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‘JAZZ ON THE PATIO’ A SUCCESS at Holladay Caputo’s

By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournal.com


f you find yourself in downtown Holladay on a Saturday night, chances are you will hear some mellow jazz wafting through the air like the sumptuous aromas of restaurants surrounding the main plaza on Holladay Boulevard. Every Saturday night, weather permitting, Caputo’s sponsors “Jazz on the Patio” from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jazz nights typically continue through the end of September. Born of the Friday night jazz events Caputo’s sponsors at their 1500 East 1500 South location, Caputo’s carried the tradition to their Holladay location beginning in 2015. “Everyone loved it, from the surrounding restaurants to the people in the neighborhood. We figured we might want to try it in Holladay,” CEO Matt Caputo said. Caputo’s is loyal to the Caputo’s Allstar Quartet, who perform Friday evening at their 15th and 15th location, and Saturday evening at their Holladay location. “Zach (the organizer of the quartet) puts together a different ensemble of people every week,” Caputo said. “It’s an evolving mix of people who are actually playing.” “We wanted something that was not necessarily just a focal point, but something that would also accompany food so that if you want to come and just be completely engrossed in the music, you can do that. But if you wanted to come like many of our customers do and just have some nice stuff going on in the background that you can still have your conversation with or have it not necessarily be the focal point, we felt that jazz was a great vehicle for that,” Caputo said. “Also, we’re just big fans of jazz, and think that it goes really well with food and our food in particular. It’s a great American music that we love.” Caputo believes that while it’s in the eye of the beholder what food pairs well with jazz, he said, “My favorite thing up

Flutist Herschel Bullen plays for the Caputo’s Allstar Quartet on a Saturday evening in Holladay. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

there is to get one of the cheese flights and a glass of wine or beer.” He also normally gets the special of the evening. “I’ll always end with one of their chocolate chip cookies because all of the chocolate chip cookies at all of our Caputo’s locations are actually made by Marion at Caputo’s Holladay, and they’re good at all locations, but they give them such TLC that they’re spectacular there.” While Caputo’s doesn’t take reservations, there is generally only a five- or ten-minute wait. Caputo’s is not a full restaurant. It is a deli with very quick, casual-style service. Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the

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general manager of Caputo’s puts out a lot more tables to accommodate a larger crowd on Saturday night. “It’s so nice for me as the CEO to be able to go up there and relax and know that my team puts on such a wonderful event that goes off without a hitch with no input/oversight needed at all whatsoever from me, and on top of that to have the community up there embrace it as strongly as they have, we just feel lucky to be a part of it,” Caputo said. Holladay Caputo’s is located at 4670 Holladay Village Plaza, Unit 101 in Holladay. l



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National essay winner from Skyline dreams of a better world for refugees By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


bby Bowler of Skyline’s class of 2019 is the second-place national winner and first-place state winner of a financial literacy essay contest. The BYU-bound graduate wrote an essay detailing how she’d create the “Refugee Rescue Fund” and invest in services for refugees that would pay “long-term social and financial returns.” “I am excited to be a national winner, and I have to thank my financial literacy teacher, Syd Lott, who encouraged all of his students to participate in the contest,” Bowler said. Lott assigned his students to enter the InvestWrite contest. All the top three Utah winners were from Skyline: Bowler, Lucas Zagal and Angelina “Gigi” Skedros. “We played a game in Mr. Lott’s class called the Stock Market Game, and the essay is a way to apply what you learned in the game. We were assigned to create an environmental, social and governance fund that was sustainable and ethical, and then write a letter to an investor explaining it,” Bowler said of the writing prompt. Bowler’s essay hypothetically encouraged big companies like Walmart and Starbucks to invest in refugee programs. “I chose them because they already had a reputation for hiring refugees and because their past quarter earnings had increased. I also used the ICRC Humanitarian Impact Bond because with bonds there’s basically no risk, so that balanced out the fund,” said Bowler, showing off her financial literacy skills. Her focus on refugee programs came from more than a year of real-life experience with three different nonprofits. “Last summer I organized a swim clinic for refugee kids in Salt Lake City. That was an idea I just came up with, and it was a really cool experience,” Bowler said. “In the spring I did an internship for the Spice Kitchen Incubator (751 W. 800 South in Salt Lake City). They’re a part of the In-


ternational Rescue Committee. This summer I’m an intern for Youth Refugee Coalition. They partner with bigger organizations that work in refugee camps around the world. I loved my experiences working for these nonprofits,” said Bowler. Bowler said she’s learned a lot from her experiences. “I realized how much I love to work with these people. They’ve come from unimaginable backgrounds and have walked such a different path of life than my own,” Bowler said. Bowler found out about her win on graduation day when Lott pulled her aside and told her about both wins. “I had kind of forgotten about it because it was in March and there was so much going on, but I was definitely happy,” Bowler said. On June 25 Bowler and her parents and Lott were invited to the Utah Office of the State Treasurer at the State Capitol. They had a luncheon with Treasurer David Damschen, who praised their efforts. “The Stock Market Game and InvestWrite competitions pique student interest in important concepts taught in the classroom by adding an element of competition,” Damschen said. “I appreciate the incredible efforts of teachers and students to improve financial knowledge.” Bowler’s own stock was up as her earnings for her essay included a cash prize of $100, a medal, a trophy that will go in the case at Skyline, “and I got a laptop, which was super awesome!” Bowler also received a starter pack for a 529 education fund. Bowler’s classmate and then Skyline sophomore Gigi Skedros won third place at the state level. Skedros designed an ESG fund called the PLANet B Fund. “PLANet B focuses on educating the consumer,” Skedros said. “I focused on solar energy because not only are those companies the most practical and sustainable methods of energy, they’re

Abby Bowler holds her first-place trophy for the Utah division of the InvestWrite essay contest. The trophy will be displayed permanently in the case at Skyline High. (Photo Utah Office of State Treasurer)

also growing a ton. In my research, I learned companies (stocks) like Facebook can be jumpy. But solar energy companies are growing steadily and will grow more in the future, so that’s what we need to invest in,” said Skedros.




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Skyline racks up regular season win in boys volleyball, falls in playoff By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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“For me, the most memorable thing about coaching this year is watching how much fun the team had playing the sport,� he said. “They were engaged in practice and very few of them ever missed practices or games.� Henderson said the team was especially proficient in blocking this season, which frustrated opponents and made it difficult for them to score points. He also highlighted the play of senior libero Jack McDonald, senior outside hitter Kyler Osguthorpe and senior outside hitter Tim Lont. “(McDonald) was our defensive anchor on the court,� Henderson said. “He is really good at reading hitters and gets a touch on just about everything. Jake was our most vocal player. (Osguthorpe) was our player with

the most experience. As an undersized hitter, Kyler was great at using multiple attack strategies to help the team score points. (Lont) was our most imposing attacker. At 6-foot-6, with a decent vertical, Tim’s attack was difficult for most teams to deal with. Watching Tim hit over the top of blockers was a common sight to see.� With all three of these players already graduated, Henderson faces a tall order in finding students to take their spots. The Eagles will bring back setter Quade Sorenson, who’ll be a junior on the 2020 team. Henderson is hoping for some other players to emerge as team leaders next season as the Eagles look to move deeper into the state tournament. l

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The Skyline volleyball club went 20-8 during the regular season and lost in the second round at state. (Photo courtesy of Josh Henderson)


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It didn’t help that middle blockers Derek Madsen and Keaton Clark, both seniors, were out with injuries. The setbacks required head coach Josh Henderson to bring in a pair of inexperienced youngsters from the sophomore team into the lineup for state. Though the replacements performed admirably, Henderson and the squad missed the leadership of the missing players. Though the second-round loss was disappointing, Henderson was pleased with his team’s effort during the year. He also admired his players’ attitudes and dedication to the club.





