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ne thing was clear when I sat down with Officer Lenny Bruno in an office at Holladay’s Unified Police Department the day before his retirement party: Bruno loves serving in Holladay, and he’s going to miss his colleagues and the people in the community. “I’m gonna miss the people. Holladay has been like a family,” Bruno said. When asked why he wanted to be an officer, Bruno said there was no particular reason other than being an officer was just something he always wanted to do. “Even when I went to work for the railroad, I had tested for Salt Lake City (Police Department) and made it all the way through to the verbal interview,” Bruno said. As fate would have it, before Bruno reached that part of the hiring process, a friend set him up with a better-paying job working for the railroad. After 16 years with the railroad, Bruno returned to the career he originally wanted, in search of a more stable life for his family. “I got tired of being gone from my family — every time I tried to move them where I was I’d get transferred somewhere else,” Bruno said. Upon Bruno’s decision to put family first, he came back to Salt Lake to test for the sheriff’s office and was immediately brought on as a reserve. “I did well enough; I was hired out of the first round,” Bruno

Chief Don Hutson, Chief Jason Mazuran, Officer Lenny Bruno and Sheriff Rosie Rivera. (Danelle Bills/Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office)


Bruno started with Holladay before it incorporated as a city, and many on the city staff consider Bruno a friend.

“I am honored to call him my friend,” said Stephanie Carlson, city recorder. “He is a great example of community policing.”

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n July 12, a Tibble Fork cleanup project was hosted by Level 9 and 2nd Tracks Sports. Eddy Steele prepared a beverage cozy for his ride on a paddleboard. Steele participated in the day of free hot dogs, food and no-cost paddleboard rentals in exchange for helping pick up trash from the shore and surrounding areas, courtesy of sports retailers. Paddle garbage out, and don’t let it backpedal in. The companies hope to continue hosting outdoor clean-ups each month at different locations. You have to bring your own beer though, and pack up any wrappers or rubbish brought in. Shawn Trost with Level 9 and 2nd Tracks Sports explained the event’s purpose saying, “It’s community outreach and cleaning up the lakes. We do it about once a month, and bring all our paddle boards out. People can take them out for free, to clean up the lake because … why not?” Causey Reservoir (northeast of Ogden) is another place they hosted a cleanup project. “The turnout up there is what inspired us to keep going again and schedule throughout the

summer,” Trost said. Level 9 and 2nd Tracks Sports are both Utah-based companies, with a few locations, one at 2927 E. 3300 S. “We merged together about a year ago because we have very similar business models. Level 9 is really strong online (www.levelninesports.com), and 2nd Tracks is really strong as a retail store. What we do that’s unique is closeouts. We do closeouts for other stores, as well as closeouts for manufacturers.” The two storefronts sell a variety of equipment types for year-round sports — paddleboards, bikes and snowboards. “The ski industry stuff loses a lot of value after its first year, just because the top sheet has changed,” Trost said. That means graphics on sports equipment is redesigned each season. Those who care for a good deal can get killer prices on past season graphics — and the shorelines get shined up, too. These projects are barely background noise to those who appreciate clean beaches, free paddleboards, complimentary fix-ins, a man-made beer cozy and some hearty Mother Nature love.l

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During the retirement festivities the following day, colleagues new and old came to celebrate Bruno’s almost 24 years serving on UPD — all mentioned his love of the community. “Lenny truly does have a love for the people that he interacted with and the people he worked with,” Chief Don Hutson stated during his speech at the retirement party. Hutson went on to compliment Bruno’s ability to live his life on his terms, always with a smile, before offering best wishes on his next adventure. As speeches carried on colleagues reminisced on their time working with Bruno and his ability to connect and make a difference in the community. “We made a difference, and a lot was Lenny’s ability to connect with people and to go out and just be himself, and people loved him,” said Officer Doug Lambert. The last to speak at the jubilee was Sheriff Rosie Rivera, who offered insight not just on Bruno’s commitment to service, but also his dedication to his family — a relationship she witnessed firsthand when she and Bruno were neighbors. “He puts his family first, regardless of anything,” Rivera said. She continued, “You’ve been a great neighbor, a great father, a great husband, a great friend, but on top of that you’ve been a great police officer — and what we’re going to miss most is your smile.” Laughs arose when Bruno flicked sun-

glasses over his eyes before addressing his colleagues to thank them and let them know he was going to miss working with them too. “I’ve had a good time here — it has been a marvelous time,” Bruno began. “I’ve enjoyed working with every one of you. It’s because of you that my career has been good, so thank you.” During our interview I asked Bruno if he still had hope after over 20 years of being in a career which is more prone to seeing the negative side of society than the positive. Bruno, in his relaxed and happy demeanor, chuckled before answering my doom-and-gloom question. “I’ve always had hope; nothing is hopeless.” l

Officer Lenny Bruno (left) stands with Mayor Rob Dahle holding a street sign named after him. (Danelle Bills/Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office)

Officer Bruno with former partner Officer Doug Lambert. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

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Fond farewell for Lynn Pace By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


aughter and choked-back tears filled the council chambers on the evening of June 21 in honor of Lynn Pace, District 2 councilman, who recently resigned after 14 years of service. “I’m leaving a task I dearly love, and people I dearly love, because I need to move onto the next assignment,” Pace said during the recognition. Though the decision to cut short what Pace had already determined would be his last term was not easy, it seemed clear both current and former city officials viewed his departure as bittersweet. City Manager Gina Chamness admitted to not taking the initial news of Pace’s resignation well. “It’s possible that I may have shouted ‘No’… I may have asked him repeatedly to re-evaluate,” she said. “But I know he’s making the right choice for himself and for his family.” While several individuals ranging from former city officials to constituents and representatives of community groups took a few moments to praise Pace for his time well spent on council, the most touching moment may have been when Pace’s father told the audience he was not surprised to see his son receive such accolades. After concluding fond stories from Pace’s childhood, his father Lorin Pace conveyed his sense of pride. “He’s been a good loyal son,

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Council members from left to right: Steve Gunn, Paul Fotheringham, Lynn Pace, Sabrina Petersen, Mark Stewart and Mayor Rob Dahle. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

who honors his parents.” During the recognition to honor Pace there was consistent mention of the ways the city benefited by having such a thoughtful and analytical brain to dissect the various issues during the course of Pace’s tenure. As District 4 Councilman Steve Gunn presented Pace with his own Holladay street sign called Pace Way, he elaborated on the level of thoroughness Pace would bring to the table. “Part of the Pace way is to really carefully consider and analyze the matters (of council),” Gunn said.

Sabrina Petersen, District 1 councilwoman, who has served alongside Pace for close to nine years, also valued the advice Pace offered, especially during her time as the council rookie. “It was very comforting to know I had him in my corner,” Petersen said. Petersen further noted while that did not mean they always agreed, the example and guidance of Pace’s work ethic did not go unnoticed and Holladay was a better community because of his efforts. “It’s always Lynn’s intent to cover every possible outcome, and the reason he does that

is so we make the right decision… I appreciate the example you’ve been to me, and you’ve become a dear friend,” Petersen said. During the final presentation, Mayor Rob Dahle acknowledged the sacrifice was not only that of Lynn’s but of his family’s as well. “This is a team sport,” Dahle began. “Anyone who has been in any kind of service knows, when he is here late at night, somebody else is carrying the load.” Dahle went on to commend Pace’s wife, Lisa, for her role in making her husband’s contribution to the community possible. “This is our opportunity as a council and a community to say thank you, not only to Lynn, but to the Pace family as well,” Dahle said. In his closing statement, Pace thanked all involved during his time on council and the contribution they brought to his life. Pace said one of his main objectives when he decided to run for the council 14 years ago was to make a positive difference in the community he loves and to be able to stay long enough that upon his departure, the city would be well positioned going forward. It’s an objective he feels has come to fruition. “I’m confident the city is in very good hands, and I can leave without any regrets or concerns,” Pace said. And he added a further note of promise, “The best is yet to come.” l

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Report claims Holladay Quarter would bring millions to city coffers By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


he Holladay redevelopment project at the old Cottonwood Mall is expected to add thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in sales for local businesses, according to a recent economic analysis, but the project is still receiving some debate among community members. The Holladay Quarter, a 56-acre mixed retail, restaurant and housing project, was approved by the Holladay City Council earlier this year. In a recent economic analysis report by GSBS Consulting, the project is expected to add 1,400 jobs to the local economy, and during construction alone, bring in more than $79 million in extra retail sales to the local economy. “I think personally this will be the best development in the Salt Lake Valley,” said Michael Clark, vice president of public affairs and marketing with Ivory Homes, which is partnering along with Woodbury Corporation to develop the Holladay Quarter. “I think Holladay has waited long enough and we’ve waited long enough to do something big here,” Clark said, referring to the old Cottonwood Mall site, which has been vacant for years. But despite city council approval, a group of residents are protesting the Holladay Quarter project. The group Unite for Holladay say they’re in favor of a development project making use of the old site, but say they want to see more retail space that could bring in additional tax revenue to city coffers.

