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alt Lake County Library Services is hoping to bring residents and community together through the shared experience of reading the same book in United We Read. Over the next few months, residents are encouraged to read “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman and participate in programs and events based on the book. This is the first year of United We Read. In years past, libraries have participated in “One County, One Book.” However, this was the first year every library in the county was involved in planning the initiative. “We just wanted to make sure we provided the community with the opportunity to come together,” said Liz Sollis, marketing and community manager for the Salt Lake County Library Services. “We felt the best way to do it is to make sure the three main public libraries within Salt Lake County were providing a similar user experience no matter what library they went to.” “A Man Called Ove” tells the story of a cranky yet sad old man who is forced to interact with his chatty and lively new neighbors after they accidently flatten his mailbox. Sollis said it was chosen to be the United We Read book because of its themes of unity. “We know the election year has been very divisive and we wanted to find something that was really unifying. We read several books and decided this book, it has a sense of community and it provided a lot of elements that I think, if you’re in a community, it’s hard not to experience,” Sollis said. “The other thing we wanted to promote was kindness. This book, we felt also encourages and promotes kindness. It shares examples of kindness.” The United We Read website, www. unitedwereadslc.org, will provide a place for readers to connect and share their experiences reading the book, including examples of kindness they’ve either received or given.

Salt Lake Library Director Jim Cooper reads “A Man Called Ove,” the book for the first United We Read. (Liz Sollis/ Salt Lake County Library Services)

Sollis said the book is also a fairly easy read. “We wanted to find a book that wouldn’t be too difficult to read. Sometimes books are selected that are real deep topics and really long,” Sollis said. “We wanted a book that was right in the middle that connected with a lot of people and where people could relate to the situation.” In order to accommodate the number of people who will be reading the book, all libraries have increased the number of copies of the book, both in paper copies and in electronic copies. “Additionally, at the different branches, we’re also giving away some books through programs. The books are first come, first served but the idea is once you read it, you share it with someone else,” Sollis said. “There will be free copies of the book floating around and there

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will be copies people can check out.” The official launch for United We Read was on Jan. 18 but different libraries will be doing programs related to the book through May. There will also be a screening of the Swedish movie based on the book in February. “We’re going to have classes on auto mechanics. We’re going to be doing classes on bike repair. We’re going to do classes on suicide prevention. We’re going to have classes on cooking. We’re funding a variety of classes that we can offer,” Sollis said. “There will be book discussions in addition. Many of the branches do book clubs so we’ll have books for the book discussions. There will be a variety of programs that tie into the money topics in the books.” Sollis advised residents to be patient when they wait to get a copy of the book, since they will be promoting the book throughout the entire county. l

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Lone Peak Hospital recognized as top general hospital By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


efore 2016 came to a close, Lone Peak Hospital was recognized as one of the top general hospitals in the country by the Leapfrog Group. Lone Peak Hospital was one of two hospitals in Utah and one of 56 in the country to receive this award. Every year, the Leapfrog Group recognizes various hospitals for providing the highest-quality care. Each hospital is ranked in one of four categories: general, children’s, rural and teaching. Top hospitals are recognized as having better systems in place to prevent medications errors, providing higherquality maternity care, ensuring safer high-risk procedures and having a lower rate of readmissions. This year, Leapfrog Group recognized 115 hospitals. “This award demonstrates our hospital staff’s commitment to excellence and making sure that our patient care is the highest quality,” said Mark Meadows, CEO at Lone Peak Hospital. “I cannot thank our caregivers and support staff enough for their dedication; we’re all honored to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group.” Salt Lake Regional Medical Center was also recognized by the Leapfrog Group as a top general hospital. In 2015, Jordan Valley Medical Center—West Valley Campus was also recognized as a top hospital. Annually, around 1,805 hospitals report data to the Leapfrog Group during its hospital survey. The national nonprofit compares each hospital’s performance on national standards of patient safety, quality, efficiency and management

Lone Peak Hospital was recognized as a top hospital in patient care and safer high-risk procedures. (Lone Peak Hospital)

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raper residents can look forward to another addition to the arts in their city with the formation of the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society. Created by Sherri Jensen, the new musical group is currently looking for musicians and choir members, as well as vocal soloists. The idea of forming the new group came after Jensen produced an Easter cantata last year. “It was the height of my musical pieces. I was working really hard on it and it came off and it really was a great success,” Jensen said. “After that, I realized there was more to me than I knew.” Afterwards, Jensen was approached separately by some of the people involved in the cantata, suggesting she should do something on a much bigger scale. Jensen admitted she didn’t know what to think of the idea but as time went on, she said she began to see and feel in her heart she should do something. “There was a big need in Draper and there are a lot of amazing things they do here. There are Draper Days. Draper Arts Council is amazing at putting on programs. We have a lot of really great things. But the center of the arts isn’t really there, either a philharmonic or a symphony or a choir,” Jensen said. “As that started to come to me, I realized that was what I was supposed to do and a path for me that I needed to walk.” Right now, the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society is in the launch phase. Jensen is auditioned musicians and choir members on Jan. 21 at 1250 Raddon Road in Sandy. She was looking for a full symphony and “normal” voices for the choir. “I’m not looking for the kind of person you find once in a while. I need just people who can hold a pitch and who love to practice, people who have sung in the past and can read music. I consider them to be just normal singers,” Jensen said. “My goal would be to have at least 80 of