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Pickle Power! The family-friendly sport that’s taking over Utah By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


ou’ve probably seen them at a park near your house: miniature-sized versions of tennis courts filled with people smacking a yellow Wiffle ball back and forth. The courts (and the sport itself) seem to have sprung up overnight. If you haven’t played yet yourself, you surely know someone who does. Someone who has probably asked you with all the zeal of a missionary deployed by a crazed sport-religion hybrid: Do you play pickleball? Interest in pickleball has doubled in just the last three years, at least according to data from Google Trends. A sport that most people hadn’t even heard of five years ago is now a third as popular as tennis and half as popular as bowling. It’s already far surpassed sports like disc golf and badminton. While the sport is certainly exploding nationwide, nowhere is its popularity greater than here in Utah. More Utahns search for information about pickleball than residents of any other state, again according to Google Trends. Arizona is close behind, and most states’ interest in the sport is less than half of what it is in Utah. So why is pickleball gaining popularity so fast? And why is Utah at the head of its growth? But most importantly, why is it called pickleball? Origins The game got its start in 1965 in Washington state, when Joel Pritchard, a state congressman spliced together a few elements from various sports during a hot summer weekend at his home on Bainbridge Island. Pritchard’s backyard had a badminton court, but when he couldn’t find any badminton equipment, he instead grabbed some ping pong paddles and a plastic ball. Along with his friends and family, Pritchard developed a set of rules for this newly invented game over the course of that weekend. As for how it got its name, legend has it that it’s named after the Pritchard family’s dog. “The Pritchards had a dog named Pickles, and you’re having fun at a party, right? So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it pickleball,” said Barney McCallum, one of the sports’ cofounders. The sport grew slowly over several decades. By 2003, there were only 39 known places to play the sport in North America, according to the USA Pickleball Association website. However, that same year the sport was added to the Huntsman World Senior Games, a multi-sport competitive event that draws seniors from all over the world to St. George, Utah. “There were questions about whether a sport named pickleball would ever be the next big thing,” said Kyle Case, the current CEO of the event. “But we just decided to get behind it and see where it goes.”

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It ended up going all over the country. “Those players came from all over Utah but also the United States,” Case said. “They had a great experience then went home and taught their friends how to play. In a lot of ways, that first year in 2003 really created a big opportunity for it to spread.”

An old folks’ game?

that of tennis, according to Case. “Four years ago we opened up registration at midnight. Within two minutes, the pickleball registration was full,” he said. Because of that event, the Games have changed their registration process for pickleball to be more like a lottery. The possibility of pickleball supplanting tennis is ironic, considering the overlap of the two similar sports. One of the first articles about pickleball appeared in Tennis magazine and some of the best pickleball players are former tennis pros.

fore a pickleball equivalent of Wimbledon is broadcast on ESPN.

Going forward

Is it possible that pickleball is a passing fad? A sport that spikes in popularity for a few years but eventually dies out leaving thousands of empty unused courts in its wake? Not likely, according to Wathey. “I don’t really see a downturn for the sport anytime soon,” he said. “It’s incredible. More courts are being built, and we don’t see a plateau in that. They’re popping up all over the country.”

The fact that one of pickleball’s first big exposures to the world came through an event targeted towards seniors is no coincidence. The mechanics and rules of pickleball create a sport that is accessible to just about everyone, including seniors. In return, the senior community has been a driving force in its growing popularity. Because pickleball courts are a fraction of the size of tennis courts, players don’t need to cover as much ground, particularly since doubles is the most popular form of the sport. This allows players, who maybe aren’t as quick as they used to be, to still excel at the sport. “What I find in my senior community is their mobility might not be there, but once they get to the line, they have all the motion they need,” said Linda Weeks, a Parks and Rec employee in Farmington who has been helping organize pickleball tournaments in Utah for years. In one recent tournament, Weeks said a grandmother and her grandson ended up taking second place. “I don’t know what other kinds of sports out there would lend themselves to that kind of generation gap,” she said. Weeks thinks the sports’ ability to cater to both the young and old is a big part of why it’s grown so fast in Utah, where there are big families who like to be outside doing activities together. Drew Wathey, a spokesperson for the USA Pickleball Association told the City Journals that demographics changes have a lot to do with the sports’ growing popularity. “Society is getting older. A lot of the baby boomers are hitting retirement age and they’re not able to be quite as active as they used to be, and pickleball is a natural transiPickleball players at Butler Park in Cottonwood Heights. (Justin Adams/City Journals) tion,” he said.

Replacing tennis?

The high demand for pickleball courts is visible all over Salt Lake valley. In Cottonwood Heights, three recently installed pickleball courts proved to not be nearly enough to meet demand and so three additional courts were just added. In Bluffdale, Salt Lake County’s Wardle Fields Park, which opened in 2017, included 16 pickleball courts, and in a possibly symbolic move, not a single tennis court. “Sometimes sports run in cycles. Tennis has hit somewhat of a plateau,” Wathey said. At the Huntsman World Senior Games, registrations for pickleball have surpassed

Weeks agreed that pickleball seems to be putting a dent in the tennis community. A tennis player and coach herself, she said she knows several former tennis players who switched to pickleball as their primary sport. Pickleball also makes more sense when municipalities are trying to decide what amenities to include in their public parks, she said. “Some of those tennis courts that aren’t looking very good, it makes more sense to put in pickleball courts. They are more family friendly and don’t take up as much space.” With pickleball quickly gaining ground on tennis, it may be only a matter of time be-

Another factor that will help the sport continue its rise is its affordability, Wathey noted. Pickleball sets that include two to four paddles and balls range from $20 to $60 on Amazon, whereas a single high-quality tennis racket can easily run north of $100. That low barrier of entry combined with an ever-increasing supply of courts means more people are getting into the sport. “I never would have guessed that it would have been to this extent already,” Weeks said. “I talk to people every day who say, ‘What’s up with this pickleball thing, can you explain it to me?’” l

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Salt Lake County Public Health Department wins national award, celebrates 50 years as combined entity By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com department—for populations in excess of 750,000,” Gary Edwards, executive director of the Salt Lake County division, told the City Journals. According to data from the 2018 United States Census Bureau, Salt Lake County is the 37th largest county in the country by population. “Quite an honor,” is how he described the award, which lauded the county’s efforts to seek innovative, public/private partnerships for health needs and to expertly implement those solutions. The department was honored for its management of the 18-month (2017-2019) hepatitis A outbreak and for its first envisioning, then driving the establishment of the Executive Director of the Salt Lake County Pub- Salt Lake Public Health Center, downtown’s lic Health Department Gary Edwards is focused on new one-stop building for public health and continuing to advance public health for residents. healthcare services. (Photo Salt Lake County) With regards to the management of the hepatitis A outbreak, Edwards noted t has been a big summer for the Salt Lake the county was credited with “identifying County Public Health Department. What this means, according to the leader and building trust with homeless and subof public health initiatives for the county, is stance-abuse populations” as well as working that residents can be confident in the county’s with healthcare organizations, hospitals and proactively tending to public health needs, even restaurants and other facilities “where from restaurant experiences to epidemics the homeless congregate” to ensure necessary cleanliness and vaccinate any who may such as suicides and opioid addiction. Last month, SLCPHD received the Na- have been exposed to the virus and would, in tional Health Department of the Year honor turn, expose others. The new 40,000-square-foot Salt Lake from the National Association of County and County Public Health Center, which opened City Health Official. The county has never in February, was credited with being a “more previously won the award, which has, up to efficient, more convenient place for staff and this point, only honored a handful of counpublic,” Edwards said. ties. The building, he said, through SLThis month, just one month later, marks CPHD’s partnership with Community Health SLCPHD’s 50th anniversary as a combined Centers, delivers not just public health, but entity servicing the county municipalities as well as Salt Lake City, which until 50 years healthcare services to uninsured and underinsured individuals—all under one roof. ago had its own organization.


to Salt Lake County residents, Edwards said, “The residents can have confidence that the Salt Lake County Health Department is not just sitting back, doing the same things we have always done… [We are] looking to be innovative in providing services to the community.” Part of this forward-looking, proactive stance includes developing a network with peer counties, information sharing and assessing, said Edwards.

Keeping elite company with country’s most visionary public health organizations

He indicated SLCPHD routinely studies and shares best practices with an elite group of peer counties that “always seem to stand out,” including Denver County, Colorado; Hennepin County, Minnesota; and King County, Washington. Edwards said that these three counties are routinely considered best-in-class for overall public health services, and, when asked, indicated that Salt Lake County is on the cusp of joining that elite group. He also said that SLCPHD is “regularly” credited on a national level for public health-related programs and accomplishments.

