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July 2016

Whitmore Library Events Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30am

– Ready, Set, CHEER! | Learn the basics of cheerleading – cheers, dances, and jumps! For kids.

Thursday, July 7 at 2pm

– Amazing Race, Harry Potter Style | Participate in an Amazing Race style adventure featuring a Harry Potter theme. For teens.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm

– Healthy Shopping on a Budget | Learn about healthy foods and the best way to shop for them. Sponsored by Molina Healthcare. For adults.

Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30am

– The Science of Sports | Experiment with the scientific principles behind playing your favorite sports. For kids.

Thursday, July 14 at 6:45pm

– Teen Anime Club | Join the Whitmore Teen Anime Club to watch and talk about all things anime. For teens.

Saturday, July 16 from 11am-2pm – Bike Safety Fair | Join Molina Healthcare and Cottonwood Cyclery for a Bike Safety Fair. Bring your bike for an inspection, ride the obstacle course, learn about biking safety, and more. Bring in an old bike to donate to the Salt Lake City Bike Collective and receive a free helmet while supplies last. For families. Monday, July 18 at 7pm

– Family Art Night | Families are invited to create works of art together. There will be lots of projects to choose from. For families.

Tuesday, July 19 at 1pm

– Computers 101 | Looking to learn about basics of computers and how to use them? This hands-on class will provide great information for beginning computer users. For adults.

Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30am

– Three Little Wolves Puppet Show | A puppet show featuring a new take on the classic story. For kids.

Thursday, July 21 at 2pm

– Mad Tea Party | Teens are invited to join in a Mad Tea Party. Crazy hats are encouraged! For teens.

Thursday, July 21 at 6pm

– Mortgage and Home Buying Seminar | A community program that will get you on your way to home ownership. For adults.

Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30pm

– eBootcamp | Want to make the most of your electronic device? From tablets to smart phones, eBootcamp will help you figure out how to use your device and all the free library resources available for it. For adults.

Thursday, July 28 at 2pm

– Harry Potter Potions Class | Mix up some powerful potions and create some wizardly magic. For teens.

Weekly Programs July 2016 at Whitmore Library For Children: Mondays at 10:30am

– Ready, Set, MOVE | Kids of all ages are invited to move with dance, yoga, and other active games.

Tuesdays at 3:00pm

– Reading Champs | Games, activities and crafts designed for readers of all abilities.

Tuesdays at 4:30pm

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– Power Yoga | A free Power Yoga class for all abilities.

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Mad Science Camps Keep Learning Going over Summer By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


ids can keep learning about science and engineering after the last bell of school stops ringing. Mad Science is hosting a series of summer camps at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center that focus on science and engineering. The franchise, based in Centerville, runs various afterschool programs, in-class workshops, birthday parties and summer camps from Ogden to Provo. “It’s different science subjects,” said owner Laurie Larsen. “Some focus on biology, some focus on engineering, some focus on physics and chemistry.” Larsen bought the company eight years ago, after the previous owner had run the business for 10 years. Larsen said she had an interest in astronomy at a young age after watching “Cosmos,” hosted by Carl Sagan. “I got my social work degree but I knew I wanted to run my own business,” Larsen said. “I went back to [Salt Lake Community College] and took some classes on business and then waited for the right opportunity.” Larsen said she and her business partner looked at different options but landed on Mad Science since they both had a passion for science. There will be five different camps at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center that will start in June and will end in August. Brixology is the first camp of the year, starting at the beginning of June. “Kids will make one to two Lego build sets. They will also take home something connected to the theme. The themes include bridges, carnival and creatures,” Larsen said. “It’s three hours of science and engineering.” The next camp is Rockets and Robots. This camp spends the first three days discussing aerodynamics and the

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Residents Encouraged to View Movies in the Park By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights families are encouraged to spend their Friday nights enjoying Movies in the Park. Every two weeks at alternating parks, the Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Department will be showing family-friendly movies free to the public. According to Andrew Davis, the recreation program coordinator for the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, Movies in the Park have been going on since 2007. “The idea came together because we wanted to get the community out and come together with their families or friends to enjoy a night out on us with the help of our sponsors, Granite Construction [and] Cottonwood Heights City,” Davis said. This year, Movies in the Park kicked off with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on June 17 at Mountainview Park. The next movie will be on July 8 at Mill Hollow Park. The movie, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” focuses on a team of mutated turtles who emerge from the shadows of New York City to fight a kingpin who threatens the city. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence. On July 22, “Zootopia” will be shown at Butler Park. In a city of anthropomorphic animals, “Zootopia” tells the story of a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist who must work together to uncover a conspiracy. The movie is rated PG for some thematic elements, rude humor and action. “Aladdin” will be shown on Aug. 12 at Bywater Park. The Disney classic’s main character, Aladdin, is a street urchin who, vying for the love of a beautiful princess, uses a genie’s magical powers to make himself a prince in order to marry her.

“Aladdin” is rated G. When it comes to how the movies are selected, Davis explained there are usually around 10 movies chosen that will work with the department’s schedule. “From that point the movies are typically selected by asking patrons and employees of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center what movies they have enjoyed out of those and if they would like to watch them in Movies in the Park,” Davis said. In order to legally show the movies, Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center purchases the viewing rights for each of the films. The shows have a high attendance with around 200 to 400 people showing up, depending on the movie. Unfortunately, if the weather is bad, the Movie in the Park night has to be canceled. Davis said he’s found the Movies in the Park to be a popular event each year. “As long as I have been here, I feel like there has been great response towards Movies in the Park. It’s a nice option for families and friends to go out on a Friday night and not have to pay the theater fees to see a great movie,” Davis said. “This year we are hoping to have food trucks at Movies in the Park so families can get a bite to eat for dinner before or during the event.” To learn more about the Movies in the Park and the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, visit http:// cottonwoodheights.com. 

