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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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North Logan council votes to consolidate city with Logan

By Alice Bailey

April 2, 2009 | NORTH LOGAN -- A motion was passed by the City Council on Wednesday to change the boundaries of North Logan to include all of Logan city, and become what shall be referred to as North Logan City Plus.

Mayor Cary Watson said he and the council members viewed the proposal of consolidation, which came from Logan city, to be in the best interest of the citizens of both cities.

The newly created city will be governed by two separate bodies. The mayor and municipal councils of what was previously Logan city will have the responsibility for the governance of the Cache County Fairgrounds, the sanitary landfill and the sewage lagoons. The mayor and the city council of what was previously North Logan city will have the responsibility for the governance of everything else.

“All employees and staff shall be given a raise in salary,” read Watson, “equal to the now increased percentage of population now served compared to the previous responsibilities. For example; the population now served by North Logan city employees will increase by about 766 percent, and therefore their salaries shall increase by that same amount. Employees previously working for Logan city will receive a salary increase of about 13 percent.”

Chuckles came from the audience as the final words of the proposal were read: “Adopted and passed by the city of North Logan this April Fools Day, April 2009.”

The motion was passed by a vote of 4-1, with Elaine Nelson giving the only negative vote.


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