Residents want ag protection / Urbanization of Box Elder land center of concern

TREMONTON -- Several Box Elder residents are hoping to keep an agricultural protection area intact after it was partially annexed by Tremonton earlier this summer.

The Box Elder County Commission held a public hearing on the issue because if any portion of an ag protection area is annexed, the law requires they review whether the area should remain protected, said Steve Hadfield, county attorney.

"We feel like the urbanization that's going to be imposed on this community is going to bring problems," said Fred Selman, a Tremonton resident.

Standard-Examiner staff

Saturday spotlight / Play in a Day Festival at WSU

OGDEN -- Knock, knock. Who's there? Weber State. Weber State who? Weber State theater department presenting its annual Play in a Day Festival.

The curtain goes up at 7:30 tonight and the spotlight will shine on 21 actors as they perform five short plays students didn't start writing until Friday.

Actors will perform some type of play relating to the theme, Knock, Knock, Who's There.

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A Critical Mass ride: After last month's problems, Ogden leaders join in support of a fresh start

OGDEN -- A fun, safe, law-abiding ride through downtown Ogden was the goal of more than 75 bicyclists, including two city officials, on Friday night.

And there were zero problems, police say. Mission accomplished.

Mayor Matthew Godfrey, city chief administrative officer John Patterson and his wife, Cindy, joined riders of all ages, demographics and types of bicycles for about a three-mile ride that started and ended at Lorin Farr Park.

(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey (center) participates in Critical Mass on Friday.
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Top of Utah suffers from air pollution

Allergy sufferers beware.

Smoke in the air will make you frail.

It's just that simple.

Delane McGarvey, environmental health director for the Davis County Health Department, said while the air quality right now is rated at yellow, people are responding like it's red.

"It's an additive effect," he said of the co-existence of ozone, particulates and allergens.

(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Dust blown up by high winds obscures the sun in Ogden.
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OUR VIEW: Prevention works best for H1N1

As the school season and fall arrives, there is a lot of concern about the swine flu, now called the H1N1 flu by health care professionals. How many will get infected? Will deaths exceed 36,000, which is normal for a flu season?

The World Health Organization has said that it believes that by 2011, almost a third of the world's population will catch the swine flu. A swine flu vaccine is expected in the U.S. by October. It looks as if there will be a separate vaccine for the flu as well.

Our advice is not to panic. we are not expecting a "superflu" like Stephen King described in his catastrophe fantasy "The Stand." The fact is, so far the vast majority of those who catch the swine flu survive it as well as they do the regular flu. More than 1 million Americans caught the swine flu during this spring and summer -- only 500 died.

SMART system enhances education

Some parents may have questions about a new grading system being implemented in the Davis School District's elementary schools following an article on Aug. 28, in the Standard-Examiner. The new grading system, created by teachers, is a Standards Master Reporting Tool (SMART).

Many years ago, Davis School District moved from a traditional grading system in elementary schools, to a standards-based reporting system. Traditional A-F grading systems give students an overall grade in a school subject; for example, students may receive an A in language arts, a C in math, and an F in science. But what does that really tell parents? Can students read and write well . . . or did they turn in extra credit? Do they not "get" math concepts ... or do they have missing assignments? Do they understand science content ... or did they fail to turn in a big project?

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Roaring through the Bucket List

The gang of five bikers stopped to gaze up at the towering Grand Tetons.

Ron Galli, one of the bikers and a Weber State University physics professor, came across a co-worker at the lookout point who offered to take a picture of the group.

They lined up in a row, a motorcycle separating each one of them, their silver hair shining in the July sun. The co-worker asked what the name of their motorcycle group was.

(Photo by Don Murphy) Dick Webber, Joe Day,  Ron Galli, Norm Leishman and John Gullo
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Someone is Watching / Web-monitoring software gathers data on kid chats

Parents who install a leading brand of software to monitor their kids' online activities may be unwittingly allowing the company to read their children's chat messages -- and sell the marketing data gathered.

Software sold under the Sentry and FamilySafe brands can read private chats conducted through Yahoo, MSN, AOL and other services, and send back data on what kids are saying about such things as movies, music or video games. The information is then offered to businesses seeking ways to tailor their marketing messages to kids.

The company that sells the software insists it is not putting kids' information at risk, since the program does not record children's names or addresses. But the software knows how old they are because parents customize its features to be more or less permissive, depending on age.

(ECHOMETRIX/The Associated Press) This screen shot shows the Web site for The Pulse service, which monitors online activities.

Teens' take on travels

SLIDESHOW: See more pictures of Top of Utah teens travels

Summer has gone again.

And now that Utah's students have traded in their sunglasses for marked-up chemistry books and are readjusting their clocks to rise before the sun, the TX. staff offers one last glance at the summer of 2009.

Here are some memories of our staff members' travels, from the beaches of sunny Southern California to the landmarks of far-away France.

Shannon Sousa zips through a Costa Rican jungle.

Roy man has lbs. on the run

ROY - Tipping the scales at 395 pounds, Mike Smith knew he needed help. But instead of turning to a fad diet or pills like he had done so many times in the past, Smith decided to conquer his weight problem the old-fashioned way.

"I decided the only person that knew what would work best for me was me," said the 33 year-old middle-school English teacher. "I knew my limitations better than anybody, so I decided to start moving more and eating less. I can honestly say I am half the man I used to be."

Smith said he wanted to lose the weight for several reasons. The thought of his children not having a father around to keep up with them was his deepest concern, followed by the fact that he would be looking for a new job soon.

Over the past two years, Roy resident and English teacher Mike Smith has been exercising and controling his caloric intake.
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