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ddiction and recovery can be hard to understand. It can also be difficult to put into words. The Resurrection Exhibit that took place this May in the Cottonwood Heights City Hall Gallery provided a platform for people to share their stories of addiction, recovery and support. Local artist Carin Fausett uses her art to express the deep feelings of isolation, fear, vulnerability and frustration associated with addiction. It helped her as she supported her sons through their recovery, and now she strives to give others the opportunity to express themselves. “My sons started having problems with addiction,” Fausett said. “I had to figure out a way to understand what they’re going through, so I decided to paint the 12 Steps. Instead of trying to fix them, I thought, let’s understand them.” One of Fausett’s sons published his story of addiction and recovery on Facebook. In doing so, he was able to help a lot of people. That inspired Fausett to find ways for other people to tell their stories. “If we tell our story, we are not alone, not isolated, and we can help others,” Fausett said. “If I have wisdom for which I paid a great price, I can share that and help other people avoid suicide and things like that.” This led Fausett to link with groups like Addict to Artist. In fact, the recent exhibit at Cottonwood Heights City Hall involved nine different organizations. Over 40 works of art were displayed as well as seven performances from artists using music to express themselves. Continued on page 5...

“The 12 Steps” by Carin Fausett. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

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he Butlerville Days celebration returns to Cottonwood Heights on July 23 and 24 with plenty of familiar activities as well as some new additions. Festivities will once again take place at Butler Park and will offer a wide variety of things to do. The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 23 with stage entertainment in Butler Park and a skate competition at Guthrie Skate Park. Registration for the competition begins on site at 2pm. Events on Monday the 23rd run from the start time of 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The day will conclude with a free outdoor screening of the film “Coco.” Butlerville Days will include several features that will run throughout the two-day celebration. Food trucks will be on site to satisfy local appetites. Once that food has been safely digested, carnival rides will be on-site for any thrill-seekers in the community. Those with little ones can take advantage of various inflatable bounce attractions. ‘Buddy Bands’ To get in on all the carnival rides, people can purchase two all-day wristbands for the price of one ($20) on Tuesday, July 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Both wristband users must be present to make the purchase, but the deal will add up to a lot of rides for half the price. “I am most excited about our wristband sale,” said Cottonwood Heights Events Coordinator, Ann Eatchel. “That’s a great deal.” The 2018 Butlerville Days will include a creative craft and vendor market. Attendees can enjoy a market-style setting along with the carnival fun. The variety of skillfully-rendered arts and crafts will offer something for everyone. Interested vendors can register for a spot through mid-July until the market is full. New Features In addition to enjoying the arts and crafts of the community, Butlerville Days will also offer opportunities to appreciate the surrounding sky and solar system. The Salt Lake As-

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tronomical Society will provide telescopes for sun, moon and planet gazing. On Monday from 4 p.m. to closing and on Tuesday from noon to closing, visitors can admire the sky above and learn from local experts about the science of astronomy. Other new features coming to Butlerville Days in 2018 will include face painting, balloon artistry, and a reptile exhibit. Starting at 4 p.m. on Monday and again at noon on Tuesday, the reptile display will feature several scaly creatures, including snakes, lizards and tortoises. Both days, the exhibit will feature turtle races at 6 p.m.

Activities for the Active Starting on Monday and continuing into Tuesday is the Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament. For those who enjoy this increasingly popular game, the tournament will start at 6 p.m on Monday and resume at 8 a.m on Tuesday. Tuesday morning will also feature a 5K walk/run at 7 a.m. and a chalk art showcase from 8 a.m. to noon. A classic and antique car show will run from 2-7 p.m. The Butlerville Days parade will start at 3 p.m on Tuesday. After that, free fruity drinks will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks Of course, the festivities will conclude on Tuesday night with a fireworks show at Butler Park billed as “The Valley’s Best Fireworks show,” according to the city website. Plan ahead to take in as many of the various Butlerville Days activities and treats as possible. The two-day event will be a full experience for the entire community. Questions about the event can be directed toward Cottonwood Heights City Hall. l

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“A lot of artists participated,” said Cottonwood Heights Events Coordinator Ann Eatchel. “There was a lot of positive feedback.” The event helped people express their experiences with addiction and recovery and for those viewing the artwork to better understand them and their stories. That connection helps break the feelings of isolation so common to addiction. “Everyone in the exhibit had been through a recovery process,” Fausett said. “Everyone could tell their story, not be isolated, and have their stories heard.” The exhibit even involved people who contributed their art while incarcerated. It offered inspiration to people visiting the exhibit. “Local addiction centers brought people to the exhibit, and then did art therapy actually right outside the building after,” said Cottonwood Heights Public Relations Specialist Dan Metcalf, Jr. The Resurrection Exhibit featured a variety of work, from paintings to sculpture. Fausett’s powerful depictions of the 12 Steps use stark imagery of each stage of the process. From the darkest of shadows to the glowing light of hope, she captures the struggle of recovery. A theme running through each artist’s work is honesty. From vulnerable self-portraits to shackles breaking from wrists and birds flying free, the therapeutic value of each individual’s

artistic representation of addiction and recovery comes through. For that, the artists themselves were profoundly grateful. “I was told several times thank you for providing this opportunity,” Fausett said. “This is an opportunity to tell your story, to not have shame, and to be understood.” Artists participating in the Resurrection Exhibit came from all over the Wasatch Front, from Spanish Fork to Bountiful. There was even an artist from Ohio included in the event. The next exhibit will take place in May 2019 and will serve as an opportunity for friends and family of people in recovery to share their stories. The theme will be “As I have loved you,” a significant concept for those who have helped loves ones through addiction and recovery. “As I have loved you, I have hated you, I have forgiven you, I have learned to love myself,” Fausett said. “It’s about transformation as they are helping someone through recovery.” People interested in participating in next year’s exhibit can get details at www.carinfausett.com. The next exhibit will provide more opportunity for people to connect and understand each other. As Fausett states, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is connection.” The Resurrection Exhibit helped many people in the community to do just that. l Detail of “The 12 Steps” by Carin Fausett (Joshua Wood/City Journals)


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A local artist’s self-portrait from the Resurrection Exhibit. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

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Second annual Family Fun Ride gets people (and zombies) biking city streets By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com

Zombie children took the lead at the Family Fun Ride. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)


ombies were spotted biking through the streets of Cottonwood Heights on June 11. The city was involved, as were local businesses and volunteers. The second annual Zombie Family Fun Ride gave community members the opportunity to dress up, get out, and learn more about biking in Cottonwood Heights. The event was sponsored by the Cottonwood Heights Business Association and Revive Sport & Spine. Agencies from the state of Utah were also on hand to offer children tips on traffic rules for bicycles and safe riding. “I’m teaching kids about bike safety skills and teaching them about the rules that they need to follow on the road, which is pretty much the same as cars,” said Marques Varela of the Department of Public Safety. “A big part of bike safety is that you’ve got to be predictable out there.” The evening started with music, food and zombie face-painting outside of Cottonwood Heights City Hall. During the registration period, community members could meet local businesses and grab a bite to eat at a nearby food truck. Also on-site was a bike rodeo to teach kids safe bike riding. Businesses at the event focused on health and active living, from sports chiropractic specialists to bike shops, fitness centers and more. We focus on the back pain and the joint health for people who want to get out there and be active,” said Andrew Reheisse of Revive Sport & Spine. “The biggest thing we see for cyclists and other

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athletes is back pain. Our goal is to teach people how to do things to help manage that.” This was not a typical family event, with zombies weaving around orange traffic cones, listening to ’80s pop music, and talking with local business people, who also happened to be zombies. “It’s a great way for members of the community to get out of their houses, out in the sun, enjoy the outdoors, and to do so with members of the community and the business community,” said Cottonwood Heights Public Relations Specialist Dan Metcalf, Jr. “It’s a city event, too. We love these kind of events to get this community out together to get to know each other, get to know the businesses that help to make life so great here, and to be together.” Once the fun at City Hall was complete, participants lined up for the ride. With a send-off from local police and firefighters, the zombie bikers rode away from City Hall and into the neighborhood streets to the east. The ride lasted for up to an hour. The pleasant drop in temperature that Monday evening meant a lovely 80-degree ride for the dozens of children and adults who participated. “We want to promote family bike riding in the city,” said Peri Kinder, who does business development and licensing for the city. “People don’t realize that there are a lot of really fun bike routes for kids to go on that are safe.” The aim of the city and sponsoring businesses was to promote getting outside, enjoying the biking opportunities in Cottonwood Heights and coming together as a

community. Add dozens of zombies to the mix, and it made for a unique event. l

Children and adults lined up for the Zombie Family Fun Ride. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

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thletes from all over the world leaped to Sandy and Cottonwood Heights during the week of May 14–19 for the LINK Dance Festival, organized by SALT Contemporary Dance and the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. Starting on Monday, over 100 participants met at the Pointe Dance Academy (10981 N. 5600 W., Highland) for the festival. Fifteen different dance companies worked with 12 choreographers over the next six days for a full week of dance projects. Within that week, participants attended various classes (including ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, commercial jazz, gaga, partnering and modern dance), workshops, socials, auditions and rehearsals, equating to over 54 hours of rehearsals and training, 25 stage works, two installations and two evening performances. Many of the performances had intense turnaround times. For example on Tuesday, dancers met for rehearsals around noon, after two morning classes. After those rehearsals, four hours later, dancers headed to an on-location site for filming. For an hour and a half, videographers edited the footage and at 9 p.m. that night, the film was screened. The festival closed with two evening performances held at the Cottonwood Heights Theatre at Butler Middle School at 7530 S. 2700 E. On Friday, May 18, dancers rehearsed for four hours before dressing for the LINK Company concert, an evening performance by 15 dance companies. On Saturday, the LINK New Works concert took place where new works from choreographers were shown. The dance companies that performed included Body Logic Dance Company from Midvale, CONDER/dance from Arizona, Divinity Dance from Salt Lake City, Elle Vie Dance Company from California and Florida, Gileadi Dance from California, Jess Harper with Kairos Dance Company from California, Myriad

