May 2017 | Vol. 11 Iss. 05
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: Homeless shelter site selection By Kelly Cannon & Travis Barton | email@example.com
he events and decisions that led up to the selection of the various homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake County are filled with frustration, confusion and outright hostility. The issue of what to do with the growing homeless population in the county and where to put them has been met with several different solutions, none of which everyone seems to agree upon. However, the final decisions on where to put homeless resource centers were made and many neighborhoods and communities are about to change.
Sugar House Rebuts Instead of empathy, the decision was met with outrage, most vehemently in Sugar House where one site was set for 653 E. Simpson Ave.—across the street from a residential neighborhood that would replace four local businesses. Residents poured into city council meetings, open houses and the Sugar House Community Council meeting to voice opposition to a decision made behind closed doors. City officials maintained they did so to avoid pitting neighborhoods against one another. “The way the city’s handled this, it’s building nothing but resentment from most of the community,” said Chris Sveiven, who lives 75 feet away from the proposed site. Biskupski pleaded with residents to embrace the resource model that would disperse the homeless population and “stop subjecting them to easy access by drug dealers.” She also urged compassion for “families that need to be embraced by us, that need a little bit of help.”
Residents of Draper have a quick show of hands of who opposes the homeless shelter sites. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
Residents, however, felt the model was too risky. “You’re asking us to take a leap of faith,” resident Shane Stroud told Biskupski during the community council meeting. “This isn’t a leap of faith, this is a gamble and the costs of that gamble are extremely high.” Stroud added if the center didn’t work as intended, repercussions would last decades. Legislative Take Over On Feb. 24, the four shelter plan was scrapped with two proposed sites dropped—including the Simpson site—and a plan was developed to build a third site somewhere in Salt Lake County. Legislation was passed on March 9 that appropriated more than $10 million to help build the resource centers and removed local cities from having any formal say on the mater. That legislation also required Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to recommend a site to the state’s Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, or risk losing the money. March 10 saw five homeless sites selected—three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake, with two additional South Salt Lake sites added on March 21.
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Announcement of New Homeless Resource Shelters On Dec. 13, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council announced the locations of four 150-bed homeless shelters around the city that would also serve as resource centers. The locations were: 653 E. Simpson Ave. (2300 South), 275 W. High Ave. (1400 South), 131 E. 700 South, and 648 W. 100 South. The selection was announced without any public comment and are the result of a two-year selection processes. The mayor and council said the decision was made without public input because they wanted to avoid pitting neighborhoods against each other. However, they promised to hold open houses to gain feedback from the community. “A process that would pit different communities in our city against each other and tear our city apart as we try to affect change, was not something we felt comfortable doing,” Biskupski told residents at a Sugar House Community Council meeting. The idea behind the four sites was to provide services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment and job training while drawing people away from The Road Home shelter in downtown Salt Lake City, which is scheduled to be closed. City officials said the smaller shelters would have a minimal impact on the neighborhoods with no drug dealing allowed near the sites and high levels of security. However, not everybody was happy with the decisions.
What ensued was three weeks of what McAdams deemed would be a “robust but abbreviated” process to include public input with four open houses and one public comment session. West Valley City and South Salt Lake Fight Against Site Selection West Valley City officials repeatedly decried the sites selected, citing the stress it would place on fire and police departments, the unproven service model and overall rushed process. “It’s complete vapor,” said WVC City Manager Wayne Pyle of the planned service model during an open house on March 18. He said these resources being talked about are “great ideas and we’d love to see them implemented” but doesn’t feel they are fully formed with no plans, funds or specifics. “In our mind what we have is this shelter being moved from downtown to West Valley or wherever with a lot of good intention, but not anything in terms of an actual plan to prove that it’s gonna be any different than where it is right now,” Pyle said. The county has studied homelessness reforms for over two years according to McAdams. Resource centers are designed to serve specific populations such as single women or single men. continued on page 4…
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or the past six years, the Draper Arts Council’s production of “Broadway Family Favorites” has entertained residents and their families. This year, the variety show had the biggest cast yet with over 160 actors of all ages. The variety show is composed of songs from famous Broadway musicals with a narrative written around it. “It’s an original script each year. Last year, it was about heroes. This year, it’s about witches. We choose different songs from all parts of Broadway. We incorporate them into the show,” said Tamara Stokes, the producer of the show and secretary of the Draper Arts Council. “For instance, this time, ‘What Is This Feeling?’ from ‘Wicked’ where the two witches discuss how much they hate each other, we’re discussing how much a mother and a daughter hate that they have this cell phone between them. They’re loathing the cell phone.” This year’s show was written and directed by Valura Arnold. She said the production team holds auditions with a list of songs they really like and want to use in this year’s show. “We have an audition and we think we can do these songs because these people are perfect for these roles. We start by pulling in the songs and try to create a cohesive script that will go and pull it all together,” Arnold said. “We knew we wanted to do something with witch point of views, something with opposite views just because that’s been such a theme in the world, so we thought we’d do that. It just kind of made its way from there.” Songs in this year’s production include “Journey to the Past” from “Anastasia,” “Ladies Choice” from “Hairspray,” “Honey Bun” from “South Pacific” and “In Summer” from “Frozen.” The production usually casts around 90 people, making this year’s production with 160 both a challenge and a point of fun. “Truthfully, this year, the challenge was we had so much talent audition that I could have literally cast every single song five times
The ensemble performs the opening number for “Broadway Family Favorites.” (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
over. We had so many really talented people. I’m hoping every person has their moment in the sun,” Arnold said. “I could only give them a little moment so everyone could have a moment. That was the trick because everyone was so incredibly talented and I wanted to show that off.” The large cast is one of the reasons why the Draper Arts Council does the production every year. Stokes said that while typical musicals like “The Music Man” or “Sleeping Beauty” only allow a handful of people to have the opportunity to shine, “Broadway Family Favorites” provides a vehicle for dozens to share the spotlight. “A variety show, a lot of people can sing small solos, big solos, big group numbers that are big and fanciful, and the best part about ‘Broadway Family Favorites’ is it is the favorite part,” Stokes said. “If you like certain parts of ‘Guys and Dolls’ but the story is long and boring, it’s not when it’s in a variety show because you only pull out the very best songs.” In addition to being the show’s producer,
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Stokes played the role of Elphaba from the musical “Wicked.” Stokes said she really enjoyed playing the character. “I like that she tries to be sweet but she also gets what she wants and gets what she needs,” Stokes said. “She’s feisty.” In contrast to Elphaba is Glinda the Good Witch, played by Katrina Bowman. “I kind of relate to Glinda because I’m a blonde and people tease me about being an airhead,” Bowman said. “She’s a fun character to play.” Arnold said it was hard for her to choose which part of the production was her favorite since it seemed to change with every rehearsal. “It’s really entertaining and it’s fun to just use fun, fun music and not be stuck within the parameters of something that is already written,” Arnold said. “I’m just thrilled that they do (the show) because we get to create the whole thing.” To learn more about the Draper Arts Council and their upcoming productions, visit http://www.draperartscouncil.org. l
