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Page 2 | October 2015 Proposition 1 will be on the November ballot to allow voters an opportunity to accept or reject a proposed 0.25 percent sales tax increase. The funding raised for transportation, should the proposition pass, would be split with 40 percent going to local cities, 40 percent to UTA and 20 percent to the county.


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oliticians will have their hands out again as residents return to the polls this November. Proposition 1 on this year’s ballot asks a simple question: Are you willing to pay more taxes? However the facts about this question seem to be less simple. On face value the proposed tax increase associated with Proposition 1 would raise funds to be used for transportation expenses. Residents in most cities have sincere concerns about the condition of their roads and the costs associated with building, repairing and maintaining them. To those concerned motorists, this tax increase may look acceptable. After scratching the surface and looking past the face value, voters will see that only 40 percent of the funds will be allocated to the local city, 40 percent of the funds will be given to UTA, and 20 percent of the funds will be given to the specific county where the proposition passes. Voters will not have the option to accept the local portion of the proposed tax, without accepting the UTA portion of the tax as well as the county portion of the tax. This means for every 10 million dollars the city receives to spend on roads, the residents of the city have to pay $25 million in additional sales tax. “I think it’s much more appropriate for each entity to make a case separately for why they need a tax increase and what they are going to do with the money,” West Jordan Councilman Ben Southworth said. Voters may be in favor of fixing local roads, but not in providing funds to UTA or the county – or vice versa – according to Southworth, who also believes that each entity and lobbyists recognized it’s easier to make a case to pass a tax increase when everything is lumped together. “The entities may have very legitimate needs, but don’t hold one hostage to another,” Southworth said. “I don’t support the initiative at all and will be voting against it. That’s not an indictment on any of the entities; it’s an indictment on the process.” Over a dozen counties have decided to put the proposition on the ballot, and nearly all the city officials in Salt Lake County have shown support for the proposition in one way or another. However, Proposition 1 on the November ballot will give voters the opportunity to choose to support or not support the sales tax increase geared towards providing more funding for transportation, including UTA. The proposed 0.25 percent tax increase was approved to be placed on the ballot after the state legislature passed HB362 that allowed for the proposition to be voted on – this

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same bill also approved a 5 cent per gallon gas tax to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. If the average family uses 20 gallons of gas per week, the increased cost of fuel next year will take an additional $52 per year out of their budget. Consumers should also prepare for this tax to increase other products; it would make sense that if Smith’s trucks are paying more at the pump, then consumers will be paying more for their groceries. This increase to the gas tax is already approved and will take effect no matter the outcome of Proposition 1. Proposition 1 affects the county as a whole, so we reached out to some politicians throughout the county. When the Journals asked Cottonwood Heights Mayor Cullimore about the impact the proposition would have on residents in his city, he said, “We are thrilled that we are getting 40 percent. It was a negotiated split. This is how politics is done – it’s compromise. What matters is we came to a compromise that everyone agreed upon.” The split funding would result in families having to pay $2.50 for every $1.00 of city revenue received. “I think there are some people concerned about UTA getting some of the funds. 60 percent of the funds are going to cities and counties to take care of local roads. 40 percent is going to UTA, but those [funds] are also going to specifically be going to the bus service in our communities,” Cullimore said. However, there is nothing in the bill that would require the UTA to spend the funds in the local city or county. “We’ve been falling behind for years. Once you fall behind, you can almost never catch up,” Sandy City Mayor Dolan said. “The growth is going to happen. Without this revenue stream, it will become more difficult [to complete projects]. The federal funds have dried up. We can’t expect to see much coming out of Washington.” Press conferences have been held around the valley to inform voters of the specifics of Proposition 1, but elected officials are only allowed to give a personal opinion on the measure as an individual and not acting as a representative of the public. UTA is also required to offer education to the public and not push for approving or denying the tax increase. “It’s really not our job to advocate for or against the tax increase. What we do, and what we have been doing, is listening to local elected leaders and civic leaders as they ask questions about how money can be spent to improve transit services in their communities,” UTA Spokesman Remi Barron

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said. “It’s up to them to tell us what they’re looking for. We try to provide the service after they tell us the kinds of service that they need.” “We get funding from different sources. We currently do get money through the sales tax. This [proposition] is just an increase. We also get federal funding though federal grants and then some state funding through programs the state has. We also get fare box revenue,” Barron said. “The yearly budget varies from year to year based off of the amount of sales tax collected.” The needs of each community are unique, and that is why not every mayor has personally spoken up in favor of the tax increase. South Jordan Mayor Alvord will personally be voting against the measure because of the “UTA component” and the “one size fits all nature.” “This is a pedal to the medal spending approach for transportation. In other words, every city has to spend more on their transportation spending regardless of their history of spending,” Alvord told the City Journals. “The problem with that is that if there are cities in the county that have had adequate transportation spending; they cannot reduce their spending with this new revenue. They have to find creative places to put the money.” South Jordan has implemented priority based budgeting, which requires all of the initiatives and all of the programs of the city to be ranked according to priority. City staff and the city council both rank projects to set the priority.

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C ottonwood H olladayJournal.com “That’s the way we would anticipate funding roads in the future. If we need to place a higher priority on maintenance, for example, we could simply give that a higher score and fund maintenance,” Alvord said. “We would have to live within a budget more carefully [if Proposition 1 does not pass].” “Until the streets are paved in gold, we could always spend more. I don’t say that to sound flippant; literally, in Washington D.C. for example, they had granite on their curbing,” Alvord said. “I’m trying to illustrate the point without this money, South Jordan would have to look at our priorities and decide if we wanted to allocate more money to our roads.” Holladay Mayor Dahle, on the other hand, will individually vote in favor of the tax increase. He feels appropriately funding the needs of the community is the responsible thing to do, and will save money down the road. “It comes down to being a responsible steward of your assets. It’s irresponsible to let them continue to go downhill when you can maintain them for pennies on the dollar,” Dahle said. “This is a really, really important issue. The citizens can decide if it’s something they think is worth funding.” Advocacy groups, such as the Utah Taxpayers Association, spoke up suggesting that the potential tax increase should have been placed on next year’s ballot when more voters are likely to offer their opinion during the presidential election. “I think taxpayers have a lot to think about.

As a family, can you afford the increase?” Utah Taxpayers Association Vice-President Hesterman said. “We have to understand there is a need – this is one way to fill the need.” Americans for Prosperity State Director Evelyn Everton released a statement expressing regret that the potential sales tax has landed on the November ballot. “We are disappointed to hear that county commissions would even consider allowing a sales tax hike to move forward. As responsible legislators, county officials should be working to protect their constituents from harmful legislation like the ‘local sales tax option.’ If approved, the new tax would increase the price of nearly everything that families need,” Everton wrote. The sales tax rate would increase to 7.1 percent if approved, compared to the current 6.85 percent in most Salt Lake County areas – equivalent to one cent more for every $4 spent. “Even worse? Almost half the funding would go to the wasteful Utah Transit Authority — where it’s common practice to use taxpayer dollars to award massive executive bonuses. Utahns are already adjusting their budgets for the new gas and property tax hikes. Allowing a vote on a bill to hike the sales tax, just wouldn’t be fair,” Everton wrote. Everton’s remarks obviously illustrate the alleged mismanagement of the UTA in the past. Where administration has been blamed for high spending, low rider base, and gross amount of money being spent on executive

bonuses. The proposition is about more than what it would cost voters now if passed, but what it could cost voters in the future if it does not pass. “If we don’t receive the additional revenue – projects will have to wait,” Eyre said. “It costs about one dollar to repair a road and it costs about ten dollars to replace it.” “There’s a baseline of what you have to spend to maintain transportation,” Dahle said. “It does stop the bleeding from what we have to pull [from the general fund] to maintain the roads [if Proposition 1 passes]. Some politicians have argued that citizens should accept this tax because it is a good

compromise; it raises the money that is needed for the roads. It will allow the cities to maintain the roads at a lower cost than replacing them in the future. When the City Journals reached out to residents, many thought that it sounded like politicians were handcuffing the maintenance of roads to the executive bonuses of the UTA. Many city residents were disgusted to find out that they were not given the option to raise funds for the roads without being forced to raise money for UTA. Many residents showed faith in their local politicians and city staff, but doubted the financial feasibility and management of the UTA.