‘Behind the eight ball’ on suicide prevention, poor air quality-related health, overweight individuals

When asked what lies ahead for SLCPHD in 2019, he noted: “We’re doing an intense evaluation, right now,” in areas where Salt Lake County is “behind the eight ball.” These critical areas include high suicide rates for men age 25 and older and poor air quality-related health consequences. He also mentioned healthy weight management being an area of needed improvement for the county population. Salt Lake County: the 2019 National Health How does the award inform Salt Lake Coun“Traditionally, public health has relied ty residents? Department of the Year on two- or more year-old data,” he said. SLWhen asked what being named the na- CPHD is now seeking to capture more real The National organization honored SLtion’s best public health department means time data, versus relying on morbidity data, CPHD for its work as an “extra large health

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This summer, the Salt Lake County Public Health Department has been named national Health Department of the Year and has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its union with the former Salt Lake City Health Department into one entity. Shown here is the new Salt Lake Public Health Center. (Photo Big D Construction)

which has limited usefulness. SLCPHD’s data-leveraging strategies show a department that acts regionally as well as locally. Edwards paints a picture of the county health monitoring real time data and mapping that to zip codes to uncover troublesome “pockets” of opioid use and be able to mobilize treatment, education, and other resources to communities needing the most help. Edwards told the City Journals that, in the 14 years since he has headed the department, all three county mayors—Peter Corroon, then Ben McAdams, and now Jenny Wilson—have been “incredibly supportive” of the work that the SLCPHD does. “We just keep moving forward. They have always remained supportive of our efforts.” l

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SoHo Food Park is a happening Holladay hangout By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournal.com

5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. Over 33,000 people in Utah alone. This disease kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, and is the 4th leading cause of death in Utah. More than 155,000 people in Utah provide unpaid care for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. The impact is widespread and can be devastating to families. For more information, to learn about support groups or other resources, or to get help immediately contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s free 24/7 Helpline at: 800-272-3900 or visit our website at: www.alz.org/utah Together we can work to find a cure and ultimately have our first survivor! Join the fight and lend your voice to this critical cause by attending the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this fall. There are eight Walks throughout the state of Utah: August 24 Park City (Basin Recreation Center) September 14 Weber/Davis (Layton Community Park) St. George (Dixie State Stadium) September 21 Daybreak (SoDa Row) Logan (Merlin Olsen Park) September 28 Utah County (University Mall) Salt Lake City (Utah State Capitol) October 14 Cedar City (SUU Campus)


n a hot July evening, SoHo Food Park in Holladay is crowded despite the heat. People of all ages approach several food trucks for an array of dinner choices. Upbeat music drifts across the umbrellaed seating. Established in 2015, the park features four to six food trucks for each meal offered. Three partners, Craig Hale, Ben Hale and Shree Sharma, own the park. Donning a Utah Jazz T-shirt, co-owner Ben Hale sits casually among the patrons. He would like people to know that “it’s a really fun place to be. The food trucks are just half of what SoHo is. The other half is that it’s a gathering place. Everything that we do here is about having a nice time, fun experience and just being with cool people.” Suzy Thai Food truck is one of the “meals on wheels” providing varied selections. The main chef, Suzy, is from Thailand and has been cooking her dishes for 50 years. According to her, their autograph offering is the massaman, consisting of coconut cream– based curry with chicken, peanuts, carrots, potatoes, onions and cashews served over Thai jasmine rice. Also among the brightly colored trucks is Jamaica’s Kitchen. An imposing and soft-spoken man, owner Donovan Thompson said his signature dish is the jerk chicken described on the menu as “chicken quarters marinated in our special jerk seasoning then grilled to perfection.” For a cool treat, the SoHo Sno Shack offers snow cones, fresh lime or an iced tea slush. Customers say it’s all about selection at the SoHo Food Park. Patron Suzy Mackay said, “I like the outdoors and the music and the variety. It’s about atmosphere.” Mackay had her two dogs in tow, which are welcome to the park provided they are leashed. Mackay, who does not live in the area, comes once or twice a summer. The Nadauld family sits with both contentment and anticipation — contentment because they are together and out to dinner,

Jamaica’s Kitchen is one of the colorful food trucks proudly serving at SoHo Food Park. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

and anticipation because they are waiting for their food. Father James Nadauld said, “We love the selection. There is something for everybody in our family. It’s a one-stop-shop; it makes it really easy.” Son Kirobo Nadauld said, “They have food for everybody.” Added Kate Nadauld said, “It’s nice to sit outside.” Other food truck visitors include Captain Len’s BBQ, El Sarten Burger, Maize, Pompeii Pastaz, Cup Bop, Haute Burgers, Noemi’s Catering and SOBE Eats. The food

trucks alternate on different days. SoHo Food Park season usually begins in April and ends in early fall. The park is open rain or shine Monday through Saturday. Dinner is available Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch is available Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Soho Food Park is located at 4747 S. Holladay Boulevard in Holladay. l

Chef Suzy of Suzy Thai Food has been creating her signature dishes for 50 years. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

Co-owner of SoHo Food Park, Ben Hale, mixes with customers on a hot July evening. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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Patrons at the SoHo Food Park enjoy a variety of choices on a hot July evening. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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State and county governmental entities remain pro-refugee with programs, funds and fun By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


t is a charged time for refugees in America. In July, the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s statements to four new Congressional representatives, telling them to “go back” to other countries, even though three of the women were born in America, the other coming from Somalia. However, only one in four Republican Congressional representatives voted with the majority, and only 37% of Republicans across the country found Trump’s tweets offensive, according to a USA Today poll.

The state of refugees in Utah

But here in Utah, while Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has not explicitly condemned the president’s tweet, he has, historically, enabled sophisticated refugee-support networks— some initiated in former Gov. Jon Huntsman’s administration—and continues to curry the welcoming theme for refugees. Refugees and refugee-support organizations alike credit the Republican governor, in true Utah spirit, for maintaining a sense of independence to do what is right for the state. Thousands of refugees have fled war-torn countries, the atrocities of war and repression, and other dire circumstances and have suc-

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raising awareness about refugee issues. Alexx Goeller, refugee program specialist for Workforce Services, has worked with the state’s refugees for six years now, and this year marks the second year she has headed up Utah’s World Refugee Day events. Although it seems a bold move—to square off the same weekend as the Utah Arts Festival, the largest multidisciplinary art festival in the state—that is exactly what Goeller’s team did for this year, the 15th annual Utah World Refugee celebration. Goeller also turned the celebration into a two-day event, with activities both Friday and Saturday at Cottonwood Regional Park. The World Refugee Day in Utah A much broader celebration for Utah’s free activities made the event a viable option for those on budgets or not wanting to spend refugees was the month prior in June. The state’s partnership with Workforce money at the Arts Festival. Services (dating back to the Huntsman era) The welcoming accolades get richer–‘I am was a joyous one, with Utah refugees celebrat- thrilled to see Salt Lake County being recing—and being celebrated through—Utah’s ognized on a national level’ In 2018, Salt Lake County received naexpression of World Refugee Day. The United Nations has claimed June 20 tional recognition passing a rigorous certificato be World Refugee Day. The World Refugee tion program to become an official welcoming Day is an annual commemoration to celebrate area for refugees. The achievement was so imthe strength and resilience of the world’s var- portant to incoming mayor Jenny Wilson that ious refugee communities, recognizing their she touted it as a crowning achievement of unique and intense struggles, and, in so doing, the county in her State of the County address,

cessfully migrated to Utah. These refugees include people from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bosnia, Burma, Chad, the Congo, Cuba, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, the former Soviet Union, Sudan, Togo, and Vietnam. Herbert’s right-hand, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, also sidestepped speaking out on the president’s tweets, instead literally putting others money where his mouth would otherwise go. Last month, Cox held a physical and virtual birthday party for his 44th, raising $10,000 for Utah’s refugees.

shortly upon entering office last spring. From the county perspective, Salt Lake County recently received national recognition for its Refugee Assistance Program for Older Adults. The National Association of Counties honored the county’s offering “innovative, effective” programs that “strengthen services for residents.” The Refugee Assistance Program for Older Adults gives hope to participants by providing access to advocacy, resources and social engagement. Older refugees are exposed to programs through Aging and Adult Services that connect them with Medicare specialists and help them navigate the benefits process. Gardens for older adult refugees are being developed in Salt Lake County to provide places of refuge and social connection. Salt Lake County senior centers are also expanding to provide activities for refugees that target their unique interests including English classes and social activities designed to help participants make friends. Of the county’s receiving the award, Wilson noted, “I am thrilled to see Salt Lake County being recognized on a national level.” l



Accidents are inevitable. Or are they?

