Happiness = trout

I love having the opportunity to try something new, like electrofishing. I had the best morning wading through the river, trying not to drown or get electrocuted or drop my cameras in the water. I only got stuck in muck once. It was awesome.

 

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Justin Anderson, center, and other Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists capture trout in the Ogden river to study the health of the fish population as part of the Ogden River Restoration Project. 443 fish were captured, studied and released back into the river Friday morning.

 

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Andy Pappas, right, splashes as he nabs a trout with his net while Paul Thompson, center, looks through the water for trout with other biologists in the Ogden river Friday. The aquatic biologists were using electric currents to stun fish and collect them as part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources study to check on the health of the fish population as part of the Ogden River Restoration Project. The 443 fish that were collected were quickly released back into the water after being studied to ensure that they’d survive the experience.

 

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Brooks Brewer, 2, reacts after touching a trout with his mother Amanda Brewer on the riverbank with as part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources study in the Ogden River.

 

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Trout swim and splash in a bucket after they were collected by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to study and check on the health of the fish population as part of the Ogden River Restoration Project.

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One last year

I have covered a lot of stories about families with unique challenges, but this family is definitely facing one of the most heartbreaking situations that I have encountered.  Zac, their youngest son, has GM1 gangliosidosis and though his original prognosis was that he might live to 5 years old, it is now most likely 3 years old. He turned 2 today and is spending his birthday in a hospital getting a G-tube put in because he can no longer eat solid food.

It was with a heavy heart that I spent time with this family learning about Zac’s diagnosis, the fundraisers in his honor and their plans for what will probably be the last year of his life.  They were very open and warm, in only a few hours with them I could see it in how they played with Zac, laughed with him over books and Mickey mouse and just held him as much as they could. Though I am glad I was able to share their story with our readers, it is stories like these that are the hardest to be a part of and that stay with you long after the paper has printed.

Brett Horspool holds his son Zac Horspool, 1, at their home in Ogden. Zac has GM1 gangliosidosis which progressively destroys neurons in the brain. It slows and then regresses development. As a result, Zac has lost muscle control, the ability to eat solid food and movement he previously had and is not expected to live past the age of 3-years-old. Zac turns 2-years-old on October 13, 2014.

Zac Horspool, 1, spreads shaving cream over a pan as part of his therapy at his home in Ogden. Zac works with Judy Passman, occupational therapist, once a month on sustaining his muscle strength through reaching, gripping, turning and stretching his arms and legs. Regular exercise is supposed to help stop the loss of muscle control he is experiencing. Zac has GM1 gangliosidosis which progressively destroys neurons in the brain. It slows and then regresses development. As a result, Zac has lost muscle control, the ability to eat solid food and movement he previously had.

Zac Horspool, 1, reads a book with his brother Max, 6, in the living room with his family at their home in Ogden. His brother Ace, 4, middle, played games while his parents Melissa, 32, and Brett, 34, talk.

Zac Horspool, 1, cries as he is held by his father Brett Horspool at their home in Ogden. Zac was undergoing his 30 minutes of daily chest oscillation through the vest therapy system. The vests inflates and deflates rapidly to break up the mucus in his lungs which helps him breathe.

Zac Horspool, 1, receives a kiss on the hand from his brother Ace Horspool, 4, at their home in Ogden. “Zac loves to spend time with his brothers, doing whatever they’re doing.” their father Brett Horspool said. “He just likes to be with them.”

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Ending with a Dance Party

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The Violin Doctor

Grover Wilhelmsen repairs a bridge on a violin in his Classical Strings shop at his home in Harrisville. “Sometimes you have to readjust the strings or fix other parts too,” he said “You never know how much work will actually go into what seems like a simple repair.”

Grover Wilhelmsen’s wall over his workspace where he repairs instruments in his Classical Strings shop in Harrisville.

Grover Wilhelmsen hangs a repaired violin with others in his Classical Strings shop at his home in Harrisville. The painting on the wall was painted for him by a customer in return for work done by Wilhelmsen.

Grover Wilhelmsen uses a clamp to secure a broken neck that he glued back together on a cello in his Classical Strings shop at his home in Harrisville.

 

 

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Splashing a Mermaid

 

One of those days when you arrive at a festival and no one is there yet. Over the course of a couple hours, there were only a few guests that showed up at the pirate festival. I ended up doing some friendly stalking as two families circled the booths. Eventually this little guy, who was scared of the mermaids at first, climbed into the pool and started splashing with them. I was pretty happy with this adorable moment.

 

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Rhythm Rowell, 3, of Salt Lake, splashes mermaids Thalassa (Elizabeth Bowns, 26, left) and Nym (Yazmine Baker, 22, right) in their pool at the Utah Pirate Festival in Ogden.

