Thursday, January 29, 2015

Return of the Dragon: Iconic Sign Goes Back Up On 25th Street

A Weber County Forum Tip O' The Hat to the many dedicated Utah lumpencizens who participated in the preservation and restoration of this iconic downtown Ogden City landmark

Great news for Ogden historic preservation buffs this morning, via Standard-Examiner columnist Mark Saal. Here's the lede, folks:
OGDEN — The folks on Historic 25th Street haven’t been this excited since the repeal of Prohibition.
They’re calling it “Return of the Dragon,” and it’s not just a classic Bruce Lee martial-arts film. It’s also a well-deserved party for a long-very-nearly-lost friend.
The neon dragon sign that for more than 60 years loomed over the Star Noodle Parlor on 25th Street is finally back where it belongs. On Monday, crews from YESCO, the company that built the original sign, returned the dragon to its rightful place on the famed downtown Ogden street — whence it had been missing since 2008.
Read the encouraging full story here:
"And now, on Friday, Feb. 6, a 'Return of the Dragon' celebration is planned. At 5 p.m., refreshments will be served at the building at 225 Historic 25th St., including a “reinvention” of the famed shrimp salad that the Star Noodle Parlor used to serve. Then, at 5:30 p.m., comes the moment folks have been anticipating for more than six years: Following brief speeches by the appropriate dignitaries, the dragon will officially blaze back to life when a switch is thrown, exciting the dragon’s colorful neon tubes," Mr. Saal reports.

Thus ends the Star Noodle Dragon Treasure Hunt.

Here's a Weber County Forum Tip O' The Hat to the many dedicated Utah lumpencizens who ever-so-stealthily participated in the preservation and restoration of this iconic downtown Ogden City landmark.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Standard-Examiner: Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell Will Seek a Second Term

Granted, "he's not Godfrey" sets a pretty low standard for approving another term. But still, given a choice between Mayor Log and Mayor Stork, we'd prefer the former

Mayor Mike on His Mountain Bike
Interesting story this morning on the local Ogden City news front, as the Standard's Cathy McKittrick announces the first news development pertaining to the upcoming 2015 Ogden City Municipal election:
Our view? It makes perfect sense that Mayor Mike would throw his hat into the ring for a second go-round, inasmuch as recent City Council actions seem to be leaning toward making elected Ogden City offices even more pecuniarily attractive than now.

As for the prospect of Mike Caldwell serving a second Mayoral term of office, we're going to go along with Gentle Reader Bob Becker on this:
So, the question before this body is: does Mayor Mike "Ten Speed" Caldwell deserve another term? He claims in the interview accomplishments that are not his (e.g. the LDS temple redo and open house tours, etc.) But all politicians do that. No harm no foul. And as Ozboy notes, it's been a calm and quiet Caldwell administration compared to his predecessor's. Ten Speed has not, thank whatever gods may be, gone about playing Junior G Man, following the wives of police officers around the mean streets of Ogden to see if their husbands are political opponents. And he has not proposed selling Mt. Ogden Park to real estate developers to build a flatland public money pit gondola to WSU --- again, thanks whatever gods may be.
Granted, "he's not Godfrey" sets a pretty low standard for approving another term. But still, given a choice between Mayor Log and Mayor Stork, I'd prefer the former. [...]

We'll file this story as the first entry within the Weber County Forum topic heading, 2015 Municipal Elections.

Let the games begin!

And what say you, O Gentle Ones?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Standard-Examiner: Prayer Reinstated to Open Weber County Commission

Looks like a job for the constitutionally-protected religious rabble-rousers, wethinks

Uh-oh!  Looks like starting this week, Weber County Commission sessions will start looking a whole helluva lot more like "bible-thumping" Mormon "firesides," and a whole lot less like serious official government functions, as our Weber County Commissioners honor the separation of  "church and state" "in the breach":
Here's the bible passage, by the way, that Mormon GOP Commissioners Bell, Ebert and Gibson may have overlooked:
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
Soon, Weber County citizens will not be allowed to address our "holy" Weber County Commission without proper "temple recommends," we'll suppose, thanks to "Mo-mo Brothers" Bell, Ebert and Gibson.

Looks like a job for the constitutionally-protected religious rabble-rousers, wethinks:
We'll be closely following the inevitable future developments in re this story, of course. [wink]


We'll be extremely surprised if some Weber County Jokester fails to pull this off, LOL!

