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City finishes Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


he Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail has finally been finished. For years, a small section of the trail was unpaved, which pushed travelers out onto the road, creating unsafe situations for both those traveling on the trail and drivers traveling along Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Finally, that section of the trail is completely paved. Now, undisturbed smooth black asphalt covering the new addition to the trail begins at 3555 East Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and continues for approximately 300 feet to 3509 East Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. The Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail follows the Big Cottonwood Creek for about two miles (3.8 miles roundtrip), spanning from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon to the I-215 freeway. The trail has various access points: one toward the west can be accessed under I-215 near the Cottonwood Corporate Center (approximately 3000 East Cottonwood Parkway), another near the midway point close to the Old Mill (approximately 6611 East Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd.), and toward the east end of the trail by the park-and-ride at 3653 Fort Union Boulevard or the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon at 6708 South Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. According to Backcountry Post, the trail is suitable for hikers of all abilities including wheelchair and stroller users. It is recommended that bicycles yield to pedestrians. And dogs are allowed on-leash. On June 11, a ribbon cutting for the final section of the Big Cottonwood Canyon trail within Cottonwood Heights was held. In attendance was Mayor Mike Peterson, three-fourths of the Cottonwood Heights City Council, various members of

The Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail can be accessed near Old Mill, at approximately 6611 East Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

the Cottonwood Heights Parks, Trials, and Open Space Committee, city staff members and residents. “This new portion separates the trail from the roadway making it safer for both pedestrians and motorists,” said Councilmember Tali Bruce. In order to construct this section of the trail, the Cottonwood Heights Public Works department worked with contrac-

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Hello. My name is Tim Hallbeck and I am running for Cottonwood Heights City Council, district 2. This month's article is to give you a brief history into my background, and begin to address the challenges our growing city is facing. Today and over the next four months in this City Journal I will detail pragmatic solutions to real problems. So let's dive in.

First the basics. I am originally from Tomball Texas, 55 years old, semi-retired, married for 19 years, have a 17 year old daughter that attends Brighton, have a giant Bernese mountain dog and various other pets. I spent 35 years in the software industry, 5 years running a bar, and 4 years (painfully) racing motorcycles. In fact if you go to youtube and look up "tim wreck mike jones" you can see my one and only appearance on national TV. As for notable software accomplishments, anytime you track a FedEx package, or use any HP printer, or buy something on Overstock.com then you're using software I authored. We love Cottonwood Heights. We live just below Brighton High School on a tiny road called Cottonwood Cove where we have 95 yr old couples, 2 month old twins, and every age in between. It is truly idyllic, with one exception: traffic.

We live off of Highland not far from Creek Road, and I can tell you that just in the last 3 years the number of vehicles has easily doubled. During the school year, around 5 or 5:30 pm Highland is completely filled for about 2 miles, from Bengal all the way to Newcastle. Much like folks that live off of Danish or Little Cottonwood or Wasatch, you have to carefully plan around certain times of the day because you can't get on the road. For district 2 specifically, arguably our biggest pain point twice a day is Bengal right by city hall and Brighton High School. It has been proposed that could be solved by a

roundabout, and here is where as a candidate I plant my first flag in the sand: I will never, ever, under any circumstance, support a traffic roundabout anywhere in our city. It is a boondoggle, and especially in high pedestrian areas incredibly dangerous. The purpose of a roundabout is to increase traffic flow by increasing the average speed of the vehicles. No one in their right mind would want to increase speeds in a school zone, which is exactly where the current roundabout is planned.

The basic problem is that there are hundreds of students on foot vying for the same flat real estate as the vehicles. The solution presents itself: handicap accessible, covered pedestrian bridges. Elevate the foot traffic so that only vehicles are left to compete on the street. Seems obvious to me. And as a bonus, pedestrian bridges get the same state and fed level funding as the roundabout. Bottom line: same zero $$ cost.

Currently we have very hard working crossing guards throughout our city looking out for the school children every day. Would it not be safer for some of those crossing to have covered bridges instead? I would ask that you take a careful look around the streets that you drive the most often, and see if you can spot some areas that would benefit from this. That's my issue for July. Next month I'll talk about bicycle lanes and sidewalks, and identify where work needs to be done specifically in district 2. Feel free to send your feedback (good and bad, I'm thick skinned) to timhallbeck@yahoo. com. I'll be hosting meet and greet events at city hall in the future, more on those next month. Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. –Tim Hallbeck PAID FOR BY TIM HALLBECK FOR CITY COUNCIL

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Cottonwood Heights resident heads unique research facility near Moab By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


niversity of Utah researcher and Cottonwood Heights resident Dr. Zachary Lundeen helps provide a unique environmental experience for researchers, educators and students. As director of the University’s Bonderman Field Station near Moab, Lundeen coordinates opportunities for people with diverse interests to work and learn on the Colorado Plateau. “What the property offers is basically a big outdoor laboratory where we have researchers and educators in an ideal setting,” Lundeen said. “We have community and educational users involved in these research efforts.” The Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa supports a wide range of academic pursuits, from geology and other earth sciences to the arts and humanities. The field station is intended to promote greater understanding of the area’s ecology, the environment in general, and interaction humans have with their environment. While a lot of the activity that takes place at field stations like Bonderman focus on environmental science, the station also incorporates the arts. Writers and visual artists travel to the facility to be inspired by the surrounding environment and to capture its essence in their work. “It’s a multiuse, multipurpose facility for scientists, artists and writers to work in a less traditional academic setting,” Lundeen said. Lundeen is a research assistant professor with the geography department at the University of Utah. He is also the director of the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa, which is about 40 miles northeast of Moab and includes facilities for academic activities and lodging for visiting groups. The field station was gifted to the University of Utah by David Bonderman for research, education and other


scholarly pursuits. Lundeen coordinates activities for visiting researchers, educators and students. The facility helps inspire environmental scholarship with its unique setting and opportunities to spend time out in the red rock desert. “Sitting around the campfire facilitates questions and helps students feel more comfortable talking with educators,” Lundeen said. Among the opportunities the Bonderman Field Station offers is for students and community groups to get involved in environmental research. Groups typically visit for two or three days, participating in activities that correspond to their interests and the work of researchers who are onsite at the time. Students help with research and learn about the environment. “It’s amazing how few of the students have spent time outdoors,” Lundeen said. “It’s a way for them to get out and experience the solitude of the red rock environment. It feels like it’s a million miles away, but it’s still a comfortable place.” Lundeen works to pair visiting groups with research projects that fit their interests. When students and community groups participate in research work, they help with important functions like collecting samples. In the process, they learn about the surrounding area and the topics the researchers are exploring. The citizen science opportunities at the field station help move research along. Most of Bonderman’s educational visitors spend at least one morning at the site’s bird banding station to learn what the bird banders do and to watch them take measurements. Mike Ford, a certified bird bander from South Africa, has been the lead bird bander at Bonderman Field Station for a few seasons. “Mike shows the kids how he identifies the bird species and gender, how he holds them so they won’t get hurt,” Lundeen said.

