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ousing supply is a hot topic in Utah these days. With the Salt Lake County population continuing to grow, there are fewer and fewer places to build new homes. Cities are being encouraged to either accept higher density developments or adopt resolutions designed to increase the housing supply. Two issues that have a big effect on the housing market are accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and short-term rentals (STRs). Holladay city officials began discussing how it will handle these issues introducing them to the youth city council. After learning about council rules of procedure from Councilmember Paul Fotheringham, a portion of the students took on the role of city council members while the rest took on the role of citizens. Before jumping into the issues, Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle gave a brief overview of the background for why ADUs and STRs are important. “Part of the debate we’re having in the communities is higher density, increasing multi-family units — you saw that in Holladay with the Cottonwood Mall debate. That’s happening all over the county,” he explained to the youth city council. The mock city council meeting started with addressing ADUs. An accessory dwelling unit is a second residential unit located on what would traditionally be a single-family lot. They can come in the form of a small cottage in the backyard, an apartment built on top of the garage or a basement apartment. The argument in favor of ADUs is that it’s the right of a private property owner to make extra money by renting it out. They increase the overall housing supply, which should help make buying a new home more affordable. Concerns about unregulated ADUs include lack of parking for additional occupants, which results in crowded streets, and changing the “nature” of the neighborhood. The mock city council ultimately took no “action” on ADUs and moved on to a discussion of STRs. Short-term rentals such as Airbnb or VRBO have become an increasingly popular alternative to hotels, in which residents rent out their home to vacationers for as short as one night or as long as a few weeks. The defense for STRs is similar to that of ADUs: Shouldn’t a property owner have the right to do what they want with their property? However, the concerns over STRs are more numerous and poignant than ADUs. Neighbors of STRs complain that that vacationers are much more disruptive, and sometimes

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Members of the youth council joined Mayor Rob Dahle for a discussion about ADU’s and STR’s. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

even dangerous, than their regular neighbors. They never know who might be staying there. “When I put myself in their position, I can really empathize with their concerns. When I move into a neighborhood I want to know who my neighbors are. And now all of a sudden I have a house in my neighborhood that’s almost like a hotel room,” said Dahle. “They make a lot of noise, they take up parking, they produce a lot of trash,” added Fotheringham. One of the youth city council members, Preston Palmer, said he has read stories about STRs being used for sex trafficking. “I’m sure most people that use Airbnbs are good people and just looking for a place to stay while they’re out of town, but I think there does need to be more regulation,” he said. Unlike ADUs, STRs don’t help address the housing shortage. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that they worsen the shortage as homes that might otherwise be bought by families are instead turned into rental units. Fotheringham cited an

NPR story about how the introduction of STRs into the French Quarter area of New Orleans to accommodate tourists resulted in the gentrification of the traditionally black neighborhood. As much as Holladay might like to regulate STRs, the main obstacle is enforcement. State law prohibits any city from tracking down illegal STRs through their online postings (of which there are hundreds for Holladay). So the only way the city can enforce its relevant ordinances is if they receive complaints directly from the neighbor of an STR. Instituting any kind of licensing process through the city also poses its own logistical challenges. “Do we have the staff to handle the permits? How are we going to collect fees and enforce it? It’s a whole process. There’s all sorts of stuff we’d like to do and we don’t have the resources to enforce it,” said Dahle. The “real” Holladay City Council will be tackling these complicated issues starting in April after receiving some clarity from the state legislature, according to Dahle.

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M Sushirrito, located at 3949 South Highland Drive, was a dream come true for two refugees from the Chin State of Myanmar (Burma). Sam Pheng, in Utah for eight years, and Christina Len, in Utah nine years, did not know each other when they came here as refugees. Len left her country in 2006 because it is military controlled and they have no rights. “Different religions, different languages, and we are really poor because we live in the mountains. I was thinking about, do we exist in Burma or not? Because they don’t even know if the government didn’t even realize they existed. Since 2012, they started to acknowledge the village and the capital city started knowing that there was a state there,” Len says. In 2006, Len lived in a very small village with many siblings. She went to school in the city and had to work two days a week. The city was a two-day walk from her village and they had a place in the middle of the walk they would sleep at and then continue walking the next day. Len decided to leave to pursue a better life for herself in 2007. Len lived in Malaysia for three and half years and applied to the UN, and they approved her to come to the United States in 2010. She was able to bring one brother and one sister with her when they came. Len and Pheng met in 2011 at church. After four years they got married, in 2015. Both are Christians and from the Chin State, and Utah has a church for Christians from the Chin area. They decided to open a sushi restaurant. “We don’t have much money, but we try — we opened in 2017 and have been in this location for two years,” Len says. “I left my country in 2004 and lived in Malaysia almost eight years and came to the United States in 2011. We are trying to live better. We have never lived anywhere else but Utah,” Pheng says. Pheng speaks four or five languages. They want to hire an employee so they can have time for other things, like starting a family. They don’t make enough money to pay for an employee yet. “We try really hard and we know God is with us,” Len says. Pheng and Len are appreciative of their regular customers and

the people who try to help their business get better, and their landlord that is very helpful. Vaun Hall, a regular of SM Sushirrito, is the one who brought these two to the attention of the Journal. “They figured it out, in a different language and everything. They have figured the business out.” “We had to figure everything out, what to order, what to buy, advertising, all of it. We don’t really know about social media. Uber Eats and Grub Hub do work with us and deliver sushi to customers,” Pheng says. Len’s village now has internet and she is able to Skype her mother, whom she hadn’t seen in over a decade. Len says there is now a bus that can drive to the state and they don’t have to walk to the city, so she is excited for the growth her home state has had. However, she hasn’t been able to get back and see her daughter or parents in 14 years. “We have sponsors CCS (Catholic Community Service) and IRC that help refugees get started in a new country. The sponsors sent them to Utah. We are so lucky and love it here and I love the mountains because it reminds me of my home state,” Len says. “I have been coming a year and a half and we tell everybody we can — it’s just so good,” Hall says. “I just think they are lovely, hardworking people. They are so friendly and their sushi is really good,” Hall says.

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Holladay’s Artist of the Month, Samantha Tagge, brings her love of dance to excited children By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com Samantha (Sam) Tagge comes from a very artistic family. She grew up in Salt Lake and is proud to be a Utah girl. She started dancing at the age of 6, and has followed her dreams and skills of dance to the classroom. She is currently a senior in her undergraduate degree in dance education at Utah Valley University where she is a member of Synergy Dance Company. The Holladay Arts Council recently named Tagge its Artist of the Month. Tagge is working on her senior capstone piece right now and was inspired by her mom. She gets her inspiration from her friends, family, nature and other worldly elements. She has even done pieces on outer space and below the ocean floor. “My mom was actually a dancer and two of her degrees are in dance, and that’s really what inspired me. There are videos of her on stage and I would get up on stage with her when I was teeny tiny like at 4 years old,” Tagge says. With her degree, she will have

her license to teach in secondary education and that’s where she would love to end up. She stills wants to do professional dance whether it’s local or requires travel to other places. Tagge trained under the direction of Janet Gray in ballet, modern, jazz and many other styles for over 15 years. She has performed in Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker” and studied at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Tagge’s favorite type of dance is jazz but she also loves the modern side of dance. She grew up dancing to all different types, but thoroughly loves jazz, both as a dancer and a teacher. “I think I am good at teaching and love being a teacher and instructing young students. I feel like I’ve dedicated my life to this so I don’t really know what else I am good at,” Tagge says. She loves what she does and has followed her dreams and in her mom’s footsteps of dance. “I am extremely thrilled to continue my teaching career at both the

