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NUTHIN' UP MY SLEEVE!: A cow moose rests Tuesday in 3 feet of snow beside the Logan River just west of Tony Grove. / Photo by Mike Sweeney

Today's word on journalism

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Help Wanted: U.S. Defense Department Seeks Better PR Officers

"Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but . . . our country has not adapted. For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a 'five and dime' store in an eBay world."

--U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on why al Qaeda is winning hearts and minds, in speech to U.S. Council on Foreign Relation (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson) WORD Note: The WORD will take the next week off for Spring Break, sleeping in and seeking wisdom. Return: 3/20/06




The mystery of a bowl of red
What is the difference between a bowl of chili from Hamilton's and a 99-cent cup of chili from Wendy's? I couldn't tell you. / By Megan Sonderegger

Mountain men alive and among us
In a room full of T-shirts and jeans, scout uniforms and big winter coats, one man stands out in a beaver felt hat, a red mountain man blanket vest, tanned leather pants and moccasins. / By Jen Pulham


How many Scotsman dogs can a champ eat? Six . . . or five, depending on how you count
The beefy scent of Scotsman dogs wafted through the Taggart Student Center hallways Monday as the Quickstop held its first Scotsman dog eating contest. / By Julie Garcia

Garden expert gives Richmond crowd green-thumb advice
Around 40 people crowded into the basement of the city library Thursday night to hear Mark Anderson, from Anderson's Seed and Garden in Logan, talk about the five main things plants need to thrive. / By Brooke Barker

Aggie Cat Service helping feral felines at USU
Feral cats are freezing, starving and reproducing quickly at USU, said Whitney Milligan, a co-founder in the Aggie Cat Service. / By Megan Sonderegger

Story time at Smithfield library gives kids a jump on literacy
Children ages 2 to 5 can listen to stories and work on a craft project at the Smithfield Library at story time. / By Di Lewis

Dating panel answers burning questions
Whether single, married, gay or straight, members of Utah State University's Dating 101 Panel proved Wednesday in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, that there are more factors than physical intimacy that tie into the equation for a successful relationship. / By Marie MacKay

Join Picasso and the other geniuses for some free hysterics
What do Einstein, Picasso and Elvis Presley have in common? / By Camille Blake

Spelling bee stings all but one with devilish words of love
Benjamin Green stood on stage in the TSC Sunburst Lounge, Friday, with a straight-faced expression, his sweatshirt -- a mixture of green, blue, white and pink -- tucked into his jeans. He kept both hands in his pockets, exposing a calculator wristwatch. / By Aaron Falk

Smithfield couple's dream home includes indoor treehouse with elevator
The journey up the driveway is deceptive; the house does not appear that large from the road, but according to its owner, Smithfield resident Tom Worthen, that was one of the goals. / By Di Lewis

Tired of boring Valentine's gifts? Try some spice instead
Every Valentine's Day it's the same old, standard, boring gifts: candy, flowers, and stuffed animals. / By Julie Garcia

Former River Heights mayor reflects on a life of active community service
Vic Jensen got his practice for being the mayor of 1,500-resident River Heights city by heading an 11-resident home, teaching and administrating in schools and refereeing for 38 years. / By Ben Walker


Courageous to show 'Brokeback' in Logan? Not really, says Westates official
With Brokeback Mountain earning eight Oscar nominations, the film has lassoed as much acclaim as it has controversy. / By Aaron Falk

No need to whisper: 'American Hardcore' awakens Sundance with brutal honesty
The names Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Paul Hudson may not mean anything to most, but they meant everything to a subculture of youth in the early to mid-1980s. / By Jeremy Wilkins


Singin' on the streets proves to be launch pad for Gershwin musical star
When she was 12, Jessica Harris' parents would send her to earn money by singing on the streets of Santa Monica, Calif. Now, she says, she wouldn't have grown up any other way. / By Joseph Sheppard

Irving Wasserman's fascinatin' rhythm of life: the man behind the festival
World War I. One family flees the Russians across the Alps, over the Carpathian Mountains, through Czechoslovakia, and into Vienna, Austria, where Irving Wassermann, then a toddler, starts his lifelong education in music. / By Jen Pulham

Metal Gods rock USU, '80s style; front man would welcome debate with LDS president
The '80s rock era was alive and well Friday night at the USU Fieldhouse. / By Shannon Gibbs

