• BEST IN STATE—Senior Courtney Schoen Lewis was named Best PR Student in Utah. Story
  • CROWBAR—Athletes compete in annual Crowbar backcountry race in Logan Canyon. CHRISTIAN HATAHWAY
  • HINDU FESTIVAL—Hundreds of Hindus and friends gather for annual Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork. DANA IVINS
  • RAINBOW CELEBRATION—Holi celebrants joyfully paint themselves at Hindu festival. DANA IVINS
  • HUT! HUT! HUT!—ROTC teams compete in Ranger Challenge at Camp Williams. ALISON OSTLER. Story
  • SNOWBARD JAM—Boarders show their stuff on the Quad during Entrepreneur Week. CASSIDEE J. CLINE. Story
  • SNOWBOARD TRICKS as hotdoggers show off on the Quad during Entrepreneur Week. CASSIDEE J. CLINE. Story
  • WINTER A and the American flag over a snowy USU campus. WHITNEY PETERSON
  • QUADVIEW—A springtime view of the USU Quad and Old Main from atop the business building.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE—USU President Stan Albrecht briefing journalism students. CHRIS ROMRIELL. Story
  • HIGH-HEELIN’ IT—Men in high heels and their female supporters walk a mile to protest sex abuse. TY ROGERS
  • ELK PICNIC—Elk and humans mingle at the winter refuge at Blacksmith Fork's Hardware Ranch. CARESA ALEXANDER. Story

Baby ducks and bears! Baby Animal Days comes back for 19th season

March 31st, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Snuggle a baby lamb, talk to an iguana or a porcupine, survive a mechanical bull ride, and watch baby bears. It’s the 19th annual Baby Animal Days Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American West Heritage Center on Hwy. 91/89 in Wellsville this week. According to an […]

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Smithfield’s Kris Monson is in government for the long run

March 29th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Alicia Facer SMITHFIELD—Never-ending stress, knee surgery, three children and three grandchildren have not stopped City Council member Kris Monson from donating her services to a community she has been a part of for the past 18 years. Monson has been serving the city for 13 years. “I was involved with the Youth Council for […]

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‘Aggie Radio Drama’—Student radio station applies for FCC license

March 29th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Noelle Johansen LOGAN—Utah State’s 7-year-old student radio station, Aggie Radio, which has streamed its signal online in partnership with Utah Public Radio since 2007, is applying to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for a low-power FM license to send its programming over the air and reach a wider audience. A low-power FM (LPFM) license […]

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Forrester Park—home of the famed Blue Sox and a small-town fixture

March 5th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Alicia Facer HNC Smithfield Correspondent SMITHFIELD—Green fields for baseball and softball, an equestrian park and outdoor batting cages are just a few features that Forrester Acres Park, home of the 120-year-old Smithfield Blue Sox, offers the community. Everyone know the park at 100 N. 600 West, says Mayor Darrell Simmons. “It is known throughout […]

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Caring, engaged, ‘the next Sarah Palin,’ Barbara Kent serves Smithfield

March 3rd, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Alicia Facer SMITHFIELD—Teacher at the longest running home preschool in town, City Council member, and mother of six, Barbara Kent has been active in the community for more than 30 years. Now in her second term, she’s been on the City Council for four years. “I got involved because people asked me to,” Kent […]

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Fast-changing industry is a challenge, journalists advise USU students

February 28th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero ST. GEORGE—The journalist’s job is more complex than it once was. Simply being able to write a well-balanced and unbiased story isn’t enough for today’s ever-growing online audiences, say two Utah “content providers.” When Brittny Goodsell, 31, graduated from Utah State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism, she […]

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Cows, barber shops—Cache ‘Gateway’ Wellsville by the numbers

February 28th, 2014 Posted in News | 1 Comment »

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—In the 6.4 square miles making up Wellsville, Cache Valley’s oldest city, there are more homeless people and more beauty salons than full-time city employees. Wellsville may be small (about 3,800 residents) compared to other cities, but it has a big job upholding its title as the “Gateway to Cache Valley.” 25—The […]

Leishman appointment to planning board has some worried

February 28th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Not everyone is supportive of Wellsville’s new planning and zoning commissioner, appointed Wednesday night. Jerald Leishman replaces John Spence, who recently resigned. But some residents are concerned about the new appointment. “There are some people that are very upset I’m here, just because they believe I am set in my ways,” Leishman […]

