* Winner: Three educators in Utah got a nice show of appreciation this week - and it was considerably more than an apple. Valley Elementary (in Huntsville) principal Brad Larsen, Valley Elementary teacher Michelle Evans and Victor Williamson, a teacher at Central Elementary School in Pleasant Grove, each received $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation.
This marks the second straight year Utahns have been honored by the Milken Foundation, which selects educators for the award based on creativity, dedication and skill. Since 1985 the foundation has recognized the exemplary work of 1,330 teachers, counselors, librarians and principals in 38 states, including the three this year from Utah. Congratulations.* Winner: One can apparently experience soccer heaven without dying. West Jordan's new $6 million soccer complex provides youngsters with what city officials are touting as an unrivaled home for the world's most-played sport. And it would be hard to argue with them. Located southwest of 4000 West and 7800 South, the 120-acre complex features 21 fields. It would not be surprising to see some future members of the United States national team list their home address as "West Jordan, Utah."
Loser: All those herbal concoctions and dietary supplements to improve health in some cases may have the opposite effect. That's the finding of six separate reports published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lead poisoning, impotence, lethargy, nausea and abnormal heart rhythms were among the disorders described in a New York Times article about the reports.
At issue are the regulations or lack of them in dealing with the so-called "all natural" products. The question about health will likely start a healthy debate about the use of these products. Let it begin.
* Winner: While the debate over public transportation continues unabated in Utah, the state's efforts are being recognized nationally. Two Utah cities, Salt Lake City and Murray, are being applauded for using public transit to promote development.
The Gateway project in Salt Lake and The Chimneys in Murray were showcased this week in seminars in Portland designed to show transit officials from 37 states how they can work with cities to build major commercial and residential complexes along transit corridors. Commuter rail will stop in the heart of the 650-acre Gateway area, and stations for both the north-south and west-east light-rail lines will be nearby. The 141-acre Chimneys development is planned around a future light-rail station just north of 5300 South. Full speed ahead.