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MAYOR CULLIMORE AND COUNCILMAN TYLER NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com ottonwood Heights will soon experience a big change. On March 30, Councilman Tee Tyler and Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. announced they will not be seeking re-election this year. After 19 years of combined service on the Cottonwood Heights City Council, this comes as quite a shock to the community. Tyler has served on the council since 2010 and has decided he “wants to give someone else a chance to serve.” Tyler will be missed by the city council, staff members and many members of the multiple boards he currently sits on as the city representative. “Tee Tyler is truly one of my favorite people in this world. Next to the love and commitment he has for his family and golf, Tee has shown an immense commitment in serving the residents of Cottonwood Heights. Tee just plain loves our city and wants the best for its residents,” Councilman Mike Peterson said. “When there’s an issue in his district needing attention, he always takes the time to gather all the facts before taking a position. He can regularly be found driving the neighborhoods, knocking on doors, or contacting those personally who have raised a concern or question needing his attention. ” Finance Director Dean Lundell echoed Peterson’s comments. “It’s obvious Tee has a great love for the community and is invested in its success,” Lundell said. “I’ve enjoyed my association with Tee over the past two years. I admire his consistent thoughtfulness in every area in which he has some responsibility.” Cullimore has been with Cottonwood Heights since before its incorporation. Even though he has been working for the city for an immense period of time, his primary source of income comes from his CEO position with Dynatronics. After many months of contemplation, Cullimore said he realized the demands of being a CEO have grown significantly and require his full attention. Technically, Cullimore’s position of mayor has always been part-time. That didn’t stop him from quickly developing a habit of working full-

time hours for the city after his election. “Kelvyn works all hours of the day for this city. It’s not uncommon for the city council members, city attorney, or city manager to get an email at 2 a.m., or any time in the night,” Petersen said. “He’s a tireless worker for our city, and bottom line we are much further along as a young city than we would have been without his leadership,” Peterson said. “We’re not sure if he ever sleeps.” Many of the city staff members were in shock after this announcement. No one knows what the city’s future has in store and many are disheartened by the news of his future absence. “When I heard about the mayor’s announcement, I was truly saddened,” Assistant Emergency Manager Mike Halligan said. “I joined the emergency preparedness program three years ago. The support from the mayor has been tremendous. He’s been there to support and to partner with residents, to make sure we are prepared. We are in a better spot because of his vision and his role.” Police Chief Robby Russo has worked with It is not uncommon to see Scouts at city council meetings, earning one of various badges. Every time, Mayor Cullimore Cullimore since the city’s incorporation 12 years introduces himself to every single one. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights City) ago. “Kelvyn is a uniter,” Russo said. “He is able to bring all faces together. He is able to make the engaged citizenry and one of the most rewarding time mayor if you have 26-hour days.” For the 2017 municipal election, the compromises, and change the concepts or points parts of the job has been meeting and engaging with many wonderful citizens who share the positions of mayor, District 3 council member to where they are acceptable to everybody.” Even the newer city staff members will feel objective of making Cottonwood Heights a great and District 4 council member will be voted on. Each position is a four-year term. the loss of Mayor Cullimore. Lundell has been city.” For the future, Cullimore plans to spend his The primary election will be held on with Cottonwood Heights for almost two years time working and with his family. Tuesday, August 15 (if necessary) and the general now. “I have 11 grandchildren and number 12 on election will be held on Tuesday, November 7. “I’ve never worked with an elected official Ballots will be mailed during the middle who pays such great attention to detail as does the way. There’s nothing I like more than being with the grandchildren. It is one of the blessings of July for the primary election and the second Mayor Cullimore,” Lundell said. week of October for general election. Underlying these stories shared by some of of growing older,” Cullimore said. Cullimore wished the future mayor the best During the summer, residents can find out the people who work closely with Cullimore on a who will be running for these positions, as the daily basis are some strong emotions, which are of luck. “Whoever is elected, I hope they enjoy the candidate-filing period is scheduled between June not unidirectional. “I have worked hard to establish credibility same support from elected officials, staff and 1 and June 7. Additionally, announcements may of the city with other bodies and in that process citizens that I have enjoyed. I hope they have a be made on various social media sites, including developed many relationships that I value that strong passion for making Cottonwood Heights the city’s pages. One of these announcements will likely diminish when I am out of office. It the best city in the state,” Cullimore said. “And came from the current Councilman Peterson, is the interaction with the citizens, other elected finally, I wish them an extra two hours in every who has formally announced his candidacy for  officials and city staff that I will miss the most,” day to address the multiple duties associated mayor. Cullimore said. “We are very fortunate to have an with being mayor. It is much easier to be a part-

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he Salt Lake Comic Con FanX has come and gone until next fall. Now what? Millions of sci-fi fans and a convenient play on words agree that Star Wars deserves its own holiday, and the Viridian Event Center has answered the call. For the second year running, the Salt Lake County Library Services has hosted all manner of Jedi and Sith to celebrate America’s largest grossing sci-fi film franchise on May 4: Star Wars Day. “I think they did an amazing job of putting all the décor up. They really went all out,” said Annicka Woodward. “We were going for a cheesy cantina theme, and creating a bar-cantina atmosphere,” said Tyler Curtis, the event center manager at the Viridian. Just like that scene in “Star Wars: A New Hope” (where Han Solo shot first at the bounty hunter Greedo), the Viridian was decked out in spaceage metallics, star-like twinkle lights and aliens from all over the galaxy. While actors staged a barroom lightsaber duel, John Williams’ “Imperial March” (remixed with a techno beat) and music from a lipsync battle completed the cantina ambience. A photographer was available to take free pictures of fans with film poster standees and a giant ATAT (All Terrain Armored Transport). “You wouldn’t think that library employees would go to so much effort. It was fun,” said Michael Woodward, who was also impressed with the turnout. Four hundred and fifty people reserved tickets for the event. David Woodruff, the event emcee, wore an Imperial general costume as he spoke to the crowd about why they all came. “Those stories about good triumphing over evil really means something, and whether you’re dressing up as a storm trooper or an Ewok, people want to embrace that feeling that they get the first time they see Star Wars,” he said. The main event of the evening was the costume contest. Of the 450 attendees, about 70 guests were fully clad from “a galaxy far, far away.” Wookiees, Jedi and Naboo queens were plentiful, but the grand prize went to West Jordan resident Gary Lizaso for his homemade Lando

Cosplayers took the stage for the costume contest at the Viridian Event Center’s Star Wars party. (Natalie Conforto/ City Journals)

