WHAT WINTER? Two weeks after Punxsatawny Phil predicted another six weeks of winter, Cache Valley still has no snow in the valleys, and only 70 percent of average snowpack in the mountains (63 percent statewide), according to the National Weather Service. Here, the Wellsville Range floats above Cache Valley inversion. (Ted Pease Photo)
CACHE VALLEY & UTAH NEWS
Land rezone from ag to industrial use approved by Richmond P & Z
By Chris Lee
RICHMOND — The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved the rezone of an area in southwest Richmond to light industrial, so the land could house a biotech fertilizer company. The rezone passed by a vote of 3-2.
Valley housing projects’ fate hangs on Obama’s 2012 budget
By Jessica Wilkinson
SMITHFIELD– Last spring the Smithfield City Council approved construction of Park Place subdivision by the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corp. Today, the future of this nonprofit corporation, as well as its current and pending housing projects, is threatened by federal budget cuts. “There have been some signs that the president is looking to consolidate or decrease all the affordable housing programs,” said NNHC’s Executive Director Kim Datwyler. “We don’t know what to expect.”
In the dark: 20% of USU-Eastern streetlights, pathway lights are out
By Seth Richards
Eagle Staff Writer
PRICE—USU Eastern security officers report that about 20 percent of street lights and pathway lighting on campus aren’t working, prompting safety concerns.
Skiers, boarders raise $1,000 for Haiti’s recovery at Beav rail jam
Story & photos by Josh Ruggles
BEAVER MOUNTAIN, Cache County—Music, food and sliding rails was the agenda at Beaver Mountain Feb. 4, when the non-profit relief organization PROViDE held its first rail jam at Beaver Mountain. The rail jam was not only for skiers and boarders to showcase their skills, but was also a fundraiser geared for aiding victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Aggie TV News (Feb. 8, 2012)—Students represent the “66%” at Utah Capitol protest; same-sex discrimination bill dies in committee; free tax help, the Year of the Dragon, classic Randall Henry weather, Bailey McMurdie’s sports, The Date Doctor visits USU, Beard Beanies, and Nothing to do in Logan Website.
RCDE’s steel, concrete HQ to expand USU’s virtual and online presence
By Kristi Ottley
LOGAN—Utah State University is taking online and distance education to newer and bigger heights with its new 40,500-square-foot Regional Campus and Distance Education (RCDE) building, which will begin serving students at USU and across the state and nation in fall 2012.
KSL social media director offers PR students view of new marketplace
By Allie Jeppson
LOGAN–Twitter and Facebook are no longer just ways to enhance your personal life—they are ingredients to successful businesses, says the new director of social media at KSL TV in Salt Lake City. “The goal is not to be good at social media,” USU alumna Natalie Wardel said. “The goal is to be good at your job because of social media.”
OPINION & REVIEWS
Review: ASCAP music café serves up a smörgasborg for the ears
By Max Parker Dahl
PARK CITY—Music at the ASCAP café during the Sundance Film Festival provided a calming escape from the body traffic and snow during the two-week extravaganza. New and established names in today’s music scene hit the stage to please and plead for filmmakers to put their songs into upcoming projects. The atmosphere was relaxed as songwriters interacted with the crowd and complained about the strange physical effects of Utah’s elevation and dry air.
Review: ‘5 Broken Cameras’ only part of the price for Palestinian village
By Max Parker Dahl
PARK CITY—The winner of the World Cinema Directing Award for documentaries, 5 Broken Cameras is an emotional journey chronicling the peaceful protest efforts made by the Palestinian West Bank village of Bil’in. Farmer-turned-filmmaker Emad Burnat buys his first camera to document the life of his fourth son, Gibreel, and stumbles upon activism as community friends begin to lead protests to hold onto their land. Despite having his cameras repeatedly broken by soldiers, Burnat finds himself engulfed in haunting scenes. He must keep filming, year after year. Camera after camera.
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