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Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Mistake in renewing FCC license will cost Paradise

By David Baker

April 7, 2006 | PARADISE -- Sometimes a simple mistake can cost you money. At Wednesday night's Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Troy Fredrickson discussed just such a mistake.

The fire department did not properly renew the license for its radio frequency with the Federal Communications Commission. This meant the license, which secures the sole use of that frequency, was terminated. Now instead of renewing for free, they have to pay $325 to reapply.

Mayor Lee Atwood, who helped Fredrickson with the renewal, said. "It was one of those things we thought we had done."

The mix-up came from the online renewal form. Atwood said they completed the steps to get a renewal number, but apparently did not connect it to their frequency. This failed connection resulted in an incomplete renewal and the eventual termination of the license.

"The Web site was confusing at best," Fredrickson said. "When we got the number, we thought it was complete."

Atwood said they did all the steps the Web site listed, but apparently "only did half of the job." He also echoed Fredrickson's comments about the confusing renewal process, saying it "wasn't the easiest thing to do."

Since the license was terminated the frequency is up for grabs, Atwood said. The problem is all the hand-held and truck radios are programmed to the old frequency. So if they have to get a new frequency, all the radios would have to be reprogrammed, Fredrickson said.

Atwood said one of the volunteers on the department is going to do the reapplication for licensing. Once the application is accepted, the license is good for five years. He added that a company from California does licensing applications but charges $510, which includes the $325 in FCC fees. So by doing it in-house they will save $185.

In other business, the council:

-- received a year-end report from County Building Inspector Don Davis. The report outlined the number and value of structures built in Paradise in 2005, and listed similar figures for 2003 and 2004. The report showed the number of houses built in Paradise more than doubled, from four in 2004 to 10 in 2005. Also, the average value of homes built in Paradise increased by more than $68,000.

-- unanimously agreed on a resolution to opt into the Cache Valley Regional Council.

-- approved road access to phase two of Ty Haguewood's subdivision, under the stipulation that all roads would be built according to the town's specifications.

-- approved building permits for Eric Andrus and Mike Norman. Andrus is building a shop on his property at 45 E. 8800 South. Mike Norman, who lives at 288 W. 8800 South, is adding on to an existing shed.

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