(Left) Vivian Edwards of Colorado, Tyson McGuffin of Washington and Tyler Loong of Provo, battle it out last year in Brigham City’s Pickleball Tournament of Champions.
Event attracts nation and world’s top players
By Nancy Browne
The Tournament of Champions, one of the top three pickleball tournaments in the nation, is coming to Brigham City, Aug. 24-26, bringing with it a host of visitors who will spend money in our hotels, stores and restaurants.
This is the third year, out of its six-year history, that the tournament has been held at Brigham City’s 17-court pickleball complex near the community pool.
Some 450 players, both professional and amateur, will play in the event that attracts players from 30 states and even several countries.
Less than five percent of the players are from Utah. Local Brigham City player, Scott Clayson, who has won this tournament before, will participate along with other locals from Logan, Kaysville, Riverdale and Salt Lake.
The professionals will compete in 10 categories that include singles, doubles and seniors for both men and women and mixed doubles, and will split a prize of $55,000.
“Pickleball is exploding all over the world,” said Kyle Klein, president of Northern Utah Pickleball Club and tournament director. “In this tournament alone, I’ve already had to turn away almost 300 players because we are completely filled up.”
“Brigham City is known for this tournament,” he said. “This is literally the biggest national event hosted by our community and the impact that it has on the city is wonderful. These players will come and stay about five days and spend money in our city’s businesses.”
He estimated the financial impact the tournament would have on the community, which is bigger than last year by 25 percent, to be well over $100,000.
The event, which he predicts could easily double with added facilities, is getting so big that people stop in the city on their vacations to see the pickleball facility they’ve heard so much about.
He said it’s important for Brigham residents to come out and support the tournament as a way to keep it in the city because already other cities with their own courts are trying to snatch it away. He encouraged locals to bring their lawn chairs and coolers and be spectators cheering on their favorite players.
On any given day during the summer, most of the courts are humming with players, said Klein. “It’s a great sport for individuals and families which can be played by young and old alike because of its low impact.”
Klein gave a shout out to John Gullo, formerly of Ogden but now of St. George, as the man who really brought the sport to Brigham City and continues to contribute by donating to the prize pool.
Gullo had offered to work with Ogden City to build a pickleball park in Ogden three years ago that could host the tournament but when city officials declined, he made the same offer to Brigham, whose officials enthusiastically accepted.
Brigham City leased him the ground where the courts are located, after which Gullo built the courts and then donated them to the city.
“The social aspect of this game is just unbelievable,” said Gullo. “What other game is there where a 20-year-old can play toe to toe with a 70-year-old?”
His love for the game started on Nov. 1, 2008, when on a vacation in Puerto Rico, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and had to have five bypasses. “After spending a year on treadmills and other boring stuff I saw a sign about pickleball and so I started playing. I lost a huge amount of weight and got healthy while having fun.”
Pickleball is becoming so prevalent it’s being considered for inclusion in the Olympics and the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made it a policy that meetinghouse gyms can be taped off and used as indoor pickleball courts.
Klein said the Northern Utah Pickleball Club also will host a six-day regional tournament in Brigham City with more than 600 participants.
He said because the sport is growing in Brigham City and tournaments fill up quickly, he hopes that city officials will consider expanding the complex with more courts.
Kristy Law, the city’s community activity services director, said the city will likely meet with Klein and the Northern Utah Pickleball Club sometime in September to discuss the possibility of expanding the courts.
“The growth of pickleball set us all back with how much participation and support we’re getting from the community,” she said in an interview. “We watched when this whole thing got started how it began as a senior sport but our 17 courts are full to capacity most of the time.”
She said she read a report from the USPA about a study done by a little town in Georgia that reported people who come to their community from out of town to play pickleball usually spend around $139 per person per day. Moreover, they spend about $160 per person per day during a tournament.
“If we turn that kind of money away, that would be a very bad thing,” said Law, who added Klein’s support and that of local business donations is fueling the possible need for more courts.
Utah Highway Patrol photo
Trailer swaying causes fatal accident near snowville on Friday
August 20, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A Weber County woman and two of her dogs suffered fatal injuries in a rollover accident Friday morning on I-84 near Snowville.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on August 17, a man and woman in a silver 1997 Toyota 4-runner were pulling an 18 foot travel trailer westbound on I-84 near milepost 11 (east of Snowville), when the trailer began swaying, causing the driver to lose control.
