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HIGH T INTERSECTION CONSTRUCTION UPDATE By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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n August 24, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) broke ground for a construction project on the intersection of Little Cottonwood Canyon Road and Wasatch Boulevard (otherwise known as the Wasatch Boulevard/SR 201 Interchange or the La Caille turnoff). This project involves restructuring the intersection to a high-T intersection, which is a type of intersection used for three-way roads with high traffic volume. This construction project has created tension between the Cottonwood Heights City Council, UDOT and some of the surrounding residents. Much of the tension stems from the ownership of the boulevard. Wasatch Boulevard is a state-owned highway, not a city road;, so UDOT has jurisdiction over the entire boulevard. The purpose of this construction is to generally “improve safety and access at the intersection,” UDOT says. More specifically, UDOT’s purposes are to alleviate congestion for northbound traffic by creating free-flowing movement, improve safety accessing Wasatch Boulevard from Danish Road and Sutton Way and improve overall visibility at the intersection by modifying the alignment, among others. On May 16, Project Manager Peter Tang visited the Cottonwood Heights City Council to present UDOT’s high-t intersection construction plan. “Before construction begins, we will send out waivers and have an open house, explaining what the contractor will do, semantics, estimated shutdown times, etc. We will be doing everything we can to alert traffic to take alternative routes. We will also be coordinating with Snowbird.” On April 12, UDOT hosted an open house at Canyon View Elementary. One of the main issues brought forth by residents during the open house concerned the traffic gaps provided by the signal for the surrounding neighborhoods trying to access Wasatch Boulevard. This, and additional safety concerns brought forth by

The proposed high T intersection for SR-210 at the La Caille turnoff. (Peter Tang/UDOT)

residents, was to be discussed in a preconstruction meeting with UDOT, the contracted construction company and Cottonwood Heights Public Works. In August, months later, many residents were still concerned about this construction project. “I don’t see the safety in that intersection. I’m floored that UDOT can work with the city over a period of time and can’t get the safety right. The project impacts more than just that intersection,” Kimberly Crone said. On August 22, many neighbors joined at the city council meeting to voice their comments.

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“Removing the northbound stop light at the Wasatch and SR-210 intersection will serve to further degrade the quality of safety and mobility of drivers that utilize Wasatch Boulevard on a daily basis, all year long,” resident Eric Kraan said. “It induces a domino effect of hardship and danger to dayto-day users, and causes increased safety with driver ingress/ egress within immediate and adjoining neighborhoods.” Resident Linda Brooks resides within one of the neighborhoods directly off of Wasatch Boulevard. “It’s very dangerous to pull out of that intersection. If we were to go south, the only thing that gives us a break to get on the boulevard

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is that light. If you are removing that light, there’s no hope for us,” Brooks said. A resident from another neighborhood had the same issue. “The ingress and egress is already problematic. The entrance for the neighborhood is dangerous now, without turning Wasatch into a freeway,” Nikki Grace said. Grace’s neighbor, Jen Fredricksen, echoed her comment. “Trying to turn left onto Wasatch is already very difficult since the lights are out of sync, but with the new plan, it will be dangerous and nearly impossible.” Bicycle safety was also a concern. “Cyclists will no longer be safe transitioning from Wasatch, heading north,” Lorraine Smith said. After listening to many resident concerns, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore realized he needed to make a clarification. “Wasatch is the only state-owned highway in Cottonwood Heights. It is maintained by UDOT, so this is a UDOT issue. We are trying to listen to your concerns and give our feedback to UDOT, but they do things their way.” Councilman Tee Tyler lives east of Wasatch and shared residents’ concerns. “I have personally addressed UDOT engineers on this design. UDOT owns Wasatch Boulevard, so that’s the group making the decisions here. We are just being told what will be. This is something that the city is really concerned about, but it’s a road we don’t own.” After the residents became visibly disheartened, Cullimore urged them to not give up. “This is a high priority for us. We get more people in the canyon than they do at Yellowstone National Park. We have to be vigilant with

UDOT. We need to continue to hear from you. We need continuous feedback to give to them as well. That’s the only thing that brings about change.” As of Sept. 5, the high-T intersection construction has broken ground and is in the works. There will be shoulder closures and oneway flagging, with construction vehicles entering and exiting the project area. The construction has been contracted through November, but UDOT hopes to have construction completed before the end of October, in anticipation of ski season. Even with the construction of the intersection moving forward, the Cottonwood Heights City Council plans to study Wasatch Boulevard. “We have selected a consultant to study Wasatch from Holladay to Sandy, which includes the mouth of canyons and Little Cottonwood Canyon Road,” Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt said. The study will look at traffic generation and volumes until April of next year. “We have been begging for this study, and now we are going to get it. We need a more comprehensive look at traffic counts on the boulevard,” Tyler said. For more information on the intersection construction, visit the UDOT project summary page: https://www. udot.utah.gov/projectpages/f?p=250:2007:0::NO::P2007_ EPM_PROJ_XREF_NO,P2007_ PROJECT_TYPE_IND_ FLAG:11844,A. Or search for the project in the archives under SR-210 @ Wasatch Dr. – Pin 14431, with Project Manager Peter S. Tang. l

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Hundreds return to Ridgecrest to celebrate its 50th birthday By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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arry Thomas walked up to the front of Ridgecrest Elementary, recalling former students he taught along with teachers he still is in touch with, even after retiring in 1999 having taught 20 years at the school. Thomas was at Ridgecrest Elementary to help celebrate its 50th birthday on Aug. 8 at a bash where party-goers could have a photo taken with the tiger mascot, Reggie; look through memory books and memorabilia; listen to the school history; sing the school song; eat a piece of cake with the new school logo and smile for a drone that shot the crowd photo from overhead. During his tenure at the school, Thomas, who taught fifth-graders and ran the school spelling bee, also encouraged his students to approach the Utah legislature with their campaign of putting a statue of Philo Farnsworth in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. “That was big stuff,” he said. “The students knew each state could have two statues and we only had one to that point. When it was approved, we had a big assembly and all the hoorahs that went along with it.” Those students in the accelerated class also traveled to Washington, D.C. singing songs on May 2, 1990 to Congress, with one song written especially for the unveiling of that statue. Farnsworth’s statue is in the visitor’s center of the Capitol today. Parent volunteer Val Butcher also shared that story and several more during the program of the school’s history. It included how on Oct. 31, 1967, students from Mountain View Elementary walked over in their Halloween costumes bringing their totes full of supplies for the next day when the school was officially opened under Principal James McFarlane. Since the school opened, there has been a fifth-grade wing and additional classroom pods added and the office has been remodeled. Currently, the school serves about 630 students. “Times were very different when the school opened,” Butcher said. “One of the school rules was that girls were not allowed to wear Levis or blue denim. Another school rule was to ‘let girls have the right of way when in the halls and entering classrooms.’” Ridegcrest’s accelerated classes were prominent in the 1980s through 2010, but were eliminated when Chinese dual immersion program began that last year. However, Butcher said that throughout the years, Ridgecrest has offered many fun activities such as band, orchestra, glee club, ghost town days, pilgrim dinner, spring fashion show and the annual sixth-grade versus teacher baseball