them. My future goal is 120 people. For the philharmonic, if I have my desire, I’ll have 65 instrumentalists there.” The culmination of all the work Jensen is putting in will be the Easter concert called “Lamb of God.” The performance will be a nondenominational Easter oratorio. Written by Rob Gardner, the performance is about Christ’s last week of life. “The 13 soloists are telling the story from their perspective. There’s Mary Magdalene; there’s Mary the mother of Jesus; Peter, James and John; Pilate; a maid,” Jensen said. “There’s this group of people who are singing about their part in his life and what happened the last week. It just literally transforms that information to the heart of the person. It has a really huge effect on people.” The future goals for Jensen and the group are to find a permanent space to hold not only concerts, but also group practices. Jensen said she’s looking at a variety of venues, including churches and schools, though some locations are cost prohibitive. When a suitable location is found, the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society will perform a concert every four to six weeks. “There will be concerto competitions for youth who audition and win and will play their solos. There will be a Christmas concert. There will be a July Fourth concert and other concerts throughout the year,” Jensen said. “I have dreams of bringing in the best dancers from the high schools and having them dance live to the philharmonic. Anything that we can dream up, I feel that it’s going to be a really great change in Draper.” The big dream for the group is to partner with the Draper Visual Arts Foundation (DVAF) and build an arts and culture center in Draper. Designs for the building have already been drawn by Lowell Baum, the director of DVAF. “I was at a meeting with them. It’s going to happen. I can feel that it will be a beautiful and amazing building. We’ll be seeing people for financial support for that. It’s going to be a huge amount of money, millions and millions of dollars,” Jensen said. “It’s kind of grown into something quickly and has mushroomed. It’s almost running faster than I can. But it’s phenomenal. When the concert comes to pass and we’re on our way, it’ll be amazing to look back.” Anyone interested in auditioning can sign up at https://goo.gl/HHwYgF. Jensen can be reached at sherri.jensen31@gmail.com. l

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GOVERNMENT Residents asked to do their part to improve air quality

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inters in Salt Lake County not only means cold and snow. It also means inversion and poor air quality. While it may seem like an overwhelming task, there are things residents can do to help alleviate the bad air and make the winter a little bit more breathable. Donna Spangler, the communications director at the Division of Air Quality at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality explained the inversion is caused by cold air being trapped next to the valley floor by a layer of warmer air above. In that cold air is particulate matter that is the main source of the inversion. The DAQ has air monitors all around the county and state next to schools that measure the particulate matter. “Typically, we have the air monitors near schools because we want to know what the particulates say next to our most vulnerable population, which is our children because they tend to breath in more air,” Spangler said. “What the air monitors show us during the winter time and during an inversion, much of the pollution, and we’ve done inventories to show where that pollution is coming from, 48 percent comes from automobiles.” According to Spangler, other sources include industries such as power plants and what are called area sources. These are sources where there is no specific kind or particular industry or business that is emitting the form of particulates that cause inversion. This includes cooking happening in restaurants, heating homes and various small businesses. “The reason that’s important is because when the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Air Quality looks at trying to come up with regulations to limit these kinds of pollution that form this kind of particulates, it’s really difficult

because you can’t regulate one specific sector,” Spangler said. “It’s a bunch of little things. That’s why it’s important for people to understand that every action that we take, everything we do does add to the pollution.” According to Spangler, breathing in particulate matter during an inversion is harmful because the particulates get trapped in the lungs. Persistent and prolonged exposure could lead to lung damage. “As far as the health issue, it depends on how healthy you are. People react differently depending on what pollution they breath,” Spangler said. “We call our most sensitive population children because they breath in more, the elderly because they have compromised respiratory systems if they’re older, people with asthma are obviously impacted more than those who are normally healthy.” Since cars are the primary source of particulate pollution, Spangler said consolidating trips and using public transportation is the best way to help improve the air quality. Choosing not to leave the car idling also helps improve the air quality. Through grants, the DAQ and the Utah Clean Air partnership work together to get businesses to install pollution control equipment to improve the air quality. “We offer people to convert their wood burning stoves into gas heating systems. If a person uses wood burning as their sole source of heat, they are exempt from our rules that say you can’t burn,” Spangler said. “But we go in and we offer them a replacement. So we actually pay to have them convert to a cleaner source of heat.” Air quality is sure to be a topic discussed at the legislative

Particulates from air pollution can lodge inside the lungs and cause lung damage. (Utah Health Department)

session. Spangler said the main need right now is funding to replace old monitoring equipment. “A lot of the research that is needed is in collaboration with universities, with our federal partners to actually get a better understanding of what is causing the air pollution so that we can have better regulatory controls that are more targeted to reducing pollution and making our air quality better,” Spangler said. For more information about air quality, visit deq.utah. gov. l

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Recycling 101: Getting closer to best recycling practices in the valley By Mandy Morgan Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com


or years, Salt Lake Valley residents have put out big, green bins to support recycling. However, there isn’t a year that goes by where those residents find themselves unsure of exactly what can be recycled. Why Recycling is Important There are plenty of financial and environmental reasons to recycle, but some area experts say there are things residents should know in order to encourage them to recycle more efficiently. “A lot of our landfills will sustain us for about 15 more years, and then we will either need to ship things out further or have transfer stations,” said Dawn Beagley, who is in charge of business development at ACE Recycling and Disposal. “Or, we can keep all of the recyclables out of landfills and they will last a lot longer.” Besides the environmental impact on landfills, Beagley also believes recycling is simply the right thing to do. “It’s too bad we don’t have kids or grandkids that could invent something using these recyclables to reuse a lot more stuff — that would be best,” Beagley said. “I hate to see when someone throws a plastic bottle in the trash. I teach my kids at home, ‘No, that’s recyclable.’ I just think it’s very important.” Jennifer Meriwether, who handles business development for Rocky Mountain Recycling, sees recycling as real sustainability, “a good alternative, that also keeps people engaged and aware ... that is very important and necessary.” Rocky Mountain Recycling helps with curbside service in the valley by having items picked up by ACE taken to RMR plant facility to go through for contamination and recycling. Many Salt Lake Valley disposal companies want to use community engagement as a way to get people to see the good in recycling. Educating and getting kids involved is especially relevant and is something many parents are doing to show their kids how to make an impact in their community. For Trena L., a Murray resident, recycling definitely feels like she’s engaged and part of a community effort, she said. “There’s always that guilt that comes with it, if you don’t do it, and you feel like you should probably be doing it more,” she said. She puts her curbside bin out at least every other week. “But you are always aware of it and once you just do it, it becomes a habit.” What NOT to Recycle Unfortunately, no matter how much residents are engaged in recycling, there is still misinformation and confusion about what can or cannot be recycled. And though many things can be recycled, it depends on