Researchers and students installing an experimental garden plot assessing competitive interactions between native grasses and invasive Russian knapweed. (Zachary Lundeen, used by permission)

The Bonderman Field Station is one in a network of University of Utah field stations and research areas. Others include the Taft-Nicholson Center in Montana’s Centennial Valley, which is part of the University’s College of Humanities, and the Willard L. Eccles Observatory on Frisco Peak. Other research and educational facilities include the Range Creek Field Station in Central Utah, which is part of the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Red Butte Canyon research area. The Bonderman Field Station stands out with its offering of diverse research and educational uses. One of its ongoing projects is a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management focusing on native plants and understanding interactions between native and invasive plants. Meanwhile, Lundeen continues to find new opportunities for community outreach. “I am working to create more opportunities




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uring this past year’s General Legislative Session, a bill that would prohibit the practice of conversion therapy on minors received much attention. After revising language and drafting four different revisions of the bill, H.B. 399 was put on an indefinite hold by the Utah Legislature on March 14. When learning that the bill had effectively died, many local leaders began taking action to support the ban of conversion therapy. Now, four months later, the state is taking a different approach at attempting to end the practice of conversion therapy on minors.

legislation banning conversion therapy on the table. “When we set out to propose legislation and work on this issue, the first door I knocked on was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Williams said. “They issued a strong statement repealing uses of conversion therapy.” When the bill was finally introduced to the legislature, H.B. 399 — Prohibition of the Practice of Conversion Therapy Upon Minors, sponsored by Rep. Craig Hall, read that it would “prohibit certain health care professionals from providing conversion therapy to What is it? Conversion therapy is broadly defined a minor.” as any dangerous practice aimed at changing Bill Revision Altogether, four revised drafts of the bill an individual’s sexual orientation or gender were seen. During the last revision, some imidentity. When it became prominent in the late portant language was changed. The proposal 1970s and early 1980s, physical torture tech- ended not being a complete ban of converniques were used, like electric shock therapy sion therapy, but to allow conversion theraand aversion therapy techniques, “like sitting py as long as “the therapist does not offer a a gay kid down and having him look at mus- permanent and long-lasting change. It was a cle magazines and drink ipecac syrup until it kind of loophole. A therapist could continue induced nausea in the hopes of shifting his practicing the insidious techniques as long as attractions,” Executive Director of Equality they didn’t promise a lasting change,” reported Williams. Utah Troy Williams reports. After learning the bill’s language had Such physical conversion therapy techniques have since been banned. However, been changed, he resigned from Gov. Gary talk therapy techniques are still practiced. Herbert’s Suicide Prevention Task Force on Williams discussed with the Cottonwood March 6. In his resignation letter he wrote, Heights City Council how these techniques “My hope was that your administration was can be harmful on minors because they pro- serious about addressing issues related to vide false hopes and false origins for same- LGBTQ+ youth suicide. I’ve come to realize that you are not.” sex attractions. Alongside Williams, the American “A therapist might take a young man and say ‘if you stop crossing your legs when Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Area you sit, if you talk with a deeper voice, if you Director Taryn Hiatt resigned from the govstart playing basketball, same-sex attractions ernor’s task force as well. On March 7, more than 30 youth memwill start to diminish,” Williams elaborated. “More insidiously, a talk conversion therapist bers organized a sit-in outside Herbert’s ofwill tell a youth that the reason they are gay fice demanding an apology. By the end of the and have same-sex attractions is because of day, they received a letter from Herbert that their parents. They may have had an absent read “..you deserve a future where can you father, or a dominating mother and it places feel safe, welcome, and loved in our state. the blame on parents: creating a wedge be- My intention in supporting the fourth substitute was never to harm you. We have an tween their mom or their dad.” When the rejecting techniques Williams enormous misunderstanding, and I am sorry.” Toward the end of the session, there was detailed fail, a youth might feel like they failed their therapist, family, church or may- discussion of introducing a revised version of be even failed their God, which can lead to the bill during the 2020 Legislative General depression. Last year, new national data re- Session. However, Salt Lake County Council ported that when young people are subjected to conversion therapy their rates of depres- members and Cottonwood Heights Councilmember Tali Bruce didn’t think waiting sion double and attempts of suicide triple. until next year for some form of action was H.B. 399 “That’s what we are fighting against,” adequate. On March 25, Bruce announced Williams said. “Suicide is the leading cause of that she wanted to discuss what the city could death of young people in the state. LGBTQ+ do for its youth with her fellow council memkids have disproportionately higher rates of bers. suicide than straight kids. So, we were asking Local Leadership A few weeks later, on July 2, Williams ourselves ‘what do we do?’” After working on non-discrimination spoke to the city council about conversion laws within the state, signed by the governor therapy and what had been happening at in 2015, Williams set out on a strategy to get the state level addressing the practice (see

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During the 2018 Legislative Session, a bill banning conversion therapy was revised four times before it ended on an indefinite hold. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

above). Williams then discussed action on the issue that had been announced just a few days prior. On June 25, the Salt Lake County Council passed a resolution that urged the Utah State Legislature to enact laws which protect minors from conversion therapy. Two days after the resolution passed, Herbert got the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) involved, asking them to come together and propose regulations on conversion therapy.

the county,” said Cottonwood Heights Mayor Mike Peterson. “So, we are not sure where we fit into that.” However, Peterson “supports our governor’s position in referring this issue to DOPL for their professional review.” Williams suggested waiting for DOPL to respond. In the meantime, “if we can cultivate a culture of belonging, where every child knows that they are loved, and that they have value, that is the greatest protective factor we have for reducing suicide in the state,” Williams said. “All of us working together by DOPL Ultimately, this move has been sum- ending this practice will send a message of marized as Herbert tasking psychiatrists, healing to generations of LGBTQ+ people in psychologists and therapists to regulate their the state.” Suicide prevention own field. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days “Every single legitimate mental health and medical organization has denounced the a week. For youth and adults in need of impractice of conversion therapy, including the mediate help, please consider reaching out to American Psychological Association and the following: • U of U Mobile Crisis Outreach Team American Medical Association. The list is so (UNI MCOT) offers “a free, prompt, long,” said Williams. face-to-face response to any resident of Sen. Dan McCay and Rep. Craig Hall, Salt Lake County who is experiencing who worked on H.B. 399 during the general a behavioral health crisis.” session, released a joint statement in regards • Safe Utah is a mobile app that connects to the governor’s announcement. “We are enpeople with a crisis counselor via text. couraged and appreciate the governor taking Counseling topics include depression, positive steps forward for those impacted by self-harm, bullying and many other isconversion therapy. We have a lot of work to sues. do as we review this policy and look forward • The Trevor Project  assists LBGTQ+ to continuing to work with the governor’s ofteens and young adults ages 13–24 fice as we end this antiquated practice.” with suicide and crisis intervention on “We thought that was a promising their 24/7 hotline at 1-866-488-7386. move,” said Williams. “We believe it is • Crisis Text Line  offers support and something that will create a permanent and understanding in a variety of difficult lasting prohibition.” situations. Text 741741 to start a conWhat now? versation. With so much movement on this issue • The Utah statewide crisis line is 801on the state and county level, local cities 587-3000. don’t know what the right move is yet. “I • The National Suicide Prevention Lifehave always believed this to be a social serline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). l vices issue, which comes from the state to

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Solitude Summer Concert Series offers entertaining way to cool off By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


olitude Mountain Resort will continue to offer a series of free concerts each Sunday through September. The lineup features a mix of blues, folk and rock music at the resort’s recently renovated Village Green. “Our summer concert series is a great family-friendly way to cap off a great weekend,” said Sara Huey of Solitude Mountain Resort. This season’s concert series began in late June. The August and September concerts take place each Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. with the exception of the Sept. 1 show, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Concert attendees are welcome to bring their own camp chairs and coolers, while ice cream is available for purchase onsite. “It’s a really casual atmosphere,” Huey said. “Bring your own cooler or treat yourself to an ice cream.”

