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Residents Encouraged to Be Wild Aware By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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ild Aware is hoping to help residents to become not only more aware of wildlife, but also more aware of what is normal behavior for animals, before calling authorities. Founded in 2009, Wild Aware is a Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State University Cooperative Extension. The collaborative effort was created by zookeeper Stephanie Jochum-Natt after attending several conferences about humans and predators. “I started to notice that the problem is not going away. It’s getting bigger and bigger because the wildlife is all across the U.S. and Canada. More and more states and Canada are starting to come up with these living with wildlife programs,” Jochum-Natt said. “We were doing an event here at the zoo called Predator Awareness and making connections with the Division of Wildlife Resources. And we realized we just didn’t have that in Utah.” The creation of Wild Aware was also spurred by the death of Samuel Ives, an 11-yearold boy who was killed by a black bear in 2007 near the Timpooneke Campground in American Fork Canyon. “I knew it was time to start bringing everyone together,” Jochum-Natt said. “Luckily everyone who got involved was very interested in making this happen.” According to Jochum-Natt, the purpose of Wild Aware is to serve as an education program to try and help people coexist, preserve the wildlife by keeping them wild and reduce the nuisance animal calls. “Ninety to 99 percent of times when animals become a nuisance, it’s usually due to human behavior, not wildlife behavior. The only thing they’re trying to do is find what they need: shelter, water and food,” Jochum-Natt said. “If someone is putting out sticky buns or corn for the deer in the backyard because they think it’s really cute, why would the deer leave? Why would they find wild food?” Jochum-Natt said if the deer were able

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to travel on their migratory routes, which will happen in the fall, they could walk through neighborhoods and backyards and everyone could watch at a distance. “They put their trash away. They don’t leave fallen food on the ground. They keep their pets inside,” Jochum-Natt said. “Then these animals could stay wild and continue their move. It’s when they find something in those neighborhoods, why would they leave?” The big issue when people call in nuisance animals is the animal is either moved or destroyed. The Wild Aware program conserves wildlife, protects people’s safety and helps reduce the nuisance problems, the human-to-wildlife conflicts. “Instead of calling it a conservation program, it’s more of a human safety program,” Jochum-Natt said. The Wild Aware website, wildawareutah. org, lists several local animals and provides information on how to prevent them from becoming a nuisance. There is also a wildlife emergency link for situations that are an immediate danger. Jochum-Natt described an example

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of an immediate danger as a cougar lying on a front porch for more than an hour or a buck that is running loose in the neighborhood while everyone is leaving for work. “It constitutes something that is an immediate injury or death to you and/or the animal,” Jochum-Natt said. “It’s potential danger for someone’s safety or even the wildlife’s safety.” Jochum-Natt also says not all animal situations pose an immediate danger. “If a moose in a backyard is eating a bush or trees and then it gets up and walks away, (it’s a) great experience,” Jochum-Natt said. Wild Aware also brings its message to the public through different programs. There is a program specifically designed for schools based on the fourth-grade curriculum. “The zoo’s education department, we travel to schools throughout the state and give this program that emphasizes being wild aware, not taking things home, not trying to pet them, not trying to feed them. Just the basics,” JochumNatt said. “We also do programs for Scouts, for church groups, neighborhoods, HOAs.” To learn more about Wild Aware and its efforts, visit wildawareutahorg. l

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Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon Draws Thousands By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


housands of racers worked their way through Big Cottonwood Canyon on Sept. 10 during the fastest marathon in the state. The Revel Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon has been going on since Dec. 2012 and has grown in popularity for its speed and its beautiful landscape. The Revel Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon was started by Lane Brooks, owner of Revel, and his brother. “It was my brother and I back in 2011, we noticed there were marathons all the way up and down the Wasatch Front and all the way down to St. George but no marathon in the best canyon of all of them, which is Big Cottonwood Canyon,” Brooks said. “We got the idea from there and the first one was December 2012.” After experiencing roadblocks in terms of resistance from stakeholders, the brothers convinced interested parties the marathon would be a valuable city asset. The marathon also donates fees to both the Cottonwood Height Youth Program and the Cottonwood Heights Foundation as a way to give back to the community. The 2012 race had around 1,000 racers. It’s subsequently grown to around 5,000 racers each year. The 2016 men’s division winner was Zachary Cater-Cyker, 31, with a finishing gun time of 2:32:55. In second place was Jacob Gustafsson, 32, with a finish of 2:35:51. Brent Bailey, 30, finished third with a time of 2:36:47. The 2016 women’s division winner was Amanda Blair, 26, with a gun time of 2:53:32. Lyndsy Schultz, 35, was the

second-place finisher in 2:54:29. In third place, with a time of 2:56:17, was Shannon McGinn, 40. According to Brooks, the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon is the fastest and the most beautiful marathon in the state by several metrics. “If you look at the average finishing time of all the participants, the Big Cottonwood Marathon is 10 minutes faster than anything else. Our mantra is fast and beautiful. That’s how we differentiate our marathon,” Brooks said. “In terms of beauty, it’s Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can’t beat the beauty in the fall. Typically, the leaves are changing colors and if you go to the website and see the awesome views. It’s not unusual for our participants to see moose along the way and other wildlife.” An average time for the race is 4:8:40. The next fastest

