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While the site of the old Cottonwood Mall sits locked up and undeveloped, a local resident is hoping input from a survey he conducted will be considered in the future.

Survey Recommends Against Tall Buildings In Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment


n unsolicited, informal survey of Holladay City residents seems to indicate support for a new development at the old Cottonwood Mall site, which would be similar to the original mall. The survey found strong support for keeping any new development at two or three stories high. It also showed strong opposition to the inclusion of low-income housing or affordable apartments. The survey was generated by Ron Hilton, a Holladay resident. Hilton also conducted a survey when the city was contemplating what to do with what is now the Village Center. He felt it might be beneficial for

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city officials to see what suggestions people have for the redevelopment at Cottonwood Mall. Hilton presented the findings to the Holladay City Council during the public comment period on Jan. 8. He emailed the survey to a list of up to 400 people he had generated from a previous survey about the Village Center project and from a failed bid for the Utah House of Representatives.

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An artist rendering of the proposed look for the new Cottonwood Heights City Hall.

Cottonwood Heights City Hall Project Is Nearing Approval


hen voters in Cottonwood Heights approved a $14.5 million bond for construction of a new city hall last year, civic leaders may have thought the hard part of getting the project going was done. It wasn’t. Since last summer, city leaders, planners and staff members have been working with architects to create a floor plan for the new building, which will serve as the government complex and a city center for various events. The problem is that once those architects began incorporating everything proposed from various department heads and

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the city council members themselves into the equation, the cost to build it exceeded the bond. “Unfortunately, we kind of did it backwards,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr. said. “We hurried to secure the bonds first to catch lower interest rates, but in the process of doing that, based on preliminary estimates of the cost to build, we came up short.”

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Fine Arts in Holladay City

By Tammy Nakamura


t’s the seventh year for the Fine Arts Show sponsored by the Holladay Arts Council. But this year, amateurs won’t have to compete against professionals, as they have in the past. “There will be Best of Show winners in the amateur and professional categories,” Arts Council Chair Tina Rowell said. The show has several categories: oils and acrylics, charcoal, pastel and pencil drawings, watercolors, photography and a youth category. The art can be no larger than 58 x 58 inches. Each artist may enter up to three pieces. The first piece costs $12 to enter, and subsequent pieces are $6 each. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third in each division. The amount of the prize will depend on how much revenue is generated by the entry fee.

“Dragonfly”—one of the winners in last year’s Fine Arts Show.

The artists come from all over for this opportunity. So far, 145 people have registered to participate. “For the artists, it’s more important to them that their art is seen than winning a prize. We offer the show to give people in the community a chance to show their work that otherwise would really not have the opportunity,” Rowell said. The show will be in the basement of City Hall, 4580 South 2300 East on Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21. There is an opening reception Feb. 13 and an awards ceremony on Feb. 21. Both events will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The jazz band, The Mark Chaney Trio, will play both nights, and there will be light refreshments. l

Residents Saluted at Volunteer Dinner By Tom Haraldsen

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ive Cottonwood Heights residents, each active in the community in a variety of ways, were honored at the city’s Volunteer Dinner on Jan. 24. Honored were Kim Horiuchi, Excellence as a Community Partner; Mike Hanson, Community Volunteerism; Jim Holtkamp, Supporting Community Development; Jerri Harwell, Preserving Our Community History; and Emmaree Josephson, Promoting Community Culture. “Even though we single a few people out to be honored tonight, we know that it takes all of you to accomplish everything you do for the city,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr. said. “We appreciate all of you.”

Kim Horiuchi has served for several years as a member of both the Canyons and Jordan School Boards. She advocated for the creation of what became known as the Canyons District. Since the formation of the Canyons District, Cottonwood Heights has enjoyed benefits through the association with the district. Examples of those benefits, cited at the dinner in her introduction, were the new Butler Middle School, eight new tennis courts, a new soccer field east of Butler Middle School, renovations to Ridgecrest Elementary and the rebuilding of Butler Elementary scheduled to take place next year. Horiuchi was also praised for helping with the district’s support of a partnership with

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Mall Development continued from page 1 Hilton said he hopes the city uses the information to help the development move along smoothly. “It’s a bit different because the city doesn’t own any of the land in the Cottonwood Mall project, like it did with the Village Center, so the level of input the council can offer will be smaller. But I think it’s good for the city council members to know that there is concern about how tall the structures will be. That could become an issue,” he said. The survey shows that the respondents, most of whom live in the city, support restaurants, department stores, local merchants

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t’s just a bus bench that has sat in unincorporated Salt Lake County for years. But recently it became part of Holladay City in an annexation, raising the question of whether the city will allow a bus bench that sells advertising. “I can’t afford a lot of advertising,” said Jenny Eldredge, who owns a watch repair shop that is advertised on the bench in question. “But I can afford to advertise on the bus bench, and have for about eight years.” Eldredge thinks it has made a difference to her business. “I get comments from customers about once a week that they saw the bus bench advertisement.” Nile and Linda Fox own the bench and asked the city council to allow them to keep the bench in the city. “We were a bit surprised when the bench got annexed into the city,” Linda Fox said. “We hope they will grandfather the bench in and let it stay. It doesn’t bring in a lot of money, but it helps Jenny and her business.” The council took the request under advisement. l

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Owners of a bus bench that is now part of Holladay are hoping city officials will allow it to stay where it is.

