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Posted 26 Mar 2001   For week ended March 9, 2001
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LDS Student Witnessed Santee Shootings
LDS student Brian Wheeler was walking out of a classroom at Santana High School Monday morning when the shooting started. The 17-year-old junior at the high school, located in Santee, California just outside of San Diego, had attended early morning seminary before school, and just two hours later witnessed a tragedy that schocked the nation.

Blind 82-year-old LDS Woman Starts Over
After a lifetime of serving others, 82-year-old Maxine Varley has increasingly had to depend on others as she lost her eyesight to macular degeneration. But last month she started learning to be independent again.

Former Bishop Passed Away
Duane Remington, a member of the Cardston Alberta West Stake, passed away this past Thursday at the age of 79 years, the second-to-last child still living of Rodney and Catherine Remington.

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Newspaper Looks at Widow's Mission Call to Russia
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Although LDS Church member Shirley Lynes knew she could be called to serve a mission anywhere, she was still surprised when she was called to serve for 18 months in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The 64-year-old Aiken widow was to report to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, today to begin learning Russian and preparing for her assignment. She told the Augusta Chronicle that when she got the call "I thought 'OK, I can do this.'"
On the Russian front
Augusta GA Chronicle 3Mar01 P2
By Virginia Norton: Staff Writer

LDS Woman Looses Money, but not Dress in Bridal Store Closure
VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON -- An LDS woman nearly lost her wedding dress when a Vancouver bridal shop suddenly closed its doors last week. Charlene Johnson, who plans to wed March 10th in an LDS Temple, paid the Touch of Silk bridal shop $400 up front to alter her dress and two others ahead of the wedding. But when she arrived at the store last week for a scheduled fitting, the shop was closed. Fortunately, the store owner, Wendy Marvin , who closed the shop after a court awarded her landlord more than $24,000 in back rent, came by the store and Johnson was able to get her dress. But she lost the $400 she paid for the alterations, which were never made. But Johnson was fortunate, since others who ordered and paid for dresses through the shop will neither get their dresses nor their money back.
Vancouver, Wash., Bridal Business Closes Down Without Warning
Vancouver WA Columbian 2Mar01 P2
By Steven Gardner

Former LDS Church spokesman now serves at La'ie Temple Visitors Center
LA'IE, HAWAII -- Elder Don LeFevre, who retired two years ago as the LDS Church's principal spokesman, and his wife, Sister Bonnie LeFevre, recently succeeded Dr. George and Yvonne Hilton at the La'ie Hawaii Temple Visitors Center. The LeFevres starting serving as the directors of the Visitor's Center after the Hiltons returned to the mainland on Feb. 13th. In an interview with Kaleo o Ko'olauloa, LeFevre said the most memorable moment in his career came on June 8, 1978. "That was the day our department announced to the world the priesthood revelation."
Former LDS Church spokesman now serves at La'ie Temple Visitors Center
Kaleo o Koolauloa 8Mar01 P2

Ex-Boulder City police chief Floyd Jenne dead at 85
BOULDER, NEVADA -- Floyd Jenne, former Boulder City police chief and longtime city resident, died Sunday at age 85. Jenne first arrived in the town in 1939 to work as a ranger during the construction of the Hoover dam. He later served in the Seabees during World War II and as the city's police chief for nine years, from 1951 to 1960.
Ex-Boulder City police chief Floyd Jenne dead at 85
Las Vegas NV Review-Journal 8Mar01 P2

Church Member Hosts Salt Lake Radio Show -- from New York
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK -- LDS Church member Bob Lonsberry does a KNRS (AM-570) radio show directed to Salt Lake City each weekday from 6-10 a.m., and he almost always does it live from Rochester. Lonsberry keeps up with what is happening in Salt Lake through the Internet. KNRS broadcasts what it calls "Family Values Talk Radio."
Show targets S.L. -- from N.Y.
Deseret News 9Mar01 P2
By Lynn Arave: Deseret News radio editor

LDS Woman's Return Shows Change on Reservation
YUMA, ARIZONA -- Ann Manuel, an LDS convert and former BYU student, retunred to the Cocopah Reservation on the banks of the Colorado River recently. Manuel grew up on the reservation before joining the LDS Church and attending BYU. But before she graduated she left Utah for California because of the weather and the imposing mountains. Her return to the reservation shows how the reservation has changed in the meantime. Now it is experiencing an economic boom.
Arizona Tribe Enjoys Its Own Form of Economic Boom
Salt Lake Tribune 5Mar01 P2


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