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fter the controversial homeless shelter relocation debate in Draper, and in an effort to prove who the residents of Draper really are, a band of dedicated residents planned a citywide service project that was held on Aug. 10. “My wife and I showed up for the Draper homeless meeting that they had, and we were really embarrassed. I didn’t want to be from Draper,” Adam Kessler, one of the event organizers, said. “So we decided we wanted to do something to give the people we know in Draper a chance to go serve and do something impactful and different. There’s no ulterior motive in this, we just want people to serve.” And that’s exactly what they did. In a service project called I Am Draper City, thousands of residents of all ages gathered at Corner Canyon High School to donate their time, blood and/or money to volunteer organizations from around the Salt Lake Valley. “Draper got a bad rap a few months ago and the truth is that was a very small percentage of the residents here,” said Chad Booth, one of the organizers. “They didn’t have enough information and they were full of fear. They got the microphone and the spotlight and that just turned into a big…whatever that was. I sat there thinking, that’s not Draper. People who show up here, they are Draper.” On the I Am Draper City website, people could sign up to volunteer on the day of the event, and that’s how Jody Heaton got involved. She was in charge of the area that was filling hygiene kits and backpacks, but said she was excited to serve once her shift was over. “I love it. One of my favorite things is after I’m done volunteering, they have all the different charities or organizations here and we can sign up tonight,” Heaton said. “They have calendars ready for us so it’s hands-on ready to volunteer going forward, instead of writing down your number and maybe I’ll volunteer.” In one part of the school, the American Red Cross had set up shop and was busy drawing blood from willing residents. In another room, 10,000 hygiene kits and 600 back-to-school

Tim Provost, a volunteer at the I Am Draper City service project, enjoying the food trucks, all of which donated part of their profits to the service project. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)

backpacks were put together for those in need. In another room were several tables, with local volunteer organizations conversing with residents and educating them on how to serve for their various groups. Volunteers of America — an organization that helps people who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness — tabled at the event, and Sarah Cavalcanti, the marketing and communications director for the group, said the people she talked to seemed genuinely interested in helping out. “They aren’t just coming and taking a piece of candy — they are asking questions

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and learning about how to sign up. It’s great,” Cavalcanti said. “Draper is a little bit removed, from us and a lot of the other organizations … although we are not that far, we are still 20 minutes away, so it’s good to get people from surrounding areas involved.” Outside of the school, a row of bounce houses lined a field outside, with food trucks parked nearby. Kids’ games were set up around the field, where Victoria, 15, stood manning the Frisbee golf station. Victoria volunteered for the event with her church youth group. “It’s really cool to help kids and show them how fun volunteering can be,” Victoria said.

Booth said the inception of the event continued to grow as more people got involved. Even though this is only the first year for the citywide service project, the turnout and excitement surrounding it makes Booth think the success will continue for years to come. “Let’s invite Draper, let’s invite people to do good things. People in Draper work hard, are overscheduled and are super family orientated… and it’s a little scary to figure out what to do to help,” Booth said. “Everyone is super excited about it. I think people want to do good. When you can break down those barriers and gaps, people get really excited about service.” l

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age Nielsen passed down her glittering crown to the current Miss Draper, Tabitha Wilson, in April this year, but her time as Miss Draper and on the pageant stage was far from over. In July, Nielsen participated in the statewide Miss Utah competition as the youngest contestant of the year. “(Competing at Miss Utah) was so crazy because I was the youngest person in the entire pageant, out of 50 contestants from around Utah,” Nielsen said. “I’m just 18. I’m competing against girls who are 24 and graduated from college, and I’m just trying to graduate high school. I was working on top of it at In-N-Out at Draper and trying to graduate, all while preparing for this pageant.” Besides having to graduate from high school just weeks before the pageant, Nielsen also had to learn a whole new song on the piano as part of her talent competition. She had spent hours perfecting a song on the piano, and after registering for the competition, learned that another contestant was going to play the same song. Starting from scratch a month before the competition, Nielsen composed a song of her own on the piano. “I asked myself what I was going to do that would be worthy of the Miss Utah stage.” Nielsen said. “I sat down one day and I composed an entire song. It was so crazy but I pulled it off and it was such a fun experience.” In addition to holding her own as the youngest competitor at Miss Utah, Nielsen worked to serve the community throughout her year as Miss Draper. She advocated self-empowerment, which she defines as “goal setting, loving yourself, having a healthy lifestyle, and positive thinking all the way around.” Throughout her tenure as Miss Draper, Nielsen often spoke about her platform with Draper residents of all ages. Seeing the way little girls looked up to her when she had her crown on — which is the same way she looked up to pageant winners — makes her want to continue competing in pageants and inspiring little kids along the way. As Nielsen leaves Draper to start school at Dixie State University, Nielsen said she’ll miss the strong community and the city-wide activities that are held in her hometown. “The activities are so fun because they engage

the community and the city, and you can meet the mayor and city council members,” Nielsen said. “That just shows they care about us and want us to know we are important. I think it’s important for community members to get together, mingle and meet their leaders who are making the city thrive.” For Tabitha Wilson, Nielsen’s successor to Miss Draper, the ideal location of Draper is what she loves about the city. Wilson will also be leaving the city to start school at Utah Valley University, but she’s loved growing up by the mountains and participating in all the outdoor activities that come along with living in Draper. No newcomer to pageants, Wilson competed in many growing up, including the Miss Draper Outstanding Teen competition, before competing for the coveted Miss Draper title. For Wilson, the emphasis on friendship, service and volunteer work is what drew her into pageants. Wilson’s platform as Miss Draper is called Michelle Matters, and she has teamed up with Utah Domestic Vi- Sage Nielsen passes the title onto Tabitha Wilson at the Miss Draper olence Coalition to educate communi- Pageant in April. (Tabitha Wilson) ty members about domestic violence end up homeless because of that. However, she said and where to get help. she’s hoping to do other things in Draper to help “The reason I chose (Michelle Matters as women that find themselves in violent situations. my platform) was because one of our close family “It’s sad that didn’t work out, but I’ve been friends — she was shot and killed along with her working with the city and Mayor (Troy) Walker son about seven years ago by her husband,” Wilson and his wife as well, and we’ve come up with some said. “That’s stuck with me, and a couple years ago good ideas to raise awareness and get more people I did a Duck Dash for the Dove Center and raised involved,” Wilson said. “I want to be able to go money for them down in St. George. I’m actually into schools and talk to kids about that, so we’ll see hoping to schedule a Duck Dash up here in Draper when I’ll be able to do that.” in October because it’s Domestic Violence AwareGoing into the Miss Draper competition in ness Month.” April, Wilson wasn’t terribly nervous. She felt preWilson said she was disappointed about the pared in her abilities to perform in dance, and in her headlines Draper residents made in opposition to a commitment she had for her platform. Hearing her homeless shelter opening up in the city. Wilson had name called at the pageant was thrilling for Wilson. hoped that there would be resources and a place for “I was so excited because I knew I’d be able to women and children who flee abusive homes and do a bunch with the city.” l