NEW EAGLE SCOUT Jacob Royal Seastrand from Boy Scout Troop 557 in Holladay was awarded his Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 20. Jacob loves the scouting program and has learned many things while earning this award. He loves the out-of-doors and especially enjoyed earning his camping, fishing and wilderness survival  merit badges. Jacob’s Eagle project was collecting and purchasing items for Primary Children’s Medical Center.  He wanted to serve other youth and children. Jacob is an eighth grader at Olympus Jr. High.  He loves to play basketball and baseball, go boating, snow ski and be with his family.

How short? About $2 million. So for the last few months, council members and city leaders have been working together to pare down their plans—which they’ve done by about $1 million—and to finalize the look and feel of the new building. The city acquired five acres of land north of Brighton High School for the new center. That included buying and demolishing several homes in the area. The land cost was about $800,000 an acre. “We knew that we were planning a 50-year building,” Cullimore said. “We’re building it on very expensive land, so we want to maximize that parcel and look ahead to future adjacent developments that might be developed on that land.” One desire that Cullimore and council members have is the public room that will be in the center of the complex: a community room of sorts that could be used for receptions, parties or other events. The initial design was for a room that several on the council felt might be too small to adequately host such events. Department heads also had to sacrifice some of the space they wanted for their areas in order to bring the cost down. City Manager John Park told the council that he’s looking at options to make up the

and a parking structure. In addition to the low-income housing, respondents did not seem to favor movie theaters, senior living or townhouses.


ity Manager Randy Fitts said discussions continue with the developer, Howard Hughes Corporation of Dallas, Texas. But the property is privately owned, so there aren’t a lot of mandates the city can impose, he said. “It was more than five years ago that the mall was demolished, and increasing costs of development may be the reason for the delay in construction,” Fitts said. The council accepted the survey but plans to take no action on it. l $1 million gap between the bonded amount and the estimated final cost. He said money from other budgets might be shifted to fund the new building. “There were really two hang-ups for moving forward—the financial side and the external expressions of the building,” Cullimore said. On the latter point, designers have presented the council with several different renderings, the interior being quite modern and efficient, and the exterior offering looks ranging from modern and artsy to more conservative and traditional. A 3D presentation of the building impressed council members, but they have remained a bit torn about the exterior look. At a work session on Jan. 27, council members agreed to talk to friends and family members about the proposed looks, to get their feedback. Cullimore said he hoped a final decision could be reached when the council met for their annual retreat on Feb. 3, after our press deadline. “We want to get going, but we also want to get it right,” he said. “I think we’re very close, and I know everyone involved is anxious to get this project started.” Cullimore said once construction begins, it’s estimated that completion will take about a year. l

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Journals Again Sponsor County Spelling Bee By Linda Petersen


fter a two-year break, the City Journals (formerly The Valley Journals) is, along with Overstock.com, sponsoring the Salt Lake County Spelling Bee. “I feel that some of the basic core education principles—reading, writing and arithmetic—are being lost because of the life we now live,” City Journals publisher Bryan Scott said. “We want to take this spelling bee and really build it up to help bring back the emphasis on those core principles.” “Our intention is to take this for not one year, but for many years to come,” he added. “We’re excited.” Preliminary rounds of the Scripps Spelling Bee were held at 58 individual schools in Salt Lake County over the last two months, including local schools Ridgecrest Elementary, Cottonwood Elementary and Butler Middle. Since there are fewer schools participating this year, both first-place and second-place

winners will advance to the regional bee to be held Saturday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan at 8030 South 1825 West. The winner of the regional competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for him/her and an accompanying adult to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 24-29, along with a $1,000 scholarship. He/she will be recognized in an article in all Journals following the competition. A nationally-renowned program, the Scripps Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and sponsors in the U.S., American Samoa, Canada, China, Europe, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. l

