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Today's word on journalism

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

River Heights hires city accountant

By Ben Walker

April 27, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- The City Council welcomed Jim Brackner as the city's accounting and financial officer Tuesday evening. Brackner's job, which is an appointed position, did not previously exist. He will be a city employee for one year as a sort of trial period.

"We'd like to have him stay for a lot longer than that and we hope that he can and we hope that he can extend that to 10 years," Mayor Todd Weston said.

Brackner taught for about eight years at Brigham Young University and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He was a member of Utah State Univerity's faculty from 1981-2000.

One reason the city hired Brackner was to help with the yearly audit.

"I think we'll find Jim has more knowledge than the auditors do," Councilman Brent Greenhalgh said.

"I do know there's a lot more work here," Brackner said. "It's like an iceberg in what you see."

The council also discussed a sewer project near 800 South that engineers estimated would cost $150,000, but the city received only a $247,000 bid on the project.

"This has been the hardest thing to get contractors to bid on this thing," Greenhalgh said.

"We're trying to see if it's feasible to come behind the houses," Councilman Bill Baker said. "The problem is, it would cost us a fortune to go down the state highway."

Councilwoman Mary Barrus reported her work toward September's Apple Days events. She said there was a meeting held to discuss what kinds of activities would be involved. "We ranged from the spectrum of 'we don't need it anymore, cut it out,' to 'yes we do, we're looking forward to it," Barrus said.

Barrus said there was also talk of eliminating the Apple Days parade for which princesses have already been selected. "My feeling on that is, if we don't have a parade, why do we need the princesses? I'm leaning towards keeping the parade even though that's my least favorite part."


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