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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Good Stuff

TruContain, Johnny Walker, Great British Baking Show

By John Brown
I love the sunny winters we get up at Bear Lake. I hate the snow that my car brings into the garage. Because the snow melts, and the water runs to the bottom corners of the garage and pools there, creating a huge mess until I get out there with my cement squeegee.
Who wants to continually be moving crap in and out of the garage so you can squeegee it? And in the winter when it’s freezing?
Not me. 
For years I’ve wanted to do something about it, but what can you do after the concrete of your garage is poured?
Well, this year, after the first big storm, I got sick and tired of traipsing through the water and mud and cleaning all that crap up. So I put my massive Google-fu skills to work. And, lo and behold, I discovered a product called TruContain. 

It’s a car mat for your garage. It’s made of thick vinyl and has raised edges.
I bought one. The UPS man delivered it not many days later.
The installation instructions were simple. Two steps. The perfect number for me to manage. Step one was to let it warm up in the house for twenty-four hours so it was easier to unroll. I did that. Step two was to unroll and position it in the garage where we park our car. That took about a minute. So far so good.
No soon after the mat was deployed, we had another snow storm. The van went out for daily driving and came back with an undercarriage covered in ice and snow. We parked the van on the mat. The ice and snow melted. And the mat caught it and contained it.
I was delighted.
The next day the van went out for another day’s use and came back all covered in snow and ice again. The snow and ice melted, along with a bunch of dirt. And the mat caught it again!
I was whooping for joy.
I’m still whooping for joy because my garage is dry!
If we get a lot of water on the mat, I’ll use the shop vac to suck it up. I took out five gallon of dirty, cold water the first time. Five gallons that would have flooded my garage! If there’s not too much water on the mat, I’ll drag the mat out with a helper and dump the water on the lawn. 
If you have winter water mess in your garage, you’ll want to consider it. I got mine from the manufacturer 
One word of advice. If you get one, don’t get one bigger than you need. If it’s too big, then the mat will stick out from the sides of the car, and when you go to step out, you’ll be stepping out into your mini garage lake.
I enjoy books about Army Rangers, Navy SEALS, Special Forces soldiers, etc. Almost all of them are written from the point of view of the operators. But I just found and enjoyed one, not about the operators, but about a guy who helped them in Iraq.
The book is called Code Name: Johnny Walker and was written by the guy the SEALs called Johnny Walker with the help of Jim DeFelice.
Who is Johnny Walker?
He was a resident of Mosul and was what they called a “terp”, an interpreter who went with the SEALs on their missions. He went on hundreds and hundreds of missions with them. And he offers a fascinating glimpse into what life was like in Iraq during the Iraq War for those Iraqis who helped the coalition forces.
The SEALs appreciated his service. I know this because a host of them have blurbed his book. Furthermore, they helped him eventually immigrate to America. That’s how grateful they were for his service.
If you like these types of books and would enjoy new insights, I think you’ll really enjoy the book. Johnny Walker does swear a bit. But I tend to take people as they are. And it was well worth time I spent listening to him.
For Christmas my daughter received a number of seasons of The Great British Baking Show. It’s a competition baking show. I’d heard about it before, but I’d seen episodes of American competition cooking shows and didn’t enjoy them at all.
However, my daughter said this was nothing like the American shows, that it was awesome, and it was so awesome she wanted to the DVDs for Christmas so she
could watch the episodes again. I needed to give it a try, she said. So I gave it a try.
I’m happy to report that I and my family have are enjoying the heck out of her DVDs.
The British folks that are competing in the challenges are down-to-earth and interesting. Some of them are funny. The tips about baking are interesting. And, best of all, the British show makers know how to create suspense.
They start each season with a group of twelve down-to-earth amateur bakers. Two professional bakers give them a baking challenge with a time limit and then judge the bakes. After a series of three challenges, the pros name a star baker for that series and then also announce who was at the bottom of the pack and will be leaving the show.
If you like cooking or have ever found yourself watching a cooking program all the way through, I think you’ll really enjoy this peek these fun, British bakers.

Cold Blue Lake

Photo by Carol Ann Dyer

Garden City Fire District Board Meeting

Leonard O’Reilly, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah.  January 9, 2019.  Chairman Randall Knight presided and all current board members were in attendance. It was noted that Howard Pope has left the board and that, as posted, a new member is needed and the selection process was discussed.   Doug Pincock was introduced to the board as one seeking the position.  Other applicants are encouraged to apply as another opening may be open soon.

Fire Chief Mike Wahlberg reported on the progress of the building addition as well as the upcoming  Winterfest responsibilities including the fire department’s annual hosting of the chile cookoff. He is still awaiting more volunteers as judges.