race in the state of Utah is the Deseret News Marathon with an average time of 4:22:21. The Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon is also a Boston Marathon–qualifying race with the most racers qualifying in the state. According to Revel, 25.1 percent of racers qualify for the prestigious race. The next closest percentage is the Deseret News Marathon with 12.1 percent of racers qualifying. In order for someone to qualify for the Boston Marathon, runners must meet the time standard that corresponds to their age and gender. For instance, to qualify for the 2017 Boston Marathon, a man between the age of 18 to 34 must run a Boston Marathon–qualifying marathon in under 3:05:00. A woman in the same age bracket must run a Boston Marathon–qualifying marathon in under 3:35:00. According to Brooks, to become a Boston qualifying after a representative of the USA Track and Field Association came and certified the race was 26.2 miles. In addition to the variety of marathons and half marathons Revel provides, Brooks said the company also hopes to promote healthy and active lifestyles. “For me, I need to have something to keep me motivated to go out and exercise,” Brooks said. “Signing up for a marathon or a half marathon is an awesome thing I need to get me out running every day. We like to help promote an active and healthy lifestyle.” To learn more about Revel and its races, visit runrevel.com.l

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Teens Thrive in Youth Council By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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Cottonwood Heights Youth Council Mayor Scott Woolston addresses the rest of the youth council in the city council chambers. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)


ottonwood Heights residents attending city functions may notice a small army of teen volunteers helping to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. The group of high schoolers is the Cottonwood Heights Youth Council. Led by Councilmember Scott Bracken, the group volunteers at city events, helps assist the community and learns more about civic duty. The youth council has been around since 2005. The current youth council formed in May of this year. Sixteen-year-old Annie Kaufman, who attends Brighton High School, joined the group this year. Annie is the public relations officer for the youth council. Her role is to document what the council does throughout the year. “We help the community grow and come together and have fun,” Annie said. “We feel like we’re a part of a larger thing.” So far, the Cottonwood Heights Youth Council has helped the city by volunteering at Butlerville Days in July and the Cottonwood Canyon Marathon in May. “We volunteered by helping set up the event, helped the vendors and helped with the activities,” Annie said. In October, the youth council will help at the city’s annual pumpkin carving event. In December, they’ll visit patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. “We like to come up with things that are fun to do but also make us feel like we’re actually doing something,” Annie said. Annie said her favorite part about being on the Cottonwood Heights Youth Council is going to the events with friends while helping the community. Fifteen-year-old Margaret Selfridge

joined the youth council after Bracken came to her middle school to recruit members. Margaret, who now attends Hillcrest High School, serves as the deputy public relations officer for the council. “I love to serve since I was little and I thought it was a great opportunity,” Margaret said. “It helps us get to know the community more and helps with events in the city.” Margaret described the youth council as being a force behind the scenes that no one knows about, helping out at events such as the Monster Mash and the Easter egg hunt. Margaret said the youth council is a great opportunity for teens because it’s a way for them to become more involved with their community and learn more about their local government. “I love everything about the youth council,” Margaret said. “I get a taste of different careers and I get to serve the community.” To learn more about the youth council, visit cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. l

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Bark in the Park Brings K-9s into the Community By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights residents and the K-9 companions enjoyed a relaxing Saturday on Sept. 17 at Mountainview Park. In its sixth year, the annual event brings out pet-related vendors, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department K-9 unit and special entertainment. The dogs and their owners also enjoyed the park’s splash pad, which was open to dogs for that day only. Jamie Jackson, a volunteer at Bark in the Park, said the even started when Cottonwood Heights was looking for a way to bring pet owners out to interact with animal services and with each other. “Over the years, we’ve increased the vendors and added entertainment,” Jackson said. Kris Monty, a volunteer with Bark in the Park, said the city invites the vendors to come to the event for free. “The only stipulation is they have to be pet related somehow,” Monty said. The K-9 unit set up an obstacle course similar to the one their own dogs train on for dogs and the owners to try out. The course included running up a ladder, jumping over

obstacles and running through a tunnel. “Everyone thinks their dog can do the course,” Monty said. This year’s entertainment was Dazzle Dogs, a group of specially trained dogs who perform stunts such as dunking a small basketball, throwing away trash and catching Frisbees. Monty said the event has grown in size over the years. “Everyone comes out to have fun,” Monty said. “Most people who come are pet owners. There are even cat owners who come out.” The police agility course was new this year. The splash pad being open to pets is also a new addition. “We used to move around different parks,” Jackson said. “I think we’ve found a permanent home here (at Mountainview).” Jackson said she believes Cottonwood Heights is a friendly city toward pet owners. “The city tries hard to give lots of opportunities to bring your pets out,” Jackson said. “Cottonwood Heights is known for being an outdoor community. It’s nice when you can bring your pets too.” l

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Upcoming Events in Cottonwood Heights By: Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com Two different series of classes will be held at Whitmore Library and the new Cottonwood Heights City Hall throughout the month of October. There will also be an arts show at Whitmore Library.



The Library Geeks E-Masters Training Series will be held at Whitmore Library, located at 2197 Fort Union Blvd.

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At 2 p.m. on Oct. 8, a class focusing specifically on audiobooks and e-magazines will be held.

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On Oct. 13, Jaelynn Jenkins will teach a boot camp entitled “Defining Your Business’s Legal Entity.”

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On Oct. 20, Bill Hillard will speak about small business loans.

