February 2001

News

Palmer, Leavitt in runoff for ASUSU president
02/24/01 Vote totals for the Associated Students of Utah State University primaries, as announced Friday evening by ASUSU. / By Steve Day

Sunday snow at Bryce: A weekend snowstorm frosts the red rocks at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, 350 miles south of Logan. The park is open all year; visitors can cross-country ski or snowshoe (snowshoes can be borrowed from the park's visitor center) all around the rim of the canyon. Or, visitors can drive the 18-mile main park road and stop at any or all of the 13 overlooks, which rise from about 7,800 feet to more than 9,100 feet. No snowmobiles are allowed in the park, though you can use them on groomed trails in the rest of the Dixie National Forest. / Photo by Nancy Williams

Cox Electric given 60 days to comply with law on busineses in homes
02/16/01 The Millville City Council voted unanimously to grant Millville resident Earl Cox, owner of Cox Electric, 60 more days to comply with all of the city's ordinances for home-operated businesses before granting him another occupation permit. / By Sharalyn Hartwell

Nibley approves 29-home low-income subdivision
02/16/01 The homes and a park are being built in cooperation with the Neighborhood Nonprofit Organization, and they will help the city meet its low-income housing requirements, according to Patricia Blau, the city clerk and treasurer. The subdivision will be at 6200 W. 3200 South. / By Natalie Larson

Diversity training not required in gay display incident, USU says
02/16/01 According to USU Chief of Staff Craig Petersen, the training was only suggested, but never mandated, after some employees of the cashier's office had a barrier erected so they would not have to see a Pride Alliance display. This is contrary to information printed in the Herald Journal and Statesman. / By Jen Burnett, via Aggie TV

Smithfield wants cheap or free webmaster to create overdue Internet page
02/16/01 The Smithfield City Council will start looking for someone to help get Cache Valley's second-largest city on the map -- the Internet map. / By Katherine Romney

Amalga grumbles, but gives ex-mayor extra time to construct subdivision
02/15/01 Brett Jensen, chair of the Amalga Planning and Zoning Committee, said he was frustrated that Keith Jorgensen started the project, "then up and left." / By Reuben Wadsworth

Make boulevard a one-way street, residents tell River Heights
02/15/01 River Heights residents want River Heights Boulevard to be turned into a one-way street, and the city has agreed to look into the idea. Safety concerns include the narrow, curved pavement. / By Matthew Flitton

Western Rural Development Center reaching out to a surprising audience
02/14/01 Surprisingly, the states with the highest rural proportion are in the Northeast and the states with the lowest rural proportion are in the West, the director of the Western Rural Development Center told faculty of the USU College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Tuesday in the department conference room. / By Reuben Wadsworth

Romantic Hyde Park Lane soon may have a more mundane name
02/14/01 Have you ever taken a drive down romantic Hyde Park Lane? If you haven't had the opportunity yet, you had better hurry because it won't always be Hyde Park Lane. / By Rachel Irvine

County restaurant tax benefits small towns, made Nibley's Bowery possible
02/13/01 If it weren't for the County Restaurant Tax, a popular family picnic area wouldn't have been possible for the city to afford. Eighty percent of the funding for the Bowery, in the park at 750 W. 2600 South, came from a tax on restaurants. / By Natalie Larson

Wellsville concerned about its vistas and its taxes, but endorses Cache Valley Initiative
02/12/01 After asking a number of pointed questions, the Wellsville City Council voted unanimously last week to support a countywide plan aimed at preserving the quality of life. / By Will Bettmann

Millville moving toward ending distinction of being without a sewer
02/12/01 Discussion of the new sewer facility to be put in Millville continued at the City Council meeting last week. The project originated as an "interlocal agreement" with Nibley, said Mayor Gale Hall. / By Sharalyn Hartwell

Lewiston planning and zoning chairman gets another year
02/12/01 The Lewiston Planning and Zoning Board was reorganized in a meeting last week, and Bruce Karen remains the chairman for another year. Karalee Morrison was sworn in as a new member of the board; she will serve a five-year term. / By Curtis McInelly

The Double V logo designed by the Pittsburgh Courier, largest black newspaper of World War II, urged two victories for America.

