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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





What ward am I in? Can't you see my coffee mug?
I grew up non-Mormon in southern Idaho. Because of this, I thought that I had prepared myself for college life in the LDS Holy Land. / By Cynthia Schnitzler


Newton's town building had a former life as elementary school
A building of many uses, the Newton Town Building -- which now houses the library, court, fire department and EMS -- was once the town school. / By Stephanie Hebert

Rain not a problem for ag products barbecue
Rain did not deter crowds from attending the annual agricultural products barbecue Saturday. / By Riki Richards

Fixing the perplexing problem of your 'inner princess'
It hides in chick flicks, romance novels, the next commercial on the Family Channel, student diaries, musicals, and nearly every form of media available to young adults of today's world. / By Leslie Mason

My dreams of flying were grounded by mystery illness, but I still hope
Ten years and counting. . . . It's been a terrible number for so long now. It's the earliest that I can remember getting a stomach ache that was so amazingly intense, and it's been an anxious mess ever since. / By Brittany Strickland

What living with chronic depression and anxiety feels like
Imagine living in a box in which all six sides are uncomfortable in some way. Pretend the floor is filled with tacks. Picture one wall is freezing cold, while the opposite wall is a hotplate. / By Ryan Cunningham

Clogged shower drains would go away, maybe, if women were bald
My drain is clogged again. I know that it is because as I showered this morning my inundated feet were starting to feel soggy by the time I hit the shampoo. By the time I was reaching for the towel the water was already up past my ankles. / By Michael Sharp

The not-so-complex life cycle of my last relationship
As I walked to school on a beautiful fall morning I suddenly realized the guy next to me. In a brief moment of bravery I decided to say hello. / By Jamee Hutton

Williams wins Mr. USU pageant on a typically goofy night
Students packed the Kent Concert Hall Tuesday night to see who would be Mr. USU, an annual Aggie tradition during homecoming week, and have a few laughs while watching the pageant. / By Christy Jensen

Got time on your hands? Sell it to college students
Time. Time is one of those commodities that as a kid you think you have so much of. How can anyone fill an entire day let alone a week, month, or year? / By Stephanie Hebert

Good roommate instructs slackers on how to do dishes
This is a story about a guy whose roommate didn't know how to wash dishes the right way. The roommate would treat the faucet as a prerequisite which had to be left in the ON position before any work could be done. The main character would stand there, trying to decide whether to be the pain-in-the-neck roommate who had to control the fashion in which dishes were cleaned. / By G. Christopher Terry

Longboarding Club gets into 'flow mode' on USU campus
Longboarders of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels from across the Utah State University campus come together each week to learn the fundamentals and tricks of longboarding, while sharing stories and creating memories. Second in a series on USU clubs. / By Sam Broadbent

Ag Products Barbecue to serve up good stuff Saturday
The College of Agriculture at USU will host its annual Ag Products Barbecue Saturday in the practice field west of the Stan Laub Center. / By Riki Richards

Indian Oven finds new home on Main
After three years of serving Indian food from a gas station, the Indian Oven has moved to a new location on Main Street to accommodate more customers. / By Natasha Austin

New day blooming for Gardeners Market with Wednesday night sales
Cache Valley gardeners Richard Wagstaff and Brad Christensen have started selling their produce at the new Gardeners Market on Wednesday Nights in front of the County Courthouse in Logan. "You can go buy your produce from the supermarket if you want," Wagstaff said, "but the clerks won't be as jolly." / By Natasha Austin
Un nuevo amanecer para la feria jardinera con ventas los miércoles

UPR going digital by the end of the year
Utah Public Radio (UPR) has been informed it will receive grants allowing the Logan-based station to start broadcasting in a digital signal. / By Riki Richards

The importance of being a club
Clubs at USU are a key factor in student involvement. They help increase student retention. Here's an overview of clubs at USU -- the first in an occasional series on clubs. / By Sam Broadbent


REVIEW: 'Shoot 'Em Up' an over-the-top spoof on action films
OK, so action films are meant to be over-the-top. But that doesn't stop coked-up executive producers from concocting seriously absurd action movies. / By Zach Jenks

