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January 2017 | Vol. 14 Iss. 1


Year in Review for Cottonwood Heights

We’ve served your community for the last 30 years,

By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


And we’ve broken ground on a new campus to serve you for the next 30.

(In order from left to right) City Manager John Park, Councilman Peterson, Councilman Shelton, Mayor Cullimore, Councilman Bracken and Councilman Tyler stand in front of the council chambers during sunset on a December evening. The completion of city hall was one of the most time consuming projects for each of these men this year.

We’ve served your community for the We’ve served your last 30 years,

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community forground theon And we’ve broken to serve you lasta new 30forcampus years, the next 30. And we’ve broken ground on a new campus to serve you for the next 30.

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Rendering of our new hospital. Coming 2019.

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Residents encouraged to be Wild Aware By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed October 2016


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,” JochumNatt 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-year-old 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 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 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

The purpose of Wild Aware is to educate the public about the local wildlife. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

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Year in Review for Cottonwood Heights By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

(in order from left to right) City Manager John Park, Councilman Mike Shelton, Councilman Mike Peterson, Councilman Scott Bracken, Mayor Cullimore and Councilman Tee Tyler stand proudly in front of Cottonwood Heights City Hall. The completion of which was one of the most significant highlights from this past year. (Cassie Goff/)

2016 was a significant year for Cottonwood Heights. The city received numerous awards and saw many significant changes, including the development of the new city hall and the transition of public works. New challenges arose for the city council and staff, some of which will continue into 2017. Additionally, many plans are in the works for 2017. Highlights of 2016 There were many highlights for the city during the past year. The most significant highlights were the opening of city hall and the transition to creating the city’s own public works department. Additionally, the city staff created two master plans involving Fort Union Boulevard and the gravel pit, completed a resident survey, continued to host successful events like Butlerville Days, maintained relationships with other entities and received many awards. “The successful completion of our new city hall has to be the highlight of the year,” Councilman Scott Bracken said. “I visited the site throughout the year on a weekly basis during construction and observed the complexity involved in such an endeavor. We had the right team of individuals from Layton (General Contracting) and GSBS (Architecture) plus City Manager John Park overseeing all the details. It was truly inspiring.” The city staff was moved in and ready to show the residents the new city hall during the ribbon cutting in October. “There’s a new feel in city hall. We finally have a home,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said. Councilman Michael Peterson voiced a consensus within the council, saying “it’s not that we just have a building to house administration and the police department, it’s that we have a community gathering spot.” However, there were some residents that were not pleased with the decision to build a new city hall. Some wondered what the benefit would be in paying for the construction of such magnitude. “Here, we have a bond payment and it’s expensive but not much more from the rent we would pay over time. Once that bond is paid, we will own a building that will stand much longer without rent or mortgage. That’s the beauty of what we did. It was not for the current generation but for the next generation,” Councilman Tee Tyler explained. Another significant highlight for the city this past year was the creation of the city’s public works department. A contract with TerraCare was terminated and the city’s public works

The Community and Economic Development Department worked on a Fort Union Master Plan for the better part of this past year. Currently, it is being discussed in the council. This Master Plan encompasses the future of Fort Union Boulevard within the city. (Cottonwood Heights)

department was established. “Public works has pretty much consumed most resources that did not go into the construction of the new city hall,” Cullimore said. Bracken added a great benefit to bringing public works in-house was that the employees were now under the city. This meant when they were not plowing roads, they would be be doing other things for the city. Peterson said it’s more than just snow removal. “It’s about our streets and some of the infrastructure,” Peterson said. “We only have a handful of snow days a year; it’s all those other days that you are working on potholes, streets, lighting and storm drain that are equally important in the long run. It’s already improved tremendously; in organization, training, equipment and responsiveness. We are on the right track.” Along with city hall and public works, there were other highlights throughout the year. A master plan for Fort Union Boulevard was compiled and is currently being discussed in council meetings. “The long-term vision for Fort Union Boulevard is coming together,” Bracken said. “We’ve had two major studies completed, and another is underway.” Cullimore added the Fort Union master plan was a big accomplishment this year, especially for the planning department. In addition to the studies completed for the Fort Union Master Plan, Cottonwood Heights worked with Y2 Analytics to complete a resident survey. Randomized surveys were sent out to residents for the city to receive feedback on what residents liked and didn’t like. One of the aspects residents seemed to be pleased with was the community events the city provides. “The community events seem to get bigger and better every year; like the arts council play, the Thanksgiving 5k, Bark in the Park and Butlerville Days,” Peterson said. For more information on the Y2 Analystics survey, visit: www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. These community events seem to happen effortlessly because of the partnerships with the Rec Center and additional organizations. “We have continued to build a relationship with associate organizations, such as Canyons School District, the Rec Center, Salt Lake County and additional people who provide services to our community and residents. We take pride in trying to build bridges in working with those organizations” Cullimore said.