Calrissian costume. He also fashioned his wife Amanda’s Poe Dameron costume, which took second place. Local cosplayers have started to include the Viridian’s event to their yearly docket, right between the March and September Comic Cons. Just like a Comic Con, vendors were onsite with rare fan items for sale, like Rebel Alliance backpacks and Princess Leia accessories. Unlike a Comic Con, however, the Viridian’s party was completely free. Cosplayers Gary and Amanda Lizaso attend Comic Cons as often as possible, and they appreciated the price of the May 4 party. “Comic Con tickets are around a hundred bucks,” Gary said, and Amanda added, “the free food was nice.” Light refreshments and Star Wars–themed snacks were provided, including “Vader Sabers” (red licorice), “Death Star Holes” (donut holes), “Princess Lays” (potato chips) and even mocktails (alcohol free). Unfortunately, not everyone got to enjoy the galactic fare. “The food and drink line was a little

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14 Salt Lake County festivals to check out this summer By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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t’s summertime, and that means Salt Lake County cities are gearing up for their biggest celebrations of the year. From Draper Days to West Valley’s WestFest, here’s a chronological list of festivals to help you get your sun days on.

SoJo Summerfest | May 31–June 3 Last year South Jordan’s summer festival came back with a new name, SoJo Summerfest, instead of its traditional Country Fest title. “It’s all part of trying to meet the need of the community,” Melinda Seager, South Jordan’s acting director of administrative services, said about the change last year. “The community is ever-changing and the festival is too.” Featured events on June 3 include a traditional parade followed by an all-day outdoor market and a brand-new event— SoJo Summerfest Battle of the Bands—from 4 to 10 p.m. Two age groups will be performing, amateur (under 18) and professional (over 18), and the winners from each group will get a paid gig at South Jordan’s Tour of Utah Kickoff Party on August 2. For a full list of events visit sjc.utah.gov/sojosummerfest/. Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 2–3 While most of Herriman’s summer activities will occur at the end of the month, its rodeo comes a little earlier this year. Visit herriman.org/prca-rodeo/ for more information. WestFest | June 15–18 West Valley’s annual WestFest intends to celebrate the various cultural backgrounds of its residents through communal

Children enjoy a carnival ride at Butlerville Days 2016. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

activities. Held at Centennial Park, 5415 W. 3100 S., WestFest will offer multicultural entertainment, international cuisine and artisans, crafters, and hobbyist booths from many demographics.

A carnival, movie under the stars, West Valley Symphony concert, police K-9 demonstration and firework demonstration are also part of the schedule. Visit westfest.org for specific dates and times of each event.

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C OTTONWOOD H EIGHTS JOURNAL .COM Taylorsville Dayzz | June 22–24 From tribute bands to camel rides, Taylorsville’s summer festival promises diverse activities. Carnival games and rides will run all three days, and each evening a free concert will be offered. Imagine, a Beatles tribute band, will perform with the Utah Symphony and Cannons on June 22, Lisa McClowry’s rock-the-’80s show will hit the stage on June 23 and Celine Dion and Neil Diamond tribute singers Brigitte Valdez and Jay White will perform the final Taylorsville Dayzz 2017 concert on June 24. Taylorsville’s celebration is also one of the few that offers fireworks on two nights (June 23 and 24). For the most updated information, follow Taylorsville Dayzz on Facebook. Fort Herriman Days | June 22–24 Fort Herriman Days held at the W&M Butterfield Park, 6212 W. 14200 S., may be shorter than some other town celebrations, but the city crams a lot of activities into those three days. June 22 will feature carnival rides, a children’s parade, food trucks, an animal show and a magician show. June 23 will feature a carnival, water games, food booths, a foam party, a hypnotist show and a movie in the park at dusk. The last night of the festival includes races, a parade, more carnival games, a car show, live entertainment from the band Groove Merchants, and fireworks. Exact times of events can be found at herriman.org-fort-herriman-days/. Riverton Town Days | June 29–July 4 A tradition since the early 1900s, Riverton’s Town Days is back again for 2017. The festival’s traditions include the Riverton Rodeo, July 3 parade, haystack dives and more, but there are several newer items coming to the celebration this year, too. Last year the city swapped out a traditional carnival with an inflatable Fun Zone that includes slides, zip lines, obstacle courses and boxing. This relatively new zone will find its place at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W. 12800 S., again this year. The city’s recreation department is also offering mechanical bull rides, pony rides and a petting zoo before the rodeo on June 30 and July 1. Events pick up again on July 3 with the Town Days Parade that ends at the Riverton City Park, where food and activity vendors will be onsite prior to a movie showing in the park. On Independence Day, Riverton will be hopping with activities from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. From races to free swimming to sports competitions, the celebration will keep going until sundown when residents will gather in the park to watch the annual firework show. Visit rivertoncity.com for more information. Stampede Days | June 30–July 4 West Jordan’s festival is centered on its rodeo, the Western Stampede. The rodeo runs

on July 1, 3 and 4 at the rodeo arena located at 8035 S. 2200 W. Other recurring events throughout the stampede include a carnival and photo scavenger hunt at Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 S. 1825 W. The Independence Day celebration will also include a parade at 10:30 a.m., pie-eating contest at 1 p.m., band concert at 1:30 p.m., movie in the park at dusk and a firework finale at 10 p.m. For a full and up-to-date list of activities, visit westernstampede.com. Fun Days | July 4 Murray City’s 58th annual Fun Days celebration at the Murray Park, 296 E. Murray Park Ave., offers Salt Lake County residents with yet another set of Independence Day activity options. The day will start out with a sunrise service and will end with community members looking into the sky once again for a firework display. In the middle of those two bookends, the city will offer a breakfast, a 5K race, a children’s race, a parade, games and a talent show. Visit murray. utah.gov for more info. July 4th Parade and Festival | July 4 South Salt Lake residents and others will gather at Fitts Park, 3050 S. 500 E., on Independence Day for a patriotic celebration. A fun run kicks off the day’s activities at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. and a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check southsaltlakecity.com for more information. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 This one-day celebration consists of vendors and a parade. Details are still being worked out. Visit sandy.utah.gov mid-June when more information becomes available. Draper Days | July 6–8, 11–15 Traditions like the Draper Days Rodeo, Draper Idol, a children’s parade, the Heritage Banquet, movies at the amphitheater and the Draper Days Parade are almost here. The eight-day Draper Days festivities tout activities for people of all ages, and even dogs. A Splash Dogs jumping competition will hit the Draper City Park (12450 S. 1300 E.) on July 14 and 15. Human competitions, like a strider bike race, three-on-three basketball tournament and 5K race, will also take place. Check out a full list of activities at draperdays.org. Butlerville Days | July 21–22 Cottonwood Heights’ website boast about its Butlerville Days, named after the Butler family who originally settled the area, saying it will have the “most mouth-watering fare you can imagine” and “the best firework show in the Salt Lake Valley.” Don’t believe it? Head over to Butler Park to find out. The festival will also have a carnival, chalk art festival, free bingo and the Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament. More info can be found at cottonwoodheights.utah.gov.

