Centerville/Farmington Journal | October 2021

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liza Runolfson, who would “prefer a chocolate chip cookie to a piece of cake,” would never have guessed before the pandemic began that she would have started a successful cake-designing business. Eliza had tried making cakes in the past, but they “were not great,” she said. In early 2020, after trying a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate filling from the Lion House restaurant in Salt Lake City, Eliza decided to give baking another go and she made a chocolate cake of her own. After sharing her first cake with her family. Eliza’s mother said, “Eliza, this cake is so good! You should sell these.” Eliza’s company, Bakes by Blondie, was born. “My grandparents were my first customers,” she said. “During quarantine, I got better and better at making cakes. I had plenty of time to practice.” As her sophomore year began in fall of 2020, “I was averaging one to two cake orders a month,” Eliza said. By January 2020, she decided she wanted to try to grow her business, by expanding her social media presence. Since she already had her Instagram @Bakes_by_Blondie, she decided to make a Facebook account under her name where she could promote her business. All of the sudden, “I was getting groceries, designing ideas in my head and baking cakes for two-three orders per week,” Eliza said. To Eliza’s excitement, her business continued to boom. “Over the summer I was making four to five cakes per week,” Eliza and a floral fondant cake she made for a customer. The high Continued page 4 school junior’s business Bakes by Blondie has taken off.

Some of Eliza’s creations. Over the summer she was making four to five cakes a week. Courtesy photos


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Invest in Community Park first, committee tells city leaders Linda Petersen | City Journals

CENTERVILLE—The city needs to change its tendency to do the minimum needed in its individual parks before it moves on to other projects, Parks and Recreation Committee members told the city council in a Sept. 7 work session. At the top of the priority list should be Community Park and all the improvements it needs, they said. “As a committee, I feel like we can say the Community Park has been neglected and it is one of, if not the highest-used park in Centerville, and people come from all around the valley to Community Park so we feel like this is something that should not have been missed when all these priorities were being done, and we should make sure all the community park items gets bumped up to the top,” committee member Juliann Zollinger said. Community Park needs more restrooms, an additional playground, new playground equipment and more lights in the parking lots, they said. “Most weeks we have activities going on at that park after dark and hundreds, if not thousands, of people making their way back to the parking lot in the dark,” Parks & Cemetery Director Bruce Cox said. “To make things worse, there’s no street lights along 400 West or the frontage road.” Island View Park, which has had significant improvements made to it, also needs attention, committee members said. “We get things usable, and then we kind of leave them; we don’t ever finish up to completion so that is what we’d like to do,” Cox said. The park is very heavily used, Zollinger said. “If you ever want a clear

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Community Park in Centerville needs more restrooms, an additional playground and equipment and more lights in the parking lot. Photo by Becky Ginos

example of how well you use our money, just go to Island View Park. Any time of the day it is full… It really is a good use of funds and it really builds a good community.” City Council member Tami Fillmore suggested that along with being divided into short-term and long-term goals, the parks priority list also be divided into small and large projects so that the larger projects would not be held up waiting for completion or funding of the smaller items.

Other items further down on the list include development of a nature park at Parrish Creek Pond, construction of a splash pad, development of more tennis, basketball and pickleball courts. Funding for westside trail improvements including trailheads and restrooms, purchase of additional property to develop new parks, expand Founders Park are also priorities. Cox said it was important that the city council and parks and recreation committee be “on the same page” in their priorities for parks in Centerville.l




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School board welcomes new student members By Becky Ginos | FARMINGTON—The Davis District Board of Education is made up of mostly adults, but in an effort to give students a voice, two high school seniors are selected each year to serve as student board members. “I think it’s a neat opportunity to experience what happens behind the scenes,” said Farmington High School senior Trevor Nelson who was sworn in on Aug. 3. “It gives me the chance to learn from really smart people and learn leadership skills.” Nelson said Principal (Richard) Swanson approached him about the position. “He called me down to his office and said he wondered if I’d like to do it. It’s based off of teacher and staff recommendations.” Student board members attend all of the meetings, he said. “My job is to give student input. We’re part of the student advisory committee. Once a month we meet with the student body officers from all of the schools and get input on what they’re doing, what’s working and what is not working.” Nelson comes with a strong academic

background. “In ninth grade I was student of the year at Centennial Junior High,” he said. “I have a 4.0 in high school. I got a 34 on the ACT and I’ve taken five AP classes. I had three this last year. I’ve just always enjoyed school.” When he’s not in class, Nelson is involved in several sports. “I run varsity in cross country and track,” he said. “It’s our third state title in a row. We’re third in the nation so we hope to make some noise there. I also love to play soccer.” After graduation, Nelson plans to go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints then attend BYU and study economics. “I’m still figuring out what I want to do,” he said. “We’ll see where that goes. I’d love to continue track at BYU but they’re one of the best in the country so that’s a tall order.” For now, he hopes to contribute as a student board member. “I think it’s going to be super fun,” said Nelson. “I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity.” l

Kaylee Cardenas, a senior at Northridge High will serve as a 2021/2022 student board member. Photos by Becky Ginos

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Dark skies make for bright stars at Antelope Island By Sarah Segovia | The City Journal


he Ogden Astronomical Society (OAS) hosts monthly Star Parties where anyone in the community can come to view the wonders of space. The next party is coming up on Oct. 9 at Antelope Island. “We like using Antelope Island for our star parties because it is the closest dark sky area. Also, the ambiance of the island seems more conducive to inspiring awe of the night sky,” the OAS President Ron Vanderhule said. Members of the OAS will have telescopes set up for solar viewing beginning at 5 p.m. Dark sky viewing will begin at dark. This will be a come-and-go event – the public is encouraged to come. The group is meeting at the White Rocky Bay/ Back Country Trailhead. The Ogden Astronomical Society is one of many in Utah. The society was “founded 51 years

ago as a point of contact for people who are interested in all things astronomical,” Vanderhule said. “Society members meet once a month at Ott Planetarium at Weber University. The meetings generally consist of a presentation from one of the members, but frequently we have the professors from Weber State University (WSU) or other outside guest speakers.” Vanderhule said the club is open to anyone with an interest in Astronomy and/or the tools used for observing. “Come see the heavens at our Urban Adjacent Dark Park, one of just a few in the world.” For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society (OAS) and their upcoming events visit their Facebook page or website at l

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General Election Candidate Profiles


Centerville Mayor Clark Wilkinson

am grateful to have served the people of Centerville through the unprecedented challenges of these past four years. We have weathered fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane winds, a pandemic, and more. Together we cleared debris from our homes while behind the scenes I fought to protect your rights from being infringed upon by state overreach. I am grateful we have procured grants totaling $3 million for much-needed water tank and road completion projects. Additionally, The Mayor’s Initiative on Wellness/Centerville


Lawrence Wright

am running for Mayor because I deeply care and want to preserve the family environment that we have come to love and expect in Centerville. I am: • An advocate for keeping a bedroom community on the east side of

the freeway • Opposed to building-constructing UTABus Rapid Transit on Main Street • Conservative on taxes • I am retired and have time and energy to represent the community as Mayor Experiences: • Served in three military conflicts. U.S. Air Force Retired Veteran. • Earned PhD in Organization and Management and two master’s degrees.


