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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

Sheriff's office busy mitigating potential flooding

By David Baker

April 19, 2006 | LOGAN -- Instead of speculating about potential flooding, the Cache County Sheriff's Office is trying to minimize flood damage by preparing for whatever may happen, Lt. Matt Bilodeau said Tuesday. They have already taken several steps to get prepared.

Bilodeau said one step was removing a "huge haystack of wood" -- 25 loads full -- from the Blacksmith Fork River one mile up Blacksmith Fork Canyon. If the debris had made it downstream, it may have damaged bridges and could have made any flooding even worse, he said.

Another step was taken in Nibley, just off of Hollow Road. Bilodeau said they dredged the Blacksmith Fork in that area to avoid an increased flood hazard. A sandbar was diverting the water in a direction that could have compromised the river's bank, and caused flood waters to spill into an irrigation canal system, which could have caused two sides of Nibley to flood, he said.

Along with actively mitigating potential flooding, the Sheriff's Office is trying to prepare the public to deal with potential flood conditions. Bilodeau said inmates at the Cache County Jail have filled sandbags, and the information for their distribution is on the Sheriff's Office Web site, which is www.cachesheriff.com. The Web site also provides steps to take before, during and after a flood.

NW

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