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The Smithfield Sun is no longer publishing new stories. The business model for a local-only online newspaper isn’t quite there, yet. The need for a free press is never going away. One day we or someone else will pick this up again. Until then, thank you to everyone in this wonderful town.

Mosquito fogging to begins Tuesday

Cache County — A new mosquito season has begun. Cache Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) workers are checking areas of standing water for mosquito larvae and are finding high numbers present. Larvacide is being applied to attack the mosquitoes before they become airborne.

Valley housing projects’ fate hangs on Obama’s 2012 budget

SMITHFIELD — Last spring the Smithfield City Council approved construction of Park Place subdivision, promoted and sustained by the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corp. The subdivision has since been completed and is now successfully occupied. Earlier this year, Nibley City Council unanimously supported accommodations needed to prepare their city for similar NNHC developments.

Would you be a good cop? Smithfield police talk about requirements

SMITHFIELD — Chief Johnny McCoy has built the Smithfield City Police Department from the ground up. In 2000, he left his job as a lieutenant in Evanston, Wyo. to help start the department. McCoy now has eight full-time officers and three part time reserves (volunteers). McCoy has been in law enforcement since 1981, and police chief since 2000.

Richmond cemetery info will soon be available online

RICHMOND — Chris Purser hefts a bulky black binder onto her desk and begins shuffling through the yellowed pages pointing out the locations of various graves. “It’s a very primitive system,” says Purser, who is secretary of the city’s cemetery board.

Events: Senator Orrin Hatch town hall meetings

On Wednesday, October 26th, United States Senator Orrin Hatch will host two separate town hall events with the Utah State University College Republicans and the Cache County Republican Party. These town hall style events are free and open to the public. Senator Hatch will make a few remarks and then take the rest of the time to answer questions from the audience.

Agenda: Combined meeting to discuss canal project

The councils of Logan, North Logan, Hyde Park, Cache County, and Smithfield will meet tomorrow evening to discuss the Logan and Northern Canal Reconstruction Project. This is an important meeting of all vested parties in rebuilding the canal.

Lewiston City Council endorses plan to offer community classes

LEWISTON — Ballroom dance, sign language, bread making, landscaping, and quilting are a few of the classes residents will have the opportunity to take, with the offering of community classes right in their own city. No longer will they need to make the half-hour drive into Logan to attend classes.

A proper retirement for a desecrated U.S. flag

Image: Bart Baird (right) reading his thoughts on the flag.

SMITHFIELD, Utah — A U.S. flag was desecrated in protest during the Fourth of July parade in Hyrum. On July 30, that flag was properly retired. American Legion Chaplin Tom Karren welcomed the thirty to forty assembled citizens and offered a prayer. He explained the retirement ceremony and said a few words on the meaning and importance of the flag to him. He then turned the ceremony over to The Boy Scouts of America.

City Council interest high in some cities, not so much in others

Political interest in some communities in Northern Utah is running high while in others it seems to be non-existent, at least as it is manifest in the number of those deciding to run for political office. Thirteen people have declared their candidacy in Logan, 11 in North Logan and nine in Brigham City, forcing primary elections in those cities on September 13. But in Mendon, where three council seats area available, not one person filed by the July 15 5 p.m. deadline.

CANCELLED: Senator Hatch town hall in Logan on July 7

UPDATE: Town hall meeting is cancelled. My name is Terry Camp and I work for the Orrin Hatch Election Committee. I was hoping that you could announce on your website that Senator Orrin Hatch will be hosting a townhall meeting in Logan on Thursday July 7th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dansante Building in downtown Logan.

Mosquito fogging begins tonight

CACHE COUNTY—A new mosquito season has begun. Cache Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) workers are checking areas of standing water for mosquito larvae and are finding high numbers present. Larvacide is being applied to attack the mosquitoes before they become airborne.

Flooding closes Canyon Road

Image: Summit Creek rushes over Canyon Road near 1250 East.

Canyon Road is closed from 400 East to 1300 East. The creek is running over the road at 1250 East. “It was about [midnight] when the culvert plugged up and water started running down the road,” said Bill Sinykin who lives right by the overflowing creek. “They came and sandbagged it about one, I believe.”

Lindsay named to leadership position in Logan City Fire Department

Kyle Lindsay is going to have a chance to re-earn his wings. That’s the way Logan Mayor Randy Watts described his decision to hire the former Logan Fire Chief, this time as Assistant Fire Chief. Lindsay was hired as fire chief last August but he resigned less than two months later after being arrested on illegal prescription drug charges.