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Draper teen wants to make impact as ambassador for World Literacy Foundation


ummer Soller has always had a deep love for reading and writing, so when she heard from her International Baccalaureate coordinator that the World Literacy Foundation was looking for youth ambassadors, Soller quickly sent in her application, and three days later, got accepted. “It says on [the World Literacy Foundation] website that 20 percent of people can’t read in the whole population and that was so surprising since I’ve known how to read since I was in kindergarten. I didn’t know that it was such a blessing to read all of the stories I wanted to, so I can’t even imagine not being able to read,” Soller, a Draper resident, said. “I read through their mission about how it can improve health, lower crime, and increase gender equality and employment, and I thought, ‘This is great, why wouldn’t I want to do this?’” Since joining the youth ambassador program in May, Soller — a senior at Hillcrest High School — has been able to talk to other youth ambassadors and coordinators around the world. With over 200 ambassadors from 30 different countries, there’s plenty of people for Soller to get to know, though it’s mostly through social media. “Everyone is so responsive and so nice and really passionate about what they’re doing for the organization,” Soller said. “If I need help with something, or we’re just talking, or I’m Facebooking someone I don’t know, it’s just a really positive environment. You can tell it’s a bunch of kids who are passionate about reading and literacy and want to help, instead of kids who just want to put it on their resume.” Besides promoting the foundation, Soller has been tasked with raising $1,000 for the foundation. The funds she and other youth ambassadors raise will be sent to Uganda to build schools, buy

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Summer Soller joined the World Literacy Foundation as a youth ambassador. (Harini Srinivasan/youth ambassador)

books and pay teachers. “We’ve donated over 120,000 books to Uganda and other places. We’ve helped with over 200 million people with this program, mostly building schools for places in need,” Soller said. “There’s been thousands of grants given throughout the world. All the money has strictly gone to education and schools to give everyone a chance to have an education.” Soller is raising the money by doing a walk-a-thon, an idea she got from participating in many of them when she was younger at an international school she attended in Germany. Soller said she hopes the walk-a-thon will happen on Sept. 23, but she’s still in the early stages of planning. Soller has reached out to various businesses and restaurants in the area soliciting for monetary donations or food for those who participate in the walk-a-thon. Overall, Soller said that local businesses have been very supportive and willing to help in her fundraising endeavors. “I’m hoping to show up and have sponsors that will give money to people for every lap they walk, and we’ll just all walk together,” Soller said. Although Soller won’t be able to travel to Uganda herself to help build the schools and donate the educational resources, she plans to stay involved with the World Literacy Foundation as long as she can. Since her term as youth ambassador expires when she turns 18, she plans to help once she’s in college, and potentially become an adult ambassador for the foundation. “The whole mission for this foundation is really amazing … I don’t want to just do it for a year,” Soller said. “I want to keep doing it and when I’m older I’ll be able to do more things and I think I’ll be able to make a bigger impact.” l

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One year later: Draper has left UFA — how has the transition gone? By Lexi Peery | l.peery@mycityjournals.com


n Aug. 16, 2016, Draper City Council decided to leave the Unified Fire Authority, in a 4-1 vote. In the past 12 months, Draper has severed ties with UFA, hired a new fire chief and staff, and opened up a fully functioning fire department at the end of June. Clint Smith, the fire chief for the newly minted Draper City Fire Department, said because of the qualified staff he and the city were able to assemble, the transition from UFA has been smoother than he had expected. “I knew we had good people, training and equipment, but until you actually (transition) you don’t know how it will go,” Smith said. “We have a great workforce.” Smith, selected by Mayor Troy Walker and the city council in October of 2016, worked through nine months of planning, hiring and training, all in the hopes of creating a lasting department. Over 400 people applied for positions at the department — some local, but many from around the state and out of state. “We had a tremendous response and we were able to recruit well-trained and experienced individuals,” Smith said. “It’s a unique situation to take and build a new fire department, and we were looking for fresh ideas from experienced individuals…Applicants saw potential in the community and wanted to be a part of this from the beginning.” Of the 400 applicants, 39 were hired as full-time employees, with 20–25 working part time for the department. The new department members trained for three weeks prior to opening at the end of June; however, recruits were already well trained and experienced in the field. Having worked for UFA for 21 years, Smith brings a great deal of fire service experience to Draper. Before Draper City Fire Department was operational, the city had to separate, or “divorce” as Smith and city council members call it, from UFA. The divorce was civil, with only minor disagreements arising over equipment and fire apparatus. “There were some tough situations with those personal and

professional relationships (I had with UFA),” Smith said. “At the end of the day we were able to work together and come to a resolution over issues and questions we’d had through the process, and UFA has been supportive. They weren’t happy to see us leave, and they won’t deny that. Even though they didn’t want it to happen, they were still supportive.” Smith stressed that Draper wasn’t parting ways with UFA because of the service; it was because the city saw fit to have more local control over fire services. Smith, who currently lives in Herriman, has a strong connection to Draper. He grew up in Draper and has many relatives still in the area. Smith said since officially beginning service on June 30, he’s heard a lot of positive feedback from residents who have interacted with Draper’s new firefighters. “Some residents were worried about decrease in service, but that hasn’t been the case,” Smith said. “I think the other thing is the fact that we are truly their fire department. We want to be recognized not just as the firefighters, but we want people to recognize faces and recognize us as real people — not just firefighters. We’re trying to capture the fact we are Draper city’s fire department.” Now that operations for Draper City Fire Department is in full swing, Smith said he and other chief officers are focusing on building strong leaders among the staff to ensure the department remains strong throughout the years to come. “We (the current command staff) want to have happy employees that are fulfilled and who develop professionally for their long-term success,” Smith said. “In the fire service, once you get into it and stay, there’s very little turnover. We hired a core group of experienced individuals for the success of the department so they can fill our roles and step into our shoes as we finish out our careers — building success for the future of the department.” l

Draper City Fire Department opened for operation in late June after the city decided to withdraw from Unified Fire Authority. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)


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Corner Canyon High graduate Hailee Thorn (second from right) joins other Canyons graduates who received the Bright Star scholarship from the Canyons Education Foundation. (Canyons School District)


his fall, Corner Canyon High graduate Hailee Thorn may be engrossed in a chemistry class at Utah Valley University, thanks to the help of the Canyons Education Foundation. Thorn, who wants to pursue a career in the medical field, received the Canyons Education Foundation’s $1,000 Bright Star scholarship. “I took chemistry and human anatomy last year and liked learning about the body, so I think anesthesiologist would be a field I may be interested in,” she said. Thorn was one of six students awarded a scholarship, which was based on their abilities to overcome difficulties in their lives, said Foundation Officer Laura Barlow. “We awarded the scholarships to students who we see a difference in their life, whether it’s improving their grades, or overcoming a trial in their lives,” Barlow said. “Many students have a need, and through the scholarship, we hope we’re able to help them succeed in their future.” This is the second year Canyons Education Foundation has awarded scholarships. Thorn said she first heard of the scholarship opportunity when she was in the school counseling office. “They showed me this application and how I needed to write an essay about how I’ve overcome trials in my life,” she said. “My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and through

