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February 2016 | Vol. 13 Iss. 02


Cottonwood Heights Addresses Snow Plowing Concerns


By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com








When a community like Holladay loses one of its members, it is often felt by all of its members. When that person is the person who has chosen to wake up each morning and make the decision to protect and serve the community, it is felt even deeper by the community. The City Journals team sends our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, community and UPD who have suffered the tragic loss of Officer Doug Barney. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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D.A.R.E. Graduations for Cottonwood Heights Fifth Graders By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ifth graders from four elementary schools within Cottonwood Heights had their D.A.R.E. graduations, which were held on Jan. 11-14. Officer Galieti runs the D.A.R.E. program for the students and is able to come teach the fifth graders important lessons about adult life. D.A.R.E. began in 1983 in California when there were some serious drug problems within the state. The graduations consisted of the principal, Officer Galieti, Chief Russo and other special guests briefly speaking, selected students reading their written essays, the graduates receiving their “degrees” and a brief PowerPoint presentation. “It’s such a special opportunity for our students to be able to develop a relationship with Officer Galieti as he comes every week. They have had the opportunity to hear his wisdom, his stories, and to ask questions and to share their stories.” principal of Oakdale Elementary, Kiersten Draper, said. “They think a lot about what they learn.” Chief Russo explained how the program is in effect to teach the students what they will encounter in the real world and they get to “interact with the police at a positive level and that’s something we need these days.” “In today’s environment, we have to work really hard on rebuilding some of the trust and that relationship with the communities

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and businesses, and so by integrating Officer Galieti with the kids in the class they get to know him not only as a police officer teaching D.A.R.E., but they get to know him as a teacher and as a man and that’s equally as important,” Russo said. He shared the shocking fact that there is a higher chance for losing a child from a prescription drug overdose, specifically those involving opium, than with gun violence and other such crimes. Russo said to “educate [students] here is the best use of our taxpayer money.” As part of the D.A.R.E. curriculum, the students need “to write a little essay,” Galieti said. “They get to apply their writing skills to their D.A.R.E. curriculum.” The selected students read from their essays. Within the essays, they discussed the ef-

fects of alcohol such as memory loss and slow reflexes, communication styles, different types of bullying including cyber and vocal and making safe and responsible choices. They discussed how they should not be a bystander and to tell, but never tattle, about suspicious circumstances. They discussed how they, as well as others, should say no to drugs. Lastly, they defined D.A.R.E. D is for define: describing a challenge. A is for assess: what are the available choices. R is for respond: making a choice. E is for evaluate: evaluating the situation. After the students read their essays, their teachers called them by name to walk across the stage to accept their certificate, shake the hands of Galieti, Russo and their principal, and smile to their parents as a D.A.R.E. graduate. l

Cottonwood Heights Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights will be hosting some upcoming events including a business boot camp. The Business Boot Camp: Developing Communication Skills will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, Thursday, Feb. 11, Thursday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 25. Each day the boot camp will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the first floor training room of the Cottonwood Heights City Hall located at 1265 East Fort Union Blvd. These free workshops are tailored to business owners interested in developing the communication skills necessary to expertly engage with clients, employees, colleagues and other professionals. Register for individual classes, or take all four courses. RSVP to Peri Kinder at pkinder@ch.utah. gov or 801-944-7067. Feb. 4 is titled Communicating to a Diverse Audience. Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr.,

Cottonwood Heights City Mayor and Dynatronics CEO, will be speaking. Feb. 11 is titled Six Approaches for More Powerful Communication. Beth Strathman, Firebrand Consulting, is featured. Feb. 18 is titled Effective Communicating and Coaching a Successful Team. Jeff Olpin, Positively Critical, will be speaking. Feb. 25 is titled How to Network Effectively. Karin Palle, Advanced Business Consulting, will be speaking. Volunteer opportunities are also available. The Emergency Preparedness Plan for Cottonwood Heights needs volunteers, where training will be given. Cottonwood Heights emergency operations center needs volunteers as well. For more information, please contact Mike Halligan, emergency manager, at 801-557-1120 or via email at mhalligan@ch.utah.gov. l

