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Posted 22 Oct 2001   For week ended October 12, 2001
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Utahns' Language Skills at Terrorism's Front Lines
The Denver Post reports that a little-known National Guard unit based near Salt Lake City is likely very much involved in assisting in the war against terrorism.

Former Editor, Author John R. Talmage Dead at 90
John Russell Talmage, former editor of the Deseret News and the last living child of Apostle James E. Talmage died October 4th. The younger Talmage was trained in Journalism and spent his life writing and reporting at the Deseret News, in the U.S. Navy, in politics and as a research writer. He was 90.

Innovative Educator, Stake President Melvin Carlson Woodland Dead at 85
Innovative high school teacher and former LDS Stake President Melvin Carlson Woodland died of cancer on Friday, October 5th. Woodland was known for his 25-year-long program of placing his best students in part-time local jobs while they earned high school credit. The program is now called ROP (Regional Occupational Program). "Upon graduation, virtually all of them had full-time jobs waiting for them," said his son, Lee. Woodland was named Norte Del Rio "Teacher of the Year" in 1980, the year he retired. H was also active in the Boy Scouts and served as bishop of the El Camino Ward and as president of the American River Stake. He was 85.

LDS Coach Dies in Car-Pedestrian Accident
Coach Donald "Duke" Reid, who led Brighton High School to two state basketball championships and who was inducted into the Utah Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 died Saturday, October 6th after being hit by a car while trying to cross Main Street in Springville, Utah on Friday. Reid was coach at four different high schools and also at Utah Valley State College, where he was also inducted into the school's hall of fame. He was 64.

Elderly Members from LA Have Trouble Going to Conference
A disabled, elderly LDS Church member was injured at 10:50 pm on Sunday, October 6th as she tried to board a Greyhoud bus with seven friends for the return trip to their homes in Los Angeles. Vitalina Mendoza mistakenly released the lock on her wheelchair as it was being lifted into the bus, and she toppled into the buses' stairwell, causing her seven companions, all elderly women, to become hysterical. Mendoza was rushed by ambulance to Salt Lake Regional Hospital. But Greyhound supervisor Elmer Tauvao came to the rescue of the remaining women, giving them vouchers to stay at Salt Lake's Sheraton Hotel and tried to give them tickets for another bus. Instead, most of the women chose to fly home that Monday.

92-year-old LDS Man Awarded Distinguished Eagle from Boy Scouts
Charles Foulger, 92, was presented with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award on Sunday at the Salem Oregon Stake Center, the first resident of Salem to be honored with the Distinguished Eagle Award. The award is given to Eagles Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life work, service to church and to their communities. Other recipients have included U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon (also an LDS Church member) and former President Ford. The award has been given just 1,500 times in the U.S.

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