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TRAILS ARE AN OFTEN-UNTAPPED TREASURE IN CENTERVILLE by Linda Petersen | The City Journals CENTERVILLE – Although Centerville has been known as a farming community, it actually has several trails, particularly on the east bench, that many local residents consider a tremendous amenity. Those residents who serve as members of the trails committee, which recently began meeting again and planning activities post-pandemic, are passionate about this great resource. On July 8, several of them participated in a project to create switchbacks at the beginning of the Sunset Trail. They hope to add some more switchbacks to the trail on Aug. 5 to make it more family friendly. “Our plan from here on out is to do these projects on a regular, hopefully a monthly-basis during the season,” said Sherrae Phelps, a new member of the committee and organizer of the July 8 service project. A trail runner, Phelps joined the committee because she runs the trails four or five times a week and wanted to be more involved. She also hopes to work to maintain access to the

trails and ensure that existing private land that provides access is not developed, she said. Along with maintenance projects, the committee provides input to the city council on possible trails that could be developed in the future. “The Centerville trails are organic and a bit creative,” Phelps said. “There’s not many ‘official’ trails up there but there’s a whole lot of trails up there.” “I feel there’s a need for more trails for our community as the community’s interest in hiking and mountain biking and trail riding continue to grow,” said Mike Remington, Trails Committee chair. “I would love to see more hillside improvements to facilitate the growth of these activities in our area.” Matt Johnson, a runner and biker loves to get out and exercise on the trails above Centerville especially this Parrish Sunset trail. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

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Rotary Club Citizens of the Year have served their community and their country by Jackie Kartchner | The City Journals


lot of volunteer hours have gone toward Lynn Keddington being nominated for Rotary Club Citizen of the Year for Centerville. He has spent about eight years driving the truck for the Bountiful Food Pantry. He has also served with Centerville Parks and Recreation for the last eight years. “The Centerville–Farmington Rotary Club has for the last few years sent a person to go with us on the truck to the different stores,” said Keddington. “I met a lot of the members of the Rotary Club through my work at the Food Pantry.” “I have never really been told the qualifications they were looking for, but they were looking for people who did volunteer work in the community,” he said. “They just said that basically it was the amount of volunteer work I had done.” This is the second time Keddington has been on the parks and recreation committee. “I also did it in the 80s and 90s when we did the parks master plan for a community park,” he said. “The committee was involved in securing a $6,000 – $7,000 grant so that it could redo Island View Park.” Keddington was born and raised in Bountiful. He and his wife, who also grew up in Bountiful, have lived in Centerville for the last 45 years. “We have four children and 13 grandchildren,” he said. They will have been married for 50 years in September. While working as a laborer at the Holiday Frontier Oil Refinery in West Bountiful, Keddington took advantage of their education assistance plan and went to school at night. “I graduated from Weber State College in finance and business management,” he said. He worked for the refinery for about 35 years. “I retired as vice president and refinery manager.” He has volunteered as league president

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for Centerville Softball Association and the Soccer Association. “I also volunteered for 25 years on the board of directors of the small credit union that the company owned, the company employee credit union,” said Keddington. “Either on the board of directors or the supervisory committee.” He likes to spend time with family. “We try to snowmobile in the winter when there is snow. And we do ATVs, and side by side,” he said. Lately they have traveled mostly to see grandchildren, two of whom live out of state. Major Philip E. Johnson was selected as the Rotary Citizen of the Year for Farmington. Johnson is a major in the United States Air Force at HFAB. He lives in Farmington with his wife, Laura. They have been married for 16 years and have a 3-year-old daughter, Marlys. Another child is expected in the fall. “He grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 from Ypsilanti High,” said Centerville Police Chief Paul Child, former Community Service Club chair. “He then joined the United States Air Force and gained an associate of applied science degree in communication from the Community College of Air Force.” In furthering his education, Johnson went to Embry Riddle Aero University, Worldwide and obtained a bachelor of science degree in communication. “He went on to earn a master’s degree in Aeronautical Science, Summa Cum Laude, in 2012. He is currently enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is working on a Master of Divinity degree,” said Child. Major Johnson has flown a wide variety of aircraft. “He recently was awarded

Major Philip E. Johnson stands with Centerville Police Chief Paul Child. Courtesy photos

the rare distinction of piloting an F22 fighter plane for over 1,000 hours, a truly remarkable accomplishment,” Child said. “Johnson has flown multiple combat missions providing close air support in Syria and Iraq.” The major has served in defense of the USA in many locations around the world, said Child. “He is currently assigned to the 514th Flight Test Squadron at HAFB. Major Johnson is a senior pilot and a pilot instructor.” Johnson has received many distinguished awards: Instructor Pilot of the year, Superior Performer and Top Mission Commander are a few. “During the past 18 months Philip,




