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RESIDENTS MAKING CHANGE on Wasatch Boulevard By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


he Cottonwood Heights City Council will vote on adopting the Wasatch Boulevard Master Plan on July 2 during their bi-weekly meeting at City Hall (2277 Bengal Blvd.) in the council chambers at 7 p.m. The first draft of the Wasatch Boulevard Master Plan was published on the city’s website in September 2018. Since then, there have been many modifications, city council presentations and open houses. The Wasatch Boulevard Master Plan is meant to be a blueprint, a guiding document, for the development of the corridor. “The purpose of the general plan is to know which way we are moving,” said Community and Economic Development Director Mike Johnson. In other words, it is not binding. Even after adoption of the plan, if the city council votes to do so, elements of the plans can be changed. One of the most important components of the master plan is the emphasis on partnership. Since Wasatch Boulevard is owned and maintained by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the partnership is vitally important for the future of the corridor. The worst-case scenario would be if UDOT didn’t involve Cottonwood Heights at all, and ignored what the city, and its residents, wanted. Luckily, UDOT has expressed interested in working with Cottonwood Heights and hopes to follow the recommendations within the city’s master plan. UDOT and Cottonwood Heights are not the only entities working collaboratively for the future of Wasatch Boulevard. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Sandy City, Holladay City, Salt Lake County, Snowbird and additional ski resorts, the

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Wasatch Front Regional Council and other stakeholders have been in communication regarding Wasatch Boulevard. One of the suggestions for Wasatch Boulevard was to widen the road. UDOT recognizes Wasatch Boulevard as a state highway and a major corridor leading up to the canyons. However, many Cottonwood Heights residents living along Wasatch Boulevard wish to maintain a non-commercial

feel to the corridor. A petition entitled “Save Wasatch Blvd. – Cottonwood Heights says NO to a Hwy” was started by a group of residents called Unite for CH. Within that petition, residents would like to see Wasatch Boulevard’s speed limit reduced to 35 mph with traffic-calming measures implemented; no more than three lanes; trail space to promote pedestrian use and connectivity implemented; bike Continued Page 5

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Continued from front page lanes implemented; priority given to egress and ingress to neighborhoods; and limiting “the expansion of the urban segment of Wasatch Blvd. through land use planning aimed to prevent further urban sprawl.” Eight hundred twenty-four supporters signed this petition on change.org. “We have seen the change.org petition,” said Johnson. “This new draft should address those comments we have received so far. If we had the time to sit down with every single resident and talk through this draft, it would address most of their concerns. This plan is very responsive to public feedback and resiThe speed limit along Wasatch Blvd. will be analyzed with the potential of lowering the speed limit. (Mike dential areas along the corridor.” “We are not recommending commerJohnson/Cottonwood Heights) cial redevelopment on the corridor itself,”

continued Johnson. Additionally, changes to the master plan include addressing local aesthetics and the character of local neighborhoods, mitigating speeds in a reasonable and responsible way, addressing bus implementation and promoting Wasatch Boulevard as an idle-free corridor. Mayor Mike Peterson and City Manager Tim Tingey have recently met with UDOT Regional Director Bryan Adams. “We are taking a different approach with Wasatch Boulevard than any other corridor in the state,” Adams told Cottonwood Heights leaders. Adams has agreed to look at the speed limit. “He is personally behind making this happen,” said Tingey. l

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Overtime goal lifts Brighton boys soccer to state championship By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

The Brighton boys soccer team storms the field excitedly after capturing the 5A state championship. (Photo courtesy of Kirsten Stewart.)

Jax Vance is among the returning contributors for next year’s squad. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

London Botelho’s shot sails over the Olympus keeper to tie the championship game at 1-1. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


n a Class 5A state title game against Olympus that seemed destined for a second overtime period, Brighton’s Braxton Jones made sure his team wouldn’t have to sweat out another 10 minutes and risk going into a shootout. The senior scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute left to play in the first overtime, giving the Bengals a thrilling 3-2 win over the Titans. With the victory, Brighton claimed its first state championship in a decade. The Bengals had last appeared in a state title game in 2015 when it lost 2-1 to Alta. Jones picked a great time to score his

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second goal of the season. His successful shot off a corner kick from teammate Alex Fankhauser broke a 2-2 tie that came after the Bengals had trailed 2-1 in the second half. Brennan Neeley scored in the second half for Brighton on the heels of an Olympus goal early in the half. The Titans also opened the scoring, but Brighton’s London Botelho knotted things at 1-1 before halftime. Brighton prevailed in the contest, held May 23 at Rio Tinto Stadium, without the services of leading scorer Josh Loomis, who received two yellow cards in the semifinal match against Skyridge two days earlier, making him ineligible for the finals. Loomis

had scored 16 goals on the year, good enough for third among all 5A players. Fankhauser wasn’t far behind with 13 goals. He and the rest of the Bengals picked up the slack to upend Olympus, which entered the contest with an impressive 15-2-2 record. The Bengals reached the championship match by defeating Skyridge by an identical 3-2 score. The game also ended in similar fashion. Though it didn’t go into overtime, Brighton found the back of the net in the final minutes to secure the win. In this game, it was sophomore Cameron Neeley who got the game-winner.

Record, winning its final 12 games. The only blemish was a 2-1 loss to Corner Canyon on April 12. The Bengals excelled in close games, winning eight times by one goal, including all four playoff games. Brighton tallied 62 goals on the season, best in 5A and eighth most in the state. The Bengals lost some key players from the championship squad, but they certainly won’t be without weapons in 2020. Cameron Neeley will come back (though his brother Brennan departs), as will contributors Botelho, Jax Vance, Jackson McKeon, Chandler Turpin and Walker Schwendiman.

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SheTech encourages female students to enter STEM careers By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Gov. Gary Herbert, who is promoting more women in technology careers, shakes hands with SheTech student board member Hailee Martin at the recent SheTech conference. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ov. Gary Herbert recently addressed a ballroom full of teenage girls and wanted to make sure one thing was clear: their future is bright with STEM careers. At the SheTech conference, more than 150 science, technology, engineering and mathematics companies and colleges shared hands-on activities from robotics to auto tech to 3D gaming to technology entrepreneurship opportunities with female high school students from every county in the state. Herbert gave the keynote address. “We are in the middle of a technology explosion in the state,” he said. “Utah is recognized as the most technologically advanced state in America today. Women in technology is the next explosion, which you’re a part of.” Herbert shared with SheTech participants that women in technological roles are on the rise. “We are moving in the right direction. There are no limits, no ceiling; nothing but opportunities,” he said. Spearheaded by Angela Trego with the support of Women Tech Council and Utah Valley University, SheTech is a chance for women to learn about opportunities in the field. “Technology is driving Utah’s economy,” she said. “We can’t get enough people in Utah to fill Utah jobs. We need to get girls in the field to fill jobs. Women working in teams in the workforce in the field improves diversity, allows projects to be looked at in different ways, and bottom line, brings suc-