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he Cottonwood Heights City Council and Planning Commission meetings have been filled with rezoning discussion for the past few months. Two properties around the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon requested a rezone so they can begin development. The first property, located at 9361 South North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, referred to as the Kesler property, requested a “General Plan Amendment to Rural Residential and Rezone of 15 acres from F-20 to RR-1-21.” The second property, located at 3801 East North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, referred to as the Rola property, requested for a “General Plan Amendment to Rural Residential and Rezone of 11.54 acres from F-20 to RR-1-21.” These properties were annexed into the city last year. With the annex, the zoning of the properties was not properly labeled. The property owners would like to begin development, which requires a zone change. Many residents were concerned about the rezoning. The concerns involved traffic easement, protection of the canyons, consistency with the city’s general plan and preservation. Lynne Kraus, Cottonwood Heights resident, revealed her concerns during a planning commission meeting on March 2. “She read from page 14 in the general plan, which states that, ‘The city is proud of its stunning backdrop and hopes to preserve view sheds, hillsides, and enhance connections between the city and the canyons.’’” She continued, “The citizens are not opposed to development but would like to see controlled development, less density and lower building heights.” Michael Braun, representative from the Granite Community Council, stated that the “Granite Community Council is very interested in this matter.” “The owners of property in Cottonwood Heights in the general area all knew about the general plan and purchased their homes there because of open space,” Braun said. Nancy Hardy, concerned resident, spoke at many of the city council meetings. “I went through the packet with all the letters [from concerned residents] today. There were quite a few from Sandy and Granite; some from Holladay, Riverton, Park City, Brighton and Woods Cross. This reaches much farther than just Cottonwood Heights. It affects more people than just the residents.” “There is an obligation to protect the forest land,” Hardy continued. “Making this change is not something that the city should be proud of.” Kraus spoke once more during a city council meeting on May 24. “One of the reasons we incorporated was so citizens could have input on land use issues.” On May 24, the city council voted on the ordinances that either approved or denied a redrafted agreement concerning the rezoning. The new agreement was drafted between the property owners and the city’s planning department, requiring certain restrictions on development. Prior to this meeting, city council members read over 130 letters from residents explaining their concerns. The council members also requested recordings of the planning commission meetings “to hear firsthand what the planning commission does,” Tee Tyler, council member for District 4, said.

Each member of the council commented before voting. “As a council we spent hours reading the texts, messages and letters that have been received by the planning department of this city. We need to mention how difficult it has been and how involved the planning commission has been with this decision,” Tyler said. The new agreement “takes more than half of the property into a conservation easement — more than half of the property will be left as is. It makes this as positive as a potential project as can be. Even though we may rezone these tonight, we still have to see if anything gets built there, water and UDOT will have to weigh in, which they have yet to do,” Tyler said. Mike Peterson, council member for District 3, added, “When this issue first came to light in the council, I immediately thought I would be opposed. I took the opportunity to walk the site and look at the surrounding developments. I’ve spent many hours listening to audiotapes and have read many letters that were sent to the planning commission. About 90 percent were opposed. That influenced me to a degree.” Mike Shelton, council member for District 1, said, “I first want to express appreciation to those who have cared about this issue. I apologize if there was any sense that there was no concern to those people who spent time and expressed their point of view. These are beautiful pieces of property. In some ways they have been used to the public benefit despite the fact they are private properties. A serious concern is the property rights of people who own private land.” Scott Bracken, council member for District 2, said, “I agree that the conservation easement is a very good thing. This will not just be a blanket zoning as originally proposed. There is a lot of good we can do that balances the property owners’ needs and welfare of the city in general.” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore was the last to give comments. “Our job is to take into account legal considerations and to balance rights of property owners and the general plan of the city, with expectations of the city. This proposal ends up being consistent with that; the reality is the development agreement, as it sits, limits development under two per acre. We preserved the majority of the property, eliminated PUDs (Planned Unit Development), eliminated 30 percent bonuses so the trails may be better served. This disregards the fact that it’s private property to begin with. There has been the ability to work out with the property owners’ trails and access benefit to the community. I do believe it is consistent with our general plan. It moves the whole development down off hill and preserves it.” On May 24, during the 7 p.m. Cottonwood Heights City Council Business Meeting, the council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 254-A, “Approving a General Plan Amendment, Zone Map Amendment and Development Agreement” on approximately 15 acres of land located at 9361 South North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road (Grant Kesler). The council also voted on Ordinace No. 255A, “Approving a General Plan Amendment, Zone Map Amendment and Development Agreement” on approximately 11.54 acres of land located at 3801 East North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, (Rola V, LLC). 



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Youth Executive Council Sworn In By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


n May 24, during the Cottonwood Heights city council business meeting, the new executive council for the Youth City Council (YCC) was sworn in. The YCC “is an opportunity to serve the community, develop leadership skills and participate in educational experiences. Besides being fun, being a member of the council looks good on résumés and scholarship applications.” Scott Bracken, YCC advisor and city council liaison to the YCC, spoke before the council was sworn in. “We [the YCC members] are involved with Butlerville Days and Bark in the Park. We provide service and help students learn about municipal government.” “They make significant contributions and we appreciate everyone being here. We do this once a year — elect a mayor and three officers,” Bracken said. “The youth leaders should be given the same oath of office as their adult counterparts,” city officials say. The duties of the executive council include organizing committees from the general membership to assist the executive council members as needed and selecting one of the executive council members to act as temporary youth council mayor (Mayor Pro Tem) when the youth mayor is absent. The 2016–2017 YCC mayor is Scotty Woolston. The duties of the YCC mayor include supervising the duties and activities of the YCC and executive council, conducting YCC meetings, setting the agenda for meetings, coordinating with other members of the executive council in the planning and execution of all YCC activities, working closely with the YCC advisor in conducting YCC business and activities and acting as liaison and primary contact with mayor, city council, other youth councils and other groups. The 2016–2017 service officer is Derek Heiner. His deputy is Josh Schwendiman. The duties of the YCC service officer include overseeing the planning and conducting of service-oriented activities for the YCC

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YCC Executive Council Sworn in: The new YCC executive council members pose for a picture with their advisors, Scott and Ann Bracken, and Mayor Cullimore. —Cassandra Goff

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Underneath the Uniform By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com



amien introduced himself excitedly as we walked toward his police cruiser. He opened the passenger door for me and apologized for the seat being small. I climbed in, almost making a laptop my seat cushion. Damien climbed into the driver seat, turned the key to his ignition and began to pull out of the parking lot. I studied the car; it was just as fancy as the truck had been, touch controls, radio, colored lights. However, this car had a cage in the back seat. I also noticed that he had a GPS. “Why do you have a GPS?” I inquired “If I need to call in quickly, the address appears on the screen, so I can relay the exact information,” he explained. I studied him as he drove up a main street of the city. His eyes were brown, matching the color of his hair. His face looked tan under the shadow of the car. He looked young, too young to be an experienced officer. I looked closer at his eyes, confused by his young appearance. There were slight wrinkles around his eyes, alluding to his age. I’d later find out that he was about 10 years older than me, which I found astonishing. He was obviously fit, his uniform ironed neatly, coming to a stark point around his forearm, where the fabric ended. We headed over to the local Wal-Mart as I asked him about his typical day. I received the same response I had from Gary: “typical” was not part of the job. As we drove through the parking lot, he attentively examined



