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Today's word on journalism

Thursday, September 9, 2004

"We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business."

--Former President Jimmy Carter (Thanks to alert WORDster Jim Doyle)


Smithfield considers 'dark sky' resolution
The resolution, in its first draft, would set new standards for domestic and commercial lighting that would help Smithfield's night sky remain lighted only by the stars, not by deflected light from street lamps and neon signs. / By Jessica Rands

Sewer issues for future houses surface with Providence rezone
PROVIDENCE -- The council unanimously approved the rezoning of 10.68 acres of agricultural land into a single family housing development located generally at 300 East and 850 South. / By Julie Oliver

Garbage fees hiked in River Heights
RIVER HEIGHTS -- The City Council increased garbage collection fees Tuesday. Under the new resolution a 60-gallon trash bin will cost $9.40 and a 90-gallon trash bin will cost $13.25. / By Diana Taylor

Mad cow, and what local farmers think will happen
On Dec. 9, 2003, a non-ambulatory dairy cow believed to be about 4-1/2 years-old, arrived at Verns Moses Lake Meats, a slaughter plant in Moses Lake, Wash. The cow's attributes were similar to those of a cow that had complications while calving. / By Marcus Dorsey

Drug testing of workers proves its worth, employers say
It wasn't that long ago when drug testing in the workplace was a highly controversial issue. Now, it's on the increase. / By Jasmine Michaelson

Space Dynamics Lab has GIFTS for the weather in the works
The Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is working with NASA to design a futuristic weather satellite, nicknamed GIFTS, that may be able to accurately predict the weather. / By Chris Calvert

Matt Everett, the state chair of College Democrats, and Medlir Mema dump primary ballots out to tally the results. The polling location, in the lobby of the Merrill Library, had 348 people vote. / Photo by John Zsiray

Kerry wins Utah, USU primaries
Utahns like John Kerry, and apparently, Utah State University students do as well. / By Tyler Riggs

4% Tier II tuition increase gets support -- from those who bother to show up
Fifty tan metal chairs lined the Sunburst Lounge in anticipation of President Kermit Hall, the keynote speaker for the public forum about Utah's Second-Tier tuition increase, on Friday -- and the chairs were about the only ones to show up. / By Stephanie H. Olsen

USU space commercial named best in the nation
What started as a billboard campaign for USU ended up winning first place in the 2003 "Best Campus TV Commercial Contest" last month. / By Emilie Holmes

Millville tinkers with junk car ordinance, will vote in March
MILLVILLE -- There are two kinds of people in Millville: those who see "project" cars as diamonds in the rough, and those who just see them as eyesores. / By Lynze Wardle

North Logan appoints head of water committee
NORTH LOGAN -- Scott Galbraith was appointed chairman of the water committee at Thursday night's City Council meeting. / By Doan Nguyen

Smithfield welcomes new firehouse, wants to unload the old one
SMITHFIELD -- After finally building a larger firehouse, firefighters have a more efficient place to do their jobs. / By Jessica Rands

Nibley council squares off over park committee members
NIBLEY -- While discussing a $150,000 budget plan for the city's newest park on 800 West, council members found themselves arguing about the park's committee members at Thursday's meeting. / By Denise Albiston

Utah's small band of Democrats offers an important choice to voters
Popular opinion in Utah may suggest that Democrats have virtually no pull when it comes to the presidential election and even policy in Utah, simply because there aren't enough of them. Many Utah Democrats would disagree. / By Devin Castleton

Pay Paradise for water or pay $100 to reconnect it
PARADISE -- Residents delinquent in paying their water bill will have their water shut off for 24 hours, and when it's turned back on they will be charged $100 to get service back. / By John Zsiray

List of candidates who've filed for ASUSU office
The deadline to apply to run for a position in the Associated Students of Utah State University came Thursday. Sixty-four students announced their candidacy for 19 positions, five for president. / By Jacob Moon

Richmond says 'Enough!' on delinquent water bills
The council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that passes the burden of collecting non-payment and delinquent utility fees off of its hands, and on to the owners to collect from tenants. / By Seth Quillen

BOTH SIDES NOW: Beckie Kimber, below in wedding dress, and Tom Robins, with microphone, urge students Wednesday to support "traditional" marriage, while opponents of that proposal, left, make their feelings known. / Photos by Jill Prichard

Mock wedding ceremony gets loud, testy
Students signed petitions Wedneday supporting "traditional marriages" as a mock wedding ceremony drew protests on the Taggart Student Center patio. / By Jill Prichard

Lack of water will limit Mendon's growth
MENDON -- Water concerns topped the agenda at the Mendon City Council meeting Thursday but the council put off making any decisions until they could learn more about the issues. / By Kimberly Ralphs

