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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS: NOT AS YOUNG AS IT ONCE WAS By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


020 will mark 15 years since the incorporation of Cottonwood Heights. Within that time, the city has been through multiple growth spurts. From changes in leadership to finding a permanent home, Cottonwood Heights has been adapting and evolving as the city between the canyons. In 2005, Cottonwood Heights was incorporated after significant planning from the community council. During the first year after incorporation, there was much scrambling to get the city up and running. Almost every city staff member working at the time recalls the story of Former City Manager Liane Stillman offering her own personal credit card to pay upfront costs for operations, since the city did not yet have a set budget. “I’m amazed with the great work they did when they started the city,” said current City Manager Tim Tingey. “When beginning a new city, there’s so much that has to be developed. There are processes and policies that have to be established fairly quickly. The past city leaders did a great job.” During that time of beginning the city, the city’s general plan needed to be drafted, as well as the ordinances and budgets. Since then, there have been numerous modifications to plans and ordinances, and countless resolutions adopted. “We aren’t really a new city anymore,” Tingey said. “We have evolved from that new city to a much more established city.” BEHIND THE SCENES Part of that evolution has been the retention of city staff members, the hiring of new employees, and developing or further establishing specific departments within the city. “The city staff do so much to make the city better,” Tingey said. “They put forth extreme amounts of effort to make the community better. We have good leaders and a great staff. I give them all the credit. The work they do, and their efforts, are appreciated.” Former Assistant City Manager Bryce Haderlie further explained the important role of city staff members. “They are the individuals that get the work done. It’s not just a job, but a privilege, to provide the best service to the residents. If we don’t get it right, then it reflects on the entire city because the employees are the face of Cottonwood Heights.” Tingey expressed that all the city staff members he works with are forward thinking and have can-do attitudes. The quality of their work and their extensive knowledge base creates a better city for all residents and visitors. “The staff does things to enhance the betterment of the community. Each of us play

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an important role in making our community better. We want to better our community — that’s the focus of our employees.” As examples, Tingey mentioned important things happening in various departments. “Many city staff members have been applying for grants for millions of dollars to enhance the city,” he began. Within the community and economic development department, GIS Specialist Melissa Blue has been working to “provide data and information so all city staff members can do their jobs more efficiently,” Tingey said. The finance administration and human resources department “do so much to connect all of what they are doing,” Tingey said. Within the police department, the officers “do great work as they are effective and responsive within the community. People are happy with the work they do,” said Tingey. Even though the public works department is one of the youngest departments within the city, established three years ago, “it’s amazing what they have done,” said Tingey, specifically in relation to road repair and snow plowing. Haderlie also spoke to the accomplishments of the public works department. “I will always treasure my time at Cotton-

wood Heights because of the great people that I got to work with and the amazing accomplishments of building the new city hall and improving the public works department. I believe that we gave the city a greater identity of ‘self’ when we accomplished those two goals. Those are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” Haderlie said. “The people that work here mean so much to me,” Tingey said. “I am really grateful. We have people that are passionate about their community and the place they live. We have people that care, and that makes my job better.” PRIORITIES Even though each department within the city has their own priorities, there are some overarching priorities city staff members work toward on a daily basis. Many of those priorities have emerged from of the city council retreats. The main priority that almost all of the city staff members report is to continue “providing the residents of the community with the best service possible,” said Business Development Specialist Sherrie Martell. This includes continuing to improve on existing services and establishing new quality services. Continued page 4

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Continued from front page “We are always improving customer service,” said Tingey. “That’s something I’ll always advocate for.” One of the priorities city staff members have been and continue to work toward to improve customer service is transparency. Residents like that “we went to great lengths to be transparent and address concerns as they came up in a timely manner,” said former Public Relations Manager Dan Metcalf. Communication Manager Tim Beery continues that work. “We have an open policy. If a resident wants to contact any city employee, even the city manager or mayor, they are able to. We pride ourselves on being transparent and open. We try to push city items on our social media pages well in advance and give as much notice as possible,” said Beery. Another overarching priority for almost all departments in Cottonwood Heights is sustainability. In 2018, Cottonwood Heights hired a sustainability manager. In addition, the city is now devoted to a goal of having 100% clean renewable energy for city operations by 2022. “As a city, we focus on sustainability. That is one of our driving factors in our ac-


Cottonwood Heights employees try to advocate for and prioritize trails and open space as much as possible. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

tions and communications. We take pride in our community and we want to preserve it, so we are taking measures to become more green,” Beery said. In relation to sustainability, all depart-

ments have been and continue to be devoted to open space. A few recent examples of how that priority has influenced the city includes securing funds for the completion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the creation of the parks, trails, and open space committee. “People are out on the trails running, walking, biking and walking their dogs,” Martell said. In relation to open space, city staff members are constantly working to consider and preserve the canyons that border the city. “Working for Cottonwood Heights, it feels like we are the guardians of the canyons,” Beery said. “We love the Cottonwood Canyons and to promote exercise and wellness. We try to promote a healthy outdoor-centric lifestyle as much as possible. Those two things really mesh well together with all of the recreational activities available in the canyon. We do our best to