Black press agitation of World War II set stage for civil rights fight, historian says
02/12/01 Black soldiers in World War II demanded that if they fight totalitarian forces abroad, they also should fight such forces at home, setting the stage for the civil rights movement of the 1950s, according to an award-winning press historian. Patrick S. Washburn recalls the nearly forgotten Double V Campaign of World War II. / By Kevin King
02/16/01 "'Kill a cracker in Germany, or kill one in Georgia, what's the difference.' The government got real excited about those words," says Dr. Washburn. Click here for a complete transcript of Dr. Washburn's remarks.

Owner of corner lot in Richmond is forbidden to split it in two
02/08/01 Two landowners met with the Richmond City Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss property divisions Tuesday night. Although the outcome for one landowner was positive, the other landowner's property does not meet the criteria for land division. / By Jennifer Pinnock

Trenton angry over shooting of dogs
02/07/01 Residents of Trenton are outraged at the treatment of animals in their community. Apparently, some dogs have been shot in the street while they were causing no harm. The subject will be discussed at the next town meeting. / By Emily Aikele

North Logan to begin curbside pickup of green waste
02/05/01 The proposal calls for green waste, which includes grass, leaves, garden remains and produce peels, to be picked up once a week along with garbage. The service would be optional for residents and would cost $48 per year. / By Holli Gunnell

Hyrum votes for food and fun to make the Elite the place to meet
02/03/01 Hyrum soon will seek Elite Hall employees such as waiters and waitresses, janitors, maintenance, vendors, entertainers, and security, meaning the new Elite Hall could take until next year to be ready. There is some repairs still to be done to the inside of the hall, including a finish to the new balcony area. / By Jamie Baer

Development is top priority for new dean of grad studies
02/03/01Dr. Thomas L. Kent began his duties Jan. 1 as the dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. Kent said that the decision to accept this position was difficult because it was a change not only in jobs, but in environment as well, and it meant leaving his home of 17 years. / By Jennifer Pinnock

Providence resident proposing park at 300 South, 300 West
02/03/01Dean Hurd is proposing that the city builds a 1-acre park near a new subdivision. Meadow Ridge Park would cost an estimated $56,345. Labor for the project is placed at $11,227, but Hurd said he would like to see the labor donated by people and businesses who want to see the benefits of a new park. / By Tyra Leonard

Nibley to add a well to accommodate town's growth, water demands
02/02/01Every year there are enough people who are either born or come to Utah to add a city the size of Logan to the state population. This rapid increase has left many cities searching for resources to accommodate their swelling populations. For Nibley, the shortage could be water. / By Natalie Larson

Historian to speak Feb. 8 about government pressure on black press of World War II
02/01/01The author of one of the most significant mass communication books of the century will speak about the black press next week on the Utah State University campus. In his book, A Question of Sedition, Patrick S. Washburn of Ohio University exposed a massive investigation of black newspapers by the U.S. government during World War II. / By the USU department of journalism and communication

TOWNS LOOKING TO JOIN LOGAN GREEN-WASTE COLLECTION
02/01/01
"Green waste is filling up our landfills," says Kate Christensen, a member of the Curbside Green Waste Program. The Logan program aims to enlist nearby towns to ask residents to pay a monthly fee for curbside collection of yard clippings. See the reaction in Smithfield and Hyde Park. / By Katherine Romney and Rachel Irvine

Hyrum program bridging language barriers to teach parenting, high school classes
02/01/01 It started when E A Miller in Hyrum wished to overcome the language barrier in the workplace, an idea that lacked availability and money. Today it's a thriving community program teaching more than 60 families how to speak English and Spanish, a program to earn their GED, a parenting class, and workshops to keep the children busy while the parents learn. / By Jamie Baer

North Logan debates road widths, landscaping
02/01/01 The Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council met in a joint meeting last week for a discussion of an initiative to develop roadways and set standard road designs for future renovation on North Logan roads. / By Holli Gunnell

