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ELEMENTARY GIRLS STEP UP, SPEAK OUT ON STYROFOAM USE By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


n mid-April, the Deagle family was eating dinner and talking about ways they could make a real difference for the Earth on Earth Day. With Liv being in first grade at Butler Elementary and older sister, Aggy, being a third grader, the conversation turned to school meals being served on Styrofoam trays. “We talked at first about not using Styrofoam trays for Earth Day,” Liv said. “We have plastic trays at school we could use and wash.” The girls set off to school the next day, asking classmates if they would be willing to give up 15 minutes of their recess to wash the school’s plastic trays so they could reduce the use of Styrofoam trays. Eighteen peers quickly volunteered. At that point, Aggy approached Principal Jeff Nalwalker. “He said that kids weren’t allowed in the kitchen for safety reasons, but he said he was willing to help on Earth Day,” she said. “It was cool to look through the window and see him washing dishes.” Nalwalker said it was more than just washing dishes. “I was impressed that Aggy approached me after identifying a problem and proposing a solution,” he said. “I always enjoy an opportunity to help a student realize a goal. I hope by doing so, Aggy learns that you don’t have to be a politician, powerful person or even an adult to make a difference. It was as simple as this being a relatively small gesture that I could make that I believed could have a big impact on empowering a child.” Nalwalker shared the girls’ story in the school’s weekly newsletter. He said several other students felt encouraged to write petitions to bring awareness or solve problems that were important to them. “I think they thought, ‘If Aggy can convince the principal to wash dishes for a day, maybe together they could convince other adults in charge to help too,’” he said. However, the Deagle sisters didn’t stop there. They be-

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

gan a petition to eliminate Styrofoam trays completely in their school. As the message spread throughout the 630 students as well as the faculty and staff, the signatures on their petition grew to 500 in a few days, Liv said. “I took the petition to first grade and told the class what it

was for. At the second recess, I got signatures,” she said. Two fourth- graders, Annabelle Cheney and Evelyn Fisher, joined the sisters’ efforts, and they gained the support of teacher Annelise Slater, who suggested they address the Canyons Board of Education with the issue. With Liv holding up petitions showing Continued Page 4

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Continued from front page the support of the school and Aggy wearing a matching “There is no Plan(et) B” shirt, they addressed the board May 7, detailing the plan to eliminate Styrofoam trays at Butler Elementary. Annabelle and Evelyn also spoke as did Canyon View second grader Miles Frantz and Ridgecrest fourth grader Georgia Mikell. “I told them I did some research and found out that Styrofoam trays for lunchtime can take 500 years to decompose, and sometimes it never does,” Aggy said. During her address, she told the board, “We knew this was a problem, but my dad always says, ‘you can’t complain about a problem unless you have a solution.’ We decided to come up with a solution.” Then, the third grader told the board how her principal volunteered to wash dishes after he told her students weren’t allowed in the kitchen. “While it was great for one day, we still use Styrofoam every day,” she told the board. “So, we didn’t fix the problem. That’s where you come in. I need your help to raise money to pay people or maybe to even buy a dishwasher. We should do this because we are trashing our Earth.” Board President Nancy Tingey appreciated their initiative. “When I saw those children stand up to the microphone and present their ideas, I thought: This is exactly why student learning is the focus of all we do in the Canyons District,” she said. “The students had well-prepared and well-researched presentations, and they certainly showed the courage of their convictions. In Canyons District, with our mission of ensuring the college- and career-readiness of all our students, we believe we are preparing the next generation of innovators and leaders. The students who came to the board with their ideas on how to change the world one small step at a time were a reminder of how high-quality classroom teaching, coupled with a strong parent engagement, will help our students learn what they need to know to be a positive force for change. Canyons District has and will continue to make efforts to be a leader in environmentally conscious practices.” Two days later, District Nutrition Services Director Sebasthian Varas thanked the delegation for bringing the concern to his attention. In the letter, he said the school lunch program is run by the USDA and all the funding comes from the number of meals served in the lunchroom. And while other prices of food and labor have gone up, since 2009, Canyons has not increased the price of lunch prices. Therefore, “when we looked at implementing disposable trays, we considered using ecofriendly ones. However, the cost difference was between 0.17 to 0.25 cents higher per tray compared to the ones we are currently using. We simply did not have enough funds to cover that cost.” He also mentioned that the lack of effec-

tive recycling programs and the difficulty of hiring staff for two hours in the middle of the day factored into the decision. While Nalwalker is aware of the budget concern, he said the girls may continue to come up with creative solutions to the issue, which he would review. The sisters’ mother, Fran Deagle, who works as an aide in the school, is proud of the steps the girls have taken. “As a parent, I’m concerned about the world we live in and how we just use these trays once and throw them out,” she said. “The girls are trying to find a way to make their meals more environmentally friendly. It can’t be good for us to breath in the air from the fumes of the Styrofoam burning in the sunshine. They’re trying to find a way to make Earth Day meaningful for every day.” Their father, Cory, said he hopes his daughters are being influential. “There never has been a more crucial time for protecting our environment and regardless of their age, their young voices can make more of an impact, can cultivate change — it really is a valuable lesson,” he said. “They have had time to identify a problem, had the opportunity to research and create a fact-based solution that can generate action.” Nalwalker said these girls are setting an example for their peers. “I hope that all the students can learn that they have the power to change the world,” Nalwalker said. “I want them to see the value of persuasive writing and speak-

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Eagles nest: Cottonwood Heights teen joins 11 brothers as 12th eagle scout By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


hen Isaiah Clark was awarded his eagle, he became the 12th of his family to earn the scouting honor. That doesn’t include grandfathers, cousins and uncles; just Isaiah and his 11 brothers. That’s right, 12 brothers in the same family are Eagle Scouts. The Clark family resides in Cottonwood Heights, and all but the first three attended their scout meetings in the area. The others participated as part of a Japanese-American ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That’s another remarkable thing about the 12 Clark brothers — they are all adopted, as are their nine sisters. The boys range in age from Isaiah at 17 to Donald, who is 51. Their proud father, Scott Clark, helped each boy along the way, but he insists that the credit belongs to the boys. “It’s not my accomplishment; it’s theirs,” Scott said. “It’s one of the most positive achievements, and they all recognized that.” The range of projects the Clark brothers have organized to become Eagle Scouts is also astounding. Isaiah organized a tree planting, while one of his brothers helped make a street safer for drivers by painting the curb and barriers and putting up reflec-