Bank robbery suspect arrested, returned to Logan
A suspect arrested in connection with the Feb. 4 Wells Fargo holdup has been brought back to Logan. / By Jill Prichard

$900 parks impact fee passed by Smithfield City Council
SMITHFIELD -- After much debate, the City Council voted 4-1 in favor of instating a park impact fee Wednesday night. This means that anyone moving into a new residence within the city limits will have to pay $900 to the city to be put toward the building of new parks and recreational facilities. / By Jessica Rands

Jensen, Watkins named to head North Logan P&Z
NORTH LOGAN -- Mark Jensen was elected chairman of the planning commission and Cary Watkins as vice chairman by commission at Thursday night's meeting. / By Doan Nguyen

SPRING THAW? Ducks and geese at Second Dam on the Logan River enjoy open water and sunshine. Logan isn't out of the woods yet, though, as the forecast calls for highs in the 20s this week. / Photo by Thad Stott

Nibley considers where to build high-density housing
NIBLEY -- Multiple family housing developments topped discussions held by the Planning and Zoning committee Wednesday night. / By Denise Albiston

City manager in hot seat over snow removal in Providence
PROVIDENCE -- The City Council dealt with its outlined agenda items for Tuesday night's meeting and then dived head first into heated discussion regarding issues of snow removal and the role of the city manager, that were addressed by Keith Watkins, resident and owner of Watkins Printing. / By Julie Oliver

Nielsen formally gets life -- and 'May God have mercy on your soul'
Cody Lynn Nielsen was formally sentenced Monday to one to 25 years in prison and $57,000 in fees in addition to life in prison without parole for murdering Trisha Ann Autry in June 2000. / By Emilie Holmes

Nibley council and residents finally come to agreement about road
NIBLEY -- After many weeks of discussions between the City Council and residents living along 800 West, a decision was reached regarding improvements for the street Thursday night. / By Denise Albiston

Hyrum will sell extra electrical power to southern Utah town
HYRUM -- The City Council on Thursday approved an agreement to sell excess power to Washington City, Utah. Hyrum will sell blocks of power on Sundays from Feb. 15 through June 30. / By Kelli Dodgen

North Logan ponders sidewalks and zoning changes
NORTH LOGAN -- Council members considered proposed changes to the mixed-use zoning ordinance at Thursday night's meeting. / By Doan Nguyen

Millville still looking for decent water pressure
MILLVILLE -- Water issues took precedence in Thursday's City Council meeting. Builder Rod Blossom has been left without adequate water pressure for Millville Estates, a subdivision he plans to construct. / By Lynze Wardle

Try not to need the Paradise fire volunteers until after 5
PARADISE -- Volunteer firefighters will have to find another way to get money to build their new fire station after being passed up for a grant. / By John Zsiray

A surveillance camera captures the robber's face. / Photo courtesy of Logan police

Robber holds up bank in Logan
LOGAN -- It was not a normal transaction at the bank when an unwelcome guest walked into the Wells Fargo at 5 S. Main and held up an unsuspecting teller. / By Jill Prichard

DO WE SEE SUNLIGHT YONDER? For many faculty members and students, the light at the end of this tunnel under 400 North Street means the end of a long day at USU. The tunnel leads to the parking lot south of campus. Weather forecasts aren't optimistic about that sunlight just yet. / Photo by Thad Stott

Kennel license, animal control discussed in River Heights
RIVER HEIGHTS -- The Planning Commission met Tuesday night and reviewed Mike and Aura Dee Larsen's kennel conditional use permit which is reviewed annually. / By Diane Taylor

Mad cow disease research not new to USU scientists
The likelihood of somebody contracting mad cow disease from cattle produced in the United States is approximately zero, according to John Morrey, a Utah State University researcher in the Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science department. / By Denise Albiston

CLEAR AND LOFTY: Impressed by the view but disgusted by the pollution, Brett Lawrenson stands atop Mount Ogden -- an ideal place to escape the inversion. / Photo by Thad Stott

Out there in Millville? Don't mess with the judge
MILLVILLE -- In his 12 years as a justice court judge for Millville, Providence and River Heights, Allan Vail has seen a lot of changes. "The first three years I was on the bench I had maybe two DUI (driving under the influence) cases in three years and one domestic violence case. Now I see about three DUI cases a month and an average of one domestic violence case a month." / By Lynze Wardle

Miller brings her special touch to Hyrum government
HYRUM -- Newly elected Councilwoman Stephanie Miller brings a softer side to the Hyrum City Council. Since taking office last month, Miller has worked hard to possess qualities she thinks are important in a council member such as being unbiased, approachable and staying optimistic. / By Kelli Dodgen

Applications accepted for GLBT scholarships
Applications are being accepted for three scholarships of $1,000 each that will be awarded to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) persons, who are registered full-time undergraduate or graduate students at Utah State University.