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Dance Company from Salt Lake City, Oquirrh West Project from West Jordan, Project Flux from Boise, St. George Dance Company, the Penguin Lady from Salt Lake City, the Starry-Eyed from Utah and Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company. The choreographers part of this event included Rebecca Aneloski from SALT; Madysen Beighley, founder of the Ethos Dance Project; Monica Campbell, assistant professor for dance at Utah Valley University; Christian Denise, a choreographer from New York City; Eldon Johnson from SALT; Jay Kim, assistant professor for the University of Utah Ballet Program; Alice Klock from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; LajaMartin — two choreographers originally from Germany and now based in New York City — Laja Field and Martin Durov; Logan MicGill from SALT; and Nick Palmquist, a New York City choreographer. The LINK Dance Festival was organized by SALT Contemporary Dance; a nonprofit organization founded five years ago by Michelle Nielsen. “The festival connected elite performers with companies across the state of Utah and choreographers from around the world,” Nielsen said. SALT’s next performance will be Pan — the story of Peter Pan come to life through the magic of contemporary dance on the Marina Cove Beach. Pan will be held July 18–21 and July 25–28. For more information on SALT, visit http:// saltdance.com/ The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council helped put together the LINK dance festival, along with the current art exhibition, The Second Resurrection, on display at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E. Bengal Blvd. The arts council will also be showing “Big,” the Musical on July 27, 28, and 30, and Aug 2, 3, 4, and 6, at the Cottonwood Heights Theater. l

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‘Handcuffed’ cities: The new transportation tax By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


new $58 million sales tax will be implemented throughout Salt Lake County. It will be a quarter-cent tax (one cent for every $4 spent) with collection going toward transportation funding. Leaders of the cities and townships within the county had to decide whether to support this tax by June 22. Enough municipalities showed support and the tax could be implemented as early as next month. The state legislature has been trying to impose this tax for years. In 2015, Proposition 1 was on the general election ballot. After it failed, state legislatures went to work drafting a bill. In 2018, Senate Bill (SB) 136 was passed during the general legislative session. This bill allows counties to institute a local option general sales tax to fund certain transportation needs such as parking, trails, roads, sidewalks, public transit, park and rides, bus and rail service, and traffic and pedestrian safety features. Prop 1 During the 2015 election, voters had the option to vote on Proposition (Prop) 1. A quarter-cent sales tax would be implemented to fund transportation needs. The funds collected from that tax would be split: 40 percent to cities and towns, 40 percent to transit districts and 20 percent to the counties. For counties without public transportation, the split would exclude transit districts. Out of the 29 counties in Utah, 17 included Prop 1 on their ballot, including Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Grand, Juab, Morgan, Rich, San Juan, Salt Lake, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah, Utah and Weber. Out of those 17 counties, 10 voted in favor of Prop 1. Salt Lake, the most populated county in the state, voted in opposition. Prop 1 failed in Salt Lake County with a 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent vote. After the election, it was widely believed by legislators and locally elected officials that corruption in the Utah Transit Authority was the primary reason Prop 1 failed. SB 136 Senate Bill 136 is a 222-page document, which amends 43 chapters of Utah Code, enacts 9 sections of Utah Code and repeals one chapter of Utah Code. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Wayne Harper and Rep. Mike Schultz. It underwent six substitutions while in session and was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 22. The bill went into effect on May 8. This bill allows all counties in the state to impose a quarter-cent sales tax for transportation funding needs. Outlined in the bill were multiple options for counties and cities wishing to impose the new sales tax. Option 1: If a county imposes the quarter-cent sales tax before June 30, 2019, the county may keep all the funds collected during that first year to pay debt service or fund regionally significant transportation projects. By July 1, 2019, the funds collected from the tax are split, distributing 40 percent to cities and towns, 40 percent to transit districts and 20 percent to the county. (Sound familiar?) Additionally,

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SB 136 allows counties to implement a new sales tax. It also makes significant changes to the Utah Transit Authority governance. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

counties may impose a new local option sales tax by July 1, 2019, for transit capital expenses and service delivery. Option 2: If a county does not impose the quarter-cent sales tax before June 30, 2020, then cities within that county that have transit services can impose the tax with their city. At that point, cities have the option to impose the full quarter-cent tax, from which the funds collected would be distributed half to the city and half to the transit district within that county. Option 3: If the tax is not implemented by June 30, 2022, by a county or city, it expires. Giving counties and/or cities authority to implement new sales tax is not the only thing SB 136 does. It also increases state hotel tax, state vehicle rental tax, registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle registration fees. A transit transportation investment fund was also created under this bill. The TTIF is a new fund with the Utah Department of Transportation for statewide transit capital projects. After July 1, 2019, funds collected from state sales tax will be transferred to this fund. The legislature may also appropriate revenue into this fund. By fiscal year 2019, $5 million is es-

timated to be in this fund. SB 136 also makes significant changes to UTA. Instead of 16 part-time members on the board, UTA will have three full-time members. An additional board, the Local Advisory Board, was created with nine members. All powers and duties of the boards have been adjusted. The Transportation Commission was included within the bill as well. The commission has been required to update criteria, proprieties, funding levels and capital developments. “In my heart of hearts,” Harper told the South Jordan City Council on June 5, “I believe that UTA is going to turn around and become far more responsive.” Salt Lake County Since Salt Lake County residents voted against a sales tax in 2015, the Salt Lake County Council passed an ordinance leaving the decision to impose the quarter-cent sales tax up to the cities. Ordinance No. 1829 — Enacting Chapter 3.09, Entitled Optional Sales and Use Tax to Fund Highways and Public Transit — was passed on April 24. Final adoption of the ordinance took place on May 1. The ordinance was “enacted to provide a

source of revenue to provide its residents with public transit and safe highways, and the council directs that the provisions hereof be interpreted and construed to accomplish this stated purpose.” The quarter-cent sales and use tax upon retail sales within the county was levied under this ordinance. However, it would only go into effect once “cities, towns and metro townships representing 67 percent of the Salt Lake County population…have adopted a resolution supporting the imposition of the sales and use tax.” This means a collective of cities and townships making up two-thirds of the county’s population must pass resolutions in support of the tax by June 22, in order for the tax to be implemented this summer. Which is exactly what happened. With the tax being implemented, money raised for transportation funds from this sales tax will equate to around $58 million countywide. Cities Cities within Salt Lake County’s jurisdiction include, Alta, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake, Sandy,

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South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, West Jordan and West Valley. Salt Lake County also includes the townships of Copperton, Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna and White City. All the governing bodies for these municipalities have been discussing the tax and associated suggested resolution. Many city councils feel like their hands are tied. “As cities, we are fairly handcuffed with regard to how we are able to acquire new revenue,” said Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle during their discussion. “We are at the mercy of the state for these sorts of bones and crumbs, so when they throw them to us we are well-advised to take them.” In fact, cities were so well-advised to pass a resolution in support of the tax that the Utah League of Cities and Towns drafted and distributed a resolution where cities just had to fill in dates and names. Council members from many different cities were hesitant to show support to the resolution because of how their constituents voted on Prop 1 in 2015. “Two years ago when this went on the ballot, the voters turned it down,” said South Jordan Councilmember Patrick Harris. “People were campaigning against it. The county is asking cities to override residents’ votes.” “City council members are literally being bullied into overriding the will of their voters in order to have a piece of pie that the voters already spoke against,” wrote West Jordan Councilmember Zach Jacob in a Facebook post. Cities may get a bigger piece of that pie if they show support for the tax now. Now that the county can implement and collect this tax before July 2019, 100 percent of the funds collected from the tax go directly to the county. Since most of the transportation needs are city-specific, such as roads owned by various cities, cities would see almost all of that money back. “The county doesn’t have any roads, so that money will be distributed to the cities,” said Cottonwood Heights City Manager John Park. If the tax is imposed later than July 2019, the collected funds will be split: 40 percent will go to the cities, 40 percent will go to UTA and 20 percent will go to Salt Lake County. This means the cities would see less of the collected funds. Additionally, many councils are fearful that if they don’t pass a supporting resolution now, they may not see any money coming back to their city during the first few months of collection when the tax is imposed by the county. City Resolutions As of publication, six cities and three townships have passed resolutions in support of the county’s ordinance to impose the tax. Alta passed Resolution 2018-R-3, supporting the imposition of tax in 2018, on May 9. Holladay passed Resolution 2018-18 on June 7. Midvale passed Resolution 2018-R-25 on May 15. Millcreek passed its resolution on April 23. South Jordan passed Resolution R2018-19 on June 5. Taylorsville passed Resolution No. 18-

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Cities have to decide whether they should support a new sales tax for transportation funding in order for the tax to be implemented throughout Salt Lake County. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