her treatments, I’ve been the one staying at home, helping her, sometimes I even missed school so I could get her to the hospital or get the help she needed.” Thorn also gave up her own activities — music and dance — to save money for her mother’s treatments. Her father was then living in St. Louis, where his job had taken him, leaving Thorn and her older siblings to care for her mother until she died about two years ago. Since then, Thorn’s family has reunited and she has focused on schoolwork, raising her grade-point average to a 3.9 while holding a job after school, but money is still tight. “I was way excited to learn I got the scholarship and I was the only one from my school to get it. It was really nerve-wracking waiting to hear, but once I did, I called my dad and told him,” she said. On senior awards night, the scholarship information was presented to her in front of her peers. She also was awarded a large cardboard check at the Canyons Education Foundation Spring Gala. At the gala, other Bright Star winners were recognized — Jennifer Pomeroy, from Alta High; Cassandra Hatcher, from Brighton High; Danielle Coccimiglio, from Hillcrest High; and Ismael Zarate-Guillen, from Jordan High. Alta High’s Vinnie Vala’au received the Rising Star scholarship. l

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City Council reluctantly approves development on Pioneer Road, pays off bond, amends sick leave conversion By Lexi Peery | l.peery@mycityjournals.com

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number of Draper residents showed up at Draper City Council meeting on Aug. 1 to hear the outcome of the Rivermark preliminary plat. located at approximately 1060 West Pioneer Road, that would bring 27-acre lots to RA2 (residential agricultural) land. Concerns arose considering the development during the council’s July 11 meeting, where residents called for a traffic study to be done. Discussion about the item was moved to Aug.1 so a thorough traffic study could be completed. On Aug. 1, the applicant and the developer produced a sound traffic study, which showed no extreme impact on the area, especially 1300 East during peak rush hour traffic. The council eventually approved the preliminary plat 4-1. All council members recognized the need to address the traffic issues at 1300 East during rush hour, but most of the council stated that this new development isn’t the cause of the problem. “(The developers) don’t need to solve the problem on 1300 East. It can’t be solved by one property owner — it’s been a problem for decades,” Councilman Jeff Stenquist said. “Everyone would like to live in a deadend neighborhood forever…It may not be convenient but that’s the truth and the reality of the situation.” Councilman Alan Summerhays added to Stenquist’s comment saying that though this development could potentially add an additional 27 families to rush-hour traffic, the problem really arose when the nearby schools, Corner Canyon High School and Draper Park Middle School, were built. Even though residents may want to keep their neighborhoods small, adding developments to the area isn’t something new to Draper. “Residents wanted these schools. That’s when traffic starts to really get bad,” Summerhays said. “We’ve been piecing Draper together piece by piece for years. I know, I’ve lived here my whole life.” Although every council member mentioned not necessarily having a desire to approve the preliminary plat, the developer, The Boyer Company, had met every code and request the city had placed before them, including coming back with a sound traffic study. Before voting, Councilwoman Michele Weeks said driving down 1300 East has become such a burden that it wouldn’t be

Draper City Council discusses what a 27-lot development located approximately at 1060 West Pioneer Road would mean for nearby residents and traffic along 1300 East. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)

fair to add even more residents to the mix garnering applause from the audience. The mayor quickly asked that residents refrain from applauding to comments made throughout the meeting. “They are still adding to the problem even though they may not be the problem,” Weeks said. Councilman William Rappleye explained to the crowd that even though he doesn’t necessarily want this development to happen, it wouldn’t be fair to the developers since they have met all of the city’s standards. “It’s hard…When it meets the criteria, (the developers) would go back and take their legal recourse. That’s the sad part,” Rappleye said. After the vote was recorded, which all of the council members except for Weeks voted in favor of, residents exited the city council chambers, not thrilled about the council’s decision. Besides approving the controversial Rivermark preliminary plat, the council

voted on a few substantial items of business. The council retired a bond with a principal amount of $4,915,000, called Utah Sales Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A. The city was able to sell excess property in a deal made last year, and some of the money made from that deal, which totaled to be over $7 million, will be used to pay off the bond. “It’s outstanding that we were able to do this,” Stenquist said proudly at the meeting. Another item approved on the agenda at the meeting was amending the sickleave conversion policy for city employees. Employees with at least 600 hours of sick leave can convert those hours into vacation days, health savings plan or their URS retirement savings. Prior to the meeting, employees had 1,400 sick leave hours available. “We’re creating an incentive to continue to not use sick leave, but to get a benefit for doing so,” City Manager David Dobbins said. l

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Former Charger cheerleader named national Student to Celebrate By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


hree years ago, Corner Canyon High senior Taylor Sampson was delivered a devastating blow — a hand injury that ended her eightyear cheer career. The member of the inaugural cheer squad at Corner Canyon turned to her cheer coach Whitney Lunt, who offered her the team position of tech cheer manager — a position she held through her graduation this spring. That position — of taking pictures and videos for her team and creating the cheer website and social media accounts — grew as she added the baseball team’s photos, video and live streaming to her duties. She also became the yearbook’s photo editor and the student body officer over technology. Without her realizing it, her video talents would help her and her school receive national attention. “Back in February, the dance teacher at Corner Canyon High School, Jamie Crowther, asked me to make a 90-second video showcasing Corner Canyon as the most spirited high school in a contest with Varsity

Brands,” Taylor said. “When I was submitting the video, my mom said, ‘Hey what is this awards tab?’ So I clicked on it and discovered that I could also apply for individual awards.” Taylor saw the Student to Celebrate award was for a student who has a “a deep and genuine love for his/her school” and “consistently attends school events and displays the utmost sportsmanship and school pride.” So she applied for the award. Taylor didn’t realize that her devotion to her school would lead her to win. “I was shocked when I learned I was amongst the top six students out of 400 applicants nationwide,” she said. Taylor and her mother traveled to Orlando in May for the Varsity Brands ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Olympic gymnast gold medalist Laurie Hernandez and Richard Curtis, who won a social media contest to cohost the television show, lLive with Kelly Ripa. When it came time for Taylor’s

category, Curtis described the student as one who “displays the utmost in sportsmanship and school pride.” He also said the characteristic traits of “driven, enthusiastic, optimistic and loyal” describe the individual. Taylor’s name was announced the award winner. “When they called my name that I won, I went on stage to accept the crystal award that came with a $1,000 scholarship for college,” she said. At the ceremony, she thanked her mother, who always supports her, as well as Lunt. “A huge, huge thank you to my amazing cheer coach, who helped me start on my amazing journey of photography and digital photography,” she said. This fall, Taylor, who lives in Sandy, plans to attend Utah State University to study digital media and business. “I want to keep doing what I’m doing,” she said. “I love taking pictures and making videos and capturing the moment! l

Corner Canyon High senior Taylor Sampson, who is the yearbook’s photo editor and the student body officer over technology, was named the national Student to Celebrate. (Taylor Sampson/Corner Canyon High School)


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Draper Elementary student among nation’s top in Reflections By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


Draper Elementary fifth-grader Alyssa Meadows composed her piano entry, “From Place to Place Ohio, Texas, California, Utah,” for the PTA Reflections contest and was the National Award of Merit winner. (Meg Meadows/Draper Elementary)

very day in late spring, fifth-grader Alyssa Meadows would check the National PTA Reflections website, seeing if the winners were announced — until May 2. That day, she broke into a smile. “I was surprised and happy at the same time,” she said about learning her music composition won an award of merit. “There are thousands of entries so I was very excited.” Alyssa, who began playing piano when she was six, wrote a place to the theme, “What is your story?” about living in several states. She called it “From Place to Place Ohio, Texas, California, Utah.” “I worked on it for about two months, keeping my right hand with the melody mostly,” she said. “Every part of the song reflected where I lived. In Ohio, it was a slower movement and Texas where it’s really hot, I played faster and louder. In California, I imagined gentle waves from the ocean, so I played it slower and more flowing. In Utah, I have a much more active melody with it at a higher octave. The ending is similar to Utah’s, but I changed the notes and brought it together more by slowing it down.”

