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* Winner: The Utah Transit Authority got on the right TRAX by naming a director to supervise light rail. Paul O'Brien, a Sacramento transit official, begins his new job March 1. O'Brien will head UTA's TRAX operations, scheduled to be operating in 2000. TRAX refers to the UTA's 15-mile light-rail system from downtown Salt Lake City to Sandy. O'Brien is familiar with Salt Lake's plan as he served as an adviser to UTA in the early planning stages several years ago. His expertise is welcomed.

Loser: Unfortunately the cliche "If you build it they will come," applies to the new $24.5 million Utah County Security Center. It's been open for less than a year, but officials already are discussing remodeling and expanding the facility. That's because the jail has been filling up faster than law enforcement officials projected. The trend concerns them, which is why they have approached county commissioners to start the planning process for a new drug/alcohol treatment and work-release center north of the security center.* Winner: To get into the Olympic spirit, West Valley City is producing a limited edition Olympics pin. The city will produce 2,002 of the colorful pins, which depict a hockey stick and puck, the new E Center and the Olympic logo below the words Salt Lake 2002. Those city residents who turned out for the unveiling ceremony at the City Council meeting Thursday night received a pin. The rest also will be given away, but there will be a price: West Valley residents will have to obtain a trivia questionnaire from City Hall and fill that out first. A pin would be a nice piece of trivia to have.

* Winner: Except for a slight dip in Salt Lake Community College's head count, winter quarter enrollment was up at Utah's state-run colleges and universities. And even SLCC was up in full-time equivalent students, increasing from 11,711 from a year ago to 12,040. The biggest increase was at Southern Utah University. The Cedar City campus had a 13 percent increase. Weber State University and Dixie Community College each posted 8 percent gains. The challenge facing all institutions will be to maintain the increase while switching to semester schedules in the fall.