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CHOCOLATE DREAMS By Cassie Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com

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Death by Chocolate attendees get a clue about the chocolate treats Trader Joes has to offer. (Cassie Goff/ City Journals)

chocolate balsamic vinegar. Attendees were pleasantly surprised by the taste of this sauce. Redstone has 35 different flavors of olive oil, all made from healthy fats and natural sugars. Shayla from Jersey Mike’s came prepared with pre-wrapped chocolate-chip cookies and brownies, along with various prizes for attendees to win at the spin of a wheel. Angel Café provided Easter-themed cupcakes and chocolate squares for the attendees. Darryl and Miriam from Trader Joes decorated with a Clue theme, providing peanutbutter cupcakes, strawberries, brownies and molten lava chocolate cake. Harmons provided education along with their chocolate. They discussed the process by which the chocolate found in the treats came from. A real cocoa pod was displayed in the middle of their booth. As attendees snacked on their local whiskey chocolate, brownies, truffles, cakes and chocolate-dipped fruit, they were told where the chocolate originated from.

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The Harmons bakers like to use high-quality, non-processed chocolate from Africa and Singapore. Chocolate Porcupines from Porcupine Pub & Grille seemed to be the event showstopper. “The porcupines were magic,” Councilman Mike Shelton said. They are made with chocolate-dipped almonds placed carefully along the outside, which creates the porcupine’s quills. On an average day, the baker prepares about 50 of these little chocolate creatures, which takes about two and a half to three hours. For the Death by Chocolate Event, reps from Porcupine Pub & Grille brought along 200 porcupines, which they spent the day making. Death by Chocolate was held Thursday, March 16 from 5–7 p.m. The turnout was much bigger then the CHBA expected. “Some of the vendors ran out of food,” Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt said. With such an overwhelming response from

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hocolate is a serious thing. Among those that take chocolate seriously are the sponsors and attendees of Death by Chocolate, an event hosted by the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA). Chocolate sponsors arrived at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E. Bengal Blvd., hours before the event began to set up their displays. Each booth would be covered in various chocolate treats by the time doors opened for attendees. About 15 different businesses from within the city offered their favorite treats for this potluck-styled event. The chocolate providers included Market Street Grill, Porcupine Grill, Angel Café, Smith’s Bakery, Whole Foods, Beehive Cheese, Harmons, Mon Cherie, Jersey Mike’s, See’s Candies, The Kitchen, Redstone, Beans and Brew, Sodexo and Trader Joes. Laurie from Smith’s Bakery brought brownies, Dunford doughnuts and candies for the attendees. She discussed Smith’s new service called ClickList, where users can order groceries online and pick them up curbside. See’s Candies brought two round platters of chocolate squares, a mountain of chocolate suckers and their seasonal holiday eggs. They discussed fundraising opportunities within the community. Market Street Grill provided a few of their seasonal treats, including a bourbon pie. These seasonal treats usually last for about two weeks, providing customers with different dessert options rather frequently. Mon Cherie Catering & Events brought a chocolate cake, serving up slices for the attendees. Mon Cherie has been catering in Sandy for 19 years and opened a store front about one year ago. Rick from Sodexo had a full spread of cakes, puddings and flourless chocolate torte. He also had mini chocolate cakes for attendees who did not want a full slice of cake. Options for attendees that stay on the healthier side were available as well. Beehive Cheese provided locally made vegan chocolate. John from Redstone Olive Oil brought one of their new products to the event, a dark-

the businesses and attendees, the CHBA plans to kill again. “Next year, we will be doing it for Valentine’s Day,” Berndt said. For more information on the CHBA events, visit http://chbusiness.org/ or their Facebook page: Cottonwood Heights Business Association. l

John from Redstone Olive Oil provides samples of dark chocolate vinaigrette to the event attendees. (Cassie Goff/ City Journals)

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ottonwood Heights City has a continuing series of seminars called Business Boot Camp aimed at educating business leaders in improving and maintaining their business. The latest of these boot camps was held on March 23 at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall. “We really want to expose our business owners to a lot of information and educational opportunities,” said Peri Kinder, the business development coordinator of Cottonwood Heights. “Not only to get businesses exposed to educational opportunities but also networking between each other and help each other make their businesses grow.” The focus was on startup businesses and how to avoid the pitfalls many startups encounter. The seminar was led by John Richards of Startup Ignition. “Richards is really well known in entrepreneurial startups and how to make them work,” Kinder said. “We thought he’d be great to bring in to help people who might want to start a business on how to get started.” Richards, who is an entrepreneur and investor, said the biggest reason startup fail is because they don’t do things in the right order. According to Richards, a startup needs to follow a six-step path in order to succeed. The first step is discovery, where the business owner confirms whether they are solving a meaningful problem. Next is validation, where the owner seeks validation that people are interested in the business’ solution to a meaningful problem. Next is efficiency, where the business model is refined and efficiency is improved. The next step is scaling, where

Entrepreneur John Richards explains the process of creating a startup business during the Business Boot Camp. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

growth is driven aggressively. The last two steps are sustaining the business and renewing the business model based on the growth. Richards said a major pitfall new startups make is they try to scale or grow their business too soon before a sustainable plan is in place. According to Kinder, there have been several topics covered by the various Business Boot Camp seminars. “We’ve covered social media. We’ve covered conflict resolution. We’ve covered how to get a business started,” Kinder said. “It’s really gone across the gamut for topics that people are interested in.”

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Kinder usually finds topics for boot camps from suggestions made by people or through her finding experts in their fields who are willing to share their knowledge. In April, Kari Sikorski hosted a workshop teaching business owners how to take great photos for use on social media sites or promotional materials. The next business boot camp will be at 5:30 p.m. on May 18 at Cottonwood Heights City Hall. The topic will be unconscious bias. For more information about the Cottonwood Heights Business Boot Camps, visit http://www. cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. l


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A series of unfortunate events: homeless shelter site selection By Kelly Cannon & Travis Barton | editor@mycityjournals.com

Councilman Lars Nordfelt along with his wife Jana (left) speak with Shaleane Gee, director of special projects, during an open house at the state capitol. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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he events and decisions that led up to the selection of the various homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake County are filled with frustration, confusion and outright hostility. The issue of what to do with the growing homeless population in the county and where to put them has been met with several different solutions, none of which everyone seems to agree upon. However, the final decisions on where to put homeless resource centers were made and many neighborhoods and communities are about to change. Announcement of New Homeless Resource Shelters On Dec. 13, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council announced the locations of four 150-bed homeless shelters around the city that would also serve as resource centers. The locations were: 653 E. Simpson Ave. (2300 South), 275 W. High Ave. (1400 South), 131 E. 700 South, and 648 W. 100 South. The selection was announced without any public comment and are the result of a two-year selection processes. The mayor and council said the decision was made without public input because they wanted to avoid pitting neighborhoods against each other. However, they promised to hold open houses to gain feedback from the community. “A process that would pit different communities in our city against each other and tear our city apart as we try to affect change, was not something we felt comfortable doing,” Biskupski told residents at a Sugar House Community Council meeting. The idea behind the four sites was to provide services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment and job training while drawing people away from The Road Home shelter in downtown Salt Lake City, which is scheduled to be closed. City officials said the smaller shelters would have a minimal impact on the neighborhoods with no drug dealing allowed near the sites and high levels of security. However, not everybody was happy with the decisions. Sugar House Rebuts Instead of empathy, the decision was met with outrage, most vehemently in Sugar House where one site was set for 653 E. Simpson Ave.—across the street from a residential neighborhood that would replace four local businesses. Residents poured into city council meetings, open houses and the Sugar House Community Council meeting to voice opposition to a decision made behind closed doors. City officials maintained they did so to avoid pitting neighborhoods against one another. “The way the city’s handled this, it’s building nothing but resentment from most of the community,” said Chris Sveiven, who lives 75 feet away from the proposed site. Biskupski pleaded with residents to embrace the resource model that would disperse the homeless population and “stop subjecting them