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Parts of the design also include sleeping areas, on-site case managers to help with specialized services such as job or behavioral needs, food services and security space for a police officer. All would be provided inside the center. The plan would be different from The Road Home shelter on Rio Grande where occupants must leave to utilize surrounding services. Shaleane Gee, director of special projects with Salt Lake County, told residents at an open house that the center would be like an “emergency room facility. A resource center in the sense that it teaches you how to leave homelessness.” West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow said if the model’s different from past ventures, why wasn’t that sold to the public. “We’re all reasonable people, and if it’s so great, why can’t you do it at Rio Grande right now? And prove to us that it works. We’ll line up asking for it, may even bid for it,” Bigelow said. McAdams told media and residents on March 21 that the model is similar to Volunteers of America’s Youth Resource Center or the YWCA, both in Salt Lake City, that provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children. City officials continually stressed the burden WVC already carried with its 33,000 affordable housing units and Kelly Benson Apartment complex which provides permanent housing for chronically homeless. “It’s unethical to ask our residents to carry even more. We happily carry our burden, but we can’t do it all,” said WVC councilman Lars Nordfelt at the March 18 open house. On March 22, residents and representative from both South Salt Lake and West Valley City met with the members of the Homeless Coordinating Committee at the state capitol to argue their cities were not suited to handle the proposed homeless shelter sites. McAdams began the meeting by trying to assure residents that they are listening to the public and understand their concerns. “I know the news about this effort to find a location for the homeless resource center has been unsettling and stressful to homes and businesses in South Salt Lake and in West Valley City. I know there are concerns about drugs and crime and property values, loss of economic opportunity,” McAdams said. “I know this is not because of your lack of compassion for people who are met with the crisis that comes with not having a roof over your head or a safe place to sleep at night.” South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood addressed the committee, saying her city and its residents are compassionate and solution oriented but the homeless shelter site selection process has forced them to oppose the shelter in their community for several reasons. Wood said the site selection process has been too rushed, less than fair and less than transparent. “What’s the point of public meetings and site evaluation committee if the sites have already been chosen behind closed doors?” she asked. She also pointed out that as one of the smallest cities in the county, South Salt Lake is already overburdened with regional and county
services residents are forced to support. This includes two county jails, two juvenile detention centers, an 88-bed facility for the chronically homeless, a regional sewage treatment plant and a solid waste transfer facility. Wood reminded the committee none of these services pay property tax toward the city. Wood also opposed the resource center model because there is no guarantee it will work. “We have no confidence that the new location will solve the problem. In fact, it feels like we are simply moving the problem south,” Wood said. “The resource center model is too new and there is no funding arrangement in the legislation to offset the community impacts.” Many residents who spoke at the public hearing explained how neither South Salt Lake nor West Valley City would be a good fit for the homeless shelter sites. One South Salt Lake resident said that unlike other cities, this is not a case of “not in my backyard.” Rather, their yard is already full. Another South Salt Lake resident said the city is a great place for the county to put things they don’t want. Residents have been very accommodating but “enough was enough.” Disaster in Draper On March 28, two days before the committee was set to make a selection on the new sites, Draper Mayor Troy Walker shocked residents by announcing he was offering two potential sites for consideration within his city limits. One site would be a portion of the Utah State Prison location, which is scheduled to be moved to Salt Lake City. The other site was at 15001 Minuteman Drive. Draper was the first city to willingly offer sites for a homeless shelter. “It’s the right thing to do, it’s the Christian thing to do. It’s the thing that will set us apart and make us the people we are,” Walker said. However, the Draper residents were having none of it. Nearly 1,000 residents showed up to an open house on March 29 at Draper Park Middle School. The meeting was supposed to be an open house-style meeting where residents could fill out cards with their comments and learn more about the sites. When residents found out there was no public comment to be made, a handful hijacked the meeting, forcing the school to open the auditorium and provide a microphone. The majority of residents who were opposed to the homeless shelter sites cited concerns over increased crime and drugs, putting strains on the police department and lowering property values. Residents took turns airing their grievances, shouting at anyone in support of the site. This included Lawrence Horman, a homeless man who asked for compassion for people like him. He was booed off stage when he called for patience. Another resident who explained she had worked with homeless teens in the past said she was mostly angry because she felt the decision was sprung upon residents but she was in favor of the sites in Draper. She was also booed and yelled at. The meeting turned hostile when Walker and McAdams took the stage, with many residents
screaming abuse at the public officials. Walker tried to explain his point of view but was met with only screams of derision. Residents threatened Walker with impeachment and lawsuits, claiming corruption and deals made behind closed doors. Others called Walker out for the alleged mistreatment of Councilwoman Michele Weeks, who claimed to be left out of the announcement. Weeks told the crowd she had only found out about the sites during the press conference and she was just as shocked as residents. “They have not included the Draper residents,” Weeks said. “We have a lot of questions that need to be answered before we volunteer two sites.” The nearly four-hour meeting, which mostly consisted of Walker and McAdams sitting silently on the stage while residents spoke their minds, ended with Walker rescinding his offer of the two sites. “You folks don’t want it,” Walker said, “so we can’t in good conscience say we want it here.” Final Decision On March 31, McAdams announced the decision to put the third homeless shelter in South Salt Lake at 3380 S. 1000 West. That day, Wood held a press conference to address residents about the decision. She said there are concerns about the site, including the fact it’s close to the Jordan River, a newly developed community on the west side of the river and longtime residents along 1000 West who have fought to keep the nearby agriculture zone intact. “Needless to say, we are disappointed. We are frustrated and we are angry. Our neighbors and businesses have stood together, residents have come out and we have fought this fight together. I thank you for that,” Wood said. “As a community, I think we expressed our concerns well. I think we had a compelling reason as to why we were not the site for the homeless resource center. I’m not quite sure where the communication breakdown was or why it didn’t matter.” Wood explained McAdams made commitments to South Salt Lake to help ease the blow. These commitments included significant investments in open space and transportation, improvements to the Jordan River and new amenities like a library. Most importantly, McAdams told Wood that construction would not begin until legislation was passed next session that would provide some kind of continued funding source for the resource center. “We feel that gives us some time and we’re going to take advantage of that time to address some critical issues to make sure the impact on our community is as small as it can be,” Wood said. Wood also told residents she and the council are promising not to raise taxes. “You are not subsidizing another undesirable regional use in our community,” Wood said. “That’s a commitment that we’re making right now.” Wood called the selection a “lethal blow” to the community of South Salt Lake. “We are angry and we continue to be angry,” Wood said. l
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‘Aladdin Junior’ takes the stage at Draper Historic By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
he small stage at Draper Historic Theatre packed a big punch during its production of “Aladdin Junior.” The show, which opened on April 7, is based off the Disney animated movie but is condensed and changed slightly to be suitable for young performers. Dozens of young children and teens brought the story to life under the guidance of director Todd Taylor. Taylor has directed at Draper Historic before but this production was a quick turnaround, with auditions held only six weeks before opening night. “It was the timing between getting ‘The Little Mermaid’ (done) and making sure we had the rights (to ‘Aladdin Junior’) and then holding auditions,” Taylor said. Taylor said there were a couple different reasons the board chose to do “Aladdin Junior,” including Taylor’s personal preference. “It’s my favorite show. ‘Aladdin’ is my favorite show so that’s one reason,” Taylor said. “Two, they wanted to do a junior show. We all voted as a board and decided that ‘Aladdin Junior’ would be the one.” A junior show is a production that takes a well-known play or concept, such as “Aladdin” or “Seusical” and condenses it and simplifies the plot so the cast can be young performers. Because “Aladdin Junior” is only 60 minutes long, the
Draper Historic added a variety pre-show to the production. A small cast sang various songs from Disney movies, including “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King,” “I’ll Make a Man Out Of You” from “Mulan” and “I See the Light” from “Tangled.” This was the first time the Draper Historic has done one of these pre-shows. “The executive producer, Marc Navez, wanted to have a little pre-show to kind of give it a little bit more time so people can enjoy a show for a little bit longer than 60 minutes,” Taylor said. “He held the auditions and did the choreography and song and dance. It was only a two-week process for that.” In directing such a large and young cast in “Aladdin Junior,” Taylor said his priority was making sure the kids knew their parts and where they were supposed to be on stage. “I wanted to make sure their costumes were to theme and ready for the opening and then also making sure that we transformed the stage to look like Agrabah,” Taylor said. “We had a month to make sure all the kids knew when they were to come on stage and their blocking and all of the dance numbers. I think they did pretty good.” Taylor’s favorite part of the show was the musical number “A Whole New World.” “They come out and we have the clouds and they stand up and dance on the clouds,” Taylor said. “I love that part.” l