Part of the concept plan for Holladay Quarter. The lower left corner would feature commercial retail and a flex zone while the rest displays what kind of housing would be available. (Courtesy Ivory Homes/Woodbury Corporation)

Brett Stohlton, a local resident, says Unite for Holladay delivered 8,000 signatures last month to Holladay City to push for a referendum protesting the proposed development. The first referendum would ask voters to decide on the development itself, and the second referendum refers to the tax subsidies in the development agreement. Stohlton says the $22 million tax subsidy was originally proposed in 2007 for a different project that included more retail space, but he says it’s benefitting developers in this project instead. “You’re taking a commercial development opportunity and basically providing a subsidy,

rather than pursuing an appropriate commercial development opportunity. No one else in Holladay who builds homes is getting these types of deals,” Stohlton said. Stohlton says he also questions the economic analysis report. He says the city commissioned a report from Zion’s Bank that indicated far less economic benefits to city coffers, and he worries this new report may be overinflating numbers. The Holladay Quarter project is proposed to include nearly 1,000 housing units, including high-rise apartments, brownstone homes and other dwellings, along with eight restaurants, 20–30 retail shops and assorted office space.

Clark says the reason there isn’t more retail space is it isn’t feasible in today’s world where Amazon can deliver packages to people’s doors in a few days. Just this last year, one of the biggest toy companies in the U.S., Toys R’ Us, went out of business, and many experts believe part of the loss is due to rising Amazon sales. Not all residents are upset about the proposed development. Jennifer Bell, who grew up in Holladay and is now raising her family there, says she remembers the Cottonwood Mall and has been waiting for something to replace the empty space for years. “I think we need more living areas,” Bell said. “I don’t think in this day and age a mall is what we need back there.” Bell says she would love for her kids to live in Holladay someday when they raise their own families, but with the housing shortage currently affecting Utah, she doesn’t see it happening right now. “Prices are going up so high I don’t know if they would be able to live here,” she said. But with the proposed development of 985 housing units, the Holladay Quarter creates more options, she says. If the Holladay Quarter project pushes past the referendums, Clark says they hope to break ground this fall and have some housing open by fall 2019. l

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nudsen Flour Mill Located at 2743 E. Big Cottonwood Rd. (6200 South) is what’s known as Knudsen’s Corner. Along the side of the road you can find a historical marker for the Knudsen Flour Mill, made with buhrstone at five feet diameter. Constructed by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and placed there on June 15, 1996, the plaque features a drawing of the former flour mill and historical information that reads: “This mill was established on this site in 1878, by Rasmus Christian Knudsen, a millwright and master joiner from Arlborg, Denmark. In 1864, he immigrated to Utah with his wife and two small children, walking across the plains, so that his family could ride. Immediately following his arrival in Utah, Brigham Young engaged him in building mills. First he built the Mork Jeff Flour Mill in Heber City, then sawmills in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and other mills in Utah, including windmills. “This stone is believed to be the largest mill stone and first pearling stone west of the Mississippi River. Rasmus cut it from a piece of hand quartzite, hauled from Farmington Canyon by six yoke of oxen. The curved furrowing around the edges is known as ‘sickle dressing’ which, when revolving against its counterpart on the stone above, caused a scissoring action that removed the husks from the grains of barley. “The Knudsen Mill operated for nearly 30 years and was awarded prize winning medallions for its high quality products. These included white and graham flour, cornmeal, pearled barley, cracked wheat, hominy, and steel-cut oatmeal, milled in a machine invented by Rasmus Knudsen. “Both Knudsen’s Grove, founded in 1912, and Knudsen’s Corner, in 1919, owe their origins to the Knudsen Flour Mill.” The historical marker also features a poem by Darwin Knudsen from 1977 called “The Millstead Grove.” It reads: “These towering pines are mine, you know, And this old millstead, where they grow, Is shaded as their shadows spread From the west-most fence, to the wide creek bed. Not many, now, would really know Who planted them. I am one, though. He must have known when I was five, That they would live and be alive When he was dead, and I was old. But then, these thoughts he never told. Instead, he watered them, day after day, With heavy buckets in his hard way. And now each root and wide spread limb Breathes a living thanks to him. This old, old house, where he was born, Is empty now and stands forlorn, Not as it was, when it stood with pride, Before his father’s father died. And all that is seen of the barn and the mill Is the millrace spring and pond, so still. But their deep stone walls rest under this

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By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com ground, And an old square nail is sometimes found Hidden since those days, in fancy burned, When the great mill stood, and its mill stones turned. And yet, to those who pass this way, These aging pines are mine - they say.” First Settlers of Holladay Placed by the Holladay chapter of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, this historical marker features text summarizing how Holladay was originally founded. Found at 4778 S. Holladay Blvd., it also has a map of the first surveyed plots of land and their accompanying land owners. The historical marker text, written by Scott Shields according to utahhistoricalmakers.org, reads as follows: “John. D. Holladay, a leader of the Mississippi Company of Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 29, 1947. “John Holladay’s group explored the valley of the Great Salt Lake and its tributary canyons with an eye towards irrigation, wild hay for their animals, and water power for mills. Most of the Mississippi Company stayed together and by fall had planned their farms and community in the area of a free-flowing, spring-fed stream issuing from the base of Mt. Olympus. Thus the village of Spring Creek, as the stream was then called, was the first to be established away from Great Salt Lake City itself. “As soon as John Holladay was named the Branch President, the village took upon itself the name of Holladay’s settlement or Holladay’s Burgh. “In February of 1849 the first surveyed plots of land were issued to the settlers.” “Holladay’s Burgh” was later shortened to Holladay. The First Settlers of Holladay historical marker was dedicated in 1994. Soho Food Park Though the Soho Food Park does not match the other two locales for history, it makes up for it in popularity. Owned by Mark and Shelly Olsen, the Soho Food Park at 4747 S. Holladay Blvd. brings a rotating carousel of food trucks three nights a week — Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Food lineups are subject to change so check their social media for the most updated lineup. Saturday, July 21, for example, featured Suzy Thai, Snowie, Bomb Dilla, CupBop, Jurassic Street Tacos, Fiore Pizza and Capt. Len’s Barbecue. Dogs are welcome, though a leash is required. Skateboards, scooters, bikes and unicycles are also encouraged modes of transportation, but it’s requested they be parked on the grass, leaving walkways open. According to Soho’s website, there’s “no need to decide on just one restaurant when you have a variety of six different choices for everyone to enjoy.”l

The Knudsen Flour Mill historical marker, located at 2743 E. Big Cottonwood Road. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

The First Settlers of Holladay historical marker, located at 4778 S. Holladay Blvd. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

The Soho Food Park, located at 4747 S. Holladay Blvd. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Singing in the (Holladay City) Park By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com While the Doobie Brothers told everyone to “listen to the music” 35 years ago, that same concept still applies, especially to Holladay City Park on Saturday night. The third annual Concerts on the Commons kicked off on July 14 and continues every Saturday at 8 p.m. until its grand finale at the Blue Moon Festival on Aug. 25. A free concert in the park series presented by the Holladay Arts Council, Concerts on the Commons started in 2016 with four separate performing acts. Kathy Murphy, the concerts chairperson, said attendance grew that first year from 100 at the first concert to almost 500 by the fourth. For 2017, due to the clamor from audiences, Murphy said they took a “leap of faith” and

booked eight concerts. “People just wanted more,” she said. “They said, ‘if you had it more often you’d get more people, you get this progression going.’ And that’s what we did.” Attendance averaged over 400 during the 2017 season; after its first two shows this year on July 14 and 21, they were averaging over 500. Murphy said they don’t want audience numbers to outpace their resources, but find the concerts benefit local residents and local businesses with attendees coming from all over. “We find people are coming from as far away as Provo,” Murphy said. Spencer Hansen came from Cottonwood Heights to check out Tad Calcara and the New

