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righton High School was built in 1969. Penny Petersen started working in the front office just a few years later. Known as the Bengal Grandmother, she holds the record for being a Bengal longer than any other staff member. “I just got here and found out I loved it and loved the kids so I keep staying,” said Petersen. The 50-year-old school building, known for its unique circular halls, is being rebuilt, one section at a time, over the next three years. “I’m sad,” said Petersen. “This has been my home for so long.” Thousands of current and past students and staff members joined Petersen in a farewell celebration July 20 and to walk the circled halls of Brighton one last time. Barbara Bate Dillman (’83) was excited for the chance to see the school again. “It was so fun to walk around and share memories with my sister that went there too,” she said. “I hate to see such a unique school change.” Amy Coleman Hintze (’94) and her husband, Brian, (’90) appreciated the open house. “My husband was drawn to it so he could walk through each and every hall, finding all his old classrooms and hangouts, which we did,” said Hintze. “I almost teared up when we thought of them destroying the gym, where we had been to so many games, assemblies, prep rallies and dances.” Krista Cullimore (’85) of the Brighton Alumni Association (who organized the event) said nearly 3,000 people came ’round to say goodbye to the circled halls.

Penny Petersen has witnessed five decades of teenage fashion, technology and attitude from the front office of Brighton High School. (Photo courtesy Emma Slikker)

“I think the best part of the day was seeing people reconnect with old classmates and teachers, having people wander the halls, and go find their old locker or a classroom that had significance,” she said. Students reunited for group pictures with former teams and clubs, and perused displays of school memorabilia cel-

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ebrating five decades of excellence. BHS athletes celebrated the 120 championships in wrestling, swimming, tennis, golf and baseball the school has claimed in the last 50 years. Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey wasn’t surprised by the huge turnout from the community. “The energy that I felt as you’ve come and walked the Continued page 8

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Timpanogos a classic Utah attraction for nearly 100 years By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


tah is renowned for its national parks and monuments, but one of the state’s treasures tends to get overlooked despite its proximity to the Wasatch Front. Timpanogos Cave National Monument is an indoor-outdoor adventure closer to home for Salt Lake County residents than the national parks. Timpanogos Cave, or caves as tour guides will point out, is administered by the National Park Service. Martin Hansen discovered what is now known as Hansen Cave in 1887. Timpanogos Cave was discovered in 1913. However, knowledge of its location was lost until it was rediscovered in 1921. A third cave, which became known as Middle Cave, was also discovered in 1921. The area was designated a national monument on October 14, 1922, but not before significant damage was done to the caves, A map of the trail to and through Timpanogos Cave. (Joshua Wood/City Journals) particularly to Hansen Cave. “The cave was even leased out for mining before it was protected,” said volunteer tour guide Ruth Morrey. While not as many people visit Timpanogos National Monument as the state’s national parks and other monuments, it still receives a lot of well-deserved attention. “Over 45,000 people visited Timpanogos National Cave in 2018,” said BJ Cluff of the National Park Service. “That’s just how many people visited the cave. If you include the surrounding area, the number is double that.” To visit the caves, tickets must be purchased for guided tours that are capped at 16 people per tour. The visit includes a strenuous hike from the visitor center to the caves. The hike involves an elevation gain of 1,092 feet over a mile and a half of paved trail. Due to the strenuous nature of the hike, the Park Service advises visitors to be in good physical condition. They also advise bringing along plenty of water and sunscreen, especially on hot days. The paved trail provides sure footing, but it also precludes bringing any wheeled transport like strollers.

Hikers take in the view from the trail to Timpanogos Cave. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

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Heroes unite! All ages came together for bike ride event All photos taken by Cassie Goff

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Multiple family units attended the superhero event to ride their bikes together. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

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principal at BHS. “It has been a joy and continues to be for me to still be here at Brighton High School.” Generations of students in families from Cottonwood Heights and Sandy have proudly been welcomed to the Jungle. Many Bengals have circled back to BHS now as parents of students, sharing the experience of searching for the elusive “end of the hallway” with their children. The 50-year celebration, which replaced class reunions for the year, also included a golf tournament at Old Mill Golf Course and a Roarin’ Bengal Riders motorcycle group ride up Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The farewell celebration was the first event the newly formed Brighton Alumni Association has planned for former students. “They can count on more alumni events and ways that we as a Brighton community can give back by providing mentoring opportunities and scholarships in the future,” said Cullimore. BHS alumni are invited to contribute to and to follow Brighton Alumni Association via their website, Instagram and Facebook. Brightonhigh50. com, #brightonhigh50, Brighton High Bengals@Canyons School DistrictCottonwood Heights, Utah l

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Myrtle spurge has become a scourge in Utah By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


yrtle spurge is an invasive plant with attributes that once made it appealing in landscaping but has since spread to the surrounding foothills and caused significant problems. Local officials advise that it be removed to prevent it from spreading further and causing more harm to native plants. It has been listed by the State of Utah as a noxious weed. Experts advise people to remove any myrtle spurge they find in their landscaping. The plant can escape planned gardens and invade the surrounding environment. To remove the plant, dig a hole about four inches around each side of the plant and dig below the roots. When doing so, gardening gloves need to be worn to protect against the plant’s caustic latex sap, which can irritate the skin and eyes. “If exposed to the sap, people should wash thoroughly,” said Becky Hales, diagnostic desk assistant at the Utah State University Extension in Salt Lake County. All parts of the plant contain the noxious sap, so care must always be taken when handling it. Using drought-resistant plants is often a good idea in Utah’s dry climate. Sometimes, selecting varieties for landscaping can include plants from other areas of the world. Many of the grasses we use come from Eu-

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Construction season nears the end By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjouranls.com


hroughout the summer, the Utah Department of Transportation has been working on multiple projects within the city of Cottonwood Heights. Perhaps the project receiving the most attention from commuters is the expansion of the Fort Union Boulevard and Highland Drive intersection. (To view our previous story on this construction, visit our website

and search for “intersection construction.”) Unfortunately for frequent commuters, this project has been extended by five weeks from the originally scheduled end date. “We have had to extend it due to weather delays and issues with Rocky Mountain Power,” Cottonwood Heights Public Works Director Matt Shipp said. “We are behind schedule as of mid-July.”

As for the financial impact on the city, the original contract had time worked in for unexpected delays. In addition, the project came in under budget for the bid: which all means the delays will not impact the budgeted amount for the Cottonwood Heights budget, or its taxpayers. Particularly for this project, “residents, businesses and commuters can expect traffic

restrictions, construction equipment in the area, and an increase in noise, dust and vibration,” says UDOT. For more information on this project, visit UDOT’s website and search for the project with the pin 8110. Or, email Public Information Manager Amalia Andrews at adeslis@utah.gov with “Highland Drive” in the subject line. UDOT has not only been focusing on the intersection. Major construction has been ongoing on the road along Highland Drive near the I-215 westbound onramp as well. This project will add an exit only lane to the I-215 westbound onramp. One of UDOT’s other projects has been completed. The 6200 South exit on I-215 bypass lane upgrade has been used by motorists for the past week (as of publication). Now, there is a lane specifically for the northbound I-215 freeway from Wasatch Boulevard that does not require a stop at the intersection. With this project completed, Cottonwood Heights will begin putting out a bid for the re-paving of 3000 East. Once the bid has been approved, the project is estimated to take about four days. l

Construction on the Fort Union Boulevard and Highland Drive intersection has been delayed by approximately five weeks. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

