ridgerland Ice Center seeks funds to remodel

June 7, 2009
Local, state and regional news
In brief
Road closures
will affect Logan
Canyon access
Temporary closures will
affect access to Logan
Canyon’s Temple Fork and
Franklin Basin roads early
next week for approximately
two days.
Visitors will experience
lengthy delays lasting two to
four hours while test pits are
dug to evaluate soil conditions for bridge maintenance
The gate to the Temple Fork
road recently opened and
the road is passable for four
miles. Visitors could be heavily impacted if they are caught
on the road when the closure
is implemented. Visitors using
the Franklin Basin road should
be aware they may have to
exit through Idaho if the closure is in place.
USU research
views of Ice Age
A Utah State University geologist is conducting
research of small fossils that
challenges long-held views
about the Ice Age.
Carol Dehler and her colleagues’ work at the Grand
Canyon suggests that a large
die-off of species happened at
least 16 million years before
ice nearly enshrouded the
planet. Currently, many scientists believe that the spread of
the ice about 700 million years
ago caused the extinctions, a
hypothesis known as “Snowball Earth.”
In a paper published in the
June issue of Nature Geoscience, Dehler and co-authors
from the University of California Santa Barbara and the
University of Quebec, discussed the theory that the dieoff actually happened because
large amounts of phytoplankton and algal blooms absorbed
most the oxygen in the Earth’s
bodies of water, resulting in
widespread “dead zones.”
Dehler is an assistant professor who joined USU’s Geology Department faculty in
George Wahlen:
Iwo Jima war
hero dies at 84
ROY, Utah (AP) — George
E. Wahlen, a Media of Honor
recipient wounded during the
battle of Iwo Jima, has died
at 84.
Wahlen’s family said he
died Friday of lung cancer
at the U.S. Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Salt Lake
City, which was named for
him in 2004.
Wahlen, an Ogden native
who lived in nearby Roy, was
a World War II medic hit by
enemy fire three times over a
week in 1945 while advancing
forward of front lines to aid
other wounded Marines.
Wahlen stayed in battle
even after his third wounding, according to his citation
awarded by President Harry S.
In separate statements offering their condolences, Gov.
Jon Huntsman called Wahlen
a humble hero and Rep. Rob
Bishop, R-Utah, called the
veteran a true-blue hero.
Iwo Jima is a Pacific island
600 miles south of Tokyo.
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Ice Center seeks funds to remodel
Herald Journal Staff Report
The George S. Eccles Ice
Center is launching a new fundraising campaign to pay for
remodeling that will allow the
facility to host community and
family events.
Titled “Growing Family Fun:
Community Recreation & Parking Project,” the project aims to
raise $27,650. The money will
go toward improved landscaping; a recreational area with a
volleyball court, horseshoe pits,
picnic areas, a covered pavilion;
a second parking lot and mobile
flooring to temporarily cover
the ice for events and shows.
“We are relying heavily on
Submitted illustration
support from families and businesses in order to accomplish
our goal and implement these
improvements,” said Floyd
Neagle, executive director of
the Eccles Ice Center. “We will
need any kind of donations,
sponsorships and volunteer
labor and services that people
can provide.”
Donations will be matched
by the George S. and Dolores
Dore Eccles Foundation and
significant RAPZ Tax Funds
have been made available for
the project.
The Ice Center will be kicking off the campaign with a
pancake breakfast from 7:30
a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on June 13.
The event includes food, free
ice skating, donation drawings
and contests. The cost is $5 for
adults and $3 for children 8 and
younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eccles
Ice Center or at the event.
The campaign will continue
throughout the summer with the
dedication planned for mid-September.
For more information, call the
Eccles Ice Center at 787-2288
and ask for Tommy or Floyd.
Valley events
Free Fishing Day
Bill could
help settle
USU van
crash case
By Matthew K. Jensen
staff writer
Photos by Alan Murray/Herald Journal
Wildlife Technician Matt Bartley, Division of Wildlife Resources, shows Ruby Wang, 6, right, Gabe Piton, 5,
middle, and Will Piton, 3, left, a cutthroat trout in an aquarium at Willow Park in Logan on Saturday as part of
the 8th Annual Bear River Celebration and Free Fishing Day.
Kids descend on
Willow Park pond
to angle for fish
By Brendon Butler
For the Herald Journal
Dozens of kids took advantage of free fishing
poles, tackle and bait to try their luck in Willow
Park pond Saturday at the annual Utah Free Fishing Day & Bear River Celebration.
The event is jointly presented by USU’s Water
Quality extension office and the Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources and teaches the public about
water quality issues in the Bear River Watershed,
said co-organizer Nancy Mesner.