Mayor Ron Bigelow shares his frustration with reporters at an open house on March 21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. A few days earlier Bigelow called on the governor to “step up and find some action. Not just talk and quietly in the backroom sign a bill.” (Travis Barton/City Journals)

City Manager Wayne Pyle speaks with residents at an open house on March 21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Pyle said the city would fight a resource center with “whatever means they have at their disposal.” (Travis Barton/City Journals)

to easy access by drug dealers.” She also urged compassion for “families that need to be embraced by us, that need a little bit of help.” Residents, however, felt the model was too risky. “You’re asking us to take a leap of faith,” resident Shane Stroud told Biskupski during the community council meeting. “This isn’t a leap of faith, this is a gamble and the costs of that gamble are extremely high.” Stroud added if the center didn’t work as intended, repercussions would last decades.

provided inside the center. The plan would be different from The Road Home shelter on Rio Grande where occupants must leave to utilize surrounding services. Shaleane Gee, director of special projects with Salt Lake County, told residents at an open house that the center would be like an “emergency room facility. A resource center in the sense that it teaches you how to leave homelessness.” West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow said if the model’s different from past ventures, why wasn’t that sold to the public. “We’re all reasonable people, and if it’s so great, why can’t you do it at Rio Grande right now? And prove to us that it works. We’ll line up asking for it, may even bid for it,” Bigelow said. McAdams told media and residents on March 21 that the model is similar to Volunteers of America’s Youth Resource Center or the YWCA, both in Salt Lake City, that provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children. City officials continually stressed the burden WVC already carried with its 33,000 affordable housing units and Kelly Benson Apartment complex which provides permanent housing for chronically homeless. “It’s unethical to ask our residents to carry even more. We happily carry our burden, but we can’t do it all,” said WVC councilman Lars Nordfelt at the March 18 open house. On March 22, residents and representative from both South Salt Lake and West Valley City met with the members of the Homeless Coordinating Committee at the state capitol to argue their cities were not suited to handle the proposed homeless shelter sites. McAdams began the meeting by trying to assure residents that they are listening to the public and understand their concerns. “I know the news about this effort to find a location for the homeless resource center has been unsettling and stressful to homes and businesses in South Salt Lake and in West Valley City. I know there are concerns about drugs and crime and property values, loss of economic opportunity,” McAdams said. “I know this is not because of your lack of compassion for people who are met with the crisis that comes with not having a roof over your head or a safe place to sleep at night.” South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood addressed the committee, saying her city and its residents are compassionate and solution oriented but the homeless shelter site selection process has forced them to oppose the shelter in their community for several reasons. Wood said the site selection process has been too rushed, less than fair and less than transparent. “What’s the point of public meetings and site evaluation committee if the sites have already been chosen behind closed doors?” she asked. She also pointed out that as one of the smallest cities in the county, South Salt Lake is already overburdened with regional and county

Legislative Take Over On Feb. 24, the four shelter plan was scrapped with two proposed sites dropped—including the Simpson site—and a plan was developed to build a third site somewhere in Salt Lake County. Legislation was passed on March 9 that appropriated more than $10 million to help build the resource centers and removed local cities from having any formal say on the mater. That legislation also required Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to recommend a site to the state’s Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, or risk losing the money. March 10 saw five homeless sites selected—three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake, with two additional South Salt Lake sites added on March 21. What ensued was three weeks of what McAdams deemed would be a “robust but abbreviated” process to include public input with four open houses and one public comment session. West Valley City and South Salt Lake Fight Against Site Selection West Valley City officials repeatedly decried the sites selected, citing the stress it would place on fire and police departments, the unproven service model and overall rushed process. “It’s complete vapor,” said WVC City Manager Wayne Pyle of the planned service model during an open house on March 18. He said these resources being talked about are “great ideas and we’d love to see them implemented” but doesn’t feel they are fully formed with no plans, funds or specifics. “In our mind what we have is this shelter being moved from downtown to West Valley or wherever with a lot of good intention, but not anything in terms of an actual plan to prove that it’s gonna be any different than where it is right now,” Pyle said. The county has studied homelessness reforms for over two years according to McAdams. Resource centers are designed to serve specific populations such as single women or single men. Parts of the design also include sleeping areas, on-site case managers to help with specialized services such as job or behavioral needs, food services and security space for a police officer. All would be

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services residents are forced to support. This includes two county jails, two juvenile detention centers, an 88-bed facility for the chronically homeless, a regional sewage treatment plant and a solid waste transfer facility. Wood reminded the committee none of these services pay property tax toward the city. Wood also opposed the resource center model because there is no guarantee it will work. “We have no confidence that the new location will solve the problem. In fact, it feels like we are simply moving the problem south,” Wood said. “The resource center model is too new and there is no funding arrangement in the legislation to offset the community impacts.” Many residents who spoke at the public hearing explained how neither South Salt Lake nor West Valley City would be a good fit for the homeless shelter sites. One South Salt Lake resident said that unlike other cities, this is not a case of “not in my backyard.” Rather, their yard is already full. Another South Salt Lake resident said the city is a great place for the county to put things they don’t want. Residents have been very accommodating but “enough was enough.” Disaster in Draper On March 28, two days before the committee was set to make a selection on the new sites, Draper Mayor Troy Walker shocked residents by announcing he was offering two potential sites for consideration within his city limits. One site would be a portion of the Utah State Prison location, which is scheduled to be moved to Salt Lake City. The other site was at 15001 Minuteman Drive. Draper was the first city to willingly offer sites for a homeless shelter. “It’s the right thing to do, it’s the Christian thing to do. It’s the thing that will set us apart and make us the people we are,” Walker said. However, the Draper residents were having none of it. Nearly 1,000 residents showed up to an open house on March 29 at Draper Park Middle School. The meeting was supposed to be an open house-style

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meeting where residents could fill out cards with their comments and learn more about the sites. When residents found out there was no public comment to be made, a handful hijacked the meeting, forcing the school to open the auditorium and provide a microphone. The majority of residents who were opposed to the homeless shelter sites cited concerns over increased crime and drugs, putting strains on the police department and lowering property values. Residents took turns airing their grievances, shouting at anyone in support of the site. This included Lawrence Horman, a homeless man who asked for compassion for people like him. He was booed off stage when he called for patience. Another resident who explained she had worked with homeless teens in the past said she was mostly angry because she felt the decision was sprung upon residents but she was in favor of the sites in Draper. She was also booed and yelled at. The meeting turned hostile when Walker and McAdams took the stage, with many residents screaming abuse at the public officials. Walker tried to explain his point of view but was met with only screams of derision. Residents threatened Walker with impeachment and lawsuits, claiming corruption and deals made behind closed doors. Others called Walker out for the alleged mistreatment of Councilwoman Michele Weeks, who claimed to be left out of the announcement. Weeks told the crowd she had only found out about the sites during the press conference and she was just as shocked as residents. “They have not included the Draper residents,” Weeks said. “We have a lot of questions that need to be answered before we volunteer two sites.” The nearly four-hour meeting, which mostly consisted of Walker and McAdams sitting silently on the stage while residents spoke their minds, ended with Walker rescinding his offer of the two sites. “You folks don’t want it,” Walker said, “so we can’t in good conscience say we want it here.”

