Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Northern Utah?

Monday , January 08, 2018 - 4:30 AM

STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD

Each week the Standard-Examiner hashes out issues large and small and takes a thumbs-up, thumbs-down stance for the Monday editorial. Here’s what we recommend this week for praise and criticism:

THUMBS UP: To Randy Julander, who retired Jan. 3 after 27 years as supervisor for the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Utah Snow Survey.

Nobody understood Utah’s snowpack and water supply as well as Julander. And nobody knew how to describe it more colorfully.

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“October was really dry, like reading a dictionary,” Julander observed in November 2017.

Julander said when he started as supervisor, the survey’s data points and observation points numbered in the tens of thousands. Now, he informed Leia Larsen, a reporter for the Standard-Examiner, the agency collects more than 25 million individual observations a year.

“The best part of my job by far was the fieldwork,” Julander told Larsen. “The instrumentation, getting out there, looking at the watershed, learning about how it responds, being in the field either measuring snow or taking care of the equipment was by far the funnest part. A lot of times you got to do that via helicopter, or via snowmobile, or via snowshoes or via skis. So the transportation was pretty doggone awesome as well.”

Thank you for nearly three decades of helping Utahns understand their environment, Randy Julander.

THUMBS DOWN: To local police, who botched FBI hate crime reporting in 2016.

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Police reported 11 hate crimes in Weber County, but only four met the FBI’s definition: a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

The other seven reports? Police blamed clerical errors.

Ogden submitted three incorrect hate crime reports. North Ogden filed two, while Pleasant View and South Ogden each submitted one.

Filing erroneous reports only hurts our ability to understand the causes of hate in Northern Utah.

THUMBS UP: To organizers of the First Friday Art Stroll in downtown Ogden, which packed Historic 25th Street on a brisk January night.

A busy downtown is not only good for the local economy, it’s vital to our sense of community. And in Ogden, it’s the arts that help bring people together.

THUMBS DOWN: To drivers who don’t slow down in snowy weather.

When snow and rain began falling Saturday afternoon in Northern Utah, wrecks quickly followed. One crash involved a Utah Transit Authority bus, which plowed into a row of trees on the East Bench. UTA said the wintry weather was to blame.

If you don’t adjust for slick, snowy roads, you’re putting lives and property at risk.

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