Features

Skiers' paradise: The abundance of snow in the last few weeks has turned the ski slopes into joyland. The view north from Powder Mountain, at the southern tip of Cache Valley, is breathtaking. / Photo by Mike Sweeney

The KFC restaurant in Hefei on the right is a favorite hangout of D'souza's. Hefei is the capital of Anhui Province in eastern China. The city was a quiet market town before 1949. Today, Hefei is a thriving industrial center. The street is Changjiang Lu, a throughfare that cuts east-west through the city. It is the main commercial district. Notice the many billboards. They are but one face of Chinese commercialism. Burgers, fries, and Pepsi! Ah! America is never far away!

An Aggie in China: Surprised by cell phones, Backstreet Boys and Western flair
02/26/01As I walked the streets of Guangzhou, I recognized the same aggressive, Western-style capitalism I have known all my life. The Chinese are effervescent and persuasive salespeople with an uncanny ability to entice even the most cautious shopper. Virtually every commodity has a market here -- from traditional handicrafts to absurd food items. / By Leon D'souza

Aggie once known only as 'Deaf Boy' argues for intelligent ways to teach the hearing-impaired
02/26/01 Elementary school is hard enough when you don't speak the language and you don't have an interpreter, says Curt Radford, 27-year-old graduate student at Utah State University. But during his three years in "hearing school," Ririe (Idaho) Elementary School, Curt didn't even have a name. / By Bryce Petersen Jr.

A much-younger Eddie the Circus Dog, right, happily endures another indignity.

Good-bye to a drooling, flopping, unconditional-loving Circus Dog
02/22/01Circus Dog is dying. No more stupid human tricks, like the birthday hats we inflicted on him, or the reindeer antlers at Christmas. He's a pleaser, and even as the strength ebbs from him, the will to please glows strong. But we can see him slipping away. Now that he has to die, he's doing it with a grace that I hope I remember when it's my turn. Editor's update: Eddie left this life shortly before 4 p.m. Feb. 22, about seven hours after this story was posted. / By Ted Pease

When freedom turns to violence in marriage
02/21/01They fell in love in high school. When you are sixteen-years-old and completely infatuated with the star high school football quarterback, you overlook some of the signs pointing to trouble. / By Laren Hawkins

Post office in Trenton gets mail to the right spot, even if addresses incomplete
02/16/01 On Main Street, nestled behind town hall, lies the historic Trenton post office, which has served the community since it was built in 1970. "The building we had before was really small and didn't have a bathroom or a place to wash your hands," said Arlene Kupfer, former Trenton postmaster. / By Emily Aikele

Mendon has its secrets on the west side of the valley
02/16/01 At first Mendon was known as the North Settlement, when apostles Orson Hyde and Ezra T. Benson from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to set up the first ward there. It is an old town, with many historic sites. / By Kristopher Moore

Going somewhere? You wish. There's a Dublin City bus in North Dublin, if you can stand the ketchup motif, or you can catch a ride into cow country if the flatmate wanker from France is as good as his word. / Photo by Kenna Dyches

Careful, you eejit, mind the tight skirts, smoke and beer, and Dublin flatmates from Central Casting
02/15/01 Part Three of a series: There are about a thousand people in this room, small as a shoe box. Most of them are girls with skirts like handkerchiefs stretched around their bottoms, and loads of perfume, the kind that makes the nose-hairs curl. / By Bryce Petersen Jr.

Do you have a dog like Eddie (1998-2000), greatest dog in the history of the world? May you always run in green fields filled with rabbits, Eddie. Click the link below for a new approach to the death of beloved pets. -- the Eds.