tors on a dark bend in the road. In a similar project, another Clark brother helped install a traffic sign and crosswalk to make a school bus stop safer and more visible. “It was stressful, but in the end it was worth it,” Isaiah said. “One of the things that motivated me most was my dad.” The eagle projects ranged from personal to global in scale. Aaron Clark’s project involved installing a gate and wheelchair ramp so a neighbor wouldn’t have to travel around the block to get to church each Sunday. Meanwhile, Zachary Clark, who was adopted from Korea, organized a vitamin drive for North Korea during a famine in the country. In the end, he collected over 2,000 pounds of vitamins worth over $30,000 to be airlifted to North Korea. Christopher Clark was adopted from Bolivia. For his eagle project, he collected penicillin for orphanages in Bolivia. Back home in Cottonwood Heights, one of his brothers worked to clear trees from sidewalks in their surrounding neighborhood. For each project, whether close to home or shipping off to another continent, their adoptive parents, Scott and Mary Beth Clark, were there to help. “They’re not the dad’s or mom’s proj-

ects, but we were always involved,” Scott Clark said. “There wasn’t a project done without us.” Having 12 Eagle Scouts in a single family is a huge accomplishment, even if the brothers are scattered too far geographically to get together to celebrate. For Scott Clark, though, it might seem like habit at this point. “Once we got rolling on it, it was good.” Each project offered members of the Clark family the opportunity to do some good. Their father, who has done so much good to so many adopted children, was impressed by how thoughtful each project was. His sons got to make a difference in their communities, in the lives of individuals in need, and to help people on the other side of the world in dire need of assistance. No matter how different the projects were, they all offered similar lessons. Patience was among those lessons, as Isaiah can attest. He worked for three years to finally get approval and everything in place for his tree planting project. “I think one thing they learned is that sometimes it takes longer than they thought,” Scott said. l

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Summer 2019 filled with community festivals By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


s the school year winds down and summer heats up, festival season takes off and lasts throughout the summer. From the end of May until late August, cities throughout the Salt Lake Valley celebrate community spirit with parades and fireworks along with local traditions unique to each summer event. Check out this schedule of festival events and plan your summer fun.

SOJO SUMMER FEST South Jordan City Park| May 29 - June 1 • South Jordan City Park (11000 South Redwood Road) • South Jordan City Hall (1600 Towne Center Drive), Heritage Park (10800 South Redwood Road) • With the theme “Where Summer Begins,” South Jordan gets the season off to a classic start with SoJo Summer Fest. Attendees can enjoy summer traditions like the car show and parade on June 1 along with a fun SoJo twist, the Battle of the Bands.


• 1530 E. 2700 South • Local bands share the healing power of music as friends and family can stroll from house to house listening to various performers. Food trucks and bike rentals will be available. These performers spend the rest of the year playing for audiences who can’t come to the music stroll.

WESTFEST West Valley Centennial Park| June 13 - 16 • Centennial Park (5405 West 3100 South) • “Your Family, Your Community, Your Festival”—Westfest offers something for everyone. The event includes a parade, 5k and 10k races, vendors and fireworks. From June 13 to 16, enjoy one of the best carnivals in the valley.

FORT HERRIMAN TOWNE DAYS Butterfield Park | June 17 - 22 • Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South) and other locations • Herriman celebrates 20 years of incorporation at this year’s festival. Residents and visitors can show off their talents in the Fort Herriman Days talent show and enjoy the circus and a wide variety of events, including the Yeti Run. The festival also features a home run derby, carnival and more.

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Live music will entertain festival goers all summer long. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)



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• Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West) • Taylorsville offers a blend of the usual summer festival activities along with a musical twist. Festival goers can take in the parade and fireworks, check out the hot rods at the car show, and run the 5k. The event also features performances by the Utah Symphony and the Taylorsville Orchestra.

• Riverton Rodeo Arena (1300 West 12800 South) and City Park (1452 West 12600 South) • The Riverton Rodeo returns on June 28 to start off Town Days. The event will also feature a parade, carnival, fireworks and movie in the park. To fuel their fun, attendees can take in the chuck wagon breakfast. Contests and activities include spikeball, pickleball, 3-on-3 basketball, yoga in the park and more.

This year’s summer festivals will feature plenty of activities for children. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)

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Old West Days Rodeo in Bluffdale will feature fun for the whole family. (Photo by Dave Sanderson)




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STAMPEDE DAYS West Jordan Rodeo Arena| July 4 - 6 • West Jordan Rodeo Arena (2200 West 8035 South) and Veterans Memorial Park (1985 West 7800 South) • July 4-6 • West Jordan offers a big time rodeo, fireworks, carnival and more during Stampede Days. The festival kicks off with the parade, which is followed by two days of action-packed rodeo activities and then the carnival.

SANDY CITY 4TH OF JULY South Towne Promenade | July 4 • South Towne Promenade (10000 South Centennial Parkway) • “Let Freedom Ring” is the theme of the Sandy City 4th of July festival. The event will once again feature the spikeball tournament, plenty of vendors, games and activities for kids, as well as the parade and fireworks.

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Old West Days Rodeo in Bluffdale kicks off with its rodeo on July 26 and 27. (Photo by Dave Sanderson)

• Murray Park is the place to be for the city’s Fun Days on July 4. The day includes a breakfast, parade, 5k run/walk and children’s race. Attendees can also enjoy the chalk art contest, and of course, fireworks. • July 4 Parade and Festival • South Salt Lake • Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East) • The City of South Salt Lake offers a pancake breakfast to start off its July 4th parade and festival at Fitts Park. The festivities will also include a 5k and parade.

BUTLERVILLE DAYS Cottonwood Heights| July 26 - 27 • 7500 South 2700 East behind Butler Middle School • Butlerville Days returns with two action-packed days of fun. There will not be a 5k this year, but the popular pickleball tournament is back. Attendees can also enjoy the parade, rides and games, the car show, a movie in the park and fireworks.

• Draper Park (12500 South 1300 East) • Draper Days kicks off with the rodeo July 11–13, then the festival continues with more activities, including the children’s parade on July 16. There will be plenty of tournaments and activities on July 13 when people can compete in pickleball, tennis and basketball. Events on July 19 and 20 include the parade, car show, 5k, concerts and more.

OLD WEST DAYS RODEO Bluffdale Park | July 26 - 27, August 5 - 10 • Bluffdale Park (2400 West 14400 South) • Old West Days kicks off with the rodeo on July 26 and 27. Then a wide variety of activities happen between August 5 and 10 including a parade and the family shindig on Aug. 10.

• Midvale City Park (425 East 6th Avenue) • Historic Midvale Harvest Days take place from July 29 to Aug. 5 and will feature block parties, a movie in the park, music and more. The parade, festival and fireworks will take place on Aug. 3 at Midvale City Park.