Cares has aided many individuals, and families in navigating the path through anxiety and depression, decreasing suicidal ideation through increased mental and physical wellness. The new location for the July 4th celebration allowed for greater inclusion and participation among our citizens, something we desperately needed after the past year's trials. We are actively engaged in finding solutions for increased cemetery space, road congestion along Parrish Lane, and bringing new businesses into the city to increase tax revenue without burdening our residents. I will continue to calmly lead with common sense, fight for individual freedoms, and work to improve our community’s physical and mental well-being.


Farmington Mayor Rebecca Wayment

ver the past 30 years I’ve watched Farmington evolve from a sleepy little town to a thriving city. Having grown up in Centerville, Doug and I moved to Farmington 13 years ago to raise our five daughters in a beautiful, quaint community that felt

like home. For over a decade, I’ve served on Planning Commissions and the City Council. I have earned advanced degrees in political science and public service. I’ve worked in the non-profit and education sectors. I’m a big supporter of the public

process and believe elected leaders should be accessible. I am not a lawyer or a developer. I have the time, education, experience and desire to be an effective mayor. As mayor, I will bring a broad perspective. I will focus on creating a diversified tax base and keeping taxes low. I will prioritize building critical infrastructure before rapid development. Clean water, safe roadways, parks, trails, expanded rec programs, fiber options, well-trained first responders and public safety personnel are important priorities. I promise to support ideas that enhance the uniquely quaint feeling of Farmington. I believe that we should take every opportunity to preserve the small-town charm of our city while embracing an exciting future.

Candidates who did not send profiles

Brett Anderson • Expert emergency planner. Instrumental in creating the City’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Plan. • Wrote the United Nation’s Manual for responding to sudden-onset disasters. • Extensive experience in land and real estate development. As a result, I have the ability to advocate for Centerville’s needs, not outside ince 2015, I have the city budget is conservative, sustainable, interests. been engaged in and recession-proof. I will diversify our tax • Served eight years on the Centerville Farmington’s citizen base so homeowners pay a smaller share of City Council. government as a plan- the city budget. • Fought for Centerville when UTA wantning commissioner and • I will ensure our transportation infraed light rail down Main Street. Will work city councilman. My structure and city services can support antictirelessly to create resistance to any transit on commitment and expe- ipated growth. Main Street that creates safety hazards to our rience set me apart from • I will expand our trail system and five school crossings, and increases density to other candidates. As make our new 18-acre park something spejustify UTA-ridership. your councilman: cial, not just cookie-cutter soccer fields and As your Mayor I would fully disclose facts • I will keep developers in check and playground equipment. around all issues, and lead the city council, not make sure development is good for FarmingI listen. I respond to every email. I anwork around them. ton, not just developers. I will preserve the swer questions. I solve problems. I am a

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character of our town and ensure Farmington stays a clean and safe place to live, work, shop, and play. • I will keep taxes low and make sure


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Melissa Layton

or 11 years I have lived, shopped, worked, and actively participated in the Farmington community. I appreciate the vibrant, welcoming feel Farmington offers, as well as the way residents support and help each

other. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and have served on our elementary and junior high community councils for over six years. Additionally, I have served as both a state and county delegate. I can appreciate and understand the sacrifices our leaders/ volunteers make to help our community run ef-

ficiently and effectively. My husband, Jeremy, and I are parents to seven children. Our family is involved with the recreation sports programs, and we love utilizing the hiking and biking trail systems. I believe in funding and supporting our Parks and Rec department! I love that Farmington is a safe place to raise my family. I support our local law enforcement and emergency responders. Careful and conservative use of our resources and funds will secure Farmington’s bright future. I am not coming to the political scene with any personal agenda; rather, I am a mother, wife, teacher, citizen, and neighbor. I am willing to listen, learn, and honorably represent the citizens of Farmington!

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General Election Candidate Profiles


Centerville Council Nannette Smith

’ve called Centerville home for 30 years. My husband, James, and I raised five children here, while being actively engaged in our community. I love and respect the life that is afforded to citizens of our city and want to preserve that lifestyle for

generations to come. I’m fiscally conservative. I respect the taxes paid by our citizens and will be diligent in my research of any proposed uses of that money. My core values stem from the Constitution. I understand the role of the city council is to


be the voice of the people and to speak/vote in their best interest. I’m comfortable sitting in council with the purpose of solving problems. I’m an optimist by nature and love to find ways to help foster new ideas while staying within needed boundaries. I’m opposed to high density housing in our bedroom community. Experience: • Precinct Chair • State/County Delegate • I have sat on two special councils to 1) resolve UTOPIA issues surrounding our debt dilemma and 2) to find solutions for our urgent need for a new cemetery. I taught fourth and fifth grades. I currently own and operate a small business in Centerville.

Stephanie Ivie

am a freedom-loving American and a fourth generation Centerville citizen. As a current member of the City Council, I have worked hard to understand and appropriately handle the complex issues that affect our lives, such as zoning, density, transit, and our hillside. What I stand for: I believe government has a responsibility to provide citizens with clean water, good roads, and exemplary police protection. I have invested nearly 100 hours riding with our po-

lice officers, firefighters, and snowplow drivers to understand the challenges they face as they serve our city. I continue to be passionate about preserving our hillside, maintaining our hometown feel through low residential densities, keeping taxes low, and allowing local businesses to thrive. I have always opposed Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit on our Main Street. These intrusive transit options belong in our transportation corridor, not going through our residential areas, and particularly not through the crosswalks of all five of our schools! I know the issues Centerville faces, I do my homework, and I look forward to continuing to serve you on the City Council.

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New art piece highlights beam from Ground Zero By Becky Ginos | CENTERVILLE—When the twin towers fell on Sept. 11, 343 firefighters and 71 police officers died that day. Those lives were lost but not forgotten. In an effort to honor their memory, South Davis Metro Fire Station 83 in Centerville was given the street address of 343 S. Main. Now the station has a new art installation centered around a piece of a beam from Ground Zero. “Capt. Steve Duffield created the piece to represent how it looked, sort of a honeycomb or skeleton of the building,” said SDMF Chief Dane Stone. “Once you know what that is and understand it, it’s a great piece that does the beam justice.” When the Centerville station was being built, former Chief (Jeff) Bassett contacted the NYFD foundation and asked if they could get a piece of a beam or something from Ground Zero, Stone said. “Bringing this in made it more personal to us.” Stone said they believe it came from World Trade Center One. “Because of the reenforcement at the EOC, but that’s just an assumption.” Duffield cleaned up the ends of the beam and revealed the words “Made in the USA,” said Stone. “It’s heavy. It’s hard to think of the amount of weight it took to crumble and the strength to make it come down.” On the walls beside the metal framing hang several photos depicting the events of that day taken by people who were there or from other images. “Steve’s wife is a photographer,” said Stone. “I love the fact that the photos are on metal. It really pulls it together.” The SDMF presented the beam and its history during a

