THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS “= Page 12 June 1, 2006 HUNTING cont. from page 11 the mountain looking down one of the canyons that emptied into Middle Fork. At day break, the hunters started up the canyon driving the deer ahead of them. Very often I had my deer hanging in a tree before sunup. The deer was an added bonus; it was enough just to sit and look and listen. I liked to watch the hawks, wings set, riding the thermal currents into the sky. I liked to watch them dive on an unsuspecting bird in flight or a rabbit that chose the wrong time to leave its burrow. From a mile above the stream, I could hear the murmur of the water as it tumbled . The next minute, the sound would magnified many t watched the lights wii on in the valley from the mountain top directly north of Eden. As a farmer awoke to start the day, I heard the dogs bark as the cows were driven in to be milked. I even heard and understood parts of a conversation carried on by two farmers in the valley. At times, the voices were loud and clear and then they would fade away to oblivion. I was a pretty rugged individual at twenty years of age and could hike through the mountains all day without tiring. Late in the fall, the mallard ducks came into the valley in flocks of hundreds. They would spend the day on Pineview Reservoir and in the evening or early morning, they would flock into the grain fields to feed. Most of the fields had irrigation ditches running through them. We would watch where a flock landed, get into the ditch that would take us to the field the ducks had chosen, then carefully crawl the last one hundred yards or so that would put us within range of the birds. After taking two or three deep breaths to calm us down, we would count to three, stand up, and empty our guns into the surprised flock. It was hard to miss a target that size; we usually went home with several fat birds that had been feeding on grain for two or three months. I remember when I was about sixteen years old. | had a battle here in one of these same fields with a ferocious animal. My life was saved, or at the very least, I was spared multiple abrasions, contusions, and lacerations by my little dog Bob who was short on brains and very long o courage was irrigating barley in the fields east of our home when I noticed some activity in the block of land one hundred yards to the south. I could see dirt flying as if some large animal were digging a hole in the ground. What could it be? I started to walk towards it. Old Bob, who stood about ten inches tall at the shoulders, could see nothing through the lush stand of barley. He had no idea that anything unusual was happening. When I got within fifty feet of the animal, I knew what it was. A badger was busily engaged in digging gophers from the soft earth. Now a badger does not seem to be a formidable opponent for a man and a dog but I have seen them kill dogs much tase than themselves. It would be possible for them to kill a man if he were caught in the ae I found myself five minutes into the bat I studied the sae the badger was in Outdoor rane Furniture Potted. Plants HOME INTERIORS & GIFTS “SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE” | Dottie Beck’s ££¢ (801) 745-6617 5522 8.2200 N. EDEN (ext to Eden General Sore MATTHEW rh a hole about two feet deep. All I could see f him was the gray hair along his broad back. The rest of his body was covered with the loose earth. Bob, who now was aware that something was going on, dashed ahead. I tried to stop him because I knew that he would be an easy target for a large badger. The last ten feet of the rush ended in a leap that put Bob in the hole on top of the badger. Bob immediately set his teeth in the badgers back. The badger came roaring out of the hole dragging Bob behind him. When they were on level ground, the badger rolled over and forced Bob to give up his hold. The badger, with bared fangs, rushed Bob. I think he was trying for the jugular vein but Bob’s quickness saved him. The ger’s fangs penetrated Bob’s neck just behind the ear. b barked and growled. I knew he was begging for help. I raised my shovel but could not aim for the badgers head. I was afraid I would hit Bob. I took aim for the badger’s hind quarters. My aim was good and the badger groaned and released his hold on Bob. I raised my shovel to take a swing at the badgers head when he barred his fangs and rushed for me. | didn’t have GENERAL Dear d Friends D and interactive, on-line citizen preference surey. The Weber County Planning Staff wants to thank the Ogden Valley citizens for the support and involvement in creating this document. This award will hang at the Ogden Valley Library Gunite June. Weber County looks forward to working with the Lintlon Valley community in creating the documents that implement the policies referred to in the Recreation Element Plan. Come visit us for: - Original paintings - Sculpture pieces - Commission work 334-9881 “a local artist cooperative” www.gallery250gden.com Mention this 268 Historic 25th Street~ Ogden Hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.~ Mon.- Sat ad for 10% discount. Yukon Neighbors, | outlined my overall platform in my last message to you and now | would like to go into more detail in the areas of Health Care Reform and Education. Care page 1 a Many of you have read about my run for state legislative seat in District 8 in the last edition of Ogden Valley News. | hope to win the democratic primary election held on Tuesday, June 27t , and go on to represent our local district for the next two years at the State Capitol. Health cont. from GALLERY D. FRANDSEN yh PLAN Another element of the award is the public involvement process. The OVGP Recreation Element was developed utilizing an extensive public involvement process including formation of a stakeholders committee that held ten meetings, facilitation of three interactive public workshops in two separate communities, holding of six separate public adoption meetings with County governing bodies, and development of an time to turn around, so | started to run backwards. Before I knew what had happened, I found myself in the badger’ s hole. were straight in the air as were my head and arms. My backside was deep in the hole. What a fix to be in! I was about to call Old Bob for help, but just as | opened my mouth, I saw my little buddy come flying through the air to land, once again, on the badgers back. While the two antagonists fought it out on the barley field, I quickly dug myself out of the hole and re-entered the fight. “This has gone far enough,” I said to myself. The badger was on top now. He had his favorite hold—the jugular vein and Old Bob looked like he was about played out. I raised my shovel high and brought it down on the badger’s skull. Blood flowed from his eyes, ears and nose so | knew that he was dead. I buried him in the grave of his own making. When it was all over, I sat on the ditch bank to catch my breath. Old Bob came over and licked my hand. I patted him on the head and said, “You don’t owe me anything, partner, we came out even on that one. Reform — With 300,000 uninsured Utahns, we need to expand the Utah public employees health plan (PEHP) to small businesses which would reduce premiums for employers and their employees. We are also long overdue for some form of medical billing paperwork Rendezvous Lodge 745-9293 Joyful Smiles Dentistry 745-1222 Open Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Valley’s Best Breakfast” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early Bird Special 8 - 9 a.m Yukon Grille 745-9293 (Two areone breakfast yee pires June 30,2 235 S. 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Lot CONTRACT As a native Utahn, born and raised in Ogden and having lived 10 years in Huntsville, | believe | can work with my fellow legislators to create the many reforms we need in order to benefit the people of Utah, Ogden and our Valley. Matthew Frandsen Democratic Candidate Utah Legislative Dist #8 Ph 745-4403 3853 @ John W. Hansen & Assoc. JENNI John W_ AND ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE RHEES eee (801) 940-1737 Mobile (801) 479-1500 Office (801) 479-1577 Fax \ws.