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rom placing a pair of live lobsters in the glove box of a paramour’s car to endorsing their boss as a disco-loving ninja on a global career website, to punking fans of the third-largest professional sports league in the world, Utahns know how to April Fools. The City Journals wanted to get up close and personal with some of the pranksters and the pranked in a sort of hall of fame. Look forward to hearing more of your stories, in the comments and for next-year’s piece. Food and fools: Lobsters, an imposter waiter, and under-the-table pranking Long-time radio and web celebs Todd Collard and Erin Fraser (“Todd and Erin”) involve one particular type of food, lobster, as an ongoing April Fools’ staple. One year, Todd, recalls, he actually placed the lobsters in the glove box of Erin’s car. There were no fatalities to report. Rather, the frenetic lobster game is part of the ongoing love affair of Salt Lake City area’s longest on-air-turned-over-web morning personalities. The imposter waiter… Dean Pierose is owner of Cucina wine bar, restaurant, and deli in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Pierose is long-term best friends with comedian Pat Mac. An April Fools’ prank provided the perfect opportunity for Pierose to meet his best friend’s wife. But a simple meet-and-greet is not Pierose’s style. Instead, Pierose convinced a fellow restaurant owner to let him stand in and wait the table that Mac and his wife occupied the night of April 1, 2011. Prepped about the woman being a teacher and her having attended the University of Idaho, the imposter waiter set out to be as insulting as possible, first complaining that the table’s former customers, “who must have been teachers,” stiffed him for a tip. On another visit by the table, Pierose slammed the University of Idaho, the woman’s alma mater, making fun of the college’s “Joe the Vandal” mascot, and identifying himself as identifying with the rival “Broncos” of Boise State. “He hit every button he could, to set her off,” laughed Mac. “Dean is a master prankster.” A little Disney’ll do ya, on April Fools Disney Channel actor, writer, and voice talent Jerry Straley just celebrated 30 years with Disney. “My goal is to make 10 million people laugh,” he shared. Straley estimates his role on the “Good Luck, Charlie” sitcom got him about halfway there, with more than five million views of the sitcom’s four seasons. Holladay-dwelling Straley routinely pokes fun at the area’s wealthy, and says

When not loving on her husband and on-air/over-internet personality Todd Collard, Erin Fraser’s go-to food is lobster. Not surprisingly, Todd has turned it into an April Fools’ go-to that enhances the couple’s relationship. (Photo Credit: ToddandErinDailyStream.com) April Fools’ jokes include replacing upscale Grey Poupon whole-grain mustard with plain-yellow mustard at hoity-toity Holladay restaurants and making early-morning prank calls, indicating peoples’ butlers are taking the day off. Getting paid ‘under the table’ Saralynn White, a Cottonwood Heights copywriter and creative director/chief storyteller/owner of Salty Dog Marketing, recalls hijinks from now-defunct, but ever epic ad agency Dahlin Smith White. “They taped a sandwich under his desk and it started to reek,” she recalled, “but he couldn’t find what was smelling up the place because of where it was.” Writing the April Fools’ playbook Writer White has not only been pranked, but has pranked upon. One year, colleagues posted “disco” and “ninja” expertise as some of her unique skills on the LinkedIn professional website, comprising 500 million members globally. Professional colleagues of White can still find these skills on her profile today. Another year, White could not get her computer to respond to her keystrokes. Absolutely frustrated at the technological stalemate, she dialed in corporate 911 – the IT or information technology department. Who she credits as “ingenious” colleagues had taken a screenshot of her computer desktop. Pranksters made it so that every keystroke the increasingly frustrated White entered did nothing more than ping a static image, doing absolutely nothing to engage the computer’s functionality. April Fools’ Day: A Team Sport For the Utah Jazz franchise, April Fools’ Day has been good to the Jazz, with the team winning 65 percent of the games played April 1 over the past 33 years, including last year’s 121-97 blowout over the Minnesota Timberwolves. This year, at 7 p.m. on April 1, the Jazz

square off against the Charlotte Hornets in hometown Vivint Arena. The team’s best prank came a few years ago, in 2015, when the Jazz punked fans, commentators, and even readers of the National Basketball Association by launching a new “look-and-feel” three-quarter-length pant. The news went official, with a mock press release and photo featuring Rudy Gobert (27) and Derrick Favors (15). April Fools’ DNA Brothers Jamison and Truman Carter grew up with their prank-playing family first in the Avenues and then Herriman. The two now reside in Salt Lake’s Marmalade neighborhood. The brothers recall stories of their mother’s receiving an April Fools’ Day bouquet of already-dead flowers from high-end florist Every Blooming Thing. Knowing that the bouquet likely cost her then-husband at least $50, their mother called in to complain. Right at that moment, while on the phone ripping the prank-engaging florists who were emphatically denying her description of the bouquet, an incredibly stunning, much bigger and more expensive arrangement arrived from Every Blooming Thing, with the same delivery person. Order restored. The Carter sons were pranked themselves, waking up one April Fools’ morning to a breakfast of meatloaf, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Luckily they tried the odd meal. Their mother, this time, was the prankster, having made Rice Krispie treat “meatloaf” with butterscotch “gravy” and ice-cream “potatoes.” And regarding our last set of pranks? Confession time: I am the mother of the Carters, recipient of dead bouquets, and chef of dreamy April Fools’ breakfasts. Even though it sounds like it could be, that is not a prank. Happy April Fools’ Day, Salt Lake County!

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International Women’s Day events support, celebrate women By Jennifer J. Johnson | J.Johnson@mycityjournals.com


arch 8, the official “International Women’s Day,” is ever-growing in international and social-media buzz, and prompted a flurry of local activity on par with the weather happening that day. City Journals presents a recap on several Salt Lake Valley-based activities and commemorations of Women’s Day. First-time celebrators — for the youngest of young — Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Nearly 900 members and guests of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum were treated to a celebration of women’s social, cultural and political achievements, through the lens of gender equality. On March 8, children up to age 11 learned “the amazing things women can do,” recounted marketing coordinator Anna Branson. Children used unique materials and media to create artistic renditions of historic and current women leaders, including the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, anthropologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, and human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai. All received “Believe in Girls” stickers and had the chance to walk through a unique kaleidoscope, featuring all of the wonderful possibilities for girls and women. Rising up, lifting up at the U of U – for college students, staff, faculty and community. At the University of Utah, the “day” has become a week-long celebration of women. The Women’s Leadership Summit, themed “Rise Up, Lift Up” was preceded by the “Empower U” Symposium, where president Ruth Watkins provided the keynote address. The Women’s Leadership Summit, now in its fifth year, offered a resources fair, with everything from women’s health information to voting engagement. The fair was presented in booths lining a wall of windows in the Ray Olpin Student Union building. The university

assembled a roundup of nearly 20 breakout sessions, dealing with topics as edgy as navigating shame culture to as vanilla as financial-planning strategies for women. “It was truly a day of learning, engagement, and idea sharing,” shared Jessica Lynne Ashcraft, co-chair for the event and associate director for student leadership and involvement at the U. Ashcraft indicated 200-plus women attended the event, “due to the wonderful range of topics presented and the excitement to engage on topics that are so salient for women right now.” Women in international business as a theme… World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) leveraged one of its trademark strengths — partnering — to commemorate International Women’s Day, and, like the U of U, made the celebration into a full week of activities, versus just a day. On March 8, WTC Utah co-hosted a sold-out luncheon, in collaboration with the Women’s Business Center of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber. “WTC Utah would like to be a part of the solutions that address the challenges facing women as they pursue global economic opportunities,” said Suzette Alles, chief operating officer of WTC Utah. “Increasing international trade, and supporting women in their efforts to do so, helps companies grow, create wealth and become more resilient. This, in turn, bolsters economies on a local, national and global level.” … And as an honor and an inspiring thought of global contribution. March 7, the day before the official day of commemoration, WTC participated in the 10th-annual Women in International Business Conference. This power-packed day included perspectives from 30 business, government, and education leaders representing various facets of Utah’s diverse economy. At the half-day conference, Dr. Mary

