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The Ogden October 1, 2007 Valley news Your Community Newspaper PRSRT STD PRSRT STD POSTAGE PAID POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 11 PERMIT NO. 11 EDEN UT EDEN UT POSTAL PATRON POSTAL PATRON EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 HUNTSVILLE-84317 HUNTSVILLE-84317 OGDEN CANYON- 84401 OGDEN CANYON- 84401 HCR 843AO HCR 843AO The Ogden Valley Land Trust Announces Informational Meeting for Land Owners By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News The Ogden Valley Land Trust in pleased to announce that a large landowners informational meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Snowcrest Junior High. Guest speakers will include Liberty resident Doug Taggart, Estate Planning Attorney; Barry Nash from the Trust for Public Lands; and Scott Walker from the Division of Wildlife Resources. Speaker will address the audience and also participate in a question and answer session with the audience. The meeting has been organized to provide information to landowners on how conservation easements work, and how they can be used as a beneficial tool in estate planning and tax management. While specifically targeted to benefit large landowners, this informational meeting is open to the general public, and may be beneficial to all property owners, including business owners and/or their employees involved in real estate, and/or property management. For more information, contact Ogden Valley Land Trust Executive Director Smoke from a wildfire at the mouth of Ogden Canyon billows upward, providing a surreal backdrop to wake boarder James Carla Weise at 801-510-6139, or Ogden Pippin as he ekes out the last few rays of sunlight reflecting off of Pineview Reservoir on September 12. Photo courtesy of Valley Land Trust Chair Shanna Francis at 801-745-2688. Jake Schickedanz of Eden. Suspicious Fires Blacken Foothills North of Ogden Canyon By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News A total of five fires burned the foothills at the mouth of Ogden Canyon during September. Fire crews gained control of a smaller fire on the south side of the canyon, and successfully managed four others along the northeast bench. One was accidentally started by heavy equipment, while the others are being investigated by Ogden City officials who are calling the fires suspicious, according to Ogden City Fire Marshall Matthew Schwenk. Over 200 acres were burned by the fires. The foothills north of Ogden Canyon’s entryway remained blackened where the multiple fires merged to make an even blanket of charcoaled vegetation. Wild Land crews from Layton, firefighters from the Weber Fire District, and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service all responded, teaming up with Ogden City firefighters to battle the last and largest blaze. One helicopter and two fixed plane aircraft were also used to fight flames from the air. After creeping toward the crest of the mountain during the evening of September 12. At about 3:30 a.m. the next morning, the winds shifted and the blaze crawled back down in a northern direction. Schwenk stated that cooling temperatures and rising humidity levels are finally giving some relief to fire crews in Northern Utah. Forum on Referendum 1–The Education Voucher Bill Please join us on Tuesday, October 16, eral company boards and multiple volunteer 2007, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Red Moose Lodge, 2547 N. Valley Junction Drive, Eden (at the end of the road behind Eats of Eden), for a forum on State Referendum 1 regarding education vouchers. The subject will be whether or not to vote for Referendum 1 (the Education Voucher Bill) on November 6. This referendum is based on House Bill 148, the Education Voucher Bill passed by the Utah legislature in February 2007. A “YES” vote on Referendum 1 in November’s election will support the voucher system, while a “NO” vote will oppose it. The Education Voucher Bill provides scholarships of $500 to $3,000 per year, per child enrolled in private schools—depending on family size and income. These funds provide parents with the freedom to choose how their tax dollars will be spent on their child’s education. It also allows public school districts to retain a portion of the per-student funding for three years for voucher students who transfer to private schools. What will be the impact of the Education Voucher system on your family, the public school system, private schools, and your taxes? At the forum on October 16 voters will have the opportunity to hear two speakers: each taking a contrasting position on Referendum 1. Proponents for a “YES” vote on Referendum 1 will be represented by Doug Holmes. Doug has spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry with MediaOne Group, an international Fortune 100 telecommunications company. At MediaOne Doug held various positions including CFO and Executive Vice President of strategy, corporate development and technology. He has served on sev- boards, including serving for the last seven years as chairman of Parents for Choice in Education. Doug received his Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Brigham Young University. The proponents for a “NO” vote on Referendum 1 will be represented by Lisa Johnson—spokesperson for Utahns for Public Schools (UTPS). Johnson grew up in Sandy where she attended public schools in the Jordan District. After graduating from Jordan High School, she attended Brigham Young University, earning Bachelor’s degrees in English and Russian, and a Masters degree in linguistics. She has taught Korean at the Missionary Training Center and Russian conversation at BYU. Community involvement includes helping to start and maintain a Neighborhood Watch program, joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and serving as the President of the Board of a consumer advocacy nonprofit organization. Lisa and her husband Craig are the parents of three children—one who attends preschool, and two who attend public schools. She enjoys volunteering regularly at school. Steve Clarke will be the moderator for the event. Steve has lived in Ogden Valley for the last eight years, and serves as chairman of the Ogden Valley Growth with Excellence Mandate (GEM) committee, which has assisted with the Recreation Element of the Valley General Plan. He also serves as a member of the Eden Planning Committee. Steve retired REFERENDUM cont. on page 12 Vandals Wreak Havoc at Liberty Park A fire burns out of control on the foothills north of the mouth of Ogden Canyon on September 12. Fire investigators believe the fire was manmade. Photo courtesy of Larry Zini of Huntsville. Shooting For Success By Kera Erickson Craig Stitt, a seventeen-year-old youth from Eden, can say that he is one of the best shotgun shooters in the nation. Stitt traveled to Sparta, Illinois to participate in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Trapshooting Championships. Stitt was chosen to represent Utah in the Champion of Champions, placing fifth with a score of 99 out of 100. “I only dropped one target,” says Stitt. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” his parents explain. “Back in Tennessee and other southern states, they actually have trap houses at the school. Shooting is a school sport and students have the opportunity of practicing everyday. They also have many more students to pick from when looking for the best of the best.” Stitt didn’t become great at shooting a shotgun over night. He’s been shooting guns since he was eight years old, when he started shooting an air rifle at the Roughriders Rifle Club in South Ogden. “He just loved going to shoot and we would take him every Saturday,” his parents Roger and Ardith explain. The family gives early credit to Lee Tarbet who has worked with youth for over thirty years at the Roughriders Club. Tarbet took all the youth from the club on a Flaming Gorge trip where the youth had the opportunity to practice their shooting skills all day long. Stitt was nine years old at the time. “They shot guns from eight in the morning, had a short break, and then shot until five that night,” explains Stitt’s mother, who also went along on the trip Vandals wreaked havoc at the Liberty Park sometime between late Friday night, September 21, and early Saturday morning by spray painting the back of bleachers and the walls of the bowery. A report has been filed with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office who is investigating the incident. Operated by community volunteers, park board members will have to use a sand blaster and/or chemicals to try and remove the graffiti, expending limited monies and resources to clean up the mess. Former board member Michael Loud commented, “It was a stupid, senseless act that has negatively colored the community.” If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact Liberty Park Committee SHOOTING cont. on page 14 Chair Ross Mertlich at 745-3731, or the Weber County Sheriff’s Office at 629-8221.