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The winners and the losers

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Winner: Provo-Orem had the nation's fourth fastest growing economy during the '90s, beating out even perennial contender Phoenix-Mesa, which finished sixth, according to new figures from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Salt Lake-Ogden wasn't far behind, ranking 19th.

The mayors hope the report will boost congressional support for metropolitan areas, including more money for transit and inner-city education. But the real benefit may just be that the rest of the nation becomes more aware of how attractive Utah's population centers are for business.

Loser: When it comes to redrawing Utah's congressional districts, state lawmakers need to stay at the drawing board a little longer. The plans they have floated so far are little more than great arguments for turning the task over to a non-partisan commission, as is done in some other states. This week, a plan emerged that would split Salt Lake and Utah counties down the middle, giving half to the second district and half to the third. The only problem is, it would put the homes of both third district Rep. Chris Cannon and second district Rep. Jim Matheson in the same district.

There are few secrets here. The Republican-controlled Legislature is trying, as it does every 10 years, to gerrymander Democrats out of what little power they have. The real aim ought to be to provide sensible representation to obvious constituent groups.

Winner: For years, the air around Ogden's American Nutrition factory had a scent only a dog could love. That's because the plant makes "Atta-Boy" dog chow which, in large quantities, can overwhelm the senses. This week, company officials announced they had agreed to install odor-control equipment in exchange for the right to expand the operations.

Ogden gets more economic development. Dogs are happy. Nearby residents can breathe easier. Everyone wins in this deal.