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ceremony on Sept. 11 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the attacks. “We started when the first tower fell with a moment of silence,” Stone said. “Myself, Deputy Chief Greg Stewart and Wood Cross Police Chief (Chad) Soffe talked about the events of 9/11 and the impact it had. Then we had another moment of silence at the time the second tower fell.” Stone said they pulled out the bell from Station 81 and did a series of bell tolls. “That came from the box alarms at the old NYFD. They would ring the bell five times as a fire alarm. When a firefighter died they would ring it for him as his last alarm. We used the bell for the first tower and again for the second tower. We had a bagpiper and our chaplain gave a prayer.” Not only were 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 but there were also 71 police officers, he said. “We wanted to incorporate the police as much as we could.” The installation is in place but Stone said it isn’t complete yet. “We want to put up a plaque that not only honors the firefighters lost that day but the 3,000 other people that perished.” There are a lot of firefighters here who are too young to remember where they were that day, he said. “But most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. I think this is why it will be good for them to understand the importance of it.” l South Davis Metro Fire Chief Dane Stone explains the art installation at Station 83 that is centered around a piece of a beam from the towers that fell on 9/11.

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The Charger Library is a relevant resource for student development By Peri Kinder |


ith a father who taught science and a mother who worked as the librarian at the local elementary school, Boyd Dart was destined to be an educator. He started teaching U.S. history and world geography at Centerville Junior High School in August 1995 but has since become the school’s teacher librarian. “[My parents’] example rubbed off on me more than I can explain because here I find myself in the best of both of their worlds,” Dart said. While technology changed the way students absorb information, one thing remains the same: books are a way for people to learn about the world around them. As a book lover and librarian, Dart is obviously an advocate for reading. He updates the school’s library collection with relevant materials all year long to provide options for students to engage with ideas and stories they might not find in their community. “We have lots of kids who just love to read and we offer a wide spectrum of materials for those kids that they might find entertaining,” he said. “Part of the reading experience is holding the book in your hands.” But a lot more than physical books can be found at the Charger Library. Ebooks are available through Overdrive SORA, which is similar to the Davis County library digital service. Utah’s Online Library is another resource, funded through the State of Utah, offering access to the World Book Encyclopedia, NoodleTools and other platforms that help develop critical thinking skills. For students taking AP classes, there are resources available including study guides, practice tests and flashcards. Visitors to the library have access to the printing station, maps, investigative tools and Dart’s knowledge, which he uses to teach

students effective ways to research information. “We all learn differently, so I get materials based on how a student learns. Digital is becoming more the norm than the exception,” he said. “As education is changing we have to be adaptable to the needs of the students.” Dart often visits classrooms, introducing students to different reading genres. While mystery, science fiction and fantasy books are always popular in junior high, he talks about historical fiction, biographies, memoirs, classic literature and contemporary novels to help them branch out. Dart also invites authors to speak to students about creating books and the writing process. Recently, a CJHS science teacher brought students to the library so Dart could teach them to find materials for science projects. He found several resources to help them discover the best way to choose, create and implement their projects. Bart said junior high is a pivotal time for students who are discovering themselves and their abilities, and learning how they impact the world around them. He’s convinced reading and continued learning leads to happier and more successful students. “I’m a cheerleader for education for junior high students,” he said. “They are such an important age group. The learning and the growth that takes place is really impressive. You have a timid seventh grader who becomes a confident ninth grader. I can’t envision working anywhere else. I can’t imagine a different place to work. I try to provide a place where the students can come, can feel welcome and can have an opportunity to bring something into their hands to help them grow and develop as a student. Truly, no day is ever the same.” l

Students at Centerville Junior High enjoy exploring a variety of materials and resources at the Charger Library. Photo courtesy of Boyd Dart

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FHS Student Body President hopes for a ‘normal’ year By Peri Kinder |


s Farmington High School opened its doors for the 2021-22 school year, FHS Student Body President Cassidy Waite was more than ready to get started. After her sophomore and junior years were affected by COVID, she’s excited for a senior year that gives her the opportunity to bring the community together and rebuild the student body connection. “After the confusion of the past two years with COVID, I just want to have a year where we can have a normal high school year,” Cassidy said. “I’m trying to make up for the last two years.” Cassidy is one of only two returning FHS student body officers, so the new leadership team had to bond quickly to plan the year ahead. Once the school decided to hold homecoming events during the first month of school, the student body officers had to hit the ground running. FHS English teacher Kami Steed serves as the student government advisor. She said planning homecoming activities with the new student body officers, including the first live assembly in more than a year, took coordination and careful planning. “None of us knew what we were doing so it was all hands on deck and a baptism by fire. We had to rely on one another,” Steed said. “Cassidy was great at getting the team together. She’s a goal-setter, but she’s also realistic about her goals. She wants to create unity with the entire school.” Some of Cassidy’s plans include hosting a block party for the Farmington community that includes the FHS student body, businesses, residents and city officials. She

hopes the event creates a feeling of inclusion and helps raise funds for groups within the school that don’t always get noticed. “She wants to make them feel like a part of a group and wants to make everyone feel included,” Steed said. “Cassidy has been super beneficial to our team. She’s really been the one to lean on. She’s really knowledgeable, but isn’t one to make you feel like she’s better than you.” Cassidy has been part of student government since ninth grade, when she attended Farmington Junior High, and immediately took to leadership roles. One of her strengths is encouraging other people to step forward as leaders, while helping them shine. Steed said Cassidy isn’t a leader who seeks recognition, she is more than willing to share the spotlight. “She makes sure the student body gets all the glory and makes sure everyone feels like a part of what is going on.” Cassidy hasn’t decided what she wants to do once she graduates from FHS, but she’s an avid dancer who especially enjoys ballet, and she’s recently done modeling for an agency. She’s also the city’s biggest fan. “I love Farmington so much. I love my school and my classes and my teachers and I want to create an environment where everyone can feel the same way.” l

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Free fun fall Centerville events Linda Petersen | The City Journal

