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Friday, September 30, 2016

Annual Star Party Saturday October 1st

Please join us Sat night Oct 1 at 8pm for our annual star party with the mighty telescopes of the Ogden Astronomical Society!

The weather looks good with daytime temp of 70 degrees.

Enter Middle Gate of North Fork Park (the world's 21st International Dark Sky Park) and follow the signs to Mustang Flats Bowery.  See poster below and attached.

Thank you to Weber County, the Ogden Astronomical Society, and the volunteers of Ogden Valley Starry Nights for making this event possible!

Also on Oct 1 at 10am is the dedication of the first dark sky barn mural of our Dark Sky Mural Trail - at the Fuller barn just opposite the elementary school.  Thank you to artist Jake Songer and the Fuller family.

Very best,

Janet and Ogden Valley Starry Nights

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dark Sky Events in Ogden Valley!‏

Full Moon Wildlife Wander and Exploration of New Dark Sky Trail (Ogden Valley Starry Nights)
Saturday, September 17 @7pm
Enter South Gate of North Fork Park and follow signs
Teens especially invited to explore the dark sky trail after formal dedication of new Dark Sky Trail..
HawkWatch volunteers will bring live birds.

Dedication Dark Sky Mural
Saturday Oct 1 @ 10am (Fuller barn across highway from Valley Elementary School).   Please join us as we dedicate Jake Songer's wonderful mural on the historic Enoch Fuller circa 1870 barn.

Annual Star Party North Fork Park (Ogden Valley Starry Nights)
Saturday, October 1 @ 8pm
Enter Middle Gate of North Fork Park and follow signs to Mustang Flats Bowery
North Fork Park is the world's 21st International Dark Sky Park; come and celebrate.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Weber County Commissioners make a last minute change to Ogden Valley General Plan after all public input was closed.

Guest Post by Lee Schussman
Eden, UT

What a Travesty of the Democratic Process.

Come to meetings! Participate! Make your thoughts and ideas known! Get your fellow Ogden Valley residents involved! Over the past 40 years there have been dozens of occasions on which Weber County Commissioners themselves, Ogden Valley Planning Commission members, and members of the Weber County Planning Office have asked me and many others to PARTICIPATE -- to come to meetings, to work with them, to get others involved, and to make our thoughts known.

We were also told repeatedly by our County Commissioners (notably in 1998 when the first Ogden Valley General Plan was created, again in 2002 when the Ogden Valley Recreation Plan was made, and again for the past three years as the new General Plan has been crafted) that we should communicate our ideas to them, that we should TRUST them, and that we should let them know the directions in which we wanted to channel the inevitable growth of the Ogden Valley.

Well, for the past three years, Ogden Valley residents have done just that – they have PARTICIPATED! Many Ogden Valley residents spent hours in multiple meetings and workshops. 

As you are probably aware, the original “Advisory Groupof Ogden Valley residents worked with the Simpson Bowles consulting company to create the initial version of the plan. You can see those involved citizens listed in the final version of the plan. However, you may not be aware that, since the initial version, at least four revisions were then written.

Kim Wheatley of Huntsville worked tirelessly for hundreds of hours on these multiple revisions. He worked closely with Charlie Ewert, Principal Planner for Weber County Planning Office and with the Ogden Valley Planning Commission. During the last 2 years, Kim also spear-headed and held together a group of interested Valley residents who met regularly and who studied the issues, tried to understand the ramifications of each part of the plan, and wrote and re-wrote the 60 page document many times.

Given the parameters under which the General Plan had to be written, all these individuals labored long and hard to try to meet the needs of ALL of the many stakeholders involved in the development of the Ogden Valley. They deserve our sincere thanks and respect.

They also deserve the support of our three county commissioners. However, instead, at the last Weber County Commissioners’ meeting on August 30, in a few minutes, an important part of that good work was summarily thrown out by two of our commissioners.  In that meeting, after all public input was closed, in an arrogant and audacious manner, a motion to make a last minute change in an important part of the long-debated plan was made and passed. The motion was made by Commissioner Gibson, supported by State Rep Froerer, and voted in by lame-duck Commissioner Bell, while Commissioner Ebert voted against the last-minute change.

