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14 Salt Lake County festivals to check out this summer By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com It’s summertime, and that means Salt Lake County cities are gearing up for their biggest celebrations of the year. From Draper Days to West Valley’s WestFest, here’s a chronological list of festivals to help you get your sun days on.

Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 2–3 While most of Herriman’s summer activities will occur at the end of the month, its rodeo comes a little earlier this year. Visit herriman.org/prca-rodeo/ for more information. WestFest | June 15–18 West Valley’s annual WestFest intends to celebrate the various cultural backgrounds of its residents through communal activities. Held at Centennial Park, 5415 W. 3100 S., WestFest will offer multicultural entertainment, international cuisine and artisans, crafters, and hobbyist booths from many demographics. A carnival, movie under the stars, West Valley Symphony concert, police K-9 demonstration and firework demonstration are also part of the schedule. Visit westfest.org for specific dates and times of each event.

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Taylorsville Dayzz | June 22–24 From tribute bands to camel rides, Taylorsville’s summer festival promises diverse activities. Carnival games and rides will run all three days, and each evening a free concert will be offered. Imagine, a Beatles tribute band, will perform with the Utah Symphony and Cannons on June 22, Lisa McClowry’s rock-the-’80s show will hit the stage on June 23 and Celine Dion and Neil Diamond tribute singers Brigitte Valdez and Jay White will perform the final Taylorsville Dayzz 2017 concert on June 24. Taylorsville’s celebration is also one of the few that offers fireworks on two nights (June 23 and 24). For the most updated information, follow Taylorsville Dayzz on Facebook. Fort Herriman Days | June 22–24 Fort Herriman Days held at the W&M Butterfield Park, 6212 W. 14200 S., may be

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shorter than some other town celebrations, but the city crams a lot of activities into those three days. June 22 will feature carnival rides, a children’s parade, food trucks, an animal show and a magician show. June 23 will feature a carnival, water games, food booths, a foam party, a hypnotist show and a movie in the park at dusk. The last night of the festival includes races, a parade, more carnival games, a car show, live entertainment from the band Groove Merchants, and fireworks. Exact times of events can be found at herriman.org-fort-herriman-days/. Riverton Town Days | June 29–July 4 A tradition since the early 1900s, Riverton’s Town Days is back again for 2017. The festival’s traditions include the Riverton Rodeo, July 3 parade, haystack dives and more, but there are several newer items coming to the


SoJo Summerfest | May 31–June 3 Last year South Jordan’s summer festival came back with a new name, SoJo Summerfest, instead of its traditional Country Fest title. “It’s all part of trying to meet the need of the community,” Melinda Seager, South Jordan’s acting director of administrative services, said about the change last year. “The community is ever-changing and the festival is too.” Featured events on June 3 include a traditional parade followed by an all-day outdoor market and a brand-new event—SoJo Summerfest Battle of the Bands—from 4 to 10 p.m. Two age groups will be performing, amateur (under 18) and professional (over 18), and the winners from each group will get a paid gig at South Jordan’s Tour of Utah Kickoff Party on August 2. For a full list of events visit sjc.utah.gov/ sojosummerfest/.

celebration this year, too. Last year the city swapped out a traditional carnival with an inflatable Fun Zone that includes slides, zip lines, obstacle courses and boxing. This relatively new zone will find its place at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W. 12800 S., again this year. The city’s recreation department is also offering mechanical bull rides, pony rides and a petting zoo before the rodeo on June 30 and July 1. Events pick up again on July 3 with the Town Days Parade that ends at the Riverton City Park, where food and activity vendors will be onsite prior to a movie showing in the park. On Independence Day, Riverton will be hopping with activities from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. From races to free swimming to sports competitions, the celebration will keep going until sundown when residents will gather in the park to watch the annual firework show. Visit rivertoncity.com for more information.

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Stampede Days | June 30–July 4 West Jordan’s festival is centered on its rodeo, the Western Stampede. The rodeo runs on July 1, 3 and 4 at the rodeo arena located at 8035 S. 2200 W. Other recurring events throughout the stampede include a carnival and photo scavenger hunt at Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 S. 1825 W. The Independence Day celebration will also include a parade at 10:30 a.m., pie-eating contest at 1 p.m., band concert at 1:30 p.m., movie in the park at dusk and a firework finale at 10 p.m. For a full and up-todate list of activities, visit westernstampede.com. Fun Days | July 4 Murray City’s 58th annual Fun Days celebration at the Murray Park, 296 E. Murray Park Ave., offers Salt Lake County residents with yet another set of Independence Day activity options. The day will start out with a sunrise service and will end with community members looking into the sky once again for a firework display. In the middle of those two bookends, the city will offer a breakfast, a 5K race, a children’s race, a parade, games and a talent show. Visit murray.utah.gov for more info. July 4th Parade and Festival | July 4 South Salt Lake residents and others will gather at Fitts Park, 3050 S. 500 E., on Independence Day for a patriotic celebration. A fun run kicks off the day’s activities at 8 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. and a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check southsaltlakecity. com for more information. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 This one-day celebration consists of vendors and a parade. Details are still being worked out. Visit sandy.utah.gov mid-June when more information becomes available. Draper Days | July 6–8, 11–15 Traditions like the Draper Days Rodeo, Draper Idol, a children’s parade, the Heritage Banquet, movies at the amphitheater and the Draper Days Parade are almost here. The eight-day Draper Days festivities tout activities for people of all ages, and even dogs. A Splash Dogs jumping competition will hit the Draper City Park (12450 S. 1300 E.) on July 14 and 15. Human competitions, like a strider bike race, three-on-three basketball tournament and 5K race, will also take place. Check out a full list of activities at draperdays.org. Butlerville Days | July 21–22 Cottonwood Heights’ website boast about its Butlerville Days, named after the Butler family who originally settled the area, saying it will have the “most mouth-watering fare you can imagine” and “the best firework show in the Salt Lake Valley.”