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City Council’s First Meeting in City Hall

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Painting of the Old Mill that will be housed in Cottonwood Heights City Council attending the first meeting in the new city hall. (Cassandra Goff/City City Hall. (Dan Metcalf Jr./Cottonwood Heights) Journals)

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n Sept. 13, for the first time ever, the Cottonwood Heights City Council meeting was held in the new city hall located at 2277 Bengal Blvd. The previous city offices were located in a building that had been rented since the city’s incorporation and was shared with multiple businesses. Instead of the council and residents meeting in that space, they were able to meet in the new city building that is entirely the city’s. Usually, the work session meeting is held in a conference room with the mayor, council and department heads sitting around a big conference table. The business meetings are usually held in the council chambers. For this meeting, both sessions were held in the council chambers because the custom furniture for the conference room had yet to be delivered. Two of the council chamber walls are almost entirely windows that face east toward the mountains. For this first meeting, attendees were able to mountain gaze at the oncoming fall colors and watch as a rainstorm rolled in. In a lull of the rainstorm a rainbow appeared in front of the mountains and an ice-cream truck drove by. It was also Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo’s birthday, so attendees that walked in at just the right moment witnessed the entire council and staff singing “Happy Birthday.” “Congratulations on the new city hall,” Nancy Tingey of the Canyons School District said as she stepped up to the podium to give her monthly presentation about the school district. She was the first person ever to stand at the city’s new podium. “I’ll have to add this to my bucket list just so I can cross it off,” Tingey said. The business session meeting began with citizen comments. Generally, this part of the meeting is silent. In an unexpected moment, City Attorney Shane Topham stepped out from his usual seat and walked up to the podium to address the council. “November will make twelve years since I was contacted for an interview with the first elected officials of Cottonwood Heights,” Topham began. “These years have been a real

highlight in my personal and professional life. There’s nothing better than to do interesting, productive work with colleagues I like and respect.” Topham recalled the first interactions with the city and its employees. In one meeting, he wanted to take notes but forgot to bring a pen. When he asked for one, he was met with blank looks. The city didn’ “Having our own city hall has been a hope and dream for many years. Congratulations to everyone.” Topham paused before continuing. “With a new home, a housewarming gift is given to express friendship and memorialize the occasion. I’ve had a few years to think about what an appropriate gift might be.” Topham then gave the city a painting of Old Mill, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, in recognition of the newest landmark. “The Historic Committee will applaud your decision on the Old Mill,” Councilmember Mike Peterson said. After citizen comments, Public Works Director Matt Shipp presented his monthly report. Before getting into the activities of the month, he said, “This is the third city hall I’ve been involved with and this is the nicest council chamber I’ve been in.” In the same pattern, Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt commented before his weekly report during the work session meeting. “I want to thank the council for this beautiful building. It’s a pleasure to work here. This is a really beautiful room to conduct our meetings in.” City Manager John Park began his report by saying, “I’m just happy to be here. We are dang excited. The public works guys went above and beyond.” Park discussed how a specific few staff members were a huge help in moving and never seemed to stop working. After the city council meeting adjourned for the night, the council and a few of the staff members walked through the entire building to see the finished product and to evaluate the few loose ends that still needed to be addressed. l

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Foodies Rejoice By Cassandra Goff – cassie@mycityjournals.com


ood was on the brain in Cottonwood Heights from Aug. 20 to Aug. 31. The first ever Bites in the Heights was in full swing with many residents of the city, as well as residents from neighboring cities, visiting nine restaurants for their Bites in the Heights promotions. “We have seen dining events in other cities and thought we’d like to spotlight the local eateries we have in Cottonwood Heights,” Cottonwood Heights Business Development Coordinator Peri Kinder said. “There are some great restaurants here. We wanted to give them some attention.” The restaurants that participated in the event were Arminen’s Deli, Cancun Café, Carl’s Café, Cottonwood Heights Café, Dragon Isle, Johnniebeefs, Market Street Grill, Protein Foundry and Toasters Deli. All of the above restaurants created Bites in the Heights specials. These specials ranged from $5 to $20 for lunch and dinner. For example, Cancun Café offered a $15 dinner of two chicken or beef taquitos and a carnitas platter with fried ice cream. Carl’s Café and Cottonwood Heights Café had $5 lunch specials, which included a sandwich, fries and a drink. Cottonwood Heights city leaders also enjoyed Bites in the Heights. Councilmember Tee Tyler “enjoyed a great lunch” at Cottonwood Heights Café on Saturday, Aug. 20, the first day of the promotion. Councilmember Mike Peterson visited Cancun Café and Cottonwood Heights Café for their lunch specials. Councilmember Mike Shelton visited Market Street Grill. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore ate at all nine of the restaurants

Councilmember Mike Peterson and wife, Charlene, enjoying lunch at the Cancun Café after a tough morning of pickleball. (Mike Peterson/Cottonwood Heights)

that participated, sometimes visiting two or three in one day. He was surprised to find Arminen’s Deli because it is located within a Sinclair station. “A lot of people don’t know it’s there,” Cullimore said. All of the restaurants are part of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA). Overall, the CHBA was pleased with the event but “it’s been hard to monitor the success of the event. I’ve had many people tell me they’ve visited most of the restaurants involved, but sometimes they didn’t ask for the

Bites in the Heights special,” Kinder said. However, most of the restaurant owners benefitted from the event. “Johnniebeefs had double the lunch crowd that he typically has,” Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt said. Participants were encouraged to post their selfies and food photography on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #CHFoodie. In doing so, they were entered to win gift cards provided by the participating restaurants. However, “very few people posted photos on our social media sites,” Kinder said. Additionally, participants voted for their favorite restaurants on the Economic and Community Development website. The Best Overall Restaurant winner was Johnniebeefs. The Best Service was found at Market Street Grill and Carl’s Café offered the Best Deal. “I’d love to do it again next year,” Kinder said. The community and economic development staff members have been discussing what worked well and what didn’t work so well with the restaurant owners to improve Bites in the Heights. They would like to see “a bigger event next time,” Kinder said. “Next year, we will focus a little more on the promoting phase of things instead of people having to ask. A few other restaurants have asked to be involved as well,” Berndt said. For more information on this event and the CHBA, visit http://chbusiness.org./ or http://chbusiness.org/bites-in-theheights/. l