That motion re-establishes bonuses for TDR’s. This loop-hole, which Commissioners Gibson and Bell inserted into the General Plan, will allow the potential for further increases in the total density of housing units in the valley—above and beyond the already astronomical numbers of 16,000 housing units and 21,000 residents! Giving bonuses for TDRs sets up the potential for developers to make end-runs around existing caps on Ogden Valley growth.

This decision by two of our county commissioners establishes an important and long-reaching policy, and it was created in such a blatant and arrogant way that I believe it fuels the growing distrust and cynicism regarding our local government. 

So…Participate! Come to meetings! Make your ideas known. Involve your fellow Ogden Valley residents, and even work hard to actually help craft the plan! Then watch as a few politicians make decisions that blatantly contravene and are diametrically opposed to the will of the citizens. 

The residents of the Ogden Valley deserve and need better representation. Perhaps we will never get that representation until and unless we have five county commissioners, one from the Ogden Valley; or until the Ogden Valley breaks from the Weber County government and is incorporated as its own municipality.   

Lee Schussman
Eden, UT

Schussman's letter made it in the Standard Op Ed section, albeit a scaled down version:

Froerer, Gibson and Bell hijacked Ogden Valley General Plan

And the Standard reported on the same story here:

Monday, August 29, 2016

Public Hearing on the Ogden Valley General Plan

Our apologies for the last minute notice, but the Public hearing on the Ogden Valley General Plan is:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Weber County Commission Chambers
10:00 am sharp

After extensive work and input from the Ogden Valley Planning Commission, involved citizens, the Planning Staff, Consultants Logan Simpson Design, and the County Commission, the hearing will be held Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the three person County Commission, none of whom live in Ogden Valley, have changed and softened some of the important areas of the proposed plan.

Attached is a redline version of the Update which shows changes made following the County Commission work sessions on it. It makes it a lot easier to determine what was changed. The highlights are...
  • Most of the "wills" were changed to "shoulds"
  • The "no bonus density" was changed to a less committed idea that we made need them to make TDR work.
  • The "no central sewer" was changed to language encouraging a central sewer and water system.

This is an extremely important event and we urge your attendance and input.

Click Here to view the Redline summary:

Monday, August 08, 2016

Received this from the Huntsville Town Newsletter:
An FYI for those of you who aren’t aware, the following agenda item was passed at the Weber County Commission meeting last Tuesday.
Request for approval to set the date of August 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. for a public hearing to consider a Weber County property tax increase of approximately 25% or $8,162,000 to fund employee compensation and capital projects.
A 25% increase?  Time to get out and make our voices heard. The meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers, 2380 Washington Blvd.  Tell your friends and neighbors, please!

In a related story, here is an Op Ed from Sheriff Terry Thompson:

Weber County Sheriff's Office personnel need pay raises, sheriff says

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ragnar Weekend - The favorite weekend of many Valley-ites!

This information was forwarded to us this morning from the Huntsville Town Email Blast:

The  Ragnar relay race will be coming through Huntsville this Friday June 17.
The racers will enter town on 100 S.  head west to 6800 E. and then down 200 S. toward the park
They will exit our town on 500 S and then continue on Hwy 39 to the old Snow Basin road.

The race will impact the surrounding area from Liberty Park along Hwy 162. They will
continue past Snow Crest then along 1900 E around the east end of Pineview
and into Huntsville. Traffic is usually a mess so be prepared !!!!

If you are headed out of Huntsville Town today or your best and shortest wait time will be
to use 100 S. as your exit and entry.

That's all for now!! Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Annual Weed Round Up Saturday at Eden Park

This event is already in progress, but it is important ant there is still time to help out Saturday in Eden.