The hard goodbye to your Most Constant Friend need not be like human drama and trauma
02/14/01 Thanks to new medical technology, many people who are attached to their pets go to great lengths to prolong their pets' lives as much as possible. But is that a good thing? Hospice organizations are suggesting that pets, like humans, deserve to die the right way. / By Vicky Campbell

Night patrol: Looong stretches of routine punctuated by pure adrenaline as she reaches for her gun
02/14/01 Saturday, 2:35 a.m. The voice over the radio crackles, "The flower shop," and Officer Louise Speth takes a quick turn onto 600 East Street in Logan. Just a few seconds later, she pulls into the parking lot just in time to see two officers tackle a slender man with long and wild brown hair. Speth jumps quickly out of her car and reaches for her gun. / By Marcie Young

Heaven is attending a chocolate contest and having money to spend
02/12/01 A thick chocolate aroma filled the air and my mouth began watering as I looked at the tables lined with chocolate desserts at the 14th annual Valentine Pro/Am Chocolate Festival, Saturday at the Bullen Center in Logan. / By Jennifer Pinnock

Smithfield commits to Colin Powell's 'Promise' program
02/12/01 With the help of the Smithfield Promise and Mayor Kent Ward, the youth the community could soon be smarter, healthier and better prepared to take on challenges in life. / By Katherine Romney

Breaking the cycle of delinquency with therapy, talking, working . . . and bobbing chicken heads
02/07/01 It seems a little ridiculous to check on a 16-year-old boy 14 times a night, but Lucas isn't a normal 16-year-old boy. Lucas is a juvenile sex offender, and Lucas wrote a suicide note yesterday. And even with 24-hour supervision, these notes are taken seriously. He sleeps on, for now. / By Ruth Turner

Russell Crowe as Maximus in Gladiator.

Violence in movies and TV warping our views of our world and ourselves, experts say
02/06/01 World-renowned communications scholar George Gerbner, exponent of the theory of the "Mean World Syndrome," and Jackson Katz, an anti-violence educator and co-writer of the educational film Tough Guise, give exclusive interviews to the Hard News Cafe's Marcie Young on the impact of movies such as Gladiator and Thelma and Louise. Why do we ignore male violence but decry much milder acts by females? Why do cartoons such as Ninja Turtles get marketed globally? Click the link above for Part 1: Violence and men. Or click here for Part 2: Violence and Women, and Part 3: Violence and Children. / By Marcie Young

Dublin -- the ancestral home. It's where the rain soaks you, the friendliness surprises you, the ATM may not recognize your card and the British make trouble when they can't hold their Guinness. That's the brewery at left. You're facing north at the south end of O'Connel street, the main road in North Dublin. See Part Two of Bryce Petersen Jr.'s trip home, below. / Photo by Kenna Dyches

Going home: Neary broke in Dublin and calling out the devil
02/03/01 Part Two of a series: I'd walked up O'Connell Street, found the Writer's Museum, full of works, busts and letters of the writers I love -- Joyce, Shaw, O'Casey, Wilde; found several churches, including one eerie house of worship on an island of its own several blocks off the Lonely Planet map I had. I walked around the building, studying its stark, Gothic walls. They say if you walk around it three times, the devil appears. Once around, twice around. . . / By Bryce Petersen Jr.

Does thrill ride designer succeed? Ask the Japanese . . . . or the Amish
02/05/01 The Japanese government isn't comfortable with roller coasters that don't strap riders in under shoulder harnesses, so it really had a fit when an American designer brought in a roller coaster that broke every roller coaster speed record in history, and found he planned to keep riders in their seats with lap bars. You can't do that! They said. Did he listen? Nooooooo. / By Lara Gale

Same old story for three decades: Driver wheels books into tiny towns
02/05/01 For 28 years, Sherid Peterson, driver and librarian for the Bookmobile, has been making 18 to 20 stops a week around Cache Valley. / By Emily Aikele

Hyde Park named for first settler and for section of London
02/03/01 HYDE PARK -- April 16, 1860, William Hyde first came to the place now know as Hyde Park, Utah. He moved with his family from Lehi to help settle the northern part of the state. The town was named for Hyde and for the Daines family that also settled the town. They had emigrated from Hyde Park in London, England. / By Rachel Irvine

