2022-07-20 E-Edition

Double the fun

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Mantua Reservoir helped make the fireworks display marking the culmination of another Little Valley Days twice as magnificent. See more photos from the weeklong celebration on page 4.

Republican primary election results official

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The official canvass results for the June 28 Republican primary election are in, and there were no last minutes surprises. Out of 19,685 registered Republican voters in the county, 10,156 cast their ballots for a participation rate of 51.59%. In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Mike Lee took 69.78% of the vote with 7,039; Becky Edwards came in at […]

Spontaneous combustion, cars, illegal burns lead to busy week for fire crews

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County under stage 1 fire restrictions

In a turnaround from previous years, the July 4 weekend this year did not bring with it any fires in unincorporated Box Elder County, but county fire crews did respond to two firework-caused grass fires in Brigham City, working alongside the Brigham City Fire Department. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been busy, however. According to Box Elder Fire Marshal Corey […]

County declares disaster due to bugs, drought

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Citing continuing drought, and an infestation of grasshoppers eating what crops are still growing in the west desert area, the Box Elder County Commission approved a declaration of a local emergency for western Box Elder County at the July 6 meeting. “We’re gotten a couple of emails, and have been talking with people throughout the farming community. Out west it’s […]

Willard holds public hearing on proposed ‘island’ annexation

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Developer says bringing his property into city would have positive economic impact, opponents say project would ruin ‘rural feel’

The Willard City Council made no decision on a developer’s request to annex 143 acres of land currently located in unincorporated South Willard into Willard City at Thursday’s meeting, telling those gathered for a public hearing that they wanted to consider the input prior to taking action. The proposed annexation area is separated from the Willard City corporate limits by […]

Willard police department issues warning about staffing, pay

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A report given to the Willard City Council at the July 14 meeting warned that the city’s small police force could lose two officers—half its current force—in the next 30 days. Officer Crystal Holmes blamed the situation on two issues: pay and staffing. “Police departments all over the state of Utah have started going to a pay scale that shows […]


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Harmful algae at Mantua Reservoir

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Testing performed on July 11 by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has confirmed the presence of harmful cyanobacteria densities in the waters of Mantua Reservoir, prompting the Bear River Health Department to issue a harmful algae bloom warning advisory. Under the warning residents are advised to refrain from swimming or water skiing; avoid areas of algae when boating; […]

Fee changes proposed for recreation sites

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Public comment is being sought on a proposal that would change fees at 119 developed recreation sites in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The changes being proposed include adding, increasing, reducing or eliminating fees. Following are some of the proposed changes. Reducing the number of managed sites. Currently, 235 of developed sites are managed without user fees. If proposed changes are […]