Welcome visitors • If you are in the vicinity of downtown Salt Lake City today, and you hear someone with a pronounced Boston accent, or see someone in a yellow T-shirt with a picture of an angry shock of wheat, please be friendly. (Not that you wouldn't be anyway.) Our city is fortunate to be the host of some of the second and third round matches in one of the world's foremost sporting events: March Madness. The NCAA men's basketball tournament is not exactly the Winter Olympics, in terms of worldwide interest, financial impact and, certainly, time. But it is a great way to draw visitors, and their money, to see a city they just might like to come back to, or tell their friends about. And the excitement might help, just a little bit, to make up for the fact that there are no Utah teams in the Big Dance this year.
Heroic beavers • Seeing as how we dirty humans aren't always able to protect the beauty and utility of our natural surroundings, it is good to hear that, sometimes, wildlife can look out for itself. For the third time in as many years, a Chevron pipeline has sprung a leak and threatened a Utah waterway. This time, it was the Willard Bay State Park at the northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake. State and corporate workers were quick to respond, but the damage done was apparently minimized by the fact that the first place the thousands of gallons of fugitive diesel fuel spilled was into a location that had already been dammed up by some industrious beavers. Now, in addition to cleaning up the bay, the two-legged Utahns are cleaning up the beavers. It's the least they could do.