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cess. Gov. Herbert understands the issue and is being a leader in making a change in placing more women in these positions.” When Trego was a student, she was the only female Ph.D. candidate in the mechanical engineering field and lacked a female mentor. “I realized what could help is to have opportunities where girls can be inspired and understood by women role models in the field to show them, they aren’t the only ones. These women can have mentors and engage these students, showing them how they can be successful in their careers,” said Trego, who is president of Trego Engineering as well as vice president of Women Tech Council. When SheTech began five years ago, Trego said she was “laughed at and told no girls would come.” That first year, 2014, 250 teens attended. This year, 2,500 female high school students took part in Utah and SheTech conferences have sprung up in neighboring states of Idaho and Colorado. It also helped inspire STEMFest for elementary and junior high students. Copper Hills physics teacher Marissa Beck knew about SheTech, but she wasn’t able to attend until this year. “I’ve always wanted to know what it is all about and thought it was really important to know and talk to professionals in the fields,” she said. “There aren’t many women in the physical science field. This inspires students to realize they are smart enough to

About 2,500 female high school students came together with 150 tech companies at SheTech to learn more about technology careers. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

enter into a STEM career and shows them women are already successful in the science fields.” Hillcrest High took a busload of 33 students, Work-Based Learning Facilitator Cher Burbank said. “This is a good opportunity for them to be inspired about what they want to do, check it out and talk to other women in the field,” she said. Hillcrest High senior Lillian Rose said she learned what was happening in the tech industry from robotics to medical education. “It’s really cool to see what is happening right here in Utah,” she said. Her classmate Julie Ashby learned how to build websites, which she said would be helpful for her future as she enters a field possibly in business and marketing. Three home school teenagers, Makenna Eagle, Grace Parish and Elizabeth Oldham, were eager to explore SheTech. “I love math and doing mental math games,” Parish said. “It’s a cool experience to learn in other STEM fields, like coding, which I haven’t done before.” Eagle attended last year and discovered a passion in radiology. “I learned how X-rays work and found it really interesting,” she said. “It’s a good way to learn about jobs I may like in the future.” Oldham, however, admits she isn’t big into science. “It’s hard to understand technology and how it all works, but I know it’s all going to

be impactful in my future, so it’s a good introduction to what all is out there,” she said. However, some exhibits introduced fun ways to learn about science. For example, West Hills ninth-graders Alisa Hernandez and Brayden Walter learned about the equations of equilibrium through stacking Pringle potato chips in a circular pattern. Murray High sophomore Natalie Pehrson, who may explore an engineering degree, took workshops in 3D graffiti and virtual reality, but also learned about air cannons and logic puzzles. Taylorsville senior Jasmin Romero learned about virtual reality and medical equipment, and was excited to see a Tesla. She also wanted to investigate environmental science. Classmate Angeline Tuyisabe already had settled into learning about engineering. Alta High freshman Katelynn Christian learned how to program Spheros. “I’ve always been interested in programming, so I’m looking into social engineering. I also want to learn more about cybersecurity and game engineering,” she said. Herriman High junior Sage Jensen took a class about web development and designing apps. “The tech classes are my favorite part of every day at school,” she said. “I want a career in tech, and I’m learning about my future right here.”

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Humpty Dumpty days are gone: Bella Vista students engineer ideas so their eggs won’t crack By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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


n the last few days of the school year, many schools allow students to watch movies after cleaning out their desks. But at Bella Vista Elementary, every year near the last school day, there’s an engineering challenge that students and their families embrace: the egg drop. “It’s a fun tradition that involves putting their engineering skills into practice and to the test,” said fifth-grade teacher Sara McBee, who began the tradition 10 years ago. “It’s one of our biggest community events where parents get involved and it brings them here when we drop [the eggs] from the roof.” All 250 students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, bring their eggs wrapped in bubble wrap or noodles; stuffed in balls, sleeping bags and blow-up beach balls; suspended by string or straws; supported by homemade parachutes; or packaged in boxes and wrapped as presents; ready for Principal Cory Anderson and a couple of teachers to throw off the school roof. “We’ve only made a few changes and that being, it can’t be in peanut butter or in watermelons,” Anderson said. “We’re not

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only trying to contain the mess, but also to challenge the students to think critically and come up with a way to engineer a way for the egg to survive.” Eggscellent. In other words, the objective is to not to see the egg sunny side up or even to witness the yolk. McBee said students look forward to it all year, but only have two weeks to design and construct a way for the egg not to be cracked. “This is a fun way to bring science curriculum into practice and for students to problem solve and think critically about a problem to come up with their own solution,” she said. “It also builds culture. We’re a small school, so we’re like family and it’s a tradition that builds our community and everyone looks forward to.” The toss is performed grade by grade, with projects thrown to a blue tarp, encircled by students. Music played on a sound system provided free by Europhic Beats Audio gets students, parents and teachers singing and dancing. Once the all clear is given, students race

Bella Vista students scramble to pick up their egg drop challenge packages, which PTA volunteers unwrap to see if their eggs cracked. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

— or supposedly walk — to their wrapped eggs and take them to PTA volunteers, who, wearing latex gloves, carefully unwrap the projects on plastic-covered tablecloths to discover either a scrambled egg or the shell intact — the latter, to the delight of students. Korina Caldwell said her third-grade son, Preston, eagerly counts down the days of school until the egg drop, then the end of the school year. “He loves the egg drop since he’s science-oriented,” she said. “He sits down with his dad and they figure out a new way every year to have the egg not break. He then tests it at home. Last year, he tested it from our roof after wrapping it in hand towels and old rags and it worked. But it broke when it was dropped from the school roof.” This year, Preston suspended it inside a shoe box and wrapped it all in his sister’s diaper. Luck was with him as his egg survived the one-story fall. Teacher Alyson Rice said it’s a great event after the year-end testing. “It’s a great way to engage students,” she said. “They’re planning, organizing, us-

ing critical thinking skills and having fun while learning.” The egg drop isn’t the only year-end tradition that involves learning. McBee has her students tie-dye T-shirts to understand chemical and physical changes. Then, the shirts are worn for field day, which involves a fire engine coming to spray down students. Some traditions are just plain fun, such as the fifth-grade pool party, which Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center provides to those students for free, she said. The fifth-grade promotion celebrates elementary learning before students move on to middle school, and the clap out at the end of the school is “huge, a big deal” as all students follow the fifth-graders out of the school at the end of the school year. While both Anderson and McBee will move on to other Canyons School District schools next year, McBee hopes the egg drop will continue at Bella Vista. “I’m all about tradition, kids and community, and this embodies it all,” she said. “It builds culture and celebrates learning.”