Larry Thomas, a former Ridgecrest Elementary School teacher, talks to Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe at the 50th birthday party for the school. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

game at the end of the year. Melba Wise, who attended the school from 1984 through 1990, said she remembers dressing up as a famous person. For her, that meant Shirley Temple. She found a photo of her and Kristen Kunz, who was dressed up as a nurse. “It’s been fun looking through all the pictures and seeing friends who went here,” she said. “I remember dressing up as a detective when it was book report day and I did mine on ‘Nancy Drew.’” Wise and classmate TJ Marti also remember the school custodian dressing up as a mountain man for the school’s annual rendezvous. “He was decked out in all the leather fringe and even had jerky he ate,” said Marti, who also found his name on the back of a framed school shirt from 1990. Marti recalled spending a good time visiting the principal in the office when he and his cohorts would kick a ball on the roof, only to get it after school so they could play with it on their own. “This has been a trip down memory lane, that’s for sure,” he said. Students could purchase a school sweatshirt for $3 back in 1970, but on the 50th birthday celebration, school sweatshirts were $20 with the new logo designed by Canyons graphic artist Jeff Olson. “I was inspired by ‘The Jungle Book’ with this logo,” Olson said. “We needed a logo that represented the students and their love of Reggie.” Reggie came to the school as a gift from nearby Brighton High in 1981, Butcher said. Along with his arrival came student of the month and Tiger spirit days, both which still are practiced today. Before the crowd smiled and waved for a drone that took a photo overhead,

they sang the school song, which current and former students were able to sing from memory. Principal Julie Winfree said that was a request of the community. “We’ve had people ask if we’ll be singing it because they still know it,” said Winfree, who has been principal at the school for the past three years. Canyons Superintendent Jim Briscoe said he met several former Ridgecrest students and teachers and community members who came to celebrate. “They’ve come back to celebrate and it is impressive how the local neighborhood elementary is the heart and soul of the community,” he said. Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said he is proud of Cottonwood Heights’ schools. “Ridgecrest is a flagship school,” he said. “They’re a leader in Chinese dual immersion and do a great job educating our youth. All of our schools are top notch.” Cullimore had coached little league baseball in the adjacent Antczak Park, which was filled with games and food trucks to help celebrate the birthday. Barry and Yumi Memmott were there with their three kids who attend Ridgecrest. While Yumi was helping sell T-shirts and sweatshirts as a vice president of the school’s PTA, Barry was looking at the chalk drawings school children had made for the 50th celebration. His fifth-grader, Elizabeth, likes to help with choir and behind the stage, while his third-grade son, William, participates in the school’s running club and placed second last year in the spelling bee. His first-grader, Emma, sums it up, “I like school. It’s fun.” l


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Coming down the mountain By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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Preston Gardner ran the Big Cottonwood Marathon in under 3 hours, coming in at 2:38:02. (Dan Metcalf Jr. /Cottonwood Heights)

aking up before the sun to run down a mountain isn’t everyone’s idea of fun for a Saturday in September, but for the 4,600 runners that ran Revel’s Big Cottonwood Marathon in Cottonwood Heights, that’s exactly what they did. Revel’s Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half Marathon took place on Sept. 9, beginning at Guardsman Pass and Spruces Campground at 6:45 a.m. The course stretched through Big Cottonwood Canyon, which is 11.5 miles with a 3,000 feet elevation drop, down through Cottonwood Heights on Fort Union Blvd. to the finish line on 1300 East. The majority of racers crossed the finish line before 1:15 p.m. This is the fifth year that Cottonwood Heights has hosted this marathon. Every year, it draws thousands of people into the city from across the nation and worldwide. It is a Boston Marathon qualifier and considered to be one of the world’s premiere races. SelectHealth, Alta View Hospital and The Launch Team were partners for the marathon. Alta View Hospital provided tips about staying healthy and medical lectures on injury prevention, pre and post work out nutrition, and strength training on Facebook Live. The Launch Team is a youth group that meets twice a week to train in three different locations for 12 weeks. Hoka and KUBEX Fitness sponsored the event. Revel provided free participant tracking and result cards for all of the racers. Proceeds from the race went to support the Cottonwood Canyon Foundation, which helps to maintain the beautification of the canyon. The top five runners for the Full Marathon were Preston Gardner coming in at 2:38:02, Jason Howe coming in at 2:41:59, Rich Nelson at 2:43:35, Jake Greenberg at 2:45:05 and Kevin Shilling at 2:47:56. On average, these were 6.13 minute miles.

