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Biggest Loser program gets residents fit By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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esidents of Cottonwood Heights are getting fit and healthy thanks to the Biggest Loser program offered by the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. The annual program has been at the rec center for the past four years and originated from the NBC show of the same name where competitors work with personal trainers and dieticians to help them lose weight. According to Andrew Davis, recreation program coordinator for the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, the Cottonwood Heights Biggest Loser is focused on not just weight loss, but also getting residents back on track to a healthier life. “We did three sessions this year which gives the participants a great chance to change how they eat and get them back to healthy living,” Davis said. “We split the participants into two teams and have two trainers that do an amazing job and have been in the business of fitness instructors or trainers for years.” The program is eight weeks long. Participants do an initial weigh-in at the beginning of the program, another weighin mid-camp and a final weigh-in when the program is over. The current session started on Sept. 21 and will conclude Nov. 16. The next session will start after New Year’s Day. There are currently 40 participants enrolled in the program. The participants have personal trainers

available as a resource to help with workout regiments, as well as fitness classes. “The personal trainers doing the camp are at the participants’ disposal if they have questions. They receive one private consult a week in addition to the ultimate membership, which, again, is full access to all classes and areas of the facility,” Davis said. “Along with the classes, we have competitions between the two teams every other Saturday.” There are several benefits to enrolling in the Biggest Loser program. “When they sign up for Biggest Loser, they receive an ‘Ultimate’ membership for those eight weeks,” Davis said. “The Ultimate membership means that you can participate in

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Firefighters compete at charity chili cookoff By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

Fire Departments from across the state competed in a chili cookoff on Sept. 24. American Fork Fire Department won “best booth” for their saloon-style stand. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)


epresentatives from nearly 15 fire departments brought hundreds of quarts of chili to the South Towne Mall parking lot in Sandy on Sept. 24 to compete in the Fourth Annual Utah Firefighter Chili Cookoff, a fundraiser for the University of Utah Health Care’s Burn Camp. “As far as I’m concerned, we’re all winning as soon as people buy tickets for chili,” said Jack Gray, a West Jordan resident representing the Ogden Fire Department. “We’re really here for the kids who will benefit from camp.” At the camp, children, teen and adult burn injury survivors socialize with people in similar circumstances and learn about healing from professional nurses, physical therapists and firefighters. About 5,000 people attended the cookoff, and together the departments raised $12,528 for the Burn Camp, with South Davis Fire Department raising the most at $2,677, West Jordan coming in second at $1,711 and Unified Fire Authority third at $1,304. South Davis also claimed the people’s choice chili with West Jordan coming in second place and West Valley Fire Department in third. American Fork took the plaque for the booth decorating competition with their Old West, saloon-style booth. West Jordan came in second with their booth that included a 10-foot-tall fake fire-hydrant and the Unified Fire Authority came in third place with the booth that they named the “Sultry Poultry” that was decorated with a banner, stuffed animal chicken and hay.

Unified Fire Authority named their Utah Firefighter Chili Cookoff booth the “Sultry Poultry” because they made their chili with chicken. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

“Well, it would be great to win again, but from last year to this year, you have departments who have stepped up their booth and other departments who have made changes to their chili,” Chief Marc McElreath of the West Jordan Fire Department said about the competition, adding that his department will make changes next year. West Jordan won the booth decorating and people’s choice chili awards in 2015 using the recipe of Kent Warner, a firefighter and paramedic on West Jordan’s C platoon. Warner said he was “volun-told” to make the chili for the competition after he made a chili for his co-workers that they liked. Warner switched up his recipe for this year’s competition by substituting smoked, pulled pork for steak and reducing the spiciness of the chili. Judges commented that they missed the spiciness, so Warner said he plans to add some heat to the West Jordan chili for the 2017 event. Many departments bring the same chili each year. Unified Fire West Valley brings a red chili and a chili verde and Unified Fire offers a cashew chicken chili and vegetarian cashew quinoa chili each year. Shelby Williams, event participant who came to support her brother who works for the West Valley Fire Department, said, setting all bias aside, the West Valley’s chili verde chili was her favorite. She thought they should have won. Overall, it was an activity that members of her family, no matter what age, could enjoy, she said.

Williams ran around the event with her niece and nephew in the parking lot and lawn area of the South Towne Mall, which organizers had set up with activities for kids including inflatable slides. Rob Marriot, of Unified Fire, said he thought the event was a success because it allowed the firefighters to raise money toward the burn camp. Marriot said he and other firefighters from his department have participated in the burn camp and have seen the children learn how to cope with their injuries. This year the state’s firefighters will give more than $12,000 to the burn camp, but the burn camp participants will give the firefighters much more than that in terms of strength, he said. “Let’s promote the cookoff for next year and make it bigger and better,” Marriot said. “Let’s beat what we raised this year during next year’s event.” l

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Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation holds bond election By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


alt Lake County Parks and Recreation will have a bond election on the Nov. 8 ballot across the entire county. Called Salt Lake County Proposition A, the bond will issue $90 million to build new parks, trails, recreational amenities and a recreation center, as well as renovate and improve existing facilities. According to Callie Birdsall, the communications and public relations manager of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, the county currently has a bond for parks and recreation projects out that will expire this year. The bond that is on the ballot is a continuation of that bond. “This bond that is coming out is to build these facilities, build some more parks, update the Jordan River with the water trail,” Birdsall said. “It’s not really a new tax. It’s a continuation.” The proposition builds upon the reauthorized Zoo, Arts and Parks tax, which passed in November 2014 with 77 percent of the vote. The proposed $90 million in bonds is divided into $59 million in proposed projects and $31 million in proposed maintenance and improvement for parks and recreation locations that already exist. The first listed project is $2.7 million for Knudsen Nature Park in Holladay. The park will include a playground, open lawn, pavilions, picnic tables, fishing pond, wildlife education center, amphitheater, water mill education center, trails, covered bridges and restoring 475 feet of Big Cottonwood Creek. West Valley City will receive a $3 million Pioneer Crossing Park with open space, boardwalks, historical education areas, natural amphitheater, urban camping areas and a canoe launch. The Magna Township will get a $11.2 million for the Magna Regional Park. The park will include a multi-use sports fields, a playground with water play, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a paved perimeter trail, skate sports and neighborhood access points. The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center will receive nearly $2.5 million in upgrades and additions. This includes replacing pool mechanical systems to save on energy costs and replacing the existing filtration system with a more efficient and environmentally friendly system. The existing outdoor diving pool will be reconfigured to include 500 additional square feet of water surface area and will be fully ADA accessible. Wheeler Farm will receive a $2.75 million outdoor education center, which will include a 150-person classroom, a greenhouse, demonstration kitchens, offices and storage. Hands-on experiences will include horticulture, agriculture, livestock, watershed science, urban forestry and volunteer opportunities. South Jordan can expect a $12 million Welby Regional Park if the bond passes. Phase one of park development will be located primarily on 10200 South and will encompass approximately 47 acres. The park will include lighted multipurpose sports fields, a playground picnic shelters and a walking path. A $2.2 million Jordan River Water Trail is also proposed and will include a series of formal boat access points at strategic locations throughout the Salt Lake County’s section of the Jordan River. A new Jordan River Water Trail will be implemented and other improvements will strive to improve the current condition along the river. White City Township can expect a nearly $1.7 million White City/Sandy Trail. The paved pedestrian and bike trail will follow along the abandoned canal in White City beginning at 9400 South and will run along south to the Dimple Dell Regional Park, where it will connect with the Sandy Canal Trail. The largest project proposed bond is the nearly $20 million recreation center in Draper. The 35,910-square-foot center will feature a competitive lap pool, a leisure pool with a water slide and amenities, child care, two dance/multi-use rooms, fitness area, trails,