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Snowbird event to raise awareness and support for those fighting cancer By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


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Math-a-thon helps prepare students for year-end tests By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


or first-graders who have learned some double-digit addition and subtraction, getting a sheet with 17 of 20 of those questions may be daunting. But in Hannah Flanders’ class at Butler Elementary, they not only diligently worked on the math problems, but did so enthusiastically. That’s because those problems

the last one,” he said. With the math-a-thon, students have a second chance to get the problem correct if they miss one, and the papers go home so parents can see the results, Flanders said. Some parents also volunteered with testing. Flanders, in her first year, appreciates the math-a-thon.

Butler first-graders solve the final day’s math problems in a week-long math-a-thon designed not only as a fundraiser, but also to prepare students for year-end testing. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

were the final day in the school’s weeklong math-a-thon, where grade-level teachers have prepared their students to solve 20 daily problems. As a reward for getting problems correct, the students who earlier may have gotten pledges from families and friends will help the school raise funds for iPads or ChromeBooks as well as field trip money. “We get prizes too, but I like working on the iPads,” first-grader Miles Wood said. “This helps us learn more math, like plus and minus. It’s fun. I like the big math problems like 100 and 200.” Miles said he prepared for the math-a-thon with his mother. “My mom writes a whole bunch of problems for me and I practiced like seven times. I got 99 out of 100 right, but I’m going to go home and practice

“I’m finding students are motivated to get problems right so they can earn money for the school,” she said. “It’s teaching them perseverance, if they go back and try to get the answer correct. It’s a good life skill.” First-grader Ellie Bates said she corrected three of the 100 problems during the week and got them right the second time. “I like math, and this helps me learn,” she said. “My favorite problem is 44 plus 55, which is 99. Ninety-nine is my favorite number.” Flanders said she appreciates the fundraiser being tied to academics. “It’s a very manageable fundraiser that is measurable. The kids are understanding the importance of getting the problems right as they have a direct impact on the prizes they receive,” she said.

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Individual prizes could mean attending an ice-cream sandwich party or a chance to go down a giant slide. Every student receives a certificate and Rice Krispies Treats after completing the math-a-thon. They also got to cheer on their Principal Jeff Nalwalker, who agreed to spend the night May 21 on the roof when they reached their goal of $20,000. Instead, students surpassed the goal, raising $27,000. The math-a-thon started six or seven years ago under former principal Christy Waddell, who wanted to step aside from asking parents to purchase “junk” to support the school. “My background is in math,” she said. “Our math scores were not very good on the SAGE test so we started the math-a-thon. Parents loved the change.” Parent Natalie Higginson is one of those parents. “I love that they are promoting learning while fundraising,” she said. “It also has given my boys a chance to have one-on-one conversations with neighbors in presenting their goals and why they are asking for pledges and how that money will benefit them and their school.” Teachers also appreciate tying education into the fundraiser. Fifth-grade teacher Elyse Mingl said she is seeing her students use concepts they’ve learned from the school year in answering their grade-level math-a-thon questions. “They’re pulling from resources and understanding the concepts to use in the problems,” she said. “The problems are on grade level, but some are tricky and students are needing to think about them.” While the problems are hitting specific standards, including word problems, multiplying fractions and the order of operations, Mingl said she is impressed with the desire the students want to achieve on the math-a-thon tests. “It’s helping them retain what they have been taught and if they’re struggling on the concept, they’re trying again to get it right,” she said. Her colleague Nelly Ledlum said the math-a-thon also helps her students be comfortable for the district and state testing. “It’s a good review for the kids to know what they need to and to prepare for the end-of-the-year testing,” she said.


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Brighton High’s Jacob Simmons wins state, competes at National History Day Fair By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


wo local teens represented Canyons School District as state champions at the National History Day Fair in mid-June, both competing in the individual documentary category. Brighton High junior Jacob Simmons isn’t a stranger to the national platform. For the past three years, he has competed at the national level, receiving honorable mentions in 2016 and 2018. This year, his documentary, “Fritz Haber: Feeding the World and Warfare,” went up against other states’ champions. Joining him on the national scene is newcomer Midvale Middle School eighth-grader Cameron Jessop, with his documentary, “Next Year in Jerusalem: How American Volunteers Helped Survivors Sail from the Tragedy of the Holocaust to the Jewish Triumph of the State of Israel.” The National History Day fair was held June 9–13 at the University of Maryland College Park. Utah sent its two top entries for both junior and senior divisions in each category: documentary, exhibit, paper, website and performance. Midvale Middle School eighth-graders Natalie McRoberts, Amber Parker and Abigail Slama-Catron finished third at the state contest in junior group documentary and served as national alternates. For Simmons, who also won the regional title, it was an easy decision to compete in the individual documentary category. “I have total control over my own project, which also means it’s easier to work on it when I have time,” he said. “I love making documentaries and they are much more memorable than other categories.” He also could call upon his experience. In his first year of competing, in 2014, Simmons was named a regional champion and qualified for state with his film, “Rights and Responsibilities in the Holocaust.” He repeated as a regional champion and qualified for state his next year with his documentary, “A Life of Power, A Legacy of Fear.” In 2016, Simmons became a state champion and competed nationally with his documentary, “St. Eustatius: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange that Won the Revolution.” He returned to nationals as state champion the next year, with “Louis D. Brandeis: Standing for the People.” Last year, he received national honorable mention with “Rabin of Israel: A Story of War and Peace.” This year, he created his film on Fritz Haber, who is considered one of the most controversial scientists of the 20th century, after looking at a list of the 40 most influential people in history. Haber, who has been

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Brighton High’s Jacob Simmons, who is set to compete at nationals, is all smiles after being crowned state champion of National History Day Fair. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Simmons)

called a scientific genius but also a war criminal, oversaw the first chlorine gas attack of World War I. “I looked into his life, those who interviewed him. Many of those primary archives were in Germany, but those archives at the British Museum were online. I interviewed his godson, Fritz Stern, as well as authors who had interviewed him and written books about him,” Simmons said. “It was debated whether he deserved the Nobel Prize.” Simmons said Haber’s life and work certainly fit the National History Day theme,