16 on June 6. Townships Emigration Canyon, White City, Magna and Kearns have all passed resolutions in support of the county’s ordinance. Copperton is still discussing and has yet to act on a resolution. Sandy and Draper cities proved to be the deciding factors with their support pushing past the 67 percent threshold. Draper leaders supported the tax in a 4-1 vote on June 19 while Sandy leaders supported it 4-3 after extensive debate. Herriman leaders discussed the suggested resolution on June 6 and will take action on June 20 during their general meeting at 7 p.m. at the Herriman City Council Chambers at 5355 West Herriman Main Street. Murray City officials passed a resolution of support on June 5. Salt Lake City leaders reluctantly passed the resolution on June 12. Cottonwood Heights City Manager John Park presented the issue and resolution to the city council on May 22. “Funds will be spent under state law. We receive transportation funds in Class C road

funds, the gas tax, only for actual work in the right of way. This can be used for alternative types of transportation such as trails, parking, park and rides, many kinds of transportation.” After Park’s presentation, the council took public comment on the proposed resolution. “We are anxious to see what the public comment is,” Mayor Mike Peterson said. “The money collected would clearly be used for transportation projects like our roads and expanding to trails or other transportation needs.” Resident Lynn Kraus spoke to the council. “The voters voted against it. It’s important to listen to the voice of the voters. I think a lot of the reason people voted against it is because of the UTA proponent. They cannot manage a budget without corruption.” During a discussion between the city council later in the evening, Councilmember Tali Bruce brought up the concern over UTA. “I wish we could establish some trust with the new UTA board,” she said. The Cottonwood Heights City Council approved the Resolution 2018-37 on June 12. l

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Idling against the law By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

I came to you one month ago to propose an idle-free ordinance,” resident Jenny Nazzaro told the Cottonwood Heights City Council during their business meeting on May 22. “I am grateful you heard my message and put the issue on the agenda.” Program and Policy Director for Breathe Utah Ashley Miller and Nazzaro requested that Cottonwood Heights implement an idle-free ordinance on April 24. Miller had worked with other cities that passed idle-free ordinances including Sandy, Logan, Draper, Murray, Park City, Holladay, South Salt Lake and Salt Lake City. City staff members drafted Ordinance 29 for Cottonwood Heights. The ordinance would amend Title 9 of the Cottonwood Heights Code to include a new chapter, 9.62 — Idling Vehicles. The business meeting on May 22 included a public comment session for the proposed ordinance. The city council voted on the ordinance on June 12. “We are proposing a one-page ordinance,” City Manager John Park said. “A driver cannot idle for more than one minute except for the following conditions listed within the ordinance. It is not intended to be enforced heavily handed.” If a driver were to be caught idling, they receive a warning. After three warnings, a Class C infraction citation is issued, which is comparable to a speeding ticket. During that same public comment session on May 22, many residents spoke in support of the ordinance. “I’ve been following air pollution for 30 years,” said resident Dan Gardner. “Very few ordinances are as easy to follow as this. One of the things the government does is give reminders as how we should act as citizens.” “I’m a nurse and have been a nurse educator for almost 30 years,” said resident Diana Burke. “Pollution has an effect on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems of all age groups.” Resident Rebecca Allan spoke with her children. “I do not have a firm grasp on the effects of global warming. I cannot speak intelligently on the life of a car battery. I’m a mom who believes in community outreach and

In 2016, a Ridgecrest Elementary student requested idle-free signs from the city for the park near his school. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

change. I believe in individual responsibility. I did not realize how often I sat idle until I was made aware I was unable to participate in change. Practice what we preach to our children and pass the idle-free ordinance.” Jennifer Shah, assistant professor for environment and sustainability at the University of Utah, also commented, “One minute of idling produces enough carbon monoxide that would come from smoking three packs of cigarettes. Going and leaving school our children are potentially inhaling oxides that you would associate with cigarette smoking. Pass an ordinance

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and enforce it.” “We got Sandy, Park City and Draper. We need this to be a domino and ripple effect,” said resident Cindy Boyer before encouraging her son Riley to comment. “All the kids my age would really appreciate it if this gets passed, so we can go outside so we don’t have to stay inside during recess,” he said. Girl Scout Troup 2483 echoed Riley’s comment. “Exhaust from cars make up over 50 percent of air pollution in Utah, which leads to health problems. Sometimes we can’t go outside to play for recess. Turn your key, be idle

free.” Even though most of the public comments were in favor of the ordinance, some residents questioned the need for enforcement. “I would propose a proclamation, instead of an ordinance,” said Diana Schaffer. “Make it downloadable and printable so we can gently remind each other by placing them on windshields. I cannot support escalating disputes between neighbors. I ask the city to discourage idling and encourage air quality efforts. If the city moves forward with the ordinance, do not approach citizens who are idling.” l

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Don’t light that fuse, yet By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


efore setting off fireworks this year, know the restrictions. Don’t set off fireworks within 200 feet of restricted areas, which are usually parks, schools and wildland areas. Fireworks can only be lit two days before and after July 4 and July 24, as long as it’s not after midnight or before 11 a.m. Setting off a firework within a restricted area or on a non-permissible day may result in a $1,000 fine. These restrictions differ from prior years because of House Bill (HB) 38. After pressure from many cities concerned about fire potential, the bill was signed during the 2018 legislative session on March 19 and went into effect on May 8. Generally, the bill restricts the number of days fireworks can be lit, increases the criminal fine, clarifies when a municipality can prohibit the discharge of fireworks and increases areas where cities and municipalities can prohibit fireworks. In Cottonwood Heights, many residents and city officials have mixed feelings about the passing of this bill. After firework-related fires touched the lives of many residents last year, city officials issued a city-wide ban on aerial fireworks and urged the legislature to put more restrictions on fireworks. Even though HB 38 does not accomplish everything the city council had hoped for, they welcome the necessary changes. HB 38 required cities to adopt fireworks

restricted maps and submit them to Salt Lake County before May 1. On Tuesday, April 24, the Cottonwood Heights City Council passed Resolution 2018-21, designating areas closed to discharge of fireworks due to historical hazardous environmental conditions and adopting a map showing the boundaries of such areas, unanimously. Geographic Information Systems Specialist Kevin Sato created a Fireworks Restricted Areas map for Cottonwood Heights, which can now be found on the city’s website. “Residents can easily identify where a boundary is,” Sato said. A few areas that have become more restrictive within the city are around Crestwood Park at 7485 Siesta Drive, Mountain View Cemetery/Memorial Estates at 3115 Bengal Boulevard, and Mill Hollow Park at 2900 Hollow Mill Drive. Everything East of Wasatch Boulevard is a restricted area, based on the state’s recommendation. “Until such areas are developed, they stay on the map for firework restrictions,” said Sato. Many other cities have passed resolution/ ordinances in accordance with H.B. 38, including Sandy, Herriman and Salt Lake City. For more information, visit the Unified Fire Authority Fireworks restriction page or Cottonwood Heights Fireworks Restricted Area Map. l

New restrictions on fireworks from the state legislature are in effect. Avoid a hefty fine by knowing the restrictions in your area. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

Cottonwood Heights has updated their Fireworks Restricted Areas map. (Kevin Sato/Cottonwood Heights)

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Little Cottonwood Canyon improvements By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


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he mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon will be getting a makeover during the spring of 2020. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is currently working on an environmental impact statement (EIS) with plans to totally re-vamp the area. “About two million people visit Little Cottonwood Canyon. That is comparable to Zion,” said UDOT Project Manager John Thomas. With so many people visiting the canyon, transportation has become quite an issue. The two-lane road can’t keep up with the canyon traffic, especially during the popular ski days of winter. “It’s not going to get better,” Thomas said. “There is more population in Utah and tourism is increasing.” The EIS project aims to improve the area for the increasing traffic. The UDOT team hopes to manage the number of vehicles on the road, improve vehicle mobility, and improve roadway safety and reliability for all users, while still reflecting the character and scale of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The entire corridor is being studied for improvement considerations, from the 6200 South/I-215 interchange, through Wasatch Boulevard and State Road 210 (the road up the canyon), all the way up to the Alta Ski Area and Snowbird, including the Bypass Road. On April 24, the Cottonwood Heights City Council met with Thomas to discuss the plans for the EIS project. Over the prior few months, Thomas and the UDOT team met with many residents, students, municipalities and entities to discuss possible alternative improvements for the canyon. This included an open house on April 10 at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall building. As possible alternative improvements were discussed, the main considerations for the UDOT team were transportation issues, congestion in the canyons, dispersed parking along the roadway, population growth and increased tourism. The overall goal is to reduce peak congestion and improve recreation and tourism experiences. Some of the possible alternative improvements proposed include tolling, avalanche sheds, park and rides outside the canyon, enforcement, van shuttles, signalized intersections, improved communications, roadway improvements, bike lanes, gondolas and trailhead parking and restrooms. Out of these possible alterative improvements, some were a little more costly than others. Gondolas have to move along straight lines, which mean it would require breaks throughout the canyon. There would have to be a base at the mouth of the canyon, with a stop somewhere near Tanners Flat, before it could reach the top of the canyon. Even though this would be an expensive alternative, a gondola could carry up to 1,200 people per hour through the canyon. One of the most crucial concerns for the canyon corridor is parking. The UDOT team

