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j August 10, 2011 ~P ~i~he ~ews-~xaminer - The only newspaper in the worm that really cares about the Bear Lake Valley Page 13 eBooks are the wave of the...present TammyStephens op one's thinking publicly, and News-Examiner reporter research socially. "I don't know if it was my own per- "We'll never stop sharing our mere- sonal beliefs or if I was taught to ories. . . or getting lost in a good book .... believe that in order to react a book But how we do all this will never be you must actually read the real book- the same." Those words open the -one with pages, covers and binding. newest electronic device commercial, However, after taking this class I am but they can also describe the new not so staunch in this anymore, wave of electronic books- eBooks. Wallentine said. Carlie Wallentine, daughter of Todd "A part of me still strongly believes and Conra of Paris, recently complet- that the real book is better, but with ed a course at BYU called Writing eBooks teachers can access books and Literary Criticism in which she and bypass the hassle of sharing books classmates researched, composed, between classes or schools, or simply edited, designed, and published an not having access to those books at all. eBook, an online book that can be Reading eBooks opens the door for downloaded and read on any elec- classrooms to provide thousands of tronic device including computers, books to each individual room.' Kindles, Nooks, and iPads. Wallentine stated she was very glad "The most surprising thing I learned she took this particular class. "Most wasn't a fact or statistic, but it was a classes end in a final exam or test that deeper understanding of my educa- the professor grades. Not this class! tion," Wallentine said. "Dr. Burton The end result was a useful book that strongly stressed the need for self- I can show future employers. Our directed learning. He explained that if eBook has 19 different opinions on dif- all we do is wait to see what the teach- ferent topics. The variety is amazing. er assigns, or if we study to pass, or There are chapters on English, art, float along in the middle we will for- movies, assassins, racism, comic books ever be mediocre in knowledge. If we and much more! I hope people will go through education holding the understand that English is not dead. I hand of the teacher then we will never had classmates read classics and they really own our knowledge. We have to found a new angle to understand the be responsible and take the initiative book from." to learn more, new and better." People can download a free copy of Wallentine added that students are "Writing About Literature in the generally,assigned a topic to research Digital Age" at http://www.archive. and then write for the teacher, which org/details/ means the student figures out what Wallentine said she is studying to the teacher wants to hear and read be a teacher and is not yet sure which and then they write accordingly." age she prefers. She has done mini- However, with the eBook, students student teaching courses inbothjunior did not have a specific audience, so and senior high and has enjoyed all of they needed to write for everyone, not the ages. "I know that in the future I just for the teacher grading the paper, can push my students to learn mo~ Their final product, called "Writing than "just enough to pass the class. I about Literature in the Digital Age" is have a greater appreciation for tech- a free eBook that pushes boundaries of nology in classrooms after taking this traditional literary study to explore class. I am a lover of the classics, but the benefits of digital tools in academ- this class was open to every genre of ic writing. This collaborative effort is a books from comic books on, and it case study of how electronic text for- helped us connect to the material mats and blogging can be effectively because it was something we wanted used to explore literary works, devel- to read." Pioneer Country travel regiofi']SrOmotes valley Torn Busselbe g transient room taxes, bare feet in the sand and News-Examiner reporter with half of what an area crystal clear water. Bear Lake County is one of the big tour- ism draws when it comes to drawing visi- tors to southeastern Idaho. And the Pioneer Country travel region's business is promoting the area, which also includes adjacent coun- ties in the Gem State. "We place newspaper and radio ads in the Salt Lake market, as well as Boise," said Tony Varilone, vice-chairman of the travel region's board. "We are trying to gen- erate some business," or "heads-in-beds," he said, referring to visitors spending the night in area hotels, bed-and- breakfasts, and the like. "Salt Lake City is one of our biggest contribu- tors (visitor-wise) to tourism up here," he said, adding that "we're starting to have some people show more interest m coming to southeast Idaho" from the Treasure Valley, as well. The travel region is funded through motel lodging place receives given to state coffers, the other half to the travel region for promotion. "Our biggest draw is Lava Hot Springs, where the travel region is head- quartered," Varilone said. Pocatello has recently been added to the region, but that city's focus is more on pro- moting their business community, he said. "We place ads in national magazines, such as birding maga- zines, try to .get into air- line magazines. That seems to attract atten- tion," Varilone said. Brochures publicizing the area are also in that promotion mix. Its brochures and online material promi- nently feature the Bear Lake Valley, and are pre- sented in a way to entice travelers to explore the area. For instance, mate- rial on the valley says: "U.S. Highway 89 from Montpelier travels south along the west side of the beautifully turquoise blue Bear Lake. You won't be able to resist stopping to put your "You can wade out far from shore in the shal- low water along, the beaches. There is so much to do and see in this beautiful valley." Areas covered ranlge from water sports in the lake, to accommoda- tions, Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Minetonka Cave, and Bloomington Lake. Another section details