LAYTON -- The Davis County Sheriff's office admits there may be a problem with its criminal justice drug testing program.
So much so, Davis County Chief Deputy Bob Yeaman will send some of the completed tests to an outside lab in Arizona to double-check for accuracy, particularly on tests of former Oxycontin addicts.
"We are going to send out the positive tests we are getting for Oxycontin," said Yeaman, who believes they have not had any false positives. "We are going to make sure."
SNOWBASIN -- Despite blazing heat, more than 150 professional and amateur mountain bikers from several states participated in the Mount Ogden 50K Mountain Bike Race at Snowbasin on Saturday.
Dust-caked riders mingled with spectators and sponsors while enjoying the adult and kid's races, food, activities and live music at the base of the resort.
Bountiful resident James Peterson made the trip on Friday to ride the course, and again on Saturday to enjoy the festival-type atmosphere while watching his 12-year-old son race as half of the youngest relay team in the main event.
WASHINGTON -- Last year, as the gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression shook the banking system, Ben Bernanke seemed nearly as beleaguered as the institutions themselves.
The Federal Reserve chief had initially underestimated the crisis -- and then seemed to inject new risk by unleashing breathtaking sums of money to fight it. Now, a strengthening economy is raising Bernanke's standing just as President Barack Obama must decide whether to reappoint him.
His supporters say Bernanke, 55, a scholar of the Great Depression, has the knowledge and ability to guide a sustainable recovery without igniting inflation. And they argue that without his bold interventions, the global financial crisis could have been much worse.
Our local U.S. congressman, Rep. Rob Bishop, and his Republican in-state colleague, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, deserve kudos for holding town hall meetings during this politically high-charged month.
It's worth noting that Utah's other congressional members are not planning to have town hall meetings.
Bishop had his first meeting in Layton on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was in Grantsville. At the Layton City Center, the Wednesday venue was packed. Concerns over health care reform have driven many concerned citizens to town hall meetings and that was the topic most wanted to discuss. At the meeting, questions and answers received derision and applause. Those ready to question or voice an opinion stood in hallways and lined the walls waiting for their turn to exercise free speech.
By PAT CONDON
It is no wonder that politicians are having trouble selling their health care reform plans to the American people -- they have not defined the problem they are trying to solve.
Nowhere have I heard or seen a definition of the problem we are trying to solve with regard to health care -- not from the administration and not from Democrats or Republicans in Congress.A! All I have heard are campaign rhetoric sound bites at the surface level -- "We have 46 million people in this country who have no health insurance."A! "The costs of providing health care are skyrocketing."A! I have heard no one identify the root causes that need to be addressed if we are to make any progress at all in improving the health care situation in this country.A!
By MATTHEW GODFREY
Ogden has had some tough times. When the railroad left Ogden, we struggled to transition to another economic model that would provide prosperity to the coming generation. We were in desperate need of high-paying jobs, new entertainment and retail, along with a renewal of our neighborhoods.
Community, business and political leaders gathered in 2000 to map out a plan for Ogden. From those meetings emerged the concept of focusing Ogden on outdoor recreation, given the proximity of our downtown to so many resources like the Ogden and Weber Rivers, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, etc.
Five years ago we had a major breakthrough. Descente, led by Curt Geiger, talked to us about moving their company from Denver to Ogden. They were looking to lower their cost of doing business and wanted to be closer to the ski industry. Curt believed that Ogden was not only the right home for Descente, but that we could be "The Hub" of the ski industry.
OGDEN -- It was a result. Nothing more, nothing less.
The Weber State University women's soccer team opened up its 2009 season with a rather unspectacular 2-1 victory over instate foe Westminster Friday evening at Wildcat Soccer Field.
"I thought we played pretty poorly in the first half," Weber State coach Tim Crompton said. "Second half was better; we played a little more in our half of the field.
MORGAN -- It took a half to get their sea legs, but the Morgan Trojans picked up right where they left off last season.
Behind the strength of 250 yards rushing the Trojans scored 27 points in the second half en route to a 34-7 win over highly-regarded Juab.
The win was a bit of payback against a 2-A team that mounted a late comeback for a win over the Trojans in last year's season opener.
"It was a physical battle that first half," Morgan coach Kovi Christiansen said. "Last year (against Juab) we got worn down a little I think, but this year we rotated a bunch of guys in there and kept plugging away and got it done."
LAYTON -- Northridge coach Erik Thompson didn't know exactly what to expect from his inexperienced squad heading into the season opener. After a 36-27 victory on Friday over an offensively explosive Jordan squad things are starting to clear up.
"I only have three kids that have ever been on a varsity field before, so we got a little momentum early on and started believing," Thompson said. "Jordan turned the ball over a few times and I think that helped our confidence."
The Knights were tested right off the bat as Jordan turned the first play from scrimmage of the season into a 92-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass from Alex Hart to Cory Hunt. Overall, Hart completed 27-of-44 passes for 437 yards.
LOGAN -- The Fremont Silverwolves went up to Romney Stadium to avenge last year's loss to Sky View Bobcats. The Silver Wolves took extra time to find the outcome but came up short in overtime with Sky View's winning on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Brock Warren.
Both teams offenses moved the ball efficiently up and down the field throughout the game, but it took some timely defensive stops on both sides of the ball to keep the game close.
In the end it was the Bobcats' defense that stepped up to secure the victory.