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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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Nibley OKs non-family employees for home businesses

By Candice Mattson

April 25, 2009 | NIBLEY -- The City Council has changed the land use chart of the Nibley Zoning Law to allow owners of home businesses to employ people who aren't related to them.

The change was made after a public hearing in which Councilman Larry Jacobsen proposed the adjustment to the definition of home occupation on the chart. The previous definition said that people receiving home occupation permits to run a business with in the city of Nibley were to not have any employees, except under the condition the employees were members of the family and lived at the residence.

The proposed amendment to the definition said home occupation business owners could hire employees given that, according to the written change, the "individuals who perform occupation-related activities at the Home Occupation residence must also live at that residence" and "that individuals who do not live at the Home Occupation residence must not report to that residence for occupation-related activities."

"I'm a big fan of allowing people to do business out of their homes," said Jacobsen.

The council discussed whether or not allowing home occupation business would have an impact on neighbors.

"I'm looking for some common ground here," said Jacobsen, in trying to find the balance between allowing a home business to have employees and not impacting the neighborhood.

Heather Humphreys, who runs a Mary Kay business in Nibley, expressed her concerns over the change. Humphreys, who is a partner with her sister in the business, said her sister visits for about four hours each week to conduct business. She said her business wasn't big enough to warrant getting a retail space within Nibley.

"I don't think that's the right move," said Councilman Scott Larsen in reference to the change. He then added, speaking to Jacobsen, "This allows what you want home occupations to do."

Larsen said he was in favor of home occupations, just not the potential impact that such a business could have on neighbors.

Humphreys then expressed concern over many companies in Nibley that are small enough to operate out of their homes but would not be allowed to given the previous definition.

"How many citizens of your community would you put out of business altogether?" she asked Larsen.

After further discussion, the proposed change passed 4-1, with Larsen opposed.

In other action, the council:

- Approved the consultant ASWN, a Utah based architectural firm, to work with the city to design a parks, trails and recreation master plan. - held a public hearing to receive comments concerning the consideration of borrowing approximately $350,000 from the Community Impact Board for the construction of a community center in conjunction with the Cache County School District.

-Considered and reviewed the Group Living Facilities ordinance.

-discussed the naming of city streets in Nibley, specifically 3200 South and 800 West.


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