We’ve all met someone who says (more like “claims”) they have never experienced a car accident before. While we might doubt the veracity of such a statement, there are countless ways to avoid those nauseatingly time consuming situations — the ones where you wait for law enforcement on the side of the road (or middle of the intersection), deal with insurance companies and figure out finances for fixing the fender. There are countless ways to avoid an accident, here are the top four. 1| Attitude. You probably weren’t expecting this one first. As a driver, you control over 3,000 pounds (or more) of metal that can cause incalculable damage. Driving with maturity and the right mindset makes a world of difference. Speeding to beat another car to the exit or to get back at the person who cut you off a minute ago may give you a moment of satisfaction, but is it worth the risk and ramifications? If all drivers commit to having a responsible attitude, imagine how much less we’d find ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic waiting to pass the accident. 2| Speed. From 2012-2016, 40 percent of motor vehicle traffic crash deaths in Utah

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were because of speeding, according to Utah Department of Public Safety’s crash data. Slowing down isn’t going to kill you, but flying past others just might. 3| Distraction. Stay focused. Keep your guard up. Though you may be a phenomenal driver, others aren’t. Be aware of your surroundings by paying attention to what’s in front of you and checking your mirrors. Knowing where everyone else is helps avoid collisions. If you’re distracted by your phone, music, or billboards with cows writing on them, it limits your response time to what another driver may being doing in front of you. 4| Defense. This was one of the first concepts taught in driver education and one of the first we forget: drive defensively. Failing to yield caused 12% of deaths from 2012-2016 in the same data mentioned before. That comes to 154 people who died because they didn’t let someone else go first. This also applies when driving in poor weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and snowstorms blot windshields and make roads slick, adverse circumstances to traveling safely. Basics become even more vital like keeping your distance from the vehicle in front of you.




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he dignity of the individual was on full display at James McGee’s opening of “Crossing Paths.” Crossing Paths,” an exhibit of art and storytelling, is unique in that not only are there portraits of individuals, there are also biographies of the individuals. The portraits are of people who live and work in Holladay including a firefighter and police officer. The firefighter and police officer, Kemshasa Housley, were at the opening imbuing the exhibit with yet more humanity. Housley, currently a domestic violence detective for the City of Holladay, has also been a certified nursing assistant and an instructor for EKG techs. She also earned her EMT certification. Within her biography, she said, “I love being a wife, mother and police officer. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of my community.” One can see why McGee chose to give Housley a halo in her portrait. It somehow doesn’t clash with her police uniform and light blue eyes. Another affecting portrait is of Toshiharu Kano (Tosh). While Kano was still in utero, his father, mother, 3-year-old sister Yorie, and 15-month-old brother Toshio, survived the atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima. They were just one-half mile from the hypocenter (ground zero). Three months later, Toshio died of radiation poisoning and internal injuries. Kano and members of his family published their story in “Passport to Hiroshima.” As a warrior for peace, Kano speaks to educate people on the horrors of nuclear war. A graduate of Granite High School, and later the University of Utah, Kano earned a

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Toshiharu Kano (Tosh) poses beside a portrait of himself at James McGee’s exhibit, “Crossing Paths.

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Chris Haggqvist’s exhibit, ‘Tiny Portraits, Big Connections’ at Holladay City Hall


n opening reception for Chris Haggqvist’s “Tiny Portraits, Big Connections” exhibit will be held August 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Holladay City Hall. The exhibit will consist of 100 tiny portraits of mostly friends and family of Haggqvist. He also reached out on Instagram and asked if people were interested in letting him draw them. Haggqvist posted many of his portraits on Instagram as the project progressed and provided his followers with an unfolding process of the artist. “It’s a project I just started because I wanted to do something every day for 100 days,” Haggqvist said. He added that it was a bit stressful trying to finish a portrait every day. All portraits are 4” x 4”. Haggqvist describes his portraiture style as “realistic-ish.” Most of the individuals are easily identifiable. “The people that I knew, I tried to capture their essence — what they meant to me at least.” “They are all very different,” he said. Haggqvist has been an artist for 30 years. He is drawn to portraiture, particularly people’s eyes. “Everyone’s eyes are a little bit different,” he said. He feels it is more difficult to create small portraits than larger ones. It has led to him drawing miniature landscapes and other tiny images. He describes his style as “very graphic, an illustration style mostly,” with a lot of

By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com hard lines, and “very heavy-edged graphic design.” He noted that he also mixes some softness with it too. However, within the 100 tiny portraits, they are quite stylistically different from one another. Mediums used include pen and ink, a few oil paintings, several acrylic paintings, watercolors, wash paintings, charcoal sketches, paper collage and pastels. The artist hopes many of his subjects will attend the opening. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 30. Holladay City Hall is located at 4580 South 2300 East in Holladay. l

“Jade” — a tiny portrait at Chris Haggqvist’s upcoming exhibit, “Tiny Portraits, Big Connections.” (Chris Haggqvist/Holladay) “Megan” – A tiny portrait at Chris Haggqvist’s upcoming exhibit, “Tiny Portraits, Big Connections.” (Chris Haggqvist/Holladay)

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Churchill Jr. High filmmaker Marlo Harmer wins national recognition By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


arlo Harmer of Cottonwood Heights is serious about filmmaking. Though she just finished seventh grade at Churchill Jr. High, she’s had four film entries in the Reflections contest, each time winning at the state level. This past year her entry in the “Heroes Around Me”-themed contest received a national Award of Merit recognition. “I’ve always been interested in film. I’ve entered in other categories, but I’ve entered a film every year since fourth grade. I get feedback each year, and I use it to get clearer shots and better narration,” Marlo said. Her nearly-five-minute film, “Unseen Heroes,” tells the stories of four females. “I know a lot about the difficulties that females go through, so I reached out to people in the community and interviewed them,” Marlo said. Marlo was thoughtful about where she filmed her subjects. “I went to places that I thought represented their stories. One story was about a student whose father had died. It had a ripple effect throughout her whole school because everyone knew about it, so I filmed her in the school,” Marlo said. Another subject shared her struggle with cancer. Footage showed her happily walking through Red Butte Garden. Her voiceover revealed that during her fight against cancer she could hardly get out of bed or go grocery shopping without help. Her statement of courage was, “We can overcome whatever life has to throw at us.” Marlo would like to pursue filmmaking as a career, and sounds like a pro when she talks about her technical skills. “I used a phone to film this submission, but the work was more in the editing than the cinematography. I used multiple programs and tools — mostly iMovie and Photoshop, but really anything I could get my hands on to enhance and stabilize the footage,” said Marlo. When Marlo showed her subjects the finished product, “they were really impressed. I was really proud of it and they were too. They were glad they got to be in the film and happy when I won the national award,” Marlo said. Marlo was one of five national Award of Merit winners in the middle school grade division for film, and one of only nine students from Utah to be recognized at the national level. Marlo’s film is available to view on Granite District’s website and YouTube. Marlo’s mom, Molly Young, said she was impressed by Marlo’s hard

Marlo Harmer was surprised during an assembly at Churchill Jr. High when she found out she’d won a national Award of Merit for her Reflections film entry. (Photo courtesy of Granite School District)

work, especially when it came to sticking with all the contest’s requirements, like the personal statement. “Her sixth grade submission was good, but the difference this year was refining the personal statement. This year she reflected the theme in her choices. What elevated her from a state win to a national win was that connection,” Young said. Young said she encourages Marlo’s creativity, and likes the Reflections contest because there are technical steps that make kids think about why they make a particular choice. “For four years she’s had to document her help, equipment, releases and music (for each entry). It’s a way to harness and refine what she already loves to do into something useful.” After keeping the national win a secret from her daughter, Young was at Churchill for a big surprise reveal. “The PTA came to the school and brought Marlo up and surprised her in front of the whole school at the end of an assembly. I was off to the side of the stage watching. It was really cool,” said Young. Marlo’s national win was celebrated at district and state levels. Granite School District embedded her film on their website and stated, “Marlo’s ac-

complishments are the pride of her school and all of Granite District. She has a bright future ahead of her.” Amy Choate-Nielsen, director of communications for Utah PTA, said, “We are so proud. Marlo’s video, filled with beautiful images and experiences of everyday heroes, reminds us of the power that can come from seeing the good in the world around us. Her accomplishment puts her in the top 20% of students in the nation… competing against some 5,000 local PTAs throughout the country. We commend her for this achievement.” Marlo is already working on her 2019–2020 Reflections submission. “The theme this year is ‘Look Within,’ and I’ve got some ideas. My parents gave me a new camera and we went on a trip to Green River so I could practice using it and editing,” Marlo said. She’s also thinking about starting a YouTube channel to post her films. Marlo said she’ll continue to create, with her parents supporting her each step of the way. “My parents have given me unconditional support and given me what I need to make these films. I’m so grateful for that. A lot of kids don’t have these opportunities. I’m glad my parents are who they are.” l