Final Decision On March 31, McAdams announced the decision to put the third homeless shelter in South Salt Lake at 3380 S. 1000 West. That day, Wood held a press conference to address residents about the decision. She said there are concerns about the site, including the fact it’s close to the Jordan River, a newly developed community on the west side of the river and longtime residents along 1000 West who have fought to keep the nearby agriculture zone intact. “Needless to say, we are disappointed. We are frustrated and we are angry. Our neighbors and businesses have stood together, residents have come out and we have fought this fight together. I thank you for that,” Wood said. “As a community, I think we expressed our concerns well. I think we had a compelling reason as to why we were not the site for the homeless resource center. I’m not quite sure where the communication breakdown was or why it didn’t matter.” Wood explained McAdams made commitments to South Salt Lake to help ease the blow. These commitments included significant investments in open space and transportation, improvements to the Jordan River and new amenities like a library. Most importantly, McAdams told Wood that construction would not begin until legislation was passed next session that would provide some kind of continued funding source for the resource center. “We feel that gives us some time and we’re going to take advantage of that time to address some critical issues to make sure the impact on our community is as small as it can be,” Wood said. Wood also told residents she and the council are promising not to raise taxes. “You are not subsidizing another undesirable regional use in our community,” Wood said. “That’s a commitment that we’re making right now.” Wood called the selection a “lethal blow” to the community of South Salt Lake. “We are angry and we continue to be angry,” Wood said. l

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uring this year’s legislative session, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) received a nearly $1 billion bond. With this additional funding, the timeline on some of UDOT’s major projects has been moved up. Many of these projects will take place on the Wasatch Front, with a handful directly affecting Cottonwood Heights. On March 28, Assistant Region II Director for UDOT Lisa Wilson visited the Cottonwood Heights city council meeting to present information about these projects. Wilson had discussed UDOT’s projects with the regional council earlier this year. During that meeting, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore was so impressed by her presentation that he invited her to the city’s meeting. “Thanks for having me here tonight,” Wilson began. During her presentation, she specifically focused on projects within Region II, which is the Salt Lake County area. Bangerter Highway Improvements was the first project she presented. “This project will have major impacts on that highway,” Wilson said. The improvement areas involved in this project include 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000

Bangerter Highway will undergo significant summer construction as part of UDOT’s Improvement Plan. (Utah Department of Transportation)

South and 11400 South, right next to Jordan Landing. “All of these will see work this summer,” Wilson said. This project will remove some of the traffic lights along Bangerter, but there will still be areas where stopping on the highway is necessary. The budget for this project is $208

million. The next project Wilson discussed was the widening of Redwood Road. The plan for this project involves three lanes each direction, with room for bikes, sidewalks and curbs and gutter. “Riverton is excited about this project,” Wilson said.

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Little Cottonwood and Wasatch Unite By Cassie Goff cassie@mycityjouranls.com

The high-T intersection is planned to provide solutions to area problems. Completion scheduled for October. (Peter Tang / UDOT)

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he Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has some major construction projects planned for the next few years. A handful of these projects will directly impact the city of Cottonwood Heights and its residents, with one project planned for this year that will take place entirely within the city. Assistant Region II Director for UDOT Lisa Wilson visited the Cottonwood Heights city council meeting on March 28 to discuss the UDOT projects along the Wasatch Front. She brought Region II Project Manager Peter Tang along to discuss the project specifically within the city, which will be a major road redevelopment on Wasatch Boulevard. A high-T intersection will be constructed on Wasatch Boulevard, where the boulevard splits into Wasatch Boulevard and Little Cottonwood Road. Road construction will also involve Sutton Way and Danish Road. In UDOT’s plans, these roads have slightly different titles. Wasatch Boulevard is split briefly before the intersection. The road that continues on to become Little Cottonwood Road is designated as SR-210. The continuing Wasatch Boulevard, which veers slightly right at the intersection, goes past La Caille and eventually intersects Little Cottonwood Road further south, is referenced as FA-2074. Some of the city council members asked if that was the area of the La Caille turnoff. Tang nodded and laughed as he realized that was how the area was commonly recognized for residents. “The sign for La Caille has been illegally placed there for all these years. It goes against right of way for the intersection. Based on the regulations, there should be a 640-foot buffer — unless you are a billboard warranted to be there,” Tang said. The high-T intersection was originally considered because “the angle of the two roads currently is not ideal,” Tang said. “We want to realign it.” One of the main problems the construction will solve is excessive speeding through the intersection, as the right turn heading south does

not currently require a stop. “Danish Road and Sutton Way are so close to that main intersection, cars coming down that road could be flying and creating a dangerous intersection,” Tang said. Additionally, the road area available for cars turning onto Sutton Way is very short. After construction is complete, there will be a designated turnoff for Sutton Way, as well as Danish Road. “We are shifting to give them some parking space,” Tang said. The high-T intersection will look a little different from what commuters are used to. “The new intersection will square up with SR-210, with two-way turn lanes,” Tang said. “Northbound traffic will not need to stop for the signal light. Having continuous flow there will be important,” Tang added. The council voiced a concern about communication to the residents within that area. “We went to each of the residents to talk to them personally. Some of the Sutton Way residents have been informed and they are highly focused,” Tang said. “We will also be sending out postcards to 700 homes in the area and positing legal notice about this project in the ‘Salt Lake Tribune’ and ‘Desert News’.” Councilman Tee Tyler asked when they anticipated construction to be completed, hoping it would be before the start of ski season. “Everything will be done before the end of October,” Tang replied. Public Works Director Matt Shipp made a proposition to the council. UDOT will be “removing the old asphalt and taking it back to native soil” after they have completed constructing the new intersection. Since that small, specific plot of land will be untouched, Shipp inquired about city use. “There will be opportunities in there for the city to develop a gateway into Cottonwood.” “It’s been great to work with Matt Shipp and Brad Gilson; collaborating the concepts with all the needs of the city so we can come to a concept that all parties will be happy to see,” Tang said. l

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Not going under: Flood preparation By Cassie Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com

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s the chill of winter progressively melts away and the promise of summer lies just beyond the blossoming tulips, the worry of natural flooding laps at the edge of resident driveways. Within the city of Cottonwood Heights, there are many problem areas for flooding. Toward the south end of the city, a creek runs through a number of neighborhoods. This is one of the frequent culprits for flooding, threatening unwelcome circumstances for the homeowners. Assistant Emergency Manager Mike Halligan has been hard at work preparing for anticipated flooding. The city experienced more snowfall than normal this year, making pitchpoint areas especially concerning for him. With the help of volunteers and city staff, two sandbag filling stations have been set up along Creek Road. If flooding becomes threatening and more than the two stations are needed, they can expand. The stations were set up “on ease of location and logistics. Sandbags can be distributed to neighborhoods quickly,” Halligan said. Twenty thousand biodegradable sandbags

have been purchased. Between the two locations, it is estimated that 100 sandbags can be filled about every 10 minutes. “We can get a couple years out of what we have as long as we have a place to store it,” Halligan said — as long as the flooding this year doesn’t turn disastrous. “Late May could be the problem,” Halligan said, after looking through the history of flooding within the city. As of early March, many residents had called into the city concerned about potential flooding. “When we fill in the creek, we call in the county. But we can help residents with window seals and other issues,” Halligan said. Luckily, when a sandbag is stacked in place, it doesn’t leave. They are typically not hauled off to be reused because as soon as “the bags have exposure to sunlight, they don’t have a long shelf life. So we don’t ask for them back once they are put out,” Public Works Director Matt Shipp said. “We have a plan for flooding,” Halligan said reassuringly. “It’s all ready to go.” l

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Fort Union plan gets approval By Cassie Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com