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We’re here when you need us – 24/7. Eleven new projects and several improvement projects are part of the proposed parks and recreation bond. (Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation)

open space and space for a future gymnasium. New $25,000 multi-use sports courts are slated for Salt Lake City that will include lights and a storage facility. Each court will be made out of asphalt or concrete. The last project listed with the bond is a $1.75 million Oak Hills Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. Located along the fifth hole of Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course, improvements include renovations to the existing tennis facility clubhouse. The $31 million in maintenance and improvement projects will include the Dimple Dell Regional Park, the Equestrian Park, Mick Riley Golf Course, mountain trails, Oquirrh Park, Salt Lake County parks, Southridge Park, Sugar House Park and universally accessible playgrounds. According to Birdsall, the proposed projects were submitted to the ZAP board for consideration. The approved projects were then sent on to the county council for their approval. The county has held several public meetings in various cities to educate the public on proposed bond. “We have posters and brochures in recreation centers, city halls, event centers (and) libraries,” Birdsall said. Birdsall believes the public is responding well to the proposed projects. “The support of parks and trails and open space is incredible every single year because of the increase in population and the urban sprawl that is happening. The need for open space is exponentially growing,” Birdsall said. “When you talk about parks and recreation, most people are pretty excited about it.” To learn more about the proposed bond and the projects it includes, visit slco.org/parks-recreation-bond. l

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hat would it take to start the business of your dreams? Would you need a hefty bank loan or patented product? Would you need community involvement or the help of stakeholders? Perhaps you’d need an empty space or a few volunteers. For Ian Acker, a baseFTR founder Ian Acker (right), heavy boombox and a Women’s Group Leader Lacey Garcia (middle) and FTR financial motivational Facebook post advisor Doug McNeil pose for a was all he needed to bring to photo after accepting the SCORE life his dream of creating a award for Outstanding Communi- fitness program that catered to ty Impact in Washington, D.C. For those struggling with addiction. two years in a row, FTR has been “I wanted purpose,” Acker chosen from businesses across the said. “I never felt like I had any nation as one of the most influential type of purpose. I wanted to companies in the community. (Ian create a place that was friendly Acker/Founder of FTR) and a place where people in recovery felt welcome.” In August 2012, Acker, a recovering addict himself, took a risk: he purchased a Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox and posted a Facebook message encouraging his friends in recovery to join him in Sugar House Park for a Saturday morning workout. “Four people showed up,” Acker said. “But during that day I saw the connection that these people had — they were smiling and they were happy. Just that little breath of fresh air propelled me to continue to keep going. So the next week there were seven people; then 10 showed up, 15 showed up, 20 showed up.” As word of this high-energy fitness hour spread, more and more people working through addiction started joining Acker in the park. Eventually Cold Creek Wellness Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center based out of Kaysville, caught wind of Acker’s growing program and began bringing treatment patients to his workouts. “When Cold Creek signed on, that showed me that we could really do something,” Acker said. The notable, steady growth of the Saturday morning park program signaled to Acker that there was an unmet need in the sober community: a need for physical activity, community gatherings, nutritional insights, and creative endeavors. “After we got some play in the park, we started a run group at USARA,” Acker said. “They were nice enough to let us process and then run every Monday. So we had two things going on and then we implemented a women’s group at USARA as well, which made three things.” Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness, or USARA, is located in downtown Salt Lake City and has played a monumental role in getting Acker’s ideas off the ground. After launching several different programs and garnering a large following at his Saturday morning Sugar House workouts, Acker decided it was time to establish a place for these programs to call home. In January 2015, Acker opened the Fit To Recover gym at 789 W. 1390 S. in Salt Lake City. “We started working with quite a few treatment centers and at that point we needed a building because it was getting cold and it just wasn’t working outside,” Acker said. “So we finally closed on a building, but it took a long time because

people didn’t want to rent to people in recovery. But we found someone who was nice enough to rent to us, and we opened up, and we hit the ground running.” What started as a 5,500-square-foot empty warehouse soon became a remarkable gym and community center thanks to the help of volunteers and sponsors across the valley. Today the nonprofit Fit To Recover (FTR) gym has a 20-foot-high climbing wall, more than a dozen weight racks, and ample space for group workout sessions. “It’s been amazing to see this place grow,” said Lacey Garcia, leader of the FTR Women’s Group. “Just seeing people in recovery come and say ‘I want to build a climbing wall,’ and a climbing wall is built; or ‘I want to start a writing group’, and a writing group starts; or ‘I want to plant a garden,’ and a garden is planted. People come with ideas and we see them all the way through.” FTR hosts more than 35 classes a week out of the gym. From strength and conditioning, to restorative yoga and nutrition workshops, to music and creative expression, and much more, each class is designed to facilitate the physical activity, nutrition, and creativity that’s invaluable when achieving long-term sobriety. “I love it here,” said Robert Godwin, a treatment patient at the Odyssey House Rehabilitation Center and attendee of Saturday morning bootcamp. “If it wasn’t for places like this I don’t know what I would be doing. It actually ties me down and keeps me motivated to want to stay sober, to be clean, and to have a new life outside of getting high on the streets. I’m excited. I’m happy. I feel like I’ve actually found a home.” With 100 individual members and seven different treatment centers signed up, FTR serves more than 300

people each week. Art studios, meeting rooms, a community garden, and a play room make FTR much more than the average fitness gym. Instead, it is a place where people in recovery can feel welcome, supported, encouraged, and motivated; it’s a place where community and service go hand in hand. “Ian really believes in people and lets them express themselves how they want,” Garcia said. “And it’s cool to see us get a community impact award for all we’ve done.” In September 2015, Acker and Garcia flew to Washington, D.C. to accept the Utah Community Impact Award from SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. FTR was selected from 1,500 businesses across Utah for their exceptional efforts in the community. Again, in September 2016, SCORE named FTR the nation’s most Outstanding Community Impact Business. “We were recognized for our outstanding community impact — that’s a pretty big deal,” Acker said. “I’m pretty proud of that.” With a growing member base and additional treatment centers signing on, the future for FTR is very bright. Over the next five years, Acker hopes his business will become self-sustaining, host more programs for physical and creative outlets, and serve more than 500 people per week. Ultimately, Acker intends to franchise the gym in order to meet the needs of those in recovery in every state. “We’re thinking long term, not just here in Utah,” Acker said. “Because the joy is in helping people: the more people we can help, the better we feel.” To learn more about FTR visit Fit2recover.org. l

Every Saturday morning bootcamp is closed out with a traditional group breakdown and inspirational words from founder Ian Acker. “What makes FTR so unique is the amazing group of people we have here,” Acker said. “They give others hope.” (Sarah Almond/City Journals)


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Cottonwood Heights receives Business-Friendly Award By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