2016 was also a great year for Cottonwood Heights because of numerous awards received by the city and some of its employees. In February, two officers were recognized for rescuing a woman from a burning home and in March, the Fort Union Boulevard study was featured in a Utah State Capitol event. In April, the Shakeout Drill was successful, with help of many volunteers. In May, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department (CHPD) was the first Utah police force to be equipped with Naloxone (NarCan). In July, the Cottonwood Heights City float won awards in multiple parades and Butlerville Days drew record crowds. In October, Cottonwood Heights was honored as a Business Friendly Community by the Salt Lake Chamber and Govenor Herbert. The Cottonwood Heights Amateur radio club won awards and was featured in a national magazine. “That’s a big deal, it got national recognition,” Cullimore said. The the Cottonwood Heights Bike and Trails Master Plan was recognized by the Utah Chapter of American Planning Association and City Planner Michael Johnson received an achievement award for excellence in October. In November, the city was awarded $5,000 for their H2Oath, a water conservation pledge drive, which many residents played a part in. For the seventh year in a row, the city received the Government Finance Officers Association award for Excellence in Budgeting, thanks to Finance Director Dean Lundell and Treasurer and Financial Reporting Manager David Muir. Next Year As 2016 comes to a close, the city council and staff are excited for the new year and don’t plan on slowing down. “Successful completion of the first year with the public works department will be a big focus. Beyond that, challenges in the future planning relative to road maintenance will be a high priority,” Cullimore said. According to Cullimore, there will also be an ongoing focus on our business community and the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA). Tyler has some very specific challenges in mind for 2017. “There are 130 yards of the Big Cottonwood Canyon trail (BCC) which is all but finished. I’d really like to see us finish continued on next page…

C OTTONWOOD H EIGHTS JOURNAL .COM the trail. Right now, if you are jogging, biking or walking the trail, you get pushed onto the road and I don’t think it’s safe. (City Engineer) Brad Gilson, John Park and I are continuing to find a way to finish it. We think we can get funding outside city money,” Tyler said. Specifically for District 4, Tyler is engaged in the Giverny project. “That might be the largest residential housing project in our city’s history. It’s a great use of the property; a planned unit development subdivision. It will have a HOA and fee for maintaince with the potential of 150 homes,” Tyler explained. “Next year, dirt could start to move. There are 45 acres of site to prep. They will have to carve the roads and underground utilities, which may take a whole year to do. In 2018, there may houses and may end up going into 2020. We haven’t had anything like this before. It’s the first development of that magnitude.” Another project that may start next year and extend into subsequent years is the widening of the Fort Union and Highland intersection. “We are close to getting the Highland/Ft. Union intersection improvements done. It might need to be pushed to 2018, but adding capacity there will help transit in that intersection.” Bracken said. One of the most exciting developments for the council, which will be completed next year, is the history of the city. “We hired a historian to write our city’s history, he will have the first draft ready for review as we move into 2017,” Cullimore said. Public Safety The UFA made some significant changes to their management and organization this past year. Although they function on a much broader footprint than just the city, the changes will directly impact Cottonwood Heights. Both fire stations within Cottonwood Heights are part of the UFA. The Cottonwood Heights Police Department also saw a change within the department. Under new legislation last year, body cameras were acquired and integrated into daily activity. CHPD was one of the first police departments in the state where every officer carried NarCan. With that in every squad car, many lives have been saved already. Recently, there was a “major drug bust by the DEA et. al, getting a major supplier of fake pain pills shut down,” Bracken said. This bust was in Cottonwood Heights but potentially had impacts throughout the nation. “I am so pleased and thankful for our police,” Tyler said. “We catch guys all the time. We were involved in the big drug bust and a car burglary ring. We caught them here. I’m sure there’s great police work all over the state but we are lucky to have the police we do. They are pretty darn good at what they do.” Tyler also said officers say they enjoy working in CHPD and working with Police Chief Robby Russo. Challenges for Next Year Even though the city will see excitement next year, significant challenges for the council still remain. One of the biggest issues facing the city council is the city budget. Cullimore said figuring out how to continue to provide the high level of services with expenses increasing more rapidily than revenue is going to be a challenge. Tyler said the city is going to have to tackle two big infrastructure needs. “The storm water system in the city is aging. I doubt we will be able to replace it all. It would be crippling financially, so we have to pick certain spots to replace,” Tyler said. “Also, we have to look at roads. There’s no city in the state not fighting these battles.” According to Peterson, even with all of the growth, development and expanded community activities, the city has not raised property taxes. Tyler wondered if the city can continue

