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Today's word on journalism

Monday, May 15, 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

APRIL 2006



Education at USU rests on solid foundation
It has thousands of students trek across its path every day. Dating back to 1920 it has seen World Wars, football games, and farm animals. It's beautiful, it holds events, and is green and healthy; it is the Utah State University Quad. / By Sarah Reale

Butterflies backstage: Behind the scenes as the actors get ready for 'West Side Story'
A hallway of dressing rooms, a chock-full cast of more than 40 people, loud up-beat music, bright vanity lights, make-up everywhere, and the scent of hairspray filling the air-backstage is the place to be if your about to perform in West Side Story. / By Julie Garcia

Hyrum Museum contains more than just history
The Hyrum Museum holds more than just the history of the town, it also holds the past of one of its residents, Valoei Albrecht. / By Cory Broussard

Nibley's Children's Theater is 24 this year but still 'kids only' on stage
Special to the city is a production that involves only children performing on an outdoor stage.  Now in its 24th year, the Children's Theater has been entertaining audiences with adapted plays to include many children. / By Ranae Bangerter

An inspiring evening of 10-minute and flash plays
Room 202 in the threatre department was the site of an inspired Mark Damen-produced evening of drama Friday. / By G. Christopher Terry

He's in touch with his feminine side
His highlights look so good you wonder who is stylist is. His cuticles are in better shape than yours. You would trust his taste in fashion above your best girl friend. He likes girls so he's not gay--he is a metrosexual. / By Celestyn Hollingshead


Richmond old-timers remember cows in the cafe for Black and White Days
It's springtime in town, and besides baby animals peeking their faces from behind mothers and fences, there's one other thing about to show its face on the city streets: Black and White Days. / By Brooke Barker

Rolling out the blue carpet
The blue carpet was rolled out for the most coveted awards at Utah State University, the 49th annual Robin's Awards Ceremony took place Saturday, April 22 at the TSC and was followed by the Blue Carpet Ball. / By Lauren Murakami

Recycling is fundamental in Hyrum third-grade classrooms
Saving the earth is hard, but the third graders from Ms. VanSlyke's class at Lincoln Elementary are up to the challenge. / By M. Cory Broussard

Is that a bird? Superman? No, it's a radio-controlled model airplane
Jerry Cokely keeps a plaque in his home that says, "Time spent flying is not deducted from one's lifespan." / By Liz Lawyer

'Radical change' suits USU professor Robson Chaves fine
If you need help to improve your soccer skills, to learn about Portuguese grammar, world history, and computer technology or even if you just need a public defender, Robson Chaves can assist you with every one of these things. / By JJ Netto

Agriculture's Cody Bingham wins Robins Award
At USU's most prestigious awards ceremony, Cody Bingham was on top. For his academic excellence and leadership skills, Bingham, the ASUSU Ag senator, was give the Bill E. Robins Memorial Award at the annual Robins Awards ceremony. / By Aaron Falk

Mountain Crest students in Washington for national Constitution competition
The Constitution might be a mystery to the majority of citizens in America, but for one class at Mountain Crest High School, the Constitution is a ticket to Washington, D.C. / By M. Cory Broussard

Mentors helping Cache kids choose alternatives to gangs and despair
Shaggy-haired and looking for acceptance, 12-year-old "Jimmy" was not happy. / By Brock Anderson

Newton Ladies Literary Club still puts on a 'delightful program enjoyed by all'
No one's really sure when the Newton Ladies Literary Club began meeting in the cozy homes of this small farming community. But since 1928 or 1939 -- take your pick -- the club has continued to share a love of literature and camaraderie. / By Molly Farmer

Want to know Trenton's history? Ask Venna Buttars
Venna Buttars has been compiling photographs, histories and artifacts from the town of Trenton since she was 11 years old. / By Katie Smedley

Bronze sculpture commemorates Newton's pioneer history
For the founders of this small agricultural community, "keep your feet in the furrow" meant adhering to the precepts of faith, hard work and love of family. / By Molly Farmer

Old Ephraim: Tales of Logan Canyon's grizzly improve with age
Frank Clark didn't tell fish stories. His big catch was a grizzly bear named Old Ephraim. / By Brad Plothow

He walked a mile in her shoes, and boy, was he glad to take them off
Christopher Barron, a Utah State student, walked clumsily in pastel pink heels, his shoes clicking heavily on the pavement with each painful step. / By Megan Sonderegger

Meet the wolf ambassador
Maggie the wolf stopped and sniffed. Mostly, she was timid in meeting USU students Monday night at the Smith Spectrum. / By Camille Blake

