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The City Council will hold a special meeting Monday at noon to swear in the newly elected council members and mayor.

Outgoing Mayor John Cushing, who chose not to seek re-election, will speak before the oaths of office are taken.

The city recorder and treasurer will also be reappointed at the meeting, which will be at City Hall, 790 S. 100 East. The council will hold a regular meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Clearfield resident Karen Price was to be awarded $10,000 today after winning the National Weight Loss Contest sponsored by Win10K.com.

The award ceremony, to be held today at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, was a surprise to Price, who was told prior to the event that her granddaughter would be receiving a prize.

Price was selected for the award after losing 150 pounds and keeping it off for five years, and writing an essay describing her desire to use the prize money on her 4-year-old granddaughter, who is sick with a rare skin disease.

Price, 48, wants to use the money to fly her granddaughter to a convention for people who have the disease. Her granddaughter has never met anyone who has the disease, and Price thought taking her to the convention could be beneficial to her.

Salt Lake City

The downtown Greyhound bus station will relocate for January and February to accommodate Olympic preparations and events.

The station will move to 1953 California Ave. until March 4. By July 2003, the company hopes to have a permanent hub within the Gateway district. For more information, visit www.greyhound.com.

Salt Lake County

Businessman Steve Richins was unanimously appointed to the seven-member Salt Lake County Planning Commission.

Richins, business manager for the Utah Building and Construction Trades Council, was nominated for the position by County Mayor Nancy Workman.

His appointment was approved on a vote of the County Council in December.

The commission is charged with reviewing and making recommendations on proposed zoning changes and subdivisions.

The Utah Building and Construction Trades Council is an association of construction unions. It coordinates and promotes programs that serve the interests of consumers and employees in the industry.

West Valley City

A not-so-buff buffalo has moved into the West Valley City Family Fitness Center lobby.

The 5-foot-tall, 8-foot-long, 75-pound fiberglass buffalo — it's a skinny one at only two feet wide — is the city's addition to "The Utah Buffalo Round-Up," a statewide public-arts project, featuring buffalo in a wide variety of artistic designs.

Artist Chris Coleman is asking West Valley residents to submit pictures for a collage that will cover the animal. Images should represent the city's diverse culture and community and can be newspaper clippings or prints on paper. No actual photographs will be accepted.

The buffalo will be completed before the start of the 2002 Winter Olympics. It will be moved to the E Center for the Games.

Submissions by residents can be taken to the Center, 5415 W. 3100 South or mailed to Kevin Conde, West Valley City Hall, 3600 S. Constitution Blvd., West Valley City, UT 84119.