The top five runners for the Half Marathon were Mike Nelson coming in at 1:08:42, Matt Poulsen coming in at 1:10:24, Justin Park at 1:11:47, Neil Galvez at 1:13:42, and Sylvia Bedford at 1:14:40. On average, these runners ran 5.28 minute miles. Within the city of Cottonwood Heights, traffic was restricted from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon to Union Park Avenue, along Fort Union Boulevard. When the Boulevard is closed every year for this event, the city has to provide various agreements with contractors, and advanced notice to its residents. On March 28, the resolution for approving entry into an agreement with Brooksee LLC (the parent company for Revel) for the reimbursement and indemnification concerning the 2017 Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half was passed. The agreement “is in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city to therefore approve the city’s entry into the agreement as proposed.” The agreement addressed various concerns, including “public safety concerns arising from hundreds of small, private vehicles transporting the Event runners up the canyon during pre-dawn hours on Sept 9. Brooksee and City desire for such transportation to occur via chartered buses so that smaller, private vehicles can be prohibited from accessing the Canyon before and during the Event.” The buses were provided by the Canyons School District. Within the agreement, Brooksee agreed to prepay and indemnify the city for the entirety of the cost of insurance, the city’s legal fees and all out of pocket costs, including expenses incurred by city in connection with the event and its facilitation. Revel’s Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half will take place again on Sept 8, 2018. Registration is already available. l

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Cottonwood High theatre students make literature come alive this season By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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erie sounds come from under the stage; a crank turns and chains rattle near the stairway; dark passageways hide the moans of creatures. The unexpected may appear when patrons explore the Haunted Hallway at Cottonwood High School. Cottonwood theatre students kick off their busy season with a Haunted Hallway that takes patrons behind the scenes of the stage. The Haunted Hallway, which can dial back the level of scariness for young children, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30 near the school’s auditorium, 5715 S. 1300 East. Patrons are asked to bring non-perishable food as their entrance fee, said Theatre Director Adam Wilkins. “Every year, we give the food to the Utah Food Bank, but this year, the food will go to Cottonwood’s food bank so it will directly help students and people in our community,” he said. In years past, more than 1 ton of food has been donated to the food bank through a fun, entertaining way to bring “as much needed food into the hands who can use it,” Wilkins said. After giving patrons a delightful thrill, the fall season will begin with “Beauty and the Beast,” which will run Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2 and again on Monday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $9 in advance online or $10 general admission at the door. Wilkins said that he has the right students with “a certain temperament and mix of vocal, acting and dance talent and technical expertise” to produce this show. “We have the talent where we could have five Belles and five Beasts. To cast a show is the best and worst thing I do. It always makes a kid’s day and disappoints another,” he said. In this show—which will feature the talents of about 170 students on stage, in the orchestra pit and in stage crew—Sophia Morrill will appear as Belle and Carter Wagstaff as Gaston.

“I love this Disney animated film and it tells of how brave Belle is and how we all need a role model like her. She is smart, spunky, brave, loving, caring, empathic, intelligent — it’s an important role models for girls as well as for our boys to appreciate,” he said. Other highlights during the year will include the production of “Animal Farm,” which can be seen at the school Tuesday, March 6 through Saturday, March 10. General admission tickets will be $8. “We’re going to tear down the walls, bring in a trough and some dirt and make great literature come to light. It’s going to be a hard show to do, but there’s intrigue, pleasure and joy out of performing hard material,” he said. Wilkins also said that the concepts will be challenging as the students learn about the Communist revolution and need to be able to act like animals yet still relate to other students and the audience. The final show, “Peter and the Starcatchers,” will be performed Wednesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 5 and again on Monday, May 7. General admission tickets will be $8. “We are performing a year of great literature and making it feel connected for our audience. With ‘Peter and the Starcatchers,’ we are interpreting it to create for the audience a different take of ‘Peter Pan.’ With ‘Animal Farm,’ we hope the audience will find a deeper meaning. We can ask, ‘Who is the villain?’ in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ask our students and patrons to find a deeper meaning and not judge a book by the cover. It is a great to be able to make these stories come to life,” Wilkins said. Sandwiched between these shows will be a Broadway Review and melodrama and at the end of the year, the one-act festival on Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15. l

Sophia Morrill as Belle, Carter Wagstaff as Gaston. (Adam Wilkins/CHS)


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Sandy City Youth Council mayors will bring members to a year of leadership, service

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hen Jordan High student Joey Wrigley decided to apply to be in Sandy City Youth Council, he knew a little about it because his older sisters had served. What he didn’t know was how it could be “super useful” to a possible future career. Wrigley, who was one of three teenagers who was sworn in Sept. 5 by Judge Paul Farr as Sandy youth mayor at the Sandy City Council meeting, said a career he’d like to explore is that of a civil engineer. “We learn how the city government works and how it is run, so we meet people and discover how it works,” he said. “For example, we learned how the city engineer plans and builds the city and that can be super useful if I become a civil engineer.” While the year promises opportunities to meet different branches of Sandy City’s services, there also will be service and social opportunities for the 22 members who either live in Sandy or attend a Sandy high school. This year, there are students who attend Alta and Jordan High Schools, Hillcrest High in Midvale and Brighton High in Cottonwood Heights. Wrigley said through being a Sandy City Youth Council member Sandy City Youth Council mayors are sworn in Sept. 5 by Judge Paul Farr to a last year, he’s learned team building, leadership and has been able to year of service and leadership in their community. (Julie Slama/City Journals) help people in need in the city. He also was able to tour the city with observe our government and see how it works.” Mayor Tom Dolan. Han also said he’s interested in learning about health care and Although Wrigley is a member of Jordan High’s National Honors Society and robotics team and has a part-time online programming possibly pursuing a career in the field. He plans on majoring in biology and government and minoring in business in college. job, he said Sandy City Youth Council is different. “I’ve always liked being involved in my community and by “I’m meeting other students with similar interests and making meeting other students from other schools, I realize we can come connections I wouldn’t have if not for this opportunity,” he said. Wrigley also became reacquainted with his former elementary together to broaden our horizons,” he said. Han, who speaks Korean and English, currently serves as school classmate, Josh Han, who also serves as a Sandy youth mayor. Future Business Leaders of America state president and is involved Josh now is a senior at Hillcrest High. “I’m interested in being more involved and learning the legislative in speech and debate and National Honors Society at Hillcrest. As process,” Han said. “It will be a great opportunity for us as youth to an international baccalaureate student, he also speaks Spanish and

Mandarin. His classmate, Megan Okumura, said even though she is Hillcrest’s National Honors Society vice president, a member of the Peer Leadership Team and participates in the vocal ensemble and fall musical, she is committed to Sandy City Youth Council. “Our goal is to get to know everyone right at the start,” she said. “When we get to be good friends, we’re connected and will be able to do more.” She is looking forward to several service projects such as helping at the Utah Food Bank, spending time with families in LifeStart transitional housing and helping make and deliver burritos with the Burrito Project. Last year, as a Sandy City Youth Council member, she made a public service announcement about domestic violence. “We can go out and change lives by giving service,” she said. For the past 23 years, Marsha Millet has advised the youth council. “This is their opportunity to learn about their city government, to serve their community and build leadership opportunities. The students are building relationships with each other and the community,” she said. Millet said some of the youth council activities are tradition, such as teacher appreciation dinner in the spring or a murder mystery dinner in the fall. Last year, the group helped at the Sandy Animal Shelter and it was met with a positive response. Former youth mayor, now adviser, Shelby Hewitt is helping to set up a visit for this year’s council. “These are among the finest youth in the state and it’s my favorite part of my job,” she said. “The council is a great group of young people who are learning the tools to help them become leaders and succeed.” l