A University of Utah student created this mosaic of the beauty in women’s diversity. International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world and across Salt Lake Valley on March 8. The University of Utah turned it into a week-long celebration. (Photo Tina Dirmyer/University of Utah)

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ost cities have a number of committees and councils tasked with improving some aspect of the lives of its residents, focusing on everything from public safety to public art. Holladay, however, has a committee that’s maybe not so common: a tree committee. Holladay’s tree committee was founded in 2011 as part of the requirements to become an official “Tree City” through the Tree City USA program. There are 3,400 such communities across the country. Aside from forming a tree committee, applicants must “have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.” Dennis Roach, the current committee chair, joined soon after its formation. His passion for Holladay’s canopy came when he moved to the city in 2008. Both his home and the lots surrounding it were “totally wooded in, serene, cool, beautiful,” he said. But the lot behind his was scraped clean to make way for “about 30 houses stacked on top of each other.” It wasn’t long after that Roach saw a small ad in the newspaper for the newly formed tree committee and decided to look into it. Almost a decade later, it’s almost unbelievable what the committee has been able to accomplish, said Roach. First, the committee instituted a tree voucher program in 2015. Through the program, Holladay residents wishing to plant a tree on their right-of-way area (within 12 feet from the street) or along a waterway (15–25 feet from a stream or canal) can apply for and receive a voucher for a free tree. Roach estimates that between 200 and 250 trees have been planted in Holladay thanks to this program. More recently the committee worked with the Holladay City Council to pass a tree ordinance last year. The ordinance addresses the same kind of problem Roach saw in his backyard. “Developers are coming in buying older homes and bulldozing the lot clean, then putting in four or five homes where one or two

used to be. Then they’re just putting a few sticks out on the parking strip and calling it good. They’re basically erasing the forest and replacing it with big housing. That’s not a long-term sustainable urban forest plan,” he said. After a lot of negotiation, the city came up with an ordinance which Roach said strikes a good balance between private property rights and the interests of the community. “They came up with something that was very fair to developers and homeowners. But it puts that accountability into place to make sure that when you’re taking trees out, you’re putting a percentage of those trees back in. We’re starting to already get some forest protected from that being put in place.” Coming up later this month is Arbor Day, the most important day of the year for the tree committee. This year, they will be celebrating by joining with students from Olympus Jr. High to plant at the fire station across the street. Anyone from the public who wishes to attend is also welcome. The committee is also working on plans to give away up to 200 tree vouchers to Holladay residents in coordination with Holladay’s 20-year anniversary of incorporation. The commitment to maintain and protect Holladay’s “urban forest” not only makes the community more beautiful, it’s also good for the environment, said Roach. “There are so many environmental benefits as far as pulling pollution out of the air, noise reduction, the heat island effect.” Community members who would like to get involved with the tree committee are encouraged to attend one of their meetings, which take place on the first Thursday of each month at Holladay City Hall. The committee is particularly eager to find a Holladay resident with social media skills that can help manage their Facebook and Instagram pages. For more information, email the committee at holladaycitytree@ymail.com or search “Holladay Tree” on Facebook.

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Asian-American high school students encouraged to tap ‘superhero’ potential By Jennifer J. Johnson | J.Johnson@mycityjournals.com

Motivated” was a common word AsianAmerican high school students across the state felt, after attending the 20th-annual Asian-American High School Conference Feb. 28 at the University of Utah. This year’s theme — “Shaping Superheroes; Creating Positive Change” — was a powerful one, providing context to the keynote and breakout sessions. The conference seeks to help Asian-Americans high school students be prepared for collegiate success, and, even more importantly, be prepared to embrace their everyday, figurative “superhero” potential as community leaders. “When a student is passionate about something, their drive is extraordinary,” informs the conference brochure. “As such, students will learn about issues facing the Asian and Asian American communities and how they can use their passions and educations to create critical, sustainable, and positive changes in their own communities.” Students treated to ‘Who’s Who’ of Asian, Asian-American scholars Students attending the conference received academic resources, including scholarship guidance, admissions counseling, and opportunities to meet and connect with university faculty, staff, and students. Graduate students, professors, and university administrators from not just the University of Utah, but also from Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College participated in the event. Distinguished academicians, including a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellowship winner, politicians, and successful entrepreneurs also participated in the event. Academic disciplines represented ranged from electrical engineering to ethnic studies; from history to humanities; from medicine to music education; and from art history to Asian studies. Asians as Superheroes, through world history and mythology … “Our Asian identity is not something to be ashamed of,” advised Matt Wong, a self-described “Cantonese American” who attended Salt Lake Community College and now works at the university.

Students attending the conference and their university hosts were encouraged to dress in either semi-formal or cultural attire (Photo courtesy Jennifer J. Johnson).

In a breakout session, Wong recounted stories of historical and mythical Asian superheroes and challenged students to liberally share their own family history and stories, particularly “if your family is recent immigrants.” He cited Ishikawa Goemon, “A Japanese Robin Hood” from the 1800s and another figure from that century, the Hindu queen Lakshmibai who led troops to battle for independence against British colonization. He also shared his family’s reverence for the contributions of Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China and the forerunner of democratic revolution in the People’s Republic of China, which overthrew the last Chinese imperial dynasty. In more recent history, Wong cited what he considered heroism of the “No-No Boys” of World War II who protested America’s unconstitutional treatment of 110,000 Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps, yet were, themselves, asked to serve in the military. … And, today, as comic book characters –

With a playful, larger-than-life-size blowup bottle of the popular Thai sriracha sauce in the background, members of the University of Utah’s Asian-American Student Association greet conference attendees. (Photo courtesy Jennifer J. Johnson).