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Goats and yoga? A fun-loving combination By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com


oats and yoga? An unlikely pairing to be sure, but one that works better together than it would seem. During the goat yoga classes at the Gateway, students move carefully from one pose to the next while goats jump gleefully from person to person. Goat yoga classes are happy events. Students squeal with delight when the goats interact with them. Those who are goatless wait impatiently for the cute farm animals to notice them. Goat yoga has been a thing since 2017. Utah Goga offers a number of goat yoga classes in Utah. In fact, there’s usually one or two public classes a week. Derek and Randee Westover own Goga. The couple decided to start running goat yoga classes after they heard about Oregon resident Lainey Morse’s success with it. Randee said, “We wanted to have goats as pets, and this was a good way to have them and keep them busy and entertained.” She also said that the goats, “love to climb,” and, “if anyone is in their pasture, then they jump all over them.” At the beginning, Randee and Derek worked every class with the help of just one other person. They started with one class a week, which expanded into two and three or

four a week — including private classes — due to demand. Last year, Utah Goga grew big enough to hire help. They now have several yoga instructors and wranglers. Along with their starring role in goat yoga classes, the Goga goats moonlight as therapy animals in assisted living facilities across the valley. Called Helpful Hooves, residents enjoy cuddling and petting the people-loving goats. Goga classes usually consist of 30 to 40 students and nine to 11 goats. Because Goga brings a large number of goats to each class, everyone has plenty of time to enjoy the animals, take pictures and experience the thrill of a baby goat gumming their hair or clothes. Students practice yoga for 40 minutes. Then, Goga gives the yoga students 20 minutes to pose with the goats. They can also use this time to pet and snuggle them. It’s tempting to think that the goats are being forced into spending time with the humans, but once the students start showing up for class, the goats become excited. They love the challenge of leaping onto a yoga student’s shoulders or balancing at the top of a people pyramid. Once the students start leaving, the goats are ready to call it a day as well.

Goat yoga classes are animal therapy. Those who attend have the chance to interact with and pet animals that they normally wouldn’t see. These sessions are also a great introduction to yoga. The practice of yoga has a reputation of being for those who are slender and flexible. It can be intimidating for a new student to walk into a professional studio, one filled with people who know the names of every pose and who are able to twist themselves into complex versions. Goat yoga eliminates that intimidation factor. The only expectation of a student in a goat yoga class is to spend time with the goats. In fact, if a goat is balancing on a student during class, the instructor will advise the student to focus on the goat and catch up with the class when the goat has moved over to someone else. Goga bought seven goats to start goat yoga classes, and they still have most of the originals. A few have found homes with people that Randee and Derek trust to take care of them. When at home, the Goga goats get to play on their own jungle gym, and their favorite treat is cinnamon graham crackers and chips. l Goat yoga has been a thing since 2017. Utah Goga offers a number of goat yoga classes in Utah. (Photo courtesy Goga)



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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Establishing a community with a stellar public education infrastructure, recreation and entertainment opportunities, and goods and services within city boundaries has been a guiding principle of City Councils over the past two decades. We strive to create options and access to amenities that meet our resident’s daily needs. It not only adds to our quality of life, it also bolsters property values and sustains a healthy tax base. Holladay is unique in that we do not have the big box retail anchors of neighboring communities (i.e. Home Depot, Costco, Walmart, Target, various grocery chains…). This is also true of our eating establishments. Most of the restaurants that serve our community are locally owned. In my view, this helps to create an identity unique to Holladay. Our Shop Local initiative in November and December emphasizes the importance of getting behind these local businesses. In many cases, it’s these entrepreneurs that primarily support city activities. If you find value in a locally based economy, I hope you will take it in to consideration when choosing where to spend your hardearned dollars. The Holladay Chamber of Commerce is launching their Taste of Holladay event in September (Details are contained in this issue of the Journal). For $25 you can purchase a passport that provides discounts to various restaurants within city boundaries. The hope is to expose you to eating establishments you have not patronized in the past. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and visit a restaurant that is new to you and your family. I’m confident you will discover additional options that allow you to invest more of your time and money in the community where you reside. I hope to see you at the Saturday evening Free Concerts on the Commons events, or in a local restaurant in September. –Rob Dahle, Mayor

Join the Holladay Youth Council The Holladay Youth Council is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Membership on the Youth Council is available for students in grades 9-12, registered in either a private or public school. Members must be residents of the City of Holladay. Applications will be available, after August 1st at the reception desk at Holladay City Hall – 4580 S 2300 E. Completed applications are to be returned to the reception desk by September 13. Former members will need to re-apply and fill out the membership application. For more information or questions, call Stephanie Carlson at 801-527-2454 or email scarlson@cityofholladay.com

Primary Election Day August 13, 2019 – 7:00 am – 8:00 pm There will be primary election for Districts Four and Five. Ballot drop-box locations open 24/7 until 8:00 pm on Election Day. Voted ballots may also be dropped at an Early Voting Location or Election Day Vote Center during the hours they are open. EARLY VOTING - (Note: Identification is required to vote in person.) Voters may vote at any one of the Satellite or Vote Center locations regardless of where they reside in the County. A list of locations is available on the City website at www. cityofholladay.com/elections

The City of Holladay has a ballot box drop-off located at the north west corner of City Hall parking lot.

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Traffic Concerns in Holladay By Chief Justin Hoyal, Unified Police District – Holladay Precinct Here at the Holladay City Precinct of the Unified Police Department (UPD), we often receive calls or requests for traffic enforcement at different locations around the city. These requests range from motorists exceeding the speed limit and running stops signs, to crosswalk enforcement and general parking issues. We are now offering the citizens of Holladay the option to report traffic concerns on-line. All you have to do is fill out a short questionnaire at www.updsl.org/page_community_holladay.php or cityofholladay.com/departments/ administration/contact-us/citizen-engagement-request-program/. Once this form is filled out, an officer from UPD will conduct the requested traffic enforcement in the days following the request and will determine if that enforcement should be ongoing, or if it is an isolated incident or problem. We also work together with Holladay City in the event that the traffic problem may require further attention from the city. The new on-line form has a place to include contact information, so an officer can follow-up with the individual requesting the enforcement and inform them of their findings. There are two things that are important to remember about this. First, if a member of the community does not feel comfortable entering their information, they can always call the dispatch center’s non-emergency number at 801-743-7000. There is someone there 24/7 to answer your call. Also, if there is an immediate safety hazard, or crime in progress, you should call the dispatch center at the non-emergency number, or 911, so an officer can respond as soon as possible. We strive to find new ways to continually serve this great community in the most efficient way possible. With this new system we will be able to track traffic locations, analyze them and determine the appropriate action so that everyone can travel through Holladay City safely.

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Street Tree Voucher Program When someone hears you live in Holladay, a typical response is, “Oh, the city with the trees.” Holladay City is recognized as one of the most heavily wooded cities in the state and our city Leaders and members of the Holladay Tree Committee are committed to maintaining the health of our urban forest and preserving our tree canopy. What this means for homeowners is that the city will help you place new street trees in your residential landscape “right of way areas.” These new trees can complement your existing landscape or help restore what may have been lost after older trees have been removed. Since the start of the Street Tree Voucher program in 2015, over 400 trees have helped shade our streets and parking strips and the program is continuing this summer and fall. There is still time to plant in late summer and autumn months and if you would like to participate get your voucher request submitted right away. Fill out an application which is available at the front desk of City Hall or visit www.cityofholladay.com/community/ holladay-tree-committee. Once the application is completed, either leave it with the front desk or email the PDF to holladaycitytree@gmail.com. The application will be reviewed by a member of the Tree Committee and a voucher will be issued which can be redeemed

at one of the participating nurseries for the dollar amount and tree species detailed on the approved voucher. This year the voucher value is $70. Some rules and restrictions that apply: • Available for Holladay residents only. • The tree must be placed in a city “Right of Way” location which is typically within 12 feet of a city street. • The program is first come, first served and will end once the budget is exhausted. • Tree species on the voucher are recommended by the Utah State Forester. • Larger trees may be restricted by the planting site. Please note: THIS IS NOT A REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM. Please do not submit receipts for trees you have purchased yourself. To learn more about the Tree Committee or how you can help our urban forest, contact us or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/holladaycitytrees Thank you to everyone who helps celebrate and preserve our urban forest!