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Cottonwood Heights’s New City Recorder By Cassandra Goff – cassie@mycityjournals.com


ne of the many faces of the Cottonwood Heights City staff has recently changed. After many years of serving as the city recorder and human resource manager, Linda DunLavy retired. Paula Melgar will now fill the position of Cottonwood Heights city recorder. Melgar is originally from Portugal. She came to the United States as a student and became a citizen soon after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. “The way the American people came together to support each other inspired me to want to be part of this wonderful country,” Melgar said. Now, she has lived in Utah for longer than she did in Portugal. “I enjoy the beauty of Utah’s many landscapes,” Melgar said. “I like the volunteering spirit and civic involvement of residents, the wonderful communities we live in and neighbors always willing to lend a helping hand.” Melgar has worked in local government for 16 years. She started working for a local police department, where she became a systems administrator. “After a few years, I was offered a position with the city attorney’s office as a legal secretary. About eight years later, I transitioned to the office manager for the city attorney’s office and, as of two years ago, added the position of deputy city

recorder to my duties,” Melgar said. Melgar has an associate’s degree in business marketing, an accounting clerk certificate from the LDS Business College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Phoenix University, a master certificate in procurement from Villanova University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. After just two weeks of serving Cottonwood Heights, Melgar received her certified municipal clerk designation. Melgar worked toward this achievement for about two years and rapidly accelerated through the program. Some of the painstaking requirements included 60 hours of education time, two years of experience and practicing the IIMC code of ethics. “The municipal clerks conferences are packed with classes from early morning to late afternoon, with attendance rolls taken and a controlling board that makes sure you are actually there to receive the education you need. There is no golfing or afternoon free time,” Melgar said. For Melgar, the best part about this achievement was getting to know the many municipal clerks. “These clerks will go out of their way to make sure you get your questions answered, and that

you receive the best advice possible. They want to see you succeed and will make every effort that you do,” Melgar said. “That was my favorite part about this journey and to now be among the elite group of clerks that share this designation is truly amazing!” Melgar was drawn to Cottonwood Heights because of the mountains. “Our canyon trails are just my favorite because I like to hike with my husband, daughter and our boxer, Fritz. My sons like camping too, but we are no longer ‘cool’ enough to go on those trips with them,” Melgar said. However, she was drawn to the city staff for a different reason. “Cottonwood Heights is for sure doing their own thing, their own way and setting an example on how to do it right,” she said. “I didn’t see how I could go wrong here. I still don’t see it. Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a winning team?” After serving the city for a few months, she noticed how Cottonwood Heights had a team of dedicated and hardworking employees who had earned an excellent reputation among other cities. “I am absolutely thrilled about working with these great people who have different points of view, but know how to speak to each other and find common ground to make the best decisions

based on the information available at the time,” Melgar said. “They truly seek to represent the community with the highest consideration and integrity. I’m very impressed by these individuals who are always courteous, kind and fun to be around.” Melgar is pleased to serve the Cottonwood Heights residents because she has seen the community is very education involved and committed to understanding the issues and making a difference. Not only is this Melgar’s first year working for Cottonwood Heights, but it was also her first year enjoying the city’s Butlerville Days with her family. “We had a great time watching movies, going on rides and checking out the cool rides at the car show,” Melgar said. Melgar described herself as a happy and positive person who always tries to look at the bright side of things and strives to do the best she can to make things better. In addition, Melgar likes to read, travel, hike and enjoy a good comedy. “I am so excited to be here and look forward to serving the Cottonwood Heights community, learning about everyone and growing together,” she said. l

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Granite Superintendent Wins Statewide Honor By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


he Utah School Superintendents Association selected Granite School District’s Martin Bates as Utah Superintendent of the Year for 2016–17. “It really is an honor,” Bates said. “The 41 superintendents in the state are great women and men, and we all work really hard. To be honored and recognized by them and be able to represent them is an honor.” Bates was notified of the award in September, and he will represent the state at a national superintendent conference in February where he will be in the running for the National Superintendent of the Year title. It’s not by chance that Bates was selected as Utah’s representative, Terry Shoemaker, executive director of the state’s superintendent association, said. The 41 superintendents in the state are a close-knit bunch, and they realize Bates has much to offer, he said. “He’s just one who is thoughtful about policy development,” Shoemaker said. “His ability to coalesce complex issues in an understandable way made him valuable in those development processes.” Bates didn’t plan to be a superintendent, but he did plan for a career in education. His father, grandfather and greatgrandfather were educators, and he said it was his goal to keep that tradition. Early in his career he secured a math teaching job at a Provo alternative high school but took an administrative internship

The Utah School Superintendents Association selected Granite School District’s Martin Bates as Utah Superintendent of the Year for 2016–17. (Granite School District)

with Granite School District when there was an opening. “I love it at Provo, but I figured I’d enjoy working with 1,500 kids more than just working with 180,” he said. Bates went on to hold administrative positions in Provo and Salt Lake City school districts before returning to Granite as the assistant superintendent over administrative and legal services. In 2010 Bates was promoted to superintendent. He said he desires to bring a personal touch to the role

