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From the Editor — May 29, 1998

I just wanted to thank my teammates for the dedication that they bring to this production each week.  Each of us have roles that are crucial to keeping this paper going, and we have noticed a significant change with the absence of Karen, our layout designer/ad builder/proofreader/ethics committee/phone answerer/person in-the-know about everything that is going on in Morgan as she has been on vacation.

A few stories have gone on the wayside this month as I have struggled to keep up with all the responsibilities with Karen could do without so much as flinching.

This paper has made a lot of changes in the last six months, and it couldn’t have happened without the roles that each member of this staff have contributed.  Connie has become a pro in the dark room and is now running all over town to take pictures.  Colleen works like a foundation, someone to keep us organized and sane.  Marie keeps in contact with our ad customers.  Karen has been very patient with the changes I have required, and Joye never stops typing.  In addition, each of us have seemed to do their part in supplying enough treats to have on hand for late nights.

Karen will return next week, much to our gratitude.  There’s nothing like a newspaper production to keep your blood pumping.  Thanks, again, girls, for making it all possible.


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Collection of Thoughts

By Emily Sanderson — May 29, 1998

My sister and her husband were pleased to add three new members to their family when they became foster parents to Anna, 8; Roxanne, 6; and Jimmie, 4 last weekend.  As they are the first grandchildren in my family, the weekend was bound for surprises.

Maybe it’s because I’m a college student and don’t get a lot of exposure to children these days.  Maybe it was because these new foster nieces and nephew aren’t just any children but are connected to me.  Maybe it was because I have dreamed for years and years what it would be like when my family began a new generation.  (They would call me Auntie Em, my sister and I used to say.)  Maybe I have been so rushed in my life lately that these children forced me to reflect on what the most important things are in this life.

But something really struck me last weekend when Roxanne showed me the new bedroom she shares with her sister.  The bedspreads were the same as the ones my sister and I used when we were little.  It was something about all the new excitement and activity in my sister’s house and the hugs the children so freely gave me.  Probably the most striking detail was when they addressed my sister so immediately as “Mommy.”

My parents, who are now “Grandma and Grandpa Sanderson,” went shopping for new books, toys, and games to have on hand when the children come to visit.  On Sunday, what used to be games of Scrabble or Scattergories was now reading about the “pair of pale green pants standing in the air” in Dr. Seuss’ “What Was I Scared Of?”  and about the Five Chinese Brothers.  Afghans, which are often left draped over couch backs, became capes, skirts, and hiding places, just as they were so many years ago.

There is nothing more joyous that the arrival of children into a family, and yes, it will require some adjustments.  I will have to learn how to become an aunt, and no, that doesn’t come naturally, I’ve discovered.

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By Emily Sanderson — May 29, 1998

Two household pet dogs were destroyed recently for killing 27 sheep during the week of May 19.

All of the sheep were ewes that hadn’t lambed yet.

“He usually gets twins and triplets out of his sheep, so it was a big loss,” said Greg Wynn, a former Animal Control officer.

Wynn, who was recently named a deputy for the Sheriff’s Department, recommended that dog owners between North Morgan and Stoddard keep their pets tied up for the time being.

“They’re pets,” Wynn said, “but they get out, run loose, and get the taste of blood in their mouth, and it’s a game for them.  They just leave (the dead sheep) lay and go onto the next one.”

There are laws against killing livestock, and owners of pets who have been destructive will be held liable for the damages.

“Sheep have the right to range,” Wynn said.

This is a continual problem with dog owners, Wynn said.  They think their dog would never do this, and often they are held responsible.

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By Emily Sanderson — May 22, 1998

The Torch Run for the Utah Special Olympics, supported by law enforcement agents, including the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, ran through Morgan May 15 after passing through Moab, Green River, Emery and Carbon counties, Duchenne and Roosevelt counties, and Heber throughout last week.

The torch run led to the Cougar Stadium at Brigham Young University, where they had their Opening Ceremonies Thursday and will have events on Friday and at the university’s sports facilities.

