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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dueling masters on words:

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."

--William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962), on Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

--Ernest Hemingway, writer (1899-1961), on William Faulkner, writer (1897-1962)

MARCH 2006



For many, battle over intelligent design pits the head vs. the heart
Legislators, scientists, school-board members, and lobbyists have been swapping arguments, insults, votes, and tens of thousands of emails as a major movement to unseat the theory of evolution as absolute science in schools appears to sputter. / By Joseph Sheppard

Review: Happy Sushi restaurant likely to have happy customers
Happy Sushi opened its doors Friday, and by the next day I was sitting at one of its beautiful dark wood tables ordering spicy tuna and salmon rolls. / By Liz Livingston

Logan's Muslim community happy here -- with respect offered and given
Each Friday afternoon at 1:30, a group of men gather in a small red brick house to pray. / By Marie MacKay

Future ballerinas have excellent training resources in Cache Valley
"Every single little girl should take at least one ballet class in her lifetime," says Becky Erickson, principal dancer for the Cache Valley Civic Ballet. / By Ashley Wach Chandler

Beat Generation performer captivates audience with 'language of poetry'
The bright lights and expressively dynamic poetry readings of Anne Waldman, one of the Beat Generation performers, drew audience members to the edge of their seats in Thursday nights Tanner Symposium performance. / By Megan Sonderegger


Newton postmaster says hers is a 'dream job'
By greeting each Newton resident that enters the post office with a personal hello, Postmaster Carol Jensen demonstrates how being a postmaster is about care and concern, not just stamps and envelopes. / By Molly Farmer

A cold night and a fight for life with the lambs of Ewe 3022
The two lambs in the pen with Ewe 3022 weren't yet an hour old. The white one prodded and jabbed at the ewe's udder, trying to find a teat. The other, still yellow and goopy, lay on the straw, shivering. / By Joseph Sheppard

On the trapper trail with the Aggie Cats
A black, short-haired cat with glowing yellow eyes peers out into the darkness, sheltered by the metal walls of a cage. The remnants of pink salmon are spilled over the bars and the cat, lured in by the food, flinches in fear as a flashlight is shined on him. / By Megan Sonderegger

Range Management Club shows its plant knowledge at competition
Identifying specific plants by their stems and buds is no easy task -- just ask James Stuart. / By Marie Christensen

Expo gives students a crash course in eating well
The nutrition and food science department had its annual Nutrition Expo on Friday. The idea was make students more aware about different aspects of nutrition they wouldn't normally think about. / By Julie Garcia

Cornish native curates library's special collections and archives
Ann Buttars is curator of Western & Mormon Americana in the Special Collections and Archives at the Merrill-Cazier Library. She is in her 38th year of employment in the libraries at Utah State University. / By Katie Smedley

Students lift off with experience
The sky is not the limit for Utah Sate University's Microgravity Research Team (MRT), as it continues to maintain the University's long held reputation as the university that sends more experiments into space than any other university in the world. / By Lindy Phippen

How to enjoy group living and avoid going to war against your roommates
It is a battle that all college students must fight year after year. There is the drudgery of classes, books and studying that weigh on the mind of every college student. But these well-known trials don't hold a candle to the difficulty that comes with having a new roommate. / By Megan Lisonbee

Mountain Crest students at Valley Forge for freedom and leadership gathering
It's a long way to Valley Forge, Pa., from Paradise, Utah, but Ashley Dymock and Stacie Coombs are excited to make the trip. / By David Baker

Photographers love digital convenience, but most are reluctant to abandon film
Despite speculation that digital technology is killing film photography, it is alive and kicking and many professional and amateur photographers think it will be for years to come. / By Sarah West

Obesity epidemic hits too close to home for Cache family
Approximately 15 percent of all children in our country's classrooms can be classified as obese or overweight. At age 7, Michael weighs 148 pounds. / By Lexi Jost

The art of cooking Ramen noodles -- or, how to eat like a student and thrive
"I don't have much time," you think. What can you scrounge up for dinner? / By Erin Didericksen

Investigating the cult of the Diet Coke
Diet Coke's sweet taste and no calorie content is growing in popularity across the globe. Many people can find themselves addicted to it, not going a day without popping a tab of an ice cold can. / By Meg Hess

Round tables or square? Your preference speaks louder than words
Red, yellow and blue are the primary colors. Circle, square and triangle have been called the primary shapes. But there are no triangular tables in the Hub. / By Marty Archibald

From film to pixels: Digital cameras lead a photographic revolution
Digital photography is a moving revolution, making picture taking a simpler, quicker process, especially for journalists. / By Mikaylie Kartchner

Smart: A cure for America's addiction to oil?
With gasoline prices soaring out of control and the development of alternative energy sources moving at a snail's pace, small cars may be the way to go. / By Jason A. Givens

USU students have opportunity to see the world
Utah: one of those places you either love or hate. People either want to live here the rest of their lives, or get out as soon as possible. Regardless of whether or not one loves Utah, people find it is nice to get out every once in a while. / By Jennifer Brady