New commercial building approved for Hyde Park
The Hyde Park Planning and Zoning Council voted to approve a commercial building plan for 200 West and about 3900 North after agreeing the parking lot should be moved 10 feet farther west. / By Charlotte Smith


Beloved Quackers packs the house, outgrows North Logan's library
NORTH LOGAN -- Due to growing success of Sue Randleman's storytelling "Quacker Time!" and fire code regulations imposed on the city library, problems arose with the issuing of the show's tickets. / By Doan Nguyen

AHHH: The Logan River and Logan Canyon whisper a tranquil tune. / Photo special to the Hard News Cafe by Robson C. Chaves

All 'stressed up' and nowhere to go? Tips for finding relief
I glance at the clock on the wall. 11:22 a.m. The minutes keep flying by with regard to no one nor their deadlines. My paper is due to the teacher at 5 p.m., and I am still trying to secure one last interview. / By Kristin Keeley

How easy is student volunteer tax service? As quick as 10 minutes (once you're at head of line)
Two weeks ago the Hard News Cafe featured a story announcing Beta Alpha Psi's annual service project, in which the members of the fraternity do students taxes for free. I tagged along with an undeclared sophomore, Brittany Goodsell, as she went to Room 117 in the Sci-Tech Library to have her taxes done. Here is her experience step, by step. / By Stephanie H. Olsen

UATC is changing lives with assistive technology
Disabled is not synonymous with handicapped, in fact many people living with disabilities are offended when they are referred to as handicapped, according to the article, Why We No Longer Use the 'H' Word. / By Heather Butikofer

JCOM partnership gives journalists a semester's sabbatical in the classroom
Taking a sabbatical is a common practice for professors. However, what about a newspaper reporter taking a sabbatical from the newsroom in order to teach college? That's exactly what has been happening for some Salt Lake Tribune employees. / By Shara Holt

Summer's just around the corner, so here are some jobhunting tips
Utah State offers a wide range of services to students looking for jobs. Here are some of the most helpful. / By Lesley Godfrey

Cookbook raises money for Richmond's fire department
You've probably heard of it, seen it, or even partaken of the delicious goodness inspired by the Richmond Fire Department cookbook. The book is filled with delicious recipes from Richmond City's finest and has been floating around the town for a while. / By Seth Quillen

USU professor wins T.S. Eliot poetry prize
Surrounded by books on poetry and literature in his modest office on the third floor of the Ray B. West building, Michael Sowder recited one of almost 50 poems he has memorized. "Nature's first green is gold... / By Jacob Moon

AND I SAY, IT'S ALL RIGHT: Here comes the sun -- warming a horse next to a public road in Benson. / Photo by Thad Stott

Providence family business reaches snowmobiles across North America
PROVIDENCE -- Verlin and Dot Simmons have been plowing their way through the United States and Canadian winter sports scene since 1992 thanks to Verlin's invention of a snowmobile ski called the Simmons Flexi-Ski. / By Julie Oliver

STARTLED: A deer stops grazing on the bark of young tree in Logan Canyon to watch an intruder approach. / Photo by Thad Stott

Mendon volunteers breathe life back into historic train station
MENDON -- The city's old train depot is going to get a facelift, thanks to resident Paul Willie, who is spearheading an effort to restore the building. / By Kimberly Ralphs

Mendonites catching 'heritage fever'
MENDON -- What's new in Mendon is what's old, as historic restorations and preservation of heritage take center stage for citizens. "I think we've caught the restoration and heritage fever," Mayor Sydney Larsen said. / By Kimberly Ralphs

Group offers free income tax preparation for students
Last year USU's honors accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, prepared 700 student tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and spent more than 500 hours doing it. / By Stephanie H. Olsen


Mark Brown looks at his options as he runs the offense. / Photo by John Zsiray

Twenty questions with Mr. Scooby Doo socks
Mark Brown, the popular 5-foot-10 senior guard from Tucson, Ariz., has played his last home game for the Aggies. Thursday, the team travels to Long Beach State for the first of three Big West road games before the conference tournament. We caught up with him for a moment to ask him 20 questions. Given his deftly handled answers (particularly the one dealing with cheerleaders), we think he may have a career in public relations after graduation. / By Jessica May

The greatest snow on earth? Hit the slopes and find out
It's snowing heavily outside. This is a typical day in Utah, and for most locals it means loading up the gear, jumping in the car, and preparing for the mountain. / By Whitney Russler