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Children Sell Lemonade for Charity By Rhett Wilkinson


cross America, children do lemonade stands. In Cottonwood Heights, Grey Burgoyne and his siblings did – for charity. It was Grey’s idea. The $58 that the seven-year-old and his siblings earned Sept. 19 went to Primary Children’s Hospital. It was an unsolicited suggestion that Grey made to his mother Jody Burgoyne. She said that Grey wants to help fellow children.

helped juice lemons, and Grey and Burgoyne were up until midnight the previous day juicing 50 lemons. Hours later, the children strove to wave at every passing car. They made $58 total. “It was tough to get people to stop!” Burgoyne wrote. Grey and Isla looked forward to sharing their experience with their Oakdale Elementary classmates. The children look forward to doing

getting better and healthy and be loved.” The money would be donated through Pennies by the Inch, Burgoyone said. Through the program, thousands of volunteers each year go door-to-door inviting friends and neighbors to measure tall when giving generously for children in need. l

“These families are facing the hardest, probably scariest time of their lives. And money won’t be the first thing that they are thinking about. They should be focusing on getting better and healthy and be loved.” “Besides mature, it just goes to show what a caring, sweet boy he is,” Burgoyne said. “I think that most kids would be excited about having a lemonade stand and what are they going to be able to buy, what action figure they want.” Grey and his siblings Isla, 5, and Gavin, 3, sold the drink at $2 per cup at their home on South Highland Drive in Cottonwood Heights. The lemonade was natural. Each child

it again before the weather turns colder. Burgoyne was asked what it would mean if everyone was as charity-minded as Grey. “We’d be a lot more connected with helping each other… and even people that we don’t know,” Burgoyne said. “These families are facing the hardest, probably scariest time of their lives. And money won’t be the first thing that they are thinking about. They should be focusing on

Grey and Isla Burgoyne publicize their lemonade stand. They, their siblings and mom organized the stand after Grey said that profits should go to Primary Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy Jody Burgoyne

Burgoyne strives to wave at every car that passes for his lemonade stand. He, siblings Gavin and Isla and mom organized the stand after Grey said that profits should go to Primary Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy Jody Burgoyne

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There’s A New Chief in Town


By Carol Hendrycks

olladay welcomed Unified Police Department Captain Don Hutson to serve as the Police Chief for the City of Holladay on Aug. 16, replacing Chief Chris Bertram. “I am humbled and excited to be afforded this great opportunity. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of the former chief, but I look forward to continuing the current initiatives and identifying even more opportunities to enhance public safety and quality of life,” Hutson said. He views his role as chief to be founded on the development of quality relationships through productive interactions with all residents. Don Hutson has served as a law enforcement officer in Utah for 27 years. He began his career as a corrections officer working at the Utah State Prison in 1988 and was selected to be a member of the Department of Corrections Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) after one year.  He served on SWAT for three years before being hired by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.  He has worked in many different assignments during his 23 years with the Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department.  He worked in the Gang Suppression Unit and as a detective assigned to the West Patrol

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Gang Unit, while simultaneously serving on the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT for five years. He worked narcotics investigations and was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Interdiction Unit at the Salt Lake Airport. He worked as a patrol supervisor in Millcreek and Holladay before being assigned as the Jail Investigations Unit Sergeant, responsible for all criminal investigations occurring in the jail. He has been assigned as an administrative lieutenant to Sheriff Winder and served as the public information officer and spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department during the transition to this innovative law enforcement model.  Most recently, he was the commander of the Investigations Division and the Professional Standards Division before his promotion and assignment to the City of Holladay. Don received his bachelor’s in business administration-finance from Utah State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for nearly 30 years and they have two adult children. He currently resides in Murray, Utah. School safety has been a primary focus during Hutson’s first weeks on the job. A third school resource officer has been assigned full time at Olympus Junior High School to give a constant presence in the three secondary education venues. A top priority is adherence to school zone speed limits and a focus on parking issues in the vicinity of crosswalks near elementary schools to ensure children are safe as they travel to and from school. Hutson is committed to increasing positive interactions between the police officers assigned to the Holladay Precinct and the residents of Holladay. “I believe that commitment begins with me and I am always looking for opportunities to engage with community groups, attend special events, or just listen to the concerns of an individual,” Hutson said.

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Locals Display Artwork at Annual Show By Brian Jones


or the fourth year, the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council will bestow fame and fortune, albeit in modest amounts, on the winner of its annual Autumn Photography Contest. The council is thrilled to once again give a platform to local artists and photographers to show off their talents while providing some top notch art viewing for the community. The photography contest is being held in conjunction with the council’s annual Art Show. Submissions for the art show will be on display at the Whitmore Library through the end of September, with an open house set for Sept. 17. Submissions for the photography contest will be accepted at the library between Sept. 21 and 26, and will be displayed at the library throughout October. Richard Randolph, himself an amateur photographer and member of the City Arts Council, is overseeing the photography contest for the second year. According to Randolph, the council relishes providing local photographers the opportunity to show off their skill. “It’s a thrill to see not only the talent of local amateur and professional photographers, but to see different perspectives on the community we live in and experience every day,” he said. Because submissions must have been taken within the Cottonwood Heights city limits, the contest regularly produces beautiful examples of local landmarks and scenery. Any contestants eager to set themselves apart, though, may want to consider thinking outside the box when choosing their subject matter. “The first year I oversaw the photography contest, we got a whole flock of pictures of Mill Park Covered Bridge,” Randolph recalled

with amusement. He added that he hopes no one will feel like their work isn’t worthy of submission. “Last year a 10-year-old boy was one of the big winners,” Randolph said. After the submissions are collected, a panel of judges comprised of local professional and amateur photographers, artists and members of the Arts Council will judge the photographs and name first, second and third prizes for each of three categories: nature, people/places and artistic. Prizes for each category are $75 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. In addition to the prizes, winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony held Oct. 7. The council is extremely proud of the level of participation the photography contest has drawn over the years, and the interest the community has shown in enjoying the works displayed in the library. It’s especially gratifying for the participants. “The photographers are proud of their work, and really like seeing people from the community enjoying it,” Randolph said. Although he’s pleased with all the photographers who participate, Randolph admits he would like to see even more residents taking part in the contest. “I hope people will take advantage of the festival. It’s a great chance to win some money and get some recognition,” he said. “There are a lot of great photographers in the community. It’s nice to see them being recognized.” Anyone wanting more information about contest rules or dates can go to the Arts Council’s page on the Cottonwood Heights city website. Information is also available at the Whitmore Library. l

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“Messiah” Rehearsals to Begin


here is a crispness in the air, the days have become shorter, football has started up again, and for more than 200 local musicians it’s time to warm up their voices, embouchures and fingers to get ready for Sunday evening “Messiah” rehearsals. Marking the 24th year of welcoming the holiday season, the recently formed Holladay Community Messiah Foundation and the Salt Lake Holladay Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in cooperation with the Holladay Interfaith Council, are inviting members of the community to participate in this annual presentation of highlights from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah”.It will be performed on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Olympus High School Performing Arts Center. All community members, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited to attend. There is no charge and tickets are not required. Children, ages eight and older are welcome. Singers and instrumentalists of all faiths, from Holladay and beyond, join each year to prepare and present this musical gift to the community. Jack Ashton returns as director, with Sonja Sperling as choir master and co-

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conductor. Rehearsals will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings, beginning November 1 at the Holladay LDS Stake Center, 4568 Holladay Boulevard. Interested musicians, high school age and older, are invited to participate. Potential orchestra members should contact Melony Hamilton at 801-272-8347. Singers and those seeking more information should contact David or Eunice Black at 801809-3455 or 801-277-3455. Continuing a new tradition,

Holladay Art for the Holidays, displays of fine seasonal art, as well as small groups performing music of the season in the foyer and main hall, will greet attendees as they arrive. Individuals wishing to make display items available, or to provide musical numbers, should contact John Quist at 801-277-0344. All items will be safely displayed, and returned following the performance. Please visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/HolladayMessiah for additional information. l


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Residents Rabble-Rouse Regarding Rezoning