'Poetry and a Beverage' relaxed and supportive
Dim lights, chill music, cool beverages and dozens of USU students filled the TSC Skyroom on Saturday evening. It was all part of the well-known event at Utah State called Poetry and a Beverage. / By Julie Garcia

Spring break gives students a chance to flee to more appealing climes
With the number of days until spring break almost in single digits, many Utah State University students are eager to escape the harsh Cache Valley winter during spring break in search of warmer climates and an adventure with friends. / By Paul Garrett

Logan writer to be featured on NPR's 'All Things Considered'
Everyone has a story to tell and at 15 years old, Cecile Gilmer thought hers wasn't going to have a happy ending. / By Marie MacKay


Inside the Luv2K 'dance party on the moon'
Snugga Bugga was my guide through the chaos of Valentine's Day. She had been to more raves than anyone I knew, and she know all the tricks to having fun. / By Cory Broussard

Wild Art

From the land of sun and salt breezes -- photos of USU's Polynesian Luau by Brianna Mortensen

Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya . . . / Spring break photos of the Caribbean by Brianna Mortensen

Neither rain nor snow will prevent you from getting your phonebook / Photos by Shannon Gibbs

Care to compare spring breaks? Photos from Maui by Nancy Williams

Touring the restored courthouse cupola / Photos by Di Lewis



1,500 check out jobs fair
With job growth in Utah up 3.5 percent last year, creating more than 43,000 jobs in the Beehive State, last week's Career Fair was a chance for USU students to get their feet in the door of some of the nation's largest companies.
/ By Aaron Falk

Physical therapy business to open in Richmond home
Physical therapy meets a former beauty parlor. / By Brooke Barker

Making balloon animals is both business and pleasure for USU freshman
Balloon animals have not been just a favorite childhood pastime for USU student Joel ZaeJoDaeus, 18, they also have been a symbol for his hard work and practice. / By Krista Meeks

Trash and treasures: Pawnshop sees the strange and the stranger
In a store in downtown Logan one young man sits playing ACDC's Thunderstruck on a guitar that is not his and another man sits behind a counter full of jewelry, observing his only customer. / By Jen Pulham


Across Bridgerland

EPA considers change in air standard that Cache Valley would have trouble meeting
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering lowering the air standard, an adjustment that will reduce the number of pollution particles in order to maintain better air quality, said county executive Lynn Lemon, a decision which he says will be nearly impossible to achieve in Cache County. / By Megan Sonderegger

Local News

Change in open meetings law worries Paradise mayor
Of the 395 bills passed by the 2006 Utah Legislature, it is a revision of the Open and Public Meetings Law that has Mayor Lee Atwood concerned. / By David Baker

USU agricultural journalism program nearing a vote on final approval
Agriculture and journalism are on their way to becoming partners at Utah State University. / By Marie Christensen

Providence joins regional council movement
A motion was passed Tuesday at the Providence City Council meeting to adopt a County Planning and Development Office and to create a Cache Valley Regional Council to identify and "promote cooperation between citizens and elected officials." / By Taylor Scott

River Heights reverses itself; subdivisions now OK
The City Council rescinded a moratorium on subdivisions Tuesday because they said the implementation of it was illegal. / By Ben Walker

Richmond council OKs state-required wastewater ordinance
After waiting for more than a month, the City Council was finally able to get a copy of the enabling ordinance establishing wastewater pre-treatment policy and procedures manual. / By Brooke Barker

Lewiston adds its support to regional council idea
A current interlocal agreement, which allows for a small board of advisors to determine county decisions, was amended at Tuesday's City Council meeting, allowing for needed support in creating a larger regional council made up of 15 elected officials. / By Megan Sonderegger

Millville alters rules for accessory buildings
A public hearing was held at Thursday night's City Council meeting and was only open for 3 minutes. There were 10 citizens in attendance and none had any comments. / By Shauna Smith

Meadow Woods plat gets green light in Hyde Park
If Hyde Park's Planning and Zoning Commission had its way, all homes in the new Meadow Woods development would be built from the ground up -- no basements. / By Brad Plothow

River Heights declares subdivision moratorium for four months
The City Council approved a four-month moratorium on subdivisions Tuesday night with a 3-2 vote. / By Ben Walker

Newton opts in on regional council idea
The Town Council voted in favor of supporting the creation of a regional council to represent the residents of Cache and Franklin counties and the issues they face. / By Molly Farmer

Lions Park's still coming along in Hyde Park after 30 years in the making
It could be called Three Decade Park. That's because, from its inception to projected finish date, Lions Park is expected to take nearly 30 years to complete. / By Brad Plothow

Beginning Chinese-language classes dropped at USU
Due to budget cuts, first-year courses of the most commonly spoken language in the world will no longer be offered at USU. / By Aaron Falk

Providence residents pack workshop, debate 'single family large' zone
Forty people packed into the Providence City Council chambers Thursday night for the Providence Planning Commission and City Council workshop to discuss the rezoning of Providence. / By Taylor Scott