The lineup features a number of acts that locals will know, from the Gorgeous Gourds and Stonefed starting off the August portion of the lineup to Talia Keys and You Topple Over. The concert series offers an entertaining escape from summer heat. “We have seen strong attendance,” Huey said. “With the warm weather, people have been eager to enjoy the cooler temperatures here.” The summer concert series at Solitude Mountain Resort concludes on Sunday, Sept. 29 with a performance featuring Mars Highway. Huey said the atmosphere for the concerts has been well received this season. “The blues, folk and rock music is fun and makes kids want to get off their feet and dance with the whole family.” l

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hen Bella Vista Elementary students return to school this fall, they will find a new principal, ready to welcome them back. Sandra Dahl-Houlihan will be the first female principal to lead Bella Vista Elementary under Canyons School District’s jurisdiction. “It’s really exciting to be back in a school again, to feel the energy of the students and to be in the heart of learning,” she said. She was planning to unpack boxes and “find some tigers to put out.” Dahl-Houlihan is one of about 25 administrative changes taking place throughout Canyons School District this summer. Dahl-Houlihan recently was the administrator of evaluations with Canyons School District. She plans to continue as a teacher evaluator alongside being principal. Beforehand, Dahl-Houlihan spent eight years as principal of Sandy Elementary, one as an assistant principal, three as a teacher specialist and 15 in the classroom teaching. “I didn’t plan on being an elementary principal. I did my administrative internship at both a middle school and elementary school and I fell in love with elementary. I plan to be in the cafeteria and outside on the playground, but first, I want to meet them in the classroom and share time, getting to know them,” she said. “I want every child to be able to learn in a safe environment where they feel they belong. I want to empower our students and staff and give them leadership opportunities.” Bella Vista is known for its traditions under former Principal Cory Anderson, and Dahl-Houlihan doesn’t want those to stop. “I love when the community comes to support the schools and want

This fall, Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, who was the APEX 2014 school administrator of the year when she was Sandy Elementary School’s principal, will become the first female principal to lead Bella Vista Elementary in Canyons School District. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

and families who are available Aug. 2 munity. as she will hold a “popsicles with the “We’re the smallest school in the district; it’s like a real family here,” he said, shortly before packing his boxes to pursue another professional opportunity. “I will really miss the people, the relationships I’ve created, the traditions here.” At nearby Brighton High, there will be a change in administration as well. Intern administrator Marielle Rawle will become Brighton’s assistant principal as current Brighton Assistant – New Bella Vista Elementary Principal Sandra Dahl-Houlihan Principal Kelli Miller will assume duties as Alta High’s assistant principal. As of press deadline, there are no to maintain the traditions. I’d like to see principal” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. announced administrative changes to what they are and see what we can add that day. any other Cottonwood Heights schools to those,” she said. Former Principal Anderson appre- in Canyons District. l That includes meeting students ciated the Cottonwood Heights com-

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Brighton comes up just short of winning boys lacrosse title By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Continued from front page tives Program (TAP) fund. The city did not have to pay for an easement, and the property was donated by resident Doug Shelby. Finishing this project was on the city’s to-do list for years. In December 2016, during his interview for city council, former Cottonwood Heights Councilman Tee Tyler mentioned the trail. “I’d really like to see us finish the trail. Right now, if you are jogging, biking or walking the trail, you get pushed onto the road and I don’t think it’s safe. (Former City Engineer) Brad Gilson, (former City Manager) John Park and I are continuing to find a way to finish it. We think we can get funding outside city money,” Tyler said. In May 2017, Cottonwood Heights engineering staff members submitted a $250,000 CATNIP application for the gap trail in front of the existing homes on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. If approved, the CATNIP money and the TAP money would allow the city to complete the roadway realignment project. A little over a month later, on June 27, former Economic and Development Director Brian Berndt announced that the CATNIP grant had been approved. On July 11, the Cottonwood Heights City Council unanimously approved an inter-local agreement with Salt Lake County for the transfer of up to $250,000 of transportation funds to the city for the trail. On July 8, 2017, the Cottonwood

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n heartbreaking fashion, the Brighton boys lacrosse team lost in the championship game of the state tournament to Park City, 8-7, in May. The tough defeat ended the Bengals’ season and left the team with an 18-4 record. Brighton also lost to Park City in the regular season finale May 1 by the score of 10-8. In the finals, juniors Blake Yates and Kyler Kehl each had two goals, while Owen Smith, Josh Nydegger and Ben Bunker each added a score. Yates also had a pair of assists in the hard-fought contest. The road to the finals wasn’t easy. Brighton had to tangle with three talented foes, and each game was challenging. In the first round on May 7, the Bengals edged East 5-4 in a defensive struggle. Brighton then prevailed over Davis in the quarterfinals on May 10 by the score of 15-10. Next up was Corner Canyon, which Brighton had defeated 10-8 on April 19. This semifinals matchup was similarly close, but the Bengals came out on top 12-9. Nydegger and Kehl each scored three times, with Kehl also dishing out three assists. With few exceptions, Brighton’s offense was a force, churning out goals in big numbers. The Bengals had at least 10 goals in 13 of their 18 regular season games. On the year, the team averaged nearly 13 goals per game and had a season high of 22 in a 17-point blowout of Logan on March 12.

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The Bengals also got to take part in a tournament in California where they faced a trio of teams from the Golden State, Feb. 28–March 2. Brighton won two of the contests, 12-7 and 12-11, and dropped the third one 16-9. The team had no shortage of contributors on the field. Yates led the way in both goals (47) and assists (34), but Nydegger wasn’t far behind with 46 goals and 28 assists. Kehl made it difficult for opponents to stop Brighton, as he added a third offensive punch to the attack. He tallied 42 goals land 23 assists. Carter Budge had 28 goals and 32 assists of his own, while Bunker’s haul was 24 goals and 10 assists. Josh Nelson, Karson McMillin and Matthew Crillo each had 22 points (goals and assists combined) on the season. The defense was tough as well. Brighton only allowed six of its 22 opponents to top nine goals in a game. The Bengals surrendered just three goals to Jordan in a 16-point rout on March 27. They also gave up four goals on five other occasions. Senior goalkeeper Curtis Canyon stopped 123 shots for a save percentage of 51. Junior Garrett Lazaro also spent some time in the net and made 19 saves at a clip of 61%. Next school year, the Bengals will have the backing of the school district and the Utah High School Activities Association, as lacrosse becomes a sanctioned sport. l

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Local runners take on trails and melting snow at resorts By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


he Wasatch Trail Run Series continued its popular 2019 return as its events moved to local ski resorts this summer. Runners have enthusiastically welcomed back the series after organizers took 2018 off, and not even the lingering snow could dampen the turnout to recent races. Over 200 people ran the July race at Alta. As runners hiked to the starting line just uphill from the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge to register, warm up and listen to instructions from organizers — they had to step over streams of runoff trickling down the path. “Alta is one of our favorite courses, and this turnout was huge,” said Wasatch Trail Run Series Founder Mitt Stewart. “The course is beautiful up to Cecret Lake. There are a couple of snow patches on the way up. Even without the snow, I would say it’s our most challenging course.” The course was even more challenging because the race had to start farther down the slope due to the snow, adding an additional mile to the race. Each event in the series has a long course and a short course. Long courses are typically around eight miles, while each short course is five miles or less. “It’s really great,” Stewart said. “This year, our volunteers have really stepped up.” To help runners along the way, each

event is staffed with course volunteers and an EMT. People who volunteer at a race get to run a race for free. There is also the Ten Race Club in which anyone who runs nine races and volunteers for another gets a Wasatch Trail Run logo jacket. “Attendance is higher than it was the previous year,” Stewart said. “We took last year off, and we were really thankful and happy to have a really loyal following.” The enthusiastic response from runners was evident at the Alta race as the crowd at the starting line steadily grew. Runners marched uphill against the trickle of snow melting in the intense July sun. “This year I’ve done seven races,” said Heather Ashby as she waited at the starting line. “I just got into trail running like three years ago and I did the series. Then last year we didn’t do it, so we were super excited that they did it again this year.” The races are often sponsored by companies offering demos to runners. The July 10 race at Alta featured trail running shoes from Merrill. “We bring out demo shoes that people can try out because when you’re at an REI, you really don’t know how they’re going to feel out on the trail,” said Ellis McBrayer of Merrill. “So we bring out the demo shoes so people can try them out, get them