Alyssa, who has won her school, regional and state levels in the intermediate division, has her state medal on a shelf in her bedroom. She said she enjoys the creativity of the Reflections program. “I like how every piece of art or every entry is different. We’re all coming up with things and letting everyone see our talents and see what they like about them,” she said. Alyssa, who also has entered other categories, was already beginning to ponder ideas for the 2017–18 Reflections contest. This year’s theme is “Within Reach.” The National PTA Reflections awards has celebrated more than 45 years of student achievement in the arts including dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual art. There is also a special artist division. Utah PTA has sponsored the Reflections program for more than 40 years. The Reflections arts program was started in 1969 by then Colorado State PTA President Mary Lou Anderson. Since then, Reflections has become an international program as PTAs

in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and US military schools overseas have joined the 50 states to participate in this program. Each year, a theme search contest is held where students can submit ideas for upcoming years. Once the National PTA Reflections Committee announces the year’s theme, PTA volunteers coordinate the contest. With the Reflections contest, a judging process is used that assists in narrowing down the number of entries as artwork passes through different levels of PTA. In Utah there are typically between 10,000 and 13,000 entries submitted each year. Nationally about 300,000 entries are submitted. Students typically receive two types of awards — the award of excellence and the award of merit. The award of excellence is given to the entries that are judged to be the best in their category. These entries then move on to the next level of judging. The award of merit recipients are the runners-up and are recognized at the school, council and region level. If they receive an award of excellence at the state level, they then advance to the national PTA for the final round of judging. l

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Draper Elementary draws new art skills from Kimball Art Center


raper Elementary first-grader Jackson Giles loves to learn, so when the arts education tour from Park City’s Kimball Art Center came to the school, he was excited. “My favorite thing I’ve learned is to take a closer look and then I can learn more about art,” he said. “I’ve learned to brainstorm ideas and if I make a mistake, like if I accidently make a dot, I can fix it by turning it into a sun.” At the end of the school year, Jackson and his schoolmates were learning how to look at art to see what they would want to examine more closely. First-grade teacher Tawna Glover said it’s similar to looking under a microscope and taking a more detailed look at things around them. “It’s teaching them to take a close look at what’s around them,” she said. “The students are getting hands-on, engaging skills that are really a lot of fun.” Embossing was a hit among the students. Many drew their favorite animal, shape or initials before cutting out the image and placing it on an embossing press, which the students got to crank the wheel. First-grader Kimball Jones drew a shark, which he embossed. “It’s my favorite animal,” he said. “It’s cool to learn about them and it’s been amazing to use the embossing. Turning the handle was my favorite part.” Kimball Arts Center ARTS tour coordinator

By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com Heather Stamenov said that each year their tour has a different theme, yet the ideas relate to the art center’s main gallery exhibits. “We teach them a hands-on way to explore the theme and also give teachers more resources on how they can apply it in their classrooms,” said Stamenov, who traveled to the school with volunteer Darrell Bloomquist. “We want to not only promote art, but also to inspire art.” With the first project, drawing what they may see in a microscope, students learn to take apart or magnify a certain drawing or doodle, Stamenov said. While embossing, they learn how to take a closer look, even if it’s subtle. “Before we meet with all the students’ classes, we share a PowerPoint with the students so they learn about how an artist studies something, both literally and symbolically,” she said. “Then, we allow the students to have the chance to think creatively about what shapes are interesting to them, what would be fun to create. So much of schoolwork is rigorous — students aren’t being given the time to allow their minds to create, imagine or innovate. This is a chance for them to do that, but at the same time practice their fine motor skills, listen to step-by-step instructions, learn the proper ways to use brushes or pencils and other useful day-to-day skills while having fun.” The Kimball tour this year has traveled to 5,000 kids at 20 schools across the state, including Draper Elementary.

Draper Elementary students learn how to emboss with a visit from Kimball Art Center’s educational outreach program. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

First-grade teacher Sarah Roberts said for the past five years, students have looked forward to the day. “We’ve done different art projects each time,” she said. “Painting with recycled items was fun for them, but it also taught them how to make connections. At the assembly, they learn vocabulary of different art terms and they showed

them different ways to approach art, such as making feet for a chicken out of silverware. So when the students have the opportunity to have hands-on time with Kimball Art Center, they’re thinking abstractly, outside the box, looking at something they’ve seen before, but in a different way. They’re learning something new while having fun. They’re being creative and engaged.” l

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48 pools of mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus have been found in the Salt Lake Valley By Lexi Peery | l.peery@mycityjournals.com


hose pesky mosquitoes that torment your summer mornings and evenings may be more of a concern than an itchy bite. The West Nile Virus, a disease that’s been in Utah since 2003, has been found in 74 mosquito pools across the state as of Aug. 5 — with 48 of the pools in the Salt Lake Valley. The West Nile Virus is typically detected in June, and continues throughout the summer and fall until the first frost, said Dallin Peterson, an epidemiologist for the state department of health. “Around August we usually see humans test positive, but to date, we haven’t had any humans, just one horse,” Peterson said. Eighty percent of people bitten by mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus don’t develop any symptoms, and don’t even know they have it. However, around 20 percent of people have fevers and aches after being bitten by a mosquito with West Nile Virus. A small number — around 1 percent — develop severe symptoms of the virus, which can lead to neurological problems, coma and even death. Typically, serious symptoms are found among older people, but Brian Hougaard, manager at the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District, said people of all ages have gotten the “nasty effects” of the West Nile Virus. Although the chances of developing serious symptoms from the West Nile Virus are slim, it’s still important to protect yourself, Hougaard said. “We don’t want people to panic, but we do want people to take precautions and educate themselves,” Hougaard said. “Even though it’s that 1 percent (that develop severe symptoms). it’s still nasty and can be devastating.” Last year, someone did die from the West Nile Virus after contracting it later in the summer. Peterson said it’s important to be safe while you’re outside during this summer, especially from dawn until dusk.