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looked up, recognized the vehicle, and quickly began to walk away. “I bet he’s planning on jumping the fence,” Damien said. The fence he was referring to separated the Target parking lot from an apartment building lot. We inched past the Target entrance, waiting for shoppers, who weren’t in much of a hurry, to cross. Damien didn’t seem to be bothered by the pursuit speed. We turned and saw the teenager hustling toward a hole in the fence. Once again, he looked over, recognized the car, and in mid-jump, turned the opposite direction. “He knows,” Damien said to me. Before I could respond, he had parked the car and was out the door. As he talked with the teenager, I waited patiently, listening to the teenager offer up too much information. After a brief chat, Damien asked him to stand in front of the car. “You can sit on it if you’d like; it’s warm.” The teenager didn’t take him up on the offer. He stood in the headlight beams and put his hands in his pockets. Damien half-stepped out of the car and asked him to take his hands

out of his pockets. I didn’t question that request, now understanding how that simple action could create a life or death situation for Damien, and for me. The teenager didn’t take kindly to this request, sticking his arms out as wide as they could go, drastically, before turning around in circles. “You don’t have to do that,” Damien said as he got back into the car. He typed the teenager’s name into the computer and began explaining what popped up on the screen. In mid-sentence, the teenager began to tip-toe up to Damien. “Sir,” the teenager said, “I didn’t give you the correct information.” “Don’t you think I’ll find that out here in a second?” Damien asked the teenager. He sauntered back to the front of the car. Damien explained that he recognized the name of a friend the teenager said he was staying with. That particular teenager had been involved with criminal activity beforehand. The teenager in front of us wasn’t listed as a runaway, so Damien was not required to take him in. However, since he mentioned the names of some juveniles, he decided to ask him if he knew anything about a stolen vehicle. “No sir,” he said. “I was just looking for some halfies [cigarette butts that he could smoke].” Damien released the teenager, telling him, “I don’t want to see you out here again.” “Why didn’t you do anything?” I asked as he rejoined me in the cab. “He’s smoking underage.” “There’s not much I could do, even if I wanted to,” he said. “If the teenager had a whole pack of cigarettes on him, I would have ticketed him and taken the pack, but since he had nothing on him, I can’t really do much.” “We’ll see him again,” Damien continued. He assumed he would be involved with more criminal activity, especially if he kept hanging out with the same crowd. Damien then began to explain how he deals with teenagers while wearing his uniform “I don’t like having to deal with the

JULY 2016 | PAGE 9 same ones so often,” he said. “It makes me upset that their parents don’t care about what they are doing.” Crime tended to be one of the things teenagers did without supervision. “It’s unfortunate, these children will probably grow up to be criminals as adults, and I’ll be taking them to jail, 10 years from now, for worse crimes.” We were driving down a main road as this conversation went on. I saw a police car, stopped behind a civilian car, flashing lights illuminating the building next to them. “I think I know where we are going next,” I said, assuming we would be joining the officer up ahead on his stop. “Oh yeah?” he shot a mischievous glance my way as he swerved into the far lane and raced past the fellow police car. I looked at him, stumped, as a grin appeared on his face. He continued to tell me about dealing with teenagers. “I’m more cautious with them than I am with adults,” he said. “Why?” I asked, confused by this statement. “Teenagers don’t react like adults. They don’t think ‘I probably shouldn’t do that’ so they are more likely to act differently than an adult would when they realize they are in trouble. Teenagers are more likely to assault police officers,” he said. He added support to this statement by discussing instances where teenagers had been driving with stolen weapons. In these past instances, the teenager would be pulled over for a simple traffic violation, such as speeding. However, the teenage brain does not think about the minor trouble they could be ticketed for. The teenage brain thinks about how the police officer knows just how much trouble the teenager is actually causing, which is why the officer stopped in the first place. With these thoughts, adrenaline begins to pump through the teenager’s body. As the police officer arrives at the driver door, assumingly to discuss the violation, the teenager, reacting to the fightor-flight response, pulls out the stolen weapon and pulls the trigger. “Teenagers are now involved with crimes like home invasion, stolen vehicle, drug possession,” he continued on. My mind was blown. “That’s not something I would even consider as a teenager!” He laughed and agreed with me. “It’s something they feel like



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PAGE 10 | JULY 2016 they need to do. Some especially don’t respond to authority figures well,” he continued, “so dealing with teenagers can be tricky.” A female voice crackled through the radio. “Woman threatening to hang herself.” My heart jumped. Damien looked over at the information that had popped up on the laptop screen and a twinkle appeared in his eye. “You’re going to meet Patricia,” he said. We drove toward the address that was glowing light blue on the screen, as he informed me how Patricia had drug and mental health issues, so they dealt with her on a regular basis. Information for this call continued to filter through the radio; one officer was already on scene. However, the call had been assigned to Damien, so he waited for us to arrive. As we pulled into the neighborhood, I noticed a parked truck on the corner. I couldn’t tell what kind of truck it was, just a shadow of a vehicle, until we drove closer. When we passed, I realized that it was the vehicle of the officer who had arrived before us. Damien stopped in front of a house where all the windows were shaded over, and one lone light appeared to be on inside. As we waited for another officer to arrive on scene, he typed in Patricia‘s name to illustrate how frequently they dealt with her. A full page of reports appeared after he hit enter — I was amazed. How did someone have so many incidents with the police? As I began pondering, Damien pushed the down arrow on the laptop, hard. One page of reports turned into an infinite list, scrolling and scrolling through a never-ending file. I don’t remember my jaw dropping, but I’m sure it did. As an additional officer announced his arrival, Damien closed his laptop, turned off his dashboard lights and his interior light — anything with a light, he turned off. “Stay in the car,” he said. “I’ll come back for you.” I watched as the officers met him in the driveway. As they surveyed the outside area, additional officers walked up to meet them, ones I hadn’t noticed arriving behind me, being as quiet and as dark as Damien was. I noticed how much they cared for one another; how each and every one of them made sure to be aware of the



others, showing obvious concern. They only had a brief discussion before they were off in different directions, each tackling different areas of the house. Damien walked up to the door and knocked. When it opened, he disappeared into the low light, followed by two more officers disappearing inside after Damien. The covered windows did not allow me to see what was going on past the doorframe. I could only watch light spilling across the pavement. The officers outside completed their observation, coming back to the door, waiting for their coworkers to return. I became aware of my worry. In the short time we had spent driving together, I began to see Damien as a fellow human, not as a uniform. I watched as the other officers stepped lightly around the house (“securing the perimeter,” I assumed). I noticed Gary on the scene. If I had been witness to this situation before tonight, I would have felt anxiety for the people inside the home. Tonight, I felt worry for my driver and his team. I was uneasy and anxious as I put my head in my hands, watching the door intently and waiting for the three officers to reappear.


