Headlines Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Annual peach harvest continues to thrive
Mike Nelson / Box Elder News Journal
Employees at Nielson’s Fruit on the famous Fruit Way in Perry bring peaches out for sale as they are offloaded from a trailer coming straight from the nearby orchards. The annual harvest keep the fruit stand’s operators, David and Janna Tyler, busy from mid-July through the end of September.
By Mike Nelson
William Wrighton probably never would have guessed that his trip to Salt Lake City in 1855 would be the seed of what would become an annual harvest festival, but it was from these humble beginnings—and the purchase of 100 peach stones for $1—that Brigham City’s Peach Days would grow.
Wrighton was just the first of a long line of stone fruit growers who would make use of southern Box Elder County’s unique growing conditions—the soil and natural drainage of the hillside—to produce every conceivable variety of peach as well as apples, cherries and other fruits.
David and Janna Tyler own and operate Nielson’s Fruit on Box Elder County’s famous Fruit Way in Perry. Janna’s father, Ralph Nielson, operated the stand which had been built up by his father, George A. Nielson, in the 1930s. The stand is one of at least a dozen dotting Hwy. 89 from South Willard to Brigham City.
Health department reviews ATK public health assessment
By Sean Hales
The Bear River Health Department reviewed on Tuesday the results of a study conducted by the State Department of Health’s Environmental Epidemiology Program regarding potential health effects of ATK’s rocket motor tests and open burning activities.
According to information provided in the study, in Aug. 2010, ATK’s Promontory facility conducted a static test of a five-stage rocket motor. During that test the winds shifted direction and deposited dirt and other debris that had been scoured from the hillside on nearby communities. Residents of Penrose, Bothwell and Thatcher had expressed concern about ATK’s activities and the potential health hazards, and in September of that year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received a petition from a Thatcher resident requesting a study into the environmental and health impacts of the Aug. 2010 test and previous rocket tests.
At a community meeting on Feb. 23, 2011, hosted by the EPA and Utah Department of Environmental Quality, residents expressed a number of significant concerns regarding debris left by the Aug. 2010 test, and the “frequent and visible smoke” from open burning activities at ATK. Residents expressed that they thought there were higher-than-normal levels of cancer in their communities, and particularly among workers at ATK. Some said they experienced health problems with their animals. There was also concern about the possible effects on ground water, since many of the residents in the area use wells.
Landowner: public roads illegally gated
An owner of mining property on the Promontory Peninsula addressed the Box Elder County Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 27, saying that someone in the area is illegally gating and locking up county roads designated for public access.
“What’s happened on the Promontory mountain range’s west side is, the county road keeps shrinking,” said Paul Hales, who said he owns about 280 acres in the area. “A couple years ago it was proposed the road be vacated, though it never was. Well, I went out there and I found that someone has taken it upon themselves to put in a gate, with a lock and a game cam, and they’re acting like that has been vacated.”