HNC Home Page
CAN'T GET SPRING FAST ENOUGH: Shorts, skirts and flipflops: Students outside the TSC are eagerly awaiting the warmth that has been favoring Salt Lake City for weeks. / Photo by Josh Russell
Today's word on journalism

Thursday, March 10, 2005

From the High School Free Speech Front:

"If they feel an article isn't appropriate, they will pull it -- or ask the student to make changes to it. They said that isn't censorship. They said they're just approving or not approving what goes in. What's your definition of censorship?"

--Hawley Kunz, co-editor of the Warrior News, Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah. The principal ordered prior review of the monthly newspaper after an editorial critical of the condition of the school's running track. (3/8/05)





Providence artist Kay Homan paints the West's beauty
In the upstairs of a rustic red brick farm house nestled in the shadows of the Bear River Mountains, Kay Homan works on her western paintings. During the 2004 Festival of the American West, Homan's paintings won the People's Choice Award. / By Shauna Leavitt


Albrecht gets his own copy of Connections summer book, 'When the Emperor Was Divine'
President Stan Albrecht will join next fall's incoming freshmen in reading about a controversial chapter in American and Utah history.


Chicago student's gone country . . . and knows both ends of a horse
When Utah State University senior Rachel Allen came to USU five years ago, she was what her mom called a "city girl." But when the city girl met a country boy everything changed. Now Allen is doing things she never would have imagined, such as artificially inseminating horses. / By Tamber Weston

A 'routine' interview is followed by a suicide attempt, and the reporter asks, 'Why?'
Steve was clean from drugs and alcohol for nine months when I met him. I thought his turnaround would be a success story. / Melissa Dymock

'Decompresson' workshop offered in conjunction of ' The Vagina Monologues'
In conjunction with the performance of "The Vagina Monologues," a writing workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in RWEST 214. / press release

Triplets multiply the happiness of Hyde Park's Harris family
Raising two boys under the age of 5 is rightfully overwhelming, but for Elizabeth Harris of Hyde Park, the job was nothing to lose sleep over. However, the day she realized she was pregnant with triplets must have been somewhat more unsettling. / By Lexie Kite

Well-traveled pilot, family move to Mendon for location, atmosphere
As an airline pilot, Gary DeSpain has seen a lot. But when it came time find a new home, he and his family chose Mendon, Utah, over countless other choices. / By Bryan Hinton

Cache Valley TV host Doug Smith stumbled into job that suits him best
A handwritten message on the Valley Channel wall reads, "I won't be ignored DOUG, love your biggest fan." Doug Smith laughs about the inside joke, referring to the movie Fatal Attraction, at Logan's local television channel. "You're never really big until you have a stalker," he said. "That's when people notice you." / By Seth Quillen

Wellsville student juggles scholarship and beauty school
Corrie Blackham, 18, was chosen as Mountain Crest High School's Sterling Scholar for the Family and Consumer Science category in mid-December of last year. / By Jeremy Wilkins

Adoption brings joy to those who cannot have children of their own
Steve and Tera Sweat made their family complete by adopting four children: Akirra, Jarell, Dawson and Alyssa. / Kelli Dodgen


Emotionally powerful 'Million Dollar Baby' some of Eastwood's best work
Sports have a strange ability to bridge emotions, and as the director and producer of Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood captures what is arguably the most barbaric of sports, boxing. / By Jared Ocana

JCOM film series focuses on the press
The department of journalism and communication at Utah State University will screen a series of films focusing on the press, TV news and the role and responsibilities of the mass media in American society.


CD review: Armor for Sleep breathes new life into emo with tunes about the newly dead
Two years since Armor for Sleep's debut release, the band's new album What to Do When You Are Dead resuscitates the all but dead hardcore/emo music scene. / By Casandra Woodcox


A Chocolate Stonehenge? Why not -- it's the Valentine Pro-Am. Photos by Jared Ocana

Scenes from a meltdown: Photos of USU's last-second loss to Pacific by Josh Russell

A photo essay of Mardi Gras at USU by Josh Russell

Images of the frosty campus at USU and Bear Lake by Jared Ocana



The times, they are a-changin' in Richmond
When Jed's Burger Bar, now known as Big-J's, opened its doors for business in 1959, what we call a 'combo meal' today (a burger, fries, & a soda) would've cost you 45 cents back then. / By Joey Hislop

Providence's Old Rock Church needs protection, owner says
In the heart of town, on the corner of Center and Main stands the oldest inhabitable building in Providence, known as the Old Rock Church. / By Shauna Leavitt


'Downtown' for North Logan is on the horizon
The North Logan City Center is planned to be built somewhere between 1800 and 2200 North and 200 and 400 East. / By Jen Pulham

Richmond landmark to get new home
For nearly 46 years Big J's restaurant in Richmond has served locals from its small roadside location. Times have now changed and so will they. / By Joey Hislop



'Messy' First Amendment better than speech codes, Idaho editor says
Americans don't really believe in freedom of speech as a First Amendment guarantee, said Roger Plothow during a Media and Society lecture. / By Denise Albiston

Stan Albrecht veered from veterinary plans to role as Head Aggie
Stan Albrecht never planned on becoming a university president. As a young boy, he wanted to become a veterinarian. / By Megan Roe

USU employees, students react quickly to chemical spill
A bottle of pyridine fell and broke in a chemistry stockroom, causing the evacuation of between 150 and 200 people from the Eccles Science and Learning Center buildling at USU on Jan. 24. / By Jeremy Wilkins

Idaho newspaper publisher to examine the press, warts and all
The JCOM department at USU will host Idaho newspaper publisher Roger Plothow for a Media & Society Lecture this month on the First Amendment and role of newspapers in community life.


UDOT asks Richmond how to spend 'enhancement' funds for U.S. 91
In its Feb. 15 meeting, the City Council was addressed by Brad Humphries, project manager for the Utah Department of Transportation's widening of U.S. Highway 91. Humphries asked the council for ideas on how to use federal funds given to the project. / By Joey Hislop

Preliminary hearing for Duhadway set for March 18
Carl Fletcher Duhadway, 19, of Logan, appeared before 1st District Judge Gordon J. Low Thursday afternoon and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. March 18. / By Jeremy Wilkins

North Logan considers adding more liquor licenses
The Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday night and discussed a possible increase of liquor licenses. / By Jen Pulham

Wellsville P&Z gives initial approval to Trailside subdivision
A public hearing was held to receive input on a preliminary plat for the Trailside subdivision Wednesday night. / By Jeremy Wilkins

Water restrictions frustrate Trenton residents
The moratorium on water hook-ups is a cause for concern for some town residents, say Planning and Zoning commissioners. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Smithfield council unhappy with county's mosquito 'bite'
Tension was high in Wednesday's council meeting as members claimed the county "deceived" them when presenting the Cache Mosquito Abatement District initiative. / By Ash Schiller

Paradise council makes plans to build horse arena
The City Council began tentative plans Thursday to construct a 206-foot riding arena next to the city cemetery. The plan stems from a local 4-H Club asking the council for help to construct the arena. / By Jon Cox

Millville plans tennis court, worries about traffic
The City Council discussed how to cover costs for building a new tennis court in a park to be built on the north side of town and the possibility of a major increase of traffic on 450 North on Thursday. / By Joseph Sheppard

Nibley looks favorably on development and commercial rezones
After years of taking a back seat, commercial development could start to move to the forefront. At City Council meeting Thursday night, roughly half the time was spent discussing rezoning properties for commercial use. Overall the council favored the types of proposed development. / By Kevin Nielsen

Smithfield wades into storm-water management
Everyone I've talked to is just dreading this," City Manager James Gass said of the implementation of the storm water management program. / By Ash Schiller

Wellsville continues to work on changes in water laws
More was heard and spoken of a proposed code change Wednesday night which would require the transferring of water to the city upon annexation or subdividing of property. / By Jeremy Wilkins

Mendon struggles with water issues
A third lot split in a week was delayed in Mendon due to an insufficient amount of water on new plats. / By Bryan Hinton

Hyrum postpones vote on funding mosquito abatement district
The City Council met Thursday and discussed the needs of funding for the Cache Mosquito Abatement District. Each member of the district is asking to give a grant of one dollar per citizen to the district for the fund. Each of the surrounding areas in Cache County are members of the district except for Logan, Mendon and Trenton. / By Emma Tippetts

No more smoking in Hyde Park's parks, council decrees
The City Council voted to prohibit tobacco in all parks and recreational areas owned or leased by the city Tuesday night. / By Lexie Kite

Newton's library is Cleo Griffin's dream made real
"This is a great town to live in because they're very caring people, it's a real sports town, but when these kids grow up they're going to read," said Griffin. / By Chris Johnsen

Paradise family narrowly escapes CO poisoning
Had their 4-year-old daughter had not been sick that night, a family of four may have never woken up. / By Jon Cox

Hyrum OKs subdivision, amends code
A two-lot mini-subdivision for a new retirement park was approved by the Planning Commission Thursday night. / By Emma Tippetts

Millville P&Z approves three homes
The planning commission gave zoning clearance for three new houses and approved a new committee member on Thursday. / By Joseph Sheppard

Mendon puts off vote on drinking water impact fee
The City Council delayed a vote on a drinking water system impact fee in order to clear up an issue dealing with fee adjustments. / By Bryan Hinton

Smithfield puts cemetery plot sales 'on hold' for now
Mayor Ray Winn has put a stop on cemetery plot sales in response to the onslaught of individuals trying to purchase plots before fees are raised. / By Ash Schiller

Curious about sheriff's duties? Come to the Citizens Academy
The Sheriff's Office will have the ninth annual Citizens Academy starting Feb. 23. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Wellsville works on future water needs
A proposed water code which would require a certain amount of water to be transferred to the city upon annexation and/or subdividing was discussed Wednesday night. / By Jeremy Wilkins

River Heights ups the penalty for reconnecting shut-off utilities
A resolution to increase the fee for water reinstatement was passed by the City Council Tuesday. / By Lindsay Kite

Westates Construction sues Providence to recover impact fees
Westates Construction filed a lawsuit against the City of Providence claiming it had been overcharged $42,000 for park and road impact fees on the Deer Creek Village Apartment Homes complex. / By Shauna Leavitt

No more parking, standing or loading in Champ Drive roundabout
Signs posted around the Champ Drive roundabout are forcing students to find a new place to catch a ride to and from Utah State University. / By Tamber Weston

Hyrum family will move rather than give up dogs
The eight members of the Garner family try to go about their daily business of feeding the birds, and learning to yo-yo, while knowing two members of their family have to leave -- or the whole family has to. / By Emma Tippetts

Funding cuts would sting Newton if state sales tax replaces RAPZ
Parks and recreation funding could decrease dramatically if Utah's RAPZ tax (Recreation Arts Parks Zoos) is replaced by a uniform state sales tax. / By Chris Johnsen

North Logan approves location for UP&L's power line
North Logan seems to be quickly losing options in a fight against Utah Power & Light. In the City Council meeting Thursday, Mayor Val Potter invited Scott Wyatt, attorney and state representative, to discuss alternatives to the proposed installation of the 138,000-volt overhead power line that will cost $1.3 million for a two-mile distance. / By Jen Pulham

Nibley approves Planned Unit Development after public hearing
A public hearing for the Planned Unit Development (PUD) on 250 West took up the majority of the City Council meeting Thursday night as citizens and the council discussed the essence of PUDs. / By Kevin Nielsen

Millville decides to cross North River Bridge when it comes to it, for repairs
Discussion on the possibility of rehabilitating the North River Bridge and the swearing in of a new planning commission member and board of adjustment member took place at the City Council meeting Thursday. / By Joseph Sheppard

Trenton bumps water fee complaints higher up the pipeline
Mayor Perry Spackman suggested the town adopt a non-use fee for water meters at City Council meeting Thursday night. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Richmond P&Z approves Borg rezone from ag to commercial
The Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday night to decide whether or not to rezone a 1-acre piece of land alongside U.S. Highway 91. / By Joey Hislop

Paradise seeks legal solution for water license woes
The City Council prepared for the worst Wednesday night, as a court battle seems imminent over several city water licenses. / By Jon Cox

Wellsville considers city engineer applicants
The engineering firms of AQUA, Bush and Gudgell, Jones and Associates, Cache Landmark and J-U-B were interviewed by the City Council Wednesday night in the city office. / By Jeremy Wilkins

Hyde Park discusses taking away smokers' rights
"I think it is a good idea because smoking offends people," Councilman David Suisse said. "I think we are seeing this ordinance passed more and more often across the nation because it is a good idea." / By Lexie Kite


USU cites culture, not Harvard president's claim of innate differences, for lack of female full professors
"Women may be more likely to become discouraged with the field because there is less social support and fewer role models," says investigator Ronda Callister. / By Megan Roe

'Insider' chronicles smokers' addictions, shows USU a victim's brain
Philip Morris has been telling Congress for more than 40 years that people smoke because "nicotine tastes good." But a former research scientist of the company is telling a different story. "Nicotine has no taste," reports Victor DeNoble. / By Tamber Weston

DNA, the Book of Mormon, and a quiet night
There were no snide comments or fights even though campus police were in full force. / By Trevor Brasfield


An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 14: Unexpected stay leads to 'hurry up and wait'
We were moments away from loading our bags, right along with everyone else from HHC, 2-162, onto trucks and moving to Camp Taji, when the order came down for us to stay put "for now." / By David J. Jenkins

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 13: Some quick and appreciative thoughts as they shut down the Internet cafe
Our move must be eminent, for as I sit here composing this "Greeting." I was informed that the computer technicians are on their way to dismantle the Internet cafe. / By David J. Jenkins

An Aggie's letter from Iraq No. 12: Birth of a new Iraq had its difficulties, but the child has a bright future
The last couple of weeks have been intense, strange, interesting and exciting. We have been honored with being a part of a historical event, and helping smooth along the creation of a free Iraq. The seed has been planted and it may take time to take root and grow, but the process has begun. / By David J. Jenkins


Utah State beats UC Irvine, Nelson named to all-century team
The Aggies improved to 21-7 overall and 12-5 in the Big West conference while the Anteaters fell to 6-10. / By Jerome le Carrou

Men's basketball team beats Long Beach for 20th victory of season
Senior Spencer Nelson recorded his eighth double-double as he led the Utah State Aggies with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 68-52 victory against the Long beach State 49ers Thursday night in the Spectrum. / By Jerome le Carrou

Aird scores 19 as Aggies take over fifth place in Big West
Ali Aird led the Aggies with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds in a 71-55 victory over the UC Riverside Highlanders Thursday night in the Spectrum. / By Jerome le Carrou

Aggies grab second place in Big West with 77-57 drubbing of Cal State Northridge
Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies with 22 points in a 77-57 victory Thursday night in the Spectrum against the Cal State Northridge Matadors. / By Jerome le Carrou

Women's basketball team falls to UC Santa Barbara, 67-59, before hitting road
The Utah State Aggies lost 67-59 to UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon in the Spectrum to finish out a four-game home stand 2-2. / By Jerom e le Carrou

Aggie women win nail-biter against Cal Poly
Ali Aiird led the Aggies with 12 points in a 57-52 victory Thursday over the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Aggies improved to 11-8 for the season and 6-4 in conference play. / By Jerome le Carrou

Copyright 1997-2004 Utah State University Department of Journalism & Communication, Logan UT 84322, (435) 797-1000
Best viewed 800 x 600.