7-11 to possibly replace old Wingers building in Cottonwood Heights By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


or years, Cottonwood Heights residents have wondered what, if anything, would happen to the old Wingers building on 7269 S. Union Park Avenue. Finally, after five and a half years of driving past the old abandoned building (Wingers closed in 2013), residents might finally get an answer. In April, an applicant began the process of requesting approval from the city to build a 7-11 convenience store and gas station. If approved, the convenience store will be approximately 2,500 square feet with 10 parking stalls, and the gas canopy will be approximately 1,800 square feet with eight fueling positions. As of publication, the applicant has submitted a site plan, landscaping plan, lighting plan, building elevations and a narrative to city staff. Considering the obscure and unique shape of the lot, the applicant previously requested setback variances from the city-appointed Appeals Hearing Officer Paxton Guymon. Varying from a 20-foot requirement for the front yard setback, Guymon approved a 10-foot front yard setback, 11-foot side rear yard setback and a three-foot setback for the trash enclosure, on April 11. These setbacks will also allow deliveries to be more manageable considering a ditch on the property. On July 17, the Cottonwood Heights

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Residents might be able to fulfil their sweet tooth at this location again with the potential development of a 7-11. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request made by Stephen Selu (Kimley-Horn) for a conditional use permit and site plan approval to construct and operate a 7-11 convenience store and gas station on the property. Despite notices sent to all property

owners within 1,000 feet of the project, only one resident commented during the public hearing. Of concern was the 24-hour nature of the business with regards to traffic and noise. Prior to the planning commission’s vote

on the applicant’s site plan, specific conditions presented at an Architectural Review Committee meeting by city staff members were addressed (on June 27). Those conditions included revising the entryway design to be symmetrical, mounting awnings at the same level, modifying the building-mounted light fixtures to match the color of the building, revising the lighting plan so the parking lot lights are no more than 18 feet in height, adding a lintel above the entryway, adding a cornice treatment to the proposed parapets, preserving the existing vegetation along Little Cottonwood Creek, and adding additional trees along the street frontage. (As of publication date, the applicant will be providing two trees and preserving the existing trees.) The 0.68-acre parcel is in a regional commercial zone. In addition, the property is located in the city’s Gateway Overlay District. Therefore, this application requires site plan approval. The planning commission meeting ended with a vote of approval for the conditional use permit with all the conditions mentioned above, plus a condition that the applicants must submit a landscape plan for approval before construction. As of publication, the applicant needs to submit a building permit before beginning construction. l

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Council approves lower-density property on Bengal Bend Cove By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


t was a welcome change when a zoning request for lower-density came across the Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission’s and City Council’s desks: especially considering some of the recent controversy regarding high-density zoning and development within the city. The low-density zoning request was for a property on Bengal Bend Cove. On July 17, the planning commission held a public hearing on the request made by Eric Corbin to change the existing general plan land use from neighborhood commercial to residential low density, and to change the corresponding existing zoning of residential office (RO) to R-1-8 (residential single family). Every property within the city has both a land use and a zoning designation. Land use, as the name implies, has to do with how the land is managed on any given property, while zoning designations dictate specific construction requirements such as setbacks, building heights and more. Per the request above, the desired land use designation was residential low density. The city’s general plan defines this as residential areas that contain between two and a half and five dwelling units per acre. Properties that are assigned the residential low density are generally (but not necessarily limited to) neighborhoods consisting of single-family dwellings. The new land use would replace the previous designation of neighborhood commercial, which is defined as a classification that includes small commercial areas within primarily residential areas. The designation can contain a mix of land uses; however, the businesses are primarily smaller in scale than those found in a mixed-use or commercial area. In addition, the request would change the zoning designation from RO, which mixes office space with residential homes. RO converges existing blocks of dwellings to small offices, and functions as a transitional zone between existing residential and traditional commercial uses by preserving the res-

When considering approving a zoning request, city board members commonly refer to the property’s surrounding zoning. (Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission)

idential scale, intensity of use and ultimate design of the project. The new zoning designation would be consistent with the most common residential density zone within the city: residential single family. An R-1-8 zone allows for the establishment of single-family homes organized in low-density residential neighborhoods characteristic of traditional suburban residential developments. One of the main motivators for Corbin’s request was the restrictions of setbacks within the current zoning. If the property owner were to build a new home, it would have to be extremely narrow due to the 25-feet and 30-feet setback requirements. “Although narrow home designs exist, the potential purchasers would rather build a home that could utilize standard setbacks,” reported Senior Planner Matt Taylor. When presenting Corbin’s request to the planning commission, Taylor concluded with additional city planners that “the overall impact will slightly decrease the city’s capacity

for additional office space within residential areas. Allowing the development of the property to maximize its ability for residential use will likely create the least impacts to the neighborhood and further the overall well-being of the city and the tax base.”

After one public comment in favor of the request, the planning commission approved recommending approval to the city council. On Aug. 5, the council was tasked to vote upon Ordinance 329 A or D, and Ordinance 330 A or D, which would either approve or deny the general plan land use amendment and zoning designation requested. During public comment, one of the property’s neighbors, Bob Harper, asked if the property owner would consider pulling down the trees next to the property line. Otherwise, he and his wife were supportive of the change. Corbin responded, “I intend to cut down the trees that will impact where I rebuild. Any trees that I can preserve and trim I will do that as well.” Only one other resident spoke to the issue. “It’s a great use of that property,” said resident Lynn Kraus. The council voted to approve both the rezone and general land use agreement unanimously. To inquire about a land use or zoning designation on a property within the city, visit the city’s website at cottonwoodheights. utah.gov and click on the “City Services” tab. Then, visit the Community Development webpage, and click on the “zoning and setbacks” icon. l

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Turn up the volume: reviewing fire and police stats for Cottonwood By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Summer is a hot time for thefts within the city. (CHPD)


very quarter, Cottonwood Heights Police Department’s Lieutenant Dan Bartlett and Unified Fire Authority’s Assistant Chief Mike Watson report on what’s been happening in the city relative to the police and fire departments. Here are some of the highlights for the months of April, May and June. Within those three months, the CHPD received 5,366 calls for service. During the month of June, there were 1,862 calls for service. Out of those, the over all crime view for the month of June consisted of 80 crimes: one rape, one robbery, eight assaults, eight burglaries, one stolen automobile and 61 thefts. “Theft is way up this time of year,” said Bartlett. “Christmas and summer are the hot times for theft.” During April, May and June, the average response time for a priority one call (needing immediate response) was four minutes and 22 seconds. The average response time for a priority two call was six minutes and four seconds. Lastly, priority three calls had an average response time of six minutes and 44 seconds. During June, the response times were just about average; a priority one call response time was four minutes and 16 seconds, a priority two call response time was six minutes and one second, while priority three call response time was six minutes and 47 seconds. The CHPD logged 272 arrests during the previously mentioned three-month time span. Seventy-eight arrests were made in April, 95 in May and 99 in June. In addition, there were 38 juvenile arrests; 12 in April, and 13 in both May and June.

