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alt Lake County Library Services is hoping to bring residents and community together through the shared experience of reading the same book in United We Read. Over the next few months, residents are encouraged to read “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman and participate in programs and events based on the book. This is the first year of United We Read. In years past, libraries have participated in “One County, One Book.” However, this was the first year every library in the county was involved in planning the initiative. “We just wanted to make sure we provided the community with the opportunity to come together,” said Liz Sollis, marketing and community manager for the Salt Lake County Library Services. “We felt the best way to do it is to make sure the three main public libraries within Salt Lake County were providing a similar user experience no matter what library they went to.” “A Man Called Ove” tells the story of a cranky yet sad old man who is forced to interact with his chatty and lively new neighbors after they accidently flatten his mailbox. Sollis said it was chosen to be the United We Read book because of its themes of unity. “We know the election year has been very divisive and we wanted to find something that was really unifying. We read several books and decided this book, it has a sense of community and it provided a lot of elements that I think, if you’re in a community, it’s hard not to experience,” Sollis said. “The other thing we wanted to promote was kindness. This book, we felt also encourages and promotes kindness. It shares examples of kindness.” The United We Read website, www. unitedwereadslc.org, will provide a place for readers to connect and share their experiences reading the book, including examples of kindness they’ve either received or given.

Salt Lake Library Director Jim Cooper reads “A Man Called Ove,” the book for the first United We Read. (Liz Sollis/ Salt Lake County Library Services)

Sollis said the book is also a fairly easy read. “We wanted to find a book that wouldn’t be too difficult to read. Sometimes books are selected that are real deep topics and really long,” Sollis said. “We wanted a book that was right in the middle that connected with a lot of people and where people could relate to the situation.” In order to accommodate the number of people who will be reading the book, all libraries have increased the number of copies of the book, both in paper copies and in electronic copies. “Additionally, at the different branches, we’re also giving away some books through programs. The books are first come, first served but the idea is once you read it, you share it with someone else,” Sollis said. “There will be free copies of the book floating around and there

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will be copies people can check out.” The official launch for United We Read was on Jan. 18 but different libraries will be doing programs related to the book through May. There will also be a screening of the Swedish movie based on the book in February. “We’re going to have classes on auto mechanics. We’re going to be doing classes on bike repair. We’re going to do classes on suicide prevention. We’re going to have classes on cooking. We’re funding a variety of classes that we can offer,” Sollis said. “There will be book discussions in addition. Many of the branches do book clubs so we’ll have books for the book discussions. There will be a variety of programs that tie into the money topics in the books.” Sollis advised residents to be patient when they wait to get a copy of the book, since they will be promoting the book throughout the entire county. l


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Residents asked to do their part to improve air quality By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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inters in Salt Lake County not only means cold and snow. It also means inversion and poor air quality. While it may seem like an overwhelming task, there are things residents can do to help alleviate the bad air and make the winter a little bit more breathable. Donna Spangler, the communications director at the Division of Air Quality at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality explained the inversion is caused by cold air being trapped next to the valley floor by a layer of warmer air above. In that cold air is particulate matter that is the main source of the inversion. The DAQ has air monitors all around the county and state next to schools that measure the particulate matter. “Typically, we have the air monitors near schools because we want to know what the particulates say next to our most vulnerable population, which is our children because they tend to breath in more air,” Spangler said. “What the air monitors show us during the winter time and during an inversion, much of the pollution, and we’ve done inventories to show where that pollution is coming from, 48 percent comes from automobiles.” According to Spangler, other sources include industries such as power plants and what are called area sources. These are sources where there is no specific kind or particular industry or business that is emitting the form of particulates that cause inversion. This includes cooking happening in restaurants, heating homes and various small businesses. “The reason that’s important is because when the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Air Quality looks at trying to come up with regulations to limit these kinds of pollution that form this kind of particulates, it’s really difficult because you can’t regulate one specific sector,” Spangler said. “It’s a bunch of little things. That’s why it’s important for people to understand that every action that we take, everything we do does add to the pollution.” According to Spangler, breathing

Particulates from air pollution can lodge inside the lungs and cause lung damage. (Utah Health Department)

in particulate matter during an inversion is harmful because the particulates get trapped in the lungs. Persistent and prolonged exposure could lead to lung damage. “As far as the health issue, it depends on how healthy you are. People react differently depending on what pollution they breath,” Spangler said. “We call our most sensitive population children because they breath in more, the elderly because they have compromised respiratory systems if they’re older, people with asthma are obviously impacted more than those who are normally healthy.” Since cars are the primary source of particulate pollution, Spangler said consolidating trips and using public transportation is the best way to help improve the air quality. Choosing not to leave the car idling also helps improve the air quality. Through grants, the DAQ and the Utah Clean Air partnership work together to get businesses to install pollution

control equipment to improve the air quality. “We offer people to convert their wood burning stoves into gas heating systems. If a person uses wood burning as their sole source of heat, they are exempt from our rules that say you can’t burn,” Spangler said. “But we go in and we offer them a replacement. So we actually pay to have them convert to a cleaner source of heat.” Air quality is sure to be a topic discussed at the legislative session. Spangler said the main need right now is funding to replace old monitoring equipment. “A lot of the research that is needed is in collaboration with universities, with our federal partners to actually get a better understanding of what is causing the air pollution so that we can have better regulatory controls that are more targeted to reducing pollution and making our air quality better,” Spangler said. For more information about air quality, visit deq.utah.gov. l

“We call our most sensitive population children because they breath in more, the elderly because they have compromised respiratory systems if they’re older, people with asthma are obviously impacted more than those who are normally healthy.”


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New UFA chief ready for ‘less drama, more action’ By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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ix months after City Weekly reported on questionable bonuses and use of credit cards among top Unified Fire Authority officials, Utah’s largest fire service has a new head. Dan Petersen, who started his full-time firefighting career in 1980, claimed his first day as UFA’s Fire Chief on Jan. 17. Petersen, who’s been the Fire Chief, CEO and Budget Officer for Jackson Dan Petersen joined UFA as its new chief County Fire District 3 for on Jan. 17. Petersen said he’s hoping to more than six years, holds bring a new level of transparency and a master’s in management leadership to Utah’s largest fire agency. from Southern Oregon (Unified Fire Authority) State University, a bachelor of science in fire administration from Western Oregon State University and an associate of science in fire science from Rogue Community College. His experience with wildland and urban interface fires and “proven track record of building trust” launched him to the top of the pool of more than 30 applications, according to Mike Watson, who was the interim chief after former Chief Michael Jensen resigned. “As I have explained to our employees, Chief Petersen is exactly what UFA needs,” Watson said. “He is very people-oriented

and able to build sound relationships. He is confident in his abilities to lead UFA, and the ad hoc committee members were highly impressed with his leadership examples and abilities.” Petersen said he’s not nervous to jump into UFA where state audits on former high-ups incentive pay and credit card spending recommend a criminal investigation into the misuse of funds by Jensen, former Deputy Chief Gaylord Scott and a couple other top UFA officials. Jensen and Gaylord spent more than $50,000 on company credit cards and, along with two other top UFA officials, racked up more than $100,000 each in total incentives from 2011 to 2015. “I have already met with many of the staff about establishing leadership expectations and let them know that we won’t be tolerating unethical behavior or anything in that vein. We must do the right thing every time. The organization is ready for less drama and more action in the right area,” Petersen said. “I’ll be reviewing the leadership organization, and making sure leadership is there to support the firefighters who are doing that job every day to respond to your house and take care of your needs — that’s where my work will be going.” While Petersen said he knows it may take a while to gain public trust because of his predecessors, he’s hoping to expedite that process by increasing public transparency of the budget. “My goal, and that of our current finance director, is to let the public see how the money is spent and where it fits,” he said. Petersen took his first days in Utah to get to know the people he will be working with by scheduling meetings with all stations and staff—that’s a total of more than 120 meetings. Petersen said it’s important for he and the UFA firefighters to know each other. “They are the ones performing service every day on the street and will give me a better view of what we need to do,” Petersen

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Artists of the Month: Jade Mendoza and Kage Hughart By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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wo local artists were recently named Artist of the Month by the Holladay Arts Council. Jade Mendoza was selected for her paintings and Kage Hughart was selected for his music.