ON THE COVER to meet its financial obligations without a property tax increase. “We have done that for almost twelve years, which is pretty good. I don’t know if we can do it forever,” Tyler said. Included with budgeting issues is the new public works department. “Ensuring that public works continues to succeed and perform on budget as well as keeping all aspects of a city up and running well and on a thrifty budget, is always the primary challenge,” Bracken said. With the completion of the Y2 Analytics survey, the council realized how important green spaces, parks and trails are to the community. “We hope to maintain green space and trails for public use. We are looking for new opportunities to enhance that,” Peterson said. “We will continue to look at the possibility of a dog park. Salt Lake County is recruiting a consultant to create a master plan. We will be a part of that plan, either with the County or independently.” Peterson said the importance of public safety is always on his mind. “I feel it’s one of the fundamental principles affecting the quality of life we all desire. Our Neighborhood Watch, Victim Advocacy and effective community policing strategies are critical,” Peterson said. Impacts for the Election During the 2016 election, there were many local items that voters took a stance on. This included many of their representatives and the Herbert. Some of the results will have a direct impact to Cottonwood Heights. On the ballot, there was an option to vote for a County Parks and Recreation Bond Project. According to Cullimore, the results from that vote will fund $3-4 dollars to projects in Cottonwood Heights. The Rec Center will receive the majority, but funding for projects at Crestwood Park and Mill Hollow Park will also be included. There was no change on either side of the aisle in the Utah Legislature, something Bracken felt was a good thing. “Those did not change, which is a benefit to Cottonwood Heights citizens. Congressman Chaffetz and some of his staff visited City Hall for a tour. They were excited about the venue for town hall meetings for his constituents,” Bracken explained. All of the councilmen echoed Bracken’s comment. “We have a great relationship with Chaffetz and our Senators, Hatch and Lee,” Cullimore and Tyler said.

Michael Johnson, Senior City Planner, composed a Bikes and Trails Master Plan this past year. This was one of the considerations when looking at roads throughout the city. (Cottonwood Heights)

JANUARY 2017 | PAGE 7 Volunteering Cottonwood Heights has many volunteers, with just as many opportunities always available. “We have just become aware of JustServe. We are going to try to promote that for opportunities,” Cullimore said. JustServe is a website where users can log on and view available volunteer opportunities within their chosen area. Additionally, Mayor Cullimore recommends residents to pick the area they like, find an area of interest and approach the city for opportunities. Tyler pointed out there are always volunteer opportunities with the Jordan River Commission to beautify the river. “Even though we are not on the river, we have the two major creeks that feed it. We were invited to join the Commission because of the two tributaries that go to the river,” Tyler said. Visit: www.cottonwoodhights.utah.gov for more information on volunteering or contact your councilman. The City Leader Life All of the councilmembmers and the mayor really enjoy what they do. Even though there are challenges, these men enjoy the city staff and residents they get to work with daily. “There are many good opportunities to meet nice people, both internal and external. People will call and we talk through an issue. By the time we can work through the issue, they are a friend,” Tyler said. Peterson said there are challenges but he has never had an experience in the five years he’s served that made him question why he is on the council. Cullimore said it is difficult since trying to please everyone is an impossible task. “There’s never enough time and never enough money to do what you want to do,” Cullimore said. “We try to be disciplined and principled in our approach to addressing and resolving issues.” According to Cullimore, the best part of the Mayor’s job is meeting so many wonderful people and the opportunity to serve and make Cottonwood Heights a great place to live. With the potential of re-election next year, Cullimore has to consider that. “Over the past twelve years I have built a lot relationships and learned important processes that benefit the city financially and operationally,” Cullimore said. “I would love to run again, but time constraints related to my full-time employment are increasing so I will need to consider all my obligations before making that decision. I love this city and serving the residents. It would be hard to walk away.” 

The Cottonwood Heights Public Works Department was moved in-house, where it was previously a contracted service. Since doing so, the council and residents have been pleased with snow removal, and other public work duties. (Cassie Goff)




Bark in the Park brings K-9s into the community By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed October 2016


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.” 