By Rhett Wilkinson

en people spoke against a “zone creep” at the northeast slope above North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road this month at a routine planning commission meeting. One person—the applicant who made the rezoning request— spoke in favor. Advocates at the public hearing were among nearly three-dozen attendees, where news cameras flashed. The planning commission will make a recommendation to the city council in October, Chairperson Paxton Guymon said. One PC meeting, on Oct. 7, is listed on the City of Cottonwood Heights website. “A lot of people have strong feelings about development up the canyon,” Guymon said. “Some were well-informed, some were not.” Guymon said that in his experience, more people would oppose an affair in a planning commission meeting. “It’s human nature to tend to speak up,” he said. “Then there are those who don’t object or don’t care either way.” ROLA V, Ltd. made rezoning requests with respect to the properties located on the northeast slope above North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. The proposal is for a half-acre. LC Canyon Partners has made a similar request. Guymon said that one should balance citizens’ opposition with the “right” to use and develop property. As he points out often, citizens should make the same advocacy to the city council since they make a final decision on affairs like rezoning requests, Guymon said. “There are multiple layers to this process,” he said. Representatives from the Citizens

Committee to Save Our Canyons and the Granite Community Council were among those who spoke. The applicant was Susan Despain, a ROLA V registered agent. Other anti-rezoning advocates included Lois Peterson, Mary Hood, Richard Schutt, Greg Smith, Nancy Hardy and Jill McKee. Before the meeting, the GCC pushed back against the request, calling it “zone creep.” They wrote a letter to Cottonwood Heights City opposing the request. The zone creep is predicated upon extreme density change, the number of higher density rezoning requests in the area that were previously approved by the cities of Cottonwood Heights and Sandy City, and that the properties in question would be directly impacted by the Wasatch fault line, among other reasons, the GCC said. The PC will give weight to the city’s planning staff before making a recommendation, Guymon said. Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said that the GCC is “entitled to their opinion,” questioning whether zone creep is a “bad thing.” “We respect their right to weigh in on a position, even though it’s not their geographical purview,” he said. GCC Chair Mary Young said she worries that cities allow developments that are “improper or dangerous.” “You need to have a balance,” Young said. “Once you’ve screwed with the environment, there’s no going back.” The Granite Community Council consists of volunteers elected by city residents, Young said. l

Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission Chairperson Paxton Guymon said that opinions given over a “zone creep” were “well-informed” and others weren’t. Photo courtesy York Howell

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Local Program Offers Essential Services For Crime Victims

By Brian Jones s violent crime levels go, Cottonwood legal proceedings. Additionally, if a victim Heights may be considered one of the is cooperating with an ongoing police safest cities around. For those unfortunate investigation, he or she may be eligible for residents who do find themselves on the expenses resulting from the crime such as receiving end of a crime, though, a little-known relocation costs, housing, lost wages from government program is striving to make what missed work and medical expenses. is usually a difficult process more manageable. Because the public is largely unaware of April Ensign is the Victim Assistance the services offered by the city, representatives Program Coordinator for Cottonwood of the support program more often than not end Heights. The program, which operates in close up initiating contact with victims who have conjunction with the Cottonwood Heights come to their attention through police reports. Police Department and is funded in part by “I’m usually reaching out to people on grants authorized under the federal Victim my own and recommending services,” Ensign Of Crime Act, exists to offer sorely needed said. Victims need not wait to be contacted resources to victims of all types of violent by a representative of the city, however. “Any crime in the community, from domestic abuse resident who is a victim can reach out to us to DUI incidents. on their own,” she said. “They don’t need to Ensign’s contact with victims typically wait to hear from us.” comes after police have become involved, Ensign did issue one word of caution


which means for the residents she works with there is often an overwhelming legal process to deal with, in addition to the physical, emotional and logistical challenges that can exist. Without help, many of these victims would simply become lost in the system or fall by the wayside, according to Ensign. “The justice system is so complicated, without programs offering resources, victims would fall through the cracks and wouldn’t get the services they need,” she said. In criminal cases, the needs of victims are diverse, and the services offered by the city’s victim support program are equally wide ranging. Ensign says about 60 percent of the people served by the program are victims of domestic violence, but it offers assistance to victims of any type of violent crime. Services offered by the program range from crisis intervention and locating emergency housing, to helping arrange affordable legal aid and assisting with

for those who make contact with the victim support program on their own. As an employee of the city, Ensign says conversations with her or anyone from her office are not necessarily confidential. “If I receive detailed information that a crime has been committed, I am obligated to report it to the police,” she said. However, residents wishing to be put in contact with someone they can speak to confidentially can contact the victim support program and they will do so. Even though at times Ensign finds her work difficult, she says it ultimately provides many rewarding moments, and she hopes more residents who have been victims of a crime will contact the victim assistance program to get the help they need. More information is available at the Cottonwood Heights City website, or April Ensign can be reached directly by calling 801-944-7042. l

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Splash Pad Rockets from Launching Pad

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t Bark in the Park last year, the splash pad was such a hit that this year, it returned. It’s for the dogs, but the recreation was so popular that it had to return for the Sept. 19 event, City of Cottonwood Heights Coordinator Ann Eatchel said. Eatchel talked about various activities found at Bark in the Park. “And then, of course,” Eatchel said, “the biggest part of Mountview Park is going to the splash pad and playing in the water.” Bark in the Park is an annual event in Cottonwood Heights that allows dogs not just to frolic in water, but also to win a contest and meet new friends. Their owners this year again had a chance for fun, too, in quite a canine way. The city offered demonstrations by ThunderPaws Fly

Ball (dogs compete) and a police dog. Pet adoptions were also available. “I love dogs and the residents of Cottonwood Heights also love bringing the dogs out,” Eatchel said. “So it’s one of my favorite events of the year.” Eatchel has three dogs and her husband is the canine sergeant for Cottonwood Heights. Eatchel’s response about the biggest Bark in the Park challenge? “Actually, there isn’t,” she said. “We being doing it for so many years that it’s just enjoyable.” The function has run each of the four years that Eatchel has held the job. She pointed out Jamie Jackson and Kris Monty as excellent volunteers who approached contests creatively.

A dog plays at the splash pad last year Bark in the Park. The pad made a return this year. Photo courtesy Ann Eatchel


is deadly because “there n August 25, Jan are no routine screening Poulsen, Michael for lung cancer, and Sylar and Eleanor Divvey many times there are no gave a presentation at a symptoms. So by the time Cottonwood Heights public it is detected, it is at stage meeting about dangers of 3 or 4 and has already radon in Utah homes. spread,” Poulsen said. She Radon is one of the also mentions that “lung biggest causes of lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Utah. It is easy of all cancers and kills to believe that smoking is more people annually the biggest cause of lung then the next four cancers cancer but “each year combined.” The next four approximately 160,000 Americans die from lung Eleanor Divvey with the Indoor Radon Program. cancers are breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate. cancer, and about 22,000 of In Utah, “One in three homes test high those die from radon-induced lung cancer,” Poulsen said. For this location, that means for radon gas,” Divvey said. Unfortunately, this approximately “Seventy-five Utahns are test is not required in any code when building. diagnosed every year,” Divvey explained, She suggests for every Utah resident to test for and about 80 percent of those diagnosed die. radon every “two years or after a remodel.” Poulsen, Sylar and Divvey work with Radon is undetectable by smell in a Utah home. Radon is easily trapped within airtight the Utah Division of Waste Management and homes. Radon comes from granite rock, which Radiation Control’s (DWMRC) Indoor Radon is found in Utah soil. The “decomposition of Program. Through their website, radon.utah. uranium-bearing granite in our soil” is the gov, residents can order radon test kits for cause for this deadly gas, Poulsen explained. approximately $7. They encourage all Utah “Radon-induced lung cancer is quite residents to test, especially if the home has high and unrecognizable until it is too late,” never been tested, the last test was over two explained Poulsen. Radon-induced lung cancer years ago or after a remodeling the home. l




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Marathon ‘Big Deal’ to Cottonwood Heights; Traffic Detours Upset Some


By Cassandra Goff

n Sept. 12 Cottonwood Heights hosted the annual Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half Marathon presented by Revel and Lexus. This event began in Big Cottonwood Canyon and ended at 1265 Fort Union Blvd. This marathon, “with it being a Boston qualifier brings about 450 (people) each year,” Tee Tyler, an elected official, said. “This race is a big deal.” The marathon began at 6:45 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m. which was when all racers were predicted to be at the finish line. The marathon was a “very positive thing that went on all day” John Park, city manager, said. He noticed much energy around the finish line. The winner for the marathon was Jason Howe coming in at 2:37:40 and the winner for the half marathon was Jon Gauthier coming in at 1:09:26. While the marathon is a fantastic event, it causes one of the biggest road closures for Cottonwood Heights. Beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m., Fort Union Blvd. was closed from Wasatch Blvd. to approximately 13th East. The city officials attempted to notify residents before Sept. 12 about the closure to discourage frustration. Signs were put up around Fort Union and there was an informational excerpt in the Cottonwood Heights newsletter. The day of the marathon, through “media alerts, residents knew when streets were open” Dan Metcalf, public information officer for Cottonwood Heights, said. Cottonwood Heights posted on Facebook and Twitter when streets were open to notify residents when they could cross Fort Union Blvd. However, many complaints were still made. “Who is responsible for this debacle?”