Jade Mendoza Mendoza, who uses watercolors, acrylics and oils in her paintings, described her work as mostly based in realism but also expressionistic. She’s been drawing ever since she was a kid and earned a bachelor’s in painting and drawing. She’s currently pursuing a master’s in education. What Mendoza loves about painting is the ability to capture a moment in time. Jade Mendoza works in any painting “It’s more about fixing medium, including watercolors, oils a place in time, capturing a and acrylics. (Lisa O’Bryan/Holladay moment,” Mendoza said. “It’s Arts Council) different from photography in that it’s more personalized. It’s a personal perspective of time and place.” In the past, Mendoza focused on painting people but has since shifted to painting landscapes, mountains and the scenery around Holladay. “I think it’s a maturity thing. I think when you’re younger, you tend to be more self-reflective in your paintings. It’s more of

a focus on people and emotions,” she said. “When you get older, you tend to look outside of yourself.” When people look at her art, Mendoza said she hoped they felt a connection to the work. “As an artist, the worst thing is if someone has no reaction, that it wouldn’t have any kind of personal connection,” she said. “A personal connection is what I hope for.” Mendoza has won a handful of awards for her work including Best in Show at the 2002 San Luis Obispo Art Center’s Introductions Show. Her work was selected by the Salt Lake Arts Council to be in the 2005 Main Street Kiosk art program and was selected for the Utah ’99 traveling exhibit sponsored by the Rio Grande Art Gallery. When she found out she had been selected to be Artist of the Month by the Holladay Arts Council, Mendoza said she was flattered. “I had been on the arts council previously but have been out for a little while,” she said. “The fact that they thought of me was really nice.” Kage Hughart At only 16 years old, Kage knows how to play the drums, guitar, violin, viola, ukulele, piano and the bass. He produced his own album “Unkaged” by writing it on his iPhone and playing all the instruments himself. “There is the piano, drums, guitar, base. There is a horn section that is synthesized piano that runs through because it would be hard to get an entire ensemble of horn players,” Kage said. “And there are some vocals. It’s like John Mayer kind of music.”

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Harmons Grocery coming to Holladay Village

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f everything goes according to plan, by the fall of 2017 Harmons will be the new neighborhood grocer for Holladay Plaza, located at 2300 E. Murray Holladay Road. In February, demolition will begin where Rice Basil, Great Harvest and Top It were once located. Though this will mean saying goodbye to a few local favorites, Harmons is pegged to be a welcome addition to the village. However, some residents are sad to see these restaurants like Rice Basic move to Murray. Residents who frequent the Great Harvest will be relieved to know that during the demolition and construction phase of Harmons, Great Harvest hopes to move into a space across Murray Holladay Road in the Holladay Village. If all goes according to plan, Great Harvest will move back into the Holladay Plaza area once the new buildings are complete. Viewing the redevelopment of this block as an opportunity, most residents welcome having a Harmons on this block, with a few others having some concern over the increase in traffic the new development would bring to 2300 E. Murray Holladay Road. Holladay City addressed this concern by having A-Trans Engineering conduct a traffic study. Their report concluded the roadways surrounding the village to have “sufficient capacity to accommodate the projected increase in traffic demand for the proposed redevelopment.” In addition to conducting a traffic study of the area, Paul Allred, community development director of Holladay city planning, said, “The city is studying traffic signalization and turn movements to increase efficiency and minimize frustration.“ The Harmons of Holladay will not be as large as the typical store found throughout the majority of Salt Lake County, but will still have the amenities that keep locals loyal to Harmon Grocers.

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Rendered image of re-development slated for 2300 E. Phylden. (Holladay City Planning)

“This will be a unique location being in a smaller space, but will have a cooking school and bakery. Final blueprint is still being drawn, but is expected to be a 16,500-square-feet footprint featuring three stories with a basement, store level and mezzanine … we’re excited to better serve Holladay,” said Lindee Nance, director of marketing at Harmons. While all Harmons stores are well known for keeping shelves stocked with quality produce and local goods, according to Harmons’ website only five Harmons currently have a cooking school, soon to be six with the Holladay addition. In addition to Harmons, a preliminary site plan from January 6,

2017, includes a plan for a two-story mixed-use building, similar to the design of the building on the Holladay Plaza square, located at the intersection of 2300 E. and Phylden. The purpose of the mixed-use project will also resemble that of the plaza square, with retail shops designated on the main level and office space on the second level. Given the popularity of the Holladay Plaza since its completion, it is not surprising to hear the majority of residents are looking forward to another development offering new places to shop and dine. “Generally, people are excited about the new opportunities for shopping, eating and socializing that will come to the Village area with the development on this block,” Allred said. According to Holladay City Planner Jon Teerlink, at this time there are no finalized building completion timelines or tenant agreements for the potential shops and dining that might inhabit the new development. However, the uncertainty of who may move in should not concern residents. Teerlink stressed the vigilance the city takes in approving applications. “Standards for the Holladay Village development are set fairly high. While we strive to meet the property owners’ timeline for completion, it does take time for the planning commission to carefully analyze each application to ensure the projects will meet those standards,” Teerlink said. Harmons Grocery aside, although there is uncertainty in who will move and exactly when the new development will be completed, the majority of residents are looking forward to the potential this change will bring to the Holladay Village area. l


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or years, Salt Lake Valley residents have put out big, green bins to support recycling. However, there isn’t a year that goes by where those residents find themselves unsure of exactly what can be recycled. Why Recycling is Important There are plenty of financial and environmental reasons to recycle, but some area experts say there are things residents should know in order to encourage them to recycle more efficiently. “A lot of our landfills will sustain us for about 15 more years, and then we will either need to ship things out further or have transfer stations,” said Dawn Beagley, who is in charge of business development at ACE Recycling and Disposal. “Or, we can keep all of the recyclables out of landfills and they will last a lot longer.” Besides the environmental impact on landfills, Beagley also believes recycling is simply the right thing to do. “It’s too bad we don’t have kids or grandkids that could invent something using these recyclables to reuse a lot more stuff — that would be best,” Beagley said. “I hate to see when someone throws a plastic bottle in the trash. I teach my kids at home, ‘No, that’s recyclable.’ I just think it’s very important.” Jennifer Meriwether, who handles business development for Rocky Mountain Recycling, sees recycling as real sustainability, “a good alternative, that also keeps people engaged and aware ... that is very important and necessary.” Rocky Mountain Recycling helps with curbside service in the valley by having items picked up by ACE taken to RMR plant facility to go through for contamination and recycling. Many Salt Lake Valley disposal companies want to use community engagement as a way to get people to see the good in recycling. Educating and getting kids involved is especially relevant and is something many parents are doing to show their kids how to make an impact in their community. For Trena L., a Murray resident, recycling definitely feels like she’s engaged and part of a community effort, she said. “There’s always that guilt that comes with it, if you don’t do it, and you feel like you should probably be doing it more,” she said. She puts her curbside bin out at least every other week. “But you are always aware of it and once you just do it, it becomes a habit.” What NOT to Recycle Unfortunately, no matter how much residents are engaged in recycling, there is still misinformation and confusion about what can or cannot be recycled. And though many things can be recycled, it depends on whether the city — and the disposal companies that service the city — has the resources to recycle every product, Beagley said. “Because, right now, the recycling numbers are down the products are not worth as much as they use to be,” Beagley said. “And with the recyclers, we are taking items to them that they

