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COATS FOR KIDS CAR SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 20-21 By Tom Haraldsen | Davis Journal BOUNTIFUL--The celebration is back for its 24th year anniversary, and our community’s children will be the biggest benefactors. The Bountiful Rotary Club’s Coats for Kids Car Show & Cruisin’ has two days of wonderful activities planned, starting on Friday, August 20 and continuing on Saturday, August 21. From a parade to a smokin’ tire burnout to a picnic and car show in the park, this Rotary Club event raises thousands of dollars each year for purchasing coats, mittens and boots for needy children, and it’s always a huge success. “As a Rotary Club, we’re very involved in community service, in giving back,” said longtime Rotarian and the main organizer of this show Chris Simonsen. “In 1998 during a weekly luncheon, club president Lonnie Hunter said he was proud of the service our club had done in the past, but we wanted to do something with a bigger focus and something local. We wanted to do something specifically for Bountiful.” It didn’t take long after club members reached out to teachers and school administrators to find that there was a need for warm winter clothing for children whose families were in low income homes or whose parents were out of work. And the Bountiful Rotary Club had their mission. That first year, the club got a Children’s Opportunity Grant from the Rotary International Foundation for $15,500, enough to cover about 200 kids with coats, mittens and boots. But that was a one-time grant, and at about the same time, Simonsen said he acquired the car of his youth, a 1956 Thunderbird. He knew others in the club also collected vintage Vintage cars, lots of great food and fun are all part of the Bountiful Rotary Club’s Coats for Kids Car Show coming August 20-21. Photo courteContinued page 6

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Continued from front page cars, and so the idea of a Car Show as a fundraising project quickly came to mind. “We knew that if we offered food for those who attended, we could raise some money,” Simonsen said. “Well that first year we bought every dog that was available in Bountiful, every hot dog bun, heated up some containers of water and threw them in, and we were selling them almost faster than we could cook them. In fact, I don’t think those first wieners were ‘hot’ dogs at all, but the residents loved them!” A few years later, the club added the highly-popular Smokin’ Tire Burnout event, held each year on a closed portion of 200 South (now adjacent to the Bountiful Town Square). “We reached out and found the very logical and supportive sponsor for the Burnout--Burt Brothers Tire and Service,” Simonsen said. “It has become a huge tradition in the community.” This year’s schedule, as shown on the sidebar, also includes a cool car parade, pie eating contests, a huge car show, bike safety rodeo and flag ceremony. All of the proceeds from sales of food at the event are used to provide winter clothing to children in need in 20 local elementary schools. The Rotary Club also provides dictionaries to all third grade students, $1,000 college scholarships to 10 graduating seniors from Bountiful and Woods Cross High Schools, sends selected youth to a leadership academy each year, and provides a $1,000 grant to the Safe Harbor Crisis Center. Rotarians are thankful for the many clubs and businesses that help sponsor the events. In addi- Chris Simonsen and his daughter Krista are among the long-time organizers and supporters of the show. Photo by Tom Haraldsen tion to Burt Brothers, those include Ford, Holly Frontier, Bahr Dermatology, Stepsavers, Strategic Planning, Allstate, U of U Credit Union, Larry H. Miller Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, Kentson Car Company, Freight Tech Management Group, Texas Roadbring their own bike and helmet. Town Square stage. Friday, August 20 house, and Joy Luck Restaurant which hosted the 4:30-6 pm Cruisers begin line up for 7:45 pm Smokin’ Tire Burnout on 200 11 am to 3 pm Food court opens with Coats for Kids kickoff luncheon. food, drinks and desserts. All proceeds ‘Cool Car Main Street Parade’ at 400 South. “The joy for all of us comes from being able go to support Coats for Kids program. North 100 West in the Bountiful Park Saturday, August 21 to put coats on kids,” Simonsen said. “We as Ro9 am Coats for Kids Car Show opens to Noon--Patriotic Flag Ceremony, with pavilion. tarians have a theme, ‘Service Above Self.’ It’s our 5:30 pm Food court opens with food, the public at Bountiful City Park, 200 the flag presented by a skydiving team. drinks and desserts served at Bounti- West 400 North. The show runs until 12:30 pm Pie Eating Contest in the guiding principle, and this event is just one examful Town Square Park, accessible via 3 pm with drawings for prizes every park. ple of the good we’re trying to do. We love it.” 100 South. Park is on 100 East between 15 minutes. Live music will be offered 3 pm Car Show Awards and Grand All of the events are free to the public, but do 100 and 200 South. All proceeds go to from the bowery, face painting for Prize Drawing. plan to buy some food while you enjoy the activkids, and more. support Coats for Kids program. ities. It’s for a great cause, and this year, the hot 10:30 am Bike Safety Rodeo in the east Visit for more in6 pm Cool Car Parade on Main Street. dogs WILL be hot. Rotarians promise! l

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Lack of donors, increase in traumas cause critical blood shortage By Becky Ginos | SALT LAKE CITY—David Beverley had been preparing to donate a portion of his liver to his father Peter until a shortage of blood put the procedure on hold. “I’ve been in quarantine and I’ve been getting psyched up to have the surgery,” said David. “I 100 percent understand but I can’t believe we’re that critically low. I’ve literally had to put my life on pause.” Beverley is not alone. Other procedures have been rescheduled or pushed out due to a critical blood shortage. “The U of U has increasingly been in a situation where there’s been a critical shortage of blood,” said Dr. Ram Nirula, chief of the division of general surgery at University of Utah Health. “Every other month the blood bank indicates the blood supply is low.” Since the beginning of COVID there has been a reduction in donors, he said. “Because more people are participating in outside activities we’ve seen a higher number of traumas in this season than other seasons.” “Our mission is to collect enough blood and platelets to provide to local hospitals,” said Deborah Jordan, community relations supervisor at ARUP Blood Services. “Pre-COVID we had 75 to 100 donations a day. Now we’re closer to 50 to 60 donors a day.” The need is real, said Benjamin Donner, executive director at American Red Cross of Utah. “Blood isn’t something you can store for a long time. If you look at where we are right now, we try to have a five day supply. Currently we have a half day supply. We all need to come together.” Trauma is the disruption of the anatomy that causes bleeding, said Dr. Rob Ferguson, senior medical director of surgical operations at Intermountain Healthcare. “Surgery is a trauma. It’s an intentional controlled trauma. Some organs have a lot of bleeding

David Beverley and his father Peter. Beverley’s transplant surgery was postponed due to a blood shortage. Courtesy

and the body needs assistance. The safe thing to do is to postpone the surgery until we have more blood products on hand.” It’s important to come in, said Donner. “A couple of years ago I was one of those traumas. I needed four units of blood at that moment. What if it wasn’t there?” “I have non alcoholic liver disease,” said Peter Beverley, whose surgery was rescheduled to July 27. “I’m to the point where I have to be treated for the toxins that are getting into my system. I’m one of the lucky ones who have a close family network that can get me through that.”

“I love my dad and wanted to help him out,” said David. “I’m the youngest of four kids. My sister and I were the only ones who matched but she was eliminated early on. It’s a rigorous process. I didn’t know how far it would go then one day they said ‘you’re a match.’ I thought ‘oh wow, now by boys and my daughter can have their grandpa for the coming years.’” “I haven’t seen this kind of perfect storm before,” Ferguson said. “It’s a concerning situation. It’s important to get donations to get us through. But I’m optimistic. There are so many good people who are ready and willing to answer the call when there’s a need.” l

South Davis Recreation District looking for feedback on bonding By Becky Ginos | BOUNTIFUL—The South Davis Recreation Center is a popular spot for families to swim, ice skate, rock climb or exercise. Its Junior Jazz program is one of the largest in the state. But in order to keep up with growth and demand, they’re looking to make improvements to the current facility and expand. That expansion includes a proposed second site in Woods Cross or North Salt Lake. In order to complete these projects, the South Davis Recreation District (SDRD) is looking to go out for bond this fall. “We have been in communication with Davis County, the Davis School District and the cities of South Davis County to find ways to work together to make these plans a reality,” said Executive Director Tif Miller. “We are currently working with members of the community as well to help spread the word regarding the master plan and bonding and to help encourage discussion and engagement going forward.” The bond impacts for a home valued at $391,000 (a taxable value of $215,050) will have an increase of $32 per year for the first three years until the existing bond expires and an increase of $28 per year or $2.33 per month thereafter, according to the SDRD. The bond would be on the November ballot. If the bond is approved, the SDRD will start bidding for contractors and send out an RFP to get the process rolling, Miller said. “The project will take about 18 months to get done but it depends on

the climate of everything that’s happening. But we hope to complete it by 2022.” Some of the improvements to the existing facility include; new youth/teen fitness areas, new group fitness rooms, new family changing rooms, a 50-meter pool and team locker rooms. Proposed amenities at the new west-side facility include; an outdoor seasonal pool, gymnasium, multi-sport court and weight and cardio areas. The SDRD has held open houses previously to answer questions and introduce residents to the master plan and intends to hold more to engage the community in the process. The first open house is set for July 21 at North Salt Lake City Hall at 6 p.m. The second open house is currently planned for Aug. 4 with the time and location to be announced. “This is the community’s recreation center and recreation district so it is important to us that the community is able to be involved as much as possible in this process,” said Miller. “With the continued growth and projected future growth of our South Davis Community, we feel now is the right time to look at these improvements and upgrades because they will not only benefit current members of the community but will also benefit the future of our children and their children in South Davis.” For more information and to stay up to date on the process visit: master-plan/.l

A plan for improvements: The Recreation District completed a master plan between 2018 and 2020. This plan identifies current needs and improvements to meet the future recreation demands for the communities served. The final recommendations of the master plan include the following: • Improvements to the existing Recreation Center to ensure the facility is well maintained. The existing facility is well loved and used, and has experienced wear over the years that needs to be addressed. • Renovation and expansion of the existing Recreation Center to improve access, expand accessibility, create more comfortable locker rooms, expand group and individual fitness spaces, add restrooms on the upper level, and improve operational efficiencies. • A new second recreation center to better serve the residents on the west side of I-15 and accommodate the new growth and expanded desire for recreation within the district.