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dirty, see how they feel and make sure that they like them. We can find out what they like, what they don’t like, and get some feedback.” Runners have gravitated to the events for a number of reasons. Some do it to keep fit, while others use the events as a way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. “Simply looking to see what can keep me accountable on my fitness, keep me busy trail running out here,” said runner Mariano Mendez, who didn’t seem to mind the snow on the course. “I’ve run on pretty soggy stuff before. It’s fun. It kind of gets your mind off running in general and allows you to enjoy the outdoors more.” In addition to offering local runners with an opportunity to hit the trails, the series also benefits the trails themselves. With funds raised from races, Wasatch Trail Run Series donates a portion to nonprofits associated with local trails. “We donated $1,500 to the Dimple Dell Preservation Community,” Stewart said. “We’ll be donating more funds to different trails like the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.” The 2019 series ends with events at Solitude on July 31, Snowbird on Aug. 7, and back to Alta for the final race on Aug. 14. De-

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Canyons Film Festival red carpet rolls out at Jordan Commons By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

10th Annual Canyons District Film Festival Winners ​ igh School PSA Winner H “You Make Mistakes When You’re Distracted” - Tyler Bevan, Chantelle Bevan, Carson Bevan - Corner Canyon High Middle School PSA Winner “Be Smart, Don’t Start!” - Ryan White - Draper Park Middle

Elementary PSA Winners​ “Screen Time Tips” - Madi Prestwich, Kate Prestwich - Park Lane Elementary

Corner Canyon High School students worked on a documentary about the life a former criminal in their award-winning film, which was shown at Canyons District ‘s 10th Annual Film Festival. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ith 10 years of memorable student his grades slipped, and he’d sneak out of his films, this year’s students didn’t disap- house. He wasn’t a violent criminal, but he point the reputation of those that proceeded did break into houses and did drugs and went them. to prison for his 30 years.” “We had some real fun films this year, While there wasn’t footage of the former ones that made us laugh or films we really criminal breaking into homes or smoking, the learned from,” said Katie Blunt, Canyons students staged many of the scenes, learning School District education technology spe- how different camera angles and more footcialist and project lead of the Canyons Dis- age helped to tell the story. They also talked trict Film Festival. with others and visited where he was incarAs the Canyons District Film Festival cerated to get footage and interviews. welcomed this year’s winners to the stage at “He shared with us about his recovery Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, all from crime, the person he is becoming, how student filmmakers walked the red carpet. he is turning his life around,” Hall said. This year, there were several teams that That film won the high school documenwere awarded top honors of the gold film tary award this year. canister award. The middle school documentary also Corner Canyon students Dylan Simons, was won by a team of Midvale Middle School Collin Hall, Julia Tolk, Connor Henrie and students. Eighth-graders and former film fesAbigail Williams teamed up to make a three- tival winners Amber Parker and Abigail Slapart film for Draper City, which is planned to ma-Catron teamed up with classmate Natalie be posted on the city’s Facebook page. It took McRoberts and produced their film, “Berlin months of planning and preparation and nar- 1936 Olympics: Defying the Nazi Regime.” rowing down pages of questions before they The group also submitted it for the Hisstarted shooting the film. tory Day Fair competition, which Blunt supThe students, some of them who have ports the cross-over learning with classroom taken video production and television broad- curriculum. cast courses at school, interviewed a former “Several students applied what they’re criminal, presenting his story as he fell into a studied in class to film projects, which reinworld of crime to tips he provides on how to forces their learning,” Blunt said. “Not only safeguard homes. are they learning the subject matter, but also Then, they entered one segment in the the art of filmmaking, editing, communicatfilm festival after spending more than two ing and teamwork.” hours interviewing and even more time to The annual poster contest winner is edit their footage taken with three angles, from Mt. Jordan Middle. Meryn Lee’s postinto a five-minute documentary entitled, er, “Cameras in the Canyons” will be post“V.O.C. Talk.” ed around the schools this coming academic “He told us he would draw away from year to announce the entries for the 11th anhis friends and family, into a world of drugs,” nual film festival are due by April 10, 2020. Simons said. “He would tell them to get lost,

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High School Animation Winner “Sammy the Sloth Gets Ready for School” -Justie Martinez - Corner Canyon High Middle School Animation Winner “Derf - Saxophones” - Cameron Tillman - Butler Middle

Elementary Animation Winner “Everyday Hero” - Liam Morgan Brookwood Elementary High School Newscast Winner “Bengal News (Office Parody)” - Zoe Berg - Brighton High​

Elementary Newscast Winner “Quail Hollow Morning Announcements” - Annie Allred, Emmeline Rosevear, Brooklyn Manwaring, Kate Johns - Quail Hollow Elementary High School Documentary Winner “V.O.C. Talk” -  Dylan Simons, Collin Hall, Connor Henrie, Julia Tolk, Abigail Williams - Corner Canyon High

Middle School Documentary Winner “Berlin 1936 Olympics: Defying the Nazi Regime” - Abigail Slama-Catron, Amber Parker, Natalie McRoberts Midvale Middle Elementary Documentary Winner “Fun Pancakes” - Sabrina Smith, Lillian Smith - Sunrise Elementary​ High School Short Film Winner “What is That’’ - Asly Camacho, Juan Romero, Andrew Diaz - Corner Canyon High

Middle School Short Film Winner “The Classroom - Episode 2” - Rachel Payne, Angie Class, Chloe Dames, Ashtyn McVey, Eric Middlemas, Sam Gettings, Wesley Arbon, Lorenzo Silva, Josie West, Raphael Ferreira, Ty Fields, Cameron Alldredge - Union Middle Elementary Short Film Winner “The Girl Next Door” - Maya Yrungaray, Amelia Butterfield - Oak Hollow Elementary

Teacher Film Winner “Infinity School: Rise” - Rachel Bingham, Rebekah Aimes, Chanci Loren, Jennifer Bagley, Mindy Smith, Eryn White, Kristi Johnson, Danielle Rigby, Danielle Rodregiuez, Amber Rock, Kathy Booth, Kida Wright, Sarah Curtis, Katie Hennessey, Marie Berg, Christina Van Dam, Becky Morgan, Ashton Luneke, Ashely Templeton, Jessica Mitchell, Sarah Matheson, Jean Garcia - Bell View Elementary Utah Futures American Graduate Elementary Award “Attendance Matters” - Porter Liddiard, June Joseph - Park Lane Elementary Utah Futures American Graduate Middle School Award “Path to Graduation” - Aubrey Broderick - Canyons Youth Academy Utah Futures American Graduate High School Award “Risks Worth Taking” - Emily Erickson - Alta High Utah Futures American Graduate Teacher Award “Letter to my High School Self” ​ -  Wade Harman - Canyons Youth Academy Poster Contest Winner “Cameras in the Canyons” -  Meryn Lee - Mt. Jordan Middle