Wahlberg finished with the report of responses for the month:

Six medical calls.
A structure fire with a death.
One truck fire.
Three fire alarms, one at the LDS church.
One semi truck rollover. 
One carbon monoxide call.

Garden City Council Meeting

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah. January 10, 2019.  Gary Teusher, Auditor, gave the report and approval of the Garden City Financial Report for the fiscal year of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, to include a single audit for Federal Funding.

Teuscher stated that the audit evidence was in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United State of America.

Financial highlights are as follows:  Total net position for the town increased by $1,139,489.  The total unrestricted net position for the town is increased by $284,975.  Total net position for governmental activities increased by $765,217.  Total net position for business-type activities increased by $376,271. 

The general fund budgetary highlights are as follows:  Revenues for the current year, exclusive of transfer and fund balance appropriations, were originally budgeted in the amount of $1,001,250.  Budgeted revenues were not amended during the year.  Actual revenues amounted to $1,843,100, which was $841,850 more than budgeted.  Expenditures for the current year, excluding transfers, were originally budgeted in the amount of $1,575,850.  This amount was amended in the final budget to $1,555,850.  Actual expenditures amounted to $1,243,762, which was $312,088 under the budgeted amount.

Economic factors and next year’s budgets and rates:  No significant economic changes that
would affect the town are expected for the next year.  Budgets have been set on essentially the same factors as the current year being reported.

Teuscher was asked about the 501C money account set up for the Friends of the Library.  This account receives donations to the library as well as rummage sales and a few other activities held by the library to raise money.  The Council wanted to know if this account needed to be audited or how it should be handled.  Teuscher said that as long as the amount of money in this fund is less than $50,000, the Library should be able to use these funds as they see fit.

A motion was made and approved to accept the financial report and single audit that was  reported in the meeting.

Ordinance #19-01 is an ordinance updating the sign requirements.  The decision was made to exempt directional signs.  Non-profit events must obtain a permit.  The sign for non-profit events can be put up two days prior to the activity.  The motion was made to accept these changes and passed.

Ordinance #19-02 is an ordinance updating the parking standards.   All regular parking spaces should be 9’ x 20’.  Short-term rental parking is 8’ x 18’.  A motion was made and passed to accept this ordinance.

Ordinance #19-03 is an ordinance updating architectural standards.  Rock should be placed on he font of any business building.  A minimum of 25 percent of the rock materials should be used on the front and/or to go up to the bottom of the windows was accepted.  The motion was made to accept this ordinance.

Ordinance #19-04 is an ordinance updating the tent definition.  A tent could stay up for ten consecutive days with the exception allowed by a Conditional Use Permit.  The motion was made and passed to accept these changes.

Ordinance #19-05 is an ordinance updating the restriction’s for parking on a street from November through April.  There have been some real problems so far this year.  People need to move the snow and park in the driveways or next to their home and not on the street.  A motion was made and passed to accept this ordinance.

Mayor Mike Leonhardt, Garden City, noted that the work meeting held the previous night went well.  Good things can come out of such an activity by getting ideas and discussing problems that may exist.  The city is going to research a suggestion about a “pillow tax”.  That particular tax may be fairer in dealing with numbers of individuals staying in a short-term rental than how the city is currently handling this issue.  Mayor Leonhardt also felt that proactive action needs to be taken in order to stay ahead of problems and issues that may occur in the town.  The Mayor would like to have another work meeting on Wednesday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m.

Pat Argyle, Councilwoman, reported on work being done concerning Raspberry Days.  Five hundred T-Shirts have a logo and will be ready soon.  John Lee is creating a web site for information about Raspberry Days.  Argyle is going to meet with Scott Grange to get help in getting Western activities ready that will be held during the activity.  Scott Tolentino,  Fisheries Biologist, will be getting fish for the fish pond.  Argyle reported that a bid will be up soon for a fence to be put up at the park.

Darrin Pugmire, Councilman, said he had nothing new to report concerning the extension of third west road going further south. 

Ken Hansen, Councilman, reported that he had been concerned about the Library Account.  However, since getting the information from the auditor, he feels everything will work out well.  There are new officers for the Library Board.  Rhonda Menlove is the President, Barbara Turnbull is the Vice President, and Natalie Ottley is the Secretary. 

Mayor Leonhardt reported that he will be talking to KUTV News about jumping in the lake and other things that will be of interest at Winterfest.  He will have an hour on KSL radio from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday morning 

The Mayor noted that there are several things going on in the City.  The City water project is moving forward.  Heritage Park rest rooms will be put out to bid next month.  The architect work for the stage at Heritage Park will be reviewed in the next couple of weeks. The City is also writing some draft agreements for protecting water rights.