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Reported were 493 traffic citations, 335 In addition, all of the officers worked Butlerwarnings and 41 DUIs (driving under the ville Days. Luckily for residents, the UFA did influence tickets). “We try to keep warning not get many reports of fireworks or fires this and citations balanced around three to one,” Bartlett said. During June there were 64 accidents. “We have a lot of construction in the city,” said Bartlett. “We are working hard to educate people to slow down, pay attention, and get off the phone. That all adds up. There are so many factors when it comes to traffic accidents. We see the congestion and people getting irritated. We do get road rage incidents. But, major accidents have gone down because commuters can’t reach speed in construction zones.” Many residents have expressed their concern of fireworks during summer holidays, so the CHPD puts extra staff out. This year, officers tried to respond to every call concerning fireworks on the Fourth of July.

year during the holidays. Two of UFA’s fire stations call Cottonwood Heights home. Station 110 is located at 1790 S. Fort Union Boulevard while Station 16 is located on 8303 S. Wasatch Boulevard. Out of all the UFA’s stations, these two stations are reported to be the ninth and 15th busiest stations. However, UFA is revamping their data collecting and analysis, because there seems to be some inconsistencies. Watson suspects these stations are much busier than reported. On average, Station 116 receives 65.3 calls per month, while Station 110 receives 91.8 calls per month. For Station 110, that average breaks down to 70.3 medical calls per month, and 28 fire calls per month. During June, Station 116 received 54 calls, while Station 110 received 93 calls. Out of those 93 overall calls, 64 were medical calls and 29 were fire calls. During April, May and June, between both stations, the fire crews gave six tours to 112 people. Fire crews also attended 10 offsite visits for various holiday activities, participated in school carnivals and field days, attended neighborhood block parties, and volunteered in a fundraiser car show for Primary Children’s Hospital. l

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Canyons School District celebrates 10 years, has plans for more progress By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


idgecrest third-grader Isaac Christensen wasn’t born yet when Canyons School District formed 10 years ago, but he was the first person to have a piece of the district’s 10th birthday cake when Canyons Board of Education members cut the cake for about 700 students, parents, volunteers and guests. “When we created Canyons School District, it was for the students we were serving as well as for our future students,” board member Mont Millerberg said. On July 1, 10 years to the date after board members paraded through the district in a school bus, current and former students and employees gathered at Sandy Amphitheater with community members to celebrate the school district and its efforts, including 13 construction projects approved with a 2010 bond and five already underway with a 2017 bond, as well as back-to-back salary bumps for teachers. Canyons also has created a new response service team, which provides services to help students be safe and healthy and ready to learn, said director BJ Weller. “It’s been amazing to see the innovative collaboration in the district leadership to cohesively provide resources and support for the schools and students,” he said. Career and Technical Education Director Janet Goble also said partnerships with the Governor’s Office of Economics and Silicon Slopes are providing more opportunities for students with career interests. While many departments and schools could boast about successes for students, it was the cohesiveness of board members under the board’s first president Sherril Taylor

working with the community that made the transition from becoming a school district to opening the doors for students six weeks later, Millerberg said. “We were at the buses at 11:30 p.m., June 30, 2009, and Jordan District wouldn’t allow us to put the stickers with the Canyons name on them until 12:01 a.m., July 1. It was a difficult split. We had voter approval at 52 percent, which in English meant, we had almost as many against wanting a new school district as we had for it,” he said. The voting of a new district was exciting for Canyons, but for Jordan, Millerberg said, he was sure it was “like picking up pieces after an ugly divorce settlement.” That feeling lingered for years, and even today people talk about before and after “the split.” Millerberg credits David Doty, the district’s first superintendent who was not able to attend the decade party, with the organization of the new district. “He had the vision of organization and could put programs in place to help make the district a leader in the state,” he said. “(Current Superintendent) Jim Briscoe now has the love of employees and patrons around the district and is moving us forward. After 10 years not only are we better off, but Jordan School District is better off serving their students with the growth they have on the west side.” One of the earliest supporters of the new district was former Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. “I’m thrilled with the progress over the decade and Canyons becoming a trend setter

in public education in Utah,” Cullimore said. “Early on, I was told my name was being printed to head a committee to become a district and I said great. I wanted it known that I wanted a new district with better schools for Cottonwood Heights. Schools are the heart of our communities. People were not wanting to live in Cottonwood Heights (then) because of the school conditions. Many of them needed new roofs and repairs, but the (Jordan) district wasn’t fixing them.” Canyons Public Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards remembers not understanding why a new district was needed 10 years ago. “Mayor Cullimore invited me (and others) to his office and took the time to explain why and answer my questions,” she said. “Three hours later, I walked out, knowing everything and was fully on board.” That means Edwards has done any task needed for the district, from waiting for delivery of the district’s first computers to maintaining relationships between city, community and district leaders. “We couldn’t fail,” Edwards said. “If we knew then what we know now, I’m not sure we would think we could do it. But we didn’t know, and we had 34,000 students counting on us so we had no choice not to succeed. We worked our guts out, but the mayors’ transitional teams and our Board of Education members had laid out great work for us to follow.” However, not everyone was on board with the new district. One of the district’s current biggest supporters, Utah PTA Student Involvement Commissioner Betty Shaw, who served as region 17’s director, said she didn’t think it was necessary at the time to split Jordan District. “I thought it was running well enough then, but maybe I didn’t get the big picture,” she said. “What has happened is a good thing and as soon as it was decided there would be two districts, PTA decided to move forward with it and make it a welcoming place.” That warm, welcoming feel is part of what board member Steve Wrigley appreciates about the new district. “Canyons has become a family and that is what was envisioned with it being a smaller district,” he said. “People care about each other, about their students, about their teachers, and it’s apparent with patrons being so gracious to trust us with two bonds being approved to build new buildings and fix schools in disrepair as well as support for teachers raises so we can retain and attract quality teachers.” Wrigley said much credit needs to be given to the four former mayors: CulliDuring the May 13 celebration of Canyons School District’s 10-year birthday, patrons were able to view me- more, Midvale’s JoAnn Seghini, Sandy’s Tom Dolan and Draper’s Darrell Smith, who mentos of students’ accomplishments during the decade. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Canyons Board of Education members Steve Wrigley, Nancy Tingey, Mont Millerberg and Amber Schill cut the cake July 1 after about 700 students, parents and guests sang happy birthday to the decade-old school district. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

continued to fight the battle for the school district, for better schools and building new ones in their communities, even when it was threatened with a possible lawsuit. “It was the district that almost wasn’t,” Wrigley said. As part of the split, Canyons continues to pay on a 2003 bond, where “nothing from it is benefitting our schools,” Wrigley said. Canyons Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager Leon Wilcox confirms that “We inherited issues with the split and have none of the good things from it, just all the bad,” he said in reference to paying $216 million in principal and interest. “We still have about $32.4 million to pay in the next three years. We’d like to do more for our district and faster, but we need to pay off the great debt,” he said, comparing it to a divorce settlement where one has to pay all the mortgage, but doesn’t get the house or the kids. “Still, we’ve made tremendous progress from 10 years ago, fixing desperate needs in some schools and building schools in Draper where there was huge growth.” There also has been safety vestibules added to schools, updated camera systems in school buses and schools, air conditioning and heating upgrades and several other projects from turf to parking lots around the district. Current Midvale Mayor Robert Hale, who was at the July event, said he appreciates the district keepings its word and investing in school children. Midvale already has two new schools — Midvale Elementary and Midvale Middle — and two are underway — Midvalley Elementary and Hillcrest High.