“Triumph and Tragedy.” “His story is one of the greatest triumphs as well as tragedies in history, and the impact of his life in the world of science shows great progress — but at what cost?” he said. Even after being crowned state champion and receiving the special award in commemoration of the Utah World War I Commission, Simmons spent “hundreds of hours” making revisions for nationals. “I conducted more interviews, replaced blurry images and tried to match those better with what was said about his personal life,”

he said. “The most useful letters were those from his wife, and his friends Albert Einstein and Maxwell von Laue.” Throughout Simmons’ involvement with National History Day fair, he has stayed in contact with his Albion Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher, Eden Ellingson. Together, they were selected last year as a student-teacher team to take part in the 2018 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. After researching the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to tell the story of a fallen World War II hero, they traveled to Normandy, France to tour Omaha and Utah beaches and to honor their silent hero who died during the Normandy Invasion. That was on top of his year of completing six of his 11 AP courses so far in high school, earning a perfect score on his ACT college exam and winning doubles in the state tennis tournament this spring. Cameron, who was the junior individual documentary state champion, said although his four older siblings successfully competed at region, state and nationals, he didn’t pay attention to how they put together their documentaries. “I just thought it would be easier and a better format for the interviews I taped,” he said. Cameron’s documentary included three interviews with American sailors as well as period photographs and research. “I didn’t know what happened between the Holocaust and Palestine. As I learned that the (British Minister for Health Aneurin) Bevan wasn’t allowing them in, even though (President Harry) Truman asked that 100,000 Jews be able to go there, I knew it was a story to tell. There’s not many who know that story of Americans willing to help and could die if they were caught,” said the eight-grader, who also is a student body officer and member of the National Junior Honors Society. Earlier this year, Cameron’s film advanced from his school to Canyons School District’s history day fair, where he won the district title. He also won the regional title before being crowned state champion. Even with this year’s nationals now over, Simmons already is researching his topic for next spring’s competition. “National History Day Fair is totally worth it. Last year, we toured the capitol and met with Mike Lee. We also went to the Holocaust Museum, Newseum and National Portrait Gallery, where we worked with people there to see how the theme could relate to sources there,” he said. “I’ve learned lessons in how our past affects our future.”

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Affluence biggest factor in determining 2019 high school state champions By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


t the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, I wrote an article about how different criteria— enrollment, graduation rate, affluence—impact a Utah high school’s chances of winning a state championship. The conclusion was that the affluence of a high school’s community was the single-biggest determinant in how successful that school would be in sports competition. Toward the end of the piece, I made the prediction that in the coming school year, the same (wealthier) schools would continue to win championships and “everyone else will get the proverbial participation trophy.” So, was that prediction correct? Yes and no. On one hand, some of the least affluent Utah high schools took home state championship trophies much more often this year than in past years. The bottom 10 5A and 6A schools (as measured by participation in reduced price lunch programs) averaged 1.6 state championships between 2013 and 2017. However, that same group of schools won four state championships in the 201819 school year (East, West, Cottonwood and Provo each earned one trophy). On the other end of the spectrum, the most affluent schools along the Wasatch



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Front continue to dominate. The 10 wealthiest schools accounted for a total of 20 state championships (55 percent of the total), and 13 of those come from just two schools: Corner Canyon and Lone Peak. Those schools are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively when it comes to the lowest rates of students using reduced price lunches. Corner Canyon High makes for an especially interesting case study. In just its sixth year of existence, the Chargers won four state championships, the second-most of any school in 5A or 6A. This seems to suggest that community wealth is more important than even program legacy or school longevity. Lone Peak, meanwhile, continues to widen the divide between itself and the rest of the state. Between 2012 and 2017, the school won 15 state championships, one more than the next highest school, Skyline. In 2018-19, the school won nine state championships, more than twice as much as any other school. Rob Cuff, the executive director of the Utah High School Activities Association, told the City Journals last year that the organization is not concerned about unequal results on the field. “I think it’s important to maintain a lev-

Corner Canyon High makes for an especially interesting case study. In just its sixth year of existence, the Chargers won four state championships, including girls soccer seen here, the second-most of any school in 5A or 6A. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ comes to Cottonwood Heights this July By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


isney magic will light up the stage at Butler Middle School this July. The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council’s annual musical production will feature a lively presentation of “The Little Mermaid.” The production team has been at work on the play since early March, and the play will hit the stage for seven performances starting July 12. “It’s a show that we feel the community would really love,” said Caroline Whitmore, the production’s stage manager. “Brighton Sloan, who is the director, is doing an amazing job.” Sloan has a strong track record and has developed a following among audiences and performers. “This specific production has an extraordinary production team that has many years of experience rolled into one group,” said Jannalee Hunsaker, co-producer of the play. Around 400 people auditioned for parts in the play, which features a cast of over 40. The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council expressed their gratitude for the strong turnout. “The talent of the cast is significant,” Hunsaker said. “This cast, pretty much everybody is amazing.” The lead role of Ariel is played by Benzley Tinney. The role of Eric will be played by Nathan Krishnan, who also did much of the artwork for the play. “There’s a lot of excitement,” Whitmore said. “We have an amazing cast. The cast is very dedicated.” The annual musical has generated interest among performers and arts enthusiasts in the community. Whitmore worked in other communities before coming to Cottonwood Heights and has been impressed by the support she has witnessed for the production. “Cottonwood Heights has a love for the arts that I’ve found fascinating,” Whitmore said. “The arts council is excited as well.” The annual musical is an important part of the arts council’s work. Ticket sales enable the council to fund other events and activities each year. “It kind of is the crown jewel,” Hunsaker said. “It takes six months to plan it out, and the musical has numbers that can involve a lot of people in the community.” The production also includes local visual artists. The stage at Butler can feature large digital projections that serve as background imagery for each scene. This year’s musical will project artwork painted by hand by local artists. “I think in Utah in general there’s many people involved in the arts,” Whitmore said. “I think it’s great getting a lot of people involved.” Tickets for “The Little Mermaid” can be purchased on the arts council page of the Cottonwood Heights City website (arts.ch.utah. gov), at City Hall and at the theater prior to each production. “It’s a classic story being retold by a community that loves ‘The Little Mermaid,’”

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The cast rehearses for the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council’s production of “The Little Mermaid.” (Jannalee Hunsaker, by permission)

“The Little Mermaid,” produced by the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. (Nathan Krishnan, by permission from the Arts Council)

Choreography and rehearsal for “The Little Mermaid.” (Jannalee Hunsaker, by permission)

Whitmore said. “I love ‘The Little Mermaid’ “The Little Mermaid” will be performed day and night performances on July 20. The — the music is great, and I think people will at the Cottonwood Heights Theater in Butler theater boasts state-of-the-art light and sound love it. It’s a great way to get out during the Middle School at 7530 South 2700 East on and seats 1,100. summer.” July 12, 13, 15, 18, 19 and 20. There will be

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Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”

While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the

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praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in

1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.”

Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals

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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.

golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-

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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.

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For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club

• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest

bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)

PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee

And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40.

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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)

Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.

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Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with

PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)

Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school.

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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)

Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.

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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.

The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)

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More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied businessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,

and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.

