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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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Millville council, dog breeder, still woofing over issues

By Jessica Allen

April 6, 2009 | MILLVILLE -- Rael Thompson spoke with the Millville City Council April 2, after a misunderstanding at the last meeting, when the council voted to approve the number of dogs she wanted to own.

At the council meeting on March 19, Mark Bodily presented an e-mail to the council from Thompson asking permission to keep 10-12 dogs on her property for her Shih Tzu breeding program. The city's ordinance states that only 6 dogs are permitted.

The council voted to approve her keeping that many dogs, believing that was including the puppies the dogs would have. Since dogs donít have to be licensed until they are 6 months old in Millville, and as long as she had found homes for the puppies before they had to be licensed, the council did not find a problem with her breeding program.

Thompson met with the council last night to clear up the misunderstanding about her dogs and breeding program.

Thompson said that she wanted to have 10-12 adult dogs on her property not including the puppies that the dogs of her breeding program would have. Not all of the dogs that she has now are for breeding purposes and are just pets of the family.

"I wouldn't want more than 10 at my home," Thompson said as she stood in front of the council and explained that if she had more than that it would be when she was raising a puppy to replace one of her breeding dogs. Thompson said she would then find a home for the dog when it was able to be replaced.

Brian Jensen said that the city had the ordinance of how many dogs people were allowed to own was there for a reason because the city has had people own more than that in the past and it had not turned out well.

Brain Jensen said that people had wanted to have a refuge for stray dogs but problems had arisen with that and an ordinance had to be made.

Thompson said that she was aware of that and understood why it was there but what she was doing was different and that she was asking for a variance.

Bodily said that he wanted to give her a year trail before granting a permanent variance to make sure that there would be no problems with the neighbors having the dogs or that any other issues arose from her having that many dogs.

Councilmen Jared Taylor and David Hair wanted to review the ordinance and look to see if there were any other problems or ordinances that would not make Thompsonís request impossible before deciding on what to do.

The council decided to make a decision and discuss Thompsonís request at the next meeting on May 7.

During the meeting the store manager for the new Walmart that will be built in south Logan spoke to the council about Walmart giving money to Millville to use.

"We do volunteer work in the community," he explained to the council and said that the money would be given to help development of the work force, court systems, and parks.

"Well Iím sure weíll repay you back," Jensen said with a laugh.

Superintendent Gary Larsen said later on in the meeting "we have two or three things we could do [with the money]."

Ideas were bounced around the meeting on what the money could used for including park benches, drinking fountains, and barbeque pits.

Other items in the meeting:

-- Bonneville Firearms Training Academy approved.
-- Money for Arbor day granted to be used for planting some trees.
-- Easter Festivities and Miss Millville were discussed.


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