TV vs. movies? Give me the small screen every time
I don't know about you, but even as the leaves start to fall and the temperature begins to drop, I'm still reeling from a summer that was brimming with overstuffed, over-the-top, and completely unnecessary movie sequels. / By Mack Perry


Review: 'Shepherd's Dog' takes Iron & Wine in new, and surprisingly welcome, directions
Sometimes change is exceptionally good. With The Shepherd's Dog, the latest release from Sam Bean, AKA "Iron and Wine," we find his normally subtle and humbly quiet voice being set to walls of instrumentation, tribal drums, and, God forbid, electric guitars. And it works. / By Jon Jacobs

Osbourne, Zombie to perform in Salt Lake City
Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie will perform Nov. 11 in Salt Lake City, tour organizers announced last week.

Epic-rock band Muse raises the bar for pyrotechnics
The McKay Events Center has a large parking lot. Hordes of fans have made pilgrimages from all over the state to see the main event, Devon-based epic-rockers, Muse. The resulting crowd fills the entirety of the parking lot, waiting for admittance to one of the most anticipated concerts of the year. / By Jon Jacobs

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel to perform at USU
Two-time Grammy nominee and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel returns to Utah State University for one appearance sponsored by the guitar program in USU's department of music and Caine School of the Arts.

Japanese dance and music to come to Logan
Traditional dancers and musicians from Japan will perform on the evening of Sept.25 at the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall at Utah State University.

Wild Art

Aggies we are, and this is Ag Week: Photos from USU by Heather Routh


Local News

Wellsville P&Z approves rezone over neighbors' objections
The public was not in agreement with Wellsville city's proposed use for the block between 400 South and 500 South. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Smithfield approves sewer connection on 700 West, discusses zoning change for downtown
An easement to install a sewer connection at the intersection of 700 West and 100 North was approved by the Smithfield City Council Wednesday. / By Debra Hawkins

Hyde Park hears water report, reduces speed to 25 mph on 200 South and Main
A firm grasp of engineering language, sometimes referred to as "It's all Greek To Me," was necessary to decipher the lengthiest part of Tuesday's City Council meeting. / By Angeline Olschewski

Cache Rendezvous for September 27, 2007
Cache Rendezvous visits the Farmers Market. It also takes a look at a shop that has been on Main Street for decades. And Logan has a restaurant owner known as the "Sandwich Nazi." / Producer: Britt Shepherd. Hosts: Megan Tschida and Dave Connell

River Heights approves design for expanded parking at new park
City Council members met Tuesday to discuss further implements of the parking solutions at Ryan's Place Park. The park is located at 400 S. 600 East in River Heights. / By Brittany Strickland

Zanavoo Lodge fire does $100,000 damage; no one injured
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. / By Dallin Koechner

'Gunmen' to descend on Spectrum in drill exercise
It's a drill, only a drill. Four gunmen, armed with automatic weapons, handguns and two improvised explosive devises, will enter Utah State University's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 10 a.m. Saturday, killing and wounding several during a mock gymnastics meet. / By USU Media Relations & Marketing

Drive-by shooting shatters peace in Hyrum
. . . These words inspire thoughts of fear and anxiety. They are also associated with cities such as New York or L.A. and gang-related activity. However, residents in the small, rural community of Hyrum got a taste of the emotions and apprehension associated with a drive-by-shooting last week. / By Shannon Gibbs

ATV News for September 24, 2007: Mr. USU, the bird refuge, and football
Didn't make it to Mr. USU? We'll show you the new big man on campus. We check out the bird refuge in Brigham City, and give you some tips to improve your overall wellness. In sports we take another painful look at the Homecoming football game. / Producer: Mariah Harrison. Anchors: Britt Shepherd, David Connell, and Chris Garff.

Hyrum approves subdivision plans, hikes fines for runaway dogs
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. / By Dallin Koecher
NEWS IN SPANISH: Hyrum aprueba planes para subdivisión, aumenta multas para los perros callejeros

North Logan postpones decision on controversial road
Property owners affected by a proposed road adjustment expressed their views to the City Council Thursday night, resulting in a small outburst and at least one resident leaving abruptly. / By Bria Jones

Cache Rendezvous for September 20, 2007
In this week's Cache Rendezvous, meet the 73-year-old marathon runner and check out a Cache Valley water skiing hideaway. We'll show you how to make famous chocolate chip cookies and learn about "intuitive" nutrition. / Producer: Mariah Harrison. Anchors: Britt Shepherd and Dave Connell.

