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MALL SITE PROCEDURE TRUDGES ON By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


he Holladay City Planning Commission voted 5-1 to deny the proposal by Ivory Development and Woodbury Corp. to redevelop the old Cottonwood Mall Site. The controversial will next have a public hearing at the Feb. 1 city council meeting. Improvements on the initial plan submitted by Ivory and Woodbury in regards to the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment were aplenty during planning commission meetings held in early January. Whether those improvements will be enough to satisfy some of the development’s harshest critics remains to be seen. “We like the incorporation of green space, although we’d like to see more,” said Timothy Schimandle, Holladay resident with Holladay Citizens for Responsible Development (HRCD). In response to recommendations proposed by the planning commission during December meetings, the development plan now includes a little over an acre of open green field space. This addition increased the proposed landscaping and open space to anywhere between 11 and 15.41 acres. Directly across from the open green space, an event plaza has been proposed, which includes a permanent community gathering space, with the potential to expand for special events. During festival events the space can be made larger by blocking the street to prohibit parking, similar to how Park City blocks Main Street from parking during various events. Once widened, the event space would be comparable to the size of the University of Utah football field, as shown via slides by Ivory Development. In an effort to address concerns regarding the height of the office and commercial buildings, developers showed commissioners a rendering of tiered buildings set further into the de-

Mall site along Arbor Lane where the field caught fire over the summer. (Aspen Perry/City Journal).

velopment, which would be less obtrusive than buildings going seven to eight stories straight up. One building is proposed to be 136 feet tall. Though developers explained that height includes roof mechanics which are rarely visable, making the viewable height closer to 116 feet. “We like that the latest rendition set the taller building back from the road,” said Schimandle. However, as much as HRCD appreciates the proposed plan

improvements, there is still concern. During recent correspondence, Schimandle wrote HRCD hoped to see the developers lower the building height down to 60 feet. Considering the site is currently zoned for building heights of 90 feet, it’s a request that can come off as unreasonable, though HCRD would still like it to be considered. “Many residents move to Holladay from Salt Lake to escape buildings just like this,” Schimandle noted. Continued on Page 5...

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hile obtaining a seat in local government does not provide much financial reward, there are perks when running for office. Patricia Jones, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), spent 14 years serving the Utah Legislature and was surprised at just how beneficial learning the system ended up being. As Jones explained during a mid-January interview, having an understanding of how government worked provided her and her family invaluable information when she began looking into long term care options for an aged parent. “There are just so many things you learn, that help you in your own personal life, and help your loved ones,” Jones said. It’s something many Utah women are beginning to discover. Utah’s rank for women in office is on the rise with more projected to run in future elections. “I think we’re seeing more women run, because they’re feeling more confident,” said Jones. In 2016, Utah ranked 45th among state legislatures for percentage of women holding office. A rank that can be disheartening considering Utah’s history of being ahead of the curve when it comes to women in politics. In 1896—24 years before women were granted the right to vote— Martha Hughes Cannon ran as a Democrat against her husband, and became the first female state senator of the United States. Though Utah fell behind the curve in regards to the number of women in office, it appears to be a statistic that is steadily increasing. In accordance with Utah Valley University, within just one year Utah’s rank went from 45th to 38th, with five women gaining seats in the House. Bringing the number of women serving the 104-member Legislature up to 21 (15 House, six Senate). Organizations with programs offering political campaign education to women are seeing a rise in participants as well, meaning Utah will continue to see an increase of women running in future elections. Jones of WLI, an organization formed three years ago with the intent to support women in both business and political leadership, has seen a significant rise in participants for their political development program. “The first year we had 17 women that applied and that were in the class, last year we had 23, and this year we have 50,” said Jones. Jones explained that four of the female mayors elected during the November 2017 election were part of WLI’s political development pro-

gram. Those four are: Michelle Kaufusi from Provo, Holly Daines from Logan, Kelleen Potter from Heber City, and Katie Witt from Kaysville. “The great thing about the [program] is they get to know one another and want to help each other. It’s really a magical thing to see,” Jones said. Real Women Run (RWR) is another organization created to empower women, founded in 2011 at YWCA Utah. Erin Jemison, director of public policy with RWR, reported of the 98 women who were elected to office in the 2017 election, 23 were RWR participants. Kristie Steadman Overson, newly elected mayor of Taylorsville attended one of Real Women Run’s events six years ago, as preparation when she ran for a seat on Taylorsville City Council. Overson won the council seat, where she continued to serve until running and being elected mayor. During her campaign, Overson knocked on almost 3,000 doors and discovered communication was a top concern for her constituents. “Connecting with someone on their doorstep is a lot different than getting perspective during a council meeting. As I did that… I thought I can take this knowledge and use it, so communication is absolutely the key,” Overson said. Cottonwood Heights recently elected District 3 Councilwoman Tali Bruce also attended training through Real Women Run and found the personal testimonials of women who had run beneficial. “You can spend a lot of time prepping for something like this, but their advice was solid. To just go for it,” Bruce recounted of her experience. Along with Bruce, Christine Watson Mikell was the other woman who altered the all-male demographic of Cottonwood Heights previous city council. “I think boards or councils are better when there’s a diverse perspective. [Being] a mother, business owner, I offer a diverse perspective that may have not been on the council throughout the life of the city,” Mikell said. Though Mikell had planned to participate in one of WLI’s groups, due to schedule conflicts she was unable to attend before running for council. “I think those organizations are fantastic, and I wish I’d had the benefit [of one of those programs],” Mikell said. Although Mikell was unable to prep for her campaign through WLI or RWR her experience working on the board of Utah Clean Energy provided hands-on experience for collaboration. Newly elected South Jordan Mayor Dawn

Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson and District 4 Councilwoman, Meredith Harker. (Mayor Kristie Overson)

Ramsey, shares a similar path with her years of service on the Utah PTA State Board of Directors, which provided an opportunity to work with other female elected officials. “I work with a lot of women who hold positions of capacity that make a big difference… I’ve learned a lot from those women,” Ramsey stated. For Ramsey, growth is the main issue that she will focus on during her term as mayor. “Working with other local mayors and legislators, to try to help protect what we love most about South Jordan, and to work hard to get the services and funding that we need to continue to enhance quality of life for all of our residents,” Ramsey said. All in all, it is looking to be promising year as more women enter the political arena in Utah. When asked what advice they would offer other women thinking of running for office in the future, the advice from all women was the same: Go for it! “We need more women in the legislature,” said Jones with WLI. She added, “There are real structural benefits of having gender balance… it’s not good enough to have just one woman at the table.” With the rise of females enrolled in political development education, Utah is sure to see more women on the ticket for 2018. l

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Art project aims to capture the fabric of Holladay: Its residents By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


f a random stranger approaches you requesting your participation in an art project, don’t worry — it’s just local artist Jim McGee.