Seconds ticked by, tediously, as I watched the same doorframe. Eventually, someone appeared in the doorframe, crossed through it, followed by another, finally, Damien. They motioned to their fellow officers. The team walked down the driveway, laughing. Relief swarmed my body. Since when did I begin feeling relief for police officers? “Well, I guess you’re not going to meet Patricia tonight,” Damien said, without much concern, as he climbed back into the driver seat. “What happened?” I asked anxiously. “It was just an overreaction; everything is fine,” he told me. I changed the subject, assuming he couldn’t tell me much about what was inside the home, for sake of privacy. “Gary told me about how he likes to ‘light people up’ when he deals with people. Why did you guys not do that here?” I asked. “It depends on the situation,” he said. “With this house call, we didn’t want them to know we were here until the last possible second.” “Do you ever light up a house?” I asked. “Sometimes,” he said, “but usually those are domestic cases, if a couple is fighting. It’s really about control; whatever helps us maintain the most control of the situation, that’s what we are going to do.” During the next several hours, we drove around to different motels within the city. Damien pointed out cars without valid registrations as he looked for stolen vehicles and suspicious activity, much like I had experienced him doing in the shopping center parking lots. “People live out of some of these hotels,” he said. “Criminals love these places because they can find a new one every night.” As we drove around to the back corner of the motel, driving past old, run-down cars, he recognized the very last parked car. As we got closer, I could see the piles of junk in the back seat. Damien had interacted with the owner, many times before. He was a heavy drug user who had been arrested several times. “The jail

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children he had witnessed. I wondered what terrible things he had seen, including what he, admittedly, blocked from memory. “When I first started,” he said, changing the subject, “everything was exciting, even a traffic stop. The adrenaline was always there, but after so many years, the adrenaline and excitement are gone,” he said. “It’s routine now.” “Are you excited for the new cars the department will be getting soon?” I asked, prying for his opinion on recent city news. He was indifferent. “Are you excited about the new body cameras?” I asked. He was indifferent. “Are you excited about the new city hall?” I asked. He was indifferent. “Do you get excited about anything?” I asked him, frustrated. He looked over at me briefly, through the corner of his eye, then back at the road. He slowly lifted up his arms, removing his hands from the steering wheel, shaping them into fists, continuing to raise his arms until his knuckles were almost touching the roof of the cruiser. “I’M SO EXCITED!” he punched his fists back and forth as his cheer echoed through the car. He replaced his hands on the wheel, continuing to drive, like nothing had happened. I grinned to myself as Damien slowly peaked over at me. “Is that better?” As we drove through a neighborhood, Damien pointed to one specific house. “I responded to a call there,” he said. “A man was using meth and started to hallucinate, seeing people come in through his windows. He called 911, saying that people were breaking into this house and that he was going to shoot them. By the time we arrived on scene, the man was shooting at his hallucinations, with his girlfriend in the house.” We drove around the shopping centers again, and as we passed TJ Maxx, he asked, “Did you hear about the guy who

robbed this place?” “No?” I said. He told me the story. A man used to work for an alarm company. One day, for whatever reason, he decided to put his knowledge to good use. He entered through the back access doors (which Damien pointed out), silencing the alarm. After that was completed, he spent hours carving through concrete walls, making his way toward the cash room. Once inside, he removed $30,000. The employees did not notice until the following morning, when they went to retrieve change for their registers. The man repeated the exact same crime, many times in Utah, eventually making his way to California, spending hours in a store with no one noticing. “We almost got him, one night,” Damien said, “but we were 30 seconds too late to catch him.” As we continued to drive around the city for a few hours, without calls coming in, the night became increasingly boring. “Do you feel like we are going in circles?” Damien asked. “Oh, yeah,” I laughed. We joked about porta-potties that had been installed at the local park for winter use. We argued over which building the old Krispy Kreme used to occupy. I asked him about the different colored letters used for information about incoming calls, appearing on his laptop; he attempted to explain, before laughing because he wasn’t quite sure. Eventually, we went back to the police station because a different police officer requested that I ride with him. Once again, I was sad to leave the officer who had made me laugh. I was having a great night with Damien, and I felt like I had found a friend in him. We parked next to the police cruiser waiting for us. Damien pointed toward the car as I thanked him, climbed out of his cruiser, walked toward the identical Cottonwood Heights Police Department cruiser and climbed into the passenger seat. This time, the space I shared with the laptop was even smaller.

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Cottonwood Teacher Has Right Chemistry for Huntsman By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


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owering over students at six feet seven inches tall, chemistry teacher Dennis Hummer could be intimidating as he questions students’ theories in his deep voice. But parent Jane Metcalf said the Cottonwood High educator is “a remarkable teacher who is one of all the students’ favorites.” “He’s really very approachable and wants to help his students succeed, going much beyond what a typical teacher may do,” Metcalf said. For that reason, she coordinated the efforts to nominate him for the Huntsman Excellence in Teaching Award, which on April 20 he learned he’d receive after being interrupted in his class by Karen Huntsman and other guests. “I didn’t recognize Karen Huntsman right away, so I went over to introduce myself and saw Assistant Superintendent Alan Parrish and then my wife, two of my sons, my mom, and I became a little embarrassed,” Hummer said. “I couldn’t help thinking of all the other deserving colleagues. And I was quite surprised because my wife isn’t the best at keeping secrets, but she did quite well with this one.” Hummer later received $10,000 and a crystal obelisk on May 13 at a dinner where he and 10 other recipients were recognized. However, the day they surprised Hummer, Huntsman shared with the class and guests the reasons why he was selected for the award. “She said very kind things about me, probably made me sound better than I am,” he said. “In every high school, there are dozens of teachers who are hard-working and deserving and cherish the kind notes they receive from students thanking them. I’m