Old West Days RMPRA Rodeo | July 28–29 While the majority of Bluffdale’s Old West Days celebration will occur the second week of August, its rodeo kicks off Bluffdale’s celebration at the end of July. Visit bluffdaleoldwestdays. com for more information. Harvest Days | August 1–6 Midvale’s Harvest Days provides resident an outlet to celebrate their city in small blockparty groups and larger community-wide events. For a list of block-party activities, visit midvaleharvestdays.com. The community-wide events include an art show, a group breakfast, a parade, live band performances and fireworks — quite an expansion from the humble first Harvest Days celebration in 1938 that was based off the parade. Blue Moon Arts Festival | August 5 Holladay doesn’t have a week-long festival like some cities. Instead, the city hosts smaller celebrations all summer long with its Concerts in the Park series. Holladay Arts also hosts an evening music and artist festival called the Blue Moon Arts Festival. This year the festival will feature the Joe Muscolino Band. The band performs a wide range of covers from Frank Sinatra to today’s pop hits. Other musicians and artists will be selected by June 30. In addition to live music, the event will feature culinary and traditional arts vendors. Visit holladayarts.org for more information. Old West Days | August 7–12 Bluffdale’s week-long festival is “like turning back the clock,” according to volunteer coordinator Connie Pavlakis. The westernthemed celebration is highlighted by its Chuck Wagon food cart and wooden facades that pay tribute to the city’s pioneer roots. The prices are also old fashioned. With $10, a child can play every carnival game to win prizes, ride an inflatable water slide and buy lunch. The prices are possible because Bluffdale relies solely on volunteers to put the event together. Because it’s one of the later summer festivals, exact times and events have not yet been publically announced, but the celebration has consisted of monster truck shows, concerts and car shows in the past. Check bluffdaleoldwestdays.com for updates. More to come Still not partied out? Don’t worry. Sandy’s Heritage Festival, Riverton’s Home, Hand and Harvest Market, South Jordan’s farmers’ market and Herriman’s Pumpkin Festival are just around the corner. Keep reading your City Journal for updates. 

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Be Bright, Recycle Right: Trans-Jordan leads countywide recycling initiative By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com

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rans-Jordan Landfill launched a countywide recycling initiative in May, along with Salt Lake County and most cities in the valley, to better educate residents about what should and shouldn’t be recycled. The slogan for the campaign is Be Bright, Recycle Right. Lesha Earl, the public education representative for TransJordan Landfill, started working on coordinating the initiative at the beginning of the year. Earl began coordination with the sevencities Trans-Jordan services — which includes Draper, Sandy, Midvale, South Jordan, Murray, West Jordan and Riverton — and then moved on to work with other cities and the county. The inconsistencies and errors each city had in their recycling materials for their residents was reviewed in the first meeting in January and corrected, Earl said, so every city knew what could and couldn’t be recycled. “We determined that the current contamination rate is about 19 percent, meaning that of everything that gets put in a recycling bin in the valley, almost 20 percent of it ends up in landfills, and that is something we are tackling head- on,” Earl said. “We established the goal of reducing the contamination rate to 15 percent by 2018. Our hope was to reevaluate the contamination rate 12 months after the launch date of this campaign.” Though it took time to get the campaign approved by all involved, after Salt Lake County adopted the material created for the launch by Trans-Jordan in April, they were reading to start sending educational information to residents across the valley, she said. “It’s awesome to have our Trans-Jordan logo along with the county logo saying, ‘We are united, this is the correct way to do

Trans-Jordan Landfill has taken the lead on a new recycling initiative that was launched in May. The city’s Trans-Jordan services, along with Salt Lake County, are educating residents on what should and shouldn’t be recycled. (Mandy Ditto/CityJournals)

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C OTTONWOOD H EIGHTS JOURNAL .COM for residents to be aware of. The do-not recycle items listed are the most important and most misunderstood: plastic bags, glass and Styrofoam, Earl said. “It keeps it simple — they can just focus on what to do, rather than memorizing do this, don’t do this,” she said. Every month, the group and all cities involved will release an article about one of the 10 contaminants, and give other options for what residents can do with those materials, rather than recycle or even trash them. Draper City Draper City sent out a graphic in their bimonthly newsletter sharing the dos and don’ts outlined by the recycling campaign, with the hopes that residents would cut it out and tape it to the inside of their recycling can lid as a reminder. Along with the graphic is a schedule of when and where residents can get rid of hazardous wastes throughout the summer, which will be coordinated by the county, like the glass-recycling location behind the Draper Public Works facility at 72 E. Sigovah Ct. (14525 S.). Hazardous materials can also be taken to Trans-Jordan. Draper City’s involvement came first from their Trans-Jordan affiliation, but also from the desire to share recycling guidelines with residents that they could trust because it is often unclear, said Maridene Alexander, the city’s public information officer. “I think we all want to be very good stewards of our environment. Once we know what we can put in our container people will do that,” Alexander said. “We appreciate what TransJordan is doing and all the information they’ve put together and we just want to add our information to it as well, and make sure we are all sending out the correct information.” Those at Trans-Jordan and cities across the valley don’t expect immediate change, but are hoping the contamination rate will decline in consistent ways as they work to continually educate residents, Earl said.

“I believe that most people care about recycling, and if they are doing it wrong it’s an education issue and it’s one we are diligently addressing through this campaign,” she said. “What I hope this does is to remove the confusion… It’s going to be so nice to inform (residents) that if it’s not on this list, it doesn’t go in recycling. If we can get people to stop putting plastic bags in recycling, our sorters will be so happy… If you take your plastic bags to stores they will recycle them.”

campaign. “We’re trying to empower residents to make these choices so that residents feel that they know what they need to do. If they have information from us, either at the county level or from TransJordan, that says what is the right way to do things, they will be incentivized to recycle the right things and they will recycle more material because they know what they should and should not put in that system,” she said.