“They had just come out of a single lane construction zone. The travel trailer began to whip and pulled them toward the right. The trailer tipped toward the left side and forced the vehicle to go off the freeway to the right, separating from the vehicle,” said Lieutenant Lee Perry of the Highway Patrol.
The trailer broke apart as it spun around, coming to rest about 35' off of the roadway. The Toyota rolled and eventually came to rest on its side about 100' from the freeway facing the opposite direction it had been traveling.
The male driver, identified as 47-year-old Eric D. Hauber of Ogden, suffered minor head injuries. The female passenger, identified as 49-year-old Amy L. Hauber, also of Ogden, suffered more severe injuries to her head and lower abdomen.
Both were transported by ambulance to Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton. The female passenger was going to be transported by helicopter to an Ogden area hospital, but her condition worsened, and she succumbed to her injuries before transport could be made.
The couple had also been traveling with three dogs, two of which were killed in the accident. The third dog ran away from the accident, and was recovered a short distance away. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic, found to be in good condition, and was returned to the driver.
Box Elder County Commission
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m.
1 South Main Street, Brigham City
There will be an administrative/operational Session 11:45 a.m. for the following items: Agenda review/supporting documents, commissioners’ correspondence, and staff reports.
1. Call to order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approve minutes: Aug. 1
2. Administrative Review/reports/future agenda items
3. Former agenda items
4. Fire update
5. Public interests
Bear River Mental Health 2019 area plan
TAB Money to be spent on mural at BEC Fairgrounds
New member appointed to CIP Committee
Moving Sept. 19, 2018, commission meeting
6. Auditor’s office
Funding for senior centers in Brigham City and Tremonton
Bookmobile/county library: Follow-up about municipal libraries
7. Community development
Honeyville City: Corridor Preservation Fund reimbursement
Tremonton City: Corridor Preservation Fund reimbursement
Wade Larkin subdivision
8. Economic development
First amendment to interlocal agreement #18-22, between Tremonton City Redevelopment Agency and Box Elder County
9. Human resources
Lateral transfers and leave balances/accruals: public safety
NACO national 401K program
10. Warrant register
11. Personnel Actions/volunteer action forms/cell phone allowance
12. Closed session
Box Elder and Perry City Flood Control Special Service District
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m.
3005 South 1200 West
1. Welcome and call to order
2. Approve minutes: July 18 and Aug. 1
3. Public comments
4. Update on status of Mathias Basin grant
5. Discussion on the DWR revised land water use application
6. Review bids and award contract for Wagstaff Ditch
7. Approve Ormond Construction invoice
8. Motion to approve invoice payments
9. September agenda items
Brigham City Council
Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
20 North Main
1. Thought, reading or invocation
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approve minutes: Aug. 2
4. Recognition of employees
New hire: Fire department
Request to write-off accounts due to bankruptcy or being sent to collections
Request for acceptance of annexation petition from Craynors for 3.75 acres at approximately 3100 West Forest Street
6. Public hearing
Consideration of ordinance amending the adopted impact fee enactment for power services
7. Scheduled delegation
Report on progress of updating the city’s land use code
8. Public comments
9. Councilmember comments
10. New business
Continuation of strategic goal setting process: Cyber security strategic goal
Continue of strategic goal setting process: Economic development strategic goal
11. Closed session to discuss pending or imminent litigation, and the purchase, exchange or lease of real property.
Mantua Town Council
Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Cameron Mathews: Eagle Scout Project
4. Eric Newman: Eagle Scout Project
5. Basketball court
6. Expanding electrical capacity for bowery
Fire department and emergency preparedness
Sewer and garbage
Parks and cemetery
Planning and zoning
8. Public comments
9. Approve minutes: Aug. 2 (public hearing and regular meeting)
10. Approve the bills
11. Council and mayor comments
Box Elder County Planning Commission
Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
1 South Main Street, Brigham City
There will be an agenda review meeting at 6 p.m.
1. Call to order
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approve minutes: July 19
5. Unfinished business
Open Country Storage site plan, SP18-002, at approximately 10620 North 10800 West in the Thatcher area of unincorporated Box Elder County.
Mileski Road vacate, VAC18-001, at approximately 11600 North, East of Highway 38 in the Deweyville area of Box Elder County.
