|Paper||Ogden Valley News|
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|Rights Holder||SR Communications DBA, Eden, Utah|
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|Paper||Ogden Valley News|
The OGDEN September 1, 2000 VALLEY NEWS BULK RATE POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 11 POSTAL PATRON EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 HUNTSVILLE-84317 OGDEN CANYON- 84401 HCR 843AO Your Community Newspaper Inside This Issue: Fall Semester of School Begins Guest Commentary Page 3 By Shanna Francis Consumers Advised to Check Water Heaters Page 4 Ogden Valley News Staff Renovation Station Page 6 Today’s Awnings Practical & Stylish Page 6 Students at Snowcrest Junior High School on the first day of school. Five Great Places to Sleep in the Park Page 7 Ten Ways to Reach the Goal of Discipline Page 7 What are Your Resources for Retirement? Page 8 Avoid Long Distance Service Slamming Page 8 Calendar of Events Page 9 Announcements Page 10 Pathways News Page 11 Trail Trivia Page 11 Kidz Just Want to Have Fun Page 12 Sunshine Generation Sing & Dance Page 12 Sports News Page 13 Student News Page 14 Ogden Valley Men Crash ‘Em for Charity Page 14 Backyard Conservation Page 15 The Man and His Deer Page 16 - 17 Eden of Yesterdays Page18 Classifieds Page 19 Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Approves Tax Hike Liberty Accidents Leave One Man Dead, Three Others Injured By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Staff The need for a pathway system in Ogden Valley took on personal relevance for 15-year-old Eli Story and his family on the morning of August 11 after Eli was struck by a car driven by a 19-year-old male on Highway 162 in Liberty. At about 9:15 a.m., Eli hopped on his bike to ride to his job at a local farming operation where he works moving sprinkler pipe, little realizing the events that were about to unfold. After being struck from behind by the westbound vehicle that was traveling approximately 50 miles per hour, Eli was taken by ambulance to McKay Dee hospital with multiple scrapes, lacerations and bruises. Miraculously, he had no broken bones. Fortunately . . . this time, the story has a happy ending. Family and friends are calling it a miracle that Eli was not killed, nor suffered from more severe injuries. It is expected that Eli will be released from the hospital within another week or two. Eli’s cousin 14 year old Casey Snider, son of Earl and Tami Snyder of Liberty, is submitting a request for his Eagle Scout project, to extend the Ogden Valley Pathway’s planned trail past River Drive, along Highway 162 towards Liberty where Eli was struck by the moving vehicle. He made the decision shortly after Eli was hospitalized. Casey is hoping to get the community involved as volunteers to get the project completed. He is a member of Troop 15. He states that he, “wants kids to have a safe place to ride their bikes.” Eli is the son of Brad and Debbie Story of Eden. On the same morning, the driver of a Pepsi truck attempting to deliver a concession trailer to the education center in North Fork was left a bit rattled, but uninjured in an unrelated accident. According to a report from Pepsi, the driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle and the ten-foot concession trailer he was pulling, after hitting the soft shoulder of Highway 162 near the corner of the old red church in Liberty. But an eyewitness at the scene said it appeared that the driver didn’t notice the new stop sign in time to stop in a timely manner, rather he slammed on his breaks to keep from running the stop sign. This created a chain reaction, causing the single axle concession trailer to wrap forward around the Pepsi truck where the trailer eventually tipped over onto its side. The driver of the Pepsi truck and his coworker were both left uninjured, and no citations were issued by officers from the Sheriff’s Department that reported to the scene. The concession trailer was left inoperable, and a nearby mailbox was destroyed in the accident. Not far from the scene of the other two accidents in the area of 1900 North 6077 East, Liberty, Gerald Smith of Slaterville was killed when the 1994 Toyota pickup truck he was driving left the road, went through a fence then rolled into a field. His two passengers Julie Hoehn and Elisah Woerkom, both of Ogden, were hospitalized with injuries. Woerkom was cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor. The group had been at Monte Cristo and were leaving the Valley. The accident occurred at approximately 5:40 a.m. on August 13. The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District recently held a public hearing on a proposed property tax increase. The 2000 proposed tax rate was .000200, up from .000135, a 48% increase. A public hearing on the tax increase was held August 22 in Layton. Approximately 35 to 40 citizens attended the meeting to voice their concerns or pose questions regarding the increase. The nine-member District Board voted to approve the tax hike after the two-hour public hearing closed. According to Ivan Flint, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District General Manager, the District has not raised the tax rate during the past ten years to the legal .000200 that they were entitled to, saving tax payers over 4.2 million dollars during the same past ten year period. “The District Board has been very concerned about raising taxes and has been very conservative. But needed improvements and inflation over the past ten years has made it necessary to approve the tax increase.” According to Flint, the tax increase will primarily be used to pay for rehabilitation of and improvements to existing structures, mainly upgrades to the Lost Creek Dam and proposed upgrades to Pineview Dam, improving structural soundness in the event of a major earthquake. The Bureau of Reclamation will fund 85% of the improvements to Pineview Dam, and Pineview Water and Weber Basin Water Districts will share the cost of the remaining 15% of the bill, with Weber Basin responsible for 60% of the 15%. With the tax increase now approved, the District will increase its property tax revenue from $2,377,288 collected last year to $3,744,451. The increase equates to a $5.79 increase in taxes on a $162,000 valued residence and a $10.53 per year increase on a business having the same value. Last year a homeowner with a home valued at $162,000 paid $12.03 in annual taxes. With the increase, the same homeowner will now pay $17.82, a 48 cents a month increase. The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District supplies water to residents in Weber, Davis, Morgan, Summit and Box Elder Counties. Their total annual budget is approximately 13.7 million dollars. Valley Hosts Garden of Eden Race:Local runner earns first place blue ribbon By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Staff On Saturday, August 19, Eden hosted the Garden of Eden Race, a 5 K and 11mile race. About 150 runners entered this year’s annual event. This is about the 30th year Eden has hosted the race, according to Weber State University’s assistant track coach Brian Appell. The race is sponsored by Weber Track Alliance, the sponsorship arm of WSU’s Track and Field Department. Revenue generated from the annual event is used to assist post collegiate athletes fund travel for meets across state(s). Julie Nelson of Layton says she especially enjoys running the Garden of Eden Race “because of the scenery, the friendly people associated with the race, the cooler weather, and the dogs— well, they aren’t the greatest, but Adrianna Tanner they’re O.K. too!” A runner from Tennessee stated, “I’ve never seen anything like it [Ogden Valley]. The whole idea of running in the Valley is great.” The race ended with refreshments at the Eden Park, prizes for the top runners, and prize drawings. Eleven year-old Adrianna Tanner from Liberty won the 11-mile race for her age category. Adrianna is the daughter of David and Teresa Tanner of Eden. Adrianna, whose father is also a runner, is training for the Top of Utah Marathon that will be held in Logan later in the season.