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Wellsville considers splash pad for summer fun

February 28th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Children may have a new reason to put on their swimming suits and flip-flops this summer. Wellsville may install a splash pad north of the Wellsville Elementary School on East 100 South near the existing playground. “Every year the recreation committee tells me we need a splash pad for the kids,” City […]

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Smithfield’s Carnegie library will double in $1.44M expansion

February 26th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Alicia Facer SMITHFIELD—The town’s 93-year-old Carnegie Library on Main Street is getting a $1.44 million two-story, 5,600-square-foot expansion. One major concern for residents and council members was keeping the historic building intact. “It’s been in the community since the 1920s,” said City Council member Barbara Kent. “We have a lot of sentimental feelings about […]

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Flash mob dances to raise awareness of abuse against women

February 26th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Noelle Johansen LOGAN—In a flash mob at Utah State University, students and the Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency (CAPSA) danced to raise awareness of abuse against women as part of the international One Billion Rising for Justice movement. “One Billion Rising is a global campaign that the statistic that one in three women will […]

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You lookin’ at me? Robert De Niro’s dad was a great painter

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—Twenty years after the death of Robert De Niro Sr., HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Robert De Niro Jr.’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal came together with directors Geeta Gandbhir and Perri Peltz to honor the abstract expressionist painter with the film “Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr.” Premiering at Sundance 2014, […]

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You’ll say, ‘Wish I Was There,’ when you see Braff’s new film

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—Ten years after his directorial debut with “Garden State,” writer, director and actor Zach Braff returned to Sundance to tears and a standing ovation as he screened the premiere of his second film, “Wish I Was Here.” “Garden State was all the things me and my 25-year-old friends were obsessing about […]

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‘Listen Up!’—annoying, arrogant but somehow likeable Sundance film

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—Premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, “Listen Up Philip” is the latest indie film from director Alex Ross Perry. With unlikable author Philip Roth (Jason Schwartzman) as the belligerent, cantankerous, yet somehow charming protagonist, “Listen Up Philip” skillfully walks a paradox of hating and empathizing with its humorously despicable characters […]

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‘The One I Love’—what?

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—In any film, the first concern should always be a strong, coherent plot. Artistic elements, daring experimentation, complicated visual effects, and even dialogue or casting should be considered only after a good storyline is mapped out. All the visual effects in the world can’t cover up an incoherent and rambling narrative. […]

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Sundance 2014: ‘They Came Together’ is sweet, funny, klutzy

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—New York City, a big business “vaguely, but not overtly, Jewish leading man,” and a mom and pops candy store owning “klutzy, but adorable, leading lady” who are so different they’re obviously perfect each other. Sound familiar? It sounded familiar to writer/director David Wain and his writing partner Michael Showalter, too. […]

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‘Totally disagree’: Wellsville planning chair quits after 14 years

February 20th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—For John Spence, it just became too much to bear. Uneven sidewalks, his own health issues and the city’s no-contract business deals pushed him too far. Planning Commission Chairman John Spence announced this week that he’s resigning after more than 14 years. Spence said his decision to resign resulted from his own […]

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‘Back to Life’—Revitalizing downtown Wellsville

February 20th, 2014 Posted in News | 1 Comment »

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Downtown Wellsville consists of one street lined by city offices and run-down shops on one side, and a church on the other. Some residents would like to see that changed. On Wednesday, Wellsville resident Mary Majocha asked the Planning Commission for permission to open an antique and collectibles shop on Main Street, […]

Real lives: Sundance film echoes Utah same-sex marriage debate

February 17th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Katie Swain PARK CITY, Utah — In the midst of angry debates and hurt feelings on both sides of the same-sex marriage situation in Utah, Park City held a celebration in honor of the approximately 1,300 gay and lesbian Utah couples who were wed in the last few weeks between Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling, […]

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More than a childhood, ‘Boyhood’ took 12 years, and tells moving story

February 17th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Paul Christiansen PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Film Festival has been host to many beautiful and inventive films over the years, but few have been as groundbreaking and inventive as director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” the story of a boy growing from a child into a teenager, from an adolescent into an adult. Linklater […]

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