Jim McGee, a Holladay resident of 16 years, was awarded a grant that will allow him to interview residents and draw large-scale charcoal portraits of them. He’s currently looking for interested participants. (Courtesy Jim McGee)

As part of a grant he received from the Holladay Arts Council, McGee is creating a project he’s calling “Intersections,” where he interviews Holladay residents and people who work in the area before drawing large-scale charcoal portraits of them. McGee says the project will examine a cross section of the community through a series of portrait drawing and storytelling, a visual study of residents that make Holladay a great place. Sort of a riff on the Humans of New York series. “I’d like it to be a collaborative project of just people sharing stories and showing themselves in kind of an honest way,” he said. McGee wrote in his proposal to the arts council that he was interested “not only in capturing the likeness of the unique diversity of our residents in charcoal, but also telling a story of who they are, what they do and how they contribute to our community.” A Philadelphia native who has called Holladay home for 16 years, McGee was awarded the grant because it proactively engaged the community. Sheryl Gillilan, arts council’s executive director, said she was delighted by the idea of McGee doing this with people he may only know by sight at 7-Eleven or the car wash. “The fact that he wanted to delve into that in an artistic way, we just thought was really novel and exciting,” she said.

McGee, an art teacher at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, said he’s still tweaking some aspects to the project and promoting it to get various residents involved. Not only is it collaborative, it’s also attempting honesty. “The way we portray ourselves, especially nowadays with social media and we have all these filters that give off this way that we think about ourselves,” he said. “Hopefully the exhibition kind of scratches a little bit more at the honesty.” While that might be intimidating for some residents, Gillilan said it’s also a way for people to become acquainted with a local artist. “The idea is really to do people-to-people connections because it’s a fairly small community and the more people who know each other, the better,” said Gillilan. The project is expected to become a visual art exhibition, possibly at City Hall though details have yet to be confirmed, with four- to five-foot charcoal drawings that would include pictures, stories and excerpts of the interviews. Gillilan said they are aiming for some time in the summer. Before awarding the grant, Gillilan wanted to know whether McGee was capable of such a project. One glance at his work and she knew he had the technical skills. The art teacher received a bachelor’s degree in illustration at the University of the Arts in his

hometown Philadelphia before getting his master’s degree in painting at the University of Utah. He’s worked in various art forms including drawing, illustration, murals and sculpture. Commissioned by the Diocese of Salt Lake, McGee created 20 large-scale murals for the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orem. He uses that experience often in his teaching. While he has worked as a professional artist before — he had fine art paintings in galleries throughout the East Coast, and did illustration for magazines — he also worked as a waiter and construction worker. “Sometimes you have to do other things in order to keep painting,” said McGee. Now he has a project he’s eager to start, getting locals interested in art and hearing their stories. “It’s an opportunity for people to model and collaborate, to be seen and heard in a unique kind of way.” This is the first grant the arts council has ever awarded. An exciting proposition, said Gillilan. “That’s sort of the exciting part for me is we’re sort of jumping off into an unknown place and I like that,” she said before later adding, “Our job is to promote art and arts opportunities within the community and this is a great way to do it, so we’re going to see what happens.” McGee is looking for residents to model and collaborate with him on the project. If interested, you can reach out to him at 801-808-0818. l

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HolladayJournal .com Density was another looming concern, and in addition to requesting office and retail space be spanned across, instead of going up. HCRD supporters have strongly urged for larger lot residential dwellings, citing small lots did not fit in with Holladay’s current residential model. Though a change in the residential lot sizes would not change the various scenarios presented regarding the density of the mixed-use portion of the project, Chris Gamvroulas, president of Ivory Development did want to clear up confusion of the various mixed-use scenarios presented. During the Jan. 16 commission meeting, Gamvroulas hoped to clear up such confusion by explaining if the commercial portion was larger, that would result in a decrease of apartments, and vice versa within the mixed-use area. Whereas some staff and residents were under the impression 1,268 units would also mean 600,000 square feet of office/retail space. “We’ve been saying all along those (scenarios) would flex, but we haven’t done a good enough job of explaining that, and it’s caused some concerns at the staff level and in the community,” Gamvroulas said during his Jan. 16 address to the council. Proposed in the updated SDMP, scenario one consists of 110,000 square feet of commercial/office (c/o) and 1,268 units. Scenario two consists of 300,000 square feet (c/o) and 1,078 units. Scenario three consists of 450,000 square feet (c/o) and 928 units, with scenario four proposing 600,000 square feet (c/o) and 778 units. While the fourth scenario does encompass the largest portion of commercial space that could be envisioned, Matt Woodbury from Woodbury Corporation felt scenario three would be more realistic if the building height being proposed was not possible. “I think we could still hit scenario four, in terms of commercial massing, but as we knock down height and have to rethink

how we can push more office around the site, we are going to probably wind up somewhere around scenario three,” said Woodbury. Commissioner Alyssa Lloyd felt the development was still too residential focused. Even with the feeling that development is residential heavy, Lloyd did note more retail was likely not the most realistic vision. However, she expressed concern with the lack of flexibility in the residential zone of the proposal. To account for the community’s resistance to the number of single-family lots, Lloyd suggested a compromise on both parts would be for the developer to remove some of the single-family portion of the plan, at which point the public would need to be more accommodating to allowing another 90-foot tower to go in its place. “The community needs to give, you need to give, and some of that give might have to come in forms of less single-family housing, and then the community is going to have to say, we’ll take another 90-foot-tall building,” Lloyd said. Woodbury said because the land is not ideal for retail or office space, due to location, part of the residential component is to build a viable “epicenter.” “When we start making it more generic, it becomes less marketable,” said Woodbury. Concerns over building height and residential space were less worrisome for commissioner Jan Bradshaw. She understood the height was necessary to attract a quality tenant to fill the office space, which would bring in better shops and restaurants. All of which makes for quite the conundrum, as some residents cannot stomach height above 60 feet, while others find the possibility of a generic space even less palatable. l

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Teen prodigy plays mini-concert in Holladay before Carnegie Hall in June By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