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Spring Lane Sidewalk Completed in Time for School Year By Carol Hendrycks | carol @mycityjournals.com


n Aug. 25, Holladay City and local school officials held a ribbon cutting event in front of Café Madrid to celebrate the completion of the Spring Lane sidewalk project. New sections of sidewalks on the south side of the street were added in front of over two dozen properties which has resulted in a continuous sidewalk from 1300 East to Highland Drive. The continuous sidewalk significantly improves pedestrian safety, especially for school children walking to several schools in this area of the community. The event was marked by the installation of two metal plaques into sections of the walk on each end of the project honoring the efforts of Clarence Kemp, recently retired City Engineer, who was instrumental in obtaining vital funds from the State. “His efforts greatly reduced the overhead costs in order to make the project a reality,” said Paul Allred, Community Development Director for the City of Holladay. City Manager Gina Chamness and City Councilmember Pat Pignanelli thanked all those who worked to complete this project, including contractor Tom Nielson, Cottonwood Builders working on a tight deadline. Kemp officially cut the ribbon over the plaque in his honor.​ l

Clarence Kemp, retired city engineer, cuts the ribbon to open the Spring Lane sidewalk project. (Carol Hendrycks/City Journals)

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There’s a New School in Town By Carol Hendrycks | carol@mycityjournals.com


ust one week into school, Emily Merchant, executive director for the new Wasatch Charter School on Holladay Murray Road, said she is thrilled with how the school has been received by the community. The new school has 540 enrolled students, which includes kindergarten through eighth grade and students from several counties, and also embraces children with learning disabilities. According to Merchant, the school curriculum and model is based on the Waldorf Education Model, which provides a learning

closely together to help create an environment that inspires the social interaction critical to producing the creativity and child development that is reflected in this academic approach. The campus is inviting and fits in well with the outdoors. The indoor areas and classrooms are open, well-lit spaces with color schemes that were specifically chosen to encourage calm but creative spaces. “We created an environment where children can really flourish, which is a key objective for art and movement to blend together,” Merchant said.

“We created an environment where children can really flourish, which is a key objective for art and movement to blend together.” environment with lots of movement, a focus in the arts and music and a collaborative staff that teaches with a holistic approach. The philosophy behind this model emphasizes imagination in learning, integrating intellectual, practical and artistic development, which was introduced and founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. This is the first Utah school to adopt this approach to learning via creative play, with elementary education focused on artistic expression, social interaction, critical reasoning and empathic understanding. During the tour Merchant provided, all students were engaged in hands-on projects or watched their teacher demonstrate an activity. Collaboration among teachers and staff plays a key role in the success of this curriculum, Merchant said. The faculty, which includes 26 teachers, administrative staff and building developers, also works

Merchant holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from the University of Utah and a master’s in education from Antioch University with a focus on administration and Waldorf teaching. She said is excited to have her own three children attending the school as well in eighth, fifth and second grades. Merchant said children are thriving and enjoy telling her about their day. Merchant says the school is still under construction in some areas, but they are moving through concerns just like any new school or business would. Merchant said they are looking forward to having a public open house very soon and invites the surrounding communities to stop by to experience a truly one-ofa-kind school in Utah. l

Third-grade teacher Rober Macdonald greets one of his new students. (Carol Hendrycks/City Journals)

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Community Members Encouraged to Say Boo to the Flu By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


ommunity Nursing Services (CNS) is offering flu shots at various schools during their annual Say Boo to the Flu program. In its fifth year, Say Boo to the Flu has provided hundreds of flu shots to community members throughout the state. “We wanted to reach out to the public and administer and provide flu shots for the general public and we figured a good way to do that would be in the school system,” Kristy Brower, former director of CNS, said. “That was our focus.” Cory Fowlks, the current director of CNS, said they reach out to school districts to provide the program and after a relationship has been established, the hope is the school districts would invite them back the next year. “We’d love to be in any school that would have us,” Fowlks said. Brower explained the program is primarily in elementary schools because the elementary schools provide a good introduction and capture a large number of community members. “There’s a lot of feeder schools, lots of elementaries that go into junior highs and junior highs that go into high schools,” Brower said. “We can capture the students at an elementary or junior high level, we then pretty much capture the families in the community and surrounding area.” CNS tries to correspond the days they’re in the schools with another school event that will draw a large number of families, such as back-to-school night or parent-teacher

conferences. “Ultimately we’re there as on option for someone while they’re there meeting with teachers or parents, after they finish or before. They ultimately come to our table. We are

able to capture their information, including insurance,” Fowlks said. “We’re able to help those who are unable to pay due to being uninsured or under-insured. Then after we capture that information, we administer the vaccine, give them something sweet and then send them on their way knowing that we provided a service there.” In addition to providing flu shots, the Say Boo to the Flu program is able to give the schools $2 for every shot that is billed through insurance. “We don’t necessarily consider that a fundraising event but rather money that the school or the district might be able to use at their discretion, as an advantage and benefit for having us there,” Fowlks said. Residents don’t need to have students enrolled in the school in order to participate in the flu shot program. Anyone six months and older can get a flu shot. “We consider these community events, the idea that we are serving these populations that are there and who are showing up. That includes school staff, the families, the grandparents,” Fowlks said. “We don’t turn people away.” If community members are unable to attend the Say Boo to the Flu event in their neighborhood, they can also get their flu shot at the CNS Immunization Clinic, 2820 South Redwood Road West Valley City. To see when the clinic is open, visit cns-cares.org or call 801-207-8777. l