Hougaard said that even though there haven’t been any human cases reported yet, this year has been an especially rough year for the Salt Lake Valley. “Some years you find more mosquitoes with the virus. It was really bad in 2006 and 2007, as well as couple years ago in 2014, and right now it’s going up,” Hougaard said. “This is as bad as I’ve seen it. We’ve found more mosquito pools, but I don’t know how that translates to humans.” Mosquito abatement groups like Hougaard’s work in communities to locate mosquitoes carrying the virus and treat areas with the virus or those that are at risk of getting the virus, and teach people how to be safe. South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District has around 30 employees, many of them seasonal, that help identify mosquito pools in the valley. Mosquito pools are samples of 100 or less mosquitoes collected from various locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those areas. Oftentimes, abatements take precautions in neighborhoods that haven’t test positive yet, just to assuage the spread of the virus. “When the West Nile Virus hits, we spray in areas we don’t usually, and residents may see us in adulticiding, fogging…if residents see us, don’t be alarmed,” Hougaard said. One area of concern in the Salt Lake Valley is the marshes around the Jordan River. However, mosquitoes can reproduce anywhere there’s standing water. Hougaard’s abatement group checks gutters, ponds, horse troughs and catch basins in especially susceptible neighborhoods. But oftentimes wheelbarrows, bird feeders, buckets and even soda lids lying around people’s yards have mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus there. Hougaard said getting rid of these types of objects that can catch rain or sprinkler water around your yard is one of the best ways to help

The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District works throughout the summer to identify mosquito pools with the West Nile Virus, which has spread throughout the Salt Lake Valley since June. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)

abatement groups control the mosquito population. Besides being wary of objects in your yard that have standing water, Peterson said to make sure your windows have screens if they are left open. If you’re out and about — especially in wooded areas or the mountains — it’s important to wear long sleeves, long pants and bug spray to stay safe. “Be careful that you’re not bitten because you don’t want to have a crummy summer,” Peterson said. l

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St. John the Baptist students gain appreciation for Navajo elders By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


his fall, incoming fourth-graders may be looking forward to their opportunity to participate in the Adopt-a-Native-Elder program, a tradition at St. John the Baptist Elementary School. “We started working with them four years ago, when a former parent had adopted a Navajo child and introduced us to the program,” said Tina Fields, who coordinated this year’s fifth annual activity. “We decided to get involved, combining it with our social justice program as well as teaching our core curriculum.” Since fourth-graders learn Utah history as their core curriculum, St. John decided to have the partnership reside there. However, kindergartners also are invited since they are the fourth-graders’ buddies, often reading together and doing other activities. “We had about five or six elders from the Four Corners region tell us about their daily life, living in hogans. They said several kids often share one bedroom. They draw water from the wells. It can be really cold in the winter, but they rely upon their garden for some of their food that they preserve to eat throughout the year. It’s part of their way of life and they want to keep those traditions,” Fields said. Fields said that once her students understand the different lifestyle, it gives them perspective. “They can understand the differences in their own lives with running water, electricity and having their own rooms. This gives them appreciation and respect for the Native communities,” she said. But it’s more than a lecture. Fields said the students’ favorite part of the elders’ visit is the hands-on activities.

“The Navajo demonstrated traditional dances and music, they wove every girl’s hair in a bun with yarn, they showed us how to weave blankets and rugs, some students learned to grind corn into wheat, and we learned how to count in Navajo. They showed us the jewelry they’ve made and their traditional clothing they’ve sewn. It’s more of a hands-on day instead of reading about it in a textbook. These students are getting to experience it first-hand,” she said. But Fields said it’s more than a one-day activity. St. John students help the Native community in return. Together fourth-graders and kindergartners gathered donations of food, notebooks, coloring books, crayons, pencils, markers, colored pencils, folder and other school supplies. Fourth-graders also held a bake sale, where money raised is used to purchase drawstring backpacks for the Navajo’s school supplies. According to the Adopt-a-Native-Elder website, this program provides food, simple medication, clothing, fabric and yarn to help these elders continue to live on the land in their traditional lifestyle. “As they have become elderly, it has become more difficult for them to support themselves on the land in their traditional ways,” the website states. Fields said her students want to help them as much as they want to learn their ways. “It’s a really cool program and each year when they come, it’s different and it gets bigger. Our kids are really excited about it and want to learn more. And the more they do, they will have a bigger appreciation of traditions of these people,” she said. l 711 E. Pioneer Rd. Draper, UT 84020 801-495-3100

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Professional cycler takes Tour of Utah by storm, diabetes and all By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


Stephen Clancy has been a professional cycler for five years, after being diagnosed with diabetes six years ago. (Team Novo Nordisk - Angus Sung)


tephen Clancy is a professional cycler who tours the world, racing against some of the most elite athletes in the world. However, Clancy and his team are not your average cycling team. The entire team, Team Novo Nordisk, suffers from either Type 1 or 2 diabetes, while still competing in circuits all across the world. The Tour of Utah is just another stop in the circuit for the states. Clancy, an 25-year-old Irishman who has been racing professionally for five years now, was not given much of a chance after his initial diagnosis. “Growing up, I was an amateur racer. The goal was always to be a pro, and I was part of the Irish development team initially. I started to notice diabetes symptoms, and I was diagnosed at 19. The doctors initially said that I could only cycle a mile,” Clancy said. But that didn’t stop Clancy. “I reached out to the team, because they were looking for riders with diabetes with their new sponsor (Novo Nordisk). In the beginning, even their consultant didn’t think it would be possible,” Clancy said. However, it was possible. Albeit with a lot of precise work and dedication. “It’s a balancing act. We have glucose monitors on throughout the race, and you start to learn about your body, about what foods are good and bad. It is generally all about timing, with our glucose levels and when and what we eat,” Clancy said. Other than the team of doctors that travel with

them all the time and the team car packed to the brim with everyone’s diabetes kits, the team is about the same as any other professional cycling team. For Clancy, diabetes has been an important, unescapable factor in his life that, for better or worse, has given him an interesting perspective on how to live. “You can’t really take a day off from diabetes. At first, I thought it would be a big burden, but it has forced me to learn about my body and nutrition, which is crucial for any professional athlete, and allowed us to be more in tune with what our bodies need,” Clancy said. While he has plans to continue professionally riding full time, Clancy is aware of the possibility that it might not happen. “If I can keep going, I will. But if not, I want to be involved in the community. I want people to know what they can do, even if they have diabetes.” “Kids will come up to me and say, ‘He has the same pump or glucose thing as I do!’ which is great. I want to inspire people, and I want people to not let diabetes be a barrier for their dreams,” Clancy said. The team is registered in Atlanta, Georgia, but they have riders from Canada, Australia, Europe, and of course, Ireland. And while every member of the team suffers from a form of diabetes, that has not stopped any of them from pursuing their dreams, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same. l

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Juan Diego women’s soccer on a new track after state championship By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com