Though her skills with a hula hoop and roller blades may pale in comparison to what she can do with a violin. Durham, a 16-year-old Skyline High student and premier violinist, was named the February artist of the month by the Holladay Arts Council. The teen performed a mini-concert with her Ringtone Quartet at Holladay City Hall on Jan. 19. Though she was lucky to squeeze that in between competitions in Illinois, Washington and Alabama. In June she’ll be in New York performing in the American Protégé Summer Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall. Only 25 people internationally are selected to perform. Durham sent in a recording just to see what would happen and possibly be selected. It worked. Her nationwide exploits weren’t the initial reason for being named artist of the month. “She’s just a really phenomenal musician in person,” said Jennifer Clark, member of Caroline Durham performs the “Sonata No. 2,” third movement by Bach during a minithe arts council. concert at Holladay City Hall on Jan. 19. Durham will play the piece this summer at It was repeatCarnegie Hall in New York City. (Travis Barton/City Journals) ed coincidence that

aroline Durham is a quick learner, whether in her international baccalaureate academics or her progression as an aspiring violinist since age 4. But it was in third-grade she decided to learn how to play the violin while hula hooping. It worked. In sixth grade she decided to add roller blading, doing all three simultaneously. It worked. “My mom thought I was kinda crazy,” she recalled. It’s not something all violinists can do. “It’s unique to her,” said friend and fellow violinist Cameron Jeppson.

Clark discovered and nominated the violinist. Durham and her family moved to Holladay about 18 months ago and Clark, a nearby neighbor, would often pass their house whether driving or cycling. “Every time I went by their front window, I would see this girl practicing,” Clark said. “After about the seventh time in a row I thought, ‘Either her parents have some magnetic or great way of making their kids practice or there’s some other story.’” Clark learned that girl was a driven, self-motivated violin prodigy residing in the neighborhood. As a classical musician herself, Clark said she would love to highlight these types of arts and found the mini-concert performance impressive. “I was just happy that people were able to enjoy that. I think there’s a lot of work that goes into it and it’s so nice to connect people that love the arts to the people that do the arts,” Clark said. It was fun, Durham said, adding there should be more classical community concerts. Durham performed with a group that’s been together for four years consisting of Jeppson, Bella Maher and Kimberly Lewin. Jeppson has known Durham since they were 6 participating in the same music class. They’ve played together ever since. “It’s been really fun being able to grow up with her,” Jeppson said. “We both started when we were about on the same level so it’s been a great experience to learn a lot by playing with her.” The duo even played a double violin concerto


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in Europe together. “It’s led to a lot of really cool opportunities and it’s just great to see Caroline keep doing better,” he said. Durham’s music career started at a young age when her parents heard her singing. They discovered her voice was always in tune and decided to start her with an instrument. She’s been playing ever since. “You can convey so many emotions on it,” Durham said of her love for the instrument. “It just teaches you how to work hard. The music is so pretty and hearing it is awesome.” Her love for others to hear it too is evident. Though described by friends and family as a little shy, Durham shows no hesitation to share her music, whether playing at church services, her grandfather’s funeral or in the foyer of a local concert. “I don’t think there would be much of a point to learning music if you couldn’t share it,” Durham said. “That’s one of my favorite things about playing music. I love it so much I want other people to love it a lot. I like to express it, I love performing and I think people love music so I like to bring that to them.” One thing is certain: Durham’s future includes the violin. She hopes to be accepted to the Columbia-Julliard dual degree program, and she also plans to apply to schools such as Stanford, USC and the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California. But before she leaves Holladay hula hooping on roller blades, she’s February’s artist of the month. l


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olladay resident Crystal Bruner Harris addressed the city council on Jan. 4 to request the city take a more active role in enforcing the city’s idle ordinance. Under Holladay Ordinance No. 2013-03, vehicles are not permitted to idle for more than two minutes with some exceptions listed in the ordinance. Harris felt the majority of residents simply may not be aware of the ordinance or understand why idling makes air quality worse. “I’m very happy to learn that there actually is an ordinance, but I think the problem lies in a lack of education and a lack of enforcement,” Harris said during her address to the city council. To ensure the ordinance served foremost as education, offenders are offered three chances before being issued a fine ranging between $160 to $210 or more if the fine is paid late. Harris’ recommendation of several ideas to help educate Holladay residents was welcomed both by council and the Holladay Police Department, including her idea to have officers at schools hand out warnings along with brochure information during school drop-off and pick-up. “I really like the idea of the school drop-off zone. I would be willing to have officers go out and do an educational campaign at school dropoff zones,” said Chief Don Hutson in response

By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com to one of Harris’ suggestions. In accordance with the Utah Clean Air Partnership’s (UCAIR) website, children are particularly vulnerable to such pollutants, as they inhale more air per pound of body weight than adults. In other words, idling in school zones or outside of businesses that hold children activities further increases an already unhealthy breathing environment for developing lungs. “I think it would help parents realize, this is illegal, this is unhealthy,” said Harris. Additionally, UCAIR states many are surprised to discover they are exposed to higher level of toxins while inside their vehicle than they would be standing outside. Being exposed to high levels of toxins from inside their vehicles includes activity such as being stuck in traffic, idling outside a school/business or waiting in line at a drive-through. Harris also recommended narrowing the number of offenses to one warning instead of three before issuing a civil fee, and implementing an idle-free awareness week with yard signs. District 2 Councilman Lynn Pace informed Harris the three-warning rule was set in place at the state level, rendering Holladay unable to decrease the number of warnings issued. “We’re not happy about that, but it is something that has been taken out of our hands by the state legislature,” Pace said.

Pace was referring to house bill, H.B. 104, sponsored by Senator Wayne Harper, which prohibited local governments from enforcing law on idling vehicles in 2012. In January of 2016, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality partnered with Weber State University and Utah State University to evaluate the impact of vehicle emissions on air quality and discovered 75 percent of automotive pollutants were emitted in the first three minutes of a cold start. Additionally, they found the act of allowing a car to warm up before driving to be ineffective at preventing the release of pollutants, citing a car could warm up faster simply by driving. Once warm, the catalytic converter would reduce the emissions by 99 percent. Meaning the best course of action to reduce emissions is to simply start your vehicle and drive. Despite individuals vulnerable to poor air often being the focal point, UCAIR notes poor air negatively affects people who are healthy too. As their website states, vehicles emit more pollutants while idling than driving and have been linked to the state’s increased number of people with asthma, allergies, lung disease, heart disease and cancer. “I have asthma, I’m pregnant with my second child. Air quality is…” Harris began, her

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Intersection of 3900 S. Highland Drive, during first inversion in December. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).

voice cracking slightly as she tried to refrain from becoming emotional. She continued “… it’s just really important to me, and I feel like people don’t take it seriously, but they might if they knew.” l

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American bobsledder to visit schools during Olympics By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

