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Headlines Wednesday, November 19, 2014


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First snow results in fatality

Photo courtesy Utah Highway Patrol
Utah Highway Patrol troopers say Tracy Hoskins, 49, of Tremonton, was partially ejected from her 2006 Dodge Ram after she lost control of the vehicle on Interstate 15 during Thursday’s snow storm. Hoskins was not wearing her seat belt, troopers said.

By Mike Nelson
Associate editor

The first snow of the year saw more than 30 crashes reported during Thursday’s storm in Box Elder County, one of which resulted in the death of a Tremonton woman.
According to a Utah Highway Patrol news release, Tracy Hoskins, 49, was traveling south on Interstate 15 in her 2006 Dodge pickup truck at about 8:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and rolled near Elwood. Another motorist who stopped at the scene and called 911 told dispatch that Hoskins was unresponsive. The first UHP trooper to arrive on the scene confirmed that Hoskins had died..


CERT stand down ‘no cause for concern’

Brigham City Mayor Tyler Vincent says the six month stand down of the city’s Citizen Corps Council—the umbrella over the Community Emergency Response Team, Volunteers in Police Service and Medical Reserve Corps—is “no cause for concern.”
Vincent made the announcement in an Oct. 28 letter addressed to city volunteers of the several organizations. He said the stand down—dubbed a moratorium by CERT members—could last as long as six months as administrative policies are reviewed by the city’s emergency management director, Derek Oyler.
“I am confident that, in the event of an emergency situation, our city staff and residents, including CERT members, will be able to assist the citizens of the city,” said Vincent.
The bottom line, Vincent said, is that he believes the organizations will function better and more efficiently following a reorganization. He said it is the same people from each group who participate in meetings and trainings and that one of his goals is to open the groups up to new membership.

Perry residents fear consolidation of power as they oppose ‘professional mayor’ position

In the face of stiff public opposition and spirited comments at public hearings last Thursday, the Perry City Council voted to reject proposed changes to city ordinances that would have allowed the city council to choose whether or not to have a city administrator or professional mayor and that would have increased city council members’ base pay, and set compensation rates for a professional mayor.
The first of the proposed amendments would have changed language in the city’s current laws that require a city administrator. The new language would provide flexibility to allow for a professional mayor, or allow a mayor to hire an administrator to tackle certain tasks if needed.
According to information from Perry Mayor Karen Cronin, a professional mayor is defined as “a mayor that spends more than an average of 30 hours a week doing city business as its duly elected CEO.”


News Briefs

Wildlife compliance checkpoint set
The Division of Wildlife Resources will be conducting an administrative wildlife compliance checkpoint on West Forest Street on Friday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 p.m. The checkpoint will focus mainly on swans, according to the DWR.

Christmas assistance offered
Angels for Christmas is available in Box Elder County for families with children in need. A blanket, a pair of shoes, socks, a family gift, a “need’ and a “wish’ for each child will be supplied. Visit The Utah Department of Workforce Services, or the Tremonton or Brigham City food pantries for applications before Dec. 3.
If you would like to help, please email Angels4Christmas@gmail.com or pick up an angel from the tree in Shopko to help a local family.

BECU Shop local rewards program

Box Elder Credit Union and Buzz Points, a leader in connecting local businesses, community financial institutions and consumers through rewards programs, announced a merchant-funded loyalty program which allows credit union members to earn rewards to shop local using their credit and debit cards.
“We chose Buzz Points because we wanted to reward our customers for shopping locally while also nurturing independently owned businesses and supporting our local economy,” said Tonya Gail, the credit union’s marketing director.
Credit union members enrolled in the free program earn points automatically through credit and debit card purchases that can be redeemed for gift or cash cards and donations to local non-profits.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.boxeldercu.com or call 435-723-3437.

Old fridges feed hungry Utahns

Rocky Mountain Power announced a new program Monday which would pay for old refrigerators or donate money to the Utah Food Bank to help feed hungry Utah families.
The company’s “See ya later, refrigerator” program picks up refrigerators or freezers for free with 95 percent of each unit being recycled to help protect the environment.
“This really is a win-win-win situation,” said Utah Food Bank President and CEO Jim Yorgason. “You save money and energy and give back at the same time.”
With each donation through the program, Yorgason said, Utah Food Bank can provide 105 meals for Utahns facing hunger statewide.
To participate in the program, call 1-866-899-5539 or visit www.rockymountainpower.net/res/sem/utah/roa.html to schedule a pickup.