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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Some Nibley residents aren't fans of flower boxes on road medians

By Aubreyann Hansen

November 3, 2008 | NIBLEY -- Road construction on 3200 South is expected to be finished within a few weeks. Planter boxes are one of the tasks on the agenda.

The city has planned to build planter boxes for flowers in the medians. Mayor Knight said there are already boxes on 800 West and 2500 South.

"I pushed for the planter boxes because they make Nibley look like a city. They are meant to tie the community together," Knight said.

Knight said the medians with planter boxes also limit access points to turn off, as well as improve the traffic flow.

Some citizens are not as excited about the new flower boxes.

Robert Gutierrez said they look tacky and other Nibley citizens do not like the boxes and don't know why the city decided to put them in.

Councilman Bryan Hansen said the planter boxes along with trees lining the streets give a unique identity to Nibley.

"The flowers and trees will calm traffic, and drivers know they are in Nibley which is what we want," Hansen said.

Knight and Hansen agree the planter boxes are a future investment for the city.


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