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Plenty of products can be recycled in curbside bins, including plastics, aluminum and mixed papers. (MandyMorgan Ditto?City Journals)

don’t want as much as they use to.” Currently, plastic foam and any cardboard with wax film are items that recyclers don’t have any place for, and don’t want in recycling. It has also become cheaper for companies to make new plastic bags, rather than recycle and reuse them. When plastic bags are put into curbside recycling bins and taken to the lots where recycled goods are sorted, they are doing what recyclers and disposal companies call contaminating. An entire load may be deemed unrecyclable due to this contamination, unless it is sorted out in time. Plastic bags also frequently clog the recycling machines and local trucks that pick up curbside garbage, Meriwether said. Currently Rocky Mountain Recycling is trying to do a “bag ban” so that plastic bags can only be taken back to grocery stores to be recycled or reused, she said. Contamination is the biggest issue for recyclers. Food waste that is in or on recyclable products, as well as clothing and plastic bags, are a few of the things that can also cause contamination, Beagley said. “We want the recycling bins to be clean. Food waste is the worst. And with clothing, that is the wrong place to recycle it. There are other places for that,” like donation centers, she said. The worst culprit of contamination in curbside bins is glass, since it can break and spread through an entire load of recycling. Glass is a great thing to recycle and reuse, and there are glass drop-offs throughout the valley for it. Most glasses can be recycled, but it is necessary for glass to be taken to specific drop-offs, so that it doesn’t affect other recyclables. There are a few types of glass that cannot be recycled, and those include ceramic, mirrored glass and light bulbs, all of which have problematic contaminants to get out once a load of glass is melted together. Pyrex products, such as pie plates, are also contaminants. The rule to live by with that type of glass can be recycled is: “basically if you can put it in your oven, it can’t be recycled,” noted John Lair, president and CEO of Momentum Recycling, a glass recycling company in Utah and Colorado. For a more comprehensive list of what

What TO Recycle Luckily, many items people use on a daily basis can be recycled. “Glass is a low-hanging fruit: it’s easy material to identify, glass is always recyclable besides the few we listed and everyone can do it,” Lair said. Glass can also be reused playing another part in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle cycle. “Glass is 100 percent recyclable. You can make a new container with glass that you can’t do with other (materials),” Lair said. “If you are shopping based on your sustainability preferences, glass is your best packing choice. I really encourage people to embrace glass and close the loop and make sure to recycle glass locally.” When it comes to plastics, papers and metals that can be recycled, there are many options and are not as limited as many may think. “A lot of people, they think they can’t put a lot of things in the recycling bin, so they put it in the garbage…it’s actually a lot easier than people think,” Meriwether said. “People think they have to go through a big process, sorting them and all and they don’t necessarily have to do that.” Below are household items that can be recycled: • Paper: office, note • Brochures, catalogues • Newspaper • Wrapping paper • Cardboard (flattened or cut) • Envelopes • Paper egg cartons • Plastic containers #1-7 • Washed out milk, juice, water jugs & bottles • Washed out laundry jugs and bottles • Aluminum cans • Tin cans • Clean aluminum foil • Aluminum disposable pans and plates For a more comprehensive list of recyclable items, visit: www.acedisposal.com/index.php/ recycling-disposal-for-your-home/residentialrecycling. Lair sees recycling as important for the entire community, and not just for environmental concerns. “It’s good for the local economy: it creates jobs, giving sustainable, long-term employment. Like ours, most are small businesses, which is very good for the community in many ways,” Lair said. “I would encourage people to get involved... and in the long run, help us conserve our limited, dwindling recycled materials. Whether it’s products or packaging, it doesn’t have to be dug from the earth; it extends longevity of natural resources, it’s the smart thing to do, and not just environmentally.” l

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Holladay City holds appreciation week honoring officers By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjourals.com

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ot wanting the one-year anniversary of the tragic loss of one of Holladay’s own to slip by unnoticed, Mayor Rob Dahle and Deputy Chief of Police Don Hutson decided the best approach in commemorating Officer Douglas Barney was to show appreciation for all Holladay officers. Honoring the officers of Holladay seemed the most fitting way to in turn honor the memory of Barney, whose life was cut short in the line of duty. While Holladay has a direct community connection to the depth of sacrifice officers make each day, they are not the only community in Utah forced to face this reality. In 2016, three Utah officers were killed in the line of duty: Barney, Officer Cody Brotherson, Trooper Eric Ellsworth and one K-9, Aldo. “We shouldn’t take [this sacrifice] for granted,” Dahle said. From the discussion on how to best honor Barney while simultaneously showing support of all Holladay officers, the idea of Officer Appreciate Week was established. During the week of Jan. 16, the community came together to show their Holladay officers just how much they valued what these men and women do for the Holladay community every day. As part of Officer Appreciation Week, a

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A “thank you” to all the men and women who serve Holladay, in Holladay Plaza Square. (Aspen Perry/City Journal)

dinner was held the evening of Thursday, Jan. 19. Since the Holladay City budget did not have allowance for this event, Dahle sent a letter to business owners in the community informing them they were looking for sponsors. “This is the incredible thing about this community; we didn’t have the money to do this, but wanted to … and knew (the community) would support it,” Dahle said.

After receiving the letter, 10 businesses sponsored the event to make the evening truly special for Holladay officers and their spouses. Considering the sacrifice officers make is also a sacrifice for their families, Dahle and Hutson felt it important to ensure spouses were able to take part in the evening, as well. “It’s a way for us to say, thank you for the sacrifices you make for our community,” Dahle

The start of the evening included a social in the Little Cottonwood room at City Hall, complete with drinks, appetizers and string music by Cottonwood High School student Katie Metcalf. This was followed by a sit-down dinner in the Big Cottonwood room. In addition to offering appreciation through sponsoring tasty bites, community members showed their support by providing entertainment, including Olympus High School singing patriot songs. To ensure the event remained about the officers, invites outside of the Holladay precinct were only to a few local council members and state representatives. “It is our way of carving out a little piece of time, that we can bring our officers and their families together ... to share an evening together, away from work and to remember Doug,” Dahle said. Another way the community showed support throughout the week was to hang banners throughout the Holladay Plaza Square. Lampposts throughout the Holladay Plaza were adorned with banners featuring individual Holladay officers, and two simple words expressing the communities’ sentiments: “thank you.” l

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Ivory Companies in agreement to purchase former Cottonwood Mall lot By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjourals.com

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n Wednesday, Jan. 4 Holladay City officially announced that Ivory Companies had entered into an agreement to purchase the land that formerly housed the Cottonwood Mall from the Howard Hughes Corporation. For a community that has spent almost nine years staring at an overgrown weeded lot, this news means potential for light at the end of the tunnel. Though Business Wire reported on the Howard Hughes Corporation announcing Ivory Companies as their master residential developer of the mixed-use development, back in September 2014, there were no agreements in place for Ivory to purchase at that time. “After many years of working with the Howard Hughes (Corporation), we’re pleased to enter into agreement to purchase the site,” said Chris Gamvroulas, president of Ivory Development. Officials of the City of Holladay are optimistic, as well. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. Over the last few years, Holladay City officials did their best to reach out to the Howard Hughes Corporation and advocate for them to sell the land, if they themselves were not going to develop. Accompanied with

Ivory Companies has entered into agreement with the Howard Hughes Corporation to purchase the site of the former Cottonwood Mall for mixed-use development. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

feelings that opportunities were lost when other local companies were unable to reach the agreement phase has made this agreement with Ivory Companies feel like step in the right direction. “The fact that we’ve reached a point where Howard Hughes Corporation has agreed to sell the property to a local developer if they can get the entitlement is a huge opportunity for this community,” Dahle said.

