Headlines Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Officials not raising alarms, but find snowpack, water outlook concerning
Nelson Phillips / Box Elder News Journal
Mountains in northern Utah, such as these east of Perry, are noticeably free from snow following an unusual warm and dry February. The state will need a wet, cool March to avoid water restrictions in some areas.
by Nelson Phillips
Officials aren’t raising alarms yet, but worry that unless we get a cooler, wetter March, some water use restrictions may need to be made this summer, since an unusually warm and dry February has melted much of Utah’s lower elevation snowpack.
“Things aren’t good, really they aren’t good at all,” said Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. “On Ben Lomond peak and Ben Lomond trail there are a couple of SnowTel (Snowpack Telemetry) stations run by the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). If we look at the lower elevation snow, it’s actually already rolled over. So we’re melting at the lower elevation, currently it’s only at 33 percent of normal.” McInerney said that usually this time of year the snow level should be down to about 4,700 feet, but this year it’s at 7,500 feet due to the lack of storms and the record warm temperatures we’ve seen during February.
Offices will be renamed in honor of late sheriff
By Nelson Phillips
At the suggestion of a court bailiff, the building that houses the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office is getting a new name. The structure will now be known as the J. Lynn Yeates Building, in honor of the long-time sheriff who passed away in January.
Sheriff Kevin Potter and Deputy Alex Evans, who serves as a Court Security Officer at the First District Court in Brigham City, appeared in front of the commission at Wednesday’s meeting to make the request.
Potter read from a letter from Evans asking that the building be renamed.
“I feel with the years of service that Sheriff Yeates gave Box Elder County that it is a fitting tribute to his dedication and service,” wrote Evans. Potter explained that he spoke with the officers and supervisors under his command about the idea, and that everyone agreed it was a great idea.
“We’d like to ask for permission to be able to do that. We’ll put his name on the side of the building, and we’ll do that, it won’t cost any more money” said Potter.
Commission Chair Stan Summers suggested putting the new name on the sign in front of the building as well, expressing support for the idea. “Just let us know how much that will cost,” he said.
BC woman found dead after crash
A motorist discovered a vehicle that had crashed and rolled early Saturday morning, its sole occupant, a 40-year-old Brigham City woman, found dead at the scene.
According to Box Elder County Chief Deputy Dale Ward, the 1997 Subaru was found by another driver at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning near 800 North 2600 West in Brigham City.
“[The vehicle] appeared to have rolled one time after coming in contact with a culvert in the ditch alongside the roadway,” said Ward.
Stacia Anderson of Brigham City was found inside the vehicle where she was pronounced dead.
According to Ward, Anderson had been traveling northbound on 2600 West when her vehicle left the pavement, coming into contact with gravel on the east side of the road. Anderson overcorrected and crossed the road, striking a ditch culvert.
Ward said Anderson had been seen leaving a residence alone the night before. He said she was the lone occupant of the vehicle and had not been wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash.
Winds topple semi-truck and trailer
High winds that blew into the state over the weekend played a role in southbound I-15 being shut down south of Honeyville for more than two hours Sunday night.
At about 7 p.m. at mile marker 367, several miles north of Brigham City, winds overturned a semi pulling an empty trailer, blocking all southbound lanes, according to information provided by the Utah Highway Patrol.
Traffic was diverted off I-15 at Bear River City, but those vehicles immediately behind the accident were backed up for four miles on I-15. Crews extricated the driver, 46-year-old Barbara Stevens of Tooele,who was taken to Brigham City Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and put the semi back on its wheels and opened I-15 at 9:15 p.m.
According to information from the National Weather Service, the strongest winds in the area were a 45 mile per hour gust recorded at the mouth of the canyon in Brigham City and a 49 mile per hour gust recorded at Brigham City Airport, both early Monday morning. Other places in Northern Utah saw high gusts as fast as 68 miles per hour (Farmington) and as slow as 36 (Bothwell).
Compost sales opening for season
Compost sales at the Brigham City green waste and recycling facility will begin Wednesday, March 4. Compost site hours of operation will be Wednesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The compost facility will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to allow for product processing. The site will continue to allow for green waste and recycling during the days product sales are unavailable. The facility is located at 820 North Watery Lane in Brigham City.
Community garden receives grant
The Box Elder Community Garden in Brigham City was one of 30 such community projects to be awarded $3,500 in cash and tools through a Project Orange Thumb garden grant.
The garden’s founders and organizers will use the grant to reach out to the community through presentations on gardening and to develop an expanded water distribution system for the more than 20 gardeners who will participate in the upcoming growing season.
The grant was awarded by Fiskars, which has provided over $1.5 million to more than 150 community groups since 2002.
Sponsors sought for ‘Play Unplugged’
The Brigham City Chamber of Commerce is seeking business sponsors for a summer program for children to help encourage active lifestyles and drive foot traffic into local businesses.
Play Unplugged allows children to choose from business-sponsored activities, from bug hunting, hiking or visiting the library to meeting a city leader, doing a good deed, or interviewing a veteran. Upon completing an activity, children report to the sponsoring business to receive a “brag badge.”
The cost to sponsor an activity is $500, which provides 500 brag badges, website and start up package.
For more information visit www.weplayunplugged/brigham or call 435-723-3931.