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just lucky I had some wonderful parents who recommended me for this award.” Metcalf said that is typical of Hummer to downplay his accomplishments. His teaching career came about in 1988 when he was hired out of college, but as he said, it was the right choice. “I had a three-and-one-month-old son who was born premature in Billings and we had to decide right away where to move him. Salt Lake City was the best option, so we life-flighted him and accepted the position all at once. It’s been great to be part of a wonderful program,” he said. Metcalf said that as his son, who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind, came to school, he’d often arrive early to magnify the homework so his son could see it. He’d also read the textbook out loud to record, so his son could listen to the material in an era before another way was provided for students with disabilities. “He would do that with many students; he visited a student with spinal injuries in the hospital, gave a student extra help while the student was having cancer treatments, motivating many of our refugee students who barely speak English to learn and succeed. Many of these students now are studying science and medicine thanks to his encouragement,” she said. Hummer said that in 28 years of teaching, there have been changes at Cottonwood. “It’s like a mini United Nations here as you walk through the halls. We certainly have more diversity, which makes our student body more interesting. We learn life stories from those who are refugees, just learning English. We slow the learning process for them, but we also offer Advanced Placement chemistry for those who have spent a couple years learning and are ready for hard work,” he said. Throughout his teaching, he includes lots of demonstrations and introduces humor in his class. “I try to keep things fun and tie it into what they’re learning,” he said. With his honors chemistry class, he created a flip class, where he created 187 lectures for students to watch at home. He also created a manual that students can refer to, often updating it to match the changing core curriculum or textbooks. Class time is for review, questions and homework. “I’ve learned that many parents aren’t versed in chemistry, so it was hard for them to help their students at home. By flipping the class, we have a 90- to 95-percent completion rate, and even some parents join the students in watching videos. One comment I’ve received is, ‘You’re the last voice I hear before I fall asleep at night,’ as the parent hears the video her child is watching,” he said. Metcalf said that the videos are more than lectures. “He makes them really exciting and

Cottonwood High chemistry teacher Dennis Hummer was awarded the Huntsman Excellence in Teaching Award. He has taught at the school for 28 years. —Granite School District

has fun with colorful flames and bubbly solutions,” she said. Parrish, who was Hummer’s principal at Cottonwood and at one time coached the boys basketball team to state championships alongside of him, said that much of the video lecture production and lab manual writing has been on the teacher’s own time. “Students’ work has just skyrocketed under this format and when they need him, he’s still there,” Parrish said. “He goes beyond the typical classroom and helps his students make connections with colleges and furthering their education. He’s an outstanding teacher who just happens to be great in chemistry, too.” Hummer also has been involved in the AP lab program at the University of Utah, allowing students to perform laboratory work there, freeing up class time at Cottonwood and helping them get college credit. This opportunity is open to other high school students. “He is really well-known in the science education field and everyone knows him and appreciates what he has done for students,” Metcalf said, adding that he received the Ron Ragsdale University of Utah High School Teacher of the Year Award last year. Hummer said that he received wonderful support from long-time senior faculty member Dick Smith, who took him under his wing and gave him pointers in teaching. “I was a little disappointed when I started since I have a major in biology and a minor in chemistry [from Rocky Mountain College] and Cottonwood wanted me to teach chemistry. However, once I realized the vigorous program Cottonwood had under [the 36 years of]s Dick Smith, I was impressed with the high standards he set here,” he said. Now Principal Terri Roylance said Hummer is the success of the program. “Mr. Hummer is the backbone of our chemistry department, teaching core, honors and AP levels, comprising seven classes with a typical student load of 210,” she said. “He is a leader in his field and a mentor to our young science teachers.” 


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Artist of the Month: Linda Etherington By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


or as long as she can remember, Linda Etherington has been an artist. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t love art and wasn’t drawing or painting. She constantly received art supplies for birthday and Christmas presents, and she was 11 years old when she received her first oils paint set. Since then, Etherington has become a professional artist with dozens of shows across the state. Etherington has been selected as the June Artist of the Month by the Holladay Arts Council. Etherington always wanted to be an artist. When she got to college, she took many art classes before realizing she had to declare an art major in order for those classes to count. She earned her BFA in painting from Brigham Young University in 1991. Though her subjects range from still life to color to people, all of her works are extremely colorful. “I really like colors, and flowers are just saturated in color. For me they are so lighthearted,” Etherington said. “Figures are so challenging. But with flowers, I can be more spontaneous and use more colors. I find tons of joy in each one.” Ethertinton said she also finds figure painting to be incredibly satisfying, but whenever she feels physically or mentally exhausted, she goes back to the flowers. Many of her figure works are religious in theme. Subjects include paintings of Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, Adam naming the animals and Adam and Eve. Etherington began painting religious themes 17 years ago after using a painting of a bird as the family Christmas card. “I thought I could paint something that was more religious,” Etherington said. That year, she painting a scene of Mary holding the baby Jesus in her lap with a bird above them. That painting was used as the family Christmas card. Since then, her religious paintings

have been used for the holiday cards. Etherington also paints religious figures out of a desire to teach her children and grandchildren about Jesus and others. “I have things I want to be able to share,” she said. Etherington also believes art doesn’t have to be simplified for children in order for them to understand it. “I still remember art that I saw when I was 7 years old and, as a child, that art really moved me,” Etherington said. “You can show children real art and not have a simplified, watered down illustration.” Etherington and her family have lived in Holladay for the past two and a half years. Etherington’s husband works in pharmaceuticals and his job has taken their family from New Jersey to California. When there came a chance for him to work for a start-up in Utah, the family moved to Holladay. “We got really lucky,” Etherington said. “It is such a friendly community and everyone here is so kind and open hearted.” When Etherington found out she had been named as the Holladay Arts Council Artist of the Month for June, she was totally surprised. “I felt like there are so many artists in the world. I mean, how did you find me?” Etherington said. “I feel so lucky and so thankful.” To see more of Etherington’s work, visit her website at http://lindaetherington.com. The Holladay Arts Council is looking for more nominees for the Artist of the Month from residents and the community. The nominees must be residents of Holladay and must practice fine arts or performing arts. Art subjects can include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, dance, music, theater, opera and more. Nominees can be sent to Craig Fisher at

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Skaters await their turn to attempt a carve during Day 1 of camp. Though a few participants have some skateboarding experience, many have never set foot on a skateboard. Spock’s Skate Camps includes clinics for both beginner and intermediate skaters.—Sarah Almond


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ver a decade ago, Eric Uquillas encouraged several kids from around the Cottonwood Heights area to participate in a three-day summer skateboarding camp. Today, the tradition not only continues in the Cottonwood Heights community, but it’s also flourished with summer camps being held in communities across the Wasatch Front. “There are a lot of kids across the Wasatch Front and this program has really developed by word-of-mouth,” Uquillas said. “The numbers have really grown. We generally teach about 250 to 300 kids each summer.” Uquillas, who is better known in the skate community as “Spock”, founded Spock’s Skate Camp in 2003 after being approached from a member of the local YMCA. “I was working as the Assistant Director of skiing and snowboarding programs at Brighton Ski Resort when this guy asked me if I’d be interested in teaching kids how to skate in the summer,” Uquillas said. “I’ve always loved skating so I was stoked about the idea.” Along with nearly a dozen other skateboarding coaches, Uquillas teaches children ages six to 14 the fundamentals of skateboarding. Though the Camp’s participation numbers have neared 350 in recent years, Uquillas isn’t surprised by the noticeable rise in the sport’s popularity. “Skateboarding is a passion; it’s a lifestyle,” Uquillas said. “It’s an individualistic activity that doesn’t require you to rely on other team members to be successful. You’re in the moment; you’re in flow.” Uquillas explains that one of the skateboarding’s greatest draws is its ability to instill children with self-confidence. “These kids really push themselves,” Uquillas said. “And it really grows their selfesteem when they are able to accomplish a trick or something on their own. With all of the skateparks across the Wasatch Front, there are tons of opportunities for kids to skate.” Participants of Spock’s Skate Camps enjoy the challenge of skateboarding and seem to welcome advice and instruction from Uquillas and his fellow coaches. “I love Spock because he isn’t super commanding,” said 11-year-old Xander Hislop. “He’s nice about your mistakes and helps you learn from them and get better.” Hislop, who has attended several Spock’s Skate Camps across the valley, says that for him, skating isn’t just an outlet - it’s also an activity

