The best of Northern Utah from last week

Sunday , May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Each week the Standard-Examiner hashes out issues large and small and takes a thumbs-up, thumbs-down stance. Have a thumbs-up or thumbs-down you’d like to give? Email a submission of 100 words or less to

Here are some of the good things that happened last week around greater Weber County:

THUMBS UP: To Craig Oberg, who on Saturday finished his 100th marathon when he crossed the line of the Ogden Marathon.

Oberg, a Weber State University professor and Liberty resident, shows that it’s never too late to begin a new health program, as he didn’t complete his first marathon until the age of 50. Now, 12 years later, he’s reached marathon 100.

Oberg’s key to a successful race? “Two peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches and four Advil.”


A marathon is 26.2 miles. Not factoring in any training, running 100 events comes out to 2,620 miles. To put that in some perspective, from Ogden it is 2,530 miles to Miami Beach.

That’s a lot of running.

THUMBS UP: To Rocky Mountain Power, UCAIR and Utah Clean Energy for providing a rebate for anyone who buys a 2018 Nissan Leaf, which is an electric vehicle.

Now in its second year, the rebate provides $3,000 off a new Leaf. The program is open to all Rocky Mountain customers and state employees.

Rocky Mountain’s goal is to have 50,000 electric vehicles on the road in the next 10 years. That’s an admirable effort as the nation continues its trek toward moving away from fossil fuels.

THUMBS UP: To the Utah Department of Transportation for Saturday’s opening of Utah 39, the Monte Cristo Highway, to all traffic.

The road, one of Northern Utah’s alpine highways, closes during the winter due to the high cost of snow removal. It likely will remain open through early fall.

THUMBS UP: To organizers of the Hill Air Force Base air show, set for June 23-24. This year, the Air Force’s aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will perform for what is expected to be a crowd of more than a half-million people over both days.

A crash on April 4 had put the Thunderbirds’ status at the Hill show up in the air, but this past week the group was cleared to begin performing again.

If you’ve not seem them, the Thunderbirds are pure symmetry in the air, a well-oiled machine that is both graceful and powerful at the same time. Spectators at Hill’s air show will be awed by the group.

THUMBS UP: To local medical professionals for bringing Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams to Ogden this past week to speak at the Ogden Surgical-Medical Society conference.

The zany doctor, best known for his outlandish antics to help heal people with laughter and joy, visited with patients at Ogden Regional Medical Center – complete with blue hair, red nose and, of course, a rubber chicken.

THUMBS UP: To all of our school resource officers and the work they do to build relationships with local students.

A story we featured last week focused on the role those officers have, the challenges the see every day, and the work they do to protect students while also earning their trust.

THUMBS UP: There were a lot of good items featured this past week, and we’ll end with Caren Werner and the Visit Ogden Film Commission.

The commission informed residents that crews for the television series “Yellowstone” would be taking over part of 25th Street again for filming. Yellowstone, featuring Kevin Costner, is set to premiere June 20 on the Paramount Network. Crews also filmed in town late last year.

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