Cottonwood Heights was one of five cities to receive the Business-Friendly Award. (Cottonwood Heights)

he Salt Lake Chamber, Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah League of Cities and Towns honored Cottonwood Heights with the 2016 Utah Governor’s Business-Friendly Community Award. The city was given the award for its efforts to reduce the number of regulations viewed as burdensome by locals and strengthen Utah’s pro-business climate. Cottonwood Heights found out about the award Sept. 15. According to Peri Kinder, the business development and licensing director for Cottonwood Heights, in order to receive the award, the city first had to do a survey with all the businesses in the area, as well as people who come in for permits. “We went through all those surveys and asked what we could do to be better, what they’d like us to do to make the process a little bit more streamlined and what we could do to make their experiences better working with us,” Kinder said. “We took all those surveys and put them into a report and presented it to the city council.” Kinder said the main things people wanted were to be able to do payments online for renewal of licenses and to pay building permit fees. The city is looking into implementing the online payment system at the beginning of next year. “We took what they said and we really want to make a difference with businesses. We want to be as helpful as possible,” Kinder said. Another item that was drawn from the survey is trying to respond to calls and emails quickly. “We already have a 24-hour policy where we respond within 24 hours and we just want to reaffirm that,” Kinder said. “We really want to respond to everybody by the end of the day to make sure their questions are answered, just being really open and available to people who need our help.” The other part of the survey was to gauge the community’s view on things

the city has already implemented to create a business-friendly area. “We do lunches. We do expos. We do fairs. We just did Bites in the Heights,” Kinder said. “We really try to bring attention to our local businesses and give them a chance to promote themselves and promote what they do.” Kinder said the city was very honored to receive the award. “We’ve worked really hard over the last year to make some changes in the city, in our processes and procedures,” Kinder said. “It was great to be acknowledged for that.” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said, in response to the award, the city values the business community in Cottonwood Heights and the recognition was evidence of the city’s efforts to limit regulations of business and make Cottonwood Heights a desirable place for businesses. “Our business community is vibrant and one of the key reasons our citizen love living here,” Cullimore said. “Many are able to work close to home and all are able to benefit from the goods and services offered by the businesses operating in Cottonwood Heights.” Other cities who have received this award include Clearfield, Lindon, South Jordan and Park City. Gov. Gary Herbert applauded the cities, saying conscientious examinations of business regulations will always lead to increased opportunities for Utahns. “Our state shines when businesses can thrive, innovate and improve Utah’s quality of life,” Herbert said. “I applaud the communities that have undertaken this effort and hope that others will follow their lead.” To learn more about the Governor’s Business-Friendly Community Award, visit cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. l



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CPR for the mind: SLCo offers mental health first aid By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


he Speedy Foundation teamed up with Optum on Sept. 24 to offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course at the Salt Lake County offices in West Valley City. MHFA is an eighthour course training participants how to identify the common signs of mental illness including depression, anxiety disorders and substance use. What the Classes Do For four years Robyn Emery has been teaching MHFA, but her involvement with mental health has spanned much longer. Emery’s daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14 and it’s what led Emery into her work field. “[My daughter] got me involved just trying to keep her alive and good and well…now I advocate for families with kids who have mental health issues,” Emery said. Emery is a certified MHFA facilitator and a family support specialist at Optum. She said the class is essential in teaching people how to be first responders in a mental health crisis. “People are often trained in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid, but you’re just as likely to come in contact with someone who is suffering from a mental or emotional crisis,” Emery said. Julie Stewart and her husband have taken the course twice and work with homeless people experiencing mental health issues. “With the skills I learned, I feel confident I can step up to support someone in my community and help them get the care they need,” Stewart, a Sandy resident, said. Emery said the most important skills participants learn is how to recognize an issue, having the tools to assess the risk and directing the person to a place they can seek professional help. “You’re not going to be able to handle it forever, you’re not supposed to be,” Emery said. “We want [class participants] to see what it looks like and what it’s not.” Katie Flood, director and treasurer of The Speedy Foundation, said recognizing the issue promptly rather than ignoring the signs can help stop issues before they become serious. “A lot of times we overlook [the signs] and just assume they’ll be OK and get themselves out of this funk,” Flood said. Stewart said she used to be afraid talking to people suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. She learned strategies they could use to council with those who feel like “they’ve hit rock bottom.” “Instead of saying, ‘well you’ll be OK,’ and walk off, maybe realizing instead that it does help to assess the situation and say, ‘let’s talk about it.’ Those words are big words,” Stewart said. “[Emery’s] class really does help you feel more comfortable in talking through things.” It’s part of the skill set attendees are meant to acquire along with knowing where to send people for professional help. “We could give reassurance that there is help and learning from Robyn about all the resources in the valley was huge for us,” Stewart said. It could also prove a lifesaver for the homeless Stewart works with. One in five adults experience mental illness according to the National Institute on Mental Health. With everyone capable of receiving aid from the course, Flood has experienced firsthand the results of the training. “I’ve used it for myself, not knowing I was depressed. Then seeing it really progress, I was able to use those tools and take a

MHFA training teaches participants how to identify the most common signs of mental illness and an action plan to help someone in crisis. (Courtesy of Optum)

By training more people to assist someone facing a behavioral health crisis, Optum and The Speedy Foundation hope to increase the chances that the person in need gets help. (Courtesy of Optum)

For immediate assistance with a behavioral health crisis, call the Salt Lake County Crisis Line 24 hours/7 days a week at (801) 587-3000. step back and really reflect on what I was going through,” Flood said. For a year and a half, Flood has worked with The Speedy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preventing suicide and supporting mental health. It was formed in 2011 in memory of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic freestyle aerials silver medalist. Peterson battled depression before taking his life at age 29. Flood’s brother was an Olympian with Peterson and felt the need to jump in and help. “I, too, had suffered from depression. I feel like its therapeutic in a way. I can reach out and show there’s recovery and hope and good health,” Flood said. Breaking down stigmas Classes are comprised of 20 to 30 people and one of the first things it does is dispel stigmas surrounding mental health. Flood said it’s the interactive classes that help shatter perceptions. “You see people engaged, really asking the questions they’ve seen people go through. The engagement is wonderful for people to get rid of the stigmas of depression, drug abuse and suicide,” Flood said. Emery said the class facilitates understanding of a person with mental illness. “The whole basis with a stigma is a lack of knowledge. When you learn about these things, that they’re normal and not a flaw in their character, it makes a difference in how you interact with them,” Emery said. Emery explained that oftentimes people with mental illness are perceived as scary and violent when in reality, they’re more likely to be the victim. She said she would love to see everyone in the valley take the course because you never know when a situation will arise. “I think of it personally with my daughter, I’m not with her every night. What if something goes wrong and I’m not around, who’s going to take care of her? Neighbors? And if they don’t know what to do, they can’t be a lot of help,” Emery said. “In

fact, they probably walk away because they’re frightened by what they don’t understand.” Emery took the MHFA course. It improved her family relationships, more than just with her daughter. Emery’s nephew committed suicide 30 years ago, the night before his 31st birthday. He had three little kids at the time. Emery was angry at him. She would go to the cemetery leaving flowers at the graves of all her family members, except his. She would wonder how he could do such a selfish thing. For 20 years, she continued to wonder until the class changed her perception. “Now I know the pain he was feeling was so intense, that it was the only way he knew how to stop it,” Emery said. “It’s helped me to be a lot more compassionate and feel things that I didn’t for 20 years.” Youth Mental Health “Mental health is not restricted to a particular age group,” Stewart said about traumatic experiences affecting all ages. Youth mental health classes are also offered for people who regularly interact with adolescents who may be experiencing mental health or addiction challenges. These classes have become increasingly important in light of a July report from the Utah Department of Health (UDH) stating that suicide is the leading cause of death in Utah for 10to 17-year-olds. “We’re in a major youth suicide crisis right now…we need to really hit home in our schools and anywhere we can,” Flood said, adding that the class is great for parents, counselors and educators. Often times mental health issues can be misjudged as anxiety, stress or being overdramatic, especially in teens Emery said. “It took me two years to realize that it wasn’t typical teenage rebellion,” Emery said of the experience with her daughter. Flood said the class shows participants the signs between typical and atypical teenage behavior. “You can see where a typical teenager will always go on continued on next page…