Large parking nodes with park-and-ride hubs are one of the more favorable improvements for canyon transportation. (John Thomas/UDOT)

has been attempting to find areas for more parking and park-and-ride hubs. After talking with community members, one idea stood out. “What if we consolidate parking; if we had one big node at the gravel pit, or one big node at 9400 South and Highland Drive,” Thomas said. More park-and-ride hubs would require busses to have priority through the canyon traffic. UDOT has considered cue jumping to allow busses to get a time advantage over other cars. “If a toll was added on top of that, busses might start to make sense,” Thomas said. For Cottonwood Heights residents, Wasatch Boulevard is a big concern. The UDOT team is creating a Wasatch Boulevard EIS where they are currently gaining input from stakeholders. They will also be working with Community and Economic Development Director Mike Johnson, as he created a Wasatch Boulevard Master Plan for the city. UDOT is also working on a $50 million project for the 6200 South/I-215 interchange. For more information on the interchange project, visit here: http://uplan.maps. arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=435004fd65794b83b12334f68597782b. For this huge Little Cottonwood Canyon project, which encompasses smaller projects like the interchange, Wasatch Boulevard, and park-and-rides, the state will be contributing some resources from transportation funds. “We can meet other objects in the canyon with tolling,” said Thomas. “Everything is working for us right now. UDOT and UTA (Utah Transit Authority) are under the same roof, with some state funding. We have a lot of citizens trying to solve the problem. We are really in a neat situation,” Thomas said. In June, alternative improvement sketches were published online. Over the next few months, deliberations for a preferred alternative improvement will be ongoing. There will be at

least one more 30-day public comment period as concepts of alternatives are developed and refined. By October, the UDOT teams hope to have a preferred improvement finalized. From this October until summer 2019, a draft for the EIS will be completed and a public hearing will be held with a 45-day public comment period. The final EIS will be completed by spring 2020, at which point construction for preferred improvements will begin. UDOT has met with the Alta Town Council, Cottonwood Heights City Council, Central Wasatch Commission, Forest Service, Holladay City Council, Sandy City Council and the Salt Lake County Council. For more information, visit https://www. udot.utah.gov/littlecottonwoodeis/ Or follow the project on Twitter: https:// twitter.com/UDOTlcceis l

Additional park-and-ride hubs with more busses being prioritized in canyon traffic is one of the proposed alternatives for canyon transportation. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

UFA fires into the world of podcasts By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


hat began as a way to provide more training and internal communication for Unified Fire Authority’s (UFA) emergency medical services (EMS) division has plans to venture into the public outreach realm. Roll Call Podcast was adapted as a forum for various UFA paramedic-training options developed when EMS Division Chief Wade Watkins, Captain Layne Hilton, and UFA paramedic Chris Middlemiss began bouncing around ideas regarding the annually required training for UFA’s paramedics. “Each year paramedics need to certify in advanced cardiac life support, and we rotate every other year for pediatric life support,” Watkins said. After some deliberation regarding the best way to get the message of Medical Director Dr. Kim Roland out to the department, as well as to encourage questions, Watkins and Middlemiss felt a podcast offered the best potential to create an open-forum dialogue. “I chose a couple street medics and an operations captain, and they could ask any question they wanted to,” Watkins said. “Having the medical director there to interact was phenomenal as far as the communication that happened.” Watkins said the level of outreach the podcast format allotted was significant, given the

from division large size of directors and inUFA with 640 the-field methods employees, for success, Watincluding 200 kins explained paramedics. how the podcast “ T h e y forum was benecould all hear ficial as a means the why (befor expediting the hind the prolearning process cedure), they for new paramedcould hear the ics. doctor’s mindFor Watkins, set, and then the conversationthe paramedics al style of a podcould get ancast also lends to swers — and it Roll Call Podcast hosted by UFA EMS Division. (Roll Call iTunes) a natural mode of worked,” Watlearning through kins said. dialogue. The level “I love the conversation. It’s easy to (unof success reached from the first attempt at the podcast led to more possibilities, including case derstand) a conversation where it’s okay to be reviews to broaden the knowledge of positive wrong and learn from (that dialogue),” Watkins said. outcomes throughout the EMS division. In addition to discussing training and com“Let’s say paramedics go on a call that rendered good results for a patient,” Watkins said. munity issues, Roll Call has recently started ex“We’re going to take those paramedics and talk ploring micro-learning episodes, ranging from to them, so our other practitioners can hear that, 10–15 minutes on topics such as drug of the month, which could serve as a tool for citizens embrace it, and learn from it.” In addition to receiving firsthand feedback to understand community issues, as much as the

intent for UFA education. While the majority of Roll Call podcasts at this time are geared toward furthering the education and training of UFA staff, the knowledge can also be used by civilians to better understand why UFA operates as it does today. It also provides lessons on both the successes and challenges facing the men and women charged with saving lives. In preparation for summer, Watkins has plans for a two-part episode covering wildland firefighting, in which he hopes to include not only best practices for local and national firefighters who tune in, but also address concerns of the average citizen. For individuals who prefer watching interview conversations, Watkins, Hilton, and Middlemiss recently started filming podcasts with a virtual reality (VR) camera, so viewers can feel as though they’re in the room and part of the conversation. The VR video recording of the fourth podcast — part 1: CVA, EMS review with 104A — is available to view on YouTube. The Roll Call Podcast is available for free on iTunes, under the category of “Science & Medicine,” for any civilians interested in better familiarizing themselves with UFA happenings. l

Golden Spoke ride unites bikers, communities of Wasatch By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com


early 150 years ago, railroad workers from the east coast and west coast met at Promontory Point, Utah, where they signified the connection between the two halves of America with a Golden Spike. On June 2, bikers from across the Wasatch Front rode from Ogden in the north and Provo in the south and met one another at the center of the new Jordan River Parkway Bridge in Salt Lake City to celebrate the completion of over 100 miles of continuous multi-use trails. The name of the event (as well as the new trail system itself): the Golden Spoke. “It was a great ride,” said Matt Christensen, who rode from the mouth of Provo Canyon, where riders met as early as 5:15 a.m. Christensen said the various new additions to the trail system make using it much easier for Utah bikers. “I rode, and it wasn’t all connected so you would get lost in neighborhoods,” he said. “Like the Jordan Narrows area, past Thanksgiving Point, is all connected now which is great. Before you had to go up and do a big detour. So yeah, it’s great to be able to stay on trails all the way through and avoid all the traffic.” The trail system is now the longest multiuse trail west of the Mississippi River. After the two groups of riders met on the bridge, they gathered at nearby Fisher Mansion

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in Salt Lake City for a celebration that included food trucks, a bike course for kids and public speakers. “It was a great ride,” said Scott Barrett, a Sugar House resident who regularly uses the trails system as well as public transportation to commute to his job in Draper every day. “There were all types of riders, all types of bikes, and we had great weather.” The trail system’s potential for providing Utah residents with alternative commuting options was noted by both event organizers and guest speakers, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who attended the celebration portion of the event at Fisher Mansion. “This helps us with our air quality as we get off of our vehicles and onto bicycles,” said Herbert. Herbert also drew comparisons between the Golden Spoke trail system and the Golden Spike, the place where the Transcontinental Railroad’s east and west ends met in Promontory Point, Utah. “The Golden Spoke’s a little more regional, a little more local, but no less important,” said Herbert. “The Transcontinental Railroad connected the east and west coasts together so America was a little smaller. What we’re doing here with these trails is connecting our communities, making it so we can in fact work together

Bikers from the south head up the Jordan River Parkway Bridge, where they met with another group of riders who came from the north. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

and appreciate each other’s communities.” Herbert was joined by other local leaders, such as Mike Caldwell, the mayor of Ogden, as well as the chair of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, a cooperative alliance of local government leaders tasked with finding and implementing innovative transportation solutions to accommodate Utah’s rapidly growing

population. “I think this can only happen in the state of Utah, where communities come together, they work together, they collaborate, they coordinate,” Caldwell said. “I don’t see this kind of work happening in any other state that I’ve had exposure to.” l

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RizePoint awards Canyons School District students STEM summer camp scholarships By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


utler Middle seventh-grader Owen Ward really likes to play games — board games, card games, video games. So when he found a game design summer camp, he got excited. “It sounds way cool,” he said. “I really like the idea how of learning how to design games and it can help me with future jobs.” So when Owen learned about RizePoint’s scholarships for Canyons School Districts to attend STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps, he applied. “I wasn’t sure what they were looking for, so I revised it a couple times. I had my math teacher and a friend write me a recommendation. It’s the first scholarship I’ve received. Now with the scholarship, I’ll be able to learn what methods they use,” he said, adding that he learned Scratch (a visual programming language) in elementary school. In June, Owen will be attending the weeklong game design camp, with the help of RizePoint. “We invest in the future and the future is what makes us successful,” RizePoint CEO Frank Maylett said. “Our future are these students who are here wanting to learn at STEM camps.” About 21 scholarships were originally planned to be awarded in the third annual summer camp scholarship program; however, RizePoint Vice President of People Operations

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RizePoint presented Canyons School District students with scholarships to attend STEM summer camps. (Photo courtesy of Canyons Education Foundation)

Peter Johnson said about four additional scholarships were funded by company individuals who were inspired by the quality of applicants. “All the applicants were pretty great, so

when we couldn’t fund some, there was a real draw to raise extra funds and employees partnered to award $1,400 in additional scholarships,” he said.