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Continued from front page An avid hiker, trail runner and mountain biker, this is Remington’s second term as chair of the committee. “We’ve got a lot of great existing hiking trails,” Remington said. “Deuel Creek is probably one of our most popular hikes as it provides a lot of shade during the hike.” Current Trails (Information courtesy of Centerville City) 1. Bowl Area Trails: This is an open space area of dirt and rock used by ATVs and hikers, approximately 0.2 mile long, with rolling hills around its perimeter. 2. Deuel Creek South Trail: This trail which begins at the north end of the bowl area follows Deuel Creek, crossing several small, rustic, log bridges. The trail traverses rocky terrain and passes an unusual waterfall. This trail connects with the Deuel Creek North trail. 3. Deuel Creek North Trail: This trail begins with a fairly steep climb just off the Fire Break road. The trail levels and passes a campsite, then descends to the creek side and continues up the canyon where it merges with the Deuel Creek South trail. 4. Parrish Canyon Trail / Bonneville Shoreline Trail Access: Several switchbacks provide a steady climb of about 2,500 feet without becoming too steep. About 3 miles up, the trail reaches Center-

ville Peak. From the peak the trail continues another 3 miles to Skyline Road. 5. Parrish Sunset Trail: The trail is approximately 0.75 mile long and somewhat steep. It begins just off the Fire Break road about 300 yards north of the Parrish Canyon Trail parking area. 6. Rockwood Trail: This trail is 0.2 mile of relatively steep terrain. It connects to the Fire Break road. 7. Ford Canyon Trail: This trail is a family-friendly half-mile loop with two bridges that cross Ricks Creek. There is a picnic area with two tables and plenty of shade. 8. Freedom Hills Trails: Freedom Hills Park is circled by two paved walking path loops of 0.4 mile each that interconnect in various places. The switchback trail climbs the face of the mountain for half a mile before linking with the Fire Break road. 9. Centerville Community Park Walking Path: This paved path takes walkers around the perimeter of the park. 10. Bamberger Parkway / Southwest Trails: This urban trail is a network of pavement and sidewalks which connect the surrounding neighborhoods to the Centerville library and Porter-Walton Park. 11. Legacy Parkway Trail: Cyclists and pedestrians share this paved trail that parallels the Legacy Parkway from Farmington to North Salt Lake. | 800.418.2551 Investing is an important decision. Read the Program Description in its entirety for more information and consider all investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. For a copy of the Program Description, call 800.418.2551 or visit Investments in my529 are not insured or guaranteed by my529, the Utah Board of Higher Education, the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority Board of Directors or any other state or federal agency. Your investment could lose value. However, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance is provided for the FDIC-insured accounts.

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Moses Alba, 4, pitches in and helps cut a new Parrish Sunset trail along with his dad, Adam (right) and other volunteers. Photo Roger V. Tuttle

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More police patrols for Centerville By Linda Petersen | City Journals CENTERVILLE — City officials concerned about the increase of burglary in the community have authorized funding for more police patrols to help address the problem. On June 1, the city council approved $30,000 to fund overtime patrol shifts for Centerville. In recent months, thieves have targeted various neighborhoods around the city. On May 25, the northeast quadrant of the city was hit with a spate of burglaries in the early morning hours. Vehicles, purses and other items were stolen. Primarily the thieves entered through unlocked garage doors, the Centerville Police Department reported. Car break-ins have also been a problem throughout the city. “I’ve had many residents approach me about the crime that’s happened to them, and neighbors are having it and it’s hitting Facebook,” City Council member Robyn Mecham said at a June 1 council meeting. “People are very concerned about what’s going on on our streets while they’re asleep and at night.” Mecham said both she and Police Chief Paul Child felt a pilot program where Centerville officers could work overtime shifts at night patrolling the city would be successful, “to see if we could make our streets a little safer while we’re sleeping.” “It would be way less expensive than hiring new officers, but they could pick these shifts up at night and the only thing they would do would be go through our neighborhoods and look for prowlers and people that shouldn’t be there,” she added. The rest of the city council were supportive of Me-

