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Stefan Arriscorreta’s love for ballet

I spent a few days last week working with Stefan Arriscorreta, a 13-year-old who is an avid ballet dancer, for my Monday close up. Stefan got into ballet in a somewhat roundabout way - his mom thought a dance technique class would improve his posture a few years ago, and he reluctantly agreed ...

Rock Doc: Bees are buzzing on caffeine

A friend of mine recently returned to the U.S. from deployment with the National Guard in Afghanistan. One of the first things he did when he reached a military base in Texas was to buy a cup of espresso. He even took a picture of it and posted it on the internet. Good coffee was a sure sign, ...

Value Speak: Focus on Friendship

<p class="p1">There are two things my young friend Brooklyn is going to miss when she returns to the United States this spring at the conclusion of her year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan.</p><p class="p1">“I’m going to miss the naan,” she said ...

Sheila Morrison Monday Close Up

<p class="p1">Once again, I came away from this month's Monday Close Up feeling very grateful to have had the opportunity to witness another community member doing so much for Utah County.  Sheila Morrison, a swim instructor of 42 years, volunteers her time and pool each week to ...

Rock Docs: Rocks from the Moon and Mars

 I think the most memorable single day of all my years as a student was the afternoon I got to examine Moon rocks in graduate school. Rocks here on Earth are exposed to water throughout their existence, and water acts to break down mineral grains on a tiny scale. If you look at thin slices of ...

Miss Teen Extraordinaire

On Thursday night I had the chance to shoot the Miss Teen Extraordinaire Pageant held for girls with special needs at Spanish Fork High School. I had never shot - or been to - a pageant before, and I have to say I never thought it would be so much fun. The girls' excitement as they got ready ...

Ups and downs on the court

<p class="p1">Covering a basketball can be riveting. It can raise your heart beat watching an underdog make a miracle comeback or seeing your local team trounce a long-time rival. Firing off rapid-fire frames as players connect gravity-defying plays, positioning yourself to be in ...

An Atypical Typical Day

<p class="p1"> </p><p class="p1">For press photographers throughout the state, February signifies long days at basketball courts covering the highly competitive high school basketball tournaments.  With the girl's tournament ending this past saturday, ...

Value Speak: ‘Have a good one!’

<p class="p1">Her name was Jill. I know this because that’s what it said on the name tag she wore as she checked my groceries at the supermarket. She was bubbly. Perky. Friendly. Upbeat.</p><p class="p1">Clearly she had to be brought ...

The hardest wheat turned soft by science

Eighty years ago my mother was in grade school where schoolroom paste was made by mixing a little flour and water together. Memories of that simple glue came back to her when she and I recently stood in my kitchen, mixing two small batches of flour and water. First I mixed regular “better for ...