Draper Historic Theatre’s production of “Aladdin Junior” featured a young but large cast. (Draper Historic Theatre)
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raper City Police Chief Bryan Roberts emphasized the importance of working together during his presentation of the police department’s annual report to the Draper City Council. The 2016 report was provided to the council during their March 21 meeting. After the report was given, the council surprised the chief by honoring him for being recognized as the Police Chief of the Year for the state of Utah by the Utah Police Chiefs Association. According to a press release from Draper City, Roberts was recognized by the association for his innovative and progressive law-enforcement practices. He provided state-of-the-art training to police staff that included fair and impartial policing, as well as integrating communications assessments and tactics by the Police Executive Research Forum, the ACLU, the Libertas Institute of Utah, Patrol Tactics by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau and Crisis Intervention Training. Roberts also implemented a comprehensive “less lethal” program to effectively respond to and deescalate non-lethal incidents. “He has enhanced community relations with a wide variety of community outreach programs that include Coffee with a Cop, a citizens academy, Sub for Santa program, School Resource Officers and increased the Neighborhood Watch program to almost 40 active groups,” the press release stated. Roberts has been in law enforcement for 26 years and has been chief of the Draper Police Department since 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management, a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in homeland security studies. Roberts began his annual report by saying the theme this year is “Better Together,” meaning they are a better police department and a better community when everyone works together in partnership and collaboration. “We really value that at the police department, all of the relationships that we have. We’ve always worked really well with the community and the community has always embraced us,” Roberts said. “We feel so fortunate to provide public safety to the city of Draper. Without the help of our community, Draper wouldn’t be the safe community that it is.” According to the report, the main crime trend that is on the rise in Draper is property
Police Chief Bryan Roberts stands with the council after being recognized as Police Chief of the Year by the Utah Police Chiefs Association. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
crime, which has almost doubled. Roberts said the majority of the property crimes are vehicle burglaries. “We still find that 65 percent of the time that we have a vehicle burglary, it’s because the vehicle is unlocked and there are valuables in plain sight. We track that very closely. That happens about 65 to 70 percent of the time,” Roberts said. “We’ve been trying to be very creative in messaging in telling the community to always lock their car doors no matter where they’re at and removing valuables. If you have to have a valuable in the car, place it in the trunk and make sure that’s secure.” There was also a slight uptick in aggravated assaults in 2016 compared to 2015. However, Roberts said Draper still tracks lower than other areas in the state when it comes to crime. Roberts also highlighted special programs the department has implemented, including working with Water Pro to distribute crimeprevention messages to residents through the water bills. “They’ve partnered with us on that and we’ve been able to do that two or three times last year and we intend on doing the same this year,” Roberts said. The police department also held a special presentation for all businesses in Draper who sell alcohol. “The mayor joined us in that effort. We provided some education to those businesses and they all raised their right hand and accepted the challenge of eliminating underage drinking,”
Roberts said. The Neighborhood Watch program has escalated over the past year. Roberts said in 2015, there were 20 active neighborhoods in the program. It has risen to nearly 40 neighborhoods. Roberts attributed that success to the new crime prevention specialist, Natalie Thorell. “She works very closely with the Neighborhood Watch communities and she’s the plug behind all the efforts in the Neighborhood Watch program,” Roberts said. Roberts also highlighted the peer-support program where high school students act as judge and jury for other juveniles who commit low-level offenses. The department is trying to keep these students out of the juvenile justice system by offering a different course for them. “This year, 37 kids were introduced into the program as offenders and 29 of them successfully completed the program and kept their case out of the juvenile justice system,” Roberts said. Moving forward into 2017, Roberts said the three main goals of the department are to enhance their community partners, enhance employee development and to reduce crime. Mayor Troy Walker praised Roberts and the department on continually doing good work. “Ever since we’ve hired you, the department has gotten better and better. These annual reports are invaluable to us as far as letting us know what is going on,” Walker said. “You guys do an outstanding job and I’m grateful for all your service as well.” l
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Animal control officer honored for life-saving efforts By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
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he Draper Police Department and the Draper City Council honored Animal Control Officer Dennis Wilson for saving the life of a resident back in February. Wilson was recognized during the March 21 city council meeting. Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts addressed the council and the attendees at the meeting, explaining that on Feb. 8, the police department got a call that a man was being attacked by a deer in the backyard of his home. Wilson was the first to arrive on scene. “When he arrives, there’s panic around. When he goes into the backyard, the man who lives at that house is pinned to the ground next to a chain link fence and the deer’s antlers have pierced him in his thigh and in his chest cavity,” Roberts said. “You can see the antlers going in and out. This man had been fighting with the deer for several minutes.” The man later said that at the time Wilson arrived, he believed he was done and was about
to give up fighting the deer. Wilson then sprang into action and went hands-on with the deer. “He’s able to control the deer, remove the antlers from being impaled into this man, frees the man so he can get out of there and go into the house,” Roberts said. “There’s blood everywhere and he’s seriously injured.” Wilson then began his own fight with the deer, risking his life in the process. Roberts said Wilson was able to pin down the deer and other officers began helping. The deer was later euthanized. It was discovered the deer had been previously injured and that was the reason it began attacking the man. Roberts praised Wilson for going above and beyond the call of duty to help save the man’s life. “Dennis saved a life. He saved that man’s life. He jumped in with his hands and did those things,” Roberts said. “We’re here to present Dennis with his life-saving award.” l
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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)
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he Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society (DPACS) requested taxpayer funds to purchase larger instruments, and made their request in an unorthodox way. During the March 21 Draper City Council meeting, part of the choir showed up to sing during the public hearing portion of the agenda. Led by Sherri Jensen, the choir got up to sing after Jensen made her own comments. She and the choir were then stopped by Mayor Troy Walker, who explained these types of displays were not allowed by the council’s bylaws. The council then voted unanimously to suspend the rules in order to allow the choir to sing. The group of around 40 singers sang a short piece before continuing the public hearing. The DPACS is requesting $35,000 of taxpayer funding in order to purchase larger musical instruments such as timpani, chimes and gongs. These instruments are usually not owned by musicians since they are large and cumbersome. City Manager David Dobbins explained to the city council that state law requires a city to do a number of things before it spends any taxpayer funds on a private entity. The first step is to do an analysis to see if the request meets state law. “One is to show that the expenditure of taxpayer funds results in a benefit to the taxpayer. The city can’t just give money to a private entity unless the taxpayer receives some kind of benefit,” Dobbins said. “Typically, the threshold is, what is the monetary return on the taxpayer? So if you spend $35,000, what is the taxpayer going to get in return?” Dobbins said the analysis, which was done by the city’s financial advisors, found it would take the city 20 years to recoup the $35,000. “From a monetary standpoint, it doesn’t meet the state standards of monetary benefit,” Dobbins said. “If they were to sell tickets and we got sales tax off of that and people who attended these events and then shop in Draper, how long would it take for the city to recoup its money?” However, Dobbins said the state does allow a city to make appropriations that are nonmonetary in return so long as there is a substantial benefit to the city. “In this situation, is there a benefit to having this in the community? Yes, there is a benefit,” Dobbins said. “It’s nonmonetary. It adds to the overall health of the community.”