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DRAPER JOURNAL Don’t believe it? Head over to Butler Park to find out. The festival will also have a carnival, chalk art festival, free bingo and the Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament. More info can be found at cottonwoodheights. utah.gov. Old West Days RMPRA Rodeo | July 28–29 While the majority of Bluffdale’s Old West Days celebration will occur the second week of August, its rodeo kicks off Bluffdale’s celebration at the end of July. Visit bluffdaleoldwestdays.com for more information. Harvest Days | August 1–6 Midvale’s Harvest Days provides resident an outlet to celebrate their city in small block-party groups and larger community-wide events. For a list of block-party activities, visit midvaleharvestdays.com. The community-wide events include an art show, a group breakfast, a parade, live band performances and fireworks — quite an expansion from the humble first Harvest Days celebration in 1938 that was based off the parade. Blue Moon Arts Festival | August 5 Holladay doesn’t have a week-long festival like some cities. Instead, the city hosts smaller celebrations all summer long with its Concerts in the Park series. Holladay Arts also hosts an evening music and artist festival called the Blue Moon Arts Festival. This year the festival will feature the Joe Muscolino Band. The band performs a wide range of covers from Frank Sinatra to today’s pop hits. Other musicians and artists will be selected by June 30. In addition to live music, the event will feature culinary and traditional arts vendors. Visit holladayarts.org for more information. Old West Days | August 7–12 Bluffdale’s week-long festival is “like turning back the clock,” according to volunteer coordinator Connie Pavlakis. The western-themed celebration is highlighted by its Chuck Wagon food cart and wooden facades that pay tribute to the city’s pioneer roots. The prices are also old fashioned. With $10, a child can play every carnival game to win prizes, ride an inflatable water slide and buy lunch. The prices are possible because Bluffdale relies solely on volunteers to put the event together. Because it’s one of the later summer festivals, exact times and events have not yet been publically announced, but the celebration has consisted of monster truck shows, concerts and car shows in the past. Check bluffdaleoldwestdays.com for updates. More to come Still not partied out? Don’t worry. Sandy’s Heritage Festival, Riverton’s Home, Hand and Harvest Market, South Jordan’s farmers’ market and Herriman’s Pumpkin Festival are just around the corner. Keep reading your City Journal for updates. 

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Council approves budget, including philharmonic funding By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.comm The Draper City Council approved the 2017 fiscal budget, including funding the new Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society (DPACS) despite differing opinions on the council about the validity of funding a private entity. The budget was approved during the council’s May 2 meeting. The budget was introduced to the council by Finance Director Bob Wylie, who explained different additions to the budget, including $35,000 for the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society. Wylie said the funding would come from the general fund appropriation. During the public comment portion of the budget hearing, Sheri Jensen, the director of the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society, thanked the council for putting the item on the budget. “I really want to thank you for supporting what we’re trying to do for this city,” Jensen said. “I really hope you’ll give us the funding so we can establish this entire entity as we dream it to be.” Gary Merrill, a resident of Draper since 1994 and a member of the DPACS, said since 1996 he’s driven up to Salt Lake at least once a week to play the clarinet in the Salt Lake Symphony. “Nothing would please me more than to have a fine symphonic orchestra a little closer to home,” Merrill said. “This is a vehicle to release the creative powers of our fellow citizens of Draper. This can provide benefits to people of all ages in the community. It raises the quality of our community in many ways that are difficult to quantify in dollars and cents.” Councilman Jeff Stenquist had a few questions about funding the DPACS, mainly what the funds would be used for. “We’re spending taxpayer dollars so I think we really need to understand what this request is and how that money is going to be used,” Stenquist said.

Wylie said it was his understanding that the DPACS was going to purchase instruments with the funds. “If you approve the funding, we would need to enter into a contract with that entity on how they would use the money and we’d have to have a reporting mechanism. In other words, if they buy an asset with taxpayer money, they have to maintain that asset and report on how it’s used and where it’s at,” Wylie said. “And then, if for some reason, that entity is no longer viable, what happens to the asset? Since the asset was purchased by the city, it would then be returned to the city.” Stenquist said he couldn’t remember the council ever allocating a large amount of money to an entity to purchase equipment. “It’s normal for us as a city to build ball fields and then we let organizations use those ball fields. We built the amphitheater and we let people perform there. But we don’t necessarily buy the sports equipment for them to use. We don’t necessarily buy the musical instruments or the things necessary to perform at the amphitheater,” Stenquist said. “I think this is a highly unusual arrangement for us to get involved in.” Stenquist said he was also worried that by approving this type of allocation, it would open up the floodgates for other entities to come in and ask for similar arrangements. Rappleye said he agreed with some of Stenquist’s concerns, but he didn’t believe the request was wholly unheard of. “I agree with having an agreement and I think they can meet that agreement having talked to them,” Rappleye said. “They’ve got a good plan to show we got the most value out of it. I think that’s the most important part of it.” Councilwoman Marsha Vawdrey said she believed it was a

The Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society performs during the March 21 city council meeting. The DPACS received funding when the fiscal 2017 budget was approved by the council on May 2. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

desirable addition to the community. “But we need to stipulate this is a one-time funding. It’s not a commitment to plan for a future arts center,” Vawdrey said. “This is just to help get started. I want everybody to understand that.” 

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Nonprofit blossoming to nourish hungry children By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


eighbors along Draper’s Southfork Drive may have wondered who was having a party with the dozens of cars lining their street on May 7. The party-goers temporarily taking up space were there for the KidsEat! Help Us Bloom garden tea party, benefit and auction. KidsEat! is a Murray-based nonprofit organization that assembles backpacks of food to feed hungry kids on the weekends. “There are more than 55,000 children in the Wasatch Front who are going hungry on the weekends because there’s not enough food, and that shouldn’t be. I can’t express how horrible that is,” said Geoff Partain, event director and recently named director of development for KidsEat! In its second year, proceeds raised from the garden-themed tea party doubled the organizers’ expectations. The sun-lit day saw a silent auction of over 30 items such as a signed Gordon Hayward basketball the Utah Jazz overnighted. Other items included a 49” flat screen TV, Real Salt Lake and Salt Lake Bees packages, Hale Theatre or Desert Star dinner nights and tickets to the Utah Blues Festival. Former NBA coach Barry Hecker auctioned off a spot in his basketball camp while American Bobsledder Jeremy Holm auctioned off a lunch, summer bobsled ride and tour of Olympic Park. Lynda Brown, KidsEat! founder, said the people behind the donations have been amazing. “You hope that people believe in what you’re doing and for them to step forward and give their love and support to us is just more than I could’ve hoped for,” Brown said. Partain said it’s because donors understand this money goes toward hungry children.