American bobsledder Jeremy Holm aims to visit one school a day during the Winter Olympic Games in February and the Paralympic Games in March. (Courtesy Jeremy Holm)


kyline High alum Jeremy Holm will continue his efforts for his Day of Champions Foundation which supports student athletes, coaches and parents both in and out of the sporting arena. With the upcoming Olympics, he is aiming to visit one school a day — elementary, junior high, high schools or colleges — during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from Feb. 9 through 25 and the Paralympic Games from March 8 through 18. The American bobsledder will bring an athlete or two and tell their stories and share motivational messages about goal setting, encouragement and any social issues the schools would like addressed. “We are always trying to reach out with our messages and encourage everyone

we talk to,” Holm said. “Doing this during the Olympics will give us an opportunity as well to help spread the excitement of the games as they are happening.” For information or scheduling, email Holm at jeremy@adayofchampions.com. Holm is also a published author with two books. His first, “The Champion’s Way,” teaches principles of success, and “Fire On Ice” shares experiences and life lessons from Holm’s career in bobsledding. For more information or to order, visit http://jeremycholm.com/ books/item/81-the-champions-way or http:// jeremycholm.com/books/item/84-fire-andice-book. He is currently working on a third book.l

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Cottonwood drill team coaches encourage dancers to ‘win the day’


or 15 hours each week, 25 Cottonwood High Chaparrals practice routines to precision. Their routines are not just to be performed for the student body at the high school’s sporting event half-time shows and assemblies, but also at three invitational meets leading up to region and state. “We tell the girls to ‘win the day,’” said Erin Burk, who coaches with Kelsea McGregor. “(We ask) ‘What did you do at this competition that you consider a win?’ We try to keep their focus on their own accomplishments as a team.” That may not result in winning a competition, but putting forth the best effort for the team, she said. For example, Burk said at a recent competition, an alternate learned 30 minutes before competing that she’d take part in the dance routine. “She learned her new spot seamlessly and was prepared for the team. She went on to compete the routine and was perfect. The whole team walked off the floor screaming in excitement because she was able to pull this off for the betterment of the team,” she said. Cottonwood hosted the 5A region competition Jan. 20 that included high school teams from Murray, Alta, Jordan, Brighton and Corner Canyon.

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“Our region is once again very competitive. We have amazing teams that we’re competing against which has pushed the girls to work even harder this year to make it back to state,” she said. “Our goal is to always do better than we did at our previous competition and through hard work, they have been able to increase their scores at each competition.” Last year, after a five-year absence, Cottonwood advanced to state where they competed in the semifinals. To prepare for region, Cottonwood competed at several invitational meets, including those hosted by Wasatch High and Clearfield High, where they took home trophies for placing in the top four in their routines. “So far, our strongest routine at competitions has been military. The girls really love this style, we had an amazing choreographer, and it’s just been working for us,” she said. Training and team bonding started soon after last season, once the new team was announced. First, the team built leadership and bonded as a team by participating in the Disney Youth Education program in California. “We love going on this trip because it creates team unity being able to experience traveling together out of state. We love the leadership workshop. It helps the girls think about what type of leaders they look up to, what type of

leader they can be, and how their actions and leadership skills directly affect the team and program,” Burk said, adding that they are making plans to return in April with next year’s team which is determined at tryouts and based on grade-point average, citizenship, teacher recommendations and performances. The team also went to the Epic Drill Camp in Park City where they performed their pompom routine. They also learned their choreography for football half-time routines as well as team unity activities, techniques classes and focusing on what it takes to have a successful year, she said. The Chaparrals also bonded through community service projects. Recently, the team decorated and donated a Christmas tree to a family in need in the community, Burk said. Another benefit to the team has been two former members and Cottonwood graduates, Sophie Ford and Bella Papadopoulos, who are helping coach. “The dancers really look up to them and their talent, they’ve been a huge asset to our coaching staff. We love having the extra help and a couple extra eyes on our routines,” Burk said. “Our team motto is ‘We can, we will, end of story.’ This motto helps remind them that they are capable to do anything they set their mind to.” l

Cottonwood High’s Chaparrals, seen here in their pom routine, were host to the 5A region competition on Jan. 20. (Cottonwood High School)

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E An impassioned mother addressed The City Council a few weeks ago to plea with us to do more to enforce anti-idling restrictions within city limits. It reminded me that air quality as a city priority dropped off our radar since launching our Show UCAIR Pledge campaign in 2015. In November of 2015 we teamed up with the UCAIR team to launch a citywide education campaign centered on the clean air initiative. At that time, vehicle exhaust emissions accounted for approximately 57% of the air pollution in our valley. Statistics showed that reducing cold starts and idling helped to reduce the impacts of auto-induced emissions. If you expect to be stationary for more than 10 seconds it is best to turn your car off and re-start when you are ready to move again. This is just one of many suggestions on the UCAIR web site, www.UCAIR. org. Here are a few more from our pledge card: • Wood burning is particularly harmful, refrain from wood burning in the winter months and consider a furnace conversion. • Consolidate vehicle trips. • Utilize public transit, ride a bike or walk. • Lower thermostat 2 degrees • Carpool • There is no need to warm your car up for more than 30 seconds. A comprehensive list of additional options and action plans are available on the UCAIR site. I understand that reducing idling may seem like a very minor issue when it comes to our air quality. Truth is, you’re probably right. The point is, significant change involves citizens taking individual responsibility. Consciously reducing idling makes the statement that you acknowledge we have an air quality issue, that you contribute to the problem, and that you are willing to change your behavior to effect positive change. Being idle free is a first step toward active participation in a collective mitigation effort. I know we are a bit late in the inversion season to be bringing up idle free policy, but a passionate mother can be a real motivator. The population in the county is expected to reach two million by 2050. Though technology changes will produce significantly cleaner emissions in the coming years, a projected doubling of our population ensures air quality will continue to be a front-burner issue for many years to come. We can all play a part in facilitating a solution. –Rob Dahle Mayor

Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment Area

With Ivory’s proposed SDMP amendment for the Cottonwood Mall under review, the City of Holladay RDA is currently evaluating the increment incentives put in place with the formerly approved 2008 SDMP. The City of Holladay RDA, with the approval of the TEC, created the Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment Area to stimulate urban renewal. In 2008, the TEC approved a plan for the Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment Area that sets financial conditions for the project. Building upon the TEC plan, the City of Holladay RDA then executed an ADL with the developer, which further defines the rules of increment. In November 2017, the Holladay RDA Board passed a resolution to support the continuation of an increment sharing agreement, if an amendment to the SDMP is approved. Over the coming weeks, the Holladay RDA Board will consider the possibility of requesting the TEC to update its conditions. The RDA may also modify the ADL details to reflect the characteristics of Ivory’s current SDMP proposal. More information about this process is outlined in a presentation provided by Gina Chamness, City Manager, at the January 18, 2018 Holladay RDA meeting, found at on-line at cityofholladay.com/ community/cottonwood-redevelopment.

