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Thursday, May 5, 2005

From the Keep-Your-Eye-on-the-Ball Department:

"In a year when war in Iraq, the threat of terrorism and looming problems with the federal budget and the nation's health care system cry out for serious debate, the news organizations on which people should be able to depend have been diverted into chasing sham events."

--David S. Broder, columnist, 2004


APRIL 2005

Arts & Life


In pursuit of a cool moment, student paints his thoughts on canvas and clothes
In the dimly lighted kitchen of his apartment, the painter mixes shades of yellow on a paper plate, furrows his brow and pours over his canvas. "I guess art is a way to channel my feelings-slash-thought process," he says. "I look at it as a channel the way someone else might use music or writing." / By Aaron Falk


Life in USU's 'global village' opens eyes to the ways of a broader world
It's a no brainer that foreign exchange students get a personal glimpse of American culture at Utah State University -- but Americans are learning about other lands here at home. One way is to sign up at on-campus dorm where foreign exchange students live. / By Mou Wai-mui

How does Utah's religious culture factor into high incidence of depression?
Is Utah in the midst of a debilitating mental health crisis or a campaign for legitimate health care? The Beehive State, built on a firm foundation of productivity, self-reliance and perseverance, is being infiltrated by a few less-desirable traits: anxiety and depression. / By Lexie Kite

Hyrum experiences burgeoning Hispanic population
Being the new guy is never easy and the situation gets worse when you look different and talk different. / By Emma Tippetts

As one of only six female pre-meds, Stephanie Chambers draws inspiration wherever she can find it
For five years, Stephanie Chambers has watched women leave her pre-med courses for less demanding careers. With the common trend of Utahans marrying at a young age, Chambers has witnessed her female counterparts buckle under the conflicting demands between their cultural values and the medical field. / By Katie Ashton

Local Catholic community not surprised by papal selection
In an informal question-and-answer session Wednesday night at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Father Clarence Sandoval answered questions from non-Catholics and Catholics alike on topics ranging from the selection of a new pope to basic theological issues such as prayer, confession and church hierarchy. / By Joey Hislop

USU students experience 12 countries while living in San Juan Hall
San Juan hall's residents have the opportunity to embrace a variety of cultures while living with students from all over the world. / By Jerome Le Carrou

Develop Paradise? It's farmland forever if Jon White has his way
As one passes through the small town, not many houses or businesses dot the landscape. In fact, all you can see for miles on end, it seems, is farm after farm after farm. / By Jon Cox

A taste of the world heats up the tastebuds at international shows
From spicy curry to heavenly "Nian Gao" dessert to a sampling of cultures, the International Student Council Annual Banquet gave USU students a taste of the world Saturay night. / By Jerome le Carrou

Research shows off-highway vehicle ads send irresponsible messages
More than half of magazine advertisements for off-highway vehicles promote irresponsible driving. / By Tamber Weston


Student actor, a stickler for details, plays his roles and his life just-so
At Christmas, the blue presents are opened long before the white, and red ones are in between. If two presents are the same color, the presents are then opened in the alphabetical order of their accent color on the wrapping paper. / By Natalie Andrews

Millville hopes new reservoir will help city accommodate rapid growth
In the Millville Cemetery are graves that date to 1863. On the south and west are alfalfa fields crossed with wheel lines and bordered with trees white with blossoms. To the north are new homes of stucco, siding, and brick. Neither view is unpleasant, but one is becoming increasingly common in Millville. Millville is growing. / By Joseph Sheppard

Newton aspires to become a 'Tree City'
The annual town clean-up is something of a tradition for most towns but this year Newton will not only spring clean but strive to become nationally recognized as a Tree City, USA. / By Chris Johnsen

Thanks to IDEA, disabled kids are no longer isolated from peers
Thirty years ago Tyrus, a young boy with Down syndrome, would have been educated in a segregated school separate from his twin sister Aubrey and other children in his neighborhood. / By Shauna Leavitt

