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May 12, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Lewiston's water manager given service award

By Natalie Buckley

May 4, 2009 | LEWISTON -- The Operator Certification Commission (OCC) recognized and awarded Lewiston's water system manager Mark H. Blair with a 15 year service award.

The Commission said that they would like to thank the Lewiston community for providing the training and resources to keep their operators certified. Lewiston water comes from HY Bair Spring, Griffin Well, and Clear Creek Spring. The public work team uses a drinking water source protection plan to guard water sources from contamination.

Blair said, "In 28 years we have only had one non-compliant year; and that was because the testing materials were not available."

"We are lucky to have the quality of water that we have," said Mayor Kelly Field, "There are cities that do not meet federal standards. I'm glad we are not in that boat."

The OCC secretary, D. Kim Dyches said, "Many times the efforts and countless hours that have gone into ensuring that the water served to your community is safe, goes unnoticed."

Blair warns to citizens that "unapproved and improper piping changes or connections can adversely affect not only the availability, but also the quality of the water." He said that when cross connection is allowed to exist at your home it will affect you and your family first.

In the Quality on Tap Report (Lewiston water report) it states that the city meets all federal and state requirements. Blair said that the operators are constantly monitoring the water.

Blair said, "We at Lewiston city work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children's future."

All numbers and details of the water report are available at the city office.


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