USU's Calvin Brown tries to stop Cal State Fullerton's Yaphett King during the Aggies' victory Saturday in their last home game. / Photo by John Zsiray

Butler shows off for mama in 87-61 win over Fullerton
Cardell Butler got a surprise visit from his mother, so he surprised her with a career-high 31 points Saturday night. Butler's 11-of-15 shooting night helped carry Utah State to an 87-61 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans. / By Tyler Riggs

USU couple gear to climb the High One -- Denali -- come May
Native Americans who hunted and lived around North America's highest peak called it Denali -- the High One. In 1896 prospector William Dickey did a rough survey of the mountain and renamed it Mt. McKinley, to support presidential candidate William McKinley of Ohio. Today most Alaskan natives, residents and the climbing community prefer the Native name. / By Earl Scott

ABOVE THE RIM: Jason Williams gets denied on a layup by UCR forward Vili Morton. Utah State won in overtime Thursday against UCR. / Photo by John Zsiray

UP AND OVER: USU's Chris Huber tries to block the shot of University of California Riverside guard Rickey Porter during Thursday's game at the Spectrum. The Aggies won in overtime. / Photo by John Zsiray

How loud is the silence on the race track? Ask David Byrnes
In Hollywood the crowd goes silent during the final stretch of the big race in a blockbuster movie. David Byrnes, 26, is the best driver as far as anyone in the small town of Battle Mountain, Nev., can remember. He doesn't hear the crowd's applause, not because he is the star of a movie, but because Byrnes is deaf. / By Jason Roundy

SKINNING THE CATS: Nick Haase drives the puck against the boards during Friday's game against the Provo Ice Cats. Utah State beat the Ice Cats, 9-3. / Photo by John Zsiray

FOR TWO: Jessica Freeman attempts a layup over the arms of Cal State Northridge's Kristin Anderson. The Aggies won Thursday, 76-71, in the Spectrum. / Photo by John Zsiray

Aggie women improve tournament positioning with victory over Northridge
With 27 lead changes and 10 ties, Thursday night's game between Utah State and Cal State Northridge almost could have been decided by the flip of a coin. / By Tyler Riggs

John Neil struggles to break away from two UCSB players on Saturday night. USU increased its record to 19-1 with the victory. / Photo by John Zsiray

USU stays perfect in Big West; ESPN pays attention
The Aggies used a stifiling defense Saturday to come from behind and defeat the USCB Gauchos and stay perfect in the Big West. But what caught the eye of ESPN's Sports Center was an amazing dunk by Cardell Butler. / By Tyler Riggs

MASKED MAN: Spencer Nelson goes for a layup against Cal Poly on Thursday night. Utah State went on to beat the Mustangs. / Photo by John Zsiray

Aggies ranked in AP poll for first time in 33 years
For the first time in 33 years, the Utah State men's basketball team is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Aggies are No. 24 in the poll after receiving 152 votes. / By Tyler Riggs

LANE CLOSING: Mike Ahmad gets blocked by Varnie Dennis during Thursday's victory against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Utah State this week got ranked 24 in the AP top 25 poll. Utah State goes on to play UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. / Photo by John Zsiray

Aggies continue win streak behind career high by Harris
Nate Harris must like setting career highs for scoring each game. After all, he did it twice last week and again Saturday in Utah State's 84-46 win against Long Beach State in front of a standing-room-only crowd. / By Tyler Riggs


More than a full-time student
Taking nine credits at USU, working a full-time job, keeping up with church responsibilities and being a loving wife and mother are all in a day's work for Carolyn Glover. / By Amy Blake

UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE: A crane's arm balances above the USU campus. / Photo by Thad Stott

Stepparenting: How to navigate the bumps when blending families
With more than half of all marriages ending in divorce in the United States, blended families have become as traditional as nuclear families. / By Denise Albiston

Popular low-carb diets do the trick, but are they better than low-fat?
From low-carb ice cream and low-carb pizzas to bunless burgers wrapped in lettuce, some dieters are wondering how far will this low carbohydrate diet go? / By Rachel Schwab

Think twice before heading to the tanning bed
Tanning beds have the same harmful rays as the sun. / By Doan Nguyen

Getting married? Don't forget to get the stress out
While the last ringing bells of spring release Utah State students into four months of freedom, they invite the chiming of wedding bells for many brides-to-be. / By Rachel Jefferies