Franco taking advantage of 'great opportunity' in move to Nebraska
Almost every student knows and remembers Juan Franco from his or her early days at USU. He's the man whose main goal is to welcome and serve the students. That is why many are sad to see Franco leaving his position as vice president of student services at Utah State University. / By Julie Garcia

Finding the right shoes starts with taking some smart steps
For Utah State students, athletic shoes and flip flops are among the most popular in foot-wear because of their comfort and ease. However, finding shoes with proper support is crucial in preventing injury to the feet and many people do not know what shoes are right for them. / By Britt Shepherd

Just fun and games? The truth about internet gaming
There I was, deep in the jungle of Stranglethorn Vale, harvesting singing crystals from the undead minions of Zanzil, the outcast of Booty Bay. / By Trevor Linderman

Larry Anhder: 'He's the heartbeat' of Nibley
Friendly to others, positive about the city, and enjoying his position as city manager, Larry Anhder sees his position as a preparation for what is to come. / By Ranae Bangerter


What does it mean when Larry H. Miller pulls 'Brokeback' but shows 'Hostel'?
I'm very familiar with Jazz owner and the you-know-this-guy, car-dealing czar Larry H. Miller. Miller, during the opening weekend of Brokeback Mountain at his Salt Lake Jordan Commons Megaplex this spring pulled the picture hours before its Utah début. / By Jack Saunders


Music gives abuse victims back their voice
Chris Lord had lost her edge. After years of emotional abuse by her husband, she had stopped playing the flute. / By Jen Beasley

JCOM banquet singer finds inspiration in 'dramatic' roommates, definition of beauty
Mikaylie Kartchner was told in her younger years she "couldn't carry a tune in a bucket." / By Megan Sonderegger

Wild Art

Time flies when you're knocking things down: A time sequence of Merrill's destruction by photographer Brianna Mortensen

Scenes from a library: the quiet, beautiful places on dedication day / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Hole-y cow! A sinkhole the size of a cabin / Photos by Robert McDaniel

Easter parade, Logan style / Photos by Julie Garcia

Take a photo tour of the new Living Learning Center
Take a peek inside the construction west of the TSC -- check out the rooms, the kitchens, the communal areas and other state-of-the-art developments in the student housing scheduled to open in fall 2006. / Text and photos by Julie Garcia



Farming in Lewiston: Sugar beets to grasses, always an uphill trek
The lush green farmlands and open grassy fields surrounding this city were not produced naturally. Because of hardworking farmers who spend every day adapting to their difficult agricultural environment and modern day changes, Lewiston has become the paradise they create. / By Megan Sonderegger

You can get anything you want at Bep's Country Store in Newton
Cold beer, penny candy, and a fish named Fred are the much loved in-store items that have helped Bep's Country Market grow since owners Rebecca Griffin and her husband, Cleon Griffin, purchased it in December 2001. / By Molly Farmer

Passion for peonies grew into Smithfield's 'Every Bloomin' Thing'
After 25 years as an engineer, a life in the floral business might seem an odd choice, but that's exactly what Richard Hansen, 60, chose when he opened Every Bloomin' Thing. / By Di Lewis

Couple's quest for perfect cheese becomes Rockhill Creamery in Richmond
His morning begins before most people are out of bed. He wakes up to a sound: not the buzzer from his alarm or a nearby rooster, but the girls -- Elsa, Gertrude, Ingrid, Ruby and Greta -- are calling him. / By Brooke Barker

Lewiston's theater strives to be affordable, family-friendly
An aging red brick building stands on Lewiston's main-street, sheltering a historical theater, one of the few city-owned theaters left in the country, where many Lewiston residents feel important memories lie. / By Megan Sonderegger

Old Rock Church in Providence owns rich, diverse history
After passing the illuminated stained glass windows your first impressions of the majestic Providence Inn and Old Rock Church are those of a quaint and cozy hideaway. / By Taylor Scott

Richmond's Old Depot Antiques specializes in women's vintage clothing
Walking through the door of the Old Depot Antiques store, I was taken back to the days of shopping with my Grandma. / By Brooke Barker

100 years of family business: Theurer's meat market in Lewiston
Rick Theurer, a ski bum at heart, says he "just can't get enough" of the meat and market business that has been in his family for three generations. / By Megan Sonderegger

