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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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Matheson will speak at Hyrum's July 4th festivities

By Caresa Alexander

February 9, 2009 | HYRUM -- Utah Congressman Jim Matheson will be the patriotic speaker for Hyrum's 4th of July celebration.

City Councilwoman Stephanie Miller said Matheson had agreed to the speaking assignment for June 28. Miller also signed a contract for the fireworks, and received "two thumbs up" from Mayor Dean Howard when she announced that a clean-up clause had been hand-written into the contract. In past years the city has had to clean up after the fireworks company.

In other business, Curtis Dent, a dairy farm owner from Richmond, requested Hyrum lease him irrigation shares for a pivot sprinkler system. Current state law does not permit the lease of water but a city can sell the water, just not the share. A bill to lease water will be in effect January 2011 and allow a city to enter into a five-year lease. Dent's lease would need to be extended every five years as he needs a guaranteed lease for 15 years. The price of the water was not discussed. The council wanted to review the bill.

"Every one of our enterprise funds reserve are dropping and we haven't been spending a lot of money... we can't continue to let it go. I'm afraid we will have to give up purchasing water if push comes to shove," Mayor Howard said. "I just can't let this city get in trouble financially." He said rates will probably be raised on electrical, water and possibly sewer to break even.

A Web site is being developed for online registration of Hyrum athletics. Registration is expected to cost $1 per person and should be ready for the upcoming baseball season.

Councilmen Paul James and Craig Rasmussen attended the irrigation board meeting and reported. "Everything is getting older and needs to be repaired," said James, referring to a head gate with a stamp of 1918. Rasmussen suggested the head gates in the ditch be looked at to prioritize which ones need to be replaced.

Howard said Hyrum City's top priority is a 2 million-gallon water storage tank. Money from the water utility budget will fund the design and engineering for the tank.

If Utah receives a stimulus package, Hyrum city will submit an application to the state for stimulus money. "If the money becomes available, wouldn't that be a godsend?" said Howard. Any stimulus money received from the state could be used to repay the city's water utility.

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