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Robyn Emery, a family support specialist for Optum Salt Lake County, regularly facilitates training such as Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid in order to help members of the community better understand and support child and adolescent mental health needs. (Courtesy of Optum)

LOCAL LIFE Foundation and Optum started two years ago in Idaho before branching to the Utah division. Optum manages Salt Lake County Mental Health and Substance Use services through a contract with the Division of Behavioral Health Services. Flood said MHFA courses fit the need for education and fit the mission of the foundation by combining to provide free books for the courses. Cost of the class is typically $20 to cover the cost of the book provided, but with the partnership, the classes are available for free for limited period of time. “We are committed to working with Optum to increase awareness about suicide prevention and assist people throughout the Salt Lake area who are affected by mental illness,” Flood said. Provided by the partnership for the eighthour courses are leadership, logistical support, printed course materials and awareness campaigns. Emery said it’s been great working with The Speedy Foundation. “They’re incredible, it’s a great foundation…a lot of people have been able to benefit from the classes who otherwise couldn’t,” Emery said. It’s more likely to find someone having an emotional crisis than a heart attack. Which, Emery said, makes it all the more important to take the class. “It really is [important]. I have a family full of mental health problems and I don’t know what I would’ve done if I didn’t have this kind of stuff,” Emery said. For more information on upcoming courses available in the Salt Lake City area from Optum and The Speedy Foundation, contact Julie Hardle at julie.hardle@optum.com or call (801) 982-3217. For immediate assistance with a behavioral health crisis, call the Salt Lake County Crisis Line 24 hours/7 days a week at (801) 587-3000. You can also visit thespeedyfoundation. org to learn more about other mental health classes. l

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The mysterious death of Peter Van Valkenburg. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)


any Cottonwood Heights residents drive past the Union Pioneer Cemetery on 1533 East Creek Rd. without paying too much attention to the small piece of land. Once in a while, residents wonder who is buried there. The Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee decided to answer some of these absentminded ponderings during their presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 12. At 5:30 p.m., attendees were seated in a semicircle around the informational plaque near the entrance of the cemetery. Current historic committee members, former historic committee members, additional historians, residents and the entire Cottonwood Heights City Council along with some of their family members were in attendance. The Union Pioneer Cemetery presentation was the third annual historic presentation. The first was presented by Historic Committee Vice Chair Gayle Conger “in my backyard,” she joked. Her historic home is located on Danish Road, so the first presentation was about historic Danish Town. The Cottonwood Heights City Council enjoyed that first presentation enough to request an annual occurrence. Historic Committee Chairman Max Evans began the Union Pioneer Cemetery presentation by introducing the speakers for the night. All three of the speakers had stories to share about the people buried within the cemetery grounds. Karen Forbush told the story of Rufus Francis Forbush, who was born in 1788. He married Susannah Clark and they had 10 children together. They were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints in 1837 and moved to Kirtland, Ohio to participate in the Church with Joseph Smith. Eventually, they followed Brigham Young to Utah in August of 1847 and settled in Little Cottonwood Creek to run a farm. In 1851, Polly died. Rufus knew the only graveyard was far away in Salt Lake

Union Pioneer Cemetery plaque describing the founding of the historic cemetery. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

so he “chose the highest spot of ground on his farm and buried her there,” Forbush said. “There seemed nothing to do but turn the land over to the community for a cemetery,” Rufus wrote after returning to the plot of land in the spring and finding additional graves. Dellis Rueben Forbush, Karen’s father, was the first to build an “outdoor swimming pool in a pasture that was surrounded by horses,” Karen said. One of the attendees raised his hand excitedly, revealing that he had swam in that pool as a boy. The arch that identifies the entrance of the cemetery was also built by Dellis and his grandsons, Jeff and Rick Larrabee. It has been named 18 Union Pioneer Memorial 51 as a tribute to Polly Clark Forbush. “It has been my privilege to be here today to tell you how Rufus, Polly and my dad are connected,” Karen concluded. Conger told the story of a man who was buried in the cemetery. Peter Van Valkenburg was born in 1812 in New York. In 1832 he married Margaret, after which he joined the LDS Church. The couple moved to Nauvoo, Illinois where they had six children. In 1848, the family moved to the area in Utah known as Union. In 1856, Peter married took another wife. Her name was Eliza and she had four children. Together, they had five children. In 1862, Valkenburg was appointed the justice of the peace for Salt Lake County. On Feb. 18, 1874, Alva Tanner found Valkenburg’s body lying on the road from Union to Sandy. After a coroner had examined his body, it was inferred that Valkenburg had experienced trouble with his wagon and was shot with a dozen balls from a gun and killed while trying to repair it. After inquest of Valkenburg’s murder, William Kelly and Thomas Fox, step-sonsin-law of Valkenburg’s, were arrested. Kelly escaped from Salt Lake County Jail in 1875 to

Councilman Mike Peterson and Councilman Mike Shelton learn about the deceased who were buried in the cemetery. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

Illinois. A trial was held in February of 1875 for Philip Shafer, a blacksmith who admitted to being present at the murder. At the trial, Fox revealed that on the day of the murder, he witnessed Kelly borrow a horse from Shafer. Later that day, when he was traveling on Union Road, he noticed two men sneaking through sagebrush toward Valkenburg’s wagon. One man signaled to the other and two gunshots were heard. The man with the wagon fell. The two men who shot noticed Fox, who recognized them as Kelley and Shafer. Mr. Gray, a neighbor, testified that he had loaned his shotgun to Kelly with both barrels loaded. Kelly told Gray that he needed the gun for hunting.

“These aren’t just names on stones; these are stories.”

The jury found Shafer guilty of first-degree murder and gave him a choice of method for his death sentence: hanging, shooting or guillotine. Before the sentence was carried out, the trial was appealed to the Utah Supreme Court. On Feb. 11, 1875, he was tried again and sentenced to 10 years in the Utah State Penitentiary. On April 20, 1876, a trial was held for William Kelley. With his trial, the defense was very aggressive and produced a new witness. He had seen a man on a horse and a man with a gun who appeared to be rabbit hunting. A wagon pulled close to the men and stopped. A man got out of the wagon with a pitchfork in hand and headed toward the other men. The men shot at him in self-defense after he would not stop. Even with this witness, Kelley was found guilty

of second-degree murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After Conger finished her story, Darius Gray stood up to discuss the history of his family in the Union area. He began by telling the story of Green Flake, one of the three black slaves who was part of Brigham Young’s company of pioneers that arrived in July of 1847. He is also buried in the cemetery. Gray then told the audience how he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1964 and went to BYU in 1965. “There weren’t a whole lot of blacks then,” he said. “I felt pretty alone.” One of his friends once asked him how he survived as a person of color in Utah. “Knowing others had survived gave me strength,” Gray had told him. “I’ve always had a love for history,” recalled Gray. His father was born in 1896 and his grandfather was born in 1859, so he didn’t have to go back too many generations to discover history. He wants people to enjoy history. “These aren’t just names on stones; these are stories.” Gray pointed to the birth and death dates on a tombstone and described how they illustrated the thumbnail of life. “It’s all about what happens in between.” He then turned to face the members of the historic committee. “I’d like to join my relatives here — not too quickly,” Gray joked, “but my family is buried here.” All the members of the historic committee agreed in unison. After the storytelling presentations, Evans thanked everyone for coming out and invited the attendees to walk around the cemetery and observe the tombstones that were standing. He also recommended the attendees look at the original wooden and stone tombstones that were preserved on a stone slab at the entrance of the cemetery. l