The obstacle course was set up by the Cottonwood Heights Police Department K-9 unit. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

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Hope mentors help students prevent suicide By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed December 2016


ope Squad students from Lone Peak High School talked to peers from around the state about suicide prevention. The session was one several lectures at the Utah PTA Vital Issues/Advocacy Conference. The program was held on Nov. 7 at the Granite School District Administration Building. Suicide is the leading cause of death in children aged 10-17, according to the Utah Department of Health. Paul Dymock, LCSW and Suicide Prevention Specialist from Alpine School District explained Hope Squad is a studentled, suicide prevention advocacy group. Hope Squad members are nominated from their peers. They are trained to identify signs of suicide and be a comfortable contact for peers. “What they do is go into the classroom and students present to students, which is way more effective than adults presenting to students,” Dymock said. Hope members offer information on causes, treatments and resources to fellow students. Dymock added that the support structure of Hope Squad includes trained teachers/ student mentors, counselors, administrators, parents, police and religious community members.

Hope Squad members at the Utah PTA Vital Issues conference. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

“We’re finding that as we’re working and being involved the numbers are dropping and we’re seeing great successes,” Dymock said. Youth suicide rates in Utah have been consistently higher than the national rate.


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“Anxiety is highly treatable, but one-third of people that do have anxiety are not getting help for it” said Hope student Brittan Allphin. Hope Squad Member Sierra Anderson suggested for students to know one another on an individual level as a way build social connectivity and ward stressful/anxious situations. “The teachers who notice the anxiety systems those are the teachers that makes the difference in people’s lives,” Anderson said. “And those don’t even have to be teachers, those can be students and parents as well.” Suggested treatments include ways to be happy, healthy, and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound/SMART goal-setting method. Utah offers SafeUT Crisisline, a statewide, twenty-four/seven service for anyone facing suicide, depression, anxiety, loss/grief, school problems, substance abuse, self-harm, or relationship difficulties. It is free, anonymous and confidential. You can call 1-800-2738255. There is also an available app. For more information, visit http://healthcare.utah.edu/ uni/clinical-services/safe-ut/. To learn more about Hope Squad and how to begin one in your school community, visit http://hopesquad.com. 


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Brighton High’s debate team wins big at region By Stephanie Lauritzen | stephanie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016


ondering what makes a debate team great? According to Brighton High School debate coach Jim Hodges, sometimes it comes down to being “just that good.” But beyond raw talent, Hodges also believes his team’s recent success at the Utah Region tournament last February stems from “a deep commitment to the team that I really like. We have a really devoted team, they genuinely like what they do, so they follow through, work hard and practice until they get it right.” The Brighton team came in third overall at region, with student Christopher Whimpey coming in first place in congress, Felicia Carter taking first in extemp, Stephanie Tripow earning first in oratory and Ben Hardy winning third place in congress. Hodges notes that the students carefully developed specialized skills for each category, ensuring each one competed well in their given field. “Our team is lucky because we have a group of students with a well-rounded menagerie of interests, so everyone can find an area of competition to excel in,” Hodges said. For Whimpey, that area is the student congress, where students become mock senators and congress people. During the competition, each debater writes legislation and tries to pass their laws in a session of congress. The event requires competitors to not only write well, but also to develop excellent public speaking skills. According to Hodges, Whimpey is a “natural.” “Even though Chris is a relative newcomer to debate, he’s very well spoken, with great oratory skills. He’s bright and smart on his feet,” Hodges said. Carter’s first place win in “extemp,” or extemporaneous speaking, stems from life experience. “She’s amazingly well read, well traveled and politically savvy,” Hodges said.

The Brighton High Debate Team prepares to leave for the region tournament. (Brighton High School)

In an event requiring students to present a speech on domestic or foreign policy, commerce and economics, Carter’s education on world events served her especially well. Hodges called her a “renaissance woman with excellent oratory skills” The oratory competition involves composing and memorizing a nonfictional speech on any issue or topic. The delivery tests the orator’s public speaking skills, as well as persuasive writing abilities. Hodges believes Tripow earned first place due to her passion as a speaker. “She’s truly a gifted orator. She’s a fierce competitor, and impassioned about her subjects. She’s only a freshman, so I’m very grateful to have her on the team for a few more years,” Hodges said. Lastly, Hardy took third place in congress, and like his teammate Whimpey, he’s a natural negotiator. Hodges describes

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him as “another renaissance student, with the unique talent of negotiating well while ensuring his point not only comes across as reasonable, but is embraced by others. He’s very smart.” As a student athlete in bodybuilding, Hardy brings the dedication he uses to compete athletically to the debate team. While this is only Hodges’ second year as coach, he’s looking forward to future years teaching debate and helping students find their unique skillset. Although he recognizes the challenges of working with “teens with a lot on their plate outside my team,” he finds the work fun and engaging. “The time commitment is intense, but if one enjoys what they’re doing, it is absolutely worth it, and I enjoy doing it. From the preparation, to working with the students, it’s hard but rewarding. I love it,” Hodges said. 