DEFINITIONS Agreement for the Development of Land (ADL): an agreement between the RDA and the developer, which sets the parameters for increment. Holladay Redevelopment Agency (RDA): a separate, legal entity of the City, which, by State Law, is governed by a Board comprised of the City Council members. Redevelopment Area: a primarily geographic designation that generally describes the development guidelines and project boundaries. Site Development Master Plan (SDMP): a comprehensive, but flexible guide for the overall development and design of an entire site. It includes details, such as, but not limited to, land use, open space, building massing & heights, and transportation elements. Taxing Entity Committee (TEC): a decision making group comprised of all taxing bodies of the community. Tax Increment financing (TIF): a public financing tool to incentivize private development in certain areas within the City called “project areas.” The Holladay RDA will host a Public Hearing on the ADL in February, details pending.

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Snow 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. • If you have a fire hydrant on your property, the Unified Fire Authority requests that you clear snow from a 3’ diameter around the hydrant, and also a path to the street. Having the

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REDUCE YOUR RISK By Chief Don Hutson, Unified Police District Unfortunately, we in the business of policing find ourselves spending a great deal of time and energy convincing folks to take steps to secure their property after they have been victimized and lost some of their possessions. This article is an attempt to provide some guidance to try to prevent the loss of property before it actually occurs. First, we must acknowledge the sad fact there are individuals living among us who are exerting an unbelievable amount of energy, every day, to formulate a plan to steal property and otherwise victimize the law-abiding citizens in our community. While you are at work or going about your daily activities, they are scheming and looking for an opportunity to commit crime. Many of our home burglaries happen in the middle of the day, when the perpetrators assume know no one is home. This means lock your doors and windows, even when you are home. If you have security cameras, make sure they are working. If you don’t have security cameras, there are other options (security systems, signs, interaction with neighbors, etc). Please keep a record of the valuable items you own. Log serial numbers and take photographs of jewelry and other valuables that do not have a serial number. Recently, we had a case where a good citizen of Holladay was burglarized and because he had serial numbers, we were able to locate his property. It was chance he had the numbers. Because of this incident, he now takes photos of serial numbers and valuable items and stores them on a secured hard drive. Keep items out of plain view. If you leave items of value in your vehicle, lock the car, but hide the valuables too. If the items aren’t visible, it means the suspects have to work to find the items and in many instances they are looking for the quick and easy score. Also know, if it is a larger venue you are attending (church meetings, funerals, concerts, etc.), there is a chance the bad guys/girls are watching. After you enter the venue, they may walk the parking lot looking for the easy score. If they see you take your purse and put it in the trunk, all they need to do is find the trunk button inside your car and they will take your purse. Finally, never leave your car running and unattended, even for a few seconds. It is an invitation to a criminal opportunist to take it for a spin. Thank you for watching out for one another and keeping your fellow citizens safe by taking steps to protect yourself and your property and reporting suspicious circumstances when you see them.

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ragedy recently struck a Kearns family when a young wife and mother was hit and killed by a Granite School District bus as she attempted to cross the street in West Valley City on Jan. 11. In December, another family lost their mother as she crossed the street to attend the Festival of Trees in Sandy. A 53-year-old man was hit and killed while attempting to catch up with a bus in Taylorsville and a 19-year-old man had his life cut short in November when an alleged drunk driver hit him as he walked to McDonalds near his home. These are only a fraction of the stories of devastation that auto-pedestrian accidents can have on families and the community. But the Utah Department Sidewalk tags to remind people to pay attention. (Photo/UDOT) of Transportation and Zero Fatalities, a state run proventable,” Miles said. “But to prevent pedestrigram that focuses on eliminating fatalities on an fatalities, drivers and pedestrians must work Utah roadways, is finding ways to help prevent together.” future tragedies from happening. Pedestrian fatalities are increasing at an Historically, December is the second dead- alarming rate in Utah and across the nation. In liest month for pedestrian deaths in Utah. To- 2017, 43 pedestrians have been killed on Utah gether, UDOT and Zero Fatalities decided to roads, already surpassing the total number of start a campaign that would help people pay pedestrian deaths in 2016. In 2016, 1,006 pemore attention when they are walking. The in- destrians were struck by motor vehicles; 898 stallation of outdoor advertisements is all part were injured and 39 were killed. Pedestrians of the “Heads Up” pedestrian safety campaign accounted for 1 percent of individuals in crashbeing done at select locations around the state es and 14 percent of deaths. The 49 pedestrian of Utah. deaths in 2015 were the highest in Utah since The goal is to remind people to stay alert 1987. when walking. Statistics show 58 percent of drivers in peTwenty sidewalk clings were placed from destrian-motor vehicle crashes were under 40 Ogden to Provo along with retro-reflective ad- years. vertisements at 50 bus shelters throughout Salt Leading Contributing Factors of Drivers in Lake City. UDOT selected intersections with Pedestrian Crashes : high pedestrian traffic and crashes. 1. Failed to Yield Right of Way (36 per“Unfortunately, we see far too many pe- cent) destrian deaths, especially this time of year,” 2. Hit and Run (11 percent) said UDOT Traffic and Safety Director Robert 3. Driver Distraction (8 percent) Miles. “We hope these messages will remind 4. Improper Backing (4 percent) Utahns to be more aware and more careful 5. Speed Too Fast (4 percent) when walking close to traffic.” There are two different sidewalk clings. Of the pedestrians in crashes, 51 percent One reads, “The driver didn’t see the pedestri- were under 25 years of age. an. The pedestrian didn’t see the driver. Watch Leading Contributing Factors of Pedestrifor cars, they might not see you.” The second ans in Crashes: cling reads, “Your life is in danger. Watch for 1. Improper Crossing (12 percent) cars, they might not see you.” 2. Darting (9 percent) “Pedestrian deaths are 100 percent pre3. Not Visible (6 percent)