whether the city — and the disposal companies that service the city — has the resources to recycle every product, Beagley said. “Because, right now, the recycling numbers are down the products are not worth as much as they use to be,” Beagley said. “And with the recyclers, we are taking items to them that they don’t want as much as they use to.” Currently, plastic foam and any cardboard with wax film are items that recyclers don’t have any place for, and don’t want in recycling. It has also become cheaper for companies to make new plastic bags, rather than recycle and reuse them. When plastic bags are put into curbside recycling bins and taken to the lots where recycled goods are sorted, they are doing what recyclers and disposal companies call contaminating. An entire load may be deemed unrecyclable due to this contamination, unless it is sorted out in time. Plastic bags also frequently clog the recycling machines and local trucks that pick up curbside garbage, Meriwether said. Currently Rocky Mountain Recycling is trying to do a “bag ban” so that plastic bags can only be taken back to grocery stores to be recycled or reused, she said. Contamination is the biggest issue for recyclers. Food waste that is in or on recyclable products, as well as clothing and plastic bags, are a few of the things that can also cause contamination, Beagley said. “We want the recycling bins to be clean. Food waste is the worst. And with clothing, that is the wrong place to recycle it. There are other places for that,” like donation centers, she said. The worst culprit of contamination in curbside bins is glass, since it can break and spread through an entire load of recycling. Glass is a great thing to recycle and reuse, and there are glass drop-offs throughout the valley for it. Most glasses can be recycled, but it is necessary for glass to be taken to specific drop-offs, so that it doesn’t affect other recyclables. There are a few types of glass that cannot be recycled, and those include ceramic, mirrored glass and light bulbs, all of which have problematic contaminants to get out once a load of glass is melted together. Pyrex products, such as pie plates, are also contaminants. The rule to live by with that type of glass can be recycled is: “basically if you can put it in your oven, it can’t be recycled,” noted John Lair, president and CEO of Momentum Recycling, a glass recycling company in Utah and Colorado. For a more comprehensive list of what cannot be recycled by ACE Disposal, which services in the Salt Lake Valley, go to: www. acedisposal.com/index.php/recyclingdisposal-for-your-home/residentialrecycling.

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Corner Canyon theater students preparing for regional competition By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ith the ensemble regional competition approaching in March, Corner Canyon High School theater students already are in rehearsal for their entry, “Metamorphosis.” The Greek mythology play is a compilation of vignettes, used to teach morals to both the audience and cast, director Phaidra Atkinson said. “There are stories explaining the relationships in Greek mythology,” Atkinson said. “We want students to be learning and discovering more about the world through theater.” The entire cast will be in the story of King Ceyx and his wife, Alcyone, where despite his wife’s warnings and disapproval, Ceyx sets off on an ocean voyage. Poseidon, the sea god, destroys Ceyx’s ship and the king dies. Prompted by Aphrodite, Alcyone has a dream of Ceyx, who tells her to go to the shore. With mercy from the gods, the two are reunited, transformed into seabirds and fly together toward the horizon. The cast also will appear in the dark underworld of the story of Orpheus, the god of music, and his wife, Eurydice. The story of Eurydice dying is told from two points of view — one from Orpheus, who promises to Hades that if his wife is freed from the underworld, even if only to walk behind him, that he will never look back at her. However, he fails several times and she returns to Hades, with the result that he forever loses his bride. In the second point of view, Eurydice becomes forgetful and fragile and no longer remembers Orpheus. She returns to the underworld ignorant of Orpheus, the man she loved. The entire cast also will be a big part of the ending of “Baucis and Philemon,” Atkinson said. In that story, Zeus and Hermes disguise themselves as beggars on

earth to see which people are following the laws of Xenia. After being shunned by every house in the city, they are accepted into the house of Baucis and Philemon, a poor married couple. The couple feed the gods with a great feast, not knowing the identity of the strangers. After the feast, the gods reveal themselves and grant the two a wish. Baucis and Philemon ask to die at the same time to save each other the grief of death. The gods transform their house into a grand palace and the couple into a pair of trees with branches intertwined. The leading Greek chorus in the show includes Abby Broadbent, Haylee McKinnion, Hope Weaver, Bailey Schepps, Maddie Sueltz and Nicole Canaan. The cast includes Midas, played by Adam Packard; Midas’ daughter/Erysichthon’s mother as a little girl, played by Makensie Gomez; Alcyone, played by Gentrie Saddler; Ceyx, played by Sam Schino; Orpheus, played by Brandon Bills; Eurydice, played by Jessica Oehlerking; Hermes, played by Aaron Lawrenz; Erysichthon, played by Chandler Blount; Hunger, played by Abby Walker; Zeus, played by Sam Schino; Servant to Midas, played by Gabe Bennion; Silenus, played by Justin Vass; Bacchus/buyer, played by Zach Davis; Poseidon, played by Brandon Bills; Poseidon’s Henchman 1, played by Gabe Bennion; Poseidon’s Henchman 2, played by Brian Garrick; Aphrodite, played by Jessica Oehlerking; Sleep, played by Brian Garrick; Ceres, played by Gentrie Saddler; Oread/ Erysichthon’s mother, played by Riley Mellenthin; Hades, played by Stoney Grayer; Baucis, played by Abby Walker; and Philemon, played by Cade Carter. The stage manager and assistant stage manager are Hannah Andersen and Malaina Toner, respectively. Corner Canyon will host the ensemble competition Thursday,

