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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

North Logan residents tell council their worries about housing development

By Diana Hurren

April 9, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN -- More than 50 residents attended Thursday's City Council meeting to express concerns about a proposed subdivision. The 146-acre subdivision has recently been proposed for rezoning. One section of the subdivision is zoned for 56 lots, and if the proposed change is approved the new zoning would only allow 50 lots to be built.

"Our staff recommends approval of the rezone request," said former North Logan city planner and economic development specialist Cordell Batt.

Besides rezoning, many residents had concerns with the amount of traffic the subdivision would add to roads such as 1600 East. They were also concerned about the subdivision being built over an old dump, and for the impact the subdivision might have on the sewer system which has already met capacity.

"I've heard there are some really creepy things in that dump," said concerned parent Lydia Embry.

Marta Deberard, another concerned mother, said the subdivision will change the way all of the current residents live. She's concerned about the environment surrounding the subdivision. She said it is would be very near a fault line and in a watershed zone.

"This is what we need. We appreciate hearing from you," said Councilman Trent Wentz as the council closed the hearing. "Thank you very much."

In other business, the Utah State University Innovation Campus, represented by Tereasa McKnight, proposed that the city take over the responsibility of maintaining the main road that runs through the campus. The Innovation Campus has been maintaining all of their own roadways including snow plowing for many years and now see fit for North Logan to take over.

McKnight said in 2004 the Innovation Campus's 46 businesses brought $364 million of revenue into North Logan. The council acknowledged and commended the campus for the many jobs and opportunities and economic assets they bring to the city.

"We've had a very positive relationship with the campus for many years now," said Mayor Watkins as he made a motion to support the campus's proposal.

McKnight also proposed full or at least partial support from the city for installing two new roads through the campus.

"Roads are very expensive as you know; I don't know how we would do that," said Wentz who had just attended a two-hour budget meeting earlier Thursday.

The council told McKnight the city would support the campus any way they could, but funding for roads might not be possible. They encouraged the campus to seek further grant money and agreed to maintain the new roads once they are built.

The council also established three new advisory boards at the meeting. They are a budget and finance committee, a cemetery board and a parks and recreation board. These committees have already been functioning in one way or another, said Jeff Jorgenson, but Thursday they were finally made official.


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