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Development of Farmington’s east bench debated by council
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Alexis Crowell tells the Farmington City Council about an effort to purchase land on Farmington’s east bench to keep it from development.

Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Alexis Crowell tells the Farmington City Council about an effort to purchase land on Farmington’s east bench to keep it from development. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper

FARMINGTON—The rights of property owners clashed with a desire for open space at a meeting of the Farmington City Council last week.

And to complicate matters, the issue of building near fault lines, on slopes and through a firebreak road came into consideration as well.

The city council was presented with a proposal to annex 20.2 acres of property that would be developed into large homes by Jerry Preston, managing partner of Elite Craft Homes.

“Every ‘i’ will be dotted and every ‘t’ will be crossed, guaranteed,” said Preston, in his request to the council. “I’ve been in the building business for 42 years and I’ve never had any project that we have microscoped more than this site.”

Several geotechnical studies have been performed and reviewed by experts, and Preston welcomes their findings and said they would be used to “beef up road structures” where necessary and “build around” fault lines.

“We do things better today,” he said of construction techniques.

Residents near the development testified on both sides of the issue. Even those opposed to the development expressed friendship and confidence in Preston, but said the land would be better dedicated to open space and trails.

Alisa Crowell said she is working with individuals and companies concerned about the development, to raise money to purchase the land to keep it in open space.

COMPASS Farmington, she told the Clipper, stands for Community Organization Making Parks and Spaces Suitable, and is working for tax exempt status, preparing a website and planning a gala fundraiser to raise money toward a land purchase. They are setting up a Facebook page at Compass Farmington to generate interest.

“It might be shooting for the moon,” she said, “but if the opportunity is there, we want to see what we can do.”

Her family moved to the area because they love the mountains and love living in an area with a rural feel that’s close to city amenities. “It’s the best of both worlds,” she said.

“We want to try to buy the land and make it into a biking and nature park,” she added. “We want to make it a huge community deal.”

Council members seemed mixed on whether to accept the annexation proposal or not.

“This property has always been part of our master plan,” said Cory Ritz, a council member, “based on that alone we should annex this property into Farmington. The possibility of a group that will purchase the land from Jerry as a willing seller is great, but I don’t think it’s in the plans for the city to develop.”

The city has acquired 55 to 60 acres elsewhere in the city and has made a commitment to develop them, he said.

“Granted there’s value to nature trails to be left in a natural state,” he said, “but very few would actually be able to utilize that type of a use and I don’t think it would be money well spent by the city to invest in a property that only a very few are going to actively use.”

Doug Anderson, also a council member, said he leaned a lot on his emotions when making decisions. He said he spent a recent Saturday hiking the snowy trails on the bench with his kids and is torn about potential development there.

Council member Brigham Mellor said he was primarily concerned about safety, slope issues and fire concerns.

“There are a lot of factors to take into account, property rights being one of the larger elements,” he said, “but my primary concern is the safety and on top of that is the risk.”

Several council members were concerned that if they did vote to annex the land, they would not have another chance to approve the preliminary plat.

Preston volunteered to delay his request for annexation until the plat was prepared and the council agreed to look at the issue again in the future.

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Lady Vikes, ‘Cats positioning for playoffs
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By Josh McFadden
Clipper sportswriter

 Four teams from each region advances to the 5A and 4A state girls basketball tournament. And with just a few games remaining for Viewmont and Woods Cross, things are getting tense.

While both team are still alive for a playoff berth, qualification is slipping away for Woods Cross.  The Wildcats went 1-1 last week and entered this week with a 3-6 mark in Region 5, finding themselves in sixth place, a game and a half away from the magic fourth-place spot.

The Wildcats fell to Box Elder 62-45 on Feb. 2, making it the second loss to their region foe this season. The Wildcats played things closely in quarters one, three and four, but a rough second quarter helped spell doom. Box Elder outscored Woods Cross 13-4 in that quarter, and the Wildcats could never make up the ground. 

In defeat, Logan Loftis scored 20 points, emerging as the game’s leading scorer. Sara Noel added 14 points, but unfortunately, no one else scored more than four, and Woods Cross had trouble stopping Box Elder’s duo of Alexis Hansen and Keslee Stevenson, who combined for 35 points.

Woods Cross gave the home crowd lots to be happy about last Friday, when the Wildcats rebounded for a 49-38 win over East. The victory gave the Wildcats a measure of revenge for a one-point loss to the Leopards earlier this season.

Onec again, Loftis was brilliant. The junior was virtually unstoppable, pouring in 28 points and hitting four shots from three-point range. It was Loftis’ third 20-point-plus game of the year, and it matched a season high she initially registered Jan. 22 against Ogden.

Haylee McKenna added 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Woods Cross dominated play in the second half after trailing by one at the break.

The Wildcats now have three games left to try to sneak into the postseason. Woods Cross faces second-place Highland this Friday at home at 5:15 p.m.



The Vikings won both their games last week, setting the stage for a crucial final week of the season.

Viewmont closes out the regular season with games against league-leading Layton (after our press deadline on Tuesday) and last place Syracuse on Friday. 