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Cottonwood Heights Addresses Snow Plowing Concerns By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights experienced a record snow storm and additional heavy snowfall during December 2015 and January 2016. Residents have been concerned about the snowplowing service which the privatized company, TerraCare, provides for the city. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, many residents came to a city council meeting to voice their concerns. The council discussed the issues during this

Cullimore added, “The question is, if we go back over to the county, and they go to a special service district and to start with a new crew, will it be better or will we go through another training cycle like we did with this one? The other option is to simply take it on and do it ourselves.” “I question the priority list and why culde-sacs are last, especially those with hills,”

contract with TerraCare after it expires? Will the city consider going back to the county under a contract partnering with this new district after this expires? What is the plan, in place, to avoid a repeat of this in the future?” Chris Bertram, concerned resident, asked. “We may have had some misplaced values in thinking that saving money was the most important element for our residents,”

Gene Bosley, concerned resident, said. The city staff had laid out a priority grid for the roads, with school bus routes and main thoroughfares being priority one roads and residential streets and cul-de-sacs (approximately 370 within the city) being priority four roads. TerraCare works off of this priority system when they go out for snowplowing. “There are some priorities that were different under the county. Does that mean we can’t change our priorities, does that mean we can’t evolve them? No,” Cullimore said in response. “The county would have snow plows coming through at 4:30 or 5 in the morning and I wouldn’t mind that, because I knew the roads would be clean,” concerned resident, Louise Jacobs, said. Mindi Novasio, resident, also voiced her concern: “We saw emergency vehicles having trouble getting down our street.” “Does the city have a plan to continue the

TerraCare uses red salt for Cottonwood Heights roads. –Cottonwood Heights

Cullimore said in response. “We agree. We are not satisfied. We are concerned,” Councilmember Mike Peterson said in response to all the resident comments. TerraCare representatives addressed the concerned residents after the comment session. “There are some changes we can make. Our staff does work diligently 24 hours a day. When we plow, there are some roads that are snow packed. To remove the ice that’s there, (red salt) has to work, to get loose. It’s not just a two hour turn around,” Justin Stewart, TerraCare representative, explained. “Priority one networks take about an hour to get through the network. The drivers typically load up material one to two times a shift which includes a 30-minute turn around,” Steve Bertasso, TerraCare representative, explained. Over an hour of public comments left just as much time for discussion from the council during the work session meeting held directly after the public comment session. “We need to get more aggressive on parking,” City Manager John Park said. “There’s things we need to do to help them get through the city faster.” Cullimore had hoped that the hotline set up for snowplowing issues would have been more effective. “There’s no hot to hotline, if you’re getting to it five hours late. The minute people think all they have got to do is call their mayor or city councilmen and things happen, that’s all they’re going to do. When you call this hotline, to register your concern, please don’t think they’ll automatically respond to that,” he said. The concluding statement for this section of the meeting came from Mayor Cullimore. “Our job as a city council is to make sure we are meeting the needs of our residents in fiscally constrained ways,” he said.

Snow Removal Priority Map. – Cottonwood Heights

meeting, as well as the following meetings on Jan. 5 and 12. On Dec. 15, a public comment session was held at 7 p.m. in the first floor training room of Cottonwood Heights City Hall. Concerned resident, Jonathan Santoro, began this session by saying, “The comment I keep seeing is, ‘Can we please go back to the county?’ If it’s a small amount more in my property taxes, I’d pay it.” In response to comments about county service, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said, “The county is divesting of the snowplowing operations, and they are moving that over to the special service district [next year]. We knew that was in the works, and we were trying to get ahead of that because we knew when they go to the special service district the cost would probably increase significantly. So we made the move to TerraCare. We have a three-anda-half-year contract with them, so we have this year and next winter also for that contract.”