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In an attempt to converge communications throughout the valley, UPD is considering switching all of their dispatch operations to the Salt Lake Valley Communications Center. (Unified Police Department)

Jordan are still discussing if the switch needs to be made or if they should stick with Spillman. Lastly, West Valley will most likely not switch, since the Spillman office is physically located within their city. “It makes a lot of sense to move in this direction,” said Cottonwood Heights City Manager Tim Tingey. Currently, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department uses a dispatching software called Spillman. On June 3, Russo proposed an agreement to the city council that would move the dispatching services from Spillman to Verasterm. This switch would allow the CHPD officers to be on the same dispatching system as the UPD officers. Additionally, the agreement would allow radio channels to be shared between Cottonwood Heights and Holladay. “It puts us on their system for records, dispatch and mobile,” said Russo. However, this switch isn’t ideal for fire services throughout the valley. “Our concern is that the computer aided dispatch we have been using was never designed for fire,” said Unified Fire Authority (UFA) Assistant Chief Mike Watson. “We want to solve that problem in the long term. We need an automatic vehicle locator to send the closer unit no matter what the agency is.” The fire chiefs, especially those with UFA (which covers the townships of Copperton, Emigration, Kearns, Magna, White City; the cities of Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Eagle Mountain, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Riverton, Taylorsville; and the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County), are supportive of the police departments switching to Verasterm, as long as they are “solving a short-term problem and can stay with the long-term solution with the fire guys,” said Watson. This new short-term solution results from attempting to put all of the appropriate police and fire departments on a software called Hexagon for years. After paying Hexagon out of many departments’ 2017 budgets, Hexagon continuously missed deadlines and did not perform as promised. Currently, Hexagon is in mediation trying to resolve the issues without a lawsuit.

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Senior fair shows how to keep that body young By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com Organized by the Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services Department, the National Senior Health & Fitness fair brought attention to how seniors and those who care for them can enjoy a better quality of life with health and fitness. Held in May at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, the fair offered a wealth of information ranging from how to eat better to the importance of socializing and ways to keep moving. The county has been organizing the National Senior Health & Fitness fair for five years. On a national level, the event has been going on for 26 years. While all the information shared at the event was highly helpful for all, a major takeaway was that healthcare is expensive, and people can do a lot for themselves to prevent the need for expensive medical procedures. During the event, attendees listened to speakers like Ann Thackeray, a physical therapist and researcher who is an expert on how being physically active helps seniors remain independent longer. She encouraged older Utahns to consider what they value. For instance, do they want to be able to hold their grandchildren but are unable to because of

Making the fair even more special was the addition of a custom mural by Kim Martinez.

pain or weakness? Often, seniors can offset medical conditions as well as deterioration in the body caused by aging with diet and exercise. At the fair, Humana, Valley Behavioral Health and Friends for Sight provided free screenings. Attendees could also get their blood pressure, glucose levels and blood checked. Organizers hosted games and en-

tertainment, offering a fun way to spend the afternoon. The National Senior Health & Fitness fair offers more than just free screenings. Those who attended received information about the services and programs that are available from the county libraries. To make the event a social one, food trucks were on-site, and those who were 60 years old or older were eligible for a food

truck voucher. This year, event organizers invited food trucks like the Hungry Hawaiian, the Lost Bread and El Nene Sammy, and people ate on the center’s outdoor patio. One purpose of the fair was to announce upcoming workshops. For instance, one of the county’s senior centers will be hosting a mindfulness workshop with Anna Smyth, an addition that shows the willingness of county officials to embrace different wellness methods. Making the fair even more special was the addition of a custom mural. Designed by artist Kim Martinez who accepted design suggestions by the 10th East Senior Center members, the mural features representations of friendship, caregivers and activities that make the center’s members happy. During the fair, attendees were encouraged to color the mural. Paul Leggett, the division director of Aging and Adult Services, said, “The goal of our senior centers is to keep the state’s aging population independent and out of nursing homes.” He later said, “We organize the health and fitness fair to help people make better decisions about their health and how they age.”

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Cottonwood Heights community leader moving on after 35 years of service By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


n Sept. 1, Cottonwood Heights will see something it hasn’t seen in over 35 years. There will be a new senior pastor at Canyons Church for the first time since Ronald Reagan was president when Pastor Mike Gray officially retires at the end of August. Pastor Mike leads a Southern Baptist congregation of over 700 in the large church on Fort Union Boulevard and has worked with countless more during his long tenure. People travel from as far afield as Tooele and Park City to attend Pastor Mike’s services at Canyons Church. “I’m not retiring from ministering; I am retiring from here,” Pastor Mike said. “I want to do transitional pastoring.” This new work will take Pastor Mike to new locations throughout the country, after calling Utah home for so long. “We were a part of Cottonwood Heights before it was Cottonwood Heights,” he said. Born and raised in New Mexico, Pastor Mike also lived in Texas, California and Colorado before settling in Utah. After studying at the University of New Mexico and earning a graduate degree in El Paso, he worked for a time with churches in New Mexico before making the move to Utah. With so many Southern Baptist churches in Texas and the Southeast, the idea of coming to Utah took some getting used to, but now Pastor Mike calls Cottonwood Heights home. “We love Utah,” he said. He has been an active member of the community as a pastor, baseball and basketball coach, and numerous community projects. Canyons Church itself is 52 years old and used to meet in the basement of a Cottonwood Heights area bank. The large building the church now occupies was constructed in the 1990s. “When you think about that longevity, 35 out of 52 years,” Pastor Mike’s successor, Pastor Jason DeFoor, said. “That’s amazing.” DeFoor has spent the past year working with Pastor Mike and was voted as the church’s next senior pastor by its congregation earlier this year. Pastor Mike and his wife Dixie have four children and will welcome their 12th grandchild in the coming months. He gives Dixie a lot of credit for his accomplishments in the community. “The church really called her,” Pastor Mike said. “I just came along for the ride.” “Pastor Mike is a visionary,” DeFoor said, gesturing to the building around them. When Canyons Church built its large facility on Fort Union Boulevard, it also helped construct a facility in Bangalore, India, for congregants there as part of an initiative called Two Buildings, One Foundation. The Cottonwood Heights facility hosts a number of activities and groups in addition to Sunday services, and Pastor Mike beams when talking about it. “This is one of the finest fa-