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Planning Commission. She also ran for mayor in 2009. Since then, Harwell has been a key member of the team that competed for the All-American City Award, utilizing some of her historical knowledge to help city officials with their presentation in Kansas City. One of her biggest contributions has been her involvement in the Butlerville Days event. Among those contributions are providing historic photos and background. She also worked with the Brighton High Drama department in performing a historical presentation at the middle school. Emmaree Josephson was the first arts council chair and had the privilege of being one of its founders. She helped give direction and vision to the arts council. She saw opportunities for the arts council to grow and took chances. She was the council chair for three years, and after her term served for three more years to continue to help make the arts council a success. Under her tenure, three successful plays have been produced, a community orchestra has been organized and other performance artists have been showcased in the city. The leadership Emmaree provided helped summer musical productions take off. She also wrote the ZAP grants, a Sorenson Grant (which helped fund the Write for the Heights contest), and got a grant from Walmart. “Volunteers are the backbones of Cottonwood Heights,” said Ann Eatchel, city events coordinator. “They spend countless hours yearly and never expect anything in return for all their time and devotion. The city recognizes their efforts and this dinner is a way to say thanks.” l

Cottonwood Heights, resulting in the popular Mountview Park, built by the city on property owned by the Canyons District and rented to the city for 20 years. Mike Hanson was recognized for taking on three years of very tough challenges on the Butlerville Days committee. He became chair in 2012, building a committee of volunteer leaders. He was also praised for expanding the event to include Movies in the Park, while adding concessions and inflatables, along with a 5K race. Jim Holtkamp, a member of the city’s Board of Adjustment since 2008, is a practicing attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience in environmental, natural resources and energy project development issues throughout the world. He served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate Committee) and as an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior before entering private practice. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Utah, where he teaches air pollution control law and climate change law. As a member of the Board of Adjustment over the last few years, he was involved in two highly contentious planning commission appeals—Cottonwood Corporate and Canyon Centre. Jerri Harwell has served the community for many years. She was a member of the Cottonwood Heights Community Council prior to the city’s incorporation, and has served as a volunteer on the Historic Committee and

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Brighton Ski Resort And Canyons School District Come Together For Fun By Marci Heugly


ottonwood Heights and Holladay residents live next to some of the best mountains and snow in the world. Canyons School District officials want to make it more accessible by bringing the price down for three days this season. With its Ski-n-Shred program, anyone in the community can ski at Brighton for only $25. The first date was on Jan. 17. On the remaining dates of Feb. 21 and March 21, skiers and snowboarders can take the district’s coupon to the Brighton Ski Resort ticket office and get an evening ski pass for $25. Extra coupons can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org. “Anyone from the community can come enjoy the snow from 4 to 9 p.m. There are beautiful, lit tracks for skiing, and everyone can come enjoy the evening,” said Laura Minson, Canyons Education Foundation partnerships and volunteer

coordinator. “This is something that the community loves and something we love to be able to offer.”


hile the program offers discounted skiing to the community, it also affords an opportunity to build the foundation. For every ticket purchased with the coupon, the Canyons Education Foundation gets $3 back. “This is our sixth year of doing this, and we’ve raised a couple of thousand dollars, which goes back to funding the initiative of the foundation, which is to enhance the educational experience for our students,” Minson said. “We developed the Ski-n-Shred program because we love to be involved in the community,” she added. “We want to give back.” l

SENIORS Mount Olympus Senior Center 1635 East Murray-Holladay Road. Phone 385-468-3130


he center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. The cost is $2; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Tuesdays, Feb.10 to March 10, 9:30 a.m.— Family History Class. Mt. Olympus is offering a family history class series. Come learn how to research online records regarding your ancestors. You will learn how to access electronic photos, stories and documents. Basic computer skills are necessary as well as an email address. Only eight spots available. When you sign up, you are committing to the whole five weeks.                                               Feb. 10, 11 a.m.—Essential Oils: Hidden Health Secrets. There are many health benefits received from essential oils. They can have

a healing effect on you mentally, physically and emotionally. Sign up. Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.—Birds of a Feather Bird Show. Avian Sanctuary and Protection is coming for a very special presentation on their exotic birds. They will be bringing Nowak parrots, a Ukrainian goose, a friendly turkey and more. Come learn more about these birds and enjoy their magnificent beauty. Sign up. Feb 13, 11:30 a.m.—Valentine’s Day Party. Valentine’s Day, or single awareness day, is here again. The center has invited “Ruby Tuesday” to play all the classic love songs while you enjoy stuffed salmon fillet, corn casserole, glazed carrots and cherry cheesecake pudding. Suggested lunch donation is $2.50.               Feb. 16 – Center Closed for the Holiday Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.—Presidents’ Day Meal. Come to the center for an all-American meal, to celebrate Presidents’ Day. Feb. 18, 8 a.m.—Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, coffee and juice will be served. Don’t

Community members take advantage of past Ski-n-Shred events at Brighton Ski Resort. Photo courtesy of Laura Minson

miss out on the most important meal of the day. Sponsored by our advisory committee. All are invited.

mixed vegetables, pineapple tidbits and a ranger cookie. Suggested lunch donation is $2.50. RSVP at the front desk by Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Feb. 19, 10 a.m.—The Silk Road. A presenter from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will be here to talk about one of the world’s most influential trade routes that influenced the cultures of many countries throughout China and all of Asia. Sign up.