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and creators Following up on a subtheme of the conference — that Asians can be stereotyped and must move beyond those stereotypes — Dr. Paul Fisk shared with students a vibrant future outside of what people consider or even uniquely recommend as careers for Asians (e.g. careers limited to science or engineering). Marvel Studio’s upcoming “Shang-Chi” will be its first superhero movie featuring an Asian protagonist. The film has signed a Chinese-American writer and is considering a variety of Asian and Asian-American directors, with the goal being to “introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.” Those are jobs that students could look forward to in the future, Fisk indicated. Inspiration and challenges Students attending the conference looked forward to applying what they learned. A student from Taylorsville wants to take the inspiration and tools to help coach her younger sister through school. Other students shared challenges in negotiating their Asian history with being raised in “white communities” and, for biracial students, the everyday anguish of and not having “white relatives” honor or appreciate their Asian roots. One young woman indicat-

ed feeling like a literal alien. On the difficulty of being Asian in predominately white schools, a student from, arguably, the state’s most diverse high school, West High School in Salt Lake City, observed, “When your parent has an accent, they look down on you.” West’s studentbody represents students from homes where more than 120 different languages are spoken. Students attending the conference appreciated being able to bond with so many in similar circumstances. “I am really glad I came,” shared a student from Granger High School in West Valley City. “It feels like I need to do more,” said a West High School student, who felt inspired to study Asian and Asian-American history and seek to serve as a role model. The Asian and Asian-American population at the U of U and in context with Salt Lake City metro Asian students comprise 5.82 percent of the university’s student population. Biracial students account for another 5.13 percent of the studentbody. According to the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, this is about twice as significant a population as within the Salt Lake City Metropolitan area, where Asians comprise 2.6 percent and those of two or more races are 2.5 percent of the overall population.

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Skyline regional Sterling Scholars an all-female cast; Olympus has two overall winners By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


ongratulations to the 2019 Sterling Scholar winners at Skyline and Olympus High Schools! Among the winners at the school level, five students from Skyline and two students from Olympus were recognized at the regional level on March 15. “I was very thrilled that both Hannah (Hardy) and Beth (VanDam) received this high award. They’ve worked their entire lives preparing for this honor,” said Jane Nate, the Sterling Scholar advisor for Olympus High School. Nate attended the awards night where Hardy was the overall region winner in the Dance category and VanDam was the overall region winner in the Instrumental Music category. The process at Olympus is similar to other high schools. Students can enter in one of 14 categories. If they win at the school level, they are eligible to compete for the overall winner in their group and region. Holladay students are part of the Wasatch Front Central Region. Nate, who has been the group’s advisor for three years, said Olympus began their process in September. “Students’ applications were reviewed by committees in each of the areas. The department committee interviews the applicants and then makes the final decision,” said Nate.

The Sterling Scholar program was created in 1962 to award students who excel in a specific area, show leadership, serve their communities and have high marks in their other subjects. “These students not only succeeded in their categories, but are well rounded in many aspects of life,” Nate said. Nate visited with both girls and their families after the win, and said they were all thrilled. “They are so talented. Service and leadership is such a part of the program, and these girls are successful in all areas. They both have plans to attend college, and as a school we are so proud of them,” said Nate. Skyline, which had five students recognized as winners at the regional level in the 2018 Sterling Scholar awards, didn’t disappoint this year, but added an interesting twist: all five of the Skyline region winners or runners-up this year were female. Skyline student Megan Zeng was the overall region winner in the Mathematics category. Four students were recognized as region runners-up: Lauren Lengel in English, Anne Romney in Family and Consumer Sciences, Alexandria Hong in Science and Kate De Groote in Social Science. Colby Ottley is the Sterling Scholar advisor at Skyline. “The Sterling Scholars who are nominated by the school are mind-blowingly good in their categories and all-around

Sterling Scholars 2: Sterling Scholar finalists from Skyline High for the 2018-2019 school year. (Skyline High School: Back row from left: Asha Pruitt, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Alexandra Cannon, Vocal Performance; Howard Ying, Computer Technology; Lauren Lengel, English; Anne Miner, Dance; Sarah Sun, Business & Marketing; Alexandria Hong, Science; Peter Zhou, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Front row from left: Megan Zeng, Mathematics; Anne Romney, Family & Consumer Sciences; Kate De Groote, Social Science; Annabelle Buchanan, Instrumental Music; Amelia Webb, World Languages; Maggie Liu, Visual Arts. (Photo reprinted courtesy of Deseret News)

amazing. They have impressive community service portfolios; they really do a great job seeking out leadership opportunities,” Ottley said. Ottley noted that Skyline’s students do things like play the harp for kids at Primary Children’s. And he said he also noticed the strong female presence this year. “That was one interesting thing about the group. Of the 14 nominees from Skyline, 12 of them were female. I think the competition this year was overwhelmingly female. The representatives from Skyline were all proud to see such a strong female presence,” Ottley said. The Sterling Scholar winners from Skyline: Asha Pruitt, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Alexandra Cannon, Vocal Performance; Howard Ying, Computer Technology; Lauren Lengel, English — Region Runner-up; Anne Miner, Dance; Sarah Sun, Business & Marketing; Alexandria Hong, Science — Region Runner-up; Peter Zhou, Skilled &

Technical Sciences Education; Megan Zeng, Mathematics — Overall Region Winner; Anne Romney, Family & Consumer Sciences — Region Runner-up; Kate De Groote, Social Science — Region Runner-up; Annabelle Buchanan, Instrumental Music; Amelia Webb, World Languages; Maggie Liu, Visual Arts. The Sterling Scholar Winners from Olympus: Jonathan Robison, Computer Technology; Michael Thompson, Mathematics; Jaysen Jensen, Social Science; Daniel Rasch, Science; McLain Wolfenbarger, Business & Marketing; William Pace, Skilled & Technical Sciences; Hadley Nelson, Vocal Music; Madelin Thompson, Visual Arts; Sage Petersen, World Languages; Kate Hut, Speech/ Theater/Forensics; Marlee Jeppsen, English; Hannah Hardy, Dance — Overall Region Winner; Nicole Klonizos, Family & Consumer Sciences; Elizabeth VanDam, Instrumental Music — Overall Region Winner.


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‘The best of the best:’ Holladay teachers surprised with Excel awards By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


or 30 years, educators in Granite School District have been surprised with the annual Excel award. This year, the 10 recipients included two teachers from Holladay schools: Michelle Chester from Churchill Jr. High and Molly Dingley from Evergreen Jr. High. “Molly is amazing. I am super excited for her to be an award winner. She teaches our Spanish I, II and III and dual immersion classes, which account for about half of the student body,” said Evergreen principal Wes Cutler. The Excel awards are given by the Granite Education Foundation. They begin in the fall with a nomination process. Once an educator is nominated, they are asked to fill out an application. From there, a rubric is put in place to ensure fairness. “This year we had about 2,500 nominations. Of those, about 500 teachers completed the application. From that, we meet as a committee, discuss all the nominees, do class visits and eventually get it down to 10 winners,” said Brent Severe, CEO of the Granite Education Foundation. Winning educators are given a specially commissioned statuette, recognized at a dinner and receive a $1,000 cash award. The foundation relies on the several businesses who sponsor the awards each year. “We always surprise the winners. For many educators, they are in tears. They tell us that this is the pinnacle of their teaching career,” said Severe. Dingley was sitting at her desk during her prep period when she was surprised. “They sent some kids to my room to distract me. Then I saw (Granite School District) Superintendent Martin Bates at my door, and he said, ‘Do you know why I am here?’ Everyone was so complimentary. I felt very honored,” said Dingley. Dingley said she’s happy to have been