Nibley's farms and open spaces threatened by land developers
Elkhorn Ranch, the first pioneer settlement in Cache Valley, originally included part of what is now Nibley. In the first winter there about three-fourths of the cattle died because of the elements. / By Kevin Nielsen

Only in Benson can you get gas from drinking water, maybe
After a long day of hard work nothing hits the spot like a cold glass of water, but then, most people don't wait for methane gas to clear from their water before drinking it. Jim Watterson's well produces not only water, but methane gas. / By Chris Johnsen

Assisted living means Jazz games, ice cream -- as big a slice of life as seniors can handle
Every day, Carol Larsen wakes up at 6 a.m. without an alarm. She showers, gets dressed and walks downstairs to the dining room to eat her breakfast, but fortunately she doesn't have to cook. Breakfast is always taken care of by a staff, and by the time Carol arrives to eat, she is often one of many in the dining room. / By Scott S. Jardine

USU student dances, decorates despite 'minor inconvenience' of blindness
Ballet, basketball and interior design are all a part of everyday life for Deja Rolfe. Pretty common activities for many people in their 20s, but not as common for people who are blind. Deja Rolfe, 22, is as senior at Utah State University majoring in public relations and organizational communication. She is also blind. / By Ann Passey

Richmond girl gets experience as youngest EMT
At 18, Kizzi is the youngest member of her town's volunteer fire department, a squad that is over 30 citizens strong. Kizzi may be the greenie in the department but she doesn't sound like a rookie, nor do her fellow volunteers treat her as one. / By Joey Hislop

That incurable fever strikes again
It's that time again. It comes every spring and can be the downfall of many Utah State University students and their grades. / By Alexis Lear

'Comedy of Errors' hits and misses as it goes over the top
Utah State Theatre went over the top with its slapstick humor in its production of William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. The play repeatedly used a 400-year-old form of Italian slapstick humor known as commedia dell'Arte — a string of random gags throughout the play — to humor the audience. / By Tamber Weston

USU's A-Team pities the fool who tries to start college without transition skills
One student is 22, from Salt Lake City, majoring in elementary education. Another student is 21 from California, majoring in audiology. There are 25 of them, all students at Utah State University. Each unique in character but all spending their summer in Logan for the same purpose: to orient new students to Utah State University. / By Sarah Reale

Theft is Cache Valley's most common crime, police chief says
Burglary and identity thefts are on the rise in Cache Valley, North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes said Friday. / By Lexie Kite

Millville's youth council provides community service while learning how government works
Twice a month, 15 to 20 youth from Millville meet together as the Youth Council to organize service activities and community celebrations. They are all volunteers and among the council members they have elected a mayor, recorder and other city offices. / By Joseph Sheppard

Better weather brings more 'crimes of opportunity,' police warn
Lock your car, lock your house and secure your valuables, because theft and larceny are on the rise, Captain James Geier of the Logan City Police said. / By Lindsay Kite

USU students struggle with lack of sleep
For the third time, Dylan Bullock presses the snooze button on his alarm clock. He then rolls over and quickly falls back asleep. / By Alexis Lear

Locked out of your car? If it's on campus, USU police can help
Locking your keys inside your car is never a pleasant experience, but if it happens on campus, USU Police are happy to help. / By Emma Tippetts

'A Day of Sharing' will take place April 16
The event gives volunteers a chance to become active in their community and to meet people from various organizations throughout Logan.

Ice cream store plans grand reopening
The new and improved Famous Aggie Ice Cream store has reopened in the Nutrition and Food Science Building. Gone is the 1970s "avocado refrigerator" look.