KidsEat! held a benefit and auction to raise money for children who go hungry on the weekends. It was held in the backyard of a Draper resident who donated the space. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

“We just don’t have the ability to do it without the help from the community. It’s absolutely 100 percent the support of the community that makes this all happen,” he said. Holm visits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah with other athletes to share skills and life lessons with kids. He heard about the work Brown was doing and told her, “Whatever I can do to help, consider me on board.” “These are amazing kids. They’re brilliant, they have these passionate dreams for the future, but they come from difficult circumstances, so if we can do something to alleviate that, let’s


do it,” said Holm, who brought a full-size bobsled to the benefit. Holm said everyone’s experienced the pains and frustration of hunger in their lives, but for some kids, a weekend without food is normal and it’s affecting their lives. “It’s the nutrition aspect, it’s the mental aspect. It’s helping them excel in the sports they’re doing, excel in their education and be healthy overall,” he said. Partain said feeding hungry kids couldn’t be more imperative with families not having the means to feed themselves. “That’s no way to grow up. How can you grow up and learn and be a productive citizen when you’re hungry?” Partain said. “This is just essential that we feed kids … that is as important as it gets.” The tea party also included an option where people could sponsor a kid for $100 and cover their weekend meals for a year. “Every penny of that sponsorship goes to feed a child,” Partain said. Holm said it was important to remember that it doesn’t take much to make a difference, whether it’s organizing a food drive with a local group or donating $5. “Every little bit adds up,” he said. For Brown, she is content being the place community groups come to for their projects. “We’re happy to be the organization that people are coming to to give service,” she said. With help from benefits like the Help Us Bloom event, Brown hopes to see the program continue expanding. She hopes to increase to a thousand meals per week by fall. “This kind of support by these people are what will make it happen,” she said. 



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Cosplayers took the stage for the costume contest at the Viridian Event Center’s Star Wars party. (Natalie Conforto/ City Journals)

Calrissian costume. He also fashioned his wife Amanda’s Poe Dameron costume, which took second place. Local cosplayers have started to include the Viridian’s event to their yearly docket, right between the March and September Comic Cons. Just like a Comic Con, vendors were onsite with rare fan items for sale, like Rebel Alliance backpacks and Princess Leia accessories. Unlike a Comic Con, however, the Viridian’s party was completely free. Cosplayers Gary and Amanda Lizaso attend Comic Cons as often as possible, and they appreciated the price of the May 4 party. “Comic Con tickets are around a hundred bucks,” Gary said, and Amanda added, “the free food was nice.” Light refreshments and Star Wars–themed snacks were provided, including “Vader Sabers” (red licorice), “Death Star Holes” (donut holes), “Princess Lays” (potato chips) and even mocktails (alcohol free). Unfortunately, not everyone got to enjoy the galactic fare. “The food and drink line was a little

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Council approves zoning change for aquarium expansion By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.comm The Draper City Council approved both a zoning change and a change to a text amendment related to the expansion of the Living Planet Aquarium. The four-to-one vote took place during the April 18 council meeting with Councilwoman Marsha Vawdrey voting against. Draper City Planner Dennis Workman explained to the council the Living Planet Aquarium was requesting 9.09 acres to rezone from CBP, a business/manufacturing park, to CSD-LPA, a commercial special district. “This narrows the number of uses that can go in there quite a bit,” Workman said. “The CBP allows a lot more uses than the CSD-LPA.” Workman also said the aquarium was requesting a change to a text amendment. “This text amendment, we’re looking at a significant change that the applicant has made per his request,” Workman said. “This is the basic summary of the text amendment. It increases the maximum building/structure height from 100 feet to 175 feet. It makes allowances for a future structure to be located on the south parcel that will serve as a pavilion. It clarifies that the Rocky Mountain Power corridor is exempt from the requirement to install trees.” During the April 11 city council meeting, Living Planet Aquarium included a change to the rules about signage in their requested text amendment change. However, those changes to signage were removed for the April 18 meeting due to concern expressed from the city council. “The signage will be what it always was as it was adopted many years ago. That’s the signage they will be allowed unless they come back and want to change it somehow. But right now, there is no request for additional signage,” Workman said. “Power signs

are allowed. There is one already there as we all know. The signs can be 40 feet tall and 200 square feet per sign face. That’s what they’ll be allowed from here on out unless they decide to change it.” Councilman William Rappleye thanked Brent Anderson with the Living Planet Aquarium and his team for working through the parts of the text amendment changes that the council was concerned about. “I understand he went back after talking with us at the last meeting and did some reconsideration of the plan and realized that what they really need to do is get the rest of the plan in place before they could really think about signage changes,” Rappleye said. “I appreciate that understanding and being so quick on that.” Councilwoman Michele Weeks also thanked Workman for working hard so the council could vote on the changes at the April 18 meeting. During the Feb. 21 Draper City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to waive all zoning fees associated with the expansion of the Living Planet Aquarium. “I do believe that we’re a strong partner with the aquarium. I believe it does bring a lot of recognition to Draper City. I think it’s hard to prove out how many dollars have come to the community after the fact. But they do have a great map to show where the

An aerial map showing the planned expansion of the Living Planet Aquarium. The city council approved rezoning the area to a commercial special district. (Draper City)

visitors come from and it’s quite a wide range across the United States,” Rappleye said during the Feb. 21 meeting. “I think that does help recruit businesses into our city. They’ve proven they’re a good corporate neighbor.” 