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o mother wants to hear her child speak the words “I want to die.” But for parents of children battling depression, that is Aimee Winder Newton a fear. And for me, it became a reality when County Council District 3 one of my own children was struggling and needed help. It was 10:30 p.m. one summer night when my son came to me and shared his thoughts of suicide. As a mother, I am so grateful that he was willing to speak up. But I didn’t know what to do or who to call. Mental illness is one of those “taboo” subjects in our culture, and we really need to change that. We also need to take seriously our teens crying out for help. My son is very brave and has allowed me to share his story so that others can get the help they need. After this particular incidence, I learned that the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute or “UNI” has a crisis line. This line is

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staffed with trained counselors 24/7. You can call anytime and have a live person answer the call. It is also anonymous. But how many of us know this phone number? I didn’t. This is why I am determined to see that we have a three-digit phone number that can be used to go directly to a crisis line statewide. Across the state there are 19 different crisis lines, many with limited hours and staffing. This past month, I invited Missy Larsen, chief of staff for Attorney General Sean Reyes, and state Rep. Steve Eliason to present to our county council on this issue. They spoke of Utah’s suicide rate (5th highest in the nation), and discussed how suicide is now the number one killer of Utah teens. The rate of suicide by seniors is also climbing in Utah. These leaders, as well as state Senator Daniel Thatcher, have been involved in developing the SAFEUT app. Youth are able to report unsafe behavior at school or other behavioral health-related issues and get help. We had several mayors and city officials

present at our council meeting who expressed support for this initiative. Some tearfully shared stories of loved ones or city residents who have needed help. This truly is a crisis in our community. I believe there is incredible consensus and support for establishing a statewide, dedicated, three-digit mental health crisis line to connect more Utahns with needed support. Our coalition is working with stakeholders and the FCC on this issue and will look at all numbers available and determine the best one that will fit these needs. I know there are many people still struggling, both parents aching for their children and individuals grappling with these issues themselves. It is imperative that we prioritize solving this issue. We’ll be working hard in the coming weeks and months to find a solution. In the meantime, download the SAFEUT app on your smartphone. And in times of crisis you can always call 801.587.3000 to talk to a trained counselor in a free and confidential call. l

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2016 Season an Uphill Battle for the Bengals Football Team By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


espite a challenging preseason, the Brighton High School Bengals football team is continuing to see improvement as they begin the second half of their season and face off against challenging rivals like Bingham and Copper Hills. “We had a tough preseason,” Ryan Bullett, head coach of the team, said. “We went 0-3, so that was a little tough. But we did improve each week and the three teams we played are in the top five in the state.” “But I did see improvement and we started our league off with a win,” Bullett said. “And we were able to play some of our younger guys and get them some experience.” Bullett said that in order to be successful within their 5A region this season, the Bengals are going to need to build some depth and capitalize on every ounce of talent they have. The team has roughly 90 players on the roster this season, 30 of whom are freshman.

“The numbers are about average for us this year,” Bullett said. “We’ve got a big group of freshman which is good because that’s where the talent starts.” According to Bullett, who’s been the Bengals head coach for 10 years, the team’s early pre-season losses are no indication of the skill level that most of his players have. “Our offensive line has seen tremendous growth,” Bullett said. “We’re breaking in a new quarterback and still trying to find a couple more linemen, but overall their improvement has been very noticeable during the first few weeks and we are getting a lot of new guys more comfortable with all of the calls. We’re moving in the right direction.” The Bengals have also welcomed back many returning players to the team this year. Regardless of the talent many experienced players have, Bullett says that the team is lacking the leadership the group has had in the past. “We’ve got a lot of guys with experience,” Bullett said. “But what’s hard is kids don’t always want to be leaders, you know? Like they don’t want to tell their peers what to do or how to do it.” Despite the Bengals’ lack of a dignified team leader, Bullett says he and his fellow coaches see promise on the field and continue to notice the group unifying as the season progresses. “We’ve got some good kids that have come back to the team and they are really good kids,” Bullett said. “The coaching staff likes working with them and the kids are being

positive, so that’s what’s making this year pretty fun.” One of the team’s biggest challenges for the rest of the season is mental toughness and being able to get tough when things don’t go their way. “We’re lacking a little bit of toughness — toughness over all in the program,” Bullett said. “When things are going good, who is going to get a little bit tougher and who is going to stop the other team’s momentum — and coaching this can be pretty hard.” Thankfully, as a football coach for over two decades, Bullett is no stranger to coaching a team through challenges and setbacks. “You just have to stay positive as a coach and encourage them,” Bullett said. “I keep encouraging someone to step up and eventually it gets contagious and catches on.” As the Bengals start the second half of their challenging season, Bullett has high hopes that leaders will emerge and players will continue to improve in all aspects of the game. “We need to keep improving and we need to get better each week and we need to get a playoff spot,” Bullett said. “We are in a tough region, so being one of the top 14 teams to get a playoff spot is going to be challenging, so we’re going to need to fight for it.” The Bengals play their last home game against Bingham High School on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Brighton High School stadium in Cottonwood Heights. l