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a small-town feel despite the fact that we are not a small town,” Beery said. “They love that the city is close to Salt Lake City, but also close to the wild.” “Overall, it’s a great community of people from all walks of life, most of whom love where they live,” Metcalf said. COMING UP Looking into the future, Cottonwood Heights will continue to focus on open space, sustainability and transparency, in addition to other priorities. “We will continue to move forward on being effective in providing services,” Tingey said. “I think providing public amenities

and projects that enhance the quality of life will have a focus in the coming years. There are efforts to try and make things better with the canyons, which impacts the quality of life.” “The quality of life in Cottonwood Heights is much better than most communities because of the local leadership, an engaged core of volunteers, and quiet folks who respect each other’s space,” Metcalf said. In addition, the city will move forward on some projects and policies in the works and will continue to be responsive to the needs of residents within the community. l


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trees. During summer, Bear Lake offers landlocked residents a place to experience the beach. Of course, there’s always sunbathing and swimming, but visitors may also enjoy boating, watersports, horseback riding, biking and hiking. In addition to beach activities, visitors might want to explore the Bear Lake Valley through the ATV, four-wheeler, and dirt bike trails. Visitors are welcome to bring their own equipment or rent for the numerous shops surrounding the lake. Throughout the year, camping is a given throughout the Bear Lake Valley. There are over 500 campground sites with differentiating levels of camping experience. For the true nomads, there are areas for staking tents. For those road trippers, there are RV hookups. And for those who can’t get away from indoor plumbing, there are glamping areas available. No matter the season, there’s always something to do, in the Bear Lake Valley. Find out more at bearlake.org or call 435-946-2197 or email visitors@bearlake. org

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Dogs, eggs, skis: Cottonwood Heights 2019 Capturing a whole year in a few photos is next to impossible. But the following snapshots will attempt to do just that as we look back at 2019 in Cottonwood Heights. To read the stories along with these photos, check out cottonwoodheightsjournal.com.

Ashtyn’s Army welcoming Poulson home at Salt Lake International Airport. (Suzanne Poulsen, by permission)

Tatum Jackson and Gabriel Jackson recognized the men and women of the Unified Fire Authority and the Cottonwood Heights Police Department as their everyday heroes. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

Ridgecrest fourth-grade students challenged each other with arm wrestling, which symbolized the strength of the mountain men during the school’s annual rendezvous. (Ashley MacArthur/Ridgecrest Elementary)

This is Tucker. He’s thinking about going on a walk at the annual Bark in the Park at Mountview Park in October. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

Ashtyn and Suzanne Poulsen welcomed home at Salt Lake International Airport. (Suzanne Poulsen, by permission)

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Celebrating German culture at the 47th annual Oktoberfest at Snowbird. (Photo by Chris Segal, used by permission)

Alex Clifford rockets a homer against Alta last April. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Brighton wrestlers hoist the Battle of the Axe trophy after defeating Hillcrest in the 50th installment of the rivalry. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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Josh Nydegger (in the dark jersey), shown here in action this past season, had 46 goals and 28 assists. By the narrowest of margins, the Brighton boys lacrosse team fell in the state championship game. (Photo by Dani Johnson)

Bella Vista Principal Cory Anderson and fifth-grade teacher Sara McBee send students’ egg drop challenge packages over the edge of the school roof. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Samantha Paisley rounding the last downhill gate in the sprint race. Paisley was on a team from Cottonwood Heights that went to the world championships in Switzerland for ski mountaineering. (Sarah Cookler, with permission)

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With a petition containing 500 signatures, four Butler Elementary girls, spearheaded by Liv Deagle, second from right, addressed Canyons Board of Education to eliminate the use of Stryofoam lunch trays in the cafeteria. (Fran Deagle/Butler Elementary)

You can’t show up to an Easter Egg Hunt without style. (Photo courtesy Dan Metcalf)

Along with Josh Loomis, Alex Fankhauser (pictured here) helped lead the Bengals attack netting 13 goals in the regular season. The Bengals would go on to win the 5A state championship with an overtime 3-2 victory over Olympus. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Canyons Board of Education members Steve Wrigley, Nancy Tingey, Mont Millerberg and Amber Schill cut the cake July 1 after about 700 students, parents and guests sang happy birthday to the decade-old school district. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

A new passing, ongoing, lane has been implemented on the northbound onramp on I-215 at the 6200 South exit. This was one of multiple projects UDOT worked on within Cottonwood Heights. (Cassie Goff/ City Journals)

