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Cowgirl back on a horse at age 90

January 25, 2018

Helen Smith has lived a life surrounded by horses.

As a teenager she broke wild mustangs in rural Nevada. As an adult, she ran a cowboy bar in Ogden. In between, she raised and raced horses around the West.

But at the age of 90, Smith had gone two decades without being on a horse.

That changed at the Scotsman Center in Mountain Green a few days ahead of her 91st birthday. Brookdale Senior Living, Hoofbeats to Healing and Wish of a Lifetime partnered up to get Smith a ride on Olivia, a therapy horse.

Smith, who gets around with assistance in a wheelchair, was in good spirits as she was lifted onto her horse. She discussed her plans for stealing a horse, gave details on which cowboy she wanted to give her birthday spankings and tried to talk staff into taking her to a bar after leaving the arena.

“I think I could get use to that,” said Smith after wrapping up her 15 minute ride around the arena.

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Martin Luther King Day in Ogden

January 15, 2018

People from around Northern Utah packed into every corner of the Marshall White Center gym early on Monday morning for the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast and March. Around 200 people gather most years for the annual community event put on by the Ogden Branch of the NAACP and Weber State University.

This year, more than 400 people turned out to share breakfast, listen to speakers and sing songs before marching downtown.

Local activists spoke not only about King and the history of the civil rights movement, but also about the challenges still ahead and the work needed to fight racism and prejudice in the United States today.

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Cornel West at Weber State

January 15, 2018

Author, activist and professor Cornel West speaks to a sold-out crowd at the Weber State University’s Browning Center on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. West visited Ogden as part of WSU’s focus on increasing civility throughout the school year. West spoke about building community and combating prejudice, while also warning of the dangers the country could face if those challenges aren’t addressed.