Pine tree falls on Richmond house; nobody hurt

“Home with her cats on Monday night, Lydia Phillips could hear the gusts of wind getting stronger outside and rushed to close the windows. She made it to the middle of her home and soon heard a ‘horrendous thud.’” — Charles Geraci

Microburst knocks down trees, power in Richmond

“Microburst winds swept through parts of Northern Utah late Monday afternoon, knocking down trees and power, particularly in Richmond. The winds did not last long, estimated to be less than two minutes, but definitely packed a punch.”

Two hospitalized with hypothermia after Bear Lake rescue

Mitch Dean, 25, of Harrisville, and Jess Jenson, 26, of Smithfield, put on lifejackets and jumped from their rented boat to swim to shore after it started having mechanical problems, said Utah State Parks spokeswoman Deena Loyola. They were about 1 mile north and 2 miles east of the Bear Lake State Park Marina on the Utah side of the lake.

Smithfield works amid fixes

“Putting old pictures of Smithfield on the walls, installing lettering on the outside wall marking the building as “Smithfield City,” installing a chambers sound system and rebuilding the council dais are among things yet to be done — turns out the dais put in is too tall and hides councilmembers from the audience.” — Jay Patrick

Best dam bike ride raises $140,000 for MS research

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Utah cyclists raised $140,000 this weekend for Multiple Sclerosis research. The “Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride 2010” was a two-day, all-valley ride. Saturday, riders went as far north as Dayton, Idaho before returning through Rimchond and Amalga to the starting point at the Cache County Fairgrounds. Sunday they went south to Paradise, past Hyrum Dam, through Wellsville, Mendon and back to the fairgrounds.

Woman faces trial over “Hooters” text

“The text said that because of Hansen’s new breast implants, she could now apply for a job at the Hooter’s restaurant. Hansen was offended by the text and went to Smithfield City Police Department with her complaint.” — Marco Ortiz

Property owner installs power turbines in Summit Creek

“Here’s how it works: 4,000 gallons per minute is diverted from Summit Creek through a pipe, which runs about 50 feet underground before dumping into a cement vault containing the turbines. The water runs through the vault and into a pipe that takes the water back to the creek. The turbines can generate a maximum of 1 kilowatt per hour — together enough to power two homes. Two more turbines will go into the vault in the future.” — Jay Patrick

Utah Humanities Council to honor William Thornley

The Utah Humanities Council’s Human Ties Awards recognize exemplary public humanities programs. In 2010, just three projects have been selected for this honor from the hundreds of activities that have taken place in the past year. This year, William Thornley spearheaded a project to share some of Smithfield’s heritage through dozens of oral histories, and will be receiving the Human Ties Award.

Mosquito season is here

CACHE COUNTY — A new mosquito season has begun. Cache Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) workers this week began checking areas of standing water for mosquito larvae and are finding high numbers present. Larvacide is being applied to attack the mosquitoes before they become airborne. This minimizes fogging to kill the adult, airborne mosquitoes.

Canal shareholders vote to seek loan

Shareholders of a local canal company have voted to seek a loan to fund their portion of the canal renovation. Keith Meikle, President of the Logan, Hyde Park, Smithfield Canal Company — also called the “upper” canal company — said the vote was part of a special Monday night meeting.

Minor earthquake rattles northern Utah

A minor, 4.9 earthquake hit near Randolph, Utah at 5:59 p.m. Thursday evening. The quake was felt by people as far away as Salt Lake City. Logan resident, T.J. Hilton reported on twitter that the floor swayed slightly and the doors rattled for a second. Others report feeling dizzy or feeling their chair sway.

Rocky Mountain Power installing automated meters in Smithfield

The need for Rocky Mountain Power employees to regularly enter Smithfield customers’ property to read electric meters is coming to an end. Automated electric meters will be installed on the homes and businesses of approximately 16,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Smithfield beginning Tuesday. The meter installations are expected to be completed by the end of May.

Vacant building collapses in Richmond

Image: Demolished already — A trackhoe stands on the demolished building having finished the job started last night when the building collapsed on itself.

A vacant building collapsed Thursday night in Richmond, bringing emergency crews from throughout the valley to the north Cache town and knocking down some power lines while shutting down U.S. Highway 91 for a time.

Postal truck flips in two vehicle accident

Image: The mail must go through — The postal truck driver is busy emptying her truck. Another postal truck would be there soon to pick up the mail so it can still be delivered.

SMITHFIELD—No one was injured in a two vehicle accident that flipped a postal truck on it’s side last evening. “The red car hit, broadsided the mail truck,” said Todd Elwood who witnessed the accident at the intersection of 300 South and 100 West. “You can see where it spun around on two wheels and then it just tipped over.”