Juan Diego women’s soccer (blue) won the state title last season, but have a new challenge ahead with a new coach. (Goran Golemba/courtesy)


he Juan Diego women’s soccer team has a new coach, after dominating last year en route to a state championship. New head coach Goran Golemba has been coaching since 2008, and first became a head coach for the U-14 boys Utah Soccer Alliance Club this past year. “I had helped as an assistant coach for a couple of teams, but I really wanted my own team, to implement my own system,” Golemba said. Golemba grew up on soccer, and was recommended by the previous coach for the job. Golemba is already impressed with where the team is at right now. “The team is very impressive. It is clear they have been well coached, on and off the field,” Golemba said. Joining the team following their state championship last season, Golemba knows it will not be easy. “It is always hard to follow a state championship. But I believe we possess the ability to repeat,” Golemba said. The biggest challenge for Golemba will be implementing his own style on the recent state champs. “My style is very different (from the style they played last year) — it is a lot more tactical then technical. These girls are all individually so great, so the challenge will be getting them on board with my idea,” Golemba said. Golemba wants to implement a 4-3-3

formation, and allow for a high-pressure defense. “With this formation, I want each position to have a lot more focus on their movement. Once they can get the basics down, they can really discover their own ideas, but the first step is to get the fundamentals down. The overall idea is to be pretty aggressive,” he said. While the new coach has his own plans in motion, he is excited to have such a talented roster to work with. “The girls are really talented. We have the twins returning, who were nationally recognized, Laveni and Daviana Vaka. Heaven Kelley, and Avery Price who has signed for Navy to play for their program after college. Elizabeth Blair will be one to watch alongside the twins, she will be the playmaker,” Golemba said. But for the head coach, he is taking it one step at a time. “Everything is new to me — I am just adjusting to an entirely new world. Right now I have to work on myself in this new environment, and where I fit in, but I’m doing everything I can to bring the team back to the center of my attention,” Golemba said. The team has their first region game against Stansbury on Aug. 31, and with a new coach and new philosophy in tow, the Juan Diego woman’s soccer team hopes to be an new unknown force to be reckoned with. l

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Local resident hits hole-in-one at South Mountain Golf Course


By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com

or Kade Patterson, golf has always been in the family. “My dad, his dad and so on were all golfers. My father taught me how to golf at a really young age, around three, as his dad did for him,” Patterson said. Patterson hit a hole-in-one on the third hole at the South Mountain Golf Course this month. Patterson has had an appreciation for the sport for a while now. “I wasn’t too big into the actual sport until about four years ago, my junior year of high school. You start off pretty bad, and then you feel that one good shot that makes the last 100+ horrible shots worth it. Then it just kind of snowballs from there. You watch yourself slowly improve and learn so many things about yourself and the game,” Patterson said. For the memorable shot, Patterson was playing with his friends at the South Mountain Golf Course in Draper. “To be honest I wasn’t playing very well (that’s golf for you), and we weren’t being very serious, just out to have a good time. I bogeyed the first hole, and double bogeyed the second,” Patterson said. Patterson and his friends made it to the third hole, par 3, 115 yards. The stage was set. “My friend hits first, and gets it about six feet from the hole. The hole placement was ideal, at the bottom of a bowl-shaped green, so everything would feed back down to the flag,” Patterson said. “I pulled out my sand-wedge for some reason, and took a full swing at it. Right as it came off the face, I knew it was good. If you play golf, then you know exactly the feeling I’m talking about. The ball landed exactly where I wanted it to, and proceeded to funnel back down the slope.” While the initial shot from Patterson was practically

perfect, it took some natural help to complete the holein-one. “Right as it passed the hole, it stopped, but you could still see it. I looked over at my friends and said, “Holy crap, I think it is wedged in between the stick and the cup!” Boom, a big gust of wind comes along, and shakes the flag stick a bit, and ball plops in,” Patterson said. “It was a bit of a blur to be honest,” Patterson continued. “I threw my club in the air and started sprinting towards the hole. I was in such state of shock, and it was one of the most insane feelings I have ever experienced. Craziest adrenaline rush I’ve ever had.” The reaction of Patterson’s friends and family only added fuel to the fire. “Pops was definitely a little jealous, as he had never had one, but he was very proud of me. All my family and friends know how much I love golf, so they were really excited for me,” Patterson added. Regarding his memorable moment, Patterson is aware of the unattainability of the hole-in-one for many golfers. “I always fantasized about the day I would get a hole-in-one, how it would happen, etc. To be honest, I didn’t think it would happen at such a young age (20), because a lot of golfers go their entire lives without getting one. I made a joke to my friends, that it is all downhill from here,” Patterson said. After such an impressive achievement, Patterson is only looking toward the next chance he will get to try again, and because of the rarity of the achievement, everyone will be rooting for him. “All jokes aside, it feels fantastic to be able to cross off a life-long goal. Now let’s go get number two!” Patterson said. l

Kade Patterson with the ball and the hole where he got his hole-in-one. (Kade Patterson/Draper)


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Is tackle football safe? By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


rofessional, college, high school and youth football players have strapped on their pads and laced up their cleats this fall. The health of these players, as well as the risks they take, are again hot topics among fans and team administrators. “We (parents and coaches) really need to educate ourselves. Football gets a black eye for things, we can do better at helping ourselves recognize dangers and learn to react appropriately. I wonder if the guys that get hurt are wearing a mouthpiece all of the time? Does their helmet fit correctly? This training is something I pride myself on. We have coaches that are aware and watching,” Herriman head coach and acting Utah Football Coaches Association President Dustin Pearce said. Risk Injuries in football are frequent. Knees, ankles and shoulder joints are often times the most commonly affected areas. Today brain injuries and concussions are making football executives wonder if the game is safe for its players. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99 percent of deceased NFL players brains donated for scientific research, according to a study published July 25 in the medical journal JAMA. The disease affects the brain in ways doctors still do not understand. In 2016, the NFL publicly acknowledged for the first time a connection between football and CTE. Concussions and head injuries being the most likely culprits. The disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma. It can only be formally diagnosed with an autopsy, but carriers of the disease have shown symptoms of memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal behavior. “I think we have averaged 10 concussions a year, but it seems to be on the decline,” West Jordan High School head trainer Sarah Bradley said. “Even mild concussions should be treated the same. They (the injured player) need to go 24 hours without contact before they can get back at it.” The force of even a youth player’s tackle

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can be startling. According to a Popular Mechanics 2009 study, a fighter pilot may experience a G-force rating of 9 g’s; an extremely hard football tackle can produce as much as 30 g’s and an NFL hit 100 g’s. Diagnosis and Treatment Symptoms that parents and coaches should watch for include dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and drowsiness. Bradley said to watch for lack of concentration and confusion in the athlete. She said players should be reminded to tell the truth about what they are feeling. Rest is the best treatment. The athlete should avoid watching TV and using a cell phone. Bradley said they should not return to play until they have been evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care provider. “Something we forget that is simple is just staying hydrated, but they always need to see a doctor for the best treatment,” Bradley said. Prevention In high schools, the athletic directors are responsible for the safety of the players. In the youth leagues it’s the commissioners. Training and education has become important in the involvement of coaches and parents. “I think our league did a lot to prevent injuries. We train our coaches with USA Football and teach about heads-up tackling. They are also trained to watch for symptoms and we have a concussion protocol. In our three years we have documented only six concussions,” Utah Girls Tackle Football league director Crystal Sacco said. “I had to trust our coaches. We trained them so well that we left it up to them.” USA Football is a national program supported by the Utah High School Activities Association. Training includes emphasis in concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, proper equipment fitting and proper gameplay techniques. Coaches and administrators agree that education is the first step to improving prevention of injuries. “I have seen the numbers of concussions decrease after we implemented a neck strengthening program. We have seen good results from

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concentrating on the player’s development. We taught the players exercises they could do. During lifting workouts every other day they work on it. These kids are just learning about their bodies so we have tried to help them through it,” Bradley said. The UHSAA supports a national recommendation on limiting contact in practice. The national task force suggests limiting full contact to two or three times a week. They also support an initiative to reduce two-way players (players who play both offense and defense). Benefits “Nothing can replace football, getting 11 guys to work together and depend on each other to win a game is a hard thing. Football is hard, not everyone can do it. It is easier to sit at home and play the Xbox. It is just like life, not everyone is going to be the CEO. It teaches life skills to these kids,” Pearce said.