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“Kids are our future and Canyons is putting a big investment in them,” he said. “It’s exciting to benefit from these 10 years of a new district; we’re moving in the right direction.” Midvale Middle Assistant Principal Bryan Rudes, who joined the July celebration, agrees. “My favorite thing is all the support Canyons School District provides — instructional for both teachers and coaches, academic, social and responsive services for students, inclusive as a community school, all with the effort of best serving our students,” he said. Former board president Taylor attended the May 13 10-year celebration at Jordan High, which featured student performances from across the district and mementos of students’ success during the past decade. “It’s good to look back and see the great improvements we’ve made,” he said. “It was very rewarding to work with a lot of good people doing a lot of great work that will benefits kids a long way into the future.” Current Board President Nancy Tingey agrees. “It’s important to celebrate our achievement and reflect on our accomplishments,” she said. “Our district was born by a community effort and they came together for a common goal: a high-quality school system. We thank everyone associated with the district in making a huge difference. It’s our time to look back and reflect as well as to celebrate and recommit to our ideals in Canyons School District for our families now and in the future. We celebrate our excellence and strive for excellence.” l

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Amongst construction rubble, classes begin in Canyons School District By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Construction of more offices at the Canyons School District administration building will mean centralizing almost every department near schools on the east side. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


hen Midvalley Elementary School students returned to school this fall, their teachers may have asked them to create a journal marking the progress of the new school being built on what was their east playground and field. “It’s an opportunity for our extremely creative teachers (to) tie in the real-world experience” of witnessing the building of a new school in their curriculum for students, Midvalley Principal Tamra Baker said. At Midvalley, as well as at many of Canyons School District’s high schools where construction is underway, classes began as usual, with perhaps new parking lots, some schools minus sports fields, and at all schools, attempts to keep disruptions to a minimum, said Canyons Business Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Leon Wilcox. Midvalley is the first elementary school to be rebuilt with the voters’ 2017 approval of a $283 million bond, which also will include new school buildings at Hillcrest High, Brighton High, Union Middle, Peruvian Park Elementary as well as a new West Draper Elementary, a new White City elementary, and classroom and lunchroom additions at Corner Canyon High. At Midvalley, the foundation was poured and metal framing was starting as school began. Plans are to begin sheet rocking and painting after the building is enclosed in February. The construction cost of the 85,000-square foot two-story building is $22.5 million and is being constructed for up

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to 800 students, Wilcox said. The new school will open to students in August 2020. At nearby Hillcrest High, many student-athletes’ home fields still are displaced, and by December, the new turf-field fieldhouse and athletic center will be home to a number of Husky sports. The athletic center will include a main and auxiliary gym, indoor track, dance room, weight room, wrestling room, locker rooms and a meeting room, which will serve several sports, physical education classes, cheerleaders, dance and drill teams. “It was a really wet spring, so that impacted construction by about 15–20 days, which was hard to make up in the summer,” Wilcox said. “There will be school colors and the Husky mascot all throughout the new school.” Soon after the new athletic center is completed, the current gymnasiums will be torn down and a new classroom wing will be constructed in the next phase of the construction project. A new auditorium with a larger stage is set to be constructed, with about 250 fewer seats. “There will be state-of-the-art technology, better equipment and an updated learning environment for students,” he said. By August 2021, the new building is expected to be complete at a construction cost of $119.4 million, and the following school year all the Huskies will have their home courts and fields back on their 38-acre campus. At Brighton High, much of the construc-

At Brighton High, construction crews were busy preparing for a new auditorium west of the current site in August as well as a new fieldhouse near the Bengal building. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

tion will continue around the athletic center and fieldhouse, career and technical education shops and auditorium. The new fieldhouse is expected to alleviate some of the use of the current basketball courts. Dance, drill, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, physical education classes and other activities and sports can use the multi-use fieldhouse with artificial turf, an indoor track and baseball batting cages. The updated auditorium will have a full fly system and improved acoustics as well as lightning and sound. There also will be updated dressing rooms adjacent to the theater and storage for props. After these are complete, classrooms, the media center and offices will be rebuilt. “Before we tear down any of the old buildings, we certainly will have final open houses and we will create alumni rooms at the schools, which can double as conference rooms,” Wilcox said. The new $113.5 million school is expected to open in 2021. Alta High also is getting a new 1,400seat auditorium, with interior highlights of red, black and gray, as the walls and ceiling were nearing completion on the northwest corner of the 27-acre campus as school began. New heating, ventilation and air conditioning also was installed over the summer for the north upstairs classrooms. Construction of the new fieldhouse, with artificial turf and training rooms, as well as an upstairs banquet and meeting room, was expected to be completed near the start of

school. Sports teams, cheerleaders, drill team, marching band and physical education classes all will be able to use the new facility. Also on the agenda will be to put in 120 skylights to give more natural light and to fill in the commons area pit and update it with charging stations. Several offices and classrooms will be relocated, including the main office being moved next to the main entrance, a green room will be added for video broadcast, and windows will be added for more natural light. A security entrance will guide visitors to the main office before they can gain access to the hallways. The updates at Alta are projected to cost $53.5 million, Wilcox said. Wilcox also said some projects are costing more than earlier projections. “There has been inflation in construction and tariffs, but we still plan to do all of them. We are just adjusting the timing of the projects,” he said. A new Canyons administration building is nearing completion by the east district office, after selling the west office for $9.5 million and using those funds to centralize all departments, except for maintenance. “It will be great to have everyone in one location to improve communication and operations, and with all the schools on the east side, this will reduce time for those in the west office to get to our schools,” Wilcox said. “I’m proud of what we’ve been doing, and we have more good things yet to come.” l

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Annual World Night gives Butler Elementary students firsthand knowledge of diverse cultures By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


n Butler Elementary’s website, it reads: “Every child in this school is someone’s whole world.” Which means on their annual World Night, everyone is welcome to celebrate their culture — and the community responds. Hundreds came to the May event, which featured student dances and artwork from around the world, but also a chance to learn a little more about several different countries. Many patrons say it’s one of the first things they mark on their calendars along with the first and last days of school. “It’s our third year coming and we love it,” said Brooke Morrison accompanied first-grader Theo and third-grader Eloise. “It’s so amazing. The kids are gaining a broader world view. It’s one of the best things.” In each grade-level hallway, volunteers come to eagerly share about their culture with the school children and their families. Jessica Green volunteered to share about the Czech Republic, the heritage of her neighbor. She explained to young girls about clothing on a doll that was displayed. “It’s called a wedding doll,” she said. “The tradition is that the grandmother sews the traditional costume for the doll and passes it to her granddaughter for her marriage. It’s a rich tradition.” She also talked about other Czech traditions and holidays such as kraslice, or Easter eggs that families decorate with geometrical

and floral designs using the batik method. At Easter, many Czechs also celebrate with other traditions, such as using noisemakers or wooden ratchets. Green allowed students, including first-grader Abigail James, to wave and spin them, producing a loud clatter. “It’s a really good opportunity to teach our students about another part of the world,” Green said. “Utah is a beautiful, lovely place, but there are parts of the world that maybe they’ve never heard of and it’s exciting to teach them about those. We love our culture, but this is an opportunity for them to learn about another.” Abigail’s mother, Jessica, said she’s glad her daughter has this opportunity. “It’s a great night out for the family to learn about world culture, but also to have the hands-approach of learning and expanding their minds,” she said. In other hallways, students may have learned about Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Mexico and other parts of the world. “The kids are involved in learning specifically about their country’s culture and producing art representing it,” special education teacher Renee King said. “Then, they get to go around and learn about other places and watch their classmates dance so they have an even broader view and are more accepting of others.” King said that since Butler Elementary is a dual immersion French school, it’s important to celebrate diversity. “They’re learning to be more aware, more tolerant and more understanding. They’re able to adapt to more situations and have more opportunities,” she said. “Plus, it’s a great night where families come, even older students return. It’s a community night.” Kindergarten teacher Leslie Rodgriguez agrees. “Just learning diversity and learning about other people and their cultures is so important,” she said. “It expands our knowledge. We started learning about dances two months ago and learned about pandas in Asia.” Kindergartener Bash Smith told his mother that pandas eat bamboo and said they watched pandas on the pandacam at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.. “He’s connecting what he learns outside the classroom, across the country and the world,” his mother, Meggan, said. “When we came today, we didn’t realize what a big thing this is. We’ve watched performances of different cultures, sampled food from around At Butler Elementary’s World Night, students learn the world, and are planning to try activities. how to use chopsticks while learning about Asia. (Ju- It’s a good introduction to learning about cultures.” l lie Slama/City Journals)

