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pportunities to pan for gold or hunt alligators at an elementary school aren’t that common, but Butler Elementary fourth-graders had the chance as part of their Mountain Man Rendezvous. After learning about Jim Bridger and other well-known Mountain Men, the students tried several activities that were coordinated by the fourth-grade teachers. “I think the students are learning to appreciate how easy they have it and how hard it was back then,” fourth-grade teacher Parys Lightel said. “The Mountain Men made lots of sacrifices, and having the students know what came before us broadens their perspective.” The day began with a way-of-life obstacle course. Students dressed in oversized jeans and shirts for fishing, then put the fish (cut out of paper) they caught into a pan to cook it over a fire, followed a bear across the creek (or in this case, on a balance beam), panned for gold (pieces of paper), hunted for an alligator with a dart gun and returned to the team of students, who were awaiting their turn on the relay. “We took some liberties since we don’t have a stream or a fire or real animals, but they understood the message and had some fun with it. It was hilarious watching them try to do it all with baggy clothes that were about five times their size,” she said. Lightel also said they prepared students to Ready set, fire: Butler Elementary students line up their target at the school’s fourth-grade Mountain Man Rendezvous. (Julie Slama/City Journals) learn their mentality. Continued to page 3...

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hree area students not only competed, but also excelled at the recent Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair. These three students, Churchill Jr. High’s Anthony Hill and Ellie de Groote and Wasatch Junior High’s Caroline Dalton, have been invited to apply to the national Broadcom Science Fair. Fair Manager Jody Oostema said that 41 projects, or the top 10 percent of the Salt Lake Valley’s fair, receives invitations. From there, it is narrowed to about 300 semifinalists nationwide. “We usually have two to six students reach semifinals and a few in the finals,” she said. “We’ve seen some new innovative ways to solve problems.” Anthony’s project, “No Pressure: The Effects of Martian-Like Atmospheric Pressure on Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions in Plants,” won the plant sciences junior division category. He also won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics junior division and U.S. Navy Junior Division Award. Ellie’s science fair entry is called “The Power Inside Us.” She placed second in physics, astronomy and math junior division. Caroline’s project was titled “Multiple Sclerosis Patients Feeling Frozen?” Oostema said that this year, Salt Lake Valley’s fair had 724 elementary through high school participants, a record number of students, with 57 percent being female. That is an increase of about 500 students since 2005 and the number of projects this year is up 16 from last year to 573. In addition to private and charter schools, the fair includes public school students from Salt Lake, Granite, Murray, Tooele, Park City and Canyons school districts. Next year, the fair will undergo a name change to University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair, which will reflect the host school, Oostema said, adding that this year’s fair was inspiring. “It’s an impressive fair and sometimes, I’m just blown away with what students come up with,” she said. Two students, Vikrant Ragula and Kanishka Ragula from Skyline High School, led the senior division with their first-place finish in mechanical engineering. Their project was called “A Robotic Approach to De-Escalating Police/Civilian Interactions During Traffic Stops.” They also received awards from the U.S. Metric Association and the Utah Division of Transportation. Their project, a robot that acts as an intermediary between the police officer and the civilian during traffic violation stops, also received $500 for the top online vote winner at the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge this past spring at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. The institute provides opportunities for students to learn about both entre-

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preneurship and innovation. Also at the regional science fair, Skyline classmate David Zhong received first place in the plant sciences division for his project titled “A Quantitative Comparison of Water Consumption and Venation Between Normal and Damaged Leaves.” He also was honored with the U.S. Air Force Award. Other junior high winners include Eleanor Frederick of Wasatch Junior High, behavioral and social sciences third place for “To Talk or Not to Talk, That is the Question”; Kambrielle Cruz of Olympus Junior High, chemical and physical energy fourth place for “Heat Sinks”; and Lahav Ardi of Churchill Junior High, plant sciences fourth place for “Effects of Color of Light on Lactuca Satvia Morphology and Metabolism.” Elementary winners include Dallin Soukup, Cottonwood Elementary, physics, astronomy and math fourth place for “How Old is the Universe?”; Zoe McFarland, Driggs Elementary, mechanical engineering honorable mention for “Wonder Leash”; Emma Adams, Cottonwood Elementary, mechanical engineering honorable mention for “Fast or Friction?”; and Talmage How, Canyon View, earth and environmental sciences honorable mention for “How Does Temperature Inversion Affect Air Pollution?” l

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“We talked about the old way of life and how difficult it may be to rise early to go fishing to eat and how they had to trade their goods to get supplies,” she said. To illustrate that, students brought in some old toys, with their parents’ permission, to trade with classmates so they got a chance to understand how to barter for what they wanted, Lightel said. Students also gathered around for some rendezvous games such as tag, ring toss, shooting arrows through a hula hoop, leg wrestling and others. Cassius Ortega said he liked grabbing hold of a pole with a friend for the stick pull. “It was fun playing stick pull and see who could pull it the most,” Cassius said. “I liked playing friendship tag and doing target practice too.” Classmate Marley Rodney said she liked learning about Native Americans games. “They made them up since there were no electronics and used things they had available, like sticks,” she said. “I know they bartered for things they needed, but we’re doing it with toys. I’m wanting to trade some of the things I brought, like my pink headphones for Minion playing cards.” Cassius said he enjoyed learning about

the Mountain Men. “It was interesting to hear their stories. One Mountain Man was severely injured by bears, but he crawled 200 miles back to civilization,” he said. Marley was looking forward to their fourth-grade program, which included songs and dances. It also included narration from Mormon pioneers, Spanish explorers, fur traders and trappers — commonly known as the Mountain Men — workers who built the transcontinental railroad and five regional Native American Indian tribes: Shoshone, Goshute, Paiute, Ute and Navajo. “I learned Spanish dance steps and have been practicing for the program. I learned about the Spanish expedition and how pioneers lived a long time ago,” she said. Lightel said the fourth-grade program is tied to the Utah history social studies core. “It features these important groups of people in Utah and we teach the students the Virginia Reel and the Patty Cake Polka,” she said. “They not only read about Utah history but take part in it so they’ll remember the counties in Utah, a Native American drum chant we do with rhythm sticks, the transcontinental railroad and important parts of our history.” l



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Brighton High students get taste of French culture, food By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


righton High French teacher Lauren McCombs wants her students to do more than recite French phrases from a textbook. She wants them to experience the culture of the French people. “When students incorporate cultural experiences into their language study, it becomes inseparable in helping them with their understanding,” she said. “They see people differently. They interpret culture differently. They’re more open-minded and conscientious.” McCombs creates opportunities to mix in stories from her travels and life in France for two years. She also pulls up articles and videos online so students are reading in French and seeing what they’re learning while munching on crepes they make in class. “We’ll look at the architecture of cities we see there to here, compare small towns to huge cities, see the differences from our mountains to their beaches.We compare things students relate to, such as movies and schools. I found a French report card online so we learned how harsh and honest teachers’ comments are and the differences of our systems,” she said. But McCombs knows that’s not enough. Her advanced students also have the opportunity to participate in the French fair at Brigham Young University, where they experience reciting a monologue or performing a song or dance in French so they further immerse themselves into the language. But the real motivating cultural event, McCombs has found, is to reward her advanced students with a year-end celebration at La Caille restaurant in Sandy. This year was the fifth time Brighton students have gone to lunch at the French restaurant. “It’s feels like we travel to France to taste the cuisine and to walk around the immaculate grounds with swans swimming in the lakes and peacocks strutting on the grass. The students are just taken back in awe. It’s amazing,” she said. The restaurant is set in a building replicating an old stone castle. Twenty-four students climbed the stairs to a medieval-looking private dining room where they were served

Brighton High French students gets a taste of French culture and food through La Caille field trip. (Margaret Flynn/Brighton High)

from a set menu, which included escargot, sorbet, salad, bread, pork tenderloin, vegetables and chocolate mousse. “The waiter walked us through our utensils so we knew the proper etiquette when trying to eat the escargot. Some found it a fun experience to try the escargot while others were so nervous or found it so unappetizing they shared theirs with their classmates,” McCombs said. Junior Margaret Flynn said the whole experience is different than eating a typical American meal.