“We want to get people thinking about the fact
that they do live in a watershed, and what we do
on the land affects the water,” she said.
Every resource found in the Bear River watershed was represented, said Utah DWR education
outreach coordinator Marni Lee.
There were about a dozen interactive exhibits
teaching about bugs, fish, water quality, soil and
plants. At the USU Bug Lab table, fearless kids
used tweezers to catch grotesque wiggling and
squiggling rockfly and mayfly nymphs, peering
at their fuzzy gills through a magnifying glass.
Kids got a stamp on cloth handkerchiefs after
LaNae Morgan sits along Skylor Pond in Willow Park
in Logan as her grandson, Bryson Flake, 4, rests on
her lap while waiting to catch a fish during the 8th
annual Bear River Celebration and Free Fishing Day
on Saturday.
completing each activity. Handkerchiefs included
a space for colorful acrylic fish paintings made
by each child and were good for a free T-shirt
when completed.
“We want to encourage young anglers to get
out,” said Lee.
The fishing at Willow Park pond was a day of
snags and moss for most. Four-year-old angler
Bryson Flake caught a foot-long trout right away,
but many others weren’t so lucky.
An attorney testified
before a Congressional
judiciary subcommittee
Thursday to discuss a
new bill that could help
resolve the ongoing case
between a tire manufacturer and families of the
victims of a van crash that
killed eight Utah State
University students and
an instructor in 2005.
Florida attorney Bruce
Kaster says he was
invited to testify before
the committee in Washington, D.C., about his
objection to protective
orders and confidentiality agreements between
manufacturers and judges.
Kaster specializes in cases
involving defective products and focuses primarily on tire-failure-related
Several families of the
victims filed suit against
Cooper Rubber & Tire
Company after suspecting a separated tread on
a faulty tire caused the
In 2008, Cooper
appealed the case in
Denver’s Tenth Circuit
Court of Appeals, which
has yet to make a ruling
on whether the tire company should be ordered
to reveal proprietary
documents about product
safety. The documents
remain sealed by a protective order.
“For the most part, the
documents merely show
the defect in the product,
the fact that the manufacturer knew about the
product and often times
that they refused to correct the defect because
they did not want to spend
the money,” he said.
If passed, U.S. House
Bill 1508, the “Sunshine
in Litigation Act of
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Imperiled prairie dog tests S. Utah tempers
Duffers beware: The sixth hole
at the sun-baked Cedar Ridge
Golf Course is a doozy.
You may be chipping over
about 50 mounds of red dirt
in the fairway and negotiating
dozens of Utah prairie dogs
frolicking on the clipped green
grass like preteens at a slumber
Balls sometimes bonk them
on the head or vanish into an
underground burrow. Mostly,
the prairie dogs ruin the fairways, munch the greens like
salad and chew up the sprinkler
“It drives us nuts,” said John
Evans, director of golf at the
Cedar City-run course where
prairie dogs have infiltrated
13 of 18 holes and the driving
range. “They used to let us just
shoot ’em.”
But when it comes to Utah
prairie dogs — once considered
a scourge worthy only of a bullet or dose of poison — nothing is as easy as it used to be.
Ever since they were protected by the Endangered Species Act in 1973, tensions have
simmered in Southern Utah
over how much humans should
yield in the name of saving this
cinnamon-colored rodent.
“They’re pretty cute little
critters. I can see where people
like them,” said Wayne Smith,
a commissioner in Iron County,
long a stronghold for prairie
dogs. “I don’t dislike them, I
just dislike the problems they
cause us.”
Many locals — a few of
whom still resort to illegal killing — remain irritated that the
prairie dogs have torn up the
golf course and blame them for
stifling economic development
and infringing on private property rights.
Environmentalists fight back,
saying government efforts to
recover the species have been
halfhearted and too tolerant of
policies, including allowing
some of the animals to be shot
legally, that harm a key species
for Southern Utah ecosystems.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, too, acknowledges
that something has to change.
The agency is now reworking
its management plan for the
species, placing an increased
emphasis on preserving the
prairie dogs on private land and
less on efforts to relocate them
to public lands.
A draft is expected to be sent
out for public review this summer.
Part of the ongoing challenge
is that 70 percent of the prairie
dogs live on private land and
prefer the same grassy valleys
also popular for homes, farms,
commercial developments,
roads and schools. Iron County
has more than doubled its population since 1990.
“Their landscape has
changed, mostly due to us,”
said Nathan Brown, a biologist with the Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources.
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Funeral notices
LOGAN, Utah — Marjorie Quinney Bowen, 92, of
Logan, died Friday, June
5, 2009, in Logan. Funeral
services will be held Friday,
June 12, at noon in the
Allen-Hall Mortuary. There
will be a viewing held Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A
complete obituary will be in
a later edition of The Herald Journal.