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BOUNTIFUL—Michael Smauldon never imagined working for a humanitarian organization, but today, he’s thankful for the opportunity to do just that. Smauldon has been named executive director of the Northern Utah and Southwest Wyoming Chapter of the American Red Cross. In his role, he will promote and support the Red Cross programs and services of the chapter, which covers six northern counties of Utah and two counties in southwestern Wyoming. “I’m happy to be in a position of helping people,” he said. “I love reaching out to those who need support. Being part of an organization that brings hope helps my soul every day.” Chapter volunteers and staff respond to disasters both locally and nationwide, collect blood for hospitals, support members of the military, veterans and their families, and provide training in health and safety as well as community preparedness. Just last week, the Red Cross was called to help with two devastating apartment building fires, including one in Ogden, where Smauldon grew up and attended Weber State University. “Working in the city I grew up in excites me,” Smauldon said. “It’s the best feeling in the world to give back to this community.” After a decade of working for the Transportation Security Administration, Smauldon became an executive coordinator for the Red Cross in 2015. This was followed by stints as the Northern Utah and

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Southwest Wyoming Chapter disaster program manager and later as the regional direct services manager overseeing mass care and recovery. He saw a TV ad about the Red Cross position and decided to apply. “I didn’t know much about the Red Cross other than that they collected and distributed blood donations,” he said. “Now I really understand how this organization has people’s backs in their time of need.” After the Ogden fire, the Red Cross supported six clients immediately with blankets, comfort kits, some financial aid and case work teams to help with long-term recovery. Five homes and two businesses were destroyed, along with a number of vehicles. Smauldon said he has been particularly impressed with the organization’s commitment to the armed forces. “Our program works with active duty soldiers as well as veterans,” he said. “We work with the military before deployment, making sure both the soldiers and their families have ways to keep in touch. The Red Cross has personnel at a lot of military bases to relay information to a soldier, and we can help them get home if they need to. We work with a lot of veterans’ organizations and all VA hospitals.” He said he’s “pretty addicted to this position now,” and is grateful for it. He is completing a degree in human resources at Western Governors University, and lives with his wife Nicole in Bountiful.l

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Biking from Canada to Mexico to fight cancer By Cali Garrity | Davis Journal BOUNTIFUL—For many, biking from Canada to Mexico seems like an enormous feat to undertake. For Shem Flitton, he has been preparing a long time for this ride, and is doing it for a good cause. Flitton is raising $10 per mile that he bikes, and all the money will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. The entire ride will be 1,753 miles. This foundation is close to Flitton as he has had many family members and friends who have battled cancer. Flitton plans to undertake this ride in July of 2022. Starting this July, he will begin training and accepting others who want to take this ride with him. So far he has five people committed to make the ride, while more have started considering joining as well. Raising money through biking is not a new thing for Flitton. He has raised well over $5,000 in his past races, but this is the largest one he will endeavor with hopes to raise $17,000. “It takes a lot of training for these rides,” he said. “We plan to ride 90-120 miles a day, completing the ride in two and a half weeks, but there are so many things you can’t plan for like weather

and extreme temperatures.” Flitton has loved biking for much of his life. He served an LDS mission in France which required a lot of biking. He continued to bike when he returned home and around 2012 he started trying more intense races. His love of biking has even rubbed off on his children who occasionally take rides with him. “I get a lot of inspiration on my bike. It helps me figure out a lot of problems that might arise in my life,” he said. Flitton has wanted to do this specific ride for a long time, but only in the last few months has he now committed to training and fundraising. He will be riding along U.S. Highway 89 and has started a blog where he posts regularly about his plan for the ride. Highway 89 has more than 65,000 feet of combined elevation, goes through five states and passes by seven national parks. For those wanting to donate to Flitton’s fundraising or to read more about his ride and what brought him to this point, check out Bountiful cyclist Shem Flitton will ride border to border next year for a cancer benefit. Courtesy photo

Lakeside Golf Course is getting some assistance during drought By Julie Thompson | City Journals WEST BOUNTIFUL--The West Bountiful City Council voted unanimously on July 20 to grant permission for Lakeside Golf Course to connect to the city water supply in order to protect the course, in particular the fragile greens. The course, which is managed by Dallas Green, began the season with a watering plan that maximized the already restricted water supply. Lakeside receives its water from the Weber Basin Water District. The usual mid-October shut-off has been moved to the first of October with updates from the district leaning toward the possibility of moving the date into September. Without proper planning, losing the water supply in September could prove catastrophic to the local course. The request to connect to the city water supply was made in advance due to the fact that finding and engineering the proper connection will take time. The connection would only be utilized as a last resort. With more than 900 sprinkler heads, 8-10 hours is required to complete the irrigation cycle. A detailed plan was implemented this spring to maximize the allotted water supply which was decreased by 20%. This plan includes converting 4

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acres of turf from the out of play area to native grass, converting the spray heads in those areas from full circle to part circle, removing 10 heads from the watering cycle completely, hand watering dry spots, and applying a wetting agent to fairways in order to retain water. The irrigation system is also being closely monitored in order to avoid leaks or broken heads which have the potential to cause significant water loss. While it may seem that the action taken by the course management and the city council is geared toward maintaining revenue and recreation at the course, the main purpose is to prevent the loss of fairways and greens which would create an astronomical cost. If a green is lost, the amount of time that green is out of commission is 45-150 days, which in an extreme case is an entire season. In order for the closure to be on the six-week time frame, sod is used rather than seed which could cost $75,000-100,000 per green, which is close to estimated cost of the project of connecting to city water. A loss of more than one green, not to mention the fairways, could spell disaster for this popUtah’s drought has played havoc with maintenance needs at Lakeside Golf Course, as it has with most courses in ular local course. l the state. Photo by Tom Haraldsen

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Explorer Corps program is a Utah scavenger hunt By Tom Haraldsen |


tah is made up of 29 counties, each one of them featuring something that is uniquely theirs. Now, the Natural History Museum of Utah has created a summer-long adventure to encourage visits to those counties, along with a way to track family ventures. Partnering with the Natural History Explorer Corps, the group has placed a 10-inch custom-designed commemorative brass marker, imbedded in 300 pounds of concrete, in the ground at a place of natural or cultural history significant to each county, and created a contest to encourage the public to visit and learn about each area. O.C. Tanner produced the markers. Once each marker was completed, Big-D Construction drove the state from top to bottom, roughly 6,000 miles, installing one marker in each county. “We are beyond thrilled to roll out the Natural History Explorer Corps program, which has been designed to encourage and support learning about and visiting 29 off-the-beaten-path wonders in Utah,” said Jason Cryan, NHMU executive director. “It’s also a great way

to encourage our friends and neighbors in Utah to safely get back out there in the spirit of education, adventure, and friendly competition.” The “Race to 29!” contest allows travelers to track their adventures on a state-of-the-art passport app, and/or use a specially-created paper passport and make “rubbings” of the ED markers, along with taking photos of course. The contest will offer weekly giveaways, including a weeklong adventure in a Winnebago from Kellville Vans next summer. Explorer Corps badges, KUHL clothing and other prizes will also be given away during the contest, which runs through Labor Day. Program planning began back in 2019 as NHMU commemorated its 50th anniversary, with a goal of honoring this state that is home to fascinating fossil discoveries, beautiful landscapes and varied environments. Even with a year-long delay and setbacks due to the pandemic, the vision for Explorer Corps didn’t falter. In fact it expanded, Cryan said, with thanks to partnerships with O.C. Tanner and the State of Utah, plus

The Davis County marker highlights Antelope Island State Park. There are 29 markers in all, one in each Utah County. Photo courtesy of NHMU

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Sheriff’s main focus is the safety and well-being of Davis County residents By Becky Ginos | FA R M I N G T O N — D a v i s County Sheriff Kelly Sparks has seen a lot of changes over the 30 plus years he’s been in law enforcement, but one thing remains the same – his desire to protect and serve the community. “The Sheriff’s Office is actively engaged in improving the quality of life for the citizens of Davis County,” Sparks said. “We’ve created a leadership team to improve relationships across the county. This is a measure of our success when we all work together for the health, well-being and safety of our citizens.” Sparks was drawn to law enforcement at an early age. “I knew in high school that this was a career field I wanted to pursue,” he said. “My cousin was on the Layton Police force and he was a great example to me.” He applied to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in the early 80s and was invited in for a test. “I walked into the auditorium and there were 400 people taking the test,” said Sparks. “It was intimidating. I

thought I had no chance of getting past those 400 people. But when I headed for the door there was this large gruff man in the hallway and I was so intimidated by him that I went back and sat down and took the test. I was hired in 1983.” Sparks went through the police academy and paramedic school and worked in every division of the Sheriff’s Office, he said. “I became the director of the police academy at Weber State. Then I was invited to take the position of Deputy Director of POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training). In 2018 I decided I needed to run for Davis County Sheriff.” It’s an elected office, he said. “I’m in law enforcement. I’m not a politician. My focus and what I care about is law enforcement. My decision to run was a difficult one. It’s a large job.” A year or two previously there were a number of things that were concerning, said Sparks. “There was some disconnect and tensions between the Sheriff’s Office and the county. We needed good coop-

eration with the County Attorney’s Office, cities and government. We looked at improving how we were seen by the public and other entities.” Davis County doesn’t have as many problems as in other areas, he said. “We’re not immune. But our crime rate is pretty low so residents should feel safe.” Law enforcement has been taking a lot of heat lately and that has been tough, Sparks said. “It’s a personal challenge for me. I don’t mind criticism, it can be good to help us improve. But unwarranted criticism from other areas in the nation is demoralizing. It’s a challenge to overcome.” It’s important to let the officers know they’re appreciated, he said. “We get great support from the citizens of Davis County to overcome that loud minority.” Retention and recruitment has declined for a number of years now, said Sparks. “It’s a factor of the economy. When it’s low everyone struggles to find employees. But those loud public voices and criti-

Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks (center) helps at Drug Take Back Day. Sparks took office in 2019.

