Dear Friends:

I had all kinds of things to write about this week; the very successful Trail Days celebration, a new effort to clean up neighborhoods and to make our city more beautiful; a plan to rid the community’s light and power poles of florescent yard sale posters, and many more ideas floating around in my mind.

Then, we had a tragedy that puts everything into perspective.  The national epidemic of teen suicide hit home in our own community.  I feel it’s my duty to try to help in some way.

I spent an hour with our police chief, Trent Lloyd, this morning.  I have never seen him so sad and feeling so powerless.  Please know that our great officers and those of the Highway Patrol who responded to this incident will be suffering for some time.  Professional help is real help and we have had that.  Time will heal wounds to some extent, but this tragedy will sting without a sure balm for healing.

Faith, blessings and understanding can help us negotiate the twists and turns we face in our journey.  We encounter things that we won’t fully understand in this life.  But hope and faith are closely related, and I truly believe blessings can be asked for and expected.  The hope necessary to keep on going has been promised and has already been manifested to many.

There’s a tendency to speculate about the “woulda, coulda, shouldas” of life. Don’t!  Instead, use sincere interest and concern to be a positive force for good with our youth.  Their journeys are different than ours were.  This tragedy has certainly brought that to light. Only one thing is certain to me.  Many of our youth are hurting and we must help them any way we can.

Mayor David Ogden 

Dear Friends:

Do you realize how many visitors we have passing through our valley every day? My experience this summer with our new visitor center has been enlightening. We have people from all over the world stopping to see us. And it’s not just at the visitor center. They’re staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants, and shopping in our stores!

Last week, some folks from a little island in the Bering Strait in Alaska stopped by. Now that’s remote.  Meeting people from all over the world is interesting, to say the least. Sometimes we run into language barriers. It’s similar to times when my sweetheart asks me to do something when there is background noise.

Fortunately, most people who travel know a little English. The same can be said for me! This minimal amount of shared English, along with some rudimentary sign language, usually gets the message across. If they jump up and down, we point to the bathroom. If they say, “where… Bryce  Canyon?” we reply, “by … Bryce House”. Sorry, I couldn’t help it! We actually go to great lengths to provide proper information. Helping travelers is downright fun!

I’ve learned that some locals don’t know much about our state and nation. We have wonderful ideas for fun and interesting places to visit right here in our own part of this beautiful state. Please stop by and visit with some of our great volunteers. They are amazing and helpful, and their goal is to help any and all find the right way to their destination. And when folks want suggestions, they’re ready with some great ones!

On a final note, last week we had our inaugural Trail Days celebration. By any and all measures it was a success. I will have more to say about this later, but I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to sponsors, participants, organizers  and the many, many volunteers who pitched in to help in any way.     

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

Our inaugural Trail Days is here! Our great new festival is this Friday and Saturday, with headquarters at the city park and events taking place throughout the valley and beyond.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers have planned and worked very hard to bring this dream to fruition.  We know it’s going to be great, and we expect it to grow and improve each year going forward.  One of my assignments has been making arrangements to get some very talented Native American Dancers to come and share their wonderful culture with us.  Please come to the park and enjoy all of the entertainment and above all, HAVE FUN!

For some reason, I almost said, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.  I said that once in a Pam Williams play that I was in. My character was King Noah, and I had some wicked Priests that followed my lead.  When I threw in that ad lib line, I thought that Pam would think it really funny.  She didn’t. You see, this was her creation and her dream.  She had written and rewritten the play until she was satisfied with every word, and she felt confident she had higher approval as well.  Then some acting neophyte, pardon the pun, tried to change the flavor of the whole play by being silly.

My sweetheart-director in life often has plans for many things at home.  She is organized and outworks me every day by hours. Often I don’t see her vision and waste my time and hers by organizing or reorganizing certain things.  I’ve learned that I do not put pillows on the bed.  I do not rearrange the fridge or cupboards.

To her dismay, I tried folding a quilt once and finally rolled it up.  In this life it’s important to know your roll (or role); sorry, I couldn’t help it!  Sometimes we have to fight the urge to rewrite the play.  Life is a play and we are the actors.  How we do our part can bless or curse those who occupy the stage with us.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

Throughout time, a lot has been written about being on the right trail or path. We’re often warned of all the problems with choosing “a dangerous path.” At the same time the world is shouting that we should be independent and choose our own way.

Parents, teachers, coaches and leaders of every stripe are doing all within their power to help us choose the right path. Then along comes someone who simply says, “try this, or wear that, or comb your hair this way”, and suddenly all the wisdom that has been showered down upon us goes right out the window!

As for me, I was always on the right path. I was never influenced by the mists of darkness, or even the mists of Aqua Velva and Musk. By now you know that I’m kidding; at least a little bit!

There are two things that saved me from the armpit of despair.   Sports was probably my first saving grace. Sports can divert you from a bad path, particularly when you are coached by very good people who want what’s best for you and for the team. If nothing else, they wear you out, and that a very good thing for a teenager.

Second, but certainly of no less importance, is prayer. I’m not referring to my prayers, but those of parents, mentors and church leaders who could see the light at the end of the path which leads a successful and productive adulthood. Once there, we can all start praying for the next generation of boys and girls to locate the right path. And the cycle of life continues.

