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Today's word on journalism

Monday, October 22, 2007

Can't Scare the Old Gray Lady:

"Good journalism for an intelligent general audience is hard. And we’re really good at it. Taking on The Times is not as easy as waving a credit card and proclaiming yourself 'fair and balanced. . . .' We have every reason to feel confident that we can hold our own if [Rupert] Murdoch decides to build The Journal beyond its business-reader base. In all the Murdoch parlor-gaming, I don’t hear anyone suggesting that he would attempt to match the depth of our coverage in culture, science, education, health, religion, sports, lifestyle, etc., etc. Not to mention business coverage that even devout Journal readers find they can't afford to miss."

-- Bill Keller, editor, New York Times, on Murdoch's promised Wall Street Journal challenge to Times national dominance, Oct. 16, 2007

Hyrum approves subdivision plans, hikes fines for runaway dogs

By Dallin Koecher

September 24, 2007 | HYRUM -- Twice at City Council meeting Thursday the votes went 4-1 as council members voted on two items, one of which could potentially cost residents a good chunk of change.

The landscape architecture and planning firm Northern Engineering presented preliminary design plans for Elk Mountain, a new housing development located at 300 South between 110 East and Hammer Road. Richard Huish, planner and architect, went over the concerns and questions the council had and many were resolved. But when it came to the vote, Councilman Craig Rasmussen voted in opposition to the plans outlined by the developer.

The plans had some changes the council had not expected, which didn't sit right with Rasmussen.

"I voted against it because I don't think they should be adding [to the plans] on the night of the council meeting," he said.

He said the council should spend more time reviewing the project to make sure everything was in order for the 450 home development.

Rasmussen was outvoted and council approved the preliminary plat design.

Huish said they still have more meetings before they start construction.

In other business, the council passed a resolution about "dogs at large" in the city. The resolution sets up a system of ticketing dog owners whose dogs repeatedly are caught roaming the streets. The first offense resulting in a $20 fine, and for each fine after the price doubles, but caps at $160.

Rasmussen once again voted not to pass the first reading of the resolution, saying it needed to have a time limit, instead of being indefinite. He said if a household does incur the $160 fine but keepa track of their dog for several years, and one day it gets out again he doesn't think the household should have to be stuck with another $160 fine.


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