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Two national awards have been given to Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School alumnus Susan Chasson and third-year student Tessa Santiago.

Chasson received the $100,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leadership Program Award. She helped start Provo's Children's Justice Center, which serves 1,200 child victims of physical and sexual abuse.

The foundation awards $1 million each year to 10 people to improve access to health care and social services. Chasson, a 1996 graduate, was selected from among 577 nominees.

Santiago, scheduled to graduate next year, won the Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest and its $5,000 prize. Her paper identified unconscious racism by local decision makers as the primary cause of environmental discrimination. In the paper, she proposes a state regulatory scheme to ensure that all communities within the state bear fare-share obligation of environmental burdens.


VistaCare Hospice has an immediate need for new volunteers to help serve and comfort the growing number of patients around the Wasatch Front.

Mature volunteers who can commit on average two to four hours weekly for six to 12 months are given full training and support in companioning the terminally ill and their families. No experience is needed, and many creative volunteer opportunities are available. Office help is also needed.

For more information call Sharon at 801-766-1515 or toll free 866-353-3330.


Habitat For Humanity will hold its Annual Meeting, Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Faith Subdivision twin home build site, 300 W. 700 South.

The event will showcase Habitat for Humanity of Utah County's successes, conduct an election of new board members and honor volunteers for their efforts in the past year. The Utah County affiliate is currently finishing a twin home located in the subdivision.

For more information call the local office at 801-344-8527.

Spanish Fork

A general plan amendment for a proposed annexation that includes land for the manufactured homes being moved from the failed Spanish Fork Ranch community is scheduled for a public hearing before the City Council on Tuesday.

The homes will be moved later this year, city officials say, to resolve residents' concerns with methane gas and surfacing garbage. Spanish Fork Ranch is built atop a reclaimed landfill. The city is planning to rezone Ranch property for industrial use. The new site is a short distance away on U-51 between 600 North and 1400 North. Only a portion of the 74.55 acres in the proposed annexation will be used for the manufactured homes. The meeting starts at 6:40 p.m. in City Hall, 40 S. Main St.


Tracy Marrott will replace T. Lonie Fisher as Utah Valley State College's director of public safety and chief of the campus police department. He started the job Friday.

Marrott has been an officer at UVSC since 1982. He was named interim chief of police in February.

UVSC officials, concerned about management of the police department and reports that Fisher allegedly approached campus employees to obtain prescription drugs, fired Fisher earlier this year.

He has since been charged in 4th District Court with 29 felony counts of prescription drug fraud and and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.