cham’s suggestion and voted unanimously to fund a pilot program with $30,000 from a special council contingency fund in the 2021-22 budget. “I’m 100 percent behind it,” Council member George McEwan said. “I think it’s great. Once the chief tells us the effectiveness, we can look at programming it into the future as a stopgap. This at least plugs the hole potentially.” McEwan said a broader message should be sent out to the community. “You’ve got to look out for your neighbors,” he said. “If you see they’ve left a laptop in the car, go knock on their door. Tell them ‘You’ve left a laptop in your car’ or ‘Hey, by the way, your garage door is open.’ … We can’t totally rely on our officers to do that. They can help us, but the message should also include, ‘Hey, watch out for your neighbors.’” Under the new program, patrols will be randomized and will be as frequent as officers are available to sign up for the shifts. Officers working these patrols will be dedicated solely to patrolling the city and will not answer calls or enforce traffic laws during these shifts. Child has also commissioned a study to address policing needs in the city and to determine if additional officers are needed. On June 23, in a Facebook post, the police department also reported the sighting of a cougar near Chase Lane and Main Street. They searched the area but were not able to locate the animal. The Division of Wildlife Resources suggests that residents exercise caution and become familiar with the information in this website, l

Caption: Centerville has seen an uptick in burglaries in the city prompting the Police Department to suggest overtime patrol shifts at night. Courtesy CPD

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Farmington City Council passes ordinance to deal with water shortage


ecent weather patterns have caused a critical water shortage. Even without the recent drought natural disasters and mechanical failures can affect the demand and supply of drinking water and secondary water. Parks and Recreation Director, Neil Miller said Farmington is trying to deal with the recent drought. “We’re doing everything we can and holy cow it’s hard!” “I’ve been driving through town and seeing the brown lawns,” City Council member Rebecca Wayment said during a recent city council meeting. “I’m so proud of the citizens of our city who are doing what they can to preserve water.” Many homeowners are worried that their lawns will die if they don’t use a great deal of water. However, lawns can survive a lot of browning. According to Public Works Director Larry Famuliner, Farmington City gets the majority of its water through city-owned wells. Most city residents, over 95%, can access Benchland or Weber Basin Water Conservancy District irrigation water. At the city council meeting July 6, the council passed an ordinance to deal with water shortages. The new law is identical to a temporary ordinance passed two years ago. This ordinance will be permanent since it appears that water shortages will be reoccurring.

By Wayne Kartchner | The City Journals

Creeks are normally much higher at this time of year. Photo by Wayne Kartchner

The ordinance does not specify restrictions. City staff, the state engineer or water districts will determine that a water shortage has occurred and make recommendations to the city council through the city manager, and then the city council will decide if the recommended restrictions should be enforced. It is important to note that no one will be fined without first being warned of a violation. l

The ordinance is headlined as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF FARMINGTON CITY ADOPTING WATER SUPPLY SHORTAGE AND DROUGHT CONDITION MEASURES FOR THE PROTECTION OF AVAILABLE WATER SUPPLY AND QUALITY THEREOF FOR DOMESTIC INDOOR USE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND FIRE PROTECTION, WHILE MINIMIZING WATER SHORTAGES AND OTHER WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCIES. Summarizing the ordinance: Farmington requires the installation of secondary water for outdoor watering. Due to existing drought conditions watering restrictions are necessary to protect public health and safety. Culinary water (water from the city wells) is not sufficient to provide for outdoor watering as a supplement or in place of secondary water. The ordinance provides for three stages of water restrictions: Stage 1 - ADVISORY In the advisory stage, public education will be conducted through the mail, newspaper, and public service announcements advising water users to conserve water. No penalties will be imposed. Stage 2 - MODERATE The Moderate stage will demand a reduction of water use. No outdoor use of culinary water will be permitted unless specifically approved by the city. Stage 3 - CRITICAL The Critical stage will demand dramatic reduction in order to preserve a critical water supply. This will be done in case of natural disaster, well failure, reservoir failure, contaminated system, extreme drought, or other unforeseen situations. The City Manager will recommend to the City Council when to implement this ordinance and the City Council will decide which stage will be implemented at a City Council meeting. A first violation will result in a warning. A second will receive a fine of not more than $100 and possible disconnection of culinary (house water) until the violation is corrected and the fine is paid. A third offense may result in a fine not to exceed $200 and also disconnection of culinary connection after the fine is paid and a waiting period of two days.