After years of residents hearing the land would be used for both commercial and residential space, the initial reaction some residents had after hearing Ivory Companies might be purchasing the land was fear they would lose retail shops and dining to a massive residential subdivision. However, this appears to be a mere misinterpretation of what the Ivory Companies actually has planned. As Gamvroulas

explained, “We are looking at the right proportions for mixed-use and residential at this time.” While addressing residents’ concerns over the residential portion, Gamvroulas said, “Residents we’ve heard from are happy — this would mean more housing opportunities for them and (members) of their family to remain in the neighborhood.” Though more residential space may feel like a loss for some residents, the sentiments of those Gamvroulas has heard were confirmed upon talking to a local real-estate agent with clients regularly seeking housing in Holladay. “This could provide not only new housing options for people that are looking to move into Holladay, but also the potential to create a great place to shop and dine close to home, a combination clients love,” said Hunter Virden, director of real-estate sales at Wolfnest Property Management. While there are no completed plans at this time, Ivory Companies is looking forward to bringing forth a plan worthy of the other developments taking place in Holladay. “We look forward to presenting plans to the city and the community,” Gamvroulas said. l

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There’s a new school in town By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

Families enjoy the Holiday Bazaar as one of the many events at Wasatch. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

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asatch Charter School opened its doors earlier this fall. As a part of providing a holistic learning experience for students, parents or other family members are required to provide 30 hours of volunteer support. “There is so much community involvement,” said Emily Merchant, executive director of the school. Merchant said the winter festival, held in early December, had a “packed” audience. Family members have participated with service projects, activity supervision, teaching opportunities, administration and special events. Parents log in service hours online and coordinate service through an online parent group. One mom, Slynn Fleck, volunteered her time to greet and engage with students who visited the school’s hearth. The hearth is a quiet space outside of the classroom for students to take a break and calm down during the day. “You just relax and share space with that child until they seem ready to return to their classroom,” Fleck said. She also encouraged others to participate.

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Recently, many parents and students worked together to create items to sell at the school’s holiday bazaar. Many families helped to create arts, crafts and baked goods to sell. Proceeds from sales go to the Wasatch Family Foundation, in support of school programs. Merchant also reflected on the progress of the academic year thus far. “We’re getting routines in place,” she said. She is looking forward to growing the scope of what the school can offer to its community as more resources become available, such as parent and tot classes. Merchant mentioned the school was currently at full enrollment, approximately 600 students. The school has already received 500 applications for the next school year. Gina Morgan, another Wasatch parent, gave a positive review of the school. “My daughter is now confident, happy, moving forward academically and emotionally in a strong positive way,” Morgan said. l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E Media reports that the Holladay Macy’s will close this spring, followed closely by an announcement that the Ivory Companies (Ivory Homes, Ivory Development and ICO) reached an agreement to acquire the 57acre Cottonwood Mall site have residents calling, emailing, texting, posting… To say the comments, questions and concerns run the gamut would be an understatement. I’ll attempt to clarify your inquiries with the information I have received to date.

Macy’s My reaction to the announcement that Macy’s would be closing this spring came with mixed emotions. Sad to see the final remnant of the iconic Cottonwood Mall close their doors, but excited to finally have the opportunity to work with a local developer on a new vision for the property. The information we received from Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC) indicated a March closing date. Beyond that, what you have heard through media outlets represents the extent of the information we have regarding the announcement. The City was not involved in any discussions or negotiations involving the Macy’s lease termination. It was a private agreement between HHC and Macy’s Corporate. That said, we knew when Macy’s announced a new Superstore would be constructed at Fashion Place Mall that the Holladay location was on borrowed time. In an effort to shrink brick and mortar locations in the U.S., Macy’s shuttered a number of their locations in 2015 and would certainly want to consolidate operations to one store in our market when their new store opened this spring. They obviously

reached an agreement with HHC (Owner of the Cottonwood Mall property) that allowed them to do just that. Though it is no cause for celebration, the announcement will allow development options to be explored on the site, now unencumbered by the Macy’s lease. We knew this was coming; we’re relieved to arrive at a point that allows movement forward. I believe we need to view this announcement through a lens of opportunity. Many of us roamed the halls of the mall in our youth. It was a popular gathering place for our residents. This announcement once again reminds us that nothing lasts forever. The market continues to evolve at an ever-increasing pace. We have to accept this fact as we consider the future of the property. Times change, time to move forward.

Ivory Companies Howard Hughes Corporation has been exploring development options for several years. They have been unable to come up with a commercial/residential mixed-use concept that the market will embrace. Activity on their end subsequently stalled about 12 months ago. Since then they stated openly that they had no intention of developing until it was commercially feasible, with no interest in selling the property. Undeterred, the Ivory Companies, who had an agreement to build residential units on the property under the previously approved plan, has worked diligently for many months to reach an agreement to purchase and develop the property. Common to the real estate industry, Ivory must garner the requisite approvals from the city prior to purchasing and developing the site. This agreement is a huge step forward,

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we have had a chance to bring new concepts to the public. I think I can speak for our Council when I say that we are all thrilled to finally have an opportunity to collaborate locally on a long-term plan for this critical asset in our community. If you have questions or concerns I would encourage you to reach out to your local Council representative. Of course, you are always welcome to call or email me as well.

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CITY INFORMATION CiTY CoUNCiL MeMBers:

Cottonwood Mall Site Since the announcement was made about Macy’s closings we have had many inquiries about the Cottonwood Mall site and project. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions: Q. Who owns the property at the former Cottonwood Mall? A. The 57 acre site is owned by Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), a national property developer of master-planned communities and mixed use development. The City of Holladay DOES NOT own the property. Howard Hughes Corporation acquired the property from General Growth Properties, who originally owned the Cottonwood Mall. Q. What is happening now? A. Ivory Companies, a Utah based development firm, is exploring an option to buy the site. All of the details regarding the sale and eventual development are not known by the City at this time. We expect to make that information available once the Ivory Companies makes an application to have a plan approved. Q. What happened to the plan that was already approved for the site? The City adopted a Site Development Master Plan (SDMP) for the site in 2008, when the property was owned by General Growth Properties. The SDMP includes block by block guidelines for development of the site. The plan included a mix of residential and commercial uses, including single family homes, condominiums, cottages and townhouses, as well as offices and shops. For a variety of reasons, including a shift in the retail market from brick and mortar sales to online sales, the approved plan has never been developed.

Q. What will the process be to get a site plan approved? A. The process for approving a plan will depend on exactly what is proposed by Ivory for development of the site. In any case, we expect there will be public forums and/or open houses regarding Ivory’s proposed plan for the site prior to formal action by the City’s Planning Commission and the Holladay City Council. Q. What about the public incentives that have already been provided to the project? A. As the original site plan was developed, The Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of the City of Holladay created a project area for the Mall site as well as some adjacent property. RDA areas are created to support the long term development goals of cities. The original agreement pledges a maximum of 75% of property taxes collected in excess of a base amount from property taxes that the City of Holladay, Salt Lake County and the Granite School District are already collecting. The amount of property tax beyond a base amount is frequently referred to as property tax increment. Holladay City also committed 75% of sales tax revenue as well as the development of 100 units of affordable housing. Because there has not been development at the site, taxes in excess of that base amount have not been collected. That means no incentives have been provided to the property owner to date.

Q. What do we expect at the site?

The City expects a discussion about the potential use of property tax increment for this project. This process will also include opportunity for public involvement with the City of Holladay’s RDA.

A. Ivory Companies has not yet proposed a plan for the site to the City of Holladay. It is unlikely Ivory Companies will develop the site as originally envisioned by the SDMP. Ivory will likely propose a plan that either requires changes in the existing plan or the development of an entirely new plan. We expect a plan will be proposed in the next several months.