SANDY BALLOON FESTIVAL Storm Mtn Park |August 9 - 10 • Storm Mountain Park (980 East 11400 South) • Starting at sunrise, the Sandy Balloon Festival will take off from Storm Mountain Park and fill the skies. Activities will fill the rest of the weekend, including the balloon glow on Saturday evening at the South Towne Promenade (10000 South Centennial Parkway).

BLUE MOON ARTS FESTIVAL Holladay City Hall Park |August 24 • Holladay City Hall Park (2300 East 4570 South) • Wrap up the summer in Holladay with the Blue Moon Arts Festival. The event will include live music, arts, food and children’s activities. l

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Final vote on ADUs: over three years in deliberation By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Accessory dwelling units, also known as mother-in-law apartments, are currently illegal within city boundaries. (Mike Johnson/Cottonwood Heights)


n the series finale of the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Ordinance in Cottonwood Heights, a final vote has been heard. After three seasons and countless episodes, viewers were anticipating this moment. When this series was first broadcast in 2017, viewers were skeptical. There was no ordinance for ADUs in Cottonwood Heights. ADUs (residential dwelling units meant for one additional single family located on the same lot as a single-family home, either within the same building or in a detached building) were widely ignored and unenforced, even though the ones that existed in the city were operating illegally. By July 18, 2017, viewers were hooked by a development by then Senior Planner Mike Johnson, when he brought forward a draft of an ordinance addressing ADUs. On Aug. 15, 2017, that draft was released to the public. During the episodes between Sept. 6, 2017 and December 2017, many concerns were heard and the draft was revised. On Jan. 17, 2018, viewers were on the edge of their seats as the Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission voted on the proposed draft ordinance. Some were left discouraged as the final vote came in 3 to 2, in favor of passing the ordinance and recommending approval to the city council. Feb. 4, 2018, began a long process of deliberation between each of the city council members. One of the most exhilarating moments from the year-long development was when Councilmember Tali Bruce and Mayor Mike Peterson both announced they

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might recuse themselves from the vote. Another significant moment for viewers was when members of the planning commission attended a handful of city council meetings to discuss the issue in tandem. Over three years in the making, it all came down to Feb. 19, 2019, when the ordinance was on the city council agenda to be voted upon. Or so we thought. Two of the five individuals residing on the city council (the mayor and four council members) were absent from that meeting. Councilmember Mike Shelton moved to approve the drafted ordinance. His movement was left silent as he did not receive a second. Instead of voting for approval or denial, Councilmember Scott Bracken moved to continue the action to a future business meeting. Peterson was supportive of that motion. The vote was moved to a future date, which left viewers bewildered. On May 7, it was time for the final vote. With all four council members in attendance, along with the mayor, there was no

more room for delay. Again, Shelton moved to approve the drafted ordinance. And was met with silence. Councilmember Christine Mikell then moved to approve Ordinance 316-D Denying Enactment of Chapter 19.77, concerning Accessory Dwelling Units. After minutes of discussion, leaving viewers biting their nails, Mikell voted “yes” to denial. Bracken voted “yes” to denial. Shelton voted “no” to denial. Bruce recused herself. And Peterson voted “yes.” The ADU ordinance was denied. “Further consideration of an ADU ordinance in Cottonwood Heights will require a new approval process and would be initiated at the direction of the mayor and city council,” said Community and Economic Development Director Mike Johnson. After three years working on an ADU ordinance, the Cottonwood Heights City Council denied the ordinance for implementation. ADUs will remain illegal within city boundaries. l

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Dracarys: City updates firework restriction zones By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

The areas in which fireworks are restricted within the city have been expanded and updated. (Mike Johnson/ Cottonwood Heights)


ake sure you’re lighting off those fireworks legally! In Cottonwood Heights, many areas of the city are designated as “firework restricted” zones, where it’s illegal to set off fireworks within 200 feet. While last year’s firework ban within the city is no longer in effect, restricted areas will be strictly enforced. Setting off a firework within a restricted area or on a non-permissible day may result in a $1,000 fine. “Fire restrictions are a high priority of the city,” said Mayor Mike Peterson. Earlier this year on April 16, the city council passed a similar fireworks restriction map. After it was available for residents to view, the city received a few calls from concerned resident requesting areas around their homes be included in the restricted areas. A fire marshal responded to those calls to eval-

uate the areas of concern. After the fire marshal agreed with at least one resident concern, the fireworks restricted map was updated. “This was a great example of how quickly city staff moves to incorporate quality input from the public,” said Councilmember Tali Bruce. “I want to commend Assistant Chief Mike Watson for working on this with UFA (Unified Fire Authority) and allowing us to make revisions to the previous map,” said Peterson. On May 7, the Cottonwood Heights City Council approved an updated Designated Areas Closed to Discharge of Fireworks for 2019 Map. If you’re a resident in the city, or if you plan to light fireworks within city boundaries, make sure to check the map and plan accordingly. l

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Highlights from the city’s tentative budget By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

The proposed city budget continues to provide funding to Unified Fire Authority (UFA) for three-person crews, which was a reduction implemented last year from four-person crews. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)


he tentative budget for the city of Cottonwood Heights was approved on May 7 by the city council. This budget involves a .52 percent increase to revenue, some potential budget cuts that were originally proposed last year, and some new expenditures unique to the 2019–2020 budget year. After the council approved a 13.4 percent tax increase last year, residents will probably be pleased to know that the council will not be proposing a tax increase this year. In fact, there probably won’t be another tax increase for a few years. Instead, different forms of revenue are being evaluated, including a storm water fee and a telecom fee. Many cities have a documented layout of their storm water facilities and roads. While Cottonwood Heights has put a lot of effort into recording and evaluating all their roads, mapping the city’s storm water system has been tricky. The city plans to update their Storm Water Master Plan. In doing so, storm water projects would need to be considered (such as raising buried storm drain manholes, the Turnagain Cove sump project, and the Mountain Estates Drive sump project). If the city were to pursue and implement a storm water fee, it would generate around $500,000 annually. This fee has been recommended for consideration by City Manager Tim Tingey, Finance Director Scott Jurges and Public

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Works Director Matt Shipp. Additionally, many cities incorporate a telecom fee. When Cottonwood Heights was incorporated, the telecom fee wasn’t. If that fee were to be implemented, it would generate around $450,000 in revenue annually. Cottonwood Heights will also be receiving revenues generated from the public transportation funding initiative proposed by S.B. 136 in the form of $600,000, which is a new source of revenue for the city. Last year in budget discussions surrounding the tax increase, the city council proposed many budget cuts. Some of those cuts were made and have since provided savings in expenditures for the budget. Others are still up for deliberation. The proposed cut that received the most attention last year was to emergency management. As the United Fire Authority (UFA) re-evaluated their budget, the Cottonwood Heights City Council made the decision to cut one staff member from each fire station, meaning that each crew was minimized to a three-person crew instead of a four-person crew. That decision is still in effect. In addition, the duties performed by the previous emergency management manager were reallocated to Assistant Chief Paul Brenneman and Police Administrative Assistant Julie Sutch. One of the cuts proposed last year, now

