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  Ricks to Become 4-year, BYU-Idaho
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Board of Trustees of Ricks College announce that Ricks College will change from its present two-year junior college status to a four-year institution. The new four-year school will be known as Brigham Young University-Idaho, with the name change designed to give the school immediate national and international recognition. The memory of Thomas E. Ricks will continue to be appropriately honored and perpetuated.

  Changes Ahead for Ricks As It Becomes BYU-Idaho
At a news conference yesterday announcing that Ricks College would become a four-year institution and change its name to BYU-Idaho, details of some of the changes at the campus were revealed. Among the changes are plans to drop Ricks' junior college athletic program, which has won several championships, and add several bachelor degree programs to the school.

  Winners and Loosers In Ricks/BYU-Idaho Changes
The changes at Ricks College, soon to be four-year school BYU-Idaho, caught both the local community and educators by surprise, and left even academics and administrators at the school uncertain about exactly what the changes will mean. But the little that is known already heralds big changes in the school, the community and in education elsewhere.

  Youth Drugs 17 at LDS Church Function In Ohio
A 15-year-old boy has admitted to drugging 17 people at an LDS Church function Wednesday night by putting a prescription sedative into their deserts. The victims, at the Church for a luncheon, complained of light-headedness and were taken by rescue crews to area hospitals.

  Influx of Mormons Hit Pocatello Democrats Hard
Chronicling the rise of the republican party in Idaho, Idaho Statesman writer Gregory Hahn notes the significant impact that the LDS church has had in changing Pocatello from the last Democratic stronghold to a city where "It's OK to be Republican."

  800 LDS Volunteers Participate in Oregon Service Project
More than 800 LDS Church members, 200 more than expected, turned out for a massive service project in Colton, Oregon Saturday to benefit local residents and people around the world. The project, put on by the eight wards and branches in the Oregon City Stake, was called "Neighbor to Neighbor," and tried to involve as many members of the stake as possible in service projects, concentrated in one community in the stake.

  Hundreds of Mormon teens volunteering around county
The annual youth conference for several stakes in North Carolina included a service project Friday afternoon which found about 50 of the 525 youth attending the conference working at the American Red Cross. The project was just one of 21 projects at nonprofit agencies in Rowan County, North Carolina.

  Missionaries From Utah Experience Rain Like Never Before
The worst flash flooding in Fargo's history hit the city on Monday, June 19th following storms that dumped seven inches of rain on the city. The flooding left many underpasses and thoroughfares under 2 to 5 feet of water, leaving many people to say home for the day or struggle to fight the water.

  RMs A Little Left of Reality
Just a Little Left of Reality has become a popular store in Lethbridge, AB, despite having started from a comic book collection. Local residents Max and Sanna-Miina Palmer recently started the store which not only specializes in selling comic books, but movie memorabilia as well.

  'Ancestors II' on PBS
KBYU Television has produced a second "Ancestors" series that will be distributed through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

  Early lawman to be honored for his role in settling Utah
Lot Smith, a close friend of Orrin Porter Rockwell who was a bodyguard to Brigham Young, will be honored by Davis County Commissioner Gayle A. Stevenson on Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m. during the Lot Smith family biannual reunion to be held June 23-24. Smith, nicknamed "The Horseman" will receive long overdue recognition for his lifetime of service and dedication to promoting law and order in the early Utah territory. A "Horses of Antelope Island" monument will be dedicated in his memory at the Legacy Center on west State Street, west of I-l5 in Farmington.

  New BYU dean of students
Janet S. Scharman, Brigham Young University student life vice president, has announced the appointment of H. Nolan Reed as acting dean of students for the next year.

  June 29 open house inaugurates Special Collections exhibit
In celebration of its new exhibit, "Discover Special Collections," the L. Tom Perry Special Collection Library at Brigham Young University will host an open house on Thursday (June 29).

  BYU Kennedy Center debut of 'Bridges' magazine
The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University has announced its new publication, "Bridges" magazine.

  Law school assistant dean at BYU devotional June 27
An assistant dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University will speak at a devotional Tuesday (June 27) at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Auditorium.

  Ricks Looking For Stories, Photos, Artifacts of Spori Building
Ricks College officials are collecting personal stories, photographs and artifacts pertaining to the historic Jacob Spori Building. The stories and photographs will be used in a number of projects that college officials are preparing to commemorate the legacy of the historic building that was built in the early 1900s. The building is scheduled to be replaced with a new structure in the near future.

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