 

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Ray’s Shoe Repair

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Balloons over Eden

Covered the Ogden Valley Balloon festival and loved it! Here are  few of my favorite shots.

Dan Varoz, a volunteer, walks behind the Belle Star balloon as the crew inflates it Friday morning at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival.

 

John Nelson, far left, and Jereth Collins, 13, left, hold one line while Paul De Long, right, and Jaden Collins, 11, far right, hold the other as they help a balloon rise at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival.

 

Janet Peterson, left, holds the balloon as pilot Kent Barnes, middle, runs the burner to slowly fill it with hot air as his crew helps it become upright at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival. Volunteer Dan Varoz, volunteer, right, was also helping steady it as it rose.

 

Kent Barnes, pilot, right, lifts off with his passengers in his balloon, Belle Star, at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival.

 

Steve Watson flies through the air in his balloon Silver Star with his passengers at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival.

 

(left to right) Mathis Richards, 5, Juliet Richards, 1, and Taylee Richards, 7, of Eden, watch the balloons from the Ogden Balloon Festival float over Eden while eating doughnuts and milk for breakfast along a road in Eden.

 

Balloons fill the air over Eden at the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival.

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Peyton & Peyton go to Prom

Peyton & Peyton Go to Prom from Kat Duncan on Vimeo.

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Baby Rescued from Home Explosion

Yesterday we arrived at a local neighborhood where a fire call had been toned out and then canceled. We were told there was no fire, but an explosion. After going door to door and talking to neighbors in nearby neighborhoods, we were hearing many first hand accounts of the scene. We learned that a two story home exploded suddenly Wednesday morning. Most of the surrounding homes were severely damaged and homes within a few miles were shaken and windows shattered by the force of the blast. After seeing the scene, it seemed like nothing less than a miracle that the baby not only survived the blast, but was found by firefighters under four feet of debris within 15 minutes of their arrival and transported to the hospital. After being evaluated by the hospital we were told she had some bruises but that was about it. Amazing. It was bittersweet, knowing that the infant, Parker Singer, 4 1/2 months, survived while her mother did not. We knew that a family had lost their loved one and that the baby had lost her mother.  It was a tough thing to cover and witness and I watched as our reporters did it with compassion and professionalism. They made me proud to have them there with me.

Today we don’t know much more, but the investigation is ongoing. Here are a few shots from yesterday.

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A ranger from the Department of Public Safety maps the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning. Debris was hanging from the surrounding trees and littered throughout the neighborhood. 10-12 surrounding homes were severely damaged.

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Mary Helen Barrick, left, is comforted near the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning. Her daughter Haley Singer, 26, died in the explosion but her granddaughter, Parker Singer, 4 1/2 months, was rescued by firefighters when they heard her crying under four feet of debris when they arrived on scene. She was rescued and transported to DeTar Hospital, accompanied by her father Travis Singer. Fire Chief Taner Drake said the firefighters were “true heroes” for their efforts and rescue of baby Parker.

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A ranger from the Department of Public Safety carefully navigates through the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning. They were mapping the scene as part of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the explosion.

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A welcome flag sits among the debris at the scene of an explosion that destroyed a two story home near the intersection of Oak Colony and Whispering Oaks drives in Victoria County early Wednesday morning.

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Paddling down the highway

Today I was driving to a house fire (wondering how anything could burn in a thunderstorm…) and these adventurous people were paddling down a drainage ditch along the highway.  I immediately pulled over to the side of the road and ventured out into the storm to get their photo. Truckers were honking and they were waving to drivers as they went by.

Later when we were all dry, I was able to talk with them a bit and they said that after they put the canoe away they did a little boogie boarding in the ditch as well. I’m sad I missed that, but I’m glad I happened upon them while they were out there.

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(left to right) Jenni Boren, 24, Hank Pahmiyer, 23, and Kc Boren, 22, of Victoria, wave to a honking trucker as they paddle in the rain along 87 during the storm in Victoria. “The water was there and it was inviting.Truckers would honk at us as they went by and give their approval, everyone else probably thought we were nuts.” Kc said. “We’re having a monopoly party the rest of the day.” he added.

 

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(left to right) Jenni Boren, 24, Hank Pahmiyer, 23, and Kc Boren, 22, of Victoria, paddle in the roadside ditch along 87 during the storm in Victoria. “It was spur of the moment but we do odd stuff in various weather conditions. We’ve done paddling before, we also went boogie boarding and skim boarding in the ditch when we were done with the canoe.” Kc said.

 

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(front to back) Kc Boren, 22, Hank Pahmiyer, 23, and Jenni Boren, 24, of Victoria, paddle their canoe in the rain along 87 during the storm in Victoria.

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