ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended January 16, 2000
Previous Week 09Jan00
Following Week 23Jan00
Week Ended 16Jan00
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about People

  G. Homer U.'s noted political scientist remembered with scholarship
The University of Utah is seeking funds to create a new endowment for graduate students in political science. The endowment will be created in honor of the late G. Homer Durham. This article is a short biography of a Elder Durham, pointing out interesting facts about his life.

  LDS President of Brown University Causes Stir
The new president of Brown University, Gordon Gee, is causing quite a stir, not only for his gregarious personality and bow ties, but for his plans to make sweeping reforms in the university.

  Nampa Idaho Contractor to Direct Visitor's Center
Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne recently appointed Severina Haws to replace Nampa contractor Jerry Hess on the state Board of Education, after Hess resigned to serve as Director of the LDS Church's Visitor's Center in upstate New York. Hess, a former board member of Micron Technology will serve for two years in the position.

  Former Regional Representative Vern R. Peel dies
Former LDS Regional Representative Vern R. Peel died Saturday, January 8th at age 93. Peel was a Regional Representative for seven years, was President of the Minnesota-Manitoba Mission (now the Minneapolis Minnesota Mission) and was a Stake President over 3 different Stakes for 19 years.

  Idaho Remembers LDS Politician
The Idaho Senate's President Pro Tem, Jerry Twiggs, was eulogized on Friday before 1,400 people paying their respects to the lawmaker and devoted family man. The LDS Blackfoot West Stake Center was filled to capacity for Twiggs' funeral, which included a choir of 15 of his grandchildren, a life sketch from his daughter, and prayers by three of his sons at his gravesite.

  Export-Import Bank Looking for Foreign Language RMs
James A. Harmon, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, came to Salt Lake City on Thursday looking for those with language skills to take positions with the bank. "I feel strongly about visiting Salt Lake because there are people who speak a lot of different languages in Utah and I hope to persuade some bright young people out there to come to Washington D.C."

  LDS Church Member Featured for Volunteer Work With Youth Soccer
LDS Church member Chris Mendenhall was featured in the Los Angeles Times' regular 'Up Close' column for his work as a volunteer for the American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 678, which includes 2,150 youth playing soccer on 211 teams, involving some 4,000 parents, who volunteer to help run the organization. Mendenhall is the Regional commissioner for Region 678.

Other News about People

Quadriplegic Wilkinson speaks on dealing with trials

Former High School football star Tyler Wilkinson spoke to BYU students on January 13th about how to overcome trials. Wilkinson broke his neck in a 1992 accident when he fell asleep at the wheel of his truck. Before the accident, Wilkinson had received all-state honors in three sports.

Wilkinson speaks to students about dealing with trials
(BYU) NewsNet 13Jan00 P2
By Amber Meager: NewsNet Staff Writer

Attorney who defended Hoffman profiled

The attorney who has defended many notorious Utah cases, including former LDS church member Mark Hoffman, has built his reputation defending those assumed guilty with sometimes unorthodox methods. Although raised a Catholic, Ron Yengich has been known to quote LDS leaders in court to make his points. He has also spoken out against the death penalty and says he wishes LDS Church leaders would take a stand against it, given the historical violence against Mormons.

If only chairs could talk
Deseret News 12Jan00 P2,1249,145018662,00.html
By Brady Snyder: Deseret News staff writer
Yengich's clients are a who's who of note, notoriety

The Fellingham family bluegrass band plans world tour

The family performed last year at the World Congress of Families II in Geneva, and is now planning a world tour in which they will emphasize family values. As a result of the Congress, they have been invited by the ambassadors and dignitaries of more than 15 countries to visit and perform.

Utah siblings to spotlight family values on world tour
Deseret News 13Jan00 P2,1249,145018876,00.html
By Sharon Haddock: Deseret News staff writer
Bluegrass band was invited to visit some 15 countries

BYU Alumni Association's Website allows alumni to find old friends

Alumni can search the association's database of 334,834 records to get contact information for alumni of BYU, Ricks and BYU-Hawaii. "The alumni directory is the biggest and most positive service that we offer at the alumni association," said Michael J. Cunningham from Alumni Computer and Record Services.

Web site helps alumni find old friends
(BYU) Newsnet 11Jan00 P3
By Roger Bryner: NewsNet Staff Writer


Ex-News education editor Lavor Chaffin dies at 83

Former Desert News education editor and LDS Church member Chaffin established the paper's Sterling Scholar program. He was "Utah Man of the Year" in 1970 and received numerous citations and honors from organizations in Utah. He worked for the Deseret News for nearly 34 years.

Ex-News education editor Lavor Chaffin dies at 83
Deseret News 10Jan00 P2,1249,145018205,00.html
His life was filled with many honors for his excellence

Lavor Kendall Chaffin
Salt Lake Tribune 12Jan00 P2

Former Heber City, Utah Mayor Harry Carl McMillan dies

McMillan was a U.S. Army veteran from World War II who earned the Purple Heart there. He was also awarded the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the Boy Scouts of America and was Mayor of Heber City, Utah for one term.

Harry Carl McMillan
Salt Lake Tribune 10Jan00 P2

Panguitch Patriarch Jay Riggs dies

Riggs co-owned a small market in Cedar City and had worked as a meat cutter. He was bishop of the Panguitch South Ward and was a counselor in two stake presidencies, and, most recently, served as Stake Patriarch. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award for service to the Boy Scouts of America.

Jay A. Riggs
Salt Lake Tribune 10Jan00 P2

Pocatello Businessman Ralph Stephenson

Stephenson was President and CEO of Gem Insurance in Pocatello before retiring in 1982. He was bishop of the Pocatello Second ward and a World War II veteran.

H. Ralph Stephenson
Salt Lake Tribune 11Jan00 P2

Former American Fork, Utah Mayor David Greenwood

Greenwood also served on the American Fork City Council, as a Utah County Commissioner and as Utah State Road Administrator under Utah Gov. Cal Rampton. He owned Greenwood Motor &Service.

David Greenwood
Salt Lake Tribune 12Jan00 P2

Leland Jay Payne, built LDS Welfare System in Southern California

Payne worked as a camera man for Walt Disney, shooting every frame of the classic film "Snow White" and working on Disney films until "Fantasia." After World War II he was hired by the LDS Church as Welfare Coordinator for Southern California, building LDS canneries and dairies and buying orchards and farms for the Church over 30 years. He was awarded the Silver Beaver for service to the Boy Scouts of America.

Leland Jay Payne
Salt Lake Tribune 12Jan00 P2


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information