Arlene McBride
HYRUM, Utah — Arlene
McBride Garner, 78, of
Hyrum, died Saturday,
June 6, 2009, in Providence. Funeral services
will be held Thursday at
11 a.m. in the Hyrum 10th
Ward chapel. There will
be a viewing Wednesday
evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at
the Allen-Hall Mortuary in
Logan and at the church on
Thursday from 9:30 - 10:30
a.m. A complete obituary
will appear in a later edition
of The Herald Journal.
W. Scott
LOGAN – W. Scott
Barret passed away Saturday, June 6, 2009, at
his home in Logan, Utah.
Funeral services will be
held Wednesday, June
10, 2009, at noon in the
Logan 8th Ward chapel
at 325 Lauralin Drive in
Logan, Utah. Friends may
call Wednesday from 10 to
11:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment will be in the
Logan City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under
the direction of Webb
Funeral Home in Preston,
Idaho. Memories and condolences may be shared
with the family at www.
Death notices
Sidney Alden
LOGAN, Utah — Sidney
Alden Erickson, 61, died
Thursday, June 4, 2009, at
his home in Logan. A complete obituary will appear
in a future edition of The
Herald Journal. Funeral
arrangements are under
the direction of Allen-Hall
Jeanene Sant
PRESTON – Jeanene
Sant, 66, died Friday, June
5, 2009, at the Franklin
County Medical Center. A
full obituary will appear in a
future edition of The Herald
Journal. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home
in Preston, Idaho.
Card of thanks
Don C. Earl
The family of Don C.
Earl, more affectionately
known as “Grumpy,” would
like to express our gratitude and appreciation to
the many relatives, friends
and neighbors who lifted
our burden at the passing
of our husband, father,
grandfather and “great.”
The many kind words,
beautiful floral arrangements and donations made
in his honor were truly a
comfort at this difficult time.
A special thanks to the
South Cache American
Legion for the military
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Harley Moody, age 11,
came to the pond to fish
with her father Benny.
Her father said they’d had
better luck in years past,
when the pond wasn’t so
scummy. Harley reeled in
a dripping ball of moss,
cleaned off her hook, then
cast her bait into the only
clear spot in the pond.
“Yes! That’s my best
shot all day,” she said.
Mysteree Bottoroff,
age 11, had a different
approach. She picked
up her pole where it had
sat unattended for a few
minutes, saying, “I leave
it for a while to see if I get
(a bite) there. Then I go to
another place.”
Her brothers Branson
Bottoroff, 7, and McGwire
Bottoroff, 9, fished with
honors so professionally
presented at the graveside service and to Bishop
Michael Lee and the
Smithfield 13th Ward for
the compassionate service
Finally, to the “A-Team”
at Allen-Hall Mortuary,
thank you for the personal
touches that added so
much to the wonderful tribute, we appreciate it.
Gloria T. Earl,
Shari and Leon Badger,
Craig and Lorraine Earl,
Joni and Steve Miller,
Cyndi and Danny Wiser,
Lori and Bob Andres
their 10-year-old cousin
“Oh. Oh! I’m about to
catch something!” said
Branson, reeling in.
“How do you know?”
asked RJ.
“You can’t see my bobber,” Branson replied.
“Oh! You’re wrapped
up! You’re wrapped up!”
said another boy fishing next to McGwire, as
McGwire’s hook towed the
boy’s line sideways.
Thomas Hundley, 7, was
learning to cast. Bystanders leaned away involuntarily as his baited hook
cut a wide swath, then shot
into the air, flying all the
way to the center of the
“He did it that way his
first time,” said Thomas’
proud grandmother.
Benny Moody said he
thought the event was fun.
“Some kids don’t usually get a chance to fish,”
he said.
Workers mean to please
Layoffs lead
to greater
The Associated Press
Her job description
says Madeline Adams is a
social worker. But lately
she’s begun volunteering
for tasks she never had
before at the St. Louis
marriage counseling
agency where she works:
planning events, ordering supplies, stocking
shelves. She estimates
she’s put in hundreds of
hours of unpaid overtime
Adams isn’t gunning
for a promotion. She just
wants to keep her job.
Bosses around the
country these days are
discovering it’s not too
much ask for a little extra
help around the office.
Anything but.
More employees seem
to be showing up early,
forgoing vacation time,
taking on extra projects
— and doing it all with
a smile (whether real or
It’s hard to say just
how widespread the phenomenon is. But Labor
Department figures show
workers have sharply
boosted their productivity
over the past year as layoffs mounted. Workers’
output-per-hour jumped
2.7 percent during 2008
— nearly double the
increase during 2007
and triple the increase in
Not all that extra productivity has been voluntary. Some workers are
simply forced to do more
as co-workers leave, notes
Steve Davis, an economist with the American
Enterprise Institute.