Cattlemen's dinner


Photo by Glen  Gillies

Community Work Meeting

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times 

GARDEN CITY, Utah. January 9, 2019.   City Council members and Mayor oversaw the Community Work Meeting of the city regarding short term rentals and city growth.  Kathy Hislop was there to take minutes.  Several individuals from the community were in attendance.

Mayor Mike Leonhardt noted that the short-term rentals are good for Garden City.  He said that the rentals bring in jobs and money.  Families enjoy coming here and having a good time.  Changes are happening.  There are concerns as well as good things happening. He feels our city needs to look forward and begin to work together to make things progress and improvements taken care of so that in the future everything will move smoothly.

Some of the concerns are private property issues.  There is an economic impact both good and bad on our community.  Utilities are being used up to their capacity on peak days.  There are areas in town where people don’t have neighbors now because all the buildings around them are all short-term rentals.  There are safety issues as well.  The occupancy loads in residential homes are growing as they become short-term rentals.  The city needs to determine the difference between a residential home and a small hotel.   When the short term rental becomes a small hotel its designation should be commercial.  Which means that water sprinklers need to be installed, entrance and exists need to be bigger, plus many other safety rules need to be established and followed.

Ken Hansen, Council Member, noted that there is a concern on the load being placed on
subdivisions which have been planned for residential homes.  When the homes then are turned into short-term rentals, the homes are not built to the specifications for the amount of sewage that needs to be taken care of.  A septic tank is installed for a family that is now being used by many more individuals than a single family would have. There seems to be a trend towards homes  being built now so large that there is definitely a move from homes into small hotels.  

The amount of water going into a home has been plumbed for a family.  However, there is more water need when it becomes a short-term rental.  The size of the pipe going into the home cannot carry the amount of water needed.  There are five and six bathrooms in many of these homes today perhaps a formula is needed to determine the size of the pipe going into those homes.  The city needs to get more water rights to be able to handle the needs that are starting to show.

It is a real challenge to know how much to allow and yet be fair to all of the citizens in the community.  It is very difficult to determine the power, water, and sewer needs.  When buildings become bigger, it brings problems that are unexpected.  The city needs to be aware of size and move to commercial standards instead of using residential standards.

Garden City is becoming a more year-around area for tourists, not just during the summer months.  People want to be active year around.  There is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, fishing, ATVs, and the list continues.

The City needs to take advantage of impact fees and make sure they are doing what is needed. 

Again, a decision needs to be made as to what is a residential short-tern rental compared to a small hotel.  Would 20 people in a home be residential and 40 people a hotel?  The group said that this needs to be discussed, worked on and a determination made. 

Garbage in another issue.  The rentals do create more garbage than a residential home in the City.  There will be a public hearing this next month in Randolph dealing with garbage pickup and how much of a fee increase there should be.  Garbage is a county issue.  The Commissioners have come up with a formula, and it would be a good idea for people to go to the meeting and see how much the increase will be in order to take care of this issue.

Utilities needs to be charged fairly.    Road size is also an issue.  In many of the subdivisions they are too narrow which causes all kinds of problems especially in the winter dealing with snow removal.

The current sewer system is almost at capacity.  In fact, during a peak day, it is at full capacity.  Decisions need to be made to take care of this issue.

Garden City is looking at water delivery right now.  The new million-gallon tank has been purchased and will be put in use soon.  The city has been proactive in this area. The tank can carry and take care of the water needs for the next few years.

The group agreed that “we want Garden City to grow.”  Currently, the fees in the city are some of the smallest in the nation.  They are low.  However, down the road, some changes will need to be made here as well.

Impact fees will need to be put in place and/or changed.  There is such a thing as a “pillow tax” that is being used in a lot of areas.  The city is currently investigating this item and hope it will give some answers.  Administrative costs are on the rise.

The city is doing well.  However, we need to look to the future and keep up with changes.  The above are just a few items that everyone in the City needs to know and think about.  Hopefully, many citizens will be able to come up with ideas that will solve some of these problems.

Right now, the City is looking at 6,500 square feet as the break between residential and hotel size buildings.  Currently the fire code says more fire protection is needed in a home of 3,600 square feet.  Going commercial is much more expensive to build than the smaller homes. 

There will be another work meeting, probably in February.  Keep checking for a notice in the post office and come to the meeting with ideas and solutions.

