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  LDS Group Helps Zimbabwe Fight AIDS With Frank Talk
A detailed article in today's Salt Lake Tribune describes the efforts of nonprofit Deseret International (Zimbabwe), a group of LDS Church members in Africa, to fight AIDS. The program, called "Education for Life" trys to get teenagers to change their behavior through education about sexual behavior.

  LDS Youth Begins 500-mile Bicycle Trip To Raise Funds For Memorial Scholarship
Blaine Freestone, along with his family, will begin a 500-mile fundraising bike ride that will benefit the recipient of the Arapahoe High School Brent Freestone Memorial Scholarship. At 14 years old, just month's after his brother's 1987 suicide death, Blaine created a $500 scholarship in his memory. It was to be awarded to kids who had done what Brent could not: over come life's obstacles. On August 7, Blaine will begin his journey from Provo's Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where Brent was born, and end his ride at the family's Littleton residence, where he died.

  LDS Girl Chose America's Junior Miss 2000
An 18 year old LDS girl from St. George, Utah, is America's Junior Miss 2000. Jessika Henderson borrowed a beaded gown from a neighbor and went on to dazzle the pageant judges with her lovely personality, brains, talent, and (although she downplays it ) her looks. "The whole platform of Junior Miss is encouraging girls to be the best that they can be, in all different aspects. The winners aren't necessarily the most beautiful girls around and really, looks don't have that much to do with it."

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Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Will Turn 100 Next Year
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The group was organized on April 11, 1901 by Annie M. Taylor Hyde and 46 other women who gathered in her home to "cement together the bonds of friendship and love of the descendents of early pioneers."

To join the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, women must be descended from a pioneer that entered the Salt Lake Valley before 1869. The group now has a total membership of 18,500.

Pioneering daughters work to preserve their history
BYU NewsNet 19Jul00 P2
By Carolyn Peterson: NewsNet Staff Writer


LDS Delegate Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- LDS Church member Page Marriott of the Utah delegation was interviewed for an Inquirer article profiling the delegates to the Republican National Convention. Marriott, who is just 28, was singled out as one of the youngest delegates at the convention. But she says that the stereotype of Republicans as older isn't true.

In survey, GOP delegates emerge as a diverse and committed group
Philadelphia PA Inquirer 23Jul00 P2


Returned Missionary Finds Success in Spanish-Language Radio -- In Idaho
RUPERT, IDAHO -- Returned missionary Benjamin Reed is a DJ on Rupert's local Spanish-language radio station, KFTA, "La Fantastica." Reed, who learned Spanish on his mission to Argentina, has transformed himself into "El Chupacabras," a Wolfman Jack-style DJ named after a mythical goat-devouring creature that was a 1990s bogeyman in Mexico and the Carribean.

Reed is a 14-year veteran of English-language television and radio who speaks without a noticeable accent. "Even though I was born here, I identify myself as Hispanic culturally," Reed says. Slipping into Spanish, he continues: "The gringo is a closed person. A Latino is more open, warm. Working here is my dream job. Sure, I'm in a small market. Sure, I'm in a beet field. But there's so much freedom. When I'm on 'La Fantastica,' I become a different character."

Strong Signals: From California to Kansas, ranchera radio is the growing sound of Spanish
San Francisco Chronicle 17Jul00 P2
By Hector Tobar: Los Angeles Times


Orem 17-year-old Works Multiple Charities
OREM, UTAH -- 17-year-old Heather Rindlisbacher spends nearly all her time and money working to help children in foreign lands. Heather recieved the OK2BEKIND Joe Nelson award from the City of Orem for her efforts on behalf of children.

Heather said she got started in 1998. "I got started after Hurricane Mitch, back in October of '98," she says. "LDS charities sent things to Honduras, and we, in our (LDS) ward, sent hygiene kits. We had some returned missionaries from that area." Rindlisbacher has since moved on to help other charities, such as Altrusa and KIDSAVE International. Now, in her senior year, she has started her own charity, International Aid Serving Kids: IASK.

Orem teen lights a candle for charity
Utah co UT Journal 20Jul00 P2
By Grace Conlon: Journal Publications


LDS Salt Lake Patrolman Dies When Hit by Car
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Salt Lake bicycle policeman Michael Dunman, 30, died on July 17th when a car jumped the curb and hit him as he rode his bike down State Street in Salt Lake City. Dunman is the 19th police officer to die on duty and the first since 1982.

Dunman was an LDS Church member and second counselor in the Young Men's presidency in the White Pine Ward in Tooele. He was married since 1993 and the father of three girls. Dunman joined the police force in 1994, working as an undercover officer in the narcotics unit before joining the bicycle patrol last year.

Officer's death a shock
Deseret News 18Jul00 P2


Horticulturalist and LDS Church Member Saula John Finau dies
ROSS TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA -- Saula John Finau, a noted horticulturalist, died at his home July 16th at the age of 78. Finau was born on Oahu, Hawaii and raised in Tonga in a Methodist family. But in 1954 he met Mele Tilini Fonua, an LDS woman whose parents objected to Finau because he smoked. The couple eloped and were married several weeks later.

Finau and his family moved to Oahu in 1962, where he got work as a horticulturalist tending coconut groves. There he developed a shield, still in use today, that kept mice from running up the trunk of the trees and eating the leaves. He was later involved in developing the gardens of the Polynesian Cultural Center and of Hawaii's Sea Life Park.

Noted horticulturist, dance manager dies at 78
Pittsburg PA Tribune-Review 21Jul00 P2
By Jerry Vondas: Tribune-Review


Former Midvale Mayor "Chick" Clayton
MIDVALE, UTAH -- Fomer Midvale, Utah mayor Charles Robert "Chick" Clayton died July 14th. Clayton was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a Midvale City Councilman for two terms prior to serving as Mayor from 1979 to 1983. A businessman, Clayton owned and managed several businesses in Midvale.

Charles Robert "Chick" Clayton
Salt Lake Tribune 17Jul00 P2


Industrial Editor Heber Jesse Hart dies
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Former Kennecott Copper executive Heber Jesse Hart died July 14h from complications of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare neurological malady. Hart worked as editor of employee publications for Kennecott for 25 years, retiring as manager of Editorial Services. He was named Editor of the Year by the Intermountain Association of Industrial Editors and three George Washington Honor Medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Hart was a World War II veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart during the Guam campaign. He also served as Bishop of the Bountiful Third Ward for five years, serving a mission with his wife in Omaha, Nebraska from 1993 to 1995.

Heber Jesse Hart
Salt Lake Tribune 17Jul00 P2


Former County Sheriff Who Helped Develop Law-Clerk Program Dies at 78
SPANISH FORK, UTAH -- Mack Hyrum Holley, former Utah County Sherriff, died Tuesday, July 18th at age 78. Holley served three terms as Sherriff from 1973 until he retired in 1985. Holley spearheaded efforts in 1978 to build a new jail in the Ironton area of Provo and helped start the successful Law Clerk Bailiff Program at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Former County Sheriff Who Helped Develop Law-Clerk Program Dies at 78
Salt Lake Tribune 20Jul00 P2


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