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October is a good month to be a city staff member By Cassandra Goff | Cassie@mycityjournals.com


ecognition of Cottonwood Heights has been high throughout the past month. On Sept. 20, the city gained recognition for being a business-friendly community. On Oct. 11, the community and economic development staff earned recognition for the previous award with two additional proclamations. On Sept. 27, Treasurer and Financial Reporting Manager David Muir was awarded the Distinguished City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Award. Cottonwood Heights was one of only four cities presented the Business-Friendly City Award at the Utah League of Cities and Town Conference by the Governor’s Office. In response to this achievement, the Cottonwood Heights City Council recognized the community and economic development staff as well as Senior Planner Michael Johnson. The recognition announcement for the staff reads, “Brian Berndt (community and economic development director), Peri Kinder (business development and licensing coordinator), and the staff of the Community and Economic Development department is acknowledged for excellence which was recognized by the Utah State Governor’s office.” The council recognized the effort put forth by the staff who “created the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA) that nurtures current business, attracts new ones and provides training. The council commends staff for fostering new growth with a successful pattern for years to come,” said Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore “The staff has worked hard to foster a business-friendly environment,” Cullimore said. “My hat’s off to Brian (Berndt)

David Muir receives his Distinguished City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Award. (Cassandra Goff/ City Journals)

and Peri (Kinder) who really did a fabulous job at qualifying the city for this award.” Berndt replied it helps to have decision makers who want to look at processes and do the best they can. Johnson was recognized by the Utah State Chapter of the American Planning Association for outstanding work on the Cottonwood Heights Bicycle Master Plan. The proclamation for Johnson included recognition

of how the plan “addresses specific goals intend for general plan, creates a network of walking paths and bike trails which promotes a healthy lifestyle for residents and visitors of the city and laying a framework for future development of bike plan.” “The council would like to commemorate Mike for his foresight, leadership and efforts to make Cottonwood Heights a vibrant community,” Cullimore said. On Sept. 27, Muir was awarded the Distinguished City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Award by the Government Finance Officers Association. Assistant City Manager of Eagle Mountain and President of the Finance Organization Paul Jerome presented Muir with this award. “We are very grateful for (Finance Director) Dean Lundell and David Muir. We appreciate all the work that they do. I’m here tonight to present the recognition that Cottonwood Heights has achieved the Certificate of Finance Reporting,” Jerome said. “This is the highest form of recognition. The obtainment of this award has to be judged by an impartial panel, demonstrate government spirit and clearly communicate the financial history of the city. It is a great undertaking.” l

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Knowledge over noodles By Cassandra Goff | Cassie@mycityjournals.com


he Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council (YCC) hosted its annual dinner with the city council and staff. This year, the dinner was held on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the new Cottonwood Heights City Hall located on 2277 East Bengal Blvd. As the YCC members arrived that night, they sat down with department heads or city council members to discuss city happenings. YCC Mayor Scotty Woolston called for attention as everyone settled in. He welcomed everyone to the dinner and asked for everyone to give a quick introduction of themselves. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore began the introductions as the rest of the YCC members, city council and staff followed one by one. After the introductions, YCC’s Planning Commission Representative Michal provided a recap of the happenings of the previous planning commission meeting. Woolston regained the podium and invited the first two tables to retrieve their food from the buffet provided by Noodles & Company as well as drinks catered by Reams. As the different tables were excused to get their food, conversation between youth members and city staff members erupted. The youth asked the city workers a variety of questions including what their staff positions were, what they did for the city and what their jobs entailed. Cullimore was asked to speak as the majority of attendees regained their seats. He began by telling the YCC his brief autobiography. He had run for student body president every year when he was in middle school and high school and only won once when he was a junior, through default. After high school, he attended BYU and picked up government as a hobby. When he graduated, he quickly became involved with forming the incorporation of Cottonwood Heights.



YCC members, Cottonwood Heights City Council and staff members enjoyed the YCC annual dinner. (Cassie Goff/ City Journals)

“This city is like my child,” Cullimore said. He helped raise it and it’s hard for him to let go. He described how he is a part-time mayor, even though the workload is full time. He constantly tries to balance family, work, politics and church but sometimes his wife has to help him out. Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo spoke briefly about the department and then opened for questions from the YCC. They asked him what his best and scariest experiences were in the line of duty. “I got to deliver a baby,” Russo told them before describing his scariest moment, which happened when he was working undercover in drug enforcement. Russo had visited a drug house and was waiting for retrieval when two police officers knocked on the door. The man inside the house grabbed a shotgun and announced that if the officers were coming in, he was going to shoot them. Russo reached discreetly for his ankle pistol, prepared to shoot the man inside the home to protect the fellow uniforms. However, he knew the officers would not know that he was an undercover so they would shoot in response

to gunfire. When the door was opened, the man inside the home quickly found out that the officers were just looking for some thieves that had run behind the house. They quickly left after not finding information on the robbery. One of the YCC members asked Russo what the best excuses were for getting out of a ticket. “Don’t cry,” Russo told the girls in the room. “If you cry, you’re getting a ticket.” He instructed the YCC as new drivers to be careful with left turns and distractions because he has found those as the main causes for accidents with teen drivers. One last question was about the crimes in Cottonwood Heights. “You’d be surprised,” Russo said as he described how drugs and domestic violence were some of the most prevalent crimes in the city. The YCC members applauded Russo as he took his seat, and Woolston drew the evening to a close soon after. All the YCC members left the building with a smile on their face and newly found knowledge. l

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ottonwood Heights announced plans to build its own city hall in February 2014. Two years and seven months later, on Oct. 29, the ribbon cutting for the new Cottonwood Heights City Hall was held at 2277 East Bengal Blvd. Residents were invited to tour the building during an open house from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tours were guided by Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council members and city staff members. At 4 p.m., current residents, former residents, former staff members and additional attendees sat in the new courtyard of city hall to witness the ribbon cutting. The program began with the Brighton High School Madrigals singing “America the Beautiful.” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore approached the podium as the applause dwindled to welcome everyone to this special event. He introduced the members of the flag ceremony, who were the Cottonwood Heights Police and Unified Fire Authority. Once again, the Brighton High School Madrigals began to sing. As the audience rose for the flag ceremony, they sang the national anthem as the flag ceremony commenced. Before the audience could regain their seats, Fr. Anthony Savas Pastor asked everyone to remain standing so he could deliver a prayer. Cullimore introduced the city council, members of the city staff, as well as former staff members and his fellow speakers. He introduced Senator Brian Shiozawa before returning to his seat. “It has been an honor to work with our wonderful mayor here, Mayor Cullimore,” Shiozawa said. “I can tell you that this is a great, well-managed, wonderful city and a lot of this is due to your city council, city leaders and of course our good mayor, and I’m proud to be here.” Shiozawa discussed how Cottonwood Heights is an efficient city when it comes to taxes and accomplishing goals with minimal

Cottonwood Heights welcomes attendees to the new city hall’s ribbon cutting. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

costs. The city has had sustainable accomplishments. “Thank you so much for the opportunity to represent you,” Shiozawa addressed the audience. “I deem it an honor and I look forward to serving again for another four years.” As Shiozawa returned to his seat, the Madrigals performed their last number, “An American Folk Trilogy.” Gov. Gary R. Herbert approached the podium. “I’ll try and be brief,” he said before he spoke about how Utah has become a successful state. He constantly has people outside of our borders ask how it’s done. “One of the secrets to Utah’s success is that we’ve found a sea of collaboration and cooperation,” Herbert said. “You’ve all heard the phrase, it takes a village. Well, you were the villagers coming together here, 11 years ago, to be incorporated into this new city

