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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November in Pictures


Fall leaves and snow on the mountains as seen from the east bench in Ogden.




Emergency crew work the crime scene in the backyard of a home at 1044 West 1640 North in Clinton where Paulo Berumen, 34, was shot and killed by two police officers. The officers were called to the home after a woman ran across the street from the home and requested neighbors call 911. Berumen was in the backyard holding a knife when the officers deployed tasers but the suspect was wearing thick clothing and they said it was ineffective. Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson said Berumen threatened or threw the knife at the officers so they shot him. They were later cleared of any wrongdoing.

Emergency crew used a mini helicopter equipped with cameras to photograph the crime scene.

A firefighter adjusts a sheet to conceal the crime scene in the backyard, which faces an elementary school.


Ogden Metro Gang Unit police arrest a man in front of The Genesis Project and Salt Rock Coffee building on 12th Street in Ogden. I just happened to be on my way back to the office when I saw this man run from behind a building and slip and fall in the snow. Suddenly, police cars came out of nowhere and he was arrested.



Mike Forney, changing a trash bag on the patio of the cafeteria, is the beloved janitor at South Ogden Junior High School. At first, I wasn't sure how exciting photos of a guy taking out the garbage were going to be, but quickly came to realize this man's passion and devotion to the students and the school - he himself attended South Ogden.

In the bottom photo, Forney gives students bricks from the old South Ogden Junior High School building with their names inscribed on them at the brand new facility. The students helped Forney move things and set up the new building for the school year so he sand-blasted their names on pieces of the old school as gifts.


School resource officer Michael Hunt and student Kaitlyn East, 18, laugh as they try to convince people to sing karaoke songs during lunch at Ogden High School. Officer Hunt has been a school resource officer for 7 years and recently moved from Mount Ogden Junior High School to Ogden High School about 6 months ago.


Coach Kory Bosgieter talks to his team at Fremont High School's final football practice before the state championships at Fremont High School in Plain City. The team was defeated by Bingham High School at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City the next day.



Valente Tinajero spars during training at Foley's Mixed Martial Arts Training Center in Ogden Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. Tinajero will fight Gary Gomez at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden December 4 for the Utah Cruiser Weight Title.


Jeff Shurtliff poses in front of his house with a "don't tread on me" flag in Taylor. Shurtleff has been fighting foreclosure on his house since June and is an avid Tea Party supporter.


Norma Disz gets a smooch from her Portuguese water dog, Sam, as they visit JoAnn Jastram, left, at Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Clearfield. Sam and Disz's other dog, Max, are Intermountain Therapy Animals who visit senior care facilities almost every week and were named Volunteers of the Year by the Utah Healthcare Association.



Weber State University student Maryam Ahmad, center, hands out exit poll surveys to voters at Green Acres Elementary School in Ogden Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2001.




Becky Burch Meehan and her son Shane at the Burch Christmas tree lot on Riverdale Road in Ogden. Meehan and her family were upset when they discovered The Home Depot, which has its own tree lot across the street, put up a sign claiming the competition cut their trees during the summer with an arrow pointing across the street to the Burch lot. Meehan's father started the business in 1959.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving












I shared a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with friends and coworkers, complete with coconut milk graham cracker crust pumpkin pie and outstanding tiramisu with homemade kahlua at the end.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Piedmont Ghost Town
















I love ghost towns. I love cemeteries. I love the middle of nowhere.

I photographed the ghost town of Piedmont, Wyo. about a month ago. Wendy Peterson, who is descended from some of the founders and settlers of this town and lives nearby, gave an explanation of each building still standing and the history of the town, and explained the charcoal kilns which are being restored there. Founded about 1867 as a railroad town for Union Pacific, Mormon pioneers Moses Byrne and Charles Guild helped establish Piedmont with ranches and the charcoal kilns. Because of the steep grade of the railroad tracks and politics during the Golden Spike era, the tracks were eventually rerouted and Piedmont became a ghost town. During its heyday, Piedmont had many saloons and visitors and it is rumored Calamity Jane stayed there and Butch Cassidy met one of his partners to plan a robbery in the Piedmont hotel.

Peterson's family still owns the land and ghost town. She welcomes visitors but spoke of many people who use the buildings for target practice or take cornerstones and other things from the town and hopes in the future others will take only photographs.