The applications consisted of a short essay where fifth-grade through 10th-grade students wrote about their interests and experiences as they relate to STEM subjects, as well as included recommendations from a peer and a teacher. Johnson said a committee of RizePoint employees and Canyons Education Foundation members then scored the applications for their completeness, content, ambition and financial need. The camps range by students’ interests from a zookeeper camp to robotics and coding. Awarding scholarships is only one way RizePoint has supported students. The company also has partnered with East Midvale Elementary, where they gave students backpacks in the fall filled with school supplies, and this past March, read books with students as part of the school’s Dr. Seuss Day. RizePoint’s reach to the community also includes giving employees a day each quarter to serve the community, such as helping with hurricane relief, building trellises and attending to the Wasatch Community Garden. “We’re excited to be able to help our community,” Maylett told the recipients and their families. “Through what we do — making software for companies and stores many of you use every day — we touch your lives quietly, but we’re making an impact, both through our work and our service.” l

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Sandy City Youth Council honors outstanding Brighton coach

Bengals claim Class 5A boys tennis crown By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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After getting all seven players to at least the semifinals, the Brighton boys tennis team won the Class 5A state title. (Photo by Ron Meyer) Area teachers were honored by Sandy City Youth Council students for making an impact on their lives. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Arnett)


hen Brighton High sophomore Tyler Sunde was at her swim team practice, another swimmer dove in and collided with her, leaving her with a pretty serious concussion. “I was in the hospital for a while and it was hard to understand how serious it was,” she said. “My head always hurt. I had daily headaches.” That collision ended her swim season, but not the support she received from first-year Brighton assistant coach Jor-dan Fletcher. “He cares more about the swimmers than the sport. He knows how well we can swim, our performance, but he also knows us, the athletes, as people. He is just amazing. 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 said. For his support, Sunde honored him as one of Sandy City Youth Council’s outstanding teachers. “I like to recognize teachers who have done big things in my life and am genuinely thankful for their impact,” she said. Fletcher was the only Cottonwood Heights honoree recognized with a plaque at the council’s 24th annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner. The event was coordinated by volunteer youth council teacher appreciation dinner coordinator Marsha Millet. “It’s a special night where teachers are being honored by their students,” she said. “For many of these teachers, they have never been honored in years of teaching and if they have, few have ever been selected by their students who have been directly impacted by their teaching.”

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The evening’s events included remarks by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, who recalled how teachers impacted him, she said. “He spoke about the importance of honest and good characters and how that is also learned from teachers,” Millet said. The event, which honored 11 teachers and coaches, was supported by four city council members: Steve Fairbanks, Linda Martinez-Saville, Chris McCandless and Zach Robinson. Council co-mayor Megan Okumura welcomed teachers and members Alex Cheng, on piano, and Abby Murri, on violin with her mother accompanying her, provided entertainment. Other area teachers who were recognized included Hillcrest High’s Katie Bullock, Kenneth Herlin and Austin Hilla; Jordan High’s Brandon Cressall, Carrie Earl, Rachel Hardy and David Morrill; Alta High’s Chad VanOrden; Park Lane Elementary’s Susan Homer; and American Preparatory Academy’s Amanda Larsen. Okumura said it’s important to honor teachers. “As a future educator myself, I find teachers to be very under appreciated yet very needed,” she said. “I can thank every teacher I’ve ever had for shaping a part of who I am today because they have such an impact on our lives. It’s important that teachers are recognized not just by their students, but by the city as well to show that all the hard work they’re doing does not go unrecognized or unappreciated. Without teachers, our world would be a lot darker place.” l


hen the Class 5A state boys tennis tournament convened at Liberty Park on May 16, some of the best tennis players in Utah were on display. It wouldn’t be easy for any team to emerge as champions. The Brighton Bengals stood above the rest. Brighton brought home the state crown by scoring 20 points at the tournament. Second-place Woods Cross had 13 points. The Bengals produced impressive performances at all positions. All seven of their varsity players made it to the state tournament, and each got to at least the semifinals. First singles competitor Redd Owen was the lone Bengal to win an individual championship. The sophomore won his first two matches 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals, he defeated Spencer Johnson of Woods Cross 6-4, 6-2. In the climactic championship match, he outlasted Josh Pearce of Timpview 6-3, 6-4. Three other Bengal positions were runners-up at state. Second singles player Mitch Smith, a sophomore, took second. He won his first three matches in straight sets and then fell in the finals 6-2, 6-2. Head coach Natalie Meyer said Smith “played the best tennis I’ve ever seen him play throughout the entire tournament.” Third singles player Derek Turley, a senior, also came in second after going 9-1 during the regular season. The first doubles pair of Jared Hunt (sophomore) and Parker Watts (a junior) lost in the championship match 6-4, 6-3. Meyer said they were a “well-oiled machine.” Senior Blair Glade and junior Justin Allen reached the semifinals but lost there 6-0, 6-2 to the eventual champions. The fact that they reached the semifinals secured a state title for the Bengals. “They all played at the top of their game,” Meyer said. “None of them had the first-round jitters, and they fought for every point in every match.” Meyer talked about each player individually and had glowing reviews of their effort

and performance. She was pleased with how the team fought through adversity and against skilled opponents. “The team completely exceeded my expectations at state,” Meyer said. “I knew we had a shot at the title, but this was the first time entering the second day at state that I had no clue as to what was going to happen. We had so many ways that we could have lost the state title, but everything went in our favor. I had a few ‘heart attacks’ along the way but enjoyed every moment. I was most excited by the poise that each of the players and the entire team had on and off the court. They were always ready to go, they were coachable, and they executed their game plans flawlessly.” Meyer said the state championship run began once last season ended when the players started working toward this goal. She also credited the support and efforts of everyone involved with the team. “It took our team, our coaches and our fans to get us to the top,” she said. “All of the hard work and dedication during this season and offseason paid off, and I am proud of each and every one of them. Honestly, my favorite part is when they dump the entire Gatorade jug over my head. That is the ultimate in a coaching experience and when you know you are part of something special.” Owen, Smith, Watts and Allen all return next season, so Meyer has plenty of firepower to work with in 2019. “With the talent that is returning and that of the incoming freshmen next year, we have a shot at taking the title again,” Meyer said. “I have some little brothers of current players who will attend Brighton next year and a JV team that will be hungry to move into varsity spots and earn their stripes. I am excited for the level of tennis that we are about to embark on.” l

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World Night allows Butler students to explore By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hird-grader Tiffany Herrera learned about tigers and butterflies in the rainforests of South America. “World Night teaches me about all the animals and places in the world,” she said. “It’s like exploring.” Tiffany was at Butler Elementary’s World Night with her grandma, Debbie Glines, and her mother, Danielle Sylvester. “World Night allows her to see things that they normally don’t get to see in class,” Sylvester said. That may be absorbing the culture of Fiji through learning about curry, rugby and their water or listening to music in the Asia hall. Parent volunteer Amani Suiniika said he gave students an idea of typical life in the South Pacific. “It’s a simple life, very laid back,” he said. “Fiji is a very beautiful country.” Parent Fran Deagle volunteered to teach students about Brazil. “Being from Brazil, it’s fun to show students about the culture and have them learn from doing activities that come from the country,” she said. Butler fifth-grade teacher Nancy Bauman said many families brought in items to display at the event. “It’s an important community gathering that allows kids to understand there’s a world out there that they can experience and learn


about their food, culture, art and music,” she said. Intertwined with World Night was the artwork each student created that tied into the culture as well as the curriculum students were learning. For example, first-graders learned about European painters Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet. Then, they used their own texture techniques with oil pastels and permanent markers to make their own sunflowers similar to Van Gogh’s painting. They also made a lily pond using impressionist techniques similar to Monet. Tonia Dalton, who was there to see the artwork of her second-grade son, Collin, said she supports the event. “It’s good that they learn anything about the culture beyond Utah,” she said. “Utah is just a small part of the world so this allows them to expand their understanding.” Second-grader Ben Hager said he likes World Night. “We celebrate all the different things there are,” he said. His mother, Susan, said that through World Night both Ben and her first-grader, Cassie, learned about other countries, including that other alphabets don’t have the same letters as they were trying to write their names in Arabic. That was just one of many interactive parts of the World Night, which also allowed

students to design their own totem poles, listen to stories, taste a French macaroon, create their own Henna design or make their own projects to bring home. There also were food trucks with different cuisines to purchase. One highlight was traditional world dance performed by the Brigham Young University folk dancers, said Principal Jeff Nalwalker. “That was a big hit and I’d like to have them come back each year and make it a tradition,” he said, adding that it would be fun to include some student performances with the annual event. “It’s important that the community opens our eyes and celebrates our diversity.” Students could keep track of what they were learning with passports, which teachers, like second-grade teacher Casandra Mackris, stamped at each station. “I think it’s a fun way to get people together to celebrate countries and their people,” she said. “A lot of families come from around the world and this gives us a chance to enrich our lives from learning from one another.” Sarah Bunker, who brought four students to World Night, agreed that it’s a fun, community event. “They love doing crafts, being with friends and having fun,” she said. “The French program is huge here, so they’re learning more about that culture, but also about cultures from other countries, which deepens their understanding.” l

Student artwork, like these Native American replica pots, were on display at Butler Elementary’s World Night. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Remember these safety tips during fireworks season

ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp.