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Three school districts in valley increase teacher pay, benefits By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com


hree school districts — Granite, Canyons and Jordan — have increased teachers’ pay for the upcoming school year, in an effort to retain and hire enough teachers for ever-growing classrooms in the valley. Granite School District Even if every graduate with a teaching degree from Utah colleges and universities chose to stay and teach in Utah, there still wouldn’t be enough to fill classrooms across the state, said Ben Horsley, communications director for Granite School District. “The reality is that we’ve been in a teacher shortage crisis for quite some time. Granite District has been fortunate that we’ve been able to keep almost 100 percent staff the last two years,” Horsley said. “Our board feels strongly that every kid deserves a great, instructional leader, a full-time teacher that is there and committed to that class for the full year.” However, as the district looked into hiring for the coming year, they found they had about half the applications they would typically receive, and would be short of around 100 needed hires to fill positions across the district, he said. The board looked at their options, and seeing that Jordan and Canyons districts were looking to raise their pay as well, decided to make changes. The increases include the starting salary going up to $41,000 annually, which includes a 3 percent cost of living adjustment across the board for all teachers and administrators. The board also added an 8.67 percent market adjustment to salary schedule across the board, making it the 11.67 percent increase for all in the district, Horsley said. The district does anticipate some sort of tax increase through the local levy to offset the costs, he said. The board is looking at any other cuts they can make to pursue other funds, and will use

Those attending the Association Representative meeting for Granite School District in April wave the newly presented salary schedule that had to later be approved by the district board. (Granite Education Association, Cindy Formeller)

the 4 percent increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) from the legislature to help with increase, as well as increase in levy. Education from the legislature is funded through WPU,

which is money from the general PACs fund from the state, and that money is given to districts in the state to pay teachers and fund programs and other needs. Whatever increase the WPU goes up to





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D RAPERJOURNAL.COM each year — currently 4 percent — is what teachers can typically expect to negotiate as a raise amount each year. As for the increase in the local levy, “It would be anywhere from $75 to $100 on a $250,000 home within Granite School District,” Horsley said. It isn’t just about increasing pay because it’s fair, said Susen Zobel, Granite education association president and a seventhgrade history teacher at Bonneville Junior High. It’s about keeping teachers in the districts they work in, while continuing to hire. “What Granite did was honor the existing salary schedule and send it all the way across, so every single teacher will see an increase,” Zobel said. “This is a good start. We’ve got a really great salary schedule — if you look at the schedule and starting and where you could retire, it is more comparable to other professional salary schedules. I would hope they keep this momentum up.” Other states pay at higher rates, even with increases in these districts, meaning that districts in Utah need to be competitive, Zobel said. “If we are going to get teachers to come, we need to be competitive and Granite has made a great start. Our school board has done an amazing job to make this happen for us this year, but it’s not over,” Zobel said. “I think that this shows what a good working relationship between a teacher’s association and a school district can do to benefit teachers, that regardless this was a collaborative effort between the association and the school district and without that strength of membership in the association, it would not have happened.” As of the presentation and then official approval for the pay increase in the end of April and beginning of May, the loss of contracted teachers has slowed significantly, and many who opted out of contracts have come back to the district, Horsley said. Canyons School District Pay increases were approved for Canyons School District on April 25, with increases for beginning teachers’ salaries going to $40,500, said Jeff Haney, director of communications for Canyons

School District. Every licensed educator in the district will receive at least a 4 percent increase, though the average increase is at 6.5 percent for teachers across the board, according to teaching experience and education. “The board of education believes and always has believed it’s important to invest in the district’s people. The reason for that is that we believe the students will benefit — we want our classrooms to be led by the best and the brightest educators that we can attract and retain, especially in this era of a national teacher shortage,” Haney said. Along with these pay increases to create a competitive pay schedule, the Canyons District has been working to make sure that other benefits are clear to potential educators since district creation in 2009, he said. Since voters approved a $250 million bond to renovate and build new schools, the district has almost completed all 13 projects identified in 2010. A new middle school and elementary school will open this upcoming fall, Haney said. Achievement coaches and technology specialists are also at every school in the district to improve the teaching experience, he said. As for how the increases will be paid for by the district, taxes aren’t expected to go up as an increase in the local levy. “The law governing countywide equalization sunsets at the end of 2017. Under the parameters of this law, and because of increasing assessed valuations, Canyons District expects the certified tax rate to remain virtually unchanged in order to collect the funds necessary to operate the district at the same level of service while also providing a salary increase for teachers,” Haney said. Potential teachers from the valley and elsewhere were instantly interested in applying for Canyons District positions when they heard about the increases in the starting salary, he said. “The students will benefit from this. The vision of the Canyons School District is to make sure that every student graduates college and career ready, and the way to do that is to have amazing teachers in every classroom, in every grade level,”

he said. “This new salary schedule will help us attract the best and the brightest to our classrooms.” Jordan School District Jordan School District is no different from others in Utah constantly looking to fill teacher positions, and with their newly approved salary schedule they are hoping to continue to attract quality employees. Negotiations for a new salary schedule in the district began with a committee of five teachers from the Jordan Education Association, two administrators and three board members that met every other week through February. The new salary schedule has been officially approved by the Jordan Education Association and the district board, said Janice Voorhies, president of the Jordan School District Board of Education. The beginning salary has been raised to $40,000 a year, and every teacher on the scale has been moved up through the schedule from that, Voorhies said, effective for the upcoming fall. “We are working on a phase two for our experienced teachers with the Jordan Education Association, and our goal is to increase compensation for them through a menu of things they may already be doing or would like to opt into, like mentoring or teacher leadership or curriculum development, and we’ll pay them more for that.” Another change the board approved was to take away a cap in the salary schedule, so experienced teachers can now continue to get increased compensation after 15 years of teaching. The district will also be paying for increases in benefits costs for teachers in the coming school year. To pay for the increases, the district has adjusted their budget and are “applying a portion of our unassigned resources to increasing teacher pay for the next several years,” Voorheis said. “Additionally, we appreciate the legislature’s generous WPU allotment this past session and we intend to use those taxpayer dollars very carefully in order to continue to support reasonable compensation for all employees.” 

