Wheels Off - MISS
nttIt’s all about local news over at The Salt Lake Tribune, remember? Stories about stay-at-home dads in Sandy and summer jobs at Lagoon'gritty stuff. How to explain, then, the dearth of coverage about the amazing performance of Utahn Dave Zabriskie on the pro-cycling circuit? Zabriskie, 28, grew up in Holladay, graduated from Olympus High School and trains regularly in the canyons surrounding Salt Lake City. Zabriskie finished fifth overall among 185 cyclists in the showcase French race the Dauphine Libere. Yet he got no mention in the Trib’s June 18 sports briefs (the place where wimp sports like tennis and skiing end up). Zabriskie is racing among the top 20 cyclists internationally and is widely considered the best time-trial rider in the world. Maybe if he grew a spare tire and took up golf?
Teacher Pay - HIT
ttThe wallets of Utah public school teachers are getting a little fatter'by around $1,900 each'thanks to a long-overdue salary hike from the state Legislature. Teachers are hopeful they will eventually receive the whole $2,500 they were promised when lawmakers fix a budget snafu. The Washington Times recently noted that Utah spends less per student on education than any other state while graduating the country’s highest percentage of high-schoolers. That, the paper opined, means money isn’t needed for public education. Of course, the Times is owned by the Moonies. If Utah’s teachers have done so well with so little, they deserve a raise. And think what they can accomplish when their minds can concentrate on something other than where their next meal is coming from.
Bully Boy - MISS
ttDeveloper Dell Loy Hansen is a big man. At least, he thinks he is. So when Salt Lake City officials called him out for allegedly ripping off a city loan program, Hansen threw his weight around'chest bumping Mayor Rocky Anderson. Hansen got a city loan to bring employees to struggling Main Street, then secretly refinanced without paying the city back'all the while claiming a half-million-dollar loan discount for recruiting new Main Street workers whom the city says had been here all along. Caught red-handed, Hansen had the gall to show at a recent meeting holding a check for the money he should have paid back two years ago while asking for a $1 million office-tower loan. Heft notwithstanding, the big boy looks pretty small.