CENTERVILLE—Local families can get in the spirit of fall and Halloween with a couple of city-sponsored events planned for this month. Pumpkin Walk Centerville City’s Pumpkin Festival is planned for Monday Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at William R. Smith Park, 300 N. 100 E. Local budding pumpkin artists can display their creations and compete for prizes such as gift cards and coupons for local businesses. Entries will be judged on their creativity, design and difficulty of carving and will be divided into four categories: Elementary-age; junior highage; high school age and adult. Pumpkins should be dropped off between 4 and 5 p.m. Families can view the displayed pumpkins in a pumpkin walk and enjoy monster doughnuts. There will also be three different fall/Halloween crafts that families can complete and take home. This is a free event. “This is one of those events we do in Centerville to give back to the community and to get the community together,” Recreation Coordinator Bryce King said. Since the event is outdoors and the

activities will be spaced throughout the park, there are no pandemic-related restrictions currently planned. The event will follow the guidelines recommended by the local health department at that time, King said. In case of inclement weather, the Pumpkin Walk will be moved to City Hall. To view last year’s virtual Pumpkin Walk go to: Haunting at the Whitaker Haunting at the Whitaker will feature local storyteller Karl Behling and two other award-winning members of the Utah Storytelling Guild outside at the Whitaker Museum, 168 N. Main Street. “There will be a variety of local haunting tales and local spooky stories suitable for families,” Behling said. The free, outdoor event will include a bonfire and “spooky” treats. “We’ve been telling at this event for several years. We’ve been over there [at the museum] and had just a wonderful time,” he said. “It’s been a really well-attended event, and it’s well worth your time to come and enjoy that evening.” Museum Director Lisa Linn Sommer

A virtual Pumpkin Walk was held last year with participants displaying their carved creations online. This year it’s back in person. Courtesy photoS

began Haunting at the Whitaker in 2013. It alternates years with the cemetery tour, another event sponsored by the museum. The museum will also be offering free fall crafts and treats for children each Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations required; email the museum at l

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Watch for golf carts on Centerville streets Linda Petersen | The City Journal CENTERVILLE—Golf carts are now allowed in city limits. On Sept. 7, the Centerville City Council voted to approve the use of four-wheeled golf carts of less than 800 pounds on certain streets within the city. This change comes in response to a new state law allowing such vehicles on surface streets. Centerville is the first city in the state to pass such an ordinance, according to City Attorney Lisa Gardiner. Ten Utah cities have golf courses, she said. (Centerville is not one of them). Golf carts are limited to streets with a speed limit of 25 mph or less and a grade of 8 percent or less. They are not allowed on state, county or federal streets or sidewalks. At that meeting the city council had a lively discussion on the appropriate age restrictions for golf carts in the city before settling on the age of 14 as a minimum. Golf carts are only authorized during daytime hours. No more than six people including the driver, or only the number of passengers specified by the cart manufacturer, is allowed. Carts must have basic safety equipment, including a vehicle identification or serial number, rear view mirror, and plain-

ly visible rear reflectors. The operator assumes all liability for the vehicle and its passengers. Golf carts are considered in the same category as bicycles in regard to traffic rules. City staff will research which streets will allow golf carts and will develop a map which will be posted on the city’s website, City Manager Brant Hanson said. At the same meeting, the city council gave homeowners on corner lots some leeway when it comes to fencing with a new ordinance text change. Previously, for safety reasons and to ensure line of sight for traffic, the city did not allow fencing or walls on those lots. With the change, fencing 6 feet high or less will be allowed in side yards on corner lots. When a driveway on an adjacent lot is located within 12 feet of the corner lot line, the fence must be no more than 4 feet high for at least 12 feet. “This changes it so the side facing lot can bring it [the fence] out towards the sidewalk, run it parallel with the sidewalk too and up to the front setback on the other side,” Community Development Director Cory Snyder said. “It will expand the side yard area of most of the homes.” l Kids take a ride in a golf cart at Bountiful Ridge Golf course. Golf carts will now be allowed on some city streets. Courtesy photo



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Centerville police get a pay raise Linda Petersen | The City Journals CENTERVILLE—The city council has approved a pay increase for Centerville City police officers. However, Police Chief Paul Child emphasized that this should only be considered a temporary fix – “a bump right now,” he said. Child said law enforcement agencies across the state are all increasing wages in an effort to retain their officers and recruit new ones. “The competition is extreme right now,” he told the city council Sept. 21. “I’m having to do everything that we possibly can to find good people, to recruit and hire. It’s extremely difficult, and at the same time I don’t want to lose anyone.” Child told the city council previously that he does not want to be included in the pay increase. He wants all the funds to go to his officers, he said. City officials are also considering using American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to the city for a onetime hazard pay bonus of $5,000 for police department staff and some other city employees for their service during the pandemic. The city is just waiting for federal officials to finalize the rules governing use of those funds to ensure the city would be compliant with the proposed hazard pay, City Manager Brant Hanson said. The $57,000 which will be used for the pay raises was reallocated internally by putting

off a police staff analysis study ($48,925) and utilizing unused bailiff overtime funds ($8,075) since the city’s justice court is not in session during the pandemic. As a reallocation, the pay raises did not need to be formally approved by the city council, but Hanson said he wanted the council’s support before proceeding. The city council unanimously voted to support the action. Both Hanson and Child stressed that these pay raises are only a temporary fix for a critical problem. “It’s not enough to stay competitive, but it will certainly help. If we’re going to do a hazard pay bonus on top of that, that will help a lot as well,” Child said. “It will probably get us on par, where we want to be, but looking into the next year’s budget is where I really want to focus and would hope for some good support there.” The only way to fund a significant pay increase for police officers is to have a property tax increase, Hanson said. “There’s just no funds to shift around to get to the numbers we think the pay should be,” he said. “So it’s going to be a challenging conversation, but it needs to happen. We have an incredible police department and the culture here is the best I’ve ever seen.” l Centerville police officers are honored at a Fourth of July celebration. Law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing wages in an effort to retain and recruit officers. Courtesy photo

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Centerville youth selected to 15U national baseball team By Mark Jones | CENTERVILLE—Centerville resident Cal Miller is starting out on what could very well be a long journey in baseball. On Sept. 2, Miller was one of 20 baseball players from around the country to be selected to the 2021 15U National Team. He was the only player from Utah selected to the team. “We have been told, unofficially, that he is the first boy from Utah that has made the national team, at least in the past several years,” said Michael Miller, Cal’s father. Cal Miller, who turned 15 at the end of June, was at a USA Baseball camp in Arizona in July. A short time after that camp had concluded, Miller received a letter from USA Baseball inviting him to try out for the national team in North Carolina. The younger Miller was flown out to North Carolina in late August for an opportunity that few teenage baseball players are given. After a week of trials that included daily on-field workouts, player performance evaluations and five games, Miller got the news he had been hoping to hear. He was one of the 20 players selected for the team out of more than 40 athletes who tried out. “Selecting a final roster is always an exciting yet challenging process,” said 2021 15U National Team Manager Jared Halpert in a press release. “We saw some very talented players and high-character people throughout the trials pro-

cess, and the future of baseball in our country is very bright. When it came time to select a roster, we feel that we’ve selected the best 20 players to represent USA Baseball.” In four games played during the week-long trials, Miller went 4-for-10 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Prior to the pandemic, USA Baseball, at this time, would be getting ready to face teams from Canada and Mexico. However, that is all on hold for the time being. “Normally, he would be playing in an international tournament,” Michael Miller said. “But it’s shut down due to COVID-19.” Michael Miller says the team is on standby right now, waiting to hear word of when and if any of the tournament games will be able to be played. In the meantime, Cal Miller just started his ninth grade year at Centerville Junior High where he is an honor roll student. He will attend Viewmont High School as a sophomore next year. “He’d love to play baseball in college,” Michael Miller said. “USA Baseball has opened a lot of opportunities. It’s been amazing.” And while he still has a few years before college, the list of universities already showing interest in Miller is impressive. Michael Miller says BYU, Utah, Oregon State, Duke, Texas Christian University, Miami

