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Clark Burbidge's new "Star Passage" novel wins award
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Jul 23, 2017 | 639 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A detail of the cover art from "Star Passage: Heroes and Martyrs."
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A detail of the cover art from "Star Passage: Heroes and Martyrs." Courtesy image
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WOODS CROSS — The book isn’t even out yet, and it’s already received its first award. 

Woods Cross author Clark Burbidge’s upcoming middle-grade fantasy adventure, “Star Passage: Heroes and Martyrs,” was recently awarded a gold medal by the Mom’s Choice Awards in the category of Young Adult Fiction. The book, which is second in the “Star Passage” series, will be released July 27. 

“It is humbling to have my work recognized and always seems to catch me by surprise,” said Burbidge. “The fact that their reviews are based on excellence in literature as well as family values makes it even more meaningful.”

“Star Passage: Heroes and Martyrs” continues the time-traveling adventures of Tim and Martie, who are struggling to protect an ancient relic from the travelers who hope to steal it and use it for their own purposes. In the current novel, the two siblings find a set of brothers who have also suffered tragedies at home. The four must solve the secrets of the relic before time runs out, as well as find some healing for the trauma in their lives. 

“I wanted people, especially children who struggle, to feel there is real hope that they can overcome family challenges and personal challenges,” Burbidge said of the book.

The Mom’s Choice Awards are international awards in a variety of categories chosen by a panel of women, including parents and professionals in a variety of relevant fields. They give out both gold and silver awards, both of which are determined by the book or products quality, morals, and ability to be inspirational or uplifting. 

Burbidge is a familiar face at the awards, having one several gold medal awards for previous books. Along with the previous book in the series, “Star Passage: Relic,” he has also won awards for books such as the picture book “A Piece of Silver – A Story of Christ” and the middle-grade book “Giants in the Land.” 

“This makes six Gold Medal books in a row for each of my last six books,” said Burbidge. “I never dreamed this would happen when back in 2010 I was struggling to get anyone I could to take a look at my first book. I’m grateful to all those who have helped make this journey so wonderful and satisfying.”

“Giants in the Land” is the first book in another award-winning fantasy trilogy written by Burbidge. The series follows multiple generations of young heroes as they and their giant companions work to save their kingdom from the forces that threaten it. 

“It’s written for those who have a kernel of belief or a desire to believe that there is a greater resource,” Burbidge told the Clipper about the trilogy. “If they seek it, they will find it.”

“Star Passage: Heroes and Martyrs” is available for pre-order through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. For more information about the author and his books, visit facebook.com/clarkrburbidge or giantsinthelandbook.com/about-clark-burbidge.

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Crime Briefs
by Becky Ginos
Jul 23, 2017 | 194 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Man accused of stalking could be linked to other cases

LAYTON—A man charged with stalking after he allegedly followed some girls into a Subway in Layton may have been involved in a similar incident in Farr West. 

Last year while walking in their neighborhood, a 14-year-old girl and her friends were stopped by a man in a car asking for directions, according to the girl’s mother. After the girls gave him directions, he allegedly followed the girls and asked them if they knew about any parties in the area. The mother said the girls got nervous and ran into a house.

The next day, the girl and her parents saw the man they identified as Chad Flitton and reported the incident to authorities but he was never charged. 

Flitton was charged with stalking in the Layton case and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 15.

Playground marred by vandals

LAYTON—Police are looking for whoever cut some of the ropes and cables at the Ellison Park playground on Hillfield Road overnight between July 10 and 11.

Although the damaged section was removed so the playground is usable, a big section of the rope net is gone. The vandalism will cost the city between $3,000 and $12,000 to repair, according to authorities.

If you have any information about the incident, please call the LPD at 801-497-8300 and reference case #17-11449.

Woman steals car, leads police on chase

LAYTON—A 50-year-old woman fled from police after forcefully taking some keys and stealing a car from the Chevrolet dealership on Main Street July 12. Police found her immediately but she would not stop so a pursuit began. However, it was terminated when it became too dangerous, authorities said. 

OnStar showed the woman was headed up Weber Canyon where officers tried to stop her again, but she still wouldn’t stop. Officers tracked her to a home in Mountain Green. Law enforcement attempted to get her and others out of the house for more than an hour. She was finally taken into custody when she came to the front door directing a small child toward them, police said. 

Charges are pending while the suspect and others are being interviewed.

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Movie Beat: “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” visually dazzling fun
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Jul 22, 2017 | 830 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language

Screenplay by Luc Besson, based on the comic book series “Valerian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières

Directed by Luc Besson

Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell and more

Grade: Three stars

It’s been awhile since a sci-fi movie made me smile as much as “Valerian” did.

Based on the French comic book series that helped inspire “Star Wars,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is a fun, visually gorgeous romp of a movie that sucks you in from the first moment to the last. It can be cheesy in the way of all old-school sci-fi adventures, but it’s a delicious, deeply satisfying kind of cheese that’s an important part of any balanced movie diet. If you’re at all fond of the genre, “Valerian” will make sure you enjoy yourself.

The movie follows Valerian and Laureline, two agents of the kind of generic space government organization that’s always so useful when you need an excuse to get your trained characters into adventures. Here, they’re charged with protecting a government official during a meeting with other alien leaders, which seems like a simple assignment until everything (naturally) goes completely wrong.

The plot doesn’t follow directly from the comics, but the movie is very much in the spirit of old-school sci-fi like “Flash Gordon” or “Buck Rogers” except that Laureline gets to beat up considerably more people than the ladies in those movies. The adventuring spirit is classic enough to feel fresh to modern audiences, enough so that I couldn’t predict the end of the movie halfway through the film. I can’t remember the last time that happened, especially in a plot that stayed coherent and easy to follow. 

The sheer creativity of the movie stretches beyond the visuals. The opening moments trace the International Space Station’s gradual transformation into the titular city with economy and charm. The mechanics of the in-universe tourist destination that allows people to shop in another dimension are both delightfully original and beautifully thought out, as are the sub-sections of the space station city. Every place the movie visits is richly constructed enough to support and entire movie on their own, and they’re all delightful to spend even a few moments in. 

It’s not perfect, of course. Some of the dialogue is a bit clunky, though more due to being old-fashioned and/or excessively theatrical than actually bad, and Laureline wasn’t allowed to beat up nearly enough people. Rihanna’s character also didn’t get nearly enough screen-time, utilized more as a plot device than the fully-fleshed part of the story she could have been.

The movie also doesn’t really allow for any kind of nuanced exploration of either Laureline or Valerian’s characters, but Cara Delivingne and Dane DeHaan make sure both characters are consistently pleasant company. Rihanna was a delight, and I’d love to see her in more movies in the future.

Even taken together, however, it’s not enough to dim the sheer pleasure of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”   

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A car waits at the entrance to Valentine Estates at 2180 S. Redwood Road. A local woman is petitioning to get a light installed after a motorcycle accident killed a man at that intersection.
A car waits at the entrance to Valentine Estates at 2180 S. Redwood Road. A local woman is petitioning to get a light installed after a motorcycle accident killed a man at that intersection.
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Joyce Brown addresses the audience at the opening of a new park in Layton.
Joyce Brown addresses the audience at the opening of a new park in Layton.
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