• 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

Column: A new perspective on beauty—my own!

July 29th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off

By Noelle Johansen I hadn’t shaved my legs in nearly three months, but nothing stopped the tiny old woman with a chin as hairy as my legs from patting my calves heartily. She had to be at least 80 years old, and her worn, floral housedress smelled of tobacco and bleach. All I could do […]

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An unlikely lunch craze delicacy on a stick—World’s Best Corn Dogs

June 2nd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

Story & Photos by Noelle Johansen LOGAN—The hotdog mustard-yellow truck parked outside a plumbing supply company off Center Street drew a growing line of hungry patrons queued up at its single side window on recent weekday. Everyone wanted one thing: the World’s Best Corn Dog. With more than 2,000 Facebook fans, word has spread rapidly […]

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Indie-folk darlings Hoodoo branch out to new territory

May 25th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Paul Christiansen LOGAN — Cache Valley’s music scene is constantly changing. Bands often come together and fall apart within only a few weeks; musicians fall in and out of the spotlight quickly and sometimes disappear entirely. Lacey Johnson is aware that evolution is necessary — and unavoidable — when maintaining a degree of musical […]

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For disabled, Common Ground Outdoor Adventures says ‘no’ to ‘can’t’

May 13th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Noelle Johansen LOGAN—When USU senior Jordan Pease moved with his family from Texas to Utah 10 years ago, his older brothers quickly picked up snowboarding. Though he wanted to snowboard, too, Pease couldn’t join them on the slopes. His disability—arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, or AMC—curved his joints at birth, resulting in a hardening and shortening […]

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Crisis simulation is rite of passage for JCOM journalists, PR students

May 12th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

LOGAN—CRISIS! Teams of dozens of USU journalism and public relations students were thrown into the deep end of their professions in the third annual CommStrong crisis simulation exercise, a day-long trial by fire in which future communication professionals react to bombings, car crashes and municipal emergencies—all at once CommStrong is a professional training workshop developed […]

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Gossner’s perfect Swiss cheese—a long-time Cache Valley delicacy

May 12th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

Story & Photos by Sarah Romero LOGAN—For more than 45 years, Gossner Foods  has provided cheese-lovers in Cache Valley and around the globe with top-quality Swiss cheese. This is an accomplishment to be proud of—making top-grade Swiss cheese is more complicated than some may think. It requires time, the perfect environment and, most importantly, an […]

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Fuzzy-wuzzies, baby bears & bunnies make Baby Animal Days a hit

May 12th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Snuggling soft and fuzzy bunnies. Chasing baby goats. Cradling tiny fluffy chicks. Patting little lambs. What’s not to like? The American West Heritage Center on Hwy. 89/91 in Wellsville drew thousands of families at its 19th annual Baby Animal Days—especially baby humans, who cooed and giggled with their cuddly animal friends. Along […]

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Annual USU Powwow is about frybread, dancing—and cultural identity

May 12th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Noelle Johansen LOGAN—It’s more than bright feathers, costumes, drumbeats, dancing and the rattle of tin bells when the annual Powwow comes to USU’s Nelson Fieldhouse every year. Beyond the tribal dance spectacle, native American frybread and jewelry, USU’s Powwow—the 41st was this year—is a vehicle to bring native peoples together, and to celebrate their […]

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Canyoneering: A breath-taking weekend of redrock, ropes and trust

May 12th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | 1 Comment »

Romero and friends spend a weekend dropping off precipices in Southern Utah Photo Essay by Sarah Romero CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK—It’s an adrenaline-flooded feeling to hang over a 150-foot gorge on a single strand of rope. Canyoneering in Utah’s back country requires courage, yes. Some knowledge of ropes, knots and carabineers? Of course. But the […]

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Wellsville: Embattled Hwy. 89/91 ‘Sardinz’ truck stop finally approved

May 9th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—His truck stop was finally approved, but there’s still a long road ahead for developer Steve Kyriopoulos. The planning commission unanimously voted April 12 that the truck stop on U.S. Highway 89/91 was “an allowable use,” nearly three years after Kyriopoulos submitted his original proposal. However, the commissioners said Kyriopoulos must fulfill […]

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1978 USU journalism grad watching evolution of newspaper business

April 26th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off

By Noelle Johansen OGDEN—A group of tired-looking journalists was gathered in a second-floor conference room of the Ogden Standard-Examiner, learning how to shoot and upload video from their cell phones. At the opposite end of the table, possibly the youngest guy in the room taught about A-roll and B-roll video composition. Then, a brief tutorial […]

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Wellsville residents oppose proposed truck stop on Hwy. 89/91

April 24th, 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Some residents say it will kill people. Others say it will be a valuable asset to the community. It’s been two years since Steve Kyriopoulos first filed an application for a truck stop on the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 89/91 and 400 North. Kyriopoulos is completing his newest application and will […]

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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 | 1 Comment »

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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