Hunting on private land, water availability discussed at Mendon P&Z
The City Planning and Zoning Commission discussed changes to the Mendon City General Plan. / By Cody Gochnour

Wellsville council discusses fire department reimbursement
Concern over how money directed to the Wellsville Fire Department will be dispersed was voiced by Wellsville City Manager Don Hartle Wednesday at the City Council meeting. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff

Smithfield P&Z turns down rezone request
Rezoning of the property at 100 N. 800 West from RA-2 to RA-1 was denied Wednesday by the Smithfield Planning Commission. / By Debra Hawkins

Paradise council hears fire department's request for Jeep
The City Council listened to Fire Chief Troy Fredrickson, who discussed the fire department's need for a new Jeep to replace the model now in use. Fredrickson said he would keep searching for the best option. / By Tyler Larson

Land annexation by Logan still reverberating in Nibley
Mayor Gerald Knight told the City Council he "got the run around" when dealing with Logan city and its recent annexation of land between 2000 South and 3200 South. "They used part of the code that was easy to follow as their guiding light and ignored the other," Knight said. A meeting will be held Wednesday to further discuss the issue. / By Kelsey Koenen

Lewiston discusses replacing city sidewalks
Lewiston citizens can expect better sidewalks in their fair city -- someday. / By Jake Williams

Richmond Council approves $4 million sewer system
The City Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $4 million in bonds to fund Richmond City's new sewer system. / By Brigitte England

ATV News for September 17, 2007
Producer: Megan Tschida. Director: Dave Connell. Talent: Mariah Harrison, Britt Shepherd, and Blake Van Tussenbrook.

Mendon annexes land for new school
The City Council unanimously approved the annexation of land on which Cache County is building a new elementary school. The school will have conditional use of the land, which will revert to commercial zoning after the school closes. / By Cody Gochnour

Cache Rendezvous for September 13, 2007

River Heights decides on improvements to memorial park
he plan to alter safety factors as well as practicality issues with Ryan's Park Place, 400 S. 600 East in River Heights, is beginning. The City Council met Tuesday to discuss plans to improve the structure of the park / By Brittany Strickland
River Heights decide por mejorar el parque memorial

Hyde Parkers want lower speed limit on State Road 237
Concerned citizens filled the chairs at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, waiting for a chance to speak their views on what is to be done with former S.R. 237. / By Angeline Olschewski

USU students analyze material for space probe
When Daedalus constructed wings for himself and son Icarus to make their daring escape, his choice of materials was limited. And he knew the inherent risks of flying an apparatus crafted with wax too close to the sun.

USU student wins $12,000 scholarship from Federation of the Blind
First person from Utah to win the prestigious Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship for outstanding blind students.

ATV News for September 10, 2007: Crime and safety; city development; and Aggie football
This school year's first edition of ATV News takes a look at crime and safety on campus. It also will show you all the new development that has happend on, and off, campus in Logan. In sports, we have exclusive highlights and interviews from the Aggies' first home football game. / Anchors: Megan Tschida and Dave Connell. Sports Anchor: Blake Van Tussenbrook. Producer: Britt Shepherd

Rescue squads in Newton need office space, new equipment
The Town Council discussed plans for a new town building that will include the library, the court, a bay for the ambulance, fire truck, and the First Responder truck. / By Stephanie Hebert

Teaching garden dedicated at Utah Botanical Center
A little summer rain was not enough to dampen the spirits of people gathered to dedicate the new H. Paul and Mary Jane Rasmussen Teaching Garden at the Utah Botanical Center.

StoryCorps leaves Logan but interviews document visit
Approximately 240 individuals took part in 120 interviews that were recorded Aug. 2-25 during National Public Radio’s StoryCorps stay in Logan. Although the mobile booth has moved on to Las Cruces, N.M., Utah Public Radio listeners can hear segments from the interviews recorded locally.