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cilities in all of Utah,” he said. According to Pastor Mike and DeFoor, pastors typically serve in one place for around three years before moving to another position. As to why he has stayed so long in his current position, Pastor Mike said, “I’m persistent. I got a job my seventh grade year washing cars in New Mexico. I worked there almost until I graduated from high school. I make the best of wherever I am. I’m just a guy who doesn’t quit.” Pastor Mike first worked as a pastor in Portales, New Mexico, near the Texas border, on the fringes of the Bible Belt. “If you want to get somewhere, you go there. Coming to Utah was removing ourselves from that, but it’s been great. It’s given me lots of opportunities.” He has held leadership positions in the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention and was instrumental in Utah hosting the national meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1998. Pastor Mike said he has worked to distance his church and congregation from negative portrayals of Baptists like those protesting military funerals or General Conference sessions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We had to separate ourselves and show people that we are not them.” Pastor Mike decided it was time to leave the church he has led for all these years for a few reasons. He wants to help other churches transition from one pastor to the next by serving as a transition pastor. That work will take him to locations anywhere in the United States. The short term positions will be a far cry from his time in Cottonwood Heights, but he is excited about the work ahead. He said he wanted to still feel young enough to do that work. As far as the timing of his departure, Pastor Mike cited one major reason he feels he can now leave the church, congregation and community he has known for so long. “I think the answer is Jason,” he said. “I can leave the church in good hands.” Pastor Mike will lead his final service at Canyons Church on Sunday, August 25 at 11 Pastor Mike Gray in the church he has led for over 35 years. (Joshua Wood/City Journals) a.m. There will be a reception to honor Pastor Mike and his wife Dixie at the Canyons Church facility on Saturday, August 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is open to the community. DeFoor takes over as senior pastor of Canyons Church on Sept. 1. He recognizes the shoes he has to fill and expressed his gratitude for the transition time he has spent with Pastor Mike. “The word I would use to describe Pastor Mike is just faithful,” DeFoor said, comparing Pastor Mike to a redwood or sequoia who has faced many challenges and stood strong. “They stand so tall and have been there so long. They go through the storms and don’t run and hide. I think he’s a great example to hold up today.”

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


t’s amazing what can happen in a year. Just ask the Brighton girls lacrosse team. The 2018 squad had a rough time, to say the least. That group won just one game all year. This past season, the Bengals showed vast improvement to finish with a mark of 9-5. Brighton advanced to the state tournament where it picked up a 13-9 victory over Olympus on May 7 before falling to Park City 18-7 on May 9. “Our team had an incredible season,” said head coach Melissa Nash. “The progress we made this year was drastic, and it was noticed by everyone in the league. Game after game, I was told by coaches that our team had jumped leaps and bounds.” Nash credits the coaching staff for a large part of the team’s progress. Five new coaches — Rachel (Quigs) Muller, Chelsea Owens, McKalee Fife, Tiffany Nord and Mary Barton — joined the program and worked alongside existing coaches Courtney McCabe and Nash. Together, their experience and knowledge paid huge dividends. If anything exemplified the way Brighton improved, it was its first-round playoff win over Olympus. Just four weeks earlier, Olympus routed the Bengals 20-8. Nash said the rough loss taught her team valuable lessons. When the rematch occurred, the Bengals were ready, and they came through with an outstanding effort. Nash said it was her

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

favorite part of the season. “Within a just few weeks, we learned a lot, re-dedicated ourselves and came back to playoffs with a new energy,” she said. “We played the best lacrosse we had all season, and we played as a team and won! It was amazing as a coach to see all our practices (in the rain) really come together to this culminating game where all the puzzle pieces finally fit together.” Nash also highlighted her team’s 11-9 victory over Juan Diego in the regular season finale May 1. The Bengals erased a four-goal deficit to prevail, largely due to Haley Tay-

lor’s five goals. Nash also enjoyed practicing with the team and watching their growth and development. “I love these girls and I loved spending time with them every day,” she said. “They are so fun and so willing to learn. Some of our team strengths included our midfield team; they really tuned in to winning the draw and making our transitions smooth. Another strength was our goalie, Alyssa Le, and goalie coach, McKalee Fife. They worked together to make changes, and Alyssa had an incredible season. Another strength was our strong and deep coaching staff. Having seven

coaches at practice every day with different perspectives made a huge difference.” Nash said all 33 players on the team made valuable contributions to the squad’s success. Grace Rappl, Paige Sieverts and Taylor were team leaders who helped take the Bengals from a struggling program to a competitive one. Nash also pointed out the talents of defender Sam Heugly, who anchored the back end. Sieverts was a Second-Team AllState performer, while Taylor and Heugly were All-Region selections. Morgan Harris was an Academic All-State honoree, and Nash was Coach of the Year. Returning players and coaches are excited for next season when the squad will play as a sanctioned sport. Brighton lost only four seniors from the 2019 club, so the future looks bright. “I am so excited for next year,” Nash said. “We will definitely miss our seniors, but I think we have some awesome freshmen and sophomores coming up to fill their spots. Next year will be a powerful year for Brighton. I think consistency is really important, and having the same coaches next year will mean we can pick up right where we left off. I’m excited to see what our younger players can bring to the table. We have a lot of upward momentum, and I just want to keep it going.”

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


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

of their 18 regular season games. On the year, the team averaged nearly 13 goals per game and had a season high of 22 in a 17-point blowout of Logan on March 12. The Bengals also got to take part in a tournament in California where they faced a trio of teams from the Golden State, Feb. 28–March 2. Brighton won two of the contests, 12-7 and 12-11, and dropped the third one 16-9. The team had no shortage of contributors on the field. Yates led the way in both goals (47) and assists (34), but Nydegger wasn’t far behind with 46 goals and 28 assists. Kehl made it difficult for opponents to stop Brighton, as he added a third offensive punch to the attack. He tallied 42 goals land 23 assists. Carter Budge had 28 goals and 32 assists of his own, while Bunker’s haul was 24 goals and 10 assists. Josh Nelson, Karson McMillin and Matthew Crillo each had 22 points (goals and assists combined) on the season. The defense was tough as well. Brighton only allowed six of its 22 opponents to top nine goals in a game. The Bengals surrendered just three goals to Jordan in a 16-point rout on March 27. They also gave up four goals on five other occasions. Senior goalkeeper Curtis Canyon

The Brighton boys lacrosse team finished the season with an 18-4 record. (Photo by Dani Johnson)

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This show, written by Ed Farnsworth, based on the original melodrama by Ben Millet and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of an eclectic group of LDS Sunday School Students as they attempt to put on a traditional “roadshow.” The colorful characters include social media obsessed Penny, her “too-cool-for-Sunday-school” boyfriend Phineas, a Napoleon Dynamite look alike, and a mustached Marvel fan-girl. When Penny doesn’t land the role of her dreams, she gets madder than an Instagram model with zero ‘hearts’. Fuel is only added to the fire when Phineas defies his adolescent apathy to sing with passion and snag the male lead. Jealous Penny makes plans to sabotage the roadshow musical by threatening to destroy Phineas’ reputation. Can Phineas and the rest of the cast overcome the odds to put together the greatest show Utah county has ever seen? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the Disney franchise, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “Sunday School Musical: The Greatest Roadshow” runs June 13th through August 24th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “On the Road Again Olio” features hit songs and musical steps from the ultimate road trip playlist, mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. There is also a full service bar. The menu includes gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, appetizers, and scrumptious desserts.