Fifty-five percent of pedestrians had no contributing factor in the crash. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of drivers who hit pedestrians were turning. Drivers need to watch for pedestrians before turning. In Utah, historical crash data shows pedestrian fatalities increase during the fall and winter months. December is the second deadliest month, second to October, for pedestrian fatalities. Zero Fatalities offers these simple tips to preventing an auto-pedestrian crash: •Drivers need to remember to always be on the lookout for pedestrians, always yield right of way to pedestrians and never speed, drive while distracted, drowsy or impaired in anyway. •Pedestrians need to remember to never assume the right of way and stay alert, cross at designated crosswalks and adhere to traffic signs and signals, be visible by wearing reflective materials when possible and when doing everything right, still assume drivers can’t see you. Sidewalk signs were placed in various locations throughout Clearfield, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Midvale, Ogden, Orem, Provo, Salt Lake City, South Jordan and West Valley. Bus shelter location signs were placed around West Valley City, Taylorsville, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Murray, Midvale, Provo, Sunset, Roy and South Ogden. l

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Olympus girls looking to turn basketball season around By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


Taygin DeHart takes a shot in a game last season against Murray. DeHart returns for her junior season ready to help lead her team to the state tournament. (Photo/Ellis Hunsaker)

hile their basketball counterparts on the boys’ side is rolling, the Olympus girls have struggled through a difficult season. Fortunately, now that region play is underway, the season has a fresh beginning with new opportunities. The Titans lost 10 of their 11 non-region games. The team’s lone win came against Cottonwood on Dec. 18. Olympus jumped to a 2213 lead at halftime and held on for a 47-42 victory. The Titans prevailed despite hitting just 11 of 21 free throws. Taygin Dehart paced the team with 12 points, and teammate Jane Frederick added 10 points. The 5-8 sophomore Frederick also racked up 13 rebounds and a pair of steals. Dehart filled the stat sheet with more than just points in the victory. She also had six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Following the win over Cottonwood, the Titans dropped five contests in a run to bring their record to 1-12. They opened region play Jan. 9 with a 51-28 loss to Skyline. The game was tied 10-10 heading into the second quarter, but the Eagles turned it on from there. Frederick had a good performance in defeat. She led the Titans with 15 points and six rebounds. No other Olympus player managed more than five points. Turnovers were also a problem against Skyline, as the Eagles stole the ball from Olympus an eye-popping 16 times.

Three days later, the Titans got their offense going but couldn’t stop East in a 77-50 loss. Olympus was playing catch-up from the early part of the first quarter. It trailed 24-9 as the second quarter began and was behind 4221 at halftime. Frederick had 10 points for the Titans, and Emma Marchant chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Jackie Soltis and Dehart each scored seven points, with Dehart also picking up six rebounds and four steals. Despite the tough start, Olympus can still reach the state tournament by finishing at least fourth in the six-team Region 6. The Titans are looking to return to the playoffs after a year’s absence. The final regular season game is Feb. 13 when Olympus hosts East. Though no one on the team is averaging in double figures in the points category, Olympus has had balanced scoring. Frederick is the team leader in points at nearly eight a game. She’s also the leading rebounder with a more than five per-game average. Dehart and Kayli O’Brien average around six and five points per contest, respectively. Soltis and Marchant add more than four points each game. The Titans have struggled to put points on the board. The team’s output against East was a season high, and Olympus has topped 40 points just four times. l

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Skyline boys showing progress as region basketball season gets underway


By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

fter an up-and-down non-region portion of the schedule, the Skyline boys basketball team has jumped into league play ready to compete for a state tournament bid. The Eagles went 5-8 in non-region games, picking up wins over Hillcrest, Taylorsville, Brighton and Judge Memorial. Head coach Kenneth James didn’t shy away from taking on some big competition. The first 13 games

taught James what his team needs to do to improve and what aspects of the game the boys are doing well. “We have showed some good things in preseason,” James said. “We need to work on our team defense and our offensive execution. Preseason is designed to prepare your team for the wars of region. We played a tough preseason against many playoff teams. We learned we

Skyline players fight for a rebound in a game earlier this season against Westlake. The Eagles started region play off with a win against Murray on Jan. 12.

have a lot of depth. Our strength is inside, and we have length and multiple post-up threats. We are 10 deep and can compete with anyone. We just need toughness and to make shots.” Even though the Eagles have had their share of struggles, James has had a number of reliable players to turn to for offense and defense. He has been pleased with the performance of post players Andrew Clark, Tim Lont, Will Holmes and Hollan Schweitz. Clark averages more than 10 points and four rebounds per game, while Lont contributes nearly seven points and just shy of five rebounds an outing. The guard line has also been solid for the Eagles. At this position, James said Tommy McGrath, Nifai Tonga and Adrian Wilde have each had “big games” for the team. Tonga is the second-leading scorer for Skyline, pitching in around 10 points per game. McGrath and Wilde average close to eight and six points per game, respectively. James has depended on his captains for leadership as well. He said seniors Clark and Taylor Larsen have “given the team a big lift.” Skyline got league play off to a good start with a 63-58 victory over Murray on Jan. 12, bringing the team’s record to 6-8. It was the seventh time up to that point that the Eagles had held an opponent to fewer than 60 points.

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Even in defeat, defense has been a positive for the team, as has unselfishness. “Our team has shown the ability to defend at an elite level for stretches,” James said. “Hopefully we will do it all the time. They have also shown an ability to be patient and pound the ball inside; our willingness to share the ball is a strength of this team.” The games offer a new start to the season. No matter how well or poorly a team played in the preseason, every squad gets a fresh beginning once the region clashes begin. The top four teams in Region 6 will qualify for the Class 5A state tournament. James is confident that if the team fixes some weaknesses and continues to play hard, it will be in the thick of things in the region race. “We are really excited about region action,” he said. “The real season starts now where every game matters. Our region is deep and tough, but we believe we will compete and win games. Our goal is to compete for the region title and advance to the state tournament. For us to be successful in region play, we need defensive effort in every game and a willingness to compete. We need to control the glass and rebound effectively, and be patient on offense and score the ball inside. Good balance is important in sharing the ball and having several guys in double figures would be nice.” l

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Skyline girls basketball team primed for another championship run