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Ridgecrest students test out mountain man life at annual rendezvous By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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idgecrest fourth-grader Shae Bowen had 158 beaver pellets she took to the trading post. “I got some snacks and extra things,” Shae said. Shae and other fourth-graders took part in the annual Ridgecrest mountain man rendezvous, going around from station to station, hearing tales about hunting and life of yesteryear, creating a bear claw necklace and eating chili and cornbread. Shae’s classmate Alexis Bartholomew said there was even arm wrestling challenges. “It represented the toughness of the mountain men,” she said. “These men did incredible things and were chased by animals and survived.” Fourth-grade teacher Ashley MacArthur said the event, which many students look forward to the entire year, allows students to earn pellets by work completion and positive behavior over the month prior to the event. “Most students have around 150 pellets which they may use to trade for beads to add to their bear claw necklace or for snacks or trinkets to share with siblings,” she said. “We are hoping students learn more about the mountain men and reinforce their curriculum and reading. It’s something we study throughout the year, but this event has become a fun tradition.” Many of the activities are symbolic of the mountain men times, such as trading for goods and necessities, only back then, it may have been trading fur rather than paper beaver pellets. Many of the stories involve mountain men and bears, hence the bear necklace, and the sharing of tales. Earlier in the year, the students were

treated to stories from Scott “Grizzly” Sorenson, who has dedicated much of his life to learning about mountain men and living in the wilderness in northern Canada. He has written two books and often comes, dressed in home-sewn buckskins, to tell fourth-graders about trapping, tanning, muzzle-loading and life of the legendary mountain men. “The students are drawn to knowing what life would have been like then, how he skins animals, how he makes whistles. He shared letters from other fourth-graders, which he compiled in a book while living in the remote wilderness,” MacArthur said. In their text, students learn about Jim Bridger, Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith, but also the lives of Peter Ogden and Etienne Provost, who tie directly into Utah history, she said. “We have students learn about their lives, their accomplishments and why it is important to Utah history,” she said. “It’s important that they learn fur trappers came to Utah in search of beavers to trade. It affects our culture and resources and environment. As a result of the hunting and trading, the beavers became nearly extinct. We also learn vocabulary, such as cache, and so they understand why Cache Valley got its name.” MacArthur’s colleague Amy Dinkelman said this culmination event is both fun and educational. “The mountain men blazed the trails for many Utah pioneers,” she said. “It’s why we’re here, why they came to live here. Our students are having fun learning, but they know these mountain men paved the way for us.” l

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Cottonwood High theater department announces season By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood High School students will learn how to educate, inspire and entertain theater patrons, stretching their talents from a William Shakespeare play to a modern-day fairytale. This fall, students will showcase “Matilda,” based on the popular children’s book of the same title by author Roald Dahl. The show will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 21–23 and again, Nov. 25, with a noon matinee on Nov. 23. Ticket prices are $8 online (schools. graniteschools.org/cottonwoodhigh) or in advance in person or $9 at the door, 5715 S. 1300 East. Students began rehearsing during the summer. Many Cottonwood High students as well as the director Adam Wilkins begin the school year coming off taking part in the performance of the world premiere “The Post Office,” written by Melissa Leilani Larson. Presented by the United Nations Association of Utah, the Gandhi Alliance for Peace,

Plan-B Theatre and Granite School District, the play is an inspirational story of a child suffering from a mysterious illness yet remaining hopeful for a better future. Proceeds from the late August show held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center were earmarked for refugee education as part of the United Nations Association’s Adopt-a-Future. “It’s been an amazing experience for our kids to be involved in it, to shadow professionals, to be a part of a performance for 30,000 people from across the world who work with the U.N.,” said Wilkins, who as Utah Theatre Association president, was asked to direct the play. “It’s just an awesome opportunity.” Before “Matilda,” students also plan to take part in their annual “Haunted Hallway” at 6 p.m., Oct. 30, where they create spooky scenes for patrons to walk through and set the scare factor at the level of the audience.

Money collected will go toward the school’s annual winter charity; last year’s proceeds helped the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Matilda” will feature senior Lily Hilden as Matilda Wormwood; junior Andrew Pankey as Agatha Trunchbull; senior Elaia Echeverria as Jennifer Honey; junior Josh Morton as Mr. Wormwood; senior Cora Finlinson as Mrs. Wormwood; junior Hunter Oliphant as Bruce; sophomore Ivy Dunbar as Lavender; junior Zev Katz as the escapologist and doctor; junior Melody Nelson as the acrobat and scary big kid; junior Jaxon Smith as Rondolpho and Dad 4; and sophomore Abbie Tuckness as Mrs. Phelps. “I love ‘Matilda’ and the attitude it takes that learning is good, fun and power,” Wilkins said. “Matilda shows the benefits from learning. It’s a modern-day fairytale and one that educates, inspires and entertains us.” After “Matilda,” Cottonwood students will take part in their old-fashioned melodrama and Broadway Revue before jumping to New Orleans square and the bayou for a setting of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” “The show lends magic, mystery and beauty in nature, and again asks questions leading to inspiring, educating and entertaining,” Wilkins said about the show they will put on in March. “This is a show we’ve

wanted to do so long. It has intrigue, comedy, drama, love.” The theme of magic continues in their spring production of “Mamma Mia,” where Wilkins said it ties in the magic of family and song. “When I first saw ‘Mamma Mia’ and it was a big success, I thought I wouldn’t touch it with a 100-foot pole. It’s hokey, it’s cheesy and it’s something I wouldn’t want to do. Yet, the audience knows the songs and people walk out, all giddy and excited. And I have to admit, I do now, too. It’s just compelling; it has great characters, it’s a fun love story between a girl and her finance and her family, and it has great music that everyone knows,” he said. Students plan to compete in regional competition in March, where they usually place in the top three schools and advance to state in April. Last year, they were in the top 10 at state. The season ends with student-directed one-act plays in May. Sprinkled throughout the season will be improvisation shows. “The kids love the art of improv, the acting, the reacting to the audience; it’s a great experience,” Wilkins said. “I’m excited about this year’s theater season.” l