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ne of the first steps for re-vamping a major corridor in Cottonwood Heights has been completed. On March 28, the Fort Union Area Master Plan was approved and adopted to the city’s general plan. The master plan “is intended to provide guidance for future site development” and was passed under Ordinance 268. By passing the ordinance, the master plan was adopted and added into the city’s general plan as an area plan. Currently, the plan functions as an overview of what Cottonwood Heights hopes to accomplish on Fort Union. It provides background information about previous work done on the boulevard, spanning back to 2013. Additionally, the plan addresses the existing conditions of the boulevard, goals and objectives, implantation strategies and a proposed corridor plan. The proposed plan includes aspects of streetscape, district breakdowns, transportation, land use, neighborhoods, open space, public safety, organization and zoning. Before the ordinance was passed, Mayor Kelyvn Cullimore discussed his concerns with the community and economic development director, Brian Berndt. His concerns stemmed from many resident questions, where he found the he didn’t “always have the best answers. I didn’t have a good understanding of some of the specifics, but it could just be the general concepts of the plan.” “I understand the need for vision and a plan, but I also recognize there are a lot of unanswered questions that will have to be part of the process,” Cullimore said. One of the consistent concerns throughout developing the master plan has been the condition of the sidewalks and walkability. “We have designed the sidewalks to give us flexibility. Also, the buildings will be brought up 10 or 15 feet off the sidewalk, so that gives us flexibility,” Berndt said. Cullimore asked Berndt to address issues involving traffic management along the boulevard. Many different aspects of traffic management needed to be considered, especially with the expected population growth and correlated traffic increase anticipated within the next 20 years. Some of the concerns involved are right of ways, access management and public transit. “One of the main goals is to get traffic managed. There is a multiplicity of different things that are going to happen with this,” Berndt said. City Engineer Brad Gilson addressed concerns of access management. “We are going to find access points and study

Walkability and sidewalks is one of the most frequent and important concerns for the master plan, for residents and planners alike. (Brian Berndt/ Cottonwood Heights City)

them so we can figure out where it’s easier to get in and out of places,” Gilson said. Berndt said they tried to work within the existing right of way, but the direction from the council was to have no right of way. “That was our goal, but we can expand the right of way if we choose to do that,” Berndt said. Public transit has been one of the most discussed issues when considering future traffic along the corridor. Many organizations, like Cottonwood Heights and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), along with many residents have discussed possible solutions. These discussions can become quickly heated. “We did look at UTA’s suggestion of a BRT (bus rapid transit). It would just be part of the traffic if it was not a BRT,” Berndt said. Cullimore said the BRT was the most logical option in his opinion since he didn’t envision a TRAX line coming up Fort Union. As for funding opportunities, Berndt said they don’t anticipate having a lot of public funds right up front. “We are looking for other monies and how to do capital improvements over years. Private investment will probably be how it gets started,” Berndt said. Councilman Tee Tyler said there are three components to how the projects will be funded. He then asked what percentage of the funds would be for private investments, grant money and the city budget. Berndt said Cottonwood Heights is a place where developers want to be.

“I understand the need for vision and a plan, but I also recognize there are a lot of unanswered questions that will have to be part of the process.”

“If we can present the ride-off opportunity, they are happy to come in,” Berndt said. “It’s the first time we have done something of this magnitude. It all has to start with this type of plan.” Cullimore said he understood the need for a vision and plan but he also recognized there are a lot of unanswered questions that will need to be a part of the process. “It’s important for the public to understand that we won’t go out tomorrow to change things with millions of dollars,” Cullimore said. “This is not a prescriptive plan. It does not say what we are going to do, but says we are going to move forward and figure out how things will work together as we move forward. A future council may amend it and change it.” Looking forward, one of the key first goals is to have “access management studies and have that as part of the next implementation step. They are only conceptions in the plan, it’s not real specific. It will be a work in progress,” Berndt said. The staff also plans on discussing the plan with businesses. “We will start approaching the businesses geographically to see if there is interest in doing a business improvement district,” Berndt said. Other additional steps moving forward include identifying opportunities for urban open space and community service facilities, implantation of the trails and bike plan, looking for possible park and ride zones or parking for canyon traffic, carrying out additional studies along the corridor, and municipal code revisions for zoning, land use and development standards. The 124-page Fort Union Main Street Corridor Area Plan is available to the public on the city website. Additional information about the studies, plans for the future, working groups, park and rides and public input for Fort Union Boulevard can be found on the website as well: cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. l

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Opportunity: Angels football team grants playing chances for girls By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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ou probably didn’t know Canyon School District (CSD) had a girls football team that practices at Midvale City Park. You will now. Until a few months ago, the Angels football team didn’t exist, but now the 16-member team is made up of girls from eighth to 12th grade from across CSD. Led by head coach Barbara Calchera, the Angels are a part of the Utah Girls Tackle Football. “It’s seeing the children…feeling like they have grown and accomplished something, gotten faster, catching more balls. That’s always what drives me,” Calchera said. Calchera, a lifelong lover of football who has attended USA football camps, said she felt she didn’t have a chance to play when she was younger. Now, she’s coaching a team of girls who do. “I love it so much. My driven nature is why I’m here and my love for girls having opportunity,” she said. A former member of the women’s football team Utah Falconz and current member of the Utah WildKats, Calchera has two daughters on the team. One of them, Maddy Calchera, used to play with a boys team. She said after suffering through a negative experience that included a sexual assault, she’s found the right place with her new league and team. “It was a really nice opportunity to play in a safe environment and a much more positive environment,” Maddy, a sophomore, said. That environment involves a level of acceptance for girls’ appearance. “It’s definitely really inclusive for all body types,” Maddy, who plays center, said. “Bigger girls like me have a place because we can plow down other girls, skinnier girls that are faster have a place because they can run the ball and in-between girls [size] can be linebackers or the bigger running people.” Assistant coach Quinn Wesley, who plays center for the championship winning Falconz, said it helps girls to be comfortable in their own skin. “A girl who people deem might be too skinny or too small can come out here and, all of a sudden, she starts to feel good about herself because she ran the right route or made the right block,” Wesley said. The girls have also provided support for each other.

Kammie Bilanzich tries to elude a would-be tackler. The team plays every Saturday through May at Westmore Elementary in West Jordan. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Members of the Angels all-girls football team high-five during their inaugural game. Head coach Barbara Calchera said the girls are “gelling really well so far.” (Travis Barton/City Journals)

“There’s no bullying. You don’t have to worry about your insecurities here. Everyone’s open minded and works hard to motivate each other,” said Lesli Lopez, a sophomore running back from Hillcrest High School. It’s Lopez’s first year playing football. With many of the girls participating in the sport for the first time, it’s an opportunity during the eight-game season to soak up knowledge not only about the game, but about life. “And if we win? Great. But, most importantly, I want them to learn life skills by participating with this team and, if I accomplish those, I’ll be happy,” Barbara said. Players and coaches said the game teaches character development, determination, health habits, strategy, teamwork and provides a haven from personal issues. Maddy said it even assists in anger management. “You get to hit people for fun and its totally legal,” she said with a laugh. Allaynah Tau, a Jordan High School sophomore, plays guard for the Angels. She also competes in softball, basketball and volleyball. She recently returned two weeks earlier than expected

from an injured ankle she suffered while playing volleyball. “I love sports, that’s all I do is sports,” she said. Tau has found another opportunity for it with the Angels. While the team plays its games every Saturday at Westland Elementary in West Jordan, the team practices at Midvale City Park, which came about after Calchera and league advocate Brent Gordon approached the city council for permission to use the field. “We’re thankful,” Calchera said of Midvale City. “This is a great opportunity for the girls, for them opening their arms and letting us participate here.” Two other teams could follow suit also calling the park their practicing field. A fledgling league, it’s continuously growing whether it’s Lopez and Tau being recruited by their friends or new teams being added. Players and coaches urged other girls interested to come check it out. Wesley said, “it’s a great environment, people should come check it out,” while Tau added for girls to “come experience and see what’s going on cause it’s really fun.” l

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Exciting finish to Grizzlies season By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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averik Center in West Valley is the home of the Utah Grizzlies. Hockey has always been an obscure part of the community. West Valley was the center of the hockey universe for two weeks in February of 2002. It hosted the best players in the world for the Olympic tournament. Stars like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull skated the ice. Today the glitz and glamor is mostly gone, but mid-level minor league players in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) call it home. The Grizzly just completed their 21st season in Salt Lake City. Highs and lows were common this time around, but despite its rough patches, the Grizzlies still managed to close out the regular season with an opportunity to advance to the playoffs. The Grizzlies finished the 2016-17 regular season on a tear. They won six straight contests in pursuit of their 10th straight playoff appearance. In mid-January, they found themselves 14 points out of playoff contention; an almost insurmountable task.

