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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

Zanavoo Lodge fire does $100,000 damage; no one injured

By Dallin Koecher

September 26, 2007 | Old insulation and combustible materials placed near an ignition source at the Zanavoo Restaurant and Lodge caused upwards of $100,000 of damage in an accidental fire, according to Cache County Deputy Fire Chief Craig Humphreys.

Monday night between 6 and 6:10 p.m. authorities were notified the Lodge, located on Hwy 89 in Logan Canyon, was on fire. Drivers passing through the area saw grey smoke rising from the building just before emergency crews arrived.

Once crews were on scene the fire was contained in about an hour, Humphreys said. It took the crew of nearly 50 firefighters three hours before the building was secure.

Because the building is so old and not up to today's code the roof is insulated with sawdust, which posed a "significant obstacle" for the crew, said Humphrey.

The fire was relatively small, and the damage was mostly around the fireplace, chimney and roof on the west end, but do to water constraints and the amount of manpower needed to clear the sawdust the large crew was called in to help.

No one was injured, firefighter or civilian in Monday's fire. The owners could not be reached for comment as of press time.


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