October 2001



Landowner proposes a deal to give River Heights its first commercial property
A proposed bargain with a landowner may be the city's one opportunity to gain some commercial property. Right now, River Heights has no commercially zoned land, and some council members believe a commercial tax base would be helpful. / By Anna Brunson

Richmond restructuring Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhoods may be soon be safer because of changes in the structure of the Neighborhood Watch Organization. / By Nicole Grubbs

Annual audit looks good overall for Paradise
PARADISE -- Independent auditor Diana Cannell gave the town an unqualified favorable report as she presented the annual audit to the town council Wednesday evening. As she braved playful teasing from Mayor Lee Atwood and council members, Cannell told the group that the town looks good and is even improving. / By Joe Rowley

USU professor's national study of race in the news examines how press covers 'increasingly diverse U.S.'
A Utah State University journalism professor released the first results Thursday from a two-year national study of how TV news and newspapers deal with issues of race and ethnicity at a meeting of press representatives in Florida. The findings are that minorities are underrepresented in the news. / By the USU department of journalism and communication

WNBA's Cooper equates winning in basketball, life
"Are you in it to win it? Or, are you in it to participate?" asked Cynthia Cooper, Phoenix Mercury head coach, former player for the WNBA's Houston Comets and guest speaker for a recent USU Arts and Lectures series. / By Jennifer Brennan

Lewiston, egg company to form committee to address fly problem
"He's a thinker, a doer." "She's too emotional, not objective enough." City Council members Wednesday assessed nominations for an ad hoc committee to tackle the fly problems in Lewiston. Names were tossed around, but nothing was finalized. / By Jennifer Brennan

Wellsville considers offer to Rich County for diesel ambulance
Roger Blechert, president of the EMT workers, told the council that the city needs the ambulance because of the unavailability of Logan ambulances. "Almost every day now, Logan City is out of ambulances," he said. / By Melissa Dymock

North Logan considers removing mayor's power over hiring, firing
North Logan allows its mayor to appoint and fire any city employee without discussion with or approval from the council. Some members are interested in learning about and possibly adopting a new form of government where a council takes on the administrative position of hiring and firing employees. / By Jessica Kelly

Hyrum resident urges higher speed limits, fewer stop signs
Resident Bruce Gittins proposed at Thursday's City Council meeting to increase speed limits on several major roads and to remove stop signs from slow intersections. "Motorists are getting the short end of the stick," said Gittins. / By Karen Funk

Millville approves subdivision, but with strings attached
MILLVILLE -- The City Council approved a minor subdivision at 580 E. 300 South at Thursday's meeting, but will withhold building permits until the property owner deeds land to the city. / By Kyle S. Loosle

Cyberterrorism: Is it a threat to us?
Some believe future attacks could come in the form of cyberterrorism -- information warfare -- the ability to sow fear and wreak havoc from the safety of a computer terminal. But the opinions as to how probable a serious attack could come via the Internet are as varied and wide-ranging as the terrorist groups that might attempt to carry out such an act. / By Aaron Jones

Providence election preview: USU department head challenges mayor
Mayor Alma Leonhardt is being challenged by Randy Simmons. That race and the City Council races are examined. / By Lindsey Blau

It's business as usual Tuesday on the lawn across the street from the Regional Center in Ogden. / Photo by Leon D'souza

Ogden awaits word on possible anthrax contamination; Leavitt urges vigilance and common sense
Ogden wore a deserted look Tuesday. An anthrax scare Monday morning caused the evacuation of two buildings in the downtown area. Police and health department officials went into high gear as they responded to two separate reports of envelopes containing a white powdery substance. / By Leon D'souza and Will Bettmann

Cache Valley prepares for the worst
Residents of Cache Valley looking for any guarantee that a biological or chemical terrorist attack couldn't occur in the valley may be disappointed. Nearly everyone here who has looked extensively into the possibility echoes what officials on a national level are saying -- that it is almost impossible to completely defend against such an attack. / By Will Bettmann

Smithfield council sends apartment permit issue to planning commission
SMITHFIELD --Chad and Lynley Thompson, appealing the planning and zoning commission's denial of a conditional use permit to build apartments on their property at 270 E. 300 North, were sent back to the commission by the City Council last week. / By Marie Griffin