Funding road repairs and maintenance remains one of the city council’s top priorities for the city budget. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

jectives for the city. Street funding expenditures are estimated to cost $1,650,400. This estimate includes striping for city roads, neighborhood slurry projects, road work for 200 and 2021 projects, Scottish Drive Overlay and 3000 East Overlay. Trail projects are estimated to cost $2,000,000. This estimate includes the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, the Ferguson Canyon Park & Ride and the East Jordan Canal Trail. Other expenditures that have been discussed but are not currently in this year’s budget include sustainability technology and open space funding. For sustainability, the council has discussed getting solar panels installed for City Hall. Based on a study, the cost would be somewhere between $468,585 and $607,230 prior to building structural costs. In addition, electric vehicle charging stations have been proposed. In previous discussions, the proposal was to install them at city hall. However, in recent discussion, the suggestion has been made to put charging stations closer to the Fort Union shopping centers. The estimated cost for charging stations would be around $30,000 up front plus $5,000 to $10,000 annually. Lastly, a rain barrel initiative was proposed, which would cost around $5,000. Lastly, based on estimates from Salt Lake County for regional parks, acquiring and developing a dog park for the city would cost around $750,000 to $1,500,000. As this tentative budget has been approved, the city council has a little over a month to look it over and make any revisions. On June 18, the city will hold public comment. Finance Director Scott Jurges encourages anyone who has a comment to communicate with him or the council. On June 22, the final budget will be voted on by the city council. To view the tentative budget, please visit www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/community/city_news/. l

being reconsidered, is to city engineering services. Currently, engineering services are contracted out to Gilson Engineering, which costs around $285,000 annually. Instead, an in-house city engineer position has been proposed, which would run the city around $135,000. The result would end up looking like $125,000 in savings annually. Capital Fund expenditures unique to the 2019–2020 year’s budget include, elections, surveys, sustainability initiatives, trail projects and street funding. Usually, the cost for the city’s biannual elections are easily anticipated. However, with the recent referendum, the city may have to allocate an extra $60,000 toward elections. In 2016 and 2017, the city hired Y2 Analytics to conduct a city-wide survey to gauge public opinion on a number of different of topics. For this budget year, $15,000 has been set aside to update community expectations with a new resident survey. When the city committed to a 100% renewable energy goal by 2022, many individuals recommended the implementation of a sustainability manager. There was even suggestion that the sustainability manager could be a shared employee between neighboring cities. The current budget allocated $60,000 The Tentative Budget is available for residents to to fund a planning technician, which would view on the city’s website. (Scott Jurges/Cottonwood enable the division to provide long-range Heights) planning efforts and pursue sustainability ob-

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Off-leash dog parks, for the goodest of boys By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

112 parcels were evaluated for potential dog parks. (Andy Hulka/Cottonwood Heights)


master’s thesis project could be just what Cottonwood Heights needs to begin planning for an off-leash dog park. Associate Planner Andy Hulka has submitted his Off-Leash Dog Park Plan, where specific sites within the city have been evaluated for potential off-leash dog park implementation. His analysis, developed for his master’s professional project through the University of Utah, could help in the city’s Dog Park Subcommittee of the Parks, Trails & Open Space Committee, as well as the city council’s, decision making. Hulka’s main goal in developing his Off-Leash Dog Park Plan was to “establish guidelines for the future development of an off-leash dog park.” Those guidelines were informed by assessing community preferences and establishing specific criteria for the evaluation of potential sites. Ultimately, Hulka hopes to provide recommendations to the city staff, relevant committees, and city council as they deliberate options for a future city dog park. One hundred and twelve parcels of land were selected to evaluate for a potential offleash dog park. These parcels were evaluated based on objective criteria for land use, zoning, environmental factors, size, site amenities and potential negative characteristics. The five areas that were evaluated as the highest priority were Crestwood Park (1673 E. Siesta Dr.), Mill Hollow Park (2850 E. Hollow Mill Dr.), Antczak Park (1850 E. 7200 S.), Lab Alive, alternatively known as the Swamp Lot (8101 S. 3500 E.) and Golden Hills Park (8295 S. Wasatch Blvd.).

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The top five locations listed in Hulka’s Off-Leash Dog Park Plan align with Salt Lake County’s Off-Leash Dog Park Master Plan. Salt Lake County adopted their own master plan in 2008, which included the Lab Alive/Swamp Lot area as an off-leash dog park. In 2018, Salt Lake County updated that master plan, evaluating Crestwood Park as an off-leash dog park area as well. In addition to meeting with Salt Lake County about their Off-Leash Dog Park Master Plan, city staff members have held meetings with the Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Service Area, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Service Area, and Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. Having a dog park within the city has been a topic of interest for years. In 2016, resident Stephanie Gelman and other concerned residents met with the Cottonwood Heights City Council and Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation department to discuss potential options (for more information, visit “Efforts to Create An Off-Leash Dog Park in Cottonwood Heights”). In 2016, the city conducted an official citizen survey to measure opinion about a multitude of topics. One finding from that survey was that residents care deeply about city parks and open spaces, so much so that they would be willing to pay more taxes if they knew the money was being allocated for open spaces. In that survey, many residents mentioned dog parks. “A dedicated unleash dog park is needed to promote exercise and community engagement,” said an anonymous resident respon-

Off-leash dog parks provide areas for dogs, and humans, to exercise. (Andy Hulka/Cottonwood Heights)

dent. A few years later, in 2018, when the Parks, Trails & Open Space Committee was formed, residents requested a Dog Parks Subcommittee be created. After a few months of gaining support and volunteers, that subcommittee was created in December. Around the same time, Hulka was asking for topic suggestions for his thesis project. Knowing of the resident interest described above, both Mayor Mike Peterson and Councilmember Tali Bruce suggested that Hulka dig into dog parks for his project. Even though there are many benefits to an off-leash dog park — including acting as a gathering place, community building, dog socialization, exercise and less off-leash dogs in on-leash parks — many city residents have voiced their opposition with concerns of noise, smell, overuse of facilities and cost of maintenance to the park. Within the city, there are 1,820 active pet licenses, as reported by Cottonwood Heights. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 38% of households in the U.S. own dogs, meaning there could be up to 7,500 dogs within the city. Currently, dogs are allowed on-leash in all city parks. However, many of these parks “have become informal off-leash areas, which presents an enforcement problem for the city’s animal control officers,” Hulka states. Hulka is preparing to graduate from the The annual Bark in the Park event will have to suffice University of Utah with a master’s degree of for dog owners as there is not an off-leash dog park within the city. (Andy Hulka/Cottonwood Heights) city metropolitan planning (MCMP). l

