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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Maverik store finally wins a thumbs-up from Nibley P&Z

By Jacob Fullmer

October 16, 2006 | NIBLEY -- Residents were given approval on a shed they don't want and Maverik gets a long-awaited approval from Nibley Planning and Zoning Wednesday night.

Don and Nancy Cooley asked for a building permit for a shed in their backyard roughly 180 square feet. A canal and utility easement restrict where a permanent structure over 120 square feet can be placed on their property. There was discussion among commission members as to where those easements lie.

"The problem is there isn't a quantifiable easement," said commission member Aaron Bliesner. "I would like claricfication on this because I think we're going to encounter it again."

The Cooleys submitted their proposal with the knowledge of possible easement concerns. They were willing to take down the building in the future if need be.

Commission Chairman Wayne Anderson said utility companies can burrow under a building if they need to with today's technology.

The building was approved on the condition it would be moved farther towards the center of the Cooley's property.

"I'll probably build a ten by twelve shed without a building permit," Dan Cooley said. "If that's still legal."

Also last night, Maverik Country Stores received a 3-2 vote approving the final design standard and building permit for a store to be located approximately at 3100 S. State Highway 165.

"We're excited," said Brad McDougal, a representative of Maverik, Inc. McDougal says he's been attending Nibley City meetings for nearly 16 months.

Commission members took time to consider the type of atmosphere the design of the new business will bring to Nibley's developing main thoroughfare.

Bliesner dissented on the vote because he felt the design didn't meet zoning ordinance specifications for setbacks. Shawn Del Hunsaker voted against the proposal because she thinks the type of business Maverik brings doesn't fit the area.

"It's right in the middle of a neighborhood and I don't really think that's the place for that," Hunsaker said. Hunsaker feels the building is too bright, too big, and 24 hour operations will be an annoyance to neighbors.

Because of the oncoming cold weather, McDougal is unsure when construction will begin but said it should be within the next few months. The project, he says, usually takes 120 days from start to finish.

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