Feb. 19, 8:15 a.m.—Utah Senior Day at the Legislature. Come meet with your legislators; enjoy tours, speakers and a free lunch. LeBus will leave at 8:15 a.m. and return around 2:30 p.m. Sign-up sheet at the front desk.

11:30 a.m.—Chinese New Year. Celebrate the Chinese New Year, read your Zodiac and enjoy a fortune cookie, as well as chicken with mushroom gravy, bowtie pasta, Italian

Feb. 20, 11 a.m.—Script Your Future: Medication Adherence. More people die every year from prescription misuse/abuse than car crashes. The University of Utah College of Pharmacy is coming to discuss the importance of correctly taking medications. They will hand out cards to remind us of medication schedules. Sign up. 1 p.m.—The Father of Waters—The Mighty Mississippi River. Historian Daniel Kuhn will be back to present on some of North America’s most spectacular scenery as well as some of the highest threat volcanoes in the world. Sign up. Feb. 23, 10 a.m.—Iraq: My Experiences in the War. Dr. John Reed, a history professor and an American hero, is coming to share his experiences in the war in Iraq. Sign up. l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E Our current transportation budget projections are as follows:

Transportation Funding For residents following the current legislative session, you have no doubt noticed that funding for road infrastructure and transit, or “transportation funding”, is a major issue our representatives are debating. Our Council, as well as all other City Councils in the County, are supporting increased long- term funding for our local roads. One of the main services our city provides is infrastructure installation and repair. This includes local roads, trails and transit. The state gas tax is intended to cover these costs, but the funds provided fall far short of what is required. The current motor fuels sales tax is fixed at 24.5 cents per gallon and has not been raised since 1997.

• Local B & C (gas tax) road funds = $977,342 • Total transportation budget for the Fiscal Year = $1,788,387 • Amount subsidized through our General Fund = $811,045 Like us, most cities in Utah receive about half of what is required to maintain their transportation infrastructure. Each year, we prioritize based on funds we have available. Since our roads and infrastructure are a main priority, other projects continue to be pushed to the back burner as these critical projects continue to chew up more and more of our General Fund dollars. In the event of an emergency, like a main water break or heavy snow season, budgets can get even tighter. By subsidizing our transportation budget with General Fund dollars, fewer resources are available for public safety, utilities, parks and recreation. With more flexibility in our transportation funding, we would have more influence on our own destiny. We would have more freedom to budget for the things that matter the most to our residents. That’s why we joined the Utah Transportation Coalition—to advocate for a long-term solution to the way we fund transportation. Transportation affects air quality, our economic prospects and our quality of life. To learn more about transportation funding issues and how to get involved, visit www.Utahtransportation. org. To track bills during the legislative session log on to www.ULCT.org, Legislative Advocacy, then bill tracking.

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Radon Testing Results in Holladay By Council Member Jim Palmer

If you live in Holladay, you have a one-in-three chance that your home has a dangerous level of radon. A simple $5 test can determine whether you are safe or need to remediate the risk. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US and is prevalent in Holladay. Late last year, Holladay provided 200 test kits to residents. We mapped anonymized results. As you can see, we have a random scattering of about one–third of the tests showing dangerous levels of radon. Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas byproduct of the natural decay of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found throughout the United States and is especially prevalent in Holladay. These radioactive particles get trapped in your lungs and cause lung cancer. It doesn’t matter if your house is new or old, tight-

ly-sealed or drafty. Naturally-occurring radioactive elements exist in the earth below your house. If your house was built on top of such a deposit, radon may be seeping into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it builds up. The only way to know about radon in your home is to test. Holladay has purchased a limited number of radon testing kits for the benefit of our residents from the Utah Division of Radiation Control’s Indoor Radon Program. Kits are available at City Hall for a reduced cost of $5.00 each. This price includes mail-in test results. Testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time. We encourage all Holladay homeowners to pick up a radon test kit from the city. Online resources: www.epa.gov/radon www.radon.utah.gov (Includes Radon maps)