Shave and a haircut? Not for two bits these days, but still available in Wellsville
Though beauty salons have become more common and most men shave in the comfort of their own bathrooms every morning, men once went to the barbershop every few days to have the neighborhood barber give them a shave and engage in some deep discussion. / By Liz Lawyer


Across Bridgerland

Bomb squad disposes of old blasting caps
Explosive materials found in a Garden City home were destroyed by the Cache Valley Bomb Squad Tuesday. / By Molly Farmer

Cosmetologists get training in dealing with clients' domestic violence
During a one-hour hair appointment, cosmetologist Mandy Blauer gets to know her clients pretty well. From recent births to struggles in relationships, sometimes she hears it all. / By Marie Christensen

North Logan's Scott Bradley aims for Hatch's Senate seat
Stealing a Senate seat from incumbent Orrin Hatch is something many ambitious politicians have tried and failed to do, but North Logan resident Scott Bradley has decided to take his chances and compete for the seat, representing Utah's Constitution Party. / By Diana Hurren

Local News

Can River Heights make enough money to pay its bills and survive? Time will tell
River Heights is one of the smallest cities in Cache Valley. It has an estimated population of just over 1,500. It doesn't even cover a full square mile. / By Ben Walker

Two arrested in Logan, suspected of marijuana possession
Gordon Jay Lewis, 29, and Karin Barrientez, 34, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone Thursday morning. / By Diana Hurren

Riley looks at improving judicial role in student appeals
Less than a week after ASUSU President Noah Riley was sworn into office, Riley says his priorities are already changing. In its second year since the student government was restructured into two legislative bodies, Riley said Friday one of the top priorities of his administration will be to include a third, judicial body. / By Aaron Falk

Two arrested in Paradise, suspected of possessing drugs
Two males were arrested in Paradise Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and truancy. / By Ben Walker

Smithfield Health Days royalty will be chosen tonight
Twenty high school juniors and seniors will compete in the Health Days Scholarship pageant tonight. / By Di Lewis

Logan teen pleads guilty to drug charges
Scott Flinn, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to two days in jail Tuesday in 1st District Court. / By Cory Broussard

River Heights hires city accountant
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. / By Ben Walker

Developer struggles for council approval in Hyrum
Troy Kartchner's subdivision has been waiting for approval for over a year. He is out of lots to develop. And he says the city is trying to charge him money illegally. / By M. Cory Broussard

Burnham named dean of USU grad school
Byron Burnham has been appointed vice provost and dean of the graduate school at Utah State University. Burnham will assume his duties July 1.

Ken Brewer memorial to be Saturday at USU
A memorial service for Utah State University faculty member and Utah Poet Laureate Ken Brewer will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall. The memorial is open to the public.

Student group aims to raise awareness of sweatshops
The negative effects of sweatshops may be hitting home more than some Utah State University students may think. That's why a group of students is taking a stand to fight for sweatshop-free labor conditions and workers' rights. / By Marie Christensen

Hyrum OKs regional council for Cache Valley
The City Council joined members from Franklin County, Idaho, and Cache County and approved a resolution 7-1, to create a regional council for Cache Valley Thursday night. / By M. Cory Broussard

New tennis court sends Millville into budget stretching
Construction of the new North Park is moving right along with concrete being poured, curbs and gutters put in and parking being planned, but when it comes to the new tennis court, the City Council has reached a standstill. / By Shauna Smith

Wellsville councilman lived his life helping others
The funeral of Wellsville City Councilman Kent Brenchley Wednesday drew a congregation of about 400, all friends and family who gathered to honor him as a man who was always giving to others. / By Liz Lawyer

Sorenson's building plans approved by Hyde Park
Planning and Zoning commissioner Mark Lynne got a little sentimental Wednesday -- over a flag lot. / By Brad Plothow

Sex abuse accusation under investigation
The Cache County Attorney's office is investigating a Cache Valley man in connection with allegations made to the Cache County Sheriff's office that a girl was sexually abused Monday by her great-grandfather, Lt. Matthew Bilodeau of the Sheriff's Office Support Services Division said Thursday. / By Brad Plothow

Logan man gets 1 to 15 years in prison for child sexual abuse
A Logan man could spend as many as 15 years in a state prison for a crime he's accused of committing more than 15 years ago. / By Brad Plothow

Cornish supports regional council idea
Craig Petersen of the Cache County Council attended the Town Council meeting April 18 to present a resolution to create Cache County Regional Council and to ask for the support from the town of Cornish. / By Katie Smedley

P&Z commission supports River Heights subdivision
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. / By Ben Walker