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Brighton Bengals raise funds for cancer patients and families By Stephanie Lauritzen | Stephanie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed February 2016

Brighton High School student body officers kickoff their fundraiser with an assembly on Nov. 2. (Brighton High School)


or their annual fundraiser, the Brighton High School student body officers wanted to find a cause the entire school could rally around in support. By partnering with Millie’s Princess Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families with children battling cancer, the Brighton Bengals raised funds for three separate families from Nov. 2 to Jan. 19. SBO faculty adviser Courtney Long said the experience has helped to unify the school while teaching students important lessons on the value and power of giving. “It’s important for students to have opportunities to come together and find ways to give rather than receive, especially during Christmas and the holidays,” she said. Long is quick to point out that this year’s fundraising activities were almost entirely student driven. “The student body officers, as well as the rest of our great student government team, have really taken on a leadership position in organizing fundraising activities. They’ve learned to work together, and it is wonderful to see the students lead while the faculty and administration steps back and lets them do their thing,” she said. Amanda Flamm, the vice president of Millie’s Princess Foundation, who helped form the foundation while her daughter fought leukemia, used the foundation’s Facebook page to praise Brighton High’s fundraising efforts. “So often, we hear negative stories about teenagers, but I think that the ones here in Utah are absolutely outstanding,”

Flamm wrote. Brighton High School set a goal to raise $30,000 by Jan. 19, providing $10,000 for the families of Tyce Campbell, Elaina Murphy, and Devin Stuart. Before the holiday break, students had already raised $20,000, with fundraising activities planned up to the January deadline. From faculty vs. student basketball competitions and Tournament Tuesday student game nights, to restaurant nights sponsored by companies such as Straws and Chipotle, students continued to organize fundraising and publicity events to meet their fundraising goals. “We are confident we will be able to reach our goals and hopefully help these families through a difficult time. The students here are invested and dedicated to making a difference for each of these families,” Long said. 

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After every game, players from both teams join in the middle of the pitch and take a bow to the spectators on either side. This tradition is unique to Utah high school rugby. (Sarah Almond/City Journals)

The brotherhood of Brighton’s rugby club By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016


he boys of Brighton Rugby Club aren’t just a team; they are a brotherhood. And though this is only the group’s second year as an established team, both their roster and their skills have experienced exponential growth in the 2016 season. “Last year we only had about 15 guys on the team,” Team Manager Teresa Petty said. “This year we have around 45. We’ve really promoted the program through the school and through Facebook, but a lot of it was by word of mouth. Last year we were single school, which created a difficulty for us because, as a new program and being single school, we could only have kids that went to Brighton. So this year we decided to go multi-school and I contacted the athletic directors of other high schools to let them know we had this available.” Today, the team has players from all over the Salt Lake Valley. Brighton players, along with kids from high schools such as Hillcrest, Juan Diego, Cottonwood, Corner Canyon and Taylorsville all come together to make up the Brighton Rugby Club. On paper, schools like Brighton, Cottonwood and Taylorsville tend to have rival athletic programs. With rugby, however, it’s a different ball game. “Rugby is different because it’s not at all political,” Petty said. “The camaraderie is totally different — it’s a total brotherhood. It doesn’t matter if

you’re a freshman or a senior, or what school you’re from.” Sophomore Nathan Hilton, a firsttime rugby player, elaborated. “The team dynamic is really awesome. It’s a lot different than football,” he said. “The atmosphere is totally different. Like, my teammates want me to get better and help me get better. Plus, I actually get to touch the ball in rugby.” Petty credits the team’s fraternity to fact that the boys enjoy playing rugby together and being friends with one another. The players train together, travel to tournaments as a group and have social events such as team dinners, rugby film viewings, charity events, fundraising and more. “We’re always looking for ways that the team can get involved in the community,” Vea Ofa, head coach for the Bengals, said. “One of our goals is to give back to the community. At the beginning of the season we talk about work ethic and about values. We teach them [the players] that rugby isn’t just about smashing each other — it’s about values on and off the field.” Perhaps the team’s strong camaraderie and support for one another is what has contributed both to the group’s rise in numbers and their progress as individual players. “Our backline is very, very skillful this year,” Ofa said. “Even though our

frontline is a little weak, there is a lot of strong, individual skills in our backline. And I see improvements every day. You know, I had some kids come in and they didn’t even know how to hold a rugby ball, but we work on it on a daily basis and you can watch them get better.” The rugby season is short, lasting from the beginning of March through the end of April, with about eight games begin played each season. However, the Brighton players have been training for the 2016 season since mid-December, putting in eight to ten hours of practice each week. “We really want to make it to the state championship,” Ezias Bigelow, senior captain for the Bengals, said. “But to get there we still have to put in a lot of hard work — a lot of hard work. We need to have dedication from the boys and work our hardest at every practice.” With the official season just barely underway, the Bengals already have some game time experience under their belt. The team traveled to St. George on Feb. 5 for the Icebreaker Tournament and again to Blackfoot, Idaho, for a tournament on Feb. 27. Brighton reigned victorious, winning every match they played. The team plays their final home game on April 16 at 1 p.m. The game will be held at the Brighton High School football field against the West Valley Warriors. 

