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  • The US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program and Bank of Utah recognized Azure Elite LLC, Wescor INC as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Project of the Year at a recent presentation event and tour of the company at 370 West 1700 South, Logan, Utah.

    Wescor, a local 40-year-old company was honored for its community leadership, vision, success and contribution to the mission of the ARRA.

  • (Herald Journal) The year is wrapping up for students, but at some valley schools, the work is just beginning.

    Because of grade reconfigurations and new elementary school boundaries in Cache County School District, Greenville and Sunrise elementary schools will undergo some structural changes and remodeling this summer. The renovations come as other full construction projects are ongoing in both Smithfield and Nibley for entirely new elementary schools.

  • (Herald Journal) An enthusiastic crowd of roughly 350 people gathered on Utah State University's Quad on Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new College of Agriculture building, a project that has been years in the works.

    Prominent lawmakers and government officials were in the audience for the short ceremony, including Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan; Rep. Jim Bird, R-West Jordan; Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden; Utah Farm Bureau President Leland Hogan, U.S. Department of Agriculture area director Will Blackburn, along with dozens of students and faculty members.

  • LOGAN – Utah State University students and fans weren’t the only ones cheering each time the Aggies made a basket during home games this past season. The local Habitat for Humanity had a reason to celebrate as well -- Bank of Utah donated $1 to the charity for every Aggie point made. It was all part of the locally-owned bank’s “Hoops for Homes,” which “netted” $1,571 during the 20 games of the 2009/2010 season. Bank of Utah presented a check on-court to Habitat for Humanity during the last men’s basketball home game.

  • (Herald Journal) Utah State University Cooperative Extension's office in Coalville has become the first county-owned building to be fully powered by renewable energy.

    Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program provided a $26,000 award that enabled Summit County to install a roof-mounted 4.3-kilowatt grid-tied photovoltaic system that will supply all of the building's electrical needs.

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  • (Herald Journal) Utah State University’s College of Agriculture is set to break ground on a new 125,000-square-foot building that will house classrooms, labs, public areas and a cafe.

    The ceremony on the east side of the Quad begins at 2 p.m. May 4 and all are invited.

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  • (Herald Journal) If Jonathan, James and Joe Ribera have their way, the phrase “there’s nothing to do in Logan,” will never be uttered again.

    They hope everyone will be too busy enjoying movies and art and music and comedy and parties at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema to bother saying it.

  • (Herald Journal) More than $640,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding will go toward 17 local projects this year.

    The Logan Municipal Council approved the final 2010 allocations in its Tuesday meeting. The Cache Community Food Pantry will receive the largest chunk of funding, $100,000, with the city's public works center receiving the second most, $85,000, and Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation being the recipient of $75,000.

  • (Herald Journal) Logan housing assistance experts are cautioning the public about mailed advertisements that promise homeowners a sure way out of foreclosure trouble.

    Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation Executive Director Kim Datwyler says Cache Valley residents are receiving letters that appear to come directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. She says the letters aim to convince borrowers that the terms of their home loan can be adjusted for a fee and that protection against foreclosure is guaranteed.

  • (Herald Journal) Logan is looking to buy properties on Canyon Road affected in last summer's landslide.

    The properties include the empty lot at 915 Canyon Road, where once stood the house of Jacqueline Leavey and her children, and a lot immediately west where now stands a small apartment building that's been condemned.

    The city plans to buy another house farther west that is removed from the slide zone and was not damaged.

    The purchases are part of the plan to stabilize the blown-out hillside, said city spokeswoman Teresa Harris.

  • The state Department of Transportation has made public the draft environmental study for the upcoming overhaul of 1000 West.

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  • (Herald Journal) A road project that designers hope will help unclog central Logan and get vehicles from one end of the city the other faster is due for a public unveiling. Again.

  • LOGAN (Deseret News) — Developers have filed plans for a new Utah ski area in Richmond, a dozen miles north of Logan.

    The sponsors hope to start construction in April and open the 160-acre ski hill by Thanksgiving Day.

    They plan to build as many as four lifts, plus a "magic carpet" for a tubing hill.

    The development plans were posted on the Web site of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.

    No name was revealed for what would become Utah's 14th ski area in operation.

  • (Herald Journal) After more than six months in the pipeline, the Logan Municipal Council unanimously approved a landlord licensing ordinance Tuesday night.

    "I feel strongly this is something we need," said Councilwoman Laraine Swenson. Referring to tenants, she said, "This is a protection for their rights."

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  • (Herald Journal) A road project that could swallow up houses in the middle of Logan is moving forward.

    At an open house March 11, the Utah Department of Transportation is scheduled to present results of recent studies looking at realignment and expansion of Highway 30, which comes into Logan from the west at 200 North. Officials shelved the study in November 2008 due to a budget freeze but got it going again last July. Traffic levels and patterns and alternatives for what to do will be presented at the open house.

  • (Herald Journal) Logan officials are asking residents for feedback on the layout of a new park planned for the neighborhood just east of 1000 West at about 700 South.

