Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eagle Mtn. welcomes home soldiers from Afghanistan

"Some family and friends of Utah's 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion hadn't seen their soldier in over a year, so when they walked onto the tarmac, you couldn't hold them back.

Eagle Mountain welcomed home soldiers from its city in parade fashion.

They left a year ago, to provide intelligence so soldiers could protect Afghanis from the Taliban.

But if you saw them then, you'd never recognize them today.

“We wore civilian clothes, grew beards out, it’s a little different mission,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Jackson, Utah National Guard.

Several soldiers said it gained trust, and convinced the Afghani people to work with them.

“They wanted to do it for the good of Afghanistan, there are a lot of great people over there that want the fighting to stop, that haven't had the freedoms that we're so fortunate to have,” said Jackson."

Welcome home, you've been missed!

UVU classes at West Lake High School

There is a survey that can be found at check it out.

Utah Valley University wants to gauge Eagle Mountain's interest in attending credit and non-credit evening courses at West Lake High School in Saratoga Springs.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Met Sen. Madsen R-Eagle Mtn. Yesterday

Had an opportunity to lobby up at the Utah state capitol for and behalf of March of Dimes.

While I was up there I paid a visit to Utah State Senate Chief Deputy, Ric Cantrell.

Cantrell introduced me to Sen. Mark Madsen R-Eagle Mountain.

Sounds like a nice guy, but I didn't realize that Sen. Madsen's claim to fame came from being an attorney for Eagle Mountain properties.

Is there anyone in local Eagle Mountain politics that don't have one-degree separation from John Walden?

Just a thought....

BEWARE! Eagle Mtn. Pioneer Addition HOA

Today in the mail I received a letter from Quality Management Services who manages the Pioneer Addition HOA in Eagle Mountain City Center.

They tried to tell me I had an outstanding balance of $5.07.

No explanation, just that I had an outstanding balance.

I called QMS and asked them about the the total amount due because I've always paid my monthly HOA dues on time before the end of the 15 day grace period.

They said it was a fine from when Fieldmaster managed the HOA for my satellite dish.

I informed the woman at QMS that we were never informed of a fine and for what reason.

Luckily, she promptly removed the fine and also told me she didn't know what the CC&R's were on satellite dishes.

If you receive one of these letters in the mail and you believe it to be inaccurate, contact QMS by phone at (801)789-5500.

Or pay a visit to their office, it's across from the Maverik at 3688 East Campus Drive, Suite #101.

I know it was only five bucks but we cannot and shall not be abused by our "wonderful" HOA.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Minor injuries for two boys hit in separate accidents

Video Courtesy of

" In Eagle Mountain, a 14-year-old boy was riding near the intersection of Ranch Parkway and Pony Express when he was bumped by a car.

He fell off the bike but is OK.

Police say the boy was checked then sent on his way to school."

Eagle Mtn. Rep. and Sen. play role in approval of abortion bill

A proposal to allow private contributions to a state fund dedicated to fighting legal challenges to the state's abortion laws was given preliminary approval by the Senate on Thursday.

HB114, sponsored by Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, permits direct deposits by private citizens and groups into the state Abortion Litigation Trust Account. Currently, any contributions to the fund must be routed through the state Division of Finance.

The bill's Senate sponsor, Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, told lawmakers the measure would "allow those who have common cause with pro-life sentiments to put their resources into an account to defend those views."

Madsen said the bill "gives a little bit of parity" to the pro-life movement, pointing out that groups with opposing views have many different advocacy groups and foundations to which they can contribute." -Deseret News

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eagle Mtn benefits from Stimulus; UTA

"The Utah Transportation Commission will funnel about $214 million in federal economic-recovery dollars in coming months to roads, bridges, buses, trains, sidewalks and trails all over the state." -SLTrib

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, $50 million of the stimulus money has been passed on to Utah Transit Authority (UTA) with $10 million of it to be spent on express buses for Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Update on Eagle Mtn. standoff case

"New psychological reports show that an Eagle Mountain man involved in a standoff with police suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome but doctors said he was not suffering from an episode at the time of the incident.

The findings mean defense attorneys for Matthew Graham may not be able to use his mental state as a defense in trial, but public defender Lisa Estrada said she still plans to discuss the disorder in trial. Estrada told Judge Samuel McVey Monday that police officers were told at the time of the standoff that Graham was a former member of the military and that he suffers from PTSD. The disorder is still relevant to the defense because it may have shaped how officers responded to the incident, she said.

Although the disorder may not serve as a defense for Graham, prosecutor Doug Finch said he may call a psychological expert of his own to rebut any testimony by the defense. Estrada told the court she would like to hire another expert on behalf of the defense, rather than use one of the doctors who conducted the previous psychological exams. However, there may not be time to find a new doctor, as Graham said he would rather have the trial sooner than later. The trial has been preliminarily set to start March 24 and last about eight days." -Daily Herald

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In-N-Out Gets Close to Eagle Mtn.

Good news for residents of Eagle Mountain.

The area where we have to go and shop because our city has no amenities just got a little more crowded.

"Popular burger joint In-N-Out has applied to open up shop in American Fork.

A Salt Lake developer met with the Planning Commission Wednesday night to request construction approval. Now the proposal must be approved by the City Council."

Boyfriend in Eagle Mtn. Child Abuse Case Sentenced

"A man involved in a terrible case of child abuse and neglect in Eagle Mountain last fall is going to prison. Thursday morning, Sekoa Aiono was ordered to serve consecutive terms in prison of up to 5 years, followed by 1 to 15 years."

Video Courtesy of

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Eagle Mtn. Sen. Mark Madsen disagrees with proposed State Guest-worker Program

"HCR1, sponsored by Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, asks the federal government to let Utah use Social Security and Medicaid withholdings to pay for the cost of the worker program.

