Volume II , Issue V Page 1 February 2000 The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS February 2000 BULK RATE POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 11 POSTAL PATRON EDEN - LIBERTY- 84310 HUNTSVILLE - 84317 OGDEN CANYON - 84401 HCR 843AO Your Community Newspaper U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Proposes Improvements to Pineview Reservoir Inside This Edition: The Spirit of Valentine’s Day Page 3 Changes in Store at Valley Market Page 4 Tug-Of-War With the Airlines Page 5 By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Staff Historic Barn Page 5 Working Towards Financial Goals Page 6 The Laub triplets from left to right: Mason, Morgan and Marcus. 2002 Cultural Olympiad Page 7 Hatha Yoga Today Page 8 Kids & Chiropractics Page 8 Calendar of Events Page 9 Helping Children Page 10 Candles-Are They Safe? Page 10 Pineview Reservoir’s Claim to Fame Page 11 History of Snow Basin Page 12 WWII 10th Mountain Division Battle Page 13 Announcements Page 14 Student News Page 15 - 17 Sports News Page 18 Eden Park News Page 19 Planning News Page 20 Ogden Valley Circles Wagons Against Sprawl Page 21 Ogden Valley Pathways Page 22 Classifieds Page 23 Three Times the Fun By Jeannie Wendell Ogden Valley News Staff On June 30, 1999, “JJ” and Colette Creager Laub of Eden became the proud parents of triplets—two sons and a daughter. JJ said two boys and one girl was the way to go. As parents, they never would have been able to afford the electric bill for curling irons. The triplets were delivered by Cesarean. They were born just short of a minute apart. First came son Mason weighing in at 3 lbs., 4 oz. Next came daughter Morgan at 1 lb, 14 oz. Last to make an appearance was Marcus weighing 3 lbs., 7 oz. On hand for the delivery were a doctor, nurse and respiratory therapist for each infant. Nothing like one on one attention. Colette said the room was full to overflowing. The door was left open. People would walk by, poke their head in and ask, “Is this where the triplets are?” She described how she wanted to yell, “Would someone shut the door please!” But she was a little too busy at the time to do so. The two brothers required surfactants, a foamy substance, which enabled them to breath on their own. Amazingly Morgan, the smallest of the three, did not require the procedure. Even while still in the hospital, the three tiny bundles of joy started to express their different personalities Colette says. The nurses at McKay Dee Hospital said Morgan was “spittin fire” and without her being so very strong, she probably wouldn’t have made it. When asked what it was like to have three babies to tend to instead of one, Colette replied, “I don’t know the difference between one or three, since this is my first time [having children], I don’t know any different!” After delivery, the triplets remained in the hospital for a month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at McKay Dee Hospital. They all came home within two to three days of each other. Their doctor said it was a miracle for the babies to come home in one month, considering they were delivered 30 weeks after their conception. Mason and Marcus both weighed over five pounds when they came home to Eden in August about a month after being born. Morgan weighed only 3 lbs., 5 oz. The Laubs felt fortunate that their daughter was able to come home too at this time, since standard hospital procedure dictates that infants weigh at least five pounds before being released. The Laubs report that the babies have done very well since their arrival home. They remained on oxygen monitors for three months to ensure that their lungs were fully developed, but only received the lowest setting of 1/32 of a liter, or just “a whiff.” Before the triplets were born, JJ and Colette prepared for their arrival by collecting and storing over 2,000 diapers. Still, it was amazing how quickly they were used. Some local retailers have contributed diapers at cost. Formula has been a different story. Colette says that she would use over a can of formula (one pound) in one day. Feeding all three at the same time is difficult too. One baby will see the other eating and make a fuss because they are hungry as well. Each triplet also suffered from a reflux condition often making it necessary to refeed them. Fortunately, after about six months, the babies out grew this problem. The trio has now been eating solids for about a month, and are doing great. They are wonderfully interactive with each other. Colette says they touch and poke at each other. They are so fun to watch. The three even hold each other’s hands in play, and particularly warming, when crying. There is truly a bond between the three siblings. Colette and JJ feel a sincere debt of gratitude to the many individuals and family members who have helped enormously in the past seven months. They relate that the community brought dinners almost every night from June when the triplets were born until November. Many came to help feed and change the children every day. This help still continues. As of January 3, the boys Mason and Marcus weigh in at 15 ½ pounds. Morgan, still the smallest but gaining, weighs 10 lbs., 2 oz. The three have been gaining about half a pound each, every two weeks. Colette comments that her shoulders ache and her arms feel like they’re about to fall off because of this added weight that the kids keep gaining. But, what better way to get your exercise! On January 28, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hosted a meeting of agency representatives as part of the federally required Environmental Assessment (EA) process governing federal lead agencies. An EA is a public document that analyzes the environmental impacts of a proposed federal action, providing sufficient evidence to determine the level of significance of the impacts on the environment. Under the federal 1978 Safety of Dams Act, the Bureau of Reclamation has been inspecting and assessing the state of dams the Bureau is responsible for. Recently the Bureau has been testing the projected integrity of Pineview in the event of major seismic action. Earlier core samples taken from the dam revealed the need for safety improvements to strengthen it to withstand a Richter Scale 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Representatives from UDOT, Weber County, the State Parks Board, Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies met at the initial meeting held at the Federal Building in Ogden to hear presentations by Bureau employees, and to ask questions and voice concerns regarding proposed improvements. A draft EA that has been prepared by the Bureau contains three alternatives for action. The first alternative is No Action. The second alternative is broken down into three phases of action: A) correct seismic deficiencies in the spillway, and B) correct deficiencies in the dam’s foundation. The dam’s foundation sits on an alluvial fan consisting of sands and gravel that, during an earthquake, may suffer from the effects of liquefaction. The third phase of action is, C) correct potential seepage deficiencies. Pineview is a zoned structure, meaning that different materials were used to build the earthen structure at different levels of the dam. Pineview was enlarged in 1957 to increase its carrying capacity. The dam was raised from 61 feet in height to 132 feet. Where the two sections were joined—where the old meets the new— it is easier for the structure to lose its integrity during seismic stress, making it possible for water to begin seeping in between sections, further compromising the structure. This is called piping. The third alternative action is similar to the three-phased second alternative, but involves corrections at a more extensive level. Copies of the draft EA are available upon request. To receive a copy, contact Russ Findlay, Bureau of Reclamation at 801-379-1084. A public meeting sponsored by the Bureau regarding proposed action on the dam will be held at Snowcrest Junior High School in Eden on February 23, at 6:00 p.m.