By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

ast season, the Skyline girls basketball team “The great thing about this team is that lost just four games on its way to winning the Class 4A state tournament. Despite aiming to repeat the accomplishment, Skyline had lost more games this season by game 12. But that doesn’t mean the Eagles haven’t been dominant this season. Skyline may have gotten off to a 7-5 start, but only one of two of losses came at the hands of in-state opponents. The Eagles lost to 6A power Copper Hills, 56-36, on Dec. 15 and to Taylorsville, 34-31, on Jan. 3. Skyline’s three other defeats came against out-of-state foes at the Nike Tournament of Champions in San Diego, California. Skyline lost to teams from Maryland and Florida on Dec. 19 and 20 and to Mater Dei, California, 36-26, on Dec. 22. “I’ve always tried to load my preseason schedule with the toughest in-state teams and an out-of-state tournament,” said head coach Lynette Schroeder. “This helps prepare us mentally and physically for our region opponents.” The Eagles began the year 6-0 and then followed up their loss to Taylorsville with a trio of victories, including wins in their first two region games. Madison Grange puts up a shot against Murray at home. (Photo/ Skyline defeated Olympus in lopsided Kimberlee Jessop) fashion, 51-28 on Jan. 9, and Murray, 56-46 on Jan. 12. we have several players that have the ability to As it has much of the season, the Eagles’ stand out and lead the team,” Schroeder said. defense was stout against Olympus. Skyline “I feel that it has been a balanced effort so far surrendered just 18 points in the final three this season.” quarters after being tied with the Titans at 10 The Eagles have been stingy on the defenapiece after the first quarter. Cameron Mooney sively side of the ball. They get more than nine lit up the stat sheet with 19 points and 15 re- steals every game and held 10 of their first 15 bounds. She also added a pair of steals. No opponents to fewer than 40 points. other Skyline players scored in double figures, “We are continually trying to improve as but eight other players registered points, and 12 a team in all aspects,” Schroeder said. “Every players got on the court in the one-sided victory. game it changes, but our defense definitely Three days later, Skyline went to 2-0 in needs to constantly be improving.” Region 6 with the win over Murray. The Eagles The Eagles have won three straight league turned a 27-26 halftime deficit into a comfort- titles and are once again heavy favorites to able win by outscoring the Spartans 30-19 in capture the region championship. The top four the second half. Kiana Eskelson and Madison teams in the region will qualify for the Class Grange were the big stars of this contest. The 5A state tournament. Skyline is a perennial duo had 13 and 24 points, respectively. It was a postseason participant. In fact, the team has season high for Grange. won at least one game in the state tournament Several Eagle players have contributed on four years in a row. It has advanced to the state both ends of the court this season. Four players championship in three of those years, including average more than six points per game. Grange last season’s title run. paces the team with an average of more than “We need to make our presence known on 13 points a game. She also collects more than the defensive end and share the ball on the offour rebounds and two steals a game. Mooney fensive end,” Schroeder said. “Quick defensive is second on the team in scoring with 12 points transition and offensive transition will be keys a game. She’s also the top rebounder at seven to winning a region title.” per contest. Eskelson and Barrett Jessop score Skyline will wrap up the regular season eight and six points per game, respectively. Feb. 14 at home against Highland. l

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Olympus boys basketball dominant so far this season


By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

ith the Olympus boys basketball team being on the heels of a 24-3 season and a narrow loss to Springville in the Class 4A championship game, observers around the state knew the team had the potential to be good again this season. Turns out the Titans just might be the team to beat in the newly realigned Class 5A. In fact, as of Jan. 15, Olympus was 14-0 overall and was the only remaining undefeated boys team in the entire state. Olympus didn’t roll over a bunch of nobodies on its way to that glossy mark, either. The Titans defeated twotime defending Class 5A champion Bingham 63-59 on Dec. 7, destroyed Springville 96-53 in a rematch of last year’s title game and participated in a pair of prestigious tournaments. The team has been so dominant that it won 13 of its first 15 games by double figures, including six by more than 20 points and four by more than 30 points. The Titans have been pulverizing opponents with their potent offense. The Titans scored at least 70 points in all but one of their first 15 games and exceeded 80 points nine times during that span. “It’s been a great start,” said head coach Matt Barnes. “We scheduled hard; we played some 6A schools and played in the Elite 8 tournament. We knew we’d be tough. We thought we had a good nucleus and good shooters. We thought if we could defend and rebound, we’d do well.” It’s difficult for teams to slow down the Olympus attack because there are so many weapons to defend. Jeremy Dowdell, a 6-foot3-inch junior leads the team with 19 points per game. Fellow junior Rylan Jones, who has already committed to play for the University of Utah, pours in nearly 18 points a contest. Meanwhile, senior Harrison Creer scores more than 17 points per game. Senior Spencer Jones gives the Titans a four-headed monster with his 11-point average. The Olympus leaders do much more than score, too. Both Rylan and Creer grab more than six rebounds a contest, and the versatile Rylan dishes out an impressive eight assists a game and gets more than two steals an outing. Olympus is a big favorite to win the Region 6 title, and the team got off to the start it wanted by winning at West in lopsided fashion, 88-43, on Jan. 12. The game was actually close at the end of the first quarter, with the Titans ahead 16-12. West was even hanging in there at halftime, down 39-22. But Olympus blitzed its opponent in the third quarter with a 31-12 run to turn the contest into a laugher. Spencer Jones had 23 for the Titans, and Dowdell and Creer had 16 points and 15 points, respectively. Sam Goates added 11 points. Rylan Jones had a season low five points, but it didn’t matter in this one-sided region opener.

Jeremy Dowdell shoots a free throw during a victory over Hillcrest last season. This season Dowdell is averaging 19 points per game to lead the team. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

“Region games are more important,” Barnes said. “Every game counts. We try to prepare and be ready. We’ve got to play for keeps. League play will be competitive. We don’t take any team for granted. We’ve got to be ready to play.” The Titans took a brief break from region play on Jan. 15 to defeat Orem 76-69 in the Martin Luther King Tournament at Salt Lake Community College. Dowdell hit four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 34 points. Rylan Jones had 16 points, and Spencer Jones chipped in 11 points. Barnes loves coaching this team. “This is a fun group of kids,” he said. “They’re happy, and they love to practice. They’re fun to be around, and they have the right attitude. They’re very coachable.” Olympus plays its final region game Feb. 20 at Skyline. l