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Visit a Little Free Library in your neighborhood to take a book and leave a book. By Karmel Harper|


ndrew Carnegie said, “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is never a failing spring in the desert.” Carnegie’s belief that a free library gives people the chance to educate and lift themselves regardless of wealth and status is exhibited in his life’s endeavor and accomplishment in funding and building 2,508 public libraries in his lifetime. Inspired by the 20th century titan of industry, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Wisconsin set a similar goal to build libraries. In 2009, Bol built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and installed it on a post in his front yard where neighbors and friends could “take a book and leave a book.” It was such a success that Bol built several more and gave them away. In 2010, Brooks and Bol established the name “Little Free Library” and the first official Little Free Library was installed on a bike path in Madison, Wisconsin that summer. Within a few months, thousands of people had seen the library and Brooks and Bol continued to give away Little Free Libraries that included wooden signs engraved with official charter numbers. By 2013, the pair surpassed Carnegie’s library count of 2,508 as they established over 4,000 libraries by the

end of 2012, the same year Little Free Library became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nicole Allen of Kaysville installed a Little Free Library (Charter #21156) at her childhood home on 515 S. 200 East in Kaysville in December 2015. Allen up cycled an old kitchen cabinet from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and with the help of a carpenter friend weatherproofed it, added a roof, painted it in bright colors, and filled it with books for her neighbors to enjoy. “Initially I just stocked it with books from my own personal library and books I picked up from thrift stores, but pretty quickly the neighborhood kept it going by bringing in books to swap out,” she said. “People will bring their kids in wagons and trade books on a regular basis.” Allen’s library has three levels where children’s books are placed in the lowest level for easy reach while the upper levels are stocked with books for adults, keeping an even balance of books for children and books for adults. The success of the Little Free Library program runs on an honor system embracing the “take a book, leave a book” mindset. People are welcome to take as many books as they please and they can either return them or keep them forever as long as they replace the

books they take. This mentality not only fosters a constant turnover in titles by providing book diversity but also promotes neighborhood connection via the shared experience of reading the books together. The Little Free Library program offers exposure to local authors and gives them the opportunity to share their work with the local community. Michelle Edge recently moved to South Jordan from Georgia and has published four children’s books which she has written and illustrated herself including a series titled, “The Adventures of Sissy Dog” which is a rhyming book. Her books are based on the true stories and imaginative adventures from her childhood. While her books are available for sale on Amazon and in Target and Walmart, Edge loves to drive around town and donate her books in Little Free Libraries. To date there are more than 100,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 108 countries worldwide. The Little Free Library website ( includes an interactive map where you can input your ZIP code and locations will pop up. To the traveler, it is a wonderful way to enjoy a book provided by a local resident, perhaps in a country and culture that is new to you. “I love books. And being able to go from a large library that only I use to being able to

Visit the Little Free Library at 515 S. 200 E. in Kaysville to take a book and leave a book. Photo by Nicole Allen

share them with the community…it is great,” Allen said. If you would like to start a Little Free Library in your neighborhood and get more information on how to build one, visit www. l



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Local Children’s author Mike Knudson shares experiences


ho doesn’t enjoy a walk down memory lane and especially the occasional stroll through the happy, carefree days of childhood? North Salt Lake children’s author Mike Knudson took a step further and turned many of his own experiences into delightful, humorous tales that hundreds of children enjoy today. His Raymond and Graham series are based on real life friends and experiences. “When I first began playing baseball, I knew for sure that I would be a baseball player when I grew up,” he said. “Funny story, I was visiting an elementary school in Florida back in 2012, and in my presentation, I told the kids that when I was their age, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. After the assembly, a teacher approached me and said, ‘You're just like my son, he always wanted to be a baseball player too.’ So… I asked her what he ended up doing for a career. She replied, ‘Oh, he won the World Series last October.’ She was serious. Her son played for the St. Louis Cardinals!” Knudson said he knew when he first wanted to write a book. “I have always thought about it. Even in my college years, but I never pursued it,” he said. “I didn't take the time to research the process or how to submit something to get published. It seemed like a daunting endeavor. I took many literature classes in college, but in the end, I graduated, went on to get an MBA and worked several years before attempting to write my first book. I always knew, however, that if I ever started writing, I would write for children.” Knudson’s stories and characters stem back to his own childhood. “The characters in my first series of books (Raymond and Graham) are all based on friends from my childhood,” he said. “My middle name is Raymond, and the middle name of my closest childhood friend is Graham. Not only are the characters based on people I know, but the events of the book are mostly based on actual events. The stories are fiction; however, many friends and family members knew in an instant which specific friends inspired each character.” Knudson also acknowledges that he received inspiration from his own family. “My children were also a source of great inspiration. They were in elementary school during the time I was writing the Raymond and Graham series, and some of the happenings in the books are based on events from my children's lives. “For example, true story, my son came home from his soccer carpool late one day and when asked where they had been my son described how the mom who was driving the carpool stopped at a store to buy some underwear for her son. As I pictured that poor kid waiting in the Suburban with half his soccer team, while his mother ran in to buy his underpants, I knew that had to make it into a book. The humiliation we as parents often put our children through provides great material for stories.” Getting published for the first time is indeed a daunting task, Knudson said, “After writing my first book but before sending it to publishers, my close friend, who is the inspiration behind my character Graham, helped me edit the book. We had a lot of fun doing it and we thought it was good, but we wanted to get some unbiased reviews of the book. “Long story short, we printed the manuscript on some regular loose paper and got it into the hands of a 10-year-old neighbor of a relative. He loved the story and brought the pile of papers to his school and asked his teacher to read it to the class. Amazingly, she did! The teacher contacted me and asked when this was going to be published because they were having an author day in two months and if the book was published, she invited me to participate.

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By Rebecca Rodgers | City Journals “Without hesitation I said it would be printed the following month. I hung up and called local printers. I told one of them I needed about 25 copies printed. I was informed that with setup costs it would be about the same to print 25 as 2,500, so I printed 2,500! Author day at the school was so fun, and I had so many books to get rid of that I began to promote myself to local schools. I ended up booking over 75 schools that fall and Rule the School is one of Knudson’s had to reorder books four Raymond and Graham books. for the book signings. Courtesy photos It was then that I submitted my book to publishers.” And finally, good news. “After receiving numerous rejections, many of them telling me that they only accept manuscripts from literary agents, I was driving down the road and received a phone call from Viking Children's Books, a division of Penguin Publishing, now Penguin Random House. They said they loved the story and wanted to turn it into a series. It was an exciting day for sure!” Does he have any writing quirks? “I'm not sure if it is a quirk, and I'm not sure exactly how other writers write, however, I never write from beginning to end. I have the idea, develop some semblance of an outline, and then it seems I write the beginning couple of chapters, jump to the ending, come back to the beginning or somewhere in the middle and so forth until it all somehow comes together. When I feel inspiration for a specific moment in the story, I immediately work on that moment regardless of where it occurs in the story.” Where does Knudson get his ideas for writing these days? “Life in general. I have quite a lengthy list of ideas that are in various stages of development. I don't really search for ideas but try to jot down a note whenever something comes to mind. I have them on my Notes App on my phone, my iPad, as well as some handwritten ideas here and there.” When Knudson isn’t writing he enjoys many other activities. “Anything with family. We now have six grandchildren, all under 5 years old. I love being with them. I also bike a lot. We are lucky to live here where there are so many trails and places to ride. And if you walk past my house late at night you will probably hear me playing the banjo. It's probably why we don't get a lot of foot traffic down our street at night.” What does Knudson’s family think about his writing? “They have always been supportive. Back when I was doing a ton of school visits, I would take them with me now and then. When my daughter was 9 years old she accompanied me for a few days of school visits in Northern California. At one of the school book signings, the kids all wanted her to sign the books as well. That was fun. “Another time I took my three boys to Arizona on a book tour. The highlight for them was picking up our to-go pizza

Knudson with his banjo and a couple of friends.

order. Hungry Howie's pizza gave us a stack of four additional pizzas that someone ordered but never picked up. The boys may not remember the assemblies or book signings, but they sure remember the mountain of pizza we had that night!” Have you ever wondered what makes a great children’s story? “Relatable characters and a genuine voice that resonates with the reader,” Knudson said. “I like writing for the middle grade audience because there are so many firsts that we experience at that age. Before that age, in early elementary, it seems that kids don't have a lot of inhibitions. They don’t come into that self- awareness that hits hard as kids reach the middle grades. “I try hard to bring the emotions of friendship, embarrassment and even those first innocent feelings of the heart. I think they are all emotions from our childhood that children relate to, and even as we grow older as adults, we can still remember the first time we felt awkward, embarrassed or when we did something amazing. “I still remember the feeling of hitting a baseball the first time in a little league game, or the time I tried out for the school play and thought for sure I would get the main part of Ebenezer Scrooge, only to have my dreams of stardom shattered when finding out I was to play Peter, Tiny Tim's brother, with one single line, "And Mother made a plum pudding too!" If you have ever wanted to write a book, Knudson recommends, “Get started! I would also say that you should do it for the love of writing and for your own enjoyment. The publishing world can be tough, but if you are writing for yourself, your family, and friends, regardless of what happens on the publishing side, it will be a fun and satisfying journey. “Also, share it with others along the way. Many writers have writing groups where they critique each other’s work as they go. We are often too close to our work to see areas of improvement that can make a good story great.” l

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New heritage festival replaces Davis County Fair By Becky Ginos | KAYSVILLE—The Davis County Fair has been a staple in the community for many years delighting children with baby animals, pony rides and dog shows. Last year the fair was canceled due to COVID and will not be held again this year. Instead, the county, in partnership with the Utah State University Botanical Center, has announced the new Davis Heritage Festival to be held in 2022 that will replace the fair. The family-friendly event celebrating the heritage of Davis County will be hosted by the USU Botanical Center and held annually in the spring to coincide with Baby Animal Days and is scheduled for May 19-21, 2022. “The purpose of this change is to focus on agriculture, give community members and local businesses a chance to share their creative endeavors through locally made or grown projects and to celebrate the heritage of Davis County,” Davis County Commissioner Randy Elliott said in a statement. “In addition, it will honor the past, promote the strong future ahead and more accurately reflect what has built the Davis County community.” Utah State University Extension professor and director of the USU Botanical Center, Jerry Goodspeed said he is excited about the festival. “There is symmetry between USU Botanical Center’s mission and Davis County’s efforts in promoting and supporting agriculture and local heritage,” said Goodspeed. “We look forward to sharing this wonderful new event with the community. Our new Davis Heritage Festival committee, which includes a Davis County employee as co-chair, is already making plans for the 2022 event.”