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High school students learn about careers in the digital world By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


erriman High student Patrick Brown may opt for a career in information technology. The high school senior attended the recent DigiForge information technology career fair where he attended three sessions: database, game design and cybersecurity. “It was really fun to learn about cryptology and script,” he said, adding that he already knows C#, C++ and JavaScript. “It can all help to have a good understanding as a base for a career.” The fair was sponsored by the Wasatch Front South Region Consortium, where about 250 students selected from 14 industry presenters who spoke on topics from data science to game development. They also could tour Salt Lake Community College’s Center for Arts and Media as the presentations were held at the college’s South City campus. “Our conference goals are to inspire and excite students about technology careers, show possible career paths, and offer creative learning opportunities,” said Patti Larkin, Canyons School District careers and technical education coordinator. Students from Jordan, Canyons, Murray, Tooele, Salt Lake and Granite school districts came to learn about their technology career options. Corner Canyon High School junior Jack Eckersley is interested in pursuing a career in animation and game design, but he also attended the session “Databases: The Most Delicious Secret in Information Technology,” where he learned from Control4’s Andrea Allred about how some companies, such as Target, customize letters to their customers based on what coupons they use. Allred said data also has been used to identify where malaria is reported in Zimbabwe, and then teams are sent to try to eliminate any standing water to combat the disease. “Data is used in so many different places and ways, but databases are needed to be kept secure, with a strong password, firewalls and encrypted information,” she said. “With more and more data being collected, we need more database analysts and administrators. There’s a lot of opportunities to get involved and available resources.” In another session, Murray High sophomore Lincoln Pham learned about 3D graffiti from SpyHop’s Chris Manfre. Manfre demonstrated how to use layers, saturation, clipping, levels and blending in Adobe Photoshop to achieve their own artwork. He also said he changed from a career as an audio engineer for death metal bands to studying graphic design so he could make album covers for bands. “Find out what you like to do and go for

High school students from across the Salt Lake Valley attended the DigiForge information technology fair where Control4’s Andrea Allred shared with students “Databases: The Most Delicious Secret in Information Technology.” (Julie Slama/City Journals)

it,” he said. Pham said he already has an idea of the career he’d like to pursue — cybersecurity. “It’s basically hacking, but with permission,” he said, adding that he also attended sessions in cybersecurity and computer myths. “I’d be deciphering codes, which aren’t hard, but fun to do. I’m planning to take computer science classes, but this gave me a head start.” Pat Wright, who chairs the event, said part of the reason to interest high school students in technology information careers is to fill positions. “There’s not enough people in the jobs now and by 2020, we expect it to grow to 2 million people,” he said, adding that there are about 300,000 people in the field now. “There’s a lot of technology out there that is growing and not enough Utahns to fill the demand.” He recommended students as young as elementary age start learning more about computer programming as more careers will incorporate it in the future. He said by middle school, students should learn computer science, and in high school, programming should be required. While he applauded districts where students learn code.org in elementary, he also recommended students learn more coding, such as at the free Utah Code Camp on June 8, which teaches students from age 5 to 15 skills from Arduino and Scratch to Unity and HTML (www.utahgeekevents.com/events/ kids-code-camp-2019). “It’s becoming a digital world from artists to virtual reality to gaming to understanding data,” Wright said. “We need our kids to be prepared and get excited about their future.” l

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Brighton High team received top award at national Model UN conference By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


wenty-five countries. Thirty-five hundred students. First place. That’s Brighton High Model United Nation team’s bragging rights as they received the distinguished Research and Preparation Award at the 2019 National High School Model UN conference in New York City. For more than 20 straight years, Brighton High Model United Nations students have taken part in the National High School Model UN assembly, having been recognized nationally as one of the top teams in the country. “We always do well in New York, but we haven’t taken first in a couple years,” said coach Jim Hodges, who took 19 students to the New York conference in early March. “It’s a great honor.” Model UN is an educational extracurricular activity for students to role-play as delegates to the UN to simulate committees where they learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. Through Model UN, students learn diplomatic skills, public speaking, teamwork, writing, research and become more concerned citizens, Hodges said. To prepare for nationals, as well as for

their season, students began in November researching the background of several countries and their positions on numerous topics. Then, they wrote 10–15 pages on every subject so they would be prepared to present resolutions in Model UN committees. At each competition, students take the part of delegates representing an assigned country. At nationals, Brighton students became Romanian delegates. Students also have the possibility to speak at the general assembly, which Brighton was able to do when they spoke on disarmament and about the European Constitution, a treaty intended to create a consolidated constitution for the European Union. The New York City conference is an international, invitation-only event where “the competition is fierce,” Hodges said. Principal Tom Sherwood, who accompanied the team, said the opportunity is amazing for students to participate in the United Nations building. “The kids gather from all over the word to discuss current events and policies,” he said. “They’re understanding the reality of global diplomacy and negotiating. It’s amazing to watch our team, as a delegation,

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Free summer meals available to children By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


anyons School District will provide free meals on weekdays to attending children 18 years or younger. Meals will be served 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, Aug. 2 at the four Midvale elementary schools — Copperview, East Midvale, Midvale and Midvalley — as well as Sandy Elementary. Beginning Tuesday, June 25 and ending Wednesday, July 31, Hillcrest High will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Meals also will be served at Jordan High Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, Aug. 2, with breakfast being served from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch being served from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults may purchase meals at these sites for the price of $2 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. There will be no meal service July 4 or July 24 in observance of Free lunches and breakfasts will be provided to children in Canyons School District during the summer break. (Julie Slama/City Journals) holidays. l

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ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24, Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country.

• Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law.

• Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns.

• Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks.

• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

• Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. • Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. • Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. • Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. • This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside.