Tad Calcara demonstrates his piano skills during a concert at Holladay City Park. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Members of the New Deal Swing Band perform at Holladay City Park on July 21. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Deal Swing Band on July 21. Hansen loves swing music and free events. “So not only do I not have to pay, but I get to be outside and listen to music,” he said. “You can always count me in for that.” Each week tends to feature a different musical style. With the help of nonprofit Excellence in the Community, Murphy said they aim to select a wide range of local bands, not bringing back the same group every year. The opening concert this year featured Disney music from Melinda Kirigin-Voss and Brian Stucki, while Aug. 4 has world-renowned pianist Josh Wright and Aug. 18 has rock n’ roll band Troubadour 77. The series will culminate on Holladay’s annual Blue Moon Festival at the park on Aug.

25 with two performing groups, Red Rock Hot Club and Changing Lanes. Murphy wrote in the Concerts on the Commons booklet, “We couldn’t have provided the professional quality entertainment we enjoy at these concerts without our partnership with Excellence in the Community. The concerts have been a great way to bring out community together and attract people to our beautiful city.” Remaining Concerts on the Commons performers August 4: Josh Wright August 11: Caleb Chapman Bands, Crescent Super Band and Voodoo Orchestra August 18: Troubadour 77 August 25: Red Rock Hot Club and Changing Lanes l

Members of the New Deal Swing Band perform at Holladay City Park on July 21. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Melissa Pace Tanner guest performs as part of the Concerts on the Commons on July 21. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Locals show off their swing moves. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Tad Calcara lets loose on the clarinet. Calcara has been the principal clarinet of the Utah Symphony since 1999. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Tad Calcara and the New Deal Swing Band perform at Holladay City Park on July 21. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Murray Park wins the City Journals’ Park Madness tournament By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com

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The final bracket of the City Journals’ “Park Madness” tournament.


uly was national Parks and Recreation month, and we here at the City Journals celebrated with a friendly little tournament to determine the best park in the valley. Each round, the parks went head-to-head in a Facebook poll. Whichever park garnered the most votes moved on to the next round. We called it “Park Madness.” The tournament had a little bit of everything, from a No. 16 seed upsetting a No. 1 seed to lopsided blowouts to intense down-to-thewire finishes. Here are our tournament awards: Park Madness Champion: Murray Park Murray Park came into the tournament as the No. 6 seed (based on Google reviews) but immediately showed that it was a top contender when it picked up a whopping 88 percent of the vote in its first round matchup with Herriman. It went on to win by large margins in both the semifinal and final. It’s only test was a second

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round matchup with Riverton, which brings us to… Most Improved Park: Riverton Park It’s too bad that Riverton and Murray had to meet in the second round, because that matchup would have made for a great finals. The two parks were neck and neck for the entire two-day voting period, sometimes separated by as little as a tenth of a percentage point. Riverton Park was supported by many residents who voted and commented about how much they love the park. As for the Most Improved Park award? We figured that made sense just because the park was recently reconstructed in 2015. Rookie of the Tournament: Mountview Park In a tournament full of parks that have been around for decades, Mountview Park made a lot of noise by making it to the finals as a park that’s less than 10 years old. The Cottonwood Heights Park may not be as well-known

throughout the valley, but it was able to beat the likes of West Valley’s Centennial Park, Sugar House Park and Dimple Dell Park on its way to the finals. Upset of the Tournament: Eastlake Park Eastlake Park, located in South Jordan/ Daybreak would be another good candidate for Rookie of the Tournament, but its first-round upset of the top-seeded Memorial Grove Park in Salt Lake City deserves its own award. Sadly, the Cinderella story stopped there, as Eastlake Park fell in the second round to Dimple Dell Park. While Murray Park may have won the tournament, the real winners are Salt Lake Valley residents who can visit and play at these amazing parks. We have some great parks and recreation departments that make sure we all have safe, fun and beautiful places to enjoy the summer. l

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Airport reconstruction project on schedule for 2020 By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


ust two years from now, Utahns will see a brand new Salt Lake International Airport opening. A construction project that has been decades in the making is underway at the airport, as crews are working to build a new parking garage, central terminal and a new north and south concourse. “One of the biggest milestones was in May,” said Nancy Volmer, the airport public relations director. “That’s when one of the final steel beams went up.” Why build a new airport? When the Salt Lake International Airport was first built in the 1960s, it was designed for 10 million passengers per year. But now, more than 60 years later, the airport serves more than 24 million passengers annually, and that number is increasing. Volmer says with the current design, only one plane can take off at a time, and the airport wasn’t built for a hub operation. “There’s congestion on the curb side, there’s congestion on the gate side,” Volmer explained. “There’s not enough seating for passengers waiting for their flights.” Who is paying for the new airport? “No local taxpayer dollars are being spent on the airport,” Volmer said. For the $3.6 billion reconstruction project, the airport is relying on several major areas of funding: 41.3 percent - Future bonds to pay for the remaining cost 23 percent - 2017 revenue bonds issued by the airport 14.8 percent - Airport savings 11.5 percent - Passenger facility charges 4.9 percent - Rental car facility charges 4.5 percent - Federal grants Volmer says one of the primary reasons why the Salt Lake International Airport is able to fund the reconstruction project without local taxpayer assistance is because the airport has been saving for this project since the 1990s. “People who use the airport are helping pay for this redevelopment. Passenger user fee, the airlines, the car rental user fees,” Volmer said. Future Changes One of the biggest changes that will push the Salt Lake International Airport into the spotlight is security. The new airport will have state of the art equipment for security screening to help cut down on wait times and limit the hassle as passengers try to make their flights. The entire design of the airport is focused on making it easier for passengers, Volmer explained. “You can check your bag, print your boarding pass, go through security, and you won’t have to go up and down levels. It (will be) convenient for passengers,” Volmer said. Some other major improvements include: • A larger parking garage able to fit up

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Airport officials say the new airport design will allow for easier access to passengers. (Photo courtesy Salt Lake International Airport)

to 3,600 vehicles, with separate areas for drop off and pick up. • Separate arrival and departure levels • On-site car rental pick-up and dropoff counters • Tech friendly with more locations to

plug in electronics • More shopping and dining What is Phase 2? Phase 1 is expected to be completed by Fall 2020, and then construction will begin on Phase 2, which includes building the north and south

concourses on the east side, the demolition of concourses B, C and D, and the demolition of the International Terminal. For more information about the Airport Reconstruction project, visit www.slcairport. com/thenewslc. l

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE In the early morning hours on Friday, July 13th, our Unified Police precinct was notified that an elderly gentleman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease walked away from his home in the neighborhood surrounding the Holladay United Church of Christ (HUCC, 2611 E. Murray-Holladay Rd). He had limited mobility, so the fact that he had not been located for going on 4 hours was cause for concern. The call initiated the expected response from Unified Police and Fire. An on-site Command Post was immediately established and search and rescue crews mobilized on the HUCC campus. Volunteer teams searched neighborhood grids, while UPD crews were deployed to areas in and out of the city that were identified as possible destinations. Seven Hundred citizens, most that did not know him, showed up to assist in the effort. To watch the Unified resources come together to coordinate and execute this search effort was impressive. More impressive, and heartwarming, was the reaction from our community. The Rideout family opened the fence to their backyard so volunteers and First Responders could find some shade when they were not on a shift. They even made pizza for volunteers on Saturday evening! HUCC Pastor Fred Evenson opened his church to serve as volunteer headquarters, cancelled Sunday service to assist with serving our volunteers and generally did whatever was required to support a family in distress. Stake President Gregg Christensen did the same, cancelling Sunday service and asking those that were able to assist with the effort. It was the heart of Holladay on full display, coming to the aid of a family in need.