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Brighton High to kick off theater season with ‘Xanadu’ By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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efore Brighton High theater students take to their stage with their fall musical, “Xanadu,” about 20 theater students will perform at the 41st annual junior high and high school Shakespeare competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Seven students, under the direction of Chantelle Bender, will perform their ensemble piece from “Much Ado About Nothing” at the festival, which will take place Thursday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 30. Students also will compete in scenes and monologues, in the improv competition and Tech Olympics, said Theater Director Mindy Curtis. “Our students will be able to compete as well as see other productions to bring them an educational experience,” Curtis said. The students will watch “The Tavern” put on by the Utah Shakespeare Festival as well as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by SUU. Meanwhile Curtis, Assistant Director Aaron Sparks, Musical Director Daniel Emrazian, Choreographer Lisa West and Stage Manager Hanna Bartnicki will continue to run rehearsals for “Xanadu.” About 90 students will take part in the musical, which is set in the 1980s in California. The leading roles include Zoe Smith as Kira, Tyler King as Sonny, Jacob Hammond as Danny, Sage Madsen as Melpomene and Alexis Brooks as Calliope. The show, which will be performed on Brighton’s stage, 2220 East Bengal Boulevard.,

will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 27 and again on Monday, Oct. 30. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are on sale two weeks in advance in the school’s main office and are $9 for adults and $4 for students and children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. “The show is based on the movie and will be a lot of fun, with roller skating on the ramps in our auditorium,” Curtis said. The first show in 2018 will be “The Crucible,” which will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, Saturday, March 10 and Monday, March 12. Tickets are on sale two weeks in advance in the school’s main office and are $9 for adults and $4 for students and children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. “Last year, we performed a lot of comedy, so I wanted a more dramatic, historical play this year. Our students read it in English classes so they’re already familiar with it,” Curtis said. A selection of the production also will be the piece students will perform at regional competition, under the director of Bender. The final show of the season will the 25-member productions company’s Devising Theatre Showcase at 7 p.m., Friday, May 25. “It’s a chance for them to do their own thing,” Curtis said. “They learn a lot from how to create something from nothing. They go through problem solving and critical thinking, but they have fun and really enjoy it. It’s a great way to end our year.” l

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Brighton girls tennis team focused on preparing for region, state

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ike any team in any sport, the Brighton High School girls tennis team has high hopes for postseason play. And though the Bengals have been on both sides of the results category, head coach Natalie Meyer is pleased with the team’s progress. At press time, the Bengals were 3-3, picking up wins over West Jordan (4-1), Cottonwood (50) and Alta (3-2). On the flip side, Brighton fell to Alta (3-2), Corner Canyon (3-2) and Timpview (5-0). Meyer is focused on effort and progress rather than stats and numbers. “In my eyes, this season so far has already been a success,” she said. “We are improving. We’ve talked about going onto the court, giving 100 percent, finding the positives of each match and learning from the mistakes. When they play tennis, it should feel good, and they should have some fun. To me, if the girls love being on the tennis team and they can come off of each match and tell me they’ve done their best for the day, then we have had a successful season. If we are looking at scores and records, then we have more work to do to beat teams that we have lost to and that we may encounter at state.” Meyer has a nice blend of experience and youth to work with. At first singles is senior Sarah Meitler. She has been the team’s first singles player since her freshman year. As a junior last year, she placed first in region and advanced to the state semifinals.

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Brighton girls tennis team was 3-3 at press time. (Brooke Hyland/BHS girls tennis)

“She brings great strength to our no. 1 spot and to our team,” Meyer said. Senior Emma Robb occupies the second singles spot. A transplant from New Mexico last year, Robb is in her second season at the position. She too took first in region a year ago and reached the state semifinals. “She has been working extra hours on the court to improve her game,” Meyer said. Carli Elggren, a junior, dominated the junior varsity ranks last season. Now she moves up to

the varsity level as the third singles player. “Carli played the no. 1 JV singles spot last year, was undefeated and was always the first one done with her match,” Meyer said. “She has been a great addition to our varsity lineup in the third singles spot.” Brighton’s first doubles team is Lauren Clark, a senior, and Brynley Olsen, a junior. Both held the top spots in JV competition last year. Meyer has been impressed with their serves and their net play. At the second doubles spot is the tandem

of senior Jessica Hyland and sophomore Lucy Dalgleish. Last season, the two girls competed in singles play in the JV ranks. “(Hyland) and (Dalgleish) make a dynamic no. 2 doubles varsity team, and both are happy to be in that spot,” Meyer said. “They have great energy together and thoroughly enjoy playing with each other. I’m excited to see where this team will be by the region tournament.” Beyond the fundamentals and skills required to succeed at this level of tennis, Meyer is pleased with the way her players conduct themselves on the court. She also loves the positive attitude and effort the girls show each day. “I have great young ladies this year,” she said. “They have great sportsmanship and are willing to put in extra hours to improve their game. This is one of the most teachable groups that I have had. They have great energy and are fun-loving young ladies.” Though the Bengals have some things to work on if they are to achieve their goals and perform well in the postseason, Meyer is optimistic that good things are in store for her girls. “So far, we have been performing quite well,” she said. “We have work to do before the region and state tournaments, but I am confident in the ability of my girls. We have a new region this year that brings a high level of competitive tennis with it. Each match has been a test of our abilities and skills.”l