Salt Lake County Earl approached Ashlee Yoder, the sustainability manager for Salt Lake County, about the need for a common list to give residents in regards to recycling and contaminants, and a guide for those who don’t know where certain materials can be recycled in each city. “Being in this position for about eight years I also see that there’s a need for a common list that residents can take from city to city and still feel confident they are doing the right thing,” Yoder said. “The county as a whole and the mayor thinks that higher recycling rates are good for everyone regardless of the city.” Yoder and her team spend much of their time informing residents about recycling and waste, and recently commissioned a study to find out more about county recycling rates, which had never been done before. With that data, the county can give residents and city officials information on how they are doing at the county level, which “has been a great tool to give to cities and empower them to better communicate with their residents,” Yoder said. As the umbrella over all 17 cities in the county, it’s important to be there to help educate residents, since Trans-Jordan only regularly communicates with seven of those cities, she said. Making sure that the businesses involved — material and recovery facilities — are succeeding while residents are recycling right is important to the county and the main reason to be involved in this

Sandy City The city of Sandy has seen a contamination rate of 18 to 20 percent because of the confusion on what is acceptable to recycle, and Sandy City officials believe that the campaign to better educate will help bring the contamination down, said Paul Browning, assistant public works director for Sandy. “One of the frustrations I have is providing information to the residents, giving them a clear, concise list of what’s acceptable,” Browning said. Since curbside recycling was implemented in 1999, the list that the city tried to pull together for residents on what could be recycled became long and tedious, and was always changing, he said. With the new campaign, the work put in by Earl and Mark Hoyer, Trans-Jordan’s director, allows people to find locations to recycle all kinds of materials, which will also help contamination and landfill rates, he said. Sandy City plans to put flyers in with utility bills during the summer, as well as work with their own waste management and others to do studies and see how the message is being received in the city. Sandy City: sandy.utah.gov/departments/public-works/recycling Draper City: www.draper.ut.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/ Item/1586 Salt Lake County: slco.org/recycle Trans-Jordan: transjordan.org/recycle 

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Three school districts in valley increase teacher pay, benefits By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com

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hree school districts — Granite, Canyons and Jordan — have increased teachers’ pay for the upcoming school year, in an effort to retain and hire enough teachers for ever-growing classrooms in the valley. Granite School District Even if every graduate with a teaching degree from Utah colleges and universities chose to stay and teach in Utah, there still wouldn’t be enough to fill classrooms across the state, said Ben Horsley, communications director for Granite School District. “The reality is that we’ve been in a teacher shortage crisis for quite some time. Granite District has been fortunate that we’ve been able to keep almost 100 percent staff the last two years,” Horsley said. “Our board feels strongly that every kid deserves a great, instructional leader, a full-time teacher that is there and committed to that class for the full year.” However, as the district looked into hiring for the coming year, they found they had about half the applications they would typically receive, and would be short of around 100 needed hires to fill positions across the district, he said. The board looked at their options, and seeing that Jordan and Canyons districts were looking to raise their pay as well, decided to make changes. The increases include the starting salary going up to $41,000 annually, which includes a 3 percent cost of living adjustment across the board for all teachers and administrators. The board also added an 8.67 percent market adjustment to salary schedule across the board, making it the 11.67 percent increase for all in the district, Horsley said. The district does anticipate some sort of tax increase through the local levy to offset the costs, he said. The board is looking at any other cuts they can make to pursue other funds, and will use

Those attending the Association Representative meeting for Granite School District in April wave the newly presented salary schedule that had to later be approved by the district board. (Granite Education Association, Cindy Formeller)

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C OTTONWOOD H EIGHTS JOURNAL .COM each year — currently 4 percent — is what teachers can typically expect to negotiate as a raise amount each year. As for the increase in the local levy, “It would be anywhere from $75 to $100 on a $250,000 home within Granite School District,” Horsley said. It isn’t just about increasing pay because it’s fair, said Susen Zobel, Granite education association president and a seventh-grade history teacher at Bonneville Junior High. It’s about keeping teachers in the districts they work in, while continuing to hire. “What Granite did was honor the existing salary schedule and send it all the way across, so every single teacher will see an increase,” Zobel said. “This is a good start. We’ve got a really great salary schedule — if you look at the schedule and starting and where you could retire, it is more comparable to other professional salary schedules. I would hope they keep this momentum up.” Other states pay at higher rates, even with increases in these districts, meaning that districts in Utah need to be competitive, Zobel said. “If we are going to get teachers to come, we need to be competitive and Granite has made a great start. Our school board has done an amazing job to make this happen for us this year, but it’s not over,” Zobel said. “I think that this shows what a good working relationship between a teacher’s association and a school district can do to benefit teachers, that regardless this was a collaborative effort between the association and the school district and without that strength of membership in the association, it would not have happened.” As of the presentation and then official approval for the pay increase in the end of April and beginning of May, the loss of contracted teachers has slowed significantly, and many who opted out of contracts have come back to the district, Horsley said. Canyons School District Pay increases were approved for Canyons School District on April 25, with increases for beginning teachers’ salaries going to

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$40,500, said Jeff Haney, director of communications for Canyons School District. Every licensed educator in the district will receive at least a 4 percent increase, though the average increase is at 6.5 percent for teachers across the board, according to teaching experience and education. “The board of education believes and always has believed it’s important to invest in the district’s people. The reason for that is that we believe the students will benefit — we want our classrooms to be led by the best and the brightest educators that we can attract and retain, especially in this era of a national teacher shortage,” Haney said. Along with these pay increases to create a competitive pay schedule, the Canyons District has been working to make sure that other benefits are clear to potential educators since district creation in 2009, he said. Since voters approved a $250 million bond to renovate and build new schools, the district has almost completed all 13 projects identified in 2010. A new middle school and elementary school will open this upcoming fall, Haney said. Achievement coaches and technology specialists are also at every school in the district to improve the teaching experience, he said. As for how the increases will be paid for by the district, taxes aren’t expected to go up as an increase in the local levy. “The law governing countywide equalization sunsets at the end of 2017. Under the parameters of this law, and because of increasing assessed valuations, Canyons District expects the certified tax rate to remain virtually unchanged in order to collect the funds necessary to operate the district at the same level of service while also providing a salary increase for teachers,” Haney said. Potential teachers from the valley and elsewhere were instantly interested in applying for Canyons District positions when they heard about the increases in the starting salary, he said. “The students will benefit from this. The vision of the Canyons School District is to make sure that every student graduates college and career ready, and the way to do that is to have amazing teachers in every classroom, in every grade level,” he said. “This

