THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 2 Volume II, Issue XI 1 June 2000 The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Staff: Shanna Francis Tel: 745-2688 Fax: 745-0062 Cell: 941-1957 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jeannie Wendell Tel: 745-2879 Fax: 745-2879 E-Mail: email@example.com Barbie Sunderland Opinions expressed by advertisers, columnists or letters to the editor are not necessarily the opinions of the owners and staff of The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS. Guidelines for Letters to the Editor Letters should be 300 words or less. Letters must be signed and the address of the writer submitted. The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS reserves the right to edit or decline printing of any submissions. Announcements Sought As a community service, The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS will print local birth, wedding, obituary, anniversary and missionary farewell and homecoming Eagle Scout announcements free of charge. 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All material, to be considered, must be submitted with the full name, address and telephone nember of the person submitting the material. The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS’ liability on account of errors in, or omissions of,advertising shall in no event exceed the amount of charges for the advertising omitted or the space occupied by the error. The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS does not endorse, promote or encourage the purchase or sale of any product or service advertised in this newspaper. Letters to the Editor Resident Asks for Support from Community Almost everyone I speak with has a concern about the absence of a physician in the Valley. Recently I received a call from a Family Practice Physician who had been interested in living and practicing in the Valley. I spent part of a Saturday discussing the possibility. She was very positive, but soon lost interest. She had anticipated coming into practice as sole proprietor of her own office without the financial backing of any HMO or governmental agency, but the absence of any available office space and the necessity to sign on to about $500,000 to establish an office with even minimal equipment caused her to change her mind. Residents of the Valley have two choices. We can wait for someone else to build a medical complex backed financially by a large corporation such as an HMO or by a governmental agency. Another possibility is for a private physician to establish a solo office at their expense. Valley residents can also take the initiative and, as a unified group, take advantage of a program that offers finances to build a health center and community hospital—normally costing up to $2 million. We do not invest money or obligate ourselves to bonds or contracts, and there is no financial risk involved. This proposal, with which I am very well acquainted, will offer financial support only if we can show that a minimum of 1000 families wish to support this project for at least one year. If we have a sufficient pledge of support from families in the Valley, it will take approximately a year to complete the facility. We can then have the security of a badly needed health care facility filled with a variety of health professional specialists. I will be happy to coordinate this project, but will need about 20 partners to help. These partners will eventually be compensated for their time and effort. I will be happy to receive the pledges of support and interest. To do so, mail me a short letter with your name and address to P.O. Box 139, Huntsville, UT 84317. I will call you and we will make a beginning to this great contribution to the health and welfare of our Valley. Dr. Cliff Sorensen Huntsville Now is the time to Remove Dyers Woad Now is the time to remove Dyers Woad from your land. Dyers Woad (Isatis tinctoria), the plant imported from England to a Brigham City textile plant many years back, is now a serious problem in our valley. Brought across the Atlantic for its use in making an indigo color dye, Dyers Woad has no use on your property. Actually, the value of your land is reduced when it becomes infested with this invasive plant. For those of you not familiar with Dyers Woad, it has small, numerous yellow flowers in a bouquet-like fashion upon a stalk two to three feet tall. The leaves are narrow and three to four inches long. You’ll commonly see this plant along roadsides or in disturbed areas. It is considered a weed because it is an invasive plant, not native to this area and thus has no natural enemies to limit its production. Livestock and wildlife will not eat it. Besides reducing the value of your property, Dyers Woad is a dire threat to our native ecosystem. Once established, it spreads very quickly, crowding out native plants, leaving less diversity and less forage for wildlife. Your Dyers Woad plants could also spread to neighboring public land. Many of your tax dollars are spent each year on trying to eliminate Dyers Woad from public land. Please do your part and remove Dyers Woad from your property. Grab a shovel and remove the whole plant, root and all. If your problem looms too large and your backaches at the thought, you can simply clip the stalk below the flowering head. For all those Law Suit Against Weber County and Jones Continues By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Staff Weber County Commissioners sat in stunned silence as District Court Judge Michael Lyon rendered a preliminary decision to deny a motion by the Commissioners and Rulon Jones to dismiss a suit filed by Plaintiffs Ben Toone, Kent Fuller, Robert Fuller, and Roger Cannon on the basis that the Plaintiffs’ right to sue had expired under the state’s Statute of Limitations. Both the Plaintiffs’ attorney and Judge Lyons maintained that Defendants have been unable to satisfactorily respond to charges against them that they violated the Constitutional rights of Weber County residents by denying them procedural due process as governed by state code in the noticing requirements for the disposal of a public right-of-way, and for amending the General Plan. The judge asked, “How can there be a Statute of Limitations if notice was never given? The fuse on the Statute of Limitations is lit after public notice is given. . . . When Substantive and Procedural Due Process requirements rise to the level of Constitutional concerns, and are jurisdictional in nature, the Statute of Limitations does not kick in.” Attorney for the Petitioners, Robert Sykes argued, “It’s dangerous public policy to accept their [the county’s and Jones’] motion that they are asking the public to embrace—that they can get away with almost anything without proper public notice if no one objects within 30 days.” Judge Lyon has postponed a final decision on the matter, allowing the County a final opportunity to brief the court on the issue that failure of providing for public notice and public hearings does not constitute a Constitutional issue, thus voiding the Statute of Limitations. In the mean time, Plaintiffs have been given the go ahead to proceed with Discovery. Petitioners’ attorney Robert Sykes also alleged during the hearing that the County Attorneys failed the citizens of Weber County. “The County Attorneys that watch the hen house weren’t doing their job, and the foxes got in and got the hens.” Petitioners in the suit to reacquire a public right-of-way and public park near Powder Mountain have fought tenaciously to recoup the public property. Almost all of the funds spent thus far to overturn the sale have been generated through public donations. small yellow flowers turn into unsightly black seeds very soon and then your opportunity will have been missed. The important thing here is to remove the potential seed head now. If you would like more information, contact the local Utah State University Extension Service office located at 1750 Monroe Boulevard. They can also be reached by calling 627-3270. A good literary resource is titled Weeds of the West, which has full color pictures and descriptions of each plant. If you have web access, a good site to start with is the FICMNEW (Federal Interagency Committee Management Noxious Exotic Weeds) web site at: www.bluegoose.arw.r9.fws.gov/FICMN EWFiles/FICMNEWHomePage/html. Rachel Jones Eden Corrections In the front page picture of the May 1, issue, pictured but not mentioned was Worth Petersen. In the May 15, issue the picture of the “Powder Mountain Race Team Holds Parent-Child Challenge”, Maria Casas named was misspelled. In the calendar of events please note a change in the senior foot clinic at the Ogden Valley Library. It will be every other month on the 3rd Thursday. The cost will be $10.00.