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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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North Logan plans to add section to Bonneville trail

By Alice Bailey

March 20, 2009 | NORTH LOGAN -- The city is planning on adding their part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trails, which will create a trail for biking and walking from Provo to Idaho.

The trail currently exists in several different sections with gaps in between. The city is working to update its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which will designate roads and require easements of some areas so that sidewalks and bike trails can be added throughout the city. One of these trails the city is planning on creating is the Bonneville trail.

On April 1, the City Council and the Planning Commission will be holding a workshop in which the commission will present the transportation plan that they have to date. Once the transportation element is in place, the commission will be able to expand on their vision of the city's trail system.

"That doesn't mean that we won't change it after that," City Planner Cordell Batt said of the plan. "We wanted to get city council's input now to make sure that we were headed in the right direction before we finished it."

The city currently has a short part of the trail built that connects with Logan's section that goes up to First Dam. Many of the other trails the city plans to build are multiuse trails and will be available as foot trails, bike trails and horse trails. Different trails will be built of different things such as asphalt or gravel, depending on their location. The Bonneville trail will be a gravel trail.

"It'll be quite a trail system once it's all done," Batt said.

Dee Chugg said he would be excited to see new bike trails put in to place, but doesn't think the city requires enough of an easement of the developers to really create a trail in some places. Many developers, especially right next to the canal, leave the easement to a bare minimum which, if you build a trail there, would make you feel like you were going to fall into the canal, he said.

Nothing is official yet. The trails are part of the master plan for the city, but right now the commission and the council are trying to organize the more basic forms of transportation.


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