new salary schedule will help us attract the best and the brightest to our classrooms.” Jordan School District Jordan School District is no different from others in Utah constantly looking to fill teacher positions, and with their newly approved salary schedule they are hoping to continue to attract quality employees. Negotiations for a new salary schedule in the district began with a committee of five teachers from the Jordan Education Association, two administrators and three board members that met every other week through February. The new salary schedule has been officially approved by the Jordan Education Association and the district board, said Janice Voorhies, president of the Jordan School District Board of Education. The beginning salary has been raised to $40,000 a year, and every teacher on the scale has been moved up through the schedule from that, Voorhies said, effective for the upcoming fall. “We are working on a phase two for our experienced teachers with the Jordan Education Association, and our goal is to increase compensation for them through a menu of things they may already be doing or would like to opt into, like mentoring or teacher leadership or curriculum development, and we’ll pay them more for that.” Another change the board approved was to take away a cap in the salary schedule, so experienced teachers can now continue to get increased compensation after 15 years of teaching. The district will also be paying for increases in benefits costs for teachers in the coming school year. To pay for the increases, the district has adjusted their budget and are “applying a portion of our unassigned resources to increasing teacher pay for the next several years,” Voorheis said. “Additionally, we appreciate the legislature’s generous WPU allotment this past session and we intend to use those taxpayer dollars very carefully in order to continue to support reasonable compensation for all employees.” 

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Great ShakeOut helps people prepare for earthquakes, floods By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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nce again, folks in Cottonwood Heights have prepared for the big one—the big earthquake that is predicted to occur sometime in the future, that is. Every year, the city hosts the Great ShakeOut, where the emergency preparedness team, under the supervision of Assistant Emergency Manager Mike Halligan, runs residents through emergency procedures during a mock earthquake. This year it was held on Saturday, April 22. The event also included sandbagging in preparation for spring flooding. Months before the event, local Scout troops compiled sets of triage ribbons for residents within the city. On the morning of the ShakeOut, residents were encouraged to participate with their ribbons, placing an appropriate ribbon outside of their homes so the block captains could practice surveying, in preparation for a real emergency event. The majority of ShakeOut operations were staged at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, located at 7500 S. 2700 E., from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A simulated shelter, with first-aid and medical equipment, was provided by volunteers of the Utah Region Red Cross. The Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club was in charge of all communications and ran through numerous exercises. A reception center was also manned. Cottonwood Heights City Hall, located at 2277 Bengal Blvd., staged additional operations, which included an emergency operations center and pet shelter—a new feature this year. Cottonwood Heights partnered with Sandy City, Murray City, Cottonwood Heights Police, and the Unified Fire Authority (UFA), specifically Station No. 116 located within the city, for the ShakeOut Event.

Earthquakes were not the only natural disasters on mind that day. Halligan arranged to have sandbag-filling supplies available, with Public Works Director Matt Shipp overseeing the preparation for flooding. They wanted to have sandbag filling as “part of the ShakeOut so they could have volunteers,” said Shipp, who delivered enough supplies for the goal of 1,000 sandbags being filled in about 90 minutes. The sandbagging goal was achieved when numerous volunteers, including city council members, city staff members, firefighters and residents showed up to help fill sandbags…and then some. After the 1,000 sandbag goal was reached, volunteers kept filling, providing pallets of additional bags. These pallets were relocated to various crucial points around the city. Shipp was impressed by the volunteers. He has worked in numerous public works departments in surrounding states before and typically found that the public works department staff would do most flood preparation work. Cottonwood Heights is not like most other cities, however. “Public Works is just here to deliver materials at this point. The volunteers do most of the work,” Shipp said. Sandbag-filling stations are still up and running within the city. Any extra sandbags that are filled will go to the public works department so they can “tarp them and tuck them away,” Shipp said. “It’s still snowing in the mountains,” Halligan told the city council during their weekly meeting on April 18. “It’s coming off pretty slow. We (the emergency preparedness team and the public works department) meet to talk a couple times a week. It’s a guessing game at when it’s going to cut loose.” 


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Massive crowd at Easter events elicit changes for planning By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Over 3,000 people attended the Easter event hosted by the city. Children were divided by age group so they could hunt eggs. (Dan Metcalf/ Cottonwood Heights City)

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he Easter Bunny hit Cottonwood Heights hard this year. He delivered prizes to teens at a free skating event at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center (7500 South 2700 East) the night before Easter, and then covered the fields behind the recreation center the next morning with thousands of plastic eggs. “The two events were overall extremely successful,” reported Events Coordinator Ann Eatchel during a weekly city council meeting. “We had perfect weather with spring breaks, so we had record numbers.” Over 3,000 people attended these Easter events, which was about 1,000 more than previous years. “It was amazing to see the huge turnout,” Eatchel said. “It was massive — tons and tons of people.” Luckily, the event staff was prepared for the huge turnout. Eatchel had ordered over 40,000 prizes, some hidden within plastic eggs, some plainly visible. “It’s amazing to me every year,” Councilman Tee Tyler said. “The amount of time it takes to get everything on the field, and how quickly it’s gone.” The event was set up a little differently this year. Stand-up flags were used, which allowed for the different areas, designated by age, to be marked more noticeably. “I thought the new flags were great,” Eatchel said. “It was a lot easier to figure things out, and there were less number of inquiries.” There was a drawback to the flags though. “The kids couldn’t see them!” she said. Next year, they plan to reposition the flags so attendees can see them better. As expected, because it happens every year, there were lots of lost children during the event, accompanied by panicked parents. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore told Eatchel a quick story about how he witnessed a child becoming lost. “He didn’t think he was lost, he just went to go play,” he laughed. “You don’t need a lost child table. You need a lost parent table.” Luckily, some of the Cottonwood Heights police officers

were there to assist with lost children. Over the past few years, the officers that were already on shift would help with the event. “Next year, we might assign a couple to be there, in case there is a call,” Eatchel said. “If an armed robbery happens (somewhere else in the city) in the middle of the event, they can’t leave the city unprotected.” An additional consideration for next year stems from parking problems that were experienced this year. Not only were there more people at the event, but there were also other activities scheduled through the recreation center that were on the same fields. “People were definitely parking out on the street,” Eatchel said. Next year, she plans to have better communication with the recreation center to make sure cross-scheduling doesn’t occur. Still looking forward to next year, two major events happen around Easter weekend, so Eatchel expects “attendance will probably be down.” The Easter Teen Event was held the night before at the recreation center’s ice rink. “The last couple years it had been dying out; the numbers had been low,” Eatchel said. This year, she changed her marketing tactic to try and target more of the high school kids. “That seemed to bring the numbers up,” she said. “We probably ended up with about 200 kids.” She also added some cash on the ice in an attempt to draw a bigger crowd. Specifically, she had six roles of quarters and 15 one-dollar bills spread out on the ice, along with other prizes. However, no one thought about metal reacting with ice until it was too late. As volunteers dropped the quarters onto the ice, they froze almost instantly, and became one with the ice rink. “Nobody knew they were sticking on the ice!” Eatchel exclaimed. “They melted in pretty quickly. The skate guards had to get a spike to get them out.” “Next year, you will have to stick them in the freezer,” City Manager John Park said, laughing. All in all, Eatchel was pleased with the two Easter events. “I think they were perfect events,” she said. 