6. Public hearings
Minchey home business conditional use permit, CUP18-002: Request conditional use permit for a home business located at approximately 3325 North Highway 38 in the Harper Ward area of unincorporated Box Elder County.
Staheli zoning map amendment, Z18-008: Request to re-zone a 2.45-acre property from A-20 (Agriculture 20 acres) zone to C-E (Commercial Enterprise) zone at approximately 1175 West Highway 13 in the Brigham City area of unincorporated Box Elder County.
7. New business
Staheli Storage site plan, SP18-003, at approximately 1175 West Highway 13 in the Brigham City area of unincorporated Box Elder County.
9. Public comments
Brigham City Planning Commission
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.
20 North Main Street
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Approve minutes
3. Public comment
4. Public hearing
Application #18-070, amend zoning map: Property associated with annexation petition, zoning district consideration is R-R-1 Rural Residential, located at approximately 3110 West Forest Street (Parcel No. 03-110-0040), Bret and Marianne Craynor
5. Application #18-063, preliminary plat: Duck 1084 Subdivision, two commercial lots, 1084 S. Main Street, Joseph Earnest, QQUV Investments 3, LLC
6. Application #18-062, permitted use permit: Quick Quack Car Wash, 1084 S. Main Street, Joseph Earnest, QQUV Investments 3, LLC
7. Application #18-072, conditional use permit: Major home occupation, woodworking shop, 1232 North 600 West, Crystal and Jim Bodily
8. Discussion item
Application #18-071, subdivision sketch plan: Stuart Farms, 900 North and 625 West, Gene Stephens
Brigham City Library Board
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.
1. Review/approve minutes: June 19
2. Vouchers: June and July 2018
3. Literacy report
4. Unfinished business
5. New business
Meeting room policy: Suggested addition
Circulation statistics report: July 2016 – June 2018; July 2017 – July 2018
Revenues and expenditures: June 2018; July 2018
Staff meeting minutes: June 27, and July 25
Librarians’ meeting minutes: June 29 and July 27
Patron “Thank You” note
August 13, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A press release issued late Monday night by the Box Elder County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that a 16-month-old Thatcher boy has died after drowning in a body of water.
"At approximately 9:00 p.m. a call came in to Box Elder Communications that there was a missing boy. At first it was reported that he was three years of age but later determined he was 16 months old. At the time it was feared he had fallen into the canal near the residence," wrote Chief Deputy Dale Ward.
After multiple public safety agencies responded, and a request made to the canal company to divert flows and lower the water level in the canal, the boy was found deceased in a "body of water located east of the residence" at about 9:45 p.m.
Ward stated that no further information was available, but that the Sheriff's office would be releasing more details on Tuesday.
Update to story 8/14/2018
New information released on Tuesday, August 14 has clarified what happened to the child.
According to Chief Deputy Dale Ward of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Department, at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Keith Weaver of Thatcher advised dispatchers that his 16-month-old son Jackson Weaver was missing, stating he had been playing in the yard with his brothers just prior to them noticing he was gone.
The Weaver home is situated near both an irrigation canal and an adjacent irrigation ditch just north of the Thatcher/Penrose Fire Department. The search began near the canal, and the canal company was contacted to shut down the water.
"Mr. Weaver started looking in the area of a water diversion structure that diverts the irrigation water from an open ditch into a 12 inch PVC pipe system. This pipe runs both below and above ground and makes several turns to provide water to neighboring fields," wrote Ward. "Mr. Weaver then followed the pipe until it came back above ground and started taking apart the pipe sections at the joints. He found Jackson inside the pipe about 530 yards from the opening near the home."
Emergency personnel responded to Weaver's location, but discovered that Jackson was deceased.
The Sheriff's Department has determined that Jackson Weaver's death was a "tragic accident," and no foul play of any kind is suspected.
Utah Highway Patrol photo
Highway Patrol urges motorists to check their tires regularly
August 12, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Two Malad, Idaho men have died after their pickup truck tire separated while traveling along I-15 late Saturday morning.
According to Lieutenant Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol, at approximately 11:47 a.m. the truck, a black 2000 Ford F-250, was travelling northbound on I-15 near mile marker 387 at normal freeway speeds when the passenger front tire tread separated, causing the tire to blow and the driver to lose control.