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Have a wild time this summer at the Hogle Zoo By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com

One of the 13 sculptures from the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit on display at Utah’s Hogle Zoo from now until Sept. 30. This exhibit hopes to promote and bring awareness to reducing, recycling and reusing plastic. (Photo credit: Hogle Zoo)


o help beat summertime boredom, Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers several unique events and activities for all ages. There are events for the book lover, for families, for the adult crowd, for those who love to do yoga, and even an educational workshop for teachers. According to Erica Hansen, manager of community relations, the zoo has been trying to offer different activities in hopes to bring in more and different people. “The zoo has been looking at various ways to bring non-traditional zoo-going audiences to the zoo. Through our education offerings and special events, we’ve been able to target these different audiences,” Hansen said. So, if you haven’t done yoga near an elephant or participated in a book club led by a zoo staff member or painted a masterpiece at the zoo, now is your chance to do all that this summer at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Here’s a look at the summertime events going on at the zoo:

• Zoo Family Night on Mondays: Every Monday night until Labor Day, get $5 off ticket prices after 5 p.m. The zoo stays open until 9 p.m. on Monday nights. • The Zoo’s Book Club: Join staff from the zoo for a discussion of a zoo/conservation-type book each month. Light refreshments are served. The cost is $25 per person at the door. See their website for the list of books they will be reading and discussing throughout the summer. • Recycling classes: In this class, the zoo and Clever Octopus (Utah’s first and only creative reuse center) are com-

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A sculpture of the tail of a humpback whale which was once hunted to the point of extinction. This sculpture is part of the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit now on display at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. (Photo credit: Hogle Zoo)

bining efforts to share how plastics are will include an animal ambassador viseffecting our waterways. In this famiit. Each class is for ages 14 and older ly-oriented class, participants will meet and costs $20 per person/per session. some local animals that are affected by The yoga classes are held: July 2 from plastic pollution, take supplies home 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Elephant Lodge, to help reduce the use of plastics, and July 6 from 8-9 a.m. at the Twiga Tercreate a reusable bag that is made out race, July 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the of recycled material. The dates for this Lions exhibit, and July 30 from 6:30event are July 8 or Aug. 10 from 6-7:30 7:30 p.m. at the Tidewater Cove. p.m. Preregistration on the website is • Teacher Conservation workshop: required. The cost is $20 per person/per The Planting SEEd’s of Conservation session or $15 if you are a zoo member. workshop is for sixth-grade teachers. • Zoo Brew: This event is only for At this workshop, teachers will get guests ages 21 and older. Guests can ideas and lessons about how to connect walk around the zoo in the evening, the new SEEd standards with the natuenjoy the free-flight bird show, a photo ral world, specifically using the zoo’s booth, animal training demonstrations science-based conservation programs. and listen to live music. Bars with loThis one-day workshop is held July 25 cal brews and wine will be stationed from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. The cost is $20 per throughout the zoo. The dates are July person. 17 and Aug. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 • Kids, Critters and Crafts: This acp.m. The cost is $18.95 per person (not tivity is full of creativity and learning including drinks). Valid ID is required as children ages 6 to 11 learn about a for this event. featured animal, look at its habitat, en• Adult Paint Night at the Zoo: This joy a meet-and-greet with a zoo animal creative class is for guests ages 18 and ambassador and make a craft to take older and no painting experience is home. The cost is $15 per person. The necessary to sign up. This step-by-step ticket price includes a snack, craft maclass is $35 per class/per person. The terials, an apron, a visit to the featured dates are: July 13 (painting bald eagles) animal’s exhibit and an up-close photo from 6-8:30 p.m. or Aug. 3 (painting opportunity with a zoo animal ambasrhinos) from 6-8:30 p.m. All supplies sador. The summer dates and themes are provided. Light refreshments are are July 27 (Animal Planter) and Aug. provided along with an up-close photo 24 (Red Panda Piggybank). Each event opportunity with a zoo animal ambasis two hours long and begins at 10 a.m. sador. • Try yoga at the zoo: Corepower Yoga Along with these summer events, zoo Studios offers yoga classes at the zoo guests can see the traveling exhibit, Washed near a different exhibit every class and Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, created by An-

gela Haseltine Pozzi, a resident of Oregon and graduate of the University of Utah. This exhibit features 13 giant sea life sculptures created entirely from marine debris and trash collected from beaches on the Pacific Coast. The purpose of this exhibit is to promote reducing, reusing and recycling of plastic waste. Since plastic takes centuries to decompose, Pozzi wanted to raise awareness about the huge problem of plastic and how it affects the entire ecosystem. Since 2010, she has created multitudes of sea creatures from the ongoing supply of trash and debris that is collected in the ocean and on the beaches. She hopes by looking at her “trashy” art sculptures, people will become more aware of plastic pollution. This exhibit will be at the zoo until Sept. 30 and is included in regular zoo admission. “Most everyone who sees this exhibit says, “That’s so cool! And then, ‘Wow that’s so sad!’ Both are true. The sculptures really are artistic and beautifully done. But when you pause to consider what you’re really looking at your heart sinks—it’s so hard to believe we’re doing this to our planet,” said Hansen. “Kids love getting up close to these exhibits to look for familiar objects—water bottles, bottle caps, action figures, and even a toilet seat.” Hogle Zoo opened in 1931, and sits on 42 acres and is home to 800 animals. Ticket prices are $18.95 for visitors ages 13-64, $16.95 for visitors 65 years and older, $14.95 for ages 3 to 12, and 2 and younger are free. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is located at 2600 Sunnyside Avenue. For more information, visit www.hoglezoo.org or call (801) 584-1700.

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Inexpensive youth transit pass well suited for Gen Z ‘mobility culture’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


edia from Buzzfeed to ThinkGeek have listed articles about the coolest things to buy costing less than $50. Utah Transit Authority is bucking to get on the list. For $49, parents can gift their children a summer’s worth of transit. The UTA Summer Youth Pass runs through the end of August and includes UTA’s suite of transit services, including the FrontRunner commuter rail system spanning a nearly 90-mile corridor and covering four counties; the TRAX light rail system; the bus network of 400-plus regular and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses, and even the S-Line modern trolley in Sugar House and South Salt Lake.

UTA’s pitch to youth

UTA is pitching the 2019 Summer Youth Pass as a “Rider’s License,” with the theme “Summer Adventures Await.” The “license,” to someone under driving age and/or without a car, may, on its own be appealing. The concept of adventures, to almost everyone, definitely seems appealing. The transit organization kicked off the pass promotion with a press conference at none other than Lagoon—Farmington’s amusement part. High school students from as far as Riverton indicated leveraging their

Summer Youth Pass to travel to and from the park all summer long. Others, including some students who work at Lagoon and commute from other areas, spoke to relying on UTA’s TRAX, FrontRunner and bus system as necessary for summer funds and even for college or other savings.