Dobbins believes the analysis allows the council to move forward in the process, if they choose to. The next step required by state law is to hold a public hearing where residents and taxpayers could address whether the request is a prudent use of taxpayer money. No action is required by the council, just a decision whether to move forward. “If you choose to move forward, we would then open up the budget and then allocate the funding for this and then we’d have to enter into an agreement with the organization where we would stipulate the requirements of the funding,” Dobbins said. “For example, if they’re buying materials or supplies, what happens if they go out of business? What happens to the items that the city purchased? I would make the argument that they’d be returned to the city or something along those lines. Those are issues that will come later.” Before the choir sang, choir member Tricia Swanson told the council she had been excited to have a choir that is based in the south side of Salt Lake County. “Sherri emailed me at the beginning of this year and told me what she was going to do and how she wanted to me be an assistant and the vocal coach of the choir. I immediately jumped on it and said yes,” Swanson said. “I’m excited about this and I hope that we can have your support and go forward and you will love this choir and the philharmonic and it will be a wonderful asset to our city.” Jensen also addressed the council before the choir sang. “I have seen this in my mind, a choir/philharmonic doing amazing things for this city and bringing beautiful concerts to help uplift to a healthier lifestyle and have something for people to come and see and experience,” Jensen said. “My dream is to build something that will last for the rest of time.” Choir member Tamra Pollard said she has lived in Draper for the past 30 years and has enjoyed seeing the city improve throughout the years. However, she believes the city is lacking music. “Music, I believe with all my heart, is for everyone, whether you’re in the audience or you’re on stage performing,” Pollard said. “From the smallest of children to the oldest of our seniors, music is all-inclusive and speaks to our hearts.” l
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Channing Hall students honor classmate’s memory with buddy bench By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
ive and a half years ago, fourth-grader Tomas Hollenbach died of brain stem glioma, a form of brain cancer. During what would have been his eighth-grade graduation last spring, his classmates remembered him. This spring, they presented a buddy bench in his memory. “This is really appropriate for Tomas and he was everyone’s friend,” friend Daniel Gee said. “He was never judgmental. He was always willing to talk to people, to make new friends. He would have liked the idea of forming more friends, of not having bullies. The biggest lesson I learned from Tomas was not to judge people.” Students from the current upper grades who remembered Tomas gathered with teachers, classmates and his family to dedicate the bench. His brother, Victor, cut the ceremonial ribbon. Channing Hall Head of School Heather Shepherd took those gathered back to the day when she shared the news of his death with her school. She reminded them that his six-month prognosis lasted almost two years. “Not all of you knew him, but almost everyone knew of him,” she said. “He embodied our IB (international baccalaureate) attitudes and loved his school and his community.” She also shared that his mother, Dulce, wrote a letter to other parents. She wrote: “He is very compassionate and willing to help everyone who needed help; we probably could fill many sheets of paper with stories about his compassion and wise heart.” For example, it was Tomas who started the school’s annual participation in Operation Christmas Child, where each
Greg Hollenbach thanks Channing Hall students for dedicating a buddy bench in memory of his late son, Tomas, who was a student at the school. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
November, students fill shoeboxes with personal hygiene items, school supplies and small toys before gift wrapping them to send to children in need. His own birthday party in third grade was dedicated to organizing and donating shoeboxes for the project. Tomas created a lemonade stand to help pay for the shipping of the boxes to other countries. That tradition continues every August by friends and family in the community. He also helped make blankets for children at the Road Home shelter as part of Project Linus during third grade.
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“It’s very fun to do stuff for other people, to put a smile on their face and make them happy,” Tomas said about Operation Christmas Child and making blankets for other children. “It’s what I like to do now — make others feel good.” Tomas also passed out friendship bracelets, which classmate Madi Goddard still wears in remembrance of Tomas’ kindness. “We’d see him in the hall and there was always a wave of compassion and love with him,” she said. “Even in a brief moment, you knew he was a friend.” After beating the odds and attending school for more than a year after being diagnosed, 10-year-old Tomas found it more difficult to go to school by November of his fourth-grade year, his father, Greg, said. “He’d still want to be there, still want to learn,” he said. “He’d dress in his uniform and Skype the teacher and class. He loved school.” In his absence, a stuffed monkey sat in his seat. He remained in the class, even after his Nov. 19, 2011 death, sitting in Tomas’ honor, his father said. At graduation, the monkey reappeared, carried in by his friend, Garrett Warr. “The monkey returned to graduate. Tomas is always in our hearts and it’s touching that this bench was donated by his class so he will always be remembered,” Shepherd said. Tomas’ father agrees. “It’s a wonderful honor. He was so humble, he probably would have been embarrassed about it, but it’s a beautiful legacy.” l
he County Council has finished its deliberations on the proposed FCOZ and MRZ ordinances and a new Central Wasatch Commission proposal was introduced. I think that good compromises were made on all of those issues that affect our canyons. I would like to highlight a few ways your tax dollars help with the quality of life we enjoy here in the valley. 1. The Health Department recently alerted the public of a case of measles and reminded everyone of the importance of being current on immunizations, especially for our children. This is just a recent example of how they work to protect your health and environment. The Health Department is one of the greatest resources available to the public. Visit their website (slco.org/health) and familiarize yourself with their services. 2. With the approach of spring and summer, the County is gearing up for numerous projects taking advantage of the “building season.” Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and contracts are being let for repair, upgrade and new construction projects throughout the valley. This includes; planning and design, architectural work, materials procurement and construction. If you are interested in how the County awards contracts such as these or to bid on a contract, see (slco.org/contracts). While you are also preparing to take advantage of the spring and summer months, 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. Also, check out the USU Extension Services (http:// extension.usu.edu/saltlake/contact/index) and find out about their Salt Lake County Programs: – Urban Agriculture & Natural Resources – Gardening – Food, Family, Home & Finance – 4-H & Youth And, you might want to plan ahead to get registered for activities the county offers in the summer for adults and children. And thinking about spring and summer, if you live near a stream, canal or the river please be conscious of debris in the waterways. We need to keep them clear as the snow melts to prevent flooding. If you see a problem contact County Flood Control at (http://slco.org/flood-control/). If you have an area of specific interest or a question that I we can help you with, please contact my office at 385-4687459 or at email@example.com or my Advisor at sjacobsen@ slco.org . Good wishes to all mothers on your special day and remembrance on Memorial Day of those who have passed on. l
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Draper Elementary shows love of arts through gala By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
hird-grader Atticus Candell pointed at a blue half-moon, orange half-sun stain glass display at Draper Elementary’s second annual art gala to his mother, Brynn, and brothers, fifthgrader Asher and kindergartner Jude. “I liked the way those colors looked as I designed it,” he said. “We were studying the sun and moon and I split it in half to show both in one stained glass.” The stained glass tied into students learning about the relationship between the earth and the moon in science, but it also tied into core standards in social studies and language arts, said Kylie Welling, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program arts specialist, who ensures the arts instruction integrates with the literacy, social studies and science students learn in their classrooms. “Every artwork on display is integrated into content the students are learning,” she said. “I work alongside teachers to have students be able to demonstrate what they’re learning and express it through art, from second-graders learning about rocks and materials in creating geode replicas with salts, glue and paints to fifth-graders shaping ceramic bells while learning about matter and how the clay may change its shape, but not its mass.” Draper Elementary PTA President Becky Alder said while students are learning to appreciate the arts, they’re also learning about other subject matters in other grades, as signs at the art gala explained. “Mrs. Welling is fabulous in showing how the curriculum is integrated in each class such as learning about Native Americans in fourth grade through weaving, animal habitats in first grade and having kindergartners use their handprints to depict the four seasons,” she said.