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Public/private partnership creates pathway for students By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


overnor Gary Herbert announced the launch of a new medical innovations pathway on Sept. 27 that will allow high school students the chance to graduate with a certificate in medical manufacturing innovations. From there, students can either continue their education at the post-secondary level or begin their career in life sciences. The new pathway was brought about through a partnership of USA Funds, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Workforce Services. “We set a goal to become the best performing economy and a premier business destination,” Herbert said during a special presentation at Edward Life Sciences in Draper. “It’s encouraging to see the fruits of our labors, to see that happening in front of our eyes.” The Medical Innovations Pathway is being funding through a $1 million grant from USA Funds. This is the third pathway the state provides to high school students, the other two being aerospace and diesel technology. According to Ben Hart, the managing director for urban and rural business services at the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the pathway works by partnering high school students with both a post-secondary institution and an industry. “They get some experience, some curriculum while they’re in high school and then they get further, more rigorous training at one of the secondary institutions and then they get a chance to go onsite in the industry,” Hart said. “Whether that’s a 48-hour internship or job shadow, they get a chance to see what they’re actually going to be doing.” Hart said the purpose of the pathways program is to empower students to make better career decisions so they can understand what

Vanessa Olsen, Edwin Carcano and Kiera Terrlink are seniors enrolled in the Medical Innovations Pathway. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

jobs are actually like before deciding if it’s the right career for them. Herbert praised these programs because of the partnership between public and private interests. “Education is the key to long-term success economically,” Herbert said. “One of the reasons we’re having success is what I call the spirit of collaboration, this partnership and the one we see in this pathways program, exemplifies this idea of public and private partnership working together for the good of the whole economy.” Herbert also praised the program for its potential to help people. “The advancements in science and technology we’re seeing and exhibiting here today is making people’s lives better,” Herbert said. “And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”

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Ken Eliason, vice-president of plant operations at Edward Life Sciences, thanked Herbert for pursuing these opportunities to improve their workforce and provide students with workforce opportunities. “This program is a step forward for us addressing workforce challenges in our state,” Eliason said. “We hope this program will not only provide stable and rewarding jobs but also create an interest in life sciences and STEM classes.” The Granite School District has been working on a life sciences program for the past nine years, developing training programs in both biotechnology and biomanufacturing. “This medical innovations pathway will take that work to the next level by providing direct linkage to companies who are seeking employees and the real work that is going on in these industries,” said Martin Bates, the superintendent of the Granite School District. The program will start in the Granite School District and will expand to the Davis and Canyons School Districts next year. The first semester of the program will take place in the high schools and the second semester will include curriculum from Salt Lake Community College. Students will also do internships and job shadowing. Upon completion of the Medical Innovations Pathway program and passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the life science partners in Utah, receiving a family-sustaining wage. Kiera Terrlink, a senior at Skyline High School, will be starting the pathways program next semester. “People seemed so involved in their careers and it sounded like a good opportunity to start and figure out if that’s what I wanted to do,” Terrlink said. l


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Will voting yes on Amendment B offer more money for students? By Rubina Halwanil | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com


arents of public school students may be interested to vote for or against Constitutional Amendment B in this year’s general election. Amendment B focuses on how the School LAND Trust funds are to be invested and distributed. Proponents for the proposed revision seek to increase funding for students in public schools throughout Utah. The State School Fund is a permanent school fund designed to support students in Utah public schools. The trust was established at statehood in the Utah Constitution. The school community council in each school manages allocation of funds for various academic achievement initiatives. There is currently $2.1 billion in assets in the school fund, with approximately $46 million designated for expenditure in 2016. “The change to the trust has to be a constitutional amendment,” said Susan Edwards, community engagement coordinator for Canyons School District. There are three proposed changes in Amendment B. • The first is changing annual distribution from “interest and dividends” to “earnings.” There are a growing number of ways the fund can increase value. Using the term “earnings” adjusts for new avenues for the fund to invest and distribute funds from such investment. • Next, the amendment would limit distribution from the fund to 4 percent. There is currently no cap on spending in the Utah Constitution. Instilling an annual limit for the distribution of funds would deter schools from overspending. • Finally, Amendment B would also shift investment from “safely” to “prudently.” The current terminology implies investing in a way that is devoid of risk. However, risk is inherent to any investment. The term “prudently” suggests investing in a judicial and pragmatic way. Dawn Davies, president of the Utah PTA, supports the proposition. “I believe this change to the distribution formula is good for Utah’s students now and for future generations,” Davies said in a press release. While a majority of interest groups support Amendment B, the vote in the Utah Senate was not unanimous. Sen. Margaret Dayton from District 15 voted against the change. “While this strategy could perhaps increase the fund’s annual distribution, that increase would be achieved at the expense of predictable and demonstrated long-term growth,” Dayton said.

Amendment B is one of three ballot questions this November. The other two include Amendment A — Oath of Office, and Amendment C — Property Tax Exemption. Legislative Votes Utah Senate 26 Yes / 1 No / 2 Not Present Utah House of Representatives 72 Yes / 0 No / 3 Not Present Legislative Votes Utah Senate 26 Yes / 1 No / 2 Not Present

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Bella Vista Elementary students learn to code in Techniteers By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com


pproximately 12 to 14 students in grades four and five were accepted to the Techniteers program at Bella Vista Elementary. The after-school science and technology club allows students to acquire and apply computer science skills. Rebecca Randolph, a third-grade teacher, facilitates students through this eight-week course. “Students will start by learning the basics of computer science and coding with programs such as Google First, Scratch, Makey Makey and Spheros,” Randolph said. During the course of the program, students use code to develop their own story. Each class lasts for one hour. If students cannot finish their assignment at school, they may continue at home. “I want them to walk away each class session wanting to learn more,” Randolph said. “I also want my students to see how this ties itself to the outside world and future job opportunities.” Before entering the program, students wrote an essay on why they wished to join. Ella, a fifth-grade student, wrote, “I am excited to learn more about computers and what they can be used for.” Mark, a fourth-grade student wrote, “I would like to learn more about computers and programming, and possibly make a game of my own. I enjoy using computers, and maybe one day I will be able to be a computer game programmer.” Although several of the students who participated last year returned for this year’s program, there was still a 40 percent decline in participants. Randolph discussed possible reasons for this. Last year, the program was offered to third-grade students as well. The decision was made by Canyon School District

The Techniteers from Bella Vista Elementary. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

to only offer the program to fourth- and fifth-grade students. Additionally, previous sessions were offered in the morning, before school. Randolph said students might be participating in other after-school activities during the time the Techniteers program meets. Despite the drop, Randolph remains optimistic. “It does give us the ability to really delve deep into computer science and allows us to try and do more,” Randolph said. Middle school students may join Tech Troupe, the tech club


designed for secondary-level students. At the high school level, students can participate in a number of science or technology clubs and activities. Hillcrest High offers the Science Olympiad club. Brighton High offers the Robotics club. Techniteers is offered during the fall and spring. Other elementary schools in the Canyon School District also offer the Techniteers course. Dates and times vary per school. For more information about the program, please visit http://techniteer. canyonsdistrict.org. l

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MESSAGE O Aimee Winder Newton County Council District 3

