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Headlines Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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‘tis the (fire readiness) season

U.S. Forest Service firefighters from throughout the state gathered in Mantua last week for preparedness reviews and training exercises at Box Elder Campground. Some of the training included a hose lay, log cutting, radio programming, and preparing victims for medical extraction.

Forecast for wet spring and early summer means highest fire danger in August, as long as weather doesn’t change

By Nelson Phillips
Staff Writer

For anyone following the news from Canada recently, the wildfire that is still sweeping through Alberta, forcing the evacuations of over 100,000 people and destroying at least 1600 structures in the oil town of Fort McMurray has been cause for alarm.
That alarm wasn’t lessened by a report released from the National Interagency Fire Center stating Utah faces the same type of fire danger this year as Alberta has seen, predicting “above-normal fire potential for the region in May and June, returning to normal during the monsoon season in July and possibly continuing into August.”
But don’t panic just yet. Regional forecasting sometimes doesn’t take into account just how large Utah actually is, and that report was mainly concentrating on the region of the country known as “the southwest,” encompassing parts of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California.
A deeper dive into the report shows that “weakening strong El Niño’s can result in wet springs across northern Nevada and Utah. This should prevent most areas except the far south from rapidly transitioning to significant fire activity by June.”
True to that part of the report, we’ve had a wet spring in Box Elder County.
“We’re still in that El Niño pattern, so July is supposed to be wetter than normal,” said Box Elder County Fire Marshal Corey Barton. “Things will start drying out again in August, and that’s when we’ll have our big potential (for wildfires).”
Barton said that if the weather pattern changed and dried out sooner than expected, there was a lot of grass from last season that could go up in flame, but that the current weather cycle with rain every week is keeping the wildfire danger down.
“It’s shaping up a lot like last year,” he continued. “We had more fires in the month of August than we did the rest of the year. But you still need to be careful.”

Perry City hires new police chief

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

Perry City appointed a new police chief at their regular meeting last week.
Councilmembers unanimously approved the appointment of Ryan Arbon as Perry City Chief of Police. Mayor Karen Cronin said nine individuals applied for the position and five were interviewed by a three-member panel. The panel recommended Arbon, and following a second interview by Cronin, she said felt he would be a great fit for the city.
Arbon lives in North Ogden and has been working in the Clearfield City Police Department for the last 14 years. Prior to that he served as a Missouri State Marshal. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in criminal justice and is currently the firearms commander for Clearfield City.
According to a press release provided by Perry City about Arbon’s appointment, “He has excelled in many aspects of law enforcement and has gained valuable experience that will be an asset to Perry City. He brings a positive leadership style that he has developed throughout his law enforcement career and as a business owner.”
Arbon will replace former chief Dale Weese, who was not reappointed to the position earlier this year. Weese’s release came with some controversy and allegations of wrong doing by some city officials, and is the subject of a settlement being negotiated between the city and Weese. Police officer Scott Hancey has served as interim police chief since March.

USU football player in critical condition following
I-15 accident

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

A Utah State football player is still in a coma following a rollover accident on Saturday that ejected him from his vehicle.
According to a report by Lt. Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol, Brady Holt, 21, of Riverton, was traveling northbound on I-15 near exit 357 at approximately 12:45 p.m. when he drifted into the closed construction area on the left, over-corrected, hit four of five large wooden spools and rolled his SUV multiple times.
“While the vehicle was rolling the driver and only occupant, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected into the median area,” wrote Perry. “Emergency services personnel and an air ambulance responded to the scene, and Mr. Holt was transported by Air Care to Ogden Regional Hospital in extremely critical condition.”
Traffic was diverted off the freeway at exit 357 and back onto the onramp for about an hour while the helicopter landed and the scene was investigated.
Utah State University has confirmed that Holt was a freshman walk-on playing defensive end for the Aggies. On Monday Holt’s mother gave an update on his condition through social media.
“As most of you have heard, Brady was in a very serious car accident over the weekend,” she wrote. “Brady has been unconscious since they found him. This is what is most concerning to the doctors. They need him to wake up. We are praying for miracles for Brady. Thank you to all who have reached out to us, his sisters and our family. He is in the biggest fight of his life.”
No witnesses saw the crash. Highway Patrol is investigating if Holt was fatigued or distracted when he drifted off the roadway.

News Briefs

Free wood chips offered
Brigham City Compost Site is offering free wood chips to the community. These chips are the large dark chips - product #112 and will be available from May 11 through July 30, depending on product availability. There are no limits to amount and you do not need to be a resident of Brigham City to receive the free chips. Chips are located at the Compost Site, 820 North Watery Lane. Product sales are Wednesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6 a.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Questions may be directed to 435-734-6615.

Preparations underway for Memorial Day
Brigham City Cemetery crews began preparation for Memorial Day on Monday, May 2. Ongoing work includes mowing, trimming and weeding. Please refrain from decorating until Friday, May 27, this will assist in the preparation work to be done.
The Cemetery office will be open on Memorial Day, May 30 from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. to assist the community in grave location only. Due to heavy office traffic on these days Cemetery staff will not be able to assist in family genealogy.
Cemetery regulations require that all flowers, real or artificial, must be placed in a container attached to the monument. Flowers in movable containers must be placed on the headstone or base to ensure easy access for grass cutting. Planting or digging flowers in the lawn is not permitted. For safety reasons, glass containers, wires, irons, sticks or pegs driven in the ground are not permitted and will be immediately removed.
Questions may be directed to the Public Works Administrative Offices by dialing 435-734-6615.

Woman flips car at 200 South and Main
A Logan woman escaped injury on Thursday when she flipped her car upside down at the intersection of 200 South and Main Street in Brigham City after being struck by another vehicle.
According to a witness, the woman, identified as Aspen Moore, 20, of Logan, was driving her white 2012 Hyundai Sonata westbound on 200 South when she ran a red light on Main Street, and was struck by a northbound 2006 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by 48-year-old Dirk Poulsen of Brigham City.
The accident caused the Hyundai to flip onto its roof near the northwest corner of the intersection. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and neither was injured in the accident.
The intersection was closed by Brigham City police for about an hour while the wreck was investigated and cleared. Moore was cited for a red light violation.

Perry Planning Commission approves businesses
The Perry City Planning Commission approved two businesses at their meeting on Thursday, May 5.
Marsha Brockenwell was approved a business license to operate a food truck under the name Twisted Dragon Concessions. Brockenwell applied to sell tacos adjacent to Mathews Fruit stand and also at the rest area on I-15. She said she would begin selling at Mathews Fruit only on days the fruit stand was open. She also hoped to garner business at the rest area from those working on the interstate construction.
In other action, the commission recommended final approval by the city council for Peachy Kleen Car Wash, subject to several conditions.
Owner Trent Richards agreed to have adequate signage indicating the business entrance and exit locations along Hwy. 89 north of Maverick, and fences placed on the east and north side of the property, which abut residential areas.
The city council will review the planning commission’s recommendations and make a final decision at their meeting in a few weeks.