"The truck veered off the roadway to the right and traveled a short distance before jumping a runoff ditch and rolling onto its roof," said Perry. "The driver was killed instantly, and the adult front seat male passenger was critically injured." A 13-year-old boy who was riding in the backseat suffered minor facial injuries, and was treated at Bear River Valley Hospital and released.
The driver has been identified as 44-year-old John A. Ward. The injured passenger, identified as 33-year-old Peter J. Ward, was taken by ambulance to Bear River Valley Hospital, and then airlifted to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, where he succumbed to his injuries late Saturday night.
None of the truck's occupants were wearing seat belts. Investigators have zeroed in on the age of the truck's tires as the cause of the accident.
"All four tires were from the same manufacturer, and were approximately eight years old," said Perry. "People should realize that tires only have a 72 month guaranteed life span, so they need to think about replacing tires that are more than six years old."
Perry also suggested checking tire pressure weekly, making sure that tires are inflated to the manufacturer's recommendation, and also to check sidewalls for cracks and tread for any signs of separation.
"Separation can not always be detected until it occurs, however, so you should replace old outdated tires," he said.
Courtesy BLM / J. Shoyer
The Goose Creek fire burning near Grouse Creek and Etna in northwestern Box Elder County did not have any appreciable growth on Tuesday, but thunderstorms that developed over the area Wednesday afternoon could change that.
Aug. 1 · Sean Hales · Managing editor
The Goose Creek fire in northwestern Box Elder County, which has consumed 122,916 acres (192 square miles) and destroyed three outbuildings, did not have any appreciable growth yesterday, Tuesday, July 31, according to information released today from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. But that could change as thunderstorms develop over the area.
Winds from those thunderstorms could significantly hamper firefighting efforts by accelerating or changing the direction of the blaze. Furthermore, given critically low dead fuel moisture, any lightning strikes from the storms could start another blaze and complicate the situation.
“...microbursts can be a dangerous and unpredictable situation for firefighting,” wrote BLM Public Information Officer Vince Mazzier in an email. “ These downdrafts have no particular direction, they are variable and erratic, causing fire to move in unpredictable ways and fanning available flames and causing extreme fire behavior. When these occur in a fire area they are always a ‘watch out’ situation for our firefighters.”
The area where the fire is burning is prone to extreme fire behavior, with recent fires growing more than 20,000 in 24 hours. This year, the area has around 200-300 percent more fine fuels, and dead fuel moisture is near historical lows for this time of year. Even sagebrush live fuel moisture is reaching critical levels. Information from the Great Basin Coordination Center’s “Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory” said that under such conditions, as well as other existing factors, even retardant is not effective unless “immediately followed up with firefighters and/or used in conjunction with bucket drops.”
Structure protection, and minimizing risk to Grouse Creek and Etna townsites, remains a priority of firefighting efforts.
Fire officials are urging caution in wildland areas where any form of ignition has a 90 percent chance of starting a fire. There are still fire restrictions in place on public lands, including:
1. No campfires, except in permanently constructed cement or metal fire pits provided in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
2. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area that is paved, barren, or cleared to mineral soil.
3. Cutting, welding, or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation.
4. Use of any tracer or incendiary ammunition of any caliber.
5. Possession or use of any kind of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics or fireworks, or exploding targets.
6. Use of any Sky Lanterns, Chinese Lanterns, Fire Balloons, Acetylene Balloons or similar device.
7. Use of any Off Road Vehicle (ORV) that is not equipped with a properly installed and maintained spark arrestor. Spark arresters shall meet the 80 percent efficiency level standard.
As of today, the Goose Creek fire is 35 percent contained, with full containment estimated by next week, Wednesday, Aug. 8.
August 1, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
The business arrangement between the Brigham City Redevelopment Agency and Brigham House, LLC, which runs the restaurant of the same name and manages the Academy Conference Center, has been terminated as of today.
The restaurant celebrated its grand opening on May 4, less than three months ago.
"We have mutually agreed to terminate our relationship," wrote Brigham City Administrator Jason Roberts in response to a News Journal query. "The City is releasing a statement very soon on Facebook announcing that the City will be managing the Academy Conference Center beginning today. The restaurant space is no longer being leased by Brigham House."
Employees of the restaurant were reportedly informed last night not to come into work today. The News Journal is attempting to gather more information on this developing story.
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