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Members of the Bengals varsity team line up for a hitting drill during a Monday practice. The team is working hard to improve their batting average in the 2016 season. (Sarah Almond/City Journals)



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Stepping out of the comfort zone: Brighton High School girls lacrosse By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016


n March 7, the Brighton High School girls lacrosse team faced off against Corner Canyon High School to kick off their 2016 season. Though they won the game by a whopping 10 points, the girls are aware that they still need to practice hard and play harder if they plan on becoming the 2016 state champions. “We lost a lot of seniors last year,” junior Zoe Totland said. “And we lost in state, so we are very dedicated and working really hard to be the best this year.” In just the second week of the season, the Utah Lacrosse News Coach’s Poll ranked Brighton third in the state behind Park City and Lone Peak. “Brighton likes being ranked third,” Michelle Baldwin, manager of the Bengals, said. “Being ranked higher is great, but what really matters is how we play day after day. I’m confident we will play our best when it really matters.” Though the two schools may be ranked above Brighton, each of these teams are an incredibly close match-ups with the Bengals. Brighton lost to Park City by just one point at the state tournament in 2015 and the Bengals have a tied one-and-one preseason tournament record with Lone Peak. With early standings boding well for the remainder of Brighton’s season, players believe their passion for the sport and their ability to work beyond what’s asked of them will help them reign victorious this year. “We don’t have to enforce the passion,” Totland said. “The passion for lacrosse is already there — it’s ingrained in us — and I think that makes our team really unique.” While any passerby can see the dedication and work ethic emanating from the Brighton players, the underlying changes the team has undergone in the past year is what makes this group

truly distinct. Aside from substantial growth in numbers, the team recently welcomed on a Brighton alumna as their head coach. “We hired Maggie HerrNeckar as our head coach and she has been awesome,” Baldwin said. “The search committee and I feel that she is the perfect candidate to provide our current and future lacrosse studentathletes the coaching, direction and guidance they need to succeed,” president of the girls lacrosse team Clint Robertson said in a press release. “At Brighton, we expect greatness from our girls and Maggie will help us achieve our lofty goals.” HerrNeckar, a Utah native, played at Westminster College and graduated in 2015 with a degree in marketing. As co-founder of the Brighton Girls Youth Program, HerrNeckar has considerable experience both playing and coaching lacrosse. “We asked her if she would be interested in coming back to coach our team and she agreed,” Baldwin said. “We feel so fortunate; she’s been amazing for our team.” Along with the leadership and expertise HerrNeckar has brought to the Bengals, she’s also helped to encourage the group’s overall sense of pride and passion in the game. “She [HerrNacker] came up with the saying, ‘Great things never come from comfort zones,’ and I think we’ve all really bought into that,” Totland said. With hours of dedicated practice each week and commitment to lacrosse both on and off the field, the Bengals are looking forward to a season that ends with a state title. “I have a feeling that this year is going to be a very good year for us,” Totland said. “A really good year.” The Bengals play their last home game on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Brighton High School stadium. 

Junior Zoe Totland fends off a Corner Canyon player during their season opener. The Bengals have a 12-game schedule for the 2016 season. (Sarah Almond/City Journals)


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2016 Season an uphill battle for the Bengals football team By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed October 2016


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

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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. 

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coordinates regional leaders who help support and encourage local writers in their area,” Seboard said. “We’ve partnered with those regional leaders and the organization for the past three years.” In addition to providing space for people to write their novels during the month of November, the library system

write-in sessions with supportive groups. These libraries included the Whitmore, Millcreek, Kearns, Smith, South Jordan, West Valley, Sandy and Hunter libraries. “All of our write-in events across the system have had lots of participants to share the success of writing their novels and do word sprints and bounce ideas off each other,” Seboard said.


out there,” Seboard said. “We have some of the most amaz and productive writing communities in the nation. We h more coming out of this state than any other.” For more information about NaNoWriMo, visit ww nanowrimo.org. For more information about the Salt L JANUARY 2017 | PAGE 15  County Library System, visit www.slcolibrary.org.