A. Like all property in Holladay, this property is expensive. The City’s $14.5 million General Fund budget, which pays for public services like police, fire and roads, would not be able to acquire this property without a significant increase in property taxes.

Q. Why can’t the City buy the property and turn it into a park or leave it as open space?

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THANK YOU! You see them at all hours of the day, but may not know our unsung heroes of the snow. They are Salt Lake County’s snow plow drivers who work tirelessly on behalf of the City of Holladay keeping the roads clear for us to get to our destinations. They know the roads and have seen it all- good and bad. These drivers we have in Holladay have been working the city streets for at least 10 years. During the last few storms, Holladay streets have been cleared quickly and are better plowed than many of the other state and local roads. Thank you to the following men and women for all their hard work: Front Row - Sharon Casias, Jim Hansen – Supervisor 2nd Row - Guy Parry, Charles Porter 3rd Row – Randy Butler, Ron Lucas Back Row - Roy Lopez, Greg Leavitt, Jeremy Hunter

Snow Tip Reminders • Snow team members have been instructed not to clear roads with cars parked on them. DO NOT park on the street when it is snowing or after a snow accumulation of 4” or more, until 24 hours after the end of the storm. Residents may call their local code enforcement or police department to assist with the removal of the cars to enable the plows access. When clearing your driveways and sidewalks, do not deposit snow in the road. Set garbage cans at the curb in the morning and removed promptly. • Sidewalks and mailboxes are the responsibility of the abutting property owner to keep clear of snow. Remove snow off paved sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm. Be mindful of new sidewalks and sidewalks that may be blocked from view by a fence, hedge, ditch or other barrier. • Check on and help your neighbors. As the temperatures drop, please make sure you stop in and check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. • Clean off snow around and off fire hydrants, this will help UFA to respond quickly to fires. For additional information, please call the City of Holladay at 801272-9450 or Salt Lake County Public Works at 385-468- 6101 or visit www.pwops.slco.org/html/snow.

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The City of Holladay is proud to launch our newly redesigned website. The new website is modern, clean, and responsive on any device. It is designed to make it easier to navigate through all of the city services, events, meetings and questions you may have about Holladay. You now have the ability to sign up and become more informed about meetings, events etc. We are constantly striving to make information easily accessible. Finally, can’t make it out to a City Council or Planning Commission meeting? Well, you are in luck. You can now listen to these meetings on our website. Click on “Listen Now” or browse http://mixlr.com/cityofholladay on your PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad or Android device to hear live streams. If you don’t have time to listen to it live, you can login and listen to past meetings at your convenience. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

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FEBRUARY 2017

Low Cost Radon Test Kits still available at City Hall Radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, is prevalent in Holladay. Here in Holladay, we estimate that about one-third of the homes are at risk to Radon exposure. Since 2014 the City has offered low cost test kits to allow residents to assess their Radon exposure. Holladay is still providing test kits for only $5. Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas byproduct of the natural decay of uranium in soil, rock and water that moves up through the ground into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. It is found throughout the United States and is especially prevalent in Holladay. These radioactive particles get trapped in your lungs and may cause lung cancer. The only way to know about your home is to test. These short-term tests reflect 2-4 days of data collection providing a good snap-shot of probable problems. Testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time. We encourage any Holladay homeowner to pick up a Radon test kit from the city. If you have questions or wish to discuss your Radon test result, you

should feel free to contact Eleanor Divver, the Utah Radon Project Coordinator, at 801-536-0091; or visit the State’s website at www.radon.utah.gov (includes Radon maps).

Free Feline Fix Callista Pearson Salt Lake County Animal Services Prevent unwanted litters of kittens this spring! Bring your cat to the Free Feline Fix! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be offering this program for FREE to Holladay residents, thanks to our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. We will hold a free fix the first Thursday of the month throughout ALL of 2017! Get your cat spayed/ neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped for FREE!!! Salt Lake County Animal Services (511 W. 3900 S.) Between 7:30 am - 9 am on these dates:

Thursday, February 2nd • Thursday, March 2nd All in jurisdiction cats will need to be licensed at the time of service ($10 fee.) Any out of jurisdiction cats will receive the same services that day for a $50 fee. This free opportunity is sponsored by our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. Help keep the program alive and donate to http://utahfaces.org. Questions contact animal@slco.org or visit AdoptUtahPets.com.

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Oakwood fourth-graders hit the slopes at Snowbird By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

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ver 50 fourth-graders at Oakwood Elementary stood in line to load two large tour busses with ski and snowboarding gear. The cold air didn’t dissuade the children from waiting patiently outside, accessorized with wool socks, ski gloves and snow boots. These Oakwood Owls were anxiously preparing for a special ski and snowboarding trip to Snowbird. Karen Oliver, a fourth-grade teacher at Oakwood, explained that the fieldtrip was “sponsored by Ski Utah and coordinated by Jo Garuccio from Snowbird. The students get a half-day ski or snowboard lesson, ski pass, ski/snowboard rental and transportation to the ski area.” Oliver and Ali Brusa, another fourth-grade teacher, co-organized the daytime fieldtrip with Ski Utah. The teachers were assisted by a handful of parent chaperones to accompany the students on the trip. Ski Utah partners with schools throughout Wasatch to offer a half-day ski and snowboard lesson, onsite at one of the many resorts in the area. The website referenced January as “learn to ski” month. The organization recommends students learn to ski with professional teachers to learn and practice safe skills on the slopes. The pre-planning phase began last December. Permission slips, required equipment lists and waiver forms were sent home to parents. “The students have been prepared for the day with exercises by our P.E. teacher, Coach Dennis Chart, and have had their waivers in since December 20. Needless to say they are very excited,” said Oliver. From their website, “the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah’s ski and snowboard industry.”

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Utah College Application Week helps seniors prepare for life after high school By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

CEF Board President Brad Snow presents a check of $10,000 for 2016–17 college application forms. (CEF Facebook)

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his year, 32 additional high schools participated in Utah College Application Week (UCAW). The dates varied for schools, but most were held near the end of October or beginning of November. Total participating schools grew to 116, approximately 77 percent of the 149 public high schools in Utah, as noted by the Utah State Office of Education. The Utah System of Higher Education issued a press release on this year’s effort for high school seniors to apply for college. The release noted that UCAW now supports over 20,000 students. College and university presidents and local officials, including Utah’s Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, visited high schools to speak to students,. Cox said, “We want you to have your wildest dreams come true, and that won’t happen if you see high school as the end.” Cox gave this message to seniors at Kearns High School. “The most important thing students can do is to prepare for what’s coming down the road and for their futures,” said Mayor Mike Caldwell, of Ogden City. He declared a proclamation marking Oct. 31, 2016 the beginning of UCAW. The Canyons Education Foundation donates up to $10,000 for college application fees in the Canyons School District. They have donated for three years. UCAW is a part of the StepUp college preparedness program and was initiated in 2013. The Utah System of Higher Education sponsors UCAW. To learn more, visit https://stepuputah.com. l


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Bonneville welcomes prospective class on Viking Night By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

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n Wednesday, Jan. 13, Bonneville Jr. High opened its doors for an evening school orientation. The annual Viking Night showcased classrooms, artwork and performances to welcome the incoming sixth-grade class for the 2017–18 year. “We’re so excited that you’re here tonight,” said PTSA Co-President Nanette Amis as she greeted over 200 guests. The evening kicked off with presentations in the auditorium from student representatives, SCC and PTA officials and a student-created video for the school. Mayor Robert Dahle and his wife Joni were also in attendance for the event. “Tonight our objective is for you to walk around some of the classes and get to know the teachers and programs and things going on at this school,” said Amis. The PTA created a Bingo game to encourage families to visit designated stations. PTA Dads scooped out free hot-fudge sundaes as a prize for completed cards. Angie Swaney, the other PTSA co-president, reflected on her son’s orientation years ago. She said she was first worried about sending her son to junior high, but quickly grew fond of what the school had to offer her child.

