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BOUNTIFUL—There’s a lot of work that goes into the produce that ends up on the dinner table and Alan Bangerter knows where it all starts. Bangerter has been working on the family farm since he was a child and knows what it takes to keep it running. “It was easier back then,” he said. “We worked hard and started before 6. Personally I liked it. I felt like I was making a difference.” Bangerter attended Tolman Elementary which was about 200 yards from his house. “We worked every day,” he said. “There was always something to do. There were six of us spread out and I was the next to youngest. We didn’t do a lot of outdoor play. There was no such thing as soccer or baseball – there wasn’t time for it.” The farm dates back to 1902 when Bangerter’s great grandfather Nicklas Bangerter purchased some of the current acreage. Nicklas was a renowned farmer in the Bountiful area. “In 1906, my grandfather Orson N. Bangerter was married and soon built a home on the property and started to farm it as his own,” said Bangerter. “My father Charles W. Bangerter was born on the farm in 1918

and worked on it continually for over 80 years until his death in 1999.” Alan was born in 1951 and worked with his father who called his operation Chas. W. Bangerter and Sons. “We incorporated in 1973 and started Chas. W. Bangerter & Sons, Inc., our current company.” In 2000 they found out Legacy Highway would be coming through their farm. “UDOT got 30 acres that were originally by I-15,” said Bangerter. “They did take an additional eight acres for Legacy so they got at total of 38 acres.” With the money from the sale to UDOT, they were able to purchase 22 acres from an owner in California. “Since that time we have been able to develop that property and our other 46 acres into some of the most productive for vegetable crops in the county and even the whole state,” he said. Bangerter’s is well known for its stands but the bulk of their produce goes to retailers. “Ninety percent is at the wholesale level and 10 percent at the stands,” he said. “We set those up Continued page 4

The farm is a family affair. Left to right: Nick, Alan, his wife Diane who passed away in 2019, Bryce and Chuck.

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Family History Mysteries: Memorializing in strange and unusual ways By Carole Osborne Cole | The City Journal

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enealogists seem to be particularly attracted to all things related to cemeteries, graveyards and gravestones. Thus when I came across one of these pictures I naturally had to find out more about it. This 1982 Mercedes-Benz was carved out of a massive block of granite and was installed behind the mausoleum of teenaged Raymond “Ray” Tse Jr., who died of an unspecified illness in 1981 in Hong Kong while attending school as a foreign exchange student. As a Chinese-American teenager his big dream was to obtain his driver’s license and own a luscious Mercedes-Benz. To compensate in some way for his untimely death (he was only 15) his millionaire older brother David had Ray’s remains sent to New Jersey where he resided at the time and where the mausoleum is located. Though unusual, Tse’s monument is not the only automobile to be used as part of a memorial. A life-size BMW M3 headstone can be found in the Manor Park Cemetery in East London. It belongs to Steve Marsh, an adoring fan of BMW vehicles. By the way, if you happen to be in London visiting cemeteries, you may want to visit Gladys and her piano memorial in the City of London cemetery. It’s a full-sized piano with a full-sized Gladys “asleep” on her hands, her hands resting on the keys of the piano, as piano and Gladys both sit atop a full-length marble slab. While looking through the photos of strange or unusual monuments, I found this funny headstone inscription from Mexico:

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Not so funny is this inscription on the gravestone of John Edward Campbell, a young man, age 12, in Salford, England, who on 28 February 1911, clambered on a raft on a claypit and then fell in. Despite help from another child, Campbell drowned while three adults nearby looked on but offered no help. The inscription reads:

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health, “And little thought of death so nigh, “But God thought fit to take him home, “And with His will we must comply.”

It would take the entire City Journal to describe all the strange and/or unusual gravestones or memorials I found but I’ll close with this one. Willet Babcock was a furniture maker in Paris, Texas, by trade, and as was usual for the 1800s, he also made caskets. Before Babcock died in 1881, he contacted Gustave Klein, a well-known German immigrant master stonecutter and ordered Klein to carve an impressive memorial figure for Babcock’s own gravestone memorial. It included the usual carvings, such as a cross and figure in robes, but he also added a distinctly Willet Babcockian twist to the order: Jesus is wearing cowboy boots. l

A Bangerter Farms produce stand at the Bountiful Farmers Market. Photo by Becky Ginos

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so people can come get what they need. We grow little bits of crop to support the stands. We supply half a dozen restaurants. The Mandarin was the first one and our main one. They’ve been supporting us for 30 years.” They also donate to the food bank three times a week. “We give them our surplus,” said Bangerter. “We delivered over 100,000 pounds to the Bountiful Food Pantry in 2020. What they don’t need they share with other pantries.” Just like everyone else they had to adjust to the pandemic but it was the wind in September 2020 that really devastated the farm. “It brought everything to a screeching halt,” Bangerter said. “We had

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A helping neighborhood By Cali Garrity | Davis Journal

BOUNTIFUL—Larry and Janae Christensen have four sons: Rylik, Ethan, Trinton and Preston. Three of their sons were born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which over time limits their mobility. They had moved into their one-story house about 11 years ago and quickly found it challenging for their sons to move around the house. The doorways and bathrooms were not wheelchair accessible and the rooms were too small. When the Christensens first moved in they only had two sons with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and one son without. After their fourth son was born, and learning he also had Muscular Dystrophy, they knew it would be difficult as the years went on and mobility would be limited. They knew they needed a wheelchair accessible house more than ever. The Christensens eventually decided that they needed to either move to a new house or remodel their current house. “Moving was a difficult option as we live so close to family and close neighbors,” Larry said. They ultimately decided they would remodel their house and were in for a surprise at how much help they’d soon be given. Neighbors wanted to help by setting up a fund with Charity Anywhere Foundation, a local non-profit managed by Gordon Carter. “Within only a few days of setting up the fund, a check came in for $60,000,” Carter said. “It was amazing to see how willing this neighborhood was to help out.

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Various businesses came forward to donate labor and material. Many gave discounts or great deals on all the construction that started getting underway. Larry knew a lot about designing layouts of homes and was able to play a big part in designing the new layout of his home. Most of the walls were taken out to make room for a big open space in the front room. Doors were widened and a second story was added to the house. While construction was underway, the Christensen family lived in a trailer and with relatives. The whole process was more than worth it as now

Before and after when construction crews helped remodel the Christensen home thanks to donations and efforts of the Charity Anywhere Foundation. Courtesy photos

they can enjoy their home and the location of being so close to wonderful family members and neighbors. “As finished as our house looks there are still things we’re continuing to work on,” Larry said. “It’s a slow remodel.” He said they are grateful for everybody that donated their time, materials and money. The amount of help they received surpassed anything they had expected. l

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

Sign at the entrance to West Bountiful Park which reminds visitors that dogs must be on a leash and that cleaning up after pets is not just a matter of common courtesy but a requirement. Photo by Julie Thompson

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. l

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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. Here, Councilman Kelly Enquist and Mayor Ken Romney prepare to receive the inaugural serve from Councilman James Allstrom. Photo courtesy of Romney.

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West Bountiful’s longest serving police officer retires

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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 health court, where an approach similar to a drug court is taken. Rather than

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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 participation in local events, and their desire to serve has created a mutual respect that many communities do not experience during these volatile times.