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By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed December 2016 By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


uring the month of October, the Whitmore Library was lined with artwork from various residents around the state. The fourth annual Cottonwood Heights Art Show featured 86 pieces of art from over 40 artists. Sponsored by the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, artwork included drawings and paintings in acrylics, watercolors and oils. Subjects of the paintings included portraits, pastoral landscapes, animals, studies of the human body and abstract expression. “This is the fifth year for the arts show, and it keeps growing every year to get better and better,” said Kimberly Pedersen, the production manager at the Cottonwood The artwork on display at the Whitmore Library the throughout the month of October. Cannon/City Journals) The Cottonwood Heights Art Show featured 86 pieces of art from over 40 Utah artists. (Kelly Cannon/ The artwork was onwas display at the Whitmore Library throughout month of October. (Kelly Cannon/ (Kelly Heights Arts Council. City Journals) City Journals) According to Pedersen, the art show started after the arts council wanted to feature adults. The show featured works something we are City working did open voting because for people who uring the month of October, the also Whitmore theseveral production manager at“Ittheis Cottonwood TURN Centeron forfor the Arts, an“We innovative photography the arts council will local artists and let the larger community from the TURN City Center for the Arts, future shows,” Pedersen said. “Most of the came to see the displayed artwork to choose Library was lined with artwork from Heights Arts Council. day program located in Salt Lake City that hosting another art show in March dedica know about the talent that is being produced anaround innovative day located in Salt works that were submitted were topaintings favorite,” Pedersen said. “The top various residents the state. Theprogram fourth According to Pedersen, the art show is dedicated the artistic their development of only to photography. in Cottonwood Heights. annual Cottonwood Heights Art Show featured started afterartistic the arts council wanted to feature individuals with disabilities. seven pieces from that Thevoting show was a juried in show and th Lake City that is dedicated to the and drawings.” arenot featured “Although they don’t have to live in 86 pieces of artdevelopment from over 40 artists. local disabilities. artists and let the larger community “This was accept a wonderful opportunity forhallwere no winners, per se. of individuals with The only art the show doesn’t is the new city building for the month of Cottonwood Heights to enter, we doSponsored have by the Cottonwood Heights know about the for talent that is being produced in the Cottonwood Heights to see more “We did open voting for people w “This was a wonderful opportunity photography because arts council will residents be November.” many artists that live within the city Arts limits Council, artwork included drawings and Cottonwood Heights. diverse works,” Pedersen said. came to see the displayed artwork to cho Cottonwood Heights residents to see more hosting another art show in March dedicated To learn more about the paintings “Although they don’t have to live in There were no sculptures in the show but their favorite,” Pedersen said. “The and we love to showcase their work,” shein acrylics, watercolors and oils. diverse works,” Pedersen said. only to photography. Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, visit Subjects of the paintings included portraits, Cottonwood Heights to enter, we do have Pedersen said any form of art is welcome. seven pieces from that voting are featu said. were no sculptures in the show but show juried show and  building for the mo landscapes,There animals, studies of the many artists that live withinThe the city limitswas and not a “It is something we are cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. working on for in the new city hall This year was the first year pastoral the show Pedersen said any form of art is welcome. there were no winners, per se. human body and abstract expression. we love to showcase their work,” she said. future shows,” Pedersen said. “Most of the of November.” accepted work from children and young


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


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

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

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

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

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In a world of rising healthcare costs, many people delay or avoid seeing a doctor. What people like this need is another health care option, one that won’t drain their bank accounts if they come down with a sinus infection or break their arm. That option exists. It’s called Medallus Medical. Formerly known as After Hours Medical, Medallus Medical is a network of nine urgent and primary care facilities that facilitate an innovative membership program as well as accept most major health insurance options. The membership program works like this: members pay a monthly fee for themselves and their family and then pay a $10 office visit fee for all-inclusive, in-office services with some procedures offered at discounted rates. Members are able to receive quick access to doctors when ill or injured and avoid costly emergency room visits. Medallus is a walk-in facility, open late seven days a week every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Medallus also offers 24/7 telephone and telemedicine services. “The bottom line is that Medallus is the absolute cheapest way to keep my employees happy and healthy,” FastKart owner Joe Miller said. “It is the best benefit I can provide them for the money. Period.”