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August events in Cottonwood Heights By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


uring the month of August, various Cottonwood Heights councils, associations and committees will keep your calendar booked with at least one event residents can attend per week. Food trucks will be parking within the city borders every Monday in August (Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26). Various businesses will be serving their specialties at Mountview Park (1651 Fort Union Blvd.) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Scheduling for the food trucks provided by Rolling Menus. This event is part of the annual Bites in the Heights, in partnership with the Cottonwood Heights Business Association. On Aug. 9, the Superhero Bike Ride will be flying through neighborhoods. Rescheduled from June because of weather, this event lives in the tradition of the Zombie Bike Ride, which began in 2017. Superheroes will be called to the Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) at 6 p.m., with their services no longer needed by 8 p.m. The event is a family bike ride and will feature food trucks, activities and prizes. Staff members of the city’s community development department ask attendees to download a waiver, fill it out and send it to Sherrie Martell at smartell@ch.utah.gov, or drop it off at City Hall. For more information, visit the

city’s Facebook page, at Cottonwood Heights City. On Aug. 13, primary elections for Cottonwood Heights Council District 1 will be held. The general election will not take place until Nov. 5. Cottonwood Heights utilizes voting by mail. Ballots were sent to voters on July 16. For more information, visit the Salt Lake County clerk’s elections website at www.slco.org/clerk/elections. On Aug. 14, the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council will be hosting “Hope, Help, and Healing: An Addiction Recovery Art Exhibit.” The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) and will feature keynote speaker Tiffany Fletcher discussing how to turn trials into triumphs. In addition, featured artists and musicians include Carin Fausett, Wi-Five Quintet, Julie Griffiths Nelson and Leesy. Hope, Help, and Healing will also have “recovery resources onsite to help individuals and families to find hope, help, and healing.” For more information, visit the Arts Council’s Facebook page, at Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. On Aug. 14, the Cottonwood Heights Business Association is hosting their monthly Cottonwood Connect from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Community Room at City Hall

(2277 E. Bengal Blvd.). The topic for this month’s meeting is hiring and working with millennials. If interested, please respond to Sherrie Martell at smartell@ch.utah.gov. All residents welcome. By Aug. 23, nominations for the annual Cottonwood Heights Beautification and Landscaping Awards must be submitted. The program “was established to recognize and reward residents, property and business owners for improving their properties with beautiful landscaping and improvements.” To nominate a property, visit the city’s website at www.ch.utah.gov. As always, the Cottonwood Heights city council meetings and planning commission meetings will be held during their regularly scheduled times. On Aug. 7, the planning commission meeting will begin at 5 p.m. for their work session in suite 250 of the Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) At 6 p.m. they will meet in suite 300 for their business meeting. The planning commission meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month, or as needed. To view the upcoming agenda, visit the city’s website at www.cottonwoodhieghts.utah.gov and navigate to the “Your Government” tab, click on “Boards and Commissions,” and the first option will

be the Planning Commission. On Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, the Cottonwood Heights City Council will hold their biweekly meetings in suite 250 of the Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) at 5 p.m. Beginning with the work session, the council will reconvene in suite 300 at 7 p.m. for the business session (this is when residents can make comments.) l

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Time is now for property tax-relief applications to County Treasurer By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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though reaching 75 years of age can be seen as a “diamond� anniversary, 75-year-old West Valley resident Andi felt her life was all rough, no diamond. She was at a loss, feeling helpless about how to pay $1,500 in property tax on her $170,000 home. Trenton, age 50, had just moved to Utah and settled on Herriman, which he enjoyed for its peaceful, quiet community feel. As a disabled veteran, he found his economic opportunities sparse in the bedroom community. The stress of his owing more than $4,000 in taxes was wearing on him. As a veteran used to having to endure long lines for things like medical care — but feeling extreme stress doing so — he was leery of venturing out for the support he knew he might be awarded. Salt Lake City resident Ada had been receiving financial support from her daughter. The proud 80-year-old woman was humiliated enough, asking for help from family and, given her minimal fixed income, did not know what to do to resolve the more than $1,000 she owed in tax.

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The Salt Lake County (SLCO) Treasurer’s office has five different tax-relief programs to help folks like Andi, Trenton and Ruth — all fictional names for some real Salt Lake County neighbors, who have been assisted by programs available through the SLCO Treasurer. The three are a few of many individuals who have received peace of

mind by seeking support from Salt Lake County’s varied tax-relief programs. According to Joy Hayes, a tax-relief supervisor with the SLCO Treasurer, in 2018, more than $10 million was granted by the County, assisting those in need. After approaching SLCO about their situations, this is the outcome for each: Andi – Leveraging two different programs considering age and income, SLCO forgave all but $37.87 of the nearly $1,500 the 75-year-old owed. Trenton – The crowd-weary disabled veteran, within minutes, had his tax burden halved, thanks to disabled-veteran tax forgiveness programs through the County. The new figure was infinitely more palatable on his disabled vet benefits compensation. “He couldn’t believe he had been helped so quickly and so efficiently,� recalled Hayes. “He mentioned he had moved several times and this was the first office where he felt appreciated and did not get the run-around.� Ada – After her daughter told her she was no longer able to financially contribute, she learned about the SLCO Tax Forgiveness programs. Feeling embarrassed and humiliated, Ada came to the SLCO Complex at 2100 S. State Street and begrudgingly told Treasurer’s office personnel that, “she felt she had no choice,� Hayes said. “After looking at her income? It was clear that her tax liability would be dismissed.� According to Hayes, the 80-year-old woman cried tears of joy and “thanked

us over and over.� Her only regret? “She wished she had had the courage to come in earlier.� Support from the SLCO Treasurer’s office is “invaluable,� for ensuring quality of life for residents in need of support, Hayes said.

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The only thing people need to do? Three things. First, lose the fear and avoidance. As is seen by the examples of Andi, Trenton and Ada, SLCO personnel are not just doing their jobs to help residents in need, but are personally fulfilled by the impact they make in helping others, Hayes said. Second, reach out and ask for help. Ask for help by calling SLCO, engaging with their website or coming in to the office. Have SLCO representatives clearly advise what documentation is needed so you have a checklist of all required for your tax-relief application. SLCO Treasurer phone 385-4688326 Website www.slco.org/treasurer/ tax-relief-applications Third, do it swiftly. The 2019 deadline for property-tax relief is Tues., Sept. 3. Remember that SLCO closes at 5 p.m. and documentation is required, so make sure to check in with what is needed ahead of time. (While SLCO does have programs to allow residents to appeal for tax forgiveness from prior years, it is much better to hit this deadline, for the greatest consideration.) l

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What Mount Olympus means to Holladay residents By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com Curved snuggly around the base and slowly ascending the majestic slopes, Holladay claims Mount Olympus as her own.

