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CAPTION ONLY: AMERICA'S HOPE

Stacey Jensen, Sterling Mullen, in front, Mindy Wilson, Daniel Trujillo, Ryan Painter and Angela Gibson, in back, were among more than 300 sixth-graders from 36 different schools in West Valley and Kearns who received Hope of America Awards during a special ceremony last week. The awards were presented by Michelle Barlow, left, a representative of the The Kiwanis Club of West Valley City. Awards were given to students who make wise decisions, build confidence in others, hear suggestions, command respect, organize their personal work well, show wide interest in human problems and are concerned about leading a balanced intellectual, social, spiritual and cultural life. Utah rural development director gets 4-week Harvard fellowship Woodbury chairman receives service award

Ed Meyer, director of the state Division of Business and Economic Development's Rural Development Program, has been awarded a fellowship by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He is one of a handful of state and local government leaders nationwide participating in the National Hispanic Health Leadership Program during one week of the four-week fellowship. The program is sponsored by the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations.Meyer was chosen for the program after proposing a project to develop an economic development strategy to help Utah Hispanics obtain higher-paying jobs with better medical benefits.

"As today's baby boomers age, national health programs will increasingly shift toward the needs of older Americans," Meyer said. "Unfortunately, this may well mean that programs serving younger populations, which include many Hispanics, will be cut back or eliminated. One way to prepare for this will be to provide these younger families with jobs and benefits which can compensate for these programs." Meyer has served as director of Utah's Rural Development Program since 1986, working to attract new firms to rural Utah as well as providing assistance to new and existing rural companies. He earned a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and had spent five years as the city manager of Mt. Pleasant.

The International Council of Shopping Centers has presented its Distinguished Service Award to Wallace R. Woodbury, chairman of the Woodbury Corp.

Woodbury is also a senior shareholder of the law firm of Woodbury, Jensen, Kesler and Swinton. He was one of only four individuals to receive the service award.

The honor is awarded by the trade association of the shopping center industry, who stated that Woodbury is the "acknowledged industry expert without peer on matters of taxation." He has been a chairman of the association's federal tax subcommittee for 20 years, and a member of its government affairs committee.

In 1985, Woodbury received an award from the National Association of Realtors, and was made a lifetime director of that institution.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Riders wear red shirts, brown pants, brown vests and cowboy hats and carry a Bible, just as the original Pony Express riders did." - Clark Maxfield, Hooper, president of the Utah chapter of the National Pony Express Association, on current re-enactment of the historic mail ride. (See story, A1)

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