that he plans to continue as he grows. “Skating is a cool hobby,” Hislop said. “It’s something that I think I’ll want to keep doing when I’m older and I’d like to have it as a hobby for the rest of my life.” Along with teaching the fundamentals of skateboarding, Uquillas is passionate encouraging Camp participants to respect not just their local skate park, but also their community as a whole. “When I grew up we had to drive a long way; pay money, and buy memberships to skate,” Uquillas said. “The availability of skate parks here is almost taken a little bit for granted in some respects. Some of the parks get really littered up, with trash piled up right next to the garbage can.” Uquillas starts off every camp by identifying what respect means. “I ask the kids ‘whose park is this?’ and ‘who can tell me what respect means?’” Uquillas said. “I question them on their ability to respect their park, themselves, and their friends. We even talk about respecting ideas that they understand, and respecting ideas that they don’t understand.” By initiating each camp with etiquette and rules of safety, Uquillas feels like the kids are able to begin their skating careers from a point of dignity and understanding. “There is a whole plan that they don’t even really see because it’s blended in like vegetables in their dinner,” Uquillas said. “They are getting good stuff and they don’t even know it. We are helping them set a goal; a plan; a measurement of success for what they are doing. These ideals are a big part of our progression-based skate camps.” As a skateboarding coach for nearly 14 years, Uquillas feels that despite the evolution and growth of his skate camps, his role and the role of his fellow coaches remains unchanged. “We’re here to nurture the passion that these kids have for skating,” he said. “If they go into their 20’s and are still skateboarding and still loving skateboarding, then I have done my job.” Spock’s Skate Camp runs through October, with session at the Richard L. Guthrie Skate Park in Cottonwood Heights held every Saturday from 9 am to 11 am. To find out more information about Camps across the Wasatch Front or to sign up for a summer session, visit www.spocksskatecamp.com or stop by the Holladay Lions Recreation Center at 1661 Murray Holladay Road. 



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Butlerville Days Bringing More Attractions This Year By Cassandra Goff | cassandra@mycityjournals.com


utlerville Days is an annual celebration held for Pioneer Day. Butlerville Days 2016 will be held on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. It will be located in the fields of Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center at 7500 South 2700 East. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on July 22. Inflatable attractions, climbing wall and mechanical bull riding will be open until dusk. Food trucks will be open until 11 p.m. Carnival rides provided by City of Fun will be open until 11 p.m. as well. City of Fun is cash only, so make sure to hit the ATM before coming down! From 4–8 p.m., there will be a chalk-art contest located on the west side of Butler Middle School, across from the Recreation Center. The contest requires registration and a minimal entry fee. From 5–8 p.m., there will be a skateboard competition in the Richard L. Guthrie Skate Park located at 2433 Bengal Boulevard. The Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament will begin approximately at 6 p.m. To register for the tournament, visit http:// cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_109694/ File/Departments/Events/Pickleball%20Tournament_Flyer. At 6:30 p.m., face painting and balloon artistry will be available. From 6:30–8:30 pm, Brighton Bank Bingo can be played. Players must be 13 or older. A movie in the park will begin at dusk. Movies in the Park is a series held every year throughout the parks within the city. This will be the last movie for the series. “Zootopia” will be playing for this event. From 7:30–9 p.m., movie characters from “Zootopia” will be hanging out and available for photo ops. On Saturday, July 23, events begin at 7 a.m. At 7 a.m., the 5K run/walk begins. To register, visit https:// www.raceentry.com/races/butlervilletodays5k/2016/register. Around 8 a.m., the Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament will

enter the final rounds. Many attractions will open around noon, including the Cottonwood Heights Historic Display, which will be open until 8:30 p.m.; City of Fun, which will be open until 10 p.m.; and many different food trucks, which will also be open until 10 p.m. The Scales and Tales exhibit will open at noon as well, along with balloon artistry, face painting, inflatables, the rock wall and mechanic bull riding. These attractions will be open until dusk. From 2–7 p.m., the antique and classic car show will be open. At 2:50, the Butlerville Kids Parade will begin. At 3 p.m., the Butlerville Days parade will begin. There will be a new route this year to avoid the Butler Elementary School construction. Flyers will be available for neighbors, which will provide information of the new route. From 4 p.m. to dusk, the Unified Fire Authority (UFA) will have kid activities. Registration for the pie-eating contest begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. The contest will begin at 6 p.m. From 3–9 p.m., a photo booth will be open. At 5 p.m., the Watermelon Drop will occur. At 5:30, p.m. free watermelon slices will be available until supplies run out. From 5–9 p.m., old-fashioned games will be available. Live music and entertainment will be playing throughout the event. This year, Foreign Figures returns as the headliner. At 10 p.m., the annual firework show begins. It will be synchronized to music playing from the stage, so make sure to get a spot where the music can be heard. In addition to the many attractions, city staff has been working on a more in-depth emergency preparedness plan. Regulations will be more strict on vendors. “We are looking at overall safety issues a little harder,” Ann Eatchel, events coordinator, said.

“We have been lucky,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said. “Ten years or more and we haven’t had a significant incident.” Visitors can enjoy Butlerville Days knowing that city staff has safety as their first priority. For additional information on the event, visit: http:// cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/ or the Butlerville Days Facebook page. 