The Olive Garden celebrated its grand opening Monday. / Photo by John Zsiray

Olive Garden shakes up Logan's taste buds (and pocket pagers)
One hour and twenty minutes after you check in, your pocket begins to vibrate and a song lets you know, finally, after all the anticipation, you have a seat at the grand opening of the long-awaited Olive Garden restaurant in Logan. / By Jill Prichard

Roses are red, violets are blue; How much do I really have to spend on you?
Here's how poor college students can show that "special someone" that they really care, evenif their money flow is somewhat of a trickle. We've got some of the best deals in town to help save money and time. / By Stephanie H. Olsen

The stage is set -- for the National High School Cheerleading Competition at Disney World. / Photo by Jessica May

Let's get serious and talk about the national cheerleading pressure-cooker
ORLANDO, Fla. -- When a bunch of high school girls get clustered into the same room, one would hardly think that serious vibes would be floating throughout the air. / By Jessica May

Brian Abbott tries his luck at ice fishing Saturday morning at Hyrum Dam. Abbott and other fellow Scouts from BSA Troop 1 were fishing at the dam for a scouting activity. The Scouts were instructed before going on the ice about safety and tips for not falling through the ice. / Photo by John Zsiray

Fish not biting under the ice, but Scouts catch on to winter fun
Freezing temperatures and a lack of fish didn't keep the Boy Scouts from Troop 1 from having good time Saturday on the ice at Hyrum Reservoir. / By Jacob Moon


Wolf's return to Utah should be guided by science as well as special interests
Since wolf recovery efforts began in 1995 the Wildlife Resources has been aware that wolves eventually would come looking for new habitat to colonize. / By Justin Paskett

A tale of the glutton who wants a taste of all 31 flavors . . . of women
Amira gasped as we entered the theater, finding that the supposed gentleman she had been dating was at the same movie. Worse yet, there was another girl on his arm. And he wouldn't even look at Amira. What's going on here is more common than you think. / By Jessica May

Stop pillaging, start nurturing this earth that supports our lives
Staring up at the night sky, I feel insignificant. Billions of starts glitter in the immense black space, and I am reminded of how small I actually am. Nature is amazing; the complete comprehension of it leaves us awestruck. However, sometimes I wonder if in our race for progress, we take it for granted. / By Sarah St. John

Imagine a Diversity VP 'robin' you of the opportunity to experience diversity
Tom Robins filed his paperwork to run for ASUSU Diversity VP. If you aren't shocked in the least then either you don't understand diversity or you haven't heard of Robins. / By Samoana Matagi

Stories we tell, and those told to us, echo across time
Stories have within themselves a power -- a power that stirs emotion, paints an image, and will somehow affect our lives and those around us. / By Stephanie H. Olsen

Logan rolls up the welcome mat after dark
I'm not one for clubbing and parties, but even I can see a problem in the nightlife around Logan. It's as if the city has decided on a curfew and enforces it on everyone. / By Jacob Moon


Where, oh where, is Logan's music scene?
In the entire valley, there is not one permanent music venue. / By Meagan Rockne

Why do we love cult movies?
Cult movies are often movies that didn't do well at the box office or were blasted by movie critics. Audiences still love the movie even though it didn;t receive a good review, or they learn to love it years down the road. / By Chris Jensen

USU Mardi Gras has something for romantics, gamblers, dog lovers
From the flips and twists of big band swingers to the shimmers and shakes of saultry belly dancers, Saturday's Mardi Gras had it all. / By Jack Saunders

TSC outdoor guitarist follows the beat of his own drum
Panting, Erik Emmitt, a 19-year-old USU student from Portland, Ore., storms in through the library doors. Between gulps of air and sporadic hand gestures, I manage to make out the cause of his tardiness. "Separation of church and state," Emmitt mumbles. "Separation of church and state." / By Jessica May

DeCaro simply fabulous at TSC
Unfortunately, it was funny. Very very funny. That is, funny for the 70 attendees and unfortunate for all of you who didn't come. The fifth annual UU Gay and Lesbian Film festival, Pridefest, was brought to a close Saturday night with live performance of Frank DeCaro. / By Jack Saunders

Scooter's offers Hyrum a place for local music
HYRUM -- What was once a movie theater in Hyrum is now a place where crowds gather to hear bands and relax, known as Scooter's. / By Kelli Dodgen

The crowd's the thing that makes Poetry and a Beverage perk along
Saturday night's "Poetry and a Beverage" showcased the good, the bad, the bad, the bad, the bad, the bad, and the worse -- but somehow managed to be entertaining. / By Jack Saunders

'Angels in America' to open USU Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Angels in America, winner of five Golden Globe Awards including best miniseries, will be screened at the Logan Arts Cinema on Sunday as part of the fifth annual Utah State University Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Pridefest 5.

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