Visitors had an opportunity to view the student art exhibition. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

PTA officials ready to scoop out ice cream to Bingo winners. (Angie Swaney, PTA Co-President)

“This school totally prepares your kids,” said Swaney. “You’re going to love it here.” Among the many stations, visitors had the opportunity to practice opening a purple Viking locker, listen to music selections from the orchestra, practice tangrams in math, pick up a free book from the English department and roam through a student art exhibit. Phil Despain, a college- and career-

Chinese language immersion. “Wow. What a great turnout at our Viking Night,” wrote Bonneville Principal Rocky Lambourne in a message sent to the school community following the orientation. “Thanks to the students, PTA, Community Council, and Teachers for creating a great night for our community. Bonneville is a great place to be because of all of you.” l

readiness teacher at the school, stationed a paper-rocket demonstration in the school’s gym. He helped students launch the rockets from a handmade tube platform. Viking Strong, the school’s video, features a former student who returned to the school to ask current students why they like Bonneville. Among the responses, students mentioned intramural sports, the music program and


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UHSAA sets region alignments for 2017 By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) recently rearranged its member schools’ region alignments, a process they revisit every two years. They have also been required by the Utah State Board of Education to revise its own transfer rules. “I personally like that the activities association re-evaluates the region alignments every once in a while. It helps keep the classification and school sizes close. I think it also helps with safety and spreads out travel costs,” said Riverton High School Athletic Director Daniel Henderson. Under current UHSAA rules, region alignments adjust on a two-year cycle. The proposed school classification was presented in a public meeting in November. In December the proposal for the 2017–18 school year was approved. The biggest change in the upcoming school year will be the division’s six classifications for all sports. Salt Lake County schools were affected by the changes in various ways. Here is how the regions stack up: Region 2 will maintain some and add long-time rivalries amongst neighboring schools; Hunter, Granger, Hillcrest and Kearns will be joined by Cyprus. The Pirates jumped into the 6A classification because it added ninth grade students from Brockbank Jr. High. Region 3 will see a complete remake. West Jordan, Copper Hills and Taylorsville will welcome Riverton, Herriman and East (in football only). East is the defending 4A state football champion.

“In my opinion the realignment is a good thing. I wish they could last three years though, to help us continue and build rivalries,” said Copper Hills Athletic Director Darby Cowles. During the alignment public hearing that placed them in Region 4, Bingham representatives argued that this would force higher travel costs on their programs. Their requests were denied and they were placed in the prominently Utah County region

with American Fork, Lone Peak, Westlake and Pleasant Grove. The 2017 6A football playoffs could be exciting. Current classification champions East and Bingham will both be in the 6A classification. East High School will compete in Region 6 for all sports except football. They will face Highland, Olympus, Murray, Skyline and West (Lehi will take East’s place for football only). Region 7 will join Alta, Brighton, Jordan, Corner Canyon, Cottonwood and Timpview. Smaller county schools like Providence Hall, Summit Academy, Judge Memorial and American Leadership will move to the 3A classification.

“At the end of the day the UHSAA has an incredible task to make everyone happy. There is no way they can. We are content with the changes. The transfer rule change is going to be difficult. Every time I discipline a player I will wonder if he is going to leave,” West Jordan boys basketball coach Scott Briggs said. The trustee alignment meetings were overshadowed by the Utah State Board of Education’s fall ruling to open the student athletes’ transfer ability. The UHSAA was forced to change its guidelines in relationship to transfers. Sub-varsity athletes are now eligible to transfer at will, while varsity athletes may only transfer in defined circumstances. “I think these new rules will encourage coaches to make varsity rosters with many freshman players to prevent them from transferring,” Cowles said. From July 2015 to June 2016, the UHSAA had 1,994 student athletes request transfers; only 16 transfer requests were denied. “I feel that some of our Hunter kids go to other schools because of the wrong reasons. Sports teaches more than just the activity. It teaches integrity and character. It is now all about winning. True development of the student athlete has been lost,” said Hunter head football coach Scott Henderson. Open enrollment has forced many high school coaches to recruit its own boundary students to stay in their hometown program. “I know we lose many incoming freshman to other schools. We do not know the numbers, but we hear it a lot,” Henderson said. l

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fter making it to the 4A state championship game in 2014 and 2015, the Skyline High School girls basketball team is taking all the necessary steps for a return trip. “I don’t think (the girls) would be happy unless they were region champs and eventually contenders for the state title,” said Head Coach Lynette Schroeder. Schroeder said the team, 13-3 at press time, has high goals and the players’ mindset is to win. “I think we can go undefeated in region; we’re good enough to do that, kind of make a statement here in region,” said senior Hannah Anderl, a two-year captain. To achieve those goals, the Eagles know what is required and have prepared themselves to do so. The team went to the Centennial Tournament in Las Vegas in December where they played teams from California, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. It’s the fifth consecutive year Schroeder’s taken them to Las Vegas. “The style of play is a lot quicker, more aggressive. I love to put my players in that situation to prepare them for region and then hopefully state,” Schroeder said. The team finished second, losing to the tournament hosts in the final. While the result was disappointing, Anderl said it gave the team “a lot of good experience playing those teams. They’re a little faster, little stronger and that prepares us for region here in Utah.” Schroeder said Anderl’s vision on the court helps provide plenty of scoring opportunities for her teammates. “She has a high basketball IQ, she sees the floor very well. She’s one of my best scorers but also my best passer too,” Schroeder said. With the Eagles averaging over 60 points a game, the team boasts a plethora of scoring options. Schroeder said it’s unusual because their strengths are normally built on solid defense, such as in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. “I am blessed this year (with talent),” Schroeder said. “This year’s a little different dynamic where we have a lot of great scorers.” The Eagles have three players averaging double digits in scoring with Anderl, junior captain Madison Grange and junior Cameron Mooney highlighting the depth of the team. Senior captain Sarah Trela-Hoskins said the team is unique that way.

Skyline High School girls basketball team listens to Head Coach Lynette Schroeder in between quarters on Jan. 6. (jorgiabarryphoto)

“In my experience, lots of teams only have a few strong players, but we have five or six players that can go play — it’s so much harder to stop a team like that, especially when we’re all shooting threats,” Trela-Hoskins said. Some of that dynamism comes from Trela-Hoskins, with Schroeder noting her versatility to both defend the opposition’s power forward and stretch them out with her shooting range. Players identified team chemistry as a key component to attaining the heights they’re reaching for. It includes a pre-game ritual where players share what they love about each other. “It brings us together … it’s almost like we want our teammates to succeed more than ourselves. We’ve definitely developed it over the past couple years and I think it’s stronger than ever,” Trela-Hoskins said. Anderl said chemistry helps during games due to the trust they’ve built off the court. That unselfishness has translated to the court; Schroeder estimates the team averages around 15 assists per game. “When we choose to move the ball, we are very difficult to stop,” she said. With the offense firing on all cylinders, Schroeder said it’s the defense that will determine how far they go. She identified the team’s defensive aggression as an area to improve whether it’s denying passing lanes or limiting teams’ shots per possession. “Be more aggressive defensively

and good things will come because we can score, so if we stop them from scoring that will be in our favor,” Schroeder said. Leading the Eagles’ charge toward their goals are their captains. “It was an honor being named captain as a junior to lead my teammates and help them know what they need to do,” Anderl said. While Anderl is a second-year captain, Grange and Trela-Hoskins have stepped into their first-year roles necessary to lead the team. “It gave me a different purpose on the team … I feel like I have to step up and be a role model to my teammates and be a positive influence,” said TrelaHoskins, known for her vocal aspect on the team. Grange, averaging over 15 points per game, is developing into the captain role as a junior. Schroeder said it’s nice to have your leading scorer be a team leader as well. With their goals clear, the captains want to achieve them for their coach. “We want to make our coach proud. (Schroeder) works so hard — we want her dream to come true as much we want ours to come true,” Trela-Hoskins said. The Eagles’ final home game will be on Monday, Feb. 13 against Olympus. The first round of the state tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Salt Lake Community College — Taylorsville Campus. l