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Summer Concert Series Kicks Off with City Jazz By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


espite the wind, dozens of residents braved the cold to attend the first ever Holladay summer concert series. Held on the evening on May 21 at City Hall Park right behind the Holladay City Building, the first performance of the season was the City Jazz Big Band with special guest singer Katrina Cannon. The 20-piece band performed swing and jazz numbers from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The summer concert series was brought about after the Holladay Arts Council teamed up with Excellence in the Community, a nonprofit based on the premise that Utah’s best musicians and dancers represent a powerful resource for bringing people together and enhancing communities. Excellence in the Community provides free music concerts at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake, the Viridian Center in West Jordan and at the Covey Center in Provo. “We’ve been working for several months with them trying to put together a concert series,” said Kathy Murphy, the treasurer of the Holladay Arts Council and the chairperson in charge of the concert series. “We felt [City Jazz] would be a great opening performance.” The City Jazz Big Band is a local nonprofit that strive to bring the jazz musical art form to the public in a way that is meaningful, educational, entertaining and affordable. The group specializes in studio-style jazz, swing, jazz big-band standards and dance music. While this is the first year for the Holladay summer concert series, Excellence in the Community has been around for nearly 12 years. The council heard about Excellence in the Community about a year ago and believed if they teamed up, they could help present the concert series free to the public.

Holladay residents enjoy the first summer concert with City Jazz Big Band and Katrina Cannon. —Kelly Cannon

According to Murphy, Jeff Whiteley, the founder of Excellence in the Community, has worked with a number of musical groups before, so the Holladay Arts Council relied on him to find the bands for the concert series. “They hire local performances from around the state. They are very good,” said Murphy, speaking on Excellence in the Community. The idea of the concert series came out of the Holladay Arts Council wanting to bring music to Holladay residents. “We wanted to have more upscale concerts to present to the community,” Murphy said. “We like people to be introduced to music through the arts council.” Murphy said the city was being gracious enough to allow the arts council to use the City Hall Park as a venue for free. “It’s a great opportunity for the public to hear great music,” Murphy said. “The concerts are quite good.” The second concert took place on June 18 and featured Cross Strung, a Celtic music and river dancing program.

The next concert will be on Aug. 6 and will feature Hot House West, a sextet that plays 1930s gypsy Jazz. The concert will take place during the Blue Moon Festival, an arts and music festival sponsored by the Holladay Arts Council. Their performance will be at 6 p.m. Also at the Blue Moon Festival will be Joshy Soul and the Cool, who feature R&B and old-school Motown music. Joshy Soul and the Cool will perform after Hot House West at 8 p.m. The last concert of the season will take place on Sept. 10 and will star Michael Chipman and Celina Shaffer. The duo will be performing Broadway tunes starting at 7:30 p.m. at the City of Holladay Park Pavilion. To learn more about the concert series and the bands scheduled to perform, visit holladayarts.org. To learn more about Excellence in the Community, visit excellenceconcerts.org. To learn more about City Jazz Big Band, visit cityjazz.org. 

PREPARE YOUR TASTE BUDS FOR ADVENTURE! The inaugural Cottonwood Heights “Bites in the Heights” event allows foodies to choose from a variety of dining options and the chance to try something new. From sizzling fajitas and delicious curries to creative entrees and international fare – it’s all on the table during Bites in the Heights. Prepare your taste buds for adventure! Visit participating restaurants during the event and choose from the prix-fixe menus for either a $5/$10 lunch or $15/$20 dinner. Share photos on Instagram and Twitter with #CHFoodie for a chance to win gift cards to your favorite dining spot. Enjoy the tasting tour of Cottonwood Heights from Aug. 20-31, 2016


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Nelson Brothers Student Housing: The parent’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Fit 1. Does it make life efficient and easy? Securing housing that places your student in proximity to everything he or she needs can be tricky, but will make a big difference over time. “People don't realize how much 10-15 minutes a day adds up over four years,” said Nelson. “Make sure you choose a place that makes your student’s life efficient so they spend time on what is most important.” Ultimately, if Jacob’s life is more efficient, mine will be too.


tudent housing has been on my mind as my son, Jacob, prepares for college. While we’re focusing on ACT prep, perfecting his GPA, and finishing that Eagle Scout for the finishing touch on his college applications, my mind is going full speed ahead. Finding the right type of housing in Utah will help define Jacob’s college experience. So, I was excited to sit down with Pat Nelson, CEO of Nelson-Brothers Property Management (managing over 19 student housing properties throughout the country, including University Gateway, University Towers, 9 & 9 Lofts, Park Plaza, 900 Factory, and Alpine Flats in Utah) to get some tips on how to choose the best student housing. Here are four things to consider before you put money down on that first month’s rent.

2. Is it safe? The location is a plus, but the condition of the property needs to be evaluated. For example, are the units equipped with carbon monoxide alarms and lighted hallways? Is it in a good neighborhood? How well does the management care for the property? Do I feel comfortable around the other residents? Look for properties that are near public transportation and provide safe and well-lighted parking. 3. Is it priced right? Do you rent the nicest apartment or the one that’s budget friendly? The answer is to consider your needs and the amenities the housing provides. “Some properties may charge more, but they offer on-site laundry facilities, a fully furnished unit, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, or a game room,” said Nelson. “The cost of many of those features is

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ottonwood Cyclery fosters a “ride and smile” feel for all cyclists, from kids going on their first ride to grizzled racing professionals. “We understand that not everybody can afford or wants a $5,000 bike,” the Cottonwood Cylcery website says. “so we offer great prices to everyone, on every bike.” Owner Alan Greenberg lived in Utah for 10 years before he realized that the area lacked a shop with both a comfortable atmosphere and a knowledgeable and friendly staff like he frequented in is home state of Pennsylvania. So, he founded Cottonwood Cyclery in Oct. 2007 to provide a quality and affordable services to cyclists of all of a wide range of styles an and experience.

Because of that range of customer needs, the cyclery staff is tested daily on their knowledge of cycling from racing to BMX to mountain biking suspension; from 50-year-old products to the latest and greatest tech. Cottonwood Cyclery purchases the best products for the best prices and pass the savings to the customer. On the scene for nearly 20 years, Cottonwood Cyclery provides several programs that include a kid bike trade-up program and a consignment program. Kid bikes purchased at the cyclery can be traded for up to 30 percent credit on a new bike. The consignment program will yield either 80 percent cash back or 100 percent store credit when the cyclery sells a consigned bike. Cottonwood Cyclery supports the community by providing schools and churches contribution and sponsorship like bike rodeos and safety checks. The Cyclery offers rentals on full suspension mountain bike and carbon-frame road bikes for about $50. Cottonwood Cyclery has a standing 4.88 of 5 from 76 reviews from bikeshops.mtbr.com and 4.7 of 5 on 40 Google Reviews. “Cottonwood Cyclery is a great little local bike shop,” Google Reviewer Debbie Call said. “It is my go-to shop for my cycling needs.” The store offers bikes from part from WeThePeople, Raleigh, Redline, Marin Bikes California, Jamis, KHS, Bianchi, Nirve, Litespeed and Diamondback. It also offers

apparel and accessories from Pearl Izumi, Bell, Shimano, Giro, Serfas, Garneau, Mavic, Camelbak, Laxer Helmets, Sock Guy and Adrenaline Promotions. “We love what we do and we love the people that we can share our passion for cycling with,” the website says. “Most importantly we love to ride, and know that you will too.” Find Cottonwood Cyclery at 2594 Bengal Blvd in Cottonwood Heights or on line at www.cottonwoodcyclery. com. 

