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Today's word on journalism

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

Lewiston council ponders budget cuts

By Megan Sonderegger

April 19, 2006 | LEWISTON -- Budget cuts for Lewiston city departments were discussed during Tuesday's City Council meeting, causing council members to express their concerns about their lack of funding.

Mayor Kelly Fields said the income for 2005-2006 was $790,000 and the total expenses came to a rough estimate of $824,000, causing the total expenditures to exceed the budget.

"Obviously there will be some cuts," Fields said.

Fields said he talked to several different departments about their budget needs and many expressed a desire for an increase in city funding. He said the fire department received a grant during 2005-2006 totaling their budget at $34,000 which they have asked for an equivalent of in the upcoming year.

"Everybody is very willing to come forward and say what they want to spend but nobody is presenting any ideas of how to get all that money," Fields said.

Councilman Jeff Hall said the fire department had an increased budget because of a federal grant and the city cannot possibly give the same amount of money in the upcoming year because they "just cant afford it." He said he feels departments who wish to increase their budget should be required to offer a presentation to the council explaining what they plan to do with the money.

"They should have to come in here with a presentation saying I want an extra $17,000 for this project," Hall said.

Fields said he plans to research the amount of funding further and would like to make the budget understandable and agreeable to everyone.

"If anyone has thoughts or ideas to do this better -- I'm all ears," Fields said.

A public budget workshop will be held on May 9 at 6 p.m. to discuss further funding.

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