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Draper students excel at science fair, three invited to apply to nationals By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


t. John the Baptist sixth-grader Jacob Anderson goes bananas over science — literally. His project, “Going Bananas for Science,” not only earned him first place at the regional Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, but is also keeping him busy with the invitation to apply to the National Broadcom Science Fair. At the end of the school year, he was preparing to begin the application process, which included not only outlining his project, but also writing three essays. Jacob isn’t the only Draper student to be invited to apply. His schoolmate, eighth-grader Keegan Gilbert, and American Preparatory Academy’s Rachel Maxfield also received the invitation. Fair Manager Jody Oostema said that 41 projects, or the top 10 percent of the Salt Lake Valley fair, receive invitations. From there, it is narrowed to about 300 semifinalists nationwide. “We usually have two to six students reach semifinals and a few in the finals,” she said. “We’ve seen some new innovative ways to solve problems. It’s an impressive fair and sometimes I’m just blown away with what students come up with.” Jacob said his project, testing for the best way to store bananas, was inspired by wanting to keep them fresh the longest. “My neighborhood has a summer block party and bananas are my favorite snack so I want to take them, but I don’t want them to spoil beforehand,” he said. So, Jacob took over his family dining room for two 15day periods to test bananas wrapped in various common kitchen materials — plastic wrap, Ziploc bags, tin foil, paper bags — and not wrapped. Knowing hot or cold air would be a factor, he kept the air temperature consistent and charted his data. “The one without any storage was completely black, but the one tightly wrapped in plastic wrap only had a few little brown spoilage spots. You could eat it. My hypothesis that the paper bag would be the best was wrong, but I learned you don’t always expect what will happen will happen and you just have to look at the data to understand why,” he said. His biology and biochemistry elementary division project advanced him from the Diocesan Science Fair in February to the regional fair in late March to be considered for Broadcom. “I was really surprised. There was so much clapping, I could hardly hear my name. I had so much adrenaline. It was just amazing,” he said. Keegan won first place with his project, “Going the Distance,” in the junior division physics, astronomy and math category. “I’m big into sports and remember hearing a sports commentator say that it’s easier to hit a homerun at a higher altitude, so I decided to test it,” he said. Keegan created a tennis ball launcher and tested it at eight different times in three different altitudes — Draper, Las Vegas — which is 2,000 feet lower than Draper — and San Diego, which is 4,000 feet lower. When he presented his findings to the regional judges, he was surprised. “The judges asked some pretty complicated questions I hadn’t heard at the Diocesan fair. It made me connect things and think on my feet. This was my first time doing science fair. I had heard some friends in public schools say they were doing it so it’s something I really wanted to experience,” he said. St. John’s Natalia Cyriac, who built a calorimeter to measure calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins, said her project, “Burning Calories,” has helped her overcome shyness with presentation skills. “It was scary the first time I did it, but I got a little more used to it as more judges came around,” said the honorable

The Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society sings during the public hearing portion of the city council meeting. Normally, such displays are not allowed in city council meetings. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

mention medalist. “I’d like to do it next year.” Oostema said that this year, Salt Lake Valley’s 15th annual fair had 724 elementary through high school participants, a record number of students, with 57 percent being female. That is an increase of about 500 students since 2005 and the number of projects this year is up from 16 last year to 573 this year. In addition to private and charter schools, the fair includes public school students from Salt Lake, Granite, Murray, Tooele, Park City and Canyons school districts. Other Draper winners include Channing Hall students Nithya Mahasenan, Anika Balakrishnan and Shelby Whatcott, first-place junior division in civil and environmental engineering category with the project “H2Whoa”; and Kyle Holland, Gabriel Hillesheim and Kolton Hauser, third place in junior division electrical engineering and computer science category with the project, “Go iNet?” Winners from American Preparatory Academy include Rachel Maxfield’s first place in junior division mechanical engineering category with “Wheeling Water”; Dannion Nelson’s second place in junior division mechanical engineering category with the project, “Automatic Dog-feeding Machine”; Keyan Adams’ second place in senior division mechanical engineering category with the project, “The Elimination of Catching Edges for Beginner Snowboarders”; Dylan Boleman’s third place in the elementary division of physics, astronomy and math category with his project, “Visual Sound”; Tiara Tuttle’s fourth place in the junior division of the behavioral and social sciences category with her project, “Auditory EGGsperiment Culmination”; Tammy Phung, honorable mention in elementary division of chemical and physical energy category with her project, “Heat Absorption”; and Enoch Esobar, honorable mention in elementary division mechanical of engineering category with the project, “Water Bottle Rockets.” Juan Diego Catholic High School had three student winners: Jonathan Waung’s first place in senior division chemistry category with “Chemistry on Carbon Neoparticles”; Elainna Ng’s second place in senior division behavioral and social sciences category with “Effects of Diet-Induced Binge Eating on Behavioral Control of Feeding”; and Jessie Zhu’s third place in senior division medicine and health sciences with “Preclinical Evaluation of Cannabidiol for Seizures and Comorbidities.” Special awards were given to several students, including Enoch Escobar from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mason Buxton from the Air and Waste Management Association;, Dylan Boleman from the Leonardo, Rori Phibbs from the Neuroscience Initiative, Darshan Shimpi from the Society for In Vitro Biology, and Rachel Maxfield and Elainna Ng from the U.S. Navy. 

