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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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River Heights P&Z approves city plan, considers new subdivision

By Patrick Oden

January 23, 2009 | RIVER HEIGHTS--River Heights' city plan is ready for the City Council to review after some last minute adjustments Tuesday by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Commissioner Chris Milbank motion that the city plan be submitted to the council for acceptance was seconded by Lorin Zollinger, following last minute discussions relating to the emergency reserve capacity of River Heights' two reservoirs.

In other business, Providence resident and developer Dan Hogan appeared before the commission to propose a new subdivision on a parcel of land west of 600 East at 800 South.

"We're trying to get some affordable lots in there," said Hogan. "There's a lot of building lots out there but they're very expensive."

Hogan said he hoped to be able to offer lots for about $40,000, with home prices including lots around $140,000, a number he derived based on the average Cache Valley income of about $45,000.

"Times change and circumstances change," said Hogan. "I don't want to come in and put all of the money in my pocket."

The commission expressed concerns over the proposed subdivision's access and road design as well as drainage of water, which often stands on the property. The commission decided to meet at the property on Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. in order to get a better understanding of the layout of the proposed Boulder Ridge subdivision.


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