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March 25, 2014

Six candidates will find themselves involved in the primary election for seats on the Morgan County School Board. At the same time, six other county residents who filed as candidates for one of the 14 local positions up for grabs will run unopposed in their campaigns.
Incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith will join opponents Roland Haslam and Ted W. Taylor in the primary election for the four-year District 2 Morgan School Board. Incumbent Mark A. Farmer will face opponents Anna Phelps and Alan Vesper in a primary election for the four-year District 4 Morgan School Board seat.

Six candidates will find themselves involved in the primary election for seats on the Morgan County School Board. At the same time, six other county residents who filed as candidates for one of the 14 local positions up for grabs will run unopposed in their campaigns.

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.

January 12, 2014

The case against Scott Logan Gollaher is moving a little too slowly, say some Morgan County officials.

The case against Scott Logan Gollaher is moving a little too slowly, say some Morgan County officials.

January 12, 2014

In order to move forward with grant funding to restore portions of the Weber River near the fairgrounds, Trout Unlimited and the DWR need the Morgan County Council’s nod of approval.  The council unanimously gave that nod last week, contingent on the county attorney’s review.

In order to move forward with grant funding to restore portions of the Weber River near the fairgrounds, Trout Unlimited and the DWR need the Morgan County Council’s nod of approval.  The council unanimously gave that nod last week, contingent on the county attorney’s review.

October 14, 2013

The ping-pong on the recreation agreement between the county, school district and city continued this week as the city approved the recreation agreement, but struck the liability provision that has been the ongoing contention between the entities.  

The ping-pong on the recreation agreement between the county, school district and city continued this week as the city approved the recreation agreement, but struck the liability provision that has been the ongoing contention between the entities.  

October 5, 2013

Local attorney allowed to continue practicing law, Local attorney allowed to continue practicing law, Markham jailed for aggravated assault

Local attorney allowed to continue practicing law

August 21, 2013

After exhausting every option available to them, the Morgan City Council approved a conditional use permit for the Alpha Counseling and Treatment center.

After exhausting every option available to them, the Morgan City Council approved a conditional use permit for the Alpha Counseling and Treatment center.

July 24, 2013

Second District Court Judge Noel S. Hyde ruled June 5 there were sufficient grounds to disbar local attorney Alvin R. Lundgren. He plans to appeal the decision.

Second District Court Judge Noel S. Hyde ruled June 5 there were sufficient grounds to disbar local attorney Alvin R. Lundgren. He plans to appeal the decision.
Lundgren allegedly took unearned money from client trust accounts from December 2008 to October 2011.  

July 8, 2013

Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County.  He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.

Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County.  He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.

June 6, 2013

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

June 5, 2013

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development.  However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.

March 3, 2013

Member of the Morgan City Council are not totally satisfied with recent recreation board interlocal agreement negotiations.

Member of the Morgan City Council are not totally satisfied with recent recreation board interlocal agreement negotiations.

January 23, 2013
Davis County Attorney’s Office declines to prosecute

The Morgan County police officer involved in a Davis County shooting Nov. 25 has been identified.  While the Davis County Attorney’s Office says Morgan Sherriff’s Sgt. Daniel Scott Peay’s use of force was “not justified” by Utah law, Davis County Attorney Troy S. Rawlings declined to prosecute Peay.
In a two-page memo to Morgan County Sheriff Blaine Breshears, Rawlings said Peay’s use of deadly force “does not squarely fit with the letter, scope and intent” of Utah law.  However, Rawlings said a jury would likely not find Peay guilty of a crime.
“We believe a unanimous jury would not convict Sergeant Peay of a crime when presented with all of the evidence,” Rawlings said in the memo. 

The Morgan County police officer involved in a Davis County shooting Nov. 25 has been identified.  While the Davis County Attorney’s Office says Morgan Sherriff’s Sgt. Daniel Scott Peay’s use of force was “not justified” by Utah law, Davis County Attorney Troy S. Rawlings declined to prosecute Peay.

January 4, 2013

Despite rumors, the county is not likely to add a municipal services fund line item to its general fund any time soon.

Despite rumors, the county is not likely to add a municipal services fund line item to its general fund any time soon.

August 29, 2012

An economic development attorney has asked Morgan County to shake off the webs and dust that has collected on its Redevelopment Agency created in the days of Garth Day and kick things into gear again.

An economic development attorney has asked Morgan County to shake off the webs and dust that has collected on its Redevelopment Agency created in the days of Garth Day and kick things into gear again.

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. 

July 23, 2012

Each summer we watch with grim fascination as wildfires burn across the western United States. This summer has proved to be as bad as any.  Fires in Colorado and other states have consumed both wild lands and homes with equal ferocity.  You may wonder, “What would I do if I lost my home to a fire?  Would I be prepared?”