“My wife cut her finger and we went to Medallus and paid $10 to get the stitches,” Miller said. “My daughter broke her finger and we went to a hospital and that visit cost us about $1,100.” The membership program is not restricted to the well insured. Services are open to all, including the uninsured and those with high deductibles. People who are uninsured can get the basic access they need to a physician and the insured can save out-of-pocket costs and reduce premiums. But, it should be noted, the Medallus Medical membership does not satisfy the insurance requirements for the Affordable Healthcare Act. Troy Mason, owner of TechnaGlass, also provides an employee program through Medallus Medical. TechnaGlass has been a member of Medallus Medical for about four years. Mason said that it has allowed his employees to have higher deductible plans and still get access to non-catastrophic medical services. As the father of five daughters, Mason says it’s not uncommon for one child to pass an illness on to another, thus making office visits a regular thing. One of Mason’s daughters cut her finger on broken glass while at the University of Utah. For $10, she was treated at the Medallus location near downtown Salt Lake City and, 10 days later, was able to get the stitches removed at the location closer to Mason’s home, he said.

“From a father’s perspective it has been fantastic and from an employer’s perspective it allows us to get our employees more affordable access to health care,” Mason said. Medallus facilities are equipped for basic primary care such as physicals as well as long-term care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma, etc. Medallus treats urgent needs, acute illnesses such as respiratory illnesses, infections, broken bones, lacerations and any other non-life threatening issues. All locations are equipped with a laboratory and digital X-ray systems. Medallus Medical facilities are not equipped to handle chronic pain management, long-term treatment with controlled medications such as Oxycontin, Methadone and Adderall, substance addiction and withdrawal or advanced psychiatric problems. “There is no reason to not go to a doctor now,” Miller said. “I think that anyone who doesn’t use Medallus is a fool. You can quote me on that.” Contact Medallus Medical at 1-877-633-9110 or visit www. medallus.com to find a location near you. For information about membership for yourself/family or business, please contact Arliss at 801-810-7058 or email at Arlissf@medallus.com 

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Goal Keeping – It Isn’t Just for Sports


t’s the New Year and I bet you just can’t stand the thought of reading yet another article about why you shouldn’t make a resolution. After all, only 8% of us actually keep them, so why bother? To get where you want to be in life you have to have goals. Not just dreams, high ambitions or lofty visions. You must have realistic and achievable goals. If you aren’t steering towards a purpose how will you get there? If making that goal a New Year’s resolution is an option then, why not? So, this article is about how to keep that resolution so you don’t end up with just another un-kept promise to yourself.



1 – Be Realistic: One of the things that I have found that keep them in perspective is to take my goals in small steps. To do this I choose a goal that may take a year and then break it down into weekly, monthly and sometimes daily achievable things. For example, maybe I want to lose 20 lbs., and I make that a New Years resolution. I have just given myself permission to take the entire year to lose 20 lbs., only 1-½ pounds a month (no wonder I never lose 20 lbs.). You can break that further down to daily healthy eating or exercise goals. I use this same breaking down technique for financial goals, getting organized, helping others (remember the charity box?) and even getting the yard in shape in the spring.

2 – Write it down: The best way I have found to recognize a goal is to take pen to paper. It’s not a list in my mind. I mean put pen to paper. My purpose isn’t to belittle technology or all those nifty, handy dandy goaltracking apps. Those can be useful. But, I have found that the actual physical act of writing down my goal makes them become real. You are making a commitment. It’s no longer and idea. Plus, writing down your goal gives you a starting date and will motivate you to see it through. Plus, it makes it easy to track your progress, which will help you gain momentum. How to stay on track with your goals: Okay, so now you’ve put your goal in writing. How do you stay on track? Here are some ideas to try that have worked for me. 1: Make a List I like to write my goals down in a weekly, monthly and yearly list on a calendar. It’s important to cross them off when they are finished. Putting that glorious line through or checking it off gives finality and makes for a great amount of satisfaction. 2. A Spreadsheet: While my calendar method works well for me, other people find more satisfaction and motivation

by creating a sophisticated spreadsheet with colors and percentages to track progress. If you are the techy type transfer your original pre-written goal to an Excel spreadsheet and then break it into smaller achievable goals with a time frame. I have found that spreadsheets work very well for financial goals. Just like paying my bills, I’ve used them as a method to help me reach goals for saving money for a car or vacation. 3. Sticky notes: Sticky notes work very well for visual people. You can use the sticky notes to keep you on track and serve as a consistent reminder around the house, in the car or at work. If you are the kind that needs a lot of reminders, or your goal is to break a habit, sticky notes can help you succeed. An example would be if you’re trying to be more organized, put a sticky note in the spot that seems to accumulate the clutter, perhaps the kitchens counter, reminding you to put the item away immediately. So, whatcha’ waiting for? It’s time to break out the pen and paper. Taking that first step of writing down your goals won’t accomplish them. That part takes work, but it does help you get going in a clear direction and makes them achievable for getting you on the right path to success. Happy New Year

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