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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

P&Z commission supports River Heights subdivision

By Ben Walker

April 20, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- Dan Weston attended his second consecutive meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss his potential subdivision, but with more pleasing results this time.

The commission expressed support for Weston's possible subdivision, to be located near 700 East and 600 South.

Weston said he is not interested in the project if he has to build a through road instead of his desired cul-de-sac, as the commission has discussed.

"You're talking about me putting a road through that's only half a block away from a main north-south road. I think it's a joke myself," Weston said.

Commission Chairman Chris Himmel said, "Cul-de-sacs are discouraged unless there's some sort of natural or geographic boundary. There is a boundary in the LDS church."

Each member of the commission agreed with Himmel and commission members said it should not be a problem in this particular case for Weston to continue with his subdivision as planned.

Weston said he is interested in getting started right away.

There was also discussion about the road entering the subdivision, as it is narrower than most roads. The road is a standard 54 feet wide, but 22 feet are not useable as one side has 5 feet for pavement and 6 feet for a grassy swell, and the other side has 11 feet of grass.

Weston said the 32-foot road should be sufficient for the five homes in the subdivision.

"This is the first non-minor subdivision to go through our new subdivision ordinance," Commissioner Blake Wright said. "We ougt to spend the time to make sure it works."


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