Members of Unified Police located our resident Sunday evening. It was a sad ending for the crews, and especially for the family, but it did remind me once again how lucky I am to live in a community that cares so deeply about their friends and neighbors. Whatever our differences may be, we all pull together in a time of need. I know the family will be forever grateful for the outpouring of support and comfort they received. It was an incredibly stressful 2 ½ days. I hope the community outreach eased their burden in some small way. Thank you Unified Police and Fire, HUCC congregation, Holladay LDS Stake, the Rideout family and all of the volunteers that so generously donated their time to assist in the search effort. With Gratitude, Rob Dahle, Mayor

2018 Budget Message By Gina Chamness, City Manager On June 21, 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. This year, Holladay expects to receive about $15.6 million in revenue from a variety of sources. Property tax is the City’s largest and most stable source of funds. 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 19 year history. A little more than a quarter of the City’s overall budget comes from 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’s budget emphasizes the importance of the folClose to half of the City’s overall funds (46%) are spent on lowing priorities: critical public safety services. Holladay City contracts with the Unified Police District (UPD) and United Fire Authority (UFA) • Recognizing and valuing the contribution of City of Holladay to provide these services for Holladay residents. This year, employees approximately 23% of the City’s funds are spent maintaining • Changes in contractual obligations for both police and fire roads and other infrastructure needs. The budget anticipates services. using $700,000 in reserve funding for a much needed infusion of resources into our capital needs. About 3% of the City’s funds • Continuing the City’s investment in community events and are spent making debt service or bond payments on City Hall, Arts Council programming that offer opportunities for our the City’s Fire Station, and a bond that improved the City’s residents to meet and enjoy the arts and their neighbors. roads and streets nearly a decade ago. Holladay City is a very • Significant investment of reserve funding in capital projlean organization, with 10% of our overall budget supporting ects to enhance preventative maintenance and the City’s committed to administrative functions. infrastructure. • Additional resources to build administrative capacity in the City’s organization. Over the next year, the City Manager and the City Council will continue to focus on 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. This will include the City’s roads, bridges and storm water systems, as well as other key infrastructure. Look for opportunities to serve the City in prioritizing those needs in the coming months. If you have questions about the Holladay City budget, please contact Gina Chamness, City Manager at (801) 272-9450.

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New Public Park Taking Shape Knudsen Park construction is on track with many of the site’s new facilities taking shape. Below are a few photos of the Park’s progress. More project milestones – such as the installation of the playground – is on the horizon!

Bike path and riverbank restoration area

Picnic and restroom pavilion

Creek side path

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 801-272-1221 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

PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117

Pedestrian bridge over Big Cottonwood Creek

For more project details, visit the City website cityofholladay. com, or the Knudsen Park project website, knudsenpark.com.

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Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247

24 hours with the 104 – Platoon B. On Tuesday June 19, I was invited by UFA Battalion Chief Wade Watkins, to experience a day as a Station 104 firefighter. He gave me the choice of a few hours, or full 24 hour shift. My desire to fulfill the fantasy of every 10 year old in the country - to “be” a fireman - was not going to be limited to a few hours. Thus I became firefighter Fotheringham for 24 hours – a marquee day for a local city councilman. First, some background. A few weeks prior, I was invited by United Fire Authority (UFA) to take part in an 8 hour Fire School, at their training facility in Magna, along with city council representatives from throughout the county. We took part in some classroom discussions and some field training (macho fireman stuff). Each council member was paired up with a UFA firefighter. My guy was Paramedic Armen Jacobs. Field training included wrestling a 2” hose pushing out Niagara amounts of water on a burning replica of a bedroom, “rescuing” heavy training manikins, cutting/ splitting cars up with the “jaws of life,” and escaping from a basement while blinded. Our day at fire school culminated with some extraordinary demonstrations, highlighting the importance of maintaining 4-man crews over 3-man crews. Though I won’t go into the specifics–4-man crews are the smart way to go.

By Paul Fotheringham – Council District 3

After completing fire school, I was invited to take a shift with Station 104 in Holladay. My hosts were Cap’n Steve, Paramedic Extraordinaire Danny, Engineer Toby, and my fire school buddy - Paramedic Armen Jacobs. The Shift: BC Watkins and I decided my shift would start Tuesday at 5pm until Wednesday at 5pm. Though our call volume was light, the mix of calls was typical –80 percent medical, 20 percent fire related. Our first call came in at about 6pm – a medical call on Kings Row Dr - an elderly man had taken a fall. Paramedic Extraordinaire Danny, took care of our citizen with care and compassion. After loading him up in a gurney, our fellow station 101 out of Millcreek, delivered him to UMC. That night, we handled five calls before we turned in at about 10pm. Somehow, the “call gods” smiled on Station 104 that night. Zero overnight calls – a rarity. “Unicorn rarity” according to BC Watkins. Firefighters, like baseball players, are a little superstitious. Cap’n Steve asked if I would stay the second night. Though tempted … I declined. Wednesday morning we serviced some fire hydrants (yes, I worked a few) and practiced fire scenario drills at Big Cottonwood Regional Park with Millcreek 101. The Captain from 101 provided great feedback to both crews about laying out the lines to minimize kinking and deliver water more quickly.

On the second run, I joined in, hauled a cross lay hose up the hill, and manned the nozzle (more 10 year old fantasy stuff). We had some downtime while waiting for a UFA mechanic – so naturally, we had a circuit workout involving weights, a jump rope, a rowing machine, and a ping pong table. We finished my shift with a few more medical calls including a domestic fight injury with our local UPD officers. The crew treated each citizen/patient with great care, always protecting the patient’s sense of personal dignity. During my shift, I witnessed a crew joyful in their work. Their camaraderie, teamwork, and professionalism are unrivaled. It’s possible you will have the opportunity to meet my new friends when they are helping you during what could be a very bad day for you. As a city official, I’m grateful to know they will be at your side helping you through it. Station 104 is a treasure hiding in plain sight at 2210 E Murray Holladay Rd. Thanks Guys. I had a great day – can’t wait to do it again.

Tips By Chief Don Hutson, Unified Police District Back to school also means back to busier roads filled with school buses, kids on bikes, children walking, parents dropping off their kids, and employees headed off to work. With the increase in traffic, it is important for drivers to slow down and pay attention. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe:

• Don’t block the crosswalk and avoid parking too close to the crosswalk, as this impedes visibility of children entering the crosswalk. • Don’t double park – in the road or in the school property dropoff zones; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles. • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, always stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection. • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign. • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. • It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. • If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance

than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus. • Be alert; children often are unpredictable they tend to ignore hazards and take risks. • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this. • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars. • Check side mirrors before opening your door.

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Pickleball at the New City Park Courts The City of Holladay has been working with SnapSports to ensure residents have an optimum pickleball game experience at the new City Park courts. SnapSports has tested over 50 different balls and recommends players use the Onix Pure Outdoor Pickleball or similar ball. Make sure you have the proper outdoor pickleball equipment designed for use on the courts.

Celebrate Your Pets! Salt Lake County Animal Services Petapalooza, an Adoption Extravaganza! Join Salt Lake County Animal Services for the LARGEST pet adoption event in Salt Lake County on Saturday, August 25 from 9 AM – 4PM! This is the 5th Annual Petapalooza, a Pet Adoption Extravaganza you won’t want to miss. This is a FREE, family and dog-friendly event at The County Library:

Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Celebrate your pets with us! There will be hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, birds/ducks, and reptiles from over a dozen different pet rescues across Utah! There will be local live music, face-painting, and a beer garden from RoHa Brewing. If you’re not looking for a pet, there will be over 50 different vendors: from pet related products, to treats for humans! Join us at this farmers market like atmosphere at The County Library: Viridian Event Center, located in West Jordan at 8030 S 1830 W. The vendor market will spread out into the adjacent West Jordan Veterans Memorial Park. Current pet owners bring your pups there will be fun events for them: a pet psychic, Course A ‘Lure for them to race through, a pet photo booth, and more! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be on hand to vaccinate, microchip, and license pets in our jurisdiction as well. For more information visit AdoptUtahPets.com, call 385468-7387, or email animal@slco.org. SPAYghetti & No Balls: The Best Humpday Party of the Year Don’t miss out on “The Best Humpday Party of the Year” and support life-saving programming. You will be helping

hundreds of pets live the best life possible! Join us at Caputo’s Market, located downtown, for an exceptional cause! SPAYghetti & No Balls is an annual fundraiser to help cover the costs of spay/neuter surgeries, microchips, and vaccinations for 700+ pets each year that come from low-income homes. By sterilizing a pet, we can prevent hundreds of homeless pets from entering the shelter each year. There will be a Cocktail Hour, Pasta Bar, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and MORE! Tickets are $50 per person, $60 after August 18th. Visit our website AdoptUtahPets.com to purchase tickets. Dress is cocktail attire. For more information or sponsorship information, contact us at events@slco.org.