are able to contribute to the school by teaching several essential classes. Chester said, “All in all, this was an amazing experience and I am so overwhelmed by the love and support I have felt from my students, coworkers and administration. I feel so blessed to be at Churchill and to have amazing students, coworkers and administrators.” “This is a case where the best of the best rise to the top,” said Severe. “These teachers work with a challenging demographic. For them to be able to move the needle on academic performance speaks to them as an educator. The love and compassion they have for these kids really stands out.” Anyone from the community can nominate a Granite School District educator for Spanish teacher Molly Dingley of Evergreen Jr. High was emotional when she received her Excel award on the award. The process starts in October. Businesses or individuals who want to sponMarch 7. (Photo courtesy Brooke Porter/Granite Education Foundation) sor an award can reach out to the Granite Education Foundation at www.Granitekids.org hired at Evergreen four years ago and is look- until they came up on stage, too. ing forward to furthering her career there. “I Chester also loves her students. “I wake or call 385-646-5437. love junior high students in general — they up every day excited to go to school and teach are funny, quirky, inquisitive. You can be because of the amazing students that I get to goofy with them, and they make you laugh!” teach. There isn’t a day that goes by that one Dingley said. of my students doesn’t make me laugh or Cutler also called Dingley “a team play- teach me something new,” Chester said. er, literally. A couple years ago we needed She got great support from her coworksomeone with a PE endorsement. So she took ers and administrators. “I have the best cothe classes needed and got the endorsement. workers and administrators. Many of my coHer greatest strength is how she uses differ- workers expressed that they were so glad that ent instruction methods to engage each stu- I won the award,” said Chester. dent,” Cutler said. Churchill’s principal Josh LeRoy Churchill Jr. High English 8 and Utah agreed. “Michelle does everything for our Studies teacher Michelle Chester was at a school. We’d really be hurting without her. school assembly the morning of the surprise. She’s great with the students. She has high “When they asked me to come to the stage, I standards and she doesn’t alter those. The was so shocked it took a student next to me students respond and work hard in her class,” to say, ‘Go up to the stage!’ for me to move,” LeRoy said. Chester said. Both Chester and Dingley are new teach- Churchill Jr. High teacher Michelle Chester was surShe was so surprised she didn’t even no- er mentors at their schools, which means they prised in front of the whole school on March 7 when tice that her parents, grandparents and other help newly hired teachers settle into the pro- she was presented with an Excel award. (photo courfamily and friends were there to cheer her on fession. Both have several endorsements and tesy Brooke Porter/Granite Education Foundation)

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The role of the CAG is to assist and advise the City Council with the evaluation of a long-term sustainable capital revenue source and provide guidance on a public education and engagement process. They will meet monthly over the next year to better define the challenges we face regarding critical city infrastructure, i.e. roads, storm drainage, curb and gutter, etc. They will assist in prioritizing needs and provide input on potential funding sources. While we expect the CAG will provide critical guidance regarding scope, prioritization and revenue sourcing, the City Council will retain final decision-making authority. As we look to the future there will certainly be challenges that exceed the requisite time and resource of our City Council. I hope the formation of the CAG will provide a future model for accessing and leveraging the citizens of our community in solving these problems. The maintenance of our city infrastructure is our most pressing challenge. The most visible example of under-funding is our city roads. Continuing on our current path will only make matters worse; it’s time we act. I am committed to delivering a strategic plan that more responsibly addresses these critical assets to future Councils. The formation of the CAG acknowledges the need to assemble the data required to facilitate conversations, feedback, and input with our residents. These are difficult discussions, but continuing to ignore the realities does not solve the problem. The decisions we make today will shape the tenor of the Holladay@40 celebration in 2039. Let’s make sure our stewardship honors those that had the vision to create the Holladay of today.

PLAN YOUR COMMUTE SALT LAKE CITY MARATHON SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 The University of Utah Health Salt Lake City Marathon Salt Lake City Marathon is April 13, 2019! It will feature a full marathon, half marathon, 10K run, 26-mile bike tour, 10K in-line skate, and a 1K kids’ marathon. The race will come through the City of Holladay starting at 3900 S. and 2300 E. The route will follow 2300 E. southbound to 4600 S. then back northbound on Holladay Blvd to 4500 S. and then west through Highland Drive. At all major sponsored by intersections there will be an “Intersection Traffic Officer” to facilitate cross-traffic flow whenever there are breaks in runners and safe to do so. The runners should be through Holladay by about 11:30 am. For additional details about the race course, volunteer information and more go to saltlakecitymarathon.com

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APRIL 2019


Annual Area CLEANUP PROGRAM May 10-31 As part of our service to you, our valued customer, we are sending bulk waste containers to your neighborhood! Containers will be delivered anytime between 7 am and 5 pm and removed the following day. (We cannot provide exact times).

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ALLOWED IN THE CONTAINER: Household waste: Including all furniture, etc. Mattresses: Will be picked up from your curbside. DO NOT load the mattresses into your trash containers.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CONTAINER: Tires, paint, oil, batteries, propane tanks, 50-gallon drums, other toxic or hazardous materials. We can pick up all metal items and appliances from your driveway. ALL other items must fit entirely in the containers.

DO NOT OVERLOAD CONTAINERS OR PUT WASTE ON THE GROUND. DO NOT PARK WITHIN 40 FEET OF CONTAINERS. Avoid parking on the street while containers are in place. NO COMMERCIAL OR CONSTRUCTION DUMPING IS ALLOWED. For more information: Call (385) 468-6325 or visit our website at www.wasatchfrontwaste.org Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 W. Brett Graham, District 2 bgraham@cityofholladay.com 801-898-3568 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

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Millcreek and Holladay are excited to announce that the process to implement improvements along 3900 South, from 2300 East to I-215, has begun. A consultant team has been selected to complete the initial phase-preliminary design and environmental clearance. Construction is currently planned for 2020. The project aligns with the community’s vision for 3900 South to create a safe and aesthetically pleasing corridor that is accommodating for all motorists and pedestrians. The project leverages $8.7 million in grants obtained from Salt Lake County and the federal government, and will include continuous sidewalks, curb and gutter, storm drains, improved pedestrian crossings, dedicated bike lanes and enhanced UTA bus stops. The environmental clearance, as required by The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), will begin mid-March and will continue through June 2019. As a result, residents may begin seeing orange-vested land surveyors on the street, and may have noticed an occasional drone flying over the roadway in order to map the 3900 South corridor. No need to worry, it’s all part of the process needed to complete the project. As part of the environmental process, an open house and city council meeting will be scheduled this spring in Millcreek and Holladay to introduce the project, to answer any questions and receive public comment from residents, business owners and the general public. If you have any additional questions or would like to talk to a project team member about this project, please email 3900SouthProject@gmail. com or call (801) 509-6639.


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Holladay Rotary Honors Joni Dahle and David James In recognition of their service to the community, Holladay Rotarians honored Holladay First Lady Joni Dahle and KUTV Sportscaster David James with the Paul Harris Fellow award. Paul Harris Fellow award recipients are nominated from those who have contributed, or have contributions made in their name of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation. At their annual membership and awards dinner, Rotarians lauded Ms. Dahle and Mr. James for their dedication to the values of the Rotary organization through their service to their community as well as their service in furthering the mission of Rotary. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to “enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty” – rotary.org. The event was held Wednesday evening, February 27th at the Cottonwood Country Club. The Rotary Club of Holladay, a volunteer service organization, was founded over 59 years ago on Feb 12, 1960. Holladay Rotarians meet monthly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues. Anyone interested in joining the Holladay Rotary can Sue Vanderhoof, President at 801-580-4746

Pet Licensing Clinic – April 19

Holladay City Hall Park – 4570 S 2300 E • Noon – 2:00pm Pet licensing is required in ALL of Salt Lake County. A rabies tag or ID tag is not a valid pet license. Pets must be licensed within 30 days of getting your new pet or moving to a new area. Questions, please call Salt Lake County Animal Services at 385-468-7387 or online a adoptutahpets.com.