Whitaker Museum to reopen in August Linda Petersen | City Journals CENTERVILLE—after spending more than a year with its doors shuttered, the Whitaker Museum will reopen on Aug. 3. Museum officials are excited to welcome visitors, begin scheduling tours and debut their new outside audiovisual tour, which is available 24/7. The museum has received a grant from Utah State Preservation and RAP to restore its summer kitchen which is expected to be complete in August. The museum will be open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round; tours will be conducted as needed. Located at 168 South Main, the historic home was purchased by the city in 1994 to house and display artifacts from throughout the city, to provide educational programming and to give local residents the opportunity to view and display the local history of the community. According to its mission statement, “‘The Whitaker’ Centerville’s Heritage Museum tells Centerville’s story, teaches traditional values, creates links between past and present, and cultivates pride in our rich heritage. This vision of the Whitaker Museum and Museum Board is to use the power of history to enhance lives and

to maximize the power of personal and community stories and shared history to enrich and enhance lives.” The Whitaker Museum building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1996. It was placed on the Centerville Historic Landmark Register in 1997. The museum’s monthly “Keeping Our Stories Alive” series which is generally held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall resumed in July. This free event is open to those 12 and older. Upcoming presentations include: Aug. 10 Motor Tales – Utah National Parks by automobile: Celebrating national parks tourism by early automobiles of the 1900s; John Clarke, presenter Sept. 14 Lucin/Great Salt Lake Cutoff: A story not to be forgotten Presenter: Beau Burgess, director/curator, Historical Museum and collection, Fort Douglas Oct. 12 Haunting at the Whitaker: yarns and tales from the past presented by local storytellers. Free for all ages.

The Whitaker Museum welcomes back visitors and adds a new outside audiovisual tour. Photo by Tom Haraldsen

Location: Whitaker Museum The museum is open to the public every week except the weeks of Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and

New Year’s. Call (801) 335-8843 for more information or to make reservations for group tours of the museum. The museum is not available for private rental. l

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Multi-family units and single family homes are under construction throughout Farmington. The city has continued to grow with an influx of new residents. Photo by Wayne Kartchner

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By Wayne Kartchner | The City Journals

here’s plenty of construction going on in Farmington. It is continuing to grow because many people find the city to be a desirable place to live. Roger and Jeanne Segelke are typical of recent new arrivals. The Segelkes were born and raised in Ogden and lived many years in California working for the IRS where they raised their children. All of their children moved to Utah. After retirement, they found a new home in Farmington. “I never in a million years thought we would move to Farmington, but we wanted a safe neighborhood with kind and wonderful neighbors and Farmington fit the bill,” said Jeanne. That growth has prompted a surge in construction. The following building permits were granted in Farmington during June and July. In most cases, the dollar figures are approximate. l

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FJHS presented with a national award for its jazz ensemble By Peri Kinder |


ith its syncopated rhythms and ever-changing tempo, jazz music is the perfect fit for junior high students going through their own state of growth and improvisation. This year, the jazz ensemble at Farmington Junior High School was named the Outstanding Junior High/Middle School Jazz Ensemble in the country by Downbeat Magazine. Heath Wolf, Director of Bands at FJHS, teaches more than 300 students every day in concert and beginning band, advanced and beginning percussion ensemble, symphonic band and jazz ensemble. “I’m a big believer in motivating kids,” Wolf said. “We need to push ourselves to be as good as we can possibly be. Competing is not part of music but it is a part of life, and there are kids who want to do these kinds of things. It gives them a reason to work harder.” It’s the second time the FJHS jazz ensemble has received this award, the first time was in 2019. Wolf acknowledges that learning complex rhythms, syncopation and the improvisational styles of jazz is difficult, but he has students practice listening to jazz masters to understand how all the techniques fit together to create an unforgettable sound. “Interest in jazz comes from hearing great players. Listening is so important,” he said. “The focus is on the performer, not the composition but what the performers do with it.”

Parker Connors (15) participated in the FJHS jazz ensemble last year as a ninth grader and loved every minute of it. As a drummer since sixth grade, Parker learned to enjoy playing jazz rhythms and listening to the lyrical phrases. “It was such a great experience,” Parker said. “I feel like it’s a different language. I was shocked [when we won]. I was really happy. I think we worked really hard for it.” Part of that hard work came three mornings a week at 7 a.m. when the jazz ensemble practiced together. Even during COVID shutdowns and social distancing, the ensemble was able to stay connected. “The fact that we were able to meet in person made all the difference,” Parker said. Over the years, the FJHS jazz ensemble has earned many awards and recognition. Several years ago, at the international band and orchestra conference The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the ensemble was the only junior high school jazz group invited to perform. At the 2017 University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, one of the biggest festivals in the country, the FJHS A band took first place, with the B band taking second. Wolf, who has taught at FJHS since 1999, wanted to be a professional drummer for as long as he can remember. He grew up in a small town in Colorado, listening to his parents’ jazz