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t’s been a long time coming and it’s now finally here…boys and girls lacrosse is officially sanctioned beginning with the 20192020 school year with the competitive season for both programs to be held in the spring. An effort from the Utah Lacrosse Association, founded in 1994 by Westminster Coach Mason Goodhand and the lacrosse community, got a final push in 2015 when a four-member committee of Craig Morris, Renee Tribe, Brian Barnhill and Brae Burbidge led the charge to show the growth of the sport and the ability to develop and maintain high school programs statewide. “We walked out of a meeting with the UHSAA (Utah High School Activities Association in May 2017) where it was decided that lacrosse would be added as a sanctioned sport and we all looked at ourselves and asked, ‘Did that just happen?’” Morris said. “We were not expecting it to happen that day so we just stood there pretty shocked. It’s been pretty cool to see the quality rise in the game here that has far surpassed my expectations. We are producing a lot of talent in this state and colleges have taken notice and the sanctioning process will only get Utah more on the radar.” When the initial announcement was made two years ago, UHSAA Executive Di-

rector Rob Cuff acknowledged the efforts and patience of those within the lacrosse community. “I want to really reach out and thank the lacrosse community for how they’ve handled all the discussions,” Cuff said. “We knew it was going to come on, but it was just a matter of time.” The UHSAA’s Jon Oglesby said lacrosse was added because of the “interest and preparation of the member districts” throughout the process. “The process of adding lacrosse and getting it ready for competition in the spring of 2020 has been a collaborative process that has included the efforts of many school districts, administrators, coaches and lacrosse aficionados,” Oglesby said. “The UHSAA Board of Trustees is excited to see these student athletes get a chance to compete under the UHSAA umbrella.” Morris moved to Utah from New York more than 25 years ago after playing lacrosse in college and quickly became an integral part of the growth of the sport as he assisted Goodhand in the development of the ULA while he became the lacrosse coach and athletic director at Waterford School in Sandy. In 2003, approximately 300 players competed in programs with that number up to 1,800 athletes in just six years. Current-

ly, close to 4,000 players are involved in lacrosse statewide. Herriman High girls lacrosse coach Wes Allen said it has been exciting to watch the sport take off over the last several years. “At times it has also been overwhelming because we haven’t had the availability of resources needed to support such an accelerated growth pattern,” he said. “Every year we’ve watched lacrosse grow more and more into a mainstream sport here in Utah and we’ve gone from playing high school games on the fields of elementary schools not even in our hometowns to now playing on our own high school fields and sometimes even in the stadiums.” Being a sanctioned sport—as opposed to a club at the high school level—means more to the programs than just a different status around campus. Funding is now available through the schools that will include transportation, equipment, coach salaries, referee payments and league fees which will ease the financial burden that had been solely the responsibility of parents and athletes. “It will be nice for the players to be recognized more for what they do now that it’s an official sport in the schools,” former East High boys lacrosse coach Peter Idstrom said. “It’s been in the works for a long time, and it is just huge now to get the access that was

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lacking before.” With these changes, lacrosse players will now be held to the same academic standards, school boundary restrictions and region competitive structures that the other 10 sanctioned sports adhere to. This season, all sports will be using the Ratings Percentage Index system to include all teams in the state playoffs. Using that RPI, current plans are for lacrosse are the top seeds will compete in the “A” division at the state tournament while the bottom teams will be in the “B” division at the end of their 16game season, but that is still to be determined at the UHSAA meeting in August. The 28 lacrosse teams currently slated to compete statewide will comprise four regions throughout one single class. Region 1 includes Bear River, Box Elder, Green Canyon, Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View. Region 2 is made up of East, Highland, Judge Memorial, Olympus, Park City, Skyline and West. Bingham, Copper Hills, Herriman, Mountain Ridge, Riverton, Waterford and West Jordan comprise Region 3 while Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Jordan, Juan Diego, Timpview and Wasatch are the teams in Region 4 this season. Following this inaugural year, two classifications will be made based on the results of this season. More teams will be added in

year two as some teams in the Alpine, Davis and Weber School districts will secure arrangements to be ready for the 2021 spring season. “This was a full community effort from every program out there,” Morris said. “It has taken a lot of time from those of us who have cared about it deeply. It’s just icing on the cake and been so exciting to see it get to the finish line.” Allen said the trajectory of the sport will only continue upward in Utah as it begins its first season as a sanctioned sport. “We’ve become a hot spot for recruiting and this will only help to increase the visibility which will hopefully bring in new players from the youth through the high school programs,” he said. Dan Dugan, president of the Intermountain Lacrosse Association—a newer organization formed from the now absolved ULA—said there is reserve money that had been set aside for “strategic growth with the intent to help build new teams and new programs.” The Mountain West Lacrosse Foundation was created with charge over those funds and a grant process will begin this fall for teams that would like to apply for assistance for their programs. Information will be updated as details are available at www.imlawutah.org. l

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The Brighton cross country team continues to grow and improve. Head coach Angie Welder hopes this season leads to more success at state. (Photo courtesy of Angie Welder)


hile many of their peers may have been relaxing by the pool, cooling off in the mountains or staying out of the heat in some other way, members of the Brighton cross country team were preparing for the season in near-triple-digit temperatures. Such is the life of a cross country runner. To be successful in a competitive region, Brighton head coach Angie Welder knows her squad needs to work hard and continually improve. She believes the program is making strides to achieve those objectives. Last season, the girls teams reached the state championships, but the boys fell agonizingly short, barely missing the postseason. “I expect to send both varsity boys and girls to the state championships this year,” Welder said. “Our varsity boys missed it by one measly point. That resonated with many returning athletes, and I know that they’ve got the desire and motivation to make sure that they get there this year. The talent is there, and if the work and commitments remains as it has so far, I have no doubt Brighton will be well represented at the state championship in October.” Welder is excited about the boys squad because she believes it is her best squad in years. Speedy sophomore Adam Kohlmann is the boys team’s lone returning state qualifier. Senior Alec Searle continues to improve and has become a team leader. Welder said he has “perfect form and a speed that will certainly help our team as the season progresses.”

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On the girls side, Welder highlighted sophomore Cara Rupper. “[She] is one of the most dedicated runners on the team,” she said. “Cara is not only a fast runner, but she’s mentally about as tough as they get, and she’s one that looks forward to a killer workout. I’m excited to watch her lead our varsity girls team.” The Bengals have plenty of challenges ahead this season, but Welder knows a positive attitude and a desire to perform well isn’t something this team lacks. She said most of her runners ran between 200 and 250 miles this summer, with some athletes going even farther. This included running together as teammates and solo runs on the weekends and in the evening. “This particular group of kids has the commitment and desire to bring their best every day to practice,” she said. “You can’t teach commitment and hard work; that has to come from the athlete. This group of runners has that. They encourage each other, they work hard, and they show up every day, even when its 100 degrees, because they know that every practice is a deposit in the bank and that the fall season depends on the work done at practice every single day.” Brighton will face some new opponents this season, as it moves to Region 6 from Region 7. Other teams are closer to Brighton, making travel easier. Welder and her runners are looking forward to seeing some new faces and encountering new challenges. l

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New Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience bigger and better than before By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com

The lookout area where visitors can see the panoramic view of the Bingham Canyon mine. (Photo Rio Tinto Kennecott)


hat is 2.75 miles across and three-quarters of a mile deep and is practically in your backyard? The answer: Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, one of the largest mines in the world. Taking your family to the new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is a great fall family outing which will provide an engaging and educational activity for everyone. “If you’re 4 years old or 84, there is something for everybody at the new Visitor Experience…it is fascinating, engaging and just a fun experience,” said Kyle Bennett, spokesman for Rio Tinto Kennecott. According to Bennett, the new Visitor Experience gives people a sense of scale more than ever before. For instance, visitors can now walk inside the bed of a 2,400-squarefoot haul truck and a full-size shovel scoop. Visitors can also learn about the mine’s history, safe mining practices, how ore gets refined to become copper, why mining is important even today and see a panoramic view

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of the mine. The new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience has only been open for six months. The old visitors center was removed in the spring of 2013 because monitoring equipment had been detecting movement in the mine for a few months prior. “We closed the old visitors center just before the landslide in April 2013, which was the largest non-volcanic landslide in North American history,” Bennett said. Fortunately, because of advanced monitoring and planning, no employees were injured that April day when 165 million tons of rock slid down the northeast section of the open pit mine. The slide did damage roads, buildings and vehicles inside the open pit. The mine is so big that you can see it from space. Here’s some more facts to impress out-of-state friends and family: • Rio Tinto Kennecott is the second largest copper producer in the United States with more than 2,000 employees.