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Youthful Titans begin defense of Region 6 boys tennis crown By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


he Olympus boys tennis team rode the talents and experience of seniors last season. The Titans will have a different look in 2019. At the high school level, in just about every season, coaches have to find ways to replace the loss of key players. Graduation can take a heavy toll from year to year, but the best teams reload and have newcomers emerge and step up. This is where Olympus head coach Mike Epperson finds himself this season as he prepares to once again direct the boys tennis squad. The Titans lost five of their seven varsity competitors from the 2018 team that finished first in Region 6 and seventh in Class 5A. Epperson knows his young group has its work cut out for it, but he’s also optimistic about the season outlook. “Expectations are always high, but we are definitely in rebuilding mode,” he said. “This will be the youngest team I have coached in eight years with no seniors on the varsity squad. However, we had a good JV squad last year with many of those players moving up to the varsity role. Our varsity squad will mostly consist of freshmen and sophomores this year, which bodes well for the future of the program.”

Epperson will rely heavily on the talents, experience and leadership of juniors Sawyer Peterson and Ethan Stanger. The captains are the only returning varsity players but bring much to the court for the Titans. The duo qualified for state last season and made it all the way to the finals of second doubles before losing 6-1, 6-1. Outside of these two players, Epperson is still trying to figure out who’s ready to compete at the other positions. He has 24 players in the program to work with. “We don’t have our varsity set as of yet, as it’s been a competitive preseason with many players vying for those varsity spots,” he said. “I believe the player rotation of JV and varsity within this team will be ongoing all the way up to when our region matches start in April. We’ll find out which players are the hungriest and want to carry the mantle of being a varsity player.” What the Titans lack in varsity match experience they make up for in desire and work ethic. Epperson is impressed with the efforts each player has made on and off the court. He believe the players will gel quickly, which will help tremendously when the competition heats up. “The strengths of the team this upcoming season is the enthusiasm of wanting to be


on the courts playing whether the weather is poor or not,” he said. “There is good synergy in the program, especially with the returning players that we have. Young players in a program are moldable, so I am able to work with their inexperience to help them acquire playing techniques and a proper mindset on the court that will help them gain confidence and have a winning edge come the time competition starts. “Most of my players are honor roll students, so there is plenty of drive, intelligence and focus when we practice, which helps to bring a healthy competitive spirit to the team.” Success this season may not come by the win-loss record. Epperson has helped establish a strong tradition at Olympus, and he hopes the new players will cling to that mindset . More importantly, he wants the players to enjoy playing and being together. “The season will be a success if the boys buy in to the winning program we have established here the last few years,” he said. “Leadership from captains are always key to the work effort and discipline that comes with practicing. “First and foremost, I want the students to have a tremendous experience playing ten-

nis for a great school as Olympus. However, winning is much more fun than losing, so we will go and play every match expecting to win as individuals and as a team. I expect success with this tennis program, and starting my fourth season at Olympus, the boys haven’t let me down yet.” So far, so good for the Titans. Over the weekend of March 9–10, Olympus participated in a 12-team tournament in St. George, capturing first place.

The Olympus boys tennis team got the season started off on a good note by winning a tournament in St. George. (Photo by Susan Stanger.)

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New-look Titans baseball facing big challenges on the baseball field this season By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ast season was a stellar one for the Olympus High School baseball team. The Titans went 29-4 overall and won Region 6 with a perfect 15-0 record. They advanced to the Class 5A state title game, losing to Jordan 11-1. But this year’s team will look entirely different. That’s because Olympus was a senior-laden squad in 2018, graduating 15 players. Not only did the team say goodbye to most of its starters, but it won’t have any returning underclassmen with significant varsity experience. To make matters more complicated, head coach Brent Burton stepped down. The challenging task of rebuilding falls on the shoulders of former assistant coach Corland Felts, who worked alongside Burton for the previous five seasons. On paper, it looks as though the Titans have an enormous hill to climb, but Felts has a feeling the players will rise to the occasion and fare just fine. “We will be inexperienced from this

standpoint, but I have confidence that the guys that will play this year at the varsity level are ready to step in and contribute and compete in a good region,” he said. “I am confident they are ready for the challenge and will be successful in doing so.” Senior pitchers Jack Hollberg and Noah Bagley will be key figures on the team this season. Bagley did pick up one victory on the mound last season. Even though Hollberg is new to the varsity level, be does have a lot of experience on the big stage in athletics, having competed on the Olympus football and boys basketball teams. Felts also has high hopes for seniors Jonah Pingree and Peyton Johnson. Juniors Frankie Goodsen, Ryan Thomas, Nolan Martin and Zach Alder will be the main starters in the field. “Literally every position player and every pitcher are technically newcomers since they didn’t play at the varsity level last year,” Felts said. “So, it is a completely new team and look.” Still, Felts said he is pleased with what

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Solid returning group to lead Skyline girls golf team this season By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


n the heels of a fourth-place finish at the Class 5A state golf tournament last season, the Skyline Eagles are excited to build on the strong showing. Head coach Kenney James has some talented, experienced golfers to work with. As a team, the Eagles shot 709 at last season’s state tournament, just seven strokes behind the third-place finishers, Alta. Skyline was well ahead of fifth-place Brighton and was the highest-finishing team from Region 6. James has little reason to believe his squad can’t once again rule the region and contend at state. “We have five experienced golfers coming back, so we have some strong goals: Win the region championship; put five or six girls on the All-Region team; and go to state, compete, play well, maybe shoot our best and finish in the top five or so,” James said. “We would like all our golfers to improve and shoot our best scores, and make some birdies and eagles.” James is excited to see what senior veterans Denali Zebelean, Skylee Child and Bella Feinauer do for an encore this season. The trio is part of a group of eight seniors on the squad. “We have some experienced talented players; they show toughness, hard work

As the 2019 girls golf season begins, the Skyline Eagles are preparing to once again put together a high finish at state. (Photo contributed)

and great attitude,” James said. “This a super coachable group that is fun to be around. I will really enjoy watching them develop and compete.” Skyline’s top returning player is junior Claire Whisenant, who was 10th in individ-

ual honors last year at state when she shot a 164 in the two-day event. Sophomore Asiana Le was third on the team at state a freshman last season, shooting a 186, good enough for a top-25 finish. “(Whisenant) and (Le) helped carry us

last year,” James said. The Eagles will face stiff competition in Region 6 from West and Murray, both of which will field good teams, James said. He also said he needs some players to emerge and fill some varsity spots to add quality depth to the team. The players are all eager for the season to get in full swing. “We will be searching for some more varsity golfers who will take those spots and become the golfers we all want to see,” he said. “Watching their hard work pay off as they play and excel. The girls are really excited and are champing at the bit to get on the course.” For James, satisfaction as a coach comes not just from watching the girls perform on the course but seeing them become model students and residents of the community. He’s confident that their work ethic and positive attitude will lead to positive results this season. “We have such amazing girls who do so many great things in their lives: sports, school, in the community through service, with their various church groups,” he said. “What I enjoy most is watching them compete and become successful women who go on to do great things. If we work hard, we will accomplish our goals, compete hard and play our best. That’s all a coach can ask.”