“Our goal is to honor what has built the Davis County community and find new ways to improve and prepare for the future. “ – Randy Elliott

The 4-H horse and livestock show will still be held this year as a separate event on Aug. 14 and Aug. 19-21. The county fair horse show starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Hooper City Arena and the stock show will be held at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden Aug. 19-21. “Our goal is to honor what has built the Davis County community and find new ways to improve and prepare for the future,” Elliott said. “This event update and transition of the hosting and planning to the USU Botanical Center will help us accomplish and exceed that goal.” For more information and updates about the transition visit or l The Davis Heritage Festival will be held next spring in conjunction with Baby Animal Days at the USU Botanical Center. Courtesy

The Attention Diet or Learning to Focus By Rebecca Rodgers | City Journals


uthor Mark Manson wrote a book that outlines exactly what this is. Are you with me so far or is your phone right there begging you to check your e-mail, new notifications or Facebook and Instagram? There are so many distractions to choose from! The main idea behind an attention diet is to be able to limit what you choose to give your attention to. Cutting down on the information you allow into your days or knowing what is important for you to pay attention to is key. Just like feeding your body with nutritious food, you need to feed your mind with nutritious information. Be select about what goes in. Pretend you’re getting ready for a big exam and it’s highly important for you to score well on it. Taking small breaks from studying is one thing, but if you constantly stop to catch up on social media, play electronic games or obsessively check your messages, you will stuff your brain with unneeded information and possibly fail the exam. How about helping our children to learn what to focus on? Jessica Ericksen of Bountiful said, “I used to plan out elaborate theme days during the Summer, maybe art projects or big outside activities, but as my number of children have grown, I’ve learned to simplify. Currently the kids are off electronics for the month of July. When they claim they are bored, I tell them that’s good and encourage them to find their

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own ways to entertain themselves. Because of this, my son Ammon has been writing a book and the others have found constructive activities to do as well.” Highly nutritious sources of information or choosing quality over quantity runs true for what you allow into your mind as well as the relationships you keep. Focusing on less will be more for the health of your body and brain. Sometimes determining what junk information is for you can be tricky. Sometimes you need to unwind which may be reading a good book or watching an entertaining movie, but be cautious about what you allow yourself take in. There are a lot of junk distractions to be had. All things in moderation is still an important adage to remember. Learn how to cultivate deeper abilities to focus. The more you cut back on junk information going in and increase your time spent on what’s important for your learning and growth, the easier it will be to finish your tasks at hand. You want your attention span to increase. Along with that you should feel a greater sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in your life. As I write this article, I’ve spent a much longer time than normal to finish it due to necessary and unnecessary distractions. I’m glad that I have spent many hours in the past practicing the craft of writing. As a result, I’m better able to focus my attention on this one project I need to

Thea makes cookies for Minnie’s first birthday. Photos courtesy of Jessica Ericksen

Ammon Ericksen with his chalk art design.

complete! The definition of nutritious information is anything that is reliable, helpful to you and that will help you to progress in healthy ways. It is also anything that will help you to maintain and have healthy relationships. Junk information and relationships are any that you can’t trust or that bring you down in

any way. You don’t need anything that makes you feel bad or insecure or that lowers your self-confidence. The easiest way to measure what you take in is by how it causes you to act and feel. Uplifting, truthful and trustworthy information and people are what will help you maintain healthy diets of attention and fulfilling relationships. These are the things that make life worthwhile and worth living for.l

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Social connections are good for the brain By Rebecca Rodgers | City Journals


uring this age of smart phones and computer technology, it has been easy to go down the road to purchasing new gadgets and spending an excess amount of time with them rather than connecting with friends and family. Newer findings reported in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences suggest that socialization could aid the elderly to not suffer from dementia the way that physical exercise can keep you from developing diabetes or heart disease. When my own Mom lived at the Legacy House in Bountiful for two years it was the busiest time of my life. Not only was I juggling the lives and schedules of my seven children, but many other responsibilities as well. I’m not sure how I managed to visit with her each week and help her with physical therapy exercises, but I do know we both reaped social benefits in so doing. Our once-a-week lunch dates at Applebee’s were emotional lifelines for both of us as well as treasured memories now. Activities within your family such as playing board games, discussions during meals or going to social events can help stave off depression and stimulate your intellect. Staying socially active in your community and with friends and associates help with memory decline. Happy marriages with good communication can slow down age-related cognitive impairment. About her own marriage, Katy Wilson of Bountiful said, “It has helped me by ensuring that my best friend is always by my side. We basically share everything with each other- the good, the bad and the ugly. It makes our relationship stronger.” Using your talents or sharing your hobbies with other can provide meaningful contact with those who share your inter-

ests. Mary Messer of Bountiful loved having her kids participate in the chalk art festival that happens each year on Main Street. Not only has their art inspired others but it has especially helped her son Wesley to continue in his artistic pursuits. When you start new friendships with others be willing to learn about what special interests they have. Try to really value older friendships along with the new. Staying connected to those you have known for a long time adds richness and stability that you otherwise wouldn’t have. Kristy Anderson of Bountiful said, “I think texting is a wonderful way to stay in touch with people. I shoot daily messages to friends or people outside of my family is how I stay connected with them, and of course I love to make the occasional phone calls to friends as well. I also often try to schedule time to meet with people and do things such as going out to lunch or going to friends’ homes to visit or on walks with them. And of course, going to church is another great way to connect to the people in your ward family.” Higher self-esteem and lower rates of depression and anxiety are likely to occur if you can maintain healthy social connections with the people you know. In fact, your brain health depends on it. Your ties to other people decrease your chances of having suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Volunteering in your community or joining a club may be a great first step. However, developing strong bonds with others takes time. Active listening skills and a willingness to be vulnerable to others is required. Remember that strong social bonds do not always need to be with your own peer group. Your connection with a grandchild, a teacher, a coach, or some other mentor also add protection to maintaining brain health.

.Madison, Ethan, LaDawn and Grayden Warnock, staying connected with common pursuits. Photo courtesy of LaDawn Warnock.

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Staying safe around bison By Tom Haraldsen |


o you might be venturing outdoors a lot this summer, with very hot weather and the need to get out of the house. That could include hiking, particularly in places like Antelope Island which is always a huge destination. That said, some of the island’s “residents” don’t always take kindly to visitors, so here are some tips to keep everyone safe when two-legged creatures meet those with four legs! Antelope Island State Park is home to many wildlife species, including mule deer, pronghorn and bison. It’s where you’ll find one of the nation’s largest and oldest public bison herds. Due to the large population of bison living on the island, it is quite common to see one of the animals. In the winter months, there are about 515 bison on the island. After the female bison have their calves in the spring, it brings the total to about 750 animals. Bison can also be found in the Henry Mountains in southern Utah. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources said that during the last two years, there have been several instances when visitors to the island were charged and injured by a bison. While these incidents are quite rare, people should still be aware of what to do if they happen to encounter a bison.

“People usually get too close,” Antelope Island Park Manager Jeremy Shaw said. “They always want to get closer and closer for photos. But ultimately, any time there is a dangerous interaction with wildlife, it’s because the person got too close.” Here are a few tips from DWR for how to avoid making a bison aggressive if you encounter one: • If you see a bison and it stops what it is doing and starts paying attention to you, you are too close and should slowly back away. • nIf a bison is in the middle of the road, wait for it to pass. Do not get out of your vehicle. • If a bison is on the side of the road, feel free to slowly drive past it. But again, stay inside your vehicle. • If you see a bison in the distance, do not walk across the rangeland to get closer to it. Take your photos from a safe distance. • If you are hiking and a bison is close to or on the trail, you should either back away and return the way you came, or leave the trail and give the animal a very wide berth when passing it. It is OK to go off the trail if your safety is at risk. “We’ve got trail restrictions on Antelope Island in the backcountry, but safety

Davis Technical College receives award of excellence KAYSVILLE—The Composite Materials Technology program at Davis Technical College has been named a winner of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2021 Organizational Excellence Award. The award recognizes organizations from academia, industry and government within the advanced materials and process community that exemplify the best of SAMPE. “Davis Tech has set a high standard for innovation and creativity in advancing material and process engineering,” Jerome Berg, President of SAMPE said in a statement. “Earning this award is a testament to the skill, dedication and professionalism of its winners.” Davis Tech started the Composites Materials Technology program in 2007 and trains more than 250 students annually. That includes courses at Northridge, Syracuse, Farmington and Woods Cross high schools. The chief employers in Davis County are the aerospace, recreation manufacturing, infrastructure and transportation industries, including Hill Air Force Base, one of Utah’s largest employers, according to a release. “Davis Technical College is honored

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Bison are a large part of the wildlife population on Antelope Island. Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, DWR

trumps those rules,” Shaw said. “If you are in the backcountry hiking and you come across any wildlife that’s in your path, we urge you to travel around it. Whatever distance you think you should remain from the animal, double it. That’s how far back you

should stay.” These safety tips also apply to other species of wildlife. For specifics on what to do when encountering different types of animals in the wild, visit the Wild Aware Utah website. l



HOME EVALUATION The Composite Materials Technology program trains more than 250 students annually. Photo courtesy of DT

to receive this award from SAMPE, an organization for which we have the utmost respect and appreciation,” Davis Tech President Darin Brush said. “We are very proud of our Composite Materials program and this recognition is a tremendous validation of our success. Our thanks to everyone at SAMPE.” — Becky Ginos