Mount Olympus completes the Holladay skyline. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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Holladayites go about their daily business sometimes not cognizant of this regal giant that stands at 9,030 feet. Still, one can barely look up without seeing the mountain. Several former and current Holladay residents reflect on what Mount Olympus means to them. City Councilman Brett Graham said, “Mount Olympus has meaning to me on several levels. First and foremost, it is a dominant landmark which I look for each time I fly into the Salt Lake Valley. When it comes into view, I feel home. From the valley, my city, neighborhood and home lay below and the mountains I love on either side.” Graham said that while Mount Olympus is a constant, it also changes. He loves seeing it capped with snow or watching the leaves change in the fall. “It is impressive in all seasons,” he said.   It also brings back memories, specifically when he was in high school. “A few buddies and I thought it would be fun to climb it with a generator and string a big ‘O’ in the trees to light up during the Olympus versus Skyline game. Needless to say, it didn’t happen…generators from the 1980s were heavy.” He added, “We are lucky to live below a beautiful creation.” Ninety-one-year-old David Taylor has been a hiker since he was 4 years old. A long-time Holladay resident, Taylor recalled his times on Mount Olympus fondly. “At night, you could hold the moonlight in your hands,” he said. There are parts of the Mount Olympus trail that are very steep. Taylor said, “When somebody says, ‘Oh yeah, we climbed Mount Olympus,’ I ask, ‘Did you go all the way up?’” Instead of answering, he said,

Shanna McGrath stands at the peak of Mount Olympus, McGrath’s first hike when she moved here a year ago. (Photo courtesy Shanna McGrath)

they change the subject. He said that through the years the Mount Olympus trail has been made a little bit easier. “You can look around and see the valley. It’s wonderful to be able to see that,” Taylor said. In his long life, his enthusiasm for the mountain has not dimmed. He said he believes that everyone in his family has gone up Mount Olympus. “For us, and I would say for most of my children and their children, we have interest in Mount Olympus.” Former Olympus High School student Andrea Wilkinson said, “From the time I can remember, Mount Olympus has always been there providing the eastern backdrop to my view. Her beauty and majesty are unsurpassed, no matter the season. However, she is especially beautiful in winter—after a snowstorm—when the sparkling white snow contrasts sharply against the blue sky. She is also beautiful in the spring and summer after a rainfall when her greenery is bright and looks full of promise. Mount Olympus is a protector who looks over the vast valley onto those of us lucky enough to live beneath her magnificent peak— basking in her shadow and glory.” Some Holladay residents climb the mountain and some wax poetic about its grandeur. In either case, Holladay and Mount Olympus are intimately bound. l

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It’s electric! How to hit the trails with integrated propulsion By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Bike experts like Mike Buckley, shop manager at 2nd Tracks Sports/Level 9 (Millcreek) are excited to talk about electric options. For any rider, beginning or advanced, motor propelled mountain bikes are a great emerging option for commuters and outdoor adventure seekers. (Amy Green/City Journals)

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. (Amy Green/City Journals)

You can’t see it… (it’s electric!). You gotta feel it… (it’s electric!). Ooh, it’s shakin’... (it’s electric!). Actually, you can see it. It’s a bike. It’s an electric bike. Boogie woogie, woogie!

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. Utah and its mountains are abundant with off road recreation opportunities. Those uphill places are even more accessible to ride now, thanks to electric mountain bikes or eMTB. For those who love getting to the further outskirts, dusty dirt avenues, rocky trails and Utah’s infamous desert washboard roads, longer distance rides are now more doable. Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bikes: full-power or pedal-assist. The difference is in how they are powered by the motor. A full-power bike is meant for short distances with little to no pedaling over relatively short distances. Pedal-assist bikes are designed to be pedaled most of the time. But when you are tired and need a boost, these bikes can provide a bit of electric help. An eMTB falls into the category of pedal-assist. To read more about how they work check out www.explainthatstuff.com/electricbikes.

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Eddy Steele of SLC, is an avid rider. He has a Focus Jam Squared eMTB. “I love my particular bike. It affords me the ability to ride the trails that are by my house, or on my way home from work. I can ride quicker, whereas on a normal bike, I wouldn’t have the time to ride before it gets dark. A trail that would normally take two to three hours to ride, takes only about an hour on my eMTB with pedal assist,” Steele explained. Mountain bike hobbyists might wonder if one can get the same kind of challenging workout on an e-bike. “It’s not the same kind of workout, but you’re still getting a workout. I’m still breaking a sweat and I’ve still got an increased heart rate. But anytime you are working out two-three hours vs. one hour, you’re going to burn more calories,” Steele said. On an eMTB, one can ride longer. Steele explained the pedal assist advantage saying, “It helps out a lot on the hills and you can make it give you a little more assist on uphill’s. So if you’re using it aggressively, you can really cut down drastically on the amount of pedaling work. So it’s less of a workout to conquer hills than it would be if you had a normal bike. But it’s still a workout.” Steele recently met a guy in St George who has the same bike. After confirming

that the other guy didn’t steal his bike, the men got to talking. “The southern Utah guy was in his 50’s or 60’s, retired, a little overweight, and had bought his bike a few months ago. The guy hadn’t mountain biked before. He wanted something that would help him out a bit. In the short time that he had been mountain biking he lost around 30 pounds. I think without an electric mountain bike he probably wouldn’t have been out being so active,” Steele said. The fun thing about mountain biking is going outside and being on the varied terrain. An electric mountain bike can help one enjoy the sport more fully when one might not otherwise be physically capable. “The other nice thing I like about my bike is it’s a little heavier, so I feel a lot more stable. I feel like I can be a little bit more aggressive in my downhill mountain biking without getting so bounced around. I feel more secure. But it’s not too heavy. I still feel like I can control it really well,” Steele added. e-bikes are pretty amazing. One might wonder if anyone can just go out and take it anywhere? Mike Buckley, manager at 2nd Tracks/Level 9 Sports (Millcreek) where eMTB bikes are sold said, “Currently the people who maintain the trails make the decision (whether to allow e-bikes).” So check the rules before hitting the offroad trails. Where one is allowed to ride an eMTB can vary greatly on federal, state and local trails. As a general rule, any trail open to motorized and non-motorized use, is also available to eMTB riders. Because land rules can change frequently, don’t ride where rules aren’t clear.

For information regarding Utah e-bike laws, consider the following:

• LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency. • STATE: Utah State Parks do not have an eMTB policy. Contact the department for the most up to date information. • FEDERAL: On federal lands, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.

A great place for more information on where to ride an eMTB is:

• A map of great eMTB rides at peopleforbikes.org/emtb • eMTB “Adventures” at peopleforbikes.org/e-bikes

There is little doubt that electric bikes are better for the environment than traditional gasoline engines. But they aren’t perfect. The development and disposal of batteries causes pollution. The electricity to power an eMTB might be coming from a source of significant pollution. However, e-bikes are a good start at improving air quality. As some say, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s a neat time to be in the market for a bike, to start thinking about a first one, or upgrading that vintage Schwinn. It’s also a great option for folks who need their bike to do some of the pedaling. See if you can spot these e-bikes wheeling around the Salt Lake scenery. l

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New Draper trail conditions app improves outdoor experience By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Cell phone with trail app and trail in background. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

Residents and visitors hoping to enjoy Draper’s 90+ miles of trails now have a way to check trail conditions before they head out the door. Draper City recently released a trail conditions app with the goal of keeping hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders informed as well as keeping trails in good condition.