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Classes help homeowners learn about water conservation By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


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“We water our lawn twice a week and watch the weather to decide what days will be best to do it,” Workman explained. “For our garden, we collect rainwater in barrels from our downspouts and use that to hand water our garden. Not only is it free, but it saves a little bit of water and money.” Moser said the average lawn only needs 20 minutes of water every other day during the hottest months. In the spring and fall, grass only needs 20 minutes of water approximately 1-2 times a week. But Moser said it’s even more important to cut back on the grass in your yard. The average sprinkler system isn’t designed to water any lawn area smaller than 8 feet wide, such as park strips or sides of a home. The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District offers monthly classes to give residents examples on how to cut back on sod grass at Localscapes. com. “The style of landscaping that has been adopted here in Utah really doesn’t

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fit our climate. The English style of landscaping developed in an area that gets rain a lot of time,” Moser explained about Yucca“Here in Utah landscapes filledBright withEdge grass. we need irrigationSundancer systems Daisyto keep 1 things alive.” Cynthia Bee, outreach coordinator for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, says Local Scapes offers a small reward to residents who take their classes teaching water conservation and implement changes to their own landscape. “We’re not calling it an incentive, because it’s not enough to cover costs for changing your landscape,” Bee explained. The small bonus is up to $.25 per square footage in a landscape, but the real benefit is reducing water. To learn more about Local Scapes, the next beginner class will be at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the Conservation Garden Park at 8275 S. 1300 West in West Jordan. You can sign up for Local Scapes 101 on LocalScapes.com l

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Utah’s housing unaffordability crisis By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


espite an uptick in employment, Utah is becoming more unaffordable for low-income families. According to a recent report from the University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, housing prices have been steadily rising since the 1990s, but Utah wages are not matching that growth, and low-income families are starting to suffer as a result. “Eighty six percent of people pay more than 50 percent of their income toward housing,” said Tara Rollins, executive director of the Utah Housing Coalition. “The issue has been happening for some time. Wages haven’t been keeping up with rent.” Rollins says it’s especially affecting Utah because population growth is outpacing the number of homes and apartments available, and construction isn’t meeting demand. Jennifer Gilchrist, a realtor in Salt Lake County, said she often sees homes in the $200,000 to $250,000 price range get offers within a matter of hours. “It’s really crazy right now. There are a lot of people who want to buy houses and not that many people who are selling,” she said. Since last year alone, the average single family home has gone up approximately 13 percent in price. For example, a $300,000 home for sale last year, would now be selling for about $340,000, according to the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. While other states are suffering from an increase in housing prices, Utah is ranked as the 4th highest in the nation for that growth, and experts believe it’s only going to get worse. For Jerusha Stucki and her husband, who were both born and raised in Utah, the rise in housing prices has made it difficult for them to search for a home for their growing family. They’ve tried looking at houses, but the rising cost makes it a daunting task.

“Our price range is for houses that are old, dirty and cheap, and we don’t want to be house poor,” Stucki explained. But waiting for a few years down the road could be even worse. Stucki says just three years ago, she and her husband nearly bought a townhouse but ultimately had to back out. Now, that townhouse is worth $35,000 more than the asking price from just a few years ago. “There’s a good chance, we may not see houses at the prices we saw even three years ago,” Stucki says. The housing unaffordability crisis isn’t just affecting families wanting to buy homes, but rentals are rising at an alarming rate. Rollins says many families are combining with other households in one home to manage rental costs, and some are putting up with substandard housing because there isn’t anything better available in their price range. “Last year the housing wage was $17.02 and it just went up to $17.77, that’s a 75 cent increase per hour,” Rollins said. But Rollins says for the average person to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Salt Lake County, their wage needs to match approximately $19.90 an hour. “That’s up 86 cents from last year,” Rollins explained. The University of Utah Gardner Policy Institute report suggested some municipal measures to help reduce housing unaffordability, including waive or reduce fees for affording housing, change building codes to encourage more affordable housing, and adopt zoning ordinances that provide a wide range of housing types and prices. But in the meantime, families like the Stuckis continue to follow the housing market and hope future changes will make housing more affordable in Utah. l

The Top 10 most expensive Wasatch Front areas in Q1 by median home price (courtesy Salt Lake Board of Realtors)



Emigration-84108 (up 19.5 percent)



The Avenues-84103 (up 20.4 percent)



Alpine-84004 (up 7.4 percent)



Holladay-84124 (up 14.7 percent)



Draper-84020 (up 3.5 percent)



Holladay-84117 (up 10.2 percent)



South Jordan-84095 (up 16.7 percent)



Sandy-84092 (down 7.4 percent)



East Central SLC-84102 (up 31.3 percent)



Eden-84310 (down 3.4 percent)



Canyon Rim-84109 (up 3.9 percent)

The limitations of the Wasatch Front geography means there’s not much more room for sprawl, so new Utah housing developments are going to have to get creative. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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Salt Lake Chamber hopes to raise awareness about Utah’s housing situation By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com

A block party was held as the TGIF was demolished at the old Cottonwood Mall site in Holladay. The demolition makes way for the planned Holladay Quarter development which has seen varying amounts of opposition from residents. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

Representatives from the Salt Lake Chamber will be visiting with the following cities at each municipality’s city hall in the coming weeks and months with more to be scheduled. North Ogden

August 14 @ 6 p.m.


August 21 @ 3 p.m.

West Jordan

August 22 @ 6 p.m.


August 28 @ 6 p.m.


September 4 @ 5:30 p.m.

Woods Cross

September 4 @ 6:30 p.m.


September 11 @ 6 p.m.

Pleasant Grove

September 18 @ 5 p.m.


September 18 @ 7 p.m.


September 20 @ 6 p.m.

South Jordan

October 2 @ 4:30 p.m.

West Bountiful

October 2 @ 7:30 p.m.


October 9 @ 5:30 p.m.


October 9 @ 6 p.m.

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“Anytime a developer comes in with a plan that involves high-density housing, it’s like a four-letter word,” said Draper Mayor Troy Walker during a meeting of Draper officials and representatives from the Salt Lake Chamber. The meeting was the second of many meetings the Salt Lake Chamber hopes to conduct with every city council along the Wasatch Front in order to discuss the topic of housing affordability. “Recently we’ve had a lot of business owners coming to us and saying, ‘Our employees are struggling to find housing,’” explained Abby Osborne, the chamber’s vice president of government relations. The Salt Lake Chamber, a business association that operates throughout the state, then partnered with the Kem C. Gardner Institute to produce a report on housing affordability, released earlier this year. “What we found in the report was quite alarming. For the first time we have more households than household units,” said Osborne. “That’s a big component of why you’re seeing these skyrocketing prices. It’s just supply and demand.” While there are factors that limit what state and local governments can do about housing prices — for example, the state can’t do anything about rising material costs or the fact that the opportunity for further “sprawl” is limited by the Wasatch corridor’s geography — the Salt Lake Chamber is on a mission to let governments and individuals know what they can do. “We’re just starting a dialogue with the city councils,” Osborne told the City Journals. “We’re asking them, ‘What do you think about

this issue? Would you consider smaller lot sizes? Why are you opposed to higher density housing?” Osborne pointed to the Daybreak community in South Jordan and Holladay’s still-in-theworks Holladay Quarter development as examples of cities using creative zoning policies to create more housing in a smart way. However, the opposition to new housing efforts is much more likely to come from residents, not local governments, according to Osborne. “We have a lot of NIMBYism in Utah,” she said, referring to an acronym that stands for “Not In My Backyard.” That can be seen with the case of the Holladay Quarter, where community groups formed to fight against the development. Part of the Salt Lake Chamber’s mission will include a “full-blown media campaign” this fall to educate people about the nuances of the housing affordability issue. Osborne said she hopes the campaign will start to remove the stigmas and misunderstandings that people have about new housing developments. For example, one misconception people have is that most of our growth is coming from out-of-state. “Not true,” said Osborne. “It is us, having children who want to stay here and live here because of our quality of life.” “I think the unknown is fearful for people,” she said. “They have this perception of how they want to raise their large families on big pieces of property. But when those kids grow up, where are they going to live? If these trends continue, there won’t be enough homes for the people that want to live here.” l