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Unsurprisingly, Brighton boys tennis captures region championship By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityournals.com

Brighton took home the region title in boys tennis with a dominant performance May 9, 10. (Photo courtesy of Alissa Owen and Ron Meyer.)


he Brighton boys tennis has been a consistent force for years. This year was no different. The Bengals won the Region 7 tournament in dominant fashion, with three of the five positions taking first place. The other two positions were runners-up. First singles player Redd Owen and second singles competitor Parker Hopkin won their groups, as did the first doubles pair of Parker Watts and Hardy Owen. The second-place finishers for the Bengals were Mitch Smith, at third singles, and the second doubles team of Justin Allen and Jacob Simmons. Along with bringing home top honors as a team in region, head coach Natalie Meyer was happy with the season as a whole. She said the players have worked hard on and off the court. “We had a great season overall — going into the tournament with one- and two-seeded positions in all categories and lots of wins under our belt,” Meyer said prior to the state tournament. “The boys have been practicing as much as they can with the weather, and when we can’t meet as a team, they go inside somewhere and play. They have bonded together and have amazing team support. Some teams at region didn’t really like playing us because of the energy that the team support exudes. The whole team watches and cheers for every match. The team has been able to gain valuable experience this year and increase in mental toughness. We have won several stressfully close matches.” In preparation for the 5A state tournament, May 16, 18 at Liberty Park, Meyer knew her players had to be focused and put forth their best effort. The Bengals won the 5A crown last year, but finished runners-up to Skyline for the state title this year. When Meyer examines the season, she’s

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just as happy about things that happened outside of matches. She said the most satisfying part of the year has been watching the players and coaches come together for a common cause. She’s amazed at the level of commitment from everyone in the program, not to mention the help and interest from parents and family members. “We have great family support at all our

matches, regardless of being home or away,” she said. “The boys strive for excellence and want to be the best, no matter what position they play. Coaches dedicate countless hours to help the players be successful.” Even Meyer’s own family gets involved with the team. Her mother, Roseanne Newell, runs the tournament desk at the region tournament each year. Her father, Buck Newell, helps out too. “I love working with my family and thoroughly enjoy creating a memorable experience for all the players in the tournament,” she said. “I calculated about 24 hours worth of matches in a two-day period, plus outside time for setup, cleanup and organizing. All work from my family for the tournament is volunteer and done out of the love for the sport.” As for her team, Meyer praises the boys not only for their talents but for the way they conduct themselves. “I love this group of boys,” she said. “They are respectful, hard-working, dedicated and willing to do what it takes to reach the top. They are true gentlemen on and off the court. I am proud that they represent Brighton tennis no matter where they go. Our time together will be a lifelong memory. I hope the relationships that have developed will last a lifetime.”

Brighton boys tennis players pose for a championship picture after winning the Region 7 title May 10. (Photo by Alissa Owen and Ron Meyer.)

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Bengals once again claim region crown in boys soccer By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com



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or the second consecutive season, the Brighton boys soccer team brought home top honors in league play. Brighton completed an excellent run through the region schedule, going 9-1 in Region 7. The Bengals’ only loss in league action came at the hands of Corner Canyon on April by the score of 2-1. The team was unblemished in every other game it played during the regular season, as the team amassed a 14-1 record. The Bengals edged out Alta for the region crown, giving the Hawks their only two league defeats. Brighton defeated their rivals 3-0 on April 23 and 2-1 in the region finale on May 9 on the road. In the second game between the longtime foes, Chandler Turpin and Josh Loomis tallied goals in the title-clinching win. In many games, Brighton won going away. The Bengals posted one-sided victories of three goals or more in five region contests. They routed Timpview 8-1 on April 16 and 6-0 on May 3. The team also posted two other 3-0 shutouts in addition to the first of two wins over Alta. Corner Canyon seemed to be the only squad that could generate much offense against the Bengals. The Chargers scored a combined five goals in the teams’ two meetings, but no other opponent managed more than two goals against Brighton all season. In winning Region 7 for the second time in a row, Brighton also fielded a potent offense. The dynamic duo of Loomis and Alex Fankhauser led the attack by scoring 27 goals between them — 14 for Loomis and 13 for Fankhauser. Brennan Neeley chipped in six goals, while Brayden Austin had five. Brighton scored an average of 3.5 goals in region play and tallied 53 goals during the regular season, second most in 5A. A total of 13 players scored for Brighton.

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Harrison Nuttall manned the goal and posted nine shutouts. He allowed a single goal in four other outings. Brighton’s trip to the state tournament started off a little tougher than some might have expected. The Bengals hosted Woods Cross, the fourth-seeded team from Region 5, but the game was hardly an easy one for Brighton. The Wildcats pushed Brighton to its limits, but the Bengals finally put a ball in the net in the second half, courtesy of Loomis. The 1-0 victory advanced Brighton to the quarterfinals against West at home on May 17, where the Bengals dispatched its opponenet 2-1 with a second half goal from London Botelho. The Bengals semifinal was an eventfilled spectacle. A 2-0 lead over Skyridge (thanks to a first-half goal from Loomis and a superb free kick from Brennan Neeley) disappeared after two second half goals from the Falcons. But Cameron Neeley struck the decisive goal with five minutes left to lead Brighton to the 5A state title, played after our deadline on May 23. l

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Father’s Day around the County 2019 By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


appy Father’s Day, Salt Lake County! The City Journals gives a tribute to Valley dads by sharing what they are doing this holiday.

for her husband’s Father’s Day. She is going to recreate a memorable Hawaii anniversary, by turning their Holladay backyard into Hawaiiday—creating a temporary sand pit and paddling pool, complete with 12 children and Father’s Day bows to Mother’s Day Like a gentleman, June’s Father’s Day parents in grass skirts, sipping “mocktails.” bows to May’s Mother’s Day, opening the The ModernDad.Com—‘We get to famidoor for her and letting her go first. Father’s lies in different ways’ Day, according to some fathers the City JourUtah is somewhat famous for its momnals interviewed, like to keep their day more my bloggers — women who write on the modest than a more elaborate Mother’s Day. Internet about their experience as moms. Explains Jeff Stenquist, a Draper res- Jason Dunnigan, senior digital communicaident and Republican member of the Utah tions specialist at Riverton-based Stampin’ Legislature, “Myself and fathers in general, Up!, has been presenting the other side of the we don’t get into celebrations so much. We story, giving “a guy’s perspective” on being don’t try to draw a lot of attention to our- a parent since the first posting of his “The selves.” Stenquist noted that gifts for Father’s Modern Dad” blog in 2014. Day tend to be “socks,” versus more exotic This Father’s Day will be the first time gifts for Mother’s Day. Dunnigan, who was adopted, is armed with Socks work just fine for the Draper dad information about his biological parents. of adopted children from the Ukraine, folAt Christmas in December, he was giftlowed by the added gift of biological children ed with ancestry DNA from local company in what some parents would consider an en- Ancestry.com. Through the experience Dunviable boy-girl-boy-girl formation. “Father- nigan ended up in dialogue with his birth hood is a great honor. It’s a great experience mother and learned about his birth father. to be a dad.” The experience—and what he said he will be thinking about this Father’s Day—is Father’s Days on the road, again a gift for himself, knowing, “I am where I am Utah daddy blogger Jason Dunnigan has been writing about being a modern dad for the past five years. This Born in India and then growing up in supposed to be.” Dunnigan, a father of three Father’s Day he is grateful for his adoptive parents and three young children. (Photo Credit Jason Dunnigan) Kearns, Salt Lake County District Attorney and Salt Lake City Foothill neighborhood who said he looks like his father, Taylorsville resident Sim Gill recalls spending Father’s resident Jim Dunnigan, a long-time Republican representative of the Utah House of Day on the road with his father. Back in those days, property assessment Representatives, observed, “Sometimes, we was a centralized function for the state, ver- get to families in different ways. I am really sus a responsibility now delegated to coun- grateful.” ties. Gill’s father, Jagdish, then an appraiser for the state of Utah, now residing in Cottonwood Heights, would travel the state to assess land values. “Delta, Kanab, St. George, Price, Duchesne,” Gill rattled off Utah municipalities as if in a speed challenge. Gill and his brother and sister always viewed Father’s Day as “an adventure” and a “special time,” spent on the road, away from their Kearns childhood home.