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

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

Bountiful tennis building for the future By Mark Jones | m.jones@mycityjournals.com BOUNTIFUL – The Bountiful High girls tennis team is under new guidance, and is building for the future. First year coach Marci Campbell is just getting to know the players she has on the roster. Campbell took over the program just a few weeks ago, and she is ready to get to work. “We’re super excited,” she said. “We’ve got a young team with three returning seniors.” Seniors Emily Stewart, Sarah Olsen and Lauren Beck will serve as team captains this season for the Redhawks. “All three contribute unique skills in terms of leadership,” Campbell said. “They don’t mind helping out the coaches and players.” Campbell says the seniors’ spots in the lineup have yet to be solidified. However, it seems likely that one them will play in the first singles spot. The Bountiful coach says there is a sophomore doubles team that will continue on in that spot this season. In addition to the three seniors, Bountiful has seven players returning from last season. In all, there are 20 athletes in the Bountiful program this season. Campbell said 20 athletes is more than normal to have for a single season, but the Redhawks are building for the future. She has already had an opportunity to see her team up close and personal. Bountiful competed at a preseason tournament in Cache Valley on Aug. 12. The Redhawks won their division in a tiebreaker over Mountain Crest, and have played several matches leading up to the first of September. The Bountiful coach says her team’s ability to pick up the sport is a strength. “Their willingness to learn and learn quickly,” she said.

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Members of the Bountiful girls tennis team for 2021. Courtesy photo

“I call them scrapy. They have heart.” As the season progresses, Campbell says it would be great to have some state qualifiers at the end of the season.

However, she is taking it one step at a time. “We want to win as many matches as possible,” she said. l

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Redhawks look for big football season By Mark Jones | m.jones@mycityjournals.com BOUNTIFUL – The 2021 football season will be the first for Bountiful High under a different name. Last spring, the school announced it would change its mascot from Braves to Redhawks. And it doesn’t seem to matter what name Bountiful High goes by, one thing remains the same – success on the football field is expected. The Redhawks are coming off a 7-5 season in 2020, and a third-place finish in Region 5. After opening last season’s state playoffs with a 62-7 win over Hillcrest, Bountiful’s year ended with a 38-28 loss to Skyline in the second round of the 5A state playoffs. Bountiful has several key players returning from last season’s squad. With the experience added with a lot of offseason work, the Redhawks have a real good chance at making an even deeper run in the state playoffs this season. “We want to win a region championship and a state championship,” said Bountiful High football coach Jason Freckleton. “Everyone talks about it, and they should. You play to win the games. We are going to compete in every game we play. To say we can’t compete for a state championship is something I don’t think is accurate.” The strength of the Bountiful team this season will be in the trenches. Trevin Ostler, who has committed to BYU, Isaac Vaivaka and Jordan Walton will provide the Redhawks with real experience on both the offensive and defensive lines. Those three along with two underclassmen will be given the task of protecting senior quarterback Max Barker. In 2020, Barker played in nine games for the Redhawks, completing 30 of 51 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns,

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including the game-winner against Woods Cross on the final play of the game. “He’s got some great experience,” Freckleton said. “He worked really hard in the offseason.” Junior Corbin Cottle and senior Drew Bowles will carry the bulk of the load for Bountiful in the ground game. Last season, Cottle carried the ball 55 times for 270 yards and five touchdowns. Barker’s primary target in the passing game will likely be senior Teagan Dougher-Walton. As a junior, Dougher-Walton caught eight passes for 116 yards, including a 32yard reception against Springville. As promising as things look offensively for Bountiful, Freckleton says overall depth will be a key to the team’s success this season. He says that many of his offensive starters will also have to play on defense as well. But it’s not something the Bountiful coach is overly concerned about right now. “These kids have been through it,” he said. “I don’t worry about it until we start playing.” As usual, Region 5 is shaping up to be one of the toughest in the state. Freckleton points to one team up north that will have everyone gunning for them this season. “Box Elder is always tough,” he said. “There’s not a lot of changes and you’ve got to be ready to play them.” Freckleton also says Bonneville should have another good team, despite graduating a lot of seniors. He refers to Northridge as “an unknown.” The Redhawks’ first game scheduled for August 13 against Highland was cancelled because of a COVID prob-

Bountiful High 2021 football schedule (all games kick at 7 p.m.) 8/27 at Springville 9/3 vs Skyline 9/10 at Woods Cross 9/17 vs. Bonneville 9/24 at Box Elder 10/13 vs. Sky View lem in the Rams’ program. So Bountiful was set to kick off their season on August 20 when they hosted Farmington (after our press deadline). Here’ the remaining schedule for 2021: l

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Bountiful leaders address questions on budget By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com

Tom Hardy, former Bountiful city manager speaks to the board during the Truth in Taxation meeting on Aug. 2. Photo by Becky Ginos

SDMF adopts new tax rate, lowers increase for residents By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com BOUNTIFUL—Following a Truth in Taxation hearing on Aug. 2 on a proposed tax increase for the South Davis Metro Fire Service Area, the Governing Board voted on Aug. 16 to adopt a new tax rate together with an increase in each agencies’ respective assessments of 10 percent. The change will lower the residents’ tax burden. “The original tax rate of 0.000620 was lowered to 0.000585,” said Ken Leetham, Administrative Committee Chair. “That shifts the difference to the cities that make up the district. The citizens will be happier that they’ll pay less than what was published.” The Service Area is facing significant barriers to funding its operations without additional revenues through a property tax increase, Leetham said in a letter to the Board. “Our Board of City Managers made the recommendation to change the tax rate and they voted to follow that. The Service Area will still be funded as proposed in the original budget.” The property tax increase would cover: • Debt service • The costs of 24 full-time employees which greatly enhanced the Area’s collective level of service • Annual funding of the multi-year capital equipment plan It is also intended to cover 100 percent of the costs of the three existing paramedic units because of the changes made to the countywide paramedic services, said Leetham. “This rate accounts for the elimination of the county’s paramedic tax and the annual payment from the county to the Service Area related to paramedics.” “We could have a Truth in Taxation every year to make an incremental increase,” said North Salt Lake Mayor and Board Chair Len Arave. “I’m in favor of

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that. There are some CARES funds out there but at some point in time we have to know what’s going on in the cities. Any cost increase would be going to the cities.” “Unfortunately a whole bunch of organizations are going through it (Truth in Taxation),” said Davis County Commission Chair Bob Stevenson. “I got an email the other day from someone who said he would do everything he could to get me out of office. One of the hard things is that people don’t understand how it works.” Raising taxes is a difficult thing, he said. “But we have to try and create the best environment we can for fire, police, mosquito abatement, etc. I hope in the future any taxing entities will look for ways to keep taxes down. Ten percent is a big number.” “If you look at the budget’s history we expect some additional assessment,” said Centerville Mayor and board member Clark Wilkinson. “If we had Truth in Taxation every year a 2-3 percent increase would be less of a shock to people, but I’m not a big fan of going through it every year.” Wilkinson said he’s crunched the numbers and they don’t have the ability as a board to go out and get additional revenue. “I hate tax increases, everybody hates them. It’s a case of needs versus wants. Paramedic services are critical. It’s a big need rather than a want.” “I would welcome more Truth in Taxation,” said West Bountiful Mayor and board member Ken Romney. “Some things would come up and we’d deal with them. But as a group as a whole I’m supportive of going with what’s been proposed by the committee for the 10 percent increase (to cities).” Ultimately the board voted unanimously to adopt the new tax rate. l

