At 26 miles, Ogden’s Bonneville Shoreline trail is the longest continuous section in the state. This 26 mile section of single track trail also connects the communities of Pleasant View, North Ogden, South Ogden and Ogden. More than anything else the greater Ogden area has to offer, the Bonneville Shoreline trail brings more people and economic impact to the county than all other amenities combined. If public access to the Ogden trails are taken away, it poses a serious risk to the to the economic well-being of our little mountain towns.
Serving 3 terms as an Ogden City councilwoman, Amy Wicks has been an Ogden community leader and activist for a long time. Serving as a council-women during the ‘Lift Ogden’ era when the Ogden City Mayor’s office, the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce and local developer Chris Petersen wanted to connect downtown Ogden with the Snowbasin ski resort. The proposal outlined a gondola from Washington Blvd. to Weber State and then from Weber State to a new Malan’s Resort in the foothills of Ogden, owned by Chris Petersen. At the time, Chris Petersen had a direct relationship with Sinclair Oil, which owns Snowbasin Resort. You see, Mr. Petersen helped bring the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to Snowbasin by developing the ski resort to what it is today…he’s built a gondola before. With lifts from downtown Ogden to the foothills, and then a potential road or tram from Snowbasin to Mr. Petersen’s new resort in the Malan’s Basin, Ogden would be a one-of-a-kind mountain town. None of it worked out, however. Chris Petersen and Amy are the only two players left in the Lift Ogden drama that played out from 2005 to 2008, but we’re all still dealing with the effects of the project that seemed doomed from the beginning.
In this episode of The Banyan Collective’s, Mr. Goodyear’s neighborhood, we sat down with Amy Wicks and hashed out the Lift Ogden history. Since the project failed 8 years ago, Mr. Petersen has built fences surrounding his ‘TR Guest Ranch’ and has on several occasions limited access to the 2 miles of BST trail that runs through his property, claiming there is not a prescriptive easement. Are Mr. Petersen’s recent actions retribution for the lack of community support for his resort and gondola plans? Is all of this just a play by Mr. Petersen to get the best selling price for his land? What precedent does it establish with other land owners along the BST should Mr. Petersen sell his land to the government? What really happened during the Lift Ogden era? We address all of these questions and more in this 3-part interview with Ogden’s most active community organizer. Please tune in and get involved.
Karl Meltzer, also known as the 'Speedgoat,' is the winningest 100 mile runner in history. With multiple wins at the Hardrock 100, Wasatch 100 and the Bear 100, Karl's trophy room is stacked deep with championship hardware. With all the success as an ultra runner, the record Karl pines to own is the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail thru 'run.' That's right, Karl is going after Scott Jurek's AT record of 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. Karl is currently traveling to Mount Katahdin on the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail to begin his record attempt. You can track his progress here: www.atrun.redbull.com
Last November, we sat down with Karl and his wife, Cheryl, and we chatted about romance, Hoka, ultra running and Karl announced his plans to go for the AT record. It all went down in the cold mountain air of Ogden, but good thing we were all snuggled in the comforts of the Tan Van. Enjoy and good luck, Karl!
A few weeks ago Utah Congressional candidate, Peter Clemens, and I were introduced. Peter is a well respected and successful doctor practicing in Ogden, and I'm a displaced running shop owner doing podcast interviews out of a tan van down by the river...we can't make this stuff up, but it does seem like a match made by the fates. Dr. Clemens, but because we're at a trail head in Ogden sitting in lawn chairs and working out of a Dodge van, I'll be less formal and refer to Utah's 1st District democratic congressional candidate as 'Peter.' Peter humbly accepted my invitation to talk about his candidacy and afforded me the freedom to ask anything I wanted about current political issues and the differences between him and the current Utah 1st District congressman, Representative Rob Bishop. The result is a fast paced 90 minute interview produced by Brandon Long, one of my partners at The Banyan Collective. Please check it out, I think you'll have a good sense who Peter Clemens is and what he wants to accomplish as Utah's congressional representative. And don't forget to VOTE in November!