Marathon finish line.

said a complaint by John Park. “Most of the complaints I got were from people that were inconvenienced of time, not one of them had known we had done this race for the last three years,” Mayor Cullimore said. Some complaints were from citizens upset that their tax dollars would fund this event. Cullimore clarified, “Tax dollars doesn’t go to this.” Many residents used different routing during the event. The most popular alternative route was Creek Road. “Creek Road becomes the main artery for people on the south side,” Cullimore explained. It took an hour to get down Creek Road with the influx of use. A main concern for next year for city officials will be how to make traffic on Creek Road run smoothly. Some concerned residents suggested opening a different route for runners. “You could take and run them down Wasatch and over down Bengal,” Cullimore suggested. There are some “real challenges to that,” Mike Allen, public works director said. Moving the race off Fort Union Blvd. inconveniences neighborhoods and subdivisions where people could potentially be locked into their homes for up to four hours on a Saturday morning. While this event will continue to be held every year, Cottonwood Heights officials will attempt to make things smoother for residents. “I think we need to have a very clear insert in our newsletter that goes out the first of September that tells everyone the closure and the routes to take,” Cullimore suggested. The hope is for every resident to be aware of the closure and have an available alternative route. l

Whitmore Library Reopens


By Alison Lafazan

he nature and concept of the “community library” must adapt for the 21st century as the nature of concepts of both books and community are evolving. Books are now much less of a necessity – as nearly every book can be downloaded through Amazon – but the need for public spaces dedicated to archiving and offering the collective knowledge of mankind will never become obsolete. Whitmore Library first opened its doors for business back in 1974. Rich Whitmore, with the Whitmore Oxygen Company, donated the land that the library sits on. It was publicized as “Tomorrow’s Library Today.” Filmstrips, framed art, sheet music, maps, calculators and typewriters are just an example of some of things you could borrow from the library when it first opened. To address the changing needs of Sandy and Cottonwood Heights, Whitmore Library underwent a renovation project, which was recently completed. The library reopened Sept. 2, after four months of renovations, with a grand opening on Sept. 19. “It was an internal renovation and it was quite extensive, really just about everything from the ceiling all the way down to the floor,” Whitmore Library Manager Kent Dean said. “On the main level we installed new LED lighting, which really brightened up the place.” The check-out desk and the information counter were reformulated to make them more accommodating and functional. “They’re a lot more streamlined, if you’ll recall the older desks were quite tall and fortress like. We are very proud of these new desks,” Dean said. The new desks are much lower, making them more accessible. Four express checkout stations were added, two near the main check-out desk and two in the children’s area. The “Teen Space” area was increased by about 33 percent. “This is especially significant because young adult material, and young adult fiction is a nationwide phenomenon, as well as in Utah,” Dean said. Four computers were also installed in the teen area, along with two community tables and booths for teens to gather with their friends. Larger screened computers were installed in the public computer area.

“This gives a nicer, cleaner look and makes it visually easier for all of our patrons,” Dean said. Also new seating areas were installed and outfitted with new furniture in the public areas. An art gallery can be found on the lower level of the library. “We have anywhere from nine to twelve exhibits every year,” Dean said. A new entrance was added on the north side of the building giving better access to the lower level. There are two conference rooms and a large meeting space downstairs that can be reserved for free. Today there is a treasure trove of over two million items, including electronic downloadables, system wide for all ages that can be borrowed for free; Whitmore has approximately 170,000 at any given time. They can also borrow items from other libraries to be picked up at Whitmore when requested by patrons. “Mango” is an online language p r o g r a m o ff e r i n g Spanish, English, French, Chinese, Russian and Pirate. “Shiver my timbers” is pirate speak for “Holy Cow.”   With “Hoopla” you can download movies, music and eBooks. “Universal Class” offers online courses in over thirty categories; pet and animal care, accounting, computer training, how to do-it-yourself and web development are just an example of what is offered. Whitmore Library is still “Tomorrow’s Library Today.” There are books, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music that can be borrowed for electronic devices without ever setting foot in the library. “We have a vast array of resources and programs, just about every format that you can think of that is relevant today. We just want to make sure we connect with the community on every level and enrich their lives with this resource that is absolutely free,” Dean said. Check the library’s website, www. slcolibrary.org, for a calendar of events: visiting authors, Lego Grand Prix, and presentations by the Utah Museum of Natural History are a few examples of what can be found at the local library. Whitmore Library is located at 2197 E. Ft. Union Blvd. l

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I’m still trying to come to grips with summer being in the rear view mirror. Of course this means winter is just around the corner, as well as election season. I have two requests for Holladay residents this month---Vote and commit to being Idle Free this winter season. The 2016 election wraps up on Tuesday, November 3. As you are aware, Holladay transitioned to a Vote By Mail election format this year. This means you will be receiving a mail in ballot in the coming days. Please take time to review the ballot carefully—VOTE—then mail it in. If you would rather cast your ballot in person, City Hall will be set up

to receive voters on the 3rd. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard. Please exercise the right and privilege we enjoy as citizens of this great nation to participate in the democratic process. We need to hear from you! As winter approaches air quality issues are exacerbated. We will roll out our Show UCAIR Pledge Campaign beginning with the November issue of the Journal. I encourage all of our residents to commit to being Idle Free this winter season. It’s an easy, yet effective way to participate in the campaign. Cleaning the air shed is a responsibility we all share. Start by committing to be Idle Free. Rob Dahle Mayor

City Hall Flag Dedication on Veteran’s Day On Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the City of Holladay will dedicate the City Hall Flag Plaza in honor of veterans. The Flag Plaza is located at the east, main entrance of Holladay City Hall at 4580 South 2300 East. Once dedicated, the plaza will stand as a lasting symbol of gratitude to veterans that have defended the freedoms of our great nation. Mayor Rob Dahle and Holladay City Council will host this dedication which will feature a special flag ceremony. All local veterans and families of the fallen are invited to attend the November 11 Flag Plaza dedication. For additional information, please contact the City of Holladay at 801-272-9450.

The City of Holladay will conduct an ALL Vote by Mail Municipal Election for 2015 GENERAL ELECTION Tuesday, November 3, 2015 7am-8pm This year the City Council has chosen to conduct the 2015 municipal election entirely by mail. Citizens will have the opportunity to vote for Districts 2, 4 and 5 City Council seats. The candidates are: District 2

Lynn H. Pace

District 4

Steven H. Gunn* Mitchell C. Smoot

District 5

Mark Holmes Stewart J. James (Jim) Palmer*

To find out more information about the candidates, please visit vote.utah.gov INFORMATION • Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on October 5, 2015 for the General Election. • Military and Overseas ballot mailing will be September 18, 2015. • Voters who need accommodations

for disabilities, misplaced their ballots, or did not receive a ballot; may cast a ballot at the Salt Lake County Election office on October 5-30 from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. only. • Ballots will include a postage paid return envelope. • Ballots must be signed and postmarked the Monday before the Election Day. • There will be ballot drop-off locations at The City of Holladay - 4580 S 2300 E and The Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 South State Street, Suite S1-200. • Voters may still vote at CITY HALL on Election Day: If you have moved please contact the SLCo Election Division via email at got-vote@slco.org or by phone at 385468-7400 to update your address to ensure you receive your ballot. Voters can check their registration status or register to vote online at www. vote.utah.gov.