Montpelier and the Oregon and California Trails. For more information, visit the travel region's website at www.seida- ho.org. Ness creates $3.5 million savings for IDOT State transportation departments across the country are facing some very difficult times. Tax revenues are shrinking as the hous- ing market and the economy remain weak. Although most people are aware of this financial reality; howev- er, the general public still expects states DOTs to deliver the same level of service. They want potholes repaired and new roads and bridges added to give them less congested commutes. To meet these high expectations, agencies like the Idaho Department of Transportation are turn- ing to innovative strate- gies that are already paying big dividends in the state. Brian Ness, Director of the Idaho Department of Transportation, says when taking office in January 2010, he initiat- ed a plan to improve customer service, effi- ciency and accountabili- ty and save $3.5 million in personnel costs. "We have to make sure that we are spend- ing our tax dollars as wisely and efficiently as we can," says Ness. "We also need to make certain that our work- force is as effective as it can possibly be because we don't want to give any legislator a reason to vote no (for transpor- tation funding) by point- ing to something our state department is doing." The realignment reduced the layers of management between Ness and the depart- ment's front line super- visors from nine to five and gave decision-mak- ing back to where the work is being done. It also eliminated 62 supervisory positions where one manager supervised one employ- ee. "We'll increase our efficiency by having a less bureaucratic organi- zational structure," Ness said. "Then, as we elimi- nate those layers of supervision, we're going to reassign people to the front lines, allowing them to help us improve customer service." Ness says the Idaho Transportation Depart- ment ended the state's fiscal year with a total of $5.7 million in per- sonnel and insurance savings that will be invested into highway construction, mainte- nance and equipment. County ordinance defines Pit Bulls as vicious animals Valerie Hayes News-Examiner staff writer In recent editions of The News- Examiner the Montpelier City dog ordinance was examined and it was determined that the ordinance defin- ing the breed "pit bull" as a vicious animal was revised four years ago. The vicious animal ordinance no lon- ger states that pit bulls are considered vicious animals. The Bear Lake County "animal con- trol ordinance, however, does consid- er pit bulls as vicious animals and has not been revised. Bear Lake County Animal Control Ordinance No. 2006-1 may be destroyed after five days of impoundment. There are seven other sections of the county animal control ordinance which is for the control of dogs within the unincorporated areas of Bear Lake County. Their purpose is to promote and protect the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of the public and to protect domestic livestock proper- ties in the county as well as peace and quiet of neighborhoodS. For example, it is unlawful for an owner of a dog to allow the animal to run at large. In other words, the dog should be restricted to the owner's property unless it is in the presence Section 6 - Vicious Dogs, Item B states, and control of the owner(s). "A vicious dog is defined herein as It is also unlawful for the owner of any dog which demonstrates a pro-" a dog to allow it to disturb the peace pensity to bite or attack thereby caus- and quiet of the neighborhood by ing reasonable tear or apprelaension, barking or howling Or habitually bark- The breedof dog commonly kr~own as ing at or chasing moving vehicles on pi~ bull including: a bloodiine ot ' County roads and rightof ~ay~,: :-~Y~ one-eighth or more is defined herein Also, any person harborir~' keep- as a vicious dog." ing, or owning more than five clogs f()r It goes on in Item C to state, "Any a period exceeding eight weeks must person harboring, keeping, or owning a vlcmus" " dog shall register the. dog,, with the Bear Lake County Sheriff. But Item D states, "Any person har- boring, keeping, or owning a vicious dog which has not bitten any person may continue to keep the dog upon posting with the Bear Lake 'County Sheriff a liability insurance policy specifying not less than three hundred thousand ($300,000.00) liability for damages caused by the vicious dog and further endorsing the county as party to be notified in the event of cancellation." Most other aspects of the ordinance are similar to the Montpelier City ordinance which states that it is unlawful to keep a dog that habitually bites people who come onto one s premises. It also states that any animal imposing an immediate threat to any citizen of the county or other animals apply for a kennel permit from Bear Lake County. All adjacent landowners within 300 feet of the applicant's prop- erty have to be notified and the County Commis-sioners conduct a hearing and make a determination as to whether or not a permit will be grant- ed. As with any regulations, any viola- tion of these ordinances by the owner of an animal in question will be con- sidered a misdemeanor. If convicted, the owner can be fined not less than $25 nor more than $300 for each day they are in violation and imprisoned for not more than six months. The vio- lator has to pay for any and all costs associated with the keeping or harbor- ing of animals by the county or its agencies or the reasonable cost associ- ated with the enforcement of Ordinance 2006-1. Visitor's bureau receives grant Idaho Travel Council Grants total- ing $2,977,778 were made to 24 applicants for the 2011-12 grant year. In addition to awarding grants within their respective region, Idaho Travel Council (ITC) mem- bers are able to award grants to multi-region or statewide applicants. Four multi-region applicants were among those awarded grant monies. The Bear Lake Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded $39,468.00. Pioneer Country Travel Council (Southeast Idaho, of which Montpelier, and the Bear Lake CVB are members) was awarded $170,636. Totaling over $210,104 for the region.