Here's the original copy for The Banyan Collective website:
Did you know America's healthcare system is the 4th largest economy in the world? Could Hill Air Force Base be at risk of closing because of a political score? Has congressional representative Rob Bishop lost touch with Utah and the people he represents? Peter Clemens is running for Utah's First District congressional seat currently held by Representative Rob Bishop. In this exclusive episode of Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood, we sat down with Democratic candidate Peter Clemens and discussed these issues and many more.
Peter is an Army Veteran and a successful doctor who has been practicing in Ogden for a very long time. He has become rooted and connected to the Top of Utah community and feels compelled to enter the political arena because 'congress is broken and Utah's First District seat is part of the problem.' This was a no-holds barred interview: Peter agreed to come on the show at the 22nd Street trail head with no prep ahead of time and agreed to answer anything we asked him without any conditions. The result is 90 minutes of rapid political talk where we're proud to say, no political stone was left unturned.
The 2016 Ogden Arts Festival a couple weeks was a huge success! Congratulations Amir and Nurture the Creative Mind for organizing a great event, we can't wait to go back next year.
The Ogden Arts Fest was a great platform for The Banyan Collective to showcase its catalog of shows: We set the Tan Van up front and center and while Brandon emceed the event, Todd provided the color commentary and I just hung out and made sure everybody had enough to drink;-) We recorded a couple MGN shows, an Ogden Outdoor Adventure show, recorded two incredible Van Sessions, launched LITerally and even re-launched Bug Huckers.
First up on Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood was Marcy Rizzi and Kylee Hallows who are both opening new retail shops on Ogden's Historic 25th Street. Marcy's opening an independent book store called 'Booked on 25th' while Kylee and her business partner, Blake Lundell, are opening 'Lavender Vinyl,' a new independent record store. The first day of the Arts Fest was wet and cold, but Marcy and Kylee were good sports as they all cuddled under blankets with 'Todd to the Top' while we chatted them up about their new businesses and Ogden's need for print and vinyl art..books and records! Why doesn't Ogden have its own independent book and record stores!?
This was a fun interview, we could have geeked out all day about books and music. In fact, in a couple of weeks, we can all visit their new shops and geek out all day about our favorite authors and vinyl LP's. Please give them your support and take a listen to the interview, they give us all the secret deatils on the new Harry Potter book and the new Radiohead album.
I've had a lot of questions lately about what I'm doing now and what life I'll live next. I really don't know, but I am passionate about the community we live in and I feel a need to serve and stay engaged with the folks who have supported my family and I over the years. Top of my list of people to give back to isWeber Pathways. Mark and Rod at 'Pathways' have worked tirelessly to build trails and secure open spaces in Weber County. After I opened a store in Ogden that sells trail shoes in a trail-minded community Pathways helped establish, it almost felt like cheating. So, with the help of my loyal partners at The Banyan Collective, Todd &Brandon, we're going to spotlight the great work Weber Pathways does and help them achieve their funding needs so they can continue to connect communities with the great trails and 'pathways' they build in our communities. Last week we all met at Mt. Ogden park and chatted for a long while about the history, origins and accomplishments of Weber Pathways and the need to change with the times so the organization can continue their work in the future. Please take a listen and hopefully afterwards you might consider supporting Pathways in some way.
The following is the original copy fromThe Banyan Collective post:
Weber Pathways started as a non-profit organization in 1995 in an effort to build a trail through Ogden Canyon. 21 years later, 'Pathways' is still perpetually working on a solution with property owners and governmental agencies for pedestrians and bikes to travel safely through the canyon.
In that time, however, Pathways has created 58 miles of trails and preserved 320 acres of open space, connecting Weber County's communities with non-motorized trails. The trail system in Weber County offers a lifestyle to its residents that communities across the nation would love to duplicate; riders, runners and hikers can tap into any trailhead in the county and travel for miles in any direction with easy access to our homes, businesses and families. What a deal, right?
Mark, Rod and their 25 member board make it all happen on an annual budget that sometimes makes it hard to make ends meet. In this episode of Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood, we sit down with Weber Pathways and go deep into their history, legacy and ask the hard questions regarding their future.
Donate to Weber Pathways here: https://www.weberpathways.org/donate/
Thank you to GOAL ZERO for powering this podcast.