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Community members graduate from Citizens Academy By: Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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fter weeks of work, graduates of the Cottonwood Heights Citizens Police Academy received their diploma on April 26. “Congratulations to the 2017 Citizen’s Academy graduates! We hope you had as much fun as we did,” said a statement from the Cottonwood Heights Police Department. The graduation ceremony began with newly appointed Sergeant Chris McHugh addressing the audience of graduates and their guests. “Thank you for coming, participating and attending,” he said. “We have really enjoyed coming to teach you.” He asked for the graduates to relay any recommendations or feedback so they can improve the program for next year. McHugh then invited Police Chief Robby Russo to the podium to address the graduates. “We hope you had a great time,” he said. “The fabric of any police department is held together by the support of the community. We hope you become ambassadors within our community.” He was followed by Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, who shared a few words. He said that the Cottonwood Heights Police Department (CHPD) “is one of the city’s cherished accomplishments.” Many years ago, Cottonwood Heights created their own police department, instead of having to contract out with the sheriff’s department. With this move, the CHPD was able to “bring a level of protection and security to the city which we didn’t think could be achieved,” said Cullimore. Cullimore expressed his gratitude for the CHPD officers by commenting on how hard it is to be an officer. “Police officers have a difficult job. They handle the ugliest of situations and they get disrespected for it,” Cullimore said. “I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma with two or three officers. Everyone knew who they were.” Cullimore said. “That’s the kind of small-town community policing we aim for

here. The officers want to be seen and make a difference.” He then addressed the graduates more directly; now that they had been through the program, they could help in this initiative. “Share your experiences here with as many people as you can,” he said. McHugh reclaimed the podium to call the graduates forward by name, one by one, to retrieve their diploma and shake hands with Cullimore, Russo and Assistant Paul Chief Brenneman. This is the second year the Cottonwood Heights Citizens Police Academy has been available. The program ran for 10 weeks, from Feb. 22 to April 26. Meeting times were held once a week, every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The program was not taught by one instructor, but by many of the CHPD officers. Classes were made up of a combination of lecture and labs, along with various field trips. Major learning outcomes for the program included understanding how police officers do their jobs, the role community plays within police work, the modern challenges of a police officer and why many local police officers continue along the career path. Course topics all related to daily tasks of an officer, including but not limited to procedures and operations, gun safety and use of deadly force, K-9 and SWAT units, criminal investigations, how to handle difficult situations, evidence collection, domestic violence, the legal system, fingerprinting, gangs, narcotics and fingerprinting. Both years, the feedback from instructors and students was extremely positive. The instructors really enjoyed teaching the students, and the students really enjoyed learning about law enforcement. Some students even said the classes were the highlight of their weeks. The CHPD plans to host another Citizens Police Academy in January of next year. For more information, check out their Facebook page, city website or visit city hall. 

Congratulations, graduates of the 2017 Cottonwood Heights Citizens Police Academy! (Cassie Goff/City Journals)


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Multitalented Adams en route to be Ute By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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en Adams could go almost anywhere for college. The Cottonwood Heights native carried a 4.0 GPA, is a National Merit Scholar finalist, student body officer and an Academic All-American. He is also one of the best lacrosse players in the state. Adams was named the Utah Lacrosse Class B Defensive Most Valuable Player in May and he’ll be taking his talents to the University of Utah lacrosse team in the fall, a program that hopes to be the state’s first Division 1 program by 2019. “To be part of the new program and play where I can have my friends and family all here. It’s just awesome, I think it’s tremendous,” Adams said. Growing up, Adams said he thought they’d “never have (an NCAA program) here, to actually be one of the first is really neat.” But Adams also didn’t think about lacrosse until he was in the seventh grade. Having played little-league football, Adams had a couple friends in Brighton’s youth lacrosse program who encouraged him to try out the sport. “I picked up a stick and I’ve been playing since then,” he said. Adams said it’s the fast-paced, all-action style game that he loves, unlike football with a break between each play. “It’s a player’s game, so it’s all about the players and their (lacrosse) IQ and not about the coaches scheming and coming up with perfect plan,” Adams said. The defenseman has proven to be extremely talented at that game. Adams’ playing all four years for Skyline High School’s club team, two of which as team captain, has been a blessing for the Eagles. “God-given size and speed helps,” in addition to his attention to detail and footwork, said head coach Drew Bicker about what makes Adams such a force on the field. “(He has) just a willingness to learn and he picks things up pretty quickly.”

It wasn’t until the summer before his junior year that Adams decided to pursue playing collegiately. After playing tournaments back east where the game is more widespread and ingrained in the sporting culture, he realized his talents matched up well against established competition. While Adams will now enroll at Utah, he originally intended to play for the University of Pennsylvania. “That was where I was set on going,” Adams said. But after returning home, looking at tuition costs and the hiring of Brian Holman as the Utes head coach, his head started to turn. Adams said he met with Holman, loved what he had to say and was intrigued by the opportunity to build a new program. “It was just something really neat and I wanted to be a part of it,” he said. What might be most impressive is Adams won’t need any athletic scholarship, as he received full tuition through academics. “Coaches love that,” Bicker said. He said the two-year captain has “always been one of the hardest workers both on the field and off the field.” That work ethic was rewarded when Adams, who plans to major in biomedical engineering, was one of six lacrosse players in the state who was named Academic All-Americans. “My parents and I have always felt that I need to go to a school I would go without lacrosse,” Adams said. “It’s always been more about academics for me. Lacrosse is four years and your academics is 40.” Bicker said talent on the field is sometimes taken for granted, but not for Adams. “That’s something that Ben took to heart,” Bicker said. “Just understanding that’s the piece that’s going to take you furthest. I think he really gets that and lacrosse is just an additional bonus.” 