Visitors explore the different exhibits at the new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience. (Photo Rio Tinto Kennecott)

• The mine produces up to 300,000 tons of copper each year. • The Utah Copper Company was incorporated on June 4, 1903. Some experts of that day criticized it and said the company would never make money because the ore grade was too low. • Since those beginnings, 20 million tons of refined copper ore has been produced. • It is one of the largest man-made openpit excavations in the world. • Rio Tinto Kennecott comprises nearly 8% of U.S. annual copper production. • Without mining, we wouldn’t have cars, cell phones, plumbing or electricity. • If you stacked two Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) on top of each other, they still would not reach the top of the mine. • You could lay the soccer field at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, end-to-

end more than 38 times across the top of the Bingham Canyon Mine before it would reach both sides. • Besides copper, Rio Tinto Kennecott produces copper, gold, silver molybdenum and sulphuric acid, • It’s the first open-pit mine in the world. The new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is located at 12732 Bacchus Highway in Herriman. The mine is open seven days a week from April 1 to Oct. 31. Reservations are required and can be purchased at riotintokennecott.com/visit or at the Bingham Canyon Lions Gift shop on site. Tickets are $5 each and children under 5 are free. All proceeds will be donated to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation. The Visitor Experience starts at the Lark visitor parking lot. Once visitors check in, they are shuttled up to the Bingham Canyon Mine overlook to see the mine and exhibits. It is a mostly outdoor self-guided tour. l

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very sports season brings different challenges and opportunities. For the Brighton girls tennis team, the 2019 campaign will feature new opponents and a demanding slate of matches. After spending the past few seasons in Region 7, realignment has moved the Bengals to Region 6 where the team will compete against Cottonwood, Highland, Hillcrest, Murray, Olympus and Skyline. New league foe Olympus shared the state crown last year, while Highland was fifth. “We have a large and tough region,” head coach Natalie Meyer said. “State is also full of highly qualified competitors. The girls will have to be at the top of their games both physically and mentally in order to place in the region tournament and qualify to get to the state tournament. The team will also need to rally around each other and continue to create a strong spirit of unity.” Meyer does have the luxury of welcoming back some four varsity starters from last season’s team. Senior Lucy Dalgeish will play first singles, and sophomore Rebecca Schwartz will play second singles. The other two returners are seniors Laura Lundahl and Tessa Hopkin. Dalgeish and Hopkin, along with Maddy Fisher, are the team captains. “This season is still young, and we are playing off for positioning on a daily basis,” Meyer said. “We have many qualified young ladies who are vying for the rest of the spots.” Meyer won’t lack for options. She has 32 girls on the squad, including 10 freshmen that are impressing her with their abilities. “[The freshmen] are already working their way up the challenge ladder and show-

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ing off their skills,” she said. “The players from last year have been taking lessons, playing tournaments and getting ready for a strong season. I love the enthusiasm of this team.” Qualifying the entire team for the Class 5A state tournament won’t be easy. Still, Meyer won’t evaluate the squad based on its win-loss record or what it places in region or at state. She’s more concerned about individual development. “We always consider a season a success if each girl has been able to improve their game, gain friendships from the team and enjoy the journey of the little successes that keep each one coming back for more each year,” she said. Coaching at Brighton is a family affair for Meyer. Her brother is an assistant on the team, and her mother also helps by running the region tournament. She’s also trying to build the program for the future and help young players improve their skills. This summer, the team sponsored a camp for kids ages 4 to 14 where 76 participants showed up. Meyer said she’ll hold the camps again next June and is “excited to enlarge the Brighton tennis family.” Meanwhile, Meyer is eager to see what her team can produce against a new set of opponents. “Everyone has been putting many hours in on the court to move up into the open spots,” she said. “The team is young, teachable, working hard and getting to know each other quickly. The girls love tennis and are CJ working hard every day.” l

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Throw out litter box tradition to protect Utah’s water By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Young climbers Lucas Burnham, Lily Matsen and Lexee Call help keep our Utah waters clean. (Amy Green/ City Journals)


ccording to Utah’s Department of Natural Resources and visitation data, over seven million people spent time in our magnificent parks between July 2018 through July 2019. Have you ever wondered where all those people are pooping? Consider, most of our water comes from the Wasatch mountains, where its state park had over 500,000 visits in the last 12 months. In generations gone by, many were taught to dig a “cathole” outdoors to “go No. 2.” A cathole is a small pit made to hide and bury human feces. There’s all kinds of rules on digging a proper cathole — where, how deep, etc. Feel free to forget those rules. Please forget them. Everyone needs you to forget them. Kevin Gmitro is an experienced outdoorsman and co-owner of The Gear Room (a mountain adventure supply store at 3422 E. Fort Union Blvd. in Cottonwood Heights). “We used to be told that catholes are copasetic,” he said. “To dig six inches down was fine. But because of how many people are visiting the canyon and alpine areas, that’s not really the case anymore. That poop makes it into our water sources, regardless of how deep you dig. So that’s not the way you want to do it anymore.” Gmitro makes solid points. “We pick up after our dogs, so we need to pick up after ourselves. There’s water in all these environments. Water helps break it down, but also

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helps carry it down. We’re all drinking out of that water. The higher alpine areas like the Uintas are a more delicate ecosystem, even more so than the Wasatch, so poop is even more frowned upon up there. We all go to the same zones to enjoy Utah. Mirror Lake Highway is awesome because it splits the Uintas. It only accesses a short chunk of the range though, so we all congregate in the same few dozen square miles. If you are going to some of the more popular areas, it’s imperative to get your poop out of there,” he emphasized. Madison Goodman, gearhead at The Gear Room added, “Here’s what we all forget…we think we live in this grand mountain range, which we do. But all our water comes from this grand mountain range. And there’s a million-plus people living in this valley. So if every single one of them were to take a poop, that would be a million poops coming down into our water stream. And that would be so gross.” Hard to argue with that. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah’s drinking water comes from either surface water (lakes, reservoirs, rivers) or groundwater (wells or springs) — altogether 1,850 sources. Unfortunately, some of the poop coming from seven million visitors each year makes its way into our drinking water. The situation requires costly chemicals and treatment processes to make our water safe to drink.

A poop tube and a wag bag. (Amy Green/City Journals)

If one doesn’t have public restroom access while at Utah’s many wonders, it is essential to pack human waste out. Yeah, it sounds gross. But it’s not as bad as it seems. With a little foresight, there should be no overly smelly accidents. There are currently two recommended methods to pack it out — the “cheap and reusable” way, or the “inexpensive and disposable” way. People experienced with hiking and climbing might recognize the reusable option — the “poop tube.” A poop tube you can make yourself using a few pieces of black ABS pipe, following these directions.