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FREE TREES! Holladay City and the Tree Committee have been working together to begin the Holladay Street Tree program. This is a great way to help improve and sustain our city’s urban forest! What this means to home owners is that the city will help you place new trees in your residential landscapes “right of way” areas. These new trees can help compliment your existing landscape or restore what may have been lost when an older tree has to be removed. How does this program work? Simply fill out an application which can be obtained at the front desk of city hall or sent to you via email by contacting us at holladaycitytree@ymail. com. Once your application has been reviewed by the city tree committee a voucher will be issued which you may redeem at one of the participating nurseries for the dollar amount and tree specified. A city employee or volunteer will visit your home a few weeks later to make sure the tree has been properly planted and is being cared for. If you have a particular tree species in mind you can request that on your application however, some trees are not always suitable for certain areas. The city is committed to helping people plant the right tree in the right place because we want to maintain the beauty of our urban tree canopy for many years to come. Some of the rules and restrictions to the program are as follows: • You must be a Holladay City resident and the planting site must be at a residential location within city boundaries • The tree must be planted in a city “Right of Way” location which is typically within 15 feet of the city street • Recipients must accept all responsibilities, liabilities, transportation


needs, proper planting and care of the tree • Residents may request 1 to 2 trees on their application however no more than 2 trees will be approved in a 6 month period and no more than 4 trees are available in a 2 year period • This program is first come first serve. Applications will be reviewed and approved in the order received and once the allocated budget for this project is exhausted the program will end There are many varieties of trees that will be approved for our area many of which are recommended by the Utah state forester. The links below show some of the specific trees being considered: www.slcgov.com/forestry/trees http://treeutah.org/programs/ what-trees-to-plant/ If you would like more information about the tree committee or how you can help our urban forest, contact us or visit our facebook page www.facebook. com/HolladayCityTrees

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PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247

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GOAL $250,000

For those that have been following the “Support Play! Donate Today!” fundraising effort, we have collected $180,000 toward our $250,000 goal. That is great news! Our challenge now is collecting the balance by the---


The Playground Committee is working diligently on vendor selection and final design for the project. The Open House on January 21st was very productive. The Committee is readying a final playground design recommendation, which they will present to the Holladay City Foundation and City Council in March. If we do not reach our goal we may be forced to delay or phase the projected June 2015 installation. We would love to have the new facility in by the Fourth of July celebration if at all possible. Visit the playground website to make your taxdeductible gift today: http://holladayplayground.wix.com/ holladay-playground IT’S THE FOURTH QUARTER; LETS PUNCH IT OVER THE GOAL LINE!!!

THE HOLLADAY FINE ART SHOW Holladay Arts Council presents the Holladay Fine Art Show to be held at Holladay City Hall at 4580 S. 2300 E. Holladay, UT, in the Big and Little Cottonwood Rooms on February 13, 14, 20 and 21, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. The opening reception will be held February 13th and our awards reception will be held February 21st. Both receptions will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. You’re invited to come and join us for refreshments and music as you stroll through the art. Music will be provided by the Mark Chaney Trio and Adrik DaSilva.

$180,000 RAISED Many Thanks To Our Holladay Residents For Supporting Our Show UCAIR Pledge Campaign! We rolled out the Holladay Pledge campaign last month and would like you to continue to promote the message through the end of February. Our elementary schools were involved, businesses placed posters in their windows and residents pledged their support on line and in their homes. It was a great start! Similar to reducing litter on our highways, and most recently the many benefits of recycling, it all begins with education. If we realize there is a legitimate purpose behind a campaign, our citizens will act. It’s the Utah way and certainly the Holladay way. The goal of this campaign is beginning a discussion within our community regarding ways we can individually impact the quality of our air. As city leaders, we feel cleaning our air will require a multi-pronged solution. Though individual action is only part of this solution, it’s the most critical piece of a comprehensive statewide plan of action. Let’s keep this discussion on the front burner as the legislative session gets under way. Communicate with your local representatives and let them know how you would like them to vote on the myriad bills that will be presented during this session. We hope to expand the pledge campaign next year. I would appreciate your feedback (positive and negative). Please email your suggestions to Rdahle@cityofholladay.com. —Rob Dahle

City Of Holladay • 4580 South 2300 East • 801.272.9450 • www.CityOfHolladay.com

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Holladay General Plan Update

Lost and Found Sandy Nelson Salt Lake County Animal Services It happens every day. Fido finds a way to sneak out of the backyard and Kitty slips through that open door. What do you do if you have lost your pet? What do you do if you have found a lost pet? Here are some simple steps to take in both scenarios.

LOST? • Visit your local shelter and surrounding shelters within 24 hours. Keep returning. We post all of the animals that come in to our shelter on our website at www.adoptutahpets.com. • Post your pet’s photo on social media and flyers on public bulletin boards. • Look for your pet during the day and at night. Call for your pet and stay in one place long enough for your pet to respond to your call. Organize a search party. • DON’T GIVE UP! We’ve had lost pets come in to the shelter after having been missing for a year.