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Defending Region 6 champion Skyline off to good start to boys soccer season By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ast season, the Skyline boys soccer team won eight of its 10 games in Region 6 and went 15-4-1 overall. The Eagles did much of their damage with a strong defense, and they’re doing the same thing again this year. Skyline didn’t allow a single goal during its three-game tournament in week one. On March 8 and 9, the Eagles headed south to play in the St. George Tournament, and its defense was on display, pitching a trio of shutouts, including two on the opening day of the tournament. In the first two games, the offense wasn’t bad either. Skyline kicked off its season with a 2-0 victory over Region 5’s Woods Cross, a team it narrowly defeated 1-0 in the first round of the state tournament last season. The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead and held on for the victory. It was Skyline’s second straight season-opening win. Later in the day, the Eagles prevailed in the back leg of a rare double-header. This time, they routed Class 6A foe Fremont, thanks to a pair of goals from K Nihipali and one from Sam Balls. Last year’s squad allowed just eight goals during region play, an average of less than one a contest. In all 20 matches, Sky-

line surrendered just 14 goals, best among all teams in Class 5A. The Eagles also found the back of the net for 42 goals of their own, helping the team win games by an average count of 1.4 goals per outing. Skyline posted 12 shutouts a year ago and had five wins by at least three goals. The Eagles will need similar output this season. Skyline must place in the top four of the six-team Region 6 to get back to the state tournament. The Eagles have qualified for the postseason each of the last six seasons. The team has some holes to fill in all positions, as key players from last year’s squad graduated. Plus, Region 6 opponents Olympus, West and East figure to give the Eagles all they can handle in their bid to win a second consecutive league championship. Following Skyline’s three-game tournament in St. George, it hosted Layton March 19. The Eagles rounded out the non-league slate with a March 21 outing at Cyprus. The Region 6 battle get underway April 5 when the Eagles travel to West to take on the Panthers. Region 6 teams will face another twice to see which four squads will secure berths in the 5A state tournament.

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Olympus boys soccer team picks up early wins as it prepares for region games By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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year after placing third in Region 6, the Olympus boys soccer team is poised for its first region championship since 2008. But taking first won’t be easy. The Titans have to contend with rival Skyline (defending region champions) as well as other solid foes, including West and East. Luckily for Olympus, it brings back some senior leadership and other talented players who were part of the team that went 6-3-1 in region play and 10-4-3 overall in 2018. The Titans lost to Roy in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. Longtime head coach Chris Sonntag was on the sidelines for that region-winning Titans’ team 11 years ago. He begins his 16th season at the helm of the Olympus program. Two senior forwards headline the Titan squad. Din Huremovic and Adam Naylor are back for their final seasons at the school. The duo combined for 15 goals a year ago, with Naylor’s eight leading the team. Fellow senior Josh Gubler also returns. Though he helps anchor the defense at the center back position, he managed to find the back of the net four times last season as a junior. He’s also a big help to goalkeeper Ian Jones, another senior, who pitched four shutouts a year ago. Junior Jake Lewis will bolster the back line from his fullback position. Wing Hayden Earl is yet another experienced senior that Sonntag is counting on. Alec Foulger is another player to keep an eye

on. He tallied a pair of goals last season. Olympus got off to a solid start this season, posting two wins in its first three games. It marks the third consecutive season the Titans were victorious to begin the year. The Titans’ season opener was a 5-0 blowout of Kearns on March 5. Olympus entertained the home crowd with two goals in the first half and three more in the second. Five different Titan players registered goals in the rout. Naylor, Foulger, Huremovic, Earl and Gubler each scored a goal, with Jones recording the shutout. Three days later, Olympus saw what it was like to be on the other end of a one-side game. Olympus bowed out to Brighton 3-0, as the Bengals broke open a close 1-0 game in the second half with two clinching goals. The Titans didn’t have to wait long to get back on track. On March 11, they got past Corner Canyon 2-1, as all the scoring took place in the second half. Huremovic and Lincoln Buchanon got shots past the Corner Canyon goalkeeper, and the Olympus defense did its part to hold the Chargers to a single goal. The non-region slate moves quickly. By April 5, Olympus will welcome the Region 6 schedule with a game at Highland. Meanwhile, the team defeated Riverton 2-1 March 19 and will get its last league tune-up when it plays at Cyprus at April 2.

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Influx of ninth-graders look to strengthen Skyline boys tennis team By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


fter winning the Class 4A state title in 2017, the Skyline boys tennis team dropped to ninth place at the 5A tournament last season. Head coach Lani Wilcox believes her team is poised to return to its championship form. A quartet of freshmen should be a big reason why. Often, when a team has to replace graduated seniors and brings in a bunch of new faces, it’s in rebuilding mode. Not Skyline. The Eagles’ freshmen are seasoned competitors, who Wilcox said will bolster an already talented roster. “We’re pretty stacked,” she said. “We’re going to be really good. It should be exciting to watch. We should take our region. We should be a strong contender at state. I’m looking forward to the season.” Ninth-graders Michael Cherchio and Ethan Greene will likely take two of the three singles spots. Both play year-round in national tournaments, so Wilcox doesn’t believe the varsity stage will faze them at all. “It’s nice to have them coming,” she

said. “They’ve played a lot of competitive tennis.” Joining them are two other freshmen, Sam Stewart and Gunnar Woller, who should also vie for varsity spots on the court. However, the top player for the Eagles is junior Connor Robb-Wilcox, the coach’s son. He’s no stranger to big stages. Robb-Wilcox plays competitively in national tournaments as well. In fact, he missed last season’s state tournament because he was playing out of state. His absence hurt Skyline’s chances to move up in the standings. Robb-Wilcox won a state championship in first singles two years ago as a freshman. He plans to play at the college level, just like his mother, who played at Brigham Young University. Skyline has 35 players on the team, spread across the varsity and junior varsity squad. Though some JV team members are relatively new to the game, the varsity team boasts high-level players who dedicated considerable time to the sport. While late-winter weather is keeping the start of the season on

hold and forcing some players to stay away from the game, Wilcox said many of her pupils are playing indoors, keeping their skills sharp. Wilcox has an interesting way of setting her lineup, too. She institutes what she calls “challenge matches,” where her players go up against one another in practice to see who gets to start varsity and take other positions on the court. She’s also making an effort to build team camaraderie. “This season, I’m really trying to focus on team building,” she said. Skyline will be heavily favored to win Region 6. Once the state tournament begins, the Eagles will see some other talented foes. Still, Wilcox isn’t worried about what other teams have or don’t have. “We just play and focus on ourselves,” she said. Anticipating lingering snow, Wilcox didn’t schedule for the start of the season to occur until April 11. After that, the Eagles open up region competition in April for the first of five league matches.