In its injury prevention bulletin, the UHSAA stated it believes athletic participation by students promotes health and fitness, academic achievement and good citizenship. They agree that there is a risk in playing all sports. “I personally would only feel comfortable with my kids playing if they were prepared physically, and I would want the coach to be safety oriented. I played when I was younger and know the commitment it takes,” West Jordan resident Mike Taylor said. According to USA Football, every year nearly three million children ages 6-14 take to football fields across America. College and university fans pack stadiums on Saturdays and NFL fans are glued to every move of the NFL on Sundays. And, football is a multi-million dollar industry. Recently, the Dallas Cowboys franchise was appraised at $4.2 billion dollars. l

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Chargers’ volleyball looks to return to state final By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon women’s volleyball team will look to make a return to the playoffs and the state championship game after a bitter loss in last year’s final to Bountiful. For head coach Mindy Wilder, who is in her third season with the team, this has been a process in the making. “My first season here we played pretty well, we made it to state, we were pretty young. Last year, we worked on our chemistry and dynamics, and we made it to the finals. We were playing the returning champs, Bountiful, who had a lot of playoff experience. It was good for us to experience it, we were a young team and it was the first time making it that far for us, nerves just really came into play for us,” Wilder said. But now they’re working to get back to the state final. “All the girls play club volleyball, and we have been playing four days a week this summer. We have had good hours and numbers this summer,” Wilder said. For leadership roles, Wilder is confident in her returning seniors. “(The seniors) are key for us. They are pushing kids and leading by example. They are a good group that got a little taste last year, and now they really want it, and they want to instill that in the younger kids,” Wilder said. While they have some good leaders, Wilder thinks the team needs just a little bit more. “The focus is always playing as a team. We are teaching these girls life skills as well as volleyball skills, but to really go far and win, they need to have a little grit. I’m excited to see how it unfolds,” Wilder continued. Wilder knows the only way they will make it back to the finals will be as team, but she is excited for some players to really shine this season. “Emma Magnum, who’s a senior, will

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Corner Canyon women’s volleyball is looking to return to the state finals after losing to Bountiful in last year’s final. (Mindy Wilder/Draper)

her individual players, she is aware that if her team is to return to the playoffs and the finals, it will be a collaborative team effort. “The team has been working so hard for each other. They build each other up, they fight, and they are just so ready and loyal to put everything on the line for his team,” Wilder said. While the team is excited to start the new season, Coach Wilder would like more people to know about the team and support them. “We would love some more community support — we love seeing everybody out there for our games, but anytime we can get more, it’s great,” Wilder said. After a disappointing end to last season, the Corner Canyon women’s volleyball team only has eyes on one thing: getting back to the state final they bitterly lost against Bountiful last year. With a strong returning senior lineup, and a mentality of work and dedication, the team looks a favorite to get back to that state final. l

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On the night of July 11, a National Guard helicopter circled Herriman for about 15 minutes, much to the annoyance of city residents. Soon messages appeared in neighborhood Facebook groups: “What’s up with the hovering helicopter?” More concerning than these initial complaints were the replies that followed, some offering such sage advice as, “Next time, take your laser pen out and shine it at them. They stop circling when you do that.” “No. Don’t do that,” said Chief Warrant Officer Robert Williams in an interview. He was one of the pilots of the helicopter in question. “That would be breaking federal law, and breaking federal law is bad.” “Lasing” an aircraft, as the practice is known, is a felony punishable by fines of up to $25,000 and up to five years federal prison time. The FBI even offers a $10,000 bounty in exchange for reporting incidents. However, most people aren’t even aware that it’s a crime, which means that many end up facing harsh punishment for something that they perceived as a harmless prank. “This is actually a serious crime,” said Dave Teggins, the general aviation manager at the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. “I think people don’t realize that as the beam travels, it widens. So, what you’re seeing right here as a little pinprick could illuminate a whole window.” This can be very dangerous for the pilot. “If it’s dark, and your eyes are dark-adjusted, and all of a sudden, your window turns green and lights up, it causes disorientation, and the afterimages left behind can make it difficult to land safely,” Teggins said. Lasing is not only illegal and dangerous, but it is also terrible at making helicopters go away. In fact, Williams and his copilot wouldn’t have circled Herriman at all had somebody not lased them when they were returning home from a training exercise. “I was hoping that it was just an inadvertent thing and that we could just forget about it and go home,” said Williams. “But then a few seconds later they did it again. And again. And

they wouldn’t quit doing it. So, we said, ‘OK, we’re going to come find this guy.’” Williams and his copilot circled the area for around 15 minutes, remaining at least a mile away, and used the helicopter’s infrared camera to identify the source of the laser. “We were able to video the guy in his house, identify the shape of the yard,” he said. “Then we went to Google street maps, and there was their address, painted on the curb.” The perpetrator turned out to be a teenager. “We specifically requested that the cops not get the FBI involved,” Williams said. “I don’t want any kids going to jail or getting felony charges on their record. When the cop showed up at the door and explained to the dad what was going on, the dad broke the kid’s laser there on the spot.” In 2009, one of Williams’ coworkers did report a lasing incident to the FBI. The perpetrator, a 30-year-old Bluffdale man, had been outside shining a laser pointer for his cats when, on a whim, he decided to turn the laser toward a passing helicopter. He hadn’t realized that the laser was bright enough to hinder the pilot, but even so, he faced up to five years in prison. Tragically, he committed suicide shortly before he could be sentenced. Since that sobering incident, no Utah National Guard pilots have reported lasing incidents to the FBI—but not for lack of occurrences. “My unit alone has had two incidents in the past three months,” said Williams. “It’s way more prevalent than people think,” said Teggins. Over the past two years, Salt Lake International had 239 reports of aircraft illuminated on approach or takeoff, roughly one every three to four days according to Teggins. And that’s just from one airport. “The problem with it is, I don’t think any of them are really nefarious; they’re usually people of the younger persuasion out trying to have fun,” said Teggins. “Parents who buy these laser pointers for their kids have no idea how much trouble they can get in. There are kids on probation that are now felons because they’ve done this. It is serious business.” l