“I found it interesting how the French culture sees eating as more of an experience than many in America,” she said. “They have certain customs like the plating and use of silverware and palate cleansers that are all meant to help those eating have a more enjoyable experience and focuses on the experience of having a good meal rather than seeing eating as a means to an end.” Classmate and Brighton French Club president Julianne Liu has looked forward to lunch at La Caille.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have received the opportunity to attend lunch at La Caille with some of my favorite classmates over the past few years,” she said. “This event acts as a motivator for many students as we get to celebrate our accomplishments through together exploring the beautiful gardens and enjoying a delicious meal. As a senior and French Club president, this last time was definitely bittersweet; I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with and creating many memories involving this hidden gem of the Salt Lake Valley.” l

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Brighton High students use field trip ideas for school restaurant remodeling plans By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


ight before the end of the term, 11 Brighton High interior design students toured model homes as well as furniture stores to see fashion trends and learn from professionals in the field. “They saw examples of the element of design or color schemes they learned about in class as well as had the opportunity to ask people in the field about why interior design is important and what it takes to do this job,” said Brighton High family and consumer science teacher Sierra West. “They were able to identify the balance and rhythm in the rooms and see the variety that’s offered.” The Brighton High students, who were accompanied by nine Jordan High students, also took notes, completed workshops and participated in a photo scavenger hunt, identifying what they had learned throughout the trimester, she said. “I tied it around their final project, which is to gather ideas to redesign the restaurant, called The View, for our culinary arts program. Seeing ideas in person makes all the difference,” she said. Students got ideas from RC Willey and IKEA on different materials they could use, such as countertops, lighting or rugs, as well as how room designs are created for Daybreak model homes, West said. The idea for remodeling The View came about when ProStart teacher Hilary Cavanaugh approached West, asking her for ideas on updating it. From there, they decided that students could use the project to not only compete in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s Star Event during competitions, but also use their design to give to the Canyons School District as suggestions.

West divided her class into teams, with each team coming up with its own remodel plans. “We started by having students ask her questions before they even began measuring. They asked her about herself, her background, what she needs to fit the needs of her students and school, her style choices,” West said. Then, students looked at floor plans and blueprints to understand the layout of the room. They took time to photograph and measure each part of the room and decided its special features, she said. “We talked about style and practicality, about how lighting should match the function of the room, but it still could accent it. We talked about how there usually is an inspiring piece in each room and color is used to support it,” she said. While on the field trip, students could see how furniture tied into the unity of the room or how the room was symmetrical. “We saw how different designers would look at a room and see it differently, whether it was more contemporary or traditional. We’d talk about our visions and how they needed to complement the needs of our clients, and the need to be respectful to each other’s tastes,” she said. Through putting what they learned in class and on the field trip into their final project, West said students better understand the role of the client. “They had to create a presentation board and give her a presentation of what they proposed by the deadline. They needed to clearly understand the client’s expectations and needs. It’s been like a real-world, client-designer experience that they’re learning while still in school,” she said.

As a final project for Brighton High interior design students, The View at Brighton will undergo a remodeling. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

West said that Cavanaugh will pick her favorite design, or elements from several, to give to the district to implement into the classroom. “We’ll post pictures before and after the remodel is done, so students can see what their peers have been doing,” West said. “This experience has been great and it’s going to make a big difference at the school.” l

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Canyons School District names Union Middle teacher as teacher of the year By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


nion Middle School teacher Drew Fosse has a system in places that motivates his students to be engaged and participate in class, but that’s not enough. This summer, he’s revamping it. “I want to make it better,” he said. “I want the opportunity to have them participate more to reinforce the material they are learning.” This past year, students worked to win tickets, which they could trade in for prizes. “Students like tangible rewards, so they’re actively participating to get a chance to wear something like Joe Esposito’s vest, trade seats for the day or get a snack from the ‘forbidden closet,’” Fosse said. Being able to relate to his students was one of the reasons Fosse was selected as Canyons School District’s Teacher of the Year. “It’s my second year teaching in Canyons, so it came as a huge surprise,” he said. “When I was named Union Teacher of the Year, I was shocked. It was overwhelming when I was told I was being considered a semifinalist. They came in with a camera and observed me teaching. I couldn’t image anything more.” More did come when the announcement was made at a Canyons Board of Education meeting — with this honor came $1,000 from the Canyons Education Foundation. Fosse also is Canyons’ Apex Teacher of the Year and his name will advance to the state to be considered Utah’s teacher of the year. He said his motivating approach stemmed from his first years of teaching — teaching 24 students in a small Oregon town, helping students in a residential treatment center as well as at Escalante (Utah) High School. Fosse then decided to get his special education endorsement and move his family so he could teach at Union Middle School. When a seventh-grade social studies position opened, he slid into his current role. Each day, he asks students to explore a statement, such as “I can use geography to propose a solution to a current issue.” He also asks his students to “think, pair and share” as they turn to classmates to discuss what they think. “I want students to use the approach ‘I do, you do, we do’ so it reinforces what they’re learning,” he said. Seventh-grader Kailee Stroud appreciates his teaching method. “He lets us have a chance to talk to our partner about what we’re learning so we’re able to make connections,” she said. “He interacts with all the class and rewards us for wanting to learn. It’s a fun class.” Principal Kelly Tauteoli said his students feel at ease with Fosse’s approach. “By having students go back and forth with each other, they feel comfortable to try even if they make mistakes,” she said. “So when it is their turn to speak in front of everyone, they have confidence. He has high expectations for his kids and he makes them feel they can do and achieve anything. His students feel like they’re in college with discussions, and are eager to present their viewpoints.” Even so, Fosse said the class is designed to be fun. “When students are having fun, they’re wanting to learn more. Kids are trying everything, working together and realizing they can take their learning to a higher level,” he said. Fosse credits the district with teaching techniques he’s