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Area schools set commencement exercises By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


raduating students are set with caps and gowns as commencement exercises will be taking place for several area schools. In Draper, about 520 Corner Canyon High School students are expected to participate in the 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 commencement exercises at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities. The theme of the graduation is from Socrates: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Principal Darrell Jensen will be joined on stage by Canyons School District Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie, Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor and Board member Chad Iverson. Student speakers include Senior Class President Zoey Marty and students Abby Gates, Brandon Bills and Jack Jensen. Music will be provided by the school’s jazz band, chamber singers and concert choir. The chamber singers will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner,” arranged by Russell Robinson, and the concert choir will perform David Brunner’s “Song of the Open Road,” featuring Ike Gardiner on piano. An additional musical number will be selected from a student audition, not set by press deadline. Sixteen students are graduating as valedictorians with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. They are Katherine Bankhead, Sophia Brendle, Jenna Cheminant, Landon Fredrickson, Grace Hanks, Eric Jackson, Benjamin Jensen, Kara Johnson, Audrey Memmott, Bailey Pixton, Theodore Polevoy, Raquel Rhoads, Mark Rockwood, Ammon Savage, Spencer Witt and Riley Wood. American Preparatory Academy will hold its first-ever high school commencement exercises for 10 graduates at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 3 at its Draper II campus’ multi-purpose room. The venue is accessible for people with disabilities. The valedictorian, Celeste Hompstead, will give the student address. Joining her on stage will be Secondary Director Daniel Baker and Executive Director Carolyn Sharette. The program will include a performance by the school’s Madrigals. Juan Diego Catholic High held its commencement May 27, with its baccalaureate mass on May 23. In Sandy, Jordan Valley will graduate four students at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 1 on the school’s stage to the theme of “Adventures of a Lifetime.” A Board of Education speaker had yet to be named at press deadline. A slide show will highlight each student’s life, followed by a family reception featuring the students’ favorite foods. The Waterford School will hold its commencement exercises at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 1 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. All Waterford students, faculty, families and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. Diamond Ridge will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 1 at Mt. Jordan Middle School. About 420 Alta High students will graduate at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 6 at the Huntsman Center. No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities. The theme is “It’s not impossible; it just hasn’t been done yet.” Joining Canyons School District Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie on stage will be Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor. Student speakers include Thane Zeeh and Rachel Pomeroy.

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Jordan Valley’s Denvyre Smith receives her diploma at the school’s 2016 commencement exercises. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Musical performances are Isaac Hilbig and Jacob Egbert on cello and piano, respectively, performing a medley of all the themes of Alta’s dances; and vocalist Kristen Fairbourn performing “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin. About 435 Jordan High students will walk through commencement exercises at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 at the school’s football stadium. There is overflow parking available in the South Town Expo Center. If there is inclement weather, graduation will be moved to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 in the Maverick Center in West Valley City. No tickets are necessary at either venue and both venues are accessible for people with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one.” Speaking at the ceremony will be Principal Tom Sherwood, Canyons School District Assistant Superintendent Robert Dowdle and Board of Education member Clareen Arnold. As of press deadline, no student speakers or musical selections had been announced. Entrada will hold its commencement exercises at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 27 at Jordan High School. In Midvale, Hillcrest will graduate 435 students at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 6 in the Maverick Center. No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities. The theme is “The secret to change is not to focus all your energy on fighting the old, but building the new.” Senior class president Ashley Nairobi Jimenez will give a welcoming address. Speakers include Principal Greg Leavitt, Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe and Board of Education Mont Millerberg. Board member Amber Shill will join them on stage. Students Sidney Naegle and Quinn Welch will give the student addresses as well as Student Body President Stockton Ashby. Senior class vice president Joshua Steven Katzenbach will lead the processional. The musical number, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” will be performed by the symphonic band, concert choir, chamber orchestra and percussion ensemble. The symphonic band will perform the processional, as well. The school drill team will join members of the U.S. Army in the flag ceremony. Announcers include students Sara Elizabeth Diggins, Michael Young, Ethan Shupe and Quinn Ann-Kellene Welch. In Cottonwood Heights, Brighton High will hold its commencement at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 in the Maverick Center in West Valley City. No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities. 



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Visit to Nepal school shared with students, may bring international conversation By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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hen Channing Hall Head of School Heather Shepherd visited Nepal’s Sunshine National School this spring, she saw possibilities for international communication between the two schools. During a three-day home stay with a family in Bhaktapur, about eight miles from the capital city, Kathmandu, she visited the private school, Sunshine National School, where seven family members attend. She took with her pencils and oil and watercolor cards her students had painted for those students that had the artists’ photographs attached. “I would love to have our school Skype with those students so we can keep the relationship going,” Shepherd said. “We could see what is going on over there and learn about different cultures and see our commonalities.” Her visit was brief, only a couple hours, with more observation than interaction since it was examination time, she said. Her plan to return to the school was cut short when she experienced illness and returned to the United States. Even so, Shepherd is able to relate the experience to her students so they can benefit from her experience. “The school is about 20 years old and has two campuses — one for older students and one for younger students, with a rocky road to travel the block between the two campuses. Everyone there walks. The students are taught in English at the school, so the kids were very excited to practice their English asking me questions,” she said. Most of the questions asked were her name, where she lives and about Channing Hall. The 300 Sunshine students, like Channing Hall students, wear uniforms and had desks and materials. There were classrooms for the Nepalese students for each grade level. “It was interesting to look at their books and see what they were teaching the students. It was mostly reading, writing and learning their subjects in English. The kindergartners had cubbies to keep their projects in, much like we have here,” she said. Outside on the playground, there was only cement, no grass, Shepherd said. There was a set of metal monkey bars.