Centerville’s Cal Miller has been named one of 20 players on the 2021 15U National Baseball team. Photo courtesy of Miller family

and Tennessee are just some of the universities that have shown interest in his son. Michael Miller says his son has always had a love for baseball. “My wife and I grew up in baseball fam-

ilies,” he said. “And from a young age he just loved swinging a bat.” For additional information, visit l

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Critical Race Theory and masks – two hot topics for State School Board By Becky Ginos | BOUNTIFUL—School boards have been taking a lot of heat lately over issues like Critical Race Theory and masks, with parents coming down on both sides of the aisle. “Critical Race has been a hot topic around the country,” said State School Board member Laura Belnap who represents south Davis County and part of Salt Lake. “There are a couple of components. The oppressed and the oppressor that says if you’re born white, especially a white male, you are an oppressor and other races are the oppressed.” The State Board has been working on Rule 277-328 Educational Equity in Schools that says there are certain things that can and cannot be taught, she said. “You can’t say one race is above another or talk about race, religion or gender and one group can’t blame another group for things of the past.” There was a piece of legislation that dealt with it but Belnap said the board had already been working on it for months. “We had several parents and parent groups watching across the country who wanted it (Critical Race) stopped.”

Critical Race says whites should pay for what happened and blacks should get reparation because of the past, she said. “It is not to be taught in K-12 schools. The rule is not about Critical Race it’s about equity and opportunity for all students. The outcome may not be the same but the opportunities must be the same.” It’s all about allowing all children the opportunity to learn, said Belnap. “It’s not about what should or should not be taught it’s about educational equity in schools.” The rule became final on Aug. 9. “That’s because we already had drafts and hearings on it,” she said. “It became law to schools. They have to look now at what they have to do to incorporate it.” Mask mandates have also been a big issue. “It doesn’t lie with the State School Board,” Belnap said. “It’s a health issue. It’s the local school board and the health department working together.” It’s a conundrum, she said. “In Salt Lake the health department said ‘yes,’ then the county said ‘no’ and the mayor said ‘yes.’ Who is responsible for a mandate and who can make that decision?

I’m not sure anyone knows.” The State board is responsible for the general supervision of education, she said. “We don’t have authority over the health in an area. It’s so disheveled. The public is questioning masks on both sides of the mandate with one side saying don’t take away parental rights. We’ve had a lot of input. We’re not going to say either way. We’ll look to the local health department. That’s really their responsibility to keep the public safe.” The board is currently working on the standards review. “We hope to get a lot of public input as we move forward,” said Belnap. “It’s nice to get input early so we can have a discussion with parents about their concerns. If we don’t know their concerns we can’t address them.” Belnap has enjoyed the six years she’s served on the board. “I have appreciated the great people I’ve met,” she said. “Not just educators, but also community members. Parents have such a passion for education across the state. Education touches every family in the state. Really it’s about the people for me.” l

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Woods Cross band teacher hits a high note By Becky Ginos | WOODS CROSS—Todd Campbell never wanted to be a music teacher, but 29 years and hundreds of kids later he’s found his passion – changing students' lives through music. The Woods Cross High band teacher was recently honored for his efforts with the Arts Teacher of the Year award by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. “I grew up in a musical family,” Campbell said. “My dad was in the Utah Symphony and was a professional jazz drummer and percussionist. Four out of five of my brothers are either in music as a career or playing professionally.” Campbell said he didn’t want to teach because he’d watched all the hours his dad put in. “I went to Woods Cross and became the drum major and got experience leading the band. The band teacher was taking a class and left all the teaching to me. That solidified it even more that I didn’t want to do that even though it was a great experience.” After serving an LDS mission and then on to college, Campbell said he was trying to decide what to study. “I wanted to be a teacher and music was what I was good at. A friend said to me that ‘it’s not about the final project, I think it’s about the journey.’” Campbell started teaching band at Mueller Park Junior High. “I just loved it,” he said. “I never intended to change but my father was retiring (from South Davis Junior High) and student enrollment at MPJ started going down. It went from 950 students down to 650. We had a hard time maintaining those numbers (in band).” There were 1,300 kids at South Davis, he said. “So I immediately had more students. I taught for nine years and loved it. I loved teaching junior high age kids. I loved teaching kids

music.” When the band teacher at Woods Cross got another job he tried to talk Campbell into moving to high school. “I knew that would require more outside hours,” he said. “I’d taught for 17 years in junior highs and loved it but I needed something different so I made the move to high school. It was hard and challenging. But I taught kids I knew and fell in love all over again.” When COVID hit it was hard, said Campbell. “The hardest time was at the end of the first year when everything got shut down and they had to play their instruments on their own. We got through the best we could. We used Zoom a lot.” During the first term of 2020 when schools were on a hybrid schedule they couldn’t meet together as a complete band. “We’d meet every other day,” he said. “We’d play like normal but didn’t have all the instruments. That was rough.” Campbell said there were some positive things that came out of it though. “We had virtual concerts that we’d record and listen to ourselves. We approached it with ‘we can do this.’ We had to figure out a lot of things we could do in an alternative way.” There was a little dip in enrollment, he said. “We lost some kids who just said ‘this isn’t worth it anymore.’ The oldest kids were the biggest group I had. Music is very social.” With the return of school, Campbell said he has been worried about going back. “Last year we were spread out. This year we’ll try to spread out as much as we can but they’re blowing right at me. We put bell covers on their instruments which is like a mask. I was quarantined three times last year. I’ve been tested eight times, I had it and I’m vaccinated. I’m

Todd Campbell has been teaching music for 29 years. He recently received the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Arts Teacher of the Year award. Courtesy photo

wearing a mask.” In spite of the challenges, Campbell plans to continue teaching music for many years to come. “I’m teaching the kids of kids I taught,” he said. “It’s been a rewarding part of my life for sure.” l