Garden City Planning Commission

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times 

GARDEN CITY, Utah. January 9, 2019.  The first meeting was a Public Hearing where business advertising sign requirements were discussed.  It was noted that direction signs may be used and are exempt from the ordinance. Signs for nonprofit activities should be put up no sooner that two days before the occasion and all nonprofit activities should obtain a permit. 

Signs for businesses are allowed, but they must be within the amount of square footage determined by the City Ordinance.  The Commission members discussed new wording so that there could be no misunderstanding. 

A discussion concerning architectural standards should be changed.  It was suggested that rock on the front of the building does make it look nicer.  It was decided that a minimum of 25 percent or up to the bottom of the windows of a building would work. 

The information concerning the size of a parking space was discussed.  The request was made that the size of a parking space be placed in the definition section as well as where it is currently being defined. 

The definition of a tent was discussed.  It was noted that a tent should be allowed for ten consecutive days at a time.  There would be a possible exception with the use of a Conditional Use Permit.

The Garden City Planning Commission meeting was called to order.

Susan House was given the Oath of Office as she will be serving on the board for another term.  Todd Stevens is also a new member to the board but was given the Oath of Office in the first week in January.

The sign changes suggested in the Public Hearing were discussed.  The motion was made and passed to accept the changes.

The architectural standard should be in place requiring a minimum of 25 percent of rock and/or up to the windows on the front of the building be required.  A motion was made and passed to accept this ordinance change.

Parking space is a problem.  It was determined that the normal size should be used which is 9’ by 20’ in all areas except when dealing with short-term rentals.  The parking for a short-term rental is different and is noted in the short-term rental ordinance section.  A motion was made and passed.

The tent ordinance was changed to ten consecutive days at a time.  The motion was made and approved.

It was noted that a food truck zone should be created.  There is a lot of interest in allowing food trucks into Garden City.  If there was a zone for this activity, it would make it easier for them to set up business here.  The Mayor noted that perhaps along Third West going north from Logan Road would be the best location for such a zone.  He noted that perhaps even an overlay zone would work well.  He asked the Commission to think about this idea.

A discussion was held concerning the size of the short-term rental homes.  In the beginning, they were rather small.  They are growing every year.  There needs to be some action taken or ordinances written to handle the larger buildings.  It is becoming a safety issue.

Winterfest - January 25 -26

Winter is coming, but are you ready to have fun despite the cold temperatures? It’s sometimes easier to find family-fun events in the summer, but don't curl up by the fire just yet because you’ll find plenty of fun and adventure at Bear Lakes Monster Winterfest in January 2019.
You might be wondering, why would you live your cozy bed or couch to go be out in the cold, but good things are in store for those who have the courage to venture out.
Here are six reasons to attend Bear Lake’s biggest annual winter event:
1. Prizes
Each activity and event of the two-day long Winterfest offers prizes in one form or another. Between door prizes and a raffle, attendees will enjoy being showered with opportunities to win something. What’s more, you can enter your chili recipe into the Monster Chili Cook-off to win prizes and prestige. Whether you dress up in the costume contest or try your hand at winning the biggest cisco fish award, there’s plenty to compete in for fabulous prizes at 2019’s Winterfest.
2. Bragging rights
Each year, the bravest of the brave take the Monster Plunge in silly costumes or even wetsuits. You’ll need some warm support when you come out of the water, but it’s all to show your fearlessness of any legendary monster or even cold water, right? The winter waters of Bear Lake’s Marina may be frigid, but it’s all for a good cause.
Jumper entries cost $30, but you’ll have proof of your daring act with a Monster Plunge sweater as long as you pre-register online, as sweaters are limited. Find out more about plunge registration here. Take the plunge and get your sweater so everyone will know that you braved the icy waters of the Bear Lake Monster Plunge.
3. Helping others
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures organization provides outdoor recreation for adults and youth with disabilities, and it is the recipient of donations from the Monster Plunge and other portions of 2019 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest. As for the Winterfest itself, most events occur at the Bear Lake State Park Marina, which usually has an admission fee. This fee will be waived in lieu of a donation to the common ground, a valuable charity to countless people.
If you have a booth at the Monster Indoor & Outdoor Expo, you can donate an item to the raffle for a discount of $10. So no matter the activities you choose to attend at the Winterfest, there’s going to be a chance to pay it forward and help someone else. Help disabled persons gain valuable recreation opportunities by participating in the 2019 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest variety of events and activities.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cisco Sonar

When will Bear Lake freeze?
By Bryce Nielson

"People are frequently asking about the how and when the lake freezes?  We all know that water need to remain still to freeze on a lake.  It will freeze in the Logan River on the bottom and form what they call “anchor ice” but that is a different story.  On typical years, Bear Lake starts to cool, releasing the heat it stored from the summer, in late November and early December.  The longer and hotter the summer and the lake level are all factors. 

