May 2000


China Row in Logan Canyon shows the effects of recent runoff and snowmelt For an update on efforts to regulate the quality of water in Cache County, see the story below. / Photo by Nancy Williams

Cache cities, under the EPA gun, pool their expertise on water quality, flooding
05/30/00 LOGAN -- Ain't no storm taking this town. But the EPA isn't convinced. Stormwater has poured down city streets at speeds 20 times faster that ever seen in nature, peeling at times 40 tons of sediment per acre every year from individual construction sites. Now, Cache County cities are working together to meet a 2003 deadline to safeguard our water. / By Jeremiah Stettler

USU journalism/comm department graduates largest-ever class
05/18/00 The Journalism/Communication Class of 2000 is twice the size of last year's graduating class. A total of 99 students were awarded bachelor's degrees in journalism, and about 78 of them were on hand to walk across the stage at May ceremonies. / By the USU department of journalism and communication

Whirling disease is here, but its impact is less than in nearby states
05/15/00 Tests of the Logan River and other Cache Valley sites have come up positive for the trout illness, which does not affect humans but has nearly wiped out some fish populations in Colorado and Montana. In Utah streams that have tested positive for the disease, managers have tried to avoid stocking rainbow trout and using large brown trout where possible. There has also been a substantial education initiative. / By Eric Buchanan

USU President George Emert resigns
05/10/00 Read the full text of the USU news release on the president's decision to resign as of Dec. 31, 2000, as well as the full text of his letter to the chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents. / By USU media relations & marketing

North Logan library exceeds forecast as a third of city owns a card
05/09/00 When North Logan's library opened its doors last November, nobody dreamed of the progress it would make, or the response it would receive. / By Ruth Russell

Depot to celebrate driving of golden spike
05/05/00 May 10 is the 131st anniversary of the driving of the golden spike in the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that made East meet West, and Delone Glover, curator of the Brigham City Historic Train Depot, is ready to celebrate. / By Sally H.N. Wright


Latin Americans come to Utah for jobs, stability, but find challenges fitting in
05/22/00 Claudia Loucel of El Salvador did not come to Utah for economic survival or better opportunities as most do, but she has adopted the land and will stay like most other immigrants. She'll miss some things, of course. "I miss the fruit," she said with a smile -- mangoes, guavas and jacotes. / By Heather Fredrickson

Are you my mother? Some parents, adoptees wrestle with a question of biology
05/22/00 Mark, a new father in Arizona, says his son will know he is adopted, and that he will support his son in any search he desires to conduct. He said his only concern is for the feelings of his son, because his biological parents have requested they not have contact with their biological son. This story features links to many adoption information sites. / By Leah L. Culler

Panama ecstatic over control of canal, but U.S. experts question whether it will be run wisely
05/19/00 Panama specialist and Utah State University Professor Bill Furlong who has studied the country for 30 years, written a book on the treaties leading to the change of control, and taught at the University of Panama, says the question is not whether Panamanians can maintain the canal, but whether they will. / By Lynnette Hoffman

Millville's Cherokee craftsman making costumes and making movies
05/18/00 MILLVILLE -- Between raising three kids, working with the Millville Planning and Zoning Commission and doing his duty as chief of the Bear River Band of the Southern Cherokee Nation, Bob Strong Bear Bates hardly has time for Hollywood. / By Bryce Petersen

'Eureka' moment leads professor to study of propaganda, and now he sees it everywhere
05/16/00 You can call him Professor Cole. Or you can call him Dr. Cole. But undergraduate students at Utah State University had better watch their step. A first-name basis is inappropriate, he says. "Especially if the student is female," he said. Sound old-fashioned? Maybe. But Robert Cole, who's been teaching at USU since 1970, insists a distance be maintained. / By Heather Fredrickson

Petra, in an 1830s lithograph

To heck with Indiana Jones, says USU archaeologist
05/15/00 Down a winding and narrow canyon in Jordan lies Petra -- fabulous ruins of a city carved right into the rock. Utah State professor and archaeologist Steven Simms studied in Jordan, close to Petra, but he didn't work in the ruins. Instead he studied the people of the region, Bedouins. To Simms, finding relics and breathtaking remnants isn't the point. / By Nancy Heiner Austin