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On Jan. 5, 2016, time was spent discussing the recent work of TerraCare snowplowing, specifically addressing the storms surrounding and during Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day. Cullimore discussed the decision they had made to move to TerraCare a few years prior. “It was contemplating what was coming

with this new service district and the cost that were going to be incurred as a result of that that we were trying to avoid. At the time, we thought there was an imminent change coming that was going to significantly increase our problem. Our analysis of that service district showed that our costs could at least double,

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and possibly go higher,” he said. “In fairness to TerraCare, the problem is they screwed up so badly on that very first set of storms back three years ago, public perception was set and now we have this huge public perception hill to climb which does not give us even the luxury of common mistakes. We’ve got to find a way to go above and beyond,” Cullimore said. “There are things that we are doing and changing. We’ve made some adjustments. There were some drivers that performed very well in minor storms that just couldn’t handle the tension in that heavy storm. We had some people that just couldn’t do it. Those people are no longer with us. We’ve made some changes. We’ve moved some people around. We’re investing in a new GPS system [to increase visibility],” Stewart said to the council. “With very few exceptions, since the very

February 2016 | Page 5 first storm, the big storm, we have kept the same drivers in the same area, except for where we identified a driver that wasn’t working out. We have made a change,” Steve Bertasso, TerraCare representative, said in response to a question from the council about drivers. Councilmember Mike Shelton pointed out that “the priority maps that we thought the county used, they absolutely did not use.” Councilmember Tee Tyler concluded with the story of trusted residents calling him to say, “The most desirable thing that they can experience in the winter is to be woken up by a truck backing up across the circle and the flashing lights, they love that. What that is telling them is, we are getting you ready for your commute.” On Jan. 12, during another work session meeting, snowplowing was discussed. “We are in the process of putting the new GPS systems in the trucks. Our trucks will go into this new storm tomorrow night with the new routing in place and the new GPS systems on the trucks, so we should be able to provide some better feedback on where we have been and [better feedback on when we will get to parts of the city],” Bertasso said. TerraCare has been working with Cottonwood Heights City Council and staff to address the issues that arose within the first major storm to perfect the snowplowing service for the city. Cottonwood Heights city council and staff, as well as many residents, have seen improvements in this service since the first major storm in 2015. l

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Bikes and Trails Draft Plan for Cottonwood Heights O

By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

ver the past few months, city planners have been Category 1: Cycle Tracks working with residents to comAt-Grade Protected with Parking / Protected with prise a master plan for bike and Barrier / Raised Curb Separated trail improvements within the city. On Dec. 15, a review draft of the plan was presented to the city council during a work session meeting. The plan was presented by Mike Johnson, the city planner. The purpose of the plan is to “propose strategies to create a cohesive and functional network of trails and bicycle lanes throughout the city, in addition to increasing recreational opportunities, promoting safe travel for multiple modes of transportation and enhancing human-scale activity throughout Cottonwood Heights.” Bike Lanes. – Mike Johnson The plan would ultimately like to have a “more balanced pattern of transportation develThe plan consists of a classification sysopment in the city.” tem for bicycle and train infrastructure to idenThe goals of this plan include: promote tify existing conditions and future needs. healthy lifestyles through bicycle and pedesA Category 1 Bike Lane: It provides space trian travel options; make bicycle and pedesexclusively for bicycles by combining the user trian travel a viable option within the city, experience of a separated path with on-street and between Cottonwood Heights and its surinfrastructure of bike lanes. Specialized mainrounding communities; promote Cottonwood tenance equipment may be required. Heights as an outdoor recreation destination; A Category 2 Bike Lane: Separated Bike and focus on bicycle lanes and trails as cataLane is a “Buffered Lane” that provides horilysts for economic development. zontal separation from cars and pedestrians. It Some objectives within the plan include: uses signage and striping to allocate roadway gain recognition as a bicycle-friendly commuspace to bicyclists. Examples of these bike nity through organizations such as UDOT’s lanes are on Wasatch Boulevard and 2300 East. Road Respect program and the League of A Category 3 Bike Lane: Shared RoadAmerica Bicyclists; create a complete bicycle ways are “Signed Shared Roadway / Marked lane network to ensure that all bicycle lanes are Shared Roadway / Shoulder Bikeway.” On this connected, and to ensure that safe, effective bitype of bikeway, bicyclists and cars operate cycle travel is feasible throughout the city; and within the same travel lane. Examples of these enhance existing regional partnerships with lanes are seen on Kings Hill Drive and ProsSalt Lake County, the state of Utah and surpector Drive. rounding municipalities.

