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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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North Logan backs county-wide library proposal, with reservations

By Alice Bailey

February 5, 2009 | NORTH LOGAN -- Concern was raised by the City Council Wednesday night about a proposed resolution to support the establishment of a county-wide library system.

Councilman Al Moser said that in discussion with members of the Cache County Council, he learned the county doesn't want to place a library tax on unincorporated areas in the county.

"I don't trust the county and what they're proposing," Moser said. "A county-wide library, to me, means that everybody in the county is in the county-wide library and everybody participates the same way with taxes. That's what I think a county-wide library is."

Mayor Cary Watkins said assumptions laid out by consultants would place certain tax burdens on each city or town in the county, and if any of these decided to not support the library, that city's tax would be distributed to other cities.

Councilman Lloyd Berentzen supported Watkins's view later in the meeting. "The point Steve mentioned a little earlier, if somebody's not going to be a part of this, it's not going to fly," Berentzen said.

The council finally approved the resolution despite concerns raised in the meeting. Moser, as well, voted in favor of the resolution, stating that raising his concerns in the meeting and having them recorded in the minutes was enough to show that the city had reservations about the project.

In other business the council:
-- approved the revised FY2009 Municipal budget.
-- approved the resolution providing for annexation.
-- approved a graffiti ordinance.
-- moved to ask for more information on the Aspen Meadows consolidation bond.
-- postponed city cemetery regulation resolution.

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