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Headlines Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Candidates, primary races set following state conventions

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

At Saturday’s Utah Republican Convention in Salt Lake City, Congressman Rob Bishop and State Representative Lee Perry won enough delegate votes to avoid a primary election and become the Party’s nominees for their respective offices.
Bishop defeated Republican challenger David Chiu with 793 votes (82.01 percent) to 174 (17.99 percent). Perry, the representative for Utah House District 29, also handily won over challenger James Mackley with 38 votes (73 percent) to 14 (27 percent). Sixty percent of the delegate vote is needed to avoid a primary election run-off.
“I’m honored by the vote of trust and overwhelmed by the kindness the people have shown me. I am proud of Utah, and excited to represent the people of the state’s first district,” said Bishop in an emailed statement following the convention.
Bishop’s Democratic opponent will be Ogden physician Peter Clemens, who ran unopposed for his party’s nomination. A Libertarian candidate, Craig Bowden, is also seeking Bishop’s seat.
“I’m grateful for the support of the delegates and all the constituents who have supported me,” Perry told the News Journal. “I’ve enjoyed serving the people of House District 29, and I look forward to hopefully winning the election in November and continuing to support the people of this district.”
Perry will be facing Democratic nominee Angela Urrea, a retired businesswoman and U.S. Army veteran who ran unopposed and gained the nomination at Saturday’s Democratic convention.
In statewide races, gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson upset Governor Gary Herbert, 55.1 percent to 44.89 percent; and for State Treasurer incumbent David Damschen defeated former Congressman Merrill Cook 83.91 percent to 16.09 percent.
Damschen will be facing Democrat Neil Hansen, who ran unopposed to gain the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer. Richard Proctor of the Constitution party is also running against Damschen.

BC marks 30th year as ‘Tree City, U.S.A.’

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

Brigham City Councilmember Ruth Jensen poses with Mayor Tyler Vincent holding the 30 year ‘Tree City USA’ trophy presented to the city by the Arbor Day Foundation.

In a short Brigham City Council meeting on Thursday, the city changed a street name to help cement its growing ‘Aggie’ affiliation, and was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for being a ‘Tree City USA’ community for 30 years and counting.
Mike Phillips of the Urban Beautification Committee addressed the council and presented it with an award from the Arbor Day Foundation.
“Brigham City is really looked up to around the state for what we do around our city,” said Phillips. “This is our 30th year. Very few cities have done what we’ve done. Thirty years and still going, and we’re going to do another 30 after that,” he said, handing the award to Mayor Tyler Vincent.
“We need to thank previous administrations and previous employees,” said Vincent.
The Tree City USA program was begun by the Arbor Day Foundation in 1976 in an effort to promote urban forestry. The foundation maintains that trees yield three to five times their costs in benefits to cities, including savings in reducing soil erosion, savings on energy costs for cooling, and higher property values. In order to qualify as a Tree City, a municipality must have a tree board or department responsible for caring for city-owned trees, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with a budget of $2 per resident, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Brigham City has had all of those in place since 1986.
With the award received, the Mayor declared April 21 as Arbor Day for the city. Public Works Director Tyler Pugsley announced that an Arbor Day activity would be held at Discovery Elementary on April 29, at 10:30 a.m. consisting of the planting of city provided trees and a special presentation put on by the third grade class. The public is invited.
In other council news, Fishburn Drive east of Main Street is being renamed “Aggie Boulevard” after a request from USU-Brigham City Dean Thomas Lee. Lee wants to better define the USU campus, with Aggie Boulevard extending in the future down 400 East. The council voted unanimously to grant the request.
Marc Baird and Larry Henington were appointed to serve on the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Council, and Marie Black was appointed to serve on the Urban Beautification Committee.
A noise ordinance variance was granted to the Wyatt’s War Softball Tournament to be held May 13 and 14 at Pioneer Park. The variance allows activities to take place past 10 p.m.


Former Howell man bound for trial to face three counts of child sex abuse

Editor’s note: Per News Journal policy, certain statements and facts have been obscured or omitted from this story in order to protect the identities of the alleged minor victims.

A former Howell man has been ordered to stand trial on sexual abuse and lewdness charges involving several children.
Joe Clay Baker, 35, stands accused of three first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, as well as a Class A misdemeanor charge of lewdness involving a child, for separate incidents that prosecutors say took place between 2013 and 2015 with four different children.
At a preliminary hearing held on April 21, Baker appeared in First District Court in order for Judge Brandon Maynard to determine if enough evidence existed to continue to trial. At the hearing, Deputy County Attorney Blair Wardle laid out the case the prosecution had against Baker, which included videotaped interviews of the four children performed by the Children’s Justice Center (CJC) in Farmington, as well as testimony offered by the mother of some of the alleged victims.


News Briefs

BC police to ‘Take Back’ medications
The Brigham City Police Department will be observing the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, at the Smith’s Food and Drug parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Officers will be on hand to receive and dispose of unused or expired prescriptions.
“Spring time is the perfect time to clean out medicine cabinets. Spring cleaning involves getting rid of unwanted items cluttering up our homes and yards. The Brigham City Police would like to encourage you to check your medicine cabinet while you are cleaning. Unused medication clutter can put you and your family, friends, neighbors and communities at risk for theft, illegal or unsafe prescription use and accidental poisonings. According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths from improperly used medications have reached epidemic levels in the past decade,” said the department in a press release.
The release also listed some helpful medication tips to keep people safe, including never taking someone else’s prescription (it’s unsafe and illegal), never sharing a prescription (also illegal), never taking a higher dosage than prescribed, always telling doctors about all medications being taken, avoiding alcoholic beverages while on pain medications, and properly disposing of unused medications to prevent unsafe or improper use.
“Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse,” said Chief Michael Nelsen with the Brigham City Police Department.
“Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.”
If you miss Saturday’s event at Smiths, there is a permanent drop box located at the Brigham City Police Department, 20 North Main Street.

Car fire on I-15
An Idaho man and his passenger escaped injury when their car burst into flames on southbound I-15 last Thursday.
According to UHP Lieutenant Lee Perry, the driver of a 2002 Dodge Neon, identified as 37-year-old Murri Lund of Rexburg, was heading south on I-15 with a male passenger when he noticed smoke coming out of his engine at about 1:30 p.m. near mile marker 367, just south of the Honeyville exit.
“He could smell it, he heard something, got out of the car and could see the smoke and the fire coming out under the hood,” said Perry. Both men got out of the car safely, and Lund called 9-1-1. The car was fully engulfed in flame by the time emergency responders arrived.
Firefighters from the Brigham City Fire Department put out the fire, and what remained of the car was towed away by approximately 2:35 p.m.
Investigators at the scene blamed the fire on engine failure.