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Urban trails and natural trails are also addressed within this plan. Urban trails are “multi-use pathways that are physically separated from vehicular travel lanes and may be used by both pedestrians and cyclists.” An example of an urban trail is Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail. New urban trails are proposed within the plan. Natural trails such as the Ferguson Canyon Natural Trail, Deaf Smith Canyon Trail and Bonneville Shoreline Trail are proposed for improvements. The plan focuses on interconnectivity, convenience and trail connections for the bicycle lanes. All bicycle lanes should connect to one another, creating one continuous bicycle network, according to the plan. In addition, they suggest partnerships with Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, Utah Department of Transportation, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake County, Midvale City, Holladay City, Murray City, Sandy City, Canyons School District, local bicycle shops, League of American Bicyclists, and private developers would be helpful for potential interconnectivity between other cities and better lanes within the city. The proposed draft ends with suggestions for implementation and maintenance. The draft is back in working stages and will be presented to the city council when it is in a final draft form, which is approximated to be in February. l Title page for the bikes and trails draft plan. –Mike Johnson

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C H C J EDUCATION Learning through Fun: Holladay Students Take “Hour of Code” Challenge

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Granite School District technology specialist Brittany Dimmick likewise sees the value in introducing coding and technology skills in the classroom. She’s organized coding clubs at schools throughout the district, assisting both teachers and students in expanding their computer science skills. “In the future, every job will use computer technology, and learning to code can help students be prepared to do any type of job from fixing a car to building a microwave,” Dimmick said. “I love seeing how excited students become when they solve a problem, they are so determined to figure out how to make their code work, and they will try multiple times until they succeed. What I like the most of all is the girls who see that they can do this, getting girls into programming and watching them realize that they are great at it. There’s no difference between boys and


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ing something entirely new like coding is also a great way to level the playing field for my students. Students that struggle in other academic areas may be fabulous at coding,” Katherine Ricks, a third-grade teacher at Howard R. Driggs Elementary, said. This is the second year Ricks participated in the Hour of Code initiative, and she’s been thrilled with the results in her classroom, so much so that she has extended the program and made it a key component to her teaching. She believes computer science and coding develops essential problem-solving skills, which in turn creates successful adults. “A lot of what we do in school is explaining to students how to do something and then having them repeat it. This does not teach them to break down a problem themselves and persevere until they succeed. Improving these skills makes students better students in all subjects…whether they are interested in sports, fashion, art, medicine etc. Learning to code is one way to work in those fields,” Ricks said.

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girls in what they can learn.” At St. Vincent de Paul School in Holladay, Tyler Stack works with grades K-8 using Code.org’s coding challenges to help students learn new ways of thinking. “Coding helps kids think differently than what they might be used to. They learn to break down problems sequentially and to think like a computer programmer. They realize that in order to make their computer droid move diagonally, they have to make them move forward, and then left. These are the building blocks of coding and the kids love it. It’s very motivating to see their results happen on screen,” he said. For Stack, coding exercises are an ideal activity for all grade levels, since coding draws on reading and math skills that can be integrated into any curriculum’s learning expectations. “No matter what subject you might be teaching, coding teaches kids to work until they become successful, that’s something that helps students of all ages,” he said. l

F 2016 | P EDUCATION Brighton Bengals Raise Funds for Cancer Patients and Families

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Brighton High School student body officers kickoff their fundraiser with an assembly on Nov. 2.


or their annual fundraiser, the Brighton High School student body officers wanted to find a cause the entire school could rally around in support. By partnering with Millie’s Princess Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families with children battling cancer, the Brighton Bengals raised funds for three separate families from Nov. 2 to Jan. 19. SBO faculty adviser Courtney Long said the experience has helped to unify the school while teaching students important lessons on the value and power of giving. “It’s important for students to have opportunities to come together and find ways to give rather than receive, especially during Christmas and the holidays,” she said. Long is quick to point out that this year’s fundraising activities were almost entirely stu-

dent driven. “The student body officers, as well as the rest of our great student government team, have really taken on a leadership position in organizing fundraising activities. They’ve learned to work together, and it is wonderful to see the students lead while the faculty and administration steps back and lets them do their thing,” she said. Amanda Flamm, the vice president of Millie’s Princess Foundation, who helped form the foundation while her daughter fought leukemia, used the foundation’s Facebook page to praise Brighton High’s fundraising efforts. “So often, we hear negative stories about teenagers, but I think that the ones here in Utah are absolutely outstanding,” Flamm wrote. Brighton High School set a goal to raise