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Brighton High: 120 sports titles in 50 years By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen Tom Sherwood was a teenager, he admits he hated Brighton High. The then Bingham High football player said, “They were always good. They seemed to win the Deseret News All-State trophy every year, so in my youth, Brighton was the team to beat.” Now, the Brighton High principal and former Brighton teacher is complimenting the Bengals. “Brighton has maintained the high level of athletic success for 50 years, acquiring so many championships,” Sherwood said, adding that the Bengals have continued winning championships, faster than any other Utah high school. One hundred twenty sanctioned state championships in the school’s 50 years, to be exact. And that doesn’t include Brighton’s club titles in sports such as water polo, hockey and lacrosse. The titles are from baseball, football, boys and girls basketball to boys golf, volleyball and gymnastics, which was a sanctioned girls sport in Utah from 1973 through 1989. While a 2017 study by the National Federation of State High School Associations shows high school sports participation increased for the 28th straight year to its all-time high of more than 7.9 million student-athletes, only 495,000 high school athletes compete in the NCAA, the collegiate organization reports. Of those athletes, “just a select few within each sport move on to compete at the professional or Olympic level,” the NCAA reports. Specifically, 1.6% turn pro in football. Yet, Brighton has had five alumni — Gordon Hudson, Bryan Kehl, Reno Mahe, Cody Barton and Jackson Barton — go on to play in the NFL. They also had Trevor Lewis, who plays pro hockey for the LA Kings, and Tristan Gale, who become an Olympic gold medalist in skeleton in the 2002 Games. And since graduating from rival Bingham, Sherwood has become a fan. “When I first arrived, I was impressed with the high expectations,” he said. “It’s not pressure, but expectation to put into sports and academics their best effort. Many of our student-athletes work in the off-season to improve themselves and have that desire for personal growth. And success is contagious, so the more successful they are in sports, it will help them in other levels. Many of our athletes have returned to coach our teams, so now they’re successful. If our student-athletes don’t win a title, they’re still winning by becoming the best they can, both on and off the field or court — in everything, as many of them are our top students as well as athletes.” Former Brighton state doubles tennis champion Natalie Meyer said many of her current players have organized their time to complete their homework around their time

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on the tennis court. “They learn to make the most of their time, multitask, work on calculus when they’re not involved in the match and excel in all kinds of arenas,” she said. “A lot of these players I’ve taught math to in my classroom. They know, regardless of where they are, there is a certain level, an expectation, to do their best. It’s a behavior, a mentality, to represent themselves and the school. It’s a school culture that was created and we’re keeping it going.” As a result, Meyer said many of her student-athletes have earned all-academic region and all-academic state awards on top of 14 boys state championships, including seven in a row from 2006 to 2012, and 14 girls championships, including seven in a row in the 1980s. Meyer is not only impressed with the number of titles, but understands what they mean. “It’s awesome to see the hard work. We’ve had great players and great coaches. It was second nature to walk in and see so many trophies. It’s nice to stop and appreciate what has been done and appreciate the purpose of sports and have that good attitude if we win or lose. If we go out and have given it our best every single day, played our best, then we celebrate our best,” she said. Meyer said that for her, growing up in the tennis world was a family affair — and it still is as she coaches with her brother Jason Newell and her parents volunteer at the tennis matches. The same atmosphere she tries to create for her student-athletes. “We create a family with our team. They’re here working together, spending time together, having fun, watching each other play. I’m coaching kids of parents I played with and it’s fun to see the culture of the team, supporting each other, cheering for everyone, being proud of our accomplishments. Last year, we celebrated second…but we’re very hungry this year,” she said. In 2018, coach Tessa Italasano said their dance routine was undefeated heading into state, where the Brighton drill team, which has two state championships, ended up taking second place overall. “We want each girl to give their heart in every performance, every competition, everything they do,” she Italasano. Then junior Sophie England said the bonding of their team kept them going. “There are days that are just exhausting, but the love of dancing and of each other made it enjoyable. As long as each day we gave our best and put our heart into it, it makes it worth it,” she said. Brighton swim team also spends a great deal of time together — not just in the pool, but before and after swim meets, with dinners, giving service to the community, and doing activities.

Wrestlers and coaches from Brighton’s first state championship gather — holding their team portrait from 1974 — at the 50th Battle of the Ax in January 2019. Pictured are Dave Chavis, Don Christenson, Jeff Savage, Jeff Mackintosh, Jack Carlton and Don Neff. (Jerry Christensen/Brighton High School Legacy Center)

“It’s a peer group, where they belong and support each other, like an extended family,” said coach Todd Etherington. “They’re friends and hang out together.” Some of them have also swam together on the year-round Cottonwood Heights Aquatics team that Etherington coaches, building that unity amongst the team that sets goals to succeed. “We commit to be the best we can be. Academics and swimming go hand-in-hand so rarely have we had one who excels in swimming struggle academically.” Of his 85-member team, about one quarter of the swimmers earned a 4.0 grade-point average last trimester, even with spending a dozen or so hours in the pool per week. Many Bengals before this year’s team understand that commitment, as the boys team has 23 state titles and the girls team has 24, including every title in the 1990s, plus eight championships leading up to that decade and two afterward. Etherington also knows this firsthand, after spending his share of time in the water and earning state titles in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke as well as helping his medley relay win first at state. “Russ Lauber was my coach and he built a dynamic community and high school program, which we keep wanting to move forward and get better,” he said. “What we thought was our limits, we learn aren’t really limits.” This includes his state records. “If they were still there, then we

wouldn’t be improving, learning new things. There’s an attitude here: we want to be better both in and out of the pool. I’m sharing with them things I’m learning, and they’ve set a goal to be fast, but they have to maintain a certain grade-point average to swim. Trimester to trimester, we look at test scores, attendance, grade-point average, classes, what they post on social media, all those things to help them for college,” he said. Caring about athletes is appreciated. In 2018, then Brighton High sophomore Tyler Sunde got a concussion at practice. “I was in the hospital for a while, and it was hard to understand how serious it was,” she said then. “My head always hurt.” That concussion ended her swim season, but not the support she received from then first-year Brighton assistant coach Jordan Fletcher, who was honored as one of Sandy City Youth Council’s outstanding teachers that year. “He cares more about the swimmers than the sport. He knows us, the athletes, as people. He knows if something is off and can help us. He asked me about school and how I was emotionally (dealing with the concussion). I knew I could talk to him,” she had said. Jerry Christensen, who graduated from Brighton in 1978, also remembers the demands of being a student-athlete. “As a student in the ’70s, we had a collection of exceptional coaches and teachers and there still is a level of excellence today,” he said.

