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Rock slide closes canyon

Mike Nelson / Box Elder News Journal
A rock slide between Mantua and Brigham City and Mantua following a rain storm resulted in multiple car accidents Friday night. One of two vehicles that rolled (above) after striking a large boulder in the roadway came to rest in the middle of the road, its occupants only suffering minor bumps and bruises. A firefighter (below) stands next to the largest of the several boulders that came rolling down the north side of the canyon, crashed through a barricade, bounced across all four lanes of travel and came to rest on the south shoulder of the highway.

By Mike Nelson
Associate editor

A rock slide between Brigham City and Mantua temporarily closed the canyon Friday night after boulders—one the size of a small car—came crashing down onto Highway 89/91 causing multiple car accidents.
“These rocks came down from the north side of the canyon and landed on both north and southbound sides of the roadway,” said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry.
Responders on the scene said the wet weather likely caused three large boulders and many more smaller rocks and debris to roll off the mountainside, crash through the cement barrier and onto the roadway at about 9 p.m. that night.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this in Sardine Canyon,” UHP Sgt. Brian Nelson told the Box Elder News Journal on the scene.

Peach Days Information


UTOPIA votes not to continue talks with FirstDigital

Macquarie Capital is the last company standing with an offer on UTOPIA’s table after the fiber-optic network and Utah Infrastructure Agency boards voted not to continue exploring the FirstDigital Telecom proposal during a board meeting in West Valley City last Wednesday.
UTOPIA’s interim director and UIA board member, Paul Isaac, said FirstDigital would still be able to approach and talk to whatever cities they wished but that UTOPIA would continue vetting Macquarie’s proposal. Given language in Macquarie’s proposal, Isaac said if the boards had voted to proceed with the Utah-based company, FirstDigital, it would have spelled the end for working with the Australian investment company.


Fatal car crash in Willard claims two lives Saturday

An accident in Willard Saturday evening claimed two lives and sent a third person to the hospital.
The accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. when the driver of a 2005 Lexus, Jacob Santos, 15, of West Jordan, attempted to turn left onto Highway 89 from the intersection of 750 North.
Willard City Police Chief Jean Loveland reported that Ruth P. Nelson, 66, of Perry and her grandson, Santos, who was driving with a learner’s permit, died at the scene when their car was struck broadside by a 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Jordan Taylor, 31, of Cache Valley. Taylor was taken to Brigham City Community Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

News Briefs

Saving Peach Days Parade space: prohibited
In the days leading up to Peach Days, Brigham City will place signage along the parade route indicating the area to be “closed for maintenance.” Blankets, lawn chairs or other items placed along the route prior the removal of the signs at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, will be disposed of by city personnel.
Brigham City has announced that the area between 300 South and 400 South on both the east and west sides of Main Street will be blocked to public use from Thursday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Sept. 7. The city asks for public cooperation as city personnel prepare for the event.
Additionally, the compost and green waste facility will be closed for public sales on Saturday, Sept. 6. Green waste disposal will continue to be available during this time
Questions may be referred to Brigham City Public Works at 435-734-6615.

Firefighter’s Breakfast returns for Peach Days
The Brigham City Fire Department will again hold their Annual Firefighter’s Breakfast during Peach Days, Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6-9:30 a.m. at the Brigham City Emergency Services Building, 442 West Forest Street.
Firefighters will serve up pancakes, ham, eggs, coffee and juice at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.