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Eagles boys basketball headed “right direction” By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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Nifai Tonga, junior small forward, catches a pass against Park City on Dec. 28 at Olympus High School. (mylocalradio.com)

“The right direction.” It is what boys basketball coach Kenny James and his captains used to describe the progression of the Skyline High School boys basketball season after beginning region play. “We’re heading the right direction; I think we’re going to be tough to beat the rest of the way,” James said. “Overall I think we’re right where we need to be.” While the team sits at 7-7 (3-1 in region), its record could be much different. Five of their games have been decided by five points or less. In those five games, the Eagles went 1-4. James said it came down to the little things like uncharacteristically poor 3-point shooting or stretches of defensive lapses. “We just got to fix those things and compete the whole time and not have those short little runs where we’re not getting it done,” James said. “We started off the season a little rough,” said senior captain Ben Knight. “We’ve gotten some good wins but we look back on it and see some games we should’ve won. We have the potential to be really good.” After playing a tough preseason schedule, senior captain Michael Vorwaller said it left the team battle tested for region play that includes defending state champion Olympus, as well as Hillcrest and Kearns. “Playing really good teams has really prepared us for our region,” Vorwaller said. While the team hopes to compete for the region championship, its goal is to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2014. “Been a while since we’ve been there … I feel like we’re an underdog so hopefully we can make some news,” Vorwaller said. The Eagles’ potential could come down to intensity and execution, and the coach and captains emphasized it needs to be consistent. “Sometimes we play two quarters and then kind of let up … we need to put a full game together and then take one game at a time,”

Knight said. Defense also includes rebounding, something James has focused on for the team. “Can we rebound? Are we going to be able to play against those thick teams? It’ll be a big factor going forward. We can get stops but we can’t give them multiple chances,” James said. Talent is sprinkled throughout the roster. James said the team has excellent guard play behind his two captains and an athletic forward line in juniors Nifai Tonga and Andrew Clark. James said both his guards are quick and solid defensively, noting how Knight, listed at 5’10”, gets low to the ground, making it difficult for opponents to stay in front of him. “It’s the old saying — ‘low man wins’ — no one gets lower than Ben,” James said of his point guard. The way his guards play, he said, they’re able to spread teams out in the fourth quarter as the opposition wears down. “If we can get the ball movement going, get the best shot possible every possession, we should be fine,” Vorwaller said. Both James and the captains spoke of the camaraderie the team has cultivated this season, which has translated to the court around the turn of the year. “The way they practice every day, they really like each other. It’s a nice tight-knit group,” James said. It has been James’ favorite part of the season so far. Having played together since junior high, the seniors have experienced all the growing pains together. “We just have a good friendship outside the court. We share the ball pretty well and our chemistry just naturally came,” Knight said. With the team enjoying such unity, Vorwaller said he loves his senior season, having fulfilled a lifelong hope of his. “It’s been my dream, for a long time, to be a captain here, so the fact I was able to be voted captain to try to lead this team to whatever we’re capable of is pretty special,” Vorwaller said. l


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Defending champs led by offensive firepower By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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fter winning its first state championship in program history a year ago, the Olympus High School boys basketball team is taking every team’s best shot this season in an effort to knock down the champs. “There’s a lot of pressure and prestige that comes with that, but you’re going to take people’s best shot, you gotta be ready to go and that’s the beauty of it. That’s what’s fun,” said Head Coach Matt Barnes. While the team may have a target on its back, it is a target the Titans program earned long before winning its state title. The last time Olympus didn’t make it to at least the quarterfinals of the state tournament was 2010, and they’ve finished in the top two of their region six of the last seven seasons. “We have a good program and great history where there’s been a lot of good teams over the years and a lot of success, so I think a lot of times we already have that target on our back,” Barnes said. For senior Travis Wagstaff, it makes it fun. “Everyone wants to beat us, give us their hardest (game). But that’s kind of the fun of it, playing against the best,” Wagstaff said. Having proven their mettle so far, the Titans are 13-2 (4-0 in region) as of Jan. 17, with its two losses coming in early December at the Utah Elite 8 competition in American Fork.

“We had a hard early preseason trying to assimilate a couple of new guys, trying to find our chemistry … We had a lot to learn and figure out, but we’ve really grown a lot since then,” Barnes said. That growth has led to Olympus being one of the highest scoring teams in the state, averaging 74 points per game with four different players averaging double figures. “The beauty of our team is we have so many guys that can score,” Barnes said. He gave one example where Wagstaff scored five points against Murray only to explode three days later with 24 points against Hillcrest. “It’s kind of whoever’s hot, we give them the ball. You can’t leave us open, anyone can make a shot,” Wagstaff said of the team’s offensive mindset. With up to four or five lethal shooters just in the starting lineup, players said it makes them difficult to guard. “We can do different things: shooting, driving (to the basket), we have quickness and athleticism, a big guy who can really pass (junior Alex Cutler),” said sophomore Jeremy Dowdell, who is averaging almost 14 points per game. “So many different options, so we have a lot of confidence in ourselves.” Offensively, the Titans system calls for lots of movement, with players reading and reacting to

what the defense is giving them. “Some nights you’re getting a lot of shots and some nights its more screening, but that’s the beauty of how we play in our offense,” Barnes said. “It gives everyone opportunities, lot of guys off the bench that can come in and contribute. It’s a nice luxury to have.” Though the team enjoys an embarrassment of riches offensively, Barnes noted that if they are to achieve their goals of a region and eventual state championship, they must overcome a lack of size. “Offensively we have enough pieces in place to make a good run of things, but it’s on the defensive side and the rebounding side that’s gonna be an emphasis,” Barnes said. Another essential component is team chemistry, something the team said they have naturally built throughout the season. With many of the Titans having played together since elementary school, Dowdell said the team has been welcoming since he and sophomore Rylan Jones transferred to the school. “Everybody’s really good friends, they’ve really taken us in,” said Dowdell, who is averaging almost 14 points a game. Off to a hot start in region, Barnes said the team has a long way to go to reach the heights it’s capable of. “I have high expectations, I have a high ceiling for these guys,” Barnes said. A ceiling that can

Senior Matt Lindsey looks to score against Hillcrest on Jan. 13 at Olympus High School. Linsey finished the game with 14 points. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

include back-to-back state championships. “That’s the ultimate goal. We think we can do it with the way we’re playing,” Dowdell said. “I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs. It’ll be fun to see what happens,” Wagstaff said shortly before heading to breakfast with his team. l

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n her second year, Head Coach Whitney Hunsaker is working to build a winning girls basketball program at Olympus High School. The Titans were 4-11 at press time, with a team goal of finishing the season with a winning record. “We went through a phase where we couldn’t make a layup,” Hunsaker said. “We’re making our layups now.” Hunsaker said she’s happy with the incremental progress the team has made. With only three seniors on the team, varsity experience was sparse to start the year but has grown with each game. “We’re definitely progressing in the right direction,” Hunsaker said. Senior point guard Samantha Sheets added that progress will “kind of surprise other teams.” What may surprise teams is the Titans’ quickness and athleticism. While the Titans don’t have much height in the team, what may surprise teams is their quickness and athleticism. “So we do a really good job in transition, exploiting teams in that part,” Hunsaker said. Sheets added that their speed allows them to transition fast and outrun teams. “We use our athleticism to get underneath the basket for layups … I think that’s how we’ll win games,” Sheets, a team captain, said. The epitome of that speed comes from Sheets, who Hunsaker said is “probably one of the fastest people I know with the ball.” Sheets is averaging over three steals a game, one of the 4A leaders in