At that time the lake condenses water from liquid to gas and the “Valley” fills up with fog.  It makes for a beautiful view from the Bear Lake Summit with the basin “full of cotton”.  Depending on many factors, primarily weather, this condition remains for a couple of weeks.  During this time, you may see rivers of clouds pouring out of North and South Eden canyons with the cold morning winds or lake effect snow storms in Laketown.  As the surface of the lake approaches 33o F the fog begins to disappear.         

If we have a high pressure, subzero temperatures and no wind the lake will begin to skim from the shore in early January.  It will start over the shallow water in the north end and proceeded down the west side.  Ice will then freeze off Gus Rich Point and Rendezvous Beach.  As you drive around the lake it will appear that the whole body of water is frozen but since you can only see so far off shore, the east side and the middle deeper water will still be open.  As the cold continues, it all starts to freeze but there will be open water off of the Eden deltas due to the canyon winds, current and depth.  At any time, a storm and wind can break up the lake but the time to refreeze is shortened because of the millions of ice cubes floating around.  For the lake to freeze totally overnight, the best scenario is a heavy snowstorm followed by sub-zero temperatures and dead calm.  This typically occurs in mid January but may be as late as March.  I am only aware of the lake freezing totally in December one time in the past 40 years.  Long term averages indicate that that lake will freeze four out if five years.   Once frozen it usually stays that way until mid-April.  Ice thickness will range up to three feet."

That was written in 2004.  Since that time thing have changed.  Although the specifics are still the same, climate change has resulted in longer, hotter summers and winters with fewer subzero stretches.  Now the total ice cover on the Lake is less frequent and not as thick.  More years of open water prevail.  I have spent the last 44 winters here, my cursory observations are that things in general are warming up.  I am not discussing the complex scientific debates about what and why climate changes are occurring  I will state that the scientific community has no solid answers despite what the media has to say.
and what affect they have on living organisms.

Personally, I like the warmer weather as opposed to the frigid winters I have experienced.  I guess I will just learn to adapt like everything else will have to do.


Winter Swans

Photo by Jim Stone, Garden City

National Junior Honor Society

Rich Middle School honored students who were inducted into a national honor society at a ceremony on January 9 at the Rich Middle School.

2018 - 2019 National Junior Honor Society Inductees:

Seventh Grade:  Addison Carrillo, Jayna Carver, Kami Dotson, Austin England, Karlee Frandsen, Peyton Gough, Trae Jolley, Rylee Moldenhauer, Haydee Pugmire, Brayden Romesser, Hannah Scott, Violett Taylor, Malia Trenery, Jainee Wallentine, Kawey Wilson, Elisabeth Woods.

Eighth Grade: Jazlyn Chandler, Cooper Hunter, Jamie Mecham, Darleen Petersen, Hana Weston

Two Year Members:
Holt Argyle - President
Elly Argyle - Vice  President
Bella Seamons - Secretary
Jeremy Brown
Jayken Downing
Hazer Hoffman
Max Perry
Brynlee Pugmire
Ryann Stapel
Tessa Ward

Friday, January 11, 2019

Rich Middle School Honors

Academic Students of the Month
Eighth Grade:  Max Parry, Brynlee Pugmire         
Seventh Grade:    James Schulthess, Addison Carrillo   
Sixth Grade: Tesla Holmes, Faith Downing   

Citizens of the Month
Eighth Grade: Hunter Pace,  Ariah Ostler
Seventh Grade:  Quinci Siddoway, Carson Muirbrook  
Sixth Grade:  Carter Stokes, Colby Stokes 

Rich County School Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be held on the evenings of January 22 and 23 between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.  We hope this is an opportunity for positive communication between parents and teachers that will enhance the learning opportunities for the students.  We encourage all parents to participate.  If you are unable to attend on the scheduled dates, we would encourage you to make contact through email, text, or telephone with your child’s teacher(s).
Mr. Woods, Mrs. Mena, and Mr. Taylor will be at Laketown Tuesday and Randolph Wednesday. 
This parent teacher conference marks the mid-year point of the 2018-2019  school year.  It seems that the year is flying by; before long we will be administering end of level tests and watching another group of graduates walk for their diplomas.  It is so important that we collectively do all we can to make sure we are making the learning experience as positive as possible for all students.
We look forward to seeing you.

Angel Wings?

Photo by Tierney Calder, Garden City