Jazz 1: The FJHS Jazz Ensemble was named Outstanding Junior High School Jazz Ensemble in the country by Downbeat Magazine. Photo courtesy of Ashley Connors

records. He loved the spontaneity of jazz, the way it was always changing, and its syncopated rhythm and swing. He didn’t plan on being a teacher, but would never change his experience teaching jazz to junior high students. “I just love this age group,” he said. “They’re fun and still teachable. And none of this would be possible without the awesome parents and support of the administration at Farmington Junior High.” Parker plans to try out for the jazz en-

semble at Farmington High School during the upcoming school year and hopes to continue learning about a style of music that he resonates with. “Being in the junior high jazz ensemble was an amazing time and I love playing with people who were better than me and pushed me to be better,” Parker said. “Being in such a great group motivates you to be better.” l



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Historic home has been in the family since 1890 By Jackie Kartchner | The City Journals FARMINGTON—When Marilyn Christensen’s great grandparents, Charles and Gertrude Staynor Miller, built their home in 1890 they had no idea it would be in their family for generations to come. “They settled on the land in 1848,” said Christensen, who lives in the home now with her husband Steve. “They had an adobe house in the back, and they built the front two-thirds of the barn in 1848. Then in 1890, that is when Charles and Gertrude Miller built this home.” It has been in the family ever since. The Christensens bought the home at 351 N. Main Street from the Miller family 37 years ago, so they could live in Farmington. “It is a miracle that it is still standing,” she said. “Of course, before we bought it, we had it checked to see how structurally sound it was. They said it had settled very little. It was just really built structurally well.” They have replaced the electrical wiring, the plumbing, the roof, heating and AC. They have also added two bathrooms. “One interesting fact,” said Christensen, “is that it was being built about the same time as the Salt Lake Temple, and so they would pay attention to what was being done there.” Heating ducts were installed, even before there was heating. “He had them built into the house, which was a really smart idea,” she said. “All of the walls are brick, so it would have been extremely difficult to try and put a heating system into the house.” The house just had parlor stoves for a number of years, then radiant heat. A tenant who leased the house sold one

of the parlor stoves to the Heidelberg restaurant. When the Heidelberg went out, Christensens went to an auction, bought it back 30 years ago and brought it back to the house. “The boys’ bedroom didn’t have any heat in it, no parlor stove,” Christensen said. “The theory was that if you heated it, we were told, you raised weak boys, so their room was not heated at all.” It didn’t have heat for more than 100 years. All the interior walls are brick. “We hear the brick came from Kaysville from the brickyards there,” she said. “Most of the floor boards are logs.” The barn is hand hewed without any nails or bolts to hold it together. It is held together with wooden dowels. “We found Marilyn’s great grandfather’s leather account book where he kept track of what it cost to build the house,” said Steve. “The total cost for labor and materials was $700.” The home was a ranch house for the family who used to own Fremont Island. “They had a dairy here,” he said. “And they had a lot of land in West Farmington.” “They didn’t build closets because closets were taxed as a separate room,” said Steve. “So, it was a wildly inefficient home.” The house had been used for parties, receptions, and weddings before they bought it, Marilyn said. “The kids thought it was haunted because it was always dark.” l Marilyn Christensen’s great grandparents built the historic home they now live in. Photo by Jackie Kartchner










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Service is the watch word for Centerville–Farmington Rotary Club By Jackie Kartchner | The City Journals


he Rotary Club got its start in 1906 in Chicago by a man named Paul Harris who wanted to do some networking. Harris was a businessman who had recently moved to Chicago. He got together with other businessmen who would take turns hosting the meeting. They rotated around to different offices and that is how the club got its name. “After they had been doing that for about a year, they thought, ‘This is nice, but we could do some good in the world.’ So, their first project was to complete the first public restroom in Chicago,” said John Yancey, former president of the Farmington-Centerville club. It just grew from there and now it has 1.2 million members worldwide, with about 35,000 clubs. “There are 35 or 37 clubs in Utah,” Yancey said. The primary goal of the Rotary Club is service. “We do both community service and international service,” he said. “There are some side benefits, like networking and camaraderie.” Members of Centerville-Farmington meet together weekly. Bryce Peterson is the new president. They meet on Thursdays at 6:50 a.m. in the Centerville City Hall in the basement. The meetings end at 8 a.m. so members can get to their jobs.

“We have wonderful youth that do a lot of good stuff in the community. It is really hard for them to choose a a scholarship winner winner every year.” – John Yancey

“We have a buffet breakfast and we often have a speaker,” Yancey said. Some past speakers include Ted Stewart, a federal judge and brother of Congressman Chris Stewart. Also, Tom Hatch, director of Beech Tree Labs came and talked about how drugs are tested and approved. They have organized a Farmington Satellite Club, that is open to anyone who wants to become a member. The group meets on Mondays at noon in the Farmington City Hall, where lunch is served. Some of the service projects include helping at the Bountiful Food Pantry. “Every year we provide a paperback dictionary for every third grader in every elementary school in Farmington and Centerville,” Yancey said. “We’ve done that for years.