The Candell family finds third-grader Atticus Candell’s artwork on display at Draper Elementary’s second annual art gala. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Through the exhibit, signs explained the correlation of the subject matter to the students expressing it through artwork, such as second-graders learning about citizenship and geography. So, while taking a historic walking trip of Draper, they identified community and state symbols, which they later re-created with paper as quiltblock designs. After learning about the community, fifth-graders used acrylic paint to create a mural featuring two hands with fingers forming the shape of a heart. Lone Peak Hospital displayed the mural to promote the messages of healing and health. And fourth-graders sketched landscapes while on a field trip to the wetlands, then highlighted it with watercolors. Tying directly into their classroom learning about colors and shapes, first-graders used watercolors, tempura paint stamps and
colored paper to create abstracts similar to those of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. Third-graders learned about warm and cool colors by showing how the changes of environment on living things could come to life through the use of colored tissue paper and markers. Girl Scout leader Terri Francis invited her Brownie troop to attend the art show. “There are wonderful examples of artwork in the gallery that use so many mediums like chalk, weaving, watercolors, clay, acrylic paint that it was a great opportunity for these Scouts to see as they are working on their painting badge,” she said. “We plan to create our own stained glass at our next meeting.” Eight-year-old Chloe Francis said she likes doing art. “I want to create a stained-glass castle with a dragon,” she said. “It will take a while to design it, paint it and have it dry before, bam, being done.” Her dad, Jim, said the variety and presentation at the show was impressive. “The level of art, its variety and quality is that of highschoolers,” he said. Principal Piper Riddle said she’s grateful the school has the Beverly Sorenson grant. “This is a celebration of creativity that ties into our curriculum and through the Beverly Sorenson grant, it offers our students the value of an arts education,” she said. “Draper Elementary has a legacy of valuing and appreciating the arts, both the visual and performing arts, from its art collection to the inspiration of these student artists.” l
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Summit Academy program spans Utah history from Native America through Olympic years By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Summit Academy fourth-graders perform a program about Utah’s history and people. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
welve years ago, when Summit Academy first opened its doors, fourth-grade teacher Loree Romriell’s sister wrote a program about Utah history for her fourth-graders that involved a cardboard time machine. Through the years, the program has evolved as Romriell began teaching fourth grade and other teachers have added new songs, parts, musical instruments and, this year, video slideshow presentations. “My sister wrote the program as a creative way to bring history to life,” Romriell said. “The program highlights Utah’s history and its people so students learn our history and what the state has to offer.” Although the cardboard time machine became difficult to stage with increasing student enrollment and performing in the auditorium, fourth-graders still take the audience through time travel, kicking off the program with “Utah — This Is the Place.” The travel-through-time program begins with life in Utah with the Fremont, Ute, Shoshone, Navajo and other tribes by first singing, then playing on recorders, “Utah Indians.” “We first teach them the fingering and how to breathe, not blow, into the recorders,” teacher Lexi Horton said. “Once they learn that, then we go line by line to learn the song and go over and over and over it.” Romriell said the effect is mesmerizing. “It sounds more like pipes and has a Native American rhythm. It’s simple, repeating, but it really lends itself to the song,” she said. The program progresses with fourth-graders dressed as early Spanish explorers Fathers Dominguez and Escalante with tales of traveling through Spanish Fork Canyon looking for a shortcut leading them to Timpanogos Lake (now Utah Lake). Students dressed as fur trappers and explorers like mountain men Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith shared their tales, and students learned leaders Peter Skene Ogden and Étienne Provost would respectively lend their names for the cities of Ogden and Provo. The time travel included learning that Brigham Young led Mormon pioneers to Utah where “he developed the grid system on land that nobody wanted.” Students sang “Looking Back” to describe these days, and
a video slideshow coordinated by teacher Emily Fox highlighted the time period. Another song, “Iron Wheels,” brought about students in overalls, dressed as railroad workers who helped bring together the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads to build the first transcontinental railroad. “The students really get into ‘Iron Wheels.’ It’s a real happy, fun song with movements they like doing,” Romriell said. Highlighting the mining industry of Utah, students sang “Rock Cycle.” Students also dressed as farmers and shared that Utah was known as the agriculture and manufacturing leader of the west. “We’ve learned that by incorporating Utah history through music, the students are memorizing it not just for the program, but really learning it. We’ve heard them humming songs like ‘Rock Cycle’ during testing, recalling what they’ve learned,” Romriell said. Fourth-graders also shared what they learned about Utah becoming a state in 1896 and sang “29 Counties of Utah.” Students held up the names of each county, coordinated by teacher Angela Grimmer. The fourth-grade program concluded with visitors coming to Utah for not only outdoor recreation and sports and its national parks, but also for the 2002 Olympics. Students sang “There’s No Place Like the State of Utah” to a slideshow that highlighted the state. Students learn the songs throughout the year, but about one month before the program, they receive parts. Students can request a big or small part. Then, they learn their lines as part of their monthly memorizing lesson. Fourth-grader Lilly Brimley held the county sign “Summit” during the “29 Counties of Utah” song. “I was nervous, but it was fun because I learned about Utah’s history and science,” she said. “The best part was learning all the things while singing and dancing.” Her mother, Katie, attended the program to support her daughter. “I love Utah history and the fact that not only are they learning about their state, but they’re building pride in their state,” she said. l
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Juan Diego Academy of Fine Arts unveils new class, lecture series By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
ecording artist Joel Stevenett told Juan Diego Catholic High School students about his life as a musician during the kick-off guest lecture series focusing on entrepreneurship in the arts. As part of the school’s celebration of fine-arts week, Stevenett was invited to share with students about his career as a drummer. “He tours with tons of people, he plays drums from soundtracks to video games, for country artists, in movies,” Juan Diego percussion director Jed Blodgett said. “He’s played for movie trailers and told students that many times the music is different than what actually is played in the movies. One of the stories he told students was that he was called in for a recording and learned when he went in, that it was for the Men’s FIFA World Cup. ESPN actually had a TV film crew there filming him playing while recording and they made a promo out of it.” Blodgett said Salt Lake City is well known in the music recording industry, and Stevenett is often the first musician called. “We wanted him to share with students what it’s like in the music industry, in recording, how he stays motivated, what inspires him. We want students to have a glimpse of exploring music in careers they might not consider, from music copyright to music therapy. The series also will include art, such as making mascots or graphic
Recording artist Joel Stevenett joins Juan Diego Catholic High School students at the kick-off of a guest lecture series focusing on entrepreneurship in the arts. (Juan Diego Catholic High School)
design, as well as to careers students may not think of in theater and dance,” he said. The week also included the unveiling of a new class offering, Survey of Arts. “Sixty-five percent of our students are enrolled in arts classes, but some students may want to take an art class that is non-performing, and that’s why we’re introducing this course,” Blodgett said. The two-quarter class will give students an overview of two disciplines per quarter. The first quarter will focus on art and dance while the second quarter will study the content areas of theater and music. “We believe the arts is important for every
kid and adult to be a better person, to help them be able to express their emotions and those of others,” he said. The week also allowed students to learn more about the new Academy of Fine Arts that began this school year. About 30 students, mostly freshman and sophomores, have applied to the academy. Students in the Academy of Fine Arts will be expected to complete one of the three fine-arts advanced placement courses and two or more years of advanced fine-arts classes or ensembles such as advanced art, advanced ceramics, sculpture, advanced dance, dance company, advanced theater, wind symphony, advanced percussion, orchestra and concert choir.
“This will help the students organize their class load over four years and balance what they need to do,” he said. “We’ve seen when students are involved in the arts, they do well academically as they are more organized, use their time efficiently and put forth more effort in all their classes so all of their grades go up. We see the arts helping students interact with more people and help them to think creatively.” The program also will include an internship, service work and a final project in the discipline. Those who meet the requirements will receive a recognition of the Academy of Fine Arts on their diplomas and transcripts as well as at commencement. Blodgett said colleges that already are looking at Juan Diego students will take a closer look at the Academy of Fine Arts. “We can encourage students to apply for scholarships and enter into programs once we establish them in the Academy of Fine Arts. This past year, every student in the music program received a scholarship for college. We’d like that to expand to all the fine-arts students. This program will give our students more legitimacy with the rigor that comes with it. We can push our students to work harder, dig deeper into their crafts so they will understand more of what it will be like in life and in college,” he said. l
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Torch passing: Sedillo leaving a legacy for talented newcomer Madsen By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
ne could draw many parallels between Bela Sedillo and Allie Madsen. Both started playing softball in the same Oquirrh Mountain recreation league, both then moved onto to playing with their competition team. Both are catchers, Sedillo hits leadoff while Madsen bats cleanup and both are playing key roles for the Juan Diego High School softball team. “It’s a great dynamic,” said head coach Paul Archuleta of his duo. The difference is Madsen is a freshman at the beginning of her Soaring Eagle career, Sedillo is a senior graduating in a month leaving a legacy behind. At Easter, the duo’s offensive output had inspired Juan Diego’s 8-6 start with Madsen’s five home runs and Sedillo’s 10 doubles. Sedillo’s double digit extra base hits leads 3A, something she’s used to having lead the classification last year and was third in the state her sophomore year. And it’s exactly what she looks for. “I can hit just about anything, (but) I prefer something I can drive like left center-ish because I get a lot of doubles that way,” Sedillo said. With Madsen, playing first base, hitting three spots behind her in the lineup, it means Sedillo probably scores a lot of runs too. “I know that if I get on base and she gets up, if (spots) two and three don’t hit me in, I know she’s going to,” Sedillo said. Madsen, who started playing softball after her mom saw an ad in the paper, is known for her intensity and ambition.