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Call for Weber County Forum Citizen Action: Sign the Support Healthy Utah Petition

Call on state legislators to act now so 89,000 Utahns who are struggling will have access to affordable health coverage

In the interest of spurring a little much-needed Weber County Forum citizen action, we'll highlight this morning's strong Salt Lake Tribune op-ed, wherein AARP Utah state director Alan Ormsby sets forth why his organization supports Governor Herbert's "Healthy Utah" mini-Medicaid expansion plan, which, despite recent Utah legislative setbacks, still remains on the table, as we approach the upcoming 2015 Utah legislative session. Here's Mr. Ormsby's "pitch," in a nutshell:
[The Governor's plan would drive] down the cost of uncompensated care by providing more Utahans with access to affordable health coverage could save the state as much as $51 million a year.
Bottom line: The Healthy Utah Plan makes smart economic sense for our state, while giving tens of thousands of hard-working Utahns the opportunity to stay healthy and build financial security.
We applaud Gov. Herbert for his tireless work to find a Utah solution to this critically important issue — and we call on state legislators to act now so 89,000 Utahns who are struggling will have access to affordable health coverage.
Check out Mr. Ormsby's full guest commentary here:
It's in this connection that we present the below-linked online petition for your consideration, folks:
Please sign the petition and "urge the Utah Legislature to accept Healthy Utah. Help 146,000 of our most in-need citizens get health care, create thousands of new jobs, and bring back to our state $647,700,000 each year by 2021."

Is Utah a truly compassionate state as AARP director Alan Ormsby contends?

We guess we'll soon find out.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ogden Canyon Transportation Use Study

Whatever you do today, please don't hesitate to throw in your own 2¢

Via Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell, who sez, "Very important opportunity to have your voice heard":
Please take this survey and support a safe Ogden Canyon path for pedestrians and cyclists!

Whatever else you do today, please don't hesitate to throw in your own 2¢.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Standard Examiner Letter: Keep North Ogden Amateurs Out of Ogden

Charlie Trentelman explains "how we roll in Ogden, a family-friendly town that can control itself."

Amusing development on the local news front, with the Standard-Examiner reporting earlier this week that "[North Ogden]Residents spent several hours Wednesday night expressing their dismay to city leaders over the proposed Monroe Boulevard extension, even though it may not happen for 20 years. A few were positive about the future road, but many were unhappy calling it a “road to nowhere” and expressing concerns of linking Ogden and North Ogden bringing more crime into the city," among other lame complaints:
Just like clockwork, former Standard-Examiner columnist Charlie Trentelman provides this most-excellent letter-to-the editor retort, expressing what has to be the overwhelmingly contrarian view of the vast majority  O-Town residents in re the "Monroe Boulevard expansion" issue. "Clearly, the residents of North Ogden are on the edge. They lack moral controls and are unable to resist temptation. The slightest nudge can set them off," Mr. Trentleman wryly observes:
Here's a Weber County Forum Tip O' The Hat to Mr. Trentelman, for emerging from retirement, and explaining to the "morality challenged amateurs" of North Ogden exactly "how we roll in Ogden, a family-friendly town that can control itself."

Don't let the cat get your tongues...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Standard-Examiner Editorial: The Utah GOP attacks itself

Bizarre. That is the best word we can come up with
Bizarre. That is the best word we can come up with to describe the behavior of the Utah Republican Party leadership this week and their obsession with Senate Bill 54...
The efforts of the Utah GOP are comical, to say the least. Events are playing out like a Comedy Central Daily Show skit portraying a schizophrenic Utah GOP spokesperson simply arguing with himself by changing chairs back and forth....
The Utah GOP is making a mockery out of due governance by trying to stop a law the majority of its members agreed to. To paraphrase, the wise newspaper comic pundit, Pogo, the Utah GOP has met the enemy, and it is them.
Standard-Examiner Editorial Board
The Utah GOP attacks itself
January 8, 2015

Killer editorial from the Standard-Examiner in yesterday's hard-copy edition:
Here's a Weber County Forum Tip o the Hat to veteran newsman Andy Howell, who's now holding down the fort on the SE editorial pages as Editorial Editor, now that former (hard core Republican) Editor, Doug Gibson has now been reassigned to the  "Entertainent Editor" position(?).

Go figure.

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