Blisters, wobbles all for a good cause as men 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'
Sparkly pink satin pumps leading only to hairy, muscular legs. Two-inch high-heels with big white bows . . in size 14. Strappy, white platform sandals with un-pedicured toes sticking out. Drag queens? No. Men with a cause. / By Megan Roe

One person's trash is another person's treasure-diving experience
A Ding Dong box at the bottom of the Dumpster seemed to make two girls act as if they'd just won the lottery. Dressed in dark clothes and hats the girls giggled as they asked the driver if they could borrow her crutches to fetch the box out of the bottom. / By Holly Scott

Staying patient and positive helps Laura Hemesath cope with cerebral palsy
Laura Hemesath wishes she could trade bodies with you for just one day. / By Ann Passey

No rocking-chair retirement for Smithfield's Barbara Gutke
With 54 homes in the Hunter Meadows development completed and 13 new lots already promised, 80-year-old Barbara Gutke said her work is "keeping me young." / By Ash Schiller

Clandestine Friday night activity offers winning hands
You have an ace of spades and a jack of spades; five more cards decide whether you can afford tuition next semester or not. As each card is turned over you can fold or keep going. Choose wisely. / By Camille Blake

Wellsville historian Wilma Hall says there's no place like home
Things aren't the same today as they used to be in Wilma J. Hall's hometown of Wellsville, but the two-time outstanding citizen and co-author of Windows of Wellsville, 1856-1984 says she doesn't mind much. / By Jeremy Wilkins


If you can stomach the violence, you've got to see the inventiveness of 'Sin City'
While hoping that Robert Rodriguez's recent films somehow would be as good as some of his earliest works, such as Desperado, I have been sick of wasting time and money on many of them. / By Jared Ocana


What's a music education worth? Students say they gain a lot -- except free time
Tyler Whittaker pays rent, but doesn't really get his money's worth. He's almost never there. Whittaker spends at least eight hours a day in the music building, and will continue to do so for the next four years. / By Emma Tippetts

USU tenor-professor enjoys his turn facing the audience in 'Requiem'
At Abravanel Hall a couple of Sundays ago, music students of Utah State University found professor Cory Evans in an unusual position. Typically, Evans can be found facing a choir, helping students understand the meaning of a text or explaining the musical expression intended by a composer. / By Brooke Nelson

USU music department's Música Viva entertains with 'immoral' Tango!
Tuesday night some of Latin music's finest gathered at the Caine Lyric Theatre for a presentation of Tango! / By Tamber Weston

USU to present Mozart's Requiem in Salt Lake City and Logan
Utah State University's department of music has assembled an ambitious musical project that will present Mozart's "Requiem," and the work includes the combined efforts of the USU Symphony Orchestra and choral ensembles, joined by faculty and alumni soloists. Faculty member Sergio Bernal directs.

'Almost Broadway!' to salute the 1940s at Caine Lyric, April 15-16
Members and friends of Logan's First Presbyterian Church will stage their annual Almost Broadway! musical Friday and Saturday nights, April 15 and 16 at the Caine Lyric Theater in downtown Logan. Curtain is 7:30.

Wild Art

Giant snake, giant lamp . . . art students think big in final project / Photos by Josh J. Russell

Buddhist Songkran Festival Brings in the New Year/ A photo essay by Doan Nguyen

General goofiness and fun at A-Day / Photos by Josh Russell

USU seniors celebrate with entertainment, gambling games / Photos by Josh Russell

Last day at the Beav / A photo essay by Josh Russell


Biz Features

Crumb Brothers Bakery aims to nourish spirits as well as stomachs
They say man cannot live on bread alone, but Bill Oblock, owner of Crumb Brothers Bakery, begs to differ. / By Lindsay Kite

The Cracker Barrel is Paradise's main landmark -- famous for prime rib
One sign reads, "The Cracker Barrel, A Territorial Trading Post Since 1881," and for those who pass through the small town of Paradise, you probably remember little else. / By Jon Cox

Biz News

Bep's country Market anchors more than Newton's commercial center - it's Becky Griffin's heart
Becky Griffin likes people and satisfies her liking for people as a country store owner. "I call myself the store; I'm always laughing at bartenders, I probably know as much as bartenders do, it tells me that people trust me," said Griffin, owner of Bep's Country Market. / By Chris Johnsen


Across Bridgerland

Public relations students showcase talent at first Aggie PRO event
Utah State University public relations students will present PR strategy pitches to local and regional business clients in Utah State's first Aggie Public Relations Organization (PRO) event at 10 a.m. April 27 on the university campus.