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Former PGA caddy coaches Brighton girls to a fourth-place finish By Koster Kennard | koster.k@mycityjournals.com

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n the spring of 2016, Evan Byers walked up to Clark Garso at one of Byers’ daughter’s golf tournaments in West Valley. Though the two had known each other for years, Garso didn’t recognize Byers because of the toll that a skin cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma was taking on his body. “I was like wow, that guy looks like death warmed over,” Garso said. “I hadn’t seen him for probably 15 or 20 years and I saw him last year trying to fight this cancer and I was like wow this poor guy looks like he’s glad to be alive.” That year, Byers’ daughter, Lexie, told her golf team about her dad’s struggle with cancer and the team wrote his initials on their calves and wore wristbands to support him. During his two-year bout with cancer, Byers went through chemo twice and had a stem-cell bone marrow transplant on June 8, 2016. After the transplant, Byers was cancer free and able to function like he had before cancer ravaged his body. “It was a battle, you know, but there’s a reason behind everything,” Byers said. “I don’t want to sound cliché, but there’s definitely a reason behind everything.” Soon after getting healthy, Byers was

hired to coach Brighton’s girls golf team. Byers called Garso, who had also applied for the job and whose daughter was going to play on the team. “I showed up and he looked fantastic,” Garso said. “Obviously, I’ve seen him a little bit better, but, all and all, he’s fought through it incredibly well.” Byers has spent most of his life around golf, including working as a caddy on the PGA tour. “I caddied on the champions tour for roughly three seasons. I was successful — I won seven times as a caddy,” Byers said. “So, I learned the inside of the game there.” Byers has a vast resume of golfing experience. “I’ve had the chance to work on PGA Tour, so I had a chance to hang around the best teachers in the world and the best players,” Byers said. “I started working with Tiger Woods when he was 17 years old. I’ve hung around with Ernie Els. I’ve seen Butch Harmon work with players, and David Leadbetter, and I had guys like Ben Crenshaw early on when I was working out on tour that would give me tips. But I’ve always enjoyed the fundamentals

Brighton girls varsity golf team gathers for a photo. (Clark Garso/ Brighton High School)

of the golf swing.” The coach’s golf experience includes working as a PGA Tour rep for Callaway Golf, managing the PGA Tour’s Utah Championship in Salt Lake City and running a major championship on NBC Sports called JELD-WEN.

Currently, Byers runs a golf cart company called Premier Golf Cars that reconditions, refurbishes and tricks out golf carts. In his first year coaching, Byers led Brighton to a fourth-place finish. It was the first time in the school’s history that the girls golf team


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C OTTONWOOD H EIGHTS JOURNAL .COM finished in the top five. Senior Captain Elizabeth Walker said their goal was to be a top five team and that each member of the team shot well to make it happen. The team had six girls who qualified for state: Elizabeth Walker (senior), Madison McQuivey (freshman), Kyla Hoster (sophomore), Georgia Raddon (senior), Meg Roberts (junior) and Lexi Byers (junior). Walker finished 12th, Byers 15th, McQuivey 40th, Hoster 47th, Raddon 54th and Roberts 63rd. “We put six girls together and it’s the first time Brighton has had a girls golf team that has finished in the top five,” said Evan. “So they played good. I’m very pleased with all of them and their progress throughout the season.” Garso said he told Byers on the way home from the state tournament that after going from 10th place in the previous season to fourth place this season that he had a case for coach of the year. Walker said one thing that helped them be more successful than in previous years was that the coaches made sure the players got better every practice. Byers said he and his coaching staff focused on teaching their team proper technique. “I think, at times, people get too caught up in gadgets and different types of quick fixes and yet, quite often, it just comes right down to the fundamentals,” Byers said. Another thing Byers taught his golfers

was managing their play differently based on the course they were playing. “One of the things I personally take pride in is being able to teach the girls how to think around the golf course. If you get yourself in trouble let’s get you out of trouble and then we can move on.” Byers said managing their way around the course was one of the things that made his players excel in the state tournament. “Even though our girls probably weren’t as good as some of the girls that they beat, they beat them because they were able to manage the golf course a little bit better,” Byers said. Though golf is generally seen as an individual sport, Byers said the team aspect of the sport is important and that his girls played well as a team this year. “(I enjoyed seeing) the girls jell the way that they did and seeing the support that they gave even the JV girls throughout the season,” said Byers. “I think the neat thing is that there were 15 girls that are different ages all from Brighton High School, but when the season was all said and done they were 15 friends. They weren’t just 15 golfers.” Byers said coaching high school was more difficult than he anticipated and that he really respects what teachers do, especially those who coach at the same time. “I take my hat off to the school teachers that make a difference every day for those future adults. All we can do is try to make an impact one

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Brighton girls varsity golf team huddles with coach before the state tournament. (Clark Garso/ Brighton High School)

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enior attacker Kennedy Flavin is an all-region, all-state lacrosse player, one of the top scorers on Brighton High School’s team and she recently received a scholarship to play at Westminster college. She’s also a student body officer, a social butterfly and a budding philanthropist. Oh, and she’s deaf, too. When she was in sixth grade, Kennedy’s best friend Nici Boutwell invited her to a lacrosse practice. After the practice, Kennedy knew that lacrosse was something she wanted to do. Kennedy’s first coach taught her a stick drill that involved lying on the floor while moving the lacrosse stick in different patterns. “She must have done them one million times,” said Kennedy’s father Mike Flavin. “She told me, ‘Dad, I have to work harder so I can be better.’” Fast forward five years, and Kennedy and Boutwell are seniors with Brighton lacrosse and they’ve committed to play at rival schools, Flavin at Westminster College and Boutwell at Colorado Mesa University. “I’m going to be playing my best friend, Nici, three times a year,” said Kennedy. “That’s really cool. That’ll be fun.” Kennedy visited colleges in California, New Hampshire and Texas and even verbally committed to Pacific University in Oregon. “It was a long process to find that school,” Kennedy said. “At first I didn’t even want to think about staying in state. I didn’t even want to apply. I said, ‘No way. I need to move and go out of state.’” Westminster ended up feeling like the best fit, Kennedy said. “They made a good scholarship offer and I wanted to play division 2 lacrosse,” Kennedy said. “They had good interpreters and a good coach and good players. I wanted to be close to my best friend and my family.” Kennedy isn’t sure what she wants to major in but she knows she wants to help deaf people. “Well, I don’t know. I know that I want to help,” Kennedy said. “Growing up I’ve always wanted to help those who can’t help themselves. So, I don’t know because I felt alone growing up and I didn’t have people to look up to or the right deaf people to look up to that played my sport or did the same things that I wanted to do. I think of that a lot. I want to be that for little girls.” Mike said that many of Kennedy’s friends have become adept signers. “It’s neat because a lot of her friends have worked hard to learn sign for her and that’s an amazing gift they give to her and it’s not because she’s deaf,” Mike said. “It’s because they love her as a person.” Originally Brighton’s lacrosse team learned some sign lan-