FOUND? • If that animal has a tag with a phone number, call it and let them know you found the animal. • As a resident of Holladay, you fall within Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction. If you find this pet in Holladay, you can take it directly to Salt Lake County Animal Services shelter (511 W. 3900 S.) during business hours. If it is outside of business hours, please call animal control dispatch at 801-743-7045. Our animal control is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. • You can take a picture of that pet and post it on social media

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with where you found the animal and that you took it to Salt Lake County Animal Services. • We will scan that animal for a microchip and call the owner if there is information on that microchip. • Do not assume that the animal you found is a stray or has been abused. Assume that it is simply lost. • According to Holladay Animal Ordinance 8.01.290 it is unlawful to harbor someone else’s pet on your premises for more than 24 hours without permission of the owner. • The BEST thing you can do for that animal and that animal’s owner is to take it to the shelter. Make sure your pets have current ID tags and are microchipped. Double check that your information is current on your microchip. You can get a microchip for your pet at your local veterinarian or at Salt Lake County Animal Services. As a resident of Holladay, you can receive a microchip for FREE at the shelter. This will help if your pet ever does become lost. ID tags can come off while Fido and Kitty are on their adventure. Remember, the shelter is the BEST place to look for your pet.

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The Holladay General Plan is our community blueprint for future growth and change. In order to stay current and ensure that the plan reflects our vision for the future, the plan must be updated every few years. We are now in the midst of such an update process, which began in October 2014, and so far has included a public meeting held in late November where residents helped identify key issues to be addressed in the plan. The next public meeting is a Workshop to Review and Develop Alternative Futures, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at City Hall. This is perhaps the most important meeting, as we will be reviewing the input received to help determine the direction of future growth. We strongly encourage you to come prepared to roll up your sleeves, so mark your calendar for this important event. The updated General Plan is scheduled to be complete and adopted by the end of 2015. In order to make sure you stay abreast of the progress made, we invite you and all other residents, property owners and business interests to track progress on the city’s website www.cityofholladay.com and/or directly to the plan consultant web page at www.ldi-ut.com/holladay. Here you will be able to access maps, ideas and drafts of the plan as they are developed, in addition to on-line polls and comment forms where you can comment and share your Holladay Stories and photos.

Thank you for your participation, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact Paul Allred, Community Development Director at 801-527-3890, or Mark Vlasic, Landmark Design Project Manager at (801) 474-3300.

City Of Holladay • 4580 South 2300 East • 801.272.9450 • www.CityOfHolladay.com

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Ridgecrest Students Practice Chinese Outside The Classroom

Ridgecrest Elementary Chinese immersion students play group games at Chinese Corner.

By Marci Heugly


idgecrest students in the Chinese immersion program have recently begun to work on their Chinese after hours. Once each month, students in grades one through five meet after school in the library to practice speaking Chinese. A few teachers and parents help facilitate the meeting, along with some honored guests from the Chinese Society of Utah. “I just can’t speak enough to how much the Chinese Society of Utah has contributed to our school,” Principal Teri Mattson said. Chinese immersion students spend half of their school day with Chinese-speaking teachers and the other half of the day with Englishspeaking teachers. They learn the language by becoming immersed in it every day. In order to supplement what they learn in the classroom, the school has introduced Chinese Corner to give the students an opportunity to come together, speak the language and learn about the culture. “We have about four to five people from the society come to Chinese Corner,” Chinese Society of Utah president Ling-Ling Chen said. “We have become good friends with the

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parents. We all have the same goal for these kids to learn, and we want them to like the language so they will keep it.” The students participate in activities that improve social skills, all while speaking Chinese. They have had marketplace experience where they had to purchase and barter in Chinese. They have learned how to write their names using Chinese characters, and they even play familiar card games, speaking only in Chinese. “We cooperate with each other,” Chen said. “We apply funding to come here and help them, and the school sends kids to our Chinese New Year banquet to sing Chinese songs. It turns out pretty well.” “In China, they have an English Corner where they have to speak English,” parent and Chinese Corner coordinator Kami McMaster said. “The best thing for kids learning a language is to give them an opportunity to socialize in that language.” McMaster has joined with other parents to form the Utah Mandarin Immersion Parent Council. The council meets twice a year with representatives from the state of Utah in an

effort to maximize their children’s learning experience in the immersion program. “It was at this forum that we heard about Chinese Corner and decided to start it here,” McMaster said. “The Chinese Society comes to talk to the kids in Chinese to give them an authentic experience.” Because of the popularity of the gathering, the school has to limit the attendance to 35 students. Parents can go to the school’s website to reserve a spot for their children to attend. “This school is really organized; the

principal is really cooperative,” Chen said. “There are 22 schools in Utah with Chinese immersion. We started with this school, but we really want to do more.” Much of the society’s funding comes from Taiwan Academy, which allows them to purchase supplies and treats for each Chinese Corner. “We are trying to promote this so we can get more funding,” Chen said. “We want to spread the news so we are able to help at more schools.” l