March 9. Students competing in individual events will take the stage at Alta High in Sandy on Tuesday, March 14. Before performing at region, students will give performances Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3 at their own auditorium, 12943 S. 700 E. Tickets are $5 at the door. Atkinson said Corner Canyon students also are looking ahead to putting on their final show, “Urinetown,” which will take place in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 through Saturday, May 20. Tickets are $7 at the door. “I love that show. It’s so funny and it’s a clean show, despite the bad title,” she said. Seniors just finished wrapping up their one-act plays, where they picked and directed shows, selected the cast, props, costumes and every part of producing a play, Atkinson said. The two comedies and two serious plays were performed Jan. 13–14. “Any Body for Tea” was directed by Zach Davis and Maddie Sueltz; “Henry’s Law” by Abby Broadbent; “Lockdown” by Chandler Blount; and “Fully Committed” by Brandon Bills and Adam Packard. Theater students also attended the Utah Theatre Association conference at Dixie State University Jan. 20–21 where they viewed several schools’ and professional theater shows as well as learn from New York City actors Will Swenson, Audra McDonald and Seth Rudetsky in several workshops. “It’s a good opportunity for them to see through their eyes if this is something they really want to go into or if they want to use their performing arts talents in another way,” Atkinson said. “They meet students from other schools and become friends and support them through the years.” l


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Draper Park Middle students to perform “Lion King” By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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bout 250 students have been preparing since November to take the stage in March for Draper Park Middle School’s production of Disney’s “The Lion King, Jr.” The show will be held Tuesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 11 in the school’s auditorium, 13133 S. 1300 E. For ticket information, contact the school office. Some leading parts of the play are double cast. The leads include Baylee Johnson and Isaak Remund as Pumbaa; Aimee Johnson and Whitney Lang as Timon; Ian McMullen as Simba; Issac Lewis as Young Simba; Jack Pollock and Mason Dodge as Mufasa; Spencer Croston as Scar; Brianna Frehner and Sydney Rudel as Nala; Arianna Mortensen and Isabella Salazar as Young Nala; Ariel Harp and Willow Rosenberg as Rafiki; Averie Forchuk as Sarabi; Marguerite Linford as Sarafina; Josie Jeppson and Emilee Anselmo as Zazu; Evee Douglass and Sophia Abbott as Shenzi; Dylan Thomas and Cannon Watson as Banzai; and Kaiden Abaroa and Porter Johnson as Ed. The show will be directed by Jessica Pearce, with guest choreographers Candice Wilson, Phaidra Atkinson and Case Spaulding. Pearce said she selected this show with the middle school students in mind. “The material is both challenging and beautiful,” she said. “‘The Lion King’ is basically Disney’s happy version of ‘Hamlet,’ and as such it actually has some complex themes — mortality, the circle of life, we live on through others.” Although many students are familiar with the Disney movie, Pearce said this production is more similar to the Broadway version. “It’s more African than animal — don’t expect fake tails and noses. It’s a much more intimate version. It’s tribal,” she said.

The show begins with Rafiki gathering the animals of the Pridelands to welcome Simba, the newborn cub of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. However, the king’s brother, Scar, becomes jealous that he no longer is heir to the throne so he skips the ceremony. Time passes and Young Simba learns the circle of life and that he one day will be king. When Scar learns this, he encourages Young Simba to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba is joined by Young Nala, his best friend. On their own, the cubs encounter the ravenous hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, only to be rescued by the king. Scar emerges from the darkness and recruits the hyenas to murder the king. Once again, Scar lures Young Simba to be left alone only to alert his brother, who rescues Young Simba, but is pushed into the gorge and trampled. Scar blames his nephew for the death and tells him to run away, thus assuming the throne and nearly destroying the Pridelands. Now grown, Nala leaves to seek help and encounters Simba, urging him to take his place as King. Rafiki appears and helps Simba to gain courage to confront his uncle. Once the truth of Mufasa’s murder is revealed, Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas, and Simba takes his rightful place as king and the circle of life continues. Students began rehearsing in November for the school musical. Most students dedicated about three hours per week and learned to adjust their other extra-curricular activities and homework to meet the responsibilities of rehearsals. “Theater helps students become collegeand career-ready by teaching highly desirable skills such as creativity, teamwork, interpersonal skills, adaptability, problem-solving and effective communication skills,” Pearce said. l

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time when the holiday spirit moves them. Winter months are difficult for volunteerdriven charities when inclement weather dissuades many retired volunteers from serving, he added. “We want our young people to hear the stories, realize how very difficult life can be for some, and learn how much they can impact a person who is struggling and feels forgotten,” he said. The program was introduced last year. Previously, students just had the requirement to give 100 hours of service. “Some traveled the world on humanitarian missions, while others did the bare minimum. While raking leaves in the neighborhood was an important act of kindness, we were concerned that most of our students never came in contact with those most vulnerable members of our society. It’s one thing to prepare students for college and career, quite another to teach them to care,” he said. Through a major undertaking, the school administration identified a diverse group of agencies and offered to them service from the school’s high school seniors. “It worked well last year. About 90 percent of our seniors already have been accepted to college, but it is an experience they include on applications and resumes. It also opened the door to about 20 students who volunteered beyond their week to serve through the rest of the year. Some worked into an internship and for others, it became employment,” Brunetti said. Brunetti said for many students, the week brings a significant impact on their lives. “Many students can’t expect to realize what they’ll feel and learn when they prepare food and the homeless stands before them with two kids,” he said. “Nothing can mirror that experience.” l

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UHSAA sets region alignments for 2017 By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) recently rearranged its member schools’ region alignments, a process they revisit every two years. They have also been required by the Utah State Board of Education to revise its own transfer rules. “I personally like that the activities association re-evaluates the region alignments every once in a while. It helps keep the classification and school sizes close. I think it also helps with safety and spreads out travel costs,” said Riverton High School Athletic Director Daniel Henderson. Under current UHSAA rules, region alignments adjust on a two-year cycle. The proposed school classification was presented in a public meeting in November. In December the proposal for the 2017–18 school year was approved. The biggest change in the upcoming school year will be the division’s six classifications for all sports. Salt Lake County schools were affected by the changes in various ways. Here is how the regions stack up: Region 2 will maintain some and add long-time rivalries amongst neighboring schools; Hunter, Granger, Hillcrest and Kearns will be joined by Cyprus. The Pirates jumped into the 6A classification because it added ninth grade students from Brockbank Jr. High. Region 3 will see a complete remake. West Jordan, Copper Hills and Taylorsville will welcome Riverton, Herriman and East (in football only). East is the defending 4A state football champion.

