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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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Brigham City in good shape to endure recession, mayor says

By Rebecca Hansen

February 16, 2009 | BRIGHAM CITY -- Mayor Lou Ann Christensen says Brigham City is prepared to endure the economic difficulties ahead, thanks to the foresight of past mayors and the frugal spending by the city.

In a "State of the City" address at Thursday's council meeting, Christensen highlighted some of the setbacks and strategies Brigham City is working with in order to continue down a path of growth and prosperity.

During the past three years the mayor and the city council have worked to keep budgets flat and have been very economic with the city's spending, which "has paid the city back with less risk during economic downturns," Christensen said.

Christensen said the focus for the city is on economic development in order to bring higher paying jobs to the area. This boosts spending on goods and services and increases sales taxes revenue. Sales tax accounts for 25 percent of the city's general fund revenues, while property tax only accounts for 6 percent, she said.

"This high percentage demonstrates why we have placed such an important emphasis on strengthening our local businesses through both business retention and recruitment," she said.

Christensen said thanks to former mayors Ruel Eskelsen, Peter Knudson and Clark Davis building a reservoir, a waste treatment plant and culinary water storage, respectively, Brigham City was well prepared to welcome new business to the area.

"These forward thinking mayors and city councils ten, thirty and fifty years ago, opened the door for Procter and Gamble choosing to come to Box Elder County." Christensen said.

In addition to new business being attracted to the area, Christensen said the city is scheduled to obtain more than $45.4 million in federal grants to fund several city projects. Among the projects are seismic upgrades to the city library and the repairing of West Forest Street.

"I am pleased to inform all our citizens that, due to conservative budget oversight, Brigham City is prepared to weather this storm." Christensen said.


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