The Utah Grizzlies mascot Grizzbee is one of the most recognizable parts of the team. He takes the time to interact with many including youth hockey player Eddie Rappleye. (Ed Rappleye/Grizzly fan)

The rival Colorado Eagles paid a visit to the Grizzlies the week of March 20 and came away with a three- game sweep. Its playoff possibilities seemed bleak. They left the friendly confines for a five-game, 10-day road trip. They swept the road trip and controlled their own destiny in their final home stand. One victory and they would advance into the ECHL playoffs. The Grizzlies captured a 5-3 victory over Missouri April 8 to secure a playoff spot. The playoffs were scheduled to begin April 12 (after press deadline). At the team awards banquet April 6, Michael Pelech was named team MVP. He scored 20 goals this season and had 33 assists. Goaltender Ryan Faragher averaged 3.09 goals allowed per game and rookie Kevin Boyle, a top prospect of the Anaheim Ducks, posted a 2.0 goals against average in his final 15 games with the team. NHL teams use minor league rosters to develop its talent. National Hockey League opening night rosters boasted 11 former Grizzlies. They also have the most home wins in the ECHL in the past three seasons. The Grizzlies have a strong connection with the community in its amateur leagues and youth participation. They have a partnership with the Junior Grizzlies and the Salt Lake County recreational program. Grizzbee, the team’s mascot, is scheduled to make more than 150 appearances in the community throughout the year at schools, libraries and community events. The Grizzlies moved to Salt Lake City in 1995 as a member of the International Hockey League and later the American Hockey League. The team played its home games in the then named Delta Center until moving to West Valley City in 1997. In 1996, the Grizzlies won the IHL’s Turner Cup, in the fourth and final game of the championship series 17,381 fans attended the game and established a minor-league hockey attendance record. In 2005, the team was sold and moved to Cleveland. A new ownership group purchased the Grizzly identity and an East Coast Hockey League team, The Virginia Lancers, moved them to Utah. They became a part of the ECHL. The Grizzlies averaged nearly 5,300 fans per game. That is fourth highest in the league. l


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Utah employers happy to help train and transition veterans after service By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

Mitch Jensen speaks to Hill Air Force Base reps about a hiring freeze. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Mark Harrison, program support specialist of the National Guard Employment Support Program. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

n March 23, the Sandy Expo Center hosted a job fair for veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. Ninety vendors from across the Wasatch Front were provided a free space through various veterans services and the Utah Department of Workforce Services to help provide employment and life opportunities to service members. Marlene Mayl said farewell to the Air Force on Sept. 1, 2016 after 24 years of service and has been trying to find her niche ever since. Mayl left Virginia and currently works at the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Salt Lake City while working to finish her degree in business management with an emphasis in human resources. She is looking to get her foot in the door. “I would love to work in a healthcare setting in human resources. I think I’ve talked to some very good potentials. I think they’ve done an excellent job of advertising the job fair. This has been excellent,” said Mayl. “The hardest thing about transitioning out of the military has been the money, it’s been a big pay cut.” Some companies have been facing difficulties in the current economy but have found ways to still help veterans find employment. “We have a hiring freeze right now, but we have a few exceptions so we’re allowed to hire maintainers for aircraft. There are 13 occupations that we have a really high demand for and critical shortages and that’s why we’re here today, to gather resumes from veterans and try to assist them in finding a civilian job or, in some cases, in the private sector because anyone who has sacrificed and served, that is our ideal candidate,” said Joyce Peters of Hill Air Force Base. “These are our favorite candidates. There are all kinds of talent here and we’re going to try to connect with it. You don’t just stop repairing aircraft.” In 2011, the Utah Patriot Partnership program was created to incentivize companies to hire veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve first in order to assist them to find employment that best met their previous skills, training and education from the military. The program distinguishes employers as a Utah Patriot Partner through the governor’s office and Department of Workforce Services as well as helping to match them with veteran job candidates. They understand the sacrifices these men and women make,” said Mark Harrison, program support specialist of the National

Marlene Mayl, newly retired after 24 years in the Air Force looks to find her new career in human resources. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Guard Employment Support Program. “We try to get a diverse group of employers and not just entry-level positions. They’re willing to work knowing that some of our guys and gals come back with some difficulties. They want to see them succeed and get back on their feet.” “Veterans can do so much more and that kind of culture, that kind of environment can always grow, but that’s one of those talent groups that it takes a veteran to realize the value of the veteran, to be able to decipher the background, decipher the knowledge and the mentality of the mission first mindset that we always need,” said Chris Dominguez of Vivant, a smart home and security services provider throughout the United States and Canada. Some companies create in-house programs and internships to help train former members of the military how to best present themselves to potential employers. “We help them with the transitioning from the military to the civilian type of jobs. We look at their skills and qualifications and try to find where they would be a good fit. We provide them with a lot of networking opportunities and push them to do a lot of interviews. We help them with their resume, their interviewing skills, their 30-second commercial so they can introduce themselves. Within the three months, our job, my goal is to help them find a full-time job, and the program has been very successful,” said Margarita Angelo who works with the Military Internship Program for Zions Bank. The internship program began over five years ago with groups of 10 interns, held twice a year in April and September. Due to budget cuts, the number of veteran interns had to drop down to five but with the extension of the program to the corporation, they are hoping to return to 10 spots this April. Dezaray Allred, who served in the Army National Guard for eight years, was one of the first interns and has now been with Zions Bank for five years. Her resume and ability to sell her skills to interviewers was one of the skills she felt she needed the most help with and got it. “I loved it. It was a fantastic program,” said Allred. “It really helps military personnel to transition.” The next veterans job fair will be held May 10 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton. l

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Preventing teen sexual violence in Utah By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

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ape is the only violent crime that occurs in Utah at a higher rate than the rest of the United States though it remains largely under reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. Based on statistics gathered between 2006 to 2015, which have remained mostly unchanged over those years, one in three Utah women will experience some form of sexual violence, one in eight Utah women will be raped, and one in 50 Utah men will be raped in their lifetime. Utah is ranked ninth in the nation for rapes reported, but the numbers for unreported rapes are estimated to be extremely high, especially the instances that happen among teens and on college campuses. “We all, but teens especially, receive information about what a relationship looks like from parents, peers, and media and all too often what they see is that violence means love,” said Cielle Smith, an associate clinical mental health counselor for Aspen Ridge Counseling Center, a mental health counseling center with six locations in the Salt Lake valley and Tooele. Smith presented information about rape and sexual violence geared especially for teens and their parents at the Sandy Library on April 14. Rape culture and its prevalence in society contribute to this problem among the population, according to Smith. “When I’m talking about rape culture, I’m talking about how, as a society, we engage in this practice together and it is tolerating, normalizing and accepting sexual violence and assault, gender violence, all kinds of violence that falls under the definition of sexual assault. Trivializing sexual assault, when we say ‘Boys will be boys’, or bra-snapping, or pulling someone’s pants down,” said