Plots of land around the valley are constantly being considered for new housing, like this piece in northeast West Valley City. A development proposal for townhomes was denied in June after nearby residents mobilized against the level of density. Residents want single-family homes built there. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Meet Archer Birrell: Granite’s Teacher of the Year By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


rcher Birrell is easy to find at Hillside Elementary. Whether it’s his classroom filled with pine trees, his bearded dragon Link or his unstoppable movement. Principal Sharon Sonnenreich has spent three years with Birrell—two as his principal at Hillside and one as a fellow teacher at Elk Run Elementary. “My first impression was, ‘Does this guy ever sit down?’ Archer is an incredible ball of energy.” That boundless “ball of energy” was named the 2018 Granite School District Teacher of the Year. “I can’t think of anyone who deserved being teacher of the year for the district more,” Sonnenreich said. Birrell, a Holladay resident, said it was a “really fun” surprise when the district appeared at a special assembly in May where he was awarded with gas gift cards from Chevron, a free iPad from Granite Credit Union, a free round-trip flight from JetBlue and free tickets to a Utah Grizzlies hockey game. “I was grateful,” Birrell said of the award. “I know that I give 110 percent to my job. To be recognized and appreciated for it, it’s just a gift, it’s a blessing.” “It’s humbling too,” he continued. “Just a really neat experience to say, ‘Wow! What I’m doing is making a difference and the hard work I’m putting in has paid off and people are actually appreciative of what I do.’” Becoming a teacher At just 32, Birrell has enjoyed the journey that’s led him to where he’s at. A journey with life lessons for anyone in any field, most appropriate for a school teacher. As a child, he had two dreams—be an astronaut or elementary teacher. “‘Star Trek’ was the astronaut influence and the parents were the teacher influence because they were both school teachers,” he said. His parents encouraged him to explore everything before settling on a career, and he almost did. Literally. In what Birrell described as “the longest journey ever to get through school,” he went through every major that tickled his fancy including psychology, recreation management and medical science. “I probably looked at a dozen or so different paths and came back around” full circle to be a school teacher, he said. It took almost 10 years before he graduated from UVU. Now, he’s been teaching seven years and earned a master’s degree three years

ago in curriculum and instruction. Education was his calling. “I had to look at what I was passionate about, what I thought I was going to really be interested in, what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Birrell. “When it came down to making a decision, it just felt right. I finally was able to commit to that idea, find a path that worked for me and just go straight forward through it. After that [college] was fast.” Birrell joined GSD, starting out with an internship at James E. Moss Elementary in Millcreek before moving onto Elk Run (four years) and now Hillside (two years) where he continues to make waves with his teaching ability. Being a teacher It may only be seven years so far, but Birrell learned possibly his most important lesson as a teacher during his first week. A 6-year-old student had sat quietly for an hour when he started crying. “He says, ‘I want to do the right thing, but I’m having the hardest time sitting still,’” Birrell remembered. Kids need movement, he said, so it’s important to build a schedule of “purposeful breaks” that sets their bodies (and minds) in motion. One year he took a math lesson on angles and split the third-grade class into two Star Wars themed teams – Darth Vader versus Yoda—and ended it with a lightsaber dance off. “They had so much fun with it,” Birrell said. “They worked together to solve problems to see which side of the force would overcome the balance of the galaxy. I’m having fun with it because I love outer space, and they’re having fun with it because they’re doing something unique.” But in the end, they’re learning about acute angles. Sonnenreich has witnessed his ability with kids on multiple occasions. She said he asks lots of questions, showing students they can “think their way to the answer.” The feedback Birrell gives students, his love for each kid and his technical ability as a teacher all make him a great teacher, added Sonnenreich. “He’s just got a great combination of those people skills, attitude, (and) technical skills as a teacher,” she said. Birrell’s teaching philosophy is to have fun. Kids are fun, he says, and teaching allows his creativity to flourish. He has lights that change colors, cutout clouds on the ceiling, fake pine trees, a grizzly

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bear, plants everywhere. Anything to make the classroom feel like a forest. “You go in there and you just feel peaceful,” he said. “If I set the environment to be a peaceful mindset, the learning is going to take place.” He has two class pets, a bearded dragon and a beta fish. He plays music, sometimes classical, sometimes positive and empowering pop music. “Whatever sets the mood for what we’re doing,” he said. He does “nice wars” with other classes, where students “play nice pranks” on them in sneaky ways such as leaving gifts or positive notes. “I always teach the kids, if we have to go to war we might as well make them nice wars.” These battles of kindness add to the bigger picture for the school, just as how he runs the summer school program and is its after school coordinator. “He really tries to help everybody so that every child entrusted to our building is having the best possible experience they can,” Sonnenreich said. Future as a teacher Birrell wants to spend his entire career with GSD. He said he’ll keep his options open for other opportunities within the district, especially if it allows him to give more service to more people — teachers and students. But for now, he’s excited for another school year this fall, where he’ll be moving to

the fourth grade. “I love teaching and that’s where I want to be.” l

Archer Birrell is a school teacher at Hillside Elementary and was named Granite School District’s Teacher of the Year. (Daniel Pacheco Photography)

Archer Birrell raises his thumbs with his third-grade class at Hillside Elementary. Birrell was named Granite School District’s Teacher of the Year. (Granite Education Foundation)

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Holladay fifth-grader Lena Robison enters poster contest, wins national first prize By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


he National Garden Clubs Association announced the 2018 national winners for their annual Smokey the Bear Poster Contest May 24. Lena Robison, who recently completed fifth grade at Howard R. Driggs Elementary, was selected from among 2,000 entries as the firstplace winner in her grade division. “This is the first time that a student from Utah has won national recognition. Lena won for her grade level, and was the first runner-up for the grand prize,” said Connie MacKay, president of the local chapter of the National Garden Club. The purpose of the contest is to “make our children more aware of fire safety and the role that they play in saving our forests. Ninety percent of our annual wildfires are caused by people,” MacKay said. Lena was encouraged to enter the contest this year by her teacher, Alison Jueschke. Jueschke is a local member of the Garden Club, and knew that Lena had entered the poster contest last year. All entries were required to have a graphic of Smokey the Bear, and contain the famous slogan “Only you can prevent wildfires.” “It was really tough because I got the notice about (the contest) a little late,” said Lena about the January deadline. “I had to stay up late to get it done, but I believe it was worth it.” Lena’s mother, Tiffani Robison, encouraged her daughter, but said, “It was all her work. Ms. Jueschke gave Lena advice, told

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her to include foreground and background elements, and be careful of the lettering. She almost didn’t finish it. But it was all her.” “I really like to draw. I used to draw in class all the time and hand out my drawings to my friends,” Lena said. For this project, “I did a few rough drafts. I practiced getting the letters perfect. I didn’t use stencils on the letters; they are freehand. I used Prismacolor colored pencils.” Lena’s drawing shows some typical fire safety rules: Smokey holds a shovel reminding people to dig a fire pit and to cover the extinguished ashes completely when they are done. The campfire is surrounded by a circle of rocks to keep the fire from spreading. There is a bucket of water close by to extinguish ashes and embers. And an array of animals are shown, prompting people to be thoughtful of the animals’ habitat. When Lena won at the school level, her mother was happy for her. Lena’s entry the year before had done OK. But she kept progressing through the contest, and won at the district level, region level and state level. After that, she was in the finals. “Several months went by after her entry progressed to the national level and we didn’t hear anything. I figured that was it and we were done,” said Tiffani. But then the last week of school, MacKay gave Tiffany a call to let her know Lena had won first place in the fifth-grade