James Fitzgerald, 19, of Morgan, was supported by a number of sheriff’s deputies and their families as he carried the torch through Morgan.  Fitzgerald participated in some of the track events in the Winter Special Olympics in Ogden last season.

“We have three state events throughout the year, said a director of the Torch Run.  “As long as they participate in one, they can run (in the torch run).”

The torch run serves as an opportunity for the Special Olympics to publicize and to gain support from the athletes’ home communities.  They also sell T-shirts and hats and ask for support from local businesses.

“I thought it was fun that it came through our town on National Law Enforcement Day,” said Deputy Nikkole Malan.

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By Emily Sanderson — May 1, 1998

Imagine taking six children under the age of 9 to a foreign country for three years.  Then imagine having to plan ahead for what clothes the children will wear and what foods they will eat for that period of time.

That is what Lisa Carter Kelly, a native of Morgan, has been doing for the past month in preparation for her family’s mission to Moscow.  Her husband, Michael Kelly, of Orem, has been called to serve as mission president in Moscow for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Kelly is a BYU professor of Russian.

“We are thrilled and nervous but confident that this will be a grand adventure for our family,” Michael said.

As supplies are scare and limited in Russia, the Kellys have been planning ahead as much as they can.  Boxes filled with children’s clothing and stacks of nonperishable foods such as cream of mushroom soup, tomato sauce, and jello filled the family’s front room, waiting for shipment, at the time of the interview.

“We hope that when the missionaries come to our house from time to time that we can give them a little of taste of America,” Michael said.

“Lisa has done a lion’s share of work” in preparation for the trip, he said.

Included in her list of items of clothing are coats which will keep her children warm in 25-degrees below zero weather.

“The trick is to try to guess how much they will grow in three years,” Lisa said.

Michael said that although English schools are present in Moscow, the couple has strongly considered putting the children in a public Russian school because of its closeness to their home.  In addition, giving the children the opportunity to learn Russian and to associate with Russian children.

“That way they won’t feel so isolated,” he said.

However, the family plans on bringing plenty of videos and books to keep them speaking English in the evenings, as a few of their children are still learning to speak at all.  Their children include 10-month old McKay, 2-year-old Alison, and 4-year-old Kirsten.  The other children include Spencer, 6; Jacob, 7; and Annelise, 9.

Lisa and the children are learning Russian at the Mission Training Center in Provo three days a week, for which they have their own special tutor.

“The kids are very excited,” he said.  “They are young enough that they are very adaptable.  They are still tied to family and not as connected to friends at school.”

Lisa said her extended family has been very positive about the call and has been a tremendous help and support group for her.

Lisa, who has a BYU bachelors in English literature, is the daughter of Ralph and Fern Carter of Porterville.  She met her husband in Washington, D.C., when Michael was working for the Treasury Department with his masters degree in public administration.

Michael studied the Russian language and its literature during one semester at BYU after he toured Eastern Europe with the International Folk Dance group.

“I experienced a real bond with the Eastern Europeans,” he said, “and I was frustrated with the language barrier.”  Michael was able to communicate with them only through interpreters.

Russian was the only Eastern European lanaguage that was offered at BYU in the mid-1980s, although Michael was interested in studying other cultures as well.  After studying the language and culture, Michael said he wanted to teach it.

“The spiritual depth of the Russian people just kind of grabbed me,” he said.

Michael found that he wasn’t happy building his profession around public administration with his job in Washington, D.C., and that despite the finances, he wanted to focus on the Russian culture instead.

“We had to follow our hearts, and we have been thrilled with the decision,” he said.

Michael and Lisa moved to Ohio State University in 1988 to complete some graduate work to support his new career.  Concurrently with his decision came the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Shortly after, Russia’s socialist government and economy fell, opening up the country to an international crowd of capitalists and investors.  BYU hired Michael in the fall of 1993.

Michael received his call to serve as mission president in an hour-long personal interview with President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church.