Senior Bela Sedillo has played varsity catcher all four years on the Juan Diego softball team. Head coach Paul Archuleta said she’s one of the smartest players he’s ever coached. (DeAnn Madsen/Juan Diego softball)
Freshman Allie Madsen is a natural catcher, but is playing corner infield this year before senior Bela Sedillo passes the catching torch onto her next year. (DeAnn Madsen/Juan Diego softball)
Archuleta recalls having an almost three-hour practice, then afterwards Madsen would spend more time in the weight room. “That kid has worked like no tomorrow,” Archuleta said. “She’s a good kid, she’s strong, she’s a great role model right now as a freshman. She’s gonna be a great player.” Sedillo said Madsen is very self-aware, quick to identify
what she might be doing wrong. “Before anyone else can tell her what she does wrong or what she needs to fix, she already knows,” the senior captain said. “She coaches herself and that makes her a better player.” For Sedillo, an Arizona native who moved to Utah at age 8, she was originally a swimmer when her dad put her into softball. “I was awful,” she said of her early years. “I batted last continued on next page…
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and I played right field for a couple years and then for whatever reason, they chose me for an all-star team.” Sedillo eventually joined a competition team and after that, said she “kinda knew” what she was doing. She sure knows what she’s doing now. “I’ve never seen a kid that knows the game inside and out (like her),” Archuleta said, adding she’s received more compliments from umpires and opposing coaches than any player he’s seen in his life. “She’s had umpires frazzled cause she’s made calls and knows the rule book inside and out,” he said. “Majority of our umpires have come to me and told me, ‘your catcher, her framing skills, the way she handles a situation, the way she runs the field. I’ve never seen that.’ That’s the type of player she is.” Sedillo’s knowledge of the game allows her to call games for her pitchers rather than receiving the instructions from Archuleta. “She’s very consistent, not a lot shakes her. She knows what she has to do and she makes it happen,” Madsen said. Sedillo, who plans to walk on at Colorado State or Arizona State, picked off 28 batters last season as a catcher and her competition team, the Utah Bullets, won the western regionals in 2016 qualifying them for nationals in Texas. Last year, Sedillo discovered she had celiac disease, where ingesting gluten can lead
to damaging the small intestine, and that she was lactose intolerant. “Every day she comes and she’s hurting… (but) comes day in and day out and works hard. I was looking forward to having her as my leader this year,” Archuleta said. “It’s gonna be sad to lose her.” Luckily, the Soaring Eagles have its heir apparent on the roster in Madsen. Sedillo, a 3.9 GPA student, will pass the position onto Madsen after graduation. While the torch will be passed, Archuleta said this year has been good for Madsen, especially for how to pick off batters. “[Bela’s] arm strength is phenomenal. She’s not afraid to throw the ball. Allie would kind of hesitate, not let go of the ball as much, so I wanted her to see Bela’s pop up time,” Archuleta said. As the team battles for a playoff spot in a region with perennial power Bear River, Archuleta said he’s happy with the work ethic of a team made up of 22 players with some learning the game for the first time. Compared to past seasons when Sedillo felt the obligation to do everything, she’s enjoyed watching the talented team come together this season. “We’ve had ups and downs but we’ve done much better than I ever anticipated and I’m really happy with this season,” Sedillo said. l
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Exciting finish to Grizzlies season
Draper Chamber of Commerce Corner Ribbon Cuttings and Ground Breakings Dell-EMC Center of Excellence in Draper Vance Checketts, vice president and general manager for Dell EMC held a grand opening for their 100,000-square-foot, LEED Silver certified building located at Vista Station in Draper, attended by senior leaders within the Dell EMC organization, Gov. Herbert, Draper Mayor Troy Walker as well as other distinguished guests.
Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy A groundbreaking ceremony herald the start of work on a renovation project at Indian Hills Middle Construction is expected to take roughly a year. Board of Education President Sherril H. Taylor and Principal Doug Graham spoke at the event.
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averik Center in West Valley is the home of the Utah Grizzlies. Hockey has always been an obscure part of the community. West Valley was the center of the hockey universe for two weeks in February of 2002. It hosted the best players in the world for the Olympic tournament. Stars like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull skated the ice. Today the glitz and glamor is mostly gone, but mid-level minor league players in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) call it home. The Grizzly just completed their 21st season in Salt Lake City. Highs and lows were common this time around, but despite its rough patches, the Grizzlies still managed to close out the regular season with an opportunity to advance to the playoffs. The Grizzlies finished the 2016-17 regular season on a tear. They won six straight contests in pursuit of their 10th straight playoff appearance. In mid-January, they found themselves 14 points out of playoff contention; an almost insurmountable task.