BOUNTIFUL—There were a lot of questions from Bountiful residents during last week’s Truth in Taxation hearing at city council, and officials addressed them before the council took a final vote on the proposed property tax increase. Here is a summary of a few of those questions and the responses from city staff. What about the CARES Act money Bountiful received? Couldn’t that help with any budgetary shortfalls? City manager Gary Hill said Bountiful did receive $3.2 million from the federal program, but along with it came the dictate that the money could not be used for revenue replacement. He said the city provided Davis County with some money it used as grants for small businesses. The city set some aside to help people with utility bill issues during the pandemic, shared monies with the South Davis Metro Fire District (which did not receive CARES Act funds) and used the rest to pay for police and first responders’ salaries. Could the $8 million from the parks bond for development of Washington Park be used to help fill in with the reserve fund? Hill responded that when the Davis School District decided to close the school, the city had to decide if it wanted to purchase the property. “We were left with either using fund reserves, which would have taken our fund balance below

the minimum levels the council has set, or ask voters if they would desire to tax themselves to buy it. Voters approved it by a 60-40 margin.” Of that bond, $3.5 million was used to purchase the property, $2.5 million is set aside to improve the property, and an additional $2 million set aside for the trails program. “That money can only be used for that purpose – we couldn’t take bond money and put it into our capital projects fund,” he said. “They can only be used for the purpose that the voters approved.” Could volunteers be used by the Parks Department (where the city plans to hire two new full-time employees)? Hill said it’s been “increasingly difficult for anyone to find volunteers, with parks in particular.” He said for many years, Bountiful relied on young men and young women who would come and work in parks seasonally before they left for church missions. When the ages of mission eligibility changed to 18 for men and 19 for women, more and more chose to leave on their missions earlier, which he said “dramatically reduced our hiring pool.” He added that a significant portion of the work takes place in both the spring and fall months when many young people are in school. “People in Bountiful volunteer for big projects, but trying to staff around a volunteer workforce is just not realistic.”l

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Bountiful Council raises property taxes by $950K By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com BOUNTIFUL—Following a three-plus hour Truth in Taxation hearing on Aug. 10, Bountiful City Council members voted to approve a property tax rate increase and subsequent new budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22. The new budget results in a $950,000 increase in property taxes, which the city will allocate to its General Fund for existing services and to maintain the city’s cash reserve funds. Three new full-time employees are budgeted for this fiscal year – two in the parks department and one in information technology. The budget also adds 3.75 percent for inflationary protection over the next year. The tax increase means a property tax increase of $5.17 per month or $62 a year for a home with an assessed value of $434,000, the average for a home in Bountiful. It wasn’t an issue that everyone on the council agreed with. Council member Kendalyn Harris voted against Ordinance 2021-09, which adopted the budget that contained a property tax amount of $3,551,839 and set the real property tax rate at 0.000967. That compares to the fiscal year 202021 rate of 0.000789. That is a 37 percent increase from the current tax amount, something city leaders said was necessary to maintain the city’s “pay as you go” fiscal policies. Harris had stated in previous council discussions on possible budget scenarios that she preferred a more gradual increase in the tax rate, with subsequent increases in future years. “I do believe that we need three more employees,” she said. “I would like to propose 15 percent rather than 37 percent where we can still cover the salaries for those three employees. I think it’s a little more helpful to look at (the

budget) every year, when we’re closer and can better predict the trajectory.” Others disagreed. Council member Millie Segura Bahr countered, saying “we’ve been talking about this for months. We go through this budget line by line. I wish all of our budget meetings were as well attended as this one tonight. The responsible thing for us to do is to put our city in a good position moving forward rather than kicking the can down the road.” She voted in favor of the new budget, joining council members Richard Higginson, Chris Simonsen and Kate Bradshaw. “Some have asked why taxes haven’t been raised incrementally,” Higginson said. “It’s painful, and the council doesn’t want to raise taxes. We don’t like paying taxes either, and we feel the pain every time the government does something like that. Only one time in the past 20 years have we raised taxes and it was specifically for the purpose that some of you (the public) have mentioned tonight – to hire more law enforcement. The fact that the city has a cash reserve fund and can pay cash and not have to bond for them – that saves us money. We’re all going to pay less over time if we have and maintain those reserves.” “Everyone sitting on this council right now knows this is a very difficult thing,” Simonsen said. “We all go through the budget booklet, each page, and look at the proposed expenditures and say, ‘Is this necessary?’ ‘Can we cut this, can we cut that?’ This is hard. But you elected us as a council to look after the wellbeing of this city. I feel it’s our responsibility to make the hard decision and do what is right for the wellbeing of our city.”

Bountiful residents spoke up to city council members with questions and suggestions during the hearing. Photo by Tom Haraldsen

Bradshaw agreed, saying she has had a lot of public engagement with residents on the budget and city’s needs. “In the end, I have to apply my best judgement. In the end, it comes down to two principles – pay as you go and reserves.” Preceding the vote on the budget there was about an hour of public comment (see separate story) where residents asked a lot of questions that were fielded and responded to by city staff. The property tax rate and budget were adopted by a 4-1 vote. l

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choices of broadband providers. According to Broadband Now, there are nearly 48 internet providers covering 98 percent of Utahns having access to broadband speeds over 25 Mbps. Utah ranks high as the 8thmost connected state in the country. For more than a decade, Comcast has been committed to doing our part to close the digital divide and addressing both the access and the adoption gap. Our partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions and business leaders are critical in making progress. Since 2011, Comcast has offered our Internet Essentials program, which has connected nearly 160,000 low-income Utahns to low-cost, highspeed internet at home—over 90% of whom did not have a connection when they applied for the service. Internet Essentials offers heavily discounted residential broadband ($9.95 per month) to qualifying families, seniors, and veterans in need, and serves as a model for other providers nationwide. Impressively, the NAACP hailed Internet Essentials as “the largest experiment ever attempted to close the digital divide.” And Comcast, through its Internet Essentials program, invested almost $700 million nationally in

digital literacy training and awareness. With its new “Lift Zone” initiative, Comcast is equipping community centers across the state with free Wi-Fi to support distance learning. But it doesn’t stop here. Over the next 10 years, Comcast will invest $1 billion to further close the digital divide and give more people the needed tools and resources to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The combined work and partnerships with community, education and business leaders like you will be critical to ensuring people have access, the hardware, the skills and are willing and able to connect with a reliable, secure broadband network. You all know and work directly with your constituents, clients, neighbors – and you have the trust of the people you serve. The axiom, “It takes a village…” has never been more relevant. Achieving the goal of having all people connected to the power of the internet will take the kind of focus and commitment on the part of all of us to connect more people to what matters most. To learn more about Comcast’s digital equity initiatives, or to refer organizations or people who might benefit from these services, please visit https:// corporate.comcast.com/impact/digital-equity.