Union Middle School teacher Drew Fosse, who was named Canyons School District’s Teacher of the Year, engages with his middle school students during class. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

learned through professional development. “Students need explicit instruction so they realize what is needed and how they can best do what is being asked of them,” he said. While social studies may seem like history to some people, Fosse stretches it to include other topics such as economics. For example, he asked students to name natural resources found in Bears Ears National Monument other than fossil fuels or uranium. “When you realize what resources are valuable, then you can understand issues and look at solutions. Then, we can take it one step farther to make real-world connections,” he said. Fosse also sits on the school’s positive behavioral system committee and is Union’s home and hospital coordinator. He credits many others who encourage him with his teaching. “If I go back throughout my career, I have many people to thank — my English teacher inspired me; my dad, who was a teacher, backed me; and my wife, who is my best friend; and my kids support me,” he said. “One of the best things about Canyons is they recognize so many educators who are truly great and work hard. The support and acknowledgment they give teachers is amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better school district.” Fosse was selected from a pool of 48 teachers, each teacher representing Canyons’ schools, including Canyons Virtual High, alternative high school Diamond Ridge and the academy at the Utah State Prison. Two other finalists in this year’s selection process were East Sandy Elementary teacher Stephanie Cobabe and Brighton High physics teacher Janice Spencer-Wise. Cobabe received $750 and Spencer-Wise received $500. Cobabe thanked the foundation and board for recognizing teachers’ efforts. “Each Teacher of the Year recipient represents more than 1,100 talented and hardworking teachers who come to work every day in hopes of being his or her best self and to inspire kids to do their best while feeling safe and loved in their educational environment.” l

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Wasatch Mountain Film Festival announces winners By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights area ski resorts hosted the third annual Wasatch Mountain Film Festival June 19 through 24. The festival is a production of Utah-based non-profit Wasatch Mountain Arts, started in 2014 by two University of Utah students, Stuart Derman and Shane Baldwin. The festival screens films that are documentaries focusing on outdoor recreation. According to co-founder and festival chairman Stuart Derman, “The idea for the festival came about because Shane and I saw other mountain film festivals like Banff and Telluride Mountain Film (festivals) come on tour to Salt Lake City, but realized that, despite their high popularity, Utah did not have its own mountain film festival.” Now, having just completed its third year, the event has grown significantly, from a couple hundred attendees in its first year to more than 3,000 this year. Derman says this year’s festival had a total of, “61 films, 13 screening blocks, 3000 attendees from 23 States, and 40 special guests (professional outdoor athletes and filmmakers).” Some showings sold-out, indicating the growing interest in the film festival. The films, featuring topics ranging from skiing to paragliding, were shown at locations in Salt Lake City and Sandy, and at Snowbird Ski Resort. The opening night gala was held in Park City. The film festival is Wasatch Mountain Arts’ first major program and the founders are seeking to expand. This year, the festival paired with Utah’s Adventure Week, at which, in addition to watching films, festival goers could also participate in a number of activities, clinics, and events emphasizing outdoor recreation. This year’s festival attracted author Greg Mortenson, who attended the screening of “3000 Cups of Tea.” The film focuses on the controversy surrounding Mortenson’s alleged inaccuracies in his book, “Three Cups of Tea,” and its sequel, “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” and his financial dealings with the Central Asia Institute. Winners for the five-day event were announced at the Cliff Lodge at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Capturing the other top award for Feature Film was “Paul’s Boots,” a documentary produced in conjunction with outdoor retail-

National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki participates in a film festival panel (Stuart Derman)

er REI. The documentary is about a man who prepared for his dream trip of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail but was felled by a heart attack before he could start the journey. Hundreds of people in the outdoor community volunteered to help his widow to fulfill his dream by carrying his boots the entire length of the 2190 mile trail. The People’s Choice Award and the Shane McConkey Award went to the film “Dodo’s Delight,” a documentary film about climbers sailing and singing their way through the Arctic. Other winning laurels included the Cinematography Award for “Holy;” Environmental Awareness Award to “Monumental;” and the Social Awareness Award to “My Hero Brother.” The George Mallory Award was given posthumously to Ueli Steck, a Swiss mountain climber who recently passed away on Mount Everest. According to the film festival,

Festival-goers participate in a screening question-and-answer panel. (Stuart Derman)

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Cottonwood Heights and Holladay revise justice court contract By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ince 2010, Cottonwood Heights City has contracted with Holladay City for justice court services, as Cottonwood Heights does not have their own justice court. Recently, Holladay has asked for a renegotiation of their contract so they can re-evaluate the justice court’s budget. The Holladay court “has jurisdiction to hear all Class B and Class C misdemeanors and Infractions occurring within the boundaries of the City of Holladay, and by interlocal agreement within the boundaries of Cottonwood Heights City. The Court also hears small claims matters arising in Holladay and Cottonwood Heights,” Holladay’s justice court statement says. In other words, “The Holladay Municipal Justice Court has jurisdiction over class B and C misdemeanor crimes that occur within the borders of Holladay City, Utah. By agreement with the City of Cottonwood Heights, the Holladay Justice Court also handles misdemeanor crimes that occur in Cottonwood Heights,” said Canyons Law Group. When Cottonwood Heights was incorporated in 2005, the city originally worked with Salt Lake County for justice court services. After about five years with the county, they “were displeased and went to Holladay as a contract entity,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said. The original contract between the two cities began in 2010 and was set for three years. After the contract expired, the cities renewed it every year. Within the contract, it was agreed that Holladay would “run the court, and Cottonwood Heights would have no say in the management,” Cullimore explained. Cottonwood Heights would then receive a payment from Holladay on a regular basis.

The major reason for Holladay’s wish to renegotiate the contract stems from a failing costs and revenue system. Holladay’s justice court receives revenue from Cottonwood Heights’s citations, Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake’s citations in Holladay, and the variable expenses from Cottonwood Heights’s 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,” City Manager John Park said. “At the end of this budget year, Holladay will have a $70,000 deficit without paying Cottonwood Heights (what they owe). They are saying ‘mercy!’” Assistant Manager Bryce Haderlie said. Holladay wants to end the existing contract on July 1. “Holladay wants Cottonwood Heights to be part of the solution,” Cullimore said, which they are happy to do. “We want to negotiate in good faith with Holladay.” Cottonwood Heights suggested to Holladay that they pay the $80,000 owed to Cottonwood Heights, without any additional payments moving forward. In return, Cottonwood Heights would like to have more of a voice in the management of the courts. “If Holladay is going to have us share the burden, Cottonwood Heights needs more of a say in things,” Haderlie said. Moving forward, Cottonwood Heights aims to make some improvements within the courts. “I’ve met with Robby (Russo, Cottonwood Heights police chief) and his staff to figure out some of the challenges they are seeing,” Haderlie said. One of the current challenges stems from a section of the original contract. Cottonwood Heights has been receiving incomplete reports from Holladay about the justice court. Additional areas of

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concern for Cottonwood Heights include traffic school ownership, complaints and policy. “We are becoming part of the situation now,” Cullimore said. “We have to budget money to spend on the court, as opposed to getting money from the court.” Cullimore suggested an additional option for city staff to explore. He suggested that other entities, such as the surrounding cities, may be interested in a system that could “make Holladay the landlord of the court.” With this option, a committee would be created that would “manage the court functions. When there are issues, the different entities could have joint access to have discussions with the judge and to court concepts of management, not just legal structures,” Cullimore said. For now, Cottonwood Heights and Holladay are working on a solution involving “a committee with equal representation from both cities and a contract between the cities,” Haderlie said. l

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Cottonwood Heights Art Council stages Annie By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