A week has gone by since the 2016 Ogden Marathon, but the memories of pelting rain, hurricane force winds and frigid temperatures are still fresh in the minds of the 9,000 runners who braved the conditions of 'Utah's Spring Run-Off.'
The field of elite runners was stacked as the 'who's who' of Utah running toed the starting line with the addition a lone wolf speedster who introduced himself as 'Montana.' Ogden native, Riley Cook, was ready to fend off all challengers and laser focused to do battle with a marathon course that has given him trouble several times in the past.
In this episode of Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood, we sit down with Riley as he takes us through his history with the Ogden Marathon and his inspiring journey to conquer his hometown race and become the 26.2 mile champion. As Riley puts it, it's 'fart-licking good!' Yep, you're going to love Riley.
First off I want to congratulate the brave souls who ran the 2016 Ogden Marathon this past weekend. I've survived wind and rain storms at 14,000 feet in the San Juan mountains before, and those tough weather days had nothing on the storm that rocked Ogden on Saturday. Ogden runners are crazy tough! Krisitn volunteered with the bus loading at the bright hour of 3:30am, and even with the rain already falling and the wind beginning to pick up, the GOAL volunteers filled every single bus on its way to Ogden Valley...everybody still showed up!
I made the statement in this interview with Bart, and I'll say it here now: The GOAL Foundation and its Ogden Marathon race director, Jenny Scothern, are the only organization who could pull off hosting 9,000 runners in a severe wind and rain storm. The weather was unfortunate, but GOAL and its army of volunteers stuck to their plan and delivered a world class community event. Thank you and congratulations!
Bart Yasso is the easiest guy on the planet to talk to. It's no wonder Runners World magazine tapped him as its Chief Running Officer. As a runner myself, I'm pround to think of Bart as the ambassador for runners everywhere. I hope you enjoy this interview. Brandon and Todd were able to write copy, edit and get this episode of MGN posted while working the expo. Please visit The Banyan Collective's website for the original post and more pictures.
On a final note, Krisitn and I just want to say 'Thank You' for all the support and loyalty from the running community. We love you all!
Kristin really is the love of my life. I knew it the day she drove me to see the 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day.' She's always been a leader in the community, she's always worked her ass off and in a 'me' world, she's the most selfless person I know. We built a nice little life together after we married in 1994. We were going to college, we bought a house in Ogden and brought a couple of dogs into our life. When we weren't going to school or working, we spent our free time hiking with our puppies and working on our house. I didn't think life could get any better, but then along came Shad and Jessica.
There's nothing better than watching the girl you fell in love with teach your kids how to bowl and what it's like to have fun at a Brett Michael's concert. We started a business as a family and Kristin taught them the benefits of leadership and working hard. Shad will always be prepared for anything, or strong enough to deal with anything, because you never know when Mom is going to pull you out of bed at 5:00am to 'conquer thyself' on a mountain adventure. No doubt Jesscia will be a strong leader in whatever she decides to do with her life. She's watched her Mom lead by example and knows the real role of women in society...being successful and shattering gender stereotypes!
Thank you, Babe! Happy Mothers Day, love ya. The best is yet to come as we watch our kiddos achieve great things and help other people. No pressure though, Shad and Jessica. You only have your Mother's reputation to live up to ;-)
Are you aware Weber County’s ‘rainy day’ fund has been depleted? The next question is obvious…what happens if it rains? The truth is, now is not the time for ‘Game of Thrones’ type of political maneuvering currently being played in our county leadership. As Kym Buttschardt puts it; ‘we need a fresh, calm and educated voice in our county government. ‘ Caitlin Gochnour is just what Weber County needs, ‘A Fresh Perspective.’
Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood is back! In this episode, we sat down with Caitlin Gochnour, who is running for a seat on the Weber County Commission. This is a live show at Caitlin’s campaign kickoff at Ogden City’s Union Station. With about 80 people in attendance, we didn’t go easy on the former Ogden City Councilwomen. We wanted examples where her collaborative and engaging leadership style resulted in wins. She gave us a couple of really good examles…did you know, triathletes, it was Caitlin Gochnour who convened all the powers that be and got us a designated open swim area at Pineview Reservoir? During her eight years on the Ogden City council, working with two administrations, she brought economic development to the city, increasing its tax base. If it rains in Ogden, there’s a fund. Caitlin insists; this is the type of analytical thinking and planning that Weber County needs. What happens if there’s another recession like 2008, but this time there’s not a plan (or a fund) to mitigate it?
