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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Nibley P&Z discusses land use chart, issues business licenses

By Candice Mattson

March 26, 2009 | NIBLEY -- Home occupation permits were the main focus of the land-use chart discussion on Wednesday night. The commission also discussed possible amendments to the chart.

"Our current definition of a home occupation doesn't allow for employees," said Shari Phippen, zoning administrator of Nibley.

Phippen suggested the definition might need amending because of several businesses that do not fit exactly in the outlined definition of a home business but do not have a need to obtain a commercial business license. As it currently is, home business owners cannot have employees unless the employees live at the home.

Among suggestions to amend this part of the land use chart was one by Phippen to be able to hire employees, just as long as they do not visit the house where the business is being conducted.

"I think this clarifies our intent," Phippen said.

After further discussion, the commission decided not to amend the land use chart, but to plan a public hearing to amend the definition of a home occupation. That hearing was set for April 8.

The commission also approved conditional use permits and business licenses for home offices to E-Gun-Stuff, Complete Lawn Care Co. and Silly Goose Inflatables, LLC.


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