The Orphan’s chorus for rehearses for CH Art Council’s Annie. (Kristen Pedersen)

et your bottom dollar that you cannot finish the phrase, “The sun will come out,” with any other word than “Tomorrow.” If you can, consider attending the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council’s production of “Annie” to acquaint yourself with the signature tune of the hit Broadway play. “Annie,” the uplifting story inspired by the 1924 comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” is on stage at Butler Middle School. The endearing musical opens on July 28 and runs through August 5. According to Cottonwood Heights Arts Council Production Manager Kimberly Pedersen, “Annie is a beloved play by many, and considered a classic. Cottonwood Heights Arts Council wanted to do Annie because of the family aspect. Annie is a play in which everyone can attend together, but also we are able to get families involved in the cast. We love to be able to do that. When we can involve adults and children together, it really makes it fun!” Set during the Great Depression in 1933, “Annie” is the tale of a young orphan who charms everyone with her pluck. The spunky 11-year-old lives in an orphanage run by the mean Miss Hannigan, who punishes Annie and the other orphans. When a wealthy munitions industrialist named Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected, and her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically. Annie charms the hearts of the household staff and even the apparently cold-hearted Warbucks, but she still longs to meet her parents. Warbucks decides to help Annie find her longlost parents by offering a reward. Miss Hannigan and her evil brother, Rooster, concoct a scheme to impersonate her

parents and get the reward for themselves. Captivating events follow as Annie develops relationships with all kinds of people, including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, while trying to elude Hannigan. Originally produced on Broadway in 1977, the play ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Neil Simon Theatre. Nominated for 11 Tony awards, the play won for Best Musical. With music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, the musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers. With ample roles for child actors, many leading actresses got their start in this musical, including Molly Ringwald and Alyssa Milano as orphans, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Allison Smith in the lead role as Annie. For Cottonwood Heights’ production, Madeline Best is cast as Annie. Rounding out the lead roles are Rohit Raghavan as Daddy Warbucks, Marcela Fedderson as Miss Hannigan, and Natalie Nielson as Grace Farrell. “We are excited about this show. The cast is so talented and fantastic and we are sure that this will be a fun show,” declared Pedersen. Online ticket sales are available at arts. ch.utah.gov. Pedersen notes, “We are happy to be able to offer a family night ticket on Monday the 31st of July. It’s $45 for two adults and up to five kids (living in the same household). We want this night to be a fun family event, so we plan on having some food trucks and a fun family atmosphere.” Tickets will also be available at the school on the night of the event. Pederson also notes, “We will also sell tickets at Butlerville Days and perform a bit of the show on the stage. Come by and visit the Arts Council booth and buy your tickets and get $1.00 off.” l

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Coaches hold summer sports camps By Koster Kennard | koster.k@mycityjournals.com


n the first week of their summer break, Brighton’s girls volleyball and basketball programs ran their summer camps. The basketball camp was a smaller affair with only a handful of girls each day, while the volleyball camp had over 20 girls attend. “I don’t know how many girls I’ll have in the program (this coming year),” said head girls basketball coach Jim Gresh. “Camp is pretty small, though.” Sophomore small forward River Utley said she likes having a smaller group because it gives the coaches more time to work with them individually. “We don’t have that many girls this time — like there were six girls today,” said Utley after their Tuesday session of camp. “We have learned a lot more because it’s more one-on-one,” said freshmen Lilly Cheatahm. “It’s smaller so you can feel like you’re learning more about it and you’re getting more of idea of how you should do it in a game.” Both camps were right around their typical size, though they vary from year to year. Head volleyball coach Adam Fernandez said this year’s crop of camp goers had more eighth- and ninth-graders than usual. “A lot of times, it just ends up being my returning girls, but this year, we’ve got a ton of girls that are going into ninth grade and we’ve got five or six who are going into eighth grade.” Fernandez said that having younger girls come out is good for the program and the girls. “We can kind of introduce them to Brighton volleyball at an early age and kind of let them know what they can expect when they get to high school,” Fernandez said. Assistant volleyball coach Paula Mitchell said they had a lot more players than usual who have played club volleyball before. “It’s not like you’re having to teach them all the basics, which is fun too, but most of the girls are at a fairly higher level so we can all play together and get some good touches and experiences and more game-like experiences rather than doing mostly drills,” Mitchell said. In May, Brighton volleyball held a camp for girls from fourth to seventh grade. “For this week-long camp, it’s just too much for the younger kids so we just try and limit this to girls who are already playing either competitive ball or those who are old enough to play in high school.” Each day of Brighton’s high school volleyball camp starts with a couple of skills, followed by drills to incorporate those skills. Fernandez said one goal of the camp is to get to know the girls before they come in for tryouts in August.


Player goes through her jump shot as teammate and coach watch. (Koster Kennard/ City Journals)

“It’s nice that there’s young ones because those are the ones that we don’t know,” Fernandez said. “We always have a pretty good idea of returning girls, but it’s nice to get to know the younger girls.” Fernandez said volleyball, like anything, requires practice to master. “The more you do it the better you’re going to get,” Fernandez said. “So the more chance we get to play, we’re going to get tons of volleyball in the fall, and a lot of these girls play club through the winter and spring, but we can get a few more touches in the summer before everyone goes off on vacation.” “It’s nice to kind of tell them and show them what kind of program we run and they have an idea of what they’re going to be doing if they play on the team in the fall,” said Fernandez. Fernandez said he invites anyone to come out and watch the team, including Corinne Larsen, who has committed to play at Utah State in 2018. Gresh said the goal of his camp is to teach the girls basic basketball skills like shooting, ball handling, passing, setting screens and playing defense. “It’s always good to go over the basics again and again, and so it’s helped me work with my shooting and I think defense is something that is always good to know how

to work on,” said sophomore point guard Chloe Norscth. Though the camp is a high school basketball camp, Gresh said the camp was for anyone who wanted to come. This year’s group of campers even had a sixth-grader. “I had it mostly for older kids from ninth to twelfth grade, but if younger girls wanted to come they could come,” Gresh said. “They don’t have to be on the team or anything.” Sophomore wing Tessa Hopkin said she enjoyed scrimmaging after they went through individual drills. Cheatahm found that she was able to put the skills she learned into practice when they scrimmaged each day. Hopkin said she liked seeing old friends and making new ones at the camp. “I like it challenges me and it keeps me physically fit, but (I) also (like) learning the game and (it’s) just another thing that I can learn and get better at,” Cheatahm said. “It’s just fun to work with these girls and see if I can teach them some things about basketball,” Gresh said. Mitchell said their campers are consistently excited to play the game. “It’s so great these kids just have a love for the game, and it’s just great to see their enthusiasm and every year we just get a bunch of kids who are enthusiastic and excited to be here,” said Mitchell. l