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Syracuse man draws out for Antelope Island mule deer hunt By Mark Jones | m.jones@mycityjournals.com

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t usually takes a fair amount of luck to win any sort of lottery. So when Syracuse resident Jim Cole found out that he had drawn out for the Antelope Island mule deer hunt, he knew luck was on his side. “The mule deer Gods were smiling down on me,” he said. Hunting on Antelope Island is limited to two hunters each year--one through a public draw, which Cole won in May, and the other through an auction. In 2016, the auction permit was sold for a little more than $400,000. Hunting on Antelope Island was legalized in 2011. Park officials say the hunt is needed to help maintain the mule deer population on the island. So the opportunity to hunt on Antelope Island has to be considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hunters, even for Cole, 83, who has been hunting since 1953. “No question,” he said. “I never thought it would happen in my lifetime.” Cole lives five minutes from the park entrance, which gives him an advantage that most other hunters in his position wouldn’t have. “I’d like to sleep in my own bed,” he said. However, Cole isn’t sure how he will handle that part of the hunt because he doesn’t know how the park will accommodate him after hours. Over the years, Cole has tagged 40 deer, of which, the largest had an antler spread of 29.5 inches. He’s hoping to top that in this hunt. “That’s my goal,” he said. Over the years, Cole has had the opportunity to hunt in the Henry Mountains in southern Utah. And he figures to be in a class almost by himself. “I figure I’m one of the very few to draw out for both Henry’s and Antelope Island,” he said. Mule deer hunting has become a passion for Cole. He did his Master’s thesis on

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mule deer habitat at the University of Nevada. “It’s been the love of my life,” he said. Cole’s hunt on Antelope Island will be in the first part of November. “I’m old,” he said. “Antelope is a little steeper than I would like it to be.” While the hunt is just a few weeks, Cole says the work and preparation have already begun. “You’ve got to be in love with hard work, if you are going to hunt big game,” he said. Cole says the easiest time to see deer on Antelope Island, or anywhere for that matter, is early in the mornings or later in the evenings. He figures there will be snow on the ground in November, which will push the deer down from higher elevations, making them easier to see. As Cole looks back on all his years of hunting, he says the way people hunt has changed. “Hunting is completely different today with all the equipment that we have,” he said.

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COVID taught students long-lasting life skills By Peri Kinder | peri.k@davisjournal.com

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s students, teachers and parents dealt with Pandemic 101 during the last school year, they’re gearing up for Pandemic 201 as kids head back to class. But Davis School District Directors Kathleen Chronister and Belinda Kuck believe we can take the skills learned during COVID-19 to help students be successful. Kuck, DSD Teaching and Learning Director, said kids have learned resilience, independence and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. A drop in academic skills might be a factor this year, but is not insurmountable as the learning loss has been worldwide, especially if students are taught that bouncing back is a life skill. “Teachers will always do what they do best, help students move to the next level,” Kuck said. “We have to be intentional about teaching resilience when students may be struggling.” The pandemic also forced everyone in the school system, from students and parents to administrators, to collaborate to find the best solutions. Although group projects at the college level are usually met with derision, collaboration was necessary for success in the classroom as the pandemic affected daily schedules, routines and schoolwork. Learning how to be part of an effective team is a lifelong skill children take with them as they move through the school system and into a career. This is also an opportunity to simplify. Over the last three years, DSD has emphasized less is more when it comes to curriculum. Teachers have been asked to clarify the common core standards to help students understand a handful of core components completely, as opposed to hun-

dreds of ideas superficially. “We used to say, teach an inch deep and a mile wide. Let’s flip that to say, teach an inch wide and a mile deep,” Kuck said. “It was hard last year because we were building everything as we taught it.” As DSD Director of Social and Emotional Learning, Chronister knows there’s a lot of angst among teachers returning to the classroom. Principals are asked to be extra supportive and empathetic, and to create an environment where every voice is heard. As teachers feel validated with their concerns, they’ll be prepared to take on new opportunities and face challenges with enthusiasm. For parents, the stress level has reached an all-time high as kids return to school with COVID-19 numbers on the rise. The DSD community relations team has done a lot of outreach to inform, educate and reassure parents that students are in a safe environment physically, socially and emotionally. “Student safety is our first concern,” Chronister said. While learning loss might not be a big factor for students in third grade and above, younger students have experienced 18 months of disruptive schooling, making the return to the classroom more difficult, with the potential for significant learning loss. To help these younger students, more than 2,100 kindergartners and first- and second-graders participated in the DSD Summer School for Littles, a program that identified students who fell behind on reading skills and provided online tutoring with a teacher and a small group of children to help take their reading levels up a notch. The district

Students are learning new ways to study as they return to the classrooms this fall. Courtesy photo

also purchased 1,000 licenses for students to work with the Waterford learning platform, where learning can be done online at the student’s pace. Additionally, online platforms helped junior high and high school students catch up on concepts they might have missed or not completed. “We’ve done a really great job of meeting students and parents where they are and taking them to the next level,” Kuck said. Chronister added, “We’re doing this together, we’re going through this together and we’re doing the best we can.”l

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September High School Sports Schedules Sept. 2: GIRL’S SOCCER Syracuse at Davis

3:30 p.m.

Weber at Farmington Bingham at Davis Woods Cross at West Jordan

6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Viewmont at Woods Cross Davis at Syracuse

3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Weber State Invite – Ogden

3:00 p.m.

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Layton at Davis Skyline at Bountiful Provo at Viewmont Farmington at Weber Ridgeline at Woods Cross

Sept. 7: BOY’S GOLF

(Starting times and schedules subject to change) Woods Cross at Copper Hills 6:00 p.m. Farmington at Fremont Clearfield at Davis GIRL’S SOCCER Farmington at Davis 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17: Viewmont at Box Elder 3:30 p.m. FOOTBALL Bonneville at Bountiful 3:30 p.m. Syracuse at Davis

GIRL’S TENNIS Davis at Farmington

Sept. 10: FOOTBALL

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

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Woods Cross at Northridge

3:30 p.m.

Murray Invitational

3:30 p.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY Sept. 11 CROSS COUNTRY

BYU Autumn Classic – Provo. 8:00 p.m.

Davis, Farmington @ Remuda 2:00 p.m. Viewmont at Mt. Ogden 9:00 a.m.

September 13 GIRL’S TENNIS

Brighton at Bountiful 6:00 p.m. Mountain Crest at Woods Cross 5:00 p.m.

September 14: VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER

Weber at Farmington Davis at Fremont Bountiful at Northridge Woods Cross at Viewmont

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Bonneville at Woods Cross Davis at Layton

3:30 p.m. 3 :00 p.m.

GIRL’S TENNIS Sept. 8 GIRL’S TENNIS

Woods Cross at Box Elder

Sept. 9: BOY’S GOLF

Farmington at Davis Herriman at Viewmont

Bountiful at Juan Diego Clearfield at Farmington Davis at Layton

6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Layton at Farmington Box Elder at Woods Cross Bountiful at Viewmont

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER

GIRL’S TENNIS

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 BOY’S GOLF

3:00 p.m.

Davis, Farmington @ Valley View 8:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 16 VOLLEYBALL

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

Sept. 20: BOY’S GOLF

Sept. 20-21 GIRL’S TENNIS

6:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5 :00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

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Northridge at Viewmont

3:30 p.m.