County’s “Operation Diversion” breaks cycle of drugs and criminality in troubled areas

ne of the greatest roles of Salt Lake County government is protecting the safety of the public. Since I began serving on the County Council I’ve been impressed with the men and women in our Sheriff’s Office, and in the Unified Police Department. Recently, our law enforcement officials joined with Salt Lake City to initiate a massive sweep of the Rio Grande area in downtown Salt Lake City, called “Operation Diversion.” This was a coordinated effort to disrupt the drug trade among the area’s homeless population. The operation was fairly straightforward – anyone caught using or dealing drugs was arrested. Prior to Operation Diversion, officers spent weeks watching the area to identify those who were dealers and those whose addictions were being exploited. Those who exhibited criminal intent were taken to jail. Addicts were arrested, but instead of going directly to jail, they were taken to a temporary receiving center. Once there, they were screened and assessed, and then given an alternative to incarceration - drug treatment. The goal was to

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s your Councilmember, I believe Salt Lake County Government Services must become more accessible for the Southwest part of the county. With the growth in our community, locating our buildings closer to the people we service makes good financial sense, and makes Steven L. DeBry County government more efficient. County Council District 5 Here are three examples over the past several years of the Council and Mayor’s successes in bringing services to our area, right in the heart of West Jordan. The West Jordan District Attorney Building For a long time, the County understood it made sense to build the District Attorney new office space. The project was originally conceived as two buildings, one in downtown Salt Lake City near the Matheson Courthouse, and one near the District Court building in West Jordan. However, when funds set aside to design and construct the buildings proved insufficient due to extravagant architecture costs for the Salt Lake building, the West Jordan plans were shelved. While I agreed with cutting the overly-expensive architecture in Salt Lake, I thought the decision to abandon a West Jordan building was penny wise and pound foolish. I urged Mayor McAdams to reconsider the project his predecessor had proposed and find a way to make both buildings work for a more reasonable cost. The Mayor took the opportunity

connect drug addicts with treatment to help them break free from their addiction during their arrest. Without this alternative, someone might serve their sentence, then be back out on the street with the very same issues that landed them there in the first place. Generally those with substance abuse issues have to wait months to get into a treatment facility. The hope is that this approach will help interrupt the cycle of incarceration and drug use that plagues this population, while still holding them accountable. This is an example of the philosophy of “alternatives to incarceration,” which emphasizes treatment for people addicted to drugs so they can get better, rather than just sitting in a jail cell with no help. Operation Diversion was the first time we’ve done it this way by getting addicts directly into treatment. One of the big challenges we are facing in this arena is a “revolving door” so to speak of people committing the same offenses over and over again, and just cycling through our criminal justice system repeatedly. Periods of homelessness, drug abuse, and incarceration can follow one after the other. We

need to disrupt that cycle. I’m pleased that the County was able to play a role supporting this operation, which included $1.2 million of our behavioral health funds to contract with more treatment centers. I had the opportunity to tour the receiving center during its operation, and was impressed with the efficiency of the center, as well as the general mood. Among those brought in, there seemed to be a genuine desire to get better and leave their problems in the past. I asked to interview some of the arrestees and was able to sit down and talk to them. One was so excited to be going directly to treatment. The other one was pretty annoyed to be there, but was still choosing to try drug treatment. We’ll continue to track the progress of this model and draw good lessons from its successes to apply in the future. I believe we can slowly chip away at this problem, and collaborative operations like these that disrupt the drug trade while connecting people with resources to help them get back on their feet are a key way to do that. l

Bringing County Government Services to Our Community to work together with me, ignoring our party differences, and sharpening our pencils to make better use of taxpayer resources. You can see the results taking shape in West Jordan right now. In April this year, I was pleased to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new District Attorney Building on the West Jordan government campus at 8080 S. Redwood Road. When the building opens in June of 2017, combined with the downtown District Attorney offices, the County will save more than $13 Million over the next 30 years. That’s $13 Million left in the pocket of families in our community. West Jordan Library and Viridian Event Center Another example of bringing our County services to the people resides just a short walk from the new District Attorney building. The West Jordan Library and Viridan Event Center opened in June of 2012. Not only does it serve both library patrons and community functions, it also serves as the headquarters for County Library Administration. As a member of the County Library Board, I have seen firsthand the heavy usage of the Library, as well as the attached event center. From the day the doors opened, the new West Jordan Library was a smashing success. Nearly 2,000,000 visits to the West Jordan Library since opening less than 4 years ago. Circulation is stunning. In just the first 6 months of 2016, a half million items have circulated through the West Jordan Library. In addition, each summer the Library hosts the “Summer Reading Kickoff” at Veterans Memorial Park, with over 4,000 attendees this year. Music, games, crafts, and a train ride for the

kids make this a hit. If you missed the celebration this June 4th, be sure to make it next year. Countywide, over 55,000 children participated in the Summer Reading Program. Keeping kids involved in learning during summer keeps them out of trouble, and can set the table for a successful school year after summer. With the technology used by the Library, taxpayers spend half as much to circulate library materials (books, movies, digital content, and more) compared to the neighboring system in Salt Lake City. South Redwood Public Health Center Finally, the newest County Health opens November 3rd on the same campus as the Library and District Attorney building in West Jordan. The facility serves as a central hub for County Health services, including the federally funded Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program, an immunization clinic, vital records, along with our Community Health Divison. The location on Redwood Road, with a TRAX stop nearby, means the South Redwood Public Health Center allows easier access to services. By serving greater numbers of those in need, with more services linked together in one place, the Health Department has the opportunity to do even more to better the quality of life and health in our community. As the County continues to grow rapidly in our part of the valley, you have my continued commitment to look for more opportunities to improve access to the County services funded with your tax dollars. We deserve nothing less. l


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These Cats Can Swim: Bengal’s Swimming Starts Season With A Splash By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


In an effort to unify a noticeably divided team, Coach Etherington has deemed “We Are One” as this year’s motto. “In my 90 kids, we probably have probably 10 to 15 different groups and when we go to meets, a majority of the groups aren’t paying attention to what’s going on. They are only paying attention to what’s going on in their little group,” Etherington said. “I’d love for the kids come together as a group this year, and figure out how to help each other out and I think this motto plays right into that.”  

he Brighton High School swim team is back in pool and looking forward to a season of team building, working hard and breaking records. “It’s always exciting to be going again,” head coach Todd Etherington said. “It’s always a waitand-see kind of a thing in terms of what the teams is going to look like.” So far, Etherington says the team is looking good. Just around 90 students showed up for the first day of practice on October 3, many of whom are new to the swim team. “I’ve got a fair number of kids returning, but I’ve also got a fair number of brand new kids too,” Etherington said. “I’ve got a young man who is a senior (who) has come out for the first time, which is always pretty cool when older kids decide to do that.” Though the team welcomed several freshmen to the team this year, Etherington said he was pleasantly surprised to see a decent amount of sophomores and juniors come out too. “I think our girls team is going to be pretty competitive this season,” Etherington said. “And I’ve got some great boys with a lot of potential.” The Bengals spend nearly 10 hours each week training as a coed group both in and out of the pool, but when it comes time to compete, boy and girls are scored separately. While Etherington has high hopes for the girls team this season, it’s

the boys who have a reputation to uphold. “We took eight boys to the state meet last year, and three of the boys on our relay team graduated,” Etherington said. “So there’s definitely a little bit of a hole, but I’ll be relying on those guys from last year to really step up.” Last season Brighton’s relay team of Brock Harries, Jack Binder, Parker Wiest and Brian O’Neal won the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay and broke the state record in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:34.71 — exactly 1.12 that the previous state record set by Brighton in 2011. Jack is the only returning swimmer from last year’s winning relay team. Etherington is hoping that Jack and other returning swimmers will help bring an element to the team that has been lacking in recent years: leadership. “We’re trying to put a bigger emphasis on leadership in general,” Etherington said. “More so than in previous years I think this year’s senior class is more interested in helping to lead the team and make the team better rather than just being a part of something.” Last year, Etherington chose not to have team captains because he wasn’t fond of the political process. This year, however, he has chosen to elect team captains in hopes of exemplifying and encouraging a leadership culture. “We didn’t do captains last year and that was