Smith. “Tolerating sexual harassment in the workplace. Obviously, it’s a problem.” One of the biggest proponents of rape culture is victim blaming, said Smith, because it inhibits victims from wanting to come forward and report crimes due to the shame involved, from the feeling that society will blame the victim for getting hurt. “How you were dressed, what you were drinking, what time of night it was, and none of the responsibility is placed on who it should be placed on, which is the person who perpetrated the crime,” said Smith. “That’s exactly what it is, a crime. Are there any other crimes that we blame victims for? We don’t blame people who are walking down the street with their wallet in their pocket and they get robbed. We don’t blame them for having their wallet on them. We don’t blame people who get hit by a car on the sidewalk for getting hit because it’s not their fault. If your house is broken into and you’ve locked the doors, we don’t blame homeowners for having their house broken into. But for some reason, one of the only crimes that we blame victims for is rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.” This difficulty reporting due to shame is compounded by the fact that nationally, eight in 10 victims know their attacker, which means that the chance of reporting crimes is significantly lower. “It’s usually because the perpetrator is very crafty and good at manipulating and building a case around ‘the victim is crazy’. They’ve already built their case before the action takes place, so they’ve created a support system,” said one attendee, Coryn Carver. “We’re very shame based here and so the victims think it’s their fault.” Smith urged attendees to fight against rape culture, educate

Cielle Smith from Aspen Ridge Counseling Center presents information about preventing teen sexual violence in Utah. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

themselves about what consent looks like and what it is not, and how to watch for risk factors like relationship and dating violence. Carolyn Clyne volunteered at the Rape Recovery Center in the 1990s when she first came to Utah to get in-state experience following her degree in sociology. “I worked there to get experience and ended up being one of the only ones who would work with LGBTQ victims of assault at the time. I was gobsmacked when I got here at the lack of basic education like anatomy in Utah,” said Clyne. Smith also discussed the many resources available for victims and the need for more people to get involved, because of how important it is to support victims. For more information or help, contact the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City at their 24-hour crisis and info hotline at 801-467-7273, the National Teen Dating Violence Hotline at 1-866331-9474 or visit their website http://www.loveisrespect.org/, or contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. l

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lorin Nielsen has been writing poetry since he was in the third grade, but didn’t start embracing the title of poet until he retired from teaching high school. He now spends his time teaching how to write poetry to people of all ages. Nielsen held a special poetry workshop for adolescents on April 10 at the Holladay Library.

Florin Nielsen teaches his poetry workshop at the Holladay Library. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

“I’ve done this now at three different middle schools. I had decided on something and it worked so I’ve tried to stay with it,” Nielsen said. “I talk to them about what they know about poetry, what it is and what it isn’t. I then immediately have them write it themselves.” Nielsen developed a five-line constructivist poetry format. He talks the participants through the poem and then has them write one of their own. They usually accomplish this in 10–12 minutes. “That’s how I get them to do it. I have them write

immediately. I have them share them, listen to one another. We talk about them and I talk about how this is the gist of poetry,” Nielsen said. “Rhythm and rhyme isn’t. Your subject matter, your imagery, your metaphors and your entering the piece yourself, those are the most important things about poetry.” At the end of the workshop, Nielsen said he hoped the teens felt they could write poetry. “If they can do this and go along with this, they get the feeling they can do it,” Nielsen said. Nielsen was first introduced to poetry by his mother, who would read poetry to him every night. “She’d read me so many poems when I was a child. And I liked them. I didn’t know how to do them but I liked them,” Nielsen said. Nielsen didn’t do much with poetry until he was in college and took a poetry appreciation class. He then began to write his own poems. “I had no training, but I decided to start writing them,” Nielsen said. When he started teaching school, he’d teach poetry. It was then he got a passion for it. He found he could get his students to write poetry if he showed he was willing to write some as well. “I would do it with them and when they would have their sharing groups, I would sit in a sharing group and put mine on the table with theirs and they really grew from that,” Nielsen said. After retiring from teaching at East High School for 25 years, Nielsen began to write more in earnest. He has taught poetry at Mount Olympus Senior Center for the past 15 years. Nielsen’s poetry focuses on his family and his hometown, Hyde Park. He has a collection of poetry called “Hyde Park Sonnets.” He is also in a poetry club that focuses on the 13thcentury Persian poet Rumi. “I’ve been highly influenced by Rumi,” Nielsen said. “Lately, my poetry is more mystical as I age.” l

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Brighton High football player signs with Stanford By Koster Kennard | koster.k@mycityjournals.com

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righton fullback Sione Lund is one of the elite players coming out of Utah high schools this season. He’s a four-star recruit according to 247sports.com, one of only five fouror five-star recruits coming from Utah schools.

Sione Lund poses for a picture in Stanford football gear after committing to play with Stanford. He shared this photo on Facebook later that day. (Sione Lund/ Facebook)

The 6’1” 237 lb. Lund was a four-year starter at Brighton, rushing for 4,037 yards and 45 rushing touchdowns, which included 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year. On Feb. 1, Lund officially selected Stanford as his college destination on national signing day, though both he and his coach say he knew where he was going years earlier. When Lund was a freshman, Brighton head football coach Ryan Bullett knew Lund would be highly recruited, so he called him into his office to help him start preparing. “(Bullett) pulled me into his office during one class and said, ‘I think you have the potential to make it far in football, but I also want you to have the perspective of life after football,’” Lund said. “‘If I were you, I’d try my best to work hard for Stanford and to go there.’ He really gave me that perspective of working hard academically and getting into school there.” Shortly after their meeting, Lund decided Stanford was the school he would shoot for. “He made that decision right after his freshman season,” Bullett said. “We said, ‘Pick what school you want to go to. You’re going to get recruited by all these big schools,’ because he started for me as freshman playing in the state championship. He said, ‘Stanford’s my dream school.’” Bullet gave Lund some guidance on how to get into Stanford after Lund decided Stanford was where he wanted to go. “‘Well, let’s get your grades going, let’s get you in some AP classes,’ I said. You’ve got to

work on your ACT and he did all the right things to get himself prepared and ready to go to Stanford,” Bullett said. “It was all himself motivating. He could have said, ‘You know, I want to go to Michigan or I want to go to Iowa,’ but he goes, ‘My dream school is Stanford,’ and he said that right after his freshman season.” Lund said working toward going to Stanford was difficult both academically and athletically, but that working hard paid off. Lund is on track to graduate with a 3.8 GPA. “A lot of people will get the idea that I’m incredibly smart,” Lund said. “I like to think I’m smart but it was more my hard work. Some people were born smart and other people work for it. Working hard became my smartness. It wasn’t my ‘IQ,’ it was my ‘I will,’ is what I like to say.” Lund said getting into Stanford is tougher than a lot of other schools and that there were times he wanted to give up. “The academic part was no easy feat, especially the application just to get in there is really tough,” Bullett said. “It’s a whole different process than every other school.” Lund’s family provided the support he needed while he worked to keep his grades up. “The role (my family) played was they just supported me throughout the whole thing, and I’m glad they gave me the support they did because who knows where I would be right now.” Lund was adopted into the Lund home when he was a young teenager, but was only recently officially adopted, changing his last name from Heimuli to Lund. Lund said one reason he selected Stanford was to be surrounded by a new type of people. “It was more of an open culture (at Stanford). We live here in Utah and everyone’s the same, but when I went to Stanford it was unique,” Lund said. “Everyone is something because it’s Stanford and that was one of the best things about going there. All the football players are known as football players. They all get the attention but just every single person you meet has something unique about them and they’re incredibly talented in some way.” Bullett said some athletes don’t want to play in state because they want to experience something new. “I think sometimes the kids just want to try a different culture than what’s offered here,” Bullett said. “People don’t ever want to talk about that, but that’s what these kids are doing. There’s a lot of kids in the state who just want to go try a different culture.” Lund is LDS and said Defensive Coordinator Lance Anderson being LDS helped him know he was in the right place when visiting Stanford. “When I first met Coach Anderson he told me that he was LDS and how they work with missionaries, and that attracted me and of course my family,” said Lund. “It was nice to know that you won’t be an outcast there by being different by what you believe — that’s what Stanford is all about, being different and believing in what