Channing Hall Head of School Heather Shepherd visited Nepal’s Sunshine National School where kindergartners sat on the floor and learned their lessons on long tables. (Heather Shepherd/Channing Hall)

“Much of what they played was with a ball — throwing it, playing kickball,” she said. Although they speak English in school, Hindi still prevailed at home. “The older children can speak English and the younger ones are learning, but everyone else doesn’t know the language. For the most part, women haven’t been educated in the past. The mom in the family I stayed with doesn’t read nor write, so it’s becoming important to educate females. At the school I was at, it was 50-50, males and females,” she said. Shepherd also added that the school she visited is considered expensive in Nepal. “It means that they value education enough to send their kids there to get a good education,” she said. She learned that most children live with their extended families, similar to the family she visited. “Each family lived on their own level, but all in the one house,” she said. The meals included large breakfasts and dinners, with bread and vegetables or apples in between. “For one breakfast, we had curry potatoes and rice pudding — things to us that may not go together, but are perfectly normal there. They mostly ate Indian food in their kitchen, which consisted of a sink and two burner plates. They shop at little stores and pick up just what they need so they shop more often than we do. They don’t have large stores like we do,” she said.

One of their favorite treats is American chocolate, so Shepherd said she brought some candy bars with her. Another similarity is technology. Even though the family had an older television, it was never turned on during her visit, Shepherd said. “They’re all on Facebook — even those who don’t speak English. They communicate through Facebook on their iPhones. Everyone, from ages 15 up, used them all the time just like here. That surprised me,” she said. It’s through Facebook that she hopes to maintain communication and hopefully, in the fall, engage in conversations between the two schools. “The older kids were my translators as I don’t know Hindi. It was interesting to learn so much from the history of the temples that are thousands of years old to how they are building another school that can withstand earthquakes,” she said. Nepal experienced a 7.6 earthquake in 2015 and a 4.4 tremor in February this year. Until then, Channing Hall had slated a Color Me Kindness Fun Run, where students wrote messages of kindness on prayer flags that were to be hung during the fundraiser. The fun run organizers also planned to have colorful chalk, symbolic of a color festival. The money raised from the May 19 run, with a goal of $30,000, was earmarked to upgrade Channing Hall’s technology and physical education equipment, Shepherd said.

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Councilwoman Weeks’ attorney warns council against making accusations in public meetings By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


uring the public comment portion of the May 2 Draper City Council meeting, attorney Mark Shurtleff addressed the council to speak about a letter he had given to the council earlier that day. Representing Councilwoman Michele Weeks in a private capacity, Shurtleff took the time to address the contents of the letter. “The reason I’m here is it’s been brought to my attention by my client that this body, in the past, in public forum and official public meetings of the Draper City Council that there have been some accusations and public reprimands lodged against her,” Shurtleff said. “My request, as her attorney, is to simply remind the council, as myself having been accused of unfounded public comments in the past, we’re simply asking the council to refrain from making those allegations or reprimanding Councilmember Weeks.” In 2008, Shurtleff was accused of corruption and bribery in his capacity as Utah state attorney general by several local news outlets. In 2014, charges were brought against Shurtleff but were dismissed in 2016. In the letter sent to the council, Weeks claims Mayor Troy Walker and members of the city council have used public meetings, including city council meetings, to accuse her of “unethical and unlawful activity related to her office as a member of the Draper City Council.” These instances include the “false allegation of the misuse of public funds by Councilmember Weeks for her use of a city employee … to help with proofreading letters to residents, and some of her ‘What’s Draper

Up To?’ Facebook posts to educate the public about city events and actions being considered by the city council.” Weeks claims the use of the employee was allowed through an Americans with Disabilities Act request and with the permission of the city manager. Another instance involved a “false allegation” that Weeks violated state code when she posted a letter titled “Council Corner: Letter from Councilmember Michele Weeks” to her Facebook page “What’s Draper Up To?” The letter has since been deleted. The Utah state code in question, Section 20A-11-1203, deals with a public entity being prohibited from expending public funds on certain electoral matters. Specifically, it says “a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition.” Shurtleff claimed that by making these accusations in public meetings, the public may be misled into believing the accusations before they can be officially investigated. Shurtleff ended the letter by asking both the mayor and the council to refrain from using a public meeting to lodge any allegations against Weeks. “If you have a reasonable belief that Councilmember Weeks, or anyone else for that matter, may have violated any Draper City laws or ordinances or Utah state laws or rules of ethics, we ask that you afford her all the constitutional right of due process and refer any such concerns or allegations to the proper authorities for investigation,” Shurtleff said. 

“My request, as her attorney, is to simply remind the council, as myself having been accused of unfounded public comments in the past, we’re simply asking the council to refrain from making those allegations or reprimanding Councilmember Weeks.”

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From an orphanage to All-American: Stockwell caps off high school career By Travis Barton | Travis@mycityjournals.com


en years ago, Shaun Stockwell was living in an orphanage in Ukraine. Now the Corner Canyon senior is about to graduate as a wrestling All-American and the school’s male athlete of the year. It all became possible when he was adopted at the age of 12. “Growing up in an orphanage was pretty rough, but then I found out I was getting adopted, me and my sister, it was pretty sweet,” Stockwell said. The adjustment was difficult, he said, not knowing any English when he arrived. Now having lived in Draper for six years, he not only speaks great English but has found another home with sports. During Stockwell’s freshman year, he decided to test out sports besides football. He gave wrestling a shot, but beginning the sport as a freshman was, as head wrestling coach Jeff Eure said, “kinda late in the game.” “[But] he developed quickly…he had a lot of natural ability and when he decided to buy in and be coachable, he took off,” Eure said. Stockwell’s launch into the wrestling world led to him taking third at state his sophomore year and an undefeated 36-0 senior season that finished with a state championship. Of those 36 victories, 28 of them were pins. “I just committed to Coach (Eure) that I’d be committed and not quit and give it all I got and I ended up going undefeated,” Stockwell said. “It was awesome, all the hard work was definitely worth it.” Stockwell went on to compete at Flo Nationals in Pennsylvania in April where he finished seventh, earning All-American status. “It was just a lot of fun,” Eure said of Stockwell’s success this year. “He worked extremely hard to be able to do what he did. I think at times, people probably didn’t understand how hard he worked cause he kinda made it look easy.” Eure continued, “He’s just barely scratching the surface as far as his competitive maturity…I think the sky’s the limit for him athletically.” Stockwell’s triumphant senior year culminated in him being named Corner Canyon’s male athlete of the year. “It was pretty sweet feeling cause I didn’t really expect to be awarded that. I guess all the hard work and commitment paid off,” Stockwell, who also played defensive line for the football team, said. He was unaware of the achievement until the awards banquet after Eure had told him to come. “Certainly his credentials are highlighted by his achievements in wrestling. It’s just great for our program to be representative at that level,” Eure said. The winner of the award is determined by a formula that includes accomplishments in their sporting fields, GPA and overall school involvement. “To win that it’s pretty special,” Eure said. But this magical senior year almost didn’t happen after Stockwell experienced some issues off the mat his junior year that led to faltering grades. “The privilege of wrestling was taken away from him and as a coach that’s a hard thing to do to a kid that talented, but it was the right thing to do,” Eure said. “He learned his lesson and figured out and I think he’s going to do great things with his life.” Eure said it’s been a joy watching Stockwell develop. “Probably the most gratifying thing at this point is seeing him