“In my opinion the realignment is a good thing. I wish they could last three years though, to help us continue and build rivalries,” said Copper Hills Athletic Director Darby Cowles. During the alignment public hearing that placed them in Region 4, Bingham representatives argued that this would force higher travel costs on their programs. Their requests were denied and they were placed in the prominently Utah County region

with American Fork, Lone Peak, Westlake and Pleasant Grove. The 2017 6A football playoffs could be exciting. Current classification champions East and Bingham will both be in the 6A classification. East High School will compete in Region 6 for all sports except football. They will face Highland, Olympus, Murray, Skyline and West (Lehi will take East’s place for football only). Region 7 will join Alta, Brighton, Jordan, Corner Canyon, Cottonwood and Timpview. Smaller county schools like Providence Hall, Summit Academy, Judge Memorial and American Leadership will move to the 3A classification.

“At the end of the day the UHSAA has an incredible task to make everyone happy. There is no way they can. We are content with the changes. The transfer rule change is going to be difficult. Every time I discipline a player I will wonder if he is going to leave,” West Jordan boys basketball coach Scott Briggs said. The trustee alignment meetings were overshadowed by the Utah State Board of Education’s fall ruling to open the student athletes’ transfer ability. The UHSAA was forced to change its guidelines in relationship to transfers. Sub-varsity athletes are now eligible to transfer at will, while varsity athletes may only transfer in defined circumstances. “I think these new rules will encourage coaches to make varsity rosters with many freshman players to prevent them from transferring,” Cowles said. From July 2015 to June 2016, the UHSAA had 1,994 student athletes request transfers; only 16 transfer requests were denied. “I feel that some of our Hunter kids go to other schools because of the wrong reasons. Sports teaches more than just the activity. It teaches integrity and character. It is now all about winning. True development of the student athlete has been lost,” said Hunter head football coach Scott Henderson. Open enrollment has forced many high school coaches to recruit its own boundary students to stay in their hometown program. “I know we lose many incoming freshman to other schools. We do not know the numbers, but we hear it a lot,” Henderson said. l



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ven though open enrollment for this year has closed, there are plenty of things to be confused about when it comes to health insurance. Though many people may know the basics about deductibles, premiums and copayments, there are always pitfalls — or just deeper questions — people should be aware of and asking about. Unfortunately there are times that insurance companies are simply limited, or have created policies that limit them with what they can cover, and people aren’t aware until a medical emergency of some kind comes up and they need help. There are plenty of ways to be prepared, but there are also things people have had to do when some preparation isn’t enough. Here are some professionals’ tips, and personal stories from the Salt Lake Valley pertaining to navigating health insurance. What everyone should know about their health insurance The network is the first thing that most people should be looking at when getting coverage, so that they know which doctors and hospitals they can go to for medical attention and help. Most people have a plan from a carrier that makes them stay within in their network to get full coverage, so it’s important for consumers to understand their network bounds. “A great place to start for people is to look at that network of whatever their carrier is and just go familiarize themselves with ‘What are my network options?’” said Scott Schneider, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Select Health, an insurance provider based in Utah and Idaho. “Once you already have a plan, it’s important to take a look at what physicians are on there.” There are a few main ways that carriers explain their plan coverage: a schedule of benefits (or member payment summary for Select Health) and a Summary of Benefit Coverage (SBC), Schneider said. The SBC is a standard federal form of around eight pages listing benefits of each carrier, but the schedule of benefits or certificate from the carrier sharing exactly what coverage they provide is

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designed specifically by the company and is shorter and more simple to read and understand, Schneider said. Questions that need asking about health insurance Because it can be intimidating for people to look through their official documents alone, Heidi Castaneda, Small Employer and Individual Plan Sales Director at Select Health, suggests that “reaching out for additional resources is obviously going to be a good idea for some, whether it’s reaching right out to your insurer or agent or broker, to be able to answer some of those questions you might have that are not straightforward.” Out-of-pocket maximums, deductibles, pharmacy copays, emergency room copays and urgent care costs are some of the specific things people should look at as they go over their SBC and schedule of benefits, Schneider said. In regards to medical emergencies, people should “get a feel for, ‘Where could I go receive urgent care benefits?’ It’s nice to look at those things while you’re calm, so you could say, ‘Hey urgent care is a $100 visit but the emergency room is $500,’ and go back and say ‘Where is my nearest urgent care unit,’ so they get a feel for what are

their copay differentials,” Schneider said. Something many people may not consider is that they can’t always buy insurance, at any time of the year. Because of the Affordable Care Act, there is an enrollment period that goes from November 1 to January 31, said Robert Sautter, current president of the Utah Association of Health Underwriters. People need to be aware of when they need insurance and when they can sign onto a plan; preparedness for the plan they want is also important, so that they are stuck with what works for them. Cost is an obvious thing people are looking at with insurance plans and it all depends on one’s needs to decide how much is reasonable to spend. “People should be looking at what are their needs, are they buying insurance to cover a catastrophic need, in other words do they not have many day-to-day needs, or do you have a common condition to where you need to establish day-to-day care, you need to be covered for that,” Sautter said. “Costs are so high these days, and people will ask to just show them the lowest price product and of course that comes with a high deductible and very high out-of-pocket. The price may be right, but what they realistically need it doesn’t make sense to buy that.” l