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Green Space, Family Activities Contribute to CountyQuality of Life


he days are growing longer and warmer, and that means many county residents are looking for things to do outside this summer. We are blessed to live in the beautiful state of Utah, with countless scenic locations that draw locals and outsiders alike. But residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the bright summer days and pleasant evenings outside. Salt Lake County is home to over 70 parks throughout the valley, as well as 25 designated open space areas. From structured activities and events, to reservable outdoor amenities, to simple green space areas to get away from it all, there are plenty of options to enjoy the summer. You might wonder why the county has such a plethora of outdoor spaces for its residents. The answer is simple: we are committed to creating an environment in which our residents can thrive. More than just an entity charged with providing basic governmental services, Salt Lake County is invested in the well-being of its residents. Healthy, wholesome activities that foster families and friendships is an important part of that success. We want Salt Lake County to be a great place to live, work, raise a family, and recreate. Outdoor venues for a variety

of activities contribute to good mental and physical health, and increase the sense of community our residents feel. We work better together as friends neighbors, and—yes elected officials—when we have a strong emotional investment in our community. I firmly believe adequate open spaces contribute to this community approach. Whenever I face a budgetary decision in my role as a member of the County Council, I always ask myself some key questions. First, is this the proper role of government? In our zeal to solve problems and provide resources to our residents, it’s always helpful to constantly remind ourselves what the appropriate role of county government is. Second, is this an efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars? We want to make sure any government funded program, facility, or resource is operating with sound principles. And third, is this in accordance with the wishes of the taxpayers? Our job is to represent the people and their priorities as the public servants that we are. The county’s open space amenities meet all three of these questions with a resounding yes. Open spaces are by definition a public good, our Parks and Rec department is a great example of efficiency, and voters have shown again and again the value

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ast week some friends and I enjoyed the musical stylings of the Monkees at Red Butte Garden. Being a Monkees generation Baby Boomer, who dreamed of one day marring Davey Jones, I could not wait to see them. Dawning my tie-dyed style neon shirt I was ready to sing every song right along with them. Now, I could go on about how to save money when attending a concert at Red Butte. What’s allowed, what to bring, how to get tickets, where to park, but I’m feeling the need to deviate from the money saving genre for a moment. When the Monkees performed Shades of Gray they expressed that it was time for us to rock out with the dearly departed Davey Jones. They told us because of the shootings in Florida just 3 days earlier, this song was far too emotional for them to sing it alone. They then brought up video and the voice of Davey singing the song as they played and we sung along. In light of what’s going on in the world and right here in our own country the audience

and the performers (Dolenz and Tork) were overwhelmed with sorrow while performing. It was an emotional moment that left me, and I imagine a great many of the audience with tears in our eyes. Some dear friends of mine are an interracial couple that have been married for many years. They are an amazing family raising 4 great kids, that routinely give back to the community. She mentioned the other day that while dining at a restaurant right here, in the self proclaimed most tolerant state in America, that when the server presented the check(s) they had been separated for each to pay their own. When asked, the waitress admitted she had made assumption and apologized. My friend chuckled and went on to tell me that this was not an isolated incident and that these things happen all the time. It was just something they live with, something that has become routine. She stated that this was mild compared to some of what they’ve experienced. Our religious leaders of every faith preach kindness and tolerance daily, that it

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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


ummer means camping. Outdoor living is a wonderful way to acquaint your children with Lyme disease, tourniquets, tick removal, poison ivy, skunk identification, rabid chipmunks and tent life. Why go to a hotel when you can sleep on the ground in a Ziploc bag? It’s a mythological fact that camping builds character. Okay, I’ll admit camping builds some characters; the Unabomber comes to mind. After living in a remote cabin with no electricity or running water, Mr. Unabomber started a nationwide bombing crusade. But still, families plan extravagant camping adventures and look forward to spending an inordinate amount of time living like squatters in the mountains with their loved ones. Their days are filled with card games, sing-alongs, murderous rage and fishing. And by the way, fishing is not a sport. “Sport” indicates a level of exertion, sweat and training. I’ve never seen a sport that involves kicking back in a camp chair and swilling a cold beer while holding onto a stick. It could easily be confused with the sport of TV watching. One of my daughters refused to even cast a fishing line, afraid she might hit a trout on the head with a lure, causing it to need glasses for the rest of its fishy life. Hiking is another fun camp activity, if “fun” means you enjoy carrying toddlers for a 4-hour hike that would have taken


only 20 minutes if they would walk like a functioning person. And who can forget the hellish outhouses where you just know there’s a snake coiled up behind you or a spider creeping around the toilet seat or a swarm of wasps waiting for you to exit. When nighttime rolls around and it’s time to build a fire, you soon realize it should be called building a smoke. All the green wood your kids gathered creates billows of hot, grey air that infiltrates every piece of clothing you own. Plus, the wind blows through the campfire, distributing hot ash, eye-melting

smoke and pieces of exploding branches so everyone around the fire can enjoy the great outdoors. Once you finally have a campfire merrily dancing in the pit (usually around 2 a.m.), it’s fun to roast marshmallows that your kids won’t eat because they’re burnt, and look at the stars. Me: Aren’t the stars beautiful? Daughter #1: It’s making my neck hurt. Can I stop looking? Me: No. Daughter #2: What if a star fell on us right now? Daughters #3 and #4: (Crying because they don’t want a star to fall on them.) Me: Forget it. Go get in your Ziploc bags. Safety is always a concern when camping. “Don’t Feed the Bears” signs encourage campers to lock food in the car so bears don’t get into your Oreos. Shouldn’t the signs also warn you that a bear can easily shred your tent, looking for juicy, humanflavored tidbits? But, hey, as long as the Oreo cookies are safe. Once camp is over, a miracle happens. Everyone forgets the scraped-shins, fire-singed fingers, burned breakfasts, lost underwear and temper tantrums. And suddenly you’re planning next year’s camping trip to acquaint your children with dehydration, crazy hermits, leaf toilet paper, stinging nettle, wet socks, outdoor swearing and organic granola. Because why go to a restaurant when you can eat soot-covered hot dogs in a rainstorm? 

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Cottonwood Heights July 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 07

Cottonwood Heights July 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 07