Headlines Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Iconic Box Elder landmark painted over stirring social media outcry
Nelson Phillips / Box Elder News Journal
The old cement plant, located on Interstate 15 near 3000 North has long been a community message board where families and friends have posted messages to loved ones and illustrated high school rivalries. But the decaying cement structure has recently been painted over by the property owner, inciting considerable outcry on social media both condemning the action and supporting the property owner’s rights.
By Nelson Phillips
nyone who has lived in Box Elder County for any length of time knows the place.
The ruins of the old Ogden Portland Cement plant off Interstate 15 at about 3000 North in Brigham City has served for generations as a billboard welcoming home missionaries, making public declarations of undying love, and taunting rival high school sports teams.
But now it’s been painted over grey, and people have reported they’ve been told to stay off the property or face trespassing charges and fines.
UTOPIA question may not have time to go to ballot
Statutory regulations will prevent the question of whether or not UTOPIA should move forward with any public-private partnership from being placed on the ballots in November, according to Box Elder County Clerk Marla Young.
“By state statute, a non-binding question cannot coincide with a general election without this type of opinion question going to the legislature for approval,” said Young.
Young said a memorandum is due out to the remaining UTOPIA member cities in four counties explaining the position of the four respective clerks in Box Elder, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties.
“We’re not trying to be hard-nosed on this,” said Young. “We recognize it is a controversial and important issue, we are just following the law.”
Prior to the passage of a law several years ago, a non-binding resolution could not appear on a ballot in Utah at all.
Herbert and Bishop hold BC town hall meeting
Governor Gary Herbert and U.S. Representative Rob Bishop held a town hall meeting to engage the public and local elected officials last night at Utah State University-Brigham City.
A full report will be published in next week’s edition of the News Journal.
Utah’s economy continues positive trend
Utah’s economy is growing at its fastest rate so far in 2014, and the unemployment rate is holding steady, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Services who posted a strong job growth rate of 3.6 percent, adding 45,900 jobs over the past 12 months.
“When we say Utah is open for business, we mean it,” said Gov. Gary Herbert. “Businesses and entrepreneurs have found a government that is eager to work with them, not against them, and the results have been very positive.”
Utah’s unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 3.6 percent and, paired with strong job creation numbers, the Governor’s Office said this is an indication that previously frustrated workers are re-entering the workforce. Each of the economic sectors tracked in the report are growing, with the strongest growth coming in Construction (10.6 percent), Information (7.7 percent), and Natural Resources (4.9 percent).
The national unemployment rate currently stands at 6.1 percent with job growth at 1.9 percent.
“In Utah, we have come to expect consistent job growth and a robust, expanding economy,” said Juliette Tennert, chief economist for the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. “The fundamental principles adhered to by Gov. Herbert and his administration are working; Utah truly is a model for the nation.”
For more information and additional analysis, visit jobs.utah.gov