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Christensen wrestled under coaches Don Ness, who started the Brighton wrestling program, and Dave Chavis, who continued the successful program. From 1978 to 1988, wrestling won every state title. Overall, the program has 14 titles. “In ’78, it started our dynasty, 11 years in a row, but what isn’t shown in the record books is that we were second in ’76 and ’77, and many other years we were always second, third and fourth,” he said about the teams that then attracted more than 100 student-athletes each year. “It was a very rigorous sport, practices twice per day and on Saturday. It was a huge commitment and physical challenge.” Later, Ness moved to nearby Hillcrest High to begin the wrestling program there and the rivalry with the Battle of the Ax was born. With it, Christensen said, was the understanding they had to give it their best each time they were on the mats. “In the middle of our success, we lost a dual match with Hillcrest, the Battle of the Ax, so there’s a green stripe right in the middle (of the ax handle symbolizing the Huskies’ win). We learned we weren’t flawless,” he said. For Christensen, the privilege of wrestling for the school came with doing well in the classroom. “Dave Chavis was a Huntsman Award (of Excellence in teaching) winner; he was a master teacher and that moved over to the mats. His American Problems class was a rite of passage for many seniors at Brighton,” he said. “There’s an academic prowess here.” Christensen, whose children have been successful Brighton athletes and who is now an assistant wrestling coach as well as the legacy committee chair, credits the trimester system that gives Brighton students an edge, both in academics and athletes. Christensen said it aligns perfectly with the three-sport seasons in a high school year, as well as allowing teachers to teach students daily, not every other day, on the block system. “Athletics brands a school, gives it a profile,” Christensen said. “At Brighton, it adds

to our highly academic standards, making it attractive and giving us a sense of pride.” Chavis may have given up his coaching position after nine titles and taught his last class after 30 years, but he hasn’t walked away from Brighton’s wrestling room. He regularly helps with meets and offers coaching lessons. “If the goal is to be state champs, it’s important that they put in the hard work,” said Chavis, who was inducted into the Circle of Fame of the Utah High School Activities Association, which honors outstanding contributors to the state’s high school activities and athletics. And that hard work doesn’t just mean the wrestlers hitting the mats, but the coaches as well. “We developed a wrestling camp, had freestyle wrestling in the summer, they worked in the weight room in PE or outside of practice time, so we didn’t waste practice time,” Chavis said. “We’d drill escapes, pins, takedowns. We made it simple: drill, drill, drill. If we taught too much, it didn’t work. They needed to get good at what they were doing.” The wrestlers also needed to be able to come together as a team and listen. “They were good kids. They learned discipline; they learned to build character being out on the mat alone. They sacrificed and put the team first; they learned to listen. At times, we had to juggle the lineup to match up with our opponents, and they learned team came before individual. They learned strategy on not burning out in the first period, but to be in great condition for the total match. The kids were coachable and willing to listen to how to be a better student, how to be a better athlete, what to do and not to do,” said Chavis, who has the Brighton graduating senior Excellence in Wrestling award named after him. Chavis said he often scouted other teams at their meets so he also could be the best coach for his wrestlers. “I didn’t relax. I guess you could call me ‘obsessive, impulsive,’ but it was my pas-

sion,” he said. “I also was a history buff and wanted the best for my students.” Not only is he proud of his American Problems simulation class, but also of the Model UN program that he built which continues to win state titles and is invited regularly to participate at nationals. “It’s important to recognize kids on a team as equals amongst themselves. Have them understand the vision, where the program can be and work for a goal. We emphasize discipline in wrestling, but it also is in their classroom work which prepares them for the rest of their lives,” he said. “There was respect.” That was apparent as a crowd of former wrestlers gathered with their coaches this past summer, celebrating the school’s successes. “It’s been an honor to be part of it,” he said. That’s how Russ Boyer feels after helping the Bengals boys soccer team win two titles as the assistant coach in ’99 and ’00 and winning two as the head coach in ’08 and ’09. This past spring, under coach and former Bengal player Brett Rosen, the boys team won the school’s 120th state championship in an overtime win over Olympus High. It was the boys soccer seventh title; the girls team has six. “There’s a rich tradition of excelling at sports,” Boyer said. “There are good players who work hard in the program so good things happen.” Like many other sports, many of the soccer student-athletes play club sports from a young age, so Boyer and other coaches have well-trained athletes who have played together or against each other, but need to merge into one team. “Some years, it was seamless, and they united; other times, there was some pushback. We preached ‘team first’ and everyone had a role to help the team succeed, but not everyone gets to play all the time. If they’re willing to unite for the common goal, then they understand what a team is and what it is that makes each team better and to come