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Brighton wrestler looks to dominate in national tournament By Koster Kennard | koster.k@mycityjournals.com


everal of Brighton’s wrestlers are attending camps this summer but none of their summer plans involve anything as prestigious as the tournament Brayden Stevens is going to attend. From July 14 to 22 Stevens competed in junior nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. “It’s a tougher tournament,” said Brayden. “It’s not laid back at all. It’s the best of the best competing out there.” To qualify for junior nationals a wrestler has to place top four in their weight class in their state in either freestyle or greco-roman events. If a wrestler places top eight in either event at junior nationals, they’re named an all-american wrestler. On June 21 to June 24 Brayden wrestled in junior national duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he and team Utah took 13th place. “I just went for team Utah at 152 lbs and we wrestled against multiple states and I did pretty alright back there,” Brayden said. I’m still not where I want to be. There’s always room for improvement.” “I’m taking what I learned back in Tulsa and bringing it back to the room and practicing it every day with my dad and my other coaches to get better so that I can compete with them back in Fargo,” Brayden said. Before wrestlers from Utah go to the tournament in Fargo, they head to camp W.G.Williams a Utah National Guard training site just south of Bluffdale where Greg Williams and the UVU wrestling staff hold a required camp to prepare the wrestlers for Fargo. “We have three sessions every day and we just go through technique, condition and kind of just prepare a little bit more for Fargo,” said Brayden. “Kind of like more of an intense camp so we get more prepared and more in shape than what you would do normally on your own.” While at camp the boys go through military type training like climbing ropes and running around the track. “It’s kind of a kick butt camp,” Brayden said. Mitchell Stevens, Brayden’s father and Brighton’s head wrestling coach also competed in Fargo when he was in high school. “It’s very tough competition,” said Coach Stevens. “You get the best kids from all throughout the country and I remember them having over 150 or so kids in (my) bracket.” Brayden competed in cadet nationals in junior high, which is part of the event in Fargo but for younger boys, and he competed in Junior Nationals last year. “I didn’t do so great last year,” Brayden said. “I didn’t prepare for it at all. I’ve been going to more wrestling practices to prepare myself. Lifting and running and staying in shape.” Brayden placed first in the 152 weight class

Brayden starts to celebrate after winning the state title. (Jerry Christensen/ Brighton Wrestling)

in the Utah 5A division this past winter and placed second the year before as a sophomore. Utah high schools wrestlers wrestle folkstyle rules but in Fargo they wrestle olympic styles freestyle and greco-roman, which are similar but have some different rules. Brayden placed third at folkstyle nationals two years ago. Brayden’s goal is to be named an allamerican in both styles by placing in the top eight. “I’m just going like no one can touch me,” Brayden said. “If you think that you’re invincible then no one can stop you. You’re just going in with that mentality that you know you’re the best and that will help you progress.” Coach Stevens said that many college wrestling recruiters pay closer attention to the Fargo tournament. “It has the top kids from each state,” Coach Stevens said. “It helps them evaluate talent well.” Though Brayden is probably the most active this summer with the junior national tournaments and UVU’s wrestling camp he isn’t the only one going to a wrestling summer camp this year. Coach stevens said that there is a wrestling camp each week of the summer that boys could potentially go to. “There’s a camp almost every week of the summer,” Coach Stevens said. “There’s been

camps and kids have gone individually.” Though boys ultimately pick their own camps because Brighton doesn’t have their own wrestling summer camp coach Stevens often gives them direction where to go. “The camps that I direct them towards are the camps where I know the instructors are very good. There’s a camp coming up that I direct kids to in July up at Copper Hills High School called the Purler Wrestling Camp they would be a good camp to go to,” Coach Stevens said. “They’ve had some college national champions here at what’s called the Vector Wrestling Camps in Orem. Wasatch puts on a good camp each year.” In the past, Brighton wrestling has gone to UVU’s camp as a team. “I haven’t (run my own camp),” Coach Stevens said. “That’s something that I’ve talked about and may do in the future but I haven’t run my own camp yet.” Coach Stevens said he would like to see more wrestlers participating in offseason wrestling and camps. “We’d be a lot better team if we had more kids wrestling in the offseason,” Coach Stevens said. Coach Stevens understands that athletes are involved in other sports and that multiple camps can get expensive but that he would love for his

whole team to be competitive in the offseason like Brayden is. “Kids they want to be successful but when it comes down to it, it takes effort to be really successful at wrestling,” Coach Stevens said. “It takes time in the weight room. It takes time at camps. It takes time going to private club practices and individual private lessons. It’s possible for anyone to do if they’re willing to put the time and effort into it.” Coach Stevens said that it is hard work that has allowed Brayden to be successful. “My kids don’t stop we’re constantly working out, preparing or going to private lessons or to club practices,” Coach Stevens said. “It takes a lot of time and effort to be really good at your sport,” Coach Stevens said. “Like any sport. We’re in the weight room. We’re in private practices. We’re going to club practices. We’re going to national team practices. I mean there’s really not a lot of time off. It just depends on how good you want to be at your sport.” Coach Stevens said offseason wrestling is directly tied to their team’s success. “The more kids who do offseason wrestling the more successful our high school wrestling team is going to be,” Coach Stevens said. “We’re building it every year and I think it’s getting better and better each year.” l

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By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

verything was all uphill for hundreds of cyclists in the 16th Annual Porcupine Hill Climb Cycling Race. Held on June 17, the competitive race started at the Porcupine Pub & Grille, located at 3698 East Fort Union Blvd. in Cottonwood Heights, and the finish line was at Brighton Ski Resort. “The race is a badge of honor,” Race Official Stacey Deittman said. “And it surely is a great accomplishment to finish on any level. It is a grueling 3,800-foot climb in elevation in 14.7 miles — all uphill, of course. At the finish line, we have coffee, bagels, Cyclists are off at the 16th Annual Porcupine Hill Climb starting music and prizes. It truly is a beautiful line. (Porcupine Pub and Grill). way to spend a Saturday morning.” Sponsored by Porcupine Pub & Grille, the race’s annual proceeds are extra steep sections by Storm Mountain, the donated to a local charity. In years past, the mon- S-turns in Big Cottonwood Canyon and a modies raised were donated to the American Cancer erately flat “rest” between Solitude Ski Resort to Society and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Brighton make the course challenging. Nearly three years ago the race organizers deThough the description of the course may cided to change course with fundraising efforts dissuade an erstwhile cyclist, the race welcomes and give back to the cycling community directly. all riders. “All ages and ability levels are wel“Thus, we found bikeutah.org, whose prin- come to the challenge,” said Deittman. “Each cipal efforts are geared towards extending bike year we have riders old and young come out to lanes in our communities, providing education compete. I believe we had an 11-year-old girl do to local schools on safe bike riding practices and it this year and she totally rocked it.” lobbying for all things bicycle oriented in the Prizes consist of a finisher medal and state of Utah,” said Deittman. T-shirt for each competitor, a winner’s jersey The hill climb is UCA (Utah Cycling Asso- for first place in each category and a brand new ciation) rated, and for professional cyclists it is pair of surface skis for fastest male and female. the State Hill Climb Championship. While the The race is separated into five-year-interval age course itself is scenic, the elevation change with brackets, starting at 15. l

Nominations wanted By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


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ne of the reasons people enjoy living and visiting Cottonwood Heights is the beauty within the city. Along with the natural beauty that stems from the two canyons surrounding the city, many residents take pride in maintaining their homes to model the canyon aesthetic. The city of Cottonwood Heights will recognize some of these properties in September. However, they need nominations for such recognitions during the month of August. This is the first year the city will recognize some of the visually appealing residencies in the city. “We have so many well-maintained and gorgeous properties in Cottonwood Heights. We wanted to create a program to recognize these homeowners and thank them for helping keep our city beautiful,” Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt said. The Cottonwood Heights Landscaping and Beautification Award program will recognize five winning properties in the city that show a well-maintained and beautiful landscape within the community. “The city invites all residential homeowners and commercial property owners to enter and participate in this program,” Business Licensing Director Peri Kinder said.