Abandoned cars, cats concern Mendon council
MENDON -- Talk about towing abandoned cars, dealing with abandoned cats and thinking about a new sprinkler system for city parks took up most of the Mendon City Council meeting Thursday. / By Hilary Ingoldsby

Anthrax scare grips Ogden
Tension gripped Ogden as police responded to two calls at 9:30 a.m., one from a marketing company, Market Star, and the other from the Ogden Regional Center of the state building. Both organizations received suspicious envelopes containing a white powdery substance. While anthrax is suspected, the nature of the substance will not be known for the next 48 hours. / By Leon D'souza

No quick solutions to Richmond dog, truck problems
RICHMOND - A longtime resident of Richmond bent the ear of the City Council Tuesday, voicing his complaints about dogs barking at night and trucks parking where they shouldn't. George Stewart told the council he has several problems with certain types of vehicles being parked on city streets that "destroy the rural flavor" of Richmond. / By Nicole R. Grubbs

River Heights increases residents' water bills
Water will cost a bit more in River Heights after the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a 6 percent franchise fee on to the public. Residents will now have to pay about 50 cents more for their water, which will make monthly bills almost exactly $10. / By Anna Brunson

Most USU students, faculty support attack on Afghanistan, but Muslims raise questions
Their opinions varied considerably, but most Utah State University students and faculty members polled Tuesday voiced broad support for U.S. strikes against Afghanistan. "I think the attacks are necessary," said Freeman Linton, a junior business administration major. "I think it's the right time. We can't sit back and wait forever. / Leon D'souza and Will Bettmann

Rollover at USU farm not serious
A dump truck clipped by another vehicle flips and loses its front axle, but both drivers walk away. / By Melissa Dymock

LDS conference interrupted with war news; Hinckley endorses holding evil accountable
Thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints learned their nation was retaliating, when Church President Gordon B. Hinckley was handed a note that said George W. Bush had ordered missile attacks on Afghanistan. Hinckley announced the attack during his address to assembled church members Sunday. "The terrible forces of evil must be confronted and held accountable for their actions," Hinckley said. / By Steve Barfuss

IT'S MEETING TIME: The General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gets under way last weekend in Salt Lake City. / Photo by Steven Barfuss

Student group plans Tuesday visits to assess Wasatch-Cache Forest management
The Ecological Coalition of Students, in conjunction with natural resources week at Utah State University, will sponsor several site visits Tuesday in the Logan Ranger District of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest to show the effects of management and explore the implications of future management options.

Millville council edits voter fact sheet for neutral description of proposed sewer
MILLVILLE -- City Council members Thursday revised a fact sheet on a proposed city sewer to be sent out to residents under the council's name. Members revised the fact sheet to eliminate any opinion concerning the sewer after Councilman Mike Johnson said the fact sheet was biased toward supporting construction. / By Kyle S. Loosle

Boys' vandalism prompts Paradise to end its generosity on recreation fees
PARADISE -- The actions of few will affect many. Now some town youth who have been able to play on community leagues without paying fees will find their free ride has just left the station. / By Joe Rowley

Nibley debates proposed business park
NIBLEY -- The City Council once again debated whether to vacate plans for a proposed business park at Thursday's meeting. A concern was property owner and resident of Nibley Dave Poulsen not having an easy access road to his place of business. / By Julie Sulunga

Enhancing learning, discovery, engagement top Hall's list for excellence at USU
"This is not an inauguration, it is a report of our status," USU President Kermit Hall said, waving his finger with emphasis. Friday afternoon Hall gave his state of university address to an assembled crowd of students, faculty,and staff. The address was the climax of events marking the inaugural scholarship fund, which now stands at $700,000, Hall said. / By Steven Barfuss

Youth Center damage has Smithfield looking looking at punishing any rule-breakers
After the damage done to the city's Youth Center, officials are wondering how far they'll have to go to make users respect city facilities. The city had just paid $350 to have the building's floor refurnished, but after the wedding that took place Saturday night there is nothing left to show for it. Guests wore down the finish, leaving a cloudy appearance instead of a shine. Also, there was a sticky residue left on the floor that wouldn't wash out even after two cleanings. / By Marie Griffin