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Soaring Summer Travel is Lifting Utah’s Economy By Robert Spendlove | Zions Bank Senior Economist


he Salt Lake City International Airport is bustling. Visitors are pouring into Utah’s state and national parks. And the iconic Temple Square is once again welcoming visitors from around the world to our capital city. After the coronavirus pandemic dramatically impacted travel and tourism – along with so many aspects of our lives and our economy – it’s exciting to see travel returning to our state. In July, the Salt Lake City International Airport reported that passenger volumes were at 105% of 2019 levels – one of the strongest rebounds nationally. And a year after Covid-19 halted most international travel, our Zions Bank branches have seen an uptick in people coming in to get foreign currency for their summer travels, particularly the Mexican Peso, the Euro and the British pound. This return to travel is important. The travel and tourism sector generates over a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue each year, according to the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Tourism and visitor spending support more than one in 11 Utah jobs directly or indirectly. And in some parts of the state, the employment impact is much

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larger. From the snow-capped mountains to the majestic red rocks, statistics show that not even a global pandemic can keep people away from all our state has to offer. Despite the pandemic, a record 10.6 million people visited Utah state parks in 2020 – a 33% increase from 2019. Similarly, Utah’s ski resorts saw a record-breaking 5.3 million skier days during the 202021 winter season, according to Ski Utah. The previous record was 5.1 million, set in 2018-2019. The business side of tourism continues to recover, although much more slowly than the leisure side of travel. It will take some time for business travel to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, but the future is looking bright. More than a year after the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic began, Utah’s economy has emerged as one of the strongest in the nation, with the second-highest job growth of any state. This busy season of travel is a great sign that our travel and tourism industry is making a strong comeback. A boost in summer travel will have far-reaching impacts on the economy, bringing back jobs

and stimulating additional growth. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A.

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Never-Ending Network Evolution, Are All Broadband Providers Up for the Challenge? By Bryan Thomas, VP Engineering, Comcast Mountain West Region

Working and learning remotely for the past 15 months brought unique circumstances for all of us to navigate in several areas, and central to it all is having access to a reliable, secure internet connection. The pandemic posed the biggest technological test in the history of the internet. When offices and schools closed in March 2020, internet traffic across the U.S. surged by 20 – 35 percent, as millions of people transitioned to working, learning and consuming all of their entertainment at home. Now our communities are transitioning back to working from offices or making hybrid work arrangements, and schools are planning to reopen their doors beginning in August. A flexible, continuously evolving network staying ahead of customer demand is critical. The success of a network hinges on three factors: decades of strategic investment, continuous network innovation, and the best team in the business. Investment

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New commission tasked with bolstering economic development By Becky Ginos | SALT LAKE CITY—As the state emerges from the pandemic, state and local leaders have come together to form the new Unified Economic Opportunity Commission (EC). The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) announced the commission last month which was created as part of H.B. 348 that was passed during the 2021 legislative session. “It gives us the opportunity to relook at how we handle economic development in the state of Utah,” said Senate president J. Stuart Adams. “I don’t think this has been done in any other state. It’s the Governor, Speaker, representatives from county commissions and cities, people who represent all economic aspects of Utah.” The commission will address issues such as education, transportation, infrastructure and workforce development, he said. “We’ll take a holistic view and decide what the best way is to attract the type of jobs that will help us move forward into the future.” U.S. News & World Report named Utah as the best economy in the nation, Adams said. “The census shows we’re the fastest growing state in the nation. People are looking at Utah from all over the nation. They’ve seen the quality of life we have here. We want to use those accolades in the best way we can.” The commission brings together the best minds with the best ideas, he said. “It’s an exciting commission. If you had told me a year ago when we were in the worst depression since 1930 that we’d have the lowest

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case count in the nation and best economy in the nation I wouldn’t have believed it. We need to capitalize on what we’ve done in the past and make sure the future is done right.” Adams said the commission is aware that companies drive economic growth. “We want to make sure new companies will consider Utah and also how we can help existing companies. We’ll take a broad approach to look at everything. We’ve got the right people at the table.” The commission met for the first time on June 30. “It went great,” said Adams. “We haven’t gone to work totally but we’re formed and ready to go. I’m sure we’ll meet several times a year. There’s a real push now to get some ideas ready for the next legislative session.” There’s a multitude of items to consider, he said. “The number one top driver is an educated workforce. We want to have the talent to fill the jobs that are coming to Utah. We want to make sure kids K-12 are getting an education that is aligning with universities and technical schools. I’ve heard over and over again from companies that having a prepared, talented workforce far exceed any incentives.” The future is bright, said Adams. “We’ve gone through a pandemic and come out of that. Let’s celebrate for a moment or two about where we’re at and be happy. There’s never been so much opportunity for the citizens of Utah.” l

In the last three years alone, Comcast invested $389.6 million in technology and infrastructure in Utah, including upgrades to our network. Since 2017, Comcast devoted more than $15 billion nationwide to strengthening and expanding our network – including building more than 33,000 new route miles of fiber, which is like driving from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine more than 10 times. Every two and a half years, the company has added as much capacity to the network as it has in all the previous years combined. One of the greatest advantages of our massive network is we already pass 60 million homes and businesses with a powerful, fiber-dense network, and we have the ability to quickly, surgically, and efficiently add additional fiber and capacity when and where it’s needed. Because of our continuous investment in our network, we can often complete targeted upgrades in weeks rather than months and years. We have a proven track record of completing network upgrades and improvements ahead of schedule, and delivering the performance our customers need well before they need it. Innovation Continuous innovation throughout every part of a network is key. Comcast is a leader in the 10G initiative, which leverages new standards and technology to dramatically increase internet speeds. The technology lays the groundwork for network operators, like us, to deliver multigigabit download and upload speeds over connections already installed in hundreds of millions of homes worldwide. Meaning, we can deliver multigigabit speeds to homes without the need for massive digging and construction projects. With this technology, Comcast can continue to deliver ultra-fast service today, while simultaneously building capacity for future needs.mAnd with decades of experience, Comcast is advancing network virtualization and data access to cloud-based technologies for greater performance, increased reliability and easier upgrades. Simply put, we’re able to meet the needs of tomorrow – today, and continually improve the customer experience by delivering faster speeds, greater capacity, and more dynamic connected experiences. Team Support In addition to investing billions in building and evolving our network, Comcast engineers, artificial intelligence scientists, and cybersecurity experts across the country are continuously developing and deploying new technologies to protect our customers and ensure our network can meet emerging threats and challenges. We have a team of cybersecurity experts scanning the network for threats and actively defending our network and our communities. Our teams are made up of elite talent working at every level of the network from software and artificial intelligence at the core, to the best field teams laying new fiber and upgrading the network year-round in all conditions. New network entrants who don’t have a plan or resources to support never-ending network evolution, cybersecurity protection, and hardening may put customers who rely on them at unnecessary risk. As the country shifts yet again, home and business internet connections remain essential for video calls, education, healthcare access, workforce development, streaming entertainment, and more. At Comcast, we remain relentlessly focused on connectivity, to deliver the smartest, fastest, most reliable network to the communities we serve – keeping you connected to more of who and what you love.

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Davis Early Intervention program helps children with disabilities succeed By Becky Ginos | FARMINGTON—For parents who have a child with disabilities, knowing how to care for them can be overwhelming. The Davis Early Intervention program in the school district provides some of the tools that families need to help their children reach their goals. In the late 80s the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed,” said Mandy Zeschke, Davis Early Intervention coordinator. “It’s for children from birth to 3 years old who have delays or disabilities. The district holds the grant for Davis County.” When a child is referred, they do a free evaluation to determine eligibility for the program, she said. “We create a family service plan and provide family coaching. Primarily we go to the child’s home but we also have a few classes that we invite parents to participate in at the level that will benefit them.” The program has occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, developmental specialists and service coordinators so they can receive whatever service they need, Zeschke said. “They work with the child and provide suggestions to the family to continue to work on between visits.” Some of the classes offered include a music/movement group and a motor group that targets different development for kids, she said. “There’s an infant massage group and a parent support group that is virtual. It gives parents the opportunity to network with other parents of children with disabilities.” Currently they are serving 450 children, said Zeschke. “If kids are eligible they get services, we don’t have a wait-

ing list. The state legislature determined a sliding fee scale from zero to $200 a month participation fee. It is based on family size and income.” “I’ve really loved early intervention – it’s been a godsend,” said parent April Shumway. “I have a child with special needs. He was born with Down syndrome. His first year of life was hard, he was in and out of Primary’s.” They teach you infant massage and how to calm your baby, she said. “I still use those baby massages. When he got older he had occupational, speech and feeding therapy. They guide you along to give you a head start. They offer so many things to give children a leg up. He’ll have the skills to move on.” Shumway’s son is 3 years old so he will be leaving the program soon.“I’m bummed. It feels like you have an ally, somebody who knows how it is to have a child with disabilities. It was so nice to have that help in the beginning.” The Davis Early Intervention staff hosted an activity day for families in the program on Wednesday at the park. “It gives kiddos the opportunity to get out into the community and practice the things they’ve been working on with the support of early intervention providers,” said Zeschke. When parents are first learning about the diagnosis it can be overwhelming, she said. “They may also be dealing with older children. We give suggestions to help the family come together. We want the family to be successful. We love kids and we love helping families help their kids.” For more information about the program visit Davis Early Intervention on Facebook and Instagram or call 801402-5408. l

Speech Pathologist Shawnii Lyman delights 3-year-old Pasley Marsh with bubbles at a Davis Early Intervention activity at Legacy Park in North Salt Lake. Photo by Becky Ginos

Maintaining trails a labor of love By Becky Ginos | BOUNTIFUL—Paul Richins is an avid hiker and biker, so when he noticed the road on the westside embankment of the gun range was getting washed out he decided to take matters into his own hands. “Water curved off the embankment and would go down the trail,” said Richins. “It was creating a gouge, then over time it got deeper and worse and worse making the trail really bad. When it came to that point it made it difficult to ride. I thought, ‘I can fix it. I’ll put some dirt in it.’” Richins found some road base near there. “One day I went up there with a wheelbarrow and started filling back the embankment,” he said. “I put landscape fabric down to help it in the future. I’ll do it again every couple of years before it gets bad.” When he retired three years ago he was facing shoulder surgery making it so he couldn’t bike or run for six months so he took up hiking. “I go up the mountain once or twice a week and hike for four to 10 hours,” said Richins. “I do a lot of trail maintenance. I take pruners and a hand saw and leave trail markers. I have a holster with a belt clip to hold the pruners and a folding saw I can carry in my back pocket. I also have flag tape in my belt that I can