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Region play proving challenging for Brighton girls soccer team By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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The Brighton Bengal soccer team takes on Hillcrest during non-region play. The Bengals won 3-1. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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nyone who follows high school sports in the state is aware of the major realignments the Utah High School Activities Association made this year. Beginning this past August with the start of the fall sports season, the brand-new Class 6A was created. Consequently, region affiliations changed. Brighton, which has been in Region 3 of Class 5A the past several years, remained in 5A this season but moved the Region 7 with former region mates Jordan and Cottonwood. New league foes Alta, Corner Canyon and Timpview joined the Bengals. While Brighton’s girls soccer team fared no worse than second place and lost no more than two games in Region 3 the past six seasons, the first year in Region 7 hasn’t been a cakewalk by any stretch, as the Bengals lost two of their first three contests. Non-league play early on, however, was a different story. Brighton went an impressive 6-0 in non-region games. In the process, head coach Mark Stoker’s squad was a brick wall defensively, allowing just three goals in the six games and pitching three shutouts. No team in non-region action mustered more than one goal on the Bengals’ stout defense. The Bengals’ non-league victories were over Juan Diego (4-1), Hillcrest (3-1), Pleasant Grove (1-0), Olympus (3-0), Herriman (4-0) and Highland (4-1). Region play got off to a great start for Brighton Aug. 29 against Jordan, prevailing 4-0. The former Region 3 rivals couldn’t find the back of the net against Brighton, and the offense got going after a slow start. The Bengals led 1-0 at halftime but was hitting on all cylinders in the second half with three goals. Four different Bengals registered goals in the region-opening match. Alexxis Ward, Brynnae Braun, Hanna Olsen and Lily Sheehan each got one past the Jordan keeper in the victory.

Brighton defeated Jordan in both meetings last season, each by the score of 3-1. Next up on Aug. 31 was a rare game with Corner Canyon, a team Brighton will become more familiar with in Region 7. Corner Canyon scored more goals against Brighton than any opponent on the season, handing the Bengals a 2-0 shutout loss. Corner Canyon scored in both halves and kept Brighton at bay. It was the first time Brighton had been held without a goal since getting blanked by Layton 1-0 in the first round of the state tournament a year ago. On Sept. 7, Brighton tried to rebound at home against nearby Alta High School. The Bengals trailed 1-0 at halftime but got on the board to tie things up with a goal by Ward in the second half. Brighton’s back end held up and kept Alta from scoring the rest of regulation. However, Alta found the back of the net in overtime to prevail in a 2-1 victory, sending Brighton a 1-2 mark in Region 7. The Bengals looked to get to .500 and back to their usual winning ways Sept. 12 and 14 with contests at Cottonwood and at home against Timpview, respectively. Both games occurred after our press deadline. Brighton hammered Cottonwood in two Region 3 meetings a season ago by the counts of 8-0 and 6-0. Balanced scoring has been the name of the game for the Bengals. A total of eight different players have scored, led by three from Olsen and Ward. Sheehan has two goals, while Braun, Mac Laidlaw, Aubrey Long, Kristin Peterson and Lexi Simpson had each scored during the team’s games through the loss the Alta. The Bengals must finish in the top four of the six-team Region 7 to qualify for the state tournament. Postseason play has become an annual tradition for the Bengals. The team has reached the playoffs every year this century. l

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Non-region slate kind to Brighton football

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ith more than a third of the season already in the books, the Brighton football team has gotten off to a great start. The Bengals entered their final non-region game of the season — Sept. 15 against Skyline — 4-0 overall. The real fun is about to start.

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Brighton kicks off its Region 6 portion of the schedule Sept. 22 at home against Jordan, the first of five league games. The top team in the six-team region will qualify for the 5A state tournament. If the region games go like the non-region contests, Brighton should be just fine returning to the postseason after missing the playoffs last year. The Brighton defense was stellar over the first four weeks, allowing just 11.5 points per game. No team has broken the 14-point mark against the Bengal defense. The season opened with a 17-9 win over Fremont on Aug. 18. The Bengals surrendered a first-quarter touchdown to fall behind 7-0 but only allowed a fourth-quarter safety the rest of the way. Meanwhile, senior running back Nicholas Parker rushed for 103 yards, part of a Bengal running attack that amassed 303 yards on the ground. The following week, in a 27-14 in over Hillcrest, Brighton used a 21-point second quarter to erased a 7-0 deficit and take a commanding lead. Parker, Evona Hall and The Bengal football team kneels on its field in 2015. The 2017 version went undefeated in its non-region schedule. (City Sione Angilau each found Journals) the end zone on short runs

to account for the team’s touchdowns. Place kicker Justen Smith booted two field goals, 45 and 40 yards. On Sept. 1, Brighton squeaked past Olympus 13-10 in a defensive struggle. In fact, Brighton didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter when Angilau plunged across the goal line from a yard out. Then Smith, who made a successful attempt from 32 yards in the second quarter, kicked a 31-yarder in the fourth to seal the victory for Brighton. The Bengals surrendered just 21 yards rushing and racked up 259 of their own, including 177 on 22 carries for Hall. In addition to his rushing touchdown, Angilau made nine tackles on defense. Tui Kefu and Addison Trupp teamed up for a sack. The Bengals then moved to 4-0 with its best scoring output of the season, a 35-13 victory over Granger on Sept. 8. Playing on the road in a hostile environment, Brighton fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but rallied with 14 points in the second and third quarters to take a commanding 28-7 lead heading into the final quarter. Hall was the star of the show for Brighton. He had a pair of TD runs — 2 and 72 yards — to go with a 43-yard TD pass from quarterback Alexander Zettler. Trey Davenport hauled in a 42-yard pass for a score from Zettler in the third quarter. Brighton capped off its night of score in the fourth with another big play — a 67-yard scamper from Kepu Fifita. Not to be overlooked was linebacker Rocky Marks. The senior accumulated an eye-popping 29 tackles. Angilau added 16 more stops in a game where Brighton held Granger to a season low in points. Brighton’s undefeated march through four games has included a team effort and contributions from several players. Nine Bengals caught passes during this stretch, and six ball carriers each averaged at least 5.3 yards per carry, led by Angilau, who averaged 12.4 every time he ran with the ball. On defense, Devin Elder has been another standout, picking off two passes. l