American Legion shrinking as it gets grayer -- except in Utah
05/15/00 American veterans, some of whom battled through dense rifle and artillery fire at Normandy beach, are now battling to maintain membership in U.S. veterans organizations. Why is Utah not part of the trend? / By Jeremiah Stettler

Tremonton's 'bright, silvery' saucers stand up as one of top-rated UFO sightings
05/11/00 The date: July 2, 1952. The time: 11 a.m. The place: seven miles out of Tremonton, Utah. The event: unidentified flying objects. After all these years, it still is one of the hardest-to-dismiss UFO sightings. / By Emily Jensen

Undercover sociology student researches the end-of-civilization cults of Utah, Idaho
05/10/00 Kirk Mauldin of USU covers his inch-long hair with a bandana, slips on a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, dresses from head to toe in leather, hangs handcuffs from the back seat of his bike, straps a knife to his boot, hops on his motorcycle, and sets out to do a little personal research. / By Heather Fredrickson

Sheriff's Office secretary has (most of) the answers
05/09/00 Cache County Sheriff's Office secretary Marcy Mouritsen has dealt with a few strange requests over the past seven years. She once had a caller who wanted to excavate a gravesite. / By Analisa Coats

'Personal pride' motivates Lewiston's volunteer emergency team
05/08/00 It's hard to say if Lewiston has the best First Responders/EMT units in Cache Valley. First Responders President Rod Hammer would like to think so. / By Aaron Morton

Scrapbook supply store opens in downtown Lewiston
05/08/00 Scrapbook Junction, 15 S. Main St., opened its doors April 20 -- a day after owner and operator Karen Corbridge aquired a business license. Corbridge says demand is so great in northern Cache County that the business outgrew her home. / By Aaron Morton

This is not your father's graduation announcement
05/08/00 USU student Adam Roundy, who studied public relations and marketing, would like you to witness the future of graduation announcements.


Blue Sox claim Northern Utah tournament with hit after hit
SMITHFIELD -- Behind 18 base knocks, the Smithfield Blue Sox ousted rival Providence, 14-1, to claim the Northern Utah Preseason Tournament. / By Wade Denniston

Hello, slugger! New Preston infielder goes deep in 14-4 defeat of Hyrum
SMITHFIELD -- In his first game in a Preston uniform, Brett Thompson was a huge addition to the Aggie lineup as he went 2 for 5, including an RBI double and a three-run home run, to lead his team to a 14-4 victory over the Hyrum Hornets in the 2000 Northern Utah Preseason Tournament at Richard V. Hansen Baseball Park. / By Wade Denniston

WAY OVER PAR WITH WADE; Ben Lomond short, easy (except for those par-3's)
HARRISVILLE -- Slow, but relatively simple. That's what it's like to play 18 holes at the par-72 Ben Lomond Golf Course. A new, occasional feature on the courses of Northern Utah by a certified golf nut. / By Wade Denniston

Logan takes sixth at 4A state softball tourney
Granted, it's not the No. 1 spot the Grizzlies (15-10 overall) were shooting for, but it is the best finish in the school's history. / By Wade Denniston

Aggie softball team closes out season with loss to Northridge
The Utah State University softball team ended its season with a 6-4 loss to California State University, Northridge on Saturday at Johnson Field in Logan. Despite the setback, though, the Aggies finished the season at 19-38 (6-18 in Big West Conference play), which is the most wins for a USU team in the last three seasons. / By Wade Denniston

It's do, and do again, or die Tuesday for Logan High softball team
The Grizzlies (14-9 overall) don't have any room for fault in the 4A state tourney. Now, one more loss and it will be an early summer. First up is Olympus at 3:15 p.m. at Cottonwood Complex in Salt Lake City. If they win, they take on the winner of the Box Elder-Payson game. / By Wade Denniston

