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Today's word on journalism

Friday, May 12, 2006


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

Millville starts filling sandbags in preparation for spring floods

By Shauna Smith

April 9, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- The snow is melting, the rivers are rising, and Millville is preparing. Flooding is expected to be worse than last year, says Gary Larsen, city maintenance superintendent.

"The problem is snow pack up in the mountains is not going down," Larsen said. "It just keeps building up."

Larsen discussed flood preparation with the City Council and all members agreed the city needs to take action. There are already a few bridges around town that have been flooded and it's not long until the floods invade homes.

"Realistically, I think you guys got two or three weeks," Larsen said.

The council plans on asking local youth groups to help prepare by filling sandbags to be stockpiled for when the floods come. The project will take place on April 11.

Also, the council approved the purchase of a new park lawn mower. It will cost around $14,000 "and some change," said Larsen. By trading in the city's old mower it will only be $3,000 out of pocket.


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