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Local high school students give smiles, goals while playing for RSL’s unified team By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


ain poured soon after Real Salt Lake’s (RSL) unified soccer team landed in Kansas City — and it didn’t stop. RSL’s unified team, which teams up area special education and regular education students in matches, was expected to take the field April 29 after the RSL team played Sporting Kansas City. However, fear of ruining the field spread, so their time on the field got changed to walking out, uniforms drenched, and waving to the fans as they were introduced. “It was really awesome to be on the field, looking at Real Salt Lake (RSL) unified soccer team and Sporting Kansas City’s unified team forged a friendship when they took the the crowd and exchanging field together. Sporting Kansas City travels to RSL’s field in October. (Maison Anderson/RSL Unified) our team scarves,” said RSL player Kyle “Pickles” Ka“Boston went to the RSL Foundation with his idea last year and reem, who also plays for Jordan High’s freshman-sophomore team. a few months later, they were asking me to coach,” Holland said, addWith the game being rescheduled for indoors the next morning, it ing that she had coached Special Olympics in Ogden for the past 18 didn’t deter Pickles. Even when the team was split in half so they could years and coached the Special Olympics USA team in 2014. “This play two games at the same time, Pickles remained focused. team melts my heart. It’s such an amazing team.” “It was a really fun game,” Pickles said, who got his first hat trick Iacobazzi, who credits special education teacher JoAnn Plant for — three goals — in the same game. “I was able to anticipate what they inspiring him, has helped with Hillcrest’s unified team along with Anwere doing after the second goal.” derson and several other students who have played and cheered on Pickles and his team ended up winning, but that wasn’t the point, their classmates. he said. However, Iacobazzi said when his counselor first suggested he “It’s about what you do when you play and if you have fun. We become a peer tutor at school, he was uncertain. love to go out to play for the sport of it and have that experience to go “I was kind of scared, but I really fell in love with all the kids,” against other players,” he said. he said. “They have the same things and want the same goals, but we His dad and goalkeeper coach, Bryan Kareem, said that is his tend to prejudge them that they’re not smart or strong and I’ve learned son’s mentality. how wrong that attitude is. I have learned more from them than they “He doesn’t have an agenda or an ego,” he said. “He loves to play have learned from me. They treat everyone with love and kindness and and he cherishes the opportunity to play with other kids and to have we need to learn that.” fun while playing with his teammates. He loves this team and knows Iacobazzi, who is a sprinter for Hillcrest’s track team and will be he’s never alone on this team.” the school’s student body president in the fall, said that last year the RLS unified player Maison Anderson, who is a sophomore at RSL team, which included Hillcrest’s Ivan Yin, played Colorado. The Hillcrest High School, agrees. He said another highlight was just be- team also traveled to the MLS All-Star game in San Jose. ing at the Major League Soccer game with the Sporting Kansas City This fall, RSL unified team played Hillcrest for the Husky Cup unified team. and will play other local unified teams preparing for the October 22 “We sat together and not only was it fun to get to know one an- rematch against the Sporting Kansas City unified team. Their games other, but to cheer for the players, not just the teams,” he said. “When will include local teams — Jordan, Alta and Brighton high schools we met up, we knew it was about selflessness and becoming friends have unified teams in Canyons School District — as well as others unified through sports. It gives us more satisfaction to help one an- throughout the state. other. This changes our perspective on life when we’re involved on a Throughout the season, RSL players and staff are known to give personal level.” the unified team high-fives and have Leo the lion mascot cheer for A handful of local high school students participate on the co-ed the team. Kyle Beckerman gave the players a pep talk before a game. RSL unified team, which is comprised of 16-year-olds to 25-year-olds Before the season began, they held a “signing day,” where the unified throughout the state. Half of the roster is regular education students team toured the locker room, got jerseys and then joined the team at the who partner with student-players who have intellectual disabilities. America First Field in Sandy for a team photo. However, Coach Jenna Holland said that isn’t emphasized. Anderson, who has played club and high school soccer, said his “We’re a team, each player helping another to improve, and we’re first experience with the RSL unified team has been different than oththere for the love of the sport,” she said. “It’s amazing to see the friend- ers. ships develop between our players and now between the two teams “Before our game against Sporting Kansas City, we ate together from two states. That’s the beauty of the unified team. We don’t single and we went to a Kansas City Royals game. It wasn’t in groups, but out one player from another.” individually, and we talked about sports and having fun,” he said. “It’s Holland said the unified team originated from an idea of Hillcrest not just about competition; it’s about becoming friends and being there High School junior Boston Iacobazzi, who ironically did not grow up for one another.” l playing soccer and got his first-ever goal in the Kansas City game.

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I can often be heard telling people the number one way to save money in your day to day spending is at the grocery store. Our food budget is one of the few monthly bills we can actually control and I get quite passionate about telling people just that. Here are some not so fictional facts that will help you stay on track at the grocery store. 1.Your Budget Is Fictional: There’s that word, budget, it can sound so restrictive. The fact is, most American’s go to the grocery store first, and then live on what is left. Shopping this way is 100%“bass-awkards”. Setting a budget, IN STONE, allows you to begin to plan for life’s setbacks and luxuries. How much your budget should be is a personal figure. It varies by income, where you shop and the kinds of food you like. Start by taking a look at your last 3 to 4 months expenses. Break out the receipts or bank statement and add every single transaction, you’ll likely be surprised at the amount. Now cut that figure by 30% and make the commitment not to go over it. Set up a separate account for groceries if you have too, let that extra 30% pile up and you’ll soon be challenging yourself to cut the budget even further. 2.Your List Is Fictional: No matter how good your memory is, you must write a grocery list and make

a meal plan. Not only will it ensure you don’t forget things you need, it will deter you from buying the things you don’t need. Make it your goal, to ONLY buy what’s on your list. 3.The Day Of The Week You Shop Is Fictional: We’ve all run out of milk or found ourselves running to the store for a single item and the next thing we know checking out with a cart full of groceries. That single trip can shoot your entire budget. Avoid this by shopping with a list on a specific day of the week. Remember, extra trips to the store cost extra money. If you run out of something, find an alternative and go without. 4.Your Price Points Are Fictional: Being armed with the knowledge of the when lowest price hits and what the price should be gives you the confidence of knowing when to buy extra. Start a notebook of the prices you see for the items you purchase routinely and make sure to date it. Specific items have sale cycles that are usually in 3 – 4 month increments. You can view my personal guideline for pricing on Coupons4Utah. com/grocery-price-point. 5.What You Buy Is Fictional: For me impulse buys happen most when I’m either shopping with little ones or shopping when I’m hungry, avoid both, and stick to your detailed list. If it isn’t on the list, don’t buy it. Try allowing

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“Pain meds?...Injections?...Physical Therapy?...Even Surgery?... And You Still Feel the Pain?” How One Utah Doctor’s Contoversal Treatment 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.

Complete Spinal Exam

Auto Injuries are 100%

(X-rays if needed)

covered by Auto Insurance.

for only $27($293 Value)


& 2 pain relieving Treatments


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