Wild Art

Partying the (sorta) New Orleans way at Aggie Mardi Gras / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Yes, mother: Trudging through one of the last snows (we hope) of winter / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Of frosty fields and snowbound bikes / Photos of icy beauty by Shannon Gibbs

Amazing chocolate art -- almost too beautiful to eat / Photos by Brianna Mortensen

Fun at the Sinks: Students catch some air at top of Logan Canyon / Photos by Robert McDaniel

Shoshone gather to remember the Bear River Massacre / Photos by Robert McDaniel



L.D.'s has been dishing it up at the heart of Richmond for nearly 50 years, and still going strong
The worn, orange counters have seen many elbows and held many plates, and signs are beginning to show as brown spots are beginning to peak through the bright surface. L.D.'s Cafe has been around for more than 40 years to greet the locals with tasty food and good company. / By Brooke Barker


Across Bridgerland

Media watchers holding their breath as open-records revisions head toward a vote
Imagine having only one phone number available to the public to contact the hundreds of faculty members at Utah State University. / By Marie MacKay

USU halts use of full-size passenger vans
Utah State University is permanently discontinuing the use of all 12- and 15-passenger vans, except for cargo-carrying vehicles. The policy is effective immediately.

Ordinary man, genocide survivor encourages youth to shape future
Please welcome Paul Rusesabagina. One, three, eight and then everyone stood Thursday afternoon to applaud the man who helped save over 1200 people from genocide in Rwanda. / By Camille Blake

Local News

Historic Wellsville tabernacle needs repairs
The plaster on the walls of Wellsville's 98-year-old Tabernacle is peeling and there are dark water stains on some of the ceilings. Despite several renovation projects in the past few years, the historic landmark is still in need of repair. / By Liz Lawyer

Smithfield will sell bonds to raise money for water tank
Water revenue bonds will be available to residents in April to raise money for a new water tank. / By Di Lewis

Spring-like weather causes burst water pipe at apartment complex
Three inches of water flooded the underground parking at Kampus Korner, a housing facility on 800 East, when the water pipe that feeds the fire system broke Thursday. / By Megan Sonderegger

Millville planning committee discusses installing survey monuments
City planner Greg Scott told the Planning and Zoning Committee Thursday that the mayor has requested survey monuments be put in at the time of building new subdivisions. / By Shauna Smith

Lewiston council sends protest about Legislature's land use amendment
A resolution was enthusiastically approved during Tuesday's City Council meeting in which members declared their opposition to Utah Senate Bill 170, a land use amendment which strips power from city authorities to regulate planning and zoning within city borders. / By Megan Sonderegger

Millville considers installing intersection monuments on streets
Surveyor Jeff Hansen made a proposal to the City Council at Thursday night's meeting to have a monument system installed in Millville city. Monuments, he said, should have been built as the city was built. / By Shauna Smith

North Logan residents unhappy about proposed road to Smithfield
Local landowners attended last week's City Council meeting to fight the most recent plan proposed for the North Logan-Smithfield corridor. / By Diana Hurren

Nibley council focuses on improving city communications
Over an hour of presentation of ideas and discussion of updates to the city's communication plan dominated the City Council meeting Thursday night. / By Ranae Bangerter

Paradise council sends subdivision request to planning commission
Differences in city and county development procedures complicated discussion at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting. / By David Baker

Providence council votes 3-2 to approve cul-de-sac
The City Council came to a resolution, after several hours of discussion Tuesday night, on their intentions for improvement of traffic conditions on 100 South from 200 West to Highway 165. / By Taylor Scott

Hyde Park planning commission to hear parking complaints
A few disgruntled neighbors can air their grievances over parking business vehicles at home during an upcoming public hearing, Hyde Park's Planning Commission decided Wednesday. / By Brad Plothow

Four file for ASUSU president; complete list of candidates
Excited candidates filed in the TSC auditorium Monday to discuss rules and regulations in beginning this year's ASUSU elections. / By Megan Sonderegger

Cornish seeks bids for new water line
The Town Council voted Tuesday to accept bids for a water project to be reviewed by JUB Engineers. The current water line, on 4800 West, is made of cast iron and in the winter frequently breaks. / By Katie Smedley

