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Fire consumes 8,000 acres in remote Box Elder

A wildfire burned in the Peplin Mountain area, about 20 miles south of Kelton. The fire began Friday evening and burned nearly 8000 acres until it was contained on Sunday morning.

By Nelson Phillips
Staff Writer

A camper’s charcoal grill, dry grass and wind combined early last Friday evening to burn approximately 8,000 acres in remote western Box Elder County before finally being contained on Sunday morning.
Box Elder County Fire Marshal Corey Barton said the fire began in the mountains about 20 miles southwest of Kelton at about 5:30 p.m, when winds blew over a charcoal grill being used by someone camping in the area. The briquettes ended up in some tall, dry grass, setting it alight.
“One person was injured trying to put out the fire before the arrival of fire crews, but refused transport at the time,” said Barton. “They did go to a local emergency room with burns, but we don’t have an update on their condition.” It was later confirmed that the owner of the grill was the one injured trying to put out the blaze. The man’s name was not released.
Barton estimated that costs to the county in fighting the fire, dubbed the “Peplin Mountain fire”, had exceeded $70,000 by Saturday morning. He expected to have the fire contained by Saturday evening, which it mostly was, but it took until Sunday morning at approximately 8 a.m. before he called it officially contained.
Crews from Box Elder County, Park Valley, Snowville, Corrine, Thatcher Penrose, Garland and Fielding fire departments, along with Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands and the Bureau of Land Management battled the blaze. Air tanker support from Salt Lake City also responded.
“Conditions for wildfires are getting worse day by day,” said Barton, asking those recreating in the back country to use extreme caution. County officials will be monitoring the fire area for the next week to make sure there aren’t any additional flare-ups.
The Peplin Mountain fire was one of three major wildfires burning in the state over the weekend, with the Pine Canyon and Saddle fires in southwestern Utah still burning as of press time.

Brigham City
All events held at Rees Pioneer Park

Monday, July 4
Breakfast at Rees Pioneer Park bowery7:30-10:30 a.m.
Pancakes with fruit topping, sausage, hash browns, juice, milk and coffee. Adults eat for $7, seniors and kids 12 and under $5.
Patriotic program and flag ceremony8:45 a.m.
“The Why of the Fourth of July,” a patriotic skit that will be held at Rees Pioneer Park featuring the Box Elder High School Band.
Teens T-Ball10 a.m.
Cost is $5 per player, pre-register your team at the Brigham City Recreation Office, 641 East 200 North. Call 435-734-6610 with any questions.
Horseshoe Tournament11 a.m.
Brigham City Pool Open11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Concert- The Kap Brothers Band8 p.m.
Firework Display10 p.m.

Perry City
Registration for all events will be at the Perry City Offices.

Wednesday, June 29
Pickle Ball Tournament5 p.m.
Three Mile Creek Elementary School
Baby contest, Miss Liberty/Unlce Sam
contest, and Perry’s Got Talent6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 30
Softball tournament6 p.m.
Perry Park
Hamburger stand and concessions available6 p.m.
Independence walk6-9 p.m.
Independence Circle

Friday, July 1
Softball tournament continues6 p.m.
Independence walk6-9 p.m.
Mayor’s Movie in the park9:45 p.m.
The movie will be “Back to the Future,” at Dale Young
Nature Park. Popcorn and soft drinks provided.

Saturday, July 2
Decorating parade entries at Perry Park......4-5 p.m.
Softball tournament continues6 p.m.
Hamburger stand and concessions available6 p.m.
Fireworks at Perry Park10 p.m.

Monday, July 4
5k/1 Mile Run registration begins6:30 a.m.
Race information available at the city offices.
Flag ceremony at Perry Park7 a.m.
First responder’s breakfast at Perry Park7:10 a.m.
5K run begins7:15 a.m.
1 Mile run begins8 a.m.
Car Show at Dale Young Nature Park10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Parade11 a.m.
Anthem/ City awards at Perry baseball diamond12 p.m.
Bingo at Perry Park bowery12:15 p.m.
Children’s games, booths and concessions12:15 p.m.
Game tickets will cost 2 for $1.
Rifle shoot contest at gun range12:30 p.m.
$5 pre-registration at the Perry Offices, 435-723-6461, or $7 day-of-registration at the gun range.
Softball tournament championship2 p.m.
Fire fighters water spray2 p.m.

Friday, July 1
Patriotic Program7 p.m.
At the Willard Church, 80 North 100 West

Saturday, July 2
Firemen’s Dinner5-8 p.m.
Tickets at the door or from any Willard City Fireman.
3 on 3 Basketball5:30-7:30 p.m.
100 West Center
$30 per team. Contact Caleb Jeppsen, 801-510-1022.
Firemen’s auction6:30-8 p.m.
Firemen’s dance8-12 a.m.
Free admission
Fireworks11 p.m.

