BY JENNY GOLDSBERRY Steer wrestling is in Chase Black’s blood. His dad, Glen Black, also competed in steer wrestling. The Black Family grew up in Utah. Chase’s parents lived across the street from each other, and now Chase lives in a house built next to his paternal grandmother; it has a practice pen in back. Chase watched Glen compete until 1995, when Chase was five. Now, Glen is his hazer, and rides across from Chase while he competes. It’s Glen’s job to drive the steer to a place where Chase can get to it. In the beginning, Chase rode what he calls “an old manRead More →

This local barrel racer gives a glimpse of what it’s like to raise, train, and ride horses that can compete in rodeos. BY HAILEY MINTON Meka Farr is northern Utah native barrel racer. She and her family recently moved to accommodate their growing family of horses. They currently have ten! She explained that, back in the day, people would ride the same horse for 4H, queening, barrels, or any competitive event on horseback. “It’s just not the same today,” she said. Each of her horses are raised and trained for specific purposes. They have a kid’s horse for their daughter to gain confidence in ridingRead More →

Did you know that Ogden City Arts supports all forms of arts? Check out this literary art opportunity coming up in Ogden! Need a good summer reading list? Weber Book Links is an organization that helps facilitate the Utah Humanities Book Festival in Weber County and promotes all things literary in Northern Utah. Summer is a terrific time to catch up on reading, and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! Watch for the full calendar of Book Festival events in Weber County at https://weberbooklinks.wordpress.com or follow us at Facebook.com/WeberCountyBookLinks and Instagram.com/weberbooklinksRead More →

BY MATTHEW HAACK Ogden City Faces Drought Conditions Due to low snowpack, minimal spring precipitation, and dry soil conditions, Ogden City is experiencing severe drought conditions for 2021. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when the water supply will return to normal levels. As such, water conservation is critical to ensure that we will have enough water in the event that we experience several consecutive drought years. Currently, Ogden City is asking residents to achieve a five percent reduction in water use. This may be hard to quantify, but here are some steps you can take to help:• Only water your landscape when necessary, basedRead More →

Brought to you by Cache Valley Bank SPOTLIGHT Community Art Show is hosted quarterly at Ogden’s Historic Union Station, welcoming artists of all skill levels and people of all backgrounds. The first show is on display at the Union Station until August 13th. The second show – Sustainable Planet- is open to artist submissions until August 2, 2021 at 4 p.m. Visit ogdencity.com/878/open-artist-calls for submission details. MUSIC ON THE PLAZA Every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m through July 14th, at The Junction Plaza between Sonora Grill and Wing Nutz. Grab dinner or dessert and enjoy the music from a patio or theRead More →

JULY July 11th – 24th: Pioneer Days Activities/Rodeo – Please plan to join us at Utah’s biggest and best statehood celebration, starting with the Friday, July 2 First Friday Art Stroll. This year’s art theme is “Traces of the West” art show at the Eccles Community Arts Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave. Go to ogdenpioneerdays.com to see more activities available to our community. July 11: LDS Devotional @ Ogden Tabernacle 6 p.m. July 13: Special Kids Rodeo @ Lorin Farr Park July 14: Music on the Plaza @ Junction July 15: All About Succulents @ Ogden Botanical Gardens 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call USU ExtensionRead More →

BY VY TRINH AND JENNY GOLDSBERRY Read until the very end to see how you can help a local museum keep a collection of stories just like the ones you’re about to read. Just because Asian American and Pacific Islander month is over, doesn’t mean we’ve stopped appreciating their stories of triumphs. This month, we at Connection Publishing want to highlight some very important histories that happened right here. Read until the very end to see how you can help a local museum keep a collection of stories just like the ones you’re about to read. The first Asian immigrants to the area came thanksRead More →

This local artist uses alcohol inks to help children move and flow through life. BY HAILEY MINTON Creating art with alcohol inks involves embracing the lack of control by moving and flowing with the medium. Beginning with a pool of 91% alcohol, Ashley Moore adds colors to it and watches them spread across different types of canvases. “You don’t have a ton of control like you would with a paintbrush…You can use a heat gun to blow the air the direction you want the colors to move, or you can pick up your board or tile and move it around.” She guides the alcohol butRead More →

Margaret Rose – YCC Family Crisis Center BY ANN PARK Margaret Rose is a strategic leader, a staunch defender of equality, and a lifelong supporter of opportunity and fairness. These values are evident throughout Margaret’s career and are reflected in her work with diverse populations in places such as the Navajo Nation, Tanzania, Micronesia, Nepal, Saipan, and Utah, where she is currently the Executive Director of YCC Family Crisis Center. YCC has been located in the heart of Ogden for over 75 years and provides support and resources to those experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault. Aside from shelter services, other resources the YCC providesRead More →

We are excited to announce that UWNU’s successful Welcome Baby home visitation program is expanding statewide. This free program includes age-specific development information and parenting tips, children’s books, new games and parent engagement activities, age-specific learning kits, and more. Until now, Welcome Baby has been primarily serving Box Elder and Weber Counties, but the program will soon include Cache, Davis, and Salt Lake counties, then eventually the entire state. Currently, the program is recruiting new families, volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and medical partnerships. To learn more or VOLUNTEER go to:uwnu.org/what-we-do/education/welcome-baby.htmlRead More →