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Today's word on journalism

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Dear WORDies:

All good things come to an end, they say. Not-so-good things, too, for that matter.

This marks the last word of the 11th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM (pause for shrieks, applause, heavy sighs, general hand-wringing and sobbing), the international daily email spam of soundbites about the press, free expression, engaged citizenship, spelling, public life, writing, and sweatsocks.

Normally, the WORD continues its reign of terror through the second week of May. But this year, WORDmeister Ted Pease is on sabbatical from his day job, and has the chance at a junket. "So," he mused as he headed for the airport, "enough is enuff."

As Xenocrates (396-314 BC) famously whipped, "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." In the WORD's case, what could be more true?

The WORD will meet with moguls who think 11 or 12 years' accumulation of its "wisdom" might make a book, a movie, or even a weblog. Exciting times, enhanced by St. Mumbles' tender chemical therapies. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, dear WORDsters, keep the faith. Tom Stoppard's right: "Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little."

Nudge on.

Ted Pease, WORDmeister
Pease Omphaloskepsis Institute (POI)
Trinidad, California

Hyrum council checks out this little muddy piggy

By Devin Felix

March 5, 2007 | Hyrum City Council dealt with the usual city business at Thursday's council meeting: discussing the town water supply, approving a new member of the planning and zoning commission, and watching a pig wrestling DVD.

That's right, pig wrestling. The council heard a request by RayAnn Reed of Nibley to sponsor a pig-wrestling event this summer at the Hyrum's rodeo grounds. Reed brought a DVD to give council members an idea of what pig wrestling is.

And what is it? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like: groups of men, women or children up to their knees in mud attempting to subdue a pig and put it in a barrel.

"My question is, after a few seconds will you be able to tell the pigs and the people apart?" said Mayor Dean Howard.

Reed said pig wrestling is a tradition in Wyoming, and this is the first year it will be done in Utah. Organizers are trying to set up pig wrestling events in counties across Utah, with the winners eventually competing in a state championship in Salt Lake City, she said. Prizes, including cash, will be awarded to winning teams, she said.

The council expressed interest, but postponed making a decision on Reed's request until she had submitted a formal proposal. Council member Paul James said it would be important to coordinate with the people who schedule rodeos at the grounds to avoid conflicts.

Also at the meeting, the council heard a report from City Administrator Brent Jensen on the city's projected water needs. Studies project the city will be able to provide water to support a population of up to 15,200 people with the water sources it currently uses, Jensen said. The current population of Hyrum is about 7,000. This doesn't mean the city should not worry about water, however, because some years there is far less water available than other years, Jensen said.

The council also approved the appointment of Scot Allgood as a new member of the city planning and zoning commission.


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