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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)

Wellsville residential treatment center for teens still causing concern

By Landon Bench

October 20, 2006 | WELLSVILLE -- Residents are up in arms about a halfway house just 3/10 of a mile away from their schools.

Jeremy Ellis, Mike Malm, and Geoff Cox, all Wellsville residents, are very wary of Logan River Academy. Not only is the academy close to Willow Valley Middle School, it is also near to residential homes as well.

The academy is a "premier adolescent residential treatment center" for troubled teens, ages 13-17. The website for Logan River Academy lists thinking errors and anger management as possible topics for group therapies available there. It also says that current enrollment is 90 people.

"I'm just not sure how wise it is to put a group home of teens with 'behavioral differences' next to homes and a school," Geoff Cox said. "My imagination runs wild with these kids that may have serious problems."

Cox said his neighbors have told him they have seen the kids running through their yard, raising concern among Cox and his neighbors. "I don't see a fence with razor wire surrounding it," Cox said.

The threat of these kids with "behavioral differences" isn't the only problem. According to Cox, Logan River Academy is not properly licensed to be there. Through e-mail correspondence, Cox told this reporter the LRA obtained a "permitted use" license for a residential treatment program that requires a conditional use permit.

Cache County code defines three types of residential treatment facilities: residential facilities to help those with disabilities, residential facilities to support those temporarily displaced due to an emergency, and residential treatment for those who have emotional or behavioral problems.

Cox says the Cache County Code differentiates disabilities from behavioral problems, a key distinction, he says, because disability programs are designated permitted use whereas residential programs are designated conditional use.

The Planning Commission is "responsible for issuing permits if location is 'suitable' and 'reasonable conditions' imposed by the commission are fulfilled," Cox said in his e-mail.

The Logan River Academy had not replied to any questions or phone calls at the time of publication.


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