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Sept. 21: VOLLEYBALL

Farmington at Roy Woods Cross at Bonneville Bountiful at Box Elder

BOY’S GOLF

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Region 5 tournament at The Barn

Sept. 28 VOLLEYBALL

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

6:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

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

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER

Bountiful at Woods Cross Farmington at Layton Weber at Davis Box Elder at Viewmont

5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Syracuse at Farmington Davis at Weber Northridge at Bountiful Viewmont at Woods Cross

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Woods Cross at Viewmont

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 VOLLEYBALL

Viewmont at Bountiful Davis at Fremont Woods Cross at Northridge

6:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER

Clearfield at Farmington Layton at Davis Woods Cross at Bonneville Bountiful at Box Elder

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Woods Cross at Bonneville

3:30 p.m.

State 6A tournament at Liberty Park

Davis at Fremont Viewmont at Northridge

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Davis at Farmington Viewmont at Bountiful Box Elder at Woods Cross

GIRL’S SOCCER

Morgan at Davis 3 p.m.

Weber at Davis

Bountiful, Viewmont, Woods Cross at Sun Hills 1:00 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

3:00 p.m.

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

3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

GIRL’S TENNIS Sept. 23 VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER

GIRL’S TENNIS Sept. 24: FOOTBALL

Sept. 28 & 29 GIRL’S TENNIS

Region 5 championships at Box Elder

Bountiful at Box Elder Farmington at Weber Viewmont at Northridge Bonneville at Woods Cross

6:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Farmington at Weber Fremont at Davis Woods Cross at Bountiful Viewmont at Bonneville

3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

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UWLP survey shows women in the workforce are struggling By Peri Kinder | peri.k@davisjournal.com

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f there’s one good thing about COVID-19, it might be that the pandemic illuminated the challenges that women face in the workforce, especially with childcare. As schools and daycare facilities closed at the beginning of the pandemic, women bore a disproportionate share of the burden as they tried to keep their heads above water by juggling job responsibilities, homeschooling kids and taking care of housework. Salt Lake County resident Heather Stewart felt the struggle firsthand when her office shut down, schools closed and she was stuck trying to homeschool two elementary school-aged children while keeping up with her full-time job. “It was hard to get done what I needed to for work and be present for my kids,” she said. “I felt stretched in every direction. My daughter got behind in math. I knew it was happening, I could see it happening but I didn’t have the energy to do anything about it. I was so burned out.” Dr. Susan Madsen, Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, said she thinks it’s time to start a conversation about supporting women in their roles as business leaders and mothers. “Finally, the pandemic is opening the eyes of some legislators,” Madsen said. “Lt. Governor [Deidre] Henderson is on this and she knows we need to support our families.” More than 3,500 women responded to a survey sent out by the UWLP, asking them to share challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic in regard to caregiving, career advancement, homeschool experiences and burnout. The results showed 16% of women had some type of withdrawal from the workplace, whether it was a lay-off, the company closed, their hours were cut or they were furloughed. For

another 12%, women saw their workload increase by moving from part-time to full-time or by taking on more responsibility. “We had women who just couldn’t do it. They couldn’t watch their toddler and teach their 3-year-old and manage their departments,” Madsen said. “Teachers really took the brunt. They weren’t being appreciated and put in so much more.” Madsen shared an example of a teacher who was sick with COVID but was still teaching online. There was nobody to fill in for her and she couldn’t let her students down. Childcare workers were also heavily impacted by COVID. The ones who responded to the survey expressed frustration at being disrespected and unseen. They don’t want to do it anymore. “In every case, they felt they were trying to take care of essential workers’ kids while worrying about spreading the virus to other children who might take it home to a parent or grandparent,” Madsen said. While national and global reports show the majority of workers were adversely affected by the pandemic, women seemed to be affected disproportionately. When Stewart was asked to participate at an in-person meeting for her job, all the men could be there, but she couldn’t attend without finding childcare. “Why was I the only one who had to stay home with the kids?” she said. “It’s such an entrenched part of how our society operates. My workplace was actually great and very understanding. It’s just how things shake out. But it’s how things always shake out.” The survey found similar results for women trying to balance working from home with teaching children. Mothers did the lion’s share of the work to keep everything together.

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“It was really the moms that took a beating,” Madsen said. “Only 24% of respondents said they had a supportive spouse or partner. The hard thing about work is it’s societal. You have to change society. We've been socialized from the time we’re born to believe that men should be leaders.” Madsen wants to start the discussion with legislators about improving the workplace for women by enhancing leave policies, creating flexible schedules and helping moms with childcare support. The UWLP will host a free, online fireside chat with Henderson on Friday, Oct. 1 at noon to tackle these topics. The event will be livestreamed to reach as many people as possible. Madsen hopes men will also listen to the conversation. Visit UTWomen.org for more information about this discussion with the lieutenant governor who has secured the reputation for being an advocate for women. “I feel called to do this work,” Madsen said. “It’s not women versus men. What lifts women, lifts men, too. More people are listening but more people need to join the conversation.”l

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Technology keeps human safe in dangerous, dirty jobs By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com CENTERVILLE—Robots that can go into dangerous situations, drones that have heat sensors to track missing or endangered people at night or just a quick eye in the sky for police, it all sounds like a Sci-Fi movie but it’s a reality for one Centerville-based company. Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems (RMUS) provides the technology, software and training to public safety, industry and government agencies in the U.S. and internationally. “We started the company in 2014,” said Ryan Wood, VP of Sales and Marketing and co-owner of RMUS. “It’s a spinoff from recreational remote control cars, drones, etc. to a larger speciality distribution.” These are not your typical hobbyists, he said. “It’s the police, industrial companies and government entities. It’s separate from the hobby world. It’s been quite a ride since then.” RMUS relocated its base of operations to Centerville in 2016 and also have a location outside the Toronto, Canada area, said Wood. “We had a relationship with a wireless drone unmanned system there and we acquired it. There are 15 full-time employees locally and seven in the office in Canada. It's a fairly small group of players but it’s been a good move we’re finding.” Wood said the company doesn’t just do drones. “We do a fair amount of industrial terrestrial ground robots. Sarcos Robotics makes the exoskeleton and we add the software. It can be used by the military or public safety agencies to gather data and not expose humans.” For example, if there’s a chemical spill you can send in a human with a HAZMAT suit or send in a robot sensor to gather that data, he said. “I’m not saying it will totally replace humans. The technology keeps humans safe in dangerous, dirty and dull jobs.” The main goal is to not have humans directly involved in those situations, said Wood. “Take a roof inspection. A worker usually hustles up a ladder to walk on the roof. This would decrease the need for that. The majority of that can be done by an unmanned drone. It saves

time and provides safety from having a fall which does happen.” RMUS also works with top unmanned payload integrated mapping to create a 3D map of an area, he said. “We package the hardware, software and training to give customers to use for themselves that can potentially save money, time, efficiency and safety as well.” Large scale government, federal, state and local municipalities, public safety, oil and gas, telecom, construction and surveying are the company’s main customers, said Wood. “So many industries are touched by this field. It’s very interesting. We’re finding a new use every week. We also get a few well-heeled Bigfoot and treasure hunters that use it.” The History Channel shows people searching for old ruins using drone technology, he said. “Thermal imaging allows it to create a map or visual rendering. So if the ruins are in a jungle covered by vegetation the sensor can penetrate the layers of vegetation and cut through what would not be apparent in the visual spectrum.” The same technology can be used by search and rescue using radiation of heat as opposed to visual so they can search at night to find missing or endangered people, Wood said. “There have been hundreds of instances where drones have been used in areas to help find people.” Wood knows there are a lot of hobbyists out there using drones. “The people we’re working with aren’t flying those,” he said. “There are a few bad actors who get them as Christmas gifts and think it would be cool to go out and film a wildfire not knowing they’re suppressing a large fire operation.” Just because a drone is flying around don’t assume it’s spying on you, said Wood. “It can happen but certainly not with the clients we work with. Be cautious but it should be obvious which drones are being used for good.” l