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The Utah Grizzlies mascot Grizzbee is one of the most recognizable parts of the team. He takes the time to interact with many including youth hockey player Eddie Rappleye. (Ed Rappleye/Grizzly fan)
The rival Colorado Eagles paid a visit to the Grizzlies the week of March 20 and came away with a three- game sweep. Its playoff possibilities seemed bleak. They left the friendly confines for a five-game, 10-day road trip. They swept the road trip and controlled their own destiny in their final home stand. One victory and they would advance into the ECHL playoffs. The Grizzlies captured a 5-3 victory over Missouri April 8 to secure a playoff spot. The playoffs were scheduled to begin April 12 (after press deadline). At the team awards banquet April 6, Michael Pelech was named team MVP. He scored 20 goals this season and had 33 assists. Goaltender Ryan Faragher averaged 3.09 goals allowed per game and rookie Kevin Boyle, a top prospect of the Anaheim Ducks, posted a 2.0 goals against average in his final 15 games with the team. NHL teams use minor league rosters to develop its talent. National Hockey League opening night rosters boasted 11 former Grizzlies. They also have the most home wins in the ECHL in the past three seasons. The Grizzlies have a strong connection with the community in its amateur leagues and youth participation. They have a partnership with the Junior Grizzlies and the Salt Lake County recreational program. Grizzbee, the team’s mascot, is scheduled to make more than 150 appearances in the community throughout the year at schools, libraries and community events. The Grizzlies moved to Salt Lake City in 1995 as a member of the International Hockey League and later the American Hockey League. The team played its home games in the then named Delta Center until moving to West Valley City in 1997. In 1996, the Grizzlies won the IHL’s Turner Cup, in the fourth and final game of the championship series 17,381 fans attended the game and established a minor-league hockey attendance record. In 2005, the team was sold and moved to Cleveland. A new ownership group purchased the Grizzly identity and an East Coast Hockey League team, The Virginia Lancers, moved them to Utah. They became a part of the ECHL. The Grizzlies averaged nearly 5,300 fans per game. That is fourth highest in the league. l
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Opportunity: Angels football team grants playing chances for girls By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
ou probably didn’t know Canyon School District (CSD) had a girls football team that practices at Midvale City Park. You will now. Until a few months ago, the Angels football team didn’t exist, but now the 16-member team is made up of girls from eighth to 12th grade from across CSD. Led by head coach Barbara Calchera, the Angels are a part of the Utah Girls Tackle Football. “It’s seeing the children…feeling like they have grown and accomplished something, gotten faster, catching more balls. That’s always what drives me,” Calchera said. Calchera, a lifelong lover of football who has attended USA football camps, said she felt she didn’t have a chance to play when she was younger. Now, she’s coaching a team of girls who do. “I love it so much. My driven nature is why I’m here and my love for girls having opportunity,” she said. A former member of the women’s football team Utah Falconz and current member of the Utah WildKats, Calchera has two daughters on the team. One of them, Maddy Calchera, used to play with a boys team. She said after suffering through a negative experience that included a sexual assault, she’s found the right place with her new league and team. “It was a really nice opportunity to play in a safe environment and a much more positive
environment,” Maddy, a sophomore, said. That environment involves a level of acceptance for girls’ appearance. “It’s definitely really inclusive for all body types,” Maddy, who plays center, said. “Bigger girls like me have a place because we can plow down other girls, skinnier girls that are faster have a place because they can run the ball and in-between girls [size] can be linebackers or the bigger running people.” Assistant coach Quinn Wesley, who plays center for the championship winning Falconz, said it helps girls to be comfortable in their own skin. “A girl who people deem might be too skinny or too small can come out here and, all of a sudden, she starts to feel good about herself because she ran the right route or made the right block,” Wesley said. The girls have also provided support for each other. “There’s no bullying. You don’t have to worry about your insecurities here. Everyone’s open minded and works hard to motivate each other,” said Lesli Lopez, a sophomore running back from Hillcrest High School. It’s Lopez’s first year playing football. With many of the girls participating in the sport for the first time, it’s an opportunity during the eight-game season to soak up knowledge not only about the game, but about life. “And if we win? Great. But, most importantly, I want them to learn life skills by participating with
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this team and, if I accomplish those, I’ll be happy,” Barbara said. Players and coaches said the game teaches character development, determination, health habits, strategy, teamwork and provides a haven from personal issues. Maddy said it even assists in anger management. “You get to hit people for fun and its totally legal,” she said with a laugh. Allaynah Tau, a Jordan High School sophomore, plays guard for the Angels. She also competes in softball, basketball and volleyball. She recently returned two weeks earlier than expected from an injured ankle she suffered while playing volleyball. “I love sports, that’s all I do is sports,” she said. Tau has found another opportunity for it with the Angels. While the team plays its games every Saturday at Westland Elementary in West Jordan, the team practices at Midvale City Park, which came about after Calchera and league advocate Brent Gordon approached the city council for permission to use the field. “We’re thankful,” Calchera said of Midvale City. “This is a great opportunity for the girls, for them opening their arms and letting us participate here.” Two other teams could follow suit also calling the park their practicing field. A fledgling league, it’s continuously growing
Head coach Barbara Calchera speaks with her player during the Angels opening game. The team plays every Saturday through May at Westmore Elementary in West Jordan. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
whether it’s Lopez and Tau being recruited by their friends or new teams being added. Players and coaches urged other girls interested to come check it out. Wesley said, “it’s a great environment, people should come check it out,” while Tau added for girls to “come experience and see what’s going on cause it’s really fun.” l
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Van Wagenen takes on mantle of Charger head coach
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ndrew Van Wagenen might be recognizable from his BYU soccer-playing days, the Spanish class he teaches at Corner Canyon High School or simply his bushy beard and long ponytail. “It adds to my street cred a little bit. The kids like it,” he said of his hair. Or maybe it’s because Van Wagenen now stalks the sidelines as head coach of the Chargers’ boys soccer team. Having served as assistant coach during the first three years of the program’s existence, Van Wagenen is now the second ever head coach of Corner Canyon soccer. “It’s more daunting I guess than anything else,” he said, adding that he hired an “awesome staff” to help. “Luckily I hired assistant coaches who know a lot more or are much better than I am.” Having served as assistant coach during the first three years of the program’s existence, Van Wagenen said he’s happy to be part of the program. “These kids are great,” he said. “They love this game, they love to work hard. For me it’s just a privilege to be working with the kids and being able to coach.” It’s a coaching career that started at BYU when he helped run youth camps. After graduating, Van Wagenen, now married with three children, worked with various club teams around the area including the Rangers in Utah Valley and Impact United in Salt Lake before taking his teaching post at Corner Canyon. Coaching was one of the motivating factors that launched him into the teaching profession. Combining his love of the game and seeing the impact coaches have on players was another factor. Senior keeper Jaxx Goodrich likes his coach’s style, both on and off the field. “He’s got a very good knowledge of the game, he knows what he’s doing. I think he’s a great coach, love him to death,” Goodrich said. And his ponytail? “I like his ponytail. I think he’s a lot more intimidating and respectable when he doesn’t have short hair,” Goodrich said. With the tactical and technical understanding of the game always fluctuating and evolving, Van Wagenen said it’s a constant challenge finding ways to improve his team and outcoach his opponents. “I like that challenge. There’s always something new you’re thinking about, something you can be learning, can be applying or implementing into the game or with your players,” he said. “That constant challenge, that constant novelty has been really fascinating to me.” For a program that’s only four years old,
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the other task at hand is imprinting a style and philosophy on the team. While they favor a possession game with smart, creative players, building up expectations take time with a new school, let alone a new coach. “We’re still a young program, so establishing a culture, tradition, rituals, ceremonies, protocols, policies with these kids to sort of help them feel they’re a part of a program that has a tradition, that’s been the biggest challenge so far,” Van Wagenen said. To create that culture, he said everything needs to be done with purpose. “If we’re mindful of what we’re doing and why we’re doing things, we add a purpose to everything, (then) over time we can create that tradition and x factor that makes the team unified,” Van Wagenen said. Heading into spring break, the Chargers were 2-4. Having been involved in four onegoal games, Goodrich said he felt they’d been the better team, but just haven’t finished their chances. “We struggle to put our final pass or shot away and I think if we better that and develop our finishing skills then a lot of these games will be different,” he said. “I don’t think the scores really show our skill and how much better we’ve progressed over the year.” Van Wagenen said the players have “a lot of heart and a lot of talent,” adding that the Chargers have potential and were “dangerous, creating (scoring) opportunities” in every game. “What will make the biggest difference is if our team can come together and play as a team,” he said. “I think we have the talent to play and compete and beat any team in our region … I’d be disappointed to not make a playoff spot this year. I really would.” l
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Charger softball marches toward region title, salutes fallen heroes By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
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The team meets freshman Whitney Opheikens at the plate after she smashed a home run against Timpanogos. It was part of a backto-back-to-back home run sequence for the Chargers. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
n the back of Josee Haycock’s jersey isn’t her name, nor does it have anything to do with the Corner Canyon softball team that she leads as a captain. It reads, “Ssgt. Barton,” in honor of fallen military member sergeant Zack Barton. “[The military] give everything to defend our country and our freedoms and for me to be able to play softball because of them is something that I will never forget,” said Haycock, a sophomore third baseman. Every navy jersey, with stars spangled on its left sleeve, of the Corner Canyon softball team holds a name for the girls to represent a fallen soldier. It is part of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), an organization that provides comfort and solace to families of fallen military members. The girls are in contact with each family of the soldier they represent. Many families and Patriot Guard riders attend Charger softball games. “I’ve learned to love [Barton’s] family and they’ve adopted me into their family, I’m like their own daughter,” Haycock said. For two seasons now, Charger softball has not only done TAPS, but also a military game against Alta where the families are presented and recognized. “It was seriously the coolest experience. You get to see them in person, cause sometimes you forget that they’re real…then you see their families and it’s like a really humbling experience,” said senior captain Cheyanne Gates. In a season filled with potential and possibility, it has helped unify the team. During its tournament in St. George, the team sat down sharing their family stories. “You want them to have a personal cause,” said head coach Garrett Hone. “This is personal for all of them.” Internalizing the cause for each player will help keep their feet on the ground in a year that’s shaping up to be a memorable one for Charger softball. With eight returning starters and three contributing freshmen, Hone has a special roster before him. “I’ve coached for 12 years, even at Spanish Fork, there were some united teams but I’ve never seen a team like this. They love each other, it’s great,” Hone said. Corner Canyon went 3-6 in a preseason that saw the team suffer a six-game losing streak. With five of those losses coming against top tier teams from every classification in the state—such as Spanish Fork, Uintah, Bear River and Box Elder—Hone said it’s a purposeful schedule and those losing scores didn’t properly reflect the games. “I know they believe that they can beat mediocre teams, but when it comes to the top dogs in the state… It’s just getting them to believe that they can compete with that caliber of team,” he said.