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Davis School District continues to shine in junior high sports By Matt Patton |


here are several ways for junior high-aged youth to gain experience as they prepare for sports at the next level. They can join a club team, a city team, or their junior high team. Some will even try to play for all three. However, in some parts of the country, junior high sports are being threatened due to budget cuts. A recent article in Texas’ Sun Gazette mentioned that a school superintendent was making a proposal to eliminate sports altogether in the Arlington School District, just as he had done in his last position for Fairfax County Public Schools. Davis School District’s Health, Athletics and Physical Education Section Director Dr. Tim Best doesn’t see that happening anytime soon in his district, as he sees several valuable reasons to continue playing basketball, volleyball, wrestling and track within the schools he oversees. “It comes with a cost to run those programs,” Best said. “But we do it for a few reasons. It helps schools to provide after school bonding experiences. Not just for the student-athletes, but for all students, including cheerleaders and pep squads. It brings parents into the building from both teams. It also keeps the kids in the building, and it brings a sense of belonging.” And while some athletes may consider

joining club teams for more personalized instruction, Best also sees specific value in staying and playing for your junior high team. “I’ve never been to a club game where the stands are as full as they are in a school environment,” he said. “It’s hard to get the student body to an early Saturday game as opposed to right after the end of school bell rings. It also keeps our kids in the pipeline, and lets our high school coaches see who’s on their way up to play.” The district has also started to gain a reputation for being one of the best for player development and quality competition in basketball. “Basketball officials rave about the quality of competition in the Davis School District,” Best said. “They recognize that these kids are well coached and that they know how to play the game. The level of expertise in our coaching staffs in our junior highs is top notch.” Even with having to weather some difficult storms created from the unexpected onset of COVID-19, including having to institute “test to play,” which required the athletes to get tested every two weeks, the Davis School District was able to successfully complete all sports season’s last year. “We’ve had numerous challenges with COVID and trying to keep kids as safe as possible and mitigate the risks,” Best said. “We try

Junior high sports in the Davis School District continue to thrive despite some obstacles from COVID Photo courtesy Davis School District

to distance our kids as much as possible whenever feasible. We space kids out, make sure they thoroughly wash and sanitize hands, and if people are sick, they are sent home.” While they will not have to continue “test to play” this season, the district will continue to take as many precautions as possible to prevent

illness to the athletes and coaches, and to avoid having to cancel games. “I had to take a lot of difficult calls last season,” Best said. “We’re hoping to get through this year relatively unaffected.” The boys’ basketball season kicks off Oct. 12, followed by girls’ basketball in December. l

A behind the scenes look at school lunch By Becky Ginos | CLEARFIELD—Every day in the Davis School District, lunch is being served in 90 schools. As kids line up to fill their plates, they don’t know who made the food, just that it’s time to eat. What goes on behind the scene to make that happen is nothing short of amazing. “The Freeport Center was a Navy depot in the 1940s during WWII,” said Todd Blanscett, production coordinator at Nutrition Services that is located in Clearfield. “The district leases five buildings here, nutrition, material distribution, maintenance department, bus shop and surplus furniture. When we started 20 years ago there were 58 schools and 20 employees. There are 90 schools now and we have the same amount of employees because we’ve become super efficient.” The central facility makes all the food that is distributed to the schools. “There are no mixes,” he said. “We have a scratch bakery. We mix the dough, shape it into a dinner roll, bake and package it all in one day.” “Eating food from the big manufactures just isn’t as good,” said Nutrition Services Director Natalie Bradford. “Ours has a superior texture and flavor. You can tell the names of the people who made the product. The kitchen employees know who produced the food – it’s a unique thing.” Not only do they supply Davis County

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schools they also send food to Salt Lake, Box Elder, Ogden, Park City and some charter schools, said Blanscett. “We partnered with Salt Lake day one. We send them an order every Tuesday.” The government purchases products from farmers to give to the national school lunch program to keep costs down, said Bradford. “It’s good quality food, it just needs to be used.” “We cook 1,850 lbs of roast all in one night,” Blanscett said. “It’s put in a basket and lowered by a crane into the cook tank,” said Bradford. “There is a probe to check the temperature. It’s put into hot water to cook then in cool water to make sure it is cooked properly and chilled properly so it is safe to eat.” Over in the cook/chill area 300 gallons of product such as macaroni and cheese sauce can be done at a time. “We use a metering pump and put it into one gallon bags that can be figured out at the school,” said Blanscett. “We make 900 gallons a day of different products.” An overwrap machine can package 165 bread products a minute, he said. “We send products wrapped and bagged out in bulk to junior highs and high schools. The majority of the main menu line comes from here.” Blanscett has attended culinary school so

Production specialists fill bags with macaroni and cheese sauce that will be delivered to schools throughout the district. Photo by Becky Ginos

he plays a part in creating new products. “We’ll make a one gallon recipe in the test kitchen and see if it tastes good or not,” he said. “Then we’ll blow it up to 300 gallons.” In addition to providing school lunch, there is also a restaurant on site at the facility. “It’s open to the public,” said Bradford. “We get a lot of people from the Freeport Center

and Hill Air Force Base. It’s the best kept secret. We also cater weddings and sell products for family reunions, etc.” A banner hanging in the center reads “Feed our children, fuel our future.” “A lot of care and consideration goes into every product,” said Bradford. “We’re committed to making a good, quality product.” l

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Thousands serve in remembrance of 9/11 By Becky Ginos | NORTH SALT LAKE—Across the nation volunteers came out in throngs on Sept. 11 to support the National Day of Service in remembrance of 9/11. Locally, whole neighborhoods pitched in cleaning trails, painting fire hydrants and getting rid of graffiti. “It was a great day in spite of the rain,” said Corinne Doughtery, Regional Committee Chair NSL. “We probably had about 2,500 people come out in our area. One place we worked was at the Baptist Church. There were Muslims, evangelicals and LDS members. It was a diverse group of interfaith volunteers that helped reduce the grass at the church. Rev. Donald Proctor gave a prayer before we started.” Another group worked at three LDS chapels to ‘rip the strip,’ pulling up grass in the parking strip and replacing it with rocks, she said. “It was a lot of fun. It was a muddy affair but it looked better.” Some neighbors came out with heavy equipment to lend a hand, said Doughtery. “These were people who hadn’t signed up to help. They came along and moved big rocks. It made a big difference.” Doughtery said a group cleaning up at Legacy Parkway saw a motorcycle brigade driving by in honor of 9/11. “They rode through and the volunteers waved and they waved back. It was kind of a memorable thing for those 130 volunteers to experience that little bit of community spirit.” Woods Cross City held a short memorial at Hogan Park, she said. “There was a moment of silence in honor of the fallen heroes and a woman with a lovely voice sang the National Anthem. The city had put up flags all around the park. It was nice to have a day of remembrance.” The service was organized by zones, said

Volunteers from multiple stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington work to clear out dead trees and branches from the trails at Lagoon. Photos by Roger V. Tuttle

Doughtery. “It followed LDS boundaries but we wanted to think outside of that, we wanted to think about everybody. We posted 30 projects on and specifically went around and invited our neighbors and friends. It was kind of a grassroots effort to get the word out.” Individuals were assigned to work with

Drew Maudsley and his grandmother paint and clean the walls of the Legacy tunnel in Centerville.

city officials in Woods Cross, North Salt Lake and West Bountiful, she said. “All three were fabulous to work with. North Salt Lake had a pizza party the Wednesday before to bring all the supervisors together to meet each other and to answer questions. It was a great way to know what we were doing.” There were lots of families and neighbors

who came out, said Doughtery. “It was successful. I anticipate we’ll be doing it next year too. I think it will become an annual event in our area and across the state. It’s amazing to see such love and care come from a tragic national event.”l

