What’s Wrong With This Picture?

The President of the Employee’s Association dunks the Mayor with a well placed throw!  
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What is all this about Cats?

Who would have ever guessed that cats would cause such a fuss in Provo?

Provo City and BYU have been capturing and handling feral cats on the BYU campus for years.  I’m told that recently 26 cats were captured and turned over to the City.  The BYU grounds crew referred to them as “wildcats” that could not be handled safely and as “pests” that were causing trouble for the grounds department, hence their removal. 

A creative professor suggested that if he could intercept the stream of cats heading to the shelter his students and he could at least learn something from them prior to their adoption or destruction.  As it now stands, a Provo City ordinance prohibits anyone from capturing and releasing feral cats, hence the professor approached the City Council with a request to capture, study, and then turn over to the City those cats because that is what is currently required by law.   

So what is causing so much commotion?  Some feel that instead of turning the cats over to the City which most likely means euthanizing of the cat, they should be neutered and returned to the campus.  I’m told by the Council Chair that the Council intends ask to have the cats neutered and then released rather than haveing them destroyed.  I suspect everyone will find this an agreeable solution.
It should be noted that those who oppose the study of the cats are generally from out of state and not local in our community.

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Monday Movies in the Park

Come check out the huge 25 ft blow up screen!

Time: Monday nights in August at dusk (about 9 p.m.)
Location: Rock Canyon Park (2620 N. 1200 E.)
Cost: FREE!
Bring: Blankets, chairs and bug repellent

  • August 16 – No Reservations
  • August 23 – Enchanted
Come join all the fun as Romance meets Comedy!
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A Potential Life Saved!

My name is Taylor Sorensen, and I am fourteen years old.  On July 18th, 2010, two days before my birthday, I was faced with what I felt was a disaster! Luckily, Search and Rescue was able to help me out. 
My family and I went for a hike up Rock Canyon and then onto the Slide Canyon trail.  We left at five in the evening, but the trail heading to Slide Canyon said it was only 1.7 miles, so we decided we would be fine.  We took three dogs with us, my mother, and my ten year old sister.  Sadly, it turned out to be much longer than 1.7 miles.  Somehow, we missed the turn off for the Y trail and ended up between the Y Mountain and Buckley Mountain.  It was too dark for us to go anywhere, and we were without matches, lighters, flashlights, or any other light or heat source. We were wearing shorts and tee shirts, and we had already sweated through those.  We had jackets, but it was still freezing!   
Finally we called 911.  After they couldn’t find us on their four wheelers, they sent up a plane to find our coordinates and realized we were farther back than they thought.  Then two Search and Rescue guys came up on foot and found us. They helped us down, and lent us coats.  We felt so much better once the help had come.  The guys were so nice and patient, and they gave us extra water.  Once we got to the top of the Y, they gave us a ride down to the bottom on a four wheel drive golf cart. 
In some ways, these guys saved our lives.  We probably would have lived through the night, but I am not entirely sure.  Today I am safely at home and I am so grateful that they helped us out. 
 I am so very grateful for the service this special department provided to me and my family.  I encourage you to recognize the importance of what they do and encourage you to continue to support our community by funding them.  Please recognize them for me.  
Taylor Sorensen
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Bridal Veil Falls

Provo needs more dreamers.  
I had a chance to talk to Dave Grow and his son Wyatt about their dreams for Bridal Veil Falls.  
I have no doubt some day they will realize their dreams and Provo will be the beneficiary.
What’s your dream?
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When is Routine Really Routine in the Line of Duty?

Two summers ago a 16-year veteran police officer in Lehi, Utah was shot by a female motorist during a traffic stop. The woman who fired the weapon was a Washington State resident who was being pulled over for possibly driving under the influence.

This past winter an officer with the Millard County Sheriff’s Office was tragically shot and killed during a stop involving two men who were possibly fleeing a scene in a stolen vehicle.

These are the realities our police officers live with every day. The element of the unknown is always present and real possibilities of altercation are never far from their minds. The job requires quick, split-second reflexes and yet when the response is not the absolute perfect reaction, somehow we forget they’re like the rest of us – humans, mere mortals.

The recent coverage of Provo Police officers in two cases is a reminder to us that we can and will improve.

In one case, an officer was allegedly involved in illegal conduct that offends all of us. It is important to know that within minutes of this incident being reported an internal investigation was launched and a third party agency was brought in to investigate. This investigation quickly led to the termination of the officer.

