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 →

BY BRANDON GARSIDE On Tuesday, June 22, the Ogden City Council voted to adopt the city’s annual budget for Fiscal Year 2022. This year’s budget included several opportunities for public input and was a product of the diligent efforts of council members, administration, department directors, and city staff. For the second consecutive year, directives from the city’s Five-Year Strategic Plan served as a guide for the budget. With the effects of COVID-19 fading, Ogden City can now fully implement the Strategic Plan Directives in their annual budgeting process each year moving forward. This year’s budget focuses on city employees and maintaining essential services by offeringRead More →

BY SABRINA LEE We’ve all been cooped up for a while – it’s time to get outside and PLAY! Ogden City Recreation is excited to announce fall programs and the re-opening of our centers. The Golden Hours Senior Center and Marshall N. White Center opened their doors to the public on July 6th and are excited to resume normal service for their respective patrons. For programming, hours, and all other information, please contact the centers directly or visit their websites. Ogden City Recreation has quality recreation opportunities for a wide variety of interests, ages, and skill levels! This summer, be sure to check in toRead 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 →

Show your pioneer days spirit and enter for a chance to win. Submit your personal artwork and tell your friends and family to vote for you. Get in your submissions & votes in by JULY 31ST! A chance to win one of two CASH prizes! POPULAR VOTEThe piece of art receiving the most votes overall will receive a $150 cash prize PUBLISHER’S CHOICEThe piece of art most appreciated by our publisher – Ryan Spelts – will win a $100 cash prize. Look for the winners in our September publication! HOW TO SUBMIT ARWORK: To enter the contest visit http://www.connectionpub.com/pioneerdaysARTWORK CAN BE SUBMITTED JULY 15-JULY 31Read More →

As Summer swings into full season here in Ogden, I’m personally very excited to see events coming back online and to see so many happy faces enjoying all that our great city has to offer. We like to say “big life, small radius” when we’re talking about our community with others who might not be familiar with our access to opportunities, and this resonates loudly with us through the summer events season. In Ogden, we’re experiencing undeniable momentum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently showed that the Ogden metro area is among just three cities in the United States that added jobs during the pandemic.Read More →