Nominations for the Cottonwood Heights Landscaping and Beautification Award program can be made for self or for others. The nominated landscapes will be judged by the city council and a residential winner from each of the four districts will be selected. There will also be one winner for a commercial property within the city. Home Depot will provide prizes for the five winning properties. Winners will also receive a certificate of recognition issued by the Cottonwood Heights City Council. All properties will be judged on their visible aesthetic appearance from the street line. “Each city councilperson will select a winning property from the nominations in their districts. The mayor will select a winner from the commercial properties in the city. All winners will be recognized at a city council meeting in September. We’re hoping this program encourages residents to keep their yards beautiful all summer,” Berndt said. Entries will be accepted until Aug. 18, 5 p.m., at city hall. To download a nomination form or find more information, visit http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=109778&pageId=8717482. l

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Neighborhood fires lead to new ordinance banning fireworks By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ver the July 4 holiday, several fires affected the lives of Cottonwood Heights’ residents. One fire began in the field behind the Memorial Mountain View Mortuary, Cemetery and Pet Garden, which is located at 3115 East Bengal Blvd., and spanned the entire lot by Bywater Park on Banbury Road. Another fire began in an empty field behind Porcupine Grill, on Racquet Club Drive. The fires burned 25 acres of land along with two homes, a backyard shed, many fences, a play Map of the firework-restricted areas within Cottonwood Heights. area and half of the back field. (Cottonwood Heights City) Luckily, all of the fires were extinguished by Unified Fire ification on Cottonwood Heights’s stance on Authority (UFA) crews with help from resi- fireworks. dents. Cullimore clarified, “Cottonwood Heights As a result, many residents urged Mayor bans fireworks east of Wasatch and around the Kelvyn Cullimore and the Cottonwood Heights urban areas. The fire agency determines where City Council to ban fireworks throughout the the lines are. We have gone through the same city altogether, especially with the July 24 hol- process as the other cities.” iday quickly approaching. One of the common themes from the Presently, Cottonwood Heights enforces night was the reiteration that firework laws are Title 9 of the Cottonwood Heights Code of a state-level issue and that this conversation Ordinances, which states that fireworks are needs to be brought back up during the legislarestricted in or near designated wildland inter- ture session next year. face areas and public parks. “I will go to the state level,” said Dave A wildlife interface area is defined in the Shunuck, whose home was burned in the fire. code as “ravines, gullies, hillsides, vacant land, Marie Poulson, Utah House representaor mountainous areas where natural vegetation tive, also showed up to comment. “This is my (oak brush, conifers, sage brush, and other neighborhood. What I would like to do as the indigenous trees and plants) exist such that a state representative is help with this on a state distinct fire hazard is clearly evident to a rea- level. Every year I get emails about fireworks, sonable person.” but by the time the legislative session comes These fire restrictions are as follows: “dis- around, it’s not as big of an issue as it was in charging or using any kind of aerial device the summer months. Currently, state law states firework, tracer ammunition or other pyrotech- that the cities cannot ban fireworks altogether. nic devices on, over, or within 300 feet of, any I have a colleague that has opened a bill to ban wildland interface area in the city is prohibit- fireworks. I want to sponsor a bill that allows ed.” the cities to make judgments about firework Beyond the firework restrictions around bans. If I approach this at the state level, we wildland interface areas and public parks, the need a lot of evidence and to get involved to UFA restricts what cities can and cannot en- make a change.” force regarding fireworks. “Utah state law On July 11, the Cottonwood Heights City limits the laws that a city can enact to restrict Council passed Ordinance 275, which enacted or ban fireworks,” Public Information Officer additional restriction on the use of fireworks Dan Metcalf said. within the city. On July 11, more than 20 residents came “Under the Utah Fireworks Act, we can’t to voice their concerns about firework restric- adopt an ordinance in conflict with the (Utah tions to the city council during their bi-weekly Fireworks) act,” Cullimore said. “However, business meeting. there is a provision in there that allows us to “You have a huge responsibility to miti- restrict fireworks if the use is negligent. Use gate risk,” resident Emily Winhold said. of aerial fireworks would qualify as negligence Resident Barbara Marsh discussed how given the (seasonal) conditions at the present the surrounding cities address fireworks. “In time.” Holladay, no aerials are allowed in city boundThe ordinance puts a ban on all personal aries. The discharge of fireworks on public aerial fireworks over 15 feet until December property is prohibited.” Marsh asked for clar- 29. l

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General Plan amendment and re-zone creates split vote By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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very other Tuesday in Cottonwood Heights, the city council votes on a variety of resolutions and ordinances during the council’s business meetings. There is rarely a vote that is not unanimous. Some attribute the uniformity to the mayor, while some attribute it to how well the council discusses issues and works collectively. During the business meeting on June 27, one vote was not unanimous, which has not occurred in years. The Ordinance was 273. There are two versions of this ordinance: A, which would approve a General Plan amendment to Milne Lane, and D, which would deny the General Plan amendment. These ordinances considered “the city’s general plan to change the land use of the property at 7380 South Milne Lane and 1314 East Milne Lane from RR-1-21 (rural residential density) to R-1-15 (residential low density).” Zone RR-1-21 is designated as “land use reserved for large lot (potentially with animal rights) residential development. Clustering may be allowed within this land use to preserve rural character, sensitive open space, or community parks.” Zone R-1-15 states “land use is reserved for low-density residential. The majority of the city is currently considered low-density residential, between 2.5 and five (5) dwelling units per acre.” The property of consideration encompassed 6.4 acres south of Milne Lane. The property already had some constraints with an existing creek and relative drainage issues. Before this ordinance could be evaluated by the Cottonwood Heights City Council, the application for the rezone and amendment had to go through the planning commission. They discussed this issue during their meeting on May 3. Much of their discussion focused on findings from a staff analysis provided by Senior Planner Mike Johnson. “In the residential rural density land use category, the RR-1-21 zoning designation allows a maximum residential density of up to 2 units per acre and requires a minimum residential lot size of 0.5 acre. Analysis by staff finds that of the 260 nearby properties surveyed, 145 are less than 0.5 acres in size. While some of these still exceed the general densities recommended for the residential low density land use designation, the analysis concludes that the character of the surrounding area is in line with a slightly higher density than the residential rural density land use designation provides for.” City staff members believed that this property, as well as some of the surrounding properties, would fall more in line with an R-1-15 zone than the current RR-1-21 zone. “The likely explanation is that the lots were created and subdi-