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Titans can’t overcome rough fourth quarter, lose in state boys basketball semifinals By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


n March 1, Olympus and Corner Canyon met in boys basketball for the third time in the past 12 months. Unfortunately for the Titans, the outcome was much different this time around. Seeking a fourth straight trip to the state championship game and second consecutive Class 5A crown, Olympus came up short against the Chargers, losing in the state semifinals 77-69. It was just the third loss of the year for the Titans, who were hoping for a chance to play for their third state title in the past four years. The previous two meetings against Corner Canyon were comfortable victories for Olympus. Olympus destroyed Corner Canyon in last season’s 5A title game 76-49. The rout capped an undefeated season for Olympus. Earlier this season, at the Utah Elite 8 tournament on Dec. 6, the Titans cruised past the Chargers 82-67, thanks largely to a 27-12 run in the fourth quarter. Ironically, in this season’s semifinals, Corner Canyon used its own dominant fourth quarter to get revenge and turn the table on Olympus.

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After getting behind 18-11 at the end of the first quarter, Olympus righted the ship and took a 56-50 lead into the final eight minutes. In the fourth, Corner Canyon surprisingly blitzed Olympus 27-13 to prevail by eight points. It was Olympus’ earliest postseason exit since the 2015 4A tournament when it lost to Kearns in the semifinals. Senior sensation Rylan Jones was fantastic in the gut-wrenching loss for Olympus. The all-around star nearly recorded a triple-double with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Jeremy Dowdell added 19 points, while Jackson Frank contributed 18, including five three-pointers. However, the Titans shot just nine free throws (making six), while Corner Canyon connected on 26 of 31. Olympus had a pair of 20-point victories in its first two playoff games. The Titans beat Region 5’s Woods Cross 77-57 in round one, behind 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals from Jones. Dowdell had 18 points in the win, and Noah Bennee chipped in 14 points and six rebounds. The Titans had a bit of a lull in the second quarter, letting a 12-point lead dip to six at halftime. The team refocused and pulled away down

the stretch. Things looked a little scary in the quarterfinals against Timpanogos, when the Titans uncharacteristically scored just 16 points and trailed by 10 at the break. The second half was more Olympus’ style, as it outscored Timpanogos 46-16. The Titans hit 21 of 26 shots from the foul line and made more than 50 percent of their field goals. Jones paced the team with 22 points. He also had five rebounds, five assists and five steals. The 42 points that Olympus allowed was its thirdbest effort of the season. The Titans will have a new cast of leaders next season. Head coach Matt Barnes must say goodbye to Jones and a Dowdell, a duo that led Olympus to a state title and a combined 74-6 record the past three seasons. Dowdell was also part of the 2015–16 Olympus team that won the state championship during his freshman season; Jones attended Logan High School as a freshman. Other key players Bennee, Jackson and Jack Hollberg are also seniors, meaning Barnes will have to reload next season as Olympus aims for a sixth straight region championship.

Senior Rylan Jones finished a historic career at Olympus High with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the 5A semifinal game. (Photo courtesy Blake Williams)

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Life and Laughter—Hang me out to dry


fter happily drying our clothes for a decade, our dryer hit its tweenage years and started giving us the silent treatment. It would only work when we said magic words or used pliers to wrangle it into submission. I wasn’t ready to plop down several hundred bucks for a new dryer, so I suggested we string a clothesline in the backyard for fresh, sunny, natural drying. But with all the snow and the rain and the wind and the snow and the snow, I finally gave in. One weekend, the hubbie and I got in the car, girded our loins (I think that means we buckled our seat belts) and drove to the gargantuan furniture/appliance store where we were immediately attacked by suit-coated salespeople. They swarmed from everywhere. I thought, at first, they were zombies and impaled a couple of them with the leg of a kitchen chair before I realized my (understandable) mistake. One of them valiantly latched onto us, and the rest of them staggered back into the bowels of the store. Our salesperson/creature had mainlined 17 Dr. Peppers and hopped around us like a crazy ding-dong until we reached the appliance center. There were washers and dryers as far as the eye could see, which isn’t far because I’m pretty nearsighted. But trust me, there was a huge dryer selection. Mr. SalesCreature launched into his spiel. “I want you to have the dryer that your future washer will adore. Not the washer you have now, but the one you’ll want in two years.”


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ousing supply is a hot topic in Utah these days. With the Salt Lake County population continuing to grow, there are fewer and fewer places to build new homes. Cities are being encouraged to either accept higher density developments or adopt resolutions designed to increase the housing supply. Two issues that have a big effect on the housing market are accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and short-term rentals (STRs). Holladay city officials began discussing how it will handle these issues introducing them to the youth city council. After learning about council rules of procedure from Councilmember Paul Fotheringham, a portion of the students took on the role of city council members while the rest took on the role of citizens. Before jumping into the issues, Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle gave a brief overview of the background for why ADUs and STRs are important. “Part of the debate we’re having in the communities is higher density, increasing multi-family units — you saw that in Holladay with the Cottonwood Mall debate. That’s happening all over the county,” he explained to the youth city council. The mock city council meeting started with addressing ADUs. An accessory dwelling unit is a second residential unit located on what would traditionally be a single-family lot. They can come in the form of a small cottage in the backyard, an apartment built on top of the garage or a basement apartment. The argument in favor of ADUs is that it’s the right of a private property owner to make extra money by renting it out. They increase the overall housing supply, which should help make buying a new home more affordable. Concerns about unregulated ADUs include lack of parking for additional occupants, which results in crowded streets, and changing the “nature” of the neighborhood. The mock city council ultimately took no “action” on ADUs and moved on to a discussion of STRs. Short-term rentals such as Airbnb or VRBO have become an increasingly popular alternative to hotels, in which residents rent out their home to vacationers for as short as one night or as long as a few weeks. The defense for STRs is similar to that of ADUs: Shouldn’t a property owner have the right to do what they want with their property? However, the concerns over STRs are more numerous and poignant than ADUs. Neighbors of STRs complain that that vacationers are much more disruptive, and sometimes

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even dangerous, than their regular neighbors. They never know who might be staying there. “When I put myself in their position, I can really empathize with their concerns. When I move into a neighborhood I want to know who my neighbors are. And now all of a sudden I have a house in my neighborhood that’s almost like a hotel room,” said Dahle. “They make a lot of noise, they take up parking, they produce a lot of trash,” added Fotheringham. One of the youth city council members, Preston Palmer, said he has read stories about STRs being used for sex trafficking. “I’m sure most people that use Airbnbs are good people and just looking for a place to stay while they’re out of town, but I think there does need to be more regulation,” he said. Unlike ADUs, STRs don’t help address the housing shortage. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that they worsen the shortage as homes that might otherwise be bought by families are instead turned into rental units. Fotheringham cited an

NPR story about how the introduction of STRs into the French Quarter area of New Orleans to accommodate tourists resulted in the gentrification of the traditionally black neighborhood. As much as Holladay might like to regulate STRs, the main obstacle is enforcement. State law prohibits any city from tracking down illegal STRs through their online postings (of which there are hundreds for Holladay). So the only way the city can enforce its relevant ordinances is if they receive complaints directly from the neighbor of an STR. Instituting any kind of licensing process through the city also poses its own logistical challenges. “Do we have the staff to handle the permits? How are we going to collect fees and enforce it? It’s a whole process. There’s all sorts of stuff we’d like to do and we don’t have the resources to enforce it,” said Dahle. The “real” Holladay City Council will be tackling these complicated issues starting in April after receiving some clarity from the state legislature, according to Dahle.

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