Eagle Mountain

You paint your own road

by Keegan Beck

There is a large handful of metaphors used when it comes to graduation, but I want to paint you a picture of one seldom overused.

Picture this: you are sitting in a car, you look in front of you, and you see an open road. Now, picture again, a road that is filled with cars, stopping, going, and stopping again. This is a situation many of us face every day, and that is a metaphor for our every day lives.

With graduation just hours away, the graduating class of 2017 has a lot to think about and a lot to enjoy. This day has been waiting for these seniors. But these seniors have not stopped plugging along to reach their final destination in this chapter of their lives – high school graduation. They will anxiously walk across the stage and receive that diploma. But that is not the end. It is just the beginning. What road will these graduates take?


“Your future is really up to you. You paint your own road.”


Be sure to join the Rockwell class of 2017 graduates at the Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point on May 25, 2017. The ceremony will start at 6:00 pm.

Bomb threat at Eagle Valley Elementary results in lockdown Monday

Students and faculty at Eagle Valley Elementary had an eventful day on Monday as Christopher Craig, 35, of Eagle Mountain was arrested after entering the school and making a bomb threat.

“At 2:13 pm, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch received a call from a man who said he was at the school,” FOX 13 News reports.

Craig walked into the school wearing a mask and told employees to “Evacuate the kids and no one will get hurt.”

The man is said to be mentally ill, though it is unknown whether or not he is currently receiving treatment.

According to FOX 13 News, “After the threat was made, the release states, school staff locked the doors and activated school lockdown and evacuation procedures.”

Craig told officers and employees that the trunk of his car had explosives in it and that he was going to open it and set them off.

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Images via FOX 13 News

“He told dispatchers officers should keep their distance from the school,” stated the school’s press release. “He later told negotiators that he had a message he wanted to give them.”

“Craig agreed that, if he could share his message with negotiators, he would walk away from the car and let officers arrest him,”  FOX 13 News reports. “Craig was peacefully arrested and taken into custody, where he was booked on charges of threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony; interference with arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor; failure to disclose identity, a class B misdemeanor; disrupting operation of school, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.”

Students were reunited with family members around 5:30 pm Monday night.

School resumed as usual for Eagle Valley Elementary students today, but the school is excusing absences of those students whose parents don’t feel comfortable sending their kids to school today. The school will be guarded by officers, counselors and security personnel to ensure student and teacher safety and comfort following such a traumatic experience.