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arly last year, the Holladay Preschool celebrated its 60th year of operation. This year, they are looking to make some muchneeded improvements to their heating system and playground area. The community is invited to support these efforts during the Holladay Preschool Family Legacy Brick Campaign. Students, family members and neighbors can purchase a small brick for $60 or a large brick for $120. “This year, Holladay Preschool will not be hosting its annual Benefit Bash, an event supported by preschool families and HUCC church members, that normally raises close to $20,000 to support preschool facility improvements,” Preschool Director Kristi Thompson said. Instead, the preschool is offering Legacy Bricks to raise the $20,000. “To date, we have raised just over $4,500. We need help to achieve our goal.” The campaign runs through the end of April and is open to everyone in the community. “In April, we will begin the process of


engraving and placing family bricks to create a beautiful patio in our courtyard,” Thompson said. “This is a great way to recognize your children, teachers and others who have been a part of Holladay Preschool over the years.” Holladay Preschool is located at the Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 East Murray Holladay Road. l

Local Synchronized Skating Team Wins Big in Sectionals


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he Star Lit Blades Synchronized Skating Team, including members from Cottonwood Heights, Murray and Taylorsville, returned home from Minnesota with something shiny—gold medals as champions of the 2015 Midwest and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skat-

ing Sectional Championships. Held on Jan. 29 in Minneapolis, the championship involved nine teams from throughout the western United States. Each

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The Star Lit Blades of Salt Lake City took the gold at the 2015 Midwest and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held in Minneapolis on Jan. 29.

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Brighton High Girls Basketball Squad Showing Its Experience By Catherine Garrett


he Brighton High girls basketball team returned key players from a 5A state semifinal appearance last season – a 59-52 loss to eventual state champion Fremont – and currently sits as one of the top teams in Region 3. “I knew we had an experienced group of girls coming back,” said Brighton head

West Jordan (72-32) Jan. 6, Jordan (73-30) Jan. 13, Alta (61-60) Jan. 15, Bingham (6235) Jan. 20 and West Jordan (74-33) Jan. 22, while losing to Copper Hills (63-60) Jan. 8 and Jan. 29 (56-54), for a 5-2 record and third place in the region standings. Sophomore Dani Barton leads Brighton in scoring with 16 points a game, while senior Lindsey Johnson averages more than 11 points, including 18 three-pointers on the year. Senior Alyssa Hirschi (6 points), sophomore Brooke Ingles (6 points), senior McCall Christensen (5 points), senior Sammie Smith (3 points) and junior Jade Summerhays (3 points) round out much of the other scoring for the Bengals. “When we’ve played well, we’ve been really balanced in our scoring,” Gresh said. The Brighton High girls basketball team hopes to again go deep into the The team faces Jordan, postseason like last year’s 5A state semifinals appearance. The Bengal are Alta and Bingham to finish currently 12-3 this season. out the second half of region coach Jim Gresh, who is in his 16th year. play before the 5A state tournament which is “We’re a good team, and we have a chance scheduled for Feb. 16-21 at Salt Lake Comto do great things.” munity College. The Bengals began the year with a 7-2 Also on Brighton’s squad are junior record which included double-digit margins Asia Kehl; sophomores Sierra Neves, Ari of victory in all seven wins over Fremont (71- Miller and Megan Lindquist; and freshmen 55) Dec. 2, Springville (55-27) Dec. 3, Layton Savannah Neves, Kambrie Douglas and Sid(48-33) Dec. 9, Lehi (76-53) Dec. 12, Lone ney Kaufmann. Peak (58-47) Dec. 18, Granger (62-44) Dec. “Our approach is staying in the pres19 and Hillcrest (65-27) Jan. 6. Their only ent and working on skills game by game,” preseason losses were to Juan Diego (63-59) Gresh said. “Every time I look ahead, someNov. 25 and Skyline (44-41) Dec. 10. thing different happens. But I believe we’ll In region play, Brighton has defeated be right there at the end.” l

Skating Team continued from page 12 team consists of between eight and 20 skaters performing together in unison while connected in a line. The Star Lit Blades were the only team from Utah “Skating as a team is very different from individual skating,” said Ellie Karamati, one of the team’s coaches. “You have to work as a team on every step and every turn. One misstep from one skater can cause the whole team to fall on the ice.” She said that following the team’s performance, as they left the ice, many had tears in their eyes because, “We all knew it was the best performance of the routine they’d ever done.” The Star Lit Blades established their team

in 2013 under the direction of Kelly Cassity and Karamati. Each skater has to be proficient on their own before earning a place on the team. Even skilled individual skaters have to learn how to work with others in this team-oriented sport, Karamati said. There are approximately 525 synchronized skating teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, with nearly 5,000 athletes participating annually in the Sectional Championships across different regions. The Star Lit Blades competed this year at the Open Juvenile level against teams from Colorado, California, Washington and other states in the Pacific Coast Region. The team isn’t going to stop there. Next year, they’ll compete at the intermediate level, and a win there will qualify them to participate in Nationals. l