JCOM students win 10 Society of Professional Journalists awards, including 4 for Hard News Cafe
Students in Utah State University's department of journalism and communication won 10 awards Saturday in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Mark of Excellence contest. The Hard News Cafe was named the best all-around online student newspaper in the four-state region.

River Heights woman pleads guilty to illegal possession of prescription drugs
Jamie Daun Fisher of River Heights pleaded guilty Tuesday in 1st District Court to illegal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor. / By Joey Hislop

Man pleads guilty to possession of marijuana, weapons
Christopher Lescoe pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, both class A misdemeanors, in 1st District Court Tuesday. / By Joseph Sheppard

National & International News

Broadcasting indeceny law leaves stations, industry watchers guessing
Is government regulation going too far? On Feb. 16, the House of Representatives passed a bill giving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the right to fine any public radio or TV station up to $500,000 for saying anything "obscene, indecent, or profane." / By Mike Dransfield

Local News

Connecticut company to move 1.5 million USU library books in late summer
The long-awaited Merrill-Cazier Library is almost complete and Utah State University is gearing up for the move. Associate Director for Public Services John Elsweiler confirmed that the university has hired a moving company from Connecticut. / By Tamber Weston

Gangs not a major problem in Cache Valley, LCPD says
Cache Valley has heard its fair share of buzz about gangs and gang-related activity lately, but Sgt. Pat Wolcott of the Logan City Police Department says our gangs are mostly homogenized, meaning they're blended. / By Jen Pulham

Many in northwest Cache Valley think new landfill site stinks
Hiedi Hodgson said the new landfill for northwestern Cache Valley stinks -- and not because of garbage. Citizens from Newton, Clarkston, and Cornish complain the landfill is unfair and motivated by Logan's need of money, said Hodgson. / By Chris Johnsen

Water is the limiting factor for growth in Cache Valley -- but growth is causing water shortages
Water, water everywhere -- at least that's what some think. With the flooding that has been occurring all over the valley in the last couple months, problems with water scarcity seem to have vanished. But there are other water issues the county is ignoring, said Evan Olsen, former Utah legislator. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Wellsville cuts down its giant ash trees to keep power lines clear
Almost 150 giant ash trees, which have created an aesthetic archway along Wellsville's center street for more than a century, have been removed, leaving the city's main road looking bare. Utah Power and Light asked Wellsville to remove the trees because the company was going to begin upgrading power lines. / By Megan Roe

Only the 'end of the world' will stop Smithfield gravel pit, Gass predicts
The gravel pit battle continues between residents and the Long Hill property owner Steve Parkinson, as the thrice tabled issue nears its next county discussion Monday. / By Ash Schiller

Broadening Richmond's horizons will slow down your summer travel on US 91
It's spring again. The sun is shining, the winter's snow has all but disappeared, and the flowers are in bloom. What better time to hop in the car and take a nice scenic ride through the countryside? / By Joey Hislop

Newton Dam already 87% full, up from 30% last year
Newton Dam boasts 87 percent of capacity and could reach 100 percent after four years of declining water levels, said Joe Larsen, president of Newton Water Users. / By Chris Johnsen

'A Touch of Paradise' to open soon under 114 pairs of watchful eyes
Residents want to see more camps targeted at helping troubled youth overcome their problems. They just never wanted one in Paradise. / By Jon Cox

Hyrum P&Z 'excited' about vision for proposed subdivision
A unique development for the hundred-acre wood across the dam may be closer to reality. Thursday night, Steven Baugh and Jerry Robinson discussed their vision for an upscale, high density development on 100 acres of land across the dam. / By Emma Tippetts

North Logan will have public hearing Thursday on parks and trails plan
The Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday night to discuss the parks and trails master plan. North Logan has 100 acres of parks, but they are hoping to increase that to more than 150 acres. / By Jen Pulham

New reservoirs will bring on growth boom for Millville, planning commissioner says
Jim Hart has always claimed that Millville is country living at its finest, once you get used to the smell and the flies. / By Joseph Sheppard