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Led by three seniors, the Olympus High School girls basketball team was 4-7 midway through their season. (Ellis Hunsaker)

that category. “I’m quick rather than fast,” Sheets said. “That’s kind of my thing, I can get to the basket fast so it’s harder to defend.” Sheets, along with co-captain senior Madisen Gladstone, are two of the leading scorers in 4A so far this season, averaging 13 and 12 points per game, respectively. Coming into the season, Hunsaker anticipated them to be the team’s “powerhouses.” “I’ve expected greatness out of them and they have done that,” Hunsaker said. One of those greatness moments came against

Judge on Jan. 3 where Sheets finished with a career high 31 points. “Madi was out with an injury so I had to step it up. I just got on a run and kept going, some teams I match better against,” Sheets said. “It was disappointing though cause we still lost … but hopefully we can look at what we can do better to improve ourselves.” The team’s progression has coincided with the growth of the two captains. Hunsaker said it was a role they had to step in to. “(Leadership) was something they kinda had

to learn … they do keep us on task in practice and they expect a lot of their teammates. They expect a lot of themselves so they’re holding everyone accountable,” Hunsaker said. Team goals are to finish with a winning record, qualify for state and win their first-round game. But for that to happen, Hunsaker said they’ll need two things: rebounds and other scorers to step up. Due to their size disadvantage, opponents grab plenty of offensive rebounds. “If we want to win, we need to limit (opponents) to one shot,” Hunsaker said. Whether the Titans achieve their goals or not, the girls basketball program is growing. Up to 24 players this season compared to 17 from the previous, Sheets said it’s due to Hunsaker. “It’s a great program; we’re all best friends and I love Whitney as a coach too. She’s built an amazing program, she’s awesome,” Sheets said. Hunsaker clicked all the boxes players wanted in a new coach, especially her understanding of the game. “She’s a really smart coach and knows what each person can do individually. She rarely tells you not to do something, like shoot, and that’s really nice,” Sheets said. Hunsaker said building relationships with the girls has been her favorite part of the season so far. “I love my kids. Even though we’ve struggled at times, they’ve had a great work ethic this year,” Hunsaker said. l

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ndoor football returns to the Maverik Center in West Valley. The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles begin play February 16 as members of the Indoor Football League. The team also forges in a new era of sports team management. The fans helped hire coaches, pick dancers and will call plays as part of the franchise. “We are excited and have signed 28 guys and make some cuts down to 25 guys that will lead to a great team out on the field,” said Screaming Eagles President Thom Carter. “I am more excited about how we want people to experience sports. We are trying to make history. We are allowing fans to have their voices be heard.” The fans have decided the team name, hired the coaches and with a downloadable app will be able to call the plays during the game. “This will be perfect for lots of fans. The guy who likes to bring his family to the game and buy a beer and a hot dog; the fantasy football guy that is all about the stats and lastly the video game fans who want to feel like they are playing the game,” Carter said. The Screaming Eagles have signed University of Charleston graduate Jeremy Johnson to compete for playing time at quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 197 lb. dual threat QB was a highly recruited four-star athlete from Silsbee, Texas. He originally played at West Virginia after leaving with several injuries he was finally resigned to ending his football career, but The University of Charleston found him and offered a chance. In 2015 Johnson threw for 2,170 yards, 17 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

University of Utah offensive lineman Junior Salt has signed to be part of a line that includes another former Ute, Siaosi Aiono and Arizona Wildcat Steven Gurrola. “We do not know what our final roster will look like, but the local standouts make me excited. Everyone has bought into this team. Our opponents are well established and winning programs. We also think our 10,000 offensive coordinators will help us figure out ways to win. The power of all of these ideas will make us a better team and organization,” Carter said. Devin Mahina, a former BYU Cougar and Washington Redskin tight end, and Utah State wide receiver Alex Wheat should provide reliable targets for Johnson. Mahina is a 6-foot-6 receiver who finished his Cougar career with 46 receptions and five touchdowns. “We feel we are empowering arm-chair quarterbacks. The people who call in on Monday mornings to the sports talk shows can now show us what they got. We live in an age of immediate access and fans are demanding this of their sports teams,” Carter said. William Macarthy was hired by the fans as the team’s first head coach. The organization narrowed down nearly 220 applicants to the best six finalists. Facebook live interviews and 38,000 votes from fans in 21 different countries finally gave Macarthy 34.9 percent of the votes. He has coached on four different indoor teams. He has been a general manager, defensive coordinator, head coach and special teams coordinator. Most recently he has been working as special teams coordinator at Monroe College in New York.

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Life

Laughter AND

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’m a terrible romantic. I mean that literally. I’m terrible at being romantic. When God handed out sentimentality, I was hiding in a bathroom stall eating a box of chocolate donuts. If I’d married an unfeeling psychopath that wouldn’t be a problem, but my husband could be the spokesperson for the Hallmark channel. He’ll plan Valentine’s Day like he’s competing for a spot on “The Nicholas Sparks RomanceA-Thon Reality Evening.” There’s roses and poetry and candlelight and chocolates and puppies and rainbows and glitter. And then there’s me, sitting dumbfounded saying something like, “Did Valentine’s Day come early this year?” Don’t get me wrong. I’m lucky to have a husband who remembers not only my birthday, but the time of my birth, what the #1 song was and the Oscar-winning movie from the year I was born. But by comparison, it makes me look pretty pathetic. I often return kind thoughts with chilling sarcasm—but he still hugs me and makes me feel like I’m not quite the monster I think I am. (But he should probably stop calling me FrankenPeri.) So because of all the sweetness he shows me, and because I’m still learning this whole romance thing, this is my Valentine’s letter to my hubbie: Thank you for having my back and being willing to fly into battle to defend me from the smallest slights.

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Thank you for telling me I’m beautiful even without make-up (you always look beautiful without make-up) and when my hair looks like I barely survived a rabid ferret attack. Thank you for not noticing when I have a zit the size of Mt. Rushmore hanging off my chin. Well, I’m sure you notice, but thank you for not calling me the Zit Witch. The same goes for when I have a scorch mark on my forehead from the flat iron, a gash on my shin from my razor and cuticles that look like I get manicures with a cheese grater. Thank you for telling me when the bloody parts are over during Quentin Tarantino’s films. Thank you for not taking me to any more Quentin Tarantino movies. Thank you for not noticeably rolling your eyes when I serve a meal consisting of quinoa, sweet potatoes and kale. Thank you for ordering pizza when the meal tastes like $%&*. Thank you for understanding that I hate watching romantic comedies (see paragraph #1) and appreciating when I sometimes suffer through a sob-fest of a manipulative romance. In return, thank you for occasionally watching animated films, even though you hate it as much as I despise romance. Thank you for putting up with my irritations, like having an unstable bi-polar thermostat that ranges from Arctic cold to erupting volcano. Thank you for not freaking out when I blow our budget on

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Amazon (“Where did that come from?”). Thank you for binge watching TV shows, not dragging me to parties, reading next to me in bed, laughing at my jokes, going to my yoga class and snuggling every morning before we head out to face the world. And here’s the funny thing. Despite my resistance and outer shell of cynicism, I often feel like the Grinch when his heart grows three sizes. I’ll find myself crying at movies without embarrassment (but I’ll still get offended when you offer me a tissue). You’ve taught me to appreciate sunsets, beautiful clouds and a gentle hug at the end of the day. Maybe one day I’ll change from being a terrible romantic to being terribly romantic. Probably not. But it could happen.

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Vol. 14 Iss. 02

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