Annexation proposal draws flak in Providence
Fifty Providence residents showed up to the City Council meeting Feb. 27 to voice their opinion about the annexation of 42 acres of property northeast of 775 Canyon Road. / By Taylor Scott

Low-income housing gets final approval of Nibley Planning and Zoning
A subdivision, which was pre-approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission along with the City Council over a week ago, got final approval from the commission on Wednesday night. / By Ranae Bangerter

Jail sentence suspended for alcohol crime
Judge Clint S. Judkins suspended the jail sentence for a man after hearing his case this week in 1st District Court. / By Brooke Barker

Riley wins ASUSU presidency; Ag senator decided by coin toss
After a long, strenuous campaign Quinn Millet stepped down from his position and Noah Riley, followed by loud cheers, took his place in the ASUSU presidential office. / By Megan Sonderegger and Julie Garcia

Wellsville signs on to regional council idea
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to accept a resolution to create a Cache Valley Regional Council to address issues affecting Cache Valley residents. / By Liz Lawyer

Nibley council decides not to decide on fire department issue
A proposal for a fire department in Nibley was met with no specific decision from the City Council Thursday night. / By Ranae Bangerter

Cornish drafts subdivision ordinance
The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Thursday to revise the draft of the new subdivision ordinance. / By Katie Smedley

North Logan says no to state options for highway corridor
The North Logan-Smithfield corridor became a heated topic again at Thursday's City Council meeting. / By Diana Hurren

After lengthy discussion, Paradise approves access to subdivision
A miscommunication between the Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission made for a long discussion at Wednesday night's council meeting. / By David Baker

Wellsville council wants sidewalks but can't agree on who'll pay
The City Council discussed the possibility of establishing "improvement districts" in Wellsville in which sidewalks would be required to be installed in front of all developed property. / By Liz Lawyer

Richmond swears in new youth council
There's a new council in town as of Tuesday night. Thirteen members of the city Youth Council, including a new youth mayor, Melody Jensen, were sworn in by Mayor Michael Hall at the City Council meeting. / By Brooke Barker

River Heights will build monument to honor fallen war vets
The City Council unanimously passed a motion Tuesday to support the Lions Club in an effort to erect a monument to the city's war veterans who were killed in action. / By Ben Walker

Hyrum council addresses problems with 'hazardous' Blacksmith Upper Dam
The City Council heard a proposal Thursday to start an investigation into the condition of Blacksmith Upper Dam, which the federal government deemed hazardous in a letter sent to the council. / By M. Cory Broussard

Cornish accepts bid for water project
The Town Council accepted a bid Thursday from Allied Construction for a new water project. / By Katie Smedley


In good ways or bad, population problem must end, Pulitzer-winning author says
Famed author and intellectual Jared Diamond said the problem of overpopulation will be solved either through pleasant ways of our choosing, or by unpleasant ways not of our choosing. / By G. Christopher Terry


Concentrate on what's important for college survival
When the dark circles underneath students' eyes become even darker, showering becomes a time-wasting task, the popular place to hang out becomes the library/computer lab and lighthearted conversation turns to blank stares followed by absent-minded gestures of understanding, I know the end of school is looming nearer. / By Megan Sonderegger

How to avoid insanity while planning a wedding
I'm getting married in one day. I know that may sound crazy to some of you but I'm 23 years old. I should have been married five years ago according to Utah standards. / By Marie MacKay

Spring break is when reality hits -- with a vengeance
It seems as though everyone gets infected with the antsy spring-fever bug around this time of year. The ability to focus is skewed. / By Julie Garcia

Indoor tanning industry notes benefits of 'smart tanning'
There are many misconceptions about tanning. Indoor tanning does have risks but doesn't everything else? / By Chana Taylor


Aggie season a triumph -- a validation for Morrill and staff
Summing up the recently ended Aggie men's basketball season is one of those tasks that makes the English language seem woefully inadequate. / By G. Christopher Terry

Did the Olympic flame go out early?
Some folks won't bother to watch a sporting event if they already know the outcome. / By Kristen Weller

Logan Canyon has a hike for virtually everyone
The winter season is coming to a close, the temperatures are rising and the snow is melting, for residents and visitors of Logan, the canyon is a great place to lace up those hiking boots and get them dirty. / By Brooke Buddell

Life looks better from a motorcycle -- especially a Harley
Looking at today's incredible motorcycle selection it's hard to believe that the motorcycle began as a wooden bike with an engine attached. / By Kate Bradshaw

Ags escape pesky Spartans, head to WAC tourney as No. 2 seed
It was an emotional Senior Night for the Aggies Saturday as the fans said goodbye to four who have been part of a historical era of USU basketball. / By G. Christopher Terry

Aggies share the ball to get 20th win
Utah State outscored Fresno State, 87-77, Thursday night in the Smith Spectrum, with all five starters scoring in double figures as Coach Stew Morrill's squad won its 20th game of the season. / By G. Christopher Terry

Dog sledders from across the West mush at Hardware Ranch
The dogs barked and pounced eagerly on the melting snow of the Hardware Ranch, waiting for their musher to release them onto the morning's track. / By Cory Broussard



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