Speaking of paths or trails, I’m so excited to welcome you all to Trail Days next week, August 24th and 25th. There are so many events taking place, and it promises to be great fun for visitors and locals alike. Please check out all the details in the special supplement in the week’s Reaper. You can also register for events and see updates and detailed schedules at www.traildaysutah.com. Please come and enjoy great entertainment, food and fun. We’ve even added some great Native American Dancers to the program, so don’t miss it!

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year: County Fair Week!  There’s such a great variety of events happening, and I sure hope that all of you have or will participate in some way.  I plan on being at the fairgrounds as much as possible.  The county fair celebrates our culture and talent, and it gives us all the opportunity to come together for a week of food, entertainment and fun!

It’s hard to believe, but school starts next week!  We’ve been painting crosswalks and making other preparations.  Our good friends at UDOT have installed new school crossing lights at 500 North and Main Street.  This was a very expensive project.  The effort and expense should serve as one more reminder of just how precious these little children are.

Children will be crossing roads all over our community and throughout the region. They’ll be excited with the prospects of a new school year, meeting new teachers, seeing friends they may not have seen for a few months, and telling stories of their summer adventures.  There may be times when they forget to look up and see the safety dangers around them.

Remind you kids and grandkids to make safety the top priority.  Make sure it’s your top priority, too.  Please stay alert and be watching for little ones walking, skipping or running. They are our future and our treasure.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

  • Mayor's Corner 09/06/2018

    Dear Friends: I had all kinds of things to write about this week; the very successful Trail Days celebration, a new effort to clean up neighborhoods and to make our city more beautiful; a plan to rid the community’s light and power poles of florescent yard sale posters, and many more ideas floating around in my mind. Then, we had a tragedy that puts everything into perspective.  The national epidemic of teen suicide hit home in our own community.  I feel it’s my duty to try to help in some way. I...

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  • Mayor's Corner 08/30/2018

    Dear Friends: Do you realize how many visitors we have passing through our valley every day? My experience this summer with our new visitor center has been enlightening. We have people from all over the world stopping to see us. And it’s not just at the visitor center. They’re staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants, and shopping in our stores! Last week, some folks from a little island in the Bering Strait in Alaska stopped by. Now that’s remote.  Meeting people from all over the...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 08/23/2018

    Dear Friends: Our inaugural Trail Days is here! Our great new festival is this Friday and Saturday, with headquarters at the city park and events taking place throughout the valley and beyond. Dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers have planned and worked very hard to bring this dream to fruition.  We know it’s going to be great, and we expect it to grow and improve each year going forward.  One of my assignments has been making arrangements to get some very talented Native American Dancers to...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 08/16/2018

    Dear Friends: Throughout time, a lot has been written about being on the right trail or path. We’re often warned of all the problems with choosing “a dangerous path.” At the same time the world is shouting that we should be independent and choose our own way. Parents, teachers, coaches and leaders of every stripe are doing all within their power to help us choose the right path. Then along comes someone who simply says, “try this, or wear that, or comb your hair this way”, and suddenly all the...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 08/09/18

    Dear Friends: It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year: County Fair Week!  There’s such a great variety of events happening, and I sure hope that all of you have or will participate in some way.  I plan on being at the fairgrounds as much as possible.  The county fair celebrates our culture and talent, and it gives us all the opportunity to come together for a week of food, entertainment and fun! It’s hard to believe, but school starts next week!  We’ve been painting crosswalks and making other...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 08/02/18

    Dear Friends: We love our children.  If you’re like me, it’s easy and natural to also love those who are brought into our families by birth, marriage or special friendships. Automatically loving our children’s dogs, however, has sometimes been a stretch for me. This year I was elected by She Who Shall Not Be Namedto tell our children that family love and acceptance does not extend to FightO and HeatO.  To soften the blow, I told them that we would make arrangements for a special “doggie...

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  • Mayor's Corner 07/26/18

    Dear Friends: What is a community?  In a very general sense, a community is a group of individuals connected by one or more attributes.  It can center around interests, beliefs, geography, or any other common thread. Usually when I talk about community, my first thought is the place I live.  Richfield is my community, and I love it!  But why do we live in communities?  There are many practical reasons.  Communities bring together resources that go far beyond what most individuals can provide on...

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  • Mayor's Corner 07/19/2018

    Dear Friends: This week I’d like to share a few random thoughts with you.  I’ve started going back to the swimming pool, and it is delightful!  Mornings are just right for me, with music from the 60s and a friendly, helpful staff.  We have easy access into the water and you can do laps, walk and talk, or just listen to timeless classics over the sound system. I invite you to try it for a week.  You’ll get hooked on a healthy way to start your day! Summer is in full swing, and the heat has been...

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  • Mayor's Corner 07/12/2018

    Dear Friends: Another 4th of July is in the books.  What an amazing celebration we had!  From beginning to end, from the Miss Richfield Pageant to the fireworks show, you’d be hard pressed to find better festivities anywhere.  I love watching every child on the park try their very best to catch a fish with their bare hands; while at the same time every parent and grandparent silently praying they won’t! I wish I could thank every single person who had a hand in organizing and carrying out this...

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  • Mayor's Corner 07/05/2018

    Dear Friends: From the back porch of my home, I can see Fish Lake Hightop.  I love that view, because it constantly brings with it a flood of memories about great family times at Fish Lake. Today I’m remembering the time I asked my folks if I could wade out from the shore to the boat they were fishing in.  Dad said, “Sure, but you won’t warm up until tomorrow.”  He added, “I wouldn’t do it myself.”  That statement meant that it was stupid, but if you choose to learn the hard way, go right ahead! Mom...

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