By Matthew Ence, 
Snow Jensen & Reece

June 5, 2012

According to Morgan County’s new employee handbook, hourly employees cannot be forced to volunteer.  Councilman Robert Kilmer questioned if this could mean that supervisors should not ask their employees to volunteer at the annual county fair.

No pressure for county employees to volunteer

According to Morgan County’s new employee handbook, hourly employees cannot be forced to volunteer.  Councilman Robert Kilmer questioned if this could mean that supervisors should not ask their employees to volunteer at the annual county fair.

January 16, 2012

 The first item of business for the Morgan City Council was the swearing in of the recently elected council members. This took place at the City Building on January 10, 2012.

The first item of business for the Morgan City Council was the swearing in of the recently elected council members. This took place at the City Building on January 10, 2012.

 

December 29, 2011

Facing additional charges about to be filed by the Morgan County Attorney, Josie Foster plead guilty and provided a written confession on Wednesday to two felony charges, burglary and possession of a controlled substance.  Foster admitted to burglarizing multiple Morgan County homes.  The burglary charge carries a sentence of between one and fifteen years and the possession charge between zero and five years.  

December 29, 2011

It is often said that watching or reading the news of the day can be a depressing experience because the majority of it is negative.  The Morgan County News is usually an exception to this perception of the media.  For the most part, the pages of this newspaper are filled with positive stories about the events occurring in the county; celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, academic and athletic achievements, and many reports of people doing good and bettering the community.

December 10, 2011

A part-time employee of the Morgan School District was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, November 29.  Morgan City resident  Josie Foster, was arrested and charged with two counts of residential burglary for theft of prescription drugs. She was also charged with misdemeanor theft. County Attorney Jan Farris is currently looking at multiple cases relating to the arrest.  

 

November 1, 2011

Garth Day appeared before Judge Dee Benson on Tuesday for sentencing.  Judge Benson first invited Day’s attorney to speak.  Day’s attorney, Brad Smith spoke and requested that the court deviate from the recommended sentence.  He asserted that when Day came to him on August 27 of 2010 he was a “broken man…He had in effect sold his self respect and honor for money…I have watched him take difficult steps to restore his honor,” said Smith.  Smith asserted that Day had come forward voluntarily once he felt that discovery was imminent, but that he had revealed the full nature of his crimes beyond what was going to be immediately discovered, including a bank loan and a letter of credit of which the county was not yet aware.  

 

October 25, 2011

A body, believed to be Alexis Rasmussen, was discovered in a grave in an isolated portion of Morgan County.  North Ogden Police Chief Polo Afuvai, said, “Late yesterday afternoon police were led to an undisclosed grave site in an isolated area of Morgan County by a confidential source.” at a press conference on October 19th. He added that the evidence and remains have been taken to the medical examiner to prove identity and to determine the cause of death.

 

October 25, 2011

 

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Ned Mecham, Lyle Nelson

Absent: Robert Kilmer (attended by phone for a portion of the meeting)

 

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Ned Mecham, Lyle Nelson

Absent: Robert Kilmer (attended by phone for a portion of the meeting)

Council Business:

July 21, 2011

After months of negotiations the county reached agreement with the developers of Rollins Ranch.  The developer agreed to complete all identified improvements per the initial development agreement by August 31 and to pay the outstanding tax bill of approximately $23,000.  The county agreed to waive interest and penalties on the unpaid taxes, to take the developer out of default, and to begin issuing building permits once the taxes are paid and the improvements are complete.  

 

June 30, 2011

 

Public Hearing Opening and Adjusting the Current Year Budget

John Lynn – Lynn asked a question about the city’s shortfall vs revenues that had previously been reported.  The council confirmed that they had made adjustments to cover the shortfall.

 

Public Hearing Opening and Adjusting the Current Year Budget

June 30, 2011

It was a somber atmosphere in the courtroom as Garth Day entered with his attorney, Amy Hugie.  As U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba read each one of the six charges aloud to him, Day responded with a weak and barely audible whisper.  With each charge presented to the defendant, the judge confirmed that Day understood it and also , understood that the government is required to prove their case against him beyond a reasonable doubt.  Day was also informed that if he changed his plea to guilty, he would waive his rights to a trial and therefore relieve the government from having to prove their case.  In each case Day responded in the affirmative.

 

April 15, 2011

Federal charges have been filed against former Morgan County council administrator Garth Day.  Charges were dropped at the state level several months ago as the investigation was turned over to federal officials.  At the time that the case was turned over to federal jurisdiction, County Attorney Jann Farris said, ““My fear is that Garth will be released immediately from the prison [state prison] due to the non-violent nature of his crimes and his lack of a criminal record and prison overcrowding. I do not feel like that would be appropriate considering the damage he has done. In the federal system he will more likely get and serve a significant prison sentence. In my judgment that will be in the best interest of justice.”  