Paradise considers Casperson's offer to produce town newsletter
Residents could receive a free monthly newsletter if the City Council approves a proposal by one of the initial founders of the former Cache Citizen newspaper. / By Jon Cox

Aggie Shuttle accident does $6,000 damage, but nobody hurt
Although accidents involving the Aggie Shuttles are very uncommon, one of the 800 East buses will be out of commission for about six weeks due to a collision on the morning of April 7. / By Ash Schiller

Trenton is annexed into Cache Mosquito Abatement District
Trenton was annexed into the Cache Mosquito Abatement District Thursday after a public hearing at the Bear River Health Department. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Mendon fire chief warns city of potential flood problem
Fire Chief Ray Olsen warned the City Council of a "mini-Teton Dam" break in the Pheasant Hollow neighborhood if a drainage pool caused by a road is not eliminated. A pool has formed where a road was built over a ravine with no way for the water to pass underneath. / By Bryan Hinton

Unidentified man offends kids at bus stop
A man in a white van made obscene gestures at children as they got off a school bus at Gibbons Park on Monday, police say. / By Joseph Sheppard

No injuries in Logan accident, but driver arrested
Two drivers came through an accident unscathed Monday evening at Main Street and 350 North. Taniel Low, 24, of Logan was stopped in traffic when a vehicle struck her from behind. The vehicle fled the scene after Low tried to make contact. / By Jen Pulham

Man arrested on suspicion of DUI, with child in car
A Logan man was arrested early this morning near his home on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with a denied driver's license and driving with a child not wearing a seatbelt. / By Joey Hislop

Nixon drops subdivision request in Providence
Jack Nixon formally withdrew his plat approval application for the Eagleview Estates Phase Two Subdivision this week. / By Shauna Leavitt

Mendon gets ready to celebrate its 142nd May Day
The oldest continuous celebration in Utah is set for another year as the city gears up for its May Day celebration. / By Bryan Hinton

Protect yourself from crimes of opportunity, USU police say
Two windows were broken Sunday in cars in the stadium parking lot but only a purse was stolen in the incidents. These would be the latest in what USU Police Lt. Steve Milne said are "opportunity crimes." / By Kevin Nielsen

Alarm brings fire crews to Maeser/Widtsoe
Two fire engines and two fire trucks crowded the Maeser Lab/Widtsoe Hall Monday afternoon as they responded to a fire alarm. / By Jill Prichard

Mendon mayor, councilwoman differ on annexing Cobblestone area
Councilwoman Leslie Larson said she thinks the city should annex the Cobblestone neighborhood to the south of the city, but Mayor Sydney Larsen doesn't feel the need to at this point. / By Bryan Hinton

Council honors 'Miss Millville' royalty
The City Council recognized the recipients of Miss Millville and met with the Youth Council on Thursday. / By Joseph Sheppard

Hyrum amends zoning ordinance; Garner can keep her dogs
T he City Council settled a dispute among neighbors concerning the rezoning of the block of land between Main Street and 100 North and between 200 and 300 East. Laurie Garner went door to door to each of her neighbors compiling a petition to rezone the land. Her motivation is her four dogs; the current limit is two per household. / By Emma Tippetts

North Logan approves liquor law changes, hears proposal for airport center
Thursday night North Logan overhauled the liquor license after several City Council meetings and discussions. The council made several changes to the city's liquor license policy including changing the number of "off-premise beer" licenses from three to two, "on-premise beer" licenses from two to zero, and "restaurant with liquor" licenses from zero to three. / By Jen Pulham

Paradise renews contract with county dog-catcher
The City Council renewed the town's animal control agreement with Cache County on Thursday, supporting the county's new methods for dog-catching. / By Jon Cox

Richmond P&Z approves annexation policy plan
The city Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday night to announce a plan for the annexation policy of unincorporated lands round about the city's current boundaries. / By Joey Hislop

Impact fee will help Mendon's search for more water
The drinking water system impact fee which was passed by the City Council last month will help the city address future water issues, Councilwoman Leslie Larson said. / By Bryan Hinton