Pick of the litter: Rocky Taylor honored by Hyde Park as best of Utah animal control officers
North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes presented Rocky Taylor with the highest state award for animal control officers during the opening minutes of Hyde Park's City Council meeting Wednesday. / By Brad Plothow

Providence council votes to create historical district
The City Council approved the creation of a historical district, allowing the Providence City Historic Preservation Commission to apply for a grant to be used for the nomination. / By Taylor Scott

ASUSU's 'visionary' president enjoying the whirlwind
From lobbying on Capitol Hill to attending Board of Trustees meetings to forming better relations with Logan City, whatever the task may be, this year's ASUSU president, Quinn Millet, has a lot on his mind -- but that's what he likes. / By Marie MacKay

Lewiston P&Z hears neighbors' concerns about granting remodel permit
A somewhat controversial building permit was passed in Tuesday's planning and zoning meeting after some careful debate and a few complaints from Lewiston residents. / By Megan Sonderegger

Smithfield council approves rezone of ag land to residential
Low-income housing may be coming to Smithfield, after the City Council voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning some agricultural land to residential Wednesday. / By Di Lewis

Nibley council defines how much landscaping builders must do on lots
After more than an hour of discussion and amendments to a motion determining what the city's interpretation of a building site or lot was, the City Council let the Planning and Zoning Commission decide, during the town meeting Thursday night. / By Ranae Bangerter

Newton considers boosting city employees' hourly wage
Steps to improve the community through increasing city workers wages and initiating more community involvement activities were some of the topics discussed at the Town Council meeting Thursday night. / By Molly Farmer

Wellsville gathers information for possible lawsuit against group home
City Council opened with an executive session Wednesday to discuss potential litigation over a group home for juvenile delinquents that is trying to come to the city. / By Liz Lawyer

Millville discusses street upgrades, RAPZ tax
The Planning Commission is discussing construction to upgrade 550 North in Millville. The commission has sent its request to UDOC (Unscheduled Discrete Organic Chemicals) and it is being processed. / By Shauna Smith

Hyde Park commission recommends rezone to residential
The city Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve residential zoning for a segment of land near 100 West and 600 South streets, but the vote was contingent on an agreement for how water and sewer would be financed. / By Brad Plothow

Paradise agrees to build 4-H arena this spring
After months of waiting, the 4-H Club was assured by the Town Council Wednesday night that they will have a place to ride their horses this spring. / By David Baker


Cartoons in the clash of civilizations
The firestorm that has been lit in the Islamic Diaspora over a series of caricatures portraying the prophet Muhammad with a bomb-like turban and a sputtering fuse is part of a chain reaction that eventually could envelop the entire Middle East in war. / By Les Roka

Pending legislation may strip journalists of essential GRAMA rights
As a journalist, the First Amendment is a sacred thing for me. In lots of ways it is the core of everything I do. Every time I write an article, voice an opinion, or find the courage to ask the tough questions the First Amendment is there to back me up and make sure my freedom is protected. / By Mikaylie Kartchner


Night training runs (and cougars) prepare high school teacher for 120-mile dog race
Two cougars quietly watched Dean Fairburn as he tried to pull his spooked dogsled team back onto the trail. / By Shauna Leavitt

Nevada races to early lead, dismantles USU
When it was all over, USU had been handed its worst home loss since a 60-41 humiliation at the hands of Utah in 1996 that predated Stew Morrill's reign. / By G. Christopher Terry

Siberian sled dogs of Avon on home turf for weekend race
Nestled in the southeast corner of Cache Valley is the small community of Avon, where roadside businesses are non-existent and the livestock outnumber the humans. / By Shauna Leavitt

Ags win a nail biter on national TV
The Aggies overcame an opponent that came in waves Saturday night in the Dee Smith Spectrum for a 66-63 win. Jaycee Carroll's four clutch free throws in the last 40 seconds turned a one-point deficit into the margin of victory. / By G. Christopher Terry

Refs take a verbal beating in first USU home loss of season
A sold-out Spectrum crowd could hardly believe it. It looked as if the scoreboard was acting up: 83-77, in favor of the visiting New Mexico State Aggies. / By G. Christopher Terry

Aggie student section a big part of Spectrum's reputation
The fanatics were crammed into a tiny foyer at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum more than two hours before a basically meaningless game against the 5-13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits. / By G. Christopher Terry



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