Sione Lund runs into the end zone during Brighton’s game versus Jordan. (Richelle Hadley Lund/Facebook)

you believe in.” There are a few other reasons Lund selected Stanford. “(Stanford’s) a big-time facility, a big-time I mean all their sports,” Bullett said. “Their athletic budget is the top in the PAC-12 by a wide margin. The appeal of the campus is gorgeous. It’s big-time football. I think those are the things that drew him there.” Other teams high on Lund’s list included Michigan, LSU, UCLA and BYU. “Those are the kinds of schools that stood out to me and just because of the relationships I created with those coaches and of course being close to home.” Lund said. “The normal things teenagers like, ya know. The nice gear and the attention they attract. So those schools were up there for me, but I kind of knew where I wanted to go to school this whole time.”

Lund plans to enroll at Stanford in June and start playing with the football team in the fall. Though Lund played mostly fullback in high school he plans to play running back at Stanford. “They have plenty of fullbacks up there right now so they’re putting me at running back,” Lund said. “I’m happy about it.” Lund said a combination of factors makes Stanford the best place for him. “I think (Stanford) speaks for itself really both academically and athletically,” Lund said. “There are a ton of other places where I could have gone and got a great education as well, but I just knew Stanford was the best place for me. Just in the offense and how they run things. It just gave me a different feeling. I just knew it’d best for my future to attend Stanford.” l

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Brighton jumps in unison to pose for a team photo.(Sam Puich/ Brighton Softball head coach)

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ith nearly half of their team being freshman and many of those freshmen having little softball experience, odds were stacked against Brighton’s softball team at the start of the season. Then they lost three starters to injury. Erica Olsen was the starting catcher and a potential all-region player according to head coach Sam Puich. She got a blood clot in her leg and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The same is probably true for starting center fielder Abby Woodside, who is the only senior on the team and who made all-region last season. She appears to have a torn labrum in her shoulder and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Starting right fielder Maisy Hayes is the fastest player on the team according to Puich. She has a severely sprained ankle that refuses to heal. “We’re struggling a little bit,” Puich said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries. I’ve been forced to start four freshmen and they’re coming along very well. The kids are getting better and better every week, but it was kind of a tough thing to lose some key players pretty much for the season.” Junior pitcher/first baseman and captain Kat Bertram said her younger teammates have been coachable despite many having to learn completely new positions. “(Injuries) are obviously a big part of the sport we play and I think that having a lot of players out with injuries is really hard on us and lowers our team morale as a whole,” Bertram said. “So, in order to overcome that we’ve had to put players in positions that they’ve never seen before and overall, as a team I think we’ve done really well coping with it.” Freshman twins Abby and Sydney Little are a couple of the freshmen who have stepped up in to play positions they haven’t before, with Sydney in left field and Abby playing first base. “Erica Woodside, Abby (Woodside’s) younger sister, has stepped in to play catcher and she’s done remarkably well, not only from a defensive standpoint but she’s one of the leading

hitters on the team,” said Puich. “The younger players are eager to learn and they want to get better so they’re open to any of the coaches’ constructive criticism or tips,” said assistant coach Josh Woodside. “They really are eager to learn.” Puich said the younger players on his team have meshed well with the older players. “They have a lot of fun together and they support each other, and I think that’s what helped the kids grow,” Puich said. “The young ones really trust the older ones and the older ones are not afraid to push the young ones, but at the same time they really treat the kids with a lot of respect. And I like that.” As an upperclassmen, Bertram has been a steadying force. “I’ve kind of had to rely on her to shore up our defense just with her pitching, and then she’s our leading hitter on the team as well,” Puich said. Puich said one thing that makes things hard for their program is the fact that few young girls play softball in their area. “I’m just very proud of how hard they have worked and how committed they are to becoming a good team,” Puich said. “They’re probably not going to win a state championship or anything else; their goal is to qualify for state and I think they have a good chance to do that this year, but just how hard they work and how much pride they have in representing their school is something that I’m really inspired by.” Bertram said her team has improved offensively, defensively and that their attitude is overall more positive than it has been in past seasons. “I wish people knew how hard we work as a team,” Bertram said. “A lot of times they come to our games and they might not see the best side of our team, but we really do work hard at every practice. At every game we put all our heart into it and I wish people would see that more when they came. Sometimes it’s hard to show, but I wish people would see it.” l

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Brighton tennis looking to succeed with young team By Koster Kennard | koster.k@mycityjournals.com

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righton’s tennis coach Natalie Meyer can’t remember a time when her team wasn’t winning early in the season, but this season they’re sitting at two wins and two losses. Brighton lost all but two members of last year’s varsity team to graduation, and the two who didn’t graduate were brothers who moved when their father was called to be an LDS mission president. “So we’ve got some seniors in JV that moved up and we’ve also got some new ones that have come in and taken some of the spots,” Meyer said. “They’re good. They’re working hard. I took 30 this year, which is more than I usually take, but they’re just young and hungry to play tennis.” The team is heavy with freshmen, including their number one player Redd Owen, who has played in a few national tournaments and whose father played tennis for the University of Utah. Owen broke his hand the day before tryouts and missed the first two games. “He’s back going full force, so we’re excited to play everyone again with him, ” Meyer said. “The boys have risen to the challenge — they’ve been great.” Meyer said the team has worked hard to be competitive despite their setbacks. “This one (kid) was injured and we always knew he was pretty good and I had high hopes for all the other freshman, but they’re all pretty steady,” said Josh Bunker, a senior captain. “Like one of them is playing above me in doubles, which is pretty good and, yeah, they’re just solid so I’m pretty stoked.” Braxton Pardoe, the other senior captain, said that though this year’s team is young, it’s deep and competitive. “I feel like this year, we have a much younger team than everybody else because we lost a lot of seniors last year, but I feel like everybody

The Brighton tennis team poses for a team photo. (Natalie Meyer/Brighton High School)

coming up being so young will make us super good in the future,” Pardoe said. Meyer said the losses have helped her team learn some new lessons. “We’ve taken some losses this time so that’s been a whole new challenge for us,” Meyer said. “To have to come off and say, ‘All right, we’ve lost, what do we do now? How do we get better? How do we improve? What can we do better against this team the next time around? It puts us in a little bit different position than we’ve been in before.” Meyer said her team may be different from others because they practice six days a week and many of her players take private tennis lessons. Meyer has been around tennis her entire life and has been

coaching since she was 16. She took state all four years she played tennis at Brighton and played at the University of Utah. Meyer started teaching at Brighton 27 years ago, but wasn’t made head tennis coach until 14 years later. Meyer’s family is a tennis family, and they were constantly involved in tennis when she was growing up, whether that was by helping with tennis tournaments, her dad volunteering as a linesmen, or her brother working at a tennis shop. Meyer said her team has a special kind of chemistry. “I’m just really proud of them,” Meyer said. “They’re really great young men. They’re gentlemen on and off the court. This team was kind of a mix of half new and half returning and they have meshed and become friends so quickly. There’s a great team camaraderie within this group that I’ve got.” l

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Brighton throwers gather for a photo with their equipment before their throw trials. Left to right: Alexander Royzman, Hailee Briscoe, Katie Shepherd, Jarren Brown, Jacob Nobis, Eli Hansen, Riley Ballard, Nicholas Newell, Ayden Anderson and Taemour Djahanbani. (Koster Kennard/ City Journals)