Drug court graduates 10 grateful people
Ten people graduated from Judge Thomas Willmore's drug court Tuesday and Willmore told them he never wanted to see them back again. / By Ben Walker

Noisy party results in ' disorderly house' ticket
Logan City Police responded to a call at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone reported a house party with possible underage drinkers. / By Brooke Barker

Lewiston council ponders budget cuts
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. / By Megan Sonderegger

Sheriff's office busy mitigating potential flooding
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.
/ By David Baker

Judge denies woman's request to get out of jail and help brother
Jennifer Mendez, 20, was ordered by the court Tuesday to remain in jail, after she requested to be released in order to help her brother with his "financial hardships. / By Shauna Smith

Alarm leads to shoplifting citation at Hastings
An 18-year-old male resident of Providence attempted to steal three DVDs and a CD from Hastings Video and Book in Logan Monday morning, police said.
/ By Taylor Scott

Hyrum man will do jail time for assault
Richard Evans, 25, a resident of Hyrum, was sentenced Monday by 1st District Court Judge Gordon Low for aggravated assault. / By Taylor Scott

Woman pleads guilty to drug charges
Melissa Jennie Lescoe, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday in 1st District Court to charges of illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. / By Liz Lawyer

If the Little Bear floods, Paradise and Avon are prepared
The South Fork of the Little Bear River was running big and brown, swelling to meet its banks, as it flowed through green pastures near Avon Wednesday afternoon. Its counterpart -- the East Fork of the Little Bear -- also ran brown, capped with small, white rapids as it rushed to meet the South Fork, just outside of Avon. / By David Baker

Smithfield salaries still lower than those in comparable cities
City employees are paid less than employees in comparably sized cities, said City Manager Jim Gass at Wednesday's City Council meeting. / By Di Lewis

Open public comment time no longer on Providence council agenda
Under the advice of Craig Bott, attorney from the Utah Local Government Trust, the public comment portion of Providence City Council meetings has been removed from agendas as of March 11, says Mayor Randy Simmons. / By Taylor Scott

Police find no meth lab or devil worshippers at apartment
Marijuana-smoking devil worshippers running a Smithfield methamphetamine lab turned out to be a false alarm for police Tuesday, said Lt. Curtis Wood. / By Di Lewis

North Logan workshop draws public opinion on county trails system
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. / By Cory Broussard

Student wins public relations award
A junior majoring in public relations at Utah State University, won the Utah PR Student of the Year competition.

Social awareness should be a priority, speaker tells Women and Gender Studies meeting
In the 1890s, only 39 women were enrolled as students at the Utah Agricultural College. Since then, women have taken great strides toward gender equality at USU. / By Aaron Falk

Newton plunges into attempt to discover town water policy
Confusion over current city water policies and procedures led to lengthy discussion and prompted a decision by the Town Council to have a work session in May. / By Molly Farmer

North Logan residents tell council their worries about housing development
More than 50 residents attended Thursday's City Council meeting to express concerns about a proposed subdivision. / By Diana Hurren

Cornish P&Z postpones paintball park decision
The Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed a request from Jeff Balls to run a paintball park on his property. / By Katie Smedley

Millville starts filling sandbags in preparation for spring floods
The snow is melting, the rivers are rising, and Millville is preparing. Flooding is expected to be worse than last year, says Gary Larsen, city maintenance superintendent. / By Shauna Smith

Mistake in renewing FCC license will cost Paradise
Sometimes a simple mistake can cost you money. At Wednesday night's Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Troy Fredrickson discussed just such a mistake. / By David Baker

Jail inmate walks away from 'Halfway Out' program
A Cache County inmate escaped from jail after spending only a week and a half on the premises. / By Shauna Smith

Wellsville residents tell council they're fed up with sidewalk hassles
Citizens made an appearance at the City Council meeting Wednesday to make sure council members knew their opinion: the sidewalks are a fiasco. / By Liz Lawyer

Residents raise concerns at county trails workshop
Providing access to all types of trails -- biking, walking, jogging, riding horses and many others -- was discussed in a county-wide trails and bike route workshop Tuesday. / By Ranae Bangerter

Lewiston starts planning for population boom
Continued growth and possible subdivisions were discussed during Tuesday's Planning and Zoning meeting. / By Megan Sonderegger

Mother-daughter duo in drug court
Rosemary Fritz, 44, was ordered to get more information on a detoxification center in Ogden, and her daughter, Alison Fritz, 19, was told she couldn't be admitted to drug court until she moved out of her mother's house. / By Di Lewis