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, was part of the committee, but disagreed with the measure.

"This resolution doesn't do anything to address concerns for FICA and Medicare withholdings," he said, "and the cost foreign workers would place on the system."" -SL Trib

"Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said even though he served on the conference committee, he couldn't support the resolution. "I wish I could," Madsen said. "I believe messages are being sent in this bill and it needs to be exactly right." -Des News

The bill passed the Utah state Senate on Friday.

UTA and Eagle Mtn. Bus Route

"UTA Express Bus Route #806 will begin service on April 6. The route will provide direct service from the Cedar Valley area to downtown Salt Lake City. There will be two northbound buses each morning and two southbound ones in the afternoon.

Buses will stop at an LDS meetinghouse in Eagle Mountain, 7746 N. Sparrowhawk Way, and an LDS meetinghouse in Saratoga Springs, 2101 N. Providence Drive. Buses will leave the Eagle Mountain stop at 6:13 a.m. and 6:43 a.m., passing through Saratoga Springs at 6:26 and 6:56 a.m. and arriving in Salt Lake at 7:25 and 7:55 a.m. Return buses leave downtown at 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., passing through Saratoga Springs at 5:17 and 5:47 p.m. and arriving in Eagle Mountain at 5:30 and 6 p.m.

Beginning April 1, patrons can purchase one-way express bus fares for $4.50 or a monthly unlimited express bus pass for $162." -Daily Herald

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recycling in Eagle Mtn.

I preface this post by saying that I'm not "green" freak nor do I care for the argument on global warming.

With that said, it's time for the Eagle Mountain City Council to step up and take the same initiative as American Fork has on recycling.

"The (American Fork) city council voted to begin an opt-out recycling program, in which all residents would be assumed to want recycling, and will be added to the service and charged for it, unless they contact the city to opt out. The program is expected to allow for greater participation in the city's recycling program by capturing households that are not opposed to recycling but have never found the time or motivation to sign up.

Other cities, Eagle Mountain most prominently, have also been considering moving to the opt-out method as a way of increasing participation in recycling. The more residents who participate, the cheaper the service generally is." -Daily Herald

I know this has been discussed several times in Eagle Mountain City Council meetings but take not from what Heber Thompson, Mayor of American Fork had to say about why they decided to make the right decision on the issue.

"We have debated this off and on, and we seem to always find some way to delay it again," the mayor said. "I think we have got to do something. It is time for us to take action." -Daily Herald.

I don't think recycling should be mandatory, but rather and opt-out approach.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tribute To A Hero: Pony Express Days 2009


Eagle Mountain, UT, February 6, 2009 – Alta Vista Homes and Eagle Mountain City will pay tribute to an Eagle Mountain resident, nominated by family and friends and selected by a representative committee to receive recognition as a hero in our city. The chosen hero will be honored at A Tribute to Our Troops—Pony Express Days 2009 Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 30, 2009. Nominations are now being accepted online at and as well as City Hall, 1650 East Stagecoach Run, Eagle Mountain, UT.

Heroes may come from any occupation or circumstance. Anyone who has affected the lives of others in a positive way can be considered for this tribute, particularly those who serve, protect, defend, care for and/or enlighten others.
“We did the Home for a Hero last year. This year we wanted to open it up to a broader spectrum of heroic people in Eagle Mountain. We want to see who the heroes are and give them the recognition they deserve that they might not otherwise get,” said Dave Hall, owner of Alta Vista Homes.

“We appreciate Alta Vista Homes for their efforts to recognize extraordinary men and women in our city and look forward to working with them again this year to identify and honor a resident at the Tribute to a Hero event.” Mayor Heather Jackson.

Eagle Mtn. Standoff Hearing Continued

"A hearing for Matthew Graham regarding an Eagle Mountain standoff was continued Monday as attorneys tried to sort out psychological exam issues. Graham was evaluated by two doctors for an insanity defense, but public defender Lisa Estrada said the reports are conflicting. One doctor found that Graham suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, but failed to address guilty but mentally ill or diminished capacity defenses. Another doctor also failed to address diminished capacity. Prosecutor Doug Finch said he has not seen both of the reports for Graham. The hearing was continued for an additional two weeks to give doctors time to address all of the issues. Graham is accused in a four-and-a-half-hour standoff with police after holding his wife and children hostage for an hour with two handguns." -Daily Herald

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eagle Mtn. Rep. Senator Madsen wants inventory of state owned art

"From paintings to sculptures, a state lawmaker says Utah needs a better accounting of its state-owned art so that valuables won't be tossed out or given away.

Eagle Mountain Republican Sen. Mark Madsen's Senate Bill 10 would create an online database of all state-owned treasures held at universities, museums, courthouses and other locations.

Madsen says database project would cost about $33,000 upfront and a projected $25,000 annually thereafter.

The bill has cleared the Utah Senate but is on hold in the House because of its cost."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Chicken Pox Parties in Eagle Mtn

Video Courtesy of

"Leslie Rasmussen from Eagle Mountain says she's had friends who've had these types of chickenpox play dates. She vaccinated her three oldest children, but not her youngest daughter. Rasmussen, like many parents fear adverse reactions to immunizations, because of the multiple ingredients that make up these vaccines, which could include human cells. Where those cells come from is controversial.

I had a problem with that. It just didn't sit right with me, didn't feel right," said Rasmussen. "So when I was considering chickenpox or that, chickenpox didn't seem very scary to me at all."

Rasmussen started her research after her daughter had a bad reaction to immunizations.

"She had a fever, was crying and was just miserable. It was nothing serious. Not enough to take her to a doctor, but enough to question," Rasmussen remembers.

Now Rasmussen says she's not opposed to all vaccines, but is definitely more cautious and weighs the pros and cons for each vaccine."-