$30,000 by Jan. 19, providing $10,000 for the families of Tyce Campbell, Elaina Murphy, and Devin Stuart. Before the holiday break, students had already raised $20,000, with fundraising activities planned up to the January deadline. From faculty vs. student basketball competitions and Tournament Tuesday student game nights, to restaurant nights sponsored by companies such as Straws and Chipotle, students continued to organize fundraising and publicity events to meet their fundraising goals. “We are confident we will be able to reach our goals and hopefully help these families through a difficult time. The students here are invested and dedicated to making a difference for each of these families,” Long said. l

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Brighton High FCCLA Club Organizes Community Sew Night for Charity By Stephanie Lauritzen | Stephanie@mycityjournals.com


or many girls, attending school is a regular part of their weekday routine. But for girls in developing nations, a lack of adequate feminine hygiene supplies often prevents them from going to school, forcing students to take long absences or drop out entirely. At Brighton High School, the members of FCCLA, or Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, decided to help solve this problem by organizing a fundraiser and community ser-

vice-project benefiting the Days for Girls organization. Days for Girls is a non-profit founded to “help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene, vital health knowledge, and income-generation opportunities.” FCCLA adviser Camille Haskan said her students chose to support Days for Girls due to corresponding values between the club and the organization. “Our focus is on the family, service and

Brighton High FCCLA students and community members sew hygiene kits for the Days for Girls organization.

becoming strong leaders in our communities. Service is a great way to promote leadership in communities and at school,” Haskan said. Student FCCLA officers set a goal to gather supplies and sew 500 drawstring bags used for hygiene kits by Dec. 10. In order to reach their goal, they involved students from the Sewing and Child Development classes, Service Learning class, and the West Jordan Chapter of Days for Girls. Offi-

cers also organized a Community Sew Night on Oct. 12, inviting both students and community members from throughout the valley to come and sew bags. Hillcrest High and Jordan High schools sent their FCCLA members to help, and together, the Community Sew Night produced 150 bags. West Jordan High school FCCLA students also contributed 75 bags. For students, the event provided an opportunity to serve others while learning about


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Finished drawstring bags were sent around the world to be used as hygiene kits, helping girls in developing nations attend school.

the challenges facing female students in other countries. “I really liked working on the Days for Girls project. It felt really great knowing that what our class and other classes were doing was going to help a lot of girls. I felt really bad when I heard about their situation. I am really glad I was able to be a part of the project,” Brighton student Calena S. said. Other students said they were humbled by the experience. “I had no clue that women were in that kind of situation. These kits will do so much for them such as keeping them clean, giving them independence and letting them not be exploited for the things they need,” fellow Bengal Garret A. said. In addition to the Community Sew Night, students also organized awareness and fundraising campaigns. They invited Debbie Young, one of the directors for the Utah Days for Girls chapter, to come speak to students during an assembly and show videos of girls receiving their hygiene kits. Young explained that each hygiene kit would help a girl attend school for 2-4 years. FCCLA partnered with Water Gardens Movie Theaters and sold ticket packages, raising over $900 needed to purchase supplies. By Dec. 10, FCCLA bought over 120 yards of fabric, 1,600 yards of ribbon, and worked with

over 200 volunteers to make 522 bags. Their bags were filled with sanitary supplies and sent to Africa, Costa Rica, Philippines, Nepal and Haiti. “These kits allow girls to stay in school, avoid early marriage, exploitation and the sex trade. Their self-value increases as they thrive, grow and contribute to their communities. Education allows girls and women to break the cycle of poverty and violence,” Haskan said. Haskan believes the event was a success due to the collaborative efforts of many groups and individuals. “The West Jordan Days for Girls chapter, specifically Kim Wu and Francis Wylie Pendley, were a wonderful support. They cut out 120 yards of fabric, helped us sew bags and helped us organize our community sew night,” Haskan said. By uniting students from various schools and classes, Brighton’s FCCLA accomplished their goal and brought awareness to an important cause. Due to their success, the club will be competing in the FCCLA Region competition on Feb. 10 at BYU. Haskan said her students are looking forward to sharing their accomplishments with the judges, and continuing to work with the Days for Girls organization. For more information about Days for Girls, visit the organization’s website: http:// www.daysforgirls.org/. l