a mistake,” Etherington said. “I missed having people I knew I could lean on, and when we didn’t have designated captains it was very hard to go lean on a couple of kids to try and get things done because there was no expectation on their part. So I decided to do a little application process this year.” Etherington created a 10-question application that seniors could complete if they wished to be captain and then held interviews with prospective candidates. “They had to come interview with myself, one of our current parents and a former swimmer,” Etherington said. “It’s looking like we’re going to have about eight solid captains by the time it’s all said and done.” In selecting captains this way, Etherington hopes to better prepare seniors for the interview process they’ll likely undergo when applying for colleges or jobs after graduation. He also feels like this process is beneficial in establishing a foundation for a supportive and unified team culture. “Overall I’m just really looking forward to growing and building together as a team,” Etherington said. “We’ve already got a few boys and a few girls who are doing an amazing job encouraging each and I just hope it keeps growing like that.” l

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hirty-five years in any industry is nothing to sneeze at. It means a lifetime of ups and downs, good and bad markets and changes in the industry are all distilled into one source—the mind of a local real estate agent. Joe Olschewski, real estate agent for Ulrich Realtors, (“Real Estate Joe”) is just such a character. For 35 years, Olschewski has helped innumerable people buy or sell homes at any number of different stages of life. “I’m anxious to make people comfortable and to do the right thing,” Olschewski said. “I’ll assist them any way I can. I’m not here to push them in buying something they don’t want to buy. “ Olschewski takes honesty, integrity, dedication and commitment personally, leading to being well-respected by many people in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah Counties. He represents his clients to the utmost, and uses his vast amount of understanding to educate

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Moto United


oto United opened its newest location at 98 E. 13800 South in Draper on Aug. 20, providing the good people of Salt Lake County access to a stellar showroom and pre-owned inventory for everything powersports. The grand opening featured pro UTV racer Tanner Godfrey taking customers and their family’s around the custom-designed dirt track at the dealership. The grand opening also featured the inaugural “RZR Show-n-Shine.” Powersports enthusiasts show off their customized RZRs. The best win get prizes at an event that already was a big hit and will likely be a new annual tradition for powersport enthusiasts and pros alike. Moto United – Draper carries some of the best brands in the business: Polaris, Can-Am, Timberselds, and Yeti MX Sleds. Moto United is also the newest and most accessible Polaris dealership in both Utah and Salt Lake Counties. The Moto United – Draper showroom is twice as large—if not larger—than any other deanship in Utah. More space means more machines; and, that means

they can give customers more options. The dealership features have amazing rebates and incentives on Polaris and Can-Am to get the best deals out there. Polaris released some of the best prices they have ever given. They also have a full service department for all powersport vehicles including new and used boats. Moto United mechanics provide more than 30 years of repair experience to customers. Moto United cnn test boats on-location, rather than wasting time and driving to the lake to test it. This service is a year-round service. The test area is basically a pool. “Come into our dealership and see what we have for you,” Chandler Higgins said. “We promise, once you meet us and experience our service, you’ll never go anywhere else.” l

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n this world of instant gratification it’s become harder than ever to keep overspending at bay. Sometimes we neglect to see just how much those little things can add up. I ask you though, if you saw a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk wouldn’t you bend over to pick it up? Improving your bank balance can be as easy as stopping to pick up that cash. Here are a few ideas: Hit the Library for Family or Date Night – Not only is the Library a great place to browse books, pick up videos and borrow music, they also host a variety of events throughout the year. A quick browse of the events section at my local Salt Lake County Library reveled, Teen Laser Tag, Yoga, Adult Coloring, Toddler Playtime, book reading, as well as various holiday events. Use Ibotta – There is a plethora of money saving apps out there. My recommendation for getting started is with the Ibotta app. Ibotta allows you to submit a picture of your receipt and get cash back on purchases from everything from groceries to department stores. They’ll even pay you cash back when you shop online. Plus, for a limited time, new users get a FREE $10 bonus just for cashing in their first rebate. More info at www. coupons4utah.com/ibotta Brew Your Own Coffee – On your way to work and stopping in the convenience store for that quick fix? An average cup of Joe can cost as much as $1.85 vs. the $0.25 fresh home brewed, more if it’s from a specialty shop. You may think it’s worth it, but calculate that for the entire year and that could be as

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Home Makeover: Uninspired Edition


f researchers study my genetic make-up, they’ll find a preponderance of genes that create a longing for candy and silence,  and a disturbing lack of genes related to interior design and holiday decorating.  When my kids were little, my decorating style was what I called Sticky Chic or Bohemian Toddler. As they grew into teenagers, my design concepts alternated between Early Landfill and Festive Asylum. Now, my style is what I lovingly call Dust. Before Pinterest was a thing, I’d scour magazines for ways to make my home look pleasant that didn’t involve renting a bulldozer or spending $5,000. Now I’ll spend hours on Pinterest, scrolling through images of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms; then I’ll purchase a new garbage can and call it good. I’m amazed by people who can look at a room and visualize décor that belongs in Good Housekeeping because people who visit my home usually ask if I get my decorating ideas from Mad magazine. I just don’t have an eye for that kind of stuff. My genes have no idea

what to do with throw pillows. How can you sit on a couch with 27 throw pillows? Someone once said, “Design is thinking made visual.” If my thinking could be made visual I’m afraid it would include a lot of blank and/or confused stares, accompanied by slow blinking. I know a woman who used a handful of matchsticks and a pound of year-old taffy to sculpt a quaint Halloween yard display.

For Christmas, she twisted three green pipecleaners into a full-size holiday tree, and then adorned it with a dozen hand-knitted baby quail. She leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes. I hate her. To me, decorating means finding kitchen tile that camouflages spaghetti stains or changing out the family photo that is 10 years old. I have no idea how to arrange lovely accent pieces. If I’m feeling a little wild, I might invest in a scented candle. I was recently asked to help create fun table decorations using crinkly paper strips and plastic flowers. I dumped what I thought was an appropriate amount of paperage and flowers on the table, but my centerpiece looked like a crinkly green nest that had been attacked by crows. The woman in charge of the event walked up to my “decorated” tables and let out a gasp. She quickly rearranged four strands of the crinkly paper and suddenly the whole table transformed into a fairy wonderland with twinkly lights and butterflies. A real decorator

defies the laws of physics. Halloween decorating is easy. I already have the cobwebs and spiders. I just sprinkle some blood on the floor and call it good. Christmas decorating is a little more difficult. Last year, using my sparse skills, I spent the entire afternoon creating a festive holiday atmosphere in our home. My husband walked in, sipping his Diet Coke, and glanced around the room. “I thought you were going to decorate.” I looked at my hours of work and tersely replied, “I did.”   “What’s that pile of crinkly paper strips doing in the middle of the room?”  There was a long pause while I considered the ramifications of manslaughter. “Don’t you have something to do?”  Now that scientists can genetically modify our DNA, perhaps I can get an infusion of the interior design gene. I don’t need to be Martha Stewart level, but at least something a little better than Mad magazine.l




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Cottonwood Heights November 2016  

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