SHOW ME THE MONEY: Indian students celebrate their money-raising ways Thursday at USU. The students held a cookout on the patio of Taggart Student Center to raise money for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which will be Nov. 10. Pav Bhaji, a sort of sandwich containing mashed vegetables, was served. In white shirt and white cap is Deeksheet Doshibala, the events coordinator of the Indian Students Association; the other student holding money is webmaster Partho Choudhary. / Photo by Leon D'souza

Indian festival of Diwali more than just food and fireworks
10/29/01 Diwali means many things to different people. For the Indian Student Association (ISA) at Utah State University, Diwali presents an opportunity to share India with the Logan community -- from traditional finery and the history of a land so ancient and diverse, to lip-smacking cuisine. / By Leon D'souza

Who needs copper wire? India has a plan for cheap phone service for the masses
10/26/01 Making a call from home is a luxury rural India cannot afford. This is because building conventional communications infrastructure costs around $1,000 per home. To break even, telecom operators would have to charge an amount beyond the reach of most would-be customers. But now there is an alternative called corDect. / By Leon D'souza

Fling the cap and find a job
10/24/01 Graduating from college can be especially jarring for students who don't have jobs lined up. A recent study done about college students in Great Britain found if students graduating from a university did not have a job within six months of graduating, they typically spent more than a year without a job in the first three years they were out of college. But there are some very effective ways that help find a job: Networking and internships. / By Rochelle Behling

Family-owned store in Nibley has been a convenience for the past 20 years
10/23/01 Bob's Gas Garage and Groceries may look like just another gas station convenience store with its fountain drinks, white tile linoleum floors and an array of items from cat food to oil lubrications, but it's an anchor in this little town. "There is never a day that goes by when someone does not come into the store and say, "I am sure glad you are here," store manager Becky Johnson says. / By Julie Sulunga

Andrew Hong / Photo by Leon D'souza

Meet Andrew Hong: the new force helping international and American students connect
10/17/01 Habitually vivacious and brimming with great ideas, Andrew Hong works behind the scenes to create programs that add value to Utah State University. This soft-spoken genius from Korea is the latest addition to the Office of International Students and Scholars. As programs coordinator, Hong works to promote interaction between international students and the rest of the campus community. He recently spoke about the challenges involved in international education, the recently launched Utah Friends of International Students, the International Student Council and Aggie Ice Cream. / By Leon D'souz

Students paint Roland Anderson's wooden cars Tuesday in the Sunburst Lounge. / Photo by Jennifer Pinnock

Richmond toymaker turns out 30,000 unbreakable goodies for charity
10/17/01 Smiles aren't carved at The Happy Factory, but the wooden toys produced there bring grins to the faces of needy children. Roland Anderson, an 80-year-old Richmond resident, works in his shop approximately 65 to 70 hours per week cutting out wooden toys that he donates to various organizations to help underprivileged and sick children. / By Jennifer Pinnock

McDonald's Monopoly scandal didn't come close to passing 'Go' in Logan
10/17/01 While the rest of the world may have been disappointed and even a bit angry when the news broke in August that McDonald's Monopoly game had been rigged, patrons of the local McDonald's didn't seem to mind much. They're more concerned over the lack of twist ice cream. / By Holli Gunnell

Youth council assists in community, prepares to usher at Olympic exhibitions
10/12/01 NORTH LOGAN -- Youth councils give teens a chance to experience how city government works while focusing on community awareness, leadership and service so they can have a positive influence in their communities. Right now the North Logan Youth Council is preparing to assist with events during the Olympics. Members will be ushering during the hockey and figure skating exhibitions in North Logan. / By Jessica Kelly

Mayor the third generation to run Mendon
10/11/01 The decision to run for city office was not a hard one for Sydney Larson, whose father and grandfather both served as mayor in Mendon. "We're old Mendon stock. I felt a little bit like it was my civic duty to run for office," Larson says. / By Hilary Ingoldsby

The setting sun lights the treetops but not the trail near Wind Cave in Logan canyon. Fall color has been muted this year, in part because of the long drought. / Photo by Mike Sweeney

Animal control officer on prowl north of Logan
10/01/01 North Park Police Department has hired a new animal control officer for Smithfield, Hyde Park and North Logan after many calls mandated it. / By Kari Gray

