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March 15 03.qxd 12/7/2021 3:44 PM Page 3 THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Volume VII Issue XI Page 3 March 15, 2003 Ogden Opera Guild’s Fund-raising Event a Success By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News The Opera Guild recently held its annual “Chocolate Affaire,” which has been described as “an elegant evening with friends listening to classical music ???????????????and Suzy Patterson, president of the Ogden Opera Guild. while sipping champagne, wine, nonalcoholic beverages; and sampling chocolate delicacies and gourmet fare.” The highlight of the evening is the silent auction, where guests bid on unique items to raise funds for the sponsoring of a Utah Opera performance at the Capitol theatre in Salt Lake City for students attending high schools in Weber and Davis counties. Guild docents first visit classrooms to discuss with students the experience they will enjoy at the opera. Guild President Suzy Patterson states, “Since opera is so visual, as well as musical, it has a wide appeal to students.” For more information about the Ogden Opera Guild, call 479-8541 or 394-1309. Costumes on display at the fundraiser. Guests enjoy an evening at the “Chocolate Affaire” fundraiser. Public Meeting Slated on Study for Incorporation On March 13, an Eden Incorporation Feasibility Study Public Meeting will be held at Snowcrest Jr. High, at 7:00 p.m. Mayors Jim McKay of Huntsville, and Dirk Bailey of Hooper; and City Administrator Bill Morris of Marriott Slaterville City will speak to the audience about their experiences, and how they might apply to an incorporated Eden. There will also be a forum for questions and answers from the audience. For more information, contact Steering Committee Chair Steve Clarke at 745-1348, or Outreach Committee Chair Shanna Francis at 7452688. Please plan to attend this informative meeting. E AGLE R IDGE DISPUTED LAND cont. from page 1 by misinformation. “We lost at the Supreme Court level because of the outrageous figures given by the plaintiffs,” Wilson said. Early on in the lawsuit, which was filed in October 1999, the plaintiffs estimated the land to be worth at least 10 times what it sold for. Given to the county in 1968 by Alvin Cobabe in exchange for construction of the $213,000 road to Powder Mountain, the rugged terrain was designated for public outdoor recreation and the contract stated it could not be used for any commercial enterprise. The 160 acres sits in the middle of land that Jones, a big-game outfitter, leased from Cobabe for his commercial hunting reserve. Another reason to appraise the land was to be ready to market it again. “Based on the use we have for it, which is none, and the need for money in the budget, that land will most likely be viewed again as surplus property,” said Weber County Commissioner Ken Bischoff. “It’s surrounded by a private hunting unit so we’re not sure what it can be used for, but it can’t really be used as a park,” Bischoff said. “It’s too steep to pitch a tent and if you threw a ball, you’d lose it.” During his research, Owens made several site visits to the property in November and December, and also studied aerial photographs and topographical maps. Owens found seven similar sales in the past five to six years to compare with, the oldest of which was a similar transaction between Jones and Cobabe. The comparable properties were scattered throughout Weber, Cache, Morgan, Rich and Summit counties. “I look at a lot of things, the most important being the land’s highest and best use,” Owens said. “This land is very steep, has little vegetation, and is quite a ways from the dirt road. Legally, someone couldn’t even put a cabin on it.” Although the land is close to the Powder Mountain Ski Resort, Owens said the ski area probably would not expand to include it. “It’s on the back side. Occasionally people do ski through there, but they’re not supposed to because they cross private land to do it,” Owen said. The county paid Owens $3,000 for the appraisal. Gary Laird, director of operations for the county, said that other local appraisers shied away from the task. Fuller questioned the county’s view of the land’s use or lack thereof. “They should define its use as outlined in Ogden Valley’s general plan, which calls for protection of riparian and wildlife habitats, stream corridors, recreational opportunities and open space,” Fuller said. “Right now there are 400 homes in the Wolf Creek area, an area (planned) for 2,400. As the area gets more congested, the location of that land will become increasingly important, along with the trail leading up to it,” Fuller said. “We’d all be better served if they’d strengthen the general plan.” Fuller suspects the land, once deeded back to the county, will ultimately be sold back to Jones. Details of Jones returning the land to the county, and the county reimbursing him for the purchase price, taxes and interest, have yet to be worked out. But the parcel has been removed from the tax rolls. “If someone offered us a couple thousand per acre, we’d probably consider it,” Bischoff said, with a laugh. “But we’ll probably just sit on it for awhile.” Note: This article was originally printed in the Standard-Examiner on March 5, 2003, and is being reprinted by permission. EDEN PARK’S 4th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 19, 2003 11:00 A.M. EDEN PARK For ALL children of the Valley, ages up to 11. If anyone would like to donate, please send contributions to Eden Park, P O Box 34, EDEN UT 84310 We are not able to have this wonderful event if we don’t collect enough donations. In the past, it has been totally funded by individuals and businesses of the Valley. A Planned Residential Community Custom Home Sites Available Toll free: 1-800-659-0834 Office: 1-801-621-1839 Website: www.randoco.com DINING ROOM AVAILABLE FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES! ENJOY OUR NEW GAMES ARCADE We Deliver $2.00 OFF 12” takeout pizza $3.00 OFF 16” takeout pizza Please present this coupon ~ Expires 3/31/03 Hours: Open Monday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4920 E. 2550 N. Eden Located near the Valley Junction Inn Valley Hair is hosting an OPEN HOUSE Come see our newly remodeled location in the Eats of Eden Plaza. (old wisebird of eden bookstore location) 10 - 30% OFF all hair care products, make-up & jewelry We've had our makeover, now it's your turn. Come see us on Saturday March 15, 2003 from Noon to 3 p.m. There will be food - fun - free stuff! For more information call 745-1979.