Monday, July 4th
Cannon Salute6 a.m.
Breakfast at City Hall6-9 a.m.
Breakfast cost will be $6 for adults, and $5 for seniors and children 5-12
5K/1 Mile Run/Walk West side of city hall7:30 a.m.
Donation of $5
Flag Ceremony at Fire Station8 a.m.
Parade9 a..m.
Foot races and candy shoot at Central Park10 a.m.
Games and vendors open at Central Park10:30 a.m.
Tickets are 50 cents each or unlimited play wristbands are $5 for ages 8 and up. $3 for ages 3-8.
Bingo Park Bowery11 a.m.
Stage Show Central Park11-2 p.m.
Muzzleloader Shoot1 p.m.
Cost $10. The location has changed. Contact Wynn Zundel at 435-723-6462.
Melodrama at the Willard Church2 p.m.
Willow East Park and New Nature Park
Food concessions5 p.m.
Grand Slam home run derby5 p.m.
Youth baseball games6 p.m.
Music8 p.m. to dark
Recognition awards presentation and skydivers9 p.m.
National Anthem and Closing Flag Ceremony9:30 p.m.

Monday, July 4
Flag ceremony6:30 a.m.
Corinne firefighters breakfast7-9 a.m.
$5 per person or $20 per family.
Parade10 a.m.
Inflatable water toys10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bingo10:30 a.m.
Fire Department hamburger stand11 a.m.

All events held a Honeyville Park

Saturday, July 2
Trap shoot will be held at Mark Bingham’s gravel pit
Dinner7:45 p.m.
“Inside Out,” will be shown at Honeyville Park.

Monday, July 4
Fireman’s pancake breakfast7- 9 a.m.
At Honeyville Park.
Honeyville Freedom run7:30 a.m.
Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. at the Crystal Hot Springs Bowery. Cost is $20 including a technical race shirt, or $10 without a shirt. For more information or to register, visit www.honeyvillefreedomrun.com.
Parade10:30 a.m.
Games and activities at the park11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Trout pond, face painting, pie eating, inflatable toys, music, exhibits, food and drinks, etc.


Sherwood Hills rehab center raided, ordered to shut down

By Nelson Phillips
Staff Writer

Sherwood Hills, once a popular resort hotel in Wellsville Canyon now turned drug rehab center, was raided on Wednesday by agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and officials from the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS), and ordered to shut down because of drug violations.
According to the Utah DHS Office of Licensing, the facility was already on probation for previous violations of state policy, and a recent audit finding more violations precipitated the raid. Those violations were alleged to include staff doctors prescribing controlled substances despite not being registered to do so with the DEA, maintaining and dispensing controlled substances from an unregulated internal pharmacy, clients receiving controlled substances prior to meeting face-to-face with a doctor, and a doctor sending delayed prescriptions to the pharmacy after those clients had already received the medications from the facility narcotics supply.

Couple charged with financial abuse of elderly woman

A Brigham City couple has been accused of financially exploiting an elderly woman, siphoning off over $50,000 from her bank account.
Amanda Louise Kohles, 33, and boyfriend Tracey Edward Corbett, 43, were arrested on June 10 and charged with communications fraud and exploitation of a vulnerable adult, both second-degree felonies, for incidents dating back to last year.
According to a police report filed by Detective Nathan Small of the Brigham City Police Department, in 2015 the couple had moved in with Kohles’ 74-year-old grandmother, who suffers from several health conditions including dementia, to care for the woman due to her failing health.
Shortly after the couple moved in, wrote Small, the victim’s account at Wells Fargo started showing excessive spending that was out of the ordinary, including “dozens and dozens” of online purchases.
“The victim reports she has never shopped online and wouldn’t even know how if she wanted to,” the report stated.


News Briefs

Plane lands under duress in field
The pilot of an experimental plane was able to walk away with no significant injuries after his plane went down west of Brigham City last Wednesday.
According to information provided by the Box Elder County Sheriff’s office, an experimental plane flown by Dwight Burkes of Ogden, experienced a power failure while flying over the Corinne area. Burkes tried to restart the plane, but was unsuccessful and was forced to put the plane down in a grain field along 2700 West 800 North just outside Brigham City limits at about 8 a.m.
Crews were still on scene working to remove the plane from the field around 11 a.m.

BC prepares for inclement July 4th weather
In the event of unfavorable weather conditions, Brigham City announced that it would reschedule its traditional Fourth of July fireworks to Monday, July 25, to coincide with the state’s Pioneer Day holiday.
City officials said there is no foreseeable need to reschedule the fireworks display this year, but simply that the city wants to be prepared in case the weather doesn’t cooperate with the city’s celebration of American independence. The determination to cancel the show or not will be made 30 minutes prior to the original start time on July 4.
The announcement follows last year’s fireworks show, when winds blew embers into vacant fields and residents’ property, causing fires and some damage.

Local Hampton Inn earns TripAdvisor accolade
The Brigham City Hampton Inn was one of four Hilton-family hotels in Northern Utah to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence Award from the internet travel site, TripAdvisor.
According to TripAdvisor, the award, which is now in its sixth year, recognizes hospitality businesses that have earned top-notch reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. To earn the award a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“This honor is a testament to each hotel’s dedication to exceptional customer service,” said Amy Martin Ziegenfuss, vice president, focused service marketing, Hilton Worldwide. “We appreciate our guests giving us excellent ratings on this site and helping these hotels achieve this recognition.”