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DAY PLANNERS, FIBER BARS AND THE WILD WEST

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Welcome to 1994. We spent the weekend perusing our crystal ball and found some very interesting news in your future. Come out on a limb with us to see what will happen - more or less - in the coming months:

Provo Mayor George Stewart issues his first executive order in January: Day planners are mandatory for all city employees. He says his motto for the city is "Provo - Planning Ahead," and promises to get employees a bulk discount on planners from Franklin Quest.UVSC President Kerry Romesburg announces that in order to keep construction costs of the special events center in line, the structure will forego a roof, in addition to seats. As always, Romesburg puts a positive spin on the situation, boasting that Utah County will have the sole open-air, standing-room-only arena in the nation.

Pleasant Grove gets word from UDOT that it will get a long-awaited freeway ramp. There's one catch: It will be an "on" ramp only.

Back in Provo, the City Council discovers a way to have its mall and save Academy Square, too. That's right - it joins forces with a private developer to turn the square into a small mall featuring specialty shops and restaurants. It's called "Academy Mall."

The old Brigham Young University women's gym, directly west of the square, is torn down for a parking terrace.

Lehi adopts a Wild West theme to boost tourism. The townsfolk agree to dress and act like residents of an old West settlement, circa 1890. Mayor Bill Gibbs dibs the role of sheriff.

Orem discovers a budget shortfall and must delay construction of a new children's library wing. In one of those "eureka" type moments known to strike mayors, Stella Welsh remembers what a fine job the children of Orem did breaking ground for the library last year.

She calls on them to complete the job, using whatever tools and toys they have. The resulting building is an interesting combination of Legos, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, Silly Putty, Lite Brites and cardboard bricks.

Welsh then ponders using the same workforce to rebuild State Street in Orem, figuring the project is likely to get done much faster and with less impact on local businesses.

Nu Skin completes purchase of Seven Peaks Water Park.

Top-notch reporters at the Deseret News discover documents that reveal the real reason Nu Skin bought the park: The company needed a way to get rid of all its fiber and breakfast bars.

The snack bars will be stocked with them, and recreationists also receive free samples of the bars with every ticket purchased.

Spanish Fork decides to capitalize on a good thing and adds a million twinkle lights to the 1994 edition of its Festival of Lights. The glow from the drive-by Christmas display can be seen from one end of the state to the other, attracting wise men and women who want to know how they, too, can raise revenue for their cities.

"Loose Change" appears in the Deseret News on Mondays. To reach Dennis or Brooke, call 374-1162 or send us a fax at 377-5701.