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e’ve all heard the saying, nobody’s perfect. But that’s not 100 percent true. The 1972 Miami Dolphins football team was perfect. In 2008, the New England Patriots were perfect, until losing Super Bowl XLII. But neither of those teams came close to what the Utah Falconz women’s football team has now accomplished over their first four seasons. The local Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) team—which plays its home games at Cottonwood High School, in Murray —has lost just one game over four seasons. Their nearly perfect record is now 42-1. This summer the Falconz also claimed their second straight league title, playing at home before what many league officials believe was the largest crowd to ever attend an IWFL game. “There were so many people there,” Utah quarterback Louise Bean said. “I’ve heard estimates of 2,000 to 3,000 people. It was, by far, the coolest sports experience of my life.” It was also the end of an era—Bean’s era—with the Falconz. Shortly after Utah defeated the Austin (TX) Yellowjackets 3518 in the championship game, Bean was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. But long before the game was played, Louise and her teammates already knew it was her last Falconz game. “My kids are getting older—and at age 43 I had already decided this was my last season,” Bean said. “But then my husband got a job opportunity in Great Falls, Montana. So even if I had thought about changing my mind, we won’t be here anymore.” The mother of three went out in style, completing all seven of her passes in the championship game—three of them for touchdowns. Her favorite moment of championship night came on one of those touchdown passes, though she wasn’t even watching teammate Lexie Floor when she crossed the goal line, 70 yards down field. “She (Floor) was so far in the clear, I knew she would score,” Bean said. “So I just turned to watch the crowd go crazy. It was an awesome moment—the best since I’ve been on the team—and a

memory I’ll have forever.” Bean has never been injured and has started every single game for the Falconz at quarterback. However, she has also shared time with other quarterbacks, and is confident the team will be able to fill her spot next season without skipping a beat. Meantime, Bean’s teammate—wide receiver and defensive back Elisa Salazar—has every intention of returning next year, to try to help the Falconz complete a three-peat. “I enjoy the team so much,” Salazar said. “It’s great to be surrounded by such good people. We have to pay to participate; but I think it’s money well spent.” The 51 women on this year’s Utah Falconz roster each paid an $800 registration fee, to help cover costs for travel, medical staff, field rental and other expenses. For a team that has rampaged through its opponents with only one loss in four seasons, perhaps the most logical question is what makes the Falconz so dominant? “Honestly, we are smaller than pretty much every team we play,” Salazar said. “So it’s definitely not our size. I think there are three primary reasons why we do so well: leadership, discipline and conditioning.” Salazar cites the team ownership and coaches for providing the skilled leadership the women need to be successful. On conditioning, she says the Falconz work out hard to stay in shape. “There have been a lot of games where we’ve really felt tested in the first quarter or first half,” she said. “But normally by the end of the game, we have more energy left than our opponents. I know we’ve won a lot of games for that reason.” As for discipline, Salazar said, “We really don’t have a lot of plays; but the ones we have we practice over and over, and pay very close attention to the smallest details. I know that has helped us win several games too.” The Utah Falconz always have several roster spots to fill each year. Any women interested in trying out for next year’s team should watch for clinic, camp and tryout information on the team’s Facebook page or at utahfalconz.com. l


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Star-led A Day of Champions looks to support student athletes and hurricane victims with upcoming event By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com

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ormer American bobsled athlete Jeremy Holm has put a lot of effort into educating student athletes in Utah. His organization, A Day of Champions, hosts events that are meant to educate student athletes and their parents and coaches on the art of competition. “It’s pretty much a TED talk for student athletes,” Holm said. “We want to take our previous experiences and successes and teach the current generation of athletes how we achieved our goals,” Holm said. The event involves a couple speakers that are helping Holm preach this champion attitude. Gretchen Jensen is a former Miss USA and ESPN commentator who lives in the Salt Lake Valley. Dr. Nicole Detling is a sports psychologist who has worked with the NBA, NFL, MLB and Olympic teams. Alan Tran is a high-performance chef who has worked with Olympic teams and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The list also includes a Paralympic snowboarder and cancer survivor Nicol Roundy and three other Olympian athletes. “Each of them will discuss their area of expertise and how it relates to being a champion. Tran will talk about how to eat well, especially as an athlete on a budget. Detling will talk about how to think like a champion, and the champion psyche. Roundy will talk about overcoming adversity, as she

has overcome one of the hardest challenges life can throw at you,” Holm said. However, due to recent hurricanes plaguing the coasts, the event will have a humanitarian aspect as well. “At first we wanted to donate the ticket proceeds to local high schools to help pay for sports teams and equipment. But with Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, it seems that those people need all the help they can get right now,” Holm said. The event will donate 50 percent of initial ticket sales, and then after the event expenses are covered, they will donate the rest. “We haven’t decided on the organization yet, maybe the Red Cross or the LDS Humanitarian Center. We just want to give back and make a difference,” Holm said. “People like these informative talk events. We can use our influence as world-class athletes to serve the Utah community and others. We decided that we need to get these funds to those who really need it. Everyone can be a champion,” Holm said. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Cottonwood High School. If you would like to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey or Irma, you can donate to local organizations like the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the United Way of Greater Houston or to national organizations like the All Hands Volunteers or Americares. l

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The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District works throughout the summer to identify mosquito pools with the West Nile Virus, which has spread throughout the Salt Lake Valley since June. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)

summer, especially from dawn until dusk. Hougaard said that even though there haven’t been any human cases reported yet, this year has been an especially rough year for the Salt Lake Valley. “Some years you find more mosquitoes with the virus. It was really bad in 2006 and 2007, as well as couple years ago in 2014, and right now it’s going up,” Hougaard said. “This is as bad as I’ve seen it. We’ve found more mosquito pools, but I don’t know how that translates to humans.” Mosquito abatement groups like Hougaard’s work in communities to locate mosquitoes carrying the virus and treat areas with the virus or those that are at risk of getting the virus, and teach people how to be safe. South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District has around 30 employees, many of them seasonal, that help identify mosquito pools in the valley. Mosquito pools are samples of 100 or less mosquitoes collected from various locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those areas. Oftentimes, abatements take precautions in neighborhoods that haven’t test positive yet, just to assuage the spread of the

virus. “When the West Nile Virus hits, we spray in areas we don’t usually, and residents may see us in adulticiding, fogging…if residents see us, don’t be alarmed,” Hougaard said. One area of concern in the Salt Lake Valley is the marshes around the Jordan River. However, mosquitoes can reproduce anywhere there’s standing water. Hougaard’s abatement group checks gutters, ponds, horse troughs and catch basins in especially susceptible neighborhoods. But oftentimes wheelbarrows, bird feeders, buckets and even soda lids lying around people’s yards have mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus there. Hougaard said getting rid of these types of objects that can catch rain or sprinkler water around your yard is one of the best ways to help abatement groups control the mosquito population. Besides being wary of objects in your yard that have standing water, Peterson said to make sure your windows have screens if they are left open. If you’re out and about — especially in wooded areas or the mountains — it’s important to wear long sleeves, long pants and bug spray to stay safe. “Be careful that you’re not bitten because you don’t want to have a crummy summer,” Peterson said. l