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Sacrificing One for All: Skyline High School Boys Basketball By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


or the 16 players on Skyline High School varsity boys basketball team, the fun is just beginning. With their official season beginning Nov. 12, the group has already put in more than 100 hours of court time. However, with a fiveand-four record coming out of preseason, the Eagles are gearing up for the 13-game regular season that began with a home game against Cyprus High School on Jan. 12. “We’ve got a great group of kids this year,” said Kenny James, head coach for Skyline. Nine seniors, five juniors and two sophomores give this varsity group decent depth. And with a 6”1’, 174 lb. team average, James considers this year’s players “big and strong in size.” Many of this year’s returning seniors

bit of an edge to them and want to show people they are good.” With over two decades of Skyline coaching under his belt, James is taking a fresh, new approach this season. “I sold them on the concept of being unselfish. If they were unselfish and didn’t care about personal play time, we could be successful,” James said. “And they’ve really bought into that.” Playing with an unselfish, group mentality has been the key to the Eagles early success on the court. Though both James and his players agree they need to work on increasing defensive intensity, their positivity and team chemistry is at an all-time high. “I think positivity is one of our greatest

Skyline players look on as their teammates compete in a scrimmage game at practice. The Eagles are working on improving their defense.

have played together for at least three seasons, giving them a camaraderie that translates well on the court. “We’ve all been friends for a really long time,” Austin Stevenson, senior captain and starting point guard for the Eagles, said. “We trust each other and hold each other accountable.” James is counting on the long-standing friendship and sportsmanship of his players to benefit the team when playing against challenging components like Murray, Olympus and Kearns. “I’m hoping our tight knitness and our good defense will carry us in the region battles,” James said. James, a Skyline alumni, started out as an assistant coach with the Eagles in the 1990s before taking the head coaching position in 2015. “He’s awesome as head coach,” Stevenson said. “He’s really good at building relationships with his players.” Last year the Eagles lost the last three games of their regular season, preventing them from a run at the state championships. “The guys kind of have a chip on their shoulder from last year,” James said. “They want to prove themselves. They have a little

strengths as a team,” Stevenson said. “We’re always supporting each other, giving highfives and telling each other ‘good job.’ This also helps us communicate really well on the court.” Though making it to the first round of the 4A state championships on Feb. 29 is the team’s ultimate goal, they are tackling the season one game at a time. “This has been the best year yet,” Marko Miholjcic, senior captain and starting guard for the Eagles, said. “We’ve been winning a lot, and I think that’s because we really work hard ever single day and we are more committed to competing than ever.” So far, the group is off to a strong start. They are up an average of almost three points per game, and with six wins already secured this season the Eagles have nearly succeeded last year’s seven total wins. “We are a pretty experienced group,” Zach Boudreux, captain and starting forward for the Eagles, said. “We’re willing to sacrifice personal playtime for what’s best for the team… and we really like to win.” The Eagles play their last home game against rival Olympus High School on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. l

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alt Lake County is launching our firstever dashboard to track the progress we are making on the services we provide for residents and businesses. Just as you use information displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle to gauge performance on your travels, the county wants the public to see how well government is performing. The dashboard can be viewed on the home page of our website: https://dashboard.slco.org A dashboard in this case is a software-based solution that transforms sets of data into easy-to-read data charts. Thanks to our ability to collect and analyze a lot of data, the county dashboard will be a reliable tool for the public to use to answer questions such as “Where are our tax dollars being spent?” and “How safe are our neighborhoods?” In deciding what we would track and what metrics we’d use as a way to measure our progress, we surveyed many residents to find out what they would most like to see. The survey results ranked public safety, addressing homelessness, air quality, job opportunities and support for education as top priorities. Residents also said they’d like to know about the availability of parks and trails, the current state of repair of roads and buildings, and what



