Headlines Wednesday, October 15, 2014
New campus underway
By Mike Nelson
Around 300 people made their way Thursday afternoon to the future site of Utah State University Brigham City’s $15 million, 50,000 square foot academic building to celebrate the beginning of construction with a good old fashioned groundbreaking ceremony complete with dignitaries wearing hard hats and wielding golden shovels.
Still reeling with excitement following the Aggie’s victory on the gridiron over the Brigham Young University Cougars the previous week, USU President Stan Albrecht said there was no better feeling than to be there for the groundbreaking of the new campus in Brigham City.
“Friday was one of the most satisfying days of my recent life but today is even more so,” said Albrecht. “If it beats beating the Cougars then you know it’s a great day.”
Albrecht said the groundbreaking was a “grand event” for Brigham City and for the community.
In the 40 years since USU has had a presence in Brigham City, either through workshops or classes at their satellite campus, the school had began to outgrow its footprint at the former Fred Meyer building on 1100 South and began the process of improving and expanding, noted USU Brigham City Dean Tom Lee.
Fundraiser for Taylor family exceeds expectations
By Mike Nelson
The individual contributions to the Taylor family fundraiser may have seemed small to those who made them but collectively they all added up to exceed the set goal.
In only five hours on Saturday afternoon, 32 vendors and countless members of the community came together in a show of support for the Bear River City family by raising more than $12,000. All of the proceeds were donated to Kathy Taylor, a mother of five who is battling an aggressive form of melanoma while grieving the loss of her newborn son, Luke, who was born at just 26 weeks and succumbed to an infection. With the prognosis looking grim, Kathy’s husband, Nathan, is bracing for whatever may come.
“It’s the coolest thing to see the community rally around her,” said Rick Gomez who, together with his wife, Lori, helped to organize the fundraiser and silent auction.
Gomez explained that the ball started rolling about a month ago when a few friends talked about throwing something together on Facebook. From there, he said, the idea took off and the project had grown exponentially. Small businesses and individuals from all across the county and beyond committed to the event and saw it through.
Sheep on the move this Friday
Once again, the Jensen family of Corinne will move approximately 2,400 head of sheep from their summer range in Mantua following their historic route to the ranch west of Brigham City.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers, who will escort the shepherds and their sheep, along with officers from Box Elder County Sheriff’s and Brigham City Police departments, want motorists to be aware of the congestion that will take place Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The route follows State Road 89/91 west from Mantua through Box Elder Canyon into Brigham City, onto 200 South, along 600 East to 600 North and then west to Watery Lane, merging with Highway 13 toward Corinne.
“We would request motorists drive with caution if they come in contact with the sheep move,” said UHP Lt. Lee Perry.
The 15 mile trek, which features shepherds keeping a watchful eye on their flock, is done the same way each year so that the owner’s passage and right of way is preserved.
Meet the candidates meeting set
Three local organizations will co-sponsor a Candidates Meeting for the public on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Brigham City Community Center, 24 North 300 West.
Area residents are invited to participate in this event in order to help voters determine their choices in the upcoming election. The format will allow each candidate to deliver an opening presentation on their qualifications and platform, after which written questions from the audience will be asked by the moderator. There will be time for candidates to mingle with voters over refreshments following the formal portion of the meeting.
Invitations have been extended to candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, Utah State Senate and House of Representatives, Box Elder County Commission, State Board of Education and Box Elder Board of Education.
Hosting the event are the American Association of University Women, Civic Improvement Club and Ladies Community Club.
Online resource available to inform voters about judges on ballots
A new resource is available from the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission to inform voters about judges on the ballot, according to Joanne C. Slotnik, executive director of the commission.
Voters can go to www.judges.utah.gov and learn whether the judges on the ballot have been recommended by an independent state commission, how they performed compared with their peers, and how they were rated and evaluated by attorneys, court staff, jurors and citizens.
According to Slotnik, Utah has one of the most comprehensive judicial evaluation programs in the country.
Paper voter information pamphlets may also be obtained by calling the elections office at 801-538-1041.
Questar Gas seeks to cut rates
Questar Gas is seeking approval from the Utah Public Service Commission for a rate reduction
that would reduce the annual bill for the typical residential customer about $21. If approved, the reduction would be effective on Nov. 1.
Questar is crediting “abundant” natural gas supplies that have reduced the price the company pays for its product.
The request includes the company’s regular gas-cost-adjustment filing to cover costs of buying natural gas for its customers. These costs are passed on to customers with no markup and have no impact on the utility’s profits, and simply enable the company to change rates to reflect changes in gas-supply costs. The request also includes costs related to conservation programs, and a low-income assistance program.
Funds may be available to help elderly or disabled customers pay their bills. Customers can dial 211 for information about utility-assistance programs such as HEAT (Home Energy Assistance Target), a federally funded utility-assistance program, and REACH (Residential Energy Assistance through Community Help), which is funded by donations from Questar customers, employees and shareholders.