Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-07-051
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Rodeo Champs See page 4 The O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Are you a camping geek? See page 8 I - r L 1OT WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 4 TOO SIC 1 (1 Ogden scenery -A- ... " . . -... . ,. 'sr . ' f .. " - ; - ---' -..- : - c f -' --A... .... - i 5V.flt - ' . " f " f. .. i j . I " r i iV;. 1 f - molObB BRICE KELSCH I IHtSICNHOST Mvst erv cars in r Strongs Canyon perplex niKers By J Marko Zivkovic sr. news reporter The Signpost On the Strong's Canyon hiking trail northeast of Weber State University, hikers can enjoy some beautiful scenery: shady trees, a clean river, birds, butterflies and abandoned cars? Yes cars, two of them in fact, sitting just south of the trail. Any indication of make, model, or year is long gone, so few can be sure about how old they are, but they are at least older than the average WSU student. Their presence creates a scene of striking contrast with the surrounding beauty of nature. "They've been there as long as I can remember," said Mikel Vause, WSU English professor. "One of mem is about a '52 Chevrolet. The other one I don't know." At one point, Vause's son was planning to clean them up for an Eagle Scout project, but that never happened. "They create a point of interest," Vause said. "It's almost like going up to Malan's Basin to see the old boilers remnants of Malan's Heights Hotel at the top of Taylor's canyon. It's fun to speculate about them." What's strangest about these two cars is the site where they lie: The stretch of trail leading to the site is impossible to drive. One hiker and former WSU student Mindy Smith said the first time she saw them she "wondered how they gqt up there." Did a group of strong guys with an afternoon to kill drag these cars to their current position? Unlikely. The mountain face is steep and rocky; trees make the path far too narrow. Did someone with a few afternoons to kill haul each part separately, then assemble the cars on the mountain? That's believable until closer inspection reveals that the body of the larger car is a single piece, which leads back to the problem of the narrow trail. So how did they get there? Maybe a look at the cars themselves will help solve the mystery. The bigger car let's call it "Rusty" rests on its side against some birch trees. In fact, the trees are the only thing keeping Rusty from falling in the river. Every part is completely rusted except for the fenders. The gas tank lies a few feet away. Rubber scraps from one tire hang on the front axle, but the rest of the wheels are bare. The top and bottom of the car have been tagged with "primitive"-looking graffiti symbols. Rusty's smaller neighbor, "Blue," loiters another 20 feet up the trail. This is the car Vause guesses is a '52 Chevrolet. It's the type of car you'd see at a (i()s-era roller-skate diner. Now it lies upside down with moss growing on the undercarriage. Moth vehicles are covered with spider webs and riddled with bullet holes. The way the cars are positioned makes it come across as if lliey fell into their current positions. Could they have been driven over the cliff ledge above? This also seems doubtful al first. l,ooking up from the trail, it appears thai the canyon wall above the cars is equally .1 . ... , 1 1 i ' v -, J: ' i, J a. If' ' (Top) What appears to be a 1952 Chevrolet, "Blue," is stationed along Strong's Canyon hiking trail. (Above) A second car, "Rusty," 20 feet down the trail rests on birch trees and rests on its side. (Right) The underside of Rusty is decorated with white graffiti. There are few answers to how the cars came to rest along a hiking trail. inaccessible. However, this is where the solution lies. Above the grove where Rusty and Blue rest, there is an extremely rough road which follows along the ledge. This road, which apparently hasn't been maintained in decades, connects to Beus Drive a few blocks east of campus. That solves the question of how, but what about why they were dropped there. "You can speculate a lot of things," said Jay I Iudson, an Ogden Trails Network Committee member. "You can guess that they both got there at the same time. Maybe there was an accident and someone was killed. Maybe someone stole a car and wanted to get rid of it when they were done with it." According to Gary Willden, government employees with much less adrenaline probably set the cars in drive. Willden, a.k.a. Dr. Eun, has taught the hiking classes at WSU every fall and spring for 29 years. "As I understand it, those cars were placed in a desperate? attempt to help control flood (lows out of the canyon," Willden wrote in an e-mail. "There have been MANY big flood events