Local Officials Day at the Utah State Capitol left a lasting impression on area high school students, and Eagle Mountain City Youth Council Mayor Ericsson Ansah-Antwi was no exception.

The event aims to foster civic engagement among local city youth councils in the state of Utah by providing speakers and learning opportunities for both high school students and local government leaders.

Ansah-Antwi, who attended the event at the capitol on Wednesday, highlighted the diverse and engaging activities that made the day a rich learning experience.

“In between breakfast and lunch, we were able to participate in a bingo activity that let us interact with members of Youth Councils from other cities, go on both a scavenger hunt and self-guided tour around the capitol, and participate in a mock committee, all of which let us explore various facets of city administration,” Ansah-Antwi said.

The event provided a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the intricate world of state government and city administration.

Local Officials Day, organized by the Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT), acts as a way to bridge the gap between area youth, local officials and state legislators.

Ansah-Antwi emphasized the importance of practical experiences in understanding the workings of local government.

“During lunch, we heard from multiple leaders, including mayors and the governor, where we learned a bit about the future of Utah,” Ansah-Antwi said. “I’m really glad we were able to go, learn, and meet others. It was an overall great experience.”

The event provided a platform for students to gain insights into the future trajectory of Utah and connect with influential figures who play a pivotal role in shaping the state’s progress.

The event not only facilitated learning and exploration for the participating youth but also fostered meaningful connections and a sense of shared purpose in building a brighter future for Utah.

Eagle Mountain City is proud to announce that Tract, a developer of master-planned data center parks, has purchased 668 acres of land in the community. The purchase promises ongoing investment in the community’s Technology Overlay Zone. Read the press release here.

In response to inclement weather conditions, the Senior Center in Eagle Mountain has announced its closure for today (Wednesday, Jan. 17).

Typically operating from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the senior center has taken this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the senior citizens who participate in various activities and enjoy lunch at the facility. Snowfall in the area prompted the decision to temporarily suspend operations, prioritizing the well-being of the attendees.

The closure is a proactive step to mitigate any potential risks associated with navigating snowy conditions. Regular services and activities are expected to resume tomorrow during the usual operating hours.

Eagle Mountain City urges seniors and their families to stay informed about any further updates and appreciates their understanding during this weather-related closure. The Senior Center remains committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for the community’s elderly residents.

The Senior Center will reopen Thursday during normal hours.

Residents on Cunninghill Drive in Eagle Mountain are facing a temporary water outage as a result of a water main repair between Atherton Lane and Desert Canyon Road.

The repair is necessitated by a contractor who accidentally damaged the water main during ongoing construction work in the area.

The incident occurred earlier today, prompting a response by Eagle Mountain City’s Water Department.

The affected stretch of Cunninghill Drive has been partially cordoned off to facilitate the repair process. The contractor responsible for the damage is working closely with water utility crews to expedite the necessary repairs and restore normalcy to the affected neighborhood.

Approximately 15 to 20 homes in the vicinity will experience a temporary interruption of water services for the next two hours (repairs started at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2024) as the repair work is underway. Residents are urged to make necessary arrangements while the area is experiencing winter temperatures. Water utility officials assure the public that every effort is being made to minimize the impact on residents and complete the repairs as efficiently as possible.

Motorists are urged to exercise caution and follow detour signs while the repair work is in progress.

Garett Bolles, a former resident of Cedar Valley and alumni of Westlake High School, has been chosen as the Denver Broncos’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The announcement, made by the Broncos organization on Dec. 5, highlighted Bolles’ impactful work as a juvenile probation court mentor in Arapahoe County. The organization praised his unwavering commitment, noting that Bolles “has impacted hundreds of youth with this outreach, providing mentorship and developing a unique, in-person connection with each child.”

According to the official statement, Bolles consistently goes above and beyond by recording personalized videos of encouragement for the youth he mentors.