Three Aggies quit basketball team to seek less bench time at other schools
USU head coach Stew Morrill announced that Brad Willden, Andre Mahorn and Rashaun Thomas would leave the school in pursuit of more playing time elsewhere. However, the Aggies have signed a 250-pound power forward from California. / By Wade Denniston

'One wrong step . . .' and another female athlete has torn a knee
What is it about body structure that makes female collegiate athletes 6.3 times more likely to tear an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) than their male counterparts? The hobbling injury keeps athletes such as Sarah Gray from competing for a long, long time. / By Lynnette Hoffman

Want to run a marathon? Here's what you need to do
Running a marathon does not have to be a painful and torturing experience. If you properly train it can be both fun and very rewarding. Here is a step-by-step guide (no pun intended). / By Leslie Jensen

Aggie pole vaulter uses gymnastics, sprinter's speed and grit to compete among nation's best
As a freshman, Shae Bair picked up a pole for the first time, ran with it, stuck it in the ground and flew into the air. She let go of the pole and freely fell to the mat, clearing her very first pole vault. "I was so excited to clear 7-6," Bair said, laughing. "But I look back these days and think, 'Wow, that was really bad." She's not bad anymore. / By Rosanne Radcliffe


Media's failures in presidential campaign: How to play favorites (but deny it)
They'll deny it if you ask them, but the mass media play favorites. They'll tiptoe around the issue, or try to convince you that they are merely "giving the people what they want." But when you boil it all down the truth remains the same: they're playing favorites. Political favorites, that is. And that spells danger for democracy. / By Nicole McLean


Good money, yes, but assembly line work has monotony, risk
Kathaleen Fritzler is 23. She takes cheese out of big boxes, slices it, weighs it and packages it. For 10 hours at a time, with breaks. It's a sacrifice she makes while her husband studies business information systems at USU. / By Nancy Heiner Austin

Gotta get away? Albuquerque is worth the drive
Need a road trip to get your mind right? Consider New Mexico. It's close, and the mountains, sunshine, baseball and museums are top-notch. / By Wade Denniston

Utah's teen pregnancy rates low, while sex ed is more open than you might think
This week, Brad Nelson of Logan High School is well into a three-week course on human development and relationships, familiarly known as sex education. The boys and girls will be in the same room, and the lecture will give out much more information about STDs, contraception, male and female anatomy and teen pregnancy, than when Nelson was a student in the '70s. / By Brook Cox

Got booorred kids? Providence's 'Fun in Sun' will keep 'em hopping
The program runs for about two months each summer, and is Monday through Friday at Zollinger Park. At a rate of $60 for a summer pass, the program features games, crafts, and water activities in a supervised environment. Best of all, you don't have to live in Providence to take advantage of the program. / By Analisa Coats

Migrant Head Start helps make summer harvest possible
Box Elder County farmers depend on migrant agricultural workers to make their summer harvest successful, and those workers depend on federally funded programs such as Migrant Head Start to care for their children while they are in the fields. / By Sally H.N. Wright

Water drips from the overhang at the Lower Emerald Pool, inside Zion National Park, in this file photo from 1999. Bus shuttle service soon will be the only motorized transportation into the park, a popular destination for tourists northeast of St. George. / Photo by the USU department of journalism and communication.

Zion's mandatory shuttle service a response to a bear-hug of love for national parks
Tracie Cayford, communications director of the Utah Travel Council, says the national parks are facing an imminent problem -- they are being loved to death. / By Reuben Wadsworth


Review: 'Mission: Impossible II' will supply your summer action fix
Beautiful scenery, action, great acting, action, weak story, action, pulsing soundtrack and more action. Oh, did I mention the action? Mission: Impossible II, produced by Tom Cruise with partner Paula Wagner and directed by action maven John Woo (Face/Off, Broken Arrow), this sequel has more action and beauty than its parent movie. / By Heather Fredrickson

Groovy, baby, as Cinnamon Brown gives USU a sendoff
Cinnamon Brown added some special features to the show. USU student Aaron Rice belted out some fierce yodeling while the band provided background rhythm. Scott Carl, a USU geology major, laid out a "super groovalistic prostafunctation rap number." / By Steve Day


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