Transportation Sales Tax – Proposition 1 This fall voters in Salt Lake County will be asked to vote on Proposition 1, which is a proposed ¼ cent sales tax increase (an additional one cent in sales tax for every $4 of purchase price). If approved by voters, increased tax revenue would be used to support improvements to roads, sidewalks, trails, and transit. The Holladay City Council passed

a resolution encouraging the County to place Proposition 1 on the ballot for consideration this November. The Mayor and the City Council encourage you to become educated and vote on Proposition 1 and the three City Council races this November. For more information about Proposition 1, please visit Salt Lake County’s website at www.slco.org.

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Council Member Lynn Pace to Head ULCT At the Utah League of Cities and Towns Annual Convention in Salt Lake City in September, Holladay City Council Member Lynn Pace was sworn in as the new President of the Utah League of Cities & Towns. The Utah League is an inter-local, government cooperative, serving 245 incorporated municipalities in the State of Utah. ULCT represents municipal government interests with a strong, unified voice at the state and federal levels and provides information, training and technical assistance to local officials on municipal issues in order to create a greater public awareness and

understanding of municipal responsibilities, governance and administration. Lynn Pace has been a member of the Holladay City Council since 2004. He is a senior advisor in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office in charge of governmental relations and he supervises Salt Lake City’s lobbying efforts with the State Legislature. He is an active participant in the League’s land use task force and the Legislative Policy Committee. He also served as the Deputy City Attorney for Salt Lake City and is the past president of the Utah Municipal Attorneys’ Association. He is a member of the Honors College advisory board and also serves as an occasional adjunct professor at the University of Utah. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of seven children. When he is not working on City stuff, he enjoys hiking, gardening and raising backyard chickens.

SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY by Chief Don Hutson, Holladay Precinct Another school year is upon us and it is always exciting to see the schools in our community bustling with activity. This dramatic change in traffic patterns and pedestrian activity, however, also causes persons involved in public safety some concern about the well-being of our children as they travel to school. I believe we would all agree that obedience to the reduced speed limit in school zones is of critical importance to ensure the safety of children crossing streets near our schools. We will have officers conducting traffic enforcement in school zones throughout the city to remind the motoring public of our commitment to keep kids safe. That said, I would like to focus on a more subtle traffic issue I have observed at our schools. Utah Code 41-6-1401 states “….a person may not stop, stand, or park on any crosswalk” or “stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger within 20 feet of any crosswalk”. Some residents may have noticed Holladay City has put no parking signs in the area immediately surrounding some of the crosswalks throughout the city. The intent of these signs is to ensure

the crosswalk areas remain clear of traffic, and it applies to all parking, stopping, or standing, even if you are only stopped there momentarily to pick up or drop off. It is critically important to keep the crosswalk area clear to allow cars traveling down the road the visibility to see children as they are leaving the sidewalk toward the roadway, rather than as they are entering the roadway. I have personally observed cars pull to the side of the road and actually stop on the crosswalk, or very near the crosswalk, to drop their children off at school. I have seen this occur while children are actively trying to cross the street and crossing guards are trying to escort children across the street. This encroachment of the designated crossing areas by cars stopping to drop off or pick up children causes a significant safety hazard for those children trying to cross the street. Please be aware of this issue as you are dropping off or picking up your children from school. Try to find a spot to pull off the road away from any crosswalks or take the time to pull into the school parking lot to keep the roadway clear and less chaotic during drop off and pick up times. Thank you for helping us keep our kids safe.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 ppignanelli@cityofholladay.com 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Jim Palmer, District 5 jpalmer@cityofholladay.com 801-274-0229 Randy Fitts, City Manager rfitts@cityofholladay.com

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.

CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117 Community Development Finance Justice Court Code Enforcement

801-527-3890 801-527-2455 801-273-9731 801-527-3890

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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Park Rules Ensure Safety and Fun for All The City Hall Park, especially the new playground, continues to attract large crowds. To ensure public safety, environmental protection, and enjoyment for all, the City Council has developed the following rules for city-owned public parks. These rules will be posted at City Hall Park. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Holladay at 801-272-9450. Playground rules Hours are from dawn to dusk • • • •

Holladay Town Meeting with City Council Member Lynn Pace – District 2

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:00 - 9:00 pm at City Hall — 4580 S. 2300 E. City Council Chambers Council Member Pace will hold a town meeting to provide citizens with an update on issues currently affecting Holladay.

No animals in playground area. No food or beverages in playground area. Food and beverages permitted on tables and lawn area. Place all waste in designated receptacles.

general Park rules Hours are from dawn to dusk • • • • • • • • • •

Dogs and/or domestic animals must be kept on a leash. Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly. Cutting, picking or destruction of plant life or property is prohibited. Removal of any City property is prohibited. Parking in designated areas only. No overnight parking. Keep all vehicles on roadways. Fireworks are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited. No golfing, archery or remote controlled toys. No skateboarding or coasting devices.

Violators of park rules and regulations are subject to fines, held financially responsible for repairing or replacing damaged equipment or facilities, and eviction from the park.

SAVE THE DATE 16th annual City of Holladay Thanksgiving Interfaith service sunday, november 22 The 16th Annual City of Holladay Thanksgiving Interfaith Service will be held sunday, november 22, 2015 at st. Vincent dePaul Catholic Parish – 1375 e spring lane from 6:30- 7:30 pm. All residents of Holladay are invited to attend. The Interfaith Service program includes music, readings, prayers, presentations and a Thanksgiving address by Kevin Alan Mitchell.

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Late Fall is a great time of year to plant a tree! The Holladay City Tree Committee would like to remind interested residents that we have a voucher program in place to help plant more Street trees. If you wish to plant a tree within the Right of Way of your property (usually within 8-12’ of the curb) then simply fill out an application and a voucher will be issued to help you purchase a new tree to plant! On average this reduces the cost of a new tree by $50 or more. For details on this program or other helpful advice on how you can help our city’s urban forest, please visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/HolladayCityTrees

Fall Leaf Bag Program As summer transitions to fall, it’s time to start thinking about Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District’s Leaf Bag program. Each year we provide bags for leaf collection as part of your monthly fee. Beginning October 1st residents in Holladay can pick up leaf bags at several locations including area libraries, recreation facilities, and senior centers. Please limit yourself to one bundle of ten per household. Leaf Bags can be found at the following locations: Holladay City Hall 4580 South 2300 East

East Millcreek Rec. Center 2230 E. Evergreen Ave (3435 S.)

Holladay Lions Fitness Center 1661 E. Murray Holladay Rd. (4752 S.) Between October 15th and November 30th, full leaf bags can be dropped off at area parks for collection. A list of all locations may be found on our website at www.wasatchfrontwaste.org Holladay Parking Lot 2300 East 4624 South

Cottonwood Ball Complex 4400 South 1300 East

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Emergency Response Program Makes Cottonwood Heights A Model


By Brian Jones

or years residents living along the Wasatch Front have discussed the timing and potential fallout of the “Big One.” It seems like a safe bet that if and when a catastrophic event occurs in the Salt Lake Valley, many communities will be taken by surprise and crippled by the ensuing interruption of basic services we rely on in our daily lives. Thanks to a meticulously organized and well-oiled Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, Cottonwood Heights likely will not be among that number. For Debbie Mackintosh and other local CERT leaders, ensuring their families and neighbors would be safe in a serious emergency led to the implementation of CERT procedures nearly a decade ago. “It really just started with being concerned with one another,” Mackintosh said. The concept of the volunteer CERT program was developed by Los Angeles firefighters in the mid-1980s, and has been copied in many communities around the country. The simple idea behind the program is that in an interruption of social services following a disaster, including communication with police, fire and medical personnel, residents’ ability to survive will be drastically improved if they have been trained and prepared and know beforehand exactly what to do in such situations. From an organizational perspective,

the program works by dividing the city into districts, which are further divided into precincts (there are roughly 50 districts in Cottonwood Heights). Each precinct leader designates block captains within neighborhoods, who are responsible for five to 10 households on their block. Kelli Buxton, a local block captain, says the levels of organization and involvement are amazing. “Our job is to go to those houses we’ve been assigned and get to know those people. Find out how many kids they have, how many pets they have,” she said. Within their neighborhoods, block captains know where survival resources and services are, and they convey that information up the chain of communication. Ultimately that means in a disaster, the central Cottonwood Heights CERT leadership will have that information at its disposal if communication breaks down following a disaster and can direct local services where they are most needed. Although there hasn’t been what most would consider a catastrophe, the Cottonwood Heights CERT program has already been utilized on at least one occasion. Mackintosh said several years ago when the spring runoff was particularly heavy, with local rivers and streams threatening to jump their banks, CERT leaders sprung into action. Check-in sites were set up around the

