Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Eagle Mtn: Crash Victims Improving

Elizabeth Parker, 29, and Braylon Parker, 4, are both "expected to make a full recovery after an extended period of time," their family wrote in an e-mail to the media Monday.

The Parkers were seriously injured in a crash during a rainstorm Aug. 19. A pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer crossed into oncoming traffic on eastbound state Route 73 near Eagle Mountain and hit the Parkers' vehicle, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Kya Parker, 6, was strapped into her seat but was killed in the crash. -Deseret News

Eagle Mtn: Ranches Golf Course On the Up and Up

Just over a year ago, Eagle Mountain took ownership of the failing Ranches golf course. Now city officials are reporting that success has followed.

The city immediately turned management over to Vanguard, the company that manages the Thanksgiving Point golf course, as well as two other courses in southern Utah.

"The golf rounds have doubled within less than a year," said city economic development director Ifo Pili. "Tournaments have doubled within less than a year." And the course has a become a popular spot to host events.

"It's been just over a year since we took over and we've definitely seen an increase," said Mark Whetzel, director of golf for Thanksgiving Point, Eagle Mountain, and several other courses managed by Vanguard. "We're up 20 percent in rounds played, and our tournaments are up eight times, but that is easy to do when you start with only three or four. We have executed exactly what was planned, and we've had nothing but a great response."

He attributed the success to Vanguard's ability to cross-promote between their several golf courses, and their experience. The course is "absolutely on track to make it profitable in three to four years, to get out of the red and into the black, to start making money. We are chugging along."

City manager John Hendrickson said in July 2009 that the golf course has lost $300,000 a year for several years, forcing then-owners Ames Construction to give it up." -Daily Herald

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Eagle Mtn: Utah Supreme Court to Hear Fmr. Mayor's Appeal

"The Utah Supreme Court will help decide whether a former Eagle Mountain mayor should be entitled to recoup nearly $120,000 in legal fees he incurred while defending himself against charges of misusing public money.

Brian Brent Olsen's lawsuit against the city has been on hold since October when Eagle Mountain appealed a 4th District Judge's decision to deny its motion to dismiss the case." -Deseret News

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Eagle Mtn: Child Killed in Rainstorm Accident

" An Eagle Mountain girl was killed in a traffic accident during a rainstorm Thursday afternoon, even though she was strapped into a car seat.

Just before 1 p.m., a pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer crossed into oncoming traffic on eastbound state Route 73 near Eagle Mountain and hit a passenger vehicle, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Todd Johnson. The passenger car rolled over and came to rest on its top." -Deseret News

Eagle Mtn: New Interchange Bridge Almost Ready

"The nightmare could be over for some Utah County drivers, especially those who live west of I-15. Come monday, on Main Street in American Fork, UDOT will open an new contemporary interchange to allow better east/west traffic flow. "We recognized several years ago that there was a lack of east/west mobility from the western side of Utah Lake with the growing communities of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, they really had one major route that was SR 73 or Lehi Main street.

With just two traffic lights, UDOT says it is designed to handle heavy traffic more efficiently. But the new design may take some getting used to for most drivers."-Fox 13

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Eagle Mtn's First Community Theater

""Into the Woods Junior" features a cast of Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs residents. It will run at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the SilverLake Amphitheater, 7920 N. SilverLake Parkway. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 12 and under."-Deseret News