Trenton OKs plans for rabbit slaughterhouse
The water rights for a new rabbit slaughterhouse were approved by the City Council Thursday night, after being recommended for approval by the planning and zoning commission. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Nibley approves stormwater impact fee for developers
Nibley is trying to keep out front on the new storm water drainage requirements as the City Council passed a storm water impact fee that will cost developers of subdivisions $2,600 per equivalent residential unit. / By Kevin Nielsen

County Boundary Commission annexes 16 acres into Nibley
"Nibley is growing" isn't an unusual phrase these days but when something hasn't happened in seven years, it is a bit out of the ordinary. / By Kevin Nielsen

Schools join local law officials in alerting students to watch for suspicious strangers
Local teachers were alarmed to hear on Wednesday's KSL-TV evening news that officers received reports of a suspicious man watching kids at bus stops and schools in Cache Valley. / By Shauna Leavitt

Hyde Park P&Z answers property development questions
Due to area residents' increased concern regarding property developing responsibilities, the Planning and Zoning Commission laid down the law Wednesday night. / By Lexie Kite

Quinn Millet beats Lee Wilson for ASUSU presidency
Quinn Millet defeated Lee Wilson by fewer than 300 votes in the Associated Student of Utah State University presidential runoff. Click for complete election results.

Bus service coming to River Heights in May
The bus will definitely be coming to the city beginning in May, though exact plans are still in the works, Mike Yancey said Saturday. / By Lindsay Kite

River Heights looks for low-impact retail business to keep city alive
A plan has finally been created to help keep the city from becoming part of Providence or Logan, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Mike Rickson said Saturday. / By Lindsay Kite

Millet, Wilson to face off for ASUSU president
The official results of the Associated Student of Utah State University primary elections were announced at 1 p.m. Friday in the Sunburst Lounge of the Taggart Student Center. / By Tamber Weston

River Heights dispute with resident over flood responsibility still unresolved
The basement-flooding controversy still has yet to be resolved between the City Council and the Smith family. / By Lindsay Kite

Lewiston residents deal with flooding and drainage problems
Flooding is still a worry for some residents, even after a break in the heavy rains and snowfall. Flood problems started with the quickly melting snow and only worsened with the increased rain and snowfall. / By Mikaylie Kartchner


Behold the power of the press -- but beware the columnist who makes errors
Journalism faculty at USU were tickled both by Paul Rolly's attention to a Dumpster diving story (which had been offered to the Tribune for publication, but was rejected), and by two major fact errors in Rolly's account. / By the Hard News Cafe

Editor's note: Natalie Andrews spent Spring Break 2005 in China. Here are her raw impressions, with photos.
• Part 1: First impressions of China: What crazy people!
• Part 2: Hong Kong and China have to dance, and each one wants to lead
• Part 3: Excuse me, Pretty Lady, but can you answer a couple hundred questions
• Part 4: We do things in fours: A Chinese restaurant and some wormy-type things


He thought running was crazy . . . but he did a marathon anyway
Brett Thomas always thought running was stupid. He liked to run if there was an end goal. To make a basket, or score a point seemed like a valid reason to run. He didn't classify himself as a "runner" by any sense of the word. / By Holly Scott

Wellsville mountain's wilderness, decades in the making, gains a 'gateway'
Last month the 604-acre Murray farm on the south end of Wellsville was sold to the U.S. Forest Service for $2.35 million, after 18 months of negotiation. / By Jeremy Wilkins

Out of pocket: USU lacks money to add more varsity sports
Utah State University currently has no varsity sports that pay for themselves -- and has the lowest operating budget in the Western Athletic Conference, said USU Athletic Director Randy Spetman. / By Bryan Hinton

Running, and living, with a liver that's not your own
Sometime in 1986, Mike Strauss started losing energy and started getting tired ­ too tired for a 21-year-old senior at the University of Colorado. / By Aaron Falk

Intramural spring action begins for the pleasure of all soccer lovers
Students at Utah State University have the opportunity to kick the ball as the intramural spring soccer started in early April. / By Jerome Le Carrou


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