city and precinct leaders directed residents neighbors, really looking out for each other,” where to go to volunteer. In a short amount of Mackintosh added. “It creates a sense of family time volunteers were organized into groups for in the community.” filling, hauling and stacking sandbags. Because the CERT program is citywide, “It was amazing to see literally an army whether they know it Cottonwood Heights of people willing to step up in an emergency,” residents have likely already been assigned Mackintosh said. to a neighborhood precinct. Mackintosh said As impressive as its organizational anyone wanting more information about what’s structure is, the key to CERT’s success is happening in their area can visit the Cottonwood ultimately the willingness of community Heights city website, where there is a CERT members to get involved. Buxton and information page, or her blog, chgetready.com, Mackintosh agree that because it is completely which is dedicated to educating the community operated and funded on a volunteer basis, the about the program. More than anything she program simply can’t succeed unless residents hopes residents will get involved, for the sake agree to participate. of future preparedness as well as the effect it “For the program to work we need all can have on the community today. kinds of volunteers because in an emergency “Sometimes we underestimate the power we’ll have all kinds of needs,” Mackintosh said. of the human spirit to be inclusive and to feel That need to get residents involved, included,” she said. “That’s what this program according to both women, has also turned out does.” l to be the greatest short-term benefit of the program. In the process of preparing for future emergencies, neighbors are presented with a ready-made opportunity to get to know each other. Buxton said the effect in her neighborhood has been incredible. “I love getting to know my neighbors and having them want to get to know me and my family. It’s changed the whole atmosphere in the neighborhood.” “You see people really Residents participate in emergency preparation drill. Photo courtesy of coming together as great

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The Local Food Court Slices Pizza Celebrates One Year in Holladay


verybody is welcome to grab a bite to eat at Slices Pizza, and that’s why it’s common to see people such as students, families, business professionals, missionaries and retired residents waiting in line at lunch or dinner time – especially on two-buck Tuesdays. “I’m a mom. We always wanted to have a place where we knew the kids could go hang out and be safe,” Kim Warren, who co-owns Slices Pizza with her husband Chuck, said. Chuck and Kim Warren do what they can to give back to the community that they

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love by being involved, and that’s one reason they decided to open the first Slices Pizza franchise in Utah. “Kids love pizza and we love kids and schools – we welcome them. We would love to invite them to come and spend their weekends at Slices,” Warren said. The restaurant will begin live music on Saturdays, and encourages high school bands to ask how they can be featured on the weekends. Slices Pizza also opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. Monday – Friday, just in time for the first lunch that starts at the high school nearby. “We also have a lot of people who have requested delivery, because we didn’t deliver. So we added delivery,” Warren said. School pennants that decorate the restaurant and sports magazines hanging on the wall are another way that Slices Pizza caters to the local sports scene; whether it is little league, middle school or high school teams being supported after big games or on the field. “We give discounts for all students,” Warren said.

Buying produce from local farmers not only helps keep ingredients as fresh as possible on the pizzas, but gives the Warrens another way to support other local businesses. The basic menu is anything but ordinary, and features popular favorites as well as specialty items. Picnic-style tablecloths, paper napkins and paper plates keep the restaurant’s atmosphere feeling casual as customers wait for their orders to be heated. “We always have six or eight pizzas on our line that you can buy by the slice. There’s a little something for anybody,” Warren said. Friendly employees deliver the food directly to the tables with a smile. Customers are never disappointed once they take the first bite of a slice of pizza. The New York style thin crust is crispy on the bottom, but soft enough for all ages to eat and enjoy. The ingredients are fresh and the pizzas are not overly sauced, making each flavor more noticeable. “Slices really has an amazing, diverse menu when it comes to pizza,” Warren said. Customers agree and often return, sometimes bringing someone new to try the

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experience for the first time. Elder Graydon, a 20-year-old missionary from England, was one of five Elders enjoying lunch at an affordable price on two-buck Tuesday. “It’s really good customer service, too. Just the way they treat you and interact with you makes you want to come back,” he said. The food has been fantastic each visit according to Elizabeth Scott, another customer who enjoys having lunch with her young children at Slices Pizza. “My kids love it and they seem to be really family friendly. They even have high chairs. My girls like the environment and like to come here,” Scott said. Kim and Chuck do want everyone to feel welcome and to enjoy awesome pizza in a great environment. That’s why they plan to continue to listen to their customers and stay involved with the community. “We just want to cater to our local community,” Warren said. Slices Pizza is located at 4655 South 2300 East in Holladay. For the menu and more information, visit www.slicespizzautah.com

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High School Seniors to Participate in Utah College Application Week


By Lauren Casper

uring the week of November 16-20, every high school senior at each of the five high schools and the alternative high school in Canyons School District will have the opportunity to apply to a post-secondary

institution during the regular school day. The district will participate in Utah College Application Week (UCAW), an initiative sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education’s Step Up to Higher

Last year, the Canyons Education Foundation provided financial assistance with application fees for students applying to post-secondary institutions during College Application Week. Photo courtesy of Canyons School District



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Education campaign. In the weeks leading up to the event, schools will sponsor activities to raise awareness among all students about college and post-secondary options. School faculty, counselors and district personnel will then be available to help students in filling out applications during College Application Week. The district also participated in UCAW last year. According to Tori Gillett, comprehensive counseling and guidance program coordinator for Canyons School District, approximately 88 percent of seniors took advantage of the opportunity and applied to a post-secondary institution during Utah College Application Week.

: UCAW was a major success last year, and the district is hopeful that trend will continue. Photo courtesy of Canyons School District

“We know not every student wants to attend a four-year college, and that’s fine. The idea is to get them thinking about and planning for what is right for them. A post-secondary path could be anything from a trade school to a four-year school,” Gillett said. To encourage awareness and participation, schools will hold door decorating contests, social media contests, essay writing contests and a myriad of other activities. “We want all students to become more college and career aware, not just seniors. That’s what the activities aim to do,” Gillett said. An additional feature of the program is financial aid for application fees. Last year, the Canyons Education Foundation gave money to each school to be used at the discretion of administrators and counselors. “We were very fortunate that the Foundation was so generous last year, and we are optimistic that they will provide us with that help again this year,” Gillett said. In their effort to ensure that all students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school, Canyons District hopes to continue to participate in College Application Week in the coming years. l

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Canyons School District Focuses on Safety With Security-Door Vestibule Installation By Lauren Casper


he Canyons School District Board of Education has approved a project for the installation of security-door vestibules at the main entrance of all 29 of its elementary schools. Construction and installation has already begun, and is scheduled to be completed by December 2016. The project is estimated to cost $1.5 million. In Cottonwood Heights,

work is scheduled to begin in October at both Canyon View and Bella Vista Elementary. The vestibules are a set of glass doors installed adjacent to the main office, which will direct guests into the office. Visitors to the school enter through the main doors where the security doors then prohibit them from proceeding into the school before first signing

Visitors to Canyons School District elementary schools will be guided directly into the main office of each school before they are allowed access to the school. Photo courtesy of Canyons School District

in. Visitors must sign in with the secretary and receive a visitor’s badge. The secretary has a buzzer under her desk that is then used to unlock the security doors. Each door is equipped with a card reader, which employees can use to gain access to and from the school and the main office. Kevin Ray, risk management coordinator for Canyons School District, is excited about this project. “Safety for students and employees is always on my mind. Increasing security has been something I have wanted to do for some time,” Ray said. Events that have happened around the country have caused parents and other community members concern, and the district has received requests to tighten security and provide the protection students need. The new doors will “act as good deterrents in custody battles or other situations where students would possibly be taken from

the school by someone who is not authorized to do so,” Ray said. “They will provide better control over who has access to the school, since nobody can get past the main office without checking in.” Principal BJ Weller at Canyon View Elementary is looking forward to having the new doors in his school. “I’m excited to have those installed. I want to make sure the kids are safe. I think whatever we can do, we should do. This is something the community has asked for, and I’m glad the district is responding,” Weller said. Security doors are a welcome addition to elementary schools in the district. “The Board has given us the green light and the budget to do this. It’s the right thing to do. I’m really passionate about protecting the students as much as we can, and this is something we can do,” Ray said. l