The pressure mounted
Friday, when the government said employers cut
345,000 jobs in May,
and the nation’s jobless
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2009,” would prohibit
judges from “restricting the disclosure of
information, or an order
restricting access to court
records in a civil case”
unless such restrictions
are relevant to the protection of public health or
“Whenever I bring
a product liability suit
because someone’s
been killed or injured,
manufacturers routinely demand and obtain
oppressive protective
orders,” said Kaster.
“They then produce documents, many of which
are not subject to document protection, into the
protective order.”
Kaster, who says he has
“a 20-year reputation of
AP photo
Graphic designer Chris Kirkman poses near his firm in the
University Town Center area of San Diego. Kirkman said
he learned the hard way that it pays to hold on to vacation days. He was laid off earlier this year, and was paid
for accrued vacation time, helping him pay bills before he
landed a new job this spring. “It not only helps when you
get laid off, but it helps you work a little bit harder for your
management to see,” Kirkman said.
rate hit a quarter-century
high of 9.4 percent. Fear
of being the next layoff
is pushing some workers
to fight harder to cling
to their jobs, said Bruce
Tulgan, founder of New
Haven, Conn.-based
Rainmaker Thinking Inc.,
workplace consultants.
Often, the efforts
amount to common sense.
People dress better and
show up early. They say
nice — OK, flattering
— things to the boss. And
they try to look busy.
“I’ve started to see a
sea change,” Tulgan said.
“A growing number of
people are saying: ‘I’ve
got to roll my sleeves up
and do something now.’
They’re finding ways
they can identify problems before they happen.”
At a restaurant where
Tulgan consulted, the
kitchen crew crafted a
plan to reduce waste and
please the cost-conscious
managers. Rather than
cook fries to order, they
made them in batches of
100 at a time, so there
were fewer to throw out
between orders. Tulgan
said they were hoping to
stave off layoffs as business slowed.
Some workers are aiming for the “halo effect,”
said Bernie Sparks,
founder of the 21st Century Leadership workplace consulting: When
managers decide who
goes and who stays, those
opposing secrecy in the
courtroom,” says trade
secrets and transparency
about product safety are
two different things.
“Nobody wants
Firestone’s formula that
caused more deaths and
injuries than any tire in
the history of America,”
he said. “But judges usually say to me, ‘Your client has what your client
needs. You’re not here
representing society and
I’m not going to unseal
the records.’”
Kaster says he believes
judges and manufacturers
have the “obligation” to
inform the public about
defective and hazardous
“So what happens is
nobody finds out about
the Firestone recall until
it’s too late,” he added.
“And it occurs as a result
of inappropriate protective orders that courts
routinely enter to favor
big business. And I’m
going to continue to fight
If the bill passes, it
would prohibit materials
from being placed under
protection if they relate to
products that pose a hazard to the public, Kaster
“This is not a California problem or a New
York problem or a Utah
problem. It’s a universal
problem of secrecy in
judicial proceedings in
this country,” he said.
Killed in the crash were
eight USU agriculture
students and their instructor. Two other students
sustained serious injuries.
The group was driving on
Interstate 84, returning
from a class field trip.
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seen as having a halo over
their heads stand a better
chance of surviving.
That’s what Chris
Kirkman is thinking. A
graphic designer in San
Diego, Kirkman plans to
scrap the weeklong summer vacation he and his
wife usually take. They’ll
instead take off a Friday
and go on a long weekend
road trip.
Kirkman says he thinks
avoiding absences can
help an employee build a
reputation as especially
dedicated to the company.
“It kind of pays to hold
on to your vacation days,”
Kirkman said. “It not only
helps when you get laid
off, but it helps you work
a little bit harder for your
management to see.”
Tulgan says forgoing vacation time isn’t
likely to save anyone’s
job. Managers tend to
calculate the overall
value each worker brings,
regardless of how much
or how little vacation
they take.
“But on the other
hand, if you disappear
on a long vacation and
nobody really misses
you, then you might be
putting ideas in a manager’s head,” he said.
And it’s hardly guaranteed that anyone’s sudden
boost in productivity —
or attitude — can avert
a layoff. Bosses tend to
see through behavior that
amounts to, well, sucking
up, said Gary Walstrom,
founder of Culture Index
Inc. consulting firm in
Kansas City, Mo.
Walstrom helps companies decide whom to
let go. He urges them
to focus on hard data
— shedding the salesmen
who generate the lowest
revenue or the customer
service staffer with the
most unresolved complaints. Someone who
starts showing up early
once the economy sours
isn’t necessarily worth
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