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Health Services Administrator Sabrina Harman stands by the medical units at the Davis County Correctional Facility. Photos by Becky Ginos

Davis County Jail works to prevent inmate suicides By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—Sometimes it’s just the little things that can prevent someone from taking their own life. At the Davis County Correctional Facility, they are taking steps to assist inmates in crisis and give them the help they need. “Since COVID when inmates come in they have to be quarantined,” said Health Services Administrator Sabrina Harman. “This can negatively impact inmates’ mental health so we’ve implemented some very simple things over all to help them through quarantine.” Harman said they provide books to help inmates pass the time. “They also have a view of the TV screen. We give them a care package with hygiene items, a word search and sudoku book. Two weeks is rough.” They also give out packets of Gatorade, she said. “It’s not only good for hydration but it’s a good opportunity for the nurse to say ‘hey, how are you doing? We’re here for you.’ It just gives the nurse an opportunity to touch base.” Mental health providers from Davis Behavioral Health are in the building and available to inmates all the time, said Harman. “They’re always checking on everyone.They meet with people in the units and might find several who may have been suicidal and get them on a watch before anything happens.” Several months ago the facility started a program to provide tablets to the inmates. “It not only provides ways for them to pass time, it has benefited in so many ways for mental health,” she said. “There’s a vaccine program on it that gives inmates information to be better informed. Access to care and family positively affects mental health.” There’s also a way to search for jobs. “The amount of searching is shocking to us

that so many are looking for jobs when they’re released,” Harman said. “That they have hope for the future as they’re being released helps with mental health as well.” The Sheriff has every member of the staff take a one-day training on how to handle people in crisis, she said. “It gives tips to watch for if you see changes in an inmate or insights into mental health behavior. Even the office staff takes it so if someone comes into the front the ladies can recognize it. It helps everyone be a little more aware and having that knowledge they can react positively.” Nurses assess everybody that enters the facility, Harman said. “If an inmate were to disclose or a nurse is very concerned they’ll immediately refer them for a mental health check. If they identify someone who has depression or suicidal thoughts that might benefit from medication they can be referred to one of our medical providers.” If someone is found to be suicidal or has suicidal thoughts all the staff knows how to get them to a safe place, she said. “We’ve identified certain places where they can be placed so they can’t harm themselves.” Sheriff (Kelly) Sparks believes that inmates should leave in better shape than when they got here, said Harman. “We want to make sure that every inmate is safe and that they are heard. We always have a heavy heart when someone tries or is successful at ending their own life. It’s hard on all of us. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.” It’s all the little working parts that improve the safety of our inmates, she said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done and we’ll keep striving to make it better. I’m amazed every day by our mental health professionals, nurses, deputies and staff and how they care for the inmates. They do wonderful work.” l

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Fairway to Heaven for Farmington family By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—During this year’s Utah Championship golf tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour at Oakridge Country Club, the pros who came to the 5th green were greeted by cheers and support from a family of fans who made themselves right at home on the site. Easy to do since it is their home that borders the green (which members know as the 14th green). Pam and Val Ossmen built their home adjacent to the country club 42 years ago. From their backyard they’ve watched scores of tournaments, hundreds of players and thousands of friends walk past their birdseye view of the fairway and putting surface. They’ve enjoyed barbecue and ice cream and cold drinks while watching, and occasionally chatting with, the pros on the green. They are a golfing family through and through, whether observing it or hitting the course themselves. Their children and grandchildren and faithful dog Nikko were on the spot all four days of this year’s tourney. “We’ve been members of Oakridge since the late ‘70s,” Pam said. “We built this house from the ground up – walls and all. Val and I were one of the first families to live in this area, and we chose this site because of the course. It’s been wonderful.” Their son Ryan went to school at Davis High with PGA professional and local favorite Daniel Summerhays, who they have followed through his rise in the golf ranks from Utah Amateur champ (which he won at Oakridge) to a successful and lucrative career on the PGA Tour. Summerhays has played in the Utah Championships the past three years, finishing sixth in 2019 and tying for second in 2020. “Ryan and Danny have been friends for

years,” Pam said. “They still play pickleball together, and the Summerhays are a super awesome family.” The Ossmen’s daughter, Angie Ossmen Bloxham, is a top golfer in her own right. She is currently on the “A” team at Oakridge and placed second in the club championship. Angie also played in the Utah Women’s Amateur this year at Oakridge. As in the past, the family members end up finding certain golfers they love to follow each tournament. This year, one of their favorites was British golfer Callen Tarren, who tied for 8th at 19-under par. Some of the younger family members even followed him for a few holes. Grandson Cruz Davidson also followed former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn as he finished in the money. He is the third generation of Ossmen family golfers who’ve played at Oakridge. They’ve watched some amazing performances through the years, including when PGA Professional and three-time tour winner Cameron Champ drove the green on the par-4 421-yard 5th hole. But not all of the fairway shots have been that accurate. A few have landed in the Ossmen yard, even the swimming pool. “When we first put the pool in, we had a few that came over and took a dive,” Pam said with a laugh. “Then the trees grew and that prevented a lot of errant shots from hitting here. When you’re pin high, you’re going to get a few balls hooked to the left. We just wanted the kids to yell “FORE” so we could cover the grandkids up!” The family has been there every day since the Korn Ferry Tour made Oakridge its home for the Utah event, something they will continue to do for at least two more years as

Members of the Ossmen family watching the Utah Championship were, front row left to right, Cash Davidson, Chloe Ossmen, Angie Ossmen Bloxham, Mason Ossmen, Ryan Ossmen, Ashlee Ossmen, and Cruz Davidson. Back row left to right were Emilee Ossmen Davidson, Jason Bloxham, Pamela Blaisdell Ossmen, Mitchell Ossmen, and Val Ossmen.

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Let’s end the suicide stigma by talking about it By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com

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rene Brown said, “What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.” As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches on Sept. 10, social media will most likely display photos and quotes honoring Robin Williams, who tragically ended his life in 2014 at the age of 63. Though celebrity photos and random “copy, paste, and share” posts that merely spread other people’s words about suicide are becoming more frequent, the few seconds of scrolling by these messages are not nearly as effective and preventative as sharing one’s own personal experiences. Engaging in the difficult conversations about suicide are often intertwined with grief, trauma, stigma, and shame, but they are a significant key and tactic to raise awareness and prevention. Sarah Stroup, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Monarch Family Counseling in Herriman said, “Suicide ideation hides in dark corners. By talking about it, we’re shedding light on it and increasing the safety.” Alison Burk of Kaysville has made it her life’s mission to raise suicide awareness in honor of her sister, Annie, who passed away on Dec. 3, 2020, four weeks after ingesting pills that resulted in a coma and eventual organ failure. Annie died at the age of 36, leaving a husband and four young children behind. When Annie passed away, the family felt alone and isolated as the outreach to support them was limited. Because of the stigma surrounding suicide, they felt like members of their community did not really know how to support or help them. “We are grieving alone,” said Burk. However, statistics reveal that suicide is affecting more and more people every year. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) said that 41,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide in 2019-2020, 1.3 million adults have attempted suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan to attempt suicide and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. Utah has the 5th highest suicide rate in the nation. According to Utah.gov, from 2017 – 2019 the age-adjusted suicide rate in Utah was 22.0 per 100,000 persons, with an average of 660 suicides per year. In 2019, suicide was the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 1017 and 18-24. When Herriman High School experienced a cluster of suicides within a few months in 2018, the community was rocked and Stroup and her colleagues were on the front lines helping families through their tragedies and working with local teens to prevent further deaths. Stroup said, “Our community talks about it now. We share our experiences and help each other because we have experienced the devastating consequences from not talking about it.”