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Screaming Eagles debut at Maverik Center By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


ndoor football returns to the Maverik Center in West Valley. The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles begin play February 16 as members of the Indoor Football League. The team also forges in a new era of sports team management. The fans helped hire coaches, pick dancers and will call plays as part of the franchise. “We are excited and have signed 28 guys and make some cuts down to 25 guys that will lead to a great team out on the field,” said Screaming Eagles President Thom Carter. “I am more excited about how we want people to experience sports. We are trying to make history. We are allowing fans to have their voices be heard.” The fans have decided the team name, hired the coaches and with a downloadable app will be able to call the plays during the game. “This will be perfect for lots of fans. The guy who likes to bring his family to the game and buy a beer and a hot dog; the fantasy football guy that is all about the stats and lastly the video game fans who want to feel like they are playing the game,” Carter said. The Screaming Eagles have signed University of Charleston graduate Jeremy Johnson to compete for playing time at quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 197 lb. dual threat QB was a highly recruited four-star athlete from Silsbee, Texas. He originally played at West Virginia after leaving with several injuries he was finally resigned to ending his football career, but The University of Charleston found him and offered a chance. In 2015 Johnson threw for 2,170 yards, 17 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

University of Utah offensive lineman Junior Salt has signed to be part of a line that includes another former Ute, Siaosi Aiono and Arizona Wildcat Steven Gurrola. “We do not know what our final roster will look like, but the local standouts make me excited. Everyone has bought into this team. Our opponents are well established and winning programs. We also think our 10,000 offensive coordinators will help us figure out ways to win. The power of all of these ideas will make us a better team and organization,” Carter said. Devin Mahina, a former BYU Cougar and Washington Redskin tight end, and Utah State wide receiver Alex Wheat should provide reliable targets for Johnson. Mahina is a 6-foot-6 receiver who finished his Cougar career with 46 receptions and five touchdowns. “We feel we are empowering arm-chair quarterbacks. The people who call in on Monday mornings to the sports talk shows can now show us what they got. We live in an age of immediate access and fans are demanding this of their sports teams,” Carter said. William Macarthy was hired by the fans as the team’s first head coach. The organization narrowed down nearly 220 applicants to the best six finalists. Facebook live interviews and 38,000 votes from fans in 21 different countries finally gave Macarthy 34.9 percent of the votes. He has coached on four different indoor teams. He has been a general manager, defensive coordinator, head coach and special teams coordinator. Most recently he has been working as special teams coordinator at Monroe College in New York.

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garbage can and weekly curbside pickup are a given for most residents of the Salt Lake Valley. However, having a place for that garbage to go every week after pickup is much more complicated than rolling a can down the driveway. Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill services Draper, Midvale, Murray, Riverton, Sandy, South Jordan and West Jordan and is currently in the last part of its lifespan, which means there are 10-15 more years expected before it is full. Because of this, TransJordan took action and worked with other landfills that are part of the Northern Utah Environmental Resource Agency (NUERA) to come up with a solution. NUERA & Bayview Landfill NUERA is a collaborative group of six landfills ranging from Logan to Southern Utah County, that came together to solve issues, come up with new ideas and work on projects together. “The idea is that we meet together, we talk about things, we have an operations team that talks about specific operations processes, and it’s just a way of using our combined knowledge together to make the whole system better for the public,” said Trans-Jordan’s and NUERA’s Board Vice Chairman David Newton. “The second part of that is that we can work together on projects if they come up that one or more of the landfills want to involve themselves with — they can do so on a voluntary basis — again in an effort to make things better as far as our waste needs.” Four of the landfills that are part of NUERA came together to purchase an interest in the Bayview Landfill, which is located in the southwest part of Utah County and is currently operating. The Bayview Landfill will save money and time with its proximity and pricing for these landfills to take their garbage, compared to others where prices are higher, or are much further. “You could say that we’re in charge of identifying the long-term picture, it’s sort of a puzzle, and this is a big piece of the puzzle that was put into place, because it gives our residents the surety that they have the best value location for their waste to go for the next 100 years,” said Trans-Jordan Executive Director Mark Hooyer. “Value to us means the lowest cost to our residents, as far as the fees and taxes they pay to have their waste picked up.” Expanding landfill research Something else that NUERA is starting to look into — specifically initiated and headed by Hooyer — is having their landfills used to help conduct research, specifically by local university students.   “One of my goals is to help the Wasatch Front stand out nationally as an area of Solid Waste Practice and Research,” Hooyer said. “There are a lot of areas to study with landfills, what we have going on. NUERA collectively has five active landfills to offer for research: one brand new one, one in young age, two in early-old age, and one readying for final closure, Hooyer said. There are also two closed

landfills that could be used, as well as other diverse stations and plants that could be used for extensive research. “We want to stand out, we want to be recognized as a center of excellence, we’ve identified some funding sources where the money might likely come from,” which include the universities themselves, outside organizations that want to be involved with the research and NUERA members who are interested and engaged in any research, Hooyer said. Just a few of the research projects that could be conducted at the landfills include: solid waste landfilling, ground water protection, landfill gas production, compost science, energy projects, economics and financial analysis of operations, recycling and reuse of materials and more. “With NUERA, we’re more communityfocused as far as we’re reaching out to the states saying we want to bolster the universities, we want to work together so we can improve the education in the state, make Utah shine as the center of excellence when it comes to solid waste research,” Hooyer said. Reducing recycling contamination rates Bringing down the recycling contamination rates is another serious goal of Trans-Jordan — and NUERA. Contamination takes place when recyclables aren’t cleaned properly before being put into curbside recycling bins. This means that those recyclables — along with non-recyclables put into recycling bins — have to be taken to landfills. It is not within the means of waste disposal companies to meticulously clean and sort all recyclables picked up, so it’s either recyclable with their equipment, or it isn’t. Trans-Jordan is working on an initiative with all serviced cities so that fewer recyclables will have to be taken to landfills by educating everyone the same way on what can and cannot be recycled. “We’re so big on pushing for recycling because we’ve got to save our landfill space, we’ve got to save the resources,” said Lesha Earl, Trans-Jordan’s Education Coordinator. “We’re pulling all of our member cities together to get all of the cities on the same page with recycling so they all say the same guidelines, there’s no confusion on what can be recycled, what can’t be recycled.” Earl will be the one to head the recycling initiative for Trans-Jordan. One example of recycling contamination because of confusion is plastic grocery bags, Newton said. The bags are not recyclable and can be harmful not only to the environment but also can harm the recycling equipment where pickups are taken. Two solutions for the bags can be either returning them to bins inside grocery stores to be reused eventually, or to use them as garbage sacks to go to the landfill. Glass is recyclable, but not in curbside bins; it should be taken to glass recycling pickup stations. Trans-Jordan is not one organization that recycles glass, but do provide services like taking care of household hazardous waste, creates compost from green waste and offers dumpster roll-out services to residents of affiliated cities. l