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his year’s Brighton High School track team has a number of athletes looking to qualify for state, mixed in with many young freshman and sophomore athletes. “I’m really excited about our numbers,” said Brighton’s sprints, hurdles and relays coach Kanute Rockne. “We presently have about 135 kids that are running and we have a really good group of young kids. The freshmen and sophomores are really good. We also have a stable group of older kids.” One athlete that is likely to stand out is Jordan Brandt, a senior who placed third in last year’s state track meet with a personal best time of 15.04 “Jordan Brandt is probably our best girl athlete. She’s our hurdler and really did very well at state last year,” Rockne said. “(She) qualified and medaled in the finals and she had a great indoor season and she’s doing really well, so hopefully she has a great outdoor season.” Andrew Covey, Kai Lewis and Christian Richard are some senior sprinters that Coach Rockne expects to do well this year. Brighton’s distance runners are solid but young, one of the coaches said. “We have lots of new freshman and sophomores, so lots of new runners coming out,” said Mike Zufelt, who helps coach the distance runners. Rockne also pointed out Julian Pellmann, one of the distance runners. “We have expectations that he’s going to have a really good year,” Rockne said. “He did real well last year and he’s gotten much stronger and he’s a little bit quicker this year, so I’m really excited to see him run.” Brighton has many distance runners who are doing well, but no superstars, Zufelt said. Ryan Bullett, who coaches throws, said they have a couple throwers who have been there since they were freshmen. “They started out here as freshman and they’ve been working at it to try and qualify

for some state stuff and to get some scores and maybe be first or second in our region meet, which we didn’t have that possibility a few years ago because they were so young,” Bullett said. “(I’m) kind of excited about that. Seeing if we could get someone to qualify for state would be huge.” The throwing coaches try to make practices laid back and enjoyable so kids stay with the sport. “We’re just trying to have fun with the kids so they have an interest in coming out and getting better every day so we have a chance to hold on to a few,” Bullett said. “Usually the numbers will start big, then as things wear on and the weather gets better the kids will kind of disappear, so we think have a good group of kids right now.” Taemour Djahanbani is a junior who Bullett said has the best chance of making state in the shot put, while Jacob Nobis could make it in javelin. Zufelt said their runners are good both in athletics and academics. “The kids are just coming out having fun and enjoying themselves,” Bullett said. “It’s always nice to get out and compete and do some different things that not everybody does and get out of your element a little bit.” Rockne said he needs to see his athletes compete in an actual meet before he’ll know how good his team can be. “For right now I’m pleased with our attitude. I’m pleased with our work ethic and I think we have some talent, so I’m excited about where we could be,” Rockne said. “I’m really excited about what we’re doing overall with our kids and I think we’re going to have a good year.” Brighton High doesn’t do too much different from other programs in the state, but the coaches say their kids work hard. “Our philosophy is run like hell and don’t make any right-hand turns,” said Rockne. “As long as we’re turning left we’re going to be in pretty good shape.” l

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alon LaMont is proud to announce its new owner, educator, and master stylist Shelby LaMont. Previously known as Kami Hair, Salon LaMont has been providing clients with the latest trends for over 32 years. The salon has established a reputation that sets them apart from other salons. After 17 years of mentoring from Tony Shiraki, the owner of Kami Hair, Shelby was given the opportunity to fulfill her dreams by purchasing Kami Hair. Shelby hopes to carry on the tradition that has helped her and many other stylists succeed. “I officially took over the salon in June 2016,” Shelby said. “I have dreamed of owning my own salon since I was a little girl. I have tried to take as many business classes and technical classes as I can to help sharpen my skills in this industry and to prepare myself for this journey.” Shelby has attended training in hair extensions, as well as handson color and cutting classes with Wella Academy and TIGI Academy in California. Shelby has worked in the salon industry since 1998 and trained under former salon owners, Tony and Eva Shiraki. In 2014, Shelby also attended extensive hands-on cutting and color classes at Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, Calif. Shelby recently attended a private hair show at Haute Coiffure Française in Paris along with Tony Shiraki and senior stylist Erika Bublik. Haute Coiffure Française is an elite international organization comprised of only 1,500 salons in 43 countries. Along with a new owner, comes a new look.
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the front facing of the building and have been remodeling the inside to give the salon a new fresh look,” Shelby said. There are 22 booths in Salon LaMont and each stylist is required to attend two hair shows a year to remain current with upcoming trends, whether they are a master, senior, or junior stylist. With a new face and name, Salon LaMont kept some of the traditions from Kami Hair. Shelby is also keeping up the salon tradition of weekly hands-on training in cut, color, and special-event styles. Salon LaMont offers hands-on education to stylists, along with educational classes every other month from outside resources. “This sets us apart from many salons and ensures quality control within the salon,” Shelby explained. “The education of myself and the other stylists at Salon LaMont are far too many to mention as this is the theme for success.” Salon LaMont offers a diverse working environment that creates an energetic and helpful atmosphere. The team is full of friendly, hardworking and outgoing individuals. “We aim to provide a superior, professional service within a clean, comfortable, and energetic environment,” Shelby said. “Our clients are the most important part of our business and our friendly, attentive and efficient staff will work hard to ensure 100 percent satisfaction.” Former owners Tony and Eva Shiraki are still actively working at Salon LaMont, as their passion for the industry remains strong. Salon LaMont is located 4896 S. Highland Dr., Suite 118. To learn more, visit Salon LaMont online at salonlamont.com l

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re you at your wallets end when it comes to family entertainment? It can be hard to find something all age ranges can enjoy. Plus, for some of our area’s more popular theme parks, it seems as if we have to mortgage the house just to gain admission, and on top of the high prices, they add insult to injury and charge just to park the car. If your wallet is already having a panic attack over the expense of your upcoming summer vacation, now is the time to discover the latest craze that is catching on at your favorite park. It’s disc golf. It’s easy to try; it’s fun for all ages---and it’s my favorite word---FREE. As more and more Utah parks are adding courses, it’s becoming easier than ever to enjoy a pleasant afternoon at a nearby of location or take a journey to see some of our amazing scenery. I recently I stumbled on a course at Brighton Resort. To make the most of this experience, here are some things to keep in mind when gearing up to flip out. 1. Take a look at a map: As the popularity of disc golf expands, many online sites offer detailed maps of courses and distance markers. Some sites include scorecards, too. 2. Bring extra discs: At the risk of sounding a tad irreverent and even insulting to regular players, my dollar store Frisbee worked just fine when a water hazard was likely to

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lines. Maybe that’s why the bumble bees are disappearing. Beautiful people are kidnapping swarms and stealing their venom. Seems plausible. This year’s list of potentially deadly anti-aging treatments doesn’t disappoint. For less than $1,000, physicians will take plasma from your blood and inject it into your face. If you’re not into vampire facials, your dermatologist can permanently place ceramic crystals under your skin for a natural glow. The downside: your body might reject the crystals as foreign objects. Probably because they’re foreign objects. Placenta powder, sterilized nightingale poop treatments and urine facials have hit the cosmetology industry this year, giving a new meaning to “flushing out toxins.” Along with bees, other lifeforms are helping us look radiant. And by “helping” I mean creeping us out. Leeching is a thing again. This medieval treatment for everything from PMS to cancer has found its way onto our bodies. Leeches are supposed to purify blood and promote a feeling of vitality. Nope. Nope. And . . . nope. Can’t do blood-sucking leeches? How about slimy snails? A doctor with too much time on his hands says snail slime contains wrinkle fighting ingredients. I’m not sure how he tested his theory, but I hope there’s a YouTube video. If you like to play with lighters, fire facials come with a cloth soaked in alcohol that is ignited and placed against the skin for a few seconds to, not only decrease

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