Weed Roundup/National Trails Day Celebration - Eden
Sat, May 14, 9am – 1pm

Eden Park, 2150 North 5500 East, Eden, UT

The Ogden Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Weber Pathways, and the Ogden Valley invites the public to join us for the 9nd annual Ogden, Ogden Valley Weeds Days, and National Trails Day. The public is invited to participate in the community wide event in celebration of National Trails Day. The ongoing efforts offer fun, exercise, a chance to meet new people as well as give back to the local community! The goal of this project is to help reduce and eradicate invasive weeds threatening the native plant community of the local area. The project areas encompasses lands bounded by the Forest Service, Weber County on the Mt. Ogden front, and Ogden Valley area. Invasive weed species threaten the ecological integrity and biological diversity of plant communities within the project area and have caused adverse impacts to recreation, wildlife and other important social and resource values. Target weeds include, dyers woad, puncture vine, dalmation toadflax, myrtle spurge, leafy spurge, yellow starthistle, whitetop, burdock, and hounds tongue. Control methods will include hand pulling and possible bagging. Forest Service crews will be using herbicides on-site. Participants should wear protective clothing, including gloves and bring lots of drinking water. Some tools will be provided but it is recommended to bring your own shovels. Please join the Ogden Ranger District, Weber Pathways, and Ogden Valley as we work to protect our land by preventing the spread of noxious weeds in Weber County. For more information, contact Lisa Thompson, Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator, Ogden Ranger District, (801) 458-1704 or Rod Kramer, Outreach Coordinator, Weber Pathways (801) 393-2304.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Public Open House this Thursday

Ogden Canyon Transportation Use Study Phase II

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is nearing completion of Phase II of the Ogden Canyon Transportation Use Study. Please join us at a Public Open House to review and provide input on the study.
DATEApril 28, 2016
TIME5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: ATK Conference Center
890 Ogden Canyon, Ogden, UT 84401

Project Overview

UDOT is conducting a Transportation Study in Ogden Canyon. The Transportation Commission asked UDOT to conduct the study and look at all modes of transportation in the canyon. The study analysis includes existing and future safety concerns, traffic volumes, resident needs, economic needs, multi-modal uses (biking, truck traffic, pedestrian, transit, etc.), recreational uses, and environmental and geotechnical/geologic concerns.
UDOT completed Phase I of the study in Spring 2015. The purpose of Phase I was to gather physical information and opinions and share that information in an interactive and transparent process to develop an understanding of the safety and mobility needs in the canyon.
In Phase II, the study team met more extensively with people and groups who care about Ogden Canyon. Three focus groups were formed and divided into categories: roadway, environmental, and active transportation/transit. These groups were made up of people who live, work, travel, and recreate in Ogden Canyon, as well as local agency and special interest group representatives. They were able to evaluate concepts and give input. In addition to the focus groups, representatives of local government and other agencies also participated in evaluating the concepts and giving feedback.
Project Area Map
Study Area

Contact Us

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Ogden Canyon Transportation Use Study Team

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


A guest post by Marcus Pierce

There is no drop-off recycling center in Eden area at this time. Apparently it is not economically feasible for a private company to provide such a service. Why doesn’t Weber County subsidize a Recycle Center similar to the one currently located in the school parking lot on the corner of Harrison & 30th St. in Ogden.

This seems like a good idea to us at the Forum.  Perhaps our County Commissioners and staff need to be contacted and encouraged to help out. 

Comments?  Suggestion?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Important Weber County Commission Meeting Today

Sorry for the last minute notification, but we just received notice that the county commission is considering a curfew on Pineview Reservoir

Here is an email we received from the town of Huntsville on the subject.

Weber County Commissioner Meeting

The Weber County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on the proposed ordinance to set curfew restrictions for Pineview Dam.
The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 @ 10:00 am in the W.C. Commissioners Chambers located at 24th and Washington Blvd.
The Proposed curfew is from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. For those residents who live in close proximatey to the lake, this is a great opportunity for you to voice your opinions in support of this pending curfew. Show your support of this action by showing up to this meeting, even if you don't want to speak out, just being there will make a difference. Everyone is invited. 
That's All For Now - Have a nice week,
Gail Ahlstrom
Huntsville Town Clerk

Powder Mountain Water and Sewer Improvement Meeting District meeting held last Friday

This meeting notice was sent to us after the fact.  Interestingly, it was posted 24 hours and 5 minutes prior to the meeting.