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5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. 6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal

or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. 12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. 13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. 16. Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles. l

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Canyons School District students able to check out online books By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


his summer, Butler Middle School students will have more opportunities to read, thanks to Canyons School District adding OverDrive online book service. “We plan on letting our students who are participating in our summer reading program know about OverDrive as well as hold a big kick-off for it in the fall,” said Butler Middle librarian Jen Van Haaften. With Butler Middle’s reading program, students will write five 140-character book reviews, which will be posted on canvas so their peers can review and respond to them. Van Haaften hopes to use the reviews in the library to promote books. OverDrive isn’t just for Butler Middle students, but for all students across the school district who want to get in their reading hours or books assigned for honors classes. The service will provide an e-book collection of classroom titles, audiobooks as well as books for pleasure, said Canyons Library Media Specialist Jim Wilson. “Students can have access to their (reading) level and below,” he said. “We will have titles appropriate for up through high school.” Van Haaften said she is excited for OverDrive. “I think a great number of our patrons are familiar with OverDrive at the (Salt Lake) County Library, so I believe students will use

it,” she said, adding that she often checks out e-books from the library. Initially, Van Haaften said Butler Middle tried e-books a couple years back and few students checked them out. “Since then, we’ve checked out Kindle Fires with books loaded on them, which have been especially helpful for book talks,” she said, adding that the library usually only has 12 hard copies of book club titles. “This will allow even greater ways for students to access books.” Canyons held its kick-off simultaneously throughout the district with the visit of the OverDrive bookmobile at Lone Peak Elementary in early May. “It shows us what was new — including the bookmobile itself. It’s a digital bookmobile, with a large screen and stations to look up e-books, not the bookmobile many of us knew in our past,” Wilson said. In the bookmobile, which is just used as a promotional tool for libraries across the United States and Canada, a class of first-graders learned they could highlight words as they read along with e-books as demonstrated by Lauren Bajda, OverDrive digital media events specialist. Some other features she showed students included clicking and holding a word to find its definition, highlighting a section and then be-

Canyons School District held its kick off for online book service simultaneously throughout the District with the visit of the OverDrive bookmobile at Lone Peak Elementary. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

ing able to write notes about it, customizing the book for font, point size and background color. “If you come back to check out the book again, it will remember your settings, the page you’re on and still have the notes available,” Bajda said. “It’s awesome to have reading available 24/7 so students can read all summer and will never have late fees nor will any book be damaged. It’s a complement to physical books.” Bajda said Canyons sets up its filters, from allowing students to check out three titles for two weeks, to currently focusing on e-books rather than videos or music. Wilson said start-up costs are more than $20,000, but students will have access to thou-

sands of titles. Currently, Salt Lake City, Jordan, Granite, Davis and Weber school districts, Brigham Young University as well as Salt Lake County and Murray libraries also use OverDrive. “About 98 percent of public libraries use OverDrive,” Bajda said, adding that it began in 1986. Van Haaften said it makes sense to offer OverDrive to students. “We’ll have a bigger collection of books since we’re all collaborating to participate in OverDrive,” she said. l

Don’t go chasing waterfalls; stick to fireflies By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


hen it comes to Utah insects, a few on the easy-to-spot list would be grasshoppers, ants, wasps and boxelder bugs. Earwigs find a way to make a casual sashay up the walls here. Daddy long-legs seem to have a rockhound club in every valley window well. Mosquitos regularly perform a funky flash mob out on the lakes. Pill bugs hide smart and tight in our suburbia sidewalk cracks. Moths find their place of expiration in that common graveyard of sliding door tracks. We have our predictable Utah creepy-crawlies. But, don’t let the stink bug you accidentally squashed curb your wild creature enthusiasm. It’s a good time to see something new. There are luminous beetle characters showing up on the Utah scene—fireflies. They are a curious thing, flashing their creature rhythm of morse-style code. They are convincing many that there is more biodiversity to our state than we may think. Utah entomologists and insect experts have a proposition for local residents. Researchers can use our assistance for a firefly citizen science project. The Natural History Museum of Utah and BYU specialists have merged efforts to find and observe firefly populations, and they’re looking for help. To badly mis-quote a 1990s hit TLC song… “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.” Please stick to the wetlands and the

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mud that you’re used to, and help find fireflies. You can visit the citizen project details here: https://nhmu.utah.edu/fireflies, where you can learn about these interesting beetles, submit sightings and view a firefly map of where people have observed them. The map has a spread-out selection of possible places to find them. The project can help offer clues of where more might be found. For those interested in experiencing creatures behind glass, there is a temporary firefly exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah. When asked whether fireflies are native or invasive to Utah, Christy Bills, entomology collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah, clarifies that fireflies are in fact, indigenous. “They’ve been here forever,” she said. “They’re not strong flyers. Once they’re in an area, they can’t move away from that area very successfully.” She explained how some people believe anecdotes of how their ancestors must have brought fireflies to Utah in a jar. It’s not common to spot a firefly though. “We don’t know about them, but farmers who go out to their pastures at night—they have known about them,” Bills noted. Just one firefly logged to the map gives a whole lot of data. There’s hope to find more and

to involve resident scientists or even just outdoor enthusiasts to take on new purpose in their adventures. It could be a fun outing to search, find, get pictures of and actually log a firefly onto the community map. It’s likely that more firefly sightings would be in areas with wet reeds, near still waters and around wild corn dogs (cattails). These are the best places to spot them. Head toward muddy areas. “Swaner Preserve (Park City), Spring Lake (near Provo) and Nibley (Cache County) are three places to possibly see them,” Bills said. “But, you never know. I hate to say, ‘Go there, and you’ll see one.’ You can never shop the wild.” Go out during night-time hours, and it seems like one might want a headlamp and sturdy galoshes to go searching. If you go firefly spotting, remember to wear proper bug repellant, full coverage outerwear and choose a safe plan. Let others know where you’re going. These things are always best done in groups and with an adult. If you see fireflies, “Leave them alone,” Bills said. “We have the web farm (website above) for people to report that they’ve seen them. We never harm the population.” The few that are taken by scientists are kept in a specimen collection and used for important nationwide research.

“They are not an endangered species,” Bills said. No one is going to have to give up their property for government scrutiny, or areas won’t become restricted if fireflies are spotted. Be careful not to trespass on others’ privacy though. Go firefly searching in public areas. Scientists are calling for those who enjoy a tiny species hunt to help communicate where a firefly has been seen. Even if we can only spot one—playing the fiddle, living inside a giant peach or eating its way through a wild corn dog. Each glowing firefly has loads of valuable information to offer us, with just one more dazzling dot on the map. l

A large firefly sculpture lights up with the press of a button at Natural History Museum of Utah. (Amy Green/ City Journals)

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Film festival teaches life techniques for students By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen Quail Hollow fifth-grader Owen Christensen was younger, he watched his school’s video announcements. “The more I watched the morning announcements, the more I loved them and knew I wanted to help,” he said. Little did Owen know that this year, when he got to be part of the news team, Quail Hollow would win its third straight Canyons Film Festival for best elementary newscast. The ninth annual film festival offers students to submit films they create individually or in teams in nine categories: public service announcement, feature, animation, documentary and newscast. There is a teacher category as well as American Graduate news story and public service announcement categories and the annual film festival poster contest. Katie Blunt , district education technology specialist, has said that through filmmaking, students learn skills such as organization and literacy. “The students start with brainstorming, turn their idea in to a story with a story board and screen play; they write, they research, they synthesize the information to learn how best to communicate their message,” she said. “It’s a group project, they learn how to collaborate. These are skills that translate into the classroom as well as into the real world.” Through the process, students learn not only how to create their film, but also how to edit and revise. “Students learn how to do revisions just like they may have to with a writing assignment in school. We see improvements in films from year to year,” said Blunt, who is the project lead of the film festival. At Quail Hollow, a dozen student council members, under fifth-grade teacher and student council adviser Nicholas Heinz, are responsible for the weekly announcements. Their equipment is basic: a green piece of fabric for their green screen, microphone and lights purchased off Amazon, an older computer that wasn’t being used in the computer lab for editing and a point-and-shoot camera to film. Fifth-grade member Avery Cornia has learned filming techniques such as using different camera angles for the perfect shots. However, Avery also wanted to add more to the newscasts and learned stop motion through the firealpaca app. “When I joined the morning announcements, I wanted to add new things, such as stop motion animation,” Avery said. “I had done some coding, but I didn’t know how to do stop motion.” Stop motion, a skit for the word of the week and a decisive theme are some of the distinguishable features of their winning newscast, classmate Brady Deeds said. “We tried to make it our best,” Brady said. “We talked about themes and when we planned it out and when it was time to film, we even dressed up as if it were the ‘80s with people on

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Other film festival winners in newscast include Union Middle School and Jordan High School. Public Service Announcements Winners:

Quail Hollow’s student council won its third straight Canyons School District’s Film Festival award for best elementary newscast. (Photo courtesy of Quail Hollow Elementary)

Darius Potupchik and Brandy Zarate, Midvale Elementary; Katie Ritter and Tiana Keetch, Indian Hills Middle; and Emily Erickson, Hillcrest High.

Animation Winners:

Lizzie Crockett, Peruvian Park Elementary; Lucie Packer and Ellie Pinnock, Draper Park Middle; and Justie Marinez, Corner Canyon High.

Documentary Winners:

Anna Sokol and Izzibelle Hansen, Sprucewood Elementary; Makena Lelepali, Midvale Middle; and Colton Ebert, Caleb Christiansen, Chris Moore, Tyler Kimball, Dallin Nowotny, David Thayne and Ethan Crittenden, Entrada High Draper Campus.

Feature Film Winners:

Canyons School District’s ninth annual film festival allows students to submit films they create individually or in teams in public service announcement, feature, animation, documentary and newscast. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

the set being nerds, cheerleaders and business (leaders).” Avery, who dressed like a hippie, said more jokes were added this year to keep viewers attention. Brady said that when they introduced the word of the week, they created a skit to better illustrate how to use the word in a sentence. “In the past, others said the word straight up, but we tried to make ours funny.” Owen said those improvements have helped the newscast. “We watched previous years’ newscasts and knew that we wanted to make ours worthwhile, but also ‘funner’ so we had the anchor spice it up so those who were watching had fun too,” he said. Being on the news team has helped the students. Avery, who said it has helped with giving oral presentations, now wants to continue filmmaking next year in middle school and wants to start an audiovisual club.

