LAYTON -- Lionized and lambasted in Utah for many years, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, even in death, galvanized Republicans and Democrats in the Beehive state as they debate the legacy of the last brother in a generation of Kennedys that pervaded politics for half a century. The Massachusetts Democrat will be buried Saturday,
First elected to the Senate in 1962 when his brother John was president, Kennedy died Tuesday from brain cancer at age 77 while in the middle of his ninth term.
OGDEN -- Students walking to Polk Elementary School on Wednesday were greeted with more than just open doors.
Balloons lined the crosswalks leading to the school.
Large posters, Ogden's mayor and superintendent of schools, Utah Department of Transportation officials and a smiling principal gave a huge welcome from a podium loudspeaker to pep up the kids about walking to school.
Polk is one of eight Utah schools chosen to be host to the Student Neighborhood Access Program, also known as SNAP Walk More in Four.
UDOT is sponsoring the program to encourage elemen
HARRISVILLE -- Marianne Dillman, of Eden, an associate at the new 4,600-square-foot Deseret Industries store, which opens Sept. 24, says she's a much different person than when she started her job at the Ogden store last year.
"When I first was working for the Deseret Industries, I didn't have self-esteem," she said.
But then her employer gave her a chance to attend Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College. Even though Dillman has a learning disability, she'll be certified as a nurse's assistant in a few weeks. She already has three job offers.
OGDEN -- Ogden Regional Medical Center was bombarded Wednesday morning with H1N1 flu victims, several of whom had to be sent home, including its own chief executive officer, Mark Adams, who later "died" from complications.
It was just a drill, but hospital personnel wanted to conduct a worst-case scenario so they would be prepared to handle whatever comes their way in the event of a real pandemic.
"We are trying to simulate a scenario where we have stressed out all of our resources and how we would respond to such an overwhelming situation," Adams said.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Airplanes are having a big year in 2009.
This year, 110,595 visitors have passed through the museum's door, up 13.9 percent from the 2008 numbers through July, said Scott Wirz, Hill Aerospace Museum's director.
"We are having a great year so far," said museum curator Tom Hill. "Our visitation is up. Our revenue in our gift shop is up. So far, so good."
Hill Aerospace Museum was founded in 1982 as part of the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program and first opened to the public in 1987.
FARMINGTON -- A judge denied a man's request for leniency and sentenced him to serve two one- to 15-year sentences in Utah State Prison for two second-degree felonies.
"I know my criminal history is lengthy," Joey Luis Silva, 41, said Wednesday before 2nd District Court Judge David Connors.
Silva said he will not get help fighting his drug addiction in prison and that he didn't have an opportunity to get into a drug program.
"I'm begging you, please," Silva said. "Every time I use, I end up in trouble. I'm tired of this."
In the current, high-decibel debate over health care insurance reform, the "public option" for health care insurance has moved to the top of the news. Moderate Democrats in Congress are lukewarm to it. Republicans in Congress hate it. Liberals in Congress are wildly in favor of it. In fact, 100 members of the House won't back a health reform bill unless it has a "public option."
President Obama is a bit squishy on the issue. He supported a public option, then he seemed to say it was expendable, then he said it must be in a final health care reform bill ...
For those who have no idea what the public option is, it's a federal government health insurance plan that would compete with private insurers. Because the plan doesn't have to make a profit, it is expected to have lower premiums. A public option makes sure all get insurance. Those too poor to pay the premiums would get subsidies depending on income.
OGDEN -- Ray and Jeanette Zimmerman were getting sick of the same old date nights of dinner and a movie. The couple, married for 15 years with four children, wanted something more. That's why they started attending the Utah State University Extension Service's date nights and couple's classes.
Right now the service is offering a series of date nights ranging from a high adventure ropes course to cooking to couple's massage. Last Friday, six couples joined together at For Your Kitchen in the Newgate Mall to learn how to cook gourmet pizza. They also got some information on making marriage and relationships stronger and left with a book about marriage, all for $30.
The Aug. 22 letter, "Sotomayor isn't qualified" deserves a response. The writer accuses Sotomayor of being "a poor legal scholar" in spite of the fact that she won academic honors at both Harvard and Princeton.
KETCHUM, Idaho -- Sun Valley Resort wants to build a gondola to connect the resort with the ski area at Bald Mountain about a mile away, with passengers passing over downtown Ketchum during the ride.
Officials say the gondola would travel along Sun Valley Road and down Ketchum's Fourth Street and then south to River Run at the base of the mountain.
Wally Huffman, Sun Valley Co. director of resort development, met with the Sun Valley and Ketchum city councils last week to discuss the idea, the Idaho Mountain Express reported.