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his year, 32 additional high schools participated in Utah College Application Week (UCAW). The dates varied for schools, but most were held near the end of October or beginning of November. Total participating schools grew to 116, approximately 77% of the 149 public high schools in Utah, as noted by the Utah State Office of Education. The Utah System of Higher Education issued a press release on this year’s effort for high school seniors to apply for college. The release noted that UCAW now supports over 20,000 students. College and university presidents and local officials, including Utah’s Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, visited high schools to speak to students,. Cox said, “We want you to have your wildest dreams come true, and that won’t happen if you see high school as the end.” Cox gave this message to seniors at Kearns High School. “The most important thing students can do is to prepare for what’s coming down the road and for their futures,” said Mayor Mike Caldwell, of Ogden City. He declared a proclamation marking Oct. 31, 2016 the beginning of UCAW. The Canyons Education Foundation donates up to $10,000 for college application fees in the Canyons School District. They have donated for three years. As noted in the original article, UCAW is a part of the StepUp college preparedness program and was initiated in 2013. The Utah System of Higher Education sponsors UCAW. To learn more, visit https://stepuputah.com. l

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Council reviews $80 million in investments for state report By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he Draper City Council reviewed the city’s investments before sending the report to the state treasurer’s office. The Utah Money Management Act requires each municipality to submit a report on its investments every six months. The council reviewed the report during its study session on Jan. 17. The report was compiled by a city accountant Lourdes Ramos, in replace of the former city treasurer Steven Guy who passed away in December. “She’s been acting as the temporary treasurer for the city since Steve passed away,” said Bob Wylie, the finance director for Draper. “She’s the one who prepared this.” In total, the city has $80,793,000 in cash dispersed through 15 different accounts. Wylie explained to the council how the money was broken up among the accounts. The city’s main checking account is with Wells Fargo. As of December 2016, the city held $1.6 million in the account. The city recently started a new investment with Morton Advisors. “This is the new investment advisors that the city contracted with. The city went out last summer and got them on board as our advisors,” Wylie said. “Right now, we have $10 million invested with them.” The Morton Advisors account has an interest rate of 1.47 percent. This is a larger percentage

interest rate than the two public treasury investment fund accounts, which are managed by the state. Both PTIF accounts have an interest rate of only 1.14 percent. The two accounts have a combined $67 million: the RDA account has about $12 million and the general account has about $55 million. “You can see we’re getting a little bit better of a return with the Morton Advisors. We’re going to build up that balance a little bit more and shifting it from the PTIF into the Morton Advisors,” Wylie said. Councilman William Rappleye asked Wylie if the investments with Morton Advisors were a higher risk investment in order to yield the higher interest rate. Wylie said they weren’t. Rather, they were primarily government securities. “We meet with them quarterly and they produce our investment page. A lot of them are in government securities but they also buy the bonds,” Wylie said. “We can still pull that out in a day. It’s still liquid enough we can do that.” Wylie went on to explain only six advisors are regulated with the state and are allowed to handle these types of investments. Morton Advisors is one of the larger of these advisors that handle municipalities. Draper has eight accounts with US Bank for the purpose of making monthly bond payments. Wylie explained US Bank functions as the trustee

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Home Savings Bank CD Investment 1.00% 5/31/2017 5/31/2016 $ 254,121.23 Home Savings Bank 1.0 General Prepared by & title Lourdes Ramos - Acting City Treasurer TOTAL= $ 80,793,059.12 Return by Jan 31, 2017 to: Utah Money Management Council **NOTE: Please provide name and/or address change, if applicable. #E315 State Capitol Complex lourdes.ramos@draper.ut.us Lourdes Ramos, 1020 E Pioneer Road, Draper, Utah 84020-4700 PO Box 142315 SLC, Utah 84114-2315

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for the bonds. “We send them (the payments). They hold it until the payments are due,” Wylie said. The city also has two certificates of deposits (CDs). One is with the Bank of American Fork for $250,000 at a 0.4 percent interest. The other is

with Home Savings Bank for $254,000 at 1 percent interest. “When those renew, we just take the interest out of that,” Wylie said. Draper retains an old minimal account with Bank of American Fork for $2,000. l

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he State Legislative session is now in full swing. The Legislature meets January 23rd to March 9th, 2017. As usual, they will be considering numerous ideas, proposals and bills. The County legislative team recently presented to the County Council a briefing on the issues that the County Mayor and Council believe are priorities. Hopefully, the Legislature will act positively on these issues that are of significant interest to the public. The three bills below affect integral parts of the County’s programs to help with homelessness and criminal justice issues which are a major portion of the County budget and taxpayers’ dollars. • Affordable Housing and Homelessness Initiatives – There is as appropriations request for continued funding to support the “Collective Impact” homelessness/ housing system redesign. The “Lt. Governor Affordable Housing” bill requests to increase affordable housing resources through tax credits and direct appropriation, and there is work to defend the “RDA Affordable Housing Set-Aside” that was passed in the last session. • JRI (Justice Reform Initiative)/Diversion Funding – This is an appropriations request for State support to continue “Operation Diversion,” the multiorganizational operation to mitigate the neighborhood issues in the downtown area near Rio Grande.

