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Archive for February, 2014

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

Friday, February 28th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Fast-changing industry is a challenge, journalists advise USU students

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.” [caption id="attachment_9993" align="alignleft" width="300"] Brittny Goodsell ...

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

Friday, February 28th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | 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 ...

Leishman appointment to planning board has some worried

Friday, February 28th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Not everyone is supportive of Wellsville’s new planning and zoning commissioner, appointed Wednesday night. [caption id="attachment_9974" align="alignleft" width="500"] Wellsville City Manager Don Hartle swears in Jarold Leishman. Sarah Romero photo[/caption] Jerald Leishman replaces John Spence, who recently resigned. But some ...

Wellsville considers splash pad for summer fun

Friday, February 28th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Wellsville considers splash pad for summer fun

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Children may have a new reason to put on their swimming suits and flip-flops this summer. [caption id="attachment_9971" align="alignleft" width="458"] This is a splash pad in Marathon, Wisconsin.[/caption] Wellsville may install a splash pad north of the Wellsville Elementary School ...

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

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Smithfield’s Carnegie library will double in $1.44M expansion

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. [caption id="attachment_9967" align="alignleft" width="384"] Smithfield’s Carnegie Library is expanding. Alicia Facer photo[/caption] One major concern for residents and council members was keeping the historic ...

Flash mob dances to raise awareness of abuse against women

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Flash mob dances to raise awareness of abuse against women

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 ...

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

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on You lookin’ at me? Robert De Niro’s dad was a great painter

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 ...

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

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on You’ll say, ‘Wish I Was There,’ when you see Braff’s new film

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 ...

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

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on ‘Listen Up!’—annoying, arrogant but somehow likeable Sundance film

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 ...

‘The One I Love’—what?

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on ‘The One I Love’—what?

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 ...

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

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | 1 Comment »

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? ...

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

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on ‘Totally disagree’: Wellsville planning chair quits after 14 years

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. [caption id="attachment_9943" align="alignleft" width="480"] John Spence, right, is stepping down. Sarah Romero photo[/caption] Planning ...

‘Back to Life’—Revitalizing downtown Wellsville

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | 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. [caption id="attachment_9941" align="alignleft" width="480"] How to develop commerce and ...

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

Monday, February 17th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Real lives: Sundance film echoes Utah same-sex marriage debate

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 ...

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

Monday, February 17th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on More than a childhood, ‘Boyhood’ took 12 years, and tells moving story

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 ...

Better late than never: Sundance apologizes for missing ‘Bottle Rocket’

Monday, February 17th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Better late than never: Sundance apologizes for missing ‘Bottle Rocket’

By Katie Swain PARK CITY, Utah–This was the 30th anniversary of Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival. As part of its celebration of three decades of success, the indie movie-fest also apologized for one of its mistakes—to a cast, crew and director ...

Great stuff from Jeremy Messersmith at Sundance, and on new album

Monday, February 17th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Great stuff from Jeremy Messersmith at Sundance, and on new album

By Paul Christiansen PARK CITY, Utah — Since indie-rock darling Jeremy Messersmith announced in March he'd be releasing his fourth full-length album “Heart Murmurs,” his major label debut, on Glassnote Records, critics and fans have speculated he'd have to adapt his ...

USA rugby ‘sevens’ tourney in Vegas draws passion, blood, beers

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | 1 Comment »

Story & Photos by Noelle Johansen LAS VEGAS—The fan in the front row wears a t-shirt thart reads, “80 minutes, 15 positions, no protection, wanna ruck?” The spectacle is rugby, and it was the USA sevens rugby tournament in Las Vegas, ...

‘Muddy mess’—Wellsville Planning boss says sidewalks substandard

Monday, February 10th, 2014 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on ‘Muddy mess’—Wellsville Planning boss says sidewalks substandard

By Sarah Romero WELLSVILLE—Buried in snow, Wellsville’s brand-new sidewalk provides a safe way for children to walk to school. But some residents say the sidewalk looks anything but new. Residents and some city officials are disappointed in the quality of concrete sidewalks ...

‘Styx epic adventure’ comes to Utah on Monday

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on ‘Styx epic adventure’ comes to Utah on Monday

By Paul Christiansen  Styx hasn't let up since 1999. Here they come again. The band performs Saturday at the Peppermill Concert Hall in Wendover, Nev., and will follow that up with a concert Monday in Richfield, Utah, at the Sevier Valley Center ...