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pull off to leave aluminum cans or bottles on trees as markers.” People can make it up the mountain and make it back down if they’re more confident, he said. “If the trail is marked, people will hike it more.” There are some nice hikes in the area, said Richins. “People can go on a shady trail to get out of the heat. Most won’t do my type of hiking but there are other trails if they want to experience nature.” Richins recommends trying a new trail. “Kenny Creek trail starts on the northside of Mueller Park trail and there’s shade most of the time. It’s a pleasant area. Deuel Creek is pretty well used but try one of the other ones. You have to cross some creeks so you’ll get your feet wet but it’s no big deal.” Even trails that are marked on the maps if not maintained the shrub growth can get pretty bad, he said. “You can get scratched and you don’t know if you’re on the trail or not. I had to do a lot of tree removal after the winds in September. It wasn’t just me, others helped too.” Richins enjoys hiking year round. “I put on some snowshoes and go out. Every season is remarkably different. I just enjoy getting out and maintaining the trails.” l

Paul Richins fills in some ruts along the road near the Bountiful Gun Range. Richins does a lot of trail maintenance when he’s hiking or biking so others can enjoy them. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

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Utah Championship in Farmington Aug. 5-8 By Tom Haraldsen | FARMINGTON—The Utah Championship’s 30th edition, presented by Zions Bank, is returning to Oakridge Country Club in Farmington Aug. 5-8, and this year, so are the fans. After spectators were banned from last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tournament officials received the green light from the PGA Tour to allow the public to attend this season. Tickets are now available. The Korn Ferry Tour is the next step for many players hoping to earn PGA Tour status, and many former participants in Utah are now or have been on the regular tour. Along with local favorites Tony Finau and Danny Summerhays, other memorable alumni who’ve played in the event since its inception at Riverside Country Club in Provo have included: John Daly, winner of 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 Open Championship Zach Johnson, winner of 2007 Masters Tournament and 2015 Open Championship Bubba Watson, winner of 2012 and 2014 Masters Tournament C.T. Pan, who played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup Sam Burns, who beat Tiger Woods on the day by two-shots during 2018 Honda Classic

Cameron Champ, one of only two amateurs to make the cut in 2017 U.S. Open Sungjae Im, named 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Carlos Ortiz, winner of 2014 Tour Player of the Year Will Zalatoris, finished second in his debut at 2021 Masters Tournament Last year’s event was a classic, as Summerhays, who lives in Farmington and near the course, rallied in the final round to earn a way into a three-way playoff. He finished second in the tournament. Since then, he’s played in three Korn Ferry Tour events, two this year, and may be back at Oakridge in August. He also took a year off the tour to coach boys golf at Davis High School. Fans may purchase daily grounds, weekly grounds or daily VIP tickets in-advance online or on-site during tournament week. The number of tickets is limited. Davis County residents and their families can attend for free with a valid ID; no ticket purchase is necessary. Jeff Robbins, Utah Sports Commission President and CEO, said in a release, “This year we have the opportunity to celebrate 30 years of Utah Championship history and having fans back on the green makes it

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Planes, trains, and automobiles: travel ramps up with guidelines By Karmel Harper |


rom much needed rest and relaxation to exploring a new culture to embarking on an adventure, summer is the high season for travel, and lots of Utahns are getting away in 2021 to make up for the travel restrictions of 2020. In a very informal Facebook poll in the Kaysville Utah Facebook page, we asked what type of travel Kaysville residents have done in the past six months. Traveling by car more than 100 miles received the most votes at 96. Traveling by plane within the United States received the second most votes at 71. There were 30 votes for traveling by plane outside of the United States and there was one vote for not feeling comfortable traveling at all at this time. Despite the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant causing more outbreaks lately, some Utahns enjoyed some amazing trips. Kaysville’s Christine Mensick-Tanner and her family went to Maui in April 2021. “It was fantastic but expensive,” she said. “It was limited seating in restaurants then so you had to make reservations weeks in advance. Tours were only operating at half capacity which was great!” Annie Purser of Kaysville went to Cancun in June 2021. “Masks were everywhere, especially on planes, in vans/busses and at the resort the whole time besides swimming,” she said. “It was pretty busy and booked but probably not like it usually is.” Linda Kingston of Kaysville visited Mexico’s Riviera Maya in May 2021. Kingston said, “It was pretty

empty. We stopped by Chitzen Itza one day and it was great because there were so few people. We got to really enjoy the place.” When flights first opened back up again in late 2020, plane passengers enjoyed half-filled flights and room to spread out, often with entire rows to themselves. Today, airlines are booking to full capacity and airports are just as busy as they were pre-pandemic. However, masks are still required at airports and in airplanes. Destinations such as Hawaii still require a 10-day quarantine for visi- The Kingston family of Kaysville visit the ruins of Chitzen Itza in May. Photo courtesy of Linda Kingston. tors to the islands unless they file for a quarantine exemption by either providing a negative COVID-19 test or uploading their vaccination card to the Safe Travels Hawaii website ( Even Hawaii residents who travel outside of Hawaii must undergo the same protocol upon their return to Hawaii. While the travel industry and tourism are ramping back up again, it is recommended that you do your research on travel restrictions and requirements such as COVID-19 tests, vaccination requirements, and mask protocols. While mask wearing in Utah has subsided in general, many tourist destinations still require them, especially in indoor spaces. Knowing expectations, protocols, and restrictions will make for a much more enjoyable trip. Visit coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/ map-and-travel-notices.html for travel The Healy family with their tour group in Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park. Photo courtesy of Ginger Healy. recommendations by destination. l

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Golden Spoke Ride connects bike trails from Ogden to Provo By Tom Haraldsen | Davis Journal


ven if you are a biking enthusiast, you may not know about The Golden Spike, or of The Golden Spoke ride held the past four years. It is the amalgamation of eight major paved off-street trails that provide over 100 miles of connected trail from Provo to Ogden. One could say it is the “golden child” of Utah’s urban trails, providing healthy mobility options for much of the Wasatch Front. It was not created or conceived as a single trail, but as independent trails were being constructed and became popular, it became apparent that with a few connections, it would create the longest continuous paved trail west of the Mississippi. And so it has. The Golden Spoke is the amalgamation of Provo River Parkway Trail, Murdock Canal Trail, Jordan River Parkway Trail, Legacy Parkway Trail, Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail, Weber River Parkway Trail, West Haven River Parkway Trail, and the Ogden River Parkway. According to the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the term Golden Spoke, as an identifier of these trails, began in 2018 after a major gap

was closed along the Jordan River Parkway Trail with the construction of the North Temple Bridge next to Fisher Mansion. An event was held to commemorate the achievement and the Golden Spoke Ride was born. The group Move Utah worked in partnership with the WFRC, the Jordan River Commission, the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Bike Utah, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah Department of Health, the Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, and Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber Counties to create the event. Improvements are continuously being made to the trails that make up the Golden Spoke: wayfinding signs, additional access points, pavement replacement, and even trail widening in places where the number of people on the trail requires more space. There are several existing trails that tie into a “wheel” around the Golden Spoke, such as the SR-193 Trail in Davis County, and the 9-Line Trail and Parley’s Trail in Salt Lake County. A recently completed project connects Salt Lake County and Utah

County via the Draper Porter Rockwell Trail and Lehi Rail Trail (referred to locally as its own version of the “Golden Spoke”), which then ties into the larger Golden Spoke network at the Murdock Canal Trail via a soon to be completed pedestrian/bicycle bridge over SR-92 in Lehi. Other planned projects include Millcreek’s “double tracking” of the Jordan River Parkway Trail on either side of the river, the West Davis Corridor highway project extending the Legacy Parkway Trail through Davis County, and the Weber River Parkway extension through South Weber City (also part of the Centennial Trail running through Weber County). All of these will continue the expansion of this interconnected trail system. There is even a concept to connect the Wasatch Front and Back via trails through the Wasatch Loop trail network, as efforts to create a family-friendly bicycle network of trails continues. l The map for the Golden Spoke ride this year that ran from Ogden to Provo. Courtesy of WFRC

2021 Celebrating Women Conference set Sept. 18 By Cindi Mansell | City Journals


he Celebrating Women Conference, titled “Connect-Inspire-Thrive,” is set for Saturday, September 18. This virtual conference promotes wellness and balance in the lives of Utah women. It is a state-wide event hosted by the Utah State University Extension. Past conferences have featured presentations on organization, self-care, body image, positivity, relationships, nutrition, mindfulness, communication, and much more. The year 2021 marks the 4th annual Celebrating Women Conference and it is back with another fantastic line-up. While slowly transitioning back to in-person events, the team has decided to keep a virtual format for this year’s CWC. Organizers received fabulous feedback after the 2020 conference and learned that many actually enjoyed attending from the comfort of home. Attendees could access every single workshop through recordings and didn’t have to miss a minute of the event. Like last year, the conference will live stream speakers as well as record their presentations. It also added some pre-recorded sessions designed to help you dive deeper into the many dimensions of wellness. The structure of the

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live-streamed event will be three breakout sessions in the morning followed by a 30-minute lunch break and then the Keynote Speaker – Dr. Susan Madsen. You may attend one live workshop per session. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. online. Cost is $10, with an early-bird registration of $8 before September 4. For more information, call 435919-1321 or email emma.parkhurst@usu. edu. l