Our big fundraiser every year is the 5-K run that Centerville does in conjunction with their Independence Day festivities.” The group also provides scholarships for high school students. “We do a scholarship for a Viewmont High senior and a Farmington High senior,” he said. “The primary thing we look at to determine the winner is how much service that student has given.” It is really amazing to read the applications, said Yancey. “We have wonderful youth that do a lot of good stuff in the community. It is really hard for them to choose a winner every year.” Visitors are welcome to either of the meetings. “We welcome people of any background,” he said. “The main criteria

Bryce Peterson is taking over as the new president of the Centerville–Farmington Rotary. Courtesy

is people who like to serve. Membership is open to both men and women.” To get further information, call Bryce Peterson at 801-923-3133 or Or call John Yancey at 801-309-9544 or l

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Farmington considers UTOPIA Fiber


TOPIA Fiber has been aggressive in seeking to move into Farmington and the city council granted them the opportunity to make a presentation to the public. On July 20 Roger Timmerman, Executive Director of Utopia Fiber spoke and answered questions. The website for UTOPIA Fiber is https:// At the city council meeting, Mayor Jim Talbot emphasized that no decision has been made on bringing fiber optic internet into Farmington. Google Fiber and Syring Networks are also other companies that could provide fiber optic to the community. Unlike UTOPIA Fiber they do not promise to provide access to every residence. Some businesses in Farmington are already served by UTOPIA Fiber. Many residents would like to have a fiber-optic network expanded to serve all residences. If Utopia Fiber contracts with the city it will provide fiber to all residences in the city, not just new developments with speeds up to 100Gbps possible. If the decision is made to contract with Utopia it will take between one and half to two years to get every residence in the city connected, with the first customer connected in seven months. Cables are laid with small boring machines so roads will not be closed to lay cable.

By Wayne Kartchner | The City Journals Even the connection from the road to the house will be done in an 18-inch-deep tunnel. The tunnel is bored in a way that it will not disturb landscaping. “We have sometimes had people call asking why no one showed up,” said Timmerman. “They can't believe we laid the cable to the house with no disruption.” There will be an RJ45 connection in the house. Then the ISP (Internet Service Provider) will connect the router. The city conducted a broadband survey with 688 respondents. To the question “If the city could build a fiber-to-the-home network at no additional cost to the residents, would you be interested in signing up?” 88% answered “yes.” Most in attendance at the council meeting seemed to be in favor of fiber optic. "Our current internet provider is not dependable,” said Amy Black. “It went out three times in one week. I work from home. We need dependable internet and a choice.” “We should have had fiber five years ago,” said city council member, Rebecca Wayment. “No one else is willing to build out (fiber optic) to existing neighborhoods like UTOPIA Fiber.” "I have to work from home,” said Scott Walker. “I moved here three years ago. The biggest downside to moving was no fiber op-


The biggest concern seems to be the fear that taxpayers who do not use the service will end up paying for it. According to UTOPIA Fiber spokesperson Kim McKinney, since 2009 all bonds have been paid off by subscriber revenue and none of the cost has been paid for by the cities. “We are the highest rated telecommunication company in the state.” Neal Harris, who was at the meeting, chaired the steering committee in 2001-2002 the first time Farmington evaluated Utopia. Farmington did not participate at that time, largely because of concerns about the business model. He suggested a search of the phrase “Utopia bad deal Utah” which turned up several articles detailing how some cities have had to pay costs of fiber. Utopia Fiber acknowledges that at first, they did not cover all costs from subscribers, however even those cities are now covering all costs. Nicole Green expressed concerns that the city will be entering into a contract for 25 years. “Twenty-five years ago, we were using floppy disks and didn’t have cell phones. Who knows what will happen in the next 25 years?” The internet bill will be in two parts currently $30/month to Utopia Fiber and a separate amount to the ISP. Customers also have the option of paying $2,750 to Utopia Fiber and never paying the $30/month fee.