into a program and win a championship — or put forth that effort to have a winning program,” he said. “Overall, the school has a culture where they expect to win and carry themselves that way.” Boyer, who went on to coach at Corner Canyon High for a couple years, knows what it’s like to be on top of the world — and not. In 1993, his Brighton team won the state championship. As a junior, he was part of a Bengal team that was a heavy favorite to win, but lost in the playoffs to Highland High. “You learn about yourself as well as the team,” he said. “My coach, Tom Cushing, was a huge influence in my life and the way I coached. He approached the season and the team with a strong work ethic. He knew and we knew we were the hardest working team on the field each and every game.” Cushing spent about 24 years coaching Brighton boys’ soccer, first as head coach, then as Boyer’s assistant, then as head coach again. Even now, he is known to show up to some games. “We taught them how they could become a solid team and good teammates,” Cushing said. “They had focus and discipline that carried over from the soccer field into the classroom and other parts of their life. They were self-motivated.” However, Cushing said there also was sacrifice. “There were expectations, demands on their effort, their commitment, their time, especially as warmer weather came around and spring break, and there may have been other things they wanted to do, but they were there, training,” he said. That dedication — the time on the field, like those on the court, track, pool and other athletic facilities — was rewarded, Cushing said. “It was so much fun; it’s the greatest feeling seeing the kids at the top and it’s a coach’s dream,” he said. “It was a privilege to coach the great kids, be part of their families and this tremendous school.” l


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cating for this important cause, said Brighton career and technical education teacher Camille Haskan. “Brighton FCCLA has chosen Operation Underground Railroad for their community service outreach project and has set the goal to educate 1,000 people about human trafficking, as well as, raise $10,000 through a school-wide fundraiser by Feb. 28,” Sierra West said. “Human trafficking may seem like an overseas problem, however, due to our proximity to the I-15 corridor, Utah is a major highway for the transportation of victims. Victims are rotated every seven or eight months throughout Las Vegas to St. George, Salt Lake City, Washington, and California and then back again.” Operation Underground Railroad helps find victims and provide aftercare services for them so they can go on to live healthy and productive lives, she added. Donations may be made to the FCCLA account at Brighton High or the Brighton High fundraising link on the Operation Underground Railroad Fundraiser web page. l

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Local runner turns childhood illness into fitness motivation By Jess Nielsen Beach | j.beach@mycityjournals.com You see them every time you drive down the street: runners, of all shapes and sizes, pounding the pavement in snow or shine. For Jill Wilkins, a West Valley resident, you’re more likely to see her at a more elevated level.

Rather than let her illness defeat her, she used it as a way to better herself. “I always loved the strength of runners. You’ll be driving and see people running in bad weather and think, ‘wow, good for you!’ I wanted to be the strong one, beWilkins, 39, grew to love trail running cause I’ve always been the sick one.” Although the fitness guru now has after a prolonged childhood illness. “I was really sick my whole life,” Wilkins years of training under her belt, it didn’t said. “I missed four years of school. I had come easy. Her first 5K was with her uncle, to have daily nutritional IVs and I was very who was nearing his fifties. Her only goal was to not let him beat her—which he did, unhealthy. I was always ‘the sick one.’”

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sooner than she expected. “We started running and an eighth of a mile in, not even a half mile, my uncle takes off,” Wilkins said. “There’s nothing more humbling than seeing your older uncle take off and there’s nothing you can do about it.” After finishing that race, Wilkins was determined to get better. She began to train and love the workout, and she wasn’t about to pay for a sitter. “It’s so simplistic.” Wilkins said, explaining her routine as a mom who loves to run. “You don’t need a babysitter for the gym, you’re not stuck in a room with sweaty, smelly people not knowing what to do and being intimidated. You just put one foot in front of the other.” Once her love of exercise was cemented, Wilkins began to explore the nearby mountains. “I’ve always loved hiking and running, and then I found trail running, which just combines it all.” In addition to the scenic views and fresh air, Wilkins is grateful for the easier toll trail running takes. Rather than the flat, monotonous pavement on roads and sidewalks, the dirt and snow serve as a cushion to not wear down as much. “I like the mountain running because it’s very hard to do, but it’s much easier on your body. It’s less impact. There’s also trail variances, there’s rocks, roots, ups, downs; you’re using all the parts of your legs and all different tendons.” If you’re looking to start trail running, or running in general, don’t be scared. According to Wilkins, there is one important factor if you decide to embrace the great outdoors, even in the snow. “Running is not for everybody, but hiking is for almost everybody. You can get enjoyment out of it and you don’t have to do hard hikes. It’s putting one foot in front of the other. If you have to take a breather, do it. Get yourself out and enjoy the moun-

Wilkins surfs down the mountain during the Brighton Cirque series race. (Photo courtesy Jill Wilkins)

tains. We are so lucky. There are so many people who pay to travel here and experience our trails, and they’re right here.” As for fellow moms with young children, she adds, “Most people think it’s complicated to get kids out, but it’s really not. It’s no different than going sledding or seeing the lights at Temple Square. Warm clothes, snacks if they’re hungry, and hand warmers.” If you’re ready to get out there, Wilkins recommends checking online for avalanche dangers as well as consulting the app, All Trails. “All Trails will filter hikes, show the distance, elevation gain, etc. That way you can see oh, this will be an easy trail verses something more challenging.” Wilkins said. “If you have a pair of hiking boots, you’re fine. Just pick a trail that doesn’t have a lot of steepness. I like trekking poles, they’re great for balance. In the snow, you might be a little off, so pull out your poles and get going.” For more fitness inspiration and photos of Utah’s most stunning views, you can follow Wilkins’ Instagram page: jillrwilkins.