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his month’s City Journals Community Champion for Bountiful-West Bountiful is Gregory Skedros, founder and co-owner of Mandarin restaurant in Bountiful. He was nominated by Bountiful City councilmember Kendalyn Harris. Gregory, who is 91, works with his daughter Angel Skedros Manfredini and their team to operate one of Utah’s most successful restaurants. They have won awards from a number of dining publications and organizations through the years, and Mandarin has been listed among the Top 100 Chinese restaurants in the country, and was voted one of the top 25 restaurants in America by Treasure Leisure in 2013. He originally owned a pharmacy on the corner next to the restaurant at 900 North 400 East, and planned to open a Greek-Italian restaurant at that location, but a partnership never happened. When a Chinese family moved to Bountiful at about the same time and befriended the Skedros family, the new plan developed. “It was just happenstance,” Angel said. “He had no knowledge or interest in Chinese food, but there was a need for a fine Chinese restaurant

in Davis County and this family helped us in developing one. So the pieces fell into place.” One of those pieces was hugely important in The Mandarin’s success – its sauces. Gregory learned from a French restaurateur the importance of “controlling your sauces,” Angel said. The lesson stuck. Today, Mandarin has over 30 different sauces, many their own unique recipes. You can usually find Gregory in the restaurant, which he visits daily and greets customers. Congratulations on being named our Community Champion for August 2021. l

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Four tips for summer safety By Kathleen Riggs | Utah State University Extension


any families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the pool or park, the ball field or backyard, take precautionary measures so all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a portion of their website dedicated to family health. A summary of their tips for family summer safety are included below. For additional information, visit Tip 1. Master water safety. Swimming in the pool and playing in the sprinklers are favorite summer activities. However, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4. Water safety tips from CDC include: · Carefully watch young children in and around water. · Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. · Learn CPR. Knowing this skill can be critical in a time of

need. · Install a four-sided fence around home pools. · Wear a properly fitted life jacket when boating. Tip 2. Beat the heat and sun. Overheating and sunstroke can occur in healthy children, youth and adults if they participate in strenuous activities during hot weather. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, move him or her to a cool location and seek medical help. To avoid over-heating: ·Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. · Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. · Schedule outdoor activities in the morning and evening hours. · Keep cool with cool showers or baths. A few serious sunburns can lead to skin cancer in the years ahead. Tanning is the skin’s way of trying to protect itself from harmful UV rays from the sun. To pre-

vent sunburn: · Cover up. Clothing that covers the skin helps protect against UV rays. · Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside. Tip 3: Keep ticks and mosquitos from causing harm. Protect yourself and your family from bites and diseases. Zika, West Nile Virus and Lyme disease can all be transmitted by insects. To help with protection: · Use an effective insect repellent. Products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some natural oils provide long-lasting protection. · Some pesticides (acaricides) can reduce the number of ticks, but these should not be relied on for providing full protection. · Check yourself and your children for ticks after being outdoors, especially if you have been camping or hiking. Instructions for effectively removing ticks are

available on the CDC website. Tip 4: Prevent injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are common causes of visits to the emergency room. To avoid injury: · Be sure playgrounds are well maintained and have soft landing areas.

· Wear appropriate protective gear when participating in summer sports. · Learn to perform basic first aid. Enjoy fun in the sun, but make safety a priority so that summer is incident and accident free. l

Traumatic injuries to kids from ATV accidents on the rise By Becky Ginos | SALT LAKE CITY—Between 2019 and 2020, Primary Children’s Hospital saw a 34 percent increase in ATV-related traumatic injuries in kids. So far In 2021, the number of those injuries is on track to meet or exceed last year’s number. “Safety is the key,” said Jessica Strong, community health manager at Primary Children’s Hospital. “Injury prevention is something we all can do.” “Twenty years ago on a cold, dark January night we got that dreaded call that our 20-year-old daughter Chelsea had been injured in an ATV accident,” said Karen Hale, former Utah legislator and past chair of the Board of Trustees for Primary Children’s Hospital. “We immediately drove to get to her. We didn’t own an ATV and we’d been a stickler about wearing a bike helmet. We wondered if Chelsea was wearing a helmet.” Hale said when they arrived they were told Chelsea had died at the scene of the accident and had gone straight to the Emelia was critically injured when the side-by-side she was riding in mortuary. “We found out she was not wearing a helmet. We lost rolled, pinning her underneath. a kind and caring sister, daughter and friend. It was such a tragic end to an amazing life that could have been prevented.” A year ago in September 11-year-old Emelia was riding in Keep your children safe by being a responsible owner, she a side-by-side when it rolled and pinned her underneath. “We said. “Learn about ATVs. They’re powerful machines. Make were camping with family and had gone into town,” said Emesure you only use ATVs with the size and horsepower that lia’s mother Jessica. “About 20 minutes later we found out the matches the rider’s size and experience level. Helmets and saferazor had rolled and it had to be lifted off of her. She was life ty gear are for everyone. Be an example. Model safe behavior flighted to Primary Children's.” by wearing appropriate protective gear.” Her condition was not good, Jessica said. “She had colAccording to the CDC, Utah has more traumatic brain inlapsed lungs and broke bones. The first 36 hours she was in a juries among children than almost any other state in the country, very critical stage.” said Strong. Kids are 1,000 times more likely to be injured on She had three cardiac arrests the first day, said Jessica. an ATV than riding in a car.” “She shouldn’t be alive today. She’s our miracle. She was wear-

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Chelsea Hale was killed in an ATV accident. She was not wearing a helmet.

ing a full face helmet which was Today Emelia has recova huge part of her being alive.” ered and is a normal, happy The mother later learned 11-year-old. Her parents credit that Emelia’s seatbelt was not her helmet for playing a big securely fastened and she fell part in saving her life. Photos out while others stayed seated courtesy of Primary Children’s during the crash. “Adults should make sure Hospital seatbelts are secure for all children before driving,” said Jessica. “Families should talk about rules before they ride, such as not riding with new drivers or others without permission and never leave the keys in an unattended ATV.” Today, Emelia is happy and healthy and shows no sign of the injuries she suffered. “I know that these kinds of accidents don’t always have a good outcome,” Jessica said. “We’re just grateful to have our daughter and to have a second chance to be her mom and dad and we hope our story can help others.”l

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TOP Star program promotes healthy lifestyle for kids By Becky Ginos | CLEARFIELD—Just getting kids to eat can be a herculean task. Getting them to eat healthy is nearly impossible. To help kids get off to a good start the Davis County Health Department (DCHD) participates in the TOP Star Program (Teaching Obesity Prevention in Early Child Care Settings). The program was developed by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) who has asked local health departments to collaborate. “It allows for early child care (preschools and daycares) to improve physical fitness, nutrition development and breast feeding support for nursing moms,” said Justin Lindseth, Community Health Educator DCHD. “It gives assistance to early education centers to create an action plan to improve in all those areas.” For a facility to receive TOP Star endorsement they must demonstrate that they have addressed the items in their action plan such as increasing the vegetables served at lunch, 20 to 60 minutes of physical fitness each day, etc., said Kristen O’Flarity, Bureau Manager, Community Health Services DCHD. “Training is provided for continuing education credit for the staff. They receive marketing tools like decals and banners that show they are a TOP Star facility and that they went through the process of creating a healthier environment for their kids. It’s the most critical time for kids to eat

healthy and make good food choices.” “We want to reverse those bad habits,” said Lindseth. “We want kids to eat vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. Not only at daycare but at home.” TOP Star provides monthly lesson plans, physical activity plans and active play plans, Lindseth said. We’re making sure they’re sustaining those practices in the home as well.” O’Flarity said they’ve received positive feedback from the staff. “Developing those habits benefits them too. It’s a win, win when they’re an example to the kids they serve.” It doesn’t have to be too complicated or expensive, she said. “Go to the park, take a short hike or dance in the living room. Just be up and active.” “Create unstructured play,” Lindseth said. “Running, jumping, anything to promote physical movement. We don’t want kids to sit for a long time.” O’Flarity said they encourage parents and day care providers to eat with the kids. “Kids are so picky, it’s a huge challenge to get them to try new things. Be positive and ask them to at least try the food but don’t force them. Kids have to try a food seven to 10 times before they’ll accept it.” Children nowadays have tech readily available, said Lindseth. “It’s important for



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Incorporating fruits and vegetables into a child’s daily diet will help create healthy eating habits. Courtesy

parents to monitor screen time. There should be no screen time for children under 2 years of age, not even TV going on in the background. TV can be violent. Keep screen time at bay so they’re not exposed to violent stimuli. Protect their well being.” “It’s our role to help facilities troubleshoot how they can achieve their goals,” said O’Flarity. “We promote books and provide posters

for them to put up in the classroom. We give them a newsletter they can hand out to parents to educate them as well so they can implement healthy behaviors at home.” For a list of TOP Star facilities in Davis County visit https://choosehealth.utah. gov/prek-12/childcare/top-star-program/endorsed-facilities.phpl

Pickleball courts completed in West Bountiful


hose who travel on Onion Street (800 West) in West Bountiful have watched the demolition of the old elementary school and the construction of the new school. The school opened for students while many components were being finished, including landscaping, parking, a playground, and the final piece of the puzzle: the pickleball courts. The four lighted courts are located immediately south of the city building and on the west end of the school parking lot. A ribbon cutting by the mayor and city council was held on July 3, with the public showing up to play soon after. The courts are already a popular gathering place for pickle ball enthusiasts. In this photo, Councilman Kelly Enquist and Mayor Ken Romney prepare to receive the inaugural serve from Councilman James Allstrom. Photo courtesy of Ken Romney —Julie Thompson

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ill Air Force Base and Rocky Mountain Power celebrated the completion of a new 350kW solar array, one of the region’s largest Blue Sky projects. This renewable energy source is designed to help Hill AFB move toward achieving energy goals while positioning the military installation for future growth. The project also contributes to efforts aimed at improving grid resiliency. “We are the third largest energy consumer in the Air Force because of the various missions we have underway here,” said 75th Air Base Commander Col. Jenise Carroll. ”This new renewable energy project adds to the total power generation capabilities we have on the base.” Carroll and Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Gary Hoogeveen toured the array during his visit to the base in June. Hoogeveen is partnered with Carroll in the base’s honorary commander program that pairs Air Force leadership with community leaders to provide networking and educational opportunities. “As one of the largest employers in Utah, Hill Air Force Base has been an excellent partner in collaborating on projects that help move us toward

a more sustainable future,” he said in a company release. “We thank our Blue Sky customers for making this and many other projects possible, and it’s remarkable to see what a tremendous impact they have made.” Earlier this spring, Rocky Mountain Power presented the 75th Air Base Wing with a $1.4 million energy incentive award for completing additional energy efficiency and resiliency projects. Those efforts resulted in saving 12,882,649 kilowatt hours a year, which translates into a cost savings of $621,264 annually. Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky customers provided funding to build the project and will own and operate it for the next 25 years as part of the Blue Sky initiative, but HAFB will add the energy generated to its power grid. Launched in the spring of 2000, Blue Sky allows customers to match their energy usage with the purchase of renewable energy credits. The program currently has 135,000 participants. l — Tom Haraldsen