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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Budget Message 2019-20

Where The Money Goes

By Gina Chamness, City Manager On June 13, the Holladay City Council adopted the City’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. During May and June each year, the City Manager and the City Council spend time discussing projections of revenue that the City expects to receive as well as anticipated needs of the City for the upcoming year.

Where The Money Comes From

This year, Holladay expects to receive about $15.8 million in revenue from a variety of sources. Approximately a third of the City’s overall budget comes is funded through sales tax. Sales tax funding, as well as revenue from licenses and permits varies as overall economic conditions in the area and in the state change. This year, the City is planning to receive additional sales tax funding for transportation related needs, as a result of a sales tax increase approved throughout Salt Lake County, which became effective in October of 2018. About a quarter of the City’s overall budget is funded by property tax. While property taxes for individual property owners may change from year to year depending on a variety of factors, state law is designed to keep the funding that Holladay City

receives at roughly the same level over time. Any increase in the property tax rate would require a Truth in Taxation notice and public hearing, something that Holladay City has not chosen to do in its 20 year history. Close to half of the City’s overall funds (48%) are spent on critical public safety services. Holladay City contracts with the Unified Police District (UPD) and United Fire Authority (UFA) to provide these services for Holladay residents. This year, approximately 23% of the City’s funds are spent maintaining roads and other infrastructure needs. About 3% of the City’s funds are spent making debt service or bond payments on City Hall and the City’s Fire Station. Holladay City is a very lean organization, with about 9% of our overall budget committed to administrative functions. You’ve likely seen signs celebrating Holladay @ 20 – while we’re celebrating our past, we’re also planning for tomorrow. As part of this effort, the Mayor, the City Manager, the City Council and our Capital Advisory Group composed of city residents, are focused on the the development of a long term, sustainable financial plan for the City, including both our operations as well as long- deferred investment in our capital needs. Look for opportunities to learn more in the coming months. If you have questions about the Holladay City budget, please contact Gina Chamness, City Manager at (801) 272-9450.

The Holladay Historical Commission Needs your Help! The next chapter of our ongoing video history of Holladay-Cottonwood will concentrate on the story of our community in the 1940s and 1950s. a time of considerable change and growth. We are seeking photographs and other documentation of notable events, places and development, and the people who were a part of them during that approximately twenty-year period. Home movies became more widely popular in this period, and those could also be useful in telling the stories and depicting everyday life of the time. If you have materials you would like to share for possible inclusion in the unfolding story of Holladay-Cottonwood, please get in touch with one the of the following:

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What Mount Olympus means to Holladay residents By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com Curved snuggly around the base and slowly ascending the majestic slopes, Holladay claims Mount Olympus as her own.

Mount Olympus completes the Holladay skyline. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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Holladayites go about their daily business sometimes not cognizant of this regal giant that stands at 9,030 feet. Still, one can barely look up without seeing the mountain. Several former and current Holladay residents reflect on what Mount Olympus means to them. City Councilman Brett Graham said, “Mount Olympus has meaning to me on several levels. First and foremost, it is a dominant landmark which I look for each time I fly into the Salt Lake Valley. When it comes into view, I feel home. From the valley, my city, neighborhood and home lay below and the mountains I love on either side.” Graham said that while Mount Olympus is a constant, it also changes. He loves seeing it capped with snow or watching the leaves change in the fall. “It is impressive in all seasons,” he said.   It also brings back memories, specifically when he was in high school. “A few buddies and I thought it would be fun to climb it with a generator and string a big ‘O’ in the trees to light up during the Olympus versus Skyline game. Needless to say, it didn’t happen…generators from the 1980s were heavy.” He added, “We are lucky to live below a beautiful creation.” Ninety-one-year-old David Taylor has been a hiker since he was 4 years old. A long-time Holladay resident, Taylor recalled his times on Mount Olympus fondly. “At night, you could hold the moonlight in your hands,” he said. There are parts of the Mount Olympus trail that are very steep. Taylor said, “When somebody says, ‘Oh yeah, we climbed Mount Olympus,’ I ask, ‘Did you go all the way up?’” Instead of answering, he said,

Shanna McGrath stands at the peak of Mount Olympus, McGrath’s first hike when she moved here a year ago. (Photo courtesy Shanna McGrath)

they change the subject. He said that through the years the Mount Olympus trail has been made a little bit easier. “You can look around and see the valley. It’s wonderful to be able to see that,” Taylor said. In his long life, his enthusiasm for the mountain has not dimmed. He said he believes that everyone in his family has gone up Mount Olympus. “For us, and I would say for most of my children and their children, we have interest in Mount Olympus.” Former Olympus High School student Andrea Wilkinson said, “From the time I can remember, Mount Olympus has always been there providing the eastern backdrop to my view. Her beauty and majesty are unsurpassed, no matter the season. However, she is especially beautiful in winter—after a snowstorm—when the sparkling white snow contrasts sharply against the blue sky. She is also beautiful in the spring and summer after a rainfall when her greenery is bright and looks full of promise. Mount Olympus is a protector who looks over the vast valley onto those of us lucky enough to live beneath her magnificent peak— basking in her shadow and glory.” Some Holladay residents climb the mountain and some wax poetic about its grandeur. In either case, Holladay and Mount Olympus are intimately bound.

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It’s electric! How to hit the trails with integrated propulsion By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Bike experts like Mike Buckley, shop manager at 2nd Tracks Sports/Level 9 (Millcreek) are excited to talk about electric options. For any rider, beginning or advanced, motor propelled mountain bikes are a great emerging option for commuters and outdoor adventure seekers. (Amy Green/City Journals)

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. (Amy Green/City Journals)

You can’t see it… (it’s electric!). You gotta feel it… (it’s electric!). Ooh, it’s shakin’... (it’s electric!). Actually, you can see it. It’s a bike. It’s an electric bike. Boogie woogie, woogie!

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. Utah and its mountains are abundant with off road recreation opportunities. Those uphill places are even more accessible to ride now, thanks to electric mountain bikes or eMTB. For those who love getting to the further outskirts, dusty dirt avenues, rocky trails and Utah’s infamous desert washboard roads, longer distance rides are now more doable. Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bikes: full-power or pedal-assist. The difference is in how they are powered by the motor. A full-power bike is meant for short distances with little to no pedaling over relatively short distances. Pedal-assist bikes are designed to be pedaled most of the time. But when you are tired and need a boost, these bikes can provide a bit of electric help. An eMTB falls into the category of pedal-assist. To read more about how they work check out www.explainthatstuff.com/electricbikes.

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Eddy Steele of SLC, is an avid rider. He has a Focus Jam Squared eMTB. “I love my particular bike. It affords me the ability to ride the trails that are by my house, or on my way home from work. I can ride quicker, whereas on a normal bike, I wouldn’t have the time to ride before it gets dark. A trail that would normally take two to three hours to ride, takes only about an hour on my eMTB with pedal assist,” Steele explained. Mountain bike hobbyists might wonder if one can get the same kind of challenging workout on an e-bike. “It’s not the same kind of workout, but you’re still getting a workout. I’m still breaking a sweat and I’ve still got an increased heart rate. But anytime you are working out two-three hours vs. one hour, you’re going to burn more calories,” Steele said. On an eMTB, one can ride longer. Steele explained the pedal assist advantage saying, “It helps out a lot on the hills and you can make it give you a little more assist on uphill’s. So if you’re using it aggressively, you can really cut down drastically on the amount of pedaling work. So it’s less of a workout to conquer hills than it would be if you had a normal bike. But it’s still a workout.” Steele recently met a guy in St George who has the same bike. After confirming

that the other guy didn’t steal his bike, the men got to talking. “The southern Utah guy was in his 50’s or 60’s, retired, a little overweight, and had bought his bike a few months ago. The guy hadn’t mountain biked before. He wanted something that would help him out a bit. In the short time that he had been mountain biking he lost around 30 pounds. I think without an electric mountain bike he probably wouldn’t have been out being so active,” Steele said. The fun thing about mountain biking is going outside and being on the varied terrain. An electric mountain bike can help one enjoy the sport more fully when one might not otherwise be physically capable. “The other nice thing I like about my bike is it’s a little heavier, so I feel a lot more stable. I feel like I can be a little bit more aggressive in my downhill mountain biking without getting so bounced around. I feel more secure. But it’s not too heavy. I still feel like I can control it really well,” Steele added. e-bikes are pretty amazing. One might wonder if anyone can just go out and take it anywhere? Mike Buckley, manager at 2nd Tracks/Level 9 Sports (Millcreek) where eMTB bikes are sold said, “Currently the people who maintain the trails make the decision (whether to allow e-bikes).” So check the rules before hitting the offroad trails. Where one is allowed to ride an eMTB can vary greatly on federal, state and local trails. As a general rule, any trail open to motorized and non-motorized use, is also available to eMTB riders. Because land rules can change frequently, don’t ride where rules aren’t clear.