State Legislation, on the County level Max Burdick, County Council District 6

Of course, there are many more bills being introduced by legislators throughout the State that we will be watching. The County has recently embarked on very exciting new ways to treat people with substance abuse problems and help them return to being productive members of our community. These two programs are designed to help fight the opioid addiction crisis in our community. Along with the Health Department, Behavioral Health, the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s office we have provided resources to law enforcement officers to save lives. Many of law enforcement officers now carry a dosage of Naloxone for emergencies, where the officer believes a person has overdosed on opioids. Naloxone counteracts the effects of an overdose, leaving no side effects of its own. The County has also provided funding for a substance abuse treatment called Vivitrol. This is a medication supplied through a monthly injection to help prevent relapses to addiction to opioids. Along with counseling and other therapies, Vivitrol has proven to have good success with willing individuals. Both of these programs are designed to keep the wrong people out of jail and the right people in the jail. Our local government and Nation will be observing President’s Day this month. Perhaps take this day as an opportunity to learn more and share with your families the importance of our system of government. All of our elected officials from your local officials all the way to the President will

come and go throughout history and there will be many more; but, it is our democratic system that ties us together; not who occupies City Hall, the County Council, the Governor’s Mansion or the White House. Take part and participate – let me know what you are thinking about for our community. l


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Juan Diego boys basketball boasts strength and talent By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


fter losing the state championship last year to Dixie High School, Juan Diego Catholic High School’s boys basketball team is working on getting back up to being the best. Head Coach Drew Troust said the team had its ups and downs at the beginning of the season, but has finally started putting the pieces together, resulting in a good year so far. However, the memory of losing the championship still lingers. “The default goal whenever you lose in the state championship is to get back there and win the championship. We talked a lot about how I wanted to alleviate a lot of that pressure,” Troust said. “We talked about setting milestones to accomplish before that, whether that’s getting better at a specific thing on defense or winning a certain game on the road. We’re really trying to take it step by step.” Troust said though it sounds cliché, the team is really focusing on taking it day by day and step by step, rather than obsessing over getting back to the state tournament. “We’re trying to get better each day and really maximize the talent that we have on the team,” Troust said. According to Troust, the strengths of the team are talent and size, resulting in one of the best teams he’s coached in his entire career. “We have good shooting, good size,” Troust said. “Really, it’s about whether we can play consistently and share the ball and a consistent effort on defense.” Troust believes if the team is able to maximize their talents and work hard each day, they will be in great shape for the

Coach Drew Troust talks to the team during a break in a game. (Juan Diego Catholic High School)

tournament. “There are bad bounces and things you can’t always control, but as long as we’re really getting the most out of what God has given us and the gifts God has given us, that’s really all we can ask,” Troust said. Eighteen-year-old senior Brenna Fabry credited the coaching philosophy for their winning season of 9-2. “We have something that our coach instilled in us called

the ‘Non-negotiables of Juan Diego Basketball,’ which is defense, effort and attitude,” Fabry said. “If I had to sum up our team, it would be that we play team defense, we have relentless effort and a positive attitude.” Fabry, who is a center/power forward, said that at the beginning of the season, Troust talked about setting small goals every week throughout the season in order to focus on the build-up to the championship, rather than just the big game itself. “He doesn’t want us to take big games before the championship for granted and take every game at a time,” Fabry said. “Right now, our goal is to get a good win and to keep moving forward from that. Personally, I want to keep improving and keep making my teammates better.” Seventeen-year-old senior Eslliey Tan described the team as talented. “Our offense can be amazing at times,” Tan said. “We can shoot from the outside. We can drive. We can hit it in the post with our big guys. Our defense is a lot better.” As a team, Tan said the focus is on continuing to get better by doing the little things that help the team overall, with the main goal of winning the state championship. “As an individual, I want to keep being a better leader and learn how to lead the team to victories, being more aggressive on offense and defense,” Tan said. “Just doing those little things to help our team win.” l

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A New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day




remember as a child carefully picking the card from the box of Valentines that had the perfect pun on it for that particular friend. Maybe it was a picture of an Elephant, “I won’t forget you are my Valentine” or the bear that proclaims “I can’t bear to be without you.” We would carefully tear along the dotted lines, so as not to rip them, then stuff each envelope with pink and yellow hearts, that when combined, made a secret message? Then we would run around the neighborhood leaving our creations on the doorsteps of our friends and those we had a childhood crush on. I remember that no matter how much we licked the envelope it wouldn’t stay stuck shut. Later as teens, when the hormones were raging, Valentines became a day of Teddy Bears and giant candy kisses, first dates and holding hands in the movie. Then finally I found that special someone and Valentines became the day where we would present cards to each other and try to think of creative ways to express our love without spending too much. After over 3 decades of marriage though, I’m finding that few of the sentiments on cards apply and I have often considered designing my own line of valentine cards that are sold according the number of years one has been together. “Valentine, our body’s may be sagging, but my love for you never will.” Or: “I can’t wait to celebrate our love tonight at

Monte’s Steakhouse and use the buy 1, get 1 free coupon we have.” As the years have gone by, it’s become the day to day little things that mean more to me than this designated day of love, like when my hubby brings me a cup of early morning coffee before I get out of bed or folding a load of laundry on a night when I’m working late. Valentines has really just become another day for us, so we decided to do something different and make Valentines a day of generosity. Instead of making it a selfish day of loving each other, something we already do every day, we’re turning it into a day of loving one another. We’ve discovered that by spending time together giving back is wonderful way to spread some Valentine cheer and

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