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Headlines Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Triumphant return

A small group of supporters welcomes home the Box Elder High School drama team upon their return to Brigham City after winning the school’s first-ever state drama title by one point over charter school, Salt Lake School for Performing Arts.

Water district draft master plan shows preparations for population growth

By Nelson Phillips
Staff Writer

After initially refusing to release their preliminary ‘Master Plan’ document, which was the subject of a GRAMA request by the News Journal, the Bear River Water Conservancy District included a copy of that plan in a release to local municipalities and organizations, including the News Journal, asking for review and input.
The plan estimates population growth in Box Elder County under four different scenarios through 2060, gauges stakeholder priorities in that time frame, estimates water source and facility build-out needs to meet that population growth and stakeholder priorities, includes possible scenarios such as the state moving forward with the Bear River Dam Project to service northern Wasatch Front counties, suggests possible water conservation and existing source augmentation strategies, as well as near- and long-term projects with estimated costs.

Parents plead for student crossing at Mountain View

By Nelson Phillips
Staff Writer

Several Mountain View Elementary School parents attended the Brigham City Council meeting on Thursday, asking that the city do something about drivers who don’t respect speed limits or crosswalks near their children’s school, as well as illegally parked cars that block their view of traffic while crossing 700 South.
The parents had met privately with city officials in March, and presented a petition asking them to address the issues, which they fear present a safety hazard to area children.
“We presented over 300 signed petitions and data we had collected in order to request a flashing sign and or a crossing guard for our school,” said Kaitlyn Ford, addressing the council during the open public comment period. “We thought the meeting had gone over very well,” she continued, saying that officials had then come out to the school on March 17 to look at the situation, had agreed that something needed to be done, and would get back with them the following week.
When that didn’t happen, Ford said that she talked to Mayor Tyler Vincent and City Administrator Jason Roberts in the parking lot of city hall, where she was told they were still working on the issue, and that the signs would cost $5,000. She continued that she also had met with the Box Elder schools superintendent, Dr. Ron Tolman, as well as Chief Nelsen of the Brigham City Police Department, neither of whom had objections to the signs, with Tolman signing a letter to that effect which Ford had delivered to city hall.
“We are simply worried about the safety of our children and their families,” said Ford, adding that it had been 46 days since the issue was brought up. “Every day that passes without additional assistance from the city, the higher the risk that a child will be hit or killed, all for just trying to go to school.” Ford said she realizes $5,000 is a lot of money, but that you can’t put a price on children’s safety.

News Briefs

Regional transportation meeting set
Representatives from the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority and Cache Valley Transit will hold a meeting with local city and county elected representatives on Monday, May 1, to discuss public transit plans and concerns for Box Elder County.
The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 11a.m. in the county commission chamber at the Box Elder County Courthouse.
The presentation will include possible new bus options, and take input on transit opportunities and road concerns for Box Elder commuters.
The announcement that the state is delaying the Hwy. 30 upgrade project until 2019 will likely be a topic of discussion for Box Elder officials.

Willard man faces rape charges
Editor’s note: It is the policy of the News Journal not to identify victims of sexual crimes. Events in this story may have been omitted or obscured in order to protect the identity of the alleged minor victim.
A Willard man is facing multiple sexual assault charges after he called police to turn himself in last December.
William D. Morris, 20, is facing a first-degree felony rape charge, and two charges of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse for incidents occurring with a minor female between June of 2015 and December of 2016.
According to the police report obtained by the News Journal, Morris turned himself in after being confronted by the victim’s father, to whom the victim had confided.
According to the police report, when confronted by the victim’s father, Morris initially denied any doing anything wrong. When the victim’s father explained the seriousness of the accusations, Morris admitted to touching the victim in inappropriate ways.
Charging documents dated March 24 state that Morris raped the victim on at least one occasion, and molested her on at least two other occasions.
Morris was scheduled to make an initial appearance at First District Court in front of Judge Brandon Maynard on April 17, but court records haven’t been updated since that date, and it’s unclear whether Morris appeared or not. A request for a booking photo made with the Box Elder County Jail showed Morris hasn’t appeared for booking as of April 18, and no photo was available.
If convicted, Morris faces 5-years-to-life in prison on the first-degree felony charge, and up to 15 years in prison for each of the second-degree felony charges.

Electrical substation being built on 1200 West and Forest Street
The construction taking place on 1200 West and Forest Street in Brigham City, south of the new water bottling facility being built, is for a new electrical substation and switching gear infrastructure to serve the water bottling plant, as well as prepare for further commercial growth in the area.
The substation itself is going in behind the Brigham City animal control building. Additional switching gear to support high-voltage feeders for the bottling plant will also be placed in the area.
Brigham City Public Power Director Dave Burnett explained the need for the substation and other equipment.
“We take 138,000 volts from Rocky Mountain Power, that’s ultra-high voltage, or transmission voltage,” said Burnett. “We take that down to 46,000 volts, and that’s our internal transmission voltage, going from substation to substation. We take that down to 12,000 volts, and that’s what goes out through the distribution system to the backyards, etc. From there it goes into a house transformer, that cylinder you see, and goes down to 120 volts into the house.”
Burnett said that Niagara is taking a direct feed of 12,000 volts, and will distribute that internally at the plant through their own system.

Tremonton indefinitely closing green waste facility
Tremonton City’s green waste facility near the Box Elder County Landfill is closing on May 8, according to a press release by Public Works Director Paul Fulgham.
“The Tremonton City Compost Facility, located at 6800 North 8800 West, will be closing the wood product receiving area to any outside wood product such as limbs, trees, construction lumber etc. as of Monday May 8, 2017,” read the release. “The site will be closed until further notice, therefore no dumping will be allowed. All material will have to be disposed of at the Box Elder County Landfill or other approved sites.”