Kennedy Flavin runs with the ball in her net in a game during her junior year. (Brighton High School Yearbook)

guage to help out Kennedy, but signs have ended up improving the team as well. “The whole team will communicate, they’ll be signing,” Kennedy said. “It helps us to be more visually focused. It helps us to be faster on our feet. The team sees more. They steal the ball more. They do things faster. They read people’s body language.” In the deaf community, instead of clapping they raise their hands in the air and shake them. When Kennedy scores, several members of the crowd applaud her in her native language. Going into this year’s playoffs, Brighton is ranked seventh in the state, even though a few key players have dealt with injuries. This includes Boutwell, who is one of the team’s top players; she suffered a season-ending back injury. In the three years Kennedy has been at Brighton, the team has finished in the top three twice, including a heartbreaking overtime loss to Park City, who scored a goal to tie the game

with 17 seconds left in regulation. In addition to playing for Brighton, Kennedy has played with the Utah Mamaci Lacrosse club’s under 17 team. Playing for these teams has allowed her to play lacrosse across the country. “It’s been really cool for me as a dad to watch Kennedy play all over the U.S. People will hear that there’s a deaf player and I watch them, because in the summer I’m on the sidelines, and they’re trying to decide who is the deaf player and a lot of the girls are signing so they don’t know,” Mike said. Kennedy said helping deaf girls see what they can accomplish is a big part of what motivates her to excel at lacrosse. “I work really hard because I want to show other deaf girls that they can do it because I can do it,” Kennedy said. “If I can play, you can play. Just because you can’t hear doesn’t mean you can’t do something. You can do whatever you want. I don’t want that to stop them!” 

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eproductive Care Center is the first private infertility clinic in Utah and has been in business for over 20 years. RCC meets all the most advanced requirements and guidelines for its labs and physicians, making them completely state-of-the-art. Reproductive Care Center has five board-certified physicians who are members of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), as well as a nurse practitioner, all dedicated to helping couples grow their families. All physicians, embryologists, lab technicians and nurses at RCC are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and continually train and educate themselves to ensure that they are at the forefront of the reproductive technology advances. Although assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been practiced for decades, the advancements have changed the way it’s being done. Instead of simply trying to obtain conception with as many embryos as possible, competent specialists at RCC focus on helping a couple achieve a single healthy baby, which increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and minimizes the risk of pre-term births. RCC physicians also conduct research and studies to stay ahead of the curve. Dr. Andrew K. Moore, an infertility specialist at the clinic, recently completed a major research study that showed a strong correlation between healthy habits combined

with couple’s therapy and its improvement on natural conception. With all the success that Reproductive Care Center has achieved, it hasn’t always come easy.

Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. For a long time, infertility was a topic that was not discussed openly. Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. Patients seek out a specialist much sooner than before because they know it is available and acceptable. Another major challenge is that most insurance companies do not offer infertility treatment benefits. While they do often cover consultations and diagnostic treatment, they do not

typically provide benefits for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Legislators are looking at how to improve coverage, but in the meantime, RCC has worked tirelessly to provide affordable treatment options to patients including income-based discounts, military discounts, financing for IVF, multiple IVF Cycle package discounts, and a 100% Money-Back Guarantee IVF Program for qualifying patients. “We understand that so many of our patients, especially those that need IVF, are having to pay for it out of pocket,” said Rachel Greene, the marketing coordinator at RCC. “It is a difficult hurdle to jump and we do as much as we can to accommodate.” Resolve.org, a national organization, has pushed the discussion of infertility to the national level with legislators and insurance companies. They initiated the National Infertility Awareness Week which was April 23-29. RCC participated by offering daily giveaways and providing a free seminar. RCC also sponsored a date night hosted by Utah Infertility Resource Center, a local counseling and support resource with whom RCC has chosen to partner. RCC is focused on providing compassionate and quality care to their patients. Reproductive Care Center has affordable consultation prices and are ready to see new patients in all their locations, visit www.fertilitydr.com to learn more. 

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ave you noticed all the bucket list articles lately? I don’t know what it is, but all of a sudden, I’ve seen article after article about sky diving over Dubai, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, or cycling though South African vineyards on a carbon negative tour. I was wondering, if perhaps, I missed a sale on buckets at my local bucket store or maybe it was “national buy a bucket day” last week and everyone but me stocked up on buckets. And now to get some use of them, they are stuffing them up with dreams and lofty visions of travel grandeur. Being a self-proclaimed master planner, this all should be well and good to me. Besides, who am I to tell folks how to use their buckets? But it seems to me that creating a fantasy travel dreamland could end up in a wide-awake letdown when you hit the road. So, in keeping in the spirit of adventurous travel, here are some ideas to keep your dream bucket a reality. Understand your Travel Fund: Part of making travel a reality is to make a budget. Figure out your travel style. Are you a higher maintenance traveler that needs pricier hotels and to be entertained or does camping at a beach or hiking through the mountains meet your needs? No matter which kind of traveler you are and what your financial situation is, you’ll want to make sure to allow extra money for spontaneity and little luxuries. A general rule for us has been to plan for the vacation to cost 15 to 25% more than we think.

Set up an automatic savings account: Have your bank put aside a small amount into a travel fund and use it ONLY for travel. It doesn’t have to be much, because as it begins to grow you’ll start to make plans for where you’ll go. Now your travel vision is becoming a reality and this will encourage you to save even more in your day-to-day spending in effect tricking yourself into making it grow faster. Utilize Long Weekends: There’s a lot that can be accomplished in a 3 or 4-day weekend. No, I don’t mean giving the dog a bath and cleaning out the garage. Hop in the car and go explore the gems close to home. I am always surprised how many people I’ve met who have not been to Capitol Reef, taken a ride on the Utah Valley Railroad train, or gone for a dip in the Crater. Yet these places are at the top of someone’s bucket list in other parts of the world. Keep your Expectations in Check: With all the resources we have at our fingertips it’s easy to, over plan, set yourself up for failure, or just expect too much. I recently stumbled on a travel article for a roadside attraction I’ve been to on more than one occasion. I first discovered it while traveling between states and randomly stopped to stretch my legs and let the kids’ blow off some steam. It’s since become a traditional resting stop that we enjoy every time we pass through. The article however, made this destination look AMAZING, like some kind of bucket list fairytale. It had stunning photos accompanied with an article of

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