vided under prior zoning restrictions in Salt Lake County prior to city incorporation, and those lots became legal non-conforming lots upon incorporation. Because there is no zoning designation between RR-121 and R-1-15, the most suitable zoning designation for those properties, if they were created under today’s zoning ordinance, would be R-1-15,” Johnson explained. However, the city staff found that changing the land use designation from residential rural density to residential low density was compatible and would “preserve the area of the surrounding area, and meet the first goal of the General Plan’s land use element.” The Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission recommended denial for this proposal. “The planning commission didn’t feel that a land use amendment was necessary for what the applicant desired for the property. They also didn’t feel that the applicant did enough to sell their proposal,” Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt told the city council in June. “Access was a big point of discussion,” Berndt continued. “Most of the public comments were from residents of Milne Lane. They don’t want access. Development would need construction access on Milne Lane.” “The applicant would use Milne Lane only for temporary construction access to build a bridge on the west side of the property, then Milne would only be for gated emergency situations,” Johnson said. The applicant, Andrew Flamm, reported to the council as well. “I used to camp out as a Scout on this property, and we bought it in the early 2000s. The other side of the property is commercially rezoned already. Residents do not want trucks on Milne Lane. We would pave the lane and alleviate some of those issues. It would be a short-term pain to get there. Other options would be to connect to Milne Lane, which defeats the purpose.” Before the final vote on June 27, Councilman Mike Shelton commented, “I don’t ever want to contradict the planning commission. So it is with significant reservation that I will contradict them. The property is in character with the neighborhood. It makes sense to see it developed in this way.” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore agreed with Shelton. “I have great respect for the planning commission, and it’s with a lot of thought that I vote contrary. It’s a fundamental difference of opinion. As a council, our responsibility is to find legitimate reasons to deny land owners use of the land. There is not a significant reason to deny this application.” Councilman Scott Bracken was the only “nay” vote. “I agree with the planning commission. It is what it is,” he said. l

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wo Midvale Middle School sixth-graders were amongst a student team who received a standing ovation from about 400 Environmental Protection Agency’s scientists and staff for developing an bird scare device that has been tested and proven effective at Salt Lake International Airport. These students, who will receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award, presented their findings and demonstrated their device, called a Bionic Scarecrow, at the EPA Region 8 all-hands meeting July 18 in Denver. “The President (of the United States) has joined EPA to recognize young people for protecting the nation’s air, water, land and ecology,” EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Darcy O’Connor said. “It’s one of the most important ways that EPA and the President demonstrate commitment for the environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.” The team has been invited to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. to receive the honor that has only been awarded to a handful of students each year since its inception in 1971. Currently, they are fundraising for the Aug. 28 awards ceremony through a GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/bionic-porcupines-award-ceremony. “The award is a huge honor, but we didn’t go about trying to earn it,” said team member Abigail Slama-Catron, who attends Midvale Middle School with teammate Eric Snaufer. “We’re concerned about making a positive difference in our environment. Individually, we’ve picked up litter on trails and parks, planted trees, marked storm drains and other projects, but together, we can make a larger impact.” Abigail said that their device may be a way to effectively help airport wildlife staff reduce bird strikes, which may prevent similar incidents as the one commonly known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” In January 2009, 155 people survived an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a flock of Canada geese struck a U.S. Airways flight minutes after leaving LaGuardia, New York airport. “We not only identified a need, but we created an answer — and it works,” said Allison Drennan, who attends Beehive Science and Technology Academy with teammate Timothy Holt. “We’ve built several Bionic Scarecrows that the airport is using now and they want more.” Eric said that the sixth-graders got together under their team name, Bionic Porcupines 2.0, to compete in the FIRST Lego League competitions. One part of the contest is to create a project that could impact their community. “After sending emails and calling several people in our community, the airport officials invited us there,” Eric said. “They explained the problem that 218 birds hit airplanes last year. Our team thought that the project was pretty challenging. I hadn’t thought about it until I researched and became engrossed in it.” Eric said that a recent Cornell University study showed random motion scares away birds. So the group decided to create a miniaturized air dancer that was small, portable, waterproof and environmentally friendly. Using a toolbox, a car battery and a water-resistant fan, they put together the basics — along with sewing a nylon windsock that randomly scares away the birds. In addition to research and hands-on experience, the sixth-graders learned skills from designing the device to using power tools and learning about soldering and electronics. The team also sewed and surged the ripstop windsocks that are being tested. They’ve bonded as a team and have improved their oral speaking skills through presentations from local classrooms to the EPA presentation. The team spent several hours at Salt Lake International Airport with United States Department of Agriculture Airport Wildlife Biologist Bobby Boswell, who also was acknowledged at the Denver presentation from the USDA, EPA and Bionic Porcupines 2.0 for mentoring the team.

“We discovered that the problem was larger than we realized at first because many airports are located on the birds’ migratory routes and habitats,” Abigail said. “We’re wanting to share our Bionic Scarecrows because they save lives — both the people’s and the birds.” Their devices will save airport officials money on current more expensive methods of scaring the birds as well as save airlines about $900 million per year in damaged planes, Timothy said. “We have a provisional patent so we’re able to produce more Bionic Scarecrows to help stop bird strikes at other airports and places around the world,” Timothy said. Their innovative project hasn’t gone unnoticed. After winning the FIRST Lego League qualifier’s champions award, they won the most innovative project in Utah state competition and their Bionic Scarecrow was named one of 60 most innovative projects in the world. In April, the team joined by Allison’s older sister, Katie, also participated in the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge at the University of Utah were awarded $1,000 for the best prototype. “It was an incredible experience to see up-and-coming entrepreneurs showcase their hard work and pitch their idea to the judges,” said Stephanie Gladwin, entrepreneur challenge chair. Katie, who worked mostly on the business plan, presented the project to judges. “They were pretty excited about it,” said the Alta High freshman. “Through the presentation, I learned about the world of business, terminology and other financial spreadsheets that I can use in my future. It was really amazing to be the youngest teams at the challenge and to win an honor for best prototype.” Abigail and Eric also represented the team to present their innovative project at the regional Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, where they won the elementary division category of mechanical engineering as well as received special awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Utah Department of Transportation. They also were invited to apply to the National Broadcom Science Fair. Abigail also presented the Lego team’s project at the Canyons Film Festival, where the film won best middle school documentary. “It’s great to be recognized for our hard work, but what meant the most was when we went to the airport to see our project actually work and see that we are making a difference in the world,” Abigail said. Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe complimented the team for their hard work outside the classroom. “I’m very proud of the innovative and practical approach these students took to try to save lives and have a positive impact on our community,” he said. “I know I’ll feel much safer flying out of Salt Lake City and I’ll be on the look out for Bionic Scarecrows.” However, the team isn’t content to stop their desire to improve the environmental. While in Denver, they toured EPA’s lab, meeting with several scientists to see how they test surface water, as well as discussed water issues and problems with a panel of 12 other scientists so they can pursue an innovative water project. The Bionic Porcupines 2.0 also received compliments on their bird scare device and suggestions on how to expand it to other usages, such as in mining operations and beaches where there are bird issues. EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Suzanne Bohan said that the Bionic Porcupine 2.0 team has set the bar high. “These student winners are exemplary leaders, committed to strong environmental stewardship and problem solving,” she said. “Environmental education cultivates our next generation of leaders by teaching them to apply creativity and innovation to the environmental challenges we face as a nation. I have no doubt that students like these will someday solve some of our most complex and important issues.” l