Brady said that by working on the newscasts before school it will help him be on time for middle school, which has an earlier school bell. He also said it has given him confidence. “I used to be very scared to talk in front of people when I was younger. Now I can get up in front of people without that fear,” he said. Owen said he has made lots of friends through the news team. “I’ve gotten to know people, both on the newscast and those around school, and I have really enjoyed learning how to film,” he said. Canyons Board of Education member Steve Wrigley, who applauded the winners of the film festival, said that the festival gives students opportunities. “They’re learning new skills that will be useful to them in school and life,” he said, adding that he and his wife have created some videos for Willow Canyon as well as other films. “It’s great for these kids to be recognized for their creative talents. We applaud those who are talented in the arts.”l

Burke Gehret, Crescent Elementary; Sarah Newman, Jacob Thomsen, Katie Kosk and Paisley Reber, Eastmont Middle; and Parker Olsen, Jaxson Wilde, Brady Jorgenson and Cate Gillingham, Brighton High.

Teacher Best Film Winner:

Wade Harman, of Entrada High Draper Campus, won the teacher best film with “The Wood Shaper — A Story of Lifelong Learning.”

The American Graduate News Story Winners:

Colton Ebert, Caleb Christiansen, Chris Moore, Tyler Kimball, Dallin Nowotny, David Thayne and Ethan Crittenden, Entrada High Draper Campus; and the American Graduate public service announcement winners were from Midvale Elementary. Poster Design Contest Winner: Jake Wixom from Draper Park Middle

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Rebuilding Bengals have good performances at state track meet By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


n a sport like track and field, depth and numbers are critical. Teams with fewer competitors have a difficult time competing. The Brighton Bengals discovered that this season, but the team still put together a solid showing at the state tournament. The Bengals had to say good-bye to several top competitors from the 2017 team, many of whom performed at the collegiate level this season. The 2018 edition had just 12 seniors, yet head coach Knute Rockne was optimistic that his athletes would compete well at state, which was held May 16 and 17 at Brigham Young University. At state, Brighton’s youth was on display. Freshman Nathan Burnett was a standout. He ran well in three individual events: the 100-, 200- and 400-meter. He was also part of Brighton’s 4x100 relay team. Rockne also highlighted the showing of Tyler Cowan, who had a “terrific season” in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. James Fetzer was another strong performer. At state, he represented the team well in the 1600 and the 400. He was also part of the 4x400 relay. Two other boys team leaders were Enzo Parker and Owen Smith, who both competed in the 1600 and 3200.

“(Parker) and (Smith) were very consistent and productive runners,” Rockne said. On the girls’ side, Laura Lundahl led the way. She was the team MVP and was quite busy all season and at state. She ran in the 100, 200, 400 and 800. She also was on the team’s 4x100 relay and anchored the 4x400 relay. Lundahl was far from the only talented athlete on the girls team. “Bailey Brandt and Rebecca Urban were center of the girls hurdles,” Rockne said. “Both ran the 100-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Bailey and Rebecca qualified to run at state in the 300 hurdles. Courtney McCabe ran in the sprints in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter, along with being a part of both 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.” In addition, Rockne said Paige Sieves was “outstanding” this season in distance events. She excelled in the 800, 1600 and 3200. Teammate Morgan Merkley was the top senior distance runner in the 1600 and 3200. Riley Ballard was tops in throwing events; she competed at state in the discus and javelin. Senior Taemor Djahanbani also helped the Bengals earn points at state “(Ballard) was a consistent thrower all season long,” Rockne said. “(Djahanbani) did


extremely well at state by finishing in fifth place in the shot put.” Rockne also was pleased with the showing of long-jumpers Drew Hysong and Jaeger Bostwick, both of whom gave a great effort at the state meet. Next year could be a different story at Brighton, as the team will have more returning competitors with state experience. Rockne is optimistic about the boys’ and girls’ chances against some of the top competition in Class 5A, especially if the athletes put in the necessary work between now and next season. “With an extremely large and talented

group of freshman, sophomores and juniors coming back, the coaches feel very excited about our future teams at Brighton,” Rockne said. “The expectations will certainly be for both the boys and girls teams to qualify and send more athletes to state in 2019. Next year’s returning track team members will need to improve in their body strength and individual running speed. We will also spend this upcoming offseason working on improving individual event techniques. l

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elcome to the future. Mr. Le’s has pioneered a new method to do laundry with their brand-new wash and fold subscription.

For $50 a month, customers are given a large bag to fill up with their normal laundry—t-shirts, shorts, jeans, socks etc.—and drivers from Mr. Le’s would come to the house twice a week, to pick up and drop off. The bag of clothes would be cleaned at their facilities with their commercial equipment, folded, put back in the bag and returned to the customer’s doorstep. “This will be a great service,” David Le said. “We’ve piloted it in a few of our stores and gotten really good results.” After some research revealed an average home of four people, with high efficiency washer and dryers, spend about $32 a month in cleaning. Not including the time and effort required. It’s about convenience, David said, it allows parents to spend more time with their children rather than being stuck in the laundry room. It also means they don’t have to wait for customers to come to the store, Mr. Le’s will go to them. Four of Mr. Le’s eight stores will start the program with plans to run it until each location is healthy and strong enough to run it themselves.

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“We’re actually amazed that other companies haven’t done this before,” David said. “We understand we’re the pioneers in doing this. Over the past 30 months, Michael Le and David Le (aka the “Le Brothers”) have purchased five independent dry cleaning stores and branded them under a new name called Mr. Le’s Cleaners. With the acquisitions of these dry cleaners, and potentially more, the Le Brothers are focused on providing the highest quality of dry cleaning and laundry services to their local communities. According to the Le Brothers, as they researched what to name their new business, they wanted a name that represented the values that their parents taught them when they came to America in 1975. That is to always; WORK HARD, HAVE FAITH and BE GRATEFUL. The Le Brothers decided to name the business after their patriarch, whom they refer to as the original “Mr. Le.” The Le Brothers quickly realized that the dry cleaning business is a people business, where trust and loyalty must be earned. The previous owners spent their lives building a successful business with loyal customers. This process cannot be replicated through discounts and fancy advertising.

So, at whatever cost, the Le Brothers retained the previous owners and their staff to insure the same quality and service the customers were used to. One of the unique concept of Mr. Le’s Cleaners is how they are focused on their local communities. With special discounts and services, they support schools, active members of the military, veterans, police and fire personnel and even missionaries preparing to serve full-time missions. Michael Le said, “Our support to the community and its people, is us paying back to the community that took us in with open arms when we lost everything after the Vietnam War. We had nothing when we arrived to this great country and now everything we have is because of those who sacrificed before us.” He went on and said, “We will always remember those people and continue to pay it forward whenever we can.” As Mr. Le’s Cleaners is establishing their footprint in the Salt Lake Valley, they’ve been busy adding new equipment, remodeling storefronts and implementing new technology. All of this to help improve the cleaning process, communicating with clients and ultimately earning their customer’s trust. The Le Brothers have been working with companies like Comcast, Skipio, Google,

Yelp and Cleancloud to help build a new communication platform for current and future services they provide. David Le also mentioned, “We are excited about the merger of many years of talent and experiences with all of our team members. Our goal is to grow the company organically through great people, simple processes and happy customers. It won’t be easy, we know we will make some mistakes but we will do what is right for our customers and stand by our company motto: We’re Happy When You’re Happy!” l

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Behind-the-scenes look at major fireworks shows By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


he telltale BOOM goes off, followed by several more bursts, and then a series of fireworks flash into the sky. Every July 4 and 24, crowds come from far and wide to witness one of dozens of fireworks shows that light up the Salt Lake valley. Behind the scenes, it’s a very different picture. “I think of it as painting a canvas,” said Lantis Fireworks salesman and licensed Utah pyrotechnician Jeffery Ott. “And I have the sky to paint on.” Lantis Fireworks produces some of the major fireworks productions in the Salt Lake Valley, including the popular Salt Lake City and Sandy City fireworks shows. Each one of those 15- 20-minute fireworks displays takes hours of work to organize the performance, set up fireworks connections, coordinate with local fire marshals and ensure safety. Organizing One of the most prominent shows in the Salt Lake Valley is the one where hundreds of fireworks shoot off the roof of the Sandy City Hall every Fourth of July. Months beforehand, Lantis Fireworks is coordinating with Sandy City officials to decide how long the show will be, how close viewers can get to Sandy City Hall and still be safe, and what music will help time out the display. In the background of almost every fireworks show are carefully timed pieces of music, stitched together, to which the fireworks are choreographed to match tempo. “When you’re playing ‘The Star Spangled banner,’ you’re not shooting pow, pow, pow; you’re shooting one shell, then another,” Ott said. “You want your shells in the air to match the music. The music really dictates what you see.” This year, it won’t just be music. Sandy City is partnering with FM radio station Z104 to broadcast the music, along with recordings of service members’ wives talking about them coming home. “We try not to make it just about things exploding,” said Mearle Marsh, community events director for Sandy City. “The ending has always been spectacular; we don’t expect anything less this year.” Marsh says this is the second year that Sandy City will have fireworks discharged from the roof of the Sandy City Hall. “It’s a challenging location, but it makes for a really beautiful setting for the fireworks,” he said. Lantis Fireworks and Sandy City officials have big plans for this year’s fireworks display. There are the “cake” fireworks: multi-shot aerial fireworks that make a rapid staccato burst of noise during the show. Then, in the Sandy City show, there are the 3-inch shells that light up the night sky with a big boom; the two combine to create the overall, bigger fireworks display. By using a mix of colors and matching several different types of shells to music, a “Pyro” techni-

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Months of work goes into creating a memorable fireworks display. (Courtesy Lantis Fireworks)

Lantis Fireworks sets up fireworks to be discharged at the 2017 (Sandy City fireworks show)

cian can create an amazing fireworks show for viewers. “Pyros” This term may sound like a dangerous person with fire, but for fireworks, it’s the exact opposite. “Think about a conductor conducting an orchestra, that’s what a Pyro does; they’re part conductor and part magician,” Ott said. Lantis Fireworks’ Pyro technicians go through extensive training before they can even touch one of the production fireworks. According to the state of Utah regulations, Pyro technicians — or Pyros for short — are required to work on at least three fireworks shows and go through extensive safety training. Once they meet these requirements, a potential pyro technician can then take a test to get a license that would allow them to legally shoot off production-quality fireworks.