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Bengals Hungry for State Title By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


he Brighton High School boys basketball team is preparing to take the 2015-2016 season by storm. After losing by just two points to Davis High School in last season’s state championship, the Bengals are hungry for this year’s state title. “The season is going really good. I really like our team and how we are playing right now,” Simi Fehoko, senior captain for the Bengals, said. “We’re playing really quick, and we’ve grown up playing together so it’s really good.” Jeff Gardner, head coach for the Bengals, agreed. “So far we are doing pretty good,” Jeff Gardner, head coach for the Bengals, said. “We’re seven-and-five and starting to gear up for regions.” Gardner, who played guard at Idaho State Bengals from 2003-2005, has been head coach at Brighton since 2011. Prior to coming to Brighton, Gardner spent five years coaching at Mountain View High School in Orem. He was named 5A Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading Brighton to the 5A State Championship game and continues to teach math at Brighton High School. “Coach Gardner is a great coach,” Fehoko said. “I mean his record speaks for himself. He’s been to the playoffs every year he’s coached here, and all his years coaching

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The Bengals huddle before breaking to prepare for their game against Taylorsville, a game they dominated 79-27.

side of the basketball season. “We’ve got a lot of multi-sport kids, and I think that ultimately benefits our team,” Gardner said. Take Fehoko for example. As one of the leaders of the team, he has been playing basketball at Brighton since he was a freshman. However, he’s also a wide receiver for Brighton’s football team and recently played in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 9. Though he has a passion for basketball, he’s committed to play football at Stanford University after graduation. “Even though these kids are committed to playing different sports, they are also committed to basketball and I think it’s really a great dynamic for us,” Gardner said. Team dynamics and experience aside, the Bengals’ determination to improve and their drive for success have led them to preseason success. “We’ve done a great job on the defensive

end,” Gardner said. “We have a lot of guys that work really hard and understand what it takes to be successful as far as work ethic goes.” While Gardner and his team are confident in their strong defensive abilities, they recognize their weaknesses and are working tirelessly to improve in those areas. “We need to get to where we shoot the ball consistently. This is an area we are constantly focusing on,” Gardner said. “We need to get better at making shots and taking care of the ball.” As long as the team can increase shooting and making more shots per game, both Gardner and his players believe they can find great success this season. “Our hustle and intensity is by far our greatest strength,” Parker Gile, senior captain, said. “We’re playing really well as a team right now and I think we just keep getting better. If we keep playing as a team and pushing hard to the end of the game, we can make it far.” l

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Titans Swimmers Tie Off Successful Season By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


ou can smell the chlorine from outside the Olympus High School aquatic center. As you walk closer, you begin to hear the faint sound of upbeat music and a deep voice yelling repetitively. The second you step foot onto the bright, open pool deck, the energy and intensity swarms you. For you, this might seem abnormally electrifying. For the 60 swimmers that make up the OHS swim team, this is just another day at practice. “This has been an awesome season,” senior captain Adam Gaia said. “This is the best year we’ve had in a while in terms of turnout, and we’ve got some really fast people. The last few years we’ve been building up our team, but this year we have a solid, competitive team, and we’ve been winning our meets.” With about 10 seniors on this year’s team, the Titans aren’t lacking much in the way of leadership. “For the most part, our team chemistry has been great,” Gaia said. “We’ve had a few little disputes, but other than that it’s been really good.” Girl’s senior captain Emma Collins agreed. “Overall, this is the most tightknit I think we’ve ever been,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of bonding activities like a Thanksgiving dinner and a Christmas party. And every Saturday parents bring in brunch, and we all eat together after practice.” The team attributes much of this season’s success to their strong unity and support for one another. “We really crushed our first few meets at the beginning of the season,” Collins said. “We had a great meet against East, but we swam faster and I think that’s because we are all pretty close.” With practice being held two to four hours per day every Monday through Friday, and a twohour practice every Saturday, the group has put in well over 100 hours of pool time. “This has been a really cool experience for me,” freshman Ari Lambosa said. “This is definitely an awesome team, and it’s really helped me a lot as a swimmer.” The Titans are one of the only teams in the valley who practices with USRPT training. USRPT, or Ultra Sprint Race Paced Training, is designed for the athletes to practice similar to the pace in which they race. Though it’s hard work, most of the swimmers are dedicated to putting in the time and effort necessary to help the team succeed. “Essentially is just short race-paced training,” Gaia said. “The idea behind it is that high intensity training for short periods of time is better than long distance garbage yardage.” Like any team, however, the Titans have faced their fair share of challenges this season. “I think our biggest issue on the team is the lack of attendance and people’s lack of motivation to come to practice,” Collins said. “We’ve had quite a few kids who only show up once or twice a week and other kids who just stopped showing up half way through the season.” Gaia elaborated. “This is definitely a challenge we’ve been facing as a whole team,” Gaia said. “Sixty people say they’re on the team, but in actuality there’s probably only about 45 to 50 kids who show up regularly.” Despite attendance issues, most of the Titans swimmers agreed that this has been a stellar season. “I think a lot of our success this year is because of Coach Tom,” Collins said. “And also our community. It’s a great school program to be swimming for and a great community to be swimming in.” The Titans swam their last meet against Skyline High School on Jan. 19 with hopes of making it to the 4A state championships Swimmers cool down after a two-and-a-half-hour practice. Weekday practices on Feb. 12. l last anywhere from two to four hours.