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West Bountiful’s longest serving police officer retires By Julie Thompson | City Journals


fter 23 years of service in the police department of West Bountiful, Officer Sergeant Jeremy Adams retired on July 23, 2021. A graduate of Viewmont High School and the Weber State Police Academy, Adams’ career in law enforcement began with the Davis County Sheriff’s office. During his decades of service, West Bountiful has experienced tremendous growth in both residential and business districts. As a witness to this growth, he explained that the nature of the calls they receive has not really changed over the years, though the volume of calls has increased simply because of the increase in residents and visitors to the community. During the pandemic lockdown, the department saw an increase in domestic calls as families were thrust into situations where parents were either out of work or trying to work from home as they juggled home schooling as well as the stress of a virus running rampant through the country. Mental health calls have become increasingly difficult and Sergeant Adams has been a proud supporter and active participant of Davis County’s mental

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health court, where an approach similar to a drug court is taken. Rather than facing jail time for illegal behavior, participants can commit to being compliant with treatment regimens and frequent check-ins. Thus, it helps in alleviating some of the overcrowding in the jails as well as decreasing the rate of recidivism. Programs such as this align well with Adams’ firm belief in the phrase, “an ounce of caution is worth a pound of cure.” That statement also rings true for many police calls to scenes where the situation could have been prevented. Chief of Police Brandon Erekson expressed that it would be next to impossible to replace Sergeant Adams. He went on to explain that his years of experience and wisdom were valuable in the training and mentoring of new officers in the department. Jeremy Adams’ work at the state police academy teaching tactical defense proved beneficial in his home department. Chief Erekson stated, “Jeremy is the epitome of service. I don’t know when he ever slept.” Sergeant Adams believes that West Bountiful’s police department’s visible presence in the community, their partic-

Sergeant Jeremy Adams, recently retired from the West Bountiful Police Department. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Adams.

ipation in local events, and their desire to serve has created a mutual respect that many communities do not experience during these volatile times. Jeremy Adams and his wife, Kendra, are the parents of five children and reside

in Centerville. Though he wasn’t ready to publicly disclose his next career move, he did say that he is looking forward to working in the private sector. l

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High School football kicks off on Aug.13 By Tom Haraldsen | City Journals

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Hard to believe that the prep football season is almost upon us. High school football begins with games on Aug. 13 for Davis County schools, with the regular season ending on Oct. 13. Here’s the schedule for local schools. All games begin at 7 p.m.

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Lehi at Davis Bountiful at Highland Logan at Viewmont Corner Canyon at Farmington Woods Cross at West Jordan

Syracuse at Davis Bonneville at Bountiful Box Elder at Viewmont Farmington at Layton Northridge at Woods Cross

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Davis at Fremont Viewmont at Northridge Farmington at Roy Woods Cross at Bonneville Bountiful at Box Elder

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Davis at Granger Bountiful at Springville Viewmont at Copper Hills Maple Mountain at Farmington Woods Cross at Brighton Sept. 3 Layton at Davis Skyline at Bountiful Provo at Viewmont Farmington at Weber Ridgeline at Woods Cross

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Davis at Alta Bountiful at Woods Cross Viewmont at Bonneville Clearfield at Farmington

Davis at Clearfield Sky View at Bountiful Syracuse at Farmington Woods Cross at Spanish Fork

New school alignments for sports By Tom Haraldsen | City Journals


he Utah High School Activities Association realigns different divisions every two to three years, adjusting “regions” for schools based on their enrollments. For 2021-22, two high schools in Davis County were affected. Farmington, which has been in class 5A Region 5 for its existence, has been bumped up to 6A schools due to its number of students. It moves into 6A Region 1. Northridge, previously a member of 6A Region 1, drops down to 5A Region 5. Here is a look at the new region alignment for the prep sports year that begins this month. 6A Region 1 – Clearfield, Davis, Farming-

ton, Fremont, Layton, Syracuse and Weber 5A Region 5 – Bonneville, Bountiful, Box Elder, Northridge, Viewmont and Woods Cross. Layton Christian remains in what’s known as 1A North, along with Duchesne, Monticello, North Summit, Rich and Altamont. That is only for football, however. Layton Christian will compete in all other prep sports as a member of 3A Region 13, which includes Ben Lomond, Grantsville, Morgan, Ogden and South Summit. High school sports begin Aug. 3 with the first girls’ soccer games of the year. l

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Race Cats teams sprint into cross country season


oung runners are about to return to local school yards and parks this fall to begin preparing for another season of cross country competition. The Race Cats Cross Country program is expecting to have between 350-400 Davis County children sign up this season, which officially kicks off practices on Sept. 14. “I think there is so much good to be learned in a participatory sport like running,” Race Cats President and Davis County Area Director Jami Caldwell said. “Anyone can participate, regardless of ability.” The Davis Race Cats program is divided into seven teams throughout the county, including five elementary teams, a junior high team, and a competition team that has a longer season designed for more experienced runners. While kids may join Race Cats with running in mind, the program intends to help them achieve much more than earning ribbons. “Running is hard. I think learning to do hard things is so important for youth. For all of us, really,” Caldwell said. “They get the individual aspect of competing against themselves and trying to best their personal times, but the kids also get to learn how to be on a team, to be a good teammate, and to cheer for each other. I think that the most

By Matt Patton | City Journals important thing we can teach kids is a love of moving their bodies and of being active and outside. To me that is far more important than performance or ability. I hope to help them build life-long habits.” Kaysville resident Joseph Sybrowsky, who has had three children running on the Davis Race Cats team for the past year and a half, has seen amazing results from having his kids enrolled in the program. “All ages and genders can participate, and it’s extremely family oriented,” Sybrowsky said. “Our children can practice and compete together. They supported each other in unique ways, especially after a race, because they all took the same journey of persistence.” On top of that, Sybrowsky has already been able to see the long-term impacts that Caldwell said Race Cats was ultimately trying to achieve. “I think running, whether it is track or cross country, pulls out of each individual grit they didn’t know they had as determination is rewarded with results,” Sybrowsky added. “I think it’s important for young kids to see what they put in they will get out.” The teams hold practices twice a week for seven weeks and are led by volunteer coaches to help prepare them for three total

Davis County youth can participate in the Race Cats Cross Country program, with signups continuing through Sept. 25. Photo by Joseph Sybrowsky

meets – two at Nicholls Park in Fruit Heights in October, as well as the Race Cats Championship, which is held in Salt Lake City and features all the Race Cats teams in the state. Elementary and junior high youth rang-

ing from kindergarten to eighth grade can sign-up now through Sept. 25 by going to the Race Cats official website ( l

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West Bountiful Council considers change to ordinance related to dogs in city parks

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By Julie Thompson | City Journals WEST BOUNTIFUL--Due to continuing issues with dogs in city parks, Mayor Ken Romney requested the council and staff consider the possibility of changing the ordinance which allows dogs on leash in the city park. During the discussion at the July 20 city council meeting, council members and staff described situations of dogs not being leashed and owners not cleaning up after their pets. In particular, dogs were a problem at the Fourth of July celebration at the city park. One council member emphasized that dogs that might not pose a problem in a normal setting behave differently around large crowds and the noise associated with fireworks. The possibility of banning dogs during large events was discussed. Public Works Director Steve Maughan stated that it is very hit and miss as far as animal waste at the park. Some days the park is very clean and other days require

considerable cleanup. All agreed that it is difficult to enforce the leash law and the legal requirement to clean up after a pet in a public space. Mayor Romney stated that the police department has plenty on their plate right now and the policing of leashes and animal waste at the park cannot and should not be added to their duties. The decision was made to delay any action on this matter until the public has a chance to be notified that banning dogs from the public park is a possibility if owners do not improve their behavior. Sadly, most people who bring their dogs to the park are very responsible, and it seems that the irresponsible few might ruin the privilege for the majority.

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COATS FOR KIDS CAR SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 20-21 By Tom Haraldsen | Davis Journal BOUNTIFUL--The celebration is back for its 24th year anniversary, and our community’s children will be the biggest benefactors. The Bountiful Rotary Club’s Coats for Kids Car Show & Cruisin’ has two days of wonderful activities planned, starting on Friday, August 20 and continuing on Saturday, August 21. From a parade to a smokin’ tire burnout to a picnic and car show in the park, this Rotary Club event raises thousands of dollars each year for purchasing coats, mittens and boots for needy children, and it’s always a huge success. “As a Rotary Club, we’re very involved in community service, in giving back,” said longtime Rotarian and the main organizer of this show Chris Simonsen. “In 1998 during a weekly luncheon, club president Lonnie Hunter said he was proud of the service our club had done in the past, but we wanted to do something with a bigger focus and something local. We wanted to do something specifically for Bountiful.” It didn’t take long after club members reached out to teachers and school administrators to find that there was a need for warm winter clothing for children whose families were in low income homes or whose parents were out of work. And the Bountiful Rotary Club had their mission. That first year, the club got a Children’s Opportunity Grant from the Rotary International Foundation for $15,500, enough to cover about 200 kids with coats, mittens and boots. But that was a one-time grant, and at about the same time, Simonsen said he acquired the car of his youth, a 1956 Thunderbird. He knew others in the club also collected vintage Vintage cars, lots of great food and fun are all part of the Bountiful Rotary Club’s Coats for Kids Car Show coming August 20-21. Photo courteContinued page 6

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