Meet Jeremy Kidd: Introducing the USU student running for City Council
10/01/01 Jeremy Kidd is resourceful, innovative and inspired. A self-starter with an appetite for public policy, Kidd comes across as an energetic campaigner with a keen grasp of the issues. He communicates his vision with a passion, holding his audience captive with his glittering eye. Kidd is running for City Council seat number 5 in Tuesday's elections. And he's spending nothing on his campaign! Kidd is contributing all money raised by his campaign to the relief effort for the victims of the terrorist attacks. / By Leon D'souza


USU wins one the hard way, hanging on against Central Florida
For the Aggies, nothing ever seems to come easy. Not even when they win. As the USU football team opened a 17-0 lead over Central Florida in the first quarter, it seemed as if the Aggies would not have any trouble against the Golden Knights. / By Doug Layne

Aggies erase 27-point deficit for first victory of the year
It seemed for 30 minutes that the Aggies had no answer Saturday for Idaho State, as they had only 163 yards at halftime compared with the Bengals' 248. Emmett White was held to only 57 yards as well. "It looked like we had never played together," USU Coach Mick Dennehy said. "We just dug ourselves into a hole." / By Doug Layne

Club volleyball team aims for national title
Building on the success of previous years is the goal of this year's Utah State University men's club volleyball team, says club president and Blue Team coach Adam Longmore. "Our goal is to win the national championship for both Division II and III. I think we can do it," Longmore said. / By Brian Carter

Aggies stick with Ducks until turnovers end rally
Saturday, quarterback Jose Fuentes, and the Aggies were haunted with turnovers as Fuentes threw four interceptions into the hands of players from the University of Oregon. The turnovers proved costly as the No. 6 Ducks -- the highest-ranked team ever to play in Logan -- won, 38-21. / By Doug Layne


Murder of Mexican human-rights advocate demands response
10/30/01 The world lost one of its most talented and effective advocates for those that have no voice on Oct. 19. Digna Ochoa, an internationally known human rights attorney from Mexico, was assassinated. / By Jim Steitz

A post-modern tale of loss
10/23/01 The red disk went in the slot, my computer made a happy buzzing noise. Then an angry sign appeared: Access Denied, A:/ drive inaccessible. Windows continued popping up, each denied me that which I longed for. A whole year's work: my thoughts, my dreams, my masterpieces, my homework, the miraculous and the mundane, two scholarship essays, a resume, a thesis, and the blasted Tinnemyer paper. / By Alisha Geary

We are all connected to the events of September 11
10/23/01 "When I looked out the widow, all I could see was black smoke rising above the Pentagon," Poulson said. "I was just there five minutes ago." Poulson and his family moved from Logan two years ago to study law. He and his family, like many people are, in one way or another, connected to Logan. / By Greg Hatch

Banning tobacco is feasible and preferable to the continued slow march of death
10/19/01 When I think of my great-grandfather, I think of his pipe. It always lay in the ashtray next to his armchair, waiting to be used. The last time I saw him, I was 9 years old. Since they didn't allow children in the hospice, he came to the mirrored window to look at us. With the reflection of the parking lot in front of him, he looked almost like a ghost. He raised his hand and waved at us. The oxygen tube gave his smile an eerie awkwardness. / By Matt Flitton

Terrorism's not the only threat to our freedom
10/18/01 Despite all of the efforts to sustain America's freedom, can we be confident that our freedoms are really being protected? Unfortunately the answer is no. There are other threats and they lie in our own nation, and even closer to home, on our own campus, where extensive policies that affect all of us are being made. / By Mica McKinney

To counter terrorism, America needs a broader defense agenda
10/16/01 Terrorism is a growing threat to the security of the United States. The troika of high technology, uninhibited criminals and ready cash has come together to create a lethal synergy that threatens large segments of the American population. There is a critical need to revisit and refine U.S. policy to combat terrorism. / By Leon D'souza

Understanding the mind games: another plea to save the ABM Treaty
10/09/01 A senior U.S. official told the Washington Post Foreign Service in Moscow that the Bush administration is prepared to press ahead with a unilateral withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to build a missile defense system. "If anything, the likelihood of unilateral withdrawal has increased," the official said. / By Leon D'souza



What the Mahatma says about war: It's not that simple
10/10/01 Mohandas K. Gandhi is complete in his opposition to the use of raw force as a means of solving the problems of this world; at the same time, his adherence to "ahimsa" does not mean that he is not cognizant of the fact that in a situation of moral dilemma, different yardsticks may apply to different people. / By Partho Choudhury