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here is no doubt that we are in the middle of a healthcare crisis. Some call it a “healthcare demise”. Obamacare, so far, is here to stay. As long as it is here, people are forced to buy health insurance whose premiums are uncontrollable and whose policies make the insured pay more out-of-pocket expenses. Some families have filed for bankruptcy due to medical bills, others have loved ones who have passed on because they denied medical care and medications due to the higher healthcare costs. It can seem alarming, and cause many people wonder what they can do about it. The key to navigating through healthcare safely is to become as healthy as possible, minimizing any chances of accessing expensive medical care. The best and most

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oft music, dim lighting, a warm fire and friendly faces radiate throughout Rice Basil Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Cuisine and quickly impresses the mind with a single thought: elegance. The atmosphere and high-quality food keeps customers coming back for another lunch or dinner. Under the direction of Soy Ariunbold, who purchased the sushi and Asian fusion cuisine restaurant about a year ago, the reputation of Rice Basil, located at 2335 Murray Holladay Road, has greatly improved. “When we started, the reputation was kind of bad because the food wasn’t that good. It was just mediocre food. We stepped it up,” Ariunbold said. “We brought in a lot of new things. We worked on our presentations, and we got an award for best of Utah.”

Ariunbold was a private chef in Park City for four years before given the opportunity to purchase a restaurant locally. With the help of one of his chef friends from Chicago, he turned Rice Basil into a destination popular with residents and those traveling through town. “We redid the menu. We started making everything from scratch,” Ariunbold said. “When you go to a sushi restaurant, they usually only have some sushi and tempura. We offer a lot more. If you come with a friend and your friend doesn’t like sushi, we have all kinds of different things.” Steak dishes, noodle dishes, salads, soups, wine tasting and a sake bar are a few items that appeal to those who desire variety beyond sushi. Ariunbold also recommends that customers who are unfamiliar with sushi have a seat at the sushi

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y husband and I dated for a year before we married. We thought we had it figured out, had discussed it all, from the number of kids we wanted, right down to the color of carpet in our home. After the arrival of our firstborn things started getting rocky. My sweet and lovable hubby suddenly turned into a matted green, irritable grouch. Instead of helping him and trying to understand, all I could do was nag. Life became a chore. Money was tight. We barely talked to each other. We were sliding down a slippery slope. It was during this time that a turning point happened. We found ourselves on a real date. I can’t recall how it happened, but nonetheless, the hubs and I had dropped off the little one at Mom’s, packed a picnic lunch and headed to the park for what turned out to be the one of best dates of our relationship. Having the alone time allowed me to open up to listening without distraction to what was really bugging him, his stresses at work and financial concerns. We problem

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Cottonwood Heights February 2016  

Vol.13 Iss.2

Cottonwood Heights February 2016  

Vol.13 Iss.2