Additionally, he actively participates in monthly court hearings, demonstrating an extra layer of support for the young individuals under his guidance. Notably, Bolles took initiative to contribute to the community by assisting the Arapahoe County 18th Judicial Youth Probation Court in revamping a juvenile courtroom, aiming to create an inspiring environment for its young occupants.

“It means the world to me,” Bolles said of the nomination. “I do this because I genuinely love and care for these kids. I know they said that I help them, but they help me. They give me that fight every single day to go out there on the football field and to live my dream.”

Bolles’ commitment to at-risk youth is deeply rooted in his own life experiences. Confronted with challenges after encounters with law enforcement and a brief stint in jail for vandalism, Bolles faced adversity when he was kicked out of his father’s home at the age of 19.

During this time, Bolles found support in a Lehi family who welcomed him into their home and offered the encouragement and tough love he needed. With their support, Bolles secured employment, eventually earning an opportunity to play football at Snow College.

His journey continued when he met his wife, Natalie, during his time there and later transferred to the University of Utah to join the football team. Then, in 2017, Bolles was drafted by the Denver Broncos where he has played since.

Bolles, reflecting on his past, believes that his personal experiences uniquely qualify him to assist at-risk youth. In an interview with The Athletic, he said, “They have a guy who has gone through it, and I can communicate that to them. A lot of these kids, it’s hard for people to relate to them. Going through something like that and experiencing the heartache… I want them to know that I do love and care for them.”

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, an esteemed recognition for both on-field and off-field contributions, offers a substantial prize to the winner. The recipient will be granted a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice, with all nominees, including Bolles — receiving up to a $55,000 donation for their selected charitable cause.

In addition, each nominee will wear a helmet decal throughout the remainder of the season in acknowledgment of their outstanding accomplishments. The grand reveal of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner is scheduled to take place during the live NFL Honors ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2024.

Following months of construction, Eagle Mountain residents will soon be able to tour one of the two newly constructed fire stations in the community.

The Unified Fire Authority (UFA) will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony next week for two fire stations that were completed over the summer.

Station 253 is located on Mid Valley Rd. near Frontier Middle School in City Center. The second station is a relocation of Station 251 (currently situated near Eagle Mountain City Hall) to a more contemporary facility just south of Eagle Mountain Blvd. along Pony Express Pkwy.

According to UFA Battalion Chief Embret Fossum, the two new stations were constructed in response to Eagle Mountain’s population change and subsequent increase in demand for emergency services.

“Anytime that we grow like we are in the community, we need to get more personnel and apparatus in place for both the fire suppression as well as [emergency medical services],” says Fossum. “This will allow us to better respond to the needs of the citizens.”

Each station’s location was strategically selected to account for current and projected population, call volumes and future developments — ensuring efficient and timely emergency responses.

“We work through a programming software that helps us to identify future growth, and we worked with the [Eagle Mountain City] planning commission,” says Fossum. “It helped identify what that was going to look like both now and then in 10, 15, 25 years…for the best location for 911 response across the board.”

Station 253 is initially equipped to accommodate an ambulance and is designed with future growth in mind. The revamped Station 251 now boasts contemporary amenities and ample space to house additional personnel.

“Within the next couple of years, the way the growth is projected, we’re anticipating an additional four to six [firefighters] down here [in Eagle Mountain],” Fossum says.

Residents are invited to join the UFA in celebrating the completion of the new stations at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Residents are also invited to sit down with UFA firefighters for a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8-11 a.m.

“It gives [residents] a chance to come and see where we spend a third or more of our lives,” says Fossum. “It allows them to come get free breakfast and talk with firefighters and ask questions if they want to.”

Both the grand opening and the pancake breakfast will take place at Station 253, located at 1210 Mid Valley Rd.

Following the grand opening, the UFA will have three operating fire stations in Eagle Mountain: Station 251 (3726 N Pony Express Pkwy), Station 252 (3785 Pony Express Pkwy) and Station 253 (1210 Mid Valley Rd).