  They kinda look alike, too: Hall, left, and Bradley

Kermit Hall likens himself to the GOOD general of World War II (not the other guy)
02/02/01 In the February 2001 issue of Inside USU, the faculty newsletter, USU's new president compares his stye of leadership to that of World War II General Omar Bradley. "I'm an Omar Bradley, not a General Patton," Kermit Hall said of his leadership style. Here's what that means. / By Kevin King

Trenton officials work purely for love of their town ('cause the pay's not so good)
02/01/01 Unlike most cities that have paid leaders, Trenton residents must rely on fellow citizens who are willing to donate their time and energy. / By Emily Aikele

Sports

Floor exercise scores erase falls on beam as USU defeats Missouri
02/21/01
Nicole Kilpatrick hung on to the all-around title by 0.75 points and the Aggie gymnastics team came from behind on the final rotation to defeat the University of Missouri, 193.900 to 193.025, Saturday at the Spectrum. / By Kevin King

Brown hits from downtown as Aggies crush UCSB
02/16/01
Utah State played the role of spoiler in snapping the University of California at Santa Barbarašs five-game winning streak Thursday night, defeating the Gauchos, 71-48. / By Reuben Wadsworth

Aggies on TV Saturday
02/14/01
Utah State's men's basketball game Long Beach State on Saturday will be broadcast live throughout Utah on the Fox Sports Net (Fox Sports Rocky Mountain). Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m MST. The game can be seen throughout Southern California on Fox Sports Net. Utah State will be on national television on Saturday, March 3, when ESPN televises USU's final game of the regular season vs. Cal Poly SLO at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 5:07 p.m. MST.

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE: USU's Curtis Bobb slaps the ball while UC Irvine's Ben Jones looks for someone to pass to Thursday night in the Spectrum. Bobb finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. USU won, 67-52, getting sweet revenge against the Anteaters, who had handed the Aggies their only conference loss the previous week. / Photo by Casey Hobson

Opinion

Bringing silicon to Cache Valley
02/07/01
Can the state and the university make Cache Valley a silicon outpost, as they hope and claim? We are skeptical. Everyone has tried to duplicate the success of the original Stanford plan, but no one has. / By Leon D'souza

Lionizing the geek: How did we go from nerd-zero to techie-hero?
02/0301
For most of us "normal" people, they personified all things unfashionable. The media detested them. They were "the nutty professors" or the helpless geeks who unintentionally shrunk their kids or themselves using some weird contraption they had hardwired in a makeshift laboratory. However, times are changing. / By Leon D'souza


LETTER: Keep pace, and keep from melting down
02/012/01Although I am "over the Hill" at age 78 . . . your page is worth saving. If one forgets to keep pace with today's generation OR any generation for that matter . . . you "melt down" -- Thanks for the opportunity to add a cent or two.

-- Dennis Charles, via e-mail

 

Lifestyles

Nursing homes a comfort for all, but putting a loved one there can be hard
02/28/01
One day, LaReu fell in a window well, while mowing his own lawn, and broke his hip. Larry and Lois knew they couldn't watch him all the time and that unfortunate things would continue to happen to him. They made the hardest decision they have ever had to make -- they decided to put their father in a nursing home. / By Nicole Grubbs

Depression widespread and treatable, but stigma and costs deter many from a more normal life
02/27/01
For more than two weeks do you feel sad, blue, unhappy, or "down in the dumps?" Do you feel tired having little energy, unable to concentrate? A young man we'll call Jared, 19, got used to answering questions like these before he was 15. That is the age that he started taking medication to treat major depression. / By Dusty Decker

Sleep requirements seem to vary for college students
02/24/01 Scientific studies are at odds: Do we need seven to eight hours, or can we get by with a lot less? The question is important for students, many of whom study late and get up early. / By Debbie Lamb

The Narrows of Zion. / Photo by Reuben Wadsworth

Take advantage of mild temperatures & spectacular scenery and go to Zion
02/22/01
Word on Zion National Park travels fast. Last May the National Park Service was forced to install a mandatory shuttle service for visitors traveling through the park's popular Zion Canyon Scenic Drive in order to cut down the traffic during the peak summer months. If visitors want to venture into the canyon in their automobiles, they must go in the winter, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will be touring in relative solitude / By Reuben Wadsworth