“Production is a 1.3G fireworks classification,” Ott said. “The stuff that your neighbors are doing, that’s consumer grade, that’s 1.4G. It’s measure on gram weight per item. Consumer is supposed to be safer, less gunpowder.” Ott also but cautioned that, “all fireworks are explosives.” All that training is necessary. At every show, there are fire marshals, firefighters and other emergency experts on hand in case something goes wrong. Safety “We’re attempting to put explosives in the air in a safe manner,” Ott said. Safety is the No. 1 priority for Lantis Fireworks pyro technicians, Ott explained. “We take every possible safety precaution from the time they’re loaded onto the truck, up until the point we shoot them, and even while we’re shooting them,” he said. “Because the

truth of it is, if you’re lucky and something bad happens, you’ll lose a finger. If they don’t get lucky, they get dead. You have to think like a fire marshal. Safety is always your first priority.” Ott remembers a few years ago during a Lantis production in the Salt Lake Valley, and there was a wind shift. “When a shell goes off, it doesn’t just go up into the air; there’s often some fiery debris that comes out of the mortar tube along with the shell ,” he said. “We had some fiery debris that blew over and two-thirds of the way through the show; it prematurely ignited part of the finale (fireworks). So some of that ‘boom, boom, boom’ started going off much sooner than it was supposed to.” There are specific rules governing major production-style fireworks displays. For every 1-inch shell used in a fireworks show, viewers have to be kept at a distance of 70 feet in radius from the firework discharge zone. This means at the Sandy City Hall, when Lantis Fireworks uses 3-inch shells to light up the night sky, nobody except for the licensed pyro technicians and safety personnel can be within 210 feet in any direction from the roof of the Sandy City Hall where the fireworks are set off. Local fire officials will be on hand at these major fireworks displays. Salt Lake City Fire spokeswoman Audra Sorenson said they prefer it when Utahns visit the fireworks shows instead of setting off their own fireworks, because it’s much more safe. “Going to a fireworks display that’s sponsored by a city or company is ideal for us,” Sorenson said. “They work hand in hand with the city to make sure the location, the display and conditions are ideal so that they’re discharged properly. We can work hand in hand with those shows’ teams to make sure it’s a safe fireworks display.” Setup For a 20-minute show, it can take a team of Pyro technicians 10–12 hours to set up the fuses, tubes, electronics and fireworks for the display. “You have to wire in every shell by hand.,” Ott said. “Then if it’s choreographed, every shell has a specific place it has to be wired in.” But when it’s done right, you end up creating a lasting and memorable experience for everyone watching—from young children who’ve never seen a fireworks show, to the people who never miss a fireworks show. “Our whole goal is the ooh, ahh, wow,” Ott said. “That two to three seconds of silence between the last shell going off and thunderous applause that often follows a show is beautiful.” If local residents are planning to set off their own fireworks, there’s a map showing restricted areas: https://slcfire.com/fireworks/. For the month of July, residents can legally discharge fireworks July 2 to 5, and July 22 to 25.l

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Brighton baseball turns corner, has high hopes for future By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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Brighton coaches talk to the baseball team after its victory over Roy in the Class 5A state tournament on May 16. (Photo/Chastity Concepcion)


very team would love to win a state title, but some programs measure progress in other ways. For the Brighton High School baseball team, the 2018 season brought some success the Bengals hadn’t seen in years. Brighton went 15-13 this season, placed fourth in Region 7 with a 7-8 mark and advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2014. Not only that, but the Bengals picked up a win at state, prevailing over Roy 6-3 on May 16. Head coach Andy Concepcion recognized the value of getting the program back to the postseason. “It was a great experience for our young team and showed all the hard work for us is starting to pay off,” he said. “It’s great for our program to be back in the playoffs and sends a message that Brighton baseball is relevant once again.” The Bengals’ season came to an end in the Class 5A state tournament’s one-loss bracket on May 19 with a 3-1 loss to Region 5 champion Viewmont. In the game, the Bengals got off to a 1-0 lead early and held that advantage until the bottom of the fifth inning when Viewmont tacked on three runs. That’s all the Vikings needed to hold off Brighton. Concepcion said a number of players stood out in the losing cause, including pitcher Brennan Holligan and Julian Greenwood. However, Brighton left five runners on base and couldn’t find a way to get enough quality at-bats to drive in the runners. “It was a tough loss, and the ball didn’t go our way on that day,” Concepcion said. “We were pressing and didn’t allow ourselves to just play loose. We lost the lead late in the game.”

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It may have been a disappointing way to end the season, but Concepcion said he was pleased with his players and knows the team has plenty of good baseball ahead of it. “I told the players to hold their heads up high because we had one heck of a season, and we will be back,” he said. “The boys were dejected because we didn’t want our season to end just yet.” In a turnaround season, Brighton players and coaches had plenty of reasons to be pleased. The Bengals stole 80 bases and had six players hit over .300 on the year. Concepcion said his group of freshmen got valuable experience and will only continue to improve. “We’re happy with the season as a whole ad feel we are ahead of schedule,” he said. Next season, Holligan, a Las Vegas, Nevada, transplant will be back on the mound. Other key returners will be Greenwood, Alex Hansen, Alex Clifford, Thomas Powley, Brennan Potter and Tommy Ellis. Concepcion expects these players to take this season’s lessons and make next year even better. “Our expectations are to win our region and compete for a state championship,” he said. “We are excited to see our new baseball facility that’s being built and the talented freshmen we have coming to Brighton. We need to continue to get bigger, stronger and faster, and most importantly, trust the process. It’s process over outcome for us.” l

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On July 13, Trivia Night will be held at the Leonardo. Up to six people can sign up to be a team, or go solo! On July 10, the Local Author Showcase continues at The King’s English Bookshop. Jared Garret will introduce his new book, “Usurper.” On July 18, Yappy Hour will be at Fairmont Park. There will be an offleash play area for the dogs, and music, beer, and food trucks for the humans. On July 21, the Indian Food Fair will be held at the Gallivan Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by Bollyfood lunch, there will be live entertainment, ethnic shopping, and of course, food! On July 28, Mindy Dillard will lead a songwriting workshop for teens ages 12-18 at the Salt Lake Public Library Sprague Branch, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Many free series-styled events will be held. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Gateway will host Yoga on the Plaza in the Olympic Plaza. Shopping and food options will be available after yoga. July is Pacific Island Heritage Month. On the 28th, their annual KickOff will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sorenson Multicultural Center. This event has entertainment and activities from nine Pacific Island countries.

chool’s out for summer! Here’s a list of free events and activities to keep monotony out of the month of July. Festivals! Cities all across the valley host activities and events to celebrate our independence. Draper, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, and Sandy all hold their own celebrations for the Fourth of July. Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, and Holladay celebrate Pioneer Day with multi-day festivals and concerts. For more information on these festivals, refer to the Summer Festival Guide in the latest edition of the City Journals. Sandy will be hosting a balloon festival on August 10-11 at sunrise at Storm Mountain Park. These festivals highlight the magic of hot air balloons. Farmers Markets were quite the rage last year, with over 30 to choose from. On July 11, the Sugar House Farmers Market will be at Fairmont Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On July 14, check out the Sunnyvale Farmers Market in Midvale from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will include a food pantry, free lunch and activities for kids, and music. Don’t miss one-night free events like: the Parade of Raptors presented by HawkWatch on July 9, at the Salt Lake Public Library Riverside Branch from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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will be held August 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with movies, popcorn, exhibits, and prizes. Our canyons also have fabulous options for getting outside. If anyone can do all the following hikes in one summer, let me know so I can be impressed. There’s Buffalo Point, Bloods Lake, Ensign Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, Golden Spike, Cecret Lake and Albion Basin, Willow Lake, Dooley Knob, Hidden Falls, Adams Waterfall, Patsy’s Mine, Grotto Falls, Donut Falls, Timpanogos, Brighton Lakes, Bell Canyon, Stewart Falls, Broads Fork Trail, Silver Lake, Battle Creek Falls, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Mirror Lake, Fifth Water Hot Springs, Dripping Rock, Mount Olympus, Suicide Rock, Elephant Rock, White Pine Lake, Jordan River, and the Bonneville Shoreline, and Provo River Parkway. In conclusion, none of us have an excuse to be bored this summer! l

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