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Community says farewell to historic school building

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — The oldest school building in Weber County is about to be demolished to make room for a new school.

But before they tear it down, several people in the community wanted to share their memories and say goodbye.

“It is bittersweet, a lot of the community members have memories of the building being here,” Principal Michael Geilmann said.

West Weber Elementary School was built in 1928. Back then, it was just a simple school house, but over the years the district added on.

Despite that, the building has always maintained the look of the original school, which is why the principal said it’s important that part of the old building design can be seen in the new one.

“That brick work is going to be copied and brought into our new design,” Geilmann said.

Over the last 86 years, multiple generations started their education at West Weber Elementary School.

Governor talks ‘Healthy Utah’ plan with team behind Obamacare

SALT LAKE CITY — Fresh off a trip to Washington D.C., Governor Gary Herbert says he is confident his plan to provide health coverage to low income Utahns, called “Healthy Utah,” will be approved by the Obama Administration.

Herbert met with the White House Health Policy team. In the governor’s words, “The people who wrote the Affordable Care Act.”

“Their comment to me was this was never intended to be a one size fits all approach, so we embrace your proposal to have a unique Utah solution,” Herbert said.

Herbert also met with outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. He said the Secretary also said she didn’t see any major objections to Healthy Utah.

Day care owner appears in court on child abuse homicide charge

OGDEN, Utah — A day care owner who was arrested last week for child abuse homicide made her first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors read the formal charge to 33-year-old Tisha Lynn Morley in 2nd District Court.

According to Roy police, Morley was the person responsible for caring for the children at Tots & Tykes Daycare, a facility she operated out of her Roy home.

The investigation leading to Morley’s arrest started after a father came to pick up his 8-month-old and 3-year-old sons from Morley’s day care facility on February 19.  According to Roy police, the 8-month-old was cold and unresponsive when his father arrived.

“That child was taken to a local hospital. In evaluating the child, they determined there was a head fracture that occurred, that clearly required medical attention,” said Bryce Weir, a public information officer for the Roy Police Department.

‘Blood moon’ will be a sight to behold during Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse

FOX 13 News’ Nineveh Dinha spoke with local experts about the upcoming eclipse, see the video above for details.

CNN story continues below:

By Ben Brumfield


(CNN) — Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle.

What will happen could sound sort of like this:

The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, ‘Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses.

In other words, get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange, NASA says.

It’s called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Political parties hold conventions in Utah Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republicans and Democrats held county conventions in Utah Saturday, and several candidates have secured their party’s nomination.

There was a bit of controversy in Salt Lake County as a candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, Tim Aalders, was told he could not have booth space at the Republican event because he was registered to run as an independent candidate.

Aalders said he had made that clear when he paid for the booth prior to the event but said he was still turned away, after receiving a refund. See the video above for details.

Democrats also met Saturday, and officials spoke on camera with FOX 13 News.

Several candidates have secured a nomination from their party, while others will be involved in a primary election. See the video above for a look at some of those results.

4 people displaced after mobile home fire in Layton

LAYTON — Four Layton residents have been displaced after a fire tore through their mobile home early Saturday morning.

At approximately 3:55 a.m. Layton Fire was called to a structure fire at Lakeview Estates Mobile Home Park at 2600 N. Hill Field Road. Two men and two young children, ages about 4 and 2, evacuated before fire crews arrived.

The family was able to rescue their dog but their cat did not escape the flames. They also had a pet iguana that was left behind in the house that was later found alive, Layton fire officials said.

One of the residents reported waking up and smelling smoke, said Doug Bitton, Layton Fire spokesman. When the resident walked through the house he discovered flames coming from the back of the structure.

There were smoke detectors in the home but they were not operational.

Officials in Utah warn public of jury duty scam

SALT LAKE CITY – State officials are telling the public to be wary of calls from people claiming to work for the state court system, as scammers are targeting people by pretending to be a court employee calling about a warrant.

Officials with Utah State Courts are warning residents to be careful about giving out personal information over the phone; the current scam involves a call from someone who claims the potential victim failed to report for jury duty and has a warrant out for their arrest.

The scammers then allegedly tell the victim they need a social security number, their date of birth and sometimes a credit card number in order to cancel that warrant. Officials said they have received multiple reports regarding the scam, and they said the scammers pretend to be court employees or sometimes a member of a law enforcement agency.