Okay, okay, we’re campaigning right now, but listen for yourself and you decide. We covered all the hot topics: Ogden Valley water, the North Ogden Library project, flooding out west, population growth, gender balance and TAXES! It is our hope with this podcast that you’re inspired to get involved and to go out and vote…just vote, baby! In a county pushing 250,000 residents across 16 cities, it doesn’t make any sense to allow 673 Republican delegates to decide who your Weber County Commissioners are.
Thank you for listening, it’s good to be back. For more information on Caitlin’s campaign for Weber County Commission, please visit www.caitlingochnour.com
To register to vote in the closed Republican Primary on June,28th, please follow this link:
Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood is a podcast I developed with Brandon Long & Todd Oberndorfer of the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show. OAA started as a live radio show at Weber State University's KWCR-FM radio station. After graduation, Brandon & Todd kept the show alive by producing OOA as a podcast. They cover local events, interview the movers and shakers in Ogden and keep adventurers in the know by highlighting stories in the outdoor industry. They've been at it now for over 5 years and just wrapped up thier 235th show!
In 2014, Brandon, Todd and I founded The Banyan Collective, an Ogden media and broadcasting company producing podcast shows, connecting the local community with the outdoors. Our current catalog of shows include the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show, Bug Huckers, Van Sessions and Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood. MGN is a long-format interview show named after Miles Goodyear, the original moutain man who founded Fort Buenaventura and the first european (white man) to settle in what is now Weber County. I've been hosting MGN for a couple of years, but Brandon and Todd do all the work. You can check out all the shows by clicking on the MGN or the ITunes logos on this page.
All the MGN shows were available on the Striders Running website, which doesn't exist anymore (Striders Running is now Jackrabbit) but all the interviews are still available on the links above. With the new Wojo Family website, we'll highlight our favorite shows from the past and post new and improved shows from Mr. Goodyear's Neighborhood.
We're currently developing new shows and are very excited to announce what we have coming up! Before we get to what's new, I wanted to post an interview we did last October '15 with Bill Allred. Bill's interview at Ogden's GOAL Foundation was our most ambitious MGN to date. It was a live show with the 'who's who' of Ogden in attendance. Bill is the longtime co-host ofX96's Radio From Hell show and also a native of Ogden. It took a few months to work out everybody's schedules so this event could happen. But it did and we're very pround of the results. We hope to produce many more shows like this, maybe we can even get Kerry and Gina along with Bill someday?
Well, enjoy the show and please check out some of the other shows produced by The Banyan Collective.
Here's the original copy and show notes for Bill's interview:
Bill Allred, the Prime Minister of radio and the voice of Utah’s counter culture, was Ogden’s guest of honor in this episode of The Banyan Collective’s, Mr. Goodyear’s Neighborhood podcast.
It was a party on the boulevard with Roosters Brewing serving up a special dish for Bill at GOAL Foundation headquarters. It was a full house with the ‘who’s who’ of Ogden stopping by to listen in as Mayor Mike Caldwell welcomes Bill back to O-Town. Bill was on point with stories of his youth, dragging the ‘Vard’ and the state of his mental health while growing up in this mountain town.
Bill looked great! He’s fit, he has a new knee and a haircut that would make any missionary proud. Bill was a great sport as we shot gunned questions at him about pop-culture and the new Star Wars movie, what his 10 year plan is and oh yeah, would you like to sleep in the Tan Van and help Brandon MC the Ogden Marathonstarting line?
As the party settled down and the cleanup began, Bill said some very sweet things about his family and his loyalty to X96 Radio from Hell co-hosts, Kerry Jackson and Gina Barberi. It was during these final touching moments we learn Bill understands John’s man-crush with Eddie Vedder and he would like Peter Dinklage to play the role of ‘Bill’ is a biopic about Ralph William Allred.
Thank you, Bill! It was an honor and we can’t wait to do it again.