out of the canyons over the decades. Back in the HKlOs, the CCC's Civilian Conservation Corps, a work relief program established during President franklin I). Roosevelt's presidency bulldozed 'terraces' high up on the barren overgrazed slopes of many of our Wasatch Mountains to address the run-off problems. The rationale for many dams and reservoirs built all over the West has been flood control as well as recreation and water retention." Both Hudson and Vause sav thev doubt that the 3 " ... i- j 1 l "' X. i ...... cars were placed there for that reason. No matter how or why they were put there, Rusty and Blue arc just two of the many things to see in the Ogden Trails Network. The Ogden 'frails Network has always been one of the most unique perks of attendingWSU. With these trails just behind the school, students at the Ogden campus are minutes away from the Ogden Exercise Trail and some great hiking. The Strong's Canyon Trail, most popular as an en try way to Waterfall Canyon, is easiest to find from the (railhead at the east end of :i(ilh Street, or else the east end of 2!)lh Street, behind Ogden I ligh School. You cm Ir.ivv .1 mcss,)y,( for nyiofcr A.trAo 7VAovc hv c.illinu 2(-7(rr. Fitness center to get workout By Deborah Ramsey sr. news reporter The Signpost The C. William Stromberg Center will be closed July 22 through August 24 while the indoor running track is being resurfaced, affecting both workout schedules and classes. "The facility was built in 1990 and 16 years of use on a rubber track has worn the surface down," said John Knight from the Weber State University Campus Recreation office. "The rubber wears down and needs to be resurfaced every 8 to 10 years, so it's well overdue." The Stromberg Center houses a 200-meter indoor track used by the Wildcat men and women's track and field teams. WSU and numerous high schools use the track for various meets. The center also houses classrooms, cardio and strength fitness equipment, and plenty of space for all kinds of workouts. Resurfacing the track means the track will be getting a half inch of new rubber on its surface. Both the cardio and strength exercise equipment areas are also being redone. Students, staff and alumni who use the center will have to make different arrangements for their workouts. . "You can go across the street to Promontory Tower Fitness Center," said Lauren Mitchell, from customer service. "They have a workout room on the main floor." Some students have been surprised by this. "I didn't know that," said Brett Woodruff, business administration major. "I work in Ogden, so I come here right after work. Once you start coming, you can't stop." , Patrons who are interested in using the P.T. Fitness Center or the fitness center at University Village just need to bring along their student ID and guests must pay $4 to use the gym. The facilities are smaller since they were intended as an amenity for residential living, but they are well equipped with spin bikes, treadmills, stair climbers and elliptical machines. "We even offer Turbo Kick and STEP classes as free services at the satellite buildings," Knight said. "We want to make sure people have a place to go." Students looking for a place to run will have to move outside to the William H. Child Outdoor Track for their training. Officials said if the gates are unlocked students can use the track. Most classes currently held in the Stromberg Center will not be affected by the closure. "If it's not too toxic smelling, we'll continue into the 11 or 12 week for the statistics class in the center," said Myron Davis, who is teaching the summer semester classes. "All other activity classes will be finished by the 21st of July." Students in the cross-training, strength and aerobics classes have been informed of the need to make sure they have all their requirements done for those classes before July 21. Plans are to open both the Stromberg Center and the Swenson Gym at the end of August just in time for the fall semester. "August 25 is the Wildcat Welcome for freshmen and new students," Wright said. "Both will be open for the Ultimate Kickoff Party." The hours of the fitness center in Promontory Tower and University Village are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. You can leave a message for reporter Deborah Ramsey by calling 626-7655. XA ' r .11 ii I'l K H I ) HI MAM I.IA.SS lilt MiAHl.M Construction workers repair the swimming pool in the Swenson Gym. The gym has undergone repairs since summer 200.1; July 22 the C. William Stromberg Fitnosss Center will be closed for upgrades. Students tan use the gyms in Promontory Tower and University Villain.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-07-05, Vol. 69, No. 4|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|