Alcohol, binge drinking found on all campuses, even in dry-as-toast Utah
02/14/01
"The dry campus is only a theoretical concept," says the associate director of USU Housing and Food Services. "Students, regardless of the law, are going to drink." USU students drinking at the White Owl in Logan agree with Ringle. "If people want to drink, they'll drink," says Chris Bentley, a forestry major at USU. "People sneak 24 packs in their dorms all the time." / By Vicky Campbell

Is there anything Millville man won't braid? Knot!
02/12/01
You name it and he will braid it. DeWitt Palmer of Millville braids leather, baling twine, wire, horsehair, rawhide and anything else he can get his hands on. / By Sharalyn Hartwell

Falling in love with three dogs has down side in North Logan
02/12/01
NORTH LOGAN-- When their beloved cock-a-poo, Cheyenne, passed away, David and Vickie Paxton decided they wanted another one. / By Holli Gunnell

Short films, Web chats and film stars are USU students' highlights of Interactive Lounge
02/03/01
PARK CITY -- All festivals could gather, connect and interact at the Interactive Lounge. Showbizdata, an Internet-based entertainment market-research company, hosted The Interactive Lounge, which was at Harry O's, a bar in Park City. / By Jennifer Brennan

Lizzy Scully, high on a slab of Navajo sandstone in Zion National Park.

A pas de deux with Moonlight Buttress: Three days of flirting with eternity
02/01/01
As I followed the winding road next to the Virgin River, I craned my head out my open window to try to catch a glimpse of other rock climbers. I saw only a few, a party on the trade route Touchstone, a couple parties on Prodigal Son. Twenty minutes after entering Zion, I stopped directly across from Moonlight Buttress, which is a proud buttress that looks like a sail full of wind. This would be the formation I would attempt to climb, tomorrow. Alone. / By Lizzy Scully

Arts

Glenn Miller show will get you in the mood to dance
02/26/01
I agree with Glenn Miller. "Isn't that what life's all about . . . to fill (it) with rich and beautiful things," said Miller, impersonated by Jan Benson, at the close of the tribute program A Moonlight Serenade. / By Sharalyn Hartwell

USU's production of 'Pride and Prejudice' earns a B-minus
02/24/01
It's a treat to look at, and Vanessa Ballam Brenchley is superb in a key role, but the play drags too much. Things pick up in the second act, but three hours may bore more than a few students. / By Jennifer Brennan, with comments by Steve Day

Carmen Electra at Sundance. / Photo by Jennifer Brennan

Celebrities at Sundance mostly ordinary folks (with great clothes)
02/20/01
Celebrities are not that much different from your average person. I can testify of this because I had the opportunity to bump into (literally), meet and mingle with some people many idolize and adore. / By Jennifer Brennan

How about a cow, or a tree
. . . or cocoon-like corpses
for artistic inspiration

02/07/01

Cons-
ider an art-
ist, one who
puts him
self in-
to his work: Gas
masked figures wra-
pped carrot like then
mummified, closed in
coffins--cocoons. he
says they are alive but
when masks are gone,
their skulls are plain,
no jaw bone, no voice.
death from Holocaust
or perhaps apocalyptic
event. his earlier forms
of bodies curve into tails.
some pile together sack-
like with maggot shape,
no extra space. but you
wouldn't hang that
in your house,
he said.
 

Enjoy 'Crouching Tiger' -- especially at the Bogart-era theater in Smithfield
02/05/01
If you tire of Hollywood's typical fare, then you should make a trip to The Main Theater in Smithfield and see an alternative piece of cinema. The theater, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, are worth the trip. / By Kevin King

Through Friday: the wild, the innocent and the sublime of student art
02/03/01
Wildlife paintings, portraits, pin-up girls, magazine covers and logos. These all make up part of the annual student exhibition of graphic design, new media, illustration and commercial photography on display in the Tippetts Gallery in the Chase Fine Arts Building on the campus of Utah State University until Feb. 9. / By Reuben Wadsworth

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