Giving fathers a head start West Valley City resident Frank Bedolla said he has coached more than 600 low-income Utah dads on how to be the best fathers possible, by un-learning behaviors and attitudes. Through his nonprofit Fathers and Families Coalition of Utah, Bedolla offers the Nurturing Fathers Program, a 13-week, evidence-based training course designed to teach men parenting and nurturing skills. Fathers and Families Coalition starts the work of growing great future dads for young men, as well. Bedolla’s “Wise Guys” course, currently being taught at Murray High School and downtown’s Horizonte School, “teaches young boys how to be men, how to treat women.” Bedolla said that previous generations of parents misunderstood “quality time,” to the detriment of their children and families. “They thought quality time was being present, but it is also being interactive.” His advice to Utah fathers, for Father’s Day 2019? “The best thing you can do is invest in your child. Be the best father you can be. Be there.”

Foster Father of the Year—A Hawaiiday in Holladay Just in time for Father’s Day, Holladay resident and head of strategic insights for Western Governors University Michael Morris was named Foster Father of the Year for the Salt Lake metropolitan area. First fostering, then adopting seven children within the first six months of marriage, Morris and his wife, Amy, were a phenomenon. Now, almost three years later, the couple has achieved near super-foster hero status for fostering another five children, all siblings, hoping to ultimately reunite them with their birth parents. The Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival at the Gateway is officially honoring him the last day of the festival—and the day before Prizes for papas - keeping fathers safe on Father’s Day. the job by remembering their children Wife Amy Morris has another surprise For the past 14 years, WCF Insurance

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2018 Exemplary Father Vladimir Cespedes receives his honor with the best gift of all – his children. (Photo Credit: WCF)

(Workers Compensation Fund) has reached out to Utah’s growing Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audience. As can be imagined, many of those folks are dads. WCF wants to remind dads to be careful on the job, and do it through the gentle and most powerful tug of all—through the heartstrings of their children. The Padre d’el Año—Father of the Year—competition gives Utah children a way to nominate their fathers to earn the special honor and to be gifted with prizes WCF touts as being $500 in value. Children in three age groups—ages 7-11, 12-15, and 1517 nominate their papas for the prizes. Three fathers each season are honored,

receiving cash and one-of-a-kind gifts. This year’s Padre d’el Año and two runners-up will be honored at the June 29 Real Salt Lake game later this month. While the program is targeted to Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audiences, the honor is available to all. Entry forms (offered in Spanish and English) are available at www. wcfespanol.com/. The contest is a case of all fathers being winners. “The major reward that each father receives is knowing they are heroes for their children,” said Carlos Baez, community relations manager for WCF and Taylorsville father of three. l

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Canyons board announces proposed teacher salary increase By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Many Canyons School District teachers, like East Sandy kindergarten teacher Stephanie Cobabe (seen here), support the proposed teacher salary increase. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


s the Canyons School District Teacher of the Year celebration drew to a close, Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey read a statement that brought the auditorium of educators to their feet erupting in applause. Tingey’s statement on April 23 addressed a tentative agreement with the Canyons Education Association proposing that all Canyons teachers would receive a $7,665 per year salary increase. “This would put the starting teacher annual pay at $50,000 — elevating the teaching profession by bringing salaries in line with those of other professionals in Utah, and making it possible for teachers to pursue their passion and do what they’re good at while also earning a living wage,” she said. The $50,000 starting teacher salary would be the highest school district pay in the state. However, she also said this would be made possible with a property tax increase, which will be presented for approval at a required Truth-in-Taxation hearing in August. “All of the funds from the proposed property tax increase would go exclusively to teacher salaries. We see this investment as a positive step toward inspiring college students to regard teaching as a viable career and reinforce the belief that teaching is a destination profession,” she said. Utah’s Truth-in-Taxation law shifts the base for taxation from a fixed rate to a fixed revenue amount, with a sliding scale for population growth or to reflect property value. It also requires local government entities to notify the public and hold hearings with intended raising of taxes to allow transparency to decision-making about taxes. While she said more information will be available forthwith, Tingey and other board members were decisively quiet following the announcement.

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“I believe we’ll just let the statement stand,” she said. However, teachers were elated following the announcement. East Sandy Elementary teacher and former Teacher of the Year runner-up Stephanie Cobabe supported the statement. “Just prior to the awards/recognitions, all of the teachers in the room were asked to stand and declare, ‘I am a teacher,’” she said. “We were thanked for the work we do to help inspire, guide, and change the future for children. With this announcement, I’m certain many of us feel supported and encouraged to continue to make a difference the way we do. I am grateful for the continued support from

Sarah Mortensen, Jordan Valley music teacher, instructs students in December 2017. Teachers in school districts across Salt Lake County have received pay increases over the past few years. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

However, he did acknowledge that it could be hard on some community members, such as seniors who live on a fixed income. “They can file an appeal — a circuit breaker — with the Utah State Tax Commission so their taxes don’t go up,” he said. There also are exemptions such as veterans with disabilities, legally blind property owners, active or reserved duty armed forces and others. (For more information, see https://tax.utah.gov/forms/pubs/pub-36.pdf) Briscoe said there will be opportunities for community discussion about the proposal. On June 18, there will be a budget hearing and in July, discussion on the tax bill. There will be a date in August announced on the

roads, but our teachers aren’t paid as well. It’s exciting that our board is wanting to give teachers more money,” he said. Draper Park Middle School eighth grade teacher Jared Collette said this will step up the quality of teachers in Canyons District. “With the big demand for teachers, we’ll be offering teachers a salary they deserve and filling those with great professionals who will deliver students a high-quality education,” he said. Eastmont Middle School seventh- grade teacher Cody West supported the board’s proposal. “When I choose to work for this district, I asked family and friends about Canyons,”

