Headlines Wednesday, May 27, 2015
All gave some, some gave all
The honor guard and attendees look on as the Memorial Day program gets underway at the Brigham City Cemetery on Monday May 25.
By Loni Newby
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the lives of veterans who have passed away, at a tribute performed at the Brigham City Cemetery and united veterans and civilians alike.
Families and friends of servicemen and servicewomen who have passed on, gathered Monday, May 25, to pay their respects to those who have passed on who have served in the Armed Forces. White crosses signal the service of our country for the men and women laid to rest in the cemetery, as well as small American Flags which were placed by headstones of those veterans.
An 11-by-17 foot flag flew at half staff over the crowd, a circle of flags which represented the branches of service as well as the flags for organizations such at Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion which played a large role in the Memorial Day program.
Box Elder County election filing period approaching
Box Elder County positions in city and town councils will be accepting candidates for the Nov. 3, 2015 elections.
The filing period for individuals wishing to seek council positions will be open June 1 through June 8. In order to be considered for any open positions a candidate must file a declaration of candidacy through the town or city in which they reside.
All council positions are a 4-year term. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, and residents of the municipality in which they would like to declare for at least 365 consecutive days prior to filing, candidates must also be registered voters in that municipality and cannot be a convicted felon. There is no filing fee to declare candidacy. Additional regulations may be required for individual municipalities. For a complete list of requirements see the recorder for the city or town of residence.
Brigham City: Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 20 North Main Street, Brigham City, Utah. Seat vacancies are those of Mark Thompson, Alden Farr and Ruth Jensen. Questions may be directed to Mary Kate Christensen, 734-6621, or by email at email@example.com
Perry City: Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at 3005 South 1200 West, Perry, Utah. For questions contact the City Recorder, Susan K. Obray, at 435-723-6461. Outgoing councilmembers are Todd Christensen, Peter Gerlach, Jana Nelson.
Willard City: Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 80 West 50 South Willard, UT 84340, the City Recorder, Teri Fellenz, can be reached at 435-734-9881. Council seats of Del Fredde, Michelle Mund, and Mike Crossley.
Bear River City: Office hours 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5871 North 4700 West, Bear River, Utah. Bear River City also will accept Nomination Petitions in addition to Declaration of Candidacy forms. Three seats are available for City council, these seats have been held by Jared Holmgren, Trisha Wurtz and Bruce Blake.
Honeyville City: Office hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m at 2635 West 6980 North, Honeyville, Utah. Honeyville City Council seats available are those held by Richie Aoki, Mark Bingham and David Lee.
Corinne City: Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 2420 North 4000 West, Corinne, Utah. City Recorder may be reached at 435-744-5566. Council seats up for election are those of Trudy Winchester, Julie Jones and Anne Whitaker.
Mantua Town: Office hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 409 North Main Street, Mantua, Utah. Recorder may be reached at 435-723-7054. Two seats are available for the Town Council, they were held by Phil Facer and Steve Howard.
UHP/UDOT traffic slow down results in accident
By Sean Hales and Loni Newby
The Utah Highway Patrol has acknowledged that a planned traffic slow down on I-15 last week played a role in an accident that sent an Idaho woman to the hospital in critical condition.
A tip and dash-cam video from a driver indicated that a UHP trooper had engaged in maneuvers to slow down traffic. An incident report from the UHP about the accident indicated the cause of the traffic slowdown as “unknown.”
In an email this week, the UHP’s Lt. Lee Perry acknowledged that UHP and UDOT slowed traffic so crews could fix a large pothole on the freeway. Perry said the slow down started southbound at 1100 South on I-15 at to allow UDOT construction crews to safely fill a major pot hole in the middle of the interstate at the 357 overpass.
“It took over 450 pounds of asphalt to fill this pot hole, so it is clear that it was a traffic hazard that had to be remedied before a crash occurred in that location.” Perry said, and added that another pot hole at the Nerva Lane overpass near mile marker 353 also had to be filled.
“Slow downs are used regularly to deal with traffic hazards on or in the roadway instead closing lanes or the freeway entirely, as closures create even greater back-ups and are more labor intensive to set up and take down than it would take to remedy the problem,” said Perry.
The UHP had not connected the accident with the slow down maneuver due to the time and distance that had elapsed. The slow down was started at approximately 10:39 a.m. at 1100 South. The report of an accident was called in at about 10:44 a.m., by which time the trooper doing the slow down had reached the port of entry.
According to Perry, the driver of the first vehicle involved in the accident and his passenger both reported that they observed slow traffic and had slowed to near a complete stop when they were struck from behind by a red Mazda and tan Nissan passenger car.
“It is incumbent on drivers to scan ahead as far as they can see and take appropriate action before they reach slowed or stopped traffic,” Perry wrote in his email. “Based on the volume of traffic behind our Trooper’s vehicle it is apparent that the slow down had been underway for some distance...It appears that there were over 50 vehicles that had scanned ahead and safely slowed and were cautiously following the trooper as he continued to give our UDOT partners time to remedy and fix a major safety hazard on the freeway.
“We hope the motoring public will remember to always scan ahead on freeways and highways as far down the road as they can see and begin taking action long before the reach the problem.”
BC open burn season closed June 1
Brigham City residents have until June 1 to complete any burning of residential green waste. The open burn season will close on that day and reopen Sept. 15. Permits must be obtained and residents need to comply with all restrictions as designated by permit regulations.
Permits for agricultural burning will be available after June 1.
More information is available at www.brighamcity.utah.gov/burn-permit-information.htm.
Free summer lunch program announced
Box Elder School District will offer free summer lunch from June 15 through Aug. 7 for all children and youth between the ages of 1-18 years of age.
Lunches will be served between 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at four different sites throughout the county: Lake View Elementary, 851 South 200 West, Brigham City; Mountain View Elementary, 650 East 700 South, Brigham City; McKinley Elementary, 120 West 500 South, Tremonton; and Garland Elementary, 450 South 100 West, Garland. Adults may purchase a lunch for $3.50.
This program is part of the National School Lunch program and is offered to help children continue to eat healthy meals throughout the summer.
Sheriff investigating accidental shooting
The Box Elder County Attorney will review information in the accidental shooting of a four-year-old boy last week to see if criminal charges are justified against adults who were present at the time of the shooting.
According to a report from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred in a home about 18 miles west of Snowville, in the home of the boy’s grandfather and great-grandfather. While playing in the home, the boy and his three-year-old brother came across two firearms, a .22 rifle and a 410 shotgun.
Preliminary information indicated that the three-year-old was able to cock the hammer of the shotgun and, investigators believe, fired the gun in the direction of his brother, hitting the four-year-old in the foot.
The victim was transported to Bear River Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital to undergo surgery on his foot.
Information from the Sheriff’s Office indicate that the mother, who was cleaning the home in preparation of her moving her family into it from Idaho, was outside at the time of the incident, while the great-grandfather was indoors with the woman’s children.
Since the investigation is ongoing, the names of the boys’ mother and great-grandfather are not being released at this time.
No criminal violations were immediately apparent to investigators, but the adults could possibly face charges related to the shooting because of the availability of the firearms to the children, according to BESD Chief Deputy Dale Ward.