Last week, Viewmont took care of Salt Lake County foes Hunter and Granger. The Vikings first ousted Hunter 49-42, overcoming rough second and third quarters to defeat the Wolverines for the second time this season. After racing out to a 25-13 advantage in the first quarter, Viewmont managed just 11 points combined in quarters two and three. Suddenly, the Vikings found themselves on the short end of a 37-36 came heading into the fourth.

That’s when the defense stepped up.

The Vikings limited Hunter to just five points in the fourth, while scoring 13 points of their own. Mercedes Staples, who has been a stat-stuffer all season, was the game’s leading scorer. She tallied 25 points and chipped in seven assists and five steals. Her defense effort was part of a relentless Viking defense that recorded 12 steals, hounding the Wolverines all game.

Melissa Sorenson had 10 points for Viewmont, while teammate Megan Carr cleaned up the glass with 11 rebounds.

Sorensen came back with 16 points and Tori Page added 15 in a 59-51 win over Granger on Friday. The Lancers held a 28-24 lead at halftime, but Viewmont again came back strong after the break, outscoring Granger 35-23 in the second half to win going away. Page also had four steals, and Samantha Hogge chipped in 12 points for the Vikings.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Badikyan denied new hearing
Feb 12, 2016 | 243 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Badikyan denied new hearing

FARMINGTON—Stepan Badikyan, the 51-year-old Armenian convicted for trying to kill his estranged wife in 2014, was back in court last week.

Badikyan doesn’t speak English and claimed he didn’t understand what was going on at his hearing. He appeared in court with a motion requesting a new sentencing hearing because of inaccuracies with the interpretation. However, Judge David Connors denied the request.

Badikyan was sentenced Nov. 17, 2015 to serve three years to life in prison. According to court documents, Badikyan allegedly punched and stabbed his estranged wife in May 2014 after she asked for a divorce. He allegedly offered to take her to the hospital but instead went another way and told her they were going to die. The woman was able to jump from the car but Badikyan allegedly tried to run over her then stabbed her several times. 


Clinton standoff ends after several hours

CLINTON – A standoff at a Clinton home finally ended after almost 10 hours last Friday evening when SWAT entered the residence and a K9 located the suspect hiding in the attic. 

The standoff began around 9 a.m. at a home near 2850 W. 1400 North when the suspect, Chase Montgomery Venstra, who police said was wanted for outstanding warrants, entered the home and would not come out.

Authorities sent in a robot to search the home because there was reason to believe Venstra could be armed. According to police, officers entered the home shortly after 6 p.m. and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. There were weapons in the house but no weapons were found on the suspect. 

Venstra was booked into the Davis County Jail on two counts of violating a protective order and one count each of stalking, interfering with an arresting officer and failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer.


Driver in fatal carjacking charged 

with murder, robbery

KAYSVILLE—After recovering from injuries sustained during a carjacking incident that ended in a fatal crash last Monday, Anthony Santos Cruz, 28, was booked into the Davis County Jail Friday charged with murder and three counts of aggravated robbery.

Cruz is accused of carjacking a vehicle then fleeing south on I-15 and exiting at Parrish Lane. According to police, the stolen Volkswagen went through the intersection of the off ramp and Parrish Lane and broadsided a gray passenger car, killing 21-year-old Jazmyn Jeppson of Farmington. Jeppson had recently returned from a mission in Houston, Texas for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

According to charging documents, Cruz and Michelle Jennifer Vigil, had allegedly carjacked a vehicle in Kaysville first then when the car broke down, Cruz stole the Volkswagen. 

Vigil was charged with aggravated robbery. Court dates have not been set in either case.


Preliminary hearing held for man accused 

in stabbing case

LAYTON—A man accused of stabbing his friend in the arm, back and face last November was in 2nd District Court in Layton last Friday. 

Judge Robert Dale scheduled a felony arraignment hearing in March for Jacquan David Wilson, 27, who is charged with attempted murder.

The victim, Donteus M. Holtz, told the court that Wilson allegedly stabbed him in the back after the two exchanged words over a pair of jeans Wilson was returning to Holtz. 





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Jean Rich Hart
Feb 12, 2016 | 157 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
1922 ~ 2016 Jean Rich Hart, age 93, died at Legacy House in Bountiful, on Feb. 11, 2016 of causes incident to age. She was born August 11, 1922 in Paris, Idaho, a daughter of Clarence Matthews Rich and Theresa Johnson Rich. She married Heber Jesse Hart on September 1, 1943 in Pocatello, Idaho, and was sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on March 25, 1946. Jean attended Ricks College and BYU. She taught elementary school while her husband served as a Marine officer in the South Pacific during WW II. She has resided in Bountiful since 1949. She served in several leadership capacities in the LDS Church auxiliary organizations. She was a ward and stake president of the Relief Society, served in ward and stake Primary, stake Young Women, and as a member of the Young Women General Board. She and her husband served an LDS mission to the Winter Quarters Visitor Center, Omaha, Nebraska. She found joy in raising her six children and had a pleasant and warm nature that drew many to enjoy her friendship. Jean was admired and loved by all who knew her, and was known for her dignity, strength, and fine spiritual character. She was preceded in death by her husband Heber, her son Gregory and daughter Ann. She is survived by daughters Catherine (Reed) Walsh and Judith (Tom) Irving, by sons Ned (Charmaine) Hart and Scott (Tammy) Hart, 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main. Interment will be at the Paris, Idaho Cemetery. Online guestbook at
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