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Tiny home may be little but still packs a punch By Becky Ginos | KAYSVILLE—It’s hard to believe that so much can be packed into a 249 square foot living space, but that’s exactly what makes the Davis Tech tiny home so mighty. Both high school and adult students from several different programs at the college worked on the project that just sold for $40,000 at auction. It was also featured in the Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes. “It was the first time students were able to work on that and keep the momentum in the different subject areas,” said Melanie Hall, Director of Marketing & Community Relations at Davis Tech. “It was a great project to create a symbiosis of normal learning in their subject area while giving them a chance to collaborate. It was tricky in a tiny home to all work together and fit.” Hall said the $40,000 will go toward funding another tiny home. “It’s just in the right spot to get the materials to start on the next one.” The tiny home allows students from building construction technology, plumbing apprentice, electrical and HVAC apprentice programs to use their skills. “We’ve worked with the Davis School District on homes for Habitat for Humanity but it’s hard to have the opportunity to go out on a regular home. Since this is on our campus, students can go directly from the classroom and out to the project.” The idea for the project grew out of a youth building program week-long boot camp, she said. “The first project was a playhouse. Then they souped it up in the tiny home with plumbing, lighting, etc. It gave them a chance to work with all of the training disciplines in one place and keep it here so it’s accessible as a capstone project for students.” It’s set up to function like an RV, said Program Director, Kinley Puzey. “You can connect power to a generator or plug it in with a 220 cord like an RV. A mini split system heats and cools it. Propane runs a tankless water heater and the full size gas range.” On the main floor is a living space, kitchen and bathroom, he said. “Above the bathroom is a loft with a bedroom.” Puzey said the tiny house is designed to park in a backyard as an RV or on a lot. “It can be utilized any way it needs to be done.” A lot of cities are moving in that direction by zoning for accessory dwellings like a tiny home, he said. “There’s a new push as cities are growing and house prices go up.”

The 249 square foot tiny home is on jacks and can be transported like an RV. Photo by Becky Ginos

“I worked on the inside doing flooring and finishing,” said Building Construction Technology student Alan Aguirre who is a senior at NUAMES. “It was a lot of fun. My dad worked with his hands so I got that from him. It morphed into this. Ever since I was a little kid I liked working with my hands.” Aguirre said he will be working on the next tiny house. “I’ll graduate before it gets finished. I’ll be done at DTC when I get out of high school then I’ll go on to Weber to

finish my degree in construction management.” “Alan worked on the second half of the project,” said Hall. “He will articulate his certificate toward his associates degree. It’s great for high school students because they can attend for free.” The tiny house is a genius idea, she said. “That’s why we call it the Mighty Tiny Home. For something so little it still packs a punch.” l

Council approves ordinance to allow basement apartments Linda Petersen | The City Journals CENTERVILLE—Basement apartments are now allowed in residential zones (A-L, R-L and R-M) in the city. On Sept. 7, the city council approved a new ordinance that allows those apartments, known as Internal Accessory Dwelling Units, in response to a new state law that mandates cities do so. Apartments on the same floor as primary dwelling space, considered separate dwelling units, would also qualify under the ordinance. At least 75 percent of single-family residential areas of the city must allow these units to comply with the new state requirements, Community Development Director Cory Snyder told the city council. “We know this is being done anyway and we want to make this as user friendly as possible so that people are Making it legal and working through the city,” City Council woman Tami Fillmore said. “I want this to be an invitation to come out of the dark, to make this usable, to be reasonable.”

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The change does come with some conditions. The apartment owner must receive an Internal ADU permit from the city and own at least 50 percent of the total structure. The primary home must be on a lot of at least 6,000 square feet. The “unit” or apartment must be occupied by the owner and must be a secondary unit in a single-family home. Only one entrance can be visible from a city street. The apartment must maintain the character of the home it is a part of. No short-term rentals of these apartments are allowed. Mobile homes cannot be converted to allow for this type of unit. At least one additional parking space must be provided. If garages are converted to apartments, alternate parking stalls must be provided. The apartments will not be given a distinct address by the city. The owner must live in the apartment for at least six months of each year. “The value of owner occupancy in theory is better main-

tenance,” Council member Bill Ince said. “They’re going to be concerned what it looks like which affects all the neighbors.” Significant temporary absences for personal illness, military assignment, educational pursuits, sabbaticals or job relocation require a waiver from the city and must not exceed three years and one month. If these conditions are not met, the permit is considered null and void. Internal ADUs are considered differently by the city from second kitchens in a single-family home, which have their own conditions. City officials are expecting that this ordinance will affect “only a handful of homes” in Centerville, Ryder said. The city council plans to review the ordinance in a couple of months to address any issues that may arise concerning these units in the meantime.l

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Raptor relocation program protects birds, prevents aircraft strikes By Becky Ginos | HILL AIR FORCE BASE—Wildlife managers at Hill Air Force Base are working hard to find a better home for predatory raptors, not only for their safety but to also prevent possible bird strikes to aircraft. The Raptor Relocation Program is part of the Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program at the base. “We specialize on raptors, not migratory birds like geese and ducks,” said Ryan Carter, U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife technician. “We trap them on base and release them into a more hospitable habitat.” It’s a rule of height, he said. “Small hawks are released about 50 miles out and large birds 100 miles out. We try to put a mountain range between us.” There are two different breeds of hawks in the Wasatch Front area, said Carter. “Our number one focus is raptors but we’re authorized for others. Sometimes we trap owls and migratory birds and move them to a more comfortable area for migration.” The birds are banded and the information entered into the national database. “The report gives biologists the flight path, history of the banding, species and sex,” he said. “Some have been tracked worldwide. In the 10 years I’ve been here we have yet to have a hawk come back to the base. The bands are

Tyler Adams, a US Department of Agriculture wildlife biologist at Hill Air Force Base with an owl captured near the base’s flight line. The bird will be taken to a new habitat as part of the Raptor Relocation Program. Courtesy photo

bright and easy to see.” Carter said they are also working on environmental modification at the base. “We’re trying to see it go back to grassy, sustainable plants. There are a lot of broadleaf plants so we want to get rid of some of that because it attracts insects which attract birds. That’s how we control birds in general.” Besides insect control, they use pyrotechnics and nonlethal harassment to push away the birds, he said. “It lets them know this is not a safe place.” There are two main traps used, a Swedish goshawk and Bal-Chatri, Carter said. “The Swedish goshawk closes around the bird with netting. There is a mouse under that. When the bird sees that it drops in.” The Bal-Chatri has a nylon noose tied to a cage that the mouse sits in, he said. “The noose snares the bird’s foot and pulls it tight and then we retrieve it. It’s weighted so the bird can’t fly off and get injured.” Once the bird is trapped it is put into a transport cage to be relocated. “We take

away all sensory overload so it’s quiet, calm, cool and covered in the truck,” Carter said. “Hands on is kept to a minimum so we can get them on their way.” It’s a really good program, he said. “Our

focus is to care for the bird by removing it from hazards and putting it in a safe area for it to continue its lifespan. We put a little bling on their ankles and let them go.” l