Two injured in Willard collision
A head-on collision occurred at 750 North Hwy. 89 in Willard on Thursday, April 20, sending two people to area hospitals.
According to Willard police, the accident happened at approximately 2:51 p.m. when a northbound Dodge pickup being driven by 19-year-old Jason Dewitt of Brigham City crossed the median and struck a blue Chrysler being driven by Barbara Howard, 65, of Perry.
Police say the truck was northbound on Main, not turning onto Main from 750 North as some had reported.
Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Brigham City Community Hospital. Mrs. Howard was then airlifted to Ogden Regional Hospital in critical condition with injuries to her head, arms, legs and face.
The driver of pickup was kept overnight at the Brigham City hospital for observation.
The accident is still under investigation, but police say charges are pending.
A family member reported on Sunday that Mrs. Howard is in the ICU, in severe pain with several broken bones in her body and face, but that doctors reported no internal injuries.
No update has been received on the condition of Mr. Dewitt.

Arbor Day tree planting events announced
In celebration of Arbor Day, Perry City will host a tree planting ceremony on Thursday, April 27, at Centennial Park, 1155 West 3000 South, at 1 p.m.
Residents are invited to join city staff and elected officials at the ceremony, which is made possible, in part, by funding from the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands; and the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees U.S.A. program. The ceremony will take place regardless of the weather. Refreshments will be served.
Brigham City will also host a tree planting ceremony on Friday, April 25 at the Pickleball Courts just north of Pioneer Park.
The event will take place at 9 a.m, and the public is invited to help plant the trees. Brigham City is celebrating 31 years as a “Tree City, USA” designate, and hosted two prior events earlier in the week at the city’s sports complex.
Over 80 trees will have been planted this week in Brigham City by city staff and volunteers, including the Eagle Scouts.

Free document shredding on Saturday
Box Elder Credit Union and Member’s First Credit Union have partnered to host a free document shredding for residents on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Box Elder Credit Union, 1023 Medical Dr., Brigham City.
The event has been set up to help individuals avoid fraud, identity theft, or otherwise having their sensitive information compromised. Experts recommend using shredders to dispose of the following types of documents: Papers with Social Security numbers, birth dates, signatures, account numbers, passwords or PINs; canceled or unused checks, deposit slips, ATM and credit card receipts, once you receive your monthly statements; monthly statements have been received; pre-approved credit card applications and incentive/gift checks from credit card companies; investment account statements; and expired driver’s licenses, medical insurance cards, and passports.
Businesses will not be allowed to shred documents, and individuals will be limited to five boxes.

Honeyville clean-up planned
Honeyville City’s annual spring clean-up is slated for Friday, Saturday, and Monday, May 5, 6 and 8. Haul trucks and a recycle bin will be set up at the city shops. Recycle bins for cardboard, plastic, paper and metal will be available.
Landfill items allowable for removal to the Box Elder County landfill include batteries, household appliances, fencing, shrubs, tree limbs and similar items. Absolutely no tires will be accepted, however.

Rodeo queen contest beckons
Contestants are currently being sought for Honeyville City’s annual rodeo queen contest. The event will take place on Saturday, June 3, beginning at 1 p.m. at the town’s rodeo arena.
Young women aged 7-16 may enter the contest. Applications are available at city hall, Lainie’s Country Store or online at www.honeyvillecity.org, and must be returned by May 26. There is a $15 entry fee per contestant. There are three age divisions: Queen (13-15), Princess (10-12), and Little Miss (7-9). All winners will reign over the towns Fourth of July rodeo on July 1.
Participants should wear jeans and a white or western shirt and must have access to a horse.
For more information go to www.honeyvillecity@frontiernet.net.

Young riders, ropers sought
Pre-registration is now underway for Honeyville City’s Fourth of July Youth Rodeo, to be held Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m., at the city arena.
Events are for all up to 15 years old and include mutton busting, dummy roping, goat ribbon pull, breakaway roping, calf riding, barrels, steer riding, pole bending and mini bulls, as well as stick horse events and sheep scramble.
A signed waiver is required for each event and fees will be assessed for most events. Forms are available at Honeyville City Hall or at www.honeyvillecity.org.
Registration will also be done the prior to the rodeo from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Nominees sought for ag conservation award
Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Utah farmers and ranchers for efforts in stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources.

Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 1, 2017 and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 S. State Street, Sandy, UT 84070. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may self-nominate.
The award program is made possible through contributions from Western AgCredit, The Nature Conservancy, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Utah Wool Growers Association and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
For more information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

Blood donors sought for Trauma Awareness Month
May is Trauma Awareness Month, and the Red Cross is urging those eligible to donate blood or platelets at one of the upcoming donation events May 1-15.
While blood and platelet donors of all blood types are needed, of particular importance is O-negative blood and AB plasma, which, due to their ability to be transfused into any patient, can make a life-saving difference during a trauma situation when every second counts.
Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.
In order to help encourage donations, those who donate blood or platelets by May 14 will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com.
The following donation centers will be set up in Box Elder County:
May 1: Apex Youth Services, 82 South 800 West, Brigham City, 3-7:15 p.m.; Bear River Valley Hospital, 551 North 800 West, Tremonton, 3-8:15 p.m.
May 9: Brigham City Community Hospital/Box Elder County Credit Union, 1023 South Medical Drive, Brigham City, 12-5:15 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brigham City West Stake Center, 895 North 625 West, 2-8 p.m.
Donation appointments can be scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).