Freedom of religion? Atheists want to speak out but find that Utah induces claustrophobia
10/18/01 Atheists may be hard to come by in Utah, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Nicholas Flann, an atheist and computer science professor at Utah State University, says the word "God" is used too much. Flann says no one agrees with the same definition of God and therefore the word serves no purpose and has no meaning. / By Ann Lundgreen

A new 'do before "I do": Billie Loosle, a bride-to-be, gets her hair styled by Heather Langford of Swiss Renaissance Salon & Spa at the Fall in Love Wedding Festival, Saturday at the Coppermill Banquet Room. Swiss Renaissance styled future brides' hair to give them ideas of how to wear their hair on their wedding day. Another Wedding Festival will be in January. / Photo by Jennifer Pinnock

Victory -- or is it just a cease-fire? -- declared in the dog poop war
10/12/01 This column is about poop. Today I'd like to discuss a fecal matter. It's an unfortunate subject, but one that needs to be dealt with. I live in a neighborhood with many dogs. Unfortunately, they don't speak English. / By Matthew Flitton


'Riding in Cars with Boys' pointless and distracting for only 1 1/2 stars
This time around, Director Penny Marshall attempted to make a slightly different kind of movie with Riding in Cars with Boys. I say this not only because it is not really a feel good movie, but also because the movie doesn't feel like or have the same quality that viewers have come to expect from Marshall. / By Bryce Casselman

'Bandits' fresh, funny and worthy of 4 stars
The best way that I can describe Bandits, the new movie by producer Barry Levinson (A Perfect Storm, Sphere) is to think of the most obsessive-compulsive nerd from your high school, team him up with the coolest guy in school and then send them on one of the most successful chain of bank robberies in the history of the country. / By Bryce Casselman

Cinnamon Brown and the Eskimos: Logan band on the move
Whether he's onstage with hundreds of people dancing to the music emitted by his band or playing on the back porch, Quinn Brown of Cinnamon Brown and the Eskimos is right at home. With the band's four-year anniversary around the corner, Brown finds himself a little retrospective. / By Steve Barfuss

Review of 'Training Day': Gripping, demanding, thought-provoking -- It's chess, not checkers
Training Day is the kind of movie that you come out of tired because every muscle in your body has been trying to get away from the energy and suspense happening on the screen in front of you. It is rich, frightening and almost flawless in its story line. / By Bryce Casselman

Review of 'Who Moved by Cheese': Too much cheese for thought
Dr. Spencer Johnson is the best-selling author of Who Moved My Cheese, a book about recognizing and dealing with change in our everyday lives. The book is remarkably short on credible analysis and brilliant mantras for better living in the face of change. / By Leon D'souza

Edye Wagstaff, co-director, gives pointers to singer Nathan Baxter in rehearsal for Lizbeth. / Photo by Steve Barfuss

Rehearsals for opera about Lizzy Borden start a bit choppy, but students rise to challenge
Notes climbing and falling, voices clamoring and carrying on, 10 different songs at once. This is the beginning of an opera practice. Voices being stretched and warmed just as an athlete would before competition. The opera Lizbeth is the story of Lizzy Borden, who was accused of murdering her stepmother and father. / By Steve Barfuss

'Serendipity' for those who believe in the long odds of love
If you walk through life believing in fate, that there is a someone for everyone, Serendipity is the movie for you, and on top of that it stars the infamously romantic John Cusack. / By Julie Sulunga

Latest Ani Defranco release appeals to all fans
Ani Defranco has done it again. After 13 albums under her independent Righteous Babe record company in the last decade, Defranco still finds new ways to bring her personal experiences and ideas on society to life in her latest release, Revelling and Reckoning. / By Hilary Ingoldsby

LDS film festival deadline is Monday
The festival is the first of its kind: a traveling film festival that focuses mainly on LDS filmmakers around the world. Christian Vuissa, the festival initiator, says any short film, video or screenplay that deals with the human experience in a sensitive and honest way is accepted.

'Don't Say a Word' like a bad roller coaster
The movie begins with a flawless bank robbery, setting you up to believe that the bad guys in the film are brilliant, or at least pretty smart, but as the film progresses, they lose and repeatedly fail to get the very gem back that they stole in the first place. Not a bad premise, but it's too fast and too unfulfilling. / By Bryce Casselman

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