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Multitasking Myth By Peri Kinder


’m terribly efficient. That doesn’t mean I’m efficient. It means I’m terrible at being efficient. I always imagined myself to be a high-functioning multitasker but only recently learned that’s not possible. For instance, I’ll start writing a brilliant column, only to remember I didn’t make my online credit card payment. So I’ll jump to that site to pay down some Christmas bills when I realize I never tossed the laundry into the dryer. I’ll head downstairs to take the slightly sour-smelling towels out of the washer and remember I was supposed to order pizza for dinner. So I grab my phone to order a half-veggie/half-heart disease pizza when it hits me that I never took my multivitamin (for two weeks straight). As I run back up the stairs to swallow a pill the size of a mango, I remember that my column is due in two hours, so I head back to my computer. That’s not multitasking. It’s having an attention-deficitdisorder seizure. Instead of actually completing one task, I have a multitude of jobs half-done at all times. People brag they can do several things at once. I can also do several things at once; I just do it really poorly. In order to save time, I’ll brush my teeth while putting on deodorant. I clench the toothbrush between my teeth, trying to open the antiperspirant with one hand. Then my electric toothbrush shakes out of my mouth, hits the floor and sprays toothpaste and spit all over the bathroom rug. Instead of saving time, I’ve added 10 minutes to my routine.

Or I’ll decide to make a salad and try to make only one trip from the fridge to the counter. I’m carrying olives clasped under my chin, spinach squeezed between my knees, peppers balanced on my elbow and mushrooms perched on my head. My husband walks in and asks, “What are you doing?” “Making a salad,” I hiss, because I have a bag of walnuts

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clamped between my teeth. He watches as I walk pigeon-toed across the kitchen and try to place everything on the counter. If I was in a sitcom, there would be a laugh track as I juggle all those items before I hit the floor and everything lands on my head. As he leaves the room, he says, “Enjoy your salad. And you left the fridge open.” (I sense a poisoning in his future.) Dr. Glenn Wilson, a real-life psychology professor at Gresham College, says these situations can actually lower your effective IQ by 10 points. Many studies prove the human brain isn’t designed to do several things at once. My dog (who doesn’t have a human brain) already knows this. Ringo the Dog does the opposite of multitasking. He spends all his attention sniffing one pile of leaves thoroughly before moving on to the next urine-soaked shrubbery. But I can make cookies, scrub bird droppings off the back window and change my grandson’s diaper all at the same time. Of course I’ve burned the cookies, smeared the bird poop and put the diaper on backwards. Ringo does everything right the first time. So now that I’ve wasted time debunking the benefits of multitasking, I really need to get dinner started. But a catchy tune dances across my mind. I bring up iTunes and spend 30 minutes downloading songs. Then I remember I need to sub a cardio class this week, so it’s over to YouTube to get new ideas for the BOSU ball . . . l

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et rocks, handmade leather headbands, patchwork bell bottoms and lava lights: do those memories stir fondness in you? Musical playlists made by setting a cassette recorder as close to the radio as possible in hopes of catching your favorite songs, that included Donny Osmond, Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy. Riding your super cool banana seat bike everywhere, congregating at Murray Pool and roller skating to Tony Orlando’s Knock 3 Times. It’s 1975. There are no video games, we have to use a neighbor’s phone to call home, and during our girly girl backyard sleepovers we are known to sneak away, wandering the neighborhood at night, toilet papering our ‘boyfriends’ houses, and our only fear is of being caught. While I would not say we were poor, like most families, my parents saved and scrimped pennies out of necessity. Cheap was good, free was better and expensive was out of the question. Coupons did not have bar codes, and you could save up milk bottle caps for the entire year and use them to ride the rides at Lagoon for free. Dumpster diving was our weekend activity. I’m not really sure if it was legal or not to harvest their treasures, but they were out in the open, ready to give whatever one might be on the hunt for. Unsellable items from craft, auto and home improvement stores beckoned anyone willing to take the plunge. The treasure chest we sought lay tucked behind the old Shag-

Robbins for ice cream afterwards. Kicking the gravel up with my toe as I waited, I was slightly embarrassed as Mom’s head peeked out from inside the dumpster, eyes delighted, shouting joyously that she had found a big piece that was just the right color. Now, Dad is a bit of an artist. In fact, some of his paintings are adorning the walls of my home today. Looking back on it, I imagine that the floor of our basement was, to him, a giant blank canvas. Dad would crawl around on the floor, painstakingly piecing together our ill-gotten scraps in blocks of color and depth. Like colors on the color wheel, blending texture and color from one to the next. Finally, after months of work he stretched out his wall-to-wall masterpiece and tacked it down, with a borrowed knee kicker, as secure and neat as any professional carpet layer would have.

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