Currently, 15 ISPs are listed on the Utopia Fiber website. Each ISP offers a different package of services. These services include Internet access at speeds up to 100 Gbps for businesses, streaming TV services, cable TV, home telephone service. The service can be provided on a month-to-month basis so customers don’t have to be locked into a long-term contract. UTOPIA Fiber currently boasts a minimum of 250Mbps connection with a maximum for businesses of 100Gbps. Unlike many other providers, UTOPIA Fiber has nearly the same upload and download speeds. There is also virtually no data cap. Most providers have much faster download speeds. With UTOPIA Fiber both upload and download are blazingly fast. "Upload and download speed (being) the same is important to me,” said David Rathbun. “No data cap is a big deal. I work at home. With my current provider in order to find out if I'm nearing my cap, I have to call customer service and wait on hold.” UIA (Utah Infrastructure Agency) owns the lines, capacity, and access rights. Utopia (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency) manages the fiber optic infrastructure and leases the lines to ISPs (Internet Service Providers). l

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Water, fire professionals say situation is dire this summer Linda Petersen | City Journals

CENTERVILLE—Mayor Clark Wilkinson recently gathered some local water and fire professionals virtually to give residents an update on the water situation this summer. Their news was grim. The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District typically stores 200,000 to 220, 000-acre feet of water prior to the season; this year it stored just 7,000 acre-feet, Darren Hess, assistant general manager over operations reported June 25. “That’s virtually nothing, or just 3 percent of the normal storage that we typically have,” he said. Local reservoirs typically hold a twoyear supply when they are full. “This year is historic; we have not seen a year where we’ve had this little run-off in the 75 years that we’ve recorded run-off, water supplies… It’s the worst one we’ve seen, particularly on the main stem of the Weber River,” Hess said. In late-March the water district advised its users, both agricultural and residential, that it would be requiring them to cut back their water consumption by 20 percent. This year the district has also had to use their drought relief pump station which pumps water out of Willard Bay to Davis and Weber Canal Companies system, to their canal. (WNWCD exchanges water with those irrigation companies so that it can then utilize water from East Canyon or Echo Reservoirs). “We haven’t run that pump station in 16 years,” Hess reported. WBWCD is expected to shut off the canals on Oct. 1, but that date could be moved up if the reservoirs continue to drop at a significant level, he said. The public can help by conserving water wherever possible and by watering only twice a week. “We are asking for the public to help us and we really need to see a lot of straw colored or brown lawns out there this year just because we don’t have the water like we’d like to because of the historic drought,” Hess said. Things are not any better for Centerville Deuel Creek Irrigation Company, President Robert Burns said. “Our stream flow is quite low. Right now, about one eighth of our water that we’re using in our system is coming from local streams; the rest is coming from Weber Basin. That will increase as we get into the hotter months; we won’t be able to sustain our reservoir once Weber Basin stops delivering water.” Centerville Public Works Director Mike Carlson said he has been concerned for quite some time about the state of the aquifer. “We’re not in great shape anyway,”

he said.” We’re OK but our main purpose is to provide culinary drinking water; I’m concerned about demand on our wells.” Carlson said he is also worried that some residents may attempt to connect their culinary water up to their irrigation system to supplement their outside water supply. This could lead to cross-contamination and health risks for affected individuals, he said. While the city is implementing conservation practices, Carlson wanted residents to know that the city has an independent subsurface water source (groundwater) at Community Park and as such, it will be watered more heavily than other city parks and facilities. “We either pump water to the west or we can pump it up on the lawn,” he said. “We want to keep a spot where citizens can go where they can be on some good grass. So, we’re going to be trying to keep them going as best as we can.” Fire is an ever-present danger in Centerville, Dave Stone, South Davis Metro Fire chief said. “Centerville having an urban interface up on the east side is always a concern for us. This time of year … is always a concern. Obviously, this year is a little bit more because of the drought situation and the lack of water we’ve got now.” Stone urged all residents to forgo personal fireworks this year and to instead attend municipal fireworks shows for the July holidays. The firefighters who respond to those fires caused by fireworks or grass fires also man the ambulances, potentially leaving those services strained if they are called out frequently, he said. Centerville Police Chief Paul Child who is also the city’s emergency management director expressed concern about people recreating in the foothills. “People continue to go up in the bowl area and foothills area and light fires,” he said. “The dangers of people going up and lighting fires on the mountainside is real.” His officers are going to be a lot more aggressive in their enforcement “due to the dire situation we’re in right now,” he said. He also urged people in areas where there is dry grass around their homes to develop some defensible space. “I’m hoping all residents of Centerville will find this useful,” Wilkinson said as he concluded the presentation. “This is not meant to scare… These are all common-sense good things. We can get through this if we work together, if we follow these guidelines, if we’re considerate of our neighbors.” The full presentation may be found at l

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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-

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

Aug. 13

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

Aug. 20

West Jordan at Davis Farmington at Bountiful Viewmont at Hillcrest Skyridge at Woods Cross