“He was very generous with his time,” he said.

Prior to the interview, Michael has received a phone call from Elder David B. Haight, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  He asked Michael, “How is your Russian?” An appointment was scheduled for the two to meet and discuss the possibility of his being called as a mission president, and how his wife and family would react.  Michael knew a call from President Monson’s secretary to schedule an interview for the next day.

The family will speak in the Lakeridge First Ward on June 14 at noon to say good bye to their family and friends.  Their chapel is located at 575 S. 400 West in Orem.

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By Emily Sanderson — May 1, 1998

A revival of Commercial Street, as well as engaging a long-time hobby of studying old Victorian western building facades, encouraged Contractor and Developer Gray Jensen to pursue an office complex on the corner of Commercial Street and 100 North in Morgan.

“History has always been a hobby of mine,” Jensen said, “but I also think it’s important to preserve the history.”

“Rather that tear the old building down, I’d rather remodel them and show people what Utah used to look like at the turn of the century,” he said.

Jensen said he owns quite a collection of books about the old mining towns such as Virginia City, which contained covered walkways and the unique square building facades, which were often characterized by balconies from the suites above.  The walkways were covered because of the problem with snow, as most of the mining towns were at high elevations.

In addition to covered walkways, Jensen plans on building covered parking for both his proposed shopping mall and hotel.  The shopping mall, which will fill the vacant lot behind his office complex on 100 North, will follow the same building style.  Jensen said the mall will contain destination shops, including a sports outlet and a theme restaurant.

“The little shops will allow people to have small businesses and will provide jobs for people in the community,” he said.

Jensen said that as the 2002 Olympics get closer, Morgan will have increased opportunities for tax base as tourists come through.

“We need the tax base in Morgan.  Otherwise we will just be a bedroom community, and people won’t be able to afford the taxes.”

The covered parking will be located underneath the mall, as will the covered parking for the hotel.

The hotel will be located near the eastbound I-84 freeway entrance on the northwest side of Weber River.  It will be three stories, including the parking garage, and will have a covered entry in the front for unloading passengers and luggage.  In addition, Jensen said he will provide a road and a bridge across the river to connect with Young Street.  He will also re-line commercial street along the stretch near the freeway entrance to make it straighter and smoother for drivers.

For the office complex, Jensen said he has historical names for each of the buildings, including J. Williams and Son, who owned a grocery store on the location years ago.

Jensen’s contracting company is completing the finishing touches for leasers in the building.  He has already had installed the “most advanced phone system on the Wasatch Back,” which uses fiber optics.  The system, as well as a large room downstairs, would support a telemarketing-type business.

In addition to the Browning Arms store, the complex has already leased to Jess Hopkin, a new dentist in town; the Franklin Group, a real estate business; Covenant Mortgage Broker; and Reeve & Associates Engineering.

Jensen hopes that others will see the potential of Commercial Street as a destination shopping area and provide the people of Morgan with local shopping.

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By Emily Sanderson — April 24, 1998

The local alternative rock bands Sons of Adam and Pookie Wilson will perform a concert at the Morgan Fairgrounds in the exhibition building Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.  Tickets will be sold at the door.

Sons of Adam, who have been performing together for three years, just got back from a tour in Southern Utah.  They are also planning another tour in Idaho this spring and are looking at visiting other towns in Southern Utah, said Preston Castro, the lead singer, who is a junior at Morgan High School.

“We are trying to get away from doing covers (remakes of popular songs),” Castro said.  A number of members in the band contribute to writing their own lyrics and music.

Castro said they are also going to play at the Pie, a “pizza joint” in Ogden in the near future.

Other members of the band, who also attend Morgan High School, include: Eric Phillips, drums and guitar; John Stanley, lead guitar; Tavin Deru, rhythm guitar; and Todd Zuech, bass.

Members of Pookie Wilson include: Eric Hatch, Eddie Hatch, Josh Durrant, and Brock Durrant.

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