Howard R. Driggs fifth grader Lena Robison wins first place in national Smokey the Bear poster contest

division nationally. “I was delighted!” Robison said. Lena was thrilled to hear the news. “They told me I’d won over the school announcements! It was really exciting. My friends were happy for me. I was jumping up and down,” Lena said. The prize is a certificate and cash award of $50. Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle will rec-

ognize the win at an upcoming city meeting. The contest is one of many National Garden Club youth programs with a cash or scholarship award. For more information on fire safety, Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl programs or other youth contests, see www.gardenclub.org/youth/youth-contests and smokeybear.com. l

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The rankings are in: Utah School for the Deaf and Blind is national leader in graduation rates By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


he Utah School for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) received encouraging news this summer: they have the highest graduation rate of deaf and hard of hearing students in the nation. The announcement, made by the National Deaf Center on May 31, was compiled from five years’ worth of data. Joel Coleman, the superintendent for the USDB, celebrated the rating. “The nature of our support for children and families is comprehensive. From birth, we have a personalized approach to their education. The rankings are helpful because they show parents that we work hard and do the right things for their children,” he said. Their success is aided by the shiny new 48,000+ square-foot campus at 1665 East 3300 South designed by Jacoby Architects of SLC, which opened in October 2016. Coleman was instrumental in securing funding from the legislature for the building, which is designed to assist deaf, hard of hearing and blind students. “It was a very special project that we really enjoyed working on,” said a spokesperson for Jacoby. “Joel Coleman got it built in the most efficient and effective way possible,” said Susan Thomas, director of communications for the USDB. “At a recent appropriations meeting, legislators thanked Coleman for doing such a good job, applauding the efficiency and yet state-of-the-art design.” “For deaf students, it is bright and open. There’s lots of glass and lots of light. When you’re deaf, you can’t hear that someone is coming into a classroom or what’s happening in the hallway. You miss out on that. Windows and open areas give visuals into the halls and classrooms,” Thomas said. For the blind school, thoughtful additions made a big difference. “Most students have some vision, even if it’s just a pinpoint, so we use color. The doorways are colored red. We painted white stripes down the center of the hallways. And there is tactile siding on the walls with different textures for different grade areas.” The school design has won a handful of awards: Most Outstanding K-12 Project from Utah Construction & Design, 2016; Project of the Year K-12 Education from Association of General Contractors of Utah, 2016; Honor Award from American Institute of Architects Utah, 2017. The school was also selected to represent Utah this October at the AIA Western Mountain Regional Conference in the Lessons Learned component of the conference. USDB is a public school and receives funding from the State of Utah and private donations. All the students at USDB have an individualized education plan (IEP). Transportation, aides, tutors and other resources are provided as each IEP directs. Two-thirds of USDB students are at other schools around the state. They are connected to the school in part through deaf and blind specialists who come to them.

USDB Class of 2018. (Photo courtesy of USDB)

Elizabeth Jones has worked as a deaf and blind specialist for three years. While in school for her master’s degree in special education, a deaf and blind specialist came to one of her classes to talk about what she did. Jones said something about the job really spoke to her. “I talked with her after class and she recommended me for a job opening,” Jones said. “Each day I have a case load and go meet one-on-one with students out in the district. I also work with administrators and provide ideas on how these students can better access the learning environment.” “My students are deaf and blind, a dual sensory loss. It depends on the IEP, but I see each one for about one hour per month, sometimes more. We serve students ages 0–22 of varying cognitive abilities. We use American Sign Language or visual cues or whatever communication is best,” said Jones. The technology used by USDB lets them reach students in remote areas, like deaf high school student “K” in Paiute County. She can attach a microphone to her public school teacher, which feeds audio directly to a teacher at USDB. The teacher translates the instruction to ASL in real-time video, which feeds to a laptop on K’s desk. K says she is happy and proud to be deaf. “The interpreters at USDB are really amazing,” Thomas said. The school offers both modalities to their students: hearing techniques such as lip reading, and ASL. “It used to be that doc-

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tors encouraged families to choose one path over another, to be a part of the hearing community or the deaf community.” Thomas speaks from experience; she has a 19-year-old son who is hard of hearing. “I’m so happy to say that the war between listening and speaking and ASL is over! We give our kids both.” Thomas loves promoting the school because she wants families who are struggling to know there is help. “My son missed out on these kinds of education services because we didn’t know they existed. When I speak up, I might be helping a family out there.” Celebrating the students’ achievements at graduation is a unique affair. “Graduation was fantastic. Each of our dozen graduates gave a presentation on what they had accomplished. It was wonderful to see them expressing themselves,” Thomas said. ASL interpreters signed what was spoken, and speaking interpreters translated the ASL for the hearing members of the audience. With a new campus opening in Springville in December 2019, USDB’s programs can reach even more students. “Our schools do more than academics. This number one ranking shows we are doing good work. We’re sharing best practices with other teachers around the nation and world. It’s an honor to be in Utah leading the way with these great programs,” Thomas said. l

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Cottonwood High speech team makes points at nationals By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


his fall, Cottonwood High’s speech and debate team can build upon its success from this past season – including the first time in recent history they have sent team members to compete at nationals. Twelve members of Cottonwood High’s speech and debate team made their points against hundreds of others who qualified for the Grand National Tournament. Cottonwood students qualified for nationals at the qualifying tournament in mid-March hosted by Juan Diego Catholic High School. For some Cottonwood students, competing at the Grand National Tournament hosted by the National Catholic Forensic League May 26, meant walking through their high school graduation and less than two hours later, flying to Washington, D.C. It didn’t seem to deter senior Nour Bilal, who won the first round in original oratory, where students prepare original orations on a topic of their own choosing for a memorized presentation up to 10 minutes. Her speech was about coming to the U.S. from Syria. Junior Mac Gough won the first round in the dramatic performance with a humorous interpretation of “The Book of Mormon Musical.” Other Cottonwood students competed in

oratorical declamation, oral interpretation of literature-prose and poetry, extemporaneous speaking and student congress. “It is so great,” Cottonwood High speech and debate coach Adam Wilkins said. “It’s a fantastic experience for the students to not only compete against the nation’s best, but to tour the nation’s capital and represent their schools and the state. We (were) very stoked to go.” The team took in some of the sites around Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, spending time at the Smithsonian as well as several national monuments and memorials. Wilkins, who has been the coach for the past five years, said Cottonwood focuses on speech rather than debate topics. “As a theatre teacher, I can help them with their prepared speeches, so that is where I can best assist them,” he said. “They spend so much time researching, practicing, revising and preparing for competitions. It’s their love and their hard work that has paid off this year.” About 20 competitive teammates have presented at 15 tournaments throughout the school year. “Our goal this past year was to win region. We not only did that, but we did very well at state in addition to taking a large group to nationals,” he said. “This experience allows our

Cottonwood High’s speech team competed at the national competition in Washington, D.C. (Cottonwood High School)

kids to listen to students from across the nation. It gives them the chance to have greater exposure and to build their self-confidence.” At state, Cottonwood placed in the top 10.