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Keep Our Community Safe Remember August is Back to School Traffic Nearly 70% of Car Accidents Occur Within 10 Miles of Home! Sooner or later it’s going to happens to most of us – getting into a car accident. The vehicle insurance industry estimates all motorists are likely to be involved in at least four auto accidents in his or her lifetime. Additionally, very young or novice drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident, as opposed to more experienced drivers. More revealing are interesting survey facts that of all collisions that occur, 52% occur within a 5-mile radius of home while an astounding 70% occur within 10 miles. Although the vast majority of accidents occur close to home, most of them tend to be relatively minor. Perhaps you’re leaving your neighborhood and a neighbor pulls out of their driveway and hits your car in the side. Or maybe you’re at the neighborhood grocery store and you have a small fender bender in the parking lot. But serious injuries can occur especially when we add to our neighborhood roads increased pedestrians, loose pets, playing children and recreational runners and bikers. Local traffic safety issues for our communities is always an ongoing concern. Data from surveys also show that the farther from home the accident occurs, the more severe it tends to be. This is especially true for accidents that occur on busy highways and interstates where vehicles are traveling at much faster speeds over longer distances. Why do so many accidents occur so close to home? The surveys shed some light on this important question. Broadly speaking, drivers tend to have a false sense of security when driving close to home. For example, drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts when driving to the neighborhood convenience store. Another big factor is distractions. Whether it’s talking on a cell phone, texting, scanning the radio or eating while driving, any little thing that diverts your attention from the road can open the door for a collision. When on a busy highway, drivers are more likely to maintain their focus on the primary task at hand and save the cell phone call, texting or radio scanning for later. Most Law enforcement, safety experts and personal injury attorneys, are pretty vocal about distracted driving. Local personal injury attorney - Ned Siegfried of Siegfried & Jensen sees cases of this type everyday and reminds us: “Just because you’re close to home doesn’t mean the danger of a car accident is lowered. In fact, you should be even more cautious when driving in your neighborhood or down to the corner mini-mart. Driving the speed limit


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and simply being aware dramatically reduces the chance of you being in a car accident, regardless of whether you’re just cruising down the street or traveling in another state.” Stay safe - Avoid these dangers! These three major factors can also significantly increase the risk of being involved in a car accident: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI / DWI) Speeding - Nearly one-third of all car accidents are caused by someone driving over the speed limit or driving too fast for the current weather and/or road conditions Driving while distracted - which includes texting, eating, applying make-up or any other behavior that takes a driver’s attention away from the road While not all of these accidents result in a fatality, the overwhelming majority of them result in some type of injury, property damage or litigation. Also, important to note that data from the Annual U.S. Road Crash Statistics journal suggests more serious car accidents are more likely to occur during specific days of the week, as well as during specific times of each day. The following is a breakdown of the days of the week and times of day when a fatal car accident is most likely to occur: Monday — 7am to 9am and 3pm to 6:00 pm Tuesday —7am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm Wednesday — 7am to 9am and 3pm to 6 pm Thursday — 7am to 9am and 3pm to 9pm Friday — 9pm to midnight Saturday — midnight to 3am Take note that weekday mornings and late afternoons with its increase traffic dangers are also times school children are on the move. With schools back in session this month it’s a good reminder to watch out, slow down and avoid distracted driving. Protect your family – Before an accident! Mr. Siegfried advises: “The only thing you can do to protect your family before an accident is to have enough insurance. With uninsured drivers, more expensive vehicles on the road and the high cost of medical care for any injury - it’s vital to make sure your family is adequately covered. In many cases - you can increase your insurance limits up to ten times for just a few additional pennies a day. This greater coverage will adequately protect yourself and your family. Review with your insurance company the benefits of increasing your liability, uninsured motorist coverage (UM) and under-insured motorist coverage(UIM). It’s one of the best values out there. “- Ned Siegfried


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7 tips to saving money on Back to School items



Back to school supply shopping can be a big chore. Trying to plan where the money comes from can be like computing for an extra Christmas each year. With careful planning, not only can you take care of your child’s needs, it’s also a great way to get home office supplies for the home too. Here are 7 tips to make your shopping easier on the wallet. #1 – Take stock You might be surprised at how much you have on hand. Back to School sales typically last all the way through October. Using what you have on hand can allow you the time needed to take real advantage of sales as they progress. You might try tuning this into a fun game, where the kids search through their stuff from a scavenger hunt style list looking for last year’s scissors, pencil sharpener and protractor. #2 – Stick to a list Wait for the teacher to release the list of supplies needed then make your list of required supplies with your child. Your list will also help teach the kids responsible shopping. It’s easy to get distracted with that super cute light up My Little Pony backpack with matching lunchbox and water bottle, but is it really needed? #3 - Set Limits As your kids grow older, they will want more and more of the hottest and most “trendy” items. Even though your kids crave these items, these “character-focused” products will quickly destroy your back to school budget. In addition, these items often aren’t made with much quality. #4 - Buy in Bulk Buy in bulk to save money on back to school shopping. When pens, crayons, and glue go on sale in the late summer, buy enough to get you through the rest of the year. This is also a great time to stock-up on office supplies for yourself. And, don’t forget the tape for Christmas. It’s usually at it’s cheapest this time of year.

#5 – Buy Used Good quality clothing doesn’t have to be purchased new. You might take a look at Kid-to-Kid stores that sell gently used kids clothing. There are several along the Wasatch Front. Pack up any kids clothing you have when you go, Kid-to-Kid will also accept kids clothing that meets their guidelines and give you credit to use in the store. Just Between Friends Consignment sale is another great way to buy used. This bi-annual sale is held at the United Soccer Center, 9100 S. 500 W. (9/22-9/23). Arrive early as the best things go quickly. www.jbfsale.com/home.jsp #6 – Shop the Loss Leaders Almost all stores advertise “loss leaders” in their weekly flyers. Loss leaders are the items that are marked down so much, that the store doesn’t make a profit on them, in hopes that you’ll purchase other items while shopping. They are usually on the front page of the ads. Eventually everything you need will be a loss leader. Staples, Target, Walgreens, Shopko and Smith’s Marketplace all have fabulous loss leaders each week. #7 - Use coupons Combining coupons with the sales is the best way to maximize your savings and often you’ll get your free items or pennies on the dollar. Find coupons on mobile apps like Ibotta.com (enter code Coupons4Utah when registering for additional perks), Target Cartwheel, and Smith’s mobile app. You can also find coupons for school and office supplies in your Sunday Newspaper inserts and on Coupons.com. This year how about turning the back to school thought process around and make back to school shopping a, fun and traditional savings spree. Joani Taylor is the founder of Coupons4Utah.com. A website devoted to helping Utah families save time and money on restaurants, things to do and everyday needs. l

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When I was 10 years old, my dream of living as an orphan was swiftly derailed when my parents refused to die. How else could I achieve the spunky, independent status that comes from living without parents who constantly insist on manners and bathing and church on Sundays? Being orphaned was the best option, but being motherless would work, too. My mom was aware of my wish for a motherless future and seemed to take it personally. She’d tell me to stop lying around the house like a depressed sloth because she had no intention of leaving me motherless. She assumed once I was permanently without maternal supervision I’d start drinking Coca-Cola and swear. I blame literature for my orphanic life goals. Most of the books I read featured young women who endured their motherless lives with flair. Jessie Alden, the 12-year-old heroine from “The Boxcar Children,” was one of my role models. After her parents’ death, Jessie lived with her siblings in an abandoned boxcar, keeping it tidy and preparing tasty meals by picking berries and gathering random kitchen scraps that she turned into

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