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Skyline wrestling team small in numbers but big on effort By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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n any sport at any level, there are certain variables coaches can’t plan for — variables that can frustrate goals and achievements. Injuries can hit any team, and they’re never easy to deal with. The Skyline wresting program understands this well. The Eagles have faced the injury bug throughout this season. In a sport where depth is critical to team success, the Eagles are in an uphill battle in Region 6 competition. Head coach Kaycee Anderson acknowledges the injuries have taken a toll. Still, he’s pleased with how his athletes have battled through the adversity. “We’ve been plagued with some injuries this season, so our numbers have dipped, but our really good guys have weathered the storm so far,” Anderson said. “Besides the injuries, we’ve done really well. We have some really hard workers on the team.” Anderson said he hopes to get five of his wrestlers to state. He’s got a handful of candidates to get there, starting with senior Taig Arledge. The 160-pound competitor has been nearly unbeatable this season, winning 18 of his first 20 matches. He took first place is three tournaments: Granite District, Kawa Clash and Gallegos Memorial. Fellow senior Matt Rasmussen, wrestling at 182 pounds, started the year out strong with a 17-2 record. He took first place in the Granite District and Gallegos Memorial tournaments. The Eagles have a pair of youngsters doing well, giving Anderson high hopes for the future. “Jacob Walker, at 195 pounds, and James Monson, at 113 pounds, are a couple of up-andcoming sophomores that have put together very

good seasons so far this year,” Anderson said. Knowing the team’s numbers are low due to the rash of injuries, Anderson admits that winning region might be out of the question. Still, he’s optimistic that his top competitors can make their way to the postseason tournaments. “Our numbers have been depleted this year, which makes any kind of region championship out of reach, but I think mainly getting a some of these guys to place at state would be awesome,” Anderson said. With plenty of action still ahead, the Eagles have opportunities to improve their region positioning and for the team members to work their way up individual standings. Anderson hopes the athletes will compete with self-confidence and apply what they’ve learned into each match. “The wrestlers should have a lot of matches over the next few weeks, so I’d really like to see them gaining a sense of confidence with a lot of new techniques they have learned to open up their offensive attack in preparation for divisionals and state,” he said. Regardless of what happens in the coming weeks, Anderson has enjoyed coaching this group and watching them come together in a challenging season. He said the athletes get along well and support each other. “I think the team’s biggest strength is that they all want to see each other succeed,” he said. “They are all great friends and push each other in practice. I love seeing the wrestlers learning important life lessons that will stick with them throughout their lives. I love watching them have success, whether it’s getting a first takedown or winning a state championship.” l


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getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st Century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the injuries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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My Dumb Car By Dean Scott | d.Scott@mycityjournals.com

The 2018 Mazda 6, loaded with safety features to keep you safe on the road.


y car is a 2005 Ford Taurus. Knowing that, you can imagine that I am not a car guy. I am not a person that is necessarily impressed with something because of the shininess, rather, I look at things more functionally. My car gets me from point A to point B, several times a day. It gets 25 miles per gallon, the doors and windows work, the heater and air conditioner work, and best of all, it is paid for. Why would I need a new car? Until this week I would have made a passionate argument that I don’t need a new car. But over the last week my thoughts have changed. A few weeks ago my office got a new car on a loan with the instruction I could drive it for a week. They did not know what car, just that it would be a new one. I was excited. Then I got the phone call saying the car was at the office, it was a red 2017 Mazda 6, I was disappointed. A Mazda. I might as well just drive the Taurus. However, I was assured the Mazda was a nice car. I have 200,000 miles on the Taurus, so I thought at least I don’t have to put more miles on the Taurus. As soon as I sat in the car I was impressed, it had comfortable white leather bucket seats, smelled like a new car and it was modern and sleek. The excitement was back. But it was not the new smell that changed my mind, it wasn’t the comfortable seats that changed my mind, it was not the warranty. From my office to my home is about a 25-minute drive, from Sandy to Bountiful. In those 25 minutes, I learned my Taurus was dumb. Now I have always known that I drove a dumb car, but never understood that my car was dumb. The Mazda 6 was equipped with heads up display, keyless entry system, keyless start, rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, auto lights, auto high beams, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition system, radar cruise control, traction control system, and dynamic stability control. Those are just the things I figured out. My Taurus had given me no experience with such capabilities. The fact was obvious, this car was smart. This car knew things that I did not know, important things like when a car was in my blind spot or when I was drifting lanes. Technology is cool but doesn’t necessary impress me. Remember, I measure the functionality. And it was the tech’s functionality that impressed me. As soon as I started the car

the heads-up display came up on top of the dash. This allowed me to know the most important things I needed to know while driving, without me taking my eyes off the road. It showed me my speed, the speed limit, if there was a car in my blind spot, if I was drifting lanes and more. The Bluetooth telephone system allowed me to take calls without using my hands. In one swipe of my thumb, without my hands leaving the steering wheel, the call was answered. Until this moment, I did not realize how dangerous it was for me to use my handset while driving. Over the week I also noticed that I did not hold my phone while I was driving, which dramatically cut down on texting and other use of my phone while driving. I travel with two dogs and, like children, sometimes these dogs require attention in the back seat. So, I reach back and tend to them. The first time I did this with the Mazda I started to drift into the next lane. That is when I learned about lane departure warning and lane keep assist. The car alerted me that I was drifting lanes and it corrected the steering to keep me in the lane. Possible disaster avoided. The Mazda 6 is also equipped with controls in the center console, which are easy to learn and operate. This was nice because it allows you to maintain your driving position when using the radio, navigation system, Bluetooth phone, without having to reach up and touch a button on the dash or touch screen. In the 7 days that I drove the Mazda I don’t recall once reaching for the dash as I drove. All this tech seemed to keep my body in a better driving position, my eyes to the front, alerted me of dangers, presented me more data to allow me to be a better driver and when I wasn’t being that better driver, it softly nudged the steering wheel and put me back on target. So after spending a week with the new 2017 Mazda 6, I will be looking for a new car, or at least a newer car, but for sure a smarter car. I loved the Mazda and I hated to return to the Taurus, is that Mazda the right car for me? I don’t know. The Mazda was a great car and it appeared to be incredibly safe, so if you see a new Mazda 6 out there on the road with a smiling driver, it may be because I traded in my dumb car. l

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A commercial crazed Valentine’s Day can leave you broke. Americans spend billions of dollars to celebrate a holiday rumored to be started by Hallmark in order to sell cards—which aren’t cheap. Then there’s the overpriced dinners, expensive roses and the marked-up heart-shaped chocolate. Perhaps a more accurate expression of love can be found in homemade gifts, because your time, love and effort was put into them. Here are less expensive alternatives for homemade Valentine’s Day gifts; some not even requiring creativity. Instead of supporting Hallmark’s card industry (some cards are $13 now!), write your own card. It’s not that hard, I promise. Start by picking the front of your card. If you’re not feeling particularly magical, just print a picture. It can be a cartoon your sweetheart will find funny. Or perhaps print a photo of a fun memory, or something related to an interest of theirs. Now you’ll need to write something on the back or inside of the card. Google “Valentine’s Day card messages” for some inspiring poems and sayings. For more personalized content, close your eyes, think about your loved one and what they mean to you, type out your thoughts, and then write it on the card. Creating your own card doesn’t take too much time, and it’s usually

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