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Brighton Cross-Country Making Strides in Their 5A Region By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


ith just weeks left in the season, the Brighton High School cross-country team is continuing to put in the hard work and dedication they’ll need to compete at the state championship on Oct. 19. “The kids have been working really hard,” Head Coach Mike Zufelt said. “They’ve been running all summer and some are coming out and doing a couple practices a day and working hard at these practices.” Zufelt says that even though the teams don’t have any standout superstars this season, the group of 56 has a lot of depth that’s helped them find success in the first half of their season. “We are very strong as far as depth and have several runners who are running well, just not any superstars,” Zufelt said. With several kids who have placed in the top percentage at big invitational meets like the Utah County Invite, the Murray Invite and the Wasatch Rendezvous, the Bengals remain competitive in their 5A division. “Having the depth sometimes works better as a team than having just one or two standout athletes,” Zufelt said. The Bengals have a historically large group this season, with about 15 more runners on the roster than average. And as a surprise to Zufelt, most of the team’s new athletes are girls and more than half of the runners are new to the team this year. “I think that the kids are bringing their friends, which is a good thing,” Zufelt said. “It’s fun to see them enjoy being with each other and they like coming out. We’ve got a pretty consistent workout group, where in years past we would have a

Brighton’s cross-country girls charge as a group at the Spartan Invitational on Sept. 16. The girls team has grown significantly during the 2016 season. (Brighton High School cross-country)

couple kids show up, and then miss a few days, and then come back. But this year it’s been very consistent and I think that will help us as the season progresses.” At the beginning of June, the large group started training for their season by running a couple dozen miles each week. Now, at the peak of their season, the Bengals are putting in more than 10 miles a day.

“I would say our girls are running around 40 miles each week; our boys are more around 50,” Zufelt said. For the average person, the idea of running a dozen miles each day can be daunting. But Zufelt encourages anyone who is interested in running to attend practice. “The only way a student would get cut from the cross-country team is by not coming out,” Zufelt said. “If they want to run, we teach them the lifelong skills of running. But if they only come out once a week or once every other week, it’s not going to work. A big part of cross-country is consistency.” Members of the Bengals cross-country team learn much more than just how to run for miles on end. Zufelt is adamant about teaching his runners the importance of good nutrition, proper running form, proper ways of training and progressing in miles, and even basic skills like balancing and exercises that help prevent injury. “The kids this year are really going the extra mile. It was their decision to have two-a-day practices and run a little extra so they can achieve that goal of making it to state,” Zufelt said. “I’m incredibly happy with the effort and the way the kids have worked together as a team.” Though Zufelt says the team must continue to improve on speed training, he has high hopes that this year’s dedicated group will find the success they need at the region championship to make it to the state meet. The region championship will be held on Oct. 10 at the Big Cottonwood Park at 2 p.m. In order to qualify for the state competition on Oct. 19, the Bengals must place in the top four at region. l

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he Egyptian Theatre in Park City has a lot to celebrate in the upcoming weeks. On October 10 at 8 p.m., The Egyptian will host the band Firefall to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Park City Performances calling The Egyptian home. Park City Performances has provided programming for the longtime community staple since 1981. Firefall has toured with some of the biggest names in the business: Fleetwood Mac, The Band, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Journey, Heart, Electric Light Orchestra and the Marshall Tucker Band. With a performing span that has lasted more than 40 years, Firefall has some serious credentials under its belt including three certified gold albums, two platinum albums and 11 charttopping singles. The band’s biggest hit, “You are the Woman” has been played on commercial radio more than seven million times. Leading up to the 35th anniversary, The Egyptian will feature “Thriller” by Odyssey Dance Theatre. “Thriller” is a ghoulish annual tradition that will help set that Halloween mood with its mystifying and mesmerizing dance of monsters and maniacs. The Egyptian will also be celebrating its 90th birthday with a performance with local sensation Kurt Bestor. That’s right! That’s 90 years of providing thrilling live entertainment to the tourists and locals who love Park City and the arts. Then, from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, The Egyptian will host American pop culture icon Village People. But perhaps the greatest accomplishment of The Egyptian is the fact that the world-renowned and unparalleled Sundance Film

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Tut’s tomb, The Egyptian Theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1926. Supervised by an Egyptologist, The Egyptian Theatre was adorned with lotus leaf motifs, scarabs, hieroglyphics and Egyptian symbols of life and happiness. Park City was once again flush with a first class showplace, this time for films and live performances. During the next several decades, the theatre underwent several cycles of demise and rebirth. But like the majestic phoenix of legend, the theatre was reborn from the ashes of tragedy to provide the community a gathering place for high quality, social, intimate, if not slightly irreverent, live entertainment options for all. Every week, the theatre fills the stage with wonders to behold ranging from comedies, to live music, to community events and dance performances. The Egyptian helps to make a night out in Park City unforgettable. “The Egyptian Theatre is a community asset dedicated to enriching lives through the performing arts,” The Egyptian mission statement reads. And, enriched it has. Upcoming acts of note include the Blind Boys of Alabama, British Invasion, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Robert Earl Keen, The 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone. Details about upcoming shows, times, events and pricing can be found at http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org/ or call 435-649-9371. The Egyptian is proudly located in historic Park City at 328 Main Street. l

