Friday, September 24, 2010

Eagle Mtn: New Lunch System at Ranches Academy

The Ranches Academy has chosen to go with an innovative lunch system called "Lunchboxers."

Children or their parents can pay and order from an online menu that provides a choice of two different meals each day. The system can also cater to children's allergies. Deadline for orders are 8 a.m. the day the meal is needed.

"Most parents order a month at a time," she said.

Lunchboxers director of business development Jeremy Glauser calls Lunchboxers a part of a growing revolution.-Daily Herald

Eagle Mtn: Fundraiser for Family Involved in Fatal Accident

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Biggest Loser Meets Eagle Mountain

NBC's new season of "The Biggest Loser" has a Utah contestant in Burgandy Keel of Eagle Mountain. Keel, 35, is a stay-at-home mother of five, a military spouse and a foster parent. The premiere is Sept. 21, 7 p.m., on NBC/Ch. 5.-DesNews

Monday, September 13, 2010

Eagle Mtn: New City Councilman

After more than two hours of interviewing candidates, Jon Celaya took his place on the Eagle Mountain City Council Tuesday night.

The council voted to appoint Celaya to fill the remainder of Eric Cieslak’s term on the council, which expires at the end of 2011. Cieslak resigned in August to take a job in Chicago.

Mayor Heather Jackson said Celaya’s experience in the northwestern Utah County city made him stand out from the 16 candidates vying for Cieslak’s seat.-SLTrib

Eagle Mtn: Utah County Prosecutor Rules Death An Accident

The Utah County Attorney’s Office will not file charges against a man who ran over and killed another man in November.

Brett L. Ostler, 29, of Magna, fell out of the truck after striking the driver, said Guy Probert, deputy attorney for Utah County. Ostler rode with Eric W. Porter, then 26, to a store before returning to a party in Eagle Mountain. When Porter said he did not want to remain at the party, Ostler got out of the truck and slammed the door, Probert said.

Porter yelled not to slam the door and Ostler opened the door and started punching Porter, Probert said. Porter’s foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator, running over Ostler, Probert said.

Probert said the death was an accident.-SLTrib

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Eagle Mtn: Resale Fee on Real Estate

REBECCA AND TRENT DUPAIX of Eagle Mountain, Utah, spent a year searching for their dream home. The couple, who have five children, considered 15 to 20 houses before finding “the one.”

They were thrilled when they closed on a $227,000, rock-and-stucco home with five bedrooms and two and a half baths in March 2009.

But four months later, when a local television reporter was doing a story on housing taxes in their subdivision, the Dupaixs discovered that their sales contract included a “resale fee” that allows the developer to collect 1 percent of the sales price from the seller every time the property changes hands — for the next 99 years.

Mrs. Dupaix, 34, says she and her husband had no clue about the fee when they closed on the house. “Of course we were upset,” she says. “We didn’t know about it, and our closer at the title company didn’t know about it.”

Other buyers gutsy enough to venture into the battered housing market in the hope of scoring a bargain might be wise to check the fine print before popping open the Champagne and signing on the dotted line.

A growing number of developers and builders have been quietly slipping “resale fee” covenants into sales agreements of newly built homes in some subdivisions. In the Dupaix contract, the clause was in a separate 13-page document — called the declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions — that wasn’t even included in the closing papers and did not require a signature.-NYTimes

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Eagle Mtn: Ranches Academy Tops On State List for Performance

The Ranches Academy, a small school of 350 students, has one of the highest 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress results for a charter school in Utah.

"We got our AYP results back and it was phenomenal," said Susie Scherer, The Ranches Academy director. "I have to check with every school but so far there is only one other charter that beat us."

In her second year as director, Scherer said she had made a commitment to raise the school's AYP rating. The AYP is part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind) requiring proficiency testing to track each school's ability to educate its students.-Daily Herald