“This would put the starting teacher annual pay at $50,000 — elevating the teaching profession by bringing salaries in line with those of other professionals in Utah, and making it possible for teachers to pursue their passion, and do what they’re good at while also earning a living wage.” — Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey our school communities, from the parents to our principals to our school board. We all need to be a team to make the most impactful differences.” Canyons Superintendent Jim Briscoe said he was proud of the board. “I think it took courage from the board to be willing to have a Truth-in-Taxation to increase the pay for teachers, to set the bar high and put that high priority on education,” he said.

canyonsdistrict.org website where the community can speak about the proposal. Park Lane Elementary Principal Justin Jeffery said that while the news is exciting, he could see taxpayers initially being nervous about the potential increase. “I think when they realize the funds will just go to the teachers, they’ll be more receptive than seeing a tax increase for roads. I hear back East, the teachers have great pay and their roads have pot holes. We have great

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he said. “My mother-in-law works at Midvale Elementary and she said how well teachers are taken care of. My experience is a true reflection of that level of dedication of the care of teachers who, in turn, take care of the future of our students. If teachers aren’t taken care of, how can students prosper? This is a step in the right direction.” Draper Principal Christy Waddell was pumped up about the possible increase. “I’m so excited about it,” she said. “It’s so needed. It’s impressive how Canyons District is at the forefront of it.” l

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Bengals send host of competitors to state after successful region meet By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


here was no shortage of athletes in one location on May 9 for the Region 7 track and field meet. For a chance to qualify for the 5A state championships, plenty of Brighton athletes represented the school well. A fourth-place showing was necessary for competitors to move on to the state meet, and the Bengals had qualifiers from 16 different events among both the boys and girls teams. Head coach Mitchell Lunak was hopeful for a strong performance from his teams. He said the boys and girls didn’t disappoint him. “We had high expectations, and the kids came through,” he said. “We feel we have a good opportunity to have several state placers.” In what was a competitive field of talented athletes, three Bengals won their individual events. For the boys, junior Riley Ballard captured top honors in the discus, with a mark of 146 feet. Teammate Benjamin Friel, another junior, won the high jump event with a six-foot jump in the competition. Senior Drew Hysong beat everyone in the long jump, leaping 20 feet, 11.5 inches. His teammate Adrian Bacikalo, also a senior, was second in that event with a jump of 20 feet, Drew Hysong, Adrian Bacikalo and Jaeger Bostwick pose with coach Mitchell Lunak after the trio placed at 10.5 inches. Other noteworthy finishes for the boys the Region 7 track and field championships. (Photo by Jenni Larsen, assistant track/hurdles coach.) was Connor Critchlow’s 40.94 seconds in

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in the 300 hurdles. She completed the event with a time of 46.19 seconds. Junior Laura Lundahl was second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.27. She was also third in the 400 with a time of 1:01.13. Sophomore Abigail Hunter came in second in the discus with a throw of 93 feet, 10 inches. The Brighton girls came in second in the 4x100 relay. Freshmen Morgan Sundquist and Madeline LaFleur, along with Lundahl, Brandt and sophomore Carolyn Affleck, ran the relay in 51.93 seconds. The 4x400 relay team of junior Lucy Dalgleish and junior Paige Sieverts were also second. Meanwhile, Brighton’s girls sprint relay team qualified for state by taking fourth place. Other notable girls team performances came in the 100 hurdles where Brandt and LaFleur were third and fourth, respectively. Brandt completed the event in 15.92 seconds, while LaFleur had a time of 17.11 seconds. Also, freshman Caroline Rupper was fourth in the 3200 with a time of 11:41.44. l

the 300-meter hurdles. It was good enough for a runner-up finish for the junior. Ballard followed up his great effort in the discus to finish second in the javelin with a throw of 151 feet. Senior Konner Kristensen placed third, giving the Bengals two qualifiers in that event. Bacikalo was also forth in the 110 hurdles, finishing with a time of 15.68 seconds. The boys team took fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 44.99 seconds. Junior Zach Cobia, Bacikalo, senior Jaeger Bostwick, Hysong and sophomore Nathan Burnett participated on the team. The girls team had some outstanding Brighton qualified several athletes for the 5A state events as well, with three individuals placing championships, including the high jump. (Justin Adsecond. Senior Bailey Brandt was runner-up ams/City Journals)

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ust like last year, the Brighton Bengals secured the final spot in the Class 5A tournament. Brighton followed up last season’s fourth-place finish in Region 7 with the same spot in the league. This season’s version went 6-9 in league play, doing just enough to reach the playoffs. Brighton finished just one game ahead of fifthplace Alta, which missed the postseason. It was an up-and-down campaign for the Bengals, which started out region action with two wins and six defeats in their first eight games. Brighton then picked up four straight wins, including a close 2-1 victory over Corner Canyon and a narrow 2-1 triumph over Timpview. Before and after the narrow win over Timpview, the Bengals blasted the Thunderbirds with 15-3 and 14-0 conquests. The bats were hot in the two blowouts over Timpview, as the Bengals accumulated 15 hits and 17 hits, respectively. Alex Clifford smacked a home run in the 15-3 win, and three players registered doubles in the shutout. Clifford hit three home runs during the regular season. Things got a little nerve-racking down the stretch, however, as Brighton came up on the wrong end of all three games in the series against Cottonwood. Still, even with the trio of defeats, the Bengals got back into the state tournament. Pitching has been effective for Brighton, especially from senior Alex Hansen, who went 6-1. Sophomore Bren-

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nan Potter and junior Grey Slighting each posted two victories on the mound. In repeat fashion from last year’s playoffs, the Bengals opened the 2019 postseason with a loss to a region champion but stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament with a victory. Roy, No. 1 seed from Region 5, used a strong start to defeat the Bengals in round one on May 13 by the score of 10-1. Roy scored five runs in the first inning and added four more in the fourth. Brighton managed six hits, including a double from Thomas Powley. With the season in the balance and the threat of an early offseason, Brighton extended its postseason run by blanking Murray 4-0. In the Bengals’ fourth shutout of the year, the team outhit the Spartans 7-6 and scored all four of its runs in the fifth inning. Powley and Parker Hagen both had doubles in the victory. Hansen was credited with the win on the mound. On May 17, Brighton squared off in the one-loss bracket with region foe Corner Canyon, which defeated the Bengals in two of the teams’ three meetings. The playoff battle continued that trend with the Chargers edging out the Bengals with a 4-3 victory in extra innings. Winning at state for the second consecutive season was quite a feat for a team that had missed the playoffs for three years in a row. The last time Brighton won two games in the playoffs was back in 2011.

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