Top staff stories of 2017

Deserae Turner speaking at Primary Children's Medical Center Thursday, April 20, 2017, before being released to return home to Amalga. 

The editorial staff at decided to take a slightly different approach when tackling how to review 2017’s top local stories. Rather than coming up with one ranked list, we decided that each reporter would submit their own, personal top five stories for the year.

Each list is its own unique snapshot of events and stories that defined 2017 in Cache Valley. The following is a compilation of the top five stories written by each individual reporter for the year.

<strong>Jennie Christensen</strong>

1. Logan Mayor announces plans for <a href=”” target=”_blank”>new librar</a>y in place of existing Emporium building (and all <a href=”” target=”_blank”>the back and forth</a> that followed regarding the library’s future)

2. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Wet winter weather</a> caused problems throughout Northern Utah, with <a href=”” target=”_blank”>road damage</a>, a c<a href=”” target=”_blank”>anal breach in Garden City</a>, and <a href=”” target=”_blank”>damaging affects on local agriculture</a>

3. Logan City <a href=”” target=”_blank”>finding additional parking</a> for <a href=”” target=”_blank”>new hotel on 200 North Main</a>

4. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Funding request for Utah Festival Opera</a> company granted by Logan City and <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Cache County</a>

5. Daines thankful for ‘kind support’ of voters as she is <a href=”” target=”_blank”>elected Logan City Mayor</a>

<strong>Will Feelright</strong>

1. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Deserae Turner shooting</a> and subsequent <a href=”” target=”_blank”>court cases that followed</a>

2. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Sheriff K-9 Endy dies after being left in patrol truck</a>, the former officer in charge of the dog is <a href=”” target=”_blank”>sentenced to probation</a>

3. Judge binds <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Torrey Green over on seven charges of sex assault</a> after three-day preliminary hearing

4. Man <a href=”” target=”_blank”>intentionally drives into semi</a>, killing himself and later the truck driver

5. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Shane Hallstrom sent to prison</a> for murdering father

<strong>Eric Frandsen</strong>

1. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>School construction</a> and <a href=”” target=”_blank”>staff restructuring</a> at Cache and <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Logan school districts</a>

2. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Rexburg prepared for eclipse mania</a>

3. Changes to local food scene with the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Coppermill</a> re-opening, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Bluebird Candy coming under new ownership</a>, and <a href=”” target=”_blank”>The Crepery moving</a> to downtown Logan.

4. Local schools having to <a href=”” target=”_blank”>adjust schedules because of so many snow days</a>

5. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Logan High School celebrates its centennial</a>

<strong>Mitch Henline</strong>

1. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>USU student dies in California car crash</a>

2. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Local municipal elections</a>

3. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Inauguration of Noelle Cockett</a>

4. Wellsville’s <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Sham Battle controversy</a>

5. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>USU Title IX investigation</a> is “exponentially rarer and far more serious” than others

<strong>Craig Hislop</strong>

1. More than 22 years in the making, Logan’s new <a href=”” target=”_blank”>North Valley Landfill</a> (and transfer center) are open

2. U.S. Department of Commerce presents KVNU’s Al Lewis an award recognizing his <a href=”” target=”_blank”>45 years compiling daily official weather reports</a> for Logan

3. 83-year old Keith Mann, retired after a career with NASA, is breaking all existing records for <a href=”” target=”_blank”>volunteer work at Logan Regional Hospital</a>

4. Utah State University’s <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Assistive Technology Lab</a> creates devices to improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities

5. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Lyric Repertory Company celebrates 50th anniversary</a>

<strong>Bill Walter</strong>

1. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Ed Redd announces he will not be seeking re-election</a>

2. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Local broadcasters Al Lewis and Jennie Christensen inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Hall of Fame</a>

3. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Wastewater crisis</a> averted in Logan City during winter flooding

4. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Column ignites controversy</a> over Wellsville annual tradition

5. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Historic buildings come down to make way for new fairgrounds event center</a>

<strong>Jennifer Steele Christensen</strong>

1. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Raw sewage backs up into Wellsville homes</a>—storm water pumped into city sewer likely to blame

2. Hundreds gather at Cache Junction for <a href=”” target=”_blank”>historic steam engine stop</a> 

3. Six InTech students pull off <a href=”” target=”_blank”>”notable” senior prank</a> 

4. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Elk herd takes refuge in Wellsville</a>

5. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Spring Creek Middle School students create 1,000 valentines</a>

<strong>EDITOR’S NOTE</strong>

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