For those who may not know, Trustee Bell is also Weber County Commissioner Bell, who serves as Trustee of the Powder Mountain Water and Sewer Improvement District.

Incidentally, he is also seeking reelection this year.


PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Powder Mountain Water and Sewer Improvement District will hold a public meeting in conference room #365 of the Weber Center, 2380 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah, commencing at 4:00 pm on Friday, April 15, 2016.

The agenda for the meeting consists of the following:

A. Welcome - Trustee Bell, Chair

B.   Public Comments
C.  Request for motion to adjourn the public meeting for a closed strategy session to discuss the
    acquisition of real property, including any form of water right, and any pending or reasonably  
     imminent litigation.

D.  Request for motion to reconvene public meeting.

E.    Action

1. Discussion and/or action on item(s) discussed in the closed strategy session.
Presenter: Trustee Bell

2. Discussion and/or action on Annexation and Development Agreement for the Summit – Powder Mountain Development Project.
               Presenter:  Trustee Bell

F.   Adjourn

                                                     CERTIFICATE OF POSTING

The undersigned, duly appointed Administrative Assistant in the Weber County Commission Office, does hereby certify that the above notice and agenda was posted as required by law this 14th day of April 2016.

Brooke Stewart


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing auxiliary series for these meetings should call the Weber County Commission Office at 399-8405 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Notice it was sent out exactly 24 hours and 5 min before the meeting so conveniently nobody will show  !!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Ogden Canyon Construction Update

3/31/16 Construction Update
Pineview Water Systems is replacing the irrigation water siphon at the mouth of Ogden Canyon.  The following are planned construction activities.  
Please note that due to weather conditions, emergency situations or equipment/supply issues, schedules are subject to change.

·         Effective through project completion in April/May 2016, motorists should continue to expect minimal flagging operations on SR-39 at the mouth of the canyon. Restrictions will be effective during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday.  Traffic will be stopped intermittently in both directions for up to 15-minute intervals to accommodate construction equipment access and as a public safety precaution as suspended loads are being transported over the roadway.  The work schedule is largely weather-dependent. 

·         All sections of the new pipe have been installed and crews are painting the exterior of the pipe as weather allows.
·         The project team is preparing the pipe for pressure testing in order to ensure the pipe will be ready for irrigation season.
·         Once pressure testing is complete, the trolley system that was used for the removal and installation of the pipe will be disassembled and taken off site.
·         As the project wraps up, crews will begin restoring the construction site.

·         Although the pipe will soon be operational, the construction site will be active and off limits to the public as site restoration continues.
·         As a public safety precaution, crews want to remind hikers that all areas in the construction zone on both sides of the canyon are off limits.
·         All areas below the siphon that have been fenced off and signed are off limits to the public during construction.
·         Drivers are encouraged to follow all signs and flaggers through the work zone to promote public safety.  A protective highway cover has been built over SR-39 beneath the siphon. 

·         The Ogden Canyon siphon is the pipeline that is suspended between the canyon walls at the mouth of Ogden Canyon.  The pipe is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and operated by Pineview Water Systems.  It has been in use since the summer of 1937, providing irrigation water for almost 80 years.  It currently serves 10,000 customers in the Ogden area. 
·         The siphon was at the end of its operational life and needed to be replaced.  A new pipe and support system with seismic upgrades were installed.  The new siphon looks very similar to the original siphon.  The new siphon is expected to be operational by irrigation season.

Pineview Water has employed a project-dedicated public involvement team to keep the public informed and help address concerns throughout project construction.  Residents with questions or concerns may contact Marcus Murdock:
·         Phone: 801-888-3159
·         Email:

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