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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

North Logan workshop draws public opinion on county trails system

By Cory Broussard

April 13, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN -- Around 60 people gathered last week at the North Logan Library to discuss a county-wide bike trail that would stretch around the borders of Cache Valley.

"It would be the mountain biking trail of a lifetime," Tim Watkins, trails coordinator for Cache County, said. The trail, named the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, would wind along both the east and west foothills of Cache Valley and cut across the valley north of Paradise and end south of Hyrum.

Watkins said the trail was far from a certainty, but the workshops were the first step in the approval process.

Participants in the workshops were asked to fill out a survey that asked questions about trail usage. They were also asked to place small stickers that indicated a comment or concern that they had about trails on a map of Cache Valley. Watkins said support from the community had been strong.

Watkins said problems such as land rights, deer and elk feeding habitats, and land easements must be solved before the plan could take effect. "A plan is not a mandate, and it requires land owner approval," Watkins said.

Watkins said that some landowners were worried about public safety and people wandering off the trails onto their property.

"Thats why we have these workshops, we need to be a player," Watkins said.

Other possible bike trails were also discussed. A trail that cut from the American West Heritage Center to Mendon and others were waiting for permission from property owners before being approved. Watkins said that he wanted to create a county-wide bike trail system to bring the array of smaller city bike trails together into a cohesive unit.

"We are creating value and enhancing quality of life," Watkins said of the trail program.

Once the information from the workshops is gathered it will be placed on the Cache County trails website at www.cachecounty.org/trails. A report will be filed in early May, Watkins said, that will lead to a final plan and an appeal for funding.

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