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The Ogden April 15, 2007 Valley news Your Community Newspaper PRSRT STD STD PRSRT POSTAGE PAID PAID POSTAGE PERMIT NO. NO. 11 11 PERMIT EDEN UT UT EDEN POSTAL PATRON PATRON POSTAL EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 HUNTSVILLE-84317 HUNTSVILLE-84317 OGDEN CANYONCANYON- 84401 84401 OGDEN HCR 843AO 843AO HCR Free STD Tests Available to Residents of Weber and Morgan Counties The Zions Bank Groove Girls” won in the Soapbox Derby held at Wolf Mountain on March 24. See page 13 for article and more photos. Photos courtesy of Bill Singleton. Applications Being Solicited for Positions on Weber County Township Planning Commissions—Board of Adjustment The Weber County Commission is taking applications for the Upper Valley, including Ogden Canyon, and the Lower Valley Township Planning Commissions. Applicants must be residents from the respective township in unincorporated Weber County. Planning Commission Boards hear requests from township citizens regarding zoning and land use issues. The Lower Valley Township meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The Upper Valley Township meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Special meetings may be scheduled throughout the year. The boards meet at 4:00 p.m. on their respective Tuesday. Weber County Board of Adjustment Weber County Commissioners are also considering an appointment to the Weber County Board of Adjustment. Residents of unincorporated Weber County are encouraged to apply at the Weber County Planning Commission office, 2380 Washington Blvd., Suite 240, Ogden. Applications for all positions can be picked up at the Weber County Planning Commission office, and must be returned by April 20, 2007. Call Sherri at 399-8791 for more information. Spring Meltdown at Snowbasin The Weber-Morgan Health Department is scheduling free sexual transmitted disease (STD) testing in April in conjunction with National STD Awareness Month, and in response to a rising number of gonorrhea cases within Utah—including increases in Weber and Morgan counties. Recent studies show gonorrhea and chlamydia cases increasing at epidemic rates within the state; since 2001, gonorrhea cases have increased more than 270 percent while cases of chlamydia have increased more than 60 percent. The Weber-Morgan Health Department will conduct the free STD testing Monday through Friday, April 16 through April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The testing can identify cases of gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis and HIV. All sexually active people should be screened for infection as many STDs don’t produce noticeable symptoms and, left untreated, can cause permanent physical damage to the host. Specifically, gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause harmful, often irreversible, FREE TESTS cont. on page 15 BOR Makes Repairs at A.V. Watkins Dam at Willard Bay On the afternoon of November 13, 2006, a land-owner neighboring the 14.5-mile long A.V. Watkins Dam north of Ogden, Utah made an interesting and important observation—serious seepage was occurring on the south eastern side of the dam. A.V. Watkins Dam is a U-shaped, zoned earthfill dam, approximately 36 feet high, that impounds Willard Bay Reservoir. Immediately after the problem was reported, senior dam safety specialists and managers from Reclamation and the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (WBWCD) were on-site assessing the problem and temporary repair work began that evening. The seepage, which was occurring at a rate of approximately 100 to 150 gallons per minute through the downstream toe of the dam, could have resulted in a sig- nificant uncontrolled release of water from the reservoir, constituting a failure of the dam. Prompt response by both Reclamation and WBWCD prevented this from happening and the immedi- Reclamation managers ate threat was inspect area of comproe l i m i n a t e d . mised dam. In addition, Reclamation and WBWCD immediately put into place an emergency action plan that allowed officials of both agencies to BOR REPAIRS cont. on page 17 Battle Not Over for Utah School Voucher Program By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Kayakers finish the last leg of the 7th Annual Spring Meltdown Race held at Snowbasin on April 7. See page 13 for article and more photos. Forest Service Accepting Public Comment on Revised Ogden Travel Plan Chip J. Sibbernsen, District Ranger About a year ago, the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Ogden Ranger District released a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Ogden Travel Plan Revision. Subsequently, the document was appealed and the decision was vacated. Based on the Forest Supervisor’s instructions, we improved the cumulative effects analysis and prepared a supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The public now has the opportunity to comment on the Draft Supplement to the FEIS for the Ogden Travel Plan revision. The 2007 Draft Supplement and the 2006 FEIS are available on the Forest website at <www.fs.fed. us/r4/wcnf/projects/decisions/ord/travel_ plan/> If you are unable to access the website, or need a CD in order to review the plan, please call the Ogden Ranger District The heat has been turned up a notch on the battle between Utah’s newly passed voucher program promoted by a non profit organization called Parents for Choice in Education and the interest group Utahns for Public Schools. Nancy Pomeroy, spokesperson for Parents for Choice has called the struggle for the adoption and survival of the voucher program—Parent Choice in Education Act (HB 148) a “turf war” pitting “educrats and teachers union against parents and children.” The voucher law, the most liberal in the nation, was approved by the Utah legislature by a narrow one-vote margin and signed into law by Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. The law provides every student the right to a privateschool scholarship or voucher ranging in value from $500 to $3,000 depending on household income. In anticipation of the law passing, Utahans for Public Schools were waiting in the wings to launch an aggressive referendum drive to overturn the newly adopted law. The effort, led by teachers unions and parents, needed about 92,000 signatures by April 9 to return the decision BATTLE cont. on page 3 at 801-625-5112. A comment period is being provided to allow the public an opportunity to review and comment on the new analysis. Anyone providing comments or otherwise expressing interest by the end of the comment period specified in 36 CFR 215.6 will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR part 215 regulations. Please focus your comments on the information directly discussed in the Supplement. You have already been provided an opportunity to comment on information in the FEIS. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 45 calendar days following the publication of the Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register. The publication date in the federal register is the exclusive means for calcuKindergartners from Valley Elementary visit the Eden Post office. Photo taken by FOREST SERVICE cont. on page 17 Melissa Lewis of Eden.