For information regarding Utah e-bike laws, consider the following:

• LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency. • STATE: Utah State Parks do not have an eMTB policy. Contact the department for the most up to date information. • FEDERAL: On federal lands, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.

A great place for more information on where to ride an eMTB is:

• A map of great eMTB rides at peopleforbikes.org/emtb • eMTB “Adventures” at peopleforbikes.org/e-bikes

There is little doubt that electric bikes are better for the environment than traditional gasoline engines. But they aren’t perfect. The development and disposal of batteries causes pollution. The electricity to power an eMTB might be coming from a source of significant pollution. However, e-bikes are a good start at improving air quality. As some say, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s a neat time to be in the market for a bike, to start thinking about a first one, or upgrading that vintage Schwinn. It’s also a great option for folks who need their bike to do some of the pedaling. See if you can spot these e-bikes wheeling around the Salt Lake scenery.

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New Draper trail conditions app improves outdoor experience By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Cell phone with trail app and trail in background. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

Residents and visitors hoping to enjoy Draper’s 90+ miles of trails now have a way to check trail conditions before they head out the door. Draper City recently released a trail conditions app with the goal of keeping hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders informed as well as keeping trails in good condition.

beautiful outdoors,” said Draper City Councilwoman Tasha Lowery. “We have the most preserved and protected wild lands of any city in the state, over 5,000 acres. It really makes a difference to our residents and their ability to get outside and appreciate all Utah has to offer.” The app, which can be found online at Draper City’s map portal draper.maps.arc“Our hope is that the app will make gis.com/ shows all of the city’s trails with it easier for residents to engage with our each trail colored according to its current condition. Green for open, yellow for tread

lightly, red for closed and blue to indicate which trails are groomed during snowy weather. Clicking on the colored lines pulls up the name of the trail, its condition and the last date of inspection. Greg Hilbig, Draper’s Trails and Open Space Manager said either himself, his assistant or a park ranger are responsible for making sure the app conditions are accurate. “We are often out on the trails checking them,” Hilbig said. “Depending on the time of year and the recent weather it is pretty obvious to those of us familiar with the trails what their condition will be.” Hilbig said the app is an important tool for keeping trails healthy. “A lot of our soil is clay which holds the water longer. The problem with using [trails] when they get really wet and muddy is that it displaces soil off of the trail. On a muddy trail, hikers and horses cause potholes and bikers cause ruts. When the mud hardens it makes the trail lumpy and causes erosion.” Draper resident Chad Smith said his family uses the community trails for mountain biking, running and family hikes. He thinks the new app will make a real difference to trail users. “As Draper’s trail system becomes increasingly crowded and complex to ac-

commodate those on foot, bike and horse I see this app as a way to get in front of some problems that have been on the rise for awhile now,” Smith said. Smith said the number of mountain bikers can make it difficult for hikers, walkers and runners to use the trails, but recent improvements made by Draper City are helping. “They’ve added more foot traffic only trails, and they’ve minimized areas where foot traffic and bike trails intersect and overlap,” Smith said. “At this point, with so many recent changes and such a need for crowd management, I think education is the biggest issue remaining.” Hilbig said he hopes that word will spread about the trail conditions app. “The last time I checked we had 5,000 visits to [the app]. We are hoping to spread education because a lot of new users won’t understand why they shouldn’t be on muddy trails.” Overall, Hilbig said he hopes the app will improve everyone’s experience on trails in Draper. “People from all over use these trails,” Hilbig said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and be courteous to other users.”

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Keep your bike tuned for the trails with Salt Lake’s Bicycle Collective By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com

The Bicycle Collective restores, maintains and sells used bikes. (Jenniffer Wardell/City Journals)

You can’t conquer a mountain trail if your bike isn’t in good shape.

For those wanting an inexpensive way to keep their mountain bike in optimum condition, the Bicycle Collective is here to help. With locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo and St. George, the Collective offers open benches, tools and expert help for anyone looking to maintain and repair all kinds of bicycles. They also offer classes for both kids and adults. “We have pretty much everything required to fix most bikes, even old ones,” said Amy Nguyen Wiscombe, the volunteer and program coordinator for the Collective. Just inside the front door of the Salt Lake location is the bike repair room, with rows of tools and equipment and racks to hang bikes while they’re being worked on. Rows of rims hang overhead, and a stack of tires rests along one wall. A separate room has even more tires and tubes. “We only have six benches, and

they’re usually full from beginning to end,” Wiscombe said. “There are also usually three people on the wait list.” If you’re on the wait list, it’s best not to go anywhere. “You have to hang out,” she added. “You don’t know when a bench is going to be done.” The benches are mostly open during what the shop refers to as DIY (Do It Yourself) hours. During that time, volunteers and paid experts are also on hand to help answer the questions of anyone working on their bikes. “The nice thing about repair here is that you’re repairing your bike, but they have guides here who are pros,” said Joe Zia, who was working on the trail bike he’d recently purchased from the Collective. “If you’re in over your head, they can guide you.” Zia’s son, Jeff, was there learning how to take care of the bike he would be using frequently. “I’m actually a great bike rider, and my dad is, too,” Jeff said. “We go on trails three times a day.” When questioned if they really did that much riding, Zia smiled. “We go quite a bit.” The only two things the Collective

won’t do is bleed hydraulic brakes and repair mountain bike forks (the part that holds the front wheel). “(Our experts) might not have that type of knowledge,” Wiscombe said. “It’s pretty specialized.” The Collective also has a Youth Open Shop, where children and teens get exclusive use of the benches. They also have a weekly WTF night (Women, Trans and Femme), designed exclusively for those female, transgender, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine or femme. The nights, which are part of a national movement, are meant to give those individuals a safe space to work on bikes. “Cycling is typically pretty dominated by men, and a bike shop can typically be a pretty intimidating space,” Wiscombe said. “We try to be really welcoming and inclusive.” DIY time, Youth Open Shop, and WTF night are all $5 an hour for bench time. The complete schedule for all three sessions are available at the Collective’s web site, www.bicyclecollective.org “It’s a lot cheaper than getting it serviced at the bike shop, and you know the work that’s getting done on your bike,” Zia said. Lucas Ruiz was also in the shop,

working on his mountain bike. “I do at least 40 miles a day on my bike, so I have extra wear,” he said. Even if you don’t ride that far every day, you still have plenty of reason to tune up your bike. “All bikes require regular maintenance of some kind,” Wiscombe said. “Right before you ride, you should always check your air, brakes and chain. Once a month, you should give your bike a detailed cleaning, lube your chain and check to see if things are worn out.” The Collective’s next round of mountain bike classes for kids should be announced next April, with word going out on their social media accounts. Other classes will cover everything from flat repair to suspension systems to derailleurs. Just like the people who use the benches, the students come from all walks of life. “They range from college kids all the way to retired folks,” Wiscombe said. “All different socioeconomic levels.” It’s that variety, and the opportunity to help them, that help keep the Collective going. “There’s incredible diversity in Salt Lake,” she said. “We get to meet these people and experience their stories.”

Hiking opportunities abound in the area By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com The Salt Lake Valley and surround- like that sometimes,” Roberts said. “We ing mountains is considered a hiking have seen deer and all kinds of stuff in our own backyard hikes.” mecca. There are 171 registered hiking trails right here in this valley and surrounding foothills. According to alltrails.com they can all be accessed within a 20-minute drive from any point along the Wasatch Front. These hikes range in difficulty and skill levels. “I try to hike with my son once a week,” Herriman resident Travis Roberts said. “We like to get out and enjoy the time together. He loves the wildlife and all the things he can see while we are hiking. I want him to have a thorough fitness experience.” Hiking has great rewards, but care should be taken to ensure your simple day trip does not turn into a disaster. Be prepared for your adventure. According to alltrails.com here are some tips: Research the trail you are venturing on and notify someone of your plans; prepare yourself physically by stretching, having enough water and supplies; hike with a buddy; bring clothing for changing weather conditions, watch your step, and most importantly, know when to turn around. “Watch for wildlife, snakes and stuff

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Here are a few nearby hikes best suited for families.