Inmate told not to associate with others in jail
Jenny Jo Earl, who is currently serving time in the Cache County Jail, was ordered by Judge Thomas Wilmore to stop associating with inmates through letters. / By Ranae Bangerter

River Heights P&Z holds on subdivision request
Seven days after the City Council rescinded a motion for a moratorium on subdivisions, Dan Weston tried to get one approved at Tuesday's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. / By Ben Walker

Hyde Park will rebuild 700 East with or without county's proposed alternate road
Cache County wants an alternate route for north-south commuters in the valley; Hyde Park just wants to divert school-bound traffic off a very narrow 200 South Street. / By Brad Plothow

Smithfield man sentenced on drug charges
Gilbert Thomas Gabaldon, 39, of Smithfield, will serve 45 days in Cache County Jail and pay a fine of $1,000, after Judge Gordon Low suspended much of his one-year jail sentence Monday. / By David Baker

Water balloon prank results in $1,000 fine for Smithfield man
James B. Clark, 22, of Smithfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday in 1st District Court to a class-A misdemeanor of obstruction of justice, lying to law enforcement officials about dropping water balloons out of a flying aircraft in 2005. Judge Thomas Willmore reduced the charge to a class B misdemeanor. / By Molly Farmer

Lewiston takes action against owners of abandoned vehicles
After several complaints from Lewiston residents the Cache County Sheriff will be activating an ordinance that allows law enforcement to cite owners of abandoned cars, on or off their property, impounding their vehicles if the required steps aren't taken. / By Megan Sonderegger

Millville joins regional council, clarifies law on burying animals
The City Council adopted a resolution Thursday to create a regional council between Cache and Franklin counties. The regional council will represent residents all over the valley and will embark on a 14-year plan called Cache Vision 2020+ to resolve issues the valley is facing. / By Shauna Smith

Car wash burglars hit Buggy Bath
Another in a string of car wash burglaries was attempted late Thursday night or early Friday morning at the Buggy Bath in Logan. / By Liz Lawyer


Maine uses USU research to support new law protecting pets
Maine lawmakers have cited USU research in support of a newly signed law that includes pets in court-issued protective orders. / By Aaron Falk

Media watchdog needs to snarl on behalf of ordinary people, Tribune journalist says
When Connie Coyne pulled her car up to that state-run work camp in southern Florida, she knew something wasn't right. Doors had been removed from units where renters were late with the rent and almost every child she saw was covered with sores signifying ring worm. / By Aaron Falk


Roller coaster of emotions when attending childbirth
It’s impossible to describe, in an all inclusive manner, the up-and-down twirl-around, emotionally charged-freight-train experience of having a child. / By Jack Saunders

Hands off! Even from the grave, journalistic pitbull Jack Anderson still ready to rumble
For more than half a century, Jack Anderson reveled in the rough-and-tumble that is high-stakes journalism and politics of Washington, DC. Even now, four months after his death at 83 in December, the journalistic icon who covered and harried a covey of presidents and scores more political poseurs is still seen as a threat to the powerful. / By Ted Pease

Let us eat cake
After long reflection and careful consideration, I have come to a very important conclusion: eating healthy is not for me. / By Diana Maxfield

Pardon me, but let me rant about why I hate the Hub
Take a poll of any 10 students leaving the eatery on the ground floor of the TSC after any given lunch hour and ask them why they dined there, and I'll bet not one of them will answer "taste." / By G. Christopher Terry

Virtue for the road
Many people are in a hurry and some say they don't think there is time to slow down and relax. / By Andy Beck


The NFL Draft: Must-see TV?
The NFL Draft has become a sports media event, which more than 6 million people in 2005 watched, according to Michael McCarthy, USA Today. In a recent survey conducted by Sports Nation, most people are more interested in the NFL Draft than they are in the MLB regular season, the NHL Playoffs, and even the NBA Playoffs. / By Matt Steed

Tennis player honored for 4.0 GPA
Senior tennis player Andrea Barker was honored Wednesday for the four most important points of her college career -- a 4.0 grade point average. / By Aaron Falk

Jarod Walker charged with possession of marijuana, is dismissed from football team
Two Utah State University football players have been dismissed from the team after charges were filed against them Tuesday alleging possession of marijuana. A third player has been charged with underage drinking. / By Aaron Falk

World's Greatest Horseman competition tests cowboys' versatility
A tradition born in the American West with roots to the Spanish vaquero, the World's Greatest Horseman competition is a living legacy to great horsemen and even greater horses. / By Gary Ryan Bayles

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