Aug. 27

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


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

Oct. 1

Davis at Farmington Viewmont at Bountiful Box Elder at Woods Cross

Oct. 7

Weber at Davis Farmington at Fremont

Oct. 8

Woods Cross at Viewmont Bountiful at Northridge

Oct. 13

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

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

Farmington High Boys Golf 2021 Schedule

Date Course Aug. 9 Glen Eagle Aug. 12Bluff Aug. 16 Hubbard Aug. 19 Valley View Aug. 30 Davis Sept. 7 Ramada Sept. 14 The Barn Sept. 20-21 Eagle Mountain (REGION) Oct. 4-5 Timpanogos (STATE)

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Sun Hills

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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 whose surgery was rescheduled for 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

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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

Anna Zimmer named the Davis School District Custodian of the Year By Peri Kinder |


ince 2008, Anna Zimmer, facilities manager at Stewart Elementary, has made sure the school is in tip-top shape for students, faculty and staff. This year, Zimmer was named the Davis District Custodian of the Year. Although it’s only his first year as principal at Stewart Elementary, T.J. Naylor was so impressed with Zimmer’s work ethic and attitude that he nominated her for the award. “She is a very hard worker,” Naylor said. “She’s extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She took a lot of pride in her work and people respected her for that.” Zimmer’s job includes keeping the building presentable, inside and out. With her crew, she ensures that each classroom in the school is cleaned daily and any problems that arise are dealt with quickly and competently. Dealing with COVID put an extra strain on schools, with custodial teams working diligently to keep the virus from infecting students and teachers. Zimmer’s team was ready for the challenge, creating new protocols and procedures. “Anna is the real deal,” Naylor said. “She’s the lead by example type. When it came to implementing new COVID proce-

dures, she didn’t dictate anything, she just showed us by example. She’s a really good leader and she’s willing to stand up and say ‘This isn’t working well.’” Zimmer’s facilities management team set up a schedule to clean classes during rotations. With so many students moving from room to room, her team had to keep up with the constant changes to keep students safe. “Any extra second Anna got, she, or someone on her crew, would be cleaning door knobs, wiping doors down and cleaning playground equipment,” Naylor said. “It was a group effort. I’m really glad she’s on my staff.” l

The Davis School District Facilities Administration team honored Stewart Elementary facilities manager Anna Zimmer as the District Custodian of the Year. From left: Gary Payne, DSD Facilities Administration Director; Ryan Kay, DSD Custodial Coordinator; Zimmer, Todd Summers, DSD Custodial Coordinator; Kevin Walter, DSD Custodial Coordinator and Weston Weekes, DSD Director of Custodial Services. Photo courtesy of Brek Noice

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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 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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The future looks bright as more and more companies are coming to Utah. The state has been named as having the best economy in the nation. Courtesy

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

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

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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

additional support from Big-D Construction, Kellville Vans, KÜHL, the Utah State Library Division, the Utah Association of Counties and Utah Symphony. A printed Explorer Corps passport and ways to get involved can be found online at corps. l

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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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

Hill Air Force Base completes Blue Sky solar project


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

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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. — Tom Haraldsen

Col. Jenise Carroll, commander of the 75th Air Base at Hill Air Force Base, jokes with Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Gary Hoogeveen as they celebrate completion of a new solar power array at the base. Courtesy photo

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Race Cats teams sprint into cross country season By Matt Patton | City Journals


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

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

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

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TRAILS ARE AN OFTEN-UNTAPPED TREASURE IN CENTERVILLE by Linda Petersen | The City Journals CENTERVILLE – Although Centerville has been known as a farming community, it actually has several trails, particularly on the east bench, that many local residents consider a tremendous amenity. Those residents who serve as members of the trails committee, which recently began meeting again and planning activities post-pandemic, are passionate about this great resource. On July 8, several of them participated in a project to create switchbacks at the beginning of the Sunset Trail. They hope to add some more switchbacks to the trail on Aug. 5 to make it more family friendly. “Our plan from here on out is to do these projects on a regular, hopefully a monthly-basis during the season,” said Sherrae Phelps, a new member of the committee and organizer of the July 8 service project. A trail runner, Phelps joined the committee because she runs the trails four or five times a week and wanted to be more involved. She also hopes to work to maintain access to the

trails and ensure that existing private land that provides access is not developed, she said. Along with maintenance projects, the committee provides input to the city council on possible trails that could be developed in the future. “The Centerville trails are organic and a bit creative,” Phelps said. “There’s not many ‘official’ trails up there but there’s a whole lot of trails up there.” “I feel there’s a need for more trails for our community as the community’s interest in hiking and mountain biking and trail riding continue to grow,” said Mike Remington, Trails Committee chair. “I would love to see more hillside improvements to facilitate the growth of these activities in our area.” Matt Johnson, a runner and biker loves to get out and exercise on the trails above Centerville especially this Parrish Sunset trail. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

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