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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, 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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River Heights approves city plan

By Patrick Oden

February 12, 2009 | RIVER HEIGHTS "Thank God, two years," said Mayor Bill Baker exuberantly, following the passage of the city's general plan.

After lengthy discussions concerning Logan's extension and development of 100 East, which borders River Heights, and the possibility of future development of 200 East through River Heights, the city's plan was passed with caveat

Councilwoman Kathryn Hadfield, speaking on behalf of residents in the 500 South area of the city, said there were concerns about increased traffic flow through the residential area.

"We're all interested to see what 100 East is going to do," said Councilman Blake Wright, who works closely with the Planning and Zoning Commission. Wright attempted to reassure Hadfield that "dotted lines" on the maps contained in the plan didn't indicate the city's intention to connect 200 East through the city, rather it allowed for preservation of the space, preventing development on the land.

"Believe in the general plan and pass it," said Councilman Rob Gines, interrupting Hadfield and Wright in a frustrated tone. Gines continued by reiterating Wright's remarks to Hadfield about the plan calling for the "preservation of a corridor," and nothing more.

Hadfield suggested the General Plan be tabled pending the addition of language clarifying the council's intent regarding 200 East.

"That's goofy, that's not appropriate," Gines said.

Councilman Doug Clausen moved to adopt the plan contingent on the addition of clarifying language and updates to "historical information" being added at a later date.

In other matters, the reallocation of monies from the capital projects fund to the water fund brought the water fund from a deficit of more than $200,000 to a surplus of approximately $200,000, leaving more than $100,000 in the capital projects fund. The total of roughly $500,000 in the city coffers remains unchanged.

"There's a logical reason for doing this," Baker said. In 2001 a water tank built to hold an additional 266,000 gallons of water for fire protection was billed to the water fund. "That whole water tank came out of the water fund and some of it should have come out of the fire fund," Baker said. Fire protection is billed to the capital projects fund.

Additionally, on recommendation of the Cache County Sheriff's Animal Control Division, the council decided by consent to begin utilizing the Cache Humane Society to house stray animals picked up by animal control. The change will save the city $7.50 per stray dog picked up and the humane society will post photos of strays on its Web site to make it easier for pet owners to identify and claim their missing animals. The city was using Bridgerland Animal Hospital to house strays.


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