“Our hope is that the app will make it easier for residents to engage with our

beautiful outdoors,” said Draper City Councilwoman Tasha Lowery. “We have the most preserved and protected wild lands of any city in the state, over 5,000 acres. It really makes a difference to our residents and their ability to get outside and appreciate all Utah has to offer.” The app, which can be found online at Draper City’s map portal draper.maps.arcgis.com/ shows all of the city’s trails with each trail colored according to its current condition. Green for open, yellow for tread

lightly, red for closed and blue to indicate which trails are groomed during snowy weather. Clicking on the colored lines pulls up the name of the trail, its condition and the last date of inspection. Greg Hilbig, Draper’s Trails and Open Space Manager said either himself, his assistant or a park ranger are responsible for making sure the app conditions are accurate. “We are often out on the trails checking them,” Hilbig said. “Depending on the time of year and the recent weather it is pretty obvious to those of us familiar with the trails what their condition will be.” Hilbig said the app is an important tool for keeping trails healthy. “A lot of our soil is clay which holds the water longer. The problem with using [trails] when they get really wet and muddy is that it displaces soil off of the trail. On a muddy trail, hikers and horses cause potholes and bikers cause ruts. When the mud hardens it makes the trail lumpy and causes erosion.” Draper resident Chad Smith said his family uses the community trails for mountain biking, running and family hikes. He thinks the new app will make a real difference to trail users. “As Draper’s trail system becomes increasingly crowded and complex to ac-

commodate those on foot, bike and horse I see this app as a way to get in front of some problems that have been on the rise for awhile now,” Smith said. Smith said the number of mountain bikers can make it difficult for hikers, walkers and runners to use the trails, but recent improvements made by Draper City are helping. “They’ve added more foot traffic only trails, and they’ve minimized areas where foot traffic and bike trails intersect and overlap,” Smith said. “At this point, with so many recent changes and such a need for crowd management, I think education is the biggest issue remaining.” Hilbig said he hopes that word will spread about the trail conditions app. “The last time I checked we had 5,000 visits to [the app]. We are hoping to spread education because a lot of new users won’t understand why they shouldn’t be on muddy trails.” Overall, Hilbig said he hopes the app will improve everyone’s experience on trails in Draper. “People from all over use these trails,” Hilbig said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and be courteous to other users.” l

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Keep your bike tuned for the trails with Salt Lake’s Bicycle Collective By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com

The Bicycle Collective restores, maintains and sells used bikes. (Jenniffer Wardell/City Journals)

You can’t conquer a mountain trail if your bike isn’t in good shape.

For those wanting an inexpensive way to keep their mountain bike in optimum condition, the Bicycle Collective is here to help. With locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo and St. George, the Collective offers open benches, tools and expert help for anyone looking to maintain and repair all kinds of bicycles. They also offer classes for both kids and adults. “We have pretty much everything required to fix most bikes, even old ones,” said Amy Nguyen Wiscombe, the volunteer and program coordinator for the Collective. Just inside the front door of the Salt Lake location is the bike repair room, with rows of tools and equipment and racks to hang bikes while they’re being worked on. Rows of rims hang overhead, and a stack of tires rests along one wall. A separate room has even more tires and tubes. “We only have six benches, and

they’re usually full from beginning to end,” Wiscombe said. “There are also usually three people on the wait list.” If you’re on the wait list, it’s best not to go anywhere. “You have to hang out,” she added. “You don’t know when a bench is going to be done.” The benches are mostly open during what the shop refers to as DIY (Do It Yourself) hours. During that time, volunteers and paid experts are also on hand to help answer the questions of anyone working on their bikes. “The nice thing about repair here is that you’re repairing your bike, but they have guides here who are pros,” said Joe Zia, who was working on the trail bike he’d recently purchased from the Collective. “If you’re in over your head, they can guide you.” Zia’s son, Jeff, was there learning how to take care of the bike he would be using frequently. “I’m actually a great bike rider, and my dad is, too,” Jeff said. “We go on trails three times a day.” When questioned if they really did that much riding, Zia smiled. “We go quite a bit.” The only two things the Collective

won’t do is bleed hydraulic brakes and repair mountain bike forks (the part that holds the front wheel). “(Our experts) might not have that type of knowledge,” Wiscombe said. “It’s pretty specialized.” The Collective also has a Youth Open Shop, where children and teens get exclusive use of the benches. They also have a weekly WTF night (Women, Trans and Femme), designed exclusively for those female, transgender, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine or femme. The nights, which are part of a national movement, are meant to give those individuals a safe space to work on bikes. “Cycling is typically pretty dominated by men, and a bike shop can typically be a pretty intimidating space,” Wiscombe said. “We try to be really welcoming and inclusive.” DIY time, Youth Open Shop, and WTF night are all $5 an hour for bench time. The complete schedule for all three sessions are available at the Collective’s web site, www.bicyclecollective.org “It’s a lot cheaper than getting it serviced at the bike shop, and you know the work that’s getting done on your bike,” Zia said. Lucas Ruiz was also in the shop,

working on his mountain bike. “I do at least 40 miles a day on my bike, so I have extra wear,” he said. Even if you don’t ride that far every day, you still have plenty of reason to tune up your bike. “All bikes require regular maintenance of some kind,” Wiscombe said. “Right before you ride, you should always check your air, brakes and chain. Once a month, you should give your bike a detailed cleaning, lube your chain and check to see if things are worn out.” The Collective’s next round of mountain bike classes for kids should be announced next April, with word going out on their social media accounts. Other classes will cover everything from flat repair to suspension systems to derailleurs. Just like the people who use the benches, the students come from all walks of life. “They range from college kids all the way to retired folks,” Wiscombe said. “All different socioeconomic levels.” It’s that variety, and the opportunity to help them, that help keep the Collective going. “There’s incredible diversity in Salt Lake,” she said. “We get to meet these people and experience their stories.” l

Hiking opportunities abound in the area By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com The Salt Lake Valley and surround- like that sometimes,” Roberts said. “We ing mountains is considered a hiking have seen deer and all kinds of stuff in our own backyard hikes.” mecca.

There are 171 registered hiking trails right here in this valley and surrounding foothills. According to alltrails.com they can all be accessed within a 20-minute drive from any point along the Wasatch Front. These hikes range in difficulty and skill levels. “I try to hike with my son once a week,” Herriman resident Travis Roberts said. “We like to get out and enjoy the time together. He loves the wildlife and all the things he can see while we are hiking. I want him to have a thorough fitness experience.” Hiking has great rewards, but care should be taken to ensure your simple day trip does not turn into a disaster. Be prepared for your adventure. According to alltrails.com here are some tips: Research the trail you are venturing on and notify someone of your plans; prepare yourself physically by stretching, having enough water and supplies; hike with a buddy; bring clothing for changing weather conditions, watch your step, and most importantly, know when to turn around. “Watch for wildlife, snakes and stuff

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Here are a few nearby hikes best suited for families.

Yellow Fork Canyon Trail, Herriman

A moderate hike consisting of a 6.8mile loop. It gains approximately 1,300 feet in elevation and ends on a ridgeline with great views of the valley. Many residents like its proximity. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and there are many spurs off the main trail to explore.

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon

A 7-mile out and back trail that features a river and lots of shade. It gains 1,350 feet in elevation to the top and ends at an old mill. This hike contains history of the Utah Pioneers and building of the Salt Lake Temple.

Mountain View Corridor

This hike travels the entire length of the corridor and can be accessed at several points along its route. The trail is mostly paved and includes several benches along the way. It is frequented by several types of

Bentley Roberts and his father Travis have explored several hikes close to their home. They have learned to enjoy spending time together. (Photo courtesy of Travis Roberts)

recreational users including bikes, runners and families.

Herriman Fire Memorial Flag, Herriman

A relatively short 1.7-mile steep and rocky hike. It ends with spectacular views of the valley. It is considered a moderate to difficult hike by alltrails.com users.

bicycles. A short hike past the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge and worth the extra effort.