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Winter sports for the non-skier: Wasatch Front offers plenty of alternatives for outdoor fun By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com

Sledding offers winter fun for kids of all ages. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

The ski season got off to a solid start in Utah with a late November storm piling over 3 feet at many resorts as they opened. That should come as great news for skiers, but what about Utah’s non-skiers? Do they wait until spring and summer for warm weather outdoor activities?

the United States in 2017, up from 2.4 million in 2007. “It’s a great alternative,” said Mike Dailey at the Wasatch Powder House in Holladay. “I’ll send people to Millcreek Canyon because you don’t have all the ski traffic. There are a lot of trails up there. You can also go to the quarry in Little Cottonwood.” Snowshoe rentals in the area range from $13 to around $25 per day. Many of the shops that sell and rent ski gear also rent snowshoes. From REI or your local ski shop, it is relatively easy to get a pair of Sledding takes off when there is fresh snow. (Joshua snowshoes and poles and try it out. Wood/City Journals) “Snowshoes are good,” said Alan Greenberg at Cottonwood Cyclery in Cottonwood Heights. “They’re low cost, it’s fun, it’s something to do outside. You don’t have to wait in line, the trails are free.” While the number of snowshoe rentals is fairly low from his experience, Dailey said he rents snowshoes to couples looking for something different to do on a date, or to older customers seeking low-impact snow sports. “It still gets you in the mountains, you still get to see cool stuff, and you’re not fighting the crowds,” Dailey said. “In the summer, you have all those hiking trails Kids ready to take off after a storm. (Joshua Wood/ available. In the winter there are way less City Journals) crowds.”

goes to Hillcrest. If there’s an outdoor rink, he would skate there. He might meet some Brighton kids. Something like that brings a community together. That’s important.” With sparks flying as he sharpened a customer’s skate in his shop, Greenberg talked about his vision for an outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of a winter haven in Cottonwood Heights. Put it near a sledding hill, add food trucks and outdoor concerts, and the whole community could take part in winter sports right in town. “Any ice sport is a hidden sport,” Greenberg said. “It’s tucked away in a rink. You really have to seek it out. You’re never going to stumble upon it. In the Midwest and the Northeast, where they have that stuff, you have communities that run into each other, and it’s out there. Who knows how many kids would see a rink and say, ‘Mom I want to play hockey or I want to figure skate.’” For those who do skate, Cottonwood Cyclery sells, repairs, and sharpens skates for hundreds of people in the area. “I’d love to have an opportunity down here, right in the middle, where people driving by look and say, let’s buy a couple of cheap hockey sticks and we’ll go dink around on the ice,” Greenberg said.

easy thanks to the Wasatch Front’s accessible outdoor wonders.

The ice and snow don’t have to put off traditionally summer sports completely. One alternative that enthusiasts in the area enjoy is fat biking. “Fat biking is definitely very popular among the mountain biking community,” said Sydney Ricketts of Trek Bicycle in Cottonwood Heights. “There’s definitely a large mountain biking community in Salt Lake. Fat biking is popular among mountain bikers because not many people do it so you don’t get the crowds like the ski resorts do in winter.” The large, wide tires on a fat bike are

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Snowshoeing presents a low impact and relatively low-cost alternative to skiing. People can enjoy the crisp, clean air of the mountains at a fraction of the cost While that certainly is an option, there of skiing. Snowshoes help people access are a lot of other things Utah’s outdoors nearby trails without the same crowds offer. From hitting the trails on snowshoes they might encounter during summer. It is or darting downhill on a sled at the neigh- increasing in popularity, too. According to borhood park, getting outside this winter is statistics, 3.7 million people snowshoed in

Winter sports can be about more than snow

Ice skating presents a timeless way to enjoy winter sports. From the indoor rink at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center to the Olympic Oval in Kearns or outdoor rinks when they can be found, skating helps bring people together. Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery is passionate about skating and has visions of expanding access to ice skating in Cottonwood Heights. “It’s easy in the summer to make excuses to go outside and do something, but in the winter, it’s really hard,” Greenberg said. “My son plays hockey and

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great for riding over loose terrain like snow. They tend to require a larger frame, particularly the fork, than most mountain bikes can accommodate. Fat bike enthusiasts find uses for them year round. “Some people are all about the fat biking,” Ricketts said. “They can definitely be a year-round bike. The traction, and the tires since they are so big, you can run them at a lower PSI. Since they’re so high volume they can act like suspension, if you will.” In the summer, fat bikes are popular for bikepacking, which is essentially backpacking by bike. The fat tires are great for rough trails and work as well in desert sand as on the winter snow. Fat biking also offers a winter alternative to skiing when the snow might not be so great. One limitation of winter fat biking is finding suitable trails. “Trails need to be maintained,” Greenberg said. “You can’t just fat bike on loose snow.” Not to worry. One way to find good trails for fat biking is to piggyback on another winter sport. “I see a lot of people biking on snowmobiling trails like in the Uintas,” Dailey said. “Mirror Lake Highway, Soapstone Road, they groom them. You have a road to ride on.”

Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. (Photo courtesy Van Hoover)

Inexpensive sleds of various designs, from plastic or foam to inflatable tubes, are widely available in stores. More elaborate sleds are also an option. “A wooden toboggan? I can get them,” Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery said. “Think what a killer Christmas gift that would be. It would be really cool to have.”

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Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. “Rockport (State Park) is a great place,” said Karson Ranck of Fish Tech in Holladay. “It has some nice perch and rainbow trout. And it’s just 30 minutes away. There’s Jordanelle (State Park), and Strawberry (Reservoir) is really popular.” The main obstacle to ice fishing, aside from getting over the idea of sitting in the cold for hours waiting for a bite, is getting through the ice. To do the job, people can opt for an old-fashioned manual auger or a powered one to drill a hole for their lines. Manual augers run around $70 at Fish Tech, while powered augers can cost $600. Ice fishing is another way to enjoy recreation areas without the crowds. There are multiple online resources to check on temTraditional winter fun right in town Classic winter activities never go out peratures and ice conditions before venof style. Go to a park like Mountview Park turing out. Making sure the ice is suitably in Cottonwood Heights or Aspen Mead- thick for fishing is, of course, a key safety ows Park in Sandy after a snowstorm, and measure. It is also a good idea to research speyou will find plenty of people sledding the steepest hills. Sledding is a low-cost activ- cific locations on the lake before drilling holes. Since finding a place to fish takes ity that families can enjoy close to home. “We’re here just to have fun with the a lot more work when you have to auger family,” Monica Smith said as she watched a hole, it helps to make a plan of action her kids race down the hill at Aspen Mead- ahead of time. ows Park. “We’ll try to ski half a dozen times The tip of the iceberg this year, but we probably sled more.” Other winter sport activities that can People of all ages dart down snowy be enjoyed include curling, snowmobiling, hills each winter, but sledding definitely cross-country skiing, and more. There are seems to be about kids. It is a way for fam- also opportunities to put a winter spin on ilies to make the most of newly fallen snow more traditionally warm weather activities and get outside during the winter months. like running and various team sports. Utah “I don’t ski; this is it,” said Levi Ortega. is renowned for its winter recreation, but “It’s all about my kids. There’s no skiing or there is much more to do on the Greatest snowboarding for me. We just sled.” Snow on Earth than just skiing. l

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Do you have what it takes to be a professional hockey ref? By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com Did you hear about the professional hockey game where not one fight broke out? If you did, please let Jim McKenna know, because he probably would have loved to referee that game. Hockey, after all, is the only sport with a penalty box (a temporary detention cell) and requires its referees to match the toughness of its competitors. McKenna, while dodging hockey pucks and punches during the night, works during the day in the information technology world as an I.T. solution manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a profession he has had for the last 20 years. On top of all of that, he serves in the bishopric of his Murray congregation. “I started officiating when I was 24. I was married and going to school and needed a way to make some extra money,” McKenna said. “I was always hard on the refs when I played, always thought they did a poor job. One of them told me to give it a try if I thought I could do better.” The Skyline High graduate grew up playing hockey; he started at age 6. When the ice rink was not available, he and his brothers played street hockey. After graduating from the University of Utah, he continued playing hockey in recreation leagues and decided he could, indeed, do a better

job than other referees could. “I learned very quickly; it is a lot harder than it looks. But, I loved being involved, and it was a great way to make extra money. Later on, I kept doing it because I loved working in high-level games. I have also come to meet and get to know a lot of great people,” McKenna said. To be a professional hockey referee, you go through a process similar to the players. First, you are selected to work in developmental leagues and junior leagues, such as the USHL or NAHL. Referees are then hired to work minor professional hockey, such as the East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League; then the National Hockey League hires the top refs of those leagues. McKenna officiates many of the Utah Grizzlies games and minor league teams in Idaho. According to McKenna, “I was older when I started working, and so I never had the desire to move my wife to the Midwest or back East to work hockey games. Most of the refs spend several years traveling around working games to get a shot at the pro level. I was happy and lucky enough to get to work here in Utah.” McKenna typically draws the linesman assignment, meaning his primary responsibility is watching for violations involving the

center line and the blue line, and infractions including icing and offsides, after which the linesman conduct face-offs. McKenna is also expected to break up scuffles, fistfights and other altercations that occur during the game. His day job of working with computers and, if you will, his weekend job (working as a leader in his LDS ward) are, without question, vastly different. “Dealing with players, no matter what the level of play—college, pro, or youth— you always have to be the adult and be in control, you can’t let your emotions get to you. I have found my faith and perspective helps me do that. “Yes, hockey is probably one of the most colorful sports, language-wise. I have found that the older I get, the less I care about what I am being called or what the fans, coaches or players yell. I have found if I can find the humor in all the craziness, it helps.” McKenna calls working the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics Games the highlight of his career. He called many pre-Olympic matches and assisted the international referees with all the games. “I worked as a linesman during the 2002 Paralympic Games. I lined the bronze medal game between Sweden and Cana-

Professional hockey referee Jim McKenna, in stripes, clears out of the way after conducting a face-off. (Photo courtesy Jim McKenna)

da. That was a blast. I got to know a number of officials from other countries, and we had a great time during that week,” McKenna said. “I also got to watch every Olympic game, including the gold medal game between the USA and Canada, which was probably the best sports experience I have had.”