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Canyons proposes bond for new schools, upgrades

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nion Middle is just a few months from reaching its quinquagenary — or what most folks call its golden birthday — and like many of its neighboring schools, Union is beginning to show its age. On the Nov. 7 ballot, Canyons Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond to modernize and upgrade schools across Canyons School District. “Union is on the list of schools to be rebuilt if the bond initiative is approved by voters in November,” Principal Kelly Tauteoli said. “Union was built in 1968 and has not been reinforced to make it safe for children in the event of an earthquake.” In addition to safety, Tauteoli said students should have ideal setting for learning. Currently, the district is providing assistance in adjusting the temperature in its current buildings. “The district has been working with us to provide some relief for teachers and students in hot rooms. They have provided some swamp coolers and are looking at other temporary solutions. The new buildings the Canyons (School) District is building are climate controlled with a lot of natural light. These are the optimal conditions for classrooms. We want our students and teachers physically comfortable, so the focus can shift completely to learning,” she said. Nearby Midvalley Elementary is 60 years old, Hillcrest High is 55 years, Peruvian Park is 52 years and Brighton High is 48. These schools also are on the list to be torn down and rebuilt along with Edgemont Elementary or Bell View Elementary, if the bond passes, said Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney. “In June 2010, residents approved a $250 million tax-neutral bond that funded 13 major construction and renovation projects and we have kept our promise in improving those schools across Canyons District,” he said. “Now, we are asking taxpayers to approve this bond so we can continue our promise to upgrade more schools across our district.” The last of the 13 projects, the renovation of Indian Hills Middle, is underway and projected to be completed by the end of this current school year. Canyons School District, which began with the 2009–10 school year, serves about 33,000 students in Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy’s 29 elementaries, eight middle schools and five traditional high schools as well as other locations for specialized programs. Haney said similar to homeowners borrowing money in the form of a mortgage, the school district borrows to finance the design, construction, expansion and renovation of school facilities. He said

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the general obligation bond is the form of the lowest possible interest rate and with Canyons’ financial record includes a AAA bond rating, which will guarantee the district the best available interest rate. “Taxes won’t go up,” he said. Along with the rebuilding of schools, which will cost about $257 million, a new elementary school at a cost of $20 million will be built in West Draper. Renovations that will cost $38.5 million will take part in Alta High, including a new auditorium and gymnasium. Additional classroom wings estimated at $4.5 million will be added at Corner Canyon High. Offices will be remodeled at a cost of $2.7 million at Brookwood, Granite, Oakdale, Park Lake, Silver Mesa and Sunrise elementaries. And natural lighting, which will cost $3.1 million, will be added to 18 elementary schools across the district boundaries. Haney also said the cost of the buildings will be augmented with ongoing capital facility money. The projects were based on a list compiled by architects in 2010, which addressed $650 million for improving facilities, he added. “These buildings are about kids. They spend a significant part of their days in schools so we want them to be safe, welcoming, well lit, clean, high-tech buildings across all parts of the district so every community in Canyons School District can benefit,” Haney said.

Since Aug. 22 when Canyons Board of Education approved the plan to propose the bond, Canyons officials have met with neighbors, city councils and other leaders to answer questions about the proposal. At Ridgecrest Elementary’s 50th birthday bash, Superintendent Jim Briscoe passed fliers to attendees explaining the projects involved in the bond proposal. “I expect that these buildings will last longer than the previous schools, as we have improved architecture and engineering designing and updated maintenance,” he said. “I think we always will see a need for wireless (internet). We’re looking at the best investment for our buildings and our students, who are our future.” Briscoe also applauded the board of education for making a “tough decision” in proposing a second bond. Board President Sherril H. Taylor said Canyons’ commitment to its promise speaks for itself. “While we think our track record speaks for itself, we reiterate our pledge to provide modern and safe schools for our community while also serving as conscientious stewards of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “We have built so much momentum since our patrons graciously supported our previous facility-improvement plan, and we have great hopes the community will continue to work with us in our efforts to build up Canyons together.” l

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Grappler and coach head to world finals

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By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com senior year and placed second in his weight class at the Utah High School Activities Association state wrestling meet. He encourages kids to wrestle as early as they can. “Wrestling teaches a lot of discipline and how to respect people. I learned to honor people and be responsible,” Adzitso said. Adzitso and his family came to Utah when he was 11 years old. He moved from Togo, Africa. His parents got jobs at the airport to support his family. “My parents really struggled to give us a good life here. They gave up a lot of stuff to come here and we settled in and became citizens. We came here with only the stuff we could fit in our suitcase,” Adzitso said. Because he is different he got into a lot of fights in school. “I dressed different, did not speak English and looked different than everyone else. Back in Africa we fought a lot. When I was bullied I would defend myself. Then I started wrestling and instead of fighting after school I was on a team. I felt this was it, and I knew it would keep me away from trouble,” Adzitso said. Grappling differs from wrestling—it

is wrestling to submission. This means a competitor is expected to submit either verbally or by tapping his opponent to admit defeat. Refusing to “tap out” can risk unconsciousness or serious injury. His supporters have started a go fund me account to help him raise funds for travel while attending the championships. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/sendkoffi-to-world-championship. Adzitso estimates his trip to the world championships will cost about $5,000. He works for Intermountain Health Care in the purchasing warehouse. He trains by riding his bicycle to work and working out with Ruiz his coach. He rides 34 miles a day and spends approximately 12 hours a week perfecting his skill. He qualified for the team in April at the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas. He finished fourth in the 84 kg class. Adzitso is nicknamed “The Lion King” in Ultimate Fighting circles and began fighting in 2007. His UFC record includes 20 wins and 11 losses. He had nine knockouts. His last UFC fight was in 2014 when he began training for submission grappling full time. l