Crestview Elementary School Honors Custodian with New Bench


teve Anderson was the head custodian at Crestview Elementary School for eight years. In January 2015, Steve passed away from idiopathic interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease. To honor his memory, Crestview school and community members donated money and installed a bench in front of the school. On Sept. 2, the bench was dedicated. Members from Steve’s family, community

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members, and the entire student body were present at the dedication. Kelly Kline, a teacher at Crestview and good friend of Anderson’s, spoke at the dedication. In addition to speaking about Anderson, “Mr. Steve” as he was known to the students, Kline instructed the students about a rule that came with the bench. “When you are on this bench, you must

From left to right: Maxine Anderson, Steve’s mom; Verneita Hunt, assistant director of human resources and former Crestview Elementary principal; Linette, Steve’s sister and caregiver; Heidi Jones, teacher. Photo courtesy of Heidi Jones

act as if Mr. Steve was sitting right beside you. So, you can’t sit and fight with your brother while you wait for your mom to pick you up on this bench. You can’t say mean things about your friends who left you out earlier in the day while you sit on this bench. Would you do that if Mr. Steve were sitting here? No way!” Kline said. The bench was purchased from Sonntag Recreation, LLC. Chris and Tami Sonntag’s children attended Crestview several years ago, and they were generous in allowing the school to purchase and install the beautiful new bench within their budget. Anderson was a unique and special custodian. He was more than just the man who kept Crestview clean. Teachers appreciated the care he gave to each of their requests, and students appreciated that he knew their names, played with and teased them, and genuinely cared about them. “Steve taught the children through his example that you can work hard at something and still enjoy what you are doing. I think he taught the children that people are more important than things. I also think he tried to teach them respect for the property of others and to appreciate what is done for them. He taught the teachers to enjoy the students a little more. Some days can be difficult, but if you come back the next day with a good attitude, things will improve. Steve also taught us determination. He came to work as long as he possibly could; he didn’t want to let any

of us down. We were really quite spoiled by his service to us,” Kline said. Heidi Jones, another teacher at Crestview, was also a good friend of Anderson’s. Jones’ son worked as a sweeper for Anderson while he was in high school. “Steve mentored dozens of teenage boys over the years, teaching them the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. He required the boys to maintain good grades and pestered them to follow through on tough things like Eagle projects, which thrilled every boy’s mother. My son John worked for Steve during his three years in high school. When John had disappointments, like every high school kid, he always knew he had a place to go every day where he felt valued, needed, appreciated and understood. That’s how he felt about working for Steve,” Jones said. The decision to honor Anderson and his legacy was an important one to Crestview. “We had a committee that worked on a lasting memorial for Steve. A tree only lasts until they redo the grounds or vandals choose to run over it during the night. We have lost other trees that way. We wanted to make sure that Steve’s legacy of friendship, example, and hard work would never be forgotten. Steve knew there would be donations. He also wanted something lasting that would benefit the community,” Kline said. The new bench will be a reminder to students, parents and teachers of Anderson and the person, employee and friend that he was.

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Bengal’s Run for State


By Sarah Almond

ith just weeks left in their season, Brighton High School’s cross country team has their eyes set on state championships. The co-ed group of 47 runners has been practicing nearly every day since June 6, running up to 70 miles per week. “We’re hoping our whole team will be going to State,” Head Coach Mike Zufelt said. Zufelt, who grew up in Bountiful, has been running cross country for most of his life. He began working with the Bengals cross country team over a decade ago, when his daughter was a runner on the team. “In the 10 years that I’ve been head coach, this is the strongest team,” Zufelt said, “We’ve got a great group of runners this year.” Though the team is almost evenly split with 23 girls and 24 boys, the group is driven largely by underclassmen. With only four seniors leading the team, the Bengal’s varsity group is mainly comprised of juniors. “Having a young team has been really fun,” senior girls’ captain Natalie Pellman said. “They are new to running and it’s really fun to like, help them learn the sport and push themselves. They don’t know what to do a lot of the time, so it’s fun to help.” Natalie, who’s the only senior on the girls’ team, believes that this is one of the best years yet. With the even spread of boys and girls, she feels like they are a very solid team. “We are really good friends all around and we’re pretty close,” Pellman said. “Generally speaking, I feel like cross country kids are pretty cool. We’re always friendly and saying ‘Hi’ in the halls.” Aside from being a close-knit team in the halls and classrooms, both Zufelt and the upperclassmen runners think the team is

looking promisingly strong on the trail this year. “For the first time in a while we’re actually average,” senior boys’ captain Sam Staton said. And co-captain Isaac Robinson agrees. “Normally we have outliers like really fast guys, moderate guys and slower guys,” Robinson said. “But this year its more we’re all like, pretty 17s and 18s [minutes].” Though the team trains daily with 5- to 10-mile runs, at cross country meets the runners compete in quick 3-mile sprints. Having several runners of the same speed has encouraged runners to push each other harder and has also increased the team’s internal competition. “It’s so hard,” said Robinson. “All you think about is ‘OK, I’ve gotta keep my spot, so you’re like trying to keep you place at least.’” This competitive camaraderie seems to be benefitting the team. Sept. 5 was a big day of racing for the Bengals as the group attended the annual BYU Invitational. “This last race was a big highlight for our season,” Robinson said. “Most people got a personal record there – most of us.” And though the Bengals boys’ team is comfortably seeded in a position to race in the state championships, this will be the first time since 1983 that the girls’ team has a decent shot at becoming state champions. “The whole girls’ team hasn’t made it [to State] in quite a while, so it’s going to be really fun,” Pellman said. “It’s a big deal.” The Bengals will compete in the Region Championships on Oct. 13 at Big Cottonwood Park 4400 South 1300 East. The top 10 athletes qualify individually and the top four teams will qualify as a group for state championships, held at Sugar House Park on Oct. 21. l


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Long Gutierrez: From Cottonwood Heights to Rio de Janeiro


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rom the moment Long Gutierrez entered swimming lessons, his mother knew he was special. What she didn’t realize, however, is that in just 17 short years, her son would an Olympian. Born in Mexico City, Mexico on February 23, 1995 Gutierrez’s parents Haiying and Alejandro, moved the family to Utah in 1997 so that he could pursue a greater swimming career. “Where we lived in Mexico, there was a pool in every house,” Gutierrez said. “So my mom put me in swim lessons just so I wouldn’t drown. Once my parents saw that I was being really good at competing, they went on a wild, huge risk and said ‘Let’s just move to the U.S. and see how this goes.’” Haiying and Alejandro knew that, if he kept advancing in the pool, he could stand a good chance of being recruited by a university and receiving a scholarship to swim. The family moved to Cottonwood Heights to further pursue Gutierrez’s swimming, a move that allowed Gutierrez to gain dual citizenship. Five years after moving to Utah, Gutierrez met Todd Etherington, the head swim coach for both Brighton High School and the Cottonwood Heights Aquatics Team. “I started working with Long when he was seven years old,” Etherington said. “I used to call him ‘My Big Puppy Dog Golden Retriever’ because that’s kind of how he acted. You know, when you got him focused he was the best there was, but he liked to have fun – and that was OK also. Other kids could see that, within reason, you could be serious about swimming and still have fun with it.” Standing now at nearly 6’3”, Gutierrez is bigger, stronger and more confident than ever before, but getting to this point wasn’t

Long Gutierrez representing The University of California.