In another recently covered case, two officers were guilty of very poor judgment. Their attempt at humor backfired and caused unnecessary stress on a bystander. Although only recently reported, this took place months ago and was dealt with appropriately when it occurred. I have personally investigated the situation and am confident they have suffered for their actions far in excess of their error.

Before we judge the officers, I ask all of us to remember that they were called to the scene of a potential bank robbery. They saw a parked car at the scene and approached the vehicle not knowing if they would be asked to confront a guiltless student or a criminal armed and desperate enough to fire at them. The officers had only a few seconds to make that judgment call and adjust from one extreme to another. In this case an error was made. Humor is never a substitute for professionalism.

Not reported were the thousands of times they have handled similar circumstances correctly. This includes the occasion one of the same officers approached an unknown car in the dark and was called upon to do something he’d never done before – deliver a baby on the freeway off ramp.

As a city, we are committed to being better, focusing harder, and measuring our responses with more precision. We want to assure the public that we recognize when we are imperfect and that we are taking the necessary steps to correct any inappropriate behavior.

I encourage residents to please be careful drawing conclusion from a few negative stories that show up in the media. Instead look at all the admirable things our officers do daily. Our streets are safe largely due to their diligence.

On the same day I learned about the attempt at humor, I was informed that another officer responded to a vehicle burglary. With no apparent evidence, he was able to link together a series of facts that led to an arrest for vehicle burglary, theft, unlawful acquisition of a credit card, credit card fraud, possession of another person’s ID, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest took place within hours of the incident. This example more accurately represents the high quality work that is typical of our police department.

I’m confident in the officers that protect us and help make Provo the amazing city it is to live in, recreate in, and raise a family. None of us is perfect but we will use this as another chance to learn how to do things just a little better.

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A Provo Secret – The Provo Canyon Look Out

Thanks to David Grow and a book called “The History of Provo” by J. Marinus Jenson I learned that just across the canyon and a little west of Bridal Veil Falls is a little known “Guard Quarters” that was established to protect Utah Valley from a feared advance by the United States Army.

“It was also deemed necessary to keep a lookout in Provo Canyon for the approaching army, and a detail of ten men was assigned to duty there.  They established Guard Quarters….Here they built a circular breast works of rocks, their ruins off which care still to be seen.”  The History of Provo, by J. Marinus Jenson, pg 139.

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One More Great New Place to Eat in Provo

I’ll always brag that I was one of the first customers at Munchies.  
If you like BBQ, you’re going to like this place.  
Lee and Tina have poured their souls into Munchies hoping to make it a Provo favorite. 
100 South 200 West
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One Awesome Police Story

Congratulations to Officer Roy Edwards 
Officer Edwards responded on the report of a vehicle burglary at our hospital. The victim had parked her car in the underground parking.  When she returned to her car she noticed that a prescription, driver’s license, social security card and numerous credit cards had been taken from her vehicle.

Officer Edwards reviewed the hospital’s security tape and was able to see a new black Ford Mustang, with new vehicle information sticker in the window and a local dealer’s logo on the license plate, pull up to the victim’s car.  An individual then got out of the passenger side of the Mustang and entered the victim’s vehicle.

Officer Edwards went to the local dealer where he located the black Mustang.  The sales associate stated that it had only been test driven one time that day and that the test drive was during the same time as the vehicle burglary at the hospital.  The dealer provided Officer Edwards with a copy of the driver’s license of the individual that test drove the black Mustang and stated the same individual was currently test driving a second Mustang.

Officer Edwards waited for the suspect’s return and made contact with him.    He was able to get the suspect to confess to the theft and the unlawful use of the victim’s credit cards.  Employees at the dealership also witnessed the suspect throw something in the trash can immediately upon seeing Officer Edwards approaching.  Officer Edwards located these items and determined that they were both new and used syringes for heroin use.  The suspect was booked into the Utah County Jail for the following:  Vehicle Burglary, theft, unlawful acquisition of a credit card x3, credit card fraud x5, possession of another person’s ID, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

I don’t know about you but I love this story.  Our City and Police Department are full of employees who not only work hard but are creative and resourceful to make Provo a better place.  My experience is that this is not only typical of our Police Department but all our employees.

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Rocky Mountain University

Did you know that Provo is home to Rocky Mountain University
On Saturday, August 7, Rocky Mountain University graduated over 80 individuals
with one of the following degrees:
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
What’s even more interesting is that all but two of those graduates are from out of state.  It is estimated that the economic impact of Rocky Mountain University is over $3,000,000 annually.  All of it in Provo.
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