This fall, about half of the team will return. “It’s a great experience we can build on. We have a great mindset coming off of a winning season,” Wilkins said. l


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Titan boys reached quarterfinals in state lacrosse By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ot to be overshadowed by its spring team sports, the Olympus boys lacrosse club produced some exciting results of its own, finishing the season 13-7 and advancing to the state quarterfinals in Class A. Olympus fell to Brighton 14-9 in the playoffs, ending an otherwise successful season in which it had a seven-game winning streak. In fact, during that winning stretch, the Titans amassed at least 10 goals in every victory. The Titans reached the quarterfinals with a 14-4 blowout win over Herriman, a team they had defeated in the regular season opener 7-6. Things were different this time around, as Olympus had little trouble with the Mustangs in a game played May 8 on its own field. After starting the season off with an even 4-4 record, the Titans reeled off seven victories in a row, five of which came by at least seven goals. Olympus punctuated the winning streak with a convincing 19-2 rout of Alta on April 21. The Titans showed prowess on the offensive end of the field this season, producing 13 double-digit-scoring games. During the season, 18 players scored goals. Then-senior Thomas Poul-

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ton led the way with 43 goals on his 114 shots (75 of which were on goal). Mitchell Dunn wasn’t far behind with 37 goals. Attacker Mac Murphy was third on the squad with 32 goals; he also paced the Titans with 17 assists. Other key offensive contributors were Cannon Hogue (26 goals and 13 assists), Mason Parker (16 goals and 12 assists), and Colter Tate and Xander Gordon, each of whom had 14 goals and five assists. Goalie Julian Headden did excellent work defending the net. He had a nearly 61 percent save percentage, turning away 212 of the 348 shots he faced. Defender Andrei Brown forced 32 turnovers. Olympus was well represented on All-State teams. Poulton was s First Team standout at the midfielder spot, while face-off specialist Maguire Richins and Headden each garnered First Team recognition as well. On the Second Team, Hogue, a midfielder, represented Olympus, while Murphy was Honorable Mention. The Titans will look to come back even stronger next season. The following year — the 2019–20 school year — lacrosse will become a fully sanctioned sport. l

Olympus takes on Highland during a 2017 lacrosse game. (Photo/Steve Crandall)

Lady Titans earn hard-fought victory in state lacrosse tournament By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com In a season with some highs and lows, Olympus girls lacrosse club players will long remember a nail-biting win in the playoffs. Olympus went toe-to-toe with Riverton in the Class A state tournament on May 9, earning a narrow 9-8 victory to advance to the quarterfinals. What made the game even more challenging was the fact it was played on Riverton’s home field. Added to that was the memory of an earlier loss to Riverton — a defeat that helped fuel the Titans’ performance at state.


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Top five ways to avoid an accident


ccidents 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 five. 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 were because

of speeding, according to Utah Department of let someone else go first. Public Safety’s crash data. This also applies when driving in poor Slowing down isn’t going to kill you, but weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and snowflying past others just might. storms blot windshields and make roads slick, 3. Distraction adverse circumstances to traveling safely. BaStay focused. Keep your guard up. Though sics become even more vital like keeping your you may be a phenomenal driver, others aren’t. distance from the vehicle in front of you. Be aware of your surroundings by paying 5. Maintenance attention to what’s in front of you and checking The best way to avoid car malfunction is your mirrors. Knowing where everyone else is the maintenance of said car. helps avoid collisions. If you’re distracted by Ensure tires and brakes are operating withyour phone, music, or billboards with cows out issue. Keep fluids to their proper levels. writing on them, it limits your response time to Oil changes and car washes make a difference. what another driver may being doing in front These simple, but effective maintenance tips of you. ensure your car remains a well-oiled machine 4. Defense (pun intended). l 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 percent of deaths from 20122016 in the same data mentioned before. That comes to 154 people who died Here are some ways to avoid a car accident, like this one. (Photo by David Shankbone) because they didn’t

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Crossing Paths exhibit open to public By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


he foyer of City Hall was a bustle of artists, portrait subjects and art enthusiasts on Tuesday, July 10, for the opening of the Crossing Paths exhibit. Large canvases containing graphite pencil portraits of Holladay residents, drawn by artist Jim McGee, along with descriptions of those pictured, popped off the walls encouraging art-goers to get to know their neighbors. “I’ve always been a fan of Humans of New York, and the art had to reach out to the community in a meaningful way,” McGee said of what inspired him to submit the concept to the Holladay Arts Council. “So I thought what if I do these portraits, and they can tell a story.” McGee described submitting his grant proposal moments before the deadline, which he began writing during his lunch break on the day it was due. “At 4:59 (p.m.), I busted through the door, not thinking I would get it,” McGee said. Despite being apprehensive at the possibility of being selected for the grant, McGee felt there was something special within the concept of connecting people in the community through art and is thrilled at what has transpired. During the opening celebration, McGee thanked his portrait subjects for allowing him into their lives. “These fine folks opened up their lives to me — they were vulnerable,” McGee said as he addressed the crowd at the exhibit opening. In addition to finding an interactive way of connecting the community, the me-

dium of graphite pencil also brought McGee back to his teenage years — he said abstract-style painting used to be his main artist medium. “My first love was graphite pencil. I don’t know why I chose it for this project, but I’m looking forward to staying with portraiture and then working with painting,” McGee said. As mentioned in the July issue announcing the Crossing Paths’ exhibit, finding portrait subjects took McGee a bit out of his comfort zone as he met with those who responded to the February Holladay Journal article announcing the project, in addition to venturing out into the community. “The criteria was he couldn’t know them,” said Sheryl Gillilan, executive director for the arts council. She pointed to one of the photos and explained the gentleman featured in the portrait was the owner of the Chevron station on 4500 South. The intent, she said, was to represent the diversity in Holladay’s community. Lisa O’Bryan, arts council chair, noted, “What’s fascinating is all the diversity he’s brought here today.” O’Bryan went on to say the arts council was able to secure a grant for the following year, with the intent to have the art exhibit expanded. “We’re trying to figure out how to expand the idea, because this is exactly what we need right now,” Gillilan said. Gillilan continued, “Connecting with your neighbors, it’s the people you see every day but you don’t know what their

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Best friends Nyakun and Mariah chat and snack below their portraits. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

stories are.” McGee delved into the concept of sharing stories as well when he spoke to the crowd. “Everybody has a story, and everybody’s story is important, and everybody is beautiful.” He further challenged viewers to take more time to listen. “I challenge everyone to listen a little bit more carefully, and look a little more closely at the people you cross paths with.” Holladay residents interested in being a model for the 2019 show are welcome to apply at City Hall. The exhibit will remain open until Aug. 6, and those interested in viewing the exhibit are welcome anytime, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. l

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Eagles turn heads with semifinal run at girls state lacrosse By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ometimes a team comes out of nowhere and surprises everyone when it matters most. Exhibit A: the Skyline girls lacrosse club. The Eagles advanced to the Division 2 state tournament semifinals where they lost to Davis in heartbreaking fashion 1211. But it was how the Eagles got there that tells the real story. Skyline suffered through some struggles during the regular season en route to a 3-9 record. The Eagles didn’t pick up a victory until game seven when they defeated Lehi 16-5. During the six-game losing streak to begin the season, Skyline didn’t reach double figures in scoring and had three losses of seven or more goals. Even after its first victory of the year,

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vis denied the team’s bid for a title-game match, it was a nice turnaround for a team that earlier in the season was having a hard time being competitive. Two Skyline players made the All-Region 3 team. Junior attacker Maci Thorn and sophomore midfielder Tessa Frey attained that distinction. Thorn had 19 goals and 12 assists on the season to share the team lead in points. Frey, meanwhile, forced nine turnovers and had 10 goals. Beatrice Bridge tied Thorn with 31 points; she had 24 goals (to pace the Eagles) and seven assists. Ashlee Roberts had 23 goals. Defensively, goalie Catherine Young had 59 saves. l

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he importance of saving money has been emphasized ever since I was a child. I was bombarded with the sentiment from my parents, my teachers and from the media. “Save Big” marketing messages have been in my life ever since I have been able to make sense of my senses. Lately, I’ve been wondering why. Why do we need to save money? As soon as I was old enough to receive a paycheck, my parents told me to put at least 10 percent of it into a savings account, if not more (hopefully one that accrues interest). They always told me to keep a $100 comfort pillow in my primary checking account and to keep a significant safety net. When I would ask “Why?” their response was always, “In case of an emergency.” What if the car breaks down and you need to pay for a pretty hefty repair? What if you break a part of yourself and need to pay for medical expenses? Saving money was to keep myself out of debt when outstanding situations arose. In school, we were required to take financial planning classes. We received instruction on how to budget, how to buy a house, how to get the best agreements for car payments, and how to plan for retirement. The essentials

for our personal budgets, right? Buy a car. Buy a house. Save enough to retire on time. Saving money was to maintain a comfortable lifestyle to transport ourselves, shelter ourselves, and take care of ourselves in old age. As soon as we reproduce, we start saving money for our children. I’ve always heard that one child costs $20,000 per year, on average. Offspring are expensive. On top of that average support, parents tend to save for their children’s future (aka a college education). Parents also tend to want to leave their children something of merit when they pass. So, we save money for emergencies, for a comfortable lifestyle, and for our offspring. Besides those canons of saving money, what else do you

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