Jungle Trail Hike, Corner Canyon

A new trail in the Corner Canyon trail system has been built for kids. In fact, the sign at the trailhead says it is for the young and adventurous. The hike begins at the Orson Smith Park to the Draper Suspension Carolina Hills trailhead. The trail is shaded Bridge Loop and has logs to climb over and forts to hide A 2.3-mile loop rated as easy, alin; it is only .1 miles in length. l though there is a long uphill section. The trail is well maintained and has frequent

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Lady Bengals complete huge turnaround in lacrosse By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

After winning just one game in 2018, the Brighton girls lacrosse team went 9-5 this past season. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Owens)


t’s amazing what can happen in a year. Just ask the Brighton girls lacrosse team. The 2018 squad had a rough time, to say the least. That group won just one game all year. This past season, the Bengals showed vast improvement to finish with a mark of 9-5. Brighton advanced to the state tournament where it picked up a 13-9 victory over Olympus on May 7 before falling to Park City 18-7 on May 9. “Our team had an incredible season,” said head coach Melissa Nash. “The progress we made this year was drastic, and it was noticed by everyone in the league. Game after game, I was told by coaches that our team had jumped leaps and bounds.” Nash credits the coaching staff for a large part of the team’s progress. Five new coaches — Rachel (Quigs) Muller, Chelsea Owens, McKalee Fife, Tiffany Nord and Mary Barton — joined the program and worked alongside existing coaches Courtney McCabe and Nash. Together, their experi-

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ence and knowledge paid huge dividends. If anything exemplified the way Brighton improved, it was its first-round playoff win over Olympus. Just four weeks earlier, Olympus routed the Bengals 20-8. Nash said the rough loss taught her team valuable lessons. When the rematch occurred, the Bengals were ready, and they came through with an outstanding effort. Nash said it was her favorite part of the season. “Within a just few weeks, we learned a lot, re-dedicated ourselves and came back to playoffs with a new energy,” she said. “We played the best lacrosse we had all season, and we played as a team and won! It was amazing as a coach to see all our practices (in the rain) really come together to this culminating game where all the puzzle pieces finally fit together.” Nash also highlighted her team’s 11-9 victory over Juan Diego in the regular season finale May 1. The Bengals erased a four-goal deficit to prevail, largely due to Haley Tay-

lor’s five goals. Nash also enjoyed practicing with the team and watching their growth and development. “I love these girls and I loved spending time with them every day,” she said. “They are so fun and so willing to learn. Some of our team strengths included our midfield team; they really tuned in to winning the draw and making our transitions smooth. Another strength was our goalie, Alyssa Le, and goalie coach, McKalee Fife. They worked together to make changes, and Alyssa had an incredible season. Another strength was our strong and deep coaching staff. Having seven coaches at practice every day with different perspectives made a huge difference.” Nash said all 33 players on the team made valuable contributions to the squad’s success. Grace Rappl, Paige Sieverts and Taylor were team leaders who helped take the Bengals from a struggling program to a competitive one. Nash also pointed out the talents of defender Sam Heugly, who anchored the

back end. Sieverts was a Second-Team AllState performer, while Taylor and Heugly were All-Region selections. Morgan Harris was an Academic All-American honoree, and Nash was Coach of the Year. Returning players and coaches are excited for next season when the squad will play as a sanctioned sport. Brighton lost only four seniors from the 2019 club, so the future looks bright. “I am so excited for next year,” Nash said. “We will definitely miss our seniors, but I think we have some awesome freshmen and sophomores coming up to fill their spots. Next year will be a powerful year for Brighton. I think consistency is really important, and having the same coaches next year will mean we can pick up right where we left off. I’m excited to see what our younger players can bring to the table. We have a lot of upward momentum, and I just want to keep it going.” l

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Twelve-year-old filmmaker Marlo Harmer wins national recognition By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


arlo Harmer of Cottonwood Heights is serious about filmmaking. Though she just finished seventh grade at Churchill Jr. High, she’s had four film entries in the Reflections contest, each time winning at the state level. This past year her entry in the “Heroes Around Me”-themed contest received a national Award of Merit recognition. “I’ve always been interested in film. I’ve entered in other categories, but I’ve entered a film every year since fourth grade. I get feedback each year, and I use it to get clearer shots and better narration,” Marlo said. Her nearly-five-minute film, “Unseen Heroes,” tells the stories of four females. “I know a lot about the difficulties that females go through, so I reached out to people in the community and interviewed them,” Marlo said. Marlo was thoughtful about where she filmed her subjects. “I went to places that I thought represented their stories. One story was about a student whose father had died. It had a ripple effect throughout her whole school because everyone knew about it, so I filmed her in the school,” Marlo said. Another subject shared her struggle with cancer. Footage showed her happily walking through Red Butte Garden. Her voiceover revealed that during her fight against cancer she could hardly get out of bed or go grocery shopping without help. Her statement of courage was, “We can overcome whatever life has to throw at us.” Marlo would like to pursue filmmaking as a career, and sounds like a pro when she talks about her technical skills. “I used a phone to film this submission, but the work was more in the editing than the cinematography. I used multiple programs and tools — mostly iMovie and Photoshop, but really anything I could get my hands on to enhance and stabilize the footage,” said Marlo. When Marlo showed her subjects the finished product, “they were really impressed. I was really proud of it and they were too. They were glad they got to be in the film and happy

when I won the national award,” Marlo said. Marlo was one of five national Award of Merit winners in the middle school grade division for film, and one of only nine students from Utah to be recognized at the national level. Marlo’s film is available to view on Granite District’s website and YouTube. Marlo’s mom, Molly Young, said she was impressed by Marlo’s hard work, especially when it came to sticking with all the contest’s requirements, like the personal statement. “Her sixth grade submission was good, but the difference this year was refining the personal statement. This year she reflected the theme in her choices. What elevated her from a state win to a national win was that connection,” Young said. Young said she encourages Marlo’s creativity, and likes the Reflections contest because there are technical steps that make kids think about why they make a particular choice. “For four years she’s had to document her help, equipment, releases and music (for each entry). It’s a way to harness and refine what she already loves to do into something useful.” After keeping the national win a secret from her daughter, Young was at Churchill for a big surprise reveal. “The PTA came to the school and brought Marlo up and surprised her in front of the whole school at the end of an assembly. I was off to the side of the stage watching. It was really cool,” said Young. Marlo’s national win was celebrated at district and state levels. Granite School District embedded her film on their website and stated, “Marlo’s accomplishments are the pride of her school and all of Granite District. She has a bright future ahead of her.” Amy Choate-Nielsen, director of communications for Utah PTA, said, “We are so proud. Marlo’s video, filled with beautiful images and experiences of everyday heroes, reminds us of the power that can come from seeing the good in the world around us. Her accomplishment puts her in the top 20% of

Marlo Harmer was surprised during an assembly at Churchill Jr. High when she found out she’d won a national Award of Merit for her Reflections film entry. (Photo courtesy of Granite School District)

students in the nation… competing against some 5,000 local PTAs throughout the country. We commend her for this achievement.” Marlo is already working on her 2019– 2020 Reflections submission. “The theme this year is ‘Look Within,’ and I’ve got some ideas. My parents gave me a new camera and we went on a trip to Green River so I could practice using it and editing,” Marlo said.

She’s also thinking about starting a YouTube channel to post her films. Marlo said she’ll continue to create, with her parents supporting her each step of the way. “My parents have given me unconditional support and given me what I need to make these films. I’m so grateful for that. A lot of kids don’t have these opportunities. I’m glad my parents are who they are.” l

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