Shaun Stockwell, a senior at Corner Canyon, won the state title in wrestling going 36-0 his senior season. (Robin Simmons/Corner Canyon wrestling)

figure things out off the mat being able to be a good person and make good choices and live right,” he said. Stockwell said his parents and Eure have been important influences in his life. “(Eure) hasn’t been just my coach, he’s definitely been there for me through everything and so that’s pretty awesome. Same with my parents, they’ve helped me with everything,” said Stockwell, who intends to play football in college, possibly at Weber State. Eure wants Stockwell to fulfill his capabilities because “when he puts his mind to something, he can achieve anything.” “I hope he’ll continue to work hard with athletics and academically and get his degree and go on and do great things with his life. He certainly has that potential.” 

“I hope he’ll continue to work hard with athletics and academically and get his degree and go on and do great things with his life. He certainly has that potential.”

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Dahl, Whittle lead Charger lacrosse to new heights By Travis Barton | Travis@mycityjournals.com


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aylor Dahl grew up playing every sport she could before she heard about lacrosse from her best friend. Her friend had lived on the east coast where lacrosse holds a larger footprint on the sporting landscape, and she told Dahl to try it out. “She introduced me, and from then on I was hooked. I had the talent for it, I loved and just kept playing it,” Dahl said. From her youth teams to the Alta High School club team and eventually on to the BYU and Utah collegiate teams, Dahl kept playing until she no longer could. Now Dahl is the head coach of the Corner Canyon girls lacrosse team, her first season at the helm and third with the team. “I still wanted to be involved with the sport and share my knowledge,” she said. Though the Corner Canyon girls lacrosse lost in the first round of playoffs this year, the team’s season proved to be its most promising since its inception four years ago. “We didn’t make it past the first round unfortunately, but it was a great experience for the girls. They had the most successful season they’ve had since (the team’s) creation,” said Dahl. The Chargers finished with a 7-6 record and cracked the state’s top 12, qualifying them for the Division 1 playoffs, which Dahl said was “one of the highest rankings our club (has) ever seen.” Besides the burgeoning number of players and valuable talent to the Charger lacrosse team, a crucial force to the team’s success was junior Ashton Whittle. The all-stater and two-year captain finished the year with 45 goals and six assists despite, Dahl said, playing fewer games and the team not running up the score in games they won. “She’s an incredible athlete — she can run like no other,” Dahl said. Whittle is also solid in face-offs, winning almost 63 percent of them,

putting her among the league leaders of those who have over 100 face-off draws. Her intensity is what she is known for. “Passion is one way to describe that girl. It gets her into trouble every once in a while, but she is a very passionate player and it shows every time she steps out on that field,” Dahl said. “She drives to goal with fire in her eyes and she will do what she can to lead the team to victory.” Whittle was named to the all-state team along with goalie Dakota Halford. Halford graduates this year, along with most of the team’s defense. But with the roster rising to 40 players and three freshmen starting with varsity, Dahl expects to see the numbers and quality continually improving. “I see nothing but growth and potential in this program,” she said, adding more numbers are anticipated next year to replace the seven seniors graduating. With the program on the rise, Dahl hopes to be yearly contenders in the state playoffs. “I think we can definitely contend for a state championship if we can continue working hard and seeing the growth we have,” Dahl said. Lacrosse development in the southeast corner of the valley could be further cultivated with some region rivalries. “As long as it’s contained,” Dahl said. Some of the highlights for Dahl were the Chargers’ two encounters with rivals by proximity — Alta and Juan Diego. Corner Canyon lost in overtime 11-12 to Alta and defeated Juan Diego 9-8 in two close matches. “It was exciting and the girls played phenomenally well,” Dahl said. She said it evokes the passionate play from both sides. “It fosters incredible passion from both teams and you really see the girls rise to the challenge of playing these other girls that they know and some even played with,” Dahl said. 

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registered for recreational activities in County Parks & Recreation. You can make reservations for some of the park and pool venues for your special events. http://slco.org/parks and http:// slco.org/recreation. The County library system offers many activities and experiences for children and families. And, the ZAP program is offering a ZAP Kids Summer Passport activity for children and the arts http://slco.org/ZAP. If you have not already heard, the County decided to reconsider its previous plan for the North Rim Trail in Dimple Dell Park. A task force will be put together to discuss the existing plans for the park and new ideas for improving the user experience in the park. The public input on the trail project clearly brings to the forefront the need for an updated Dimple Dell Regional Park Master Plan. I am looking forward to learning what the group will propose. Thinking about spring and summer, if you live near a stream, canal or the river please be conscious of debris in the waterways. They need to be kept clear as the snow continues to melt to prevent flooding. If you see a problem contact County Flood Control at http://slco.org/ flood-control/. And a side note: please consider donating your unneeded household items, from your spring cleaning, to one of the various charities in the valley that can benefit from your contributions. If you have an area of specific interest or a question that we can help you with, please contact my office at 385-468-7459 and mburdick@slco.org , or sjacobsen@slco.org . Schools will be out soon. Please watch for children playing outside. 

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