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Sadler & Wilson


t’s all about family at the law firm of Sadler & Wilson – Utah’s only mother-daughter law firm. Attorneys Cindy Morris Sadler and Emily Sadler Wilson focus their practices exclusively in the area of planning and administering estates. Estate planning is easier than most people think and it gives families peace of mind. Cindy and Emily listen carefully to each client’s wishes and work with each client to draft the documents necessary to make sure the client’s goals and desires are followed. According to Cindy, most estate plans include these four important documents: (1) a Revocable Living Trust, (2) a Last Will and Testament, (3) a Durable General Power of Attorney, and (4) a Health Care Directive. It is the goal of Sadler & Wilson to provide the documents needed for each client’s unique situation – from the simplest estate to complex arrangements. They also help families through simple probate and guardianship proceedings. Sadler & Wilson Law is ready to help with any phase of estate planning. They are available for free initial consultations to discuss estate planning options with previously planned estates or never planned estates. They can review old documents from other law firms and help with revisions or amendments. Most work is done on a flat fee basis with a “no surprise bill” policy. Cindy has been practicing law for 30 years. Not only does she have a law degree from the University of Utah, she

Estate planning is easier than most people think and it gives families peace of mind. also received a degree in journalism. This enables her to draft easier-to-read documents. After working in a downtown law firm, Cindy established her solo practice in 1987. She has always focused on estate planning and probate. “Our goal is to have clients leave the office with all the estate planning

documents they need to meet their goals. We also want clients to understand what they have signed,” explains Cindy. Prior to practicing law, Emily worked in the KSL Television newsroom as a producer and an assignment editor. She also taught ballet to children in the Tanner Dance Program for many years. She graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2006 with the intent to join her mother in the field of estate planning. “It was an inspiration to see how my mother was able to help people organize their affairs to take care of their loved ones,” says Emily. Emily was a volunteer with the Court Visitor Program in the Third District Court. Sadler & Wilson have two home office locations in East Millcreek (3770 South 3060 East) and Holladay (3930 South 2250 East). They are also available to meet in the clients’ homes. Cindy Morris Sadler and Emily Sadler Wilson are dedicated to helping individuals and all types of families by planning their estates, as well as making the probate and guardianship process stress-free. Their clients often remark that these attorneys make the estate planning process easy and that they sleep better at night knowing they have the right documents in place. Sadler & Wilson Law offers free initial consultations. For more information visit www.sadlerandwilsonlaw.com or call 801-274-0062. l

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Activities to Help Kids Understand Halloweens of Long Ago


alloween. It’s a holiday that leaves me confused and mystified. No, it’s not the witches brew getting to me, it’s the evolution of the holiday itself. Take for example this trunk or treat tradition where kids safely walk past parked cars, with cleverly decorated trunks that hold candy lures. Then there are the costumes, which look like characters from PG-13 Disney movies and cost a king’s ransom. Perhaps I am confused because I had to endure candy hunting through my own neighborhood, wrapped up in a coat, with a pillowcase full of hard candy and stale raisins. I wore a costume pieced together from torn sheets, yarn scraps and toilet paper. It seems that the Halloweens of days gone by were much more imaginative and memorable than the picture-perfect, formulated, store-bought ones we are giving our kids today. Perhaps a trip down your own memory lane may prove helpful in gaining perspective. With that in mind, here are five Halloween activities kids need to do to help them better

understand your childhood. 1. Get your pumpkin from a pumpkin patch. This activity is fun and can make for a great yearly tradition. Trudging through row after row of orange to find the perfect gourd delights pumpkin seekers of all ages. Yes, it may cost slightly more than the grocery store’s perfect version, but field pumpkins educate children about where and how we get our vegetables, plus it supports our local farming community. Plus, if you wait until Halloween to carve it, pumpkins make pretty good cookies, too. Visit coupons4utah.com/pumpkin-treats for a recipe. 2. Decorate a Halloween cookie. And, speaking of cookies, no I didn’t say “frost” a Halloween cookie, I said “decorate.” Get out that creativity with Halloween colors, decorative sugars and different shaped cookie cutters. 3. Design a Halloween costume using only items found around the house. Instead of running to the store, throw out a

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Things I Learned at the Statue of Liberty


magine the worst family reunion ever. Add some cholera and a couple dozen languages and you’ll get an idea of the conditions immigrants faced when traveling to America in the early 1900s. You think your Aunt Maude is annoying? Imagine being stuffed in a ship’s berth with her for almost two weeks. But then. One morning you step onto the deck and see the Statue of Liberty standing in the New York Harbor, lifting her lamp and welcoming you to America. Breathtaking. The hubby and I visited New York this summer and Lady Liberty was one of our first stops. At 130 years old, and standing 22-stories tall, she continues to attract people from all over the world who view her as a light in the darkness, a symbol of freedom, and the best place to buy overpriced ice cream cones and Statue of Liberty back scratchers. While navigating the crowds on Liberty Island, I learned some things I thought I’d share with you. 1. Selfie sticks need to go. Maybe it’s an evolutionary stage. Maybe in 100 years, our arms will be three feet longer to accommodate our narcissistic self-obsession to document everything we do with a photo. I watched as girls stood in front of Lady Liberty, extended their selfie sticks and took seven or eight dozen pictures, flipping their hair from side to side and making kissy, duck faces at their cameras. By the angle of the phone, I’m sure the statue wasn’t even in the photo. 2. I’m so white. Picture hundreds of people with beautiful


skin colors ranging from ebony to creamy mocha, and everything in between. And then there’s me. Boring white. And not just sorta white. I’m fluorescent-lightbulb-shining-in-anigloo white. And it wasn’t just the skin colors. People streamed past in bright saris, colorful headscarves and multi-colored robes. I stood wearing America’s national uniform of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers. All I was missing was a fanny pack and tube socks. 3. I’m not good at butting in line. Part of the Statue of Liberty experience was standing in line. For everything. I waited for the restroom, the drinking fountain, the tickets, the ferry and the souvenir Statue of Liberty plastic crowns. But not



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