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West Valley City now has 12 code enforcers -- they swore in five new officers on Monday -- to crack down on ugly, trashy yards in the city. One officer will center on businesses. Our Nightside project had the city manager on last night for a while taking calls, and he got a lot. I got several emails as well, but from people in other cities wondering if they could get help for their neighbors' junky yards. My advice -- call your city hall. Right now by the way there are 280 comments on the story here online.
I drove around the city yesterday to take pictures of any bad examples. I found a few, including rusty cars parked in long grass, junk-filled yards and tall weeds. But to be fair I found many very nice, neatly trimmed yards and lawns. I also saw some well-manicured business parks.
Other stories I'll remember for a while from the past two weeks: A cougar on the loose in West Jordan. When DWR cornered it and came out to tell us, "Don't panic if she runs out past you" my heart started to pound really fast. I jumped when a tabby cat came by.
Flooding in eight Tooele condos. One woman had just moved in -- her great-grandmother's trunk and several boxes of family history were covered in water. By the way once again, Channel 5 photographer Derek Peterson was wearing galoshes (smart man) and I had the same unsensible shoes on from the last time we both covered a flooding story.
Chinese teachers coming this summer to several Utah school districts. They are coming from China (they are the cream of the crop and have been hand-picked by Utah educators) and will teach Chinese in some secondary schools here for the two-year program. It's been paid for by grant money and the Chinese government. This one got a lot of negative comments from people who either didn't understand all the details or didn't read the story fully.
Kanab's bikini ban. The city council says it was a mix-up. They'll vote again this month. But they may still outlaw thongs and string bikinis, so don't get too crazy if you go to the Cowboy Water'n Hole when it opens July fourth.