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1. A forearm’s length of pipe (about 3 to 4 inch diameter) 2. Cleanout plug/screw cap 3. DWV threaded hub 4. DWV cap 5. Black ABS cement The idea is to glue all of it together except the screw cap, so you can open it. Then when nature calls, you poop into a grocery/ plastic bag and tie it up securely (you know, the grocery bags we shouldn’t be using). Repurposing plastic sacks for this valiant reason is more commendable than just tossing them loose and useless. Then, double-bag the waste and used toilet paper. Seal it in the tube and pack it out with you. When home, empty the bag’s

contents (not the bag) into your toilet or garbage can. Wash out the poop tube and use it on your next trip. The ABS plastic is durable and the screw cap seals in the unpleasantness. Emptying and cleaning the tube isn’t too bad if the bag inside is knotted up tight. Worst case scenario, the tube can smell like a bathroom (a quick enzyme cleaning soap rinse can help that). The disposable way is just as easy. It’s lightweight and inexpensive — the “Go Anywhere Toilet Kit” a.k.a. “wag bag.” A wag bag can be purchased at sporting goods stores like The Gear Room and also IME (3265 E. 3300 South). They’re generally around $2 or $3. There’s different types of wag bags. The fancier style has some kitty litter inside to absorb moisture. They come with toilet paper and a towelette for hand sanitizing. They have an aluminum coating so the bag won’t puncture or tear. The idea is the same. Do your business in the bag, seal it up and carry it home, once again disposing of it properly. If you’re paranoid about carrying waste, you could get a poop tube and also put the wag bags inside. Some may consider that a little overkill, but taking whatever steps to modernize habits is crucial. If we can pick up after our dogs, humans can step up to the same expectations. Water is a precious resource in Utah. Safe clean water, is nonnegotiable. l

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TRAFFIC ALERT TRAFFIC HIGHLIGHTS 6AM 1:30PM •No vehicles will be able to cross Fort Union Blvd between Wasatch Blvd & 1300 E. Union Park Ave will remain open. South side of Ft Union: Westbound and eastbound traffic open North side of Ft Union: Only westbound traffic open • Ft Union Blvd completely closed between 1300 E & Union Park Ave for the race finish venue. •Wasatch Blvd will be closed to through traffic between 6200 S & 4500 S. Local traffic will follow police escorts and should expect delays.

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Pickle Power! The family-friendly sport that’s taking over Utah By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


ou’ve probably seen them at a park near your house: miniature-sized versions of tennis courts filled with people smacking a yellow Wiffle ball back and forth. The courts (and the sport itself) seem to have sprung up overnight. If you haven’t played yet yourself, you surely know someone who does. Someone who has probably asked you with all the zeal of a missionary deployed by a crazed sport-religion hybrid: Do you play pickleball? Interest in pickleball has doubled in just the last three years, at least according to data from Google Trends. A sport that most people hadn’t even heard of five years ago is now a third as popular as tennis and half as popular as bowling. It’s already far surpassed sports like disc golf and badminton. While the sport is certainly exploding nationwide, nowhere is its popularity greater than here in Utah. More Utahns search for information about pickleball than residents of any other state, again according to Google Trends. Arizona is close behind, and most Pickleball players participate in a tournament held at Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale. (Justin Adams/City Journals) states’ interest in the sport is less than half of what it is in Utah. A tennis player and coach herself, she said ties together. It ended up going all over the country. So why is pickleball gaining populariDrew Wathey, a spokesperson for the she knows several former tennis players who “Those players came from all over Utah ty so fast? And why is Utah at the head of but also the United States,” Case said. “They USA Pickleball Association told the City switched to pickleball as their primary sport. its growth? But most importantly, why is it had a great experience then went home and Journals that demographics changes have Pickleball also makes more sense when mucalled pickleball? taught their friends how to play. In a lot of a lot to do with the sports’ growing popu- nicipalities are trying to decide what ameniOrigins ways, that first year in 2003 really created a larity. “Society is getting older. A lot of the ties to include in their public parks, she said. The game got its start in 1965 in Wash- big opportunity for it to spread.” baby boomers are hitting retirement age and “Some of those tennis courts that aren’t lookington state, when Joel Pritchard, a state conthey’re not able to be quite as active as they ing very good, it makes more sense to put An old folks’ game? gressman spliced together a few elements The fact that one of pickleball’s first used to be, and pickleball is a natural transi- in pickleball courts. They are more family from various sports during a hot summer friendly and don’t take up as much space.” big exposures to the world came through an tion,” he said. weekend at his home on Bainbridge Island. With pickleball quickly gaining ground event targeted towards seniors is no coinci- Replacing tennis? Pritchard’s backyard had a badminton on tennis, it may be only a matter of time beThe high demand for pickleball courts is dence. The mechanics and rules of pickleball court, but when he couldn’t find any badminfore a pickleball equivalent of Wimbledon is create a sport that is accessible to just about visible all over Salt Lake valley. In Cottonton equipment, he instead grabbed some ping broadcast on ESPN. everyone, including seniors. In return, the se- wood Heights, three recently installed picklepong paddles and a plastic ball. Along with nior community has been a driving force in ball courts proved to not be nearly enough to Going forward his friends and family, Pritchard developed a Is it possible that pickleball is a passmeet demand and so three additional courts its growing popularity. set of rules for this newly invented game over Because pickleball courts are a fraction were just added. In Bluffdale, Salt Lake ing fad? A sport that spikes in popularity the course of that weekend. of the size of tennis courts, players don’t County’s Wardle Fields Park, which opened for a few years but eventually dies out leavAs for how it got its name, legend has need to cover as much ground, particularly in 2017, included 16 pickleball courts, and in ing thousands of empty unused courts in its it that it’s named after the Pritchard family’s since doubles is the most popular form of the a possibly symbolic move, not a single tennis wake? Not likely, according to Wathey. dog. “The Pritchards had a dog named Pick“I don’t really see a downturn for the sport. This allows players, who maybe aren’t court. les, and you’re having fun at a party, right? “Sometimes sports run in cycles. Tennis sport anytime soon,” he said. “It’s incredible. as quick as they used to be, to still excel at So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it has hit somewhat of a plateau,” Wathey said. More courts are being built, and we don’t see the sport. pickleball,” said Barney McCallum, one of At the Huntsman World Senior Games, a plateau in that. They’re popping up all over “What I find in my senior community the sports’ cofounders. is their mobility might not be there, but once registrations for pickleball have surpassed the country.” The sport grew slowly over several deAnother factor that will help the sport they get to the line, they have all the motion that of tennis, according to Case. “Four years cades. By 2003, there were only 39 known they need,” said Linda Weeks, a Parks and ago we opened up registration at midnight. continue its rise is its affordability, Wathey places to play the sport in North America, Rec employee in Farmington who has been Within two minutes, the pickleball registra- noted. according to the USA Pickleball Association Pickleball sets that include two to four helping organize pickleball tournaments in tion was full,” he said. Because of that event, website. the Games have changed their registration paddles and balls range from $20 to $60 on Utah for years. However, that same year the sport was In one recent tournament, Weeks said a process for pickleball to be more like a lot- Amazon, whereas a single high-quality tenadded to the Huntsman World Senior Games, nis racket can easily run north of $100. That grandmother and her grandson ended up tak- tery. a multi-sport competitive event that draws The possibility of pickleball supplanting low barrier of entry combined with an eving second place. “I don’t know what other seniors from all over the world to St. George, kinds of sports out there would lend them- tennis is ironic, considering the overlap of er-increasing supply of courts means more Utah. selves to that kind of generation gap,” she the two similar sports. One of the first arti- people are getting into the sport. “There were questions about whether “I never would have guessed that it cles about pickleball appeared in Tennis magsaid. a sport named pickleball would ever be the Weeks thinks the sports’ ability to cater azine and some of the best pickleball players would have been to this extent already,” next big thing,” said Kyle Case, the current Weeks said. “I talk to people every day who to both the young and old is a big part of why are former tennis pros. CEO of the event. “But we just decided to get Weeks agreed that pickleball seems to say, ‘What’s up with this pickleball thing, can it’s grown so fast in Utah, where there are big behind it and see where it goes.” families who like to be outside doing activi- be putting a dent in the tennis community. you explain it to me?’” l

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Robert J. Beck, CPA

Elliot P. Smith, JD, CPA

David G. Woolley, PhD

6:00 – 7:30 PM

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