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October 18, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


also posted:



2011
November 26 2011
November 19, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 5, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 1, 2011
September 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 13, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 16, 2011
July 9, 2011
July 2, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 18, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 4, 2011
May 28, 2011
May 21, 2011
May 14, 2011
May 7, 2011
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 9, 2011
April 2, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 5, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
January 6, 2011

2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 9, 2010
October 2, 2010
September 25, 2010
September 18, 2010
September 11, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
August 14, 2010
August 7, 2010
July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 10, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
May 29, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 15, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
April 17, 2010
April 10, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
March 13, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 6, 2010
January 30, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 9, 2010
January 2, 2010

2009
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 28, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 7, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 17, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 19, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 5, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009
June 13, 2009
June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 16, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 2, 2009
April 25, 2009
April 18, 2009
April 11, 2009
April 4, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 7, 2009
February 28, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 14, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 24, 2009
January 17, 2009
January 3, 2009

2008
December 27, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 6, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 22, 2008
November 15, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
October 25, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 4, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
August 30, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 26, 2008
July 19, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 5, 2008
June 28, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 7, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 10, 2008
May 3, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 19, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 5, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 15, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 23, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 5, 2008

2007
December 29, 2007
December 22, 2007
December 15, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 1, 2007
November 24, 2007
November 17, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 3, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 13, 2007
October 6, 2007
September 29, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 15, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 1, 2007
August 25, 2007
August 18, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 4, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 9, 2007
June 2, 2007
May 19, 2007
May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
March 31, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 10, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 24, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 10, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 6, 2007

2006
December 30, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 16, 2006
December 9, 2006
December 2, 2006
November 25, 2006
November 18, 2006
November 11, 2006
November 4, 2006
October 28, 2006
October 21, 2006
October 14, 2006
October 7, 2006
September 30, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
September 9, 2006
September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 



October 18, 2008

The second fastest-growing community in the country—Greeley, CO. is no. 1—St. George (pop: 68,000) is popular with retirees for its relatively inexpensive living and year-around sunshine. (In midsummer, however, temperatures have reached 118 degrees). About 120 miles northeast of Las Vegas on I-15, it’s a pleasant place for vacation.
                                   – St George, Utah

THE MAN WHO first recruited Sarah Palin for the Wasilla City Council in 1992 now lives in Ivins, 11 miles  northwest of here, and he is not pleased to note her new eminence. Nick Carney recalls that his daughter and the woman then known as Sarah ‘Barracuda’ Heath played basketball together and although Palin did well at first on the council, when she ran for mayor she injected politics into he race for the first time in the town’s history. Then, he alleges, in her first year of office Palin used $55,000 of city road maintenance funds to remodel her office without city council permission;  and fired many long-term city employees, appointing the  Alaskan Republican Party’s former lawyer to be the new city attorney, settling a political debt.

CONTESTS NEVER HEARD OF elsewhere, are part of the Huntsman World Senior Games which brought almost 10,000 athletes from 60 different countries—every competitor over 50-–to St. George in early October.  The games close today. In addition to familiar golf, swimming and volleyball, competitors battled in the game of Pickle Ball, a type of miniature tennis with smaller rackets, which got its name from the first time it was invented when a dog called Pickles ran away with the ball.

LOCAL TEENS have been innovative in hiding their drug use writes Cami Cox in Today in Dixie as part of a report on growing drug use in local high schools. Disguising the smell of marijuana inside tinfoil and dryer sheets and using eye drops to hide bloodshot eyes were commonplace among teenagers she explained, adding that business was booming for hallway drug pushers. “Almost everybody’s doing it now—even Mormon kids” she was told by a 14-year-old informant who referred to such ‘code words’ as have you got my herbal? or  have you got the stuff? “Cause ‘stuff’ could mean anything and so they can’t accuse us”.

WHEN BATTLING RIVALS Utah State (‘the Aggies’) and Brigham Young University (‘the Cougars’) met last weekend, the latter won the football game 34-14, notching their 15th successive win. But in another contest, the situation was reversed according to the Salt Lake Tribune which reported on the “taste-off” between the creameries of the two colleges, among only 15 in the country that make their own ice cream. USU’s dairy history dates back a century to the date when it began as a teaching and research laboratory. It makes 1,000 gallons of ice cream a week, the favorites being Aggie Blue Mint. BYU makes 200,000 gallons a year, stemming from 1948 when its College of Agriculture needed to handle the milk from its dairy herd. Earnestly Chocolate, named after a former college president, is the favorite. The Tribune enlisted 40 volunteers for the blind tasting which the Aggies won.

AN INNOCENT-LOOKING green plant, the tamarisk, has proved to be such a menace in Southern Utah that after years of trying to eradicate it by mowing, cutting and root plowing, local authorities have turned to a living predator—the salt cedar beetle. This tiny “ladybug-like” insect loves to eat the leaves of the tamarisk which grows in almost impenetrable thickets as much as 25 feet high; it not only creates saltier soils but a single plant can consume nearly 200 gallons of water a day. The west, according to estimates, is thus losing as much as four million acre feet of water a year from this pesky plant, enough to supply 20 million people.

LOCAL ELECTIONS HERE are likely to hinge on an increasingly common issue in the West—the water supply. In this case, the subject is the proposed 169-mile pipeline which would funnel water from Lake Powell to southern Utah. Estimated to cost as much as $1 billion, it is opposed by the Democratic candidate for a seat on the three-member Washington County Commission, Lin Alder, who says his party has not been represented on the Commission since 1958. “We have to convince 19,000 voters who traditionally vote for a Republican (to change sides)” says Alder, whose website is banner WinWithLin.com. His incumbent opponent, Alan Gardner, claims that the pipeline is vital. “People think there are all these resources of water we can get to, and that is just not the case. If we don’t build the pipeline we’re going to be without water in the future”.

WHATEVER THE MERITS or otherwise of the Mormon religion, its leader Brigham Young (1801-77) was a formidable man and his winter home in St. George is a major tourist attraction. Taking over at the death of Mormon founder Joseph Smith in 1844, he led his flock by wagon train from Nauvoo, IL, across the plains and deserts to the new base in Sat Lake City where, in the words of the English writer Harold J. Stepstone, he  “dug canals, imported plants and animals. built railways and telegraphs, established industries and banks. constructed theaters and universities and encouraged, literature, music and art”. In 1861 he sent 300 of his pioneer flock to St. George where they briefly grew cotton (hence the local name for the region, Dixie). Young also fathered 57 children which may explain why his winter home here (summer temperatures have topped 118 degrees) has so many beds.

IN BRIEF: One of Brigham Young’s cousins, George Smith, urged his fellow settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes with their high level of vitamin A to cure a bout of scurvy. It worked and Smith was thereafter known as ‘the potato king” by grateful survivors who named the town after him…..At least half a dozen motels, most with swimming pools, have rooms for less than $30 a night in St. George, a town where almost everything costs 10 or 20% less than California…..In a letter to the local paper, a reader suggested that one way to save $90 million a year would be to fire all the members of Congress….Sign in a local soft ice cream store: ‘STRESSED’ IS ‘DESSERTS’ BACKWARDS…..The Boy Who was Raised by Librarians was the subject of a talk at last month’s St. George Book Festival by its author Carla Morris’….After a recent haul of 20,000 marijuana plants, some 14 ft tall, 30 miles north of here in Pine Valley, Washington County police have warned hunters and other visitors to watch out for “booby traps and snares’ when visiting the areaIt is wise for us to forget our troubles, there are always new ones to replace them”—Brigham Young (1801-77)

10/11/08

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