always easy. “There’s a lot of life lessons that he’s had to go through,” Etherington said, “A couple years ago we thought he had a really good shot at making it to London. But I was at a swim meet in Oregon when I got a call that Long had hurt himself. It seemed he’d tried to leap-frog another swimmer during morning practice and missed and landed on both of his elbows, breaking both of them.” This accident, which occurred in July 2011, forced Gutierrez out of the pool for over four months. Though he made a full recovery, he dealt with a lot of flexibility issues and it took time to relearn how to swim and how to train. “This kind of opened his mind to what he needed to do,” Etherington said. “His passion has always been to make it to the Olympics.” Now, four years later, not only is Gutierrez a member of the University of California swim team, but he has also achieved the goal he has been working towards his whole life: On Aug. 8, he qualified to swim for Mexico in the 2016 Olympics. After qualifying in the 100-meter butterfly over a month ago at the US National Championships in San Antonia, Texas, the reality of his success still hasn’t set in. “When we were at Nationals, I was not expecting to make it. My morning swim was kind of OK - I added a second and a half,” Gutierrez said. “So I wasn’t expecting anything too big out of the swim. But when I saw my time, it was the craziest thing ever. But I still don’t think it’s hit me yet.” Though Gutierrez attributes a lot of his success to Coach Etherington and his parents, having the support of the Cottonwood community is something that sticks with him to this day. “I remember as I was leaving to go to Cal, I got really sad knowing I wasn’t going to be there [Cottonwood] anymore,” Gutierrez said. “It was cool to look at younger kids — the same age I was when I started swimming — and see how they saw me as a form of inspiration. But I never noticed it until my senior year.” As Gutierrez begins his journey to the 2016 Olympics, he’s looking forward to the experience and the fun that is sure to come with it. “The Olympics are going to be really, really fun,” Gutierrez said. “Being there with my team from Mexico, but knowing that I’ll have some other Cal Bears there — I’m pretty sure my coach is going to be there — is going to be awesome. Being there with both of my teams is going to be an absolutely incredible experience.” l

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Olympus High School Volleyball Sets For Stellar Season


By Sarah Almond

rom the cafeteria, you can hear the faint squeak of tennis shoes, the excited cheer of voices and the blow of a whistle coming from Olympus High School’s gymnasium, where the OHS volleyball team is fighting to outscore their opponent, Murray High School. Though the team ultimately suffered a hard 0-3 loss against the Spartans, they started the season strong with a dominating 3-0 win against Cyprus High School on Sept. 3, and another solid 3-1 win against Judge Memorial Catholic High School on Aug. 31. “We’re started really strong this season,” Head Coach Emily Kennington said. “We’ve got a lot of young talent which is great for our team and the team unity really shows on the court.” Kennington, who has played volleyball for most of her life, attended Eastern Oregon University in the early 2000s, where she was active on the court in a different way: she was recruited as a member of the women’s basketball team and she’s got an eye for

Titans and Spartans shake hands after a grueling match.

athleticism. “We’ve got a lot of strength and talent,” Kennington said. “But we still have a lot we need to work on.” The team of 25 girls is divided into sophomore, junior varsity and varsity groups allowing many of the girls ample playtime across all teams. “We’ve got a lot of very versatile players who can play different positions and this makes us a very strong team,” Kennington said. With five freshmen, 10 sophomores, eight juniors and two seniors making up this year’s team, a lot of the players haven’t had much volleyball experience prior to this season. “The girls are doing really well,” Assistant Coach Lauren Kay said. “They’ve made a lot of progress and while there’s room for improvement, there is a lot of potential. They’ve got all the right tools, we just need to work on refining them.” Though she’s been coaching a local club volleyball team for over three years, this is Kay’s first year coaching the Titans. “We love our coaches. They are awesome,” sophomore Elli Barton said. “They can be pretty tough though. They really smack down on technique and make sure you get it right.” Getting it right is important. As part of a highly competitive division, the Olympus Titans are ready to put in the work to make it to the state championships in late October. “I think their strongest aspect is that they talk and like each other. They are unified and have each other’s backs. But we really need to work on our setting skills,” Kay said. “If we can figure that out I think we have a great shot at state.” Despite the challenges facing the Titans, their positive attitude and eagerness to make it to state bode well for the young, talented team. “There are always things we’re going to need to work on and get better at,” freshman Meredith Lindsey said, and her teammates agreed. “I think we work great as a team,” freshman Lei Filipe said. “It’s just about personally improving and getting better.” The team has significant time to prepare for their final game of the season: a home rivalry match against Skyline High School on Oct. 27. As long as the team practices hard, stays positive and communicates on the court, they have a great chance of success. “Our passing is good, our setting is good and our hitting is good,” said senior captain Makenna Park. “Most games we work hard and give everything we can. But we all need to share the same mentality and stay positive.”

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Junk in the Trunk By Peri Kinder


runks are super useful. If you’re an elephant, they’re a necessity. If you want to change a tire, hide Christmas gifts or transport a body, trunks are invaluable. But I don’t understand the connection between trunks and Halloween. Why is trunk-or-treating a thing? In the U.S., trick-or-treating started after WWII when children went door to door begging for food on Thanksgiving (not joking). Then they continued begging through Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and so on, so I guess someone decided to create a national begging celebration on Halloween. This mass candy solicitation certainly worked for me for many years. Part of the thrill of trick-or-treating was leaving the familiar neighborhoods, searching for the families handing out full-size Butterfingers. We’d come home with pillowcases full of candy, after walking miles and miles through Murray. Now, in our heavily-sanitized society, parents want to make sure their kids won’t be handed anything with sugar or gluten, or have to interact with neighbors they’ve never met—so trunk-or-treating was introduced. I know some churches feel trunk-or-

treating (Halloween tailgating) is a way to watch over kids while keeping demonic costumes to a minimum. In fact, kids are often encouraged to dress as Bible characters. (Side note: If I was forced to dress as a woman from the Bible, I’d be Jael and I’d carry Sisera’s head with a nail shoved through his temple. But that’s just me. The Book of Revelations also has some pretty messed-up oddities. My daughters could easily have passed for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on any given day.) Anyway. Part of growing up is being terrified all the time. Kids have so little control

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hands. Even scarier was the house where the neighborhood witch resided. Lights turned off. No jack o’ lantern. You knew she was sitting in the dark, staring out her window, ready to cast spells on children who came to her door. Additionally, my mom had me paranoid about eating any unwrapped candy, convinced my friend’s mom had dipped the open jawbreaker in bleach several times before handing it to me. But really? How many people did you know that found a razor blade in their apple or received temporary tattoos laced with acid? On Nov. 1, when we woke up with piles of candy, stomachaches and Halloween makeup smeared on our pillows, we also felt we had survived something frightening—and imagined ourselves a little bit braver as we faced our lives. But trunk-or-treating is not remotely scary, unless your trunk is part of a 1950s Cadillac hearse, complete with creaky coffin and a driver named Lurch. Maybe instead of meeting in church parking lots, we can stay in our homes and hand out candy as kids go doorto-door. I think that idea might just catch on.

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Is Frugal the New Sexy? By Joani Taylor


everal money-saving blogs I’m familiar with are pushing frugal as the “new sexy,” going so far as to admit that finding a bargain is a high and deals must be purchased now, without thought, or will never be available again.

While I’m personally excited to see more people striving to achieve a secure financial future, my hope is that, like all extremes, these dealfinding bloggers aren’t missing the mark and actually creating unnecessary, and even impulsive, spending habits. Living and saving money takes

practice, time and most of all commitment, and can’t be achieved in a day. It takes work, is time consuming and often requires long-term sacrifice. With that being said, putting a few simple techniques into play could save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars yearly. Here are a couple of un-extreme ideas to help get you started on your frugal journey. Cut back on eating out: An article on Fox News reports that Americans are actually spending more on eating out than they are at the grocery store. What’s even more interesting, the article sites that younger generations are more apt to habitually eat out than their baby boomer parents, stating that they use eating out as a time to socialize and connect. This left me scratching my head, as it’s rare I see this generation eating out without looking at their phones for at least half of the meal. #socialconnecting Hashtags and sarcasm aside, considering that the average price of

a single meal at a “nothing exciting” restaurant comes in at around $12, and the price of dinner for two at a midrange restaurant is as much as $45, forgoing eating out a couple of times could easily cover an entire weeks’ worth of groceries for a family of two or three, or even four if you are a frugal shopper. Throw in packing a lunch to work in lieu of your burger and fries and you’ll save another $3-$5 a day. That could add up to $1,700 a year, not to mention the additional health benefits. Wait to buy: Wait at least 48 hours before deciding to buy anything over a certain price point: mine is $50. During that time, ask yourself some questions: Do I need this right now? The keyword is now. If the answer is no, start watching for a better price, and challenge yourself to find one. Chances are, when you do, you’ll wonder why you wanted the item in the first place. How will you pay for it? Are you going to give up something to have it? Do you have space for it? Is the item going to create debt? If you’re going into debt for an item, you could end up paying double or more for it. Is it worth that? Once the 48-hour waiting period is over, you may find that the object desired really isn’t worth the price, or you may have forgotten about

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