 

March 13, 2011

In documents by The Morgan County News obtained through  a Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) request  from the investigation into the actions of Garth Day, the former Morgan County Council Administrator, additional details of the actions of Day were revealed.  

February 18, 2011

When I was growing up I often heard my father comment, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  I have seen the truth of this countless times in life.  The many garage sales, and the success of them, attest to the accuracy of the statement.  My son was laughing when he came home from a friend’s house a couple of months ago.  He said, “Dad, my friend’s mom came home with deformed candles from a garage sale.  People will buy anything.”

February 18, 2011

 

December 31, 2010

The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day.  It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning.  First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.

The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day.  It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning.  First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.

November 9, 2010

At the finish line of the 2010 Morgan County Elections on Tuesday night, there were many incumbents that crossed the finish line ahead of their competition and will remain in their positions with the county.  Two of those incumbents that voters chose to return to office included Jann Farris as Morgan County’s Attorney who received 67% of the vote and Brenda Nelson as Morgan County Recorder with 58% of the vote.

November 8, 2010

There was some debate on Tuesday night in council meeting about what is likely a relatively innocuous contract. The debate, however, may be a reflection of challenges the county will continue to face when approving contracts.

There was some debate on Tuesday night in council meeting about what is likely a relatively innocuous contract. The debate, however, may be a reflection of challenges the county will continue to face when approving contracts.

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 16, 2010

Last Tuesday night a debate was held between the candidates for County Attorney, Al Lundgren and Jann Farris. The debate was moderated by Brent Bowman.

Last Tuesday night a debate was held between the candidates for County Attorney, Al Lundgren and Jann Farris. The debate was moderated by Brent Bowman.

October 14, 2010

A debate between Morgan County Attorney Candidates Al Lundgren and Jann Farris was held on Tuesday, October 12.  Watch the video of the debate.

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Candidate Introductory Remarks

October 10, 2010

In a night that began with conflict and accusations, Chairman Sid Creager took center stage at the council meeting on behalf of the council to explain, to the extent they are able with the investigation continuing, the events that led up to the charges being filed against Garth Day. Chairman Creager also explained the decision process that brought about the council administrator position to be posted on the county website.

October 1, 2010

Garth Day, former County Council Administrator has been charged with forty three criminal charges.  Day has been being investigated for the past few months, and the investigation has finally reached the point at which charges are being filed.  Day has been served with 38 felony and 5 misdemeanors.  He has been subpeonaed to appear in the Second District Court in Morgan on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

October 1, 2010

Last week The Morgan County News reported on a Meet the Candidate night.  County Attorney Jann Farris was unable to attend.  Many of the questions were directed to Al Lundgren, candidate for Morgan County Attorney. 

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 24, 2010

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

Public Comment
A citizen commented on the new roads.  The citizen appreciates the quality of the new roads, but would like to see lines striped on the roads more quickly.

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

Public Comment

September 19, 2010

Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris.  Lundgren currently serves on the County Council.  Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State.  After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU. 

Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris.  Lundgren currently serves on the County Council.  Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State.  After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU.  

September 19, 2010

Jann Farris is the County Attorney for Morgan County.  His current term ends this year, and he is running for his second term as Morgan County Attorney.  Attorney Al Lundgren, who is currently serving on the Morgan County Council, is running against him.

Jann Farris is the County Attorney for Morgan County.  His current term ends this year, and he is running for his second term as Morgan County Attorney.  Attorney Al Lundgren, who is currently serving on the Morgan County Council, is running against him.

September 19, 2010

Anna Tibbits of Morgan won an essay contest put on by the Morgan County Library. Librarian Valarie Hancok gives the award to Anna that a recent council meeting. Looking on is County Attorney Jann Farris.  The Morgan County News is proud to bring it to our readers ...

Anna Tibbits of Morgan won an essay contest put on by the Morgan County Library. Librarian Valarie Hancok gives the award to Anna that a recent council meeting. Looking on is County Attorney Jann Farris.  The Morgan County News is proud to bring it to our readers ...   

September 19, 2010

As the election approaches some individuals in the county may not know which voting district they reside in.  As we continue to meet the candidates we thought it would be good to help educate our readers know about which voting district they are in and which candidates will be on their ballot this fall.

 As the election approaches some individuals in the county may not know which voting district they reside in.  As we continue to meet the candidates we thought it would be good to help educate our readers know about which voting district they are in and which candidates will be on their ballot this fall.  
Voters in all districts will vote for: