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he 100th day of school probably came and went for most students, filled with the typical reading, writing and arithmetic — except for some excited Butler first-graders. In keeping with the 18-year tradition, every first-grader who read 100 books by the 100th day of school got to help make an ice cream sundae Feb. 5 on top of their principal. This year, Butler’s new principal, Jeff Nalwalker, got the honor of several toppings, marshmallows, raisins, chocolate chips and whipping cream. “He even got a cherry placed on top of his nose,” said first-grade dual immersion teacher Lori Roper, who thought of the incentive to get students to read. “Every principal has done it or had someone do it for them. They’re good sports about it and said it’s worth it and ask what they can do to help.” Nalwalker, who wore a hazmat-protective coat, even rolled around on the ground, mixing in his toppings, so more cereal and toppings could be added, she said. Roper said that students brought toppings, first to decorate their principal, then to save a little so they could have it on top of their own scoop of ice cream to celebrate their reading accomplishment. The list of books they read was hung in the hallway. “We had some students finish as early as November. They were going gangbusters and were so excited for this day,” she said. “I’ve had former students say they remember this day as one of their highlights in school.” The books the student read — on or above their reading level — could be ones they own at home, borrowed from the library or checked out from class. “We’ve seen a huge advancement in their reading




scores,” Roper said, adding that 53 of the 56 students she teaches earned the right to help decorate the principal this year. She said initially traditional classroom teachers didn’t push reading and the incentive, so only about half the students attended the activity and their scores didn’t show reading improvement. Now, all Butler first-grade teachers encourage students to achieve the goal, Roper said. The 100th day also included 100-day activities such as asking students to estimate how much 100 pennies weigh, where they would be if they took 100 steps toward the playground, tackle 100 math problems or puzzles and others ranging from seeing if they could be still for 100 seconds to 100 different physical activities they could accomplish. Once they completed all of these, students were awarded additional recess time. The reading effort doesn’t end with the 100th day, Roper said. When students read for 100 days, they can participate in the eight-year tradition of participating in a water day with slip-and-slide, relay races, water balloons and more. This year’s water day is scheduled for May 24. “We want to keep the momentum going and have them read every night. It makes a huge difference. It helps their fluency and their ability to read. It opens up a world of vocabulary for them,” she said Roper said that even the children who struggle to read can count decodable books they’ve read. And for those who have time restraints, she works with them to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed. “This works. It’s highly motivating, they’re reading and loving it,” she said. “It’s all for the kids. They love More chocolate syrup, please. Every Butler first-grader who read 100 books by the 100th it.” l day of school got to help make an ice cream sundae on top of their principal, Jeff Nalwalker. (Photo courtesy Jeff Nalwalker)

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ost Utah residents know about the diverse beauty found throughout the state, but many might not know about the great talent within their communities capturing that beauty. The 2018 Cottonwood Heights Photography Show gave professional and amateur photographers alike the opportunity to display their work at City Hall throughout the month of March. From stunning Utah landscapes to portraits, abstract images and much more, the show displayed a wide variety of stunning images. This year’s show featured 84 entries adorning the walls of City Hall. Visitors could take in expansive Utah landscapes, Italian architecture and a squirrel having a snack all in one section of the show. The diversity of subjects was complemented by the range of techniques used to depict them. “Everybody’s been blown away just by the quality of the entries this year,” said Cottonwood Heights Arts Council member and event coorganizer Sheila Armstrong. While source material came from all over the world, Utah’s diverse landscape was brought into sharp focus by participating photographers. The Wave in southern Utah, Silver Lake, aspens changing color and elusive wildlife all shared the spotlight. Meanwhile, this year’s event saw a new and rare category of photographs. Several entries featured progressions of images of the total solar eclipse from August 2017. “Path of Totality” by Jason Carlton and “Eclipsing the Bend” by Raymond David received honorable mentions for their work. The drive to capture images of the world around them is something that united the talented photographers entering the event. Some keep a camera with them most of the time to photograph what they see, while others plan trips around their efforts. For many, it seems to be a blend of both approaches. “I love capturing beauty where I see it,” said local photographer R. Spencer Robinson, who had multiple entries in the show and received an honorable mention for his peaceful photograph “Charon’s Dock.” Experienced photographers had the opportunity to display their latest work, while those newer to the medium could join the community of

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local photographers. “I started doing (photography) about 10 years ago, and I have this thing about doors,” said Deb Conover. “So I’ve traveled all over doing doors. I’ve probably got thousands of photos of doors.” The photography show also featured young photographers, like Ian Hasebroock, who received an honorable mention for his photograph “Gasoline.” “I decided to use my sister’s camera because my brother and me saw some gasoline on the ground, and I decided to take it,” said Hasebroock. Hailey Hite received the award for best photo by a youth for her photograph “Endless Honor.” The image demonstrates the power of perspective, depicting rows of sunlit headstones leading into the distance where the Washington Monument stands in view between trees in the mid-distance. Youth photographers weren’t the only newcomers at the event. “I’ve been doing photography seriously for about 20 months,” said Bryan Anderson. “I started liking a lot of the metal prints I saw up at the Park City gallery, and I thought, ‘Well I want to do big metal prints.’ So I bought a camera for our family and got really into it.” Anderson’s work has paid off quickly as he won the award for best action/sports photograph with his “Light Trails on the S Curve.”

Photographs were on display in the main hall of Cottonwood Heights City Hall all through March. The awards ceremony took place on March 9. The award for Best in Show for a professional photographer went to Richard Ansley for his “Tunnel of Light.” Best in Show in the amateur category went to Raymond David for “Fire in the Sky.” Awards of Merit went to Preston Rowlette’s “A Night in Another World” and Kim Kimura’s “Majestic Reflection.” Rowlette was also recognized in the nature category for his “Parables of Nature.” Daniel Phinney received Best Landscape honors for “A Day in the Life,” while Rick Kramer won Best Portrait for “Okay, Everyone Look at the Camera.” Brent Howcroft took home the award for Best Architecture Photography for his “LaCaille Restaurant,” and Kerry W. Jones was recognized in the abstract category for “Sugarhouse Textures III.” Attendees of the awards night got to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. That honor went to Tessa Halley for “A Wish.” The Mayor’s Choice Award went to Rick Bergman for “Alstrom Point Sunrise.” Cottonwood Heights City Hall will host the annual art show in fall 2018, while the photography show will return in early 2018. l

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Celebrating 40 years of Irish-American heritage in Utah By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com anniversary of the Hibernian (Irish) Society of Utah. The organization was founded in 1978 to promote Irish culture and the contributions that the Irish have made in Utah and the United States. “The name Hibernian comes from ancient Rome,” said outgoing Hibernian Society of Utah President Patrick A. Dougherty. “When the Romans invaded what is now England, they built Hadrian’s Wall to separate their territory from the crazy Celts. They decided not to invade the island to the west that was full of crazy Celts, and they called it Hibernia.” The name was influenced by the Latin word hibernus, essentially naming the island ‘land of winter.’ This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade marks the 40th anniversary of the HiberTo preserve and celebrate nian (Irish) Society of Utah. (Stock Photo) all things Irish, the Hibernian Society of Utah meets monthly atching Salt Lake’s St. Patrick’s Day pafrom September through June. rade is fun for all, regardless if they have They also hold regular informal classes in Irish Irish blood in them or not. But this year, the history, literature, music and culture. Heroes March 17 parade is more than just a St. Patrick’s of Irish history and culture are celebrated Day celebration for parade viewers. along with the contributions of everyday IrishThis year’s parade marks the 40th Americans.


In a February letter to the Hibernian Society, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski stated, “As the oldest and largest Irish association in the State of Utah, the Hibernian Society continues to enrich the lives of residents and visitors.” Activities celebrating Irish culture can be found throughout the Salt Lake area with the culminating event being the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Hibernian Society of Utah was founded in 1978 by John Brockert, Emmett Quinn, Michael Rodman, and John Welsh. The four gathered regularly on 400 South in Salt Lake City for drinks, laughs, and Irish songs. Bemoaning the fact that Salt Lake had no St. Patrick’s Day parade, the four decided to remedy the issue by marching down the nearest street. With the help of two friendly police officers, the four survived the traffic and applied for a permit from the city for a more formal parade the following year. To plan the grand event and to organize fellow Irish-Americans in the community, the Hibernian Society was born. “We continue to build upon the shoulders of our Hibernian Society predecessors,” Dougherty stated. The Hibernian Society of Utah invites anyone interested in learning about and celebrating Irish heritage, whether Irish or not themselves, to find events on their website, www.irishinutah.org. l

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Canyons District’s approach to keeping students safe By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com “We respect students’ first amendment rights to express themselves,” said Jeff Haney, director of the Canyons School District’s Office of Public Communications. “We also want to preserve instruction time. Safe places are provided for students to participate in short demonstrations, while school goes on as normal for those not participating.” The District planned for additional police presence at schools on the days of expected demonstrations. In addition to planning for these events, Canyons School District has developed a strategy for combating and preventing violence in schools. One element of this approach involves how visitors can enter and access schools. “Any visitor must go through the front doors Brighton High School rendering. The new school will have security vestibules like other recently built schools as well as hallways with clear lines of sight to entrances. (Canyons and check in,” said Haney. “Visitors must have an appointment, and even volunteers who have registered School District) in advance must check in.” Most schools in the district have been equipped he Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has brought school safety and with security vestibules, which require people to go into the student freedom of expression to the forefront of public debate. office before being buzzed through the doors to enter the school. Canyons School District has recently implemented a variety of Schools that are scheduled to be built or remodeled using funds measures to keep students in the area’s schools safe. The district from the recent voter-approved bond will also be equipped with has also taken measures to afford students ways to express their security vestibules. State law requires all volunteers in schools to go through concerns about school safety. As students across the country have participated in walkouts rigorous background checks. All teachers and support staff must to show their concerns about gun violence and safety in schools, also pass background checks. In addition to secure entrances, schools in the district are Canyons School District has worked to find ways for students to participate in similar events while maintaining order in its equipped with security cameras. “There isn’t a time when we schools. The district’s strategy has involved providing safe places can’t see what’s happening in our schools,” Haney said. “We and additional police security for walkout events on March 14 have access to real-time and archived footage.” All police departments with jurisdiction within the district’s and again on April 20.


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boundaries have partnerships with Canyons School District to provide resource officers at all of its schools. “This is a huge help in sending a message to the community and building relationships with students,” Haney said. “So students feel like they can go up to them and tell them if something is happening.” Cottonwood Heights Police Department has been actively involved in the city’s schools. “We have extremely good coverage with our officers and get in there with teachers to solve problems and to foresee any problems,” said Sgt. Ryan Shosted. “I feel lucky because we have such good guys in there.” In partnership with University of Utah Healthcare, students also have access to the SafeUT app. “The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program — right from your smartphone,” according to University of Utah Healthcare. Through the app over the past year, students have relayed 10–12 tips per day concerning the well-being of friends or of students who could cause harm to another student. “This is a way for students to be the eyes and ears of schools,” Haney said. As the district works to build its new schools, committees providing input on the projects have insisted on additional security measures in the design of the new facilities. The new Alta, Brighton and Hillcrest High Schools will have security vestibules like other recently built schools as well as hallways with clear lines of sight to entrances. Concern for student safety continues to grow with each instance of violence. Preventing future incidents will require continued vigilance on a number of levels, from policy, school design, and resource officers to parents and students themselves. l

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uring the 2018 Legislative General Session, which took place between Jan. 22 and March 8, a record number of bills was proposed (over 1300). Many of these bills were concerning for local governments aiming to protect local control and the interests of their constituents. Cottonwood Heights City Manager John Park worked with State Lobbyist Brian Allen to closely track bills that could impact the city. “The city has such a great reputation up there,” Allen said. “The new senator (District 8, Brian Zehnder) is really trying to get his head around issues. He wants to learn and understand. He is a big supporter of local control and makes notes about everything.” Of major concern was H.B. 175 — Legislative Oversight Amendments, sponsored by Representative Keven Stratton. The bill would create what it describes as “the Joint Committee on Governmental Oversight and address the Legislature’s constitutional role of oversight.” If the bill passed, local control would be irrelevant under the legislature-created oversight. The Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) worked hard to oppose this bill, needing city support to create strong opposition. Many entities were worried about the implications of such oversight and supported opposition of the bill. One such entity was the Canyons School District. “I am afraid of the legislature thinking this type of oversight is their prerogative,” Park reported during a city council meeting on Feb. 27. H.B. 175 ended up failing under a 54-20 vote. Cottonwood Heights Representatives Steve Eliason and Marie Poulson voted in opposition. Another bill of concern to the city was H.B. 271 — Government Enterprise Amendments, sponsored by Representative Justin Fawson. This bill would amend provisions related to city activities. Some of the city’s popular events, like Butlerville Days, would be affected by this bill. Instead of planning for these events as done previously, the city would have to “conduct a market study, notify private entities which the competitive activity impacts and present the results of the study with a public hearing,” Allen said. This bill also did not pass. H.B. 361 — Billboard Amendments, sponsored by Representative Francis Gibson, would amend provision related to billboards in municipalities and counties. It would also allow a billboard to automatically restore or upgrade an existing billboard. This bill had to be reworked and a substitute bill was proposed. The substitution was a result of realizing “the process to condemn a billboard by cities isn’t very clear,” Allen said. As of publication, this bill has been passed and sent to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel (LRGC) for enrolling. S.B. 120 – Local Government Fees and Taxes Amendments, sponsored by Senator

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Deidre Henderson, was also a concern for Cottonwood Heights since it would prohibit a municipality from imposing a transportation utility fee on a legal subdivision. This bill passed and an enrolled bill has been prepared. Since Cottonwood Heights recently passed an ordinance within the city for wireless telecommunications facilities (City Code Section 19.83), a bill which would create a Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, S.B. 189, sponsored by Senator Curtis Bramble, was of particular interest. “Controlling small wireless facilities should be a good thing for the city,” Park said. “The bill permits a wireless provider to deploy in any city and allows us and other utilities not put them on power poles if there is a decent reason not to. However, the provider can put up their own poles.” Bramble worked with the Utah League of Cities and Towns and industry representatives on this bill to create a political compromise. The bill allows owners of poles to charge a fee and limit the height of new utility poles. S.B. 189 passed and a draft of the enrolled bill has been prepared. After Proposition 1 failed during the 2015 Municipal General Election, Senator Wayne Harper sponsored S.B. 136 — Transportation Governance Amendments during this legislative session. This bill modifies governance of certain public transit districts, amends provisions related to registration fees, modifies taxes related to transportation and modifies the governance of the Department of Transportation. “It may make some major changes especially in percentages of sales tax going towards transportation funds,” Park said. Planning around this bill involved the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). They hope to “re-do the park and rides with bridges around the mouth of the canyon so busses don’t have to do turnarounds,” Park said.

The bill was substituted six times, with fiscal notes and comparisons available to the public. The sixth substitution bill was passed, signed, and has been sent to the LRGC for enrolling. Two competing bills to address homelessness within the state were addressed during this session. H.B. 462 — Homeless Services Amendments, sponsored by Representative Steve Eliason would amend provisions related to the Housing and Community Development Division. This bill had a senate sponsor and 24 co-sponsors. H.B. 235 — Homeless Shelter Funding Amendments, sponsored by Senator Gene Davis, would create the Homeless Shelter Cities Mitigation Restricted Account and authorize the use of restricted account’s funds. H.B. 462 would raise $3.3 million for the Division of Workforce Services. The money would come from the local option sales tax prior to distribution to the cities. Cities would pay depending on the amount of affordable housing available. There would be a cap of $200,000 for larger cities. The impact to Cottonwood Heights City would be around $35,000 to $40,000. S.B. 235 would raise $2.5 million this year, and $5 million next year, to offset law enforcement, fire and paramedic costs. The money would also come from the local option sales tax, with a cap on larger cities. This bill would also have an option for cities to impose an additional local option sales tax. The impact to Cottonwood Heights City would be closer to $50,000. By March 6, both bills had passed in their own houses. As of publication, H.B. 462 passed and an enrolled bill had been prepared. S.B. 235 was also passed and sent to LRGC for enrolling. Bills that were passed and sent to LRGC will be prepared as an enrolled bill, or a bill in final form. Those bills will be sent to the governor for his action (signing, vetoing or allowing law without his signature). After which, it will become law within 60 days unless otherwise specified. l

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Upcoming Shake-Out event By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Firefighters and other volunteers help fill sandbags for emergency preparedness during last year’s Shake-Out event. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)


he annual Shake-Out event for Cottonwood Heights will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event provides proactive education to volunteers and residents for emergency preparedness. All residents are encouraged to participate. Every home within the city should be equipped with a triage ribbon package. The package comes with four ribbons of different colors: green for “everything is okay,” yellow for “medical problems,” red for “someone is not breathing or is bleeding severely,” and black for “fatality.” The emergency preparedness team asks all residents to tie a ribbon in a visible area, such as a mailbox or railing, before 9 a.m. After the event, take the ribbon back inside for safekeeping. If you do not have a ribbon package, contact the city and get one. Many local scout troops volunteer to put these ribbon packages together, so make sure their volunteer hours are put to good use. “Take personal responsibility for preparing — we want to get that message across,” said Emergency Manager Mike Halligan. During the Shake-Out event, block captains will have two hours to survey the ribbons in their area. That begins a communication process as the block captains report their inventory. After that information is collected, it will be transmitted from the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club to the Emergency Operations Center. “This will help us proactively understand how fast we can take information in. Residents and block captains may seem to have a small role, but it’s a critically important one,” Halligan said. Additionally, the city’s emergency preparedness team hopes to measure resident participation this way. “We won’t call out individuals, but we hope to get a significant participation rate,” Halligan said. Residents can also visit the emergency shelter, which will be staged at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center (7500 S. 2700 E.) by Utah’s Red Cross. “The Red Cross has new volunteers signed up for shelters, so this will be a training exercise for their people as well,”

Halligan said. Residents are encouraged to visit the shelter and “check in” to learn more about emergency preparedness. The Red Cross volunteers will register residents as they come through to practice their registration process. “We need people to take a few minutes to register at the shelter,” Halligan said. “We will have the fire department out front to draw people in from the activities on the soccer field.” There will be many community emergency response teams (CERT) stationed in front of the rec center as well. The various stations will provide information on emergency preparedness topics such as first aide, operating a fire extinguisher, securing areas in collapsed structures and more. “Come see what CERT training is all about,” Halligan said. “Hopefully residents will want to take a CERT class.” The emergency operations center will be housed out of Cottonwood Heights City Hall during the event. Residents can find the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club hard at work there, practicing communication in case of a real disaster. These 38 volunteers practice communication during field days and Butlerville Days as well. Many other activities and learning opportunities will be available at City Hall. One of the frequent questions the emergency preparedness team receives is “How do I take care of my kids/pets/elderly?” “We will have information on how to prepare those populations to be ready in a disaster,” Halligan said. “Personal and family preparedness are of focus. Every home in Cottonwood Heights, renter or owner, single family or apartment, should have all the information they need to better prepare and take care of themselves.” Over the past few months, Halligan has been hard at work preparing for this event, working with block captains and council members to ensure their responsibilities are known. “The support from the city’s administration and elected officials has been tremendous. They provide resources and opportunity for residents to learn how to be prepared,” Halligan said. “We hope that residents will stop by to ask questions about how to be better prepared,” Halligan said. For more info on the CH Amateur Radio Club, visit https://sites.google.com/site/ cwhradio/. For more information on emergency preparedness in the city, visit the Emergency Preparedness Coordination page on the city’s website. http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/ your_government/administrative_services/ emergency_preparedness_coordination/ Or contact Assistant Emergency Manager Mike Halligan at mhalligan@ch.utah.gov 801944-7098 or Assistant City Manager Bryce Haderlie at bhaderlie@ch.utah.gov. To get a triage ribbon package. contact Mike Halligan at mhalligan@ch.utah.gov. l



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Obstacles for snowplows By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

A full crew of 12 drivers snowplow the city during snow events, assisted by additional staff members and officers. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)


1.7 inches of snow has fallen on Cottonwood Heights during these first few months of 2018. The most significant storm so far started on Sunday, Feb. 18 and lasted until Tuesday, Feb. 20, where 20 inches of snow fell. Since this was only the second storm of the entire winter season, the Cottonwood Heights Public Works Department was anxious to get plowing. “We did anticipate a long duration of the storm,” said Public Works Director Matt Shipp. The snow started falling around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, at which point the public works team began the process of snowplowing the city. Twelve drivers, along with additional city staff members, piled into plows which were staged and ready to go. Four one-ton trucks, six bobtails and four 10-wheelers were used. The crew set out on their assigned routes and ran into some obstacles rather quickly. Since the storm was continuous, by the time drivers plowed the entirety of their assigned routes, the roads were covered with snow again. It was difficult for drivers to plow other residential roads within the city while needing to re-plow the main arterial roads over and over again. Drivers ran into another obstacle Monday morning. Since there was fresh snowfall on a holiday, many skiers and snowboarders were trying to rush up the canyon to the resorts. “The canyons were shut down, which backed things up

quite a bit,” Shipp said. When the canyons are closed, ski traffic bleeds into many of the city’s arterial roads. Cars line up bumper to bumper along Bengal Boulevard, Wasatch Boulevard and Fort Union Boulevard waiting for the canyons to open. Many connecting roads like Kings Hill Drive, Racquet Club Drive, Prospector Drive, Macintosh Lane, Greenhills Drive and Danish Road can also become extremely crowded. “Trucks can’t plow on those streets,” Shipp said. As the continuous snowfall and ski traffic began to clear, plow drivers were able to clear more roads within the city. Just as the drivers were feeling optimistic about snowplowing, they were met with another obstacle. “We went through a lake effect that came in after we started the clean-up phase,” Shipp said. “We had to start over quite a bit.” Even though the lake effect dropped another four to five inches of snow throughout the city, the crew got the roads clear within the initial 24-hour mark after the snow stopped falling. The snowplowing team has a goal “to have all streets cleared 24 hours after the end of a storm,” Shipp said. “We tried to have full coverage during peak times,” Shipp said. The crew was fully staffed during morning and evening traffic, but since the storm lasted longer than any work shift

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should last, the public works management needed to decide how to disseminate the crew appropriately. “We can run men 16 hours before we have to give them a break,” Shipp said. “The crew was very dedicated.” Two additional storms with significant snowfall have since moved across the Wasatch Front. Cottonwood Heights received another five inches of snow on Feb. 23. The last storm began on Saturday, March 3 and stretched into Sunday March 4, dropping eight inches of snow. During that storm, the crew “traveled about 2,100 miles for the snowstorm,” Shipp said. “Last time it was double that.” For this storm, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department officers corresponded with the public works team to help in different capacities. Some officers hopped in plows to help clear cul-de-sacs throughout the city. Others responded to cars parked in the street, which is a constant obstacle for drivers. Since there was less snowfall this year than in 2017, plowing resources were not as significant. During the month of January 2017, the Public Works Department used about 3,500 tons of salt. “Salt consumption will be down this year,” Shipp said. The first time snow removal services and resources were needed in a substantial manner during 2018 was for the storm in January, which occurred the weekend of the 19–20, with nine inches of snowfall. l

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City examining court contract with Holladay By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com system. At the end of the budget year, Holladay will have a deficit in addition to the amount they owe Cottonwood Heights. Holladay’s justice court receives revenue from Cottonwood Heights citations, Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake’s (UPD) citations in Holladay and the variable expenses from Cottonwood Heights presence in Holladay’s courts. Cottonwood Heights receives a difference from that revenue. “If the difference is less than $20,000, they give us $20,000 a month. However, there’s a downward trend,” said City Manager John Park. On March 6, 2018, Cottonwood Heights discussed the partnership during their city council meeting. Holladay had suggested that Cottonwood Heights help pay for operating costs. “They have agreed to maintain fixed costs, but more than half of the operating costs would be ours,” said Assistant Manager Bryce Haderlie. Mayor Mike Peterson was almost floored. Cottonwood Heights went from receiving money to having to pay money in one fell swoop. Budgetary items have become a struggle within the court system. “No court makes money,” said City Recorder Paula Melgar. Cottonwood Heights and Holladay share a justice court as of July 2010. If Cottonwood Heights City were to pay into the court Renegotiations of that contract are ongoing. (City of Cottonwood Heights) system, they would want more of a say. “We have asked for more input with this partnership,” said Haderlie. “We have he cities of Cottonwood Heights and Holladay currently asked for a say.” This seems to be one of the main contentions in share a contract for justice court services. In fall of 2017, Holladay asked to renegotiate the contract with Cottonwood renegotiation. “They maintain they have the final say because the Heights, since the original contract was agreed upon in 2010. employees are theirs,” Haderlie said. Over the past few months, negotiations were ongoing. Since both cities held strong on some specific points in As reported from June 19, 2017, the major reason for Holladay to renegotiate stems from a failing costs and revenue negotiation, they ended up questioning why they were still in


a contract. Cottonwood Heights has begun to consider other options. “We have spoken with other cities. One of them does have capacity, they would be willing to talk to us,” Haderlie said. “We can’t just shut down a court.” If Cottonwood Heights decided to leave, “we would have to give them significant notice, six months to one year,” said City Attorney Shane Topham. “It takes a long time to move courts.” “We can get out of the contract, which is our ultimate leverage,” Topham said. “The court wouldn’t be a thing without us.” Police Chief Robby Russo estimates that Cottonwood Heights provides about 65 percent of the traffic to the courts. Peterson asked Russo if he wanted to stay with the Holladay Court. He would need to work with his staff to determine which route they want to go. “I don’t mean to paint Holladay Court as a bad court, they are a good court,” said Russo. On Feb. 22, Holladay discussed the partnership during their city council meeting. Minutes from that meeting have not been published as of publication. The original contract was adopted by both cities in July 2010 by the following resolutions: Cottonwood Heights adopted Resolution 2010-39: Approving entry into an interlocal agreement with City of Holladay for justice court services on July 13, 2010. It approved justice court services through the Holladay Justice Court. Holladay adopted Resolution 2010-17: Authorizing the mayor to execute a restated and amended agreement with Cottonwood Heights for Court Services on July 17, 2010. l

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Swimming coach honored

Ridgecrest fourth-graders learn pioneer activities

By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


Mayor Pro Tem Mike Shelton read Etherington’s proclamation during an unusually crowded city council meeting. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights City)


ottonwood Heights aquatics head coach Todd Etherington received a proclamation in his honor from the city council on Feb. 13, which recognizes that day as Todd Etherington Day. He recently received the 5A Coach of the Year award by the Utah High School Activities Association, part of the reason for the recognition. The council chambers were filled to capacity with residents, athletes, family and friends to support Etherington during the reading of the proclamation, which praised Etherington for his influence of excellence within the lives of Brighton High School swimmers. “The city wants to recognize the athletes as well,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mike Shelton as he gestured to the audience. Etherington, asked to say a few words, said, “As an athlete, you have to learn how to fail and how to recover from those failures to make ourselves better.” He continued with a story from one of his previous swimmers. The athlete was feeling immensely disheartened after an event which he perceived as failure. “All I could ask him was, ‘Was that the best you could do at that time?’ He said yes. And I asked why we were still talking about it.” “That’s all I ask that these students do. The best they can,” Etherington said. “You may not see the results of your hard

work at that moment. Maybe, it’s seen four or five years later down the road,” Etherington continued. “You will always see results based on the effort you put in.” Etherington thanked the council for the award, but could not take full credit. “I have to thank everyone that came before me. They are the reason for the success.” “I view these awards as a direct result of the students I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis,” Etherington concluded as he gestured behind him to the full room. After Etherington spoke, Councilmember Scott Bracken asked that anyone who had been coached by Etherington stand. Most of the crowd in the chambers rose, some of whom took state during this last swim season (see story). Etherington began swimming during his teenage years, where he qualified for nationals seven years in a row. He continued to swim for the University of Utah during his college career before graduating with a bachelor’s degree. He started coaching at Canyon Racquet Club, which jumpstarted his career. He has coached many swim camps including the Local Swim Committee swim camps and the Western Zone Select Camp and also coached the Utah Western Zone Team for nine years. He has been voted the Utah Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year eight times. l

idgecrest fourth-grader Lilith Stewart just finished looping a button on rope and made it spin, just like pioneers did when they arrived in Utah. “It’s really fun,” she said about her button spinner. “It’s something I can do in the car instead of always using technology.” Lilith, who was excited to learn the Virginia reel and know what herbs early settlers used as medications, was one of 125 fourth-graders who had the opportunity to try pioneer games and activities as part of their class curriculum to learn about Utah. “We have the activities align with their social studies on why pioneers came to Utah and to let them have an authentic experience,” said fourth-grade teacher Ashley MacArthur. “In class, we’ll learn Utah geography — how it helped the pioneers and how it didn’t — and we’ll study our environment — wetlands, forests, deserts, mountains. These pioneer day activities will teach students more about what pioneer children did when they weren’t helping or doing chores.” Students rotated through stations that included potato sack races, whirligigs and Jacob’s ladders, making butter, learning pioneer dances, listening to pioneer stories and eating scones.

The last was fourth-grader Lucia Giorgio’s favorite activity, although she liked trying to make butter like she had read about in pioneer books. MacArthur said that students will read about those who first lived in Utah, including the Utes, Goshutes, Shoshones, Piutes, Fremont, Anasazi and Navajo, as well as the mountain men and the early settlers who farmed, created the first territorial capitol and those who came to Utah for religious freedom. Fourth-grader Jack Ririe, who was in line for the potato sack races, was looking forward to learning about the famous people he’s heard about. “I’m excited to learn about the pioneers and tribes I’ve heard about,” he said. His mother, Michelle, said she likes to volunteer when she can. “Jack’s been so excited for this day — to try all the activities,” she said. Lilith’s mother, Stacy, said that not only was she learning how to make butter like her daughter, but she also was getting to know her classmates. “It’s fun to do this together and it makes for stronger school community,” she said. l

Ridgecrest fourth-graders learn the Virginia reel as part of their curriculum of learning about Utah. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Brighton High students shadow professionals to learn about careers By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Local students and mentors of the Larry H. Miller companies pose with Chief Operating Officer Gail Miller, who spoke at Canyons School District’s recent annual career and technical education job shadow day. (Kirsten Stewart/Canyons School District).


righton senior Magdiel Gutierrez spent a recent morning learning how a development office updated its website’s computer options to better serve customers as part of Canyons School District’s annual career and technical education job shadow day. Gutierrez and her classmate Jaeden Johnson job shadowed eBay professionals. Johnson learned how to balance a budget on a large scale, analyze how it could be better done and determine what can be done for the future. “They went over the budget and determined how they could do better if they were over or under budget from updating technology to benefitting their employees,” Johnson said. “It was eye-opening.” They were two of about 100 students who took part in the event, which had representatives from 40 companies. Students spent the morning job shadowing professionals in fields such as marketing, architecture, medicine, finance and others before networking with them during lunch. Canyons Superintendent Jim Briscoe applauded students for getting a jumpstart in researching possible careers. “This will make a huge difference as you move on after high school; you’ll have this experience to know if these careers are your passion and a field you want to pursue,” he said. Canyons District CTE Coordinator Patti Larkin said this job shadow opportunity linked students from all five Canyons traditional high schools as well as Canyons Technical Education Center with larger companies, such as eBay, O.C. Tanner, Larry H. Miller companies and Hunt Electronics, which supported the job shadow day and allowed students to explore careers in engineering, IT, medicine and diesel. Keynote luncheon speaker, Gail Miller, oversees 11,000 people in 80 companies in 46 states as chief operating officer of Larry H. Miller companies. She was a silent partner in the family busi-

ness until her husband, Larry, died of complications of diabetes in 2009. “I certainly didn’t need the headache of running a business that large, and I didn’t need the money,” she told students, but it was the responsibility of continuing the family legacy and values she wanted to continue. Of the values Miller mentioned, she told students, “Treat employees and customers and those with whom you interact with respect. You’re not better than anyone else so treat them with kindness you’d want in return. People are our most valuable asset.” Miller, who keeps money into perspective (“use it wisely so you don’t become a slave to it”), also told students, “Don’t forget your roots — where you can from — that’s where your values come from and that is part of you.” She recalled how they started out with one Toyota dealership in Murray before expanding to more than 60 car dealerships as well as professional sports teams, movie theaters and more. Miller still owns the original dealership today. “Give back to the community and pay it forward. No one can make it alone; the success belongs to those who also contribute,” she said, adding that they should share the knowledge they’ve learned as well as ask for help along the way. “Don’t be afraid to lead. Be a student always; learn something every day to add richness to your life.” Canyons Board of Education member Nancy Tingey said the job shadow shadowing opportunity was beneficial to students. “These community members support our students and give them the opportunity to receive valuable experience,” she said. Miller challenged students to not only think about their paths, but to improve those around them. “Wherever you go and whatever you do, do something that makes a difference in this world,” she said. “Light your fire and while looking for your success, help others who are doing the same thing.” l

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Butler Middle students learn about Chinese culture By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com these activities and crafts and hope it will motivate them to want to learn more,” said Butler Chinese teacher Wenrui Chen. “We teach language with culture, history and media.” Chen said that in the classroom, the culture extends from pop culture and what is trending in China to ancient medicine and martial arts. Chen, who volunteered during the Beijing Olympics, said students also followed Chinese athletes during the Olympics. The Chinese New Year event, celebrating the Year of the Dog, was organized by the Utah Chinese Association, who approached the school wanting to share their talents with the school, said assistant principal Doug Hallenbeck. “This is a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to different aspects of the culture,” he said. “I hope it helps them practice the language and be able to communicate with folks in our community and this strengthens our relationship with the Chinese association.” Sixth-grader Gabrielle McCall’s favorite activity was trying her hand at the calligraphy. “It was really fun to write calligraphy with a paintbrush and they gave me help so I could do it right,” she said. “We learned from the Utah Chinese Association about Chinese artiButler Middle School students look at a scroll of traditional characters facts, heard him play on a whistle and saw characters written on during their Chinese New Year celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals) a silk scroll.” The scroll rolled from the second floor banner to the comutler Middle dual-immersion students were able to try Chinese calligraphy, learn traditional paper cutting, create mons, where the activities were being held. Gabrielle’s classmate, Cheyenne Frank, said they cut paper fortune tellers and paper art, make dumplings, observe Chinese customs and sample sushi rolls during their Chinese New Year as a traditional art form. “They usually put them in the windows for decorations,” celebration event. she said. “We also made red pocket envelopes and put in papers “We hope they can learn about Chinese culture by doing with happy messages for good fortune for the year.”


Chen said the opportunity is interactive and engages students. “We can show pictures or show them lanterns and fans, but through this celebration, they’re learning about the culture and trying their hands at the customs. In our sixth-grade classroom, we have tried using chopsticks and learned about traditional clothing when we study civilization and history. In seventh and eighth grade, they learn more on the culture,” he said. Chen and his wife Haitao Zhao, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade Chinese classes, bring items to show students from each visit back to their homeland. “We want them to learn about Chinese culture and compare it to their own and notice the similarities and differences,” he said. Part of the class includes learning about holidays. Chen said they study the Chinese New Year in their classroom. “We learn more about the New Year each year through reading the legend of the new year, why red is important to Chinese culture and why we do what we do,” he said, referring to the story of the Chinese Zodiac calendar and the Legend of Nian, which tells the origins of the hanging of the red scrolls and lanterns and use of firecrackers, which now is common with new year celebrations. For eighth-grader Asher Stewart, who was pinching dough to make dumplings, it was about having fun. “I’ve never made them before, but they showed us how to do it,” he said. His classmate, Christopher Steck, said he had fun with the new year activities. “We got to do a lot of fun activities,” he said. “We made fortune tellers, learned how to make dumplings and got to learn a lot about their new year.” l

Murray City Hall garnished with BHS teacher Jordan Brun’s ‘GARISH’ By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com “The ‘GARISH’ series is my attempt at pop art as viewed through my own morbid curiosity,” explained Brun. “I began the series in 2009, with an oversexualized version of a cartoony Barbarella. Since then, the neon colors and layers of spray paint and marker have stayed, but the pieces have become more and more detailed and realistic in texture, value and layering.” Indeed, neon hasn’t been this plentiful since the 1980s. Brun claims “GARISH” as his most prolific series, with subjects including portraits of celebrities, fictional characters, fantastical creatures and human oddities. The series includes over 100 pieces and continues to grow. His works stray beyond the 16” x 20” standard canvas size. “My biggest piece is currently 30” by 40”, and the larger I work, the more I am able to explore the small textures and many values and color shifts within the subject.” Brun studied art education at Michigan State University under Dr. Charles Steele and received a BFA in art education and an MA in art education at Eastern Michigan University in 2007. He developed his style while teaching at Plymouth Canton Community Schools and working on a number of independent films in the greater Detroit area. His film work can be seen in “War Flowers” and “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.” Murray Resident Artist Jordan Brun’s “GARISH” series is on display at City In 2011, he moved to Utah and has illustrated a coloring Hall. (Photo/Jordan Brun) book, had his work appear in both a documentary and a feaou certainly don’t miss the neon Wonder Woman staring at ture-length film, exhibited regularly at local galleries and taught you at Murray City Hall. Not to worry, the glowing super- elementary, middle and high school age students, as well as prihero is there as part of Jordan Brun’s Resident Artist exhibition. vate lessons. “I have a great need to have my thoughts escape my mind The Murray artist and Brighton High School art teacher’s works and become trapped on a page, canvas or wood,” he said. can be seen on display in Murray City Hall’s main hallway.


“I love to see reactions to my work, positive or negative — I feel that if my work has evoked an emotional response in someone, then I have been successful.” His works are regularly exhibited at the Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City, and he will be curating a show there in January 2019 titled “Those Who Can’t...,” which will showcase the work and philosophy of Utah visual arts educators. He is also a permanent fixture in Fashion Place Mall’s Young Art Lessons, where he is a teacher. “Teaching gives me the chance to work with over a hundred different students each semester, each with a different way of approaching the challenges I give them. I have learned more from teaching others than I ever could on my own,” Brun said. “GARISH” is his most prolific and promoted, but he also has another series titled “Bling,” with portraits of women from around the world adorned with an overabundance of ornamental jewelry, done in acrylic paint, marker and gold leaf. His other works include “Libram Arcanus,” which is a prop spell book, created using traditional calligraphic techniques and Viking runic alphabets, and utilizing ink, silver leaf and paint pens. “Oldey Timey” uses late 1800s photography as a source material, adding animal heads onto the subjects, creating an anthropomorphic connection done in coffee stain with ink on paper. “Art by itself, hanging on a wall, is a pointless endeavor. The act of its creation provides me with a therapeutic release, and it’s cheaper than therapy, and it is my hope that seeing my work evokes an emotional response in others which can engage them visually.” l

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Lt. Gov. encourages Cottonwood Heights students to become active in issues By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com her state’s government growing up, said she hoped students got “a flavor of what is going on and see part of their history.” “They’re our future, so they need to see the process and how it works. It would be great to see them get involved in issues they have concerns about, if not at the capitol then locally with their school board or local district agencies and city councils,” she said. The tours gave students a look at the capitol from viewing the house and senate, supreme court and Gold Room to seeing the downstairs renovation for earthquake safety. They also looked for statues during a scavenger hunt. They also learned about the bill to replace the statue of Philo T. Farnsworth’s statue, which was first suggested to be displayed in the late 1980s by Ridgecrest Elementary students, in the capitol in Washington, D.C. with one of Mary Hughes Cannon. At press deadline, the bill was on the governor’s desk for consideration. Butler Middle School PTSA president Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes a selfie with 318 students at the recent Parent-Teacher-Student Association day Hilary Ripley said her students also had the at the capitol. (Spencer Cox/Utah State Capitol) opportunity to meet Rep. Marie Poulsen, who as a former teacher not only represents utler Middle seventh-grader Claire administrators on bullying, threats, violence Cottonwood Heights, but also was the reHirrill asked Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, and depression. cent recipient of Canyons APEX award. He continued to address issues, saying “What’s your favorite color?” “We got to sit in the gallery and she inHe returned the question to her and that by 2025, Utah will have a significant in- troduced the students, which was so amazonce she responded, then echoed the same crease in education funding and a significant ing for them,” Ripley said. “It was the highanswer. reduction in air pollution. light of their day to watch the process and “That’s mine, too,” he said. “That’s “We’d like to have hydro transit pick be a part of it.” what politicians do, always agree with you. you up at your houses by the year 2030 as a Ripley said students also got to talk to Don’t ever vote for one of those. Vote for way to carpool going to work. We have 25 her and others about issues and were enthose who speak the truth. My favorite is percent cleaner air than 10 years ago, but the couraged to get involved. blue.” bad news is Salt Lake City is always going “She inspired them to make a differIt was a quick lesson in politics for But- to have air quality issues. The Native Amer- ence in the lives around them,” she said. ler Middle School’s Parent-Teacher-Student icans called it the Valley of Smoke since the “We are a service organization so our stuAssociation Day student president. It came inversion can’t escape,” Cox said. dents are becoming more active in their at the PTSA Day at the capitol on Feb. 7, After Cox’s welcome, students divided school and community.” which attracted 318 students from Canyons, into groups to participate in a mock debate, Recently, the PTSA club has made Jordan and Murray school districts. a 40-minute tour of the capitol and learn cards and posters for veterans and active Cox’s message to students was to get about digital citizenship week. military, held a clothing drive, and helped active in issues and let their voices be heard. Students participated in a mock debate with the school’s memory books, par“I want them to meet their legislators on whether cell phones should be allowed ent-teacher conferences and with Red Riband talk to them about big issues and share at school. bon Week. their ideas,” he said. “Few people actually Utah PTA Student Involvement ComAt the Digital Citizenship Week sestalk to legislators, especially students, and missioner Betty Shaw said that through the sion, Canyons School District spokesman this is their opportunity to make an impact debate, conducted by state auditor John Jeff Haney reminded students that what on their world and future.” Dougall and Rep. Ryan Wilcox, students they post on social media would be availCox spoke to them about issues that were learning both sides of the issue. able for people to see, not only now, but in may concern them — teen suicide, educa“We want students to gain a better their future, including college recruiters and perspective and be able to see both sides to employers. tion, air quality. “Teen suicide is a really big issue in every issue; they may learn something from In addition to Butler Middle and BrighUtah,” he said. “Any suicide is one too the other side instead of just seeing their ton High, Haney said the four other Canyons many as it impacts all of us. Out of about side,” Shaw said. “We want to get the kids traditional high schools and six other middle to understand what goes on (at the capitol), schools as well as students from Jordan and 200 of us, 40 will contemplate it.” Cox made sure students were aware of how laws are enacted or changed and how it Murray school districts had students particithe statewide SafeUT electronic device app, affects them. We want them to start having pate that day at the capitol. About 180 addiwhich provides real-time crisis intervention conversations about current issues so they tional students from across the state attendwith counselors to youth through texting as can get involved.” ed the event on a second day, Feb. 20. l Shaw, who said she had no idea about well as a confidential tip message to school

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Students join nationwide protest, many focus on kindness By Julie Slama, Justin Adams, Lori Gillespie and Travis Barton right reasons supported the victims and it was awesome. For the kids who walked out to miss school, I hope they realize what this is all about and the importance of it.” Kate and other student government leaders organized “17 days of kindness of positivity.” Suggestions include to make a new friend, smile at 17 people, post a picture on social media “NeverAgain” in support and write to Gov. Gary Herbert and the legislature. “We wanted to do something that will make a difference immediately in kids’ lives,” she said. Cottonwood Heights Brighton student government also will hold a kindness campaign to create a more welcoming environment, said Principal Tom Sherwood after about 500 students participated in the student-led walkout. “I believe if students want to make a statement about changes to protest future lives, they have a right,” he said. “Students for generations have used civil disobedience in the community or country to stand up for what they believe is not right — and they still do.” Students, who gathered in the football stand, were silent for Brighton High students leave their classrooms to show support for safer 17 minutes as the names of victims were held up and read out schools at a student-led walkout. (Julie Slama/City Journals) loud. Student leaders also urged students to use their voice — “we cross the country students made their voices heard on March can’t let kids our age die in vain,” to vote and to write to their 14, one month after the school shooting at a Parkland, Florida representatives. Afterward, two juniors — Evelyn Compagno and Lilly Olpin high school. They honored the 17 victims with tearful moments of silence, they protested gun laws and pledged kindness to their — lingered. “I’m so glad we raised awareness for such a horrible thing,” peers. Salt Lake County was no different as schools around the said Evelyn, adding that she had friends who survived the Las valley participated with walkouts and “walk ups.” Vegas shooting. “Those kids were murdered for no reason.” The future of the country is being impacted as well, Lilly said. Murray “You never know the potential those children had. They could “I’m scared at school and I hear that from my friends as well,” said Academy of Math, Engineering and Science junior Grace have been someone great, like the next Isaac Newton,” she said. Community members and Jim and Bonnie Despain came with Wason. “I don’t think fear should be in a place of learning.” About 150 students, most wearing black in mourning, lined their signs supporting the students. Jim Despain, who once hunted rabbits, said that he has 1300 East near the Murray school. They held signs showing each wanted better gun control for years. Bonnie is a retired Ridgecrest victim and chanted, “Books not bullets; no more silence. We are Elementary schoolteacher and remembers faculty discussing change.” During the walkout, Grace recited names of each victim, then the best course of action after the Columbine and Sandy Hook added: “These are only 17 of the 75-plus students we are mourning shootings. “It’s taking the kids across the nation to say enough and get today. We do this in solidarity not only with lost victims, but also the movement going on this,” she said. their mourning friends and families. This has gone too far.” Utah State Rep. Marie Poulson, who taught English in Grace participated in a routine school lockdown earlier in the week. “It was daunting,” she said. “I was working on the posters the south end of the valley, agreed and supported students who and saw them on my desk as I hid in the corner and thought, this is participated. “I’m so proud of the courage, how they came out and spoke the exact thing those Florida students went through only they had up,” she said. “It’s taking our young people’s activism to come out someone with a gun come in their door.” Students, many who planned to take part in the “March for to remind us to look at it and make changes. Kids should have the Our Lives” rally at the Capitol March 24, also signed up to vote as right to feel safe at school.” Poulson said she recalled how the Columbine shooting leaders organized voting registration as well as planned to hold a terrorized both students and teachers and puzzled them about what letter-writing campaign to Congress. Murray Board of Education Vice President Kami Anderson they could do to make schools safer. Since then, she said phones said Murray School District allowed students from Murray High, and panic buttons have been installed in classrooms. “And we’re still discussing it now, but I’m hoping these Hillcrest Junior High and Riverview Junior High the opportunity students caught the attention of other officials and have embarrassed to walkout. “As a school district, we wanted to facilitate the conversation them to do more,” Poulson said. “We don’t want schools to become between students and parents about what the walkout means and an armed camp, but we want our students to be safe. We’ve called why or why not participate and provide a safe place for them,” a school safety commission and if they can find a way to make she said. “We need to allow students to make the choices for a difference, we’ll call a special session (at the legislature) and I hope they do.” themselves.” Murray High student body president Kate Spackman said student government ushered the student-organized walkout to the Sugar House Students from Highland High School and the Salt Lake school plaza, which had about 250 students participate. “Some students stood up and spoke out; we paid our respects School for the Performing Arts congregated on the Highland to the victims,” Kate said. “I felt the kids who walked out for the football field where they linked arms and sang the Highland school song. Highland principal Chris Jenson estimated they had 1,200


students walk out. “The kids that did walk out, it was really nice to see them make a peaceful statement,” Jenson said. Ermiya Fanaeian organized the student protest—which also included voter registration booths—at Highland having grown tired of the mass shootings that have transpired over the last decade. “I am sick and tired of American schools being the new American battleground,” she said, adding the protest serves as a “call to action” for Congress and state legislators to limit access to weapons that put student safety at risk. “It is important that we express our dissent, it is important that we stay pugnacious to the change that we want to expedite.” Kearns Kearns Jr. High focused its energies on what principal Scott Bell hoped would be a “positive direction” rather than getting into the political aspect. The school’s “walk up” concentrated its attention on supporting school kindness and safety, standing united against school violence and honoring the 17 Parkland shooting victims. “My hope was there would be a uniting activity for us as a school and I think it exceeded my hopes. It really turned out just awesome,” Bell said. Before exiting the school, a student-made video was played with students requesting those watching to stand against school violence and pledge to do 17 acts of kindness. On the lawn outside, students and faculty held a moment of silence for two minutes, 14 seconds (the date of the tragedy 2/14). Once students returned to class they were given a KJH Cares card with 14 suggested acts of kindness and three blank lines for them to come up their own ideas. “We’re giving a challenge to our students over the next month to do 17 acts of kindness for others and to use the #KJHCares to share their acts of kindness on social media,” Bell said. Bell was impressed with his students saying they struck the right tone of respect and solemnity. “One thing I didn’t count on was the level of emotion it had for some students,” he said. “We had some of our students and staff be a little emotional about it. There was a real connection with what we were doing.” Holladay At Churchill Jr. High, Principal Josh LeRoy estimated that 80 percent of the student body joined the nationwide walkout. The administration took a hands-off approach to the demonstration, letting student leaders organize it themselves. They did notify the PTSA so that parents were aware of the walkout, many of whom attended to show solidarity for their children. The students formed a large circle and had a moment of silence to honor the victims of recent school shootings. Afterward, some of the student organizers spoke through a megaphone about the need for more gun control and more kindness between students, noting that many of those who carry out school shootings were previously victims of bullying. One of those students, Lydia Timms, said that the opinion and activism of students across the country shouldn’t be discounted just because of their age. “Just because we’re young doesn’t mean that we can’t be patriotic,” she said. Following the demonstration, the majority of students promptly walked back into the building to return to class. LeRoy said he was impressed with the behavior of the students throughout the demonstration. “For most of these students, this was their first experience in civic engagement so we wanted to make sure that it went well,” he said. Eric Holley, one of the parents who attended, said that he thought it was a valuable experience for his daughter. “Something like this works for these kids on their level,” he said. l

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New year, lots of changes for Brighton baseball By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ou might not expect big things from a team coming off a 4-21 season in which it placed last in its region with a 2-16 mark. But Brighton High School baseball coach Andy Concepcion has all the confidence in the world his team is headed for greatness. Not only does Concepcion believe the Bengals will be vastly improved from last season, but he has the highest of aspirations and goals. “My expectations are getting to the playoffs and winning the state championship,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hoisting up the state championship trophy.” Brighton struggled in Region 3 last season, competing in the highest level (Class 5A) against the likes of Bingham, Cottonwood and Jordan. But it’s a new season, and the Bengals have key returners, along with some new faces Concepcion is certain will make a significant difference. Brighton moves to Region 7 this season and stays in 5A rather than moving up to the newly created Class 6A. This season, the Bengals will square off with Corner Canyon, Jordan, Alta, Timpview and Cottonwood for region supremacy. In order to make this grand turnaround Concepcion envisions, he said the offense must produce at a high level every week, and newcomers must make their presence felt. “The keys will be staying consistent on offense and having our young guys step up,” he said.

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Concepcion highlighted a number of standout performers he’s counting on to lead the team on and off the field. He’s eager to see what senior centerfielder and pitcher Alex Zettler can do. The team captain transferred from Copper Hills two years ago and made great strides toward the end of the year. He recently committed to Texas A&M University. “(Zettler) is a leader and extremely athletic,” Concepcion said. “Alex played very well down the stretch last season to earn Second-Team All-Region Honors as well as winning the Team MVP for Brighton football.” Third baseman Zach Larson is another player to watch. The First-Team All-Region performer hit .400 last season and enters his third year as a starter. He played on the Utah Horns club team during the offseason and is a multi-sport athlete at Brighton; he was an All-Academic performer on the football team this past season. “(Larson) brings a ton of passion to our program,” Concepcion said. Junior Alex Hansen, a second baseman and right-handed pitcher, along with sophomore shortstop Tommy Ellis add depth and talent to the team. Concepcion is expecting big things from another sophomore, catcher Thomas Powley. “(Hansen) had a very good season last year, hitting over .400 and earning First-Team All-Region. Alex is very versatile with the ability to be a big-time D1 player. Alex is a tre-

mendous teammate and student athlete with a 4.0 GPA. (Ellis) brings a ton of excitement to the program this year. He is on track to be one of the top shortstops in the state. (Powley) is a power-hitting catcher who played very well last season. He has tremendous passion to play this game. He is a leader and does a great job with our pitching staff. Look for him to have breakout year.” But Concepcion is most excited about a newcomer to the program: right-handed pitcher and first baseman Brennan Holligan, a junior who transferred from Las Vegas, Nevada. Concepcion knows Holligan well, as he coached him as a youth in Vegas prior to coming to Brighton. Holligan is a rare commodity. He joins the Bengals as an Under Armour Preseason All-American. In 2015, he was the winning pitcher in the Las Vegas Connie Mack State Championship where he threw a one-hitter. “(Holligan) is a big-time player who adds a lot of value to our program,” Concepcion said. Brighton began the 2018 season with a pair of victories: a 9-1 win over Kearns on March 10 and a 4-3 victory over Mountain View on the same day. Brighton hosted Hillcrest on March 19. From April 3–6, the team will compete in the prestigious IMG National Classic in Bradenton, Florida. l

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Up-and-down year ends early in postseason for Brighton girls basketball

Bengals baseball: Secret weapon arrives at Brighton via Las Vegas

By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

t was a season of streaks and of highs and lows for the Brighton girls basketball team. The team accomplished some goals and reached the state tournament, where its season ended in the first round. Brighton lost to East in the its first-round playoff game on Feb. 19, 49-37. By finishing league play with a 4-6 record, the Bengals grabbed the fourth and final tournament berth from Region 7. East, meanwhile, grabbed the No. 1 seed in Region 6, so the Bengals knew they were in for a difficult game. Brighton was hanging right there with East for three quarters, trailing just 32-28 as the fourth quarter began. Though its offense was struggling, Brighton’s defense was keeping it in the game. Unfortunately for the Bengals, East got hot in the final period and pulled away with a 17-9 run. Brighton held East to less than 40 percent from the field, but the Bengals hit just 35 percent of their own shots. Sophomore Emily Moss showed why she has a bright future. She scored a game-high 12 points and had three steals. No one else reached double figures in points, but Anabelle Warner had eight points and Naomi Kehl had seven rebounds in the defeat Brighton won five of its first seven games this season before dropping its next four. From there, the team has back and forth, going 4-4 in its last eight regular season games. The Bengals played solid defense most of the year. They held opponents to fewer than 30 points four times and fewer than 50 points a dozen times. The Bengals went 9-11 overall this season and must replace their second-leading scorer Sidney Kaufmann, who will graduate at the end of the school year. The team will also miss departing senior Aly Vyfvinkel, who averaged five points per game. The good news is that Moss, the team’s leading scorer, will be back for her junior year. She scored 11.3 points an outing this season and will look to increase her production next season. Kehl and Warner also come back in 2018–19. The duo scored 6.2 and 5.1 points per game, respectively, this past season, good enough for third and fourth on the team. Another sopho-


The Brighton girls basketball team practices early on in their season. Their season ended in the first round of the playoffs. (City Journals)

more, Nicky Vyfvinkel, will also be counted on for more contributions next season. Next season, the Bengals will also look to close out games. During this past campaign, Brighton lost five games by single digits. On the other hand, three of Brighton’s four region wins were by 19 points or more. Brighton players have more than seven months to work on their game before the returners reconvene in November to make another run at the state tournament. l

n the high school baseball ranks, it’s not uncommon for a team to welcome transfers. These new players may come from nearby schools or from out of state. In either case, there’s often an unknown element of how the newcomer will fit in with his teammates and how he’ll acclimate to the team’s system. The Brighton baseball team is bringing in a transfer this season, and head coach Andy Concepcion has no concerns about what this player will bring to the table. Pitcher Brennan Holligan has joined the Bengals, and he brings quite a resume with him. The junior comes from Las Vegas where he excelled on the mound for Arbor View High School, playing a key role in the school’s state championship. How good is he? He was ranked the fifth-best player in Nevada in his class and enters the season as an Under Armour All-American. The 6-foot-4-inch player throws a 90-mph fastball. As a sophomore in Vegas, Holligan pitched 26 2/3 innings and picked up two victories and posted an ERA of 3.41. “He’s a big-time player who has played in many big games,” Concepcion said. “He has composure, a big arm and a great bat and glove. He’s a great teammate. He brings confidence and a champion mindset to our team.” Concepcion knows Holligan well, so it should be no surprise he’s fit in well on the Bengals squad. Concepcion coached Holligan as a little leaguer in Vegas, guiding the team to a Little League World Series appearance in 2013. It was during this run when Holligan led his West squad from Mountain Ridge Little League to a win over a talented team from Illinois. In that game, Holligan pitched four innings and struck

out six batters. Also, in the Little League World Series, he hit a home run against a team from Pennsylvania. It’s not often a high school coach has an All-American on the team. With Holligan on the field, Concepcion figures his team will surprise plenty of people and improve immensely on last season’s four-win output. “Our goal is to win the state championship,” he said. “He’ll help take us to the next level by his experience, basically pitching in front of 30,000-plus during the Little League World Series. He’ll help improve our team with his leadership and willingness to be the best ever.” In fact, Concepcion is confident that Holligan’s presence at Brighton won’t just benefit the team while he’s playing this season and next year as a senior. He believes this could entice other talented players in the future to be part of the Bengals’ program. “It’s huge for our program,” he said. “It sets the tone for all the younger kids that see a preseason Under Armour All-American playing baseball at Brighton. It opens the doors for many of the younger kids that are thinking about coming to Brighton. Things are changing here at Brighton for the better. We are looking to establish ourselves as one of the top programs in the state.” As for Holligan fitting in with his new team, Concepcion said it didn’t take long for the other players to take him under their wings. “We have great kids in our program, and they took in Brennan like one of their own,” he said. “He’s family now.” l

Brennan Holligan pitched in the Little League World Series in 2014 while living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, he’s a member of the Brighton Bengals.

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The Value of Choices I recently watched a Netflix Original show called “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner and Peter Mullan. The show opens over a lake, late into an evening sunset. Over the next three minutes, a dimly-lit montage of the main character doing some menial tasks makes the audience question the morality of the character. Bateman’s voice is tracked over this scene. “Money: that which separates the haves, from the have-nots. It’s everything if you don’t have it, right? Half of all American adults have more credit card debt than savings. Twenty-five percent have no savings at all. And only 15 percent of the population is on track to fund even one year of retirement. You see, I think most people just have a fundamentally flawed view of money. Is it simply an agreed upon unit of exchange for goods and services? Or is it intangible – security, happiness, or peace of mind? Let me propose a third option; money as a measuring device. You see the hard reality is how much money we accumulate in life is a function of….patience, frugality, and sacrifice. When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common? Those are choices. Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices.”



For months, the above quote has stuck with me, challenging my perceptions of money, poorness, richness, currency, and value. As the season of new beginnings—spring—approaches, it is a time to challenge ourselves to think

more positively, meditate incrementally, comprehend the daily quotes from calendars. If you aim to change mentality, instead of physicality, as part of your new beginnings, I challenge you to begin questioning the perception of money. Most of us view money as an agreed upon unit of exchange for goods and services. You’re reading this newspaper segment with the word “coupon” in the title, hoping to find ways of protecting those units already possessed. Without such coupons, or mentality of frugality, those units diminish. In viewing money as units of exchange, statistics like the ones mentioned above are frightening. Half of all American adults need to earn units to replenish the units they’ve already exchanged, instead of inheriting them. Fifteen percent of the population has not obtained enough units to exchange for a oneyear lifestyle free from work and responsibility. However, if we perceive money as a measure of an individual’s choices, those statistics are less anxiety-ridden. Half of all American adults made choices to live outside of their means. Fifteen percent of the population chose to live a different lifestyle. As I’ve been challenging my perception of


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Adam Christensen lays the ball up at practice last fall. (City Journals)

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hough it’s not realistic for everyone, every high school team aims to reach the postseason. Despite playing in a challenging region, the Brighton boys basketball team qualified for the Class 5A state tournament. The Bengals just got there in an unconventional way. Brighton finished its slate of Region 7 games with a 3-7 mark in league games. Alta and Cottonwood also went 3-7, deadlocking all three schools in fourth place — and in the final state tournament spot. Tie-breaker rules pitted Brighton against Cottonwood in a play-in game Feb. 22. The winner would face Alta the following day for the chance to advance to the state tournament. During the regular season, Brighton had fallen to Cottonwood twice, 54-48 on Jan. 30 and 69-66 in the regular season finale just two prior to the play-in game. The third time was the charm for the Bengals. Brighton got revenge on Cottonwood, beating the Colts handily, 59-43. With the exception of the second quarter, in which Cottonwood outscored Brigh-

ton 21-13, the Bengals dominated action from start to finish. Brighton raced to a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a slim 33-30 halftime advantage. The third quarter showcased Brighton’s defense, as it held Cottonwood to a mere three points. In the decisive fourth quarter, the Bengals stretched their lead and pulled away for the victory. Three Bengals scored in double figures, led by Adam Christensen, who scored 18 points. The senior also had seven rebounds and three steals. Teammate Cameron Krystkowiak netted 17 points, hauled down six rebounds and dished out three assists. Luc Krystkowiak had 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Brighton racked up points from the foul line by hitting 18 of its 24 shots. Unlike its season series with Cottonwood, the Bengals defeated Alta in both meetings during region play, including a 65-51 home win on Feb. 16. The tie-breaker was a do-or-die clash, and it turned out to be a back-and-forth affair. Brighton outlasted the Hawks 53-50, after building a 27-22 halftime lead. Once again, three Bengals reached double fig-

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