January 2000


Domestic abuse right here in Happy Valley? Yes, unfortunately, and plenty of it
Domestic violence keeps police and violence advocates busy in Logan. The Community Abuse Prevention Service Agency phones ring off the hook, while the Logan Police Department deals with an average of two calls per day. / By Lizzy Scully

Cache County Jail filled to capacity, new facility needed
LOGAN -- A jail sentence in Cache County may not necessarily result in jail time.Cache County Sheriff G. Lynn Nelson said it all depends on whether or not there's "room at the inn."And currently there isn't. / By Vicky Campbell

Hyrum needs a new library, committee says
HYRUM -- Every month, 19,000 books are checked out of the city's library, the head of the library committee says. At 4,500 square feet, the library is not big enough to handle that kind of traffic. The new library needs to be at least 11,000 square feet, though the committee would prefer 13,000. / By Lara Gale

Subdivision wrapped in red tape, but a council vote could cut through
NORTH LOGAN -- Plans for the North Park Village subdivision, at 950 E. 2750 North, have been up for approval for more than a year and a half, each time being denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission. And although progress has been made, issues of zoning requirements and previous written agreements are still a concern. Thursday, the Planning and Zoning Commission passed the issue along to the City Council for a vote. / By Ruth Russell

Wellsville City Council adopts hourly zoning fees
WELLSVILLE--Instead of charging a set fee, the City of Wellsville will now charge $25 an hour for zoning and surveying land. The City Council passed a resolution and code amendment to adjust fees for zoning and subdivisions on Wednesday night. / By Liz Maudsley

Smithfield City Council approves police department
SMITHFIELD--The Smithfield City Council approved a police force Wednesday night with a 4 to 1 vote. The majority of the council members said they feel the police force will provide a higher quality service, possibly for the same amount of money the town already shells out to the Sheriff's office. / By Casey Hobson

Hyde Park looks at new city boundaries; some citizens upset
HYDE PARK--The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to continue to discuss the new proposed boundaries between Hyde Park and North Logan.
"All these people who get what they want, it's not fair," said Jill Blotters, who because of her neighbors, is a citizen of North Logan instead of Hyde Park like Blotters would prefer.
/ By Debbie Lamb

New businesses opening in Providence
It was e-commerce night in Providence as the City Council approved business licenses for two Internet companies. / By Sandra Turner

Gifted kids punished with mediocrity in classrooms, advocate says
Dr. Linda Silverman, who delivered a keynote address Wednesday, says there are many parallels between giftedness and retardation. "They are opposite ends of the same coin," she says. With both groups, the curriculum requires modification. / By Leah L. Culler

Jewish dentist at Auschwitz recalls ashes, miracles
As Benjamin Jacobs walked across the stage and up to the microphone in the TSC ballroom on Thursday, the audience members braced themselves for the atrocities the Holocaust survivor was about to describe. Jacobs spoke softly to the filled auditorium and, with a thick Polish accent, recounted his horrifying tale. / By Jen Feinstein

President's panel on stress finds pressures can build far too easily
Meet USU engineering student Tyson Gollaher, a panelist at President Emert's forum on stress. Tyson is "someone with a lot on his plate." He is married, has two kids and works full time while still attending school full time. How does he succeed while others fail? And why do some youths, like those at Columbine, go off the deep end? / By Heather Wardle

Crossing guard approved for Lewiston intersection
Wednesday night the Lewiston City Council approved a contract for the Utah Department of Transportation for a flashing reduced speed school zone signs at State Route 61 and Main Street. / By Aaron Morton

Pat Shea of the Department of the Interior tells USU students that President Clinton's efforts to protect federal lands in the West are part of an effort to leave an environmental legacy. / Photo by Michael Hamblin.

Federal land manager defends Clinton
Clinton's January creation of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, north and west of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, has drawn criticism from conservatives and the ranching and grazing industries, but future generations will applaud, said Pat Shea, deputy assistant director of the Interior Department. / By the USU Communication Department

Tremonton planning road repair without new taxes
The City Council on Tuesday presented a proposal to repair 24 residential roads around Main Street. And if all goes as planned, none of the estimated $2.5 million to complete the project will come from a raise in the Tremonton residents' taxes. / By Emily Jensen

USU students to go behind the scenes at Sundance Film Festival 2000
A 1997 graduate of the communication department at Utah State University is opening the backstages at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival to current USU students following in her footsteps. / By the USU communication department

Mother Teresa, Frank Zappa, Adolf Hitler . . . and Ted Pease? Only on a calendar
The head of the USU communication department finds his words in good company, in a 2000 Freedom Forum calendar that collects wit and wisdom about free expression. / By the USU communication department.


WORLD-CLASS experts, performers and creators, right in our own back yard
One of them can tell you all about why messages about teen sex don't always motivate teen-agers. Another can tell you all about lies, lies, lies. (And, first impressions to the contrary, those two don't do research together.) Another can trace her career in green marketing research to the time she made trips to the grocery and broke a pickle jar in a small Kansas town. A fourth wonders how goats learn what to eat and what to avoid. Ten USU professors, noteworthy for the ways in which they expand the envelope of knowledge and inspire others to follow, are profiled in this special project of an advanced news-feature writing class. / By the students of COMM 3110, "Beyond the Inverted Pyramid."

Being a grade-school media specialist means helping curious minds . . . and the occasional lemon
The day her students came back from Christmas break, Suzanne Lowry, media specialist at Millville Elementary, was confronted by a small boy and a large, saggy yellow fruit. "That's a lemon, isn't it," she said. The boy smiled and said, "Yes, I knew you'd like it." She said that the kids are full of surprises. It's one thing that she loves about teaching. / By Bryce Petersen

Lewiston youth council tours Capitol, including (yawn) the Senate
Down to the north side of Salt Lake City they went. The 13 youths from Lewiston learned about the ways the Senate and the House vote, how a bill is passed, and what lobbyists do. "Knowing they can make a difference, that their voice can be heard through their senators and representatives is so important," said their represenative. Helping the youth get involved in government was also the hope of their guide through the Capitol. She instructed them to go and register to vote when they turn 18. / By Sarah Buttars

Chain e-mails @ USU violate computer policy
Paper chain letters are self-limiting because the sender pays for the paper, envelope and stamp. But e-mail chain letters can grow out of control and destroy an e-mail system because the sender does not pay the costs of receiving and storing the message. Here's what happened when one student unknowingly did a no-no. / By Leah L. Culler

Cache targets residents who can't read; training for tutors begins in February
Imagine not being able to fill out your application for a driver's license. Eight percent of Cache County residents cannot read well enough to perform everyday activities like that, according to the National Adult Literacy Survey, conducted by Congress. The Literacy Coalition, formed in 1999, has a strategy of attacking the problem from several angles. / By Brook Cox and Leah L. Culler


Another big man, Brennan Ray, steps up to help USU stay perfect in the East
Utah State continued to dominate the Big West as it remained the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Division and improved to 14-5 (5-0) with a 75-68 victory at Boise State on Thursday. / By Doug Layne

Travel-weary Aggies on the road again; Sunday's game on ESPN2
If the Aggies hope to remain on top of the Eastern Division of the Big West Conference, they'll have to do it on the road as they head north this weekend for two stops in Idaho. "It seems to me like we just got home and we're leaving again (Wednesday)," said Aggie head coach Stew Morrill. "Over the years, I've usually figured out on a lesser level maybe whatever I'm feeling, they're (the team) probably feeling as well. 'What, we've got to go on the road again?'" / By Wade Denniston

Aggies get pair of victories in California
Who said the Utah State University men's basketball team couldn't win on the road? After their weekend on the road, the USU Aggies continue to dominate the Big West as they remain perfect in conference play and against teams from the Golden State. Riding the back of junior forward Shawn Daniels, USU swept its two-game stint in California as it won 61-57 Thursday night at the University of California at Santa Barbara and 74-62 Saturday night at California Polytechnic State University. / By Wade Denniston and Doug Layne

Injuries, graduations hurt Aggie gymnasts in loss to Utah
Losing a top all-arounder and three other seniors last year, then having junior Jessenia Abrego tear her anterior cruciate ligament during practice two weeks ago, was too much for the 21st-ranked Utah State University women's gymnastics team to overcome against the fifth-ranked University of Utah Friday night at the Huntsman Center. / By Wade Denniston

Not much of a crowd: There are plenty of empty seats in the Smith Spectrum during one of the Aggies' biggest wins of the year, against Irvine. / Photo by Steve Day

Aggies burn the nets for 62 percent in first half, cruise past Cal State Irvine
The Utah State Aggies improved their record to 11-5 and remain perfect in the Big West as they defeated Irvine, 81-46, Saturday in the Spectrum. Once again Troy Rolle led the Aggies with 18 points. / By Doug Layne

Aggies struggle early, then hit foul shots to win conference opener
The Utah State Aggies improved their record to 10-5 as they beat Cal State Fullerton, 82-70, Thursday night at the Spectrum. Next up: Irvine on Saturday.
/ By Doug Layne

Gymnasts open the year at the unfriendly Huntsman Center
The USU squad is good, ranked No. 21 in the nation, but fifth-ranked Utah hasn't lost a home meet in 20 years.
The Aggies will try to end that streak Friday night, when the Utes will be without the services of one of their All-Americans. / By Wade Denniston

Cal State Fullerton to test Aggies in Big West opener Thursday
The Titans enter the game with a 5-6 record, while the Aggies are 9-5. CSF is coming off a loss to San Diego University, 78-72, which Utah State beat in the Gossner Foods Classic championship game in overtime, 68-65.
What to expect? If history is our guide, the Aggies should win their home conference opener. / By Wade Denniston

Aggies sleepwalk on basketball court in first half, letting BYU build a lead it never gave up
"The biggest thing in the ballgame tonight was that for whatever reason, they came out as the aggressors," said Utah State head coach Stew Morrill, after the 82-73 defeat. "At the start of the ballgame, they were alive and we seemed a step slow. They seemed very confident and we seemed unconfident." And the Aggie turnovers didn't help much, either. / By Wade Denniston


How do we hate BYU? Let us count the ways
The USU basketball team's loss to BYU was tough to take. Some folks still aren't over it. But to make it a little easier to cope with, here are the Top Five Reasons to Hate BYU, free of charge. / Guest commentary by Dan Chase


Be suspicious of fad diets because some are risky or ineffective, dietitians say
Sheryl Griffiths eats bacon and eggs for breakfast each morning. For lunch she has chicken salad with very little lettuce and lots of ranch dressing. For dinner it's prime rib."I lost seven pounds in the first week," said Griffiths, "ever since then I've been losing about a pound or two a week."Sound a little strange? Griffiths is on the protein power diet. On this diet she can eat all the fat and protein she wants, but very little carbohydrates. Theoretically, without the carbohydrates her body has no choice but to burn fat. Sound too good to be true? Maybe it is. / By Melissa Bloyer

Are you sleeping? If not, you may deprived
Have you ever slept through your alarm clock and later your roommate tells you they saw you turn it off? Do you constantly feel drowsy, sluggish, irritable or depressed? Do you find yourself forgetting things or drifting off in class? These are just a few symptoms of sleep deprivation, and you will be happy to know you are not alone in your misery. According to the National Sleep Foundation, college students, more then any other group of people, receive the least amount of sleep at night. /By Kay Dee Johansen

Got $138,000 -- or a bit less? Car show has a deal for you
Whatever your taste in automobiles, the Utah International Auto Expo, Friday through Monday at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, had hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, minivans, sport-utility vehicles, and concept cars, which give people a sense of what autos may look like in the future. / By Wade Denniston


Festival of New Plays to test fresh works from Utah's 'Lake Bonneville' of talent
Plays are living literature and are best appreciated when performed. However, new plays must be performed before an audience before it is clear whether they will work, and producers often shy away from plays that have not been proved themselves successful. It's a Catch-22. One solution: a night of new plays at USU, beginning Jan. 26. / By the USU theatre arts department


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