Yellow Fork Canyon Trail, Herriman

A moderate hike consisting of a 6.8mile loop. It gains approximately 1,300 feet in elevation and ends on a ridgeline with great views of the valley. Many residents like its proximity. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and there are many spurs off the main trail to explore. Bentley Roberts and his father Travis have explored several hikes close to their home. They have learned to

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon

enjoy spending time together. (Photo courtesy of Travis Roberts)

A 7-mile out and back trail that fea- recreational users including bikes, runners tures a river and lots of shade. It gains and families. 1,350 feet in elevation to the top and ends Herriman Fire Memorial Flag, Herriman at an old mill. This hike contains history of A relatively short 1.7-mile steep and the Utah Pioneers and building of the Salt rocky hike. It ends with spectacular views Lake Temple. of the valley. It is considered a moderate to Mountain View Corridor difficult hike by alltrails.com users. This hike travels the entire length of Orson Smith Park to the Draper Suspension the corridor and can be accessed at severBridge Loop al points along its route. The trail is mostly A 2.3-mile loop rated as easy, alpaved and includes several benches along though there is a long uphill section. The the way. It is frequented by several types of trail is well maintained and has frequent

bicycles. A short hike past the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge and worth the extra effort.

Jungle Trail Hike, Corner Canyon

A new trail in the Corner Canyon trail system has been built for kids. In fact, the sign at the trailhead says it is for the young and adventurous. The hike begins at the Carolina Hills trailhead. The trail is shaded and has logs to climb over and forts to hide in; it is only .1 miles in length.

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Titans finish fifth at state in boys volleyball By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


he final sports season of the high school year is busy with baseball, softball, boys soccer, track and field, girls golf and boys tennis, with boys and girls lacrosse starting in the spring of 2020. But don’t forget about boys volleyball. This club sport is gaining momentum, and the Olympus Titans have one of the top squads in the state. Boys volleyball isn’t sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, meaning participants must fund everything themselves. There are also challenges in finding venues where teams can practice and play. With these obstacles, Olympus continues to compete well, and this past season was no exception. In fact, there has been so much interest at the school in boys volleyball that Olympus had four teams this past spring. Two of these teams participated in the Silver Division, while two more were in the Gold Division. Despite some injuries, the Titans’ Gold 1 team still finished fifth at the state tournament. Key players Matthew Larson, Noah Benne and Max Carlton each missed games throughout the season as they dealt with various ailments. Head coach John Larson said this opened up opportunities for less-experienced players to step up and contribute.

The Titans went 18-10 during the regular season and lost in the second round of the region tournament to Herriman in three sets. Olympus bounced back from the early exit to make a strong showing at state, May 10 and 11. In the state tournament pool play, Olympus lost in two sets to Bingham but came back to easily defeat Davis and Skyridge to finish second in its pool. The Titans then outpaced rival Skyline in two sets, pitting them against Corner Canyon in the quarterfinals. There, Olympus dropped set No. 1 but prevailed in the second set. Corner Canyon outlasted Olympus in the decisive third set. This put the Titans in the consolation bracket where they defeated Pleasant Grove in three sets, advancing them to the fifthplace match against Herriman. In a rematch from the region tournament, Olympus got revenge, defeating the Mustangs in three hardfought sets. Larson said many players in his team were huge factors in the club’s accomplishments. “This was a special group of boys who all contributed to the team’s success,” he said. Larson singled out setter Max Mottonen, who later switched positions due to an inju-

They’ll grow fast.

Olympus overcame an early loss at the region boys volleyball tournament to advance at state and claim fifth place. (Photo courtesy of John Larson)

ry to Matthew Larson. Drew Wilson, Luke Thompson, Carlton, Ephraim Maxfield and Benne were other leaders and top performers on the court. “Max Mottonen was the server specialist all season with a wicked jump float that most teams struggled to handle,” John Larson said. “Drew Wilson was our other outside who hit with sheer power, and Noah Benne played opposite and left-handed when he was available due to the injury to his right shoulder. Our other opposite was Luke Thompson, who was another serve specialist, especially at state with he and Mottonen had the highest serve percentage on the team. Our middles, Ephraim Maxfield and Max Calton, made sure to always have a presence and were easily the best middle duo in the state.” Matthew Larson and Maxfield, a 6-foot-

7-inch player who graduated from Cottonwood High School (which doesn’t have a team), were invited to play in the SVA West Coast Classic in Anaheim, California, on an all-star team in early June. The duo, along with Wilson, was also selected to go to nationals with Club GSL 18U Open Division. Benne also competed at the SVA West Coast Classic in the 17U division. “Hard work and dedication to their sport make these kids stand out and get them invited to be a part of these elite teams,” John Larson said. Olympus returns plenty of firepower next season. Mottonsen, Wilson and Thompson will return to the team next year. “Several players from the Silver teams are poised to break through,” John Larson said. l

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lthough reaching 75 years of age can be seen as a “diamond” anniversary, 75-year-old West Valley resident Andi felt her life was all rough, no diamond. She was at a loss, feeling helpless about how to pay $1,500 in property tax on her $170,000 home. Trenton, age 50, had just moved to Utah and settled on Herriman, which he enjoyed for its peaceful, quiet community feel. As a disabled veteran, he found his economic opportunities sparse in the bedroom community. The stress of his owing more than $4,000 in taxes was wearing on him. As a veteran used

to having to endure long lines for things like medical care — but feeling extreme stress doing so — he was leery of venturing out for the support he knew he might be awarded. Salt Lake City resident Ada had been receiving financial support from her daughter. The proud 80-year-old woman was humiliated enough, asking for help from family and, given her minimal fixed income, did not know what to do to resolve the more than $1,000 she owed in tax.

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The Salt Lake County Treasurer’s office has five different tax-relief programs to help folks like Andi, Trenton and Ruth — all fictional names for some real Salt Lake County neighbors, who have been assisted by programs available through the SLCO Treasurer. The three are a few of many individuals who have received peace of mind by seeking support from Salt Lake County’s varied tax-relief programs. According to Joy Hayes, a tax-relief supervisor with the SLCO Treasurer, in 2018, more than $10 million was granted by the County, assisting those in need. After approaching SLCO about their situations, this is the outcome for each: Andi – Leveraging two different pro-

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grams considering age and income, SLCO forgave all but $37.87 of the nearly $1,500 the 75-year-old owed. Trenton – The crowd-weary disabled veteran, within minutes, had his tax burden halved, thanks to disabled-veteran tax forgiveness programs through the County. The new figure was infinitely more palatable on his disabled vet benefits compensation. “He couldn’t believe he had been helped so quickly and so efficiently,” recalled Hayes. “He mentioned he had moved several times and this was the first office where he felt appreciated and did not get the run-around.” Ada – After her daughter told her she was no longer able to financially contribute, she learned about the SLCO Tax Forgiveness programs. Feeling embarrassed and humiliated, Ada came to the SLCO Complex at 2100 S. State Street and begrudgingly told Treasurer’s office personnel that, “she felt she had no choice,” Hayes said. “After looking at her income? It was clear that her tax liability would be dismissed.” According to Hayes, the 80-year-old woman cried tears of joy and “thanked us over and over.” Her only regret? “She wished she had had the courage to come in earlier.” Support from the SLCO Treasurer’s of-

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The only thing people need to do? Three things. First, lose the fear and avoidance. As is seen by the examples of Andi, Trenton and Ada, SLCO personnel are not just doing their jobs to help residents in need, but are personally fulfilled by the impact they make in helping others, Hayes said. Second, reach out and ask for help. Ask for help by calling SLCO, engaging with their website or coming in to the office. Have SLCO representatives clearly advise what documentation is needed so you have a checklist of all required for your tax-relief application. SLCO Treasurer phone 385-468-8326 Website www.slco.org/treasurer/tax-relief-applications Third, the 2019 deadline for property-tax relief is Tues., Sept. 3. Remember that SLCO closes at 5 p.m. and documentation is required, so make sure to check in with what is needed ahead of time. l

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EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE Holladay Residents Average earthquake premium $450/year!

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