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By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com •“Drivers need to slow down in a school zone and leave more space near the crosswalk,” said Monte Vista Elementary’s Evelyn Heap, who has crossed at the school for three years, and previously drove a school bus for almost 20 years. “Sometimes drivers don’t understand the weather; you can’t stomp on the brakes as you can in the summer.” In addition to traveling the 20 mph speed limit, she also advises drivers not to crowd the sidewalk. “Even if they are just dropping off school children, it makes it difficult for the crossing guards to safely see around the vehicle and watch for children, who could dart into traffic,” she said. By allowing space at the crosswalk, it also allows drivers behind the stopped car enough room to see pedestrians crossing so they don’t pass the stopped vehicle. •“Wear proper attire for the weather,” said Horizon Elementary’s Aimee Thompson, who is crossing for her third year at the school. “Sometimes, I’m having to help kids cross over snowbanks onto the sidewalk who are wearing (dress) shoes without socks.” She advises students wear snow boots to improve traction as well as winter coats and gloves. At the same time, make sure students are aware of the traffic around them, that their winter hat and scarf do not prevent them from hearing vehicles or the crossing guard. With the snowplows often piling snow near the curbs


Daybreak Elementary crossing guard Don Hicks advises students to set out earlier for school during colder weather. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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or driving as children are sponges and soak up everything,” said Dawn Barrus, who has crossed students for a decade at both Twin Peaks and Woodstock elementary schools. •“Put down everything, be alert and pay attention to distractions.” Barrus said cell phones are a big distraction for both walkers and drivers. Wearing headphones also can distract pedestrians as they aren’t aware of the traffic around them. She places a big, orange safety cone in the middle of the crosswalk to alert drivers, but she said that doesn’t always work. “My cone gets hit a lot and people say they didn’t see it,” she said. • For seven years, Melissa Tupou has crossed students in Herriman, Riverton, Millcreek and throughout Salt Lake County before crossing Draper students who attend Oak Hollow Elementary, Draper Park Middle, Corner Canyon High and Summit Academy. Her safety advice is to “know and follow the school zone rules.” Often, drivers will not stop 30 feet from the striped crosswalk or proceed if pedestrians are on the other side of the road instead of waiting until the crosswalk is clear, she said, adding that drivers also try to turn right when they reach the intersection first instead of yielding to school children. • Bella Vista Elementary 10-year crossing guard Don Antczak worries about the safety of school children, especially as “they’re all here at once after school.” He advises them to “stay on the sidewalks, even if they aren’t cleared after heavy storms,” rather than walking on the street after it has been plowed as “cars whip right through here.” Staying on the sidewalks puts a buffer between the pedestrians and drivers. • Even in the winter, about a third of the students who cross the street to Altara Elementary ride bikes or scooters, said Pam Hortin, who has been crossing students the last 15 of her 20 years at the school. “They need to walk bikes and scooters across the crosswalk,” she said. “It’s easier to see them if they walk, but they can drop their bikes and run quickly to the side to be safe” if a motorist infringes on their crosswalk. • Students should “walk carefully and be more aware as they walk,” taking intentional shorter steps in the snow and ice and being focused on what they’re doing, said Midvalley Elementary crossing guard Cathy Camacho, who has crossed five years at the school and one year in Taylorsville. “Running across the crosswalk is not allowed.” • And importantly, “use crosswalks,” Peruvian Park crossing guard Carli Orr said. “Don’t jaywalk. It only takes two extra minutes to walk to the crosswalk.” She said that oftentimes, school custodians clear the snow from crosswalks, and if not, crossing guards have been known to shovel it themselves and put down ice melt so it’s safer for students to cross. She also said drivers are alert to look for students using the crosswalk as they expect them to cross at that point in the street. l

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A table overflowed in mid-December with items earmarked for the Road Home Shelter, thanks to the generosity of Bella Vista students and community members. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 13, 260 students brought personal hygiene items, bedding, non-perishable food, diapers, clothing, winter outerwear, strollers and more to help families in need, said school principal Sandra Dahlhoulihan. PTA President Kelly Colby said they selected helping families nearby so students could understand the impact they were making. “We wanted to help others closer to home that would resonate with our kids,” she said. “And we wanted to provide more than just food, because after Christmas, they will still need clothes and other things.” Pictured above is fourth grader Leah Colby who used her own allowance to purchase fun things like color-your-own hairbrush and fuzzy socks to needed items such as non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. “I wanted them to be warm and have what they needed for the winter,” she said. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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