

September 17, 2010

Morgan Empowered is sponsoring the upcoming Parent Awareness event, “Safety on Cell Phones and the Internet”, which will be held at the Morgan High School auditorium on Tuesday, September 28th, beginning at 6:30 pm.

September 12, 2010

Parent Awareness!  ”Safety on Cell Phones and the Internet” Presented sponsored by Morgan Empowered @ 6:30 p.m. Morgan High School Auditorium.  Learn how to protect your children and keep them safe!  All parents – and grandparents! – encouraged to attend.  (Youth welcome based on parental discretion.)  Childcare service provided by our MHS National Honor Society and FCCLA Leadership