Time to solve global warming problem
There are two kinds of nations a-romping on the world playground. There are those that apologize when they've made a mess, and there are those that persist in wallowing in their own filth. / By Jen Beasley

Parents, be responsible for your kids
"Wow, I can't wait to go to a movie and have a random child pull my hair and kick my seat! That will be a perfect way to end the week!" / By Brittany Strickland

Professors, stop grading students on class attendance
We've all experienced it: the first day of class. The professor walks in, hands out the syllabus, and the tyranny begins. His evil eyes squint through his plastic smile. This smile is a trick. / By Leslie Mason

In the pool, determined swimmer teaches life lesson to his coach
As I watch Sean battle this trial in the pool, I am inspired and ashamed. Is there anything in my life as scary as Sean's battle that I face on a daily basis? Sometimes from the way I whine to my husband, it would seem like I'm out fighting a world war on my own every day. / By Maddie Wilson

Life at 'ZooMass' was sweet, but Utah State feels like home
Welcome to ZooMass. Above the couple thousand heads, many dizzy with drunkenness and smiling with delight over their welcoming back to school, I read these words of truth. / By Rebekah Bradway

Love and marriage? I'm only 20, and even in Utah that's plenty of time
Here are a few things that define me. My faith, my family, my music. My style, my hair, my friends. My writing, my dreams, my hopes. Notice that my marital (or dating) status does not appear on this list. It may have at one point -- I guarantee, however, that that was probably a point in which I had a boyfriend -- but it does not anymore. / By Whitney Hancock

Mountain Meadows descendant says no apology necessary, only understanding
What angers me is not the act itself, but the ignorance that such a dark spot on the LDS Church history is so little known. It has always been my belief that only understanding of the past can keep us from repeating its mistakes. But with the 150th anniversary of the Mountain Meadows Massacre this month, it has been thrown into the spotlight. / By Kristen Encheff

Pigs' feet are yummy, but could I swallow live fish?
I have traveled to many corners of the world in my life and I have not just seen it all, I have eaten it all. It seems the more I travel to exotic places, the more interesting the delicacies of that culture. I have tried wild horse, groundhog, water snake, chocolate covered grasshoppers, and even my favorite, pigs' feet. It is odd that I would find great pleasure in trying new and bizarre delicacies, but one day in early March of 2001, I met my match. / By Natasha Austin

Mashed potatoes, chocolate and evil plots of the God of Make Whitni Fat
I think the God of Weight Gain has his eye on me. No matter what I do, he always seems to find a way to screw up my plans. All I want is a beautiful figure, is that too much to ask for? / By Whitni Webb

Reflections on 9-11: I want to feel safe again
It was six years ago but when I close my eyes, the flashes and the sounds make it feel as if it was six minutes ago. I had just stepped out of the shower when I heard my mother yell that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Towers. Freak accident, we all thought. So I toweled off, pulled on my plaid robe, and twisted my hair into a towel turban. By the time I left the bathroom, the second plane had hit. / By Angeline Olschewski

Hello, India? My name is Jen and I'm a Travelocity addict. . . . Where's my connection?
I've been doing it again. The Travelocity. Returning to Logan two weeks ago from my latest Because-I-Can trip to Sweden and Denmark, I swore I'd changed. / By Jen Beasley

Political junkies, like rock fans, line up to see the show in D.C.
Waiting in line for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to start, I listened to Department of Defense staff and foreign embassy personnel standing in line share their enthusiasm as if they were going to their favorite rock concert. / By Jacob Fullmer

When I met my African hero, he measured up to all expectations
"Don't meet your heroes. You'll be disappointed." I was once told that once. But when your hero is John Bul Dau, a Lost Boy of Sudan and star of the 2007 documentary God Grew Tired of Us, it is hard to be disappointed. / By Christy Jensen


Know your rock before you climb -- or suffer the consequences
"Thanks so much for helping us out, man; I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started that climb. I really should get a guidebook for Logan Canyon." That was the Nike-clad man my friends had just helped down from The Fairy, a 5.9 route at Betagraph, a climbing spot in Logan Canyon that the man had been lead climbing. / By Christy Jensen

Lotoja winner bikes 206 miles in just over 9 hours
Mark Zimbelman, Bountiful Mazda, won the Lotoja Classic, completing the 206-mile race in nine hours and six minutes, beating the other 1,000. / By Lukas Brinkerhoff


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