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Headlines Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Mike Nelson / Box Elder News Journal
The Cessna belonging to Clearfield pilot Kirk Douglas following an incident on takeoff where the nose gear struck a rut and drove the propeller into the dirt. Douglas had landed at an area approximately two miles south of the Spiral Jetty on the north shores of the Great Salt Lake.

Pilot’s plane stuck near Spiral Jetty

By Mike Nelson
Associate editor

A Clearfield man found himself stranded about two miles west of Spiral Jetty Friday after the nose gear of his aircraft broke and his propeller was damaged as he tried to take off from a remote strip of land near the north shore of the Great Salt Lake.
The pilot, 60-year-old Kirk Douglas, a member of the Utah Backcountry Pilots Association who has been flying for 30 years, said he had no problems landing his Cessna at the location, a place he had flown to several times before. It was as he attempted to take off from the field that he experienced trouble.
“My nose gear went into a hole and broke,” said Douglas.
The broken landing gear sent the nose of the aircraft into the dirt, badly damaging the propeller. Uninjured but unable to take off, Douglas turned off the electricity and fuel, gathered some of his belongings and hiked to a nearby hilltop in an attempt to get cellphone signal to call for help.

Peach Days Information


Investigation into Lankford death closes

An investigation into the death of 26-year-old Willard resident Eric Lankford has come to a close, and the results have been submitted to the Box Elder County Attorney’s office for determination of charges to be filed in the case, if any.
According to a report from the state’s medical examiner’s office, Eric Lankford died from smoke inhalation and burns resulting from a fire in the garage of a home the man shared with his brother, Jeremy Lankford. The report determined Eric Lankford had been alive at the time the fire started. The report concluded the fire had been set deliberately, there was no way of knowing whether someone else had started the fire, or if Eric had started it himself.
Eric Lankford was found dead in the garage of the home at 103 East 100 North after a fire in the early morning of June 28, 2013. Police had been called to the home regarding a domestic dispute between the two brothers just two hours before the fire.



BC selects new council member

Following interviews to fill the vacant city council seat left from Brian Rex’s resignation last month, Brigham City Council members chose former councilman Alden Farr to complete Rex’s term.
According to Brigham City Recorder Mary Kate Christensen, the nearly six hour-long meeting narrowed the search from 14 candidates to three. Subsequent rounds of voting further narrowed the candidates to two and ultimately, Farr was selected.
Farr will take Rex’s seat as the city is embroiled with deciding how to move forward with the UTOPIA fiber-optic network; whether to move forward with the public-private partnership currently being explored or to seek other options.


New petition counters calls for demolition of historic co-op buildings

Coming on the heels of a citizen-driven petition calling for the demolition of several burned out buildings in Brigham City, a counter-petition urges city officials to consider the historical significance of the buildings and the possibilities of salvaging them.
The first petition, calling the buildings unsightly and even dangerous, was presented during the public comment portion of Brigham City’s July 17 council meeting. More than 20 residents signed the petition, which was started by Fred and Tammy Cannon, and called for the city to take action.
Several other residents spoke on the issue at that time, including John Webster, who said he had a love and appreciation for the city’s heritage but likened the condition of Merrell Planing Mill, Baron Woolen Mills and the grist mill building to shells of building one could find in a “pioneer ghetto.”


News Briefs

Construction on USU Brigham City set for Fall
Brigham City and Utah State University announced Tuesday that construction for the new USU Brigham City campus will begin this fall.
The project had been delayed while Brigham City applied for lower cost funding for its half of the cost of the building, estimated to be approximately $7.5 million. The other half of the money was approved by the state legislature, $500,000 in 2013, and $7 million this year.
The city applied to the State Permanent Community Impact Board (CIB) where it will be able to finance the $7.5 million bond at 1.5 percent interest rather than the 4- 4.5 percent available on the commercial market.
Approval is still pending from the CIB, which will take up the issue this trimester. If approved, funding for the project could be available as early as Oct. 2. If the CIB does not approve the loan, Brigham City will seek funding on the commercial bond market.
The city plans to repay the bond through a Community Development Area (CDA) tax increment, which went into effect January of last year. A tax increment takes the difference in property tax assessments between certain years and earmarks it toward a specific purpose. In this case the difference is coming from assessments of 1985 values and today. Each taxing entity in the county unanimously agreed to the tax increment based on the value a new campus might bring to Box Elder County. Property tax rates for individual homeowners have not been affected.

Mosquitoes found carrying West Nile in BE
According to Bear River Health Department officials, three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, two in Box Elder County and one in Uintah County.
Individuals should wear long sleeve shirts, pants, use insect repellent with DEET, reduce outdoor activity from dusk through dawn, and eliminate standing water around their homes.
While most people infected by this virus won’t notice any symptoms, some may experience flu-like symptoms or worse. The elderly and those with poor immune systems are at higher risk.
The most serious cases can lead to hospitalization, disability, or death. Symptoms of the severe form of West Nile virus include: high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, disorientation and confusion.
For more information visit www.health.utah.gov/wnv.

Grants for records preservation available
Non-profit organizations and local governments with short-term historic preservation projects are invited to apply for grant money to complete those projects through the Utah State Archives and Records Service.
Funding can be used to help preserve at-risk, historic records and provide public access to important collections.
The maximum award is $1,500 and all grants require a dollar-for-dollar cash or in-kind match. The project for which the funds are applied cannot begin before October 31, and must be completed by June 19, 2015.
Grant guidelines and application are available at www.archives.utah.gov/USHRAB/forms.html. Applications are due by Aug. 22.
For more information, contact Janell Tuttle at jtuttle@utah.gov.