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Headlines Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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Race nears its close

Republican candidates spend a few moments chatting following a meet the candidates event in Brigham City last week. Lee Perry (back to camera) is the incumbent for Utah House of Representatives District 29, Scott Sandall (left) is running for Rep. Ronda Menlove’s District 1 seat while Congressman Rob Bishop is hoping for another two years in Washington as Utah’s First Congressional District representative. Jeff Hadfield (right) overtook Jeff Kent in June’s primary election and is running unopposed for Box Elder County Commission seat A. Early voting runs through Friday, Oct. 31 in Box Elder County and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. For more information on candidates see last week’s issue of the Box Elder News Journal. For polling locations, visit www.boxeldercounty.org/elections

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

Many of the candidates appearing on Box Elder County ballot gathered at the Brigham City Community Center on Wednesday night to meet and greet voters, shake hands, kiss babies and answer questions. The event, co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the Civic Improvement Club and the Ladies Community Club, drew about 50 voters, as well as several incumbents and hopefuls running for various national, state and local offices.
In the Utah First Congressional District race, Republican Congressman Rob Bishop attended, as did his Democrat challenger Donna McAleer, Libertarian nominee Craig Bowden, and Independent American nominee Dwayne Vance.
Utah State Senate District 17 incumbent Republican Peter Knudsen attended, but neither of his challengers, Constitution Party Kirk Pearson or Democrat Scott Totman, showed up.
Utah State House District 1 had all three candidates attend, Republican Scott Sandall, Democrat Doreen Shulze-Steever and Constitution Party Lee Phipps.

Residents fill Willard City Hall in opposition to gravel pit

Talk of gravel pits and alternative financial solutions for the city’s budget dominated last Thursday’s Willard City Council meeting, with Willard resident and gravel pit opponent Clyde Westley managing to bring approximately 30 fellow opponents with him to support those speaking against a city-owned pit at the mouth of Willard Canyon.
“I am trying to gain some support from you at the council meeting this coming Thursday night, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m.,” wrote Westley in his Tuesday evening post on Facebook. “I would like to send our city leaders a message, and I sure don’t want to be there alone!”
And he wasn’t alone. Shortly before the meeting began the chamber was overflowing with people, so many that Councilman Del Fredde started setting up extra chairs, aided by members of the public. Even though differences were apparent and passions ran high, all those addressing the mayor and council, as well as the city officials themselves, remained courteous and civil throughout the entire proceeding.


Willard resident wants public hearing on gravel pit

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

Willard resident Clyde Westley hasn’t been shy about his opposition to a new gravel pit on the mountain near the mouth of Willard Canyon. He’s appeared before the city council to publicly speak against it, has privately lobbied Willard officials, and has now reached out to the media, including the News Journal. But even with all of his reasons for opposing a new pit up on the mountain, which range from health and safety issues because of dust to preservation of the mountain for future generations, what concerns him most right now is the city’s refusal thus far to open up the issue for public debate.
“All I am asking of the city officials is to hold a public hearing. Isn’t that the American way?” Westley asked.


News Briefs

Bar-J Wranglers concert to benefit Brigham City Meals on Wheels
Jackson Hole based country western group Bar-J Wranglers concert at Bear River High School’s auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 will benefit the Brigham City Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program.
“For the past eight years, the Brigham City Senior Center has been the Bar-J Wrangler’s biggest fan,” said Andrea Clark with the senior center.
General admission tickets are available at the senior center for $18. Reserved seating is available online only for $20 at www.showtix4u.com. The senior center has reserved a block of seats for seniors who will be traveling to the show at a cost of $25 to cover the ticket and transportation.
For more information or to sign up for the show, call Gary at 435-226-1453.

Bird refuge seeks volunteers
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is seeking volunteers to fill various positions now available at the refuge. The positions include assistant rangers, bookstore sales assistant, social media assistant and data entry specialist and are part-time with flexible schedules.
“Learn about birds and their habitat needs, get involved with wildlife conservation and meet visitors,” said Kathi Stopher, visitor services manager. “It’s a great way to get outside.”
Detailed job descriptions can be found at the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge. For additional information, contact Stopher at 435-734-6438, or email kathi_stopher@fws.gov.