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s the summer season comes to an end, and there are less things to do outdoors, community organizations are a great place to look for things to do inside. Check out these upcoming events within Cottonwood Heights. On Sept. 28, the Cottonwood Heights Community and Economic Development Department staff will host an open house to discuss open space within the city. This will include a conversation about the proposed open space master plan. Residents are invited to share their ideas, desires and wishes for parks, trails, views and other outdoor spaces. There will also be reviews and surveys available for attendees to fill out. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 Bengal Blvd. On Oct. 1, leaf bags will be available at Cottonwood Heights City Hall or Whitmore Library, 2197 Fort Union Blvd. Filled leaf bags can be dropped off, beginning on Oct. 15, at Bywater Park, 3149 Banbury Road. On Oct. 5, the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA) will host the Excellence in Business Awards Luncheon at Cottonwood Heights City Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The awards to be presented include the Small Business Excellence Award, the Community Impact Award, the Kelvyn Cullimore Excellence in Leadership Award, the Rising Star Award, the best restaurant within the city and the business with the best customer service. Tickets are $15 per person. On Oct. 12, a free Business Boot Camp Workshop will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The workshop is titled “Leadership Skills Learned from Operating an Escape Room.” On Oct. 27, the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, 7500 South 2700 East, will host their annual Monster Mash event. There will be a free carnival and ice skating. Come in costume!

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On Oct. 31, the CHBA will host a Trunk or Treat at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses are invited to park and hand out candy to students. Families are invited to bring their children to receive the previously mentioned candy. Nov. 7 is general election day. Municipal election ballots will be mailed out the week of Oct. 10 for residential voters. Voters may also cast their ballots at one of the many county polling locations. The candidates for Cottonwood Heights are as follows: Mike Hanson and Tali Bruce are running for city council Third District; Christine Mikell and Eric Kraan are running for city council Fourth District; Tim Hallbeck and Mike Peterson are running for Cottonwood Heights City mayor. Don’t forget to vote! On Nov.16, a free business boot camp will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The speaker is yet to be determined. As always, Cottonwood Heights City Council work session meetings are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Business meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Library Events Whitmore Library, located at 2197 Fort Union Blvd., hosts events almost every week day. On Oct. 2 and Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., a class

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Youth members have dinner with the mayor By Cassie Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com

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City Manager John Park inner with the Mayor is an burst out in laughter. “He is so annual event where all the happy you asked that.” members of the Cottonwood “Cottonwood Heights resHeights Youth City Council idents pay less of their dispos(YCC) sit down with the mayable income in taxes than any or, council members and other other city in the state,” Cullicity officials to converse over more said proudly. dinner. This year, the event Kathryn asked Police was held on Aug. 29 in the new Chief Robby Russo a question. city hall community room. “Where are the police hiding “This will be the last and where are the speed traps?” Dinner with the Mayor with “We don’t hide very ofMayor Cullimore,” Youth City ten,” Russo said, laughing. Council Mayor Nick said. “You know, very little of what The night began by passwe do is law enforcement. We ing around a mic so everyone perform CPR, we are the first could introduce themselves. on the scene with a suicide, All of the youth members inwe talk to the family and help cluded what position they held them through the experience. within the YCC, the school Relatively, we write very few they were currently attending tickets.” and what year they were in Kathryn had a follow-up when they introduced themquestion. “How do I get out of selves. Over 30 members of Every year, the members of the Youth City Council have dinner with the mayor, council members and additional city staff members. (Dan Metcalf Jr./Cottona ticket?” the YCC attended, including wood Heights) “I’ve never been talked the YCC mayor, officers and There were mixed feelings from members in the Only a few youth members raised their hands. out of a ticket,” Russo said. their deputies. “Cottonwood Heights became a city in audience. “But I have been talked into one many times. Sitting amongst the youth were various Cullimore then opened a Q&A session. He Officers don’t have their minds made up when members of the city staff, including all four of 2005. Your advisor, Councilman Scott Brackthe council members, the city manager, finance en, was on the committee to create this city. We urged the youth to ask questions to the other city they go up to the car. We ask you to keep your hands on the wheel because we don’t know who director, assistant fire chief, public works di- did a lot of work to educate the community on officials in the audience as well. “What are the benefits of rebuilding Brigh- we are walking up on. Don’t ever tell an officer rector, community and economic development the benefits of incorporation. Before 2005, we that they can’t do that. They will show you that director, public relations specialist, events coor- were an unincorporated territory. Back then, ton?” youth member Truman asked. “Brighton was built in 1969,” Cullimore they can. The purpose of a ticket is not to get dinator, police chief, assistant city manager and we would stutter when someone asked where we lived, saying east, by Sandy, in Salt Lake. answered. “It is not seismically up to code. revenue for the city, but to make people comply city recorder. As the youth and city staff members en- It wasn’t very definitive. Now, we have a sense There are issues associated with code and safe- with laws and make the community safer.” ty. Plus, it will provide some of new electrical “What is the crime rate in Cottonwood joyed their dinner of salad and pasta, with of place.” Cullimore told the YCC that 85 percent of technology.” Heights?” Nicole asked. cheesecake and cookies for dessert, they minYouth member Nicole then asked Culli“You are in a very safe city,” Russo replied. gled. Conversations covered various topics, residents that voted, voted to “yes” to becoming more what his plans were for retirement. “We have a relatively low crime rate. We get a including math class and differentiating honors a city. He laughed and referred to something his lot of thefts and frauds. The Cottonwood offi“One of the most important things we have classes, travels abroad, new business ventures within the city, future plans for youth members, done as a city is form a new school district,” wife told him earlier that week. “For over 13 cers catch everybody. If you commit a crime student government, city sectors and, of course, Cullimore said, anticipating dropping some in- years, Tuesday nights have been my wife’s night here, you are going to jail.” formation that would directly affect the youth in to do whatever she wants. She told me that I can Cullimore closed the night after all the the University of Utah and BYU feud. come home on Tuesday nights but she’s going to questions from the youth members had been After dinner, the YCC mayor introduced the audience. “Construction on Brighton High School do whatever she wants.” answered. “We appreciate the work the YCC Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore as he came forward “How do taxes here compare to other cit- does. You are helping to make your community to address the whole group. “How many of you will start in spring, if the current bond passes. better.” l know how the city was created?” he began. The circled halls will be no more,” he said. ies?” youth member Kathryn asked.

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