Since that 3-6 start, the Chargers have torn through region with a plus-61 run differential after six games. Gates, a middle infielder, said the difference has been both their run production and defense. “We have one of the best defenses in the state right now. I think that’s what’s really helping us,” Gates said. Ironically, there was no better display of that defense than in its windy 16-14 win over Timpanogos. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, heavy gusts turning fly balls into home runs and the T-Wolves rallying; sophomore Brooke Myers made a circus catch at the wall to end the game. “Our outfield is stellar. Brooke Myers going through a fence and robbing a home run. I mean even our infield, I’ve got an infield that a lot of college coaches would love,” Hone said. To reach the pinnacle its climbing towards, defense will be essential. “There will be teams who hit the ball just as well as we do (at state). Our defense, keeping those runs from scoring, is what’s going to win a championship,” Haycock said. It’s their hitting that might scare teams the most. That same Timpanogos game saw the Chargers hit back-to-back-to-back homers. “We hit one through nine, so when I say we can hit, we can hit,” he said. It’s a batting order that features more left-handed batters than typically seen on a high school team. Myers, who hits lefty, is what’s called a “slapper” where the batter almost starts running as they hit the ball. But Hone said she can hit for power or the short game so teams don’t know whether to play back or forward. Hone said with so many right-handed pitchers, it’s great to have a lineup with lefties. “Lefties see right handers so much better, I call it the lefty complex. I am a fan of lefties because they see the ball so well and it’s so hard as a pitcher to pitch to them,” he said. Haycock attributes much of their ability at the plate to preparation prior to the season. “We have definitely worked really hard to be better ball players,” she said. “We did weightlifting and agility so all of us are just so much more athletic this year and stronger and I think that’s really helped our hitting come on.” With region winding to a close and a state tournament on the horizon, the team’s hopes are simple. Sharpen players’ decision making and go far in state. “Win region for sure and state will come when it comes,” Gates said. l
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Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. For a long time, infertility was a topic that was not discussed openly. Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. Patients seek out a specialist much sooner than before because they know it is available and acceptable. Another major challenge is that most insurance companies do not offer infertility treatment benefits. While they do often cover consultations and diagnostic treatment, they do not
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Flipping out over the cost of summer entertainment
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claim my Frisbee. So, while a Google search will offer an enormous amount of fast, slow, left and right turning discs, they are somewhat expensive. It’s around 24 dollars for a set of three discs, while its helpful to own disc golf gear, and there are a large variety of recommended discs, a few extra bargain discs won’t detract from the game. 3. There are no amenities at disc golf courses: Keep in mind you will be at a public park. The services are limited. If you are hoping for a cart or a snack shack, you will probably be disappointed. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring plenty of water and plan a picnic lunch for your game. 4. Bring your friends: This is an occasion where the more involved creates a merrier time. It’s a good idea to honor the foursome format, but the sky is the limit on how many groups can be a part of the fun. Keep in mind, however, the rules of golf etiquette are still in full swing. Don’t barge into the games of other people, be quiet when players tee off, don’t allow your dog to sniff around other people’s stuff —you get the idea. I have found disc golf to be a good way to relax, get exercise and enjoy areas of Utah I would not have visited otherwise. Oh, and did I mention it’s free. Visit the www.discgolfscene.com for a list of Disc Golf locations.
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“IN PAIN?... Tried Meds?... Injections?... Contemplated or Even Had Spinal Surgery?... AND STILL HAVE PAIN?” The Controversial Truth and How One Salt Lake Doctor’s Solution May be the Only Way Out of Pain for Some Dear friendFor the 15 years that I’ve been in practice, I’ve been somewhat known as “the guy that sends out those flyers with his kids on them”. However, that’s only a part of the story. You see, new information and technology has come forward that has helped so many people eliminate spinal pain without taking pills, shots, and surgery. Let Me First Point Out that in many cases, medicine, shots, and operations are necessary for proper health and recovery. I’m grateful that this stuff exists. However, in my 15 years of practice, I’ve seen thousands of patients who are regularly getting meds, injections, and even operations that they didn’t need, and who are still in ridiculous pain...it’s tragic...NO WONDER that person is frustrated and skeptical that anything will help. I WOULD BE TOO!!! The problem is that with many doctors, if health insurance doesn’t cover a procedure, it’s almost as if it doesn’t exist! The reality is that the “accepted” treatment for spinal conditions is as follows: medication, physical therapy, steroid injections (pain management) and then surgery. Period. No matter how effective anything else may be. BUT... The Real Truth is that other effective scientifically based solutions do exist. In fact, over the past couple years we have used an innovative approach of combining Deep Tissue Laser (a Class IV device) and spinal decompression. The Laser beam penetrates
about 3-5 inches into the human body. Injured cells respond with an increase in energy and blood supply to injured areas (like Spinal Stenosis and discs) And it stimulates healing in stagnant decaying areas (like arthritic joints). Also, the Deep Tissue Laser stimulates the production of new healthy cells. Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy is performed on a computerized table that allows separation of vertebral segments. The “pull” is very gentle and specifically directed to the compromised regions. Vertebral segments are separated approximately 3-5 millimeters creating a negative pressure between the vertebrae. Disc bulges or herniations can resorb back and dehydrated (narrowed) discs can be rehydrated or thickened. Typical treatment protocol is 20 to 25 office visits, but most patients start feeling better by visit 4. A study performed by Thomas A. Gionis, MD and Eric Groteke, DC. showed an amazing success rate of 86 to 94%! Most of the cases used in the study were disc herniations with or without spinal degeneration. These success rates are consistent with my personal treatment of thousands of similar cases.
juries, along with gentle Chiropractic care for cases that may need it. And finally, the treatment is pain-free.
YOU NEED TO KNOW: I only take cases that I know I can help. (I won’t waste your time & money). We are on most insurance including Aetna, Altius, Blue Cross, Cigna, Deseret Mutual, Educators Mutual, IHC Select Med, PEHP, UHC, and others. And Regardless of fault, Auto Injuries are 100% Covered by Auto Insurance. When you call, you will receive a Complete Spinal Assessment which includes an exam, X-rays (if needed) and 2 office visits along with 2 Pain Relieving Treatments (for a limited time) for only $27 ($293 Value). We are Elite Performance Health Center. We are located at Deep Tissue Laser combined with Disc Decompression Therapy is 86-94% successful I-15 and Bangerter Hwy (13552 S. 110 W.). Our number is 888-YOUR-CARE. in the treatment of Failed Back-Surgery Syndromes. Herniated, Bulging or “Slipped” –Matthew D. Smith, D.C. CSCS Discs, Disc Degeneration and Spinal Stenosis, Neuropathy, Weakness, Pain,Tingling, Chiropractic Physician Numbing in Arms or Legs, Acute or Chronic Joint Pains. We also offer laser treatment for Carpal Tunnel Pain, Headaches, Shoulder, Elbow, Hip or Knee Pains, and Auto In- P.S. I am also extending this offer to one family member for only $7.
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