    During a public meeting held Feb. 17, Logan Parks and Recreation Director Russ Akina said anyone can add ideas to a tentative design plan of the Majestic Mountain Meadows park, which is posted on the city’s Web site, www.loganu

    “We are not set on anything at this point,” he said.

  • (Herald Journal) The licensing of landlords in Logan moved a step closer to reality Tuesday.

    The Municipal Council at its regular meeting discussed a proposed ordinance requiring owners of rental property, or agents acting on their behalf, to be licensed. The next step is a public hearing scheduled for March 2.

  • (Herald Journal) A resolution is in sight for one of the city’s long-running controversial issues.

    The Logan Municipal Council is scheduled to “workshop” a landlord licensing ordinance at its regular meeting tonight. That means staff will present a proposed licensing ordinance and the council can discuss it. Next comes a public hearing, which will likely be scheduled for the next meeting.

  • (Herald Journal) The number of building permits Logan city issued in 2009 was less than half what it was five years before, but figures indicate the slide may be over.

    The city issued 97 permits for new residential construction in 2009, virtually the same as in 2008. That ends a five-year skid — in 2007 the city issued 171 permits for new residential building. Overall, the city issued 363 building permits of all types in 2009. It’s the first time the figure has ticked up in five years.

  • (Herald Journal) Gaping holes are what’s left on the corner of 200 East and 500 North in Logan where city crews are demolishing three vacant homes to create space for future infrastructure improvements.

    The 200 East properties between 469 and 493 North were purchased from Logan city by the Environmental Department in October 2009 with the intention of building a glass and cardboard recycling drop site east of the Cache Valley Transit District’s Transit Center.

  • (Herald Journal) The Logan area lost 23 percent of its construction jobs from November 2008 to November 2009, according to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of America (ACG).

    The decline ranks Logan 16th among metropolitan areas in the U.S. that have lost the most construction jobs. As for actual numbers, Logan’s employed construction workforce dropped from 3,100 workers in late 2008 to 2,400 workers in late 2009.

  • (Herald Journal) Logan city’s fire chief says now is the time to build a new fire station in the city’s southwest end to accommodate new residential growth and increased emergency call volume.

    On Tuesday, Logan Mayor Randy Watts announced during his state of the city address the need for the new station and his goal of building it during his second term.

  • (Herald Journal) Changes in program administration have trapped the Utah Department of Workforce Services in a lease it doesn’t want — forcing the agency to pay $72,000 a year for empty space in a building along Logan’s Golf Course Road.

    DWS moved workers out of the 4,139-square-foot office in 2007 but is committed to paying rent there through 2011, according to public information officer Curt Stewart.

  • (Herald Journal) A committee charged with putting together a new landlord licensing ordinance has hammered out a proposal after four months deliberation.

    Committee Chairman Blythe Ahlstrom is scheduled to present the recommendation to the Municipal Council at the first meeting of the new year Tuesday.

    Councilmembers in August decided to put off a vote and form the 14-member committee when licensing became a hot-button issue with passionate supporters and detractors. Landlords, homeowners and city officials were among the committee members.

  • (Herald Journal) A Logan nonprofit housing organization plans to assume ownership of three developments throughout the state after another agency was forced to shut down.

    The Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation will take over housing complexes in Tremonton, Nephi and Roosevelt as soon as the necessary paperwork is complete, said Director Kim Datwyler. The struggling Multi-Ethnic Development Corporation is transferring its properties to various other agencies.

    Datwyler said residents in the three housing developments probably won’t notice a change.

  • (The Enterprise) Jacobsen Construction was awarded its bid to construct the $35 million, 110,000-square-foot Utah State University College of Agriculture Building in Logan. Jacobsen was chosen following a value-based selection process that involved four of the state’s major contractors. The award will initially cover the preconstruction efforts to carry the team through May, when construction will begin. Pending project funding by the Utah Legislature is expected in the upcoming 2010 session.

  • (Herald Journal) County Executive Lynn Lemon is hearing substantial opposition from constituents against a proposed senior center project.

    He has received a 14-page petition signed by 127 people, whom he believes are mostly senior citizens, optimistic that county officials will listen to their concerns.

  • Logan’s Board of Appeals is sending a proposed senior center project back to the city’s Planning Commission.

    Last month, commissioners unanimously approved a design review and conditional use permit for the Central Park Senior Center. But one of the residents who would live near the facility appealed the decision, calling into question the building’s approved height and the adequacy of the parking.

  • Logan (Salt Lake Tribune) » The first thing Doug Anderson noticed when he stepped into Utah State University's business school as its new dean was a useless relic of the 20th century that summed up everything he wanted to change.

    "There was an old phone booth from 1970 when the building went up. There was this wire from where the telephone had been taken out, and it had been like that forever," Anderson said during a recent interview at his office in USU's George S. Eccles Business Building.

  • (The Herald Journal) The city has won a three-year long, back-and-forth fight over the legality of a homeowner’s basement apartment.

    The state Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 19 that the city Board of Adjustment’s decision to grant the homeowners, Ray and Carol Lucherini, a permit allowing the apartment, was legal.

    The decision overturned a district court ruling denying the permit. The house is at 264 E. 870 North.

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