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While it is a difficult and heavy topic to discuss and some parents fear that discussing it might give their children the idea to consider suicide, research has shown that talking about it actually reduces the risk and increases safety. Stroup’s best practices for talking to your children include: ▪ Using age-appropriate language with each child. The words you use for an elementary age child should be different from the words you would use for your teen. ▪ Finding an appropriate time to talk to your child when there are no other distractions ▪ Asking open-ended questions such as “Tell me about a time you thought about ending your life” rather than “Do you feel like killing yourself?” Avoid “yes or no” questions. ▪ Practicing empathy. Listen to your child from their viewpoint and validate their struggles. ▪ Utilizing a “safe word” or “code” for your teen to say or text to indicate they are not OK. An example is using the green-yellow-red phrasing where your child can text “green” to indicate they are OK to “red” meaning they are in immediate danger. These short words are easier to express than several sentences trying to convey their feelings. ▪ Seeking help from a therapist if you need help talking to your child. Stroup also stressed if your child is in immediate danger, do not wait until their therapist appointment which could be days or weeks away. Take them to the ER immediately where crisis social workers can assess and provide help and resources. Stroup said research shows that only 25% of teen suicides are impulsive – that they make the decision and act within five minutes. While teaching coping skills is a main goal for therapists, it is extremely crucial for the 25%. “If they can be OK for five minutes when they are in danger, they exit that impulsive range,” said Stroup. Other ways to be proactive include visiting a medical doctor or pediatrician to receive a full check-up including a hormone panel and bloodwork to assess Vitamin D levels to eliminate or remedy any underlying physical issues that may cause depression. With Autumn upon us, Stroup and her team become especially vigilant as suicidality increases in the fall and winter months. She encourages parents to be especially watchful during this time of year, particularly after Daylight Saving Time ends in November. Observations of teachers, coaches, neighbors, school counselors and other people that spend a lot of time with your child are also important. “It takes a village to shine the light in all of the dark corners,” said Stroup.

Alison Stroup remembers and honors her sister, Annie, at right, who died by suicide on Dec. 3, 2020.

Survivors who have attempted suicide have the strongest voice of all, for their stories allow others who are struggling know that they are not alone. Twenty-three-year old Brooklyn Hull of Eagle Mountain has struggled with depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder ever since she was 11 and has been in and out of residential treatment centers over the years. She has attempted suicide over 12 times. The most recent was in May 2021 when she attempted to hang herself in Provo Canyon. Hikers and Lifeflight rescued her but the lack of oxygen caused two strokes and spinal hemorrhage. “I want to help kids who struggle and those who don’t have a voice and don’t know how to say they need help,” Hull said. She is a writer who plans to start a blog to share her experience. “A pen and paper can’t judge you. But a person’s body language and expression can come off as judgmental when you try to talk to them.” Hull’s mother, Tenae. said, “People tend to judge and be mean but they don’t want to step up and be part of the solution. But there are compassionate people out there. When we lived in Herriman, the fire and police departments knew Brooklyn by name and were always so kind and helpful.” Today. Hull is excited about the future and is focusing on her health and endeavors to help others. When her sister, Annie, died, Burk cre-

ated a foundation to spread suicide awareness and to honor her sister and who she was as a person. “Annie loved nature and all living things,” Burk said. “She loved to catch dragonflies and butterflies, and even water snakes at Bear Lake.” Her website www.anniesstoryfoundation.com provides articles, resources, and items to purchase where proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Annie’s name. The merchandise, modeled by Burk’s daughter, includes T-shirts and bags displaying colorful graphics of butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, and peace signs – conveying the bright messages of hope and healing needed to overpower the dark corners of stigma. If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidality, please use the following resources: ▪ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or www.afsp.org ▪ Call 800-273-8255 ▪ Text TALK to 741741 ▪ The SafeUT App a text/talk crisis hotline which can be downloaded at https:// safeut.med.utah.edu/ ▪ The Trevor Project website and hotline for LGBTQ+ www.thetrevorproject. org or 1-800-488-7386 ▪ Monarch Family Counseling at www. monarchfamilycounseling.com l

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America’s forgotten heroes By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com LAYTON—Alongside the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica at Layton Commons Park stands a statue of a dog. It’s not just any dog – it’s a “War Dog.” “The dogs were used for narcotics or bomb detection,” said Linda Crismer who along with her husband Jim owned Mazzie, the model for the memorial. “Mazzie served in Kuwait for five years. We had him for five years and he died on April 21 of this year.” CWD (Contract Working Dog) Mazzie NDD (Narcotics Detection Dog) was the German Shepard’s official title, said Linda. The couple adopted him from Mission K9 rescue, an organization that brings War Dogs home. “I’d been teaching at Bountiful Elementary for 40 years,” she said. “I used a lot of dog related things in my classroom and told the children about War Dogs. When I announced I was retiring the kids said ‘you ought to get one because you’ll have nothing to do.’” So the Crismers looked into adopting through Mission K9 rescue. “It took about 15 months to get him,” Linda said. “They wanted to make sure he’d fit into our home. They check the dogs out mentally and physically. They’re very careful with how they adopt animals out.” Many of the dogs are mistreated during the war and most never come home, she said.

“Mazzie weighed 60 lbs and was starving to death. He was very traumatized. We had a trainer who gave us advice about helping Mazzie. We don’t know what happened to him but the trainer said he’s the most mentally damaged dog he’d seen.” Mazzie became the favorite as Jim and Linda took him to parades and veterans celebrations. “The kids would holler, ‘Hi Mazzie,’” said Linda. “He touched the lives of everyone he met. One time we were at Cabela’s and a man came up to us and asked if Mazzie was a War Dog. Then he got on his knees and held Mazzie’s head and said, ‘Buddy I know what it’s like to be in a foreign country and have people hate you. But your mom and dad will give you a great life.’ We knew then that we were onto something.” The statue came about when the Crismers took Mazzie to the Sounds of Freedom car show in Layton. “The veterans invited us to their meetings,” Linda said. “When they decided to do a memorial for the War Dogs they wanted Mazzie to be the model and asked us to run the project.” The Crismers became so involved with War Dogs that they adopted another one, 8-year-old Geli who also served in Kuwait for four years. “We bring them home and give them a good life for the second half of their

The War Dog statue stands in Layton Commons Park near the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica. It honors dogs who served but never came home. Photo by Becky Ginos

life.” The memorial is dedicated to all War Dogs that served. “It is to honor especially those that served in Vietnam,” said Linda. “They say

