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NAME GAME’S ON FOR 2 NEW HIGH SCHOOLS

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What's it to you: We're already playing it in our office - the guessing game of names of the new high schools in Orem and Highland. Now that the minor detail of whether we're willing to bond for $98 million is out of the way, we can get to the major decisions.

Should it be something to represent what's gone before? For instance, "Indebtedness High."Or "Mount Mutumbo" or "Miller High" to reflect the sports contribution?

The high school in Highland could be "Ridge Mountain" because we already have Mountain Ridge Junior High. That would drive everybody nuts.

We can't call it Highland High because there's already one of those, so how about "Hi, High," or "High, Too?"

It could be the "Natural High" or "Timpanoeke High."

"Temple High" is a possibility.

The school in Orem could be named after WordPerfect, "The Perfect High" or "Byte High." Maybe "Hard-Disc High."

How about "Foothills High?" Or "Brush Fire High"

"Knee High" was suggested by some fool in our office, or better yet, "Anti Knee High Lehi."

We just don't want to see any more views, ridges or crests. That's been done to death, and only Ruffles have ridges, anyway.

Unless, of course, you tried an unusual tack such as "Valley Ridge."

"Mountain Flats."

"Cliff Ledge."

"Valley Hill" or "Valley Peak."

Want to play along with us? Call us with your idea. We'll pass it along to the Alpine Board of Education. We're quite sure it's awaiting our help.

There's a prize: a copy of LaVell Edward's football classic video. The decision of the judges will be arbitrary and final.

Home alone: All the women in the office are on vacation this week, and it's a worry. Can the guys manage without the ladies? Normally, it's a five-to-two setup. This week, the five will have to batch it.

A reporter, such as Sharon Haddock, only has a beat to cover. There's a chance a major story might get missed. That could be trouble.

But Genelle Pugmire, who answers the phones, collects the mail, waters the plants, monitors the messages and generally keeps the office going, could be sorely missed.

Fanning the air: Officials in Utah County are pulling out all the stops to figure out a way to clean up the air. More precisely, they're trying to ensure the air quality monitor at 240 N. University Ave. doesn't show any violations.

One way to do that is to keep the air moving around the monitor. One person suggested building a giant fan on University Avenue that would blow all the carbon dioxide away. Not a bad idea. But the constant breeze is sure to produce a lot of bad-hair days.

Another person suggested Provo City plant more trees, which help cleanse the air. One could see the light go on in Commissioner Malcolm Beck's head when that idea came up in a recent meeting.

"We'll put trees around that meter down there," he said.

A grove of trees in the middle of downtown would be nice a touch, pleasant even. But isn't there already a Pleasant Grove in the county? Although those suggestions might be silly, they're better than the ridiculous one that came up at a Utah County Clean Air Commission meeting a few months ago. Commission members heard that the EPA granted California extra time to meet federal clean air standards because of the last large earthquake.