Safe, timely summer adventuring

Veteran pass holder Madi Seegmiller, a senior at Riverton High School who has been actively using transit since she was 15, said last year she rode FrontRunner to and from Farmington, accessing the free shuttle to the 123-year-old Lagoon amusement park eight or nine times a summer. Other “adventures” (a word she, too, uses to describe her UTA traveling) Seegmiller routinely undertakes, with the help of UTA, include traveling to visit her brother in Provo and journeying to downtown Salt Lake to attend concerts. Each of those adventures has been much more enjoyable, thanks to UTA, she said.

Riding, not driving

She recalls heading to a downtown concert at the Eccles Theater, then seeing drivers figuratively fighting for parking, being “super grateful” that they had not driven. UTA has helped her be able to simultaneously meet curfew and maximize fun.

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While attending a sporting event in Utah County, she had to leave the game early, to make it home in time to meet parental time lines. Being able to ride FrontRunner, she said she experienced no gaps in seamlessly tracking the full game. “This is awesome!” she recalled feeling. “If I were driving, I wouldn’t have been able to make curfew and be able to watch the entire game.” When asked if she feels safe accessing transit, Seegmiller almost doesn’t understand the question, as fear or concern do not seem to have been encountered. What she does note is feeling safe on transit and her mother feeling safe with her on transit. “Sometimes, my mom is weird about my driving on the freeway,” she said, noting that leveraging transit closes down concerns of the parental nature. “It’s a nice, safe way to get to places. I can go wherever I want in the valley.”

For less than $50, a lot of access opens up to teens with local wanderlust—for adventure, friends and family fun, or even a job.

other drivers involved in accidents. Finally, per mile driven, teenage drivers are four times more likely to get into a car UTA’s pitch – to parents Marci Seegmiller, Madi’s mother, con- accident than older motorists. siders the UTA Summer Youth Pass a bless- The transit trend ing for not just her daughter, but for their According to the 2009 National Housewhole family. hold Travel Survey, the average number of In addition to Madi, brother Jake, age vehicle miles traveled—behind the wheels 14, who will be a ninth-grader at Oquirrh of cars—by young people age 16-34 dropped Hills Middle School, regularly rides TRAX significantly, 23 percent per capita, between two or even three times a week to Salt Lake 2001-2009. City’s Liberty Park for tennis lessons. The American Public Transportation As“It’s so nice just to put him on there. I’ve sociation reports that millennials (those born always felt like it was pretty safe — I watch between 1980-1994) are more likely to use him to make sure he gets on, and then have public transit than older adults and are more him call me when he gets there.” enthusiastic about doing so. Once Jake arrives at the station, his faBut what about the youngest of young? ther Chris, who works at Diathrive in Murray, That would be Generation Z (or Gen Z), the shuttles him less than a mile to the courts, of- digitally native demographic group born beten watching his son practice. The two spend tween 1994 and 2010, which now accounts bonding time on the road back home. for about 24 percent of the world’s popula“It’s an awesome gift for parents,” Mar- tion, or 1.8 billion people. Think tanks are ci said. “It saves miles on their cars and a theorizing that Gen Z may be ushering a new lot of driving time. If word got out to more “mobility culture,” which rely on a variety of parents, it would be good to have them feel modality modes and who eschew cars. comfortable and having more teenagers using A 2019 report from global communicatransit.” tions firm Allison+Partners indicates nearly Madi perhaps makes an even more pow- 70 percent of eligible Gen Z respondents do erful pitch to parents to purchase Summer not have their driver’s license and 30 percent Youth Passes, when she admits she has been of those who do not currently possess their conducting a 15-minute phone interview with driver’s license have no intention or desire to the City Journals whilst driving. get one. Once outed, she said she pulled over, to Madi said that when she suggests taking conclude the interview. transit, versus driving, to friends at Riverton According to the Center for Disease High School, their first response is shock or Control (CDC), motor-vehicle crashes are even mocking her, but that swiftly shifts to the leading cause of death for teens in the head-scratching, “Hmmn… that’s smart” reUnited States, accounting for one in three sponses. teenage deaths. At Lagoon, her favorite ride is a toss-up Per mile driven, teenage drivers are four between the sassy rollercoasters Cannibal times more likely to get into a car accident and Colossus. In day-to-day life? It just may than older motorists. be UTA’s choices, which she deems “ConveTeenage drivers are also the age group nient… freedom… fun… friends,” and, as if most likely to not wear a seat belt, making on cue—“adventure.” their injuries worse than those suffered by

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THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE Cottonwood Heights City Council District 2



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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local farmers markets make buying veggies fun




ith bathing suit season upon us, many people’s attention turns to upkeeping their beach bod. There’s an increased focus on eating healthy and not stopping by the local snow cone shop on a regular basis. Luckily, for those venturing in the healthy eating direction, Salt Lake valley has an abundance of farmers markets, where shoppers can select from a delicious and vibrant variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and even talk to the people who help grow them. Eating healthy during summer has never been so easy and enjoyable. Bring your own bags and check out the farmers markets listed below:

Now open:

• This year, the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park (350 S. 300 West). For more information, visit: www.slcfarmersmarket.org • The People’s Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Peace Gardens (1000 S. 900 West) in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: 9thwestfarmersmarket.org. • New Roots of Utah Neighborhood Farm Stand is held every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyvale Park (4013 S. 700 West) in Millcreek. • The Sugar House Farmers Market is

held every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairmont Park (1040 E. 2225 South). Wheeler Farm Sunday Market is held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wheeler Park (6351 S. 900 East). Visit their Facebook page for more information: Wheelerfarmslco. Park Silly Sunday Market is held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Park City’s Historic Main Street. For more information, visit: www.parksillysundaymarket.com. The USU Botanical Center Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 5 p.m. to dusk, located at 875 S. 50 West in Kaysville. For more information, visit usubotanicalcenter.org/events/ farmers-market. Bountiful Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to dusk at Bountiful City Park (400 N. 200 West). For more information, visit www.bountifulmainstreet.com/farmers-market The Provo Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. located on Provo Center Street (100 W. Center Street). For more information, visit: www.provofarmersmarket.com Liberty Park Market is held every Friday evening at 600 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit: www.libertyparkmarket.com

Beginning the first week of July:

• The Millcreek Community Market will be held every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Old Baldwin Radio Factory Artipelago (3474 S. 2300 East) in Millcreek.

Markets open in August:

• The University of Utah Farmer’s Market will be held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Tanner Plaza (201 S. 1460 East) in Salt Lake City. • Holladay’s Harvest Festival Days will be held every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4580 S. 2300 East. • Murray Farmer’s Market will be held every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Murray Park (200 E. 5200 South). For more information, visit: www.localharvest.org/murray-farmers-market. • West Jordan’s Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 7875 S. Redwood Rd. • South Jordan Towne Center Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1600 W. Towne Center Dr. • Herriman’s Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market will be held every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 South) in Midvale.

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