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be the only two states to have higher employment today compared to before the pandemic began. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.2% in August, while Utah’s already-low unemployment remained steady at 2.6%. Utah’s unemployment rate also continues to be among the lowest in the country, behind only Nebraska. In the Beehive State, six out of the 11 major industry sectors have posted job gains over the past 24 months. August’s job growth was robust by pre-pandemic standards, just not enough to close the gap of 5 million U.S. jobs that still need to be recovered to return to the previous peak. One of the main reasons the labor market continues to struggle is because employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find workers to fill job openings. There are now nearly 11 million job openings in America, but too many people remain on the sidelines and out of the labor force. That is causing wage pressure, with wages increasing 4.3% over the last year. Wage growth is usually a good thing, but right now it is adding to more inflationary pressure on the overall economy. While the labor shortage has been a dominant theme for months, an emerging trend is weakening consumer demand, driven by the delta variant. As the variant has spread, consumers have become more cautious. Custom-

er-facing businesses are bearing the brunt of this impact. In recent weeks, high-frequency economic indicators such as airline travel and restaurant bookings have dropped. The economy may have lost some momentum, but it’s still performing comparatively well in the midst a global pandemic. While we don’t know how long we’ll be dealing with the delta variant, there’s good reason to believe that economic recovery will pick up again as the current wave recedes. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A l

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he husband and I spent 245 days driving to California last month to attend his high school reunion. As we drove through his old neighborhood, he pointed to a house and said, “That’s where the witch lived.” I had a witch that lived in my neighborhood, too. She didn’t wear a pointy hat and she never caused the crops to wither or danced naked in the moonlight (that I’m aware of) but we all knew she was a witch. She lived alone and she was female. That was all the proof we needed. Women have been labeled as witches since forever. One myth tells the story of Lilith, believed to be the first wife of Adam, who insisted they were equal. So, obviously she was a demon. She left Eden to live an independent lifestyle in Oregon, saying, “He’s all yours, Eve.” Things only went downhill from there. A witch could be any female who was smart, witty, courageous, quarrelsome, beautiful, self-sufficient or reserved. Women who were healers were probably witches. A woman who could read? Definitely a witch. A woman who disagreed with her husband? Get the matches. If there was too much rain, not enough rain, bugs, curdled milk, a windstorm, mice, or a solar eclipse, it must be a curse placed by the old lady living alone in the woods. If a woman hummed an unknown tune or

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Vote Wright for Mayor “If we are wise and prudent we can preserve the values of our city while having an eye to the future” ~Lawrence Wright

“Our experience with Larry Wright has always been positive. He is very modern with old fashioned values. Larry values people and opinions. His organizational skills match his desire for progress and common sense. He understands that people need to be involved and appreciated. He has the insight and skills to help others with critical thinking. He is calm, thoughtful and intelligent. Qualities that put people at ease. We will be voting for Larry Wright with great anticipation for how he will lead Centerville using its greatest resource, our people!!!!” Joann and Andrew Bavelas “We are happy to endorse Larry Wright for mayor of Centerville! We have known and trusted Larry for over 30 years. We believe he will be a wonderful mayor with his great knowledge, experience, and qualifications that are second to none.” Joan and Dennis Yarrington “Larry’s first thought is and always has been to inform the public on matters that affect all of us so we can be informed and get involved early on before decisions are made.” Nancy and Bruce Smith “We endorse Larry Wright for the office of Centerville Mayor and encourage you to support him as well. We have known Larry for almost 20 years, and he is honest, hardworking and shares our conservative values that we desperately need in our government servants now more than ever. Larry will represent and serve the people of Centerville with honor, integrity, and exactness in his duties as Mayor. Larry knows who he is, will not be swayed from doing what is right and is not a career politician. Larry has logistical and deployment expertise from his service in the Air Force that he will put to use as soon as he is elected. Please support Larry Wright in his race to become our next Mayor.” Kasi J and Richard R Palmer “I love how Larry Wright is extremely experienced, informed, and willing to push back if something doesn’t seem suited for the majority of Centerville’s needs.” Libby and Russell Dibb

“For several years we saw Larry Wright in action as a city councilman. He had a keen sense of what was needed for Centerville to function with success, yet he never imposed his will upon others. A true diplomat, he respected the feelings of those with whom he disagreed. And He placed the needs of people before politics. Centerville and its citizens will move forward with Larry Wright as mayor!” Paul and Gail Smith “I support Larry for mayor because of his dedication to good and responsible government” Kent A Holbrook “We first met Larry 13 years ago and soon recognized his committed service as a member of our city council. With Larry there are no hidden agendas, only openness and transparency in working with the city council and reaching for the best interests and good of our community.” Rick and Vickie Bingham “Larry is committed, trustworthy, and follows through. He love this country!” Ken and Kolene Webb “Larry is a good listener and has concerns for citizens now and in the future. He believes in upholding basic liberties and values found in the Constitution. I’m supporting him because his principles cannot be bought off.” Daniel A Loewen “If you believe that Centerville deserves a mayor who is decent, integrity-driven, and is ready to work and represent the people of Centerville, then vote for my husband, Larry Wright! His experience from serving in the military gives him the background needed for working with others, making decisions, and carrying them out. These are qualities that I love in my husband, and I want to mention one more – he is honest. Larry is honest to his core and lives a life that embodies service before self. His hope and desire is to serve the city and the people of Centerville to the best of his ability. I wholeheartedly endorse (and love) Larry Wright, and ask that you vote for him to be the next Mayor of Centerville!” Lisa Wright


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liza Runolfson, who would “prefer a chocolate chip cookie to a piece of cake,” would never have guessed before the pandemic began that she would have started a successful cake-designing business. Eliza had tried making cakes in the past, but they “were not great,” she said. In early 2020, after trying a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate filling from the Lion House restaurant in Salt Lake City, Eliza decided to give baking another go and she made a chocolate cake of her own. After sharing her first cake with her family. Eliza’s mother said, “Eliza, this cake is so good! You should sell these.” Eliza’s company, Bakes by Blondie, was born. “My grandparents were my first customers,” she said. “During quarantine, I got better and better at making cakes. I had plenty of time to practice.” As her sophomore year began in fall of 2020, “I was averaging one to two cake orders a month,” Eliza said. By January 2020, she decided she wanted to try to grow her business, by expanding her social media presence. Since she already had her Instagram @Bakes_by_Blondie, she decided to make a Facebook account under her name where she could promote her business. All of the sudden, “I was getting groceries, designing ideas in my head and baking cakes for two-three orders per week,” Eliza said. To Eliza’s excitement, her business continued to boom. “Over the summer I was making four to five cakes per week,” Eliza and a floral fondant cake she made for a customer. The high Continued page 4 school junior’s business Bakes by Blondie has taken off.

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