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District still has many positions to fill By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—School started Aug. 23 and the Davis School District still had more than 100 classified positions to fill. Those included bus drivers and cafeteria workers. “We have 30 openings for bus drivers, substitute bus drivers and substitute assistants,” said Chris Williams, Director of Communications & Operations for the district. “There are 90 openings for school cafeteria workers.” Williams said they might have to double up on bus routes with people whose job is not necessarily to drive a bus. “There are mechanics in the Transportation Department who have a CDL license and are bus certified. We’re not in the position to tell parents we can’t pick up their kids.” Students are eligible for a bus if they live one and a half miles from the elementary school or two miles in secondary schools, he said. “Parents can choose if they want to use the bus or carpool.” Kids may be served a little slower in the cafeteria because they’re short staffed, said Williams. “That’s how we have to react when there are so many positions that haven’t been filled.” It’s not just the Davis District either, he said. “I don’t know of any district that

isn’t facing similar problems. It might be that people have received checks from the federal government that have put them in the position to say ‘why should I work?’ The unemployment rate is low which exacerbates the problem.” Williams said the district pays for people to get the CDL bus endorsement but that takes a little bit of time. “There’s no way they can get hired tomorrow and be there on the first day of school. I’ve heard from cafeteria workers who say they love it. They’re able to stay on the same schedules as their kids in school. They don’t work holidays and they’re off when their kids are off which is fantastic.” Retirees don’t mind driving the bus, he said. “We’ve had college students too. They can drive in the morning, take a break during the day to do homework or go to class and come back in the afternoon so it fits in well.” The district is in good shape for teachers, said Williams. “I haven’t heard of anywhere that there’s not a teacher in the classroom. We’ve also found a way to bring in more teacher assistants and lots of classroom aides and our substitute pool is quite large.” Also as the school year starts there’s

The Davis School District has several openings for bus drivers. They may have to double up on bus routes. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

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WHAT A FOUR-TO-ONE TAX VOTE REVEALS ABOUT LEADERSHIP FROM MAYOR RANDY LEWIS My opponent says, “It’s time for a change.” What she fails to mention is that she has been a voting member of the city council for the past eight years. She also fails to mention that the mayor lacks a vote under our form of city government. That raises a key question: Why hasn’t my opponent used her vote during the past eight years to make the changes she now says are so critical? My re-election is strongly endorsed by three of the four current (non-candidate) city council members (Millie Bahr, Richard Higginson, and Dr. Chris Simonsen). They said, “Mayor Lewis is the stronger, more experienced leader. Mayor Lewis is direct and doesn’t pander. He always does what he says he’ll do, and that’s what we’re looking for in a mayor.” On August 11th, the city council voted 4 to 1 to raise property taxes. Few issues cause as much agony for a city council as a tax increase, and this was only the second tax increase in 20 years. My opponent and the rest of the city council twice cast unanimous preliminary votes in favor of the tax increase, on May 25th and again on June 22nd, to make critical personnel hires and correct some serious financial imbalances between reserve accounts and the general fund. This was not a casual decision, and it followed months of work between the council and the city’s financial experts. My opponent twice agreed with her colleagues and the city’s Financial Director that the tax increase was a necessary course correction to maintain the City’s financial well-being. My opponent paints herself as a strong leader, yet her last-minute NO vote was an abdication of any role as a leader, because she either melted under criticism or made a calculated decision to pander and grandstand for election votes at the expense of Bountiful’s long-term economic health. No financial facts changed between her YES votes in May and June and her NO vote on August 11th. Nor did she offer any facts or evidence to support an alternative. She did not call, text, or communicate in any way with any council members prior to the August 11th meeting to inform them that she now believed the proposed tax increase was too much. The only thing that changed was her decision to finally vote against her own best judgment. Whatever the reason, when a person is unable to vote in support of her or his own best judgment, that’s a forfeiture and failure of leadership. It’s not a profile in courage. My opponent says she is a model of collaborative leadership and that she will carry a populist vision into public policy. If her tax vote is an example of her leadership style, then any real substance is sadly lacking. In explaining her NO vote, she agreed that the new personnel were necessary, and that the City’s financial experts really DO know what they’re doing, but that the amount of the proposed tax increase was “just too much.” She said, “I will agree to a 15% tax increase. That’s my thought.” However, she never made a motion to reduce the amount of the tax increase. She only needed two additional votes to carry the day. A truly collaborative leader, who was a work horse (not a show horse), would have been working with the city staff and her council colleagues to actually make a factual, logical, and persuasive case for a sustainable alternative policy. THAT’s what real leadership requires. That kind of hard work is what’s necessary to transform an actual vision (and a useful voice) into public policy. At the biggest moment of my opponent’s career, on one of the biggest issues she’s ever faced, she simply whiffed. She did nothing of substance for those who may be unhappy with a tax increase, and she left it to her council colleagues to carry the burden of her previously expressed convictions that the tax increase was necessary. All she wanted to do was to be able to say she voted NO. There’s an excellent word for what my opponent showed on August 11th, but it’s not leadership; it’s hollow grandstanding. And there’s more. At a Meet the Candidate event on July 25th, my opponent even denied that she had ever voted YES on the tax increase in May and June. That was flatly untrue, as the public record shows. That’s another reason the majority of the city council have endorsed me. I don’t waffle. I’m a work horse, not a show horse. Elections count, and I would be grateful for your vote and support.


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BOUNTIFUL—There’s a lot of work that goes into the produce that ends up on the dinner table and Alan Bangerter knows where it all starts. Bangerter has been working on the family farm since he was a child and knows what it takes to keep it running. “It was easier back then,” he said. “We worked hard and started before 6. Personally I liked it. I felt like I was making a difference.” Bangerter attended Tolman Elementary which was about 200 yards from his house. “We worked every day,” he said. “There was always something to do. There were six of us spread out and I was the next to youngest. We didn’t do a lot of outdoor play. There was no such thing as soccer or baseball – there wasn’t time for it.” The farm dates back to 1902 when Bangerter’s great grandfather Nicklas Bangerter purchased some of the current acreage. Nicklas was a renowned farmer in the Bountiful area. “In 1906, my grandfather Orson N. Bangerter was married and soon built a home on the property and started to farm it as his own,” said Bangerter. “My father Charles W. Bangerter was born on the farm in 1918

and worked on it continually for over 80 years until his death in 1999.” Alan was born in 1951 and worked with his father who called his operation Chas. W. Bangerter and Sons. “We incorporated in 1973 and started Chas. W. Bangerter & Sons, Inc., our current company.” In 2000 they found out Legacy Highway would be coming through their farm. “UDOT got 30 acres that were originally by I-15,” said Bangerter. “They did take an additional eight acres for Legacy so they got at total of 38 acres.” With the money from the sale to UDOT, they were able to purchase 22 acres from an owner in California. “Since that time we have been able to develop that property and our other 46 acres into some of the most productive for vegetable crops in the county and even the whole state,” he said. Bangerter’s is well known for its stands but the bulk of their produce goes to retailers. “Ninety percent is at the wholesale level and 10 percent at the stands,” he said. “We set those up Continued page 4

The farm is a family affair. Left to right: Nick, Alan, his wife Diane who passed away in 2019, Bryce and Chuck.

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